Old Bailey Proceedings, 2nd May 1739.
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WEDNESDAY the 2d, THURSDAY the 3d, FRIDAY the 4th, and SATURDAY the 9th, of May.

In the 12th Year of His MAJESTY'S Reign.




Right Honourable Micajah Perry, Esquire, LORD-MAYOR of the CITY of LONDON.



Printed and Sold by T. COOPER, at the Globe in Pater-noster Row.

[Price SIX-PENCE.]

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

BEFORE the Right Honourable MICAJAH PERRY , Esq; Lord-Mayor of the City of London; the Right Honourable the Lord Chief Justice LEE, Mr. Baron PARKER , Mr. Serjeant URLIN, Deputy Recorder of the City of London, and others of his Majesty's Justices of Oyer and Terminer for the City of London, and Justices of Goal Delivery of Newgate, holden for the said City, and County of Middlesex.

London Jury.

Robert Bampshire ,

William Hoggard ,

John Nemes ,

William Graves ,

William Chamberlen ,

George Pinkney ,

William Whipham ,

John Buckland ,

Pennington Smith ,

Richard Moss ,

Edward Holloway ,

Nicholas Cook .

Middlesex Jury.

Walter Lee ,

John Perry ,

Andrew Moran ,

John Coppendale ,

William Lewis ,

John Reynolds ,

Francis Threadgold ,

Francis Powell ,

Samuel Lewis ,

Ralph Tesh ,

Roger Blagrave ,

Joseph Lydall .

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234. William Kirkwood , of St. John the Evangelist , wa indicted, for that he, not having God before his Eyes, March the 10th , in and upon James Hunt , did make an Assault; and with both his Hands, the said Hunt, on the Breast, Head, Face, Stomach, Sides and Back, did strike and beat, &c. and on the Ground did cast and throw, giving to him the said Hunt, as well by striking, &c. as by casting him to the Ground, &c. several mortal Wounds and Bruises, of which from the 10th of March to the 17th, at the Parish above-mentioned, and at St. Margaret's, Westminster, he languished, and languishingly lived, and then dy'd .

He was a Second Time indicted on the Coroner's Inquest.

Hannah Ladyman . The Prisoner at the Bar came into our House with his Fellow-Servant , to drink a Pot of Beer; when the Reckoning was to be paid, the Prisoner desired his Companion to lend him a Penny. The Deceased said, damn you, he sha'n't lend you a Penny. Why would you impose upon the Man? The Prisoner said, he did not want to impose upon him, he only desired him to lend him a Penny, and would give it him again. Damn you, says the Deceased, he shall not lend you a Penny. The Prisoner then asked the Deceased if he could not keep his own Company? Upon which the Deceased damn'd his Body and Eyes, and said he would lick him. The Prisoner told him, he did not want to be concerned with him. But, says the Deceased, damn you I will give it you; - I won't make a Disturbance in the House, but I'll go out into the Street, and wait for you; if I wait all Night I'll do your Business, and he accordingly paid Two-pence, and went out of the House. The Prisoner staid in the House half an Hour after the Deceased was gone, and then he went out. Presently I heard a great Noise in the Street, and found them fighting, but I did not see the Beginning of the Battle. This was on a Saturday, and after the Battle was over, the Deceased came into the House, and said, - damn his Eyes and Body, - he would fight him again on Monday Morning.

Prisoner's Q. Did I give him any Affront?

Ladyman. No; none at all, but desired the Deceased to be quiet and easy. I never saw the Prisoner behave any otherwise than quietly and civilly.

John Grace . I saw them both in the Publick House, but I can't say how the Quarrel began: And I saw them afterwards fighting in the Street,

but I can't tell which of them struck first. There was a Cut on the Deceased's Head, and there was Blood upon them both.

Thomas Davis . I saw them fighting in the Street; they were both bloody, and had several Falls, and Blows pass'd on both Sides. The Deceased had a Cut on his Head, which I believe was occasioned by a Fall on the Stones.

Mary Wimpers gave much the same Account.

Catherine Geary . The Deceased came Home that Saturday Night, in Liquor; (as I was inform'd.) The next Morning he complained of his Hip, and Side. His Eyes and Face were black; and he said he had been fighting. I asked him if he was not a Fool, to come off by the worst? Well, says he, if I am better, I will do for him again. He fought on the Saturday, and died the next Saturday.

Hester Holt . The Deceased was brought to our Workhouse, as a Man ill of a Fever, (in a deplorable Condition) on Friday.

Catherine Jones . The Deceased was my Brother. I went to see him while he was ill, and ask'd him how his Illness came; he told me, - by Fighting; upon which I turn'd down the Bed-cloaths, and saw his Neck, Shoulders, Side and Elbow sadly bruised and morrify'd. I ask'd him, who he had fought with; he said, - with an Irishman, - the Prisoner at the Bar; that he was helping to unload four Loads of Beer, and the Prisoner was to give him 6 d. but when the Work was done he would give him but 2 d. so they went to Fighting.

Mr. Westbrook, (Surgeon.) The Deceased was sent to the Work-house, as a Person in a Fever; at the Time of his coming there, he was senseless and delirious. After his Death, the Body was open'd, and there were several Marks of Violence upon it: He had been very much bruised, and the Bruises might hasten his Death; for he was in an ill State, his Bowels were bad, and his Body was very morbid. In all Probability he could not have liv'd but a little Time longer.

William Topliff . I was drinking that Evening with the Prisoner, and when he came to pay the Reckoning, he desired me to lend him a Penny, to prevent his changing a Shilling. The Deceased call'd the Prisoner a Black-guard Dog, for spunging upon a Man, when he saw he was in Liquor, and said, He deserv'd to have his Brains knock'd out: I told him, he was not able to knock the Prisoner's Brains out. After the Deceased had declared, he would fight the Prisoner, he went out; and in about ten Minutes afterwards, I went out, and the Prisoner follow'd me. As soon as I got into the Street, the Deceased struck me down: I lay some Minutes; and the first Thing I saw when I was recover'd and got up, was the Deceased naked, fighting with the Prisoner, who had his Cloaths on. I was knock'd down, so can't tell who struck the first Blow.

Charles Hanford . I was drinking in the House where the Quarrel began, but did not mind what Words pass'd. The Deceased went out first, and waited for the Prisoner's coming out. Topliff, (the last Witness) went out next; the Deceased struck him; and the Prisoner coming out, he (the Deceased) struck him too, and they fell to fighting. People were going to part them, and the Prisoner would have left off, but the Deceased would fight again, and ran after the Prisoner; then they fought again, and the Deceased had a Fall, after which he ran after him to fight again, but the Prisoner ran away from him.

Evan Williams saw the Prisoner coming out of the House, and stopp'd to speak to him. While he was talking to him, the Deceased came up, and pull'd off his Cloaths, saying, - He would fight the best [Man] of them: He advised him to go home, and told him, he was not able to fight; the Prisoner told him, he was going home, and did not want to fight, but the Deceased stripp'd, and would fight; upon which the Witness told him, If he would fight, he must, and so he [the Witness] went about his Business.

The Jury acquitted the Prisoner, and found that Hunt dy'd a natural Death.

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235. Anne Hayes was indicted for stealing 7 s. and 6 d. the Money of Philip Box , from the Person of Eleanor his Wife, Mar 4 . Guilty, 10 d.

[Transportation. See summary.]

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236. John Tipping was indicted for stealing a Silk Handkerchief, val. 3 s. from the Person of Hugh Brodu , Esq ; Mar. 9 . Guilty, 10 d.

[Transportation. See summary.]

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237. Sarah Barnes was indicted for privately stealing a Silver Watch, and Silver Seal, val. 7 l. from the Person of William Hutchinson , Apr. 2 . And,

238. Margery Akers for receiving the same; knowing it to be stole , Apr 2.

William Hutchinson . On the 2d of April I was coming by Spring Gardens, at the Bottom of the Park, pretty much in Liquor, and I met with the Prisoner Barnes, and another Woman not taken; I went with them to the George Tavern in Spring Gardens, and from thence to the Cross Keys in St. Martin's Lane ; while we were there, Barnes came and sat in my Lap, and took my Watch:

I felt it in my Pocket just before, but I miss'd it presently after she had sat in my Lap, and I told the Prisoner I had lost it; upon which she went to the other Woman, and that other Woman ran away; so I laid hold of the Prisoner; and afterwards, upon making Enquiry after my Watch, this Evidence [Watkins] brought it to me.

James Watkins . The Prisoner Akers lives in Lumley Court in the Strand; I happen'd to be with a Friend next Door to Akers's, and she (Akers) came in, and enquired for George Groves , and said, she wanted to get this Watch pawn'd. Groves happen'd not to be at Home, so she gave it me, and went with me to the Rose in Long Acre; we both went in, and she asked three Guineas upon it, the Pawnbroker would lend but two; then she said, he must let her have Two Guineas and a half. He refused, and we were at the Door coming away; but at last she turned about and took the two Guineas. The next Morning I informed the Prosecutor that his Watch was pawn'd; he gave me Money to redeem it, and I returned it to him. This is the Watch.

Hutchinson. This is the Watch I lost:

Watkins. I had heard that Mr. Hutchinson had lost his Watch, and by going sometimes to Akers's House, I saw it; she shewed it me, and said, that was the Watch. She had been talking to me several Times before about it, though I don't know how she came to do it, for I had no Concern in it, - no, none at all. I heard her say, Mr. Hutchinson had been robbed of his Watch, and that this was the Watch.

Prisoner Akers. Ask him whether he did not come to my House and call for a Pint of Wine, and not having Money to pay for it, whether he did not pull out the Watch himself, and desire me to go with him to pawn it, that he might pay me a Shilling for the Wine, and another Shilling for lying in my House all Night?

Watkins. She shewed me the Watch, and went with me to pawn it, for Fear the Pawnbroker should refuse to take it in from me. She herself asked the Pawnbroker to lend her the Money upon it.

Mr. Fraser. This Woman (Akers) keeps a most notorious House, in the Parish of St. Martin's in the Fields; a Harbour for Thieves. She was brought before me, she made no Manner of Defence.

Hutchinson. She owned before the Justice, that she received the Money for the Watch, and was very sorry for it.

James Chapman . I was in Akers's House about a Month ago, and the Evidence [Watkins] came in, and told her, he wanted a Trifle of Money; and if she would lend him a little Matter upon a Watch, he said, he would pay her the Rent which was due to her, from a Friend of his who lodged in a House which she rented at next Door. She refused to lend him Money upon it, (I believe she had none to lend,) but she agreed to go with him to a Pawnbroker's, and I staid in the House till she and the Prisoner came back; and then I heard her say, the young Fellow has pawned the Watch for two Guineas in Long-Acre. He did not stay 3 Minutes in the House before they both went out, in order to pawn it. Akers keeps a private House, but I have often drank Punch there, and the Evidence drank something when he came back, I did not see him drink any thing before.

Akers. He had two Pints of Wine before we went out with the Watch; I had nine Shillings out of the Money he received at the Pawnbroker's, which was due to me from George Groves , a Footman, who is an Acquaintance of Watkins.

Watkins. I never saw this Man (Chapman) in the House, nor have I ever drank with him: Both Acquitted .

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239. Abraham Nash was indicted for assaulting Daniel King on the King's Highway, putting him in Fear, and taking from him a Pair of Leather Shoes, value 2 s. and 4 s. 5 d. in Money , April 12 .

