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22nd May 1735
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22nd May 1735
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THE PROCEEDINGS AT THE Sessions of the Peace, and Oyer and Terminer, FOR THE City of LONDON, AND County of MIDDLESEX, ON

Thursday the 22d, Friday the 23d, and Saturday the 24th of May, 1735. in the Eight Year of His MAJESTY's Reign.

Being the Fifth SESSIONS in the Mayoralty of the Right Honourable Sir EDWARD BELLAMY , Knt. Lord-Mayor of the City of LONDON, in the Year 1735.



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


(Price Six Pence.)


BEFORE the Right Honourable Sir EDWARD BELLAMY , Knt. Lord-Mayor of the City of London; the Honourable Mr. Justice Probyn, Mr Justice Comyns, Mr. Baron Thompson , Recorder, Simon Urlin , Serjeant at Law, 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.

Thomas Brown ,

Matthew Shellswell ,

George Dison ,

Daniel Fowler ,

John Blackbourn ,

Henry Tyre ,

Henry Warner ,

Richard Thompson ,

John Ainsworth ,

Henry Clark ,

Valentine Wright ,

Mark Aldworth .

Middlesex Jury.

Thomas Ayliff ,

Nathaniel Marsh ,

William Bignell ,

John Whitton ,

Henry Nowles ,

Nathaniel Adams ,

Richard Sutton ,

Thomas Daniel ,

Henry Cross ,

John Milchet ,

Gerard Howard ,

John Archambeau .

John Becket.
22nd May 1735
Reference Numbert17350522-1
VerdictNot Guilty

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1. John Becket , of St. Matthew Friday Street , Book-keeper , was indicted for stealing 500 Guineas , the Money of John Gibson , December 27 .

John Gibson (the Hereford Carrier .) On Sunday the twenty first or twenty second of December, I receiv'd 500 Guineas of - Clayton, Esq; Receiver General of the County of Hereford, to carry in my Waggon to London. The Money was sealed up in a Bag, and so delivered to my Wife who locked it up. At night, when we were packing the Goods in the Waggon, Tom, says I, to my Brother, Fetch the Bag of Money. My Wife came out and gave it him and the Seal was not broke. He and she roll'd some Straw round it and put it into an old Pair of Leather Saddle Bags. They roll'd more Straw round the Saddle Bags, and then they were put into a small Pack of Goods and corded up, and this Pack was put into the Waggon, towards the Fore-end. The Waggon was loaded about eleven at Night, and about twelve it set out for London, My Brother Thomas went with it, but I did not go my self - On the Monday sennight, my Son In-law, William Mountain (the Monmouth Carrier) came and told me that the Money was lost. My Waggon inns at the Saracen's Head in Friday Street , where the Prisoner has been for some Years my Book-keeper.

Prisoner. Did you not charge others?

J. Gibson. I charged John Holden and Charles Airs , two of the Porters who unloaded the Waggon at the Inn.

Prisoner. Was there any Passengers in the Waggon?

J. Gibson. Yes; But I connot say how many.

P. Council. Did not you send a Bill of Parcels to the Prisoner?

J. Gibson. Yes; for it is a usual thing.

P. Council. Among the other Particulars in that Bill, Did you mention this Money?

J. Gibson. No; for I don't think it proper.

Prisoner. Did you not in November last send me a Bill of Parcels, with advice of a parcel of Money that was coming?

J. Gibson. I might do so, for I have done it sometimes, but have oftner omitted it.

Thomas Gibson . I packed up the Money in the Waggon, and set out with it for London about twelve on Sunday Night, and am sure the Money was never stir'd till we came to Town, which was on the Friday following. For though there might be Passengers in the Waggon, yet they could not come at

the Pack where the Money was, because there was a Quantity of Boxes and other things loaded upon, and on each side of it. And where we lay on the Road a Man had so much a Night for watching. And when we came into the Inn-Yard (in Friday Street) I am sure nothing had been removed. I did not stay to see the Waggon unloaded, but being tired, I left that to the care of the Prisoner and his Porters; and not thinking of the Money, I went into the Tap-house where I staid two or three Hours. Then the Prisoner came to me, and asked me about a little Parcel which I had taken up by the way. I have searched the Bags, says he, and it is not there, for there is nothing but Straw in 'em. - Nothing but Straw in 'em.? says I, in great Surprise, for then I thought of the Money - Sure you must be mistaken. I went into the Ware-house and found the Bags lying under his Desk, I searched them but there was none of the Money. The Porters were all gone. But when they came again next Morning, they denyed that they knew any thing of the Money. Charles Aires (one of them) said that he found the Saddle Bags at the bottom of the Pack, and thought they had been an old pair of Boots and so he delivered them to the next Man. For their Method is, to unload the Goods by the Waggon side, and deliver every Parcel single, to the Book-keeper, who sits in the Ware-house to take an account of them.

Prisoner. Were none of the Goods taken out in the Journey?

T. Gibson. We always have Way-Goods, as we call them, but these we put at the Tail of the Waggon.

William Mountain. Being acquainted with the Prisoner, on Sunday the twenty second of March, I fell into talk about this Money, and I said it was hard he could not find out who was concern'd in taking it. He said he had done all that he could, and more than any body was aware of: And that he had heard there was two Men and a Woman concern'd. I asked who they were. He said he could describe them, but did not think it proper; and that in a little time a Man would bring a Woman to Confession; and I should see some Person in Goal before the matter all came out.

Prisoner. Did not I tell you at the same time how I came by this Intelligence? that I had it from the cunning Man at Wickham in Buckinghamshire; and did not John Gibson himself cunjure for the Thief, with the Book and Key?

W. Mountain. John Gibson and the Prisoner proposed to go to Wickham to enquire after the cunning Man, and I went with them.

James Fry . At the latter end of March, Gibson charged a Constable with the Prisoner. The Prisoner desired him to have patience and not send him to Goal, for before the end of next Month, he would have all his Money again.

Council. Aye, if the cunning Man spoke Truth.

Fry. I believe he might say that the cunning Man told him so.

Edward Rustel . On Friday Night about a Fortnight before the Money was found in the Prisoner's House -

Council. What Money? The 500 Guineas that Gibson had lost?

Rustel. I cannot say as to that, but being in the Saracen's Head Inn Yard, I heard Gibson say to the Prisoner, Don't ruin me quite, let me have but half, or if that is too much, send me but 100 Guineas in a Box by any Messenger, and I'll take it without asking any Questions. The Prisoner answered, If you expect to have your Money again, you ought not to speak of it in a publick Yard but in a private Room. Then Gibson went away; the Prisoner said to me, I had rather quarrel with a Man of 100 a Year, than with my Master, because I have served him so long.

Mary Jones . The Prisoner's Wife lodges up one Pair of Stairs, and I lodge up two Pair in the same House. Between Christmas Day and New Year's Day, as I was going down for a Pail of Water, she call'd me into her Room, and said she'd shew me something to grease my Eyes with. So she went into a Closer, and took out a great Bag of Money and pour'd it into her Lap. She said there was about 300 Pound. It was all

Gold, and she gave some of it to her Child to play with. I asked her whose it was? She said it was a Merchants, and her Husband was to pay it all away for him in a little time. I am glad of that, says I, for I have got a Pad-lock on my Door, and therefore if any Rogues should hear of so much Money in the House, they'll think its in my Room, and so I may be knock'd on the Head. My Husband coming home to Dinner, Edad she calls him in and shews him this Gold; but he loves to have me keep at home, and so says he, What a-pox do ye do out of your own Room? I went out a Nursing, and when I came home again the Prisoner's Wife said to me Ah, pox o' your Pad-lock! the Money's all gone.

Osborn Jones . I came home to Tinner ant wass coing into my own Room, put the Prissoner's Wife callt to me and sait Here iss your coot Oman. So I hust her a pit, and ask her why a Tiffel she coudn't keep in her own Hapitation when I wanted my Tinner. So the Prissoners Wife prought out a pag with a crate teal of coolt in it. There was a crate many Pieces, a crate teal pigger as Guineas.

Council. This could not be the Money that Gibson lost, for that was all in Guineas.

Osborn Jones . Ant she pickt out fourteen or fifteen of them crate Pieces, and kafe 'em to the Chilt to truntle apout the Room. Where a Cots Name, says I, did you ket all this Money? O says she, It is none of ours, put my Uspant is to pay it away for a Merchant.

The Prisoner's Defence.

Charles Airs . I help'd to unload the Waggon. Stephen Leach , and I open'd the Pack. I took out the Leather Bags which lay at the bottom, and said, I thought they were Boots; No says Leach, They are Saddle Bags. I gave them to Goddard, who gave them to the Prisoner, who search'd them, but found nothing in them but a Wad of Straw. They were not fastned at top, and at each end of each Bag there was a Hole big enough to thrust ones Fist in.

This was confirm'd by Stephen Leach.

The Prisoner had a very good Character given him and the Jury acquitted him.

Mary Manwaring.
22nd May 1735
Reference Numbert17350522-2
SentenceMiscellaneous > branding

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2. Mary Manwaring , was indicted for stealing a Silver Spoon the Goods of Henry Pennyman , March 3 . Guilty .

[Branding. See summary.]

