Thomas Bayley, Joan Bayley, Ralph Bayley.
28th August 1695
Reference Numbert16950828-20
VerdictNot Guilty

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Thomas Bayley , Ralph Bayley and Joan his Wife , all of the Parish of St. Martins in the Fields , were indicted for High Treason in Clipping the currant Coin of this Kingdom, on the 23d. day of May last, and that they did clip Twenty Halfcrowns, Thirty Shillings, and Forty Sixpences . That the Constable having information that they did use the Trade, and upon search there was found in the House of Ralph Bayley, in Brook field , two Papers of Clippings that was wet, with divers Sheers, Files, Skales, Rubbing-leathers, in a Closet up one pair of Stairs, and divers Filings were found under the Window. And upon taking of Thomas Bayley they found a quantity of broad Money; and upon search of his Lodgings, in Horten-street , there was found a Rubbing leather. The Prisoners alledged that they knew nothing of it; and it appeared that Ralph Bayley was a poor honest man, and took great pains for his livelihood. And Thomas Bayley said that it was a malicious Prosecution brought by his late Landlord, who had caused him to be pressed to Sea, for bringing his Action against him for words, (That he was a Clipper.) He owned the Rubbing-leather, and said that it was the Neck of a Buck's Skin belonging to his Trade. And called several People as to his Reputation, and the Jury having considered the matter, they were acquitted .

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