Daniel King. On the 12th of April, between Ten and Eleven o'Clock, I was going from the Talbot Inn in the Strand, with a Basket in my Hand, towards Kensington ; and between Knights-Bridge and The Half-way House, I saw two Men about a hundred Yards from me. The Moon shone bright, and they both passed by me about a Foot. Then the Prisoner turned about and came on my Left Hand; the other on my Right. The Prisoner struck me with the But End of this Pistol on the Stomach; the other laid his Pistol on the Ground, about two Feet from me, and then he kneelled down, and pulled off my Shoes; the Buckles he gave me again, and said, damn you, take them again, - they are good for nothing. Then he pulled off my Breeches, and turned them inside out. The Prisoner demanded my Watch; I told him I had none. Then they damned me, and asked me the Reason why my Breeches Pockets were sewed up? I told them there was some Money in one of the Pockets,

and they searched it, and took from thence three Shillings, two Six-pences, and about Five-pence Half-penny, or Six-pence, in Copper. Then they searched my Basket, and turned the Straw out of it, but hearing some People coming up, they both ran away. My Face was then towards Kensington, so I turned about to follow them, but my Breeches being about my Heels I could not run; but as the Moon shone very bright, I could see them run, 'till they were fifty Yards from me. I saw the Prisoner's Face, and am positive to him; he had a Handkerchief about his Neck, and the same blue and white Striped-Waistcoat that he has on now: His Hat was cocked, and his Cap was pulled a little over his Eyes, but he was so near me, that I could see his Face very plain. As I followed them, crying, Stop Thief! - I am robbed! Mr. Evans met me, and asked me what was the Matter! I told him I had been robbed of my Shoes, and the little Money I had about me, by two Men. A Woman coming by told me, one of them had run down a narrow Passage, not far off; but I said, as I had saved my Life, I would make the best of my Way Home, and would borrow a Pair of Shoes at the Half Way House. When I had got within a hundred Yards of that House, I met with Mr. Gilpin, who asked me what made me go so uneasy? I told him I had been robbed, I described the Men to him, and went directly Homewards; so I can't tell how the Prisoner was taken.

Thomas Colcot . My Brother, my Apprentice, and I were coming from Kensington, on Thursday, April 12, between ten and eleven o'Clock at Night, and between the Half-Way House and Kensington, we met the Prosecutor, and two Men with him. I said, - King! What the Devil do you do without your Shoes! Why, I have been robbed of my Shoes and all my Money, and one of them, says he, had a Striped-Waistcoat on. I was in a Fright for Fear we should be robbed, so we pushed on as hard as we could, and just as we came to Knights-Bridge, in a Bottom, there stood the Prisoner, and two Men on each Side of him. I thought we were beset, and made a little Stand, but one of the Men called me by my Name, and asked me if I had heard of this Robbery? I told them, I knew the Person very well; and I asked them if they knew that young Fellow in the Striped-Waistcoat? No, they said; nobody knew him. I asked him who he belonged to, and where he lived? He told me he lived in Cloth-fair, and was going to Kensington-Gore, to see his Sweetheart, one Mrs. Green's Daughter: I told him it was improper to go a courting without a Coat; he reply'd, he was a Lamp-lighter, and seldom wore a Coat. I said I am afraid you are the Man that committed this Robbery, for you answer King's Description, and somebody holding up a Candle and Lanthorn to his Face, he coloured prodigiously. God forbid, says I, that I should accuse an innocent Man, but you are like the Person that King described. O Lord! (says he) I will go along with you, I won't offer to go away. I thought proper he should be taken into Custody, and he was delivered to the Constable and Beadle.

Prisoner. Was it a very light Night?

Colcot. It was Moonlight, but not very bright: Not light enough to distinguish a Man's Face.

Edward Underwood , Beadle. On the 12th of last Month I was going my Rounds, three Quarters after Ten o'Clock, and at the Corner of Nag's-Head Court, I saw the Prisoner, and heard him ask a Man if he had seen any Body run that Way, for a Person (says he) has been robbed a little higher? I told him no one had run the Way I came, and I enquired which Way the Man was gone who had been robbed? The Prisoner said he was gone towards Kensington, and he very readily went with us a pretty Wav after the Prosecutor, on the Causeway, by Hyde-Park Wall; then we returned, and the Prisoner with us, searched several Courts. As we were searching, I asked the Prisoner his Name; he told me twas Abraham Nash ; that he was a Lamp-lighter ; that he lived in Cloth Fair; that he courted a Girl at Kensington-Gore, and was then going thither. He told us he was about an hundred Yards from King when he was robbed, and that upon his [King's] crying out, he turned back and pursued the Thieves, with King and two other Men, as far as Bear Court, and then King not caring to go any farther, he gave over the Pursuit likewise. Presently after, I was saying - it was a surprizing Thing the Thieves should get off, and we all so near, and upon that the Prisoner began to move away, and was got about 10 Yards from us, when Mr. Colcot came and asked us, if any of us knew the Prisoner? Telling us at the same Time, that he answered the Description that King had given of one of the Men, therefore he spoke to the Prisoner, and after he had asked him several Questions, I took him into Custody, and we went with him to King, at Kensington, and he said directly, - this is one of the Men that robbed me, - this was the Man that held his Pistol to my Breast, and desired me to take Charge of him. These Shoes we found next Morning.

King. They are the same I was robbed of.

George Whiting . I was going my Rounds about Two o'Clock, and found a Coat upon the Threshold of a Door, near the Queen's Head, at Knights-Bridge, and this Pistol under the Coat. It has a Crack on each Side the Trigger, and was loaded very high. Mr. Deveil drew the Charge this Morning, and this is the Ball that was in it.

Mr. Deveil. The Pistol has been in my Custody ever since the Prisoner was brought before me. I drew it this Morning, for it was loaded so high, that I was afraid some Accident might happen.

Samuel Watts . Three Weeks ago, (on a Thursday) the Prisoner and I made an Agreement to go out a robbing. Accordingly we set out from Crown Court, in Chick Lane, to the Wall between, Knights-Bridge and Kensington. We stood Two Hours (I am certain) by the Half-Way House, and let several People pass, who we thought were not worth our Trouble to rob; and then I asked him if we should go Home? No, he said; he wanted Money for the Holidays, and would have it from somebody; so we resolved to attack the first Man we met, which happened to be this Mr. King. I was a little way a-head of [before] the Prisoner, when he demanded his Money and clapped his Pistol to his Breast, but upon his stopping the Man, I turned back, and while he stood with his Pistol in that Posture, I kneeled down and took off the Prosecutor's Shoes, because the Prisoner said he wanted a Pair, so I took them off, - as he bid me. The Prisoner asked me if the Buckles were Silver? The Prosecutor said, - no, they cost him but a Groat, so I gave him them again. When we had got every thing, we went off, and met two Men, and when we had passed them we ran faster. I bid the Prisoner keep along with me; he would not; but ran away from the Causeway down the Middle of the Road, and fell all along. But I observing a Woman to look out of the Window, kept strait along, 'till I came to a little Turning by the White-Bear, and I ran down that Turning, and got over a Wall into Hyde-Park, and so into Grosvenor Square. Then I went Home, and saw no more of the Prisoner 'till I was taken. The Prisoner had two Striped-Waistcoats on, a white Apron, a Cotton-Cap, a white pair of Breeches, and an old Coat, with a plush Cape.

Thomas Cutter . The Coat which the Watchman found, the Prisoner owned to be his, and desired to have it because he had nothing on but a Waistcoat. Mr. Deveil let him have it.

Mr. Deveil. The Prisoner deny'd the Coat to be his when the Watchman brought it; but finding the Evidence strong, he owned it; And said he lent it the Evidence that Night to rob in. The Evidence and the Prisoner were both before me at that Time.

Defence. Catherine Sommerly. Once or twice I have seen the Evidence in a ragged Coat, with a Sort of a Plush-Cape to it. Once he came to our House in it, and said he was going to a Master, to treat with him about lighting his Lamps. Another Time he came in it, and staid half a Day. I live in Short's-Gardens, Drury-Lane.

Mr. Deveil. When the Prisoner was brought before me, he was desirous of being made an Evidence, and if the Prosecutor had not sworn positively to him, I should have consented. He confessed this Robbery, and eleven or twelve more, and accus'd the Evidence of being an Accomplice; upon which I granted a Warrant to take him, [the Evidence] but the Prosecutor could swear only to the Prisoner. I took his Confession in Writing, and only told him that Confession should not be produced against him. I said nothing to him about his Confession, till after King had sworn to him. Guilty , Death .

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240. Elizabeth Etherington was indicted for stealing two Gold-Rings, set with Bristol Stones, value 10 s. a Gold Necklace and Locket, val. 15 s. three Pounds eighteen Shillings in Money, and several other Things, the Property of John Moreton , in his Dwelling House , March 16 . Guilty 39 s.

[Branding. See summary.]

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241, 242. Robert Davy and Thomas Foster were indicted for stealing 60 lb. of Tobacco, value 40 s. the Goods of Persons unknown, April 18 . Both Guilty, 4 s. 10 d.

[Transportation. See summary.]

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243. Henry Carey was indicted for stealing Eighteen Ells of Linnen Cloth, value 50 s. the Goods of Edward Eyre , March 20 Guilty .

[Transportation. See summary.]

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244, Brian Murtogh was indicted for stealing two Pair of Leather Shoes, value 6 s. and two Leather Shoes, value 1 s. the Goods of John Edwards , in his Shop , Feb. 24 . Guilty 4 s. 10d.

[Transportation. See summary.]

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245, 246, 247. Jane Smith and Mary Corker were indicted for privately stealing a Gold Watch and Gold Seat, value, 3 l. from the Person of Edward Spragg , April 2 . And

Thomas Smith for receiving the same, knowing them to be stole .

Edward Spragg. About two o'Clock in the Morning the 2 d of last Month, I was coming

from the King's Arms Tavern in the Strand, and at Charing Cross , at the Entrance of some Court thereabouts, I met with the two Women at the Bar. It was dark, so I have no Knowledge of their Faces, and I was pretty much in Liquor, so I can't answer for it, how far I was prevailed upon to listen to them. I was going to my Lodging in Westminster, and either in the Street, or in the Court, one of them took an Opportunity to pick my Pocket. I suspected them, on their endeavouring to run away, so I seized Jane Smith, and charged her with picking my Pocket: She deny'd it, but I held her fast 'till I got to Whitehall, and then I demanded the Assistance of some Soldiers, and they carried her to the Round-House in St. Margaret's Church Yard, where she was searched, but to no Purpose, and she deny'd the Fact. Presently after, the Beadle, or Constable went out, and took Mary Corker, and I believe she was search'd, and nothing being found upon her, she deny'd it likewise. Next Morning this Man, (George Swindell) came to me and told me he believed he could tell me where my Watch was; and that I must get a Warrant for the Man that had it was a Soldier upon Duty on the Parade. I got a Warrant for him, (Thomas Smith) and the Officer delivered him up to us. At first he deny'd knowing any Thing of it; but when he was before the Justice, and was ordered to be searched, he said he would not give us that Trouble, he had the Watch about him, and produced it directly. When the two Women were before the Justice, Jane Smith owned she picked my Pocket of it: She said she took it out of my Pocket.

Jane Smith. I will take my Tryal when my Husband is cleared; for he was abed and asleep when the Thing was done. Did not you pick us both up, and ask us where we were going? And did we not tell you, we were going where we could pick up a Sweetheart? Upon which you told us you would give us a Glass of Wine in a convenient Place, and make us a Present.

Spragg. I own I met them in the Strand, but 'tis to no Purpose to ask me any Questions, for, as I hope for Mercy, I can't tell what I said to them.

George Swindell. I am a Barber, and shaved and powdered Thomas Smith. He came into my Shop that Morning about Seven o'Clock, and pulled this Watch out of his Pocket, and I looked at it.

Spragg. This is my Watch.

Swindell. This is the Watch the Prisoner (Thomas Smith) shewed me. I saw him afterwards under Arms on the Parade, and having learned at the Round-house that a Gentl man had lost such a one the Night before, I went to Mr. Hilsley, the Constable, and he directed me to Mr. Spragg.

