Old Bailey Proceedings.
11th September 1745
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THE PROCEEDINGS ON THE King's Commissions of the Peace, Oyer and Terminer, and Goal Delivery FOR THE CITY OF LONDON; And also the Goal Delivery for the County of MIDDLESEX,

HELD AT JUSTICE-HALL in the OLD-BAILEY, On WEDNESDAY the 11th, THURSDAY the 12th, FRIDAY the 13th, and SATURDAY the 14th of September,

In the 18th Year of His MAJESTY's Reign.


Right Honble Sir Henry Marshall , Knt. LORD-MAYOR of the CITY of LONDON.



Printed, and sold by M. COOPER, at the Globe in Pater-noster Row. 1745.

[Price Six-pence.]


King's Commissions of the Peace, Oyer and Terminer, and Goal Delivery held for the City of London, &c.

BEFORE the Right Honourable Sir HENRY MARSHALL , Knt. Lord-Mayor of the City of London, Sir SIMON URLIN , Knt. 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.

Thomas Wiseham ,

Henry Mason ,

Rice Price ,

Thomas Saunders ,

John Hennel ,

Thomas Ribright ,

Edward Keep ,

John Poole ,

Samuel Collett .

John Bradshaw ,

William Osman ,

Richard Hett ,

Middlesex Jury.

Thomas Harris ,

Francis Wilder ,

Richard Norman ,

William King ,

Charles Price ,

John Burton ,

John Summers ,

James Huggett ,

James Hamilton ,

Increase Beale ,

William Williams ,

Daniel Paget .

Catharine Evans.
11th September 1745
Reference Numbert17450911-1
VerdictGuilty > with recommendation

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+ 299. Catharine Evans , of Fulham , was indicted for stealing a silk purse, val. 2 d. a leathern purse, val. 1d. a pair of Stockings, val. 2 s. two gold rings, val 20 s. a silver thimble, val 12 d. a silver pocket piece, val 6 l. a shift, val. 2 s. a pair of cotton gloves, val 2 s. two pieces of Portugal gold coin value 7 l. 4 s. Fourteen guineas and 3 s. in money, the Property of Mary Pound , Spinster , in the dwelling house of William Walker , August 3th.

Mary Pound. The Prisoner lodged in the next room to me in Mr. Walker's house, about four nights; when she was going away from her lodging, she asked me leave to go into my room for a handkerchief, and then she robbed me of these things and money. I found her in London with my stockings and shift on; I pressed her to confess, but she would not own any thing, but before the Justice she owned the taking of the goods and money.

Prisoner. I submit myself to the mercy of the Court. The pawnbroker wronged me of 3 l. 12 s. in the money, or it would all have been made up.

Q. How did he wrong you of three pound twelve shillings?

Prisoner. The pawnbroker gave me but 36 s. for each of the 3 l. 12 s. pieces.

Thomas Wright . (constable) On the 16th of Aug: I was sent for to take charge of the Prisoner, I searched her, and she had the Prosecutrix's shift and stockings on; I carried her before Sir Thomas Deveil , and there she confessed the robbery, and said if he pleased, she would shew me where the money was, which she did. She said, she had pawned these two rings to Mr. Tucker, and there was a dispute between him and her, as if she had not pawned them at all: there was Mrs. Pound's silk purse with about twenty guineas in it; and Mrs. Pound said, she had two three pound twelve shilling pieces in it: said I to Mr. Tucker, Did you ever see this purse? Yes, he said; said, I, Did you ever see this leathern purse? Yes, he said, and he believed there were about 17 guineas in it. Mrs Pound said, she had two three pound twelve shilling

pieces in the purse; said I to the pawnbroker , How could you take these two gold rings in to pawn, when you saw this purse, and so much money in it?

Q. (to Wright) Where did you get this purse?

Wright. I found it at a house in Gibson's Court, in Shug lane St. James's under the stairs.

