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Old Bailey Proceedings, 10th July 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 10th of July 1776, and the following Days;

Being the SIXTH-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 VI. PART I.

LONDON:

PRINTED BY WILLIAM RICHARDSON ; AND SOLD BY S. BLADON, in PATER-NOSTER ROW.

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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 EDWARD WILLES , One of the Justices of his Majesty's Court of King's Bench; the Honourable Sir GEORGE NARES , Knight, One of the Justices of his Majesty's Court of Common Pleas; Mr. Serjeant GLYNN, Recorder; 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.

London Jury.

John Flude ,

William Wallace ,

Joseph Woodward ,

Robert Finley ,

John Paley ,

William Coggan ,

Richard Benson ,

John Read ,

Edward Witham ,

William Thompson ,

Samuel Lever ,

Timothy Moore .

[ David Montague and Joseph Hunt served part of the time in the stead of William Coggan .]

First Middlesex Jury.

Thomas Parker ,

Matthew Denton ,

William Ball ,

Jeremiah Swain ,

William Brown ,

William Inwood ,

John Russell ,

Stone Tuppen ,

James Rogers ,

George Barraston ,

James Hastie ,

Alexander Allen .

Second Middlesex Jury.

George Ward ,

Richard Lawrence ,

James Elliot ,

Henry Hunt ,

Richard Mule ,

William Weston ,

Jacob Bocquet ,

William Stoughton ,

Thomas Hind ,

Thomas Redshaw ,

John Ashton ,

William Lawrence .

501. HANNAH ROBINSON was indicted for stealing a piece of lawn containing five yards, value fifteen shillings , the property of Thomas Rowl , Thomas Jenkins , and John Blake , June 6th .

THOMAS JENKINS sworn.

I am in partnership with Thomas Rowl and John Blake ; we are linen-drapers , and live in Coventry-street : in the evening of the 6th of June the prisoner and another woman came into the shop under pretence of buying a gown (I think they said the gown was for the prisoner) but they did not buy any thing; a woman in the shop told us the prisoner had concealed a piece of lawn; I searched her and found a piece of lawn concealed under her cloak.

[The piece of lawn was produced in court, and deposed to by Mr. Jenkins.]

The prisoner did not say any thing in her defence.

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

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

502. GEORGE ROOKE was indicted for that he in the king's highway upon Thomas Smith feloniously did make an assault, putting him in corporal fear and danger of his life, and stealing from his person a watch, the inside case made of metal, the outside case covered with green shagreen, value forty shillings, a steel watch chain, value one shilling, a brass watch key, value one penny, and four shillings and six pence in money numbered, the property of the said John , June 2d .

There was no evidence to prove the charge upon the prisoner but an accomplice, unconfirmed by any other testimony.

NOT GUILTY .

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

He was likewise a second time indicted for that he on the king's highway in and upon Charles Peach did make an assault, putting him in corporal fear and danger of his life, and stealing from his person six pence in money numbered, the property of the said Charles , June 2d .

There was the same defect in the evidence as on the former trial.

NOT GUILTY .

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

503. MICHAEL COOK and RICHARD MILLS were indicted for stealing nineteen bars of iron, three hundred pounds weight, value forty shillings , the property of Peter Jewkins and William Holmer , June 7th .

Second Count. Lays them to be the property of Diana Wooldridge .

There was no evidence to prove the iron missing, nor any mark thereon, by which it could be identified.

BOTH NOT GUILTY .

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

504. MARY READING was indicted for stealing a silver watch, value forty shillings, a pair of silver shoe-buckles, value ten shillings, a pair of silver knee-buckles, value four shillings, and a man's hat, value one shilling , the property of Thomas Coupland , May 11th .

'The prosecutor suffered himself to be

'picked up by a woman; he went to bed

'with her at her lodgings, and in the morning

'missed his bed-fellow, and the things

'mentioned in the indictment.

'A witness called upon the part of the prisoner

'deposed, that the prosecutor had acknowledged

'he was much in liquor, that he

'could not be certain that the prisoner was

'the person, and farther, that the prisoner

'had not been in that lodging for a week before

'the fact.

NOT GUILTY .

Tried by the First Middlesex Jury before Mr. RECORDER.

505. JOHN GOSS was indicted for stealing a piece of shalloon containing thirty yards, value thirty shillings the property of William Andrews and John Fisher , June 12th .

JOSIAH LISTER sworn.

I am servant to Mess. Andrews and Fisher; I saw the prisoner come into our warehouse between five and six in the evening of the 12th of June, and take a piece of shalloon; I followed him into the street, and took the shalloon from under his arm: he took it off a shelf near the door: I was in the further part of the warehouse where he could not see me.

[The shalloon was produced in court, and deposed to by Lister.]

PRISONER's DEFENCE.

I leave myself to the mercy of the court.

GUILTY .

Tried by the London Jury before Mr. RECORDER.

[Imprisonment. See summary.]

506. WILLIAM DAY was indicted for stealing a linen handkerchief, value ten pence , the property of John Pharez , July 7th .

JOHN PHAREZ sworn.

I was going up Holborn on Sunday night the 7th of July, at near ten o'clock; I felt a tug at my pocket; I turned about, and the prisoner had my handkerchief half out of my pocket; I went to lay hold of him, upon which he snatched my handkerchief out, and ran away; I pursued him, and took him just as he was going to turn down Field-lane; I never lost sight of him, and I am sure he is the man. I did not find my handkerchief.

The prisoner said nothing in his defence.

GUILTY .

Tried by the London Jury before Mr. RECORDER.

[Imprisonment. See summary.]

507. JOHN BELL was indicted for stealing a wether lamb, value twenty-eight shillings , the property of John White , June 3d .

' Thomas Brookes and Henry Wood , two

'material witnesses for the prosecution were

'called, but did not appear; the court ordered

'their recognizances to be estreated.'

GUILTY .

Tried by the London Jury before Mr. RECORDER.

508. ANN GURNEY was indicted for stealing two linen shirts, value twenty shillings, a linen shift, value eight shillings, and a linen bed-gown, value one shilling , the property of John Patrick , June 13th .

MARY PATRICK sworn.

I am the wife of John Patrick ; the shirts and shifts, and the bed-gown mentioned in the indictment, were in my dining room on Saturday afternoon; I missed them on the Monday afternoon; I found them again at the pawnbroker's: the prisoner has done needle work at my house at times for these three years.

- CROCKFORD sworn.

I am warehouseman to Mr. Berry, a pawnbroker; I took in a shirt on the 13th of June, and a child's bed-gown on the 7th, of the prisoner.

To the prosecutrix. When did you miss the things? - I don't know the day of the month; it was on a Monday afternoon.

[The shirt and bed-gown were produced in court, and deposed to by the prosecutrix.]

SAMUEL JONES sworn.

I live at Mr. Hart's, a pawnbroker in Grub-street; I took in a shirt and a shift body of the prisoner.

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

PRISONER's DEFENCE.

I had the shirts delivered to me to make.

Prosecutrix. I never gave her leave to take them away.

GUILTY .

Tried by the London Jury before Mr. RECORDER.

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

509. MORRIS ROBERTS was indicted for stealing a wooden hogshead, value ten pence , the property of John Rogers , June 14th .

NOT GUILTY .

Tried by the London Jury before Mr. RECORDER.

510, 511. MARY MONK and ROSE CAREY were indicted for stealing a pair of silver shoe-buckles, value eight shillings , the property of a person unknown, June 27th .

There was no evidence to prove the charge upon the prisoners, but an accomplice, unconfirmed by any other testimony.

NOT GUILTY .

Tried by the London Jury before Mr. RECORDER.

512. WILLIAM LOVERIDGE was indicted for stealing a linen handkerchief, value ten pence , the property of George Salmon , June 12th .

GEORGE SALMON sworn.

On the 12th of June, about eleven at night, I lost my handkerchief on Fish-street-hill ; I had it about half an hour before in a public house by the Monument, I never saw it again.

DAVID DICKS sworn.

I saw the prisoner take the handkerchief out of Mr. Salmon's pocket; I told Mr. Salmon of it, and he secured the prisoner.

JOHN BRUCE sworn.

I saw the prisoner take the handkerchief out of Mr. Salmon's pocket; I told Salmon of it, he secured him and took him to the watch-house, and had him searched, but the handkerchief was not found.

PRISONER's DEFENCE.

I had not the handkerchief; I told them they might search me.

GUILTY .

Tried by the London Jury before Mr. RECORDER.

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

513. MARY GREEN was indicted for stealing a piece of silk containing nine yards, value thirty shillings, a silk gown, value twenty shillings, four linen shifts, value ten shillings, a pair of laced ruffles, value five shillings, a printed cotton gown, value eight shillings, a muslin apron, value one shilling, a muslin half handkerchief, value six pence, a dimity petticoat, value two shillings, a silk handkerchief, value ten pence, a cambrick handkerchief, value ten pence, and a pair of silk stockings, value two shillings , the property of Rose Green , spinster, May 12th .

ROSE GREEN sworn.

I live in Union-street, near the Middlesex-hospital ; the prisoner was my servant ; she came to me between three and four months ago, and was six or seven weeks with me; I missed the things mentioned in the indictment (repeating them). I was out on the 12th of May, and left the prisoner in care of the house; I came home between nine and ten at night; the prisoner let me in; I desired her to light me up stairs; she made some excuse, and gave me the candle myself; I rang the bell for her; she did not come; I rang the bell a second time, and not coming, as she had never been out of the way before, it raised some suspicion in me: I went to the drawers, and missed the silk and my clouded gown; I had the silk in my hand at two o'clock, and had pulled off my gown before I went out; the prisoner went off, and on the next day I advertised the things; some time after that I met the prisoner on Westminster-bridge, walking arm in arm with a man; she had my gown on; I charged a constable with her, and before Sir John Fielding she gave an account where the other things were.

[A piece of silk, a gown, and petticoat were produced in court, and deposed to by the prosetrix.]

EBENEZER STOKES sworn.

I am a pawnbroker; the prisoner pledged the piece of silk with me on the 13th of May, and the gown on the 22d; she said she brought the gown from her mistress, Mrs. Mitchel; I have a petticoat I had of her; I lent her a guinea and half on the silk, and eighteen pence on the petticoat.

- SWIFT sworn.

I took the prisoner; she had on a gown, handkerchief, and apron of the prosecutrix's; she owned where the things were pawned.

Was there any promise made to her to induce her to confess? - None; I found the things at the pawnbroker's, and two or three handkerchiefs and shifts at her lodgings.

JAMES GATTY sworn.

I took in pawn the silk gown of the prisoner.

PRISONER's DEFENCE.

I leave it to the mercy of the court.

GUILTY .

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

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

514. JOHN BEAN was indicted for stealing a silver watch, value thirty shillings , the property of Hannah Wells , widow , June 22d .

HANNAH WELLS sworn.

I keep a chandler's shop : my watch hung over a bureau in the parlour: about nine in the evening, on the the 22d of June, the prisoner and another man came into my shop and asked for a farthing's worth of small beer; before I could serve them I missed the prisoner; I ran into the parlour, and met him coming out of the room; I laid hold of him by the coat, and said, you have been robbing me; he said nothing, but got from me and ran away; I called, Stop Thief, and he was stopped and brought back by two men; when he came into the shop, I said you have robbed me, you villain; he said no, he had not; I said he had got my watch; he said he had not, but he afterwards gave it me. [The watch was produced in Court and deposed to by the prosecutrix.]

WILLIAM TRUTTLE sworn.

I work in a cellar in the street where Mrs. Wells lives; I heard her cry, Stop Thief; I ran up, and saw the prisoner run by; another man took him; I was by at the time; we brought him back to the shop; he denied taking the watch, but a great many people came in, and he dropped the case; I charged him with having dropped the watch ; he said he had not; he then called for Mrs. Wells, and gave her the watch.

PRISONER's DEFENCE.

A man dropped the watch in Stanhope-street, and I took it up.

GUILTY .

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

[Imprisonment. See summary.]

515. MARY ELIZABETH CHARLOTTE ADAMS was indicted for stealing four pair of linen sheets, value twelve shillings, three linen napkins, value two shillings, a linen table-cloth, value one shilling, a linen handkerchief, value two shillings, two linen neckcloths, value two shillings, a silver table-spoon, value ten shillings, and a linen sheet, value two shillings , the property of Robert Harrison , June 14th .

ROBERT HARRISON sworn.

I live at St. Leonard, Shoreditch : the prisoner was a servant to me; she lived with me at two different times, in the whole near two years. On the 22d of June last a servant came to me and told me she had heard there was a sheet concealed in the necessary, and that the prisoner came from thence: upon hearing this, I bid my housekeeper, Mary Hall, bring her in, for I would discharge her directly, and thought if I searched her box upon discharging her I should discover some of the things I had lost. Upon searching her my housekeeper found upon her a sheet that was taken, I believe, from under her petticoats and from under her stays (the sheet produced in Court); it has my mark upon it.

MARY HALL sworn.

I was housekeeper to the prosecutor at the time the prisoner lived there: I missed a great many things: on the 22d of June Nathaniel Nicolls , a servant to my master, told me he had found a sheet in the necessary-house: upon receiving the information I said, Do not move it upon any account, but watch and see who comes to take it away, for those that come to take it away certainly put it there: the man afterwards acquainted me that the prisoner at the bar had fetched it away: I informed my master of it; he ordered me to bring the prisoner to him to be discharged; as she was coming to my master, at the parlour-door I searched her, and under her stays I found this sheet; it is my master's sheet; it was taken off one of the beds. She was taken up the next morning, when she confessed where some of the things were; the other things were discovered by my mistress's going to the pawnbroker's in the neighbourhood: there never was a week but we missed something or other out of the wash. [The neckcloths and handkerchiefs were produced in Court and deposed to.]

EDWARD COX sworn.

I am a pawnbroker; I had the neckcloths and handkerchiefs of the prisoner, some at one time and some at another, in the whole being near two years according to the date; I looked upon her to be a married woman, as she brought things to my house.

ANN GRIFFIAN sworn.

I have a table-spoon which I had from the prisoner (producing it).

HALL. We had a spoon so marked.

PROSECUTOR. That is a spoon which belonged to my wife before I married her; there were two of them; I have for some time missed one.

NATHANIEL NICOLLS sworn.

I am servant to the prosecutor; I discovered a sheet in the ceiling of the necessary-house, and told Mrs. Hall of it; I did watch afterwards, and heard somebody going into the necessary; when the person came out I met her; I went with her through the garden towards the house; I told Hall of it; she was searched; I was not by at that time: I was with Mr. Harrison when she discovered these other things at Mr. Cox's the pawnbroker's.

THOMAS GODERD sworn.

I am a constable; I had the prisoner in charge on Sunday morning; I went with Mrs. Harrison to Mr. Cox's, where several things were found.

NICOLLS. A message was sent by somebody to let us know where this spoon was; we went to Mrs. Griffian's and found the spoon.

PRISONER's DEFENCE.

I did take the things; I intended to redeem and replace them.

'The prisoner called one witness, who had

'known her several years, who gave her a

'good character.

GUILTY .

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

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

516. THOMAS SHRIMPTON was indicted for stealing six hand garden-glasses leaded, value twelve shillings , the property of Mary Cook , widow , May 27th .

'The witnesses deposed that they met the

'prisoner carrying six glasses, four upon a

'stick over his shoulder and two in his hand,

'about a quarter of a mile from Lady Cook's

'garden; they secured him, and he confessed

'he took them out of Lady Cook's garden.

'The prisoner in his defence said he found

'them, but did not call any witnesses.

GUILTY .

Tried by the First Middlesex Jury before Mr. RECORDER.

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

517. THOMAS DOVER was indicted for that he in the King's highway in and upon Robert Thomas feloniously did make an assault, putting him in corporal fear and danger of his life, and stealing from his person and against his will six shillings, the property of the said Robert , July 3d .

'It did not appear upon the evidence that

'there were any such threats made use of, or

'a putting in fear, as are necessary to constitute

'a highway robbery.

NOT GUILTY .

Tried by the First Middlesex Jury before Mr. RECORDER.

518. JOHN ELLAM was indicted for stealing a pair of scales and weights, value six shillings, eight guineas, twelve half guineas, and 4 l. 9 s. in money numbered, the property of Gersham Widdop , privily and secretly from the person of the said Gersham , May 23d .

NOT GUILTY .

Tried by the First Middlesex Jury before Mr. RECORDER.

519. JOHN MILLS was indicted for stealing two cloth coats, value 3 l. 10 s. and two cloth waistcoats, value ten shillings, the property of James Forbes , in the dwelling-house of Robert Bigger , December 11th .

'There was no evidence to affect the

'prisoner but his own confession, which did

'not appear to have been fairly obtained.'

NOT GUILTY .

Tried by the First Middlesex Jury before Mr. RECORDER.

520. MARY CLARK was indicted for stealing three pint pewter pots, value two shillings , the property of James Priest , May 25th .

[The witnesses were examined apart at the request of the prisoner]

JAMES BRIEST sworn.

I lost three pint pots while I was sitting at breakfast on the 25th of June; the other witness, Webb, came and told me a woman was gone out with some of my pots: we pursued her, and when we came within four or five yards of her, she dropped a little bag with three pots in it; one fell out of the bag as she dropped it; I took it up and put it into the bag, and delivered them to Webb, who has had them ever since.

RICHARD WEBB sworn.

A woman called to me; and said there was a woman going away with some of Mr. Priest's pots; I told Mr. Priest, and we pursued her: she dropped two pots from under her arm, and a bag with one pot in it.

PRISONER's DEFENCE.

I found the bag lying on the ground; I took it up, and there were two pots under it; they came up and found the pots on the ground and put them into the bag; they knocked me down, and called me a great many names, and when I got up they lugged me away to the justice. I am innocent of it.

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

Tried by the First Middlesex Jury before Mr. RECORDER.

521. JOSEPH SPENCER was indicted for stealing a dimity petticoat, value six shillings, a dimity bed-gown, value five shillings, the property of James Buggin ; a mahogany tea-chest, value four shillings, three tin canisters, value one shilling, half a pound weight of tea, value three shillings, the property of Henry Gregory ; a linen shirt, value seven shillings, a pair of leather shoes, value two shillings, a pair of plated shoebuckles, value two pence, a pound of sugar, value eight pence, and eighteen copper half-pence, the property of James Abbots ; a muslin apron, value six shillings, a pair of muslin ruffles, value two shillings, a laced cap, value one shilling, and a cheque apron, value two shillings, the property of William Morris , in the dwelling-house of James Buggin , May 3d .

' There was no evidence to prove that the

'prisoner was the man who committed the

'robbery.'

NOT GUILTY .

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

He was a second time indicted for stealing three cheque aprons, value three shillings, four linen aprons, value eight shillings, four linen shifts, value twelve shillings, a stuff petticoat, value five shillings, and a silk cloak, value fifteen shillings, the property of Martha Tenton , in the dwelling-house of Hannah Edwards , widow, June 5th .

MARTHA TENTON , sworn.

