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26th May 1737
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THE PROCEEDINGS AT THE SESSIONS of Peace, and Oyer and Terminer, FOR THE City of LONDON, AND County of MIDDLESEX, ON

Thursday the 26th, Friday the 27th, and Saturday the 28th of May, 1737, in the 11th Year of his MAJESTY'S Reign.

Being the Fifth SESSIONS in the Mayoralty of the Right Hon. Sir JOHN THOMPSON, Knt. Lord-Mayor of the City of LONDON, in the Year 1737.



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


(Price Six-Pence.)




Sessions of the Peace, and Oyer and Terminer, For the CITY of LONDON, &c.

BEFORE the Right Honourable Sir JOHN THOMPSON , Knt. Lord-Mayor of the City of London; the Honourable Mr. Justice PROBYN, the Honourable Mr. Baron THOMPSON , 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.

Richard Bridgeman ,

Robert Phipps ,

Thomas Street ,

George Hutton ,

William Chapman ,

John Crouder ,

John Broughton ,

Edward Marriot ,

Joseph Walker ,

Timothy Fly ,

John Whaley ,

William Hammond .

Middlesex Jury.

Jonathan Eades ,

William Turner ,

Thomas Booth ,

Philip Calloway , *

* Jonathan Catlin was sworn on the Jury in the Room of Philip Calloway , on Friday and Saturday.

Joseph Huggins ,

William Brock ,

Thomas Wood ,

Thomas Andrews ,

John Swann ,

John Knight ,

Joseph Wise ,

John Bocock .

John Smith.
26th May 1737
Reference Numbert17370526-1
VerdictGuilty > with recommendation

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1. John Smith otherwise Simms , was indicted for stealing five Pieces of Gold, value 3 l. 12 s. each; eight Pieces of Gold, value 36 s. each; two Moidores, one Piece of Gold, value 18 s. three Pieces of Gold, value 13s. 6d. each, 121 Guineas, sixteen Half Guineas, and 2 l 10 s. in Money, the Monies of John and Joseph Wight , in their Dwelling-house , April 17 .

Joseph Wight. I have known the Prisoner near five Years; he was my Father's Servant , and my Father is a Writing-Master , Mr. John Wight . The Money he stands indicted for, is the Property of my Father and me; I reckoned it and put it up on Saturday the 16th of April, and on Sunday my Desk was broke open, the Money was taken out, and a Drawer was missing; I can't say directly what Money was in it, but there was 175 l. odd in that one Drawer; there was 121 Guineas, there was sixteen Half Guineas, and five Three Pound Twelve Pieces: I have an exact Account] in Writing of the Money that was found upon him.

Q. How came you to suspect the Prisoner?

Wight. Because he absented himself from my Father's Service on the 17th of April in the Evening. We advertis'd him and described him, - about seventeen Years of Age, - a down Look, - very surly way of Speaking; and his Cloaths were described.

Q. How long was it before he was taken?

Wight. We had Advice from Justice Scroop and Justice Reynolds of Lincolnthat such a one was taken the Thursday before. The Money found upon him was 175 l and upwards.. I saw him the Night he was brought up, and asked him a Question, but he would give me no Answer, or nothing to the Purpose, nor did he confess any thing in my Presence.

John Wight I have known the Prisoner five Years and upwards; he was my 'Prentice. On Sunday the 17th of April between four and five in the Afternoon, he asked me Leave to go and see his Father for half an Hour; I gave him Leave, and his not returning Home, made me have a Suspicion he had done some Mischief; accordingly going into my Son's Room where we keep the Money, I found the Desk broke open; upon which I went to his Father-in-Law to acquaint him of it, but he could say nothing to the Purpose; so I went to the Printer of the Daily Advertiser, to have him inserted in the Papers the next Day, which was done accordingly. Then I apply'd to the Post-Office, to have Expresses sent to divers Places, and on Monday se'enight afterwards, I receiv'd a Letter from Mr. Scroop and Mr. Reynolds with notice that there had been a Person apprehended at Lincoln, which answer'd the Advertisement that was given of him, and that he had made a Confession before them, that he was my Servant, and had robb'd me, but not of so much as I charge him with. I sent down a Friend, and when my Friend came, he was call'd upon again, to a second Confession.

Q. Had you any Talk with him concerning the Fact?

Wight. No, I never went near him my self.

William Moreton . I have known the Prisoner 2 or 3 Years: I know nothing of the Fact, only I know that this Drawer was taken out of the Prisoner's Trunk; the Trunk was lock'd, and the Drawer was lock'd up in it.

Joseph Wight. This is the Drawer in which was 175 l. odd.

John Wight. This is the Gentleman I sent down to Lincoln.

Paul Brown . My Lord, and Gentlemen of the Jury. After the Wights had received Letters from Mr. Scroop and Mr. Reynolds, at their Request I went down to Lincoln, and I got there the 27th of last Month. I went to the Prisoner in Lincoln Goal, and after some Discourse with him, finding he confessed only 161l I advised him to give an Account of the whole Sum; and the next Morning when I went to him again, he gave me an Account wrote with his own Hand of 172 l. 9 s. 6 d. which Account is here; I saw him write it, and I witness'd the Account. He acknowledged 172l. 9s. 6d. After I had got this out of him, I waited on Mr. Scroop and Mr. Reynolds and it thought proper to take him before them, to get the Confession from him that they might be saved the Trouble of coming to prove the first Confession. This Confession I saw the Prisoner sign, and saw the Justices sign it too, and I witness'd it. After this was done I received from Mr. Scroop 154l. 14s. 6d. in a Bag; Mr. Scroop advised to have taken 156 l. 10s. 6d. but before they sealed up the Money, they gave the Prisoner 36 s to bear his Expences, which Sum taken out of 156 l. 10 s 6 d. makes 154 l. 14 s. 6 d. which was the Money I recieved.

Q. How old are you?

Prisoner. Sixteen.

John Wight. Look upon the Confession, - it is eighteen there.

'' The second Examination of John Smith , aged '' eighteen, taken upon Suspicion of robbing '' Mr. Wight, a Writing-Master; who owns '' that he went by the Name of Simms, but '' that his true Name is Smith; and that he '' was Apprentice to the said Wight, and '' robbed him of 161 l. and upwards, by forcing '' open the Lock of a Desk; and that '' he ran away from his Master the same '' Day, and made the best of his Way for '' York.

John Wight. We have miss'd Money several Times - small Summs.

Q. How did the Prisoner behave before this Fact?

John Wight. He behaved well, to outward Appearance, - about a Fortnight ago he made an Elopement.

C. That has no Relation to this Fact.

Thomas Aldridge . I have known the Prisoner from his Birth, and never knew him guilty of Theft in my Life.

Q. Did he behave well before this Fact?

Aldridge. As other Boys do; sometimes he would go to Play. He is my Son-in Law.

Isaac Walker . I have known him ever since he was born, and never knew any Thing dishonest by him till this Time, and I am heartily sorry for it.

The Jury found him guilty. Death .

But requested of the Court, that he might be recommended to his Majesty's Mercy.

Richard Sampson, John Nugent.
26th May 1737
Reference Numbert17370526-2
VerdictGuilty; Not Guilty

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2, 3 Richard Sampson , and John Nugent , otherwise Tipping , of St. George the Martyr , were indict'd (together with John Williamson , otherwise Scotch Jack, Richard Wheatly , and William Hilliard , not taken) for assaulting the Rev. Mr. Strickland Gough , putting him in Fear, &c. and taking from him a Hat. value 6 s. May 14 .

Mr. Gough. On Friday Night, May 14, a little after 12 o'Clock, I was turning up the Corner of Gloucester-street (where I lodge) and while a Coach was passing by, I was attack'd by these Fellows, and receiv'd several Blows on my Head, which fell'd me to the Ground. I recover'd my self and snatch'd Sampson's Stick out of his Hand, this is the very Stick: They did not say any thing to me, but only beat me in a very violent Manner. I have now a Wound in my Head two Inches long, and as deep as it can be without breaking the Skull. My Hand was likewise hurt, but whether that was by a Blow or by the Fall I cannot tell; I lost my Hat in the Scuffle, or else they stole it. The Prisoner Sampson confess'd the Fact, and that there was more of them in Company, but I can swear only to Sampson. I have called to him in the Gatehouse, and when he heard my Name, he said he remember'd me, and he told me there were six of them in Company, and he had impeach'd them all to Colonel Deveil . When I came to Mr. Deveil's I found Sadler the Evidence, and the other Prisoner Nugent, impeach'd on Sampson's Confession.

Q. Did Sampson say any thing about the Hat? Mr. Gough. No, nothing at all.

Geo Sadler . There were six of us together, and we all went out with the same Intent, to rob who we could. Nugent and Sampson, and Scotch Jack, and Hilliard, and Wheatly, and my self. Going up Gloucester street, by little King-street, a Coach came by, Scotch Jack was first; he knock'd the Gentleman down with a Broomstick; Sampson came up immediately and beat him about the Head with his Stick, and struck him into the Kennel; as he lay in the Kennel he cry'd Wa'a, Wa'a, for he was so abused that he could not speak plain. As he lay padling in the Kennel, a Man came up and asked what was the Matter, so I ran off a little Way, but return'd as if I wanted to see what was the Matter too. The Gentleman said he had been knock'd down and had lost his Hat; we look'd for it but 'twas not to be found. So we went home with him, and when the Maid open'd the Door, he bid her not be frighted.

Sampson. Speak out George that I may hear you.

