Charles Cook, James Mace, Nicholas Dawling.
26th February 1729
Reference Numbert17290226-77

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Charles Cook , James Mace , and Nicholas Dawling , of Hackney, were indicted for Breaking the Dwelling House of Humphry Wood , on the 10th of November last in the Night-time, and taking thence 4 Moidores, a Broad Piece, 14 Guineas, 9 Shillings in Silver, and some wearing Apparel, the Property of the said Humphrey Wood

The Prosecutor depos'd, That the three Prisoners, after breaking his House, came forcibly into his Bed-Chamber, with each of them a Lighted Candle in his left Hand, and a drawn Sword in his Right, and said, they came for Money, and Money they would have; that they then took the Money and Goods mentioned in the Indictment, and Cook ask'd him if he knew him? to which he answered, No, I do not, and Cook said, G - d D - n you if I thought you did I'd kill you; that they then went away, and he found they had taken out a Pane of Glass and opened the Casement, at which they entered, and he was sure it was fast when he went to Bed on the Night before they came, which was about 1 or 2 in the Morning when he heard of them; being remarkable Persons and all in Soldiers Waistcoats, and they leaving the Town he pursued 'em to Wolverhampton, where he saw them, and told one William Webb , and Mr. Monday, they were the Persons, as they were drawn up in Ranks, (being listed for Soldiers) when he caused them to be apprehended.

Mrs. Wood, and Benjamin Lloyd , the Prosecutor's Son-in-Law depos'd, That they were the Persons who robb'd the House as aforesaid, and then tied them all with Cords, and William Webb , and Mr. Monday, confirm'd the latter Part of the Prosecutors Evidence.

They had little to say in their Defence, only denied the Fact, but could produce no Witnesses where they were at that Time, or so much as for their Character; the Jury found them all three guilty . Death .

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