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4th December 1734
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4th December 1734
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THE PROCEEDINGS AT THE Sessions of the Peace, and Oyer and Terminer, FOR THE City of LONDON, AND Country of MIDDLESEX, ON

Wednesday the 4th, Thursday the 5th, Friday the 6th, and Saturday the 7th of December, 1734, in the Seventh Year of His MAJESTY's Reign.

Being the First SESSIONS in the Mayoralty of the Right Honourable Sir EDWARD BELLAMY, Knt. Lord Mayor of the City of LONDON, in the Year 1734.



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

M.DCC.XXXIV..bl (Price Six Pence.)


BEFORE the Right Honourable Sir EDWARD BELLAMY , Knt. Lord Mayor of the City of London; the Honourable Mr. Justice Probyn, and Mr. Baron Carter ; 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.

Benjamin Newman ,

James Petman ,

Ralph Poynz ,

John Fret ,

Henry Cook ,

Edward Thornton ,

Samuel Ash ,

Benjamin James ,

John Walker ,

Thomas Crampthorn ,

Joseph Clare ,

William Humphries .

Middlesex Jury.

John Wetherington ,

Richard Smith ,

George Moor ,

Thomas Lamb ,

Joseph Beal ,

Nicholas Langdon ,

Joseph Aymes ,

Francis Coxhall ,

Roger Newham ,

John Cookery ,

William Reeves ,

John Swan .

Francis Dobson.
4th December 1734
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1. Francis Dobson , was indicted for stealing (with John Brown) 2 Firkins of Soap, a Tea Table, 5 Gallons of Carraway Water, and a Great Coat, the Goods of several Persons , Octob. 23 . Guilty .

[Transportation. See summary.]

Aaron Pritchard.
4th December 1734
Reference Numbert17341204-2

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2. Aaron Pritchard , was indicted for privately stealing a Diamond Ring value 7l. the Goods of Matth.ew Hebert , the elder, in his House , Nov, 10 .

He was a second time indicted for stealing 5 Guineas, and a Moidore, the Money of William Stoneball , in the House of Matthew Hebert the elder , Nov, 28 .

Matthew Hebert, the Younger The Prisoner had been my Father's Footman for about 6 Months. My Father's Scrutore was broke open, and a Diamond Ring taken out. We mist it last Thursday; I charged him with it, and he confest that he took it the Sunday before, and had left it at the Ship in Bread-street: There we found it, and here it is

Mary Harwood . I keep the Ship in Bread street. The Prisoner, and another came to my House about 8 at Night and sent my Maid to the Cook's for 6 Penny worth of Veal - A little before they went away the Prisoner delivered this Ring to me, and desired me to lay it up safe for him.

Prisoner. I happened to find the Door open, and so I took the Ring.

Second Indictment.

Matthew Hebert, the younger. Last Tuesday, Mr. Stonehall (who lives with my Father) told me that he mist a Guinea, and a Moidore out of his Till. He had mist Mony before. We had some suspicion of the Prisoner, and therefore, to try him, Mr. Stonehall put some more Money in the Till on Thursday Morning, and then went up to Breakfast, and when he came down again he mist 3 Guineas, upon which he charged the Prisoner with taking them: The Prisoner confest the Fact, and returned the Money. We had a good Character of him when he first came to live in our Family.

William Stonehall confirmed the former Evidence, and added, that the Prisoner had hid the 3 Guineas in his Stocking, from whence he took them out and returned them.

The Jury found the Prisoner guilty of both Indictments. Death .

Ambrose Thurmond.
4th December 1734
Reference Numbert17341204-3

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3. Ambrose Thurmond , of St. Catherine Creed-Church , was indicted for stealing a Silver Tankard value 8l. the Goods of

Edmund Eyles , in his Dwelling-house , October 19 .

Edmund Eyles The Prisoner and another Man came into my House, the Bull-head in Leadenhall-street , and called for a Tankard of Beer, and some Bread and Cheese. When they had drank the Beer, they threw down the Reckoning on the Table and went away. My Servant presently mist the Tankard, and called to me. I ran out and pursued them; the other Man escaped, but I took the Prisoner and brought him back to my House, and found the Tankard under his Coat; and here it is.

Prisoner. Did I offer to resist or run away when you stopt me?

Mr. Eyles. I don't say you did. But I took the Tankard upon ye, and you had a short Truncheon under your Coat.

Constable. In searching the Prisoner I found this Truncheon hid under his Coat.

The Jury found the Prisoner guilty of the Indictment Death .

William Williams.
4th December 1734
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4 William Williams , of St. Mary le Strand , was indicted for the Murder of Richard Row , by wilfully and maliciously discharging a Musket loaded with Gunpowder and a Bullet; and thereby with the said Bullet giving him one mortal Wound in the Breast of the length of one Inch, and depth of Ten Inches, of which mortal Wound he instantly died , Nov. 30 .

The Prisoner was a second time indicted on the Coroner's Inquisition for the said Murder.

William Bird . On the 30th of November at Six in the Evening, the Prisoner was set Sentinel, at the Chappel Door, at Somerset House . Hearing that he had committed some outrageous Facts upon his Post, I went down to take him. But he said to me, Damn ye keep off, or I'll be your Butcher. As I knew him to be a mischievous Fellow I proceeded no farther. At ten a Clock the same night the Deceased Richard Rowe , who was Corporal , brought a Regular Relief. The Prisoner said, who is there? The Deceas'd answered, Relief. The Prisoner said, Damn ye stand off, or I'll shoot ye. Presently after which I heard the Piece go off, and the Deceas'd fell down dead. Then the Prisoner clubbed his Firelock, and struck at these Men. I kick'd up his Heels, and put him in Irons - He was alone on his Post till the Deceased came to relieve him - Here's the Deceased's Wastcoat - Here the Bullet went in, at the third Button-hole on the Breast - And here it came out at the the right Shoulder.

Prisoner. I am not guilty of what I have done - As to loading my Piece at 10 o'Clock, it was by a particular Order - Who came for Relief? Did you bring 7 Men or 3?

Bird. Three; the Deceased, and these two, Henry Thomas, and Richard Godson.

Prisoner. What did I say to the Corporal?

Bird. You said, Pass your Relief.

Prisoner. I did so, and then they crowded in upon me, and in strugling my Piece went off -

Richard Godson . When we came to relieve the Prisoner, he asked Who comes there? The Corporal answered Relief. Gentlemen, God damn ye, says the Prisoner, stand off! for the first Man that comes to oppose me, I'll shoot thro' the Body. The Corporal bid us advance, and we went under the Piazza's. The Prisoner turned towards him, and said, Row, stand off! or you're a dead Man. And then his Piece went off: And the Deceased (who was at that time about the Distance of two Firelocks from the Prisoner) went with a wheel this way, and fell on his Side. The Bullet enter'd at his Breast, and came out at his Shoulder, and he died on the Spot. The Prisoner club'd his Firelock, struck at me, and wounded me in the Head.

Prisoner. Are you sure of all this, honest Man?

Godson. Yes, and with your club'd Fire-lock, you went to knock my Comrade down too.

Henry Thomas , When we went to relieve the Prisoner, he said, Who comes there? The Deceas'd, answered, Relief. God damn ye, says the Prisoner, stand off with your Relief - or Row, you're a dead Man. The Deceas'd bid me recover my Piece, and relieve him; when immediately I saw the Prisoner present

his Piece, and heard it go off, and the Deceased fell down dead.

Then the Prisoner clubb'd his Piece and struck at me thrice, and at the third Blow he broke the Stock of my Firelock; and, had it not been for that, I believe the Blow had killed me.

Prisoner. You are sure of all this? Was you under the Piazza?

Thomas. Yes.

Prisoner. Did not I desire the Corporal to let me bide in my Place?

Thomas Adcock . I was Sentry under the Gate-way: The Relief came at Ten o'Clock. The Prisoner asked who went there, and was answered, Relief. Pass the Relief, says he, and then they went under the Piazzas. The Prisoner bid the Deceased stand off, and threatned to fire if he did not. The Deceased bid the Men rest their Firelocks, and then bid them recover their Pieces and relieve him, when presently I heard the Piece go off.

Prisoner. It was not done with any Design; but went off while they struggled with me. I had no Malice against the Corporal.

The Jury found him Guilty . Death .

Peter Hughs, Susan Strafford.
4th December 1734
Reference Numbert17341204-5
VerdictsNot Guilty; Guilty

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5. Peter Hughs , of St. Martins in the Fields , was indicted for stealing a Silver Tankard, value 5 l. 2 Silver Porringers, value 40 s. a Silver Soup-Spoon, value 30 s. a Silver Punch-Ladle, value 10 s. 12 Silver Spoons, value 6 l. and 5 Silver Tea-Spoons, value 8 s. the Goods of Charles Sims , in his House , November 18 . And,

6. Susan Strafford of St. Leonard Shoreditch , was indicted for receiving a Silver Tankard, 2 Silver Porringers, and 4 Silver Spoons, part of the said Goods, knowing them to have been stolen .

Charles Sims . I keep the Red Lyon-Inn at Charing-Cross : The Prisoner, Hughs, was my Servant , he had lived with me about 3 Weeks. On the 18th of November I went to Bed between 8 and 9 at Night; the Prisoner, Hughs, was then in the House, my Plate always used to be lock'd up in a Closet in the Parlor: My Wife came and told me that my Man Hughs was gone away, and the Plate was missing; but the Closet-Door was lock'd: I got out of Bed, called a Coach, and went to look for him, to no Purpose. I had seen the other Prisoner Strafford once in his Company at my House, and therefore suspected that she might be concerned with him; at last I thought if I could meet with her I might by that means hear of him: So next Morning, understanding that some Lawyet in an Alley in Chancery-Lane was acquainted with her, I went to a Chandler's Shop there, and made Enquiry; but all I could learn was, That she sometimes drank a Dram there: I advertised my Goods, and next Day Word was sent me that she was taken with most of the Plate upon her.

John Chitty . On the 19th of November, as I was drinking after Dinner at Richard Slaters at the Horse shoe and Chequer on Snow-Hill, the Prisoner, Strafford, came in with a Parcel of Plate bundled up in a Napkin in her Lap; she open'd it, and desired Mrs. Slater to let her have some Money upon it. I privately advised 'em to send for 2 Constable and Charge her, because I thought she did not come honestly by it; but they would not, and so she went away with it. Mr. Bains, and the Prosecutor's Landlord, told me next Day that such Plate was Advertised. Upon which we went to enquire for her at a Silk-Dyers in Spittle-Fields, Mr. Barns having heard that she had lived there; but when we came thither, we were told that she had been gone from thence above 4 Months We went away thro' some Back-Alleys into Shoreditch, where we accidentally met her with a Piece of Linnen under her Arm. I stopp'd her, and said, Madam, I am glad to see ye! She asked what Business we had with her. We told her she should soon be satisfy'd, and so we took her to the Swan Tavern in Shoreditch; Mr. Earns and the other Man went for a Constable, and charged him with her on Suspicion of being concerned in stealing the Plate. She directed us to Pet. Hughs's Lodging, which was at the Crooked-Billet, hard-by. The Constable went and fetched him, and as soon as she saw him she curs'd and damn'd him for a Son-of-a-Bitch for bringing her into such a Premunire. Peter took 4 or 5 Tea-Spoons out

of his Pocket, and gave them to the Constable. We went again to Peter's Lodging to see what we could find. Strafford pulled out the Drawer of a Trunk, from whence she took this Silver Tankard, 2 Porringers and a Punch-Ladle, and deliver'd them to the Constable: Then we all took Coach to the Prosecutor's House, where Peter owned that he had taken that Plate out of his Master's House.

Peter. I never saw the Plate till I saw it in her Hands.

Then Peter's Confession before Justice Deveil was proved and read in Court. He there in confesses, that he stole the Plate [mentioned in the Indictment] out of his Master Charles Sims's House; and says, that she, Susan Strafford , put him upon stealing it, and afterwards received it from him.

Thomas Barns . I heard that Strafford had been offering to pawn the Plate to Mrs. Slater, and that she sold some of it the same Evening to a Silversmith. I went next Day to Mrs. Slater, who told me the Plate was advertised: I remembred that Strafford had some time ago (I forget upon what Occasion) left Word that she lived at a Silk-Dyers in Slaughter-street in Spittle-Fields. I, and two more, went thither; where we were told, she had been gone a pretty while from that Place; but in going back, we met with her by Chance in Shoreditch, and carry'd her to a Tavern, where we examin'd her about the Plate. She said she had it out of the Country, and defy'd the World to touch her Honour. Look ye, says I, It signifies nothing to deny it, for that very Plate which you offered to pawn to Mrs. Slater is advertised - It is By-God? Says she, Then that Rogue Hughs has brought me into a fine Scrape. By her Directions we found Hughs and he gave 5 Tea Spoons to the Constable, and confess'd that he took the Plate from his Master, and that she was not with him when he did it.

Mr. Davis, a Goldsmith by Holborn Bridge, deposed, That he bought some Silver Spoons of her, and paid her a moderate Price.

Mr. Fernell deposed, That he bought 2 Spoons of her.

Susan Strafford . When Hughs first came out of the Country, he lodged at Mr. Newnham's, the Blue-Boar in High Holborn - He came to me one Day, and said that he had got some Plate that was sent him out of the Country by some Relation, and that it was in the Box where his Clothes were; but he owed Mr. Newnham some Money for Drink and Lodging, and therefore Mr. Newnham had stopp'd his Box. He came to me next Day and brought a Silver Spoon which he desir'd me to sell for him; telling me, that Newnham having given him leave to take a Shirt out of the Box, he found Means to take the Spoon unperceived. So we sold the Spoon for 11s. and hearing that the Prosecutor wanted a Servant, he went to him and was hired, and I went thither afterwards to give him a Character, because I knew his Friends in the Country. And when he came away from his Place, he brought this Plate to me wrapt up in his Shirt, and desired me to sell it for him, and buy him some Linnen, and other Necessaties; I lodged then at Mr. Brets in Shoreditch; but before I came there, I lived with Mr. Miller, a Silk Dyer, in Slaughter-street, in Spittle-fields.

Martha Slater . She brought the Plate to my House in her Apron, and laid it down upon the Table. She said it came from her Friends in the Country, who had sent to her by the Carrier, and she wanted me to lend her 20 l. upon it; but I refused. I had known her sometime as a Customer, but no otherwise.

The Jury acquitted her, and found Peter Hughs guilty of the Indictment. Death .

Elizabeth Prior.
4th December 1734
Reference Numbert17341204-6
VerdictNot Guilty

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7. Elizabeth Prior , Wife of James Prior , of St. Giles in the Fields , was indicted for privately stealing 1 Rug, 2 Blankets, 1 Bolster, 1 Pillowbier, 1 Looking-Glass, and 2 Sheets , the Goods of William Salter , Octob. 14 .

William Salter. The Prisoner was my Lodger; she, and her Husband went away on the 14th of October, without giving me notice. When they had been gone 3 Days, I broke open the Door, and mist my Goods. I met with her again, and asked her what she had done with them; she said they were in pawn, but she would not tell me where.

William Smith . I heard her own she had stolen them

Martha Williams. She owned to me that she had pawn'd them for 15 s. she was a very honest Woman before this happen'd.

The Felony appearing to be done with the Privity of her Husband, the Jury acquitted her.

Edward Atkins.
4th December 1734
Reference Numbert17341204-7

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8. Edward Atkins , of St. Martin in the Fields, was indicted for privately stealing 3 Silver Knee-Buckles, value 10 s. 4 Silver Stock-Buckles, value 16 s. 2 Silver Shoe-Buckles, value 12 s. 1 Silver Girdle-Buckle, value 2 s. and 1 Pair of Silver Sleeve-Buttons value 2 s. the Goods of John Liger in his Shop , October 19 .

Mr. Liger. On Sunday the 13th of October I miss'd some Buckles out of my Shew-Glass; I thought my Man might have lent 'em: But next Morning my Man told me some Buckles were gone he could not tell how. On the 31st of October Mr. White, the Prisoner's Master came over to me and asked me if I had miss'd any Thing. I said, Yes. Then he shew'd me some Buckles, and asked me if I knew them. I answer'd Yes, very well, these are mine. He told me that he had been robb'd too, and was afraid there was Confederacy between his Servant and mine. Upon this I examined the Prisoner, who confessed that between 11 and 12 at Night, when I was in Bed, he came to my Shop and desired my Man, who is near-sighted, to shew him some Buckles; upon which my Man opening the Shew-Glass, he (the Prisoner) at twice took out several Buckles, and put them into his Pocket.

Stephen Read , the Prosecutor's Apprentice. The Prisoner said he had a Letter from a Cousin in the Country, ordering him to send her some Buckles, and therefore he desired me to shew him some; and if they would do, he would pay me for them.