Charles Peel.
22nd May 1735
Reference Numbert17350522-3
VerdictsGuilty > pleaded guilty

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3. Charles Peel , of St. Mary Woolnoth , was indicted for stealing in the House of the Hon. Edward Carteret , Esq, a Bill of Exchange for 170 l. drawn by William Davis Phillips , April 13, 1727. on Benjamin Shewill , payable to Denzil Onslow , Esq; Treasurer of the Post Office, or order twenty Days after date, for Value of Andrew Phillips ; the said Bill being the Property of the said Andrew Phillips , May 6. 1727 .

He was a second time indicted for forging and causing to be forged an Indorsement to the said Bill in these Words, Recd. Denzil Onslow .

He was a third time indicted for publishing the said forged Indorsement knowing it to be forged .

He was a fourth time indicted for forging a Receipt to the said Bill in these Words, Recd. Denzil Onslow .

He was a fifth time indicted for publishing the said Receipt knowing it to be forged .

To all these Indictments he pleaded Guilty , and thereupon receiv'd Sentence of Death .

William Hughs.
22nd May 1735
Reference Numbert17350522-4
VerdictGuilty > pleaded guilty

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4. William Hughs (a Soldier ,) of St. Martins in the Fields was indicted for the Murder of Catherine Jones (his own Mother) by wilfully discharging a Musket loaded with Powder and a Leaden Bullet, and thereby giving her one Mortal Wound in the right side of the Head above the right Ear of the breadth of six Inches and depth of five Inches, of which Mortal Wound she instantly died , May 8 .

He was a second time indicted on the Coroner's Inquisition for the said Murder to both which Indictments he pleaded Guilty ; and thereupon receiv'd Sentence of Death .

Elton Lewis.
22nd May 1735
Reference Numbert17350522-5
VerdictGuilty > pleaded guilty

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5. Elton Lewis , of St. James's Clerkenwell , Mariner , was indicted for the Murder of Mary Robinson , (his Aunt) by striking her with a Hatchet, and thereby giving her one Mortal Wound on the hinder part of

her Head, of the length of two Inches, and breadth of two Inches, of which Mortal Wound she instantly died , April 21 .

He was a second time indicted on the Coroner's Inquisition for the said Murder, to both which Indictments he pleaded Guilty , and thereupon receiv'd Sentence of Death .

Hester Hargrove.
22nd May 1735
Reference Numbert17350522-6

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6. Hester Hargrove , was indicted for stealing a Gold Ring and an Apron, the Goods of Elizabeth Durdant ; and a Mob and a Handkerchief, the Goods of Ann Price , April 29 . Guilty .

[Transportation. See summary.]

Sarah Richardson.
22nd May 1735
Reference Numbert17350522-7
SentenceMiscellaneous > branding

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7. Sarah Richardson , was indicted for stealing four silk Handkerchiefs the Goods of James Wilson , May 5 . Guilty .

[Branding. See summary.]

William Ruberry.
22nd May 1735
Reference Numbert17350522-8
VerdictNot Guilty

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8. William Ruberry , of Kensington , was indicted for the Murder of Ann Pointer , by knocking her down with a Hoe and giving her several Mortal Wounds and Bruises, April 8 . of which she languished till the 13th and dyed .

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

Ann Newby . On Easter Tuesday, going down by the side of a thick set Hedge, I saw two Gentlemen looking thro' the Hedge, Pray what's the Matter says I. They answer'd, there's a Man beating a Woman unmercifully. I did not see him beat her, but going farther I heard her say, Ye Villain! you would not beat a Man so. I went up to her, and he and she were a little apart, and he was a Hoing. She said he had knock'd her down with a Hoe and stamp'd upon her Groin, and threatned to cut her Cloaths to pieces and stamp her Guts out at her Mouth for going upon his Crop. Ye Villain, says I, how can you serve a Woman so? Hold your Tongue, says he, or I'll give you as much more. I can't say the Prisoner is the Man. The Woman came every Day after, to my House, except the Day she dyed which was on the Sunday following. On the Thursday she got a Warrant; when she came back her Eye was black and swelled; she said she was afraid he had broke something within her, and she should die the death of her Husband, who was kill'd by Fighting.

Margaret Johnson . She came to my House on Tuesday Night with a black Eye, and complained that a Man in the Fields had beat her, and trod on her Belly. On Wednesday she lay a-bed all Day, and at Night Ann Newby asked if a poor Woman was there. The Deceas'd said, a Quart of Blood came from her, and she was worse than when she lay in. On Thursday she said she'd see for the Man (she did not then know his Name.) On Saturday Night she had taken him, and he had made it up. She went out at six on Sunday Morning, and at ten the same Morning she was found dead in a Stable.

Richard Horton . She got a Warrant against the Prisoner for assaulting her, it was served at the New Tavern in Kensington. When she came there and saw him, he asked her if he was the Man. She said, she did not know, but it was one whose Name was Will. Ruberry, and he had beat her with a Hoe and stampt upon her. The Prisoner said he had only whipt her. They went before Justice Vincent, where the matter was made up upon the Prisoners paying her six Shillings. On Sunday Noon the Beadle came and told me she was dead.

Surgeon. I examined the Body. On the lower Part of the Belly which we call the Pubis I found a Bruise externally. And opening the Part I found a quantity of extravasated Blood and Matter about the Gut, we call the Rectum - She was a distemper'd pocky Body.

Jury-man. Might that Blood be occasion'd by Blows?

Surgeon. Yes. I believe Blows might be the cause of the Vessels breaking.


Mary Booth . On the Thursday in Easter Week, the Deceas'd and Betty Morris quarrel'd in Holland Walk. The Deceas'd held up a Knife at Morris, and Morris hit her a slap o'the Face, and so the Deceas'd fell into Fits and foam'd at the Mouth.

Fox. I saw the same, and know the Deceas'd was subject to Fits.

Richard Chowny . I heard 'em a scolding, and saw the Deceas'd lying on her Back in a Fit, and says I to Betty Morris, what do

ye beat her for? Says Betty, she threatned my Life and bit my Finger off.

Joseph Biggs . At seven o'Clock on Sunday Morning, she had a Dram of Gin at my House; I saw she was in Liquor, and she wanted to light her Pipe, but I bid her go about her business, for I had other Company and did not want such Cattle - She was a drunken quarrelsome Creature.

Francis Freeman , Samuel Terry , - Gains, and - Harrison, gave the Prisoner the Character of a laborious careful honest quiet Man. and not inclinable to be quarrelsome.

The Jury acquitted him.

Ambrose Forward.
22nd May 1735
Reference Numbert17350522-9
VerdictGuilty > theft under 5s

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9. Ambrose Forward , was indicted for stealing two Pound and a half of Goat's Hair, value 4 s. the Goods of Samuel Bosanquet , May 5 . Guilty 4 s. 10 d .

[Transportation. See summary.]

Mary Hunton, Margaret Hunton.
22nd May 1735
Reference Numbert17350522-10
VerdictGuilty; Not Guilty

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10, 11. Mary Hunton , and Margaret Hunton , were indicted for stealing six Pewter Plates , the Goods of Anthony Reynolds , Esq ; May 9 . Mary Guilty , and Margaret Acquitted .

[Transportation. See summary.]

Joseph Gillam.
22nd May 1735
Reference Numbert17350522-11
VerdictNot Guilty

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12. Joseph Gillam , alias Gwillim , was indicted for stealing five Loaves, value 9 s. the Goods of Thomas Williams , April 30 . Acquitted .

Ann Rook.
22nd May 1735
Reference Numbert17350522-12
VerdictNot Guilty > no evidence

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13. Ann Rook , was indicted for stealing a Piece of Silver, value 6 s. and 5 d. 3/4. the Goods of Richard Hodgson , April 19 . No Evidence, Acquitted .

Jane Hyfield.
22nd May 1735
Reference Numbert17350522-13

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14. Jane Hyfield , was indicted for stealing a Shirt, and a Ham , the Goods of John Crapper , May 15 . Guilty .

[Transportation. See summary.]

Richard White.
22nd May 1735
Reference Numbert17350522-14

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15. Richard White , was indicted for stealing six Hats, value 24 s. the Goods of William Butler , April 19 . Guilty .

[Transportation. See summary.]

Mary Doderidge.
22nd May 1735
Reference Numbert17350522-15
VerdictNot Guilty

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16. Mary Doderidge , was indicted for stealing one Silver Spoon, value 7 s. the Goods of Henry Davis , March 21 . Acquitted .

Margaret Hains.
22nd May 1735
Reference Numbert17350522-16
VerdictGuilty > theft under 1s
SentenceCorporal > whipping

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17. Margaret Hains , was indicted for stealing two Potlids, and a Beef Fork , the Goods of Susan Sparrow , April 7 . Guilty 10 d .

[Whipping. See summary.]

William Forster.
22nd May 1735
Reference Numbert17350522-17

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18. William Forster , was indicted for stealing a Brass Stamp, value 5s. 6 d. and thirty six Chrystal Stones, value 5 s. 6 d. the Goods of Isaac Volaire , January 8 . and a Shirt, a Waistcoat, and twenty four Chrystal Stones, the Goods of Peter Duval , March 28 .

Isaac Volaire . Dat is de Man vid de Cap. He come and aska me to use mine Tools in de Lapidary Business for two Shillings in de Veek. He vark vid mine Tool, van, two Veek, and den he no vark any longer: And I lose a mine Brass Stamp and tree Dozen of mine Stones - da vare de Oval Chrystal Stones - Den I no can tell vat is become of de Man, but at last Monsieur Duval give a me notice dat if I go to Shustice Deveil I fall hear of mine Tings. And ven I go dare, de Prisonnaar make de Confessiong dat he steal mine Stamp and mine Stones.

