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Old Bailey Proceedings, 15th January 1778.

THE WHOLE PROCEEDINGS ON THE KING's Commission of the Peace, Oyer and Terminer, and Gaol Delivery for the CITY of LONDON; AND ALSO. The Gaol Delivery for the COUNTY of MIDDLESEX; HELD AT JUSTICE HALL in the OLD BAILEY, On Wednesday the 15th of December, 1777, and the following Days;

Being the SECOND SESSION in the Mayoralty of The Right Honble Sir JAMES ESDAILE , LORD MAYOR OF THE CITY OF LONDON.

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

NUMBER II. PART I.

LONDON:

Printed for JOSEPH GURNEY (the PROPRIETOR) And Sold by M. GURNEY, No. 34, Bell-Yard, near Temple-Bar,

M.DCC.LXXVIII.

[PRICE SIX-PENCE.]

THE WHOLE PROCEEDINGS UPON THE

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

BEFORE the Right Honourable Sir JAMES ESDAILE , Knt. LORD MAYOR of the City of London; the Right Honourable Sir JOHN SKYNNER , Lord Chief Baron of his Majesty's Court of Exchequer; the Honourable EDWARD WILLES , Esq; one of the Justices of his Majesty's Court of King's Bench; the Honourable Sir GEORGE NARES , Knt. one of the Justices of his Majesty's Court of Common Pleas; Mr. Serjeant GLYNN, Recorder; and others his Majesty's Justices of Oyer and Terminer of the City of London and Justices of Gaol Delivery of Newgate, holden for the said City and County of Middlesex.

London Jury.

William Poole ,

George Higginbottom ,

John Everard ,

Abraham Thorn ,

John Fellows ,

William Archer ,

John Nichol ,

Bartholomew Adams ,

Henry Hammond ,

George Walshaw ,

William Rigstone ,

Thomas Seamark .

First Middlesex Jury.

John Leader,

William Leech ,

Richard Hett ,

Blanchard Coward ,

Richard Mountain *,

George Goodwin ,

Henry Blandford ,

John Clark ,

John Pass ,

Francis Thompson ,

John Young ,

Hezekiah Green *.

* Thomas Kendall and John Thomas served part of the time in the stead of Richard Mountain and Hezekiah Green .

Second Middlesex Jury.

Benjamin Figgins ,

Joseph Bailey ,

Thomas Grinnard ,

John Gallon ,

George Sage ,

Thomas Kendall ,

John Davis ,

Jabez Perry ,

Thomas Blenkal ,

Josiah Kinsey ,

Daniel Marshall ,

James Smart .

104. GEORGE GLOVE was indicted for stealing a wooden box, value 1 s. a silver hair-pin set with brilliant diamonds, value 40 l. 14 silver hair pins, set with foil stones, value 5 l. a white sattin woman's jacket, value 10 s. and a gauze veil trimmed with blond lace, value 20 s. the property of Ann Barry , widow , December the 16th .

Mrs. ANN BARRY sworn.

I came from Covent-garden Theatre on the 16th of December last in a hackney coach, at about 10 at night, to Henrietta-street; I had a box upon the seat before me, containing a silver hair pin set with diamonds, 14 hair pins set with soil stones, a white sattin jacket, and a gauze veil; it was a large box and filled the seat. I dropped one of my clogs as I was getting out of the coach, and desired my servant to look after it, but forgot to give him charge to take care of the box; I enquired after it the next morning, when my servant told me, that he had forgot to take it out of the coach, but that he knew the person of the driver and the number of the coach.

Is the prisoner the person who drove the coach? - I believe so.

JOHN VAUGHAN sworn.

I am servant to Mrs. Barry. I put the box into the coach. I forgot to take it out of the coach when my mistress was set down. I am certain the prisoner is the coachman, the number was 101. I went to him the next morning: I asked him if he remembered carrying home Mrs. Barry the preceding night, and asked him about the box; he denied knowing any thing about it. I told him when he thrust his whole body into the coach to look for the clogg, he could not help seeing the box. Upon that he grew very angry. I told him he must know of it, and if he would deliver it that afternoon, I would give him half a guinea. I went afterwards by my mistress's order, and offered him 3 guineas; he said I must go to the lost and found office and get bills printed, and he bid me get the three guineas of my mistress; he went with me to the lost and found office to order bills to be printed; when we came out into Chancery-lane, he asked me if it would make any difference if he brought the things? I told him he might send a child with them, or send them to the lost and found office. I saw him again afterwards; he said then, he dared to say the things would come. I went again to him on the 18th of December. He asked me if the bills were out? I told him no. He asked again what reward my mistress would give? I said three guineas, and I would make it four. He said they must be advertised in the Daily Papers, and possibly they might be heard of. But they have never been heard of.

PRISONER's DEFENCE.

After I set Mrs. Barry down, I took a fare, a man and a woman, to Basinghall-street; I observed when I set them down that they took a bundle or something out of the coach. The servant says he put the box into the coach. I had no charge of it.

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

NOT GUILTY .

Tried by the First Middlesex Jury before Lord, Chief Baron SKYNNER.

105. BARNABY FOULSTON was indicted for stealing a blue silk coat embroidered with gold, value 40 s. a blue silk waistcoat embroidered with gold, value 20 s. a pair of blue silk breeches, with gold buttons and garters, value 15 s. and a tissue and gold waistcoat, value 40 s. the property of Edwin Lascelles , Esq; in his dwelling-house , Nov. 20th .

ROBERT JOHNSON sworn.

I live with Edwin Lascelles , Esq ; in Portman-street, Portman-square . My master went into Yorkshire on the 15th of June, and returned on the 20th of November. When I went out of town, I put the cloaths up in the cloaths-press: when I came to town, I went to the press and missed the cloaths mentioned in the indictment. After I had made all the enquiry I could in the house, I advertised them.

[The goods were produced in court; and this witness deposed that they were the property of the prosecutor.]

HANNAH WEBSTER sworn.

I was in Mr. Lascelles' house during his absence. I did not miss the things till my master came to town. On the 20th of November, the prisoner was left in the house with me to take care of it; he slept in the room in which the press stood. I don't know whether the press was locked or not; it was a mahogany press on the ground floor.

JAMES ALDUS sworn.

I am a pawnbroker. On the 27th of August I took these cloaths in pawn of the prisoner. I gave him a duplicate of them. He said he brought them for a gentleman at No. 7, Seymour-street, Portman-square. He told me his name was Barnaby Howard , and that he lived at the same house.

Did you know him before? - I never saw him to my knowledge before. I lent him four guineas and a half upon them.

[The constable produced the duplicate in court, which he deposed the prisoner delivered to him when he was about to search him.]

PRISONER's DEFENCE.

I wrote a letter to Mr. Johnson to let him know that the cloaths were found, and I intended to bring them on the Monday following: they found the cloaths by that letter.

Question to Johnson. Have you the letter? - No; I have seen it; I can give an account of it.

Prisoner. I sent the letter the 27th of November. I wrote it the 26th.

Johnson. The maid Webster took the letter out of a drawer and got a person to read it. He told me in the letter that the things were found, and that he would tell me the particulars when I came to town.

Webster. I took the letter out of the drawer in the porter's-hall; it was unsealed; I cannot read; I got a person to read it; he was in the house till the time he was taken up; he was taken in the house.

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

GUILTY of stealing to the value of 39 s.

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

[Imprisonment. See summary.]

106. MARTHA DORWOOD , spinster , was indicted for stealing two linen table cloths, value 4 s. two linen towels, value 1 s. and a pair of cotton stockings; value 2 s. the property of David Clegg , January 17th .

DAVID CLEGG sworn.

I live in Pall-Mall . I lost the goods mentioned in the indictment ( repeating them.)

John Antropos . I am a constable. I was sent for last Wednesday evening to take charge of the prisoner; she was charged with stealing those things; she very strongly denied it. I took her to the Justice's; the Justice not being at home, I was obliged to wait some time for his return; in the mean time she confessed to me the taking of them, and that she had hid them in a field at Pimlico; she described the place; she said they were covered with some hay. I sent George Scott , and a person who passed for the prisoner's husband, to search at the place where she said she had hid them, and they returned with the goods. The confession was made freely and voluntarily, without any promise of favour.

- CLEGG sworn.

I am the wife of the prosecutor. The prisoner was employed by me as a washerwoman. These things were lost; they are worth about 5 s. I believe.

GEORGE SCOTT sworn.

I heard the prisoner describe the place the things were in; the man that lived with the prisoner and I went to Pimlico, and found them according to her description.

PRISONER's DEFENCE.

I am entirely innocent of it.

GUILTY of stealing to the value of 10 d.

Tried by the First Middlesex Jury before Lord Chief Baron SKYNNER.

[Branding. See summary.]

107. JONAS BURBOROUGH , and ELIZABETH his wife , were indicted for stealing a silver watch, value 40 s. a steel watch chain, value 2 d. a steel swivel seal set in silver, value 4 s. a surtout cloth coat with two scarlet capes, value 40 s. and a pair of leather breeches, value 20 s. the property of John Yarbury , in the dwelling-house of the said John , July the 17th .

BOTH NOT GUILTY .

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

JONAS BURBOROUGH was a second time indicted for burglariously breaking and entering the dwelling house of Thomas - on the 4th of September , about the hour of one in the night, and stealing a silver watch, value 40 s. a steel watch chain, value. a base metal watch key, value 1 d. a pair of silver shoe-buckles value 12 s. a cloth surtout coat, value 7 s. a black cloth coat, value 2 s. a black cloth waistcoat, value 1 s. two pair of worsted stockings, value 1 s. and a pair of mens leather shoes, value 2 s. and 18 s. 6 d. in monies numbered, the property of William Talboy , in the said dwelling house .

2d. Count, for breaking out of the said dwelling-house.

NOT GUILTY .

JONAS BURBOROUGH was a third time indicted for stealing a blue cloth coat, and a blue and scarlet cloth cape, the property of Anna Maria Haney , widow ; a brown cloth box-coat, with one brown and one yellow cloth cape, value 20 s. and a velvet jockey cap, value 2 s. the property of the Right Hon. Henige earl of Aylesford ; a linen shirt, value 3 s. two pair of leather breeches, value 12 s. two muslin neck-cloths, value 3 s. and two pair of worsted stockings, value 18 d. the property of Thomas Niccoll , privily in the stables of John Newport , December 11 .

THOMAS TURNER sworn.

I am coachman to Mrs. Haney; she keeps her horses in Mr. John Newport 's stable; on the 11th of December I came home late at night; I hung my great coat up in the stable; when it was new it cost 3 l. 10 s. it was the property of Mrs. Haney; it had two scarlet and one blue cape to it. I missed it in the morning; another person went first to the stable and found it open. This is the usual place where I keep my great coat.

MARK BATCHELOR sworn.

I drive my lord Aylesford; I lost a brown great coat with a yellow cape out of the stable of Mr. Newport.

THOMAS NICCOLL sworn.

I went into the stable between six and seven in the morning, and found it unlocked, and my box was broke open, and some of my things were thrown under the horses; I lost a fustian waistcoat and a velvet jockey cap.

PETER FRISQUET sworn.

I took the prisoner on the 16th of December. I got a warrant and searched his lodgings, and there I found a cap, and a pair of fustian breeches; and I found a box-coat between the feather-bed and the cordage.

ROBERT BRITTEN sworn.

I was at the taking of the prisoner; I went to search his lodging; I found a brown great coat with a yellow cape in the closet, with a cap and other things; I found in his box a key that will open Mr. Newport's stable; I tried it myself.

[The goods were produced in court and deposed to by the several witnesses.]

PRISONER's DEFENCE.

I was at a public house where several coachmen were drinking; they knew me, and I knew them by sight, but I did not know their names; they asked me if I was in place; I said no, I was helping Lord Poultney's servants; they asked me to take care of some things in a bag, because they were going to work at Enfield, and they brought the great coats to me to Lord Poultney's; I gave them a direction where I lived that they might call for the things. I told Justice Gretton what sort of men they were; one of them had but one eye.

GUILTY Death .

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

108, 109. FRANCIS GREEN and JOSEPH WEST were indicted for that they in the king's highway in and upon James Boult did make an assault, putting him in corporal fear and danger of his life, and stealing from his person a stop silver watch, value 3 l. and a guinea, a half guinea, and 10 d. in monies numbered, the property of the said James , December 3d .

JAMES BOULT sworn.

I live at Staines in Middlesex. I was stopped in the Staines stage on the 3d of December; we were stopped at about a quarter or near half an hour after six in the evening, by the prisoner West and another man on horseback; they came one on each side the coach; there was a little rain falling and it was darkish; there was no moon as I could perceive; it was near Bellfont turnpike , at the end of the narrow road just upon the common; they had each pistols; I sat facing the horses; West demanded my money; I had never seen him before to my knowledge.

Was it light enough to distinguish his person? - Yes, his face, which was not covered, was close to the coach; he held out his hand and I gave him a guinea and half and sixpence and some halfpence; I observed he dropped something out of his hand; I was also robbed of a stop watch, which is in the hand of a witness. West was afterwards taken at Bellfont; I saw him there at the sign of the Cock; I knew him immediately to be the person; I am very certain he is the man that robbed me.

When West was taken what money was found upon him? - He was not searched directly; I saw about eight or nine shillings when he was examined, which was the next day.

Did you see the stop watch taken from him? - No; it was not found upon him.

JOHN BRIDGER sworn.

I live at Staines. I was in the coach with the prosecutor; the coach was robbed opposite Mr. Cooper's house, by two highwaymen; one came to each door and demanded our money. I sat opposite Mr. Boult. West came to our side; he was dressed in a brown coat over a light coloured one; I could perceive something of his face, and his voice. I could see enough of his face to distinguish him among twenty persons when I saw him again.

What expressions did he make use of? - He d - d his eyes and limbs if we did not deliver our money he would blow our brains out; the coachman looked at him; he told him that unless he turned his head he would blow his brains out. I saw Mr. Boult deliver his money; when he had robbed us he went towards London; Mr. Boult and I jump'd out of the coach and pursued him; we told the turnpike-man that we had been robbed; we went to Mr. Cooper's and got firearms, and got two horses and pursued them; we came up with Green; he swore he would not be taken alive; he snapped his pistol at Mr. Boult or me once or twice; it did not go off; my gun burst in my hand; then he rode off; we pursued after him as fast as we could; West jump'd off his horse, or fell off his horse; the horse went by us without a rider; the horses were afterwards stopped and restored to the owners; they had been stolen from Long Mead; we continued to pursue Green, but did not take neither of them that night.

When Green nicked his pistol was you near enough to discern his person? - Yes, I could discern what sort of man he was, but not to swear to his face; I was almost close to him.

Do you undertake to say that Green is the man that you pursued that night? - I really believe so, I have no doubt about it.

Green was not taken the next day? - No, he was taken at Hereford.

Did you take any notice of the face of West that night? - No, I did not; I was sent for the next morning about ten; West was at the Cock at Belfont.

Was you in the room at the Cock as soon as Mr. Boult was? - No, but I heard him say he knew him before.

When was Green taken? - On the 6th of last month, I pursued him to Maidenhead with Mr. Boult; we heard of him all the way down; we got a warrant of the mayor at Maidenhead; when I came to Maidenhead he was gone before some hours; I got intelligence of one of their boxes at the Rose and Crown; they told me there that he had lodged there a night or two, and they shewed me a box; the box belonged to Davis who was tried yesterday; we found a brace of horse pistols in it.

Did Green lodge there as well as Davis? - One night he lodged at the Bull before Clack took Green and Davis at Hereford. I saw Green the week after before the magistrate; he pulled his cloaths off; we examined his back; he was very much shot.

Did not your piece burst? - Yes, but Mr. Boult's went off; he was then about fifteen yards before us. Mr. Boult's pistol was loaded with shot No. 1. Green declared he would not suffer any body to dress his back; there were about thirty marks of shot; Davis said in the presence of Green that he picked three shot out of one hole himself.

Did you recollect him there? - Not sufficiently to swear to his face. I thought he was the man.

How near were you to West when you shot at Green? - I cannot say, they were both together when we came up; Green rode a black horse with a bald face, West rode a brown horse with a bald face.

Was it light enough to distinguish the black horse from the brown? - We could see they were both dark horses.

How did you know which was West's horse? - We shot Green's horse behind; there were 100 holes in him; he was killed the next day.

Was Green's horse disabled by being shot? - I think he went faster after than before; we examined the horse that night, and picked a great many shot out; it was a very bad horse.

Cross Examination.

When you got out of the coach was it wet or fair? - I believe it did rain when we got out of the coach.

Mr. BOULT again.

Give an account of what happened after you were robbed - Immediately after we had been robbed we jumped out of the coach, and ran till we came within fifteen yards of the turnpike; we called to the turnpike man to shut the gate for we had been robbed by two highwaymen; then the robbers turned off to the right over the common, and so went a back way, as we suspected, to come again into the Staines Road; I believe they were within thirty yards of us when we called to the turnpike-man; we then ran back to Mr. Cooper's, and desired they would help us to fire-arms to pursue them; I got a blunderbuss, and Mr. Bridger got a gun; I loaded the gun with large Bristol shot, No. 1. there might be a slug among the shot, I cannot say; I put my hand into the bag and loaded it in a hurry; we asked for a couple of horses. Mrs. Cooper sent her servant to fetch two horses; my horse had a bridle but no saddle; Bridger's had only a rope, we went down to the corner of the road that goes towards Richmond; we had not rode down there but about five, six or seven hundred yards before we perceived they were coming towards us; we could see the bald faces of the horses; the one was a brown, the other a black horse; Green rode the black one.

Did you perceive the horses had bald faces when you were robbed? - Yes, I called out to Bridger here they come, mind them; West turned aside, and Green came by us; I bid him stop, or I would blow his brains out; he swore he would not be taken alive; he turned his horse short round and came on the other side of me; then I bid him stop again; he swore again that he would not be taken alive, and then I heard his pistol nick; he was then about a yard from me at my side; I desired him to stop afterwards two or three times; he kept swearing he would not stop; I took aim at his back and fired at him; I imagine I might be about a dozen yards from him when I shot; fourteen was the outside.

