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Old Bailey Proceedings, 19th October 1774.

THE WHOLE PROCEEDINGS ON THE King's Commission of the Peace, Oyer and Terminer, and Gaol-Delivery FOR THE CITY of LONDON; And also the Gaol-Delivery for the County of MIDDLESEX; HELD AT JUSTICE-HALL in the OLD-BAILEY, On Wednesday the 19th, Friday the 21st, Saturday the 22d, Monday the 24th, and Tuesday the 25th of OCTOBER, 1774.

In the Fourteenth Year of His MAJESTY's Reign. Being the Eighth SESSION in the MAYORALTY of The Right Honourable Frederick Bull , LORD-MAYOR of the CITY of LONDON.

Taken down in SHORT-HAND by JOSEPH GURNEY .

NUMBER VIII. PART I.

LONDON:

Printed for J. WILLIAMS, No. 39, in Fleet Street.

[PRICE SIX-PENCE.]

THE PROCEEDINGS ON THE

King's Commission of the Peace, Oyer and Terminer, and Gaol-Delivery, held for the City of LONDON, &c.

BEFORE the Right Honourable FREDERICK BULL , Lord Mayor of the City of London; the Honourable Sir WILLIAM BLACKSTONE , Knt. one of the Justices of his Majesty's Court of Common Pleas *; the Honourable Mr. BURLAND, one of the Barons of his Majesty Court of Exchequer +; Mr. Serjeant GLYNN, Recorder ++; THOMAS NUGENT , Esq; Common Serjeant ~; and others his Majesty's Justices of Oyer and Terminer of the City of London, and Justices of Gaol Delivery of Newgate, holden for the said City and County of Middlesex.

The *, +, ++, and ~, refer to the Judges by whom the Prisoners were tried.

(L. ) London Jury.

(M. ) First Middlesex Jury.

(2d M. Second Middlesex Jury.

London Jury.

Henry Buckley

James Ewlet

Thomas Bennett

Thomas Bird

Joseph Bruin

George Mellon

William Phillips

Redburn Topkins

James Evans

Henry Smith

Francis Atkins

First Middlesex Jury.

William Wilton

Peter Mallard

Nathaniel Allen

John Boddy

John Burtenshaw

Josiah Hodgson

Nathaniel Serjeant

Josiah Wallace

William Rogers

John Tedmarsh

Benjamin Dixon

Joseph Read

William Shaddock served part of the time instead of Joseph Read .

Second Middlesex Jury.

Thomas Sansum

John Miller

William Dunn

John Scott

John Smith

Joseph Brown

John Atkinson

Thomas Carpenter

William Hill

James Hergest

Francis Jones

Owen Gibson

677, 678. (1st M.) JOHN COLEBY and CHARLES JONES were indicted for breaking and entering the dwelling house of Lancelot Keatt , on the 22d of September, about the hour of two in the night, and stealing a watch with a metal case covered with shagreen, value 40 s. a watch chain, value 2 s. three silver tea spoons, value 3 s. a pair of silver tea tongs, value 2 s. a pebble seal set in gold, value 40 s. a pair of silver sleeve buttons, value 1 s. two half crowns and two shillings and two-pence in money, numbered, the property of the said Lancelot . +

Lancelot Keatt . My house was broke open on the 22d of September in the night; when I came down in the morning I found my back door and window broke open, and the iron bars of the window were taken out, through which I apprehend the people that did the fact got into my house. I am certain that both door and window were fast when I went to bed at night; I had taken particular notice of the fastenings that night, because I had suspicion of some mischief being designed from what had passed before. I lost the things mentioned in the indictment (repeating them.)

Q. What time did you discover that your house was broke open?

Keatt. Before six o'clock in the morning; it was then light.

Nicholas Bond . I am clerk to Sir John Fielding ; the next morning after the house was broke open, I was informed the two prisoners were gone down to the water side; I went thither and saw them setting off in a boat; I called to the waterman to come back to shore; I think but I am not sure that I saw one of the prisoners slip something out of the boat into the water; I had the Thames searched, and there was a handkerchief found there, which was brought to Guildhall at Westminster; it contained the metal watch and some other things mentioned in the indictment.

John Heley . I am one of Sir John Fielding 's men; I was with Mr. Bond; we pursued the prisoners down to the water side, where I saw the prisoners in a boat going off from shore; we called to the waterman to come back; the prisoners were very desirous of going off; I think I saw something thrown overboard, but I am not certain. I searched the prisoners, and in the pocket of one of them I found two half crowns, but that was not any part of the prosecutor's money; the goods were brought up afterwards by a waterman, whose name is Dodsley. I have had them in my custody ever since.

Francis Sayer . I am a waterman; last Friday was three weeks, between eleven and twelve o'clock, I took the two prisoners into my boat on the lower side of Westminster Bridge; when I got about a boat and a half's length from the shore, Mr. Bond and Mr. Heley called to me to come back; the prisoners wanted me to row on; I saw the prisoner Jones slide a reddish handkerchief by the larboard side of the boat into the river; I did not at that time ask him what he had thrown into the water because I was flurried.

Q. from one of the prisoners. Whether there were not other boats with people about at the time that might have put the handkerchief into the river?

Sayer. There were other boats about the shore, but I did not see any that had any passengers in them.

William Dodsley , jun. I took up the handkerchief about the middle of the second arch of Westminster Bridge; at that time it was low water; I saw people groping about with hooks in order to discover something; I stripped and went into the water and struck it with my foot; I took it up and delivered it afterwards to my father; that was the same handkerchief that is produced; I know it by some holes at the corners; I could tell by the feel there was money and a watch in it.

William Dodsley , sen. I received the handkerchief of my son; there was the metal watch and the chain in it, three tea spoons, two salt spoons, the tea tongs, the gold sleeve buttons, and the silver sleeve buttons, two rings, two King William and Queen Mary's half crowns, a Dutch gilder, and some other pieces of money. Mr. Bond desired me to carry them to Guildhall, Westminster, and afterwards to Sir John Fielding 's; at Sir John's, Mr. Heley took them from me, but I kept them from Friday to Wednesday, by Sir John Fielding 's order; then I delivered them to Heley.

(The goods being produced were deposed to by the prosecutor.)

John Heley . These are the goods and handkerchief I received of Dodsley.

Q. from Coleby. If you did not offer to deliver the handkerchief to my wife if she would give you six guineas?

Heley. I did not make that offer to her; she tempted me to dispose of them in that or some such manner; I refused her offer and would not do it; I carried them to Sir John Fielding 's; I kept the handkerchief from Friday till Wednesday, and then delivered it to Heley.

Both guilty . Death .

679. (M.) ANN FRANKS was indicted for stealing five guineas, a half guinea, and seven shillings, in money, numbered , the property of John Wilson , Sept. 10th . +

Acquitted .

680, 681. (M.) JAMES KNIGHT and GEORGE TOMLIN were indicted for feloniously making an assault with an offensive weapon, called a pistol, upon Jonathan Snow , in the king's highway, with intent the money of the said Jonathan to steal, against the statute , Aug. 26th . *

Jonathan Snow . I live in Marsham-street, Westminster. On the 26th of August, coming from Ham, between eleven and twelve o'clock at night, in a coach, in company with Mr. Jackson, a clergyman, and two other gentlemen; all four in the coach in the broad part of Turnham Green ; we had heard before we came there of a robbery that night in Gunnersbury lane; having arms we determined not to be robbed; at the broad part of Turnham Green, Mr. Jackson observed a couple of fellows there; he asked Mr. Churchill what he thought of those fellows; he replied that they looked very suspicious; while we were talking in that manner one of the men rushed out from behind some trees; upon which Mr. Jackson repeatedly told him he would fire at him if he did not keep off; I looked out on the other side and saw another man running after the coach; upon which I told him if he did not desist, I would shoot at him; still he kept running on till he came within about fifteen yards of the coach; I believe that man that ran after the coach was James Knight ; but I cannot be positive as to his person, but am positive to his size, and can swear to the clothes he was in at Sir John Fielding 's; I fired at him, and this man, whom I took to be Knight, put himself in a posture of firing, but I saw no weapon that he had at that time.

Mr. William Jackson . I was in the coach on Friday evening, the 26th of August last, with the other gentlemen; this happened between eleven and twelve o'clock at night, at Turnham Green, between two houses that have each the sign of the Pack Horse. I sat back on the right hand; Mr. Churchill on my left hand; there is in that place a row of trees railed from the common road that are before some houses; just at the corner of the rail, to the best of my belief, stood James Knight ; but I cannot positively say it was him; he is of the same size and had the same clothes when I saw him at Sir John Fielding 's that the man had at that time, but I cannot be positive to the person of the man; I asked Mr. Churchill what he thought of that fellow; seeing him there, he replied he thought he looked very suspicious, and then this man ran a-cross the road to the other side of the coach; he said nothing at that time, nor did I see any weapon that he had; when we came about twenty yards further, another man rushed out, who I believe to be Tomlin; he kept on our side of the coach; upon which I leaned out of the door, presented my pistol at him, and threatened to fire if he did not keep off; still he continued to pursue us, apparently with a design to reach the coach door, but before he could get so far as that, he put his hand to his breast, and took out a pistol, which he presented and fired. I am pretty sure that Tomlin is the man: I can speak much more positively to him than to Knight. It was a moon light night; I leaned out of the coach with the pistol in my hand, and kept looking at him; therefore I am more positive to his person than I can be to Knight. Upon his fireing I opened the coach door and jumped out, and Mr. Churchill followed me, and pursued the fellows; but they went off by a bye path, which I since find goes to Acton Common, and escaped. These two prisoners were afterwards brought to Sir John Fielding 's, among other men brought there under different accusations; they were in the same clothes, or clothes exceedingly like the clothes they had when this attempt was made upon us; I charged them both, being very sure of Tomlin, but not quite so sure of Knight; when I saw them at Turnham Green, the two men did not appear to be connected together, or be in company with each other; possibly they might be, but I cannot say they were, and neither of them spoke a word.

Knight's Defence.

I lay at Dartford on Saturday and Sunday night, with an acquaintance; on the next night he and I came five miles to an old fellow servant's on the road; there we lay on Tuesday night; on Wednesday night I lay at Kent-street; we both lay at the Bull at Kent-street end on the Tuesday and Wednesday night. I went to the White Bear in Piccadilly, there I had my things directed to the Ship at Turnham Green, in order to go down to see my friends; going along Piccadilly I met a young woman and a young fellow; she picked me up; I went with her to Kensington; there two young fellows came after me; one struck me; in the mean time Tomlin came up to me; I said I could not stand as there were two men against me; I asked Tomlin to hold my clothes; I charged the watch with them; when the watch came to Tomlin, I found Tomlin had a pistol in his pocket; I said to the men I had business in the country, I would depart and make it up; Tomlin said he had a pistol in his pocket, he would stop a coach; between the Adam and Eve at the turnpike, came a coach, which he was going to rob, but I catched the pistol out of his hand; when I came to Hammersmith, there was a light in the road; we went into a house; I told the landlord there was a man upon the highway, and insisted upon his aiding and assisting me; Tomlin then said I was confederate with him; the landlord asked him if he knew me; he said he knew nothing of me.

Tomlin's Defence.

The first acquaintance I had with this man was at the Adam and Eve; he was quarrelling with two men there; I was coming by at the same time; he said, young man hold my clothes while I fight these two men; I held his clothes; after the quarrel was over, he said he would treat me for my civility; as we were walking along I saw a pistol in his pocket; I said what have you here; he took it out of his pocket and shewed it me; I said it does not belong to me, I will not meddle with it; we went into the White Bear; he had the pistol in his hand; I followed him; the landlord came in directly; the landlord saw the pistol, and snatched it out of his hand.

George Heskett . I live at Canterbury: I drive a post chaise: I remember James Knight being at Dartford; it was on Sunday night the 5th of September.

William Knight . I am the prisoner's father: my son drives a post chaise ; he always bore a good character.

Tomlin called several witnesses, who gave him a good character.

KNIGHT acquitted .

TOMLIN guilty . T .

GEORGE TOMLIN was a second time indicted for that he in the king's highway, with a pistol loaded with gunpowder, and a bullet which he held in both his hands, did feloniously shoot at and against the Rev . Mr. William Jackson , Aug. 26th .

There was no evidence given.

Acquitted .

682. (L.) THOMAS EUSTACE was indicted for stealing a silk handkerchief, value 10 d. the property of William Watson , Oct. 10th . ++

William Watson . On the 10th of October, about two in the afternoon, I was at the election at Guildhall , and had my handkerchief taken out of my pocket; I had it in my pocket when I went into the hall; Mr. Payne touched me on the arm, and told me the prisoner had picked my handkerchief out of my pocket; he searched the prisoner and found the handkerchief in his breeches.

William Payne . I was in the hall; I saw the prisoner moving about from place to place; at last I saw him take the prosecutor's handkerchief out of his pocket; I informed the prosecutor of it, and immediately secured the prisoner, and found the handkerchief in his breeches.

Prisoner's Defence.

I picked up the handkerchief as I came into the hall.

Guilty . T .

683. (L.) JAMES TOPING was indicted for stealing a pair of leather breeches, value 14 s. seventeen guineas, and eighteen-pence in money, numbered, the property of John Webb , and two nankeen waistcoats, value 5 s. the property of Thomas Scott , Oct. 7th . ++

Acquitted .

