Old Bailey Proceedings.
15th January 1725
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15th January 1725
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THE PROCEEDINGS ON THE KING's Commission of the Peace, AND

Oyer and Terminer, and Jail-Delivery of Newgate, held for the CITY of London, and COUNTY of Middlesex, at Justice-Hall in the Old-Baily,

On Friday, Saturday, Monday, and Tuesday, being the 15th, 16th, 18th, and 19th of January, in the Eleventh Year of his MAJESTY's Reign.

BEFORE the Right Honourable Sir GEORGE MERTTINS , Knt. Lord Mayor of the City of London, the Lord Chief Baron Eyre , Mr. Justice Dormer, John Raby , Sergeant at Law, and several of his Majesty's Justices of the Peace for the City of London and County of Middlesex.

The JURORS were as followeth:

The London Jury.

John Tidman ,

John Glover ,

Samuel Saunders ,

Nathanael Russel ,

Joshua Walfry ,

John Marsh ,

Henry Clifton ,

William Wackett ,

John Lewis ,

Robert Smith ,

Dryden Leach ,

William Bell .

The Middlesex Jury.

John Prater ,

Henry Goddard ,

Thomas Baker ,

Joseph Wootton ,

Francis Gouge ,

John Gouge ,

Thomas Worsey ,

Francis Brounker ,

Edward Wren ,

Samuel Lee ,

Hugh Lloyd ,

Thomas Daniel .

John Best.
15th January 1725
Reference Numbert17250115-1
VerdictGuilty > theft under 5s
SentenceTransportation

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John Best , of S. Giles's Cripplegate , was indicted for privately stealing a Gold Ring value 8 s. the Goods of John Johnson , on the 10th of December , last. It appear'd that the Prisoner came to cheapen a Ring, and putting one upon his Finger, ran away with it; but was stop upon the Cry at Stop Thief. Guilty 4 s. 10 d . Transportation .

Edward Johnson.
15th January 1725
Reference Numbert17250115-2
VerdictGuilty > theft under 1s

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Edward Johnson , of S. Mary le Bow , was indicted for privately stealing from Eliz. Graham a Pocket value 2 d. one Guinea, four Shillings, a Pair of Scissars, two Keys, and a Pair of Silk-Gloves , on the 27th of December last. It appear'd that on Sunday Night, about 6 o'Clock, the Prisoner met the Prosecutor in Cheapside: He thrust his Head under her Coats, and took away her Pocket. She presently mist it, cry'd out, ran after him, and stopt him; when others coming to her Assistance, they took him to an Alehouse. They could not find any of the Goods upon him; but he offer'd to make Restoration if they'd let him go. Guilty Val. 10 d .

Thomas Doncaster.
15th January 1725
Reference Numbert17250115-3
VerdictGuilty > theft under 1s
SentenceTransportation

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Thomas Doncaster , of S. Gabriel Fenchurch , was indicted for stealing a Suit of Drugget Cloaths value 30 s. the Goods of Daniel Man , on the 23d of December last. It appear'd that the Prisoner was the Prosecutor's Bedfellow; that they were drinking together, and wanting Money to pay the Reckoning, the Prisoner said he could find a Way to Supply that Deficiency, and so going out, he went to their Lodging, took the Prosecutor's Cloaths, pawn'd them to Mr. Rudge as the Three Balls in Hounsditch for 28 s. and returning with the Money to the Prosecutor, they spent it all betwixt them before they parted. Guilty Value 10 d . Transportation .

George Craft.
15th January 1725
Reference Numbert17250115-4
VerdictNot Guilty

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George Craft , of S. Katharine Coleman , was indicted for stealing a Hogshead val. 8 s. the Goods of William Brett , on the 2 d of January last. But the Jury acquitted him.

John Hobbs.
15th January 1725
Reference Numbert17250115-5
VerdictGuilty > theft under 5s
SentenceTransportation

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John Hobbs , (a little Boy ) of Aldgate , was indicted for privately stealing a Cork-Screw value 2 s. two Boxes value 7 s. 6 d. a Silver Ring, and other Things , the Goods of John Bracey , on the 23d of Dec. last. It appear'd that while the Prosecutor was busy in his Shop, the Prisoner took the Goods out of the Shew-Glass. He was seen by a Neighbour, who stopt him, and the Goods were taken upon him. He confess'd before the Justice, that he, in Company with another Boy, nick-named Kiddy Madge , had committed other Facts of the same nature, and sold the Goods to - Cummins, not far from the Red Lion in the Old Mint, near the Square. Guilty Val. 4 s. 10 d . Transportation .

Benjamin Baldry.
15th January 1725
Reference Numbert17250115-6
VerdictGuilty > theft under 1s
SentenceTransportation

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Benjamin Baldry , (a little Boy ) of Alhallows Lombard-street , was indicted for stealing 17 Pair of Worsted Stockings val. 40 s. and three Pair of Silk Stockings val. 30 s. the Goods of Francis White . It appear'd that the Prisoner was the Prosecutor's Errand-Boy , and sold the Goods for 2 s. to 2 Scotchman, who he said seduced him, and promis'd him 2 s. more. Guilty Value 10 d . Transportation .

Elizabeth Gandy.
15th January 1725
Reference Numbert17250115-7
VerdictGuilty > theft under 5s
SentenceTransportation

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Elizabeth Gandy , of St. Alban Wood-street , was indicted for privately stealing a Hat value 7 s. the Goods of William Tranter , on the 6th of January last. Guilty Value 4 s. 10 d . Transportation .