Q. You talked about the Rings, and said there was some doubt whether they were pawned or not?

Wright. Yes. When I asked him about the Rings, he said he had none, till he saw the Prisoner, and she said she had given him a three pound twelve shilling piece to take twenty six shillings and four pence out of, which was owing for things the Prisoner had in pawn. She said he weighed the piece against another piece, and said it was a thirty six shilling piece, and that he said it was very pretty money, and said, have you got any more of them; and she said she had another. She said before Sir Thomas De Veil that he gave her for that a guinea and a half, and 4 s. 6 d. in silver ; that when she pawned the rings, she had 3 in crown pieces, and that she gave him four of them and a shilling, and he gave her a guinea, for she wanted to change the money as fast as she could.

John Tucker . These two rings were placed to me by the Prisoner at the bar; she had some parcels of goods with me, which came to 26 s. 4 d. and she gave me a 3 l. 12 s. piece, and I gave her the change. I gave her two guineas, 3 s. 6 d. and 2 d. Then she pulled out another 3 l. 12 s. piece, and I gave her three guineas and nine shillings for that. Guilty, Death .The Prosecutrix recommended her to the court, and begged the favour of transportation .

Jane Caton.
11th September 1745
Reference Numbert17450911-2
VerdictGuilty > theft under 1s

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300. Jane Caton , otherwise Cathorne , of St. Paul's, Shadwell , was indicted for stealing a cotton gown, val. 10 s. a pair of shoes, val. 6 d. a checked apron, val. 6 d. and a cotton handkerchief, val. 6 d. the goods of Eleanor Read , Dec. 20 .

Eleanor Read . And please you, my Lord judge, the Prisoner came to me as a lodger, and lodged with me about six or seven nights, and on the 20th of December she got out of bed from n, and went away, and I missed my things in about a quarter of an hour; I had her taken up, and she confessed before justice that she took them.

Elizabeth. The Prisoner owned that she took the good pawned them.

Prisoner. the pawning of the gown, Mrs. Read knew herself, and as to the other witness, I have not seen her for a year and an half. Guilty 10 d .

[Transportation. See summary.]

Mary Shaw.
11th September 1745
Reference Numbert17450911-3

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301. Mary Shaw , of St. George the Martyrs was indicted for stealing a cotton gown, val 2 s. 6 d. a shirt, val 2 s. a shift, val. 1 s. a cloak, val. 1 s. 6 d. a piece of lace, val. 2 s. two cambrick mobs, val. 2 s. two cambrick handkerchiefs, val. 2 s. one pair of cambrick ruffles, val. 1 s. a muslin handkerchief, val. 1 s. an apron, val. 1 s. a pair of thread stockings. val. 4 d and a necklace, val. 2 d. the goods of William Cooper , Aug. 19 .

Elizabeth Cooper . I have known the Prisoner about 3 years, and she was then a very honest person. On saturday the 17th of August last she came to me, and said she was come from her place, and was going to Nottingham in the waggon; and staid with me till Monday. I was obliged to go out on Monday, and when I came home she was gone, and I missed all those things. I went to the Ram Inn in Smithfield, and could hear nothing of her. I followed the Nottingham waggon to Highgate, thinking she might be in it, but she was not. And as I came back by Sir John Oldcastle's, I found her there hearkening to the musick, with my gown, and several of my thing on. I asked her if she would go with me, and she said she would. I asked after my things, and she said some she had pawned, and some were sold, and some she had on her back.

Ann Gilner . The Prisoner brought a bit of lace, an apron, and a pair of ruffles to me of Mrs Cooper's. Guilty .

[Transportation. See summary.]

Ann Danks.
11th September 1745
Reference Numbert17450911-4
VerdictNot Guilty > no prosecutor

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302. Ann Danks , otherwise Bercill , of St. Luke's , was indicted for stealing one pair of pumps, val. 3 s. the goods of William Whitchurch , July 12 .

The Prosecutor not appearing, the Prisoner was acquitted .

Elizabeth Hide.
11th September 1745
Reference Numbert17450911-5
VerdictGuilty > theft under 5s

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303. + Elizabeth Hide , of St. Martin's in the Fields , was indicted for stealing four silk handkerchiefs, val. 10 s. the goods of John Moore , in his shop , August 9 .

