Old Bailey Proceedings Online (www.oldbaileyonline.org, version 6.0, 28 July 2014), February 1717, trial of William Sherman (t17170227-30).

William Sherman, Theft > theft from a specified place, 27th February 1717.

William Sherman , of the Parish of St. John's Wapping , was indicted for feloniously stealing 5 Silver Spoons, value 43 s. and a Pewter Spoon, out of the Dwelling house of John Smith , the 1st of February last. The Prosecutor's Servant deposed, That she and the Family going out of the House and standing near the Door to see the funeral of Sir John Parsons , she went out likewise, latching the outward Door after her; she going in, met the Prisoner in the Entry with a candle in his hand, who swearing he would murther her if she flopp'd him or made any Noise, and flinging the Candlestick at her, cut her Arm with it and ran out of Doors, she followed him, showing him to her Master, the Prosecutor deposed, he immediately follow'd him, which the Prisoner perceiving, threw the Spoons up, designing to throw them over a wall, but only one of them went over, the rest falling down just by him, which were taken up. The Prisoner having nothing material to say in his Defence, and the Fact being plainly proved, the Jury found him Guilty of the Indictment.