John Griffin.
21st February 1733
Reference Numbert17330221-46
VerdictNot Guilty

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59. John Griffin , was indicted for assaulting Elizabeth Green on the Highway, putting her in fear, and taking from her 3 s. 8 d. Feb. 17 .

Elizabeth Green. The Prisoner met me in White's-Alley , and knock'd me down, and took 3 s. 6 d. and some Farthings from me; it was a little past 11 on last Saturday Night, and a very Moon-light Night it was; I could see his Face plainly, and I knew where he liv'd, and so he was taken on Monday.

Court. You knew the Prisoner before?

Green. Yes, I liv'd in the Neighbourhood.

Court. And did he know you too?

Green. Yes.

Judith Revel . Green had my Pewter to scour, she brought it home to me on Saturday Night, between 11 and 12; she was in a plorable Condition, very wet and dirty; she said, for Christ's sake take the Pewter off my Head, for I am robbed, that Rogue King John has robbed me of all my Week's Wages The Prisoner goes by the Name of King John.

Court. How far is White's-Alley from your House?

Revel. As far as cross the Yard there. There was a Mark under her Left-Ear, as if it had been a Blow with a Man's Knuckles.

Elizabeth Cherry . And she said, she believed he would have killed her, if it had not been for 2 Men that were with him; and after she had told us this she fell into Fits.

John Gilbert , and Richard Isham We saw the Prisoner in Black-Boy-Alley, at half an Hour past 11 last Saturday Night.

Prisoner. Last Saturday I got up to work by 3 in the Morning, and staid till 6 at Night; then I went with my Master to the Alehouse to reckon with him for my Week's Work. At Eight I went home, and my Master and his Son came to me and staid with me till 11. I am a Smith by Trade, and have work'd as hard as any Man, since my Misfortunes. When I was an + Evidence against Richard Marshall in October last, for robbing Justice Robe and Mr. Carey, this Elizabeth Green was a Witness too, in the same Trial, for she used to sell all the Goods that we stole.

+ Vid. The Trial of R. Marshall, &c. in the Sessions Paper for last Year, Numb. 8. p. 239.

Edward Pitway . The Prisoner works with me; he was not out of my Company from a Quarter before 3 in the Morning till a Quarter past 11 at Night. His House is 2 Stones-Cast from White's-Alley.

Susannah Davis . I was with the Prisoner and his Wife, from Eight that Night till a Quarter past Twelve.

Lucy Ambrose . I heard Green was in Fits at Mrs. Revel's, I went in, and it was not then past 11, and I heard no talk of a Robbery. Acquitted .

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