Mary Moore . I keep a Toyshop in the Strand , on the 9th of August the Prisoner came and asked to see some handkerchiefs, I shewed her some, and she was very difficult in choosing. I had a suspicion that she had got some under her apron, so I took hold of her with one hand and turned up her apron with the other, and under it were four silk handkerchiefs; she said, for God's sake, let me go, I told her I would not. Guilty 4 s. 10 d .

[Transportation. See summary.]

Mary Randall.
11th September 1745
Reference Numbert17450911-6
VerdictGuilty > theft under 40s

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304. + Mary Randall , of St. Mary, Whitechapel, was indicted for stealing a silver tankard,

val. 10 l. the property of Richard Cross , in his dwelling house , Sept. 2 .

Richard Cross . I keep the Sign of the Angel in Whitechapel . On Monday the 2d of Sept. the Prisoner came to my house about two o'Clock, and staid all the afternoon.

Q. Did you know her before?

Cross. Yes; she was my servant about two years and three months ago She said she had some friends to come to see her, and she called for a tankard of Beer, and would have it in a silver tankard.

Sarah Cross . The Prisoner was in my house that day from two o'Clock in the afternoon till eight in the evening, in the common publick room. There was George Fell , who servant to the brewhouse, and some of his fellow servants had been drinking there all the afternoon. I but just delivered the tankard into George Fell's hand, and went up stairs, and when I can known it was gone

Q. Was the Prisoner drinking with them?

Sarah Cross . They had been drinking from two o'clock till that time, and they asked her to drink with them.

Q. How long had you given the tankard to him before it was missing?

Sarah Cross . About five minutes; for all the rest of his company was gone.

Q. How came you to deliver the tankard into his hand just at that time?

Sarah Cross . I had been drinking with them, I went up stairs for something, and when I came down I missed the tankard; I desired George Fell to seek after her. He went to search after her, and found the tankard at a pawnbroker's in Hounsditch, he sent for me to come there, and I went and found her and the tankard there; and then she fell down upon her knees and asked my pardon.

George Fell . I am cooper to Mrs. Edwards's brewhouse. About 5 or 6 of us were at the Angel Tap -house , belonging to the brewhouse, all the afternoon; the Prisoner came in about two o'clock. Between three and four, says I, Mary, you are a fine servant to stay here all this afternoon (for she said she was a servant, and lived next door to Dr. Bamber .) She said she waited for the Bow coach. Some time after that I told her so again, and then she said all the family were in the country. I drank the last of our beer, and handed the tankard to Mary, the maid of the house; this was about 8 o'clock, and at that time the Prisoner said to Mary, the maid draw me a tankard of beer, and the maid of the house went to draw it in a pewter tankard, the Prisoner made reply, Why do you draw it in a pewter tankard? I and my fellow servants can drink out of a silver tankard as well as those men: the maid of the house said, a pewter tankard was as good as a silver one; the Prisoner said, she would have a silver tankard, and I saw the maid bring the silver tankard up full, and set it down upon a little table in the room, and the Prisoner took the tankard off the table, and said, she would go into the little room by the bar; and the maid of the house followed her the room, and came back to us. I said, Mary, there is a tankard of beer that she has had, which shall have to pay for, if you do not take care of it ; she went into the room the Prisoner went into , and said, Lord, Mr. Fell, there is no body there , and the candle is blown out; said I, what is the tankard? she said, I cannot tell; said I the candle and see; she took the candle and looked , and the tankard was gone, and no body there : presently Mrs. Cross came down, and she said to me, for God's sake go and look after the tankard; said I, what can I do? I cannot do any thing in it, but she desired I would. I knew the Prisoner used to go sometimes to a place where she had an acquaintance, and I intended to go there; but I thought as I went along, I would call at two or three pawnbrokers to try if I could hear any thing of it: I happened to go into a pawnbroker's in Houndsditch, and said, there was a silver tankard lost from the Angel in Whitechapel, and asked if they had seen such a tankard, marked R.C.S. the man seemed in a surprise; said I, you need not be in a surprise, for I have got the Prisoner, though I had not, but I said so, because I saw him in a surprise: said I, let me see the tankard, there's nothing at all in that; so he took the tankard out of a drawer from under the counter, and shewed it me: I said it was Mr. Cross's tankard: he said, the person that brought it to him was an honest girl, for he had known her a great while, and told me that I must look after the Prisoner: I said, as I had seen the tankard, I would not trouble myself about it, for they should find out the Prisoner; and in about an hour they found the Prisoner and brought her to the pawnbroker's shop.

