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Old Bailey Proceedings, 4th December 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 4th of December 1776, and the following Days;

Being the FIRST SESSION in the Mayoralty of The Right Honble Sir THOMAS HALLIFAX , LORD MAYOR OF THE CITY OF LONDON.

TAKEN IN SHORT-HAND BY JOSEPH GURNEY , And Published by Authority.

NUMBER I. PART I.

LONDON:

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

[PRICE SIX-PENCE.]

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 Hon. Sir THOMAS HALLIFAX , Knt. LORD MAYOR of the City of London; the Honourable Sir RICHARD ASTON , Knight, One of the Justices of his Majesty's Court of King's Bench; the Honourable Sir BEAUMONT HOTHAM , Knt. One of the Barons of his Majesty's Court of Exchequer; 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 Form ,

Sidalance Drinkwater,

Christopher Emmott ,

Joshua Burt ,

John Butts ,

Nicholas Phips ,

Silvester Lowden ,

Edward Quidington ,

John Berrisford ,

James Elisha ,

John Smith ,

Francis Joyce .

First Middlesex Jury.

James Showell ,

William Dickins ,

Thomas Vardy ,

William Barlow ,

Thomas Lee ,

John Stone ,

Joseph Segar ,

John Edmondson ,

George Pratt ,

William Marsh ,

John Wood ,

Thomas Bedford .

Second Middlesex Jury.

Henry Russell ,

John Warren ,

Samuel Hurd ,

Charles Elliott ,

Charles King ,

William Kerry ,

Daniel Cooper ,

James Irwin ,

Edward Clempson ,

Robert Hewett ,

William Huie ,

Thomas Rodes .

1. JOHN SMITH was indicted for burglariously breaking and entering the dwelling-house of Bridget Davies , widow , on the 18th of November , about the hour of two in the night, and stealing a pair of brown thread stockings, value 1 s. a pair of silver shoe-buckles, value 5 s. and 7 s. in money numbered, the property of Edward Davies ; a watch with the inside case made of base metal, the outside case shagreen, value 20 s. a steel stock-buckle, value 6 d. and a linen stock, value 6 d. the property of Thomas Davies , in the dwelling-house of the said Bridget .

JOHN FITZPATRICK sworn.

I am servant to Bridget Davies , who keeps a public-house in Clarges-street, Piccadilly ; I fastened up the house at night; I fastened the back-door at which they got into the house a little after eleven o'clock; I went to bed then, and left my two young masters up; one of them came in after I went to bed: we found the house broke open in the morning.

JAMES CLARKE sworn.

I am a post-chaise boy; I am servant to Mr. Hemmings: Mrs. Davies keeps a public-house; on the Tuesday morning that the house was broke open, I went into the yard from a house adjoining, and went to the back-door to see what it was o'clock; I found the back-door open, and the window was about a quarter up; I put my hand to it and put it quite up, and asked the girl who was within, what it was o'clock? she said, it wanted a quarter of six.

EDWARD DAVIES sworn.

I came in between eleven and twelve o'clock, after the boy was gone to bed; the maid let me in; I did not see the doors and windows fastened; I can only speak to the property; in the morning I observed a spot of dirt on the window, which I judged to be the mark of a man's foot; I missed a pair of buckles out of my shoes about seven o'clock in the morning.

[The buckles were produced in Court, and deposed to by the witness.]

THOMAS DAVIES sworn.

Do you remember any thing of the doors and windows being shut on the 17th of November at night? - No; the watch and stock-buckle mentioned in the indictment are my property; I hung the watch over the chimney-piece at night, and missed it about seven o'clock next morning.

[The watch was produced in Court, and deposed to by the witness.]

ANN DUFFIN sworn.

I fastened the doors at night, and went to bed; I got up to let Mr. Edward Davies in, and am sure I fastened the door after he came in; I was the first that got up in the morning, and then I found the door open, the bolt was put back; there was a hole in the door through which a man might put his finger and push it back; I am sure I fastened it over night; I observed the mark of a man's foot on the window.

JAMES HIDE sworn.

I belong to the Rotation-office: I was informed of a person offering a pair of silver buckles to sale at a public-house in Piccadilly; I suspected him; I went and saw the prisoner, he had a watch in his breeches pocket; I took him to the Rotation-office, and there I took this watch and silver buckles from him; I found he had been servant to Mrs. Davies, at the Red-lion in Clarges-street; I asked him if he had stole the things at that house; he denied it at first, but at last I got it out of him; I took him in a coach to Davies; I asked her if she had been robbed? she said, yes, and came out and looked into the coach, and called the prisoner Bunker, and said, she suspected it was him that had robbed her.

What was it he confessed to you? - He said he got over a pair of large gates, and got into the yard; that he put his finger through the hole of the door, and pushed back the bolt, and got in and went up stairs, and took the watch and buckles.

JEREMIAH HARRIS sworn.

I live at a public-house; I saw the prisoner with a pair of silver buckles; he offered to sell them for sixpence; I remember his going afterwards to the public-house where James Hide saw him with the watch and buckles upon him.

PRISONER's DEFENCE.

'I bought these things of another person.'

NOT GUILTY of breaking and entering the dwelling-house, but GUILTY of stealing to the value of ten-pence . W .

Tried by the First Middlesex Jury before Mr. RECORDER.

2. THOMAS BURROWS was indicted for feloniously assaulting one William Brooks on the 28th of November , and that he feloniously, diabolically, and against the order of nature, had a venereal affair with the said William, and carnally knew him, and did commit and perpetrate with the said William that detestable and abominable crime (among Christians not to be named) called buggary, against the statute, &c.

ANTHONY LOAME sworn.

What are you? - A cabinet and chair-maker by trade.

Where do you live? - In Hart-street, Covent-garden.

What do you know of the prisoner? - I saw him guilty of a very dirty action.

Begin regularly? - Last Wednesday I was at the Harlequin in Drury-lane, and had a pint of beer; the prisoner came in.

At what time? - About eight o'clock, as near as I can guess.

Did you know him before? - No, only coming up time after time bothering after me; he asked me to drink many a time.

Then you knew him personally? - Yes.

He came in about eight o'clock? - Yes; I was in the public tap-room at the Harlequin; he asked me to drink.

Was there any body there? - Yes, there were people there; but I don't know who they were rightly; I did drink part of a pint of beer with him; then he sent for a quartern of gin; then he asked me if I would go home and eat part of a piece of turkey and a piece of goose he had got; he said, I should be welcome to eat part of it; I went home with him.

Where? - In Nag's Head-court, Drury-lane; a gentleman that was there, that keeps his carriage sent for a couple of bottles of wine; there were five gentlemen there besides him.

What all to sup with him? - Yes.

What is the prisoner? - He washes and irons and cooks, and that for these sodomites; and picks up young fellows for them.

Is he of no particular trade? - No; after the two bottles of wine were drank out, I went home about my business; they did not act any indecency then with me; the next day they came and enquired after me.

COURT. Come to the time that you know any thing against the prisoner? - It was Thursday night that I saw the action; he came after me to my quarters in Exeter-street, he wanted to speak to me; I had not been in above ten minutes before I saw him; he said, a gentleman would be glad to speak to me concerning some business out of the country; accordingly I went along with him to his house; they took me up stairs; there were, I believe, about fourteen of them in all, gentlemen and gentlemen's servants together; by and by there was a rug hung up taken from a bed in the room; there was a fire-place and every thing; the rug was put up in one corner of the room; Brooks, who is a gentleman's servant , and the prisoner, went behind it; Brooks is not yet taken; and there they had connections together.

How do you know that? - I saw it; after they saw that I was for going, and they would not let me; they took the key out of the door.

Did the rug continue hanging down? - One might see at one corner; and I sat against the fire-place.

Was the rug quite close to the wainscoat? - No, not one side; there was an opening that one might see; it was hung over a line at one corner of the room.

COURT. You must be very particular in describing what you saw? - I saw Brooks leaning his head against the wall: they had both their breeches down; he pulled out his - and put it into Brooks's - .

How long had they been behind this rug before you saw this? - Not above three minutes.

How long did they continue behind the rug? - Not above ten minutes, as near as I can guess.

How far was you from them? - Not farther than from that gentleman (about three yards).

Did you see any thing else? - I saw the nastiness about the room that came out of Burrows.

Whereabouts in the room? - At the corner where they were, just behind Brooks.

Afterwards they sat down and began kissing and slavering over me, and wanted to do the same with me; they began kissing me, and used me very ill; a gentleman offered me three guineas if I would go and lie with him at an inn; and afterwards he offered to make it up ten.

How many were there in the room at this time? - Fourteen.

Did you sit there all the time? - They would not let me go out; they said, you will be locked out; you had better, said a gentleman, lie along with me; after seeing so much clandestineness, I insisted upon going home.

At what time was this, the day or night? - This was about nine o'clock at night; they kept me till between twelve and one.

Can you positively undertake to swear that this man's - was in Brooks's - ? - Yes, I am positive of it, because Burrows pulled off his coat.

What became of their shirts? - They tucked them up.

Where you sat you say you saw them behind the rug, and they were doing this for ten minutes? - In the course of ten minutes from the beginning to the end, as nigh as I could guess.

Did you sit quietly upon your chair during the time? - Yes; and did not seem to see any thing; that transaction made me sick, I wanted to go, but they took the key out of the door.

What position were they in to you? - I looked at them side-ways.

PRISONER's DEFENCE.

Every word he says is as false as God is true; he told quite a reverse story at Sir John Fielding 's: I will tell you the story as true as I can to the best of my knowledge; I have known this man some time; he is a soldier in the guards.

COURT. Are you a soldier, Loame? - Yes; I have sixty pounds lying at Mr. Townsend's in Prescot street now for my discharge.

Prisoner. I and another young fellow were drinking at a public-house, he was there; we had a pound of buttock of beef; I asked him to eat and drink with us, which he did; I saw him no more till one day coming through the Park, he was a sentry there, he said, he had longed to see me a great while; I said, why did you long to see me? he said, tell me where you live; he sent for me to Mr. Robertson's; I did not send for him; he said he had quarrelled with his wife, had dashed her through the windows and cut her arm almost off; he insisted upon my going to see her in the hospital; I did, he made me in liquor; I went home to sleep with him; he stole a pair of silk stockings out of my pocket; I asked him for them, he said, I gave them to him; he got me pressed; he thought, I suppose, I was going to do something with him about the stockings; I was on board the tender from Saturday to Monday night; this accusation against me is as false as God is true. I am a watchcase maker by trade; I served my time upon Puddle-dock; but I have been harrassed about so, that I have not had time; he has told quite a different story at Sir John Fielding 's to what he says now.

GUILTY . Death .

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

3. WILLIAM CATHERALL was indicted for that he in the king's highway in and upon Thomas Hammond did make an assault, putting him in corporal fear and danger of his life, and stealing from his person a watch with an inside case made of base metal, and an outside shagreen case, value 20 s. a steel watch chain, value 6 d. a brass watch key, value 1 d. a base metal seal, value 2 d. and 7 s. in monies numbered, the property of the said Thomas , August 25th .

THOMAS HAMMOND sworn.

I am a clerk in the Agent's-office: upon the 25th of August last, about eight at night, when I was in Ranelagh-walk , I was attacked by three fellows, one held a knife to my throat, another demanded my money and my watch; I immediately gave him my watch and 7 s. in money: I cannot swear to the persons of any of the men, for it was dark; there was nobody in sight at the time; it was on a Sunday evening; it might happen about thirty yards from any house.

THOMAS BULL sworn.

I am a chandler: I was at the Three Compasses in Gravel-lane; about eleven o'clock that night I came home and found one Lyon a constable in my shop; while Lyon was there, three people came in to enquire after one Mrs. Ephraim, whose character I suspected; I desired to know what they wanted with her; Heckstall the evidence was one of the three people, the prisoner was another; I asked them if they had any thing to sell, if they had, I could buy it as well as she; we went out just from the door, Heckstall said, he would sell me some plate, but it must be anoth er night, he had not got it then, but he wanted some money immediately; I said, I never advanced money without having goods in hand, upon which, he pulled out the watch; I seized him that moment, and dragged him into the shop, and called out for Lyon for assistance; I searched him, but could not find the watch upon him, but about a yard from the door they found the watch lying in the street.

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

NATHAN LYON sworn.

I am a constable: I was with Bull that night, that is the same watch; I am sure that Heckstall and Catherall were two of the three; I am as positive to Catherall's person as to Heckstall's; it was a very fine night, and there were two candles in the shop, and they were close to the shop door.

JOHN HELEY sworn.

Heckstall was brought in October last to Sir John Fielding's Office upon another account, nobody swore to him there; he said, Catherall and one Dover, not taken, were concerned with him in robbing Mr. Hammond in Ranelagh-walk, and that the watch was found by some Jews in Gravel-lane; upon this, I apprehended Catherall on the 31st of October, and upon searching his room I found this pistol in his box (producing it).

JOHN HECKSTALL sworn.

Upon the 25th of August, I met Catherall in the Walk at Mary-le-bone; we went to bathe together in the New-river; we met again about eleven o'clock, and went to the Nag's-head in Hedge-lane; then we went to Westminster, intending to bathe again; then we went on board the transport to see the prisoner's brother; then we returned back as far as London-bridge in a boat, and then walked to Hedge-lane again; Catherall then proposed to go and pick pockets, which we consented to; but as we were going along, he said, D - n it, let us go to Chelsea to stop somebody; upon which we walked as far as Chelsea; in Ranelagh-walk we saw Mr. Hammond, Catherall laid hold of him and pulled him off the walk; he struggled a little, but Catherall was stronger and held him; we demanded his money; Dover took the watch and put it into my hand, and I put it into my pocket, and then ran away; Catherall, to the best of my knowledge, is the person that held the knife to Mr. Hammond.

HAMMOND. The person that held me by the collar I am positive was not the person that held the knife to my throat.

HECKSTALL. From thence we went in a coach to the White-horse in Picadilly; and then to the Nag's head again in Hedge-lane; from thence we took a coach and went to Petticoat-lane; we went to Bull's house; he asked what we had to sell; I pulled out this watch, upon which he immediately seized me; upon being seized, I gave the watch to Catherall, who, as he told me afterwards, dropped it in the street: I parted with him in Oxford road at three o'clock.

PRISONER's DEFENCE.

I was not in company with the accomplice.

FOR THE PRISONER.

RICHARD CARTER sworn.

I have known the prisoner seventeen years, his father is a taylor; I always saw him industrious in his business; the witness has a very bad character.

JOHN CRAWFORD sworn.

