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THE PROCEEDINGS AT THE SESSIONS of PEACE, Oyer and Terminer, FOR THE CITY of LONDON, AND Country of MIDDLESEX, ON

WEDNESDAY the 15th, THURSDAY the 16th, FRIDAY the 17th, and SATURDAY the 18th of October.

In the 14th Year of His MAJESTY'S Reign.

BEING THE

Eighth SESSIONS in the MAYORALTY

OF THE

Right Honble. Sir John Salter , Knight.

LORD-MAYOR of the CITY of LONDON.

NUMBER VIII.

LONDON

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

M.DCC.XL.

[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 Sir JOHN SALTER , Knight, Lord Mayor of the City of London, the Right Honourable the Lord Chief Justice LEE , the Right Honourable the Lord Chief Baron COMYN , Mr Justice WILLIAM FORTESCUE , Sir JOHN STRANGE , Knt. Recorder, Mr Serjeant URLIN, Deputy-Recorder, 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.

William Pardoe ,

Thomas Stevens ,

Philip James ,

Edward Say ,

Samuel Pattison ,

Simon Lloyd ,

John Bold ,

Jonathan Cave ,

Francis Lemmer ,

John Mackay ,

Michael Mold ,

Philip Evans ,

Middlesex Jury.

Thomas Harris ,

Robert Manning ,

Thomas Littlewood ,

George Sanders ,

John Stewart ,

Nathanael Symson ,

Richard Johnson ,

Benjamin Coker ,

John Coker ,

Richard Knightsbridge ,

John Barton ,

George Shaw .

Susannah Kellow.
15th October 1740
Reference Numbert17401015-1
VerdictNot Guilty

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434. + Susannah Kellow , of St Sepulchre's , was indicted for breaking and entering the House of Charles Brooks , no Person being therein, and stealing 5 brass Candlesticks, a Pestle and Mortar, and a copper Coffee-Pot, the Goods of Charles Brooks , Sept. 25 .

Charles Brooks. I live in Green-Arbour-Court , in the Little Old-Bailey . The Prisoner had been a Lodger in my House about a Fortnight before the Fact was committed . On the 25th of September I went out to work in the Morning at 6 o'Clock; I returned between 6 and 7 at Night, and was told I was robb'd. I advertised the Things I lost, and the next Morning the Prisoner, and part of my Goods, were brought me by a Pawnbroker to whom she had offered them. The rest I fetch'd, by the Prisoner's Directions, from another Pawnbroker.

Ann Brooks . I went out between 6 and 7 o'clock that Morning, and left the Prisoner and another Lodger in the House. I double lock'd the Door, and came Home at 7 in the Evening, then the Key turn'd but once, and the Door flew open. Upon looking into the Kitchen, I found I was robb'd of the Things mentioned in the Indictment: I charged the Prisoner with taking them, but she said she was not guilty of it; so I advertised them, and she was stopped with some of the Goods, and brought to our House. The rest she owned she had pawn'd to a Man in Wych-street .

John Sarney . The Prosecuter came to me, and told me he had got a Thief in his House; I went Home with him; he charged me with the Prisoner, and these Things were given into my Custody. Acquitted .

Ann Howard.
15th October 1740
Reference Numbert17401015-2
VerdictGuilty
SentenceDeath

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435. + Ann Howard , of St Dunstan in the West , was indicted for stealing a Quart Silver Tankard; value 7 l. the Goods of Jonathan Gladman , in his House , Sept. 27 .

Jonathan Gladman. I keep the Anchor-Alehouse in White-Friars . On the 27th of September the Prisoner came into my House, and said, we need not thank her for her Custom, for the Rain had sent her there; she went into the Kitchen, and called for a Pint of Beer, and afterwards asked if we could dress her a Pigeon, which we did; soon after she went away. She had not been gone three Minutes but I miss'd a Quart Silver Tankard, which stood on a Table Bedstead in the Place where she was sitting. She had laid her Cloak and Stick down by it, and I am positive that I saw it while she was there. The Prisoner had enquired the Way to Charing-Cross, and my Wife directed her to go

through the Temple; so I pursued her up Glass-house-Alley, but could not overtake her: I then advertis'd it, and on the Monday Night following, Mr Gosling came and told me had bought it of such a Person as I had described. The next Morning after this, a Man that was in my Fore-Room, and saw the Prisoner come through the Kitchen with my Wife, stopped her and brought her to me.

