Old Bailey Proceedings.
13th May 1725
Reference Number: 17250513

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13th May 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 Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, being the 13th, 14th, and 15th Days of May, in the Eleventh Year of his MAJESTY's Reign.

BEFORE the Right Honourable Sir GEORGE MERTTINS , Knt. Lord Mayor of the City of London Mr. Justice Fortescue, Mr. Baron Page , Sir William Thompson , Kt. Recorder, 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

James Kelham ,

Eustace Harding ,

William Vere ,

William Best ,

Oliver Bressington ,

Jonathan Holland ,

Samuel Puller ,

Edmund Hickman

David Tough ,

John Hains ,

John Dawson ,

John Edwards .

The Middlesex Jury.

James Dunbar ,

Thomas Cradock ,

John Wells ,

Matthew West ,

John Purdy ,

Thomas Ryland ,

Richard Golding ,

William Brin ,

William Brown ,

Richard Wilder ,

Thomas Smith ,

Thomas Wisdich .

The Proceedings were as follows, viz.

John Plant.
13th May 1725
Reference Numbert17250513-1
VerdictGuilty
SentenceDeath

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John Plant , of Bishopsgate , was indicted for privately stealing from Ann Brown a Handkerchief value 6 d. and two Guineas , the Goods and Money of William Brown , on the 21st of April last.

William Brown thus depos'd: I having two Guineas to pay for Excise, I ty'd it up in a Silk Handkerchief, and sent it by my Daughter Ann Brown, a Child about 10 Years old. She soon came back crying, and said she had lost it going through Bishopsgate . I was told by others, that a Man in a Sailor's Jacket was seen to have such a Handkerchief, and ran down Hounsditch. A Fellow being afterward, seen in such a Jacket, (which was distinguishable by three odd Buttons) he was apprehended, and upon Examination it appear'd that he was the Prisoner's Brother, and that not himself but the Prisoner had that Jacket on when the Girl lost the Money. By his Directions we found the Prisoner at the House of Eliz Fowler , the Cherry-Tree in Golden-Lane. This is the Handkerchief that I ty'd the Money in when I gave it to the Girl, and this same Handkerchief I found about the Prisoner's Neck when he was taken. He confess'd that he met with it near Bishopsgate, and from thence immediately ran through Devonshire-Square into Still-Alley, and there untying it, he found two Guineas in it. H