Sadler. After this I went away, and met the Prisoners the same Night in Holborn -

Q. Which of your Companions did you meet there?

Sadler. Scotch Jack, Sampson, Hilliard and Wheatly. I asked Sampson about the Hat, and he told me he had thrown it over some Rails in Gloucester-street to prevent Discovery, and its being taken upon him.

Q. Was you apprehended for this fact?

Sadler. Yes; Mr. Attley took me and Nugent out of Bed: We were both taken up the next Day, and Sampson was took up afterwards. Mr. Attley call'd me out, and asked me if I had a Mind to save my Life? I told him I could do a great deal (discover a great many) and thereupon I impeach'd this Sampson and all the rest of them. Sampson was the Man that took the Hat off, I saw him take it off, but I did not see him throw it over the Rails; may be he sold it, and only told us he threw it away to cheat us of our Shares.

Mr. Gough. The Evidence swore he should know Sampson's Stick if he saw it again.

Sadler. This is the very Stick that Sampson had. I cut it up as I came from Epsom.

Sampson. Sadler swore before Mr. Deveil, that Nugent went Home ten Minutes before the Thing was done; he perjur'd himself before him, and now he swears the Man was in Company.

Mr. Gough Sadler did say so before Mr. Deveil, but when he was put to his Oath, he swore Nugent was in Company when the Fact was done.

Q. (To Mr. Gough ) Have you any Memory of Nugent's being among them?

Mr. Gough. No; I have no Memory of any but Sampson.

Q. Was Nugent in Company when the Attack was made?

Sadler. He was one of the Company, but when the Attack was made he was about ten Doors off, and did not come up till 'twas over.

Q. Was he by when you agreed to attack Mr. Gough?

Sadler. No; but he was in Sight of us when we did it.

Samuel Berry . Last Monday I was going about my lawful Occasions, and in St. Paul's Church-Yard I met Sampson with a Pair of Boots which he was going to sell; these Boots I suspected he had stole out of a Cellar in St. Giles's, belonging to Mr. Wiltshire; I look'd at the Boots and knew them to be Wiltshire's; so I seiz'd him upon this Account. He told me his Life was in my Hands, and desir'd I would not hang him; I knew him to

be a great Criminal, so I brought him by the Collar to Broad St. Giles's. He told me of several Robberies, and among the rest of this; he said he had robb'd a Clergyman on Friday Se'en night at Night, at the End of Gloucester-street, and says he (the Clergyman) is a very pretty Man; for after we had knock'd him down, he got my Stick and used it very well, and if the rest of my Companions had not been Rogues, we should have got a good Booty from him.

Q. Did he name the Gentleman?

Berry. No, he did not name Mr. Gough, only said it was a Clergyman, and that they knock'd him down at the End of Gloucester-street last Friday Se'en-night. I asked him if he knew the Clergyman: He said, No. I asked him if he knew what Parish he belonged to: He told me, No. Nor did he know where he liv'd: But upon his telling me 'twas done at the End of Gloucester-street, I went there, and found out Mr. Gough, who told me he had been robb'd by some Men, and that he had got one of their Sticks from them.

Q. What did you do with Sampson?

Berry. I deliver'd him to this Constable, on Account of the Boots he had stole.

Q. How came he to tell you of the Robberies he had committed?

Berry. Because he thought to make himself an Evidence, but Mr. Deveil found him a Liar, and that Sadler told more Truth than he did; so Sadler was admitted an Evidence. I can tell you a great deal more-about what he said; but may be you ha'n't Time to hear it.

Owen Griffith . I was charged with the Prisoner Sampson on Account of the Boots; he was desirous to be made an Evidence, so I carry'd him to Mr. Deveil, and he gave an Account of five more; upon this Mr. Deveil granted a Warrant for taking them up, and next Morning we took Nugent and the Evidence in Bed together. Sampson told me where I might find them, as I was carrying him to Prison.

Sampson. Did you hear me say I took the Hat?

Griffith. He told me the Gentleman had lost his Hat, but he did not know who had it, for sometimes (says he) we play sink'em upon one another.

Sampson. I desire my Examination before Mr. Deveil may be read.

Mr. Deveil's Clerk. I was present at Sampson's Examination, 'twas taken from his own Mouth, 'twas read over to him, and he own'd it to be true, and sign'd it in my Presence.

The Voluntary Confession of Richard Sampson, taken the 23d of May 1737. Sign'd T. Deveil

Who being examin'd says, '' Last Saturday '' Morning between 3 and 4 o'Clock, he with '' Richard Wheatly , William Hilliard , and John '' Williams, otherwise Scotch Jack, feloniously '' broke open the Shop of one Wiltshire, and stole '' 17 Pair of Boots and Pumps. That all the '' Pumps were sold to one Joanna Worthington in '' Wych street; that she knew them to be stolen '' and the Persons to be Thieves. And that last '' Friday Se'en-night, he, with the aforesaid 3 '' Persons, and Tipping, otherwise Nugent and '' Sadler, attacked a Clergyman near Gloucester-street, '' whom they knocked down, but he making '' Resistance and snatching a Stick out of '' this Examinant's Hand, his Hat was left in the '' Fray, and they had not Time to plunder him '' of any Thing else. That another Time they '' feloniously assaulted and plunder'd a Person unknown, '' and robbed him of 4 s.5 d, Half-Penny '' in Money, and a Glass Tobacco Stopper, '' which he has now produced: That the 4 s, '' were taken by Scotch Jack, and the Half pence '' by this Examinant, and that he had his Share '' of the said Money. That they likewise broke '' open the House of Joanna Worthington, behind '' St. Clement's Church, and took out a Pocket-Book '' and Parcel of Keys, which they returned '' again. That another Time they stole a Parcel '' of Wool from behind a Stage Coach, which '' they sold for 2 s. being about 8 or 10 lb. That '' about 3 Weeks ago they broke open a Taylor's '' Stall, near Dean street, Soho, and stole a '' Pair of Breeches and a Flannel Waistcoat, '' which they sold, and divided the Money among '' them.

Mr. Gough. It was meerly by Sampson's Means. that the other two were taken up.

Sampson. I am wrongfully swore against; I know nothing of his Hat.

Nugent. I know nothing of this (here) Thing. He said before the Justice that I was not in his Company when the Robbery was committed.

Q. (To Mr. Gough) Did Sadler tell you that Nugent was close by when this was done?

Mr. Deveil's Clerk. He said, that Nugent was at a small Distance.

Sampson Guilty . Death . Nugent acquitted .

Hannah Rayner.
26th May 1737
Reference Numbert17370526-3
VerdictGuilty > theft under 1s
SentenceCorporal > whipping

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[Whipping. See summary.]

Robert Wood.
26th May 1737
Reference Numbert17370526-4

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5. Robert Wood , of St. Andrew, Holborn , was indicted for stealing 15 Guineas and 16 s. in Money , the the Property of Richard Tisdale . March 2 .

Martha Copperwhite . The Prisoner was my Servant ten Months. He confess'd in my Kitchen that he took Richard Tisdale 's Money; 15 Guineas and 16 s. out of a Box in a Room where they both lay. He said he broke the Box with a Picker, and produced 6 Guineas and 9 s. 6 d. of the Money again, but gave no Account what he had done with the rest. The Money which he returned, he had hid under a Stone on the Outside of my Gate.

Richard Tisdale . I lost 15 Guineas, and 16 s. in Silver. I miss'd it the 1st of March; it was put up in a Box in my Bed-Room; the Box was locked, but I found the Lock broke, and as none comes into that Room but the Prisoner, we suspected him and charged him with it. He did not confess it at first, but about 3 Hours after we had taxed him with it he made a Confession that he took about 9 Guineas; that he open'd the Lock with a Picker, such as we pick Horses Feet with, and that he had lost some of the Money at Gaming; he shew'd us where the rest was hid, and we found 6 Guineas, 8 Shillings, and 3 Six-pences.

William Milkin confirmed the former Evidence. Guilty Felony .

[Transportation. See summary.]

Nicholas Baker.
26th May 1737
Reference Numbert17370526-5
VerdictGuilty > theft under 1s

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6. Nicholas Baker , of St. Peter's Cheap , was indicted for stealing a Pair of Womens Stuff Damask Shoes, value 3 s. and 1 qr. and half of black Silk Lace, value 4 d. the Goods of Benjamin Noble . May 11 . Guilty 10 d

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William Darlington.
26th May 1737
Reference Numbert17370526-6
VerdictGuilty > theft under 5s

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Rebekah Parsmore.
26th May 1737
Reference Numbert17370526-7

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8. Rebekah Parsmore , was indicted for stealing a Pair of Leather Shoes, value 4 s. 6 d. two Shirts value 6 s. a black Silk Hood, value 1 s. and a Pair of Gloves, value 1 s. the Goods of William Glassmore . May 3 . Guilty .

[Transportation. See summary.]

John Simmonds.
26th May 1737
Reference Numbert17370526-8
VerdictsGuilty; Not Guilty

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9. John Simmonds , of St. John Wapping , was indicted, for that he, after the 24th of June 1726, viz on the 7th of February, in the tenth Year of his Majesty's Reign , feloniously and falsely made and caused to be made, a certain forged and counterfeit Writing call'd a Promissory Note, in the Words following. Aug 28, 1736. I Promise to pay to John Simmonds or Order the Sum of Five Pounds four Months after Date, for Value received. Per Thomas Langley . By Reason of which false and counterfeit Writing, Robert Manning was deceiv'd and defrauded of the said Sum of 5 l. And farther, the said Simmonds on the 7th of February last, the said counterfeit Writing feloniously did publish and utter, knowing it to be false, forged and counterfeit .