Peter Duval . De Prisonnaar come to me after de New-Year-Day, and aska me to vark upon mine Tool, for he say Monsieur Volaire ave turn him ava. Vell, I say, Go up and vark for two Shilling de Veek, for that is de common price for make use of de Master's Tools. When he vark a leetle vile, I miss two Dozen of the Square Chrystal Stones. I aska him if he take adem. He tella me no, No, Vy I ave no Teef come to mine Ouse but you. Vell he can tell noting of de Matter. Den he vark a leetle more, and den I miss Von Vastcoat, von Shart, and von Shilling. Vell, I believe you be no honest Man, you be de Teef, and you no longer stay in mine Ouse. Den he go to the Castle Ale House, and mine Vife lose von Box, and she go to him and say, Vare is mine Box? Your Box? he say, Vat you make a Rogue of me? - Rogue? Vy you be de Rogue to steal a mine Box-Pox o' your Box! Vy a diable you make adis Noise about de lousy Box? I vell give you a Ha'penny for your Box - I will ave none of your Ha'penny, you Rogue! Vat ave you do vid mine Husband's Vastcoat, and his Shart, and his oder Tings? - Vat Tings? - Vy his Stamp and his Stones; you be de fine Rogue indeed! to come and make Vark vid mine Usband's Tool, and run away vid his Stones, and all dat he have. Vell, after dis, ve fesh the Coonstable to him, and den he confess de Vastcoat and de Shart, and de Stamp and de Stones, and dat he sell de Stones to Monsieur Treneau.

John Treneau (by an Interpreter.) About last Christmas I bought a great many Stones

of the Prisoner, at twenty Pence a Dozen, but I don't know who they belonged to.

Joshua Pragnell . The Prisoner was at work for me, when Mr. Duval's Wife came and own'd the Shirt on his Back, and he pulled it off and gave it her.

Prisoner. I know nothing of the Matter. I have a great many creditable People to appear to my Character, but none of them happen to be here. The Jury found him Guilty of both Indictments .

[Transportation. See summary.]

Patrick Lambert.
22nd May 1735
Reference Numbert17350522-18
VerdictNot Guilty

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19. Patrick Lambert , was indicted for that whereas at the Sessions held here in February last, Thomas Jenkins was convicted of stealing a Pestle and Mortar, the Goods of Michael Merchant , January 16 , and a fourteen Pound Weight, the Goods of Charles Anterack , January 18 . He the said Patrick Lambert did afterwards receive the same Goods knowing them to be stolen.

The Record of the Conviction of Thomas Jenkins was read.

Mr. Merchant. I lost a Pestle and Mortar, and it was brought home again, but I neither know who stole it, or who brought it back.

Morgan Jenkins. I was at the Prisoner's House in Compton Street, when his Kinswoman Mary brought down the Pestle and Mortar, and delivered them to a Man to carry to Mr. Merchant's House, which was about two hundred Yards off; and in about three Minutes I saw the same Pestle and Mortar at Mr. Merchant's - And I saw a fourteen Pound Leaden Weight carried from the Prisoner's Shop to Mr. Anterack's - The Prisoner's was not present when either of these Goods were delivered back; for there being a Warrant against him he absconded.

Mr. Anterack. I lost a fourteen Pound Leaden Weight; and Edward Saxon who was an Evidence against Thomas Jenkins in February last, swore that they stole the Weight and sold it to the Prisoner. In two or three Days after this, a Leaden Weight was brought to my House, but it was not mine.

Mr J. Deveil. Jenkins was convicted on Saxon's Evidence. The Prisoner absconded, and was not to be found in four Months. Saxon being very sick in Prison, I discharged him. But he afterwards came voluntarily to me, and I bound a Person in forty Pounds for Saxon's Appearance - There lies the Recognizance.

William Barly , Constable. The Bail for Saxon told me yesterday, that the Prisoner had sent a Man from Newgate to bribe Saxon to keep out of the way - I took up the Prisoner with Justice Deveil's Warrant, and carried him to the Justice's House. The Justice not being at home, I went to fetch Saxon, and when I returned I found Major Barnwell there. He took me into the Justice's Parlor, and putting his Hand into mine, he said, Be easy, be favourable, let the Man go, and I'll give ye what ye will, and be a Friend to you as long as you live - I charg'd him with this before Mr. Justice Deveil's Face.

Court to M. Barnwell. What do you say to this, Sir? You ought to know 'tis a great Offence to endeavour to screen any Person from Justice.

Major Barnwell. I never intended it, but thought the Man was innocent.

Court. Sir, You have been too busy-You ought to be indicted.

William Barly . As I was carrying the Prisoner in a Coach to Newgate, he said to me, If I did receive a Pestle and Mortar knowing it to be stolen, it's hard to be transported for one and twenty Pence. I went the same Day to the Prisoner's House, and found a Thief selling Lead there - The Prisoner was convicted about five Years ago for receiving a Leaden Pump that was stolen, and was to have been transported.

Dideric Hindson . A dud leef two, tree Year in his Neighbourhood, and I know no wrong of him. De People I am acquainted vid give him a good Character - and some give him a bad Character, but I no wonder at dat, for da give me a bad Character too.

Caleb Jones . I have known him seven Years, and know no ill of him. His Character is honest.

George Eve . He's an honest Man for ought I know, for he paid me honestly - Tho' I

can't say but I have heard he was once ordered to be transported.

Paul Desumble . I know no ill of him.

Major Barnwell. He worked for me at my House, and behaved extraordinary well, but there's no Man without Enemies.

The Jury acquitted him.

John Sutton, Thomas Godson.
22nd May 1735
Reference Numbert17350522-19
VerdictNot Guilty; Guilty

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20, 21, 22, 23. John Sutton * and Thomas Godson of Pancras , were indicted (with Charles Stockton alias Stogdon, and Peter Benyan , not yet taken) for assaulting William Power in an open Field near the Highway, putting him in fear, and taking from him a Silver Watch, a Chain, and Seal, value 3 l. 9 s . May 13 .

* John Sutton was tried in December last for robbing Abigail Bingo in St. Peter's Alley, Cornhill, and Acquitted. Sessions Paper, Number I. Part 2. Page 3. But being charged with several other Robberies in Surry, &c. he was carried down to Kingston to be tryed at the Assizes held there in March last; when no Bill being found against him, he was discharged.

William Power . On Tuesday the thirteenth of this Month, between five and six in the Evening, as I was walking in the Fields not far from Lamb's Conduit with a Neighbour's Lad ( William Howson ) a little behind me I was met by the Prisoners and other Fellows. One of them (in a Jockey's Black Cap) struck me on the Breast and collar'd me; and just as I was falling, the Prisoner Sutton came up and took out my Watch. I mist it immediately, and said, he has got my Watch. Thereupon Hoxson went to the end of Red-Lyon-Street and call'd for help. When I was down, Sutton beat me violently, and the Prisoner Godson step'd up, and said, Sir, you have dropt your Watch in the Scuffle, and so he gave it me again. Company coming up, a Brick-layer said, Ye Dogs, do you rob at this time o' Day? I'll run my Trowel in your Guts. One Man collar'd Sutton, and then I ran to call a Constable.

William Howson . My Master, ( James Brook , a Poulterer in Holborn) sent into Red Lyon Street to see for this Gentleman (the Prosecutor.) I found him there, and he said, if I'd go to the Three Tuns, he'd make me drink: I went with him, and coming to a Pond, we met four Fellows, who said to one another, He's drunk. Damn 'em, says the Prosecutor, What would they be at? Damn ye, says he in the Black Cap, Will ye fight? and so stripping back his Coat, he struck the Prosecutor on the Breast. Then Sutton took the Prosecutor's Watch, and put it into his own Pocket. I desired them not to hurt the Gentleman, because he was in drink, though he was not quite drunk, for he could walk very well.

Thomas Plunket . Going with Mr. Elkins towards Pancras, we heard a Gentleman had lost his Watch. We ran up to the place. The Prosecutor, said, Sutton had robbed him. Sutton damn'd the Prosecutor, and struck him for saying so. Godson stood by, and endeavoured to part them. I asked Sutton what he meant by abusing the Man? He answered he would serve me the same, and so he and I had two or three Struggles. I was sorry Sutton fell in my way, because I had some knowledge of his Family.

Sutton. The Prosecutor had insulted me, and I pulled off my Coat to fight him.

Plunket. I did not see that the Prosecutor made any resistance.

Mr. Elkins. Going into Lamb's Conduit-Fields, I stood up a little for a Shower of Rains when the Prosecutor went by me. I followed and saw four Men about him; a Man and a Woman came by and said, There's a Man has been robb'd, and will be murdered. I ran towards them with my Trowel in my Hand, and called to Plunket to come along with the Pistols. When we came up, two of them got away, but the two Prisoners staid, and Sutton collar'd the Prosecutor, and threw him on the Grass.

Thomas Holloway . Coming by the New Burying Ground, a little on this side the Bowling Green, I saw five People in contest. Two had hold of each others Collar. The Prosecutor said, For God's sake help me, for I am barbarously used, and robb'd - The Prosecutor went for a Constable - A Man came up

with a Trowel - Sutton ran away, but fell into a Ditch, where he was taken.