Mr White. The Prisoner is my Servant . I observ'd he had several Silver Things, and examin'd him how he came by them. He said he met a Man in the Street who gave him a Guinea. I thought this was a villainous Story, and what encreased my Suspicion of him was, that a Man at a Brewers told me the Prisoner had presented their Maid with a Diamond Ring worth 20 Guineas. - The Prisoner was carry'd before Mr. Justice Deveil, where he confess'd that he took the Goods out of the Prosecutor's Shew-Glass.

Prisoner. I don't deny that I had the Goods, but they were given me by the Prosecutor's Wife. My first Acquaintance with her was when he and my Master went out of Town together. Her Apprentice being gone out, she desired me to shut up her Shop for her, which I did. And then she said, Ned, what do you want? I said, A Buckle for my Hat, and one for my Stock She bid me take 'em. I asked her what they came to, she said she would not take any Thing of me. After this, I was at her House Thirteen Nights in Fourteen, while they were in Gloucestershire.

Mr. Ivell. Six or Seven Weeks ago the Prisoner sold me some old broken Silver Buckles.

Ruben Bowler . I was the Prisoner's Fellow-'Prentice, and never heard that he wronged any body.

Abraham Burrier . The Day the Prisoner was taken up his Master was sitting by me, when the Prosecutor came in and brought a Buckle, and said it was not quite the same as one of those that were found upon the Prisoner: And he said besides, that he had got his Number, and above his Number.

Court. Above his Number: That's a little strange!

James Needham . I went to Mr. White's, when he was out of Town, and his 2 Boys were over the Way at the Prosecutor's House - I have heard that they and the Prosecutor's Wife have drank 14 Gallons of Brandy together.

Mr. White. They have invented a great many Stories about junketting together, and sometimes they have run it up to 46 Gallons.

Mary Garman . I went to this Gentleman, and said, Consider this young Youth - Good God! - I never was afore a Justice my Lordship in my Life before - My Lordship should consider a young Youth - I never knew no harm of him before.

Three or Four Witnesses deposed that

they had known the Prisoner several Years, that they had never heard any Ill of him, and believed he was a civil honest young Man.

The Jury found the Prisoner guilty . Death .

Samuel Luelling.
4th December 1734
Reference Numbert17341204-8

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8. Samuel Luelling , of St. Paul's Covent Garden , was indicted for privately stealing a Silver Watch value 5 l. and a Seal value 1 l. from the Person of Edward Salisbury Nov. 4 .

He was a second time indicted for stealing a Hankerchief value 1 s. from Peter Gain , November 4 .

Mr. Salisbury. On the 4th of November, coming from the Bedford Arms Tavern in Covent Garden , there was a Mob gathered about 2 Men who were fighting. I stood still a little to look at 'em. when presently I felt my Watch drawn cut of my Fob. The Prisoner standing next me on my right Side, I collar'd him before he had got his Hand quite from under my Coat, and said, Sirrah, you have got my Watch, but in struggling he twisted himself about, and as I suppose, conveyed my Watch away to some of his Companions. However, some others assisting me we at last got him into a Tavern, where he was searched. My Watch indeed was not found upon him, but the Constable took from him a Handkerchief which was own'd by Mr. Gain.

Prisoner. How came you to expect me?

Mr. Salisbury. Expect ye? I suspected ye, because I found your Hand under my Coat at the same time that I felt my Watch drawn out of my Fob.

Prisoner. When I was at the Tavern the Gentleman said, they did not expect me to be such a Man; and the Prosecutor himself said, If I would send for any Body to my Character, he would not only discharge me, but down on his Knees and beg my pardon.

Mr. Salisbury. I said no such thing.

Hannah Bowen The Prisoner was my Servant 7 Years and a half I kept a Sutling. and Lodging-house at White-hall 3 Years ago, and I trusted him to take all my Money when I lay in - He has brought me 14 l. on a Night, and I never knew that he wrong'd me of a Farthing.

John Greencase . I have known him 2 Years, he lodg'd in the Room where my Work lay, in St. Martin's le Grand, and I never mist any thing.

Ann Dean. He lodged in my House 3 or 4 Months. My Husband is a Watchmaker, and he has trusted him several Hours together in our Garret where our Work both Gold and Silver is, and is never lock'd up.

Court. What Business does he follow?

Dean. I have heard that he sometimes works upon the Keys as a spare Man.

Second Indictment.

Mr. Gain. I was going by when Mr. Salisbury feiz'd the Prisoner, who made a violent Resistance, and cry'd out Murder. I assisted to thrust him into a Coach, and at last we got him into a Tavern, where the Constable searched him for Mr. Salisbury's Watch, but could not find it. At the same time I happened to have Occasion for my Handkerchief, but feeling for it, I 'mist it. The Constable found a Handkerchief upon him. I said, before I saw it, if it is mine it is stained and snuffy; upon which it was produced, and I knew it to be my own - Here it is.

Mr. Salisbury. I saw the Constable take this Handkerchief out of the Prisoner's Pocket, and Mr. Gain sent to his Mother for two or three more of the same sort, and they matcht exactly.

Prisoner. They were not the same Size by above an Inch.

Mr. Gain. Here is one of the same sort.

Then the two Handkerchiefs were compared, and agreed in every particular.

Mr.Hickman, Constable. Just as I had searched the Prisoner for the Watch, Mr. Gain said, he had lost his Handkerchief, which was stain'd with Snuff. Upon which, I searched the Prisoner again, and found it. Mr. Gain sent for three more which were of the same Size and Colour.

Mr. Gain. The Prisoner at first said, he had had the Handkerchief a Week, and then he said he found it that Night under the Piazza's - I had used it but two Minutes

before he was taken - When I went to him in the Gate-house, he said, I hope you'll bring in a Bill of Ignoramus, and if you do, I'll give you half a Guinea.

The Jury found him guilty of both Indictments. Death .

Mary Bowman.
4th December 1734
Reference Numbert17341204-9

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9. Mary Bowman , of St. Martin in the Fields , was indicted for privately stealing (with Sarah the Wife of John Turner , not yet taken) 1 Gold Ring, 3 Portugal Pieces value 10 l. 16 s. 5 Moidores, 6 Guineas and a half, and 5 s. the Money of Pierce Clay , in the House of John Dunkerton , October 26 .

Pierce Clay. I am an Ostler . My Money was in a little wooden Box, and this Box was in a Drawer in my Room, in John Dunkerton's House - This Money, and Box were taken out of the Drawer, and a Man and his Wife who lodged at the Prisoner's Father's House, appearing to have more Money than usual, I took them up, and carried them before a Justice; upon which, they sent for this Girl the Prisoner, and she clear'd them, and own'd that she took the Money her self, and so they were discharged. The Prisoner shew'd us how she open'd the Drawer, and shew'd us part of the wooden Box. She was sent to the Round-house.

Thomas Rogers . I and another went to her in Bridewell, where she made an ample Confession. She said that she took the Money out of Mr. Clay's Room, that she broke the Box, and threw it into her Father's Vault; and that the Man and Woman, who had been taken up, put her upon it.

Prisoner. I can't deny it; I was set on to do it by the Man and his Wife who lodg'd in my Father's House.

The Jury found her Guilty . Death .

James Casey, William Beesly.
4th December 1734
Reference Numbert17341204-10
VerdictNot Guilty; Guilty

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10. James Casey and William Beesly , of White-Chappel , were indicted for assaulting John Atkinson in an open Field near the High-way, putting him in fear, and taking from him 31 Yards of Cotton Check, value 27 s. Octob. 30 .

The Witnesses were examin'd apart.

John Atkinson . I am a Weaver by Trade. On the 30th of October, near the Evening, I went a-cross White-Chappel Fields to King David's Fort in Ratclif Highway , where I have some who work for me. I staid there till 7, and then came back with a Piece of Cotton Check which one of my Men had made for me. In the middle Field, where there is a Ditch on one side, and Soil on the other. I was attack'd by two young Fellows with Pistols, they damn'd me, and bid me stand, or I was a dead Man. Then one of them collar'd me, struck me over the Face with a Pistol, and swore again, D - ye, stand still ye Dog, or I'll shoot ye. The other searched my Pockets, and finding but nine Pence, he put it in again, and said, D - him, he has got nothing but Half-pence. Then they took my Piece of Check, and so they left me. It was a Moon-light Night, and I had a full view of their Faces; I verily believe that Casey is the Man who collar'd me; and that he who search'd my Pockets was this Man here, Macdonald. I went back to my Men at King David's Fort, and told 'em how I had been robb'd I likewise went to the Constable at the King's Arms in Sun-Tavern Fields, who told me that he should be out upon Duty that Night, and would look after such Fellows as I had describ'd, and then I went home the Street way - Next Morning I went over the same Fields, and called at the Prince of Orange's Head, which joins to the Field were I was rob'd, and left a Description there of the Men who had rob'd me. In about a Fortnight afterwards, some who were acquainted with my Workmen, calling at the Prince of Orange's Head, heard that the Men who rob'd me were apprehended, and that one of them who had made an Information, was in the New-Goal in Southwark. I went thither, and found Macdonald. He asked me if I knew him. I said, yes, I am pretty sure you are one of the Men that rob'd me. He said, it was true enough; for it was he that took the nine Pence, and a Key out of my Pocket, and put them in again; and that he had made his Information before Sir John Lade , and that his Companions were in Custody. I went to Sir John Lade, and he bound me over to prosecute. When Casey's Sister was taken on Macdonald's Information, for receiving the Goods, I went with her to Wood-street

Compter, to see her Brother, and there likewise found Beesly, who pulled off his Hat to me, and said, Sir, I hope you'll be favourable to us - He own'd himself to be acquainted with Macdonald: But I don't remember that ever I saw Beesly before; for I saw but two Men when I was rob'd, and these two I believe were Casey and Macdonald.

John Bishop . I happened to be at Justice Lade's when Macdonald made his Information; and coming from thence over the Water, I went to drink with Mr. Atkins at the Bull-head in Bread-street. While we were there, Beesly and John Sutton came in together, and were presently follow'd by Casey and two more. They all appear'd to be of one Company. Sutton enquired for Macdonald, and said, he heard he was in some Jail, but he did not know in what Jail. I told them, I believed Mr. Atkins could inform them; I gave Atkins a hint that I fancied these were the Men who were in Macdonald's Information. So we kept them drinking till we got sufficient Assistance, and then we apprehended them all Five. D - my Eyes, says Jack Sutton, here's almost two Load of us.

John Macdonald . I have known the two Prisoners about half a Year. On the King's Birth-day, which was the Day after my Lord Mayor's Day, we all went to the House of Mrs. Dick's in the Back Lane in White-Chappel, going towards Stepney Fields; there we staid drinking till past seven at Night, and then to Tom-Turd-Man's Hole in White-Chappel Fields, where we saw the Prosecutor coming along; upon which I said to Beesly, act out of the Path, and watch who comes t'other way, for here is but one Man, and we can deal with him; so Beesly went behind a Bank, about half a Stone's throw off; and then Casey collar'd the Gentleman, and beat him about the Head with a Pistol; and then I searched his Pockets, and took out a Six Pence, and Three Pennyworth of Half-Pence; which being but a Trifle, I bid him take it again. Then I took up the Piece of Check, and ran with it to Beesly, and gave it him to take care of. Casey and I followed the Prosecutor at a little Distance, as far as Mr. Emery's Garden; then we returned, and meeting Beesly, we all went to Aldgate, where we took Coach, and went to an Ale-house in St. Giles's, which was then kept by one Leadbeater; but he is now run away. There we measured the Check, and found there was 31 Yards; we carried it to Casey's Sister in Covent-Garden, and gave it her to pawn for us; and I likewise gave her a Handkerchief of my own. She brought us 17 s. for the Check, and 2 s. for the Handkerchief. We spent all the Money before we parted, in Victuals, Beer, and Gin; except half a Crown which I paid for a Wig - We lived together three or four Days in a Cellar.

Martha Busby . I was Nurse to Mrs. Dicks, who lives in the Back Lane against the Blue-Anchor. About Six o'Clock at Night - I don't remember the Day of the Month; but it was some remarkable Day, for there was a Bonfire before the King's Purveyor's Door - It might be five or six Weeks ago - Macdonald, and he in the Red Coat [pointing to Casey] and I believe the other Prisoner, but I can't be so positive to him, came Mrs. Dicks and went into a back Room, and shut the Door. I think they had half a Pint of Gin, and staid about half an Hour, and then they went away together towards the Fields. Macdonald has drank there several times; I have seen Casey twice with him; but I don't remember any thing of seeing Beesly there before that one Night.

Casey. Did you never hear my Name mentioned in Macdonald's Company?

Busby. No.

Casey. It is very strange that I should be three or four times in his Company, and he should never call me by my Name. I always got my Bread honestly by working as Labourer to Bricklayers, and Plaisterers . And one Day, as I was going to fetch a Hod that was left in the City, I happened to meet Jack Sutton , whom I had been to see in Newgate some time before, and spent a little Money to treat him - Not that I had any great Acquaintance with him neither - And so meeting with him in the Street, he

told me that he was going to see Jack Macdonald in Prilon, and carry him a Shilling; and he said if I would go with him he'd give me a Pot; upon which we went to the Bull-head in Bread-street, where we were taken, and this is all I know of Macdonald.

Jane Casey . My Brother, the Prisoner, has always been a very honest Boy, and work'd hard for his Bread - He commonly earn'd 10 s. a Week in the Winter, and 12 s. in the Summer - He work'd for Mr. Gray, the Builder.

Prisoner Beesly. I don't so much as know the Place where the Robbery was committed.

Eliz Savil . I am Beesly's Aunt. He always behav'd well - He was Apprentice to a Carver and Gilder; but his Master failing, he turn'd Labourer .

John Buckhold . I am a Builder . Beesly has work'd Labouring-work for me several Years, his Character in general was very honest.

Sarah Buckhold . When he has been going to work for my Husband out of Town, he has desired me to let his Mother have 1 s. out of his Wages.

Joseph Johnson , Bricklayer. He has work'd for me this 12 Months. I have known him 8 or 10 Years, and never knew him guilty of any Dishonesty.

Thomas Bryne . When he lodg'd at my House, he was never out after 8 at Night.

The Jury acquitted Beesly, and found Casey guilty . Death .

Elizabeth Wright.
4th December 1734
Reference Numbert17341204-11
VerdictGuilty > theft under 1s

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11 Elizabeth Wright , was indicted for privately stealing a Cheese, value 3 s. the Goods of Richard Page , November 14 . Guilty 10 d.

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Derry Wilmot.
4th December 1734
Reference Numbert17341204-12

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12. Derry Wilmot , was indicted for privately stealing a Pewter Tankard value 3 s. the Goods of Jonas Taylor , November 6 . Guilty .

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John Bailey.
4th December 1734
Reference Numbert17341204-13
VerdictGuilty > theft under 5s

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13 John Bailey , was indicted for privately stealing 3 Yards of Holland, value 8s 7 Yards of Irish Linnen, value 9 s. and 3 Ell of Russia Cloth, value 6 d the Goods of Thomas Davis , in his Shop , Novemb. 12.

Alice Davis . On Tuesday the 12th Day of November, between 7 and 8 at Night, as I was in my Shop, my Maid took in the Grate, but before she set it down, I perceived a Hand take the Parcel out of the Window: I cry'd Stop Thief, and the Prisoner was taken by Mr. Tims. I look'd out and saw the Prisoner drop the Parcel.

William Tims . As I was coming thro' Cripplegate , I heard a Cry of Stop-Thief, I saw the Prisoner and no body else near him, upon which I struck at him with my Stick; I miss'd his Head, but hit his Hand, and then he dropp'd the Bundle. Guilty 4 s. 10 d.

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Eleanor Keeble, Rachel Keeble.
4th December 1734
Reference Numbert17341204-14
VerdictNot Guilty; Guilty > theft under 5s

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14, 15 Eleanor Keeble and Rachel Keeble *, were indicted for privately stealing 10 Yards of printed Linnen, value 25 s. the Goods of Matthias and Robert Huntley in their Shop November 8 .

* Alias Rachel Oram . See the Trial of Perkins and Macgredy in Sept. 1732. Sess. Pap. No. 7. .

Matth.ias Huntley . The 2 Prisoners came into our Shop and asked to see some printed Linnen. I shewed 'em several Pieces, and they were extreme difficult, which made me suspect 'em. I saw Eleanor take hold of one Piece, and draw it gently till it fell off the Counter; upon which I turn'd about to the Shelves on purpose to give her an Opportunity of taking it up. But however I perceived her to stoop down close to the other Prisoner. I turn'd again to the Counter, she bid me 11 d. for half a Yard. I told her I could not take it, and so they both went just without the Door, when I pull'd 'em back, and Eleanor drop'd this Piece of printed Linnen from under her Petticoats.