Robert Manning I have known the Prisoner 3 or 4 Years. He work'd with me in the Cooper's Business for 3 or 4 Months together a little before Christmas. He was set up a Master Cooper, and bought several Goods of me, but leaving off Business, I bought them again of him, and he came to work with me; but not liking his Proceedings, I discharged him; at that Time he ow'd me Money, and he gave me this Note in Payment of the said Sum. The Debt was for Timber to make into Casks, which he had of me when he was a Master Cooper.

Counsel. What did the Goods come to that you sold him?

Manning. The Goods came to 3 l. 8 s He gave me this Note for the Money, and desired me to pay him 1 l 12 s. out of it. This is the Note, sign'd Thomas Langley, I believ'd it was a good Note, so I took it, and kept it 'till it was due; then I went to the Prisoner, and told him I did not like to go about getting the Money, he must go and get the Money for me, and I let him know that I expected the Money from him. He told me that Langley was in Buckinghamshire, and another Time he was in Northamptonshire, but last he said he worked with one Mathold in Crutched Friars. I had a threatning Letter sent me the 7th of February, which I suspected to come from the Prisoner, and, upon the Receipt of that Letter, I went to enquire after this Langley in Crutched Friars, and then I found it to be a counterfeit Note; upon this I took the Prisoner up, and before the Justice I asked him where Langley was; he said he was in Bedfordshire; but I had found one of the same Name in Crutched Friars. This is a Receipt of the Prisoner's own Hand-writing, and I have compared it with the Note, and believe the same Hand wrote them both. I saw him write this whole Receipt, and upon my Oath I believe the Hands to be the same.

Q. When you found out Mr. Langley, did he tell you he had had Dealings with the Prisoner?

Manning. Mr. Langley knew the Prisoner, and said he had no Dealings with him; he had apply'd to him to lend him Money, but he had always refused him.

Prisoner. I came to Mr. Manning one Morning, and told him, as I ow'd him 3 l. 8 s. I would pay

him, if he would take a 5 l. Note; he accepted it, I endors'd it, and he paid me 1 l. 12 s. out of it, and I told him where the Man liv'd. I received the Note from a young Man named Thomas Langley , who came from Northamptonshire to get Work in London, and I lent him Money till it came to 5 l. within 10 s. and then he gave me this Note, and said, if I would accept of it, he should be obliged to me; so I took it, and gave it to Mr. Manning.

Q. This Story is suited to your Purpose, but can you make all this out? Why did you send Mr. Manning to one in Crutched-Fryars?

Prisoner. After I had paid the Note to Mr. Manning, the young Man went down into the Country, and I went to Mr Langley's in Crutched-Fryars, and asked him to do me a Favour; I asked him if he knew Thomas Langley, his Namesake? He said, no. I told him I had a Note for five Pound upon his Name-sake, and I had paid it to Mr. Manning, and if he would be so good as to own the Note, if Manning should come to him about it, I should be obliged to him, and I would give him a Note of 10 l. - to take care of it.

C. Then you own it was not Mr. Langley's Note in Crutched Fryars.

Prisoner. It was not.

Mr. Langley. About eight Months ago the Prisoner came to me, he sent for me to an Alehouse, and asked me to do him a Favour, and talked something about a Note, but I don't remember the Particulars. I told him I would not do any such Things, - I would not be concerned in a Note; I would rather, I said, lend him the Money; and I told him, if they came to enquire after his Character, I would say he was an honest Fellow.

Q. Upon your Oath, what did he say to you?

Mr. Langley. He did say something about a Note of 5 l. and that it would be due about Christmas. I have known him upwards of a Year, and I took him then to be an honest Fellow.

Q. (To Mr. Manning) The Note was not due till the 28th of Dec. did you go and enquire about it before that Time?

Manning. I received the threatening Letter in the Month of February, and I never enquired about the Note, till I came to Justice Jones about the Letter.

Q. (To the Prisoner) Can you bring any one to prove there is such a Person as Langley in Bedfordshire or Northamptonshire?

Prisoner. Ask Mr. Langley if he did not say he would pay the Note when the Man came with it.

Mr. Langley. No, I never said I would pay it; I said I would tell the Man when he came with it, that I believed the Prisoner would pay it.

Q. (To the Prisoner) You told Mr. Manning that it was Mr. Langley's Note in Crutched-Fryars, and now you own it belongs to another Langley: I would ask you, whether you can produce any Mortal alive, to prove you have such an Acquaintance?

Prisoner. My Acquaintance was but slender with him; I let him have Money and Goods, and took this Note from him.

Q. A slender Acquaintance, and yet you let him have 5 l. Worth of Goods! Who wrote the Directions to Mr. Langley in Crutched Fryars?

Mr. Manning. I did, a great while after I had taken the Note.

Q. (To Langley) When the Prisoner came to you, did he tell you any thing about this other Langley?

Mr. Langley. No, I don't remember that he said any thing about it.

Several Persons appeared to the Prisoner's Character, who all took him to have been an honest Man till this Time.

The Jury found him guilty . Death .

He was a second Time indicted for that he, being a Person of an evil Disposition and greedy of Lucre, after the 1st of June, 1723, to wit, on the 8th of February last, knowingly, unlawfully, wickedly, and feloniously, did send a certain Letter or Writing, without Name or Date, demanding twenty Guineas; and containing divers Threats, as well of the Life of Robert Manning , as the burning the House and Shop of the said Manning, if the said Money should not be paid according to the Demand of the said Letter, to the great Damage of the said Manning, and to the evil Example of others in like manner offending, and against the Peace, &c .

Mr. Manning. I received this Letter about the 7th of February; it was sent by the Penny-Post, and the Postman gave it to my Boy; - here is the Penny-Post Mark.

Joseph Seal . I received this Letter from the Postman, and gave it to my Master.

Mr. Manning. I opened it and read it; and consulting my Friends about the Contents, we resolved to put up twenty Half-pence in the manner I was ordered, and to direct it accordingly.

[Clerk reads the Letter]


Mr. MANNING. 1736 l

'' THE Occasion of this Letter is of great '' Importance: Our Circumstances are '' such, that we would have you think it just '' to insert this in Preference of all Matters else. '' We are Men resolutely bent, on Pain of Death, '' to execute what we have undertaken. Money '' we want, and Money we must have; and we '' are obliged to raise 100 l. in five Days, or be '' plung'd into Goal eternal: Therefore we resolve '' that five such worthy Men as you shall '' assist us, and never more be troubled. We '' have cast Lots which Man to begin with first, '' and the Lot has fallen upon you, and will be '' performed as surely as ever you were born, if '' you don't do according to Order, to restore us '' from eminent Danger, which Downfal will '' prove worse than the Horrors of Hell. You '' are to set the Example, and to lend us twenty '' Guineas, and if you don't send the Money, '' your Houses, Shops, and Yards, will be made '' as level as Fire can make them, and your Life '' will be in danger; therefore make no Delay, '' for if you do, dreadful must be the Fall of you '' or us. Put the Money in a small Bag, conceal'd '' in a Wisp of Hay, made up in a small Parcel, '' and cover'd with Canvas, made fast and directed '' for Thomas Bull , till call'd for. Send it '' by your Youngest Apprentice to the Old Green-Dragon '' at Stepney, on Tuesday the 8th, about '' six o'Clock at Night. Send no Watch, nor '' divulge this to none on Earth, but burn it as '' soon as you have received it, if you don't, '' take what follows; if you don't send the Money, '' you may expect a Shout which will tear '' Hell's Concave; Destruction, Horror, and '' Death will seize your whole Family. You are '' able to bear this Trifle, so if you don't send '' the Money on Tuesday Night, look to your self. '' - You never shall be troubled more.

(The Letter was compared with the Receipt, which was produced on the former Trial)

Seal. I carry'd the Bundle on the Tuesday Night about 6 o'Clock to the Green-Dragon at Stepney. When I went into the House I saw the Prisoner sitting in a Box, I was surprized, and said, John how do you do? My Master had told me of the Thing, but I had no Suspicion of the Man. - John, how do you do, says I; I spoke twice to him, but he would not speak, and turn'd his Back to me: while I went to speak to the Woman in the Bar he went out of the House, and in about half a quarter of an Hour he came in again, - who calls me, says he, I told him I did, and I ask'd him what he had to do this Way; he said he had been at Work at Bow: I ask'd him where about he work'd there, then he told me, that he work'd in Whitecross-Street, and that he had left Work there at half an Hour after 4, then I ask'd him why he came this Way; and he said he was to wait for a Friend who had been with him, and was gone to Spring-Gardens at Stepney, and he sent me there to enquire for a Man, but no such Person had been there, nor did the People know any Thing of him.

Q. Did you leave the Bundle with the Woman at the Bar before he went out?

Seal Yes.

Q. When did he come in again?

Seal. In about a quarter of an Hour: He did not ask for any Thing to be left there. He sent me to Spring Gardens to enquire for his Friend, and when I came back, our Foreman was come in, and had got him in Custody.

Q. Did he see you leave the Parcel?

Seal. No, he turn'd his Back to me when I left the Bundle: I was only to deliver it, so he did not hear me say any Thing when I left it, and his Back was turned to me when I gave it out of my Hands.

Q. Did any Body call for the Parcel afterwards?

Seal. No.

