Richard Marshall, Mary Horsenail, Amy Mason.
11th October 1732
Reference Numbert17321011-29
VerdictsNot Guilty; Guilty

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40. Richard Marshall , of Clerkenwell , was indicted for breaking and entring the House of Henry Carey , and stealing 1 Silver Spoon, value 9 s. 5 Brass Candlesticks, val. 5 s. 14 Pewter Plates, val. 10 s. 2 Pewter Dishes, val. 5 s. 2 Swords, a Coffee-pot, a Tea-Kettle, a Pestle and Mortar, a Pewter Pint-pot, a Pewter Cover, a Copper-pot 2 Sheets, a Table-cloth, a Horn Box, 3 pair of Shoes, a Ham, and 6 Pounds of Cheese, the Goods of Henry Carey ; 5 Shifts, and 6 Aprons, the Goods of Mary Chapman ; an Apron, and a Bermudes Hat, the Goods of Henry Harrison ; and a Hat, the Goods of Thomas Halwell , Sept. 6 . about the Hour of 2 in the Night . And,

41. 42. Mary Horsenail , alias Marshall , and Amy Mason , alias Griffin , were indicted, Marshall for receiving a Table cloth, a Pestle and Mortar, a Horn Box, 2 Sheets, 4 Candlesticks, a Hat, and a Bermudas Hat ; and Griffin for receiving 3 pair of Shoes, an Apron, a Silver Spoon, and 6 Pounds of Cheese, knowing them to be stolen .

Henry Carey . My House was broke open on Wednesday the 27th of September, between the Hours of 12 and 4 in the Morning. The Entrance was made at a Back Cellar-window, which I left fast at Night, but found the Grate wrench'd open in the Morning. This Window leads into the Kitchen, from whence my Goods were taken. I recollected, as well as I could, what Particulars were lost, drew up an Advertisement, and went directly to Goldsmith's Hall, and got a sufficient Number of them printed and dispersed about the Town, by 10 a Clock the same Morning.

Court. What Goods did you lose?

Mr. Carey. Here is one of the Advertisements with the Particulars in it.*

* On Wednesday, the 27th of this Inst. September, 1732. Mr. Carey's House in Dorrington-street, Cold-Bath Fields, near Sir John Oldcastle's, was broke open this Morning, and there was stolen from thence one Silver Spoon, with an Arm and Sword for the Crest, the Mouth a little worn. One Pair of large Brass Candlesticks in a Kind of Square or Diamond Cut. One Pair of small ones, with square Bottoms. One large odd one, with round Knobs. One Copper Coffee-Pot. One large Tea-Kettle, both clean scower'd. Two Pewter Dishes, one a little melted on the Side. One Pewter Pint Pot. One Dozen of Pewter Plates, all marked either with HCE or the Arm and Sword aforesaid. One Soop Plate a little melted on the Side. One Water Plate, with a Cover to it. Four Shifes, one mark'd at the Breast with M.C. Four white Aprons, and three colour'd ones. One Pair of Sheets, one Flaxen, the other Irish Cloth mildew'd at one End. If offer'd to be pawn'd or sold, you are desired to stop them and the Party, and give Notice as above, and you shall have three Guineas Reward. P.S. They took likewise one Mourning Sword, one Lacquer'd Sword, one Boy's Hat; a salted Ham, quite white, and just hung up to dry; also a small Leg in pickle. A Bermudas Hat lin'd with red Silk, a narrow Brim, and Hat-band curiously wrought with Bugles and Silk. A small Pestle and Mortar. A Copper-pot, &c.

Court. You may refresh your Memory by looking on it, but it is not to be read in Evidence.

