Old Bailey Proceedings.
8th December 1731
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8th December 1731
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THE PROCEEDINGS AT THE Sessions of the Peace, and Oyer and Terminer, FOR THE City of LONDON, AND County of MIDDLESEX; ON

Wednesday the 8th, Thursday the 9th, Friday the 10th, Saturday the 11th, and Monday the 13th of December 1731, in the Fifth Year of His MAJESTY's Reign.

Being the First SESSIONS in the Mayoralty of the Right Honourable FRANCIS CHILD , Esq; Lord Mayor of the City of LONDON, in the Year 1731.

NUMBER 1.

LONDON:

Printed for J. ROBERTS, at the Oxford-Arms in Warwick-Lane. M, DCC, XXXI.

(Price Six Pence.)

THE PROCEEDINGS AT THE Sessions of the Peace, and Oyer and Terminer, for the CITY of LONDON; AND ON

The King's Commission of Goal-Delivery of Newgate, held at Justice-Hall in the Old-Bailey; for the CITY of London, and COUNTY of Middlesex;

On Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Monday, being the 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, and 13th of December 1731, in the Fifth Year of His MAJESTY's Reign.

BEFORE the Right Honourable FRANCIS CHILD , Esq; Lord Mayor of the City of London; the Honourable Mr. Justice Page; the Honourable Mr. Baron Cummins ; the Honourable Mr. Baron Thompson , Recorder; Mr. Serjeant Urlin, Deputy Recorder of the said City; and others of His Majesty's Justices of Oyer and Terminer for the City of London, and Justices of Goal-Delivery of Newgate, holden for the said City and County of Middlesex.

London Jury.

Edward Sanderson ,

Nathaniel Beal ,

John Standish ,

Thomas Griffin ,

Thomas Ilston ,

Samuel Row ,

Richard Pepys ,

Richard Hicks ,

John Jemmit ,

William Heron ,

Henry Shackerly ,

Richard James .

Middlesex Jury.

Thomas Woodward ,

John Warden ,

Thomas Hewlet ,

Charles Doe ,

Oshaston Cartwright ,

Bartholomew Pitts ,

William Hall ,

Moses Crafton ,

Hugh Lloyd ,

Robert Shouter ,

Samuel Swift ,

Robert Brown .

William Jones.
8th December 1731
Reference Numbert17311208-1
VerdictNot Guilty

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William Jones , of St. Brides , was indicted for stealing a Tea Kettle, value 4 s. 6 d. the Goods of Charles Walker , the 4th of November last. But the Evidence not fixing the Fact on the Prisoner, the Jury acquitted him.

Susan Bean, Christian Smith.
8th December 1731
Reference Numbert17311208-2
VerdictNot Guilty

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Susan Bean and Christian Smith , 2 Girls , of St. Dunstan's in the West , were indicted for stealing (with Rebecca Cockburn not yet taken) a Gilt Metal Watch, value 5 l. and 3 Silver Snuff Boxes, value 5 l. the Goods of George Markham , the 17th of November last.

Anne Markham . I miss'd my Goods out of a Shew Glass at the Shop Window, and about a Week afterwards, Elizabeth Willoughby , a Girl, came and told me, that she and Rebecca Cockburn , and the two Prisoners, stole them; on her Information the Prisoners were apprehended.

Elizabeth Willoughby . When I was a little Creature, I was put out Apprentice by the Parish to a Woman in the Mint, that sells Fish and Pork, and Butter and Eggs, &c. and so one Night I ran away from my Mistress, and coming into Gracechurch-street, who should I meet but Sue Bean , Chrissy Smith , and Beck Cockburn ; and so says Save , Lord! Bess Willoughby ! where are ye going? Why, I don't know, says I, why then go along with us ye little Bitch, and so I e'en went with them till we came as far as Mr. Markham's