I live with Mrs. Edwards, a widow lady, No 53, Hatton-street : on the 5th of June, between eight and nine in the morning, I met the prisoner in the laundry at the top of the house; I remember his person perfectly well; he bid me good morning, so did I him: our house was repairing; I thought he had belonged to the plaisterer, as I had desired the master plaisterer to send another man the day before, but as he was a stranger, I thought I would go and ask him if he was sent by the plaisterer, but being a little flurried I hesitated, and saw him watching me; I watched him; soon after he went down and went out, and left a plaisterer's fork in the passage, and left the door open. I was surprized, there being no body in the house but us two, and thought he should not be there: the cook immediately came in, and I asked her who she had had in the house; she said no body but the painters, who had been unloading the paint, and were gone to breakfast and would return presently; I said she had left the door open, and there had been a man in the house who had not the appearance of a painter, and asked if the plaisterer had sent another man; she said, no; I told her I had met a man in the house, who I believed came on no good design; she said the painter would be there presently, and I might see if he was the man; the painter came, and I saw he was not the man; I then suspected it was a thief, and went up into the room where I saw him; there I found a cloth which I had put over a cabinet to keep it from the dust, removed, and the cabinet broke open and all the things mentioned in the indictment gone: they were found pawned at five different pawnbrokers: I am very sure the prisoner is the man, because he spoke to me: the things are my property; there was nothing of my mistress's gone; I was at the drawer, and saw them the night before. I told the painter we were robbed, and asked him if he saw any body in the house; he said he saw a man come in as he went out, and that he appeared to be a plaisterer; by the description he gave of him, I knew he was the man I met; I can swear positively that the prisoner is the person. [The things were produced in Court, and deposed to by the prosecutrix.]

CORNELIUS M'MENUS sworn.

I met the prisoner in the passage as I was going out; as he met me he bid me good morning, I bid him the same; he was going into the parlour; I went out, and shut the door after me; he had the same cloaths he has now, and a sort of white apron in imitation of a plaisterer, tucked up partly as mine is now; I am certain he is the man; I had seen him in the street before I met him in the passage, while we were unloading the cart at the door.

WILLIAM MATTAM sworn.

I am an apprentice to Mr. Low, who is a pawnbroker in Baldwin's Gardens: I took a petticoat in pawn of the prisoner on the 5th of June.

Did you ever see him before? - No; I lent him four shillings and six-pence upon it.

What is it worth? - About six-shillings and six-pence or seven shillings. [It was produced in Court, and deposed to by Martha Tenton .]

DENNIS M'DONALD sworn.

I have a shift I found in the lodging of the prisoner's sister-in-law. [It was produced in Court, and deposed to by Martha Tenton .]

CHARLES MURTHWAITE sworn.

I am a pawnbroker; I have a cloak and apron that were pawned with me on the 5th of June in the name of Joseph Spencer : I don't know the prisoner; I don't recollect the person; I never saw him before to my knowledge: I lent seven shillings on them; the apron is worth about two shillings and the cloak about seven or eight shillings: the prisoner confessed before the justice that he pawned something with me on the 5th of June for seven shillings; but said it was a petticoat and apron.

PRISONER's DEFENCE.

The prosecutrix sent to me several times, and said, if I would tell where the things were she would be favourable to me.

PROSECUTRIX. His brother came to me and asked me to be favourable; I told him I would be no more favourable than the law would admit.

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

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

522. JOSEPH SPENCER junior was indicted for stealing a linen stock, value one shilling, and a muslin neckcloth, value one shilling , the property of John Wilkinson , June 27th .

' John Wilkinson and Richard Myers were

'called, but not appearing their recognizances

'were ordered to be estreated.'

NOT GUILTY .

523. JOHN CLIFTON was indicted for stealing twenty yards of black thread lace, value ten shillings , the property of John Plunkett , June 22d .

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

JOHN PLUNKETT sworn.

I live in High Holborn : about ten o'clock at night on Saturday the 22d of last month, as I was shutting up my shop I saw somebody run out of the shop with great speed; I immediately pursued him, but finding he was likely to outrun me, I called out to people to stop him, and he was stopped; I lost sight of him twice in the pursuit: Mulcaster brought him back to my shop; in a few minutes he desired to speak to me in private; I took him into an inner room, and he proposed to me, if I would let him go, to shew me where he saw the goods that were taken out of my shop: I promised to let him go; I believe I not only promised to let him go on that, but I even proposed it: the goods were found in a house the prisoner ran past in the pursuit; a person that lives in the house picked them up and brought them to me.

MARY FRANKLAND sworn.

I found these two cards of black lace at Mr. Garling's door in King-street (Producing them).

PROSECUTOR. I believe them to be the same that were stole from me that night; I believe the marks on them are my handwriting: I pursued him twenty yards beyond Mr. Garling's.

FRANKLAND. I found them on Saturday night; I went about half an hour after to enquire if they were the prosecutor's; I kept them till Monday, and then took them before the justice: here are some more cards of lace that were found down our area; I did not pick them up; I live at Mr. Garling's. [Five other cards of black lace produced and deposed to by the prosecutor.]

MARGARET MYHAM sworn.

I live at Mr. Garling's; I found some black lace in our area, which I gave to Mrs. Frankland; I found them not above ten minutes after Mary Frankland found the others at the door.

PROSECUTOR. I cannot positively swear that the prisoner is the person that ran out of my shop; I lost sight of him when I laid the shutter down.

PETER MULCASTER sworn.

I was on the opposite side of the way; I heard the cry of Stop Thief, and saw the prisoner run with great speed up the street; I stopped him; Plunkett was about fifty or sixty yards behind; he came up in a minute after I stopped him, and I delivered the prisoner to him.

To PLUNKETT. Did the prisoner tell you where the things were? - No; he proposed shewing me the place where he said another person had thrown them, but did not shew me.

To MULCASTER. Did you see any body else running? - No.

MARY CAPPER sworn.

I live with Mr. Plunkett; I was putting up the things in the shop; I left the box of black lace on the compter; while I was putting up another box it was taken away; I did not see any body take it, as my back was turned.

MYHAM. I found the box down the area. [It was produced in Court, and deposed to by the prosecutor.]

CAPPER. I am positive that all the lace is the property of my master.

WILLIAM RANSMORE sworn.

The prisoner and I were going up Holborn this Saturday was three weeks; we saw a box of lace on the compter; he took it, and the gentleman ran after him and cried, Stop Thief, and he threw the box down an area: I went home.

Did you run with him? - No, I was not pursued; no body but myself knew that I was with him: I saw him take the box; the lace was in it.

PRISONER's DEFENCE.

I am innocent of the affair; that lad will swear against any body to save himself.

'The prisoner called his mother and another

'other witness, who gave him a good character.'

GUILTY .

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

[Imprisonment. See summary.]

524. JOHN VOZEY was indicted for stealing a linen gown, value twelve shillings, a linen table-cloth, value three shillings, three laced muslin caps, value six shillings, three linen caps, value two shillings; two pair of linen shift sleeves, value three shillings, and two linen handkerchiefs, value two shillings , the property of Martha Bursell , March 6th .

MARTHA BURSELL sworn.

I keep a public-house , the Jolly Coopers, in Short's Buildings, Clerkenwell Close : the prisoner came to our house about eight at night the first week in March for two pots of beer; he said he was going to carry it to Clerkenwell lodge to treat Mr. Sheldon the turnkey; he paid me for it; he appeared to be very much in liquor; he came again in an hour or two's time for a pint of hot wine, and paid me for it; he would not let me send it; he said he was going to take it to the lodge; he followed me about the house; he did not appear to be so much in liquor then as he did before; he came again about a quarter before eleven o'clock for a second pint of hot wine; he came into the kitchen; I had some linen we were ironing; it being too dry, I was wetting it; he came close to me; I wrapped it up in a bundle and put it in a basket; there was all the things mentioned in the indictment; I went out of the kitchen into the bar, and he followed me; I measured the wine, and went into a back room to warm it; he staid by me till it was almost warm, then I saw him going into the kitchen; I thought he was going backwards; when the wine was hot I went to see for him, and he was gone; I sent the wine to the lodge, and went into the kitchen and missed my linen; I saw no more of him till Sheldon brought him; he had been in his custody before, and he knew him; Sheldon and he came in and called for a mug of ale and sat down, and Sheldon asked me if I knew that man about my robbery? I said, let me look at him again; I looked at him, and said he was like the man that came for the wine, but only he was not so drunk as he was: I am sure he is the man.

From the Prisoner. Did not Sheldon say, do you know the man, and you said no? - He asked if I knew the man; the answer I made was, this looks like the man that robbed me of the wet linen; I did not say no at first.

Had not Sheldon at the time told you this was the man that came for the wine? - No; he said, is this the man that robbed you?

What did Sheldon say more? - He said nothing, but went and sat down; there was nothing of the wine mentioned: I am clear he is the man that took my linen.

JOHN SHELDON sworn.

I was turnkey at Clerkenwell-bridewell: one night about nine o'clock, the latter end of February or beginning of March, the prisoner called at the gaol and insisted upon my drinking with him, because I used him well when he was in my custody; he fetched two pots of beer; he and I and another young man drank it.

Was he drunk then? - No; he would insist upon my having something better, and asked me what I would have; I told him I would have a pint of red port mulled, and he went and brought it.

How was he after he drank that, was he sober? - Yes; after that pint was out he said he would fetch a second pint, and then he would wish me good night; he went away, and did not return; the maid brought the second pint.

What time did he go for the second pint of wine? - I think it must be full ten o'clock; the maid came again in about ten minutes after she brought the wine, and said they had been robbed; I met the prisoner this day fortnight in St. James's Park, and took him; I was determined to take him whenever I met with him.

From the Prisoner. Did not Mrs. Bursell say she did not know me? - Yes, I believe she did at first.

COURT. Repeat the conversation that passed between Mrs. Bursell and you. - I brought the prisoner to Mrs. Bursell's, and met her in the passage; I said, Mrs. Bursell, do you know this gentleman? she looked at him very stedfastly, and said, No, I do not.

Was there a light in the passage? - It was about twelve at noon.

What did you say upon that? - I said, don't you remember being robbed? this is the man that came for the wine; she then said, O law! I think I recollect his face.

This was in the passage? - Yes.

What did she say when you took him into the kitchen? - I took him into the tap-room; nothing else was said; I did not take him into the kitchen at all.

To BURSELL. Was the man that came for the second pint of wine the same as came for the first pint and the two pots of beer? - I am clear he is the man.

PRISONER's DEFENCE.

I did not order the second pint of wine; there was a person there that I knew; he said I should be late home; I wished him good night, and went directly.

FOR THE PRISONER.

JOHN LUCAS sworn.

I am high constable; I knew the prisoner five or six years ago; he was waiter at a tavern next door to me; he behaved very well for what I heard.

GUILTY .

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

[Imprisonment. See summary.]

525, 526. JOHN JONES and JAMES WRIGHT were indicted for stealing a muslin handkerchief, value one shilling, the property of Margaret Edwards , and a linen jam, value two shillings , the property of Thomas Ruston , June 19th .

MARGARET EDWARDS sworn.

I live at Islington : I lost a muslin handkerchief that was bleaching on a bush on the 29th of June; the watchman brought it to me next morning; I know nothing of the prisoners. [It was produced it Court, and deposed to by the prosecutor.]

JANE GIBBS sworn.

I hung this jam out to dry; I forgot to take it in, and it was taken away in the night; it belongs to my master: I received it of the watchman. [It was produced in Court, and deposed to by the witness.]

EDWARD M'CARTY sworn.

I am a watchman: I met the prisoners and and another in company with them about a quarter before four in the morning on the 29th of June, near Colbrooke-row; I thought they were thieves, as they were looking into the gardens, and watched them; I saw Jones lean over into a garden and take some linen and put it into the other prisoner's hand; I immediately pursued and took them, and found the handkerchief, the jam, and a bit of rag in Wright's apron; Jones went down on his knees, and said he would do so no more; I took them to the cage, and went in the morning to the people that the things belonged to.

JONES's DEFENCE.

Wright and I were going to see after some work; I went to ease myself, and saw this bundle lie up in a corner; I went to see what it was, and put it in his apron.

'The other prisoner said the same.'

BOTH GUILTY of stealing to the value of 10 d . W .

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

527. ROBERT TAYLOR was indicted for stealing three cheeses, value twenty shillings, and half a firkin of butter, value ten shillings , the property of Mary Flowers , widow , May 22d .

'There was no evidence at all to affect the prisoner.'

NOT GUILTY .

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

528. WILLIAM PHILLIPS was indicted for that he on the king's highway in and upon Francis Lowndes did make an assault, putting him in corporal fear and danger of his life, and stealing from his person a guinea , June 9th .

'There was no evidence at all to affect the

'prisoner.'

NOT GUILTY .

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

529, 530, 531, 532. THOMAS CONNOR , otherwise JAMES SMITH , MAJOR BAKER , JOHN EDRIAN , otherwise EDERYN , and JAMES CORBET , otherwise HILL , were indicted; the first for burglariously breaking and entering the dwelling-house of Edward Mason , on the 24th of June about the hour of two in the night, and stealing 20 lb. weight of black silk, value 25 l. six pieces of black silk containing 384 yards, value 110 l. seven yards of pea-green silk barred with silver, value 3 l. 10 s. one guinea, two half guineas, and thirteen shillings in money numbered, the property of the said Edward, and one warrant for the payment of money, signed under the hand of the said Edward, and purporting to bear date the 22d day of June 1776, whereby the said Edward did authorize and warrant Messrs. Boldero, Barnston, Carter, and Snaith to pay to Mr. Caron, or bearer, ten pounds, the said warrant for the payment of money at the time of committing the felony aforesaid being the property of the said Edward, and the said sum of ten pounds payable and secured by the said warrant being then due and unsatisfied to the said Edward, the proprietor thereof , against the statute.

2d Count. For stealing the same things in the dwelling-house.

The other three for feloniously receiving six pieces of black silk, containing 384 yards, being parcel of the above goods, well knowing them to have been stolen , against the statute.

EDWARD MASON sworn.

I live in Raven-row, Spitalfields : upon the night of the 24th of June last my house was broke open; I was out that night; I returned the next morning between seven and eight, and found my house had been broke open; I lost six pieces of black silk; they were all whole pieces.

What were the contents of a piece? - Generally about 70 yards, but one of them was a short piece; the six pieces contained 380 odd yards; there were seven yards of peagreen silk barred with silver; there was 20 lb. weight of silk died black; there was a draught upon my banker for 10 l.

Who is your banker? - Boldero, Barnston, and Co. No 5, Mansionhouse-street; and there was 2 l. 15 s. in money, that is all that I can be certain of.

How long before you missed them had you seen them in the house? - I left the house on Saturday, and left the foreman in the house; on the Saturday following I found the six pieces of silk in the possession of Mr. Worthy, Hanway-yard, Oxford-road; I have found nothing else but the draught: one of Sir John Fielding's men came to me on Saturday morning, and told me he had found the draught upon the prisoner Connor; the silk has been ever since in the care of Mr. Stellings; he is not here, but his head man is. (The draught produced by Heley;) that is my draught. - (The pieces of silk produced); I believe them to be my property; I was out of town at the time of the robbery; one or two I cannot swear so positively to as my man can; these answer to what I lost as near as can be; I believe them to be mine; they measure the same as what I lost.

Did you look where your house had been broke? - Yes; they had broke through the yard into a lobby where the work-people are served; they cut a hole through the door, and then broke through another door into the warehouse; they cut two holes through each door; I believe one was large enough to get their arm through; they were cut over where the bolts were.

PETER BREDELL sworn.

I am foreman to Mr. Mason; I lie in the house; I went to bed on the 24th at a little after twelve o'clock; Mr. Mason's sister was up after me, but she knows nothing of the fact; I went into the warehouse after twelve, and saw that all was safe; the warehouse is part of the dwelling-house; it was formerly a back parlour; I was last in the warehouse, and locked it after me; I saw one of the doors fast; I did not open that to go to see the other door.

Had you fastened up the lobby where they broke in? - I fastened that up at seven o'clock; the maid was up before me in the morning; she called me at seven; I was the first that discovered the breaking of the place; as soon as I came to the warehouse door, I found that the lock had been forced off.

Are you sure that was whole and locked over night? - I am very positive of it: I entered the warehouse, and saw the things all in confusion; I went to the door that leads into the lobby; there were two holes cut in it; it had two bolts and a lock; there was a hole cut over the lock that commands that; I then went to the outer door that leads into the yard, and saw that cut in like manner.

That was whole when you locked it at seven o'clock? - Yes; the outer door next the yard, and the door of the warehouse were broke; I searched the warehouse to see what was missing; I saw the till broke open, in which the draught of 10 l. lay; I put it in the till over night, which Mr. Mason left with me, left I should want cash in his absence; this is the draught, I recollect it perfectly, and I know it to be Mr. Mason's hand-writing.

Look at the silks. - They are the property of Mr. Mason; I am very positive of it; I know them well; there is a mark with a black-lead pencil of my own; I know the other by the work; I took them in that very day; there were 20 lb wt. of silk died black, and seven yards of pea-green silk, barred with silver, and there were about two pounds fifteen shillings in cash lost; I had it in my hand over night: the silks were found in the possession of Mr. Worthy, the draught I saw at Sir John Fielding 's; there were advertisements and handbills printed, and a gentleman informed Mr. Mason he had seen them; he is in court.

WILLIAM ELAM sworn.

I am a silk-mercer; I gave Mr. Mason information of these silks; I went on a Friday evening to buy some tabbies of Mr. Worthy; I have bought tabbies very often of him to send in the country; these black silks lay on the compter open, not rolled; these in particular, and some others, he told me he could sell them me a Jobb: I asked him the price of them, he said 5 s. 6 d. a yard all together one with another; I had heard before of Mr. Mason's house being broke open; it struck me that these might be the goods; Mr. Mason had told Mr. Stellings, at whose house I am, and he told me.

Prosecutor. The silks one with another are worth about 6 s. a yard.

ELAM. I told him I would not buy them that night, but would be with him by seven o'clock next morning; I came home and told Mr. Stellings what goods I had seen; he said it was much if they were not Mr. Mason's; I went to Mr. Mason's, and told him I could buy silks cheaper than he could make them, joking; I then told him what goods I had seen; he said they were his property, and went with me to Mr. Worthy's; there he looked at the things, and said they were his; Mr. Worthy said he should be happy to discover the thief; I blamed myself then for not having told Mr. Mason the night before, as I found Mr. Worthy had not paid for the silks till that morning.

JACOB WORTHY sworn.

I had these silks from the prisoner Edrian; he is a ribband and handkerchief weaver; he brought them to me on the Friday afternoon, and said I should have them for 4 s. 6 d. a yard one with another; he is a person I have dealt with six or seven years; I agreed to take them at that price, and was to pay for them on Saturday morning; he said he bought them of Major Baker and Mr. Still, that is, Corbet, he went by the name of Still then.

