HENRY STEED, JOHN EDMONDS.
4th April 1779
Reference Numbert17790404-2
VerdictNot Guilty

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185. 186. HENRY STEED , and JOHN EDMONDS , were indicted, for that they, in the king's highway, in and upon the Honourable Anne Brudenell , widow , did make an assault, putting her in corporal fear and danger of her life, and stealing from her person a gold watch, value 6 l. and 19 s. in monies, numbered, the property of the said Anne , March 13th .

ANNE BRUDENELL sworn.

On the 13th of March, about a quarter before eleven at night, I was stopped in Park-Lane , in my carriage, and robbed of my watch, and about nineteen or twenty shillings in silver. I have no rememberance of the persons, nor do I know whether I was stopped by one or two. The night was exceeding dark. Steed was stopped offering my watch to pawn.

From Steed. What time was it when you was robbed? - At half after ten, or about a quarter before eleven, I believe; I did not take particular notice.

Was it moon-light or dark? - It was excessively dark. I think nobody could swear to a person.

You had your servants with you? - Yes; there was a footman behind the carriage.

THOMAS JEPPS sworn.

I am coachman to Mrs. Brudenell. About a quarter before eleven o'clock at night, going down Park-lane, a man came up to the coach and bid me stop, and said if I did not he would shoot me. I stopped immediately, and he robbed the coach; another man then came up. The footman was getting down from behind, he said, if he did not keep his place he would shoot him. The shortest ( Henry Steed ) as nigh as I can recollect, was the man that stopped me and robbed the coach. I believe the prisoners are the men; I will not swear to either of them. When the shortest had robbed the coach, the other came up and insisted on his taking the watch, or he would have gone away without it.

Do you recollect their faces? - I recollect nothing of them only their speech and size. When they were examined at Sir John Fielding 's, I thought, by their speech, they were the same men.

Had they any thing over their faces? - No; but they were not very near me.

JOHN CHARLTON sworn.

I am footman to Mrs. Brudenell. I was behind the coach when she was robbed. A man came up to the coach, and stopped the coachman; what he said I cannot tell. I saw he had a pistol as he came up, and thought he was going to stop the coach; I was going to get down from behind, when another man made his appearance, and said if I did not keep my place he would shoot me. It was the tallest man that came to me, as near as I can recollect, but I cannot swear positively to either of them.

What did he say to you? - He said if I did not keep my place he would shoot me; he spoke in a broken foreign language so that I could scarce understand him. When he came up I had one foot on the ground. I was present when they were examined at Sir John Fielding 's.

Did either of them confess it? - I believe they did.

Did you hear them confess it? - I thought so by what they said, Edmonds, I believe, was the person.

Jury. What did he say? - I cannot speak to that.

Did you attend at Sir John Fieldings more than once? - Only once.

JOHN EDWARD sworn.

I am a pawnbroker. On Tuesday, the 16th of March, Henry Steed came and offered a watch to pawn. By a hand-bill I had received before, I knew it had been taken from Mrs. Brudenell. I stopped him and the watch, and, with the assistance of a constable, took him to Sir John Fielding 's; he was committed. Mrs. Brudenell came on the next day, Wednesday.

Was Charlton at the examination? - Yes, on the Wednesday.

You attended on the Wednesday? - Yes.

Did you hear either of them make a confession on the Wednesday? - Not that I recollect.

Not Edmonds? - Not that I recollect.

Q. Was you there all the time they were under examination? - I was not. After Mrs. Brudenell had sworn to the watch I signed a paper, and went out immediately.

DAVID PROTHERO sworn.

On the 16th of March the prisoner, Steed, was brought in custody to Sir John Fielding 's by the pawnbroker. When he was examined by the justice he said he had the watch of Charles Edmonds .

Did he mean the prisoner Edmonds? - Yes; the justice sent me with him to find out this Edmonds. When we came to Leicester-fields he got from me, and attempted to run away. I pursued him, took him, and brought him immediately back to Sir John Fielding 's. I then went to his wife, and she told me that this Edmonds was a gentleman's servant in St. Alban's-street. Going back I met the prisoner, Edmonds, in Rupert-street; on seeing him, from the description Steed had given of his clothes, and his being a foreigner, I thought he was the man. I went up to him, and asked him if his name was Edmonds. He said no, it was Gibbons. I asked him if he lived in St. Alban's-Street. He said no. I secured him and took him to Steed's wife. She said that was the man who went out with her husband on Saturday night. I then tied his hands, and took him to Sir John Fielding 's, and went to his master's lodgings in St. Alban's-street, broke open his box, and found a pair of horse-pistols.

Did you hear Edmonds confess the robbery at Sir John Fielding 's? - I did, and so did the Pawnbroker and servant, though they deny it now; and he said he should confess it when he came here.

EDMOND'S DEFENCE.

I live with a Captain Edwards , who is now in the country. I employed the other prisoner some time ago to make me some clothes. I gave him the money beforehand to buy the cloth. He did not make them. I went to his lodging, and because I insisted on seeing the cloth he threatened to be revenged on me. I went after that to America; when I returned I met him in the street, and he asked me to drink, which I consented to, though I knew he had malice in his heart against me. He then asked me to lend him some money; he said he was in distress. I saw no more of him from that time till this happened; then out of revenge he said he had the watch of me. I never had it in my custody. When I was at the Brown-Bear, he said I had better say I gave him the watch. I do not know the laws of this country. I refused to say so. Then he said, as I would not say he had the watch of me he would get clear in spite of my teeth; as he was the first speaker he could say what he pleased.

STEED'S DEFENCE.

All he has said is false, word by word. I never borrowed any money of him. He desired me to pawn the watch; he said it was his master's; that his master wanted to raise some money; accordingly I innocently went to pawn the watch, and was stopped.

For Steed.

PHEBE LLOYD sworn.

I have washed at different times for Steed and his wife. On Saturday, the 13th of March, about ten at night, I carried home

some things; I staid supper, and when I went away the watchman was calling past twelve o'clock. The prisoner was at home all the time at work on his board; he was undressing himself to go to bed when I came away.

To the prosecutrix. Was it the 13th of March you was robbed? - I do not remember the day; it was of a Saturday.

To Charlton. Do you remember the day of the month on which the robbery was committed? - I do not; it was on a Saturday night.

Steed called seven other witnesses, who all gave him a good character.

Edmonds called no witnesses.

BOTH NOT GUILTY .

Tried by the First Middlesex Jury before Mr.DEPUTY RECORDER.


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