John Hilsley . On Monday Morning, April 2, between Two and Three o'Clock, this Gentleman brought Jane Smith to the Watch-house in St. Margarets Church-Yard, and charged her with picking his Pocket of a Gold Watch in a Court somewhere about Chairing-Cross. I understood by Jane Smith, 'twas done in Northumberland Court. She insisted upon it, that she had it not, and that several other Women were with him, and if it was lost, somebody else had it. The Gentleman was positive that only she and another Woman were with him; upon which I purged her, to know who that other Woman was, and at last she said if it was any body, 'twas Mary Corker, and described her to us. We then secured her, and went out to see after Corker; and hearing by a Watchman, that She and Thomas Smith, the Soldier, were just gone down an Alley, we went after them, and seeing a Man and a Woman before us, I stepped after the Woman, and caught hold of her, [Corker] but the Soldier ran away as hard as he could. We carry'd her to the Watch-house and searched her, but did not find the Watch. However we locked Her and Jane Smith up in the Round-house 'till Morning; and about Nine o'Clock Swindell (the Barber) came and inform'd me he had seen such a Watch in Thomas Smith's-Possession, so we got a Warrant and took him off the Parade; and at Justice Manley's he pulled out the Watch, and said he would not give us the Trouble to search him. After this we sent to fetch the two Women, and at an Alehouse (where we waited 'till the Justice could hear us) Jane Smith confessed she took it out of the Gentleman's Pocket, - yes, damn her Soul she did, and she did not value it, - she had kept a House before now, at Antigua, she said; and (snapping her Fingers) she did not value being sent there, nor going abroad, provided she was not sent to Virginia or Maryland. She owned that while the Gentleman was fond of her, she took his Watch out of his Pocket, and convey'd it to Corker.

Ann Swindell . The next Morning after the Fact was committed, I going to Tothil-street; and seeing a Mob about the Round-house, I made up like one of the Foolish Women, to see what was the Matter: I saw Jenny Smith at the Window,

and Molly Corker was asleep; I bid Jenny wake Molly, and then I asked them, what they were there for? Jenny Smith took a Gold Watch from under her Petticoats, and a black String and a Seal and Key out of her Stocking, which she shew'd me, and said, - Is not this a noble Watch? And Thomas Smith, her Husband, standing at the Window, she gave it to him, and said, - My dear Tom Smith be true to me; he took the Watch from her, and said, - D-mn my Soul if I am not, then he put it into his Pocket.

Jane Smith. This Woman came to the Round-house, to ask Molley Corker for her Cloak; and she told us she was going for two Gallons of Liquor, and would send us a Dram; and she said, that as we had been searched, we might keep the Watch, and might make the most of it; so she took it away with her in some foul Linnen, and carry'd it to my Husband. The Gentleman that pick'd us up told us he had no smaller Money than a Moidore, and must trust to his Honour; I found the Watch in my Cloaths, and as he was so dishonourable as to cheat us, I thought I would not give it him again.

Thomas Smith. I met Mrs. Swindell that Morning in Green's-Alley, and she desired me to carry a dirty Cap and an Apron, and the Watch, to her House: She told me a Man had left it with her for a Pledges so I took it and went to the Barber's, and from thence to the Parade, where I was taken.

Ann Swindell . On my Oath, Smith gave it her Husband through the Window.

Jane Smith, Guilty , Death . Thomas Smith, Guilty . Corker, Acquitted .

[Thomas Smith:Transportation. See summary.]

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248. Hugh Cunningham was indicted for assaulting William Linton on the King's Highway, putting him in Fear, and taking from him a Hat, val. 2 s. 6 d. and a Peruke, val. 5 s. Mar. 4 . Guilty, single Felony, val. 10 d.

He was a second Time indicted for assaulting Mary the Wife of Owen Tudor , on the King's Highway, putting her in Fear, and taking from her a Leghorn Hat, val. 2 s. Mar. 4 . Acquitted .

[Transportation. See summary.]

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249, 250. John Rider and Little George were indicted for breaking and entering the Dwelling-house of William Briggs , about Eight at Night, and stealing 1 Peruke, val. 20 s. the Goods of Agar May , 1 Peruke, val. 5 s. the Goods of William Briggs , and 1 Peruke, val. 1 s. the Goods of a Person unknown , Mar. 13 . Both Guilty, Felony only .

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251. Richard Sedgewick was indicted for stealing a Mare, of a black Colour, val. 3 l. the Property of the Right Hon. Richard, Earl of Burlington , Jan. 23 .

He was a 2d Time indicted for stealing a Gelding, of a brown bay Colour, val 4 l. the Property of John Hooper , Mar. 20 .

He was a 3d Time indicted for stealing a Gelding, of a grey Colour, val. 4 l. the Property of James Gladman and Samuel Ivory , Jan. 16 .

He was a 4th Time indicted for stealing a Gelding, of a Chesnut Colour, val. 3 l. the Property of Richard Hall , Apr. 4 . And

He was a 5th Time indicted for stealing a Gelding, of a brown bay Colour, val. 4 l. the Property of George Edwards , Feb. 2 .

John Goring . I am Servant to the Earl of Burlington. On the 24th of January last, I miss'd a black Mare out of his Lordship's Pastures in the Parish of Chiswick . I made all the Enquiry I could after her, but could hear nothing of her, till the 3d or 4th of April: The Prisoner was then taken upon Mr. Hall's Horse, and being sent to the Round-house, I went to him, and asked him, If he knew any Thing of my Lord Burlington's Mare? He said, if I would let him come out, and go with him to a Publick House, he would tell me what was become of her, and some other Horses: Upon this we took him to an Alehouse, and there he told me the Mare was sold to a one-eyed Farmer at Rochester. I went thither, and found her with one Thomas Wood , who told me he bought her at Maidstone Fair, and that she was there enter'd in the Toll-book. I went to Maidstone to be satisfied; she was enter'd, and the Seller's Name in the Toll-book was not Sedgewick, but Seddock The Prisoner confess'd he took her out of the Meadows, with the Assistance of one Thomas Jones .

Prisoner. 'Tis the first Fact I ever did in my Life: I always behaved handsomely, and work'd under Mr. Goring for my Lord Burlington.

Goring. I am Bailiff under his Lordship, and have the Care of his Farms. In September last I discharged him for some Fault in his Work, not for any Dishonesty.

John Hooper . I lost my Horse the 20th of March, and advertised him, but could not hear any thing of him: But on the 4th of April, as I was going from my House towards Turnham Green, I saw the Chesnut Gelding going by me with a Clog on; the Prisoner met me at the same time, and both he and the Gelding went out of the Way I was walking; but I cast my Eye after him, and saw him pull a Bridle from under his great Coat, or from under his Arm, and put it upon the Horse:

Then I went up to him, and he call'd me by my Name; I asked him his Name, and where he lived? He told me his Name was Sedgewick, and that he lived hard by one William Gardiner upon the Green. I told him, I had lost a Gelding some time ago, and if he could give me any Account of it, I would satisfy him for his Pains. I likewise asked him if he knew of a low-pric'd Horse fit for my Business, that was to be disposed of: Why, (says he) here's a Horse that will do your Business very well; and that was Mr. Hall's Horse, that I had just seen him put the Bridle upon. When the Prisoner was put into the Round-house at Chiswick, he told us he would make an open Declaration if we would take him to a Publick House; we carry'd him to an Alehouse, and there he told me he had disposed of my Horse at a Place call'd Plumb-street, about a Mile beyond Woolwich, to a Man whose Name he did not know, but his Wife (he told me) lived at the Bell in Kent-street. I went into Kent-street, and by enquiring in the Neighbourhood I learn'd that the Woman's Name was Battersea, and that her Husband kept an Ale-house in Plumb-street. My Horse was not a Brown-bay; it was a Dark-brown, almost a Black; and I found him in Plumb-Street, in Battersea's Close, upon which I had a Warrant for him, and the Justice order'd me my Horse again, and I brought him home; but he was again stole away last Saturday was se'nnight.

Samuel Ivory . I have had Satisfaction for my Horse; I never had him again: But I lost him on or about the 16th of January out of our Grounds. When the Prisoner was taken, he was had to the Constable's House, and confess'd that he and his Comerades took the Horse out of our Fields at Chiswick. Ours was a grey Gelding, and was in a Field call'd Manor-house-Field: The Prisoner told me, that as there were more Horses in that Field, his Companions would have taken more, but he would not suffer them. He own'd he had sold our Horse to a Man that keeps a Linnen-draper's Shop at Rochester; I went down to him, and he told me, he believed he had bought the Horse of the Prisoner, and rather than have any Trouble, he was willing to make me Satisfaction for it.

Richard Hall . Mr. Hooper telling me, he saw the Prisoner go over the Common with my Horse, and that he had seen him put a Bridle on him, I pursu'd him and took him at Hammersmith Turnpike, upon my Horse which he had taken off Turnham Green . Mine was a Chesnut Gelding: And when the Prisoner was taken, he was brought back, and confess'd his stealing the Horses of all the People who have been examin'd.

George Edwards . When the Prisoner was taken, as I had lost a Horse, I went to him to enquire after mine: He told me, my Horse was a Brown-bay, and was sold to one Hill, at a Place called Offspring, near Feversham. I went there, and found him, according to the Prisoner's Direction.

Prisoner. I have nothing to say: I am as innocent as the Child unborn; I was led into this Thing very innocently.

Mr. Goring. The Prisoner is a very weak, simple Fellow; and the Prosecutors would be glad to have his Life spar'd, and that he might be transported.

The Prisoner was found guilty on all the Indictments, but Mr. Hooper's .

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252. Elizabeth Hofman indicted for stealing a Pair of Sheets, val, 4 s a Blanket, val. 2 s. and several other Things, of William Wilson 's in her Lodging, let to her Husband by the said Wilson , Feb. 26 . Acquitted .

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253. Richard Tobin was indicted for assaulting Michael Crosby , in a certain Field and open Place, near the King's Highway, putting him in Fear, &c. and taking from him a Hat, val. 2 s. a Peruke, val. 7 s. and 9 s and 4 d. in Money , Apr. 29 .

Michael Crosby. As I was coming last Sunday Night from Black Mary's Hole, with this young Woman in Company, towards London, the Prisoner overtook us in the first Field we pass'd over, and turning upon me he gave me a Jolt. I asked him, What he wanted? And he ask'd me, What I wanted? I told him, I wanted nothing but Civility; upon that he held up this Iron Bar to me, and said, - d - mn you, you Dog, deliver your Money this Moment, or else I will kill you: The young Woman that was with me ran away from me, and I put my Hand in my Pocket to give him my Money; but I was the longer in delivering it, because I was thrusting my Watch into my Breeches, when I had done that, I deliver'd him all my Money, which was 9 s. and 4 d. then he snatch'd off my Hat and Wig; but the Wig falling, and he stooping to take it up, I fell upon him, and beat him, and got the better of him. He begg'd for Mercy; and I told him, he should have it when we came to any Ale-house nigh Town. While I had him upon the Ground, I held him down with one Hand, and with the other I unty'd his Garter,

and bound him. He entreated me to go back with him to Black Mary's Hole, and promised to give me not only my own Money again, but all that he had about him: I knew the Houses about Black Mary's Hole were very bad ones, and as it was about Nine o'Clock at Night, I thought if I went back with him there, I might be stripp'd of all; so I resolv'd to bring him to Town, and had got him about forty Yards from the Place where I bound him, when some People came to my Assistance.

Prisoner. Did I demand your Money?

Crosby. Yes. In the Quarrel he got hold of both my Thumbs at once; I could not disengage myself, so I bit his Nose; that would not untangle me; I was forc'd to tear the Flesh off my Thumb in getting it from him.

Margaret Pinkney . Michael Crosby and I were coming from Islington to Town, and I perceived a Man in a Flannel Waistcoat coming towards us. He jostled against Crosby, and Crosby asked him, what he wanted. I don't know the Man, for it was dark, and I could not see his Face, but I heard him ask Crosby what he wanted; Crosby answer'd, - nothing but Civility then I took to my Heels, and ran away toward the Houses: I desired the People at a Publick House to go into the Fields, telling them a young Man in blue grey was in Danger from a Man in a striped Flannel Waistcoat, and they went out to his Assistance.