Did you hit him? - I believe so, I thought so then; West was coming up, but he got off his horse, or his horse threw him, I do not know which; his horse passed us without a rider; we pursued Green but did not take him, but we took his horse; he had got from his horse and made his escape.

What became of Bridger's gun? - It burst all to pieces; it was double-loaded; he loaded it thro' a mistake, not knowing that it was loaded before; we thought Green had concealed himself; we alarmed the neighbourhood and went in search of him, but could not find him; when we came to the town we examined the horse, and found him wounded a great deal on both sides his hips, by which we were certain we must have wounded Green; we were informed on the Friday following that a man had lain with such a kind of a man who was wounded and could scarce stand upright, and who was gone to Maidenhead; we went to Maidenhead, and were informed by one Davis that he was gone to Hereford; we heard Sir John Fielding 's men were after him, and therefore did not go any further.

Did the man describe how he was ill? - Yes, he said he could not stand upright, nor walk ten yards hardly without sitting down; I saw nothing more of Green till I received an express to go to Maidenhead. I am certain Green is the man I shot at, I took a deal of notice of him while he was robbing the other side of the coach.

The way you met them then was the way they must have gone round the common, and the way they must have gone to Richmond? - Yes, there is no other way out of the common, unless within ten yards of the place they went in.

Question from Green. What do you know me by? - By his face, by his clothes and every thing; I saw his face very plain then; I believe he had the same coat on he has now, and another coat over it almost of the same colour; it was a brown coat like that, it is not the same. I was at Maidenhead, and saw him strip'd.

Green. When you was asked if I was the man, you said it was a dark night and you did not know me? - I did not say I did not know him, I said he was the man; there were a great many marks upon his back.

Green. When I went into the room he came in and said Green how do you do, God bless you, and gave me his hand, and said he would never hurt me. - I went into the room and asked him how he did, and said God bless you; but I did not say I would not do him any harm.

THOMAS CRISP sworn.

I know Green; he came on Wednesday the 3d of December to the George at Sunbury between nine and ten o'clock at night, and asked for a lodging; I have lodged there these nine months. I never saw him before to my knowledge; when he came in he said he was distressed for a bed, that he had fallen from his horse and hurt himself; the landlord said he had not a bed for him; I said if it was agreeable as he was in distress, and it was a wet night, he should lie with me, which he did; he called for some rum and water, and went up stairs; he put the candle out before he pulled his cloaths off; I heard the top of the measure go two or three times, but what he did with it I cannot say; he had the rum in a measure, and the water in a quart cup. I went to sleep, and slept till about four o'clock. He was very restless; we talked at four o'clock; I told him I had no work to do that day; he asked me to go with him; he said he had two bundles to carry; I told him I would, and went with him.

How was he dressed? - He had a dark brown coat on, and a buff waistcoat. I went with him to Hanworth in the way to London; he was on foot; he said he was in great pain about his back; he said he was afraid it had hurt his kidneys; I did not see any wound he had; we went to Mr. Smith's at the Half Moon at Hatton, and drank a glass of brandy and water, and a glass of gin and water; we staid there about three quarters of an hour; it rained very fast then; I went with him across the country to the Coach and Horses, just on the other side of Cranford-Bridge.

That is in the Bath and Oxford road? - Yes, he had no great coat on then; he got into a return post-chaise; I left him and the chaise, and went on to Colnbrook.

JOSEPH CLACK sworn.

I am Bridewell-keeper at Reading; I heard of this robbery at Staines; I was informed one of the men was shot and wounded in the back; I went in pursuit of them; I found Green and Davis at the King's-head at Hereford. I believe I had seen Davis before; I do not know that I had seen Green; I had such a description of Davis I could not mistake him; when I had searched Davis I went to Green; he said you know nothing of me I am sure; I said if I do not know your face, perhaps I may know your back.

Had you any arms with you? - Yes, a long horse pistol in my hand.

Did they see that? - I imagine so; Green made answer and said, be you up to that, old one? I said, yes, and a good deal more; he said do not use me ill, and I will give you no trouble; this was on Wednesday the 10th; I made a mistake yesterday when. I said the 7th. I searched him, and found a metal watch in his pocket; I put my hand down his breeches, and asked what he had got there; he said nothing that would hurt me, and put his hand in his pocket and gave me a brace of pistols. I did not see his back. I brought him to Maidenhead, where he was examined before the mayor. I went to Wickham to see after another of the party, and while I was gone he was taken to Reading. I found the prosecutor's watch on Davis.

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

RICHARD BASTON sworn.

I lodge at the King's-head at Ashford. West slept there on the 3d of December; we heard of the robbery next morning; we took West and carried him to Mr. Read's the Black Dog at Bellfont; there being nobody up but a post boy in the stable, we took him to the sign of the Cock opposite. Mr. Boult saw him there, and said he thought he was one of the men that robbed him; he was afterwards brought up to Clerkenwell. West had a kind of a light coat underneath, and a Bath coat over it; they were rather of a brownish colour. I clap'd my hand on him, and said he was pursued; he said be I by G - d? where are they, when are they coming? then he asked me to put him over the wall; I took hold of him, and told him he must come along with me; he asked me what for; I said he had not paid his reckoning; he said what is it, I will give it you; I will give you all I have got if you will let me go. I told him the landlord was coming, I would not let him go; he was searched at the Cock, but I was not present at the search.

West. When he came after me he caught hold of my shoulder, and asked me where I was going; I said to London; he turned round and said there was somebody pursuing me; I was afraid it was a press-gang, I had been pressed before; they took me before the Justice and searched me, and found nothing upon me. He came to me when I was in prison, and gave me something to drink, and said he would not hurt me; he said afterwards d - n the dog, I will hang him; instead of 40 l. we ought to have 50 l.

Baston. I went to him in Newgate, and gave him a glass of wine, and gave him a shilling. I said I would be as favourable to him as I could; it was not in my power to hurt him. I mentioned nothing of the money.

West. When I was taken at Bellfont, he said I was come to the worst place I could, for that they always took them. - I said no such thing.

JOHN NELLER sworn.

West came on foot to my house at Ashford, between eight and nine at night, on the 3d of December; he asked me to put him in the way to Hounslow; he wanted a place to lie in; I told him I had no such place; I have only a little cottage, I am a day labouring man; I shewed him to a public house, and we had two or three pints of beer; he desired me to come to the public house the next morning at about six o'clock and call him up. I went at six in the morning, and bid the girl call the man I was with over night; he was called up; I went a little way with him to put him in the way to Hounslow; he told me if any body enquired after him to tell them that he was gone to Kingston or some other way, and bid me leave word at the public house the same when I went back again.

Did you do so? - Yes; I saw him at Bellfont when he was taken.

Prisoner. I never bid him say I was going a contrary road.

Neller. He did upon my oath.

ALEXANDER TAYLOR sworn.

I keep the Old White-horse public-house at Maidenhead. I have seen both the prisoners. Green lay I believe two nights at my house; I don't remember the time; he came as an acquaintance of Davis's, who lodged constantly at my house. Bridger came and enquired if Green had been there. I never heard of the robbery till he told me of it.

How long before Bridger came might it be that he lay at your house? - I believe it might be a fortnight before. Green came on the 5th of December, and enquired if Davis was up; he went up to his room, and was there a considerable time; then he went away and went the road that goes to Maidenhead; and Davis went with the Oxford coach. Davis not lying there that night, my wife did not make the bed; when she went up the next day, she found a coat all wet and dirty in Davis's room; she gave it me; it is said to be much shot (it was produced in court) there were a brace of pistols found in Davis's box when the Justice broke it open. I expected Davis to return; he said he had a brother dead, and had asked his master to let him go into the country about a house.

Had any body been in the room after he left it? - Nobody to my knowledge, but my wife; I took the coat and hung it out to dry; there was a yellow purse in one of the pockets.

WEST said nothing in his defence.

GREEN's DEFENCE.

I know nothing about the affair.

WEST called eight, and GREEN called two witnesses, who gave them a good character.

BOTH GUILTY Death .

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

[WEST was humbly recommended by the Jury to his Majesty's mercy .]

110. RICHARD GASPER was indicted for stealing a live sow, value 20 s. and nine live pigs, value 3 l. the property of Joseph Berks , December the 16th .

JOSEPH BERKS sworn.

I live at St. John's Wood-farm . I have seen the prisoner before. I lost a sow and nine pigs, on Tuesday the 16th of December. I missed them early on Wednesday morning. I went to London and sent an advertisement to the Daily Papers, and they were advertized on Thursday: in consequence of which Walter Jones came to my house, and informed me, that he believed he had bought my sow and pigs. I had offered a guinea reward. I went myself in the evening, and saw the things which I had lost. I gave Walter Jones the guinea, and my servant and I brought the pigs home again.

WALTER JONES sworn.

On the 16th of December the prisoner brought the sow and nine pigs to me, and offered them to sale. He said he bought them at Reading; I bid him money for them; we could not agree; I went out, and when I returned my wife had agreed with him. I gave him 3 l. 14 s. for them; they were advertised by Mr. Berks; I informed him I had such pigs; Mr. Berks came and claimed them, and he took them away.

Prisoner. I told him I bought them. I did not say I bought them at Reading. I never had but two guineas of her.

ANN JONES sworn.

I am the wife of Walter Jones . The prisoner and his wife came to our house and brought the pigs. I lay-in at the time. My husband bid him 3 l. 10 s. for them; they could not agree. My husband was obliged to go out. When he was gone, I asked what was the difference between them. The prisoner said not much, only 8 s. I said I would give him 4 s. more, and he said I should have them. I gave him two guineas, and told him to come on the morrow and I would give him the rest; his wife came the next day, and I paid her 1 l. 12 s.

JOHN YOUNG sworn.

I keep St. Giles's round-house. I was at the taking of the prisoner. He was in bed; I found two guineas and a half at the foot of the bed.

JAMES FLOYD sworn.

I searched the prisoner when he was taken; he had 9 s. 6 d. in his pocket. Young found a guinea and a half in the bed; he said it was the money he had taken for the pigs. I found a key in his wife's pocket, which she said belonged to a room in Berkshire. When he came before the magistrate, he said he drove them out of a field near the road, but he did not say where the field was, nor what road, as I recollect.

To Berks. Was you before the Justice? - Yes. In his examination Mr. Cox said to him, why my lad you came by the pigs very well, you found them in a lane or field, I suppose; he said yes, he found them in a field.

PRISONER's DEFENCE.

I was drinking a pot of purl at a public house on the road, and a man drove those pigs to the door. I asked him if he was going to sell them? he said yes. I asked him what he would have for them? he said three guineas and a half, and I bought them. It was at the Green Man the bottom of Portland-road.

GUILTY B .

Tried by the Second Middlesex Jury before Lord Chief Baron SKYNNER.

111, 112. JOHN EDINGTON and WILLIAM HARVEY, otherwise GOODLING , were indicted for stealing twelve pen-knives, value 2 s. a wooden till, value 2 d. and three guineas, the property of Thomas Peck , in the dwelling house of the said Thomas , December the 31st .

ELIZABETH PECK sworn.

I keep a chandler's shop in the parish of St. George, near Hanover-square . I have a drawer in the counter with four partitions, which I use as a till. On the 31st of December, between seven and eight in the evening I missed the till; I had seen it about an hour before; I was down in the kitchen; there was no one in the shop at the time. I bolted the lower part of the door (the door is divided), but I am not sure that I bolted the upper part; the door was shut; I had brought down three guineas, and put it in the till in a letter, just before. When I came up stairs the till was taken away: there had been a dozen pen-knives I had to dispose of in the drawer; I believe the children had had two out; there was likewise an old knife that was very remarkable, and which I can swear to; I have had it about six years. When I missed the drawer, two young men came in, and asked me if I had been robbed? I said I had lost my till. They said I must go directly with them to Justice Gretton's. My husband went that night; I went the next day and saw the things.

WILLIAM SANDFORD sworn.

I am a constable. I took the prisoner up the last day of the old year at a puppet-show, between eight and nine at night. From the information of the master of the puppet-show to the Justice, that they had changed a guinea to see the show, and he thought they could not come honestly by it. I took them there; there were three of them; one was admitted an evidence, but we cannot find him now. This remarkable knife and four others, I found in Harvey's pocket; I found in his pocket a guinea and eighteen good and two bad shillings; when I charged them with it they denied it; the paper the knives were wrapped up in, and this letter (producing it), were found in the puppet-show room.

[The knife was produced in court, and deposed to by the prosecutrix.]

WILLIAM SPONDER sworn.

I am a watchman. I was at the taking of the prisoners on the 31st of December, between seven and eight o'clock. I searched Eddington, and found four knives in his pocket (producing them.) Harvey said to the boy that turned evidence, you are the worst of us all, for you opened the door.

RICHARD SCURRAH sworn.

I was in the office when the prisoners were brought in; I heard Harvey say, that he took the money, and that Quagley the accomplice went and opened the door, and that he was worse than any of them.

EDINGTON's DEFENCE.

I met John Quagley ; he asked me to go to the puppet-show; I said I had no money; he said he had money enough, and he would treat me.

HARVEY's DEFENCE.

Quagley asked me to open the door and go in, and take that woman's till; I told him I would not; then he went in and took it himself, and ran out with it on his head; he then asked me to go to the puppet-show, and gave me a guinea to take care of.

EDINGTON NOT GUILTY .

HARVEY. GUILTY , B .

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

113. JOSEPH HILL was indicted for stealing four linen shirts, value 20 s. a muslin neckcloth, value 2 s. two linen aprons, value 1 s. two linen night caps, value 2 d. a linen handkerchief, value 6 d. a child's linen shift, value 6 d. and two silver tea spoons, value 3 s. the property of Hannah Reed , widow , December the 11th .

NOT GUILTY .

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

114, 115. JOHN COLLY and THOMAS LONGLEY were indicted for that they in the king's highway, in and upon Ann Frances the wife of Abraham Adam , did make an assault, putting her in corporal fear and danger of her life; and stealing from her person, and against her will, three guineas in monies numbered, the property of the said Abraham , December the 12th .

BOTH NOT GUILTY .

Tried by the First Middlesex Jury before Lord Chief Baron SKYNNER.

JOHN COLLY and THOMAS LONGLEY were (a second time) indicted, for that they in the king's highway upon Abraham Adams did make an assault, putting him in corporal fear and danger of his life, and stealing from his person, and against his will, 6 s. in monies numbered, the property of the said Abraham , December the 16th .

BOTH NOT GUILTY .

Tried by the First Middlesex Jury before Lord Chief Baron SKYNNER.

116. JACOB JOEL was indicted for stealing thirty wooden firkins, containing 1920 pounds weight of soft soap, value 30 l. the property of James Neave and Rawson Aislabie , April the 14th .

NOT GUILTY .

Tried by the Second Middlesex Jury before Lord Chief Baron SKYNNER.

117. WILLIAM KELTIE was indicted for stealing two woollen cloth coats, value 20 s. and four woollen cloth waistcoats, value 20 s , the property of Joseph Price , December the 13th .

JOSEPH PRICE sworn.

I am a refiner . I lost two coats and four waistcoats from my apartments in Basinghall-street . I saw them about one o'clock on Saturday; I did not miss them till I was told they were taken away.

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

JAMES PRIOR sworn.

I am a patrole. I saw the prisoner and a man and woman come out of the court near the prosecutor's house, on the 13th of December, about 5 o'clock. The prisoner had these things wrapped up in this apron; I pursued him; he drop'd them. Taylor, who was close by, took them up.

WILLIAM TAYLOR sworn.

On Saturday between five and six o'clock, as I was coming down Basinghall-street, I heard the last witness cry stop thief; I sprang forward, and saw the prisoner with a bundle under his arm; I crossed upon him so hard, that he dropp'd the bundle; I wrench'd my foot, and being unable to follow him, I turned back and took up the bundle; he was taken a few yards off.

ANN CROOK sworn.

I live in the lower part of the house. One of the men, I can't say which, delivered the clothes to me; I kept them till next morning till the prosecutor came, and then delivered them to him.

Prior. I delivered them to this woman.

RICHARD COTTON sworn.

Mr. Price delivered the clothes to me; I have kept them ever since.

PRISONER's DEFENCE.

I did not drop the things; they laid hold of me; I did not know what for.

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

GUILTY .

Tried by the London Jury before Mr. RECORDER.

[No punishment. See summary.]

118. JOHN COLEMAN was indicted for stealing a copper, 50 lb. value 40 s. and 50 lb. of lead, value 5 s. the property of Jacob Hern , December the 23d .

JACOB HERN sworn.

I am a victualler in Coleman-street . I had a copper stole out of my back place; my servant and I pursued the prisoner and took him with the copper in White's-alley.

RICHARD RADFORD sworn.

I am servant to the prosecutor. I went down White's-alley after the prisoner; I saw the prisoner with the copper; as I came up, he ran away; I pursued him, and took him in a necessary-house.

DAVID CHAPMAN sworn.

I am a constable. I pursued the prisoner, and took him into custody; he said a boy gave him the copper, but he did not know him.

PRISONER's DEFENCE.

He looks like a bigger thief than myself; I know nothing of it. That man robbed Coleman-street church.

GUILTY .

Tried by the London Jury before Mr. RECORDER.

[Imprisonment. See summary.]

119. WILLIAM BROWN was indicted for stealing a linen handkerchief, value 10 d. the property of Charles Dupre , December 15th .

CHARLES DUPRE sworn.

On the 15th of December while I was buying some hogs at Smithfield-market , I put my hand into my pocket for my handkerchief; I had hold of one corner of it, and I felt a smart pull at it; I turned about and the prisoner had it in his hand: he threw it into one of the hog pens. I secured him.

JOHN ELLIOT sworn.