John Smith . On the 2d of September about 8 o' clock, the Prisoner brought this tankard to my house; I had known her about seven or eight months, and she used to be a customer to us, and had a good character. She said she brought it from her sister, who keeps a public house in Skinner's Street, and wanted to borrow 8 l. upon it, to pay the brewer the next morning.

Q. Did she tell you whose tankard it was?

Smith. She said it was her sister's tankard; I said, I could not lend her so much upon it: she said, she had received 40 s. for her sister, and if I would lend her six guineas upon it, it would do, which I did, and in about ten minutes time a person came from Mr. Cross to inquire after it; I went to inquire after her, and found her; I sent to Mr. Cross's directly, and they came and owned the tankard.

Mr. Cross's servant maid deposed, that she brought the tankard to the Prisoner, and the Prisoner said she had some company to come, and went into the little room by the bar; that she went up stairs upon some occasion, and when she came down again, the Prisoner and the tankard were gone.

Prisoner. I gave the six guineas back to the pawnbroker.

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

[Transportation. See summary.]

Elizabeth Martin.
11th September 1745
Reference Numbert17450911-7
VerdictNot Guilty

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305. Elizabeth Martin , was indicted for stealing one pair of sheets, value 18 d. and a blanket, value 1 s. the goods of Thomas Whitchurch , in her lodging , Aug. 5th . Acquitted .

John Martin, Mary Macklaughlin.
11th September 1745
Reference Numbert17450911-8
VerdictsGuilty > lesser offence; Guilty

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306. + John Martin , was indicted for breaking and entering the dwelling house of William Robinson in the night time, and stealing one pair of sheets, val. 5 s. and a pair of stockings, val. 6 d. the goods of William Robinson , and

307. Mary Macklaughlin , otherwise Mason, otherwise Thomas , for receiving the same, knowing them to be stolen .

William Robinson . I lost a pair of sheets and a pair of stockings out of my house - I cannot tell whether it was night or day, it was the dusk of the evening.

James Bye . Jeffs and Martin came to me, and we agreed to go out to get what we could come at, we tried at several houses, and could not do any thing; then we came to a house in Dove Court, by Leather Lane. The Prisoner had a hanger under his coat, and he bid Jeffs not be afraid, and swore the first man that came to oppose them he would cut his head off: there was a latch to the door, and Jeffs turned the latch, opened the door, and went into the house about ten o'Clock at night, and brought something out in his apron, and began to run; Martin said, what do you run for? or something to that effect. He brought out a pair of sheets, and a pair of ribbed stockings.

Q. How far was Martin off at that time?

Bye . He might be half the length of the Court off. We went to Mrs. Lucas's to sell them and she did not buy them; then we went to the Prisoner Macklaughlin, otherwise Mason, otherwise Thomas, otherwise Little Moll , and asked her five shillings for them, she bid us eighteen pence, and at last gave us half a crown for them.

The Jury acquitted Martin of the burglary, and found him guilty of the felony . Macklaughlin Guilty .

[Transportation. See summary.]

Ralph Wheeler.
11th September 1745
Reference Numbert17450911-9

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308. Ralph Wheeler , of St. Giles's in the Fields , was indicted for stealing a silver watch, val. 3 l. and a silver chain, val. 6 s. the goods of Paul Portinier , Aug. 8th .

Paul Portinier . The Prisoner went into my room, looked under my bed, and took my watch out of a box, and he has engaged it to a pawnbroker for five shillings at the Cross Keys, the corner of the Coal Yard in Holborn.

Francis Dare , a Silversmith.

Q. What have you to say against the Prisoner?

Dare. I have nothing to say against him; I do not know the Prisoner no more than the Pope ; the Prisoner said I bought a chain of him, but I do not know that I did.