Servant. I saw Eleanor drop the Piece just as my Master turn'd them both in.

The Jury acquitted Rachel, and found Eleanor guilty to the value of 4 s. 10 d.

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Thomas Chambers.
4th December 1734
Reference Numbert17341204-15

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16. Thomas Chambers , was indicted for privately stealing a Silver Watch, value 4 l. from the Person of Joseph Greathead , October 21 .

Joseph Greathead. On the 21st of October last about 6 in the Evening, as I was going down Snow-Hill , 3 or 4 Men stopp'd me and buffet'd me about. The Prisoner was one of them, and he push'd me on the Breast thus, and then 3 of them run towards the

Conduit. I presently miss'd my Watch, cry'd Stop Thief, pursued the Prisoner and took him within about 10 Yards from where I was robb'd.

Prisoner. Was I coming up the Hill or going, when you saw me first, Mr. Greathead?

Witness. You and your Companions were coming up and met me - I went to the Prisoner twice, when he was in the Counter, and he owned to me there that he was in the Robbery, and his Companions had sent him part of the Money that the Watch was pawn'd for.

Prisoner. Ah Lord! ha, ha, ha!

William Harmet . Last Monday I went with Mr. Greathead to see the Prisoner in the Compter - The Prisoner had made an Information and Confession before Alderman Brocas of a great many Robberies that he had been concerned in with several others; and I think two of them were taken; upon which the Prosecutor said to him, Were those two concerned with you in taking my Watch, The Prisoner answered, Yes. Are you sure of it? says the Prosecutor. Yes; reply'd the Prisoner. And adds the Prosecutor. Do you know where the Watch is? No, says t'other, for I was taken up immediately, and they pawn'd it, and sent me part of the Money.

Then the Prisoner's Confession was proved, and read in Court.

He therein says, that he, and others stole a Silver Watch in Leaden-hall-street - a Tuck Sword - a Silver Watch in Queen-street - another Sword - a Gold Watch - a Silver-hilted Sword in Long-Acre - a Silver Watch behind the Exchange - another near Drury Lane - a Gold Watch - a Silver Watch in Fleet-Street - other Watches - and lastly, that on the 21st of October, about 6 at Night, that he, and four more on Snow-Hill, picked the Pocket of Mr. Greathead of a Silver Watch.

William Ridley . I have known the Prisoner three or four Years; he is a Mop-stick-maker , he follow'd his Business, at which he could get 18 s. a Week; and I never saw any ill of him.

The Jury found him guilty of Felony.

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Ann Smith.
4th December 1734
Reference Numbert17341204-16
VerdictGuilty > theft under 1s

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17. Ann Smith , was indicted for privately stealing 11 Yards of Camblet, a Suit of Head Cloths, a Mob, a Knife, and Fork, and a Pair of Breeches , the Goods of George Stringer , October 8 . Guilty 10 d.

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John Stepney, Benjamin Beckles.
4th December 1734
Reference Numbert17341204-17
VerdictNot Guilty

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18, 19. John Stepney , and Benjamin Beckles , was indicted for stealing a Camblet Riding-hood, value 10 s. 2 Shirts, value 5 s. a Cap, and an Apron , the Goods of George Hasland , October 14 . Acquitted .

Mary Smith.
4th December 1734
Reference Numbert17341204-18

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20. Mary Smith , was indicted for privately stealing a Velvet Mantuil, value 15 s. a Damask Gown, value 6 s. 3 Cambrick Aprons, value 5 s. and a Smock, value 6 d. the Goods of Jane Parsons . And a Velvet Hood, value 5 s. the Goods of Mary Williams , Octob. 20 .

Mrs. Parsons. The Prisoner was my Servant ; she left me in Bed, and went away with my Goods; she was afterwards taken with part of them on her Back, and the rest were found by her Directions. Guilty .

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Martha .
4th December 1734
Reference Numbert17341204-19
VerdictGuilty > theft under 1s

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21. Martha, alias Mary Meacham , was indicted for stealing a Tea Kettle, value 3 s. the Goods of John Harding , Octob. 12. Guilty 10 d.

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Margaret Baker.
4th December 1734
Reference Numbert17341204-20
VerdictGuilty > theft under 1s

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22. Margaret Baker , was indicted for stealing 5 Plates, 2 Candle-sticks, 3 Pillowbiers, 1 Counterpane, 2 Window Curtains, and a China Cup , the Goods of John Banford , Octob. 26 . Guilty 10 d.

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John Tomkins.
4th December 1734
Reference Numbert17341204-21
VerdictNot Guilty

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23. John Tomkins , alias Thompson , of Islington , was indicted for breaking, and entering the House of Mary Gordon , no Person being therein, and stealing 35 Guineas, and 6 l. 17 s. Octob. 26. about the Hour of Three in the Afternoon .

Mary Gordon. On the 26th of October. I lock'd both my Doors, and went to a Neighbours House about 1 o'Clock in the Afternoon; I returned about three, and saw that a Pane of Glass was taken out of my Window; I looking for my Money, it was all gone.

Court. How much?

Mary Gordon . 35 Guineas, and 6 l. 17 s. in Silver.

Court. Where had you left it, and when did you see it last?

Mary Gordon. A little before I went out I put 4 Shillings into the Bag which I left betwixt my Feather Bed, and the Sacking Bottom in the Room where I lay, which was below Stairs - Next Day, a Milk Boy (who had heard of my Loss) came and gave

me notice that the Prisoner was at Mr. Wood's House in Shoreditch with a Bag of Money; So I went to Mr. Wood's and found the Prisoner with my Bag upon him, and 26 Guineas and a half in it. I can swear to the Bag - Here it is, and here's what's left of the Money. When he was taken before the Justice he said he found the Bag in a Load of Dung.

Prisoner. Had you seen me near your House for 2 or 3 Months before you lost the Money?

Mr. Gordon. The last time I saw him he was charged with stealing Abricots.

William Wood . I keep the Gentleman and Porter in Shoreditch. On the 22d of October the Prisoner came to my House very much fuddled, and called for a Full Pot of Beer, and a Quartern of Brandy. He pulled out a Bag of Money. Whose is that, John? says I Why says he, 'Tis my Master Herbert's, I have been to sell Potatoes for him. A Boy coming in and seeing the Bag of Money, said there was a poor Woman at Newington-Green who had been robb'd. The Prisoner threw the Drink about the House and dropt some of the Money. There was a Guinea and a half that I saw. John, says I, take care of your Money. Ay, says he, for if I lose it I must work it out. The Boy went out, and I suppose went to the Woman that had lost the Money, for she came with a Constable and charged the Prisoner. She owned the Bag, and asked him how he came by it. He said then that he found it in Mr. Woolaston's Entry where he had been at work; but when he was carry'd before the Justice he said he found it in a Dung-Cart.

Fran Kempthorn . I went to Mr. Herbert's at Hackney, and he said that the Money was none of his, and he knew nothing of it - But Mr. Herbert is here himself.

Mr. Herbert. The Prisoner receiv'd no Money for me; and so I told Mr. Wood when he sent for me.

Thomas Bee . I convicted the Prisoner 12 or 14 Years ago for stealing a Pair of Silk Stockings. -

Court. You must not speak to Particulars, for it is not to be supposed that the Prisoner is prepar'd to answer them.

John Knot . I have known the Prisoner 12 Years, he lodg'd some Time in my House and drew Beer. I have heard that he has a very honest Character.

Nicholas Backmaker . He has work'd for my Father and Mother: Some give him a good Character, and some but indifferent

Prisoner. I fetch'd Dung for Mr. Woolaston (a Cow-keeper) and going home, I found this Bag of Money lying a-cross a Path, and there was besides, a Pair of Silver Buckles and 2 Gold Rings in the Bag.

The Jury acquitted the Prisoner.

Charlotte Smith.
4th December 1734
Reference Numbert17341204-22
VerdictGuilty > theft under 40s

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24. Charlotte Smith , was indicted for privately stealing a Tortoiseshell Snuff-Box, with a Silver Rim, a Patch Box, 2 Silver Spoons, a Silver Girdle-Buckle, a Pair of Silver Buckles, a Silver Pocket-Piece, 2 Guineas, and 1 l. 17 s. 6 d. in Silver; the Goods and Money of Richard Copson in his House , October 27 .

Richard Copson. I am Coachman for the Master of the Red-Lyon-Inn in Holborn , and I keep an Alehouse in the Yard; the Prisoner was my Servant . I left my Goods and Money in my Drawers in my Bedchamber, and went down to Wickham with the Mayor of Wickham. I return'd in 3 Days, the Prisoner was then gone: I had Occasion to change a Guinea, and going up Stairs I found my Drawers open, and miss'd my Money and Goods. My Wife told me that she had missed half a Guinea 3 Days before, and had taken the Prisoner before a Justice, but she was discharg'd. I found the Prisoner next Day coming out of a Brandy-Shop in Vine-Street, and apprehended her. And afterwards having Intelligence that she had taken a Lodging at Mr. Cummins's in Queen-Street, Bloomsbury; I went thither and found her Box with my Goods and Money in it. She being search'd, the Key of that Box was found upon her.

Prisoner. I was taken up on Thursday about the Half-Guinea, and was never in the House afterwards.

Mary Cipson . The Door of my Room opens into a publick Passage; I had lost the Key of it on Thursday, but having another Key that would open it, I never minded to change the Lock.

The Jury found the Prisoner guilty to the value of 39 s.

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Mordecai Abrahams.
4th December 1734
Reference Numbert17341204-23

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25. Mordecai Abrahams , was indicted for stealing a Silver Repeating Watch, gilt, value 10 l. a Gold Chain for a Watch. value 3 l. a Cornelian Seal, a Shagreen Watch-Case and 5 Silver Forks , the Goods of Jacob Fernandez Nunes , October 9 .

Mr. Nunes. I took the Prisoner for an Errand-Boy . I went out on the 9th of October, but had not been gone long before I was sent for home. My Wife told me that the Boy was gone, and the Goods missing. As I suspected he would endeavour to go over Sea, I sent Letters to Gravesend, Dover and Harwich describing him, and advising to stop him; and at Harwich he was taken by Mr. Booth, a Constable, who brought him and all the Goods to London.

John Booth . Having a Warrant to apprehend the Prisoner, I took him at the Bridle-House in Harwich; I found the Goods upon him tied up in the Tail of his Shirt. The Jury found him Guilty .

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Catherine Lee.
4th December 1734
Reference Numbert17341204-24
VerdictNot Guilty > no evidence

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26. Catherine Lee , was indicted for stealing 8 Ells of Irish Linnen, 2 Yards of Check and other Things ; the Goods of Thomas Greenaway , November 30 . No Evidence, acquitted .

John Owen.
4th December 1734
Reference Numbert17341204-25
VerdictGuilty > lesser offence

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27. John Owen , was indicted for breaking and entring the House of William Rolls , and stealing 16 s. 9 d. Half-penny, August 18 in the Night .

Jane Rolls . On the 18th of August, between the Hours of One and Three in the Morning the Hinges were taken off the Back Door of my Shop, the Door flung down in the Alley, my Till was broke open, and 16 s. and 9 d. Half-penny taken out of it, and a Bottle of Gin from behind the Compter. - I found this Buckle in my Shop, I knew it belong'd to the Prisoner, for he work'd at the Stables in the neighbourhood and used to drink at my House, and sometimes he would buckle up his Shoes there, which made me take Notice of his Buckles; and besides he had made his Brags of what he had done, and so I had him taken up and carry'd before Alderman Brocas, where he confessed that he and two more broke my House open and took my Money.

Francis Hulls , Watchman, depos'd, That he found the Door off the Hinges between 1 and 2 in the Morning. Thomas Bolton the Bellman depos'd, That he and the Constable took the Prisoner near Cripplegate, and he confessed the Fact.

His Confession before Sir Richard Brocas was proved and read in Court: He therein owns that himself, James Smith , and John Panton , on Sunday Morning the 30th of November before Day-Light, broke open the House of William Rolls in the Parish of St. Giles's without Cripplegate , and stole some Money and a Quart Bottle of distill'd Liquors.

The Jury acquitted him of the Burglary, and found him guilty of the Felony only .

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Elizabeth Davis.
4th December 1734
Reference Numbert17341204-26
VerdictNot Guilty

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28. Elizabeth Davis , was indicted for stealing 2 Sheets and 2 Pillowbiers , the Goods of Joseph Dutton , October 27 . Acquitted .

Thomas Pridmore.
4th December 1734
Reference Numbert17341204-27

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29. Thomas Pridmore , was indicted for stealing 30 lb. of Lead, value 2 s. the Goods of Edward Morton , Gent . from his House November 30 . Guilty .

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Martha Holcomb, , Charles Holcomb.
4th December 1734
Reference Numbert17341204-28
VerdictsNot Guilty

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30. Martha Holcomb , alias Nichols , and , were indicted for stealing a Silver Snuff-Box value 20 s. and 9 Guineas , the Goods and Money of Charles King , November 5 . And

28. Charles Holcomb , was indicted for receiving the said Snuff-Box, knowing it to have been stolen .

Charles King . Von Night ven it vas too late to go home, I go with Mrs. Olumb, to de Tree Tun Tavern in Princes-street. - No, she no go vid me dare, but I go vid mine self, and bid de Drawer to fesh me some body dat will help me to a Loshing, and he bring Mrs. Olcomb, and she tell a me dat she will help me to von vary good Loshing at Mrs. M - in de same Street - dat Mrs. M - is de oder Presonar - Vell, den we drink some Vine, and den she call for de Coash and we go togader to Mrs. M - in tree Minute, and Mrs. Olcomb make a me give de Coashman Tree Shillings. Velden ve go up deStair, and den ve all drink togader; and I pay five or six

Shilling for mine Loshing and de Reckoning, and give Mrs. Olcomb Ten Shilling for her Troubel, and den I go to Bed vid mine self and put mine Breeshes in de Shair and mine Snuff-Box, and 9 Guineas was den in mine Pockate, and de Lequor was got in mine Head, and I fall asleep till 5 o' de Clock in de Morning. Vell, den Mrs. Olcomb come into de Room (vor de Door was open all de Night) and she make a great Noise and vake me, and say, Pray you Fellow get up! - Vat you do here in mine Bed? So, I get up and take mine Breeshes, and when I feel in mine Pockate, I no cou'd find my Snuff-Box and Money, it was all gone, and den Mrs. M - come down into de Room; den I dress mine self and go avay but say noting of vat I lose for fear I shall be knock'd on dehead, till de next Night, and den I go to de Shustice and get de Varrant for de Conestauble and take up de two Womans. Mrs. Olcomb confess before de Shustice dat she take 2 Guinea and a half out of mine Pockate, and dat I give her de rest. And Mrs. M - was bail'd. Vell den Sharles Olcomb come to me and say dat if I no prosecute de Vomans, he will give me de Snuff Box, and two Guinea in Gold, and his Note for tree Guinea more; but I tell him I no vill do dat; and so I take him before de Shustice, and de Shustice commit him to de Bridevell.

Mr. Rawlins. On the 9th of November, Charles Holcomb pawn'd this Snuff-Box to me for 10 s. and it was fetch'd away again on the 18th. He is a Chairman , and plyed in the Neighbourhood, Justice Mitford sent for me, to let me know it was stolen.

Henry Pike . Charles Holcomb own'd in my hearing, that he had the Box, and said, he would deliver it to the Prosecutor, if the Prosecutor, would give the Woman a release. Upon this the Prosecutor got a Warrant, and took him up.

The Defeuce of the Prisoner.

Martha Holcomb . I was going to my Husband - I call him my Husband, but he's only my Friend - who was at an Ale-house in Princes-street when the Drawer at the Three Tuns met me, and said, an old Acquaintance of mine wanted to speak with me. So I went to the Tavern where I found the Prosecutor, and very drunk he was, and would needs go home with me to my Lodging. So after we had drunk together, a Coach was called, we drove to Catherine-street where we stopt, and then drove to Mrs. M - We went up Stairs, and here I and Mrs. M - drank 3 three Shilling Bowls of Punch and a Bottle of Wine: After which, he made me a present of half a Guinea, and eight Shillings in Silver, and offered me half a Guinea more to lie with him; but I told him I was not very well; and so he gave Mrs. M - the half Guinea to pay my Surgeon; and promised me that when I was cured, he would buy me a new Gown, and keep me. And as for the Snuff-Box he made me a Present of it, and bid me keep it for his sake.

Prosecutor. Go ye nasty lying Toad.

Martha Holcomb . As to what he says about leaving his Breeches in the Chair, and my frightning him out of Bed in the Morning, there is nothing in it, for he did not go to Bed at all: Indeed he was very angry at it, because I would not oblige him; but when I had told him the reason of it, the Heat of his Passion was soon over, and a vast deal of Civility passed on both sides, and he went away in a very good Humour.

