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Old Bailey Proceedings, 9th April 1777.

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 9th of April 1777, and the following Days;

Being the FOURTH 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 IV. PART II.

LONDON:

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

THE WHOLE PROCEEDINGS UPON THE

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

248. ELIZABETH WILSON was indicted for stealing a piece of silk lutestring, containing sixty-six yards, value 19 l. the property of Thomas Adams , privately and secretly in the shop of the said Thomas , March 27th .

JOHN LILLY sworn.

I am apprentice to Thomas Adams : as I was entering the shop on the 27th of March, I saw the prisoner standing at the door looking stedfastly in; I asked her her business; she made no reply, but gave a penny to a beggar woman, and they both went away: a gentlewoman in the shop asked me if I had lost any thing, and I immediately missed a piece of lutestring which I had left open on the counter; I pursued the prisoner, and found the lutestring upon her.

SUSANNAH SMITH . Upon the 27th of March I went to Mr. Adams's shop to look at some silk; the prisoner was in the shop; I was at one counter and she at the other; she looked confused and by her motion I thought she wanted to conceal something, but I did not see her take any thing; she went out in a suspicious manner; I asked the shopman if he had lost any thing; he looked on the counter, and said he missed a piece of lutestring, and went after her.

PRISONER's DEFENCE.

I never was in the shop in my life.

To SMITH. Who was in the shop besides you and the prisoner? - Another shop-man.

GUILTY of stealing to the value of four shillings and ten pence .

Tried by the First Middlesex Jury before Mr. RECORDER.

[Imprisonment. See summary.]

249. JOHN COSBY was indicted for stealing eight pieces of silk riband, containing 100 yards, value 3 l. the property of Richard Tomlinson , March the 8th .

RICHARD TOMLINSON sworn.

I am an haberdasher in Cranborne-alley : on the 8th of March the prisoner came to my shop; having missed ribands several times, I suspected him, and watched him; I saw him take the riband out of the box on the counter; I took him into the back room, and found it in his pocket.

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

Cross Examination.

Are they marked? - They have never been out of my possession; there is no mark upon them.

Was the prisoner acquainted with the young woman that served in the shop? - I believe he was.

Whether he did not take them out of a joke to this young woman? - I do not know.

Did you seize him immediately? - No; not till he was going out at the door.

There are a great many pieces; did he take them all at once? - No, he was about a quarter of an hour about it; he took a piece at a time; I stood at an opposite neighbour's to watch him; every time the servant turned her back he took a piece.

ANN FATT sworn.

I am an apprentice to Mrs. Tomlinson; I saw the prisoner take the ribands piece by piece out of a box on the counter; he was about a quarter of an hour taking them; there was nobody in the shop but myself; Mr. Tomlinson was in an opposite shop watching him.

JURY. Did you miss all these pieces in one day? - Yes, all the same day; I counted all the pieces in the drawer that day, and found eight missing.

PRISONER's DEFENCE.

I had bought some ribands there before, I called that night to buy some; I gave the young woman a nosegay, and was joking with her; she saw me take the ribands; I did it in a joke.

The prisoner called one witness, who gave him a good character.

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

Tried by the First Middlesex Jury before Mr. RECORDER.

250. THOMAS BLACKWELL was indicted for stealing a woollen cloth coat, value 3 l. a velvet waistcoat, value 20 s. a pair of Kersimere breeches, value 18 s. and one pair of worsted stockings, the property of William Ostliff ; four woollen cloth coats, value 3 l. two woollen cloth waistcoats, value 8 s. a woollen great coat, value 12 s. and two handkerchiefs, value 2 s. the property of John Reed , March the 22d .

WILLIAM OSTLIFF sworn.

I am a taylor , and live in Kent-court, Berwick-street : when I came home from work on Saturday night the 22d of March, between nine and ten o'clock, my landlady informed me that our lodgings had been robbed; John Reed is my bed-fellow; I missed a pair of black silk stockings; the rest of the things mentioned in the indictment had been brought back again before I came home; I went to the justice's on Monday morning, and swore to my property.

JOHN REED sworn.

I was not at home at the time; I only speak to my property.

JAMES SAUNDERS sworn.

On last Saturday fortnight, while I was sitting in my shop in Berwick-street, about 100 yards from Mrs. Corby's, where the prosecutor lives, I heard Mrs. Corby cry, stop thief; I ran out and saw the prisoner running; he had got about ten or a dozen doors down Berwick-street; I saw him drop the cloaths as he ran by my door; I followed him and took him.

Are you sure the prisoner is the man you saw drop the cloaths? - Yes.

What became of that bundle? - It was taken before the justice; the things mentioned in the indictment were in it (repeating them); he had a chissel in his hand when I took him; he was searched, and the stockings and handkerchief, four keys for door locks, and eight pawnbrokers duplicates, were taken out of his pockets at the justice's.

ANN CORBY sworn.

I was sitting in my own apartment on Saturday afternoon the 22d of March; I heard somebody go along the passage between the hours of four and six; I ran to the window, and saw the prisoner pass by with the cloaths under his arm; knowing them to be the property of Ostliff and Reed, I followed him, and cried, stop thief; seeing Mr. Saunders in his shop, I called out to him; Mr. Saunders came out, and saw the prisoner drop the bundle; under Mr. Saunders's window I picked them up; there was in the bundle six coats, four pair of breeches, and two waistcoats; the bundle was carried before the justice, and then put into my care; I have had it ever since.

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

PRISONER's DEFENCE.

I was coming from the Bull's Head, Oxford-road; a man ran past me, and dropped the bundle, and ran on; I picked it up; I was got but a little way, when somebody called, stop thief; being frightened I dropped the bundle, and ran along; I do not know what was in it; these keys belong to a house I kept myself, I accidentally happened to have them in my pocket at that time.

Mrs. CORBY. When the things were taken away, I went up and found the door open; there was the mark of a chissel, the bolt of the lock was forced out of the staple.

GUILTY .

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

[Imprisonment. See summary.]

251. RICHARD WILSON was indicted for stealing a pair of thread lace lappets, value 30 s. the property of Ann Gifford , spinster , March the 12th .

ANN GIFFORD sworn.

I am a millener in St. Martin's church-yard : on the 12th of March I laid some lace lappets in a handkerchief on the counter; I went into the parlour; I returned immediately, and found the shop door open, and the handkerchief gone; I advertized them, and found them at a pawnbroker's.

ROBERT ARTZ sworn.

I am a pawnbroker: this lace (producing it) was offered to me to pawn by one Christian M'Cloud; I stopped her and the lace; I asked her who it belonged to; she said a millener in Earl-street, St. Giles's; she offered them to me the 12th of March; I saw them advertized the Monday following; I sent to the prosecutrix, and she said it was the lace she lost.

[The lace was deposed to by the prosecutrix.]

PATRICK McDANIEL sworn.

I am a victualler in Earle-street, Seven-dials: the prisoner and the woman that pawned the lace came into my house and called for a pint of purl at about seven o'clock in the evening; I don't know the particular day, but it was about five weeks ago I believe; while I was warming the purl, the prisoner gave some lace and ribands to the woman and bid her pawn them; she made her brags that he had good booties; she went away, and he paid me for the purl and went off.

CHRISTIAN McCLOUD sworn.

I went to pawn some lace with Robert Artz ; the prisoner gave it me to pawn for 18 d.

Where did he give it you? - Not at Mr. McDaniel's house; he shewed it me there, and I said, he made good booties; but he gave it me afterwards; I went immediately to Artz and asked 18 d. upon it, and he stopped me; I know nothing of the lace till I saw it at McDaniel's.

Did the prisoner tell you how he came by it? - No, he did not.

PRISONER's DEFENCE.

I know nothing of the matter, I was not at the public house.

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

[Imprisonment. See summary.]

252. MARY DRAPER was indicted for stealing a woollen cloak, value 5 s. a silk handkerchief, value 1 s. a pair of stuff stays, value 3 s. a cotton gown, value 10 s. a silk hat, value 2 s. a stuff petticoat, value 10 s. a linen apron, value 2 s. and a lawn cap, value 2 s. the property of Elizabeth Curtis , widow , March 26th .

ELIZABETH CURTIS sworn.

I live in Drury-lane : I am a servant to Mrs. Walley; my mistress took the prisoner in out of charity; she was there about ten days; on the 26th of March I got up about eight o'clock and found the back part of the house left open and the prisoner gone: the things mentioned in the indictment were missing; I had seen them in my box on the evening; she was taken the same day at a puppet-show in St. James's-street, by John Scott , with a gown, a petticoat, a cap and apron of mine on; she said, she was surprized any body should accuse her, that they were her own cloaths: she had talked of going to the puppet-show the night before, which gave me a suspicion we should find her there.

JOHN SCOTT sworn.

I am an officer: I went with Curtis to the puppet-show and took the prisoner; we carried her to the Brown Bear in Bow-street; there I stripped her and took the things mentioned in the indictment from her.

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

PRISONER's DEFENCE.

I lived in that house before, it is a house that takes in girls to go out of a night.

GUILTY of stealing to the value of 10 d.

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

[Whipping. See summary.]

253. THOMAS COYLE was indicted for that he in and upon Mary his wife feloniously and of his malice aforethought did make an assault, and with a certain iron poker of the value of 6 d. which he in his right hand had and held, her the said Mary upon the right-side of her head feloniously did strike, giving to her by such striking with the iron poker aforesaid, one mortal bruise and wound upon the right-side of her head, of which said mortal bruise and wound the said Mary, from the 16th of February last until the 10th day of March last, did languish and languishing did live, on which said 10th day of March the said Mary of the mortal bruise and wound aforesaid died .

[He was likewise charged on the coroner's inquest with the said murder.]

ANN ERRIDGE sworn.

Do you know Thomas Coyle the prisoner? - I do.

Did you know his wife the deceased? - Yes.

Where did they live? - At Mr. Baker's, a public house, the Robinhood and Little John in Mary le bone-street ; I lived servant there: the prisoner is a chairman; he came home between nine and ten on Sunday morning the 16th of February last; he had been out all night with his chair; he was very much in liquor; he came into the tap-room, and desired me to call his wife down, which I did; she came down; I left them together in the taproom; they sat there till between twelve and one o'clock drinking gin and purl; I came in between twelve and one and had the deceased up stairs; she was then very much in liquor.

Were the husband and wife upon very good terms then? - Yes; he followed us up stairs.

There was no quarrel at that time, was there? - No.

I suppose he was still in liquor? - He was, but he was a great deal soberer than she; he was soberer than when he came in.

Up how many pair of stairs was her lodging? - In the garret; up three pair of stairs; when I got her up stairs I laid her on the bed; she was helpless; I left her there, and came down into the kitchen; in about a quarter of an hour after, when my mistress and I were down in the kitchen, we heard a great screaming from the garret; my mistress sent me up, when I came to the garret door which was open, I saw her lying on the bed and blood running from the back part of the right-side of her head; the prisoner stood by the bedside.

In what posture? - I don't know; he had something in his hand, but I was frightened and did not observe what it was.

Did he say any thing? - He only asked for his hat; when I came into the room she said,

'Help me, for he has murdered me;' upon that he asked for his hat; he could not find it; he went out of the house, but where he went to I don't know.

Did the woman say any thing more to you? - No.

Did you call for any further assistance? - My mistress came up as far as the door; she was frightened and went d own again; Mary Pope the lodger up two pair of stairs came to her.

Did the deceased say any thing more to you? - No; I held her till the surgeon came.

Did the prisoner go for the surgeon? - No, a lodger fetched him.

Who was the surgeon? - I really don't know his name; when the surgeon came we cut some of her hair off; I saw the wound.

Was it a deep wound? - Yes; the surgeon put his finger in thus deep I dare say (an inch and a half).

Did it continue to bleed? - Yes; the surgeon desired she should be had to an hospital; a coach was called for, and I went with her to St. George's hospital.

Had you any further conversation with her as you passed in the coach? - No; I left her at the hospital.

Had you any further conversation with her at any subsequent time? - No; I went to see her, she said nothing to me.

Did she lie in a stupid dozing way? - I don't know, she was lying on the bed.

Was she talking to any body else? - No.

How long did she continue in the hospital before she died? - Three weeks.

Cross Examination.

I think you say he was out the preceding night at the chair-work? - Yes.

And she came down into the tap-room and was drinking gin and beer from nine till between twelve and one? - Yes.

And was very drunk? - Yes.

And that they were upon very friendly terms together in the tap-room? - I don't know, I was not in the tap-room.

He helped her up stairs? - He followed me.

Did you hear him talk about or desire that a surgeon might be sent for? - I did not.

MARY POPE sworn.

I lodge at the Robinhood.

You knew the prisoner and the deceased? - Yes; I lodged in the two-pair of stairs, they lodged in the story above me; I saw them about ten o'clock in the tap-room on Sunday the 16th of February; they seemed to be very sociable; they were drinking purl together; she was very sober when I saw her; I believe he was in liquor; I heard her cry out murder at about one o'clock; she was then up stairs: Mrs. Baker came to my room and desired me to go up, I went up with her.

Did Mrs. Baker go into the room? - I cannot say whether I went farther than the door in my fright; I cannot tell but I might.

Did you see the deceased? - Yes she was leaning against the servant; she was blood; she put up her hands and said, He has killed me.

Did you see any thing in his hand? - I cannot say that I did; he said something, but what I really cannot tell; I was frightened and ran away; I fetched a countryman of their acquaintance whose name is Lavendar; the prisoner went away, Lavendar went with me up stairs, and then he went and fetched a surgeon.

Did you hear any conversation between the deceased and Lavender? - No; I went down stairs directly; I went afterwards to see the deceased in the hospital, and she said, Her husband had struck her with a poker.

How long was that before her death? - It was about three or four days after it happened; she lived three weeks.

To ERRIDGE. Did you see any thing of the poker? - I saw a piece of the poker lying in the room when I went up stairs the first time.

Cross Examination of POPE.

I think you say it was three or four days after you went to the hospital that you saw her there? - Yes.

At that time the injury she had received in her head was not thought to be dangerous? - I cannot say.

Do you know whether the prisoner was in custody at that time? - I believe he was.

Do you remember how long it was after that that he was discharged out of custody? - I think he came out that very day or the next, and went back again.

I believe he was out of custody a long time before she died? - About a week, I believe.

Then he was in custody a good while after this time you speak of? - Yes.

Do you know of his surrendering himself voluntarily upon her death? - I know nothing about that.

COURT. When the deceased told you that her husband struck her with the poker, did she tell you how the quarrel happened between them? - She did not; I did not ask her any questions at all, only just what she said herself.

JOHN BAKER sworn.

The prisoner and the deceased lodged at my house.

What time of the day did you see him? - About eleven or twelve in my tap-room; both the prisoner and the deceased were very much in liquor.

What were they employed about? - Nothing I believe.

Were not they drinking when you saw them? I did not see them drink any thing.

You had been out I suppose, you did not see them at first? - I had sat up late and did not get up till eleven o'clock.

Did you see them go out of the tap-room? - I cannot say; I don't know that I did.

Did you hear any screaming or calling out above stairs? - No; nor I saw nothing of the affair.

REBECCA BAKER sworn.

I am the wife of the last witness: I saw the prisoner come in, he is a chairman; he had been out all night, he was very much in liquor; he sent for his wife down stairs, she appeared very sober: when she came down; they sat and drank together, purl with gin in it; before she went up stairs again they were both in liquor; I ordered Ann Erridge to see her up stairs; she took her up stairs, laid her on the bed, and came down into the kitchen to me; in about ten minutes I heard a screaming, I sent her up, and in a little while after I followed; I did not go into the room; I went to the top of the stairs; I looked into the room and saw the deceased leaning against my servant, and her head appeared to be very bloody.

Did you hear her say any thing? - Not a word.

Was the prisoner there? - I cannot say whether I saw him or not.

Nor did not hear the deceased say any thing? - No; I was so frightened that I ran down immediately; I saw no more of her till she was carried to the hospital.

Did you see her in the hospital? - No.

Mr. GEORGE CHARTERS sworn.

I was surgeon to St. George's hospital in February last: I remember the deceased Mary Coyle being brought to the hospital between one and two o'clock on the 16th of February.

