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<p>* He was tried last Sessions, for stealing a Hat and Wig from
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<p>He was a second Time indicted for
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<p>First Indictment.</p>
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<join result="offencePlace" targOrder="Y" targets="t17330221-26-off114 t17330221-26-crimeloc116"/>, in my way to Chelsea-College Slaughter-House, and had pass'd the Bridge, two Men came after me, and one of them took hold of my Arm, and ask'd me, how much Money I had to spend, 6 d. or a 1 s. and whether I would not spend a Penny? I told them, I had none to spend, for I had given my last Money to the Turnpike. Then they got before me, and one of them held a drawn Knife to my Left-Breast, and bid me give them what Money I had, or he'd kill me. So the shortest of them put his Hand in my Pocket, and took out 3 d. it was dark, and I don't know who they were.</p>
<persName id="t17330221-26-person181"> Philip Hornsby
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<interp inst="t17330221-26-person181" type="gender" value="male"/> </persName> . I and the Prisoner robbed this Boy of 3 Pence Half-penny, in a Lane just by the King's-Road, as he was driving Sheep to the College. When we stopt him, the Prisoner took the Money out of his Pocket.</p>
<p>Prisoner. What Day of the Week was it?</p>
<p>Hornsby. I don't know, but it was the 31st of January about Nine at Night.</p>
<p>Madding. It was not quite so late.</p>
<p>Court. How long have you been acquainted with the Prisoner?</p>
<p>H. These 10 Years, we were Schoolfellows.</p>
<p>Second Indictment.</p>
<persName id="t17330221-26-person182"> Mary Child
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<interp inst="t17330221-26-person182" type="gender" value="female"/> </persName> . On Wednesday Night the 31st of January between 9 and 10 at Night, as I was going from
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<join result="offencePlace" targOrder="Y" targets="t17330221-26-off114 t17330221-26-crimeloc118"/>, I met two Men. and pass'd them; they turn'd back and followed me. One of them got before me and the other laid his Hand on my Shoulder, and holding a naked Knife to my Throat, said, he must have my Money; I said I had none; then they both began to use me roughly, and I was very much frighted, and told them that I had got 6 d. indeed, and that was all, for I was a poor Woman just come from the Washing-tub, and was going to buy a Loaf; but they said, they wou'd have my Money, be it what it wou'd, or I should die, so he took the Six-pence from me and bid me go back.</p>
<xptr type="pageFacsimile" doc="173302210009"/>Court. He? Who?</p>
<p>Child. The Prisoner; the Man that held the Knife to me.</p>
<p>Court. Are you sure the Prisoner was one of them?</p>
<p>Child. Yes, and this Man, Hornsby, was the other.</p>
<p>Court. What Light had you to see them by?</p>
<p>Child. I had a Candle and Lanthorn, and I am positive that they were the 2 Men that robbed me.</p>
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<interp inst="t17330221-26-person183" type="gender" value="male"/> </persName> . I and the Prisoner robbed this Woman; we follow'd her over the Coach Way into a little Foot Path, and there he stopt her, and held up his Knife and threatened to cut her Throat, and then took Six-pence from her.</p>
<p>Court. What Business do you follow?</p>
<p>Hornsby. I am a Gardiner, and live at the Neat-house.</p>
<p>Court. And what is the Prisoner?</p>
<p>Hornsby. A
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<p>The Jury found him
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