I have lived with the prisoner's father five years, he always bore a good character; the witness is a very bad man.

ELIZABETH EDWARDS sworn.

I have known him some years, he bears a good character.

GUILTY . DEATH .

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

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

4. THOMAS HUGHES and JOHN CALCOTT , otherwise COCKET , were indicted for that they in a certain field and open place near the king's highway in and upon Sarah Jennings , spinster , did make an assault, putting her in corporal fear and danger of her life, and stealing from her person a black silk hat, value 1 s. a black silk cloak, value 10 s. and one shilling in money numbered, the property of the said Sarah , October 20th .

SARAH JENNINGS sworn.

Upon Sunday evening the 20th of October, about seven o'clock, I was robbed in the middle of Islington town; a man came from behind an empty cart, he took hold of me, and held a knife to my throat, and swore that if I did not give him my money he would kill me; upon which I screamed out, thieves and murder twice; then he threw me down, and as he was throwing me down I saw another man come from behind the same place; it was the first man that came up to me that tore off my hat and cloak, and stood with a knife to my throat, and swore that if I did not deliver my money directly, he would cut my throat, he did cut my head, whether designedly or accidentally I cannot tell; I begged that he would let me get up, that I had but a shilling, and I would give it him, which I did; as they were running away, two boys, Hatfield and Ross, came up and asked what was the matter; I said, why did not you come sooner, the man was going to kill me; it was moon-light; in regard to the person that did the fact, I think Hughes is like him, but I cannot swear to the man's face; the other man did not do any thing to me; that is the man that came from the same place, he ran away with my hat and cloak, which were given him by the other man; I saw them next day at Sir John Fielding 's, hearing they were taken up upon another occasion; I am a servant to Mr. Moore in Cheapside, my mistress has a lodging at Islington, and I often go there.

WILLIAM HATFIELD sworn.

On Sunday night the 20th of October, when I came up they had got the prosecutrix down; and they swore if she did not give them what she had they would kill her.

Did both swear that? - No, Calcott; I laid hold of Calcott's coat, Calcott was along with the girl, he had hold of her by the gown; upon my laying hold of Calcott's coat, Calcott threw me against a cow-house or barn that is there, and swore if I made any noise, he would cut my throat; with that the other boy, John Ross , came up too, and then the men ran away; and then a gentleman in black came up, it was light enough for me to see him: Calcott was in liquor.

Did you hear the young woman say any thing to you? - No, nothing at all.

JOHN ROSS sworn.

Upon the 20th of October at about seven at night, Hatfield and I were playing in Islington; we heard murder cried out, Hatfield ran over to know what the matter was; I followed close at his heels, he catched hold of Calcott's coat, and asked him what he was about; upon which, Calcott pushed Hatfield against the door; this young woman was then upon her legs standing near the barn; Hughes had a knife across her throat; I think Hughes said, you b - h, we will cut your throat if you don't give us your money or what you have; she said, gentlemen, don't use me ill, I have but a shilling in the world, that I will give you; the other man was not two yards off; they pulled the hat and cloak off, and in pulling it off, pulled her down upon the ground; I cried out, upon that a gentleman came up in black with a cane in his hand, and then they ran away; her ear was cut a little; I was close to these men, and perfectly know the prisoners are the men; Hughes pulled off the hat and cloak and gave it to Calcott; I saw their faces by the lamp, I never saw them before: Hughes had a blue coat and slapped hat on, it was light enough to distinguish the colour: they both threatened to cut her throat.

LEONARD STAPLES sworn.

About half past seven o'clock as I was coming from the Spotted-dog, between that and the George, a woman complained of her door being broken, and her things cut, and that she had been used ill by these men; I took Calcott by the coat, and asked him what he had got, he said, nothing; I saw Calcott throw the cloak over the pallisadoes, a man immediately got over and took up the cloak; when it was shewn to Sarah Jennings , she said it was hers; Calcott at first said it was his wife's cloak, afterwards he said it was not; Calcott ran some yards, but I laid hold of him again: it was one Evans that stopped Hughes.

THOMAS EVANS sworn.

Staples and I were coming from the Black-dog at Islington; a woman they called Scampin said, she wished we had come up sooner, for some fellows had been breaking her door; I saw Hughes and Calcott standing by the George door; I laid hold of Hughes and said, what have you been doing? he said, nothing at all; he lived with the woman that made the complaint; Calcott came close to me, he was rather drunkish, he shoved up against us; Staples laid hold of Calcott, he got from him and offered to run, I bid Staples run after him, which he did, and another man, in the mean time I held Hughes, and we secured them both; then I asked the woman Scampin, whether this was her cloak, she said, no; Calcott said it was his wife's cloak; I said, are you sure of that? then he said, no, it was not; I took this knife (producing a very large clasp knife) out of his pocket; this was between seven and eight in the evening.

CHARLES ALLEN sworn.

A little below the Spotted-dog there was a complaint made by a woman of her door being broke open and things cut; she spoke to Mr. Staples whom she knew, and said, the people at the George would give them in charge; I went to the George, the two prisoners came out of the George, the woman said they were the persons: while Staples took charge of Hughes, I observed Calcott lean towards an area and take from under his coat, a hat and cloak, and throw it down the area, I got them up; here is the cloak and the hat (producing them).

[They were deposed to by the prosecutrix.]

'The prisoners in their defence denied the

'charge.'

FOR THE PRISONERS.

JOHN COLYER sworn.

I am a peruke-maker; I have known Calcott some time, I never-heard any ill of him before; he was a porter and jobber; he often moves lodgers goods, I have employed him in that business; he is an honest man.

WILLIAM JEFFERYS sworn.

I am a publican; Calcott is a porter and made shoes, I have entrusted him to go thro' my kitchen, I never missed any thing; I have known Hughes eight years, I never heard any harm of him.

WILLIAM TAYLOR sworn.

I am a peruke-maker; I have known him some years, he has been put in possession of goods by tenants at their request when they distrained; he had a good character.

JOHN WARD sworn.

I have known Calcott seven, eight, or nine years, he is an honest man; I know nothing bad of Hughes.

ALEXANDER FERGUSON sworn.

I am a baker and live next door but one to Calcott's father; I have employed Calcott as a porter, I have often entrusted him and never missed any thing.

THOMAS WARREN sworn.

I am a publican in Warren-street; Calcott was esteemed an honest man; I never heard any thing against Hughes.

BOTH GUILTY . Death .

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

5. RICHARD WRIGHT otherwise BRENT and BENJAMIN EYRES were indicted for burglariously breaking and entering the dwelling house of Frederick Cammerell , Esq ; on the 22nd of October , between the hours of eleven and two in the night, and stealing a large silver soop spoon, value 20 s. a silver table spoon, value 10 s. two linen shirts, value 10 s. and a linen table cloth, value 5 s. the property of the said Frederick; three linen shirts, value 6 s. and a black silk cloak, value 10 s. the property of Betty Oldfield , spinster , in the same dwelling house .

BETTY OLDFIELD sworn.

I live with Mr. Cammerell at Hanwell; I got up between six and seven o'clock on Wednesday the 22nd of October, and went into the house-keeper's room below stairs, I found the sash thrown open; there is only one window to the room, there were inside shutters, they had not been put to; I found the locks to two cupboard doors and the locks on two drawers. in that room broke open; I missed a black silk cloak and a linen table cloth, and I missed some shirts which the young gentleman gave to me, there were three or four of them; this window looks into the garden.

Was you in that room the night before? - No; I was in the day, but not at night.

What time did the family go to bed? - About eleven, and I went to bed after twelve.

Did any body sleep below? - No; there were the marks of dirty feet upon the dresser where they had got out at the window.

Is the window high? - No; it is a very little way from the dresser, and there were in the middle of the room a sugar chopper and a dirty stick; the last time I was in the room before was in the morning, these cupboards and drawers were fast then; two of the locks were quite tore off, one had the wood broke.

[ The shirts were produced in Court by John Heley ; and the cloak by Mary Smith a pawnbroker, and they were deposed to by Betty Oldfield .]

Had you any cause to suspect any particular person as being concerned in this burglary? - Not when the house was first broke open, not till the men were taken; one of the shirts was found on one of their backs; I was not present when it was found.

Cross Examination.

Are there any marks on the shirts? - Yes; one is marked with black worsted, and one has a pair of wristbands that were given me; I know them by those marks and the work.

Is there no name marked on them? - No.

You don't know any thing of the house being broke open? - I know the drawers were broke open, I locked them over night; I had the care of that room.

You don't know whether the sash was shut down over night? - I think it was, I don't know.

ANN GRAPES sworn.

Do you live at this house? - Yes; I live servant there, I have the care of the lower part of the house.

Do you know whether you shut it on the 22d October? - The sash of the window was shut down, I had not shut the shutters to; there is a wire lattice on the outside of the window hung on with hooks, that lattice was taken off the hooks and laid upon the grass; I was in the room between ten and eleven at night, the drawers were shut then; I was going to shut the shutters and was called away.

When did you go into the room next? - Not till the next morning after my fellow serservant found it out.

Were the drawers and the cupboard shut? - Yes, in the evening; I saw the locks broke off and the drawers open in the morning; I found the window shoved quite up to the top, and the wire lattice was laid in the garden.

What time did you go to bed? - About half after eleven.

This room looks into the garden? - Yes.

Have you any reason for suspecting the prisoners? - I don't know the prisoners, I never saw them.

EDWARD PARKER sworn.

I know the prisoner Richard Brent : upon the 22d of October I was going home and met him as I was going along.

Where did you meet him? - About a hundred yards from the Hound and Hare, a public house on Hanwell-heath.

What time did you meet him? - I cannot directly say, it was in the afternoon; he asked me to give him some beer, I said I thought I should not, I had not money enough to give him any; however, we went back to the public house and drank together; several people came in and drank with us, being an old neighbour; while we were drinking, I gave him a stick which I had in my hand to walk home with.

Have you got it here? - Yes; this is the end of it (producing it) which he cut off while I was there, it has a particular mark on it; I gave him the stick this belongs to walk home with, he cut off this piece and threw it down by the fire-side; it lay there some time, and then a young man that was with him took it up in his hand and held it till they went out; he took the piece and Brent took the other part with him.

Who is that young man? - The other prisoner.

When did they leave the house? - Between ten and eleven as nigh as possible.

Cross Examination.

What is the stick produced for? - Because I gave it him to walk home with, and it seems it was found some where about the house.

JAMES WATSON sworn.

I am gardener at this house: in the night the house was broke open, I was brewing; Betty Oldfield came to me in the morning in the brewhouse, and asked me whether I had been in the house, I told her I had not; she immediately said, then the house is broke open; I did not take much notice of what she said at that time, but a little after she insisted upon my going in with her; this was between six and seven o'clock.

How do you mean that you did not take much notice? - Because I thought it was a romance, and that there was nothing in it; I thought as we had been up brewing it was impossible it should happen; the brewhouse is on the opposite side of the yard.

How large is this yard? - I suppose about 15 yards wide.

Could you in the brewhouse see that window? - No; the whole body of the house is between the brewhouse and that window; one stands opposite the South and the other opposite the North: I went with Betty Oldfield into the housekeeper's room, I saw the sash of the window up, and the lattice that was on the outside taken down and laid in the yard; the cupboards and the locks of the drawers were broke; there was a sugar chopper in the room: I went down to my business again, between eight and nine o'clock, when my master got up, I told him of it; we went to the outside of the house, and I found this stick on one side of the window in the garden, and the other part of it on the other side; there was a match with the end of it burnt off, and a piece of candle in a paper which I picked up, at the same time I picked up the sticks; I went down to the Hare and Hounds, a public-house about 200 yards off with the stick, and asked the landlady of the public-house if she knew any thing of it, she said she did; that Richard Parker had given it to Brent over-night; I sent immediately for Parker, he said he gave that stick to Brent over-night; I told my master what I had heard, and he sent a note to Sir John Fielding 's; I went afterwards with one of Sir John Fielding 's men to Brent's lodging at Chelsea, he was not at home, we staid a little while till he came in, and then we took him.

When did you take the other prisoner? - They were taken together.

Is the yard secured by a wall? - No; the whole body of the house and the coach-house, is between that yard and the yard where the brewhouse is; we found one of the shirts on Eyre's back when we took him, and the other in the other prisoner's pocket.

JOHN HELEY sworn.

I took the shirts from the prisoners, they have been in my custody ever since.

Cross Examination of Watson.

How came you to fix your suspicion on the prisoners, when the stick belonged to Parker? - Parker cleared himself by swearing that he gave the stick to the prisoners.

Was you in the yard all night? - Yes.

You heard no noise? - No.

DAVID MITCHEL sworn.

I met the prisoners as I was coming home on the 23d of October, one had a bundle under his arm.

What time did you meet them? - Between six and seven o'clock at the Black Lamb at Chelsea.

Which had the bundle? - Eyre; he gave the bundle to the other, who went home with it; he went a different way.

Did you see what was in the bundle? - No; it was tied up in a handkerchief.

Are you acquainted with them? - Yes; I have known them these seven years.

MARY SMITH sworn.

I am a pawnbroker at Chelsea: the cloak I have produced was pawned with me by the wife of the prisoner, upon Wednesday the 23d of October.

WRIGHT's DEFENCE.

I know nothing of the cloak.

FOR EYRE.

WILLIAM KNOTT sworn.

I keep the Horse-grenadier at Knights-bridge; I have known Eyre six or seven years, he bears an excellent character.

WILLIAM NAIL sworn.

I am a shoemaker; I have known Eyre eight years, and Brent about three years, they both bear a very good character.

THOMAS SIMMONS sworn.

I have known Eyre upwards of four years; he has had nothing to stain his character till now; I have worked with him early and late.

GILBERT MITCHEL sworn.

I have known Eyre 14 years, which is ever since he was a child; I never heard any thing to his discredit before this affair; his getting into bad company has been the occasion of this.

EDWARD EWER sworn.

I have known Eyre seven years, I never knew any harm of him.

JOSEPH MACINTOSH sworn.

I have known Eyre seven years, I have nothing to say of his character but what is good.

CHARLES NAYLOR sworn.

I keep a chandler's shop: I have known Eyre five years; I never saw any harm of him in my life.

BOTH GUILTY . Death .

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

6. THOMAS WILLIAMS was indicted for stealing two asses-skin pocket-books in leather cases, value 5 s. the property of William Shenton , October 26th .

[The prosecutor was not able to swear to the property].

NOT GUILTY .

Tried by the London Jury before Mr. RECORDER.