It fell to your share to have the care of the deceased? - It did.

Upon examining her what situation did you find her in? - She had received a wound upon the right-side of the head.

A cut or contused wound? - Partly cut and partly contused, about an inch in length.

What depth? - About a quarter, or hardly so much.

With what kind of an instrument did it appear to you to have been occasioned? - It might have been made by a blunt instrument with a coarse edge.

Was the skull affected? - It was laid bare.

Was it fractured? - There was no fracture upon examination.

Did she tell you in what manner it happened? - No; she was rather stupid.

Did that stupor appear to proceed from the effects of liquor or any concussion of the brain? - More from the effects of liquor.

How long did she stay in the house? - Three weeks; she was going on very well at first for about a fortnight, then some bad symptoms came on; it was thought necessary she should be trapaned, and matter was found formed under the skull; she continued going on worse, and died about a week after.

What do you apprehend to have been the occasion of her death? - The wound and the matter formed in consequence of it.

In the course of your attendance, did you ever hear her express how she came by the wound? - No.

Cross Examination.

Was any declaration made from the hospital to the magistrate that she was out of danger? - No; there was an application, to know whether she was out of danger; I did not send word that she was out of danger, but that she was going on well.

In consequence of that message I believe the prisoner was discharged out of custody? - I fancy he was.

PRISONER's DEFENCE.

My Lord, Mrs. Pope owes me a grudge for demanding my wife's wearing apparel that she took out of the room at the time I was in custody; when I demanded my wife's wearing apparel, she swore she would take my life away if there was no other person in the world; there were four gowns and other things of my wife's got out of my room before I was let out upon bail from Tothillfields Bridewell; she got out of bed very much in liquor and came to the door and opened it; I was going to bed; I had been up all night; then turning about she gave a kind of slip, whether she slipped against the bedstead or whether against the sender, I know no more than the man in the moon; she cried out; I took her up in my arms and put her on the bed; I am as innocent as a child; we kept a public house 14 years; I never had an angry word with her all the days of my life.

FOR THE PRISONER.

PHILIP CLARK sworn.

I went to see the deceased in the hospital; she told me she was very much in liquor, and could not tell how the accident happened; but afterwards she told me, that she got out of bed and fell against the sender or the grate.

PATRICK FOY sworn.

I had conversation with the deceased in the hospital; that she had asked the surgeon how her husband came to be in confinement, for as he had been guilty of no offence against her it was surprising he should be in custody, and how the accident happened she could not tell.

Mr. CHARTER. The woman never made any such declaration to me, nor never said any thing like it, nor never made any such enquiry; Patrick Foy came and told me that she had said so.

JOHN BYRNE sworn.

I have known the prisoner about 17 or 18 years; when they first married they lived in my house for a month; they lived happy together to my knowledge; I never heard a word between them; that is about 18 years ago; I have known them from that time to this; I always looked upon him to be a quiet man.

- LANGLEY sworn.

I have known the prisoner 14 years to be a very honest endeavouring man.

Did his wife and him live happily together? - Yes.

Had you any conversation with the deceased in the hospital? - I went to see her almost every day; she begged of me to go and have him cleared; she did not know any right he had to be there; that she was very much in liquor, and she believed it was through a fall she got.

ROBERT TIPPIN sworn.

I have known the prisoner between eleven and twelve years; I never heard any thing amiss of him before this; the woman was inclinable a little to liquor; I never saw him show any violence to her.

What occupation are you? - A publican.

MARGARET COLVILE sworn.

I have known the prisoner 20 years; I never heard any thing against him in my life before this misdemeanor.

Did his wife and he live quite happily together? - Yes; quite agreeable, and loving and good-natured.

NOT GUILTY of murder, but GUILTY of manslaughter only .

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

254, 255. JAMES GILPHIN and GRIFFITH BUCKLEY were indicted for theft in the dwelling house of Rose Richardson, widow, on Mary Ann the wife of Thomas Twaits did make an assault, putting her in corporal fear and danger of her life, and stealing from her person a gold ring, value 10 s. the property of Thomas Twaits , February 26th .

'The prisoners had a warrant given them

'to execute upon the prosecutrix for an assault,

'upon which they took her before a magistrate;

'she afterwards charged them with

'having robbed her of a gold ring at the time

'they took her into custody, but as she did not

'make any complaint of a robbery the first

'time she was taken before the justice, which,

'according to her account, was immediately

'after the fact, there was great reason to believe

'the charge was without foundation.'

BOTH NOT GUILTY .

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

256. JOHN EADES was indicted for stealing a scarlet cloth cloak, value 5 s. the property of Mary Goodman , widow , March 19th .

[The prosecutrix was called, but not appearing the Court ordered her recognizance to be estreated.]

NOT GUILTY .

257, 258. SARAH CRADDOCK and ANN TAYLOR were indicted for stealing a silver watch, value 3 l. and two guineas, the property of Charles Hutchins , in the dwelling house of John Charlesworth , March 11th .

NOT GUILTY .

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

259. ISABELLA COMYNS was indicted for stealing a silver watch, value 30 s. a silk watch riband, value 1 d. a base metal watch-key, value 1 d. and one stone seal set in base metal, value 1 d. the property of John Clements privily from his person , March 1st .

'The prosecutor acknowledged that he was

'so much intoxicated with liquor when he

'lost his watch as not to be able to recollect

'what passed.'

NOT GUILTY .

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

260. WILLIAM COOLEDGE was indicted for stealing a wooden till, value 6 d. four hundred and eighty halfpence, and four hundred and eighty farthings , the property of William Cuthforth , March 27th .

NOT GUILTY .

Tried by the First Middlesex Jury before Mr. RECORDER.

261, 262. JOHN KING and ELIZABETH WHITE were indicted for taking away with intent to steal, embezzle, and purloin a linen-sheet, value 1 s. a pair of bellows, value 6 d. and a copper saucepan, value 1 s. the property of John Ferguson , being in a certain lodging room let by the said John to the said John and Elizabeth , February 7th .

BOTH NOT GUILTY .

Tried by the First Middlesex Jury before Mr. RECORDER.

263. RICHARD JAMES was indicted for stealing one hundred and seven china plates, value 5 l. eighteen china basons, value 9 s. thirty china tea-cups, value 15 s. thirty china saucers, value 15 s. and a toilet china-cup, value 1 s. the property of John Moore , March 11th .

JOHN MOORE sworn.

I am a china-man in St. Paul's church-yard : upon the 11th of March my clerk detected the prisoner, who was my porter , and then I missed the things mentioned in the indictment out of my shop (repeating them) they have my shop mark upon them; they were found at Mrs. Ransford's, Green-street, Leicester-fields.

WILLIAM ALLAN sworn.

On the eleventh of March I was in the back part of Mr. Moore's warehouse, putting into the basket a complete set of china; I told the prisoner he must carry it to the Strand; when I had finished packing up the china I desired him to bring it forward; I heard him rattle some more china that I knew he had no business with; I staid till I thought he had accomplished his purpose, and then went and asked why he did not bring the basket forward; he then brought it; I turned aside and found he had added 13 plates to those in the basket; I requested that he would tell me where he meant to carry those plates; he said, he did not know but they were to go to the same person; I told him he had taken them off the shelf, and I took them out and sent him with the others; he stopped at the door and desired to speak with me; I told him, he might speak with me when he came back; I told Mr. Moore what had passed, and that I thought from his staying out and neglecting his business he had bad connections; when he returned, Mr. Moore told him if he would confess where the things were he would be favourable to him; his confession led me to Mrs. Ransford's, where we found the things.

ELIZABETH RANSFORD sworn.

I keep an earthen-ware and china shop in Green-street, Leicester-fields: the prisoner came to me and said he was a dealer in china, that he lived at Deptford; he served me with several things which he sent by a ticket-porter; eight dozen of china plates, two dozen of china basons, and two dozen and a half of china cups and saucers, which were found at my house by Halliburton.

WILLIAM HALLIBURTON sworn.

I found the china at Mrs. Ransford's; I have had the care of it ever since.

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

THOMAS BEWLEY sworn.

I am a porter: I carried some china for the prisoner to Mrs. Ransford's; it was delivered to me at a cook's shop.

PRISONER's DEFENCE.

Since I lived at my my master's I never took any thing before; this man used to take me to the public house, and when I was drunk he said, if I could get some china he would get me a customer for it.

RANSFORD. He brought two or three basons in his hand which I bought, and he said he had a large quantity which he would send by a porter.

GUILTY .

Tried by the First Middlesex Jury before Mr. RECORDER.

[Imprisonment. See summary.]

264, 265. PIERCE DONNOVAN and WILLIAM KERWIN otherwise KERNON otherwise KERVAN otherwise KERONS were indicted for stealing in the dwelling house of Olivia Harrington , widow, one mahogany box, value 6 d. a canvas bag, value 1 d. a gold watch, value 40 l. a gold watch-chain set with mocha, value 40 s. a diamond button, value 10 s. a white cornelian seal set in gold, value 3 l. a gold ring, value 20 s. a repeating gold watch, value 40 l. a steel watch chain, value 2 s. five gold seals, value 5 l. five trinkets, value 20 s. two lockets set with garnets, value 10 s. a gold locket set with diamonds and rubies, value 20 s. a pair of brilliant diamond earrings, value 50 l. six brilliant diamond rings, a diamond hoop ring, value 5 l. a diamond pin, value 20 s. a leather pocket-book, value 5 s. eleven guineas, a two guinea piece, two gold medals, value 20 s. one piece of foreign gold coin called a three moidore piece, value 4 l. 1 s. ten pieces of foreign silver coin, value 20 s. another gold medal, value 20 s. the property of Olivia Harrington , widow ; a promissory note purporting to be the promissory note of the governor and company of the Bank of England, value 20 l. another promissory note purporting to be the promissory note of the governor and company of the Bank of England, value 20 l. one other promissory note purporting to be the promissory note of the governor and company of the Bank of England, value 15 l. another promis sory note purporting to be the promissory note of the governor and company of the Bank of England, value 10 l. (the said notes at the time of committing the felony asoresaid being the property of the said Olivia Harrington , and the said several sums of 20 l. 20 l. 15 l. and 10 l. payable and secured by the said promissory notes, being due and unsatisfied to the said Olivia Harrington the proprietor thereof) against the statute , &c. March 15th .

OLIVIA HARRINGTON sworn.

I keep Haddock's bagnio at Charing-cross : I was under the doctor's hands for a cancer in my breast; I was advised to use the hot bath three times a-week; I have a bath in my own house: on the 14th of March I went into the bath about twelve at night; I then went up to bed; one of my maids was dressing my breast with a plaister of hemlock; Donnovan, who was my waiter, came up and said, there was cordial wanting for the King's Head; I put my hand in my pocket and gave him my keys; in about ten minutes he brought them up to me again; I put them into my pocket; I had on the Wednesday before seven guineas loose in a little inside pocket; I opened the iron chest and put it in a mahogany box in the chest, and put in the bank notes wrapped up in one of Breslau's exhibition bills; Donnovan and Molly were then in the room; I locked the box and put it in the iron chest, and locked the chest very carefully; the mahogany box was locked; the things mentioned in the indictment (repeating them) were in the chest; he came up for the keys on the Friday following; I did not miss the things till Tuesday the 18th of March at night at about eight o'clock; I was going to give a 20 l. note to Mr. Justamond who attended me, and found the iron chest open; I am sure I locked it on Wednesday, for I tried it twice, and the keys were never out of my possession from the time I delivered them to the prisoner; the key of the iron chest was on the bunch with the key of the cordials; the cordials and iron chest are both in the parlour where I generally sit; when I missed the things I could not speak for some time; as soon as I lifted up the lid of the chest, I found that my watches and money and rings were gone.

Cross Examination.

Where did you live? - At Charing-cross; I keep Haddock's bagnio.

That is a house of great resort? - It is.

What room was this iron chest in? - The parlour.

All your servants go into that room? - Yes.

How many are there in your family? - Twelve or fourteen.

There is a great number of keys upon that bunch? - Yes.

All the keys of your house? - No.

You often part with this bunch of keys when things are wanted? - I generally serve them myself.

I believe you suspected a variety of servants besides Donnovan? - No, none but him; there was a pocket-book found upon Kerwin which was in the chest at the same time; it has a silver clasp to it.

Did not you suspect a maid-servant that was gone away and send after her? - I did not suspect her stealing any thing, but thought that she might know something about it.

RICHARD MARDELL sworn.

I was at the taking of both the prisoners; I found this pocket-book (producing it) on Kerwin; there are several papers in it and lottery tickets.

Mrs. HARRINGTON. That pocket-book was in my chest when I put the money and things in it; it is my property; I have had it in my possession seventeen years, and this is the paper my notes were wrapped up in; he said, he had the pocket-book of Donnovan.

I believe there were some lottery tickets? - I believe there was one, I cannot swear to it.

Cross Examination.

You are as sure to the pocket-book as you you are to the papers? - More so.

You swear positively to the papers? - Yes; It was wrapped up in Breslau's paper.

When this man was first taken up and the pocket-book produced, did you swear to it? - Yes; before Sir John Fielding .

Did you upon your oath? - I said, upon my oath it is my pocket-book.

The first day you was before Sir John Fielding you said, you believed it was, but you would not swear to it? - No, I did not; I said, it was my pocket-book, I would swear to it positively.

Are there any particular marks upon it? - Yes; but I have had it in my possession seventeen years; I can swear to a thing of that sort; I know it by being tore at the top; but having it so long in my possession, I need no marks to swear to it.

Did you swear it was in the chest the first time you was before Sir John Fielding ? - No; for my losses were so great I did not at first recollect all.

Did you at any time before Sir John swear it was in the chest? - Upon my oath, I did; Kerwin said Donnovan gave it him six months and then three months before this; I did not know Kerwin before.

MARY JOLLIFFE sworn.

On the 14th of March I was putting my mistress to bed, Donnovan came into the room and said, he wanted a cordial for some company; she threw the keys at him and he picked them up; I was making a poultice for her breast.

She was in great pain, I suppose? - She was very ill.

She was perfectly sober? - Very; he was not gone but a very little while when he returned with the keys again.

How soon after that did you hear of any discovery of the robbery? - I heard it the evening she missed it.

How long was that from the 14th? - The day after St. Patrick's day, which was the 18th.

Do you know of any person being taken up for it? - No.

You did not know of the prisoner Donnovan being taken up for it? - He was detained that evening.

Was any pocket-book found upon him? - Not to my knowledge.

Nor Kerwin? - I was not at the taking of him.

Do you know your mistress's pocket-book? - Yes, by seeing it a great many times; I have seen it in her possession eleven years.

Cross Examination.

How often is cordial wanted? - Every day.

You had the key of the closet often? - I never had my mistress's bunch of keys except when she was present.

Did not you say, you suspected Captain Evans about this matter? - No; I did not suspect him; I know nothing about it.

Who was in the parlour that night? - I believe there was a man of the name of Evans in the parlour with my mistress.

JONATHAN REDGRAVE sworn.

I am a constable: I took Kerwin, Mardell found the pocket-book that is produced upon him and gave it to me; Kerwin said he had it of the other prisoner a month before; after that he altered his time.

THOMAS DILLY sworn.

I have known Donnovan between three and four years.

Do you recollect any particular matters that passed between you and him on the 13th or 14th of March? - Yes; I made a pair of shoes for his wife; there were two shillings coming to me; he said he had no money, I must go and pawn them and bring him a duplicate; I went and pawned them in St. Martin's lane for half a crown and gave him 6 d. and the duplicate.

How soon after the 14th did you see him? - I saw him every day.

Do you recollect any thing that passed on the 15th or 16th of March? - On the Saturday he came into the room where I work and brought a boy with him; he sent him to pawn his cloaths for some money to pay some bills he owed his mistress; when the robbery was discovered I was desired to take care of him; I sat up with him all that night; in the morning he wanted to go to the barber's; I went with him; when he went in he slipped up stairs; I went to follow him and met him coming down; I don't know which room he went into.

JAMES GAHAM sworn.

I am servant to Mrs. Harrington; I have known the prisoner between two and three years.