Prisoner. I would ask him whether he left any Thing at the Bar before me?

Seal. You turned your Back upon me.

- Negus. I went with the Boy and the Bundle, and he went into the House about a Minute before me. When I got to the Door, I met the Prisoner coming out, I stopp'd and said, - John, what do you do here? He pull'd his Hat over his Eyes, and would neither look at me nor speak to me, but he shook, and look'd as if he was struck with Surprize, and went from the Door. The Woman of the House said, why do you come so soon? I believe that was the Man who was to

call for the Bundle. While she was speaking to me he returned, and I said, - John, why don't you speak? I thought, says he, somebody call'd me; I told him he must come in, I wanted to speak with him; I hope says he, 'tis not for my Hurt. Then I ask'd him about the Letter, and he said he knew nothing of it: why did you come here to drink says I? I frequently come in here, says he, as I come from Bow: I have been at Work there, and as I came along, I call'd in here to drink. Then he told me, that he had li't of two Friends at Why not beat Dragon, and had appointed to meet them at Spring Gardens, and the Reason he did not go to them was, because he us'd to drink at this House. I sent to Spring Gardens, but no Body waited for him, or wanted him there, so I told him I would send to Bow, and enquire what Time he left Work there; upon which he said, he had not been at Work there, but in Whitecross-Street. I ask'd the Woman of the House, if the Prisoner used to drink there, she said, she could not remember every Body that drank there; but as for him, (the Prisoner) she could not recollect that ever she had seen him in her Life.

Jane Davis . I live at the Sign of the Ship at Stepney, just facing the Green-Dragon. About a quarter of an Hour before the Prisoner was taken he came into our House, and drank a Pint of Beer; he asked what 'twas o'Clock, and I told him 'twas almost 6: I saw him presently afterwards at the Green-Dragon.

- Phipps. On the 8th of Feb. last, about a quarter after 6, the Prisoner came into our House (the Green Dragon) and call'd for a Pint of Two-penny; he had not been in long, before Mr. Manning's Boy came with the Bundle; he had not been in the House 2 Minutes before the Boy came. I never saw him to my Knowledge in the House before.

- Gregory. I went over the Fields with the Boy to Stepney, because we expected the Parcel would be taken from him before he got to the House; I made the Boy stay a little, that I might go in first. I sat down facing the Bar, and when the Boy came in, the Prisoner look'd pale, and seem'd to be in a Confusion. What! John! John Symmonds ! says the Boy. He was so confounded that he could not speak, but paid his Reckoning and went out of the House, but he returned in about half a quarter of an Hour, and Mr. Negus laid hold of him, and told him he wanted to speak with him: he asked him if it was for his Good, or for his Hurt? Mr. Negus told him, 'twas not much for his Good, and asked him how he came there? He said he had been at Work at Bow, that he usually call'd in there to drink as he came along; but the People of the House said, they never saw him before to their Knowledge. Mr.Negus told the Prisoner he would send to Bow; then he alter'd his Story, and said he had drank with some Friends at Why not beat Dragon, and was by Appointment to meet them at Spring-Gardens.

Q. (To Phipps) Did any Body ever come to enquire for this Parcel?

Phipps. No.

- Potts I was present at the Green-Dragon when Negus laid hold of the Prisoner. He at first said he had been at Work at Bow, and that he call'd in there for a Pint of Beer, as he usually did; but when Negus said he would send to Bow, he told him he need not give himself that Trouble, for he had been at Work in Whitecross-Street, and work'd there 'till 5 o'Clock that Night.

Prisoner. I work'd in Whitecross-Street, but I had been doing a Job for my Mother at Bow that Night; as I came from thence I met some Friends, and I asked them to drink, so we staid together 'till 'twas almost dark, and then I had a Thought came into my Head, that I would go Home to my Lodging just cross the Fields.

Q. Where does the Prisoner live?

Seal. In Denmark Street, the other Side of the Fields.

Prisoner. The Man that keeps the Ship Alehouse, had once a Note of my Mother's for 4 l. odd Money, which I had endorsed; he arrested me for the Money, but I put in Bail, for I was under Age when I endorsed the Note, so we made that Matter up for 25 s. I went to this House to see the Man, his Name is Townshend, but as I was in Debt, I was afraid the Woman of the House (who knew me) would give Intelligence of me, so I went over the Way to the Green-Dragon, and I had not been there a quarter of an Hour before Mr. Manning's Boy came in and spoke to me; I asked him how he did; but knowing that I ow'd Mr. Manning Money upon this Note, I was afraid he might have Bailiffs with him, so I paid my Reckoning, and went out of the House; as I was going out I met Negus, which made me more apprehensive of being arrested than I was before, but looking about me, and seeing no Body else after him, I returned and went into the House again, and Negus told me of the threatning Letter, and I said I knew nothing of the Matter. Acquitted .

Winifred Morgan.
26th May 1737
Reference Numbert17370526-9
VerdictNot Guilty > no prosecutor

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26th May 1737
Reference Numbert17370526-10
VerdictNot Guilty

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26th May 1737
Reference Numbert17370526-11
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12. Jane Clark , of St. Paul's Shadwell , was indicted for breaking and entering the House of William Lambert , about the Hour of 12 in the Night, and stealing 6 Pair of Kid Gloves, value 12 s. 6 Pair of Stockings, value 12 s. a Tea-spoon, value 2 s a Silk handkerchief, value 3 s. and 12 s. 6 d in Money , the Property of William Lambert, August 27 .

William Lambert . I hir'd the Prisoner as a Servant in June, and she liv'd with me 2 Months, she behav'd ill, and would get fuddl'd. On the 27th of August I lost 6 Pair of Kid Gloves, 6 Pair of Worsted Stockings, and a new Silk-Handkerchief No one could take them but her self, for there was no Body in the House but her self and me.

Q. Why did you not prosecute her sooner?

Lambert Because she kept out of the Way. She came in that Night fuddl'd; I told her she should stay no longer than Morning, and I thought she went to Bed, but she took the Things and went away between 12 and 1, and took the Key of the Street Door away with her: the Till was broke open, and 12 s. and 6 d. was taken out; there was no Body in the House but she and I

Q. Did you owe her any Wages?

Lambert. She had her Wages before Hand: She had a Guinea of me, which was more than her Wages came to.

Q. Had you any Recommendation of the Prisoner?

Lambert. Only from a Nurse that look'd after a Child of mine.

Q. Did you enquire for her, after this 27th of August?

Lambert. After she was gone, I spent much Time in enquiring after her.

C. Why, you have indicted her for breaking open your House.

Lambert. She took away the Key of the Door, she lock'd me in, and her self out. - I was forc'd to have the Lock broke in the Morning.

C. Was there not a Suit commenced against you for her Wages, after she went away?

Lambert. Yes; I was serv'd with a Copy of a Writ from the Court of Common-Pleas She dropp'd it one Term, and next Term they brought another. I employ'd a Man to defend me, and he took my Money, but did not defend me.

Q. Was it not after you had been serv'd with this Action that you indict'd her?

Lambert. I told her, before the Action was brought, that if she did not make Satisfaction for the Things taken away from me, I would have her before a Justice.

Q. When was this?

Lambert. Soon after she went away from me.

Q. I thought you said you could not find her.

Lambert. I never saw her but once, and then I had no Warrant; so I thought I had no Power to apprehend her.

Q. Why, here was an Attorney prosecuting a Suit for her, how came it that you did not apply to him, to know where his Client was?

Lambert. I did enquire of the Attorney, and he said, 'twas no Matter where she was, and they hid her from me.

Q. Did not this Woman give Evidence on your Behalf in a Cause which was depending in the Court of Exchequer.

Lambert No; not in the Court of Exchequer. I never had any Prosecution with Regard to my Business, in the Court of Exchequer. I had an I format on against me 4 Years ago at the Excise-Office, and none since. She gave no Evidence for me.

Q. I ask you, whether you have not apply'd a second Time to her to give Evidence?

Lambert. Not on any such Account. She was with me at the other End of the Town - not at the Exchequer. It was on Account of a Dozen of Candles which a Man had of me, and 'twas a Twelvemonth before he offer'd to pay me.

Q. I ask you, if you have not apply'd to her as an Evidence?

Lambert. No other - than in speaking the Truth. She carry'd the Candles.

Q. When was this?

Lambert I am not sure whether 'twas in June or July. I am sure it was not since she went away. When I desired her to give Evidence I did not threaten her, I only desired her to speak the Truth.

A Woman. I know nothing of her robbing him; only one Morning he asked me if I had seen

his Servant? and he asked me if she had brought any Thing to me? I told him, she never brought any Thing to me in her Life.

Another. I know nothing of the Robbery; - she has been a little given to Drinking, and has us'd him ill; they used to quarrel.

Defence. He had been up the Night before making Candles, and I thought he would not rise the next Day till late, so I having a little Business to do abroad, of my own, I opened the Shop about 7 o'Clock in the Morning, and clean'd it out; then I lock'd the Street Door, and took the Key with me. I spoke to a Neighbour, and desired her to give an Eye to the House, telling her I expected no body but the Exciseman. I staid longer than I expected, before I could speak with the Person I wanted, and was afraid he would abuse me, as he often has done, when I went home. However, in the Evening I went home, and begged ten thousand Pardons for staying and carrying the Key with me, tho' twas a Door that opens in Half, and I knew he could open it. He call'd me drunken Bitch, and said I should come in no more.

