William Newcomb.
28th February 1730
Reference Numbert17300228-65

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William Newcomb , was indicted for burglariously breaking the Houses of Mr. Philip Barret , and Henry Hoar , Esq ; in the Night time , the 18th of January last, with an Intent to steal .

Mr. Barret depos'd, That he going upon his Leads, saw a Book, and took it up, and saw Mr. Hoar's Door open; that the Laths had been broken, so that a Hand might be put in, and open the Bolt; that he look'd over the Houses, and hearing some Noise, he took the Prisoner running a-cross the Leads, that he was very Black, and look'd as if he had been in a Chimney; that there was found on him a Sack, or Wrapper, and in the Cock-lost there was found the point of a Sword set into a Handle, something in the Form of a Dagger; that carrying the Prisoner down, he confess'd, that he did break Mr. Hoar's House, with an Intent to Rob him; and that he took the Sack, or Wrapper, to put into it what he should get. Being ask'd, how he got thither? he said, That he went into Serjeant's-Inn in Fleet-Street, and seeing a Door open, he went up Stairs, got out upon the Leads, about 8 o'Clock in the Evening; that he had lain there all Night, laying the Sack under him, that he might lie the easier . Being sak'd about the Sword, he said, it was the Point of his own Sword, and that he designing to Rob Mr. Hoar's House, did intend to have kill'd himself with it, if he should miscarry in his Design. This Confession was confirm'd by Several other Evidences, and the Prisoner having nothing to say in his Defence, the Jury found him Guilty . Death .

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