Did he say where he bought them? - No.

Or in what manner? - No; he said he bought them of them, and produced a bill of parcels of them before I paid him for them. [The bill of parcels produced]

Do you know Still and Baker's hand-writing? - No.

That you had from Edrian? - Yes; I understood him that he was to give but 3 s. 6 d. a yard; the bill of parcels is 4 s. 6 d. it was a mistake, because I had not the bill of parcels then; my brother had it; he was to pay the money.

The bill of parcels was not delivered till the money was paid? - Yes; we had it before; but I did not see till Saturday morning.

These are the goods? - Yes; these are the goods I bought of Mr. Edrian, and offered to Mr. Elam; they were loose, because I had just measured them; they came to me folded, not upon rolls: I have dealt with him for silks before; I had no suspicion of him.

What are the silks worth to a wholesale dealer? - I think, to pay ready money, they are worth 5 s. 6 d. a yard.

You don't know Major Baker and Still? - No.

Was you not surprized to think of his buying these silks at 3 s. 6 d. a yard? - I thought it a low price; but knowing him so long, I had no suspicion that they were stole.

JOHN WORTHY sworn.

On the Saturday morning I went with Edrian and Baker to Mr. Still's house.

Did Baker come with Edrian? - Mr. Edrian came to our house by himself, but Baker was in the street not far off.

The bill is 85 l. 12 s. 6 d. is not that a mistake of 2 s. - Yes; I paid the money at Mr. Still's house in his parlour; I asked him if his name was Still; he said, yes; and if he sold Mr. Edrian these goods; he said, yes; I paid the money to Edrian, Baker was present, but Still was gone out.

During the time Baker and Edrian were together, was there any thing passed that gave you to understand what Baker and Still were to have for them? - No, nothing at all.

You are sure of that? - Yes.

Prosecutor. The person that wrote the bill of parcels is in court.

CROSS EXAMINATION of John Worthy .

Did not the man you call Still tell you his name was Corbet? - No, not at all; I did not know his name was Corbet till he was taken up; I only asked him if his name was Still, and if he sold Edrian the goods, shewing him the bill of parcels; he said, yes.

THOMAS HOBBS sworn.

I act as clerk to justice Clark, who is a magistrate for this county; I wrote this bill of parcels, all but the last name, Major Baker.

Did you write Still's name? - Yes.

And the receipt too? - Yes, all of it: I live at No 7, Holywell-row, Moorfields: on Saturday the 29th of June, as I lay in bed, between six and seven o'clock in the morning, somebody threw up at my window; I got out of bed, and there I saw Corbet; I know no such person of the name of Still; he asked me if I was about to get up; I said I was; he said he was going to the public-house at the bottom of the Row, and asked me to come to him; I said I would: I have known him four years; he is a weaver, I believe in the narrow branch; I got up and went to the public-house to him; at the public-house there was another man, who said I was the person he wanted to see, he wanted me to bind a boy apprentice to him; I went in, and Corbet was sitting in a box, with a strip of paper, and asked me to do a jobb for him; I said I would, what was it? he said a friend of his had sold a parcel of goods, and they wanted a bill of parcels with them, and they could neither of them write; he said it was five pieces of mantua at 4 s. 6 d. and I carried it on to 22 s. 6 d. he said that was wrong, it contained 380 odd yards, at 4 s. 6 d. a yard, with that I tore that off.

How was you to indite the bill? - He said Edrian bought of Still, word for word as it is there; he said it was not his property, but he lent a person part of the money to pay for it.

Did you cast up the contents, or did he cast it up? - I was in a hurry, and cast it up myself.

You wrote all but Major Baker? - Yes, by his directions.

How came you not to write Major Baker, as well as Still, as he told you neither of them could write? - I was not directed to put Baker's name.

Did you understand there were two sellers or one seller? - One seller; I understood that neither buyer nor seller could write.

That is Corbet? - Yes.

WORTHY. That is the man that answered to the name of Still.

CROSS EXAMINATION.

You have known this young man, Corbet, four or five years? - About five years.

He knew what you were? - Yes.

And your situation as clerk to a magistrate? - Yes; I had an high opinion of him, or to be sure I would not have done it.

JOHN HELEY sworn.

I apprehended the prisoner, Smith alias Connor, and in his fob pocket I found that draught.

You found nothing else? - No; I went to Mr. Mason's the next morning, and shewed him that draught; I had seen the advertisement before, and it exactly tallied; the first time Smith said he found it, the second time he said he would not give any answer about the matter.

RICHARD LLOYD sworn.

I was at Sir John Fielding 's when the prisoner was examined, and that bill was produced; it was asked who could prove Still's hand-writiting? I said I was sure Corbet did not write it; I have known him four years, and know he can write only a mere scrawl.

CONNOR's DEFENCE.

Here is a gentleman that was by when I picked up this note in Lincoln's-inn Fields.

For CONNOR.

ALEXANDER M'DONALD sworn.

I am a stay-maker; I live in Wells-street; I have lived there two years; I know Smith; I do not know him by the name of Connor; it is the tall man in the brown cloaths with the white buttons.

Was you in Lincoln's inn Fields any time in June with him? - I was.

Recollect the day of the month. - I believe it might be about the 26th.

Did you see him pick up any thing? - I did.

Did you see what it was? - I looked at it, it was a draught for 10 l.

What day of the week was it? - On a Wednesday, about Wednesday fortnight; I think the name was Boldero, and some other person.

Who was it drawn by? - I do not remember.

Did you read it? - Yes.

CROSS EXAMINATION.

You was surprized at his good fo rtune? - I did not think much of it.

You did not advise him to restore it to the owner? - No.

You did not see any body drop it? - No.

Are you sure the prisoner did not drop it? - I am sure upon my conscience he could not drop it.

How long had you been in company with him? - I met him in Drury-lane coming from St. Giles's; I was going home.

Where is Wells-street? - In the City, by Aldersgate-street.

You met him in Drury-lane, walked through Lincoln's-inn Fields; what part of Lincoln's-inn Fields? - We came in at Duke's-street, and went along the Holborn-row side; I parted with him in Holborn.

Was the draught printed or wrote? - I look upon it it was copper-plate, as I remember very well the body of it was copper-plate and soiled.

You parted with him in Holborn; was not you to partake of his good luck? - No.

How was it payable, to such a one or order? - To bearer.

You never mentioned a word about the good luck? - Not a word.

Did not you say any thing to any body when you got home about his good luck? - No, not a word.

Can you read? - Yes.

Can you write? - Yes.

Can you write very well? - Legible enough to be understood. (Writes his name.)

Was the draught payable to bearer, or any particular person? - If I remember right to some particular person or bearer.

When did you first see the prisoner after this good luck? - I never saw him afterwards till I went to the gaol of Newgate to see him.

You never mentioned this good luck to any body, nor talked of it? - Not to any body as I remember.

Are you a married man? - Yes.

There is a sort of halves sometimes claimed in such cases, did you claim no share? - None at all.

What time of day did he pick it up? - Between one and two.

Do you keep a house or are you a lodger? - I keep the house I live in.

Do you let lodgings? - Yes.

EDRIAN's DEFENCE.

When I went to Mr. Worthy's house, I told him I had some goods to sell for two people in Spittalfields; he asked me if they were my own; I told him they were not; that I was only a broker to sell them: they had often employed me before.

FOR EDRIAN.

SAMUEL WHITEWELL sworn.

I have known Edrian more than 20 years, he formerly kept an inn at Coventry, I knew him then; I have employed him several times to sell narrow ribbond for me; I believe he is employed by several people to sell goods for them as a broker; I never heard any thing against his character; I have always found him very honest; I have sold goods by commission myself, I have had five per cent. and sometimes seven and half per cent. I never exceeded that.

Edrian called six other witnesses, who gave him a very good character.

BAKER's DEFENCE.

I met one Phillips in Spittalfields, who said he could help me to a lot of goods; I went with him to the Gibraltar to look at them; the silks were produced by a man whom I never saw before, Lipe Lyons; he asked 71 l. for them, and said they were a lot of damaged goods which he had bought at a sale; I thought they were damaged goods; they looked as if they had been in the dirt, and had been trod upon; I agreed to give him 65 l. for them; I gave him a 10 l. note, a 40 l. note, and the rest in gold; Corbet knew nothing of the affair: when I heard of the goods, I called upon my brother, and told him I was going to the Gibraltar to bargain for some goods, and wanted him to come and help bring them away: my brother did come and help to carry them home; the goods were not worth any thing nigh what Mr. Mason said, for I have worked for him, and know as well as he.

FOR BAKER.

THOMAS BAKER sworn.

My brother came to me about six o'clock yesterday was fortnight, and said to me, Tom, I am going to bargain for some goods, and want you to help carry them home; he said it was at the Gibraltar; I went in a quarter of an hour, and there was my brother and one Phillips, and a man that appeared to be a Jew, they called him Lipe Lyons; I sat down and drank a glass of punch with them, and saw my brother pay a 30 l. note, and a 10 l. note, they took the 30 l. and read it; I drank a glass of punch, and Phillips helped me up with the goods, and I came home with them.

Did you see any receipt? - No.

Where is Phillips? - I don't know.

CORBET's DEFENCE.

I lent Baker 14 guineas to pay for some goods; when I went to him for it again, he said he could not pay me, for that Worthy would not pay for the goods without a bill of parcels; Baker asked me to write a bill, I said I would write it, or get it wrote, accordingly I went to Hobbs and got him to write the Bill of parcels; when Worthy came and presented the bill to me, I said it was very well, and went up stairs, and left them in the parlour. I had no interest in it.

Corbet called eight witnesses, who gave him a very good character.

To John Worthy . When you went to Still what did you say to him? - I shewed him the bill, and asked him if he knew that writing; he said, yes; that was at the door; we then went into the parlour, and I asked him if his name was Still, he said it was, and then if he had sold those goods to Edrian, he said, yes.

For CONNOR otherwise SMITH.

RICHARD FINCH sworn.

I know Smith.

He lodges at your house? - Yes, he lodged with me till the 26th of June.

Did he lie at home on the 25th? - Yes.

Did he lie at home the 24th? - Yes, and for six days before; he only lay at my house eight nights; he was never out after eleven o'clock.

Did you leave the key in the door? - Yes.

He might go out after he came in? - No, he could not; I am a sickly man; nobody can go out without my knowing: I generally saw him about nine o'clock in the morning.

Did you know him before? - No.

What was he? - He told me he dealt in something, I thought he dealt in a little tea.

How came you to think he dealt in tea? - I thought he was a smuggler.

CONNOR GUILTY of stealing the goods in the dwelling-house , Death .

BAKER GUILTY of receiving the goods, well knowing them to be stolen .

EDRIAN NOT GUILTY .

CORBET GUILTY of receiving the goods, well knowing them to have been stolen .

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

[Imprisonment. See summary.]

533, 534. ELIZABETH GILHAM and ELIZABETH WILSON were indicted for stealing a piece of silk containing 30 yards, value eight pounds, the property of James Herbert , privately and secretly in his shop , June 28th .

It appeared upon the evidence that the prisoner went into the prosecutor's shop, and bought about half a yard of Persian silk; that after they were gone the silk mentioned in the indictment was missed; that the prosecutor took up the prisoner, but never found his silk, and that there were other people in the shop at the time the prisoners were there.

BOTH NOT GUILTY .

Tried by the London Jury before Mr. RECORDER.

535. THOMAS OLIVER was indicted for stealing fifteen pounds of paint, called Persian blue, value twenty shillings, and six pounds of paint called king's yellow, value ten shillings , the property of Thomas Topping , June 24th .

THOMAS TOPPING sworn.

I am a manufacturer of colours ; I was informed the prisoner, who was a servant of mine, had robbed me of some colours; I weighed a box of the king's yellow, and found six pounds wanting.

THOMAS JERMAN sworn.

I am a labourer; I was at work at Eyre-street-hill; the prisoner came home to me, and asked me if I could sell any colour for him, or get any body to buy it of him; I told him I did not know where; I went and told one Parker of it, and he said he could sell it if there was a hundred weight of it; I appointed him to meet me in Angel-alley, and then I informed the prisoner, and he brought the paint in a bag; Parker took it in the bag and sold it; he brought four guineas and a half and some silver for it: the prisoner said the paint was blue and yellow, and that he had ten or twelve pounds of blue, and about three of yellow; he gave a guinea to John Parker for selling it, and gave me a guinea for my trouble I: thought from his giving us a guinea a piece that he did not come honestly by it; I went in the morning and told Mr. Topping.

THOMAS MANWARING sworn.

Mr. Topping came to justice Wilmot's office, and Rider and I went and took the prisoner; Mr. Topping asked him before the Justice how he could be so wicked to rob him as he had been so good to him; the prisoner said he was sorry for it; he farther said that he took sixteen pounds of blue, and six pounds of yellow: there were no promises made to him to induce him to make that confession.

Francis Ryder confirmed the Evidence of Thomas Manwaring .

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

GUILTY .

Tried by the London Jury before Mr. RECORDER.

[Imprisonment. See summary.]

536. JANE THOMAS was indicted for stealing a callico child's cap, value six shillings, three ounces of thread, value two shillings, one hundred yards of thread lace, value 10 l. and a pair of child's leather shoes, value one shilling , the property of Robert Jones , July 3d .

NOT GUILTY .

Tried by the London Jury before Mr. RECORDER.

537. ELIZABETH WICKSPEAR was indicted for stealing a piece of silk riband containing 14 yards, value seven shillings , the property of Charles Pearson and James Pearson , June 8th .

JANE HILL sworn.

I am servant to Mr. Pearson: the prisoner came to our shop for a piece of riband; I shewed her several drawers of riband; she bought a yard and a half at 6 d. a yard; while I was serving her I saw her take a piece of broad green riband and put it under her cloak: when she went out I told Mr. Pearson she had taken a piece of black riband; he went after her, and brought her back.

JAMES PEARSON sworn.

I went after the prisoner on the information of Jane Hill, and took her about ten doors off; I brought her back into the shop; when she was about the middle of the shop, I saw her lift up her arm and drop the piece of riband. [The riband was produced in Court, and deposed to by the prosecutor.]

GUILTY of stealing to the value of ten-pence .

Tried by the London Jury before Mr. RECORDER.

[Imprisonment. See summary.]

538. MARY CROSS was indicted for stealing a woollen cloth coat, value forty shillings, a woollen cloth waistcoat, value five shillings, a pair of woollen cloth breeches, value sixteen shillings, a linen curtain, value seven shillings, a linen gown, value eighteen shillings, a pair of velvet breeches, value ten shillings, a pair of leather breeches, value ten shillings, and a brass candlestick, value two shillings , the property of John Heathfield , June 28th .

JOHN HEATHFIELD sworn.

I am a tinplate-worker ; I lost a suit of cloaths in the month of April, and a bed-curtain off my bed; on the 28th of June I lost a pair of leather breeches and a brass candlestick; the breeches were pawned in Whitechapel for five shillings; the prisoner lodged in the same house I lodge in; I took her up on suspicion, and carried her before Mr. Alderman Lee; she was discharged for want of proof; she afterwards confessed she had taken the things, and told me where she had pawned them: the breeches were found by her direction.

Did you make her any promise to induce her to confess? - No.

' Joseph Brodie , a pawnbroker, produced

'the breeches, and deposed that he took them

'in pawn of the prisoner on the 28th of June

'for five shillings.'

SARAH SCALLOTT sworn.

My sister found the breeches at the pawnbroker's: I went and informed the prisoner that they were found; she then confessed taking them, but denied having taken the other things; I told her if she would confess the whole, I believed Mr. Heathfield would not hurt her; she then confessed taking the rest of the things, and went with us to the places where she had pawned them.

PRISONER's DEFENCE.

I have nothing to say, only that she made me this promise.

'She called several witnesses to prove that

'the prosecutor promised not to hurt her.'

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

Tried by the London Jury before Mr. Justice WILLES.

539. JAMES QUICK was indicted for stealing 14 lb. weight of white lead, value four shillings, a stone bottle, value two pence, and three quarts of linseed oil, value two shillings and six pence , the property of Elizabeth Wright , widow , June 10th .

'The prosecutrix deposed that she could

'not swear that she had lost any colours.'

NOT GUILTY .

Tried by the Second Middlesex Jury before Mr. RECORDER.

540, 541. JOHN M'COUL and JOSEPH DAVIS were indicted for that they in the king's highway in and upon Charles Harris feloniously did make an assault, putting him in corporal fear and danger of his life, and stealing from his person half a guinea and fifty shillings in money numbered, the property of the said Charles , June 9th .

CHARLES HARRIS sworn.

I am a baker : on the ninth day of June last, to the best of my remembrance as to the day, I was robbed by four men, at ten at night, on the Hampstead-road ; I was in a single-horse chaise, my wife and myself were in the chaise; we were stopped near Fig-lane; we saw four men about 40 yards distance; my wife first saw them, and said there were four men; I did not then apprehend any danger; they were on foot: as soon as they came near my horse, they divided, two came on my side, the off side, and two stopped the horse; they made use of some words for us to stop; the chaise curtain on my side was drawn on account of its being a baddish evening; they vapoured their cutlasses about, and hit me over the hat once or twice with them: one of them stood by the side of the horse; I had a full view of him; those on my side I had not a clear view of, because the curtain was drawn on that side: they took from me half a guinea, and about 20 s, in silver, as near as I can guess. One of the men that stood by the horse had a pistol, the other three had cutlasses.

What light had you? - It was about ten o'clock at night; it was such a light that I distinguished them at about 40 yards distance.

Could you distinguish a face at that distance? - Yes.

Could you distinguish the faces of any more of the men? - Yes; Davis was the person that had the pistol and stood at the horse.

Do you recollect the face of any other? - As to the face the light might deceive me.

Might it not deceive you with regard to Davis too? - If it might deceive with respect to one, it might deceive with respect to the other.

Then you will not take upon you to swear to either of them? - I think the prisoners are exceedingly like them; I think I know Davis's voice too; he said, when he came up to the chaise, You bloody dog, deliver your money; I heard him speak at Sir John Fielding 's, and I think it is the same voice.

But you might be deceived? - I might; I look upon the two prisoners to be the two people that stopped the horse; one stood at the horse while the other came on Mrs. Harris's side.

There was nobody but Mrs. Harris with you? - Yes, my son; they robbed him of 10 s. too.

CHARLES HARRIS jun. sworn.

I am the son of the last witness.

What age are you? - Seventeen: I was in the chaise with my father and mother when the chaise was stopped; a man took hold of the horse, and hallowed out, I don't know justly what he said, and then came up to the chaise; I gave him my money; my father gave his money to the man on the other side: one came on my side, the other stood with a pistol by the horse's shoulders, the pistol pointed into the chaise; the other man came on the other side.

Do you know the persons of either of these men? - I look upon Davis to be one of them; the man was about his size; he was thin, and his coat close; he was standing by the horse's shoulders with a pistol.

Do you know any thing of the other man? - I think I can recollect his voice, calling me Bloody dog, twice.

