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Old Bailey Proceedings, 17th April 1776.

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 17th of April 1776, and the following Days;

Being the FOURTH SESSION in the Mayoralty of The Right Honble JOHN SAWBRIDGE , LORD MAYOR OF THE CITY OF LONDON.

REVISED AND PUBLISHED BY JOHN GLYNN , SERJEANT AT LAW, AND RECORDER OF LONDON.

NUMBER IV. PART I.

LONDON:

PRINTED BY WILLIAM RICHARDSON ; FOR EDWARD AND CHARLES DILLY .

[PRICE SIX-PENCE.]

SAWBRIDGE, MAYOR.

At a Common Council holden in the Chamber of the Guildhall of the City of London on Friday the 17th of November 1775,

A MOTION was made and QUESTION put, That 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, be regularly, as soon as possible after every Session, published by the Recorder, and authenticated with his Name: The same was resolved in the Affirmative.

RIX

THE WHOLE PROCEEDINGS UPON THE

KING's Commission of the Peace, Oyer and Terminer, and Gaol Delivery for the CITY of LONDON, &c.

BEFORE the Right Honourable JOHN SAWBRIDGE , LORD MAYOR of the City of London; the Honourable Sir WILLIAM BLACKSTONE , Knight, One of the Justices of his Majesty's Court of Common Pleas; the Honourable Sir JAMES EYRE , Knight, 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.

1st London Jury.

Thomas Bridge ,

Thomas Turner ,

Archibald Innes ,

Alexander Sankson ,

Charles Drummond ,

Thomas Row ,

George Pargitter ,

Richard Woodyer ,

Henry Badcox ,

James Scott ,

Henry Stanler ,

Samuel Sanders .

2d London Jury.

Alexander Kennedy ,

Thomas Hunter ,

Cornelius Williams ,

Thomas Hooper ,

Joseph Dew ,

Simon Hyde ,

Thomas Norman ,

William Griffin ,

Alexander Thorpe ,

Samuel Cooper ,

Michael Fosset ,

John Scott .

1st Middlesex Jury.

Christopher Kempster ,

Packer Oliver ,

David Davis ,

John Villers ,

James Amblin ,

Richard Britton ,

Thomas Wallis ,

Thomas Knowles ,

Robert Marriot ,

George Harrison ,

Roger Wallin ,

Robert Tate .

2d Middlesex Jury.

John Clarke ,

William Simpson ,

John Bradford ,

William Cambden ,

John Frith ,

Benjamin Nibbett ,

John Shrimpton ,

Joseph Haynes ,

Thomas Elbro ,

William Humphreys ,

John Wilson ,

John Edwards .

[ John Barding served part of the time in the stead of William Simpson ].

290. ROBERT STALKER was indicted for that he, in the King's highway, in and upon John Scott did make an assault, putting him in corporal fear and danger of his life, and stealing from his person a silver watch, value forty shillings, the property of the said John , March the 13th .

JOHN SCOTT sworn.

I was robbed of my watch and handkerchief in St. Giles's, between seven and eight at night in Burbridge-street : I received a blow which stunned me so that I had no recollection of the matter, only that I had a watch and handkerchief in my pocket that day; I afterwards found that that handkerchief and the watch were gone: Mr. Baker was present.

JOHN BAKER sworn.

I saw the prisoner at the bar knock at a door in Burbridge-street, St. Giles's; the people would not let me go in: I saw the prosecutor go in and saw him afterwards with a woman and the prisoner; the woman had hold of one arm and the prisoner of the other, but not in a violent and forcible way; it appeared to me as if they were decoying him; I was told by the woman that this man was in bad company; he seemed to be in a bad condition; I watched them and saw the prisoner take that watch out of his pocket; I saw an handkerchief on the ground, which I suppose fell from the prosecutor: the handkerchief was taken up by the prisoner or the woman.

The prisoner called no witnesses.

NOT GUILTY of the robbery on the highway; but GUILTY of stealing the watch .

Tried by the First Middlesex Jury before Mr. RECORDER.

[No punishment. See summary.]

291. TIMOTHY MARSHALL was indicted for stealing a hammer-cloth, value forty shillings , the property of Francis Russel , Esq ; March the 8th .

ROBERT TOWN sworn.

I am coachman to Mr. Russel: this hammer-cloth (producing it) is my master's; it belonged to a chariot which I had put into the coach-house in Temple-mews upon the Saturday morning; I did not find it missing till the Wednesday morning: it is my master's property; I saw it upon the chariot on the Saturday morning.

THOMAS BURGESS sworn.

I am a hackney coachman: upon the Tuesday after this Saturday the prisoner at the bar was at a public house in Holborn enquiring for the first coach; the prisoner came into my coach; he had the hammer cloth; he offered to sell it first for twelve shillings, afterwards for eight shillings; I knew it was worth 3 l. 10 s. therefore suspecting that he had not come honestly by it, I had him secured and carried before justice Welch; I there put the initials of my name upon the hammer-cloth, they are there now.

" RICHARD PANTIN was sworn and confirmed

"the last witness as to the prisoner's

"offering the hammer-cloth to sale."

PRISONER's DEFENCE.

I bought it of a man that I don't know now.

GUILTY .

Tried by the First Middlesex Jury before Mr. RECORDER.

[No punishment. See summary.]

292. WILLIAM JEFFERSON was indicted for stealing a brilliant diamond ring, value 7 l. 7 s. the property of George Ragsdale , privately in the shop of the said George , February the 19th .

GEORGE RAGSDALE sworn.

I am a jeweller in Bond-street : upon Monday the 19th of February, the day of the masquerade at the Pantheon, a man came to my shop dressed very genteel, with a sword; he said he came for the purpose of borrowing some jewels for the masquerade; he fixed upon a diamond button to be borrowed for a lady; and I suppose took up the ring at the same time; he desired the button to be carried to a large house, No 16, Hanover-square: about half an hour after that I met a gentleman who lives in Hanover-square, he told me the houses were not numbered in Hanover-square; therefore I did not go there: my daughter about two hours after the prisoner had been there, missed this ring; she told me she suspected the gentleman that had been there, and that had bespoke the other things, had stole it: I am not certain the prisoner is the person, I believe him to be the same; he was dressed in black and had a sword on.

TIMOTHY PARKER sworn.

I am a pawnbroker: upon Monday the 19th of February in the evening, about nine o'clock, the prisoner came to my house dressed in black with a sword on; he produced a diamond ring, which I advanced him nine guineas upon.

[The ring was produced in court, and deposed to by the prosecutor].

HARRIOT RAGSDALE sworn.

I am the daughter of the prosecutor: I saw this ring in the show-box upon the Friday; I missed it upon the same evening: the box it was in was usually kept locked.

PRISONER's DEFENCE.

One Captain Mansell brought me this ring on that evening: I was complaining that I wanted money; Captain Mansell said he had no way of supplying me but letting me have that, upon which I might raise money; I took it and pawned it in the manner the pawnbroker has said: Captain Mansell belongs to the fifteenth regiment; he is I believe now out of the kingdom; I had a witness to prove this, but the witness is ill of the small pox.

GUILTY . Death .

Tried by the First Middlesex Jury before Mr. RECORDER.

293. JOHN WHITE was indicted for stealing a woollen cloth coat, value ten shillings, a woollen cloth waistcoat, value ten shillings, a Bath beaver scarlet coat, value seven shillings, three linen shirts, value six shillings, and two pair of worsted stockings, value two shillings , the property of John Clinkard , April the 1st .

JOHN CLINKARD sworn.

I am servant to Mr. Brown, a hackney coachman: I went out on the first of April for two hours; when I came home I found the door broke open; I missed my box in which all these things were; I suspected the prisoner, who was about the yard, he is a paper-stainer by business, but was out of business; I got Day, one of Sir John Fielding 's people, to go to the prisoner's father's house, and there we found the prisoner.

THOMAS DAY sworn.

The prisoner being accused of taking these things, owned he had taken them; that they were in the box in the cellar; I went to the cellar, there I found the box and these things (producing them).

[They were deposed to by the prosecutor]:

PRISONER's DEFENCE.

I have nothing to say.

GUILTY .

Tried by the First Middlesex Jury before Mr. Baron EYRE.

[No punishment. See summary.]

294. EMANUEL COWEN was indicted for stealing a sardonyx stone set in gold, value fifty shillings, a cornelian stone set in gold, value fifty shillings, and a cameo stone unset, value five shillings, the property of Jenkin Jones , privately in the shop of the said Jenkin , February the 15th .

JENKIN JONES sworn.

I am a toyman in St. James's-street : I was not present at the time these things were taken.

SAMUEL SMITH sworn.

I am servant to the prosecutor: upon the 15th of February the prisoner came to my master's shop in order to see some cornelian stones unset; I shewed him some, he tumbled them over; he asked me the price of them; I being but a young lad could not fix the price; I told him to call again in the afternoon, when my master would be at home: he said it would do no good to call again; he went away without purchasing any thing: about a week or nine days after that my master missed the seals.

JENKIN JONES. A week or ten days after this fifteenth of February I was putting the things to rights, and missed two seals, one a sardonyx with the figure of a woman upon it, another a white cornelian; I advertized these two rings; hearing the account my lad gave of the prisoner having been there, I described the prisoner; I had no effect from that advertisement: upon the Monday my lad and I set out to search the toyshops about; going through Russell-court I obseryed in the window of Mr. Spicer, who is a seal engraver, the sardonyx and the other; I went in and immediately charged these seals as being my property; Mr. Spicer's lad the same day took the prisoner into custody; the other seal the prisoner's father gave me as he was going to justice Welch's; but the father is not here.

NEHEMIAH SPICER sworn.

I am a seal engraver in Russell-court: upon the fifteenth of February the prisoner came to me and offered two seals to sale, the one a white cornelian and a double seal, the other a sardonyx, and a small little onyx that was unset; I bought only the sardonyx and the onyx of him. (They were produced in court, and deposed to by the prosecutor). He asked me twenty shillings for the sardonyx, four shillings for the onyx; he took half a crown; I don't think that is much under the mark; the sardonyx might be worth forty shillings; the onyx is not worth above two.

Prosecutor. I gave two guineas and a half for the sardonyx as set.

Mr. SPICER. I am positive as to the prisoner; these things lay in my window ten days, when the prosecutor came by and challenged them as his property: my lad as he was going to Bond-street upon some other affair, saw the prisoner that very day, and immediately apprehended him.

PRISONER's DEFENCE.

I did not take the things; I am but fourteen years old.

GUILTY. Death .

Tried by the First Middlesex Jury before Mr. Justice BLACKSTONE.

Recommended to his Majesty's mercy by the Prosecutor .

295, 296. WILLIAM COCKIN and WILLIAM MILES were indicted for that they in a certain place called the Green Park, near the King's highway, in and upon James Lake did make an assault, putting him in corporal fear and danger of his life, and stealing from his person a silver watch, value forty shillings, a steel watch chain, value one shilling, a cornelian seal set in silver, value one shilling, a pair of woollen cloth breeches, value ten shillings, a linen shirt, value two shillings, a woollen cloth coat, value five shillings, a surtout coat, value five shillings, and two linen handkerchiefs, value one shilling, the property of the said James , March the 9th .

JAMES LAKE sworn.

I am a taylor : on the ninth of March last between eight and nine in the evening, it was pretty dark; as I was passing then through the Green Park , coming down Constitution-hill I was met by a man who in a kind of country dialect said, I wish you a good night; I returned the compliment and wished him a good night: soon after I heard several distinct voices, but from whence they came I cannot say; upon this I mended my pace; then I perceived two men walking before me very slow; just as I came within hearing of these men, I perceived one of them nudged the other with his elbow; then they made an opening to let me walk between; when I came between them the man on the left hand hit me upon the breast with his right hand a hard blow that frighten'd me pretty much; then one of them, I cannot say which, said,

"Stop

"and deliver your money, or God d - n you

"I will blow your brains out." that man produced a horse pistol, and the other man held a bayonet behind me; the man that I met who wished me a good night I never saw afterwards; I believe he did not come up to me: Miles is one of the people that stopped me, I believe it from his stature and from his dress, but he had his hat flapp'd, and it was pretty dark, I could not swear to his face; I cannot pretend to give any description of the man not taken: I told them I had no money, they insisted upon it I had; while this conversation was going forwards, the man that is not taken cried out,

"D - n him, strip him:" they took off my coat (in taking it off they tore one of the sleeves almost off) and a brown surtout coat; Miles, while they were doing that, put his hand to my breeches and perceived the chain of my watch which was tucked in, and said,

"Here is a watch by

"G - d," pulled it out: while they were thus struggling with me, I dropped a bundle which contained a pair of drab-colour'd cloth breeches, a linen shirt and stock tied up in an handkerchief, the breeches belonged to a customer of mine, I was carrying them home: as soon as ever they had got this, the other man ran off, but the person that I take to be Miles staid behind; then he clapped a pistol to my head and said,

"D - n you, you have

"money, and I will shoot your brains out if

"you don't deliver it to me." I protested I had no money at all; then he

"D - d me,

"and bid me go about my business:" I went directly to Sir John Fielding 's and gave an account of this matter; Mr. Heley, one of the people that attend that office, went with me to a pawnbroker's shop in Westminster; he went first to one, then to another: while we were in the second pawnbroker's shop and giving an account of the things lost, the man of the first pawnbroker's shop came in and said, he believed he had got the coat; we went back to his shop; while we were in the shop we saw the prisoner Miles come in and handed over a woman's shoulder that was at the counter, a pair of breeches, which he asked money for; I directly charged him, I said he was the person; Heley immediately seized him, and in his breast pocket found a large horse pistol; he searched his fob and took my watch out of his breeches; he then drew the pistol and found it charged very high with five slugs in it; from thence we went to Sir John Fielding 's, and there we found that the other prisoner, Cockin, was taken.

JOHN HELEY sworn.

I went to one Mr. Stokes's, a pawnbroker's in Tothil-street, from thence I went to Mr. Steele's, another pawnbroker in the same neighbourhood, in order to enquire for these things; Lake went with me; when we were at Mr. Steele's, Mr. Stokes came to me and told me he had got a coat; we went to Stokes's; we went into the back parlor, we saw Miles come into the shop; he offered the breeches and asked money for them; Lake immediately said, these are my breeches, and that is the man that took them; I seized him immediately and found this pistol (producing it) in his breast pocket, it was loaded with slugs; he said a man gave him the breeches to pawn, and made frivolous excuses: in searching his waistcoat pocket I found four slugs and some powder and ball.

RICHARD BRYANT sworn.

I am one of Sir John Fielding 's men: I went to look after the rest of them; as I was going along the Ambery I met Cockin coming out of a house with a coat which Lake had described; Cockin said it was his own coat; I asked how he came by it, he said it was his own; he had two bayonets, one upon each side; I found some powder, a musket ball, and some slugs cut out of the ball.

LAKE. I think Cockin is the man that passed me on Constitution-hill and wished me good night; it was dark, and I took but little notice of him.

COCKIN's DEFENCE.

Two men of my acquaintance in the first regiment of guards came to me and desired I would take possession of that bayonet and coat till they went about some business, and they left them with me; I am of the second regiment of guards, so that they could not be mine; they are marked with the mark of the first regiment.

[They appeared upon inspection to be so marked].

I picked this bundle up in the Park, and the pistol, watch, and breeches were all bound up together in the handkerchief.

FOR MILES.

THOMAS CARR sworn.

I keep a public house in Westminster; Miles quartered with me several months; he behaved well and never laid out of his quarters.

He called the Serjeant of his company, who gave him a good character as an honest man: he said he believed Cockin belonged to the second regiment and not to the first.

COCKIN NOT GUILTY .

MILES GUILTY . Death .

Tried by the First Middlesex Jury before Mr. Justice BLACKSTONE.

297. EDWARD BALL was indicted for falsely making, forging, and counterfeiting, and causing and procuring to be falsely made, forged, and counterfeited, a certain note called a promisory note, purporting to be signed by Henry M'Annully , which note is as follows: 20th Jan. 1775, four months after date to pay to Arthur McAnnully or order 133 l. 12 s. 8 d. for value received, May 23d.

There was no evidence to prove the note a forgery.

NOT GUILTY .

Tried by the First Middlesex Jury before Mr. Baron EYRE.

298. JOHN JONES was indicted for burglariously breaking and entering the dwelling house of Robert Reynolds upon the 13th of March about the hour of eight in the night, and stealing twelve linen shirts, value twenty-four shillings, a silver watch capt and jewell'd, value 8 l. seven silver tea spoons, value nine shillings, two silver table spoons, value ten shillings, a silver milk pot, value ten shillings, two pair of silver shoe buckles, value twelve shillings, two pair of silver studs, value two shillings, a pair of stone ear rings, set in silver, value ten shillings, a Bristol stone stay hook set in silver, value two shillings, eighteen linen handkerchiefs, value eighteen shillings, six silk handkerchiefs, value twelve shillings, three linen shifts, value twelve shillings, a black silk cloak trimmed with black lace, value six shillings, a blue silk cloak trimmed with white lace, value six shillings, a silk cloak, value four shillings, a woman's linen waistcoat, value five shillings, a linen bed gown, value two shillings, a gauze apron, value two shillings, a pair of laced linen ruffles, value four shillings, three children's linen gowns, value three shillings, a linen table cloth, value two shillings, a linen napkin, value one shilling, a woman's linen skirt, value two shillings, a cheque linen apron, value one shilling, sixteen yards of Irish linen, value twenty-four shillings, a long lawn gown, value three shillings, and a salted leg of pork, value five shillings, the property of the said Robert in his dwelling house .

ROBERT REYNOLDS sworn.

I am a carpenter and undertaker in Chiswel-street, Moorfields : upon the 13th of March I went out in the evening at about half after six o'clock; I then double locked the door and took the key in my pocket; I came home again about eight; when I got near my door I saw two men coming out of my house, the first had a candle in his hand which he blew out, the second had a bundle in his right hand, and a leg of pork in his left; the man that had the candle run the candle into my face, and by that means disconcerted me, and he got off; I pursued and took the other man; I saw him drop the bundle, and I secured him; the prisoner was the man: Mr. Hamilton picked up the bundle and brought it into the house; I gave the prisoner into the custody of a stranger, who promised to take care of him, but I believe he was an accomplice with him, for I saw him let the man go after he had held him some time: I ran after him and took him again; he was not out of my sight, I am positive he is the man that came out with the bundle; when I came to examine my house, I found the door with the lock tied back, it is a spring lock, which I had double locked when I went out; there was the appearance of the mark of a crow at the bottom part of the door, and a hook upon which the hinge hung had been forced out and was put in again; by that means, I suppose, the lock was thrown out of the staple it locks into, and so they got in; when I came to examine I found the drawers in my house were laid empty upon a bed, my bureau up stairs was broke open, and my cash and cloaths gone, and a parcel of cloaths were taken out of the chest.

WILLIAM HAMILTON sworn.

I saw Reynolds running after the prisoner, and I saw the prisoner drop a bundle; we secured the prisoner; then I went and took up the bundle and the leg of pork, we brought the bundle into the house; we took it in to take an inventory of the things.

The bundle was taken the next day to the justice's; we staid there some time, then it was delivered back to Reynolds.

The witness read the inventory, containing all the wearing apparel and linen mentioned in the indictment.

REYNOLDS. This is the bundle (producing it) I looked it over when I brought it from the justice's, and am satisfied it contains the same things now as when it was first brought into the house.

I understand it was eight o'clock; was it dark then? - Yes, I believe it was as dark as it would be any part of the night; the sun went down then about six o'clock.

- REYNOLDS sworn.

I am wife to the prosecutor: I can swear to all the things; they were all missing out of the drawers that night; I locked my drawers at two in the afternoon when I went out; they were then safe; they were gone when I came home.

PRISONER's DEFENCE.

When they took me I was about fifty yards from the house; Mr. Reynolds is mistaken in saying I was the man that was in the house, for I never was in the house.

GUILTY . Death .

Tried by the First Middlesex Jury before Mr. Baron EYRE .