John Porter . (a servant to the keeper of Clerkenwell Bridewell ) The Prisoner was at first committed for correction, but when he was charged with this, he owned he had pawned the watch for five shillings, and owned he sold the chain to Mr. Dare, for three shillings.

Prisoner. There was something pushed under the bed, and I found it to be the watch, but who put it there, I cannot tell: and as I was going along the watch kicked against my foot upon the floor, and there was a bruise which I made in it having a new pair of shoes on. Guilty .

[Transportation. See summary.]

Samuel Jones, Mary Moore.
11th September 1745
Reference Numbert17450911-10
VerdictGuilty > lesser offence; Not Guilty

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309. 310. + Samuel Jones and Mary Moore , of St. George in Middlesex , were indicted for breaking and entering the dwelling house of John Watland , about the hour of twelve in the night, and stealing two sheets, val. 2 s. a pillow case, val. 1 s. a towel, val. 2 d. two Harrateen curtains, val. 8 s. two vallens, val. 1 s. a quilt, val. 1 s. a blanket, val. 1 s. a copper kettle, val. 7 s. a ladle, val. 6 d. a pewter chamber pot, val. 1 s. two pewter porringers, val. 6 d. and a saucepan, val. 2 s. his property, July 28th .

John Watland . I am a Sawyer , my house was broke open the 28th of July between 11 and 12 at night, the window shutters were cut away, and the bolts knocked off.

Q. How do you know this?

Watland. I was at Gray's in Essex when it was done, but my wife dreamed an ugly dream, that somebody had her gown on, and she came up to town; and when I came to town two or three days afterwards, I found that my house had been broke open, and my windows nailed up again. I left every thing fast when I went out of town.

Francis Crockett . This Jones and Mary Moore lived over my head. On Monday night the 28th of July, they came home about eleven o'Clock at night; I did not see them bring any thing in then, but they went out again, and returned in about a quarter of an hour, and she came in with a bundle, and he had a kettle and something in it that rattled. They left these things in his apartment, and went out again, and the third time they came in with some sheets and other things, and then the clock struck twelve.

Q. Did they bring a candle in with them then?

Crockett. No, she left a candle in the window the second time they were there. About five o'Clock they went out.

Q. Did they carry these things with them?

Crockett. No, but they were carried out of the house. I got up about seven o'Clock, and saw that the window shutters had been cut open, so that I could put my hand in between the two window shutters, (I made a complaint to the neighbours of it; for Watland always desired us or some of the neighbours to give an eye to his windows whenever we went by, when he was out of town) one pane of glass was broke, and the window shutter bedaubed with mud. The neighbours would have had me have taken out a warrant, but I did not care to do it till the Prosecutor came home. Jones went to Rag Fair to buy a bit of Salmon, and somebody who knew that I was going after him, bid him not come up the Lane; so when he saw me, he threw the Salmon away, and put the dish under his arm, and run away. I found under the head of the Prisoner's bed a large spike nail, a chissel, and this bunch of keys, [some of them were pick lock keys] I sent to Watland, but could not find out where he was. In about three weeks his wife came to town, and Jones confessed at Mr. Unwin's house that he broke Watland's house open about 12 o'Clock at night, but that he never should have done it if he had not been in liquor, and he owned the taking all these things.

Prisoner Jones. As to that man (Crockett) he was in an information a little while ago, when Richard Studder was hanged. Mr. Unwin took him.

Prisoner Moore. I have nothing to say to him, he is so roguish, I do not know what to say to him.

