John Field, Joseph Rose, Humphry Walker, William Bush.
26th February 1735
Reference Numbert17350226-46
VerdictsGuilty
SentencesDeath

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36. John Field , Joseph Rose , Humphry Walker , and William Bush alias Saunders alias Schooling with Richard Turpin and Samuel Gregory (not yet taken) were indicted for breaking and entring the House of William Francis , and stealing a Silver Tankard, a Gold Watch, and Chain, and Seal, a Silver Picture of King Charles I. washed with Gold, a Silver Punch Ladle, a Silver Strainer, a Silver Cup, a Pair of Silver Spurs, a Coral set in Silver, a Mourning Gold Ring with a Cypher, a Gold Ring enamel'd Blue, with a Stone in the middle, a Diamond on each side, and two Angels holding a Crown, a Gold Ring set with Diamonds, a Gold Ring set with a Stone and four Diamonds, two Gold Rings with Posies, a Wig, six Handkerchiefs, four Shirts, a Velvet Hat, two Pistols, a Piece of Gold with a Hole in it, thirty seven Guineas, and ten Pounds in Silver, Feb. 7 . in the Night .

They were again indicted for assaulting William Francis , in his House, putting him in fear, and taking from him the Goods and Money aforesaid .

John Wheeler . The Prisoners and I and Richard Turpin and Samuel Gregory , met at the White Hart Inn the upper end of Drury Lane, about five in the Evening. We staid till half an Hour past six, and then went to the Prosecutor's House at Marybone Park ; we came there between seven and eight. We went first into the Cow House, where we found a Servant and bound him, and

carried him to the Stable, where we found another Servant whom we likewise bound. The Prosecutor happening to come home, we seiz'd upon him at the Gate and carried him into the Stable and bound him as we had done his Men. We left Bush and Turpin to stand over them with Pistols, and then I and the four others went to the Door of the House and knocked: The Maid opened it, we pushed in and bound her and the Daughter. The old Gentlewoman crying out, Fielder broke her Head, and set her in a Chair, and Gregory stood over her to keep her quiet. We searched the House, and took a Silver Punch Ladle, Cup and Strainer, a Gold Watch with a Chain and Seal, and a Picture, four Rings, two Shirts, two Pair of Stockings, and a great many other Goods, ten Pound all but eighteen Pence in Silver. As for Guineas I saw none, and if there were any they sunk them upon me. When we had got all ready to go off; we threatned the Family that if they made any noise we could come back to them, and so we left them all bound and went away.

Mr. Francis. I lost thirty seven Guineas, and ten Pound in Silver besides Plate and other Goods - They met with me just as I was going in at the Gate. Three of them came up and clam'd me over the Head. I thought they were upon some Game, and said, Methinks you are mighty funny, Gentlemen. Upon that they presented their Pistols and carried me into the Stable, where they bound me with my Men. My Eyes are bad, and I can't swear to their Persons.

Sarah Francis , the Daughter. About seven o'Clock some body knock'd, and I opened the Door. Wheeler entered first, and the rest followed with Pistols, and bid me hold my Tongue or they would shoot me. One of them struck me. They bound me and the Maid and set us in the Kitchen, and then went up Stairs and risied the House - I know none of them but Wheeler.

Eleanor Williams , the Maid. We were sitting at the Fire: They knocked, and we opened the Door. They cock'd their Pistols at us, and pushed manfully to enter, and so they got in. Lord, Mrs. Sarah, says I, What have ye done? Upon which one of them gave me a Knock, and another struck her. My old Mistress cryed out, Lord, What is the matter! D - ye for an old Bitch, says one of them, and I think it was he in the Great Coat [Rose] I'll stop your Mouth presently, and then he broke her Head, and tyed her down in a Chair all in her Blood.

Stephen Manning . I was in the Cow-House with a Candle and Lanthorn, two Fellows came in and bound me, Bush was one of them, but I don't know the other, for his Face was smutted. They carried me to the Stable and stood sentry over me.

Edward Jones . I was in the Stable feeding the Horses, two Fellows laid hold on me. One of them had his Face all dirty, and he untyed my Garter and bound me. The other was Bush. They brought Manning to me, and they both stood over us with Pistols an Hour and a half or more.

Keeper of the Gate House. These two Bullets, and this Piece of Gold with a Hole in it I took from Walker in the Gate House.

Sarah Francis . This is my Fathers. My Sister used to wear it for her eyes.

Keeper. This Medal was taken from Rose's Wife, and these two Rings I took from Rose himself self - one of them is a Brass Ring.

Eleanor Williams . That Brass Ring is mine, I lost it when they robb'd the House.

Sarah Francis . And this other Stone Ring with the Posey is my Mothers.

Constable. This Cup was found at Walker's Lodgings.

Sarah Francis. This is my Father's Punch Cup.

Richard Bartram . These Pistols I took from Rose - And this, he held within a Pistols length of my Breast, and pulled the Trigger, but I clapt my Finger in between the Hammer and the Lock and so prevented his firing.

Thomas Lawrence . Walker resisted, and had like to have shot a Chairman, but was prevented by a Hackney Coachman.

- Harrowfield, a Coachman. Walker had hold of his Pistol and was pulling it out of his Pocket, but it hung by something and he could not get it out, and so I came upon him and knockd him down.

John Rowler , the Inn Keeper, at the Black Horse in the Broadway. I do not know Bush nor Walker, but the others have been several times at my House.

Mr. Francis. We could not bring the Man at the White Hart in Drury Lane, because he is run away.

About fifteen Pistols with Bullets, a Bullet-Mould, and several Powder Horns which had been taken from the Prisoners and Wheeler, were produced in Court.

Fielder. I know nothing of the matter.

Rose. Nor I.

Walker. Nor I.

Bush. Nor I.

The Jury found them all guilty of both Indictments. Death .

There was another Indictment against Field, Walker, and Rose, for robbing Ambrose Skinner , in the Parish of St. Margaret's Westminster , of Linnen and other Apparel , Feb. 15 . But the Court thought it unnecessary to try them for this, after they had been convicted of the former.


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