299, 300. WILLIAM RUSSELL and MARY LEE were indicted for stealing sixty-three guineas, ten half guineas, four crowns, forty half crowns, two French crowns, value nine shillings, two French half crowns, value four shillings and six-pence, a Spanish dollar, value four shillings and six pence, and 10 l. in money numbered, the property of Christopher Gabert in his dwelling house , March the 24th .

"The only evidence to affect the prisoners

"was a confession deposed to be made

"by Mary Lee to one of the justices of the

"peace in a private room, which the witness

"who apprehended the prisoners swore he

"was in the room and heard: but another

"witness swore that was totally false, for that

"he only carried a candle into the room and

"came out immediately.

BOTH NOT GUILTY .

Tried by the First Middlesex Jury before Mr. Justice BLACKSTONE.

301. THOMAS LONG was indicted for that he in the King's highway, in and upon Mary Burk , widow, did make an assault, putting her in corporal fear and danger of her life, and stealing from her person a silk cloak, value two shillings and six pence, a linen pocket, value three pence, five guineas, and seven shillings in money numbered, the property of the said Mary , October the 15th .

It was proved that the prisoner was in prison at the time he was charged with committing the robbery.

NOT GUILTY .

Tried by the First Middlesex Jury before Mr. RECORDER.

302. JAMES LAWTON was indicted for stealing a copper, value ten shillings , the property of the most noble Augustus Henry Duke of Grafton , February the 23d .

BENEDICT SCALLER sworn.

I am a servant to the Duke of Grafton: on the 23d of last month, about half after ten at night, I was sent for to a house of his Grace's in Half Moon-street that had been broke open; I found a copper in the area which had been taken out of the kitchen; it belongs to the house and was the property of his Grace; I saw it put up a few days before.

MATTHEW WILMOT sworn.

I was sitting in a public house in Half Moon-street on the 23d of last month; I was informed some one was breaking into a house; I went out and saw the prisoner getting over the rails of an empty house belonging to the Duke of Grafton.

JOHN WILSON sworn.

Upon the prisoner's being taken I got into the area and found the copper and a piece of lead there; I saw a hole which had been cut in the window shutter, and the sash was put up; I went into the kitchen and found the brickwork pull'd down.

PRISONER's DEFENCE.

I had no money to pay for a lodging; I went over there to lie; I did not meddle with the copper; I never was in a squabble before.

GUILTY .

Tried by the Second Middlesex Jury before Mr. Baron EYRE.

[No punishment. See summary.]

303. JOHN FARLEY was indicted for stealing a mare, value 20 l. the property of John Gibbons , Baronet , March the 29th .

"It appeared on the trial, that the prisoner

"was employed by a fellow servant

"to sell the mare: that the prisoner fetched

"the mare from the stable agreeable to that

"man's directions; and it appeared in the

"evidence that another man left the mare

"at that stable over night; and further, that

"upon the prisoner being taken up his fellow

"servant had hanged himself."

NOT GUILTY .

Tried by the Second Middlesex Jury before Mr. Baron EYRE.

304. PATRICK KNOWLAND was indicted for stealing a coach hammer-cloth, value 3 l. 10 s. the property of James Norton , March the 12th .

JAMES NORTON sworn.

I am a coach maker : on the 12th of March about four in the afternoon, the prisoner was in my shop; the hammer-cloth was then upon a coach belonging to a lady; the prisoner was skulking about; I turned him out of the shop, as I thought he wanted to steal something; in about a quarter of an hour after that I went into the parlor to write a note, when I came out the hammer-cloth was gone; I pursued the prisoner and took him in Holland-street with the hammer-cloth upon him.

ABRAHAM DAKIN sworn.

I am a plumber, I live opposite Mr. Norton; I saw the prisoner come out of his shop with something under his arm, which I supposed he had stole; I saw him cross Oxford-street, and observed which way he went; then I went and informed Mr. Norton; we both followed him, and took him in Holland-street.

[The hammer-cloth was produced in court, and John Rich , a servant to the prosecutor, deposed that it was the prosecutor's property].

PRISONER's DEFENCE.

I was walking down Wardour-street, two young fellows pushed against me and nearly have pushed me down; I was very much in liquor; they shoved down this bundle, I took it up and put it under my arm, and they took me with it.

GUILTY .

Tried by the Second Middlesex Jury before Mr. RECORDER.

[No punishment. See summary.]

305, 306. EDWARD FINISS and BRIDGET SHERIFF were indicted, the first for stealing a truss of hay, value one shilling and eleven pence , the property of Richard Barret , and the other for receiving the above truss, well knowing it to have been stolen against the statute.

"According to the evidence upon the trial

"the prisoner was seen to carry out a truss

"of hay, but he had borrowed another in

"his master's name and replaced it."

NOT GUILTY .

Tried by the Second Middlesex Jury before Mr. RECORDER.

307. THOMAS BALDWIN was indicted for stealing a wooden till with an iron lock, value one shilling, fifteen shillings and six pence in money numbered, 492 half pence, and 255 farthings , the property of Mary Burrows , widow , March the 26th .

MARY BURROWS sworn.

I live at the corner of Hoxton-market-place , I keep a tallow-chandler's shop : on the 26th of March at a quarter before eight at night my till was taken away, which contained a great many half pence and some silver.

MARY BURROWS sworn.

I am daughter to the last witness; I was coming into the shop and saw a lad lie over the compter; he had just got the till out as I came into the shop; I ran after him and cried out, stop thief, and he was taken directly after he had dropped the till.

ROBERT MURRAY sworn.

I was passing by the prosecutrix's house about a quarter before eight at night; I saw the prisoner come out of the shop with the till under his arm, I followed him and took him; he dropp'd the till; as I brought him back people were taking up the contents of the till.

- SPENCE sworn.

I heard the cry of stop thief, and ran out, they were then bringing in the prisoner; I took a candle and picked up some of the money.

PRISONER's DEFENCE.

I was coming by and I heard the cry of stop thief, the people ran and I ran as well as they; I never had the till.

The prisoner called his father, who gave him a good character.

GUILTY .

Tried by the Second Middlesex Jury before Mr. RECORDER.

[No punishment. See summary.]

308. SARAH WILSON was indicted for stealing four pair of worsted stockings, value twelve shillings, four pair of thread stockings, value eight shillings, five pair of cotton stockings, value twelve shillings, and five yards and three quarters of stuff, value five shillings , the property of John Goldwell , April the 4th .

"A witness deposed, that the prosecutor

"said before the justice that he could only

"swear to the stuff and one pair of stockings;

"but rather than the pawnbrokers should

"have them, he would swear to them all.

NOT GUILTY .

Tried by the Second Middlesex Jury before Mr. RECORDER.

309. THOMAS MORAN was indicted for stealing three shillings in monies numbered , the property of Luke Alder , March the 23d .

THOMAS WHITE sworn.

I am servant to Mr. Luke Alder , who is an oil and colourman : the prisoner was porter to the shop; there was some money lost out of a drawer in the kitchen, we suspected the prisoner: on Saturday the 23d of March my master desired me to mark a guinea's worth of silver; I did, and put it on the dresser in the kitchen, and the maid put it in the drawer; she wanted some money; she took out a marked six pence out of the drawer and gave it to me, and I gave her another for it; between nine and ten at night I counted the money, and there was but seventeen shillings and six pence in the drawer, instead of twenty shillings and six pence; I charged a constable with the prisoner; the constable searched him and found thirteen shillings upon him, among which were the three marked ones that were missed out of the drawer; I was present when he was searched.

[The money was produced in court, and deposed to by White.]

ANN HOW , fellow servant to White, confirmed his evidence.

EDWARD RAYNER sworn.

I am a constable: I searched the prisoner, I found in his right hand pocket thirteen shillings; I told it down on the table, and White picked out three marked shillings.

PRISONER's DEFENCE.

I found the money on the kitchen floor, and put it in my pocket till I could find the owner; I did not know whose it was; my fellow servant and I had a little difference, and this money was marked on purpose to be revenged of me.

GUILTY .

Tried by the Second Middlesex Jury before Mr. RECORDER.

[No punishment. See summary.]

310, 311. JOHN HAGUE and WILLIAM BURR were indicted for that they in the King's highway, in and upon Mary Prigmore , spinster , did make an assault, putting her in corporal fear and danger of her life, and stealing from her person three plain gold rings, value twenty-one shillings, two garnet stone rings set in gold, value twenty shillings, one stone mourning ring set in gold, value twenty-one shillings, a black silk laced cloak, value fifty shillings, two silk handkerchiefs, value four shillings, a stone fluted bason, value two pence, and a linen napkin, value six pence, the property of the said Mary , March the 2d .

"The proof of the charge depended wholly

"upon the evidence of the prosecutrix: to invalidate

"the charge, the headborough of

"Whitechapel parish who knew the prosecutrix

"deposed, that he had seen her drunk

"in the street; that she keeps a bad house

"and was of such a character, that he was of

"opinion that she ought not to be believed

"upon her oath."

BOTH NOT GUILTY .

Tried by the Second Middlesex Jury before Mr. RECORDER.

312. BENJAMIN BOWDEN was indicted for stealing a pair of silver tea tongs, value ten shillings , the property of William Gascoigne , Esq ; March the 14th .

DAVID HOGGARD sworn.

I am coachman to Mr. Gascoigne: on the 14th of March I fetched the tea tongs from the silversmith's, they had been to be mended; they were missing the next morning.

ELIZABETH MORGAN sworn.

I am servant to Mr. Gascoigne: the tea tongs were in my master's dressing room on the 14th of March; I put them there about eight o'clock at night and missed them next morning; the prisoner is a gentleman's servant , he was there over night; there was nobody in that room besides him except my fellow servant and I.

JOHN SALKELD sworn.

I am a pawnbroker: I took these tea tongs in pawn of the prisoner on the 15th of March, about a quarter after nine o'clock; I am sure I took them of the prisoner.

[They were produced in court, and deposed to by Hoggard and Morgan.]

HOGGARD. I had a suspicion of the prisoner; I charged him with it, and he confessed where he had pawned them.

PRISONER's DEFENCE.

I know nothing about it.

The prisoner called three or four witnesses, who gave him a good character.

GUILTY of stealing to the value of ten-pence . W .

Tried by the Second Middlesex Jury before Mr. RECORDER.

313. SARAH SMALL was indicted for stealing a feather bed, value twenty shillings, a bolster, value five shillings, a pillow, value two shillings, a cotton counterpane, value fifteen shillings, a cheque chair cover, value two shillings, a cushion cover, value one shilling, three pair of linen sheets, value ten shillings, part of the lining of a coach, value two shillings, six linen table cloths, value three shillings, a round towel, value six pence, a thread purse, value one penny, three linen caps, value one shilling, two linen handkerchiefs, value one shilling, three fillets, value one penny, eight guineas, four crowns, one half crown, one dollar, value four shillings and six pence, one medal, value two pence, and a silver three pence, the property of John Hatch , in the dwelling house of the said John , March the 28th.

WILLIAM GOODMAN sworn.

I live at Hampstead : on the 28th of March the prisoner, who was servant to Mr. Hatch, employed me to carry the bed and the other things which are in court to London in a cart; I get my bread by such employment; they were all tied up together in a sheet, and directed to Mr. Griffiths, No. 2, in Gouge-street, Tottenham-court-road; I took them to my own house till morning, when I was to go with them; about seven or eight in the morning I heard there had been a fire at Mr. Hatch's, which made me suspect the prisoner had robbed her master of these goods; I went and informed Mr. Hatch of it and found they were his property; the fire was then out; Mr. Hatch went up stairs and missed them; the place where the bed was taken from had been on fire; I saw the bundle opened at Mr. Hatch's, and an inventory taken. Mr. Newman, the beadle, had them from me tied up as they were.

WILLIAM NEWMAN sworn.

I am the beadle: a fire happened at Mr. Hatch's on the 28th of March at night; I was sent for in the morning, and saw the places that had been burnt; the floor in the parlour was burnt quite through to the joists, the bed post up stairs was burnt almost through, and a great piece of the mattrass was burnt away: while I was there Goodman brought the bundle to see whether it was Mr. Hatch's or no; I examined the bundle, it contained the things mentioned in the inventory (producing one): I took one inventory myself and gave another to Mr. Hatch; the prisoner was then in the house; I searched her and found upon her a thread purse containing eight guineas, three crowns, a Spanish dollar, a medal, a shilling, two six pences, and a silver three pence; I said as she was young, the best thing she could do was to make a fair and open confession, and I would mention it in court in her favour.

ANN WEAVER sworn.

I live now at the Turk's Head, Lambeth: I lived at Mr. Smith's, a gardener's at Hampstead, at the time this affair happened: on the 28th of March the prisoner came to our house and asked my mistress to let her leave a bed there till morning, when the man would call for it; my mistress said she could not, as she was sick; she then desired to leave it in the shop, and Goodman she said should come for it that night; she said it was a gentlewoman's bed out of Bond-street who was dead and had left it to her cousin who was gone into Wales, and she was to send it after her; I went and helped her to bring the bed and put it in the shop; it was tied up in a sheet, I did not open the bundle; she went immediately and fetched Goodman, and engaged him to take it to London, and directed it to Mr. Griffiths, No. 2, Gouge-street, Tottenham-court-road; I saw Goodman take it.

WILLIAM SIMS sworn.

I live in Holborn: I know the bed gown and the part of a coach lining; I am a cabinet maker, I served my time with Mr. Hatch, and succeeded him in the business; he bought part of a coachmaker's stock, and that part of a coach lining among the rest, (it was produced in court, and deposed to).

ELIZABETH SALTER sworn.

I lived servant with Mr. Hatch two years and a half: the table linen and counterpane are my own working; I know them to be Mr. Hatch's property.

PRISONER's DEFENCE.

The money was given me by a young man, I did not take it from Mr. Hatch; I never took any thing that belonged to Mr. Hatch.

The prisoner called two witnesses, who gave her a good character.

GUILTY of stealing to the value of thirty-nine shillings .

Burnt in the hand and imprisoned .

Tried by the Second Middlesex Jury before Mr. Justice BLACKSTONE.

SARAH SMALL was a second time indicted for maliciously and feloniously setting fire to the dwelling house of John Hatch , against the statute, March the 28th .

There was no evidence to bring the charge home to the prisoner.

NOT GUILTY .

Tried by the Second Middlesex Jury before Mr. Justice BLACKSTONE.

314. ELIZABETH, the wife of JOHN MURRELL , was indicted for stealing two linen gowns, value twenty shillings, a black sattin cloak, value forty shillings, two child's silk bonnets, value one shilling, a linen shirt, value three shillings, a linen shift, value two shillings, a yard of linen cloth, value one shilling, a silver tea spoon, value one shilling, three quarters of a yard of long lawn, value six pence, and a silk tippet, value six pence , the property of Thomas Sandford , March the 2d .

ELIZABETH SANDFORD sworn.

I am the wife of Thomas Sandford ; my husband lives in Roll's-buildings, Fetter-lane : on the 2d of March I lost the things mentioned in the indictment out of my house; the prisoner had lodged with me three weeks; I went out to carry my husband his supper and left her in the house; when I returned she had taken her child out of the cradle and was gone, and I missed the things; I found them afterwards at one Mr. Daniel's in the Borough; I went to the Borough and saw the bundle and the prisoner there; she desired to have the bundle opened before her; I had it opened and she produced the spoons out of her pocket upon my asking her for them; I looked over the things there.

JAMES DANIEL sworn.

Mr. Sandford came over to the Borough to me at twelve at night, and desired me, if the prisoner came to my house with a bundle to stop her; she came next day; I stopped her and sent them word, and Mrs. Sandford came; we took the prisoner before the justice, and he delivered the things to the owner; they are in court.

[The things were produced in court, and the prosecutrix deposed to the gown and cloak.]

PRISONER's DEFENCE.

I was in great distress, I took them to pawn, and meant to return them again when I could redeem them.

GUILTY of stealing to the value of ten pence . Whipped .

Tried by the Second Middlesex Jury before Mr. Baron EYRE .

315, 316. JAMES FERRELL and WILLIAM STEPHENS were indicted for stealing six pair of worsted stockings, value fifteen shillings , the property of Edward Watts , February the 27th .

EDWARD WATTS sworn.

I live in Shoreditch ; my wife keeps a milliner's and haberdasher's shop; I was not at home when the goods were lost.

MARY ANN SHERMAN sworn.

I live with Mrs. Watts; she keeps a school: upon the 27th of February a servant came in for three children and left the door ajar; I was sitting within a room in the shop; I saw the prisoner Stephens take a bundle off a shelf by the counter and give them to another boy, I did not see him come in; I cried out, stop thief, as loud as I could; the little boy ran towards Kingsland road with the stockings, Stephens ran the other way; I pursued the little boy with the stockings, but lost him; a girl who was gathering in pots hearing me cry stop thief, secured Ferrell who was standing on the other side of the way; I asked him if he was in company with the boys that took the stockings, he said he knew nothing of the affair; then a gentleman brought in Stephens, I knew him again directly; an officer who lives next door searched him, but found nothing but a knife upon him.

Was there any candle in the shop? - No, it was not dark; it was about half after four o'clock.

Had you ever seen Stephens before? - I don't know that I ever saw any of them before.

Did you take notice enough of him while he was taking the bundle to know him again? - Yes, while he was taking the bundle down I looked at him, and called stop thief; he ran out of the shop, I am sure he is the person; we got the stockings again; we never took the boy that ran away with them.

STEPHENS's DEFENCE.

I went into the shop to buy a pair of garters; I heard a cry of stop thief, and ran out again, and they ran after me and took me.

FOR THE PROSECUTION.

EDWARD WATTS . I asked Stephens before the justice who was the boy that took the stockings, and he said, I am.

Stephens called one witness, who gave him a very good character.

FERRELL NOT GUILTY .

STEPHENS GUILTY of stealing to the value of ten pence . W .

Tried by the Second Middlesex Jury before Mr. Baron EYRE .

317, 318. SARAH ARMSTRONG and THOMAS VAUGHAN were indicted, the first for stealing one hundred yards of silk, value 20 l. the property of Joseph Allanson , and the other for receiving twenty yards of the above goods, well knowing it to have been stolen , March the 1st .

JOSEPH ALLANSON sworn.

I am a silk mercer in St. Clement's Church-yard : I have frequently missed silks out of my shop for eighteen months past, but never detected the thief till the first of March, when Mr. Reid, a pawnbroker, brought a piece of silk, and asked if it was my property; I had not missed that particular piece then.

SAMUEL REID sworn.

I am a pawnbroker in Fetter-lane: on the 29th of February, between eight and nine at night, Sarah Armstrong brought this silk to pledge at my shop (producing it).

[It was deposed to by the prosecutor.]

DAVID JARVIS sworn.

I am a pawnbroker in Fetter-lane: I received these two pieces of silk of Armstrong (producing them) one piece on the 20th of September; I asked her whose it was, she said it was her own; she appeared very genteel; she said, being winter she had no occasion to make it up till the summer; she said she was a house-keeper near St. Dunstan's Church, Fleet-street; she brought this other piece of garnet on the 28th of February last; Mr. Allanson came with her and enquired for the piece of garnet; looking for that I found the other piece and brought it down, and asked Mr. Allanson if it was his: I knew nothing of her till then.

[They were deposed to by Allanson.]

" GEORGE COLLEY , apprentice to Mr.

"Coney, a pawnbroker, produced some silk

"he received of Armstrong the 10th of November."

" WILLIAM PURSE , another pawnbroker,

"produced a piece of silk, and deposed

"that he received it of the prisoner Armstrong."

" EDWARD BANNISTER , a pawnbroker's

"apprentice, produced a piece of

"silk, and deposed that he received it of the

"prisoner Armstrong on the 17th of February,

"and lent her two guineas upon it;

"that she said she lived at No 2, Craven-court,

"and her husband was a captain, and

"was at sea; that afterwards Mr. Allanson

"came with her in a coach and asked for

"the silk, and he produced it to him."

[The several pieces were deposed to by the prosecutor.]

ELIZABETH FEAR sworn.

I am a mantua-maker; I made up these two gowns for the prisoner Armstrong (producing a tabby and a flowered silk); she brought them about three weeks after Christmas; she said the brown tabby was some silk a relation had made her a present of, and that she was servant to a haberdasher in Fleet-street.