7. NICHOLAS FENNELSON and JOHN LYONS were indicted for stealing twenty-seven pounds weight of sugar, value 10 s. the property of Walter Blunt , Esq.

- WILLIAMS sworn.

I live with Mr. Walter Blunt who is a sugar-refiner ; I have been 12 months in the house in order to acquire a knowledge of the manufacture; Fennelson is a servant to Mr. Blunt, he is the miller; there was a suspicion of his having conveyed some sugar away, it was agreed that some of us should watch: several men sat up to watch, I came to them at three in the morning, and between five and six John Eck said he saw a man come up the yard; I came to the window, and in a few minutes saw a light and presently the door opened, and I saw Fennelson in his shirt; he looked out at the door as if he looked for some body, then he went in again and came out with a large lump of sugar; Lyons then appeared, and took the sugar and put it in a sack. Fennelson went in, and Lyons took the bag and went off; I gave a sign to the men to go out after him; I went out and saw a man about half way down the passage, close to the wall, endeavouring to conceal himself; I laid hold of him and the bag and brought him into the house, where we found Fennelson; we secured them and sent them to the watch-house.

Cross Examination.

How long has the prisoner Fennelson lived with Mr. Blunt? - He lived there before I came there.

Whether the employment of a miller in a sugar-house is not a place of the greatest trust? - No; I know no distinction, the servants are all intrusted alike.

I believe in general, the people employed in sugar-houses are foreigners? - There are foreigners in sugar-houses.

Whether the majority are not foreigners? - I cannot say, in our house, whether the majority is on the side of the foreigners or not, they are all, I believe, Irishmen and Dutchmen.

Pray is not the yard from which you saw the sugar conveyed a common yard? - It is a yard that belongs to Mr. Blunt, other people have across to it, there is a way through it; I seized Lyons with the bag and the sugar in his hands; Fennelson put it into the bag, he appeared to let it fall.

JOHN ECK sworn.

I am a servant to Mr. Blunt.

Was you appointed by the last witness to watch the prisoner? - Yes; I stood at the window and watched, I saw Lyons come up the yard; we stood and watched, till Fennelson came down from his bed-room; he opened the door and looked out, and the other shewed his face to him, then Fennelson went back and brought the sugar and put it into the bag, while Lyons held the bag; Lyons then took it up on his shoulder and carried it away; we catched him under the gateway.

Did you find the sugar in the bag? - Yes.

What quantity of sugar was there? - I cannot tell, I did not weigh it; I took it to be about a quarter of a hundred weight.

Cross Examination.

How long have you lived with Mr. Blunt? - Two years the seventh of August last; I am a German.

There are a greater number of Germans at Mr. Blunt's than of any other nation? - Yes; the most of us are Germans.

Are not Germans apt to be very much offended, if any people of another nation are employed? - I never heard of that.

Is the miller in a sugar-house the head servant, or a common servant? - He has his work by himself; he is to grind the sugar, and when he has done it to help the other servants.

Is he not much more trusted than the common men ordinarily are? - I cannot say that; I cannot say he is any more trusted than another is.

Was there ever any quarrel between him and the Germans in the house? - No; I cannot say that there was.

What time in the morning was it you saw him bring out the sugar? - Between five and six.

' Philip Boyson , another servant to Mr.

'Blunt confirmed the evidence of the two last

'witnesses.'

EDWARD EVANS sworn.

I am a constable; Mr. Williams sent for me on Wednesday morning about six o'clock and gave me charge of the prisoners, for stealing this piece of sugar (producing it); I took them to the Compter.

FENNELSON's DEFENCE.

I know nothing at all about it.

LYONS' DEFENCE.

I got it in the highway; by the yard-door there is a parish pump; I went to get a draught of water, and found that as I came back again.

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

BOTH GUILTY .

Tried by the London Jury before Mr. RECORDER.

[Imprisonment. See summary.]

8. WILLIAM COLLEY was indicted for stealing three silver shoe buckles, value 10 s. a silver stock buckle, value 1 s. and a pair of stone sleeve-buttons set in silver, value 1 s. the property of MOSES MARSHALL , November 10th .

MOSES MARSHALL sworn.

I keep a public-house in Crutched-fryars ; the prisoner drew beer for me; I lost the things mentioned in the indictment out of a box in the one-pair of stairs room; the box was not locked.

Who slept in that room? - No one; I saw them two days before; I suspected the prisoner on the Sunday night, and got a constable and searched his box, and found the buckles in it; the box was locked; the constable took the key out of the prisoner's pocket.

[The buckles and buttons were produced in Court, and deposed to by the prosecutor.]

WILLIAM GOWELL sworn.

I am a constable: upon the 10th of November Mr. Marshall sent for me, and gave me charge of the prisoner; I asked the prisoner where the key of his box was, he said, his mother had it; I searched him, and found a key in his pocket; I asked him if that was the key of his box, he said, yes; I went up with him, and opened the box, and I found the buckles.

The prisoner said nothing in his defence, but called four witnesses, who gave him a very good character.

GUILTY . B .

Tried by the London Jury before Mr. RECORDER.

9. DANIEL HULSE was indicted for stealing five ounces of tea, value 7 s. the property of Peter Anstie and Robert Worstead , November 16th .

PETER ANSTIE sworn.

I am in partnership with Mr. Worstead, we are in the tea trade ; I saw the prisoner in our shop; we had suspected him some time, he was perpetually lurking about the house, particularly when we were taking in goods: he came in on the 28th of November, and asked change for half a guinea; Mr. Worstead told him, he should have no change there; I was in the compting-house, Mr. Worstie came to me, and the prisoner followed him, and asked him again to give him change; he said he would not, and bid him go about his business: the prisoner went out, and our man came into the compting-house, and informed us, the prisoner had taken some tea out of a cannister; we fetched him back, and I found the tea loose in his pocket; he said, he had been on board an Indiaman, and received it loose as it was; he said before my lord mayor, that he bought it at the Grasshopper.

SAMUEL HART sworn.

I am servant to Mr. Anstie; I saw the pri-prisoner put his hand into the chest and take the tea out, and put it into his pocket; Mr. Anstie stopped him, and found the tea in his pocket.

PRISONER's DEFENCE.

I pulled my handkerchief out of my pocket as I stood by the compter, and he heard the tea rattle, and said, I had got some tea; I said, yes, I brought it into the shop; he charged me with taking it out of the chest; I told him I had not touched any of their tea; it was loose in my pocket when I came into the shop.

GUILTY .

Tried by the London Jury before Mr. RECORDER.

[Whipping. See summary.]

10. MARY BASSING was indicted for stealing a silver milk pot, value 20 s. two silver table spoons, value 20 s. a pair of silver tea tongs, value 8 s. a silver tea spoon, value 1 s. a silver pepper castor, value 12 s. a cotton gown, value 12 s. a cotton petticoat, value 12 s. a muslin apron, value 5 s. and a linen apron, value 2 s. the property of Thomas Gandy , November 12th .

THOMAS GANDY sworn.

I am a wine-cooper in Houndsditch , the prisoner was my servant ; in the evening of the 12th of last month we missed the things mentioned in the indictment, and the same evening they were stopped by a pawnbroker.

[The milk-pot, spoons, and tea-tongs, were produced in Court, and deposed to by the prosecutor.]

THOMAS LAYTON sworn.

I am a pawnbroker: on the 12th of November, about seven in the evening, the prisoner came into my shop, and laid the two table-spoons on the compter; my man took them up, and asked what she wanted on them; she asked 16 s. on them; he thought he heard some plate rattle somewhere about her, and brought the spoons to me, and said, he had some suspicion of her; I went to her, and asked who they belonged to; she said, Mrs. Gandy; I asked her what she had in her apron; she said, some cloaths of her own; but, on further pressing her, she owned that they were Mrs. Gandy's property.

JOHN COOPER sworn.

I am a pawnbroker: I have a pepper castor the prisoner pawned with me.

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

PRISONER's DEFENCE.

I have several witnesses to my character, but they are not here.

GUILTY .

Tried by the London Jury before Mr. RECORDER.

[Branding. See summary.]

[Imprisonment. See summary.]

11. WILLIAM SMITH was indicted for stealing a piece of flannel containing sixty yards, value 50 s. the property of Daniel Dyke Edgar , November 29th .

DANIEL DYKE EDGAR sworn.

I am a factor : upon the 29th of November, between 11 and 12 in the morning, I missed some flannel from my warehouse, I had seen it 10 minutes before; I was standing in the back part of the warehouse, I heard a person call at the door, upon which I stepped forward, and saw the prisoner at the door with the flannel upon his shoulder; a man had got him by the collar.

I asked him where he was going with the flannel; he said, a Mr. Smith had sent him for it; I said, there could be no such thing; I took the flannel from his shoulder; my porter, and the person that had hold of him, took him to the Poultry-Compter.

[The flannel was produced in Court, and deposed to by the prosecutor.]

WILLIAM SMITH sworn.

I am servant to a Mr. Ash: I saw the prisoner loitering about the prosecutor's door; I suspected he was upon some bad design; I watched him; at last, I saw him go into Mr. Edgar's warehouse and take a piece of flannel; I asked him where he was going to, he said, he was going to Mr. Smith's with the piece, that Mr. Smith had employed him; I took him back to Mr. Edgar's; as we were taking him to the Compter, he said, You bloody bouger, if you don't let me go peaceably, I will run a knife into you, and put his hand to his pocket, but I secured him.

PRISONER's DEFENCE.

I must leave it to the mercy of the court.

GUILTY .

Tried by the London Jury before Mr. RECORDER.

[Imprisonment. See summary.]

12. LEWIS WOOD was indicted for stealing two china flower-pots, value 1 l. 1 s. the property of Alexander Anderson , Esq ; September 6th .

NOT GUILTY .

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

13. JOHN KELLY and THOMAS LATHAM were indicted for stealing a watch, in a metal case chased, value 3 l. a steel watch-chain, value 1 s. a silver seal, value 1 s. a metal seal, value 1 s. eighty wrought silk patterns for waistcoats, value 10 l. a japanned box, value 1 s. two pair of silver shoe-buckles, value 20 s. a pair of silver knee-buckles, value 3 s. three pair of metal knee-buckles, value 1 s. a pair of steel nippers, value 5 s. a pen-knife, value 1 s. a steel cork-screw, value 6 d. a pencil with a silver top, value 2 d. a pair of iron tweezers, value 1 d. and six tambour cases, value 4 s. 6 d. the property of Thomas Colcomb , in his dwelling-house , October 25th .

THOMAS COLCOMB sworn.

I keep a tambour warehouse in Cecil-court, St. Martin's-lane : upon the 25th of October, about ten at night, the house was stripped of every thing in it; I believe it was about that time, for a little before ten I made it fast, and went to supper in my parlour; and at ten, or five minutes after, I found the shop-door open, and the bureau and all the drawers opened and stripped; the value of the things I lost was about 40 l. Latham I had often observed at my shop-window, looking under it in an evening; I have taken notice of it to the women who were working in the shop, and when I have gone out of the shop-door, Latham always walked away; I often saw Kelly with Latham; I saw Latham that particular night, but did not see Kelly. Upon the 6th of November they were apprehended; as soon as I challenged some of the things as belonging to me, Latham came up to me, and desired me to be very careful what I swore to, as it might affect his life; I recollected his face instantly, and swore to his being the person I had so often seen about my shop; and said, at the same time, I believed Kelly was the other: upon searching the lodgings the next day, I am not precise as to whose lodgings they were, I understood they lived together, other trinkets and things were found, and particularly, a lock of a little boy's hair I had the misfortune to lose a few days before.

MATTHEW SWIFT sworn.

I am a constable: I searched Kelly, and found a pen-knife and a parcel upon him, the 16th of November, at a shoemaker's shop in Winchester-street; in Kelly's box, at his lodgings, I found the buckles and nippers; I found also a lock of hair in a bit of paper behind the grate in Kelly's room.

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

PERCIVAL PHILLIPS sworn.

I am a constable: I found a cork-screw upon Latham, the other prisoner had been backwards; I suspected he might have dropped some things; I went to look, and found some pick-locks.

LATHAM's DEFENCE.

I know nothing at all of the matter.

KELLY's DEFENCE.

It was not my lodging; it was the lodgings of a girl of the town, where I sometimes went; other people might have left these things at her lodgings as well as me.

FOR THE PRISONERS.

PHILIP ISAAC sworn.

I know Mr. Colcomb: the morning after the fact he told me he had been robbed; I asked him whether he suspected any of the lodgers; he said, no, he suspected a little thin, short, shabby, ill-looking fellow, whom he had often seen looking in at his window: if Mr. Colcomb has sworn that he left 80 pieces of tambour embroidery, he must either have sworn falsely now or the other day at the Court of Conscience, because upon a quarrel between us, as to the payment of this embroidery, I summoned him before the Court of Conscience, and there he denied having ever received this tambour at all.

Prosecutor. I swore I had nothing done by him that I owed him for; these things were not done by him.

BOTH GUILTY . DEATH .

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

14. MARY WRIGHT was indicted for stealing a printed book, intitled Hervey's Meditations, value two shillings and six-pence, and one other printed book, intitled The Practical Gardiner, value eighteen-pence , the property of Peter Floyer jun. October 30th .

'There was no evidence to bring the charge

'home to the prisoner.'

NOT GUILTY .

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

15. ANN SHEPHERD was indicted for stealing two silk gowns, value 3 l. two quilted petticoats, value ten shillings, four linen shirts, value four shillings, two muslin neckcloths, value two shillings, six linen stocks, value one shilling, a pair of silk stockings, value four shillings, a pair of stays, value ten shillings, a scarlet petticoat, value two shillings, a linen handkerchief, value six-pence, and a linen towel, value six-pence, the property of Ann Dadford , widow , in her dwelling-house , Sept. 29th .

ANN DADFORD sworn.

I live at No 17 in Gray's Buildings : upon Michaelmas-day, between three and four in the afternoon, I lost these things mentioned in the indictment; they were locked up in a trunk; they were stolen while I went to dine with a friend; the prisoner lodged with me; when I went out between twelve and one I left her in the house; when I came home again I found she had locked the door and left the key at a neighbour's house in case I should want it; when I went in I found the trunk broke open; I never saw her again till I saw her at Sir John Fielding 's; she had lodged with me about eleven days.

What was the value of what you lost? - About three pounds; the most valuable of the things I have not recovered.

RICHARD SHEPHERD sworn.

I am a constable: I found these things in Northamptonshire upon Thursday the 12th of October, upon the pillow of one of the beds in the prisoner's mother's house; she lodged there; upon her being taken up her mother gave up the rest of the things.