C - M - The Prosecutor and Mrs. Holcomb came in a Coach to my Door about 2 o'Clock in the Morning: I shew'd 'em up two Pair of Stairs, and they had a Bowl - it was but one Bowl - of Arrack Punch, a Bottle of Wine, and three Jellies. He would have gone to Bed with her, but she said she was out of Order. And indeed I knew she was very ill - so ill, that she could not well go out about her Business. And I had engaged my self for a Guinea to a Doctor. And so she came down and left the Gentleman, and he would not go to Bed by himself. I desired her not to leave him there alone; upon which, she went up again and brought him down. I told him he might have a Bed at the Bear in Bow street. He Swore and Curst, and called me B - but said nothing of any Loss; and so he

went away - I had No-body than up in my House but one Gentlewoman, for my Maid, and my Husband were gone to Bed.

Joseph Staton . I heard Mrs. Holcomb offer to give two Guineas, and her Note for four, and to return his Box, rather than go to Jail. But as for Mrs. M - I have known her these four Years; she bears a very honest Character; she keeps a Coffee-house, and a civil House it is - as to Robberies.

Mr. Cleaver. I keep a Tavern and serve her with Wine; she is a Woman of a good Character, and Civil.

Robert Fish , Drawer at the Three Tuns. The Prosecutor came in alone; he sent our Porter for a Woman. The Porter fetch'd Mrs. Holcomb. They had two Pints of Wine; he order'd a Coach; she called for another Pint, and when that was out they went away together in the Coach. They ordered the Coachman to drive to Cheapside. The Prosecutor being drunk, my Master bid the Porter see which way they went, and he follow'd them till they were in Russel-street, which is beyond Mrs. M - but how much further they went I don't know.

Mrs. Cope. I have known Mrs. M - five or six Years; she is a very honest principle Woman, and would not suffer any wrong to be done in her House.

Edmond Holcomb . The Prisoner Charles is my Brother, he is a Chairman, and works hard for his Bread - I know his Wife - but the Prisoner Martha is not his Wife, tho' she may call him Husband.

Richard Avison . I have known him 15 Years; he lodged a long time in St. Alban's Street, near where I live, and always had a good honest Character.

The Jury acquitted all the Prisoners.

Margaret Hobbs, Hester Hobbs.
4th December 1734
Reference Numbert17341204-29
VerdictNot Guilty

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29. Margaret Hobbs , alias Copper , and Hester Hobbs , alias Lewin , were indicted for stealing a Guinea, and 7 s. the Money of Thomas Gray , alias Mac Creagh , Octob. 10 .

Prosecutor. Going about Noon from the Castle Tavern thro' Colston's Court , at the Corner of the Court next Wild-street, the old Woman Margaret Hobbs was standing at her Door, and asked me to give her a Dram. I said I don't care if I do; and so I went in, but knowing it to be an ill House, I thought it prudent to take care of my Money, and part the Gold from the Silver. I had a Guinea, and 7 s. 6 d. I put the Guinea in this Pocket, 7 Shillings in this, and 6 Pence which I intended to spend I put in my Mouth. I found the young Woman Hester Hobbs in the room, I sat down by her, put one Hand round her Neck, and t'other - down her Bosom, and her Arm-way about my middle; and while I was kissing her, the old Woman put her Hand in that Pocket where the Silver was, and her Hand was shut when she pulled it out again. I felt, and mist my 7 Shillings: I presently examined t'other Pocket, and the Guinea was gone too - I suppose the young one got that - What says I, Do you rob me? Ye Dog, says the old one, Do ye breed a Riot in my House? I got up, and threatned to make 'em suffer for it; and just as I was going out, the old Woman offer'd me the Silver, and said, Here, take your Seven Shillings; but I refused it, and went to Mr. Kelly, and told him how I had been rob'd: He said I was rightly serv'd, for he did not know what Business I had in a Bawdy-house.

Council. What Business do you follow?

Prosecutor. I practice the Law - 'tis What I was bred to.

Council. Where you never in that House before?

Prosecutor. Once I was.

Margaret. O the Villain! I was in the Fleet with my Husband that Day as he says he was rob'd - He and William Obrian , and Charles Macdonnel had sworn my Husband into the Fleet for 100l. Now this Fellow comes to my House the Day after Michaelmas, and says, Ye Bitch! ye Irish Bawd! Do you maintain that Bug your Husband? D - ye, I'll have you, and the young Whore your Niece in Newgate; and from that Day to this I have never seen his Face.

Mrs. - The Prisoner Margaret keeps a Brandy-shop which I kept before she came into it. On the 30th of September, as I was drinking Tea with her and her Niece (the other Prisoner) a Man came in with a slopping Hat - this Man looks something like him, for he had Pimples in his Face, and they called him Tom Graham - And tho' they gave him no Provocation, he fell upon them and beat them both; and said that before that Day Sen'night he would have both the Aunt and the Niece in Newgate.

Ann Burbidge . I keep a Fruit-Cellar under the King's-Arms Tavern, and hearing a Noise at the Prisoner's Door I went over, and there was one Macgray, I think they call him, abusing them. Margaret Hobbs asked him what he would have, and he swore, D - ye, I have your Husband in Goal, and I'll have you ye old Baud, and the young Whore your Niece in Newgate before a Week's at an End.

James Sharp , Headborough. I keep a Grocer's Shop facing the Prisoners. I never knew any Noise or Disturbance in their House, and they have the Character of very modest Women.

Thomas Pass . I am a Peace-Officer. I went to their House one Night to keep the Peace, and sent the Prosecutor - I believe it was he - about his Business, for he was calling all to naught - Bitch and Whore, and Baud - and he told' em that he never stole the King's Plate - But for all that the Prisoners have a very good, fair, just and honest Character.

Mary White . I knew the Prisoners 6 Years in Ireland, they have been about a Year and a half in England, and live in Love with their Neighbours.

The Jury acquitted the Prisoners.

John Bolton.
4th December 1734
Reference Numbert17341204-30

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Jane Hunt.
4th December 1734
Reference Numbert17341204-31

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31. Jane Hunt , was indicted for stealing a Silver Pint Mug, value 30 s. the Goods of Richard Norman , June 7, 1733 . Guilty .

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Thomas Upton.
4th December 1734
Reference Numbert17341204-32
VerdictGuilty > theft under 40s

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32. Thomas Upton , was indicted for stealing a Silver Tankard, value 4 l. 13 s. the Goods of Richard Croft , in his House , November 5 . Guilty 39 s.

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Mary Hunt.
4th December 1734
Reference Numbert17341204-33
VerdictGuilty > theft under 1s

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33. Mary Hunt , was indicted for stealing a Shirt, and a Cap, the Goods of John Steed , and a Gown, the Goods of Priscilla Collins , November 23 . Guilty, 10 d.

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Mary Day.
4th December 1734
Reference Numbert17341204-34
VerdictGuilty > theft under 1s

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34. Mary Day , was indicted for stealing a Coat , the Goods of Samuel Wallaxhall , October 1 . Guilty 10 d.

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John Gibbs.
4th December 1734
Reference Numbert17341204-35
VerdictNot Guilty

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34. John Gibbs , was indicted for stealing a Hat , the Goods of Joseph James , November 23 . Acquitted .

Katharine Cooms.
4th December 1734
Reference Numbert17341204-36
VerdictGuilty > theft under 1s

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35. Katharine Cooms , was indicted for stealing 9 Pair of Stays. value 5 l a Camblet Cloak, and other Goods , the Property of John Annet , Sept. 22 . Guilty 10 d.

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Jane May.
4th December 1734
Reference Numbert17341204-37

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36. Jane May , was indicted for stealing a Silver Spoon, a Saucepan, 6 Napkins, 2 Knives, 3 Forks, 4 Wine Glasses, 1 Mustard Glass, and a Vinegar Crewet , the Goods of John Goosetry , November 27 .

The Prisoner was Servant to the Prosecutor, at the Old Devil Tavern, Temple-Bar . He had missed several Things, and being informed that she frequently went out early in the Morning, he order'd his Boy to watch her. The Boy dogg'd her to the House of - Barns, an old Woman in White's-Alley, where she was taken and the Goods found upon her. She was carry'd before Justice Newton, to whom she made a full Confession which was taken in Writing; and was prov'd and read in Court. The Jury found her Guilty .

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Robert Bell.
4th December 1734
Reference Numbert17341204-38
VerdictNot Guilty

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37. Robert Bell , was indicted for stealing a Gold Watch value 10 l. the Goods of Richard Tireman , October 29 .

Mr. Tireman. As I was going with my Nephew Dawson, betwixt the Old Change and St. Paul's Church-yard about 4 o'Clock in the Afternoon of my Lord Mayor's Day; we were hussel'd about by 3 or 4 Fellows till I was almost out of Breath. When I came to the Trunkmakers at the Corner of Cheapside

I miss'd my Watch, and turning back, and speaking of it, I met one William Beck , who said he had taken particular Notice of a tall Fellow in a Cape-Coat who was gone towards the Old Change; and perceiving a great Crowd about the Swan Tavern Passage, I stept forward in hopes of finding some of the Fellows that hussl'd me; but being a little behind he hipp'd to me and said, pointing to the Prisoner, There goes the Man that has got your Watch; the Prisoner was in a Cape Coat and red Breeches: I suppose he heard what was said, for he presently mended his Pace, we follow'd and seized him by the Nag's-head Tavern-Door. Ye Dog, says I where's my Watch. Presently the Watch was dropp'd and Beck took it up, and said Here is your Watch, I had like to have catch'd it; and so he gave it me all dirty. We carry'd the Prisoner to the Star Alehouse, and afterwards before a Justice, but he would confess nothing.

W. Beck. As I was standing with my Shop-Mates by the Pastrycook's Shop at the End of Cheapside to see my Lord Mayor's Show, a Crowd of Men came thrusting along. Says my Mate, That tall Fellow there in a Cape-Coat looks like a Pick-Pocket. The Mob turn'd back towards the Old Change, and the Prosecutor turn'd about too and said he had lost his Watch. I went back with him, a great many crouded into the Swan Passage but could not get thro', and so they came out again. The Prisoner was in a Cape Coat. I pointed to him and others and said, There they go by the Joyner's Stand. We follow'd and the Prosecutor took hold of the Prisoner by the Nag's-head Tavern; but the Prisoner was not that Man in the Cape Coat that I saw at first, but there was another Man close by who turn'd about and run, and just as he turn'd I felt something hit against my Foot. I stoop'd down and found it was the Watch.

Court. Did the Watch fall from the Prisoner, or the other Man?

Beck. They had both Cape Coats. The Prisoner stood at my Left Hand. I held him by the Right Shoulder, and the Prosecutor held him on the other Side, and the Watch fell at my Right Foot a Yard from the Prisoner.

Court. If the other Man had taken the Watch, is it likely that he would follow the Prosecutor with it, stand quietly by him, and then throw it away when he was not in Custody, nor so much as suspected.

John Dawson . The Prisoner in a Cape Coat and red Breeches and two or three more Men husseled me, and my Uncle Mr. Tireman so that they could not go one Way or other for 2 or 3 Minutes, and then they went back and Mr. Tireman miss'd his Watch. The People said those Fellows had been larking about for 2 or 3 Hours, we follow'd them. Beck told us they were at the Swan Door; my Uncle and I passed the Prisoner without minding him, but Beck hipped and said, There goes the Man up the Old Change. The Prisoner then mended his Pace. We pursued, and Mr. Tireman and I collered him; Beck was then a little behind us, and no body else was near us. When Beck came up, I did not indeed see the Prisoner drop the Watch, but I saw his Hand under his Coat, and presently Beck stoop'd and took the Watch up from between the Prisoner's Legs. and said, Here's your Watch, I had like to have taken it before it fell to the Ground.

Prisoner. There was a hundred Mob about us.

Mr. Dawson. There was no body, before the Watch was drop'd, but Mr. Tireman and I, and Beck and the Prisoner; but presently afterwards the People gathered about us. We carry'd the Prisoner into the Star Passage, where 2 or 3 Fellows would have rescued him; but a Gentleman drew his Sword and made 'em keep off.

[Then Beck was called in again, for the Witnesses were examined apart.]

Court. Where did the other Man in the Cape Coat stand.

Beck. At my Right Hand, the same Side as the Watch fell.

Court. Who else did you see there when the Watch was dropt?

Beck. There was a Mob of 20 People about us, and they were going to seize him.

Court. For what? Did any body charge him?

Beck. No.

Court. Where was Mr. Dawson then?

Beck. I don't remember that I saw him till we came into the Star Alehouse, nor that I saw him before the Justice.

Mr. Dawson. I had hold of the Prisoner. There was no Man in a Cape Coat but the Prisoner, and I was with him before the Justice.

Mr. Tireman. Mr. Dawson was with me when I lost my Watch, when we took the Prisoner, when we were at the Ale-house, and before the Justice. There was no Man in a Cape Coat but the Prisoner, nor any body near us when the Watch was dropt.

Court. Beck! What Business do you follow?

Beck. I am a Cabinet-maker, I work in Baldwin's Gardens.

Prisoner. I have Witnesses to my Character.

Elizabeth Johnson I keep the White Bear Inn in Gray's-Inn Lane. I have known the Prisoner 9 or 10 Years; he sets his Horse up at my House; he goes in the Country for two or three Months, and buys Woollen Cloth; he is a Cloth-worker by Trade and has a very honest Character.

John Copeland . I am a Taylor, and have work'd for him; he's a very honest Man as can be in the World; I have known him eight or nine Years.

Eliz. Copeland. And I can say the same.

Richard Cox . I have known him five or six Years; I have dealt with him for Yorkshire Cloth - the last Parcel I bought was at this Lady [Elizabeth Johnson's] House; it came to 14 l.

Mr. Baker. I have known him three Years, and never heard a Character of him to his Prejudice. I have dealt with him for Cloth to the value of about 20 l.

The Jury acquitted him.

William Rogers.
4th December 1734
Reference Numbert17341204-39
VerdictNot Guilty

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38. William Rogers , alias Rogerson , was indicted for stealing 118 lb. of Lead, value 15 s. the Property of the Mayor, Commonalty, and Citizens of London . November 9 .

Samuel Cheuit . I and the Prisoners who is a Labourer , were at work at Welch-hall under Guild-hall ; we stole the Lead at several times from Welch hall. and sold it to William Cockson, and his Wife, in White-Cross-Street, and shared the Money.

William Cockson . I bought some Lead of Cheuit, and I think the Prisoner was then with him.

Margaret Cockson , They both brought Lead together twice or three times, and I bought it of them. I know the Prisoner by his blind Eye, and I am sure that he was with Cheuit.

Col. Brown, and several others gave the Prisoner the Character of a very honest Fellow.

The Jury acquitted him.

John Wheatly.
4th December 1734
Reference Numbert17341204-40

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39. John Wheatly , was indicted for stealing four Shillings , the Money of Thomas Walker , Octob 27 . The Prisoner and two more Men went into the Prosecutor's Shop, and called for a Quartern; one of them held his Hat before the Till, while the Prisoner put a Whale-bone with Bird-lime at the End of it into the Till, and drew out a Shilling; he did so a second and third time; but perceiving then that the Prosecutor's Servant took notice of him, he threw down his Whale-bone, and said it would not do. The other two ran away; but he was taken, and a Pot of Bird-lime, and 2 Shillings limed together were found in his Pockets. In his Defence, he said he was going with these two Men to catch Birds, and they had the Whale-bone and Bird-lime for that Purpose. Guilty .

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George Douglas.
4th December 1734
Reference Numbert17341204-41
VerdictNot Guilty

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40. George Douglas , was indicted for stealing 6 Gallons of Brandy, value 18 s. the Goods of William Hamans , in his Shop , Nov. 27.

John Middleton . The Prisoner brought another Man into my Master's Shop, and said, I'll give you a Dram Will; and then put out a Half-penny. D - your Blood, says Will. What do you bring me here for, if you have no more Money? and so they both went out. A 6 Gallon Cask of Brandy was then standing by the Counter near the Door; I saw it there after they were gone out.

They came in again in two Minutes, and then the Prisoner had got a Penny, and so they call'd for a Quartern Will (as the Prisoner call'd him) drank first, and while my Back was turned went out; the Prisoner then drank, and went out too. I presently mist the Cask, and pursued the Prisoner, and took him within three or four Doors of our Shop. There was no-body but these two in the Shop, from the time I saw the Cask, to the time I mist it.