Samuel Jones . I was sitting at the Sign of the Apple-tree, at the Corner of Warner street, and this young Woman came in, and said, - For God's Sake come out! - a young Man is set upon by a Man in a striped Flannel Waistcoat, and I am afraid he will be murder'd. I said, If any Body will go with me, I will go to his Assistance; and I asked her her Friend's Name; she told me 'twas Michael: So I went out, and stood at a Stile, and call'd out, - Michael, as loud as I could, but no body answer'd. The young Woman [ Pinkney ] was very much 'frighted, and I was persuaded not to go any farther; but a Link-boy coming by, I snatch'd the Link out of his Hands, and bid him come along with me; I went about 100 Yards into the second Field, and there I met Michael Crosby with the Prisoner: he held the Prisoner by the Nape of the Neck, and had hardly Strength to bring him along, he puff'd, and could only say, - I have got him. The Place where I met Crosby and the Prisoner, is a private Way, which leads from the Corner of Warner-street to Black Mary's Hole; not many People pass that Way. 'Tis a common Foot-path in a Field that joins to the Highway.

Crosby. The high Road runs by the Side of the Field, and there's a cross Path through the Field to Black Mary's Hole.

George Cannon . Last Sunday Night, about Nine o'Clock, these Men, Crosby and Jones, brought the Prisoner out of the Fields to the Corner of Warner-street, (where I was drinking a Pint of Beer). Crosby said, - For God's Sake assist me, - this Man has robb'd me, and us'd me ill. Upon that I caught hold of his Collar, and he had this Knife in his Hand, and was going to stab Crosby directly; but I knock'd the Knife out of his Hand, and he was carry'd before a Justice, and committed to New Prison.

Prisoner. I am a poor Lad, and work'd hard for my Bread. I took a Walk last Sunday Afternoon into the Fields, and quarelling with the Prosecutor, he got the better of me, and charg'd me with robbing him; I bid him use me civilly, and let him take off one of my Garters, and bind me. Did not I go with you civilly?

Crosby. Yes, when I had bound you; because I had got this Iron Bar from him, and threaten'd to beat him with it, if he did not.

Prisoner. Did you not search me before the Justice?

Crosby. He said he had Money of his own about him, when he was carry'd before the Justice; but on searching him, we could find none at all.

Prisoner. Were not my Hands ty'd, and had not Crosby hold of them, and another Hold of my Shoulder? My Hands were ty'd close to me; and they, taking a Knife off the Pavement, - swore I drop'd it.

Jones. His Wrists were ty'd, but not close together: He had the Length of my Finger between his two Hands.

William Leadbeater , William Walker , Henry Vicks , William Webb , Thomas Alderman , and Susan Warren , appeared in the Prisoner's Behalf, and gave him a good Character. Guilty , Death .

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254. James Turner was indicted for stealing four Bushels of Barley, val. 8 s. the Goods of Sir Henry Hicks , Bart . March 12 . Guilty .

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255. John Williams was indicted for breaking and entering the Dwelling-house of John Helot , about two in the Night, and stealing two Silver Watches, value 8 l. the Goods of the said Helot; one Silver Watch, val. 40 s. the Goods of Catherine Vuljohn , and another Silver Watch, value 5l. the Goods of a Person unknown , March 18 . Acquitted of the Burglary, Guilty of the Felony .

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256. Laetitia, alias Alicia, alias Elisha Pike , was indicted for stealing two Holland Shirts , &c. the Goods of John Ward , April 14 . Guilty 10d.

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257. Peter Norman was indicted for stealing 300 and three Quarters of a Pound of Printed Paper, to be made into Books, value 15 l. the Goods of Joseph Hinson in his Warehouse , March 2 . Guilty 4 s. 10.

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258. Ann Morson was indicted for stealing a Linnen-Gown, val. 5 s. and a Cambrick Mob, value 4 s. the Goods of Charles Carr , March 26 . The Prosecutor not appearing, the Prisoner was Acquitted .

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259. Thomas Owen , alias William Freeman , was indicted for stealing two Bottles of Wine, val. 2 s. and seven Pint-Bottles of Palm Sack, val. 7 s. the Goods of John and James Chalie , April 23 . Guilty .

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260. Elizabeth Kidd was indicted for stealing a Silver Watch, val. 40 s. the Goods of James Donalson , from his Person, April 9 .

Donalson. On the 9th of April, at Night, I carried the Prisoner to one Bird's House, in the Coal-Yard, in Holborn ; (I suppose he will be here presently) We called for some Liquor, and after that we asked for a Room, and went up together, &c. This Bird keeps a bad House I believe. - About Ten or Eleven o'Clock, I called for some Liquor; and Ann Bryan (the next Witness) brought up a hot Pint. I felt for Money to pay for it, and missed my Watch, and my Money. There was nobody in the Room but the Prisoner and this Brian, who brought up the Liquor; and I believe the Prisoner is not Guilty, for I take it, - the Evidence [ Brian ] is the Person who convey'd away the Watch.

Ann Brian. I went into the Room with the hot Pint, and saw the Prisoner and the Prosecutor - together. He bid her take Money out of his Pocket to pay me; she did so, and I saw her pull out his Watch, and laid it upon the Cloaths. I bid him give it me, that I might give it Mr. Bird to take of; but the Prisoner said she could take care of it herself. Sometime afterwards he called for a Candle, and said he had lost his Watch and his Money; then he made her move out at her Place, and found 3 s. 6 d. 1/2 under her, which he gave to me, and told me, it was all the Money he had left. After I had been committed to New Prison, and she to Newgate, Mr. Bird said, he found the Watch under some Bricks in the Chimney.

Robert Bird . When Brian was sent to New Prison, she told the Constable, she believed the Watch was in the Room where Donalson and the Prisoner had been together; and she desired him to come to me, and beg that I would search the Room. I did, and found the Watch under two Bricks in the Chimney, at the End of the Grate.

Mr. Wood, Constable. On the 9th of April, the Prosecutor brought Brian and the Prisoner before me, and charged them with stealing a Watch. The next Day I took them before Mr. Deveil, and Brian swore the Prisoner gave her the Watch, but she had given it to her again. When Brian was in the Coach going to New Prison, she told me, - if she could be admitted to the House, she believed the Watch would be found. I left that Notice at Bird's House, and in about two Hours Time Bird came to my House, and told me he had found the Watch in the Chimney.

The Court reprimanded Donalson for his Conduct, and the Jury Acquitted the Prisoner.

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261. John Gilbert was indicted for stealing two Linnen Shirts, val. 12 s. &c. the Goods of Robert Graidon , and a Silk Handkerchief, val. 6 d. the Goods of Margaret Sparrow , Feb. 23 . Acquitted .

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262. Lewis Hudson was indicted for stealing two double deal Boards, value 2 s. 6 d. the Goods of Edward Staple , April 8 . Acquitted .

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263. William Grey was indicted for stealing a Watch with an Out-side and Inside Case made of Silver, val. 39 s. and a base Metal Seal plaited over with Silver, val. 4 d. the Goods of John Guy , March 3 . Guilty .

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264. Samuel Masters , of St. Ann's, Westminster , was indicted for stealing 20 lb. of Lead, value 8 d. fixed to the Freehold Mesluage, or Tenement of the Rt. Hon. Thomas, Lord Onslow , April 12 .

James Gibbins . I have a Lease of two of my Lord Onslow's Houses in Tyburn Road ; we were repairing them; and the Lead was upon them. I can only say, I was called up early in the Morning, and saw it rolled up, ready to be taken away.

Peter Ponsir . I am a Watchman in Tyburn-Road. I was going my Rounds the 10th Day of April at Twelve at Night, and heard a Noise in the empty House, and I called my Brother Watchman to stand at the Door, while I went into the House. I found the Prisoner in the Garret, and the Lead and some Casements were by him. As soon as he saw me, he collered me, and asked me what Business I had there. Then he pushed by me, and ran down Stairs into the Cellar, and

from thence up another Pair of Stairs and hid himself in a Closet, where we found him, and he told us be intended to do all the Mischief he could that Night. The Lead and four Casements were rolled up, ready to be carry'd away.

William Collins . I was called to assist my Brother Watchman, and stood at the Cellar Door. The Prisoner came down Stairs, and slipped thro' the Joists into the Cellar; but upon seeing my Lanthorn he run up Stairs and hid himself in a Closer, where we found him. When we seized him, he told us, he had been that Night with the Overseers of the Parish, and they would not allow him any Thing for his Subsistance, so his Design was to do all the Mischief he could that Night.

Prisoner. I lay two Nights before in the House; he knows I did, and had a Fire there; for I had no Money to pay for a Lodging, and they knew that I was in the House. There was a Noise in the House; (I heard it:) so they came in, and took me away for the Sake of Twenty Shillings; which the Parish allows, for every Person they can convict. When they attempted to take me away, I scuffled with them, as well as I could, and in the Scuffle I tumbled down Stairs.

Ponsir. I did give him Leave to lye in the next House, and another Man was with him, but not in the House where he was taken.

Jury. This Man has been a Parishioner in that very Parish for some Years, and has served Offices in the Parish. He kept a Publick House in this very House a great While, but he is now lame and reduced so low, that one of our Jury-Men at a Club-Feast made a Collection for him, to keep him from Starving. The Parish ought to do something for him. The Court censured the Parish's ill Usage of the Prisoner. Acquitted .

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265. Mary Timself was indicted for stealing a Silver Pepper Box, val. 5 s. the Goods of Sarah Olivers , March 9 . Acquitted .

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266. Thomas Savage was indicted for stealing 16 Chickens, value 6 s. the Goods of Thomas Booth , April 30 . Guilty .

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267. Francis Knaston was indicted for stealing 5 Barrels of Pitch, value 35 s. the Goods of William How , Esq ; April 20 . Guilty .

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268. John Trotter , of St. Mary Le Strand , was indicted for stealing 40 Ells of Holland, value 30s. 22 Pieces of Buckram, value 10 l. 15 Gross of Braid for Stays, value 7 l, 15 Gross of Galloons, value 8 l. 3 Pieces of white Buckram, value 18 s. 15 Pieces of Canvas, value 15 s. 3 Pieces of brown Buckram, value 3 s. and 6 Pieces of Ticken, value 2 s. the Goods of Thomas Doughty , in his Dwelling House , April 8 .

Thomas Hitchins , Constable. I searched the Prisoner's Lodgings in Vine street, near Round Court in the Strand, in the Presence of Mr. Doughty, and one or two more. These are the Goods we seized, some were produced before Justice Fraser, the rest were in a Cart near the Justice's Door. I sealed the Bags up into which they were put; the Goods in them are what we found in the Prisoner's Lodging, and they have been in my Possession ever since, without any Alteration at all.

Mr. Doughty. These are my Goods; they were in my Shop, and were stole from thence. This is a Piece of my Buckram, and I know it by my Stamp at each Corner; and I was present when this and the rest of the Goods were taken at the Prisoner's Lodgings. Here is another Piece of Buckram; and this is my Silesia Holland, I bought of this Gentleman: He and his Clerk are here to vouch they are my Goods. About nine Weeks ago I had the Misfortune to have an Iron Bar fall on my Leg, by which Accident I was confin'd for seven Weeks to my Chamber. The Prisoner went away from me two or three Days before the Accident happen'd; so I had not Time to examine my Shop till I was recover'd; and then several of my Customers told me, they could buy Goods cheaper of the Prisoner than they could of me: I thought that was strange, and suspecting they might be my Goods, I cast up my Shop, and found by my Bills of Parcels, that I had lost 150 l. Worth of Goods.

Counc. What Quantity of Goods did you find at his Lodgings?