Mr. Carrey. I lost a Silver Spoon, 5 Pair of Brass Candlesticks, a Copper Coffee-pot, a Tea-Kettle, 2 Pewter Dishes, 14 Plates, one of them was a Water plate, 4 Shifts, 7 Aprons, a Pait of Sheets, 2 Swords, a Boy's Hat, a falted Ham, a Leg of Pork in Pickle, a Bermudas Hat, a Pestle and Mortar, a Copper-pot, and some other Things; and I offer'd 3 Guineas Reward for

stopping them. One of these Advertisements being left at Mr. Askew (a Goldsmith)'s he came to me on the Friday Morning following. with this Silver Spoon of mine, which he said the Prisoner, Amy Mason , offer'd to sell him. Mason, alias Davis, alias Griffith, being taken, and ca rried before Justice Robe, she impeach'd Marshall and his Wife, the 2 other Prisoners. Marshall's Wife said she had the Goods of John Griffin, alias King John , who goes for Mason's Husband. I immediately published fresh Advertisements + for Apprehending him, with a Reward of 2 Guineas on his being secured, and 3 more on his Conviction. He was taken by Mr. Parker, to whom I paid the 2 Guineas as promised. King John immediately confess'd this Fact, and that he and Marshal had robbed Justice Robe too, about 2 Year ago

+ London, September 30, 1732. Whereas John Griffin, alias King John , a Blacksmith by Trade, has been concern'd with Others (now in Custody) in breaking open the House of Henry Carey , and robbing him of Houshold Goods, &c. which said Griffin is a short, square, well-set Man, about Thirty-five Years of Age, much pitted with the Small-pox, round Vizage, his Hair short, thick, and curling, of a very dark Brown, his common Apparel a striped Flanel Waistcoat, and a Leather-Apron; if he wears a Coat, which is seldom, 'tis generally a Snuff-colour'd Camblet, and for the most Part open and unbutton'd, but he has several Disguises; sometimes he appears like a Countryman, a Sailor, a Butcher, &c. Whoever Apprehends the said John Griffin , shall receive Five Guineas Reward, two upon Surrender, and the remaining Three on Conviction, to be paid by me, at my House in Dorrington-street, Cold-Bath-Fields.


N.B. He was seen Yesterday, neatly Drest, in a new Suit of Light-colour'd Cloth, or Drugget. If taken in the Country, reasonable Charges shall be allow'd.

Richard Marshall . I was not at Home when the Goods were brought to my House; but when I came in, my Wife told me, that Griffin had left a Box of Goods, and that his Wife had left a Sword and a Hat.

Mr. Carey. He at first deny'd, that he knew any thing of the Matter; and then he said, that he had the spoon of Amy Davis ; and she said, she had it of him. We found several of the Goods at his House, and some of them were brought in after the first Search was made; for upon the second Search, I found my two Swords in a Cupboard, which I had examin'd very strictly the first Time. We found this Iron Hand-crow too, with which Griffin confess'd, that he and Marshall wrench'd open the Grate of my Cellar-window.

Richard Askew . Amy Mason brought this Silver Spoon to my Shop to sell, and the Crest answering the Advertisement, I examin'd her where she had it? She said, it was her Mother's, and she had it 3 Years. I asked her Name, and where she liv'd. She said, her Name was Amy Mason , and she lived at Cow-cross, and that my Neighbour, Mr. Swain, knew her. I went with her to Mr. Swain's, and he said, he knew her Name was Mason, that she lived at Cow-cross, and that her Husband was a Barber. Upon hearing this, I did not secure her; but I went however to Mr. Carey, who owned the Spoon.

R. Marshall. Was not Griffin with her when she brought the Spoon?

Askew. There was a Man who stood at the Door, but I don't know who he was.

King John. Dick Marshall and I went out between 11 and 12, on Tuesday Night, and just as the Watch had gone 12, we came to Mr. Carey's House; we wrenched the Wooden Bat of the Cellar-window, and forced open the 2 Bolts, and risted the Kitchen. Marshall took this Silver Spoon out of the Cupboard.

Court. How do ye know it is the same Spoon?

John. By this Mark.

Court. Did you look on it, when he first took it?