Did the prisoner ever make application to you for money? - No; but he told me some of his cloaths were in pawn; that he had no money to release them, and was in distress for money.

Do you recollect any things being taken out of pawn, or a cloak or any things being bought on the 19th of March? - I heard say things were taken out of pawn, but I don't know it.

DILLY. I saw Kerwin go out of the house on Saturday.

Counsel for Prisoner. Who told you to say that now? - I know it myself.

ELIZABETH DOBBINS sworn.

I live with Mrs. Harrington: Mr. Kerwin was at our house on Saturday morning; I know Kerwin was at our house on the Saturday morning, and drank with Donnovan.

DONNOVAN's DEFENCE.

I never had the keys from her but when she was present herself; as to the pocket-book I can prove it is mine; I brought it from Ireland.

KERWIN's DEFENCE.

I know nothing of the paper; I might get such a paper as well as another person; as to the pocket-book I had it of Donnovan seven or eight months ago.

To the Prosecutor. Did you never trust the bunch of keys out of your possession but that once? - No.

FOR DONNOVAN.

HENRY DEERING sworn.

I have known Donnovan two years or two years and a half.

Do you know that pocket book? - I cannot be sure to it; I saw one like it in the possession of Donnovan when I was at work in the house last Whitsuntide; I saw it repeatedly; it was broke at the top; I am an upholsterer.

To the Prosecutor. Were there any instruments in your pocket-book? - The tweezers that are in it now.

To DEERING. How came you to take notice of it? - I had it in my hand.

COURT. Open it? - I don't know how to open it; I never opened it; I had it several times in my hand; I saw it torn in this manner, and saw it dirty round here (pointing to the lock); I don't swear peremptorily to it.

Cross Examination.

How long have you known Donnovan? - Two years last October.

Did not you know him in Ireland? - Not to speak to him.

Did you ever hear why he was obliged to quit the kingdom of Ireland? - Some dispute, but not to injure him.

To the Prosecutor. Have you got any of your jewels again? - No.

MICHAEL OBRYAN sworn.

I know Donnovan; I have seen him with a red pocket-book about ten months ago; it had a plain lock to it.

COURT. How came you to see the pocketbook? - He had a letter in it; he took the letter out to read to me, while he was reading it I took the pocket-book up.

Was it open? - No; I know it by a bit of the clasp being loose on the side.

WILLIAM MOULTON sworn.

I have known Donnovan nine years.

Did you ever see him with a red pocketbook? - Yes, frequently.

How long past? - About three years; I believe this to be the book; if there was a possibility of swearing to it I would; I believe it to be the same; it was such a pocket-book as this.

Cross Examination.

Are not you under a prosecution? - I insured some tickets at a lottery office and they charged me with having been beforehand at Guildhall and knowing they were drawn; and I was taken before Sir John Fielding ; I bailed it to try the action and gave the attorney Mr. Hill two guineas, who did nothing for it; I had not money to carry it on.

DONNOVAN GUILTY . Death .

KERWIN NOT GUILTY .

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

266, 267. JOHN BANGEY and RICHARD BANGEY were indicted for burglariously breaking and entering the dwelling house of Catherine Dagley , widow , on the 10th of March , about the hour of ten in the night, with intent the goods of the said Catherine to steal .

There was an error in the indictment.

BOTH NOT GUILTY .

268, 269, 270. DAVID SHEFFIELD , WILLIAM SHEFFIELD and THOMAS BALDWIN were indicted for burglariously breaking and entering the dwelling house of Thomas George Mohringk on the 18th of March , about the hour of one in the night, and stealing a silver table-spoon, value 10 s. three silver tea-spoons, value 4 s. a silver punch ladle, value 8 s. six china tea-cups and saucers, value 10 s. two linen shirts, value 12 s. two pair of silk stockings, value 5 s. a pair of thread stockings, value 2 s. a boy's hat, value 1 s. a cloth cloak, value 10 s. a leather pocket book, value 1 s. and an iron bar, value 6 d. the property of the said Thomas George Mohringk ; and three iron chissels, value 3 s. the property of John Heakens , in the dwelling house of the said Thomas .

THOMAS GEORGE MOHRINGK sworn.

I have a country house in Phillips's lane, Tottenham ; I live there, am an agent to two officers in the navy : on Wednesday the 19th of March, about six or seven o'clock in the morning, when I came down stairs I found my house had been broke open; I saw that it was fast over night; a bar had been wrenched out of the kitchen window; the kitchen is on the ground floor; the casement had been opened by taking a pane of glass out; I likewise found the door at the bottom of the stairs had been broke open, by which they made an entrance into the house; the door hung by one screw; I observed the bureau in the parlour had been also opened by some small instrument, the top-part of the wood was cut, and the flap pulled up; I missed nothing out of my bureau, but my child's pocket-book; but the contents of the drawers were turned upon the table; I have got a list which I believe the prisoners acknowledge a part of; I made the list out from the account my wife and servants gave me.

Are they here? - No.

What do you recollect was missing without referring to that paper? - The punch-ladle was missing; I made use of it the very night before.

JOHN HEAKENS sworn.

I am a carpenter ; I live in the town of Edmonton: I was at Mr. Mohringk's at work; I left my tools there over night, and the next morning when I came to work my tools were missing, and the house was robbed.

What time was you at work there? - On the 18th of March, in the evening between six and seven o'clock; there were two broad chissels, two inches in space, and a three quarter chissel.

Have you seen them since? - I have.

You don't know who took them? - No.

CHRISTOPHER WRIGHT sworn.

I am a servant at Tottenham: I saw the three prisoners at Mr. George Marshall's, the sign of the Ship at Tottenham, about six o'clock, on a Saturday; I don't know the day of the month, it was last Saturday was a week.

The day before Easter day? - I believe it was; they went out of that house, down Green-lane, and I saw them drive a mare, my master's property, off the common.

Do you know any thing of Mr. Mohringk's house being broke open? - No; they drove the mare into a field of pasture; I pulled William Sheffield off the mare and a chissel fell out of his pocket.

[The chissel was produced in Court, and deposed to by Heakens.]

ROBERT MARKHAM sworn.

William Sheffield , David Sheffield , Thomas Baldwin , and I were going into the country to do a little work; we came to a brick house and took these things; we got in at a little back place like a pantry by pulling a bar out of the window.

Where is the house? - I cannot say the town or place; I never was in the country before.

Which way did you go out of town to it? - When we first went out of town we went towards Tottenham.

Was it at Tottenham? - I cannot say where it was; it was about five miles I believe from London.

Do you know whose house it was? - No; we went Tottenham way to it, but whether it was Tottenham I cannot say.

Was it in a lane, or where? - It was in the road or lane or what you may call it; we went backwards over the fields to it.

You say you got in at the pantry; was it a pantry or a kitchen? - A pantry I believe; a carpenter had been at work; we took out a bar that went right up and down in the inside of the casement of the window; I was at the necessary at the time they broke a pane of glass and opened the casement; Thomas Baldwin got in first, William Sheffield afterwards; and then they opened the door, and David Sheffield and I went round the house and got in; we opened a door that was on the latch, and then we broke open another door and took half a dozen of cups and saucers and a red cloak, and as we came back we took the chissels; that is all that I remember.

What became of the cups and saucers? - Two or three days after William Sheffield brought them to my wife and said, he would carry them to his father's; some how they got broke, and then he told my wife he would make her a present of them, for she could join them.

Was not there some plate taken away? - I believe there was, I cannot say; I never took any particular account of any thing.

How many chissels were there? - Three chissels.

What did you do with the chissels? - We took them away.

What became of them afterwards? - We went from there to another house with the chissels, and afterwards put them in a hedge; the night we went last we took them out of the hedge, and William Sheffield had two of them about him; that was the time we went and got the horses.

Do you know any thing of the punch ladle? - Yes; I remember the punch ladle; we took it from that place; it was broke up and sold to a man and woman near Stoney-lane in Petticoat-lane.

Do you remember any linen or any other wearing apparel? - No.

Any silver spoons? - No; I know there was some more silver, but justly to say what kind of silver I cannot tell? - I have forgot it.

From the Prisoners. Which of us took the punch ladle? - William Sheffield .

Who took the cloak? - I had a blue apron on, which took it I cannot say, but they put it into my apron with the rest of the things till we came out.

Who sold the things? - We all sold them together.

Prisoners. Which broke open the door that was on the latch? - David Sheffield and William Sheffield .

Prisoners. How could they break the door open that was only on the latch?

What did Baldwin do? - Went in with us.

Who took the property out of the house? - I took it out in my apron.

Who was the property found upon that is produced? - I produced the half dozen of cups and saucers.

Who were the chissels found upon? - William Sheffield .

Do you know the chissels? - I know one of them.

WILLIAM SHEFFIELD to WRIGHT. How many chissels dropped out of my pocket? - One.

COURT. Did you search him? - No.

Was he searched before the justice? - Yes; I was present, but there were so many people that I could not get near.

WILLIAM SHEFFIELD . I desire the evidence may be asked if he can swear to the chissel that dropped out of my pocket? - Yes; by a white vein it has runs along the handle (points it out) I was by at the time he was taken.

DAVID SHEFFIELD . I would be glad to know of the evidence whether it was dark or light when the things were taken away? - It was about one o'clock, or a few minutes after.

COURT to WRIGHT. Which was the chissel th at dropped from him when you pulled him off the mare? - This with the white raye round the handle, not that with the mark in the handle.

How came the other chissel here? - I cannot say.

HEAKENS. I brought the chissels; the other was found in the lane where he was taken; they were delivered to me by Mr. George Read .

GEORGE READ sworn.

I am a parish officer at Tottenham: there was an alarm when the prisoners were taken; I went down the lane to join some other men; they had taken William Sheffield and Baldwin; David Sheffield ran by me; he was taken an hour afterwards; my servant, John Hill, afterwards went down the lane and found this chissel and delivered it to me; I brought the chissels to town to-day and delivered them to Heakens to bring into court, just before the trial began.

JOHN HILL sworn.

This is the chissel I found in the road where the scuffle was; I found it the next morning.

From the Prisoner. Was you present at the scuffle? - I was not, but I was shewn where the place was, and I found the chissel there.

Who shewed you the place where the scuffle was? - John Hancock .

JOHN HANCOCK jun. sworn.

I was present at the taking of the prisoners.

Do you know the spot where the scuffle was? - I was there the next morning.

Was not you there over night? - No; I was there next morning; John Hill told me where it was.

To JOHN HILL . Did not you tell me that Hancock told you where it was? - Yes; another John Hancock ; he is here.

JOHN HANCOCK sworn.

Was you by when the prisoners were taken? - Yes; I took one, Christopher Wright took another; Wright gave me a chissel directly almost as he got him.

Did you see any thing of any other chissel? - Mr. Read's man came the next morning and told me he had picked up a chissel; I went with him to the place where he found it, and saw it was the place where the scuffle had happened.

DAVID SHEFFIELD 's DEFENCE.

I was not there.

WILLIAM SHEFFIELD 's DEFENCE.

We were going up the lane; there was a man had two horses; he was drunk; he had tied them to a rail; he asked us, if we were going to town? I said, yes; he said the horses had broke into his ground and he had a mind to pound them; he asked us to drive them; he said he would give us 6 d. or a draught of beer; he helped me on the horse, and on these men coming up he ran away.

BALDWIN's DEFENCE.

When these men came up the man that hired us to ride the horses ran away.

ALL THREE GUILTY . Death .

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

271. MARY THOMAS was indicted for that she on the 5th of March did forge and counterfeit a certain promissory note for the payment of money, purporting to have been drawn by one Francis Tutte , whereby the said Francis Tutte , one month after date, did promise to pay Mrs. Thomas or her order fifty pounds value received , which said promissory note for payment of money so falsely made, forged, and counterfeited is as followeth, that is to say,

London, 1 March, 1777.

50

"One month after date I promise to pay

"Mrs. Thomas or her order 50 l. value received.

FRENCIS TUTTE."

With intention to defraud one Thomas Blades against the statute.

2d Count. For feloniously uttering and publishing as true the said note, with the like intention.

3d Count. The same as the first, only with intention to defraud Francis Tutte against the statute.

4th Count. Same as the second, only with intention to defraud Francis Tutte against the statute.

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

THOMAS BLADES sworn.

Do you know the prisoner? - Yes.

What are you? - An upholder and cabinet-maker ; I live in Margaret-street, St. James's.

Did you ever receive a note from her? - Yes, on Wednesday the 5th of March; the prisoner had owed me 100 l. and upwards for two years, for houshold furniture; she came to my house with a pretence to pay me part of this money.

Where had you delivered the furniture? - At Chelsea; she told me on the 5th of March that she had a note drawn upon Mr. Tutte, for 50 l. she said, if I could discount it she would pay me 10 l. of it; knowing that there were so many forgeries about I rather suspected the note; I told her I had not cash enough in the house to discount the note, I would go and ask my neighbour that lived just by; I meant to know what he thought of it; my neighbour, Mr. Atkinson, suspected it to be a forged note; when he saw it he came back to my house and asked Mrs. Thomas if she presented that note as a true note of Mr. Tutte's? she said she did; he asked her again; she said again that she did; he told her he rather suspected it, because the signature of the note was not like the hand of a gentleman.

Who is Mr. Tutte? - A clergyman .

Did you know him? - Yes; I should not have refused the note if I had known it to be his note.

Was any thing said about who he was, or what he was when the prisoner was present? - The prisoner knew that I knew Mr. Tutte very well.

Where did Mr. Tutte live? - At Kensington-gore; Mr. Atkinson proceeded to ask several other questions; whether she would chuse that he should enquire of Mr. Tutte concerning this note? he said he would discount the note for me, but he did not chuse to discount the note without he knew the person well that it was drawn upon; Mrs. Thomas said that Mr. Tutte was at Oxford; he asked her if he should write to him? she did not chuse that that should be done; he asked her how it came if Mr. Tutte was at Oxford that the signature should be one hand and the body of the note another? her answer was, that the note was written by a person in town and sent in a letter to him to Oxford, for him to sign, and then returned back to her; Mr. Atkinson said, he would decline having any thing to do with the note; he went out of my parlour, I followed him to the door: said he, I will go to one Barnarda, I think the name is, that keeps a confectioner's shop in the Haymarket; for there Mrs. Thomas said she had paid a note of Mr. Tutte's a little before, and that Barnarda would give satisfaction that this was a real note; Mr. Atkinson said, if I would keep her in suspense a little time he would go and enquire; he came back and said Mr. Barnarda told him he had received such a note; he said, if you go to Mr. Strong who is attorney for Mr. Tutte, he will know the signature as he does business for him; when Mr. Atkinson told me that, I asked Mrs. Thomas for the note again, and told her I would try elsewhere to get cash for it; we took it to Mr. Strong; he said it was not Mr. Tutte's hand-writing, and advised me to take Mrs. Thomas before Sir John Fielding , which I did.

(Mr. Atkinson produces the note.)

Is that the note that the conversation was about between the last witness and the prisoner and you? - I believe it is.

Why do you say you believe? - When I left Mr. Blades's house I delivered the note to Mrs. Thomas; after receiving the note myself I went to ask a person who Mrs. Thomas said knew his hand-writing.

Who did you receive the note last from? - This is the note I then received from Mr. Blades.

To Mr. BLADES. Is the note that you delivered Mr. Atkinson the note that Mary Thomas offered to you? - This is the note; the justice desired I would put my name upon it that I might know it again, by which I know it to be the same.

(The note is read.)

Cross Examination of THOMAS BLADES .

Mrs. Thomas is a foreigner I believe? - I believe she is.

She speaks but indifferent English? - I could always understand her; I cannot say she speaks so well as a native.

When this note was presented to you she remained with you all the time while Mr. Atkinson went to make the enquiries about it? - Yes.

She did not attempt to go away? - No.

Whose note did you take that to be? - I rather suspected it, but it was tendered to me as the note of Mr. Tutte.

What is his Christian name? - Francis Tutte of Kensington-gore.

Mr. Francis Tutte lives at Kensington-gore? - He does.

You don't know any such man as Mr. Francis Tutte ? - No.

I believe there had been some connection between Mrs. Thomas and Mr. Tutte; they are relations I believe? - I don't know any thing of that.

