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Old Bailey Proceedings, 15th October 1735.

THE PROCEEDINGS AT THE Sessions of the Peace, and Oyer and Terminer, FOR THE City of LONDON, AND County of MIDDLESEX, ON

Wednesday the 15th, Thursday the 16th, and Friday the 17th of October, 1735. in the Ninth Year of His MAJESTY's Reign.

Being the Eighth SESSIONS in the Mayoralty of the Right Honourable Sir EDWARD BELLAMY, Knt. Lord-Mayor of the City of LONDON, in the Year 1735.

NUMBER VIII.

LONDON:

Printed for J. ROBERTS, at the Oxford-Arms in Warwick-Lane.

M.DCC.XXXV.

(Price Six Pence.)

The PROCEEDINGS, &c.

BEFORE the Right Honourable Sir EDWARD BELLAMY , Knt. Lord-Mayor of the City of London; the Lord Chief Justice Hardwick; Mr. Baron Comyns , and Mr. Serj. Urlin, Deputy Recorder of the City of London; and others his Majesty's Justices of Oyer and Terminer for the City of London, and Justices of Goal Delivery of Newgate, holden for the said City and County of Middlesex.

London Jury.

John Durnford ,

William Osborn ,

William Quilter ,

Edward Nowles ,

Coles Child ,

William Dunn ,

Henry Porter ,

John Collins ,

Jacob Ilive ,

George Drayton ,

Henry Holt ,

Samuel Sallis .

Middlesex Jury.

Thomas Nicholls ,

Richard Hayley ,

Ralph Marsh ,

Richard Marsh ,

Edmund Franklin ,

Daniel Weedon ,

John Marsh ,

Robert Gray ,

Richard Osgood ,

Thomas Gray ,

William Burchett ,

Henry Bristow .

1. Ann Abrams , was indicted for assaulting James Tedder on the Highway, putting him in fear, and taking from him a Velvet Cap and a Wig , October 4 . Acquitted .

2. Hugh Jones , was indicted for stealing a Handkerchief , the Goods of William Lekeux , September 19 . Guilty .

[Transportation. See summary.]

3. George Hambleton , was indicted for stealing a Looking Glass, value 10 s. the Goods of Thomas Clear , October 4 . Guilty .

[Transportation. See summary.]

4. Elizabeth Berkley , was indicted for stealing a pair of Silver Buckles, value 12 s. the Goods of Benjamin Lindo , October 1 . Guilty .

[Transportation. See summary.]

5, 6, 7. Margaret Hambleton , Widow, Rebecca Hambleton , and Margaret Hambleton , Spinsters, were indicted for the Murder of Catherine Hambleton otherwise Elizabeth Cox , otherwise Ann Johnson : Margaret Hambleton, Widow, by putting both her Hands about the Neck of the said Catherine Hambleton, and thereby choaking and strangling her, of which choaking and strangling she instantly died; and Rebecca and Margaret Hambleton, Spinsters, by being present, aiding, and abetting the said Margaret Hambleton, Widow (their Mother) in the said Murder , September 16 .

They were a second time indicted on the Coroner's Inquisition for the said Murder.

Sarah Edwards . I live in Denmark Court . Three Weeks and three Days before the death of the Deceas'd, I lett a Room up two pair of Stairs backwards to Margaret Hambleton, Widow. Her two Daughters (the other two Prisoners) lived with her, and she said she had another Daughter (the Deceased) who lived in a Merchant's Service, and that she seldom had an Opportunity of seeing her above once a Year. And I never saw this Daughter alive. There was one Betty Camay , that used to come to see the Prisoners almost every Day. On the seventeenth of September about noon, a Boy came to my House with a Coffin. I told him he mistook the House. He said, No, for Margaret Hambleton, my Lodger, had ordered it to be brought for a Maid who was out of Place and died suddenly. So I went up with the Boy to her Door with a piece of Packthread and a Stick put into the Staple, for there was no Lock; I bounced against it, and forced it open, and behind it the Deceased lay dead on the Floor, covered all but her Face with a piece of an old Flock Bed. There was no living Person there, nor any Furniture, not so much as a Stool or a Chair. I was frighted, and went down with the Boy. He waited for his Money, and by-and-by Margaret the Mother, and Rebecca her eldest Daughter came home. The Mother said to the Boy, I see you are got here before me. I asked her if she had any body dead in her Room. She answered, What's that to you. I told her if it was so, she ought to have acquainted me with it, Truly, says her Daughter, you have a great deal of Impudence to ask if any body's dead in our Room. You don't know nor never shall, for it is none of your business. And so they and the Boy went up I went and told my Neighbours, who sent for the Searchers, and I sent for my Husband, who was upon the Guard at St. James's - I do not know that the Prisoners ever had any Furniture in the Room, for I never saw them bring any in. The Searchers came about Candle-light, and we went up. The Door was then fastened as before. I got it open and we found the Body in the Coffin, and a Pan whelmed on the Lid. The Mother and Daughter were then gone out again, but in a little while they returned, and the other Daughter Peggy, and Betty Caway came with them. Hy! Hy! says the Mother, How came you to have the Impudence to come into my Room? Do you want to rob me of my Goods? The Searchers asked her why she did not tell the Neighbours of the young Woman's being dead. She said it was her own dear Child, her own dear Kitty, and she died of Convulsion Fits. There was a bloody Rag pinned about her Neck. There were black Marks about her Throat, a Bruise on her Temple, another on her Cheek, one on her Shoulder, and one on her Breast, but the rest of her Body was very fair; and the Searchers said, she could not die of Convulsions, because her Nails were white and clear. There was a place on the Floor where the Deceased first lay, that was mopt up and seemed to be bloody.

David Edwards . I was sent for home, and the Prisoners coming in afterwards, I asked the Mother, Why she did not acquaint us of the young Woman's being dead in the House. She said she died in the Morning, and she did not care to disturb us. I look'd round the Room, and seeing only a Flock Bed no bigger than a Sack, I asked them if there was all their Goods, and what I must have for my Rent. The eldest Daughter said, they never designed to pay me any. Then she wiped the Purging at the Deceas'd's Nose and Mouth, and thereupon she bled fresh Blood, as if a Vein had been opened. I lay on the Ground Floor, and heard no Noise in the Night.

Jane Twentyman , Searcher. We went first by Candle-light, but the Deceased bled so much at her Mouth and Nose that we could not observe the Marks about her Neck; but next Morning we went again, and found she was bruised much under the right Ear, where the Skin was raised and several Bruises about the Neck and Shoulders, but the rest of her Body was clear, and her Hands and Fingers were white and open. Her Mother said she died of Convulsion Fits, but I think she must have been strangled. For in Convulsion Fits, the Nails and Fingers will be black thus far, and the Bowels will presently turn green - I advised them to send for a Surgeon who had more Skill than I.

Elizabeth Caway . The Prisoners worked at my Mothers at stiching of Stays. About a Fortnight before the Deceased's death, her Mother told me that she was sick with Fits, and was to come home from her Service. I went to see her two or three Days after she came home; she had a violent black Eye, and looked as if she had been beat. I asked her if she had Fits, and she said no. The Saturday before the Deceased died, her Sister Peggy (the Girl there) came to our House crying, and said, her Mother had been beating her Sister Kitty (the Deceased.) I went down to a Chandler's Shop, and there I saw the other Prisoner Beck at the Door. She was crying too, and said to me, You never saw such a barbarous Creature as my Mother, I lifted Kitty off the Bed and set her to lean against the Window, and my Mother knocked her down on the Floor with her Fist, and said, D - ye, it's all along of you! and Kitty looked up, and asked what that was for? On Sunday Morning I went to see her. She was sitting on the old Flock Bed which my Mother gave them out of Charity, for they had no other Furniture. I asked her if she knew me, and she put her Hand up to her Forehead, and said, O Lord, what must I do? She said no more, and they afterwards told me, that was the last Word she spoke. I went again on Monday (the Day before she died) and then she was dozing, but did not seem to be troubled with any Distemper - They said they had given her two of Ward's Pills, and next Day in the Afternoon I found her lying dead on the Floor. Her Mother said she died in Fits, and wiped her Nose, but the more she wiped, the more clear Blood came. They put her in the Coffin, and mop'd up some blood behind the Door, and then came to my Mothers and drank Tea. I came back with them at Candle-light, and several People were then in their Room. The Mother said, I think here is a hundred People, if I had any Goods I might be robbed. Beck wiped the Deceased's Mouth, and Blood came out of her Mouth and Nose.

