Abraham Wells.
13th October 1736
Reference Numbert17361013-25
VerdictGuilty
SentenceCorporal > pillory; Imprisonment; Miscellaneous > sureties

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33 Abraham Wells was indicted for wilful and corrupt Perjury, in swearing that on the 23d. of July , he bought a Bullock in Smithfield of one Foiler, and that afterwards in the said Inn, he paid the said Foiler 10 l. which he ow'd him, and was in company with Edward Bonner at the said Inn, from 11 o'Clock to 4 or 5 in the Afternoon: Whereas in Truth and in Fact, the said Bonner was not at the Greyhound Inn from 11 to 4 or 5. &c.

The Constable. The Prisoner at the Bar appear'd here last Sessions on Mr. Bonner's Behalf, and swore he was in Company with him (Bonner from 11 o'Clock 'till 4 or 5 in the Afternoon: That he bought a Bullock in Smithfield of one Foiler, and paid him; 10 s. for it, and 20 l of an old Debt, and that Bonner was in Company with him all that Time. I have been with the Prisoner since he has been in Newgate, and said to him, may be your Affairs may be distress'd, and you may want Money; if you will give me an Account, where this Foiler lives, I will enquire for him: He told me I need not trouble my self, for he was dead.

Mr. Hasswell gave the same Account of the Robbery, as in the former Trials, and then proceeded in his Evidence against the Prisoner.

Mr. Hasswell. The Prisoner appeared on Bonner's Trial, and swore that he came to Smithfield on the 23d of July; that he bought a Bullock and paid for it, and went into the Grey Hound Inn with Bonner and Foiler; that Lyon wrote a Receipt for the Money paid, and that Bonner was with him from eleven to four or five in the Afternoon.

Philip Wilson , deposed to the same Effect.

John Broughton , in answer to a Question, whether it was not customary for Persons to go up Stairs in his House, deposed, that they never let any Persons go up unless they know them; except when the Horse Market begins, which is about three o'Clock in the Afternoon; that he verily believed if he had had such a Company in his House, who staid so long, he must have seen them.

Prisoner. There are many Bullocks sold in Smithfield that are never book'd: I bought two fat Cows, and drove them home directly. Guilty .

[Pillory. See summary.]

[Imprisonment. See summary.]

[Provide sureties for good behaviour. See summary.]


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