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

PRISONER's DEFENCE.

That is all that I ever saw or had; she had more lodgers besides me.

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

Tried by the First Middlesex Jury, before Mr. Baron HOTHAM .

[Branding. See summary.]

[Imprisonment. See summary.]

16. THOMAS JONES was indicted for stealing a table clock in a mahogany case, value five pounds, the property of Thomas Bramble , in his dwelling-house , Nov. 21st .

'The prisoner was seen with the clock the

'morning after it was lost by one of Sir John

'Fielding's men, who watched him into a shoemaker's

'shop where he set it down, on which

'he was secured. The prisoner said, that he

'had kept a broker's shop; that he received the

'clock from a young man in a public-house,

'and was going to enquire the value of it; and

'he called five witnesses, who gave him a good

'character.'

NOT GUILTY .

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

17. WILLIAM ROBINSON and JAMES DOYLE were indicted for stealing three live hens, value three shillings , the property of John Turner , Oct. 21st .

'It appeared upon the evidence that the hens

'were found dead upon the stall, and the prisoners

'were present.'

BOTH NOT GUILTY .

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

18. ABRAHAM HANDREQUAS and JOHN STEWARD were indicted for stealing 180 yards of callimanco, value forty shillings , the property of Henry Freeman and Thomas Hewitt , Nov. 28th .

HENRY FREEMAN sworn.

I am in partnership with Mr. Hewitt; I delivered to my whitener a quantity of callimanco upon the 28th of November, about four in the afternoon.

WILLIAM STREET sworn.

I am in the service of the prosecutors; it is my business to deliver out the callimancoes; it was to be delivered to Mr. Bufoys to whiten, and from Mr. Bufoys I was to bring it back again; I had a great quantity of callimanco in my cart; about eight or nine o'clock in the morning the callimanco mentioned in the indictment was in the cart; when I came to Mr. Bufoys I missed it; where I lost it I don't know.

RICHARD DIGNAM sworn.

I was informed that I might meet with a person who had made his escape out of our custody at a place called the Hill in Petticoat-lane; I went to search a house for that person; I saw a person come out of a house about three doors off that I well knew; my curiosity led me to go to that house; I thought perhaps the person I was in pursuit of might be there; I went up stairs and saw the two prisoners; this callimanco was in a linen bag in the possession of Steward; it was given to him by Handrequas; Steward seeing me dropped the bag and run up the second pair of stairs; I immediately secured them both and the callimanco; I marked all the pieces (producing them).

Mr. FREEMAN. When I delivered them out there was a red seal upon them, but there is a private mark of my own upon each piece (looks at them); they are my property.

DIGNAM. I saw the prisoners first on the landing-place of the one-pair of stairs; the door of the one-pair of stairs was open, and there was a candle on a table opposite, by which I could see them very plain; Handrequas gave the bag to Steward, and I saw Steward drop it.

HANDREQUAS's DEFENCE.

I was coming from work about seven in the evening and I met George Steward ; I asked him to go home with me to supper; when we had been in a little while we heard a violent noise below; we thought it was a press-gang; we ran up stairs; the shoemaker who lives in the two-pair of stairs thought there was a press-gang and would not let us in, and Dignam came up and handcuffed us; I never saw the things till I saw them at Justice Wilmot's office.

STEWARD's DEFENCE.

We hearing a noise ran up stairs thinking it was a press-gang; the goods were found in a long dark entry; I know nothing of them.

'Steward called six witnesses who gave him

'a good character.'

'Handrequas called one witness, who said

'he knew but little of him, but thought he

'bore a good character.'

BOTH NOT GUILTY .

Tried by the First Middlesex Jury before Mr. RECORDER.

19. HANNAH ROBINSON was indicted for stealing a linen gown, value six shillings , the property of Thomas Layton , Oct. 31st .

THOMAS LAYTON sworn.

I am a pawnbroker : the prisoner came to my shop and looked at several gowns; there was none to suit her; soon after she was gone I missed one of the gowns, and sent a person after her, but could not find her; the next day I met her in the street with the gown on; I secured her.

' The prisoner said nothing in her defence.'

GUILTY of stealing to the value of tenpence . W .

Tried by the First Middlesex Jury before Mr. RECORDER.

20. CATHERINE CONNER was indicted for stealing two linen gowns, value ten shillings, two cotton petticoats, value three shillings, a pair of womens' stays, value eight shillings, a pair of womens' leather pumps, value two shillings, a pair of cotton stockings, value eighteen pence, and two pair of linen shift-sleeves, value eight-pence , the property of Eleanor Hopkinson , spinster , Oct. 18th .

ELEANOR HOPKINSON sworn.

I am servant to Mr. Steele in Great Wild-street, Lincoln's-Inn Fields; when I was robbed I was out of place, and lodged at a Mr. Wilmot's in Dyot-street, St. Giles's ; I left the prisoner in my room and went out about twelve o'clock; I returned between six and seven in the evening, and my things and the prisoner were gone: I found some of my things at a pawnbroker's; I took her with a gown, a petticoat, a pair of stockings, a pair of shoes, and an handkerchief of mine upon her.

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

'The prisoner said nothing in her defence.'

GUILTY of stealing to the value of tenpence . W .

Tried by the First Middlesex Jury before Mr. RECORDER.

21. MARY CLARKE was indicted for stealing a copper tea-kettle, value four shillings , the property of Jonathan Kershaw , October 29th .

JONATHAN KERSHAW sworn.

On the 29th of October the prisoner came into my house and had a pint of beer; it being a wet night she dried herself for an hour and half by the fire; then she took an opportunity to pour part of the water out of the tea-kettle into the ashes; she paid for her beer and went away; the tea-kettle was missed by my servant; I pursued the prisoner and took her with it under her apron.

'The prisoner in her defence pleaded poverty

'and great distress.'

Prosecutor. She was in a very distressed situation.

GUILTY of stealing to the value of tenpence . W .

Tried by the First Middlesex Jury before Mr. RECORDER.

22. ELIZABETH CLAYTON was indicted for stealing a pair of womens' stuff shoes, value two shillings , the property of James Walker , Nov. 15th .

JAMES WALKER sworn.

I keep a shoemaker's shop in White-cross-street : upon the 15th of November the prisoner came to my shop and asked for some childrens Morocco pumps; I fetched some out of the kitchen, where we keep them for the sake of the warmth; she said they were not such as she wanted, and she went away; a neighbour came in just after, and told me, that if I went to the pawnbroker's over the way he believed I should see some of my property; I went and saw a pair of shoes of mine there.

JOSEPH SADLER sworn.

I live with Mr. Johnson a pawnbroker: the prisoner brought these shoes to our house to pledge; I made some objections to taking them, and in the mean time the prosecutor and another man came in.

SILVANUS HENLEY sworn.

I am a linen-draper: on the 15th of November the prisoner came to my shop and looked at some stockings; she went out and said she would come again; I thought she was on no good errand; I went out after her and saw her buy something at a pastry-cook's, and from thence I watched her into the prosecutor's shop; while the prosecutor went backwards I saw the prisoner take something out of the glass-case; from thence she went to the alehouse and had a glass of liquor; from thence she went to the pawnbroker's; I went immediately and informed the prosecutor, and we took her.

PRISONER's DEFENCE.

I bought the shoes and gave half a crown for them; I am very innocent I am sure.

GUILTY of stealing to the value of tenpence . W .

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

23. WILLIAM BRIGGS and THOMAS GROVE were indicted for stealing two pair of mens leather shoes, value ten shillings, a linen pocket apron, value one penny, and three pounds nine shillings in monies numbered, the property of John Stogden , in his dwelling-house , November 15th .

'The prosecutor was called, but not appearing,

'his recognizance was ordered to be

'estreated.'

BOTH NOT GUILTY .

24. THOMAS MORETON was indicted for that he in the king's highway in and upon Benjamin Goode feloniously did make an assault, putting him in corporal fear and danger of his life, and taking from his person and against his will a-silver watch, value fifty shillings, a steel watch chain, value six-pence, and two brass watch keys, value one penny , the property of the said Benjamin, November 17th .

BENJAMIN GOODE sworn.

I am a smith at Shoreditch: upon the 17th of November, about a quarter after ten, going home, in the Willow Walk I was stopped by the prisoner and another man.

Are you sure it was the prisoner? - Yes; he never was a yard from me; I took him myself; the other man took me by the collar, and at the same time drew my watch out of my pocket; and the prisoner clapped a pistol to my mouth and said, D - n his eyes, if I spoke or stirred I was a dead man; the other took me by my collar with his right hand and took my watch with his left; I immediately snatched the pistol out of the prisoner's hand and knocked him down with it; the other man drew out a poker and struck me several blows over the head, and cut me in a bad manner; one blow fell on my stock and broke my stock-buckle; he hit me another blow on my arm; when I took the pistol from the prisoner the other was upon my back beating me with the poker; I threw the pistol into the ditch and got the prisoner under me, and I got the other down and wrested the poker from him; the prisoner got from under me and said, "D - n my eyes, Jack, I will draw my cutlass and cut off his head."

Had he a cutlass? - There was not one found upon him when he was searched; when he said he would cut my head off I loosed the other to get him under me; upon that the other ran away, and the prisoner got from me just into the ditch; I jumped after him and secured him; the other lost his hat and got clear off.

You lost your watch? - Yes.

Was you perfectly sober? - Yes, as sober as I am at this moment; it was a very dark night; but I took the prisoner immediately; the other witness found a pistol next morning in the ditch where I threw it.

Was it so dark that you might mistake one man for another? - No.

JOSEPH HODGETTS sworn.

Benjamin Goode came to me on Monday morning, and said that he had been robbed the night before by two footpads, and desired I would search for a pistol that he had thrown into the ditch; I went and searched and found this pistol (producing it).

Prosecutor. The pistol is deficient; there is a piece of it that the officer found in the prisoner's pocket when he searched him.

THOMAS BEMAN sworn.

I was officer of the night: I searched the prisoner as soon as he was brought to the watch-house, which was about half after ten at night on the 17th of November; I found upon him a box with a bit of a knot in it that they say just fits that pistol (producing it); it was compared with the pistol and appeared to belong to it.

PRISONER's DEFENCE.

I was coming along and found that box just before I met the prosecutor; he said he had been robbed, and laid hold of me.

GUILTY . Death .

Tried by the Middlesex Jury before Mr. Baron HOTHAM .

24. JOSEPH EDWARDS was indicted for stealing a silver watch, value 30 s. a steel watch chain, value 4 d. a brass watch key, value 1 d. and a steel watch key, value 1 d. the property of John Gelder , October 7th .

JOHN GELDER sworn.

I am a brewer's servant : I went to bed a little after nine o'clock and left my wife up; she waked me a little before ten o'clock, and told me my watch was gone; she said Edwards must have taken it and gone off with it; I got up and went after him, but could not find him; I heard afterwards that he was at Justice Welch's office, taken up on another affair; I went to him, he gave me a duplicate of the watch, he told me it was pawned at Mr. Fox's but that he did not pawn it; I took the prisoner with me to Mr. Fox's in the Minories and found it there.

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

Did the prisoner lodge with you? - No; he had an acquaintance that lodged with me.

Did he often come to your house? - He had been there to the best of my knowledge, three or four times.

Where did you leave your watch when you went to bed? - I hung it up over the fire-place just before I went to bed.

SARAH GELDER sworn.

I am the wife of the prosecutor: the prisoner came to our house that night about ten o'clock, and said, the young man that lay at our house was gaming at a public house, I said, that was nothing to me; he wanted me to go out to fetch a pint of beer, I refused; I said, I did not want any; at last he persuaded me to go and order a pint of beer, it was not out of sight of my own door; as I returned I met him coming out, he said, he was coming back again; I went into the room and found the watch gone, and then he was gone; I went and waked my husband and told him.

WILLIAM FOX sworn.

I am a pawnbroker in the Minories: I took this watch of the prisoner on the 14th of October last.

Can you swear to the prisoner? - Yes; I offered him 18 s. upon it, he said that would not do, and went out; he came back again and took the 18 s. that made me take particular notice of him; the next day the prosecutor came with the prisoner and claimed the watch.

PRISONER's DEFENCE.

What the pawnbroker has swore, is as false as God is true; I never was in his house.

GUILTY .

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

[Imprisonment. See summary.]

25. ANN SIMPSON was indicted for stealing a pair of stays, value 14 s. a cotton gown, value 10 s. and a silver tea-spoon, value 18 d. the property of John Beach , October 1st .

JOHN BEACH sworn.

I live in Petty France, Westminster: I was in the country when this affair happened; I found a gown, a pair of stays, and a tea spoon at the different pawnbrokers.

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

SARAH BEACH sworn.

The prisoner lodged with me: I went into the country and left her in my room; I thought she was very honest; while I was gone she took these things away; I went on the Saturday and came back on Tuesday: when I came back I missed the things; I asked her what she had done with them, she said, she had pledged them over the way; that she expected to receive some money of her father to redeem them before I came home; she said, if she had meant to bilk me, she might have stripped the room while I was gone; my stays were not gone then, I saw them in the box after I came home; she went out to her father's to get some money to pay me some she owed me, and did not return all night, nor the next day; I went out in the evening of the next day to enquire after her; I met her in the street, near Charing cross; I asked her the reason of her staying out all night, she said, she was taken in fits at ten o'clock in Pall-mall, and lay in them till past one, and then she was obliged to walk the street all night; she went home with me, and while I was up-stairs she went out, that was after ten o'clock; after she was gone, I went to put some work into the box and missed my stays; I went the next day and found the stays at a pawnbroker's.

ROBERT MINNS sworn.

I am a pawnbroker: I took in a spoon of the prisoner some time in May, and a gown on the 24th of August; I knew her very well before.

PRISONER's DEFENCE.

I thought of redeeming them, and restoring them to the owner.

GUILTY .

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

[Branding. See summary.]

26. ELIZABETH WATSON was indicted for stealing a cotton handkerchief, value 10 d. and three shillings in money numbered , the property of William Matthews , November 3d .

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

NOT GUILTY .

27. ELIZABETH CLAYTON was indicted for stealing a blue silk gown, value 10 s. a nankeen gown, value 2 s. six linen aprons, value 3 s. and a silver tea-spoon, value 6 d. the property of John Gretton , November 13th .

JOHN GRETTON sworn.

I am a publican in Orchard-street, Westminster , the prisoner was my servant : on Tuesday the 12th of November she asked leave to go out for two hours, and never returned; on the Thursday following I saw her before Justice Jordan; we missed the things mentioned in the indictment, and found them pawned by her, some in the Borough, and some in Tuthil-street.

