Thomas Coates, Thomas Nash, Atty Walker, Sarah Laxton, Elizabeth Matthews, Elizabeth Mickey, James Newbury.
4th December 1740
Reference Numbert17401204-9
VerdictsGuilty; Guilty; Guilty > theft under 40s; Guilty; Guilty > theft under 40s
SentencesDeath; Transportation

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9, 10, 11, 12, 13. Thomas Coates , and Thomas Nash , of St. Ann, Black-Fryars , were indicted for breaking and entering the Dwelling-House of Hugh Dixey , between the Hours of 1 and 2 in the Night, and stealing 1 large Pottagepot, value 25 s. 1 Copper Pottage-pot, value 10 s. a Copper Tea-kettle, 30 Pewter Plates, 12 Pewter Dishes, a Copper Warming-pot, a Funnel , a Pewter Gallon Pot, a Box-iron and Heater, a Wooden Box, 6 lb. of Tobacco, and 13 Knives and Forks, the Goods of Hugh Dixey , Nov. 11 . And

Atty alias Hester Walker , Sarah Laxton , and Elizabeth Matthews , for receiving them, knowing them to be stolen .

Hugh Dixey . On the 11th of Nov. between 1 and 2 in the Morning, my House was broke open and robb'd of the Goods mention'd in the Indictment. The Plank which goes a-cross the Cellar Doors where I let down my Beer, was taken up, and another Door which comes into the House was broke open; I am sure all the Doors were safe when I went to Bed, and when I got up in the Morning I found them open, and my Goods were gone.

John Lilliston . On Monday about the 10th Day of last Month, Coates, Nash, and I, went into Black-Fryars , I knock'd at Mr. Dixey's Door, (it was between 8 and 9 at Night) and asked for one Mr. King in White-Fryars ; I saw the Pewter lying on the Shelf, and went to tell the Prisoners, who were on the other Side of the Way, what I had seen, and then we went Home to Sarah Laxton 's in George-Alley, by the Ditch-side; we got a Tinder-Box, and staid there till about one o'Clock, Laxton, Matthews, and Walker, were all there, we were contriving how to get into the House; about one o'Clock we went to the House, and lifted up the Plank of the Window, Coates and Nash took up the Plank, and put me down the Cellar with my Tinder-Box, and they stood at the Top to watch. When I was down I burnt all the Tinder out, and could not get a Light, so I came up Stairs in a Hurry, because I was not willing to stay by myself in the Dark; when Coates found that I had not got a Candle, he gave me a Knock, so I got a Light of a Watchman at the End of the Street, and he and I went down into the Cellar,

and Nash stood on the outside; we went up a pair of Stairs which goes into the House, and wrenched a Door open with Coates's Chissel; after that we open'd the Street Door, and let the Prisoner Nash in, I went to pull the Lock Spring back, but I made a Noise with it, so Coates opened it himself; when Nash came in we went into the Bar, and broke a Locker open, but found nothing in it; we then took down all the Pewter, a large Brass Pottage Pot, and another Copper Pot, a Warming Pot, a Tea Kettle, a Box of Knives and Forks, a Pewter Gallon Pot, a Box Iron and Heater, and a Box of Tobacco. After we had taken them, I wrap'd up the Pewter in my Apron, and Nash put them on his Head, the least Pottage Pot we put into a Bag, which we took out of the Cellar, and carried them and the rest of the Things to Laxton's Lodgings. When we came there, Laxton was a Bed, and the Landlord would not let us in; so Bess Matthews came down and open'd the Door with a Poker, we went up Stairs into Laxton's Room, and found Laxton asleep on the Bed; Walker was there at the same Time, the Prisoner Coates and I lay there all Night, and we desir'd Matthews to put the Goods up safe, so she took the Keys out of Laxton's Pocket, and lock'd the Pewter up in the Drawers, the Dishes we put between the Sacking and the Bed, while Laxton was asleep, and the other Things we put under the Drawers. The next Morning Nash came to us, the three Women Prisoners deliver'd the Goods to us, and we mov'd them by Degrees into Fleet-Lane, to one Wilson's , and Coates was to sell them, he got 4 s. earnest for the Pewter, and then he took the Tea Kettle and the Copper Pot, up higher in the Lane, where we used to sell, but they were stopp'd ; the largest Brass Pot, and the Warming Pot, Laxton and Walker sold for us, and they knew very well how we came by them; they brought us 6 s. for the large Pot, and 1 s. for the Warming Pot, and Coates brought us 2 s. for the Tobacco, all which we three equally divided.