Samuel Unwin . On the 29th of July Crockett came to me, and said, there was a poor man's house broke open, and desired me to go with him to Jones's house, for he did not care to go without me, for fear of coming into trouble. I went with him, and in the Prisoner's room we found these things [a bunch of keys, a large spike nail, and a chissel] and a great part of the goods which the Prosecutor lost: I carried these things to my house, and in about three weeks time the Prosecutor and his wife came to town, and they came to my house; I fetched the things down, and Watland said, they were his. I had intelligence that Jones used to make it his constant practice to go to St. Paul's to pick pockets; so I went into the middle isle of the church, and saw the Prisoner pass by me: I did not rightly know him, but he saw the Prosecutor, and so turned back again into the Isle; I took hold of him and pulled him back, said I, is your name Samuel Jones ? he said, no; said I, What is your name? He said, my name is Elmore; said I, you must come along with me. So I let him go, for I thought he would come along with me, and I was not willing to make a disturbance in the church; he run away, I cried out stop thief, and he was taken presently, and was carried to my house; he denied the fact for a considerable time, but afterwards he owned that he and Moore broke open the Prosecutor's house between twelve and one, and took the things that were missing, and said, he was sorry that he should hurt a man he knew, and one he knew to be poor. Jones acquitted of the burglary, Guilty of the Felony . Moore Acquitted .

[Transportation. See summary.]

James Leppard.
11th September 1745
Reference Numbert17450911-11
VerdictGuilty > theft under 1s

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311. James Leppard , of London, was indicted for stealing one pound and an half of tobacco, value 12 d. the goods of Persons unknown, Aug. 12th .

Ebenezer Hartley . I am a Constable upon the Keys, about 11 or 12 at noon, I saw the Prisoner lurking about a hogshead of tobacco, at Butolph's wharf ; I watched him, and saw him take some tobacco out of the hogshead: I followed him, and took him; he said it was a very small matter, and hoped I would forgive him; I said I would not, if it was never so little.

Q. Do you know the Prisoner?

Hartley. He is a foreigner that works upon the Keys; he is not a ticket porter. He has been a porter about a year.

Joseph Atkins . The Prisoner works upon the Keys, I have employed him a great many times, my Lord, his character is very good, and I never knew him do any ill thing in my life.

George Buckeridge . I have known the Prisoner thirteen years. I have intrusted him with fruit and other things in the warehouses. I have intrusted him with money, and he never wronged me of any thing in his life.

Samuel Tatem . I am a gangsman. We are for the merchants, and the landwaiters are for the King. We put the goods into the warehouses, and lock them up, and if they don't turn out right we make up the deficiency, and make every thing answerable, as they were when they came in. I have employed the Prisoner daily and hourly, and have intrusted him frequently, I have intrusted him with money, and I never found him to deceive me in any thing, but he was always just and true.

Q. Is that his general character?

Samuel Tatem . I believe so.

William Tinkler . I have known the Prisoner 3 years, and have intrusted him as my own servant. I have intrusted him to change gold, and never knew him to do any thing amiss; and I would intrust him again, if he was clear.

Hartley. My Lord, it is no wonder that these gangsmen speak for these persons, to encourage thieving, for they put them upon it.

William Clack . (A constable upon the keys) I have known the Prisoner about a year and an half, and know him to be a reputed pilferer . He is one employed by these gangsmen to do what they call sweep for the soot; that is, to work for what they can thieve or steal.

Prisoner. I was informed by some lemon porters that there was some tobacco lay under some planks, and so I took it.

Jury. I desire to know whether Hartley saw him take it out of the hogshead.

Hartley. I saw him take it out of a hogshead, but I can't tell whose property it is, because there were more merchants than one concerned in that ship. Guilty 10 d .

[Transportation. See summary.]

Richard Westfield.
11th September 1745
Reference Numbert17450911-12
VerdictGuilty > theft under 1s

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312. Richard Westfield , was indicted for stealing ten pound weight of sugar, val. 12 d. the goods of persons unknown, August 3 .

William Clack . The Prisoner is a ticket porter , and was employed to hook the tackle to the hogsheads. I saw him bring this out of a lighter, at Wiggins's key : one of the hogsheads was broke, but I can't say who broke it. I asked him how he came by it, he said one of the coopers gave it him. I enquired of the coopers whether it was so, but they would not own it to be truth.

Q. Did they deny it?

Clack. They would not own it to be true. The Prisoner begged for God's sake that I would forgive him, and said that he never did any such thing before. And before the Alderman he said he found it.

Prisoner. I found it under the sheet of the lighter. Guilty 10 d .

[Transportation. See summary.]