Mary Simmons . I lodge at Mrs. Edward's up one pair of Stairs backward in the Room under where the Prisoners lay. On Saturday the thirteenth of September between eleven and twelve at Night, I heard a sort of a thump as if some body had been knocked down, and then I heard one Shriek, and after that, a shuffling of Feet as if two or three had been shuffling one from another.

Philip Cadogan . When the Girl Peggy was examined in Covent Garden Roundhouse, she would make no Confession, but just as we were going to shut the Door, she said, O good God! what would become of my poor Mother if I was to tell the truth?

Mr. Wilkie, Surgeon. On Saturday after the Deceased's death, at the desire of the Coroner, I viewed the Body in St. Martin's Work house. On each side of her Neck there was a Mark of Fingers; the Skin was quite rubbed off across the Throat, and from one Mark to the other there was part of a black Circle, all which appeared to be made by a violent Pressure on the Gullet, and from thence I judge that she had been strangled. There was a Bruise on her Shoulder, but I did not think that material. As she had been dead so long, I could form no Judgment as to her having had Fits.

Q. Could she have been strangled without leaving a Mark quite round her Neck?

Mr. Wilkie. Yes; for by pressing the Gullet the Vessels would be obstructed, and she would be strangled of course.

George Beckington . I lodge in the same House, and the Sunday Se'nnight before her death she was brought to our House by her eldest Sister, who led her up Stairs. Her Face was half muffled up, and I saw she had a very black Eye.

Then the Prisoners made their Defence.

The Mother. My Daughter lived at John Caldecot 's in Gray's Inn Lane. She, having two Fits there, would leave her Service and come home. When she came she had a black Eye, and said she was very sick. She had one Fit that Night, and three every Night after. But on Sunday she had Ten, and on Monday Thirteen. I carried her to Dr. Metcalf in Drury Lane, who blooded her, and after that she was blooded by an Apothecary in Princes Street.

Rebecca. She came home vastly bad, and lay down, and I cover'd her up, and burnt some Gin and gave her, and she had but one Fit that Night. Next Day she sent me to pawn her Stays for two Shillings, which I did, and bought a bit of Mutton, and made her some Broth, but she afterwards grew worse, and at last died in a Fit.

The Jury acquitted them.

8. Mary Hansel , was indicted for marrying Thomas Sears , August 2 . her former Husband Thomas Petty being then living . Acquitted .

9. Ann Richardson , was indicted for stealing two Porringers, three Shirts, &c. the Goods of Enoch Wilton , September 9 . Acquitted .

10, 11, 12. George Sutton *, and Samuel Goodman +, were indicted with William Beesly ++ (not yet taken) for stealing 2 s. from a Person unknown, June 1 .

* In December last George Sutton was indicted (but not then taken) with his Brother John for robbing Abigail Bingo in Cornhill. He was an Evidence against four Street-Robbers in Sept. 1732, and was tryed (with William Simmons ) in Sept. 1733, for robbing Philip Turft in Marybone fields; but acquitted.

+ Beesly was try'd in December last for robbing John Atkinson in White.chapel.fields. Acquitted.

++ In January 1732-3, S - Goodman was an Evidence against John Ackers , John Wetton , and William Booth . And in June 1733 he was indicted (but not taken) with Thomas Kelly and Laurence Grace for a Street-Robbery.

Thomas Winn . Some Time in June last the Prisoners and I, and Will. Beesly, and another, went into Chelsea Fields , and there, between Ten and Eleven at Night, Sutton and Beesly knocked down a Gentleman, and took his Money, I cannot tell how much, but Sutton afterwards gave me Two Shillings for my Share of it - I lay in the Ditch ready to assist them.

Q. Where was Goodman?

Winn. He lay in the Ditch too; but I don't know that he was acquainted with their Design (for I never saw him before that Night) nor that he had any Part of the Money.

Sutton. What Places do you say we were at before and after the Robbery?

Winn. I came directly from my Mistress (Mrs. How's) House in St. Martin's Church-yard, and after the Robbery I went home again - We afterwards agreed to rob my Mistress's House.

Ann Wilson . I lived a Servant to Mrs. Sutton (the Prisoner George Sutton 's Mother) from May to July, and in that Time I never knew him to be out after Ten at Night. I always let him in, and he could not go out afterwards without my Knowledge, for I lay in the next Room to him, and there was only a Wainscot Partition between us.

Mary Sutton . My Son George never was from home after 10 at Night all the Months of June and July, but having an unhappy Character, he has often been taken up - I have too much Cause to remember the Time I speak of, for his poor unfortunate Brother was executed on the 4th of June.

James Badham . I live in Joiner's-street in Southwark, and deal in Cyder and Dorchester-Beer. The Prisoner Goodman is my Brother-in Law, and lives with my Mother in Westminster. He fell sick that Day as John Sutton was hanged, and continued ill for two or three Weeks after.

Ann Goodman . My Son was ill for three Weeks after Sutton was hanged. He has been at home six Months, and I don't know that he was out after Candle-lighting in all that Time.

The Jury acquitted Goodman and found Sutton Guilty . Transportation .

13. Mary Loyd , was indicted for stealing one Gold Ring, with a Brilliant Diamond and six Sparks, Value 10 l. 10 s. One Pair of Gold Ear-rings, set with Garnets; and an Agate Snuff-box with a Silver Brim, the Goods of Tho Oxenham ; and two Aprons, two Shifts, two Handkerchiefs, a Quilted Petticoat, a Pair of Ruffles, and a Pair of Silk Stockings, the Goods of Cath Rochford , in the House of Tho. Oxenham.

Tho. Oxenham. I am a Taylor . The Prisoner had been my Servant four or five Days. The Goods I lost were in a little Box in a Chest of Drawers in the Kitchen. The Prisoner went away in the Morning before I was up. I mist the Goods, and upon Enquiry found her the same Day in Westminster with some of the Goods upon her, and the confessed the rest.

Cath.Rochford. I lodge at Mr. Oxenham's. The Prisoner owned she took my Goods.

Sarah Dehane . The Prosecutor came to me that Morning, and desired me to stop such Goods if they were offered to me; and soon after, Mary Bradley , who is now in Newgate, brought me this broken Ring, and this pair of Ear-rings.

Eliz Dowler . She brought a Diamond Ring to my House, and desired me to lay it up for her.

Joseph Farley . As I was sweeping my Master's Door, she came by and asked me to drink. I saw she had got a fine Ring, and so Molly, says I, the Times are well mended. Aye, says she, last Night I met the French - and he took me to the Bagnio, and offered me a Guinea to lye with me; and so I took my Opportunity, and stript the Rascal naked. Guilty 39 s.

14. Ann Hutchins , was indicted for stealing a Suit of Head-cloths, a Petticoat, and other Things , the Goods of several Persons, Sept. 16 . Guilty .

[Transportation. See summary.]

15. William Topping , was indicted for privately stealing a Handkerchief, Value 2 s. 6 d. from the Person of Henry Davison , Sept. 30 . Guilty 10 d.

[Transportation. See summary.]

16, 17. Abraham Webb , and Rose Jackson , were indicted with Richard Bromingham , not yet taken, for the Murder of Jeremy Gray ; Bromingham, by giving him with a Hurling Stick one mortal Wound and Bruise near the Right Eye, Sept. 1 . of which Wound and Bruise he languished till the 7th Day of the same Month, and then died. And Abraham Webb and Rose Jackson , by being present, aiding and abetting the said Bromingham in the said Murder .