Shop, and then 3 of us stood on the other side of the Way, while Sue Bean went over and lifted up the Shew Glass, and took out the Watch, and then Beck Cockburn went and got the Snuff Boxes, and so away we went to White-Chapel, and there we found Ballad-singing Jack, and he took us to Rag-Fair to sell the Things. He offer'd them first to Sarah Whitlow , but she had no ready Money to buy them, and we did not care to trust. We went to another Pawnbroker, but she was a Bed, and would not get up. Then we went to Mrs. Radford's for a Lodging, but she would not let us lye there, and so we came away again. Then Jack says, I'll go and see if Radford will buy the Things, but do you stand at a Distance, for, if she sees you, she won't meddle with them. Well, Sir, says we to Jack, do you go by your self, and make as good a Bargain as you can. So away goes Jack, and by and by he comes again, and tells us she would give 2 Guineas and a half. Well, Sir, says we, take the Money if you can get no more, and so he goes again and brings us the Money; and now, says he, you ought to give me the odd half Guinea for my Pains: No, Sir, says we, you are a little too hard with us then, we think 6 s. is pretty well; so we gave him 6 s. and went to share the rest among our selves, but could not agree about it. Whereof , says Jack, don't make a Noise here, but go by your selves and share the Money, except you'll go with me to my Lodgings in Kent-street, and there I'll make a Fire with a whole Peck of Coals and a Faggot. No, Sir, says I, we thank you for your Love, but I don't care to venture on that side of the Water, for fear of meeting with my Mistress; and so we left Jack, and went to a Tavern Door to divide the Money, and there we quarrelled about it; whereof I went to Mrs. Markham some time after , and inform'd her of the whole; and she went to Mrs. Radford's to search for the Goods, but could not find them. There being no Evidence to affect the Prisoners but that of Bess Willoughby the Jury acquitted 'em.

John Stockwell.
8th December 1731
Reference Numbert17311208-3
VerdictGuilty
SentenceTransportation

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John Stockwell , a Butcher , of St. Peter's, Cornhall , was indicted for stealing 300 Weight of Beef-Suet , the Goods of his Mistress, Alice Bennet , the 19th of November last . And the Fact being fully proved, the Jury found him Guilty .

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Mary Hazard.
8th December 1731
Reference Numbert17311208-4
VerdictNot Guilty

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Mary Hazard , of St. Andrew Undershaft , was indicted for stealing a Crape Hatband, value 6 d. the Goods of Henry Clark , the 28th of November last.

Henry Clark depos'd, That I met the Prisoner on the Sunday Night in Lime-street ; my Dear, says she, won't you make me a Present? Why, I don't care if I do, says I, and so I made her a Present of 3 d. and as we stood talking together a little friendly, I catched her Hand in my Pocket, and presently I miss'd a Guinea and a half, and 18 d. and this Hatband. I found the Hatband upon her, but none of the Money, and so I called a Constable , and not thinking it proper to charge her with the Money, I only indicted her for the Hatband. The Prisoner said before the Justice, that she was wrongfully accused of the Guinea and half, but the 18 d. she knew of; the Jury acquitted her.

Peter Bell.
8th December 1731
Reference Numbert17311208-5
VerdictNot Guilty

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Peter Bell , a Boy , of St. Mildred's, Poultry , was indicted for privately stealing from Sarah Bartlet two Guineas and a half, and 16 s. the Money of her Husband , Robert Bartlet , the 24th of November last .

It appear'd that the Boy cut her Pocket, and the Money fell out; but there being no Proof that he took any of it, the Jury acquitted him.

Elizabeth Hawkins.
8th December 1731
Reference Numbert17311208-6
VerdictGuilty
SentenceTransportation

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Elizabeth Hawkins , of St. Bartholomew the Less , was indicted for stealing a Pearl Trunk, value 20 s. 2 Tea Spoons, 6 China Cups and Saucers, 1 Muslin, 2 Silk, and 3 Cambrick Handkerchiefs, 1 Muslin Apron, and 12 s. the Goods and Money of Jemima Pemmell , the 14th of November last.

The Prosecutor was a Sister in Long's Ward in St. Bartholomew's Hospital . The Trunk (with the other Goods in it) stood in a Closet where a Patient lay. The Prisoner was a Helper in the same place, and took an opportunity on the Sunday Night to carry off the Trunk, which was found in her Possession next Morning; the Jury found her Guilty .

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John Potter.
8th December 1731
Reference Numbert17311208-7
VerdictNot Guilty

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John Potter , a Soldier , of St. Sepulchre's , was indicted for marrying Mary Paget , on the 2d of April, in the third Year of the King , his former Wife Martha Robingon being Alive ;

there being no Body to prove the two Marriages, but the two Women, who laid Claim to the Prisoner; and as the first, if she was lawfully married, could not be an Evidence against her Husband; and as he could not be convicted of a second Marriage before the first was proved, the Jury acquitted him.