Prisoner. There was a Man in the Kitchen that sells Stockings about the Streets, and several other People, and they might take it as well as I.

Gladman. I saw it there after he was gone, and there was nobody else in the Room, but a young Woman, who is a Lodger, and was called down to the Prisoner, because she said she wanted a Servant.

Richard Gosling . I bought this Tankard of the Prisoner the same Day, about 2 o'clock, and it answered the Prosecutor's Description.

Francis Trigg . I was at Dinner in the Fore-Room, when Mrs Gladman came to the Door with the Prisoner, to shew her the Way to Charing Cross. I saw her then, and am positive she is the same Person. I met her in the Street the Tuesday following, and took her. She said when I stopped her, that she was not the Woman, and that she knew not the House.

Elizabeth Davis . I lodge in the House, Mr Gladman called me down to the Prisoner, who said she wanted a Servant. My Sister, who was out of Place, was not then at home, and the Prisoner promised to call again the next Day. There was nobody in the Room while I was there but the Prisoner, Mrs Gladman , and I; the Stocking-Man was gone before I came down Stairs, and then I saw 2 Tankards in the Kitchen.

Prisoner. The Woman of the House stood talking with me a great while at the Door, before I went away; and while I was in the Kitchen, there were several People there. When this Man stopped me, I was going there again, and I said, I knew nothing at all of the Tankard. Guilty , Death .

Ann Hudson.
15th October 1740
Reference Numbert17401015-3
VerdictGuilty
SentenceTransportation

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436. Ann Hudson , of St Paul Shadwell , was indicted for stealing 1 Pair of linnen Sheets, val. 12 d. and other Things of small value, the Goods of Hannah Miles , Widow, and 3 linnen Shirts , the Goods of John Miles , October 9th . Guilty .

[Transportation. See summary.]

Edward Trevor.
15th October 1740
Reference Numbert17401015-4
VerdictNot Guilty

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437. Edward Trevor , of St Margaret's Westminster , was indicted for stealing 60 lb. weight of Lead, fix'd to a Freehold belonging to the Reverend Father in God, Joseph Lord Bishop of Rochester , Dean of St Peter's Westminster ; and Edmund Lord Bishop of London , Dean of the Chapel-Royal . August 31 .

James Falconer . I am a Watchman. About 4 o'clock on Sunday Morning, the 31st of August, I met the Prisoner, with something on his Shoulder. I asked him what he had got, he said, only a Stone or 2; I felt, and found it was Lead; I asked him, How he came by it, he told me, a Friend had given it him to carry. I took him to the Constable's, and there he confessed, that he, and one Brown, took it from the Alms-houses near the Blue-Coat School.

Gabriel Pilkington . On Sunday Morning, the last Day of August, the Watchman (Falconer) brought the Prisoner to me, and charged me with him. I desired him to confess who was with him, when he took the Lead. He said that one Brown, and one Ford, took the Lead from the Alms-houses, rolled it up, and carried it behind the School; that one of them gave him this Lead, and bid him go forward with it. I carried the Prisoner to the Gate-house, and went to look for the other 2 Men; but we never could take them: There had been Lead stole from the Alms-houses, and some of this Lead match'd with the Place; but he never would tell us where the other came from.

Mr Ilsley. I know the Alms-houses to be the Property of the Dean of Westminster, and the Dean of the Chapel-Royal, during the Time of their being Deans; it is an Estate of 52 l. a Year, Fee-Farm, which was left by Will in the Year 1682; and the Alms-houses were left under their Direction, but the Will is not here. Acquitted .

George Coates.
15th October 1740
Reference Numbert17401015-5
VerdictGuilty > theft under 40s
SentenceTransportation

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438. + George Coates , of St James Westminster , was indicted for stealing a Silver Castor, val. 14 s. 2 Cloth Coats, val. 3 l. 1 Callimancoe Waistcoat with Silver Buttons, val. 3 l. a Holland Shirt, val. 2s. and a Silk Handkerchief, val. 6d. the Goods of Charles Steward , in his Dwelling-House , September 29th.