John Hewlet.
15th January 1725
Reference Numbert17250115-8
VerdictGuilty
SentenceDeath

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John Hewlet , of S. Andrew's Holborn , was indicted for the Murder of Joseph Candy , by giving him with a Staff a mortal Bruise on the Left Side of his Head, on the 26th of December last, of which he instantly died . He was a 2d time indicted on the Coroners's Inquisition for the said Murder. Edward Newman (Son-in-Law to the Deceased) and Richard Wright deposed, that on Saturday about Midnight, going to see for the Deceased, who was a Watchman in Fetter-Lane, they met the Prisoner (another Watchman) with two Staves and two Lanterns, but no lighted Candle. Did you see my Father? (says Newman.) Yes, (said the Prisoner) he lies dead at Dr. Lad's Door in Castle-Yard . Dead! Yes, dead, I saw him fall. And why did not you raise him up again, and call somebody to his Assistance? D - ye, reply'd the Prisoner, do you think that I kill'd him? One of the Staves and one of the Lanterns which the Prisoner then had in his Hands, appear'd to be the same that the Deceased had at the time of his Death. Ann Hall (Servant to Mr. Steel) deposed, that about Midnight she sent their Boy for a Peck of small-coal, and held the Door a-jar till he came back; and in the mean while she heard a hoarse Voice say, If you had been a Gentleman, I would have used you like a Gentleman; but as you are a Watchman, I'll use you, like a Watchman, if you don't go about your Business. The Boy then came in, and told her that a Watchman was knock'd down. Joseph Wait (a Boy aged 13) deposed, that going for the Small-coal about half an Hour past 11, he saw a Man with a Lantern coming by the Prisoner's Watch-house in Castle-Yard. The Prisoner demanded, Who's there? And the other answered, A Friend. Whither are you going? About my Business. D - yes, says the Prisoner, if you are sawcy, I'll send you to Bridewell. Some other Words pass'd, and the Prisoner came out, knockt him down at Dr. Lad's Door, and then went into his Watch-house

again. Eliz Reeves (in Magpye-Yard near Castle-Yard) deposed, that after 12 o'Clock, she heard a Cry of Stop Thief, and looking from her Window, saw two Men run by with Staves and Lanterns, and one of them said in a hoarse Voice, Now I have ye, and I'll smash ye By G - . They pass'd the End of the Yard, and one of them returning, was met by two or three more, who said to him, Did be knock down you, or you him? The hoarse Voice answer'd, I knock'd him down. It appeared that the Prisoner was very hoarse at that time. John Glover deposed, that hearing of the Death of the Deceased, he went to see him, and going through Magpye-Yard, he met the Prisoner with two Staves and two Lanterns, and said to him, Lord bless me! how came this Accident? Why, said the Prisoner, he came by my Stand, and I called to him; but be made as Answer, and so I stept out and took him a Knock. These Words raised 2 Suspicion; upon which the Prisoner was apprehended, and committed to Bridewell. Francis Hemmit deposed, that a little before 12 the Prisoner came drunk to his Stand, (at Mr. Bird's Door in Castle-Court) and without any Provocation began to be very quarrelsome, swearing, calling him ill Names, and striking him two or three times. Hemmit desired him to get out of his Beat, or he'd make him forfeit Sixpence. (Such a Forfeit being, customary among the Watchmen, if one comes into the other's Beat.) Mr. Bird then came to the Door, and threaten'd the Prisoner that he would charge a Constable with him, and send him to Bridewell; upon which the Prisoner was very free of his ill Language to Mr. Bird, and concluding with G - damn it I'll make a Sacrifice of somebody to Night; he went away. Great Part of this was confirm'd by Mr. Bird himself. John Clark deposed, that coming to see the Deceased, who lay on the Steps of Dr. Lad's Door, he happen'd to spy something White within Dr. Lad's Palisades, and dragging it out, found it to be a Piece of the Deceased's Neckcloth; for by comparing it with the other Piece that was then about the Deceased's Neck, it appear'd to have been torne from it, and afterwards thrown over the Palisades. Both the Pieces were produced in Court, and matched exactly. Robert Lugg deposed, that coming into Castle-Yard, he saw the Deceased lying dead on the Stone Steps, his Lantern with a lighted Candle in it, and his Staff standing by him, and the Prisoner walking to and fro before him. He asked the Prisoner if he knew who it was that lay there, or how he came by his Death; to both which Questions the Prisoner answer'd in the Negative. He (this Deponent) then went away, and coming that Way again soon after, he found the Deceased lying in the same Place; but neither his Lantern, Staff, nor the Prisoner, were then to be seen there. Other Witnesses confirmed that Particular of the Prisoner's owning that he saw the Deceased fall, and that he (the Prisoner) was a very abusive quarrelsome Fellow. Mr. Keatly the Surgeon depos'd, that on the Wednesday after the Death of the Deceased, (which was on Saturday Night) he view'd the Body, and making an Incision cross wise on the Left Side of the Head, he found a Contusion about the Breadth of a Shilling. He then took off the Pericranium, but found no Fracture in the Skull. There was also a deep Bruise in the Left Shoulder but he thought it very unlikely for a Contusion in that Place to prove mortal. As for the Bruise in the Head, he thought it might probably be the Cause of his Death; but he could not be positive. It appear'd, he said, to be done by a Blow with a Staff: But it being demanded if it was not possible that such a Bruise might be received by a Fall, he answered, Yes.