You did not advance any money at all upon this note? - Not a farthing.

And she told you where you might go to enquire about it? - Yes.

And she might have gone off while you was making the enquiry? - Yes, if she pleased; she staid with my wife.

How long might she stay with your wife while Mr. Atkinson and you went to make this enquiry? - Above two hours; it might be three hours; she told us where to enquire about the former note of Mr. Tutte's, which was a real note of Mr. Tutte's.

RICHARD ATKINSON sworn.

Upon the afternoon of the 25th of March Mr. Blades brought me a note; he told me he was to receive some money out of it in part of the payment of an old debt contracted by Mrs. Thomas; I went to Mr. Blades's house; I asked her, do you present this as a true note of Mr. Tutte's? she said, she did; I asked her again, do you present this as a true note of Mr. Tutte's? I observed that the name Francis was not rightly spelt; I said it does not appear to be the hand of a gentleman; she said, gentlemen you know frequently write very bad; it is done in haste; I said, Madam, you will pardon me, there is a deal of care taken in writing of it; but it is done by a very bad writer; it appears to me to be the hand of a lady; no, said she; I said, Ma'am, will you give me leave to ask, how had you it from Mr. Tutte, from his own hands? she said, no, not from his own hands; how then? she said Mr. Tutte sent it me; said I, if you will be kind enough to leave this note with Mr. Blades, he shall walk over to Mr. Tutte's this evening; if he acknowledges it to be a true note of his, you shall upon my honor have cast for it to-morrow morning; Sir, said she, that will by no means do, for Mr. Tutte is now at Oxford; at Oxford, Madam? yes, says she; how had you the note then from Mr. Tutte? said she, I received it by a letter; I said, the note seems to be of one hand writing, the signature of another; how do you account for that? said she, I sent the note down to Mr. Tutte, and he returned it by the next post to me signed; I still objected to it; she said, it was a matter of indifference to her, if Mr. Blades or I did not chuse to give cash for the note, there was a Mr. Barnarda, who kept an 'Italian warehouse in the Haymarket, who was perfectly acquainted with Mr. Tutte and his hand-writing; that the last week he had given her cash for a note of Mr. Tutte's; hearing this, though it was a very suspicious thing, yet I thought if my friend Mr. Blades had an opportunity of getting 10 l. of the money that he did not expect to get a halfpenny of, it would be an advantage; I was in hopes it might be a true note; I wished her a good evening and walked through the parlour into the shop; Mr. Blades followed me; I told him I should be exceeding glad if he could get 10 l. and that I would step across the way to Mr. Barnarda to know the truth of it; I went to Mr. Barnarda and told him the story; he said he was neither acquainted with Mr. Tutte or his hand-writing; he had seen his hand-writing once, and from seeing it that once he had an opportunity of knowing a person who could acquaint me of every circumstance; he referred me to Mr. Strong; happening to have some knowledge of Mr. Strong, Mr. Blades and I went to Mr. Strong.

Cross Examination.

You told all these suspicions to Mrs. Thomas that you believed it to be a forgery? - Indirectly, I did tell her so.

Enough for her to understand you? - Sufficiently so.

She directed you to a Mr. Barnarda who had discounted a note of Mr. Tutte's? - No; and if you please I will give you my reasons for saying that.

Counsel. No, I don't want your reason.

Do you know he did not? - I know he did not.

This woman staid there the whole time while you went to enquire about it? - Yes.

She told you she had received this note from the hands of Mr. Tutte by the post? - Yes.

Mr. CHARLES SMART sworn.

Do you know any thing of that note? - I don't.

Do you know Mr. Francis Tutte of Kensington-gore? - I do.

Are you acquainted with his hand-writing? - Yes; I have seen him write several times.

Look at the name subscribed to that note, and tell me if you can say, whether it is his writing or not? - I don't believe it is.

What are your reasons for not believing it is? - It is very different from his usual way of writing.

In his usual way of writing, how does he spell his Christian name? - Francis.

This is spelt Frencis? - It is.

Independent of that circumstance of the spelling being not like his manner of spelling, is the character like his? - Not at all.

Then upon the whole do you or not take it to be his hand-writing? - I don't believe it is.

Cross Examination.

I believe you know that Mr. Tutte has sometimes given notes to this lady? - I have heard so, I think I have heard him acknowledge it.

He sent them sometimes by the post? - That I cannot take upon me to say.

COURT. Have these declarations of his been since this affair or before? - Since this affair happened.

Mr. Tutte is a student of Christ Church, Oxford, I believe? - Yes.

And I believe he chiefly resides there? - No; he now resides at Kensington-gore; he has been appointed committee of a lunatic.

But still is a student of Christ Church? - Yes.

There have been some connections in the family between Mr. Tutte and Mrs. Thomas? - That is not within my own knowledge; I have heard so.

COURT. You don't know any other Francis Tutte , do you? - No.

COURT. I see there is a Francis Tutte upon the back of the bill, he cannot be examined.

PRISONER's DEFENCE.

It is not a forged note; I received it back from him; I leave every thing to my counsel; I have some witnesses who were to have been here this morning.

JURY. I observed Mr. Atkinson asked if that was Mr. Tutte's note, but did not ask whether that was Mr. Tutte's of Kensington-gore.

COURT. Mr. Blades says they asked the question; they both say she knew that they knew that she was acquainted with Mr. Tutte.

GUILTY upon the 2d Count for uttering and publishing the note knowing it to be forged . Death .

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

Recommended to his Majesty's mercy by the prosecutor and his witnesses, and the jury.

272. ANN FRANKS was indicted for stealing a silk hat, value 18 d. and 18 d. in money numbered , the property of Mary Daulton , widow , March 7th .

NOT GUILTY .

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

273. JAMES GULLICK was indicted for that he in the king's highway in and upon Ann the wife of Timothy Dowling did make an assault, putting her in corporal fear and danger of her life, and stealing from her person a gold ring, value 8 s. the property of the said Timothy, February 21st .

NOT GUILTY .

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

274, 275. JOHN WYNER and WILLIAM ASBERRY were indicted for stealing two stuff gowns, value 10 s. a cotton gown, value 3 s. a pair of linen sheets, value 6 s. one cotton bed gown, value 3 s. two linen aprons, value 2 s. a pair of black worsted stockings, value 1 s. a black laced silk handkerchief, value 2 s. and three yards of silk lace, value 18 d. the property of John Clarkson ; a worsted muslin apron, value 4 s. and a plain muslin apron, value 18 d. the property of Ann Swift , spinster , April 6th .

ELIZABETH CLARKSON sworn.

I am sister to Ann Swift who lives in the same house with me, in King's-street, Drury-lane ; we are both lodgers: I lost the things mentioned in the indictment (repeating them) those laid to be the property of John Clarkson are mine; the other are my sister's; I had them the Saturday before Easter; I missed them the Wednesday following; I suspected Asberry and charged the constable with him; he confessed taking the things.

Did you promise him any mercy to induce him to confess? - No; he said he took them on Easter Sunday about 8 o'clock at night; the things were found by the constable at the pawnbroker's.

ANN SWIFT sworn.

I live with my sister; I know no more than that they were missing.

JAMES EVERITT sworn.

I have here some things which Mrs. Clarkson says are part of her property; they were pawned with me by a woman who is not taken; she called herself Sarah Williams .

EDWARD LLOYD sworn.

On the 31st of March I took two gowns in pawn of Thomas Green.

[They were produced in Court, and deposed to by Mrs. Clarkson.]

JAMES HARRIS sworn.

I have here an apron which was pawned with me on Easter Monday by Mary Harper .

[It was produced in Court, and deposed to by Ann Swift .]

THOMAS GREEN sworn.

I received two gowns of the prisoner Wyner which he desired me to pawn for a person who he said was in distress; I pawned them on Easter Monday and gave him the money; and he gave it to the other prisoner; whether he delivered the duplicate to him I don't know.

MARY HARPER sworn.

I pawned an apron with William Harris , which I received from Asberry; he said he found it.

THOMAS LLOYD sworn.

I took the prisoners; I found the pawnbroker's duplicates of the things upon Wyner (producing them).

WYNER's DEFENCE.

On Easter Monday I was drinking with Asberry, and he asked me to pawn the things for a person whom he said was in distress.

ASBERRY's DEFENCE.

I took the things through necessity; my father was out of the way on suspicion of coining; and I took these things to supply me with necessaries.

WYNER NOT GUILTY .

ASBERRY GUILTY .

Tried by the First Middlesex Jury before Mr. RECORDER.

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

276. PROTHESSIA the wife of William GRAY was indicted for stealing 2 s. in money numbered , the property of Charles Jefferys , March 28th .

CHARLES JEFFERYS sworn.

I live in Lumber-court, Seven-dials : I lost 2 s. I saw the prisoner take it out of a drawer in the bed room; she was at work for me; I suspected her; I made a hole through the boards into another room, where I watched her, and saw her take the 2 s. and wrap it up in a piece of rag and put it in her breast; there was three guineas worth of silver in the drawer; I stopped her immediately, and the constable found it in a rag in her breast; I told him where it was.

Thomas Stedman the constable confirmed the prosecutor, as to the finding of the money.

PRISONER's DEFENCE.

I am not guilty, my lord.

GUILTY . B .

Tried by the First Middlesex Jury before Mr. RECORDER.

277. JAMES FIELD was indicted for burglariously breaking and entering the dwelling-house of Thomas M'Gee on the 18th of January , about the hour of seven in the night, and stealing a thousand steel needles, called Whitechapel needles, value 12 s. the property of the said Thomas M'Gee in his dwelling house .

2d Count. Laying them to be the goods of Thomas Hebbard , John Furner and Thomas Horton .

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

DAVID ANDREE sworn.

I live with Mr. M'Gee; who is a merchant in Lothbury : on Saturday evening the 18th of January, between seven and eight o'clock, I went from the counting-house to a Mr. Hamilton's, a few doors distance, and left a candle burning; I was not gone a quarter of an hour, I believe Mr. M'Gee was at Mr. Hamilton's; I returned rather before him; when I put in the key to open the house-door I heard somebody in the compting-house; I double-locked the door when I went out and left no one in the house; it was upon the single lock when I returned; I put the key in, and instead of turning it twice as I should have done, I only turned it once and the door opened; I heard somebody coming down stairs.

Was the candle where you left it? - No, it was not; I endeavoured to shut the door, but he got behind the door and prevented my shutting it; when he found he could not get it open, he called out, Fire, shoot him and be d - d, or something to that effect; I endeavoured still to shut the door, but could not; then I went on one side the door in order to let them run out, and thought I would endeavour to catch one of them as I thought there were two in the house on coming out he fell down on the curb-stone; I went to lay hold of him by the shoulder but missed him; he recovered himself and made for the end of Prince's-street, Lothbury; I followed him, and cried out, Stop thief, and he called the same; he was before me; there were but few people, and nobody attempted to stop him, upon which I called out, Stop that thief in the white coat; some people came out, and as he was crossing the end of the new buildings between the end of Cornhill and Threadneedle-street, he fell down on his left knee or left side, and by that means I got hold of him; we were in a minute surrounded by a multitude; we took him to the Compter; a man came up and seemed to know him; he talked familiarly with him, on which I thought he had an accomplice, and asked the man who he was; he said, he belonged to Sir John Fielding ; his name was Jealous; we took the prisoner to the Counter and the constable searched him, and found the needles and a parcel of picklock keys upon him: the needles were on the head of a puncheon in Mr. McGee's warehouse; they were sent by Hebbard and company to be packed up with other things to go abroad; one of the keys found upon him opens the street door with great ease: after the constable had searched him, he and I went home to the counting-house; I found a desk broke open, and there was missed out of it the gold case of a watch, some money and other things; the needles only were found upon him: there were things stole to the value of 30 l.

Do you know the needles, or judge them to be the needles by their being missed? - I know them by the manner in which they are packed up and the writing on the outside of them; there was wrote A thousand Whitechapel needles; the man that wrote it is in court.

Do you know any thing of Field? - I never saw him before.

What time of the day was this? - Between seven and eight in the morning on the 18th of January last.

Then it was dark I suppose? - Yes, it was.

Cross Examination.

You say the man ran down Prince's-street? - Yes.

Prince's-street is not straight I believe? - No; there is almost three ways in it.

Was this man in sight all the time - Yes; he was never out of sight; I was not so far from him but I could see him; he had a whitish coat on.

DAVID CHAPMAN sworn.

Mr. Andrew sent for me on the 18th of January about eight at night, and informed me, that Mr. McGee's house had been broke open: he gave me charge of the prisoner, who was then in the lodge of the Counter; I searched him; the first thing I found upon him were this thousand needles underneath his left arm; and between his waistcoat and shirt these picklock keys (producing them); this key (pointing out one of them) locks and unlocks the door of Mr. McGee's house as free as his own key, and likewise several other doors in the neighbourhood, where it has been tried; I gave charge of him in the Counter and went back to Mr. McGee's house, and in the warehouse I found this hat (producing it); upon enquiry I found it did not belong to any one in the house, and knowing the prisoner was taken without a hat, I went to the Counter with it; I asked him if it was his hat; after some hesitation he acknowledged it was, and put it on his head; I asked him if he was sure it was his hat, he said it was; then I said, I should keep it till the time of his trial; I went to the compting-house and found the lock broke and a screw-driver broke; part of it was in the desk and part on the floor.

THOMAS MURRELL sworn.

These needles were sold by Mrs. Sharp in Fleet-street, to Mr. Furrier; I can swear to both the writing on the paper and the marking on the needles.

Who wrote the mark on the paper? - William Merit , he is a quaker; I know his hand-writing very well; I have been in the shop with him almost three years; the needles have a stamp on them.

Cross Examination.

You sell a great many of these needles in a year? - Yes.

They are all marked in this same manner? - Yes.

Every person that comes to you for a thousand of needles, you write a thousand needles upon them? - No, we don't, without they are going abroad.

PRISONER's DEFENCE.

I have witness that saw me pick up the needles and keys, as I was standing to see the lights at the mansion-house.

FOR THE PRISONER.

ANTHONY COLE sworn.

I am a weaver: I have known Field these ten years; he is a weaver by trade; I have always known him to be a just honest man; I never knew any otherwise of him; about ten years ago he worked with my father; he was very trusty; I have known him ever since he has worked for the warehouse; I worked for it ever since; he is a very honest man.

ABRAHAM KNOWLET sworn.

I am a weaver: I have known Field near two years and a half; I always took him to be an honest industrious young fellow; I never knew any harm of him.

TOBIAS WILDBOAR sworn.

I am a dyer; I knew the prisoner about five years ago; I kept a public house over the water; he came now and then to my house; on the 18th of January I was standing at the corner of Prince's-street to see the illumination at the mansion-house; I heard a cry of stop thief; there was a relation of my wife's, a Mrs. Bowyer, standing with me.

What time of night was it? - I am not very certain, it was about six; I rather think it might be later; I am not certain to the time; I saw several people running, and saw a man stoop down near the corner of Prince's-street, in the footway going over to the lottery office; hearing he was taken, I went to see him and knew him.

Did you see him pick up any thing? - I saw him stoop; I believe he took up something; I am not sure whether he did or no.

ELIZABETH BOWYER sworn.

Mr. Wildboar is a cousin of mine; I was standing opposite the mansion-house; I heard the cry of stop thief; I turned and saw a man in a light-coloured coat run along; he stooped and picked up something; I did not see what it was; Mr. Wildboar came to me afterwards, and said, there was an acquaintance of his in the Counter.

Are you sure you was near enough to see whether he took any thing up, or only stooped? - What he picked up seemed to be at a distance from him and looked like paper.

Did you see him before he stooped? - As I turned round I saw a man stoop down.

Did you go to the Counter to see him? - No.

To WILDBOAR. How soon after that was it that the man was taken? - I suppose it was not more than ten minutes that I heard of it; there was a mob; I went to see what it was,. and he was going towards the Counter.

Did you know him to be the man you saw stoop down? - I judge it to be the man I saw stoop down by his cloaths.

Did you go to the Counter? - Not till I was sent for by the mother of the prisoner about two days ago.

Was that the first application that was made to you on the part of the prisoner? - Yes.