Alexander Christopher . I was at my Master's Stables next the Fields, and hearing a Noise of a Robbery, I ran out with other Servants, and saw five or six Men together, and one sneaking along by a Hedge, and when he came over the Ditch he looked pale and frighted, and we stopt him.

Another Witness deposed to the same purpose.

Then Sutton's Confession taken May 14. before John Poulson , Esq; was proved and read in Court to the following effect.

I and Godson, Stockton and Benyan, met about two in the Afternoon at Lloyd's, the Sun and Horshoe in Dyer's Street, and there agreed to go into the Fie'ds and rob. From Lloyd's we went to an opposite Brandy Shop, and thence to an infamous House the Two Fighting Cocks at the Brill, kept by Taylor alias Pritchard. Going thence we met with the Prosecutor: One of us (who was in a Black Cap) fell upon him: I took his Watch and put it into my Waistcoat Pocket; but People coming up, and the Watch String hanging out, I threw the Watch on the Ground. Godson took it up, and gave it to the Prosecutor, that the Prosecutor might not think he belonged to our Company.

Sutton. I was drunk when I made that Confession, and the Thief Takers persuaded me to say any thing.

Mr.Justice Polson. He was sober - I bid him not be deceived, for it was an Examination, and not an Information - He read it over himself before he sign'd it.

Godson. I am a Shoemaker and lived at Rochester, I came to London on the Sunday Night, and on the Tuesday following I went to see a Brother-Craft in Phoenix Street, but did not meet with him. As I was coming back I met Sutton, and he asked me to drink, for I had some knowledge of him, having formerly done Work for some of his Family. We went to the Sun and Horshoe, where I found two more of his Acquaintance: We drank together there, and when we came out I was going towards Hound's Ditch, but by their persuasions I went with them to a House a-cross the Fields, I don't know the House for I was never there before. But I was in haste to go home, and so we came away, and had not gone far before we met the Prosecutor, with whom one of Sutton's Acquaintance (in a Black Cap; had some Words, upon which, Sutton stept up and said, Damn ye, will you fight. Presently the Prosecutor said he had lost his Watch, at hearing which, I was frighted and trembled; but seeing a Watch upon the Ground, I took it up and give it to the Prosecutor.

Henry Beck . Godson work'd for me as a Journey-man at Rochester, he went from my House on Sunday, and was to be back again on Tuesday; I entrusted him to cut out Work, and take care of my Business, and always found him very honest and just.

The Jury acquitted Godson, and found Sutton, Guilty . Death .

Samuel Gregory.
22nd May 1735
Reference Numbert17350522-20

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24. Samuel Gregory , was indicted first for breaking and entring the House of Joseph Lawrence , the Elder, at Edgware , and stealing a Silver Cup, four Silver Spoons, four Gold Rings, a Pair of Sheets, twelve Napkins, a Table Cloth, six Towels, six Pillowbiers, six Handkerchiefs, a Dimity Waste Coat, fifteen Guineas, three Moidores and thirty Shillings Feb. 4 , about the Hour of nine in the Night .

2d. For assaulting the said Joseph Lawrence in his House, putting him in fear, and taking from him the Goods and Money mentioned in the first Indictment .

3d. For Assaulting, Ravishing, and against her Will, carnally knowing Dorothy Street , Spinster , Feb. 4 .

4th. For stealing a Bay Gelding, value 20 l. the Property of Thomas Humphries , in the Parish of St. George, in Middlesex .

5th. For breaking and entring the House of William Francis , in the Parish of St. Mary la Bonne , and stealing a large quantity of Goods, and Money, Feb. 7 . about the Hour of nine in the Night .

6th. For Assaulting the said William Francis , putting him in fear, and taking from him the said Goods and Money , Feb. 7 .

First, Second, and Third Indictments.

Joseph Lawrence , the Elder. On the

fourth of February last, about nine at Night, my House at Edgware was broke open. Somebody came to the Door and call'd me by my Name. My Servant, John Peats , unbolted the Door, and presently five Men rush'd in with ten Pistols, each of the Men having one in each Hand, I cannot say positively that the Prisoner was one of them, but there was a Man among them pretty much like him. They swore they'd kill me, if I did not give 'em my Money. They took out of my Pocket a Guinea, a six-and-thirty. Shilling Piece, and between ten and twenty Shillings in Silver. They broke the two Buttons off my Breeches and let them down. They took me up Stairs, and said they wanted more Money. They broke open a Door there, and took out two Guineas, ten Shillings, a Silver Cup with two Handles, four Gold Rings, and three Silver Spoons - they had taken another Silver Spoon below Stairs - still they wanted more, and swore they would kill me if I did not tell them where the rest of my Money was. My Breeches being down, they set my bare backside on the Fire. I was not burnt indeed, but sorely scalded. They took a Case Knife, and threatned to rip me up, and brought a Bill to chop my Legs off to make me confess. They carried me into a Back Room where the Maid was beating up Butter, they took the Kettle off the Fire with two Pails of Water in it, and throwing me down, they threw the Water all over me, but it happened not to be quite scalding hot. My Son had in the House between twenty and thirty Pounds which was all lost - They took my Sheets, Table Cloths, Napkins, and all the best Linnen I had - They broke my Head with their Pistols, so that the blood run down and matted my Hair, and swore that I should not live till Morning if I did not discover where my Money was - One of them had a Linnen Cloth over his Face, and they had pull'd up the Capes of their Coats - At their first coming in, they broke a Fowling Piece which they found in my Room, and before they went, they said they'd go and serve my son Joseph just as they had served me, and bid my Boy shew them the way to his House; but I having another Son who was not come home, they were afraid to venture after they had staid three Quarters of an Hour for his coming. They then tyed my Hands and Legs, and the Hands and Legs of my Man and Maid and Boy, and so leaving us lying upon our Backs, they lock'd the Door and went away - They took from my House in Money and Goods to the value of about sixty Pounds.

John Wheeler . The Prisoner and I, and Joseph Rose and John Fielder , and Richard Turpin went on the fourth of February to John Rowlets at the Black Horse Inn in the Broad Way, Westminster, where my Horse and Gregory's stood. The Prisoner told us he had worked at Edgware, and had shod this Farmer (the Prosecutor's) Horses, and that he was worth a good deal of Money, and it was by his Advice that we went thither. The Prisoner and I, and Rose went out first; Turpin and Fielder follow'd, and overtook us on the Road; we drank two or three Pots at the Bowl and Skettle on the Hill on this side Edgware. Thence we went to the Queen's Head at Stanmore, where we drank Beer, and eat Bacon and Eggs for Supper. We set out again between six and seven. I believe it wanted but a small matter of seven, and so rode into the Farmer (Lawrence's) Grounds, as I suppose they were, and tyed up our Horses within a Quarter of a Mile of his House. Hearing the Boy calling up the Sheep, we staid a little and then went forward, and Fielder jumpt over a sort of a half Door and seiz'd the Sheep-boy, and tyed his Hands, and bid him go to his Master's Door and knock, and answer to any Body that asked who was there. He knock'd, a servant Man open'd the Door; I and Rose and the Prisoner had two Pistols each, but I think that Turpin and Fielder had but one a-piece. We all rush'd in; we bound the Boy again (for we had unbound him) and then we bonnd the Man and the Maid. I stood over them, while the others carried up the Old Man to make him shew them the House. All the Money that I saw was three Guineas, two Half Crowns and eighteen Pence. The Prisoner

came down to the Maid, and said, Damn Ye, shew me where your Master's Money is. She made him a Curtesy, and said, she did not know. But he made her go up Stairs with him: And when she came down, she cryed; I asked her if any body had beat her; she answered, No, But one of your Men has lain with me.

Court. Did she say by force?

Wheeler. I did not hear her say so. We put the Linnen in Sacks - the Plate I believe they put in their Pockets - and carried all to our Horses. We came home about eleven, and next Day we divided our Booty. Rose gave us fifteen Shillings for all the Linnen, and he likewise bought of us the two handled Silver Cup, three Gold Rings, three Silver Spoons. but I can't say now for how much; and Mrs. Rose made them off for him. The Prisoner, as we were going home, told us, I believe twenty times, that he had lain with the Maid in the Garret.

Court. Did he say by force?

Wheeler. He said, he bolted the Garret Door, and laid a Pistol on the Bed while he lay with her.

Prisoner. I don't deny that I was with them at the Prosecutor's House, but I had nothing that came from thence, for they were taken that Day sennight.

Wheeler. He was with us when we divided the Money, and had his part, and perhaps more than I, for they cheated me in every respect; so that out of sixty Pounds, I had but four.

Prisoner. I ought to have had my share of whatever was taken - though I cannot say that any thing was taken, for I went no farther than just within the Door where I stood to watch.

Court. But when they went away, Did you see no Sacks carried out?

Prisoner. Not to my knowledge.

Dorothy Street . I was in the Back House. when the Rogues came in; there was five in all, and I am sure the Prisoner was one of them. They Rankshatteld (Ransacked) the House. I did not see them take the Goods, for I and the Man and the Boy were tyed in the Parlor. But then the Prisoner came and said, I should go up Stairs with them. Wheeler went formost, and the Prisoner took me up after him into my Master's Room, and they said, they'd Rankshattle in that Room. Wheeler went to the Foot of the Garret Stairs and would go no farther; but the Prisoner swore that he would go up, and he forced me up with him into the Garret, and there he swore he would lie with me. I told him I was a young Girl, and knew nothing of the matter; but he bolted the Garret Door, and swore if I would not yield, he would kill me; and so he threw me on the Bed, and laid one Pistol upon the Bed, and another on a Chest just by, and forced me.

