Old Bailey Proceedings Online (www.oldbaileyonline.org, version 6.0, 16 April 2014), February 1775 (17750218).

Old Bailey Proceedings, 18th February 1775.

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 15th, Thursday the 16th, Friday the 17th, Saturday the 18th Monday the 20th, and Tuesday the 21st, of FEBRUARY, 1775.

In the Fifteenth Year of His MAJESTY's Reign. Being the Third SESSION in the MAYORALTY of The Right Honourable John Wilkes , LORD-MAYOR of the CITY of LONDON.




Sold by T. BILL, at (No. 26.) the Top of Bell-Yard, near Temple-Bar



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

BEFORE the Right Honourable JOHN WILKES , Lord Mayor of the City of London; the Honourable Sir HENRY GOULD , Knt. one of the Justices of his Majesty's Court of Common Pleas *; the Honourable EDWARD WILLES , Esq; one of the Justices of his Majesty's Court of King's Bench +; the Honourable Sir JOHN BURLAND , Knt. one of the Barons of his Majesty's 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.

London Jury, (M.) First Middlex Jury. (2d M,) Second Middle Jury.

London Jury.

George Diggles

Jonathan Coleman

Stephen Edwards

John Henchliff

Joseph Rickards

John Bennett

John Walter

Benjamin Carey

Richard Sheppard

William Cock

William Crowther

Frances Blythe .

David Montague served part of the times in the stead of John Henchliff .

First Middlesex Jury.

John Robertson

William Richards

Robert Hanbury

Thomas Cubbitt

William Sparrow

William Kelsey

John Bacon

William Gowan

Joseph Reid

John Hall

John Haynes

David Lewis .

Second Middlesex Jury.

John Williams

William Green

Robert Crews

William Grant

Phillip Woodham

Edward Orgill

Joseph Drawwater

John Groom

James M'Dowall

John Bedell

Jasper Stocker

Francis Scurry .

James Armstrong served part of the time in the stead of Francis Scurry .

175. (L.) WILLIAM PRIDDLE was indicted for felonously committing a rape upon the body of Elizabeth Harris , spinster , December the 18th . *

Elizabeth Harris . My father keeps the Star Inn at Burford, in Oxfordshire.

Court. How old are you?

Harris. Nineteen the 26th of April next.

Q. At what time did you first come acquainted with Mr. Priddle?

Harris. He came to my father's house about a fortnight before I came to town. I came away on the 24th of August; Mrs. Priddle was in the country with him: they continued at our house a fortnight.

Q. Was any other part of their family there?

Harris. Yes, the son.

Q. How did you happen to come to town with Mr. Priddle?

Harris. I went up one day into Mrs. Priddle's room, about a week before I came away, her asked me to pin some ribbands on the sleeves of her gown: further her told me, her should be very glad to have a young woman to run up and down stairs for her as a friend, and asked me if I chose to go to London. I said, I should like it very well; and I came to London with Mrs. Priddle.

Q. Had you your father's consent?

Harris. No, I had not: I had my mother's. I went with Mrs. Priddle on the 24th of August. Mr. Priddle did not accompany us.

Q. Was your father against your going?

Harris. Yes, he was. I went with Mrs. Priddle in a returned chaise to Oxford, and from Oxford to London in the post coach. Mr. Priddle returned to town on the Friday after we got to London on the Wednesday.

Court. I should be glad to know in general, how you lived in the family?

Harris. I was not as a servant, I did any thing Mrs. Priddle ordered me to do.

Q. Did she occasionnally order you to do the work of a servant?

Harris. Yes, I generally made the beds, I never refused any thing her bid me do.

Q. Did you ever clean the house?

Harris. No.

Q. Did you dine with the servants?

Harris. No, I dined and supped with Mr. and Mrs. Priddle; I lived with them just as they did.

Q. Was Mrs. Priddle in town, on the night of the 17th of December?

Harris. No, her went out of town on the Sunday before.

Q. What day of the week was the 17th?

Harris. Saturday.

Q. What time was it on that night, that you was called upon to warm Priddle's bed?

Harris. A little before one o'clock, Priddle asked me to warm his bed.

Q. What part of the family was up?

Harris. No body but the maid servant, Alice Lee .

Q. How many were there in family?

Harris. A man servant, and that woman and the youngest son: the man and the boy were gone to bed.

Q. Was the man a servant or a clerk?

Harris. He was stiled a servant; he used to clean the knives.

Q. How old was the son?

Harris. I cannot say, above twelve I believe.

Q. What room was Mr. Priddle sitting in?

Harris. The dining room up one pair of stairs forward. When he has the gout he sits there; there is a bed there provided for him.

Q. What street was this in?

Harris. Chancery Lane.

Q. Do you know Mr. Cox's house,?

Harris. No.

Q. Is it next door but one to the corner?

Harris. I cannot tell; I don't know any place there.

Q. This was not the room where he usually lay, only when he had the gout?

Harris. No.

Q. Had he the gout?

Harris. He pretended to have it as bad as he had about three weeks before this.

Q. Did he keep his dining room three weeks?

Harris. Yes, he was backwards and forwards to the office even with it, he went into the country with his wife on the Sunday before this happened. When he had the gout he used to have a bed put up in this dining room. He lay up two pair of stairs at other times; this bed had been put up about three weeks, he went into the country on Sunday with his wife, he returned on Tuesday, and left his wife behind.

Q. When Mr. Priddle asked you to warm his bed for him, did you go down stairs for the coals?

Harris. No, the girl brought the pan up.

Q. He called you up into his room?

Harris. Yes.

Q. He did not speak to you about warming his bed till you came into his room?

Harris. No.

Q. Where was you when he called you?

Harris. Down in the kitchen which is under ground with the servant maid.

Q. What did he say when he called you?

Harris. He asked me to make him a honey toast, he was then siting in a two elbow chair by the fire side, first he rung the bell, the girl answered the bell and then her came down and told me Mr. Priddle ordered me up to make him a honey toast, I went up, and made him the toest; he ate it, then he asked me to warm his bed, which I did.

Q. You went down stairs for the coals?

Harris. No, I had them out of the dining room, the girl brought the pan up.

Q. Was the bell rung for the girl?

Harris. No, her was up in the room when the girl came down to order me to make the toast, her went up with me again.

Q. Whether the request to warm the bed had been usual?

Harris. He always asked me to warm the bed when his wife was at home; he told the maid her might go down stairs again and go her ways to bed; I warmed his bed and asked him whether he was ready to get into bed, he said presently, I said I thought it time for him to get into bed, because I wanted to go to bed, he said he should presently, he went and locked the door directly, then he told me he insisted upon my staying in the room that night and lying with him.

Q. What did he do with the key?

Harris. He put it in his left hand pocket; I told him I insisted upon going out of the room, he swore a great oath, that I should not go out of the room, but stay there all night, when he begin locking the door, I said, Mr. Priddle, I insist upon going out of the room; he swore I should not go out of the room that night; he said, I should stay and lie with him all night; I told him, I would not, I begged for mercy, I begged him to let me go out of the room; he pushed me backwards several times when I went to go towards the door, against the side of the table: I down'd of my knees and beged him for Christs sake not to ruin me, he swore he would force me to lie with him.

Q. Was that the word he used?

Harris. Yes, the very word, when I tried to get forward to the door again, he knocked me down twice upon a sopha.

Q. Where did he strike you?

Harris. Just in the pit of my stomach, then I struggled as well as I could to get up again, while I was upon the sofa he put his hands up my petticoats, then I went to take up the candle, I took one in my hand, he blowed them both out.

Q. What was you going to do with the candle?

Harris. To try to get out at the door,

Q. But he had the key in his pocket?

Harris. Yes, and I beged to be let out; I went to light the candle at the fire place again, then he took me by my cloaths and pushed me down upon a two elbow chair that he sat in at the left hand side of the fire, he blowed the candle but again in my hand, and swore it was of no use for me to try, that he would not be said nay, that I need not cry out, for if I did, he would soon stop my crying, he pulled me round the table with as much strength as possible and forced me upon the bed.

Q. Did you resist?

Harris. Yes, several times, as much as I was able to do.

Q. What did he do, when he had you on the bed?

Harris. He pulled my cloaths up, he forced me very much and I cried out as loud as possible I could, when I cried out as loud as I could the girl servant came to the door.

Q. Was this before he had lain with you?

Harris. Yes.

Q. How do you know the servant came to the door?

Harris. As the girl says, I never heard her.

Q. Did she speak?

Harris. She told me afterwards, that she did speak, I never heard her, she tells me she knocked several times, but I did not hear her, he forced me as long as possible, still I was not able to hold up my hands.

Q. What did he do then?

Harris. He forced me quite, as much as possible he could, I was even almost dead.

Q. You must tell what he did to you.

Harris. I do tell you, he forced me quite entirely, to the ruin of my body.

Q. Did he lie with you?

Harris. Yes.

Q. You say you was so exhausted that you could not hold up your hands, was you sensible of what he did?

Harris. Yes, as sensible as possible I could be.

Q. Did you feel his private parts?

Harris. I did.

Q. Upon this occasion delicacy must be laid aside, because a man's life is at stake, and I hope you consider what you are about, that you are upon your oath.

Harris. I wont speak a word more than is true.

Q. You did feel his private parts?

Harris. Yes, very sharp.

Q. Do you mean by sharp pain?

Harris. Yes, very much.

Q. What did you feel in consequence of that - how long did you find it so?

Harris. As much as a quarter of an hour.

Q. That is private parts were in your's?

Harris. Yes.

Q. Was you sensible of any thing else?

Harris. Yes. I found something wet come from him.

Q. Are you sure of that?

Harris. Yes, I am.

Q. Did you feel it in your inside?

Harris. Yes.

Q. You are sure you tell me the truth?

Harris. Every word.

Q. How long was you kept upon the bed?

Harris. I believe as much as two hours, he was forcing me all the while.

Q. Did he lie upon you all the time?

Harris. Yes, all the while.

Q. Did he repeat this affair with you more than once?

Harris. No, but once.

Q. Did he lie with you only once?

Harris. No.

Q. At the end of two hours what became of you?

Harris. He unlocked the door, and pushed me out of the door.

Q. Where did you go?

Harris. To my own bed-room, I went first to my fellow servants, the maid's room, her door was locked, I could not get in to tell her of it.

Q. Then you lay in a room by yourself?

Harris. Yes.

Q. Did you attempt to get in at the maid's room?

Harris. I knocked four or five times at her door.

Q. What did you do the next morning?

Harris. I got up about eight o'clock, I went down in the kitchen and told the girl of it; I told her Mr. Priddle, had quite entirely ruined me, she desired me to send to my friends and I did.

Question from the Jury. Whether you or the maid spoke first of it?

Harris. The maid asked me when I came down, what the devil I had been at? I sat down in the chair; as if I was just dead.

Q. How did you find yourself?

Harris. Very bad indeed, I could scarce make her any answer,

Q. You sat down quite exhausted as it were?

Harris. Yes, I told her as well as I could make an answer, that Mr. Priddle had ruined me; she desired me to send t o my friends, and I did directly.

Q. Had you any friends in town?

Harris. Not a soul in the world, I sent directly after.

Q. Did you shew any thing to this maid servant?

Harris. Yes, my linen, she washed my linen and saw it.

Q. Were there any marks upon your linen?

Harris. Yes.

Q. What appearance?

Harris. Blood.

Q. Any thing besides?

Harris. Not that I know of, she can tell better than I can.

Q. Did you observe the blood yourself upon your linen?

Harris. Yes.

Q. Had you at that time your courses upon you?

Harris. No.

Q. How did that blood come upon your linen?

Harris. By the force of Mr. Priddle.

Q. Had any man ever lain with you before?

Harris. Never in the world.

Court. That question is not usully asked upon accasions of this kind, for though a woman might have taken liberties with other men, it does not follow from thence, that it is lawful for any man to force her; but as the mentioned she had blood through the force of this Mr. Priddle, I thought it proper in my own opinion for the counsel to ask the question of her.

Q. When did you write to your friends?

Harris. On the Monday following.

Q. That was the next day?

Harris. The Sunday was the next day.

Q. The next day after you spoke to the maid?

Harris. Yes.

Q. What became of Mr. Priddle, did he stay in town or go out of town?

Harris. He went out of town on Tuesday, he said he was going down to Burford after Mr. Fettiplace's affairs, that was where my father lived.

Q. When did you put that letter you speak of into the post?

Harris. I gave it to the bell-man, at the door, and gave him a penny, on the Monday night.

Q. The prisoner went out of town on Tuesday?

Harris. Yes.

Q. After you had talked with the maid in the kitchen, which was the Sunday morning about eight o'clock, you saw the prisoner and whether you said any thing to him.

Harris, Yes, on Sunday morning, he rung the bell for me to come up into his room about nine o'clock.

Q. How do you know that it was for you?

Harris. It was to make the breakfast, I always made the breakfast, I went up out of the kitchen; when the first tea was poured out, he said is this the best tea and be d - d to you, that you have for me, I said it was the same tea Mrs. Priddle drank when she was at home.

Q. Did you carry up the breakfast?

Harris. No, the girl had set it ready.

Q. When you came into the room, there the tea was.

Harris. Yes. When he said that about the tea, I began crying, he said he supposed I should swear a rape against him.

Q. Did you say any thing besides crying?

Harris. Nothing at all, I told him I would if I had any friends in town; I went out of the room directly.

Q. Did he make no answer to you when you said that?

Harris. Not a word?

Q. He went out of town on Tuesday, was you removed from his house before he returned to town again.

Harris. Yes.

Q. How long was it before he came back.

Harris. About a fortnight, his wife came a week after he was gone; she got my cloaths washed and sent me away directly.

Q. Did you mention it to the wife?

Harris. I told her of it, she said when Mr. Priddle came home it would cause words; she told me her expectations were that it would be so.

Q. Where did you go the night you quitted the house.

Harris. A young man I was acquainted with after Priddle left the town, came to Priddle's house to see me; Mrs. Priddle took me to the Angel Inn, in Wych-Street, and said it would be a very good thing if he would take me home to my friends.

Court. What Mrs. Priddle said or did is nothing.

Q. Where did you go to?

Harris. To this mans, John Evans .

Q. Is he a countryman of yours?

Harris. No, he is a hair-dresser, that lives in St. Clement's Church Yard.

Q. How came you to know him at all, did he use to come to Mr. Priddle's?

Harris. No, it was my having my hair dressed there.

Q. What night did you go away?

Harris. The Sunday night that Mr. Priddle came to town, he came in just as I went; I was not in the house when he came in, Mrs. Priddle ordered a coach to be called to take me to the Swan with two Necks, in Lad-lane, where I was to find a coach to take me home.

Q. The Burford coach goes from thence does it.

Harris. Yes, there is a coach goes from there.

Q. How came you not to go down that night?

Harris. The coach was gone.

Q. What became of you then?

Harris. I went along with this young man.

Q. Where did he put you?

Harris. He took me to some Inn in Covent Garden, there I staid till Thursday morning, (the White Hart Inn) I staid there till Thursday morning, then he went and took a lodging for me; I continued there till my father came to town.

Q. Where was your lodging?

Harris. In Wych-street, my father sent for me as soon as he came, which was last Tuesday, I wrote twice from Priddles house, and once from Wych-street.

Q. When did you go before a justice of the peace to charge the prisoner?

Harris. On Wednesday night last, the night after my father came to town.

Question from the Prisoner. My wife had been out of town a week before you was used in the manner you have mentioned.

Harris. Yes.

Q. Had you warmed the prisoner's bed the rest of the week.

Harris. No, the maid servant warmed it the rest of the week.

Q. From the time that Mrs. Priddle went out of town, and he returned which was Tuesday, I think?

Harris. Yes:

Q. Now Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, who warmed his bed those nights?

Harris. The girl.

Cross Examination.

Q. I think you fix the time of coming to town about the 24th of August?

Harris. Yes.

Q. During all that time, if I understand you right, you breakfasted, dined and supped with the family?

Harris. Yes, the whole of the time.

Q. Was there any difference made, whether Mr. or Mrs. Priddle were at home or not?

Harris. Not, not at all.

Q. Then you never dined with the servants?

Harris. No, never.

Q. Nor mealled with them?

Harris. No.

Q. Always breakfasted, dined, and supped with them till you went away?

Harris. Yes.

Q. Did you go out much between the 24th of August, and the month of December?

Harris. Not at all, any further than my business.

Q. The business I suppose of Mrs. Priddle

Harris. Yes.

Q. I misunderstood one of your expressions just now, or else you contradicted yourself: you said, you always warmed the bed?

Harris. Yes.

Q. You always warmed the bed, except that week?

Harris. Yes.

Q. Did not you warm his bed the begining of that week?

Harris. The first night he came home.

Q. Why did you not warm it the second night?

Harris. Because I went to bed the second night.

Court. I understood you; you did not warm his bed?

Harris. The first night he came home I warmed it.

Q. How happened it you did not warm it the second night?

Harris. Because I was not very well, I went to bed.

Q. Did you warm it the night afterwards?

Harris. No, I was not up in the room, I was down in the kitchen with the servant girl.

Q. Was you ill on Thursday?

Harris. No, there was washing and ironing about; I did not warm the bed Wednesday, Thursday nor Friday night.

Q. What time was this honey toast, that you talk of ordered?

Harris. About twelve o'clock.

Q. Had he supped before that?

Harris. No, he never used to eat any supper.

Q. He had dined at home that day?

Harris. Yes.

Q. As I understood you, that room was the room that fronts Chancery Lane?

Harris. Yes.

Q. Your stair case is what they call, I believe a well stair case?

Harris. I don't know what you call it.

Q. That winds up to the top of the house: you can speak from the top to a person at the bottom.

Harris. Yes, it winds up.

Q. His first expression to you, was, that you should stay in the room, and lie with him?

Harris. Yes.

Q. This was while he was locking the door?

Harris. Yes, while he was locking the door I desired to go out; he told me I should not go out.

Q. Did he say you should lie with him, while he was locking the door, or after?

Harris. After he had locked the door.

Q. Now, how long had the maid been gone, before this happened?

Harris. Nigh half an hour.

Q. Then I should be glad to know what passed during that half hour?

Harris. I was warming the bed full half an hour.

Q. No conversation passed during that time?

Harris. Never a word, that I know of.

Q. Then he swore you should not go out; and knocked you down twice, I think you said, upon a settee?

Harris. Yes.

Q. You was sensible during that time, was you not?

Harris. Yes, very sensible.

Q. Was it then you began to cry out?

Harris. Yes.

Q. Did you make any attempt to open the windows, and to cry out?

Harris. No, the windows were fastened.

Q. Do you mean my lord and the jury should understand, that if you had cried out as loud as you could, the maid, if she had been awake, must not have heard you?

Harris. I don't know: I cried out as loud as possible I could.

Q. And you are sure you heard nobody at the door?

Harris. No.

Q. As I understand you was sensible during the whole of this time?

Harris. Sensible enough to know whether he used me ill or not.

Q. He gave you some blows?

Harris. Yes.

Q. He blew out the candle, then you light one of them again that he blew out, and then proceeded to violence?

Harris. Yes.

Q. He committed the offence but once?

Harris. Yes.

Q. But lay upon you two hours afterwards?

Harris. Yes.

Q. After he had completed his purpose, he lay upon you for two hours?

Harris. Yes.

Q. Did you cry out?

Harris. Yes, as long as I was capable of holding up my hand.

Q. Was there any conversation passed between you, during that two hours, after he had done the mischief?

Harris. Not as I remember, at all.

Q. When you used to warm your master's bed, was it not usual to stay and tuck him up?

Harris. No, I never meddled nor made with him, his wife used to do that.

Q. But when his wife was not at home?

Harris. No; the curtains were always drawn; I never touched him.

Q. Then the next morning, the maid said to you, what the devil have you been at?

Harris. Yes.

Q. Did she tell you what observation she had made the night before, or by your to ing so bad?

Harris. I apprehended, by my looking so bad, for I dropped into a chair immediately as I came in.

Q. She did not tell you what she had seen, or heard?

Harris. Yes, she told me what she had heard the night before, she said, she heard me cry, Lord have mercy upon me; Mr. Priddle don't ruin me.

Q. You lay by yourself that night afterwards?

Harris. Yes.

Q. Had you laid with the maid the night before?

Harris. No, Mrs. Priddle ordered me to lie in the second floor.

Q. You could not make the maid hear?

Harris. I knocked at her door three or four times, and she did not hear me.

Q. Then you could call any other person in the house?

Harris. I did not meddle with any of them, I went up to the man's room, I went in, and found him asleep, and I never meddled nor made with the man.

Q. Did you take any notice to the boy?

Harris. I never went beyond.

Q. When did you send to this Evans; the next day?

Harris. I did not send to him at all; I did not know him.

Q. Then you was totally unacquainted with Evans till this affair happened?

Harris. Yes.

Q. Are you sure you did not go down stairs that night, and carry the warming pan down?

Harris. No, I never touched it, I laid it upon the hearth in the dining room.

Q. Was you at home all Sunday?

Harris. Yes.

Q. Where did you ate your breakfast?

Harris. Up stairs.

Q. Did you dine with him that day?

Harris. Yes.

Q. Did you drink tea with him that day?

Harris. In the morning I ate no breakfast.

Q. You poured out some tea for him?

Harris. Yes.

Q. Did you drink tea with him in the afternoon?

Harris. No.

Q. Did nobody put it in your head to go to a magistrate to complain?

Harris. I told it this woman, her told me it was best to send to my friends; her did not understand the law no more than me; I never spoke a word to any body, I knew nobody in own.

