James Walock.
6th September 1749
Reference Numbert17490906-3
VerdictGuilty

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479. James Walock was indicted, for that he, in a certain field and open place near the king's highway, upon Abraham Lawrance did make an assault, putting him in bodily fear and danger of his life, with an offensive weapon called a tinder-box, in the form of a pistol, which he held in his right hand, with an intent the monies of the said Abraham to steal, take and carry away , August 5 .

Abraham Lawrence . As I was going through a stile in Stepney fields , August 5, the prisoner at the bar called out, You Quaker, stand; I said, Stand, you dog, for what? He took out a pistol as I thought , and held it to me, covering the place where the barrel should have been with his left hand, and said he would shoot me through the body. Hold your tongue, you dog, said I. Hush, hush, said he, or I'll shoot you immediately. I shifted about and parlied with my stick, that he should not have a mark at me. I saw Mr. Paterson, and called out to him for assistance. He came running , and the prisoner run away; I followed him , and he could not get through the posts quick enough. So he turned about and swore he would shoot me through the body if I pursued him; I advanced upon him and gave him a great blow with my stick on his left hand , which he covered the supposed barrel of his tinder-box with; he then got over the bank and run.

William Paterson , Joseph Ashby , Alexander Macoliston , and John Hindon , all proved the pursuing and taking him. The pistol timber-box was shewed in court .

Guilty .


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