They were a second Time indicted on the Coroner's Inquisition for the same Murder.

Mary Williams , Nurse at the Hospital at Hyde-Park Corner. The Deceased was brought to our Hospital on Tuesday Morning Sept. 2. He was all over Blood, and had a great Wound on the Right Side of his Head. He told me on Friday, that he met four Men and a Woman, who wounded him so with a Stick and his own Handsaw, but that he did not know them, and that he gave them no Affront, and neither touched them nor spoke to them. He died on Sunday Morning following.

John Palmer . I and the Deceased were coming from our Work at Chelsea between Seven and Eight at Night, and were over-taken by the Prisoners and three others near Bloody-bridge. I don't know that a Word was spoken, but Webb knock'd me down into a Ditch. When I got up, I saw my Master, the Deceased, lying on his Back in the Field. I said, You have killed my Master. And they said, Let him dye and be damned: You shall go with us. And so they sent me to the Gatehouse, and swore we had assaulted them.

Webb. You gave the first Affront.

Palmer. We said not a Word to them, nor they to us, before I was knocked down.

John Gray . My Father the Deceased said he was used in a barbarous Manner, but he was not sensible to say by whom. - When Rose Jackson was carried to the Gatehouse she owned that she and Richard Freeman (who was tried and acquitted last Sessions) were in Company when my Father was killed, but said they did not do it.

Tho Mollineux . Webb's Father keeps an Alehouse in Vine-street, St. James's. He shew'd me this Hand-saw, and said his Son brought it home, and told him he pick'd it up in Chelsea Fields. I know it was the Deceased's Saw, for I bought it for him.

Dr. Middleton. There was a large Fracture on the Right Side of the Head; the Skull was broke to pieces, and the pieces forced quite down upon the Brain by the Violence of the Blow, which without doubt was the Cause of his Death.

Webb. I was coming with some Company from Chelsea, the Deceased and Palmer affronted us, and Palmer was the first Man that struck, and the Deceased was the next. - I found the Saw in the Field; the Justice bid me give it to the Constable, but he would not take it, and so I carried it to my Father's.

Abr. Webb the Elder. My Son came home at Ten at Night, and brought the Saw which was bloody. John Flaningan , Rich. Freeman, Rose Jackson , and several more came with him. Flaningan was cut down the Head and cross the Arm, and bled very much.

Rich Gough . Palmer was committed to the Gatehouse by Justice Manly, on the Oath of Flaningan, for violently beating and wounding him; and the Justice would not bail him till a Surgeon declared that Flaningan was out of Danger.

Several deposed that the Prisoners bore the Characters of sober peaceable Persons: And the Jury acquitted them.

18. Thomas Love , was indicted for stealing 75 Yards of Woollen Cloth, Value 40 l. the Goods of John Simmonds , Sept. 5 .

Robert Bond , Potter. On Friday Night between 6 and 7, going up Fish-street-hill with the Cloth, I pitched it upon a Bulk at the Olive Tree, an Oil-shop. The Prisoner came up and asked me if I had seen a Boy come out of that Shop. I answered, No. The Rascal, says he, has got the Key of the Door. - Do so much as step to the Cross-Keys-Inn, and ask for a Hamper directed for Mr. Jackson, that is my Name, and I keep this House. I'll take Care of your Bundle the while, and give ye Three-pence now, and Three-pence when you come back. So he gave me Three-pence, and I left the Cloth on the Bulk, but when I returned he was gone. After a long Enquiry, and describing him to several People, I heard that such a Person who used to follow such Practices, lodged at a Barber's Shop in Rose-and-Crown Court in Moorfields, and there I found him, and am positive that he is the Man, for I saw him plainly by the Light of the Evening, and a Light in an Apothecary's Shop. The Jury found him Guilty .

[Transportation. See summary.]

19. John Burton , was indicted for marrying Elizabeth Simmer , Dec. 3. 1733 , his former Wife , Ann Clark being then living . The Prisoner did not deny the Marriage, but said that his first Wife poxt him in the Wedding Week, and then run away with his Goods. That when she married him, she had another Husband living, and has since married a third. Guilty .

[Branding. See summary.]

20. Ann Wilson , alias Wakefield , was indicted for privately stealing 10 s. from the Person of John Martin , Oct. 12 .

John Martin , About Ten o'Clock on Sunday Night, as I was going by the Magpye Tavern at Aldgate , the Prisoner stood at the Door, and asked me to give her a Glass of Wine. We had five or six half Pints of Wine. She put one Hand under my Chin, and said, Come, my Dear, fill my Glass for me; and so I did, but putting my Hand in my Pocket soon after, I mist my Money, among which was a French Half Crown. I charged her with picking my Pocket, but she denied it. The Landlord came in; I told him I had been robb'd, but he only laugh'd at me. Then she offer'd me the French Half Crown to be easy, but I would not take it, and so she threw it upon the Table. At last, upon my making a Noise, a Constable came, and I desired him to search her, but the Landlord pushed her aside and would not let him. The Constable then said he must carry us both to the Counter. - I thought it was very hard to lose my Money and go to the Counter too.

Prisoner. He laid the Half Crown under the Candlestick, and said I should have it if I would humour him in his Way so and so, which is very unheathenly to mention; whereof when I refused, he charged me with picking his Pocket. Acquitted .

21. Jane Berry , was indicted for privately stealing four Yards of Cambrick, Value 14 s. the Goods of Samuel Hayward and Benjamin Knot , in their Shop , Octob. 6 . Acquitted .

22. was indicted for stealing a Yard and a Quarter of Silk Damask , the Goods of John Cosins , Sept. 18 , Acquitted .

23. Margaret Hanson , was indicted for stealing a Sheet, a Gown, 2 Petticoat, &c. the Goods of Ralph Hicks , June 14 . Acquitted .

24. Ann Flowers , was indicted for stealing 18 Shillings , the Goods of James Stringer , Aug. 4 . Acquitted .

25. William Blackwell , otherwise Long Will , was indicted for breaking and entering the House of James des Romains , Esq ; in Paddington , and stealing a Gold Watch, a Silver Snuff-box, three Gold Rings set with Stones, one Gold Mourning Ring, thirteen Silver Spoons, twelve Silver Forks seven Knives with Silver Handles, one Silver Soop Ladle, four Silver Salts, eight Silver Tea Spoons, two Pistols mounted with Silver and Steel, one Silver-hilted Sword, one Silk Damask Night Gown, twenty Holland Shirts, six Holland Sheets, fifty two Guineas, and seventeen Shillings, the Goods and Money of James des Romaine , Esq; And four Silk Damask Gowns, three Silk Petticoats, ten Holland Shifts, four Suits of Laced Head Clothes, one Cloth Cloak, and one Silver Buckle set with Bristol Stones, the Goods of Ann des Romaine , Spinster, October 25. 1733 . in the Night .