The Prisoner in his Defence said, that the Deceased had been subject to the Apoplexy; that he had often seen him fall into such a Fitt, and that it was in such a Fitt that he dropt down at Dr. Lad's Door. That soon after, a Gentleman coming up the Yard, he went to light him in at Doors; at which time 2 or 3 Fellows coming out of Holborn, took up the Deceased's Lantern and Staff which stood by him, and ran away with'em, which he (the Prisoner) seeing, ran after'em thro' Magpye-Yard, and cry'd, Stop Thief. They finding that he pursu'd 'em, threw away the Staff and Lantern, and got off. He took 'em up and brought 'em back, which was the Cause of his being seen by several with 2 Staves and 2 Lanterns. Mr. - depos'd, that coming up Castle-Yard, he saw the Prisoner walking about very drunk, and the Deceased lying on Dr. Lad's Steps, whom he at first thought to be drunk too; but the Prisoner assured him that he was really dead. The Prisoner then lighted him to his Door, and 2 or 3 Men coming by the Deceased, took away the Lantern and Staff. The Prisoner pursu'd 'em, and as drunk as he was, brought the Lantern and Staff back again; at which time some other Watchmen (whose Depositions have already been mentioned) met him with the 2 Staves and 2 Lanterns. He added, that he believed that these Words, I'll smash you by G - were spoken by the Prisoner to one of the Men that took the Deceased's Staff and Lantern. Mr. Steel depos'd, that his Boy Jos. Wait had told his Wife, that he knew nothing of the Matter, but gave his Evidence before the Coroner by the Maid Anne Hall's Persuasions: That he knew the Boy to be much addicted to Lying; for which, and some other Misdemeanors, he had since turn'd him away. Anne Hall was then called up again, and said, that as she had no Reason to do it, so she never did, in the least, persuade the Boy to say any thing about it; but that the Boy said she persuaded him, merely to escape a severe Whipping, which his Mistress and young Master threatned him with. The Boy was then called up a second time; He said his Mistress was going to strip him stark naked; and that Robert steel (his young Master) took the Horse-Whip, and Struck him once with it, threatning not only to whip him then in a terrible Manner, but afterwards to send him to Bridewell, except he would confess that the Maid had persuaded him to swear, as he did before the Coroner; and that the Fear of such Treatment made him say any thing that they desired of him. Rob Steel acknowledged, that knowing the Boy to be addicted to Lying, he did strike him once with a Whip, and threatned him farther, if he did not confess the Truth, which was all that he desired of him. Stephen and Samuel Candy , (Sons to the Deceased) and several others, in Contradiction to the Prisoner's Assertion, depos'd, that the Deceased was never known to have a Fitt of the Apoplexy, not was it likely that he tell down being drunk, for that they saw him but about an Hour before his Death, and he was then as sober as a Judge, besides, it could never be thought that an Apoplectick Fitt would fear the Deceased's Neckcloth, and throw Part of it over the Palisades. Charles Walter depos'd, that the Prisoner had been his Servant some time ago, and then behaved himself like an honest, harmless, inoffensive Fellow. One or two more spoke in his Behalf to the same Effect. The Jury, after a long Consideration, found him guilty . Death .

Anthony Dumont.
15th January 1725
Reference Numbert17250115-9
VerdictGuilty > pleaded guilty
SentenceTransportation

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Anthony Dumont , of S. Martin's in the Fields , was indicted for stealing a Silver-Hilted Sword, value 25 s. and a Hat value 14 s. the Goods of Henry Baxter , on the 19th of Aug. last. The Prisoner being a Frenchman, and understanding no English, an Interpreter was sworn upon the Tryal. Mr. Baxter depos'd, that he living at the French Resident's in Suffolk-street , the Prisoner (whom he had some Knowledge of) came thither to get a Pass for France. He (the Prosecutor) going up Stairs, the Prisoner, before he came down again, was gone away with the Sword and Hat that hung on a Peg below, and had left his own Hat in the room of 'em. By making Enquiry, and describing him, he was afterwards taken by a Soldier in Southwark, with the Sword-Hilt in his Pocket. He confessed the Fact , and the Court granted him a Pass to his Majesty's Plantations .

William Lipsat.
15th January 1725
Reference Numbert17250115-10
VerdictGuilty > pleaded guilty
SentenceDeath

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William Lipsat , of S. Giles's, in the Fields was indicted for stealing in the House of Robert Kelway 57 Guineas and a half, 29 Carolus's, 5 Jacobug's, 3 Moidores, 6 Pieces of Silver value 12 s. a Silver Buckle set with Stones, and 2 Purses value 12 d. the Goods of Robt. Kelway , on the 9th of Dec. last.

Robt. Kelway depos'd, that going out of Town on the 9th of Dec. he left the Money and Goods in the Indictment lock'd up safe in the Drawers of his Scrutore, and remaining the next day, he was told that his Servant (the Prisoner) had robb'd him, and was committed to the Round-House. Edward Higginson depos'd, that about 11 at Night the Prisoner came to him, and desired to lie with him, which he granted, and the next day the Prisoner shew'd him a Watch, 2 Snuff Boxes, (which he had bought the day before) several Pocket-Pieces, and other Things, which raised a Suspicion in the other that they were not honestly gotten. He therefore caused him to be apprehended. The Constable and Watchman depos'd, that upon searching the Prisoner, they found 50 Guineas and a half, 30 Broad Pieces, 3 Moidores, 2 Snuff-Boxes, and a Common-Prayer Book. He confes'd before Justice Ellis, that he broke open his Master's Scrutore, and took from thence the Goods mention'd in the Indictment. His Confession was read in Court, and the Jury found him guilty . Death .

