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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 5th, Thursday the 6th, Friday the 7th, and Saturday the 8th of October 1733, in the Seventh Year of His MAJESTY's Reign.

Being the First SESSIONS in the Mayoralty of the Right Honourable Sir WILLIAM BILLERS , Knt. Lord Mayor of the City of LONDON, in the Year 1733.



Printed for J. WILFORD, behind the Chapter-House, near St. Paul's. M,DCC,XXXIII.

(Price Six Pence.)

Where may be had the Sessions-Papers in the last Mayoralty.


BEFORE the Right Honourable Sir WILLIAM BILLERS , Knt. Lord Mayor of the City of London; Mr. Baron Carter ; Mr. Justice Probyn ; Mr. Serjeant Urlin, Deputy Recorder of the City of London, and others 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.

Cornelius Jesson ,

John Grace ,

Thomas James ,

Benjamin Noble ,

Stafford Briscoe ,

Robert Rutty ,

Edward Rose ,

Thomas Fidoe ,

John Knight ,

Peter Trueby ,

John Dean ,

Elliot Percher .

Middlesex Jury.

Thomas Young , Gent.

John Hudson ,

George Coleson ,

Christopher Prat ,

Arthur Granger ,

John James ,

Peter Snee ,

Andrew Young ,

Thomas Ackers ,

Samuel Hawkins ,

William Green ,

William Belline .

Rebecca Goodall.
5th December 1733
Reference Numbert17331205-1
VerdictGuilty > theft under 1s

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1. Rebecca Goodall , was indicted for stealing Linen and other Things , the Goods of several Persons, Nov. 17 . Guilty 10 d.

[Transportation. See summary.]

William Crank.
5th December 1733
Reference Numbert17331205-2
VerdictGuilty > theft under 1s

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2. William Crank , was indicted for stealing 4 lb. of Tobacco , Nov. 1 . the Property of Jonathan Forward . Guilty 10 d .

[Transportation. See summary.]

Anthony Moore.
5th December 1733
Reference Numbert17331205-3
VerdictGuilty > theft under 1s

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3. Anthony Moore , was indicted for stealing a Two-Quart Pewter-Pot , the Property of Matth.ew Smith , Nov. 1.

Matthew Prick . About 10 at Night, I was drinking at the Prosecutor's House, in Walbrook , when the Prisoner came in, call'd for a Pint of Beer, drank it, and call'd for a Penn'orth more; then he went and set the Door open, look'd out, came in again, and drank; and so he did two or three times, which making me suspicious of him, I stood upon the Watch 'till he went out, when I perceiv'd him have something under his Coat. I follow'd, and stopt him, at the Corner of Walbrook, where he drop'd the Pot, I call'd the Watch, and carry'd hua back to the Prosecutor's House; he begg'd us to consider his Grey-Hairs, and offer'd Money to make it up. Guilty 10 d.

[Transportation. See summary.]

John Kempson.
5th December 1733
Reference Numbert17331205-4
VerdictGuilty > theft under 1s

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4. John Kempson , was indicted for stealing 7 lb. of Sugar, and 3 lb. and a Half of Starch , the Goods of Jasper Bridon , Oct. 29 . Guilty 10 d.

[Transportation. See summary.]

Ann Trimlet.
5th December 1733
Reference Numbert17331205-5

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5. Ann Trimlet , was indicted for stealing three Caps, and four Aprons , the Goods of Thomas Wood , Oct. 23 . Guilty .

[Transportation. See summary.]

John Shanks, Dorothy Shanks.
5th December 1733
Reference Numbert17331205-6
VerdictNot Guilty; Guilty > theft under 40s

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6, 7. John Shanks , and Dorothy Shanks , were indicted for stealing three Gowns, and a Petticoat, value 3 l. three Table-Cloths, twelve Napkins, seven Apron, and fourteen Pillowbiers, value 50 s. six Holland Smocks, and five pair of Holland Sheets, value 5 l. and other Things, the Goods of Elizabeth Howard , in her House , Nov. 1 . The Jury acquitted Dorothy, and found John Guilty 39 s.

[Transportation. See summary.]

Margaret Webb.
5th December 1733
Reference Numbert17331205-7
VerdictGuilty > theft under 1s

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8. Margaret Webb , was indicted for privately stealing a silver Watch value 3 l. from the Person of Ben. Johnson , Nov. 26 .

Ben. Johnson. About 7 at Night, I met this Gentlewoman, in Broad St. Giles's, she ask'd me, to give her a Dram I refus'd, but she follow'd me, and begg'd for a Pint of Beer. At last I went with her to the Three Compasses against St. Giles's Church , where we had three Pints. We went into a private Room by ourselves, and I hid my Watch then; but before we had empty'd the last Pint, I miss'd it. Upon which I call'd the Landlord, and sent for the Constable, who carry'd her to the W house, and from thence to the Round-House, where my Watch was found upon her.

Jonathan Hazledine . I keep the Round-house. The Prisoner was brought thither to be searched for the Watch, but as we could find nothing of it in any Part of her Clothes, we concluded she had put it in a certain private Place; I found it there, and pull'd it out by the String.

John King , Watchman. When we could not find the Watch in her Cloaths, I said, I believed she had hid it in a particular Place, which is easy to guess at without naming, for I knew such things had been done by other Gentlewomen on the like Occasion. So we propos'd to search her, but she refusing to let us, Mr. Hazledine, the Governor of the Round house, desir'd his Wife to do it ; but she bid him do it himself and he would, for she would not be concern'd in any such sobb. Whereupon he undertook it, and I and the Constable of the Night, assisted in holding the Prisoner, while he examin'd her, and in a little time he took the Watch out of the Close-Clipboard.

Joseph Anderson . When we had search'd her in the common Way, and could not find it, King told us, he believ'd he knew where it was, and that a superficial Examination would signify nothing, for if we expected to get it, we must search to the Bottom. So I held her Hands, and turn'd my Backside to her Feet while they made the Search, for I did not much care to see how they proceeded. I heard one of them say, that he felt it, and soon after, that he had got it out, and then I venture to look back, and saw the Watch in his hand. He wip'd it, and gave it to me, and it is.

Prisoner. I and my Husband had quarrel'd, and I was crying as I went along the Street, when the Prosecutor met me, and ask'd me, what I cry'd ? I told him, I had got a wicked Husband that had abused me, My Dear, says he, will you leave him, and go along with me? o, says I, tho' he has been a barbarous Man te, I'll never do that, for I bare two Children by him, and am now big with another. Will., says he, you may go and drink with me, Forever. And so at last, he overpersuaded me and when we came to the Alehouse, he wanted to have to do with me, but having no Money he gave me the Watch to pawn for a Guinea, and then, because I refus'd to let him have his Will, he charged me with picking his Pocket, and sent for a Constable, who carried me to the Round-house, where they stumbled and strumbled, and trowd me about till the Watch was found.

Constable. She told me she knew nothing of the Watch, and never so much as saw it, but when we had found it upon her, she desired me to make the Matter as early as I could.

The Jury found her guilty to the value of 10 d.

[Transportation. See summary.]

William Cammell.
5th December 1733
Reference Numbert17331205-8
VerdictGuilty > theft under 1s

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9. William Cammell , was indicted for privately stealing a silver Watch, value 4 l. 4 s. from the Person of Walter Robotham , October 26.

Mr. Robotham. On Friday the 26th of October, between 12 and 1 at Noon, I lost my Watch in a Crowd at the Corner of Exchange Alley , where I stood to see a Man in the Pi lory, but I can't say who took it.

William Irish As I stood to see the Man in the Pillory, I heard a Noise of a Pick-pocket, and somebody said the Prisoner had put a Water into his Pocket ; I observed him, and saw him take a Watch out of his Pocket and drop it. The Prosecutor came and owned it to be his. It had a black leather String.

William Gardner . Somebody said the Prisoner had pick'd a Watch out of a Man's Pocket. I pick a Pocket! says the Prisoner, what do you mean by that? and presently he pull'd out a Watch stily and bove it down, and I took it up. It was a silver Watch with a black String. I held it up, and Jack Catch came and said, Let's see hold of the Watch; and so he took it out of my Hand, and the Prosecutor came and own'd it.

John Hooper , Executioner. Faulkner was standing in the Pillory for uttering bad Money; and while I attended there, the Prisoner came by me, and some followed him and said he had pick'd a Man's Pocket of a Watch; I look'd and saw the Watch upon the Ground; Gardner and I stoop'd for it at the same Time, but I took it up.

Gardner. No, I, and he took it out of my Hand.

Harper. I believe his Hand might be upon it, and I said, what do you do with it? But he never held it up in any manner whatsomever. I deliver'd it to Mr. Makepeace the Constable, at the Cross-Keys Tavern, and the Prosecutor own'd it there.

Prosecutor. Gardner took the Watch from the Ground, but did not hold it up, for Jack Catch presently snatch'd it out of his Hand.

John Jones . I saw the Prisoner have a Watch with a black String in his Hand at the Corner of 'Change-Alley, and he went into a Haberdasher's Shop (behind a carv'd blue coat Boy that stands at the Door) and put it into his Pocket.

Makepeace There was an Outcry of a Pick-pocket; Harper follow'd him, and presently held up a Watch in his Hand, and said, Who has lost a Watch? And as soon as he saw me, he said, Here's a Constable! So we went to the Cross-Keys, and there the Prosecutor saw it.

Prosecutor. This is my Watch, the same that Hooper had in his Hand.

The Jury found him guilty to the value of 10 d.

[Transportation. See summary.]

Anthony Lancake, James Pline.
5th December 1733
Reference Numbert17331205-9
VerdictNot Guilty

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10, 11. Anthony Lancake and James Pline , were indicted for that whereas at the Sessions held here in September last, Abraham Gibson * was indicted for stealing two Wigs, value 8 l. 8 s. and four Hats, value 2 l. 7 s. in the House of Jacob Kendall , June 17. and found guilty to the value of 39 s. he the said Limcake did receive the said four Hats, and the said Pline did receive the said two Wigs, knowing them to have been stolen , June 8.

* See the Trial of Abraham Gibson, in the Sessions Paper, Numb. VII. p. 184.

Susan Jones . On the 18th of June last, between 8 and 9 in the Morning. I went to the Prisoner Lankey [ Lancake's ] Shop in Chick-lane . He clapp'd his Hand upon my Head, and said, Molly, what do you want? For he used to call me Molly, tho' my Name is Sue. I shewed him a Hat, for I had but one with me then, and that was the best of the four. He ask'd me, How much? I said 7 s. He laugh'd, and ask'd me what I meant by it? Then he felt of it, and measur'd the Crown, and said it was a large Crown, and bid me 3 s. 6 d. At last he gave me 4 s. and ask'd me if I had any more? I told him yes, I had three more at the George Alehouse in Chick lane; he bid me fetch 'em directly because he was going out; I went and put them one in another, and brought them on my Head; he blam'd me for bringing them in such a gaping open manner; he examin'd them as he did the other, and said, they were broad Brims and old-fashion'd, tho' the first was as good as new, and two of these were little the worse for wearing, but the other one was an old one. I told him the Price of the three was 14 s. he laugh'd, as before, and ask'd me what I meant by it? and then bid me 7 s. 6 d. and at last came to 8 s. and said he would give no more I went back to Will Newell (from whom I had them) and ask'd him if I should take the Money? He said I must if I could get no more, and so I went again to Lankey, who paid me 8 s for them, and then put them behind his Counter.

Lancake. I know no more of it than the Man in the Moon; I never saw this Girl before, and she's hir'd by the Constable to swear this against me.

George Dean . I have frequently seen Sue Jones at Lancake's Shop a selling Hats to him. I knew she kept ill Company, and have warn'd several of my Neighbours not to buy any Thing of her.

Jacob Kendall . Three of the four Hats which were lost out of my House were mine; one of them cost me 25 s. and the other two 16 s. a-piece; I bought them at Easter, and lost them the 17th of June following. Abraham Gibson was convicted here in last September, for stealing them and two Wigs, on the Evidence of Sue Jones and Will. Newell.

Court. Is Newell here?

Prosecutor. No, I believe he is in New-Prison.

Court. You ought to have had him here, for without his Evidence I don't see how

you will prove that the Hats bought by the Prisoner Lancake are the same that Abraham Gibson was convicted of stealing.

William Matthews . When I took the Prisoner, Lancake, he said he did not know but he might buy the Hats, for his Shop was his Market. He pull'd off the Hat he wore, which I thought was a very good one, and he said he bought it for 2 s. - It was 7 Hours before he could get Bail.

Some of Lancake's Neighbours, who were Dealers in the same Way, appear'd to his Character, and swore he was a very honest Man, and so cautious in buying Goods, that they had frequently seen him strict examine People that brought any Thing to his Shop to sell.

There was no Evidence given against the other Prisoner, Pline, and the Jury acquitted them both .

John Cox.
5th December 1733
Reference Numbert17331205-10
VerdictGuilty > theft under 5s

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12. John Cox , was indicted for privately stealing 48 iron Hoops, value 3 l. the Goods of Thomas Tomes , in his Warehouse , October 19.

Thomas Tomes. I have a Warehouse near Cavendish-Square , in which I had several large Iron-bound Casks, new painted, for a Distiller. I went out of Town the 1st of October, and return'd the 28th, when I found my Casks stripp'd of most of the Hoops.

Thomas Smithers . On Saturday Morning, Oct. 13. the Watchman knock'd my Mistress Tomes up, and told her the Warehouse was broke open; I went and found the Door broke, the Lock off, the Staple drawn, and the Casks lying at Rack and Manger, with the Hoops knock'd off. Three or four Days after I saw five or six of these Hoops at the Door of Benj Gilbert , a Smith; I told my Mistress, got a Warrant from Justice Lamb, and upon Search found a Dozen at Gilbert's, and two more at John Harvey 's ; I know the Hoops to be the same we lost, because they are painted Green, have no Rivets, and when we try'd 'em they jump'd exactly into the Places they were taken from, and we could try them well enough, because some of the Casks had two or three Hoops left on them, which held them together.

Gilbert and Harvey depos'd that they bought the Hoops for a Penny a Pound of the Prisoner, who told them they were old Hoops that came off some Casks where he had been doing a Jobb, and were given him to sell.

The Prisoner pretended he had those Hoops of a Carpenter to sell for him, but said he did not know who the Carpenter was, where to find him.

The Jury found him guilty to the value of 4 s. 10 d.

[Transportation. See summary.]

Mary Royley, Mary Judge.
5th December 1733
Reference Numbert17331205-11
VerdictGuilty > theft under 5s; Not Guilty

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13. 14. Mary Royley and Mary Judge , alias Death , were indicted for privately stealing 34 Yards of Check, value 30 s. in the Shop of Eleanor Griffin , November 17.

Mary Atkinson . I was looking after my Daughter Eleanor Griffin's Shop in Red-lion-square , and the two Prisoners were standing at the Door; I had Occasion to go backwards, and returning presently, I saw Royley in the Shop with something under her Ridinghood. Good Woman, says I, you have got something there. No I han't, says she, and stepp'd out; I follow'd her, and call'd out to a Man who stopp'd her.

John Lowing . As I went by the Prosecutor's Door I saw Judge on the Steps, and Royley in the Shop, by the Counter-side, and nobody else being in the Shop, I suspected them, and passing by the Door, stood to watch. Presently Royley came out, and Mrs. Atkinson follow'd, and cry'd, Spher ; which I did, and saw this Piece of Check under her Riding-hoop, but she dropp'd it in the Dirt before I could take it from her. Judge, by this Time, was got to Theobald's-Row, which is about 100 Yards from the Shop, but I ran after her, and brought her back.

The Jury found Royley guilty to the value of 4 s. 10 d. and acquitted Judge.

[Transportation. See summary.]

Henry Baxter, John Rook.
5th December 1733
Reference Numbert17331205-12

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15, 16 Henry Baxter and John Rook , alias Jack-the-Hatter +, was indicted for assaulting Samuel Maxwell in an open Field near the Highway, in the Parish of Stepney ,

putting him in Fear, and taking from him 19 s. 6d. November 22.

+ This is not that Jack-the-Hatter who was convicted of several Felonies in September last.

The Prisoners pray'd the Witnesses might be examin'd a-part, which the Court granted.

Samuel Maxwell . On Thursday, November 22, about five in the Evening I went with my Master, Mr. Wilmot, to the Globe at Mile-End; I expected to meet a Man with whom I had some Business to do, but he not coming, I told my Master, I thought there would be no Occasion for me to stay. My Master telling me I might do as I would, I concluded to go, but having received some Money at Stepney, I thought it would not be safe for me to venture over the Fields with it alone, and so I left 26 l. with him, and came away about six a Clock; but recollecting that I still had 7 l. 10 s. in Moidores and Silver, I put it into my Side-pocket for the better Security. Coming into White-horse-lane I was met by three Men, one of them, which I think was Baxter, pass'd me, and bid me good Night, but presently turn'd back again, when one of the others, in a red Coat, with a thick short Stick in his left Hand and a Pistol in his right, bid me deliver, and swore he had seen me put Money in my left Side-pocket; I gave him the Silver, but not the Moidores; then he demanded my Watch, I told him it was a Family-Watch, and I hop'd he would not take it from me. Why then, says he, you may keep it; go forward, and say you are well us'd. So we parted, and I return'd another Way to my Master at the Globe, and told him and Mr. Collingwood, who was with him, what had happen'd. I staid with them there about three or four Hours, and then we all three came away together. We took Links with us, and coming to the same Place where I had been robb'd, we saw two Men running towards us; For God's sake, says one of them, have a Care, Gentlemen, we are frighted out of our Wits; we met a wild Bull, and thought the Devil was coming for us. As they look'd like loose Fellows, Mr. Collingwood ask'd them if there had not been a Robbery there that Night? They said, they had not heard of any. I thought I knew them again, and taking hold of one of them, whose Name is Macdonald, I told him he was the Man that robb'd me. The other was Baxter, and him my Master and Mr. Collingwood took Care of. We carry'd them to the Sun Tavern at Stepney, where we search'd them, and found a large Fowl upon one, and two Chickens upon t'other. We provided them with separate Lodgings for that Night, - the Watch-house and the Round-house. I saw Macdonald next Morning, and then he confess'd that he was the Man who took my Money, and said, as he us'd me well in giving me my Watch again, he hop'd I would let him be an Evidence.

Thomas Wilmot . My Clerk left me and Mr. Collingwood at the Globe between five and six, in order to go home, but in a little Time he return'd again, and told us he had been robb'd; he stay'd with us till about ten, and then we went away together. In the Field we met Baxter and Macdonald running as if they were frighted out of their Wits. They said they had met a mad Bull; we charg'd them with the Robbery, and carry'd them to the Sun at Stepney - Baxter confess'd.