Charles Steward. On Michaelmas Day, between 2 and 3 o'Clock in the Afternoon, I was sitting in my Kitchen, and heard the Hatch make a Noise; I went to the Door, and saw the Prisoner turning up the Street, with something in his Apron; I stepped into the Parlour, to see if I had lost any thing, and came out again immediately, and ran after the Prisoner: Coming into the next Street, I got Sight of him; he turned under a Gateway, and some Neighbours went before him, stopped him, and found the Cloaths upon him. When I came up to him, I asked him, how he came by them; he said, a Gentleman had given them to him to scower; but there was no body at all on that Side of the

Way, between him and me. Before the Justice he was search'd, and the Castor found upon him.

John Thomson . I met the Prosecutor in Albermarle-Street , almost out of Breath; he told me he was robb'd, I pursued the Prisoner, and took him. We carried him before a Justice, he was there searched, and the Castor we found concealed between his Breeches and his Skin.

Prisoner. I was coming along, and a Man said, my Lad, I will give you a Shilling to carry these Things to the Haymarket; and I was going with them: but he is not here, nor any Body that saw him give them to me. Guilty 39 s.

[Transportation. See summary.]

William Webster.
15th October 1740
Reference Numbert17401015-6
VerdictGuilty
SentenceTransportation

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439. William Webster , of Stepney , was indicted for stealing 2 Holland Aprons, value 2 s. a Muslin Handkerchief, val. 6 d. and a Muslin Turnover , the Goods of Richard Smith , September 26 . Guilty .

[Transportation. See summary.]

James Bradshaw.
15th October 1740
Reference Numbert17401015-7
VerdictNot Guilty

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440. + James Bradshaw , of St Clement Danes , was indicted for stealing 11 Yards of linnen Cloth, val 6 s. the Goods of William Phillips , in his Shop , Sept. 29 .

William Phillips. I live in Craven-Buildings: On the 29th of September, about 6 or 7 o'clock, I was shutting up my Shop, and saw a Man take a Piece of linnen Cloth off the Counter; a Gentlewoman, coming by, told me which Way he ran; I pursued him, and he was taken in Wych-street; I believe him to be the Person, for he had the same coat on then, as he has now. The cloth was dropped within 20 Yards of the Place where he was taken.

William Mills , Constable. The Prisoner was taken by my Man, and is the very Person that was delivered to me.

Elias Smith . I was standing at my Master's Door, and heard a cry of Stop Thief; the Prisoner ran by, I ran after him, and stopped him. When I took him, he said he was not the Man, and knew nothing at all of the Matter. I found nothing upon him.

Mary Owen . I was coming by this Man's Door, and saw a Man run out of the Shop; by his coat the Prisoner should be the Man, but I can't be positive to him. Acquitted .

Henry Davis.
15th October 1740
Reference Numbert17401015-8
VerdictGuilty
SentenceTransportation

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441. + Henry Davis was indicted for privately stealing the inside Work of a Watch, value 3l. the Goods of Theophilus Swift , from his Person , Sept. 16 .

Theophilus Swift . On the 16th of September , about eleven at Night, as I was coming through St Paul's Church-Yard , I was insulted, or assaulted, by the Prisoner and another; he jostled me almost down, and before I could recover myself, he got hold of my Watch, and drew it out. I felt it go, and I immediately cry'd out; the Villain has stole my Watch; I had a Friend with me, who pursued the Prisoner up Cannon-Alley, into Queen's Head-Alley; he fell down, we seized him, and saw the Watch lying within a Yard of him. I am sure the Prisoner is the Man; he never was out of my Sight 'till he was taken.

Prisoner. Ask him, whether he was sober at this time?

Swift . I was; that declares itself, otherwise I could not have missed the Watch so soon.

Prisoner. Ask him, if he did not say, he could not tell which of the Men took his Watch?

Swift . No, I always said he was the Person; I saw his Hand go down to my Pocket, and when he drew it out, I felt him.

Prisoner. By what Circumstances is he sure that I am the Man?

Swift . The Man that put his Hand down to my Pocket, was the Person I pursued.