William Jobson.
15th January 1725
Reference Numbert17250115-11
VerdictNot Guilty

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William Jobson , of S. James's Westminster , was indicted for stealing a Silver Tankard value 7 l. a Silver Porringer value 4 l. a Silver Cup value 5 l. 2 Moidores, 2 Broad Pieces, 6 Guineas, and a Box value 8 d. the Goods and Money of William Barns , in the House of William Barns , on the 24th of Dec. last. The Council of the Prosecutor opened, that Mr. Barns having married a rich Widow, and the Prisoner having had some Acquaintance with her before this last Marriage, he came to visit her while her Husband was gone out, and persuaded her to, &c. -

William Barns depos'd, that going out about Noon to receive some Money, he left the Goods and Money in the Indictment last locked in the Chest of Drawers which stood in his Bed-Chamber, and delivered the Key to Jane his Wife. He returned about 6 in the Evening, and soon understood that she was eloped with the Prisoner. The Chest of Drawers were fast lock'd, and the Key left in the Window; but when he came to open 'em, all was gone. When his Wife Jane came home again, she confessed that she had taken the Money away. The Prisoner desired that the Prosecutor or his Wife might be asked, if they did not know that Plate was his, (the Prisoner's,) and that he lent it to Jane the Prosecutor's Wife before her last Marriage. Mr. Barns did not care that his Wife Jane should be examined in Court. The Jury acquitted the Prisoner.

Alexander Cameron.
15th January 1725
Reference Numbert17250115-12
VerdictGuilty > manslaughter
SentenceMiscellaneous > branding

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Alexander Cameron , of the Savoy , was indicted for the Murder of Tho. Crew , by giving him one mortal Wound between the 2 Forefingers, of the Length of 1 Inch, and Depth of 2 Inches, of which he languished till the 3d of January , and then died . He was a 2d time indicted on the Statute of Stabbing: And a 3d time indicted on the Coroner's Inquisition for the said Murder. It appeared by the Evidence of the Brother and Widow of the Deceased, and several others, that the Deceased kept a Victualling-Cellar , and that the Prisoner came down in the Night and enquired for - Foreside, a Soldier. The Deceased's Wife said to him, You have no Occasion to ask that Question, for you know as well as I that he's in the Savoy. The Prisoner then Shaking his Fist, reply'd, D - your Blood, you Bitch, I'll be revenged of you for what you said to him. Some of the Company desired him to be either quiet, or go away; but he continued very troublesome. A Recruit, who was then drinking in the Cellar, stept to him, and thrust him up Stairs. In the Struggle the Prisoner drew his Sword, push'd at the Recruit, and scratched him in the Neck. The Recruit retired, and the Deceased seeing him bleed, went to the Stair foot and called the Prisoner Rogue and Villain, for drawing upon a naked Man. You Black-guard Dog, says the Prisoner, come hither, and I'll serve you the same Sauce. Upon this, the Deceased stept up 2 or 3 Stairs towards the Prisoner, (there being but 7 Stairs in all) and the Prisoner standing at the Top, thrust his Sword down, and stuck it into the Hand of the Deceased, between the 2 Forefingers. The Prisoner then went away, but returned several times that Night to the Stair Head, calling'em ill Names, flourishing his Sword, and swearing that he would stab every one of them. The Deceased received this Wound about 7 of the Clock on Monday Night. They washed it with Geneva; his Hand swell'd, and was very painful. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, he went to a Surgeon, who dressed it, and gave him something to bathe it. The Surgeon depos'd, that he saw the Deceased no more till the Sunday following, at which time he died of a Fever; but could not say that the Wound was the Cause of the Fever and consequently of his Death. Another Surgeon open'd the Wound after his Death, but said, that he did not believe it to be mortal. The Prisoner in his Defence said, that the Recruit struck him first kickt him, and thrust him up Stairs, the Decreased and others followed with Broomsticks to drive him away. Upon which, he was forced to draw in his own Defence, but did not know how the Decreased happened to receive that Wound; and that the Deceased afterwards receiv'd a great Hurt by falling down Stairs with a Barrel of Beer. Several Witnesses depos'd, that they saw the Deceased 2 or 3 days after he received the Wound, going about his Business as usual. That having a Barrel of Beer on his Shoulder, he fell down, and the Barrel rolled over him: Upon which he cry'd out to his Wife, O! my Dear, I am gone! That a little before his Death, his Wife asked him if that Rogue Cameron (the Prisoner) was not the Cause of his Death And he answered, No. The Jury acquitted him of the 1st and 2 d Indictment, and found him guilty of Manslaughter on the 3 d. Burnt in the Hand .

