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John Harris , Jonathan Sheldon , and Thomas Drury , were all three Tryed, for that they together with Richard Drury , not Taken, Did Falsly, Feloniously, and Traitorously Counterfeit 60 pieces of Money, made of Copper, Tin, and other mint Metals, on the 25th of August , in Gravel Lane in Ratcliff high-way . The Evidence swore that a Noise and Thumping was heard, much like the beating of Hemp, in the House where the Prisoners were, whereupon Search being made, there were several Stamps found and a parcel of counterfeit Money, besides some Clippings that were cut off of the said Counterfeit Money. There were several Half-Crowns produced in Court against them, &c. The Prisoners denied the whole matter of Fact, but the Evidence on the King's side was so plain and pregnant; that they were all found Guilty of High-Treason.