Thomas Thompson . I was with the Prosecutor when this happened, and saw the 2 Men come along; I gave Way to them: The Prisoner ran against Swift, and he immediately said, the Villain is gone with my Watch; I followed him through an Alley, and half Way up another, he fell over two or three Steps, and then I laid hold on him; he cry'd out he was robbed of his Hat and Wig, which were lost in the Fall; the Watch was found lying not a Yard and half from the Prisoner. I am sure the Man that came up to the Prosecutor is the same Person I took; for there was nobody between him and me all the Pursuit.

Prisoner. Ask him whether it is probable that I could throw the Watch away, when he followed me so close?

Thompson. By the Force of the Fall, the Watch might fly out of his Hand.

William Gibbon . I live in Queen's-Head-Alley , where the Prisoner was taken, and saw him fall; I went, and took hold of him, and saw the Watch lying within a Yard of him.

Defence . I was going through the Yard, in my Way home, and saw the Prosecutor, and that Gentleman together; a Person came up, and jostled Mr. Swift , and ran away; I ran after him up this Alley, and in the Pursuit I fell down, and they came and took me.

The Reverent Mr James Pattison . I have known the Prisoner 24, or 25 Years, and never heard of

any ill Action done by him. He was put to no Trade, but was bred a Scholar , in Writing and Book-keeping. His Father was a very honest Gentleman.

Henry Bean . I have known him 20 Years, His general Character is, that he has lived by Writing. I never heard any ill of him till he was taken up.

William Bracken had known the Prisoner 7 or 8 Years, and that he always bore a good character.

Edward Harvey had known him 7 Years, and never heard an ill character of him.

Thomas Cutler . He used to come down to the Gate-house to write for the Keeper, and has been honest to us. I can't say I have never heard a bad character of him; but I know no ill of him, of my own Knowledge. Guilty Felony.

[Transportation. See summary.]

William Meers.
15th October 1740
Reference Numbert17401015-9
VerdictGuilty
SentenceDeath

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442. + William Meers , of the Parish of Ed. monton , was indicted for breaking and entring the House of William Finch, about 11 o'clock at Night, and stealing 4 Pewter Dishes, 9 Pewter Plates, a Pestle and Mortar, a brass Warming-Pan, 1 Pair of Brass Scales, 3 Silver Tea-Spoons, 1 Silver Boat, and a Brass Pot-lid , the Goods of William Finch , October 7 .

William Finch. I live at Southgate : On the 7th of this Month I went to Bed at 9 o'clock, and I am sure every Thing was then safe: I got up in the Morning at 5 o'clock, and found the Wall of my House broke under the Dresser in the Kitchen, and my Goods taken away. I took the Prisoner on Suspicion, because he had been acquainted with my House.

Thomas Seabrooke . The Prisoner, and I, and one Coates, went from London on Monday 7-night, with a Design to rob Mr. Hart's House; but being disappointed there, we went to Mr. Finch's at next Door. The Wall of the House had been broken before, and some Boards nail'd over it: We broke them down, I went into the House, and handed the Goods out to the Prisoner, who stood at the Hole, packed them up, and brought them away. The next Morning the Prisoner, and Coates sold them to one Jonathan in Fleet Lane, for 14 s. 6 d. and divided the Money between us.

John Hart . On the 8th of this Month, Mr Finch told me, he had been robb'd, and that the Prisoner, and another had been seen in his Yard, at 10 o'clock that Night. I went to several Places, and at last found him in an empty House in Maiden head-Court, in Aldersgate-Street: we took him to the Watch-House, and there he deny'd it. The next Morning after this, the Evidence Scabrooke sent for me, and told me, he would make an open Confession; when the Prisoner heard of this, he desired to be admitted an Evidence himself, and did confess this very Robbery, in the same Manner as Sea-brooke has mentioned.

Prisoner. This Man asked me to be an Evidence; I told him, I knew nothing at all of the Matter, so he went and got that Lad, and made him one. My Aunt promised to appear for me; but I believe she is not here now. Please to enquire into this Fellow's Character. Guilty , Death .

Rose Mahone.
15th October 1740
Reference Numbert17401015-10
VerdictGuilty
SentenceTransportation

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443. Rose Mahone * otherwise Bignell , of St Clement Danes , was indicted for stealing a Silver Watch, and a Gold Seal, val. 10 l. 10 s. the Goods of Brian Hollrina , Sept. 29 .