684. (M.) GODFREY MORGAN was indicted for stealing nine yards of linen cloth, value 13 s. the property of John Thomas , October the 3d . +

Samuel Maynard . I am servant to Mr. Thomas: the prisoner came into my master's shop on Monday the 3d of October, between seven and eight o'clock in the morning; he asked for some handkerchiefs: as I was on the compter with my back to him reaching some down, I heard him slide some Irish linen off the compter; I looked round and he had not got it quite off: he looked at the handkerchiefs and asked for some with a purple border: while I was reaching them, I heard him slide it quite off and saw him hide it under his coat. I got down and asked for the linen cloth; he gave it me directly and went down on his knees, took hold of my hand and kissed it, and begged me to let him go: I would not, but said I would get somebody to assist me as soon as I could: he then seized me by my collar, and pulled me to the door; he let himself out and pushed me from the door and got from me: I pursued him with the cry of stop thief; in consequence of which he was taken and brought back.

Prisoner's Defence.

I had the cloth in my hand looking at it; I did not conceal it; he bid me put it down and I did.

He called three witnesses who gave him a very good character.

Guilty of stealing to the value of 10 d. W .

(M.) GODFREY MORGAN was a second time indicted for stealing three linen handkerchiefs, value 3 s. the property of Margaret Mayo , spinster, October the 3d . +

James Burt . I am servant to the prosecutrix: the prisoner came to my mistress's shop in the Strand , and asked for some handkerchiefs: I went in to fetch the key to shew him the handkerchiefs; I showed him some; he wanted to know the price; I went in to ask the price; after bargaining about the price, the prisoner went away. I did not miss any thing at that time till after his taking the linen from Mr. Thomas's, where I was sent for and saw these handkerchiefs.

The handkerchiefs produced and deposed to by the prosecutrix.

Guilty of stealing to the value of 10 d. W .

685. (M.) JANE MUNT was indicted for stealing a silver coffee pot, value 3 l. a silver tea pot, value 40 s. two pair of silver candlesticks, value 8 l. another silver candlestick and extinguisher, value 30 s. a silver tea kettle and lamp, value 5 l. three silver waiters, value 40 s. a silver saucepan, value 40 s. two pair of silver salts, value 20 s. a silver sugar castor, value 20 s. a silver pint mug, value 20 s. a silver butter boat, value 20 s. nine silver table spoons, value 3 l. a silver soup spoon, value 15 s. two silver salt shovels, value 7 s. a pair of silver snuffers and stand, value 20 s. two silver skewers, value 20 s. and a pair of silver tea tongs, value 5 s. the property of Wm. Bridgen , Esq . and a watch with a gold box and case, value 5 l a gold chain. value 40 s. two cornelian seals set in gold, value 20 s. a pair of garnet ear-rings set in gold, value 20 s. three diamond rings set in gold, value 7 l. a pair of Bristol stone sleeve buttons set in silver, value 3 s. a garnet necklace, value 20 s. and a diamond hair pin set in silver, value 20 s. the property of Jane Lansdown , spinster, in the dwelling house of the said William Bridgen , Esq. October the 4th . *

Mary Ward . The prisoner, Jane Munt , and I lived together at Mr. Alderman Bridgen's house; I was a chairwoman in the house: Mr. Bridgen went into the country about the middle of September: the prisoner and I were the only persons left in the house; the prisoner said she had an objection to lying with a woman, and we lay separate several nights: afterwards she took it in her head to lie with me, and we lay together two nights: the first night was the 4th of August we both went to bed together; we had two pistols in the room; she sat down and uncharged them, and then charged them again: then she said the rush light might go out in the night, and went down and fetched the tinder box to light it again: in the night she waked me, and asked me if I did not hear a noise in the house; I said no, and endeavoured to persuade her there was nothing in it: she then said she heard somebody in her mistress's room, and heard the drawers open; we got up and went into the room together; she opened the door, and I saw the window open; she said, here, this window is open, I told you I thought somebody was got in; she looked out of the window, and said, look here, now you will believe somebody has got in: there was some dirt on the window; there was some suspicions of the prisoner. She was taken up the next night; I was present.

Q. Did she say any thing about it?

Ward. Nothing before me.

John Duff . I and Mr. Parnell took the prisoner in her mistress's house: we took her to the house of Eleanor, the wife of John Stevens ; we shewed the prisoner two boxes we had found there, and asked her if they were hers; she said they were: I asked if the things in them were hers? she said, yes. I asked if she had the keys? she said she had left them at her master's house. We got the boxes open; the first thing we took out was a sheet: Mr. Parnell asked her, if that was her sheet? she said, no, it was Mr. Alderman Bridgen's: Mr. Parnell said, I suppose they are all your master's; she said, almost: she said a man had packed them up, and that the gold watch was in the middle of the box. I found it in the box according to her direction.

Q. Did she say any thing how they came to Stevens's house?

Duff. She said she gave two young fellows a pot of beer a piece to carry them there. (The plate produced and deposed to by the prosecutor.)

Mrs. Lansdown produced a gold watch, she received of Mr. Hill, which she deposed to be hers.

- Hill. I had the gold watch out of one of the boxes.

Prisoner's Defence.

It is an unfortunate thing. It was a man who kept company with me two years, persuaded me to do it. I little thought of ever wronging a master or mistress in my life.

Guilty . Death .

686, 687. (M.) WILLIAM LANE and SAMUEL TROTMAN were indicted for that they in the king's highway, in and upon William Floyd did make an assault, putting him in corporal fear and danger of his life, and stealing from his person 3 s. in money numbered, the property of the said William Floyd , August the 4th . +

William Floyd . On Thursday the 4th of August, about half after eight in the evening, Mr. Robinson and I were going from London; he was going to Chelsea, and I to Battersea: when we got to Knightsbridge, there fell a very heavy rain; there was a coach going by to Chelsea; we got into the coach, and between Knights-bridge and Chelsea , just before we came to the sign of the Coach-and-horses, the coach was stopped; both the doors were opened at once, and there appeared to be three men: it was then quite light. I sat with my back to the horses; when both doors were opened, there was one man on my right hand, and another on my left; the man who was on my right hand, who is not here, demanded my money; and Lane, who was on my left hand, without saying a word, cut my coat, my shirt, and just the point of my elbow with a knife; we made no resistance, nor did any thing to provoke them to use us so.

Q. Are you certain to Lane's person?

Floyd. I am certain; the man on my right side clapped his hand on my breeches to feel for my watch; but having neither string nor chain he could not find it; then Lane made a stroke at me with his knife, and cut me across the wrist; my hand is spoiled for ever as to the use of it; being surprized, I asked him in a stern manner, what he was about, and told him I would give him my money if he would let me alone: the man on my right hand called out God blast him, cut away, cut his pocket out: as I was putting my hand in my pocket, Lane made a third push with his knife at my groin; the stroke took my fingers in my pocket, and prevented the knife going into my groin; there appears by my coat to have been a cut on my right side, which must have been made by the man on that side, but did not hurt me: after I had received the third cut, I took my money out of my pocket; Lane received two or three shillings, as my hand came out of my pocket, and one shilling dropped in the coach which he picked up. I had not strength to hold it. He had at least three shillings. I afterwards found half a guinea, and three shillings and sixpence sticking in the blood in my pocket. I bound my handkerchief round my arm, and bid the coachman drive on to a surgeon's. I suppose I lost near three quarts of blood. I am quite certain to the persons of both the prisoners.

Edward Robinson , who was with Mr. Floyd at the time, confirmed his evidence as to the robbery.

Q. Can you be positive to the person of the men that robbed you?

Robinson. I really believe the prisoners are the men the coachman's wife was in the coach, and she being frightened, laid hold of me, and confused me, that I could not take so much notice. I believe the prisoners are the men.

Q. Have you any doubts about it?

Robinson. No; not the least.

William Payne . On the 6th of September, I was in a shop on Ludgate hill; I saw the prisoners pursuing a gentleman's pocket: on seeing me, they desisted: they went from there to Bartholomew fair; I followed them; I lost sight of them for some time; at last I found them, and determined to take them up on suspicion; I found a knife on each of them. I know nothing of the robbery.

John Heley . I searched Trotman's lodgings, and under the bed I found two pistols loaded: (producing them) one was a horse pistol, the other a small pocket pistol.

Joshua Shaw . I am the coachman; I remember being attacked on the fourth of August. I know nothing of the persons of the prisoners.

Lane's Defence.

I am as innocent as the child unborn.

Trotman's Defence.

I know nothing of it; I never was guilty of a robbery in my life. I was not with Lane that night; I have not known him long.

Both guilty . Death .

688, 689. (M.) HANNAH SMITH , spinster, and ANNA MARIA DAKINS were indicted for stealing a pair of silver shoe buckles, and three guineas and ten shillings in money numbered, the property of Abraham Hardy , privately from the person of the said Abraham . *

Abraham Hardy . Last Tuesday night I lost three guineas, and ten shillings in money, and a pair of silver buckles from the house I lodged at in St. Catharine's . I went to the house with Maria Dakins , and staid with her there the whole night; there were two beds in the room; the mistress of the house lodged in the same room; in the other bed. I missed my money and my buckles; about two o'clock in the morning my money was in my breeches pocket; when I went to bed, I took my buckles out of my shoes, and put them into my breeches pocket, and I put my breeches under my bolster. I waked about two in the morning, and the woman asked me for money for beer; I found my money and my buckles gone. Hannah Smith was at that time sitting in the room. I did not know any thing of her being in the room before: I immediately charged the watch with Dakins, but she said she believed Hannah Smith had the buckles; she went with me to the sign of the Punch Bowl, to shew me where Hannah Smith was. I charged the watch with her. Jones the officer had got Smith and the buckles while we were gone to Justice Sherwood's, and we found them there when we returned.

(The buckles were produced in court, and deposed to by the prosecutor.)

William Jones . I am a constable; another constable had brought the prisoner Dakins to the watch house. I saw her there about eight in the morning; then I went to the Punch Bowl, where Smith was with other persons; I asked there who had the man's buckles? Smith directly said she had them, and she took them out of the room where the man lay, left somebody else should; and that she did not take them with an intent to steal them; then she gave me the buckles, and immediately followed me to the watch house.

Smith's Defence.

I took them in order to take care of them for the prosecutor.

Dakins's Defence.

I know nothing of it.

They called no witnesses.

Both guilty of stealing the goods, but not guilty of stealing them privately from the person . T .

690.(2d M.) WILLIAM JONES was indicted for stealing sixteen guineas, a half guinea, a quarter guinea, 960 halfpence, and 21 shillings in money numbered, the property of Martin Van Berg , in his dwelling house , July the 16th . ++

Acquitted .

691. (2d M.) REBECCA STOKES was indicted for stealing a silver watch, value 3 l. the property of Charles Bolton , October the 9th . ++

Acquitted .

692. (M.) RICHARD JILSON was indicted for that he in the king's highway, on Susannah Cory , did make an assault, putting her in corporal fear and danger of her life, and stealing from her person a black silk hat, value 5 s. the property of the said Susannah , July 18 . ++

Susannah Cory . I was robbed by the prisoner on the 18th of July, in Coventry-street , about half after eleven o'clock; Elizabeth Turner was with me; it was dark, or pretty near dark; the prisoner took the hat off my head, and ran away with it; I pursued him to Liecester-fields; there he was taken; he took my hat off with violence, and against my will; then he pulled at my cap, and tore my hair; I kept him in sight till he was taken, and am sure he is the man.

Elizabeth Turner . I was walking with Susannah Cory , in Coventry street, when she was robbed; the prisoner tore the hat from her head, and ran away; we ran after him immediately; he had the hat in his hand when we overtook him in Leicester-fields; the watchman went to stop him, and he threw it away; he turned again and tore her hair.

William Ferry . I am a watchman; I took the prisoner in custody; he said if I would let him out he would shew where he dropped the hat; I would not; I went back with the young woman, and just where I stopped him I found the hat.

The prisoner in his defence denied the charge.

Guilty of stealing to the value of 10 d. but not guilty of the robbery . T .

693. (M.) JANE LISHMAN was indicted for stealing four guineas, the property of John Foreman , in the dwelling house of the said John , July 7th . ||

John Foreman . I keep a chandler's shop ; the prisoner lodged in my house; somebody came to change a guinea on the 7th of July; I took out a little japanned box from the till in which I keep my gold; it had three guineas and a half in it; I took out half a guinea, and gave that and half a guinea's worth of silver in change; I put the guinea in that box; the prisoner was leaning against the compter at the time; soon after that I missed the money, and the shop woman and the prisoner were gone out; I suspected the prisoner, as I knew she was out of place, and had no money; she did not return till it was very late, and then was very much in liquor; I went up to her room next morning, and desired her to tell me what she had done with my money if she had it; she said she knew nothing of it; I said I would get a warrant and have her examined; I said I would give her till the afternoon to consider of it; she still denied it, and said she had no money to help herself; I got a warrant, and carried her before Sir John Fielding ; he, from the circumstances then appearing before him, discharged her; James Haire , who had heard of my losing this money, gave me some information, on which I took her up a second time; she then owned she took the box with the money from the compter, but said there was no more in it than three guineas and a half; that she had laid it out in some wearing apparel which she had left in the care of James Haire .