John Warden , Constable. As I was conducting the Prisoner along. he squeez'd me under the Arm, and said, If you'll let me go I'll make you satisfaction. He deny'd at first that he knew the other Man, but afterwards own'd that he was acquainted with him in Ireland, and said, that he frequented the Black Boy in Newtener's Lane. I and some others went thither to look for him; but there we found about thirty shabby Fellows, who begun to mob us, so that we were glad to get away.

The Jury acquitted him.

Catherine Ecclestone.
4th December 1734
Reference Numbert17341204-42
VerdictNot Guilty

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41. Catherine Ecclestone , was indicted for privately stealing 5 Gallons of Anniseed Water, value 10 s. the Goods of Thomas Roberts in his Shop , November 18 . Acquitted .

Elizabeth Clark.
4th December 1734
Reference Numbert17341204-43
VerdictNot Guilty

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42. Elizabeth Clark , was indicted for privately stealing a Purse, 4 Moidores, 27 Guineas, and 7 Shillings, from the Person of William Clifford , Nov. 27 .

William Clifford . I came out of Darbyshire, and went to wait on the Duke of Devonshire; By the way I met the Prisoner in Drury-Lane about the Dusk in the Evening, and went with her to a Tavern, where we staid about 2 Hours and a half, and then I mist my Purse. There was more Money in it than I have charged her with. Upon missing it, I called the Drawer to search her, but as soon as he came, she clapt something into his Hand - I suppose it was my Purse - and he went out directly. In a little time he came in again, and stript her, but nothing of mine was then to be found upon her - I would have had a Constable, but they kept me in suspence, and would not send for one - However I know the worst on't.

The Jury acquitted her.

Ann Watson, Jane Field.
4th December 1734
Reference Numbert17341204-44
VerdictNot Guilty; Guilty

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43. Ann Watson , and Jane Field , were indicted for stealing 31 Yards of Poplin, value 10 s. 6d. the Goods of Joseph Bird ; and three Pewter Plates, the Goods of Mary Johnson , Dec. 3.

Field was acquitted , and Watson found guilty .

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Sarah Williams.
4th December 1734
Reference Numbert17341204-45
VerdictNot Guilty

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44. Sarah Williams , were indicted for privately stealing 127 Ounces of Brass Weights, the Goods of William Wilks , in his Shop , Octob. 30. Acquitted .

Martha Sheppard, Richard Sheppard, Hester Holms.
4th December 1734
Reference Numbert17341204-46
VerdictGuilty > pleaded guilty; Guilty; Not Guilty

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45. Martha Sheppard , alias Drew , Richard Sheppard and Hester Holms , were indicted for stealing 56 Yards of Shalloon, value 3 l. the Goods of Stanly Goddard , Sept. 7.

Richard Sheppard pleaded Guilty : The Jury found Martha Sheppard Guilty , and acquitted Hester Holms .

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Richard Sheppard, Hester Holms.
4th December 1734
Reference Numbert17341204-47
VerdictsNot Guilty; Guilty

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46. Richard Sheppard and Hester Holms , were a second time indicted, he for stealing 36 Yards of Callimanco, value 3 l. Oct. 31. the Goods of John Holms ; and she for receiving 3 Yards of the same, knowing it to have been stolen.

They were a third time indicted, Richard Sheppard for stealing 58 Yards of Tammy, value 40 l. Oct. 31. and Holms for receiving the same knowing it to be stolen .

The Jury acquitted Hester Holms of both Indictments, and found Richard Sheppard guilty of both.

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Richard Lloyd.
4th December 1734
Reference Numbert17341204-48
VerdictGuilty > theft under 1s

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47. Richard Lloyd , was indicted for privately stealing 18 Yards of Check, value 15 s. the Goods of James Stevenson and Martha Smith in their Shop , Nov. 9 . Guilty. 10 d.

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Thomas Lindsey.
4th December 1734
Reference Numbert17341204-49
VerdictGuilty > theft under 1s

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48. Thomas Lindsey , was indicted for stealing a Pair of Breeches, and a Pair of Stockings , the Goods of John Sprake , Nov. 19 . Guilty 10 d.

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Emanuel Pim.
4th December 1734
Reference Numbert17341204-50
VerdictGuilty > lesser offence

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49. Emanuel Pim , was indicted for; breaking and entring the House of William Wayte , and stealing 2 Shirts, a Sheet, a Smock, a Blue Apron, and 3 Handkerchiefs, November 4 , in the Night .

Joan Wayte . I hung up some Linnen to dry in my Room below Stairs. I went out between 8 and 9 at Night, and shut my Door after me; but when I returned, which was in about half an Hour, my Door was open, and the Linnen was gone.

Edward Lawrence , Constable. Going by a suspected House, I listened at the Window, and over-heard this Boy, Will. Bear, tell his Mother that he had got a Shirt, and a Shift. I went in and apprehended him. He presently offer'd to discover his Accomplices. As I was going with him to Justice Lade, we came to a House where he said the Prisoner lived with a Woman that past for his Wife. I

went in and found the Prisoner and the other Shirt, a Shift, and a Blue Apron; the Prisoner said he found those Goods.

Will. Bear. On Monday Night I met the Prisoner in Paul's Church-yard, he asked me to go with him, and so we went to this House where we saw some Linnen hanging to dry. There was a half Hatch bolted with 2 Bolts. He unbolted them both, but he was forced to hoist himself up and lean over the Hatch to reach the lower Bolt. Then he went in and brought out 2 Shirts, a Shift, a Sheet, 3 Linnen Handkerchiefs, and a Blue Apron. Then we went over London-Bridge, and thro' Pepper-Alley, and came to a Bench by a great Brew-house, where he gave me one Shirt and one Handkerchief for my Share, and said he'd carry the Rest home to his Wife and have 'em dried - She sells Oysters in Dead-man's Place.

Prisoner. I was at my Lodging at Mrs. Woodstocks the Bull in Kent-street, from 8 o' Clock that Night, till 8 the next Morning, and if she was here, she would say the same.

The Jury found him guilty of Felony only .

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Corbet Anthorp.
4th December 1734
Reference Numbert17341204-51

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50. Corbet Anthorp , was indicted for stealing 3 Napkins, a Muslin Handkerchief and 5 Caps , the Goods of John Champion , Octob. 3 .

Anne Steer . I went out about 8 at Night and lock'd the Door, and left my Mother a washing in the Inner-Room, on the Ground-Floor.

Eliz. Champion. As I was washing, I look'd thro' a Window that is in the Partition betwixt the 2 Rooms, and saw the Door open; upon which I went forward, and mist the Linnen out of a Tub of Water that stood in the Fore-Room.

Will. Bear. I met the Prisoner at the Bridge Foot; we went into Old-Swan-Lane , and saw this Woman's Door open, and a Tub standing in the Room. The Young Woman came out and shut the Door; and then he opened it and went in, and put my Hat into the Tub to prevent the Water from bubbling, and so he took out the Linnen. But he threw the Caps away, for he thought they would fetch nothing, and he sold the Handkerchief to Elizabeth Brand for a Shilling.

Elizabeth Brand . I gave the Prisoner and this Boy a Shilling for this Handkerchief, and they snack'd the Money between them. Guilty .

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John Dun.
4th December 1734
Reference Numbert17341204-52

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51. John Dun , were indicted for stealing a Silver Spoon, value 8 s. the Goods of Joyce Harrison , Octob. 16 .

Magdalen Overy . I put the Spoon in a Saucepan upon the Shelf in the Kitchen. The Prisoner is a Dust-man , and came down for the Dust. I went up to my Mistress. The Spoon was afterwards mist; the Prisoner was examined; he denied it at first, but upon being charged with a Constable, he confest that he had taken it, and had hid it in a Hole in an empty old House in May-Fair, and there it was found.

Prisoner. Well, if it be so, I hope you'l give me Corporation Punishment.

Guilty .

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William Roberts.
4th December 1734
Reference Numbert17341204-53
VerdictNot Guilty

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52. William Roberts , was indicted for stealing 20 lb. of Lead , the Goods of the Mayor, Commonalty, and Citizens of London , Nov. 9 .

William Rogerson . The Prisoner came to Welch-hall , which is a Ware-house under Guild-hall; and took 20 lb. of Cuttings of Lead in a Basket, and carried it to Margaret Coxon in White-Cross-Street. She gave him a Penny a Pound for it. I saw him receive the Money.

Margaret Cockson . I near saw the Prisoner that I know of, but there was such a sort of a Man came with the Evidence Rogerson, (who was tried here Yesterday) but I can't say that it was the Prisoner.

Thomas Abbot . The Prisoner is a very honest Man as ever I heard of in my Life.

Acquitted .

John Sutton.
4th December 1734
Reference Numbert17341204-54
VerdictNot Guilty

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53. John Sutton , was indicted (with

George Sutton *, not then at the Bar) was indicted for assaulting Abigal Bingo in Peter's Alley, near the Highway, putting her in Fear and taking from her a gold Ring set with a stone, a black silk Glove, a Bunch of Keys, and 20 d. in Money , Novemb. 3 .

* George Sutton was an Evidence against Patrick Mead , White and Vaughan in Sept. 1732. Sess. Pap. No. 7. p. 185, 187, 188. And he, William Simmonds , in Sept 1733. were try d for robbing Philip Turst in Marybone Fields, but they were both acquitted. Sess. Pap. Numb. 7. p. 191.

Abigal Bingo. On Sunday Night (it was a Month ago last Sunday) between 6 and 7 o'Clock I turned out of Cornhill down Peter's Alley there were 2 Fellows standing at the Corner of the Alley, and they came behind me and kick'd up my Heels and knock'd me down, and robb'd me of 1 s. 6 d. in Silver, Two Pennyworth of Half-pence, a Bunch of Keys, a black Silk Glove and a Gold Ring with a Stone, and they broke my Arm, and then they made off. I was in a Fright and did not mind their Faces.

John Macdonnel . On Sunday Night the 3d of November, I and the Prisoner and George Sutton followed this Gentlewoman from Stocks Market to Peter's Alley in Cornhill. George Sutton took her a Fall by a Cross-Buttock, that is, he catch'd her by the Middle and heft her over; then Jack Sutton the Prisoner took 18 d. and 2 d. out of her Pocket and some Keys, and a Glove, and I lifted her up and took the Ring from her little Finger: It was a sinall Ring with a white Stone. She could not stand, but fell down again, and then George kick'd her and broke her Arm. Some People came out and had like to have taken us, but we got away - About a Fortnight afterward I went before Justice Lade and made a voluntary Confession - resolving to break off all my ill Company - George Sutton is now in the New Goal over the Water - I suppose he could not be removed hither time enough, because the Bill was not found before to Day.

Prisoner. +Macdonnel has been an Evidence three Times before; he makes it his Livelihood and Property to take Men's Lives in this manner; and shall he be admitted to be a Witness again - But I can prove where I was when this Robbery was committed by credible Persons - Here's my Sister Celia, and several more.

+ In April 1733, He was an Evidence against Wadsworth, White, and Powel for a Burglary, Sess. Pap. Numb. 4. p. 1724. And in Decemb. 1733. against Baxter and Rook for a Robbery, and Baxter and Sickwell for a Burglary. Sess. Pap. Numb, 1. p. 5. and 7.

Celia Sutton . The Prisoner, my Brother, served his Time to a Tobacconist, but he has since lived with my Father and Mother at the upper end of New Bond Street. He has always behaved soberly, and kept good Hours - My Father is an Officer in the Third Regiment.

Court. Do ye know where the Prisoner was on last Sunday was a Month.

Celia. He went to Church in the Morning, and did not go out after Dinner; I saw him in the House at 6, 7 and 8 in the Evening, and he went to Bed at ten.

Sarah Young's Husband. I have known the Prisoner from a Child, I have visited his Father and Mother for 16 or 17 Years.

Court. What is the Prisoner's Character.

Young's Husband. I never asked into his Character; but his Father the Captain, is as honest a Gentleman as ever lived by God's Bread - On Sunday was 5 Weeks - or 4 Weeks, I can't be sure to a Week, but it was the 3d of November, I came from St. George's Church at a little past five, and went to Capt. Sutton's in New Bond-street, to drink Tea. It might be then half an Hour past five. There was the Captain and his Spouse, and Miss Celia, and Miss Nunny and this Gentleman at the Bar. I am sure he was there, for he paid his Compliment to me - I staid there till near Ten, or exactly Ten - I can't say to a Moment - and this Gentleman was

backwards and forwards all the Time - I think it was but a short Space that I did not see him - The Family has the best of Characters - As for this Gentleman he was first bound to a Linnen-Draper, and then to an Abacconess - And I know no more of him.

Ann Johnson . I wash'd for my Lady Betty Young , who lodg'd at Captain Sutton's. I could not carry all the Linnen home on saturday Night, and so I carry'd the rest on Sunday the 3rd of November in the Evening; because my Lady Betty was to go out of Town on Monday Morning. The Prisoner let me in and he writ out my Bill for Washing, which came to 15 s and 9 d. 1/2, and I gave it to my Lady to cast up. - He began to write between 8 and 9, and after my Bill he wrote the Directions on my Lady's Boxes and Portmanteaus; and when I came down Stairs with the last Box I met him with a Candle going up to Bed.

Arthur Burn . Last Sunday was 5 Weeks I waited on my Master Captain Gore, who who used to visit Lady Betty Young at Captain Suttons. The Prisoner opened the Door and my Master went in - I asked for a Copper of Small-Beer about half an Hour afterwards, and the Prisoner brought it up to us. I waited till between 10 and 11, and then my Master came home.

The Jury acquitted the Prisoner; but as he stood charged with several Robberies in Middlesex, Surrey and Kent, he was ordered to remain in Custody.

Francis Duton.
4th December 1734
Reference Numbert17341204-55
VerdictGuilty > theft under 5s

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54. Francis Duton , was indicted for privately stealing 2 Pair of Silk Stockings, value 24 s. the Goods of Christopher Clark in his Shop Decemb. 4 . Guilty 4 s. 10 d.

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Jane Leg.
4th December 1734
Reference Numbert17341204-56
VerdictNot Guilty

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55. Jane Leg was indicted for stealing a Gold Ring value 6 d. and a Pair of Gold Ear Rings value 6 d. the Goods of Eliz. Atkins Oct. 25 . Acquitted .

Martha Swan.
4th December 1734
Reference Numbert17341204-57
VerdictNot Guilty

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56. Martha Swan , was indicted for stealing 7 Yards of Cotton value 24 s. the Goods of John Dorrell Octob. 24 .

John Dorrell . This is my Wife's Doings. It was she that took up a Warrant against the Prisoner for stealing the Cotton, but I believe in my Conscience my Wife has pawn'd it, for she frequently does such Things when she's drunk, and that is but every Day of her Life: I warrant ye she has sent this Girl 2 and 20 times to pawn the Clothes off her Back - The Justice bound me over to prosecute, but it was much against my Will.

The Jury acquitted her.

Isaac Berridge, Roger Arnold, Elizabeth Pembroke.
4th December 1734
Reference Numbert17341204-58
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57. Isaac Berridge , Roger Arnold , and Elizabeth Pembroke , (with Joseph D'eniere, not yet taken) of St. George's Hanover Square , were indicted for the Murder of Richard Cantillon , Esq. Berridge, by assaulting, and with both his Hands and Feet on the Breast, Belly, Groin, and Privy-Parts, kicking, striking, and beating him, and giving him several mortal Wounds and Bruises on the 14th of May 1734 . of which mortal Wounds and Bruises he instant; died; and Arnold and Pembroke, together with Joseph D'eniere, by being present, aiding, abetting, comforting and maintaining the said Berridge in committing the said Murder .

They were a second Time indicted on the Coroner's Inquisition for the said Murder.

The Council for his Majesty having opened the Indictment and Evidence against the Prisoners, proceeded to examine the Witnesses - They were examined a-part.

Thomas Goosetrey sworn.

Council. Were not you a Servant in the Family of the deceas'd Mr. Cantillen?

Goosetry. I was Coachman, but I did not lye in the House.

Council. Do ye remember where he was on the 13th of May last?

Goosetrey. I can't tell the Day of the Month; but the Day before his House was burnt down, I was out with him at the Temple and other Places all Day and particularly at a House in Queen-Square, Westminster where he supp'd, and set him down at his own Door at ten at Night. He ordered me to come again at 10 o'Clock next Morning, for he said he believed he should go out of Town. But I was call'd out of Bed at four the next Morning, and was told that the House was on Fire. I went thither, and then the House was burnt down.

Council. Did you see any of the Prisoners there at that Time?

Goosetrey. No; I saw none of them then.

Council. When and where did you first see them after this Misfortune?

Goosetrey. I saw them at 8 a-Clock the same Morning at the Red horse in Bond Street, my Master's Horses stood at the Red-horse, and so I suppose they went thither for Shelter.

Council. What Conversation had you with them there?

Goosetrey. I asked them if my Master was burn'd, and they said they believed so, but they could not tell.