Q. How many bells were there in this room?

H. One.

Q. Are you sure there were not two?

H. Not that I know, there was but one, by the fire place.

Q. When you went to light this candle at the fire place, why did not you think of ringing the bell?

H. Because he kept me from that side where the bell was.

Q. I think you said, you light the candle; how came you to light that, and not ring the bell?

H. He pushed me down two or three times while I was lighting it; I could not get nigh the bell.

Q. Did you see him on Monday morning?

H. Yes, I saw him in his room.

Q. Before he breakfasted, or after?

H. I did not stay to see him breakfast. I never breakfasted with him afterwards.

Q. What did you go into the room for?

H. To fetch some work out of the room.

Q. Was he then up?

H. Yes.

Q. Did you dine with him on Monday?

H. No.

Q. Why not?

H. Because I was never asked.

Q. Did you ever stay to be asked before?

H. Yes, I was always asked.

Q. You had supped with them from your first coming into the family till this time, and always stayed to be asked?

H. Yes.

Q. Did any body dine with him that day?

H. I do not know; I was down in the kitchen all the while.

Q. How did he go into the country?

H. He went in a hackney coach from the door.

Q. Did not you see him go from the door to the hackney coach?

H. I saw him from the kitchen window go into the hackney coach.

Q. What time did he go?

H. About two o'clock.

Q. Had he dined before he went?

H. No, on Tuesday morning, before he went, he said, he had no money to leave at home; he bid me take some of the things to pawn, and want for nothing.

Q. Those letters you spoke of, you gave with your own hands to the bell-man?

H. Yes.

Q. Nobody could stop the letter?

H. Not unless they stopped it afterwards.

Q. Where did you write the second letter from?

H. From Priddle's, I put the second letter in the same way I did the other.

Q. When you went to the Swan and two Necks, for a coach you then intended to go to your father?

H. Yes.

Q. You had no answer to either of the letters?

H. No.

Q. You have given a very imperfect account of Mr. Priddle's health; you must be a little cautious considering the situation he stands in, I ask you whether during the whole of that week he was not exceeding infirm with the gout?

H. Not at all, he went in and out of the country very well, he was very well when he used me thus.

Q. Did not you dress his foot?

H. There was a little stuff over it but there was nothing the matter with it.

Q. You always dressed it?

H. Yes.

Court. What sort of a dressing was it?

Harris. Only a little stuff done over with a feather upon his leg.

Q. And you apprehend nothing was the matter with him?

Harris. I fancy very little.

Q. What could be the use of pretending to have the gout if he had not?

Harris. He always had that stuff done over it whether well or not.

Q. The Tuesday after this accident happened to you was he carried into the coach or did he walk?

Harris. He walked in himself.

Q. Were any gentlemen with him?

Harris. Mr. Hughes, and Mr. West.

Q. They were present when he went into the hackney-coach?

Harris. Yes.

Q. As you only saw him through the kitchen window, you cannot say how he went out of the house?

Harris. No further than what I heard this girl say.

Harris. I saw him go off the kitchen steps without any help, I saw him step into the coach himself, and nobody touched him.

Q. What cloaths had you on that Saturday?

Harris. A flowered linen gown.

Q. When you went up stairs after the door was open, were these cloaths on then or not?

Harris. Yes:

Q. Your gown was not off?

Harris. No.

Q. Nor stays?

Harris. No they were on.

Q. And what time might you go to bed on Sunday night?

Harris. About ten o'clock.

Q. Then nobody saw you on Sunday night between ten o'clock and next morning?

Harris. Not that I know of.

Q. When you saw Mr. West, and Mr. Hughes there, was there any conversation between you and Mr. Priddle, about Mr. Priddle's carrying you into Oxfordshire?

Harris. Not a word.

Q. Mr. Hughes is a clerk to Mr. Priddle:

Harris. Yes.

Q. Was Mr. Hughes there upon the Monday?

Harris: Yes.

Q. Did you not complain to him?

Harris. I had no business to complain to him.

Q. You was not afr aid of any accident happening to you on Sunday or Monday night.

Harris. No, because I did not go nigh him.

Q. But was you afraid?

Harris. I kept away from him.

Q. You was not afraid of his coming to you?

Harris. No, I kept my door locked.

Q. You never laid with the maid did you. I can answer for you that you did not on Sunday night. Did you on Monday night?

Harris. No.

Q. Then I suppose after this you had no sort of intercourse with Mr. Priddle, none at all?

Harris. No further than he bid me take some things to pawn to raise money for the family.

Q. Then you never wrote him any letter did you?

Harris. No.

Q. I have heard of a Mrs. Flora, that might be the subject of a letter?

Harris. No, I have never wrote to any body.

Q. I suppose by this you never wrote your own letters?

Harris. I always wrote my own letters to my friends.

Q. Did you never apply to any body to write to Mr. Priddle.

Harris. No.

Q. Who wrote the letters to your father?

Harris. My self.

Q. The first, second and third letter?

Harris: No, Evans wrote the last.

Q. Why did he?

Harris. Because Evans chose to write, he wrote to my father to ask his consent to marry me.

Q. Do you remember how long it was after Priddle went out of town that you got acquainted with Evans.

Harris. The Friday afterwards.

Q. And not before?

Harris. No.

Q. You never saw him before?

Harris. I saw him on the Thursday.

Q. What might your lodging cost in Wych-street.

Harris. Three shillings.

Q. Why did you not go into the country sooner?

H. Because I could not pay for my carriage.

Q. Who paid for your lodging?

H. Evans.

Q. Could not he find money enough to send you by the coach?

H. He had not enough.

Q. Who maintained you during that time?

H. He did.

Q. Did you go out with him to publick places?

H. No never, I was always at my lodgings.

Q. You never had any connection with this Evans, till the Friday afterwards?

H. No.

Q. Did you never entertain him at Mr. Priddle's house?

H. I had a supper for him on the Friday, Hughes took part of it.

Q. Where did you get money to pay for the supper?

H. My own things that I pawned.

Q. You pawned your own things to get a supper for this man?

H. No, for all of them alike.

Q. In the course of the rest of the week before you went from Priddle's, was Evans at Mr. Priddle's house?

H. That night he came there to supper.

Q. Then he did sleep in the house that night?

H. No.

Q. Did he sleep in the house any night after that?

H. Yes, one night that was Saturday night?

Q. You got acquainted with him on Friday, your master and mistress were both out of town and he slept there?

H. Yes.

Q. How came he to sleep there?

H. He thought no harm, he slept in the back room, Mr. Priddle's, and the maid servant locked him in.

Q. Did not Hughes and he have a struggle about sleeping there?

H. Hughes desired him to go away on Friday and he did.

Q. Did not he come back again?

H. That was before.

Q. You was not acquainted till Friday, was not there an application to lie in the house that night?

H. Asked to sleep together with Mr. Rayner one of the clerks.

Q. Did not you desire him?

H. I said, if Mr. Rayner staid he had as much right to stay as him.

Q. Who asked Evans to sleep?

H. I did, Hughes asked Rayner, I said if Rayner staid he might as well stay and lie with Rayner.

Q. Did Rayner use to sleep in the house?

H. No.

Q. Then on the first day of your acquaintance with Evanss you desired him to sleep in the house?

H. I said, if one staid the other might stay.

Q. Rayner was a Clerk to Mr. Priddle, but what had Evans to do there?

H. I said, if one staid the other might stay.

Q. Now when did Evans lie in the house next?

H. On the Saturday night.

Q. What time of night was this?

H. Between eleven and twelve, when I said if one staid the other might stay.

Q. What time of day was it Evans dressed your hair?

H. Thursday afternoon.

Q. How came you to think of having your hair dressed?

H. By Mr. Priddle's orders.

Q. Priddle was out of town at this time, he went out on Tuesday afternoon, did he tell you to have your hair dressed before he went out of town?

H. Yes.

Q. Which day did he tell you to have your hair dressed?

H. The Saturday before this happened.

Q. What time was you to get your hair dressed?

H. About three in the afternoon?

Q. But you did not; did you?

H. Yes.

Q. That very Saturday?

H. Yes.

Q. Who dressed it?

H. Evans.

Court When did you first see Evans?

H. On the Saturday, at Mr. Lambert's shop in St. Clement's Church-Yard.

Q. What time of the day was it Mr. Priddle told you to get your hair dressed?

H. About three in the afternoon.

Q. You dined with him on Saturday?

H. Yes.

Q. What did he remark about your hair?

H. He said he was going into the country, and I should take a ride with him, and he bid me get my hair dressed.

Q. Had you seen Evans at this time?

H. No.

Q. Where did you get your hair dress'd?

H. At Lambert's.

Q. Priddle wanted to have you look genteel, and so told you to get your hair dressed?

H. Yes.

Q. Then this Evans dressed your hair on Saturday?

H. Yes.

Q. Then you saw Evans on Saturday?

H. Yes, but not at all thinking of any thing?

Q. When you came home did you shew your hair dressed to him?

H. When I went up into the dining room, he asked me if I had my hair dressed, I told him yes?

Q. What did you give for having your hair dressed?

H. Three shillings.

Q. Three shillings?

H. Yes, he charged three shillings.

Q. Who gave you the money?

H. Mr. Priddle. He gave me half a guinea; out of it I was to pay the hair dresser.

Q. Was this the first time it was dressed?

H. Yes.

Q. I suppose your hair was cut too?

H. No, only dressed.

Q. Who told you of Lambert's shop?

H. Nobody, I asked at several shops, and then we came down to Clement's Churchyard.

Q. Who was with you?

H. A woman I enquired of in the street.

Q. And did you walk about the street with that woman?

H. I went out by myself to buy some tea and sugar.

Q. And took the same opportunity to have your hair dressed?

H. He bid me so to do, her told me of such a shop, and her went with me to the door.

Q. Then your hair was dressed by Evans at the shop?

H. Yes.

Q. When did he give you the half guinea?

H. He sent it down in the kitchen by his son on the Saturday.

Q. As you have lived most of your time in the country, you love riding on horse back I believe?

H. Very well.

Q. This accident happened on Sunday. When did you take a ride on horse back?

H. On Wednesday, after Priddle was gone out of town:

Q. What not Mr. Priddle, or my master.

H. He was never called as my master?

Q. But your friend?

H. He was not my friend, or he would not have used me thus.

Q. How did you get a horse?

H. By the contrivance of the son, we got Priddle's horse.

Q. Where were the horses fetched from?

H. From where they were kept, at Mr. Casey's.

Q. How many horses had you?

H. Two, one for the son, and one for me.

Q. Was there not a man servant went with you?

H. Yes, but he had none of their horses.

Q. What Haines, and you, and the son were the party?

H. Yes.

Q. You had been there often with Mr. Priddle and his wife?

H. I had been there once with Mr. Priddle and his wife, and twice with the son.

Q. Where did you ride to?

H. To a white horse.

Q. How far off?

H. Almost to Bristol causeway.

Q. Had you an entertainment when out?

H. Yes.

Q. Who paid for it?

H. I did.

Q. Where did you dine?

H. We had no dinner at all.

Court. I presume from your manner of answering, you apprehend that gentleman is asking questions for the prisoner, I desire you will answer seriously and not in that part tart way; how much had you in your pocket when you went out?

H. Six shillings.

Q. How much did you bring home?

H. I had a guinea of the man while we were out.

Q. Of Mr. Priddle's servant?

H. Yes.

Q. Where did Haines get his horse?

H. I dont know.

Q. You said you paid for this entertainment yourself?

H. Yes.

Q. Out of the six shillings, or out of the guinea?

H. I was to stand to the guinea, to make it good again.

Q. Did you change the guinea?

H. Yes.

Q. What did you pay out of it?

H. Two pints of wine and a lemon.

Q. Had you nothing to eat?

H. No.

Q. Then Mr. Priddle's son of twelve years old, the servant, and you, had two pints of wine and a lemon?

H. Yes.

Q. How much did you pay for it?

H. Half a crown, and nine pence for the horses.

Court. What occasion had you for the guinea?

H. I gave the son some money to pay for the turnpike as we went along, he never produced any of it, he said he had lost it.

Q. How many turnpikes did you go through?

H. Two or three, I am not sure which.

Q. How was you to make this guinea good when you came home?

H. From the servant girl, she took her cloaths and pawned them for it.

Q. Did you know that before you went out?

H. Not till I came home, she did it, and I gave it to the servant.

Q. Why it seems a little wonderful after you had been so terribly ill used by Mr. Priddle, that you should be so willing to spend his money?

H, It was not his money, they were my cloaths the maid pawned.

Q. Then what became of the change out of the half guinea?

H. I had settled that, I had given it the maid to settle a bill she had paid for Priddle in the house, for victuals, tea, sugar, meat, bread, and butter, things for the family, that her had bought.

Q, Then you was to be at the expence of this riding out yourself?

H, Yes.

Q, You did not mean to charge that to Mr. Priddle?

H, No.

Court, Can you tell how much you gave the boy to pay the turnpikes?

H, Eighteen pence or two shillings

Q, But that would not make out your six shillings?

H. No.

Q. Why did you borrow the guinea?

H. The son asked me if I had money enough. I did not know how much I should want, I borrowed the guinea before I knew whether I should want it or no.

Q. When you came home, though you might have changed this guinea, by the account you give of what you laid out, you had enough to make up this guinea?

H. I had the turnpikes to pay as I came back, the boy said he had lost the money.

Q. How much had you left out of the guinea when you came home?

H. About fourteen shillings.

Q. Then you must have called at some other place?

H. I paid three shillings in London while the horses stopped.

Q. What time was it when you set out?

H. About twelve.

Q. What time had you these two pints of wine?

H. About three.

Q. Had you no inclination to eat?

H. We had nothing to eat.

Q. Had you dined before you set out?

H. We had some sausages sent home to Priddle's.

Q. How much of this wine did you drink yourself?

H. I drank but one glass of it, the people of the house took part of it; the three shillings were paid for the horses at a place in Holborn, where they stood sometime before we went.

Q. The horses were brought there from Bristol Causeway, were they?

H. Yes.

Q. You had fourteen shillings in your pocket when you came home, why then did you pawn your cloaths for a guinea?

H. I asked her to go and get some money to make the guinea up, her brought me a guinea, and the other fourteen shillings went towards the house keeping.

Q. So you pawned your own cloaths?

H. No the girl pawned her own cloaths for the guinea.

Q. Mr. Evans you say got a lodging for you?

H. Yes.

Q. Pray, what name did you go by at that lodging?

H. By his name.

Q. You were not married to him?

H. No.

Q. You are not married to him now?

H. No.

Q. How long did you live at that lodging, and go by the name of Evans?

H. Three weeks.

Q. How long did you go by that name?

H. Till my friends came to town.

Q. What advantage was that to be of to you?

H. I did not desire it, he desired me to go by the name of Evans.

Q. Do you know Mr. Haines, the servant of Mr. Priddle, that went out with you?

H. Yes.

Q. Did you never desire him to write a letter to Mr. Priddle, by your direction?

H. No.

Q. Who first told Mrs. Priddle, when she came to town, or gave her any suspicion of any thing between you and Priddle?

H. Myself.

Q. Did not Alice Lee tell her you had more sweet hearts than the hair dresser?

H. No; her never could say so.

Q. Did you ever hear her say so?

H. No, never in my life.

Prisoner. Since some evidence has fallen from her, my counsel have no instructions about, will your lordship give me leave to ask her two or three questions?

Elizabeth Harris 's Cross Examined by the Prisoner.

Q. Miss Harris. On Sunday the 17th, what money did I give you?

H. You sent down half a guinea.

Q. What money did you carry out with you, when you went to have your hair dressed?

H. None at all.

Q. Nor after?

H. No, never.

Q. Whether she means to say, that before the coals were carried up to warm my bed, she did not herself desire Will. Haines to go to bed?

H. Never in my life.

Q. Whether she saw Will. Haines in the kitchen after my bed was warmed?

H. I was not out of Mr. Priddle's room afterwards, till I went to my own bed.

Q. Whether Will. Hains did not the next morning, ask you how your master did?

H. He never spoke to me.

Q. How long she was with me on Sunday night, in my bed room?

H. I was never at all in his bed chamber on Sunday night; I was never in his room.

Q. When she says, she dressed my leg, whether Mr. West, Mr. Warrington, Mrs. Isaacs, and Will. Haines did not see her?

H. I never touched his leg afterwards. Q. Whether those persons were not severally at my house in my company, on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday, or some of those days, William West , Daniel Warrington , Mrs. Isaacs, and Will Hains?

H. I never touched his leg after the Saturday night he used me ill.

Here the Counsel for the Crown moved the Court, that the prisoner's witnesses might be examined separately. They were accordingly ordered out of Courts.

Q. Was you in company with any of these people, after Saturday night?

H. No, never.

Q. Who was the person she directed to fetch the mare, that she wanted to ride herself?

H. In the first place, his son asked me if I would ride out with him: I told him, I did not care if I did.

Q. Had you rode that mare before?

H. No, never.

Q. Who did you send for the mare?

H. His son was to go to fetch these two horses for him, and I was to ride out.

Q. Did he fetch them?

H. No, this man came accidently while his son was out; the son was gone out with the father: when he went away, he went away from the door with him.

Q. Then who fetched the horses?

H. This man came to the door and enquired after Mr. West, we told him Lee and I had talked of coming to the faran, he said, he would send them: that was Mr. West's man that lives at the farm.

Court. Has the prisoner a farm?

H. I don't know whose farm it is: it goes by the name of West's farm at present: he sent the horses next morning.

Prisoner. When was the next time you saw the man, Waters?

H. I do not know his name.

Q. When did he next call at my house?

H. The morrow after we had been there.

"A gentleman in the gallery, informed the

"court, that he observed one of Mr. Priddle's

"clerks had concealed himself behind the seat of

"one of the sheriffs. In consequence of which

"the witnesses were again ordered out of


Q. Had you no conversation with him about me?

H. No.

Q. You drank with him?

H. No, he drank a glass of rum, and Haines drank one, I did not.

Q. Whether she wrote any thing to her father about me, on the second of January?

H. I wrote two letters to my father: he says, he never received one, but I wrote them: Evans wrote one since.

Court. You wrote both these letters before you left Priddle's house?

H. Yes.

Prisoner. Was that wrote on the 2d of January?

Court. She said, she was gone from your house before the 2d of January.

Pris. The question I want to have asked, is, whether she wrote to her father on the 2d of January about me?

Court. Was you at Priddle's on New-year's Day?

H. I went the week after New Christmas Day.

Q. How long before you left Priddle's house, was it that you sent the last letter?

H. Both the letters were in December.

Q. Then did you write any letter to your father, on the 2d of January?

H. Not as I know of.

Q. You must know how many you wrote?

H. I wrote two to my father.

Prisoner. Is this letter (producing one) her own hand writing?

H. No, that is no letter of mine.

Prisoner. You say that is not your hand writing?

H. No, it is not.

Court. You are sure that is not your hand writing?

H. Yes, I am.

Court. Look at it more particularly?

The witness after having carefully examined it again declared it was not her hand writing.

Prisoners Counsel. Did any body write it for you?

H. No, nobody ever wrote a letter for me in their life but Evans, he wrote the last letter.

Counsel for the Crown. My Lord there is no post mark upon it.

Prisoner. It is not own hand writing.

Court. Let the witness come to the table and let us see her write, do pray take the letter eg in and look at it.

(She examines it again.) H. It is no letters of mine.

Court. Had you any letter at all from your father?

H. No.

Q. Before this affair?

H. Yes, I received letters from my father, before Priddle used me as he has done, several letters.

Q. Had you any letter from your father taxing you with improper behaviour; any angry letter from your father?

H. No, never.

Q. Do you remember any letter of your father's to you, that Mrs. Priddle read?

H. She always read every letter of mine:

Q. Was there no sort of ill will of distaste between Mrs. Priddle and you?

H. No, never before this affair happened.

Prisoner. Miss Harris you have told the court upon what day Mrs. Priddle came to town, had not you and she some words?

H. Yes, the night she came home.

Q. About what?

H. The bill of the house, and she struck me and knocked me down several times; she beat me very much that night she came home.

Q. How long was that before Mr. Priddle came home.

H. A week before.

Q. Are these the bills you gave your mistress: (Shewing the witness some bills wrote upon narrow slips of paper.)

H. No they are not.

Court. Did you deliver several bills to Mrs. Priddle?

H. Yes, I gave her them all.

Q. How many?

H. All upon one piece of paper.

Prisoner. Are these the bills?

H. No, they are not.

Court. Are these your hand writing?

H. No, they are not.

Prisoner. I produce them also as her hand writing.

Court. Do you know whose hand writing they are?

H. No, they are not my hand writing.

Q. Were the bills you delivered to Mrs. Priddle in your own hand writing.

H. They were.

Q. Do you recollect how much money the bills came to?

H. About five pound seventeen shillings.

Court. These come to five pounds thirteen shillings and threepence; do you remember whether you put down any thing, about the horses in that bill?

H. No, I charged nothing for the horses.

Court. Here is an article for horses 1 s. which seems the twenty-first of December, which is the day you rode out, there is a cross to that article, I suppose they were disallowed: do you remember your mistress making any exception to the account.

H. Yes.

Q. Do you remember her making any marks or crosses to the account?

H. Her said there were too much things used: her did not mention one thing more than another, her never mentioned one thing.

Court. Look a little at that bill again, and be very attentive to it, and say, whether it is your hand writing or not?

H. They are not my writing upon my soul.

Q. But were not these the bills presented to your mistress?

H. No, they were not upon these slips, the bill I gave her was upon a half sheet of paper.

Q. How long had Mrs. Priddle been at home before you delivered the bills to her

H. I delivered them to her the very night she came home.

Court. You have not got your thimble on your finger or in your pocket?

H. No, the bill was upon the side of a sheet of paper and had a broad margin, the articles were wrote one under another.

Counsel for the Crown. You made no charge of the horses?

H. No.

Court. It is not likely she should charge horses, because it was a business Priddle was to know nothing of?

Prisoner. How many sums of money and to what amount did you, Alice and Lee agreed to deduct?

H. None, because I paid it every farthing, for the things that were bought.

Court. You say you paid this money yourself?