James Haire . On the Tuesday before the prosecutor lost his money, the prisoner bespoke a pair of shoes of me, and said she would call on Friday about half after ten at night; she shewed me a guinea, which was in a black japan box, and besides a pair of silver buckles, and some ear-rings; she fetched a pot of beer and desired me to keep the box till next morning; the next morning she called and took the box, the buckles and a guinea, and desired one of my children to go to a pawnbroker's with her, for she wanted a pair of stays; she bought them, and some other things; she came back again, and desired to leave them till six o'clock, which she did; in the mean time I heard of the prosecutor's being robbed, and that he suspected it was by the prisoner; I went to Mr. Foreman, and told him what I had seen; he came with an officer, and I delivered up the things left with me.

- Clarke. I am a constable: when I took her the second time, I asked her why she would not own it at first, and what she had done with the rest of the money; she said she laid out about two guineas and a half; that she had drank rather too much, and that a man met her in the street, and she did not know what she did with the rest of the money, but there was but three guineas and a half in the box at the time she took it; that when she took it she did not know what was in it; that she held it in her hand some time before she thought of taking it; I asked what she did with the box; she said she threw it away in the street.

Prisoner's Defence.

I did not take this money; a gentleman desired me to accompany him all night, and gave me two guineas; next morning he gave me half a guinea, and bid me get some new clothes, and he would see me next day, and would take me into the country and provide for me to live with him.

Guilty of stealing the money, but not guilty of stealing it in the dwelling house . T .

694, 695. (M.) MARY GLAZEBROKE, otherwise LAZEBROOKE , and JAMES BRIGHT , were indicted; the first for stealing a copper saucepan cover, value 18 d. the property of John Franklin , and the other for receiving the above goods, well knowing them to have been stolen , July 21st . ||

Both acquitted .

696. (M.) ROBERT CAMPBELL was indicted for stealing a linen shirt, value 3 s. a linen stock, value 1 s. the property of James Wright , Esq , June 23d . ++

Acquitted .

697. (M) ELIZABETH JOVELINE was indicted for stealing eleven pair of leather shoes, value 27 s. the property of Joseph Lowe , June 21st . ~

Acquitted .

698. (M.) ALICE MANNING was indicted for stealing a half guinea , the property of David Watts , July 17th .

The prosecutor was called, but did not appear; his recognizance was ordered to be estreated.

Acquitted .

699. (M.) ELIZABETH BEWELL was indicted for stealing a flowered muslin apron, value 6 s. and a laced tucker, value 2 s. the property of Letitia Gerard , spinster, Aug. 2d .

The prosecutor was called, but did not appear; his recognizance was ordered to be estreated.

Acquitted .

700. (L.) SARAH HURST was indicted for stealing a tea-kettle, value 5 s. the property of John Isherwood , Sept. 13th . ++

John Isherwood . I live at the White Bear, the corner of Barbican, in Aldersgate-street . On the 13th of September the prisoner came into my house, and called for a pint of beer; my wife and I were at breakfast; after breakfast the tea-kettle was carried into the kitchen, which is backward; the prisoner went backwards to the necessary; she returned and went out; a person told my wife he thought she had something that did not belong to her; my wife went after, and brought her back.

Margaret Allen . I am servant to the last witness: after breakfast I put the tea-kettle on the copper in the kitchen; I shewed the prisoner backwards to the necessary; when she was brought back I found the kettle under her petticoats.

Prisoner's Defence.

I went into the house for a pint of beer; I got in company with a man and his wife, who left me to pay a pot of beer; I made a great many words, and a man that lives in the house gave me a black eye; I never saw the kettle till afterwards; they took me to the Compter; I did not know for what till next day.

Guilty of stealing to the value of 10 d. W .

701. (L.) THOMAS HART was indicted for stealing two silver table spoons, value 16 s. the property of William Mobbs , Sept. 4 . ++

William Mobbs . I am a linen-draper on Tower-hill . On the 4th of September, about two in the morning, there was a fire at the back of my house; people came into the house to remove the things: I know nothing of the prisoner.

Mr. Robert Wyat . I am a surgeon: I went down to the fire: I think I saw the prisoner in the prosecutor's house; I went to another house, and there I saw the prisoner tear the lining of his coat and put something in; when he went out I followed him, and stopped him near the Postern; I asked him where he was going, and insisted on his going back, and being searched, he struggled to get from me; I got a watchman to assist me; we took him to the watch-house, and upon searching him, we found in his breeches two silver spoons and a pewter one.

The spoons were produced in Court, and deposed to by the prosecutor.

The prisoner said nothing in his defence.

Guilty . T .

702. (L.) ABRAHAM GUSSENY was indicted for stealing a linen handkerchief, value 10 d. the property of William Ruscow , Sept. 18th . ++

William Ruscow . On the 18th of September, as I was passing through Houndsditch , I saw the prisoner take my handkerchief out of my pocket; I pursued him, and a Jew stopped him, but he delivered the handkerchief to another man; some bad people got about and used me ill, that I was glad to get away; the next day a Jew came to me and told me the man was taken, and lodged in the Compter; I went to the Compter and knew him to be the same man; he was taken before my Lord Mayor, and committed; I saw the handkerchief going out of my pocket, and I saw it in the prisoner's hand.

Prisoner's Defence.

I have nobody to appear for me; I did not know I should be tried so soon.

Guilty . T .

703. (L.) THOMAS BROWN was indicted for stealing a silk handkerchief, value 2 s. the property of Benjamin Holdsworth , Sept. 27 . ++

Benjamin Holdsworth . My pocket was picked the 27th of last month in Lombard-street ; a gentleman informed me that he saw the prisoner take my handkerchief out of my pocket; I turned round and found my handkerchief under the prisoner's arm.

The handkerchief was produced in Court, and deposed to by the prosecutor.

John Edward Reeves . I saw the prisoner follow the prosecutor ten yards, and attempt to take the handkerchief; but supposing somebody saw him, he did not; he went about a yard farther, and then I saw him take the handkerchief out of the prosecutor's pocket.

Prisoner's Defence.

I found the handkerchief.

Guilty . T .

704. (L.) MARGARET CAREY was indicted for stealing a linen frock, value 1 s. a linen apron, value 3 d. a mock garnet necklace and a silver locket, value 1 s. a pair of silver shoe buckles, value 2 s. and a pair of gold earring wires, value 2 s. the property of Richard Goodwin , Sept. 14th . ++

Matthew Swift . I heard an outcry in the parish of St. Clement Danes, that a woman had stripped a child; I went up to the spot, and the child said the prisoner had stripped her; I desired the prisoner to produce the things; she said she had none, and that she was with child, and begged I would not hurt her; I went to search her, and the dropped a jam and pin cloth from under her clothes; the child said she had her necklace, ear-rings and buckles; I then took her to St. Clement's watch house, and then she produced the things.

William Moyles . I took the prisoner; I searched her; the child is the daughter of Ann Goodwin ; when I took the prisoner, the former witness went with her to the watch-house, and being charged with the things she produced them.

Ann Goodwin . I am the mother of the child; the things produced are my property; the child had them on her; she went down from dinner, and was missing an hour.

Prisoner's Defence.

Going through the Temple there was a great number of people; I ran to see what was the matter, and found these things lying on the parade; I put them in my pocket; I was rather in liquor; they took me to the round house, and took the things from me; I did not know that any child had been stripped.

Guilty . T .

705. (L.) RACHEL SOLOMON was indicted for stealing five guineas, two half guineas and three shillings and sixpence in money, numbered , the property of William Treen , Sept. 20th. ++

Acquitted .

706. (2d M.) PATRICK KELLY was indicted for that he in the king's highway, in and upon John Foster , did make an assault, putting him in corporal fear and danger of his life, and stealing from his person a beaver hat, value 10 d. a black silk cravat, value 1 s. and two shillings in money, numbered, the property of the said John , Sept. 23 . ~

John Foster . On the 23d of September, about eight at night, I was going over Tower Hill , in order to go to the other side of the water; two people came up to me, and knocked me down; they took my hat from my head when I was upon the ground; they then turned me on my back, and took my cravat off my neck, and three shillings in money out of my pocket; then they left me; about eight o'clock that same evening the prisoner was at the sign of the Black Boy in St. Catherine's, and another person with him; I sat down in the same box with them, and asked the prisoner and the other person with him to drink; we did drink together, and I am very positive the prisoner was one of the persons who, soon after I went away, followed me out of the house, and robbed me in the manner described. I know the person of the prisoner very well, and should know the other person if I was to see him, because it was a star light night, and I was not at a great distance from some lamps. After this robbery, on the Monday following, I was sent for to Justice Sherwood's there Samuel Randall and Alexander Steward had taken the prisoner, and he was then before the Justice.

Elizabeth Ayres . I take in work, and live in St. Catherine's: I have known the prisoner, who is a sea-faring man , for about four or five months; I saw him have a black silk cravat with a lace at the Black Boy, about nine o'clock; I went there for some beer; at that time he put the cravat to my face; I knowing it to be the prosecutor's, asked him how he came by it, and he said Roach gave it him; this was about nine o'clock the same night the robbery was committed. I knew the cravat to be the prosecutor's, because I had put the lace upon it; I went afterwards to Foster's, and informed him I had seen the cravat in the prisoner's possession.

Alexander Steward . I live in St. Catherine's lane; I am a sea-faring man. On the 23d of September I was at the Black Boy a little after eight, or between eight and nine; the prisoner and John Roach were there sitting with the prosecutor, and I saw the prosecutor get up and leave the prisoner in the house; he bid the woman good night and went away; this was about half after eight; the two men soon went after him, and the prisoner and Roach came back again in about half an hour, and Ayres, who had been in the house before, happened to be there again, for some beer, and she being then in the house, challenged the cravat; the prisoner had a black silk cravat twisted about his hands; he d - d her eyes, and said I have got it from your cull, and if he had ten times as much we would have got it all, and upon that the prisoner and Roach went away.

Prisoner's Defence.

I was working on board a vessel; I came on shore and met the young woman; Foster was going to beat her; then I came to the Black Boy, and met the prisoner fighting with the girl; I took the girl's part, and Roach and I went out; Roach returned again, and had the handkerchief in his hand; I took it from him and brought it into the house; it was taken from me again. I did say Roach had given it me. It was a very rainy dark night. The next day I was taken up for this business, but do not know any thing at all about it.

Guilty of the larceny, but not guilty of the robbery . T .

707. (2d. M.) DANIEL GREENWOOD was indicted for stealing one bank note, marked No. 85, dated London, the 29th day of August 1774, value 10 l. signed by William Jackson , for the Governor and Company of the Bank of England, by which said note, the said William Jackson did promise to pay to Mr. William Warren , or bearer, on demand, the sum of ten pounds; one other bank note, marked No. 86, dated London, the 29th day of August, 1774, value 10 l. signed by William Jackson , for the Governor and Company of the Bank of England, by which said note, the said William Jackson did promise to pay to Mr. William Warren , or bearer, on demand, the sum of ten pound; one other bank note marked No. 87, dated London, the 29th day of August 1774, value 10 l. by William Jackson , for the Governor and Company of the Bank of England, by which said note the said William Jackson did promise to pay to Mr. William Warren , or bearer, on demand, the sum of ten pounds; another bank note, value 10 l. the property of William Warren , in his dwelling house, the sums of money secured by the same then being due and unsatisfied to the said William , Sept. 15 .

Second Count for stealing seven silver tea spoons, value 13 s. and twenty-two guineas, the property of the said William, in his dwelling house. *

Acquitted .

708. (L.) WILLIAM WARD was indicted for stealing 67 lb. weight of moist sugar, value 16 s. the property of certain persons unknown . ++

Thomas Chinner . I had the care of the sugars on the wharf in behalf of the company; there is a foot-path in the day time; we put up hurdles in the night to obstruct the path. I heard a rustling noise among the hurdles, and soon after I saw a bag of sugar come over; I secured the prisoner who stood there. I am positive the bag that contained the sugar was thrown over by him; he threw it over the hurdles, and then came over himself.

Prisoner's Defence.

It is impossible for any man to distinguish in that place, to speak with certainty to it; it was my coat I threw over, not the bag.

Q. to Chinner. Are you sure it was the bag, and not the great coat?

Chinner. It was very light: I am sure it was the bag.

Guilty . T .

709. (M.) WILLIAM LEWIS was indicted for forging a certain order for the payment of money ; which said forged order is as followeth: ( that is to say)

Messrs. Drummond.

Pay the bearer the sum of fifteen pounds, and place it to the account of

J. Pownall.

September 8, 1774.

with intention to defraud Robert Drummond , Esq . Henry Drummond , Esq . and the honourable Henry Beauclerk .

Second Count for uttering and publishing the same order, knowing it to have been forged with the like intent.

Third Count same as the first, only with intention to defraud John Pownall, Esq.

Fourth Count same as the second, only to defraud John Pownall , Esq . February the 8th . +

George Wheatley . I am clerk to Messrs. Drummond and company, bankers, at Charing-cross; on the eighth of September the prisoner presented at our shop a draft for 15 l. purporting to be drawn by Mr. Pownall, who keeps cash at our shop, in the following words: Messrs. Drummond, pay the bearer 15 l. and place it to the account of J. Pownall, September the 8th, 1774, when it was presented to me for payment. I desired the prisoner to write his name upon it; he did write the name, Thomas Smith ; I asked him whether he would have cash or notes; I paid him with a bank note for 15 l. I know Mr. Pownall's handwriting and believe this order not to be his writing. Mr. Hull, another clerk in the office, first suspected it was not Mr. Pownall's hand writing; upon his intimating his suspicious to me I then inspected the order more accurately than I had done before, and believe it not to be Mr. Pownall's writing.