Council. Did they say they could not tell whether he was burn'd or not?

Goosetrey. I asked them whether it was so or no, and they said it was so, he was burnt; but they could not tell how or which Way.

Council. How long did you stay with them?

Goosetrey. About a Quarter of an Hour, and then I went away and don't know what came to them afterwards.

Council. How many Servants had Mr. Cantillon in his Family?

Goosetrey. We had 3 Maids and 2 Men.

Council. Were the Prisoners at home when you set your Master down at the Door?

Goosetrey. I believe so - One of them let him in - I can't say which.

Council. Did you see the Prisoners when they were in Custody?

Goosetrey. Yes.

Council. Had you any Discourse with them about this Misfortune?

Goosetrey. Nothing in particular that I remember.

Council. On what account did you go to them?

Goosetrey. I went on my own Charity to carry them Provisions in Prison.

Christopher Kelly , sworn.

Council. Where did you live in May last?

C. Kelly. At Mr. Percivals in Albemarle-street.

Council. Was that near Mr. Cantillons?

C. Kelly. Yes it was next Doot; his House joined to my Master's on one side, and to my Lord St. John's on t'other.

Council. Do you remember when the Fire happen'd?

C. Kelly. Yes, It was the 14th of May.

Council. What time did it begin to the best of your Knowledge?

C. Kelly. Between 3 and 4 in the Morning.

Council. Go on, and inform the Court of what you did observe on that Occasion.

C. Kelly. I went to Mr. Cantillon's Door and knock'd very loud, the Maid Eliz. Pembroke came to the Window up two Pair of Stairs - The House is two Pair of Stairs high besides the Garret - I told her the House was on Fire: She said she knew nothing of it, and that they were all a-bed. That Answer not being very agreeable as I thought, I damn'd her and bid her get up: Then I went to my Lord St. John's Door and called his Porter, who got up immediately; I return'd in a Minute and found Mr. Cantillon's Door open. How it came open I can't tell, for I saw no body below in the House nor in the Street; but going thro' the Hall into the Back Yard and looking up, I saw Isaac Berridge on the Lids on the Top of the House, I told him the House was on Fire: He said By-God he saw no Fire. Presently I saw it come out under the Roof and shewed it him, and then he said, Aye by God, so it is.

Council. When the Maid look'd out of the Window, did you observe whether she was dress'd or not?

C. Kelly. She was dress'd, I think, as far as I could see of her.

Council. How long did you stay in the back Yard?

C. Kelly. Not above a Minute, and then I went Home, and my Master sent me for the Firemen: and just as I was going, I saw the 3 Maids come to the Door, crying and saying, that their Master was murdered.

Council. Was Elizabeth Pembroke one of those three Maids?

C. Kelly, Yes.

Council. Was she drest at that Time?

C. Kelly. They all seemed to be drest as they used to be in a Morning, when they were about their Business.

Council. How long was they after she spoke to you out at Window?

C. Kelly. About 10 or 11 Minutes. - Then

I went to see for the Fire-men, and at last I found them at St. George's Church, and knock'd them up; and when I came back again the House was burnt down.

Council. Did Isaac seem surprized when you told him the House was on fire?

C. Kelly. No; he said at first that he saw none. I stood half a Minute and shewed it him, and then I went away before he went in.

Isaac Berridge . Were my Stockings tied up?

C. Kelly. I can't say.

Eliz. Pembroke. Was I drest?

C. Kelly. I can't say as to that, but you had something about you.

Juryman. You said the 3 Maids were drest as usual.

C. Kelly. That was not when she looked out of Window, but afterwards, when they cry'd and said their Master was murdered.

I. Berridge. Were not my Stockings the wrong Side outward?

C. Kelly. I could not observe at that Distance.

Council. On which Side of the House did the Fire begin?

C. Kelly. Backwards: for I saw none in the Front at first.

Council. How came you at first to have notice of the Fire?

C. Kelly. Our House-keeper, Mrs. Shuttleworth was coming down Stairs about 3 a Clock. I asked who was there. She answer'd, There's a Fire. Then I smelt it, and got up; and she and I went down, and search'd the lower Part of the House, but found nothing there. We went up again, and then we found it was ready to break into our House.

Malachi Kelly, sworn.

Malachi Kelly . I am Servant to Mr. Percival. At half an Hour past 3, hearing the other Servants going up and down, I suspected Fire and got up. We apprehended that it was in Mr. Cantillon's House, because our House-keeper discovered it first in her Chamber, which was next to his House. My Master and I went into the Garden, and the Smoke seemed to come out towards the Top of Mr. Cantillon's House, by the Party-Wall. Then I went into the Street, and Mr. Cantillon's Door being open - I can't tell who opened it, for it was open before I came - I went into the Hall, where I found one of his Men - I can't say which of them it was, but I told him there was a Fire. He went with me into their Garden, and looking up, I saw the other Man-Servant upon the House, and perceived the Smoke coming out of the Crevises of the Window up one Pair of Stairs backward. Upon which, I asked him that was with me, if his Master was in Town. He said yes. Is that his Bed-Chamber, says I, where the Smoke came out? He said yes. And is he a-bed? says I again. I believe so, says he. Then, why the Devil, says I, - or - Damn ye! - I don't know which of the two it was - Why don't you call him up? And upon this we went up Stairs.

Council. Which of you went first?

M. Kelly. He went foremost, but I went with him - I believe I might have him by the Hand.

Council. When you came up Stairs did you see any Smoke or Fire?

M. Kelly. No, not in the least, till we came to the Bed-Chamber-Door.

Council. Now look at the Prisoners, and see if you can tell which of them it was you went up Stairs with?

M. Kelly. I am not sure it was either of them, but it was one of the two Men.

Council. Was it he that you saw upon the House?

M. Kelly. No, it was he that I was with in the Garden.

Council. What was done when you came to the Chamber-Door?

M. Kelly. He turned the Bolt and opened it, and out came the Smoke: upon which he turned back to the Wainscot, and kick'd against it, and said, Master! Master! Fire! Fire! I bid him go and pull him out. So he went in and took him by the Legs, and brought him to the Door, but no Part of the Body without the Door. He held him Knee high by the Legs, and I saw that he was dead, tho' I thought before, that he had been alive. The Deceas'd seem'd to be

quite naked to the Navel. There was a vast many red Spots on his Belly. Knees and Legs, and down his Thighs - he was all over large Spots.

Council. Did you observe any Part about him, that appeared to be scorched or sindged?

M. Kelly. No, I saw no Scorching or Sindging.

Conncil. How near were you to him?

M. Kelly. I was then about 6 Feet from the Chamber-Door.

Council. You say that he was naked to the Navel: do ye know if any Part of him was cover'd? Had he a Shirt or a Night-Cap on?

M. Kelly. I can't say as to that, for I did not see his Head nor his Arms, I saw nothing but the lower Part of his Body, as the Servant had hold of his Legs.

Council. Then he might have had a Shirt on the Rest of his Body, and a Night-Cap on his Head, tho' you did not see them?

M. Kelly. Yes, he might.

Council. Did you see any Fire in the Room?

M. Kelly. No, There was Smoke in the Room - a vast Deal of Smoke, but I saw no Fire.

Court. What, was no Part of the Furniture on Fire?

M. Kelly. Not that I could see, for the Door was not quite open, and I saw nothing in the Room but that Part of the Body.

Council. By what Light did you see the Body?

M. Kelly. It was Day-Light, as it is now: and the Light that I had, was from the Street-Window.

Council. Did those red Spots upon the Body appear to be Blood?

M. Kelly. I can't say they were Blood, but I thought he was murder'd.

Council. Did you see Elizabeth Pembroke there?

M. Kelly. No; When I came to the House I saw one of the Maids in the Entry, but I believe it was the Cook.

Council. Did you observe the Smoke come out of any Room but that where the Deceas'd lay?

Kelly. I can't say that I did, but I thought it time to save him.

Council. Was that Servant who went up with you, drest?

M. Kelly. He was in a Cap and Frock, and so I think was he upon the House.

Council. In what manner did he that was with you, go up Stairs?

M. Kelly. He ran up in a Hurry before me, and immediately after he had knock'd at the Wainscot, he went into the Room and pull'd the Deceas'd out by the Legs; and as soon as ever I saw him, I said to the Servant your Master is murder'd.

Court. How far did he bring the Deceas'd?

M. Kelly. Almost to the Chamber Door, and then I left him.

Court. Was he holding the Deceas'd when you went away?

M. Kelly. He had him by the Legs; but I believe he might not be holding still; but might be drawing the Body out, when I ran away; for I ran away as soon as I saw it. Then I ran to call the Engines; but I went no further than the Corner of Conduit-street, where I gave the Word, and so it was carried to the Church, and I ran back in five Minutes. Mr. Cantillon 's House was then in a Blaze backwards; Our House was on Fire too, and I went to save our own Things.

Ann Shuttleworth, sworn.

Ann Shuttleworth , Mr. Percival's House-keeper. The first thing that I perceived was a great Smoke which waked me; I got up, and awaken'd the Family. I went to Mr. Cautillon's Door; Malachi Kelly was then in the House, and I was going in when I heard the Shriek of Woman's Voices, crying three or four times that their Master was murder'd. They were then up two Pair of Stairs, and came down screaming the same -

Council. Was Elizabeth Pembroke one of them?

A. Shuttleworth. Yes.

Council. Was she drest?

A. Shuttleworth. She was drest as Servants generally are in a Morning - The Fire was

not then broke out; nor did I see any Smoke in Mr. Cantilion's Hall.

Council. Did you go in?

A. Shuttleworth. No; I only stood at the Hall Door; for as I was stepping to go in, I heard the shriek of Murder, and the Maids, immediately came down and out at the Door, and stood upon the Flags. I said, I wonder'd they did not go in and try to put the Fire out; and then I went directly into our House, and up Stairs; by which time the Fire was breaking into my Bed Chamber, which was opposite to Mr. Cantillon's Two-pair of Stairs Room.

William Marson , sworn.

W. Marson. I was Servant to my Lady Mary Cooley , who lived almost over against Mr. Cantillon's House. At half an Hour past three, I heard a knocking at the Doors in the Street; and thinking there was a Fire, I got up, went down Stairs and open'd the Door. Mary Walker , who had lived with Mr. Cantillon three Weeks, had been our House Maid. She was standing at his Door, and called me over. I went; I saw there was a great Smoke, but no Fire. I ran up one Pair of Stairs, and saw the Corps of the Deceas'd lying at length upon the Landing Place - I saw by his Face that it was the Deceas'd - He was naked to the Stomach.

Council. Was his Body entire?

W. Marson, Yes; I saw him at full length; no Part of his Body was off.

Council. Did his Body appear to be scorched?

W. Marson. No.

Council. Did you observe any Red Spots upon him?

W. Marson. No.

Council. Or any Blood?

W. Marson. No.

Council. Had he any Linnen upon him?

W. Marson. Yes; His Shirt was above his Breast, and he had a Night Cap on, and I think it was tied with a Red Ribbon.

Council. Did his Shirt or his Cap appear to be burnt?

W. Marson. No.

Council. Was his Chamber Door open?

W. Marson. Yes.

Council. Did you see any Fire there?

W. Marson. Yes; There was a violent Fire in the Room, and it made 2 great Ratling - Miss Dollin beg'd me to carry her over: I took her in my Arms, but I was in such a Fright, I scarce knew how I got down Stairs - In a few Minutes afterwards, the House was all in a Fire - I did not see that the Servants were drest; they had their Cloths on slackly. The Men were in their Frocks; but I am not sure they were button'd.

Council. Had you any Discourse with either of the Prisoners after this?

W. Marson. Yes; When most of the Hurry was over, I saw one or both of the Men standing in the Street; I spoke to one of them; he was talking to some of the People; and he said, he pulled his Master out of Bed - And I think he said, his Master was burnt - I saw them standing there a Week or 10 Days afterwards, when the Ashes were sifting; but I had no particular Discourse with 'em then.

Oliver Price, sworn.

Oliver Price . I liv'd at my Lord St John's when the Fire happen'd at Mr. Cantillon's, which was next Door; I went up one Pair of Stairs; I saw the lower Part of the Deceas'd's Body; the Lappet of his Shirt was turned over his Stomach. There was Redness about his Thighs, and Privy Members and Belly; but whether they were burnt, or bloody I can't tell - I could not distinguish - The Man Isaac had him by the Legs, one Legs, in each Hand.

Council. Was the Body in the Room?

O. Price. No; it was out upon the Stairs - the Stairs turned short, and the Body lay at the Corner of the Turning.

Council. Did you see any Fire in the Bed-Chamber?

O. Price. I did not look into the Bed Chamber; and I don't remember that I saw any Fire, or any Smoke, or smelt any.

Council. Was the Chamber Door open?

O. Price. I don't know that I saw it open.

Council. How far were you from the Chamber?

O. Price. I can't tell - but there might be a Fire there and I not see it.

Council. Was Isaac drest?

O. Price. I don't know whether he was drest or undrest.

Council. Had you any Discourse with him?

O. Price. I don't remember if I said any thing or not - but I left him holding the Deceas'd.

Council. Was he drawing the Body along?

O. Price. I think not.

Council. Did you see Malachi Kelly?

O. Price. I don't know that I did.

Charles Woolmer sworn.

Charles Woolmer . On Tuesday the 14th of May last, as I was going by Vine-street to a Brew-house with a Cask in my Hand; there was a Man on the Top of a House cry'd Fire; I ran round to Albemarle-street, and saw Mr. Cantillon's three Maids at his Door. They said, their Master was dead. I ran up Stairs, and saw no Fire then; but the Deceas'd was lying at full length with his Head against his own Door, and his Feet to the Parlor. He had a White Cap on, and his Shirt was turned up to his Navel; his Privities appear'd bruised and blackish; his Linnen was not at all sindged. I stept to the Chamber Door, looked in, and saw the Bed standing, and the Cloths turned up against the side of the Wall. I ran down. The Servants were all in the Entry, crying, and wringing their Hands.

Council. Did the Men cry?

C. Woolmer. I did not perceive that they cry'd; but the Maids did - Why, says I, Don't you take care to bring him down?

Council. Which of them did you speak to to take care of the Body?

C. Woolmer I think it was to Isaac, but they were all together - I ran up again, but then a Flame burst out of the Chamber Door, and then I said it was too late.

Council. How long was that after the first time you went up?

C. Woolmer. It was presently after; for I ran up and down the first and second time as fast as I could; and at the second going up, the Fire burst out and caught hold of the Wainscot, and the Banisters of the Stairs, and crack, crack, crack, they went in a Moment.

Elizabeth Joakin, sworn.

Elizabeth Joakin . I was at my Lord Craven's, a pretty way from Mr. Cantillon's House; but I was going by there with Mary Mersit , about 4 o'Clock in the Morning. At first, I only stood over the way against the Back-side of the House, and saw the smoke come out at the top, but no Fire. In a Quarter of an Hour we went round, and stood over against the Foreside of the House, and then I saw the Flare of the Fire; it seemed to be up one Pair of Stairs. The Street Door was open, and the Servants were coming out; I saw two Maids come out first, one of them was the Kitchen-Maid, and the other was Elizabeth Pembroke: I asked them if they belong'd to the Family; they said, Yes; I asked them if all their Family was out; they answered, No, their Master was burnt, and they saw him dead, and bloody - Then Isaac Berridge, and the other Maid came out. And Mary Mersit asked them several times why they did not bring their Master out. The Man answered, That he brought him to the Top of the Stairs, but having no help, could get him no farther: That he left him at Night reading abed; and that he knew he had 500 l. in the House.

Council. Did he say in what Room it was?

E. Joakin. He said it was in the Fire.

Council. Were the Servants drest?

E. Joakin. They all seemed to have their Cloths loosely on - two of the Maids had Aprons. I was not in the House at all. After this, while we staid there, they all went to a little House at the upper end of the Street.

Mary Mersit, sworn.

Mary Mersit . I lived at my Lord Cravens in Brook street. Elizabeth Joakin , and I were going by Mr. Cantillon's just as the Fire began. When we came round into Albemarle-street, two Maids and one Man stood upon the Steps: We asked if all the Family were out of the House; and the Maids answered (for the Man was not there then) that their Master was burnt to death; and that one of their Men went in when the Room was in Fire, and dragg'd him by the Legs, and his Head dropt off, and so he left him there.

Council. What the Witness heard a strange Maid say, is no Evidence.