Did you go with him to the Counter? - No.

Did you say any thing to him? - No.

How did his mother know you knew any thing of it? - I cannot say, that I did not enquire about; she came to me and said, a person told her I was there and saw him stoop.

Who was that person? - Upon my word I don't know.

Did you mention this to any person? - I mentioned it to several people, that I saw a man taken up that used the Ship and Baker over the water.

Did you think the man was falsely accused? - I did not know what to think; I should think, if he had done any thing he would not stay to stoop, but run away.

How came you not to go to the Counter, and say you saw him stoop and pick up something, if you thought him innocent? - I did not want to trouble myself about it.

What are you? - A dyer.

Where do you work now? - No where now; I worked journeyman with one Mr. White in Ratcliff-highway last week.

Had the man that stooped a hat or not? - That I don't know.

To ANDREE. Look at the prisoner; is this the man that was carried to the Counter upon whom the things were found? - It is.

Suppose you had not been able to take him at that time, and had not found the things upon him, should you know him to be the same man you had the struggle with in the house? - No; but he was never out of my sight till he was taken.

JURY. You are sure the prisoner is the man you pursued from the house? - I am.

GUILTY . Death .

Tried by the London Jury before Mr. Baron EYRE .

278. HENRY WATKINS was indicted for stealing a bushel of coals, value 1 s. the property of John Hurford , William Hurford , and John Marshall , March 9th .

WILLIAM HURFORD sworn.

I am in partnership with John Hurford and John Marshall : on the ninth of March between two and three o'clock, the prisoner came upon our lighters; as soon as I saw him I supposed him to be engaged in taking some coals.

Where was your craft? - Lying in the river Thames near Puddle-dock; I had seen him on the craft before; it was upon Sunday; he went from craft to craft to see if any body was watching him, and then returned to my craft and filled a sack with coals, which he went on shore with; I saw him all the way on shore with the sack; a constable and I pursued him; he threw down the sack and got off; I am sure he is the person I saw take the coals.

- JONES sworn.

I am a constable: I was called upon by Mr. Hurford; when I went to take the prisoner he threw done the coals and ran away; I am sure he is the man I saw with the coals on his back.

PRISONER's DEFENCE.

I was coming over the empty craft, I got a broom and swept up some coals; I did not think there was any harm.

Mr. HURFORD. The sack was filled out of a loaded craft; there had been some worked out, but there was a chaldron or chaldron and a half remaining.

GUILTY .

Tried by the London Jury before Mr. Baron EYRE .

[Whipping. See summary.]

279. GEORGE CLAYTON was indicted for burglariously breaking and entering the dwelling-house of John Winn on the 18th of March , about the hour of nine in the night, and stealing a mahogany tea-chest, value 5 s. and a block-tin tea-canister, value 1 s. the property of the said John in his dwelling-house .

LUCY HATRED sworn.

I had the care of Mr. Winn's house; I went out upon business and left Rachael Branning in the house; when I came home between eight and nine at night, I saw the shutters of the parlour window open, and a boy jump out of the window with a tea-chest under his arm; I had not a sufficient view of him to know his person again.

RACHAEL BRANNING sworn.

I was in the kitchen, this tea-chest was taken out of the parlour; I heard a noise in the parlour at the time Lucy Hatred came home; she gave the alarm; the boys jumped out before I could get into the parlour; the tea-chest I had seen but two minutes before in the house, I afterwards found at the necessary at the Bull; there are a great number of necessaries in a row there that belong to the houses.

ALEXANDER PECKHAM sworn.

Upon an alarm of a boy's being seen to jump out of Mr. Winn's window with a tea-chest, I assisted in the pursuit, the thief was traced to these necessary-houses; I found the prisoner down in the shore which communicates with that necessary house; I took him there; he had no shoes or stockings on, and in that necessary house this tea-chest was afterwards found.

PRISONER's DEFENCE.

I was not concerned in the affair.

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

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

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

[Imprisonment. See summary.]

280. JANE the wife of John HASELTON was indicted for stealing a curtain, value 1 s. two muslin aprons, value 2 s. and a flat iron, value 6 d. the property of Francis Buckingham ; a linen gown, value 2 s. a linen shift, value 1 s. and a linen apron, value 1 s. the property of Elizabeth Rencher , spinster , February 28th .

LUCY BUCKINGHAM sworn.

I keep a public house in Grafton-street, St. Ann's, Westminster : the prisoner was my servant ; I accused her of taking some things, and she confessed she had pawned them; upon which I turned her away; after she was gone I missed the things mentioned in the indictment; I had her taken up and she confessed she had pawned them, and directed me to the pawnbroker's; when we were before the justice the pawnbroker produced the things.

ROBERT ARTZ sworn.

I live with Mr Humphrys a pawnbroker: the prisoner pawned the things mentioned in the indictment with me at different times; she pledged them as her own.

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

PRISONER's DEFENCE.

I was greatly distressed; I have two poor children; I hope you will take it into consideration; I never did the like before.

GUILTY of stealing to the value of ten-pence .

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

[Whipping. See summary.]

281, 282. ROBERT CAMPBELL and SARAH CRABTREE were indicted, the first for burglariously breaking and entering the dwelling-house of James Bolton on the 6th of March , between the hours of eleven and three in the night, and stealing a silver watch, value 40 s. a steel watch chain, value 3 d. a silver seal, value 2 s. nine guineas and a half guinea, the property of Charles Tribe ; a silver watch, value 40 s. a steel watch chain, value 6 d. a silver seal, value 2 s. a cornelian seal set in base metal, value 1 s. eight guineas and two half crowns, the property of Thomas Oliver , in the said dwelling-house ; and the other for receiving parcel of the above goods well-knowing them to have been stolen , against the statute, &c.

CHARLES TRIBE sworn.

I live at Westborough Green, Sussex: on the 6th of March I lay at the Golden Cross, Charingcross, a public house kept by one Mr. Bolton; when I waked in the morning I missed my watch and 10 l. 9 s. to the best of my knowledge in money.

In what pieces? - Nine guineas and a half, and the rest in silver; my watch was in my breeches pocket under the bed; Thomas Oliver slept in the same room in another bed; the maid locked the door on the outside.

Was you sober when you went to bed? - I cannot say I was very sober; I am sure I had my watch and money; I changed a guinea just before; I know nothing against the prisoners; my watch was found afterwards.

THOMAS OLIVER ' sworn.

I slept in the same room; I lost eight guineas, two half crowns and my watch; I know nothing of the people that stole it.

JOHN ADAMS sworn.

These two men came to sleep at the Golden Cross, Charingcross, which is kept by Mr. James Bolton ; I lived servant with him; they were going next morning one by the Tunbridge and the other by another stage; I went to call them up; Oliver put his hand in his pocket to pay me for his bed and missed his money, and said, he was robbed; I asked, who was in the other bed? he said, a countryman that came with him; I went and waked him, and told him Oliver was robbed; he searched his pockets and said, he was robbed too; they went on their journey, and afterwards received a letter from Sir John Fielding's office that a Black was in custody, and two watches were found upon him; he acknowledged before justice Scott that he got in at the window and was concealed behind the curtain when the maid put the prosecutors to bed.

You did not find him in the room next morning? - I did not.

MICHAEL SYMONDS sworn.

I met by chance with the husband of Crabtree; he asked me if I bought watches; I said, yes; he said, go to my house, describing to me where it was, and you will see a couple of watches which are to be sold; I went there; Crabtree was at the door, and the other prisoner sat by the fire.

Where was the house? - In St. Giles's.

When was it you met the man? - The 7th of March in Long-acre; they took me into a little room and shewed me the watches.

Did he go with you? - No.

Who did you enquire for? - He told me where the house was; the woman was standing at the door; she took me in to the other prisoner, and they asked me if I would buy a couple of watches? I said, yes; the Black took one out of his pocket, and the woman one out of her pocket; I asked the price of them, and he said seven guineas; I told him he asked too much for the watch es, and I believed he did not come honestly by them; he said, that was no matter, I should have them worth my money; I should have them for two guineas; the woman said, if I had them for two guineas, I should give her a few shillings for her trouble; I told the prisoner I had no money about me, I would go and fetch the money; he said, very well; instead of going for the money I went to Litchfield-street and fetched an officer, who took the prisoners with the watches upon them.

As the woman pulled one of the watches out of her pocket, was not she to have a share of the two guineas? - I don't know; they know that best.

CHARLES GRUBB sworn.

Upon the 7th of March Symonds took me to a house in Dyot-street; Symonds went into a little back room, I followed him; as the Black was delivering the watches to Symonds, I catched hold of the watches, and I asked the Black, whose watches they were? he said, he bought them; I took him and the woman to the watchhouse; I searched him, and in the lining of his waistcoat-pocket I found two silver seals; he had no money at all about him; but the gaoler said afterwards that he saw him swallow 13 guineas.

[The watches and seals were produced in Court, and deposed to by the prosecutors.]

CAMPBELL's DEFENCE.

I am innocent of the charge; the watches were not in my care; Symonds the Jew had them.

CRABTREE's DEFENCE.

My child was ill of the small pox; Campbell gave the child the watch to play with; I happened to put it in my pocket; when the Jew came he asked me for it; I did not know how he came by it.

CAMPBELL NOT GUILTY of breaking and entering the dwelling-house, but GUILTY of stealing the goods .

CRABTREE NOT GUILTY .

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

[Imprisonment. See summary.]

283. JOB FILKIN was indicted for stealing a watch with one case made of silver, value 30 s. and a watch with an inside case made of base metal and an inside case of shagreen, value 30 s the property of William Harrap , in his dwelling-house , March 6th .

WILLIAM HARRAP sworn.

I belong to the victualling office , and I live in Virginia street : on the 6th of March I lost two watches that hung by my bedside; I left them there in the morning and missed them in the evening; I don't know how they were taken away.

MARY HARRAP sworn.

On the 6th of March, about 7 o'clock in the evening, I went up stairs into my bedroom with a candle; I saw a person on the opposite side of the bed; I was alarmed; I called for help, but no one came; I cannot speak to the person; he went to the front chamber next the street, and I believe went out of the window; I saw him go into the front room.

JAMES CLEUGH sworn.

I am a plumber and glazier: in the evening of the 6th of March, passing by Mr. Harrap's house, I saw a person jump out of the one pair of stairs window into the street and fell down; he was near a minute before he recovered again; I knocked at the door and was informed they had lost a watch; I pursued the man and called stop thief; I lost sight of him on the twinkling of an eye; I got sight of him again, he ran up a court that was no thoroughfare; I took him at the top of the court stooping down against the wall as if he was easing himself: I am certain the prisoner is the person that jumped out of the window.

WILLIAM WHITEWAY sworn.

Upon Thursday the 6th of March, about a quarter before seven o'clock, I saw the prisoner running and heard the cry, Stop thief; I pursued and never lost sight of him; he ran up a court that is no thoroughfare; I caught him stooping against the wall as if easing himself; he said he had a pain in his bowels; I seized him and offered to search him; he desired me to carry him to some house; I felt down his thighs but found nothing; at last I found the watches concealed under his hams, in the lining of his breeches; I was obliged to rip the lining to get them out; I asked him, how he came by them? he said he picked them up as he was coming along; he was taken before a magistrate and committed.

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

PRISONER's DEFENCE.

I was going of an errand for my father; I picked up the watches and put them into my pocket; there being a hole in my pocket they slipped through into the lining.

GUILTY. Death .

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

He was recommended by the jury to his majesty's mercy.

284. STEPHEN M'GUIRE was indicted for ripping, cutting, and stealing 40 lb. weight of lead, value 5 s. the property of the parishioners of the parish of St. Bridget, otherwise Brides , and affixed to a building of the said parishioners , March 28th .

ABRAHAM LUTON sworn.

About one o'clock in the morning I saw the prisoner coming up St. Brides-court with something which I suspected did not belong to him; I told my suspicions to a man who was with me; we watched him and saw him drop the lead; we pursued and took him; I searched him and found two knives upon him: he was never out of my sight; I saw him drop it; the other man took the lead to the watchhouse.

HUMPHRY WILMOT sworn.

I am warden of the parish: when I heard that the lead was in the constable's possession I went to the constable and desired he would go with me and compare the lead with the place it was taken from; it fitted the place; it was taken off a building that belongs to the church; it covered the vault that goes down into the church; it fitted exactly, and I am positive that lead was separated from what remained; it appeared to be cut with a knife, and the jaggs of the knife answered exactly.

[ John Williams the constable produced the lead, and Luton deposed it was the lead the prisoner dropped.]

PRISONER's DEFENCE.

I met with the lead in the street; I took it up and laid it down again; these men seeing me touch it took hold of me; I did not take it six inches off the ground.

LUTON. He had it on his shoulder; I saw him carry it six or seven yards before he dropped it.

GUILTY .

Tried by the London Jury before Mr. RECORDER.

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

285. WILLIAM CLARK was indicted for stealing a cotton handkerchief, value 10 d. the property of James Butcher , February 26th .

JAMES BUTCHER sworn.

On the 26th of February, between nine and ten o'clock in the evening, as I was crossing Gracechurch-street , between nine and ten o'clock in the evening, I lost my handkerchief; I had just used it; I was told by Mr. Ross that a person had taken it.

ROBERT ROSS sworn.

I saw the prisoner take the handkerchief out of the prosecutor's pocket; I pursued him up a yard; I never lost sight of him till he was taken; he had dropped the handkerchief when he was taken.

The prisoner did not say any thing in his defence.

GUILTY .

Tried by the London Jury before Mr. RECORDER.

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

286. HENRY CORKER was indicted for stealing seven perukes, two woollen cloth coats, value 10 s. and a woollen cloath waistcoath, value 2 s. the property of Jonas Crossingham .

NOT GUILTY .

Tried by the London Jury before Mr. RECORDER.

287. MARY JONES was indicted for stealing five pieces of muslin containing 27 yards, value 5 l. the property of Daniel Allenby , March 27th .

DANIEL ALLENBY sworn.

I am a linendraper : on the 27th of March, while I was at dinner the servant maid went down stairs to draw some beer; when she returned she told me, she had seen a woman in the shop put some muslin in her pocket; I went down and saw the prisoner in the shop; she told the shopman, who was shewing her some muslins, that she would call again for the article she wanted, and went out of the shop; I ordered him to pursue her; he stopped her; she dropped a white linen bag; it was brought into the shop and examined; it contained five pieces of lace; they have all of them my private mark upon them; they are in the hands of the constable.

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

ELIZABETH COLE sworn.

I am servant to Mr. Allenby: as I was coming through the shop out of the cellar I saw the prisoner take two pieces of muslin off the compter and put them in her pocket.

JONATHAN GILBERTON sworn.

I am journeyman to Mr. Allenby; the prisoner and another woman came into the shop to look at some muslin, when she left the shop I went after and stopped her; I saw the bag drop from under her coats as Mr. Allenby came up.

PRISONER's DEFENCE.

I went into the shop to buy a piece of linen; there were two or three women in the shop; he was very busy; I told him I would call again; when I went out the man came after me and said, he wanted to speak to me; there were two or three women in the court at the time I went back with him.

To COLE. How many women were in the shop at the time you saw the prisoner take the muslin? - Three; I am sure the prisoner took them.

GUILTY .

Tried by the London Jury before Mr. RECORDER.

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

288, 289. TERENCE DUFFEE and JAMES FOUNTAIN were indicted for stealing seven pieces of linen cloth containing 120 yards, value 12 l. the property of John Carrot , April 3d .

BOTH NOT GUILTY .

Tried by the London Jury before Mr. RECORDER.

290. MARY NEEVES was indicted for stealing a printed cotton gown, value 6 s. and two linen shifts, value 2 s. the property of Daniel M'Gill , March 19th .

NOT GUILTY .

Tried by the London Jury before Mr. RECORDER.

291. JOHN JONES was indicted for burglariously breaking and entering the dwelling-house of Robert Thompson on the 23d of February , about the hour of seven in the night, with intent the goods of the said Robert to steal .

NOT GUILTY .

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

292. JACOB JACOBS was indicted for burglariously breaking and entering the dwelling house of Silvanus Hanley on the 23d of February , about the hour of nine in the night, with intent the goods of the said Silvanus to steal .