John Swinton.
11th September 1745
Reference Numbert17450911-13
VerdictGuilty > theft under 1s

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313. John Swinton , of London, was indicted for stealing fifteen yards of Scotch cloth. val. 12 s. the goods of James Cartwright , and Edward Tyson , July 29 .

James Cartwright . The Prisoner was my porter , he lived with me about four months; but the latter part of his time he was apt to stay out, and not come so early home as my hours required, which made me think he came by money dishonestly, and I was determined to part with him. I desired to look into his trunk, he refused it at first, but I told him if he would not open it, I would have it opened; then he, with reluctancy, opened it, and this piece of Scotch cloth was in it; he asked pardon, and said it was mine. I said, how can it be mine when it is in your trunk? I looked on it and saw it was mine; it was marked with characters.

Prisoner. This piece of cloth lay some time in the cellar, and as I was brushing my clothes I was called up, and when I went down again I found this piece of cloth in my trunk, it might fall down into it by accident. And I did not know what to do with it, but had a design to keep it there, to give it to my master the first opportunity.

Q. Excepting this, what is his general character?

Cartwright. I had a good character of him. They said he was a little given to drinking; but if I had a strict hand over him, he might do very well.

Q. Did he make the defence he does now, when you first found it out?

Cartwright. No, it is quite new. Guilty 10 d .

[Transportation. See summary.]

John Moore.
11th September 1745
Reference Numbert17450911-14
VerdictGuilty > with recommendation

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314. + John Moore , of Pancras , was indicted for assaulting, Sarah, the wife of John Price , on the King's highway, putting her in fear and danger of her life, and taking from her one gold ring, val. 10 s. and 2 s. 8 d. in money , July 19 .

Mary Price . On the 19th of July last coming by Bayswater, near Kensington in a chaise with Mrs. Sarah Taylor , about six or seven o'clock in the evening (it rained prodigious hard.) A person came up to the chaise with a crape over his face.

Q. Is the Prisoner the person?

Sarah Price . Yes.

Q. How did you see his face if he had a crape over it?

Price. He pulled his crape aside, as I suppose, to see who came each way. Then he demanded our money, and the gentlewoman who was with me, said, we have none. He damned us, and bid us give him what we had got. I said, I had 2 s. 8 d. and I gave it to him. Then he demanded Mrs. Taylor's money, she gave it to me, and I gave it to the Prisoner.

Q. How much was there?

Price. There was 7 d.

Q. Did he take any thing else from you?

Price. He took two gold rings, and rode off as hard as he could; we drove after him as hard as we could drive, till we saw two gentlemen; I then stood upright in the chaise, and cried out, a highwayman, a highwayman, he has robbed me, and they rode after him and took him.

Q. In how long time did they take him?

Price. I believe it could not be a quarter of an hour.

Q. Was he never out of your sight?

Price. He was never out of my sight. I saw them pull him off his horse, then we stopped, and they brought the Prisoner up to us, and asked us if we knew him: I said, yes, he was the person that robbed us, and he owned the fact.

Q. What did he say?

Price. He was asked whether he was the person that robbed us, and he said, yes, he was, but he hoped we would not prosecute him.

Prisoner. I would ask the lady whether she knows me to be the man?

Price. Yes; I saw your face, the crape was aside. This is the crape he had over his face.

Sarah Taylor . The Prisoner is the man that robbed us, and he was brought back to us, and the gentlemen that took him asked him whether he was the man that robbed us, and he said, yes, he was the man, and hoped that we would not prosecute him.

Mrs. Taylor being asked whether every part of Mrs. Price's evidence was true, she said it was, so she was informed it was needless to relate the account of the robbery.