George Collingwood . Going over the Fields with Mr. Wilmot and his Clerk, two Fellows came running along, and crying out, Lord have Mercy upon us! - O Lord! - a mad Bull! - the Devil! - has frighted us out of our Wits. I thought they look'd like a Couple of Rogues, and the Prosecutor said, he believ'd they were the Men that robb'd him, and so we made bold to secure them both.

John Macdonald . I and the two Prisoners went out together upon the Account. We call'd at the Globe, at Mile-End, where we saw the Prosecutor taking some Money out of his Pockets, and so we went out, and watch'd him, and as he came over the Bank, I stopp'd him, and demanded of him his Money. He made no Ressistance, but gave me 19 s. and 6 d. out of his Pocket. Then I bid him deliver his Watch; he said, it was a Family-Watch, and hop'd we would not take it from him. Well, says I, take it again then, and say you was well used. So we left him, and went round by Bow, and

in 3 Hours after, came to the same Field again, where we were frighted by a mad Bull. Rook, ran away with the Money, and Baxter and I ran athurt [athwart] the Path where we were taken.

Baxter. Had you none of the Money?

Macdonald. No; Rook run away with it all.*

* It appears that Macdonald took the Money from the Prosecutor, but he might afterwards give it to Rook.

Baxter. What Cloaths do you say we had on?

Macdonald. I had a red Coat, a short Stick, and a Pistol, Baxter had a great Coat, and Rook had a new Coat with Buttons on it.

Baxter. Where did we meet?

Macdonald. Baxter and I went from Mary Aldus's House and going along by the Gardens near the Hog-house, we met Rook.

Baxter. We were all at Low-Layton, from 3 in the Afternoon, 'till 10 at Night.

Macdonald. We were at a Place, 4 Miles from Stra'ford, I don't know the Name of it, it might be Low-Layton ; but we went from Aldus's between 10 and 11 in the Morning, and return'd between 2 and 3.

Baxter. You know what a vile Fellow you have been. You was an Evidence against Stockings, and Will. White. +

+ See the Trial of Tho. Wadsworth , Will. White, and John Powell , alias Fisherman, in the Session-Paper, for April last, Numb. IV. p. 124.

Mary Aldus . I live in Church-Lane. About a Fortnight ago, Baxter and Macdonald lay at my House, I think it was a Wednesday Night, and next Morning they went out together, between 10 and 11 a Clock; my Husband was then sick a-Bed. But they came not near us 'till next Day, for then they were carry'd before the Justice, and my Husband was taken out of his Bed at the same time, and carry'd before the Justice too.

John Tindall . I took Rook last Sunday Night, in Blue-Coat-Fields, by the Direction of Macdonald, who told me, he went by the Names of John Rook , and Jack-the-Hatter, I found him, sitting by the Fire with two Women. Is not your Name Rook? says I. No; says he. Nor Jack-the-Hatter? says I. No; says he again, Pray who are you? I told him I was a Constable, and came to carry him to the Watch-house.

John Rook . I have Witnesses to prove I was in another Place when this Robbery was committed.

Edward Rook . The Prisoner, John Rook, is my Son. He was in my House, from Thursday Morning, the 22d of November, 'till Monday Morning following.

Court. Are you sure he came that Day?

Edward Rook . Yes, for as I am informed, that was the Day the Robbery was committed.

Court. But by what Circumstance do you remember the Day of the Month?

Edward Rook. By his being there.

Court. Was you constantly at home from Thursday to Monday?

Edward Rook. No; I went out in the Morning to my Labour, and return'd between 7 and 8 at Night.

Court. And will you take upon you to swear that he was at home when you were abroad?

Edward Rook. I don't know that he went out.

Elizabeth Johnson . I lodge at Edward Rook's, and I know that the Prisoner, John Rook, was at home all Day on Thursday, the 22d of November, and Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

Court. And are you sure he was not out in all that time?

Eliz. Johnson. Yes.

Court. Were you in his Company all that time?

Eliz. Johnson. Yes.

Court. Are you marry'd?

Eliz. Johnson. Yes.

Court. And where was your Husband on: those Nights?

Eliz. Johnson. A-bed with me, the Prisoner was in my Company a-Days, I don't know where he was a-Nights.

The Jury found them Guilty . Death .

Henry Baxter, William Sickwell, Henry Baxter, William Aldus.
5th December 1733
Reference Numbert17331205-13
VerdictsGuilty > lesser offence; Not Guilty; Guilty

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17. Henry Baxter , and William Sickwell , alias Sick-Will, alias Aldus , were indicted for breaking the House of Thomas Golden , and stealing a pair of Iron-Grates,

value 12 s. an/ Iron-Jack, value 15 s. and 2 Iron-Spits, value 1 s. 6 d. the Goods of Faith Burton , and a Spade, value 2 s. 6 d. the Goods of Thomas Golden , November 19 . between the Hours of 1 and 2 in the Night .

Thomas Golden. I took a House, and put these Goods into it, and about 9 next Morning, a Porter came, and told me, the House was broke open, for I liv'd at Bromley, and had not then lain in this House that I was moving to, which was about a Mile off. The Grates, and Spits, and Jack, were lent me y my Aunt, Faith Burton , but the Spade was my own. I went to see what Damage was dn, and found the Cellar-Door was cut, the upper Bolt thrust back, and the bottn Bolt wrenched off. Macdonald being taken for a Robbery impeach'd the Prisoners, and ay is Information I found some of my Goods in a Common-Sewer.

John Macdonald . I and Baxter, and Sick Will, turn'd out together, and seeing this House uninhabited, we broke open the Cellar Door, with a Design to steal some Lead, but finding a pair of Grates, a Jack, a Couple of Spits, and a Spade, we contented ourselves with taking them; but being more than we could carry clear off at once, we planted some of them in a Ditch, and the rest we sold to a Woman in Old-Gravel-Lane.

Mr. Brown The High-Constable, Mr. Betty sent for me to assist him, in taking Sick Will. I was directed to a House in Church-Lane, whither I went, and enquir'd for him, ly Landlady wanted to know my Business, I told her, I came with a Message from his Father. She call'd to him, upon which, being satisfy'd I was right, I ran up Stairs and took him a Bed. I found in the Room, a Dark-Lanthorn, with three Candles in it, a Flint, Steel, and a pocket Tinder-box full of Tinder.

Mr. Betty. I carry'd Baxter and Macdonald before Justice Priestly for a Robbery. Macdonald inform'd against Sickwell, and directed us where to find him. I went with a Warrant, and took him a-Bed, and found in the Room, the Things mentioned by the last Witnesses. Sickwell then deny'd the Fact, but next Day being carry'd before the Justice, he made this Confession, which was taken in Writing, read to, and sign'd by him.

[Then Sickwell's Confession, taken before John Priestly , Esq; Nov. 24. was read in Court.]

He therein confess'd, that about 4 Months ago, he and Nat. Sparks, and Will. Sanders, stole two Gowns in White-Chappel. That he, Baxter, Sanders, and another, stole some Fowls at Mile-End. That on Oct. 15. he and Baxter stole a Leg of Fork, and a Great-coat in a Butcher's Shop; and that on Nov. 19. about 1 in the Morning, he, Baxter, and Macdonald, broke into a House by Rogues-Well, near Stepney, and stole a pair of Grates, a Jack, 2 Spits, and a Spade.

Sick Will. As for the Dark Lanthorn, it was left in my Room by Macdonald, I was sick a-Bed when they took me, and Light-headed when I made that Confession - Here's one of the Jurymen knew me when I liv'd a Servant at Bethnall-Green.

Juryman. I know nothing of him.

Sick Will. I am sure I have carry'd many a Joint of Meat to his House.

Baxter. Macdonald is a vile Rogue, he came out of Prison but four Days before he was taken again.

Court. As there was no Body resident in the House, this cannot be a Burglary.

The Jury found them Guilty of Felony only.

Henry Baxter , was a third Time, and William Aldus , otherwise Sick Will . a second Time indicted, for stealing a Cloth, Coat, value 5 s. and a Leg of Pork, value 3 s. the Goods of Christopher Stacey , in Stepney Parish, October 15.

Christopher Stacey. I lost a Great-Coat and a Leg of Pork out of my Shop on the 15th of October, between 7 and 8 at Night. Justice Priestly sent for me, and there I found the Prisoner. Aldus confess'd the Fact.

Aldus. I was light-headed, and did not know what I said.

There being no Evidence against Baxter, the Jury acquitted him, but found Aldus guilty .

[Aldus: Transportation. See summary.]

Joseph Upton.
5th December 1733
Reference Numbert17331205-14
VerdictNot Guilty

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18. Joseph Upton , was indicted for assaulting Alice, the Wife of Samuel Greenfield ,

on the Highway, putting her in Fear, and taking from her 13 s. Oct. 20 .

Alice Greenfield . Going home from Leaden-Hall, about 12 at Night, the Prisoner met me in Goodman's-Fields , forced me into an Alley, and threw me down; I cry'd out, Murder! Thieves! and Help, for the Lord's sake! Mr. Matthews came to my Assistance, and took him. I said, Thank you kindly, Sir, you have saved my Life, and my Money too. I did not know then, that my Money was lost, for I had wrapt it in a Paper, and put it in my Bosom to another Paper that had Tea-dust in it, and while the Prisoner struggl'd with me, I took one of the Paper; out of my Bosom, and thought, in the Fright I was in, that it had been my Money; but when I was a little recover'd, I found my Mistake, for it was the Paper of Tea-dust.

Mr. Matthews. I keep a Coffee-house, in Goodman's-Fields. About twelve at Night, as I was shutting my Door, I heard a sad cry of Murder, and Thieves. I run down an Alley near at Hand, but found no Body there, and all was silent for two or three Minutes; but turning the Corner of that Alley, I heard the Shrieking again. The Sound led me to another Alley, where I found the Woman lying upon the Ground, with her Arms extended, and the Prisoner endeavouring to get her Hands open. They were not in any unseemly Posture, I secur'd the Man, and call'd the Watch. The Woman said, God bless you, Sir, you have sav'd my Life, and my Money too. I ask'd her where her Money was? She said, in her Hand. But presently finding her Mistake , O Lord! says she, this is my Paper of Tea-dust !

Prisoner. Did not I desire to be search'd when I was in the Watch-house?

Mr. Matthews. Yes; but I thought it would then be in vain, because in his Way thither he had opportunity enough to make away with it.

Prisoner. She had another with her before I came near.

Matthews. Man but the Prisoner

Prisoner. I heard her cry out in a bar barous Manner, and meeting a Man in the Alley, I ask'd, what was the Matter ? He said, No harm; and so he went away, and I went to her, and she gave me her Hand to help her up, for she was very drunk, and then Mr. Matthews came and took him.

Matthews. The Woman a in a great Surprize, but I did not perceive she was drunk.

The Jury found him guilty to the We of 10 d.

The Court (before the Verdict was Recorded ) inform'd them, that in a Robbery, the Value was not material, and therefore they had nothing to consider, but whether the Prisoner robb'd the Woman or not.

The Jury said, they believed he robb'd her of some Money; but were doubtful of how much.

The Court again, told them, they were not to regard the Sum, but if upon the Evidence given, it appear'd to them, that he robb'd her, they ought to find him Guilty, or otherwise to Acquit him.

Then the Jury acquitted him.

Elizabeth Baker.
5th December 1733
Reference Numbert17331205-15

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19. Elizabeth Baker , was indicted for stealing a Seat of a Chair, and two Curtains , the Goods of Joseph Plat and Giles Hancock , November 30 . Guilty .

[Transportation. See summary.]

George Vaughan.
5th December 1733
Reference Numbert17331205-16
VerdictGuilty > theft under 1s

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20. George Vaughan , was indicted for stealing a Cheese , the Property of Thomas Mecham , Nov. 8 . Guilty 10 d.

[Transportation. See summary.]

James Ray.
5th December 1733
Reference Numbert17331205-17
VerdictGuilty > theft under 1s

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21. James Ray , was indicted for stealing a Gown, a Shift, and a Mob , the Goods of John Williams , Nov. 5 . Guilty 10 d.

[Transportation. See summary.]

Isaac Emery.
5th December 1733
Reference Numbert17331205-18
VerdictGuilty > theft under 1s

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22. Isaac Emery , was indicted for stealing three Napkins , the Goods of William Chileot , Clerk , Oct. 22 . Guilty 10 d .

[Transportation. See summary.]

John Cullington.
5th December 1733
Reference Numbert17331205-19

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23. John Cullington , otherwise Mendall , was indicted for assaulting William Murray , on the Highway, in the Parish of Stepney , putting him in Fear, and taking from him two Pistols, value 5 l. the Goods of John Chapman , Esq ; Sept. 17 .

He was a second Time indicted for assaulting Sir William Chapman , Knight and Baronet , on the Highway, in the Parish of

Stepney, putting him in Fear, and taking from him four half Guineas , Sept. 17.

William Murray . On the 17th of September, about eight at Night, between Bow and Mile-End , I was robb'd by a Man on Horse-back, of a Brace of Pistols, capp'd with Silver, the Property of John Chapman , Esq; my Master, Sir William Chapman , was then in his Coach, about a hundred Yards from me. As soon as the Man had robb'd me, he rode towards the Coach, and fir'd a Pistol. I can't swear that the Prisoner is the Man, for it was dark, and he who took the Pistols from me, had a Great-coat on, with the Cape button'd up - But these are the Pistols, I know them by the Mounting and one of the Rammers being broke. They were found upon the Prisoner, by one of Sir Cordel Firebrass's Servants.

John Felt . These Pistols, and these other three, I took from the Prisoner in the Road, between Sudbury and Melford. It happen'd that he fell from his Horse, and dislocated his Neck ; and as I was near him, at the same time, I dismounted, and put his Neck in its place again. Some Bullets fell out of his Pocket, which made me suspect him for a Highwayman, and therefore I secur'd him; and my Master gave Sir William Chapman notice of it.

Sir William Chapman. I heard some Disturbance in the Road, and a Gentleman, who was with me in the Coach, said, he believ'd the Quarrel was with my Servant. I look'd out, a Pistol was fir'd, and a Man rode up to the Coach-door, and said, Gentlemen, deliver your Money immediately. My Son and the other Gentleman, gave him something, and I gave him four half Guineas. I observ'd his Horse curvetted, as if the Noise of the Pistol had frighted him.

Prisoner. As I was going to Bury, I found those five Pistols on the Road, and thought I might as well take them up, as leave them there for any Body else.

The Jury found him guilty of both Indictments. Death .

Mary Doe.
5th December 1733
Reference Numbert17331205-20
VerdictNot Guilty

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24. Mary Doe , was indicted for the Murder of her Male Bastard Infant, by strangling and choaking it with both her Hands , on the 29th of October last.

Frances Crook , Midwife. On the 30th of October, I was sent for to the Prisoner, and found she had been delivered of a Child. She said, something (she knew not what) was come from her, but it was no Child. I ask'd her, what she did with that which came from her? She said she did not know where it was. I told her it signify'd nothing to deny it, for I was sure she had had a Child, and therefore a Child I would find. Then she confess'd that it was a Man Child; but said it was born dead, and that her Father took it from her, but she could not tell what he had done with it. Her Father coming in I told him his Daughter had been Deliver'd - Deliver'd ! says he, Ay, so she has - of a Sir-Reverence. Those were his Words, begging your Worship's Pardon. I saw so much by his Behaviour towards the Prisoner, and some other Passages, that in short, I told him, I believ'd he was Father to the Child, as well as Grandfather; and that he had done my Business, and deliver'd her himself before I was sent for. So he went out, and I examin'd the Prisoner, and she declar'd to me, that her Father had lain with her, and that she never had to do with any other Man but him. On the 2d of November following, the Prisoner's Mother gave me a Note, I suppose it was sent from her Husband, who was then run away, and in this Note, it was said, that the Child was wrapt up in an old Curtain, and laid in among some Horse-litter in Tom Turd's-Hole (a Place where the Nightmen lay their Soil) and there it was found. I saw no Marks of Violence upon it; but I believe it bled to death for want of proper Help.

Joseph Sandford , Surgeon, in Goodman's-Fields. On the 2d of November last a Male Infant (suppos'd to be born of the Prisoner, Mary Doe ) was brought to me to have my Opinion, whether it had been Still-born, or not. I view'd the Body, and found no external Marks of Violence; upon which I proceeded to open the Cavities of the Thorax and Abdomen. The Lungs appear'd inflated ; I cut off one of the Lobes, and putting it into a Vessel of Water, it floated; I am therefore of Opinion that the Infant had

breathed; I likewise found that the Blood-vessels in general were empty, and the Navel-string lacerated, and not ty'd; for which Reason, I believe, proper Help was wanting, and the Child might bleed to Death.

Mary White . The Prisoner and her Father and Mother liv'd in a Room in my House for many Years; her Father is a Journeyman Carpenter, and her Mother went out a Washing. The Prisoner, as far as ever I saw, always behaved herself prettily and modestly, tho' at last, poor Creature, she happen'd to be with Child, and she was deliver'd in my House.

Court. Did she call for Help ?

M White. I cannot say that I heard her.

Court. Do you think she was so weak that she could not, or that she was under any Surprize, and her Labour came so suddenly that she had not Time to call for Assistance?

M. White. I know nothing as to those Things, but here is a Waistcoat proper for a young Child, which found in a Waistcot Box in her Room, and she said she had provided it for that Purpose; and she told me her Father took the Child from her - poor young Creature - she's hardly Sixteen - her wicked Father has ruin'd her.

John Tindall , Constable. The Midwife brought me a Note with Directions to search for the Child among some Sraw, by the Hog-house in Tom T - d's-fields, and there we found it wrapp'd up in a Linsey-Woolsey Curtain - Her Father is in Reading Goal.

Susan Glover . I have known the Prisoner two or three Years; I always took her for a good-natur'd, inoffensive, modest Girl, and I was extreamly startled at the News of her having had a Child; I talk'd with her about it - she complain'd of her Father for deluding her, and said she had indeed had a Child, but that her Father took it from her, and she did not see it more. There were no Marks of Violence on the Child, and I believe it might bleed to death thro' her Ignorance and want of proper Help.

Eleanor Whitchurch . I always took her for an honest sober Girl before this Misfortune, and I believe the Child might die for want of Help.

The Jury acquitted her.