Doughty. Here are several Parcels which I cannot swear to. I can be positive to these two Pieces of Buckram, and three Pieces of Silesia Holland, and these three Pieces of White; here's my Stamp on them. There are more Buckrams, but we have not produced them all.

Counc. How many Pieces can you be positive to?

Doughty. About ten Pieces, - all mark'd with my Mark. Here's seven Pieces of White, which I am positive to; they are stamp'd at each Corner, and here's the Man who made this Stamp for me.

Counc. How long had the Prisoner been gone from you when you miss'd the Goods?

Doughty. About a Month, or better.

Prisoner's Q. Was not you arrested for Wages due to me, before I was charged with this Robbery?

Doughty. Yes; and I had a Suspicion of him then, but I had not Time to examine my Books: I remember I said to the Officer, - There's something extraordinary in this Man, for he us'd to go like a Nobleman. I paid him 10 l. a Year, Wages, and sent to him in Order to pay him before I was arrested. He was my Servant , and I trusted him to sell in the Shop; but these Goods which we found in his Lodgings, could not be sold in my Shop, by my Directions, I am sure they were not: I miss'd to the Number of 50 Pieces of Goods.

Counc. How long before you miss'd these Goods, had you seen them in your Shop?

Doughty. I can't tell certainly; because I have a great Quantity of them.

Prisoner's Q. Might not those Goods be sold out of the Shop with the Mark on them?

Doughty. As he was trusted to sell Goods in the Shop, he must sell them with the Mark on them. It was his Business to sell in the Shop, and to keep my Books.

Prisoner's Q. Did not you settle Accounts with me, and cast up the Books, before you parted with me.

Doughty. No.

John Doughty , junior. I went with my Father and the Constable to the Prisoner's Lodging, where these Goods were found. I have been conversant with my Father's Shop and Business ever since last March was Twelvemonth, and know these Goods are my Father's: I believe they might have been in the Shop about three or four Months before they were miss'd. I attended in the Shop while my Father's illness lasted, (which was near seven Weeks) for the Prisoner had been gone about two Days before; and no body did Business in the Shop, while my Father was ill, but myself.

Counc. Did you miss any Quantity of Buckrams out of the Shop, before your Father came down into the Shop?

Doughty junior. No. But when he came down, he was sensible (upon searching the Shop) that a great many Pieces were wanting.

Prisoner's Q. Can you say these Goods were not sold out of the Shop?

Doughty junior. Yes. If they were sold, they were never enter'd in the Books, nor did we ever receive a Farthing for them.

Counc. What is the Value of the Goods that lye before you?

Doughty junior. About 10 l. and the Value of the Buckrams that we can swear to is about 5 l.

James Collins . I stiffen'd these Pieces of Buckram for Mr. Doughty; I believe these have been stiffen'd about a Quarter of a Year: I know they are his Goods, and were done at my House; for we always stamp every Persons Goods with their own Mark. We have a Penny a Yard for Stiffening them. I have look'd over about a Dozen Pieces, and can't say whether this Piece may not have been stiffen'd a Twelvemonth ago.

David Harper I know the Prisoner, and went to his Lodging the 28th of last Month, to look on some Buckrams that he had to dispose of; and I bought these two Pieces, at 6 d. a Yard, of the Prisoner at the Bar, which is cheaper than the Market Price by 2 d. a Yard. I am a Taylor, and the usual Price is 8 d. I bought these two Pieces by Mr. Doughty's Direction, that he might see whether they were his Goods. I believe this Buckram was never bought unstiffen'd under 6 d. a Yard.

DEFENCE. Prisoner. I sold these Buckrams in Mr. Doughty's Shop, to a Gentleman that was going Abroad, with many other Goods; the Money for them was received and book'd, and I can prove when the Goods were delivered: But the Person not going the Voyage that he expected, he told me the Goods would be of no Use to him, so I bought them again of him.

Mr. Fraser. When the Prisoner was brought before me, I asked him how he came by so large a Quantity of Goods? He told me they had been Mr. Doughty's Goods, but he bought them of a Surgeon, who had paid Mr. Doughty for them, and was now gone Abroad.

Prisoner. The Gentleman who bought them of Mr. Doughty did not go the Voyage he expected, so I took the Goods off his Hands, and paid him 18 Guineas for them. This was in the Month of November, and they were lodg'd at a Friend's House, till I left my Master, then I took them to my Lodging. As to the Galloons, I buy my Goods of the Makers and Hawkers, and they must sell to more People than Mr. Doughty. The Day after I left him, I went to him for my Wages, and he used me very civilly, but did not pay me then; and three or four Days after that he heard

I was ill, he sent and offer'd me my Money; however, I was not paid, and I brought a Writ against him for it.

Mr. Doughty, senior. The Prisoner came to me the latter End of December, and went away in February last.

David Fryer . In November last the Prisoner brought some Buckrams to my House, while he was in his Master's Service, and he took them away about eight or ten Days after he had left him: They came either by a Porter, or a Cart, and were after wards carry'd to his Lodging; he told me he had them of one Mr. Brown. I can't tell whether these are the same Pieces that were at our House, but they were the same Sort of Goods; and the Prisoner himself desired me to let him leave them at my House.

Robert Skinner . I have dealt with the Prisoner lately: I sold him 11 Pieces of white Linnen on the 17th or 18th of last Month, and he paid me for them; but these Goods that are now produced are none of them which I sold him. He bought no other Goods of me but what are mentioned in this Bill of Parcels. I have known him five Years; and never knew of his being given to pilfering, nor ever knew him suspected before.

Mr. Hyde. I know the Prisoner: I have sold him brown Irish Linnen, but there are none of them among the Goods now produced.

Mr. Clavey. I have sold the Prisoner two small Parcels of Irish Buckrams, at 10 1/2 d. (I think) a Yard, for the Use of Stay-makers: These that are produced are of another Sort; these are for Taylors, they are Scotch Buckrams, and are not what I sold him.

Col. Sinclair. About two Years ago the Prisoner came out of the Country, and brought me a Letter of Recommendation from my Sister, the Lady Beard, wherein she desired me to get him into some Shop-keeper's Service, and told me therein, that he had an honest Character, and could keep Books, and that she should take it as a Favour if I could get him recommended as a Book-keeper; and I accordingly spoke to some People, in order to get him into Business: He has an Uncle at Edinburgh, who is a Shop-keeper, and a Man of a fair Character. I never heard the Prisoner was addicted to Pilfering.

Mr. Lindsay. The Prisoner I know serv'd his Apprenticeship with one Mr. Stewart, at Edinburgh, and had a good Character while he was there. His Uncle is a considerable Dealer at Edinburgh, but I can't say I know any Thing of the Prisoner's Character since he came here.

Mr. Brown. I have known the Prisoner ever since he came to Mr. Doughty. I took him to be an honest Man, and have heard Mr. Doughty say he believ'd him to be so; and that the Prisoner gave such Satisfaction to his Customers, that they chose to be serv'd by him, and by none but him. I never heard any Thing laid to his Charge, or that he was addicted to Pilfering before.

James Russel . The Prisoner had lodged in my House when he was taken up, eight Weeks and two Days; he behaved soberly, liv'd moderately, and I never heard him swear in my Life. He used to bring in Goods in the Day-time, and People used to come to him to buy them.

- Warren. I have known him a Year last November; he bore a universal good Character. I am a Hair-cutter; and he used to come to my Shop to have his Hair done up: I was once drinking with him and Mr. Doughty's Son, and I would have had another Tankard, but he would go home, because it was about Ten o'Clock.

Mr. Fryer. I have known him about eight Years, and never knew any Thing amiss of him in my Life. Guilty, Death .The Jury recommended the Prisoner to his Majesty's Clemency .

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269. John Talbot was indicted for stealing ten Ounces of Silk, val. 15 s. the Goods of James Lanning , Mar. 12 . And,

270. Tabitha, Wife of William Talbot , was indicted for receiving the same, knowing it to be stole . John Talbot, Guilty . Tabitha, Acquitted .

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271. Jeremiah Whitehouse was indicted for stealing an Iron Chain, val. 2 s. 6 d. the Goods of the Governor and Company of the New River Water , brought from Anwell and Chadwell to London, Jan. 11 . Acquitted .

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272, 273. * Abraham> Wells , and Daniel Wells , of Endfield were indicted for stealing a brown Mare, val. 2 l. 10 s. the Goods of Ralph Sympson , May 23. in the 9th Year of the King .

* Abraham Wells and his Wife were Evidences on Bonner's Trial for a Robbery on the Highway. They swore that Bonner was at the Grey hound in Smithfield, at the Time when the Robbery was committed; but the Perjury being detected, they, and two other Witnesses, viz, Lyon and Story, were committed in Court. See Session-Book 1736, No. 7. p. 176.

The next Sessions Wells and his Wife, and John Lyon , were convicted of Perjury on the above-mention'd Trial. Story dy'd in Newgate. See Sessions-Book, No, 8. p. 206.

Ralph Sympson . I lost a brown Mare from Endfield Chace three Years ago this May; and I never have seen her since, nor can I charge the Prisoners.

Simon Lewis . I was with the two Prisoners, and another Man, (a Stranger) when they took Mr. Sympson's Mare, and help'd to take her; we took her from Old Pond Course on Endfield Chace.

Sympson. I put her there, and lost her from thence.

Lewis. It was on the 23d of May, in the Year 1736; I don't know what they did with her, for after I had caught her for them, I went to sold my Sheep. They were to give me 10 s. for my Pains, but when they had got the Mare, they never gave me any Thing. The Reason I did not discover this sooner was, because I was loth to blow myself to the World; but when they came to swear for Bonner the Highwayman, I foreswore their Company, and deserted them ever since. Another Reason I did not discover them was, because Abraham Wells is my Brother-in-Law. I never have been easy in my Conscience since it was done, and I have been sick and like to die, so I resolved to ease my Mind, and let the World know how they live.

A. Wells. Why did not you charge me before? This Man indicted me at Doctor's Commons about eight Years ago. I never had to do with him in my Life, - I never knew him.

D. Wells. I know nothing of the Matter.

John Chapman . I have known Abraham Wells a pretty while, 5 or 6 or 7 Years. I don't live near him; but I arrested his Brother-in-Law, and he said he would get Wells into Newgate. As to having heard any Ill of them, - I can't say, - I can't say nothing to that.

Edward Gore . I am call'd, but I never saw either of them in my Life.

Benjamin Garland . I have known Abraham about three or four or five Years; as to his Character, - really, I can't say as to his Character, - only I never heard no Ill of him, - nor have I ever heard any Good of him. I live at Waltham Abbey.

Benjamin Parnel . I have known Abraham Wells eight or nine Years: He has the Character of a very great Rogue.

Prisoner. That's a Brother-in-Law of mine: He took all my Goods when I was confin'd in Goal.

Parnel. But the Prisoner had my Money for them. As to Daniel Wells, I never saw him till the Night he was taken, on Lewis's impeaching him: He has but an indifferent Character.

Christopher Woodham . I have known Abraham seven or eight Years: His general Character is but a very indifferent one. I don't care to say any Thing farther.

A. Wells. Why I have dwelt with you, - and paid you honestly.

Woodham. Yes, so you have

John Keys . I have known Abraham five Years: He has but a very indifferent Character. He threaten'd to ruin me. - I know nothing of Daniel.

Samuel Wibert . I have known Abraham eight or nine Years: He is a Man that bears a bad Character. I know nothing of Daniel.

Henry Long . I have known him twelve Years: He has but a very slender Character. I could say more, if your Lordship would hear it. - He's a very bad Neighbour, in respect to Stealing; he has a bad Character that Way, and gets his Bread by it.

A. Wells. Did not I pay you, when I dealt with you?

Long. Yes; and you have eat me out again very handsomely.