I was with Mr. Dupre when he secured the prisoner; I did not see the handkerchief in the prisoner's hand, but I saw something thrown into the pen and took it up. I delivered the handkerchief to the constable, who is not here.

Prosecutor. I saw the handkerchief in Mr. Elliot's hand; it was mine.

PRISONER's DEFENCE.

I know nothing of it.

GUILTY .

Tried by the London Jury before Mr. RECORDER.

[Imprisonment. See summary.]

120, 121. JAMES BIRCH and CHARLES MESSENGER were indicted for stealing nine silk handkerchiefs, value 36 s. the property of Stephen Langston , Jarvis Chambers , and William Langston , December 13th .

LUKE HALL sworn.

I am apprentice to the prosecutors Messrs. Langston, Chambers and Langston; the prisoner came to our shop on the 13th of December, about eight in the morning, to buy handkerchiefs. I suspected him, and gave an intimation of my suspicion to Mr. William Langston ; Mr. Langston came down and concealed himself, to see what passed; after they were gone, he came out and followed them. Messenger was brought back, and he dropped four handkerchiefs.

WILLIAM LANGSTON sworn.

I concealed myself, and saw Birch shuffling something into his pocket; I followed him; when Birch was brought back, I saw Birch throw the handkerchiefs from him. I took them up, and delivered them to the constable.

ANTHONY INGRAM sworn.

I am a constable; I saw Messenger throw the four handkerchiefs down.

[They were produced in Court, and deposed to by Mr. Langston.]

MESSENGER's DEFENCE.

I am innocent of what I am accused with: I know nothing of the four handkerchiefs.

BIRCH's DEFENCE.

I went to buy a handkerchief, and bought one. I know nothing about the other handkerchiefs.

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

Tried by the London Jury before Mr. RECORDER.

[Imprisonment. See summary.]

122. MARY ROBERTS was indicted for stealing a lawn gown and petticoat, value 10 s. a cotton gown, value 1 s. a stuff petticoat, value 2 s. a dimity petticoat, value 2 s. four muslin handkerchiefs, value 10 s. a muslin apron, value 6 s. a lawn apron, value 4 s. a pair of muslin ruffles, value 1 s. 6 d. a laced cap, value 4 s. two laced lappets, value 5 s. a silk cloak, value 10 s. a silk bonnet, value 4 s. two linen aprons, value 4 s. three checque aprons, value 3 s. a linen night cap, value 6 d. three linen handkerchiefs, value 1 s. and a linen napkin, value 1 s. the property of Judith Giblet , in her dwelling-house , November 23d .

JUDITH GIBLET sworn.

I went to church about eleven o'clock; when I returned after service, I missed all the things mentioned in the indictment (repeating them) they were taken out of my bed chamber. The prisoner, who was my servant , was likewise missing.

Had any warning been given, or quarrel between you? - No, on the contrary, she expressed her approbation of her place. About a fortnight afterwards I heard of her; Furnell my servant, and the constable John Orange went to her lodgings. She directed them to the pawn-brokers, where the goods were found.

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

John Orange and William Furnell confirmed the prosecutrix's evidence.

PRISONER's DEFENCE.

Mrs. Giblet's son wanted to lie with me; I refused; he said if I would consent, he would give me these things, and would get me a place in the country; upon which I went up stairs with him; after he had done with me, he gave me the things, and then he got me a lodging: but he never came to see me from the time that I went away.

Court. Where is the son?

Prosecutrix. At home; he was at church with me. I am confident what she says is false.

Court. Was your son at church with you all the time? - He came a little after eleven o'clock; our church is done about a quarter before one o'clock. I went out at about eleven o'clock, when the bell rang for church; he came to church in twenty minutes after; I believe it was not more.

Was your son present when she was taken? - He was not there.

Did you ever hear this story before? - No, my son carries himself at a much greater distance than that.

But did she ever pretend this before? - No.

Court to Orange and Furnell. Did the prisoner tell you this story she has told now when you first took her?

Both. No, we never heard this story before; she did not say it then, nor before the Justice of Peace.

Question to Prosecutrix. What are the things worth? 39 s.

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

[Branding. See summary.]

[Imprisonment. See summary.]

123. WILLIAM HUNT was indicted for stealing a mare, value 4 l. the property of Jonathan Appleton , December 11th .

The Prosecutor is one of the people called Quakirs; he refused to be sworn; and as an affirmation cannot be received in cases of felony, the prisoner was found

NOT GUILTY .

Tried by the First Middlesex Jury before Lord Chief Baron SKYNNER.

124, 125. WILLIAM SHEPHERD and THOMAS SHEPHERD were indicted for stealing a pair of leather boots, value 10 s. the property of Robert Robson , December 30th .

ROBERT ROBSON sworn.

I am a boot and shoe-maker . On the 2d of January, I missed a pair of new boots; they were made for a Frenchman, and not knowing his name, were marked F. M. for Frenchman.

JOHN HOOD sworn.

I made the boots for my master, the prosecutor; the leather was marked F. M. by the foreman who cuts them out; I carried them back to my master's shop; I heard no more of them till they were advertised. I know them again.

RICHARD SCURRAH sworn.

I am constable of Mury-le-bone Parish; an information came of a robery in Cavendish-square, against both the prisoners, at the latter end of last month; we went to their lodging, and staid till two o'clock in the morning for their coming home; then we let them go up stairs, and followed them into the back garret; there we found these boots on the bed. I saw a pair of new shoes; they said we need not trouble ourselves about the shoes, for they bought them; I said then, I suppose you stole the boots: Thomas made answer, d - n your eyes, that you may find out if you can. I told him I fancied we should find it out; accordingly they were advertised and owned by Mr. Robson on the Monday.

Question from Thomas. Did I say d - n your eyes, as you said to his Lordship? - Yes. - Did not you take two other men into custody? - Yes, they were going up to see the prisoners; we let them go, and waited till the prisoners came home.

Court. How do you know it was their lodging? - They both owned they lodged there.

WILLIAM SANDFORD sworn.

I went with the last witness to search this lodging; we found these boots there.

William Sponder , who likewise was at the searching of the lodging, confirmed the testimony of the two last witnesses.

[The boots were produced in court, and deposed to by the prosecutor and John Hood .]

Prosecutor. They were brought home from the making and hung up in my shop.

WILLIAM SHEPHERD 's DEFENCE.

As I was coming down Oxford-road, I met my brother-in-law; I went with him to his club; coming back we met two young men, who said they were locked out of their lodging; they asked us to let them lie with us a night or two; I gave them the key, and told them they might, and go to bed as soon as they would. The things were not in the room when we went out; when we returned, the things were in the room, and they took us up.

THOMAS SHEPHERD 's DEFENCE.

What my brother has said is the truth.

Scurrah. We found the other two young men on the stairs; we searched them; they had no key; there was a padlock on the door; as we were going down stairs I saw one of the Shepherd's put the key on the window, and there we found it afterwards. We forced the door open.

BOTH GUILTY .

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

[Imprisonment. See summary.]

126, 127. ELIZABETH SMITH and ELIZABETH, the wife of John CUMMINS , were indicted for stealing a silver watch, value 40 s. the property of Thomas Martin , January 12th .

THOMAS MARTIN sworn.

I live in Chappel-street, Tottenham-court Road. I lost a silver watch in Church-lane, St. Giles's , almost at the bottom, between two and three o'clock in the afternoon; I don't know the house; I went to enquire for a man; I met the prisoners; they asked me to go in, and asked me for something to drink; I said I had no money; at last they pressed me till I gave them two-pence halfpenny for a quartern of gin; they would not be content without something more; then I gave them a pot of beer; Smith persuaded me to go into another room with her; I had my watch; then she asked me what I would give her; I told her six-pence.

What were you to give her the 6 d. for? some gallantry to pass between you? - Yes; then she robbed me of my watch. I felt her hand in my pocket, and I could not recover it; when I got up, I asked her for it; she said she had not got the watch, nor had she seen it. Cummins came in and asked what was the matter; I told her I had lost my watch; she said I never had a watch; I said I had, and would not go out without it. Smith struck me, and bid me be gone for a dirty dog; I said I would not go out without my watch; she pulled out a knife, and said she would cut my liver out if I did not go, and Cummins shoved me out and shut the door upon me. I never found my watch.

SMITH's DEFENCE.

I had been with Cummins to the Seven Dials to buy an apron; this man came up to us and asked if Mr. Durmer lived there; we asked what he was; he said a smuggler; we were washing; he asked us to drink, and he sent for a quartern of gin, and sat down a quarter of an hour, and then he said he had lost his watch; I said don't say you lost it here. I saw no watch.

CUMMINS's DEFENCE.

I live in the bottom of the house; there was a young woman washing; this man came and asked if we knew one Durmer a smuggler; he said he was to bring him some tea on Saturday night; he asked if we would drink, and sent for a quartern of gin, and afterwards a pot of half and half; he sat about a quarter of an hour; I was going down, and he asked me to get him two sixpences for a shilling; when I returned he said he had lost his watch; I said I did not see that he had a watch; he said he had; I said then why did he not send for a constable; he said he had been in some company, and had lost 8 s. and should be glad to find the woman out. Sarah King and Jane Carter were in company with us.

Prosecutor. That is a great while ago.

Court to the Prosecutor. Was it up stairs or down that you were drinking together? - Up stairs.

Were King and Carter in the room? - Yes, when I first came in they were in bed with another man.

The Prisoners called Sarah King andane Carter, who confirmed the story they had told in their defence.

SMITH GUILTY .

CUMMINS NOT GUILTY .

Tried before the First Middlesex Jury before Mr. RECORDER.

[Imprisonment. See summary.]

128, 129. ANN THOMPSON and MARY DOWNES were indicted for stealing two guineas and a half in monies numbered , the property of William Moody , Dec. 17th .

WILLIAM MOODY sworn.

I am a sailor ; I lost two guineas and a half in a house in Elbow Lane ; about nine at night I went there with a ship-mate; Ann Thompson desired me to go with her into another room; we had been drinking a little, though I was not the worse for liquor; I had two guineas and a half in gold, and some silver; she said she was going down stairs; (I thought it was upon some private matter) and that she would return in about half an hour; after that Downes came up, and asked if I had got my money safe; I then felt in my pocket and missed it; I was then in bed; she said I should get up and charge the watch with her; I got up and got the watch, who took her in the morning, and carried her before the Justice; there she confessed she took my money, and said she gave a guinea of it to Downes; upon which the Justice granted a warrant to bring Downes before him; she confessed voluntarily; I made her no promise to induce her to confess.

WILLIAM BEAN sworn.

The prosecutor gave me charge of Thompson; I took her to the watch-house, and locked her up; in the morning she voluntarily confessed that she had robbed this man. I have the money sealed up.

THOMPSON's DEFENCE.

Mary Downes and the prosecutor are old acquaintance; she fetched me from the publick house to him; the prosecutor asked me to have something to drink, and sent for a shilling's worth of rum and water; then he asked me to go up stairs; we went up together, and Mary Downes went out for a pot of hot; after we drank the hot we went to bed; in about half an hour after that Downes asked the prosecutor if I had not taken his money out of his pocket?

Was not you in liquor?

Prosecutor. No, I was not.

Do you know who took it out of your pocket? - Mary Downes took it out before I went to bed, to see what I had; and put it in again before my eyes.

Thompson. She did not put it in again; she gave me half a guinea to get a pot of hot; she thought I staid longer than I ought, and sent the officer of the night after me; he took me with the pot of hot in my hand. She took it out of his pocket indeed, my Lord.

THOMPSON, GUILTY B . and Imp

DOWNES NOT GUILTY .

Tried by the First Middlesex Jury before Mr. RECORDER.

130. MARY COLLINS was indicted for stealing two cotton gowns, value 10 s. a child's cotton frock, value 6 d. a child's linen frock, value 6 d. three linen aprons, value 1 s. one muslin apron, value 6 d. a diaper napkin, value 6 d. three pair of linen shirt sleeves, value 6 d. a linen bed-gown, value 6 d. a linen shirt, value 6 d. two linen shirts, value 10 d. three childs shift-bodies, value 1 s. one wire gauze cap, value 6 d. a child's sattin petticoat, value 6 d. three linen pin cloths, value 3 d. an ironing blanket, value 4 d. a muslin apron, value 2 d. a childs linen petticoat value 2 d. a callico waistcoat, value 3 d. and a black mode cloak, lined with stuff, value 6 d. the property of George Cavill , January 5 .

GEORGE CAVILL sworn.

I was sent for home, and found the things scattered about the room, and the prisoner in custody.

AGNES CAVILL sworn.

I went out between three and four o'clock on the 5th of January. I was not above twelve minutes before I returned and found my door unlocked. I went up to my room on the one pair of stairs, and I saw the shadow of somebody going up stairs, higher up than my room. I went into my room and saw a hat box, in which I had a gauze-cap open, and the cap gone. The prisoner was stopped in coming down stairs; I taxed her with the robbery; she had no apron on; Mrs. Waterloe called out, that she had dropped the things at her door. When she was in my room, she was shuffling her cloaths, and she dropped a key which would unlock my door; the constable came and searched her, and found five more keys upon her, and a piece of iron, fit to open small locks; the things were in her apron.

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

ANN MARY WATERLOE sworn.

I live in the fore-garret in the same house with Mr. Cavill. I heard somebody come up stairs and knock at the back-garret door; I opened my door, and saw the prisoner drop the cloaths. She wanted to get away, we made her go down stairs, and she was stopped going down.

THOMAS ROBSON , sworn.

I am the landlord of the house; I was called up and saw her drop the key; I tried, and it opened Cavil's door.

PRISONER's DEFENCE.

I went to enquire for a person in the garret; as I was going up stairs a woman pushed by me as fast as she could. I never was in Mr. Cavil's room; the apron was not mine; I never wore a coloured apron in my life. The keys I had were the keys of my rooms and boxes.

GUILTY .

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

[Branding. See summary.]

[Imprisonment. See summary.]

131. SAMUEL THORNTON was indicted for stealing three linen shirts, value 30 s. a linen shift, value 5 s. a callico jacket, value 5 s. a bed-gown, value 10 s. a linen petticoat, value 5 s. two linen pillow cases, value 2 s. and a linen night-cap, value 1 s. the property of John Wilding , December the 16th .

LYDIA WILDING , sworn.

I am the wife of John Wilding ; I take in washing; the things mentioned in the indictment were hung out to dry. I heard the line break which alarmed me. My niece told me that she saw the prisoner strip the things off the line. I pursued him, and saw him drop some of the things he had under his arm; he was stopped; he said he had two companions, to whom he gave the rest of the things. I must pay 40 s. for what I lost.

FANNY FOSTER sworn.

I saw the prisoner strip the things off the line; he jumped over the hedge; he was pursued immediately by Mr. Goulder.

STEPHEN GOULDER sworn.

I was coming down the foot path; I heard a feeble voice in the garden cry out stop thief. I saw the prisoner with the things under his coat; I pursued him; he dropped them; I overtook him and secured him till Mrs. Wilding came up. He said he had two companions to whom he had given the rest of the things.

[Part of the things mentioned in the indictment were produced in court and deposed to by the prosecutrix.]

PRISONER's DEFENCE.

I am innocent of the affair: there were others in the foot path as well as me. I have no friend but God and myself.

GUILTY .

Tried by the Second Middlesex Jury before Lord Chief Baron SKYNNER.

[Imprisonment. See summary.]

132. SARAH WOOD was indicted for stealing a cloth great coat, value 6 s. a hat, value 4 s. four linen shirts, value 4 s. and a pair of linen sheets, value 5 s. the property of Benjamin Swinfan , January 7th .

BENJAMIN SWINFAN sworn.

I am a silversmith . I lost the things mentioned in the indictment ( repeating them) last Wednesday was week, out of my house. I had seen them not ten minutes before. I was alarmed by a neighbour. I followed the prisoner, and took her with them upon her. I charged a constable with her.

How did she get in? - The door was on the latch; we were at dinner.

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

GEORGE GRUBLE sworn.

I am a constable; I happened to be going by as the prosecutor had hold of the prisoner. I took charge of her. She said she was very sorry that her sister persuaded her to do it.

[The prisoner did not say any thing in her defence, but called five witnesses who gave her a good character.]

GUILTY of stealing to the value of 10 d.

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

133. JOHN EADES was indicted for stealing 14 lb. weight of hair-powder, value 10 s. the property of Joseph Johnson , December 11 .

JOHN ATHERLEY sworn.

I am porter to the Huntingdon waggon, which belongs to Mr. Johnson. I put a parcel containing 14 lb. of hair-powder into the waggon; when I loaded it there were likewise two other parcels with it which are gone; this was directed to Richard Ball , Huntingdon.

HEATRED BONNICK sworn.

I live at Holloway ; on the 11th of December at night I saw a waggon go by; and I saw three men on the causeway running after the waggon; the prisoner afterwards came by me with a parcel; I suspected he had taken it from the waggon, and stopped him; I asked him where he got the parcel; he said at a grocer's facing Long-Lane, Smithfield; and that he was going to carry it to the Red Lion at Highgate; I took him to a public house; the sign of Serjeant Glynn's Head; I sent after the waggoner; he came back, and upon examining his bill of parcels it tallied with it.

THOMAS GINN sworn.

I am the waggoner; I know the porter put this parcel into the waggon.

The PORTER sworn.

I saw the parcel, opened it contained fourteen pounds of hair powder.

PRISONER's DEFENCE.

I was hired to carry it to the Red Lion at Highgate.

[The Prisoner called one witness who gave him a good character.]

GUILTY of stealing to the value of 10 d.

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

134. THOMAS CANTRELL was indicted for burglariously breaking and entering the dwelling house of William Asttell on the 5th of December ; about the hour of seven in the night; with intent the goods of the said William feloniously to steal .

WILLIAM ASTELL sworn.