[The spoon and a gown were produced in Court by the pawnbrokers, and deposed to by the prosecutor.]

SARAH GRETTON sworn.

On Wednesday the 13th of November I missed my gown I saw them in the drawer on Monday; I gave her leave to go out on the Tuesday, and I saw no more of her till the Thursday following; I cannot find any of my things but the spoon and one of my gowns.

ELIZABETH WRIGHT sworn.

I am a pawnbroker in Tothil-street: the prisoner pawned this spoon with me on the 15th of November; I know her perfectly well, she has pawned things with me several times before.

MARY LACEY sworn.

I am a pawnbroker in Kent-street in the Borough: this gown was pledged with me on the 13th of November by the prisoner; she had 5 s. on it that night, and came the next day and had 5 s. more.

PRISONER's DEFENCE.

My mistress came down to the gaol to me, and told me, if I would give her a note of hand for the expences she had been at, and tell her if I knew any thing of the things, she would not hurt me; I told her I did not know any thing of them.

Prosecutrix. That is not true.

GUILTY .

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

[Branding. See summary.]

28. ELIZABETH SMITH was indicted for stealing two gold-rings, value 20 s. the property of Michael Bedell , October 25th .

MICHAEL BEDELL sworn.

I am a silversmith in the Strand : the prisoner came into our shop, when I was alone in the shop, and asked to see a pair of gold wire ear-rings; I shewed her three or four pair out of the window; as she was looking at them, a carriage came up to the door, I went out to speak to the lady in the carriage, and on my return I missed two plain gold-rings; I charged her with having them, she positively denied it; I saw them about half an hour before; there had not been any one in the shop that morning before her: I sent for a constable who searched her, and found the rings concealed between the chip and the covering of her hat; there were two holes in the hat, where I suppose they were put in.

PRISONER's DEFENCE.

I did not take them.

GUILTY .

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

[Branding. See summary.]

29. WILLIAM DAVIS was indicted for that he in the king's highway in and upon James Gray 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 two half-guineas in monies numbered, the property of the said James , September 6th .

JAMES GRAY sworn.

I was coming from Staines upon the 6th of September with my master, Mr. Alderman Sawbridge; I was on horseback following the carriage; between eight and nine o'clock I was met by a man on a bay horse who desired me to stop, which I not immediately doing, he drew in his horse upon me and stopped me; he demanded my money, and put a pistol close to my face that touched my nose; I said, don't shoot me before you rob me; he said, D - n you, you bougering soul, your money? thinking I did not do it quick enough, he thrust the pistol still to my face, and said, D - n you, don't you see that? upon which I gave him three guineas; then he said, that will do, good night to you, and went up to the carriage.

What time of night was it? - It was between eight and nine, it was between light and dark; but I cannot take upon me to say the prisoner is the person; the man appeared to be of a middle size.

THOMAS BARRETT sworn.

I live at the mansion-house, I did then, and do now, I am employed in going on errands; upon the 5th of September we went down with my lord mayor behind his carriage, and returned with his lordship upon the sixth; the man first rode up to Mr. Alderman Sawbridge's servant, William; he did not stop, so he passed him, and went on towards Mr. Gray; I saw him with Mr. Gray, but as the carriage was still going on, and I might then be about 30 or 40 yards before him, I did not see any thing that passed between them; I am positive the prisoner is the man whom I saw that night with Mr. Gray behind the carriage; the coat that is produced by Mr. Phillips, is much like the coat the person had on, it is the kind of coat and the colour; as to the person of the man I have no doubt about that, for I saw him twice before at Maidstone.

PERCIVAL PHILLIPS sworn.

I am a constable: upon the 27th of October, upon information given against the prisoner, I took him up in Old Bruton-street, Long-Acre; I waited for him till he came home; I found at his lodgings a great coat.

Prosecutor. It was a lightish coloured great coat that the man had on.

PHILLIPS. I also found a pair of boots and spurs, and a pair of pistols; one was loaded with broken flints, the other with ball: when the prisoner came home I apprehended him; he claimed these things as his own, particularly the great coat and the other things.

"Upon his Cross Examination, he said, that the prisoner knew he was a constable, when he claimed these things as belonging to him, for that he had then apprehended him; that at first the prisoner denied any property in these things, but after a little discourse, he said, they were his, and asked for them as his own."

FOR THE PRISONER.

- DAVIS sworn.

Are you brother to the prisoner? - Yes.

Do you remember any thing of the sixth of September respecting your brother? - Upon the 5th of September he wrote me a letter, which signified he was ill, and desired to see me; I went to see him, and found him ill of the rheumatism; he lodged then in Pettycoat-lane, Whitechapel; upon the sixth of September I got him a lodging in Hanover-street, Rotherhithe, and upon that evening, which was Friday evening, I came up to buy meat for my master for Saturday's market, as I frequently did; then I went to my brother about six o'clock, told him I had provided him a lodging, and should come and take him away that evening at about seven o'clock; I set out to get him a coach; I went first into Whitechapel, then to Bishopsgate-street; I lit of one at last at Houndsditch; it was pretty near eight o'clock when I came with the coach, he was then at his lodgings; I took him in the coach to Execution-Dock; I left him at about half past nine at Hanover-street, Rotherhithe, at the lodging I had got for him; he was very lame.

Was you in company with him from a little before eight till half after nine? - I was.

Have you any particular reason for being positive to the day of the month? - Yes; my brother had a great coat at one McMarn's, in St. Giles's, I went there for it; McMarn's said, there was 20 l. reward offered for apprehending my brother, for robbing the lord mayor; I told him of it; he said, that was only McMarn's spite.

JAMES FRANCIS sworn.

I went in the coach upon the sixth of September with the prisoner and his brother; he came to me and said, that his brother was so lame he could not walk without the assistance of some body to help him; he said, the cheapest way would be to take him in a coach to Execution-Dock; it was about eight o'clock as near as I can recollect when I went; I staid with him from that time till about half after nine; I was at home by ten, or a little after; I walked very hard home.

How do you know that this was the sixth of September? - I am a peruke-maker by trade, my customers came in the next day and talked of my lord mayor's having been robbed; I took notice of it on that account.

MARY TADESCOU sworn.

The young man at the bar came to me for a lodging, I let him a lodging; he said, I might enquire of one Mr. Pattens in Pettycoat-lane for his character: I asked my husband if there was such a person; he said, he had lived forty years in the neighbourhood; so we did not enquire.

Do you know any thing about the sixth of September? - The prisoner came to me on the Tuesday.

What day of the month was that? - I cannot be positive to what day of the month that was; he went away on Thursday extremely lame; two of these young men took him away in a coach.

JURY. Do you know why he was moved? - When he came, I saw no symptoms of any lameness; he lay down next morning, and complained that he was very lame; he asked the people to fetch him some opodildock; his legs were swelled and red, they got worse and worse; he groaned all night when he went to put his legs down; I asked him if he had any friends or relations; he said, if I could call him a porter, he would send a letter; he wrote a letter, and this young man came in a few hours after.

JURY. How long had he lodged with you? - He came on Tuesday, and went on Friday after dark.

FRANCIS REED sworn.

I am a blacksmith, I live in Hanover-street, Rotherhithe: the prisoner came to my house upon the 6th of September after nine o'clock at night; it was not quite half an hour I believe, but it was after nine.

Who came with him? - His brother and this young man; they had each hold of his arm, and they led him in at the door.

MARY REED sworn.

I am wife to the last witness: his brother came to me on Friday about three in the afternoon, and asked me if I could let a lodging for a young man; I said I could not tell till I had asked my husband.

What day was this? - The sixth of September.

Why do you know it to be that day? - Because my husband went to his master to ask him the day that he began to work with his master; and this young man was there nine days then.

Who was with him? - The brother and this young man.

What time did he come? - It was near half after nine.

GUILTY . Death .

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

30. AARON BAREW was indicted for stealing a printed cotton gown, value 10 s. the property of Hannah Sherman , spinster , November 5th .

'The gown was stolen out of the house of

'Mr. Josiah Harrop , which was broke open

'on the 5th of November. The prisoner

'produced witnesses who swore to an alibi.'

NOT GUILTY .

Tried by the London Jury before Mr. RECORDER.

31. MARTHA INGLESTON , was indicted for stealing half a guinea and 4 s. in monies numbered , the property of John Mackewend , November 19th.

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

NOT GUILTY .

32. THOMAS PROCTOR was indicted for stealing eight books, intitled, Barclay's Dictionary, in numbers unbound, value 50 s. the property of John Bew .

2d Count. For stealing 24 lb. weight of printed paper, value 50 s. the property of John Bew , November 5th .

JOHN BEW sworn.

I am a bookseller in Paternoster-Row : I employed the prisoner in my warehouse in January and February last, which was the time I lost the books; I lost five hundred numbers, which make forty complete books of a Universal Dictionary by the reverend Mr. Barclay; I missed them about ten weeks ago; I was satisfied at the time that the prisoner must be the person who had stole them, because no one else could take them; I found eight sets of them at one Turpin's a bookseller in St. John's-street; having found that Turpin had bought them, my intention was to make him an example, as he must know by the price he bought them at, that they could not be come honestly by.

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

HUMPHREY GREGORY PRIDDEN sworn.

My father is a bookseller in Fleet-street; he sent me to Mr. Turpin's on Wednesday morning the fifth of November for some books he was to have in exchange; and Turpin delivered me two sets of Barclay's Dictionary.

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

WILLIAM GOLDSMITH sworn.

I went with Mr. Bew to Mr. Turpin's; Turpin at first denied he had any of the books; afterwards he acknowledged he had bought five sets.

' The constable who apprehended Turpin ' confirmed the last witness, and deposed that ' he found eight sets there.'

HOMAN TURPIN sworn.

The prisoner brought me the books; I gave him three shillings for some, and eighteen-pence for others; he said he bought them of a broker.

Did you deny when Mr. Bew came that you had the books? - They took me at a nonplus, I don't know that I did deny it.

The CONSTABLE. I am certain he did deny it; and persisted in it that he had none of the books.

To TURPIN. Did you deny it or not? - I am not certain.

Prisoner. I had no more than eighteenpence for the books.

TURPIN. I gave him eighteen-pence for some, and three shillings for the rest.

PRISONER's DEFENCE.

I have been in the trade forty years, and been used to buy books at brokers and other places.

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

Tried by the London Jury before Mr. RECORDER.

See him tried for stealing books the property of his master Mr. Baldwin, in the last Mayoralty.

33. BENJAMIN VALEW was indicted for stealing a camblet gown, value 3 s. the property of John Bowes , November 2d .

MARY BOWES sworn.

I am the wife of John Bowes ; I live in Chick-lane , and keep a sale shop for new and second-hand womens apparel: I lost a camblet gown out of my shop on Saturday the second of November, between the hours of ten and eleven in the evening; I am clear it was there about five minutes before; I did not see the prisoner till he was brought into the shop, charged with stealing of it, and giving it to another boy.

MARY ANN SIMMONS sworn.

I saw three boys together in the highway in Chick-lane, the prisoner was one of them; one of them said, D - n your eyes, if you mind we shall get in, and the prisoner went into the shop and took a gown, and delivered it to another boy, who put it under his coat, and ran down the lane; I was on the opposite side of they way; they came by again singing; and Mrs. Bowes's maid laid hold of the prisoner.

What became of the gown? - I never saw it afterwards; I am sure the prisoner is one of them; he was taken that night.

PRISONER's DEFENCE.

I know nothing about it.

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

Tried by the London Jury before Mr. RECORDER.

34. THOMAS FUGALL was indicted for stealing a silver watch, value 40 s. the property of Richard Stone , January 1st .

RICHARD STONE sworn.

I delivered this watch to the carrier at Thame; it was stolen from the carrier; I found it afterwards at Oxford in the pocket of a man.

[The watch was produced in Court by Mr. Gates, and deposed to by the prosecutor.]

JOHN FURNACE sworn.

Three or four years ago I bought a watch of the prisoner; I am positive that is the watch.

JAMES BROWN sworn.

The prisoner is my porter; he told me he had found a watch under a waggon's tail.

PRISONER's DEFENCE.

I did not find the watch under the tail of the waggon.

Prosecutor. When the prisoner was first questioned about it, he said, he bought it; afterwards he said he found it under the waggon.

'The prisoner called several witnesses, who

'gave him a good character.'

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

Tried by the London Jury before Mr. RECORDER.

35. EDWARD FITZMAURICE STACK was indicted for stealing a bolster, value 2 s. two pillows, value 2 s. a pair of linen sheets, value 10 s. two linen pillow cases, value 1 s. a blanket, value 5 s. a cotton bed-quilt, value 10 s. 6 d. a damask table-cloth, value 4 s. a copper tea-kettle, value 4 s. an iron poker, value 6 d. and a pair of iron tongs, value 1 s. the property of Sarah Clark , widow , the said goods being in a certain lodging room let by contract by the said Sarah to the said Edward , May 31st .

ACQUITTED .

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

He was a second time indicted for stealing a bolster, value 1 s. two-pillows, value 2 s. two linen pillow cases, value 1 s. a pair of linen sheets, value 6 s. a pair of blankets, value 6 s. two cheque curtains, value 3 s. a cheque tester-cloth for a bed, value 1 s. a pier looking-glass, value 10 s. a copper tea-kettle, value 2 s. a copper stew-pan, value 2 s. and two brass candlesticks, value 1 s. the property of Robert Hyde , the said goods being in a certain lodging room let by contract by the said Robert to the said Edward, against the statute , October 5th .

ROBERT HYDE sworn.

I live in Hanway-yard, in the Parish of Mary-le-bone : the prisoner took a lodging of my wife on the 7th of September, and staid till the 5th of October; my wife made the agreement.

JANE HYDE sworn.

The prisoner took a lodging of me on the seventh of September, between seven and eight at night, he locked the door, and went to a public-house which is almost opposite; in about ten minutes he sent me a note that parcular business called him to Richmond, and he should not be at home till Tuesday morning.

Did he pay you? - Yes; he paid me three weeks out of the four; not returning on Tuesday, I attempted to look through the crevices into his room; it is an old house, and there were some crevices in the door, but I found he had stopped them all up; I got a knife and opened the crevices; then I saw that the curtains were gone, and the room was in a condition not fit to mention; I got a constable and had the door broke open, and missed all the things mentioned in the indictment; they were all in the room when he took it; he took the key with him: I never found any of my things again; when he was taken I saw him at Sir John Fielding 's; he said there, if I would not appear against him, the money should be paid and every thing replaced.

