JOHN ROBERTSON.
7th September 1774
Reference Numbert17740907-98
VerdictGuilty
SentenceDeath

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675. (L.) JOHN ROBERTSON was indicted for stealing a linen quilt, value 30 s. two linen sheets, value 25 s. a stuff petticoat, value 3 s. a silk and stuff gown, value 20 s. four cotton gowns, value 40 s. three cotton handkerchiefs, value 2 s. six muslin handkerchiefs, value 3 s, a muslin apron, value 3 s. four linen aprons, value 4 s. a linen shift and four silver tea spoons, value 12 s. the property of John Jones , in the dwelling house of the said John Jones , August 21st . +

John Jones . I am an iron-porter , and live on Dowgate-hill ; I lost the several articles mentioned in the indictment on the 21st of August, I know nothing of my own knowledge.

Sarah Jones . I am wife of the last witness; when I went out on Sunday the 21st of August I left my house and every thing safe; when I returned home at night I missed the several things mentioned in the indictment. (They were produced in court, and deposed to by the prosecutrix).

John Heley . On Sunday the 21st of August I was informed that a suspected person had been seen to carry some bundles into Star-court Shoemaker row; Mr. Clarke and I went there; after waiting there some time I saw the prisoner go into the house with something under his arm; we went into the house and asked for Mr. Robertson (who I knew before); the woman of the house called out Robertson two or three times; Robertson not coming down, Mr. Clarke took a candle and went up stairs; I heard a bustle

soon after; I went up and found Mr. Clarke had got hold of the prisoner; we found this bunch of picklocks (producing them) in his pocket; the room the prisoner lived in there, with a girl, was locked; I opened the door with one of these picklocks.

Q. How do you know that he lived there?

Heley. The landlord of the house, whose name is Nash, told me so; in the closet in that room I found these things; (produced and deposed to by the prosecutrix); he said he knew nothing, of them; there was a box in the room under the bed; I asked him whose box that was, he said it was his; we broke it open and found in it a dark lanthorn, a tinder box and matches, a brace of pistols loaded; we put him in the round house for that night; the next morning the prosecutor came to Sir John Fielding's office to advertise the things.

Prisoner. It was not my lodgings; I went to see the girl that lodged there, as I might go to see any other girl of the town.

John Clarke deposed, that when he went up stairs and attempted to secure the prisoner, the prisoner made a blow at him, and then kicked the candle out; upon which he called up John Heley . The rest of his evidence was the same as that of the last witness.

William Nash . I keep a house in Butcher-row.

Q. Did the prisoner lodge at your house?

Nash. I believe he used to come backwards and forwards; I seldom saw him come out or in; I let the room ready furnished to a young woman.

Q. Was he at your house the night he was taken up?

Nash. He was there the day before; I trusted the key to the young woman; what passed I cannot say; he came backwards and forwards to this woman a month or five weeks.

Q. from the prisoner. Was I in your house from three o'clock that afternoon till the time I came home at night?

Nash. No, he was out; I saw a person in green clothes bring in a bundle about as big as if it contained two suits of clothes; the girl said he had brought his clothes from his father's; took no further notice of it; I had no suspicions of this.

Q. What is the name of this young woman?

Nash. I really forgot; her christian name is Susannah; I forget her other name; she went away the day after; she used to go by the name of Robertson.

Prisoner's Defence.

I know nothing of it.

Guilty . Death .


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