Do you recollect any thing of his person? - He was much about his size, and had light hair.

Where did you hear him speak afterwards? - At Sir John Fielding 's.

CHARLES JEALOUS sworn.

Upon Saturday evening, the 15th of June, as I was going down Red-lion-street, I saw M'Coul and Hollis together on the off-side of the way, and upon the right hand I saw Hopkins and Davis; I was not positive it was them at the first sight, but I was resolved to be sure before I left them; I followed them at a distance till they came into Lamb's-conduit-street; I went very near them at last; M'Coul said, How do you do, Mr. Jealous? I said, How do you do, M'Coul? I said no more to them, only I wish you a good night. I went directly to Sir John Fielding 's, and told them I had seen such and such persons, and if any robberies had been done there, they were the parties.

Why? - Because they had been long suspected. About 12 o'clock that same night, as I was coming up Holborn, just by the Bull and Gate, I saw Hollis take off his great-coat, and give it M'Coul to go into Masters's shop to pawn it; I had not been there long before a young fellow of the name of Rose came by, in two or three minutes Upton and Davis came; I said to the young fellow, Will you assist me? he said he would; I laid hold of Upton directly, Davis set off running, I ran after him into Red-lion-street, there we over took him; from Davis this cutlass was taken (producing one) and he had some powder: upon the evidence Upton I found this cutlass and pistol (producing them); the pistol is loaded with two slugs.

From M'COUL. If I had been long suspected of footpad robberies, why did not you stop me in Lamb's-conduit-street? - I thought my life was in danger.

Why did you not take hold of me at the pawnbroker's shop? - They were too many for me; Hollis is a stouter man than I; they ran off, and were not taken till Monday.

DAVIS. I was in the watch-house ten minutes before.

THOMAS UPTON sworn.

M'Coul, Hollis, Davis, and I were concerned in this robbery. At Tottenham-court turnpike we stopped a one-horse chaise; there were a gentleman, his son, and a lady in it; we stopped it by the brick-kilns; I was by the side of the wheel; M'Coul got up into the chaise.

What had you in your hand? - A pistol.

Did any body stand at the head of the horse? - Yes, Davis; he stopped the horse; he stood at the horse a little while and then he came up to the chaise; M'Coul got into the chaise, and he and Hollis took the money; I saw them take the money; they gave me a share of it.

M'COUL's DEFENCE.

It was but a week before that time that I was taken up by Justice Welch's people, and I was discharged; my friends hearing I was likely to come into bad circumstances, they arrested me, and put me into a spunging-house, upon my promising to be good, which was my resolution; I was let out, that was on Friday night; my father is ready to prove that I was not out that week, for I had not a coat to go out in.

DAVIS's DEFENCE.

I quarrelled with the accomplice Thomas Upton some time before, and that quarrel was because I would not go out a thieving with him.

FOR M'COUL.

JOHN M'COUL sworn.

What are you? - A serjeant at mace in the city; my son was taken up a few days before this charge was given, and was carried before Justice Welch, when he was discharged; I said I would arrest him, and take care he should not be seen with these chaps again, for if he was, a bad hand would come of him: the officer arrested him as soon as he came out of the office; he promised to be good, and never to have connection with these chaps: I took him home; the officer brought him to my house in Fleet-lane; I am unhappy enough to be in the rules of the prison; he dined and supped with me upon the 9th of June.

Where was he at ten o'clock? - With me; and we had part of a cold calf's head for supper, the remains of what we had for dinner.

Where do you live? - At No 29, in Fleet-lane.

What time did he go to bed? - After supper, about eleven o'clock.

Are you certain of that? - Yes: he dined about two o'clock; he went out after he had dined, and came home about seven in the evening.

You are positive of that? - Very sure; he staid at home and we supped, and I was very happy to think I had him at home, and said, I hope you will never be in trouble any more; he said, No, he would go to sea as soon as he could get a birth: I told him, I feared he would be hanged if he did not.

Was there any body else there? - I had nobody else there but my wife and children; I have been a prisoner in the Fleet these two years.

BOTH NOT GUILTY .

Tried by the First Middlesex Jury before Mr. RECORDER.

542. WILLIAM WHITE was indicted for stealing 85 guineas in monies numbered , the property of James Morris , March 22d .

JAMES MORRIS sworn.

I am master of a ship in the river called the Jackey; the prisoner accosted me on the 18th of March, when I came on shore first; the ship lay opposite Fountain-stairs; I was enquiring the way to the Royal Exchange; he said he was going to the 'Change, and he would shew me: he asked me where I came from; I told him I came from Glasgow; he asked me if I knew several captains, whose names he mentioned; I told him I did not; at last he asked me if I knew a captain George Read ; I said I knew one Robert Read ; O, says he, that is his brother: he said he was abroad with George Read , and had done some business for him, which they had not settled, and asked me to give him a direction to his brother; we went into a public house, and I gave him a note of the gentleman's name: we went up to 'Change; as I was a stranger, he asked me after 'Change to spend the evening with him; he said his name was Johnson, that he was captain of a ship, and used the Virginia trade; I said that was my former trade too: he was to call upon me in the evening on board my ship; I was not on board; I was detained by the owners longer than I expected; I sent a note on board to the mate, and desired if a gentleman came he would entertain him as a master of a ship; he came, and my mate did entertain him; the next day he came again, and I was not on board: on Friday the 22d he came along side; the boy came into the cabbin, and told me the gentleman was along side that had called several times; I desired him to come down into the cabbin; he did, and drank a glass of gin; this was about twelve at noon: then we went on shore; he desired me to go on shore on the Rotherhithe side; we did; I stopped at a barber's shop and got shaved, and he waited on me; as we were coming by Dock-head he desired me to call in with him at a public-house, for he had a friend waiting for him there; I said with all my heart, and we went into a public-house, the sign of the Sugar Loaf: while we were there two gentlemen came in and made great apologies, and said they hoped they did not disturb us; I desired they would make no apologies, the room would hold us all; they sat down, and one of them pulled a pack of cards out of his pocket, and they began cutting the cards, and wanted me to cut with them; I would not: one of them, who pretended to be a 'squire, said I was no captain of a ship, I was only some lousy barber or other, and I had not a guinea to shew; I said they used me very ill, and I would not take it in another place; the prisoner then said, you use my friend very ill; they damned him, and said there was not one in the company could shew a hundred guineas in three hours, and each of them deposited five guineas a-piece that they would shew a hundred guineas; the 'squire directly deposited ten against their five; they insisted I should do so too; I said I would not; my supposed friend, who called himself Captain Johnson, said if I would do it, it would be five guineas gained; so I took out five guineas and deposited them, that I would shew a hundred guineas in three hours: as soon as that was done, they said who should keep the deposit money; I said the most proper person to keep the money was the landlord of the house; they said it would be too far for us to walk here again; what do you say to your friend Captain Johnson's keeping it? I said with all my heart; Captain Johnson took up the money: we then agreed to meet at the King's-Head Tavern, at the corner of Tower-hill, to shew the money and determine who had gained or lost: I went between three and four in the afternoon, and found them all there; they proposed to go to the Ticket Porter's in Cooper's-row, Crutched-friars , because they had a friend there; when we came there the 'squire asked who had gained or lost; the prisoner said, you have gained to be sure; they went to the bar and called for a half-crown bowl of punch, and went into a room, and I told down a hundred guineas upon the table; when I had told it down, the prisoner said he had been to his landlord, and he was not at home; that he could get but fifteen guineas, and if I would let him have 85 of my guineas in his hand, just to shew the company, he would return them to me directly; I gave him the 85 guineas, and as soon as I had done that the cards were produced on the table, and they began to cut the cards very fast among themselves; at last they prevailed on me to cut the cards; I did three times, once for five guineas, another time for ten guineas, and the third time for five, and lost every time; all above five was my chance, and all under five was their chance; when I had lost that, I snatched the cards out of their hands, and they were only twos and threes; then I said I believed they were rascals, and I would cut no more; the other two went out then with a pretence to get a glass of peppermint, and I desired the prisoner to give me my money; O, said he, we must have these fellows back, they shall not go off with all the money they have won; and then he made a start and ran off; I ran after him, but could not catch him, and I never saw him again till I met him last Monday fortnight, when I had him secured.

Did you pay the 20 guineas you lost? - Yes, besides the 85.

' John Roxborough , the mate of the ship,

'deposed that the prisoner came several times

'to the ship to enquire for the captain; that

'on Friday he found the captain on board;

'that he asked him to come and dine with him

'at his lodging, No 14, Virginia-street, on the

'Sunday following; that after the affair he

'went to enquire for him, and found that

'no such man lodged there.'

PRISONER's DEFENCE.

That man has sworn against an innocent man before, and will swear any thing; he tried another man for this offence in April sessions.

GUILTY .

Tried by the London Jury before Mr. Justice WILLES.

[Imprisonment. See summary.]

543. ROBERT WALKER was indicted for burglariously breaking and entering the dwelling-house of Richard Wall on the 23d of June , about the hour of two in the night, and stealing a pair of silver salts, value ten shillings, a silver pepper-castor, value ten shillings, a silver cream-jug, value seven shillings, a silver pap-boat, value five shillings, two pair of silver tongs, value twenty shillings, thirteen silver tea-spoons, value twenty shillings, a silver table-spoon, value ten shillings, a silver seal, value two shillings, three silver tops for castors, value ten shillings, and a silver top of a mustard-pot, value five shillings, the property of the said Richard, in his dwelling-house .

'The plate was found in the prisoner's

'room; but it appeared that another man

'worked with him. The prisoner called a

'publican, who deposed that he had lodged

'four or five months in his house; that he ' always went out to work, but returned in

'the evening. He called another witness, who

'deposed he was with him at the public house

'the night the burglary was committed; that

'they were drinking together from ten till

'between one and two o'clock, and then

'went to bed together. He called several

'other witnesses to his character.'

NOT GUILTY .

Tried by the Second Middlesex Jury before Mr. RECORDER.

544, 545. WILLIAM HOLLAND and MARGARET his Wife were indicted for stealing an iron plough-share, value three shillings, an iron plough-coulter, value two shillings, an iron swilliard, value eighteen pence, an iron plough-chain, value six pence, an iron dung-drag, value one shilling, an iron plough-hammer, value one shilling, the property of Nicholas Meredith ; a plough-coulter, value two shillings, an iron staple, value six-pence, two iron plough-cocks, value eighteen pence, two iron plough cock-bolts, value six pence, two iron swilliard bolts, value six pence, and an iron plough cock-key, value two pence, the property of Joseph Beal ; and 50 lb. weight of old iron, the property of a certain person unknown , June 27th .

NICHOLAS MEREDITH sworn.

I live in Barking parish in Essex; all the things mentioned in the indictment which belong to me and a neighbour of mine (repeating them) were lost out of the plough-field at Barking upon the 26th of June; they were in the field between six and seven in the evening of the 26th, and were missing between the hours of five and six the next morning. We found all the things that were lost upon the prisoners. (They were produced in Court, and deposed to by Meredith and Beal.) They were found at the sign of the Three Mackerel at Mile-end, the 29th of June, by John Joyce , a man belonging to Mr. Beal.

JOHN JOYCE sworn.

I live with Mr. Beal; my master lost his things the night of the 26th; I have frequently seen the prisoner on the road about Stratford, about four miles from the field out of which the things were lost; I was coming to London with my cart; I had nothing in it but some grass for the horse: the two prisoners came out of a house on the road and asked me to bring a little weight up to London; and the man brought these things out of the house in a bag, and his wife hired me to take them to London; she rode in the cart with the things, and he walked beside it.

Then they did not know you? - No: I stopped at the Mackerel at Mile-end, and told a neighbour I suspected I had some things in my cart that were stolen; he advised me to open the bag; I did, and immediately the man ran away; we secured him, and carried them before Justice Curtis, who committed them.

WILLIAM HOLLAND 's DEFENCE.

My wife bought them; I know nothing of it.

MARGARET HOLLAND 's DEFENCE.

I bought them of a man and woman on the Forest; my husband knew nothing of it.

WILLIAM HOLLAND GUILTY .

MARGARET HOLLAND NOT GUILTY .

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

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

546. HANNAH HARRIS was indicted for stealing three yards and a half of white dimity, value five shillings, a cotton gown, value three shillings, and a silk gown, value twenty shillings , the property of John Edwards , May 5th .

SUSANNAH EDWARDS sworn.

I am a mantua-maker ; I lost the things mentioned in the indictment out of my room on the 5th of May, between the hours of three and four in the afternoon, while I was at church; they were locked up in a trunk in my bed-chamber; when I returned my room door was opened; I left the trunk both locked and corded when I went out; there was a small trunk and a box in the inside of that trunk; the trunk was opened, and there were two trunks belonging to a gentleman broke open; I advertised them the next day, offering half-a-guinea reward for the recovery of them: from the information of one Mrs. Persley I suspected the prisoner, and took her before Justice Sherwood, but not being able to prove any thing against her she was discharged: I heard after we came from the justice's that the prisoner had another lodging in the Borough: I went to St. Margaret's Hill and got a warrant, and some of my things were found at the prisoner's brother's in the Borough. (The cotton gown and the dimity which were found at the prisoner's brother's were produced in Court, and deposed to by the prosecutrix.) The prisoner's father's apprentice-boy went with me to shew me where the prisoner's brother lived; his apprentice-girl informed the justice that the things had been pawned and taken out again and carried to the brother; both the boy and girl are kept back by the prisoner's father.

CHRISTOPHER SMITH sworn.

I am a constable in the Borough; the prosecutrix brought me a search warrant to search the prisoner's apartment; I searched it, but found nothing at all there; I put the prisoner and the apprentice-girl in the county gaol, and then the girl said that her mistress, meaning the prisoner, had sent her with a bundle to her brother's; I knew the brother and all the family very well; I went there, and found the bundle. The girl is bound over to appear, but the prisoner's father would not let her come. I found the dimity at a pawnbroker's.

JOHN AKIN sworn.

On Monday the 6th of May the prisoner pawned three yards and a half of dimity and a cotton gown with me; I am not positive to the dimity; I am sure this is the gown; I had it twice, and lent two shillings upon it each time; I described it at the justice's before it was produced.

PRISONER's DEFENCE.

I found them in the passage.

GUILTY .

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

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

547, 548, 549. DANIEL HOPKINS , GEORGE TODD , and THOMAS HORNER were indicted for burglariously breaking and entering the dwelling-house of John Robinson , Esq ; on the 11th of June , about the hour of one in the night, and stealing twenty-five pair of silk stockings, value 10 l. twenty-three linen shirts, value 12 l. five pair of laced ruffles, value 8 l. two cut velvet waistcoats, value 4 l. a pair of woollen cloth breeches, value twenty-five shillings; a silk waistcoat, value thirty shillings, a silk waistcoat laced with gold, value fifty shillings, a pair of silk breeches, value thirty shillings, a man's hat, value twenty shillings, a sattin waistcoat laced with gold, value forty shillings, a pair of silver shoe-buckles, value five shillings, four silver salts, value 4 l. four silver salt-spoons, value four shillings, two silver castors, value 4 l. four silver tea-spoons, value eight shillings, and one silver table-spoon, value ten shillings, the property of the said John Robinson Esq ; in his dwelling-house .

SARAH WILKINS sworn.

I am servant to Mr. Robinson; I fastened all the doors and windows in the dusk of the evening on the 11th of June; there was no one in the house but myself; I went to bed a little after eleven; at about half after two or near three in the morning the watchman came up to my chamber door and told me the house was broke open; I came down in a few minutes, and found my master's dressing-room door broke open, and some of the drawers broke open and others unlocked; some of my master's cloaths lay on the floor: my master was in the country; I did not know myself what was in the drawers.

FRANCIS PIERARD sworn.

I am steward to Mr. Robinson; I was with him in the country on the 12th of June; an express came from town that my master's house was broke open the night before; I came to town immediately, and found his study broke open, and the bureau and most of the drawers broke open; the maid had the key of the room door; I had the key of the drawers; I went out of town on Saturday the 8th: I had an account of the things; I missed twenty-five pair of silk stockings; I took the account of the things a year before; I saw all the things were there, according to the account, before I went out of town (repeating the cloaths mentioned in the indictment). I am positive to the shirts and stockings; I did not see the falts and plate, they were left in the closet by the butler; the shutters were broke open by which they got in, and the study door was broke open: the crows were found afterwards; I tried them, and they fitted the marks in the study door; the drawers were opened by a key which they found in the bureau.

JOHN WILLIAMS sworn.

I am footman to Mr. Robinson; I was in the country with my master; I came to town the morning after the house was broke open, and found the windows broke open, and the study door and drawers broke open; and there was a pair of silver buckles and two shirts of mine taken out of a drawer in the servants-hall, which was broke open.

JOHN BARTON sworn.

I am a watchman in Parliament-street , where Mr. Robinson lives; I tried the areas and the doors at eleven o'clock and found them fast; I tried them again at one and at two; I examine them every hour: as I went round after two I saw some people going off; when I came to Mr. Robinson's I found the area door open; I alarmed two other watchmen; we went into the house, and found the cloaths lying about; we found nobody in the house till we came up to the maid's room; we alarmed her.

WILLIAM BARNETT sworn.

On Wednesday the 12th of June, in consequence of an information which was brought to Sir John Fielding 's of Mr. Robinson's house being broke open, I with some others went to Hopkins's room in Wild-street in search of the property; we found Hopkins in bed with two girls; we stopped till he got up; while we were there we saw two men run from the Britannia public-house; we ran after them; they ran into a barber's shop in Chandos-street; we asked the barber if two men did not run in there; he denied them; we went through the passage, and found Horner and Todd in the necessary; I found these silk stockings (producing a pair) upon Todd, buttoned under his ham in his breeches, and 12 guineas in his pocket, which he has had again; this was about ten in the morning. [The stockings were produced in Court, and deposed to by Mr. Robinson's steward.]

CHARLES JEALOUS sworn.

I was with the last witness; we found Hopkins in bed; I don't know whether it was his lodging; under his bed I found these crows, cutlasses, and a tinder-box (producing them); this tool Justice Wright took down himself and tried to the door; it fitted the place where the door was broke open: I saw him try it.

TODD's DEFENCE.

I bought the stockings that morning about nine o'clock of a short man in brown cloaths; there is a witness here who was in the public-house and saw me buy them.

FOR THE PRISONER TODD.

GEORGE EDWARDS sworn.

I am a hair-dresser; I was with the prisoner at the Running Horse, opposite Oxford-road, Broad St. Giles's; a man came in with a pair of white silk stockings, and asked the people to buy them; Todd desired to look at them; he did, and they agreed for them for 8 s.; it was the 12th of June at about nine in the morning: the man that sold them was a Jew-looking man; I did not take any particular notice of them; it is a difficult matter to swear to stockings.

COURT. Were the stockings new or old? - They looked to me to be new and very good; they were sold to him as new.

Did he examine the stockings? - Yes.

Did he take any notice of the mark? - I don't know.