* This Woman kept the Bagnio in Oxendon-Street , when George Hawkins (Coachman to William Pawlett , Esq;) was murdered there on the 29th of March last: Her Husband Marmaduke Bignell , and his Man Richard Ford , were transported for robbing Thomas Jones , in the said House, on the 24th of February last. See their Trials, No. 159, 160.

Hollrina. On Michaelmas Day I was going up Drury Lane , between 11 and 12 at Night, the Prisoner came up to me, clapp'd me on the Shoulder, and asked me how I did? D - n you, said I, Stand off; She came up again, and put her Hands over my Shoulder, and got hold of the String of my Watch, took it out, and ran away; immediately my Hat and Wig were snatch'd off, I did not mind that, but pursued the Prisoner, and she was taken by 2 Watchmen, who came to my Assistance. I am sure she is the Woman for I never lost Sight of her, but kept within 2 or 3 Yards of her all the Time, till she was taken. I have not had my Watch again.

John String fellow, Watchman. I was standing at the End of White-Horse-Yard, and saw the Woman run out of Clare-Court, toward Wych-Street, and the Man after her; he called Watch, I immediately pursued her, and took her, and when the Prosecutor came up, he charged me with her; She is the same Woman that I saw the Prosecutor pursue, and a good Pair of Heels she has; I believe she would make shift to run 20 Miles before I could run 15. She denied she had the Watch before the Justice, but she was not searched.

Prisoner. Ask him whether I did not go with him readily?

String fellow. Yes; but if she had been innocent, she would not have ran away.

Edward Duran . I was at my Stand, and hearing a Noise, went to see what it was, and saw this Woman running; my Brother Watchman stopped her, and I don't remember that she desired to be searched. When she was taken, she called me an hundred Irish Dogs, but I don't mind that, tho' I am an Englishman. The Prosecutor had no Hat on.

Prisoner. He stopped me in a clandestine Manner, I cry'd out Murder, and the Watch came and carried me to the Round-House, and he said, he was robbed of his Watch and Hat; I offered to strip from Top to Toe, but they would not let me. Guilty .

[Transportation. See summary.]

Catherine Stanton.
15th October 1740
Reference Numbert17401015-11
VerdictNot Guilty

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444. Catherine (Wife of Francis) Stanton , of St Andrew Holborn , was indicted for stealing 2 Sheets, 2 Blankets, a Pillow, and a Pillowbier, the Goods of David Adderson , in a Lodging , Sept. 14 .

David Adderson . The Prisoner rented a ready furnish'd Lodging of me, and had lived with me about a Month. I happened to go into the Room, and missed my Goods. I desired her to tell me, where my Goods were; but she would not, because it would bring (she said) some People into Trouble. I fetch'd a Constable, and carried her before Justice Poulson , and then she owned where they were. We found 2 Sheets at Mrs Hall's, and a Blanket at Mr Eyre's , according to her Directions. She said she did it for Want; but I don't remember that she said, she designed to bring them again.

Prisoner. I told the Prosecutor's Wife, that I would find out where they were; for I did not do it with Intent to defraud any body, but would have put them in the Place again.

Adderson. I believe her to be very honest before this. I had known her before, so enquired no Character of her when she came to my House. Acquitted .

John Mounslow.
15th October 1740
Reference Numbert17401015-12
VerdictGuilty
SentenceTransportation

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445. John Mounslow , otherwise Barnet , of the Parish of Fulham , was indicted for stealing 15 s. 6 d. the Money of Matth.ew Smith , Sept. 1 .

Smith. I lost 15 s. 6 d. out of my Trunk. The Prisoner had lodg'd with me all the Summer. I went out in the Morning, the 1st of September, and left him a-bed; and when I came home, my Trunk was broke open, and my Money gone. The Prisoner was taken the 26th, and confessed the Fact before Justice Frazier, but would not sign any Confession. I saw it in the Trunk, and told it before I went out that Morning.

Benjamin Brian . The Prosecutor and this Boy lodg'd in my House. Upon Smith's telling me that he had lost his Money, I went after the Prisoner to several Places, and at last found him on Walham Green : He owned he took the Money, and begg'd Pardon, and said, he was willing to work it out. I never knew him guilty or any Thing like this before . Guilty .

[Transportation. See summary.]

