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80, 81, 82, George Anderson , Richard Studder , Henry Hinton , of St John, Wapping , were indicted for feloniously breaking open and entering the House of John Inwood , about the Hour of one at Night, and taking from thence 3 Pieces of Cantaloon Stuff 80 Yards, one Piece of printed Linnen 22 Yards, 14 Ells of Linnen, and 2 Remnants of Bays, all to the value of about 4 l. the Property of John Inwood , July 23 .
John Inwood . I live in Milk-Alley, in the Parish of St. John Wapping ; I am a Shipwright by Trade, but my Wife is chiefly in the Shop Business: July the 22d in the Evening the Shop was shut up fast, about 10 a-Clock before I went to Bed, it was locked, barred, and bolted, and about four in the Morning I was informed the Shop was broke open, and the two Shutters lying on the Ground, there was a Pane of Glass broke, and the Goods were taken out, that are mentioned in the Indictment : I am positive the Night before the Goods lay in the Window within reach of being taken out by a Hand Put thro' that Pane of Glass.
Thomas Studder . On the 23d of July this Anderson the Soldier and I were walking together in Wapping, about one o'Clock in the Morning we met Richard Studder and Hinton; this Anderson mentioned that he in the Day-time saw these things lying in the Window and proposed the taking of them, and about two in the Morning Anderson, who is a Cobler by Trade, and I, by the Means of his Pinchers, pulled the Groove of the Window off, that the Shutters slide upon; I broke the Pane of Glass, I took the Goods off the Window and gave them to Anderson; Anderson and Hinton held open the Bag, and all these things were put in and Studder stood close to the Bag; the Pieces of course Sheeting, and one of the Pieces of Stuff , were sold to Mrs Gill for Half a Guinea, the Half Guinea was divided between us all, 2 s. and 6 d. a Piece, and the odd 6 d. was left in my Brother Richard Studder 's
Hinton the Prisoner. He sent Unwin after us, I was going out with China and Earthen ware.
Unwin. I informed Mr Inwood I thought Richard Studder was the Man, we searched his House and found a large Quantity of the Goods. Thomas Studder hearing of this came to my House and offered himself a voluntary Evidence, for he had been guilty of several Robberies, and he said he wanted to make himself clear in the World. I went to Justice Jones and told him this, he said he would admit him an Evidence the next Morning, it being late then, which he did: He named the three Prisoners, Crocket and Emanuel Hubbard , I met Anderson and took him, and he said he believed his (the Evidence's) Brother and Hinton, were at Mother Rippon's at Epping : I hired some People and Horses, and went down and took them. Anderson and Studder would have made themselves Evidences, but Hinton did not care what became of himself if he could save Studder; near the Place where I live there is about 60 of this Crew; Studder, and the Keeper of New Prison's Son, were the Leaders of this Gang; we could hardly stir out of Doors for them.
Prisoner Anderson. My Lord, here are a parcel of Thief-takers here, they would swear our Lives away. Inwood could not swear positively to the Goods, there being no Marks on them, but said, they were very much like them.
Nathanael Harris. I went to Mother Rippon's at Epping , and as soon as Richard Studder saw my Head, he jumped out of Window, and Hinton was going to do the same, but I caught hold of his Coat, and prevented him, but Studder was soon taken. Pray, said I to him, where are your Pistols; said he, I exchanged them with Matthew Mooney * for his Buckles. I am a Hatter in Rosemary-Lane.
* See No. 58. p. 24.
Hinton. Harris said to me, if you have five or six Pounds I may serve you, if not, I will have your Life.
Harris. I never said any such Thing, nor never spoke a Word concerning any Money, for I could not expect any.
Court. You are upon your Oath; have you received any Money from any of the Prisoners, or any of their Relations.
Unwin. There was Money offered, and I believe I might have had a considerable Sum; and a Gold Watch, the Prisoner Studder offered it, if I could any ways serve him, and save his Life: But I had not any Thing.
Prisoner Studder. He has all my Goods.
Prisoner Anderson. That is a Lie, it was before Justice Dennel.
Hind. He desired to know if he could be made an Evidence, he asked that several Times. - There was a Pair of Pistols produced .
Edward Baily . I have know Anderson four or five Years; he is a Cobler in Rag-fair , he does not keep a Stall, but works for several Masters: I am his Brother-in-Law. I always thought him an honest Man, and one that worked hard for his Bread : I am a Brasier, and live in Broad street, Soho; but I sell Goods to the Brokers there.
Susanna Baily . I am the Prisoner's own Sister, (she cries) I said to this Gentleman, Mr Unwin, Dear Sir, do not take away an innocent Life for the sake of the Reward; he said if you had come about a Fortnight ago, I could have served you, and if I could get Money my Brother should not be hurt; I do not say he mention'd any particular Sum.
Elizabeth Boswell . I have known this Fellow ever since he sucked at his Mother's Breast, 34 or 35 Years ago; I am 45 Years of Age, (the Prisoner looked to be full as old) I live in Broad St Giles's and deal in Rag-Fair; I never heard any ill of him.
Unwin . As to that Woman (Anderson's Sister) she said she would give me a Note of her Hand for 20 l. if I could save his Life, for she was a free Dealer, and would pay it at so much a Week; the Husband said no, that was too much, he said about 3 l would do, but I never did offer any thing concerning taking of Money. All three Guilty , Death .
But no Prosecutor appearing they were acquitted .