I am a scale-maker in King's-Head Court, Beach-Lane ; my house was broke open on the 25th of December, near seven at night. I went out at 12 o'clock to dinner; I fastened the doors and windows; I did not leave any one in the house; at about eight at night a person who lodges with me came to me and told me that my house was broke open; I took a coach and went home directly; I found the door open; there were some handles taken out of a drawer; and laid on the table near the door, and the tea-kettle stood by the side of it; the drawers were not locked.

JOHN PARTRIDGE sworn.

I took an apartment of Mr. Astell; I moved my goods in on Christmas-day; and went out to dinner; I returned about seven o'clock; I saw a light; I knocked at the door and called out halloa; I heard a voice which I took to be Astell's; I stood about a minute; then the prisoner opened the door with a candle in his left hand; there was another fellow behind him; the prisoner said d - n your eyes make way, and they both rushed out; I called out stop thief. As he held the candle in his left hand, I had a full view of him; he was taken about one o'clock the next day; I knew him again directly; he was in his own hair, and had on a brewer's jacket, a flapped hat, and a bit of an apron before him.

Who went out first, you or Mr. Astell? - I believe I went out first.

Astell. There are separate doors.

Partridge. My door was fast when I went out; there was no mark of the doors or windows having been broke open.

WILLIAM COX sworn.

I was sitting at the French-horn on Christmas-day in the evening; the prisoner came in and called for a penny-worth of two-penny; there is a small shed parts the French-horn and Mr. Astell's house; he asked for it several times, and seemed in a hurry; they brought it, and he put the pot down and went out in a hurry. I heard the cry of stop thief, and ran out and saw him in the court; I said he was one of them; he said he was not.

Was he running very fast? - No; he was walking leisurely when I met him.

JOHN BUSH sworn.

I heard the cry of stop thief. I saw the prisoner come down the court; he made his way out of the court; he d - d his eyes, and said he was not one of them.

LEWIS JEWLIN sworn.

I heard the cry of stop thieves. I went out and saw Partridge; I got him a light, and went into the house with him? there was a drawer open and four handles on the table, and the tea kettle.

PRISONER's DEFENCE.

I went into the French-horn to have a pint of beer; I heard the cry of thieves; I ran out like other fools, and they laid hold of me and said I was one of them, but I was not; I never did such a thing in my life.

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

GUILTY Death .

Tried by the London Jury before Mr. RECORDER.

[He was humbly recommended by the prosecutor to his Majesty's mercy .]

135. MATTHEW MATTISON was indicted for stealing three guineas in monies numbered ; the property of Robert Grant , October 31 .

MARY ANN GRANT sworn.

I am the wife of Robert Grant ; my husband keeps the sign of Dr. Butler's-head . On Friday the 30th or 31st of October, I cannot say which, the prisoner came in with two other men, and asked me what cordials we sold; I repeated them, and they chose shrub; while I was serving them I observed a little man, whom I did not see before, stand up in the corner; the prisoner asked me if I would change a guinea; I told him we never changed of a Friday, because we wanted silver to serve shops on Saturday; then he said to a man that was with him that he could not pay him if I could not give him change; and asked him how much money it was, the man said 8 s. I had eleven guineas and a good deal of silver in a bag; I thought I would give him change for the sake of the poor man's being paid; I took the money out of the bag; he came in and said, d - n it and there is a 77 guinea and took up a handful and rubbed his hand with the money in it; he laid that down, and took up another handful, and said here is one; they went away; they had not been gone a minute before I missed three guineas; this was between twelve and one at noon; nobody had access to the drawer but myself. I saw no more of the prisoner till my husband took him up about two months after.

SUSANNAH GREEN , sworn.

The prisoner came into my master's house with two more, and asked if my mistress sold cordials; she answered yes, and asked what he chose; he chose shrub; he asked for change for a guinea; my mistress said she could not change; he went into the bar; she put out her money; he put his hand over her shoulder, and took up some money and rubbed it in his hands; he said he believed there was a Queen Anne's half-guinea.

Did he take up money more than once? - Yes.

PRISONER's DEFENCE.

I sometimes drink a little more liquor then I should do; but I cannot say I ever was in the house to my knowledge in my life.

To Green. Are you sure the prisoner is the man? - Yes, I am. He was not in liquor.

To Grant. Are you sure that is the man? - Yes; I knew him directly when I saw him again. He was very sober.

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

GUILTY , B . and Imp .

Tried by the London Jury before Mr. RECORDER.

136. JOHN TATEHAM was indicted for stealing a leather knee flap for a chaise, value 18 s. a leather rein, value 4 s. a woollen cloth seat for a chariot, value 14 s. and a cloth for the roof and back of a coach, value 18 s. the property of Thoroughgood Chalkley , December 13 .

THOROUGHGOOD CHALKLEY sworn.

I am a coachmaker in Finsbury ; I lost the things mentioned in the indictment out of my warehouse.

JOHN ROBERTSON sworn.

I am an apprentice to the prosecutor; I remember putting those things into my master's warehouse on the 12th of December; the knee flap was cut for a chariot.

Another Witness sworn.

I was at work in the warehouse that day; I delivered the key at night to Robertson who hung it up.

JOHN DANIEL sworn.

I am a watchman; I stopped the prisoner at twelve at night; I found these things upon him; he said he had taken them from a house in Finsbury yard; he informed me exactly where the house was.

JOHN CLARK sworn.

I am a constable; these things were delivered into my custody; they are in the state in which I received them.

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

PRISONER's DEFENCE.

I found them at the door.

GUILTY .

Tried by the London Jury before Mr. RECORDER.

[Imprisonment. See summary.]

137, 138. JAMES BANKS and DANIEL DUNCAN were indicted for taking from the person of James Brown , against his will, a promissary note, signed under the hand of James Banks , by which the said James Banks did promise to pay to the said Daniel Duncan the sum of 11 l. 9 s. the property of the said James Brown , October the 4th .

[There was not any person appeared to support the charge.]

BOTH NOT GUILTY .

139. ELEANOR BOWEN was indicted for stealing a silver watch, value 5 l. a base metal watch chain, value 4 d. two base metal watch seals, value 6 d. and a base metal watch key, value 1 d. the property of James Plain , December the 30th .

JAMES PLAIN sworn.

On the 30th of December I lost a silver watch; I went into the Butcher's-arms in Chick-lane , and called for a pint of ale; the prisoner came and sat down by me; I drank my ale, and was coming out; she wanted me to go home with her; I told her I did not want to go home with her; she got round me and picked my pocket of my watch; there was another girl that she called to her assistance. I felt the prisoner pulling my watch out of my pocket; I got hold of her wrist; my watch was then quite clearly out of my pocket; I saw her hand it to a little boy who ran away with it, upon which I secured her.

Was you perfectly sober? - Yes; I drank only a pint of ale; I had come from a benefit club, but I had drank nothing there to hurt me.

PRISONER's DEFENCE.

I heard two constables had enquired after me, and that I could find them at Mr. Blackborough's office; I went there voluntarily; the men did not come then; I went there again the next morning, and then this man swore to me about the watch; I never saw him before; I live with Mrs. Smith, a quilter, in Shoe-lane; I am but 16 years old.

GUILTY of stealing to the value of 10 d.

Tried by the Second Middlesex Jury before Lord Chief Baron SKYNNER.

140. CLARA BEVANS was indicted for stealing a dimity petticoat, value 6 s. and a flannel petticoat, value 1 s. the property of Sarah Welch , widow , January 2d .

ELIZABETH WELCH sworn.

I am the daughter of the prosecutrix. The prisoner was taken with the things upon her.

[They were produced in court, and deposed to by the witness, who said she made one of the petticoats and marked the other.]

MARGARET HOLLOWAY sworn.

I am a washer-woman. I put these petticoats out to dry; there is a window adjoining to the stair-case; I heard the window lifted up; I had lost some things before.

BENJAMIN BURTON sworn.

I stopp'd the prisoner on the stairs, and found the things upon her.

PRISONER's DEFENCE.

I am between 13 and 14 years old.

GUILTY of stealing to the value of 10 d.

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

141. THOMAS COLLINS was indicted for stealing four live pigs, value 6 l. 6 s. the property of George Ruddle , December the 12th .

GEORGE RUDDLE sworn.

I live at Stanford-hill, in the parish of Hackney . On the 11th of December in the evening, I put three large pigs about three quarters old, and a sow into a sty; I missed them the next morning at six.

JOHN JEFFERSON sworn.

I am a watchman at Clerkenwell-green. At half after four in the morning of the 12th of December, I saw the prisoner and another person with a sow and three pigs; the pigs were about three quarters old; I asked where he was going with them? he said to Smithfield. I told him it was too early, therefore I would stop him; upon which his partner ran one way, and the prisoner the other. My brother watchman went after the prisoner, and I pursued the other, and secured the pigs. Ruddle came up on the 12th and claimed them.

JOSEPH BOSTOCK sworn.

I am a watchman. I asked the prisoner how he came by the pigs? he said he met a man who gave him a shilling to drive them to Smithfield. The next morning when he was before the Justice, he said he found them at Clerkenwell-green.

Prosecutor. I saw the pigs at Justice Blackborough's. They were shown me by Jefferson; they were mine; the pigs were black pigs; the sow had only one ear, Mr. Carter's dog having torn off the other.

[The prisoner did not say any thing in his defence.]

GUILTY .

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

[Imprisonment. See summary.]

142, 143. ELIZABETH COBB and AMELIA FORRESTER were indicted for stealing seven quart pewter pots, value 7 s. and eleven pint pewter pots, value 3 s. the property of John Laughton , December the 27th .

JOHN LAUGHTON sworn.

I can only speak to the property.

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

JOHN PHILLIPS sworn.

I am a servant to the prosecutor. I left the pots at a door; when I came back to the door they were gone: I found the prisoner Cobb with them in her apron; she said she had been employed by a person to collect them, and that they belonged to her; she first said she lived at one house, then she said she lived at another house; while I was struggling with her, the other prisoner came and endeavoured to rescue her; they used me very ill.

COBB's DEFENCE.

A woman put them into my apron to carry; I did not intend to steal them.

Forrester was not put upon her defence.

COBB GUILTY .

FORRESTER NOT GUILTY .

Tried by the Second Middlesex Jury before Mr. RECORDER.

[Branding. See summary.]

[Imprisonment. See summary.]

144. MARY the wife of Robert FROST was indicted for stealing a linen check shirt, value 4 s. and a pair of worsted stockings, value 3 s. the property of William Little . A linen handkerchief, value 6 d. a black silk handkerchief, value 6 d. a diaper napkin, value 6 d. three damask napkins, value 6 s. four linen cloths, value 4 s. three silk stockings, value 3 s. two pair of cotton stockings, value 3 s. a linen bed-gown, value 1 s. seven earthen plates, value 2 s. twenty yards of white blond lace, value 2 s. and a silver tea spoon, value 20 d. the property of Thomas Baldwin , December the 13th .

NOT GUILTY .

Tried by the Second Middlesex Jury before Mr. RECORDER,

145. THOMAS BERRY was indicted for stealing a pair of silver shoe buckles, value 12 s. a pair of silver knee buckles, value 2 s. two pair of cotton stockings, value 1 s. a pair of thread stockings, value 1 s. a linen shirt, value 2 s. a guinea and half a guinea in monies, numbered, the property of Charles Bell , in the dwelling house of Ralph Berry , January the 9th .

CHARLES BELL sworn.

I did lodge at the prisoner's father's. I quitted my lodging, and left my chest in the garret; it was locked when I left it; I went last Sunday at about 11 o'clock to my box, and found it broke open, and the things mentioned in the indictment were taken away.

DANIEL CLARKE sworn.

I live next door to the man. I heard there was a thief at Mr. Young's, the sign of the White Swan in Long-alley ; I went into the room, and the buckles lay on the table; they had been taken out of his shoes. I asked the prisoner if he had any thing in his box? he had lodged a night or two at Young's. I went up and looked in his box, and found three pair of stockings and a shirt.

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

Prosecutor cross-examined.

Did you ever offer to make it up for 10 l. - I offered to make it up before it was drove to extremity, if he would pay me my loss, and for my trouble. I did not want to make it up for any profit.

Court. How came you after that to indict him capitally?

Did not you offer to make it up for 5 l. - I offered to make it up for my loss whatever it was.

RALPH YOUNG sworn.

The prisoner has used my house ever since I kept it; he behaved honest at my house.

Is he weak in his understanding? - He is not one of the most sensible men; he lodged one night in my house; the things produced were found upon him; I saw the buckles in his shoes; he left a guinea with me to keep for him, that he might not lose it in bad company; I gave it to him; he laid it on the table, and Bell took it up.

PRISONER's DEFENCE.

He left the box open, and bid me take money when I wanted; he lent me part of the money, and drank with me.

For the Prisoner.

WILLIAM FITZGERALD sworn.

I have known the prisoner many years. He is defective in his understanding, and crippled in his fingers; he is not fit for any business; he was reckoned an honest boy.

Another witness said the prisoner was weak in his understanding.

GUILTY of stealing to the value of 39 s.

Tried by the Second Middlesex Jury before Mr. RECORDER.

[Branding. See summary.]

[Imprisonment. See summary.]

146. WALTER BUCKLEY was indicted for burglariously breaking and entering the dwelling-house of Thomas Mannison , on the 16th of December , between the hours of seven and eight o'clock in the night; with intent the monies and effects of the said Thomas to steal .

NOT GUILTY .

Tried by the Second Middlesex Jury before Mr. RECORDER.

147. SARAH BRIDGWATER was indicted for stealing a silver watch, value 40 s. and a steal watch key, value 1 d. the property of David Bruce , June 15th .

DAVID BRUCE sworn.

On the 25th of June in the evening, as I was coming into my lodging, I was assaulted by the prisoner and robbed of my watch: I stop'd to make water in the court; she came up and asked me if she should assist me; I said I wanted no assistance; she came forward and thrust her hand into my left hand breeches pocket; I was buttoning up my flap, and she drew her hand across my breeches and laid hold of the chain of my watch; I clap'd my hand to it, but could not prevent her taking it; I laid hold of her; there was a man behind her, who immediately made off; she cried out that I held her so fast; I said she had taken my watch, and desired her to deliver it; she said she had not taken it; I asked her who the man was that was with her; she said she did not know. A person that I knew happened to come up, and we took her to the watch-house; they told me to attend at Justice Durden's in the morning; I went, but the prisoner was not there; then I went back to the watch-house, she was not there; I went again to the Justice, and he said, perhaps they might have taken her before Justice Smith; I went to Justice Smith, and found she had been before him, but for want of evidence was discharged; she was not taken again till six months after. I am sure the prisoner is the woman.

JAMES HULL sworn.

I am a sawyer. In December last, a Mr. Black pointed out the prisoner to me, and said she had robbed a friend of his of a watch, and asked me to speak to her about it; I went and asked her if she knew any thing of the watch; she said she did; I told her if she would produce it, she should have something more than it was pawned for, and no further trouble about it; she said she would get it.

WILLIAM BLACK sworn.

I was coming home one night at eleven o'clock, by the Pantheon in Oxford-road; Bruce had hold of the prisoner by the arms; he said she had robbed him; we secured her and took her to the watch-house. I am sure she is the woman.

PRISONER's DEFENCE.

I never saw the man in my life; they took me to the round-house, and I was carried before the Justice four days running, and nobody appeared against me; upon which I was discharged.

GUILTY . Imprisonment .

Tried by the First Middlesex Jury before Mr. RECORDER.

[Branding. See summary.]

148. GEORGE WISE was indicted for stealing six sheep skins, value 6 s. the property of Thomas Harrison , January 1st .

THOMAS HARRISON sworn.

I live at Ashford . On the 20th of December, I lost six sheep skins out of an outhouse: I heard that Mr. Wright, at Chertsey in Surry, had bought such a quantity of skins: I went and saw some; they had been wet, and my maid was almost out; I believe they were mine, but I cannot swear to them; the prisoner worked with me at the time. Mr. Wright said he should know the man he bought them of if he was to see him; he came over to my house; I shewed him the prisoner; he said he would swear that was the man that brought them to him; I went and got a warrant and took him up, and he confessed that he was the man before we came before the Justice.

Did you promise if he confessed he should not be punished? - No, he took me aside, and said open confession deserves open punishment; Master I am the man that took the skins; I hope you will not hurt me.

[ Edward Wright confirmed the prosecutor's testimony.]

PRISONER's DEFENCE.

I beg the mercy of the Court, and of my master, for my family's sake: I have a large family.

GUILTY of stealing to the value of 10 d.

Tried by the First Middlesex Jury before Chief Baron SKYNNER.

149, 150. MARY DAVIS and ELIZ. WILSON were indicted; the first for stealing a silver watch, value 40 s. a pair of silver shoe buckles, value 15 s. a stone stock buckle, value 5 s. a pair of stone knee buckles, value 4 s. and a brown great coat, value 20 s. the property of William Cogan ; and the other for receiving a parcel of the above goods, well knowing them to have been stolen , December 25th .

WILLIAM COGAN sworn.

On the 25th of December, between seven and eight o'clock in the evening, I was accosted by the prisoner Davis, near King-street, Westminster; I had just come out of a public house; I cannot say that I was perfectly sober, for I was elevated in liquor, but not so bad as to be insensible of what passed; she asked me to go with her; I went with her to her lodgings in Pye-street, Westminster ; after giving her a small gratuity, I went up stairs, and went to-bed with her, with a view to lie with her the whole night; in the morning, about a quarter before four I missed her; there was a light in the room when I went to bed, there was no light when I waked; when I missed her it occurred to me that something was amiss; I found my breeches, which I left on the hearth by the fire-place, thrown about the room, and the money which was in them was gone; there was about 39 s. I got up, and missed the other things mentioned in the indictment. I went down stairs, and called to a watchman who was going his rounds, but he would not come; I called another watchman, and told him how I had been served; he gave me a light to find my shoes, and I went to another house till morning.

Did you go to another bawdy-house? - No, to a public-house. I went to Justice Durden in the morning for a warrant, and went in search of the prisoners. We took them together; the officer found my buckles on Davis, and my watch on the other prisoner. I was present when they were searched.