Col. Des Romaine. On the twenty fifth of October, 1733. about eight at Night, I heard some body knock at the Door. My Maid who was below, not coming up, I took a Candle and went to the Door my self. As soon as I had unbolted it, a Man thrust his Foot between the Door and the Threshold, and seizing me by the Shoulder, swore he must have my Money, and if I made a Noise, he would shoot me dead. However, I pushed the Door as hard as I could with my Hand, and cryed out Murder, and called to my Maid, and bid her call my Men to bring the Pistols. I was in hopes by this to make the Rogues think I had Men in the House, though I had none. But presently I was struck across the Head with a Cutlace. I still kept the Door to, upon which another of them said, D - him, beat his Brains out: and then I received such a Blow with the Butt end of a Pistol, that I lost two of my Teeth, and was afraid my Eye was put out. I fell down, and four Men rushed in. One of them went towards the Maid, and the other three rifled me of a Gold Watch, two Rings, about fifteen or sixteen Shillings in Silver. While they were searching my right Pockets, I slipt a Purse with six Guineas and a half out of my left Fob and thrust it under the Matt on the Floor. They tyed my Hands, and dragged me up Stairs, and threatned, and struck me again with a Pistol to make me discover where my Money was, but I told them I had none. They opened my Trunk, and took out a Box of Plate. The Trunk had a double Cover, in which I had forty five Guineas and a half. They did not then open the upper Cover, which gave me some hopes that they would not find the Money. They took two Pistols and a Silver-hilted Sword out of a Closet. One of them was for breaking the Blade, but the others opposed it. After this they all three took me down Stairs again, and at the Parlor Door I saw my Maid lying with her Petticoats turned up, and the fourth Man putting up his Breeches. He was very tall, and like the Prisoner, but I cannot be positive to his Face, for the Blood run over my Eyes, so that I could hardly see. Then they tyed my Hands behind me so hard, that the Cord was hid under the Flesh of my Wrists, which put me to such violent Pain that I thought the Torture of putting the Question could not be worse, and the Marks made by the Cords remained in my Wrists for a Year after. They put a Napkin over my Face and the Maids Petticoat and Gown over my Head, and in this Condition I remained from eight at Night till three the next Morning. They bound the Maid close by me in the Parlor. I heard her say, For God's sake let me alone. I could feel her move, and hear them go backwards and forwards. They came to me several times and beat me over the Head with a Pistol, but her Petticoat broke the Blow. One of them said, O ye old Rogue! You told us you had no Money. By which I concluded that they had found the Guineas in my Trunk. I desired them not to abuse me in that manner, but rather kill me, and so put me out of my Misery. Presently I felt something like a Hanger put under the Petticoat to my Neck. Upon which my Maid cried, For God's sake do not kill my Master, rather kill me. Between two and three o'Clock, hearing no Noise, I told my Maid that I believed they were gone. She said she feared they were not, and begged me for God's sake not to hazard my Life. However, I ventured to move about till at last I got my Back towards her, and she with much Difficulty untyed my Hands, and being thus got loose, I went into the Passage. I perceived a Light in the Fore Parlor, which at first gave me some Apprehensions that they were not yet gone. But hearing nothing stit, I ventured forward and found no body, and the Door was left ajar.

Ralph Mitchel . Brown and Whitlock * (who were since executed for this Fact) and I being Prisoners in the New Jail, agreed to rob Mr. Sherrack the King's Jeweller at Paddington, Brown and I were acquitted at Croydon Assizes, and Whitlock was acquitted in the Country. We committed several Robberies on the Highway. And Brown and I meeting afterwards at Paddington, we happened to quarrel, and so we parted without doing any business at that time. But I going into Southwark met with Whitlock, and went to drink at Pepper Alley. He asked me where Brown lived. I told him that Brown and I both lodged at one White's an Alehouse at the Hand-and-Flower in the Grainge near Barnaby Street. On the twenty fifth of October we all three met at White's and agreed to rob the King's Jeweller that Day, but we wanted another Hand. So we went to Rag Fair to see for Long Will, not the Prisoner, but another Long Will, one William Simon who is hanged. We could not meet with him, and so we went to an old Friend of ours one John Gasley (Garscee) who kept a Brandy-shop in Tyburn Road, and asked him to go with us, but he said he had left off dealling that way, and that he did not care to venture again. Brown asked him if he knew where Long Will (the Prisoner) was. Yes, says Gassy, I believe he is at his Mothers, and I will step and fetch him; but while we we were talking, the Prisoner came in. We drank a Bowl of Punch together above Stairs, and told him what Lay we were upon. He made no Objection, but that he had no Arms, upon which I lent him one of my Pistols, and so about seven o'Clock we went to the King's Jeweller's House, but seeing an Iron Grate in the Door to look through, they said it would never take. However, says I, let us do Business if we can. Ring the Bell, and see whether they will open the Door or not. So we rung, and a Servant coming to the Door, we asked her if Madam de Batt was there. She answered, No, she is just gone. So we went away and consulted what do; we agreed to go to Col. Romaine's, which we did. Brown and I went foremost, and having put back the Bolt of the Yard Door, we came to the Door of the House and knocked. The Colonel himself opened it, and I thrust my Foot in between the Door and the Threshold, and struck him on the Head with a Cutlace. He cryed out Murder, and called to his Maid to bid his Men bring the Pistols. But we forced in, and as we were tying his Hands, Whitlock and the Prisoner came in, and I asked them why they did not come up sooner. We risled him and bound his Hands behind him, and carried him into the back Parlor. The Prisoner seiz'd the Maid, who came up with a Candle, and we tyed her Hands in the same Room. Then I and Brown and Whitlock took the Colonel up Stairs to make him shew us where the Money was, and left the Prisoner with the Maid. We began to break open a Chest, but he desired us to untie his Hands, and he would give us the Keys. We took out a parcel of Plate, and some Pearl Necklaces, but I saw no Money there, and if they found any they sunk it. We went up another Pair of Stairs, and turned the Beds up to examine them. We took a rough Draught of what was there -

* See their Trial in December 1733.

+ See the Trial of John Gassey in the Sessions Paper for July 1722.

- What do you mean by a rough Draught?

Mitchel. We gave a look round the Room, and then went into his Daughter's Chamber and broke open a Chest of Drawers and took out some Head Clothes and other Women's Apparel. We went again to the Colonel, bound his Hands again behind him, and carried him down Stairs with us. Coming into the Entry, we saw the Maid lying with her Coats up, and the Prisoner on his Knees putting up his Breeches. D - ye you Rogue, says I, You ought to think of other things at such a time as this. And turning to the Maid, I said, my Dear, has he hurt ye? She made no answer, but cryed. Whitlock often went to the Colonel, and threatned him to make him discover his Money, and once he took a Knife and was going to cut his Throat. After this we brought the Things all into one Room and packed them up, and went away about three in the Morning. The Prisoner had the Plate in a Box, and I put what Goods I had in a Basket. We staid in the Fields till the Watch was gone off, and then took Water to Pepper Alley, and went from thence to White's in the Grange, where Brown and I and our Wives lodged. Brown's Wife let us in, and we went into her Room, where we opened the Goods and shared the Linnen. Brown and I and Whitelock went with the Gold Watch and Plate to Edward Bodenham * at the Ship Alehouse in the Old Bailey, and sold it all to him for twenty five Pound. We went back and gave the Prisoner his Share of this Money, and two Guineas more for his Snack in the Brocades. It being then near Night, he said he must go over the Water, and would return in a little while. But I saw him no more till he was apprehended - I have known him four or five Years, but never was concerned with him in any Fact besides this.

* See the Trial of Bodenham in the Sessions Paper for December 1733.

Prisoner, Prove that I ever was in your Company.

Mitchel. My Wife can do that.

Mitchel's Wife. I have known the Prisoner from a Child. He came between three and four that Morning with my Husband and Whitlock and Brown to our House; they brought brocaded Silk Clothes, Holland Shirts, Laced Head Clothes, a Gold Watch, Silver Forks, Silver-handled Knives, Silver Salts, a Silver-hilted Sword, and two Pistols, and other things. It not being quite light, I said to the Prisoner, I should know you by your Tongue. Is not your Name Blackwell, was not you a Soldier, and did not you live in St. Giles's, and sell Geese and Rabbitt? Yes, says he, and I have known you from a Child. Where did you get these Goods? says I; my Husband answered, they had been a Smuggling. But when he and Brown and Whitlock were gone to sell the Plate, the Prisoner told me they got the Goods at Colonel Romaines.

