Samuel Porter, Mary Porter.
15th January 1691
Reference Numbert16910115-13
VerdictsGuilty; Not Guilty; Not Guilty

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Samuel Porter alias Vane and Mary Porter his Wife , were Arreigned upon two Indictments, the first for High Treason, in Clipping the Current Coyn of this Kingdom . The second for Forging, Counterfeiting and Making three score Pieces of False Money, made of Copper, Tin, and other mixed Metals, &c It was declared against them, That they had been heard to Clip several times, and that one Michael Wright was concerned with Porter, since fled -and there were Shears, Files, and some Clippings found in their Room. Much Evidence were produced, one of which swore positively, That he saw Porter and Michael Wright actually Clip several Shillings, &c. and Mary his Wife was heard to say, That Wright was an Artist at Clipping. They both denyed the Fact, and that they knew nothing of the Matter: Yet he was found Guilty of High-Treason, but the Law in such a Case being render of the Wife, she was Acquitted .

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The Evidence against them, concerning the False Money, Swore, That it was found in their Chamber, and several Crucibles and other Instruments fit for the Work: And that they were heard to make a great Noise, by stamping at several Times, particularly one Sunday-Night from 10 a Clock till 4 in the Morning: But none saw them actually forge the Money, and they both denyed the Fact, so were Acquitted of that Second Indictment.

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