SARAH LLOYD sworn.

I was at Sir John Fielding 's when the prisoner was there: he said, that he did not know where the things were, but if Mrs. Hyde would be favourable to him, he would replace every thing, and pay all expences.

Are you sure you make no mistake in the relation of this affair? - Yes.

PRISONER's DEFENCE.

I said, if she could make it appear she had lost such things, I would enquire after them; and if I could not find them, I would pay for them.

GUILTY .

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

[Imprisonment. See summary.]

36, 37. JOHN WILLIS and WILLIAM CHANDLER were indicted for feloniously assaulting Thomas Watts on the king's highway, with intent the monies, &c. of the said Thomas to steal, against the statue , October 17th .

THOMAS WATTS sworn.

I am a porter to Mr. Collier, a linen-draper in Newgate-street: upon the 17th of October, as I was coming from Islington with a store on my back, between four and five o'clock, the two prisoners followed me, and presently I found something in my pocket; I turned round, and saw Chandler's hand in my pocket; I put the stove down and laid hold of him; and told him if I had any assistance I would duck him; I took the stove on my shoulder again; and Willis came up to me with a stick, and swore he would knock my brains out if I had served him as I served the other; I put down the stove, and took the stick out of his hand, and struck at him; and he struck this knife into my side (producing a large clasp knife); I saw him going to make a stroke at me, but did not see the knife; I rather turned, and it struck against my ribs; I pursued him after he struck me, and hit him a stroke on the legs with the stick; I was bleeding very much at the time; I was but just able to lift the stick; I gave another stroke on his head, and he fell; I stooped to lay hold of him, and the blood gushed out of my side; however I secured him, but the other got off.

'The prisoners said nothing in their defence.'

BOTH GUILTY .

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

[Imprisonment. See summary.]

38. JOHN BULLOCK was indicted for stealing a linen gown, value 3 s. the property of John Higgs , September 30th .

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

NOT GUILTY .

39. THOMAS FARMER otherwise SMITH was indicted for feloniously escaping, on the seventh of November , from the place of his confinement, in pursuance of the sentence passed on him at the delivery of the king's gaol of Newgate, holden for the county of Middlesex, on Wednesday the 10th of July last, having been convicted at that sessions for felony, and received sentence to be kept to hard labour for the term of three years, in the raising sand, soil, and gravel, &c. for the benefit of the navigation of the River Thames, under the management and direction of the overseers appointed pursuant to the statute .

2d Count. For that having received sentence as aforesaid, feloniously on the 7th of November, and during the term for which he was so ordered to hard labour, he did escape from Duncan Campbell , Esquire, the person that had the lawful custody of the said Thomas Farmer otherwise Smith, against the statute, &c.

'The certificate of the conviction and sentence

'of the prisoner to hard labour, &c.

'signed by Mr. Deacon the Clerk of the Arraigas,

'was produced in Court and read.'

JAMES JOHNSON sworn.

I am mate of the ship stationed in the river for receiving convicts: the prisoner was sent on board about two months ago, and was in my charge; he made his escape from one of the lighters; I did not see him, but here is a witness that did.

Did he ever come back again? - No.

You are sure he is the man? - I am.

SAMUEL MIDDLETON sworn.

I am before the mast on board this ship.

Do you know of the prisoner being on board this tender? - Yes; he was on board before I was in the ship; I was in the lighter he made his escape out of; there were eight made their escape; I saw them get into a boat; the prisoner was one of the last that got in; and they rowed the boat on shore.

How long is this ago? - I cannot remember the day of the month; it is about a month ago.

CHARLES GRUBB sworn.

I am a constable: I know the prisoner was convicted here in July last; I had an information since that he was at a place at the Gravel-pits; and I went and apprehended him.

When was it you apprehended him? - A week ago last Monday.

' John Atwood , who was with Grubb at

'the apprehending of the prisoner, confirmed

'Grubb's testimony.'

PRISONER's DEFENCE.

I should take it as a very great favour if your lordship would let me go on board a man of war; I am afraid I shall be cruelly used if I am carried on board this ship again.

GUILTY .

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

[Imprisonment. See summary.]

40. WILLIAM DAVIS was indicted for that he in the king's highway, in and upon the Right Honourable John Sawbridge , then Lord Mayor of the City of London , feloniously did make an assault, putting him in corporal fear and danger of his life, and stealing from his person a gold watch, value 17 l. a steel watch chain, value 1 s. two cornelian seals set in gold, value 40 s. a green silk purse, value s. and four guineas in monies numbered , the property of the said Right Honourable John Sawbridge , September 6th .

JAMES GRAY sworn:

I was coming from Staines with Mr. Sawbridge on the 6th of September; I was on horseback; I saw the same person that robbed me; ride up immediately to the chaise Mr. Sawbridge was in, and order it to stop; they did not stop immediately, and the man swore excessively; at last they stopped.

You are not sure as to the person? - It was the same that robbed me; I saw him stand a good while, and demand Mr. Sawbridge's money, with many oaths; I could hear him perfectly.

Had he any weapon or pistol? - He had a pistol which he presented to my face, which I suppose he presented to the chaise; I did not see it; I saw my master's hand twice out of the window, and saw him hand something to the man, but I could not see what it was; I saw him take it; and the last thing that he said was, That will do; and wished Mr. Sawbridge a good night.

Was any body with your master? - There was nobody in the chaise with him.

THOMAS BARRETT sworn.

I was with my master that day.

Did you see the chaise stopped? - Yes.

Who was it stopped by? - It was stopped by the prisoner.

Are you perfectly sure it was the prisoner? - Yes; he came riding up to the side of the chaise, and said to Dick, D - n your eyes, you bloody bouger, stop; he drove on a little way, and he followed the chaise and called out, D - n your eyes, you bloody bouger, stop, and he put a pistol close up to him, then the chaise stopped, and the prisoner rode up to the side of it, and in about four minutes the window was put down; I believe my lord was asleep; he then called out to my lord, your money, you bouger, your money, and repeated it several times; my lord put out his purse to him; upon that, he said, two guineas will not do for me; D - n your eyes, you bouger, give me your watch; upon that his lordship gave him his watch; I got down from behind, that he might not see me, and laid my elbow on the spoke of the wheel, and looked him in the face; it was not very dark, it was near nine o'clock at night.

How long did he stay with the carriage? - About six minutes, while my lord gave him the watch and the money; when he had got them, he said, Good night, catch me, hang me, and be d - d.

How far was Gray off at that time? - About ten yards; when he and William came up, I told him I knew the man; that I had seen him at the Assize at Maidstone; I am sure he is the man.

To GRAY. When he left Mr. Sawbridge what did you hear him say? - I heard him say, He may send after me, and pursue me, and hang me as soon as he pleases, and be d - d.

PRISONER's DEFENCE.

He knows he only swears against me for the money he will get by me; he is confident within himself that I am not the man. My Lord Mayor said he thought it was a person much less than me, and that he did not know that I was the person. There is a man now in Maidstone gaol has confessed the robbery. Barrett is as bad a man as can be.

To BARRETT. Who is Dick? - The coachman.

Who is William? - The footman.

GUILTY . Death .

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

Recommended by the Jury to his Majesty's mercy.

See Num. 29.

41. ANN FAIRBANK otherwise GRANT was indicted for stealing one pair of silver shoe-buckles, value 18 s. the property of William Allen , Nov. 13th .

WILLIAM ALLEN sworn.

I keep a silversmith's shop in Duke's-court St. Martin's-lane : upon Wednesday the 13th of November, about four in the afternoon, the prisoner came to my shop for a pair of earrings; the boy only was in the shop, my wife and I were in the parlour; my wife went out to serve her: not having any that she liked, my wife sent the boy out for some; before they were brought she threw down half a guinea to pay for a pair, and took the change; I thought it a little odd, and went into the shop: when she had got the ear-rings she said she wanted a pair of buckles; she looked at several pair, none of them pleased her: she then pretended she would go home and fetch a pattern buckle; she went out, but did not return. I had some suspicion of her all along, and in about twenty minutes after she was gone, I missed a pair of buckles; I found them that evening at a pawnbroker's: I saw them about five minutes before she came into the shop; there had been no one in the shop after she went away before I missed them.

JAMES SMITH sworn.

I am a pawnbroker, I live in Vine-street, Chandos-street: the prisoner pawned a pair of buckles with me on the 13th of November, about six in the evening; I lent her 8 s. upon them; she has been a customer to our shop some time.

What way of life is she in? - I am not certain.

PRISONER's DEFENCE.

I don't know that they are the buckles I pawned; I had the buckles I pawned of a midshipman: I went to buy a pair of earrings; I did not take the buckles.

GUILTY .

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

[Branding. See summary.]

42. CATHARINE BOWDEN was indicted for stealing a guinea weight, value 1 d. a guinea, half a guinea, a counterfeit guinea of no value, an half-penny, and 4 s. 6 d. in monies numbered , the property of James Leonard , Nov. 25th .

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

NOT GUILTY .

43. EDWARD CORMACK was indicted for stealing two pair of silver shoe buckles, value 20 s. and one odd silver shoe buckle, value 5 s. the property of John Deerez , October 16th .

JOHN DEEREZ sworn.

I am a jeweller in Prince's-street, Leicester-fields : my shew-glass was broke open on the 16th of October, between five and six in the evening, and two pair of buckles, and an odd one taken out; I had seen them in the shew-glass about-five minutes before: I found them at a pawnbroker's.

ROBERT HINXMAN sworn.

I am a pawnbroker: on the 16th of October in the evening, a lad they call George White brought a pair of silver buckles to pawn; he is not in Court; while he was in the shop the prisoner came in with another pair.

Did they appear to know one another? - Yes; between them they produced the odd one; I told them I must stop them; I secured the prisoner, the other got away.

[The buckles were produced in Court, and deposed to by the prosecutor.]

How old is the prisoner? - Upwards of ten years.

PRISONER's DEFENCE.

I picked up the buckles in Holborn wrapped up in brown paper.

GUILTY .

Tried by the Second Middlesex Jury before Mr. RECORDER.

[Branding. See summary.]

44. HENRY HAYMOND was indicted for stealing a coach hammer-cloth, value 6 s. and three chariot glasses, value 24 s. the property of John Hankins , October 17th .

JOHN HANKINS sworn.

I am a coachmaker in Long Acre: on the 17th of November one Michael Simmonds , a Jew, came to me, and asked me if I had been robbed of any glasses or hammer-cloths: I have a yard at some distance from my house; I went to examine, add found the door broke open, and every one of the door glasses of the carriages gone, and a hammer-cloth; Simmonds told me he had stopped the glasses and the parties, and he believed they were at Justice Welsh's office.

MICHAEL SIMMONDS sworn.

I was to buy the glasses that day in the morning.

What day of the month are you speaking of? - I cannot tell because I did not set it down; it was a Monday; the same day I applied to Mr. Hankins. The prisoner and two more took me down into a cellar, there was a large hole under ground, and they took the glasses and hammer-cloth out; I said I would not buy them unless they told me where they got them; they said of a coachmaker: I told them I had not money enough, but I would take some of the property and go and fetch some money; the prisoner said to me, don't stay long with the money, I have some things in pawn I want to fetch out: I went and delivered the things to a constable, and enquired among the coachmakers till I found where they were taken from.

THOMAS LYONS sworn.

I am a constable: I took the prisoner, and one Shields who has made his escape, into custody; the things were delivered to me, I have had them ever since.

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

PRISONER's DEFENCE.

I am innocent of the affair: I went down into the cellar, it is a lodging-house, I lay there, three lads lay there besides me; I saw the two young fellows selling the things to the Jew; what he has said of me is as false as can be.

GUILTY .

Tried by the Second Middlesex Jury before Mr. RECORDER.

[Branding. See summary.]

45. JOHN JEBBOLT was indicted for stealing three Bath stove grates, value 20 s. a copper boiling-pot and cover, value 5 s. a copper tea-kettle, value 2 s. a copper coffee-pot, value 2 s. two iron senders, value 5 s. three iron wrenches, value 6 d. an iron shovel, value 4 d. two hammers, value 6 d. a brass plate, value 2 d. a pair of metal candlesticks, value 3 s. a china tea-pot, value 2 d. a pair of iron tongs, value 6 d. and an iron poker, value 6 d. the property of Jonathan Bottall , Charles Evans , and John Rightley .

2d. Count. For stealing the same goods, laying them to be the property of William Brettell , Jan. 30th .

The prisoner, who is a smith , called several witnesses who swore to his buying some, and making others, of the articles mentioned in the indictment.

NOT GUILTY .

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

46, 47. CHARLES HARRINGTON and JOSEPH WILSON were indicted for stealing 800 wt. of sugar, value 20 l. the property of Richard Martin , August 23d .

There was no evidence given.

NOT GUILTY .

48, 49, 50. WILLIAM LAVEY senior, WILLIAM LAVY junior, and ELIZABETH PARKER , were indicted for feloniously and traiterously colouring, with a wash and materials producing the colour of silver, one round blank of base metal, of a fit size and figure to be coined into counterfeit milled money resembling the silver coin of this kingdom called a six-pence, against the duty of their allegiance, and against the statute , Nov. 2d.

JOHN CLARK sworn.

Upon an information given me I went with some of Sir John Fielding 's people to the house of a Mr. Elliot in Little Buckle-street in Whitechapel upon Saturday the 2d of November; we at first mistook the house, which made an alarm in the street, and I saw Elizabeth Parker put her head out of a window, I turned round immediately and ran up two pair of stairs; I found there Lavey senior, and Elizabeth Parker , and Mrs. Lavey the wife; we secured and searched them: we found nothing upon him; but upon his waistcoat and breeches I saw some dust, which was the filings of some sort of metal, we have some of it here; his hands were green, and so was the side of his face, his hands were certainly made green with working. Elizabeth Parker was a great deal worse, she appeared to be very uneasy at my proposing to search her; she ran to the fire; I was afraid she might throw something from her, I ordered the other witness to watch her very narrowly, and while she was undoing her stays something sell out on the chair. I saw in that room several round blanks (producing them) just scoured, some of them were flat and some crooked, two of them were finished so as to be passable; in the same room there was a drawer which was pulled half out, and in that drawer was a tray with some of this file dust upon it, and in the drawer the cicil, which is the remainder of the metal from which the blanks were cut; and I found several round blanks, and an instrument, which has been used for cutting them out; I found also a pomice-stone and some saltpetre, which is used to flux the metal; I also found some rotten stone and some scouring-paper, with marks of silver upon it, and two pieces of leather that had been used with pomice-stone and emery; in a closet in the room I found some aqua fortis; I knew some of it had been used by the colour, it becomes of a greenish colour when silver is put into it; when other metal is put into it, it turns it of a black colour: I found two files that had been used for filing of silver; they might, to be sure, be used for any thing else, but I judge they must have been used for filing of silver, because the dust came off them; at the same time I found a crucible, a pair of shears, and a quantity of silver; the aqua fortis and the rest of the things might be used for lawful business; there was nothing I found but what might be used in a lawful business, excepting the aqua fortis that was coloured, which could not (all the things were produced in Court).