John Anderson, James Baker.
5th December 1733
Reference Numbert17331205-21

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25, 26. John Anderson and James Baker , alias Stick-in-the-Mud , were indicted for breaking and entring the House of Robert Rayner , and stealing three pair of Shoes, value 15 s. three Shoes, value 7 s. and one Boot, value 7 s. October 16. about the Hour of 8 in the Night .

Robert Rayner . I keep a Shoemaker 's Shop in the Haymarket ; about 8 at Night the Sash of my Shop was lifted up, and the Shoes and Boot taken away - I afterwards receiv'd a Letter from Abraham Wild , informing me, that he and the Prisoners committed the Fact.

Baker. Were the Shoes you lost squaretoed or round-toed?

Rayner. The two odd Shoes and the Boot were square-toed, and the rest were round.

Abraham Wild . The Prisoners and I set out from a Brandy- shop, the Corner of St. Martin's-lane in the Strand, between seven and eight at Night; we went up Pall-M, thro' St. James's-Square, and so to the Hay-market, and coming to the Prosecutor's Shop, Baker shov'd the Sash a little way up; we walk'd by, and coming back again, Anderson shov'd it a little higher; we pass'd by a second time, and making a quick Return, I shov'd it a little more, and so we took it by Turns till we had got it quite up, and then the Prisoners took out three pair of roundtoed Shoes, a square-toed Boot, and three odd Shoes, two of which were square Toes and one round, and brought 'em to me, for I stood two or three Doors off to watch; we shar'd them in the Street, one pair a piece, and I kept the odd ones and the Boot. Then we went to a Shop in Tyburn-Road, where we drank half a Pint of Cherry Brandy and parted. Not long after this I grew wary of keeping ill Company, and wanted to get clear of them, and so I went voluntarily before my Lord Mayor and made my information, upon which I was admitted an Evidence.

Baker. This was not the first time of your being an Evidence ; and besides, you have been transported.

Wild. I never was an Evidence before, but I own I was transported *about twelve Years ago, and I serv'd my Time out, and went to Sea afterwards, and liv'd honestly till lately I fell again into ill Company.

* Abraham Wild , in April 1721, was indicted with John Gascoyn , for robbing Ann Shaw on the Highway, of a Pocket, a Handkerchief, and half a Crown. John Unwin , an Accomplice, was an Evidence against them, but they were both acquitted. The Fact Wild was transported for was committed some Time after this.

Anderson. Where did you first come acquainted with me ?

Wild. At the Corner of Cornhill, about two or three Months ago; you were talking in the Street with Will. Isaacson, whom I had known a pretty while, for he was transported in a Maryland Ship that I belong'd to, after I had serv'd my Time beyond Sea ; the next Time I met you was in Smithfield, where we drank together, and I met you again with Frank Ogliby the Beginning of October, about Midnight, when we went and broke open this Gentleman [ Thomas Ryner 's ] House, and that was the first Fact I did in your Company.

Mr. Harding. I have known Anderson fourteen or fifteen Years; he work'd with me, off and on, about two Years - the last Time was about a Year ago, and he behav'd himself then very well.

Mr. Wakins. I have known him ten or twelve Years; he work'd half a Year for me, about a Year and a half ago; he was a sober honest Lad, and behav'd well.

Daniel Street. I have known him from a Child; I work'd with him at Mr. Harding's above a Year ago, and he bore a good Character.

The Jury found them both Guilty . Death .

John Anderson, James Baker, Francis Ogleby.
5th December 1733
Reference Numbert17331205-22

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27. John Anderson and James Baker , alias Stick-in-the-Mud , were a second time indicted, with Francis Ogleby , for breaking and entering the House of Thomas Rayner , and stealing a silver Mug, value 3 l. two silver Salvers, value 3 l. a pair of silver Snuffers and Stand, value 3 l. a silver Pepper-box, value 20 s. and a Hat, value 10 s. the Goods of Thomas Rayner , October 4 . between the Hours of two and three in the Night .

The Prisoners pray'd the Witnesses might be examin'd a-part, which the Court granted.

Thomas Rayner. My House in Church-street, in St. Ann's, Soho , was broke open the 4th or 5th of October last; I don't know at what Hour it was done, for the first News I heard of it was about eight in the Morning, when I came down Stairs; the Goods were lost out of my Fore-parlour ; there were double Shutters to the Windows, but they were both broke thro'; the Iron-bar was bent thus - and I saw in the outer Shutter the Mark of a Chissel, with which, I suppose, they were wrenched open.

Court. What Goods did you miss?

Mr. Rayner. A silver pint Mug, a pair of silver Salvers, a pair of silver Snuffers and Stand, a silver Pepper-box and a Hat.

Eliz. Chejoy. I left the Shutters fast between six and seven at Night, and found 'em broke open between seven and eight in the Morning; the Sashes of that Window that was open stood double.

Court. How do you mean?

E. Chejoy. The under Sash was thrown half way up, and the upper one drawn as far down; the Plate was taken out of the Boufet.

Abraham Wild . The Watch was calling past twelve when Baker and I met Anderson and Ogleby by Charing-cross ; they ask'd us whither we were going? we said we could not very well tell, and so, after a little Talk, we went all together to the Night-cellar by Privy-garden.

Court. Privy-garden !

Wild. I don't know whether they call it Privy-garden or Spring-garden, but its over-against the Meuse.

Court. What Discourse had you there?

Wild. Nothing but Here's to you; we drank but one Pot there, and then we came up and went into the Hay-market, and coming to the Corner of St. James's-street, as you

go towards the Tennis-court, says Ogleby, Here's two Stalls where the People leave their Goods all Night, let's mill 'em, that is, break 'em open; we soon agreed upon it, and Anderson wrench'd one of the Doors open with a Chissel, but we found nothing there that was worth stealing, and so we look'd out for a better Chance. We came at last into Church-street, where, pushing against a Shutter, he said it was loose, and bid us stay a little; we stopp'd, and he put a Chissel betwixt the two Shutters, and, with a hard Wrench, forc'd it open; it made such a Noise that we were afraid it would alarm the Family, or the Watch, who stood at the Corner of the Street, and therefore we retreated for two or three Minutes, and stood at a little Distance to see the Event; but finding all safe, we went again, and blew out the Lamp that was at the Door. Then Anderson stood upon my Shoulders, pull'd down the upper Sash, and reaching over, undid the inner Shutters. Getting down again, he endeavour'd to push up the under Sash, but not being able to do it, Ogleby try'd at it, rais'd it a little with his Hands, and clapping his Shoulders under, forc'd it up high enough for us to enter. Anderson stepp'd over the Way, and getting up to a Lamp, lighted a Candle, put it into his Dark-lanthorn, and went into the House by himself, while we stood without to watch; he brought out a silver Mug, one silver Salver, a silver Stand for Snuffers, a silver Pepper-box, and a Man's Hat; if he took any Thing else he sunk it, for that was all we saw. By this Time it was between two and three in the Morning; we went thence to Stocks-market, and then it was near four. None of us having any Money left, I gave my Hat to Ogleby, and putting the Prosecutor's Hat upon my Head, went into the Brandy-shop on the left Hand facing the Market, and desir'd the Man to let us have half a Pint of Gin and 6 d. upon it till the Morning, tho' indeed it was Morning then.

He refus'd to lend us 6 d. but said we might have the Gin, we agreed to it; the Gin was drawn, but while we were drinking, I thought he seem'd to be suspicious of us, for he look'd upon the Hat, and said it was a very good one, and then going to the Door call'd Lightfoot; we concluded Light-foot was a Watchman, so bidding the Man take Care of the Hat, we made haste away. Anderson pawn'd a Handkerchief for 6 d. and with that Money we went the same Morning and redeem'd the Hat. Thence we walk'd to Elizabeth Whitehead 's, in some Court or Alley in Turnmill-Street, to sell the Plate; we knock'd her up, and Baker went out with her to see the Plate weigh'd; we waited about an Hour at her House, and they not returning, we stepp'd over the Way to an Alehouse; Baker came thither to us in a little Time, and told us the Plate weigh'd twenty one Ounces, but it was two or three Hours before Whitehead follow'd; she brought four Guineas, which was what the Plate came to at 4 s. an Ounce; she gave the Money to Anderson, we shar'd it equally, and had a Guinea a-piece.

Ogleby. Where did you see me first?

Wild. That was the first time when I met you at Charing-cross, but I have often drank with you since, at the Corner of St. Martin's-lane.

Ogleby. I'll prove that I never drank with you in my Life.

Wild. Do if you can.

Anderson. And where was it you saw me first?

Wild. I told you before, at the Corner of Cornhill, and that I saw you afterwards in Smithfield, and that this Fact was the first we committed together.

Ogleby. Did you ever see me from the Time you came to England to the Time we committed this Transgression ?

Wild. No, I told you just now, that this was the first time I saw you.

Ogleby. And how do you know what Day it was?

Wild. The last Execution at Tyburn was on a Saturday, and this was the Day before.

Ogleby. Did you ever know any Robberies that I committed?

Wild. Yes.

Ogleby. Name as many as you please.

Wild. Since I came in you wanted to make your self an Evidence.

Ogleby. I might hang you by Report, for you made your Brags to me that you have snatch'd twenty Pockets in a Night, besides a gold Watch once; and you said, that when you and John Gascee wanted Money you went a snatching Pockets together.

Wild. And just now you said you had never been in my Company.

Baker. How came you acquainted with me?

Wild. I first fell in your Company at Buck's Brandy-shop by St. Giles's Church, on a Thursday, between two and three in the Afternoon, which was the Day before this Gentleman's House was broke; there we drank together, and I desir'd you to sell a Handkerchief for me, for 6 d. which you did, and I spent all the Money there. When it was Dark we went out together, and pick'd Pockets till past twelve, and then meeting with Anderson and Ogleby, by Charing cross, as I said before, we went and broke open the House.

The Jury found them guilty . Death .

John Anderson, Samuel Flax.
5th December 1733
Reference Numbert17331205-23
VerdictGuilty > lesser offence

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28. John Anderson was a third time indicted with Samuel Flax , for breaking and entring the House of Richard Carlton , and stealing half a Firkin of Butter, value 12 s. and a Cheese, value 4 s. November 7 . about eleven at Night.

Richard Carlton . The Goods were brought out of my Shop between ten and eleven at Night; the Door was shut.

Anderson. Was it a whole Door, or a half Door?

Carlton. A half Door.

Anderson. And could nobody get over it without breaking it open?

Carlton. Not easily, for it was pretty high from the Street.

Abraham Wild . Between ten and eleven at Night the Prisoners and I went to the Shop; I reach'd over the half Door, and unbolted it; but there being a Bell at the Bottom, we waited till a Coach came by, and then Anderson took hold of the Door, and some how giving a Thrust with his Knee, forc'd the Lock open, and so went in and took the Goods.

Court. As the upper Door was open, this was not a Burglary.

The Jury found them guilty of Felony .

[Flax: Transportation. See summary.]

William Bray.
5th December 1733
Reference Numbert17331205-24
VerdictNot Guilty

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29. William Bray , was indicted for stealing two Tons of old Cast-iron, value 10 l. the Property of John Williams , Aug. 27.

Council. The Prosecutor lives in Monmouth-street, and deals in old Clothes ; he sent some Goods to Dunkirk, and had Returns in old Cast-iron, which was brought in Captain Hammond's Ship to Iron-gate, and there put into the Prisoner's Boat, in order to be carry'd to a Person at St. Saviour's-dock, who had bought it; but, if my Instructions are right, the Prisoner sent the Prosecutor on a sleeveless Errand, and then, with the Assistance of one Darling, put part of this Iron into another Boat, and carry'd it to the Faulcon and sold it.

John Williams . I have had a World of Wrong done me, my Lord, a World of Wrong, indeed! I bought four Tons of old Iron, my Lord, and eight hundred Weight, my Lord, and a Quantity of old Rags, my Lord, and it was brought to London, my Lord, in Captain Hammond's Ship, my Lord, and, my Lord, it was brought to Iron-gate in the said Ship, my Lord; and so, my Lord, I went to the Custom-house to pay the Juty, my Lord, for, my Lord, I did not know there was any Juty to be paid upon old Iron, my Lord; and, my Lord, the Iron was put into Bray's Boat, my Lord; yes, my Lord, it was put into Bray,s Boat, my Lord, to be carry'd to Mr. Spencer's, my Lord, at Savorie's-dock, my Lord, from Iron-gate, my Lord; for I had agreed with Mr. Spencer for 4 l. 15 s. a Ton, my Lord; and I sold it him three Days before I sent it, my Lord, and Mr. Spencer paid me very honestly for it, my Lord; and it was Mr. Spencer, my Lord, that sent the Prisoner to fetch the Iron.

Court. If you had sold it to Spencer, it was his Property. But the Prisoner is charged with stealing Goods that were your Property.

Williams. Yes, my Lord, he is so, my Lord, and it was my Property, and my Goods, my Lord, and none of Mr. Spencer's, my Lord; it's true indeed, my Lord, and I'll tell my honourable Lordship how it was, my Lord, for when Bray, my Lord, had carry'd the Iron to Mr. Spencer, my Lord, Mr. Spencer would take but 18 hundred Weight, because he said, my Lord, that it was not fit for his Purpose, my Lord, and so I came and call'd a Sculler, my Lord, yes, my Lord, I call'd a Sculler, and Mr. Spencer told me, that when I had paid the King's Juty, my Lord, he would send a Lighter, and fetch the Iron, my Lord.

Court. But you said Spencer would have no more of it.

Williams. O Lord! my Lord, this was before he had the 18 hundred Weight, my Lord, and so when I came to the Water-side, it was 11 a Clock, my Lord, yes, my Lord, it was 11 a Clock, and meeting with Bray, unknown, my Lord, I say, my Lord, Bray, unknown, for I did not know him, my Lord, and I wanting a Waterman to Savorie's-Dock, my Lord, he ask'd me, if I wanted a Waterman to Savorie's-Dock, my Lord, and says Bray to me, my Lord, for Bray was in a small Boat, my Lord, says Bray, Mister Williams, says he, I know you, Mister Williams, says he, and I have fetch'd old Rags for you, says he; and says she, why can't you let me carry the Iron, says he; and so says I, to Mr. Spencer, Mr. Spencer, says I, the Captain makes a sad Noise at me, for letting the Iron lie so long in the Ship, and therefore, pray Mr. Spencer, says I, why don't you take it away?

Council. Was Spencer with you at the Water-side?

Williams. No, my Lord, Spencer was not with me, and please my honourable Lordship. But this was after I was at the Water-side, my Lord, and I went over to Spencer, my Lord, and Bray, my Lord, was with me; yes, my Lord, this was afterwards, and Bray was with me, my Lord, and says Bray, my Lord, Pray Mister Spencer, says he, can't I carry it? says he. And says Mr Spencer, Have you got a Lighter? says he. And Bray said, Yes. And then Mr. Spencer bid him be ready by the Ship's side by two a Clock in the Afternoon, my Lord, and I went back with Bray, my Lord, to Capt. Hammond's Ship, my Lord, and Bray went with me, my Lord, and so he went to fetch his Lighter, my Lord, and I stay'd in the Ship, in Capt. Hammond's Ship, my Lord, till four a Clock, my Lord, and then Bray came with the Lighter, my Lord, and I went to Mr. Spencer between three and four a Clock.

Court. You said you staid in the Ship till four?

Williams. God save your Lordship, my Lord! no my honourable Lordship, it was four a Clock when I came back, my Lord, for I went to Mr. Spencer, my Lord, and told him, my Lord, that I wonder'd Bray was not come for the Iron, my Lord, and Mr. Spencer bless'd himself, my Lord, to think, my Lord, that he could not have it sent that Night, my Lord, and so he sent another Lighter man with me, my Lord, but when we came to the Ship, my Lord, there was Bray, my Lord, with his Lighter, my Lord, by the Ship's side, my Lord, and so, my Lord, the Iron was put into Bray's Lighter, and he carry'd it to Mr. Spencer, my Lord, at Savorie's-Dock, my Lord, and I went with him, my Lord, and Mr. Spencer took 18 hundred Weight, my Lord.

Council. As I apprehend it, here was a Contract for the Iron, and a Delivery of it to Spencer's Man. Spencer refus'd part, and the rest that was sent back, was that which Bray went away with: Is that your meaning?

Williams. No, my Lord, I beg your Lordship's Pardon, I sold but 18 hundred to Spencer; but Bray took my Iron the Day before I went to Spencer.

Court. The Day before?

Williams. Ess, my Lord, for I found 5 hundred Weight at Mr. Wood's, at the Faulcon; ess, my Lord, it was the 5th of September at Night, and I found several. Tubs taken from the Iron, as Bray and I came

from Spencer's, and says I to Bray, Where's the Tubs, Mr. Bray? says I, my Lord, and Bray, my Lord, was to carry the Iron to a Gentleman in Thames-Street, and upon the 7th of September, I was to carry some to Mr. Harrison, my Lord, and Bray run away from me, my Lord, for he was gone from me, and I could not get a Constable to take him, my Lord. And as Spencer took no more than 18 hundred, upon the 6th of September, at 7 in the Morning, my Lord, by Mr. Spencer's Recommendation, he desired me to go to a Founder, one Mr. Fowler, my Lord.

Court. Let us understand you, if possible. Did you Deliver any of your own Iron to the Prisoner?

Williams. Ess, my Lord, ess, I deliver'd three Tons and a Quarter to Bray, to bring to Mr. Fowler, thro' Bridge, my Lord, thro' Bridge, and it was put into his Lighter, my Lord, and he said, he could never get thro ' Bridge this Tide, and I got two Men to aid him, to push him thro'; but we could not get thro' for-the Tide was so strong, that it push'd us back again, and then he made his Boat fast on the other Side of the Bridge.

Court. Then he did get thro'?

Williams. Ess, ess, my Lord, he got thro'; but that was at two a Clock.

Council. Did not he make some Excuse, and send you away?

Williams. O! yes, a great many Excuses, and a Man came to him, and he quitted the Boat, and I staid there most of the time with it when he was gone, and I told him I must go away, and I left the Boat with the Man at the White-Bear, and the Man at the Bear said, the Iron would be safe.

Council. Who did you leave in Possession of the Iron?

Williams. No Body, my Lord, I left no Body in Possession, my Lord, but the Man at the Bear, my Lord, said it would be as safe as so much Gold, my Lord, but Bray, my Lord, Bray, took it out of the Ship.

Council. Now we have got to the Ship again. But who took it out of the Boat at the Bridge?