ALLANSON. I can swear positively to the flowered silk, I believe the other to be mine.

FRANCIS ROBERTS sworn.

On the 7th of March Thomas Vaughan brought the two gowns and left them with me tied up in a handkerchief; I did not know what they were till next morning, I understood it to be his dirty linen; he was porter to Mr. Allanson; Mr. Allanson and another gentleman came and fetched them away on the Wednesday following.

ARMSTRONG's DEFENCE.

I have nothing to say; I intended to redeem them if I could; the young man is innocent, it was entirely myself.

VAUGHAN's DEFENCE.

She desired me to leave the gowns for her; I did not know they were stole; I am entirely unacquainted with her transactions.

ALLANSON. Vaughan was my servant; I never had a better servant before this happened: the woman has lived with me almost two years.

ARMSTRONG GUILTY .

VAUGHAN NOT GUILTY .

Tried by the Second Middlesex Jury before Mr. RECORDER.

[No punishment. See summary.]

319. JOHN LLOYD was indicted for stealing a surtout coat, value five shillings, a cloth coat, value three shillings, a cloth waistcoat, value one shilling, a pair of leather breeches, value twenty shillings, and four guineas in money numbered , the property of David Gibson , January the 6th .

DAVID GIBSON sworn.

I lodge in Broad-street, Old Gravel-lane : on the 6th of January I missed the things mentioned in the indictment out of my chest in the room in which I lay; the prisoner slept with me that night; I got up between six and eight in the morning, and left him in bed, the things were then in the chest; I had them on the night before; the chest was not locked; I went at night to put my cloaths on, and they were gone; the prisoner had only lain there one night before: I saw no more of him for a fortnight, when I met with him in a house in Shoreditch where he lodged; I charged him with taking my things, he denied it; I desired the landlord to let me go up into his apartment to see if there was was any of my property there, on entering the room I saw my coat and waistcoat; I came down again, he then confessed the fact; he cried, and offered to make me amends.

" THOMAS MANWARRING and WILLIAM

"OLDHAM deposed, that they were

"at the apprehending of the prisoner, and

"found the cloaths in his lodging."

[The cloaths were produced in court, and deposed to by the prosecutor.]

PRISONER's DEFENCE.

I own I took the cloaths, but as for the money I saw nothing of it; I recommend myself to the mercy of the jury.

GUILTY .

Tried by the Second Middlesex Jury before Mr. RECORDER.

[No punishment. See summary.]

320. MARY, the wife of JOSEPH OUGHTON , was indicted for stealing four linen sheets, value twelve shillings , the property of John Buckley , February the 29th .

JOHN BUCKLEY sworn.

I am a labourer , I live in St. Giles's : I lost four sheets out of a trunk in the room where I lie: I did not miss them till the pawnbroker brought them to me; there is my name at length and where I live on one of them; the prisoner has lodged in my house in my cabin two or three different times.

ISAAC BANNISTER sworn.

I am a pawnbroker; the prisoner brought these sheets to pawn at different times, the last of the four which she brought had Buckley's name at length upon it, and I went to him.

[They were produced in court, and deposed to by the prosecutor.]

PRISONER's DEFENCE.

He has nothing to do with any of the sheets but one; he cannot swear to them; I lodged in the house, I took them off my own bed.

GUILTY of stealing to the value of ten pence . W .

Tried by the Second Middlesex Jury before Mr. RECORDER.

321. JOHN BANGAY was indicted for stealing silk handkerchiefs, value ten shillings, the property of Mary Armstrong , widow, privately in the shop of the said Mary , April the 5th .

MARY ARMSTRONG sworn.

I keep a shop by New-crane, Shadwell : while I was sitting in a room adjoining to the shop a person came and told me there was a man in the shop; I ran into the shop and found the prisoner there; I immediately missed six handkerchiefs which were kept behind the compter; I laid hold of the prisoner and found them concealed under his apron.

[The handkerchiefs were produced in court, and deposed to by the prosecutrix.]

PRISONER's DEFENCE.

I picked them up as I was going into the shop, and was going to carry them to the gentlewoman.

GUILTY of stealing to the value of four pence . W .

Tried by the Second Middlesex Jury before Mr. RECORDER.

322, 323. THOMAS STENNY and ROBERT WHARFE were indicted for stealing a gold ring set with diamonds, value 14 l. the property of Richard Belson in his dwelling house , March the 27th .

"The two prisoners were chimney sweepers,

"the prosecutor's chimney had been swept

"and the ring lost, but he could not swear

"that it was either of the prisoners that

"swept the chimney; they were stopp'd with

"the ring by a person to whom they went

"to enquire whether it was gold, and they

"said they found it."

BOTH NOT GUILTY .

Tried by the Second Middlesex Jury before Mr. RECORDER.

324. CHRISTOPHER SAUNDERS was indicted for that he (against the order of nature) had a certain venereal affair with a certain beast called a cow, and feloniously and wickedly against the order of nature did carnally know the said beast called a cow, and with the said beast called a cow did feloniously and wickedly and against the order of nature commit and perpetrate the detestable and abominable crime, not to be named among Christians, called Buggery , against the statute, March the 10th .

ABRAHAM DENNING sworn.

I know the prisoner, he is cook of a ship : I live with Mr. Knight at the sign of the Blue Anchor, Limehouse-marsh ; I was in the cow-house serving the cows.

What day was this you was there? - On Sunday the 10th of March; I was up in the hayloft; I looked at a cow we expected to calve, I heard the cow move; I looked through to see what was the matter, it was in another barn adjoining; it was a boarded barn and there were chinks; I saw the prisoner at the bar stroking the cow and patting her; I never knew the prisoner before; this was about six o'clock in the morning; it was light and I could see him stroking and patting her; then he went to the other end of the barn and fetched a tub to put behind the cow, it stood up edgeways; then he got up on the top of the side of the tub; I saw him unbutton his breeches and his trowsers; I saw him make motions as if he had a mind to do; I did not see any part of his body, but he made motions towards the cow.

You must speak out more plain what you mean by motions? - I saw him put his hands upon the cow's back, and wriggle himself about; he was about ten minutes in that posture, I believe it might be more; I did not see him go away from the cow; I got out of the hayloft, and ran in doors to get somebody to come and take him.

Did you stand watching him ten minutes? - Yes: I called this young man John Tumey to take him; when we came again he was got down off the tub and stood behind the cow; I made all the haste I could back.

What posture was he in then? - His trowsers were down and he was doing up his breeches; I seized hold of him, and this young man came and laid hold of him directly; he asked what we were going to do with him; I charged him with the fact, and he said he was guilty; he said it was the first time, but he said he would do so no more: we then took him to the justice; when we were taking him up the yard, he strove to get away from us, but two other witnesses came and assisted us; we took him into a public house.

JOHN TUMEY sworn.

I knew nothing of this affair till the last witness came and called me; I went down; he said there was a man in the barn; I asked him what he was doing, he said come along, do not stand, and we went there immediately; the prisoner was standing close to the cow hustling his breeches up, he did not get them up till we got to the door; Denning laid hold of his collar on one side and I on the other; the prisoner asked me what we were going to do with him; Denning said he had been concerned with the cow, and he acknowledged it to be the first time; when he had got his breeches up he tried to get away; we held him fast, and I called two young men to assist us; we carried him into a public house, and put him in a box; I went for an officer to take him to the watchhouse.

LEONARD BOOTH sworn.

Upon the 10th of March the two last witnesses had hold of the prisoner; they sent into the house and desired me and Buckland to come out; I came out and saw the prisoner struggling with the two witnesses to get away; Denning said he had been concerned with a cow; I helped to carry him within doors; when within doors he offered me a shilling to let him go; Buckland and I stood close together when he offered it.

JAMES BUCKLAND sworn.

I went out to assist to take the prisoner, he was struggling with Denning and Tumey; we carried him within doors, he offered Tumey and I a shilling to let him go, we would not; I heard Denning charge him with the offence, and he owned he was guilty.

PRISONER's DEFENCE.

I never did confess any such thing, I was apprehended wrongfully; I said I never was guilty of such a thing, nor charged with such a thing in my life, and begged to be excused; that I had been working with my son.

To BUCKLAND. When you came, what was the prisoner doing? - I did not mind that, I took him by the collar and helped to bring him in.

To BOOTH. Did you see him do any thing to his trowsers? - No, I did not.

FOR THE PRISONER.

ALICE HEADLAND sworn.

I have known the prisoner between ten and twelve years; I never knew any thing but that he was an honest, industrious, sober, hard working man, that always endeavoured to take care of his family; he is a sailor: I am wife to the mate of the ship.

ELIZABETH BROOKS sworn.

I have known the prisoner twelve years: I am wife to one of the mates: he bears a very good character; I never knew any thing but that he was a sober honest man; he has a wife and five children; they are 250 miles from hence; they are at Shields.

Prisoner. One Griffiths an attorney was at the justice's when I had a hearing, he told me I was falsely committed; I am really innocent of what I am charged with.

GUILTY . Death .

Tried by the Second Middlesex Jury before Mr. Justice BLACKSTONE.

325. JOSEPH PENTICROSS was indicted for stealing twenty-three shillings in monies numbered , the property of John Chisholm , February the 23d ,

JOHN CHISHOLM sworn.

I live at Cow-cross : I never saw the prisoner till the fact was committed: upon Friday the 24th of February my master Mr. Smith, a baker at Cow-cross, got in a load of wood, I had about thirty shillings in my waistcoat pocket, which I had received that day; I went out, and the prisoner, who was helping me, took the opportunity to take the money out of my pocket, there was above thirty shillings, I believe; I only swear to twenty-three shillings: the prisoner confessed he took it out: the prisoner told the justice that when I pulled my waistcoat off he heard the money chink in my pocket; when I came to put my waistcoat on, after I had carried the wood in, I missed the money: I went to the prisoner's father's house in Noble-street, but he was not at home; the next day I got a warrant, and the Sunday following he was apprehended and brought to my master by his schoolmaster; when I saw him he confessed the fact; the constable found four shillings and an halfpenny upon him.

- LANGSTAFF sworn.

I am the constable: I was sent for to Mr. Smith's; I took the prisoner to a public house; I searched him, and took four shillings and an halfpenny from him, which he acknowledged to be part of the prosecutor's property; I told him to confess the truth, but there was no promise of favour; he accused his mother with having part of the money all but six pence; I took her, and when she was brought before him he retracted, and accused another boy, that proved the same; then he said he had hid eighteen shillings in a rag in a hole by the pavement where his father lives; I went but could not find any.

PRISONER's DEFENCE.

He said he would let me go if I would confess: there were more boys carrying in wood, he asked me to carry some in; I have never been in such a place before; he said he would let me go, and I said any thing they bid me; I was terribly frightened, I did not know what to say.

GUILTY .

Tried by the Second Middlesex Jury before Mr. Justice BLACKSTONE.

[No punishment. See summary.]

326. GEORGE BALLETT was indicted for stealing a man's coat, value fourteen shillings , the property of Matthew Hutchinson , February the 1st .

There was no evidence to affect the prisoner, but that of an accomplice unconnected with any corroborating circumstances.

NOT GUILTY .

Tried by the Second Middlesex Jury before Mr. Justice BLACKSTONE.

327. MARY DOYLE was indicted for stealing a silver table spoon, value ten shillings , the property of Henry Whelan , November the 26th .

HENRY WHELAN sworn.

I live in Jermyn-street , and am a sadler : last November was twelve-month a fire broke out next door to me; while I was busy moving my things, the prisoner came to me with a young man who passed for her husband, and offered to take care of my parlour and shop door; I permitted them so to do; in the hurry and confusion many things were lost, among the rest a silver spoon; I heard no more about it about till about six weeks ago, when the prisoner came to my house with one of Sir John Fielding 's constables; I went by their directions to Mr. Artz, a pawnbroker.

ROBERT ARTZ sworn.

I am a pawnbroker: the prisoner pawned this spoon with me on the 28th of November, in the name of one Henry Whelan .

Prosecutor. This spoon is my property, I lost it at the time of the fire.

PRISONER's DEFENCE.

It was not me, but the young man that pawned it.

She called four witnesses, who gave her a good character.

GUILTY of stealing to the value of ten pence . W .

Tried by the Second Middlesex Jury before Mr. Justice BLACKSTONE.

328. VALENTINE FULLER was indicted for stealing two hogs, value 8 l. the property of Edward Hargrave , March the 4th .

EDWARD HARGRAVE sworn.

I am a farmer , and live at Wanstead : I lost two hogs on the morning of the second of March, I saw them over night in a coop; I found them missing about seven o'clock upon Saturday; I searched the prisoner's house on Monday; the officer went to his house before me: when I came I saw a hog there, it was stuck but not skinned, so that I am able to swear to the identity of the hog; there was another hog there, which from circumstances I suspected to have been the fellow of that hog; it was cut up, three quarters of it were carried away.

FRANCIS RYDER sworn.

I went to search the house of the prisoner; I went before the prosecutor; when I came I found the hog in the kitchen covered with boards: Mr. Hargrave came afterwards, and then that hog that I had so found, was brought forth, and Mr. Hargrave owned it: I went up stairs and found the head and entrails of the hog in one place; I went up higher by a ladder, and there found concealed another quarter of a hog.

PRISONER's DEFENCE.

I bought the hogs of a man for 6 l. 5 s. I don't know where the man is.

Prosecutor. He said when taken that he gave three guineas for them.

GUILTY .

Tried by the Second Middlesex Jury before Mr. RECORDER.

329. CHARLES DRAKE was indicted for stealing a silver watch, value 3 l. a pair of silver shoe buckles, value ten shillings, a pair of men's leather shoes, value four shillings, and four shillings and six pence in money numbered, the property of Thomas West , in the dwelling house of Patrick Mordaunt , March the 17th .

THOMAS WEST sworn.

I live at Whitby, in Yorkshire; I lodged in Shadwell : the prisoner and I, on Saturday night the 16th of March, were drinking together, it was past twelve o'clock, and the landlord not having separate beds we slept together; there were three more lay in the same room: the prisoner got up about seven o'clock in the morning and went away; I got up about a quarter of an hour after him; when I got up there was a sailor in the room who missed some money out of his pocket; I missed the things mentioned in the indictment on Tuesday; I saw the prisoner on London-bridge; I followed him, and asked him how he did? to see if he would know me, he said he knew nothing of me, he never saw me before; I saw he had my shoes on; I said he was the man that robbed me: he denied it; I desired him to go with me to my lodgings, which he did.

DEODALUS DEAN sworn.

I am a silversmith: these shoe buckles (producing them) I bought of the prisoner one evening; one of them was broke; they weighed an ounce and a quarter, and I gave him six shillings and three pence for them.

- SPENCE sworn.

I am a pawnbroker: I received this watch from the prisoner (producing it).

[The watch and buckles were deposed to by the prosecutor.]

PRISONER's DEFENCE.

I have nothing to say.

GUILTY of stealing to the value of thirty-nine shillings .

Tried by the First Middlesex Jury before Mr. RECORDER.

331. DANIEL GREENWOOD was indicted for stealing 180 guineas, the property of Robert Whitehead , in the dwelling-house of the said Robert , April 4th .

ROBERT WHITEHEAD sworn.

I live at East Smithfield ; I keep a great eating-house there: upon the 4th of April 1775, I had some money stolen out of my room in the following manner: I had 180 guineas wrapped up in a woman's glove, which was locked up in a small chest in my bed-chamber up two pair of stairs; the bed-chamber door was locked and so was the chest; I had seen the money safe that very day; I missed it between one and two at noon; I then found my chamber door open, upon an information of one of my servants, who appeared at Hicks's-hall last September, but some means have been used to prevail with her not to appear afterwards, and she has not been forthcoming since; upon the information that she gave me and my wife, we went up stairs and found the room door open; the lock was not broke, but had been opened by a false key; the chest lay upon the middle of the floor upon the side the money was taken out, and the lock broke off; the prisoner, and another person with him, dined at my house that day; they went into a back room up one pair of stairs and staid there three quarters of an hour; the prisoner had no victuals there, but the other had: I knew nothing of these persons, having never seen them but once before till Friday the 28th of August last, when the prisoner came to my house in custody of some of the justices men, and he informed me of the robbery; he had been induced to make the information before the justices against his accomplices, because they had used him ill; on Wednesday I went with him to the Rotation-office in Litchfield-street, there I saw the accomplice he accused; I am sure the witness is the same man that was with the prisoner in my room on the 4th of April: the prisoner was admitted an evidence there, but when it came here for trial at the September sessions, then the prisoner, who had been upon that account admitted an evidence, absconded, and the trial was obliged to be put off on account of his absence; the justice only took his security for his appearance; the trial was put off till the October sessions, and then the prisoner was discharged. There were no more but these people in the back room that day; there were some company in the front room: the chest stood in a corner of my room. When I talked with the prisoner about the particulars, he told me the exact quantity of money that was in this chest, how it was hid in a glove, and the manner in which it was broke open, and every other particular relating to it.

ELIZABETH WYAT sworn.

I am a servant of the prosecutor; the prisoner and another person dined in that room up one pair of stairs, the 4th of last April; they would not dine in the fore room, because there was more company there; in about a quarter of an hour after they had thus called for their dinner, I went up and took particular notice at that time that the prisoner at the bar was missing; he was not in the room; I did not mention that at the time, because I had no suspicion of them; in about a quarter of an hour after they both came down stairs together, after having staid three quarters of an hour in the house: they were not constant customers, but they had been there the day before; another fellow-servant, whose name was Molly, discovered it first; she was at Hicks's-hall last summer, but she was prevailed upon by some means or other not to make her appearance after the first day.

PRISONER's DEFENCE.

went voluntarily before the justice to make this confession, and was bound in a recognizance of 40 l.

GUILTY . Death .

Tried by the Second Middlesex Jury before Mr. Justice BLACKSTONE.

332. CHRISTOPHER WILKINSON was indicted for stealing a pair of silver shoe buckles, value seven shillings, a guinea, eleven half guineas, and four shillings in money numbered, the property of William Barker , in the dwelling house of James Upsdale , March 10th .

WILLIAM BARKER sworn.

I am a brickmaker : I missed my buckles, a guinea, and other things out of my box at my lodgings in a court in Oxford Road , on the 10th of March; I have known the prisoner seven years; when I came home I took up another man; he was taken before Sir John Fielding ; I had told the prisoner I could have no suspicion of him, but finding him in liquor on the Tuesday following, I thought he might be guilty; I took him up.

THOMAS CLARKE sworn.

I am a constable; upon Tuesday the 12th of March, when I was on duty, a man came down to the watch-house a little after eleven o'clock, said a person had been robbed; I went and took the prisoner out of bed; I thought his countenance betrayed him; I took him to the watch-house and found four shillings and three half-pence upon him; I desired the people to search the room; they found the half-crowns and a buckle over the door; I asked if they were his; he said, no: while he was getting up I saw a buckle in his shirt breast which corresponded with that over the door. He wanted to see the prosecutor, but I did not take him to him; he hesitated some time, and then declared he opened the man's box on Sunday, and took out a pair of silver buckles, and eleven half guineas, four shillings, and two sixpences; I asked him what he had done with the money; he said the two half-crowns and the four shillings were part of it; that he had laid out some, and had hid nine half guineas in the ground in Paddington fields, but that it was impossible for me to find it unless he went with me, and he would carry me to the place; this was about two o'clock in the morning: I handcuffed him, and with assistance took him near to George's burying ground at Paddington; he shewed me the spot where it was buried; he took up a dirty paper in which was nine half guineas and one guinea; he said he had sold the buckles to a pawnbroker the same evening; I went to the pawnbroker's, but the pawnbroker said he had sold them.

- FITZGERALD sworn.

I am servant to Mr. Murthwaite, a pawnbroker: the prisoner sold the buckles to me that evening; they were sent with some other old silver to the refiner's next morning before I heard from the prosecutor.

PRISONER's DEFENCE.

The buckles I sold were a pair of old ones my brother gave me; I saved the money; I was a substitute in the militia , and the rest I worked hard for: I was much in liquor when the watchman came to me.

FOR THE PRISONER.