Eliz Schooling, Ann Williams, Anna Maria Belson.
15th January 1725
Reference Numbert17250115-13
VerdictNot Guilty

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Eliz Schooling , Ann Williams and Anna Maria Belson , of S. Martin's in the Fields , were indicted for privately stealing from Thomas Dunn 9 l. 9 s. on the 4th of January last. The Prosecutor depos'd, that being to go abroad with two Countrymen, and expecting to pay a bill before he came home again, he put 16 Guineas into his Purse. They went together to see Westminster Abbey, and from thence came to the Horseshoe Tavern in Drury-Lane about 6 at Night, and staid till between 9 and 10. By which time he got tolerably drunk; and parting with his 2 Friends at the Door, he presently met with another, but of a different Sex. Great was their Joy at meeting, and away they went, Transported with Pleasure, to the Lady's Lodgings in Castle-Yard , where he found the 3 Prisoners. They drank Geneva till they could hardly see one another; and then taking out his Purse to pay the Reckoning, he found but 7 Guineas left out of the 16. But where or how the Money was lost, was more than he could tell; for all that he knew of the Matter, was, that it was gone, and that he got nothing for it, but a little Gin, and a little * * *

Anna Maria Belson , in Defence of herself and the other 2 Prisoners, said, that the Prosecutor came to their House with a Woman, both he and she being so drunk, that they fell down together as soon as they came in. They got up again; he called her his Dear Mother; she bade him kneel down, ask her Blessing, and kiss her * * *. He obey'd. But hark ye me, Son, says she, I understand that you lead a very fine Course of Life: You make a common Practice of getting drunk, and spending all that you have upon naughty Women, while your poor honest Wife and Daughters here, (pointing to the Prisoners) have had nothing to eat these 3 days. I have a good mind to whip you severely. Indeed Mamma, it's no such thing. What, do you deny it, Sirrah? Here, fetch me the Rods. Will you do so any more? No, never. Well! get you to Bed, and behave yourself as you ought to do, or i' faith I'll tickle your Toby. His Mother then took him up Stairs, where they two staid together about half an Hour; and when they came down again, he took out his Purse to pay the Reckoning, and said he had lost 9 Guineas. Upon which his Mother bade him good Night, There being no Proof that either of the Prisoner's had the Money, the Jury acquitted them.

Ruth Corket, Eliz Bridger.
15th January 1725
Reference Numbert17250115-14
VerdictNot Guilty

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Ruth Corket , alias Calcot, and Eliz Bridger , of S. Clement Danes , were indicted for privately stealing from Wm. Sterling a Silver Pepper-Box value 25 s. on the 26th of Dec. last. Wm Sterling depos'd, that about 4 of the Clock on Saturday in the Afternoon, he was drinking a Dram at a Chandler's Shop in New-street, Fetter-Lane, where Bridger came in, and invited him to her new Lodgings at Corket's; where she said she had got a Seal to cut; for she knew that he was an Engraver . He went, and stand with them all Night, and till Sunday in the Evening. In which time he got drunk and crazy, but did not remember that they went to Bed together. But as soon as he was got out of the Door, he mist the Box, and going back, charged them with it. They told him he should not have it again, except he would pay 17 s. which he was forced to give 'em a Note for, and then they returned him the Box. Corket in her Defence said, that Sterling pawn'd the Box to her for 10 s. that he spent in Drams, (with which he treated all Comers) 5 s. that she lent him, and 2 s. that Bridger lent him. She called some Witnesses, who said that they believed her to be an industrious Woman. She had lately kept a Cook's Shop; but she now got her Living by letting Lodgings to young Men and Women, washing Linnen , Shaving and Bleeding , on which last Account she said she kept a Dram in the House, for fear any of her Patients should faint under the Operation. The Jury acquitted them.

Eliz. Crisp.
15th January 1725
Reference Numbert17250115-15
VerdictGuilty > pleaded guilty
SentenceMiscellaneous > branding

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Eliz. Crisp , of Alhallows, Lombard-Street , was indicted for stealing a dead Goose value 3 s. the Goods of John Deal , on the 8th of Dec. last. To which Indictment she pleaded guilty . Burnt in the Hand .

William Brian.
15th January 1725
Reference Numbert17250115-16
VerdictGuilty > pleaded guilty
SentenceTransportation

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William Brian , of S. Andrew's Holborn , was indicted for stealing 2 Iron Bars value 4 s. the Goods of Francis Wilkinson , on the 14th of Jan. last. To which he pleaded guilty . Transportation .

Edward Johnson.
15th January 1725
Reference Numbert17250115-17
VerdictGuilty > pleaded guilty
SentenceDeath

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William Arguis.
15th January 1725
Reference Numbert17250115-18
VerdictNot Guilty

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William Arguis , of S. Margaret's Westminister , was indicted for stealing Half a Crown , the Money of Benjamin Beddow , on the 30th of Nov. last. Eleanor Beddow depos'd, that her Master (the Prosecutor) keeps an Alehouse . Wm Killiner , Rich Page , and the Prisoner, were drinking by the Fire-side . She ask'd if either of 'em could give her Change for Half a Crown. Upon which the Prisoner snatch'd it out of her Hand, and put it into his Pocket, and then threw a Piece of a Tobacco Pipe into the Fire, pretending that it was the Half Crown that he threw there. They raked all the Fire out, and sifted the Cinders, but could find nothing of it. Killiner and Page confirm'd the Maid's Evidence, and added, that when the Prisoner went away, he said, D - it, it can't be Transportation. The Prisoner in his Defence said, that the Maid desiring him to change the Half-Crown, he, took it out of her Hand, and threw it into the Fire, saying, What, do you put an Affront upon me? Do you ask a Journeyman Carpenter to change Half a Crown on a Monday Morning? That the Prosecutor came to him at Night, call'd him Rogue, and beat him: For which he arrested the Prosecutor; and the Prosecutor, in Revenge, indicted him. He called several to his Reputation, and the Jury acquitted him.

