Thomas Dunk, Mary Paterson.
17th January 1770
Reference Numbert17700117-33
VerdictsGuilty; Not Guilty; Guilty; Not Guilty; Not Guilty; Not Guilty > no evidence
SentencesDeath; Death

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112. (M) Thomas Dunk was indicted for making an assault on John Read , in an open place called the Green-park, near the king's highway, putting him in corporal fear and danger of his life, and taking from his person a pinchbeck metal watch, value 4 l. a pinchbeack metal watch chain, value 4 s. a cornelian seal set in pinchbeck metal, value 12 d. half a guinea, and three shillings in money numbered, the property of the said John . And Mary Paterson for receiving the watch, being part of the said goods, well knowing it to have been stolen , October 30 . ||

John Read . On the 30th of last October, about a quarter past eight in the evening, I was coming down from Lord Bath's gate, to the bottom of the pond in the Green-park . I saw the prisoner and evidence coming through the Queen's gate. They met me about the bottom of the pond. Marshall came up first, and held a pistol to my head, and said, sir, your money, Dunk came on the other side me. Marshal took my watch and some silver, a pinchbeck metal one, chain of the same, and a seal with the impression of Mercury on it. The key and book were gilded. Dunk took from my left breeches pocket, half a guinea. They said, D - n you, you have more money, and if I would not hold my peace, they would do me farther injury. I said, gentlemen, I cannot say what money I have got. I never am without some. You are both looking for it, take what you can get. After they had done, they said, Go along, Sir. I went towards the wilderness, and came home directly. After that, I went and told Sir John Fielding what had happened. He sent four men with me to search the Ambury. We searched, but could not find any of them. On the Sunday after, I was sent for to come on the Monday morning to Sir John. I went. The prisoner and Marshal had been taken two days before. They were brought there. Sir John asked me, if I could swear to either of them. I said, I was pretty sure they were the men, but I did not swear to them till I had recollected myself. They were in soldiers jackets when they robbed me, and I took particular notice of their faces and voices. When I gave information of them, I gave an account of the colour of their clothes. Marshal told every particular of the robbery, and where the woman at the bar sold the watch. He said, they met me about the middle of the park, and that he took from me my watch, and three shillings in silver; and Dunk took the half guinea: and that they saw me afterwards going home towards Rosamond's pond. He said, the woman sold the watch to some Jew in Duke's-Place, and the prisoner and he went to some public-house there, while she sold it; and that she told him, she could dispose of the King's crown, if she had it there.

Q. Did you ever see your watch again?

Read. No, I never did. The woman was brought there. She at first, when charged with it, denied it, and at last said, if she knew where she sold it, she would tell me; but she did not know the house. She admitted she had sold it. I had described the watch to her. It was engraved with a basket of flowers on it.

Paterson. He told me he had lost such a watch, and he would give me a guinea if I would tell him where it was. I said, I knew nothing at all of it.

Prosecutor. I did offer her a guinea. A gentleman there said, if you offer her a guinea, perhaps, you may get your watch again.

James Carley . On the 31st of October, I saw a watch (it was either gold or metal, I cannot say which) in the custody of Dunk. This was in my own house. Dunk was saying to the soldiers, they were black-guard fellows. Saying he was a thief; he lived as a thief, and would die as a thief.

Thomas Jackson . I was on the guard at Kensington palace. On the 31st of October, Marshall was on the guard along with me. Dunk came there between six and seven in the evening to the suttling-house, and called for a pot of beer. Marshall and he drank together. One of the men that were at guard with me, had some words with them. Dunk, out of bravado, pulled a watch out of his pocket; whether it had a ribbon or a

chain I do not know: or whether it was metal, silver, or gold, I don't know. He swore, and made a to-do; and in a very short time, he paid for his liquor, and then went away.

Thomas Marshal . I cannot tell the night; it was between seven and eight o'clock Dunk and I robbed the prosecutor. I took his watch. The gentleman pulled out his money himself, and gave it me. I gave Dunk the watch to sell, and went on guard the next day. He told me he could get but a guinea for it. This was done before I came off guard.

Q. What do you know against the woman at the bar?

Marshal. I know nothing against her but what Dunk told me.