H. The girl had it of me, it was five pound seventeen shillings:

Q. Whence had you it?

H. With my things and the girls that went to pawn.

Q. No money was left in your hand?

H. None except this half guinea I mentioned

Q. That guinea you had of Hains was that it put into the bill?

H. No.

Q. Besides that you borrowed five pound ten shillings by pawning your cloaths.

H. Yes.

Counsel for the Crown. So Priddle and his wife left the house without any money to keep house?

H. Yes, and he bid me pawn his things, which I did not chuse to do, I pawned the maids things and mine.

Q. What pawnbrokers did you carry them to?

H. I cannot tell, the girl can.

Court. Do you recollect buying a pair of stockings two or three days after this for the family?

Q. The girl bought a pair on the Monday for Mr. Priddle.

Q. What sort of stockings were they?

H. I don't know, the girl bought them, they cost half a crown I believe.

Court. There is a pair of stockings half a crown on the Monday.

Q. Do you recollect buying a pair of kues buckles that week?

H. The son had a pair.

Q. That was about Wednesday?

H. The day we went out of town.

Q. What did they cost?

H. Two shillings.

Q. Had you any birds in the house?

H. Pigeons.

Q. What did you use to feed them with?

H. I don't know the girl used to buy it.

Q. Did you buy hemp feed for any thing

H. Not that I know of.

Court. Had you any rabbits?

H. Not while I was there, I heard a talk there had been some, I never saw any.

Q. Do you know any thing of a dog kept there?

H. There were three dogs in the yard.

Q. Do you know whether any thing was bought to feed those dogs?

H. I don't know.

Prisoner. How much Mrs. Priddle paid her for the bill.

H. Her never paid me any, her never settled with me.

Q. How long after Mrs. Priddle came home and knocked you down, was it before you made it up with her?

H. When I went up into the dining room to settle this bill, I told her how Mr. Priddle had used me; then her said she would fetch home the things from the pawnbrokers and send me away.

Court. You told her every thing?

H. Yes, her sent for me up into the dining room,

Prisoner. Does she fix the day she went up to Mrs. Priddle?

H. This was on the Monday following.

Court. The quarrel was on Saturday.

H. Yes, on Saturday night?

Q. The second of January was a Monday, I suppose that is what he is aiming at when did you go?

H. Her said Mr. Priddle when he came home would forswear it and say it was false.

Q. When did you go away from his house?

H. The Sunday night after I had got my cloaths home, I washed them.

Prisoner. That brings it to Sunday the 18th of January.

Court. That is supposing this Monday she speaks of was the second of January.

H. I came away the Sunday he came to town.

Prisoner. She has told your lordship of writing to her father, here are two letters, I desire to know whose hand writing they are, are they your fathers hand writing; but if your father is to be examined it is material, these are two letters to myself from her father; what I make use of them for, is to shew her father received no information from her all the time. Whether she ever told Evans, any thing of my having treated her ill.

H. No never.

Court. What was your reason for not telling Evans?

H. Because I thought if I told him, I should have no where to be, till my father came to town

Counsel for the Crown. Evans courted you for marriage.

H. Yes.

Counsel for the Prisoner. You charge the fact to have been committed on the 17th of December; now on the Monday following had you any conversation with William Haines ?

Q. I never spoke to him about it.

H. But did you tell him on Monday following, that you was to go with Priddle that journey!

H. No.

Q. Who was present when Priddle set out; was West there?

H. I believe so, he went with him.

Q. Whether Mr. Priddle in Mr. West's presence, told you at that time, he was sorry he could not take you that journey?

H. No, he never said such a thing in his life.

Q. Did you not come up to the door when he went away?

H. He sent for me up before he went away, to tell me to take any of their things to pawn, I left them up in the dining room and went down into the kitchen before they went away, it was to the dining room he sent for me up.

Q. You spoke of being at the door, what door was that?

H. The dining room door.

Q. Did he at that time say he was sorry he could not take you with him?

H. No, he did not.

Q. Do you remember when Priddle was out of town supping at Isaacs?

H. No, I know nothing of it.

Q. Do you know Isaacs?

H. Yes, when I see him.

Q. Do you know his wife

H. Yes

Q. Do you remember being in their company?

H. No.

Q. You had no conversation with him nor his wife.

H. No, not while Priddle was at home.

Q. But while out?

H. Yes, I staid there about three minutes, they sent for me to a christening.

Q. Had you any conversation with Mr. Isaacs or with Mrs. Isaacs

H. I did not stop there two minutes, Mrs. Isaacs sent to borrow some things of Mr, Priddle, I went to tell them they might have them.

Q. Did Mr. Isaacs ask you where to direct to Mr. Priddle?

H, No, he did not,

Alice Lee Sworn:

Q, You lived I believe servant to Mr, Priddle in December last

Lee. Yes,

Q. How long did you live there?

Lee. Three months and a fortnight,

Q. Was you there when Miss Harris came to London?

Lee. I was not,

Q. Do you remember the Saturday night of the 17th of December?

Lee. Yes

Q. What time did you go to bed on Saturday night the 17th of December?

Lee. I had been ironing in the kitchen; I believe it was almost one o'clock, I went down to make the fire for ironing.

Q. Where was Elizabeth Harris ?

Lee. In the dining room.

Q. What time did she go into the dining room?

Lee. About a quarter before eleven.

Q. How came she to go into the dining room?

Lee. Mr. Priddle ordered her to warm the bed, she always did.

Q. How do you know the prisoner gave her orders now?

Lee. I was in the room at the same time, he desired me to go to bed?

Q. Was she in the room when the orders were given?

Lee. She was in the room at the same time.

Q. Did you hear any noise when you was in the kitchen, or went up to bed?

Lee. After Elizabeth Harris had been there three quarters of an hour, I was going to knock at the door for her to come down to ironing; I heard Miss Harris say, O Lord Mr. Priddle, don't ruin me, I knocked at the door three times.

Q. Was there any answer made you by any body?

Lee. Nobody in the world.

Q. Where was you when you first heard any outcry in the room?

Lee. Upon the stairs at the door.

Q. You did not hear any outcry as you came up the stairs?

Lee. No.

Q. How many times do you think you heard this outcry?

Lee. Once.

Q. What tone of voice was it spoke in, loud, an outcry loud or quite faint and weak?

Lee. Quite faint and weak, not so high as I speak now.

Q. Did you hear it more than once, or only once?

Lee. Only once, then I went down stairs, I heard no more of her.

Q. How long was it after that, before you went to bed?

Lee. Very near half an hour.

Q. Did you lock your door?

Lee. No, I never did.

Q. Was there any bolt?

Lee. No, the common spring.

Q. Does it open by a handle or by a key?

Lee. By a brass knob.

Q. Did you hear Elizabeth Harris at your door that night, after you had gone to bed?

Lee. I heard nothing of her till next morning.

Q. What hour next morning did you see her first?

Lee. About half an hour past seven I was down in the kitchen.

Q. What was the observation you first made to her in the morning?

Lee. She looked very foolish, I said what have you been about, what have you been doing; she said I am ruined, I said, why did not you pull the bell; she said she was not able to get nigh the bell.

Q. How far was the bell from the sofa?

Lee. It was on the opposite side.

Q. Did she explain what she meant by being ruined, or say who was the author of her ruin?

L, She said she was utterly ruined,

Q. Did she say she was ruined by Mr. Priddle?

L, Yes, she did.

Q. Did you at any time, and when, make any observation about her linen?

L, That very morning, I saw her take her cloaths up, she happened to be out of order the week before, I said are you mad or bewitched, what have you been about,

Q. You meant she had her courses?

L, Yes,

Q, What did you observe?

L, I saw blood and nature upon the cloaths, I thought it very odd she should be out of order again so soon, she said, she was quite entirely ruined, I bid her write to her friends directly,

Q; Are you a married woman?

L, I am a widow,

Q, As you are a widow can you tell us what these appearances were, what did you judge from these appearances. You washed the shirt?

Lee. Yes.

Q. Did you observe any appearance of any thing besides blood upon the shirt?

Lee. I did not observe any thing else.

Court. You said you saw blood and nature.

Lee. I thought it had been the courses, it was so soon after her courses, that I thought a man must have had something to do with her; or else it was extraordinary their returning so soon again.

Q. This Elizabeth Harris was in the house when you came there?

Lee. Yes.

Q. How did she behave in general, during the time you saw her before this?

Lee. I never saw any harm of her; she was a lively girl.

Q. Did you see any indecent behaviour?

Lee. She always attended upon the house with a free good will; she always attended to what Mrs. Priddle bid her.

Q. Did she use to be rambling out of the house?

Lee. I never saw her out of the house, only upon Mrs. Priddle's business till this affair happened.

Q. Was she diligent?

Lee. Whatever Mrs. Priddle ordered her she did.

Court: I think you say, she had been three-quarters of an hour up stairs before you came up?

Lee. Yes.

Q. Where was you?

Lee. Making my fire in the kitchen.

Q. Was the kitchen door open or shut?

Lee. Open: when we are down stairs in the kitchen, it is impossible to hear any body up stairs.

Q. Do you remember one Evans, an hair dresser?

Lee. Yes.

Q. Do you recollect when the young woman came first acquainted with him?

Lee. That Saturday night, when she went to have her hair dressed: I believe, he was an entire stranger, till the Saturday, when she went to have her hair dressed.

Q. Do you know how it happened she went to have her hair dressed?

Lee. Miss Harris told me she was going out of town.

Q. With whom?

Lee. She did not say.

Q. Was that the reason she gave?

Lee. Yes.

Q. Had you ever seen Evans before this Saturday night?

Lee. Never, to my knowledge.

Q. When was the first time you saw Evans?

Lee. The Thursday after.

Q. Your master went out of town the Tuesday after this Saturday?

Lee. Yes, the Thursday next following I saw Evans for the first time.

Q. You say, this girl kept very close at home, at Priddle's house, during the time you staid there, till this affair happened?

Lee. Yes, she always did.

Q. Did she go to plays, or any thing of that sort?

Lee. Never, in my time, before this happened?

Q. Did you ever hear her speak of this Evans?

Lee. Never before that Saturday night, she told me she called by chance at that hair dresser's, and he dressed her as a strange person.

Q. During the three months and a week that you was there, did you ever know h er ride out, either on horseback or in a coach?

Lee. Never before this happened; that was the day after Priddle went out of town.

Cross Examination.

Q. Did you ever know Miss Harris sit up with Mr. Priddle?

L. Priddle desired her one day, when he was very poorley with his leg.

Q. When was that?

*** The Remainder of this and the Trial of all the other Prisoners will be comprized in the next Number.

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(The Trial of William Priddle continued.)

L. Whether on the Thursday or Friday before that Saturday,. I cannot tell; I think it was the Thursday before the Saturday.

Q. Do you know how long she sat up?

L. I think till two o'clock.

Q. Did you make any offer to sit up with Mr. Priddle, in the room of Miss. Harris?

L. I offered to sit up an hour with him with all my heart; Priddle was very poorly.

Q. His leg was bad, at that time?

L. It was rather bad, but not so bad but he could walk.

Q. When did you make the offer to sit up, instead of Miss Harris?

L. The Thursday evening.

Q. What was the answer Miss Harris made?

L. Mr. Priddle said, I need not sit up at all for Miss Harris would sit up with him.

Q. On Saturday the 17th, what time did you go to bed?

L. I was ordered to go to bed about eleven by Mr. Priddle, but I did not go to bed till one. Mr. Priddle gave us all order to go to bed at eleven; only Miss Harris.

Q. Who else did he order to go to bed?

L. Master Priddle was a-bed, and there was only me in the room.

Q. Was there no man that lay in the house?

L. Yes, William.

Q. What time did he go to bed?

L. Before me; it might be before eleven, I cannot tell to a moment.

Q. Do you know whether he had any orders to go to bed?

L. When the first orders were, they all went to bed.

Q. Did you tell him he was to go to bed?

L. No more than what we always do, when we put out the fire; he went to bed rather before eleven, I believe.

Q. Which was your room, how high?

L. The two pair of stairs fore room.

Q. Directly over the room Mr. Priddle was in

L. Yes.

Q. You went to bed about one; what time did you get to sleep?

L. I don't know.

Q. Did Miss Harris sleep with you?

L. She came up stairs, and told me she would lie in my bed, if I would go and lie there too.

Q. When was that?

L. That morning, about four o'clock.

Q. You never told us that you had seen Miss Harris, till about seven in the morning?

L. Not to speak to her.

Q. But she spoke to you, you say, your door was not locked, was it?

L. No, it was not locked.

Q. Did Miss Harris come into your room?

L. Yes.

Q. She opened the door, and spoke to you?

L. Yes, she asked me, if I would go up stairs into the garret; I said, I would lie there till next morning: and in the morning she told me all about it.

Q. Whose garret, Harris's, or your's?

L. It was my garret: she asked me if I would get up from the bed-chamber, where I lay, and go and sleep in her garret: to which I said, I would lie where I was.

Q. You was a-bed, in the two pair of stairs room: was that your room?

L. No, my room is in the garret.

Q. Did Miss Harris lie with you?

L. No, she lay in a bed, in another garret.

Q. Did she open the door of your room?

L. She came where I was.

Q. Where did you sleep that Saturday night?

L. In my own room: I always lay in that room when Mrs. Priddle was out of town.

Court. Then, if I understand you, this door was not locked: but Elizabeth Harris opened that door, and came into your room?

L. Yes.

Q. Where did she want you to go with her?

L. She asked me, if I would lie in my own bed, up stairs in the garret.

Q. Where did Miss Harris lie that night?

L. In the morning, she lay in the two pair of stairs bed.

Q. Did she lie with you?

L. In that bed.

Q. Did she lie in the same bed that you did?

L. I was up in my own bed, afterwards.

Q. Did she lie in the same chamber with you?

L. She got into the bed I was lying in, and I went up to my own room: I got up to finish my ironing; and then she got into my bed, and staid there till morning.

Counsel. You said, you went into your own garret?

L. You bolker me so, I don't know what I say.

Q. Did you finish your ironing?

L. Yes.

Q. And left her in the bed?

L. Yes.

Q. You did not go to bed again, that morning, did you?

L. No.

Q. Who was the first person up in the morning after you; did you see any thing of Hains?

L. I cannot tell.

Q. What time did you see Elizabeth Harris ?

L. I saw Betsy Harris in the morning: Hains came down, I think, about eight o'clock.

Q. How long, after you had seen Harris, was it before you see Hains?

L. Not long.

Q. Was your conversation with Harris, you have given an account of, before you saw Hains?

L. Yes.

Q. Had you any conversation with Hains, when you saw him?

L. Miss Harris, I, and Hains were all together.

Q. Did you say any thing to Hains of what you heard over-night?

L. I told him I was sorry for what had happened to Miss Harris.

Q. Did you tell Hains you had listened at the door?

L. I told him I had knocked at the door to get Miss Harris to come down to iron; but she never came down to me.

Q. Did you tell him any thing else?

L. I don't remember.

Q. Did you tell Hains you had heard any thing when you listened at the door.

L. I told Hains what I had heard Miss Harris say, when I raped at the door?

Q. What did you tell Hains?

L. That Miss Harris said, Lord have mercy Mr. Priddle don't ruin me.

Q. Did you tell Hains any thing else?

L. Not that I know of.

Q. Did you tell Hains, Miss Harris had said any thing, which side of Mr. Priddle's bed she was to lie upon?

L. I am sure I did not, it won't do.

Q. Did you abuse Miss Harris?

L. I told her, I thought she was wrong not to ring the bell; she said, she could not get at the bell.

Q. Did you say she was imprudent?

L. I told her she was very imprudent not to pull the bell; she answered, she could not pull the bell.

Q. When Miss Harris came up to you, you say, she opened the door and came in: had she her cloaths on?

L. She began to pull them off to go to bed; then she went down stairs to draw some small beer.

Court. Are you sure she went down stairs?

L. Yes, I believe she did?

Q. Had she her cloaths on when she came into the room first?

L. I did not see her undressed when she came to the bed first.

Q. When Miss Harris came into the room first, had she her stays in her hand?

L. I think she was dressed.

Q. Did you see her unlace her stays?

L. I saw her stays on the bedside.

Q. I want to know whether she brought her stays in her hand; had she a candle with her?

L. No, she had no candle.

Q. Was it light?

L. I think it was moon-light; I was asleep when she first came into the room.

Q. Did you see her gown in her hand?

L. No.

Q. Did you see her pull it off?

L. I cannot be certain.

Q. Who warmed Priddle's bed on Sunday night?

L. Miss Harris.

Q. How do you know she did that?

L. She always did.

Court: But you don't know of your own knowledge that she did warm the bed on the Sunday night; you only think so because she always did?

L. I did not see her warm the bed on Sunday night.

Q. Did you warm his bed on Sunday night?

L. No.

Q. Did you warm it?

L. I cannot tell.

Q. Do you know whether the warming pan was setched out of the kitchen?

L. I cannot tell.

Q. He had his bed warmed every night?

L. He used to have.

Q. Who warmed his bed on Monday night?

L. I cannot tell.

Q. Can you tell whether you warmed it on Sunday or Monday?

L. I cannot tell.

Q. Did you ever warm Mr. Priddle's bed?

L. I have, when Mrs. Priddle was out of town.

Q. Ever when Miss Harris was there?

L. I think I have twice or three times.

Q. When Miss Harris was in Priddle's room?

L. Twice.

Q. Was that before the Saturday or afterwards?

L. Before.

Q. Can you be sure it was before or after the Saturday?

L. I cannot.

Q. Did Miss Harris ever tell you, Mr. Priddle promised she should never want for money?

L. No, she said, she had money of her own in the hands of Mr. Priddle. Mr. Priddle before he went out of town, told Miss Harris to pawn any of his things.

Q. Did you hear Mr. Priddle say so?

L. No, Miss Harris told me so. I said, no Miss, let us pawn our own things, least we should get into any hobble.

Q. Where did you pawn these things?

L. In Cursitor-street.

Q. How much did you raise upon your things?

L. My own all for a guinea and 15 s.

Q. Did you pawn all the things, or did Miss Harris pawn any of them?

L. I pawned them by her order.

Q. How much did you raise on Miss Harris's cloaths.

L. There was a habit half a guinea, and then 17 s.

Q. Did you pawn any cloaths at any other pawnbrokers than that?

L. No.

Q. When was that habit pawned?

A. On the Monday.

Court. Do you remember any person taking a ride on the Wednesday?

L. Yes, master Priddle, Miss Harris, and the man.

Q. Do you remember any thing being pawned to raise a guinea?

L. Yes, Miss Harris told me, she had spent some money and desired me to pawn her things for a guinea to pay Hains, the servant, which I did.

Q. I want to know whether that guinea was over and besides this half guinea and 17 s. you spoke of?

L. Yes.

Q. Was any thing pawned before Mr. Priddle went into the country?

L. No, we paid for what we had before.

Q. This guinea was to pay the man: what day was it; after they rode out, or before?

L. It was the same evening after they came home; there was some money raised in the morning to redeem the habit that was pawned on the Monday.

Q. Do you know who sent for the horses when they rode out?

L. I don't know which, for they are both fond of a jaunt.

Q. When Mrs. Priddle came to town, did you say any thing to her of what happened to Miss Harris?

L. I did tell Mrs. Priddle before Miss Harris herself, what had happened to her.

Q. Did you tell Mrs. Priddle, Miss Harris had more sweet-hearts besides the hair-dresser.

L. Miss Harris told me she was crossed in love, and therefore the first man that would have her, that she liked, she would marry.

Q. Did you ever tell Mrs. Priddle, she had more sweet-hearts besides the hair-dresser?

L. I could not.

Q. What name did she go by in the lodging in Wych-street?

L. Evans.

Q. Did they pass as man and wife there?

L. I think they did?

Q. How many rooms had she?

L. One.

Q. How many beds?

L. One to be sure, as they passed for man and wife: they did not need but one bed.

Q. Where did you live at that time?

L. With my friends.

Q. Did you ever see Evans and her in bed together?

L. Yes, I have.

Q. Miss Harris came into the room where you was a-bed, and had a conversation with you as you have told us, how long did she stay there?

L. She called with the beer in her hand, I did not see her go down to fetch it.

Q. I should be glad to know before you got up to go down to finish your ironing, how long this girl was in the room with you?

L. I cannot say.

Q. A quarter of an hour?

L. It might be longer.

Q. Whether she at that time complained of what Mr. Priddle had done to her.

L. She was all of a tremble and terror, and said very little at that time.

Court. Gentlemen of the Jury, the witness has flatly contradicted several things in the evidence of Elizabeth Harris ; if you are satisfied I am.

Jury. My Lord we are satisfied, they need not go any farther.

Acquitted .

176. (M.) WILLIAM HARRIS was indicted for stealing a diamond ring set in gold. value thirty-nine shillings , the property of Dru Drury , January 27th . *.

Dru Drury . A woman came to my shop, three weeks or a month ago, in the afternoon and asked for a small diamond ring; my apprentice shewed her one, she seemed to approve of it, and said she would bring a person next day to pay for it; she went away leaving the ring. The next day in the Afternoon the prisoner came to my shop alone and asked to see the ring; the young woman had looked at before, I reached him that ring among several others in a box: it was a diamond cluster ring, the prisoner did not like the ring the woman had approved of the day before; but said, he would fetch her to fix upon another: he went and brought her and they left the shop without buying any thing; just as they went away, a great number of customers came into the shop, so being in a little hurry, I put back the rings into the shew glass from whence I had taken them: I did not then in my hurry observe, that any ring was missing; it was about a week after this before I had any occasion to look at my rings again; then I missed this ring. Two or three days after I had missed it, I saw an advertisement from Sir John Fielding , that a cluster ring was stopped; I went to Sir John's the next day and saw the prisoner and my ring; it is so remarkable I could know it from a thousand; I am certain the prisoner is the man that was at my shop.

Prisoner. I never was in his shop in my life; please to ask him what cloaths I had on.

Drury. A light drab colour coat and a wig that was almost white; he was dressed just in the same manner when I saw him at Sir John Fielding 's.

William French , apprentice to the prosecuter confirmed his evidence.