NOT GUILTY .

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

293, 294. JOHN ODAN and THOMAS ANSTEE were indicted for stealing five metal watches, value 2 l. a cane, value 2 s. a cane string, value 2 d. and a linen handkerchief, value 6 d. the property of Gideon Bouvier , privily from his person , March 30th .

GIDEON BOUVIER sworn.

I am an engraver : I had five watch cases delivered to me to engrave on the outside; upon the 30th of March I came into the watchhouse in Berkley-street about 12 o'clock at night; I desired leave to warm myself, it being very cold; I fell asleep; I had then in my pocket these five watch cases; when I waked I missed them; my handkerchief too was gone, also a cane and a cane string; I saw nobody there but the constable and the two prisoners.

WILLIAM HERITAGE sworn.

The two prisoners came into the watch-house and desired leave to warm themselves that night; they sat down for some time; I gave them leave accordingly; afterwards the prosecutor came in and desired to warm himself; while there he fell asleep; he had a cane in his hand when he came in; I went on my duty, while he was asleep, to see the watchmen were all properly employed; I returned in a quarter of an hour; then I met the two prisoners going out of the watchhouse, but I observed then that the prosecutor, who had a cane in his hand when he came in, had no cane at that time; therefore I suspected they had been playing tricks with him; therefore I stopped these two men, that they should not go out till they could give some account of the cane; they had it not in their hands; Anstee acknowledged at last that he knew where the cane was; and he went and fetched the cane, and found it hid within an iron gate; then he got it back again; I asked the prosecutor if he had lost any thing else; he searched his pockets and said he had lost five watch cases and an handkerchief; by that time the watchman came in; Odan made an excuse to go to the necessary-house; I did not like that circumstance and ordered William Arslet the watchman to follow him; while they were thus employed Anstee took two of the watch cases out of his pocket; the other three and the handkerchief were found in the necessary, as Arslet informed me.

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

WILLIAM ARSLET sworn.

I am a watchman: I went by the constable's orders into the necessary to watch Odan; I saw him drop one of these watch cases down the necessary; upon searching further I found two others and the handkerchief.

ODAN's DEFENCE.

I know nothing of the matter; I did not take the things.

ANSTEE's DEFENCE.

I saw a man hide the cane behind the iron gate.

They called several witnesses, who gave them a good character.

BOTH GUILTY of stealing, but not privately from the person .

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

[Imprisonment. See summary.]

295. WILLIAM WRIGHT was indicted for stealing two six-pences and three copper halfpence, the property of William Weaver , Esq ; privately from his person , March 5th .

The material witness was absent.

NOT GUILTY .

Tried by the First Middlesex Jury before Mr. RECORDER.

296. ANN LYONS , widow , was indicted for stealing three pair of worsted stockings, value 15 s. the property of William Chamberlain , March 16th .

NOT GUILTY .

Tried by the First Middlesex Jury before Mr. RECORDER.

297. WILLIAM WALTON was indicted for stealing six iron streaks for wheels, value 2 s. 6 d. the property of Thomas Richardson , February 25th .

THOMAS RICHARDSON sworn.

I am a farmer and live in Gray's-inn-lane : I know nothing of the fact.

EDWARD FEEBY sworn.

I am a watchman: I saw the prisoner about eight or nine o'clock come out of Mr. Richardson's yard, where the carpenters work; he was loaded with iron; I sent a person after him, who brought him back with the iron.

AARON LEE sworn.

I saw the prisoner come out of the yard with the iron upon his back; I followed and never lost sight of him.

PRISONER's DEFENCE.

I found the iron.

GUILTY .

Tried by the First Middlesex Jury before Mr. RECORDER.

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

298. JOSEPH TYSO was indicted for stealing a gold ring, value 8 s. the property of Susanna Humphrys , widow , April 1st .

NOT GUILTY .

Tried by the First Middlesex Jury before Mr. RECORDER.

299. GEORGE CHAMBERS was indicted for stealing a silver watch; value 30 s. a steel watch chain, value 2 d. and a steel watch key, value 1 d. the property of Charles Godfrey , February 27th .

CHARLES GODFREY sworn.

I am a blacksmith and work in East Smithfield ; my watch hung behind the forge; I went out and left a fellow servant and the prisoner in the shop; I returned in less than two minutes, when the prisoner and the watch were gone.

THOMAS DOWNES sworn.

On the 27th of February, between five and six o'clock, I searched the prisoner and found the watch in his fob.

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

WILLIAM HILL sworn.

The prisoner was searched about 7 o'clock; and this watch was found upon him.

PRISONER's DEFENCE.

I bought the watch of a Jew.

GUILTY .

Tried by the First Middlesex Jury before Mr. RECORDER.

[Imprisonment. See summary.]

300. ELIZABETH WALL was indicted for stealing a linen sheet, value 2 s. two woollen blankets, value 14 s. and a copper tea-kettle, value 2 s. the property of Ann Murphy , widow , being in a ready-furnished lodging room let to the said Elizabeth by the said Ann , against the statute, November 25th .

NOT GUILTY .

Tried by the Second Middlesex Jury before Mr. RECORDER.

301, 302. THOMAS WALKER and WILLIAM DAY were indicted for stealing two worsted damask curtains, value 30 s. the property of Henry Bucklee , March 14th .

HENRY BUCKLEE sworn.

I live in Barbican: the things mentioned in the indictment were taken from a child.

JOHN GARLICK .

Do you know the nature of an oath? - No.

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

(He is sworn.)

I am an errand boy to Mr. Gordon, at Islington: my master delivered me two curtains to carry to Mr. Bucklee, No. 32, Barbican; as I was going down Goswell-street road just by the new river, the two prisoners came along arm in arm; Walker snatched the curtains off my head, on which the other said, D - n your eyes, come along; they both ran off; the biggest ran into a brick field; a man came up, I told him what had happened; he pursued and took them.

WILLIAM SINFIELD sworn.

Going along by the New river, I saw Walker run along with a bundle under his arm; myself and another man who was with me came up to the boy who was crying; he told us Walker had taken the bundle from him; we pursued him; Walker dropped the bundle; the other prisoner was running with him; we took them both.

Jonathan Nichols who was with the last witness confirmed his testimony.

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

The prisoners in their defence denied the charge.

BOTH GUILTY .

Tried by the Second Middlesex Jury before Mr. RECORDER.

[Imprisonment. See summary.]

303. THOMAS KINDER was indicted for stealing two bushels and an half of oats, value 5 s. the property of Charles Laycock , March 1st .

CHARLES LAYCOCK sworn.

I was informed that the prisoner who had lived with me, had robbed me of some corn; I set two men to watch him; they took him with some oats upon him.

JAMES ELLETT sworn.

The prisoner offered to sell me some oats about seven or eight weeks ago; I asked him, how he came by them; he said, he lived at one Mr. Laycock's and got it there; I went and informed Mr. Laycock of it.

ELIAS HIAM sworn.

Mr. Laycock sent for me and said, he was informed that his corn was stole by Mad Tom, which is a name the prisoner goes by, and desired me to sit up and watch him; I did; and about half after nine o'clock he came and looked into the place where I was for about four minutes; he went and took the key and went up into the granary and came down with a sack on his back; and as he went out my fellow servant laid hold of him and the sack; he let the sack down, and we pursued him about 200 yards and took him; there were oats in the sack.

Thomas Painter who watched with the last witness confirmed his testimony.

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

PRISONER's DEFENCE.

I am very innocent of the affair.

GUILTY .

Tried by the Second Middlesex Jury before Mr. RECORDER.

[Imprisonment. See summary.]

304. MARGARET BRADSHAW was indicted for stealing a silk handkerchief, value 2 s. and an India cotton handkerchief, value 2 s. the property of John Child , March 8th .

NOT GUILTY .

Tried by the Second Middlesex Jury before Mr. RECORDER.

She was a second time indicted for stealing two linen table-cloths, value 12 s. and a dimity petticoat, value 2 s. the property of Ann Cornall , widow , March 8th .

NOT GUILTY .

Tried by the Second Middlesex Jury before Mr. RECORDER.

She was a third time indicted for stealing two white linen aprons, value 4 s. four cheque linen aprons, value 8 s. a silver tea-spoon, value 2 s. a white cotton bed-gown, value 4 s. and a cotton handk erchief, value 2 s. the property of Richard Brazier , March 6th .

ELIZABETH BRAZIER sworn.

The prisoner was in my apartment on Thursday; on Saturday following I missed the things mentioned in the indictment; I suspected her; she was taken before a justice, and there she confessed she had pawned some of them at Mr. Jay's, and the spoon at Mr. Hill's; I made her no promises to induce her to confess.

[The pawnbrokers produced the things, which were deposed to by the prosecutrix.]

The prisoner did not say any thing in her defence.

GUILTY .

Tried by the Second Middlesex Jury before Mr. RECORDER.

[Imprisonment. See summary.]

305. MICHAEL PATTERSON was indicted for stealing three linen shirts, value 3 s. the property of John Read , March 21st .

JOHN READ sworn.

The shirts were hung out to dry at 5 o'clock in the evening: on the 21st of March there was an alarm between 7 and 8 o'clock that two people were seen running away with some of the linen; Felstead and I pursued the prisoner and came up with him; we suspected by seeing something under his coat, that he was one of the persons; we taxed him with it; he said, he knew nothing of it himself, but two men were just gone by; we went further but could see nothing of those two men; then I saw the prisoner take from under his coat two shirts and attempt to throw them over a bank; they lodged on the bank; I seized him, and Felstead took up the shirts.

William Felstead confirmed the testimony of the prosecutor.

[The shirts were produced in Court, and deposed to by Mrs. Read.]

PRISONER's DEFENCE.

Two men ran past me and dropped the shirts; I took them up and put them under my coat, afterwards being afraid I should be charged with stealing them, I threw them away.

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

GUILTY .

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

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

306. BENJAMIN CARRAUL was indicted for burglariously breaking and entering the dwelling-house of John Walker on the 16th of March , about the hour of three in the night, and stealing 240 yards of silk riband, value 4 l. fifty yards of white thread lace, value 10 s. 100 yards of white thread edging, value 10 s. a silk cloak trimmed with lace, value 2 s. five yards of thread gauze, value 2 s. and a black silk handkerchief, value 6 d. the property of the said John in his dwelling-house .

2d Count. For stealing the goods in the dwelling-house.

The prisoner not understanding English an interpreter was sworn.

JOHN WALKER sworn.

I am a sadler in Oxford-street : my wife carries on the business of a millener in a shop a single room with a flat top built close to the house and communicating with the house through a back yard, and with the street by a front door; I had observed the prisoner frequently passing by my shop before this fact was committed; on Monday the 17th of March, about eight o'clock in the morning I was alarmed with an account of this shop door being opened; upon examination I found that a padlock with which we used to fasten it on the outside was broke; the staple was drawn, the lock of the door was not broke, but appeared to have been picked, and the door was open; there were a great number of things missing.

Mary Walker confirmed the testimony of her husband.

JOHN DIVENS sworn.

I shut up the shop that night; I double-locked the door; in the morning the padlock was found broke and the door open, the lock having been picked; the lock was safe on Saturday night.

JOHN ROLLS sworn.

Between five and six o'clock on Monday morning I saw two men come out of Mr. Walker's shop; it was not quite light; I was getting up early in order to go to work at Mr. Williams's the queen's sadler in Oxford road; though it was a particular circumstance it did not strike me at the time that there was any thing wrong; I did not give any alarm; in less than two hours afterwards I heard this burglary had been committed; then I went and informed them that I saw these men come out of the house at that time in the morning; and I am certain the prisoner is one of the two men that I saw come out of this house; I know his face, and he has the same cloaths on now as he had then; the moment I heard of the burglary I told my master, and then went and informed Mr. Walker of it; I saw the prisoner before Sir John Fielding and knew him immediately.

SOLOMON ISAACS sworn.

There is a society kept at the Duke's Head in St. Martin's-street, Leicester-fields, where several people who deal in cloths keep a club, and there we buy and sell: upon the 19th of March I saw the prisoner at that place; he said he had a parcel of goods he wanted to sell; I had seen him both on Monday and Tuesday there upon the same errand; I bought this parcel of goods of him for 17 s. (producing them) the account he gave of himself to me was, that he was a merchant; he told Sir John Fielding the same thing afterwards when taken up, and that he had bought these things at Bath; being pressed before Sir John Fielding on account of these things he burst out into this exclamation,

"O Lord! O Lord! my

"life is no life, Roche has brought me to all

"this," and he then told us, that one Roche was gone off with a bundle full of stockings; we traced Roche to Billingsgate, and found it there with more of Mr. Walker's property in it.

WILLIAM BARNETT sworn.

This Isaacs and one Israel came to the public office that morning to give an information that they suspected this man had been concerned in some thing that was wrong; in consequence of that I went with them to a house in Hedge-lane, where I understood the prisoner lodged, and where a box was produced, which box I broke open, and found in it a parcel of Mr. Walker's things; when the prisoner was afterwards taken up I found in his pocket the key of that box; I found likewise a pick-lock key between his breeches and his skin; he mentioned before the justice Roche having brought him to this, and that Roche was gone off to Gravesend.

ISRAEL ISRAELS sworn.

I saw the prisoner at the society at the Duke's Head on the Monday; he then offered goods to sale, and described himself to be a merchant who dealt in foreign goods; and that he had been forced to take a parcel of goods in payment, otherwise he must have lost his debt; this, he said, he had taken at Bath; I bought as many goods of him that day as came to 40 s. I insisted upon having a receipt; the prisoner gave me one at my request, and mentioned the place of his abode; he wrote

" Benjamin Carraul , No. 27, Castle-street, Oxford market;" I saw him again upon the Tuesday; he said, he had been looking over his goods and had found more; he sold then another parcel for 25 s. I had the curiosity to enquire at this place to which the direction pointed in order to be satisfied, whether this man did lodge there or no; I found that no such person lodged there, that alarmed me; on the Wednesday morning I went again to the society, hoping to see the prisoner and intending to take him into custody finding I had been deceived by him in this manner, as to his lodgings; I found he had been there and had sold some goods to Isaacs; I told Isaacs my suspicion; we went to Sir John Fielding 's; I happened to see the prisoner in Leicester-fields; I did not immediately seize him, but chose to watch him to see which way he went, and instead of going to Castle-street, where he said he lodged, he went into a chandler's shop in Hedge-lane; I found he remained there; I went into the house and went up two pair of stairs; I found the door locked; I knocked and then I called, upon which a person answered; I found it was the prisoner; he asked me, who I was; I told him the man that had bought some things of him; he then opened the door; he turned pale and trembled; I saw another man in the room with the prisoner, that disconcerted me; I thought myself not strong enough to seize them both, and therefore did not chuse immediately to alarm, so I turned it in this way; I said, I understand you have been selling goods to another man; why would not you stay till I came? the prisoner said, I cannot speak to you now, but meet me to-morrow at Pon's coffee-house and I will sell you a large parcel of things; and he particularly mentioned silk stockings; the box that was afterwards broke open was in that room where I had thus seen the prisoner; the door being locked of the inside I went away. The prisoner was afterwards taken by some persons who were set to watch him; and was carried to the society's room where I saw him; he was afterwards carried before Sir John Fielding ; there he said,

"My life is no life, Roche has

"brought me to all this," and he said, Roche had taken away a great quantity of goods and was going to Gravesend; we went after Roche to Darkhouse-lane; I saw a man there; I was not quite satisfied whether he was the man or not; while I went to enquire that man who I supposed to be Roche got away, but he left the portmanteau behind him.

[The portmanteau was produced in Court, the direction of the portmanteau was,

"To be left at the White Bear, Piccadilly, for Mr. Le Roche."]

[Mr. WALKER inspected the several parcels of goods produced by the different witnesses, and deposed to several quantities of goods in those parcels.]

Mr. WALKER. I have looked at the things in the portmanteau; there are some ribands with the marks on them, and the blue cloak.

BARNETT. I forgot to mention one circumstance; I found the key of the door of the room, the prisoner was found in, in his pocket.

PRISONER's DEFENCE.