M. Mersit. But then I saw Isaac; and he himself said, that he went in and dragg'd

him by the Legs, and his Head dropped off; that there was a great deal of Fire in the Room, and so left him on the Stair's Head, and then went to another Room where he thought his Master had got 500 l. and forced the Door open; but the Flames bursting out, he could not save any thing - We were in Bond-street when we first heard of the Fire, and so we came round - The Door was open before we came, and we saw the Fire was on the Stair Case; but no Fire without side the House at that time - The Maids had their Cloths on loosely, and one of them had her Stays in her Lap. The Man had a Napkin Cap, and his Stockings were not tied up - I don't know any of the Maids, but they cry'd prodigiously; and the Man seem'd to be very much concern'd.

Francis Brooks, sworn.

Francis Brooks . I have seen Elizabeth Pembroke, tho' I don't know that she was Mr. Cantillon's Servant. She came to my Shop about seven o'Clock that Morning as the Fire happened - The other Maid and Isaac Berridge came with her.

Council. Had you any Discourse?

F. Brookes. Mr. Parry penn'd down what it was, which I can't remember, only there was some talk how the House came on Fire, and one of the Maids, I think it was the Prisoner, said, When I came down and saw my Master bloody, I was frighted out of my Wits. Bloody? says I, How came he to be bloody? and Berridge made answer. In pulling him down seven Stairs his Bowels came out.

Elizabeth Pembroke . Had I my Cloths all on when I came to your House?

F. Brookes. No; she brought her Stays under her Arm, and laced them on in my Shop.

Sarah Leneve , sworn.

Council. What Discourse pass'd betwixt you and the Prisoners after the Fire?

S. Leneve. Next Day I and my Fellow-Servant Elizabeth James (who was Mr. Percival's Cook, went to the Red Horse in Bond Street. The two Men, Berridge and Arnold were standing at the Door, and the three Maids were drinking Tea within. We sat down with them, and asked them how the Fire happened. Elizabeth Pembroke answered, My Master is very much given to Reading in his Bed, and he did it himself. What time did he come home? Says I. Between 10 and 11. Says she. Was he in Drink? Says I, No, She said he was sober, she put him to Bed herself, drew the Curtains, and shut the Windows. Then he took his Book, and she said to him, Sir, do ye want any thing else? He answer'd No. I may read these two or three Hours; and as she was going out, he said to her, Bid the Footman take the Key of the Door that I mayn't be disturbed in the Morning, and tell him to take a Side-Box in the Play house; and so she said the Footman took the Key and carry'd it down and laid it upon the Table; and, as luck would have it, they had the Key, or they should all have been burnt - I asked her why they did not bring their Master down Stairs; and she said the Man was bringing him down, but the Fire catch'd hold of his (the Man's) Cap, and he fell down over his Master on the Stairs, and some body came and fetch'd him ( the Man) away, or he had been burnt too.

Council. Were the Men present when she said this?

S. L.. I cannot tell that.

Elizabeth James, sworn.

Elizabeth James . I was with Sarah Leneve at the RedHorse in Bond street the next Morning after the Fire. All the Servants were there - I can't say the Men were there; but the three Maids were. - Leneve said, How came this Fire? And Elizabeth Pembroke said that her Master did it, fot his way was to read a-bed every Night. - That he came home between 10 and 11, and went up to bed - Then she warm'd the Bed, and shut the Windows, and asked him if he wanted any thing else: That he answer'd, No Child, go all to Bed, I may read this three Hours. That she shut the Door herself, and he called his Man and bid him take the Key; but did not say what Key. - Leneve asked her why they did not take their Master down: And she made answer, that the Man did go to take him, but swooned upon the Corps, and his Cap was on fire, and he had been burnt if some body had not carried him away.

Council. Did she say nothing else of her Master?

E. J. That the Left-side of his Face and Shoulders, and Belly were burnt.

Council. Nothing else?

E. J. Not about her Master; but she said that when the Servant knock'd at the Door, she jump'd out of Bed, and he called Fire: but she did not believe him, and so was going to Bed again; but something pull'd her by the Arm and said, Get up, or you'll be burnt: And presently she heard her Fellow-Servants upon the Stairs.

Council. Did she tell you nothing at all of any Blood that she saw?

E. J. No not a Word.

Council. Nor of her Master's being pull'd down Stairs.

E. J. No, I heard no such thing.

Mary Blaston, sworn.

Mary Blaston . About half an Hour past three, that Morning as the Fire happened, as I was going along Albemarle street, to wash at my Lady Trevor's, I saw a Man come out in his Shirt and Breeches, and white Cap, and look'd towards the Top of the House, and then go in again and shut the Door softly.

Council. Do ye know what House he came out of?

M. B. No I can't say I do.

Council. Was it the same House that was burnt?

M. B. I am not sure of that.

Edward Martin, sworn.

Edward Martin , Coachman. I had been with my Lady Mrs. Aston (Sir Thomas Aston 's Sister) to - Street; and having set my Lady down, I saw several People about Sir T omas Clarges's Door; and among the rest there was the Prisoner Isaac Barridge . He was iron'd and complain'd that his Irons were very troublesome to him, but said he should have a heavier Pair that Night. Somebody asked him, Why so? Because, says he, I shall go to Newgate to Night: Upon which a Woman said, May be more than you may go. I believe not, says he, for they don't deserve it.

Council. Who did he speak of then?

E. M. His Fellow-Servants - he said Neither of my Fellow-Servants deserve it.

Council. Did he say that he himself deserved to go?

E. M. No; He said his two Fellow-Servants did not deserve to go; but he should go himself.

Council. This is not material - Mr. Parry, look on those Papers.

Isaac Parry , Clerk to Sir Thomas Clarges . These are the Examinations of the Prisoner before Sir Thomas Clarges - This is the Examination of Elizabeth Pembroke - and this is her second Examination.

Council. Were they read over to her.

I. Parry. Yes.

Council. And did she sign them voluntarily.

I. Parry. Yes - And here are the Examinations of Roger Arnold and Richard Berridge . - They are both upon one Sheet - The first is Arnold's, I saw him sign his Name to it freely, after it had been read over to him: The other is Berridge's, and he set his Mark to it voluntarily, after he had heard it read.

Court. Read the Examinations

Clerk. Reads the Examinations.

Middlesex, to wit.

The Examination of Roger Arnold , taken before me Sir Thomas Clarges , Bart. one of his Majesty's Justices of the Peace for the County of Middlesex, the 14th Day of May, 1734.

' THIS Examinant saith, that he was a Servant to one Mr. Cantillon, in Albemarle-street, and has lived with him about three Weeks. - That this Morning, between three and four a-Clock, as he lay a-bed with his Fellow-Servant Isaac Berridge , he heard a knocking at the Street Door, and calling out Fire! That he and his Fellow-Servant got up, and went down Stairs, and opened the Door: that then he went into the Yard, and saw

Smoak come out of the Wall of his Master's Bed-Chamber; upon which, he, this Examinant, went up to his Master's Room Door, knocked at it several Times, and called to him, but was not answered by him. That he hearing the Fire snap within the Room, immediately broke the Door open, and the Smoak came out so fast that he was forced to retire. That soon after, he saw his said Fellow-Servant go into the Bed-Chamber, or Room, once or twice, and cried out much, and at last pulled his Master off the Bed, and dragg'd him to the Stair-Case; and observed that he was burnt about the Neck and Face, and Bowels; and did not observe whether he had any Linnen on; and further saith, that he believes his Fellow-Servant found the Key of the Street-Door in the Parlour.

Roger Arnold .

Taken and acknowledged before me the Day and Year aforesaid.

Thomas Clarges .

Witness. J. Parry.

Middlesex, co wit.

The Examination of Isaac Berridge, taken before me the 14th Day of May, 1734

' THIS Examinant saith, that he was a Servant to one Mr. Cantillon in Albemarle-street, lately deceased; and had lived with him about four Months. That for about three Weeks last past, his said Master had taken the the Key of the Street-Door up into his Bed-Chamber; and believes his Reason for so doing was upon some Distaste he took to a Servant discharg'd three Weeks ago: but that last Night he left the Key, together with his Watch below in the Parlour, and believes it was on account of this Examinant's being to go early in the Morning to take a Box for him in the Opera; because that he gave him Directions for that purpose. That he let his Master in last Night about Eleven a Clock, who undrest himself in the Parlour as usual; took his Candle and Book, and went up to Bed soon after; and told this Examinant he would read. That as this Examinant was in Bed with his Fellow-Servant, he heard a knocking at the Door between the Hours of three and four o'Clock, and Fire cry'd out, that he immediately got up, put on his Cloaths, and went down Stairs and opened the Street Door: That he afterwards went into the Yard, and saw the Smoke coming out of the Wall of his Master's Bed-Chamber, and immediately ran up Stairs; and coming to his Master's Chamber- Door, found it open, and attempted once or twice, to pull his Master out of Bed, the Room being full of Smoke and Fire: that at last, he got him by the Legs, and pulled him off the Bed to the Stair-Case, and then swooned away, and was carried off. Says, he does not remember he had his Shirt on, and that his Breast, Face and Bowels, were scorched and burnt; and does not remember his having his Night-Cap on. Says, that his said Master usually locked himself up.

His Mark, Isaac + Berridge.

Taken and acknowledged the Day and Year aforesaid before me

Thomas Clarges.

Witness. J Parry.

Middlesex, to wit.

The Examination of Elizabeth Pembroke, taken before me Sir Thomas Clarges , Bart. one of his Majesty's Justices of the Peace for the said County, the 19th Day of May, 1734.

' THIS Examinant saith, that she was Servant to Richard Cantillon , Esq; deceased, in Albemarle-street: and that between three and four o'Clock in the Morning, on the 14th Instant, she was awaked by some Person knocking at her Master's Door, that she got up and put her Gown upon one Arm, and looked out of the Window, and was asked to call the Servants, for there was reason to believe the House was on Fire; and that she answered, she believed not, upon which she went to call the rest of the Servants, and saw them coming out of the Room; and further saith, that she did not see her, Master's Body.

Elizabeth Pembroke.

Taken and acknowledged the Day and Year aforesaid, before me, Thomas Clarges.

Witness. J. Parry.

Middlesex, to wit.

The further Examination of Elizabeth Pembroke, taken before me Sir Thomas Clarges, Bart. one of his Majesty's Justices of the, Peace for the said County, this 28th Day, of May, 1734.

' THIS Examinant declares and says, that she did not warm the Bed of her Master Richard Cantillon, Esq; deceased, or see him in Bed, for about two Months before the Fire happened; except, that she was once called to take a Blanket off the Bed, about two Sundays before the Fire. And she further saith, that she did not hear her Master, the Night before the Fire, call a Man-Servant into his Room, to take the Key of the Street-Door, to take a Side-Box in the Play-house; but the Man-Servant, Isaac, came down Stairs, and told this Examinant, his Master had left the Key of the Street-Door in the Parlour. This Examinant further faith, that she never had any Conversation with Sarah Leneve and Elizabeth James since her Master's House was burnt; except once, that the said Sarah Leneves came to the Red-horse, and told this Examinant she was sorry for her Misfortune; which was all that passed between them at that time.'

Elizabeth Pembroke.

Taken and acknowledged before me the Day and Year aforesaid. Thomas Clarges .

Witness. J. Parry.

Council. My Lord, we rest our Evidence here.

Court. Then the Prisoners may make their Defence - Isaac Berridge, What have you to say?

Berridge. I have nothing to say to the Fact, but that I am innocent - I have two or three Witnesses to my Character - I lived in Northamptonshire before I came hither; I have been but a little time in London, and have but a small Acquaintance. The first Place I lived in was Mr. Cantillon's

Mr. Wadeson was call'd and sworn.

Court. Give the Court an account of what you know of the Prisoners.

Mr. Wadeson. I have heard Mr. Cantillon several times complain of his Servants in general.

Mr. Baron Carter . I am not asking you about other Servants. Do you know the Prisoner Isaac Berridge ?

Mr. Wadeson. Yes, my Lord.

Mr. Baron Carter. Howlong have you known him, and what do you know of his Character and Behaviour?

Mr. Wadeson. I cannot tell exactly how many Weeks I have known him; but from about the latter end of January, till the beginning of May, when the Accident happen'd. He is us'd to come with his Master to our House, both in Town and Country, and his Behaviour was modest and sober; and I have heard his Master say, that he believed he was an honest Boy.

Mr. Gordon. I did work for Mr. Cantillon, for which Isaac paid me: I knew him six Weeks while he lived in that Gentleman's Service; and I believe him to be a very honest young Man.

John Bounford . I keep the Red Horse in Bond-street: The Deceas'd's Horses were kept at my House. Isaac often came thither, and always behaved himself very well.

Robert Avis . I have known Elizabeth Pembroke eight Years; she lived with me two Years; she was a very honest, faithful, and just Servant, and always bore a good Character.

Mr. Peters. She lived with me five Months about three Years ago; she behaved very well then, and I have heard a good Character of her since.

William Gouge . I have known her from her Infancy; I am Trustee to the School that put her out: She has had all the Encouragement that is allowable to those that are brought up there, and behave well - New Cloaths when they go out, and Thirty Shillings when they have staid a Year in a Place. I have traced her Character since she went away from thence, and have found it very good; which, if I had not, I should have wrong'd my Family in being bound for her.

Josiah Williams . I knew her in the Charity-School, where she bore a very good Character.

Sir Maltis Ryall . I live in the Parish where she was brought up; she had as good a Character as any young Woman in the Parish - I never knew a better Character.

Mr. Cunningham. She lived with my Wife as Chamber Maid from January to May; she was trusted alone in our House when we were out of Town, and we never found but she was very honest.

Mrs. Mary Smith . She lived with - Smith, Esq; at Weild hall in Essex. He would trust her with Keys when he would trust no body else. I know her to be very honest, and I believe there never was an honester Character.

Arthur Rawlinson . I have known Roger Arnold eight or nine Years when he lived with my Lord Bathurst - he was brought up in my Lord's Family, and bore an honest Character.

Mr. Sedgwick. I served my Lord Bathurst; I knew Roger Arnold eight Years there, and he always had a good Character.

Mr. Brown. I have known him six or seven Years - All the Family gives him a good Character.

Alexander Lovett . I have lived eighteen Years with my Lord Bathurst. Roger Arnold came a Child into that Family; he continued in it about eleven Years, and had Wages six Years.

Richard Brewart . I have known him eight Years, and never saw him disguis'd in Liquor; and I believe he's as honest a Fellow as lives.

The Jury acquitted the Prisoners

Robert Car.
4th December 1734
Reference Numbert17341204-59
VerdictNot Guilty

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James Oldney . The Prisoner, and one Richard Carr came to Mr. Lidgold's the Cross Keys Tavern in Holborn , and order'd a Supper. They had several Pints of Wine, Fowls, and Egg-Sauce, and Jellies. I carried two Spoons in, and but one was found when they were gone - They took an Opportunity to run out of the House without paying the Reckoning - Richard Carr made an Information before Justice Deveil.

Thomas Pike , a Chairman. I was standing at the St. Alban's Tavern in St. James's Market, when Richard Carr came to me and said, a young Man had got a Spoon to sell in haste. I went with him to a Goldsmith's

Door, but the Goldsmith was gone to Bed. Then we went to a Pawn-broker, who weigh'd it, and said it came to 10 s. We went out again. I had 7 s. in my Pocket, and borrowed three more, and bought the Spoon my self; for Richard Carr being very/ well drest, I had no Mistrust that the Spoon was stole.

Prisoner. I own I was at Lidgold's with Carr; and having called for more than we were able to pay, we slipp'd out: And if the Spoon was taken, it was by that Villain who ran away, and afterwards turn'd Evidence.

Court. Where is Richard Carr?

Oldvey. I don't know - I thought he had been in Court.

The Jury acquitted the Prisoner.

Mary Rash, Elizabeth Burse.
4th December 1734
Reference Numbert17341204-60
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4th December 1734
Reference Numbert17341204-61
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Mary Wheeler.
4th December 1734
Reference Numbert17341204-62
VerdictGuilty > theft under 40s

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William Morris . I live at the Corner of Bowl-Yard in St. Giles's . The Prisoner was my Servant ; that is, had her a month upon liking. I left my Goods and Maid at the same time about two Months ago. The Toad has been the Ruin of me. I went after her; I spent a great deal of Time and Money, and offer'd a Reward for taking her. But by good luck, in about a Fortnight, going to a Bawdy-house, not far from my House, on the Backside of Drury-Lane, I met with her. She was lock'd up in a Room, and they denied her to me at first; but when I told them, and stood stifly to it (as well I might, for it was nothing but the Truth) that I had seen her through the Window, I gained Admittance, and there was my Gentlewoman, drest up, I'll warrnt ye, like one of the tip top Madams of the Hundreds. I asked her what she had done with such and such Goods and Money. She said, truly, that she knew nothing of my Money, or my Silver-hilted Sword; but as for the rest of the Things she confest that she had taken them, and pawn'd them to Mr. Hamlin at the Corner of Cole-Yard in Drury-Lane, and some at other Pawn-brokers; and I found them accordingly.