Ann Connelly.
15th October 1740
Reference Numbert17401015-13
VerdictGuilty
SentenceTransportation

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446. Ann Connelly , otherwise O Hara , was indicted for stealing a Watch, with the outside and the inside Case made of Silver, value 3 l. the Property of Bezer Blundell , October 3

Bezer Blundell. I was going along Russel street the 3d of October, and the Prisoner came to me, and desired me to go along with her, and treat her: I told her I had but one Halfpenny, but I went with her to one Gerrard's, in Windsor-Court, Drury-Lane ; I went up Stairs with her, and there she took my Watch; she took it by main Force, and broke the Ribbon in pulling it out: I made some Resistance, but she swore, if I would not let it go, she would break it to Pieces. When she had taken it, she went down Stairs, but none of the People of the House offered to stop her. After I had taken her, and she was in Prison, I went to her to get my Watch, some of her Friends came to me, and said, if I would sign a Note of 10 l. they would tell me where I might find it; this done, they told me it was wrapped up in a Piece of white Paper, in the Cellar. I should not have prosecuted, but that I found afterwards that I was bound in a Recognizance of 40 l.

Prisoner. He came to me, and offered me 5 l. to tell him where it was, and said, I was very like the Woman who took it.

Blundell. I did tell her, I would not appear against her, if she would tell me where it was: there was no Indecency passed between us, and I had very little Conversation with her, for I had not been with her above five Minutes, before she took my Watch.

Prisoner. I never saw the Man in all my Life, till he came to the Goal, and offered me 5l. to tell him of any Body that had got his Watch; I have had my Friends here these 4 or 5 Days, but they are gone now. Guilty .

[Transportation. See summary.]

Philip Lipscombe.
15th October 1740
Reference Numbert17401015-14
VerdictNot Guilty

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447. Philip Lipscombe *, of St George Middlesex , was indicted for stealing 2 Pewter Pots, val. 6 s. and a brass Cock , the Goods of Mary Ellis , Widow; October 2 . Acquitted .

* He was an Accomplice with, and Evidence against, John Wicks , try'd last February Sessions on Two Indictments for Burglary and Felony; the one for breaking into and robbing Mr Lane's House at Hackney; the other for breaking into and robbing Mr Crane's House at Bow. See his Trial, No. 161.

John Stephens.
15th October 1740
Reference Numbert17401015-15
VerdictGuilty
SentenceTransportation

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448. John Stephens , of St Paul Covent-Garden , was indicted for stealing a Haunch of Venison, 1 piece of Beef, a Spring of Pork, 6 brass Cocks, and a Cheese , the Goods of John Smith , Sept. 8 .

John Smith. I keep a Publick-house : On the 7th of September, about one or two in the Morning, my Cellar was broke open, and I lost the Goods mentioned in the Indictment: The Prisoner was taken with them upon him, and before the Justice he said, he found them among the Trees at Covent-Garden.

Thomas Moore . I took the Prisoner that Night, on Suspicion of stealing these Things: I asked him how he came by them, and he said, he found them, and was going about his Master's Business; but he would not tell who his Master was, and at my Peril I might touch him. Guilty .

[Transportation. See summary.]

Eleanor Mumpman.
15th October 1740
Reference Numbert17401015-16
VerdictGuilty
SentenceDeath

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449. + Eleanor Mumpman , of St John Wapping , was indicted for breaking and entering the House of Peter Rode, about the Hour of 12 in the Night, and stealing 2 Silver Spo ons, 3 Silver Tea-Spoons, 5 Knives, 5 Forks, 6 Pewter Plates, and 2 Pewter Dishes , the Goods of Peter Rode , September 16 .

Peter Rode. On the 16th of September, I went to Bed, and cross-barr'd the Door. I got up again at 3 o'clock, and found 2 Bundles pack'd up ready to be carried off: I call'd my Wife, and opened the Bundles; the Goods which were in them are mine. I directly called Mr. Shumaker; we looked about, and could find nobody; at last we went to the little House, and saw that the little Seat had been broken; we opened the Boards with a Pick-Axe, and found the Prisoner hid in the Vault; with much ado we got her out: she said she came with 2 Men and a Boy, that they opened the Window and put the Boy in, and gave him Directions to open the Door, and that our Men getting up at 3 o'clock, disturbed them.

