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Edward Jackson , Indicted for High Treason committed the 6th. of June , the 33th. Year of the King, in Clipping the Currant Coin of this Kingdom, viz. twenty Pieces of Silver called Queen Elizabeths Shillings, twenty other Pieces of Silver called King Charles the First Shillings, and twenty other Pieces called King Charles the First Half Crowns . Upon the Tryal it did appear, That Mr. Jackson was a kind of a Merchant , and lived in very great Credit in Bow-lane , London: The Proof against the Prisoner was by one Nicheson, Thomas Martin , and others; the first of which deposed, That he had divers times seen Mr. Jackson Clip Money: A second likewise was positive in the same thing: A third deposed, That he had been imployed by Mr. Jackson to melt down Clippings. and particularly named one Day wherein they were to melt a great Quantity, but the Room being inconvenient, they could not finish it in one day; That Mr. Jackson took from him again the melted Silver, and Clippings unmelted; That some Days after they met in another place, and melted the rest. A Goldsmith who lives at Chelmesford was also produced, who bought a Parcel of melted Silver of Mr. Jackson to the value of Six Pounds, and after that another Parcel which came to Ten Pounds. A Goldsmith in Cheap-side, That he had bought about forty Ounces of melted Silver of him, which he refused to do at first, by reason he was a Stranger to him, and told him plainly, he suspected it to be Clippings; but that the Prisoner replyed, All your Neighbours know me; and immediately called to a Linnen Draper who gave him a very good Character. On the contrary, Jackson produced above twenty Witnesses, all or most of which spoke of his great Reputation, and of great Sums which they had received from time to time of him, upon account of several Matters of Merchandizing with him, and that in all those Payments they found very good Money. In conclusion, the Jury found him Guilty of the said High-Treason.