10th December 1783
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9. MARY HUMFREYS was indicted for feloniously assaulting William Jones , the younger, on the King's highway, on the 24th of November last, and putting him in fear and danger of his life, and feloniously taking from his person and against his will, one guinea, value 21 s. and two shillings and sixpence halfpenny in monies numbered, his property .


I was robbed the 24th of last month, between 8 and 9 o'clock at night, in Charlotte Buildings, Gray's Inn Lane ; I was sent from Mr. Parry's Chambers in Gray's Inn, to go into Holborn on some business

for him, and the prisoner laid hold of me by the collar, and dragged me into those buildings against my will; I resisted and struck her several times over the arm, I felt her hand in my pocket, with that she let go her hold and ran away from me, I followed her, and another woman met her, and they both went into a house where they lodged which was over the ground floor, they at tempted to shut the door, I rushed in, and when they got in, they wanted to shut the door upon me; as I rushed in, I heard some pieces of money thrown down; I got out and called the neighbours to my assistance, one of them said, he would look in the chimney piece, and see if she had thrown any thing there, and he looked, and he found a half-crown, I lost a guinea and a half-crown, and a halfpenny: I had two guineas in my pocket, and half-a-crown, and a penny, I have only found the half-crown.

Court. I thing you said, that at the time you was in the alley you struck her and struggled with her, did you feel her hand in your pocket all that time? - No, not all the time.

Did you know then she was endeavouring to take your money? - No, not till I felt her hand in my pocket, I sent for a constable, and for my governor, and my father and the prisoner was taken up.

Prisoners. Whether he did not first come up the court where we were standing, and make many impudent speeches, which I was ashamed of, as he was so much of a child. Did I drag you into the court? - Yes, you did.

Prisoner. Lord have mercy upon your wicked Soul! did not you come into the court? - It is false.

Did I pull you up the court? - Yes, you did.


I was coming down the court between 8 and 9 at night to my father's, and I saw a number of people round a door, I went to see what was the matter, and I saw this young gentleman crying, he said, he had lost a guinea, and half-a-crown, and a halfpenny, and he shewed me a guinea and a halfpenny that he had left; I went and fetched his master the two or three people were in the house, I looked in the fire place, and in sifting the ashes, I found half-a-crown; the gentlemen's father is here, he saw me pick it up.

Is that it? - I cannot swear to the half-crown.


I live in the court just on the spot, I heard a great noise, I went to see what was the matter, the young gentleman said he was robbed, he could not tell who it was, and a woman told me, it was one that was called Hell-fire Moll, and that she was gone into such a house, I was determined she should be taken. I secure the door and window, and word was brought that no constable could be found, I went and got a constable and took her, she denied the fact, I only stepped out to satisfy my wife where I was; and at that time the half-crown was found.


I am a pastry-cook in Middle-row, Holborn, one of these young fellows came to call me to take the prisoner, I went to the house described, where the prisoner was delivered into my charge, I searched her, and looked round the room, I found a halfpenny.


I was going down Gray's-inn-lane, and I met an acquaintance of mine, who told me her husband had been licking her concerning some money, she asked me to go and eat a bit of supper with her, it rather misled with rain, he was coming into, or going out of the court, he came and spoke to me, seeing him so much of a child, I was ashamed to speak with him, we went home to her apartments, for I do not lodge there, this young lad pushed open the door and came in after us, he said I will give you something to drink, he put his hand into his pocket and pulled out a guinea, I

told, him to go along, somebody came up and the boy said I had robbed him, I was searched from head to I never offered as your Lordship I have no witnesses to in my character, because I did not for my besides I have not any, I do not keep any company.

Prisoner to the Prosecutor. Did not you say to me that you had been with a woman before, and was as knowing as a man of twenty? - Prosecutor. It is false.

GUILTY , Death .

Tried by the second Middlesex Jury before Mr. Baron HOTHAM .

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