Richard Fletcher . I have known Abraham eight or nine Years; I never heard a Man have a worse Character in my Life, except a Murtherer: The first Time I saw Daniel was when he was taken at Epping; he has a bad Character there.

John Slighter . I have known Abraham ten Years. His Character is bad: - no one's worse. I have no great Knowledge of Daniel, - I know nothing of his Character.

William Green . I have known Abraham Seven or Eight Years. His General Character is base, - none's worse. I heard that he's a very dishonest Man, using his Neighbours ill. I have heard much to his Dispraise.

James Elson . I have known Abraham Twelve Years: I never heard any Character of him, but that of a Thief, since I have known him. I have known Daniel a pretty while. I don't know much of him - he lives in another Country, but I have heard from several of his Neighbours, that he has a bad Character.

A. Wells. When I dealt with you, did not I pay you honestly?

Elson. I never dealt with you at all.

Daniel Wells . Who is it that gives me a bad Character?

Elson. All the Butchers that come from Epping, say you are as bad as Abraham, and that there's no Difference between them.

William Yarrow . I have known Abraham Seven or Eight Years. His general Character is very bad. I know nothing of Daniel.

Daniel Wells. They know nothing of me, nor do I know any thing of them.

Abraham Wells. My Wife swore the Peace against Lewis's Wife, and because I would not give him a Guinea to give my Wife, he swore (with a great Oath) he would swear something against me.

Lewis. There has not been any Quarrels between us lately: My Wife and his Wife may have differed: That's nothing to me. Both Guilty , Death .

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274. Thomas Top was indicted for stealing a green Baise-Waistcoat, value 3 s. 6 d. the Goods of George Pymer , April 5 . Acquitted .

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275. John England was indicted for stealing 11 Pewter Plates, value 8 s. the Goods of Thomas Collet , April 23 . Guilty .

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276. Thomas Smith was indicted for stealing a Great Rug-Coat, value 5 s. and a Cloth Coat, value 5 s. the Goods of Charles Barlow , April 17 . Guilty .

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277. Crispianus Whitaker was indicted for stealing a Linnen Shirt, value 6 s. a Pair of Shag Breeches, value 10 s. and other Things, the Goods of John Dennis , and a Cloth Coat, the Goods of William Powers , March 5 . Guilty .

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278. Mordecai Basson was indicted for stealing a Pewter Gallon-Pot, value 2 s. the Goods of Edward Merryfield , May 1 . Guilty .

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279. John Bone was indicted for stealing 48 lb. of plat Leads, value 6 s. the Goods of John Gilham ; and 12 lb. ditto, the Goods of Nicholas Butler , April 23 . The Prosecutor not appearing, the Prisoner was acquitted .

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280, 281. Daniel Neeves , and William Disney , were indicted for stealing a Pewter Gallon Pot, value 3 s. the Goods of Robert Miller , Feb. 22 . Neeves Guilty . Disney Acquitted .

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282. John Stevens was indicted for stealing a Silver Tankard, value 6 l. the Goods of Edward Plummer , in his dwelling House , April 13 .

Edward Plummer. The Prisoner came to my Lodgings in Strand Lane , under Pretence of looking at them, and treating about them. I saw him there about Five Days before the Tankard was taken away. I can only say, the Tankard is mine, and is was lost the 10 th. of April.

Jane Plummer . The Prisoner had been three or four Times in the Room to look at the Lodgings, before I missed the Tankard. He came on the 10th of April, to meet my Husband, and be informed from him, whether he designed to quit them, or no. The Tankard stood on a turn-up Bed in the Room, and was worth six Pounds, and more.

Sarah Manning . While the Prisoner waited in the Room, he gave me a Shilling to fetch a Pot of Beer, and I went to the Ale-house to fetch it. While the Beer was drawing for me, my Mother-in Law (Jane Plummer) came to me, and asked if the Man came in there, I told her no; why says she, he has got the Tankard and is gone away. Upon this we went to look after him, and found him walking with another Man, in the King's-Bench Walks, in the Temple. I ran to this Gentleman, (the next Witness) and told him, he had got my Father's Tankard, so the Gentleman cry'd, Stop Thief, and we got the Tankard again.

Francis Dean . On the 10th of April, about Seven in the Evening, I met the Prisoner in Serjeant's Inn, in Fleet street, and saw his Hand under his Apron, with either a Silver Mug, or a Tankard in it, for Part of the Silver was cover'd with his Apron, and Part was uncovered. This Girl (Manning) coming up, and telling me, that Man had got her Father's Tankard, I pursued him and got up to him, upon which he threw the Tankard with such Violence from him, that it rebounded two Yards, and had I not got out of the Way, I believe he would have broke my Legs with it. Mr. Evans (the next Witness) took it up, and I pursued him to the Steps in Red-Lyon Court, in Fleet street, and there he was taken.

John Evans . On the 10th of April this Girl [Manning] came to me under the Piazza's in the Temple, and took me by the Sleeves, and said, - That Man (pointing to the Prisoner) has got my Father's Tankard under his green Apron; upon that I cry'd Stop Thief, and pursu'd him cross Tanfield Court into the King's Bench Walks, and through the Maidenhead Alehouse into Serjeants Inn, and there he threw the Tankard out of his Hand, I took it up, and carry'd it to the Prosecutor, and he own'd it.

Mr. Plummer. It was my Tankard.

Prisoner. I was drinking at the Maidenhead Ale-house, and hearing a Noise, I went out to see what was the Matter, so they pursued me, and took me.

William Turner . I have known the Prisoner many Years, I believe he is just in his Character. I keep a House in Cross street, in Hatton Garden. He loged with me for some time, and paid me justly and honestly. I don't know that he wronged me.

Another Witness had known the Prisoner a Year and a half; and another ten or twelve Years; both of them had never heard any Thing ill of him, nor that he had been guilty of any Dishonesty. Guilty , Death .

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283. Thomas Coleman was indicted for stealing two Wrought-Iron Boxes, value 15 s. the Goods of John Pullin , March 7 . Guilty, 10 d.

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284. John Cope was indicted for stealing two Gold Rings, value 16 s. the Goods of John Fox , in his Shop , April 6 . Guilty 4 s. 10 d.

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285. Joseph Cole was indicted for stealing 2 s. the Money of Sarah Pitman , April 23 .

Sarah Pitman . The Prisoner broke open my Son's House, - he broke a Pane of Glass, and opened the Casement; then he went through his Room into mine, and took 2 s. - I don't know it was so, - but by his own Confession.

Prisoner. I never had the Money, not did I confess it.

Thomas Corleys . The Prisoner is my Apprentice. I have had him ever since the 4th of August. I heard him confess, That he took a Pane of Glass out of the Casement, and got into the House; and, that he then went up Stairs into my Mother in-Law's Room, and took 2 s.

Jury. We desire to know if the Prisoner is not a Parish-Apprentice ?

Corleys. I took him from the Parish, - but I don't want to keep a Thief in my House. Acquitted .

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286. Sarah Clacey was indicted for stealing 3 lb of Beladine Silk, value 3 l. the Goods of John Bun , April 12 . Acquitted .

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287. Joseph Hitchins was indicted for stealing seven Pair of Yarn Hose, value 6 s. the Goods of Neal Campbell , in his Shop , March 12 . Guilty 4 s. 10 d.

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288. Honour Bowlin was indicted for stealing two Leather Boots, value 14 s. the Goods of John Deck , April 6 . Guilty 4 s. 10 d.

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289. James Mayham was indicted for stealing five Pair of Black Silk Stockings, value 30 s. the Goods of Jane Clousingar , March 17 . Guilty 4 s. 10 d.

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290. Abraham Hughes was indicted for stealing 14 lb. of Sheeps Fat, value 3 s. the Goods of Edward Allman , March 20 . Acquitted .

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291. Lydia Parker was indicted for stealing six Delf-Cups, value 1 s. and six Delf Saucers, val. 1 s. and an Earthen-Plate, value 2 d. the Goods of Robert Lane , Feb. 14 . The Prosecutor not appearing, the Prisoner was acquitted .

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292. George Ridgeley was indicted for stealing one Augur, one Adz, a Steel Maul, and a Padlock , March 19 . Acquitted .

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293. John Williamson was indicted for stealing two Pair of Silver Buckles, value 10 s. the Goods of John Holland , in his Shop , May 4 . Guilty, 4 s. 10 d.

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294, 295. William Bull and Adam Stanton were indicted for Assaulting David Parry in the King's Highway, putting him in Fear, and taking from him three Shillings and a Penny Half-penny in Money , March 18 .

The Witnesses were examined a-part.

David Parry . About Nine o'Clock at Night, on the 19th of March, as I was coming over Tower-Hill , I was stripp'd of my Money, but who took it, I can't tell. I can give no Manner of Account of my being attacked, or having a Squabble, but I did not carry home one Farthing of Money. I had been at Lambeth, and carried Money out with me, and the last Publick House I was at, was on London Bridge. And I remember I parted with a Friend at the Monument, and that somebody took my Money from me on Tower Hill, but who they were that did it, I can't tell, nor what passed between us; but I lost 3 s. and some Half-Pence upon Tower-Hill. I'm sure it was there.

Achilles Dent . The two Prisoners and I, made an Agreement to go a-thieving on the 18th of March last -

Prisoner. And the former Witness swore to the 19th.

Parry. It was the 18th of March, - I am sure 'twas on a Sunday Night I was robbed.

Dent. They and I went out a Thieving; we went out first upon the Water, and got into two Sloops, but we could make no Hand of it, and being pursued, we came ashore, and as we were going over Tower-Hill, Bull said, the first Man we met, he would have his Money or his Life. And happening to meet Mr. Parry, we held him, while Bull searched his Pockets. He pulled out a Penknife with a Buckshorn Handle, and threatn'd to rip out his Guts if he did not deliver his Money. We took three Shillings and one Penny Half-penny from him, and divided one Shilling and a

Half penny a piece. I never saw the Prosecutor before that Night, to my Knowledge, but I heard his Name, for while Bull was rifling his Pockets, he said, don't hurt poor Mr. Parry, for he is a Man that hurts nobody. When the Prisoners were carry'd before the Justice, and Mr. Parry was sent for, Bull, as soon as he saw him, said to a Gentleman that stood by him, - here comes the Jamming Cull, (meaning the Man that was to hang him.)

Prisoners. How come you to find out Mr. Parry so soon?

Dent. After we had robbed him, we followed him down Rosemary Lane, and I took Notice where he went in.

Thomas Sullivan . I was at the apprehending the two Prisoners, and Bull told me, if he had thought he should have seen my ugly Face, he would have been many Miles off. When they were before the Justice, Black Sam [Stanton] desired me to speak to the Justice, that he might be admitted an Evidence, for says he, this Evidence (Dent) can speak to nothing but this Robbery, and I can speak to four or five more, he (Dent) has not been long enough with us to tell of any more than this one.

Bull. If Col. Williamson was here he would secure Sullivan, for sending Men to France.

John Miller . I am a Servant to the Keeper of New Prison. The two Prisoners and Dent were brought to us at Twelve o'Clock at Night, and the next Morning were carry'd before Mr. Justice Farmer; the two Prisoners were hand-cuff'd, and the Evidence had an Iron on: When they were before Mr. Farmer, Dent told us where Mr. Parry liv'd, and a Porter was sent for him, but he return'd, and could not find the House; upon which Mr. Farmer order'd me to go with Dent, and see if we could find it; so we went out together, and he carry'd me to it, and told me at that Time, that the Man's Name was Parry; I enquired at the House for Mr. Parry, and his Wife told me he belong'd to the Custom-house, and was not at Home, but he should come between Two and Three o'Clock; and he accordingly came, and gave an Account of this Robbery. As to the Knife which the Evidence mentions, I search'd Bull, and took it out of his Pocket the Morning he was hand-cuff'd: I heard the Evidence mention before the Justice, that while they were rifling the Man, he said, Don't hurt poor Mr. Parry, &c. When we had been before the Justice, Bull snatch'd up a Pint Pot, and gave the Evidence such a Knock with it, that I thought he had beat his Brains out.

