9th January 1776
Reference Numbert17760109-19
VerdictNot Guilty

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134, 135. MAXWELL BLACKMORE and JOHN HALL were indicted for that they, in the king's highway, in and upon Benjamin Eggleton feloniously did make an assault, putting him in corporal fear and danger of his life, and stealing from his person one pair of silver shoe-buckles, value twenty shillings, the property of the said Benjamin , December 24th .


I work at a glass-house : I was at Saltpetre Bank on the 24th December, between one and two o'clock in the morning; the prisoners came behind me and stopped me; they asked me if I had pistols about me? I told them I had not; Hall said I had, and insisted upon searching me; Blackmore took me by my collar, while the other took a pair of shoe-buckles out of my pocket; it was under a lamp, so that I could see them very plain: I went home immediately, and a young man went with me in search of the prisoners; we saw them drinking at a public-house, the Ship, in Rag-fair; there were many people there: we thought we were not sufficient to take them, so we left them; I whispered to the young man, that they were the men: we went on the Wednesday following to another public-house, the Prussian Hero, there we saw Blackmore: I went out with a pretence to fetch some steaks, in order to get more help; when I returned Blackmore was gone: as we were going in search of Blackmore, we met Hall; we secured him, and soon after we took Blackmore at the Ship: they were taken before justice Sherwood, but the buckles were not found upon them.


I went with the prosecutor to the Prussian Hero, there we saw Blackmore; the prosecutor told me he was one of the men; we went to fetch some of justice Sherwood's men; when we returned Blackmore was gone: going along the street after that we saw Hall, the prosecutor said he was the other man; we took him into custody: then we went to the Ship, where we found Blackmore; there was no light near when we laid hold of Hall.

Prosecutor. I looked close to his face, and saw a cut in his eye.

One of justice Camper's men confirmed the evidence of the last witness; but said, that the prosecutor said Hall was one of the men who robbed him when he was twenty yards distance from any lamp.


Tried by the First Middlesex Jury before Mr. Justice ASHHURST.

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