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<p>623, 624. (M.)
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<p>(The witnesses were examined apart at the request of the prisoners.)</p>
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<persName id="t17720909-19-person267"> Richard Spratley
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<join result="persNameOccupation" targOrder="Y" targets="t17720909-19-victim263 t17720909-19-viclabel91"/>; my house was broke open on Sunday night the 12th of July; we went to bed between ten and eleven o'clock; my wife and I were the last up; the doors and windows were all fast; my wife and I both looked at them. When the lodger got up in the morning, about five, he alarmed us directly; when I came down, he had taken up a candle from the ground in the passage, and there were two candles upon the dresser; I saw the grease of the candles on the floor, and I saw two on the dresser.</p>
<p>Q. Were they there over night?</p>
<p>Spratley. No; one of them had scorched the dresser cloth almost through; the next thing when I went into the parlour, through a long passage, I saw the bureau drawers in the parlour pulled all about.</p>
<p>Q. Were the drawers fastened?</p>
<p>Spratley. No, I believe not. The next thing I saw was the sash of the parlour window shoved up, and the shutter pulled close to, not fastened. They drank a bottle of wine that was standing on the cupboard in the parlour, half a bottle of brandy and a little rum; they opened a jar of pickles, to see what was in it I suppose; they took out a black waistcoat and a pair of breeches out of the drawers the bottom of the bureau. There were taken out of the kitchen, a pair of silver spoons, the table spoons, a silver pepper box, two damask linen tablecloths, and a great many things, the linen apron and black gown; there was a pair of shoe buckles, they were not mine, in a bureau, and some checked cloth, enough I believe for three shirts, and a great coat. Here is a piece of the bottom of the window, that the shutter comes to, to keep the bolt that they wrenched out; (producing it) there was another bolt about the middle of the shutter upon one side, that they shoved back with some instrument; I am certain it was fast over night.</p>
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<persName id="t17720909-19-person268"> Archibald
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<interp inst="t17720909-19-person268" type="gender" value="male"/> </persName> M'Nabb produced a great coat the prisoner Chapman had on when he took him.</p>
<p>Prosecutor. This belonged to a lodger of mine; I found this large chissel in the pocket of the great coat (producing a chissel.)</p>
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<persName id="t17720909-19-person269"> Elizabeth Jones
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<interp inst="t17720909-19-person269" type="gender" value="female"/> </persName> . I had this black grape gown (producing it) of Ann Nimmy</p>
<p>Q. Did you know her before?</p>
<p>Jones. Yes.</p>
<p>Prosecutor. I am not quite certain to the gown; my wife is very big, near her time, and could not come out; she expects to be brought to bed every minute.</p>
<p>Jones.
<persName id="t17720909-19-person270"> Margaret Wilson
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<p>Q. to
<persName id="t17720909-19-person271"> Margaret Wilson
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<interp inst="t17720909-19-person271" type="gender" value="female"/> </persName> . Do you know
<persName id="t17720909-19-person272"> Ann Nimmy
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<p>Wilson. Yes, I have known her a great while; she takes in washing, and works hard; I know nothing about the gown; I never heard her say any thing about i, all I know is about the buckles, which
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<persName id="t17720909-19-person274"> Edward Wright
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<interp inst="t17720909-19-person274" type="gender" value="male"/> </persName> . I gave the prisoner a shilling and my buckles to boot for these; they are bath metal.</p>
<p>Wilson. I had these buckles of
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<interp inst="t17720909-19-person275" type="gender" value="male"/> </persName> ; he had the buckles upon his finger; he asked me to change buckles with him; I did, and
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<persName id="t17720909-19-person277"> William Evans
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<persName id="t17720909-19-person278"> John Chapman
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<interp inst="t17720909-19-person278" type="gender" value="male"/> </persName> and I got these buckles out of Spratley's house; I cannot rightly tell the day of the month; it was on a Sunday night; we went out with an intention to break open some house.</p>
<p>Q. What age are you?</p>
<p>Evans. Seventeen the first of June last. The house was in White-horse-street; the watchman was going past one o'clock;
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<interp inst="t17720909-19-person279" type="gender" value="male"/> </persName> had a chissel in his pocket, a long chissel, a rusly one; he bid me look out that no-body came by; I stood within a yard or two of him; he put his shoulder to the bolt, and pulled very hard, and broke it open; after we had broke it open, the watchman came by to call the hour, past one; we put the shutters to and went a little further down a turning, till he went to his box again. When the watchman went to his box we got in;
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<xptr type="pageFacsimile" doc="177209090023"/> we pulled the window shutter to again, and he had a key that he pulled out of his pocket, or was in the bureau; he pulled the door open; he had a candle in his pocket, wrapped up in a bit of paper, and a tinder box and matches, and pulled the drawers open, one at a time, and took out what was in them; there was a blackish gown, and some cotton to make shirts of, some striped cotton, and a great large table cloth flowered; there were a great many more things I cannot justly mention.</p>
<p>Q. Where was the bureau?</p>