Bull. And I had Reason enough, when he was about to swear my Life away.

Miller. This is the tenth or twelfth time that Bull has been tried for his Life.

Jury. How came this Evidence to be taken up?

Dent. I was taken up on one Emanual Hubbard's Information; and was in Custody, but he could not find a Prosecutor.

Bull. When the Thief-Takers caught us, they said, There was 280 l. dead Money for them. I was born in Colchester, and have no Friends, but I am not to be cast for that.

Stanton. I have no Friends; I was born in Antigua.

Both Guilty of Felony * only.

* N. B. Robbery is a felonious and violent taking away from the Person of another, Goods to any Value, putting him in Fear: Now the Jury were of Opinion, there was not sufficient Evidence of the Violence, (in which Case the Law would presume putting in Fear) and that it was no more than a private taking from the Person.

Adam Stanton was a 2d Time indicted for stealing 50 Yards of Scotch Plaid, val. 4 l. the Goods of Robert Hall , in his Shop , Feb. 25 . And,

296. Elizabeth Davis for receiving the same, knowing it to be stole .

Stanton, Guilty, 4 s. 10 d. Davis, Guilty .

William Bull was a 2d Time, and Adam Stanton a 3d Time, indicted for stealing a Huckaback Table-cloth, val. 7 s. two white quilted Petticoats, val. 10 s. two Huckaback Napkins, val. 2 s. and other Things , the Goods of Elizabeth Bate , Mar. 5 . Both Acquitted .

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297. Joseph Casey was indicted for assaulting William Hanks , on the King's Highway, putting him in Fear, &c. and taking from him a Pair of Silver Shoe-buckles, val. 7 s. 6 d. a Silver Stock-buckle, val. 2 s. 6 d. a Silver Watch, val. 5 l. and three Shillings and Two pence in Money , Apr. 8 .

William Hanks . On the 8th of April, a little before Twelve at Night, I was robbed as I was coming through a Court near Knaves-acre, of a Silver Watch, a Pair of Silver Shoe-buckles, a Stock-buckle, and some Money, but I can't tell what it was, for I was pretty full of Liquor. I

can't be positive who robb'd me, but I know I was assaulted by three or four Persons, and I believe the Prisoner was not one of them that robb'd me, - I believe he was the Man that came up to assist me; but the Thief-takers have told me, that if I would swear his Life away, I should have a Share of the Reward. Some of them deserve Hanging more by half than the Prisoner.

The Foreman of the Jury. The Prisoner works for two reputable Men, and has a good Character.

William Attley was call'd, but did not appear.

Alice Taber . I and Martha Jones were going down Swallow-street, and we met the Prosecutor; we asked him to give us a Dram, and we carry'd him to a Cellar in Peter-street, where we drank six or seven Penn'orth of Gin: As we were drinking, down comes Joseph Casey (the Prisoner,) and ask'd the Prosecutor, (Hanks) if the Buttons on his Coat were Silver? Hanks said, yes; then d - mn my Blood, says the Prisoner, I have a good Mind to cut them off, and before I leave him I will have his Scout, (his Watch); then he asked me, whether I would consent for him to take it? I said, - No, don't take it here, it will bring the People of the Cellar into Trouble; take it when he goes up Stairs; so we went up with Hanks into a Court, and there a Man in a brown Coat quarrelled with him, and afterward left him: Then the Prisoner came up, and knock'd Hanks down; I took his Shoe-buckles, he took his Watch, and Martha Jones took his Stock-buckle, and 3 s. and 2 d. in Money. I happen'd to speak of this Robbery next Morning, and the Thief-takers got hold of it, and it run like a Hue and Cry through a Town. The Robbery was done on the Sunday, and I gave my Information on Monday.

Hanks. I was not knock'd down at all: I was only hustled up against the Side of a House.

Patrick Cummins . * I know nothing of the Robbery, - but I was drinking at a Publick House, and the Prisoner came in with two Women, and asked me to drink with him; I did, and then he call'd me on one Side, and asked me, If I knew any body that would buy a Watch? I went to a Gentleman's Servant that was in the House, and ask'd him the Question; he bid me let him look at it, so we shew'd him the Watch in the Yard; the Prisoner and he agreed, and I saw him sell a Watch for 40 s. The Man's Name that bought it was Tom Full of Play; I don't know whose Watch it was, but Tom Full of Play bought it.

* Patrick Cummins was ty'd with Henry Fluellin (since executed) for robbing Thomas Johnson on the Highway, and was Acquitted. See Sessions Book, 1738. No. 5. Page 98.

Elizabeth Willmain . I heard the Prisoner say, that if he had Hanks by himself, he would nail him of his Scout, but I don't know what that means. And when this Alice Taber was going from the Justice to the New Prison, I heard her say, - Her Conscience prick'd her, for she had swore wrong against the Prisoner; but she must either die herself, or hang him.

Thomas Lovit . I was charged with the Prisoner for robbing Hanks, and while he was in my Custody, I heard him say, that Cummins helped him to a Chap for the Watch, and that he (Cummins) had bought the Stock-Buckle himself: But I heard nothing how he came by the Watch.

Thomas Ward , Thomas Bennet , and others gave the Prisoners a good Character.

Hanks. 'Twas Mr. Attley would have persuaded me to have sworn against the Prisoner, for the Sake of the Reward. Acquitted .

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298. Ann Castle was indicted for stealing 3 Linnen Shirts, value 3 s. the Goods of Julius Hills . 3 ditto, value 10 s. three Sheets, value 3 s. a copper Stew-pan, value 5 s. and several other Things, the Property of John Campbell , in the Dwelling House of Samuel Weaver , Dec. 9 . Acquitted .

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299. John Mitchell was indicted for stealing a leaden Pump, value 30 s. fixed to the Dwelling: House of Joseph Rumner , March 14 . Acquitted .

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300. Elizabeth Harris was indicted stealing 3 Linnen Gowns, value 20 s. 2 Pewter Plates, value 18 d. and several other Things, the Goods of James Phillips ; and a Camblet Gown, value 6 s. a Camblet Riding Hood, value 2 s. a Common Prayer-Book, value 4 s. and several other Things , the Property of James Phillips, February, 3 . Acquitted .

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301. Thomas Saunders, alias Saunderson, alias Alexander , was indicted for stealing a Silk Handerchief, val. 2 s. from the Person of James Saunders , March 20 . Guilty 10 d.

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302, 303. Henry Keech and Richard Smith were indicted for stealing three Sacks, value 6 s. and four Bushells of Wheat, value 10 s. and eight Bushells of Barley, value 11 s. the Goods of Christopher Felton , in his Warehouse , March 2 . And,

304. Francis Wright was indicted for receiving the same, knowing them to be stole . All Acquitted .

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305. Mary Forgam was indicted for stealing a Silver Watch, and a silver Chain, value 3 l. a Silver Seal, value 12 d. and two Brass Seals, value 6 d. from the Person of Morris Colson , April 10

Colson not appearing when called, the Prisoner was Acquitted .

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306. Edward Gitson was indicted for that he on the 3d of November last, marry'd and took to Wife Ann Morgan , Spinster, in the Parish of St. Martin's in the Fields, and afterwards, viz. on the 1st of March last , feloniously took to Wife Frances Sherry , his former Wife being then living , &c.

The Prosecutors not appearing, the Prisoner was Acquitted .

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307. Ann Thomas was indicted for stealing a Pair of Flaxen Sheets, value 4 s. two Brass Candlesticks, value 1 s. and other Things, the Property of William Bradbury , in her Lodging , March 5 . Acquitted .

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308. Mary Birch was indicted for stealing 2 Guineas and 2 Shillings from the Person of Thomas Green , April 20 . Guilty, Felony only .

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309. James Jackson was indicted for stealing a Wooden Writing Desk, value 2 s. the Goods of a Person unknown, March 27 . Acquitted .

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310. Henry Constable was indicted for breaking and entering the Dwelling-House of Thomas Read , about the Hour of Seven at Night, and stealing eighteen Guineas in Money , Octob. 7. 1730 .

Thomas Read. On the 7th of October, 1730, I went from my House at Hockley-in the Hole , about Six in the Evening, to Mr. Wainwright's at Cow-Cross: I perceived two Men sitting at some Distance from the Door, but it was duskish. About Seven o'Clock a Messenger came to Mr. Wain-wright's, to tell me I was robbed: I went home, and found several Neighbours in my House, and my Housekeeper, (Mary-Holford) unable to speak: her Head was as wet as if a Pail of Water had been thrown on it. Upon going up Stairs into the Garret, which I call my Chamber, I found a Chest broke open, a Deal Box broke all to Pieces, and my Money, which was in it, (18 Guineas) was gone. Holford describ'd one of the Men that was concerned in the Fact, and her Description made me suspect the Prisoner, whom I had then known about Five Years. On the 21st of the same Month I carried her to a Pay-Table, where he received his Wages, that she might have a Sight of him; but as soon as he saw me, he went off, and she did not see his Face. I enquired of the Landlord, where the Prisoner lived? He could not tell. Then I asked him, where he drank? He directed me to another House, and I went there, with Holford, and the Man of the House told me he was above Stairs, and he would call him down. When he came down, I asked him how he did, and shook Hands with him, and desired him to sit down; but that Instant he ran up Stairs again, and two of his Brother Bricklayer s stopp'd me, and told me he was gone over the Tops of the House, and prevented my following him; and I never could take him before. About a Year ago he pass'd by my Door, in the Day-Time, with one Ralph King , but no body appeared at Hand, and if I had started him, I should have done myself no Good. I have enquired every Year after him among the Brick-layers, and never could hear where he was, till I found him at the Horse and Groom by St. James's Street, on the 10th of March last. When he was taken, he gave us ill Words, and struggled to get away from the Constable. The Money I lost was all I had in the World, except 30 s.

Mary Holford gave the same Account, that when Mr. Read was gone out, somebody knock'd at the Door, and she, being alone in the House, asked, who was there? And, upon being told that a Customer wanted a couple of Whips, she open'd the Door, and two Men rush'd in, one of whom she knew was the Prisoner; for she had often seen him come to an ill House in the Neighbourhood. She said the other Man immediately ran her up against the Boards, and clapp'd one Hand on her Mouth, and the other to her Throat, while the Prisoner took up a Leather Thong, and put it round her Neck; that he gave the other Man the two Ends of the Thong to hold, and then lighted a Piece of Candle, which he took out of his Bosom, or Pocket, and went up Stairs; that the Man who was left with her in the Shop, dragg'd her by the Thong (keeping one Hand on her Mouth) into the Back part of the House, to a Sink in which stood a Pail, full of Water, into which he forced her Head; that she once cry'd out, upon which he kick'd her, and endeavour'd to stab her with a Pair of Scissars which hung at her Side, and did thrust them through all her Cloaths, to her Shift; that the Prisoner made a low Whistle when he came down Stairs, upon which the Man who held her plung'd

her Head again into the Water, and then went away with the Prisoner; leaving her so spent, that it was some time before she could get to the Door, to call the Neighbours, who, since the Fact, are some dead, and some removed; that she sent for Mr. Read, who came home, and found his Boxes broke, and his money gone. She gave much the same Account as the former Witness had given of the Attempts to take the Prisoner.

The Prisoner asked her, whether he did not come by her Door about three Years ago, and did not enquire of her if she knew him? In answer to this, she said, About two Years ago he pass'd the Door on a Sunday, and, upon her turning to look after him, he said - How do you do, old Woman, - you don't know me? The Witness reply'd she did, that his Name was Constable, and that it was he who had robb'd the House; upon which he d - d her, and told her it was no more Sin to kill her, than to kill a Cat; She said she saw him then go into a House three or four Doors off (the Sign of the Fox) and that she got a Constable, and went after him into the House, but he had made his Escape.