He bought them as new? - Yes.

JURY. After he bought them, did you see where he put them? - To the best of my knowledge he put them in his pocket.

JEALOUS. When I took them out of his breeches he said he found them.

[The stockings shewn to Edwards.]

Are they the stockings? - They look very like the stockings; I did not particularly observe the marks; I observed the clock: they look like the stockings.

HOPKINS NOT GUILTY .

TODD GUILTY of stealing the goods to the value of 39 s .

HORNER NOT GUILTY .

Tried by the First Middlesex Jury before Mr. RECORDER.

[Imprisonment. See summary.]

550. JOHN BENNETT was indicted for stealing four pounds and fourteen ounces of old brass, value two shillings , the property of Joseph Crook , June 28th .

'The prosecutor, who was the prisoner's

'master, could only swear to two small pieces

'of brass, which the prisoner said he had

'picked out of the sweepings of the shop.'

NOT GUILTY .

Tried by the First Middlesex Jury before Mr. RECORDER.

551. BRIDGET MURPHY was indicted for stealing a linen sheet, value two shillings and six pence , the property of Edward Field , July the 6th .

EDWARD FIELD sworn.

I am a publican in White-hart-yard ; the prisoner was my servant for two days: on Saturday the sheet was missing; she called out to her mistress that a sheet was taken off the bed; her mistress and she came down stairs together; soon after that she was sent out with a pint of beer; she staid longer than usual; she came back and said she had found a handkerchief in Swan-yard; that she was offered six pence for it, but thought it worth a shilling; soon after the boy came in, and said he had seen the prisoner go up towards Russel-street; I then began to suspect her, as she had charged two or three people with it: I went to the pawnbroker's to enquire whether the sheet was pawned there; the boy denied it twice; at last I produced an handkerchief that refreshed their memory; they said there was a sheet pawned for half a crown: that she had taken a handkerchief out of pawn, which she gave a shilling for, and took 18 d. in money. (The sheet produced in Court). I believe it is mine; I cannot swear to it; the prisoner voluntarily confessed before Sir John Fielding that she had taken it.

SAMUEL RENSHAW sworn.

I am an apprentice to a pawnbroker; I remember the prisoner's coming with the sheet; she had a handkerchief out of pawn for a shilling and received 18 d.

PRISONER's DEFENCE.

I was not out that afternoon; I never was at the pawnbroker's.

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

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

552. HESTOR the Wife of WILLIAM HALE was indicted for stealing a canvas bag, value one penny, four guineas and a half guinea, and two shillings in money numbered, the property of Thomas Seaton , privately from his person , April 10th .

NOT GUILTY .

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

553, 554. MARY the Wife of WILLIAM LONDON and ANN HARVEY were indicted for stealing three hundred weight of lead, value forty shillings, belonging to the mayor and commonalty and citizens of London, governors of the house of the poor commonly called St. Bartholomew's Hospital , near Smithfield, London, of the foundation of king Henry VIII . the said lead being affixed to two empty houses of the said mayor, &c . against the statute, &c. June 13th .

THOMAS BEDFORD sworn.

I keep a public-house in Golden-lane , which I rent of the governors of St. Bartholomew's office; there were two houses near me belonging to Bartholomew's hospital that were empty.

Who are the governors of that hospital? - The mayor and commonalty of the city.

Does your lease run so? - Yes. On the 13th of June a neighbour informed me that a woman was cutting lead upon these two empty houses; I went into my own house; I desired Nathan Lovell to go up my stairs, and see if there was any woman on the top of the house cutting lead; this was between eight and nine in the evening. I recollected that there was a back way up these empty houses; I went out of my own house, and went up the back way; the stairs were left open; when I came to the top of the house I saw the lead stripped all off; there were two windows out of the room; I looked out of the garret window, but saw nobody; I looked out of the other window, and turning round I saw Ann Harvey coming in at the window I first looked out at; I said, my dear, what do you do here? she said, she was only looking about her; I told her it was the dearest look she had ever looked in her life; I laid hold of her directly, and asked her who she had got along with her; she was so confounded she could hardly tell me; I asked her if it was one Mrs. London; she said, it was; I called out to Lovell to know whether he could see any one; I could not see him where I was; he said, there was a woman there; I told him to bring her to me; she came down another house; the houses all adjoin; when she came down to the bottom, she could not get out; she was obliged to take the lock of the door off; I said, Mrs. London, I am sorry for you: the next morning I found an old knife, a chissel, an hammer, and an iron bar, and there was about 200 weight of lead that was rolled up, that was ripped: they both said they were very sorry for it, and that they were never guilty of such a thing before; they said, they sold the lead to one Clark in Golden-lane.

Sir WALTER RAWLINSON , Knt. sworn.

You understand St. Bartholomew's hospital to be the foundation of Henry VIII . - I have always understood it so; and the other two city hospitals by Edward VI .

NATHAN LOVELL sworn.

I saw Ann Harvey helping the lead into the door-way; that was some lead that was out off entirely; I did not see the other woman; as soon as she saw me she got in at the window; I went down into Mr. Bedford's house, and asked Mrs. Bedford where Mr. Bedford was; she told me he was gone into the empty houses; I went to the back of the empty houses, and Mr. Bedford brought Harvey down; I told him she was the woman I had seen in the gutter.

LONDON's DEFENCE.

I was not at home all the afternoon; I was with a man that was sick; the other prisoner was out of place; I have known her from a baby; I let her be at my house; my husband was at work at Deptford; I had only two children at home, I have four children; when I came home, I asked the children where Nanny was; she had got a cat; she said, she was gone to seek after her kitten; I went up to seek after her; in two minutes Mr. Bedford came up; I was coming down again.

HARVEY's DEFENCE.

The child was crying for the cat, and said the cat was run up the stairs; I went to look after the cat; Mrs. London came to look after me; she had heard of a place for me; and then these people came and took us.

BOTH GUILTY . B .

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

555. HENRY HALL was indicted for stealing eight hundred and seventy pounds weight of pearl-ashes, value eighteen pounds, and a hempen sack, value one shilling , the property of Carey Stafford , June 17th .

'CAREY STAFFORD being sworn, deposed,

'that he lost the quantity of pearl-ashes

'mentioned in the indictment, and the

'sack; that the prisoner was frequently about

'the warehouse, and that he could swear to

'the sack, which was produced.'

' SOLOMON SKIDMORE , warehouseman

'to Mr. Stafford, being sworn, deposed to

'the pearl-ashes, which were produced.'

' JOHN KIPPING deposed, that on the 17th

'of June he searched the house of one Meeling

'in Turnmill-street, Clerkenwell, upon an

'information about other things, that he saw

'the pearl-ashes there, that there was a quarter

'of a hundred weight of it in the scale,

'that the prisoner and Mr. Meeling were

'weighing it, and seemed much confused,

'which made him suspect it was stole; that

'he secured them; the woman said, that the

'prisoner and another man brought it there

'to weigh, that the prisoner said one Aylesbury

'and he took it from White-friars.'

' EDWARD COUZINS , servant to Mr.

'Stafford, deposed, that the prisoner had

'lodged three months in his house, and had

'paid him the rent.'

' JAMES DALEY , a constable, who was

'with Kipping when he went to Meeling's

'house, confirmed his testimony.'

PRISONER's DEFENCE.

I was employed to weigh it; the man I had it of said he was going to Smithfield, and would be back presently.

GUILTY .

Tried by the London Jury before Mr. Justice NARES.

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

556. EDWARD LAMBERT was indicted for stealing a feather-bed, value 40 s. the property of John Sayre , the said bed being in a certain lodging room, let by contract by the said John to the said Edward , against the statute, June 20th .

JOHN SAYRE sworn.

The prisoner came to lodge at my house on the 19th of March; he took the lodging of me at 2 s. 9 d. per week; I missed the feather-bed; he went away the night before I missed it; I found it afterwards at a pawnbroker's; the prisoner confessed voluntarily that he had pawned it at Mr. Wood's, in the name of John Jones .

JOHN WOOD sworn.

The prisoner pawned this bed with me for 15 s. on the 20th of April; he said it was his own property.

[It was produced in court and deposed to by the prosecutor.]

PRISONER's DEFENCE.

I pawned it to pay my rent, and get something for my family to live on; I expected some money from a friend to redeem it.

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

Tried by the London Jury before Mr. Justice NARES.

557. FRANCIS BENSON was indicted for stealing two cheeses, twenty pounds weight, value six shillings , the property of Jacob Morris , June 14th .

JACOB MORRIS sworn.

I live at No. 7. Nag's-head-court, Grace-church-street ; I lost two cheeses on the 14th of June; I did not miss them till they were brought back by Joseph Cummins : there is a mark on the cheeses, by which I knew them to be my property.

JOSEPH CUMMINS sworn.

On the 14th of June I saw the prisoner and two other lads idling about; at last I saw them going from Nag's-head-court with the cheeses; I stopt the prisoner with the cheeses; he said, he was going to carry them to his master in Spitalfields; after that he said he was to have 2 d. to carry them into Wood-street, Cheapside, but could not tell who was his employer; I took him to Mr. Morris, who owned the cheeses.

PRISONER's DEFENCE.

A man put them on my head, and was to give me 2 d. to carry them to Wood-street.

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

Tried by the London Jury before Mr. Justice NARES.

558. CHARLES WIGG was indicted for stealing a silver watch, value thirty shillings, and a silver watch chain, value five shillings , the property of Thomas Holder , June 15th .

ROBERT HOLDER sworn.

The prisoner lay in the same room with me; I lost my watch on the 15th of last month from a table by my bedside; it was afterwards found at a pawnbroker's.

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

RICHARD PHAREZ sworn.

I am a pawnbroker in Fleet-lane; this watch was pawned with me on the 15th of last month, in the name of John Turner ; I don't know the person that brought it; I never saw the prisoner to my knowledge, till I saw him before the Alderman.

THOMAS DAVIS sworn.

I lodge in the same house with the prosecutor: on the 15th of last month I heard the prisoner go down stairs at five o'clock in the morning; the landlady called to know who it was, and what it was o'clock; he made answer to her, and I knew him: in about twenty minutes or half an hour after, I heard the watch was missing; the prisoner absconded; we saw no more of him till the third of this month, then we met him in Gray's-inn, and took him; we charged him with stealing the watch, and he voluntarily confessed that he had pawned it at the corner of Stone-cutter-street.

PRISONER's DEFENCE.

I know nothing about it.

GUILTY .

Tried by the London Jury before Mr. Justice NARES.

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

559. MARY WILLIAMS was indicted for stealing a piece of printed linen cloth containing thirteen yards, value twenty-six shillings, the property of Mr . Rashdale , privately and secretly in his shop , June 10th .

WILLIAM RASHDALE sworn.

I am a linen-draper in the Minories : on the tenth of June, about nine o'clock in the evening, I lost thirteen yards of printed linen out of my shop; Stephen Palmer was in the shop; the linen was on the compter; I saw it after it was brought back; I cannot swear to it.

STEPHEN PALMER sworn.

On the tenth of June the prisoner and another woman came into Mr. Rashdale's shop to see some cloth for gowns; I shewed them several patterns, and among the rest the linen mentioned in the indictment; they did not stay above ten minutes; the cloth lost was one of the first patterns I shewed them; I did not miss it till a gentleman came and asked me if I missed any thing, and said, he believed the girls that came out of the shop had stole something from the manner of their coming out: I looked over the things, and missed this linen; Mr. Goss went after the prisoner, and brought her back, and the piece of linen was produced in the shop; she said it was given her.

' William Goss , a linen-draper, deposed,

'that the prisoner and two others had been in

'his shop; that he suspected them, and

'watched the prisoner, and another of them,

'into Mr. Rashdale's shop; that when they

'were gone, he told the last witness he

'thought they had stolen something; that he

'went after them, and secured the prisoner,

'and found the linen in her hand under her

'apron.'

PRISONER's DEFENCE.

I have no witnesses.

GUILTY of stealing to the value of 4 s. 10 d .

Tried by the London Jury before Mr. Justice WILLES.

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

560. ELIZABETH HOWARD was indicted for stealing a pair of silver shoe-buckles, value twelve shillings, a linen shirt, value four shillings, a flannel waistcoat, value two shillings, a pair of worsted stockings, value two shillings, the property of John Buxton ; a cloth cloak, value three shillings, a linen cheque apron, value one shilling, a silk handkerchief, value two shillings, a pair of womens leather pumps, value two shillings and six pence in money numbered , the property of Sarah Edgars , February 19th .

NOT GUILTY .

Tried by the First Middlesex Jury before Mr. RECORDER.

561, 562. RICHARD GOODWELL and MARGARET GLOVER were indicted, the first for burglariously breaking and entering the dwelling house of Jonathan Sewall on the 19th of June , between the hours of twelve and two in the night, and stealing four silver table spoons, value forty shillings, twelve silver tea spoons, value twenty shillings, seven linen shirts, value thirty shillings, two pair of silver shoe-buckles, value fifteen shillings, a cloth livery coat, value ten shillings, a waistcoat, value five shillings, a pair of linen sheets, value eight shillings, fourteen linen table cloths, value forty shillings, eighteen linen napkins, value twenty shillings, twenty four linen towels, value ten shillings, eighteen linen shifts, value forty shillings, fourteen linen handkerchiefs, value thirty shillings, three silk handkerchiefs, value three shillings, two cambrick handkerchief, value two shillings, six cambrick stocks, value five shillings, five muslin handkerchiefs, value two shillings, a cotton gown, value two shillings, two white dimity petticoats, value twenty shillings, five pair of silk stockings, value thirty shillings, a cloth great coat, value twenty shillings, one other cloth coat, value ten shillings, a pair of silver salt stands, value thirty shillings, eight pair of linen pillow cases, value eight shillings, a silver half-pint mug, value forty shillings, three silver castor-tops, value three shillings, two pair of silver tea-tongs, value five shillings, and one silver chaced cream-pot, value ten shillings, the property of the said Jonathan, in his dwelling-house .

2d count. That being in the same dwelling-house, he feloniously stole the above goods, and afterwards, between the hours of twelve and two, he burglariously did break the said dwelling-house to get out of the same, against the statute, and the other for feloniously receiving the above goods, well knowing them to have been stole, against the statute.

JONATHAN SEWALL sworn.

The prisoner was my footman , and the only man servant that was kept in the house; I went to bed about eleven o'clock, and left a maid servant and the prisoner up; about six in the morning I was told that my house was robbed; then I observed that the bottom door, which opens into the area, had a hole cut in it, but it seemed rather to be meant as a colour for the manner in which the door was opened, for putting in your hand, you could not unfasten the door, so that certainly was not the way in which the door was opened: a great quantity of plate and linen were taken away: the charge of fastening the doors was intrusted to the prisoner.

ABIGAIL RENTICE sworn.

I am servant to Mr. Sewall: I was the last up except the prisoner; I went to bed some time after eleven; as I went up to bed I observed the prisoner appeared to be fastening the door that had the appearance of having been broke open; I observed him to be bolting it; the charge of fastening the doors at night was intrusted to him: I was the first that got up in the morning; I observed the door to have been broke open, and observed several things to be taken away; the prisoner had the key of the plate: the prisoner was given in charge of an officer; I was present when he was charged, and in his pockets four handkerchiefs were found.

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

WILLIAM BARNARD sworn.

I am an officer employed by Sir John Fielding ; hearing of this burglary, I went to the house of Mr. Sewall; I took the prisoner into custody, and examined him, and found the handkerchiefs concealed in his breeches; as soon as he was charged, and found things strong against him, he addressed himself to his mistress, and begged for mercy; she held up her hand, and signified she could not say any thing to it; he said, that another man came to the house, and that he came down and let him in, and they carried away the several things charged in the indictment; and said, he hoped to be forgiven: they made him no promises, but told him he ought to restore the goods; he said, he had left some of the things at the house of Richard Speakman ; I went there; there I found the plate and some other things.

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

To the PROSECUTOR. Did you make him any promises to induce him to confess? - No; nor the justice.

RICHARD SPEAKMAN sworn.

The prisoner brought the things that have been produced to my house about twelve o'clock; I begged him not to leave any thing that was improperly come by.

WILLIAM EDWARDS sworn.

I have seen the girl with the other prisoner before this affair.

GOODWELL's DEFENCE.

This Glover who stands here is entirely innocent: my mistress told me when I was taken, if I would own to the property, she would forgive me, and hoped God would forgive me, and accordingly I confessed all I knew.

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

Glover was not put upon her defence.

GOODWELL GUILTY of the burglary . Death .

GLOVER NOT GUILTY .

Tried by the First Middlesex Jury before Mr. RECORDER.

Goodwell was recommended by the prosecutor to his Majesty's mercy.

563. ELIZABETH the wife of WILLIAM BASSETT was indicted for stealing a pair of linen sheets, value seven shillings, the property of James Waring , the said sheets being in a certain ready-furnished lodgings , against the statute, June 3d .

JAMES WARING sworn.

I let a lodging to James Basset , who lived with the prisoner as her husband: upon some suspicion the prisoner was charged with an officer; the husband had been in the country for some time; I discovered the sheets were gone; she confessed she had taken them and pawned them.

' Thomas Kirk the constable confirmed

'the prosecutor's evidence as to the confession.'

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

'The prisoner in her defence said she

'meant to redeem them, and called two

'witnesses, who gave her a very good character.'

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

Tried by the First Middlesex Jury before Mr. RECORDER.

She was a second time indicted for stealing a child's linen frock, value three shillings , the property of James Waring , June 3d .

JAMES WARING sworn.

The prisoner came one day and asked to sit down in my room; I let her sit down: the child was undressed, and I missed a child's frock: the frock was afterwards found at the pawnbroker's.

THOMAS KIRK sworn.

I am a constable: the prisoner confessed she had pawned the frock; I went to Islington, and found it at the place she had mentioned.

PRISONER's DEFENCE.

That frock was pawned with the other things.

GUILTY of stealing to the value of ten-pence .

Tried by the First Middlesex Jury before Mr. RECORDER.

564. ROBERT HOPWOOD was indicted for forging an indorsement on a promisary note for payment of money in the name of Allen Burton , the said indorsement purporting to be an assignment of the said promisary note , and which said promisary note for the payment of money is in the words and figures following; that is to say,

March 12, 1776 .

I promise to pay Allen Burton or order the sum of four pounds nineteen shillings for value received, at the monthly payment of six shillings, as witness my hand,

W'am Hannever, Cow-keeper, St. George's-fields.

Witness I Heathcote.

with intention to defraud the said Allen Burton against the statute.

2d Count. For uttering and publishing the said indorsement on the said promisary note as true, knowing it to have been forged, with the same intention, against the statute, June 24th.

'It appeared on the trial to be Burton's ' hand writing, and that there was no publication

'of the bill.'

NOT GUILTY .

Tried by the First Middlesex Jury before Mr. RECORDER.

565. JOSEPH WHITE was indicted for stealing sixteen pound weight of gun metal, value nine shillings , the property of our sovereign lord the king , May 6th .