Frederick Shumaker . Mr Rode came that Morning to me, and said, he was near being robb'd; I went with him, and he shew'd me some Things; and a piece of Beef ty'd up with them, and several other Things: He told me the Vault had been broke open; we went down, and found the little Seat broke; I put my Head in, and could see nothing; but it smelt very strong. I went Home again, and between 8 and 9 Mr. Mason came to my House; I returned with him, and examined the Bundle again, which lay ready to be taken away. We got a Pick-Axe, opened the Vault, and saw the Prisoner stir, and then one would not take her out, and another would not; so I pull'd her out , and got her some Water. To bring her to herself , we gave her some Brandy, cut off her Cloaths , and put her into a Sack to clean her. She then owned, that there were 2 Men and a Boy, whom she knew not, with her, that they put the Boy in at the Window, and gave him Directions to open the Door to them.

Mr Mason. I went with Shumaker into the Kitchen, and saw these Things ty'd up ready to be gone; there was a piece of Beef in one Parcel, and Bread, Butter, Cheese, and all Manner of Things, and Candles with them. I went into the little House, and looked down with a candle, but saw nothing; I got a Pick-Axe, and opened it, and then we saw a Body; we pulled it out, and laid it on the gravel Walk; it seemed to be without Life or Motion; we got some pails of Water, and threw on it, when it moved, and we then perceived it to be a Woman: we got some Brandy for her, but we were obliged to force her Mouth open to make her take it, and then she came to herself. Some Neighbours came in, and cleaned her, and brought her to her Speech. The Prisoner had lived with me as a Servant about six Weeks, when I lived in this House. I left it in July, and have never spoken to her from that Time to this. She confessed before Justice Dennet, that 2 Men and a Boy were with her, that the Servants coming down at 3 o'clock surprized them, and the Men made out at the Door, and she went backwards; whence not being able to escape, she chose rather to perish in the Vault than be taken.

Joseph Taylor . Mrs. Rode came and told me, that there were some People in her Husband's House; I went there, and saw that the Seat in the little House had been broke; we took up a Board or two, and the Prisoner is the Person we pull'd out of the Vault: she said, that 2 Men and a Boy had been there with her, that the Boy was put in at the Window, and that Directions were given him to open the Door to them.

The Constable confirmed the above Evidence, with Respect to the Prisoner's Confession, and the Jury found her Guilty , Death .

John Clarke.
15th October 1740
Reference Numbert17401015-17
VerdictGuilty > theft under 1s
SentenceTransportation

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450. John Clarke , of St Faith's , was indicted for stealing 5 Sides of Pig Pork, value 20 s. the Goods of Thennit Harris , Octob. 7 . Guilty 10 d.

[Transportation. See summary.]

Timothy Field.
15th October 1740
Reference Numbert17401015-18
VerdictNot Guilty

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451. Timothy Field , otherwise Fielding , was indicted for that he, on the 4th of July 1737, took to Wife Mary Walker , and that afterwards, viz. on the 14th of September last , in the Parish of St Martin Ludgate , he feloniously married Dorcas Rowe , his former Wife Mary being then in full Life .

Mary Walker. I was married to the Prisoner the 4th of July 1737; he lived about six Weeks with me, and then left me, and took my Things away with him: Here is a Certificate of the Marriage, but the Parson who wrote it is not here.

William Rogers . I went to take out the Certificate, and paid 6 s. and 1 d. for it. The Parson said he would swear to the Truth of his Register; I examined this Certificate with it, and it is a true Copy; I have had it in my Possession ever since.

It was read;

''These are to certify whom it may concern, ''that Timothy Field, of St James's Westminster, ''Vintner , Batchelor, and Mary Walker, of the ''same Parish, Spinster, were married in the Parish ''of St Bride's, according to the Form prescribed ''in the Book of Common-Prayer, as appears by ''the Register.

'' Michael Barret , Minister.''

John Bentley . I was Guardian to this Woman, and had some of her Effects in my Hands; her Husband coming to demand them, I went to the Place where they were married to search the Books, and spoke with the Person who said he married them.

The first Marriage not being legally proved, [for the first being the lawful Wife can't be an Evidence against her Husband; and as there was neither the Clergyman who married them, nor any Person present at the Marriage, nor the Register, nor indeed so much as the Copy of the Register produced] the Prisoner was Acquitted .