THOMAS HAINES sworn.

I have known the prisoner from a child; he bears the character of a very honest man; I have worked with him and laid my cloaths by him with several guineas in my pocket, and never knew him to touch any.

WILLIAM BENNET sworn.

I have known him ten years; I never knew any thing wrong of him; he bears a good character.

ELIZABETH BENNET sworn.

The prisoner is my brother: he bears a very good character.

JACOB UXER sworn.

I am master of the house: he bears a good character.

GUILTY of stealing the money, but NOT GUILTY of stealing it in the dwelling-house .

Tried by the Second Middlesex Jury before Mr. Baron EYRE .

[No punishment. See summary.]

333. SOPHIA BANGER was indicted for stealing a stuff petticoat, value four shillings , the property of John White , September the 3d .

" MARY WHITE , the wife of the prosecutor,

"deposed, that she went out to work

"on the 3d of September, leaving the prisoner

"and another person in her apartment;

"that upon her return she missed a petticoat,

"which she afterwards saw upon the prisoner;

"but it appeared that the matter had been

"proposed to be accommodated between them;

"and that they had lived together for many

"months after the discovery."

NOT GUILTY .

Tried by the First Middlesex Jury before Mr. RECORDER.

334. BENJAMIN PEAL was indicted for stealing a crape hat-band, value one shilling and six pence , the property of Richard Randal , March the 4th .

"The prosecutor deposed, that a crape

"hat-band was stole out of his pocket while

"in a meeting house."

"Another witness deposed, that upon the

"prosecutor's mentioning to those that were

"about him, that his pocket had been picked,

"and they intimating a suspicion of the

"prisoner, he went out immediately; that

"they followed him into the street, and when

"they were about to search him, the witness

"saw him throw the hat-band behind him,

"which hit the witness's leg; it was immediately

"taken up and owned by the prosecutor."

The prisoner in his defence said the hatband was found some yards from him.

He called four or five witnesses, who said he was a stocking maker , and gave him a good character.

NOT GUILTY .

Tried by the First Middlesex Jury before Mr. RECORDER.

335, 336. PETER CONNER and JAMES CONNER were indicted for breaking and entering the dwelling-house of Catherine Good , widow , on the 29th of February about the hour of twelve in the night, and stealing two glass quart bottles, value four pence, and a pint of yellow penciling colour, value one shilling, the property of the said Catherine, in her dwelling-house .

"The burglary was proved, and the two

"bottles, containing the colour, were found

"between eight and nine the next morning

"at the house of Peter Conner , and at the

"same time Peter Conner was found concealed

"on the top of his house."

"By some mistake the bottles were not brought

"to court to be produced and deposed to."

NOT GUILTY .

Tried by the First Middlesex Jury before Mr. RECORDER.

They were a second time indicted for stealing a live hog, value five shillings , the property of John Bourland , February the 29th .

"It appeared upon the evidence that the

"hog lost by the prosecutor was found in

" James Conner 's apartment; the feet were

"found below stairs; the hog above concealed

"under his bed."

[The hog was sworn positively to by the prosecutor.]

The prisoner in his defence said, the hog was brought into his house by his wife in his absence; but he called no witnesses.

NOT GUILTY .

Tried by the First Middlesex Jury before Mr. RECORDER.

They were a third time indicted for stealing five iron bars, value two shillings and six pence, the property of William Cox , fixed to a window of the dwelling house of the said William , against the statute, February the 29th .

"The prosecutor deposed, that five iron

"bars were stole from his cellar window

"at his house at Mile-end on the 29th of

"February."

" JAMES BROWN deposed, that he found

"the bars at Peter Conner 's house on the 1st

"of March.

"The witness was asked if Peter Conner

"acknowledged that he rented the house?

"which he answered in the negative."

BOTH NOT GUILTY .

Tried by the First Middlesex Jury before Mr. RECORDER.

337, 338, 339. JOHNSON GRUDGEFIELD , CHARLES KING , and WILLIAM MERRIT were indicted, the two first for stealing twelve bushels of malt, value 2 l. he property of Benjamin Nuthal .

2d Count. Laying them to be the property of Benjamin Quinton , March the 30th , the other for counselling, hiring, and commanding the said Johnson Grudgefield and Charles King to commit the said felony .

3 d Count. For receiving nine bushels of the said goods, knowing them to be stolen .

4th Count. For counselling, &c. the said prisoners to commit the felony secondly abovementioned.

5th Count. For receiving nine bushels of the said goods as upon the second Count.

EDWARD SAVAGE sworn.

The vessel these goods were stole out of, lay off Ipswich key : upon the 19th of March between twelve and one, while I was in my cabbin, I saw Grutchfield and Joseph Westcote fill four bags with malt out of the fore peake of the vessel; and they put them on board a skuller, in which was the prisoner King; and they all went off with it.

BENJAMIN QUINTON sworn.

I am master of the ship: Savage informed me of what he had seen; I was called up about four o'clock; I saw Johnson Grudgefield come on board again and go down into the forecastle; upon which I put the hatch down over him; then I asked him where he got the malt from? he said out of the fore peake; I asked him what quantity they had? he said about four bags; I enquired where Westcote was? he said at the watch-house; I went there to look for him, when I came there I saw Merrit at the door: the prisoners King and Westcote were then in the watch-house; I had seen Merrit along side drinking with these people upon the 26th.

WILLIAM FISCHATT sworn.

I am a watchman: as I was returning to my stand from crying the hour, I saw the prisoner King come up from Wapping Newstairs with a sack upon his shoulder; I stopped him and made him bring back his sack and pitch it close by the door of my stand; he then desired me to go to Merrit's, who he said would answer for this corn: I told him, no, I would go to the officer of the night; King staid at my stand till I came back again; upon the officer of the night enquiring into it, I took up King and Westcote, and carried them to the watch-house; Merrit came to the watch-house door and told the constable it was only a little sweepings the men had got, and desired the constable to let them have it; there were about three bushels in the sack.

ALEXANDER FAULKNER sworn.

I am the constable; I saw Merrit at the watch-house after King and Westcote were in custody: Merrit said,

"Officer, I will give

"you a few shillings to let these poor fellows

"go; it is only a few sweepings they are

"bringing to me:" I examined and found that instead of sweepings, it was clean malt; Merrit was taken into custody next morning:

"Merrit asked me to let him empty the malt

"into a dirtier sack to make it look like sweepings" and said;

"He would give me half

"a guinea to let him mix some dirt with " the malt;" which I refused: when I first took King and Westcote at Wapping Newstairs, Merrit was in company with them, and Westcote delivered something of a sail cloth to Merrit, that they were to have covered the corn with.

"Mr. ATKINSON, the factor to whom

"the malt was consigned, deposed, that he

"had compared the corn that was in the

"sack found upon King's back, with a sample

"taken out of this ship; and that it

"was exactly the same sort of corn."

JOSEPH WESTCOTE sworn.

King and Merrit were together in a boat, Merrit invited me to drink with him; Merrit gave me a pint of purl and invited me to his house; I went and supped with him at his house the next evening, there Merrit introduced a conversation, whether I had any sweepings; I told him, no: he said, when I was going away, I had better take a bag or two on board till I had some; at his request I took four bags; upon Friday night following Merrit and King came along side the ship in a boat, and asked me to go up after a stoop in the river; we could not meet with the stoop: then Merrit said he had spoke to Savage about a few sweepings, and would send the waterman for them between four and five in the morning; at one the boat came; we filled four sacks and put them on the gunnel, they then put them into the boat, and I and Grudgefield went with him into the boat; there we shot two of the parcels of corn into one sack: they were all carried to Merrit's house; I saw Merrit afterwards at the watch-house.

GRUDGEFIELD's DEFENCE.

Westcote employed me to carry the corn on shore.

KING's DEFENCE.

Westcote employed me as a skuller ; the parcels were put in my boat; I did not know that any harm was intended by any body; I was ordered to take them on shore; at last Westcote desired me to take up this sack of corn and to follow him; when I came up the stairs the watchman seized me; I did not offer to go away; I let the watchman go to the constable in order to examine about this corn, and I was found there when he returned.

King called one witness who gave him a good character.

MERRIT's DEFENCE.

I keep poultry and buy sweepings to feed them with: these people came and borrowed bags of me, and said they had some sweepings to bring; I concluded it was dirty corn; I happened by accident to be up that night, and they did bring some bad offal corn for sweepings to my house; then another bag was afterwards taken upon King; what that was I cannot say: Westcote told me he had got into a scrape, and he asked me to help him out of it, and therefore I did tell the constable it was a trifling thing and hoped he would let him go; I did that merely to save him.

Merrit called nine witnesses who had known him many years and gave him a good character.

GRUDGEFIELD GUILTY .

KING NOT GUILTY .

MERRIT GUILTY.

Tried by the Second Middlesex Jury before Mr. Baron EYRE .

[No punishment. See summary.]

[Transportation. See summary.]

340 JOHN BENNET, alias EADE , was indicted for stealing one silk purse, value two pence, and twelve guineas, and three half guineas, the property of Thomas Farnham , privately, from the person of the said Thomas , April 13th .

THOMAS FARNHAM sworn.

On Saturday last I missed my purse immediately as I got into the pit of Covent Garden theatre ; it was a green silk purse and contained twelve guineas and three half guineas; in about five or ten minutes after I had got into the pit, a person came in and said, there was a purse found with money in it, and if any body had lost it, they might come out and see it; the purse was produced and I knew it to be mine. I saw the prisoner near me all the way as I was going into the pit; I mistrusted him once he was so near me, that I thought he was attempting my watch, and I put my hand down two or three times.

HENRY SMALLWOOD sworn.

I am constable for Covent Garden theatre: upon Saturday the 13th of April several gentlemen said they had had their pockets picked at the pit door; I went there and took the prisoner upon suspicion, at the pit door towards Bow-street.

To the prosecutor. Which door did you go in at? - I do not remember.

SMALLWOOD. The prisoner had a purse in his hand; he held it very fast and struggled a long time before I could get it from him: the purse was torn in two in the struggle; I have the part that had the money in it; there were twelve guineas and three half guineas; I secured the prisoner and took him to the office, then I went into the pit and asked if any body had been robbed; the prosecutor came out and said he had lost a purse, and described its contents.

[Part of a purse produced in court.]

FARNHAM. One of the half guineas is light; I know it by its being turned up at one edge, and a little defaced. This appears to be part of my purse.

THOMAS FARNHAM cross examined.

You had not put any particular mark of your own upon the half guinea. - No: I lost my money within a yard of the pit door; he must have taken my money while I was paying at the pit door, for I had my hand upon it before.

Court. Did you take your purse out of your pocket when you paid your money? - No: I had silver in my waistcoat pocket; my purse was in my right hand breeches pocket.

PRISONER's DEFENCE.

I have sent for my witnesses, but they are not come, only my brother and another. The gentleman said before Sir John Fielding that the purse he lost was a whole purse.

SMALLWOOD. I had a great struggle with him when I perceived it in his hand; I could not for some time get it out of his hand.

Jury. Did you pull it in two? - I believe I did; I held him by the collar; he had the purse in his right hand; I said you have got something there, I will have it; he would not give it me; with some other people that came to my assistance I got the purse.

Court. Did you lay hold of the purse he having hold of the other end? - Yes; and by degrees got his fingers open: I got hold of one end of the purse, he of the other, and we pulled till I got that part of it away. I did not look for the other part.

The prisoner called William Andrews who had known him a twelve-month, who gave him a good character.

GUILTY. Death .

Tried by the Second Middlesex Jury before Mr. Baron EYRE .

Recommended by the Jury to his Majesty's mercy .

341, 342, 343. JAMES STEWART , ROBERT ALLEN , and SARAH SHAW , were indicted, the two first for breaking and entering the dwelling-house of John Wooler , upon the 23d of February about the hour of nine in the night, and stealing a pair of fustian breeches, value six shillings, and a linen sheet, value five shillings, the property of John Wooler ; a cloth coat, value twenty shillings, a cloth waistcoat, value ten shillings, a pair of cloth breeches, value ten shillings, seven linen shirts, value forty shillings, a linen shift, value one shilling, two silk handkerchiefs, value eight shillings, four muslin neckcloths, value four shillings, four pair of worsted stockings, value four shillings, a black silk cardinal, value ten shillings, a linen waistcoat, value one shilling, three cheque aprons, value three shillings, a muslin apron, value one shilling, a leather trunk, value one shilling and six pence, and a silver stock buckle, value two shillings, the property of Abraham Wooler , in the dwelling-house of the said John , the other for receiving the above goods, well knowing them to be stolen .

JOHN WOOLER sworn.

I live in Worship-street, Upper Moorfields ; I am a broker : when I came home about nine o'clock on Friday the 23d of February , my wife came in a fright to me, and said, the poor boy was ruined, for they had robbed him of all that he had; we missed a sheet and a pair of fustian breeches, my property.

ABRAHAM WOOLER sworn.

I came home with my father, and found my trunk was robbed; it was kept in a room in my father's house; I lost the things mentioned in the indictment. [Repeating them.]

ANN WILLIAMS sworn.

I lodge at Mr. Wooler's: I went out on the 23d of February in the afternoon, and returned about eight o'clock; coming over from the Cock and Magpye I met the prisoner Allen with a ladder; he went against me; I never saw him before, but I know him to be the man by the light of the people coming from the place; I saw him when he was taken up about a week after, and I knew him to be the person.

JOHN DINMORE sworn.

The prosecutor's son came to me and said, there were three people he had a suspicion had broke open his father's house; I took the two prisoners and Mincher in bed the next day; when they were taken before the justice, one of them was admitted an evidence; Stewart and Allen confessed the fact, and that they had sold them to one Mrs. Shaw; we searched the woman's lodging; she was not at home.

JOHN KIPPIN sworn.

I am a constable of St. James's, Clerkenwell; Dinmore is headborough: I was at the examination of the two prisoners both times; they both confessed the fact before the justice; they said they sold the things the same night to some woman for thirty-six shillings.

JOHN MINCHER sworn.

Stewart, Allen, and I robbed this house; I believe it was on the 23d of February; about half after eight at night we got a ladder and got into the one pair of stairs window; I believe Allen got in first, and I after him, then Stewart; we took a parcel of things, I do not know how many there might be, out of a box; we wrenched the lock off; we took coats, waistcoats, breeches, shirts, and a vast number of things, and sold them to Mrs. Shaw the same night; we left the ladder four or five doors from Mr. Wooler's; Allen carried it there; it is opposite the Cock and Magpye; we met Williams; Allen ran the ladder against her; I saw her go into Wooler's house; we met Allen in Golden-lane, he told me he knew of a robbery, if we would go do it; he believed there was a gold watch in the chest.

Have you ever been here before? - Yes; for breaking open a butcher's house, which was the first robbery I ever committed; I do not know how long it is ago.

STEWART's DEFENCE.

I know nothing at all of the matter; I never owned any thing.

ALLEN's DEFENCE.

I know nothing at all of it; he would swear any thing to clear himself.

One witness appeared for Allen who had known him near five years, and gave him a good character.

STEWART and ALLEN NOT GUILTY of burglariously breaking and entering the dwelling house, but GUILTY of stealing the goods .

SHAW NOT GUILTY .

Tried by the Second Middlesex Jury before Mr. Baron EYRE .

[No punishment. See summary.]

344, 345. SAMUEL NEWMAN and JOHN BEARD were indicted for stealing fourteen silk handkerchiefs, value forty-two shillings, the property of Christopher Plunket , in the dwelling-house of the said Christopher , April 1st .

CHRISTOPHER PLUNKET sworn.

I am a linen draper in Oxford-street : on the first of April, when I was at breakfast, a pane was broke in my window, and fourteen silk handkerchiefs were taken away; I knew nothing of it till Mr. Robins secured the two prisoners.

WILLIAM ROBINS sworn.

I live next door to Mr. Plunket: on Monday the first of April I saw the two prisoners at his window; I suspected they meant to break it, and went over the way to watch them; the biggest broke a pane of glass and took out the handkerchiefs; I immediately secured them both; the least dropped the handkerchiefs; I took the handkerchiefs and delivered them to the prosecutor.

[They were produced in court and deposed to by the prosecutor.]

Both the prisoners in their defence said they were innocent.

Both GUILTY of stealing the goods to the value of thirty-nine shillings .

Tried by the First Middlesex Jury before Mr. RECORDER.

346. HENRY HART was indicted for burglariously breaking and entering the dwelling house of Samuel Benedict , on the 3d of February about the hour of two in the night, and stealing a red cloth cloak, value one shilling, a black sattin cloak, value one shilling, a pair of boys leather shoes, value four-pence, a nankeen waistcoat, value six-pence, a white linen apron, value six-pence, a woman's black sattin hat, value six-pence, and an iron hanger with a wooden handle, value three-pence, the property of the said Samuel in his dwelling-house .

"It appeared upon the evidence that the

"prosecutor and the prisoner were neighbours;

"the prosecutor acknowledged that

"he was informed that the prisoner was the

"person that broke his house open; and

"notwithstanding he frequently saw the prisoner,

"who went about his business as before,

"yet he never had him taken up or attempted

"to prosecute him for above month

"afterwards."

NOT GUILTY .

Tried by the First Middlesex Jury before Mr. RECORDER.

HENRY HART was a second time indicted for burglariously breaking and entering the dwelling-house of Moses Benjamin on the 20th of January about the hour of nine in the night, and stealing seven men's hats, value four shillings, the property of the said Moses in his dwelling-house .

MOSES BENJAMIN sworn.

I live at No 10, in St. Catherine's-lane, near the Tower : on the 20th of January about eight in the evening I went with my wife to Rosemary-lane; we left no one in the house; I locked my street door and put a padlock on the outside, which I always do, because it is a very dangerous place; when I returned home about nine I found my door wide open; the padlock was lying on the ground; there was nothing broke; but there was a parcel of keys found in the room where he was taken, which the justice has got; I have sent for them: I saw the prisoner and two others with a bull dog run out at my door; the prisoner had a handfull of hats; he dropped three of them as he ran out; I picked them up; I called out and knocked at a doctor's door opposite, and said I was robbed; the prisoner ran off with seven hats: I am sure he is the man, for they offered me twenty shillings for my hats; I would not take it, I would not compound felony.

Was you very near him when he came out of the house? - Not so far from him as I am from your lordship; I am sure of the man, I knew him before.

Prisoner. Why did he not stop me the night he lost his hats? - It is impossible for a man in such a fright to stop three men with a bull dog.

Did you take him up soon after this transaction? - I could not meet with him; I went to justice Sherwood's next day, and took him the first opportunity I had of meeting with him.

PRISONER's DEFENCE.

I lodge with my mother; I never was in the room where the keys were found.

FOR THE PRISONER.

ANN COLE sworn.

I have known the prisoner three or four years; I never heard any harm of him.

NOT GUILTY of burglariously breaking and entering the dwelling-house, but GUILTY of stealing the hats .

Tried by the First Middlesex Jury before Mr. COMMON SERJEANT.

[No punishment. See summary.]

347. BENJAMIN HARVEY was indicted for stealing a gold watch, value 30 l. a gold watch chain, value 5 l. a stone seal set in gold, value forty shillings, two cornelian seals set in gold, value 5 l. a gold ring set with a cornelian, value twenty shillings, and a gold watch key, value five shillings , the property of Joseph Scott , Esq ; February the 29th .

JOSEPH SCOTT , Esq; sworn.

I was coming out of Drury-lane playhouse on the 29th of February at the end of the entertainment; just as I was going to step into my carriage, the prisoner came up to me; he gave me a very hard push, and at that instant twitched my watch out of my breeches pocket; I immediately laid hold of him by the collar; I apprehend he threw the watch away, for the link boy took up the watch and gave it me; it was a gold watch with a gold chain, and all the seals set in gold: I did not see it taken up.

ROBERT CREMER sworn.

I am servant to Mr. Scott: I was standing at the carriage door; the prisoner pushed against me, I pushed him away; then he pushed between my master and me; I heard the watch rattle; my master instantly laid hold of him.

EDWARD BRANTON sworn.