2d Count. For stealing 200 pound weight of gun metal, value 6 l. the property of our sovereign lord the king, May 16th .

HENRY KING sworn.

I work in the room where the gun borings were kept in the foundry at Woolwich : I have the key of that room; I shut it upon Saturday night, the floor was clean swept; on Monday morning I found some chips spilt before the chest; I acquainted Mr. Verbruggen of it; we opened the chest and found there was less in it than we left in it; it was then brought out and weighed, and upwards of 200 pound weight were missing.

Was the lock broke? - No; I found the lock safe when I came.

Mr. VERBRUGGEN sworn.

I am master founder at Woolwich: we have a particular art of boring cannon out of the solid with a particular tool that is not known in the kingdom; we weighed the borings and found a deficiency of 200 pound weight and half within a few pounds.

How do you know the quantity that was in that chest? - Knowing that this was the boring of ten three pounders, we know that it should produce ten hundred pound weight, that is to a certainty within five, six, or seven pounds; it is done so exact, we can always speak to a few pounds; there was near 200 pound weight and a half deficient in this chest.

Should you know these borings again if you were to see them? - By the shape and the metal: I have brought some on purpose that we bored afterwards to compare them.

You can tell by the metal, and likewise by the form of it? - Yes; it is my own.

When you call it your own, is it your property? - His Majesty furnishes us with the metal, it is only under our charge: the prisoner has been working with us upwards of three years and a half; he worked nineteen months in this room; he was a smith, we took him from Woolwich: the prisoner took his discharge in November.

Mr. AUSTIN sworn.

I am a brass founder at Hoxton: on the 21st of last month a Mr. Hall that lives in White Horse-street, Stepney, brought me 215 pound weight of this metal; he is a man of reputation, I have dealt with him some time, I bought them of him; I heard afterwards that the royal foundry at Woolwich had been robbed; I sent to Mr. Verbruggen to let him know that I believed I had some of the metal which had been stole from the royal foundry, and would give him all the information I could: this is part of the metal I bought (producing it); we make pot metal of it; I never saw any of that sort nor in that form before.

PETER HALL sworn.

I bought the metal produced of Mr. Mingay at the bottom of Fox's-lane: there was about 200 and odd pound of it; I bought it as pot metal; Mingay is a shopkeeper; I looked upon it as pot metal; I gave him a good price for it; I sold it to Mr. Austin.

JAMES MINGAY sworn.

The metal I sold to Mr. Hall I bought of the prisoner; we call it cock metal or pot metal, it was much of the same quality; I bought 200 pound weight and upwards at three different times; I bought sixteen pound the beginning of May; he first brought a little parcel of metal, and asked me the value of it; I said I did not know; he asked me four-pence half-penny a pound for it, I gave it him; I had the three parcels in the course of a fortnight or three weeks; the second and third parcel were delivered by the waterman and porter, and I took them to Mr. Hall's.

Did you ever see any such metal before? - No.

Could you by mixing that metal with any other metal make a third metal to resemble it? - No, I cannot; I looked upon him as an honest man.

JOHN PARR sworn.

I am a waterman; I took two bags tied up to Mr. Mingay; I did not see what was in them; I cannot recollect when it was; I carried a note, and he paid me.

PRISONER's DEFENCE.

I keep a smith's shop at Woolwich; I buy iron, brass, and lead; what I did not use I sold to Mingay; I sold him this metal for pot metal.

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

GUILTY .

Tried by the First Middlesex Jury before Mr. RECORDER.

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

566. SARAH PARSENHAM otherwise PARSOM was indicted for stealing a silver corkscrew, value two shillings, a child's dimity robe, value one shilling, a dimity waistcoat, value six pence, six pair of cotton stockings, value ten shillings; a linen shift, value four pence, a linen sheet, value six pence; a linen table-cloth, value six pence, and a silver tablespoon, value four shillings , the property of James Cleator , Esq ; June 21st .

Mrs. MARY CASAN CLEATOR sworn.

The prisoner was servant to my husband; she was left at our country house at Ealing from November till May; the things were missing; I mentioned it to her; she denied knowing any thing of it; I got a constable and searched her box and found the silver corkscrew; some other things were found at a Pawnbroker's, who is not here; she then said I gave them to her, but that is false.

MARY HOLLIS sworn.

The prisoner gave me two white aprons, a shift, a table-cloth, a sheet, silver spoon, two shirts, and a skirt to pawn for her; I pawned them at Mr. Collett's at Brentford, and gave her the money.

MARY MATTHEWS sworn.

I pawned a child's white robe and a lying-in waistcoat for the prisoner; I believe it was a corded waistcoat; I pledged them for 3 s. and gave her the money. [The things were produced in Court, and deposed to by the prosecutrix.]

LAWRENCE WARD sworn.

I examined the prisoner's box; she was present; she took out her key and opened it; I found the cork-screw and stockings in the box. [They were produced in Court, and deposed to by the prosecutrix.]

PRISONER's DEFENCE.

I know nothing of the things; I have no witnesses.

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

Tried by the First Middlesex Jury before Mr. RECORDER.

567, 568. JAMES ROBERTS and ANTHONY MATTHEWS were indicted for that they in the king's highway, in and upon John Field feloniously did make an assault, putting him in corporal fear and danger of his life, and stealing from his person and against his will a guinea and three shillings in money numbered, the property of the said John , July 3d .

'The prosecutor could not speak to the

'persons of the prisoners, and there were no

'corroborating circumstances to bring the

'charge home to them.'

BOTH NOT GUILTY .

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

They were a second time indicted for that they in the king's highway, in and upon John Way , Esq ; feloniously did make an assault, putting him in corporal fear and danger of his life, and stealing from his person and against his will two guineas and eighteen pence in money numbered, and a silver medal, value five shillings, the property of the said John , July 2d .

'The prosecutor and his footman, who

'were the witnesses for the prosecution, could

'neither of them speak to the persons of

'the prisoners, neither were there any corroborating ' circumstances strong enough to

'bring the charge home to the prisoners.'

BOTH NOT GUILTY .

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

569, 570. DANIEL DANIELS and NATHANIEL LEE were indicted for stealing 104 yards of printed linen, value 10 l. ten yards of printed cotton, value thirty shillings, ten yards of callico, value fifteen shillings, 15 ells of holland linen, value 4 l. 64 yards of dowlas, value 3 l. twelve ells of Russia linen, value seven shillings, eight yards of striped tick, value twelve shillings, thirteen yards of woollen stuff, value thirteen shillings, eight yards of shalloon, value ten shillings, two yards of kerseymere, value thirteen shillings, and four yards of broad cloth, value forty shillings , the property of John M'George , July 12th .

JOHN M'GEORGE sworn.

I live in St. Martin's le Grand; I am licensed to travel the country with drapery goods, woollen and linen ; I was with my cart at Ealing upon Wednesday the 12th of June last, that was the time Brentford fair was kept; I had a large parcel of goods packed upon the outside of my cart; the cart stood at a gentleman's gate; I was gone into the house to sell some goods; this was between three and four in the afternoon; there were some children near the cart; I missed the goods; I heard of them the next day.

GEORGE WHITE sworn.

I am a butterman; I took the prisoners at Hammersmith; I met M'George on horseback about six o'clock going to town on the town side of Hammersmith; he asked me if I had met a horse in a cart with a light-coloured tilt, for he said his cart had been robbed by such men: upon the country side of Hammersmith I met the two prisoners with a tilted cart; I had a boy with me; I sent him home with my butter-cart, and I followed the two prisoners; over against the Hampshire Hog I overtook them; I asked them if they had sound any linen; Nathaniel Lee said, No: the horse appeared to me extremely dirty and tired.

PRISONER. The horse fell down at the side of a ditch.

WHITE. I passed the cart and went into Hammersmith, over against the Plough and Harrow; I enquired of the landlord for a constable; he said one Mr. Durey, a baker, who lived hard by, was constable; then I thought I might venture to go up to the cart again; I asked to look into the cart; Lee said I might, and stopped the cart; I looked into the cart: the tilt was tucked in at each end; the tilt was big enough to cover two such carts; after I had undone the tilt I saw a sack lying among some straw; I asked what it was; Lee, who drove the cart, said he did not know what it was, but he was to have 6 d. for carrying the other person and his bag to Hyde Park Corner; I got then a man to hold the horse's head; I went to fetch a constable, but Durey said he need not go up to the cart, I might as well bring the cart to him, as it was in the way to go together before Justice Miller; we drove the cart to his door; the sack was opened there, and the several things mentioned in the indictment were found in the sack, and there was a hammer and chissel in a coarse bag.

To the PROSECUTOR. Whether that hammer and chissel were necessary to take that bundle off the cart? - No; they had nothing to do but to unstrap it.

JOHN CREED sworn.

I saw the cart of the prosecutor upon the 12th of June; I saw a bundle fastened upon the outside of the cart; about half an hour after I saw the prisoner with a cart coming into Brentford; some body said, here comes a show cart; they said so, because the tilt was tucked in all round: there were three persons in the cart; the least jumped out, which is Daniel Daniels ; I traced the cart down a dirty lane; I did not see it go down the dirty lane, but I traced it by the wheels; I traced it to a place where there was a slough, and there it appeared as if the cart had tumbled down, and they had been obliged to go back the same way into the public road, I apprehend by the track, I did not see the cart.

MARY ATKINSON sworn.

I am fifteen years of age: as I was going to Brentford I saw Mr. M'George's cart by a gentleman's house; I saw some goods strapped on the outside; as I was returning to Brentford I saw the prisoner's cart standing still, and I met Daniels with some goods under his arm; he ran after the cart as fast as he could, and somebody in the inside of the cart said, is he coming? a man on the outside said, he is not.

Did you see Nathaniel Lee ? - There was another with him that was smaller than Daniels; Lee was driving the cart.

Which of them asked, is he coming? - Somebody inside; I don't know who that was; Lee said, he is not.

NATHANIEL LEE 's DEFENCE.

I am totally innocent of this transaction; I had been at Brentford fair, carrying some goods in a cart for some of my customers; I took Daniel Daniels into my cart with a parcel of goods; I did not know what it was; I was to have six pence for carrying him to town, and his parcel.

The prisoners called seven or eight witnesses, who gave them good characters.

BOTH GUILTY .

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

[Imprisonment. See summary.]

571. SARAH BURNS was indicted for stealing a linen sheet, value three shillings , the property of Elizabeth Falben , widow , July 9th .

The sheet was pawned by a woman, who said before the justice she had it of the prisoner, but that woman not appearing to give evidence, the charge was not brought home to the prisoner.

NOT GUILTY .

Tried by the Second Middlesex Jury before Mr. RECORDER.

572, 573. JOHN PALMER and WILLIAM BORROWS were indicted for burglariously breaking and entering the dwelling-house of James Moore on the 5th of July , about the hour of one in the night, and stealing seven pieces of stuff, value seven pounds, and twenty-eight pounds weight of worsted shoot, value three pounds, the property of the said James, in his dwelling-house .

JOHN BIGGS sworn.

I am servant to Mr. James Moore , who is a master weaver in Brown's-lane, Spitalfields : at eight o'clock over night, when I left work, I pulled down the window which had been open; it is a room up one pair of stairs; I left upon a box in the room over night the things mentioned in the indictment.

Is this place a part of the dwelling house of Mr. Moore? - It is; I was awaked in the morning about two o'clock; I went there between two and three; it was upon last Saturday; I went to the room; I missed the pieces, and a quantity of shoot; the shoot I cannot swear to, I can to the pieces; and I found the window up.

Was the window fastened? - It never has been fastened since I have been there; here is the mark to every piece of the person that wove them (the pieces produced). I can swear these are Mr. Moore's property.

STEPHEN JONES sworn.

I am a watchman: just upon the hour of one o'clock my partner and I were sitting at the end of Artillery-lane; our watch were gone round; I am a bye-watchman; I saw the two prisoners and another come sneaking down Artillery-lane; Borrows had got this piece under his coat; I said to my partner, these fellows have been robbing some house; I caught hold of Borrows, and asked him what he had got there; he flung from me, and ran away to the other prisoner; the soldier threw down another piece from under his arm, and we pursued him and took him; we got him to the watch-house; I went up to Spitalfields watch-house, to acquaint them that a house was broke open in Brown's-lane, for he told us where he got them from; that they were handed out of Mr. Moore's window; then we went and found out where Mr. Biggs lodged; he searched the place, and found seven pieces gone: by the description I gave of the men, this officer took Borrows about three o'clock; when they were going to take him to the watch-house, he said he would tell them where a great many more goods were; in consequence of that information we found some other pieces in Barber's-yard, and the shoot, and I picked up one piece in White-gate-alley; I delivered them to Mr. Wright.

Are you sure of the men? - I am certain.

From the JURY. Did you see the soldier throw the piece down? - Yes; as I pursued him I saw him throw it down.

WILLIAM WRIGHT sworn.

I am a constable of Bishopsgate Ward Without; I received these six pieces of goods from the last witness; they have been in my custody; one piece has been in the custody of the officer of Spitalfields, and some of the shoot: I was about taking Borrows to the Counter; going along I asked him some questions about this matter, and he said, there were two more in Barber's-yard.

JOHN STANBRIDGE sworn.

I have had the custody of one piece of stuff, and some skains of worsted; I found them in Barber's-yard; I have had them in my custody ever since; they were lying in the rain, concealed behind some trees.

What kind of morning was it? - It rained very hard when I took these things up, and they were very wet.

JAMES NEVILL sworn.

I took Borrows upon suspicion, hearing that the house was robbed, and knowing that he worked in the house; I took him to Bishopsgate watch-house, and Jones declared that he was the man that he had pursued.

JOHN PARKER sworn.

I am a watchman of the parish of Christ's church; I was informed that a robbery was committed in our parish; we went and searched, and found a sash thrown up; we knocked the people up in the house; we could not get into the warehouse, because the foreman did not lodge in the house; we called up the foreman, who entered the room, and he missed the things; we went out afterwards, and found the things.

PALMER's DEFENCE.

I know nothing of it.

BORROWS's DEFENCE.

I know nothing of it.

The Prisoners called six witnesses, who gave them good characters.

BOTH NOT GUILTY of the burglary, but GUILTY of stealing the goods to the value of 39 s .

Tried by the Second Middlesex Jury before Mr. RECORDER.

[Imprisonment. See summary.]

574, 575. THOMAS READ and WILLIAM CHESTER were indicted for stealing a cloth coat with silver buttons, value three pounds, a corded silk waistcoat embroidered with gold, value fifteen shillings, a pair of silk breeches, value five shillings, a cloth waistcoat with silver buttons, value ten shillings, two silver forks, value twenty shillings, and two silver coffee spoons, value five shillings, the property of Henry Saint John , Esq ; in his dwelling-house , July 8th .

JOSEPH SMITH sworn.

I am servant to colonel Saint John; the prisoner, Read, was a footman to my master; Chester came between twelve and one in the morning, and enquired for Read; being told Read was not within, he enquired for me; on his coming in I immediately secured him; being taken into custody, he told me he came to tell me what Read had done, and told me where I should find Read the next morning, with some of the colonel's cloaths upon him; I went accordingly, and took him, and found on him a great coat, a silk corded waistcoat embroidered with gold, a pair of green breeches with gold knee-bands; since he has been taken, the other things have been found where he left them; he said, he broke open the place with a poker; the poker was lying there.

[The things were produced in court, and deposed to by Smith.].

THOMAS RAPER sworn.

I am servant to colonel Saint John: I was among the other servants in the hall, and Read and Chester came in together; Chester and Read went up stairs together; after they were come down again, Chester fell asleep, and I perceived a fork in his pocket; John Elliot took it out, and waked Chester; Chester being charged with it, said, he had other things about him, and took out the spoons.

They were produced in court by Percival Phillips , who found them on Read, and were deposed to by Smith.]

How came he not to be taken up? - Mr. Smith was not at home; he came home before Chester went away, but we did not tell him of it till after Chester was gone; he came again between twelve and one, and was taken; this was in the evening, six or seven hours before he was taken.

' JOHN ELLIOTT confirmed the evidence of the last witness.'

SUSANNAH CLARK sworn.

I keep a public house in Holborn; Read came in a coach to my house very much in liquor; he called for some brandy, which he had in the coach; he then got out of the coach and came in, and said he wanted to speak to me; he said, he had no money, and wanted me to let him have 18 d. to pay the coach, and he would leave his waistcoat for it, and what he had had in the coach, and left this waistcoat (producing it).

SMITH. This is my master's waistcoat.

[ ANN CLAY , a publican, produced a coat, which she deposed the prisoner left with her, and they were deposed to by Smith.]

READ's DEFENCE.

I was greatly in liquor; I did not know what I was doing.

CHESTER's DEFENCE.

Last Monday about nine o'clock (at the Coach and Horses where I lodge) while I was at breakfast Read came in, and I asked him to drink a dish of tea with me, which he did; after breakfast he had a glass of brandy, and we had several glasses of gin, and then we went to a public house in Park-lane, and drank a good while there; he said he wanted to go and see a relation at Deptford, and he did not know what to do, he could not go without money; I told him I had none; he said, there were two silver spoons and two forks that would not be missed, they were old-fashioned things; I went down to the hall with him, and he gave them me, and I being quite in liquor, laid down and fell asleep, and then Elliott took them out of my pocket, and waked me, and asked me how I came by them; I said, Read gave them to me to pawn them for him for some money; he wanted to go and see a young fellow at Deptford, an acquaintance of his: after this Elliott begged of the groom not to say thing to the butler about it; he said he would not; and then I took the other three out of my pocket. Elliot and the butler sat down to drafts, and I sat down with them; at this time Read was missing; I left them at drafts, and went to a relation's in Whitechapel to drink tea, and from there I came to my lodgings in James-street, Gold-square, and there I saw Read fast asleep; I waked him, and bid him go home; he said, by G - d, he had taken French leave, and never would go home any more; he said, he had a suit of his master's cloaths on, and that he had broken open drawers, and taken away cloaths to the amount of 20 l. and he would go off for France; I desired him to meet me at the Coach and Horses next morning, and a relation of mine went with me to tell the butler what Read had done: I rang the bell; the butler called to know who was there? I said, my name was Chester, and I came to tell him what Read had done; the butler, when I began to tell him, called two watchmen and seized me.

FOR CHESTER.

RICHARD HASTON sworn.

Upon Monday evening I was at the public house where Chester lives (I rent an apartment there); when I was going to bed, he called me into the kitchen, and said, he wanted to speak to me; he said, he was very uneasy in his mind, for he had been with a gentleman's servant in the day, and that things were transacted that grieved him very much, and he should be glad to go and let Mr. Smith know what had happened; I and another young man went with him to acquaint the butler that a young man that called there that evening had robbed his master of such and such things, and intended to dispose of them, and make off to France; we went and knocked at the door, and a person called out, who are you? the prisoner made answer, a young man that was with Thomas this afternoon, and I want to speak with you, Mr. Smith; Mr. Smith opened the door, and seized him directly, and delivered him to the watchmen: I have known him six months; he bears a very good character.