Court. How did he force you? Were you drest or undrest?

D. Street. I was drest. He pull'd up my Coats and took out what he - and - into me. And he push'd as hard as ever he could for the Life and Soul of him.

Court. Did you perceive -?

D. Street. Yes; And then he asked me if ever I was lain with before? and I said, No. And then he let me go down; and I cry'd, and one of them said, What's the Matter? and I said, one of your Men has lain with me.

Richard Wood . I keep the Nine Pin and Bowl on this side Edgware. On the fourth of February last, the Prisoner and Wheeler and three more came to my House and drank together. They staid about three Quarters of an Hour, and went away a Quarter before five; but did not say whither they were going.

Joseph Ironmonger . I keep the Queen's Head at Stanmore. On the fourth of February five Men came to my House; Wheeler was one of them, and I believe the Prisoner was another. They staid a little above an Hour, and went away at four or five Minutes past seven. They turned towards London, which is the way to Farmer Lawrence's House.

Thomas Lawrence . I was not at home when my Father's House was robbed. But about three or four Years ago, the Prisoner work'd for Richard Taylor , a Smith at Edgware and shod my Father's Horses - I went to see

him in Newgate on the fourteenth of this Month, and he own'd to me, That he shew'd the others the way to our House, for he thought we had got a great deal of Money. Why did you think so, says I. Because you paid every body very well, says he, and therefore I thought you must be very rich. He told me too that he lay with the Maid, and that he had twenty five Shillings of the Money that was taken.

Richard Taylor . He lived with me six Months at Edgware, and he shod Farmer Lawrence's Horses at both Houses.

Archelaus Pullen. The Day after the Prisoner came to Town, I went to see him in Newgate. He told me he lay with the Girl; but that she was either as willing as he, or else she was afraid; for he said he had two Pistols and laid them down by her. He confest likewise that he was concern'd in the Robbery.

Prisoner. I have no Witnesses, nor one Friend in the World, and so I must leave it to the Court.

Then the Witnesses against the Prisoner for breaking and entring the House of William Francis, and stealing the Goods and Money, and for assaulting and robbing the said William Francis, were called and appeared. +

+ See the Trial of Fielder, Rose, Walker, and Bush, for the same Burglary and Robbery, in March last. Sessions Paper Number 3. Page 56.

Prisoner. I'l give the Court and the Jury no farther trouble. I own I was at that House, and took the Money and Goods, and had two Guineas for my Share.

Court. What do you say as to stealing the Horse?

Prisoner. I am guilty of that too - My Lord, there are two Gold Watches in the Custody of Sir Simeon Stewart , a Justice of the Peace in Ham Shire, ought they not to be brought into Court?

Court. Are they part of the Goods for which you are indicted?

Prisoner. No; One was Sir John Osbaston 's Watch; it had a Gold Case. The other was a little Watch with a Shagreen Case.

Court. Then they are not before this Court, and we can make no Order about them.

Prisoner. Besides, they took my Silver Buckles (which cost me 18 s.) out of my Shoes, and took away all my Linnen, in Winchester Goal.

The Jury found the Prisoner guilty of all the six Indictments . Death .

Thomas Lattimore.
22nd May 1735
Reference Numbert17350522-21

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25. Thomas Lattimore , of Enfield , was indicted for stealing a White Gelding, value 25 s. the Property of William Beckley .

He was a second time indicted for stealing a Black Gelding, value 30 s. the Property of William Beckley, March 5 .

William Beckley . I lost my Horses, and heard from a Relation at Cheshunt , that they were sold. I went and found that Abraham Wells had bought the White Horse, and Edward Stanley the Black Horse.

Prisoner. Did not you deliver the Horses to me to carry them to Cheshunt Marsh?

Beckley. Yes; The Prisoner was my next Door Neighbour in Carbuncle Street in Chesunt.

Edward Stanley . I bought the Black Horse of the Prisoner. I had often seen him before, but never had heard any ill of him. I gave a Guinea for him. About a Fortnight afterwards, Beckley claimed the Horse, and I told him if it was his he should have it.

Abraham Wells . I took the Prisoner for a very honest Man, he offered to sell me a little Gray Horse twelve Hands high for 10 s. He said he bought it at Enfield for 15 s. before Christmas. I bid him 7 s. and he took the Money.

Prisoner. The Prosecutor gave me leave to put the Horses in the Marsh.

Court. But who gave you leave to take them out?

Prisoner. Really I can't tell that.

Mr. Taverner. The Prisoner was my Tenant at forty five Shillings a Year, I thought him a very honest Man.

John Howard /. I saw him make his Confession of Justice Brown Enfield, on the twenty sixth April.

The Confession was read to this Effect:

' That about two Months ago he stole a Grey Horse, and sold him the same Day to Abraham Wells for six Shillings and six Pence, and spent it all, except one Shilling which he gave to Elizabeth Smith to lie with her; and ten Days afterwards stole a Black Horse from the same place, and sold him for twenty one Shillings to Mr. Stanly at Newington Butts.'

The Jury found him Guilty of both Indictments . Death .

Samuel Watts, William Sparnell.
22nd May 1735
Reference Numbert17350522-22
VerdictNot Guilty

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26, 27. Samuel Watts and William Sparnell , were indicted for stealing a Frock and Waistcoat , the Goods of Robert Abel , April 18 . Acquitted .

Elizabeth Jones.
22nd May 1735
Reference Numbert17350522-23
VerdictNot Guilty > no evidence

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28. Elizabeth Jones , was indicted for stealing three Sheets , the Goods of Richard Roberts , April 27 . No Evidence, Acquitted .

Robert Landsman.
22nd May 1735
Reference Numbert17350522-24
VerdictNot Guilty

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29, 30. Robert Landsman , was indicted with Frances Macdonal , Widow, not yet taken, for assaulting. William Mackenzy , in a Field near the Highway and robbing him of a Purse, three Guineas, and five Shillings, and nine Pence , May 1 .

W. Mackenzy. The Prisoner and I are both Pensioners in Chelsea College, I have known him twelve Year. On May Day, at a Quarter past five in the Evening, as I was going from London to Chelsea , in the third of the five Fields, the Prisoner came over a Hedge, with a Knife and a great stick in his Hand, and said, You, Mr. Mackenzy, You have got some Money, and I want to borrow it of ye. No, Robert, says I, but I have none. I know you have Money, says he, and I ll have it before I go. There were three People with him in Women's Clothes, but one was a Man as I knew by his Beard, and a Mole that he had. The Women held me while the Prisoner took my Money and beat me - When I took the Prisoner, I likewise took Macdonal, his pretended Wife, but she raised a hundred Mob and got away.

Prisoner. I never had his Money nor nothing like it, but I took him up for robbing me.

Charles Poland . On the eighth of May, Serj. Mackenzy (the Prosecutor) seeing the Prisoner in Rosemary Lane, cry'd Stop Thief, and I took him Now I have got ye, says Mackenzy. Well, and what will ye do with me? says the Prisoner. The Prisoner offer'd me half a Guinea to let him go.

Prisoner That's a damned Lye.

C. Poland. Then you have Money? says I. Aye, says he I have three Guineas, but if Mackenzy should swear me say so, he'd swear it was his.

Roger Horrocks . On May Day, about one o'Clock, the Prisoner arrested the Prosecutor for a hundred Pound, and I was his Bail. I parted with Prosecutor at the Turnpike. And going home to Chelsea, the Prisoner and his Wife - or Mistress, Macdonal -

Mackenzy. She's as much his Wife as mine-she put him in the Crown Office.

Horrocks. Be she his Wife or be she not. I was going over the Field, at five or between five and six o'Clock, he and she crost over the Field to me; and he asked me, why I was for Mackenzy? and who was Bail with me? for says he. all his Money is exhausted

John Low . I live at Aberry Farm, in the Road a little before you come into the Fields. About five o'Clock the Prisoner and his Wife past by my House, but Horrocks staid there to rest himself, and said, he was afraid of the Prisoner and his Wife: But I neither heard nor saw any Robbery enacted that Evening./


William Thorn . On May Day about one o'Clock the Prisoner arrested Mackenzy for taking away his Wife, and other Goods clandestinately, and leaving him nothing but two Children.

Joseph Harps . The Prisoner took me with him to the Fleet, to satisfy me that he was married to his Wife, and I found it was so, and the Minister said he would make Affidavit that he married the Prisoner to Frances Macdonal - and so Mackenzy was arrested. The Prisoner makes Cabbage Nets, and is a very honest harmless old Man.

Thomas Bensy . I was in Justice Man's Office where the Prisoner was, and complain'd of Mackenzy for taking away his Wife and Goods. I enquired by the Justice's Order, and heard that Mackenzy had sworn against several Persons innocently and returned them.

William Blassman . The Prosecutor came home that Night about six, and talked with me and my Comrade William Giddy , about several things, but said not a Word of the Robbery.

William Giddy . That's true, and he said farther, that he was got out of their Hands and come safe home.

Mackenzy. What occasion had I to make my

appeal to them two, when I knew they were his Friends. Mrs. Macdonal indicted her Husband in the Court for a Rogue, and put him first in Bridewell, and said, he had two Wives alive.

