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<p>The Council for the King opened, that the Prisoner was one who frequently lent Money to Sailors; that 'tis customary for the Sailors to make a Will to the Person of whom they borrow Money. That the deceas'd
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<interp inst="t17320906-16-person123" type="gender" value="female"/> </persName> , who were Witnesses to the first Will. That this second Will being the same in all Respects as the first, except in the Date of the Year, and that in the first it is mentioned, that
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<interp inst="t17320906-16-person124" type="gender" value="male"/> </persName> was then a Sailor on board the Bridgewater ; but in the second, the Word Bridgewater seems to be eras'd, and these Words are interlin'd in a different Hand and Ink, Now belonging to the Ship Forbidge,
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<interp inst="t17320906-16-person125" type="gender" value="male"/> </persName> Master. That the Prosecutor will endeavour to prove that this pretended second Will is no other than the first Will alter'd in the Date and the Ship's Name; and that on November 30. 1728, when this second Will was said to be sign'd in London by the deceas'd
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<persName id="t17320906-16-person128"> John Hawkins
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<interp inst="t17320906-16-person128" type="gender" value="male"/> </persName> . This is the original Will of
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<interp inst="t17320906-16-person129" type="gender" value="male"/> </persName> , I brought it from the Perogative-Office. I am Clerk to the Register. It has been pleaded in Behalf of one
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<p>[Then the Will was read in Court, and it agreed with the Copy of it in the Indictment.]</p>
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<p>Council. Here Mrs. Robinson, did you know
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<p>Council. Look on that Paper; what is it?</p>
<p>Robinson. 'Tis the Will of
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<p>Council. Did you see him execute it?</p>
<p>Robinson. Yes. I sign'd my Name. Here it is as a Witness.</p>
<p>Council. Where?</p>
<p>Robinson. At the Prisoner's House in Queen's-Head Alley, in Wapping.</p>
<p>Council. How long ago?</p>
<p>Robinson. About 4 Years.</p>
<p>Council. Are you sure 'twas but 4 Years ago? What Ship did
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<p>Robinson. The Forbidge.</p>
<p>Court. Why this proves the second Will.</p>
<p>Council. Here,
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<p>Macafy. Yes.</p>
<p>Council. Who Signed that Will?</p>
<p>Macafy. I saw one they called
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<p>Council. Where?</p>
<p>Macafy. At the Prisoner's House.</p>
<p>Council. When?</p>
<p>Macafy. About 4 Years ago.</p>
<p>Court. Have you any more such Witnesses?</p>
<p>Council. We have some to prove that
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<interp inst="t17320906-16-person141" type="gender" value="male"/> </persName> was my Son-in-Law, he ow'd me Money, and I threatned to Trouble him, which made him afraid to come on Shore, and so he kept on Board.</p>
<p>Court. When was this?</p>
<p>Philpot. I don't know the Time.</p>
<p>Court. Then you might as well have said nothing.</p>
<p>- Barns. I live at the Flying-Horse at Gravesend ; and that Day as
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<interp inst="t17320906-16-person142" type="gender" value="male"/> </persName> received his River-Pay for the Forbidge he was at our House, and lay there that Night. It was the - [He pauses, and
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<p>Court. And how came you to remember so exactly, that it was the 30th Day? Have you any particular Reason for it? Might it not have been on the 28th?</p>
<p>Barns. I remember it was the last Day of the Month.</p>
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<persName id="t17320906-16-person146"> Ann Rogers
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<interp inst="t17320906-16-person146" type="gender" value="female"/> </persName> . I live at the Flying Horse at Gravesend.
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<interp inst="t17320906-16-person147" type="gender" value="male"/> </persName> used our House. I remember the River-Pay of the Ship Forbidge was paid there the 30th of November; and Ward and his Wife both lay there that Night.</p>
<p>Officer. My Lord, here's this Man,
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<p>A Gentleman. Yes, my Lord, I heard him too.</p>
<p>Court. Swear those two Persons. [Th sworn.] Now what did you hear him say?</p>
<p>Officer. He bid them remember the Day of the Month, and he named some Day, but I forget what Day it was.</p>
<p>Gentleman. I heard him say, Remember the 30th of November.</p>
<p>J. Wass. Suppose I did, I hope there was no Harm in that.</p>
<p>Court. No harm, Sir? When a Man's Life is at Stake, are you to put Words in the Witnesses Mouths, and direct them what to swear? Officer take him into Custody.</p>
<p>Wass. My Lord -</p>
<p>Court. Take him away to Newgate.</p>
<p>The Jury
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