Q. Whether you form your judgment more upon your own inspection or anything you otherwise heard?

Wheatley. Upon my inspection and belief; and do now believe that it is not Mr. Pownall's, and did so believe before I had heard any account from Mr. Pownall that it was not drawn by him: this money was not carried to Mr. Pownall's account; for having discovered what we supposed to be a forgery, we did not set it down as a payment to his account, and therefore Mr. Drummond's house are losers by this order.

William Hull . I am a clerk to Messrs. Drummond: on inspecting the order it is not, to my judgment, Mr. Pownall's hand writing. I have seen Mr. Pownall often write: I do believe it not to be his hand writing, and did then. Mr. Pownall often, but not always, signs his drafts by the name of John Pownall at length; this is signed by the name of J. Pownall, and not John, at length.

Prisoner's Defence.

I leave it to my counsel.

For the Prisoner.

Jacob Roberts . I live in Chandos-street; the prisoner lodged with me a year and half, till about three months back; I know nothing of his general character. I never heard any thing amiss of him; his mother lodged at my house; the prisoner lived there with his mother: I always understood him to be a young man of good character.

George Horsfield . I live in Chandos-street: I have known him ever since he has lodged with Mr. Roberts; he appeared to me to be a sober young man.

William Procter . I have known the prisoner about a year; I never heard but that he was a sober honest young man.

Henry Applecart . I am a schoolmaster; I have known him ten years; he was a draftsman in Lord Hillsborough's office. I took him to be an honest and industrious man.

Lawrence Calvert . I have known him two years; I never heard any imputation upon him before.

Thomas Prithero . I have known the prisoner five years; he had a general good character.

Guilty on the Second Count . Death .

710, 711. (M) JOHN CONNER and WILLIAM PRICHARD were indicted for that they in a certain field and open place near the king's highway, in and upon Ann, the wife of William Gainge , did make an assault, putting her in corporal fear and danger of her life, and stealing from her person a black silk cloak, value 5 s. and a linen handkerchief, value 6 d. the property of the said William , September the 15th . +

Both acquitted .

712. (M.) JOHN ROBINSON was indicted for breaking and entering the dwelling house of Edward Shea on the 22d of September , about the hour of two in the night and stealing nine linen handkerchiefs, value 5 s. fourteen linen caps, value 4 s. two pair of linen sleeves, value 1 s. an odd linen sleeve, value 1 d. thirteen linen stocks, value 4 s. four children's linen shifts, value 2 s. and a pair of cotton stockings, value 1 s. the property of the said Edward in his dwelling house . ++

Acquitted .

713. (2d M.) JOHN GILES was indicted for that he in the king's highway, in and upon Thomas Hill , did make an assault, putting him in corporal fear and danger of his life, and taking from his person 27 l. 6 s. in money numbered, the property of the said Thomas , September the 5th . +

Acquitted .

714. (2d M.) WILLIAM BRACKSTONE was indicted for that he in the king's highway, in and upon Sarah, the wife of James Harvey , did make an assault, putting her in corporal fear and danger of her life, and stealing from her person forty-seven halfpence, and two farthings, the property of the said James , September 10 . +

Acquitted .

715. (2d M.) EDWARD PARKER was indicted for that he in the king's highway, in and upon John Aldridge did make an assault, putting him in corporal fear and danger of his life, and stealing from his person a watch with a metal case, value 40 s. and nine shillings and nine pence in money numbered, the property of the said John , July 22 . *

Acquitted .

716. (M.) REDMAN ROACH was indicted for breaking and entering the dwelling house of Henry Broughton , on the 13th of September , about the hour of twelve in the night, and stealing a pair of gold scales, value 2 s. a Bath beaver coat, value 5 s. two silver tea spoons, value 2 s. a basket, value 2 d. and 4800 copper halfpence, the property of the said Henry, in his dwelling house . +

Henry Broughton . I keep a chandlers-shop ; when I came down in the morning of the 14th of this month, I found my back door upon the latch, but neither locked nor bolted: I was up last in the family over night, and I am certain that I both locked and bolted the back door. I went to the till to give change, and missed all the halfpence; soon after that, I had occasion to look into a little box which was overnight full of farthings; they were gone; it might contain I believe more than 100. I had a drawer full of halfpence in 5 s. papers to the amount of between eleven and twelve pounds, there were about twenty five shillings of them bad half-pence; they were all gone; in the evening I missed my scales and weights for weighing gold, and there was a light quarter guinea in the drawer; this was on the Friday. The prisoner lived in a yard behind my house; I had no suspicion of him. On Monday a young fellow, one Burgh, gave me information that the prisoner was in custody: I went to the compter; in my way I met Macdowgal with a bundle, he opened it, and there I saw my great coat and a silver tea spoon which we had used the night my house was broke open; I had not missed them then; this was about one o'clock; the prisoner was committed to the compter; I went there to him. I asked him who were concerned with him, and I told him it would be better for him.

Court. If you told him it would be better for him, you must not mention a word of what he said.

Q. How was your house broke open?

Broughton. He had got to the top of my house by means of some low buildings adjoining; he then untiled the roof, and came through the cieling; there is a door between the shop and the kitchen, which was locked, he did not break open that, but he broke a large pane of glass in the door, and so got into the shop and the kitchen: my house fronts the street, and I have a back door into the yard.

Dorothy Allen . I keep an eating house in East Smithfield; the prisoner came to my house yesterday was sen'night at night; he brought this basket in just as it is now about eight o'clock at night; I was serving my customers; he said, do you know me? I lay six months one time in your house, can I have a lodging to night? he said he had been a hopping: I asked him what he had in the basket, he said his cloaths. The next morning my girl told me he had taken some halfpence out of his basket. I felt in the basket and found there were some papers of half-pence in it: I asked him how he came by those halfpence; he said I told you last night I had been a hopping; I earned three pound, and they paid me all in halfpence; he said he would come at twelve or three o'clock; but he never came again, and therefore I advertised it; Mr. Broughton came and described the marks. I carried the basket up to Justice Sherwood's.

Thomas Bull . I was constable of the night; this watchman, Macdowgal, brought the prisoner and this box (producing it) to the watch-house; he gave me the key to open it; I found in it twelve crown papers of half-pence and there was a pair of stockings that had some loose halfpence in them; I found a spoon in the stockings: as I was taking him to the Compter, I observed the surtout coat he had on did not fit him; therefore I thought it would be right to take care of it. On Monday a young man, one Bird, taxed him with breaking open Mr. Broughton's house, and he acknowledged he did.

Q. Did Bird give him any hint that it would be better to acknowledge it?

Bull. I did not hear any such thing.

Macdowgal. I am a watchman in Portsoken ward: last Monday morning between the hours of one and two I saw a person come up Aldgate High street with a box; I found it to be the prisoner, he was agreeing with a coachman to take him to Dark house-lane; he had this box; I asked him what it contained; he said a pair of shoes and a pair of stockings, and I understood him some aprons; I mentioned the word aprons to him again, and he said, yes. I took him to the watch-house upon suspicion.

(The prosecutor deposed to the great coat, the spoon, &c. which were produced in court.

The prisoner, in his defence, said he found them, and that he was but twelve years of age.)

Not guilty of breaking and entering the dwelling house, but guilty of stealing the goods . T .

717. (2d M.) HENRY M'ALLESTER and JAMES M'ALLESTER were indicted, the first for a robbery on Joanna Stephens , in her dwelling house, and taking four half crown pieces, and three pounds in money, numbered, the property of the said Joanna against her will in the said dwelling house, and the other for inciting, procuring, aiding, and abetting him to do and commit the said felony , August 6th .

Both acquitted .

718. (2d M.) SIMON GADSBY was indicted for the murder of James Gawler , by striking, beating, kicking, and throwing him to the ground divers times, giving him upon the head, back, belly, stomach, and sides, several mortal bruises, of which he languished and languishing did live from the 28th of September , until the 5th of October, and then died . *

Mary Gawler . I am the widow of the deceased; my husband went out well on the 28th. of September, about three in the afternoon; he was brought home in a coach about one the next morning; in Windmill-street; he groaned terribly; we got him up stairs; he fell upon a bed, and said he was a dead man; he further said a coachman in a public house had jumped upon his bowels, and that there was no quarrel before; he was totally a stranger to the coachman, and that a quarrel which happened in consequence of his receiving this injury, happened at that time about some beer; he continued all night at home; during the whole night he was trying to make water, but could not; the next morning I fetch'd two gentlemen; they said it was a proper case to be carried to the hospital; we took him to the Middlesex hospital; this was on Thursday afternoon; he continued to languish with his disorder till Wednesday afternoon. I attended him the day time, and sat up one night with him; He declared nothing more than he mentioned at first; that this had happened by the coachman jumping upon his bowels; and that it was upon a sudden quarrel in the ale house about a reckoning.

Thomas Travis . I lodge near the Seven Dials; I was acquainted with the deceased; I was at the Blue Boar, in Russel-street , about eleven at night with him, when we parted; we went to the bar and asked what was to pay; one Mr. Wise had paid for one pot of beer that we had; when we came to settle what it was, it did not amount to above a penny or three halfpence a piece; while the deceased was mentioning this, talking about three halfpence, the prisoner came out from behind the tap room in which they were, and in a rough manner shoved the deceased from the bar; and said in a sort of insulting way, he thought it was some three halfpenny reckoning or another, and bid him stand out of the way; upon which some words arose, and Gawler asked the prisoner if he had a mind to fight; the prisoner immediately flew at him, and they had a scuffle; the consequence of that scuffle was, they both had a fall, and Gawler fell undermost; they were pick'd up, then they fell to again and had another fall, and Gawler being the weakest fell undermost, the prisoner lay upon the deceased; I asked my Lord Chancellor's porter, Nathaniel Wilson , to take him off; the porter refused to take him off at that time, and said, if I offer'd to interfere, he would knock me down; at last they did help him up half way, and the deceased at that time was lying upon his back with his legs extended; as the prisoner was lifted up about half way, he made a sort of spring and came down with one or both of his knees directly upon the bottom of the deceased's belly. Gawler was in liquor at that time, and both were pretty much irritated, and by this, time were got into a violent passion; upon this last fall in that manner, Gawler rolled himself up, drew up his legs and groaned very much; I told the prisoner he had ruined him, and after looking at him I said I believe you have killed him; Wise and I then took him up and helped him out into the street; we carried him by putting our arms under his for fifty yards. At last we could not carry him, as he could not assist himself; he fell down; he said he was a dead man; we called a coach and took him home to his wife, Gawler did put himself in a posture of fighting when the coachman first spoke to him, but I did not see him strike the prisoner; indeed I saw no blows struck on either side.

John Wise . I am a collar-maker in Oxford-market; I was in company at the Blue Boar with the deceased and Travis; we parted near twelve o'clock; I said it was high time to go home, and went out; I paid for one of the two pots of beer we had between us three; Gawler the deceased went up, and asked what was to pay besides; the landlord said one pot; then said he, that is no more than three halfpence a piece; just at that instant, the prisoner and his company were coming out of the back room; they bid the deceased to stand out of the way, and said something about a three halfpenny reckoning, and treated them with contempt; Gawler then asked him what he had to do with their reckoning; the prisoner then asked if he resented it; Gawler said he did, and immediately they fell together by the ears, and they both rolled together; all this happened in the compass of half a minute; they both rose and both fell a second time; the coachman was the strongest, and so had Gawler undermost; they were going to get up; my Lord's porter interfered, and would not let Travis and I part them or take them up; the coachman was getting up; when he was halfway from him he drop'd down as if on purpose, and fell with his knees upon Gawler; upon which I told him that he used the deceased very ill; Gawler, immediately upon receiving this blow upon the bottom of his belly, drew himself up, and said he was a dead man; he lay for two minutes upon the tap room boards; he could not bear to be lifted up; I imagined he was shamming, or that he was not so bad as he pretended to be; in truth he could not bear to be lifted up; they got him and set him up; he could not fit upright; when they had got him up, and kept him up for ten minutes in the room, Travis and I led him out under the arms for about thirty or forty yards; he was not able to go any further; he lay down at a gentleman's steps and vomited; then we called a coach that was going by, and put him into the bottom of the coach; the door was not shut; his feet hung out; in that manner we conveyed him to his own house; the next day he was very bad.

Thomas Pichop . I came in after the first fall happened; I saw the coachman and deceased both standing in a posture of defence, the deceased with his hand across; and I saw him strike the coachman in the breast; I saw the second fall, and when the coachman was rising to get from him, he had hold of the coachman's coat, and by that means I apprehend partly pulled him down; I am the landlord of the house; the deceased was a quarelsome man; I had forbid him my house frequently for breeding disturbances when in liquor.

Thomas Williams . Both the coachman and the deceased were much in liquor at the time; I had step'd aside to make water, and the fray was begun and over while I was out of doors; when I came in I found them lifting up the deceased, endeavouring to part them, and the prisoner said if he had hurt him he was sorry for it.

