9th April 1777
Reference Numbert17770409-55
VerdictNot Guilty

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314. JAMES MASON was indicted for feloniously assaulting the most honourable William John Kerr marquis of Lothian on the king's highway on the 17th of March , with an intent the monies, &c. of the said marquis feloniously to steal , against the statute.

The most hon. the marquis of LOTHIAN sworn.

I was in a hackney coach upon the 17th of March in Stanhope-street, May-fair, the coach on a sudden stopped; I did not hear what passed without; I let down the window; I saw the prisoner on horseback with the horse's head towards the window; I asked him what he wanted? he said, Your money; he leaned forwards into the coach; I observed his collar was loose; I took the opportunity to seize him by the collar and pull him into the coach; I called the coachman to assist me, he did so, and the prisoner was secured; the place was

searched half an hour after, but no weapon was found.


Tried by the First Middlesex Jury before Mr. Baron EYRE .

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