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

Was you accosted by one or two? - By two; I cannot swear to the other.

JAMES SMITH sworn.

I am an officer; I took the prisoners, and searched them; I found the buckles on Davis, and the watch on the other. I took them about eleven o'clock.

WILLIAM LANE sworn.

I am a pawnbroker; on the 26th of December, about ten in the morning, Wilson brought me a stock-buckle; I lent her two shillings upon it; she used to pawn things very frequently with us. She said she brought it for a young man.

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

EDWARD CLARK sworn.

I am a pawnbroker. On the 26th of December, about nine in the morning, I received a pair of knee-buckles of Wilson.

DAVIS'S DEFENCE.

We met the prosecutor; he went home with us; he had nothing but a guinea; he gave it us between us. I was very dry in the night; I got up to get some water; when I returned, the gentleman was gone, and his watch was lying on the hearth. I went to bed, and lay till seven o'clock; as soon as we saw him we gave him the watch.

WILSON'S DEFENCE.

The prosecutor met us, and Davis took him home; I went with them; I went to-bed in the garret. Davis called me about three o'clock, to go down with her to get some water; when we returned, the prosecutor was gone, his watch and buckles were left in the room. My witnesses are not here.

BOTH GUILTY .

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

[Davis, Wilson: Imprisonment. See summary.]

[Davis: Branding. See summary.]

151, 152, 153, 154, 155, 156. HENRY GREEN ; THOMAS DUNN , WILLIAM STEVENS , JOHN PUGH , ROBERT GRIFFITHS , and ELIZABETH SIDEY , were indicted, the five first for burglariously breaking and entering the dwelling-house of John Wale on the 26th of December , about the hour of me in the night, and stealing a cloth coat, value 40 s. a cloath waistcoat, value 20 s. a pair of cloth breeches, value 10 s. a pair of velve breeches, value 30 s. two pair of leather breeches, value 20 s. a surtout coat, value 6 s. a black silk waistcoat, value 6 s. three flannel waistcoats, value 8 s. three linen waistcoats, value 10 s. two pair of men's leather shoes, value 2 s. a man's hat, value 12 s. a pair of silver shoe buckles, value 16 s. seventeen muslin neck-cloths, value 30 s. thirty linen shirts, value 5 l. twenty pair of worsted stockings, value 40 s. eighteen linen handkerchief value 20 s. eighteen silk handkerchiefs, value 20 s. a crape gown, value 20 s. four sill gowns, value 10 l. a silk petticoat, value 10 s. seven linen gowns, value 9 l. twenty-four linen shifts, value 4 l. four quilted petticoats, value 3 l. six dimitty petticoats to yards of flannel, value 12 s. six dimity pockets, value 6 s. thirty linen aprons, value 3 s. a worked apron, value 20 s. six muslin irons, value 30 s. a pair of sattin shoes, value 9 s. a black silk cloak, value 50 s. two black silk hats, value 20 s. a gauze apron trimmed with lace, 10 s. two pair of stays, value 40 s. ten pair of muslin ruffles, value 3 l. three black silk handkerchiefs, value 16 s. twenty-one linen sheets, value 6 l. six linen pillow-cases, value 10 s. six linen towels, value 6 s. nine linen table-cloths, value 30 s. six napkins, value 6 s. one quart pewter pot, value 3 s. a mahogany tea-chest, value 6 s. a pound weight of green tea, value 9 s. a gold ring set with a garnet and sparks, value 20 s. eight pound weight of sugar, value 4 s. a pound weight of green tea, value 5 s. and six yards of thread lace, value 20 s. the property of the said John, in his dwelling-house , and the other for receiving, harbouring, and maintaining the above persons, knowing them to have done and committed the felony and burglary aforesaid .

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

JOHN WALE sworn.

I have a house in Church-lane, near the King's Road, Chelsea ; there is another house adjoins to it, which is parted by nothing but a thin wainscoat. I left my house on the 24th of December, at about eleven o'clock. I fastened up all the windows, and double-locked the door. I left no one in the house. On Saturday morning a neighbour came and informed me that my house was broke open; I went home, and found the parlour window shutter cut; there was a hole big enough to put one's hand through, and the bolt of the shutter was almost wrenched off, and it was wide open; two panes of glass were broke, and the inside shutter forced off, and it lay in the middle of the room. I missed the things mentioned in the indictment (repeating them) I found a tinder-box, a hammer, and a small iron crow in the room; I also found half of a twopenny loaf, and likewise a leg, a sidesman, and another small bone of a goose, that had been broiled.

CHARLES SHAW sworn.

I am a hackney-coachman; I have drove for Mr. Leppingwell, in Gray's-Inn-lane, seven years; I know all the prisoners but the woman; Stevens, Pugh, and Griffiths are hackney-coachmen . On Friday, the day after Christmas-day, I was fast asleep upon my box, having got a little liquor, it being holiday-time; Stevens came to me, and asked me if it was agreeable for me to go with him three or four miles; I said it was; I asked him where; he said to Chelsea; this was between eight and nine at night. He ordered me to drive to the George, Little St. Andrew's-street, Seven Dials, and call for a pint of beer, and he would come to me; I went there, and called for a pint of beer, and Pugh came in and took part of it, and paid for it; then he said we are ready; the company came, and got into the coach.

Who were the company? - I could not see them then, it was dark, nor could I see what number there were; Griffiths got upon the box; the coach was full. Pugh went into the coach; at the end of George-street Stevens got out; he ordered me to drive to the Fighting Cocks in Dartmouth-street, Westminster; when we came to Dartmouth-street they all got out of the coach but Green; I was asked in with them.

Did Stevens come there? - Yes, they were all there when I went in.

Did you see Green in the coach? - Yes; they had a cold goose, not quite done enough, they had some of it broiled; when they had supped they all got into the coach except Griffiths, who rode with me on the box. I was ordered to drive to the top of Church-lane, Chelsea; I went there; they got out of the coach, and Griffiths got off the box, and they ordered me to wait; there were six of them; one they call Bob is not taken. It was between eleven and twelve o'clock when I got to Church-street; I waited between two and three hours; then they all came back together with bundles; they got into the coach; Griffiths got on the box; I don't know how many bundles there were; I was sleepy, as I had been drinking; I drove them to the end of Charlotte-street, Bloomsbury; there three of them, Griffiths, Bob, and Green got down, and a woman, whom I don't know, got into the coach, the other three stayed in; then I was ordered to drive to the end of Petticoat-lane, Whitechapel; there they took the bundles out, and discharged me, and Pugh said he would see me the next day, and pay me for my trouble; I saw no more of them till Monday night, then I saw Harvey, who they call Bob, and he paid me 15 s.

You say you had been drinking that day, was you sober enough to know the circumstances you have related? - I had been drinking, it was holiday-time.

Cross Examination.

Did you know upon what errand they were going to Chelsea? - No; they never said a word to me about it; they asked me to go to Chelsea; I said I would.

You had been drinking that day, and was very sleepy? - Yes, I was asleep when they spoke to me on the box.

What size were the bundles? - I did not take notice of them, I was on the box.

Did you take notice how many there were? - No.

Neither when put in nor when taken out? - No.

Was not you taken up for this? - Yes, and have been in custody ever since; I never heard of the robbery till I was taken up.

ANN PAWLING sworn.

I live next door to Mr. Wale; the partition between our houses is very thin; I heard people walking about his house on Saturday morning the 27th day of December, between two and three o'clock; there was only another woman in the house with me; I was afraid to make any noise or outcry; in the morning I perceived that the house had been broke open.

THOMAS WALCOR sworn.

I keep the Fighting Cocks, a public house, in Dartmouth-street, Westminster; I have looked at the prisoners, but I don't remember them; I remember a company coming to my house the day after Christmas-day; they had all great coats, silk handkerchiefs, and flapped hats on; they asked for a room to eat some supper in; I told them I had no room, there was a good box in the taproom; they sat down, and asked for knives and forks, and a plate to put a goose upon; they began to cut it up, but they cut it up very awkwardly; I bid them cut it in the middle. I said it was very badly done, if they would give it me I would take it into the kitchen, and my wife should cut it up and broil it for them; they said they were very much obliged to me. While my wife was broiling it they ordered a pot of beer; I brought it, and asked for the money; they asked if it was the custom to ask for the money first; I told them it was in holiday time.

Do you know how many there were? - Not the exact number; I thought there were eight or nine, my wife said six or seven. I can remember none of their faces, nor none of their persons, nor could I remember any of their faces before the Justice.

Court. Did they eat all the goose? - No; while I was taking money for some beer, I saw them wrap some of it up, and put it into their pockets, but what part I cannot tell.

CHARLES JONES sworn.

I am a hackney-coachman; on the Saturday after Christmas-day, at about seven in the evening, while I was in a public house in St. Giles's, somebody turned my coach about, and Griffiths, Pugh, and Sidey, and some others got into it; I believe Stevens was one; I drove them to Petticoat-lane; some of them got out there, the rest staid in; they returned in about half an hour, and then I drove them all to Bow-street, Bloomsbury, near St. Giles's; there they got out, and paid me, and I saw no more of them.

WILLIAM HANKS sworn.

I am a hackney-coachman; I know some of the prisoners. On the Sunday after Christmas, at about twelve at noon, as I was on the stand in Broad St. Giles's, I was called down by Griffiths and Pugh, and then Griffiths, Pugh, Sidey, and Green got into the coach, and ordered me to drive to Petticoat-lane, Whitechapel; when we got there Griffiths staid with me; we went and had a pot of purl; the others returned in about twenty minutes, and they got in, and I drove them to Charlotte-street, Bloomsbury.

DENNIS M'DONALD sworn.

I am a constable; I apprehended Stevens and Pugh; searching Stevens, I found nine guineas upon him; I did not search Pugh, another man searched him; I returned the money back to Stevens.

JOHN DIXON sworn.

I apprehended Dunn in Bambridge-street, St. Giles's; I found a powder-horn, two pistols, and a paper of gunpowder in his great-coat pocket; and in Sidey's room, where he lodged, I found a great many keys in his pocket, and a picklock key and a chissel.

Cross Examination.

Is Sidey a woman of the town? - I suppose so.

Court. You took Dunn at a public-house in St. Giles's? - Yes; he was coming in as we came out; he lodged with a woman opposite.

How do you know that was his lodging? - We found cloaths there, which Green and Dunn claimed before the Justice.

The prisoners, when called upon for their defence, said they left it to their Counsel.

Pugh, Griffiths, and Green called several witnesses, who gave them a good character.

GREEN, DUNN, STEVENS, PUGH, and GRIFFITHS GUILTY Death .

SDIEY NOT GUILTY .

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

157. THOMAS WILKINSON was indicted for that he in the king's highway, in and upon John George Payne , Gent . did make an assault, putting him in corporal fear and danger of his life, and stealing from his person, and against his will, a watch with an inside case made of metal, and an outside case covered with green fish-skin, value 20 s. and one half guinea, the property of the said John George Payne , April 3 .

NOT GUILTY .

Tried by the First Middlesex Jury before Lord Chief Baron SKYNNER .

158, 159. SARAH JONES and BRIDGET MATTHEWS were indicted for stealing a blanket, value 6 s. three linen sheets, value 6 s. a cotton counter-pane, value 18 d. two linen shirts, value 2 s. two linen towels, value 6 d. two china basons, value 1 s. four pair of worsted stockings, value 6 d. two linen aprons, value 1 s. a silk and stuff gown, value 2 s. a pair of brass snuffers, value 6 d. a brass paste-cutter, value 6 d. a glass decanter, value 2 d. and a linen night-cap, value 6 d. the property of Robert Wiseman , and a regimental hat, laced with silver, value 7 s. the property of our lord the king , December 26 .

ROBERT WISEMAN sworn.

I am in the first regiment of guards, and keep a public-house in East-Smithfield ; on the day after Christmas-day I went out to spend the evening; I was informed my house had been broke open; I went home immediately, and found my house broke open, and the goods mentioned in the indictment were taken away.

SUSANNAH WISEMAN sworn.

I found the house broke open, and I found a pincushion on the floor; I went to the Justice; he suspected the prisoners, and had them taken up; and in the lodgings of Sarah Jones 's mother, where Jones owned she had slept the night before, was found a sheet behind a picture; my husband's hat was found behind a dirt-tub; and a shirt, a sheet, and a cap were found inside the tick of the bed, and a sheet on the bed.

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

JOHN FILES sworn.

I searched the lodging, and found the hat behind the water-tub; the tick of the bed was ripped open, and a shirt, sheet, and a nightcap put in.

ANN MOXAM sworn.

I am a pawnbroker; I took in a gown in pawn of Bridget Matthews , it was pawned in the name of Mary Lewis .

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

Jones did not say any thing in her defence.

MATTHEWS's DEFENCE.

I know nothing of the matter; on the 26th of December I met Mary Lewis with a gown in her hand, and she asked me to pawn it with Sarah Moxam .

JONES GUILTY .

MATTHEWS NOT GUILTY .

Tried by the first Middlesex Jury, before Mr. Justice WILLES.

[Branding. See summary.]

[Imprisonment. See summary.]

160. JOSEPH NORRISON was indicted for stealing a wooden box, value 6 d. and a cheese 12 lb. weight, value 3 s. the property of William Annard , December 15th .

WILLIAM ANNARD sworn.

I am a factor in Bow-lane . I lost a cheese on the 15th December.

WILLIAM KING sworn.

On the 15th of November, I missed a cheese out of my master's warehouse; I had seen it about an hour before; I saw a man going out of the warehouse, and go by the window with a box on his shoulder, with the cheese in it; he gave it to the prisoner; I immediately seized the prisoner; he said that the man that ran along gave it to him.

PRISONER's DEFENCE.

A gentleman asked me to carry the box to Snow-hill for 6 d.

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

Tried by the London Jury before Mr. RECORDER.

161. THOMAS RILEY was indicted for stealing a wooden firkin, value 3 d. and 56 lb. weight of butter, value 30 s. the property of Edward Burgoine , January 12th .

RICHARD LANE sworn.

I saw the prisoner take a firkin of butter from Mr. Burgoine's door, on the 12th instant: I followed and took him.

JOHN PRESTEAD .

I am apprentice to the prosecutor. The last witness and I followed him, and took him with the firkin upon him.

PRISONER's DEFENCE.

A man asked me to carry it for him to Water-lane, Fleet-street; and he was to give me 6 d. for carrying it.

GUILTY . B . IMP .

Tried by the London Jury before Mr. RECORDER.

162. MARY SMITH was indicted for stealing a pewter pint pot, value 10 d. the property of Robert Grant , December 12th .

PHILIP WEBB sworn.

I am servant to Mr. Grant. The prisoner came into our house and had a pennyworth of purl; the pot was missing; I followed the prisoner out; she set it down at the next door, and I took it up; she went down on her knees and asked me to forgive her; I let her go. When I returned, I told my master she did it through want; but he went after her and fetched her back.

SUSANNAH GREEN sworn.

While I was warming the purl, the prisoner took the pot off the copper lid.

PRISONER's DEFENCE.

I am innocent.

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

Tried by the London Jury before Mr. RECORDER.

163. JOHN MILLS was indicted for stealing three cheese 31 lb. weight, value 14 s. the property of Robert Cox Trapp and George Hicks , December 12th .

JOHN GARDNER sworn.

I am servant to Messrs. Trapp and Hicks, cheesemonger s; the prisoner was their porter.

THOMAS GLOVER sworn.

I am a porter to the prosecutors; the prisoner was sent to the warehouse to lower some cheeses, to prevent their cracking; when he came back, I went to the warehouse to examine the doors, to see if they were fast, and missed three cheeses; I suspected him; I thought he might have concealed some in the yard; I went there and saw three cheeses covered with a little straw, in the corner of the yard, close against the warehouse wall. I was set to watch who came to take them away; and about twenty minutes after, the shop was shut; I saw the prisoner come and take the cheeses, and Mr. Trapp laid hold of him and secured him with the cheese upon him. I ran to Mr. Trapp's assistance.

[The cheeses were produced in court, and deposed to.]

ROBERT COX TRAPP sworn.

I am in partnership with Mr. Hicks. On the 12th December, in the evening, the prisoner wanted to do something in the warehouse, that was very unnecessary; I suspected him, and set a man to watch him; I afterwards was going to the warehouse, and secured him with the cheese upon him; he said, master what are you going to do with me? I never saw you use me so before.

PRISONER's DEFENCE.

I was sent by Mr. Hicks to the warehouse to bring these cheese to the shop; the wind blew my candle out; I laid them down and forgot to go for them till after the shop was shut; and then I went to fetch them in, and my master laid hold of me.

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

GUILTY of stealing to the value of 10 d.

Tried by the London Jury before Mr. RECORDER.

[Imprisonment. See summary.]

164. WILLIAM SMITH was indicted for stealing a wicker basket, value 2 s. 40 lb. weight of butter, value 30 s. and a linen cloth, value 1 s. the property of Joseph Wadsworth , January 10th .

JOHN WOODWARD sworn.

I drive Mr. Wadsworth's waggon, which comes from Newport Pagnell in Bucks. On Saturday morning, at about half an hour after two o'clock, just before I got to Newgate , I heard something crack on the off side of the waggon; I turned about and saw the prisoner with a flat of butter in a basket on his back; there was another man with him; the things in the waggon were tumbling about; I could not go after him; I called stop thief; a watchman picked up the basket that morning, and brought it to me; the ropes of the waggon were cut, and I missed a flat of butter.

SAMUEL ROBERTS sworn.

On Saturday morning, between two and three o'clock, I heard a cry of stop thief; I met the waggoner; he said he had been robbed of a flat of butter, by a man who had run up Giltspur-street; I pursued the prisoner; he ran down Snow-hill; he was stop'd by a watchman in Turnagain-lane; I did not see any thing upon him at that time.

[The watchman deposed that he stop'd the prisoner.

The constable produced a knife which he found on the prisoner when he searched him.

The watchman who found the basket did not appear.]

PRISONER's DEFENCE.