I never was in the shop; these goods that I have sold were given to me by this Roche; none of these goods were ever in my possession; it was not my room they were found in; my room was next to Roche's; when Mr. Solomon came to me I was in Roche's room; this man coming up into the room, Roche immediately decamped and left the boxes open, I then shut the boxes and put the keys in my pocket; then Roche advised me to decamp as soon as possible likewise; but I knowing myself to be innocent did not care to stir; and knowing Roche to be the thief, I gave all the instructions I could for Roche to be taken: I followed all the instructions of Roche; it was he that directed me to these places, and told me to give that direction; I came over to England with Roche because he owed me some money; I did just what Roche bid me; I had not been in England above a week; I had no acquaintance here at all; I did not know what Roche did, nor how he came by the goods, nor any thing about it; but all these files and things that were found were in Roche's box, and were Roche's property; when I found that key that was found between my shirt and skin, I knew what sort of key it might be, and was afraid of some consequences upon the occasion, and that caused me to secrete it; I have no one to appear for me but a gentleman that is gone out of town.

From the Jury to DIVANS. Was the padlock broke? - The staple was wrenched out.

GUILTY . Death .

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

Recommended to his Majesty's mercy by the prosecutor.

307. EDWARD HAWTHORNE was indicted for stealing four keys made of base metal, value 20 s. the property of John Orme , March 17th .

The Court were of opinion that the charge against the prisoner did not amount to felony.

NOT GUILTY .

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

308. JOHN LYNCH was indicted for stealing a silver watch, value 40 s. a steal watch chain, value 2 d. a steal seal, value 1 d. and a brass watch key, value 1 d. the property of James Christie , February 22d .

JAMES CHRISTIE sworn.

I am a brewer's servant : I came home to dinner with my wife and left my watch hanging up when I went away; my wife came out directly almost, and said, a chimney-sweeper had got my watch; I saw a chimney-sweeper run off; I kept sight of him: the prisoner was that person; at last I got up with him, stopped and collared him; while I had hold of him I did not see him drop the watch, but it was dropped in the alley; Mr. Lee picked it up.

SAMUEL LEE sworn.

I saw the prisoner come running by my shop; Christie's wife ran and said, he had got her husband's watch; she went over to tell her husband of it who was on the other side of the street; her husband ran after him; I set out to pursue him and came up with him just at the end of a yard, near St. John's-lane; I charged him with having the watch; he denied it; I proposed to search him; something dropped against my legs; I looked and found the watch there; it must fall from Mr. Christie or the boy; it fell on the side of the boy next me.

PRISONER's DEFENCE.

I did not take the watch.

GUILTY .

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

[Imprisonment. See summary.]

309. THOMAS BUTTS was indicted for stealing a wooden firkin containing 56 lb. of butter, value 30 s. the property of Thomas Hodges , March 3d .

'The prisoner was found by the watchman

'in the prosecutor's cellar; a firkin of

'butter was missed but could not be traced

'into the possession of the prisoner, and it was

'never found'

NOT GUILTY .

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

310. WILLIAM MABBAN was indicted for stealing two brass locks, value 4 s. and two brass handles, value 1 s . the property of William Grindell , March 29th .

JONATHAN ROBINSON sworn.

I have the care of an uninhabited house of Mr. Grindell's in Myer's-court, Soho: on the 29th March I was informed that there was a man in the house; I went to the house and found two gentlemen standing at the door, who said, they believed there was a thief in the house; we went in and double-locked the door after us, and searched the house from the bottom to the top; I said then, there was no other place but a dark closet under the stairs; we went to search that; I poked with my stick in amongst some straw that was there and felt something; I struck several times with my stick and found he moved; then we proposed to go up and get a light; as we were going up, the prisoner came out and went up with us, and we secured him; we went and searched the place and found the locks and handles amongst the straw; the two locks were taken off the dining-room doors, and the handles off the two pair of stairs doors; he said, he was a mason and came to pave the yard.

CATHARINE MILLAR sworn.

I saw the prisoner get over the area and informed Mr. Robinson of it.

PRISONER's DEFENCE.

I went into the house to see for the two masons; I found the door open; they were not there; I went to the necessary and the wind blew the door to.

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

GUILTY .

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

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

311. THOMAS BAKER was indicted for burglariously breaking and entering the dwelling house of Joseph Hudson on the 30th of December , about the hour of nine in the night, and stealing two blankets, value 2 s. a linen quilt; value 18 d. a linen counterpane, value 18 d. two stuff curtains, value 2 s. and a feather-bed, value 21 s. the property of the said Joseph in his dwelling house .

ELEANOR HUDSON sworn.

I am the wife of Joseph Hudson ; at the time the things were stole from us we kept a house in Bell-alley, Goswell-street : upon the 30th of December the prisoner opened our door in the dusk of the evening and came in with another man; I was sitting by the fire; I was very ill and had been in bed almost all day; he asked if my husband was at home; I said, No, he was at the Bell; he said, he had been there and he was not there; the other man began bundling up the bedding and was going to take it away; I desired the prisoner to go for my husband, for I was afraid he was going to take the things away; he said, he would not go by himself, he would go with me; I told him I could not leave the place; they went away and my husband came home, and I told him, Baker and another man had been there, and I was afraid wanted to take the things away, and asked him if he had been to him, he said, No; he made the bed and went up to the Bell, and said, if he could see Baker he would quarrel with him; I locked the door, took the key with me, and went to the Bell to my husband, for I was afraid to stay in the house; I staid at the Bell about half an hour; my husband went home before me and caught Baker in the house bundling up the bed things; the bed was taken away; my husband came and told me the bed was gone, and Baker was bundling up the bed things that he had got from him, and he would go and search after him; we never got our bed since.

Did you own any rent? - Not to Baker.

How soon was Baker taken? - Six or eight weeks after; we could not meet with him sooner.

JOSEPH HUDSON sworn.

I am a carpenter: when I went to the Bell to see after Baker, my wife came to me with the key in her hand and said, she was afraid to stay in the house for fear of her life, or that they would come and take the things away; I went home and found Baker tying up the bed things; the bed was gone; there was a man at the door; I laid hold of both of them; I called out for help, but in the struggle they both got from me.

PRISONER's DEFENCE.

I have known the prosecutor three or four years; we were drinking together at the Bell almost all that day; he went away in the evening; as there was some reckoning to pay, I enquired where he lived and went to his house to enquire for him; I sat down with her by the fire and two men came in; I heard a bustle in the room; she said, she believed it was thieves; I got up to see who it was and tumbled over some cloaths; she called to go for her husband; I had not been long gone before I heard Hudson had lost his bed; he came to me and said, he believed I was concerned in it; his wife and he lived very unhappy; he came to me and asked me to help him to move a large chest of things, for he was afraid his wife would break it open and carry his tools and things away; his wife and he quarrelled and she was sent to Bridewell; he took up another man first, and charged him with the robbery.

PROSECUTOR. She was not sent to Bridewell through me: I was at work at the Bell; she said I should not work there, and came and broke the windows, and was sent to Bridewell; for that I paid for the mending the windows and to get her out of Bridewell.

What did you want him to help remove your chest for? - For fear I should lose my things; it was my chest of cloaths.

FOR THE PRISONER.

ANTHONY CRABB sworn.

The prosecutor came to my master's, took me out of bed and charged me with stealing his bed; and said, he had my hat, and that he tore my coat in the struggle; I shewed him my hat and coat; I know nothing of his bed.

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

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

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

[Imprisonment. See summary.]

312. THOMAS BRAIN was indicted for stealing a cloth waistcoat, value 3 s . the property of Thomas Fidman , March 17th .

THOMAS FIDMAN sworn.

I am under-servant to Mr. Fuller who keeps the Crown at Hounslow : I left a waistcoat in the yard; my fellow-servant informed me that he saw the prisoner go over the backgate and thought he had got something; I pursued and took him, and found the waistcoat on him.

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

' John Lewis , fellow-servant to the prosecutor,

'confirmed his testimony.'

PRISONER's DEFENCE.

I found the waistcoat.

GUILTY .

Tried by the First Middlesex Jury before Mr. RECORDER.

[Whipping. See summary.]

313. ANN FRYER was indicted for stealing a guinea the property of Charles Hawkins , February 28th .

NOT GUILTY .

Tried by the First Middlesex Jury before Mr. RECORDER.

314. JAMES MASON was indicted for feloniously assaulting the most honourable William John Kerr marquis of Lothian on the king's highway on the 17th of March , with an intent the monies, &c. of the said marquis feloniously to steal , against the statute.

The most hon. the marquis of LOTHIAN sworn.

I was in a hackney coach upon the 17th of March in Stanhope-street, May-fair, the coach on a sudden stopped; I did not hear what passed without; I let down the window; I saw the prisoner on horseback with the horse's head towards the window; I asked him what he wanted? he said, Your money; he leaned forwards into the coach; I observed his collar was loose; I took the opportunity to seize him by the collar and pull him into the coach; I called the coachman to assist me, he did so, and the prisoner was secured; the place was searched half an hour after, but no weapon was found.

NOT GUILTY .

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

315. SAMUEL BRAY was indicted for stealing four woollen-cloth coats, value 20 s. three woollen-cloth waistcoats, value 15 s. and a pair of woollen-cloth breeches, value 10 s. the property of Henry Jenkins , March 15th .

HENRY JENKINS sworn.

I am a watchmaker in Aldersgate-street : upon the 15th of March in the morning, about twenty minutes after seven o'clock, I had occasion to go down into the cellar; I fastened my shop that opens into the passage nearest the street, there is another door opens into the passage; while I was in the cellar, I heard somebody in the passage; I came up hastily, but could see nobody; a neighbour came in from over the way and said, I had been robbed by two men, and a person was gone in pursuit of them; they were not taken, but the cloaths mentioned in the indictment were dropped and brought back; in conseqnence of an information I laid at Sir John Fielding 's the prisoner was taken on the Friday following.

CHARLES SCOFIELD sworn.

I was standing at my shop door on the 15th of March; I saw the prisoner and another young man by Mr. Jenkins's door; the prisoner went and opened the hatch and went in and brought out an arm-full of cloaths; I met the young man in the middle of the street; I went in to Mr. Jenkins to see if he delivered the cloaths, and when I came out, found the prisoner had been pursued and dropped the cloaths; on the Friday following I saw them both in Jewin-street; they saw me and ran up Bull-head-court; I pursued them, and took the prisoner in Paul's-alley.

WILLIAM GLASS sworn.

I took up the cloaths and took them to my house.

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

PRISONER's DEFENCE.

It is very unlikely I should do such a thing where I was so well known.

The prisoner called one witness, who gave him a good character.

GUILTY . B .

Tried by the London Jury before Mr. Baron EYRE .

316. WILLIAM WALTERS was indicted for stealing seven pieces of silk riband containing sixty yards, value 30 s. the property of Stephen Langston , Jarvis Chambers , and William Langston , February 26th .

- HALL sworn.

I am servant to Messrs. Langston and Chambers, haberdashers : on the 26th of February the prisoner came to look at some ribands; having a suspicion of him Mr. Langston concealed himself and watched him; as I was serving him, I observed him put a piece of riband in his pocket; when he went out, Mr. Langston and I went after him and stopped him, we brought him into the shop and searched him, and found six pieces upon him.

' William Langston confirmed the evidence

'of Hall.'

[The constable produced the ribands, which were deposed to by Hall.]

PRISONER's DEFENCE.

I bought the riband before at another place.

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

GUILTY .

Tried by the London Jury before Mr. RECORDER.

[Imprisonment. See summary.]

317. ELISHA BASSET was indicted for stealing three cheeses of the weight of thirty pounds, value 12 s. the property of William Breach , April 3d .

WILLIAM BREACH sworn.

I am a cheesemonger : three cheeses were taken out of my shop between nine and ten at night on the third of April; I was not at home at the time.

PETER FAGG sworn.

I saw the prisoner and another man with the cheeses; I don't know where they brought them from.

JOHN PENNINGTON . I saw the prisoner go into Mr. Breach's shop and bring out two cheeses; he went in again and brought out another, between eight and nine at night on Thursday se'nnight.

PROSECUTOR. I never recovered my cheeses.

PRISONER's DEFENCE.

I know nothing of it.

GUILTY .

Tried by the London Jury before Mr. RECORDER.

[Imprisonment. See summary.]

318. EDWARD BELL was indicted for stealing a wooden box, value 2 s. the property of William German , March 11th .

NOT GUILTY .

Tried by the London Jury before Mr. RECORDER.

319. WILLIAM CAREY was indicted for stealing a carcass of lamb, weight 49 lb. value 20 s. the property of Hugh Bishop , March 29th .

There was no evidence to affect the prisoner.

NOT GUILTY .

Tried by the London Jury before Mr. RECORDER.

320. MARTHA MOODY was indicted for stealing two pewter quart pots, value 2 s. and a pewter pint pot, value 6 d. the property of Thomas Faser , April 7th .

NOT GUILTY .

Tried by the London Jury before Mr. RECORDER.

321. JOHN LAME was indicted for stealing a carpenter's plane, value 3 s. the property of James Wallace , March 18th .

JAMES WALLACE sworn.

My master caught the prisoner taking a plane of mine out of the house.

WILLIAM BENNETT sworn.

I was looking out of my shop on the 18th of March, I saw the prisoner put his hand in at the window and take a plane off the bench; I stopped him and took it from him.

PRISONER's DEFENCE.

I found it in the pathway.

GUILTY .

Tried by the London Jury before Mr. RECORDER.

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

322. ELEANOR CLUES was indicted for stealing a sattin cloak, value 30 s. the property of William Hawkins , April 10th .

ANN HAWKINS sworn.

I am the wife of William Hawkins : I employed the prisoner to wash for me; I went out of an errand, when I returned she was gone and the cloak missing.

[ John Moore a pawnbroker produced the cloak, which he deposed he received of the prisoner; the cloak was deposed to the prosecutrix.]

PRISONER's DEFENCE.

I never did such a thing before, I hope it will be a warning to me.

GUILTY .

Tried by the London Jury before Mr. RECORDER.

323. JOHN McCOUL was indicted for stealing a mahogany balloting box; value 4 s. the property of Thomas Harder , March 5th ;

THOMAS HARDER sworn.

I keep the Bell-savage inn on Ludgate-hill : on the fifth of March, between eight and nine in the evening, I saw the prisoner and another man lurking about the yard watching the coaches as they came in, about half an hour after that, I met the prisoner and the man coming out of a room where some company had been; the prisoner had this box; I caught hold of them; I held them both some time; at last I was obliged to let one go; the prisoner struggled with me a long time, at last I kicked up his heels; he kept hold of the box all the time; I kept him till somebody came to my assistance: the box was taken out of a beaufet in the furthermost room in the house.

From the Prisoner. Whether when you charged me with taking the box, I did not shew the man that gave it me? - They were both together examining the box.

ROBERT MORRIS sworn.

I was coming down the Bell-savage-yard, I heard a struggle; when I came near I saw Mr. Harder on the ground, the prisoner was under him, and the box lay on the ground; I laid hold of the prisoner, and as I brought him from the ground, I observed his hand was in the round hole which is in the top of the box.

PRISONER's DEFENCE.

I was going down the Bell-savage-yard, I thought it was a thoroughfare; a man called after me and desired me to take the box into the inn; I told him I did not belong to the inn; he said, if I took it he would pay me for it; I said, I did not want any thing; I took it to carry into the inn, and almost immediately Mr. Harder laid hold of me.

GUILTY .

Tried by the London Jury before Mr. RECORDER.

[Imprisonment. See summary.]

324. EDWARD NORE was indicted for stealing a linen gown, value 5 s. and a dimity petticoat, value 2 s. the property of Thomas Bragg , March 6th .

MARY BRAGG sworn.

I am the wife of Thomas Bragg : my gown and petticoat were on a pair of drawers near the door; I saw a man put his hand in and take them; I cannot swear to his face; I followed him and called for assistance, upon which he dropped them; I picked them up; it was nine o'clock in the evening.

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

WILLIAM WARD sworn.

I was standing at the end of the court where Mrs. Bragg lives, I saw the prisoner running upon Mrs. Bragg's calling for assistance; I stopped him immediately; I saw her take the things up; I saw them under his arm as he was running, and saw him drop them.