From the Prisoner. Was there nothing else found? - Yes, I found some ore that I did not bring away, as I did not conceive it would turn to any purpose.

Prisoner. This is a piece of ore, a person told me, that liquid would produce something of a metal out of it, let it be what kind it would.

RICHARD BRYANT sworn.

I saw Mr. Lavey with his hands all green, there were filings upon his waistcoat; Mrs. Parker's hands were not quite so bad, she had been handling some metal; upon a table I saw filings and sand, and in the tray I saw filings too; and I saw Mr. Clark find all the things produced. I searched the woman, she had not any thing in her pockets: I desired her to pull off her stays; she turned about, and whilst she was loosing her stays something dropped in the chair, which upon examination proved to be a paper of round blanks, and there was another paper dropped at the same time which contained two that were finished (they were produced in Court).

WILLIAM ELLIOT sworn.

I am the owner of the house: Elizabeth Parker took the apartment of me, she said her husband was a watch-case maker; they lived there five months, and always paid very well; they always slept there; the elder prisoner went by the name of Parker.

From Lavey Senior. You never asked me my name; I never told you may name was Parker? - As her name was Parker, I imagined his name was so, because she said he was her husband.

MOSES ASHER sworn.

I have known Lavey the father some time: upon the 28th of October, going down London-wall, I met Mrs. Lavey; in consequence of some conversation I had with her, I went to Lavey's house on Monday the 28th of October at the wife's lodging at London-wall, I saw him on Wednesday the 30th of October at Mr. Elliot's in Buckle street; he directed me to come there, and if I met with any body, to say I wanted Mr. Parker a watchmaker; accordingly I went, and when I came up to the second story I called out Parker, upon which the prisoner opened the door, and I went in, and I saw Elizabeth Parker and Lavey the father; she was sitting at a table scouring-six-pences, he sat down and filled the edges of the silver. I asked him if those were finished which he was to do for me? he said, No, they were not done: I was to have fifty-four six-pences for a guinea; he said that he had had the mischance to break his principal tool, that if I would call the next afternoon he should have them finished by that time; I went the next afternoon, and then Elizabeth Parker, and Lavey the father, and his son, were all at work; she was working with two six-pences and a piece of leather; she was rubbing them upon her knee; she put some powder upon the leather, and the two Laveys were both filing of six-pences; they said, mine were not done, but would soon; I desired to have wha t they had finished; and what the three prisoners all could get together amounted to 36; they said, if I would stay five or ten minutes he should finish four more; the son filed them; she scoured them, and when they were all scoured, they all three whitened them; then old Lavey put them into a liquid, a kind of green, that smoaked very much, after which he put them into a clear liquid, and then into a dirty black rag that was quite greasy, with which he rubbed them together, which made them a little blacker, that they might not look so bright; they then gave them to me, for which I gave them three quarters of a guinea; they asked me if I should want any more, I said, yes: on the first of November I think it was, Parker brought me 54 more; I gave immediate information and they were taken up. The money I received of them I sealed up in paper; these are them which Mr. Clark produced.

Cross Examination.

How long have you been acquainted with old Lavey? - Ever since April; when I was up in the room with him the door was shut; I don't know enough of the situation of the house to say whether there is any other room upon that floor; the sort of work I saw done was what made no noise, it was carried on very quietly.

' James Collard , one of the moniers of the

'mint, cut several of the six-pences in court,

'and among them the two that fell from

'Parker's stays, and declared that they were

'base metal.'

' John Macmurdy , who had been in the

'silversmith business ever since the year

'1745, also tried several of them, and deposed,

'that they were base metal.'

'The prisoners in their defence said, that

'all the tools might be used for other purposes,

'and produced three or four pieces of

'that fort of metal with shanks, to shew, that

'though they had the appearance of sixpences,

'yet with that addition they made buttons.'

FOR THE PRISONER.

BENJAMIN JOHNSON sworn.

Upon the 29th of October I met Asher in Chiswell-street; we went into a public-house and had a pint of purl; Asher said, do you know one Lavey, I said, I do; said he, do you know his son, I said, I do; said he, he looks like a foolish sort of a fellow, he has got a good deal of money left to him; I think it is pity such a foolish fellow should have so much; I said, I don't think he has all the sense in the world, because a person that I know has a note of his in his hand that he has extorted from him; said he, do you think there is no possibility of doing of him?

COURT. What did he mean by doing of him? - Out of his money I imagine; I told him the man had a note of his for 50 l. said he, if you can tell who that man is I will give him ten guineas for the note, for I know it is good; said he, he comes of age upon the 21st of November, if I could get two more good fellows as well as myself, I should like to stop him and scamp him of his money; we drank a pot of purl: said he, I live at No. 1, in Christopher's-alley, if you can see this man about the note, and bring him to my house, I will give him ten guineas for it; I am sure the note will be paid; we drank the pot of purl, Asher paid for it.

Cross Examination.

What may you be? - A framework knitter.

How long have you known Asher? - About seven or eight months.

Had you any intimacy with him? - No farther than that I took a letter to him once from a young fellow that was in trouble.

That is all the acquaintance you had with him? - I have seen him two or three times at the Boot in Grub-street.

So conceiving you to be a man fit for the purpose, he stopped you and asked you to be concerned in this; what do you mean by scamping him? - It is a word we have.

What do you mean by it? - I understood it to rob him.

Who had let you into the secret, if you did not know it at first? - When I began to relate my story to the lawyer he told me it was a nick word.

You did not know it before then; what acquaintance have you with Mr. Lavey? - I came acquainted with him; being acquainted with one Phillips a casemaker, who is in the same branch; I got acquainted with Phillips when I was in Ireland, I came acquainted with Lavey by using the Three Kings in Clerkenwell-green.

How long have you known Lavey? - About a twelvemonth.

You went to him that night, I suppose, to inform him of this scheme against him of scamping him? - Not that night, I went to Asher about two days after Lavey had been taken up, and asked him how he could do such a thing.

You had not been with Lavey before? - No.

How could you sit down and drink a pot of purl with a man that would propose such a thing as this? - I had seen him before.

ASHER. I never saw the man in my life.

To JOHNSTON. What public-house was it you drank at? - In Chiswell-street; it is removed now facing Mr. Whitbread's brew-house.

Name any house you ever drank with him at? - The Boot in Grub-street.

Who is the landlord? - One Mr. Rosaman. He knows you? - Yes.

Very likely he knows Mr. Asher then? - I imagine he does by his using the house.

How long ago is it since you drank with him there? - About nine months ago.

Were the times you drank near to each other? - We used the house of an evening; he has been there two or three times a-week.

You have been there often with him? - Oftener with his brother; he used often to come with his brother.

But you have been in company with him and drank with him? - Yes.

How long have you known Asher? - Nine months.

ASHER. Nine months ago I was in custody for eight weeks in New Prison, and in Newgate.

JURY. How long is it ago since you was in Ireland? - About eighteen months ago.

How long was you there? - I staid in Dublin about fifteen months; I went there to shew them the art of dressing silk stockings in the English way.

JOHN STAFFORD sworn.

I was along with Mr. Johnson, coming along Chiswell-street I met Asher and another; we went to a public-house and drank a pot of purl together.

What public-house was it? - The Roebuck I believe; then he talked about this Mr. Lavey who was a stranger to me; he asked him, if he did not know the father and the son; he said he knew both; he said, the son had a deal of money coming to him in a very short time; that he thought him a very foolish fellow and not capable, and did not know what to do with it when he had got it, and that if he could get a couple more men as good as himself he intended to scamp him of it.

Cross Examination.

Did you know Mr. Asher? - No; he was a stranger to me.

The Roebuck you say? - Yes.

Where? - In Chiswell-street.

What business are you? - A taylor.

How long have you known Mr. Johnson? - About two months.

How long is it since you had this conversation with Asher? - About six weeks ago I take it.

What did you conceive Asher meant when he talked about scamping? - I did not know the proper meaning of it; Mr. Johnson said that was to rob him.

When did you ask him? - A going along.

COUNSEL. Then he found it out before he got to his lawyer.

WILLIAM LAVEY sen. GUILTY . Death .

WILLIAM LAVEY jun. NOT GUILTY .

ELIZABETH PARKER GUILTY . Death .

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

51. HENRY HASLAM and THOMAS HOLLIS were indicted for burglariously breaking and entering the dwelling-house of our lord the king on the 26th of November . between the hours of seven and eleven in the night, and stealing two gold-laced jackets, value 40 s. and two gold-laced waistcoats, value 20 s. the property of our said lord the king; six silver tea-spoons, value 4 s. two large silver table-spoons, value 10 s. a pair of silver tea-tongs, value 4 s. a pair of silver knee-buckles, value 5 s. and 20 l. in money numbered, the property of Edward Randall , in the dwelling-house of our said lord the king .

2d Count. Laying the jackets and waistcoat to be the property of his royal highness George prince of Wales.

3d Count. For stealing the same goods as in the first count, privately in the stable of our lord the king.

4th Count. For stealing the same goods, laying the jackets and waistcoats to be the property of his royal highness George prince of Wales, privately in the stable of our lord the king.

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

BOTH NOT GUILTY .

Tried by the First Middlesex Jury before Mr. RECORDER.

52. GEORGE TODD was indicted for that he having been convicted of grand larceny in last July sessions, was sentenced to be kept to hard labour for the terms of three years, in the raising sand, soil, and gravel, &c. for the benefit of the navigation of the river Thames, under the direction and management of the overseers, &c. and that afterwards, on the 27th of November , he escaped from the place of his consinement during the term for which he was ordered to hard labour, against the statute .

2d Count. For escaping from Duncan Cambell , Esq; he having the lawful custody of him, against the statute.

As soon as the evidence of the prisoner's conviction was given, the prisoner said, 'I

'own I got away, I have no excuse at all.'

GUILTY .

Tried by the First Middlesex Jury before Mr. RECORDER.

[Imprisonment. See summary.]

53. JOSEPH DAY was indicted for stealing a gold watch, value 20 l. a gold watch-chain, value 10 l. a gold watch-string, value 40 s. a pair of diamond ear-rings, value 20 l. a silver snuff-box, value 3 l. a silver watch, value 5 l. a pair of silver shoe-buckles, value 10 s. a silver tea-spoon, value 2 s. six silk gowns; value 12 l. two pieces of silk brocaded with gold and silver, forty yards, value 60 l. ten pieces of silk containing eighty yards, a pair of silk stockings, a pair of men's laced ruffles, a pair of men's worked ruffles, a piece of muslin for a toilette, the property of Thomas Cooke in his dwelling-house , October 31st .

THOMAS COOKE sworn.

I am a sugar refiner at Puddle-dock ; the prisoner was my servant : I lost a number of things out of my dwelling-house which were locked up in two rooms; I saw them about a month before they were missing; I kept the keys myself, they were locked up under many locks and keys; I missed the things about three days after the prisoner left my service; the outer door to the rooms had been unlocked and locked again; all the rest of the locks were broke open: I missed all the things mentioned in the indictment (repeating them) and a great many more; my clerk and one of Sir John Fielding 's men searched the prisoner's lodging, and in one of his boxes found some of my things; he broke open seven or eight locks to get at them.

REBECCA RAMSAY sworn.

I am servant to Mr. Cooke: the things that were lost were locked up, my master kept the keys; I had no care of them; I saw some of them about two months before the prisoner came into the house.

Have you seen any of the things since they were lost? - I saw some of them produced at Sir John Fielding 's; I know some of them: the prisoner was examined in my hearing.

PERCIVAL PHILLIPS sworn.

I searched the prisoner's lodging; I found a pair of silk stockings, a pair of lace ruffles, a pair of wrought ruffles, a waistcoat, two pair of silk breeches, and a parcel of black silk in a trunk; the woman of the house said it belonged to the prisoner; he had been taken before and the key of the trunk found upon him, which was delivered to me by Mr. Needham; the prisoner afterwards owned the trunk and sent for some things out of it.

[The things were produced in Court, and deposed to by Mr. Cooke and Mrs. Ramsay.]

THOMAS NEEDHAM sworn.

I am clerk to Mr. Cooke: I took the prisoner, and was present when Wood the constable searched him and found a bunch of keys upon him, one of which was the key of the trunk; I went with Phillips to search the lodging; I delivered him the key, and I saw him take the things out of the trunk that are produced; the prisoner confessed it to be his trunk.

HANNAH GANDY sworn.

I am a taylor's wife: the prisoner came to my room and shewed me a snuff-box with a silver bottom and tortoiseshell top; I did not see the inside of it; and he shewed me a pair of temple spectacles; I said, Joe, what are you going to do with that box? where did you get it? I hope you got it honestly? he said, what I do now shall be to myself; he asked me, what I thought it would fetch; I said, I believed 5 s. he told me about a fortnight after he went to his place, that he had some silk gowns and some silk which he wanted to raise some money upon; I said, neither I nor any belonging to me would take them.

Mr. COOKE. I lost things of that description.

BARBARA DYKES sworn.

The prisoner lodged at my house: I was present when his trunk was searched; it was in my room.

Who put it there? - The prisoner; I saw some silk for gowns and some pieces of silk and some curtains, two of the curtains were red silk.

FRANCES OWEN sworn.

I have known the prisoner six years; I saw the glimpse of a watch in his hand in my apartment; I don't know whether it was gold or metal.

Mr. COOKE. I lost both a gold and silver watch.

PRISONER's DEFENCE.

A young man that lives with a lady of the town left these things with me, and came one evening and fetched them away again; the ruffles I found among some dirty things in the kitchen; I took them to get them washed, and was going to take them to my master when they took me.

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

Tried by the London Jury before Mr. RECORDER.

[Imprisonment. See summary.]

54, 55. FRANCIS RUSSELL and ROGER DUNLOP were indicted, the first for stealing one bank note, value 20 l. one other bank note, value 10 l. and a nutmeg-grater, value 1 d. the property of John Kane , privily from the person of the said John ; and the other for receiving the above goods, well-knowing them to have been stolen, against the statute , November 4th .

