Henry Harding, James Dancy.
23rd February 1698
Reference Numbert16980223-21
VerdictNot Guilty; Guilty

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Henry Harding as Principal, and James Dancy Gent. as Accessary, both of the Parish of St. Martins in the Fields , were Indicted, for that they, together with Abraham Hobbard and George Hughs , did, on the 31st of January , murder William Fisher , by giving one mortal Wound with a Rapier value 5 s. on the Left part of the Body, half an Inch long and 8 deep, of which he instantly died . It appeared that the Prisoners and the other two came in a Coach to the Cock Alehouse, corner of Exeter-street in the Strand ; where calling for some Drink, it was brought them; and the Deceased, who was a Bailiff , having notice that Mr. Dancy was there, said he had a Writ against him; and one of his Followers coming out, saw Mr. Dancy have a drawn Sword in his hand, and re-entring the House, the Deceased came out and drank with them, and told Mr. Dancy he had a Writ against him: upon which his Follower immediately disarmed Mr. Dancy, call'd out an Arrest, and continued some time strugling with him; and the other three taking the Alarm, drew their Swords upon the Deceased, amongst them Harding; and pushing at, and slashing of him, he received the Wound, and fell down in the Street, and all of them made their Escapes. There were several other Circumstances against Harding, viz. that when he and Hobbard came home to their Lodging, about an hour after Harding Swore that he had been in the length of his Hand with some of them, and that his Sword was so far bloody. He was also heard say, when the Deceased was wounded, That it was that he came for: And when he was seized at Chatham, he said he was a dead Man; and that this was a very bad thing; and that he had been in many Broils with his Master, but this was the worst. The whole Course of Evidence seem'd very plain against Harding, but did not seem to affect Mr. Dancy either as to the opposing of the putting the Writ in execution after he had notice of it, or as to the killing of the Deceased, more than that he endeavoured his escape. He was acquitted , but Harding was brought in Guilty of Murder.

[Death. See summary.]

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