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

GUILTY .

Tried by the London Jury before Mr. RECORDER.

325, 326. MARTHA CLARK and SARAH TYSER were indicted for stealing two bars of iron, value 4 s. the property of Daniel Morgan , March 17th .

DANIEL MORGAN sworn.

I am an ironmonger : I lost two bars of iron; they were taken upon the prisoner by a witness that is here.

JAMES BARNARD sworn.

The iron was in the yard of Mr. Wilkinson; Mr. Morgan pays for his iron lying there; I saw Clark bring the iron out of the yard; the other stood to watch.

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

'The prisoners in their defence denied the

'charge.'

CLARK GUILTY .

TYSER NOT GUILTY .

Tried by the London Jury before Mr. RECORDER.

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

327. HENRIETTA ROBINSON was indicted for stealing two woollen blankets, value 4 s. and a stuff quilt, value 1 s. the property of Sarah Hall , widow , being in a certain lodging room let by contract by the said Sarah to the said Henrietta , March 27th .

SARAH HALL sworn.

I let the prisoner a lodging at 1 s. a-week; she had a bed to herself; there was another bed in the room; she absconded from her lodging; after she was gone I missed the things mentioned in the indictment; I took her up on suspicion, and she acknowledged she tore up one of the blankets to make her a petticoat; she would not tell where the rest of the things were.

ANNA MARIA GREENWALLACE sworn.

I lodged in the room the prisoner lodged in; she left her lodging on the Thursday; upon the Saturday I went to see after her, and found her in Holborn; I charged her with taking the things; she denied it; I informed Mrs. Hall where she was; she got a warrant and took her up, then she confessed that she had taken the things.

PRISONER's DEFENCE.

It is a malicious prosecution: I had a quarrel with the prosecutrix, and she arrested my husband for 10 l.

GUILTY . B .

Tried by the London Jury before Mr. RECORDER.

328, 329. MARY HARWOOD and MARY CROSS were indicted for stealing two linen handkerchiefs, value 2 s. half a guinea, and 2 s. 3 d. in money numbered , the property of Timothy Davis , April 6th .

TIMOTHY DAVIS sworn.

I am a carpenter : on the 6th of April about a quarter before ten o'clock at night I met Mary Harwood at the end of New-street, Bishopsgate-street; she asked me to go home with her; I did; I felt my handkerchief and money as I went in at the door, I felt to see if they were safe, because I thought I was in bad company; as soon as I was in the house they asked me to sit down; I did not like the house and wanted to go out; they swore I should not go out without I would give them something to drink; Cross was there with a candle in her hand when I went in; they opened the back door and another woman came in; then they opened the fore door and two more came in; they held me while Harwood put her hands in my pocket and took my money and my handkerchiefs and two keys; they swore the keys were of no value to them and returned them; they wanted to feel in my fob and asked me, what I had? I said, I had a watch, but would not part with it.

Did you ever recover your money or handkerchief? - No; I had the two prisoners taken up the same night; I always said the prisoners were two of them; I charged the watchman with another, but a man at the door prevented his taking her away.

Stephen Jones the watchman confirmed the prosecutor's evidence as to the taking the prisoners and the other being rescued.

The prisoners in their defence denied the fact, but did not call any witnesses.

BOTH GUILTY .

Tried by the London Jury before Mr. RECORDER.

330. SAMUEL STONE was indicted for stealing 8 lb. of bacon, value 2 s. 6 d. the property of Joseph Cookson , March 15th .

JOSEPH COOKSON sworn.

I am a cheesemonger : I saw the prisoner take 8 lb. of bacon off my stall and go away with it; I sent my servant after him, who brought him back with the bacon upon him.

John Hughes the servant confirmed the testimony of the prosecutor.

PRISONER's DEFENCE.

I went to buy a piece of bacon; there was a young woman I was acquainted with just by, I went to speak to her with the bacon in my hand, and the man came after me and stopped me.

GUILTY .

Tried by the London Jury before Mr. RECORDER.

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

331. PENELOPE the wife of Delany COLLIER was indicted for stealing four linen table-cloths, value 2 s. two linen shirts, value 6 s. and a linen towel, value 6 d. the property of Joseph Wood , March 11th .

JOSEPH WOOD sworn.

I live in Sutton-street, Saffron hill ; I am a carpenter : on the 4th of March last my servant maid robbed me and run away from my service; at the time of washing the prisoner was hired to come and supply her place; she came on the 5th of March.

REBECCA WOOD sworn.

I am the wife of the prosecutor: the prisoner came on the 5th of March to wash at our house; I examined all the linen for fear there should be any mistake; I am positive as to the quantity of linen delivered to her to wash and to get up, finding her very dilatory I was afraid all was not right; I looked over them and missed the things mentioned in the indictment (repeating them) I went to a pawnbroker's and found two of the table-cloths and a towel; she confessed she had pawned a shirt in the Old Change; I went there, but could not find it; it had been taken out again.

WILLIAM EDLEY sworn.

The prisoner on the 7th of March pledged two table-cloths and a towel with me; she offered a shirt, which I refused to take in.

[The table-cloths and towel were produced in Court, and deposed to by the prosecutrix.]

PRISONER's DEFENCE.

With regard to every thing but the tablecloths and towel I am totally innocent; I did pawn them, but intended to redeem them.

GUILTY of stealing to the value of 10 d.

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

332. ANN FIREBRASS was indicted for stealing a silver watch, value 40 s. a brass watch key, value 1 d. an iron tobacco box, value 2 d. the property of John Faithfull , March 31st .

NOT GUILTY .

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

333. MARY LYON was indicted for stealing a boy's linen shirt, value 2 s. the property of Eleanor Dignan , widow , February 28th .

NOT GUILTY .

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

334. SARAH the wife of Henry DEANE was indicted for marrying William Debusk , her former husband being then living, against the statute , June 25th .

'The copy of the register of the first marriage

'not being produced, she was found

NOT GUILTY .

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

335. PETER LECROY was indicted for stealing a cloth coat, value 10 s. a cloth waistcoat, value 5 s. and two pair of cloth breeches, value 5 s. the property of James Day , February 26th .

JAMES DAY sworn.

About six weeks ago I lost the things mentioned in the indictment; I left them at the Golden Cross, Charingcross , in the care of the chamberlain; I went out about three o'clock and returned about five o'clock; I then found they had been stolen; they could give no account of them at that time.

THOMAS HORTON sworn.

I attend Sir John Fielding's office; the chamberlain at the Golden Cross brought the prisoner to me and charged him with stealing these cloaths; he told me he had sold some part to a woman in Rosemary-lane, and others were pawned in Barbican; I went with him to both the places, and there I found the cloaths.

WILLIAM JAMES BURROWS sworn.

The prisoner pawned this pair of breeches with me on the 26th of February last (producing them they were deposed to by the prosecutor.)

ELIZABETH TAYLOR sworn.

I live in Rosemary-lane: the prisoner sold me a coat, waistcoat, and breeches about six weeks ago.

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

Prisoner. I leave my defence to my counsel.

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

GUILTY .

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

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

336, 337. SARAH NOON and SARAH KNIGHT were indicted for stealing seven gui neas, two half guineas, and 5 s. in money numbered, the property of William Beman in the dwelling-house of Richard Kelly , February 7th .

There was no evidence to affect the prisoners.

BOTH NOT GUILTY .

Tried by the First Middlesex Jury.

338, 339. THOMAS JACKSON and THOMAS DAWSON were indicted, the first for assaulting and carnally knowing one Thomas Dawson , and that he feloniously, wickedly, diabolically, and against the order of nature did commit and perpetrate that abominable crime (not to be named amongst Christians) called buggery with him the said Thomas Dawson , against the statute; and Thomas Dawson for feloniously, wickedly, and diabolically consenting with the said Thomas Jackson carnally to know him the said Thomas Dawson , and to commit and perpetrate that abominable crime of buggery with him the said Thomas Dawson , against the statute , March 16th .

MATTHEW TILSON sworn.

I lay in Mr. Jackson's hay-loft.

When? - It was about eight o'clock.

What is Mr. Jackson? - Post-master at Staines.

What is Dawson? - His nephew.

What employ is he in? - He drove the mail .

When you was in this hay-loft what did you hear? - Mr. Jackson said to Dawson, come and give the horse some hay.

How did you know it was Mr. Jackson? - I know his voice very well.

You have rode for him? - Yes, once or twice; the boy went up in the loft to get some hay; he asked, which hay he should give the horse? Mr. Jackson said, he would come up and shew him; he went up, then they gave the horse a little hay; then they whispered together.

Where was you all the while? - In some hay; then they laid down for a quarter of an hour.

Did you hear them say any thing? - I heard Thomas Dawson say, you hurt me; Jackson said, lay still, I won't hurt you any more; they were at it a little while longer; then he said, you hurt me now; then he said, I will not hurt you any more.

Did you hear them say any thing else? - No; no farther than Jackson told him, he would have the post-office turned over to him if he would be a good boy; for he had money enough himself.

Did you hear Jackson say any thing else? - Yes, he bid him not to divulge one word that had passed between them; the boy said, No.

Did Jackson say any thing else? Recollect, - I don't recollect any thing else.

JURY. How came you to be in the hay-loft? - I had been at work at another place; I went to Staines after my shirt; the woman was a bed; the boy told me I might go down and lie there.

Which boy? - Not Dawson, but another.

BOTH NOT GUILTY .

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

340. HARRIET BECKFORD was indicted for stealing a pair of silver shoe-buckles, value 10 s. a linen handkerchief, value 2 s. and a muslin neckcloth, value 3 s. the property of Murtey Crow , August 18th .

MURTEY CROW sworn.

I am a brewer's servant : about five months ago, when I was somewhat in liquor, I met with the prisoner and asked her to get me a lodging; she took me to a lodging and went up stairs with me; I fell asleep; I waked about two o'clock in the morning and found myself locked in, and my cloaths gone; I broke the door open, and came down and enquired what was become of them.

JOHN KENN sworn.

I keep the house where this man lodged that night: the prisoner came and asked for a room; I let her have one up two pair of stairs; I saw the shadow of a man go up stairs with her; she came down in about half an hour with a bundle; I asked her what she had got? she said, the man's coat; he had fell down and wanted it cleaned; and she came again about a fortnight after; I asked her, what she had done with the man's buckles? she said, she had pawned them in the Borough; I sent for a constable and she confessed the same to him; in the morning when she came out of the round-house she denied what she said over night.

PRISONER's DEFENCE.

I never saw him in my life till I saw him in the round-house.

To KENN. Was the man that came down stairs in the morning the prisoner? - Yes.

GUILTY of stealing to the value of 10 d.

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

[Whipping. See summary.]

341. WILLIAM MERRY was indicted for stealing three streaks of iron tire, value 3 s. the property of Thomas Tomlin , March 24th .

THOMAS TOMLIN sworn.

I am a wheelwright : a watchman stopped the prisoner with the iron upon him.

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

JOHN M'COWEN sworn.

I am a watchman: on the 24th of March, about twelve o'clock at night, I met the prisoner in Mr. Tomlin's yard; I followed him out and took the iron from under his coat.

PRISONER's DEFENCE.

I have no witnesses to call.

GUILTY of stealing to the value of 10 d.

Tried by the Second Middlesex Jury before Mr. RECORDER.

[Whipping. See summary.]

342. JAMES M'CARLE was indicted for stealing a scarlet cardinal, value 5 s. the property of Thomas Watkins , March 6th .

ANN WATKINS sworn.

My cardinal was in my room in a trunk; I was washing in the yard; I left a child of six years old, and another of a year old in the room; at about four o'clock I went to the trunk and missed my cardinal; I made enquiry in the neighbourhood, and a boy told me he had seen the prisoner who is a chimney-sweeper go out of my house.

WILLIAM REDSHAW sworn.

I am a pawnbroker: I took in this cardinal of Mary Merry (producing it, and was deposed to by the prosecutrix).

ELIZABETH THOMPSON sworn.

I live in the same house with Watkins; I saw the prisoner about two yards from the door with the cloak under his arm.

ANTHONY DWIER .

What age are you? - Twelve.

Do you know the nature of an oath? - No.

What would become of you if you was to take a false oath? - I should not go to heaven.

(He is sworn.)

I saw the prisoner come out of the prosecutor's house with a red cloak under his arm; it was between 10 and 11 o'clock.

PRISONER's DEFENCE.

I found the cardinal on the stairs.

GUILTY .

Tried by the Second Middlesex Jury before Mr. RECORDER.

[Branding. See summary.]

343. JOHN POWELL was indicted for stealing a silk handkerchief, value 1 s. the property of Benjamin Gorden , March 9th .

BENJAMIN GORDEN sworn.

On Wednesday last I stopped at a print shop on Ludgate-hill , a person called to me and told me my pocket was picked; I immediately missed my handkerchief; I turned and saw the prisoner run; I pursued him and never lost sight of him till he was taken: Payne pulled my handkerchief out of his breeches.

WILLIAM PAYNE sworn.

I was in a shop opposite the print shop; I saw the prisoner come up; I saw directly by his eye that he was a pick-pocket; he fixed his eye on this gentleman's pocket and never took it off till he got his handkerchief out; I saw him take it out of the gentleman's pocket and put it in his breeches; I pursued and took him, and found the handkerchief in his breeches.

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

PRISONER's DEFENCE.

I found the handkerchief.

GUILTY .

Tried by the London Jury before Mr. RECORDER.

[Imprisonment. See summary.]

344. CHRISTOPHER BARBER was indicted for marrying a second wife, his former wife being then living , January 8th .

There was no evidence adduced to prove the first marriage.

NOT GUILTY .

Tried by the London Jury before Mr. RECORDER.

345. SARAH DEAN was indicted for marrying a second husband, her former husband being then living , August 18th .

NOT GUILTY .

Tried by the London Jury before Mr. RECORDER.

346. AMY DAWSON was indicted for obtaining by false pretences from Jane the wife of Thomas Holder , two guineas, a russel petticoat, and a sheet , October 22d .

JANE HOLDER sworn.

The prisoner came to me on the 22d of August to borrow two guineas; she said, it was for Mary Lee ; that she had work in hand and could not go on for want of money; I told her I had not so much; I lent her 15 s. and gave her the other things to make up the rest of the money.

Would you have lent it her herself? - No.

MARY LEE sworn.

I never gave the prisoner any authority to borrow two guineas for me nor any other sum, nor did I ever receive the money from Mrs. Holder.

PRISONER's DEFENCE.

I went to borrow the money for myself; I never mentioned her name; she lent me the money and things.

The defendant called two witnesses, who knew nothing of her.

GUILTY .

Tried by the London Jury before Mr. RECORDER.

[Imprisonment. See summary.]

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

Received sentence of death, 8.

James Field , Job Filkin , Benjamin Carraul , Pierce Donnovan , David Sheffield , William Sheffield , Thomas Baldwin , and Mary Thomas .

Branded and imprisoned six months.

Stephen M'Guire , William Clark , Mary Jones , Mary Harrod , Mary Cross , William Walton , Michael Patterson , William Mabban , and William Asberry .

Whipped.

Henry Watkins , John Cosby , Mary Draper , Jane Hasleton , Penelope Collyer , Harriet Beckford , William Merry , and Thomas Bain .

Branded.

Samuel Bray , Henrietta Robinson , Prothessia Gray , and James Carle .

To work on the river for three years.

William Walters , Elisha Bassett , Edward Nunn , John M'Coul , John Powell , Thomas Blackwell , George Chambers , Thomas Walker , William Day , Thomas Kinder , Thomas Baker , and Richard James .

Branded and imprisoned one month.

John Lane , Eleanor Clewes , Martha Clark .

Branded and imprisoned three months.

Samuel Stone , and Peter Lecroy .

Imprisoned three months.

Amy Dawson .

Imprisoned three years.

Elizabeth Wilson , Richard Wilson , Robert Campbell , George Clayton , John Odam , Thomas Anstee , Margaret Bradshaw , John Lynch .

*** Trials at Law, and Arguments of Counsel, taken in Short-hand by JOSEPH GURNEY of Southampton-Buildings, Chancery-lane.

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