Williams. I don't know that Bray took it out of the Boat, my Lord, but Bray took it out of the Ship, yes, it was Bray, Bray, my Lord, Bray took it out of the Ship; and I found 5 hundred and a half at Mr. Wood's, my Lord, and I gave Mr. Wood a Subpoena to be here, my Lord, but he pray'd to be excus'd, yes, my Lord, he pray'd to be excus'd. I have had a World of Wrong, of Wrong, my Lord, a World of Wrong, yes, my Lord, a World of Wrong have I had, and John West is kept back by this Wood, the Founder, my Lord, and Hutchins is indicted and got to Rochester ; and I am in a dangerous Condition, my Lord, a very dangerous Condition indeed, my Lord, with a Constable; and here is Ann Darling , my Lord, can give a good Account of this Matter, and I am threaten'd with my Life, my Lord, by a great many Witnesses, my Lord, and here is a Constable, my Lord, that kept this Man from Justice, and from Judgement, my Lord, from Justice and from Judgement. Pray consider, my Lord, what a sad Condition I am in, a sad Condition indeed, my Lord, a very sad Condition.

Mary Shorter . I was at a House, in Monmouth-Street, on the Saturday before Bray was taken, which was on the Wednesday. And Will. Darling came in and said to Bray, Now you can be here at your Liberty, but if I go down to the Water-side I may be taken, for you have brought me into a Praemunire, in stealing this Iron. And what of that? says Bray, you may keep up two or three Weeks. And says Darling, You sent me to sell the Iron, because you was afraid to go your self; and all the Answer that Bray made was, What of that? and what then? and keep out of the Way.

Ann Darling . The Prisoner and my Husband brought five iron Balls to my Room that Night; and after Supper, the Prisoner told me, my Husband was going out with him all Night, Lord bless me! says I, what are you going to do? He said they were going to carry a Captain down to Eriff, and so they went together, and I saw them no

more till nine a Clock next Morning. The Jury acquitted the Prisoner.

Elizabeth Gainer.
5th December 1733
Reference Numbert17331205-25
VerdictGuilty > theft under 1s

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William Moore.
5th December 1733
Reference Numbert17331205-26
VerdictGuilty > theft under 1s

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Elizabeth Ran.
5th December 1733
Reference Numbert17331205-27

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32. Elizabeth Ran , (a little Girl ) was indicted for stealing a silver Spoon, two Aprons, four Mobs, twenty Guineas, and twenty-one Shillings, the Goods and Money of Stephen Freeman , in his House , Nov. 24.

Stephen Freeman. The prisoner was my Apprentice , her Work was to make Shoemaker 's-Pegs. She had run away from me several times, and therefore, as I was to go over the Water, I set her to work in the Kitchen, lock'd the Door, and went out. I return'd about 6 at Night, and the Prisoner was not to be found, my Drawers were broke open, and my Money and Goods gone. On the Friday following, a Neighbour met her in Cannon-Street, and brought her home to me. I ask'd her, what it was she broke open the Drawers with ? Why, what should I open them with, says she, but with a Chissel ? I ask'd her, what she had done with the Money and Goods? She own'd she had taken three Guineas; but said, she had been to the Prisoners in Newgate, and they had got them from her.

The Jury found her Guilty . Death .

John Jones.
5th December 1733
Reference Numbert17331205-28
VerdictGuilty > theft under 5s

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Mary Chaloner.
5th December 1733
Reference Numbert17331205-29
VerdictNot Guilty

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34. Mary Chaloner , otherwise Blackstone , was indicted for stealing, one Portugal Piece of Gold, value 18 s. a Half Guinea, and a Guinea made of mix'd Metal , the Money of Benjamin Green , Sept. 2 . Acquitted .

George Martin.
5th December 1733
Reference Numbert17331205-30
VerdictNot Guilty > no evidence

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35. George Martin , was indicted for privately stealing a Handkerchief, value 3s. from the Person of Samuel Holms . No Evidence. Acquitted .

John Beach.
5th December 1733
Reference Numbert17331205-31

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36. John Beach , was indicted for assaulting Francis Curfoy , on the Highway, in the Parish of St. George in the East , putting him in Fear, and taking from him, a Handkerchief, a pair of silk Garters, a Key, and a Bill of Exchange, Dated Oct. 6. 1733. drawn by Christopher Hooper on Anthony Hooper , for 5 l. 9 s. Payable at 5 Days sight, and 4 s. in Money , the Property of Francis Curfoy , Oct. 31 .

Francis Curfoy . Between 10 and 11 at Night, the 31st of October, as I was going home, I met the Prisoner in Wapping, and enquir'd of him, the Way to my Lodging, for I was a Stranger in Town. He said it I'd give him any thing, he'd shew me the Way, I agreed to give him 6 d. He led me a back Way, till we came to a Brandy-Shop ; I found I was wrong, and told him so. He said he brought me thither for a Dram; I gave him a Dram or two, and went out. He follow'd, knock'd me down, and took 4s. a Bill for 5l. 9s. (dated at Portsmouth, Oct. 6. 1733. drawn by Christopher Hooper on Anthony Hooper , Payable in London, at 5 Days sight) and a pair of silk Garters, and the Key of my Chest, out of my Pockets. My Handkerchief was ty'd about my Neck in a double Knot, and in getting it off, he had like to have strangled me. I cry'd out, Murder! and said, Fye upon it, what a sad thing it is, for a Man to be robb'd in his native Land ! A Woman came out of a Chandler's-Shop with a Candle, and yet, for all that, the Prisoner kept pulling my Handkerchief, 'till he had got it off, and then he run away. The good Woman, I don't know her Name, took me into a House, and gave me a Farthen's worth of Small-beer. I was afraid to go home, left I should meet the Prisoner again, and so I stay'd in that House all Night - I had never seen the Prisoner before, but I had a full View of him in the Brandy-Shop, and am sure he is the same Man. He was taken that Night, I know not how; but next Morning Tho Ovington , (the Officer, who took him ) came to enquire for me, and told me, the Prisoner was in Shadwell-Cage. I went thither; I knew him at first sight, and said, he was the Man who robb'd me.

Prisoner. Wath I the Man ath produthed the Handkerchief before the Juthtith.

Curfoy. It was produced by a Woman who went for the Prisoner's Wife, I think her Name was Jane.

Prisoner. But did not a Fellow that wath before the Juthtith own it, and thay, that he gave it to her?

Curfoy. No; she said she had it from him, but he deny'd it.

Prisoner. Wath not I drinking in the Bandy-thop when you thaw me firtht ?

Curfoy. No; I met you first in the Street, and we went into the Shop together.

Prisoner. Wath nobody elth in the Thop but you and I?

Curfoy. Nobody but the Woman of the Shop.

Prisoner. Wath you drunk or thober?

Curfoy. I was not drunk, but I had got a small Cup of Liquor.

Grace Thornton . I had been winding Silk all Day, and went down to a Chandler's Shop in Blue -coat-fields, between 10 and 11 at Night to drink; I had been there but a few Minutes before I heard a Man cry out Murder! Its a sad Thing for a Man to be robb'd in a Christian Land by his own Fellow-natives. I ran out with a Candle, and saw the Prosecutor sitting on the Stones at Brown's Door, and a Man (which I believe was the Prisoner) pulling a Handkerchief off his Neck, and then he ran away. The Prosetor's Nose was cut, and he was very bloody. He ask'd me for a little Water; I told him I'd give him a Farthing's worth of Small-beer, and so I lifted him up, but he sell down again, whether it was owing to Drink, or to the Damage he had suffer'd, I can't say; at last I got him into the Chandler's Shop, and gave him some Small-beer, and ask'd him why he did not get a Dram? He felt in his Pocket, and said he had lost 4s. but hop'd his Note was safe; but searching farther, he said that was gone too; so I left him, and went to bed. The Houses in our Neighbourhood are left out in Tenements to Lodgers; between one and two, Mr. Ovington, the Beadle, and the Watch, came and knock'd at our Street-door; my Husband went down and let 'em in; they said they came to search for some Fellows that had made a Disturbance; they went backwards, and saw the Prisoner getting over the Wall in the Yard into an Alley, and there he was taken.

Prisoner. When I wath drinking with the Prothecutor in the Low-room, where he afterwardth lay, you came to the Door and lock'd it; pray wath not hith Nothe cut then?

Thorton. Not that I know of.

Prisoner. I wath taken up for a Quarrel, and sent to the Cage, and thith Woman came to thee me there, and thaid thee did not know me.

Thornton. I never was nigh the Cage.

Thomas Ovington , Beadle. Between one and two in the Morning a Woman came to the Watch-house, and said there was a Disturbance in Blue-coat-fields; I went with the Watch thither, and knock'd at the Door, and Thornton let us in, and said, the People were got out backwards; we follow'd; the Prisoner was getting over the Wall; I went into the Alley and found him sitting on a Bench thus - with his Hands on his Knees, as if he had been asleep. John, says I, you must go with me to the Watch-house. Go with you, you Black-guard Dog? says he. Do you know who you talk to? I'd have you to know, Sirrah, that I have got Money, and a 5 l. Note in my Pocket. I made no more Words, but took him away. When he was in the Watch-house he pull'd a Paper out of his Fob, and said, See here, you Rascal! you Black-guard Rogue! here's a 5 l. Note! I ask'd him to let me see it in my Hand, but he refus'd, and put it up again.

Prisoner. Did you find any Note upon me, when you search'd me in the Morning?

Ovington. No; I search'd him only for Arms, for I did not then think the Paper he had shewn me was really such a Note as he said it was. In the Morning the Prosecutor came to see him in the Cage, and said directly, That's the Man! He robb'd me of 4 s. a pair of Garters, a Key, a Handkerchief, and a Note of 5 l. 9 s.

Prisoner. One of the Watchmen search'd

me, and found but a Groat in my Pocket, and that he took away.

Ovington. I did not see any Watchman search him.

Prisoner. I wath going to thee for my Wife, and call'd in at thith Brandy-thop to drink, and there I thaw the Prothecutor and another Man, like a Thea-saring Man, and they akth'd me to drink with them, and we had two Half-pinth of Brandy together, and then I went about my Bithineth, and going home there wath a Quarrel, and I went to take a Manth part, and so I wath thent to the Cage.

The Jury found him guilty . Death .

William Deacon.
5th December 1733
Reference Numbert17331205-32
VerdictNot Guilty

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Thomas Bennet.
5th December 1733
Reference Numbert17331205-33

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Mary Butler.
5th December 1733
Reference Numbert17331205-34

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39. Mary Butler , was indicted for privately stealing five Yards of Cambrick, value 12 s. in the Shop of John Hitchcock , October 23 .

John Hitchcock. The Prisoner came to my Shop between one and two, and desir'd to see some Cambrick; I shew'd her a Piece, for which I ask'd 3s. 6d. a Yard; she bid me 2 s. 4 d. I told her I had some of that Price, and put my Hand into the Counter to reach a Piece, and at the same Time I observ'd her take a Piece out of the Box that stood on the Counter, and put it into her Gown, which was tuck'd up round her; she did not like what I shew'd her, and made haste out of the Shop; I follow'd her, and said, Mistress, if you please you may leave that Piece of Cambrick,

Prisoner. Was I out of the Shop?

Prosecutor. Yes; she was off the Step in the Street, and I pull'd her in.

Prisoner. Did you see me put it in my Gown?

Prosecutor. Yes.

Prisoner. Did not I take two Pieces to the Door to compare them?

Prosecutor. No.

Lydia Hawksworth . I saw the Prisoner go off the Step into the Street, before my Master took her, and then she run into the Shop with some Violence, and reach'd her Hand thus - towards the Counter, and dropp'd the Cambrick about the Middle of the Shop, but nearer the Door than the Counter, and there was none on the Ground before my Master fetch'd her in.

Prisoner. While he stoop'd in the Counter I took the Piece out of the Box to look at it at the Door, because the Shop was dark.

Prosecutor. 'Tis a light Shop.

- Marshall, John Parfit , William Collier , Stephen Parker , Catherine Richardson , Mary Pease , and Jane Gander , depos'd they had known the Prisoner some Years, and never heard any ill of her; but the Fact being plainly prov'd, the Jury found her guilty .

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Richard Stevens.
5th December 1733
Reference Numbert17331205-35

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5th December 1733
Reference Numbert17331205-36
VerdictNot Guilty

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Sarah Lacy, Elizabeth Hopkins.
5th December 1733
Reference Numbert17331205-37
VerdictNot Guilty; Guilty > theft under 1s

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42, 43. Sarah Lacy , alias Long , and Elizabeth Hopkins , (a Girl ) were indicted for stealing a pewter Dish and a pewter Tankard , the Goods of Benjamin Fletcher , November 27. Lacy acquitted , and Hopkins guilty 10 d.

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William Lucas.
5th December 1733
Reference Numbert17331205-38
VerdictGuilty > theft under 5s

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44. William Lucas , was indicted for stealing ninety Pounds of Wool, four Pounds of Soap, one Pint of Oil, the Goods of John Chin , in his Shop , December 7 .

John Chin. The Prisoner work'd with me in my Work-shop in the Garret ; I lost Wool several times d, and knew not who to suspect; at last one of my Men told me he had found the Thief, and that it was Old Will. I lock'd the Door, and waited his coming down from the Garret; I stopp'd him, and said, Will. this Man says he saw you put Niles in your Breeches ; (for such Wool we call Niles) and putting my Hand to his Breeches, I felt something soft, and

bid him pull it out. He said he would not, for he had got nothing there; upon which I sent for the Beadle, who took down the Prisoner's Breeches, and took the Niles out. Next Morning we got a Search-warrant and went to his House; as soon as his Wife saw us, she said, I thought he was taken, because be did not come home at eight a-Clock last Night. In his Room we found about ninety Pounds of Wool, a Pot of Soap under his Bed (the Soap is a particular Sort that I use) and a Bottle of Oil, such as I likewise use in my Business.

Prisoner. I had no Design to steal the Wool, upon my Word, for I am old and cold, and put it into my Breeches only because it was warm and comfortable. Guilty 4s. 10d.

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John Freelove.
5th December 1733
Reference Numbert17331205-39

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45. John Freelove , was indicted, with William Ryland , not yet taken, for assaulting Francis Lee on the Highway, putting him in Fear, and taking from him a silver Watch with a glass Seal set in Brass, value 5 l. and 4s. in Money , November 22 .

Francis Lee. On the 22d of November I hir'd a Hackney-coach to go to Kensington; I got on the Coach-box, and drove the Coach myself; when I came between the Halfway-house and Kensington , two Men bid me stop, which I did; and then they went to the Coach-door, but finding nobody there, one of them said, The Gentleman's on the Coach-box, and coming to me again, demanded my Money; I gave him 4s. he ask'd for my Gold, I said I had none. Deliver your Rings then, says he. I told him I had no Rings neither. Why then give me your Watch, says he; I toggled at that. Be quick, says he, or you are a dead Man. I gave it him; they bid me good Night, and rode off. It was so dark that I could not see their Faces so plain as to know them again, so that I cannot swear to the Prisoner. I since found my Watch (but without the Seal) at Mr. Knot's a Pawn-broker in New-street.

Alice Davis . I was just come out of Place, and wanting a Lodging I was recommended to Kit Henley's, at the Ship in Peter-street, in St. James's. The Prisoner and Will. Ryland us'd to lye in the Stable, and ride out between eight and nine at Night, and come in again about one in the Morning. On Thursday Morning they took the Blanket off my Bed; I got up to see what they did with it; I saw the Prisoner there with his Hat ty'd under his Chin; their Horses sweated, and Kit Henley tore the Blanket in two, and laid one Piece on each Horse. They came in to drink, and Henley told them he wanted Money to pay his Landlord; the Prisoner said he had no Money, but he had Money's worth, and gave him something, but I did not see what it was. The Landlord went out in the Morning and came in again, and brought them some Money, and they paid him 24 s. and I gave an Account of this before Justice Lambert.

Charles Knot . On the 23d of November my Neighbour Henley brought me this Watch, and I lent him a Guinea and a half on it.

Christopher Henley . I had kept the Ship but six Weeks; Will. Ryland was my Brewer's Servant, and he told me the Prisoner was his Brother. They us'd to come to my House two or three times a Week and spend 6d. a piece. They run up a Score of 24 s. 6d. I ask'd Freelove for my Money; says he, I have none, but here's a Watch if you'll pawn it; I pawn'd it for a Guinea and a half, and I believe this Watch is the same; they paid the Score, and had the rest of the Money between 'em.

Court. Did they not keep Horses at your Stables?

Henley. Ryland brought a Horse on Thursday Afternoon to my Stable, rode out the same Evening, and return'd between eleven and twelve at Night.

Court. The Girl, Alice Davis , says, there were two Horses, and that you tore the Blanket, and laid a piece upon each.

Henley. A Gentleman in East-street kept a Mare at my Stables, and at last he sold her to me; and that Thursday I lent this Mare to Mr. Grundee, a Mason, and when he brought her home at Night she sweated very much, and I took the Blanket off the Girl's Bed and threw it over the Mare.

Court. What Time did the Mare come home?

Henley. Between seven and nine at Night.

Court. Did not you tear the Blanket, and lay part on the Mare, and part on the Horse?

Henley. The Blanket was tipp'd, and perhaps I might.

Court. The Girl says it was twelve or one a Clock.

Henley. I did not see the Girl in the Stable.

Court. Did not the Prisoner and Ryland ride out together?

Henley. Yes.

Court. And had they but one Horse?

Henley. But one, and that was a bay Horse.

Court. Did they not lye at your House?

Henley. I had no Beds, but I believe they might lye in the Stable.

Brown Linskill , Constable. Sunday Night being my Watch Night, upon Alice Thompson ( Davis's ) Information, I went to Henley's, and seiz'd him, and Ryland, and the Prisoner, but Ryland made his Escape. I ask'd Henley where the Mare was, that was there about half an Hour ago? He said, he did not know, for a Gentleman had taken her out. Henley was sent to Bridewell, and the Prisoner to the Gatehouse. I advised the Prisoner to discover what he knew, for I told him, if he would not, Henley would. He refus'd for a pretty while, but at last confess'd he had robb'd a Gentleman on a Hackney Coach-box, going to Kensington, of a Watch, and about half a Crown in Money. I found out the Coachman, by enquiring what Coach had been robb'd, and he told me Mr. Lee was his Fare: I went to Mr. Lee, and he describ'd the Watch to me, and particularly, that in the inside Case, there was the Picture of a Friar killing a Nun.

Prisoner. The Constable made me drunk with Punch, and I said any thing.

Court. But could you discover Facts which you knew nothing of.