John. No, not till we came home. We went away with as many Things as we could carry, and then came again; and going up one Pair of Stairs, I turned the Brass Thing of the Door about, and a Woman called out, Who's there? And so we made off, and left 2 Brass Candlesticks, and a Piece of Hung Beef ; and I went to Bed, but Dick Marshall went again, and fetch'd the Candlesticks, and the Hung Beef , and a Leg of Pork, and we boiled the Pork next Day.

Court. How do you know that he went for these Things?

John. He told me so.

Court. What else did you take?

John. A Box of Linen, a Copper Coffee-pot, a Tea-pot, 4 Brass Candlesticks, 2 Pewter Dishes, 11 Plates, and 2 other Pewter Plates, one was a Water-plate, and the other had Writing round it, but I don't know what, for I can't read. We put the Pewter and Brass in a Bag, and I took the Box, and carried it to Dick's House. In the Morning he comes to my Wife as she was a-bed, and said, Here Amy, here's a Silver Spoon for you. But she was afraid to meddle with it. Well, says he, then my Wife shall have it. But both of them neglecting to dispose of it, I got up on Friday Morning, and swore if my Wife would not go and sell it, I would break her Neck, and so I pull'd her out of bed, and made her carry it to the Goldsmith's, and there she was stopt.

A Juryman. After you were disturbed by the Woman's crying, Who's there? how came Marshall to venture a third Time?

John. We had put the Things without Side the House before I went up Stairs, so that he had no occasion to go in a doors the last Time. His Wife knew how we came by the Goods, and that made her afraid to sell the Spoon; and therefore, as I said, I was forced to make my Wife go out with it.

Court. Who do you call Wife?

John. Amy, the Prisoner; she's my Wife, I married her at Cripplegate Church.

R. Marshall. He was another Wife, and 4 or 5 Children by her.

James Murdock . Mr. Swain having told Mr. Askew the Goldsmith, that he knew Amy Mason , I went with Mr. Carey to Swain's House, to enquire after her. He was not at Home, and his Wife said, that he knew but little of her, But when he was before Justice Robe, the Justice asked him, if he knew Mason? and he said, he had seen her about 20 Times. Then, says the Justice, you must know where she lives, and if you don't find her, I'll commit you. While his Mittimus was making, a Woman came to speak with him, and he directed us to where Mason was. We took her, and then we secured Dick Marshall , and searched his House. Up one pair of Stairs backwards, we found a little Trunk. Mary Marshall told us, these was nothing in it, but we open'd it, and found the Boy's Hat, this Bermadas Hat, and this Table-cloth. We could find nothing more at that Time, but R. Marshall being carried before Justice Robe, and committed, we went again, and then we found this Pestle and Mortar.

Michael Guy . I went (by Direction of Mr. Wood, who was Marshall's Landlord ) to make a Distress upon Marshall's Goods for Rent. and there I found this Shift, mark'd M. C. And remembring by Mr. Carey's Advertisement, that such Shifts had been lost out of his House suspected that this was one of them, and that made me search more narrowly. In a Wig-box in the Shop, I found these two Candlesticks and this Pewter Cover, and a loaded Pistol. I met with this other Pair of Candlesticks in a Bundle under the Dresser, and above Stairs I found a Ham in a Bag: Here it is.

Mrs. Harrison. This Bermudas Hat is mine It was lost out of Mr. Carey's House.

Court. It is laid in the Indictment to be the Goods of Henry Harrison .

Mr. Carey. Her Husband's Name is Henry Harrison . And the Boy's Hat belongs to Thomas Halliwell my Lodger.

Mary Chapman . This is my Shift, I lost this, and 3 more and 4 Aprons out of my Master Mr. Carey's House.

Mr. Carey. The rest of the Goods are mine.

It appearing that Mary Marshall , and Amy Mason were married Women, and that they acted under the Power and by the Direction of their Husbands, the Jury acquitted them, and found Richard Marshall guilty of the Indictment. Death .

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