John Hall.
15th January 1703
Reference Numbert17030115-37
VerdictsGuilty; Not Guilty
SentencesMiscellaneous > branding on cheek; Miscellaneous > military naval duty

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John Hall , of the Parish of Stepny , was indicted upon three Indictments; the first, for that he the 7th Day of December last, feloniously did steal 10 Holland-shirts, 12 Neckcloths, 3 Pair of Sleeves, 3 Pair of Thread-Stockings, and other Goods, the Goods of a Person unknown ; the second, for that he at the same Time and Place, feloniously did steal a Hair Portmanto-Trunk, a silk Night-Gown, a silver Watch, 5 Guineas, and divers other Goods of John Edwards ; the third, for Stealing at the same Time, a Hair-Trunk, a Parchment Deed in writing, a Perriwig, and 5 Guineas, and other Goods of Gilbert Cale . It appeared by the Evidence, that the Goods were put in the Trunks, and sent to the Bristol-Coach, at the 3 Cups in Bread-street, and the Coach going out early in the Morning, the Coach-man stopt in St. Giles's to call for 2 Passengers, that he was to take in, and in the mean while he was gone, the Prisoner, with 2 more, took the Trunks, and put them into a Hackney-Coach, and carried them to Ratclif High-way, where they stopt at an Alehouse, and 2 of them went their ways, and left the Prisoner with the Goods; but the Man of the House mistrusting they were stole, gave notice to the Headborough, who sent his Beadle before, and the Prisoner seeing the Beadle come, ordered the Coach to drive down Old Gravel-lane, which he did, and stopt at another Ale-house, where the Headborough seized him, and the Goods: At first he said, That they were his Masters, but at last confest the whole matter. He denied it all at his Tryal, saying, He met some of his Ship's Crew, in the Morning, in Monmouth-street, who gave him a Pint of Brandy, which intoxicated him; and said, that if he would go with them to Wapping, they would treat him; but this being but a feigned Excuse, for he could not prove it, the Jury found him guilty of the 2 last Indictments; and there being no Evidence to the first, he was acquitted of that.

[Branding. See summary.]

[Military/Naval duty. See summary.]

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