Charles Wainwright confirmed the Account that Read gave of his being sent for, and finding Holford in a bad Condition, and his Boxes broke.

John Plympton , a Constable, gave an Account that he had a Warrant to seize the Prisoner about a Year ago, and had got Assistance in order thereto, but that they could not light of him.

The Prisoner, in his Defence, said he always work'd hard at the Bricklayer's Business for his Living, and that his Character had never been stain'd before; that he generally work'd in the Country during the Summer, and returned to Town in the Winter; and a great Number of Persons giving him an extraordinary good Character, several of whom he had work'd for, and had known him from his Apprenticeship, the Jury Acquitted him

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311. William Perry , alias Ferry , was indicted for stealing three Hats, val. 21 s. the Goods of Brian Hinstock , one Hat, val. 2 s. 6 d. the Goods of Thomas Lewis , and several other Hats , the Property of sundry Persons, April 13 Acquitted .

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312. Eleanor Cope was indicted for stealing a Drugget Coat and Waistcoat, val. 12 s. the Goods of James Ravener , and 2 d. in Money, the Property of John Ravener , Mar. 17 . It appear'd from the Evidence, that the Prosecutor sent his Child (James Ravener) on an Errand; the Prisoner met him, and decoy'd him to her Lodging, and having stripp'd him, sent him home, with an old' Rag about his Shoulders. Guilty .

[Transportation. See summary.]

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313. Elizabeth Evett was indicted for stealing a Dowlass Shift, val. 2 s. and a Linnen Apron, 2 s. the Goods of Sarah Baker , Apr. 21 . Guilty .

[Transportation. See summary.]

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314. Richard Garnet was indicted for stealing 7 s. and 1 1/2 d . the Money of John Leak , Apr. 16 . Guilty, Felony only .

[Transportation. See summary.]

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315. Mary Morris was indicted for assaulting Jane Nichols , in the Dwelling house of John Lyde , putting her in Fear, and taking from her a Gold Necklace, val. 50 s. a Gold Locket, val. 7 s. a Gold Ring, val. 19 s. and a Linnen Handkerchief, val. 9 d. the Goods of James Nichols , Apr. 24 . Guilty, Felony only .

[Transportation. See summary.]

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316. John Stevens was indicted for stealing a Wether Sheep, val. 16 s. the Goods of Ingles Prescot , Apr. 9 . Guilty .

[Transportation. See summary.]

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317. William Pugh was indicted for stealing a Cloth Cloak, val. 20 s. a Pair of Silver Spurs, val. 25 s. five Holland Shirts, val. 40 s. a Cloth Coat, val. 5 s. two Cambrick Handkerchiefs, val. 2 s. a Cambrick Stock, val. 1 s. and a Linnen Cap, val. 1 s. the Goods of Bendall Martin , Esq ; in the Dwelling-house of Samuel Scott , Feb. 25 .

Mr. Martin. The Prisoner ran away from me on the 26th of February; he was then my Servant : On the 28th he sent me a Letter, to inform me he had pawn'd my Goods at several Pawnbrokers; and he likewise sent an Order for them to deliver me the Things that had been pledg'd in his Name: I am sure the Letter was in his own Hand-writing, and the Goods are those mention'd in the Indictment. This is the Letter. The Letter was read.

Directed, 'To Bendall Martin. Esq; at Mr. ' Scot's, a Painter, in Covent Garden .

' SIR,

' If your Goodness will be so charitable as to ' redeem the Things, I will return the Money by ' Degrees; else I must suffer the Law. As to ' coming nigh you, I must not; for I am sure to ' be laid hold of. Be it as it will, I shall pray ' for you Night and Day. I am, SIR,

' Your unfortunate Servant,

' Wm. PUGH.

Two other Letters were read, directed to two Pawnbrokers, requiring them to deliver the Goods pawn'd in the Prisoner's Name; one of them was sign'd Eliz. Pugh.

Thomas Bignal . Mr. Martin brought me a Warrant on the 1st of March to serve upon the Prisoner; we found him in a Garret, and he fell down upon his Knees, and beg'd for Mercy. After we had been before Justice Hilder, I went with the Prisoner to search at the Pawnbrokers;

he asked for the Things that had been pawn'd in his Name, and they were deliver'd to us.

Prisoner. what I did was to support a sick Family, and to pay a Debt I had contracted, and for which I fear'd I should be arrested. I never was charg'd with any Thing before.

William Read , - Davis, and Herbert Jones gave the Prisoner a good Character. Guilty, 4 s. 10 d.

[Branding. See summary.]

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318. Ann Seager was indicted for stealing a Velvet Waistcoat, val. 6 s. a Sword with a Steel Hilt, val 5 s. two Pair of Sheets, val. 1 s. a Velvet Cap, val. 1 s. and several other Things , the Goods of Samuel Skinner , Esq ; Mar. 9 . Guilty .

[Transportation. See summary.]

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319. John Lewis was indicted for breaking and entering the Dwelling-house of Edward Jones , and stealing two Feather-beds, val. 40 s. a Bolster, val. 5 s. a Pillow, val. 1 s. two Blankets, val. 5 s. a Quilt, val. 5 s. and a Pair of Sheets, val. 5 s. Apr. 25 . Guilty, Felony only .

[Branding. See summary.]

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320. Henry Harris was indicted for assaulting Euphemer Sadler , in a certain Alley and open Place, near the King's Highway, called Catherine Wheel Alley, putting her in Fear, and taking from her five Linnen Aprons, val. 24 s. two Linnen Shifts, val. 10 s. three Cambrick Handker chiefs, val. 7 s. 6 d. two Linnen Caps, val. 10 s. two Cotton Handkerchiefs, val. 2 s. three Silk Handkerchiefs, val. 6 s two checqu'd Aprons, val. 8 s. a Pair of Scissars, val. 2 s. 6 d. a Brass Thimble, val. 1 d. a Silk Hood, val. 4 s. 6 d. and 5 s. 6 d. in Money .

Sadler. On the 7th of April I was coming from my Place, and going to my Lodging with my Cloaths, about Eleven o'Clock at Night. In Catherine Wheel Alley , the Prisoner and three Men met me as I was going under the Gate-way; the Prisoner took hold of my Throat with his right Hand, the others held me by the Nape of the Neck; the Prisoner said, - d - mn you, if you call out, or speak a Word, I'll dash your Brains out, or cut your Throat: Then they all hustled me down to a narrow Place, and one of the other Men said, d - mn you, why don't you knock her down, Harris. Upon that, the Prisoner caught me under the Chin, beat me down backwards, and took my Bundle from under my Arm; then he tore my Apron from my Sides, and search'd my Pockets; he took 5 s. 6 d. some Halfpence, a Pair of Scissars, and a Brass Thimble, out of my right Hand Pocket, and a Silk Handkerchief out of the other. I cry'd out, - Fire! - Murder! upon which the Prisoner turn'd back, and said, - You Bitch. - there's no Fire, - 'tis only your Impudence: The three Fellows ran away, and he went into an Alehouse, the Cock and Magpye; I went in after him, and took hold of him, begging the Assistance of the People in the House, and telling them, This Man has robb'd me! Upon which he was seiz'd, and carry'd before Justice Heusch, in Spittlefields, but before the Constable carry'd him there, he and one of his Watchmen desired me to make it up.

Prisoner. How came you to know my Face from the rest of those who were about you?

Sadler. The Prisoner took hold of my Throat, and I put up my Hands to save myself, and felt a Finger wanting upon his right Hand; I observ'd his Want of it immediately on my going into the Alehouse, and upon that I took him.

Prisoner's Q. Did not I charge the Constable with you?

Sadler. Yes; and he said, if he went to the Watch-house, I should go too.

Thomas Osborn gave the Prisoner a good Character, and said his Business was to sell Fish, Fruit, &c. about the Streets, and to drive a Barrow.

John Bowers swore, he officiated for the Land-lord at the Cock and Magpye; and that the Prosecutrix came in between Ten and Eleven, with a Man in a Sea-faring Dress, who seem'd to be her Husband; that she complain'd of being wet with the Rain, and had her Gown thrown over her Head; and upon her observing him to look earnestly on them, they drank up a Pint of Beer, and went away: That the Prisoner came in about an Hour after she was gone, to shelter himself from the Rain; and as the Watchman went 12, the Woman came in, and asked for the four Sailors that came in there, for they had robb'd her, (she said) by G - d, between that Door and the Passage, tho' she had cry'd out, Fire! That upon the Prisoner's laughing at her, she charg'd him with being one of the Persons, and he staid till the Officer was call'd, and then she said, she had nothing to charge him with, and would have gone off, had not he detain'd her; upon which she swore she would charge him with the Robbery, whether he had robb'd her or not.

Several Persons appeared to the Prisoner's Character, and the Jury acquitted him.

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321, 322. Mary Lane , alias Harding , and Martha Laycock , were indicted for breaking and entering the House of Jonas Gray , between Eleven and Twelve at Night, and stealing two Gilt Sconces, two Linnen Quilts, two Pillows, and other Things , Apr.7 . Both Guilty, Felony only .

[Lane: Branding. See summary.]

[Laycock: Transportation. See summary.]

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323. Thomas Fisher was indicted for breaking and entering the Dwelling-house of Joshua Molineux , about 12 at Night, and stealing three Pewter Chamber-pots, a Pewter Bason, and a Brass Slice , Apr. 5 . Guilty, Felony only .

[Transportation. See summary.]

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324, 325, 326, Mary Seward , Sarah Rithoack and Paul Dunn , were indicted for stealing a Silver Watch, val. 4 l. the Goods of Robert Robins , Apr. 13 . All Guilty .

[Transportation. See summary.]

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George Bird was call'd to the Bar, upon the Motion of the Council for the King, in order to have Execution awarded against him; but on the Arguments of Council on both Sides, the Court defer'd giving Opinion, as this appear'd to be a new Case, till the rest of the Judges were consulted. It was insisted, on Behalf of the Crown, That he should be call'd down to his former Sentence; and on the Part of the Prisoner, That he ought to be indicted for returning from Transportation.

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

Received Sentence of DEATH, 8.

Abraham Nash , Richard Sedgwick , John Stevens , Jane Smith , Richard Tobin , John Trotter , Abraham Wells , Daniel Wells .

BURNT in the HAND, 4.

Eliz Etherington , Mary Lane , John Lewis , William Pugh .


Mordecai Basson ,

Mary Birch ,

Honor Boulin ,

William Bull ,

Henry Carey ,

Thomas Coleman ,

Eleaner Cope ,

John Cope ,

Hugh Cunningham ,

* Eliz Davis ,

* N. B. By 4 G. c. II. Receivers and Buyers of Stolen Goods, knowing them to be Stolen, are to be Transported for Fourteen Years. No other Persons are sentenced for more than Seven.

Robert Davy ,

Paul Dunn ,

John England ,

Elizabeth Evett ,

Thomas Fisher ,

Thomas Foster ,

Richard Garnet ,

Little George ,

William Gray ,

Ann Hayes ,

Joseph Hitchins ,

Francis Knaston ,

Martha Laycock ,

James Mayham ,

John Mitchell ,

Mary Morris ,

Brian Murtogh ,

Daniel Neeves ,

Peter Norman ,

Thomas Owen ,

Letitia Pike ,

John Rider ,

Sarah Rithoack ,

Thomas Savage ,

Tho Sauders ,

Ann Seager ,

Mary Seward ,

Richard Smith ,

* Thomas Smith ,

* N. B. By 4 G. c. II. Receivers and Buyers of Stolen Goods, knowing them to be Stolen, are to be Transported for Fourteen Years. No other Persons are sentenced for more than Seven.

Adam Stanton ,

John Stevens ,

John Talbot ,

John Tipping ,

James Turner ,

Crisp Whitaker ,

John Williams ,

Jo. Williamson.

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