Harris James.
15th January 1725
Reference Numbert17250115-19
VerdictGuilty
SentenceTransportation

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Harris James , of S. Gregory's , was indicted for stealing from Tho. Howard one Guinea on the 10th of December last. Tho Howard depos'd, that being a Stranger in London, he met three Men, and enquired the Way to Lothberry: They told him they were going thither, and would shew him. They went into a bye Alley, where they stopt to play at a Game that they call'd Prick at the Garter, and asked him (the Prosecutor) to play with them. He told them he did not understand it. Phoo! says one of them, that signifies nothing, I understand it better than either of them. - I'll go your Halves for Half a Crown, and I'll engage you shan't lose. He (the Prosecutor) then took out a Guinea, which one of them snatch'd from him, and gave to one of the other, and bid him hold Stakes. The Prisoner then collar'd the Prosecutor, and swore that he ow'd him a Shilling; and while they two were quarrelling, the two others ran away. The Prisoner in his Defence said, that coming by where the Prosecutor and two more were at play, they invited him to make 24th Man; that he knew nothing of the Guinea; but having won a Shilling of the Prosecutor, he desired him to pay him; which the Prosecutor not only refused, but raised a Mob, and charged him with the Robbery. Guilty . Transportation .

Maria Wells, Katharine Bennet.
15th January 1725
Reference Numbert17250115-20
VerdictGuilty
SentenceTransportation

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Maria Wells and Katharine Bennet , of Paul's-Wharf , were indicted for stealing 8 Sacks, val. 18 s. the Goods of John Miller , on the 10th of Dec. last. Guilty . Transportation .

Ann Hussey.
15th January 1725
Reference Numbert17250115-21
VerdictGuilty > theft under 5s
SentenceTransportation

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Ann Hussey , of S. Andrew's Holborn , was indicted for privately stealing from James Hughs 8 Shillings, and a

Piece of Silver, value 4 s. on the 6th of Dec. last. James Hughs deposed, that going along Shoe-Lame in a very dark Night, the Prisoner catched hold of his Arm, and, My Dear, says she, where are you going? Won't you give me a Pint? You sawcy Bitch, (says he) what should I give you a Pint for? By - , says she, I will have a Kiss then; and throwing one Hand round his Neck, he felt the other in his Pocket. Rot your Impudence, for a corrupted Toad, says he; do you want to pick my Pocket? He push'd her from him, felt for his Money, mist it, stopt her, and she cry'd out Murder. The Prisoner in her Defence said, that as she was passing by the Prosecutor, he threw his Arm round her, and would needs go home with her. They went together to a Neighbour's House, where he gave her 2 s. to occupy her. He would have lain with her all Night; but because she refused, he charged her with picking his Pocket. Guilty to the Value of 4 s. 10 d . Transportation .

John Short.
15th January 1725
Reference Numbert17250115-22
VerdictGuilty > theft under 40s
SentenceTransportation

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John Short , of Aldgate , was indicted for stealing a Silver Tankard value 8 l. the Goods of Edward Jones , on the 9th of January last. It appear'd that the Prosecutor keeps an Alehouse at the Fiery Beacon in Duke's-Place , and on Saturday Night the Prisoner (who had formerly been his Servant ) came in and called for a Pint of Beer, and while the Maid was gone backward, took away the Tankard, and went off, without either drinking his Beer or paying for it. He confess'd the Fact, and that the Tankard was sold by two Women to William Field in Southwark for 56 s. Guilty to the Value of 39 s . Transportation .

James Smith, Elizabeth Hunter.
15th January 1725
Reference Numbert17250115-23
VerdictNot Guilty

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James Smith and Elizabeth Hunter , of Kensington , were indicted for stealing two Silver Chains val 4 s. 8 d. one Gold Chain val. 5 l. 5 s. one Copper-gilt Chain, 4 s. 6 d. two Brass-gilt Chains, 10 s. 6 d. nine gilt Brass Hooks, 10 s. a Camlet Clock 20 s. and other Things , the Goods of Jacob Wallis , on the 26th of Dec. last. Jacob Wallis being dead, the Goods were found upon the Prisoners. They said they bought them of the Deceased, and there being no Proof that they were stolen, the Jury acquitted them.

Joseph Picken, Thomas Packer.
15th January 1725
Reference Numbert17250115-24
VerdictGuilty
SentenceDeath