Prisoner Coates. Ask him how much was divided?

Lilliston I think it was 4 s. a Piece, they gave me no more,

Prisoner Walker. Ask him whether we had any of the Money?

Lilliston. They sold the Pot as I understand, for 7 s. 6 d and the Warming Pot for 1 s 6 d. and they brought us but 6 s. for the Pot, and 1 s. for the other.

William Boomer . I am Constable of the Fleet Market, and hearing that a * Shop in the Market had been robb'd a I went to the Prisoner Laxton's Lodgings, to search for suspected Persons, I found a great many Goods in the Room, belonging to the Shop in the Market, and these Plates, Knives and Forks; the Evidence, Coates, Laxton, and Matthews were then there. I took Coates away, and he said he knew nothing of the Matter; I went back and took the Evidence, who was then a-bed, he told me of this House of Mr. Dixey's, and his Account of the Fact to me exactly agrees with what he has said now. I found a Pottage Pot, according to his Directions, in Water Lane, and the Prisoner Walker told me, where she had pawn'd the Funnel, the Box Iron and Heater, and said, they were brought in by the Prisoners. When Coates found that Lilliston was admitted an Evidence, he sent for me, and told me that he could make the most Discoveries, and would do it if he could be made an Evidence. This Chissel was brought to me by the Prisoner Laxton, before I carry'd Coates to the Lord-Mayor, and she said it was the same Chissel with which Coates broke the House.

* See the following Trial.

John Paget . Laxton and Matthews brought a large Pot to my House, they asked 12 s. for it, and I gave them seven.

Elizabeth Cluff . I live at Wilson's in Fleet-Lane, some Pewter was brought to our House about three Weeks ago, and I saw it behind the Counter, cover'd with a Sack, but who brought it I can't tell. The Prisoner Coates had 4 s. at our House, but I don't know what it was upon.

Boomer again. The Evidence put Nash into his Information, and several People being after him, he was taken and brought to me.

Coates. I know nothing of what he says; he is a vile Fellow, and says first one Thing, and then another.

Nash. I know nothing of him, nor the Affair; I never saw him above twice in my Life.

Walker. I know nothing of the Matter.

Laxton. I was fast asleep when they came in, and I never sold nothing for them in my Life.

Matthews. I never saw them three Times before they came in that Night.

Coates and Nash, Guilty , Death . Laxton, Matthews and Walker, Guilty .

Thomas Coates , was again indicted for stealing 12 Dozen Pair of Worsted Stockings, 8 Linnen Handkerchiefs, 4 Dozen and 7 pair of Shoe-Buckles, 2 Dozen of Necklaces, and many other Things , the Goods of Richard Owen , Nov. 14 . And,

14. Hester Walker , Sarah Laxton , Elizabeth Matthews , and Elizabeth Mickey , for receiving Part of the said Goods, knowing them to be stolen .

Coates Guilty 39 s. the rest Guilty .

15. Thomas Coates, again , and James Newbury , were indicted for stealing 59 Yards of checqu'd Linnen, value 50 s. the Goods of Aaron Kemp , in his Shop , October 2 , both Guilty 39 s.

[Laxton, Matthews, Walker, Mickey, Newbury:Transportation. See summary.]

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