Edward Hope . I am a silversmith in Oxford-street, on Friday the 27th of January, about six in the evening, the prisoner came to my shop; he said, he wanted a second hand silver watch. I told him I had none; he shewed me a ring; I asked him where he got it, he told me he found it; I asked him if he knew the value of it, he said he did not, I told him I could not pretend to buy it upon my own judgment, and added, that as he had found it, it was not his property, I should stop it, and bid him come the next day; he did come and then I appointed him to come on the Monday following; upon this I went to Sir John Fielding 's and gave information of it; on Monday morning the prisoner came to my house again and then I appointed him to come at three o'clock in the afternoon; in the mean time I got two of Sir John Fielding 's people, and in the afternoon, the prisoner and another man came; the other man said, that the prisoner had found the ring; but seeing Sir John Fielding 's men coming in, that man ran away. This is the ring (producing it) I have had it from that time to this. I told the prisoner on the Saturday I would advertize it; he said, he had advertized it three times himself, and desired me to give it him again. On the Friday evening I did at the prisoner's request let him have a guinea upon it.

Q. What is the ring worth?

Hope. I believe it may be worth 35 guineas.

Question from the prisoner. Whether you did not offer to buy it of me for 35 guineas.

Hope. I never did offer to buy it, on the Saturday, I wanted, to have my guinea back and return the ring, because I thought I should get into some trouble about it; but the prisoner had not the guinea to return.

Prisoner's Defence.

I was at work at Windsor, as I was returning to London, I met a young man at Brentford, we went on together in the footpath, between Turnham-green and Hammersmith, we saw a paper, we took it up, and it contained this ring and a stock buckle.

Guilty .

[Transportation. See summary.]

177. (M.) JOHN ALLEN was indicted for stealing a hempen sack, value one shilling, a bushel and a half of oats in the chaff and beans, value three shillings, and two bushels of barley in the chaff, value four shillings , the property of William Deal , the elder , January the 23d ++.

Wm Deal, junior. The oats and barley were lost out of my father's barn about the first week in January, and on the 26th of the same month they were found in the prisoner's house; we had a suspicion of him and got a warrant to search his house; it was in two sacks, one that is our's, that was taken with the corn out of the barn; (the sack produced) I can swear to that sack; I know that sack to be my father's property.

Thomas Bolton . Last Monday was three weeks, going to my labour between three and four in the morning. I met the prisoner with a sack on his back:

Samuel Deal deposed to the sack the corn was in.

Henry Greathurst . I searched the prisoner's house, and found the barley in a sack under the stairs, and the corn in another part of the house; I took him and the sacks before the justice; there the sacks were sealed up, they have never been opened since.

The prisoner said nothing in his defence.

Guilty .

[Transportation. See summary.]

178. (M.) JAMES HAINES otherwise HAINSWORTH , was indicted, for that he in the King's highway, in and upon Edward Brown did make an assault, puting him in corporal fear and danger of his life and stealing from his person a watch with a base metal case, engraved, value thirty shillings; a brass key, value one penny; a stone seal set in base metal value two-pence; a canvas purse, value one penny, and twenty-seven shillings in money numbered the property of the said Edward December 9th . +

Acquited .

179. 180. (M.) PATRICK WARD and THOMAS LEE were indicted for stealing 70 lb. of lead, value seven shillings, the property of Thomas Master , the said lead being fixed to two empty houses belonging to the said Thomas , February 7th ||.

Thomas Master . On the 7th of February, there was some lead taken off two houses of mine, the next morning I was informed it was at the watch-house; I went to the watch-house and found the lead and the prisoners in custody; upon an examination the lead fitted the place that my lead had been stole from.

Nicholas Huchins . Last Wednesday between eight and nine in the morning, I and some others saw the prisoners together in Baldock-street; Ward had a sack on his back; having an intimation that lead had been taken away, I pursued them, Ward droped the sack and ran away, but I apprehended Lee, secured the sack and four pieces of lead in it: I took Lee and the lead to the round-house; on pursuing them and crying out thieves, John Pullen came up.

John Pullen . On hearing the last witness cry stop thieves, I stoped Ward, he begged to be let go and said he had only stole a little lead, I refused to let him go, on which he blasted my eyes and said he wished he had his pistol with him for then he would blow my brains out some people were by, they took his part, they called out and said you old son of a bitch, what business have you to stop him, and they bid him beat my brains out, he struck me several blows, but I secured him and took him to the watch-house.

Thomas Hammond , a plumber. Deposed that he was employed to compare the lead with the place it was taken from and that it fitted in every respect.

The Prisoner in their defence said they were out together and that they found the lead in a pond.

Both Guilty .

[Transportation. See summary.] [Branding. See summary.] [Imprisonment. See summary.]

181. (M.) DANIEL NICHOLSON , otherwise NICHOLS , was indicted for breaking and entering the dwelling-house of Elizabeth Platt , on the 16th of January , about the hour of eight in the night, and stealing eleven pair of worsted stockings, value twenty shillings the property of the said Elizabeth, in her dwelling house ++.

Elizabeth Platt . I am a haberdasher and hosier , on the 6th of January, about Eleven o'clock, I was up stairs with a few friends, hearing the cry thieves, I ran down and found a pane of glass in the shop broke, a hat dashed through and eleven pair of stockings taken out, they were tied up in a paper with my mark upon them, my servant was gone in pursuit of the thieves.

John Keaps . Last Monday three weeks our window was broke, I ran to the door and saw the prisoner run across the street, I pursued him and cried stop thief, in consequence of that he was stopped and the bundle of stockings was found at his feet.

Ann Mascall . I was sitting at work behind the compter, I heard the window break, I got up and took hold of a parcel, a man put his hand through the window and took the parcel from me, I don't know the person.

Joseph Smith . I saw the prisoner drop the stockings from under his coat when Keaps had hold of him.

Prisoner's Defence.

I know nothing of it, I was walking along there was a cry stop thief, the man that stopped me first said I was not the man and let me go again.

He called four witnesses, who gave him a good character.

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

182. (M.) ALEXANDER ELDER , was indicted for breaking and entering the dwelling house of John Saunders , on the 15th of Feb. about the hour of eight in the night; and stealing four linen aprons value two shillings, a linen gown value ten shillings, two linen shirts, value two shillings, a linen sheet, value three shillings, a guinea, a half guinea and two pound two shillings and sixpence farthing in money, numbered the property of the said John, in his dwelling-house ++.

John Saunders . I am a baker and live in Great St. Andrews-street, Seven dials ; my house was broke open last Sunday se'ennight, I went out between four and five in the evening, I locked the parlour door, when I returned about nine o'clock, I found the bar and lock of the parlour door broke and the prisoner in custody, and I missed the things mentioned in the indictment.

Ann Harris , I lodge in the garret of the prosecutor's-house, I had been to St. Dunstan's-Church, when I came home, going up stairs I fell over a bundle, the prisoner was in the passage, he said he wanted somebody in the house, I went out again and met Mr. Fitz, I told him I believed there were thieves in the house, he desired me to go and call Hr. Cundall.

John Williams . I am a constable, I was sent for to take charge of the prisoner, I searched him. He took off his hat and gave it to Crosby, and said, he would return Saunders his money. He pulled out the money and some picklock keys and gave to Crosby; one of the keys was broke in the lock of the parlour door. I asked him how he got the door open after he had broke the key in the lock; he said, he put his shoulder against the door, and thrust it open.

Samuel Crosby . I was present at the searching of the prisoner, he delivered to me the money and the picklock keys; he took them out of his pocket.

James Fitz . I lodge in the prosecutor's house last Sunday se'night coming home about eight, in the evening, I met Harris, she told me, there were thieves in the house; I met the prisoner coming out at the hatch; I secured him and desired her to fetch John Cundall .

John Cundall . The girl came over to me; I took over a candle and laid hold of the prisoner, I told him, I supposed he was the man who had robbed the house; he said, Yes, the more was his misfortune; we took him into the parlour, and he delivered the money and keys out of his pocket.

The prisoner in his defence said, he met with an acquaintance who told him, that the bailiffs were after him, and he asked the prisoner to help to move off his goods; that the prisoner consenting so to do, he took him to this house; that the man took out a bunch of keys and opened the parlour door and the drawers, and he bundled up some of the things; that when the people of the house were alarmed, and laid hold of him, the other man made his escape.

He called his father and another witness, who gave him a good character.

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

183. 184. (2d M.) ROBERT WHITE and ANN WHITE were indicted, the first for stealing two pieces of tammies, value twenty shillings , the property of John Arkley , and the other for receiving the above goods well knowing them to have been stolen , Feb. 1st . *

John Arkley , I am a dyer , and live in Old-street , I lost several pieces of tammies, they are wollen goods; Robert White was my servant; on the 3d of this month Orton came to me, and informed me that he thought Robert White was the person who had robbed me; when he came to work next morning I charged him with it. I took him into the kitchen, there he went down on his knees and said, he would tell me what he had done. I bid him get up, for I would hear nothing he said; he got up and said his daughter came to him in great distress, and he gave her the tammies to pawn, and she was to redeem them when she could raise the money; he begged I would show him mercy; I told him I would shew him none, the law must take its course, then I took him before the justice, there he confessed he stole three pieces.

Q. Were there any threats, or promises made use of to induce him to confess?

Arkley. There were none that I know of.

Benjamin Orton . I co-habited with Ann White , I often saw goods in her custody which I thought belonged to Mr. Arkley.

Q. Is she your wife?

Orton. No. I saw two pieces of tammies in her custody about a fortnight ago. I told Mr. Arkley; she said they were Mr. Arkley's; that she had them of her father and was going to pledge thems

John Dale . I am a pawnbroker, I know nothing of Ann White , Rachael Richardson pawned this piece of cailmanco with me ( producing it) on the 3d of February, for three shillings.

Prosecutor. That is a piece of the tammy mentioned in the indictment, it is my property.

Rachael Richardson . I received this piece of tammy of Ann White , I pawned it with Dale, and gave White the money; I pawned another piece that I had of Ann White , with Mrs. Cooper; I pawned that on the day the people expected the earthquake, and the other was pawned about the same time.

Mary Cooper . I am a pawnbroker, I received a piece of tammy of Richardson, on the 3d of February (producing it) I lent four shillings and sixpence upon it, I never saw nor heard of White;

Prosecutor. They appear to me to be tore one from the other; I believe they are mine, the marks that were on them are demolished, but I cannot positively say: it is tore into remnants, the whole piece was about thirt-ysix yards.

Robert White 's Defence.

I am innocent of every things I am accused of.

Ann White 's Defence.

I buy and sell things in Rag-Fair, I bought them there and paid for them, they are my property.

She called Rachel Richardson , who deposed she had seen her buy wearing apparel in Rag-Fair to make up, and that she told her she bought these pieces there.

Robert White , Guilty .

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Ann White Acquited .

185. (d. M.) JOHN HUGHES , was indicted for stealing two large silver spoons, value ten shillings , the property of Mary Dumus , widow , January 13th *.

The witnesses were examined apart, at the request of the Prisoner.

Mary Dumas . I live in Maddocks-street, Hanover-Square , I let lodgings , the prisoner came to see a lodging on the 13th of January, between four and five in the afternoon, when he had seen the lodging, he went down into the kitchen, to see the wine vaults, he asked for a candle, the maid went up and brought one, then he said he did not want it, he would come next day, soon after he went away the maid missed the spoons, she went after him immediately, and brought the spoons back with her.

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

Q. from the Prisoner. Look at me, are you certain I am the person that was in your house.

Dumas. I cannot tell the person, my eyes are not good enough, I can't swear to the person, he has quite a different look now, to what he had then, if he is the same person.

Q. How long was it before he was taken up.

Dumas. He was taken directly.

Elizabeth Loveman . I am servant to Mrs. Dumas, on the 13th of January, about four in the afternoon the prisoner came to my mistresses to look at a lodging.

Q. Are you sure the prisoner is the man.

Loveman. Yes, he looked at the lodging then she went down into the kitchen and asked for a candle to see the wine vaults, I went up stairs to light the candle and as I was coming down again, I met him coming up, he desired I would not trouble myself, he would come again on the morrow; I went down into the kitchen and missed the spoons that are produced, he was gone out, I pursued him and called stop thief, and a coachman stopped him in Hanover-Street, about fifty yards from the house; when I cried stop thief, I saw him throw the spoons down Mrs. Needham's area, and run, Mrs. Needham's maid gave them to the footman and he gave them to me, he was never out of my sight till he was stopped.

Noble Long . On Friday the first week of last sessions, I don't know the day of the month, between four and five in the afternoon, I was in Hanover-Street, I heard a cry of stop thief, I turned round, and saw the prisoner running towards me, there was nobody running but him, the last witness came up and said he had been to their house with a pretence to take a lodging and had stolen two spoons, and she saw him throw them down an are, he said he knew nothing of the matter.

Prisoner's Defence.

I am a taylor , I had been to Swallow-street, about some business, coming down Hanover-Street, there were some men stripped going to fight, there were a great many people running, this girl came up and cried stop thief, two or three men came up to me and said I believe you are the man; the girl came up, and said, was not you at our house about lodgings, if you are the man you have stole two spoons, I said, I had nothing but my own, that I would go to a justice and if I had any thing I would suffer the law:

He called one witness who gave him a good character.

Guilty .

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186. (L.) THOMAS WATTS was indicted for stealing a cheese, 10 lb. weight, value three shillings , the property of William Buckland ++.

William Buckland . I am a cheesemonger in Thames-street , I was in the counting-house; the prisoner was brought in by some people, who asked me if I had lost a cheese; there was one missing from just within the shop door.

Francis Shakespear . I saw the watchman stop the prisoner, and saw him drop the cheese, he said, he found it, and if I would go with him, he would show me the place where he found it; he took me to the prosecutor's, he laid it down at the door, and said, he found it there:

John Hornblower, servant to the prosecutor, deposed that the cheese was Mr. Buckland's property, and had the witnesses private mark upon it, and that the prisoner had a short time before been in the shop and bought a pennyworth of cheese which he was eating when he was taken.

Prisoner's Defence.

I picked it up in Thames-street, three or four yards from the cheesemonger's door.

Guilty .

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187. (2d M.) JOSEPH BROWNING was indicted for breaking and entering the dwelling house of John Simons and Thomas Waters , on the 28th of January , about the hour of two in the night, and stealing an iron anvil, faced with steel, value fifty shillings; an iron mandrill, value one shilling, and a tin pot, value one shilling, the property of the said John and Thomas, in their dwelling-house .

John Simons . I am a white smith in Charter-house square, Smithfield , in partnership with Thomas Waters ; the house is our joint property; it was broke open on the 28th of January last; my bed-chamber is over the shop, I worked in the shop till about 12 at night; I examined and found all safe when I went to bed; when I got up about four in the morning, I found the shop window which was fastened with two bolts, broke open, the wood work was tore to pieces; I missed an iron anvil, and a tin pot that belonged to Edward Durant . The prisoner was taken up upon another charge; I went to a house which I was told was Browning's, and there I found my tin pot and my mandril. I know the tin pot by having scraped it the night before, in order to sodder it, and I know the mandril by a crack at the top; this was on the 5th of February; the anvil was found two days afterwards in a ruinous place about 20 yards from the prisoner's dwelling-house; there is the name R. Hill upon the anvil, and on the other side the weight, 3 quarters 24 pound; besides these things which were missing I found an ax, on the outside of my shop near my window.

Thomas Downs . These things were found in the prisoner's house in a little cupboard; the family consists of the prisoner's wife and a lad.

Richard Green. The prisoner married my mother, I live with him.

[Looks at the ax the prosecutor found under his window.]

I have seen this ax a great while ago in my father's house, it belongs to him, it was new ground, us this appears to be.

Edward Durant . I carried the kettle to the prosecutor the night before his house was broke open, in order to have it mended.

Richard Browning . I am brother to the prosecutor, he called me up at six in the morning, his house was robbed. I went to his house and saw an anvil there, I cannot be positive that this is it.

Q. to Simons. Could not this man when he was in the shop, have got into the house, if he had been so minded.

Simons. Yes, he could.

Prisoner's Defence:

I cannot say a great deal, I did not break open the house; where I found the anvil, there was no place but the sky, no ceiling. I think it is very hard that two poor men should have been taken up for this affair, who are quite innocent.

Not guilty of the burglary, but Guilty of stealing the goods to the value of 39 s .

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188. (2d M.) THOMAS RITEY was indicted, for breaking and entering the dwelling-house of John Darley , on the 5th of January , about the hour of nine in the night, with intent the goods of the said John to steal, take, and carry away +.

Acquited .

189, 190, 191. (M.) JOSEHP DAVIS , JOHN BURDETT and ROBERT CLARKE were indicted for that they in the king's highway, in and upon Edward Brown did make an assault, putting him in corporal fear and danger of his life, and stealing from his person a watch with a base metal case engraved, value thirty shillings, a brass key, value one penny, a stone seal set in base metal, value two-pence; a canvas purse value one penny and 27 s. in money numbered, the property of the said Edward , December 9th ||.

All three acquited .

(M.) JOSEPH DAVIS , JOHN BURDETT and ROBERT CLARKE , were a second time indicted, for that they in the king's highway, in and upon John Bullock ; Esq ; did make an assault, putting him in corporal fear and danger of his life and stealing from his person, a watch, the inside case base metal and the outside case shagreen, value thirty shillings, a steel watch chain, value six-pence; a stone seal set in gold, value forty shillings; a silk purse value six pence, a half guinea and seven shillings and six-pence in money numbered, the property of the said John , December 10th ||.

All three acquitted .

(M.) JOSEPH DAVIS , JOHN BURDETT and ROBERT CLARKE , were a third time indicted for, that they in king's highway in and upon William Fassett , did make an assault, putting him in corporal fear and danger of his life and stealing from his person, a watch, the inside case gold, outside shagreen, value five pounds, a steel chain, value one shilling, a brass watch key, value two-pence, five guineas, a half guinea and four shillings in money numbered the property of the said William , December 5th ||.

All three acquitted .

192. (L.) ANN JOHNSON was indicted for stealing a piece of muslin, containing sixteen yards, value forty shillings , the property of Isaac Railton , January 30th ++.

John Railton . I am a linen-draper on Holborn-Hill , the prisoner came to my shop and asked to see some book muslin, my servant attended her; I had some suspicion of her, I thought I saw her put something into her apron; she came into a back room where I was; I felt in her apron and found this piece of muslin (producing it) which is my property; the prisoner said, she had paid for what she had bought; she had bought an apron but it was not delivered to her. I sent for a constable and gave charge of her.

Prisoner's Defence.

I went into the shop to buy an apron, there were a great many pieces of muslin on the compter, I was looking at; the witness came to me and said, don't take that away, you have not paid for it.

Guilty .

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193. (L.) MICHAEL SWIFT was indicted for stealing a pound of tallow candles, value eight-pence the property of John Packman , February 1st , ++

Acquitted .

194. (L.) MARTHA CARPENTER was indicted for stealing a watch, the inside case made of metal, and the outside case shagreen, value forty shillings; two silver milk pots, value twenty shillings: a silver strainer, value one shilling; a pair of silver salts, value ten shillings; a pair of silver tea tongs, value two shillings; two silver tea spoons, value four shillings; two silver table spoons, value ten shillings, and a silver sauce pan, value one shilling , the property of James Smith , January 16th ++.

James Smith . The prisoner was my servant , on the 16th of January about seven in the morning, she absconded and I missed the things mentioned in the indictment; some of them were in the room and some of them in the beaufet; I sent a man and horse after her to Eltham, the place where she lived before she came into my service, he brought her back.

Ann Smith , the wife of the prosecutor confirmed his evidence, and further that when the prisoner was brought back, she found all the things mentioned in the indictment in her pocket.

Matthew Colman . I was sent in pursuit of the prisoner, I took her near the Five Bells on the Greenwich road; I brought her back and the things my mistress has mentioned were found upon her.

The Prisoner said nothing in her defence.

Guilty .

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195. (L). WILLIAM CUTLER was indicted for stealing a piece of printed cotton cloth, containing twenty-eight yards, value forty shillings , the property of Richard Goodwin and Co . January 12th , ++

Acquitted .

196. (L.) WILLIAM SELLER , was indicted for stealing a copper twenty pound weight, value fourteen shillings , the property of James Wilson , February 4th ++.

James Wilson . I live at the George and Hart in the Old Bailey , the copper was lost out of my work-shop on the Sunday before last I found it in Meads shop.

Mathew Mead . I am a broker, the prisoner came to me on the 4th of February, and asked me to buy a copper, he said it was in Warwick Court; he fetched it and I gave him fourteen shillings for it; I afterwards saw an advertisement, that a copper with two iron handles was stole from the prosecutor; this never had but one; I went and informed him of it, and he came and owned it.

Prosecutor. My copper had but one handle, there was a mistake in the advertisement.

Prisoner's Defence.

What they charge me with I am quite innocent of.

The prisoner called five witnesses who gave him a good character.

Guilty .

[Transportation. See summary.]

197. (2d M.) JOHN ARMER was innicted, for that he on the king's highway in and upon Thomas Hains did make an assault putting him in corporal fear and danger of his life, and stealing from his person, a watch with a case made of gold, value five pounds, a steel watch chain, value one shilling; a steel watch key value one penny; a brown chrystal seal set in gold value forty shillings; a red chrystal seal set in gold, value forty shillings; a white chrystal stone seal set in gold, value forty shillings, a half guinea and eight shillings in money numbered, the property of the said Thomas , July 22d *.

Acquitted .

JOHN ARMER was a second time indicted for that he in a certain field and open place near the king's highway in and upon Hugh Boyd , Esq ; did make an assault, putting him in corporal fear and danger of his life and stealing from his person, a gold watch value twenty pounds; a steel watch chain value one shilling; two red cornelian stone seals set in gold value forty shillings; a steel watch key value two-pence and three guineas in money numbered, the property of the said Hugh, August 20th.