- WALKER sworn.

I went with Chester and the last witness to acquaint the butler what was transacted in the day, and we told Mr. Smith that Read was to meet Chester between eight and nine in the morning, and Smith went and took him.

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

READ GUILTY of stealing the goods to the value of 39 s.

CHESTER NOT GUILTY .

Tried by the Second Middlesex Jury before Mr. RECORDER.

[Imprisonment. See summary.]

576. ANN the wife of THOMAS WATSON was indicted for stealing five cloth coats, value five pounds, four cloth waistcoats, value twenty-four shillings, a pair of cloth breeches, value five shillings, and a thick-set frock, value ten shillings , the property of John Lewis , April 25th .

It appeared upon the Evidence that the prisoner dealt in old cloaths, and bought the things mentioned in the indictment in the way of trade.

NOT GUILTY .

Tried by the Second Middlesex Jury before Mr. RECORDER.

577. WILLIAM PRESTON was indicted for stealing a linen shirt, value five shillings, a muslin neckcloth, value one shilling, a nankeen waistcoat, value two shillings, two linen handkerchiefs, value one shilling, two pair of silk stockings, value five shillings, a pair of thread stockings, value two pence, a pair of silver shoe-buckles, value ten shillings, and a pair of silver knee-buckles, value two shillings , the property of Christopher Bones , June 3d .

CHRISTOPHER BONES sworn.

I am a gentleman's servant , I live in Tottenham town: on the third of June I was coming to town; while I was at Islington there was a shower of rain; I went into a public house for shelter, and there I met with the prisoner; he said, fellow-servant, I see you are a gentleman's servant, I am a servant out of place, do you know of any thing stirring? I asked him to drink a glass of cyder with me, and we staid there an hour and half, and then we came to town, and went to No 17, Swan-yard, in the Strand , where I have a particular acquaintance, a fellow servant; my fellow servant was not at home; I sat down on the stairs, and having been drinking in the morning without eating, I was very sick and fell asleep; the things mentioned in the indictment were in a bundle which the prisoner had in his hand; when I waked, the prisoner and the bundle were gone: as we were walking together, he told me his name, and where he lived; I went and enquired after him, and was informed he was gone off with the Northampton fly, and that it was just gone out, and I might soon overtake it; a man lent me a horse, and I overtook it at Islington; the prisoner was on the top of the coach, and had my neckcloth, shirt, and waistcoat on: there was an officer present; I gave charge of him and took him before a magistrate, and he confessed he had pawned the other things.

' LEONARD STAPLES , the constable,

'deposed that he was at Islington, that the prosecutor

'gave him charge of the prisoner, that

'he found upon his back a waistcoat, shirt,

'and neckcloth of the prosecutor's, that he

'took him before justice Blackburn, and there

'he confessed that he had robbed the prosecutor

'of the things, and that he had pawned

'two pair of silk stockings the corner of Woodstreet,

'and that the silver buckles were

'pawned by one Kinman on Snow-hill, where

'they went and found them.'

WILLIAM CORDEROY sworn.

I am a pawnbroker; these silver buckles were pawned with me by a man in the name of Kinman; it was not the prisoner.

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

PRISONER's DEFENCE.

He gave me the things to take care of till he was sober.

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

GUILTY B . and Imp .

Tried by the Second Middlesex Jury before Mr. RECORDER.

578. CHARLOTTE MACKAY was indicted for stealing two child's laced caps, value seven shillings and six pence, a child's laced linen neckcloth, value seven shillings and six pence, eighteen yards of thread lace, value eighteen shillings, a net hood, value two shillings, a laced tucker, value three shillings, a remnant of worked muslin, value one shilling, three remnants of plain muslin, value two shillings, three remnants of Holland cloth, value one shilling, and a pair of linen gloves, value one shilling , the property of Hayes Robert Bristow , July 9th .

ELEANOR BRISTOW sworn.

My husband belongs to the custom-house ; the prisoner was my servant ; I observed my laced tucker about her neck; on that I missed the rest of the things mentioned in the indictment, which I kept in a trunk; I searched her, and found a child's neckcloth and laced cap in her pocket; I found some lace in her box; it was locked, and she gave my husband the key to open it; he found two bits of lace in her box; she said, at first, they were her sister's, who was dead, but afterwards confessed she stole them; I found some muslin inside the lining of her stays, and two parcels sewed up in her petticoats: I took her before a justice, and she was commited.

[The things were produced in court, and deposed to by Mrs. Bristow.]

' ROBERT BRISTOW , who was present

'at finding the whole of the things, confirmed

'his wife's testimony.'

PRISONER's DEFENCE.

He told me if I would confess, he would acquit me.

PROSECUTOR. I did not.

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

Tried by the Second Middlesex Jury before Mr. RECORDER.

579, 580. SARAH COOK and MARY SMITH were indicted for stealing two gold rings, value twenty shillings, and a pair of silver shoe-buckles , value eighteen pence, the property of Thomas Dover , June 8th .

The material witness for the prosecution, without whom the charge could not be brought home to the prisoners, did not appear.

BOTH NOT GUILTY .

Tried by the Second Middlesex Jury before Mr. RECORDER.

581. JULIANA PITT was indicted for stealing a child's coral necklace with a gold locket, value two shillings , the property of Robert Barrett , May 28th .

ANN BARRETT sworn.

On Whitsun Tuesday I lost a necklace off my child's neck at the door; I saw the prisoner with the child just before.

THOMAS BROWN sworn.

I am a pawnbroker; the prisoner pawned a child's necklace with me on the 28th of May; she said, it was her mistress's.

[It was produced in court, and deposed to by Mrs. Barrett.]

PRISONER's DEFENCE.

I was at play with some children, and found it; I did not take it off the child's neck.

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

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

Tried by the Second Middlesex Jury before Mr. RECORDER.

582. LAZARUS LEVY was indicted for burglariously breaking and entering the dwelling-house of Benjamin Mascall on the 27th of June , about the hour of four in the afternoon, no person being therein, and stealing a mourning ring, value six shillings, another mourning ring with a cypher, value six shillings, three garnet rings, value two shillings, a garnet hoop ring, value two shillings, a topaz ring, value two shillings, a fancy gold ring, value two shillings, two silver fancy rings, value two shillings, a gold ring set with a purple stone, value two shillings, a gold ring set with paste, value two shillings, five silver table spoons, value twenty-five shillings, three pair of silver sugar tongs, value ten shillings, four silver salt spoons, value three shillings, a silver strainer, value one shillings, three silver tea spoons, value three shillings, a crown piece, a dollar, value four shillings and six pence, a half dollar, value two shillings and three pence, a pair of stone shoe-buckles, value ten shillings, a pair of paste ear-rings, value five shillings, one egrotte, value five shillings, a shagreen case, value one shilling, a pair of oval stone shoe-buckles, value two shillings, two pair of stone sleeve-buttons set in silver, value two shillings, a silver stay-hook, value one shilling, a black silk sacque, value one pound two shillings, four silk gowns, value twenty shillings, two silk petticoats, value two shillings, a damask night gown, value ten shillings, a black silk cardinal, value ten shillings, a white sattin cardinal, value six shillings, three remnants of Irish cloth, value twenty shillings, twelve remnants of silk, value one shilling, three linen shirts, value three shillings, a linen shift, value one shilling, a linen handkerchief, value two pence, and two shillings in money numbered, the property of the said Benjamin, in his dwelling-house .

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

MARY FINN sworn.

I live at Stepney , within a stone's throw of Mr. Mascall's house; I can see any person going in or coming out of Mr. Mascall's; as I was sitting at work at my own window, I saw a person loitering about his door; there were two men came out of the house, one in green, the other in brown; he in green came out and delivered a sacque to a person in brown; I got up immediately, and called to Mr. Rowland to know if the house was inhabited; he said, there were persons lived in it, who were out.

What time of the day was this? - Between four and six o'clock in the evening.

Was the person in green tall or short? - Short; he had his own hair.

ELIZABETH RAYMENT sworn.

I live in Mrs. Finn's house: I was at work with her between four and six o'clock; I saw a fellow lurking about the house; he behaved in a very indecent manner; he was first in one place, then in another; we thought he meant to drive us from our work; he was about the house three quarters of an hour; he was a shortish man in a brown coat, a crimson colour cape, and a red waistcoat.

Could you see his face? - Yes; the prisoner is not the person; the prisoner came out of the house with a bag and an handkerchief; he gave the bag to this fellow that was round the house; he threw it across his shoulder; I was about a stone's throw from the house, I could see him clearly; when Mrs. Finn went out of the room to call to Mr. Rowland to inform him that Mr. Mascall's house as she thought was robbed, as soon as he heard her voice he went across the field with the other man.

JOSEPH ROWLAND sworn.

I live at Mile-end: on the 27th of June in the afternoon Mrs. Finn called to me, and asked if any body was in the house of Mr. Mascall? I said, yes; she said she believed the house was robbed; she described the people, and told me which way they went; I followed them; there were three of them; one had a brown bag, I cannot say which; I believe the prisoner is one of the three; I was behind them: I cannot swear the prisoner is one of them, I believe he is; I was pursuing them through the church-yard; they were in the horse road about fifty yards from me; they threw down the bag on seeing me; I took up the bag; it contained wearing apparel, silk gowns, and cloaks; there was a wall as high as they almost between them and me; I took the things home to my house till Mr. Mascall and his wife came home.

BENJAMIN MASCALL sworn.

My house was broke open on the 27th of June, and the things specified in the indictment were taken away; they were found by Rowland.

[The things were produced in Court, and deposed to by Mr. Mascall.]

PRISONER's DEFENCE.

I am quite innocent of the affair: I can prove where I was at the time of this robbery.

FOR THE PRISONER.

'- DUDFIELD, a publican, deposed,

'that he told the prisoner that there was an ' information against him for this robbery;

'that he said he was innocent, and went voluntarily

'before the justice.'

' FRANCIS SCARF deposed, that he was

'put in possession of a house, the sign of

'the Prince of Orange in Petticoat-lane, under

'a commission of bankruptcy; that the prisoner

'came there in the morning of the 27th

'of June, and was there playing at skittles

'till after candle-light, and was never out

'only once about ten minutes to see a fight.

' DAVID WOOLFE deposed, that he was

'playing at skittles at the Prince of Orange

'with the prisoner on the 27th of June, from

'between two and three till nine at night:

'that he took particular notice of him, being

'so little and playing the game so well.

' MORDECAI LEVY deposed, that he was

'at play with the prisoner at the Prince of

'Orange; that he was there from between

'two and three till nine, and was sure the

'prisoner was there the whole time.'

GUILTY of stealing to the value of 4 s. 10 d .

Tried by the Second Middlesex Jury before Mr. RECORDER.

[Imprisonment. See summary.]

583. WILLIAM MORRIS was indicted for stealing seven pair of linen sleeves, value seven shillings, thirteen linen caps, value ten shillings, and a linen handkerchief, value ten pence , the property of Richard Smith , May 31st .

'There was no evidence to affect the

'prisoner, but a confession obtained under a

'promise of mercy.'

NOT GUILTY .

Tried by the Second Middlesex Jury before Mr. RECORDER.

584, 585, 586. ABRAHAM VANDOME , JOSEPH PRIESTLEY otherwise JUBILEE otherwise BAKER , and MARY JONES otherwise BAKER , were indicted, the two first for burglariously breaking and entering the dwelling-house of William Warburton on the 7th of July , about the hour of one in the night, and stealing seven pieces of Irish linen cloth, value 7 l. two silver tea spoons, value two shillings, and forty shillings in money numbered, the property of the said William in his dwelling-house ; the other for feloniously receiving a piece of Irish linen cloth, parcel of the above goods, well knowing it to have been stolen , against the statute.

HANNAH PRIMMER sworn.

I am servant to Mr. Warburton: my master's house was broke open in the night; I heard a terrible noise from twelve to one o'clock, but I durst not stir, for I thought my master must be killed, or he would have heard it; he lay up one pair of stairs, I lay up three pair; my master was called up about three; I believe I was not first up; I did not fasten the doors.

WILLIAM WARBURTON sworn.

I am a linen-draper at Norton-falgate : my house was broke open last Sunday night or Monday morning between twelve and two; I fastened the doors and windows that night; I went to bed at half after eleven, and was rang up about three, as nigh as I can guess; the bell rang violently, and I ran down in my shirt it being such a time of night or rather twilight in the morning; somebody said, they believed my house was broke open; I went and put on my cloaths and opened the door; I found the front of my shop under the bulk tore to pieces; it is a wooden front; the money that was in the till was gone; there was an iron bar and padlock to the cellar window, that was gone; they got in at that window: I lost all the things mentioned in the indictment; this was on the Monday; on the Tuesday afternoon I heard there were some of my things found at one Proctor's, a barber's in Brick-lane, up one-pair of stairs; I got a warrant and went with Francis Ryder to Proctor's; he was not at home; we went up stairs and found some pieces of cloth, one piece had my private mark upon it; there were two women in the room; the prisoner Jones was one; she said her name was Baker; we took them into custody

FRANCIS RYDER sworn.

I am an officer: I went with the prosecutor to Proctor's in Brick-lane; I searched up one pair of stairs and found some pieces of cloth and a silver tea spoon; I went afterwards and searched Vandome's room at a public-house in an alley in Petticoat-lane; there is a man in possession of the house; there I found some pieces of cloth.

Did you see any men there? - No; after we searched Jones's room and found the cloth, we brought the women down to the justice, and Lewin and I went back to wait for Vandome's coming home, and Baker and Vandome came in together, and we secured them.

EDWARD PROCTOR sworn.

I am a peruke-maker in Brick-lane, Spitalfields: the prisoner Priestley lodged in my one pair of stairs room; he called his name Baker; the woman passed for his wife: he hired the room of me.

PRIESTLEY. When I hired the room, I told him it was for Mrs. Baker; sometimes I should be there, and sometimes not.

To PROCTOR. Is that so? - No.

FRANCIS SCARF sworn.

I was in a house in Petticoat-lane under a commission of bankruptcy; I let a room to Vandome at eighteen pence a week; I was present when Ryder came to search the room; I broke open a box and took the linen out; I believe the box to be Vandome's, it was in his room; the house is let out in tenements; there are nine tenements in the house.

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

VANDOME's DEFENCE.

I bought the cloth of a pedlar in Bishopsgate-street.

Vandome called seven witnesses, who gave him a good character.

PRIESTLEY's DEFENCE.

I don't know any thing of what was in the room; I did not take the room for myself; I was away for a fortnight together.

JONES's DEFENCE.

It is not his room, it is mine; the things in it were mine; why should I condemn a man that is innocent?

VANDOME GUILTY . Death .

PRIESTLEY GUILTY . Death .

JONES NOT GUILTY .

Tried by the Second Middlesex Jury before Mr. RECORDER.

587, 588, 589. MARY STONEHILL , ANN INGRAM , and MARY PAYNE were indicted for that they in the king's highway in and upon Sarah King , spinster , did make an assault; putting her in corporal fear and danger of her life, and stealing from her person and against her will a black silk cloak, value one shilling, a silk hat, value threepence, a pen knife, value two pence, and thirteen pence in money numbered, the property of the said Sarah , July 10th .

SARAH KING sworn.

I came out of the country, and had been a hay-making: on Wednesday morning last between eight and eleven o'clock I was going from Pimlico; being hungry I sat down on the way side, and the three prisoners came up to me; and Stonehill d - d me, called me a whore, and said I was with child; I said I was no such person; then she laid down half a crown, and said she would lay me half a crown of it; I said I would not lay, I had no money; then she took my cloak off my back and put it on her own; I got up and was going to take my cloak, and she d - d my eyes, and asked if I was going to rob her, and knocked me down with her fist; then Ingram took the things out of my pockets, and the other took my hat; then they all got up to go away, and said one to another that they would strip me; I was greatly in sear, for they said they would do for me; then there were three gentlemen coming, and Stonehill saw them; she turned back and gave me another blow, and said she caught me lying with her husband; I never saw him; I cried murder: the gentlemen were then in sight and they made off over the bank into a field; they were taken in about two hours afterwards and brought to the justices; I was there and knew them as soon as they were brought in.

JAMES CARNEY sworn.

I saw Stonehill strike the prosecutrix on the road and knock her down; I did not see her take any thing from her; I saw the cloak under her arm; she said she had caught the prosecutrix laying with her husband; King said she never spoke to the man, nor never saw them before: there were two men with me.

JAMES SMITH sworn.

Upon Wednesday morning last the prosecutrix came to the public office in Petty France, and complained she had been robbed in the King's road ; I and Langley and Laycock went and took the prisoners at the sign of the Red Lion, about half a mile from the place where the robbery was committed; Ingram and Stonehill went backwards to the necessary; we took them all to the public-office; there Payne had the prosecutrix's hat on, but the ribands were tore off; in the public-house where they sat we found a knife and a piece of lace that had been tore off the hat: Langley went to the public-house where they were taken, and found the cloak just by the necessary.

' JOHN LANGLEY and JAMES LAYCOCK ,

'the other two officers, confirmed

'the evidence of James Smith .'

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

'The prisoners in their defence said, they

'never saw the prosecutrix till they saw her

'before the justice.'

ALL THREE GUILTY of stealing the goods, but NOT GUILTY of the robbery in the highway .

Tried by the Second Middlesex Jury before Mr. RECORDER.

[Imprisonment. See summary.]

590. ANN JONES was indicted for stealing a linen sheet, value six-pence, a copper saucepan, value three-pence, and a flat iron, value one penny, the property of Francis Durmot , being in a certain lodging let by contract by the said Francis to the said Ann , against the statute, October 4th .

'It appeared in evidence that the lodging

'was let to the prisoner's husband.'

NOT GUILTY .

Tried by the First Middlesex Jury before Mr. RECORDER.

591, 592. ELIZABESH SKITTLES and MARY SKITTLES were indicted for stealing two brass candlesticks, value one shilling, a pair of leather breeches, value ten shillings, a linen shift, value one shilling, a linen sheet, value one shilling, and two guineas in money numbered, the property of John Brown , in the dwelling-house of John Hichett , July 13th .

'The prosecutor was called but not appearing,

'the court ordered his recognizance to

'be estreated.'

BOTH NOT GUILTY .

593. ELIZABETH JEENES was indicted for stealing fourteen silver coat buttons, value ten shillings, sixteen silver waistcoat buttons, value six shillings, a black sattin cloak, value ten shillings, a silver punch ladle, value nine shillings, a silver watch, value twenty-one shillings, a brass metal watch key, value one penny, a silver stay hook, value one shilling, a muslin cap, value three pence, a pair of silver tea tongs, value three shillings, and a muslin handkerchief, value one shilling , the property of Joshua Thorp , June 20th .

EASTER THORP sworn.

I am the wife of Joshua Thorp : the prisoner was my servant ; the things mentioned in the indictment were taken out of the drawers in my room; I saw them on Tuesday and missed them on Thursday; the prisoner was then gone from me: I found some of the things at a pawnbroker's, and some at a cellar she went to when she went from me; she came to live with me but the Saturday before.

