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7th July 1675
Reference Numbert16750707-8
VerdictNot Guilty

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One living in Chancery-Lane, was Indicted for ravishing a girle about 15. years of age , together with a young Woman in whose house the same was pretended to be done, as accessary, by assisting to the Fact; The fact according to the circumstances that are usually made use of in such cases, was peremptorily attested by the Girle and her Parents, but the witnesses for he Prisoner, who were very many, and seemed to be most of them persons of good account, did first give a very fair testimony of him upon their knowledge of him, and then did so fully testify by numerous circumstances, the lewdness of the Girle and her mother; and that the Girle as young and innocent as she seemed, had been notoriously known to be lewd, lascivious, and disorderly, and that they had by plain proofs only laid this design to get a peice of mony from him, these evidences being considered, the Jury brought him in not guilty .


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