Thomas Lugroof.
8th December 1731
Reference Numbert17311208-8
VerdictNot Guilty > accidental death

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Thomas Lugroof , of Sunbury , was indicted on the Coroner's Inquisition for feloniously slaying William Hooper , by Beating, bruising, and casting him Headlong down a Cellar, by which Fall he received one mortal Fracture in the crown of his Head , of the Length of six Inches, and Depth of half an Inch, of which he instantly died , the 20th of October last.

The Prisoner and the Deceased (both Bargemen ) were wrestling together (not in Malice, but only to try their Strength) at the Magpye in Sunbury , and they both fell down the Cellar Stairs, the Prisoner first, and the Deceased over him, by which Fall the Deceased struck his Head against a Butt of Beer, and fractured his Scull, and died immediately. The Jury brought in their Verdict accidental Death .

Thomas Ward.
8th December 1731
Reference Numbert17311208-9
VerdictGuilty
SentenceTransportation

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Thomas Ward , of Hampstead , was indicted for stealing a Purse, 1 Moidore, 1 Broad Piece, 2 Guineas, a half Guinea, and 6 d. the Goods and Money of Richard Wayman , the 10th of October last.

William Whitnell . I help'd Mr. Wayman on his Horse at the Bell at Kilburn , about Four o'Clock on Sunday Morning, he was Drunk, and he paid his Reckoning a little before, and I saw him have a Green Purse with Gold in it.

John Rush . I and two more found Mr. Wayman lying in the Road about a Mile from Kilburn , he was black in the Face, and stone Dead; we searched his Pockets, and found his Watch ('twas then past 6 o'Clock) and 2 s. but no Purse, nor Gold.

Joseph Edwards . The Prisoner was committed to New-Prison on Suspicion of murdering and robbing Mr. Wayman. I saw him there, and he said he was innocent of the Murder, but own'd he took the Money, which was 5 l. 2 s. 6 d. and threw the Purse away for fear it should betray him. Was he Dead, says I; no, says he, for he rattled in the Throat, and I thought I might as well take the Money as leave it for another.

Thomas Finch . Going from London on Sunday Morning, I met the Prisoner at Hounslow-Whelm , beyond Paddington-Hill, between Five and Six; and two or three Miles farther I found the Deceased lying in the Road. When the Prisoner was before the Justice, he at first deny'd that he met me, but afterwards confess'd it, and that he found the Deceased on the Road. I ask'd if he was Dead, he said, no, he guggled in the Throat ; and how, says I, could you leave your Fellow-Dumb-Creature in that Condition ? He made no answer to that, but said he found the Purse 2 or 3 Yards from the Deceased; and taking out the Money, threw the Purse on the Dunghill; I went with him to the Dunghill , and found it.

Prisoner. As I was coming from Stanmore towards London, I found the Deceased lying in the Road, I thought he was only Drunk, but raising him up, I found he was Dead, and going a few Yards further, I kick'd a Purse before me; I took it up, and emptied it, and then threw it on the Dunghill; the Jury found him Guilty of the Indictment.

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8th December 1731
Reference Numbert17311208-10
VerdictGuilty > theft under 40s
SentenceTransportation

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, of St. Magnes the Martyr , was indicted for stealing 19 Yards of broad Cloth, value 10 l. the Goods of Thomas and Stephen Cooper , the 11th of October last.

The Prosecutors having lost several Quantities of Cloth, suspected the Prisoner, who was Servant to a Cloth-worker , and frequently came to their Shop to fetch Cloth to be dress'd. They set a Man in a private place to watch, and he saw the Prisoner take 5 Yards of superfine Broad Cloth, wrapt it up in his Bundle, and carry it out, but did not let him go far before he oblig'd him to come back to the Shop, when the Goods were found upon him. He begged hard for pardon, and protected it was the first Crime that he had been Guilty of; but being strictly examined, he at last confess'd that he had taken several Parcels before that time, and sold them to - Wynn, a Piece-broker, behind St. Clement's, where they were found. The Jury found him Guilty to the Value of 39 s.

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Nathaniel Mayhew.
8th December 1731
Reference Numbert17311208-11
VerdictGuilty > theft under 5s
SentenceTransportation

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