<p>Evans. Standing on the left hand side when we went in at the window.</p>
<p>Q. to Spratley. Is that right?</p>
<p>Spratley. Yes.</p>
<p>Evans. Then we went on three or four steps the same side of the room, where there was a good deal of china; we saw the pepper castor with some pepper in it, and a silver spoon; one spoon bigger than a tea spoon; there were two bottles with liquor, one wine I believe; Chapman drank, and then said to me drink; I did; we laid the things upon the ground. I went backwards and searched where the coppers were, there I found half a dozen of tea spoons, in a cupboard where was victuals; the handles of the spoons did not turn up, they went downwards.</p>
<p>Spratley. They were so, they were in such a cupboard.</p>
<p>Q. Can you read and write?</p>
<p>Evans. Yes. We looked down upon the ground, there was a great deal of copper saucepans and some shoes; I took some of the buckles of; I took one buckle out there in a place on the right hand side in the cellar; I saw some e shoes, and took another buckle out of an other shoe; the buckles have a stamp in the side much like silver, I thought they were her.</p>
<p>Q. What is the prisoner?</p>
<p>Evans. I am not very much acquainted with it; he tells me he is a sea-faring man.</p>
<p>Q. Did you take any thing else?</p>
<p>Evans. Not that I know of.</p>
<p>Q. How many candles did you take there?</p>
<p>Evans. We had but a little piece in our ket; John Chapman took a bunch of candles a little place in a cupboard, and lighted</p>
<p>Prosecutor. There was two pound in such a</p>
<p>Evans. We tied them up in bundles, and brought them over the fields; he carried me down Old Gravel-lane, to (I believe the place is) Broad-street where Mrs. Nimmy lives; he carried them up stairs, and I lay with him all night. Chapman lodged in her house then.</p>
<p>Q. Does she live with her husband?</p>
<p>Evans. Yes.</p>
<p>Q. What is he?</p>
<p>Evans. A watchman I believe; he watches in the night, and works in the day.</p>
<p>Q. Did you see him there next day?</p>
<p>Evans. No. Chapman carried the things away in the morning; I got the cotton to make some shirts of; I brought it to Mrs. Nimmy; I knew her very well; she asked me whose they were; I said my brother bought them for me; I said I was going apprentice, and my mother would pay her, when they were made; I cannot tell where any of the other things were carried; Chapman gave me 12 s. for my share; he sold the things.</p>
<p>Q. To whom?</p>
<p>Evans. I don't know.</p>
<p>Q. Did you never see any of these goods at Mrs. Nimmy's?</p>
<p>Evans. No.</p>
<p>Q. When you carried the shirts, were none of the goods there then?</p>
<p>Evans. No, I did not see any; the gown was the same colour and same sort as this. I kept the buckles I believe a week; I came down with a pair of buckles on my finger; I said I bought them for silver, and they were not; I changed with her; these are the buckles that were taken out of the house.</p>
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<interp inst="t17720909-19-person281" type="gender" value="male"/> </persName> . I lodged at Mr. Spratley's; I bought the buckles at Bath, and the tongues which were first broke in them; I broke one, and had another put in; it is rougher, not so highly finished as the other; ( looks at the buckles) I am sure these are my buckles. If this coat is mine, there is a small piece of cloth in the cape cut oval fashion, which I sewed on myself. (The jury inspect it) This coat is my property.</p>
<p>Evans. The chissel was much like this, I cannot swear to it.</p>
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<persName id="t17720909-19-person282"> Moses Hyams
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<interp inst="t17720909-19-person282" type="gender" value="male"/> </persName> . On the 23d of July, I and Wright took Evans and another lad; we brought him to Justice Sherwood's; he was sworn in as an evidence; he said the old woman bought the things; a little woman there told Wright and I where she was; we went and took her; she
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<p>Evans. I believe this is the check.</p>
<p>Thomas. This is my cloth, I have a shirt the same on it; it was cut in different piece for making shirts. (The bundle opened; the check appeared to be ready for making.)</p>
<p>Hyams. I took these out of Chapman's pocket (producing two pistols.)</p>
<p>Nimmy. When Justice Sherwood's people took me, they took some silver spoons that I bought.</p>
<p>Chapman. And they took some money of me, Farrel has it.</p>
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<interp inst="t17720909-19-person283" type="gender" value="male"/> </persName> . Smith and I went to search this house; we found three cags of liquor that were taken out of a house over the water. I saw this coat taken off Chapman's back.</p>
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<interp inst="t17720909-19-person284" type="gender" value="female"/> </persName> . They took the fowls out of the house, killed them, and had them dressed, and they took fifteen eggs out of the basket and had them fried, and they took a breeding doe rabbit away.</p>
<p>Court. I should be glad to see a prosecution of that sort.</p>
<p>Chapman's Defence.</p>
<p>I know nothing of these things. I bought the coat in Rag-Fair of a woman there.</p>
<p>Nimmy's Defence.</p>
<p>I bought the gown and paid half a guinea for it; the man told me it was his wife's gown; he was going to sell all his wife's things off; the prisoner said his wife was dead; I know her well.</p>
<p>CHAPMAN,
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<p>NIMMY,
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<p>See Nimmy tried No. 26 and 222 in the present mayoralty.</p>
<p>After the trial the court upon enquiry found that Justice Sherwood's people had plundered Nimmy's house when they took her into custody, of four live fowls, a live doe rabbit, fifteen eggs, which they had dressed, and a pound of tea; and ordered them, at the peril of a prosecution, to make her satisfaction, when it being referred to the jury to set a value upon them, they set it at 18 s. which was immediately paid her.</p> </div1></div0>
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