Mary Graves.
15th October 1740
Reference Numbert17401015-19
VerdictNot Guilty

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452. + Mary Graves , otherwise Jenkins , of St Martin in the Fields , was indicted for privately stealing a Watch, with the outside and inside Case made of Silver, val. 4 l. a Silver Chain, val. 4 s. Half-a-Guinea, and 24 s. in Money, from the Person of Collin Frazier , August 17 .

Frazier. On the 7th of August, I and my Bed-fellow, John Williamson , were out till almost two o'clock in the Morning; I did not chuse to walk the Streets , so we went to the White Bear in Bow-street, and staid there till about six: When I came away the Prisoner was at the Door, and desired me to go Home with her; we stood arguing the Case a Quarter of an Hour, and then I went with her to her Lodging: she threw herself on the Bed, I lay down by her, and was asleep presently: I awaked about 12 o'clock, and found the Prisoner gone; I felt for my Watch, and that was gone, and my Money too; I went to open the Door, but found it lock'd, so that I was forced to break it open: I went down Stairs, and told the Landlady what had happened; she said she was sorry for it, and that she knew nothing of the Matter: I allowed her eight Days to produce the Woman; and when I had got her, I charged her with robbing me, and she said she was innocent, and had never seen me in her Life. I am positive I had my Watch and my Money when I went with the Prisoner into the House.

Prisoner. Are you sure I am the Woman?

Frazier. Yes, I am certainly sure of it.

Prisoner. I fancy you must be mistaken; pray don't take a false Oath: When you saw me in the Compter did you know me?

Frazier. Yes; and I said, that is the Woman who robb'd me.

John Williamson . I was with the Prosecutor at the White Bear, and then he had his Watch; we came out together about 5 o'clock, and I left him at the Door with the Prisoner.

Elizabeth Morris . I live in Russel-Street; the Prisoner was my Lodger: I did not see the Prosecutor come in with her, for I was a-bed, but he went out when I was at Dinner. He asked where the Woman was, and told me she had robb'd him, and I should suffer if I did not take her; she owed me 4 s. when she went away, and paid me not a Farthing.

Prisoner. I know nothing of what the Gentleman accuses me, and the Room was as common to every Body as it was to me; I have lost several Things out of it myself.

Morris. She had a Key to the Door, and might refuse any Body's coming in.

Henrietta Parker . I have known the Prisoner about a Year, and never heard any Thing of this Nature of her before. Acquitted .

George May.
15th October 1740
Reference Numbert17401015-20
VerdictNot Guilty > fault

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453. + George May * was indicted for stealing 4 Moidores, 5 Thirty-six Shilling pieces, 20 Guineas, and 44 s. and 6 d. in Money, the Money of William Silver , in the Dwelling-House of Nathanael Bishop , Nov. 3. 1736 .

* See Last January Sessions-Book, No. 125.

The Counsel for the Prosecution set forth, that the Prisoner was a Member of that Set of Men, who go under the Denomination of Gamblers; the most dangerous Community to the Publick; that in the Schemes they lay to trap their Neighbours, Providence takes care they shall be ensnar'd themselves, and fall into that Pit which they dig for others; and that the Prisoner had now brought himself into the Commission of a Felony, &c. &c.

William Silver was called and sworn.

Couns. Go to the Bar, and see if you know that Man.

Silver. That is the Man: He met me by Milford-Lane, and gave me a Bobb on the Shoulder; I turn'd to see who it was, O, says he, I beg your Pardon. I thought it had been somebody else; but I can hardly believe my Eyes: Pray, What Countryman are you? I told him I was Berkshire; Why, says he, I came from High-Wicomb myself: Pray, Who do you know there? Said I, I know Mr. Bracken, O , said he, I know him very well, he was the last Person I drank with, may , the last Person I spoke to: What Part of Berkshire? I came (said I) from Walgrove ; Did you, said he? I want to send a Letter to a Person in your Parish, who had a Debt owing him from one in Town who paid him but 2 s. and 6 d. in the Pound, and is now in such Circumstances, that I believe I can get him the remainder; and if you will carry it, I will give you half a Pint of Wine; so we went into the Feat