Robert Johnson.
1st March 1721
Reference Numbert17210301-60
VerdictGuilty
SentenceDeath

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Robert Johnson , of St. Margaret at Westminster , was indicted for privately stealing a Gold Watch, value 20 l. a Gold Seal 15 s. and a Tortoise-shell Snuff-Box, from the Person of Thomas Littleton , Esq ; on the 11th of February last. The Prosecutor deposed, that he knew the Prisoners Uncle, and so came acquainted with him, who complaining of his hard Circumstances he relieved him, and was very kind to him; that they had been abroad all Day together at several places, and he being in Liquor the Prisoner would see him Home in a Hackney-Coach; that the next Morning he mist his Watch; that some time after being in a Publick House he saw Mr. Martel shewing a Gold Watch for Sale and desired him to let him look upon it; that when he had opened it and examined all the Marks, he found it to be his; whereupon he pull'd out an Advertisement that he had caused to be printed and distributed among the Watch-makers, describing it, and offering a Reward to any who should stop Watch or Parry, and gave it to Mr. Martel, withal asking him whom he had it of, who answered of the Prisoner: Mr. Martel deposed that the Prisoner, whom he took to be an honest Gentlemen, brought the Watch to him, saying it was a Gentlewoman's, that he gave him 13 l. for it; that they went to the Tavern together, and the Prisoner pull'd out a Seal, which he said he had kept a long time but having no occasion for it he would change it for a Ring; and that he gave him a Ring of 15 s. value for it. John Clarke deposed that the Prisoner came to his Master's House the 11th of February in the Morning, and went out with him, that they came Home about 10 a Clock at Night in a Hackney Coach; that he putting his Master to Bed mist his Watch, and his Master missing it the next Morning, askt him after it; that he told his Master he knew nothing of it, but mist it over Night; whereupon he bid him go to the Prisoner's Lodgings and enquire if he knew any thing of it, saying no Body else was in his Company that Day; that the Prisoner came that Morning to ask how his Master did, and he telling him that he had lost his Watch, the Prisoner seem'd to be concern'd at it, and said that he knew the Number of the Coach, would enquire after it, and come again the next Morning, but he never saw him afterward till taken: John James confirmed the Prosecutor and the Prisoner's going out and coming home together as before mentioned: The Prisoner owned that he sold a Gold Watch and Seal to Mr. Martil, but said that he had it of a Gentlewoman, and did not know that it was the Prosecutor's; and call'd Elizabeth Arnold to prove it, who deposed that she wash'd for Mrs. Mary White (but does not know where she lodges) who came to her on Shrove Monday, and askt if she knew Mr. Johnson, and said she would give her (this Evidence) a Shilling to call him; that she did; and she heard her say to him, if he would do what he had promised, she would make him a present: that she gave him a Gold Watch, and they went away together, and she has not seen her since: Being shown the Watch and Seal in Court (which had been swore to by the Prosecutor and Mr. Martel) and askt if that was the Watch and Seal Mrs. White gave the Prisoner, she said she did not know the Watch again, nor see the Seal: The Prosecutor being call'd again, deposed that he did not know Mrs. White, and that neither she nor no other Woman had an Opportunity to take it that Day; the Prisoner knew he lost it the Day before, and knew his Watch and Seal very well. Mr. Martel being call'd again, deposed, that the Prisoner's Wife was at his House to persuade him to make it up, but he told her that he was only an Evidence, and could not. The Prisoner called a great many to his Reputation: but the Fact being so piain upon him, the Jury found him Guilty , Death ,


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