I am a link boy: I found Mr. Scott's watch under the horses belly; they were standing still, if they had moved they would have broke it in pieces; I saw the prisoner lift up the flap of Mr. Scott's waistcoat, but did not see him take the watch.

The prisoner in his defence denied the charge, and called one witness who gave him a good character.

GUILTY .

Tried by the Second Middlesex Jury before Mr. Baron HOTHAM.

348. WRIGHT HALE was indicted for being found at large before the expiration of the term for which he had been ordered to be transported , March the 5th .

"It appeared upon the evidence that the

"prisoner had received his Majesty's pardon

"upon condition of enlisting to go to

"America, but had made his escape."

NOT GUILTY .

Tried by the Second Middlesex Jury before Mr. COMMON SERJEANT.

349, 350. THOMAS LATHAM and THOMAS MOSSELL were indicted for stealing a mare of a black colour, value 10 l. the property of Giles Grendey , Esq ; February the 9th .

"The mare was brought to the stables in

"White-horse-yard, Westminster, by a man

"who is now gone to the West Indies, and

"who was known by the name of Flying

"Dick; that the mare was there six nights,

"and then Latham came and claimed it; paid

"half a guinea for its keep, and sent a man

"to take it away; the master of the house

"said he changed a guinea for Latham; that

"there were two or three others with him;

"that they seemed to be bargaining, and he

"understood Latham to be the buyer of the

"mare."

BOTH NOT GUILTY .

Tried by the Second Middlesex Jury before Mr. RECORDER.

351, 352. LYDIA HALL, otherwise BROWN , and ANN, the wife of JOSEPH HALL , were indicted, the first for receiving four pieces of Irish linen, containing ninety-six yards, value 9 l. 12 s. and the other for receiving fourteen yards of Irish linen, value twenty-eight shillings, part of the goods which Francis Lysh and John Giles were at the last assizes in Surry convicted of stealing, the property of William Fenning , James Halfhide , and Benjamin Vaughan , they (the prisoners) well knowing them to have been stolen against the statute, November the 14th .

"It appeared in the evidence that there

"was no felony committed in Middlesex,

"the linens being received in the county of

"Surry."

BOTH NOT GUILTY .

Tried by the Second Middlesex Jury before Mr. RECORDER.

353. WILLIAM SADLER was indicted for stealing ten bushels of pollard, value six shillings and six-pence , the property of John Evans .

2d Count. Laying it to be the property of John Hilbert , March the 11th .

JOHN EVANS sworn.

I am a farmer and live at Shepherd's Bush ; I deal with Mr. Hilbert at Wansworth : on the 11th of March he sent me sixteen quarters of pollard, and a bill of parcels: I was at supper; my son told me there were twenty-two sacks only; we examined it and found two quarters and two bushels short; the prisoner was my servant ; I went to the mill at Fulham and sent for the prisoner, and charged him with stealing the pollard; he put his hands together and begged for mercy, and said he would tell the truth; that he had sold a sack for three shillings at Fulham-bridge.

EDWARD YOUNG sworn.

I am servant to Mr. Hilbert, who is a mealman : I sent by the prisoner sixteen quarters of pollard to Mr. Evans, and I sent a note with it, and eight quarters to one Mr. Sharrard.

THOMAS EVANS sworn.

I counted the sacks when he had shot the pollard, and found two quarter and two bushels short of the quantity.

PRISONER's DEFENCE.

My master said if I told the truth he would not hurt a hair of my head.

EVANS. I did not say any such thing.

GUILTY of stealing to the value of ten pence . W .

Tried by the Second Middlesex Jury before Mr. RECORDER.

354, 355. JOHN ROBERTS and DANIEL HOPKINS were indicted for burglariously breaking and entering the dwelling-house of William Andrews on the 14th of April about the hour of ten in the night, with intent the goods, &c. of the said William to steal .

"The two prisoners were found in the

"passage of the prosecutor's house with a

"dark lanthorn and tinder box and matches;

"but there was no evidence of a breaking in

"order to that entry."

BOTH NOT GUILTY .

Tried by the Second Middlesex Jury before Mr. RECORDER.

356. WALTER FLOWERS was indicted for stealing a pair of women's stuff shoes, value two shillings, and a pair of women's stockings, value two shillings , the property of John Evans , January the 31st .

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

NOT GUILTY .

He was a second time indicted for stealing a pair of silver shoe buckles, value five shillings , the property of Thomas Pell , February the 24th .

The prosecutor was called, but not appearing, his recognizance was ordered to be estreated.

NOT GUILTY .

357, 358. HENRY ROGERS and SAMUEL BENTLEY were indicted for stealing a cloth coat, value ten shillings , the property of George Worthington , April the 12th .

The prosecutor was called, but not appearing, his recognizance was ordered to be estreated.

BOTH NOT GUILTY .

359. JOHN JENKINS was indicted for stealing nine ells of linen cloth, value thirty shillings, a blue and white linen gown, value eight shillings, and two silk handkerchiefs, value two shillings , the property of James Cochin , March the 4th .

NOT GUILTY .

360. MOSES ASHER was indicted for stealing a cornelian ring set in gold, value twenty shillings, an amethyst ring set round with paste stones in gold, value six shillings , the property of Thomas Reeve , March the 1st .

One of the rings was found in the pocket of the prisoner's wife, the other on his brother; but there was no evidence to affect the prisoner.

NOT GUILTY .

361, 362. HENRY BARNETT and MOSES ASHER were indicted for stealing nine guineas and two half guineas , the property of Marcus Davis , February the 27th .

"It appeared upon the evidence to be a

"gross fraud, but did not come up to a

"felony."

BOTH NOT GUILTY .

363. MOSES EMANUEL, otherwise MANUEL , was indicted for stealing a wooden trunk covered with leather, value ten shillings, a flowered silk tabby sacque, value 4 l. a flowered silk tabby petticoat, value fifty shillings, a blue and white silk gown, value 4 l. a silk cloak trimmed with silk lace, value 4 l. a pair of worked muslin treble ruffles, value twenty-five shillings, a sattin petticoat, value thirty shillings, thirty lawn handkerchiefs, value 3 l. twelve muslin handkerchiefs, value 4 l. 10 s. three dimity petticoats, value thirty shillings, nine linen shifts, value fifty shillings, five linen riding shirts, value twenty-five shillings, six worked muslin aprons trimmed with thread lace, value 10 l. a worked muslin apron, value twenty shillings, seventy yards of blond lace, value 3 l. fourteen yards of thread lace, value 3 l. four yards of worked muslin, value forty shillings, a striped muslin cap trimmed with thread lace, value five shillings, eighteen pair of silk stockings, value 9 l. a sattin muff, value five shillings, six dimity towels, value six shillings, a callico bed gown, value five shillings, a dimity bed gown trimmed with thread lace, value ten shillings, six pair of thread lace single ruffles, value forty shillings, six muslin cravats trimmed with thread lace, value twenty-four shillings, and one silk riding waistcoat trimmed with fur, value ten shillings, the property of Sir George Warren , Knight; a silk and cotton gown, value twenty shillings, a sattin sacque, value 4 l. a sattin petticoat, value fifty shillings, five linen shifts, value twenty-five shillings, eight pair of silk stockings, value forty shillings, five pair of worked muslin ruffles trimmed with thread lace, value twenty-five shillings, a pair of worked muslin ruffles, value five shillings, four worked muslin aprons trimmed with thread lace, value forty shillings, three worked muslin aprons, value thirty shillings, two silk aprons trimmed with silk lace, value twenty shillings, five linen aprons, value ten shillings, three dimity petticoats, value thirty shillings, six muslin half handkerchiefs trimmed with thread lace, value thirty shillings, a thread lace handkerchief, value fifteen shillings, eight lawn handkerchiefs, value sixteen shillings, and two callico bed gowns, value two shillings, the property of Peter Alexis Weiss ; a striped silk and sattin gown, value twenty shillings, the property of Sarah Jones , spinster , January the 19th .

WALTER TAYLOR sworn.

I am servant to Sir George Warren ; I attended Lady Warren to town from Bath: my fellow servant and I fastened the trunk behind the chaise at Bath; when we came to Hounslow my horse threw me, and being hurt, my fellow servant and I got into a post chaise; I examined and saw the trunk safe at Hounslow .

EARLEY WHYATT sworn.

I am servant to Sir George Warren ; I attended the chaise; I saw the trunk safe at Hounslow; it was missing when we came to town; I saw the trunk afterwards at Sir John Fielding 's; I observed the straps had been cut: I buckled the trunk on at Marlborough.

JULIA PERELL WEISS sworn.

I am a servant to Lady Warren: I packed up all the things mentioned in the indictment at Marlborough-castle, at Bath; when we got to town the trunk was gone: I was the first that missed it.

To WHYATT. Was it possible the trunk could be lost by accident? - No, it was secured by four leather straps; there were two end straps and two that came over; there was a leather on the trunk to put the straps through.

JOHN FLETCHER sworn.

I am clerk to the Rotation-office; I saw the things advertized different ways in the papers; in one, that the trunk was stole, and in another, that it was lost; I received an information that some things were concealed in the house of Lydia Isaacs ; I went to Mrs. Weiss, and we went together to the house of Isaacs and found a great number of things that had been taken out of this box; she immediately said she would produce the man she bought the things of, and an officer was sent to take the prisoner; he was secured, but denied knowing any thing about it.

[The goods found in Isaacs' house were produced in court, and Mrs. Weiss deposed that some of them were Lady Warren's, and some her own.]

RICHARD DIGNAM sworn.

I went with Fletcher to search Lydia Isaacs ' house; we found the things that are produced in court there; they were none of them concealed; when we missed a closet in our search, she told us of it.

MARY FRANKS sworn.

The prisoner is a neighbour to me; he came to me on a Sunday, I don't recollect the day of the month, and asked for my husband; he wanted him, he said, to buy a lot of goods; I told him he was not at home, and that if he was he could not buy these goods, for he had not money enough; he then asked me to go for my sister, who, he said, he knew dealt in such things, and he would satisfy me for my trouble; the person who gave the information was in the room at the time I went for my sister; the prisoner was in the room with the goods; I brought my sister, and she asked how much he would have for the cloaths? he said 30 l. she said she could not give so much, she would give him 25 l. he said, as he wanted money to go out on the morrow, he would take it; she gave him twenty-four guineas, and he gave her four shillings out of it; that was about three or four weeks after Christmas.

LYDIA ISAACS sworn.

I am sister to Mary Franks ; she came to my house on Sunday afternoon, I cannot tell the day of the month; it was about three months ago; I am a cloaths dealer; she said, there was a man at her house had got some cloaths to sell, and asked me to go with her or she would bring him to me; my son and I went to Mary Franks 's house and saw the man there; he opened the bundle and I looked at the things; I asked him if he bought them that day? he said, no, he bought them last Thursday: I asked him what he would have for them, he said 30 l. I said I could not give him 30 l I would give him 25 l. I would not give him any more; he said, he wanted money to go out on the morrow and I should have them; I paid for them and my boy took them home; about a month after my house was searched for these goods; the things were lying about, they laid hold of them; I told them if it was about those things I would go with them, and bid them take what they saw of the things; I was sadly frightened: they laid hold of my husband; I said for God's sake don't meddle with him, for he was in France at the time; I said, I would take them to the man I had them of, if that would do; they went with one of my boys and took the prisoner and brought him to me; I told them he was the man: I had the things six or seven weeks before my house was searched.

To DIGNAM. When was it you searched the house? - A month ago last Monday.

ISAACS. The day before my house was searched the prisoner came and said, he had two odd silk stockings; I told him I had not sold the things, and he might match them; he matched them and went away; this is the stocking he left with me; it was found when the house was searched; it is marked M 3.

Mrs. WEISS. This stocking belongs to my lady; it was marked W. that mark is out, M 3. is a new mark (the fellow of it produced) this has been marked W but it is cut out and the place sewed up.

" ISAAC ISAACS deposed, that he was

"present with his mother at Franks's lodging,

"and saw her buy the things of the

"prisoner,"

PRISONER's DEFENCE.

I don't know the people; I never had any dealings in my life with this woman.

The prisoner called

" AARON JACOBS , who deposed, that

" Barnard Franks , the husband of Mary

"Franks, asked him to go with him to fetch

"some things: that he took him to Broad St. " Giles's, and there took his bag from him

"and brought it full of goods, and bid him

"take it to his house in George-yard, Whitechapel,

"and he would be there before him:

"that he took them to Franks's house, and

"put them out, and look'd over them to give

"his judgment of them; and that there were

"some of the goods now produced in court

"among them."

"On his cross examination he was asked

"if he himself was not tried at the Old

"Bailey at the preceding sessions; the prisoner's

"counsel objected to the question, but

"the record of the conviction of the witness.

"and his sentence to be burnt in the

"hand and discharged, was produced and

"read in court."

"HYAM MOSES deposed, that on a Friday,

"about a month after Christmas, he

"met Barnard Franks , who desired him to

"come to his house in George-yard the next

"day to look at some hats: that he got a

"light and opened the door of an almost

"empty room, and there shewed him the

"hats by the chimney corner: that as he was

"looking over the hats somebody knocked

"at the door: that the door was opened

"and Aaron Jacobs came in with a sack of

"cloaths and threw them down on the

"ground: that there was a little boy with

"him: that the sack was opened and he saw

"fine cloaths: that he said, if he had got a

"gown that would fit his wife he would

"give him a good price for it; that he

"shewed him a silk gown, and he said they

"were for ladies: that the bundle was ladies

"cloaths in general: that when the matter

"was talked of, Lydia Isaacs said, she had a

"question to ask him, if he would do it, it

"would be half a guinea in his way, only to

"say before justice Welch, that Moses Emanuel

"was the man that brought the cloaths

"to her: that she gave him a crown earnest,

"and said she would give him another

"crown: and that she gave another person

"half a guinea before his face to swear the

"same; but that he would not be seen in it

"and did not come."

To LYDIA ISAACS . Did you ever give that man any money? - I never saw the man before; I know nothing of him.

" ISAAC BACKERACK deposed, that he

"was at the second examination of the prisoner

"before justice Welch: that he went

"from the office to the public house: that

"at the public house one Leah Solomons

"said to Lydia Isaacs in Hebrew, where is

"the money you promised me? that Lydia

"Isaacs said, you must not have the money

"yet, you must attend at the Old Bailey;

"and that he saw Isaacs give her half a guinea

"to attend there: that Leah Solomons

"was examined as a witness for Mrs. Isaacs

"at justice Welch's: that she had an interpreter,

"because she could not speak English."

FOR THE PROSECUTION.

" CHARLES GRUBB deposed, that he

"was with Lydia Isaacs in the public house,

"and took care she should not speak to any

"body; and that she did not speak a word

"to any body while she was there."

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

GUILTY .

Tried by the First Middlesex Jury before Mr. RECORDER.

[No punishment. See summary.]

364. JAMES DOOLEY was indicted for stealing a silver watch, value 4 l. a steel watch chain, value two shillings, a leather purse, value one shilling, a pair of linen pockets, value two-pence, three guineas, and five shillings in money numbered, the property of Sarah Crofts , widow , in the dwelling house of John Forster , March the 26th .

"In the evidence it appeared that the prosecutrix

"lay at a public house with a man

"she picked up; that she lost her pockets,

"containing the things mentioned in the indictment:

"that she at first charged a servant

"in the house with the fact; that afterwards

"the things were advertised and a

"reward offered; and they were brought to

"the prosecutrix by a man who said he found

"them; but that upon being taken before

"the justice, he said he had them of the prisoner; " and that he directed him to say he

"found them."

NOT GUILTY .

Tried by the Second Middlesex Jury before Mr. COMMON SERJEANT.

365. THOMAS FARMER was indicted for stealing a deal box, value one shilling, six pounds weight of sulphur, value two shillings and six-pence, two pounds weight of diapente, value sixteen-pence, a pound weight of liquorice, value eight-pence, a pound weight of elecampane powder, value eight-pence, a pound weight of horse spice, value eight-pence, four pounds weight of antimony, value two shillings, a pound weight of anniseed powder, value nine-pence, six pounds weight of resin, value eighteen-pence, six pounds weight of allum, value two shillings, two pounds weight of turmerick powder, value four shillings, a pound weight of fenugreeks, value eight-pence, four ounces of jalap, value eighteen-pence, a pounds weight of surel fennel seed, value six-pence, a pound weight of coriander seeds, value six-pence, a pound weight of anniseeds, value eight-pence, a pound weight of verdigreese, value three shillings, a pound weight of copperas, value three-pence, a pound weight of mellilot plaister, value sixteen-pence, four ounces of sublimate, value two shillings, half an ounce of ipecacuana, half a pound of euphorbium, value four shillings, six ounces of Spanish flies, value four shillings and six-pence, four ounces of red precipitate, value two shillings, a pound weight of Barbadoes aloes, value two shillings and six-pence, six ounces of succotrine aloes, value two shillings and three-pence, half an ounce of scammony powder, value one shilling, half an ounce of colocynth, value threepence, four papers of large pill boxes, value two shillings and eight-pence, three pounds weight of Epsom salts, value fifteen-pence, a pound of brimstone, value six-pence, a pound of liver of antimony, value eighteen-pence, a pound of white hellebore root, value sixteen-pence, and six ounces of powdered bark; value five shillings, the property of John Harrison , April the 10th .

JOHN HARRISON sworn.

The waggon is the property of my father; these things were in a box which was taken from behind the waggon on the 10th of April; I was not there at the time of the delivery.

JOHN CROCKETT sworn.

I am waggoner to Mr. Harrison: I received a box on the 10th of April to carry to Wendable, at the Green Man, Oxford-road; I put it in the waggon, it was taken from the waggon within half a mile of the place; I was driving along the road, three or four follows came up; one of them came to me and discoursed about my horses; just after that a man came and told me my waggon was robbed, I stopped; I saw a man turn up a lane with a box on his head; I pursued him, he threw it off his shoulder into the ditch; I did not take the man directly; I am sure the box I took out of the ditch was the box I put into the waggon; there was a direction upon the box that I knew it by; it was directed to John Gibbs , Wendable; about a quarter of an hour after that the man was taken, about two o'clock in the day: I have no doubt about the man.

GEORGE CODEROY sworn.

I am a butcher; I live in Newport-market: I was coming along the road; I saw three men take a box from the tail of the waggon; I saw the prisoner take it up the lane; he laid it in the ditch: I pursued him till he was taken.

Prisoner. I took it out of the ditch; I did not take it from the waggon.

WILLIAM ATTON sworn.

I keep the George-inn at Acton: Coderoy came up and said a man had just passed that had robbed a waggon; I saw the man going up the field; I rode up the lane and took him in the field adjoining.

To HARRISON. What was in the box? - Groceries or drugs.

PRISONER's DEFENCE.

I saw three or four men beside the waggon, and the box lying in the ditch; I took it up upon my shoulder, and going up the lane with it I heard somebody call stop thief: I put the box down and ran.

GUILTY .

Tried by the Second Middlesex Jury before Mr. RECORDER.

[No punishment. See summary.]

366. MARY OWEN , late wife of Henry Owen was indicted for the wilful murder of Henry Owen , March 18th , for that she feloniously, traiterously, and wilfully, and of her malice aforethought did mix and mingle a large quantity of deadly poison, called arsenick, into a cake made of dough, which cake she caused and procured to be baked, and did give the said Henry the said cake to eat, and that he, not knowing the same to be mixed with poison, did eat and swallow down the said cake into his body, by means whereof he became sick and greatly distempered, of which he languished until the 19th day of March, and then died .

She was indicted for the like treason and murder on the Coroner's Inquisition.

JOHN HALSEY sworn.

I am a servant at the White Lion opposite St. Giles's Church: I know Mary Owen perfectly well; I did not know whether she was married or no; I never saw Henry Owen in my life; I know nothing of the death of Henry Owen . On Monday evening, the 18th of March, between six and seven o'clock, as I was making sixpennyworth of brandy and water, Mary Fowler , who is since dead, brought a piece of cake to me, she broke it and asked me to eat a bit; I said I had rather not; she ate some of it herself, and then sat down in one of the boxes in the fore-room, and turned very sick. The prisoner came into our house about ten o'clock that night, and Mary Fowler being very sick, asked her where she got that cake; she said, she had it from Flannagan's, which is the next public house; she asked her why she did not eat of it herself; she said, she was not fond of sweet things.

