12th September 1781
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514, 515, 516, 517. RICHARD MARSHALL , otherwise MOORE , SUSANNA MOORE , spinster , WILLIAM STEAD , and CATHERINE SHRODE , spinster , were indicted for that they a piece of copper money, of this realm, called a halfpenny, unlawfully and feloniously did make, coin, and counterfeit, against the statute .

2d Count. For that they a piece of false, feigned, and counterfeit copper money, to the likeness and similitude of the current legal copper money of this realm, called a halfpenny, feloniously did make and coin, July the 27th .


On the 27th of July I went into a house in London-street, Tottenham-Court-road , upon having an information. I knocked at the door. I saw Shrode looking out at the parlour window; she asked me What I wanted? I desired she would let me in; she said She would not open the door; upon which I went backwards, and was helped over a back wall by Grubb, who followed me, and he helped me into the back parlour window. I then went into the passage, to let Grubb in at the door; but, just as I got to the door, I saw the two men, and the other woman, coming up stairs, out of the kitchen. Marshall was without his coat and waistcoat; he had a leather apron and a night-cap on, and his sleeves tucked up. Stead was without his coat, and his sleeves were tucked up, but he had his waistcoat on. Susannah Moore was without her gown, and had a dirty apron on. I followed them up stairs, and took Stead on the landing-place. I called to Dixon to assist me: I told him that the others were gone up stairs, and bid him pursue them. I took Stead into the one-pair-of-stairs back room; where I found Susanna Moore , who was without her upper petticoat, but was in the act of endeavouring to put it on over the dirty apron which she had on, in order to hide it. After I had secured them at the round-house, I came back again to help move the things; and in the back kitchen, I saw the stamping-press; under the stairs, the cutting-press was fixed in the ground; and in the fore kitchen, there were several dies and halfpence, and some halfpence were in the press. Susanna Moore appeared to have been hard at work. Shrode was in the parlour when I came into the house; I saw her no where else.


I heard somebody run up stairs before we got into the house. When we got in, I bid Young go up and secure them, and I myself went down into the kitchen. In the back kitchen I found the windows all blinded up; so was the chimney-piece: and in that kitchen I saw the stamping-press, and a candle alight, and a halfpenny just struck, which was between the dies. In the fore kitchen I found a great quantity of dies. The window of that kitchen was so blinded, that people could not see into it from the street.

We attempted to see, but could not. In the passage, under the stairs, there was a great quantity of blanks and copper, and a cutting-out press, and a candle also, lighted, by it. The men were stripped, and their hands were dirty. Catherine Moore was also stripped, and her hands were all over dirt and grease, as if she had just come from work. Shrode, the old woman, ran to a chamber-pot, and wanted to wash her hands; but I would not let her, for her hands had the appearance of having been at work. There was a great sack of halfpence hanging up on one side of the stamping-press. There were twenty-six dies (producing them, and two that were in the press.)

(Dixon produced a halfpenny that was then between the dies, and also some blanks and some finished halfpence.)


When I went up in the one pair of stairs back-room, there was Susannah Moore , stripped: she was putting on her petticoat over her clothes. I found Marshall in the rock-loft, in his shirt, with a leather apron on. Stead was stripped, and his sleeves tucked up. Marshall, when he was taken, begged for his clothes. I went down, and found his waistcoat below stairs, by the cutting press; and his hat and wig, and coat, in the front cellar, where the halfpence were found. When he was taken to the office, he owned that the hat, wig, and waistcoat, were his; and he put them on. There was a candle lighted at both presses. Moore's hands were dirty: whether the others were or not, I don't know; but I saw her run to the water to wash them. There were twelve pair of dies, besides those now produced.


The old woman ran away, to wash herself.


I am a moneyer of the mint. All this is counterfeit money.

(Marshall called seven witnesses, who gave him a good character.)

(Stead called three witnesses, who gave him a good character.)

( Susanna Moore called two witnesses, who gave her a good character.)


Tried by the First Middlesex Jury, before Mr. Baron HOTHAM.

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