Hugh Boyd , Esq; On the 20th of August last, about three in the afternoon, I was robbed in a field between Mary-le-bone turnpike and Kilburn Wells . I had just passed through a gap, when I saw a man who turned out afterwards to have a crape over his face; when I first saw him, from his face appearing black, I took him for a negro. I had no suspicion of him, but passed him; when I had gone about three or four yards through the gap, I heard a voice behind me crying, stop, stop! I turned round and saw a man with his arm extended, a crape over his face, with a brown great coat and his hat flap'd.

Q. Was it a close bodied coat?

Hugh Boyd , Esq; A great coat, I believe wraped together about his body; he had blackish hair which seemed to hang about his ears; he said, stop! stop! your money, your money. He did not make use of any violent imprecation; he had a pistol in his hand which he presented to me. I gave him my purse which contained three guineas, or three guineas and a quarter; he kept his eyes fixed upon me, and was remarkably circumspect, looking about him and rather moving about as I imagined to observe whether any persons were within sight; he saw my watch chain hanging from under my waistcoat; he asked me for my watch; after some little conversation, I advised him not to take the watch, I said they were dangerous things; but he insisted upon having it, and I gave it him. I then asked him for my purse again, I was particularly fond of it, and he returned it me empty; he then looked about him for a short space, just took a view of the fields, and turned back again the way that I had come through the gap, and I observed as he turned he took off his hat, in the act of turning, I thought he drew up the crape; he ran with great velocity through the gap and turned upon the further side of the hedge and I lost sight of him.

Q. In the motion of taking off his hat and throwing up the crape as you apprehend did you see his face.

Boyd. No, he had turned about, but I looked very closely at him while he was robbing me; the sun shone very bright, I thought he was careful to keep his face turned from me, he behaved without any violence or imprecation, I have seen the prisoner since the robbery at Sir John Fielding 's, and this morning upon the other trial; I believe he is the man, I looked at him very particularly at the time of the robbery, which he observed and seemed to shrink away from my observation.

Q. Could you discern enough of his face through the crape, to form a judgment of his person.

Hugh Boyd, Esq; Not so exactly; I remember the shape of his face very well, that he was long visaged; I remarked his chest comes out, and when I saw him at Sir John Fielding 's the other day, I took notice of his legs, they are something remarkable, he stands very well upon them.

Q. Does his countenance and complexion answer to what you observed of the man at the time of the robbery.

Hugh Boyd , Esq; Yes, as well as I could observe, I don't say it was a perfect discernment.

Q. When did you see him first after the robbery?

Hugh Boyd , Esq; Not till yesterday se'nnight at Sir John Fielding 's, I thought there was the air, of the person, the same appearance and upon my going up to the bar, to examine him more closely, I was confirmed in my opinion. I charged him then with every thing, but a certainty, I cannot presume to swear certainly to his person.

Q. The person that robbed you was alone?

Hugh Boyd , Esq; Yes, and I was alone: as he came up to me, he was collected and cool and took care to stand at the distance of three or four feet from me, and as I moved about, he moved, though I told him, I did not intend to resist. I received a letter from Sir John Fielding , three or four days ago informing me that footpad was taken, and my watch was discovered. I had given an information at Sir John Fielding 's, the very evening of the robbery; Sir John wrote to me at my house in the country, where I had given a direction, that my watch was recovered, and the supposed footpad was in custody. My watch is in the hands of a pawnbroker; it was produced before the justice and sworn to by Mr. Atkins. I don't know so much of the movement of the watch, but it appears like it; the plate, the name, the number, I could almost swear to, but both the gold cases are changed for silver ones; and there is a scratch for a figure of one, but it is awkwardly done. The number of my watch was 1918, it has been attempted to be made 1913.

Robert Atkins . I am a watchmaker. I find by an extract from my books, that there was a gold watch, with two cases, capped and jeweled, sold to Mr. Boyd, on the 10th of January, 1768, the number 1913. I saw that watch at Sir John Fielding's yesterday sen-night; I believe the movement to be the same that was made for Mr. Boyd, but the cases were changed. The addition of a one, that Mr. Boyd mentions, has been very badly put to it, and the name has been taken out of the cap, where we usually put our names; that has been totally erased; but there is a roughness upon the cap that shews there had been an erasure

Q. What was the name upon the watch?

Atkins. Samuel and Robert Atkins, London, number 1913, both upon the cap and upper plate of the watch; that was made at the time my father and I were in partnership: that name still remains upon the inner plate of the watch.

Samuel Shipman . I am a pawnbroker in White-Cross-Street. I took in this watch of the prisoner, on the nineteenth of last November, exactly in the same condition it is now in; I advanced two pounds thirteen shillings and six-pence upon it.

Q. At what time of day did you receive it?

Shipman. I believe in the evening. I gave him a duplicate for it.

Q. Are you sure he is the man?

Shipman. Yes, I am very certain to him, I have known him three or four months, and have dealt with him frequently in wearing apparel; but I had never taken a watch in before of him.

Q. How long was you to keep the watch?

Shipman I gave him a duplicate for three months.

Q. Then you advance money for a certain time, do you?

Shipman. Yes, I lent him an advanced price upon that account, otherwise I should not have lent him so much.

Q. What is paid for the two pounds thirteen shillings and six-pence for three months?

Shipman. Six-pence in the pound per month.

Q. Then it was about eighteen-pence a month you was to have for it?

Shipman. Yes.

Q. When did you produce the watch?

Shipman. On Wednesday sen-night at Sir John Fielding's. The duplicate being found in the prisoner's lodgings, by one of Sir John Fielding 's men, Heley came to me, I believe last Tuesday sennight; he brought the duplicate, and I took the watch to Sir John Fielding 's; the prisoner was there.

Q. Was the prisoner asked any questions about it?

Shipman. None at all.

Q. from the prisoner. Do you remember what I said to you when I brought the watch to you?

Shipman. Yes, I asked him whether it was his own; he said, he had bought the movement for eighteen or twenty shillings, and that the movement was originally in gold cases, but that he purchased the movement of a young gentleman who sold the cases: he said, the young gentleman was a lawyer.

Q. He did not mention his name?

Shipman. No, he said, he had carried the movement to a watchmaker's, and had silver cases put to it: he said, the watchmaker lived in Beach Lane, White Cross Street. He had this watch out once, and pledged it again: it was the first time he pledged it he told me that.

Q. When did he bring the watch, the last time?

Shipman. On the 19th of November. The first time he brought it, was the 22d of October: it was the last time I lent him two pounds thirteen shillings and six-pence on it, the first time I lent him two guineas. I never had it before the 22d of October.

Q. For what length of time was it pawned the first time?

Shipman. The usual time, two years: it was the advanced price the last time, that induced that agreement.

Q. You had never lent him any thing before this watch, but upon wearing apparel?

Shipman. No, but upon Christmas-eve I lent him a guinea and half upon a watch.

John Heley . I am one of Sir John Fielding 's men. The prisoner was brought by two gentlemen to Sir John Fielding 's: I went to the prisoner's lodging, according to his direction, and there, in a red morrocco pocket-book, in a box, I found a duplicate, dated the 19th of November, 1774. 2 l. 13 s: 6 d. watch John Shipman . No. 136. that is the number of the duplicate. At the bottom of it, Agreed, to be sold at the end of three months, witness my hand John Armer .

Shipman. This is the duplicate I gave the prisoner.

Q. Is that the prisoner's writing of his name at the back.

Shipman. Yes, I saw him write it.

Heley. I referred to our list of the pawnbrokers, and by that means I found out that the watch was pawned at the person Mr. Shipley lives with. It was a proposal among the pawnbrokers to number their shops.

Q. Are there any pawnbrokers that have not numbers?

Heley. Too many.

Prisoner's Defence:

On the 10th of last September, I had been down to Deptford about some business: on my return back, I came through the Minories. Just by the sign of the Crown, a well dressed gentleman asked me to buy a watch; he had blue cloaths on, and appeared to be a sea fareing gentleman; I never saw him before: he took me into the Crown: he said, he was distressed for money and obliged to part with his watch. He asked me twenty-eight shillings for it; I asked him whether he was a watchmaker? he said no, it was his own watch, and had been his father's formerly, but he was obliged to sell part of it, and would sell the movement to me, if I would buy it. I gave him eighteen shillings for the movement. As I had never a watch, I thought it would save some expence to have a pair of cases made to it. He wound it up, and showed it, and said, it was a good watch. I carried it to Mr. Nourse in Beach Lane, he made me a pair of cases for it, for which I gave him a guinea. After he aad done it, I was rather necessitated for money and was obliged to pawn it a few days after. I took it out again, and a few days after I had got it out, I had a writ out against me from one Mr. Jarvis at Deptford, who I had contracted a debt with; I therefore pawned it again, to raise money to pay the debt. Since I have been in custody, I have sent an officer to the Crown in the Minories, there were several gentlemen in the tap-room when I was there, drinking, but I can get no inteligence about the man I drank a pint of beer with him, when I bought it.

The prisoner called several witnesses, who gave him a good character.

Guilty Death .

198. 199: (L. JOSEPH WEST and ROBERT JAMES , were indicted for stealing two pieces of ribband, containing thirty yards, value ten shillings , the property of William Ratcliff , January 14 . ++

William Ratcliff . I am a haberdasher , on Holborn Hill, opposite Hatton Street . The two prisoners came into my shop on the 14th of January: they bought three pieces, of a yard and half each. When they went out, my apprentice informed me, that James had got a piece of ribband. I pursued them, they ran up Shoe Lane, West ran into a house at the corner of Plumbtree Court; James ran up a court opposite, and there dropped the ribband. (The ribband produced in court.) There is no particular mark upon it, but I have no doubt but it is my property.

Sarah Warren . I am apprentice to Mr. Ratcliff. I saw James take up the piece of ribband that is produced, and put it in a handkerchief he had in his hand, and then he put the handkerchief into his pocket; as soon as they were gone out, I told my master of it.

Richard Jones . I am a bricklayer's labourer. I was at work in the court James ran up; I saw him throw the handkerchief and piece of ribbond behind a cart, it was taken up and delivered to the constable.

James's Defence.

I know nothing at all about it.

West was not put upon his defence, there being no evidence to affect him.

James called two witnesses, who gave him a good character.

West Acquitted .

James guilty of stealing to the value of ten-pence W .

200. (L.) RICHARD NESBIT was indicted for stealing eight yards of silk ribband, value two shillings , the property of William Flint , and Nicholas Sebier , January 17th ++.

William Flint . I am a haberdasher , in partnership with Nicholas Sebier; on the 17th of January, about six in the evening some people informed us our window was broke and a piece of ribband had been taken out, I ran out into the street and saw the prisoner in custody and the ribband on the ground, I took the ribband up; the prisoner was brought into the shop, he fell on his knees and said he wished it could be passed over and he would serve his majesty.

Richard Dean . Going by the prosecutors, I saw the prisoner drawing the ribband through the hole of the window, one end of it hung down on the ground. I laid hold of him, he bit my hand and got away, I called to a coachman who stopped him and brought him into Mr. Flints shop.

Flint. The window was broke, I don't know whether it was so before or no.

Prisoners Defence.

As I was going by, I saw the ribband come from the window and was going to tell the gentleman of it.

Guilty of stealing to the value of 10 d.

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201. 202. WILLIAM PRICE and ELIZABETH CLARK , were indicted for breaking and entering the dwelling house of Charles Simkins , on the 15th of January , about the hour of seven in the night, and stealing a silver watch, value forty shillings, a silver table spoon value seven shillings, two silver Spanish dollars value nine shillings, a silver medal value four shillings, a silver stock buckle value two shillings, a silver watch case value five shillings, a pair of stone ear-rings set in silver, value twenty shillings, six gold dial plates for watches value forty shillings, nine silver dial plates, value nine shillings, five crowns and eleven half crowns; the property of the said Charles Simkins ; four silver table spoons, value forty shillings, eight silver tea spoons value thirty shillings, a silver strainer value eighteen pence, two pair of silver tea tongs value eighteen shillings, a silver watch case, value five shillings four gold rings, value three pound, a gold ring set with rose diamonds, value twenty shillings, a gold ring set with a garnet and two diamond sparks, value ten shillings and a crown piece; the property of Lydia Manton , in the said dwelling house ++.

Charles Simpkins . I live in New-street, Shoe-lane , I was out of town when the fact was committed, therefore I cannot say any thing to it.

Lydia Manton . I am aunt to Mr. Simpkins, I live in the house; on Sunday the 15th of January, about five in the evening, I went to St. Dunstan's-Church, and did not return till eight, I saw my niece fasten the door, when we went out; when we came home, we were told the house was robbed, and I missed the several things mentioned in the indictment; there was no violence appeared on the door, it had been opened by a picklock; I left the parlour and chamber doors locked, I found them both open, but there was no marks of violence on them, there were many locks broke open in the house, and the several things mentioned in the indictment (repeating them) were stolen.

Martha Smith . I am servant to Mr. Simkins, I came home from Greenwich on the 25th of January, when I knocked at the door finding nobody within, I went over to the publick house and asked if the key was left there, they told me it was not, I crossed the way and went by the door, and I heard the parlour door shut, and I saw the prisoner Clarke, who lives opposite, come out of her apartment and look hard at our house; I went up and down the street several times and met Clarke several times going down the street again, I met one Clarkson, I told him; I thought there was somebody in the house, we peeped through the key hole, and saw a light in the parlour, we observed the print of a man's foot on the threshold of the door, quite wet, just after that the prisoner, Clark, came up to the door and gave a signal, which was, two hems, I had seen Price and her together before, and had seen him several times go to her appartment.

George Clarkson . I live in New-street, near Mr. Simkins. On the 15th of January, between six and seven o'clock in the evening, as I was standing at my master's door, the last witness told me, she believed there was somebody in her master's house; we watched Clarke, the prisoner down Shoe-lane, through Gunpowder-alley, to the back door of the house, she gave two hems and we heard the chain of the back door rattle, then the last witness desired me to go round to the fore door, which I did, and saw the prisoner Price come out of the house: I pursued him and cried stop thief, and he was stopped and taken to the Swan in New-street.

John Hooper . I heard the cry, stop thief, the prisoner run by me, and the last witness after him, I secured the prisoner and took him to the Swan in New-street, where he was searched, and the things found upon him.

John Figgins . I searched the prisoner, these things (producing a watch, a silver table spoon a silver stack buckle; silver watch case; stone ear-rings, six gold dial plates, nine silver, dial plates, several crowns and half crowns, which were deposed to by the prosecutor and Lydia Manton ) I found upon the prisoner, I have had them in my custody ever since, and I found these picklocks upon him (producing them).

Mary Plunket . I saw the prisoner Clarke go by the house three times and heard her give two hems.

Price's Defence.

Elizabeth Clarke washes for me, the Sunday morning the day this robbery was committed, I went to fetch a shirt and stockings, I had a cutlass, she went out and I threw the cutlass on the bed, when I was in Simkins house, the woman did not know where I was. I have nothing to say for myself, but hope for the mercy of the court.

Clarke's Defence.

I know nothing of the robbery, I was backwards and forwards at the chandler's shop. I heard of the robbery, and about an hour after they came and took me, they found nothing but a pair of boots he had left for me to get mended.

Price, Guilty , Death

Clarke, Acquitted .

300. (2d. M.) EDWARD PRICE was indicted for breaking and entering the dwelling house of John Coste , on the 8th of January , about the hour of seven in the night, with intent to steal the goods of the said John ||.

Acquitted .

202. 203. (2dM.) JAMES WRIGHT otherwise YORK , and JOHN otherwise CAESAR LEWIS BURTON, otherwise GARDNER , were indicted for stealing a china tea pot, value five shillings; a china tea pot stand, value six pence; four linen napkins, value two shillings; two pair of womens shift sleeves, value one-shilling; two pair of mens laced ruffles, value ten shillings; a woman's laced tucker, value two pence and a linen table cloth, value six shillings , the property of John Taylor , Esq ; November 1st . ||.

Mrs. Fanny Taylor. I am the wife of John Taylor, we live in Percy-street, New Buildings, Oxford-Road : in the last week in April, my husband and I and the servants, all went into the country, the things mentioned in the indictment with the houshold furniture were left in the house, when we went away, the ruffles were in a little box in a large chest in the two pair of stairs room backwards; the linen was in the linen press, the shift sleeves in one of the great drawers of the chest of drawers; the tea pot was in the butler's pantry down stairs, the places were all locked except the butler's pantry. On Wednesday the 2d of November an express was sent into the country, to let us know our house was broke open; we immediately came to town, we found the locks broke and many marks of violence in the house; we found a chissel and a picklock in the house; there was a great many things lost; we advertised them, but heard nothing of them till the 23d of January, when I was sent for to Sir John Fielding's, where I saw the two pair of laced ruffles, two pair of shift sleeves, a tucker and a tea pot (They were produced in court and deposed to by Mrs. Taylor) there were likewise found a number of pawnbroker's tickets.

Amonica Rudsdell. I am servant to Mrs. Taylor, I know the things produced to be my mistresses property.

Ann Smith . I am a laundress, I live in Barnard's-Muse, just by Mr. Taylor's house, the key of the house was left at another persons, and Mr. Taylor desired me to go into the house once a week to see that nothing was amiss in the house, the last time I went into the house before it was broke open, was the 28th of October, on the Tuesday following I went to the house again and found it was broke, I went into the parlour and saw two closets broke open, and a bunch of keys lying on the table; I returned immediately to the person where the key was left, and desired somebody might be sent to search the house with me. two gentlemen went with me, we found the drawers open and many things lying about the floor, the person that had the key sent an express to Mrs. Taylor.

John Griffith . I am servant to Mr. Taylor, on receiving the express, I came to town with my mistress, and found the house broke open and the goods lying about.

John Dinmore . I am a constable, one Braithwaite informed me there were a quantity of goods concealed in a house on Saffron Hill, I went there, and they were moved, the person at that house said he would shew me where they were moved to, and directed me to the house of Burton, in Goswell-street, I went there and found a large quantity of duplicates belonging to pawnbrokers, one of which is the duplicate of Mrs. Taylor's table cloth, we searched his house, we could find nothing but the duplicates there were forty two of them; Wright was with Burton in his appartment we told him we must go with him to his appartment, this was about half after eight or near nine at night, on the 20th of last month, I left Burton with my brother officer, at the Sign of the Catherine-wheel, Bridge-water Gardens, while I went to Wright's lodging the corner of Bridgwater-Square; in Wright's lodging, I found all the things produced, but the table cloth, a great number of duplicates, a number of pick-lock keys of various sorts, a dark lanthron and a chissel, they were all in Wright's apartment, (produces a great bundle of pick lock keys, I found a pistol loaded (producing it) here are three small things (producing them) I don't know what they are, I was informed they were pick-locks, there was a vyce; these were all in Wright's apartment; it being late, we put the prisoner in New Prison, and took them to Sir John's in the morning.

Robert Hartwell . I went with Dinmore to Burtons and Wrights, when we came to Wrights appartment, I took hold of him, he pulled a key out of his pocket and opened the door, I went in and saw some rich cloaths, he claped his hands together and said, if we would admit him an evidence, he would tell of ten capital robberies, the dark lanthorn and pick-lock keys were taken out of a closet, when Dinmore had hand-cuffed him, the prisoner said he might as well tell all, or to that effect and pointed to the closet, where the pick-locks were, they were in a box.

Cross Examination.

Q. When Wright offered to be an evidence, what answer was made.

Hartwell. Dinmore said he should if it was in his power, that was before we found the keys.

John Kippin . I am a constable, I went with the two last witnesses to Burton's. I was left at the Catherine-wheel, with Burton, while they went to Wright's, they brought all the things that are produced, to the Catherine-wheel, from Wright's.

Francis Tempic . I am servant to Mr. Burrows, a pawn-broker, in Aldersgate-street; Dinmore and Kippin brought some duplicates to our shop and asked if they were our's, I looked over them, this is one of them (producing it) the duplicate read.

" John Gardner , six shillings, November

"19th, 1774, a table cloth."

Q. Do you know John Gardner ?

Tempic. Yes, it is the prisoner, Burton.

Q. Do you know that the prisoner Burton, brought the table cloth?

Tempic. No, the duplicate is my masters writing, he is not here, I know nothing of the table cloth, nor who brought it.

The table cloth produced and deposed to by Mr. Taylor.

Wright's Defence.

I kept a house in Mitchel-street, one Johnson had a ready furnished lodging in my house, he went away, and left these things there, when he had been gone a fortnight, I broke open the door and found the boxes and keys, and things in the room, when I moved I took the things with me, and left word at a neighbour's where I was moved to, that he might find them if he came back.

Burton's Defence.

The way these duplicates came to my apartment is as follows. - The night Mr. Wright was taken up, he was moved to a lodging in Bridgewater Street; his room not being large enough to hold his furniture, he desired to leave a table at my house: in that table draw were found these duplicates; that is the way I came by them: I leave the rest to my counsel.

Burton called five witnesses, who gave him a very good character.

Wright Guilty .

[Death. See summary.]

Burton Acquitted .

204. 205. (L.) ELEANOR BLUNDELL and ELIZABETH WILLIAMS were indicted for stealing nine linen shirts, value thirty shillings, two linen handkerchiefs, value ten-pence, three pair of linen sleeves, value ten-pence, and three linen caps, value ten-pence , the property of Samuel Chapman , February the 11th *

Margaret Chapman . I live at Chelsea ; my husband is a gentleman's servant . I went down into my garden last Saturday, about two o'clock and left the door on the latch; when I returned, I saw the prisoners walking on the outside of my garden rails; as soon as I went into my room I missed the things mentioned in the indictment out of my drawers: there were some bits of cloth lay tumbled upon the ground. I ran out and met Mr. Peavor, I told him my misfortune, and that I had observed two women go along by the rails. He went after them one way and sent a labourer another, and they brought them back, and the linen.