Q. Where was it sold?

Marshal. That I do not know.

Q. How much of the money had you?

Marshal. I had half a guinea of it.

Dunk's Defence.

A young man that came from Bath had that watch, and he wanted some money, and I lent him three guineas upon it. That was the watch Jackson and Carley speak of. After that the young man paid me the money, and took his watch again. He is gone down in the machine to Bath. He could not stay till my trial came on.

Paterson's Defence.

I know nothing at all about it.

Dunk guilty Death .

Paterson acquitted .

(M.) They were a second time indicted. Dunk for making an assault upon Ann, wife of John Clark , in an open place, called the Green-park, near the King's highway, putting her in corporal fear and danger of her life, and taking from her seven silver tea-spoons, value 10 s. a pearl necklace, value 3 s. a linen handkerchief, value one penny, and 4 s. in money numbered, the property of the said John . And Peterson for receiving the pearl necklace, well knowing the same to have been stolen , October 17 . ++

Ann Clark . My husband is named John Clark . On the 17th of October, about half an hour after seven in the evening, my husband and I were going to Brompton: Coming by the side of the Reservoir in the Green-park , I perceived two men on the other side the pond. My husband and I were full of conversation. I said to him, there are a couple of men on the other side the pond. As we went on, I observed them following us. I said, they will hear what we are talking about. When Mr. Clark came within about ten yards of this side the gate that leads into the grove, all on a sudden the two men surrounded us. They bid us stop. My husband said, what must we stop for? They pulled out two bludgeons, and held one over my husband's head, and the other over mine. One of them said, D - n you, stop, or I'll knock your brains out. I burst out a crying, and said, I was in a great deal of trouble, having lost my children, and begged they would not hurt me. One of them put his hand into my left hand pocket, and took out seven silver tea-spoons, a pair of pearl necklaces, a red and white handkerchief, and out of my right-hand pocket, they took out between three and four shillings, and two or three pennyworth of halfpence. I took a quarter guinea out of my pocket, and put it in my mouth, and looked in one of their faces, fearing he should see me, and take it out, which made me take more notice of him. I saw the other man take my husband's watch, by giving it a jerk. They took what money he had in his pocket, which was not much. They took a parcel of keys from him, and gave them to him again, saying, they are of no use. After this, my husband pulled off his hat, and said, I thank you, gentlemen, for not hurting my wife. After they were gone, my husband ran, thinking to get to them before they got out of the park, but he missed them. They turned as if they were going down the Queen's-park.

Q. Which of them was it you took particular notice of, him that robbed you, or him that robbed your husband?

A. Clark. Of him that robbed my husband. I saw him since at the Brown-Bear, Bow-street; that is the man now at the bar. He had just such a coat and waistcoat on then as he has now. My husband went to Sir John Fielding and made information of this; and it was about ten days after the robbery that I saw the prisoner at the Brown-Bear. I pointed him out myself, from among several people that were in the room. I did not chose at that time to swear to him; and as my husband had pointed him out two or three days before I saw him, I thought there was no occasion for me to swear. I knew him directly, though his dress was not the same there. Then he had a scarlet waistcoat on, not the same as now. I saw my necklace and Cornelian seal at Sir John Fielding 's. That seal was on my husband's watch when they took it. I heard the woman

at the bar confess there, she sold my husband's watch and my spoons for a guinea, to a Jew in Duke's-Place; but she said she could not tell the Jew's name, nor the street where she sold them.

Q. How came she to confess this?

A. Clark. The evidence Marshal told the story of the robbery, and that she had the things. Then Sir John asked her, and she confessed it.

Q. Did your husband or you offer her any thing to confess?

A. Clark. No, we did not. My husband said he would not give them sixpence to confess.

Walter Cornish . I was at the apprehending Dunk and Paterson, together, on the 4th of November, in a lodging, in Stable-yard, Westminster. Looking round the room, I saw some soldiers clothes. I asked him if he was a soldier; he said, No. I asked him whose clothes they were; he said, a friend of his. I asked his name; he, at last, said Marshal. I found this seal on the mantle-piece there, which Mrs. Clark's husband said was to his watch when they robbed him. Dunk said, there was a necklace at one Flumery's. I went there, and found it. (The necklace and seal produced in court.)