I know nothing of the matter.

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

GUILTY .

Tried by the London Jury before Mr. RECORDER.

[Imprisonment. See summary.]

165. MARGARET WEBB was indicted for stealing a linen handkerchief, value 10 d. the property of Jeremiah Senor , January the 14th .

JEREMIAH SENOR sworn.

I was attending at the Court of Conscience. I felt something at my pocket; I turned sharp round and missed my handkerchief; the prisoner was near me; I charged her with it, she denied it; I charged a constable with her, who found it upon her.

John Duncastle , a constable, confirmed the prosecutor's evidence, and produced the handkerchief, which was deposed to by the prosecutor.

PRISONER's DEFENCE.

I never put my hand in any body's pocket.

GUILTY W .

Tried by the London Jury before Mr. RECORDER.

166. JOHN DAVIS was indicted, for that he in the king's highway, in and upon Samuel Peach Clerk , feloniously did make an assault, putting him in corporal fear and danger of his life, and stealing from his person, and against his will, a gold watch, value 10 l. one gold watch chain, value 20 s. a cornelian stone seal, set in gold, value 30 s. another stone seal set in gold, value 30 s. and a steel watch-hook set in base metal, value 6 d. the property of Alexander Townsend ; and a silk purse, value 1 d. two guineas, and 4 s. in monies numbered, the property of the said Samuel , November the 4th .

NOT GUILTY .

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

167, 168, 169. JOHN SMITH , JAMES GODFREY , and JAMES GABEL , were indicted, for that they in the king's highway in and upon Mary, the wife of Jeremiah Overton , feloniously did make an assault, putting her in corporal fear and danger of her life, and taking from her person, and against her will, 4 s. in monies numbered, the property of the said Jeremiah , January 8th .

MARY OVERTON sworn.

I am the wife of Jeremiah Overton . I was going from Basinghall-street to my own house in George-row, near the Shepherd and Shepherdess in the City-road, at between seven and eight at night, on the 8th of January. As I was walking by the dead wall at the corner of the French-hospital , three men attacked me at the beginning of the dead wall; I saw but two men at first. James Gabel was one; he had a light coloured coat; I believe it had a dark cape; he held a knife I believe; I did not see the handle of it, but I thought it to be so; I saw a blade which looked like a knife; he bid me deliver my money; he and another man in light coloured cloaths stood before me; I said I had not much; the tall man bid me deliver my money that instant; the other held his hand to receive the money. I gave them 4 s. which was all I had. One said, is this all blast you? I said yes; then I heard another voice say, give me your cloak and I will be contented, blast you. Some people came up and they ran off; it was a very moon-light night; I could discern their faces; I can swear positively to the face of James Gabel . I cannot swear to the chimney-sweeper (Smith); he was in dark cloaths, and he stood behind me; when the people came up they all ran away, and turned to the right; then it was that I discovered that there were three men. I went to the Green-gate and gave an alarm; I expressly charged Gabel before the Justice; as I was coming out of the Justice's apartment, he said to me, if you are not merciful I am a dead man. The chimney-sweeper said, that there was a poker held over my head, and he said he had lent the knife to Gabel.

JOHN GARDINER sworn.

I and Lewis took Gabel last Tuesday, at the Black Dog in Shoreditch, about twelve or one o'clock. They said nothing about this robbery particularly; one said Godfrey lent the knife to Gabel.

ROBERT LEWIS sworn.

We took Gabel last Tuesday before Justice Wilmot. He confessed several robberies; he said nothing with regard to this.

SMITH's DEFENCE.

First she said I was in brown cloaths, afterwards she said otherwise.

GODFREY's DEFENCE.

She did not swear to me. I know no more of it than the child unborn.

GABEL's DEFENCE.

I am innocent of the affair.

SMITH NOT GUILTY .

GODFREY NOT GUILTY .

GABEL GUILTY Death .

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

JOHN SMITH and JAMES GODFREY were a second time indicted, for that they in the king's highway, in and upon Elizabeth, the wife of John Edwards , feloniously did make an assault, putting her in corporal fear and danger of her life, and taking from her person, and against her will, a scarlet cloak, value 15 s. the property of the said John , Jan. the 11th .

ELIZABETH EDWARDS sworn.

On Sunday evening last, at about seven o'clock at night, as I was returning home from my brother-in-law's in Wheeler's-street, Spittlefields , at about twenty or thirty yards from my brother's door, I saw three men on the opposite side of the street. Smith crossed first; he came behind me and took hold of my cloak; I struggled with him; however he got it from me; his face was sooty, and I thought him a chimney-sweeper. That is the prisoner Smith; it was a very light night, and besides there were two lamps near the place where I was robbed; there had been a fall of snow, which lying upon the ground, made it very light; he ran from me as soon as he had got my cloak, and the others likewise ran away. I immediately cried out, stop thieves; upon which a number of people came up, and before my brother came, they had brought him back; the cloak was brought to me. The other two were close by me at the time Smith catched hold of my cloak; all of them came together to me, and all ran away together. When I was before the Justice I charged Smith; James Godfrey was there, and said that John Smith was the person; he owned that he was in company on Sunday night in Wheeler-street when the cloak was taken; there were three at first; I was much frightened and terrified.

[ The cloak was produced in court, and deposed to by the prosecutrix.]

LAWRENCE LEWIN sworn.

I keep a chandler's shop in Wheeler-street. I am brother-in-law to the prosecutrix; my sister drank tea with me last Sunday; soon after she left my house, I heard her cry out stop thief; I went to the door; there were two people there; one ran one way, the other another; I took hold of Smith, upon which Godfrey came up and said, you have no business with him, you are not an officer, and he said, Smith was not the man. I replied, if you say he is not the man, you must know something about the robbery. I secured them both; my sister came up and charged them with this robbery; he was in a lock-up house, which either is part of Justice Wilmot's house, or else adjoins to it: my sister charged Smith before Mr. Wilmot. Godfrey said in Smith's presence, that he had been with Smith that night at the White Horse in Wheeler-street, and from thence to the White Hart in Webb's-square; and that Smith came back again into Wheeler's-street and crossed over, and robbed my sister.

SMITH's DEFENCE.

I was sent for to a chimney that was on fire. I could not get up it myself; I ran to fetch another person to it, and I was taken up.

GODFREY's DEFENCE.

I am innocent of this robbery.

Godfrey called six witnesses, who gave him a good character.

SMITH GUILTY Death .

GODFREY NOT GUILTY .

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

170. ANN ASTLEY was indicted for stealing a stone swivel seal set in base metal, value 1 d. and 8 s. in monies numbered , the property of William Harding , January the 6th .

NOT GUILTY .

Tried by the First Middlesex Jury before Mr. RECORDER.

171. ANN SHEPHERD was indicted for stealing a guinea, a half-guinea, a half crown, and 5 s. in monies numbered , the property of Michael Usher Doyle , January the 4th .

MICHAEL USHER DOYLE sworn.

I am a comedian . I live in Tooke's-court; about one in the morning of the 4th of January, I met the prisoner; she wanted to entice me to her lodgings; then she proposed to go to my lodgings. I complied with neither of these propositions; then I found her hand in my breeches pocket; she took something out of my pocket; I saw her put something into her bosom, upon which I held her hands, and called the watch; the watch came up, and she was secured; I charged them to take care of her hands that she did not convey out of her bosom what I saw her put there; she was conducted to the watch-house by this man. The constable searched her, and found 4 s. upon her; I proposed that her stays should be taken off; upon taking off her stays and shaking her cloaths, there fell down a guinea, a half guinea, a half crown and a shilling, which with the 4 s. that were found before, made up the money that I missed.

Samuel Clarke the constable deposed, that he searched the prisoner when brought to the watch-house, and found the money upon her.

PRISONER's DEFENCE.

I had been very ill a great while; I sent to my parents in the country; they sent me up a couple of guineas that very day; I had been and redeemed my stays for 3 s. and that was the change; I had a hole in my stays, and I put the money into my bosom for safety. I was coming by the court and the gentleman laid hold of my hand, and pulled me up the court; he said he would not detain me long; I said I did not know any thing of him, and I did not chuse to stop in such a place to speak to any one; he lifted up his hand and was going to give me a slap in the face, and then said I robbed him; when they found the money they pushed me away, and should not let me say one thing nor another I had not any money to send for any friend.

GUILTY .

Tried by the First Middlesex Jury before Mr. RECORDER.

[Branding. See summary.]

[Imprisonment. See summary.]

172, 173. MARTHA BRAND and ELIZABETH WISE were indicted for making an assault upon Isabella the wife of John Ryan , in the dwelling-house of a person unknown, and stealing from her person two guineas, the property of the said John , December 31 .

NOT GUILTY .

Tried by the Second Middlesex Jury before Mr. RECORDER.

174. MARY DELWIN was indicted for stealing a linen shift, value 2 s. the property of Elizabeth Farrell , spinster , December 13th .

NOT GUILTY .

Tried by the Second Middlesex Jury before Lord Chief Baron SKYNNER.

175, 176. ELIZABETH, the wife of John ROWLEY , and JOHN ROWLEY were indicted, the first for stealing a leather pocket-book with a steel clasp, value 1 s. and seven guineas and 5 s. 2 d. in monies numbered, the property of William Brown , and a Bank note, value 10 l. (the same being the property of the said William Brown , and the said sum of 10 l. secured thereby, being then due and unsatisfied to the said William Brown , the then proprietor thereof) against the statute, and the other for receiving the above goods, well knowing them to have been stolen , against the statute, Dec. 28 .

WILLIAM BROWN sworn.

I am a cabinet-maker ; I live at Lothbury; on the 28th of December I had been at Bow; as I was returning home something in liquor, at about ten or eleven at night, I saw the prisoner Elizabeth Rowley in Whitechapel; she asked me to go home with her to her lodging; I went with her to a street adjoining to Whitechapel; I staid with her as I think near twenty minutes; whilst we were upon the bed together -

Did you go into bed together? - No, we were upon the bed. I felt her take my book out of my pocket while I was upon the bed with her; I took it out of her hand, and put it into my pocket. There was a fire in the room, and a candle stood upon the table; she flung down the table, and put it out; I don't know whether that was done designedly, but she immediately lit the candle again, and lit me down stairs; I had not left her lodging more than ten minutes, before I missed my pocket-book and 5 s. in silver, and some halfpence; the seven guineas were in the pocket-book, and a 10 l. Bank note, and a draught for 100 l. I went back again in order to look for her lodging; I was poring about some time, I could not find the door; I met the watchman; I described the door to the watchman, and he shewed me the house; we went up stairs, and saw Elizabeth Rowley standing by the fire; I said she was the woman that robbed me, and gave charge of her; the watchman took her to the watch-house; some time after that John Rowley , who was at first standing in the room with the woman, and who at that time had a great coat on, came down to the watch-house, and said the woman was his wife; he was then disguised in a long apron; upon his coming there, I said this is the man that was in the room with the woman; they searched him, and found a guinea and a halfpenny in his pocket; and in her pocket they found some silver. Then we had a great deal of talk in the watch-house; at last John Rowley said, perhaps he may have dropped the book in the street, had not you better handcuff me, and let the constable go with me with a link or two, and perhaps we may find the pocket-book in the street. The constable sent the watchman with me, and we found the pocket-book in the street; the book was either torn or cut, and the money was taken out, but all the notes were in the book; there were two little memorandum books taken out of it. Then John Rowley went on his knees, and begged to be forgiven; after that, I having told the people in the watch-house that this man had a great coat on when he was standing with the woman by the fire-side, the beadle and the watchman and I went and found a great coat, which I believe is the coat he had on before; but the great-coat was not in the room where the man and woman were, but below stairs; I found the two memorandum-books I had lost in the pockets of that coat.

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

Question from Elizabeth Rowley . What did you make me a present of? - Two shillings, and a sixpence to fetch sixpenny-worth of Hollands gin; each of us had a glass of it.

JOHN THOMPSON sworn.

I saw the prosecutor hunting about to find the door; he described a woman that he said had robbed him; I told him he was at the wrong end of the street for that woman; I took him to the door; we went up stairs, and found her standing by the fire-side with a man; he challenged her with robbing him; the man slipp'd away; we secured her, and took her to the watch-house.

JOHN DYSON sworn.

I am a watchman; the woman was searched first at the watch-house, and a few shillings were found upon her, and a guinea and a halfpenny were found upon the man. At about two or three in the morning. I went to search for the pocket-book; I found it in the kennel, about two or three yards beyond the door where they lodged; the book was either torn or cut; I carried it to the watch-house; I afterwards found the great-coat, and took a memorandum-book out of the pocket.

PETER TOUSE sworn.

I am headborough. I saw John Rowley searched; there was a guinea and a had halfpenny found in his pocket.

Prosecutor. I believe that had halfpenny to be mine, but I cannot swear to it.

Touse. There was this crooked shilling taken out of Elizabeth Rowley 's pocket.

Prosecutor. I took that shilling in change at Bow; I remarked there were two spots in the crook of it, I objected to it at the time, as not thinking it a good shilling.

Question from the Jury. Are you sure that this is not one of the shillings that you gave the woman? - I am not sure whether it is or no; I don't believe that I gave her that shilling.

ELIZABETH ROWLEY 'S DEFENCE.

He used me extremely ill, by reason I was not agreeable to his proposals; he took a large stocking-needle and ran it into the calf of my leg; I cried out, and told him he had run something into my leg; I pulled down my stocking, and pulled the stocking-needle out of my leg; the blood spun out and frightened him; he said he would run and fetch a surgeon to see what was the matter with my leg. I have lived twelve years in gentlemen's families; I never lived in a loose way in my life.

Prosecutor. No such thing ever past.

ELIZABETH ROWLEY GUILTY .

JOHN ROWLEY NOT GUILTY .

Tried by the Second Middlesex Jury before Lord Chief Baron SKYNNER.

[Branding. See summary.]

[Imprisonment. See summary.]

177. ISABELLA WOOD was indicted for stealing a sattin bed quilt, value 2 s. six linen napkins, value 18 d. a pair of stays, value 2 s. a child's bed-gown, value 1 s. a camblet cloak, value 18 d. a silk mantle, value 1 s. two cotton bed-gowns, value 2 s. and a linen sheet, value 6 d. the property of Sarah Milward , spinster , Dec. 17 .

NOT GUILTY .

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

178. FLOWERS FIELD was indicted for stealing 10 lb. and 14 oz. weight of green tea, value 25 s. the property of John Hanson and Benjamin Hanson , privately in the shop of the said John and Benjamin , January 2 .

JOHN LOWE sworn.

I am servant to Messrs. John and Benjamin Hanson , who are tea-dealer s, and live opposite Gray's-Inn gate, Holborn . Upon the second day of this month, as I was coming from the farther end of the shop towards the door, I saw the prisoner in the shop near the door; I asked him what he did there; he said he came to take it away with him, alluding to a parcel which he had then wrapped up in his apron; he desired that I would let him go; I acquainted Mr. Benjamin Hanson that I had taken a boy with a quantity of tea in his apron; he came down stairs, and an officer was sent for and the prisoner was taken into custody; he then said that two men had promised him sixpence if he would take that parcel out of the shop; he described the two men; we went in search of them, and found them at a public-house; when they were taken into custody the boy said they were not the right men; afterwards one of the men leaped out of the window and ran away, but was retaken. The parcel was in a place that was visible to any body going by.

What is the worth of the tea? - It is a sort of tea of very little value; it is worth twenty-five shillings.

[The tea was produced in court, and deposed to by the witness, who packed it up.]

PRISONER's DEFENCE.

Two men sent me into the shop to fetch it out, and said they would give me sixpence.

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

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

179. THOMAS ANDERSON was indicted for stealing four live hens, value 4 s. the property of William Walker , January the 3d.

NOT GUILTY .

Tried by the Second Middlesex Jury before Mr. RECORDER.

180. MARY PEARSON was indicted for stealing five pieces of callico, containing 30 yards, value 5 l. the property of David Lewis , December the 11th .

NOT GUILTY .

Tried by the London Jury before Mr. RECORDER.

181. SARAH HOSIER was indicted for stealing seven silk handkerchiefs, value 20 s. the property of Thomas Stotherd and William Edward Dalton , January 15th .

THOMAS STOTHERD sworn.

I am in partnership with Mr. Edward Dalton ; we are linen draper s. The prisoner came to our house on Thursday last at about two o'clock in the afternoon; she asked to look at a cotton-gown; I was busy serving another person; I saw the prisoner take seven handkerchiefs up, and put them under her arm; I saw some of them hang down under her cloak. I shewed her some goods to amuse her, while I considered what was best to be done. I went round the counter, and said she had some of my property about her, and took up her cloak and took these seven silk handkerchiefs from her.

JONAS PARKER sworn.

I am a constable. I was sent for to take charge of the prisoner. I have had the handkerchiefs in my possession ever since.

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

PRISONER's DEFENCE.

I went into the shop to buy a gown; he said he would give me the handkerchiefs to lie with me; I would not consent, and then he said he would swear I stole them.

Mr. Statherd. That is not truth; I should be ashamed of myself to think of such a thing.

GUILTY B . and IMP .

Tried by the London Jury before Mr. RECORDER.

182. ROBERT ROBERTS was indicted for stealing a wooden firkin, value 6 d. and 56 lb. weight of butter, value 20 s. the property of Walter Matthews and Jasper Holmes , December the 15th .

JASPER HOLMES sworn.

I am a cheesemonger , in partnership with Walter Matthews ; I can only speak to the property.

JASPER THOMAS HOLMES sworn.

I am the son of the last witness. On the information of a lad in the neighbourhood I went after the prisoner down Paternoster-Row. When I came within ten yards of him, I said that is the man; upon which he threw down the butter; William Shorter pursued and took him. I took up the firkin of butter and carried it home. I am sure it was the prisoner that dropped it.

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

William Shorter confirmed the evidence of the last witness.

PRISONER's DEFENCE,

I know nothing of it.

GUILTY .