You saw her eat of it, and she sickened in your presence? - Yes.

JOHN YOUNG sworn.

I am keeper of the Round-house at St. Giles's : I went to the prisoner's room with the constable, to assist in taking her; when I came into the room I saw the man dead, and Elizabeth Farrell very ill; I asked the woman -

Court. You must not say what the woman told you; do you know nothing but what the woman told you? - No.

DANIEL PROUT sworn.

I am a pastrycook by trade, and I am a constable; I took the prisoner; I found her in her lodging; there was a woman lying in one corner of the room very bad, and the prisoner's husband lay dead.

Who was the woman? - Elizabeth Farrell ; I asked her whether the occasion of her being so ill was by eating the cake, as was reported; she said, she believed it was, but that the woman that gave it her, she believed, gave it her innocently and not with a design to poison her. I took her to the Rotation Office before Justice Welch, and there, for want of sufficient evidence, she was discharged; on Wednesday the girl died of eating this cake, and upon the Thursday I took the prisoner up again, and then there was a witness that said, she saw the cake making at Flannagan's house: there was a doubt whether she knew Flannagan's house; the justice desired she might go to Flannagan's and somebody should follow her, to see if she knew the house; she went directly to Flannagan's; I followed her.

Court. We cannot hear what that woman said.

SIBLEY FOWLER sworn.

I am the mother of the child that was poisoned; my daughter's name was Mary Fowler .

Did you know Henry Owen ? - I have known him in former days, but he has been ill for thirteen years; he never came into the street; he has been afflicted with fits.

Do you know any thing of his death? - No farther than I heard he had ate some of the cake, as well as Mrs. Farrell.

You did not see Henry Owen eat any of the cake? - No.

You know nothing of the mixing of the cake? - No: I saw my child eat of the cake, and saw Mrs. Farrell give it her; they were eating it together; they both sickened and died of it.

Do you know who gave the cake to Mrs. Farrell? - Mrs. Owen. Mrs. Owen came in while Farrell and my daughter were vomiting, and said, what is the matter? Mrs. Farrell said, O! Mrs. Owen, I am very sick, look at that poor child and me, we are both poisoned; she said, If you are poisoned, my husband must be dead before now, for he has ate three times more of it than you. Mrs. Farrell said, pray Molly where did you get that cake? Mrs. Owen answered, I got it from Flannagan; then Mrs. Farrell d - d their hands that made it, for she said they were both poisoned; Mrs. Owen then said, Well, if I gave it you, I did not bid you give it any body else.

MARGARET WADDICK sworn.

I get my bread by washing and scouring: I have seen the prisoner often in the street; I know nothing of the death of Henry Owen : I was drinking at Flannagan's, a public-house in Broad St. Giles's; I was going out backward and saw some flour standing on a stool in the passage, and some stuff in a cup by it, that looked almost like treacle, but appeared redder; the prisoner and another woman came in and kneaded a cake.

Did you see whether they put any of the stuff in the cup in it? - No; the tea-cup stood with the flouer on a stool in the passage.

Did you see them do any thing with the cup at all? - No; I saw them knead the cake coming in doors with it.

What day was this? - The 18th of March.

To FOWLER. What day did the child take the cake? - Between seven and eight at night on the 18th of March.

To WADDICK. What time of day was it you are speaking of? - It was the afternoon; I saw the cake laid on the fire, so they said one to the other, that cake will make them gallop and sh - e.

Did you hear any more? - No.

You don't know who the other woman was? - No; I was with child: they said, if I longed for a bit, I might have it; I refused to have any.

ELIZABETH RUMBOULD sworn.

I know nothing of the prisoner, more than seeing her in the street: I went into Flannagan's to inquire after an acquaintance of mine; I turned round in the tap-room and saw a piece of cake on the fire.

Who were there? - Two or three children; I did not see the prisoner there.

What day was this? - The 18th of March between four and five in the evening.

This is all you know? - Yes.

RICHARD CHAMBERS sworn.

I am a sugeon, I live in Bow-street, Bloomsbury: I opened Henry Owen after his death; I did not see him while he was ill; the first view of the stomach and bowels upon opening him, was that of proud flesh, which is generally left after an inflammation of those parts; I made an incision into the stomach, and it was corroded and gangrened in several places, evidently arising from some corrosive matter taken into the stomach and endangering the life: I found no particles of any poison in the stomach.

Do you know what might be the corrosive matter that had been taken into the stomach? - Mineral poisons; there are different qualities of them.

What are the mineral poisons? - Arsenick, corrosive sublimate, the oil of vitriol, preparations of lead; the preparations of lead do not act as corrosives upon the stomach. I saw him on the 22d of March, three days after he was dead; I was desired by the church wardens of the parish to attend; I opened him the day after.

Would not some of the arsenick remain if it had been taken? - I apprehend very little, for nature makes an exertion to get rid of the poison by violent vomitings and purgings.

What is the colour of arsenick? - White, red, and yellow.

Is there any black arsenick? - No.

PRISONER's DEFENCE.

I leave my defence to my counsel; my witnesses can tell better than I can.

FOR THE PRISONER.

- FLANNAGAN sworn.

I know the prisoner Owen; she has lodged in my apartment twenty years; they lived as happy together as any body I ever saw; they had lived in a house up the yard, but they left it a little before, because it was too great a rent for them; they lived in great harmony together: this happened in my father's parlor.

Was there any quarrel between the prisoner and the other woman that is dead? - No; I heard the woman say as she lay bad, she believed she gave it her very innocently. I was at my father's door between five and six in the afternoon after tea, and a woman went by with something very dirty in her apron; she dropp'd two papers and pick'd them up again, and a little girl that was at the door, went to the kennel and picked up something that looked like brown bread, and she carried it in doors, and said, she had given it to my mother; I went in and they were breaking this cake among them; I took a bit and put it in my mouth; it was sweet but very nauseous, I spit it out again.

MARY FARRELL sworn.

I have known Mrs. Owen between six and seven years my mother and she were intimately acquainted; her husband and she lived in great harmony; I never heard any thing unlawful to her husband or to my mother that is dead; she supported her husband, who was bed-ridden twelve years.

NOT GUILTY .

Tried by the Second Middlesex Jury before Mr. RECORDER.

MARY OWEN was a second time indicted; for the wilful murder of Mary Fowler , in the same manner , March 18th.

There was no evidence given.

NOT GUILTY .

MARY OWEN was a third time indicted, for the wilful murder of Elizabeth Farrell , in the same manner , March 18th.

There was no evidence given.

NOT GUILTY .

367, 368, 369, 370, 371, 372. THOMAS DEMPSEY , THOMAS WELCH , JAMES DELANEY , PHILIP CORBET , DENNIS SHERRY , and ANDREW NIHIL were indicted for the wilful murder of Thomas Grimsley on the 11th of March , and that the said Thomas Dempsey , with a certain ax, which he in both his hands had and held, feloniously, wilfully, and of his malice aforethought, did strike, cut, and wound the said Thomas Grimsley upon the right side of his head, thereby giving him one mortal wound, of the length of two inches, and of the depth of one inch, of which he languished from the 11th of March until the 21st of March, and then died; and the said Thomas Welch , James Delaney , Philip Corbet , Dennis Sherry , and Andrew Nihil , together with Michael Daley , (not in custody) feloniously, wilfully, and of their malice aforethought were present, aiding, helping, comforting, and assisting the said Thomas Dempsey to do and commit the said felony and murder .

They stood charged with the like murder on the coroner's inquisition.

The witnesses were examined apart at the request of the prisoners.

JOHN SHAKESPEARE sworn.

I am a coachman: on Sunday the 10th of March, about twelve o'clock at night, I was going home to my lodging; Marshal, another coachman, and I agreed to go into the Coach and Horses in Spur-street, Leicester-fields , and have a pint of beer before we went home; I went in first, and called for a pint of beer; Mrs. Milward the landlady was in the bar, and the six prisoners were in the tap-room; I brushed up to the fire-place and said, with your leave, or by your leave, it is cold, I want to warm myself; I had no sooner got to the fireplace than I was knocked down under the table; the prisoners were between the bar and fire-place; I don't know who knocked me down; there was nobody but the prisoners in the house, I am sure it was by one of the prisoners, but I cannot say which; I had a stick in my hand when I was knocked down, they took that from me, and when I got up again, I was knocked down on the back of the head with the stick; when I came to myself I got up and heard a skirmish in the passage, and one of the prisoners came in with an ax in his hand, and he held it up at me and said, D - n you, I will split you down, or cut you in the head; somebody had pushed the window up, and I made my escape out at the window; I did not get into the house afterwards.

"On his cross examination he said, he had

"been drinking, but was sober enough to do

"any business, or know what he was about;

"that when he went into the room the prisoners

"were all in arms, standing between

"the bar and fire-place, and that they seemed " to be drunk; that he gave them no provocation

"at all; that he did not say a word to

"them, only, with your leave, or by your

"leave; that he had had no quarrel with

"them before in his life; that he could not

"tell what the skirmish in the passage was,

"but believed it was with a man that was

"coming in to drink with him; that he did

"not know whether the patrol were there

"when he made his escape, or whether or

"no he called the watch, because the blow

"on his head had made him insensible; that

"when he was knocked down, the prisoners

"were all upon him, but he could not speak

"to any one in particular as assisting in knocking

"him down."

GEORGE MARSHAL sworn.

I am a hackney coachman: I went into the Coach and Horses in Spur-street, Leicester-fields; I was in company with Shakespeare; he went in first; when I went in to the tap-room, Shakespeare was on the ground, I believe knocked down, and as I was going in at the door, one of the men, I believe Daley (who is not here) knocked me down in one of the boxes before I spoke a word to any body; as soon as I had received the blow from the first man, there were four or five of them, I cannot say how many, upon me; I knew Daley before; I believe Dennis Sherry was one of them; Dennis Sherry had the ax in his hand at the door where I made my escape.

Do you remember when you got out, whether you called the watch or the patrol? - I was rather stunned with the blows, but to the best of my knowledge, I called watch before I got out of the house; I found myself in a good deal of danger.

"On his cross examination he said, he believed

"it was past twelve o'clock; that he

"was sober; that Shakespeare had drank

"pretty freely, but was sober; that he had

"no quarrel with the prisoners, nor did he

"say a word to them when he went in."

ELIZABETH MILWARD sworn.

My husband keeps the Coach and Horses in Spur-street, Leicester-fields: I was in the tap-room the Sunday night this happened; I know all the prisoners; Corbet and Sherry lodged in my two pair of stairs fore room; the prisoners were all drinking together in my tap room on the Sunday night; they all seemed to be good company as far as I saw; about twelve o'clock Shakespeare the coachman came in, he appeared to me to be a little in liquor; I heard him repeat the word fight; he went strait across the room through the young men, he reeled and fell against the table, upon which Michael Daley struck at him, and Thomas Welch and James Delaney struck at him, by that time I think the other coachman came in, upon which they left Shakespeare and came to him, and I believe they gave him two or three blows, upon which I begged of Daley, as Marshal was his acquaintance, to have done; I think on that Marshal ran out, and I heard the watch called, I think by Marshal.

Do you remember the watchmen coming to the house? - Yes, I believe they came to the outer door first, then they opened the inner door, and made as if they were coming in, but they drew back again.

Did you see any of the prisoners armed with any weapons at that time? - Not at that time; by this time the other coachman was getting out at the window, that made the alarm in the street, and people wanted to come in; I held the bar window down; I did not see what happened then, but some time after one of the watchmen was knocked down at the taproom door; I went to help the watchman up, and looking into the passage I saw the tongs, poker, and hatchet in some of their hands; I could not see in whose hands they were.

Can you tell whether they were in the hands of strangers, or in the hands of people that were in your house? - I cannot tell in whose hands they were; I saw them held up in the passage.

They were your tongs, poker, and hatchet? - Yes.

Then they must be in the hands of persons who were in your house to take them? - Yes.

Did you hear any words said about knocking down? - Yes, I heard Michael Daley and Thomas Welch repeat the words, knock them down as they come in.

Do you remember when the deceased Thomas Grimsley came into the tap-room? - I saw him when he was brought into the tap-room, and not before.

"On her cross examination she said, the

"prisoners were taylors ; that two of them " lodged in the house, and the rest were

"acquainted with them: that they were

"always very peaceable for any thing she

"ever saw to the contrary; that when the

"first coachman came in she heard him say

"fight; but that he did not put himself in

"a posture to fight as she saw; that she

"never saw the ax in the hands of any

"body till the watchmen came in; that

"when she looked into the passage after the

"watchman was knocked down, she saw the

"watchman had cutlasses; that they held

"them up and brandished them about; but

"that she did not take notice in her fright

"how many there were; that she heard

"that one of the prisoners was wounded in

"his hand."

KENNETH BAINE sworn.

I am one of the patrols of St. James's parish: on Sunday night the 10th of March, about half after twelve at night, my partner and I were going up the Hay-market; we heard a watchman's rattle; upon that we made to the place as fast as we could; we went a little way and found it was in Spur-street; we came up to the door and found a quantity of people standing before the door; we asked what was the matter; one of the watchmen said, there was a parcel of murdering rascals within; my partner drew his hanger and I drew mine; the first thing I saw was Dempsey with an ax in the passage; I demanded peace in the king's name, and bid him put down that unlawful weapon; Dempsey made answer,

"The first man that laid hands upon

"him, he would cleave him down with the

"weapon he had in his hand:" I observed at that time Welch and Delaney upon the second step of the stairs with the poker and tongs in their hands; upon that Nihil I said, come down, come down, but he had nothing in his hand; then there were more came down; upon their coming down my partner stepping back, I imagine to put himself in a posture of defence, was knocked down; Dempsey made a stroke at him with the hatchet, which I warded off with my hanger, and one of the others made a blow at him with the poker or tongs: I got Dempsey down, put my knee on his breast, and twisted the ax out of his hand; I turned myself round and shifted the ax from my left hand to my right, in order to give it to the watchman; but who took it I don't know; one of St. Martin's watchmen dragged Dempsey to the door; Nihill and another of the prisoners dragged him back; upon that I was knocked down with the poker or tongs, I can't say which, and render'd incapable of doing any farther business: when I came to myself and got up, I was informed my partner was killed; I asked what was done with the watchman; they said, he was dragged in; I got up and fought again as well as I could and was knocked down again into the tap room; I was cut in three places in my head: I lay till I came to myself, and getting up again I missed my hanger; I found a bit of broomstick and made to the door with it; there was a string across the door, I laid hold of the string, but could not get the door open; I turned my head to the right and saw a man with my hanger in his hand; I made to him with the stick I found in the tap-room, and struck the hanger out of his hand; I then received so many blows with the poker and tongs, that I was unable to do them any farther mischief.

JOHN REYNOLDS sworn.

I am one of the patrols of St. James's: I went with the last witness to the Coach and Horses in Spur-street; there were a good many watchman about the door; they told us there were a parcel of murdering villians in the house; I demanded peace in the king's name; there was a passage full of them; my partner caught hold of one, who had the ax; Welch hit me a blow on the side of the head with the tongs; I received several blows; they got before and behind me; I cut Welch in the forehead and hand, but I was over. powered and knocked down; I had lost a deal of blood: I was cut in the hand at first setting out; when I was down they were all upon me, particularly Sherry, he kicked me about the head when I was down; I believe the prisoners were all about me, but I cannot be certain: Nihill was rescuing Dempsey from one of the watchmen; I am sure Welch, Nihill, and Sherry were there; I got out soon after and got my hand dressed; I went back and found Grimsley wounded, and took some of the prisoners; I took Corbet upon the roof of the house, the others were taken before in the two pair of stairs back room; there was a woman and a bason of blood and water that somebody had been washing in.

"On his cross examination he said, there

"was a light in the passage, so that they

"could see one another very well, and another

"light in the bar, which had a window

"into the passage."

JOHN ATKINSON sworn.

I am one of the patrols of St. Martin's parish: I went to the Coach and Horses with Grimsley the deceased; a man at the door asked me if I had any fire arms? I told him no, I did not carry any fire arms; they said there was a set of men in the house had almost murdered two men, and were gone up stairs; I saw one of the patrols lying on the ground bleeding very much; Grimsley said, give me a hanger, and I will go up, I am not afraid of them, and if nobody would go up with him, he would go up by himself: I said I would go up with him, he should not go up by himself; he went up with a candle in one hand, and a cutlass in the other; I followed him; William Pasley and another went with us, I was next to Grimsley; on the first pair of stairs we were met by a parcel of men; the first thing I saw was the edge of a hatchet held up to me, and I saw a poker, but could not see the persons that held them; Grimsley said something to them to take the ax away; they made no answer, but struck at him directly; Grimsley directly made a stroke at the ax, and swore a great oath that he did not mind the ax; immediately as he had said that word, he received a blow upon his head and fell directly; I had several blows on my arm that the cutlass fell out of my hand; I did not strike any body with my hanger, I could not reach them; Grimsley struck at the handle of the hatchet; there was a man cut, I don't know whether Grimsley did it; I had a number of blows on my head, but I had a thick cap on that saved me; we were obliged to retreat, and Grimsley was brought down and a surgeon was sent for, and he was dressed; we came afterwards with some more watchmen to take the prisoners, who were retreated up stairs; I saw four of them in the garret; the ax, poker, and tongs were found in the two pair of stairs fore room; the man that found them is not here; the ax was very bloody, and there was something on it appeared like brains; and the tongs were very bloody.

[The ax, poker, and tongs were produced in court. ]

He held the ax upright in both his hands.

WILLIAM PASLEY sworn.

I am a patrol of St. Martin's: I am one of the persons that went up stairs with the deceased; when we went into the house, I saw one of the patrols lying on one side bleeding; Grimsley took a candle and ran up stairs, Atkinson followed him, and I followed Atkinson: Grimsley said, d - n your eyes, lay the ax out of your hand; there was a blow made at him, I warded it off and then I fell down stairs; Grimsley was brought down wounded very much: we secured them all, I believe; there were some in the garret, and Sherry and another man were in bed with a woman; Nihill was sitting at a window; I went to him and told him he must go with us; Sherry and Dempsey were very bloody, and there was some blood upon Nihill's neck; the ax, and poker and tongs were found in the two pair of stairs room, I think; I was in the room when they were found; they were all bloody; I took them into my possession.

Mr. GEORGE CHARTERS sworn.

I am a surgeon at St. George's hospital: the deceased was brought there under my care; I was called up on Monday morning at two o'clock; I saw a patrol lying on a table senseless; I found two large cuts on one side of his head; and a bruise; on the first cut I perceived a fracture, with the other wound the skull was made bare; I did nothing to him that night, the surgeons were not there; in the morning finding the fracture he was trepann'd; the cuts appeared to have been given by a sharp instrument; they might be naturally made by such an instrument as the ax produced: he lived about ten days and then died; I apprehend the wound which he had received was the cause of his death; I opened his head after his death, and it corroborated that opinion.

To BAINE. When you came first into the room, which man had the ax? - Dempsey; I took it from Dempsey myself; I cannot tell who took it from me; I held it out for the watchman to take it out of my hand, but could not speak to him.

DEMPSEY's DEFENCE.

I am innocent of it; I never quarrelled in my life.

WELCH's DEFENCE.

I am innocent of the charge.

DELANEY's DEFENCE.

Inquire of the watchmen which took the weapons first.

CORBET's DEFENCE.

I was taken to the justice; no one could swear to me.

SHERRY's DEFENCE.

I am innocent of the affair.

NIHILL's DEFENCE.

