Francis Mugford.
20th October 1756
Reference Numbert17561020-44

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445. (L.) Francis Mugford was indicted for that he at the gaol delivery, at Exeter, for the county of Devon, on Monday the 17th of March, in the 28th year of his present majesty, being indicted for that he on the 12th of December, in the 28th year, &c. did steal 3 l. 3 s. in money number'd, the property of William

Blackmore , in the dwelling house of Rebecca Gordon , widow, was convicted for stealing 36 s. and order'd to be transported, as soon as conveniently cou'd be, to some of his majesty's plantations in America for the term of seven years, as by the record more fully may appear, and that the jurors present that the said Francis, on the 12th of July , feloniously and without any lawful cause, was at large in these realms. ++

William Pinkney . I am clerk to the clerk of the assize. Here is a certificate of the conviction of the prisoner Mugford, at the assize held at Exeter.

Q. Is it a true copy?

Pinkney. It is. I compared it with the clerk of the assize in the proper manner. ( It is read in court.)

Edward Manley . I am keeper of the prison at Exeter.

Q. Do you know the prisoner at the bar?

Manley. I do. I heard his trial there.

Q. Was he convicted ?

Manley. He was found guilty of stealing, to the value of thirty-six shillings, from Mr. William Blackmore , and received sentence of transportation for seven years.

Q. Was he transported accordingly?

Manley. I saw him on board a ship. I carried him there on the eight of May was twelve months.

Captain Prow . I took the prisoner on the Portugal Walk, at the Royal-Exchange, on the 12th of July. I was obliged to knock him down.

Q. Was he at liberty there?

Prow. He was.

Q. What provoked you to knock him down?

Prow. Because he endeavoured to get away upon seeing me, for I had brought him over in the Lisbon Packet.

Q. What did you do with him after that?

Prow. I carried him before an alderman, and had him committed.

Cross examination.

Q. Did you meet with any accident in your voyage?

Note, He had rob'd the captain of fourteen moidores in the passage.

Prow. I did, but that does not concern this affair. I knew he had been transported, and I secured him as being a bad man.

Q. to Manley. What ship did the prisoner go on board?

Manley. He went on board a ship belonging to Mr. Buck of Biddeford.

Q. Did not an accident happen to that ship after he was on board?

Manley. I never heard of such a thing.

Prisoner's defence.

I was sent over by the pay-master general with some letters and warrants to Mr. Secretary Fox , and delivered them to Mr. Mettear, in Southampton-Street. I brought some men of war's tickets, which I delivered to a gentleman near the Mansion-House. I brought also bills of exchange for Mr. Kinsley, and letters to Simon Jacob Moses , a Jew, in Bury-Street, and orders to buy some woollen goods for a merchant in New York. I was obliged to come over, it was not voluntarily, with my own will. We were cast away going over, just upon the cape of Virginia; so I landed there, and since I came over I have injured no man, but always lodged at creditable houses.

Guilty Death .

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