Nathaniel Wilson . I am porter to my Lord Chancellor; I was at the Blue Boar with the prisoner; we were coming out of the Tap Room together; there was a dispute with the deceased, Wise, and Travis about the reckoning; the coachman was in liquor, and said why do you quarrel about the reckoning? the deceased answered, what business have you to interfere, and then asked the coachman if he had any notion of himself; the coachman said he had.

Q. What was meant by that?

Wilson. I understood it as a kind of a challenge; upon this the deceased put himself in a fighting posture, and gave the prisoner a blow upon the breast; the coachman at that time had not touched him; the prisoner returned the blow and then they closed; they got up and put themselves in a fighting posture the second time; and then the deceased came with his hands across and struck the coachman the first blow, which he returned, and they closed again; and then the coachman proved the strongest, and threw the deceased on the floor; perhaps he might go against the side of a table which is there, and that might hurt him. I am not certain whether he did or not; there was a table there; when the deceased lay down in this manner, he pulled the coachman down upon him; the landlord took him off; the deceased lay upon the floor moaning; the landlord shook him and desired him to get up; as there was no answer made, at last we all contributed to help him up; he stood there about two minutes, then he walked off in company with the other two men; I did not see the second rising, and the spring that the other said they saw him make upon the deceased.

Mr. Charles Morgan . I am a surgeon at the Hospital; upon opening the deceased I found his bladder was ruptured; when people are in liquor and have drank a great deal, and thereby extend their bladder, it is more likely to burst with a less blow at that time than another, I have no doubt but it happened from some great blow, or violence given on the outside of the belly at the time the bladder was full; I have no doubt but the deceased received his death by this.

Not guilty of the murder, but guilty of manslaughter only .

[Branding. See summary.]

[Imprisonment. See summary.]

719 720. (2d M) JOHN SQUIRE otherwise WAINE , and SARAH BEWLEY otherwise TURNER , were indicted for stealing a silver milk pot, value 15 s. a pair of silver tea tongs, value 6 s. thirty-nine guineas, and forty shillings in money, numbered, the property of Edward Williams , in his dwelling house , Sept. 14th *.

Both acquitted .

721. (2d M.) FRANCIS DUNMOLL was indicted for stealing a silver watch, value 30 s. a steel watch chain, value 1 s. and a cornelian stone seal set in gold, value 3 s. the property of Cosmas Stewart , in the dwelling house of Abraham Dallain , October 5th .

Acquitted .

722, 723, 724. (M.) MARTHA, the wife of John PARKS , ANN, the wife of John BOWMAN , and WILLIAM HERBERT were indicted for stealing a pair of callimanco stays, value 30 s. a pair of linen ruffles, value 2 s. a black crape gown, value 20 s. five silk gowns, value 40 s. a silk petticoat, value 5 s. a quilted petticoat, value 5 s. a sattin cardinal, value 20 s. and ten linen shirts, value 30 s. the property of Thomas Pearce , in his dwelling house , Oct. 6 . *

All three acquitted .

725. (M.) SUSANNAH BAKER was indicted for that she in the king's highway, in and upon Margaret, the wife of Barnard Dudman , did make an assault, putting her in corporal fear and danger of her life, and stealing from her person a black sattin cardinal, value 20 s. a garnet necklace, value 2 s. and a silk handkerchief, value 1 s. the property of the said Barnard , Sept. 6th . *

Acquitted .

726. (M.) RICHARD HATCH was indicted for that he in the king's highway, in and upon Elizabeth, the wife of John Holderpoohl , did make an assault putting her in corporal fear and danger of her life, and stealing from her person a black sattin hat, value 5 s. and a spotted linen handkerchief, value 2 s. the property of the said John , Sept. 14 . +

Acquitted .

727. (L.) HANNAH GREY was indicted for stealing a gold ring set with three rows of diamonds, value 30 s. the property of Richard Jones , Sept. 18th . ++

Acquitted .

728. (M.) ELIZABETH THOMPSON was indicted for stealing a copper pot, value 2 s. two linen sheets, value 3 s. a blanket, value 1 s. a pillow case, value 1 s. a linen napkin, value 9 d. four linen gowns, value 10 s. a dimity petticoat, value 2 s. a stuff petticoat, value 1 s. a muslin apron, value 6 d. a pair of laced ruffles, value 4 s. a linen handkerchief, value 6 d. and a stone ring set in silver, value 2 s. the property of Nicholas Burton , Sept. 12th . +

Nicholas Burton . I am a butcher in Clare-market : I hired the prisoner to look after a woman that was sick in my house; she died in about two months; I told the prisoner she was welcome to stay at my house for her board and lodging. On the 12th of September I went up into my room, and looked in my drawers where the things were; when I came to open the drawers the things mentioned in the indictment were all gone; I saw them in the drawers after the prisoner came into my house; I asked her what she had done with my wife's gowns: (my wife had been dead three years) she said at first she did not know any thing of them; I said she must know, for nobody else had been in the house, but her and myself; at last she said they were some at one pawnbroker's and some at another's, and she would go and shew me where; she went with me first to Mr. Price's; there I found the coffee pot, two sheets, a pillow case, blanket and napkin; then I went to Mr. Freer's; there I found four gowns, two petticoats, an apron, a pair of laced ruffles, a linen handkerchief and a gold ring (they are produced and deposed to by the prosecutor.) The constable insisted upon taking her before Sir John Fielding , and she was committed; the drawers were fastened when I left the things in them, and they were fastened when I went to them and missed the things out of them. I thought her an honest woman; she was so fond of me and my child I could have trusted her with my life.

Humphry Bladen. I live with Mr. Freer, a pawnbroker in Wych-street; I took in the things that were found at our house at different times of the prisoner. I knew her before; she often came to our shop.

John Crawford . I live at Mr. Price's, a pawnbroker, in Clare-market; the several things found at our house, were pawned by the prisoner; Burton came with the prisoner and had them all looked down; I have not the dates of them.

Q. to Bladen. Do you know when the goods were brought to you?

Bladen. They were all brought between the 25th of June and the 5th of September; they came to 2 l. 19 s. together; she said she lived in Houghton-street.

Crawford. She told me she lived at Mr. Smith's.

Prosecutor. That is the house where I live.

Prisoner's Defence.

I beg the mercy of the Court.

Guilty . T .

729. (M.) GEORGE HAWES was indicted for stealing twenty-nine guineas, a half guinea, four moidores, a thirty six-shilling piece, and twenty one shillings in money numbered , the property of Richard Toy , Sept. 13 . +

Richard Toy . I am servant to Mr. Shaddock, a farmer, at Shepherd's Bush ; I had half a guinea and a shilling in a pair of breeches, and the rest in a boot that hung up in my room. The prisoner and I were servants together; he a weekly and I a yearly servant . On the 13th of September he left my master, and went to Hammersmith; the day following I missed my money; I went to enquire after him at Hammersmith, and heard he was gone to London in the coach. On the 15th I went to London after him, and met with him accidentally in Oxford street, in the Worcester stage; I took him and brought him to Mr. Shear's, the turnpike house at Kensington Gravel Pits, and sent for my master; my master came and asked him what he had done with my money; he said he had bought some clothes with part of it; the rest he had in his pocket; he gave what money he had about him to my master.

Q. What was that?

Toy. About twenty-two pounds; he said before the Justice the boot was tumbled down and he took it out of the room; the clothes he had bought with part of the money he had on; he had a hat, a thickset coat, and a pair of breeches all new, and a pair of silver shoe buckles, and a watch; he owned they were all bought with part of my money. I can swear to one of the half crowns that was found upon him. I have had it in my care fifteen years; it has a stroke like an eye on the head side. (He points it out.)

William Shaddock deposed that he was sent for to the turnpike house, and confirmed the last witness.

Prisoner's Defence.

I never owned that I took the money; I found thirty guineas.

Guilty . T .

730. (2d M.) JAMES CARROLL was indicted for stealing a man's hat, value 4 s. the property of Christopher Flaherty , Oct. 17 . ++

Christopher Flaherty . I am a manufacterer of hats ; I have a shop and warehouse in Russel-street . Last Monday I was out about some business; when I came home my wife told me she had some suspicions of the prisoner; that he was shuffling about in the back shop, and she did not like it, and therefore she had set a man to watch him; the man told me he thought he had something in his bosom, and that he was drinking at a publick house; I went to the publick house; he was coming out; I stopped him, and found one of my hats in his bosom. (The hat was produced in court, and deposed to by the prosecutor.)

Prisoner's Defence.

This day se'ennight when I went to work, I asked my master for some money that was deficient of my last week's wages; he said he did not like such mistakes, and would not let me have it, I took the hat from the back shop to pawn it for the money.

For the prisoner.

George Stuce . I have known the prisoner since January last, the time he came to town; he is an Irishman; he lodged in my house; he bore a very just and honest character.

- Wilson. I am a publican; I have known the prisoner some months; I heard a good character of him by all the hatters that come to my house: all the journeymen hatters that come to town are obliged to come to my house; they give him an excellent character.

He called two other witnesses who gave him a very good character.

Q. to the prosecutor. When you found the hat upon him, where was it?

Flaherty. Concealed in his bosom.

Guilty of stealing to the value of 10 d. W .

731. (M.) ARCHIBALD BROWN was indicted for stealing fifty five halfpence , the property of David Petrie , October the 6th . +

David Petrie . I lost two shillings and three pence half-penny from a drawer in a beaufet in my parlour, between twelve at night and four in the morning; I had missed money before I put it in a drawer; I lost two shillings, then I marked nine shillings worth, and put it in the drawer. On Thursday morning, the 6th of April, the lock was hurt; I had it picked; at that time I missed the two and seven pence half penny: I had suspected the prisoner, upon that I took him up; the officer who was there searched his pockets, and found in them a picklock, and two shillings in halfpence, but the halfpence he had in his pocket were not my halfpence: but, suspecting he might have concealed them elsewhere, Mr. Williams and I went into the bake-house, and upon the side of the oven I found this two shillings and seven-pence half-penny in half-pence in the prisoner's stockings.

Solomon Williams confirmed the prosecutor's evidence.

The prisoner said nothing in his defence.

Guilty of stealing to the value of 10 d. W .

732. (M.) SOPHIA OWEN was indicted for stealing two guineas , the property of Thomas King , Oct. 11th . ++

Acquitted .

733. (M.) JAMES PENNY was indicted for stealing nine pair of worsted stockings, value 9 s. the property of James Eady , Sept. 19 . ++

Acquitted .

734. (M.) JOHN JONES was indicted for stealing three pair of leather shoes, value 17 s. the property of Josiah Champion , Sept. 20 . ++

Acquitted .

735, 736, 737, 738. (M.) JOHN RANN , WILLIAM COLLIER , ELEANOR ROACHE , and CHRISTIAN STEWART , were indicted; the two first for that they in the king's highway, in and upon the Reverend William Bell , doctor in divinity , did make an assault, putting him in corporal fear and danger of his life, and stealing from his person a watch with the inside case made of silver, and the outside case of tortoiseshell, value 3 l. a stone seal set in gold, value 5 s. a gilt key, value 6 d. and eighteen pence in money, numbered, the property of the said William , Sept. 26th . And the other two for receiving the above goods well knowing them to have been stolen . *

Dr. William Bell . In my way home to Gunnersbury, on the 26th of September, at rather more than a quarter past three o'clock, I came through a part of the town of Ealing , that part that is next Brentford; when I was a little way in the town, my attention was attracted by two men on horse-back, who were before me; they rode one immediately behind the other; they walked their horses. Something appearing singular about the head of the first man. I took my glass out of my pocket to see what it was; I found it was the flap of his hat let down all round, probably without strings, and a red handkerchief upon it; they walked their horses; I trotted, and by that means came up to them before they had quitted the houses at the end of the town, and their dress and appearance being something singular, attracted my notice to see what they were; the thought of their being highwaymen never entered my head, but that my pace might not be hindered by them, I passed them close by the hedge, and then I put my horse into the track immediately before the foremost man; as I passed them I took particular notice, though as I said before I had no thoughts of a highwayman, that the hindermost man was clothed in a lightish coat, a hat flapped round, a great deal of black hair hanging loosely about his head, and his horse was something of a kind of brown, though I took no particular notice. The first man I observed to be in a frock mourning coat, buttoned; I likewise observed, as I passed by him, that his horse was black and very low in flesh; it struck me that his boot was shorter than boots commonly are, and there appeared over it something of a light coloured stocking; I took notice likewise that his boots were very dirty, and his hair was loose about his head, but not in so large a quantity as the man I first came up to; the man that I first came up to I observed to be of a very sallow countenance and of a sickly look +; the other was not sallow or sickly; they each kept their heads steadily forwards, but both looked at me, my way lay perhaps about a quarter of a mile straight forwards; I went that quarter of a mile, and then turned, as my way led me off to the left, in the road that leads to Gunnersbury; I soon heard the sound of, I thought, two horses in the road, and thought I heard the sound of wheels, and from a curiosity I cannot account for, I turned about to see what carriage might be coming behind; I looked, and could see neither horses nor carriages, nor at that time could hear any thing; therefore I concluded they were at that time down in that part of the road which forms a hollow, and which going low, it was impossible for me to see; I turned forward again, and rode off; in a little time, on a sudden, I heard two horses coming up briskly after me; I heard there were no carriages; I had nothing to get out of the way of, and having no apprehension I did not turn my head to get out of the way, but when I found by the sound of the horses feet, that they were just coming a-breast of me, turning my head to the left to see who might be passing me, upon that instant a black horse's head and neck came up directly to my bridle, and turning to see who might ride upon me in that manner, having then no thoughts of a highwayman, when I immediately perceived the man I passed first at Ealing Town; he at that instant said either so sir, or stop sir; as soon as he had said this, and partly by his riding upon me, and my checking my horse, I was stopped; he immediately said your money; I said, my money? he immediately answered yes, or I will blow your brains out; he upon that instant put his hand into the sore part of his coat, as if he would open his coat, in order to take out a pistol, but did not open his coat, nor take out any pistol; upon his saying that, I believe I answered I will give it you; I drew my glove off my right hand, knowing my silver was always in my right hand pocket, and I had no purse in the other; taking up the flap of my coat, he saw the key of my watch, and said, and your watch too, sir, in a minute, and take no notice (as I was at that time looking him in the face); I put my hand into my pocket; I had only eighteen pence there; I held it to him in the palm of my hand; he took it up; I held my watch in my hand; he took it greedily and bid me ride on; I did, and they galloped off instantly. My lord, I omitted one circumstance, that all the business was transacted with the man who set himself before me; but I was sensible that in half a minute after he was up with me, there came another horse close on my right hand, but kept behind me, and staid there during the time I was robbed, and then they rode off together.