William Kirk . I have known the Prisoner eighteen or nineteen Years. On the twenty ninth of September last, between nine and ten o'Clock at Night, as I was going home, I saw the Prisoner on Horseback and very drunk, at the end of Earl's Court in Drury Lane. One Sarah Burgess was persuading him to go home, but he swore he would not. Why don't you go, says she, There's Will. Kirk. I had taken but little notice of him before, but upon hearing this, I looked at him, and he swore he would shoot me. I went round Red Lyon Court, and came again into Drury Lane, and found him at Sarah Burgess's Door at the Corner of Colstair's Court. I went to Brocks (Brogdon Poplet's) and told him that Long Will. was hard by and we might take him. But Brock said it was not worth his while, for there was but forty Pound for taking him. Upon this I went to George Redgate , and got him to assist me. We went after the Prisoner, and found him in Broad St. Giles's, and another Man with him. We thought it not proper to seize him till that Man was gone, and so we followed at a distance, till coming towards the Vine Tavern in Holborn, the Man wished him a good Night, and bid him hold by the Horse's Main. Never fear, Cockey, says the Prisoner, for, D - my Eyes I shall do well enough. The Man being gone, we pulled the Prisoner off his Horse, upon which he cried I am a dead Man! my Glass is run, D - my Eyes! We found a Pistol and Powder and Ball in his Pocket; and as we were carrying him to the Round house, he desired to be made an Evidence.

Prisoner. You know nothing of me but down-right Work.

Kirk. I have known him eighteen or nineteen Years. He sometimes went with an Orange-Barrow with Twenty-one at three Throws. And sometimes he followed the Thimble and Button.

The Jury found him Guilty . Death .

26, 27, 28. Daniel Farrel , Philip Cammel , and Patrick Marman , were indicted for assaulting John Eastwood on the Highway, and robbing him of a Hat, a Wig, a Cane, and 29 Shillings , Septemb. 29 . Acquitted .

29. George Vaughan , was indicted for assaulting William Stamper on the Highway, and robbing him of a Gold Ring set with a Stone, a Silver Watch, a Pair of Silver Buckles, a Hat, a Wig, two Guineas, and 2 s. 6 d. May 13 .

William Stamper . On the 13th of May last, about Nine in the Evening, as I was going home to Shacklewel, four Men stopt me on the Causeway between Shoreditch Church and Kingsland . One of them seized me by the Breast. - What are ye going to do? says I. Here's no-body to oppose you; I have a Watch, a Ring, and Money; take all, but don't abuse me Damn your Blood, says he, speak another Word and I'll blow your Brains out - Come along, They led me down the Lane where Jack Catch was hanged. They took from me my Hat and Wig, a Gold Ring, a Silver Watch, the Silver Buckles out of my Shoes, two Guineas and a Half Crown, and then bound me, and telling me they would send some body to relieve me in five Minutes, they fired a Pistol over my Head and went off; but no body came. I lay there an Hour by St. Paul's Clock, which I heard strike; and if they had not taken my Buckles I had lain longer; for having got my Shoes off, I at last got my Legs loose. Two of them, Morpeth and Kiff, were convicted of this Robbery in July last, and were both executed. I cannot swear positively to the Prisoner.

John Cotterel . Morpeth, Kiff and the Prisoner and I went to drink at the Fox Alehouse in Kingsland-Road. We staid till the Dusk of the Evening, and then went out and met the Prosecutor by the Watch-house at Stone-bridge. Morpeth stopt him, and demanded his Money. The Prosecutor started back, and the Prisoner gave him a Punch in the Face: We took him down a Lane and rifled him. They took his Hat, Wig, Watch, Ring and Money, and I took his Buckles. We tied his Legs and Arms behind him, and told him he should be released in a little Time. He asked us how he should know that? And Morpeth fired a Pistol, and said that was a Sign for one to come to his Relies; but this was only said to make him easy. We went thence to the Magpye Tavern at Bishopsgate, where they produced Half a Crown and two Half-pence. I said that the Gentleman told me that he had lost two Guineas. They swore then the Gentleman was a Rogue, and that People often pretend to have lost more than they really have. The Prisoner had the Watch and Ring to dispose of, and next Day he told us that he had pawned the Watch for a Guinea and a Half, and sold the Ring (having knock'd the Stone out because it had a Coat of Arms in it) for 4 s. 6 d. 5 s. 6 d. or 6 s. 6 d. I forget which - The Buckles were sold for 9 s. to a Goldsmith at the Corner of Moses and Aaron Alley in Whitechapel. The Wig was valued by Philip Lacy a Barber in Whitechapel, at 16 s. We flung Dice for it at his House, and Morpeth won it.

John Claxton . I was at the taking the Prisoner in a Back Lane by Whetstone. He told me if they hanged him it would be for his Good, for then, d - his Eyes, he should do no more Mischief.

John Bury . When he was carried before the Justice, he said, D - my Eyes, I know I shall be cast, but I sha'n't be jamm'd; for I have good Friends who can save me, but if they won't they may be damn'd.

Richard Oliver . The Prisoner's Father left him 3500 l. but he is not yet of Age, and his Aunt allows him 20 s. a Week.

William Welch . The Prisoner was Midshipman on Board the Tilbury a Year ago; but being idle he came up and took a Lodging at 2 s. a Week in my House, in Water-Lane, Fleet-Street. He continued with me Three Quarters of a Year, and went away about the End of last May. He always appeared very sober, civil and sedate. I never heard him swear an Oath, nor saw any Company come after him.

Three other Witnesses deposed that they knew no Ill of him.

The Jury found him Guilty . Death .

30. John Davis , was indicted for marrying Joyce Cordwell , Feb. 8 his former Wife , Jane Newman , being then living .

Ann Hodgkin . The Prisoner was married to Jane Newman at my House in the Fleet, by James Storke the Minister in the Year 1724, but I can't say what Month, for we don't always set the Months down. As soon as they were married they went to Bed. The Minister James Storke lived with me eighteen Years, and here is his Register-Book.

Joyce Cordwell . I was married to the Prisoner on Shrove Tuesday at St. Anne's Lime-house , and I saw his first Wife this Day in the Work-house in St. George's Middlesex.

The Prisoner in his Defence called Witnesses to prove that his first Wife was No Woman, which was contradicted by the Evidence for the Prosecutor.

The Jury found him Guilty .

[Branding. See summary.]

31. Edward Hewet , was indicted for stealing two Brass Locks , the Goods of Susan Farforth , July 1 . Guilty .

[Transportation. See summary.]

32. Thomas Hooker , was indicted for privately stealing three Pounds and three Quarters of Plate Brass, Value 5 s. 23 Brass Ballances, Value 17 s. 6 d. 16 Steel Verges, Value 5 s. 7 Setts of Steel Works, Value 5 s. and one steel File, the Goods of John Parks and William King , in their Shop , Sept. 20 .

William King . About Nine at Night my Apprentice sent for me from the Tavern, and told me the Prisoner, who was then in my Shop, had stole my Goods. I took the Prisoner backwards, and calling in two of my Workmen, I charged him with taking such Goods. After a long Hesitation, and often desiring me to go up Stairs, he gave me 16 Verges out of his Mouth (all of them were of no greater Bulk than a Chew of Tobacco) 17 Studs of Brass, 23 Ballances, 10 Setts of Steel Works, belonging to Watch - Movements, three Pounds and three Quarters of Brass, and a File, out of his Pockets. He said he was ashamed of and sorry for what he had done, and begged for Mercy, and that I would not send him to Jail.

Prisoner. Did not I deliver them to you the Minute you came in, and tell you that I intended to buy them, and not to defraud you?

King. No. It was a long Time before I could bring him to confess.

John Cushion . The Prisoner came into the Shop for some Brass, and bought a little. Then he wanted some Ballances. I shewed him a Parcel, but soon missing some of them, I watched him. Next he asked for Verges; I told out 32, and saw him put several into his Mouth, and I had but 27 back; and besides, I miss'd a Dozen out of the Box; and after that I miss'd ten Steel Works; upon which I made an Excuse to send for my Master, and when he came I spoke to him aside, and told him what the Prisoner had done - All that the Prisoner bought came but to Nine-pence Half-penny.

