James Carter.
20th April 1737
Reference Numbert17370420-30
VerdictNot Guilty

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34. James Carter , of St. George's Middlesex , was indicted for assaulting Thomas Orrel on the King's Highway, putting him in Fear, &c. and taking from a Silver Watch, value 3 l. 3 s. and 8 s. in Money . April 15 .

Thomas Orrel. On the 15th of April I was at Mr. Essex's Ball, in Old Gravel Lane, Wapping, and between 1 and 2 in the Morning I was coming

from thence with four Women (and a young Fellow to light us) to my Lodging at Mrs. Wetherden's by Bell-Dock. We were set upon near Broad-Street (Wapping) by the Prisoner and another Man. He at the Bar clapp'd a Pistol to my Breast, and bid me stand and deliver, or I was a dead Man: This he repeated two or three Times. I am sure the Prisoner is the Man, for we had a Lanthorn before us, with two Candles in it, and I could distinguish his Face very plain. He was at Work but the Day before, scraping the Ship that I belong to; I knew him again, and am positive he was the Man: He took my Watch, and 8 s. in Money from me, and made off directly with his Consort. My Company ran away when they saw I was attacked by two Men.

Prisoner. I was a Bed that Night before Ten o'Clock. Pray what Cloaths had I on?

Orrel. The same dirty Py'd-Jacket that you have on now.

Prisoner. By what other Marks do you know me?

Orrel. By your one Eye.

Prisoner. Why there's more Men than my self who have got but one Eye - You are very positive Sir.

Mary Wetherden . I was coming home with Mr. Orrel from the Ball, and a Man came up and bid him stand and deliver, and be quick, or he was a dead Man. I turn'd my self round, and seeing another with a Club at my Elbow, I ran away; so I can't say, I saw either of their Faces.

Sarah Lakeman . I was present when a shabby sort of a Man stopp'd Orrel; I ran away, and can't be positive to the Prisoner.

John Richardson . I was the Person that li't them home from the Ball between One and Two. Mr. Orrel was attack'd by two Fellows at the End of Johnson-Street: One of them pass'd me and pull'd out a Truncheon: After he had pass'd by, I turn'd about, and saw the Back of the Man that had stopp'd Mr. Orrel, and he held a Pistol to his Breast. I heard him say, - Sir your Money, or you are a dead Man; upon this, the Company that was with him, ran away and left him, and I made the best of my Way after them, - that's the Truth on't.

Mary Miller . I was one of the Company, and as soon as I saw the two Men come, I ran away too.

Prisoner's Defence

Mary Miles . I was in Company with all these Gentlefolks at the Ball. There was a Man stopp'd Mr. Orrel as we came Home; I was frighted and took up my Heels and ran as fast as the rest of them. When we got Home I would have had a Gentleman to have gone back with Mr. Orrel to see for the Thieves; No, says he (Orrel) I don't chuse to go back again, for I don't know the Man. Mrs. Wetherden said, I have a Suspicion of the Man that scrapes your Ship, I'll call him in, in the Morning to look at my Birds: Mr. Orrel was not positive to the Man over Night, but next Morning he was, and yet he told the Justice's Clerk afterwards, he could not be sure, whether he was the Man, or not.

Congrave Laws , Richard Heatly , John Leach , and George Bell , gave the Prisoner the Character of an honest, hard-working Man.

Joyce Allen . I live in the House with the Prisoner. I did not see the Prisoner, but I heard him at Home, half an Hour after 10 o'Clock.

Jane Kennington . I live right facing his Window; the Night this Robbery was committed, I saw him come Home about 9, and I saw him get up next Morning and go out; (whereof) he asked me what it was o'Clock, and I told him between six and seven.

Mary Pearce . I had left my Place, and could go no where else to lodge, but in his Apartment; so they made me up a sort of a Bed upon the Floor, in the same Room where he and his Wife lay. He went that Night to bed about 10, and never went out 'till between 6 and 7 next Morning. I was awake between whiles in the Night and talked to him. On my Oath I am sure of this.

James Warrener . Last Friday the Prisoner was carrying before Justice Farmer, and the Officer brought him into the Angel in Well-close-square. Mr. Orrel desired to speak with me in private in a back Room; there he told me that he had taken the Prisoner on Suspicion, but that he neither could, nor would swear to him. I imagin'd upon this that the Justice would discharge him, but when he came before him, he swore positively to the Man.

Orrel I did ask this Gentleman if he could save his Life, - I said no farther than that.

Q. Did not you declare that you would not swear to him? You are upon your Oath.

Orrel. I said I was positive to the Man, when I talked to this Gentleman in the back Room. Acquitted .

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