John Peavor . The prosecutrix told me she had been robbed, and suspected a couple of shortish girls. I pursued them; when I got almost to the Red House on Chelsea common, I saw them making over a hedge, I called to a man just by them to stop them, he jumped over the hedge after them, and I saw them throw the linen which they had in their apron over the bank into a ditch. I took them directly; I have had the linen ever since. (It was produced in court, and deposed to by the prosecutrix.

John Horn. The last witness called to me to stop the prisoners; I jumped over the hedge and secured them, and I saw them throw the linen down, and begged to be forgiven.

Blundell's Defence.

Williams and I had been to Covent-Garden Market; as there was nothing worth buying, and I had heard my father was drinking with her father, at Chelsea, I asked her to go with me to see after them. As we were going along the common this man laid hold of us, and beat us and dragged us to the prosecutors.

Williams said nothing in her defence, only that she was but twelve years old.

Blundell Guilty T

Williams Acquitted .

206, 207. (M.) JOHN DUGARD and JAMES CROMPTON were indicted for stealing ten sheep-skins, value twenty-five shillings, and nine calve-skins, value four pounds four shillings , the property of Phillip Simmons , January 27 .

Phillip Simmons . I keep a leather shop in Orange Street, Leicester Fields . On Friday, January 27, I lost the skins mentioned in the indictment out of my shop; I suspected the prisoners: they were taken the night after, and the skins were found in the room of one Proven a shoe-maker in Vere Street. On the Tuesday following the prisoners were taken before Justice Girdler: there they said they found the skins in Leicester Fields as they were going to a poppit show. (The skins produced by Charles Jealous .) These are my skins, the price is marked on every one of them in my own handwriting.

John Proven . I live on Little Saffron Hill. On the second of January, about seven in the evening, I called on one Oliver a publican in Bear Street, he called me aside, and told me he had a parcel of leather he wished I would take to my lodging: I did, and it was found with me the Tuesday following by Jealous, Cross, and Hyde. I was taken before Justice Girdler; we had a hearing the next day: Duggard told the Justice he found the loather in Leicester Fields, by the rails.

James Hyde . I am a cane head maker and chaser. On Monday was fortnight, about six at night I was at Oliver's, the Queen's Head, in Vere Street, Clare Market. Crompton was there ; Oliver and he were talking about some money Crompton was to be paid; Oliver gave him a direction, he asked me to write it, it was to enquire for Proven, at the Cooper's Arms, in Saffron Street, Saffron Hill. When I gave him the direction we walked out together as far as the Hay-market; we returned again about eleven o'clock, then Crompton told Oliver, who is a shoe-maker, that he must let him have a pair of shoes for the girl he lived with, and produced a measure. As we were going home, just at the end of Drury Lane, Jealous came up with a cutlass, and stopped Crompton, and said, if he stirred he would cut his head off; and took him away. The next day I saw Jealous at the Golden Cross; I asked him what he had done with Crompton, and told him, I believed I could give him a direction where he would find some things; and gave him a direction to Proven.

Q. How came you by the direction again?

Hyde. He gave it me that day when he was fully committed, to give to Dugard, and I gave it to Jealous; Jealous and I, and Cross went to Proven's, where we found the skins.

Charles Jealous confirmed the evidence of the last witness, and further, that he took Dugard at the Turk's Head in Dyot Street; and that Dugard said before the justice, he found the leather in Leicester Fields.

Dugard's Defence.

Going through Leicester Fields on the Saturday night, I found the leather by the rails. I went to Cranbone Alley, and met with Crompton; I asked him to help me to carry it to Oliver's; we carried it, and asked him if he would buy it; he said no, but he would bring a man that would buy it and a cart load more, if we had it. We went to the public house, and he came, and said, there were eighteen skins, that he had looked over six of them, and those six came to twenty-three shillings. Proven was sent for, and talked about buying it, and said, he would get in the mony that night >, if he could.

Crompton in his defence, said the same as Dugard had done.

Both Guilty .

[Transportation. See summary.]

208. (M.) GEORGE LEWIS was indicted for stealing two pair of men's leather shoes, value eight shillings , the property of Edward Davis , February 9 . +

Edward Davis . I keep a shoe-warehouse in Holborn , and deal also in the broker's business . On the 9th of this month, in the evening, as I was coming into the shop with a tray of china on my head, I saw the prisoner and one Newland in the shop; my servant was selling Newland a pair of shoes; just as I came into the shop, I saw the prisoner put his hand in the back window and take two pair of shoes, before I could get to the counter and turn round, he was run away; I went to the door but could see nothing of him. Newland said, he supposed he was only gone to the door to make water: I told him the man had taken two pair of shoes, and I should detain him till he was produced. Newland went to the door and called the prisoner, and he returned. I charged him with taking the shoes, he denied it and said, I might search him. I told him I did not think it was to any purpose to search him, for I supposed he had given them to some of his companions. I sent for a constable, and took them to Justice Welch's where they were searched; and they had no money, they had only a bad shilling.

Elizabeth Sheppard . I am servant to the last witness. I was serving Newland with shoes, when my master came in. I did not see the prisoner take the shoes.

Prisoner's Defence.

I went with Newland to buy a pair of shoes; while he was getting fitted I went out to make water; when I came in, Mr. Davis charged me with taking two pair of shoes. I am quite innocent.

For the Prisoner.

William Newland . The prisoner went with me to buy a pair of shoes. I did not see him take any, When we were taken before the Justice I put a five and three-pence I had into my mouth, and kept one shilling and six-pence in my hand, because I thought they would take it from me.

Guilty B . and Imprisoned .

209. (M.) BENJAMIN HAINSWORTH was indicted for breaking and entering the dwelling house of James Harrison , on the first of February , about the hour of twelve in the night, and stealing twenty-nine pounds weight of hemp, value five shillings, the property of the said James, in his dwelling house ,

James Harrison . I am a rope maker , and I live at Stepney . My work-shop, which adjoins to my house, was broke open on the first of February between the hours of seven and twelve in the night: there is a communication between the house and the shop. My apprentice called me up between six and seven in the morning, and I found the window had been wrenched open: my man was last in the shop the night before, and my apprentice was first in the shop in the morning; they are neither of them here. The window had no great fastening, it was easily wrenched open. Crouch the constable, came to me about two in the afternoon, and brought a part of the hemp. He said, he had stopped a quantity of it on one Profit. The next day the prisoner's brother came to me, and told me, he understood I had been robbed, that he had taken care of the hemp, and I should have it if I would send for it. I sent my man, and he brought seventeen pounds.

Richard Stanging deposed, that the hemp was the property of the prosecutor.

James Crouch . I am a constable. I met Profit late at night on the 1st of February with twelve pounds of hemp. I suspected him, and stopped him. He said, the prisoner had left it with him. In the morning, I enquired among the trade till I found the owner of it.

Edward Profit . On the first of February I left work at ten o'clock. I went to the Spread Eagle in White Cross Street, and had a pint of beer: the prisoner was there, sitting on the twelve pounds of hemp, I knew him; he was quarreling with a woman who wanted to leave his company and go with a barge-man; she went out, and he ran after her, and desired me to take care of the hemp till he came back. He never returned; so I thought I would not take it home, but lodge it in the watch-house. Crouch met me and took it.

Prisoner's Defence.

I found the hemp in White Chapel.

Not guilty of breaking and entering the dwelling house, but guilty of stealing the goods, to the value of five shillings .

[Transportation. See summary.]

210. (M.) DANIEL ANGUS was indicted for stealing a watch with an inside case made of base metal and an outside case made of shagreen, value forty shillings, the property of Reynold Davis , privately from the person of the said Reynold , January 15th 1774 *.

Reynold Davis . I bought a watch of Mr. Vulliamy, in November 1773, and in January last was 12 month, the day that the parliament met; I am positive that I had my watch about me when I got into a crowd by the door of the House of Lords ; I had been in this crowd about a quarter of an hour, when I got out of the crowd I missed my watch; I went to Mr. Vulliamy's in Pall-Mall, of whom I bought it, to enquire how to proceed. I went to Sir John Fielding 's, and then an advertisement was put in the news papers; but I heard nothing of it till about a month or five weeks ago, when I had a note from Sir John Fielding's clerk, to call at the office, which I did; there I saw the prisoner, and my watch was produced; Sir John Fielding asked the prisoner how he came by the watch; he declared he bought it six years ago in New England.

Wm Halliburton. About the 18th of last January, the prisoner was taken up for another offence, I searched him and found this watch upon him; he said I had no occasion to take it for he had bought it in New England some years ago. I took him before Sir John Fielding , the books were examined, and it seemed to answer the description of Mr. Davis's watch: Mr. Davis attended; the watch was produced, he said it was very much like his watch, but he could not swear to it as the name and number was altered. The prisoner was present at this time and said, he bought this watch six years before at Boston in New England. I went to Mr. Vulliamy's, he examined his books and before he took the watch to pieces, he said, if it was made by him he should find an inside mark, he took it to pieces and the inside number of the watch answered to the number in his book.

Justin Vulliamy. About a month ago, Sir John Fielding 's, man shewed me the watch to see whether it was what I sold to Mr. Davis in November 1773. A day or two after Halliburton came, I said the watch had all the appearance of that I sold to Mr. Davis, but the name was filled out on the cock; at first the plate was very thin where the name and number were; it appears to have been filled; if so it is still thinner, and there is another name and number engraved upon the same plate; the new number 710, but the original was J. Gray, 813; I put the name of Gray because it was a second sort of watch; I don't put my name but upon the better sort; in order to be sure whether this was the same watch or not; I said, I would look upon the inside, upon which we usually scratch the number before we send it the workman. I took the watch to pieces and found the mark I made myself upon the inside the same as the number in my book; it was entered in my book by this number as sold to Mr. Davis. I am as certain as I can be of any thing that it was the watch I sold to Mr. Davis. I don't rely merely on these figures, the watch is my own making, and I know it from the work itself, watchmakers know their own work.

Prisoner's Defence.

As to the evidence Halliburton has given, it is entirely false, I never said I had the watch in my possession six years, I have had it 22 months, or there about; what was said at Sir John Fielding 's was this, that I brought this watch after I came from Boston in New England. I bought it at Portsmouth of the mate of a ship.

Guilty of stealing the watch, but not guilty of stealing it privately from the person . T .

210, 211, 212. (M.) JOSEPH BROWNING , JOHN WOODWARD and JOHN LISTOR otherwise SCOTCH JACK , were indicted for stealing 100 lb. weight of tobacco, value four pounds; a live cock, value sixpence; a live hen, value six-pence, and a brass cover, value six-pence , the property of Samuel Percival , January 31st . ||

All three acquitted .

213. (M.) MARY HARTWICK was indicted for stealing three linen sheets, value eighteen shillings and four blankets, value twenty shillings , the property of John Davies , January 17th .

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

214. (M.) JOHN LANGFORD was indicted for stealing a wooden drawer, value one shilling and three shillings in money numbered, and 180 halfpence the property of Wm Garden , January 21st ||.

Ann Garden. I am the wife of William Garden, we live in Rye-street, Broad-way, Westminster . On the 21st of January, as I was coming out of my room into the shop, I saw the prisoner going out of the shop into the passage. I took hold of his coat, and the drawer fell and the money; the fright overcame me; I never saw him afterwards, till I saw him before the justice; hearing the till fall on the step, the constable who lives opposite came and secured him; he is a neighbour's child.

Wm Garden. I was sitting in a back room adjoining to the shop, I heard the half-pence fall, I went to the door and found my wife in the passage, and the prisoner my wife had fast hold of him, I brought him back into the shop, my till with the key lay in the passage; the money, lay some on the step of the door, and some in the street. I charged a constable with him.

Prisoner's Defence.

I have nothing at all to say.

Guilty of stealing to the value of 10 d .

215. 216. JOHN TRINQUET and THOMAS JOSLIN , were indicted for stealing a copper coal scuttle, value ten shillings , the property of Richard Hunt , January 31st ||.

Both Acquitted .

217. (M). REBECCA, the wife of James Holmes , was indicted for stealing eight ounces of black silk, value twenty-four shillings; a check apron, value one shilling, and a flat iron value six-pence , the property of Abraham Cole , January 31st ||.

Ann Cole . I am the wife of Abraham Cole , I am an engine windster , in Spicer-street, Spital-fields , the prisoner worked for me at five shillings a week. On the 31st of January, I went down into the yard, when I returned the prisoner was gone, and had taken my apron, a flat iron and eight ounces of silk out of the drawer. I took her afterwards in Bishopsgate-street.

Prisoner's Defence.

I am intirely innocent.

Guilty of stealing to the value of 10 d .

[Transportation. See summary.]

218. (M.) ALICE WHITWORTH was indicted for stealing a child's camblet gown, value four shillings, and a child's cotton gown, value one shilling , the property of Patrick Jacob , February 11th ||.

Ann Jacob . I am the wife of Patrick Jacob ; the prisoner lodged in my house. On the 11th of February I missed the child's gown I suspected her, and knowing she used to pawn things at one Allen's, I went there and found them pawned in the name of Ann Holt , I had her taken before justice Welsh, who committed her.

Edmund Bannister . I am apprentice to Mr. Allen, the pawnbroker, the prisoner brought these two gowns to me to pawn, (producing them) they were pawned in the name of Ann Holt .

Prosecutor. They are my property.

Prisoner. I leave myself to the mercy of the court.

Guilty .

[Transportation. See summary.]

219. (M.) ELIZABETH the wife of EMANUEL HURST , was indicted for stealing a linen counterpane, value six shillings, a blanket, value three shillings, two linen sheets, value six shillings, a copper pottage pot, value six shillings, a copper tea kettle, value two shillings, a looking glass in a mahogany frame, value six-pence and eight pound of feathers, value eight shillings, the property of George Morrison , the said goods being in a certain lodging room, let by contract to the said Elizabeth, by the said George , December 26th .

George Morrison . I keep a lodging house in Old Tun-street, Westminster , the prisoner took a lodging of me the 25th of October, (her husband belongs to the army,) she lodged with me till the 14th of January; she had taken the feathers out of the bed and some of them were scattered on the stairs, that led to a discovery; I asked the prisoner if she knew any thing of the feathers on the stairs, she said no, I desired to search her room, she said I should not till her husband came home, (he was on an out party when she took the room) he came home on the 25th of November, and had remained at home ever since; as I was speaking to her, he came up stairs, I told him I had some suspicion the things were gone and desired to see what was in the room, they both remained silent for five minutes; then he said, I told you what you would bring yourself to; I insisted upon seeing what was in the room, the prisoner said there was nothing to be seen. I went in, and found half the feathers taken out of the bed, and missed the other things mentioned in the indictment, she confessed she had pawned them, some at a pawn-brokers in a passage between Tottle-Street and the armoury, and the rest in Tottle-Street; I went and found all the things.

The two pawnbrokers produced the goods and deposed that they received them of the prisoner, the goods were deposed to by the prosecutor.

Prisoner's Defence.

There was another woman in the lodging before I took it, I pawned the things for her, when she went out I took the lodging, Morrison never went into the room to see if the goods were there when I took it.

She called one witness who gave her a good character.

[Transportation. See summary.]

220. (2d M.) MATHEW M'MAHON , was indicted for, that he in the king's highway, in and upon Thomas Jarvis , did make an assault puting him in corporal fear and danger of his life, and stealing from his person five shilling and eightpence, in money, numbered the property of the said Thomas , Jan. 21st *.

Acquited .

221. (2d M.) ELIZABETH JOHNSON , was indicted for stealing a pier glass in a mahogany gilt frame, value twenty-five shillings, and a linen table cloth, value three shillings, the property of Joshua Beet , the said goods being in a certain lodging-room, let by contract to the said Elizabeth, by the said Joshua , January 31st *.

Acquited .

222. (2d M.) MARY GARRETT , was indicted for stealing a pillow, value one shilling, a copper pottage pot, value five shillings, two copper sauce-pans, value four shillings, a copper tea kettle, value three shillings, two linen sheets, value three shillings, two linen pillowbiers, value two shillings, and two flat irons, value one shilling; the property of Daniel Lee ; the said goods being in a certain lodging room, let by contract to the said Mary, by the said Daniel , January 3d +.

Daniel Lee . The prisoner took a lodging of me, a fortnight before Christmas, she was to have clean sheets once a month, and all necessaries, she had things sent up from time to time, when I sent my maid to fetch them down again, there was always some excuse, they generally said they were in use, I went up to see what was become of the things; she kept company with one Earl, he brushed by me and ran away; I apprehended the prisoner and sent for a constable, and she confessed she had pawned the goods, at different times.

Catherine, the wife of the prosecutor confirmed his evidence, the pawnbrokers servant produced the goods pawned by the prisoner, which were deposed to by the prosecutor.

Prisoner's Defence.

They knew I pawned them for the man I lived with.

Lee. I knew of no such thing.

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

223. (M.) FRANCIS HUNT , was indicted for breaking and entering the dwelling house of John Pitt , on the 20th of January , about the hour of nine in the forenoon (no person being in the said dwelling house) and stealing two linen gowns, value twenty shillings, a stuff gown, value six shillings, two sattin cloaks, value twenty shillings, two womens hats, value eight shillings, a cloth coat value twenty shillings, a cloth waistcoat, value ten shillings, a pair of cloth breeches, value five shillings, a cloth great coat, value twenty shillings, a mans hat, value five shillings, six linen shifts, value twelve shillings, three linen shirts, value five shillings, two pair of linen sheets, value ten shillings, three pair of stone sleeve buttons, set in silver, value two shillings and seven shillings and threepence in money, numbered the property of the said John, in his dwelling house .

John Pitt . I go out in a morning with milk , my house is in the parish of St. Sepulchre's ; it was broke open on the 20th of January last, there was no one in the house at the time, I went out about a quarter before eight, I left my wife in the house, I returned about half after nine, my lodger Chennall, came back with me, we found the kitchen door broke open and two drawers in the dresser, there were some things taken out of the dresser in the kitchen, and placed on the dresser, there were some things taken out of the drawers in the kitchen and placed on the dresser Chennell and I went up stairs and found the one pair of stairs door and all the drawers broke open, and the several things mentioned in the indictment were taken out, there were two linen gowns almost new that cost fifty shillings, a stuff gown, two sattin cloaks and many other things, five shillings, or thereabouts in half-pence, and two shillings in silver, and a silver three-pence, all taken out of the drawers, some were packed up in a bag, particularly, the two linen gowns, the kitchen door was burst open and the lock bent, the chamber door likewise was burst open, how he got in at the outer door I cannot tell.

Joseph Chennell . I am a silk-dyer, I rent a room of the prosecutor to work in; I went to my work chamber there about half after eight, there was nobody then in the house, with my own key, I unlocked the street door, I saw the kitchen door open and the two drawers taken out, as I was going up stairs to my work-room, I heard the sash in the one pair of stairs room thrown open and heard somebody jump down into the court, I turned round and saw the prisoner jump down, he fell upon the ground, I was frightened, he had time to get up, he ran by me, I pursued him, he turned about under the gate way and made a motion with his hands to sight me, upon that I having the key of the street door in my hand, said if he offered to strike me, I would knock him down, then he put his hands into his pocket as if he would take something out, not knowing but it might be a pistol or knife, I drew back, he took then to his heels again, I followed him and cried stop thief, upon which he said you lie d - n you; I asked two men at the corner to stop him, they said, d - n your eyes stop him yourself, upon their behaving in that manner, I was frightened and lost sight of him, about four or five hours afterwards I went to Justice Fieldings for a warrant, I got Dinmore the constable to attend with the warrant, he took me to several houses such people frequent, I saw the prisoner at the Marquis of Granby's-head, in Chicklane, I went in with Dinmore and Kippin, I told them he was the person.

Q. What did you know him by his voice or person.

Chennell. Chiefly his person, though I knew him too by his voice, he insisted upon it, that he was quite innocent, Dinmore then asked him where he was at eight o'clock, he said abed, Dinmore asked where he was at half after eight, he said, he was then at the Marquis of Granby's, and appealed to the landlord if he was not there, the landlord said, he did not know that he was, but he was as likely as any body to commit the robbery. I was the first person that went into the prosecutor's house, the kitchen door was broke open, the lock was bent back, and the chamber door likewise was broke open, when I opened the outside door with the key, it was locked as usual, so it is most probable the prisoner got in by a false key.

Mary Pitt. I was the last person in the house, I came out about ten minutes before eight; I locked the kitchen and bed-chamber door; I did not come home again till after my husband and Chennell had both been there; as to the things they were lying in confusion ready to be packed up.

John Dinmore and John Kippin , who went with Chennel, confirmed his evidence.

Prisoner's Defence.

When they first of all came into the Marquis of Granby, Dinmore challenged me and asked me what time I got up in the morning, I said, I believed about nine, I can take my oath it was nine before I rose; about three in the afternoon they came into the house, he called me on one side and asked me what time I got up, I said nine o'clock, said he are you sure you was up no sooner, I said yes, I could bring people to witness it; as soon as I had spoke the words, he said to the man do you think this is the person, he looked at me pretty hard, and said, I don't know, I think he may be the person, said Dinmore, if you think he is the person, I will lay hold of him, and secure him, he said, I think he is, Dinmore said, only say the word that he is the person and I will secure him, then he said, I say he is the person, and he took hold of me immediately. I could get the man of the house here, but a poor person cannot afford to subpenae any one and therefore I shall be wrongfully cast, I was abed with my lawful wife at the same time, who I married at Edinburgh five years ago, I expected my trial to come on last night, else I could bring a lad from the public house, who said he saw these parties run by and they were both bigger than me; the man at the public-house, said he could not do any thing in it, for he supplied the milkman with money to carry on the prosecution; if I had money to subpoena the lad, I dare say I should have got through the thing.

Chennell, Dinmore and Kippin were all asked whether it was before or after Chennell challenged the prisoner, that Dinmore asked him what time he got up: they all said it was after.

Guilty Death .

See the Trial of Wm Thomas, No. 129, and of Francis Hunt and Wm Thomas, No 170, Last Sessions.