Court. Did not you help to put him in?

Mrs. Taylor, Last Midsummer, the Prosecutor swore Robbery against me and my Son (a Child of thirteen Years old) and has brought us into a Law for near a Year, and almost ruin'd us - And just now as I was coming up to swear, he told me I had broke my Articles.

The Jury acquitted the Prisoner, and the Court granted him a Copy of his Indictment.

John Richardson.
22nd May 1735
Reference Numbert17350522-25
VerdictGuilty > theft under 40s

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31. John Richardson , was indicted for stealing a Silver Coffee Pot, value 8 l a Silver Milk Pot, value 40 s. and two Silver Forks, value 15 s. the Goods of the Hon . Rachel Morgan , commonly called Rachel, Lady Morgan , in her House , April 11 .

It appeared that the Prisoner was the Lady's Servant , that he took the Plate out of the Pantry, and sold it (with the Lady's Arms on it) for four Shillings ten Pence an Ounce, to Mr. Boucher, a Silver Smith, at the Wheat-sheaf in Tavistock Street. Guilty 39 s .

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John Joyner, Thomas Stedman, Matth.ew Bedford, Thomas Easton.
22nd May 1735
Reference Numbert17350522-26
VerdictsNot Guilty; Guilty > lesser offence

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32. John Joyner , was indicted for stealing fifty two Hundred and twenty five Pound of Logwood, value 26 l. the Goods of Samuel Sidebotham and Thomas Wright , in the House of John Farmer , March 16 . And

33. Thomas Stedman , of St. Leonard Bromley , for receiving two Hundred Weight of the same knowing it to be stol'n , March 16 . And.

34. Matth.ew Bedford , of White Chapple , for receiving fifty Hundred Weight of the same knowing it to be stol'n , March 17 .

It appear'd that a large Quantity of Logwood belonging to Mess. Sidebotham and Wright, was lost out of the Ware House of Mr. Farmer. That the Prisoner Joyner, who was a Ballast-man , lodged at the Prisoner Stedman's House, the Hand in Hand at Bow Creek. That a remarkable Boat (both ends being alike) loaded with Logwood was seen at Stedman's Back Door on the sixteenth of March. That Joyner own'd he put the Logwood into the Boat: And that Joyner's Mate ( Richard Bogue ) had carried the Boat into Bow Creek . That three Cart Loads of Logwood were carried from Stedman's (by order of Joyner and Bogue) to the Prisoner Bedford's House, at the Grey-hound against White Chappel Church on the seventeenth of March, besides one Load from the bottom of Old Gravel Lane, and one Load from the Hermitage. And that two Hundred Weight of Logwood was afterwards found, part in Stedman's Brew-house, and Part in his Stable.

But there not being sufficient Proof that this Logwood was the same that was lost, or that Joyner stole it, the Jury acquitted the Prisoners.

John Joyner , was a second time indicted. And. 35. Thomas Easton , for breaking and entring the House of John Farmer , and stealing fifteen Hundred and twenty five Pound of Logwood, the Property of Samuel Sidebotham , and Thomas Wright , April 27 . about the Hour of one in the Night .

John Farmer I live at Lime Kiln Dock . My Warehouse and Dwelling House are Contigous; they are not both under one Roof, but the Roofs join, and there is a Door goes out of my Dwelling House into the Warehouse, in which I had a considerable Parcel of Logwood belonging to Samuel Sidebotham , and Thomas Wright . Between one and two on Sunday Morning, the twenty seventh of April, the Watch called me up, and said, my House was broke open. I went into my Yard, and saw a Man standing there, but as soon as he perceiv'd the Light of the Lanthorn, he stept into a Ballast Lighter that was moor'd under the Crane. I found fifty two Sticks of Logwood lying in the Yard close to the Water Side. The two Prisoners were both found in the Lighter, and pretended they were driven thither by Stress of Weather, tho' there was no Wind stiring. They had left their Key in the Warehouse Door. Before the Justice they denied that they were in the Yard; yet Joyner own'd that Key, and they both confest that they moor'd the Lighter there.

Daniel Lewis . About one in the Morning, it being just High Water, my Boat got a Shore by this Gentleman's Yard, and had like to have been over set. I saw this Ballast Lighter coming up with two Men in her, and suspected they had no good Design, and so I lay down in my Boat to watch them. Presently they moor'd the Lighter under the Crane and both came ashore, and whispered. Then they went towards the Warehouse, and I heard the Door open. I saw them bring out Logwood, and lay it by the Water Side. I believe they went seven or eight times in the same manner. It was a Moon-light Night, and tho' I could not then distinguish their Faces because I was on the other Side of the Dock, yet I can swear that the Men that came out of the Lighter, were the same Men that opened the Warehouse Door, and brought out the Woods, for I could see very plainly that there was no other Person in the Yard; and they and no others

were taken in the Lighter. I went and call'd the Watch, and then the Prisoners jump'd off the Wharf into the Lighter, where they were both taken.

Easton. Was there no other Lighter?

Lewis. Yes; there was a Chalk Lighter.

John Jones . I was just come from Eriff, and went to the Watch House, when Lewis came and told us the Ware House was broke open. We went in my Boat, and I heard the Logwood rattle; but as soon as the Light came, I saw the Prisoners jump off the Wharf into the Lighter. Joyner crept under the Foresail, and Easton laid down on the Windless, both pretending to be asleep. I pulled the Foresail off Joyner, and he asked hastily what's the matter? what's the matter? - When they were before the Justice, Joyner own'd that the Key which was found in the Ware House Door, was the Key as locked his Oars.

Joyner. We had no Oars at that time.

Jones. May be so - But you said so for all that.

J. Swainson. There were fifty two Pieces of Logwood, and one piece of Redwood, taken out of the Ware House, and left at the Edge of the Wharf. The Logwood weigh'd fifteen Hundred, one Quarter, and twenty one Pound, and was worth ten Shillings a Hundred.

Thomas Williams , a Lighter Man (Easton's Godfather,) John Mires of Lime House (with whom Easton lodged,) William Martin , Thomas Pardo , William Atkinson , Richard Caves and Thomas Young , deposed, that Easton was a hard working Man, and they knew no ill of him: But they added, they could say nothing in favour of Joyner.

The Jury found them both Guilty of Felony only .

John Joyner , was a third time indicted for stealing thirty Barrels of Tar , the Goods of Josiah Jetsom , April 17 .

But he being convicted on the former Indictments, the Court thought it unnecessary to try him on this.

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Mary Pinchbeck, Joice Hunt.
22nd May 1735
Reference Numbert17350522-27
VerdictNot Guilty

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36, 37. Mary Pinchbeck , the Wife of John Pinchbeck, and Joice Hunt , was indicted for assaulting Susan Wright , in the House of the said John Pinchbeck , putting her in fear, and taking from her thirteen Shillings , March 8 .

Susan Wright . I ow'd the Prisoner Mrs. Pinchbeck some Money, and went to her House in Field Lane to pay her eight Shillings in Part. But she did not approve it, and threw the Money about the Floor. Her Maid Joice Hunt, (the other Prisoner) pick'd it up and gave it me again, and I put it to five Shillings more which I had in my Pocket. Then Pinchbeck bid her Maid shut the Door, and said, she'd see what the Old Bitch had got in her Pocket. With that she took me by the Throat, put her Hand in my Pocket, and took out thirteen Shillings and two Thimbles. Then she said, I'll see what the Old bitch has got in her Bosom. And not content with hunting in my Bosom as low as my Wake, she punch'd me, and Bruised me, and beat with in an Inch of my Life - I was shut up in the Parlor above an Hour.

Rebecca Bristol . My Mother was missing above an Hour. When she came home, I said, Mother, where have you been? She burst out a crying, and said, she had been at Mrs. Pinchbecks, who had picked her Pocket of all her Money - I thought she would have died that Night; and for my part, I was six Months gone, and miscarried upon it.

Pinchbeck. I have subsisted this Woman these fourteen Years, because she was a poor Widow, and I was willing to relieve the Widow and the Fatherless; I have lent at times twenty or thirty Pounds and never took a Farthing Interest.

S. Wright. But you sold Wine and -

Pinchbeck. I lent her thirty Shillings when she put her Boy 'Prentice to a Weaver in Bridewell, and when he came out of his Time, I lent her seven Pound to buy him a Loom. She was seven Years in paying me four Pound nine Shillings - I lent her thirty Shillings but last Christmas, and she beg'd me to make it up four Pound. And when she should have paid me, she was arrested by a Tally Man: Upon which her Son came and intruded on my Goodness for twenty Shillings more to help her out.

After this, she offer'd me twenty seven Shillings towards the five Pound, and promis'd to pay me the rest Weekly, and accordingly, she was to have brought me nineteen Shillings on the Day she says I robb'd her. But she brought no more than thirteen Shillings which she put into my Hand; and as I was telling it, she said, Hold! I have given you too much, and so she catch'd it all out of my Hand again, and desired me to let her have a Crown of it. How can you say there's too much? Says I, when I ought to have eighteen Shillings. God D - ye, for a Bitch, says she, and catches up a Quart Pot, I'll split your Scull. But my Maid stepping between. I got no Mischief. This was on the eighth of March, and on the sixteenth, I arrested her, upon which, Lawyer Theobald put it into her Head

to prosecute me, and so on the nineteenth she got a Warrant against me.