MARY BRODDY sworn.

I am a pawnbroker: the prisoner pledged a cloak and handkerchief with me on the 18th of June.

[They were produced in court, and deposed to by Mrs. Thorp.]

CHARLES DORMAN sworn.

I took the prisoner: I found a cap in a bundle up two pair of stairs, and some things in the cellar at the house where I took the prisoner; and the watch I found between her legs.

[They were produced in court, and deposed to by Mrs. Thorp.]

The prisoner said nothing in her defence.

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

Tried by the First Middlesex Jury before Mr. RECORDER.

594, 595. JAMES PRICE and WILLIAM DAY were indicted for stealing a printed book intitled, The Modern Gazetteer, or A short View of the several Nations of the World, &c. value two shillings and six pence , the property of James Lockington , July 1st .

JAMES LOCKINGTON sworn.

I am a bookseller : I lost The Modern Gazetteer out of my window on the first of July, it was produced before the justice; I have had it ever since; it is my book (producing it).

WILLIAM OXLADE sworn.

I took the prisoners before the justice on another charge, and Price confessed selling this book to Burn.

THOMAS BURN sworn.

I bought this book of the prisoners; Oxlade came and challenged it; then Price said he stole it in Chiswell-street .

'The prisoners in their defence said they

'found the book in Old-street.'

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

Tried by the First Middlesex Jury before Mr. RECORDER.

596, 597, 598. JAMES PRICE , JOHN WILSON , and WILLIAM DAY were indicted for stealing a printed book intitled, The Fruit Shop, a Tale, or a Companion to St. James's-street, vol. I. the second edition, value eighteen pence, and four other printed books, value three shillings , the property of William Oxlade , June 27th .

WILLIAM OXLADE sworn.

I am a bookseller : I lost a book intitled, The Fruit Shop, and four other books, out of my shop on the 26th of June; I missed them the next day; before the justice, Price said he knew nothing of my books; I found them at Burn's.

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

THOMAS BURN sworn.

I am a bookseller: I bought the books of Wilson and Day; Wilson made the bargain; Day took the money.

'The prisoners Wilson and Day said in their

'defence they never saw the money.'

PRICE NOT GUILTY .

WILSON and DAY GUILTY of stealing the books to the value of ten pence . W .

Tried by the First Middlesex Jury before Mr. RECORDER.

599. JOSEPH DAVIS was indicted for that he in the king's highway in and upon John Vaughan did make an assault, putting him in corporal fear and danger of his life, and stealing from his person a silver watch, value 4 l. an iron watch chain, value two pence, a base metal watch key, value one penny, a half guinea, and thirteen pence halfpenny in money numbered, the property of the said John , June 3d .

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

NOT GUILTY .

Tried by the First Middlesex Jury before Mr. RECORDER.

600. THOMAS COPE was indicted for feloniously and traiterously coining and counterfeiting a piece of false, feigned, and counterfeit money and coin to the likeness and similitude of the good, legal, and current money of this realm called a shilling , against his allegiance and against the statute, &c. June 27th .

2d Count. For coining a six pence.

'There were no flasks found which are

'used in coining, and the prisoner was proved

'to be a prisoner in the liberties of the Fleet

'at the time, and had only gone to the

'house where he was taken that day to see

'his wife, who was ill there.'

NOT GUILTY .

Tried by the First Middlesex Jury before Mr. RECORDER.

601, 602. CATHERINE CHAMPNESS otherwise GORDON , and REBECCA JONES otherwise HARVEY were indicted for stealing four guineas and two gold ducats, value eighteen shillings and six pence, the property of Frederick Trumpe , privily from his person , June 16th .

'It appeared upon the evidence that the

'prosecutor picked up the prisoners, who

'were girls of the town; that he was very

'drunk and did not know how he lost his

'money.'

BOTH NOT GUILTY .

Tried by the First Middlesex Jury before Mr. RECORDER.

603. HENRY SAWNEY was indicted for stealing a silver watch, value thirty shillings , the property of James Neasmyth , May 27th .

NOT GUILTY .

Tried by the Second Middlesex Jury before Mr. RECORDER.

604. THOMAS FARMER otherwise SMITH was indicted for stealing a trunk covered with leather, value four shillings, eight linen shirts, value forty shillings, fourteen pair of worsted stockings, value fourteen shillings, ten pair of thread stockings, value ten shillings, six linen caps, value two shillings, nine linen handkerchiefs, value nine shillings, two cloth coats, value forty shillings, two cloth waistcoats, value twenty shillings, two pair of cloth breeches, value ten shillings, fifteen bound books, value five shillings, a desert knife, value three pence; a desert fork, value three pence, a knife sheath, value one penny, two pair of knit worsted garters, value six pence, two pair of leather shoes, value ten shillings, two hats, value two shillings, two horn combs, value four pence, a comb brush, value one penny, and a remnant of linen cloth, value six pence , the property of William Moreton , June 21st .

WILLIAM MORETON sworn.

Upon an alarm that the prisoner had taken away a trunk, I looked out and saw the prisoner throw the trunk down which he had taken out of my waggon; I took it into my waggon at Cheshunt to bring to town; the trunk has not been out of my custody since; the gentleman who owned the trunk has had many things out as he was going into the country.

PRISONER's DEFENCE.

The waggoner said he could not see me take the trunk, and offered to take money to make it up.

FOR THE PRISONER.

ELIZABETH PLUMPITT sworn.

I was present when the waggoner said he was at too great a distance to see the man; that many people were about, and if he would give him a guinea he would make it up.

PROSECUTOR. They offered me a guinea, but I would not accept of it.

GUILTY .

Tried by the First Middlesex Jury before Mr. RECORDER.

[Imprisonment. See summary.]

605. MILER ASKIN was indicted for stealing nine guineas and two half guineas , the property of Marcus Davis , February 27th .

'The prosecutor was called but not appearing,

'the court ordered his recognizance

'to be estreated.'

NOT GUILTY .

606. ELIZABETH the wife of HENRY TOY was indicted for stealing two pair of worsted stockings, value four shillings, two pair of thread stockings, value three shillings, and a linen apron, value six pence , the property of Thomas Chapman , July 5th .

FRANCES CHAPMAN sworn.

I am the wife of Thomas Chapman : my husband is a coachman ; the things mentioned in the indictment hung up in an inn yard: I saw them at night, and missed them the next morning.

JANE DOGGETT sworn.

I live in One Swan-yard : I lost some things at the same time.

WILLIAM GAWSET sworn.

I was sent for to take the prisoner; I found a pair of stockings in her lodgings.

[They were produced in Court, and deposed to by the prosecutrix.]

JOHN GRIFFIN sworn.

The prisoner pawned a pair of stockings with me.

[They were produced in Court, and deposed to by the prosecutrix.]

'The prisoner in her defence said she found

'them in the yard, and called a witness, who

'gave her a good character.'

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

Tried by the London Jury before Mr. RECORDER.

She was a second time indicted for stealing three pair of worsted stockings, value four shillings, a flannel petticoat, value two shillings, and a pair of pattens, value ten pence , the property of Sarah Flannell , widow , July 5th .

SARAH FLANNELL sworn.

I lost the things mentioned in the indictment on Thursday night.

JOHN GRIFFIN sworn.

I am a pawnbroker: I took three pair of stockings in pawn of the prisoner on Friday morning.

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

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

Tried by the London Jury before Mr. RECORDER.

She was a third time indicted for stealing a linen apron, value one shilling, and a dimity petticoat, value ten shillings , the property of Thomas Doggett , July 5th .

WILLIAM GAWSET sworn.

I took the prisoner, and found a linen apron and dimity petticoat in her lodgings. [They were produced in Court, and deposed to by Jane Dogget the prosecutor's wife.]

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

Tried by the London Jury before Mr. RECORDER.

607. ELIZABETH PLUNKETT was indicted for stealing four yards of thread lace, value four shillings , the property of Elizabeth Dale , widow , June 7th .

ELIZABETH DALE sworn.

I sell Buckinghamshire lace ; the prisoner came into my shop to look at a piece of lace; while I turned to reach it out of the window she swept this into her apron; I took it upon her. [The lace was produced in Court, and deposed to by the prosecutrix.]

PRISONER's DEFENCE.

I know nothing about it.

'The prisoner called five witnesses, who

'gave her a good character.'

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

Tried by the London Jury before Mr. RECORDER.

608. JOPEPH STONE was indicted for stealing a woollen cloth coat, value twenty shillings, a woollen cloth waistcoat, value five shillings, and a pair of nankeen breeches, value two shillings , the property of William Nichols , June 17th .

WILLIAM NICHOLS sworn.

The prisoner and I slept in the same room; I left the prisoner in the room; he got up about seven in the morning; my cloaths were in the drawers; I missed them; the prisoner was taken and carried before a justice, where he confessed he took the cloaths and pawned them.

' William Elvin confirmed the evidence of

'the prosecutor.'

PRISONER's DEFENCE.

I was a deserter when I took the cloaths; the usage I have received from the regiment has been so bad, that I would much sooner be transported than I would serve in the regiment again.

GUILTY .

Tried by the London Jury before Mr. RECORDER.

[Imprisonment. See summary.]

609. JOHN GRIFFITHS was indicted for stealing a wicker basket, value one shilling, five quartern loaves of wheaten bread, value two shillings, and three three-penny loaves of wheaten bread , the property of John Mynett , June 5th .

' Samuel Burnham , a material witness, and

'without whose testimony the charge could

'not be brought home to the prisoner, was

'called, but not appearing, the Court ordered

'his recognizance to be estreated.'

NOT GUILTY .

Tried by the London Jury before Mr. RECORDER.

610. WILLIAM REYNOLDS was indicted for stealing a linen handerchief, value eighteen pence , the property of William Havard , July 10th .

WILLIAM HAVARD sworn.

I was going down Ludgate-street ; a man told me somebody had picked my pocket; I put my hand to my pocket and missed my handkerchief; the gentleman had hold of the prisoner, and I saw my handkerchief taken from under his coat.

WILLIAM WOOD sworn.

I saw the prisoner take the handkerchief out of the prosecutor's pocket, and put it under his coat; I secured him, and found the handkerchief upon him.

PRISONER's DEFENCE.

I had been drinking with an acquaintance; I don't know whether I did it or no; if I did, I am sorry for what I have done.

GUILTY .

Tried by the London Jury before Mr. RECORDER.

[Imprisonment. See summary.]

611. JOHN CLIFTON was indicted for stealing a mahogany table, value ten shillings, and a looking-glass in a mahogany frame, value ten shillings , the property of Henry Scott , May 15th .

'There was no evidence to affect the prisoner

'but that of an accomplice, unconfirmed

'by any circumstances whatever.'

NOT GUILTY .

Tried by the London Jury before Mr. RECORDER.

612. CHRISTIAN WEBB was indicted for stealing two pieces of silk riband containing twenty-one yards, value seven shillings , the property of Ann Randall , widow , June 28th .

'The witness, who was an assistant to Ann

'Randall in the shop, deposed that the prisoner

'came into Mrs. Randall's shop; that

'she saw her take a piece of riband; that

'when she went out she followed her and

'brought her back; that then she saw her

'drop the piece she had seen her take, and

'another piece.'

'The constable produced the riband in

'Court, which was deposed to by the

'witness.'

PRISONER's DEFENCE.

I did not take the riband.

GUILTY of stealing the riband to the value of 10 d . W .

Tried by the London Jury before Mr. RECORDER.

613. GARRICK CLARKE was indicted for stealing a linen handkerchief, value ten pence , the property of Thomas Gregory , July 7th .

THOMAS GREGORY sworn.

I was in Fleet-market ; I felt a jerk at my pocket; I put my hand in my pocket and missed my handkerchief, and seeing the prisoner making off I pursued him with the cry of stop thief; at last I laid hold of him; he slipped down and I fell upon him: I found the handkerchief upon him.

JOSEPH THOMSON sworn.

The prisoner was brought into the watchhouse and given me in charge, and the handkerchief delivered to me by the prosecutor. [The handkerchief was produced in Court, and deposed to by the prosecutor.]

PRISONER's DEFENCE.

The handkerchief was found several yards from me.

'The prisoner called two witnesses, who

'gave him a good character.'

GUILTY .

Tried by the London Jury before Mr. RECORDER.

[Whipping. See summary.] [Imprisonment. See summary.]

614. WILLIAM SELBY was indicted for stealing two bushels of coals, value two shillings , the property of John Beans , Thomas Wood , and Isaac Estridge , July 12th .

BENJAMIN ELMORE sworn.

Mr. Beans, Mr. Wood, and Mr. Estridge are partners ; they deal in coals ; I was looking over the rails of Black-friars Bridge, and saw the prisoner taking coals out of the craft that belonged to those gentlemen; I called to a young man, who also saw him take them out of the craft.

ROMAN BODDINGTON sworn.

I was walking down Fleet-ditch: the waterman called out and told us that this man was stealing coals; we saw him take them out of the barge and put them into a bag; we went and took him, and charged a constable with him.

PRISONER's DEFENCE.

I went down to the water-side to wash myself.

'The prisoner called one witness, who gave

'him a good character.'

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

Tried by the London Jury before Mr. RECORDER.

[Imprisonment. See summary.]

615. WILLIAM ASHLEY was indicted for stealing twenty-three pieces of linen handkerchiefs containing 240 handkerchiefs, value 20 l. six pieces of Irish linen containing 120 yards, value 8 l. the property of Titus Mitchell , July 12th .

TITUS MITCHELL sworn.

I am a linen-draper at the corner of Aldermanbury : upon Saturday morning last, between one and two, I was alarmed by my bell at the door ringing three times; I got out of bed and ran to the sash; there were four or five men stood in the street; they asked me if I was the master of the house; I said I was; this alarmed me; I said, is there fire? they said, No, but we must speak to you; come down directly; upon that I took down the keys, as I always keep the keys of the door, and went down and opened the door as soon as I could; they said, have you such a man in your service as John Elliott ? I paused a little, and told them I had such a man; said they you have been robbed this night by your porter and a confederate; we have took a man with some goods upon him at London-wall; we have carried the man to the watch-house; the goods are there; we have told the quantity of pieces, and he is now gone to Wood-street Compter: I went with the constable and watchman to the watch-house, after I had secured my own porter and took him to the Compter; there I saw the handkerchiefs and the Irish; they are my goods.

JONAS PARKER sworn.

The watchman brought the prisoner and the goods to our watch-house; I searched the man, and found three pieces of handkerchief in his bosom; the prisoner said if I would go with him to where the goods came out, that he would shew me the door; accordingly I went up to Mr. Mitchell's with him; he said John Elliott gave him the bundle out of the door, but, says he, make no disturbance now; you will see him open the shop between five and six in the morning: I went immediately and rang Mr. Mitchell up, and asked him if he had one John Elliott lived there; I saw a man behind him in his shirt; I said, you are my prisoner, you have robbed your master; he said, No, it was not him.

COURT. You must only speak of this man that is trying.

JOHN WILLIAMS sworn.

I am a watchman; I was beating the hour in Fore-street; I met the prisoner with the goods that are produced wrapped up in a waggoner's frock; I asked him what he had there; he said they were his things come out of the country, and asked the way to Shoreditch; I told him he must not go from me with that bundle; why, said he, to tell you the truth, they are smuggled goods; I said, let me feel them; they felt like linen; I said he should not go; then he dropped them down; I would not let him go, and he was put in possession of the patrol; he said he would not for 10 l. be found in a dirty action, that he never was in one before; I said he should not go for 20 l.; I delivered him over to the constable: when he was taken to the watch-house there were three pieces of handkerchief taken out of his bosom next his skin; he said he could not tell where to find the man he had them of: we got a pair of handcuffs to put on him; he said if we would not put on the handcuffs, he would shew us the house where he had them, and bid us not alarm the house till the morning; he shewed us Mr. Mitchell's house, and said the goods were delivered to him out of that house by John Elliott , and that he did not know what they were; that the man had ordered him to call at twelve o'clock and knock at the door, and that the man opened the door and gave him the bundle out; he said then he did not know what he was to call for; he was to call for a small parcel; he said the young man and he lived fellow servants together three years before. [ The goods were produced in Court and deposed to by the prosecutor.]

PRISONER's DEFENCE.

About three weeks ago this John Elliott came to where I lived, and said he lived with a large smuggler; that he had got some smuggled goods, and if I would come some night he would give me a little parcel for him; I did not resolve him whether I would or not till last Thursday night; he came to me, and asked me if I would go at night and tap at the door between 11 and 12; I went at that time; he opened the door to me and gave me this parcel out; I put it under my arm; he gave me another parcel, and another parcel he put into my bosom: this man stopped me at Old Bedlam; he asked me what they were; I said I have just come out of the country, they are my things; he said, I think you have been robbing some shop, or waggon, or warehouse; I said I had not; I dropped the bundle down, and said if they are yours, you shall take them; he laid hold of me, and said if I would go quietly with him he would turn me off and I should go about my business; he took me to the watch-house, and they opened the goods; they asked me where I had them? I told them where I had them, and said if they would go with me I would shew them the door they were given me out at; I did shew them the door.

'The prisoner called eight witnesses, who

'gave him a very good character.'

GUILTY . Branded and discharged.

Tried by the London Jury before Mr. RECORDER.

615. GEORGE CORDEROY was indicted for wilful and corrupt perjury , November 30th .

'The evidence was not sufficient to affect

'the defendant, therefore he was not put upon

'his defence.'

NOT GUILTY .

Tried by the London Jury before Mr. RECORDER.

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

Received sentence of death, 4.

Thomas Connor alias Smith, Richard Goodwell , Abraham Vandome , and Joseph Priestley , alias Jubilee, alias Baker.

To be kept to hard labour for three years upon the river Thames, 19.

John Goss , William Day , Thomas Oliver , William White , Joseph Stone , William Reynolds , John Bean , John Fozey , Major Baker, James Corbet , George Stodd , Daniel Daniels , Nathaniel Lee , John Palmer , William Borrows , Thomas Read , Thomas Farmer , James Steward , Robert Allen .

To be branded and imprisoned six months in Newgate, 8.

William Loveridge , Henry Ball , Charles Wigg , Mary Williams , Mary Adams , Thomas Shrimpton , William Holland , and Joseph White .

To be branded and imprisoned three months in Newgate, 3.

Ann Gurney , Mary Green, and Ann Harris .

To be whipped and imprisoned two months in Newgate, 2.

Garrick Clarke and William Selby .

To be kept to hard labour in the House of Correction at Clerkenwell three years, 17.

Mary Spencer , John Clifton , Lazarus Levy, Robert Storker , Mary Stonehill , Ann Ingram , Elizabeth Winspear , Mary Cross , Edward Lambert , Elizabeth Toy , Elizabeth Plunkett , Christian Webb , Mary Clarke , Sarah Parsenham , James Price , William Day , and John Wilson .