James Hawks . Mr. Lee was my Fare. He drove and I rid behind the Coach. Mr. What d'ye call him here, the Prisoner, upon a Bay Horse, and another Highwayman, came up to the Coach-Door, and look'd in, Damn you, says', there's no Body in the Coach. They went up to the Gentleman, and the Prisoner (I dare swear it was he) took the Gentleman's Money and Watch in his Hat.

The Prisoner's Defence.

Priscilla Tomson . I am Ryland's Sister, by Marriage, and Ryland's Wife is the Prisoner's Sister. On the 22d of November, the Prisoner was ill of an Ague and Fever, at my Mother's House, which is hard by the Ship. He had it three Weeks before he came there, and lay there constantly except one Night.

Court. How do you know it was the 22d of November?

Tomson. It was Yesterday (Thursday) was a Fortnight. I came home, and saw him a-Bed between one and two in the Afternoon, and he was violent bad indeed, and he got up between two and three, and between three and four he went out with me.

Court. Tho' he was so violent bad?

Tomson. Yes; we went to Apothecaries-Hall, to get a Medicine Mr. Henley had given me a Receipt of. They would not sell so small a Quantity there, but directed me to a Chimist's in the Hay-Market, and the Prisoner was so bad then, that he could not go back for he said, his Ague was very strong upon him. So we took a Boat and went to Mr. Godfrey the Chimist's, and in the Way home, we met Ryland. Ryland did not go with us then, but came some time after. The Prisoner's Wife had got some Water-gruel, and Turnips, and Sage-tea ready. Ryland Supp'd with us, and stay'd all Night, for he had had some words with his Wife, and would have kill'd her, but I got between, and parted them, and so he swore he would not go home with her.

Prisoner. You saw me find the Watch.

Tomson. Next Morning, being Friday, he lay a-Bed 'till nine a Clock, and about ten he got up, and went with me to Tottenham-Court about some Business.

Court. What Business?

Tomson. To take the Air.

Court. Do you call that Business ?

Tomson. Besides I went to see an Acquaintance.

And going over the Field, just by the Windmill, he stoop'd, and pick'd up something.

Court. And what was it?

Tompson. I don't know, for I did not see it.

Court. But did not he tell you?

Tomson. No.

Court. Nor you ask him?

Tomson. No; he said nothing to me, nor I to him.

Court. That was strange indeed!

Tomson. But he was taken up on the Sunday following, and he told me on the Monday, that what he found in the Field, when I was with him, was the Watch that Mr. Henly was in Trouble about.

Isaac Grundee . Henley lent me his Mare to to go to Barkhamstead.

Mary Freeman . The Prisoner lodg'd in my House all the Summer, 'till five Weeks ago. He was never out after Candle-light. He work'd in the Gardens.

Sarah Holster . He was Under-Gardener at the Lord Gore's when I was Nurse there, and he behav'd himself very well.

Elizabeth Price . I have known him two Years; he marry'd into a very particular honest Family.

The Jury found him Guilty . Death .

James Daniel.
5th December 1733
Reference Numbert17331205-40
VerdictGuilty > theft under 1s

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William Bates.
5th December 1733
Reference Numbert17331205-41

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Otto Peters.
5th December 1733
Reference Numbert17331205-42
VerdictGuilty > theft under 1s

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48. Otto Peters , was indicted for stealing two Ounces of Silk, value 2 s. The Property of John Worsly , November 23 . Guilty 10 d.

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Thomas Burdon.
5th December 1733
Reference Numbert17331205-43
VerdictGuilty > theft under 1s

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49. Thomas Burdon , was indicted for stealing a Coat, value 14 s. The Property of Philip Lewis , Oct. 15 . Guilty 10 d.

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Jonathan Batt.
5th December 1733
Reference Numbert17331205-44
VerdictGuilty > theft under 1s

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50. Jonathan Batt , was indicted for stealing a Cock, and a Hen, the Property of John Rothbury , and a Chicken , the Property of Joseph Allen , November 15 . Guilty 10 d.

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John Geddings.
5th December 1733
Reference Numbert17331205-45
VerdictGuilty > theft under 1s

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51. John Geddings , was indicted for stealing a Hat, value 2 s. the Property of Robert Lowden , Oct. 13 . Guilty 10 d.

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Mary Annits.
5th December 1733
Reference Numbert17331205-46
VerdictGuilty > theft under 1s

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52. Mary Annits , was indicted for stealing a Shirt, a Shift, and an Apron , the Goods of Jeffry Smith , Nov. 16 . Guilty 10 d.

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Elizabeth Murray.
5th December 1733
Reference Numbert17331205-47

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53. Elizabeth Murray , (a little Girl ) was indicted for stealing two Gold-rings, value 24 s. and a Tea-spoon, value 1 s. the Goods of Richard Eld Walker , Nov. 16 .

Mr. Walker. The Prisoner was my Servant , she took the Goods out of a Drawer, and went away. She was found again in Holbourn, with 8 s. in her Pocket; she confess'd the Fact, and carry'd me to Robert Pardy , a Pawn-broker, at whose House I found the Goods.

Robert Pardy . This Girl brought the Rings and Spoon to me, and said her Mistress wanted two Guineas and 4 s. upon them; I told her, that was more than they were worth. Then she would have had 30 s. upon them; I ask'd her where her Mistress liv'd? she said in Monmouth-Street, and dealt in Shoes, and wanted Money presently, to buy a Bargain, and so I lent her 25 s.

Court. You did? And would you offer to take such Goods of such a Child? - Sir, before you go out of Court, find me Security for your Appearance next Sessions, or I'll commit you. Guilty .

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Mary Gately.
5th December 1733
Reference Numbert17331205-48
VerdictNot Guilty

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54. Mary Gately , Wife of Roger Gately , was indicted for privately stealing a Gold-Watch, Chain, and Hook, value 30 l. and a Cornelian Seal set in Gold, value 50 s. the Goods of Hugh Bidwell , and a Guinea, the Money of Mary Herrick , from the Person of John Troughton , Nov. 6 .

John Troughton, Waterman . Coming along the Strand, between three and four in the Afternoon, the Day the Prince of Orange came to Somerset-House, a Woman pick'd me up, I was got pretty well in for it, and had a mind to be acquainted with her, more than such an old Man as I am ought to be. I went with her to the Nag's-Head, in Covent-Garden , where we had two or three Hot-pots. There she pick'd my Pocket of a Gold-Watch, which I brought from Chelsea

to be mended, and a Guinea wrap'd in a Paper, and directed to Mr. Carrick, in Newgate-Street; besides some Silver of my own, I can't say how much. She made a Pretence to go out, and said, she'd come again presently ; but not keeping her Word, I examin'd my Pockets, and miss'd the Watch, and Money. I can't say I know the Woman again, for I was very much cut, the more is my shame; but I think she was - a Woman.

Mary Herrick . I deliver'd the Watch and Guinea to Troughton. The Watch is Mrs. Hannah Bidwell 's, the Wife of Mr. Hugh Bidwell , of Chelsea.

William Maccoon . Troughton came with the Prisoner to our House, in James-Street, Covent-Garden, they went up Stairs, and when he came down, he said the Creature had robb'd him, of a Gold-Watch of great Value, he believ'd it was worth 100 l. I was vex'd at it, for I never heard any thing like it in our House.

Joseph Staton , Constable. The Prisoner's Landlord, Mr. Cotterel, at the Crown in Prince's-Street, told me, she came home drunk, and had a Gold-Watch, and a Guinea, and said she had Bank-Bills. I went, and found the Watch, and Guinea upon her. The Guinea was in a Paper, directed to a Gentlewoman in Newgate-Street. I carry'd her before a Justice. She was sent to the Round-house, and next Day I went to Goldsmith's-Hall, and found an Advertisement (on the File) with a Reward of seven Guineas, with a Direction to go to Mr. Stables, in Fountain-Court, in Cheapside. Mr. Stables told me, 'twas one Troughton, a Waterman at Chelsea, who had lost it - The Prisoner, at first, said, it was her own Watch, and given her by her Friends; but before the Justice, she said, the found it in an old Pocket, in Covent-Garden. She told me too, she had got some Bank-Bills, and wanted to go into the City to receive the Money.

Prisoner. We went with a View to stay all Night. He paid for one Pint, and I for another; but having no Money to pay for the third, he gave me the Watch to pledge, and I carry'd it to my Landlord, who said, I should leave it with him, but I refus'd, and so the Constable came and took it from me, but I don't know what Authority he had to rob me, for it was downright Robbery, and he ought to be indicted for it.

Maccoon, again. When I went up with the last Pint, he said, she had a Shilling of him, and therefore she should pay for it, for he would not.

Court. Troughton, are you sure you took the Watch or Guinea out of your ket, while you were in her Company

Troughton. I did take the Watch out, and laid it on the Table, but not the Guinea for I had three other Guineas in my Pocket, and a pretty deal of Silver; so as I had no need to take out the Guinea, and indeed I don't know what occasion I had to take out the Watch.

Prisoner. Yes, he took out the Watch severel times.

There being no proof of her taking the Watch from his Person, the Jury acquitted her.

Herbert Hains.
5th December 1733
Reference Numbert17331205-49
VerdictNot Guilty

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55. Herbert Hains , was indicated for stealing a Silver-Tankard, value 9 l. the Property of John Sherrard , in his House, at Norton-Falgate , Dec. 11.

The Prisoner was a Journeyman Barber , at Norton-Falgate, - Drake, was a Customer to the Prisoner's Master, to whose Shop he went, and ask'd the Prisoner to go and drink with him, at the Prosecutor's House. Drake went first, and as soon as the Prisoner was at leisure, he follow'd. They drank out of a Silver-Tankard. The Prisoner left the Tankard with Drake, and went back to his Work. Drake ran away, and neither he, nor the Tankard had been since heard of. Several Witnesses gave the Prisoner the Character of a very honest Man, and the Jury acquitted him.

Hester Bray.
5th December 1733
Reference Numbert17331205-50
VerdictGuilty > lesser offence

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56. Hester Bray , (a Girl of 13 Years old) was indicted for privately stealing a Gold-Watch Chain, value 35 s. the Property of George Oliver , in his Shop , November 20 . Guilty of Felony

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Mary Avery.
5th December 1733
Reference Numbert17331205-51
VerdictNot Guilty

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57. Mary Avery , was indicted for stealing six Shirts, and three Aprons, the Goods of Mary Marks , and two Ounces of Gold-Thread, and two Tea-Spoons , the Goods of Persons unknown, Dec. 1. Acquitted .

William Brown, Joseph Whitlock.
5th December 1733
Reference Numbert17331205-52
SentenceNo Punishment

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58, 59. William Brown and Joseph Whitlock , of Paddington , were indicted for breaking and entring (in Company with William Blackwell, otherwise Long Will . not yet taken) the House of James des Romaine, Esq; and stealing one gold Watch, value 20 l. one silver Snuff-box, value 40 s. three gold Rings set with Stones, value 40 s. one gold mourning Ring, value 10 s. thirteen silver Spoons, value 6 l. twelve silver Forks, value 6 l. seven Knives with silver Handles, value 3 l. one silver soop Ladle, value 30 s. four silver Salts, value 50 s. eight silver Tea-Spoons, value 10 s. two Pistols mounted with Silver and Steel, value 4 l. one silver-hilted Sword, value 40 s. one Silk Damask Night Gown, value 3 l. twenty Holland Shirts, value 10 l. six Holland Sheets, value 6 l. and 52 Guineas and 17 s. the Goods and Money of James des Romaine , Esq ; and four silk Damask Gowns, value 20 l. three silk Petticoats, value 3 l. ten Holland Smocks, value 5 l. four Suits of lac'd Head-Clothes, value 10 l. one Cloth Cloak, value 10 s. and one silver Buckle set with Bristol Stones, value 7 s. the Goods of Ann des Romaine , Spinster , [in all to the value of 161 l. 6 s.] on the 25th of October , about the Hour of eight in the Night .

The Prisoners desir'd that the Witnesses might be separated; which the Court granted.

Ralph Mitchell . The Prisoner, Brown, and I lodg'd at White's (an Alehouse ) in the Grainge-road ; the other Prisoner, Whitlock, met us there on the 25th of October, and between one and two in the Afternoon we went over the Water to Rag-fair, to see for Long Will. but not meeting with him there, we went to Stock's-market, where we took Coach, and drove to John Gascee 's in Tyburn-road ; Gascee keeps a Brandy-shop; we called for some Cherry-brandy; Brown said to Gascee, Now, Jack, if you will go with us, we may make ourselves for ever, and never want again, for we are going to rob the King's Jeweller. Says Gascee, I wonder you will ask me, when you know I have been unfortunate, and am now got into a little Way of getting my Livelihood! Well, says Brown, do you know Long Will.? What, Will. Blackwell? says Gascee. Yes, I know him very well. I wish, says Brown, you'd send to his Mother's, and see if he is there. I'll step myself, says Gascee; but just as he was going, Long Will. came in. So we went up Stairs together, and had a 3 s. Bowl of Punch. We told Long Will. We were going to rob the King's Jeweller. Damn it, says he, I have got no Arms. Why, says Brown, you shall have my Pistol, and I'll take a Cutlace. When we had drank out the Punch it was seven a Clock, and then we all four (the Prisoners and I, and Long Will.) went to the Jewellers. We saw a grating there that we did not expect. Damn it, says Whitlock, I have often served the House with Poultry, and never saw this Grate before. However, he knock'd, and a little Woman came to the Door; he

ask'd her, if Madam De Batt was within? She said, No, she was gone out; and so finding our Design not bearable there, we went away again. Damn it, says Brown, now I think on't, here's an old French Gentleman lives hard by, and we can tune him easily; and upon that we went to Colonel Romane 's, Brown put back the Bolt of the outer Gate, we went to the Door, and knock'd, the Colonel himself came and open'd it, I clapp'd my Foot between the Door and the Threshold, and we all forc'd in; Brown with a Cutlace, and Whitlock with a Pistol, struck the Colonel on the Head, and knock'd him down; we took a gold Watch out of his Pocket, and a Ring from his Finger. The Maid came up from below with a Candle in her Hand, I suppose the Noise had alarm'd her; Will. Black-well went to her, and ask'd her, where the Plate and Money was? She told him, she had not liv'd there long, but believ'd they might be above. I and Whitlock, took the Colonel with us, and went up into his Room, and rifled it; we went to break a Trunk open, but he said, Don't break it, I have the Key in my Pocket. We search'd but not finding it, he felt in his Pocket himself, and gave it us; We took out twelve silver Forks, seven Knives with silver Handles, one of them was a small Knife, thirteen silver Spoons, one great silver soop Spoon, eight or nine silver Pennies, a quarter Guinea, some Necklaces, and other Things; then we tumbled the Beds upside down, a pair of Shoes with silver Buckles stood in the Window, and we took the Buckles out; we open'd the Chest of Drawers - the Drawers open'd, one to the Right-hand and the other to the Left, and took out a Parcel of Linen, and Woman's Apparel.

Court. Where was /Brown ?

Mitchell. He was sometimes above and sometimes below. He came up to see how we went on. And row and then gave the Colonel a knock and a Damn, and said, You old Rogue, where's your Money? We left the Colonel, and went into his Daughter's Room (as I suppose it was) broke open the Drawers, and took out a Parcel of Head-clothes, and two pair of Scissars, with a Silver-case. Thence we went into the Maid's Room; but finding nothing there, we went into another Bye-room, where was a Trunk and a Box; we broke them open, and took out of the Box, two Gowns and Petticoats. We thought to find some Money in the Trunk, but there was only a soul Shift and 2 or 3 Napkins, which we left there 'till we had searched the other Rooms. We went down to the Colonel, and threaten'd him hard, to make him discover where his Money was; we bound his Hands to his Backside, and going down to the Entry, at the Foot of the Stairs, I saw Blackwell buttoning up his Breeches, and the Maid lying with her Coats up. God damn you for a Rogue, says I, you ought to think of something else, at such a time as this. Brown told me, he had found nothing below but seven Tea-spoons. He hit the Colonel on the Head, and putting a Case-knife to his Throat, said, Let's kill him! I swore he should not, for it was enough to rob him, and I would never be concern'd in Murder. And the

Maid said to him, Don't kill my Master, rather kill me. In a Back-room we found some Wine; and Brown said, there were some Ribs of Lamb below. We sat down, and eat and drank what we thought fit, and then going to get our Goods together, we happen'd to see a little Closet; says Brown, I'll be damn'd if his Money is not there. But upon search, we found only a pair of Pistols, and a Silver-hilted Sword with a Green-belt - I think it was Green; says Brown, these will be of Service to us, and so we took them. We pack'd up what we had got, in several Bundles, and went to see how the Colonel and his Maid did. By the Way we spy'd a Cupboard. with some Tea and Coffee in it. Says Brown, My Wife drinks Tea, and I'll take this for her. Then each Man taking his Bundle, I went out first, and left them to lock the Door. And Brown, when he came to me told me, that he had lock'd it, but whether he did or no, I cannot tell. We went into the Fields, and thinking it was too soon to venture into London, we sat down upon our Bundles, and staid till we thought the Watch were gone off. Then we parted, Blackwell and I went to the Water-side, and took a Boat to Pepper-Alley, and walked from thence to White's, at the Grainge, by six in the Morning. I knock'd at the Door, Brown's Wife look'd out; I told her, her Husband was coming, and while I was speaking, he and Whitlock came to the Door. White got up, and draw'd us two Pots of Beer; I shew'd him the Tea, and said, Is not this good Tea? We have had good luck to Night ; for he thought we dealt in Run Tea and Brandy. His Wife, my Wife, Brown's Wife, and we all Breakfasted together with this Tea ; they said it was very good, and they had never drank better. After Breakfast, we shar'd the Goods, Blackwell had six Shirts, and two Shirts, for his Share of the Linen, and he sold his Share of the Silks to me, and Whitlock, and Brown, for 14 s. a-piece. I and the two Prisoners left him, and went to sell the Plate to Edward Bodenham , at the Ship Alehouse, in the Old-baily ; Whitlock staid at the Cock, in the Old-Baily, and only I and Brown went to Bodenham's, for I knew Bodenham would be scrupulous of buying the Plate, if we all three went together; Well, says Bodenham, have you got any thing for me? Yes, says I, Here's a gold Watch. He look'd on it, 'Tis very old, and worn, says he, What's the Price? I told him sixteen Guineas. It is not worth near that Money, said he, for I must get something by it, and you know how things are as well as I. At last we agreed for eight Guineas. He ask'd us, what we had got else? Then he took us into a little Room, where he Tutors his Watches; he weigh'd it, said there was eighty Ounces, and ask'd us, what we must have? Says I, 4 s. 6 d. an Ounce, you know what you use to give.