+ Note, Collier answered that description.

Q. Do you believe the prisoners to be the men?

Bell. I was robbed on Monday; I was called to see these prisoners in Bow-street, on Wednesday; having been robbed in open day light, and they having no disguise upon their faces, I was in hopes before I saw them that the first sight of them would sufficiently convince me whether they were the men or not; therefore when I was at the upper end of the Court, and they came into the lower part, I kept my eyes off them, that I might not see them till I was ordered to go into the Court to look at them; at the very first view of them, I could not have sworn to them, there was so much difference, though at the same time so much likeness, that I could not positively swear to them; I took a considerable time to look at them; after having done that I went into the yard to relieve them and myself, and came back to look at them again, and I do declare upon my oath, though at first sight I could not undertake to swear to them, yet I did in the progress of my survey see such looks and marks that I do declare that I firmly believe that John Rann is the identical man that robbed me, and I do believe that if I had had the same conviction upon the very first sight of them, as I had after I had attentively surveyed them, that I should at first sight have positively swore to them, and I do also believe that William Collier is the other man that I saw pass riding with John Rann . My attention was wholly taken up with the man that actually robbed me, and I neither saw the other man, nor horse, though I am confident there was a horse there close up to me.

Q. Which of the men did you see at the time of the robbery?

Bell. John Rann .

Q. You saw him after that at Sir John Fielding 's?

Bell. Yes.

Q. Was your opinion confirmed or staggered by that?

Bell. Confirmed.

Q. Upon the result of the survey and deliberation, are you of opinion or not of opinion John Rann is the man that robbed you?

Bell. Clearly of opinion.

Q. Is your opinion equally clear with regard to Collier being with that other man at the end of Ealing Town, or less clear?

Bell. I would hardly from the nature of things say it can be so equally clear, but the remarkableness of the person of William Collier is so very great, that I think myself very clear.

John Cordy . I am a pawnbroker in Berwick-street. On the 26th of September, the day Mr. Bell was robbed, the two women prisoners, Roache and Stewart, came to my house, and offered a watch to pawn; I was not in the shop; my lad came for me; I went; I asked them if it was their watch; they said a gentleman left it with them; this was between eight and nine o'clock; I asked them who the man was, and said the man must come or I cannot lend you money upon it; why, said Roache, it is a very singular circumstance that you should object to this, you took a watch of me at such a time; I said I knew I did, but that was no rule she should be entitled to bring more; she said it was a very singular circumstance, and why should I stop it? I said I must till the man comes. I knew well where they both lived, so I made as light of it as I could, and said they must bring the man: the short one, Stewart, said, well, it is a matter of indifference, we can bring the man to-morrow; I said if so it will do; I let them go; I went directly up to Sir John Fielding 's; I got two of his men; we went down to their house, and took the two women; I left my two servants with one of the constables to wait for the two men, and on ransacking the house, the constable and I found two pair of boots quite wet and dirty; I took the watch to the watchmaker; he told me it was Mr. Bell's; I found the women at their lodgings; I was at Sir John Fielding 's when the two men prisoners were brought there by the constable; this is the watch (producing it.)

Dr. Bell. The watch seal and chain are mine.

William Hill. I am a postilion to her Royal Highness the Princess Amelia; I saw Rann go through Acton the same day, the 26th of September; it was about ten minutes after three.

Q. How far is Acton from Ealing?

Hill. About a mile; there was another young man with Rann at that time.

Q. Was that the other prisoner?

Hill. I cannot tell, I did not take much notice of him; I am sure as to Rann.

Q. Did you know Rann before?

Hill. Yes; they were going towards Ealing.

Q. What coloured clothes had they on?

Hill. I did not take particular notice of their clothes: I know Rann by sight very well.

Q. Did you take notice whether they were clean or dirty?

Hill. Dirty; their boots were very dirty; one of their boots was rather shorter than the other.

Blanchville Clarke. I am a constable belonging to Sir John Fielding ; upon Mr. Cordy, the pawnbroker, coming to the office, Mr. Halliburton and I went up to Miss Roache's lodgings; Mr. Cordy shewed us the lodgings; on searching in her apartments, in the left hand closet, I found two pair of boots, quite wet and dirty, as if they had been wore that day.

Q. What time in the evening was this?

Clarke. It was after ten o'clock; I cannot be particular to the time; I took Miss Roache and Christian Stewart , and brought them down to Bow street; I went back and took Peter Senhouse with me; I was then informed that the two prisoners had come in, and Halliburton had taken them into custody; when I went back to Bow-street I found them there.

William Halliburton . I went to Roache's lodgings with Mr. Cordy and Mr. Clarke; when we came there we found these two girls, and these boots; Mr. Cordy and Mr. Clarke, and the two women went away together to Bow-street; I with Mr. Cordy's two young men staid behind; about a quarter after ten o'clock, or it might be more, I heard a knock at the door; I went and opened it; the first person that came in was Rann, who I knew perfectly before; I desired him to walk in and was going to shut the door; I found a person against the door; I let it open again, and then came in Collier; I got them into the parlour and made them fast, and carried them to Bow street; I believe they did not speak a word till I tied their hands; then Rann spoke out, what have I done now, and got in his old way of swearing.

Hannah Craggs . I live in Berners-street: Roache and Stewart lodged in the same house. On the morning of the day they were taken in the evening, I let in Collier between ten and eleven o'clock; he came to Miss Roache; between eleven and twelve two horses came up to the door; I saw Rann (I did not know his name then) go into the necessary house in the morning; I imagine he was there all night, but he was not to my knowledge; there were two horses walked about the door some time; soon after somebody opened the parlour door and paid for the horses.

Q. What colour were the horses?

Craggs. They were so low in flesh I could hardly tell; one seemed of a blackish colour, the other rather brown; somebody opened the door and paid them for the horses; then I heard the door open, and Rann and another man went away after the horses; it must be the two prisoners; I do not suppose there were any others in the house; I saw the same men again in the evening when Sir John Fielding 's men took them; I did not see them before, nor did I know who they were till then: I am sure to Collier; Rann was dressed in reddish coloured clothes.

Q. from Rann. Why you say I was in the house in the morning?

Craggs. I saw him go into the yard; there was a woman with him; she said who he was; I had heard great talk of him but did not know who he was.

Rann's Defence.

I knows no more of it than a child does unborn, nor I never seed Mr. Bell before he came to Sir John's, which Mr. Bell must be certain of, for to think for me, for to come to him in the middle of the day, for to rob him, which I was never guilty of; I know no more of the affair what these gentlemen, that belongs to Sir John, that wants to do things to swear my life away, for I don't know what. They have said false things to you; I know no more of it if I was to suffer death to-morrow. This woman wants to swear my life away for an affair I know nothing of, no more than this candle, and I am innocent of the fact if I was to suffer for it to-morrow; if I had been guilty I would not have trusted her with the affair.

Collier's Defence.

On the 26th of September last I called at Miss Roache's lodgings; when I came in I asked if she was within; there was a stranger, who was Halliburton; he opened the door; he said, no, and desired I would walk in; I walked in; he took hold of my hand and the other prisoner's, and bound us together, and said you must go with us, and took us to Sir John Fielding 's.

Roache's Defence.

These are not the men that gave me the watch; there were two gentlemen went by my parlour window that afternoon; they were dirty and wet; they said they were just come to town; they asked me if they might come in; I said they might; they sat a little while, and asked me to give them leave to change themselves; they had just come to town; they had clean shoes and shirts, &c. the maid helped off the boots; one of the gentlemen was dressed in mourning; he asked me to go into the bed room with him; I did; he said he had no money; he had nothing but notes about him, and his watch, and he would leave his watch; and if I wanted money, I might pawn it, and he would dine with me next day, and give me ten or twenty pounds if I wanted it; I went to the pawnbroker that I have dealt with two years to pawn the watch; he stopped me; indeed he did not stop me because he knew where I lived, and I believe does not know of my pawning any thing but my own property; I said a gentleman was to come for it; I came home to my lodgings; I was going to bed when the pawnbroker and Sir John Fielding 's men came in; in the morning a gentleman of my acquaintance called upon me, and said he was going out of town for three weeks; a little after he was gone away two horses came to the door; the maid was gone out for some beer; I said the horses were come to the gentleman in the parlour; the men went and ordered the horses from the door; I know no further of them; my life has been threatened a great while about Mr. Du Wall's watch, that they would not mind what they did to bring me into a snare; some of his acquaintance might lay the snare to bring me into it; he is not the man; if I had known the watch was stolen I should not have offered it to a pawnbroker I had dealt with a great while.

Stewart's Defence.

I was servant to this lady; I went with her to the pawnbroker; I told this lady I was surprized to have the horses coming at this time of day; she said she was surprized at it, and wondered who they came to; I said they came to some young man that used to call upon my mistress, who I supposed had ordered them to come here instead of elsewhere; I went and ordered them from the door; when the horses came up two gentlemen came past the window and asked how she did; she said, very well; they asked if they might come in; I said yes; I opened the door; one was dressed in second mourning; he came in and saluted my mistress, the other sat down in the parlour; I went down into the kitchen; I did not come till I was called again; my mistress went into the back-chamber with this gentleman; she came out again, she had the watch in her hand; the gentleman said you may pawn the watch for four or five guineas, or whatever you may get for it; I will come tomorrow and dine with you, and get the watch.

RANN and COLLIER, Guilty . Death .

ROACH, Guilty. Transportation for 14 years .

STEWART, Acquitted .

Collier was recommended by the Jury to his Majesty's mercy .

Note. The defence of Rann is printed verbatim et literatim.

739. (L.) RICHARD JONES was indicted for stealing a linen handkerchief, value 10 d. the property of Joseph Robinson , October 10th . ++

Joseph Robinson . On the 10th of October while I was standing among the crowd in Guild-hall , I was informed by a gentleman that my pocket was picked; I felt and missed my handkerchief; a gentleman secured the prisoner; I had it in my hand about ten minutes before.

William Payne . I was in Guildhall the 10th of this month; I saw the prisoner very busy from place to place; at last I saw him take the prosecutor's handkerchief out of his pocket and thrust it into his breeches. I secured him, and made him pull the handkerchief out of his breeches.

Prisoner's Defence.

I am as innocent as the child unborn. I picked the handkerchief up in the Hall; I put it in my pocket; a person made a snatch at it, so I put it in my breeches.

Guilty . T .

740. (L.) JOHN DALE was indicted for stealing 13 lb. of brass, value 6 s. the property of John Warner , October 21st . ++

Acquitted .

741. ( 2d M.) JOHN SAMPSON was indicted for stealing four linen shirts value 20 s. two linen neckcloths, value 1 s. a linen handkerchief, value 1 s. four linen stocks, value 4 s. three linen caps, value 5 s. the property of John Viel ; a linen apron, value 1 s. a pair of linen sleeves, value 6 d. the property of Mary Backhouse , spinster; two linen handkerchiefs, value 2 s. four pair of linen sleeves, value 1 s. four linen caps, value 4 s. the property of Elizabeth Viel , widow; two linen caps, value 2 s. the property of Ann White , spinster; and a linen shirt, value 2 s. the property of Nicholas Viel , October 12th . +

John Viel . On the 12th instant I lost four shirts, four stocks, two neckcloths, a handkerchief and three caps, in Castle-street ; I was told by a boy whose name is Hamilton, that he saw the prisoner come out of my house, with something in his apron. Upon that information, I pursued, and caught him. Some of the goods are my mother's, some are the property of Mary Backhouse .

Mary Backhouse . I was present when the prisoner was taken; there was a cap and pair of sleeves belonging to me in his apron.

Nathaniel Hamilton . I saw the prisoner go up Castle-street, and came down again about eleven in the morning; he looked up at the window in Mr. Viel's house; I saw him go down stairs; I saw him come up with some of the linen hanging out of his apron; I called to Mr. Viel, and informed him of it; he pursued him immediately, and took him with the things upon him.

