George Anderson.
19th October 1763
Reference Numbert17631019-8
VerdictsGuilty; Guilty
SentencesDeath; Death

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467. (M.) George Anderson , otherwise Johnson , was indicted for breaking and entering the dwelling house of William Smith , on the 13th of Sept. about 2 in the night, and stealing a silver tea-spoon, val. 3 s. a brass thimble, val. 1 d. and 6 s. in money, the property of John Grinstead , in the dwelling-house of the said William Smith . *

Mary Grinstead . My husband is named John, we lodge in a room in the house of Mr. William Smith , my room is up one pair of stairs; I was in bed, and awaked out of my sleep, I saw the prisoner opening my drawer, I said, Good master, what do you want here? then he went cross the room, and stopped a little, then went out at the casement which then was open; I missed out of the drawer 6 s. in silver, a silver tea-spoon, and a brass thimble.

Q. Are you sure the prisoner is the man you saw in your room?

M. Grinstead. I am; when I saw him in a coach afterwards, not knowing he was going before a Justice, I said, That was the man that robbed me.

Q. What time of the night was this?

M. Grinstead. This was about 2 in the morning; I had a light burning by my bed side, and he came and took it from the bed side.

John Skinner . I am servant to Mr. Pentilow, the keeper of New-prison; the prisoner being taken up, Justice Spinage sent for Mr. Pentilow to fetch him away; I went and found him in the watch-house, I searched him, and found these things upon him. (Producing a Dutch tinder-box, flint and steel.

Prisoner's Defence.

I smoke very much, I make use of the tinder-box to light my pipe; I know nothing of what I am charged with, I never was at the house in my life.

Guilty . Death .

He was a second time indicted for that he, on the 1st of Aug. about the hour of 1 in the night, the dwelling-house of James Warner did break and enter, and stealing one gold watch, val. 20 l. one silver watch, val. 5 l. one reflecting telescope, one gold ring set with diamonds, val. 10 l. one amathist gold ring set with diamonds, val. 3 l. four mourning gold rings, val. 40 s. one pair of ear-rings set with diamonds and rose stones, val. 10 l. two pair of silver shoe-buckles, one pair of silver knee-buckles, one silver stock-buckle, and 40 s. in money numbered, the property of John Hardy , in the dwelling-house of James Warner . *

Barbara Hardy . I lodge at Stoke Newington , at the house of Mr. Warner. I awaked on the

1st of Aug about 6 in the morning, and found my window open, and the things mentioned in the indictment were gone out of my buroe that stood by the window.

Q. Was the buroe locked over night?

B. Hardy. It was.

Q. Was your window fast?

B. Hardy. I cannot answer for that, I know it was down.

Mr. Dyley. I am a jeweller and goldsmith, I had a pair of diamond ear-rings brought to me by the prisoner at the bar, I suspected the man, and stopped and advertised them, here they be. ( Producing a pair.)

Prosecutrix. These are my property which were taken away that night; I found nothing else.

Prisoner's Defence.

I brought these ear-rings from the Havanna, I got them that night we took Graunamacoe.

Q. to the Prosecutrix. What time did you go to bed that night?

B. Hardy. I went to bed about 10, and to sleep about 12, and did not awake till about 6.

Guilty . Death .

There were two other indictments against him.

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