Court. How came you to say so?

Mitchell. Because I had sold him Plate before. At last he agreed to give us 24 l. for the Watch and Plate all together, and we took it, because we knew not where else to dispose of it. He did not pay us directly, but said, we must stay an Hour; he call'd a

Coach, took the Plate with him, and in about an Hour return'd, and paid us the Money: But, says he, I have had a hard Bargain, and when you come again, you must use me better. So to make him amends, I gave him a silver Buckle, set with Bristol Stones; we drank a 3 s. Bowl of Punch, when that was empty, we call'd upon Whitlock at the Cock, and went back together to White's, where we found Blackwell. We shar'd the Money, 6 l. a-piece, and I call'd for some Beer, Damn you, says Blackwell, let's have some Punch; White brought a 3 s. Bowl; it was then about four a Clock. When we had drank it out, Damn you, says Blackwell, I must go over the Water, but I'll come again; but we never saw him more. About two Weeks after, I and my Wife went to Bodenbam's, with this Mourning Ring; he said it was very light, and he could not afford to give us above 5 s. for it, and we took the Money.

Court. What became of the Pistols?

Mitchell. We kept them for our own Use.

Court. Had you those Pistols when you were taken?

Mitchell. Yes.

Court. How were you apprehended?

Mitchell. I and the two Prisoners took Horse at the White-Horse-Inn, in Westminster, about seven in the Morning (I forgot the Day of the Month, but it's within these three Weeks) we rode directly to Fulham, over the new Bridge to Putney, so to Kingston-Bridge, and thro' Hampton-Court, to Stains, where we din'd. There a Man, who knew Whitlock, happening to come in, Damn me, says Whitlock, we shall be blown if we stay here abouts, for this Fellow knew me when I was try'd in the Country. Upon this, we alter'd our Design, which was to rob Whitlock's Uncle. We rid to Black-River - or Black-Water, I don't know which you call it - We met a Man on Banstead-Heath, says Brown, Let's tune him. No, says I, our Horses are tir'd, and we shall lose our Night's Rest. We put in at the Swan, in a little Town, where we lay; in the Morning we went to the next Market-Town, drank there, rid thro', and return'd in the Evening to meet the Farmers as they came from Market; but we got only a pair of silver Buckles: We proceeded to Farnham, lay there, and next Day went for Guilford; we intended to take the Farmers as they return'd from thence in the Evening, but while we were in Town, Brown said, he was afraid some Body would know his Mare, and so we should be blown. So we went to Godlirnan (Godalrnin) where we baited, and coming out of our Inn in the Evening we met a Man, who ask'd us which way we were going? We said, for London, and he pass'd us. I'll be damn'd, says Brown, if this Man has not got Money ; we look'd after him, and saw him upon his Knees, we thought (as it prov'd) he was tying his Money in the Tail of his Shirt, Brown follow'd with this other Pistol, and stopp'd him, the Man, who was a stout Fellow, seiz'd the Pistol, struggled with Brown, and run off; but we came up with him again, took two Bags, in which was about 6 l. from him, and then ty'd him, and rode towards Guilford, but fearing to be pursu'd, we turn'd up a Bye-road, and passing by the Green-Man, we saw two

Men drinking at the Door. We rode a quarter of a Mile, and waited for them; when they came up, we stopp'd them, bound their Hands behind them, took 21 Guineas from one, and 1 Guinea, a Knife, and a Tobacco-box from the other. A little farther we met a Butcher's Boy, from whom Whitlock took a few Half-pence, and a silver Buckle, which he had in a Bag, and then we rode on for London. But before we got to Kingston our Horses tir'd; mine, indeed, was in a much better Condition, for I had chang'd Horses with one of the Countrymen we had robb'd. However, before we enter'd Kingston Town, we turn'd our Horses all loose in a Turnip-field, and went to the Bell, and enquir'd for a Waterman; the People said, they believ'd we should hardly find a Waterman that would go so late; but at last a Woman brought one to us, who offer'd to go for 6 s. we agreed for 5 s. and to find him Beer and Brandy. We went into his Boat, lay upon the Straw, and cover'd ourselves with the Tilt; we soon fell asleep, and slept 'till we came to Putney, when two Boats clapp'd along-side of us, and some Men jump'd directly into our Boat, and took us napping. I ask'd for the Constable, surrender'd myself, was carry'd before my Lord Palmerston, examin'd, and made an Evidence.

Col. des Romaine. On the 25th of October, about eight at Night, I heard somebody knock; my Maid, who was below, not going to the Door, I took a Candle and went myself; as soon as I had open'd it, a Man rush'd in upon me, seiz'd me by the Shoulder, and swore, if I made a Noise he'd shoot me dead; he was follow'd by three more, one of whom struck me on the Head with a Cutlace, I cry'd Murder! Help! and call'd to my Maid, Veron Curtis - Veron call my Men! bid 'em bring my Pistols, in hopes to have made the Russians believe I had Men in the House, but they did not regard it. Damn him, says one, beat his Brains out; and presently I receiv'd a Blow on my Head with the Butt-end of a Pistol; the Blood follow'd a-pace, and I fell to the Ground. They rissed me; took a gold Watch out of my Pocket; I lost a Ring from my Finger, but, being in a Surprize, I don't know how it went. I had in my left Fob fix Guineas and a half, in a Purse, which I thrust under the Matt by the Door. They brought my Breeches down to my Knees, to search me, and took away some Silver, I can't say how much, but I believe there might be 15 or 16 s. They ty'd my Hands behind me, and two of them dragg'd me up Stairs, another holding me by the Shoulder, with a Pistol in his Hand, to make me shew them where my Money was - They bid me be hush, or they'd shoot me.

Court. Did they all three stay in your Room above?

Colonel. I think so - I think one held me, and two search'd the Room. They first open'd a Trunk with a double Cover; there was a Box in it with Plate; they took the Box out, but did not open the upper Cover, within which I had 45 Guineas and a half. I still deny'd telling them where my Money was, in hopes they would not find it; upon which they again

struck me on the Head with a Pistol - They open'd a Press, and threw some Things out; they took two Pistols out of the Closet - these are the same - and a silver hilted Sword with a green Belt. One of them said he'd break the Hilt off, but another said, No, there was no need. They carry'd me into another Room, where they broke open another Press, but I did not see what they took out of it. Then they made me go down with them, and at the Foot of the Stairs I saw my Maid sitting on the Ground, with part of her Coats up, and a Man rising from her, and putting up his Breeches. They ty'd my Hands so hard to my Back as put me to great Pain. They plac'd me by the Maid; put a Napkin and the Maid's Petticoat over my Head, so that I was almost stifled - Some of them went into the Parlour, and up Stairs - One, coming down again, gave me several Strokes, and said, O you old Rogue, you said you had no Money! Another laid his Hand on my Head, and put something under the Petticoat, which I thought was a Hanger, but Mitchell says it was this Knife.

Mitchell. Yes, this is the Knife, and it was Whitlock that put it under the Petticoat.

Colonel. I begg'd them to loosen my Wrists, and thought one of them was going to do so, but he only took the Buttons out of my Sleeves. As my Head was cover'd, I could indeed hear them walk about, and speak to the Maid, but could not distinguish what they said. I remain'd thus in the greatest Misery 'till three in the Morning, when hearing no Noise, I told the Maid I believ'd they were gone. She said, Hush! don't make a Noise! they are not gone yet. They certainly are, says I, have not you the Use of your Fingers? She said, she believ'd she had. I bid her see if she could not untie my Hands. She said, her own Hands were not quite at Liberty, but she would try what she could do; and so she did, but it was near a quarter of an Hour before she could loosen the Cord. But, Sir, says she, for God's sake don't stir yet, for I am afraid they are not gone; God has preserv'd your Life hitherto, and why will you run the Hazard of losing it at last? However, as I believ'd they were gone, I went into the Passage, and saw a Light in the Fore-Room, but nobody was there. I found the Door drawn to, but not lock'd, and the Key was left on the Rail without Side. I bolted the Door, and desir'd her to call for Help, but she said, she did not dare go yet, for fear they should kill her. I went myself to a Closet-Window, call'd to a Gardener, and told him what had happen'd; he promis'd to come, but did not, tho' I call'd him again. The Maid was fearful of being left alone, and follow'd me about the House, wherever I went.

Court. Look on the Prisoners, Sir, - Do you know either of 'em?

Colonel. I did not then know either of them, but, on Recollection, I believe Brown was the Man who held me - I can't say that I remember any thing of the other. I saw but four in all, and for the other three, I mostly saw their Backs - two of them went before me with a Candle.

Brown. You say I was up Stairs - Pray ask Mitchell whether I went up or not?

Mitchell. You were sometimes up, and sometimes down - Sometimes you held the Colonel by the Shoulder, and sometimes you gave him a Knock with a Pistol.

Veron Curtis . Between eight and nine somebody knock'd, as my Master said, tho' I did not hear it, but I heard the Dog bark, and listening, heard the Door open, and presently my Master cry'd out Murder! come up, Veron, and call the Men. I went up, and found him lying in the Entry all over in a goar Blood, with four Men about him. I know Whitlock - he in the grey Waistcoat, was one of them. Another of them, who was a tall Man, stept up to me, took me by the Hand, and swore, if I spoke a Word he'd shoot me thro' the Head; Whitlock had a naked Hanger in his Hand, and he (I think it was he) ask'd me where the Plate was? I told him I was a new Servant, and knew of no more than six Spoons and Forks that were in the Kitchen. They rifled my Master, and ty'd my Hands behind me, and three of them took him up Stairs. The tall Man staid below, and ask'd me where the Candles were? I told him, in the Kitchen; and if he would let me have my Hands loose, I would fetch some. No, he would not do that, but carry'd me down, and made me shew him where they were. He took some, and lighted one at the Fire, and taking me up again, carry'd me into the Parlour, where he set me in a Chair, with my Hands ty'd behind me, and abus'd me in a gross Manner. Whitlock afterwards came down, and us'd me as ill as the other had done - I saw but four Men in all.

- Court. What do you know of their Eating and drinking?

Curtis. I had dress'd a Neck of Mutton, part of it was left. There were three Bricks in the House, and a Pound of Butter; they eat the Mutton, and best part of the Butter, and two Quartern-Bricks; and one of them said, he'd go and carry a Bottle to the Man that held their Horses.

Whitlock. Did I go up?

Curtis. I think they all went up, but the tall Man, who took hold of me first; and when Whitlock came down, he and the tall Man kept me Prisoner in the Room by Turns.

Whitlock. You said I seiz'd you first.

Curtis. No; the tall Man seiz'd me, and Whitlock came up with a naked Hanger, and swore if I would not discover where the Plate was, I should be shot. A quilted Petticoat that I had been working, was put-over my Master's Head, and I had a white Handkerchief round my Head. Whitlock said, the best Way would be to kill the Master, and gag the Maid, and he took a Knife to cut my Master's Throat. For God's sake, says I, don't kill my Master, but rather kill me; and the others preventing him, Why then, God damn them, says he, gag them both down close.

Brown. Did not you deny me when I was brought to Newgate?

Curtis. It was duskish then, and I could not see very well, but as soon as I had a Candle, I said to the best of my Knowledge you was one of the Men I saw in the Entry when I first came up.

Brown. What did you say to Mr. Fisher, at Paddington, when he bid you have a Care, or you'd hang yourself?

Curtis. I said, if I knew any Thing of you before, it was the Day before Michaelmas, when you came to our Door with a Couple of Geese, and I shew'd them to my Master.

Court. Do you believe him to be the Man who brought the Geese?

Curtis. Yes.

Court. Now it lies harder upon you. [To Brown.]

Jane Cheny , Pawnbroker. I had this Petticoat and Table-cloth from Brown; he pledg'd them in the Name of William Moore , on the 23d of November; and this Brocade I had of his Wife.

Colonel. This Petticoat belongs to my Daughter; it was taken away with the rest of the Things when my House was broke open.

John Garscee . The same Night the Robbery was committed, Mitchell and the two Prisoners were at my House, and call'd for a quartern of Cherry Brandy. Brown ask'd me to go out with them, and said, we should never want Money afterwards. I told him, No; for tho' I had seen a great deal of the World, I was now got into another Way. Then he said, it was no Matter, and ask'd me if I knew Long Will. What Will. Blackwell? says I, Yes, I believe he's at his Mother's, hard by. He desir'd me to send for him, and while we were talking about it, Long Will. Came in; they shook Hands with him, went up Stairs together, had a 3 s. Bowl of Punch, and went away about seven or later. Next Morning one Mr. Berry came and told me of the Robbery.

Henry Maschal . The Prisoner and Mitchell were taken asleep in a Boat on the Water by Putney.* This Pistol was taken from Brown - this from Whitlock - and this other from Mitchell.

* They were pursued to Kingston, but being gone from thence by Water, the Pursuers rode on to Putney.

Colonel. And these two Pistols which were found upon them are mine, and the same I lost.

- White. Brown and Mitchell lodg'd at my House.

Court. Do you know of any Tea that Brown brought to your House?

- White. No.

Court. No?

White. Yes; I remember Brown brought some Tea one Morning, but I can't be certain as to the time.

Court. Do you remember you drank Tea at any time when the Prisoners, and Mitchell, and another were in Company with you at your House?

White. Yes; and there was my Husband, and Brown's Wife, and Mitchell's Wife.

Brown's Defence.

Brown. While I liv'd at Paddington, Mitchell came to me, and said, he was in an Information, and begg'd me to let him stay with me, and he staid three or four Days; but there was a good 'Squire that liv'd next Door, and his Servants seeing Mitchell, they told me, the 'Squire was angry that I let such a loose Fellow lodge with me; I acquainted Mitchell with it, and he said,

if I'd lend him a Great coat, he'd go off, and so he did. In two or three Weeks after, I went and lodged at White's, and Mitchell lodg'd there at the same time; He was in a great deal of Trouble, and said, he wished I would go to such and such Places. I told him, I had stain'd my Character already, and did not care to bring my self into a Scrape again. He told me, he had been in a great many Concerns himself, and if he was taken, he was sure to be a dead Man, and therefore he would swear any Man's Life away to save his own, for he did not care who he was an Evidence against.

John Harvey . I have known Brown five or six Years, he lodged in a House where I had liv'd fifteen Years; I never heard an Oath come out of his Mouth, nor any Body speak ill of him.

Court. He says himself, that his Character was stain'd.

Harvey. It's three Years since I was acquainted with him.

John Toser . I have known him above three Years, he bought Fowls and Rabbets at Leaden-Hall Market, and sold them about the Streets, and behaved himself very modestly and handsomely.

Thomas Crosby . He lived in our Neighbourhood a Year and a Half ago, and then I believ'd him to be very honest.

George Pardon . I have known him four Years, and never heard any ill of him.

Whitlock's Defence.

Whitlock. Pray ask the Constable, if he took the Colonel's Pistols from me?

Constable. I saw it taken out of Whitlock's Pocket at Putney, and is Pocket was pull'd off in getting it out.

Court. Now you have it with a Circumstance.

Whitlock. Here's George Sutton can give an Account of me.

George Sutton . I know him only by his being in Goal.

Henry Sutton . (George Sutton's Father) The Colonel swore to my Son as one that was in the Robbery.

Justice Deveil. George Sutton having been in a great many Robberies, was brought before me on Suspicion of being concern'd in this, the Colonel observ'd him very narrowly, and swore that to the best of his Knowledge, he believ'd him to be one of the 4 that broke into his House - Those were his very Words, To the best of his Knowledge. Sutton pretended that he lay at a House in St. Giles's that Night, but a Constable who the same Night had search'd every Room of that House, declared that Sutton was not there.

Mary Sutton . The Colonel charged my Son.

Court. There's no doubt of it; but upon Recollection he found his mistake.

Whitlock. Justice Deveil offer'd Sutton a Purse of Guineas to be an Evidence.

G. Sutton. He said it would be Money in my Way if I would turn Evidence.

Justice Deveil. I only told him of the King's Reward.

George Sutton . It was sworn that I was a disorderly Person, and so you sent me to Tothill-Bridewell, and you told me, it I knew any thing of this Affair,

and would make a Discovery, there was a Reward in the Proclamation.

Court. And any other might have said the same.

Jane Wood . Whitlock has work'd 4 times for my Husband. The first was 12 Years ago, and the last 2 Months ago, and he was very Faithful to his Trust.

Daniel Atkins . I have known him 5 or 6 Years, and never knew any thing amiss of him - I saw him 7 or 8 Weeks ago - He's a Farrier, and I am a Sawyer.

William Gent . Two Years ago he lodg'd in the same House with me, and went out to Work every Morning.

John Hunt . I have known him four or five Years, at the Bull and Bell in Finsbury, and at his Brother's in Rag-Fair, and never heard any hurt of him.

Henry Fleet . Nor I, and I have known him from a Child.

Thomas Gardner . He work'd with me sometime ago.

Court. How long ago?

Thomas Gardner. Ten Years - but he came and drank a Bowl of Punch with me, within these 6 Weeks.

Whitlock. I see a Gentleman here in Court. that knows me.

Mr. Whigly. He used to shoe my Horses - I know nothing more of him, but that about 18 Months ago, he broke out of the New-Goal.

The Jury found them Guilty . Death .

Edward Bodenham.
5th December 1733
Reference Numbert17331205-53

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60. Edward Bodenham , was indicted, for that, whereas, at this Sessions, William Brown , and Joseph Whitlock , of Paddington, were try'd for breaking and entring the House of James des Romaine ,

Esq; and stealing a Gold-watch, a silver Snuff-box, 3 Gold-rings set with Stones, 1 gold Mourning-ring, 13 silver Spoons, 12 Silver Forks, 7 Knives, with silver Hasts, 1 silver Soop Ladle, 4 silver Salts, 8 silver Tea spoons, 2 Pistols mounted with silver and Steel, 1 silver hilted Sword, 1 silk damask Night-gown, 20 Holland Shirts, 6 Holland Sheets, and 52 Guineas, and 17 s. the Goods and Money of James des Romaine, Esq; and 4 silk damask Gowns, 3 silk Petticoats, 10 Holland Smocks, 4 Suits of lac'd Head-Clothes, 1 Cloth-cloak, and 1 silver Buckle set with Bristol Stones, the Goods of Ann des Romaine Spinster, on the 25th of October, about 8 at Night, and were duly convicted. He, the said Edward Bodenham , did afterwards received, 1 Gold-watch, value 20 l. 1 silver Snuff-box, value 40 s. 3 gold Rings set with Stones, value 40 s. 1 gold Mourning-Ring, value 10 s. 13 silver Spoons, value 3 l. 12 silver Forks, value 6 l. 7 Knives with silver Hasts, value 3 l. 1 silver Soop-ladle, val. 30 s. 4 silver Salts, val. 50s. a silver hilted Sword, value 40 s. 8 silver Tea-spoons, value 10 s. the Goods of James des Romaine , Esq ; and a silver Buckle, set with Bristol Stones, value 7 s . the Goods of Ann des Romaine ,Spinster (in all to the value of 41 l. 7 s.) October 26 .