The Prisoner called several witnesses who gave him a good character.

Guilty . W .

742. (L.) JOHN BURCH was indicted for stealing a calf's kidney and suet, value 1 s. 6 d. the property of Edward Webb , September 22d . +

Acquitted .

743, 744. (L.) MARK MILLIKIN and THOMAS MILLIKIN were indicted for stealing an iron chest, weighing 528 lb. value 19 l. 16 s. the property of Charles Doxey , Sept. 30th . +

Acquitted .

(L.) THOMAS MILLIKIN was a second time indicted for stealing 144 red Basil sheep skins, value 9 l. 5 s. the property of George Shument , Sept. 30th .

He was detained to be tried for a fraud.

745. (2d M.) JOHN COOPER was indicted for stealing a canvas bag, value 2 d. fifteen guineas, and thirty shillings in money numbered , the property of Joseph Thick , October 26th, 1770 . +

Joseph Thick . On the 26th of October 1770, I was coming to town out of Berkshire; at Hounslow, I met with the prisoner and another man; we fell into company, and came together to Piccadilly; there we put up our horses; I came to town to receive some money of one Mr. Raymond; I went that same evening to Mr. Raymond's, where I received fifteen guineas. I wanted to go to the Borough; a man that was with the prisoner offered to shew me the way; we returned from the Borough to Eyre-street, Piccadilly ; we staid there about an hour; when I was going to pay the reckoning, I pulled a canvas purse out of my pocket; the prisoner snatched the purse out of my hand and ran away with it. I was to have paid this money to Mr. Ravenshaw. I saw the prisoner two months afterwards in Fleet-street, and took him up. He took me first to one house in Fleet-street, and then to another; but some people came about and said they would knock my brains out if I would not let him alone; then they called a coach, and drove him away to the Borough; I got up behind and followed him there: they went into the Two Brewers, and there they made me take two notes of hand of the prisoner for the money. On his cross-examination,

"he said he was asked to gamble on the night of the robbery, but he refused it; that afterwards when he had got the notes, he brought an action upon the notes, that he sued out a writ from the Marshalsea Court and put it in the hands of an officer, but the prisoner he was not apprehended; that if he could have got his money again, he should not have troubled himself about the robbery; being a poor man, his only view and aim was to get the money again; that the morning after he was robbed, he went to Sir John Fielding 's, and gave information of the robbery; that he never did tell any body he lost the money at gambling, but he would have sworn the robbery against the prisoner if he had not given him the notes."

Prisoner's Defence.

I won the money of him; we tossed up for a guinea or two, or three at a time.

For the Prisoner

Francis Houston produces the writ issued out of the Marshalsea Court the 20th of December 1771, against John Cooper, at the suit of the prosecutor; and deposed that the prosecutor made an affidavit of the debt; that he was afterwards walking with him in the fields, and then he said it was money won at play, and that it was no better than a robbery; that he had a mind to swear a robbery against him; that he had taken the man and carried him to the Two Brewers in the Borough, and there took the notes for the money; and that the prosecutor said, if he could not get the money for the notes, if he could find the prisoner he would swear the robbery against him.

The notes were produced and read; the one was for 8 l. 10 s. and the other for 8 l. 15 s. at two months after date, signed, John Cooper , and witnessed, - Gregory.

Guilty . T .

746. (2d M.) JOSEPH TIDBURY was indicted for stealing a black gelding, value 12 l. 12 s. the property of William Wild , August 29th . +

William Wild . I am a farmer ; I live at Langley, in Buckinghamshire ; on the 27th of August last I sent five horses to Den Mead , to grass, one of which is the black gelding now in question. On Tuesday morning, the 30th of August. I missed this black gelding; I had seen the horses and this gelding among them, from the 27th to the night of the 29th: a little more than a fortnight after, I heard of it by an advertisement, and pursuing the directions of that advertisement, I found it in the custody of the constable of Islington.

John Bowtell . The prisoner offered a black gelding to sell to me, and one Petit and several other persons at Islington, on the 30th, which was a Tuesday; he asked fifteen guineas for it; on being questioned about the property, he said it was his own. I did not chuse to give so much as fifteen guineas for it; then he sunk the price down to seven; I thought it exceeding cheap, and had an inclination to buy it at that price; but recollecting that it being too cheap at seven guineas, especially as it was sunk down from fifteen to seven pounds, I apprehended that it was either a stolen horse, or had some secret defect, that it was not sound; I advised with a friend whether it was proper to purchase it; he told me he thought not, for he thought it gave cause of suspicion; upon that I did not buy it, but charged another officer with him, and then the prisoner said it was not his own horse, but his father's.

Prosecutor. The horse that was in Bowtell's possession was the same horse I lost out of my grounds, that I missed on the 30th of August.

Prisoner's Defence.

Another person employed me to sell it; it had been offered to sale at several other times, and upon several other occasions; the man that employed me was to give me half a guinea to sell it: my witnesses are not here.

Guilty . Death .

747. (2d M.) JANE CRABB was indicted for stealing 200 hare skins, value 30 s. the property of - Silvester , October 12th . +

Acquitted .

748. (2d M.) YEWELL MACKAY was indicted for stealing a cloth great coat, value 20 s. the property of Elizabeth Terry , October 17th . +

Acquitted .

749. (2d M.) ANN LEAVER was indicted for stealing a black crape gown, value 10 s. the property of Mary Whitby , October 13th . +

Mary Whitby . I lost this grey gown on last Thursday sen'night from my apartments in Cranborne-Alley , about six in the evening; I found it afterwards at Mr. Murthwaite's, a pawnbroker's, in Princes-street. The prisoner's daughter had been with me a month; she had been out of place, and having no where to go to, I gave her lodgings at my apartments: the prisoner came to me, and desired to lie a night at my house; that was the Wednesday evening before the gown was lost; I gave her leave to lie there; I myself lay from home at that time, because my husband died a week before. I had not lain in my apartments since his death; coming home next day, I missed the gown; the prisoner was then gone; I detained the daughter; on Monday night I found the prisoner, who said she would tell where the gown was, if I would clear her daughter. I promised to clear her daughter if she would discover the gown: the prisoner had me to Murthwaite's the pawn-broker's, and there said, that the door of the room was open, and she went in and took the gown.

Q. From the prisoner. Whether you did not promise not to hurt a hair of my head if I would confess?

A. No, I only promised to clear the daughter, whom I had in custody at the time.

Elizabeth Phillips . The night the prisoner lay there, I observed her to be in liquor; I lay in the next room; I looked through a crevice in the partition, and saw the prisoner take every thing out of the drawer in the prosecutor's room; but she put every thing in again; she continued in the house till between four and five in the afternoon of the next day, when I told the landlord of the house a strange woman was in the room; he turned her out; when she was taken the Sunday night after, she said her name was Smith.

John Fitzgerald . I am an apprentice to Mr. Murthwaite, a pawnbroker; I took in the gown of the prisoner, who came there and pawned it for 8 s on last Thursday was se'nnight; she said she brought it for another person, and that she lived in Princes-street; the prosecutor told me that she had been pumping the prisoner in order to make a discovery, and had given her a glass of liquor, and then promised to give her 5 s. and not to prosecute her if she would confess, and drew a confession from her by that means.

The prosecutor positively denied this, and she and Phillips both declared, that Fitzgerald said, if they did not give him part of the money that might be allowed them in court, he would take care to get the prisoner acquitted. Fitzgerald acknowledged this to be true, and he was severely reprimanded by the court.

The prisoner, in her defence, insisted upon it that the prosecutor promised to forgive her.

Guilty . B .

750. (M.) GEORGE MOLLYNEUX was indicted for stealing a pair of leather harness, value 6 l. a looking glass, value 2 s. six hair brushes, value 2 s. six brass coronets, value 6 s. four tug-brace brass buckles, value 2 s. and a linen towel, value 4 d. the Property of Henry Noel , earl of Gainsborough, September 19th . +

Acquitted .

751. (M.) MARGARET, the wife of Henry SPENCE , was indicted for stealing two cotton gowns, value 10 s. and a linen shift, value 2 s. the property of Esther Patten , widow, Sept. 8th . +

Acquitted .

752, 753. (2d M.) JOHN CRAWLEY and HENRY THORN were indicted for stealing 640 lb. wt. of cordage, value 32 s. the property of Robert Roddam , John Cheshire , Robert Gregory , William Phillips , John Pope , Sir Charles Raymond , Bart. John Perry , Elizabeth Roddam , John Mill , Joseph Bird , Richard Benyon , John Raymond and Shearman Godfrey , Sept. 27 .

Second Count laying it the property of John Pattinson .

Third Count laying it the property of persons unknown. ++

Both acquitted .

754, 755. (2d M.) MATTHIAS M'MAHON, otherwise MACMARNE , and MICHAEL M'DONAUGH were indicted for the wilful murder of Mary the wife of Thomas Cuddy , by beating, kicking and throwing her against the ground, thereby giving her several mortal strokes, wounds and bruises, of which she died , July 2d, 1770 .

Catherine Macmullon . About four years ago, the particular time of the year I do not recollect, I was at Mr. Powers's, the Blue-Anchor in Rosemary-lane ; the prisoners and Macmarne's father, and one John Brannon were drinking there; it was between four and five in the afternoon; one Ralph Ward and a sailor came into the room; the sailor had a bundle with him; M'Donaugh asked the sailor what he had in his bundle to sell; Ward said they had nothing to sell; this was repeated two or three times; upon which Macmarne rose up, and wanted to see what was in the bundle; Ward got up likewise, and asked what they had to do with their bundle; upon that angry words ensued between Macmarne and Ward, and Macmarne gave Ward a blow with his fist, which made his eye bleed; after this there were many furious words escaped between the prisoner and Ward, chiefly begun by the prisoner; the landlord's brother said it was a shame to strike a man so; upon that the two prisoners interfered; one of them pushed him with his back against the dial; upon which Mrs. Powers interposed on behalf of her brother-in-law; and then old Macmarne bid his son, the prisoner, to go it; which I understood to mean to fight; Brannon said the same words; old Macmarne then struck Mrs. Powers with a stick upon her head; and Mary Cuddy , the unhappy woman who was killed, came in just as Mrs. Powers was struck, and said to the prisoner, Macmarne, O fie, don't strike Mrs. Powers, you don't know who you are striking; they were striking every one that came nigh them; M' Donaugh went about the room flourishing the poker, but did not strike any one with it; Macmarne then immediately struck Mary Cuddy , as she said those words, upon her interposing on behalf of Mrs. Powers, with his fist on the side of her head, and she fell with her head on the stone hearth; upon that the prisoner and his father and Brannon went away; Mary Cuddy was then taken up and placed on a stool; she did not speak a word; she leaned her head on the table; the whole of the fray lasted, from the beginning to that time, about half an hour; there was a great noise made by the fighting in the house, and many people came in; after Mary Cuddy had lain some time upon the settle, company coming in, and they wanting the room, and they not supposing that any great harm had happened to her, they carried her out into the wash-house; there they covered her up upon the dresser; she lay there for an hour or two, and did not speak during all that time; then they carried her home to her own apartments, a few doors off; she lived three days afterwards; I saw her twice in that time; she had a snoring or throtling upon her each time I saw her; there were several black marks about her groin before she died; the hearth-stone upon which she fell was somewhat higher than the floor of the room, and therefore it is probable that might cause the bruises.

Nicholas Powers and his sister-in-law Henrietta -, confirmed the evidence of Catharine Macmullon .

Thomas Jeffs , the parish officer, proves nothing; says the surgeon is dead, that examined the body; it is so long ago forgets what marks were on the body.

Thomas Byrne . Richard Powers told me that he had given Mary Cuddy a kick while she lay upon the hearth.

Q. Did you understand him that that was the cause of her death?

Byrne. No, he merely shoved her with his foot to ask what she did there.

The prisoners, in their defence, called Hugh M'Mabon, who swore that Mary Cuddy was not in the room while the prisoners were there.

MACMARNE not guilty of the murder, but guilty of manslaughter . B .

M'DONAUGH acquitted .

756, 757. (2d M.) DAVID DODSON and HUGH MACNEAL were indicted; the first for stealing nine live cocks, value 13 s. and twenty live hens, value 30 s. the property of Henry Corker , Sept. 24th . And the other for receiving the above goods, well knowing them to have been stolen . +

Both acquitted .

758. (2d M.) WILLIAM DOWLING was indicted for stealing a mourning ring, value 4 s. 6 d. the property of Thomas Field , Esq . Sept. 29th . +

Thomas Field , Esq. I live in Great Ormond street . I lost four rings; I only found this one; they were taken out of my ward-robe, I believe, on the 29th of September; the ring was stopped on the prisoner by Mr. Newton, on the Saturday after; the prisoner owned before Justice Girdler that he took the purse and four mourning rings, and several pieces of money; there was no confession taken in writing.

