Christopher Green.
16th January 1751
Reference Numbert17510116-77
VerdictNot Guilty

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186 . Christopher Green , was indicted for that he being married to Jane Wilmote , notwithstanding he came before my lord chief justice Lee, and took an oath, that he never was married to the said Jane . ++

Mr. Benjamin Thomas . I am clerk to my lord chief justice Lee. This is an information made by Christopher Green and William Richards , and sworn to by them, as it appears before my lord chief justice Lee. This is his hand-writing, sign'd here. [Holding the paper in his hand.] I have good reason to think my lord chief justice would never have subscribed his hand to it, had it not been administered; but as many people come and make affidavits at my lord chief justice's chambers, I cannot recollect the defendant to be the man that brought this.

William Richards . The defendant, Christopher Green and I went to my lord chief justice Lee's chambers to exhibit an information. [The affidavit is put into his hand] This is it, I wrote the name William Richards to it, and it is his name, and what I swear there I now believe is true.

It is read in Court.

One part of it is what is contained in the indictment that is, that this informant Christopher Green, maketh oath, that he was never married to Jane Wilmot .

William Newton . I have known Christopher Green about two years; about four, five, or six weeks before Christmas 1747. I was then living in Watch-street. he came to my house; he then called himself Hill and said, he lived at Ports-mouth, and had a very considerable estate. He visited my sister-in-law Jane Wilmot at my house; I went into the west of England, and made it my business to enquire at Portsmouth. but could not hear of such a person; my sister in law went into a service, I believe at Chelsea; he came to our house to enquire for her a little before Christmas, the same year; he asked me and my wife what was become of Jenny? After a great many protestations, he was told where she was, then he immediately went away to her: he told me, he courted her for no other end but to make her his wife. I am a taylor ; he gave me orders to make him some cloaths, which I did, almost three suits; when I was measuring him, I said, are these to be your wedding cloaths ? he said, yes. I sent them to him in the county, according to his direction. I did not see him till Midsummer-day. 1748, he came to my house ; she came to him; I cannot say I heard what passed between them, he asked me, if I could take a walk with him that evening? I told him I could not, having some business to do; he and Jenny went out together, and I did not see them till 3 or 4 days after, then he called for his bill; he looked it over; then said he, does my wife owe you any thing? No, said I; then he paid me. I asked him if he was married, he said, yes; they then went to live in Round-court, at one Mr. Humphrys's he cohabited with her there, as man and wife; I was never there but twice the time they lived there; I now live in Prince's-street by Red-lion-square.

Mrs. Newton deposed to the same purport, with this addition ; sometimes he would be at our house three or four times a week, and sometimes once in six weeks.

Evan Humphrys . I did live in Round-court in the Strand; Mr. Green and Mrs. Green came and took a lodging of me, about six weeks before Midsummer, but did not come to live there till Midsummer day ; we agreed at 9 l. a year; he called Mrs. Green, my dear, and Jenny.

Q. Who do you mean by Mrs. Green?

Humphrys. The former evidence's sister-in-law, he went down into the country; and what letters he sent up to Jenny, I used to deliver to her; she

staid at my house after that about a quarter of a year; and I never saw them together afterwards.

Q. Where do you live now ?

Humphrys. That I don't care to tell.

Mrs. Humphrys deposition was to the same effect with that of her husband.

[ Jenny produced a writing, which she called a certificate of her marriage at the Fleet.]

Mrs. Newton. I saw this certificate signed by Boyce and Hammond, taken from the register-book in the liberty of the Fleet, in the custody of Boyce, and that dear Jenny gave a shilling for.

Boyce and Hammond were called, but neither appeared.

Acquitted .


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