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Joseph Picken and Thomas Packer , of Hornsey , were indicted for assaulting Charles Cooper on the Highway, putting him in Fear, and taking from him a Knife, a Fork, and a Pair of Scissars, value 2 s. 6 d. one Carolus, a Half Guinea, and 56 s. 6 d. in Silver , on the 19th of December last. Charles Cooper deposed, that on Saturday between 9 and 10 at Night, as he and John Knight (of East-Barnet) were riding down the hollow Way beyond Highgate (between the Pump and the Brick-Kilns) they were attacked by the two Prisoners, who bid them stand, made them dismount, searched them, and turned their Horses loose. They found no Money upon Knight; but Picken took from this Evidence a Knife, Fork, and a Pair of Scissars, all in one Sheath. He said he would keep them for Luck; and then taking some Money from him, he left him to Packer, who rifled him of the rest, the whole amounting to between 5 and 6 l. Charles Hussey , Constable, deposed, that between Twelve and One the time Night, a Watchman called him to go to the Six Cans in Monmouth-Court, Holborn, where two or three Men were quarrelling. He went thither, and Picken, as soon as he saw him, said, I charge you with that Fellow, for he's a Pick-pocket, pointing to one Henry Hudson . Sir, says Hudson, I charge you with those two Rogues, (the Prisoners) for they are a Couple of Highwaymen; I have taken these two Pistols from them. Upon this, he searched the Prisoners, and found the Knife and Fork upon Picken, and several Parcels of Money upon both of them. Then Picken told him that he rented the Tap at the Mermaid at Windsor, and came to Town to pay 50 l. to Sir John Tash ; that Packer was his Friend, and only came to bear him Company, and that they brought the Pistols for their own Security. However, he carried them to the Round-house, and from thence before Mr. Justice Ellis, where they were desir'd to shew the Receipt for the 50 l. paid to Sir John Tash. Pickers said it was in his Pocket-Book, which was in the Coat that he pluck'd off when he shifted himself at the Round-House; and that Packer's Wife had taken that Coat to her Lodgings in Parker's-lane in Drury-Lane, or else to his own Lodgings in Cross-Court, which was not far distant from the other. A Man was sent to search at both Places, and a Pocket-Book was found, but no Receipt in it. This increasing the Suspicion, the Justice order'd them to be examin'd apart. They both agreed, that they hired the Horses of Mr. French at the Pavior's-Arms by Smithfield-Bars to go to Windsor, for 4 s. and that they set out between 3 and 4, and rode to Brentford. Picken said one of the Horses was a Grizzle-grey and the other a Bay; and that it growing dark when they came to Brantford, they changed their Minds, turn'd their Horses, and rode directly back again, without once alighting, or stopping to drink either at Brentford or any other Place upon the Road. But Packer said that both the Horses were says, that they slope to drink at several Places on the Road, and at Brentford alighted, drank Ale and Brandy, and staid about half an Hour. The Prisoners were committed to New-Prison; and several Countrymen that used Smithfield Market having; been lately robb'd, the Knife and Fork that were taken from them were left at Joseph Winsmore 's ( the Lock and Key in Smithfield ) to see it any body would own them. There they were found by the Prosecutor. The Knife was branded in the Handle with C.C. It was produced in Court, and sworn by the Owner to be the same that the Prisoners took from him. J. Winsmore deposed, that he went with the Prosecutor to see if he knew the Prisoners in New-Prison. They saw Pickner hast, who said, I know what you come about; I am a dead Man: I was advis'd to make myself an Evidence against Packer. I might have done it last Sunday; but now it's too late. - French deposed, that on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday, the Prisoners hired two Horses of him, one a Grizzled-grey, and the other a Bay: At each time they came about 4 in the Afternoon, and always told him they went only to the Upper Flask at Hampstead. They commonly return'd between 10 and 11, as in particular they did that Saturday Night the Robbery was committed, and came in then very dirty and splash'd. The Prisoners said nothing in their Defence, only Picken told the Court, that he found the Knife in Smithfield. Elizabeth Mason deposed, that the Prisoners came into her House at Cow-Cross one Minute before 10 o'Clock that Saturday Night: She remember'd the Time exactly, because Puken ask'd for her Husband; and she look'd upon the Clock, that she might tell her Husband at what Time Picken had been to enquire him; and that she did not observe that they were dirty when they came in. The Jury found them both guilty . Death .

William Lewis, Charles Abbot, Mary Abbot.
15th January 1725
Reference Numbert17250115-25
VerdictGuilty; Not Guilty
SentenceTransportation

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William Lewis , Charles Abbot , and Mary Abbot , of S. Margaret's Westminster , were indicted for stealing a Pair of Brass Shivers, val. 50 s. the Goods of William Wallinger , on the 8th of Sept. last. Lewis was found guilty of Felony, Transportation . And the two Abbots acquitted .

Thomas Kilkup, William Kilkup, William Watson, Francis Chevers.
15th January 1725
Reference Numbert17250115-26
VerdictsGuilty > lesser offence; Not Guilty
SentencesImprisonment

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Thomas Kilkup , William Kilkup , and William Watson , of S. Margaret's Westminster , were indicted for feloniously stealing 90 lb. of Lead val. 30 s. the Goods of the Parishioners of the said Parish, on the 9th of December last. They were a 2d time indicted for a Misdemeanor, in unlawfully taking (with Francis Chevers ) 120 lb. of Lead from Westminster-Abbey , the Goods of the , on the 9th of Dec. last. They were acquitted of the Felony, and found guilty of a Trespass on each Indictment . Twelve Months Imprisonment .

Francis Chevers was indicted for the same Misdemeanor ; but the Jury acquitted him.

Mary Loveday, Elizabeth Wood.
15th January 1725
Reference Numbert17250115-27
VerdictGuilty > theft under 5s
SentenceTransportation

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Mary Loveday and Elizabeth Wood , of S. Martin's in the Fields , were indicted for privately stealing in the Shop of Mary Carlisle 34 Yards of Linnen, val. 34 s. the Goods of Mary Carlisle on the 26th of Dec. last. It appear'd that the Prisoners went into the Shop to cheapen Aprons. and took away the Goods. They were perceived by a Neighbour, who brought them back, and they deposited 'em in the Shop. The Jury found each of them guilty to the Value of 4 s. 10 d . Transportation .