Tried by the London Jury before Mr. RECORDER.

[Branding. See summary.]

[Imprisonment. See summary.]

183. WILLIAM GLASS was indicted for stealing a linen handkerchief, value 10 d. the property of Charles Dale , December the 11th.

CHARLES DALE sworn.

Coming along Eastcheap on the 11th of December, I felt something at my pocket; I turned about and saw the prisoner putting my handkerchief in his pocket. I secured him and took it from him.

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

PRISONER's DEFENCE.

I picked the handkerchief up in the street. GUILTY of stealing to the value of 10 d. W

Tried by the London Jury before Mr. RECORDER.

184. THOMAS SALISBURY was indicted for stealing a wooden box, value 1 s. and a woollen cloth coat, value 2 s. the property of John Norris , December the 9th .

JOHN NORRIS sworn.

I live at Woolwich ; my box and coat were taken from behind the Woolwich stage coach; my son drove the stage. I only speak to the property.

JOHN WHITAKER sworn.

George Whitaker and I and Richard Atkins went to meet the Woolwich stage at the Bear and French Horn, in Kent-Street; and as we were following the coach up Fish-Street-Hill, my brother said he saw the prisoner take the box from behind the coach. I secured him with it on his shoulder.

GEORGE WHITAKER sworn.

I saw the prisoner cut the box from behind the coach, and saw my brother immediately secure him; there were two others with him.

Richard Atkins confirmed the testimony of the two last witnesses.

PRISONER's DEFENCE.

I was coming down Fish-Street-Hill; two men set down a box, and ran away. I was coming up to it, and they laid hold of me.

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

Tried by the London Jury before Mr. RECORDER.

185. ELIZABETH DONNAHOUGH was indicted for stealing six yards of long-lawn, value 4 s. the property of John Merchant , December the 18th .

JOHN MERCHANT sworn.

I am a linen-draper in Market-Street, Carnaby-Market . On the 18th of December the prisoner and another woman came into my shop; my wife called me into the shop. I saw the lawn under the prisoner's arm; I came round the counter to her, and charged her with stealing it; she took it from under her arm and laid it down behind the other woman on the counter.

PRISONER's DEFENCE.

I never had the lawn.

GUILTY B . and IMP .

Tried by the Second Middlesex Jury before Mr. RECORDER.

186. CHARLES DRAKE, otherwise FOX , was indicted for stealing 111 yards of Osnaburgh linen, value 20 s. the property of Edward Hore , December the 11th .

JOHN PERRY sworn.

I am porter to Mr. Hore, who is a wharfinger . I was going up into the warehouse, and saw the cloth lying under a mat. I found a parcel had been cut, and the cloth taken out. I saw the prisoner backwards and forwards on the whaff, and had a suspicion of him. I met him soon after with this cloth; I secured him, and he was taken before a Justice

RISONER's DEFENCE

I never was before a Justice in my life before, if don't know what to say.

GUILTY ,

Tried by the Second Middlesex Jury before Mr. RECORDER.

[Imprisonment. See summary.]

187. THOMAS GROVES was indicted for burglariously breaking and entering the dwelling house of Thomas Stringfield , on the 9th of January , about the hour of eleven at night, and stealing a live cock, value 2 s. three live hens, value 3 s. and a live chicken, value 6 d. the property of the said Thomas in his dwelling house .

NOT GUILTY .

Tried by the Second Middlesex Jury before Mr. RECORDER.

188. WILLIAM BOLTON was indicted for stealing a watch with the inside case made of base metal, and the outside of shagreen, value 20 s. a steel watch chain, value 6 d. a base metal watch key, value 1 d. and a stone seal, set in base metal, value 2 d. the property of Robert Lockhead , December the 4th .

ROBERT LOCKHEAD sworn.

I live at the White-Hart, in the Strand . The chimney of a public house, just by, was on fire. I went to help with others. The fire broke through the floor where we were upon; we ran out, and just as we were going out the prisoner laid hold of my watch, and pulled it out of my pocket; he called out, Will, Will; and a man came to him to whom he gave something, but I cannot swear that it was my watch. I am sure the prisoner took it; I never found it again; it was about ten at night; but we were between two lamps; I saw his face very plain, and I never lost sight of him till I secured him.

PRISONER's DEFENCE.

I was not near him.

He called four witnesses who gave him a good character.

GUILTY .

Tried by the Second Middlesex Jury before Mr. RECORDER.

[No punishment. See summary.]

189. WILLIAM MACKENZIE, otherwise JEFFERSON, otherwise WILLIAMS , was indicted for stealing seventeen silver table spoons, value 5 s. two silver marrow-spoons, value 10 s. five silver tea-spoons, value 10 s. twelve silver desert spoons, value 40 s. a silver milk-pot, value 10 s. and a silver strainer, value 10 s. the property of Ann Amberry , spinster , in her dwelling house , October the 28th .

There was no evidence given.

NOT GUILTY .

190. 191. WILLIAM HARPER and WILLIAM MILLS were indicted for stealing 160 lb. of lead, value 14 s. belonging to Sir James Lowther , Bart . fixed to a certain building of the said Sir James , against the statute, November the 26th .

JOHN ROSEBLADE sworn.

I missed 200 lb. and odd weight of lead off a hot house in Sir James Lowther's garden; I saw it safe the day before. I found the lead at a Mr. Field's, at Staines. We compared it with the place the lead was taken from, and it fitted exactly.

JOSEPH FIELD sworn.

I bought the lead of the prisoners; they affored me it was their own property.

THOMAS BOORN sworn.

I laid the lead down on the hot-house; I compared it when it was brought back; it is the same.

HARPER's DEFENCE.

I am a bargeman ; we were fishing in the Thames and found the lead.

MILL's DEFENCE.

I am a fisherman ; we found the lead in the Thames.

BOTH GUILTY .

Tried by the First Middlesex Jury before Mr. RECORDER.

192. WILLIAM BALL was indicted for stealing two silver candlesticks, value 3 l. a silver dish, value 40 s. a silver cover, value 20 s. two silver sauce-boats, value 3 l. a silver table spoon, value 10 s. and a silver proper castor value 5 s. the property of Anna Maria Thornton , widow , in her dwelling-house , January the 5th .

SUSANNAH KEMP sworn.

I am servant to Mrs. Thornton, who lives in South-Park-Street . The prisoner was footman in the family ten days. On Monday he went away, and took the key of the plate with him; he had the charge of the plate. When he had been gone some time, we suspected something was amiss; we had the lock picked, and missed the pieces of plate mentioned in the indictment (repeating them.) He never returned.

JOHN PRIESTMAN sworn.

I am a pawnbroker; I took in two silver condlesticks of the prisoner upon Monday the 29th of December.

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

JOSEPH CLACK sworn.

I am the keeper of the Bridewell at Reading. On Friday morning was se'nnight, I was sent for by a gentleman to take charge of the prisoner, whom he had stopped on suspicion of his having stolen some plate. I found the plate in the landlord's hand, the prisoner threatened to punish the people that stopped him; and said, he was sent by his mistress with the plate to Bath, and had the key of the plate chest.

[A silver steak-dish and cover produced and deposed to.]

RICHARD ROWNEY sworn.

I am a pawnbroker. I took in a silver castor of the prisoner on the 5th of January.

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

PRISONER's DEFENCE.

I pawned the things out of necessity. I leave myself to your Lordship's mercy. I am destitute of friends and money.

GUILTY of stealing to the value of 39 s .

Tried by the First Middlesex Jury before Mr. RECORDER.

[Imprisonment. See summary.]

193. 194. LYON LYONS and THOMAS MILLER were indicted for burglariously breaking and entering the house of Edward Smith , on the 18th of December , about the hour of two in the night, with a felonious intent, the goods of the said Edward to steal .

EDWARD SMITH sworn.

On the 19th of December, in the morning, I found that the front door of my house had been broke open's it appeared to me to have been broke open with an iron-crow; there was the impression of a crow upon the edges of the door; I saw it at about nine in the morning.

Cross Examination.

You did not live in this house yourself? - No.

Nor none of your family were there? - No.

Had you lived in it at all? - No; I had some time before that purchased it; it was then repairing, but I had not lived in it.

You had nothing in it? - Some effects to the value of about 10 l.

Was it repairing for your own residence? - Yes.

But you had not entered into possession of any part of it? - No; I had not.

JOSEPH FOSTER sworn.

I am a carpenter; I worked at the repairing of Mr. Smith's house on the 18th of December. I locked up the house safe at about half after eight; when I came to work about seven in the morning, I found the door open.

Did you observe any marks upon the door? - I cannot say I did.

THOMAS GOODALL sworn.

I am a watchman in Bridge Ward; my stand is in Gracechurch-street, at the corner of Talbot-court. While I was upon the stand on the 19th of December, at two in the morning, I saw the two prisoners come out of the house of Mr. Edward Smith ; they turned down towards the Monument; I walked up to Mr. Smith's door and found it upon the jar; I immediately followed the prisoners, and overtook them two doors before I came to the Monument; I collared Thomas Miller ; I said to him, d - n you, you are my prisoner; you shall go with me to the watch-house. We had a struggle together for near five minutes; he held a pistol up to my head and snapped it; it struck a light, but did not go off; he d - d my blood, and said I was a dead man if I did not let him go; I let him go upon his saying that; then he stumbled up the two steps of the Monument-yard. I made a blow at him with my staff, but missed him; Lyons was near; I called out, Watch help me. Lyons ran down Fish-street-hill; I pursued him, calling out, stop thief. At the corner of St. Martin's-lane, Lyons fired a pistol and said, d - n your blood, I have another for you. I said, d - n you fire. He still ran on, and I kept crying out stop thief, knock him down. He made an attempt to fire another pistol off, when a watchman in Candlewick ward seized him, and knocked the pistol out of his hand, I said, that is the man I want; bring him back to our watch-house; the fact was done in our ward. They said no; he was catched in their ward, and should go to their watch-house; they took him to their watch-house; the officer came and searched him, but searched him very slightly, only on the outside of his pockets; he found nothing on him but the pistols. As they were taking him from the watch-house to the Compter, when he had got about four or five yards out of the watch-house, he dropped an iron crow. I had hold of the flaps of his coat.

Was the iron crow such as he could have concealed about his cloaths? - I imagine it must, it is small.

Who were in company then? - Two watchmen besides the officer?

Then it must be one of that company that dropped the iron crow? - Yes; I heard it, and thought it a bunch of pick-lock keys by the gingle of it.

Do you swear you knew the faces of the men when you saw them come out of the house? - No, not till I came up to them; but I swear the men I came up to, are the men I saw come out of the house; I never lost fight of Lyons from the time that he came out of Mr. Smith's house, to the time that I lodged him in the Poultry Compter.

Cross Examination.

You struggled with another man for five minutes? - Yes.

Did not the other man endeavour to run away? - No, he stood still three or four yards from us.

He never attempted to run away? - No; he stood still by the Monument.

What time of night was this? - Two in the morning.

The man might in five minutes have got a great way from you? - Yes; but he did not.

When Lyons was at the watch-house not only you, but every person there searched him I believe? - No; the officer of the night, when he was first taken into the watch-house, only made a slight search.

But a crow is a thing easily felt?

Court. Produce the crow.

[The crow was produced in court; it was about nine inches long, with a very strong purchase.]

Court. Do you apprehend that Lyons stood by when you was struggling with Miller, with an intent to aid and assist him to get out of your custody? or did he merely look on as an innocent spectator? - I know him to be one of the men that came out of Mr. Smith's house. At the time I had Miller by the collar, I kept my eye upon Lyons, left he should come and give me some fly blow, or do me some mischief.

Counsel for the Prisoners.

He did not say any thing to you? - No.

You was struggling with a man whom you thought to be a bad man? - Yes.

Was not you at all afraid of that man's hurting, or doing something to you? - When I had Miller by the collar, I said, d - n you, you are my prisoner, you shall go to the watch-house with me. After I had struggled five minutes with him, he held a pistol up to my head and snapped it at me: Lyons stood two or three yards from me at the time.

Do you mean to say, you were as clear then about it as now? were not you at all agitated or frighted? - When he snapped the pistol at me and said, d - n your blood, you are a dead man, I let him go, and directly holloa'd out, Watch help me, knowing Lyons to be one that came out of the house; I called out directly, That is one; upon which Lyons jumped off the pavement, and ran down to Thames-street.

Before this Lyons had not said any thing to you, or interfered in the least? - No; but I all along knew him to be one who came out of the house.

Court. Was you sober at the time, because I observe you swore a good deal? - I was sober.

Counsel for the Prisoners.

You have not informed us what became of Miller; you quitted him to pursue Lyons: was Miller taken that night, or did he get off? - He ran across Monument-yard, and got off that night.

You did not know Miller before? - No.

You now swear to him from having laid hold of him at two in the morning, and during the time you had hold of him, you kept your eye upon another man? - When I had Miller by the collar, I looked wistfully in his face; I then turned and looked at Lyons for fear he should give me some private blow or other.

Have you heard that there is a large reward depending upon the conviction of these men? - None at all.

You never heard any thing about it? - Not till after Miller was apprehended.

When was he apprehended? - An advertisement in the papers came out the day after Christmas-day, and he was apprehended the Friday following.

Court. Was there light enough to enable you to distinguish the faces of these two men? can you swear to the person of Miller? - I do swear to Miller; and as for Lyons I never lost fight of him.

Mr. JOHN NEALE sworn.

On Friday morning the 19th of December, my porter, William Hughes , came up to my room between seven and eight o'clock in the morning, and told me he believed there had been thieves in my yard the last night; I immediately got up and came down; I found a bale of linen which was under the gateway had been cut open; my house adjoins to Mr. Smith's; our gateway is in front; the house stands between thirty and forty yards from the street. Mr. Smith's windows look into our yard; I found a bale of linen cut open, and some pieces of linen were pulled out and lay by the side of it; upon examining the bale, I did not find any pieces missing; I saw that the street door of Mr. Smith's house had been broke open, and upon the bottom of Mr. Smith's window, which had been painted the day before, I observed the foot marks of a man or men.

Whether there is any other avenue to the yard where this bale was, but through Mr. Smith's house? - No, except the gate which was locked, and the key was inside the house.

WILLIAM LEGAC sworn.

I am a watchman. I heard the cry of stop thief, knock him down; the thief immediately said, if you offer to stop me you are a dead man, I will blow your brains out, and immediately the pistol went off; I thought he had killed my comrade, for I did not hear a word for about half a moment; seeing the thief coming up I said, If you have missed him, I will have you; I caught him by the left arm and pinn'd him against the wall; he made a stroke at me with the pistol, and struck me across my nose, but I held him against the wall, and then another watchman, one Thomas White , took the two pistols out of his hand; then I took him to the watch-house, and left him in charge of the constable; I then went to my stand again; they called him Dragon.

Do you see the man here that you thus apprehended? - No; I cannot see him here, my eyes are bad.

Court. You may go down, and if you see him, point him out.

Legac went down from the witness-box, and pitched upon Lyons.

Who was the man the pistol was fired at? - One Sanders.

WILLIAM GILES sworn.

The prisoner Lyons was brought into the watch-house at about two in the morning, between the 18th and 19th of December last; I asked the watchmen of our ward, what he had done; they said that he had fired two pistols off; there were several watchmen of Bridge ward came in and said, they believed he had broke open a house; I did not immediately search him, but taking him out of the watch-house I heard something drop; when he was about two or three yards from the watch-house, I said he had dropped something; I turned about and picked up that iron crow; I am certain it was dropped by him; I had hold of him on one side, two watchmen had hold of him on the other, and one had hold of his coat behind: the crow was not dropped more than two foot or a yard from me; I picked it up; there were none but him and I and the watchmen present, and the crow was warm when I picked it up.

Who were the watchmen? - Radford and Goodall were two. I took Lyons to the Compter; then I went to Mr. Smith's house with some of the watchmen, where I observed a mark upon the door like the mark of a crow: the door was broke a little, and the screws to the box which the bolt of the lock shoots into, were forced out.

Did you take the crow with you when you went to Mr. Smith's? - I did. I tried it. I thought the marks on the door corresponded with the claw of the crow; the door was a little broke.

[The two pistols, one a small pocket one, and the other a horse pistol, were produced in court.]

WILLIAM HUGHES sworn.

I am porter to Mr. Neale. On Friday the 19th of last month I got up at about seven o'clock in the morning; I found the warehouse door fast; I unlocked the door; going down the yard, I saw some dirt on the lower part of a window frame in Mr. Smith's house; it had been painted but the day before, and some paint was rubbed off. Then I went towards the gates; I saw a bale had been cut open which was safe in the evening; the rope, which was about the bale was cut off in two or three places, and at the top of the bale the mats were cut open; one piece of Russia was taken out and flung into the kennel. I went and informed Mr. Neale of what I had seen; he came down and saw what was done; then I went to the gates and found them locked fast, so that there was no other way, all the gates being shut, of getting to this place, but through Mr. Smith's house.

Court to Mr. Smith. You have removed no furniture into this house? - I have some there to the value of 10 l.

Did any of your family sleep in the house? - No.

There was no servant, or any servant appointed by you to sleep in the house? - No I intended to go in myself in three days.

Were the goods you had in the house what you had bought with the house, or new ones? - New ones.

Lyons. I leave my defence to my counsel.

Miller. I leave it to my counsel.

For Miller.

THOMAS CHIP sworn.

I am a cabinet-maker; I have known Miller five years; he is a shoemaker . On the 18th of November he brought me home two pair of shoes which he had mended for me; we went to the ale-house to drink; we sat there a considerable time, as there was pastime going on; the landlord of the house was going out, and it was half after eleven o'clock before Mr. Wright the auctioneer had done the business for him, and when they had done the business they gave us some beer to drink, and about one o'clock Miller was very drunk; I went to see him home; I came back again at about a quarter before two, and went to bed. I saw him the next morning, and have never seen him since. I went to see him to his own house, because he was so drunk. The public-house is about three hundred yards from where he lives.