Richard Newton . On the 1st of October, between nine and ten in the morning, the prisoner came to my shop, and asked if I bought old gold; I told him I did; I keep a jeweller's shop at No. 119, opposite Red Lion-street, High Holborn; I asked him where he got it; he told me he found it the evening before in Water-lane; I weighed it; while I was weighing it I asked him his name; he said it was William Bryan ; I put down the money; it came to 4 s. 6 d. or 5 s. I cannot say which, and then asked him his name again, that I might set down who I bought it of; he then said his name was William Gwier ; I asked him if he did not say it was Bryan before; he said, yes, and he thought a man had a right to give himself as many names as he would; then I told him I believed he did not come honestly by it, and it was my duty to stop it; I took up the money and said I believed I could find an owner for it, to hear what he would say; he then said one Mrs. Pearson's maid gave it him; I sent my servant for a constable; while he was gone the prisoner said he went to visit a servant maid in Red Lion-square, or somewhere thereabouts, and in her absence took it off the gentleman's table. I took him before Sir John Fielding , and he gave the same account there; he was committed till Wednesday, and the ring was to be advertised; on Wednesday the prisoner and several others came to me, and offered to indemnify me if I would give him the ring; I told him I was not authorized to give him the ring till I went to Sir John Fielding 's; I went to Sir John's, and Mr. Bond told me I might give the man the ring; I told Mr. Bond I thought it very strange to commit a man to advertise a ring, and it not to be advertised, and the man acquitted, and that I thought the Justices did not know of the matter; they were not then sitting; the next morning I looked in the paper and saw it advertised; I then wrote to Sir John Fielding about it, and went to Sir John's, and Mr. Bond interposed, and said I was a dirty fellow for writing to Sir John. I met with the prisoner afterwards, and took him before Justice Girdler, and the ring being advertised, Mr. Field came and owned it.

Q. Do you know how he got out of custody after he was committed the first time?

Newton. No.

For the Prisoner.

Nicholas Gay . I have known the prisoner fifteen or sixteen years; he lived with an uncle of mine, John Garnett , bishop of Tor, in Ireland; he was remarkable for honesty as a servant; he had the management of a large quantity of plate; he left the bishop's service on the 20th of June last; he was one of the best servant s the bishop had; I have heard that he has behaved well since he left the bishop's service.

Thomas Ward . I have known the prisoner upwards of five years; he lived with the Lord Bishop of Tor; I lived with Mr. Pearson in Bedford-row; he bore a good character.

Guilty of stealing to the value of 10 d. W .

759, 760. (2d M.) ELIZABETH THOMPSON and ELIZABETH BROWN were indicted for stealing eleven guineas, and a canvas purse, value 2 d. the property of Edward Williamson , Sept. 28th .

The prisoner was called, and not appearing, his recognizance was ordered to be estreated.

Both acquitted .

761. (L.) JAMES TEMPLAR was indicted for stealing a leather pocket book, value 2 s. the property of James Andrews , Oct. 1st . ++

James Andrews . I was in Guildhall about one o'clock on Saturday the 1st of October; the prisoner was standing by me; on a sudden I felt my pocket book move from my pocket; I turned about and saw the prisoner with the book in his hand, which he put under his coat; I got hold of his hand with the book in it, and he dropped the book; when I laid hold of his hand he asked what was the matter; I said he had taken my book out of my pocket; I called a constable and charged him with the prisoner.

James White , the constable, deposed, that when he heard the prosecutor say his pocket was picked, he saw the prosecutor take the prisoner's hand, and he saw the prisoner drop the pocket book; that he took charge of him, searched him, and found three handkerchiefs in his pocket.

The pocket book was produced in Court, and deposed to by the prosecutor.

Prisoner's Defence.

I was in Guildhall; I had my pocket book in my hand; I was going to set the poll down; this is it (producing it); I had no other pocket book.

He called one witness who gave him a good character.

Guilty . T .

762. (L.) JAMES CONLEY was indicted for stealing 20 lb. wt. of moist sugar, value 4 s. the property of persons unknown, Oct. 21st . ++

Acquitted .

763. (L.) THOMAS WILTON was indicted for stealing 14 lb. wt. of moist sugar, value 4 s. the property of persons unknown , Sept. 17th . ++

John Woodhouse . I am a porter on Bear Key : there is a warehouse there which contains a great quantity of sugar belonging to different merchants; the prisoner was employed about the Key in landing sugar. I was not the person that secured him; when he was secured I weighed the sugar that was found on him; there was 18 lb. of it; it was between the skirts of his coat. In that warehouse the prisoner was employed in, there was a hogshead of sugar, out of which a great quantity was missing; I compared the sugar with that in the hogshead; it appeared the same.

Barnabas Clinton deposed that he suspected the prisoner because he looked bulky; that he secured him and found the sugar upon him.

Prisoner's Defence.

I found the sugar between the door and the cart.

Guilty . W .

764. (L.) CATHERINE CLARKE was indicted for stealing a linen handkerchief, value 10 d. the property of George Davis , Oct. 13 ++

William Payne . I saw the prisoner at Guild-hall put her hand in Mr. Davis's pocket, and take out this linen handkerchief (producing it); I searched her and found it under her arm; I never saw her before; the prosecutor attended the first day of the sessions, but is not here now.

Prisoner's Defence.

I was in great distress.

Guilty . T .

765. (L.) GEORGE HOSKINS was indicted for stealing a linen handkerchief, value 10 d. the property of George Wood . Oct. 1st . ++

George Wood . I had my handkerchief when I went into Guildhall ; I missed it in about five minutes.

William Payne . I saw the prisoner take the handkerchief out of the prosecutor's pocket, and put it in his own; I secured him.

Prisoner's Defence.

I found the handkerchief and was looking for an owner for it.

Guilty . W .

766 (L.) PETER SMITH was indicted for stealing a linen handkerchief, value 10 d. the property of John Shank , Oct. 10th . ++

John Shank . I had been about ten minutes at Guildhall , when Mr. Payne told me a person had taken my handkerchief, and pointed out the prisoner; we took him to the Compter; he was searched, and the handkerchief found in his breeches.

William Payne . I saw the prisoner put his hand into the prosecutor's pocket, and take out the handkerchief.

(The handkerchief was produced and deposed to by the prosecutor.)

The prisoner, in his defence, denied the charge.

Guilty . W .

767. (L.) JAMES BEESON was indicted for stealing a linen handkerchief, value 10 d. the property of a person unknown , Sept. 29 . ++

William Payne . I saw the prisoner on Michaelmas-day put his hand in the pocket of a gentleman, and take out his handkerchief; I informed the gentleman of it, and we took the prisoner to the Compter, and found the handkerchief upon him; the gentleman gave me his direction; I called upon him, but he was gone to Oxfordshire.

Q. Do you know his name?

Payne. I do not know.

Prisoner's Defence.

I know nothing of the handkerchief; I did not steal it.

Guilty . W .

768, 769, 770, 771, 772, 773. (M.) ROSOLVE SMITH , SARAH, the wife of John EVANS , ANN, the wife of William SHEPHARD , GRACE PATTERSON , spinster , MARY JEWELL , spinster , and SAMUEL LEWIS , were indicted for feloniously conveying and causing to be conveyed, to William Lewis , then a prisoner in Tothil-fields Bridewell, on suspicion of forgery, a certain vizor and disguise proper to facilitate the escape of prisoners; and also a certain steel spring saw, the same being a proper instrument to facilitate the escape of prisoners, and the same did deliver and cause to be delivered to the said William Lewis , without the consent or privity of the keeper or his deputy .

A second Court charged them with aiding and assisting the said William Lewis to attempt to make his escape.

No evidence was given.

All six acquitted .

774. (L.) MICHAEL BOYLAND was indicted for obtaining by false pretences, of Henry Gill , apprentice to Thomas Hatton , ironmonger, one thousand and a half of twenty-penny nails, value 10 s. and half a thousand of ten-penny nails, value 2 s. 3 d. with intent to defraud the said Thomas Hatton , Sept. 26th . ++

Henry Gill . I am apprentice to Thomas Hatton ; the prisoner came about the 26th of September last, and took up a thousand and a half of ten-penny, and half a thousand of twenty-penny nails, saying he was a servant of Mr. Thompson, and was sent by him; they were advanced to him upon the account of Mr. Thompson, who had credit at our shop.

- Thompson. The prisoner lived with me down to February last, when I parted with him; he has never been in my employment since; he had no commission from me to take up these nails, nor did he ever bring any such nails to me.

Prisoner's Defence.

I am innocent of the charge.

He called several witnesses who gave him a good character.

Guilty . T .

775. (L.) JAMES LAMB was indicted for obtaining, by false pretences, eight shillings and one penny , the property of Celia Baker , spinster, Oct. 12 . ++

Celia Baker . As I was going down Ludgate-hill on the 12th of October the prisoner overtook me, and said he had found something which he hoped was a prize; I said I hoped so too; said he, I took it up close to your feet; he opened a paper; he said it was a ring, and he believed it was a wedding ring that somebody had lost; said he we will get somebody to read it; I said I could read; he went on and called to a man that went before, who appeared a well dressed man, and asked him to read the bill; he read the contents of it, and the money that the ring cost was sixteen shillings and twopence; that man said I suppose the young woman is a servant; yes, says I, I am, and you are a poor man I suppose, and are come out of the hospital; yes, just come out, says he; says the man it is a gold ring, and I suppose the young woman will be as glad of some of the money as you, will not you; yes, said I; then says he, you must give her eight shillings and a penny, or she must give you that; he said he had no money, but if I would give him eight shillings, and a penny, I should have the ring; I had the money about me; I gave it him; I asked the other man if it was gold; he said, yes, he was sure, for there was the hall stamp upon it; there was a little stamp in the ring; I knowing no other, took it for gold. About a week afterwards, I was coming over Black-friars bridge; I saw them attempting to defraud a countryman and a young woman; I did not know what he was doing, but I asked a gentleman coming along if he would please to stay and hear what I had to say to that man; he asked me what; I told him he had defrauded me of some money; I was afraid to go by myself to speak to him; the gentleman crossed the bridge and spoke to him; he wanted me to make it up, and take the money; but he denied that he had ever seen me. I forgot to mention that as soon as I gave the eight shillings and penny to this man, he said we will give the gentleman sixpence for his trouble, and won't you give him nothing? I said I did not mind sixpence; he took the sixpence so freely, it put it in my mind that it was a cheat; they went off directly, and I went a little further into a shop, and asked a man if it was gold or not; he said, no, it was not, but he had no touch stone, but he was sure of that; I walked up again to see if I could see this man, but had no sight of him: it was a week after that I found him on the bridge. When the gentleman spoke to him he slided his hands through the rails of the bridge, and was going to throw a paper into the river, but the wind bl ew it back, and I picked it up; the constable has it; I delivered the ring to the constable, Thomas Phillips .

Thomas Phillips . I received this ring of the prosecutrix and these two notes. (They are read)

October 8, 1774, Mr. Tooth bought of Mr. Boot one plain ring, valued 16 s.

Received the contents of me Mr. Boot.

October 3d, 1774, Mr. Boot bought of Mr. Holt a plain ring, 16 s. 2 d.

Received the contents by me W. Holt, 16 s. 2 d.

Q. Do you know the ring is gold or not?

Phillips. It is not gold; I have had it tried.

Prisoner's Defence.

As I was coming from the hospital down Ludgate-hill, this young woman overtook me; I could not walk fast being ill; I picked the ring up; she saw it before I did; I had a stick in my hand; I said there is something in a bit of paper lying before; she was going to stoop to pick it up; she cried halves; she said she supposed there was nothing in it; she took it, and looked at the ring, and said it was gold; I was no judge whether it was or not; she said she would have halves; I know nothing whether it was gold or brass.

Phillips. When I was taking him to the Mansion-house, I said how came you to be so bad to defraud a poor girl of a ring? d - n her, said he, a young bitch, it serves her right, it will learn her to know better another time.

Guilty . Fined 1 s. and imp. 12 months .

776, 777, 778. (L.) JOHN HYDE , THOMAS HYDE , and HENRY FELTUS were indicted for wilful and corrupt perjury in the evidence they gave on the trial of Lieutenant General Gansel in the last mayoralty at the Old Bailey .

No evidence was given.

All three acquitted .

779. (L.) SIMON URLIN WARD was indicted for wilful and corrupt perjury .

Acquitted .

Charles Nangle , William Hughes , John Pugh , Charles Mills , William Griffiths , John Olding , capitally convicted last sessions, and Abraham Abrahams , capitally convicted some time since, were executed at Tyburn, on Monday the 7th of November.

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

Received Sentence of Death, 9.

John Coleby , Charles Jones , Jane Munt , William Lewis , John Rann , William Collier , Joseph Tidbury , William Lane , and Samuel Trotman .

Transportation for fourteen years, 1.

Eleanor Roach ,

Transportation for seven years, 16.

Margaret Carey , Thomas Brown , Abraham Gussenny , Thomas Eustace , Thomas Hart , William Ward , James Templer , Richard Jones , James Beeson , George Tomlins , Patrick Kelly , Peter Smith , Ann-Maria Dakins , Elizabeth Thompson , George Hawes , and John Cooper .

Branded and imprisoned, 2.

Simon Gadsby and Redmond Roach .

Branded, 2.

Matthias Macmarne and Ann Leaver .

Whipped, 1.

Michael Boyland .

Fined 1 s. and imprisoned twelve months, 1.

James Lamb .

Charles Nangle , William Hughes , John Pugh , Charles Mills , William Griffiths , John Olding , capitally convicted last sessions, and Abraham Abrahams , capitally convicted some time since, were executed at Tyburn, on Monday the 7th of November.

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