As I am not provided with counsel, I beg, my lord, you will take my cause in hand; I am a surgeon: on the 10th of March I went to Mr. Milward's to attend Welch, who was not well; I asked whether he was at home; I was introduced into the back room where he and several of his shopmates were sitting; they knew me, and asked me to sit down and partake of the liquor they were drinking; I was in the room about an hour and a quarter; Welch withdrew from the room and went into the tap-room, and met with a soldier, with whom he tossed up for a shilling's worth of liquor; a quarrel ensued and the soldier had one of his eyes cut; I came into the tap-room to see what was the matter; I saw the soldier; there was nothing in the house to apply to his eye but a little brandy and water; I asked Mrs. Milward to let me have a little brandy and water in a saucer, and I went and bathed his eye; I then asked for something to bind his eye; she said she had nothing but a handkerchief, which he should have if he would leave the value of it; I bound his eye with the handkerchief; the liquor was then brought that they were tossing up for; they begged I would have a glass of that liquor; while I was drinking it the two coachmen came in and the quarrel began before I could wash my hands; if I had any blood on my stock it must come through dressing his eye; on seeing the quarrel begin, I immediately withdrew into the garret, and staid there till the quarrel was over, left I should be counted a quarrelsome man; and when the watchmen came I submitted without making any resistance.

The prisoners called twelve witnesses, who gave them a good character.

SAMUEL PILSBURY sworn.

I am a watchman : I took one of the prisoners to the watch house before Grimsley was killed; I don't know which, but I believe it was Delaney.

DEMPSEY, WELCH, and SHERRY NOT GUILTY of murder; but GUILTY of manslaughter only .

DELANEY, CORBET, and NIHILL NOT GUILTY .

Tried by the Second Middlesex Jury before Mr. RECORDER.

373. ROBERT STREET was indicted for that he, not being a person employed in or for the mint, &c. feloniously and traiterously had in his custody and possession one dye made of iron and steel, in and upon which was made and impressed the figure, resemblance, and similitude of the head side of the lawful coin of this realm called six-pences, without any lawful authority or sufficient excuse, against the duty of his allegiance , and against the statute.

2d Count. For feloniously having in his custody and possession one dye made of iron and steel which would impress the figure, &c. as in the first count, March the 14th .

WILLIAM LAWRENCE . sworn.

I went to the King's Head, a public house in Bear-street, Leicester-fields , with Evans, Green, Boyton, and Grubb to search a room which belonged to the prisoner; it was a back room, I believe up two pair of stairs; we were let into the room by the landlord of the house; we had the key of a box, which was taken from the prisoner at Evans's house, which the prisoner said was his; there we found a dye for a shilling and another for a half crown not finished, and a he and she, as it is called, for stamping; I saw two dies for six-pences taken out of the box we had the key of; Boyton took the key from the prisoner; there was some emery, a bottle of aqua fortis, and part of a cutting press; the prisoner himself directed us to the lodging.

" JOHN EVANS , who was one of the

"persons that went with Lawrence, confirmed

"his evidence, and produced the two

"dies for six-pences, which were found by

"him, with gold and silver weights, and

"divers other things tied up in a piece of

"brown paper and sealed, in the box, the

"key of which they had from the prisoner

"in the room in Bear-street; and he also

"produced a piece of lead which he had

"stamped with the dies, in order the better

"to shew the impression; that he searched

"a house at Chelsea which the prisoner

"said was his, where he found a cutting

"press complete with the fly and block, and

"a he and she belonging to it; and that there

"were benches fixed to work upon, and pots

"to melt metal in, and files.

BENJAMIN DOVE sworn.

I keep the King's Head in Bear-street, Leicester-fields: the prisoner lodged in my house nine weeks; the first week he lodged in the two pair of stairs back room; after that in the one pair of stairs back room; when the officers came to search he had lodged in the one pair of stairs back room eight weeks.

- SAGE sworn.

I am one of the monyers at the Mint: these dies will make a faint impression like an old King William's six-pence.

PRISONER's DEFENCE.

My lord, if in case it was found in my possession it was unknown to me; the box they say they broke open, was not mine.

To EVANS. When the prisoner was apprehended, did he tell you freely where his lodging was? - We knew his lodging before we apprehended him for this.

Did he tell you freely where his house at Chelsea was? - No, we were a long while before we found that out; we found it out by a man that had been along with him.

FOR THE PRISONER.

- SIMPSON sworn.

I keep the Marquis of Granby's Head, a public house in Mary-le-bone-street; the prisoner has a very good character; I have trusted him with forty pounds at a time; I have employed him when he was out of business.

ELIZABETH PARKER sworn.

I have known the prisoner about a year; I always heard that he was an honest, sober man; I was in the prisoner's house at Chelsea when he was taken; I was taken into custody and kept in custody nine days; Evans and another man came and took me out of prison, and Evans said, if I did not say so and so, I should be hanged; but if I said so and so, I should have a reward; otherwise I should be hanged, or imprisoned three years at least.

EVANS. I absolutely deny every thing she has said: the die was found in the box he gave me the key of.

Two other witnesses gave the prisoner a good character.

GUILTY . Death .

Tried by the Second Middlesex Jury before Mr. RECORDER.

374. ANN, the wife of GEORGE CHAMBERLAIN , was indicted for stealing a pair of shoes, value two shillings , the property of Thomas People , March the 17th .

"The prosecutor deposed, that he was

"inticed by a man to the prisoner's lodging;

"that while he was a bed with the prisoner,

"the man took away his shoes and pawned

"them."

NOT GUILTY .

Tried by the First Middlesex Jury before Mr. RECORDER.

375. AMY AVIS was indicted for stealing a linen sheet, value three shillings, the property of Matthew Kenney in a lodging room, let by contract by the said Matthew to the said Amy , March the 16th .

There was no evidence given.

NOT GUILTY .

376. THOMAS PROCTER was indicted for stealing forty pounds weight of paper printed upon, value 3 l. the property of Henry Baldwin , in the dwelling house of the said Henry , February the 28th .

SAMUEL SELFE sworn.

I am overseer of the business of Mr. Baldwin, who is a Printer : on the 28th of March Charles Moore , an errand boy to Mr. Baldwin, informed me that he had seen the prisoner, who was our warehouseman , carry a parcel of paper to Mr. Thomas's, a cheesemonger; I went to the shop, which was in Shoe-lane, and saw a great quantity of our paper about the shop (the paper produced) it is part of a variety of books; I made out four complete Ashe's Dictionary at a chandler's shop just by where he lodged; I went to his lodgings and found a vast quantity of ashes of paper that had been burnt; the prisoner said when I took him before the Lord Mayor, that he really had taken it and he was sorry for it, and that it was through necessity.

THEODOSIA PINDAR sworn.

I live in Little Eastcheap; the prisoner's wife brought a bundle of paper to our house; he never brought any; she desired to leave it a little while.

WILLIAM MITCHEL sworn.

I am a constable: Mr. Selfe gave me charge of the prisoner, who prevailed on me to go to his wife; I went to his lodging and there I saw four Ashe's Dictionary complete; they were afterwards carried to the chandler's shop; the prisoner in my presence wrote a direction upon them to Mr. Turpin, bookseller in St. John's-street.

[The paper was deposed to by Mr. Selfe.]

PRISONER's DEFENCE.

I did send some paper to a chandler's shop; a porter left it at my house and desired me to carry them where they were directed.

GUILTY of stealing to the value of thirty-nine shillings .

Tried by the First London Jury before Mr. RECORDER.

377. WILLIAM CLARKE was indicted for stealing a silk handkerchief, value two shillings , the property of George Pelly , April the 2d .

GEORGE PELLY sworn.

On the 2d of April about two o'clock in the afternoon I was at the end of the Minories , I felt a hand at my pocket; I put my hand in my pocket and missed my handkerchief; I turned round and saw it in the prisoner's hand; he dropped it, and then obligingly told me he was going to pick it up for me; I secured him and delivered him to the constable.

[The handkerchief was produced by the constable, and deposed to by the prosecutor.]

PRISONER's DEFENCE.

The handkerchief was on the ground; I took it up and carried it to the gentleman, and asked him if it was his.

GUILTY .

Tried by the First London Jury before Mr. RECORDER.

[No punishment. See summary.]

378. JOHN FORD was indicted for stealing twelve linen handkerchiefs, value thirty shillings, and a piece of silk and cotton moreen for a gown, value twenty shillings , the property of William Richardson , March the 8th .

ELEANOR RICHARDSON sworn.

I am the wife of William Richardson , who is a linen-draper in Fenchurch-street ; we lost a dozen linen handkerchiefs and a piece of silk and cotton moreen off a line in the shop window; I know nothing of the fact; I can only speak to the property.

THOMAS RIDGWAY sworn.

I live within about three doors of Mr. Richardson: on the 8th of March between eight and nine o'clock at night the prisoner ran by my door; he was pursued by Mr. Richardson's man; I ran after him, he turned up Ingram-court, which being no thoroughfare, he ran into Mr. Paul's warehouse at the upper end of it; before I could get there he was returning back, and I secured him: I searched him, but found nothing upon him; I went back and found the handkerchiefs dropped in the warehouse, the moreen was found afterwards in the warehouse.

[The goods were produced in court, and deposed to by Mr. Richardson.]

WILLIAM GEORGE RICHARDSON sworn.

I am the son of the prosecutor: I saw the prisoner take the gown and handkerchiefs out of the shop; I stood at the bottom of the stairs, about five yards from the door; I followed him and he was taken, and the handkerchiefs and gown found in a warehouse in Ingram-court.

PRISONER's DEFENCE.

As I was going along Fenchurch-street, I happened to turn up that court; I never had the things in my hand; there were other people in the court besides me.

GUILTY .

Tried by the First London Jury before Mr. RECORDER.

[No punishment. See summary.]

379. THOMAS BLISS was indicted for stealing a linen handkerchief, value ten-pence , the property of John Lyon , April the 15th .

The prosecutor was called, but not appearing his recognizance was ordered to be estreated.

NOT GUILTY .

380. LAZARUS LEVI was indicted for stealing 2000 yards of thread lace, value 2241. and a leather trunk covered with hair, value one shilling, the property of John Aspry in the dwelling-house of the said John , March the 6th .

There was no evidence to bring the charge home to the prisoner.

NOT GUILTY .

Tried by the First London Jury before Mr. RECORDER.

381, 382. WILLIAM SMITH, otherwise ARCHER , and WILLIAM BARTON were indicted for stealing a wooden box covered with leather, value one shillings, and four linen shirts, value twenty-four shillings, the property of James Winter ; and four gowns, value twenty-four shillings , the property of Susannah Winter , March the 5th .

THOMAS UPTON sworn.

I keep the Bell-inn in Warwick-lane : the goods mentioned in the indictment came to our house directed to James and Susanna Winter ; on Tuesday morning a little after five, I heard my servant cry out very loud, stop thief; I believe every body in the house heard him; I got up and came down, and we secured the two prisoners.

DAVID LEWIS sworn.

I saw the two prisoners take the trunk out of a waggon that stood in our yard; it was directed to Mr. Winter; I cried out stop thief and took one of the prisoners in the yard; the other got out of the yard, but was taken in the market; I am sure the prisoners are the men.

[The trunk was produced in court, and deposed to by James Winter .]

SMITH's DEFENCE.

The man said afterwards, that a rope was cut, but he did not say so in the yard.

BARTON's DEFENCE.

He said the rope was cut; we were searched, but there was no weapon found upon us to cut it with.

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

BOTH GUILTY .

Tried by the First London Jury before Mr. RECORDER.

[No punishment. See summary.]

383. JOHN FLACKER was indicted for stealing a pewter pint pot, value eight-pence , the property of Samuel Rogers , March 1st .

SAMUEL ROGERS sworn.

I keep the Red Lion in Old Bethlem : on the 1st of March the prisoner came into the house, under a pretence of calling for a pint of beer, and took away a pint pot that stood on the table.

THOMAS PILE sworn.

Mr. Rogers suspected the prisoner had stole a pot, and desired me to go after him; I did, and found the pot under his coat.

[The pot was produced in court, and deposed to by the prosecutor].

PRISONER's DEFENCE.

I found it in the street.

GUILTY .

Tried by the First London Jury before Mr. RECORDER.

[Imprisonment. See summary.]

384. ROBERT HOLLAND was indicted, for stealing a linen handkerchief, value one shilling , the property of Alexander Dunbar , April the 4th .

ALEXANDER DUNBAR sworn.

On the 4th instant, coming from the Change about three in the afternoon, Mr. Maltby followed me, and asked me, if I had not lost my handkerchief; I felt in my pocket, and told him I had; he pointed out the prisoner, and said he had it, and laid hold of him; I thought by the appearance of the prisoner, he looked so very reputable, that he was mistaken, but we searched the prisoner and found my handkerchief in his pocket.

THOMAS MALTBY sworn.

On the 4th of this month, coming from Change, I felt a hand in my own pocket, I turned about and saw the prisoner; I suspected him, I said nothing, but followed him; he turned back after this gentleman and another, and I saw him take the handkerchief out of his pocket.

PRISONER's DEFENCE.

I was very much in liquor; I have been twenty-five years master and mate of several very valuable merchants ships , and have been entrusted with cargo of an immense worth; I have had the most unblemished character; I have a great many friends in court.

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

GUILTY .

Tried by the First London Jury before Mr. RECORDER.

[No punishment. See summary.]

385. WILLIAM STEWARD was indicted for stealing a silk handkerchief, value two shillings , the property of John Miers , April the 12th .

JOHN ATWOOD sworn.

I know Mr. Miers, he is a Quaker; last Friday was se'nnight I was in Tower-street; I saw the prisoner take a handkerchief out of Mr. Miers' pocket; I secured him, then he threw down the handkerchief and I took it up.

[The handkerchief was produced in court, and deposed to, and John Wade , servant to Mr. Miers, deposed that it was Mr. Miers' property.

PRISONER's DEFENCE.

I know no more of it than the child unborn.

GUILTY .

Tried by the First London Jury before Mr. RECORDER.

[No punishment. See summary.]

386, 387, 388. JAMES ELLETT , EDWARD ELLETT , and SAMUEL GUTTERIDGE were indicted for stealing a man's hat, value two shillings , the property of John Wells , April 7th .

There was no evidence to affect the prisoners, but a boy ten years of age, who said he did not know the nature of an oath, he therefore was not examined.

ALL THREE NOT GUILTY .

Tried by the First London Jury before Mr. RECORDER.

389. MARY UNWORTH was indicted for stealing a linen table cloth, value two shillings , the property of Frances Bickerstaff , widow , December 27th .

FRANCES BICKERSTAFF sworn.

The prisoner was my servant; I lost a great many things, and on searching her box, I found a pawnbroker's ticket of this tablecloth.

[The tablecloth was produced in court, and deposed to by the prosecutor].

WILLIAM CORDY sworn.

I am a pawnbroker: the prisoner came to my shop with the prosecutrix and constable for the tablecloth; it was taken in by my niece, but she remembers nothing of it; but the prisoner confessed she pawned it when they came for it.

WILLIAM PAYNE sworn.

I was sent for to take charge of the prisoner, she confessed she pawned the tablecloth, and took me to the pawnbroker's.

PRISONER's DEFENCE.

I am innocent.

GUILTY of stealing to the value of ten-pence . W .

Tried by the First London Jury before Mr. RECORDER.

390. ISAAC SHEFFIELD was indicted for stealing ten guineas , the property of Thomas Rutledge , March 28th .

The prosecutor was defrauded of his money by cutting of cards, but it did not amount to a felonious taking.

NOT GUILTY .

Tried by the First Middlesex Jury before Mr. RECORDER.

391. JAMES STEWARD was indicted for burglariously breaking and entering the dwelling house of Elizabeth Bear , widow , on the 8th of February , about the hour of nine in the night, and stealing three linen window curtains, value three shillings, two blankets, value one shilling, a rug, value one shilling, a pillow, value ten pence, a linen pillow-case, value two pence, and a mahogany tea-board, value two pence, the property of the said Elizabeth, in her dwelling house .

There was no evidence to affect the prisoner, but the testimony of an accomplice, unconnected with any corroborating circumstances.

NOT GUILTY .

Tried by the First Middlesex Jury before Mr. RECORDER.

392. JANE MAY was indicted for stealing a silver watch, value twenty shillings , the property of Thomas Knight , April 4th .

"The prisoner spent most of the day drinking

"at the house of the prosecutor with the

"prosecutor's wife; the watch was afterwards

"found at a pawnbroker's, where it was

"pledged by the prisoner; it was proved upon

"the trial, that the prosecutor's wife declared

"before the justice, that she was so exceedingly

"intoxicated at the time the watch was

"lost, that she could not tell whether she

"might not have given the watch to the prisoner

"to pawn.

NOT GUILTY .

Tried by the First Middlesex Jury before Mr. RECORDER.

393. LEVI SOLOMON was indicted for feloniously being found at large before the expiration of the term for which he had been ordered to be transported , April 10th .

The record of his conviction and order to be transported were produced and read.

JOHN GODFREY sworn.

I took the prisoner at large on the 10th of this month, with a flat of butter on his head, which he had stole out of a waggon.

THOMAS WITHERS sworn.

I took the prisoner on the 11th of October, for stealing goods from Mr. Dunford, of which he was convicted; I was at the trial; I am certain the prisoner is the man; I knew him before.

NATHAN LYONS sworn.

I was at the taking of the prisoner on the 11th of October; he was tried for stealing pins the 21st of October, and was convicted.

PRISONER's DEFENCE.

I had his Majesty's free pardon to go for a soldier; I was in the Savoy.

GODFREY. He did not receive a pardon, there was nine of them broke away from the ship together.

GUILTY . Death .

Tried by the First London Jury before Mr. RECORDER.

394. SUSANNAH, the wife of GEORGE COOKE , was indicted for stealing two linen sheets, value five shillings, and a feather bolster, value three shillings, the property of James Richardson , the said goods being in a certain lodging room let by contract by the said James to the said Susannah , Feb 18th .

"It appeared upon the evidence, that the

"prosecutor was acquainted with the circumstance

"of the prisoner's having pawned the

"sheets and the bolster, and had agreed to

"receive them again, when it should be in

"the power of the prisoner to redeem them."

NOT GUILTY .

Tried by the First London Jury before Mr. RECORDER.

She was a second time indicted for stealing a copper pot and cover, value five shillings, a flat iron, value eight pence, and a piece of linen cloth, value eighteen-pence , the property of James Richardson , February 18th.

JAMES RICHARDSON sworn.

My wife was out seven weeks; I left the goods mentioned in the indictment in the care of the prisoner; they were afterwards found at two pawnbrokers.

[The pawnbrokers produced the goods mentioned in the indictment, and deposed they were pledged with them by the prisoner; they were deposed to by the prosecutor.]

"The prisoner in her defence said, that

"the prosecutor gave her leave to pawn them:

"but that was absolutely denied, by both the

"prosecutor and his wife.

GUILTY of stealing to the value of ten pence . W .

Tried by the First London Jury before Mr. RECORDER.

395. MICHAEL HALL was indicted for stealing a linen handkerchief, value ten pence , the property of William Wilkins , February 27th .

WILLIAM WILKINS sworn.

Going up Holborn Hill I missed my handkerchief; I turned round and saw it in the prisoner's hand; he put it in his breeches; I laid hold of him.

ROBERT BLOXHAM , who was present, confirmed the prosecutor's evidence.

[The handkerchief was produced in court, and deposed to by the prosecutor.]

The prisoner said nothing in his defence.

GUILTY .

Tried by the First London Jury before Mr. RECORDER.

396. ISAAC HUTCHINSON was indicted for feloniously making an assault, with a certain offensive weapon, upon Sarah the wife of Charles Child , with intent the money of the said Charles to steal , against the statute, February the 25th .

The witnesses were examined apart at the request of the prisoner.

SARAH CHILD sworn.

I am the wife of Charles Child , who is a robe-maker: on the 25th of February, at a little after ten at night, somebody knocked at the door; my son opened it and took in a letter from the prisoner, who said he came from Munday's coffee-house; my son let him into the passage, and brought the letter to his father; as he was reading it, the prisoner came into the parlor and put a pistol to my breast, and said, you are a dead woman if you stir; my husband laid hold of him and wrenched the pistol out of his hand; he threw me down, but I got up and got out into the yard, and called out fire; he had not time to make any demand.

Charles Child the husband, and John Child the son, confirmed Mrs. Child's testimony.

PRISONER's DEFENCE.

I was coming up Shoemaker-row, Blackfriars; I saw two men struggling, the man got away, and the prosecutor laid hold of me, and said I was one of the men that had been in his house; this was in the street.