What street did Miller lodge in? - He kept a house in Long-alley, Moorfields.

The reason why you saw him home, you say, was because he was very much in liquor? - Yes, we had the liquor given us; he was not able to walk when he came out in the air, but he was pretty well whilst he was in the house. I knocked at the door; his wife opened it; he went in, and there I left him.

Was he in a condition, to your view, to have walked near a mile without tumbling? - No; I was in liquor, but I was better than he was; it is not usual for the house to keep up so late as that.

Court. On what day was it that you say you went home with Miller at half past one o'clock? - It was on Wednesday; O no! the Thursday night.

What made you take particular notice of the day of the month? - On account of the landlord's going out of the house.

I suppose the landlord is here to confirm this? - No.

You swear you was with Miller till one o'clock on Friday morning? - Yes.

And that he was then as drunk as you was? - He was drunker than me; when I went out at the door along with him, the watchman was crying past one o'clock.

Where was the public-house? - The Dial in Long-alley, Moorfields.

You think you could not have walked to Gracechurch-street yourself at that time of night? - I don't think I could, and I was the most sober.

Counsel for the Prisoner.

What character has this young man born since you have known him? - I never knew any thing amiss of him.

Court. If you was so very drunk how do you recollect the time? - The man that worked for me recollected the time; we have searched into it since the man was taken: I recollect too the time that I was with him.

Is the prisoner your journeyman? - No.

Court. Because at the Mansion-house the prisoner was very insolent; he said he was neither a master nor a journeyman, but something between both, a chip; you see he says his trade is something like your name. Where do you live? - In Long-alley Moorfields, next door the to Dial.

Court. Are you a house-keeper? - I keep a part of one house, and have a shop over the Dial.

Court. From what time was you there with him? - From five in the afternoon till one in the morning.

WILLIAM CAVANER , sworn.

I have known Miller about two years.

Were you in company at the public-house on the 18th of December? - I work for Mr. Chip. I came down about eleven o'clock: Miller and my master were sitting together in a box; my master handed me the pot to drink; I sat down, and we staid together till one o'clock, or after; then Miller was quite drunk, and he tumbled against the bars as he got out; so my master said he should not go home by himself, for he would go home along with him. Miller keeps a house just above the Dial.

Miller called also Mary Burnett , Ann Tovey and Joseph Maxwell , who gave him a good character.

Lyons called Nathaniel Jacobs , Simon Davis , James Challis , John Owens , - Challis and John Polhill , who all gave him a good character.

BOTH GUILTY Death

Tried by the London Jury before Mr. RECORDER.

Their judgement was respited .

195. JOHN LEWIS was indicted for stealing a silver watch, value 40 s. the property of David Bruce , December 8th .

DAVID BRUCE sworn.

I was in the croud at the execution of a person for murder in Princes Street . I felt a hand upon my breeches. I turned about; the prisoner was the next person to me: and I saw a watch and chain in his hand. I seized his hand, but he conveyed the watch away. I had him secured, but nothing was found upon him, nor did I expect there would, he having conveyed it away. I made a grasp at the man next to him, thinking I might get my watch, but could not catch him.

PRISONER's DEFENCE.

I am not the man.

For the Prisoner.

SAMUEL PARROTT sworn.

I was in the croud; the prisoner was not next to the prosecutor; there were three more between them; the prosecutor charged two other men before he charged the prisoner with it.

Prosecutor. I never was in any doubt about the prisoner; but I charged another man at the same time, because I saw him receive the watch of the prisoner.

Question to Parrott. What are you? - A soldier in the guards.

A common soldier? - Yes.

Do you not inlist men for the East India company? - No.

What trade is the prisoner? - I don't know, I had but a slight acquaintance with him.

Prosecutor. He interposed a great deal in it, and was taken up with him; he said the prisoner was his friend.

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

GUILTY .

Tried by the First Middlesex Jury before Mr. RECORDER.

[Imprisonment. See summary.]

LYON LYONS was a second time indicted for that he, with a certain pistol, loaded with gunpowder and a certain leaden bullet, did shoot at Thomas Goodall , December 18th .

Second Count. For shooting at the said Thomas with another pistol loaded as in the first count, December 18th

See the evidence on the former Trial, No. 193, 194.

GUILTY Death .

Tried by the London Jury before Mr. RECORDER.

196. MARY GEE , was indicted for stealing a silver watch, value 40 s. a steel watch chain, value 2 s. a cornelian stone seal set in base metal, value 2 s. a base metal watch gilt with gold, value 3 l. another steel watch chain, value 2 s. two cornelian stone seals set in gold, value 10 s. a pair of gold bellows, value 6 s. a base metal basket with white base metal eggs, value 2 s. a linen jacket and petticoat, value 40 s. a stuff gown, value 20 s. a black silk cloak trimmed with lace, value 3 l. a lace cap, value 40 s. a worked muslin apron, value 3 s. a black silk bonnet, value 5 s. a linen cloth apron, value 1 s. two pair of white cotton stockings, value 5 s. a green silk purse, value 1 d. and ten guineas and a half guinea, the property of Robert Barnett , in his dwelling house , November 22d.

NOT GUILTY .

Tried by the First Middlesex Jury before Mr. RECORDER.

197. HENRY STOKES was indicted for stealing a cloth coat, value 5 s. a cloth waistcoat, value 3 s. and a pair of cloth breeches, value 2 s. the property of William Pegren , July 14th .

NOT GUILTY .

Tried by the First Middlesex Jury before Mr. RECORDER.

198. MARY WOOD , was indicted for stealing eight guineas, in monies numbered, the property of John Bentley , privily from his person , January 14th .

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

NOT GUILTY .

199. 200. MARY TATHAM , and JAMES GREEN , were indicted for stealing a pocket book covered with patchment, value 1 s. a pair of silver shoe buckles, value 19 s. a pair of stone knee buckles set in silver, value 18 d. a breast buckle, value 5 s. a silver stock buckle, value 5 s. a guinea, and 4 s. in monies numbered, the property of Barnaby M'Namara , and a cane with a gold head, value 20 s. the property of Thomas Wallis , December the 2d .

BARNABY M'NAMARA sworn.

I have been an officer in the army, but have resigned my commission. I lost the things mentioned in the indictment (repeating them) in a house in Pye-Street, Westminster , about eleven or twelve at night, on the 2d or 3d of December. I was a little in liquor, and so foolish as to go with two women.

Are you sure you had the things when you went into the house? - Yes; Mary Tatham is one of the women; the other is not taken yet.

What passed between you? - Sooner than I would mention the circumstances, I would forgive them, if the Court pleases.

Court. You cannot do that now; it is not in the power of the Court to absolve you from your oath.

I went to bed with them both, and left my cloaths on a table in the room. I put my breeches under the bolster or pillow; my money was in my pocket; I did not sleep any; my knee-buckles were in my breeches, my shoe-buckles in my shoes under the bed. I had a cane with me, the property of Mr. Wallis; I left it in some part of the room. I was there about two hours; the prisoner got up and went down for a light; they contrived to put the light out, and the other woman bid her go for a better light; she went and staid a good while; then the other got up and went for her, and left me in the dark; they never returned. I got up and missed the things.

HENRY JONES sworn.

I am a constable; some other people took up Felton, knowing that she cohabited with Green. I took him up, and charged him with having the prosecutor's pocket-book; he said, if I would go with him he would shew me where it was. I went with him, and found it stuffed in a hole by the chimney; there was 3 l. in it.

TATHAM's DEFENCE.

When the gentleman took me up, I told him he had left the book on the bed, and I sent for Green to produce it. He asked me if I knew any thing of his buckles? I told him I did not; he said if I produced them, he would make me a present of half a guinea.

GREEN's DEFENCE.

I met Tatham; she asked me to go and drink with her, and gave me the pocketbook.

TATHAM GUILTY .

GREEN NOT GUILTY .

Tried by the First Middlesex Jury before Mr. RECORDER.

[Branding. See summary.]

[Imprisonment. See summary.]

201. GEORGE MILLER was indicted for stealing a mahogany chair, value 8 s. the property of William Hughes , December the 23d .

WILLIAM HUGHES sworn.

I am an upholsterer in Bond-Stables . I only speak to the property.

JOHN GREGORY sworn.

I am servant to Mr. Hughes; my fellow servant saw the prisoner go by with a chair, and told me of it. I immediately missed one. I went after the prisoner, and secured him with the chair; it stood on a table before the door.

THOMAS BECKET sworn.

I saw the prisoner with the chair on his head. I called to the last witness, and told him of it, and he went after him and brought him back.

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

The prisoner did not say any thing in his defence.

GUILTY of stealing to the value of 10 d.

Tried by the First Middlesex Jury before Mr. RECORDER.

[Whipping. See summary.]

202. JOHN BRICE was indicted for that he on the king's highway, in and upon Thomas Bishop did make an assault, putting him in corporal fear and danger of his life, and stealing from his person and against his will 17 s. in monies numbered, the property of the said Thomas , December the 19th .

THOMAS BISHOP sworn.

On Friday the 19th of December, at about half after five o'clock, I was stopped between the 12 and 13 mile stone, in the Hatfield road , by two highwaymen; one came up on one side, and the other on the other. I was in a chariot with Mr. Stanley. One was on a grey horse, and the other on a dark brown; the prisoner was on my side; one of them ordered the coachman to stop; one shot at the coachman first; the prisoner held a pistol to me, and the other held a pistol to Mr. Stanley; they demanded our money; I believe I gave the prisoner seven or eight shillings, or more; then he demanded my watch; I would not give it him, but jump'd out of the chariot, and struck at his horse, upon which he fired at me, and shot me in the arm.

Was that man taken? - He was taken three or four days after.

Could you swear to that man? - Yes, very safe. I am positive the prisoner is the man by his face and his size; he had a furtout coat on; I believe it was rather of a brown colour. I did not see him for four or five days, or a week, after he was taken; I was sick at home; when I saw him, I recollected his face immediately; I believe I had seen him before at Whetstone; he rode the grey horse; he had taken Mr. Stanley's watch, but I did not choose to give him mine.

On Mr. Bishop's Cross Examination he said, it was light enough for him to discern the face of the prisoner from any other man; that he did not observe his dress, but believed he had a round flap'd hat, and that he (the witness) was perfectly sober.

DANIEL STANLEY sworn.

I was in company with Mr. Bishop on the 19th of December; we were stopped by two men; one came on one side of the carriage, the other on the other; they bid my coachman stop two or three times; before he did, they said, if he did not they would blow his brains out; we let the glasses down and one clap'd a pistol to me, the other clap'd a pistol to Mr. Bishop.

Did you observe the man on Mr. Bishop's side? - No; I had enough to do to take care of the man on my own side.

You remember Mr. Bishop getting out of the carriage? - Yes.

Cross Examination.

Was it a darkish night? - Yes, it snowed.

Court. Do you think you could swear to the man that robbed you if you was to see him? - I don't believe I could; he frightened me; he took me by the collar to pull me out.

Was there light enough to discern his person? - I apprehend there was.

MATTHEW SWIFT sworn.

I apprehended the prisoner the morning after the robbery at about seven o'clock in Devereux-Court, near Temple Bar. I found a pistol and cutlass in the room where he was; there was one Osborne with him; I saw him go into the house.

PRISONER's DEFENCE.

It is not my lodging; I met Osborne; he asked me to go and breakfast with him; I went, and at breakfast time these people came to the door. Mr. Bishop could not swear to me before Sir John Fielding . I have witnesses to prove where I was at the time.

For the Prisoner.

FRANCIS PAYNE sworn.

I am a watchman in Goldsmith's Court, Jewin-Street; I know the prisoner; he came to my house the night before he was taken up, between five and six o'clock; I had just done tea; he came to pay me some money for a watch he had of me the day before; he was at my house till past six o'clock, to the best of my knowledge; he came in about 25 minutes after five; I came down to tea at five o'clock. I don't keep a shop, I keep a house there, and work for the trade.

- Payne, the wife of the last witness, confirmed her husband's testimony.

Another Witness sworn.

After six o'clock of the night on which the robbery was committed I met the prisoner in Aldersgate-Street; he asked me to go and drink part of a pint of beer with him.

Court. Was he in boots then? - No, in his common dress; he had a white coat on.

What sort of a hat had he? - A cocked hat.

Mr. NETTLETON sworn.

I have known the prisoner between four and five years; he was my servant ; he was sober, faithful, and diligent. He has left me three years.

NOT GUILTY .

Tried by the First Middlesex Jury before Mr. RECORDER.

203. DANIEL HULSE was indicted for uttering to William Clarke , a piece of counterfeit money to the likeness of the current coin of this realm, called a six-pence, on the 12th of January, knowing it to be false and counterfeit; and afterwards within ten days, to wit, on the same day, uttering another piece of counterfeit money to the likeness and similitude of a shilling, knowing it to be false and counterfeit .

Second Count. For having in his custody another piece of counterfeit money.

WILLIAM CLARKE sworn.

I am waiter to Mr. Mason who keeps the Crown in Newgate-street . On the 12th of January , the prisoner came to our house and called for a glass of crank; he asked me for change for six-pence; I looked at it, and told him it was a bad one; he put it in his pocket and took out a shilling. I told him that was a bad one; he sat down and went to sleep; when he waked, he a sked me if he had paid for his crank? I said no, he had offered me bad money; he then offered me another sixpence, and that was bad; a gentleman coming in said, we had better send for a constable and examine him; we sent for a constable; before he came, he offered me twopence for the crank, and wanted his bad sixpence again; I would not give it him.

JOSEPH MASSINGHAM sworn.

I live at a pastry-cook's in Newgate-street. On the 12th of January, about three in the afternoon, the prisoner came to our house and brought a tart; he offered me a bad shilling, and then another, and then a third, and then a bad six-pence; I told him if he offered such money he was liable to be taken up; he then put his hand in his pocket and paid me in halfpence, and went away.

[ - Duncastle, a constable, produced four bad shillings which he deposed he found on the prisoner, and a bad six-pence which he received from Clarke; he also deposed that he also found on the prisoner thirteen or fourteen pence worth of halfpence, and two tarts.]

Clarke (inspecting a counterfeit shilling), that is a shilling he offered me.

Mr. ATKINSON sworn.

I am one of the moniers of the Mint (inspecting the pieces of monies produced), none of these shillings are good.

PRISONER's DEFENCE.

I am not a judge of silver; I took it in change of half a guinea.

GUILTY Imp. 1 Year .

Tried by the London Jury before Mr. RECORDER.

204, 205, 206. THOMAS WRIGHT , JOHN SIDDLE , and JOSEPH DE COSTA , were indicted for obtaining by fraud, 13 l. of John White , by an unlawful game at dice, called hazard, the property of the said John , September the 19th .

ALL THREE NOT GUILTY .

Tried by the London Jury before Mr. Justice WILLES.

Sarah Chaulk .

Sarah Ellison Job Filkin , Pierce Donnovan , Thomas Baldwin , James Lucas , William Buxton , John Smith alias Smithwaite , William Loveridge , James Anderson , Robert Collins , Nicholas Rider , Henry Parkinson , George Johnson , John North , William Borden , Morgan Rice , Thomas Field , Samuel Pearce James Williams Thomas Hamilton , Samuel Rudd , David Guess , Thomas Jones , James Harrison , Thomas Tillon , Michael Cashmin , Thomas Antibus , John Whitaker Thomas Colthorp , Thomas Metchum

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

Received Sentence of Death, 11.

Thomas Cantwell , Jonas Burborough , Henry Green, Thomas Dunn , William Stevens , John Pugh , Robert Griffiths , James Gabel , John Smith , Francis Green, and Joseph West .

Persons formerly capitally convicted, received his Majesty's pardon on the following conditions.

To be imprisoned 5 Years.

Sarah Chaulk .

To be imprisoned 3 Years.

Sarah Ellison , Elizabeth Smith , William Brown , and Elizabeth Wilson .

To work on the River 3 Years.

John Coleman , James Birch , Charles Messenger , Matthew Mathison , John Tatham , William Shepherd , Thomas Shepherd , Samuel Thornton , Thomas Collins , Charles Drake alias Fox, John Lewis , William Smith , and John Mills .

To work on the River 5 Years.

Job Filkin , Pierce Donnovan , Thomas Baldwin , James Lucas , William Buxton , John Smith alias Smithwaite , William Loveridge , James Anderson , Robert Collins , Nicholas Rider , Henry Parkinson , George Johnson , John North , William Borden , Morgan Rice , Thomas Field , Samuel Pearce , Barnaby Foulston , and James Williams .

To work on the River 7 Years.

Thomas Hamilton , Samuel Rudd , David Guess , Thomas Jones , James Harrison , Thomas Tillon , Michael Cashmin , Thomas Antibus , John Whitaker , and William Ball .

Branded and Imprisoned, 1 Year.

Sarah Hosier , Mary Roberts , Ann Thompson , Sarah Jones , Elizabeth Rowley , and Mary Davis .

Branded and Imprisoned 6 Months.

Thomas Riley , Robert Roberts , Mary Collins , Sarah Bridgwater , Ann Shepherd , Elizabeth Donnahough , and Mary Tatham .

Branded and Imprisoned 1 Month.

Elizabeth Cobb , and Thomas Berry .

Branded.

Martha Browning , Joseph Norrison , William Glass , and Thomas Salisbury .

Publickly Whipped.

George Miller , Mary Smith , and Margaret Webb .

To the Marine Society.

Thomas Colthorp , Thomas Metchum , William Bolton , and William Keltie .

Trials at Law and Arguments of Counsel taken in Short-hand, also the Art of Short Writing completely taught by JOSEPH GURNEY , of Southampton-Buildings, Chancery-lane, Author of Brachygraphy; or, Short Writing made easy to the meanest Capacity.

Trials at Law and Arguments of Counsel taken in Short-hand, also the Art of Short Writing completely taught by JOSEPH GURNEY , of Southampton-Buildings, Chancery-lane, Author of Brachygraphy; or, Short Writing made easy to the meanest Capacity.