Robert Harper and Samuel Milburn confirmed Mr.King's Evidence.

Prisoner. I had dealt two or three Years at the Shop, and went as usual to buy Goods, but being in Drink, I took what I intended to buy and put them in my Pocket.

Mrs. Edwards. About the 22d of May, and the 14th of July last, I trusted the Prisoner with these Watches, and he honestly returned them to me; and I verily believe he had no Design to steal the Goods laid to his Charge.

Robert Westley , Esq; Jonathan Haley , Richard Reynolds , John Grout , Edward Thomas , and George Wright , deposed that the Prisoner bore a very honest Character, and this was the first Time they had heard any III of him.

The Jury found him guilty to the Value of Ten Pence .

[Whipping. See summary.]

33. Richard Peacod , was indicted for stealing a Hat, a Wig, a Girdle, and a Silver Buckle , the Goods of James Rawlins , October 9 . Guilty .

[Transportation. See summary.]

34. Elizabeth Johnson , was indicted for stealing two Tea-spoons , the Goods of Thomas Matthews , Oct. 1 . Acquitted .

35. Julian Brown *, was indicted for Ravishing and Carnally Knowing Susan Marshall , an Infant of Eleven Years old , April 11 .

* In September 1731, Brown was tried for a Street-Robbery, but acquitted. And in July last he was one of the Evidences for Mac Cray.

Susan Marshall . On Friday Night my Mother sent me to the Prisoner's Shop. - He keeps a Chandler's Shop the Corner of Plum-tree Court in Dyot-street , - for two Red Herrings. When I had them, the Prisoner bid me carry them home, and come back again, and he would give me one for my self. So I came the second Time, and he bid me go into his Back Room, and he would bring me a Red Herring, but he brought me a Dram of Anniseed, and made me drink some of it. Then he set me on his Lap, and put his Hand up my Coats, and threw me on the Floor, and - and - I screamed out, and called him nasty Rogue. But he said, Hush! hush! I do so to my Wife. And then he made me promise to tell no body, and so I did not speak of it till Monday; but then I told Mrs. Bathaway, for I was so sore that I could not go about; and she told my Mother.

Prisoner. Vat'our it vas ven you come to mine Shop?

Susan Marshall . What Hour? It was between Nine and Ten at Night.

Q. Was that the first, or second Time of your being there?

Susan Marshall . The first, for it was about Ten when I went the second Time, and I saw no body else was then in the Shop. He shut the Hatch and bolted it, and when he came to me in the Back Room he latched the Door.

Prisoner. You vas in mine Shop but von Time dat Night.

Q. Why did you not complain before Monday?

Susan Marshall . Because I was afraid my Mother would beat me.

Q. On your Oath did not you consent?

Susan Marshall. No. I cry'd out aloud.

Prisoner. Ven you come again to my Shop?

Susan Marshall. Not till Monday Morning.

Prisoner. You come on de Saturday.

Q. How came you to go again to the House of a Man that had used you in such a Manner? Were you sent on an Errand?

Susan Marshall. No. I went with two or three of my Play-fellows to drink a Dram.

Mrs. Bathaway. The Girl came to my Habitation on the Monday, and cried. I asked what was the Matter? and she told me that her Mother had sent her for two Herrings; that the Prisoner bid her come again and he would give her one for herself; that she went; that he took her into a Back Room, and gave her a Dram, and sat her in his Lap, and put his Hands up her Coats, and told her - I don't know how to speak it - but he told her he must - And that then he laid her on the Floor, and did as he said. That she cried out very loud, but no body heard her. Upon this I sent for her Mother, and upon examining we found that some Man had abused her.

Mrs. Marshall. My Girl told me that the Prisoner had used her in a violent Manner. I found her in a very bad Way, and was frighted to see that a Man had been medling with her.

Prisoner. Did not I send a Surshon?

Mrs. Marshall. Yes, a Fortnight after, but I would not let him see the Child.

Q. When did you complain?

Mrs. Marshall. This was done on the 11th of April. On the 18th I sent for a Surgeon, and the next Day I went to Hicks's Hall, and preferred a Bill for an Attempt.

Q. How came a Bill afterwards to be found for a Rape?

Mrs. Marshall. I left it to my Attorney.

Elizabeth Palmer , Midwife. I searched the Girl on the 17th of April. She was very much torn, and had a foul Distemper. On the 19th I went to a Surgeon, and told him I fancy'd she was clapt, by what I found upon her Linnen. He said he believed the same. And I'll swear that a Man had enter'd her in a barbarous Manner.

Mr. Hawkins, Surgeon. The Girl complained of a Smart. I saw her Linnen turn'd up, and it was discolour'd with a Running. I was in some doubt as to her Disorder, but I gave her Medicines as for the French Disease, and the Distemper submitted to them.

Mr. Matthews, Apothecary. I thought by her Linnen, that her Disorder was Venereal.

Prisoner. I brought an Action against deem in de King's Bench for Scandal, and den dey indict me for dis Rape.

Elizabeth Frazier . I lodge in the Prisoner's House. On the eleventh of April, I was in his little Room behind the Shop from eight in the Morning till eleven at Night, and was not out of it except twice or thrice in the Day-time, when I just stept into my own Room and down again. But from nine at Night to eleven I was not once out. The Girl came between nine and ten for two Herrings, and carried them away, but she came no more that Night, nor was she at all in the little Room. And Mrs. Tomson, who then lodged in the same House, but is since dead, was with me in that Room from eight till past ten: Next Day, as the Prisoner and I and the Spanish Embastinder's Silver Smith (who is now gone over Sea) were sitting in that Room, this Girl and another came in for a Quartern of Gin; they laughed and talked how they had served two Boys, and this Girl said, I paid his Shins with the Fire-shovel, I love to play at Man and Wife, but I do not like him. She came two or three times that Day for Gin, upon which the Prisoner said to his Wife, why do you let them Girls drink Gin? I would have you deny them. As to the Prisoner's Character, he is a very honest Man as far as I know.

Elizabeth Hammond . So he is, and I lodge in his Cellar under that little Room, and I heard no Noise that Night - I saw the Girl on the fifteenth of April. She said the Prisoner had had to do with her to be sure. I asked her why she did not cry out. Because, says she, he gave me a Dram of Anniseed, and I shall have a pretty Baby of my own to nurse, and that will be better than crying out.

John West , Surgeon. I was desired on the third of May to search the Girl, but her Parents refused to let me see her. I examined the Prisoner the same Day; he was then found, and it did not appear that he had lately had a Clap.

Roger Ferris , Ann Fullerton , Thomas Clark and Elizabeth Clark , deposed that the Prisoner had the general Character of an honest Man.

Margaret Sampson , deposed, that Suky Marshall was well known to every body for all manner of Impudence.

In reply to which, Ann Cooper and Hannah Edge deposed, that they knew Suky Marshall very well, and never saw any thing in her like Impudence or Forwardness, but that she was a very sober, modest, virtuous Girl, and that the Prisoner was a very litigious Man.

The Jury acquitted him.

36, 37. Elizabeth Armstrong , and Mary Price , were indicted for the Murder of Patrick Darling : Armstrong by giving him with a Knife one mortal Wound in the Calf of the right Leg of the depth of two Inches and a half, and the breadth of half an Inch, September 24 , of which Wound he died the same Day: And Price, by being present, aiding, and abetting Armstrong in the said Murder.

They were a second time indicted on the Coroner's Inquisition for the said Murder.

