Thomas Swannock.
25th February 1761
Reference Numbert17610225-25
VerdictGuilty
SentenceImprisonment > newgate; Miscellaneous > sureties

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104. (L) Thomas Swannock , was indicted for uttering , knowing it to be false, a counterfeit six-pence, with intention to defraud Mary Nelme , widow , February 16 . ++

Mary Nelme . I keep the Cardmakers-arms on Garlick-hill , a publick house , the prisoner came often to my house, I took two very bad six-pences, which I strongly suspected I had of him. He came again on the fast day, and offered me one very bad one, I looked at it and would not take it, then he gave me a good one. One of the other two I paid to Mr. Chapple, a tallow-chandler, who returned it to me when the prisoner was in the house. I told him I took it of him, he did not deny it, he went to change it and pulled out another bad one. There was Mr. Price in the house, he is a constable, he said, keep him till I go home for my staff, and I'll search him, we did, and when he was searched, there were three more bad pieces of

money about him, two bad six-pences, the other a bad shilling, then he was delivered to the constable of the night. I know not what became of the other bad one I took.

William Chapple . I am a tallow-chandler, I deal with the prosecutrix. I received a bad fix-pence of her and returned it again on the 19th of February, the prisoner was in the house, she said, this is the man that I received it of; he did not deny it, he went to change it, and pulled out two-pence and another bad six pence. I saw him searched afterwards, and there were three bad pieces found upon him; they were two of them resembling six-pences, and one a shilling.

David Price . I am a constable. [He confirmed the other evidences, as to the bad money being found on the prisoner. Produced in court, and also the six-pence which Mr. Chapple returned. The jury look at it.]

Prisoner's defence.

They raised a riot, and kept hussling me about, one collar'd me and another collar'd me; I can't say whether they put that money in my pocket; I can't say, upon my fool, how I came by it.

Guilty .

[Imprisonment. See summary.] [Provide sureties for good behaviour. See summary.]


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