Ralph Mitchell . On Thursday Night the 25th of October, Will. Brown, Jo. Whitlock, Will. Blackwell, and I broke Colonel Romaine's House at Paddington, and stole a gold Watch, a large Parcel of Plate, and other Things, of which Brown and Whitlock were convicted here last Wednesday. On Friday October 26 (the Day after the Fact)

Brown and Whitlock, and I went from Mr. White's in Grainge-road, near Newington-butts, with the gold Watch and the Plate, to the Cock in the Old-Baily, where we left Whitlock, and then Brown and I went with the Goods to the Prisoner's House, the ship in the Old-Baily. We left Whitlock, because I knew the Prisoner would be scrupulous of dealing with so many at a time.

Court. Then you were acquainted with the Prisoner?

Mitchell. Yes, I had dealt with him several times before, and especially in Watches that I had stole out of Ships in the River; and he used to say, those were the safest Goods to deal in, because the Owners were going to Sea, and could seldom stay long enough to prosecute; so that he was in no Danger on that Account; and he always desir'd me to be true to him, and not bring him into any Trouble - And so, as I was saying, Brown and I went to his House at the Ship, and turn'd into a little Box on the left Hand, where he presently came to us, and ask'd if we had got any Thing for him? Yes, says I, We have a gold Watch - shew it him, Brown. So the Watch was produc'd, and I told him the Price was 16 Guineas. 16 Guineas? says he, I can't afford near that Money; 'tis very old; the Gold is but thin, and the Watch is worth but little more than the Gold weights. We agreed to take eight Guineas. He ask'd me what else we had got? I told him some Plate; we shew'd it him; he took us into a little private Room, where he Doctors his Watches, and weigh'd it - There was 3 silver Salts - We stole 4, but we sold but 3 to him - 12 silver Forks, 6 Knives with silver Handles, and 1 little Knife with a silver Handle, 13 silver Spoons, 1 large silver soop Spoon, and a silver Hilt of a Sword. These are all I remember we carry'd at that Time; and as for the tea Spoons, the Women shar'd them among themselves. He weigh'd the Plate, and said there was 80 Ounces. We trusted to him for that, for we did not understand the Weights.

Then the Clerk of the Arraigns read the Record of the Conviction of Brown and Whitlock, by which it appear'd that all these Goods (among others) were stolen by them out of Colonel des Romaine's House.

Mitchell. The Prisoner was a little suspicious of Brown, because he was a new Face. I know, says he to me, I can trust you well enough, but I don't know whether I can trust that other Man. O ! says I, Brown is a very honest Fellow - he has been transported. Has he, Faith? says the Prisoner, nay then there's no Danger - we are all right! - well, what must I give you for this Plate? You know the Price, says I, what you always give - 4 s. 6 d. and Ounce. Then, says he, the Plate and the Watch together comes to just 24 l.

Court. Did you cast it up?

Mitchell. No, we trusted to his Reckoning, as well as to his Weights. He bid us go in and take a 3 s. Bowl of Punch, and he'd bring us the Money before it was out. He call'd a Coach, and took the Plate with him, and in about an Hour came back, drank Punch with us, and paid us 24 l. Now, says he, I hope you'll be true, and bring me into no Trouble - I have had a Bargain of

this! - I question whether I shall make my Money on't again - You must use me better next time. He complain'd so much of hard Dealing, that I took out of my Pocket a silver Buckle set with Bristol Stones, and made him a Present of it.

Court. Look on that Buckle.

Mitchell. Aye, this is the same.

Court. Where did you get it?

Mitchell. We took it among the other Things we found in Col. Romaine's House - The Prisoner having paid us the Money, we call'd upon Whitlock at the Cock, and all three went back to Whtie's, where we shar'd the Money with Long Will. who was concern'd with us in the Fact. About a Fortnight after this, I and my Wife went to the Prisoner's, and sold him a gold Mourning-ring, it had the Name of Ann des Romaine engrav'd on the Out-side of it, he gave us a Crown for it; and this too we took from Colonel Romaine's - The Prisoner told me he had been try'd (or taken up) once or twice, but he knew how to get such things off.

Prisoner. Were all the Knives sold to me, on the Friday, with the rest of the Plate?

Mitchell. Yes.

Prisoner. Were the Knives out of the Handles ?

Mitchell. Yes.

Prisoner. Did I go into the little Place with you,

Mitchell. Yes.

Prisoner. Was 24 l. all the Money that was given?

Mitchell. Yes - I sold it for 4 s. 6 d. an Ounce, and you said it weigh'd 80 Ounces.

Court. Eighty Ounces at 4s. 6 d. and 8 l. for the Watch, comes to more than 24l.

Mitchell. I don't know as to that, but I am sure we had not a Farthing more of him.

Prisoner. Was not you at my House, from the time you sold the Plate, to the time you brought the Mourning-ring?

Mitchell. Yes, I was with Whitlock when he came to you to get his Watch mended.

Prisoner. But did not you come on the Saturday (the very Day after you sold me the Plate) and receive 3 l. more?

Mitchell. No, I receiv'd but 24 l. on Friday, and not a Farthing afterwards.

Prisoner. The Plate I bought on Friday, weigh'd but 75 Ounces, for the Knife-handles were not weigh'd then, because I had no Fire, and could not take the Knives out. The Watch was worth no more than the Gold weigh'd, and I allow'd but 7 l. for it, and so the Watch and Plate came to 24 l. 12 s. but they insisted upon 25 l. because it was even Money, and 25 l. I paid them that Day, and 3 l. the next Day for the Handles.

Court. But 24 l. 12 s. was more than the Watch and 75 Ounces of Plate, came to, at your Price.

John Boice . On the 21st of November, by my Lord Mayor's Order, I went with Justice Deveil, and Col. des Romaine, to search the Prisoner's House. The Justice read a Paper to the Prisoner, in which all the Goods the Colonel had lost, were distinctly mentioned, and the Prisoner positively deny'd that he had had any such Goods in his House -

I found this Buckle in a Drawer, and took it out, and laid it upon a Table. Going back to my Lord Mayor's, I ask'd Mitchell, if he knew any thing of such a Buckle? he said, Yes. I return'd to the Prisoner's House, to fetch it, but it was remov'd, I ask'd his Wife where it was, she said, she believ'd we had taken it with us; but I pretending if she would help me to it, I could procure her Husband to be admitted to Bail, she took it out of a Drawer, and gave it me.

Lucy Montreasure . This is my Buckle. It was lost from Col. des Romaine's.

Prisoner. By what particular Mark do you know it?

Mrs. Montreasure. The Hook had been broke in this Place, and was afterwards mended.

Phillis Mitchell . I went with my Husband, when he sold this Mourning-ring to the Prisoner, I ask'd the Prisoner if he could help me to a Ring for my own wearing, he said he could have done it, if I had come but an Hoursooner, for he had just parted with a little Diamond-ring, that would have come cheap, and he would have sold it me for 3 or 4 Shillings profit, because he got by my Husband. I told him I did not care to wear that Mourning Ring, because I knew how it was come by.

Court. Was that in his hearing?

Phillis. Yes, and my Husband told him, it was got with the rest of the Things at Paddington; we drank 18 Penny worth of Punch, and had some roast Veal from the Cook's for dinner.

Mitchell. I might say so to the Prisoner, but I can't remember positively whether I did or no - I know they were talking about the Ring when I went to fetch the 6 Pennyworth of roast Veal.

Prisoner. Did not I ask if the Ring was stole?

Phillis. I don't remember such a Question.

Prisoner. Pray, my Lord, let her be examin'd a-part. [Then Ralph Mitchell withdrew.]

Prisoner. Where was the Ring weigh'd?

Phillis. It was not weigh'd at all that I saw; you gave 5 s. for it, and I gave you 2 Guineas worth of Silver for 2 Guineas.

Prisoner. Pray ask her how long she has been marry'd?

Court. I cannot ask her that. [Then her Husband was call'd in again.]

Prisoner. Did your Wife see the Ring weigh'd?

R. Mitchell. I don't know that it was weigh'd at all.

Court. He agrees with his Wife.

Mr. Boise again. When we ask'd the Prisoner for several Things in the Catalogue, he shuffled, and said, he was a Dealer, and might have bought such Things, but did not know that he had.

Prisoner to Mitchell. Did not Brown sell me some Buttons and a Watch that Day you were marry'd, which was 3 Days before you were taken?

Mitchell. I don't know; I was gone for the Veal.

Prisoner. I ask'd if the Watch was honestly come by, and if no House was broke open? for otherwise I would not buy it for the World; and you said that Brown brought the Watch from Dover.

Mitchell, I said the Watch came off the

Water; and you said you was not afraid to buy such Watches, because there was seldom any Prosecutions on those Accounts - You and I have often had Dealings together.

Prisoner. And you frequently came to my House, did you?

Mitchell. Frequently! I came as ofton as I had Occasion - I sold you a silver Tankard not long ago, for 5l. - My first Acquaintance with you was by means of Ned Wilcox , who then kept a Brandy-Shop in Nightingal-lane, and afterwards went to live in Charterhouse-lane, but I believe he is dead now, for I have not seen him this Twelvemonth.

Court. Colonel, when your House was broke open did you lose a gold Watch?

Colonel. Yes.

Court. And a mourning Ring?

Colonel. Yes.

Court. Was any Name engrav'd on it?

Colonel. Yes, Ann des Romaine.

Court. Any Plate?

Colonel. 13 silver Spoons, a silver soop Ladle, 12 silver Forks, 7 silver hasted Knives, 4 silver Salts, and 1 silver hilted Sword - These were my Goods.

Court. Any Buckles?

Colonel. A silver Buckle set with Bristol Stones.

Court. Whose Property was that?

Colonel. This Lady (Lucy Montreasure's) I bought it for her.

Prisoner. I have no private Room. The Place I carry'd them into was the Shop where I keep my Watches.

Mitchell. But there were Curtains to the Window, and he said, Draw the Curtains and then nobody can see us.

Prisoner. I weigh'd the Gold of the Watch, and told them it weigh'd but 7l. 10s. as for the Inside (as it was a large old Watch) it was not worth above 15 or 16 s. When they shew'd me the Box of Plate, I said, I hoped no House had been broke open, and if there had, I would not meddle with it for the World, for I had often been in Trouble. There was no Arms nor Cypher on the Plate. There was not above 1 third of it Sterling. It weigh'd 75 Ounces, and, with the Watch, came to 24 l. 12 s. They insisted on 25 l. which I paid them. When Mitchell went out, Brown told me he brought it from Dover, to sell for a Person there. Next Day in the Evening, they came to see the Handles weigh'd (for I could not take the Knives out of them before;) they weigh'd 13 Ounces, and I paid them 3l. 1s. 6d. 3 or 4 Days before they were apprehended Mitchell and his Wife brought me a mourning Ring - they were marry'd that Day - and Brown brought me some silver Buttons and a Watch.

Court. And could not you read the Name on the Ring?

Prisoner. Its possible I might read Ann des Romaine upon it, and yet might think nothing of the Robbery.

Court. But was not the Story of Col. Romaine's Loss very strong then?

Prisoner. Yes, it was so; and I had heard much Talk about it, but really I did not think of it when I bought the Goods.

Juryman. Had not you one of the Warnings that were given out on this Occasion? - for its common to send

them to Watchmakers, as well as to Goldsmiths.

Prisoner. I can't tell but I might have had seen an Advertisement in the House, but I can't remember that I had seen it, or if I had seen it I had forgot the Particulars - O here is my Girl! she has brought the Book I sent for - This is the Book where I set down what I buy -

Court. This Book is no Evidence, but you may refresh your Memory with it.

Prisoner. Here is - 'Oct. 26. Bought 75 ' Ounces of old Silver, and an old gold ' Watch, large Size; the Watch for 7l. ' and the Silver for 18l. 12s.'

Court. Of whom.

Prisoner. 'Of Mr. Mitchell - the 27th ' Bought 13 Ounces of old Silver, of Mr. ' Mitchell for 3l. 1s. 6d. Then here's the ' Day they were marry'd, bought an old ' silver Watch of Mr. Brown, Mr. Mitchell's ' Friend, for 2l. 2s. and some old silver ' Buttons.'

William Plant . I have known the Prisoner ever since he was Apprentice to Mr. Watts, in Fleetstreet, which is 14 or 15 Years ago; I liv'd over-against him, he had the Character of an honest fair dealing Man, 'till two Years ago; but since - I have heard he has been taken up for receiving stolen Goods.

Samuel Thorn . I have known him 12 Years; my Master lodg'd 2 Years in his House when he liv'd in Nevill's-Alley. He had the Character of a fair Dealer - no ways amiss - in the way of his Calling.

Court. Did you never hear of his receiving stolen Goods?

Thorn. I have indeed heard some such thing, but do not know it.

William Edlin . I have done Business for him, and found him a fair Dealer. Tho' I can't I say but things have been whisper'd about - and so forth - of his buying Goods of ill People.

- Grace. I have known him 25 Years, his Character was good - when I first knew him - I have dealt with him at a Market Price. And have trusted him with Rings, and once with a gold Watch - I never heard any ill of him, more than from his own Mouth; he told me himself he had been taken up upon an Affair.

Prisoner. Yes, I was taken up twice this Summer, but acquitted - I was put in an Information about a gold Watch, but I gave 400 l. Bail, and nobody appear'd against me - and when any of these Rogues are apprehended, they make a common Practice of informing against me - I hope the Court will observe the Price I gave - Mitchell has been burnt in the Hand here, and his Wife has had 2 Husbands hang'd.

The Jury found him guilty .

[Transportation. See summary.]

William Johnson.
5th December 1733
Reference Numbert17331205-54
VerdictsGuilty; Guilty
SentencesDeath; Death

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61. William Johnson , of Edmonton , was indicted for unlawfully hunting, stealing, and carrying away (with Robert Hill , not yet taken) a sallow Deer, value 8l. and a fallow Fawn, value 20 s. in a Park enclos'd with a Fence, where Deer are usually kept , the Property of Sir Jeremiah Sambrook , Baronet , after the 1st of June, 1723. that is to say, on the 12th of June last.

George Brice . I am Keeper of Sir Jeremiah Sambrooke's Park, where Deer have been kept for 4 Years past. On the 13th of June in the Morning, as I was walking in the Park, I found a Brace of Deer kill'd, and miss'd a Leash, 2 white fallow Deer, and 1 red tame Deer; I went to the Park-pales, and found 2 of them broken down; I took Joseph Burgess on Suspicion.

Joseph Burgess . I fell into the Prisoner's Company the first Day that I went into the Country - It was at the Two Brewers at Winchmore-hill, where I call'd for half a Pint of Two-penny, and having drank it, was going away, when the Prisoner and one Hill came to the Door with a Brace of Greyhounds, and a Bob-tail Dog. Says I, These Dogs look as if they would run well; and upon saying so, the Prisoner drank to me - We had 3 Pots together, they paid for 2, and I for 1. Then the Prisoner, who had 3 Horse in the Yard, mounted, and rid off; and Hill told me, if I had a Mind to see the

Dogs run, I might, in a little Time, and not far off. I said, if I could see it in half an Hour, I should be very willing; I went with him; we came up with the Prisoner, and passing by an Alehouse, says I, Let's have a Pot here. No, says the Prisoner, that's a House the Keepers use. This gave me the first Suspicion of their being upon an ill Design. We pass'd a great white Gate that look'd like a Coach-way, and 10 or 12 Yards beyond, I saw the Park-pales. I hope, says I, you are not going in here, for I never was in any such Affair in my Life, and would not be concern'd for 100l. But I could not tell what to do, for it was dark, and I was a Stranger, and did not know my Way back. The Prisoner took 2 Slips [made 2 Nooses] to fasten the 2 Greyhounds, and bidding me hold 'em, he jump'd over the Pales, and he within and Hill without, broke 2 of 'em down, and they both went into the Park, and the Dogs run after, for I was not able to hold 'em. They came back in 2 Hours, and brought out 2 Deer; I was a white fallow Deer, and the other a red. Hill went in again, and the Prisoner desir'd me to help load 'em; he cut their Heads off, and we put the Bodies into Sacks, and so ty'd them upon the Horse; but my Heart ached all the while. I thought they were very tedious about every thing they did, and wonder'd they made no more haste - The Prisoner said, he knew by the Bite which Dog it was that kill'd the Deer - At last Hill came out again with a live Pawn in his Arms, and we went away together - I ask'd them the Way to Edmonton; they directed me, and so we parted, and I never got the Value of a Farthing from them. I went to Work next Day at Winchmore-hill, but I was so uneasy, that I could hardly eat or drink, or sleep for a Fortnight afterward - I have been threaten'd to be shot if I appear'd as an Evidence.

Prisoner. Were the Dogs mine?

Burgess. I thought so - you call'd them by their Names; and on the 6th of Feb. the Friday before I was taken, I saw you with the same Dogs, and 2 Deer before you, going to London.

Prisoner. What Colour were the Dogs?

Burgess. Liver-colour and White, and the Bob-tail Dog was red.

William Burley . I seiz'd the Prisoner in Buckler's-bury, and told him I had a Warrant to apprehend him for Deer-stealing. I took him from his House, and held him by the Wrist while another took 2 Pistols out of his Pocket. But - Turner, one of the Prisoner's Accomplices, came and rescu'd him from us, and he got as far as Dowgate, where he shot a Man; but as soon as the Prisoner got from us, we secur'd Turner*, and he is now in Newgate.

* Turner is order'd to remain till next Sessions, to be try'd for the Rescue, which is a capital Offence.

Prisoner. What Clothes had I on, when I went into the Park?

Burgess. Brown Clothes, and the same you had on when I afterwards met you in Shoreditch, and you said you was going over the Water with Deer.

Prisoner. Had I any Arms?

Burgess. You had a Gun, and Hill said he had Pistols, but I did not see them.

