10th April 1793
Reference Numbert17930410-86
VerdictNot Guilty

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370. PETER MURRAY was indicted for that he, in a public street and highway, on Mary Chapman , spinster , wilfully, unlawfully, maliciously and feloniously did make an assault, with intent to burn, spoil, cut and deface the garments and clothes of her the said Mary Chapman, and that then with force and arms, in the said public street and highway, wilfully, unlawfully, maliciously and feloniously did burn, spoil, cut and deface a cotton gown, value 12 s. the goods of the said Mary Chapman, being part of the garments and clothes of her's, on her person, and then in wear .


I am a servant . On the 19th of February I left my master's house about half after seven in the evening, he lives in Whitechapel High-street; I was going to Messrs. Newman and Davis, in Fenchurch-street on an errand; I met Peter Murray by the way at the five lamps, at Aldgate; I knew him before; I stopped him and asked him if he was in work? he told me, no, he was not in work; with that I went strait to Mr. Davis's and company, and when I came there they refused the half crown that I had, with that I came out and went into a turning in Fenchurch-street, to a wine vault, and there Peter Murray and I had something to drink; I went back to Messrs. Davis and Co. and got the things I went for before; then I returned home to my master's house, coming along after we left Messrs. Davis and Co. we got in discourse, he told me, he was going to India; and we had had some words, and he asked me to make it up; I told him I would; he asked me whether I would marry him before he went, or would I stay till he came back? he had a young woman that he had children by, I told him that I could not think of marrying him or any thing of the kind. He had then a cotton gown of mine in his hands and he said, if I would not marry

him I should never see it more, the gown was in pledge; and I asked him to give me the ticket of it, and he told me he would not, then I returned home to my master's house, when I came in doors I went up stairs to put our two boys to bed, and putting my hand behind me, when I went up stairs, I found something burn my hand, he did not go home with me to the door, he left me in the street.

Q. How long after you got in doors might it be before you went up stairs? - It might be a quarter of an hour; the little boy said, Molly, somebody has spit on your gown, and then I found something burn my hand, I told my mistress that my gown was all burnt in pieces and she desired me to put it in water immediately; it was burnt very much.

Q. How do you know that he did this? - I did not see him do it to be sure, only by what I remarked that he walked behind me some time.


I am this girl's master, I saw the gown when it was in water, and saw the holes in it.


This Peter Murry used to come to our shop, and he used to threaten to do so and so to my sister, several times, I had a ring and a knife of his, he threatened it would be the worse for you if you do not send the ring and the knife for I will be revenged if it was seven years after; I said, when he returned my sister's box and gown he should have his things.

Mary Chapman . After that he threw some aquafortis into my eye, so that I have lost one eye.


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

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