A. Clark. This necklace I was robbed of at that time in the Green-park, when they took my spoons. This seal was to my husband's watch at the time. He has had it twelve years. I have been married to him ten, and know it very well. My husband can't be here. He is a prisoner in the King's Bench.

Thomas Marshal . I was with Dunk when we robbed this woman and her husband, just by the gate by the grove. We took seven silver teaspoons, and a watch and a necklace. I cannot justly say how much money there was. The watch was taken from Mr. Clark; the teaspoons and necklace from the woman.

Q. Who robbed the woman?

Marshall. I did; and Dunk robbed the man.

Q. What became of the things?

Marshall. Mary Paterson took the watch, and seven tea-spoons, and sold them the next day for a guinea. She and Dunk lived in Stable-yard together. We all three went together. Dunk had half a guinea, and I the other. Dunk took the seal off; that was not sold with the watch; that was found in the room when we were taken up. I saw it two or three days after the watch was sold; and I once or twice saw the necklace about Paterson's neck.

Dunk's Defence.

I have nothing at all to say. What Paterson sold I went along with her myself to sell it.

Paterson's Defence.

I am very innocent. I know nothing at all about it.

Dunk guilty Death .

Paterson acquitted .

(M.) They were a third time indicted. Dunk for making an assault on Jane Courteen , spinster, in a certain open place, called Hyde-park, near the king's highway, putting her in corporal fear and danger of her life, and taking from her person, a silk cardinal, value 10 s. a silk handkerchief, value 12 d. and a half crown piece, the property of the said Jane . And Peterson for receiving the same, well knowing them to have been stolen , October 27 . +

Jane Courteen . On the 27th of October, about five o'clock in the evening, I was in Hyde-park; another young woman was with me. I was stopped near Kensington gardens by two men. I cannot say I know either of them. It was dark, and I was frightened. They demanded my money. I told them, I would give them all I had; which was a shilling or two. I gave them it. They took my silk cardinal, and then they bid me go along. I was sent for to Sir John Fielding 's about ten days after; there one Marshal told me Mary Paterson had pawned my cardinal at a pawnbroker's in Prince's-street. She was taken up, but I did not see her then. I went to the pawnbroker's; there I found my cardinal. (Produced and deposed to.)

Q. How were the men dressed that attacked you?

J. Courteen. They seemed to be in old soldiers cloaths with the lace off.

Thomas Marshall . Dunk and I were going to Kensington; we met this woman and another between 5 and 6 in the evening, but I cannot recollect the day of the month.

Q. How long is it ago?

Marshall. It is two months ago, and more; we took a shilling or two, I cannot tell rightly how much.

Q. How was you dressed?

Marshall. I was in the same dress I have now (Old soldiers cloaths.) I think Dunk was the same; I was a soldier at that time. Dunk had been a soldier, but he was discharged. After we had done, we came to Dunk's room in

Westminster. Paterson was in the room when we came in. She took the cardinals, and went and pawned them; one to a pawnbroker in Prince's-street, for 7 s. and 6 d. or 7 s. and she pawned another at another place.

Thomas Parker . I am apprentice to a pawnbroker in Prince's-street. This cardinal was pledged by one Mary Paterson , on Friday the 27th of Oct. I entered it so in our book. We described her on the ticket about thirty years of age. I cannot say I know the woman at this distance of time. I lent nine shillings upon it.

Dunk's Defence.

I have nothing to say. When the cardinal was brought home, Marshall said it was his girl's cloak.

Paterson's Defence.

Marshall told me it was his girl's cloak, that he was going to be married to.

Q. to Marshall. Did you tell her it was a girl's cloak that you was going to be married to?

Marshall. I never said such a thing in my life.

Both acquitted .

They were a fourth time indicted; Dunk, for making an assault on John Clark , in a certain open place, called the Green-Park , near the king's highway, putting him in corporal fear and danger of his life, and taking from his person a Pinchbeck metal watch, with a green shagreen case studded with silver, val. 4 l. a steel watch chain, val. 12 d. a steel seal, val. 2 s. the property of the said John : and Paterson for receiving the same. well knowing them to have been stolen , Oct. 17 .

No evidence was given.

Both acquitted .

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