Prosecutor. When the prisoner presented the pistol to my wife, I laid hold of him, and had a scuffle with him in the parlor; he hit me a blow on the forehead with his pistol, which made it swell very much, but I never let him go; there was another man in the passage with a pistol, scuffling with my son.

GUILTY .

Tried by the First London Jury before Mr. RECORDER.

397. JOHN MURPHY was indicted for stealing a silk sacque and coat, value forty shillings, a sattin gown, value twenty shillings, a lawn apron, value five shillings, three pair of worstead stockings, value two shillings, a linen waistcoat, value one shilling, a linen shirt, value two shillings, a linen shift, value one shilling, and a muslin neckcloth, value one shilling , the property of John Lacy , March 10 .

MARY LACY sworn.

I am the wife of John Lacy : my wearing apparel was packed up in a box, to go with me to Portsmouth; just as the coach was about to set off, there was a dispute about a seat, which occasioned me to ask for my box, which was just delivered, and it was then missing; I packed up the things mentioned in the indictment in the box myself. (The box was produced in court).

JAMES MUNDAY sworn.

The prisoner was brought to me by Woodcock, and charged with stealing this trunk from the Portsmouth-stage.

JOSHUA WOODCOCK sworn.

The trunk was taken upon the prisoner, and brought to me by James Clarke .

JAMES CLARKE sworn.

I saw the prisoner with the box open, he was stooping down; I asked him what he was doing with the trunk, he immediately knocked me down and ran off; I got up, and pursued and took him; he had the trunk up a court.

ANN CLARKE sworn.

I was taking leave of my brother and sister at the coach; my brother missed his box, I asked a man where it was, he said it was gone to hell by that time; a woman said she met a man with a box under his coat, and that he was gone up a court; we went up the court, and found the prisoner lying on his back, and took him, and he was committed.

PRISONER's DEFENCE.

I am innocent; I went to see a friend that was going in the Portsmouth-coach, they were just in the coach when I heard the cry of stop thief; I followed the man up the entry, and a man followed me and knocked me down, and in my defence I ran against him, and called the watchman; I never meddled with the box, nor saw it till I saw it before the alderman in Guildhall.

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

GUILTY .

Tried by the First London Jury before Mr. RECORDER.

[No punishment. See summary.]

398. WILLIAM CHANDLER was indicted for stealing three brass watch frames, value ten shillings , the property of William Robinson , February 29th .

WILLIAM ROBINSON sworn.

I am a watchmaker: I sent the boy out with some watch frames, to some men that worked for me.

ANDREW FRAMPTON .

How old are you? - Eleven years old.

Do you know the nature of an oath? - Yes.

What would become of you if you was to take a false oath? - I should go to hell.

(The witness is sworn). I was carrying these watch frames to the men; the prisoner came before me and said, Stop and deliver; it was about nine at night; he took my hand out of my pocket, and took away a bag with the frames, and ran away.

JOHN JONES sworn.

I saw the prisoner take something out of the last witness's hand and run away with it; the little boy cried, stop thief; I pursued the prisoner and took him.

JAMES ROWLEY sworn.

I am a constable; I had charge of the prisoner; I searched him, but found nothing upon him; I said, I supposed he knew where they were; he said, he would go and shew me, but before we went they were brought in.

The prisoner said nothing in his defence.

GUILTY .

Tried by the First London Jury before Mr. RECORDER.

[No punishment. See summary.]

399. FRANCES NASH was indicted for stealing two yards of cotton quilting, value four shillings , the property of Henry Ford , April the 13th .

HENRY FORD sworn.

I am a linen-draper : on the 13th of this month, the prisoner and another woman came to my shop, the other woman bought something; I went out to get change, when I returned, a person produced this quilting to me, and said, he took it from the prisoner.

- WAKE sworn.

I found this piece of quilting under the prisoner's cloak as she came out of Mr. Ford's shop on Saturday fortnight, between seven and eight o'clock.

[The quilting was produced in court, and deposed to by the prosecutor.]

When I found it, she went down on her knees, and begged I would forgive her.

PRISONER's DEFENCE.

The other young woman gave it me.

GUILTY .

Tried by the First London Jury before Mr. RECORDER.

[No punishment. See summary.]

400. LUCIUS HUGHES was indicted for feloniously receiving a gold watch chain, the property of Matthias O'Byrne , he well knowing the said chain to have been stolen , Feb. 27 .

There was no evidence given.

NOT GUILTY .

401. ROBERT SMITH was indicted for stealing twenty-two pounds of moist sugar, value five shillings and sixpence , the property of Caleb Wicks and company , March 7th .

JAMES CULVERWELL sworn.

I live in Snow's-fields, the prosecutors are partners and wharfingers, I am servant to them; these sugars were in a warehouse at Fresh-wharf ; if any sugars are lost they are accountable to the merchants for it. On the 7th of March, about five in the evening, I saw the prisoner come out of the public house that goes down to the wharf, and make towards the warehouse door; I was about a dozen yards behind him; I went after him, he got into the warehouse before I could overtake him; I made the door fast on the outside, and went to acquaint the gang-porters of it.

CALEB WICKS sworn.

On the 7th of March, about five o'clock, I was informed that the prisoner was gone into the warehouse; I and another person went immediately into the buildings and found him in a two pair of stairs room; I am one of the partners in the warehouse; there was an apron full of moist sugar by him, which weighed twenty-two pounds; there was a picklock key found that opens the door.

JAMES KENNETT sworn.

On the 7th of March, about a quarter after four o'clock, I locked the warehouse-door; I was the last man in the warehouse.

PRISONER's DEFENCE.

About half after four o'clock I heard them hollow out, who works? I ran up into this warehouse, and when I found they were not there I came down again and found the door locked; they came in and laid hold of me and carried me to the Compter.

GUILTY .

[No punishment. See summary.]

Tried by the Second London Jury before Mr. RECORDER.

402. EDWARD REMNANT was indicted for stealing eighty-five guineas in monies numbered, the property of James Morris , March the 22d .

It appeared upon the evidence of the prosecutor, that he had been defrauded of eighty-five guineas by cutting of cards; but it did not amount to a felony.

NOT GUILTY .

Tried by the Second London Jury before Mr. COMMON SERJEANT.

He was a second time indicted for unlawfully defrauding James Morris of twenty guineas , March 22d .

It appeared upon the evidence, that the prosecutor had been defrauded of a sum of money by three men, but it did not appear that the prisoner was one of the persons.

NOT GUILTY .

Tried by the Second London Jury before Mr. COMMON SERJEANT.

403. MARY BRISTOL was indicted for stealing four pair of silk stockings, value twenty shillings, and three linen handkerchiefs, value three shillings , the property of William Moore , March the 22d .

ELIZABETH MALPAS sworn.

I am servant to Mr. Moore: on the 21st of March the prisoner washed at our house, the next day the things mentioned in the indictment were missing; they were afterwards found at a pawnbroker's.

The pawnbroker produced the stockings and the handkerchiefs, and deposed she received them of the prisoner.

WILLIAM PAYNE sworn.

I took the prisoner on the 23d of March, and she confessed she had taken the things and pawned them.

PRISONER's DEFENCE.

The gentleman promised if I would own to them, he would not hurt me.

GUILTY of stealing to the value of ten pence . W .

Tried by the Second London Jury before Mr. RECORDER.

404. JAMES PARIS was indicted for stealing a piece of silk, containing eighteen yards, value 4 l. the property of James Herbert , March 30th .

MICHAEL COMPIGNE sworn.

I am servant to Mr. James Herbert , who is a mercer in Fenchurch-street ; I packed the silk in a trunk and sent it down to the quays.

JOHN HURST sworn.

This piece of silk (producing it) I took from the prisoner at Chester's quay, on the 30th of March about four in the afternoon.

COMPIGNE. This is Mr. Herbert's silk that I packed up that day.

JOHN FLOWER sworn.

I stopped the prisoner with the silk at Chester-quay.

ALEXANDER McKENZIE sworn.

I am a lighterman; I had this silk delivered to me to ship, it was opened by the searchers, and while they were looking over the silk, the prisoner was brought in with this piece of silk.

COMPIGNE. It is searched by the searchers on the quays, to see whether it is silk or not.

PRISONER's DEFENCE.

Going along I found this piece of silk; I carried it open in my hand.

GUILTY .

Tried by the Second London Jury before Mr. RECORDER.

[No punishment. See summary.]

405. HENRY WOOD was indicted for stealing a paper hand box, value six-pence, six yards of black silk mode, value thirty shillings, two scarlet cardinals, value ten shillings , the property of Richard Holland , March the 28th .

"It appeared upon the evidence that the

"prosecutor's wife gave the prisoner directions

"to take the things to her mother."

NOT GUILTY .

Tried by the Second London Jury before Mr. RECORDER.

406, 407. JOSEPH HARRIS and RICHARD HATCH were indicted for burglariously breaking and entering the dwelling-house of John Mason on the 3d of March , about the hour of eight in the night, with intent the goods of the said John in his dwelling-house to steal, take, and carry away .

"There was no evidence to affect the

"prisoners, but a confession proved by the

"evidence of a Jew, who did not appear in

"a very good light."

The prisoners called a witness, who proved an alibi.

BOTH NOT GUILTY .

Tried by the Second London Jury before Mr. RECORDER.

They were a second time indicted for that they in the King's highway, with a certain pistol loaded with gunpowder and a leaden slug, feloniously did shoot at Thomas Evans , against the statute.

2d Count. That Joseph Harris , with a certain pistol loaded with gunpowder and a leaden slug, which he held in his right hand, did shoot at Thomas Evans , and that the other was present, aiding, abetting, and assisting him the said felony to do and commit, March the 3d.

The evidence was the same as on the former indictment.

BOTH NOT GUILTY .

Tried by the Second London Jury before Mr. RECORDER.

408. JOHN FURR was indicted for stealing twelve china plates, value twelve shillings, and twelve china bowls, value eighteen shillings , the property of John Parsons , March the 13th .

JOHN PARSONS sworn.

I live in Holborn ; I had eleven boxes of china in my warehouse to go by the Woodstock waggon: on the 11th of March, between nine and ten at night, there was one of the boxes stole; I suspected the prisoner who was my porter; in the morning I sent for Payne and gave him charge of him.

WILLIAM PAYNE sworn.

Mr. Parsons sent for me on the 12th of

March, and told me he suspected his man had robbed him; I told the man if he knew any thing of it he had better tell me; at last he said he knew the man that took it away, and took me to a house in Moor-lane, Fore-street; he told me the box was there; I searched the house, but there was no such thing; I then lodged him in the Compter, and went and told his master what I had done; the man he had charged came to him in the Compter to be paid for his porterage, and he was committed on suspicion; he said he had the box from Gray's-inn-lane; I went there, it was at a green stall; the woman said the prisoner brought it there over night and desired to leave it till morning, and that then the porter fetched it away; the porter took me to the place where he had left it, and I took care of it.

JANE PAYNE sworn.

I sell greens in Gray's-inn-lane: I have known the prisoner some time; he brought that box and desired to leave it that night; he said it was a box of cloaths, that he was going to a new place, and said he would take it away in the morning; he broke it with pitching it off his shoulder; I am sure that is the box.

[The box was produced in court, and deposed to by Mr. Parsons.]

PRISONER's DEFENCE.

I never did carry any box, nor any thing of the kind to her house.

GUILTY .

Tried by the Second London Jury before Mr. RECORDER.

[No punishment. See summary.]

409. JOSHUA IRELAND was indicted for stealing a linen handkerchief, value one shilling, the property of Samuel Warren ; and three linen handkerchiefs, value two shillings, the property of persons unknown , February the 27th .

WILLIAM PAYNE sworn.

On the 27th of February, at the time of the polling, I saw the prisoner take the handkerchief out of Mr. Warren's pocket; I secured him and found three more in his breeches: Warren was bound over to prosecute, but is not here.

PRISONER's DEFENCE.

Payne found but one handkerchief upon me; I had been concerned with bad women, and had what I should not have; that was the reason of my having it in my breeches.

He called one witness, who gave him a good character.

GUILTY .

Tried by the Second London Jury before Mr. COMMON SERJEANT.

[No punishment. See summary.]

410. JOHN LAIRD was indicted for wilful and corrupt perjury , July the 4th .

NOT GUILTY .

Tried by the Second London Jury before Mr. RECORDER.

411. JOHN ALLEN was indicted for wilful and corrupt perjury; November the 16th .

"The perjury alledged in the indictment

"was, the defendant having sworn that a person

"was indebted to him for money paid

"on his account."

"It appeared upon the trial that the money

"was not actually paid, though the defendant

"had engaged to pay it."

NOT GUILTY .

Tried by the Second London Jury before Mr. RECORDER.

412. RICHARD AKED was indicted with other persons for a conspiracy .

There was no evidence given.

NOT GUILTY .

413, 414, 415. HENRY QUIRFORTH , JOHN DENNISON , and JANE DENNISON were indicted (with one MARY McKENNELLER not in custody) for that they did conspire to send into foreign countries one Elizabeth Brickleband , June the 7th .

SARAH BRICKLEBAND sworn.

I am the mother of Elizabeth Brickleband ,

she was seventeen years of age; I have the register of her birth: on the 7th of June in the morning as we were going to breakfast, somebody knocked at the door; I desired a little boy to go the door; there was a tall woman in a black crape gown, her name was Mary McKenneller , she said she wanted my daughter; she went to the door, and said she did not know her; I went to the window and saw McKenneller and she at the door; she asked her to go a little way with her, and my daughter never came back again; on the Monday following I saw McKenneller go by the door; I went after her and asked her what she had done with my child; she said she went to an office, and she took me to Dennison's; I believe it was then between nine and ten in the morning; McKenneller said, here is Betsey's mother come to enquire about her; Mrs. Dennison bid me walk in and walk up stairs, and said my daughter would do very well; I walked up stairs and then she denied ever seeing my child, though at first she said she was a fine girl and would do very well; they kept me till ten or eleven at night, and would not give me any satisfaction; to be sure I used a little rudeness and threatened to break their windows and doors if they did not let me see whether my daughter was in their house: one John Lewington came in and said, I need not enquire about my daughter, she was on board the Nancy brigg, and would do very well, and said, why did not you satisfy her before? the Dennisons were both present, and desired this man to give me a direction to the clerk, I think they called him; I said I must know the captain's name and the ship's name before I went away; then Mrs. Dennison said I was troublesome, and bid me go about my business; I said I should be more troublesome, that if I had not my daughter I should go to the Lord Mayor; she said don't go to the Lord Mayor, you shall have your daughter again in three months; I will send this fine creature in her room (that was a girl she had there) if I would pay her passage; I got the name of the captain and the owner, and then I wanted to go, and Dennison's son began to push me about; I got out and the next day went to Quirforth; Dennison gave me a direction to him: they told me the ship was at Gravesend, I might go and have her back if I would pay her passage; I went to Gravesend and the ship was gone; I came back and went to Quirforth, and he said the ship failed on Thursday, and that he entered her; I desired to see her name, and he shewed me a list with Elizabeth Brickleband at the bottom of it; the rest were entered for four years, but she was entered twenty-one free; I suppose to be sold for life: I came home and went to the Lord Mayor, and got a warrant to take the people up; they were taken and put in gaol on Friday, and Quirforth came to me on Saturday and a man with him; he asked me how I did, I said I did not know him; he said he was the clerk that entered my daughter; I said I don't want to see you; have you brought me any news of my daughter? he said, I could not expect that; he was come in behalf of the two people I had put in prison the day before, and said, if I persisted in it I should hang them all; I said, if the law would hang them I could not help it; he said, you are a good sort of a woman, you don't know what you have done; if you won't go on with it, you shall have 500 l. he said, he would bring it me on Monday, and I should have my daughter in four years; I said, do you think I will sell my child's blood; no, I will not do that; I sent for Mr. Shadow, a friend of mine, and left him with him.

GEORGE SHADOW sworn.

I know Mrs. Brickleband, she has lived opposite me almost seven years. Quirforth told me the story about her daughter, and said, if she would drop the proceeding before the Lord Mayor, he would enter into an engagement to bring her daughter back; that he knew the captain and mate of the ship, and

was the only person that could bring her back again.

SARAH GITTIM sworn.

I met with the prosecutrix; she seemed in a deal of trouble, and asked me to go with her to Dennison's office to know what time they set the child down; I went with her; there were two men in the house, and another man and the son came in; the son said to Mrs. Brickleband, you old

"Cadetameran,

"what do you do here again about

"your whore of a daughter? I debauched her

"at school; and I took her on board the

"ship, and there I debauched her again, and

"gave her a flogging." I went with her before the Lord Mayor, and there the father and mother were; the father denied seeing her, but the mother owned she saw her; Quirforth came before the Lord Mayor the second time; they were examined and produced a roll, and said, he was both captain and agent of the ship; the boy said before the Lord Mayor that he took her on board the ship.

Mr. MARTHEW sworn.

Dennison and his wife keep a lock-up house in the court where I live: I have seen Quirforth continually at Dennison's house; hearing they were in prisoner I was glad of an opportunity of appearing against them, and went before the Lord Mayor; Quirforth came there to justify the conduct of the Dennisons, and to give bail for them; the Lord Mayor seemed to think him a confederate; he produced a list of about an hundred persons he had indentured; the Lord Mayor asked him of the character in which he acted in this business; he first called himself a clerk, then he called himself an agent; the Lord Mayor asked him how he was to be paid; he said he was to have 9 l. 7 s. 6 d. the Lord Mayor said it was a fine thing for a man to have near an hundred servants for 9 l. 7 s. 6 d. there was some dispute about receiving the premium for entering this girl; she was entered upon his list, that was all the indenturing: I saw Quirforth make proposals about getting her back again; and the Lord Mayor fixed the first of January for the time of bringing her back.

JOHN DENNISON 's DEFENCE.

I am quite innocent; I know nothing of it.

JANE DENNISON 's DEFENCE.

I never was in prison before my husband was in prison and before the Lord Mayor; they said they had nothing to alledge against him, and he was discharged.

The Dennisons called

" PETER MOSES and HENRY FILLINGHAM ,

"who deposed, that they were

"drinking together at the King's-arms in

"Rosemary-lane, and that the prosecutrix's

"daughter came in and said, she was just come

"from on board a ship at Blackwall, and

"was waiting for a young man to call for

"her that she was going to America with;

"that Moses said to her, Mary, you will

"repent of it before you get to the Downs;

"that she said she did not care, she would

"go to the farthest part of the world with

"him; that she staid about two hours and

"began to grow uneasy at his not coming;

"that they then proposed to go a little way

"with her, and went as far as Ratcliff-highway,

"and saw her into her mother's house."

The jury to the prosecutrix. What was the first day that you went to Dennison's? - The first Monday after Whitsuntide; she was gone the Wednesday before; I went to Dennison's on the Monday, and to the best of my knowledge I went to Gravesend the very day after, and the ship was gone.

D id your daughter ever elope from you? - Never, nor never kept bad company. I never saw her after.

When were these people taken before my Lord Mayor? - The Friday after.

ALL THREE GUILTY .

Tried by the Second London Jury before Mr. RECORDER.

QUIRFORTH to be imprisoned a month and find security for his good behaviour one year .

The other two to be imprisoned three months and find security for their good behaviour two years .

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

Received sentence of death, nine:

William Jefferson , Emanuel Cowen , William Miles , John Jones , Christoper Sanders , Daniel Greenwood , John Bennett , Solomon Levi , and Robert Street .

To be transported fourteen years, one:

William Merritt .

Branded and imprisoned six Month four:

James Lawton , Thomas Baldwin , Thomas Moran , and John Bangay .

Branded, three:

William Clark , William Steward , and William Chandler .

Whipped, two:

Robert Holland and John Flacker .

Sentence was respited on the rest of the prisoners who were convicted of grand larceny.

*** Trials at law, and arguments of counsel, accurately taken in short-hand by JOSEPH GURNEY; (writer of these proceedings) of Southampton-Buildings, Chancery-lane.

*** Trials at law, and arguments of counsel, accurately taken in short-hand by JOSEPH GURNEY , (writer of these proceedings) of Southampton-Buildings, Chancery-lane.