A Witness. I took the Prisoner Apprentice in 1704 She liv'd with me ten Years as a covenant Servant, and since that she marry'd our Gardiner, and has buried our Family; latterly she has been a little given to Drinking. She is as honest a Woman, and as clean a clever Creature as lives.

Another. Since the 27th of August I know she has been at Capt Wills's at Ratcliff Cross

Mrs. Wills. I know the Prisoner to be an honest Woman; I have known her 12 Years When she came from Lambert's she went to a Lodging in Brick-street; since that, she liv'd with me, and was taken out of my House in January last. She had been then with me a Fortnight, and was every Day up and down: I trusted her with every Thing in the House.

A Woman. I have known her a Twelvemonth. She nursed me in my Lying in, and I trusted her with all the Keys of my Shop, and found her very honest. When she came from Lambert's she came to me, and was with me five Weeks, and I sent her out on Errands every Day. She was openly every Day in my Shop. From my House she went to Madam Wills -

Mrs. Wills. And she was with me till January last.

Another Witness. The Prisoner is a very just honest Woman, and never was hid from him, but was up and down in the Streets to get her Bread. Lambert came once or twice to my House in Brick-street to ask for her, and she was never hid from him; tho' when he came to my House, she was out at Work; yet she went by his Door every Day; and as for this Felony, I never heard a Word of latterly.

Lambert. I did seek after her, and spent Time and Money, but I could not find her. I have the Warrant in my Pocket.

Q. When was it dated?

Lambert. It was last Sessions.

A Witness. She was with me some Time, and Lambert has gone by divers Times when she was sitting at my Door with her Knitting. He has gone by divers Times on the other Side of the Way.

A Man. Mr. Lambert was serv'd with a Copy of a Writ, at Jane Clark 's Suit; the particular Time I cannot recollect, but 'twas about 8 or 9 Months ago, and he employ'd one king to defend him. This was about her Wages, and he told me he would give her a Guinea to make up the Matter. I went to her and offer'd her that, but she refused to make it up.

Q. At that Time when he offer'd the Guinea, did he charge her with Felony?

The Witness. He said she had wronged him of many Things, but he did not say she had broke his House: He only said he had lost several Things, and he believ'd she had taken them. He told me where she liv'd (in Brick street) and I went to her Lodging; I did not see her then, but she came a Day or two afterwards.

C The Prosecutor is falsify'd in many Instances by every one of these People. In order to convict this Woman of Burglary, and to take away her Life, he has forsworn himself. The Reason why he did not prosecute her before, he says, was because she absconded.

The Jury acquitted the Prisoner, and the Court order'd her a Copy of her Indictment. And,

The Prosecutor was taken into Custody.

Charles Rogers.
26th May 1737
Reference Numbert17370526-12

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Prisoner. My Lord, there's only that Gentleman is to swear against me; - don't let those other Men come in; - they know nothing at all of this Matter.

William Bassendine . On the 20th of April last, between 12 and 1 o'Clock in the Morning. I

was robbed six Doors from the Bagnio in Goodman's Fields , by the Prisoner and two more. They came up to me with Pistols, which they clapp'd to my right and left Breast, and cry'd, d - n you, - your Money, Sir, you appear like a Gentleman, and we'll use you as such. I told them I had but little Money, - what I had they were welcome to They bid me not make a Noise, for if I did they must shoot me; so one of them put his Hand into my Pocket where the Guinea was, and I told them I would give them the Money The Prisoner took my Handkerchief, and put it into his Pocket, but he took it out again and said, Sir, your Handkerchief is of little Worth, so he returned it me again. After this the Prisoner took out my Deputation (I belong to the Custom-House) and he said, I believe, Sir, these are Writings? I told them it would be of no Use to them, so they said they would not meddle with Notes or Writings. After this they felt in my Pockets again, and took the Ring with the Blue Stone: The Prisoner felt in my Fob, and took out two Notes, which he returned me.

Q. How came you to know the Prisoner again?

Bassendine. I was very near Johnson's Globe Lamps, about six Doors from the Bagnio, and tho' the Prisoner had a flapp'd Hat, yet the Brims were narrow, and as he stood fronting the Lamps, I saw his Face. They detained me five or six Minutes, and after they had rifled me, I said, Gentlemen, I beg the Favour of you to give me a Penny or Two-pence to cross the Water, and the Prisoner said to his Companions, - give the Gentleman a Couple of Pence, another of them said, - give the Gentleman Six-pence. I said, Gentleman, I am obliged to you, for it is late, and the Watermen generally insist one something extraordinary when it is late; but another of them asked, whether it would bear? I told them it would certainly bear Six-pence, for, says I, you have taken something very considerable from me, so they gave me Six-pence, and this is the very Piece of Money which they returned me. When we parted they charged me not to make any Noise, for if I did they would shoot me. Some Time after this I was sitting at a Barber's in Lemon street, to be shaved, and I saw them go by; I was so surpriz'd, that the Barber took Notice of it, and asked me what was the Matter? I told him those 3 Fellows were the Men who had robb'd me. Upon that he went out 2 or 3 Doors after them, but I bid him not trouble himself about them; then says he, if you won't trouble your self about them, you deserve to be robb'd again; so the Barber went after them to a Sheeps Head Shop, and when I heard they were there, I went to ask for some Dog's Meat, that I might have an Opportunity of seeing them. They were at Dinner there, and I saw them; so I went to Justice Farmer for a Warrant, and when I came back they were gone; but we found them in the Glass-house Yard, on a vacant Place, among fourteen or fifteen Fellows, who were all playing their Rogues Tricks. When I seiz'd the Prisoner, I could not be positive to the other two, so I charged a Constable with him only.

Prisoner. He says my Hat had narrow Brims, - let him go up to Newgate, my Hat is in pawn there for Three Half-pence; - there's not a broader brimm'd Hat in the whole Court than mine is.

Q. Have you any People of the House here, where they din'd?

Bassendine. No, they are People of ill Characters in the Neighbourhood.

The Constable. Mr. Bassendine came to my House and shewed me his Deputation, and ordered me in the King's Name to go with him and assist him. We went to Dallow's Glass-house, and there we found about a Dozen or Fourteen Slender Carcass'd Gentlemen, and he went up to the Prisoner, who was among them, and said, he was the Person who held a Pistol to his Breast; so we carried him before Justice Farmer, and he sent him to Prison. The Prisoner deny'd the Fact, but I have since heard that he has but a very Slender Character.

A Witness. I was at Mr. Winstone's, at Well-Close Square, and the Prosecutor came in, and asked Mr. Warrener, Justice Farmer's Clerk for a Warrant; he said he had seen three Men who had robb'd him; we asked him why he had not secured them; he said he could not secure them without Assistance; so Mr. Warriner sent for an Officer, but he not being at Home, he directed us to this Constable's House, and we went to the Dunghill or Glass-house, where the Prosecutor fixed upon the Prisoner directly out of 14 or 15 Men.

A Witness. I have known the Prosecutor many Years; he is a Person of a good Character.

Another. I have known him 16 Years; he's a Person of a good Character as far as I can hear.

Prisoner. I have worked with a great many Gentlemen of Credit, in the Summer-Time, among the rest, with Dr. Edgerton, and in the Winter, I follow Coal-heaving: I was coming

(when I was taken) to Goodman's-Fields, to get a little Victuals; when the Prosecutor came into the Cook's Shop where I was eating, the People laugh'd at him, and I laughed at him too; so he went away, and when I had din'd I went up the Minories, - towards East Smithfield, and seeing some People upon the vacant Place, where the Glass House was, I stopp'd, and the Gentleman seiz'd me for the Robbery. If I had sent to the Lord Leicester or Dr. Edgerton. I could have had some Witnesses to my Character, but I have not, because I have no Money.

C. But a Letter would have gone by the Post without Money.

Prisoner. But I can't wait, nor have I any body to write for me; and being innocent of the Fact, I thought I should have no Occasion.

Prosecutor. Before we carry'd him to Mr. Farmer we waited two Hours, for some body to speak for him, but he could get no body; and when he came before Justice Farmer, the Justice cry'd, - What! are you come already!

Prisoner. I work for Mr. John Jackson , and Mr. John Richardson in Rosemary Lane

The Court order'd a Messenger to take the Prisoner's Directions, and to find these People out, if possible, but the Messenger return'd and declares there were no such Persons to be found.

Prisoner. If you'll send to my Sister, she will sa I was a-bed when the Gentleman was robb'd.

C. Aye, that's another Sort of a Defence. Guilty . Death

James Savill.
26th May 1737
Reference Numbert17370526-13

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26th May 1737
Reference Numbert17370526-14

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26th May 1737
Reference Numbert17370526-15
VerdictGuilty > lesser offence

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26th May 1737
Reference Numbert17370526-16
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26th May 1737
Reference Numbert17370526-17
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26th May 1737
Reference Numbert17370526-18

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26th May 1737
Reference Numbert17370526-19
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He was a second Time charged by Virtue of the Coroner's Inquest for the said Murder.