S. Wright. When she lent me Money, she made me spend good part of it at her House in Brandy and Wine.

Daniel Smith . She keeps a Linnen Draper's Shop.

S. Wright. She's a Tally Woman.

Mr. Just. Robe. On the twenty first of March, she was brought before me, by vertue of a Warrant from Ald. Brocas for violently assaulting and beating Susan Wright and taking thirteen Shillings out of her Pocket; I kept her above an Hour, but neither Wright nor any body else appearing against her, I took good Bail, and returned the Recognizance to Hick's Hall - Theobald afterwards came to me and threatned me for taking Bail in such a Case

William Dakin . I have known her thirteen Years, her Circumstances are such, that she has no occasion to act in such a manner; and her Principles are such, that, I believe she would not.

Dr. - She lives just by me in Field Lane, and has as honest a Character as any Woman in England - She has been my Patient these twenty Years.

Mr. Roundtree. She has large Dealings, and a very honest Character.

The Jury acquitted them, and the Court granted a Copy of their Indictment.

John Sherman.
22nd May 1735
Reference Numbert17350522-28

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38. John Sherman , was indicted for stealing a Looking Glass, a pair of Sheets, a pair of Curtains, and several other things , the Goods of Joshua Bassan , April 9 . Guilty .

[Transportation. See summary.]

John Rogers.
22nd May 1735
Reference Numbert17350522-29

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39. John Rogers , was indicted for stealing a Firkin of Butter, value 6 s. the Goods of William Butterwick , May 21 . Guilty .

[Transportation. See summary.]

Mary Deacon.
22nd May 1735
Reference Numbert17350522-30

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40. Mary Deacon , alias Peacock , was indicted for stealing a Gold Ring, a Dish, two Aprons, and a Mob , the Goods of Susan Barnet , May 5 . Guilty .

[Transportation. See summary.]

William Green.
22nd May 1735
Reference Numbert17350522-31
VerdictNot Guilty > no evidence

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41. William Green , was indicted for stealing a pair of Men's Pumps, value 5 s. the Goods of John Beal . No Evidence. Acquitted .

William Byrom.
22nd May 1735
Reference Numbert17350522-32
VerdictNot Guilty

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42. William Byrom * was indicted for breaking and entering the House of John Shovel , with an Intent to steal his Goods and Money, May 7 . between the Hours of nine and ten in the Night .

* He was tryed last Sessions for breaking the House of Sir Fisher Tench in Hatton Garden, and Acquitted. He was likewise tried in January, 1733-4. for stealing a Silver Cup, in the House of Laurence Evers near Moor Fields, and Acquitted.

George Compton . I am Servant to Mr. Shovel in New Broad Street . About ten at Night, as I went into the Parlor to fetch a Candlestick, I heard a little Noise, and looking, I saw the Prisoner lying on his Face on the Parlor Stairs, his Feet were four Steps from the bottom. He turned his face towards me, but as I had only a Candle and Candlestick in my Hand, and knowing the Street Door was fast, I seemed to take no notice of him, but went down into the Kitchen to fetch a Poker, and to call my Fellow Servants; but when we came up, the Man was gone. The Door being still locked and chain'd, we went into the Dining Room up one pair of Stairs fronting the Street: The Sashes of this Room were then all three drawn up. But there was but one up, and the other two were shut down two or three Hours before I saw the Prisoner. We concluded he was got out that way, and so we called Thieves! and some body said, Here's a Man at the Door, come and see if this is he. I went down, and found it was the same Person.

Elizabeth Cresswell . I was standing at my Master's Door (next to the Prosecutors) and saw the Prisoner jump from the Lamp to the Ground - The Lamp was half a Yard or three Quarters from the Dining Room Window. I believe he hurt himself with the Fall, for he lay there till a Man took hold of him. He was in a Green Waistcoat, a Dark Coat, and a Black Wig.

Prisoner. By what Light did you see me?

E. Cresswell. I could not preserve (observe) him by Day Light, but there was a Light at my Master's Door - And I saw him next Morning in the Compter in the same dress.

John Townshend . Going along Broad Street, I tumbled over a Man. The People in the House were crying Thieves; I bid them bring a Light and see if that was not the Man.

Prisoner. I came drunk from the Green Dragon in Moor Fields; I quarrelled with a Man in Broad Street; he knocked me down, and when I came, to my Senses, I found my self in the Compter.

Compton again. I was at the Door not ten Minutes before, and there was no Disturbance.

Margaret Archbole alias Young. I live in

Hound's Ditch; we had been that Night at Mr. Cooms's, at Wind Mill Hill - Cooms had made an Opening - The Prisoner got drunk there, and I parted with him between nine and ten at the Corner of Bishop's Gate.

Elizabeth Weedon . We had been a Merry-making all Day in Moor Fields, and we left the Prisoner in Bishop's Gate Church Yard, at past ten o'Clock, for I heard the Clock strike. I took notice of the Hour because he was in the Compter next Day, and I was not drunk, for I told the Clock.

The Jury acquitted him.

Sarah How.
22nd May 1735
Reference Numbert17350522-33
SentenceMiscellaneous > fine

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43. Sarah How , was indicted for assaulting and violently and inhumanely beating and wounding Daniel Owen .

Daniel Owen. I am a Watch Man by St Paul's. My Master Mr. Atkins, the Constable, charged me with the Prisoner, by the King's Arms Tavern. She run as far as the Paul's Head. and fell down, and then I took her up and carried her to the Compter: and as I was putting her in at the Compter Gate. she turned about and gave me two hearty Knocks, and made my Nose bleed - But I believe she was in Liquor, or else she would not have served me so.

Prisoner. This Fellow laid hold of me, and swore he'd carry me to the Compter; I asked him for what? he said he had Orders for it, and that was enough. Well then, says I, let me go quietly. D - Ye for B - , says he, I ll lug ye along as I think fit. You dirty Dog, says I, what do ye mean by that? I'll go as I please - Why how now ye F -? Do you resist Authority? I am the King's Servant - You the King's Servant, ye Scrub Rascal? - Then he took me a Knock. I told him he had no business to strike me. He said he would if he pleas'd. I assured him I should take the liberty of striking again, for all his Authority, and so I did. But what harm did I do him? Let him shew his Marks, if he has any.

The Jury found her guilty , and the Court fined her a Shilling .

John Nottingham.
22nd May 1735
Reference Numbert17350522-34
VerdictNot Guilty

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44, 45, 46. John Nottingham , was indicted (with Thomas Harrgove , and Nathaniel Walker not yet taken) for stealing four Shillings and six Pence , the Money of Thomas Marseder , April 29 .

Ann Marseder . I live at Barkham Wood beyond Stanmore. I had been to Hampstead, where I sold my Eggs: and riding homewards, about four in the Afternoon, I met three Men a Horse-back upon Golder's Green . One rid by me, and when the others came up, they parted, one on each file of me. The Prisoner said Dame, what do you sell? Butter, Sir, says I, and I have but two Pound left, and you shall have it for sixteen Pence - I'll have it says he, and carry it to my Sister; but can you change half a Guinea. I said, Yes. I took out 9 s. 6 d. Then he said to his Friend, Do you pay for it, and then I need not change; the other Man came and took five Shillings and six Pence out of my Lap - Then the Prisoner gave me this Shilling for the Butter. I had received just such a Shilling at Hampstead for Eggs, and had taken particular notice of it. for I doubted the Goodness of it, and I thought this Shilling to be the same; and I was confirmed in it by missing the five and six Pence.

Thomas Quinny . The Prisoner owned that, he gave the Woman the Shilling for the Butter and that Yorkshire Tom was with him.

William Booker . I heard the Prisoner say that Thomas Hargrove , alias Yorkshire Tom, took four Shillings six Pence out of the Woman's Lap, and that he was in company with him.

James Lawrence . The Prisoner and his two Comrades, about half an Hour before they bought the Butter, came to my House for half a Quartern of Brandy. They gave my Wife a Guinea to change. She went up for Change. They desired me to give their Horses a Mouthful of Hay, which I did. The Prisoner said to Yorkshire Tom, You have no need to change. I'll pay for the Brandy, give him his Gold again. Aye, says my Wife, When he gives me the Silver. So he put down the Silver, but my Wife telling it, she said there wanted five Shillings, and upon examining, there was five Shillings, found in his Hand.

Three or four Witnesses deposed that they knew no ill of the Prisoner, that he was a Butcher by Trade, and behaved well in his 'Prenticeship, which expired between three and four Years ago.

The Jury acquitted him.

Charles Simmonds.
22nd May 1735
Reference Numbert17350522-35
VerdictGuilty > theft under 1s

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47. Charles Simmonds . a little Boy , was indicted for privately stealing a Handkerchief, value one Shilling and six Pence, from the Person of Jeremy Lucas . April 24 . Guilty 10 d .

[Transportation. See summary.]

John Dod.
22nd May 1735
Reference Numbert17350522-36
VerdictNot Guilty > fault

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48. John Dod , was indicted for wilful and corrupt Perjury ; but the Indictment being defective, he was acquitted .

Thomas Charlesworth.
22nd May 1735
Reference Numbert17350522-37
VerdictNot Guilty

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49. Thomas Charlesworth , was indicted for wilful and corrupt Perjury , but there being a Defect in the Prosecution, he was acquitted .