John Vaughan, Edward Quin, Frances Dun.
15th January 1725
Reference Numbert17250115-28
VerdictNot Guilty; Guilty > theft under 40s
SentenceTransportation

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John Vaughan , Edward Quin , and Frances Dun , of Stepney , were indicted for breaking and entring the House of John Norman , and stealing from thence 75 Yards of strip'd Cotton, val. 8 l. 6 s. 8 d. 220 Yards of Cotton Check, value 14 l. 13 s. 17 Yards of Holland, value 35 s. and 10 Caps value 5 s. the Goods of John Norman , on the 18th of December , in the Night time .

Anne Norman depos'd, that about 8 at Night, Dun and Quin came into her Shop at Limehouse , and bought a Pack of Cards. They gave her a Guinea to change, and observing the Woman to look very much about the Shop, and now and then to laugh upon the Man, She suspected the Guinea was not good, and was unwilling to change it; but Dun tore the Cover off the Cards, which made them untie for Sale, if she had taken them again. So that at last she gave the Change to Dun, who told it over several times. She lighted them out, and shut fast the Hatch and the Door after them, and went backwards; but soon after, some body knock'd at the Door; and when she opened it, she saw 2 of her Neighbours with Vaughan, the Prisoner, and a Parcel of her Goods which had just been taken out of her Shop. Jo Norton and John Hall depos'd, that going to drink at a Friend's House, they saw 2 Men and a Girl whispering together at the End of an Alley, opposite to Norman's Shop. Says Hall, I don't like the Looks of those Fellows; I believe they are Bailiffs. Prithee, John, step over and observe 'em. It being a Moon-light Night, he went by them, looked wishful in their Faces; and returning to Hall, told him, that they looked more like Thieves than Bailiffs. Upon this they watch'd 'em, and by and by they saw Vaughan go along with a Bundle upon his Shoulder. They stopt him. He cry'd out, Thieves! Rogues! do you design to rob me? They told him they knew who those Goods belong'd to. Are they yours, says he? No, said they, but we can bring you to the right Owner quickly. Gentlemen, be but easy, and you shall go Halves. No, we will have all. All? What won't you leave me one Cap? Pray, Gentlemen, let me have but a Cap, and take the rest betwixt you. They carried him back with the Goods to Mrs. Norman. Quin ran away; but he and Dun were both taken next day. The Prisoners then made their Defence. Vaughan own'd that he had the Goods, but said that he found'em under a bench next Door to Norman's. Quin said he was at Ipswich when the Robbery was committed, but brought no body to prove

it. A Picklock was found in his Pocket; and he was an Evidence at a former Sessions. Charles Sheppard and his Wife in Sheppard's-Yard in the Little Minories depos'd, that Dun was at their House between 6 and 7 that Night the Robbery was committed. The Jury acquitted her, and found Vaughan and Quin (Brothers by Mother's Side) guilty of Felony to the Value of 39s . Transportation .

Christian Christian.
15th January 1725
Reference Numbert17250115-29
VerdictNot Guilty

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Christian Christian , Wife of Henry Christian , of Whitechappel , was indicted for stealing 2 Muslin Handkerchiefs, value 5 s. and other Things , the Goods of Fergus Baily and Isabel Fenly , on the 16th of Dec. last. But the Jury acquitted her.

Jane Silletay.
15th January 1725
Reference Numbert17250115-30
VerdictGuilty > theft under 5s
SentenceTransportation

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Jane Silletay , of Whitechappel , was indicted for stealing a Sattin Gown value 4 l. a Cotton Gown value 20 s. 2 Petticoats value 3 l. a Scarf, a Suit of Headcloaths, and a Pair of Stockings, the Goods of Edward Percival , in the House of Edward Percival , on the 15th of Sept. last. It appeared that the Prisoner was Servant to the Prosecutor; that she took the Goods and ran away, and being taken, confess'd the Fact. In her Defence at the Bar, she said, that her Master gave her the Cloaths and Money too, for Favours that he often desired of her, when he came to her Bed-side in the Morning to call her up: But for the greater Secrecy, he bade her take a Lodging in some Place where he might conveniently visit her. But she going, and not sending him Word where she was, and he finding her out by chance, prosecuted her in Spight. She own'd that she did not make this Defence when she was first apprehended; but that (she said) was only because she was then unwilling to disgrace her Master. Guilty to the value of 4 s. 10 d . Transport .

Richard Thomas.
15th January 1725
Reference Numbert17250115-31
VerdictGuilty
SentenceTransportation

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Richard Thomas , of S. Giles's in the Fields , was indicted for stealing a Bed value 15 s. a Rug value 5 s. a Blanket value 2 s. and a Sheet value 3 s. the Goods of Tho. Perry , on the 11th of January last. It appeared that the Prisoner was a Lodger to the Prosecutor; and when he had lain there 4 Nights, he went away, and being afterwards taken, confess'd the Fact. Guilty . Transportation

Ruth Herringshaw.
15th January 1725
Reference Numbert17250115-32
VerdictNot Guilty

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Ruth Herringshaw , of Aldgate , was indicted for stealing two Sauce Pans and 2 Copper Cover value 7 s. 6 d. and an Apron value 6d. the Goods of James Farr , on the 17th of Dec. last. But the Evidence not being sufficient, the Jury acquitted her.

Elizabeth .
15th January 1725