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26th May 1737
Reference Numbert17370526-20
VerdictNot Guilty

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Richard Crew . On the 3d of Sept 1733, I went to the King's-Arms at Fulham to the Nutting Feast, (as 'tis call'd or nominated) with some other People in Company, and there I staid till 6 of the Clock or better, then I came home by my self. When I came to the last House in Chelsea Road, call'd the World's End, I went in there and call'd for a Pint of Beer; while I was drinking, a Journeyman Baker came in, and drank with me, and we both came out of the House together. As we were going up the King's Road , about 200 Yards from the World's End, the Prisoner overtook us; 'twas then about 7 o'Clock or better; he seemed to come along in a great Hurry, and I slipp'd into a Ditch, endeavouring to make way for him; he was very ready to help me out, and asked me if I was going to London; I told him, Yes; so we all three came together to the Tursntiles, - to the Walk where the Horse chesnut Trees grow; here we went to drink, at the Sign of the King's Head, and had two Pots of Beer; we staid about an Hour and a quarter, and then we all set out again for London.

Q. Was it dark when you went into the King's Head?

Crew. There was a Candle brought into the Room, when we first went in. - From hence we proceeded to the narrow Passage that leads to the open Fields, next London, - they call them the five Fields; when we came there the Baker

bid us good Night, and went back again; so the Prisoner and I went on by our selves, and after we had passed over one Field, we met the Patrole of Chelsea-College Pensioners, with their Arms. One of the old Men begg'd of us to give him a Dram, and told us, there was a Man in the Ditch who could let us have a Dram of any Thing: I treated them with a Dram, and after they had drank it, one of them took up the Candle and Lanthorn of the Man that sold the Liquor, and held it up to both our Faces; he look'd in our Faces, and we look'd in his. Then we went on to the Duke of Buckingham's Pallisades, and there he told me 'twas too late to go over the Park, but I might go by Hyde Park Corner ; I agreed, and as we were going along, he took hold of a Stick which I had in my Hand, (but not in a violent Manner) and I let him take it; so we walked a little farther together, - I was on his Right Hand next the Wall, and all on a sudden he put me on the Left Hand next the Ditch, and we walked 10 or 12 Yards farther, then he turn'd about and said, Sir, I must have what you have got about you, and he rushed both his Hands so violently into my Waistcoat Pockets, that he tore this Flap almost down to the bottom. He took my Handkerchief and some Half-pence; then he rifled my Breeches, and took out 2 crooked Sixpences and some Half-pence; about 19 or 20 d in all. While he was rifling me, I said, Friend, do you know what you are doing? D - n you, says he, don't speak so loud, and out he pull'd a Pistol, and clapp'd it to my Breast: Then he took my Hat, and gave me his in Exchange, and then he left me as fast as he could: I suppose he perceived 2 or 3 Men coming up, or else he would have taken my Coat; for when the Men came up they told me they met a Man, running as if the Devil was in him.

Q. What are the Names of these Men? Are they to be produced?

Crew. I don't know any Thing of them. On the Wednesday after I was robb'd, I went to the Baker, and he, (after some Talk) told me he was inform'd the Man that robb'd me liv'd somewhere about Turnham Green, and that his Wife keeps a Chandler's Shop, and that he was a Yorkshire Man. I went to enquire after him, but finding no such Person, I left a Direction in Writing with the Baker, where he might find me, if he should hear any Thing of him.

Q. Is that Baker here?

Crew No, he's gone to the East-Indies; but before he went, ('twas in November 1734) I saw the Baker in the Street, and he told me he had seen the Man that robb'd me, leaning over a Hatch at Putney. and that he was informed he liv'd at the House where he saw him. Upon this Information I went to the House, but could not find him, so I left a Warrant at Putney to seize him when he should appear, but he was not taken 'till the Night we had the Storm of Thunder and Lightning, - the 16th of this Instant.

Q. What House does he keep at Putney?

Crew 'Tis a little private House; I believe his Mother is the House-keeper. When he was taken up, I was sent for, and I knew him again, and that's the Man upon my Oath.

Q. The Baker gave you this Information in 1734, how came you not to take him in all this while?

Crew. He was not to be seen by any Body.

Prisoner. How long was I in Company with you from first to last?

Crew About an Hour and a half.

C. I believe you may be right in that, for you have been an Hour in telling the Story.

Prisoner. Ask him if he was not in Liquor when this happened?

Crew. No, I remember'd every Penny I spent, and where I spent it. Let me see, - three half Crowns when I went out. Spent at Fulham 4 s. - In the Morning 8 d. - King's Head, 6 d. - World's-End, 3 d - Drams in the Ditch, 1 d Halfpenny, and some Money I lent my Companions, I can't justly tell what.

Hen Mascall The 6th of this Month, John Bolton came to me between 10 and 11 at Night, and asked me to assist him in taking a Highwayman, and told me, 'twas the Man that marry'd Farmer's Daughter, that we were to seize; so we went out and saw him before us, I took hold of him by the Collar, and in a Minute Bolton came up to my Assistance I told him he was a Highwayman, and was my Prisoner, and upon that he immediately turned himself a little and snapp'd a Pistol in my Face; it did not go off, but the Flash burnt my Eye-brows I call'd him murdering Dog, and Bolton wrung it out of his Hand Then we gave him 2 or 3 Knocks, and in searching him, another Pistol dropp'd out of his Pocket upon my Foot; they were both loaded with Ball, and the Pistols were squared or notched in the Nossels, that the Bullets when the Pistols were fired would come out Slugs. We carried him to Justice Pettiward's, and while we stood with him in the Fore Court, he dropp'd a little Leather Purse with Balls in it, and half a Horn of Gunpowder.

Q. How long have you known the Prisoner at Putney?

Mascall. I never had much Knowledge of him; nor have I seen him a great while I don't know that ever I saw him out of Doors before that Night in my Life: I have seen him lean over the Hatch sometimes; and he always had a white Napkin about his Head. 'Tis a Year and half since the Warrant was taken out against him. I never saw him drest, (except this Time) in all my Life.

John Bolton confirm'd Mascal's Evidence.

Tho Mascal About 2 Years and a half ago, I had a Warrant against the Prisoner for this Robbery, and I searched the House where he dwelt, and look'd after him a great many Times, but could never find him.

Several other Witnesses were ready to give Evidence to the same Purpose, but they were not call'd.

Prisoner. I desire that Crew's Information may be read.

Mr. James Cook . This was Mr. Crew's Information, taken from him Word for Word, and almost Literatim.

The Information of Richard Crew of Great Swan-Alley, Calender-Man taken this 8th of May 1737.

Who says, that he went with several others from London to the King's-Arms at Fulham, to the Nutting Feast the 3d of September 1733. and that he stay'd there 'till 6 o'Clock, then left his Company and came towards London, that he fell into Company with Thomas Meighill , and came with him to the King's Head at the Corner of the five Fields, and that between that Place and the Infirmary, the Prisoner stopt the Informant at the Corner of Hyde-Park, under the Wall, the Prisoner stopp'd the Informant, and said, he must have what he had got about him, and then putting a Pistol to this Informant's Breast, he took from him a new Silk Handkerchief, and about 20 d. in Money, 2 crooked Six-pences, which the Informant remembers were in his Pocket; and his Hat, almost new, which he exchanged for his old one, and that he made this Informant pull a Buckle out of his Shoe, to see if it was Silver, but it not being Silver, he return'd it to this Informant.

Prisoner. He makes me a very skilful Man; a Man must be very skilful, or must be an Alchymist, to know Silver from Brass in the dark.

Samuel Foster . I have known the Prisoner eight or nine Years: I never knew any ill of him; but I don't know that he ever followed any Business: His Wife and his Mother maintain him I believe

Another. I have seen the Prisoner sometimes in the Evening with Boots on, but he always went under the Shore.

Mr. Cook. These People are so far from coming for the Sake of the Reward, that I was forced to serve them all with Subpaena's to make them appear here.

Mr. Crew. When he was before the Justice, he said, the Reason why he absconded was, because he was suspected to be one of Whitlock's Gang Acquitted .

Elizabeth Boyle.
26th May 1737
Reference Numbert17370526-21

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Mary Pyke.
26th May 1737
Reference Numbert17370526-22
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26th May 1737
Reference Numbert17370526-23
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26th May 1737
Reference Numbert17370526-24
VerdictNot Guilty

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26th May 1737
Reference Numbert17370526-25

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26th May 1737
Reference Numbert17370526-26
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26th May 1737
Reference Numbert17370526-27
VerdictNot Guilty

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William Franklyn.
26th May 1737
Reference Numbert17370526-28
VerdictNot Guilty

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With an Intent to defraud the said Cocker of the said Sum, which said forged Writing was published, by the said Franklyn as true, in the Parish of St. Lawrence, Old Jewry he knowing it to be conterfeit , Dec. the 18th . Acquitted .

John Barret, Peter Thompson.
26th May 1737
Reference Numbert17370526-29

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They were a third Time indicted for stealing thirty-eight brass Nails, painted black, containing one Pound three Ounces , the Goods of Thomas Booth , April the 21st . Guilty on all the indictments

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John Nottingham.
26th May 1737
Reference Numbert17370526-30
VerdictNot Guilty

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26th May 1737
Reference Numbert17370526-31

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John Walker, William Inglebird.
26th May 1737
Reference Numbert17370526-32

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26th May 1737
Reference Numbert17370526-33
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James Willson, Thomas Cross.
26th May 1737
Reference Numbert17370526-34
VerdictGuilty; Not Guilty

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Samuel Hinson.
26th May 1737
Reference Numbert17370526-35
VerdictGuilty > pleaded guilty

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26th May 1737
Reference Numbert17370526-36

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William Hemmings.
26th May 1737
Reference Numbert17370526-37
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John Dunnick, Elizabeth Smith, Thomas Smith.
26th May 1737
Reference Numbert17370526-38
VerdictsGuilty > pleaded guilty; Not Guilty

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45. John Dunnick , was indicted for stealing 1756 Ounces of foreign Silver, called Pieces of Eight, value 470 l. the Goods of the Governor and Company of Merchants trading to the South-Sea , March the 18th And

46,47. Thomas and Elizabeth Smith , were indicted for receiving eleven Pieces of the same, knowing them to be stole . Dunnick pleaded guilty .

