5th April 1815
Reference Numbert18150405-43
VerdictGuilty; Guilty
SentenceDeath; Death

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466. JOHN CAMBRIDGE and MARY ANN CLARK were indicted for feloniously stealing, on the 18th of March , a box, value 2 s. six gowns, value 30 s. eleven petticoats, value 3 l. eight pair of stockings, value 8 s. and a cap, value 5 s. the property of Mary Williams , in the dwelling-house of Peter Robinson .

MARY WILLIAMS . Q. On the 18th of March, you were about to remove from your house, were not you - A. On the 18th of March, I removed from my lodging; I lost my box on the 18th of March.

Q. Where did you put your box - A. At a friends house, at Mr. Robinson's, No. 63, East-street, Manchester-square ; I desired him to let it remain there until I called for it.

Q. What did the box contain - A. Clothes, six gowns, eleven petticoats, and eight pair of stockings; I cannot say every thing in particular that was in the box. Mr. Robinson keeps the house, a Mrs. Elliott kept the shop, and Mr. Peter Robinson kept the house. When I found my box, I found some of my things in it; I found it in a stable in Crawford-street; it was first removed to a Mr. Hamilton's, and from there over a stable in Crawford-street.

MRS. ROBINSON. My husband's name is Peter Robinson .

Q. You let a room out of your house as a shop did you, to Mrs. Elliott - A. Yes.

Q. Do you remember this box coming to your house - A. Yes, very well, with Mrs. Elliott's permission.

Q. I suppose the box was locked - A. Yes About ten days before Lady Day Mrs. Elliott left the shop and parlour, and left the box in my shop, and as I had the shop and parlour to let again, it remained in the shop. On the 16th of March, the prisoner, John Cambridge , he took the shop and parlour of me, for him and his wife, as he stated to me before; I delivered him the key of the shop; I sent my little girl to the owner of the trunk, but she was not to be found at her lodging; I took it up in my arms to try to carry it away, but it was too heavy. He said Mrs. Robinson, do not trouble yourself to take it away, it is not in my way, it is very welcome to stand there. The next day Mrs. Williams came, and Mary Ann Clark was there, and told her she might leave it; she told her it was her trunk, she would take it away; Mary Ann Clark said she might leave it: she gave her leave to leave it. Mrs. Williams seeing a parcel of new furniture in the place, she told me she thought she would leave it. He had new furniture in the apartment that come to above twelve pounds, of a poor widow woman's, in Charles-street. Mrs. Williams left the box there. On Saturday night, the 18th, I saw a porter there whom I know, come out of the parlour. On Sunday, we did not know until the evening, that he had quitted, and stripped the premises.

Prisoner Cambridge. I did not say she was my wife; I said, I had a wife.

Prisoner Clark. I am his servant.

JAMES STORKEY . I am a porter.

Q. Do you know the prisoners - A. I know both of them; no further than that night.

Q. Did they ever employ you - A. Yes, last Saturday night three weeks, it was between eight and nine in the evening, my bell rang at the house where I lodge at; my wife answered the bell; I was in the yard; I came out, and went into the parlour; I saw the prisoner, Cambridge: he said you are the porter, he asked me if I was a porter, and would take a parcel; he took me out of doors, he said, it was not a parcel, it was a trunk, to be taken out of 63, East-street, Manchester-square, he had left it there at Mrs. Robinson's house; I know the house years ago: I went there, and Mary Ann Clark would not deliver the trunk to me; I went to her in the name of Cambridge; she would not deliver it to me. I went over to the York Arms, and told Cambridge; he wrote a few lines; I gave it to her. She told me the trunk was in the parlour; I went in, and took it; when I came out of the house, I asked Cambridge where I was to take it to; he said to Mr. Hamilton's, the Beehive; that is the house I live at; Mr. Hamilton keep the Beehive public-house. I took the trunk to Mr. Hamilton's; in about five minutes afterwards, the prisoner Cambridge came to me, and asked me where the trunk was; I told him it was under a table by the head of the cellar stairs; he said he would not wish to leave it there, he was afraid it will be lost. He asked me if I could take it up stairs into my room; I told him I could. I took it from Mr. Hamilton's into my own room. About an hour after that, Mary Ann Clark , wife of the prisoner, as I thought, came in, and said she wanted a bundle of things out of it; she took a bundle out of it; she came into my room, and emptied the trunk into a large bundle; the contents I do not know; I did not see what she took; I was standing by the fire; I did not see how she opened it: she took out a large bundle of clothes from the trunk, I cannot say what they were. My wife came up at the time; she asked her whether she could tell her of a pawnbroker; she said there was one at the corner of Paddington-street; she asked my wife if she would go along with her; my wife said she was sorry she could not. She went out of my room, down stairs, with the bundle; she paid my wife two shillings, and the price of a pint of beer. I saw no more of her until I saw her at the office.

MR. HAMILTON. I only know the box was at my house till Monday morning.

THOMAS BELL . I have stables, No. 3, Dorset-mews. I was at Mr. Hamilton's; the prisoner, Cambridge, was there; he asked me to let this box stand at my stable for a few days; the box was not brought to me until I saw it at Mr. Hamilton's; on the Monday the prisoner, Cambridge asked me if I would let that box that was at Mr. Hamilton's, stand in my stables for two or three days until he called for it; I observed the box was open; I could see

some wearing apparel in it; I refused to let the prisoner put it in my stable. Mr. Hamilton sent for me to take it away from his house, that was on Monday; seeing the box open, I thought I would have nothing to do with it, however, I let the box be put into my stable.

THOMAS BLAND . I am an officer. The prisoners was given into my charge by some trades people, before he was charged with this robbery, and brought to my house; the lady came up to me about the trunk. Mr. Hamilton directed me to Thomas Bell , I found the box there; he gave me the trunk; this is the trunk.

COURT. Q. To Storkey, Is that the trunk you brought from Robinson's - A. It is the same; I am quite sure of the trunk.

Bland. When I found the trunk, I nailed the lock on, and gave the lady the key.

Prosecutrix. This is my trunk; the best of the things are gone; here are four petticoats left; I have lost seven; the trunk is my own. I missed six gowns, they were worth three pounds; the seven petticoats, I value at twenty shillings; I lost eight pair of stockings, they were worth eight shillings; the box is worth five shillings.

Cambridge's Defence. I had two of my own trunks there; I sent the porter for a trunk, but not this; the young woman went and took the things out; I knew nothing of it.

Clark's Defence. I was engaged to live servant with this person, at ten pounds a year; when I came the day after, there were three trunks in the place, and when the lady asked me to let the trunk be there I did not know which trunk it was; I had only been five days in the house at the time this happened.


CLARK, GUILTY - DEATH , aged 25.

First Middlesex Jury, before Mr. Baron Graham .

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