Martha Harper . I went into Mr. Humphries's Brandy shop, in Winford Street , to spend a Half-penny. The Deceased was there, and who should come in but this Mary Price . Now the Deceased was a mighty joaking Man, and he told her she curried a clean Heel, G - D - ye, says she, what is that like? Why, says he, It is like an Irish Leg, as thick at bottom as it is at top. With that she up with her Leg and kicked him on the Parts, and he hit her a Box on the Ear. She reel'd against the Door, and said, Call my Cosin, call my Cousin; she is at a Gin shop next Door. So came her Cousin (the other Prisoner Armstrong) with an Oyster Knife in her Hand, and swore she'd cut his Nose off. He laughed, and said, sure you won't serve me so? She swore yes but she would, and called him Irish Thief. She went out, he followed, she gave him a Push, and I don't know whether he pushed her again, but she turned short and stabbed him in the Breast. When he saw his Blood, he knocked her in the Kennel; and while he was beating her there, she cut him in the Leg. And her Aunt Price called out, Kill him Betty, kill him.

Price. I was not in the Street till all was over.

Martha Harper . Yes, she was in the Street before the Stab.

Harry Wallis . I live opposite to the Brandy-shop, and about ten Minutes past two in the Afternoon Armstrong came out with a Knife and struck at the Deceased several times. He laid hold of her Wrist, but she being stronger than he, shifted her Hands, and struck him in the left Breast, and then he beat her into the Kennel, where she darted the Knife in his Leg, and Price came and hung round him, and said, Kill him, kill him.

Christopher Sallet . Between three and four the same Afternoon, I was at a Brandy-shop in Baker's Arms Alley, Rag Fair, when Armstrong came in very dirty, and I asked her who had been tumbling her in the Mud. She answered, A little Irish Man, but I struck my Knife in his Breast thus far, and I wish it had been in his Heart's Blood. I went to Winford Street to see the Deceased (for I knew him) and he died in my Arms between six and seven the same Day.

James Farwell , a Soldier. I was drinking with the Deceased, who sat on a Bench. Price coming in, he told her she had cleaver Legs, as thick at the bottom as top, and then he touched the String of her Shoe. She kicked his Privities. He gave her a Box on the Ear. She called for her Cousin Armstrong, who came and threatned to cut his Nose off. Arm-Strong went out, he followed, and was stabbed while I was in the Shop, but when I went out they were all three down, and I saw his Shoe full of Blood. I carried him to a Surgeon in four Minutes, which which was about half an Hour after he went out of the Shop.

James Atkinson , Surgeon. The Deceased was brought to me between two and three. He had a Wound near the Armpit which past obliquely towards the Sternum, but there was no penetration in the Cavity of the Thorax. He had another an Inch and a half deep in the Calf of his Leg. I drest his Wounds, and they were both trivial, but for want of due care, the Hemorrhage of Blood from the Calf of his Leg contributed to his Death, for he was harrasded about for two or three Hours, and no body would take him in. And his Animal Spirits being exhausted, he might be be suffocated for want of having his Head laid in a proper position. Besides, I heard that after he was wounded he fought with a Sailor, which might hasten his Death.

- Wallis. After the Wound was given he went towards the Brandy-shop, and a Sailor coming by they had two or three Blows. But the People saying, Are not you ashamed to fight with a Man that is stabbed, and then the Sailor went away.

Jane Tomkins . I looked out at Window and saw Armstrong push at the Deceased, he got hold of her Wrists, but she got loose and stabbed him thus down the Breast; I cryed out, Beat her, beat her, and then he pulled her Head in the Kennel. A Sailor coming by, said to him, D - ye! what Son of a B - are you, to beat a Woman? Upon which, the Deceased quitted the Woman, and two or three Blows past between him and the Sailor, but it was over in a Minute, for I called out and said, For God's sake do not let him beat a wounded Man.

Price. The Deceased came behind me, and put his Hand up my Coats, I said, what is that for ye Blockhead? is there not Wench enough for ye? What, says he, do ye stomach it? My Cousin having been opening Oysters next Door, came in with a Knife in her Hand, and then I went out about my Business, but coming back, I saw my Cousin in the Kennel, and the Deceased a beating her, and so I went and took him off.

Armstrong. Hearing my Aunt cry out, I went and said to the Deceased. Are not you a foolish Irish Dog to meddle with an old Woman, and then he knocked me down into the Kennel, where he twice put his Hands up my Coats.

Two Surgeons deposed, that the Wound did not appear to be mortal. but that the Deceased might have been living if he had taken due care of himself.

The Jury acquitted Price, and found Armstrong Guilty . Death .

38. Edward Cullen , was indicted for breaking and entering the House of Margaret Yates in Covent Garden , and stealing nine Silver Spoons, and six Silver Tea Spoons, the Goods of Margaret Yates ; three Silver Spoons, two Silver Salts, and one Silver Salt Spoon, the Goods of John Warren , Esq ; and two pair of Laced Shoes, and two pair of Silk Stockings, the Goods of Elizabeth Tostick ; and a Sword, the Property of a Person unknown, October 13 . in the Night .

M. Yates. On Monday Night the Prisoner's Mistress came to my House to Dance, and he came with her - I keep a Chocolate-house - He went away between seven and eight, but I suppose he came again afterwards, and concealed himself, for my Family sat up till three in the Morning. And he being suspected, was examined, and confest that he took the Plate, and my Maid's Silk Stockings.

Elizabeth Tostick. On Tuesday Morning I found the Drawer in the Bar open, and the Plate which I had left there was gone, and I lost two pair of Silk Stockings, and a pair of Shoes out of the Kitchen.

George Wood . The Prisoner's Lady went from our House at half an Hour after two in the Morning, and he was not then to be found; on which account, when we found the House was robbed, we suspected him, and heard that he came home at five that Morning. Upon searching his Room, I found ten Silver Spoons and two Salts hid in a Cloth up the Chimney. I asked him how he got into our House the second time. He confest that he returned in half an Hour after he first went away, and past through the Kitchen into the Yard, where he waited till the Family was abed, and that then he took the Goods, opened the Street Door (and left it open) and went away between three and four in the Morning He had lived with my Mistress eight Months ago.

William Leadbeater . The Prisoner was Footman to Mrs. Brooks in Great Pultney-Street. And when she was ready to go home I went about the Neighbourhood to see for him, but could not find him, and so she was forced to go home without him.

Prisoner. I am a young Fellow, and beg to be transported for Life.

The Jury found him Guilty . Death .

39 Ann Ingram , was indicted for privately stealing seven Guineas, from the Person of John Howorth , January 4 .

John Howorth . I had received forty Pound. I had a Bank Note for half of it, and the rest was in Gold. About nine at Night, I went to drink at the Red Lyon Ale-house in Peter Street, Soho, and there was this Prisoner. When I went away, she followed, and asked me to give her a Pint - We went to an Ale-house the corner of Church Lane in St. Giles's , where we drank Ale and Brandy, and it growing late we concluded that one Bed should serve us both, and so giving the Landlady a Shilling for the use of her Lodging, she locked us both in, and we went to bed. Next Morning, when I awaked, I found my self disordered in a strange place, and she was sitting up in the Bed with her Clothes half on. She desired me not to stop her because she was going to her Days Work, which was Washing. I looked into my Bag, and seeing some Guineas there, I thought all was safe, and so I knocked, and my Landlady opened the Door. But when I came home I mist seven Guineas. I went to the House where I first saw the Prisoner, and by enquiring, I found her at a Ginshop; she confest she had the Money, but pretended that I gave it her upon that same Account. So I sent for a Constable, but the Mob rescued her; and indeed. I being a Man in Business, did not much care to take her up; and I had not done it now, but that she came into my Neighbourhood and degraded me.

William Whitesides . I heard the Prisoner confess that she took seven Guineas from the Prosecutor. Upon which, I told her, if it was in my Power I would prosecute her for her Assurance in divulging it. She said if it was to do again she would do it.

Prisoner. He asked me to drink, I told him I hoped he would do me no harm, and he said he would not, but he made me drunk and put me to bed, and when I awaked and found my self locked in, I was frighted - And next Day he charged me with seven Guineas. I have seen him several times since, and he wanted me to go with him, but I would not, and therefore he has brought on this Prosecution.

The Jury acquitted her.

40. John Francis , was indicted for stealing a Brass Pot, a Sauce Pan, and a Coffee Mil , the Goods of Francis Child , October 1 . Guilty .