Mr. Uthar. I spent two or three Weeks enquiring after the Prisoner Dunnick, and in the Course of my Enquiry, I found that Smith and his Wife had pawned some of the Pieces so they were committed on Suspicion. The Woman is Dunnick's own Sister; he liv'd with them at that Time, and she conceal'd him. Some of the Silver they had pawn'd to Mrs. Gordon, and some to Mr. Wild, who are both in Court. These are the Piece.s

Mr. Wild. I live in White-Cross Street: Elizabeth Smith brought two of the Pieces to me, and borrow'd six Shillings upon them the 29th of March. Afterwards on the 31st, she and Catharine Dunnick brought five more, and had 16 s. upon them.

Mr. Gordon. About ten Weeks ago I lent 13 Shillings and odd Money to Thomas Smith , upon Four Pieces, but he had them again the next Day.

Mr. Wild. These are the very Pieces brought the 29th and 31st of March by the Woman Prisoner; here are the Tickets I pinn'd upon them when I lent the Money.

Mr. Utbar. Smith and his Wife both deny'd that they ever had any Pieces of Eight; and his Wife knew that I was in Pursuit of Dunnick, yet she told me that she harbour'd him and concealed him. Her Husband sent me a Message, that he desired me to give him a Meeting on the 31st of March, and I reproached him with concealing his Brother; this was the very Day upon which he pawn'd some of the Pieces to Mrs. Gordon Mrs. Smith owned she had the Pieces from her Sister Dunnick.

Thomas Smith I never had any of the Pieces from Dunnick. I deal in Needles , and I took these Pieces in Truck of a Sailor at Wapping for my Goods.

Mrs. Gordon. When he pledg'd them with me, he said he had them of a Sailor at Wapping, and truck'd Needles for them.

Mr. Utbar. She deny'd her having pawn'd any at all; and afterwards she said, she had them of Dunnick.

Mr. Wild. She did deny she, ever pawn'd any. Her Sister was with her when she pawn'd them,

and she said her Husband desired her to pawn them.

Several Witnesses appear'd who never knew any Hurt of Smith and his Wife Both acquitted .

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Ann Wilson, Mary Solomon.
26th May 1737
Reference Numbert17370526-39
VerdictGuilty > theft under 1s; Not Guilty

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48,49. Ann Wilson , and Mary Solomon , were indicted for privately stealing a Silver Watch, value 3 l. from the Person of William Glasspool . May 1 .

Glasspool. Between 10 and 11 o'Clock at Night, the first of May, I was coming thro' Whitechappel to my Lodgings in Billiter-Lane, and I met with Mary Solomon , that little Girl at the Bar, and she desired me to give her a Glass of Liquor; the other (Wilson) perswaded me to go to their Lodging. I went with them, and when I got into the House I gave them a Shilling to get a full Pot of Flip: While we were drinking the Flip Wilson got her Hands about my Waist, under my Cloaths, and drew my Watch out of my Fob. I seized her Hand with the Watch in it; she dropp'd it down, and I took it up again and put it into my Waistcoat Pocket, and told them, I would stay no longer with them, because I saw they had a Mind to defraud me of my Watch. Wilson rapp'd out an Oath, and assur'd me, she scorn'd to use any Gentleman so ill; so I staid a quarter of an Hour longer, and she got about me again, and took the Watch out of my Pocket and gave it the little one (Solomon) who stood behind Wilson and me. 'Tis true, I did not see her, but I felt her, and my Watch could go no other Way; beside, I saw her push her Hand by my Side, towards Solomon.

Q. Did you and Wilson sit together?

Glasspool. We were upon the Bed together. - She and I were upon the Bed's-Feet. She threw her self upon the Bed's-Feet, and swore I should - have to do with her, and so she pull'd me upon the Bed to her, and as we lay together I felt her take the Watch, and saw her push her Hand by my Side, towards Solomon, who stood behind us at the Feet of the Bed. I would have got up immediately, but she had got her Arms about me, and held me fast, that I might not pursue Solomon. However, I made shift to slip out of her Arms, and I ran after Solomon; I saw her go into the next House, and a Jew being at the Door, I said, Sir, I have lost my Watch, and the Woman that has got it, is come into this House; and tho'I saw her go into the House with my own Eyes, yet the Jew would face me down, that no body was come in there.

Wilson. When you found the Watch drawing out of your Pocket, pray why did not you lay hold of it?

Glasspool. 'Twas done so suddenly, that I had not Time. - I stood at the Jew's Door a quarter of an Hour, and then she came out and run into another House; and while I was waiting at this Door, Wilson came out with her Petticoats over her Head, and went into the House where Solomon now was. I got into this House, and here they offer'd to be searched.

John Bradshaw . I saw Wilson and Solomon in the Cage at Whitechappel the 2d of May: I told Nan, she had made good Haste to get in here, when I saw her at her own Door last Night at past Ten o'Clock; for when she was before Justice Philips, she said she had not been out all Night.

Thomas Broadway . Glasspool was at my House that Night about Ten o'Clock, and he had his Watch when he went away. The little Girl has got a Husband, one Solomon (a Jew) and he came to me and said, if the Man would not prosecute, he should have his Watch again.

Wilson. The Man told me when he and we were together, that he had been in Company with some Women, and had lost his Watch. He wanted me to be concerned with him in a very sad, ugly Thing which I am ashamed to speak of, and because I would not consent, he said he would swear it upon me. He was very troublesome in our Court, and call'd Watch, Watch, and I got a Watchman and a Constable to get him home.

James Hill. Wilson lived at the Waterman's-Arms, St. Mary Overies Stairs. (I come to give her a Character.) After that she liv'd at the African Coffee-House; she behav'd well, and was a clean Girl.

Judith Hyde . Nan Wilson was a Servant with me, about 4 or 5 Years ago. I never heard but that she behaved well, till this Time.

Mary Snapes . I never heard Ill of her before.

John Bradshaw . Nan Wilson was brought to this Bar once before, for picking a Man's Pocket at the Magpie Tavern at Aldgate, but she was acquitted: She used to cry Currants and Goosberries about the Streets. Wilson guilty 10 d . Solomon acquitted .

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John Crockat.
26th May 1737
Reference Numbert17370526-40
VerdictGuilty > theft under 40s

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26th May 1737
Reference Numbert17370526-41

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26th May 1737
Reference Numbert17370526-42

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Mary Corker.
26th May 1737
Reference Numbert17370526-43
VerdictNot Guilty

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53. Mary Corker , was indicted for privately stealing a Fustian Purse, value 1 d. and 2 s. in Money, from the Person of Daniel Prickett , May 10 .

Prickett. I live at the Sign of the Angel in Charles Street, Westminster. On the 3d of May I was going Home, and at the End of King Street , this Gentlewoman addressed her Compliments to me, and I used some to her, and so she pick'd my Pocket. I charg'd a Constable with her, and she charg'd the Constable with me; we were both carry'd to the Watch-house that Night, and the next Morning she was committed to Newgate; then she said, she wish'd it had been 2 Guineas instead of 2 Shillings.

Q. Did not you do something you should not have done?

Pricket. I did nothing at all - she's one of the Street Walkers, and there was another Woman with her, but she pick'd my Pocket. She asks whether I did not give it her, - no, - what should I give it her for? - she took it.

Prisoner. I went to a Brandy-shop with him in King street, and he call'd for a Quartern of Gin, and then he went up the Passage with the other Woman, and stay'd so long there, that I went away: Afterwards I met him with Moll Davis in King street, and he charged me with taking his Money. He's a Man of no Character, - he cries Puddings about the Streets.

Pricket Well! - my Lord, I'll tell you the down-right Truth of the Matter. I li't into this Woman's Company, and she ask'd me to do - so and so. I had no Thoughts of it, - not I, but she perswaded me to it, so I gave her 6 d. out of my Purse: Afterwards I wanted &c &c. - but she would have 6 d more; I refused to give her t'other 6 d. so she put her Hand in my Pocket and took it all. There was no Moll Davis with me, - she took it herself. Acquitted .

Robert Wilson.
26th May 1737
Reference Numbert17370526-44
SentenceMiscellaneous > branding

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54. Robert Wilson , was indicted for that he on the 25th of March, in the 8th Year of his Majesty's Reign, at the Parish of St. Sepulchre's, took to Wife Eleanor Steel , and afterwards, viz. on the 21st of Oct . last, in the Parish of St. Sepulchre's he took to Wife Mary Benham , and to her was then and there married, his former Wife being then alive .

John Crossby . I know the Prisoner was marry'd to Steel, I was present when that Affair was transacted. They were marry'd at a Brandy-shop at the Fleet, the Ceremony was perform'd by a Man in a Night Gown; whether he was a Parson or not, I can't tell. He pull'd a Book out of his Pocket, and read a little Bit of it to them.

Q. Were the most material Parts of the Office read?

Crossby. No, not all the Particulars of it; but he read some of it, and then told them they were marry'd. I am sure he did not read half so much as was read to me at Pancras when I was marry'd.

