Butler Fox.
12th January 1722
Reference Numbert17220112-15
VerdictNot Guilty

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Butler Fox , of St. Margaret Westminster , was indicted, for assaulting John Gunn on the Highway putting him in fear, and taking from him a silk Purse, value 2 s. 6 d. and 4 s. 6 d. in Money , on the 2d of September last. J. Gunn depos'd, that being in the Chicester Coach, at Knightsbridge , he was rob'd by 2 Highwaymen, who took from him his Purse, and 4 s. and 6 d, in Money. Hawkins depos'd that on the 1st of September, the prisoner bir'd a Horse of Mr. Norris, at Finsbury, and next Day went with him to Knightsbridge, where they rob'd the said Coach; and from thence rode to Mr. Lupton's, a Night Cellar in the Strand; and afterwards rob'd the Huntington Coach at Mount-Mill. That the prisoner put up the Horses at Mr. Carter's, at London Wall; but the Evidence telling him his Mare was known there, he went and fetch'd her away. Porringer depos'd, that he saw the prisoner early that Morning, at the end of Goswel street, on Horseback, in company with Hawkins. Norris confirm'd the Circumstances of the Horse being hir'd, and of the Mare being brought, and fetch'd away again; and Lupton those Particulars of Hawkins and the prisoner's being at his Night House. Jonathan Wild depos'd, that when the prisoner was taken, his Wife said, This is your Friend Hawkin's doings. The prisoner in his Defence said, that when Hawkins was in the Compter, he sent for the prisoner; but he not going, Hawkins swore he'd be even with him, and had bore him a grudge ever since. Several creditable Tradesmen and Housekeepers appearing in the prisoner's behalf, and giving him an extraordinary Character, the Jury acquitted him.


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