BOTH NOT GUILTY .

Tried by the Second Middlesex Jury before Mr. RECORDER.

56. SAMUEL GOLDSMITH was indicted for stealing twelve pounds of moist sugar, value 6 s. the property of Thomas Lewis and James Rowe , November 28th .

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

NOT GUILTY .

Tried by the London Jury before Mr. RECORDER.

57. FRANCES YOUNG was indicted for stealing a linen bed gown, value 2 s. a woollen-cloth waistcoat, value 4 s. and a pair of woollen-cloth breeches, value 2 s. the property of David Davis , October 9th .

There was no evidence against the prisoner but her own confession, which appeared to have been obtained from her in a very improper manner.

NOT GUILTY .

Tried by the London Jury before Mr. RECORDER.

58. ANN TOOTLE was indicted for stealing a silver watch, value 4 l. the property of Samuel Edwards , April 29th .

NOT GUILTY .

Tried by the London Jury before Mr. RECORDER.

59, 60, 61. LYDIA the wife of Joseph HALL , ISABELLA FALCONER , and ELIZABETH ROSE were indicted for stealing a silver watch, value 40 s. a steel seal, value 2 d. a brass watch key, value 1 d. a half guinea, a crown-piece, half a crown, a man's hat, value 7 s. a pair of silver shoe-buckles, value 10 s. and two linen handkerchiefs, value 2 s. the property of John Murray , in the dwelling-house of Margaret Powell , December 1st .

JOHN MURRAY sworn.

I am a gardener at Ham-common in Surry: as I was coming to town about some business, I met with a man on the road, who said, I should go with him to his habitation.

Who was that man? - I cannot tell; I met with him on this side Brentford; he took me to the house of Margaret Powell in Falconer's-alley near Field-lane ; I went up stairs, and these women threw me on the bed; they were in the room when I went up.

Did you ever see them before? - No; they rifled my pockets.

What time did you get to their house? - About nine o'clock.

Where was the man that brought you to the house? - He left me; I never saw him after that.

Did he tell you there were to be women there? - No; he said he had a wife; the three prisoners threw me on the bed, and took my watch out of my pocket, and the pieces of money mentioned in the indictment.

Did nothing pass between the women and you before you was on the bed? - No; I was then thrown down stairs, the fall made me insensible; when I came to myself I was sitting on the steps; I thought I was in danger of my life and went away to the watch-house.

When were the women taken? - On Monday between one and two o'clock; this was on the Sunday.

Are you positive to their person? - I am

Was you sober? - I was not in liquor.

Which of the women threw you on the bed? - Falconer.

Which took your money out of your pocket? - They all took it among them.

Which took your watch? - Lydia Hall.

Did not you know that you was going to a bad house at this time? - No; I had no suspicion of it.

Where was you going if you had not met with this man? - I was going to the Hanoverain ambassador's; I work in the garden at his country-house.

' Mary Davies was called upon her recognizance,

'but did not appear.'

THOMAS ROYLANCE sworn.

I am headborough of the parish of St. Sepulchre's: the prisoner came to me on Monday morning and told me he had been robbed by three women; he said, one was a tall woman with carroty hair, one a fat woman, and the other had a wart upon her nose; I told him I knew them all; I went to take them, and as I went into the room, Tab, as they call her, that is Falconer, was putting her shift on; I secured them all three, and the prosecutor swore to each of them, and described which took his property; the prosecutor shewed me the house where he was robbed, and the stairs he was put down where his nose was broke: Lydia Hall's mother came to me and said, if I could get the matter smothered, she would get me two guineas.

HALL's DEFENCE.

I never saw the man before in my life; I beg your lordship will examine what Mr. Humphreys has to say.

FALCONER's DEFENCE.

I know nothing of the matter; because I have such a mark as a wart upon my nose, they made the man swear to me, whether I was the person or not.

ROSE's DEFENCE.

I went up into Falconer's room to breakfast, and while we were at breakfast they came and took us; I never saw the man before.

FOR THE PRISONER.

RICHARD HUMPHREYS sworn.

I am a silversmith: this morning I went to carry a mug home, and as I returned I went into the Three Kings and had a pint of purl; there was one Sprightly, a butcher, and this officer talking about their taking these girls, and how they should be paid for their trouble; they told the prosecutor who was there, not to say he was in liquor; I heard them say, that one Smith, a watchman, brought the gardener into the room, and that the prosecutor lived at Ham on the other side Kingston; Roylance came in afterwards with something in his apron.

ALICE SMITH sworn.

I was at the Three Queens on Clerkenwell-green, having a pint of hot with a kinsman; I sat by the prosecutor and a girl that was an evidence against the prisoners; the girl said to me, that she saw the man upon the steps and somebody came out with a candle to him, and he was so drunk that he did not know whether he was in a house or in Moorfields.

ANN POWELL sworn.

I live in the lower room of the house in which that fat Lady lodges; I went to bed at seven o'clock because I was not well; I heard somebody come in, I asked a girl who it was; she said, there was a man sitting on the step.

Do you mean Davis by the girl? - Yes; she was in hold; I know nothing of it myself.

Did you hear the noise of any person's being thrown down stairs? - No; there was nobody tumbled down stairs at all.

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

Tried by the Second Middlesex Jury before Mr. RECORDER.

[Imprisonment. See summary.]

62. ANN the wife of Charles FULWOOD was indicted for stealing a dimity waistcoat, value 4 s. a linen towel, value 1 d. a large linen table-cloth, value 6 s. the property of John Cleghorn ; a child's silver coral, value 5 s. a desert silver-spoon, value 4 s. two linen handkerchiefs, value 1 s. three linen caps, value 1 s. a pair of muslin ruffles, value 1 s. a pair of leather gloves, value 6 d. a pair of scissars, value 6 d. the property of John Young , October 28th .

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

NOT GUILTY .

Tried by the Second Middlesex Jury before Mr. RECORDER.

63. JOHN SALTER was indicted for that he in the king's highway in and upon John Ball feloniously did make an assault, putting him in corporal fear and danger of his life, and stealing two guineas and one half-guinea, the property of the said John, from his person , October 7th .

JOHN BALL sworn.

I am servant to Lady Powis: I was going into Wales in the Ludlow machine upon the 7th of October; near eight in the evening I heard the coachman called to to stop, we were then near Shepherd's-bush ; he was called to once or twice and then he stopped; I immediately let the glass of the fly down, and took out two guineas and an half, and having it in my hand, a person, it was so dark it was impossible to see who it was, demanded my money; I immediately gave it to him; two other gentlemen were with me in the coach; one of them fired a blunderbuss at the person out of the coach-window; the coach was stopped for about a minute; the night was exceeding dark; as soon as the gentleman fired, we drove on to a public-house about a hundred yards off, and there we got a light, and returned and searched for the man; we could not find him, so we proceeded on our journey.

PETER AVERILLO sworn.

I was in the coach: we were stopped about eight o'clock by a single highwayman near Shepherd's-bush; a pistol was put into the coach; as soon as the blind was let down, I heard a voice say, 'Give me your money immediately, 'or I will blow your brains out;' I put my hand into my pocket, and found I had a shilling; I had between my legs a brass blunderbuss, and before the man had robbed Mr. Haywood, the other person in the coach, I discharged the blunderbuss as directed by the voice, for it was so dark I could not possibly see the person; then I bid the coachman drive on; a person on the coach bid him not drive on as the person was shot; we got lights at a house near; the candle blew out, then we saw two lights upon the road near the place where this happened; we went up to those two lights and lighted our candles at them; we found one was part of a stock and a metal buckle, the stock was bloody and on fire; we searched but could not find the person, then we went on.

THOMAS SOLLOWAY confirmed the evidence of the last witness.

JOSEPH BUSH sworn.

I keep the Hole in the Wall: on the 7th of October, at half past eight at night, Mr. Holland a neighbour, came in and said, he had found a man in the road who was bloody; we went together and found him lying in the road exceeding bloody; we asked him how he came there, and what had happened to him; he said, he had been shot by a highwayman; we asked him where his horse was; he said, he did not know; we asked where his hat was, he said he could not tell; we then took him into a house; he begged for a coach to carry him to his uncle at Hammersmith: we asked him if he had any money to pay for it, he said, yes, and desired me to put my hand into his pocket and take it out; I did not care to do that, he was too weak himself to put his hand into his pocket; we found a red and white purse under his thigh with two or three guineas in it; as we were going along with him in the coach, he desired to be taken to the White Swan at Hammersmith as his uncle was not at home: when we got there, he was known by several people; a surgeon was sent for; the surgeon desired the assistance of another person; he dressed him, and found a slug come out of his neck; we took him to St. George's Hospital at the request of the surgeon and the woman of the house, and there left him; I am sure the prisoner is the person; we did not find any fire-arms upon him.

ROBERT HOLLAND sworn.

I keep the King's Head: as I was carrying a pot of beer, I saw a man lie on the road: I thought he had cut his throat, as I saw several holes in his neck; he said, he had been shot by a highwayman and was a dead man; I called Bush out, we took him up; he said, he had an uncle a taylor at Hammersmith, and desired he might be carried there; we asked him if he had any money, he said, yes, he had; we found a red and white purse with a guinea or two in it, and a pocket-piece; we took him to the Swan at his desire, as his uncle was not at home; he was known there by several people; after he was dressed he was sent to the hospital; there was a wound in his neck; he had no stock on nor hat, and his shirt collar was very much burned; we found him in the road, near a mile from the place where the coach was stopped; it was about half an hour after eight o'clock when we found him; there were no arms found upon him: I am sure the prisoner is the man we took up in this condition.

PRISONER's DEFENCE.

Coming through Kensington Gravel-pits just after dark, I heard a person talking; that person seized my horse's bridle, and then demanded me to get off my horse; I was going to make him some answer; he said, if I did not get off he would shoot me, or some such thing; as I was putting my hand upon my horse going to alight, I was shot off my horse.

'The prisoner called several witnesses, who

'said he was a hair-dresser, and who gave

'him a very good character.'

NOT GUILTY .

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

He was a second time indicted for that he in the king's highway in and upon Peter Averillo feloniously did make an assault, with intent the monies of the said Peter to steal, against the statute , October 7th .

'There was no evidence given.'

NOT GUILTY .

64. GEORGE FOX was indicted for stealing a deal-box, value 1 s. six linen shirts, value 15 s. six linen aprons, value 20 s. three cotton gowns, value 3 l. a crape-gown, value 40 s. two quilted petticoats, value 20 s. a sattin petticoat, value 20 s. a sattin cloak, value 40 s. six linen napkins, value 15 s. six silver tea-spoons, value 20 s. a pair of silver tea-tongs, value 10 s. two guineas and five crown-pieces , the property of Ann Betterley , spinster , November 30th .

NOT GUILTY .

Tried by the London Jury before Mr. RECORDER.

65. BARNARD CHRISTIAN de NASSAW DEITZ was indicted for that he unlawfully did cause to be engraved and cut in metzotinto on a plate of copper, a blank promissory note, containing the word Twenty in white letters, upon a black ground, he not being an officer, workman, servant, or agent of the governor and company of the bank of England, against the statute , August 2d .

2d Count. Describing the letters and figures on the plate.

JOSHUA LONG sworn.

I am a copperplate-printer in Round-court, St. Martin's-le-grand: upon Saturday the 1th of August the prisoner applied to me for a copperplate to be engraved; he gave me directions how and in what manner I should get it done; most of the directions were in writing; these are the directions set down in his own hand-writing; he said, he wanted a promissory note plate engraved: he first said, he wanted a 10 l. and then he said, he would have a 20 l. expressed; he said, in a black ground, and white letters; he said, he wanted it in a great hurry; this was on Saturday, and he wanted it on Monday; I told him I would get it done as soon as possible; he wanted it on very fine thin paper; he cut the size in paper; as soon as I got it I carried it to Mr. Terry the engraver, and gave him the directions I had received; I gave him the same paper the prisoner gave me; he called upon me again about it several times.

From the Prisoner. Mr. Long, where do you live? - In Round-court, St. Martin's-le-grand.

Prisoner. What county? - The county of Middlesex.

Prisoner. In the liberty of Westminster? - Yes.

Prisoner. Whether I did not say, don't offend the imitation of bank notes? - I don't remember that.

Prisoner. Did not you shew me some of Mr. Sayre's bills, and I said I would not have them like that; I would have it in bold German text: was not you yourself taken up on this affair? - Certainly I was.

GARNETT TERRY sworn.

I am an engraver in Paternoster-row: Mr. Long came to me to desire me to engrave a plate, he gave me the directions in writing; (the directions and plate were shewn the witness) that is the plate, and those are the directions I received.

Is that plate engraved for white letters on a black ground? - It will print so.

You engraved it in Paternoster-row? - Yes, on the 17th of August.

Prisoner. Whether I ever gave you any order? - Never; I never saw you till you was in custody.

Prisoner. If Mr. Long had it executed in any other place, am I answerable for a trespass in the city of London? Mr. Terry had no orders from me; I have been detained four months and never admitted to trial; I have obtained the high favour this day to be tried; I am not guilty now of what is laid to my charge, tho'I have been confined four months; I ordered a black letter in bold German text.

To TERRY. Was it completed before he was in custody? - Yes.

Prisoner. I have no witnesses, nor Mr. Long had none, there was none by; you have only his ipse dixit for it.

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, 10.

William Catherall , Thomas Hughes , John Calcutt alias Cockett, Richard Wright Brent , Benjamin Eyres , John Kelly , Thomas Latham , Thomas Moreton , Thomas Burrows , and William Davis .

To work on the river seven years.

Joseph Day , John Willis , William Chandler , Patrick Knowland .

Judgment on William Lavey sen. and Elizabeth Parker was arrested.

To work on the river six years.

Thomas Farmer alias Smith, George Todd .

To work on the river three years.

Nicholas Fenelon , John Lyons , William Smith , Joseph Edwards , Edward Fitzmaurice Stack .

Branded.

Benjamin Valew , Elizabeth Clayton , Ann Simpson , Elizabeth Smith , Ann Fairbank , Edward Cormack , Henry Haymond .

Branded and imprisoned six months.

Mary Bassing , Ann Shepherd .

Whipped.

Daniel Holse , Thomas Procter , Thomas Fugall , Hannah Robinson , Catherine Conner , Mary Clarke , Elizabeth Clayton .

Imprisoned three years.

Lydia Hall, Isabella Falconer, and Elizabeth Rose .