Q. Was there a Ring?

Crossby. Yes, there was a Ring, but I don't know whether the Words, - I take you to be my Wife, and I take you to be my Husband, were said. In 2 or 3 Days after the Wedding, she went down to see her Friends in Cumberland, and there she was deliver'd of a Child, and left it there.

Q. How long did she stay in Cumberland?

Crossby. She went down 2 or 3 Days after the Wedding, which was in March, and she sta'd 'till November. After she came from Cumberland they liv'd together as Man and Wife 'till last June. They lodg'd in my House, and he acknowledged her publickly for his Wife, and she own'd him as her Husband; they both went by the same Name.

Q. How came they to part?

Crossby. Why, after he had marry'd her, he found she was with Child, so that occasion'd the first Breach, and was the Reason of her going to Cumberland immediately after the Wedding. When he found how it was, he call'd me up into the Room, and told me of it; she was crying in Bed, and asking his Pardon; she told him if he would forgive her, she would be one of the best of Wives.

Q. After this did he leave her?

Crossby. No, she left him; she took away what Effects of his she could get, and took Passage with some Men for New England, but he found her out, and one of the Men was try'd here last July Sessions.*

* James English , was try'd for stealing several Things, the Property of Robert Wilson , in July Sessions, 1736. and acquitted. See Sessions Book, No VI. 1736. p. 154.

Will Seymour . I was by when the Prisoner was marry'd to his second Wife ( Benham ). They were marry'd (as they call it) at the Fleet , by an old Fellow in a black Gown, at an Ale-house.

The Parson said they were marry'd, but I am sure they were not marry'd as I was; the Parson's Wife lent them a Ring to put upon the Bride's Finger.

Q. Did she say, she took him for her Husband, and he - her for his Wife?

Seymore. Yes, and he acknowledged her for his Wife; this was some Time last Winter, - If I had thought I should have been call'd upon to come here, I am sure, I would not have been at the Wedding.

Ann TaHowgreen . I was at Benham's Wedding; the Ceremony was read over to them, and a Ring was put upon her Finger; they afterwards liv'd together as Man and Wife.

Q. Is Steel living?

Crossby. Yes; here she is; this is she, my Lord.

Prisoner I know nothing of the Marriage with Benham; she nursed me when I had a Fever, and she told me I should get somebody to take Care of me constantly; I told her I had somebody that call'd me Husband, and she told me, - as long as she was gone away with other Men, I was divorced by the Laws of God and Man. So I met her one Day, when I was a little out of the way, a little in Liquor, and they got me to an Alehouse, but whether I was marry'd or no I cannot tell; indeed she told me we were marry'd, and we liv'd together afterwards. I did go with my first Wife to be marry'd, but what Sort of a Marriage it was, God knows; she left me and went away with other Men the 26th of June last.

Mary Crossby . I never knew him but an honest Man, till this happen'd; the first Woman and he liv'd together as Man and Wife Benham knew he had a Wife when she marry'd him, but I have heard her say before she was marry'd, that if ever she came in Company with him, she would clap her Arms about him, and would never leave him nor forsake him. I know she interceeded with the first Wife to go away, that she might prevail with him for a Maintenance.

A Witness. Benham told me, she would endeavour to get the first Wife's Name out of the Books; for, says she, I am starving and want a Maintenance. She's but an indifferent Sort of a Person. Guilty .

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Richard Sampson, Joanna Worthington.
26th May 1737
Reference Numbert17370526-45
VerdictsGuilty > lesser offence; Not Guilty

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Samuel Hewit.
26th May 1737
Reference Numbert17370526-46
VerdictNot Guilty

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57. Samuel Hewit , was indicted for stealing a Silver Pint Mug, value 3 l. the Goods of Thomas Stevenson , in his Dwelling House , Dec. 15 .

Thomas Stevenson . I live in Charles street, St. James's . On the 15th of December I lost a Silver Pint Mug; the Prisoner had been drinking out of it, and as soon as ever he was gone, I miss'd it. There had been another Man drinking, in the Room at the same Time out of another, and I suppose when the Man was gone, he gave me the Man's Mug, and went away with that which he had his own Drink in.

Q. How do you know the Mug the Prisoner drank out of from the other?

Stevenson. The Prisoner drank out of an upright Mug, the other was a belly'd one. As soon as the Prisoner was gone, a Man came in for a Pint of Beer, and I then miss'd it. I found the Prisoner on the 3d of March, and took him up on Suspicion, and carry'd him before Justice Margett's, who discharged him, because I could not swear he stole it. As we were coming from the Justice's, I said, now you are discharged you may tell me where the Mug is; well then (says he) come along with me; so he carry'd me to Degan's a Pawnbroker, where he had pawn'd it for 45 s. and there I paid 48 s. 4 d. The Prisoner asked for the Mug, and 't was produced directly; here it is - the very same that I lost, and found again at Dogan's.

Edward Dogan . The prisoner I have known many Years, he brought me this Mug one Evening to pawn, and I lent him 45 s. upon it; I can't swear this is the very same, but 'twas much such an old-fashion'd Thing as this. I do believe this is it, and my Servant told me that Stevenson and the Prisoner had it out together.

Q. How come you to remember what Sort of a Mug the Prisoner drank out of, at this Distance of Time?

Stevenson. I drew him the Beer my self in this upright Mug.

Q. How came you to recollect this? You say he gave you a different Mug at the Time you charge this Fact upon him. Why did not you ask him then, for the same Mug you drew him the Beer in?

Stevenson. Because I did not mind it, till after he was gone.

Several People appear'd to the Prisoner's Character. Acquitted .

Richard Birch.
26th May 1737
Reference Numbert17370526-47
VerdictNot Guilty

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58. Richard Birch , was indicted for that Thomas Killcup having stole 18 lb. of Leaden Pipe,

value 18 d. fixed to the Dwelling House of John Ayres , he the said Birch received the same, knowing it to be stole , March 1 .

John Ayres. Killcup was convicted last sessions for stealing this Lead; he inform'd me where it was sold, and went with me to Birch's House, and ask'd for it, Birch's Wife at first deny'd it, and told me her Husband should come to me about it In the Afternoon; but instead of coming himself, his Apprentice and a Woman came and perswaded me not to give him Trouble. When he was taken up, he confessed he bought it, and told me 'twas his Method, when he bought such Things, to cut them to Pieces and carry them away; then he inform'd me where he had sold this, and beg'd I would not prosecute him.

Q. What did he give for it?

Ayres. A Penny a Pound.

Juryman. That's pretty near the Market Price.

Ayres. He begg'd I would not prosecute him, and said, he had but just got out of such another troublesome Affair.

Spencer Burges. When the Prisoner was taken up, he own'd he had bought the Lead, and said, he was sorry he had done such a Thing, and begg'd he might not be prosecuted, and he told us further, that whenever he bought any Thing in this Way, he always got rid of it as soon as he could.

Prisoner. Mr. Ayres hir'd that Man for a Shilling to swear against me. My Wife bought the Lead, I know nothing at all of it.

Mary Matthias , and Gabriel Richardson , (the Prisoner's Apprentice) gave him a Character.

Ayres. The Prisoner is a Smith in the Back-Lane by Rag-Fair; these two Witnesses are the Persons that came to perswade me to make this Matter up. Acquitted .

Martha Arrowsmith.
26th May 1737
Reference Numbert17370526-48
VerdictGuilty > theft under 40s

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William West.
26th May 1737
Reference Numbert17370526-49
SentenceMiscellaneous > branding

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[Branding. See summary.]

Aaron Mills.
26th May 1737
Reference Numbert17370526-50
VerdictNot Guilty

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61. Aaron Mills , was indicted for assaulting Moses Mills (an Infant of 14 Months old ) with both his Hands and Feet, and throwing it on two different Pavements in Holborn, and Newton-street , and for dashing the Head of the said Infant (so lying on the Pavement) to and against the Posts, by Reason of which throwing on the Pavement, and dashing the Head against the Posts, the said Infant instantly died , May 14 .

It appeared that there was a Dispute between the Prisoner and his Wife, about keeping their Child, that she went away from their Lodging and left the Child for her Husband; he took it in his Arms, and went out to look for his Wife, but being very drunk, the Boys in the Street follow'd him, and teiz'd him; one of whom giving him a Blow on the Legs, he let the Child fall to, or put it down on the Ground (for in this Circumstance the Witnesses differ'd) that he might run after the Boy that had struck him. The Child was taken up, and carry'd into a House, but it dy'd some Hours after.

The Surgeon deposed, that he found 2 large Tumors, one under each Ear, which extended to the Chin, and were occasion'd by a scrophulous Habit of Body; that 2 large Glands in the Neck were filled with Matter, and that there was a Confirmation of the same Disorder in the Intestines. Acquitted .

Old Bailey Proceedings punishment summary.
26th May 1737
Reference Numbers17370526-1

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

Receiv'd Sentence of Death, 4.

John Smith , otherwise Sims, Richard Sampson , John Simmonds , Charles Rogers .

Burnt in the Hand, 2.

William West , and Robert Wilson .

Whipp'd, 1.

Hannah Rayner .

To be Transported, 24.

Robert Wood , John Barret , Peter Thompson , Nicholas Baker , William Darlington , Robert James , John Walker , William Inglebird , James Wilson , John Stubbs , John Dunnick , William Bore , Daniel Dace , Rebecca Parsemore , John Crokat , James Butler , Martha Arrowsmith , James Savell , John Pyke , Ann Anderson , William Walters , Elizabeth Boyle , Thomas Stamford , and Ann Wilson .

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