224. (M.) SARAH SCOTT , otherwise WRIGHT was indicted for stealing two flat irons, value one shilling and two linen sheets, value six shillings, the property of Ann Shaphouse , widow , being in a ready furnished lodging let by the said Ann to the said Sarah , January 20th *.

Acquitted .

225. (L.) THOMAS LEWINGTON was indicted for stealing a wooden firkin, value three pence and 56 lb. weight of butter, value thirty shillings , the property of Samuel Ends , January 26th , ~.

Samuel Ends . Yesterday was three weeks, about eleven in the forenoon, I had some firkins of butter in my cart, going along by Temple-Bar , I saw the prisoner go behind the cart and take out a firkin of butter, he put it on his shoulder and went off, I followed him and colared him with it on his shoulder, he said it was his, I am sure it is one of the firkins that was in my cart, I saw him take it out, there was 56 lb. of it, (the firkin produced in court and deposed to.)

Prisoner's Defence.

As I was crossing the way the tub fell out of the cart, I took it up and was going to put it in again, when he stoped me.

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

Guilty .

[Transportation. See summary.]

226, 227. JOHN M'GRAGH and HENRY AUSTIN were indicted for stealing a linen shirt value three shillings; a pair of worsted stockings value three shillings; a leg of mutton value two shillings and six-pence; a shoulder of mutton, value two shillings and two breasts of mutton value one shilling , the property of Jenkin Thomas , January 14th ||.

Jenkin Thomas. I am a butcher in Carnaby-market . On the 14th of January last at night, I lost three pieces of mutton and a shirt and pair of stockings; I did not discover any thing of the persons that stole them; but on the Saturday afterwards, expecting that they would come again, I sat up for them in my shop and according to my expectation, about one in the morning, Austin came in through an air hole in the shop, and took another shoulder of mutton from the hook, I being in the shop at the time started up and struck at him with a stick and then he let fall the shoulder of mutton, I seized him and confined him till Monday, and then carried him before justice Wright; on the Friday afterwards I took M'Gragh and carried him likewise before justice Wright, he confessed he was with Austin when he took the mutton the week before and could tell many more things if he was admitted an evidence; but that was refused, Austin confessed he had pawned my shirt and stockings, and refered me to a woman and she to another woman who directed me to one Gees, there I found the shirt and stockings.

Mark Cooper . I was with the prosecutor, I saw the prisoner come in; I saw the prosecutor strike at him and heard the shoulder of mutton fall

M'Gragh Acquitted .

Austin guilty of stealing the goods to the value of ten-pence .

[Transportation. See summary.]

228. (2d M.) JOSEPH BROWN was indicted for stealing a copper saucepan, value eighteen-pence , the property of Thomas Dowley , February 14 . +

The prisoner acknowledged the fact, and begged the mercy of the court.

Guilty of stealing to the value of tenpence .

229. (2d M.) FRANCIS CHURCH was indicted for stealing a half guinea, and a half crown, the property of William Jones ; and a shilling , the property of George Oliver and John Ansell , January 25 . ++

John Ansell and William Jones deposed,

"That they suspected the prisoner, (who was

"an apprentice to a barber , and used to attend

"at the house, to dress them,) had stole

"money at different times: that in order to

"detect him, they put money, marked, in the

"till, and locked it, and leaving the key in

"it, gave the prisoner an opportunity of taking

"it: that missing the money, they searched

"him, and found all the money mentioned in

"the indictment upon him, excepting the half


The prisoner said nothing in his defence.

Guilty B .

230. (2d M.) JOHN WILSON was indicted for stealing a cloath coat, value five shillings, and a cloath waistcoat, value one shilling , the property of John Thomas , February 14 .

Acquitted .

231. 232. (2d M.) JAMES STANTON and PHENIX JONES GRANT was indicted for stealing sixteen men's hats, value twenty shillings , the property of John Davis , January 23 . *

John Davis . I am a hat maker ; I keep a shop near the Gate-House, Westminster . My shop was broke open, on the 23d of January about eleven at night; and I lost sixteen hats; three were new ones; they were what we make for coachmen; the rest were old ones. At about half after eleven, I was called by a watchman, from Old Palace Yard: he shewed me some hats. I knew the first I looked at to be mine.

James Hastem . I am a watchman. About half after eleven o'clock, on the 23d of January as I was walking backwards and forwards at my stand, which is about a quarter of a mile from Mr. Davis's shop, a man ran by me as fast as he could, wit h a black bundle under his arm: another fellow ran full against me. I saw that he had hats under his arm: he gave me a fall into the kennel upon my right knee, and threw the hats behind him. I picked them up. Mr. Davis was sought for. I and the constable went to search Leg Court. Coming by the Star and Garter, the next door but one to my box, the two prisoners came out, each with a pot of beer in his hand: we followed them into Leg Court; at a particular house in the court. The constable bid me get before them into the middle of the court. I did, and lifted up my lanthorn, and said, this is the man I had the hats from; that was Stanton; I had a sufficient sight of him when he ran by me, and knew him again. As to the other, I am not positive about him. I took him by the collar, and struggled with him for a minute and a half.

Stanton's Defence.

I am innocent of this matter; I have no witnesses.

There being no evidence to affect Grant, he was not put upon his defence.

Stanton Guilty .

[Transportation. See summary.]

Grant Acquitted .

233. (L.) RICHARD BUCKLAND was indicted for stealing nine pounds of tallow candles, value four shillings , the property of James Smith , January 27 ~

James Smith . I am a brush maker , on Fish-Street Hill. I have workshops in King's-Head Court , and three cellars under them. The prisoner was employed in one of the cellars to make boards for the brushes. I keep thirty or forty men. The candles for the men are kept in a large box in another of the cellars. My foreman informed me there were some candles hid in the cellar next the necessary, with a carpenter's apron over them. I told him to let them lie as they were; and I set Coleman to watch who came for them.

- Coleman. I am porter to Mr. Smith. I was set to watch who came for the candles. I went, and stood between the second and third Cellar at the door. In about a quarter of an hour the prisoner came out of that cellar; I laid hold of him, and found the candles upon him.

Prisoner's Defence.

I was very much in liquor. I am innocent of it. I leave myself to the mercy of the court.

The prisoner called seven witnesses, who gave him a good character.

Guilty . T .

234. (L.) JOHN SMITH was indicted for returning from transportation before the expiration of his time , January 12 . ~

Richard Spratly , I had this copy of the record of the conviction of John Smith , at the Maidstone summer assizes, 1773, from Mr. Knapp's office. I took the prisoner on the 12th of January, in a court in Aldersgate Street. I have known him almost all his life. I knew he had been tried, and ordered to be transported. I was not at his trial.

(The copy of the record read)

Robert Stephens . I am turnkey to Maidstone Goal. I know the prisoner; he was tried at Maidstone summer assizes, 1773, for a highway robbery on William Love , an old Greenwich College man. I was at the trial; he was found guilty and received judgment of death. I am sure that prisoner is the man, he was in the goal seven or eight months: he was pardoned, on condition of transportation for fourteen years. I saw him on board the ship, and have the captain's receipt for the body, but was busy getting the irons off, and did not see him sign it.

Prisoners Defence.

I was sent out of the land; I never received sentence of transportation. I was sent on board; I did not know for what time.

Question to Stephens. Are not the prisoners informed how long they are to be transported?

Stephens. We inform them. - When capital convicts are reprieved before the judge goes out of town, we are sure they will be transported: we hear no more of it till we receive the contract. - I said, Jack you go for fourteen years. He said, he did not care, America should not hold him fourteen years, nor two neither.

Guilty Death .

235. (2d M.) ANN, the wife of ROBERT PETTIN , was indicted for stealing a scarlet cloak, value eight shillings, two linen shifts, value five shillings, four linen handkerchiefs, value six-pence, two muslin handkerchiefs, value four-pence, and six linen clouts, value sixpence , the property of Dorothy Olive , widow , January 13 . ||

Dorothy Olive . The prisoner came into my house about five or six in the evening, about the time I lost my goods, I suspected she had taken the things, I apprehended her, and she confessed she had taken them, and directed me to the place where she had pawned them, I found them there, but the pawnbroker could not be sure as to the person that pawned them.

Prisoner's Defence.

I leave myself to the mercy of the court.

Guilty of stealing to the value of ten-pence .

[Transportation. See summary.]

236 (2d M.) DENNIS Mc. GUIRE was indicted for stealing 30 pounds weight of lead, value three shillings , the property of certain persons unknown, February 7th . ||

Acquitted .

237 (2d M.) WILLIAM LEWIS was indicted for stealing two silver table spoons, value twenty one shillings , the property of Margaret, Dowager Countess of Barrymore , in the kingdom of Ireland, January 16 . ||

James Gribben . I am butler to the Countess of Barrymore. I had the care of the plate. I lost two silver table spoons on the 16th of January, I found them at one Brotherton's, a pawnbroker, who told me the prisoner pawned them; he was seen going by the door two or three days after, he was apprehended by one of the servants, he was brought into the house, and charged with stealing the spoons; the Countess came in, and the prisoner went down on his knees, and asked her pardon, and said he was very poor, and he hoped she would forgive him, she said she could not, the law must take its course. (the spoons produced.) When they were lost, they had a cypher, a coronet over the cypher, denoting they were once the spoons of the Princess Amelia, but when they were brought back from the pawnbrokers, the cypher and coronet were erased, and they were marked W. I. By observing the spoons, it is easy to see that something has been scratched out.

Christopher Brotherton . I am apprentice to Mr. Brown, a pawnbroker in Long-acre, on the 22th of January the prisoner pledged the the two spoons for a guinea, in the name of William Jones ; they were marked W. I. he said they were his own, and that he lived in Oxendon-street, near the Hay-market; I received a hand bill about a week after, describing the spoons; I took them to Sir John Fielding 's, and went to lady Barrymore; I am sure the prisoner is the man that pawned them.

Dennis Garraty . I am servant to a lady who lives with lady Barrymore; I had the joint care of the spoons, I belive them to be the spoons that were lost.

The prisoner in his defence said, that lady Barrymore promised to forgive him.

Guilty . T .

238 (2d M.) JAMES EMMOT , otherwise TURNER , was indicted for stealing a quilted stuff petticoat, value one shilling, a linsey petticoat, value four-pence, a flannel petticoat, value one shilling, a man's hat, value twopence, and a silver hat buckle set with stones, value six-pence , the property of James Clark , January 17 . ||

Ann Clark . I am the wife of the prosecutor, on the 17th of January the prisoner pledged a handkerchief with me for a shilling; in about 20 minutes he came again with a dozen of knives and forks, he asked four shillings on them, he said his name was Thomas Turner , that he lived in Grays-inn-lane, when he was going out I missed off the shelf the things mentioned in the indictment; I called to the young man that was shutting the shop to stop him, he was stopped, and the things were dropped in the passage.

William Foster . I was shutting Mrs. Clark's shop, I heard her cry 'stop him;' I stopt the prisoner; and saw him drop the things in the passages.

The prisoner in his defence denied the charge, and called five witnesses, who gave him a good character.

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

239 (2d M.) STEPHEN THOMAS HAIR was indicted for stealing twenty one square panes of glass, value ten shillings, and a pound weight of iron nails, value four-pence, the property of Robert Smith , an iron blowing stove, value four shillings, the property of Rebeun Cox , and two iron trowels with wooden handles, value two shillings, and an iron hammer with a wooden handle, value sixpence , the property of William Smart , January 12 ||.

Robert Smith . The things mentioned in the indictment were lost out of a house we were rebuilding, in the night of the 12th of January, the prisoner was stopped with them by a watchman; I had set the stove up that morning.

Rebeun Cox. I saw the stove at the justices the evening after it was lost.

Samuel Bundy . I stopped the prisoner with all the things mentioned in the indictment in Shoreditch, on the 13th of January; he gave several different accounts how he came by them; I took him to justice Wilmot's, Smith was at the justices that night, when he was committed.

The things were produced and deposed to by the prosecutors.

Prisoner's Defence.

I met a carpenter, who asked me to dispose of these things for him.

Guilty of stealing to the value of ten-pence . W .

240. (2d M.) WILLIAM BRANDEN was indicted for breaking and entering into the dwelling house of Samuel Cotes , Esq ; on the 25th of January , about the hour of seven in the night, with intent to steal the goods of the said Samuel .

Acquitted .

241 (2d M.) SARAH BURCHELL , widow , was indicted for stealing four yards of black farsnet ribband, value two shillings , the property of William Seymour , February 17 ~.

Acquitted .

242. (2d M.) MARY HOOPER was indicted for stealing a man's hat, value one shilling, a man's peruke, value two shillings, a silver watch, value thirty shillings, a steel watch chain, value six-pence, a steel watch key, value two-pence, and a steel watch hook, value two-pence , the property of William Daulby , January 19 . ||

William Daulby . I am a coachman ; on the 19th of January I had been at a benefit club, coming by the end of Grosvenor's-muse I met the prisoner and another woman, the prisoner asked me to go to her lodging, I told her it was late, I wanted to go home; she said I should go, I refused, then she snatched off my hat and ran away; I pursued her, and went to take the hat from her, and then she snatched off my wig and ran away; I followed her into a house, and asked her for my wig, she said she had not got it, I said I would not go without it; a man rose off the bed, with a long staff in his hand, he walked about the room and thumped on the floor, and I was frightened very much; then she opened her bosom, and said my wig was there, and bid me take it, while I was taking it out of her bosom she snatched the watch out of my pocket, I told her if she did not give it me again she would catch cold, meaning she would repent of it; she asked me to give her some gin, I sent the man with the staff to get some, I thought while he was gone I might prevail upon her to give me the watch; he bred a riot in the public house and was taken in custody, and did not return, one of the patrole came in, I told him I was robbed, he searched her, and found my watch upon her; it was a private house.

Robert Coleman . I am one of the patrole, I went to the prisoner's house, I saw a light, which was the fire light, there was no candle, I went in, I saw the prosecutor, and thought it was her bully, he said he was robbed of his watch, I got a candle, and desired her to give it me, I opened her bosom, and found it under her breast.

The watch was produced in court, and deposed to by the prosecutor.

Prisoner's Defence.

What he says with respect to meeting me is true, he was going with me, he stopped and hesitated, I took off his hat and wig in a joke, and said, if you won't follow me, you shall follow your hat and wig, he went with me, and we sat down by the fire and joked a little; I desired him to take his watch out of his pocket, left he should break the glass, I laid it by the bed side; he lay on the bed with me an hour and a half, and then we got up and sat by the fire again, and I put the watch by my side, and said I should look very well with it; he sent the man for some gin, I put the watch in my bosom, not with any intention to keep it, he went to the door, I thought he was gone to make water, he brought in a man and said I had robbed him, when they asked for the watch I gave it them.

Guilty .

[Transportation. See summary.]

243, 244, 245. (2d M.) RICHARD STEETS , THOMAS HAMPTON , and THOMAS SHEERS were indicted, the two first for stealing five live pigs, value five pounds , the property of Edmund Cotterell , and the other for receiving them, well knowing them to be stolen , January 28th . ~

All three acquitted .

246. (M.) LEWIS ROBERTS was indicted for the wilful murder of Jonathan Haleston by striking, beating and kicking him upon the head, breast, belly, back and sides thereby giving him several mortal strokes, wounds and bruises in and upon his head, breast, belly, back and sides, and other parts of his body of which he instantly died , February 13th . ++

He was charged upon the Coroner's inquisition with manslaughter ++.

Robert Abbiss . I am a muffin seller. On the 14th of this month at night, I was at the White Horse public-house, in Piccadilly , the deceased was there, he and I were playing at push half-penny for a pot of beer; we had twelve pots among us, there were eight or nine of the company: there was only the deceased and I to pay for it; at about twenty minutes before twelve, Roberts came in at the back door in WhiteHorse-street, the other is in Piccadilly; he was going to have a pot of beer, as he was going by, the deceased was going to push the halfpenny; the deceased said, stand away cobler, to Roberts; don't you like being called a cobler, the prisoner said no; I don't like being called a cobler, then said the deceased have you a mind for any thing else, the prisoner said, yes, any thing you can give me, I am ready for, the deceased offered to strike him, and I believe did strike him; Roberts returned it, and they had three or four scuffles in the tap-room, somebody parted them, and we went on with our game again, I won, Roberts went into a private room, the deceased challenged the prisoner out of this private room into the park; I stop'd a bit, and they said Muffins they are gone to fight; I said, I will pack up my goods and go after them into the park; I saw them there fighting, I was not at the beginning; Roberts flung the deceased the first fall; the deceased flung him the next fall; the prisoner gave him his death blow as they were shifting about; the deceased guarded with his hands and said, d - n you, I have you, he wheeled and struck at him; he struck him on the right arm; Roberts recovered his hand and struck him just under the bur of the ear, then he came up and said, will you fight any more; whether he said, O, or no, I cannot say, I imagined he said no; he stretched himself between the man's legs and was dead instantly; I was surprised, I did not think the blow would have been the cause of his death, nor any nobody else; there were Lord Lyttleton and several noblemen there.

Thomas Card .

"Confirmed this evidence

"and further said, that the prisoner was a sober

"civil man and not given to quarrel."

Guilty of manslaughter only , B .

247. (2d M.) HANNAH BELL , widow , was indicted for stealing a linen handkerchief, value six-pence; a pair of cotton stockings, value two shillings, four china tea cups, value one shilling and sixpence, and a china saucer four-pence , the property of Thomas Dunn , December 13th ++.

Hannah Dunn . I am the wife of Thomas Dunn , the prisoner was my servant , I missed the stockings and had the prisoner taken into custody, and then I went to the prisoner's lodging, and in a box I found the handkerchief and china tea cups, with things that belonged to her; I charged the prisoner with taking them.

Prisoner's Defence.

The linen handkerchief was droped in the street, my mistress found it there, the cups got into my basket by accident; I did not observe them; I was in a hurry to pack up my things and go, and so carried them away by accident.

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

248. (L) JOSEPH TAYLOR otherwise CUTLER otherwise TURNER , was indicted for having been found at large in the city of London before the expiration of the term for which he had received sentence to be transported , January 15th ++

Mr. Hooper (producing the record of the conviction of Joseph Taylor , otherwise Cutler, otherwise Turner, at the Surry assizes). I had it from Mr. Knap's office, who is clerk of the assize, I examined this with the original record, it is a true transcript of it.

Edward Myles . The prisoner is the person that was tried at Kingston, four years ago last November, for robbing me, he was cast and I saw him receive judgment of transportation; I saw him again last Saturday, I knew him as soon as I saw him.

Mrs. Wainwright. I remember the prisoner's being tried at the assizes at Kingston, and cast to be transported, he was tried on a strong suspicion of breaking open my house, I know him to be the same man.

- Allen. I live at the corner of the Old Jewry in the Poultry, on Sunday evening the 15th of January, I saw the prisoner and another man at my back door, I observed the prisoner endeavouring to open my door; I collared him, after some struggle he was secured and took to the Compter; there was a picklock in my door and eight or nine more found in his pocket.

"The prisoner in his defence said, that he

"went to Philadelphia, that he was taken up

"on suspicion of being a convict from England,

"and they would not let him have his

"liberty without he went out of the province,

"that he petitioned to be sent out of the province,

"that he was put on board of a ship

"bound to Bristol, which was to set him

"down in one of the lower provinces, but

"the captain would not set him down, but

"brought him to Bristol."

For the Prisoner.

" John Smith deposed that he knew the prisoner

"at Philadelphia, that he was imprisoned

"on suspicion of being a convict from England;

"that he saw him put on board a ship

"bound to Bristol, by two officers; but did

"not know whether he objected to going on

" board that ship or not."

Guilty , Death .

249, 250 (L. WILLIAM NEEDHAM , and WILLIAM HAWKINS were indicted for stealing 250 lb. weight of moist sugar, value three pounds , the property of James Becket , January 12th ++

James Beckett . I am a lighterman , I had forty-three hogsheads of sugar in my lighter, which were to be delivered on board the ship Sally, they were carried down along side the ship, I saw it fast about six in the evening of the 12th of January, I went on shore to spend the evening with some friends at about half after seven; my servant came to the coffee-house where I was and informed me the lighter was stolen from the ship's side; we went up and down the river in search of it an hour and a half, but could not find it, I returned on shore to my friends, I was informed about 11 o'clock that they had found the lighter; I went on board and missed 12 hundred weight of sugar out of it.

William Wicks . I am servant to Mr. Becket; on the 12th of January between nine and ten at night, Watson called me up to go with him to search for the lighter, I had seen it about four or five in the evening, we found the lighter just below Battle-Bridge; it was a moon light night, as we were rowing towards it, we saw a boat shove off from the side of the lighter, my fellow servant called out, Chaps I know you; says I, there is William Needham , and William Middleton , we called to them to stop, they rowed off and we pursued them up the river, through bridge; they put in toward the old Swan, we called oars, oar, then they pushed off and made to the south shore, we called out stop thief, one of them cried out, fire, fire; I replied out fire and be d - d, we will never leave you; then they made in at the three Cranes, and went on shore, we there called stop thief, and a bargeman had stopped them before I got out of the boat; I did not observe the sugar in their boat then, I did afterwards, there were four or five hundred weight lying in the bottom of the boat, in the pursuit they threw several things over board, some that sunk and a jacket I laid hold of, there was three men in the boat, one got away, Hawkins had his hat flaped, I knew him when he was in the boat.

Benjamin Watson , another servant of Mr. Beckett, who called the last witness up to go with him, confirmed his evidence.

William Hall. I am a bargeman on the 12th of January, about a quarter before ten at night, I, my master and three fellow servants, were in a lighter near the three Cranes; I heard a cry of stop thief, we got over the lighters as fast as we could to the stairs, I saw the two prisoners come out of the boat, I stopped them, Needham struggled, Wick's came up after him and secured him, and I secured Hawkins. I am sure Hawkins is one of the men that jumped out of the boat.

Daniel Wilson and John Turner , who were in company with the last witness, when the prisoners were stopped confirmed his evidence.