Edward Hamlin . The Prosecutor came with a Constable in Disguise, and the Prisoner, Mary Wheeler . The Prosecutor said he wanted to redeem a Coat and Waistcoat that were pawn'd for a Guinea. I asked him who pawn'd 'em. He said his Wife, What's her Name, says I. This is my Wife, says he, pointing to the Prisoner, and her Name is Mary Wheeler. So I brings out the Goods, and then truly they told me the Goods were stolen - Now I can't swear that the Goods were pawn'd by the Prisoner, tho' it's true they were pawned in the Name of Mary Wheeler, and I don't know how it should be she, because I don't know her, and we take in Goods of no Strangers.

John Richardson . On the 7th of October, the Prisoner pawn'd a Riding-Hood to me, by the Name of Mary Newark , for 6 s. - I shewed it to the Prosecutor, and he own'd it.

Anthony Barns . At separate times in October, she pawn'd a Petticoat to me for 4 s. a Shirt and a Smock, and an Apron for 3 s.

Prisoner. I was the Prosecutor's Servant a Month, and I hope he'll give me my Wages before I plead my Cause -

Pros. Wages! You have a good Assurance.

Prisoner. This Man kept a Cook's Shop formerly. Then he was a Pedlar about the Country with hard Ware, and now is a Cobler , and mends Shoes for his living. When I lived with him he sold a Dram, and let out Lodgings to Gentlemen for two Pence a Night, and if a Gentleman and Lady came together, then he got three Pence for a Bed. His House was a Thorow-fare, and always open to all Comers, and so as I did not like such irregular Doings, I left his House, and provided for myself.

The Jury found her guilty to the Value of 39 s.

[Transportation. See summary.]

James Jarvis.
4th December 1734
Reference Numbert17341204-63
VerdictGuilty > theft under 1s

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4th December 1734
Reference Numbert17341204-64

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4th December 1734
Reference Numbert17341204-65
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Jane Atkinson.
4th December 1734
Reference Numbert17341204-66
VerdictsGuilty > theft under 1s
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And a third time for stealing a Sheet and an Apron , the Goods of William Webster .

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Elizabeth Taylor.
4th December 1734
Reference Numbert17341204-67
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Bridget Doel.
4th December 1734
Reference Numbert17341204-68
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Nicholas May. On Saturday between 9 and 10 at Night, as I was walking along, I happened to be forced into this House, the lower Part of Green-Bank, at the Back of Wapping-New-Stairs , by the Prisoner who stood at the Door: I sat down with her by the Fire-side, and had a Hot-pot, for which I paid a Shilling; I pull'd my Watch out and laid it upon the Table, and in 6 Minutes it was gone. The Door was shut, and there was no body then in the House but she and I.

Mary Kirkall . On the Sunday Morning I saw a Watch in the Prisoner's Hand, and she said the Man had left it for 9 s. and if he came and paid the Money he must have it.

Prisoner. As I and a Woman who looked after the House, were sitting by the Fire, this Man came in and sat down by us, and asked for a Hot-pot, which I fetch'd for him, and then went of his own Resolution up Stairs, and would fain have been rude with me; but I bid him pay what was due first; and so he left his Watch, having no Money to pay his Reckoning, and I pawn'd it to Mrs. Baldry in King Street, in Wapping.

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Elizabeth nixon.
4th December 1734
Reference Numbert17341204-69
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Mary Lades.
4th December 1734
Reference Numbert17341204-70
VerdictNot Guilty > no evidence

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Ann Smith.
4th December 1734
Reference Numbert17341204-71

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Christian Brown, Sarah Thursby.
4th December 1734
Reference Numbert17341204-72
VerdictNot Guilty; Guilty > theft under 40s

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69. Christian Brown , and Sarah Thursby , were indicted for stealing a Damask Gown, value 7 l. a Silk Petticoat, value 4 l. a Velvet Manteuil, value 3 l. and a Velvet Hood, value 1 l. the Goods of Rowland Allen in his House , in the Parish of St. Martins in the Fields , Octob. 27 .

Mr. Allen. The Prisoners were both my Servants ; Thursby came to live with me on

the 14th of August last. Brown was my Cook . They both lay together in a Room, up three Pair of Stairs: My Mother lay in another Room on the same Floor. On the 27th of October my House was broke and robb'd in the Night: I don't know who did it; but we were alarmed by Thursby. She goes first to my Mother, lays her Hand on her Face and wakes her, and tells her there were three Rogues in the House; but desires her not to come out of her Room for fear the Rogues should murder her. Then she goes to the Window and calls out Thieves. The Noise waked me. I got up, and taking the Key of the Door with me, went down Stairs, I found all my Doors and Windows fast, except the Parlor Window, and that was open. The Sash was thrown up, and the two Alarm-Bells were taken and laid down upon the Table. The Drawers were open. The Goods in the Indictment were taken away; besides which, there was a Petticoat dropt, and a Gown half in and half out. Thursby told me that as she was a-bed with Brown she was waked by the Noise of her own Trunk being broke open, and then saw three Men, one in Grey, one in Olive, and one in Black: That two of them had Masks, and the other had a black Crape over his Face, and a long Knife in his Hand, that he threatned to cut their Throats if they did not lye still; that he plunder'd her Trunk, took out her Cloths and a Purse of Money which he chink'd in his Hand, and then they tyed up her Clothes in a Table-Cloth and went away - I called in a Constable: he said. This must be done by your own Servants. I said, I believed my Men to be very honest, and had no suspicion of Sarah Thursby , because she had been robb'd; but Brown had lost nothing, and therefore carried her before a Justice who, committed her to the Gatehouse, where she lay three Days - Three Weeks after this we found a Suit of Thursby's Clothes at Pawn, and they proved to be the same that she said she had been robb'd of: Upon this I carried her before the Justice. At first, she said she had pawn'd no Clothes, but afterwards own'd that those were hers. She was carried before the Justice again the next Day; but as we could prove nothing upon her, he bid her go home again, and not fly from me, for if she did he told her it would be an Argument of Guilt. But notwithstanding this, she left my House and I went next Day to enquire for her at a House in Wapping, where her Mother-in-Law lives: Her Mother-in-Law told me that she had been a Thief to her -

Court. You must not swear to what the Mother-in-Law told ye - Tis no Evidence.

Mrs. Allen. Thursby said she had lost 20 Guineas and the Value of 20 l. in Clothes. One Suit which she said was lost at that time, we afterwards found at Pawn, where it had laid three Weeks before.

Prisoner Thursby. Was not there a Corner-Cupboard full of Plate in the Parlor from whence your Goods were taken?

Mrs. Allen. Yes, there was Plate.

Thursby. As I knew this: it is likely, if I had been concerned in the Robbery, that I would have taken the Gowns and Petticoats and left the Plate?

Court. Did you ever find any of your Goods again?

Mrs. Allen. No, none of them.

Mary Keeble . Thursby pawn'd those Clothes to me.

Court. What Clothes?

Mary Keeble. I suppose they were her own. I have them here in a Paper - But - beging your Pardon - I must put my Spectacles on - Let me see - and here's a Gown and Coat Sept. 7. laid for 40 s: Sept 13, a Cap for 5 s. Octob. 8. a black silk-Hood and a Body of a Shift for 4 s. Octob. 12 a Velvet Cap for 6 s. Octob. 19. a Pair of Ruffles for 5 s. - that's the last - the last? No, hold - here's some in November - but that's nothing -.

Mrs. Allen. That Gown and Coat she said she was robb'd of: tho' she had pawn'd it in September, and we were not robb'd till the 27th of October.

Thursby. 'Tis not the same, for the Gown and Coat that I lost were of another Colour. My Mistress knows that I told her another Colour; and as I told her, so it was put in the Advertisement, and here the Advertisement is to prove it.

Mrs. Allen. It was a drest Suit, and she told me that she had but one drest Suit.

Sarah Cox . On the 20th of November, Thursby came to me much better drest than I had seen her lately. She brought these Men's Shoes and Stockings and desired to get her a Suit of Men's Apparel, and procure her a Passage to Jamaica with some Captain that would take her as his Boy. She seem'd to be under a great Concern; but being so well drest I said to her, Mrs. Collet, (for that was her first Husband's Name) the Times are well mended. She answered, But indifferent. Are ye out of Service says I. Aye says she, I have left my Master these three Weeks, tho' it seems she had then been come away but one Day; And she told me that Captain Towers had given her a Suit of Cloaths, and a Fan and five Guineas.

Henry Tomlin . Thursby came to me on the 25th of August in a Brocade Suit with red Flowers. Court. Are ye sure it was in August. H. T. Yes. Court. Were those the Clothes that were pawned? H. T. Yes - I am glad to see you so tight says I. And so, says she, Christian Brown our Cook let three Men into our House and kept them five Hours in the Dust-hole, and then they came up Stairs in Disguise, and one of them had a long Knife, and I lay with my Hand upon my Eyes pretending to be asleep for fear they should kill me, and they took this Brocaded Suit out of my Trunk.

Court. How is this possible? Could she tell you on the 25th of August, that she was robb'd on the 27th of October following?

H. T. No, this was not all at the same time. She came to me in that Suit on the 25th of August, and she came again in October, and it was then that she told me the Rogues had robb'd her of the Suit she had on the last time she saw me.

Mrs. Tomlin deposed to the same Effect.

Thursby. My Master and Mistress tamper'd with these People to make it up with me; but I would not agree to it.

Martin Johnson . Mrs. Allen was at my House several times, and endeavour'd to persuade me to go to the Prisoner Thursby, and tell her that I could swear, that I knew the Clothes that were at pawn were the same as she said she had lost.

Mary Johnson . Mrs. Allen came to me, and shew'd me a Piece of Silk, and said, Go to your Sister, and swear, that you can swear this to be a Piece of the Clothes that she lost.

Then ten or twelve Witnesses appear'd to the Prisoner's Reputation. They deposed that she was about 21 Years of Age, and they had known her some seven or eight, some fifteen, some twenty Years, and that she bore a very good Character.

The Jury acquitted Brown , and found Thursby guilty to the value of 39 s .

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James Wilkinson.
4th December 1734
Reference Numbert17341204-73
VerdictGuilty > theft under 1s

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Percival Crowther.
4th December 1734
Reference Numbert17341204-74
VerdictGuilty > theft under 1s

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William Kenneday.
4th December 1734
Reference Numbert17341204-75
VerdictNot Guilty > no evidence

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Mary Matthews.
4th December 1734
Reference Numbert17341204-76
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4th December 1734
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Abigal Nutsford . I am a poor Woman, and sell a few Greens; and I selling a few Greens; and such a matter, and a little small Beer and a Dram, and the like; says my Husband one Day - for my Husband you must know is a Porter , and he was going out - and says he to me, Tab, says he, If my Master should come, save a Jobb for me; and this Creature, Mary Campion owing me three Pence, she said as how she would clean my Room for it, or else she would never pay me. Whereof I thought I might as well let her do it; and so I goes out, and leaves her to clean this Room: and while I was gone, she pulls open my Drawers, and takes my things, and breaks me as much Crockery as comes to 3 or 4 Shillings - And when I came home, she was gone, and my Child said; Mammy, she has put your Apron in her Pocket,

and so set a good while there was no such thing as finding her, high nor low; but at last, I meets with her a going along the Street, and she had got my Pattins on - I can safely swear it, and I have but three Weeks to go. - And having these Pattins on; Mistress, says I, these are my Pattins. Well, says she, and what then? Why then pray give them me, says I: No, says she, I'll give ye none of them - Nap my Cuckold for 'em - And now she pretends truly, that I had lent her the Pattins: but if I had, why did not she bring them home again? Pray tell me that: and then I desire to know what Satisfaction I must have for my Crockery-Ware that she broke; and more than that, she proffer'd this Man Mr. Shaw, to give him a Dram out of my Bottle.

Prisoner. Why don't you pay me for washing your Smock? - You know that while I was a washing it, you was forced to stand without one.

Prosecutrix. Well, and a good Shift too.

Prisoner. Aye, so it was, for them that can make a Shift, without a Shift.

Pros. You made a Shift to walk off with my Pattins - Pray what did you keep out of the way for? If I did not know myself to be a Thief, what occasion had I to keep out of the way?

Prisoner. She lent me the Pattins to clean her Room, and as I was cleaning it, I happen'd to throw down her Crockery-Ware: and for that she stopt my Broom and my Child's Frock which I had left behind me. And so when she met me afterwards, and asked me for her Pattins, I told her, if she'd give me my Broom and my Frock, I'd give her the Pattins.

Pros. It's no such Thing; she said nothing, but, Nap my Cuckold! Nap my Cuckold! But howsomever, when her Cuckold came the next Day, and asked for her Things, I let him have 'em.

The Jury acquitted her.

Old Bailey Proceedings supplementary material. Mark Halpen.
4th December 1734
Reference Numbero17341204-1
SentenceMiscellaneous > fine

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4th December 1734
Reference Numbers17341204-1
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N.B. Whoever prints any Part of these Proceedings, will be prosecuted with-the utmost Severity.

The Trials being ended, the Court proceeded to give Judgement as follows:

Receiv'd Sentence of Death 8.

Aaron Pritchard , Ambrose Thurmond , William Williams , Peter Hughs , Edward Atkins , Samuel Luelling , Mary Bowman , and James Casey .

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Jane Atkinson .

Transportation 40.

Francis Dobson , Elizabeth Wright , Derry Wilmot , John Baily , Eleanor Keeble , Thomas Chambers , Ann Smith , Mary Smith , Mary Meacham , Margaret Baker , Charlotte Smith , Mordecai Adams , John Owen , Thomas Pridmore , John Bolton , Jane Hunt , Thomas Upton , Mary Hunt , Mary Day , Catherine Cooms , Jane May , Ann Watson , John Dun , John Wheatly , Martha Shepard , Richard Loyd , Thomas Lindsy , Emanuel Pim , Corbet Anthorp , Francis Duton , Mary Rash , Mary Wheeler , James Jarvis , William Bean , Richard Sheppard , William Griffith , Ann Smith , Sarah Thursby , James Wilkinson , and Percival Crowther .

Old Bailey Proceedings supplementary material. Mark Halpen.
4th December 1734
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SentenceMiscellaneous > fine

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Mark Halpen , for an Assault , fined 5 l .

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4th December 1734
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This Day is published, [Price 6 d.] No. 18, (Being the sixth Number of the second Volume of)

SELECT TRIALS at the Sessions-House in the Old Baily, for Murders, Robberies, Rapes, Sodomy, Coining, Frauds and other Offences, from the Year 1720 to the present time; chiefly transcribed from Notes taken in Court, with genuine Accounts of the Lives, Behaviour, Confession, and Dying Speeches of the most eminent Convicts. N.B. These Trials, &c. are not to be met with in any other Collection.

This Number contains the Remainder of the remarkable Trial of Mrs. Catherine Hays , for the Murder of her Husband, by cutting off his Head; and of her Assistants, Thomas Wood and Thomas Billings ; with several Particulars relating to their Lives, &c. never before publish'd. The Trial of Gabriel Lawrence and William Griffin for Sodomy, who were both executed; also the Trials of George Kedger , Thomas Wright , and George Whitle , all for Sodomy; also the remarkable Trial of Capt. Jayne, for the Murder of his Cabbin Boy; also the Trial of Mary Blewit , for privately stealing a Gold Watch from Mr. Hartrey, with the remarkable Evidence of an honest Watchman, and the Tryal of Adam White for a Rape on his own Daughter; and several others for Bigamy, privately stealing, Sodomitical Practices, &c.

Printed for I Wilford behind the Chapter-House near St. Paul's Church-Yard.

Where may be had Vol. I.(Price Six Shillings)

Containing upwards of Three Hundred Trials of which are Seventy-seven Trials of the most notorious Highwaymen, with their Livesand Dying-Speeches; Fifty-three for Murder, several of which are very remarkable; Thirty-one, of Whores for privately stealing, which are very entertaining; Ten, of noted Shop-lifters; Sixty 2, of House-breakers, &c. Nineteen, for Frauds, Riots, and Misdemeanors; Eleven, for Rapes and Attempts to ravish, Eight, for receiving stolen Goods; Nine, for single Felonies; Five, for receiving stolen Goods; Five, for Coining; Two, for Forgery; Four, for Sodomy; One, for Bigamy; Two for Returning from Transportation; Two, for Horse-stealing; and Ten for endeavouring to set up a new Mint.

N.B. These Trials are not only very necessary for all Lawyers, Justices of the Peace, Clarks of the Indictments, and other Persons concern'd in Prosecutions, &c. but are very useful and entertaining to the Generality of Readers; and every Number contains more in Quantity, and is cheaper than any thing ever publish'd this way.


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