John Neale, John Barker, Elizabeth Barker.
8th September 1714
Reference Numbert17140908-30
VerdictsGuilty > pleaded guilty; Guilty > pleaded guilty; Not Guilty; Guilty

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John Neale , John Barker, alias Hull , and Elizabeth Barker his Wife , of the Parish of Stepney , were indicted for High-Treason, in counterfeiting the current Coin of this Kingdom, viz. 6 Pieces of counterfeit Money call'd Guineas, one 5 s. Piece, 5 Half-Crowns, and 10 Shil. To which the 2 Former pleaded Guilty . They were also indicted for procuring and knowingly having in their Custody Tools or Instruments for coining, contrary to a Statute in that Case made and provided . To which Neal pleaded Guilty , and the other Two putting themselves upon their Trial, the Fact appear'd thus: Upon the 6th of August last, one Mr. Rodam (a Captain in the Tower Hamblets) receiving Orders to make Search for suspected Persons and Arms, was inform'd by the Beadle, that there were Two Men who us'd to come by the Watch late at Night, and had liv'd in Three-Colt-street at Limehouse about 6 Months, but he knew not what they were; whereupon the Captain took a Constable and what Force he thought proper; and going to the House, upon Search found the counterfeit Money mentioned in the Indictment, a Fire lighted, some melted Metal, 4 Flasks (one of which was Warm) 2 Edgers, a Press, and a great many other Instruments for Coining; all Three of the Prisoners being then in the House. Barker did not deny his Knowledge of the Tools, but said his Wife knew nothing of them, nor did it appear by the Evidence that she was in the Room where they were found; and had she known of them, the Property being in her Husband, the Court were of Opinion she was not Guilty; whereupon she was acquitted , and he found Guilty of High-Treason .

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