Thomas Jones . I am a watchman at the three Cranes, I had the boat of sugar in my care that night, I delivered it to the constable in the morning.

John Cocker . I am a constable, I received the sugar from the last witness, I took it out and weighed it, there were two hundred and fifty pound weight of it; I had the charge of the men the night before and then I went down to Benson's Wharf at the three Cranes and saw the boat with the sugar in it.

"The prisoners in their defence said, that

"having little to do they went to spend an

"hour with a friend of Needham's at Bank-side, " he not being at home they went to a public-house,

"and had a pint of beer; that

"Needhams friend not being then come home

"which was about half after four o'clock, they

"proposed returning home, that coming along

"Bank-side, they met one Mr. M'Cormack,

"and another man, who knew Hawkins and

"asked them with him to a friends in the Park

"Southwark, that they went with him to one

"Gordon's and staid till after nine o'clock,

"that then Needham pulled out his watch to

"see what o'clock it was, that they asked the

"rest of the company if they would go, they

"said no, they would stay and have another

"pot; that they then wished them a good

"night, and went to Bank-side to take a boat,

"there being no watermen they took a boat

"and rowed themselves over, which is common

"for watermen to do; that they heard

"the cry scullers, and saw a boat coming

"up, they understood something had been done

"on the river, and they rowed as fast as they

"could to endeavour to stop them, that when

"they came on shore, they were laid hold of

"instead of the other people, and that they

"would call witnesses, who would prove they

"were innocent."

For the Prisoner.

- M'Cormack. I am a sail maker in Brook-street, Stepney, on the 12th of January about five in the afternoon, I met the prisoners at Bank-side, Mr. Coster and I were going to see a friend one Gordon, in Ewers's-street, in the Park, we asked them to go with us, they went and staid till about nine o'clock, then they took their leave of us.

"On his cross examination, he said it was

"a private house that the way he knew it

"was nine o'clock when they went away was,

"because either Needham pulled out his watch

"and said it was nine o'clock, or the man of

"the house, when he went for a pot of beer,

"said it was about nine o'clock."

" John Coster , was with the last witness,

"met the prisoners, and spent the evening

"with them, gave the same evidence."

" Samuel Gordon , deposed that the prisoners

"were at his house with the two last witnesses

"till about nine o'clock, that it was half after

"eight o'clock when he was at the publick-house,

"and they staid about half an hour after

"that, but he did not hear any body say

"what time it was."

The prisoners called eight other witnesses who gave them a good character.

Both Guilty :

[Transportation. See summary.]

251 (L.) SOPHIA O'NEAL was indicted for stealing a linen sheet, value two shillings, a linen shift, value six-pence, a linen shirt, value one shilling; and an iron goose, value one shilling , the property of Thomas Flowers , February 19th . ++

Sarah Flowers : I am the wife of Thomas Flowers , the prisoner robbed us of the things mentioned in the indictment; I knew nothing of it till the constable took her.

William Payne . I saw the prosecutrix waiting at the mansion house for a warrant, I told her if it was for a robbery, I would take the person without any further expence, she took me to the prisoner, and told me she was the person that had robbed her, they lodge in the same house, the prisoner confessed she had pawned the things, all but the goose, which was sold in Field-lane, the people where the goose was sold could not produce it the next day, they said it was sold.

Thomas Booth . I am a pawnbroker, these things (producing a sheet, shift, and shirt) I received of the prisoner on the 9th of February.

The things were deposed to by the prosecutrix.

Prisoner's Defence.

I am sorry for it, I am very willing to pay for the things.

Guilty of stealing to the value of ten-pence . W .

252 (L.) JOHN KING was indicted for stealing twenty pounds weight of iron, value one shilling and six-pence , the property of Ely Gray , February 19th . ++

Acquitted .

253, 254. (L.) ANN JOHNSON and SARAH DAVIS were indicted for stealing a half guinea , the property of Richard Whitcomb , January 28th . ++

Both Acquitted .

255 (L.) JOHN SOMERVILLE was indicted for stealing three pewter plates, value eighteen pence , the property of William Scofield , January 19th . ++

William Scofield . I keep the White Horse, Warwick-lane , the prisoner was sitting under the shelf where the plates were, they were found concealed under his coat, I took him before my lord mayor, he said he was almost starving.

Prisoner's Defence.

They were not in my pocket, they were on the table, I was almost starving, I had not ate a bit of bread for four days.

Guilty of stealing to the value of ten-pence : W :

256. (L.) DANIEL ANGUS was indicted for stealing a bank note, marked K. No. 609, for two hundred pounds, another bank note, marked K. No. 134, for two hundred pounds, the said notes being due and unsatisfied, the property of Ralph Eaton , privately from the person of the said Ralph , August 26th ++.

Ralph Eaton . I am a barber in Eastcheap , I went to Halladay's and co. bankers in Lombard-street to change a four hundred pounds note, I changed it for two hundred pound notes, I put them into my pocket book, and put the book in my right hand waistcoat pocket, I returned home through Talbot-court, at the door before I came to my own house, there were a dray and a cart joined together, two men met me just at the dray, and pressed to get by, I begged of them to step back and go into my shop, or we should some of us be hurt, then there came two other men behind and jostled against me, and the prisoner was next me, felt the flap of my waistcoat go down, I immediately felt for my watch, I had not the presence of mind to think of my pocket book, I missed my pocket book directly after they were gone, I went to Mr. Andrews, next door, and to told him what had happened, and we went to the banker's and got the numbers of the notes, one was was K. six hundred and nine, and the other K. one hundred and thirty-four, the prisoner was one of the men that came behind me, I am sure to his person, he had a round hat and a cut wig, he had the same when he was taken.

James Andrews . I live in Eastcheap, next door to the prosecutor; on Friday the 26th of August I saw the dray and cart, I saw the men jostle the prosecutor, I went to the door, just as I got to the door they let him pass, the prisoner was one of them; Mr. Eaton came to me in about a minute after, and said the fellows had robbed him of his pocket book and four hundred pounds, I immediately pursued them down Thames-street, but could find nothing of them, we went to the bankers to stop the notes, I gave a description of the men at Sir John Fielding 's, I am sure to the person of the prisoner, the moment I saw him I knew him again.

John Bolt . I am one of the cashiers of the bank, on the 13th of January in the afternoon, Mr. Yathart of Cateaton-street, came to me and brought me this two hundred pound note, (producing it) and pulled out a parcel of bills drawn on him, I told him that was one of the notes stole out of Mr. Eaton's pocket, it is K. 609, (the note read, made in the usual form) to John Drummond , Esq; or Bearer two hundred pounds; and signed Wallace Larkin . The prosecutor deposed to the note, he said he did not take notice of the number, but was certain as to the letter.

Wallace Larkin . I am one of the clerks of the bank, it is my office to sign notes.

Q. Was there any other note of the same date, number and form standing out at the same time.

Larkin. No.

William Fielding . I am clerk to Messrs. Halloday and Co. bankers, No. 34, Lombard Street, Mr. Eaton came to me on the 26th of August, and desired me to give him change for a four hundred pound note, he wanted two two hundred pound notes, I gave him them, I entered them at the time in the book (produces the book) one was K. 134, the other K. 609.

Court. Do you take an account of the date of the notes?

Fielding. When we receive them into the house, we do in a memorandum book (produces the memorandum book) this is dated August the 2d.

Q. Is there any mention of the date of the year?

Fielding. No, if it is the present year, we take no account of it, I am very positive that is the note I paid to Mr. Eaton.

John Yathart , I am a warehouse man, in Cateaton Street. The prisoner came to me on the 13th of January last with several notes, drawn upon me by a correspondent of mine. He shewed me one for twenty pounds, made payable to Charles Hall or order: it was not indorsed. I had a suspicion of him. I asked him, if his name was Hall? He said, yes. The notes were drawn by John Break , and James Crediton . He asked me to give him some money on them. I told him, I could not: I had no advice from Mr. Break. He said, he knew I could not, because he was just come from Mr. Break. He said, he would come on Monday, and perhaps, when the post came in I should hear of it. When the post came in, I received a letter with this two hundred pounds note in it. I went to the Bank with it, and found it was a note that had been stolen from Mr. Eaton. I got a constable, and secured the prisoner when he came on Monday about four o'clock, and took him before Sir John Fielding . I know the note again, I put the initials of my name upon it,

John Break . I am a wine merchant at Crediton, in Devon. One Joseph Wilson brought me a bank note of two hundred pounds, which he said, belonged to a gentleman at his house, and wanted me to give him cash and small notes for it. I asked how much cash he wanted. He said, he would fetch the gentleman in a few minutes; he left the note with me, and fetched the prisoner. I asked the prisoner if the note belonged to him. He said, it did, and wished I would change it for cash and bank notes. I asked, how much cash he wanted? He said, fifty or a hundred pounds. I said, I could not do that, but if he could take draughts, I would see if I could do it. I asked if he was going out of town directly: He said, no, he was going to dinner. I told him, I would see what I could do after dinner. He called in the afternoon, and I gave him thirty guineas in cash, and a hundred and sixty-eight pounds in notes, drawn on Mr. John Yathart , in Cateaton Street, made payable to Charles Hall, or order; he said, that was his name. I am certain this is the same note I had at first of Wilson: then I gave it the prisoner into his hand. He said, it was his, and gave it me again, and I paid him the change. I kept it two days, then I enclosed it in a letter to Mr. Yethart, and advised him of the notes. ( Yathart produces the letter and drafts.) The letter and drafts are my writing. I delivered the drafts to the prisoner, and he put them in his pocket books. (The letter was read.

Prisoner's defence.

I received the note at Crediton, in Devonshire. I know nothing of the stealing of it.

Guilty of stealing the notes, but not Guilty of stealing them privately from the person . T .

257. (L.) WILLIAM SHERWOOD was indicted for felonously and falsely making, forging, and counterfeiting, and causing to be falsely made, forged, and counterfeited, a certain promisory note for the payment of money , (To wit, for the payment of the sum of thirty pounds to John Talbot or order, four months after the date thereof: which said false, forged: and counterfeit promisory note, is as follows.

30. 00

London 29 September, 1774 .

Four months after date, we jointly or separately promise to pay to John Talbot or order, thirty pounds, for value received. As witness our hands,

William Sherwood Joseph Ganthony John Saundersl

With intention to defraud the said John Talbot .

Second Count. For uttering and publishing the same note, with the same intention, September 30, ++

Acquitted .

166. (L.) NATHANIEL LEE was indicted for obtaining three guineas of Elizabeth Abrahams by false pretences .

Acquitted .

258. (L.) JOHN THOMAS was indicted for stealing two pounds weight of tobacco, value one shilling and six-pence , the property of Andrew Barlow , John Wickendon , William Francis , and Henry Holland , January 26 . ~

Thomas Emmet . I carry on the tobacco business for Andrew Barlow , John Wickendon , William Francis , and Henry Holland . On the 26th of January, about four in the afternoon I saw the prisoner take the tobacco from a hogshead on Botolph Wharf . The hogshead was open for inspection, and to be weighed: it is common to weigh one hogshead in five. I pursued him, and took him immediately; and found two pounds fourteen ounces of tobacco under his coat. I charged a constable with him, and sent him to the Compter.

Prisoner's Defence.

I know no more of the tobacco than I do of my dying day. I was coming along very much in liquor; they laid hold of me; they tore my coat and dragged me to the compter.

Guilty .

[Transportation. See summary.]

259. (L.) WILLIAM WRIGHT was indicted for stealing eight pounds weight of moist sugar, value one shilling and sixpence , the property of persons unknown, February 14 . ~

260. (L.) ARTHUR WARDEN was indicted for stealing eleven pounds weight of clover-seed, value one shilling and sixpence , the property of Elizabeth Lee , January 21 . ~

Elizabeth Lee. The clover seed was in my cart. I know nothing of the robbery. My man came home and told me of it.

John Jones . I am carman to Mrs. Lee. On the 21st of January I had twenty sacks of clover seed in my cart. As I was going along, four or five fellows came behind the cart and cut one of the sacks; I happened to go behind the cart and saw them; the prisoner had his apron full. I laid hold of two of them, and one of the others came up and knocked me down. I secured the prisoner, and he dropped the seed. I picked it up and delivered it to the constable; there were eleven pounds of it; there was a hundred and a quarter weight taken out.

Prisoner's Defence.

I saw the cart going along, and the seed running out; I put my apron at the tail of the cart in order to preserve it for the carman.

Guilty .

[Transportation. See summary.]

261. (L.) JOHN NEWMAN was indicted for stealing a linen handkerchief, value sixpence , the property of Hessel Calder , February 14 . ~

Hessel Calder. Going down Holborn Hill by St. Andrew's Church , I felt something at my pocket. I turned round and saw the prisoner with my handkerchief, he run into the highway; I called to a gentleman to stop him, and the prisoner threw away the handkerchief. He was never out of my sight till he was stopped.

Prisoner's Defence.

I know nothing of the matter.

Guilty .

262. (2d M.) JAMES WRIGHT was indicted for breaking and entering the dwelling house of the honourable Nicholas Herbert Esq ; on the 22d of December , about the hour of one in the night, and stealing a suit of lady's black velvet cloaths, value five pounds, six suits of lady's silk cloaths, value thirty pounds, a white sattin counterpane embroidered with gold and silver flowers, value thirty pounds, four white sattin curtains, worked, value eighteen pounds, six-silk negligees, value nineteen pounds, a linen negligee, value ten shillings, a linen night-gown, value ten shillings, a black silk cloak, value five shillings, a white petticoat fringed, value five shillings, a masquhrade cap, value one shilling, a gentleman's suit of black velvet cloaths, value twenty five pounds, and a suit of gentleman's ratteen cloaths, value five pounds, the property of the said Nicholas; a pompadour silk sacque, value eight pounds, a striped orange coloured sacque, value nine pounds, a rose coloured damask suit of lady's cloaths, value eighteen pounds, a suit of gentleman's light coloured cloth cloaths, value five pounds, six yards of point lace, value three pounds, a piece of striped Manchester cotton, trimmed with fringe, value twenty shillings, and a silk stomacher, value three shillings, the property of Edward Stratford Esq ; in the dwelling house of the said Nicholas . ||

William Williams . I am a watchman. I had the care of Mr. Herbert's house. On the 22d of December I left the house safe at eight at night, the door and windows were then fast: This house is in upper Brook-street: the next morning when I went off my watch, I came to the house about seven in the morning, upon putting the key into the look, the door gave way immediately, that alarmed me. I went into the house, I found the door above the china closet broke open, that alarmed me more. I went up stairs, and saw several doors broke open I went up to Mr. Stratford, who is the son in law of Mr. Herbert and lives in Somerset-street, Portland Square, he sent Mr. Strokes an attorney he was not at home, I came back to Mr. Herbert's house coming up stairs again I saw a bureau with eighteen or twenty drawers that were locked up when I went to it I found these broke open and a japan chest open, several boxes and trunks too were broke and all the things lying about the house except what were taken away I know nothing of the Prisoner.

John Dinmore . I am a constable of St. James's, Clerkenwell, upon an information that was made against the prisoner and one Burton, I went to Burton's lodging, there I met with the prisoner, I had received an information which caused me to search Burtons lodging. I went afterwards to the prisoners lodgings with him at the corner of Bridge-water Square, there I found the bunch of pick-locks, a loaded pistol, a dark lanthron, and a pocket tinder box, The prisoner said, I see you have some information, therefore I may as well tell you all. He asked me if I could get him admitted an evidence, I said I would if it lay in my power, but it did not, therefore I would hear no more of it.

James Ellis . I am servant to Mrs. Stratford, I saw the goods now produced first at Sir John Fieldings , they belong to Mrs. Stratford, who is the daughter of Mrs. Herbert, these goods were kept at Mr. Herberts house, they had been there the whole winter, there were a rose coloured silk sicque a white dimity petticoat sringed with the initial letters of Mrs. Stratfords name, these I am sure are Mrs. Stratfords goods, which were at the house of Mr. Herbert, when the house was broke open.

Prisoner's Defence.

These goods were left in my room by a lodger, when I took a lodging, I kept the boxes and made an account to bring them up to Sir John Fieldings .

Guilty Death .

263. (2d M.) DIANA , was indicted for breaking and entering the dwelling house of Mark Lane , on the 13th of January , about the hour of eight in the night and stealing a silk gown, value forty shillings, a black silk cardinal, value fifteen shillings, a cheque apron, value one shilling and a linen shift, value two shillings; the property of the said Mark in his dwelling house .

"The prosecutors wife deposed that she

"went out about six o'clock in the evening

"of the 13th of January, that she locked

"her door when she went out, that when she

"returned home at nine o'clock she missed the

"several things mentioned. That she had the

"prisoner taken up, and upon being searched,

"she had the prosecutrix shift on, the rest of

"the articles mentioned in the indictment were

"found at different pawnbrokers, who produced

"them in Court, and deposed that they received

"them of the prisoner.

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

264 (2d M.) SAMUEL OTHEN was indicted for stealing six hundred pounds weight of lead, value five pounds, the property of the most noble William duke of Devonshire , the said lead being affixed to a certain garden belonging to his dwelling house , against the statute, January 31st ||.

Richard Goring . On the 19th of January the prisoner had a sun dial, I went with him to one Wallice's in Chick-lane, to sell it, Wallace asked him if he could not get him some blue pigeons, a cramp word for lead, and he would buy as much as he could bring, he proposed to me to go to the duke of Devonshire's garden to steal lead, accordingly we took about two hundred pounds weight of lead off the alcove, we carried away a part of it, and hid the rest till we came again for it the same night, and then we carried it to Wallis's to sell; on the 31st of January we went again, and took another quantity of lead, which we brought away by means of an ass that was in the field, there were two asses, the prisoner was for taking both, but I said one was enough, I was suspected, and being taxed; I discovered it to Mr. Knowlton, the duke's gardener.

John Knowlton . I am gardener to the duke of Devonshire, I missed the lead from the garden, on the first of this month there was some some lead found in the hedge or ditch belonging to the garden, it fitted a part of the alcove, Goring having a bad character, and being out of work, I had a suspicion of him, taking up Goring, he impeached the prisoner, we took up the prisoner, we took him before justice Lamb, we got a warrant to search Wallis's house, we took the accomplices with us to Wallis's, and charged him with receiving the lead, he denied it, upon that Goring said, why you knew the lead was stole, and you see I am hand-cuffed and going to prison for the lead you received of us, going to prison the prisoner said it was lead stolen from the duke of Devonshire's garden; before the justice both of them denied the fact.

Thomas Mortiffee . I am a constable, Goring, on being taken up, confessed stealing the lead, on the road we met-Othen, Goring said he was concerned, and bid me take him up, I took them both before the justice, and while Goring was giving evidence, the prisoner listened, and said Goring had turned stag; after Goring was examined, he said again, by what the justice had told him, he was sure Goring had turned stag; then the prisoner confessed to me he went with Goring twice to the duke of Devonshire's garden to steal lead, and they took it from the alcove, then he said to Wallis, you old-rogue, we are going to prison for the lead you received of us, you told us we should be secure if there were two ton of it.

The prisoner in his defence called his mother, who said she never heard any thing bad of him before.

Guilty .

[Transportation. See summary.]

265 (2d M.) BETTY PITTAWAY was indicted for stealing a silver table spoon, value five shillings, two silver tea spoons, value ten-pence, a plain gold ring, value four shillings, a gold ring set with stones, value four shillings, a pair of silver buckles, value four shillings, a linen gown, value three shillings, a cotton gown, value two shillings and six-pence, a lawn apron, value five shillings, four linen aprons, value two shillings, a linen handkerchief, value two shillings, a linen shift, value two shillings, a a black silk apron, value one shilling, a sattin hood and handkerchief, value one shilling, and four linen handkerchiefs, value two shillings, the property of Mary Ovyatt , widow , and two linen shirts, value five shillings, and a muslin handkerchief, value one shilling the property Henry Ellicamp , January 24th ||.

Mary Ovyatt . The prisoner had been recommended by me to a place, she left her place and came, she asked me to let her lodge with me while she was out of place, she staid with me till the 25th of January, then I sent her of an errand, and while she was gone I missed the things mentioned in the indictment, (repeating them) when she came back I charged her with stealing them, and she confessed she had taken and pawned them at a Mr. Peal's in Poultney-street.

The pawnbrokers produced the goods and deposed that they were pawned by the prisoner at different times for five shillings, they were deposed to by the prosecutrix, that they were Mr. Ellicamps things which the prisoner had to wash.

Prisoner's Defence.

I beg the mercy of the Court.

Guilty . B .

Edward Batsford , William Morley , John Brown , and Thomas Free , capitally convicted last sessions were executed at Tyburn on Wednesday the 16th of February the rest of the capital convicts were respited during his majesty's pleasure.

The trials being ended, the Court proceeded to give Judgement as follows:

Received Sentence of Death, 6.

William Price , John Smith , Joseph otherwise Cutler, otherwise Turner, John Armer , Francis Hunt and James Wright .

Received sentence of transportation for 7 Years, 33.

Ann Johnson , Martha Carpenter , William Seller , Thomas Watts , Richard Nesbitt , Thomas Lewington , John Thomas , Arthur Warden , William Needham , William Hawkins , Daniel Angus , William Harris , John Allen , Patrice Ward , Daniel Nicholson , Alexander Elder , Robert White , John Hughes , Joseph Bromning , Eleanor Blandell , John Dugard , Joseph Crompton , Benjamin, Hainsworth, Henry Austin , Rebecca Holmes , Alice Whitworth , Elizabeth Hurst , James Hanton , Ann Pittin , William Lewis , Diana James , Samuel Othen , Mary Hooper .

Branded and Imprisoned 6 months.

Thomas Lee .


Michael Smith .

Edward Batsford , William Morley , John Brown , and Thomas Free , capitally convicted last sessions were executed at Tyburn on Wednesday the 16th of February the rest of the capital convicts were respited during his majesty's pleasure.

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