Then, by Order of the Court, the Act was read, by which it is enacted, "That after the first Day of June, 1723. whatever Persons, arm'd with offensive Weapons, and having their Faces black'd, or otherwise disguis'd, shall appear in any Forest, Park, or Grounds inclos'd with any Wall or Fence wherein Deer are usually kept, or any Warren where Hares or Conies are kept, or in any Highway, Heath or Down, or unlawfully hunt, kill, or steal any red or fallow Deer, or rob any Warren, or steal Fish out of any Pond, or maliciously break down the Head of any Fish-pond, or kill or wound Cattle, or set Fire to any House or Out-house, or Stack of Hay or Corn, or cut down, or otherwise destroy Trees planted for Shelter or Profit,

or shall maliciously shoot at any Person, or send a Letter demanding Money, or other valueable Things, or shall rescue any Person in Custody of an Officer; for such an Offence, or by Gift or Promise procure any one to join with them, shall be deem'd guilty of Felony, without Benefit of Clergy, and shall sister Death as Felons so convicted."

The Jury found the Prisoner guilty . Death .

He was a second time indicted for the Murder of James Taaman , by maliciously discharging a Pistol loaded with Powder and Bullets, and thereby giving him one mortal Wound in the left Side of his Neck, of the Length of half an Inch, and Depth of 4 Inches, on the 26th of October last, of which he languish'd till the next Day, and then dy'd .

He was a third time indicted on the Coroner's Inquisition for the said Murder.

John Chalkley . The People cry'd out A Highwayman! The Deceas'd laid hold of the Prisoner, and the Prisoner turn'd about and shot him. We follow'd the Prisoner into Hand-court, over-against the Steel-yard, and there took him - I think the Prisoner is the Man, but I can't swear it positively.

Robert Simmonds . The Mob cry'd, Stop Thief! Stop Highwayman ! The Deceas'd follow'd the Prisoner, and catch'd at him 2 or 3 times, to take him, and the Prisoner turn'd about and shot him.

Prisoner. Did not he strike me?

Simmonds. Not as I saw - The Prisoner ran up Hand-Court, I catch'd up a Hammer in a Farrier's Shop, and threw after him, but missing my Aim, I follow'd, overtook him, and turning about, met him full; he snapp'd a Pistol at me, but it would not go off, and I knock'd him down with a Whip.

Nicholas Crossby , Farrier. I had a Shoe in the Fire when I heard the Noise; the Prisoner came by with 2 Pistols, and somebody said, Have a Care! Some threw Stones at the Prisoner, and I said to him, Friend, you had better surrender. By God, says he, I'll shoot the first Man that touches me. As he spoke, the Deceas'd catch'd hold of his Coat, and the Prisoner turn'd about and shot him under the Ear.

Prisoner. Did not you throw a red-hot Shoe at me?

Crossby. No; but when he was taken in Hand-court, he was very obstropolus, and I told him, if he would not be quiet, I'd run the Shoe thro' his Head.

Mr. Woodham , Surgeon. I was sent for by the Coroner, to view the Deceas'd - the Ball enter'd on the left Side of the Neck, and broke the Vertebrae. I took out these 3 Pieces of the Bone, but could not find the Ball. I heard he liv'd from 4 in the Afternoon till 9 next Morning, and, I believe, that Wound was the Cause of his Death.

The Prisoner's Defence.

John Shuttleworth . I saw Mr. Burley knock the Prisoner off his Horse, in Buckler's-bury, and another took hold of his Arms thus - and took 2 Pistols out of his Pocket - but he, some how, got loose again, and pull'd out a long Knife at Burley, and Burley struck at his Legs, but he made off, and ran down by the Tower-royal to Dowgate; the Mob follow'd, and call'd, Stop Highwayman! Stop Thief! and then he shot the Deceas'd.

Court. Why?

Shuttleworth. Because the Deceas'd went to take him; but, in my Opinion, he did not die of that Wound - for his Skull was cut by his falling with his Head upon the Stones.

Court. How came he to fall?

Shuttleworth. By being shot.

Court. Sir, do you banter the Court?

John Corderoy . The Prisoner was taken in Buckler's-bury, but getting off again, he turn'd down Size-lane to the Tower-royal, so to College-hill, and thro' Joiner's-alley to the Water-side; the Mob follow'd, and cry'd, Highwayman! the Prisoner turn'd about, and said,

he was no Highwayman. He was knock'd down with Stones, a Smith threw a hot Iron after him; the Deceas'd came off a Dung-hill, at the Corner of Dowgate , at the same time, and the Prisoner turn'd about, and so off went the Pistol f, but whether it was fir'd willingly or not I can't say.

Court. Did the Prisoner say nothing before the Pistol went off.

John Corderoy . He turn'd about and said, he was no Highwayman, and bid them stand clear or he would Shoot.

Court. And do you believe then that the Pistol went off by chance?

Prisoner. I fir'd the Pistol, but did it in my own Defence.

The Jury found him Guilty . Death .

John Bennet.
5th December 1733
Reference Numbert17331205-55
VerdictNot Guilty

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William Slate.
5th December 1733
Reference Numbert17331205-56
VerdictNot Guilty

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5th December 1733
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64. Catherine Pember, otherwise Buck , was indicted for stealing a silver Watch and Chain, value 5 l. 5 s. two Shirts, three Stocks, and a Handkerchief , the Goods of George-Gallimore , Oct. 20 .

George Gallimore . Coming from beyond Temple-Bar, at Night, I enquir'd my Way to White-Friars-Stairs, a Man who had two Women with him, told me, I was past the Stairs, and must turn down such an Alley. I went as he directed, and he and the Women follow'd, and ask'd me to drink a Dram. I told them, I had no dram Money. He said I was welcome whether I had or no, for it should cost me nothing. He went into a House, he call'd for two Quaterns, paid a Shilling, and left us. The Prisoner then came up to me, and said, What do you call for? I told her I had no Money to spend. Sure, says she, you won't trouble the House for nothing? With much Importunity I gave her 6 d. she laid her Hand on my Thigh, and pull'd my Watch out.

Prisoner. Did not you charge the other Woman for this?

Gallimore. The other Woman held me while the Prisoner got off, and therefore I charged the other Woman. I was beat and abus'd there, 'till my Face run down with Blood, and at the same time I lost my other Goods, which were in a Bundle. The Constable came, and I and the other Woman (Ann Castle) were sent to Woodstreet-Compter. The Prisoner came to me there in another Dress, and desir'd me to be easy ; I told her, perhaps I might, if I had my Goods again ; and in a little time they were all sent to me.

Prisoner. He told me, in Woodstreet-Compter, he did not know the Woman that robb'd him.

Gallimore. Here's the Porter that brought me my Goods again.

Robert Murry , Porter. A Man call'd to me, as I came out of my Master's House, in Milk Street, and, says he, Go over to Mr. Gallimore, at the Bull-Head, and give him this Parcel. And who must pay me? says I. Why, says he, the Gentleman will. I found Mr. Gallimore and the Constable there, and the Constable said, I'll be hang'd if here are not the Things; they open'd the Bundle, and there was a Watch and some Linen in it. I went from thence and saw the Man who sent me, going into the Compter - It seems, he's one of the Runners there - I ask'd him for my Money, but he deny'd that he sent me, and he is run away since.

Mr. Cathery , Constable. The Prisoner came to me next Morning (after the Prosecutor lost his Goods) and ask'd me, what she had best to do? I told her, the best way would be to send the Man his Goods again; and in half an Hour they were sent accordingly.

Prisoner. I never saw the Prosecutor, till I saw him pulling the other Woman about in Hanging-Sword-Alley.

Thomas Smith . Anne Castle , and George Gallimore , were brought Prisoners to me in Wood-Street-Compter, and next Morning I saw the Prisoner in a green Gown and flower'd Robings, talking with Gallimore, and he did not charge her.

Richard Bromhall . I receiv'd Castle and Gallimore into the Compter. The Prisoner's Husband is confin'd in our House, and the Prisoner coming to see him, ell into Company with Gallimore, and tho' she talk'd with he did not know her, but said, he was certain Castle was the Woman that robb'd him.

William Welch . I was in the Compter-lodge that Night, and some Body said to the Prosecutor, Do you know the Woman that robb'd you ? I charge no Body here, says he, and I would not see the Woman that robb'd me, for never so much ; tho', at the same time, she was in his Company, and drinking with him - He afterwards went into her Husband's Room; her Husband ask'd him, if he knew the Woman? and he answer'd, Yes, I am sure I know her; and then she stood with him while he spoke, and she was in the common Dress that she comes in every Day to the Compter to see her Husband - He and she were together all the Morning; he said, he had met a naughty Woman that carry'd him to a Brandy-house, where one held him, while another Woman pick'd his Pocket, and that he should know her from a hundred. What sort of a Woman was she? says the Prisoner. Why, says he, she was lustier than you, and pitted with the Small-pox, and was in a black Gown.

Sarah Davis . The Prosecutor met me, and said, How do you do, Kate Buck ? I told him, I was not Kate Buck. If you are not, says he, I wish you would show me where she is, and I'll give you half a Crown; and so Kate Buck came out and I shew'd her to him - This was the Night before the Prince came - and a Fortnight after the Robbery.

Court. Is her Name Buck?

Prisoner. That was my Maiden-Name.

Another. The Prisoner and Prosecutor were drinking together in the Compter, and he said to her, I wish I could see Kate Buck, but I would not have her to see me. It's my Belief, says she, you don't know her. Not know her? says he. Yes, I know her from five hundred.

Court. He might be afraid to own he knew her when he was in the Compter among so many of her Acquaintance.

Prisoner. He did not challenge me 'till a Fortnight after the other Woman was committed upon his Charge, as she can prove.

Court. Shall that Woman be call'd ? She must answer your Questions if you desire it - But then she must answer mine too.

Prisoner. I don't want to call her.

The Jury found the Prisoner Guilty .

[Transportation. See summary.]

Francis Redmane.
5th December 1733
Reference Numbert17331205-58
VerdictNot Guilty

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William Comby.
5th December 1733
Reference Numbert17331205-59
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Robert Read.
5th December 1733
Reference Numbert17331205-60
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Henry Bullen.
5th December 1733
Reference Numbert17331205-61
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Samuel Howard.
5th December 1733
Reference Numbert17331205-62
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Richard Cross.
5th December 1733
Reference Numbert17331205-63
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70. Richard Cross , alias Coles , was indicted for a Misdemeanour, by defrauding Michael Mertins of 15 Iron-Bars, value 4 l. 15 s. under pretence of being a Servant to John Matthews of Richmond, and sent by him, when indeed he was neither . Acquitted .

Mary Howard.
5th December 1733
Reference Numbert17331205-64
VerdictNot Guilty > no evidence

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Elizabeth Wright, Mary Wright, John Knight.
5th December 1733
Reference Numbert17331205-65
VerdictsGuilty; Not Guilty; Guilty
SentencesDeath > burning

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72, 73, 74. Elizabeth Wright , Mary Wright , her Daughter , and John Knight ,

her Son , were indicted for High-Treason, for having in their Custody, in the House of Richard Wright , a pair of Chalk-Moulds, in which was the Impression of a Six-pence, without an Lawful Cause, for so having , May 4 .

They were a second Time indicted, for concealing the said Moulds, in the House of Richard Wright , May 4.

Mr. John North . About a Year ago, Alice Dearing was indicted here, for uttering bad Money, and acquitted. On the 4th of this Month, she came, and told me, she knew two of the Prisoners, Mary Wright , and her Daughter, Elizabeth Wright , to be Coiners, and that she suspected the other Prisoner John Knight (Mary Wright's Son) but could not be positive that he was concern'd with them, and that as soon as she could find out their Lodgings, she would give me Notice. Accordingly last Tuesday, by her Directions, I took Mr. Burly and Mr. Froud with me, and went to an Alehouse in Little St. Martin's-Street, by Leicester-Fields; we sent the Girl at the Alehouse to the Prisoner's Lodgings, under pretence of enquiring for a Pot, to see if they were at home. The Girl brought us Word they were. I sent Burly and Froud up Stairs, placed another to watch at the Door, and went my self into the Yard, to see if any Moulds should be thrown out at Window. But believing they were taken by the Noise I heard above, I ran up. We ty'd them, and then begun to search; the first thing I took Notice of, was a bad Six-pence, some Chalk, and Brush lying in the Window, for we found no bad Money upon their Persons; Looking towards the Fire-side, I saw a little Trunk. I ask'd the Prisoner, Knight, What was in it? He said, he could not tell. I drew the Nails and open'd it, and found these pair of Chalk-Molds, which have the Impression of a Six-pence, the Head on one side, and the Reverse on the other: This Paper, in which were these Six-pences nfinish'd, not so much as the Tops being cut off : This little Box with these 18 bad Shilings in: it This Bag, with about 40 bad Shillings, and Six-pences, 3 bad half Crowns, and some Pieces of Metal; all these, and this Crucible, which is to melt Metal in, were found in this Trunk - Upon searching Knight farther, there was found in his Pocket this Key, which upon Trial open'd this Trunk.

Knight. That is the Key of the Trunk where my Linen is.

Mr. North. After they were sent to Newgate, Richard Wright (their Landlord) told me he had found more bad Money under the Bed. I went again, and found this other Trunk, which the same Key opens. There were several bad Shillings in it, and some Nutmegs, and other odd Things, which I suppose they had bought when they changed their bad Money. Among the Cinders lay some mix'd Metal and this Flask.

William Burly confirm'd Mr. North's Evidence, excepting, as he said, he did not see the Key produc'd, nor the Crucifix (Crucible.)

Elizabeth Wright , the Landlady. I let my my Room a Month ago, to Elizabeth and Mary Wright , as for John Knight , he came backwards and forwards, but did not lodge there, except one Night, when his Mother had fell down and hurt her Face, and he came home with her - On Tuesday hearing a Noise, I went up, and found Mr. North, and others there; he told me, they were Coiners - Christ forbid ! says I, and went out frightened. When they were gone, I found this Flask in the Cinders, and the Fellow to it, under the Bed, where was this Trunk too, with 4 l. bad Shillings and Six-pences in it.

Mr. North. Here is another Box of bad Money, that I likewise found in the same Room.

Elizabeth Wright . (The Prisoner) my Children are Innocent - I gave the Key of the Trunk to my Son.

Court. He says 'tis his own Key.

The Jury found Elizabeth Wright Guilty of both Indictments , and acquitted Mary Wright and John Knight .

Elizabeth Wright, and Mary Wright, were a third Time indicted for High-Treason,

in Coining 20 Pieces of counterfeit Money, in the likeness of Shillings .

Alice Dearing . I have known the Prisoners eight Years, but never was concern'd with them till July last was 12 Month, when one Sunday, Elizabeth came to my Lodging, and ask'd me to go out with her next Day, but said nothing upon what Account. I agreed, she came on Monday, between 2 and 3 in the Afternoon. We went out together. Crossing Lincoln's- inn -fields, she gave me 6 d. (I thought it was a good one) to buy some Gingerbread; the Man said it was not. I told her of it; she curs'd me for a Fool ; gave me another to fetch a Pennyworth of Silk; I pass'd it, and brought her the Change. You Fool you, says she, you may do this as well as my Daughter Molly, if you'll give your Mind to it, and you shall have half what you get. After this I put off several in the same Manner, and we always shar'd whatever Goods I bought, and the Change out of the bad Money. They then lodg'd at Mrs. Mason's, a Chandler, against the Chequer Alehouse in King's-street , and there I saw Elizabeth cast Money in these Frames; but how she fill'd them, or what Metal she us'd, I can't tell; but she put a Tobacco-pipe with some Metal in it in the Grate, and when it was melted, pour'd it in here, and opening the Frame, threw out a Shilling; she turn'd the Frame another Way, and made a Six-pence; she put the Six-pence in my Hand, and it burnt me, and so I saw her make about 20 Shillings, and as many Six-pences. Her Daughter, Mary, at the same Time cut off the Tails with a Pair of Scissars, scrap'd the Edges round with a Knife, and then fil'd them. After this, the Mother went to Ireland, and left me and her Daughter Mary, and Ann Knight (her Daughter by another Husband;) I was taken up for passing a bad Six-pence in Lombard-street, and this Day 12 Month I was brought to have a Detainer till next Sessions, Mr. North being ill, I was sent from hence to the Compter, and at next Sessions was try'd and acquitted; but I was ruin'd by being 7 Weeks in Confinement: I was big with Child, and forc'd to sell my Bed, and they all kept from me under this Misfortune, and would not so much as send me any Thing for my Relief. I said to my self, If ever I find 'em in the Kingdom, I'll give the King an Account; and 3 or 4 Months ago I was inform'd they were come to London. The Mother sent for me, in the Name of a Gentleman, to come to Mr. Garvey's, at the Bull-head in Prince's-street; when I came to her, she said she was sorry to hear of my Trouble. About 5 Weeks ago I inform'd Mr. Ashton of this, and about a Month ago I told Mr. North, and Mr. North assur'd me there was no Reward to be given in such Cases. I made it my Business to enquire out their Lodging, and having found it, I sent Word to Mr. North last Tuesday, and he came and took them.

Mr. North. On Alice Dearing's Information I took the Prisoners; and besides the Things I mentioned in the last Trial, I found this Pair of Scissors and these two Files in their Room.

Eliz. Wright. I don't know what to say for myself, but my Child is innocent; spare her, and do as you please with me.

The Jury found them both guilty . Death .

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Reference Numbers17331205-1

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Received Sentence of Death 14.

Henry Baxter Page 5. John Rook ibid. William Brown p. 26. Joseph Whitlock ibid. John Cullington , alias Mendall p. 9. William Johnson p. 40. John Anderson p. 11. James Baker ibid. Francis Ogleby p. 12. Elizabeth Ran p. 17. John Beach ibid. John Freelove p. 20. Elizabeth Wright , p. 44. and Mary Wright ibid.

The two last to be burnt at a Stake.

Elizabeth Wright pleaded her Belly, but a Jury of Matrons being impannell'd found her not with Quick Child.

Trransported 36.

William Cammel , Rebecca Goodall , William Crank , Anthony Moore , John Kempson , Ann Trimblet , John Shanks , Margaret Web , John Cox , Mary Royley , Elizabeth Baker , George Vaughan , James Ray , Isaac Emery , Elizabeth Gainer , William Moore , John Jones , William Sickwell , alias Aldus, Thomas Bennet , Mary Butler , Richard Stevens , Samuel Flax , Elizabeth Hopkins , William Lucas , James Daniel , William Bates , Otto Peters , Thomas Burdon, Jonathan Batt, John Geddings , Mary Annits , Elizabeth Murray, Hester Bray , Edward Bodenham , Katherine Pember , and Robert Road.

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