Henry Wolf.
22nd May 1735
Reference Numbert17350522-38
VerdictNot Guilty

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50. Henry Wolf , was indicted for a Misdemeanor in assaulting John Holloway , with an intent to commit the detestable Sin of Sodomy , April 10 .

John Holloway. I live at Mr. John Skipworth , a Brandy Merchant in Goswell Street, near Old Street. On Easter Thursday my Master sent me on an Errand into Bishop's-Gate Street. I met the Prisoner there and asked him for the Sign of the Helmet. He took me round the Wastes, and tickled me, and said, he was going that way, and would shew me. But he asked me if I would not drink first. I was very dry, and went with him to an Ale House, the backside of Bishops Gate Street. We sat in a Publick Room, he on one side of a Narrow Drinking Table, and I on the other. He put his Hand under the Table into my Breeches - The Maid happen'd to see what he was doing, and so he threw down his three Half Pence for a Pint of Beer, and bid me come along Then he said, he'd go into a Bye Alley: so I went with him thro' the Jew's Synagogue, into a Bye Alley, where he did as before, but a Man coming by discovered us, and then we run away again, and he wanted me to go to another place, but I told him I could not stay. As we were going along in my way home, he offer'd to give me a Pint of Wine, if I would not tell what he had done. I said I should have Anger for staying. In Bishop's Gate Church Yard, he bought me a Nosegay, and a Penny Custard. Coming to Bedlam he perfectly pull'd and haul'd me into see the Mad-folks. There he took me into the House of Office, and pull'd down his own Breeches and mine, and - in his Mouth: Then he carried me into the Booth, to see the Wild Beasts. When we came out, he said, he hop'd he should see me often. I told him I lived at the end of Old Street. He came by my Master's Door several times afterwards and spoke to me. The last time was last Sunday, when he asked me where we should meet. I said at the New Church in Old Street. So he went, and I took three Lads with me, and went after him I soon found him, and he asked me to go into the Fields. We left the three Boys just by Sam Allen's, the Shepherd and Shepherdess, by the Pest-house Fields and went two or three Stones throw higher to some Hay Cocks by a Cow House; where he let down his own Breeches and mine, and put his Breech in my Lap; but a Boy came up and disturbed us, and then these three Lads came up. The Prisoner asked them if they had been catching Birds: They answered, No He bid me come along; they follow'd us into the Ivy House (an Ale House grown over with lvy) there we sat in an Arbour, and he call'd for a Pint of Ale and a Bun, and the three Lads call'd for a Pint. They went into the Yard to see the Birds, and he I suppose had some mistrust of 'em, for he paid and went out directly, and then run as hard as he could. I ran after him, and the three Lads after me. Coming to Hoxton a young Man asked what was the matter, we said there was a Sodomite. So the young Man catch'd him, and I went for a Constable, who carried him before Justice Chandler.

Court. Did you inform these three Boys of what the Prisoner had done to?

Holloway. Yes; and I carried them with me on purpose to take him.

Court. Are any of them here?

Holloway. No.

Court. Is the Maid at the Ale House here? or the Man at the lvy House?

Holloway No.

Prisoner. He told the Justice that he acquainted those Boys, with it, but when the Justice asked the Boys, they said they knew nothing of it.

Holloway. I told the Boys that I took out with me; but not the Boys that run with me.

Prisoner. You spoke of none but the three Boys that came out with you, for you said, they follow'd us to the Ivy House.

Charles Williams . I was one that took the Prisoner at the White Hart at Hoxton.

Court. Did he run?

Williams. No; he walk'd pretty fast, but Holloway. himself, could not say before the Justice that he run. Holloway was not always in the same Story about the three Boys, and they contradicted one another.

Several Witnesses deposed they had known the Prisoner twenty or thirty Years that he bore the Character of a very honest sober Man, and they never heard that he was guilty of any such Indecencies.

The Jury acquitted him.

George Wood.
22nd May 1735
Reference Numbert17350522-39
SentenceCorporal > pillory; Miscellaneous > fine; Miscellaneous > sureties

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51. George Wood , was indicted for wilful and corrupt Perjury, in an Affidavit made before the Hon. Mr. Justice Probyn .

It appear'd that the Defendant having arrested one Frimly in an Action of sixty nine Pound seven Shillings, was apprehended on a Bench Warrant, and carried before Justice Miller, who was in Company of a Club of Gentlemen at Fulham: That in order to charge the Justice

and the other Gentlemen with a Rescous, he made an Affidavit before Mr. Justice Probyn, consisting of many Particulars, most of which were falsifyed by a Number of Witnesses of undoubted Credit. Guilty .

[Pillory. See summary.]

[Fine. See summary.]

[Provide sureties for good behaviour. See summary.]

Old Bailey Proceedings supplementary material. Elton Lewis.
22nd May 1735
Reference Numbero17350522-1

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Middlesex, To wit.

' THE Information of Elton Lewis , taken this twenty third Day of April, 1735. before one of his Majesties Justices of the Peace for the said County, who saith, that on Monday Night last, he this Informant, murdered one Mary Robinson , by giving her several Wounds on her Head, of which Wounds she dyed; and that Mary, his Wife, and Arabella Cox , were not privy to the same.'

Thomas Robe . Elton Lewis .

Old Bailey Proceedings supplementary material. William Hughes.
22nd May 1735
Reference Numbero17350522-2

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Middlesex, to wit.

THE Information of Alice Churchill , Spinster, taken before me, the seventh Day of May, 1735.

'Who being upon Oath, says, that last Night between eleven and twelve, William Hughes came into the Room where this Informant was with the said Hughes's Mother, Catherine Jones , and finding her over taken in Liquor, a great many injurious Words passed between the said Hughes and his Mother, and this Informant says, that the said Hughes took a Three Pint Pewter Pot, and fill'd it several times with Water, which he took out of a Tub, and pour'd it upon his Mother as she lay on the Ground, and wetted her in a miserable Condition: And this Informant further says, that he afterward went into his own Room, and then returned again, and throwing his Mother down in so violent a manner, that she thought she was greatly damaged; he did again pour a great Quantity of Water on his said Mother, so that when she was got to Bed (though this Informant had shifted her) she was so cold that she thought her self half dead, occasioned by the said Water and Blows she had received from her said Son: And this Informant further says, that a short time after, he returned into the Room where this Informant was in bed with his said Mother, having heard him before, as she verily believes, load his Peice in the other Room, which he presented twice to his Mother, but the first time it did not go off; and this Informant saw the Ball roll out of the said Piece; but the second time (after having beat his Mother in a violent manner as she lay in bed with his naked Sword, which he broke about her Body) he layed his Piece over this Informant's Head as she lay in Bed by his Mother's Side, and shot his said Mother through the Head: And this Informant says, that she was so exceeding surprised, that she thought her self shot, and lay still a little time; and then getting up, she would have got out in the Street, but found the Street Door lock'd: And this Informant says, that being under a very great Terror, she told the said Hughes she hop'd he would not murder her, because she had seen him murder his Mother, to which the said Hughes answered, No, he would not, and said, he knew he was to be hanged; and in a few Minutes after, he let her out at the Cellar Door into the Street, and went out with her to the Cellar of one John Williamson , over against the Mews-Gate, where this Informant charged the said Hughes with the aforesaid Fact; and then the said John Williamson , and Mr. Roger Whalley ,

of the First Troop of his Majesty's Life Guards, took the Hughes into Custody.

Alice + Churchill, Her Mark.

Sworn the Day and Year before, before me

Thomas Deveil

Middlesex to wit.

THE Voluntary Confession of William Hughes , a private Centinel in the Hon. Coll. Haughton's Company, in his Majesty's first Regiment of Foot Guards, taken this seventh Day of May, 1735 me, who says, that last Night between eleven and twelve having some Words with his Mother, Catherine Jones , he struck her several Blows with his naked Sword, after which this Examinant went into his own Room, and in a small time after returned again into the Room where his Mother lay in bed, with one Alice Churchill ; and, Words continuing between this Examinant and his said Mother, he acknowledged he shot her through the Head with his Regimental Piece, and that a Ball now shewn to him at the time of this his Examination, he believes is the Ball that his Piece was loaded with, and with which he kill'd his said Mother.

This Examinant further says, that his Piece being loaded with Powder only, he put in a running Ball. and prim'd the said Piece with fresh Powder with an intent to kill his said Mother.'

William Hughes .

Taken before me, the seventh Day of March, 1735.

Thomas Deveil .

Old Bailey Proceedings punishment summary.
22nd May 1735
Reference Numbers17350522-1

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

Receiv'd Sentence of Death 6.

Charles Peel , William Hughes , Elton Lewis , John Sutton , Samuel Gregory , Thomas Lattimore .

Transportation 13.

Hester Hargrove , Ambrose Forward , Mary Hunton , Jane Hyfield , Richard White , William Forsters , John Richardson , John Joyner , Thomas Easton , John Sherman , John Rogers , Mary Deacon , Charles Simmonds .

Burnt in the Hand 2

Mary Manwaring , Sarah Richardson .

Whipt 1.

Margaret Hains .

Sarah How , fined one Shilling.

George Wood to stand on the Pillory at the end of Fetter Lane, Fleet Street; to pay a Fine of Six Shilling and Eight Pence (he being very poor) to suffer six Months Imprisonment, and to give Security for his good Behaviour for two Years.

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22nd May 1735
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