[Transportation. See summary.]

41. Frances Gilbert , was indicted for privately stealing a Silver Watch from Henry Dun , October 6 .

Henry Dun. Having been taking a Bottle on Sunday Night, and being a little merry, I met the Prisoner near Charing Cross about twelve o'Clock, and took her up an Alley. I had stood but a little while before I found her Hand in my Pocket, upon which I felt for my Watch, and it being then safe, I staid a little longer, and then we parted; but soon after I felt again for my Watch and it was gone. I described her to the Watchmen, and they found her on the Friday Night following. She confest before the Justice that she had the Watch, and by her Direction it was found at the Pawn-brokers; she says indeed that I gave it her, but this is the common Pretence of such Creatures to make People ashamed to prosecute them; but I knew better, and I hope others will follow my Example.

Prisoner. He picked me up, and took me into the Alley, where he offered such unseemly things that it is a shame to speak of them. He said he had no Money, but if I would oblige him he would pledge his Watch with me; and as he supposed I was commonly to be found thereabouts, he would redeem it the next time he saw me. Guilty 10 d.

[Transportation. See summary.]

42. Nathaniel Had , was indicted for assaulting Richard Marston on the Highway, and robbing him of a Woollen Wallet, value one Shilling, and a Stick value two Pence , July 5 .

But it appearing a malicious Prosecution, the Jury acquitted him: and the Court granted him a Copy of his Indictment.

43, 44. James Farthing the elder , and James Farthing his Son (a little Boy) were indicted for stealing a Brown Gelding, value twenty Shillings , the Property of John Dixon , September 27 . Acquitted .

45. Mary Matthews , alias Wright , was indicted for stealing a Gold Necklace, and a pair of Stays , the Goods of Robert Peak , August 21 . Guilty 10 d.

[Transportation. See summary.]

46. James Barns , was indicted for assaulting Ann Lions on the Highway, and robbing her of five Pence , September 22 . Acquitted .

47. Elizabeth Newman , was indicted for stealing a pair of Silver Buckles , the Goods of Edward Quaif , September 22 . And

48. Ann Cunningham for receiving the same knowing them to be stolen .

Edward Quaif . I had been drinking, and about twelve at Night I met Newman, and asked her to go home with me to my Room in Queen's Head Yard in Tyburn Road . She agreed, and we went to bed. She got up between five and six in the Morning, and took the Buckles out of my Shoes, and carried them away. I was very much in Liquor over Night, and when I saw in the Morning what a Creature I had got, I was glad to get rid of her. She was afterwards taken, and confest that she had pawned one of them to John Bowden for a Quart of Gin and a Shilling, and that Ann Cunningham had the other, and they were found accordingly.

The Jury acquitted them.

49. William Gibbens , was indicted for privately stealing three Portugal Pieces, Value 5 l. 8 s. and two Guineas, from the Person of Michael Graham , Sept. 16 .

- Graham. About Eleven at Night the Prisoner came into an House where I was drinking. His Face and Hands were bloody, and he told me that his Landlord had abused him, and turned him out of his Lodging. It may be your Fault, says I, for when I lodged in the same House, the Man was civil to me. In a little Time I got up and went out; the Prisoner followed, and desired me to let him lie with me for one Night. As he was my Countryman, and destitute of a Lodging, I at last consented, tho' I had another Bed-fellow. So we went to my Room together. I undress'd and went to Bed before the Prisoner.

My Money was tied fast in the Tail of my Shirt. My other Bed-fellow and I belonging to a Brewhouse three Doors from my Lodging, and being to get up early, I desired the Prisoner to lie on the farther Side, but he would needs lie next to me. In half an Hour my other Bed-fellow got up to go to Work, and after he was gone I am sure my Money was in the Tail of my Shirt, for I had it in my Hand. I went to sleep, and lay above two Hours, and having over-slept myself, I was called up in a Hurry to go to the Brewhouse; upon which I dress'd myself in such haste, that I did not mind whether my Money was safe or not; but in a Quarter of an Hour after I was come to the Brewhouse, I miss'd it. I could not immediately leave the Work I was then about, but in about half an Hour more, I went back and met the Prisoner coming out at the Street-Door. I asked him how he could serve me so as to take my Money, when I had been so civil to him. He answered; What a Noise you make, hold your Tongue, and you'll get your Money again. So we both went up into my Room, and he pulled off his Shoes, and bid me search him. I called to my Landlady, and bid her keep the Door till I fetched a Constable. But I never found my Money. I did not then know the Prisoner's right Name, for he went by the Name of Beau Nash.

Prisoner. He was in Liquor, and so was I, and I know no more of the Money than the Child unborn.

The Jury acquitted him.

50 Thomas Devenish , of St. Luke in Middlesex , Backmaker , was indicted for a Misdemeanour in that on the Back of a Promissory Note (dated May 25, 1735. Signed with the Name of Thomas Devenish , and purporting that the said Devenish promised to pay to William Morris or Order, One Hundred Pounds) he did forge an Indorsement in these Words and Figures, May 29, 1735. Pay the Contents to Thomas Green or Order, William Morris . And that he did utter and publish the said Forged Writing, knowing it to be forged, with an Intent to defraud the said Green and Morris , June 29 .

James Graham . This Note was brought to me first by James Northall a Scrivener, (who was tried last Sessions on the same Account.) He desired me to get Money for it. I told him I would try. It was then indors'd, William Morris . I enquir'd who Morris was, and Northall answer'd, that Morris was a Smith at the lower End of Broad-Street. Northall came several Times about it, and at last he said he was employ'd by Devenish (the Prisoner) to whom the Note belonged, and to whom I must pay the Money. After this, the Prisoner came himself, and said it was his Note, and that the Name at Bottom was his own Hand. I had directed the Note, that Morris was a Smith in Broad Street, and asked the Prisoner if that Direction was right, and he said it was. I then asked him if he dealt with Morris, and how he came to owe Morris such a considerable Sum. His answer was, that he himself was a Back-maker; that the Money was owing for Nails and other Things in the Back-making Trade, and that the Sum was not considerable for a Man of his Dealing. This Account I thought was natural enough; thereupon I told him I hoped to get it discounted in two or three Days. For this Purpose I applied to Mr. Conran, and he to Mr. Green a Jeweller, who offered to give Rose Diamonds at a Market Price for the Note, which I agreed to, because I deal in them my self - It's Part of my Business, as a Broker, to get Notes discounted. The Brokers don't usually enquire after the Indorsers; though it's what we ought to do, but we leave that to the Person who discounts the Notes - The Prisoner came five or six Times to see if I had done it - As to the Indorsement, there is not a Letter in Morris's Name that is like his Writing.

Thomas Green . Mr. Conran brought this Note to me to see if I would take it for Jewels. - My Glasier living near Morris's, I asked him if he knew Morris, and if he was a Man of Worth. He said he did not think he was worth Twenty Pounds; upon which I returned the Note. Mr. Conran came the next Day to know the Reason of it; I told him it was but a coined Note at best. We went to Morris and shew'd him the Note. He said the Name was none of his Writing, and he wrote his Name before us, and it was not at all like the Indorsement.

Prisoner's Council. When you saw the Note first were these Words, Pay the Contents to Thomas Green or Order, then indors'd over the Name of William Morris?

Thomas Green. No. It was a Blank Indorsement, with only the Name of William Morris , and my Attorney bid me tell the Grand Jury that these Words, Pay the Contents to Thomas Green or Order, were writ by Order of the Clerk in the Court. - I don't take those Words to be writ by the same Hand as writ the Name William Morris.

It not appearing that those Words and Figures, May 29, 1735. Pay the Contents to Thomas Green or Order, were written by the Prisoner, the Jury acquitted him.

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

Receiv'd Sentence of Death 4.

William Blackwell , George Vaughan , Elizabeth Armstrong , and Edward Cullen .

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