Ralph Marsh . On Friday the 19th of July, myself in company with Henry Stevenson , were going to our respective homes. When we came to Tyburn turnpike, there was a cry of highwayman, (it rained violently hard) and the first person I saw was the Prisoner John Moore , on a black horse. I got into the same track, and rode after him, and did design to ride over him, but he turned out of the way, (I suppose he was surprised to hear somebody so near him) and my horse rode before him: I could not immediately stop my horse; so soon as I would I turned my horse, and rode after him again, and he turned his horse against Mr. Stevenson's. I caught hold of his right hand, and we both came down together. Upon this Mr. Stevenson and I secured him; he asked what we wanted with him; I said there was a hue and cry after him, and if he had done any thing amiss he must answer for it, and he should. He struggled a little, and desired us to let him go; I told him I could not; he said, then I am a dead man. I said, how do you know that? He said it was the first robbery that ever he committed. I said it was too soon now, so Mr. Stevenson and I led him, he went between us, I laid hold of his left arm, and Mr. Stevenson of his right. In leading him along the road, he begged for mercy, and said he had robbed two women of a small trifle; I think he said of about 18 d. or 2 s. and some half-pence, and two gold rings, and desired us to let him go. We carried him up to them, and Mrs. Taylor said, I thank you, Sir, that is the man that robbed us. We went to the White-hart, and had a pot of beer, and desired the women to let me know where I might call upon them. The Prisoner had a pistol in his pocket loaded with shot. I think he had about three shillings in silver and some brass. I asked where the rings were, he said he had put them into his pocket. I desired him to sit down, and told him if he would not sit down, I would tie him. So I searched his breeches for the rings, but could not find them. He said there were holes in his pockets, and they might get into the lining, so I unbuttoned the knees of his breeches and they dropped out.

Q. to Henry Stevenson . Have you heard the evidence that has been given by Mr. Marsh?

Stevenson. Yes.

Q. Is it true?

Stevenson. Yes.

Q. Had he a pistol?

Stevenson. Yes; it was in his right hand pocket, and I took it out.

Prisoner. My Lord, I am a poor unfortunate unhappy fellow, it was the first fact that ever I committed. I never did any such thing in my life before, I never was a person that was extravagant in my life; nor I never did any wrong to any person in my life. My wife and family were ill and in distress, and I was drove to necessity, and that brought me to this.

Walter Collins . The Prisoner is a fan maker, he is a very honest man, and has paid me pounds for work that I have done for him. He followed the trade till it grew so bad, that he could not live by it, and then he took to other business.

Q. What other business did he take to?

Collins. He kept a vine vault. I have done work for him within these two years, in putting up a sign in Bridges street; he left that house and took another house in the Strand, but I did not do any thing for him there.

Sarah Bigs . I have known the Prisoner about five years, he lodged with me about a year and a quarter: he was a journey-man then, in the business of fanstick making.

Q. How long is that ago?

Bigs. It is about three years ago.

Henry Deshorough . I have known the Prisoner about thirteen years, and have been pretty conversant with him till within these twelve months, and he had the character of a very honest man.

Thomas Deshorough . I have had dealings with him, and he was always accounted a very honest man.

Thomas Gurney . I am a perriwig maker. I have known him 14 or 15 years, and among our acquaintance he was reckoned one of the honestest men that we knew.

Joseph Streng . I have known him about 7 years, and he always bore a good character, and the character of an honest man for whatever I heard.

Thomas Simpson . I am a taylor. I have worked for him fifteen years. - I have not worked for him for four or five years last past. He always bore a good character, and I never heard a person speak ill of him in my life. Guilty, Death .The Jury begged the favour of the court to recommend him to his Majesty's mercy, on account of his being of a good family, and as they all believed it was the first fact that ever he committed .

Ephraim John Mansell.
11th September 1745
Reference Numbert17450911-15
VerdictNot Guilty

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315. Ephraim John Mansell , of Fulham , was indicted for stealing twelve razors, val. 2 s. and six books, val. 12 d. the goods of Richard Blunt , May 1 .

Richard Blunt . I live at Walham Green . I lost twelve razors and six books out of a closet in my house. I lost twelve books but I had six of them again.

Q. Who had you them from?

Blunt. I had them from one Samuel Davis .

Q. Do you know them to be yours?

Blunt. Yes, excellently well.

Q. (the cross examination) Did not the Prisoner lodge in your house?

Blunt. Yes.

Q. When did you miss these razors?

Blunt. I did not miss them till every one of them were gone.

Q. Did you ever lend him any razors?

Blunt. No , I never did.

Q. Have you had any quarrel with him?

Blunt. No; only on this account, for I took him to be an honest man before.

Q. Did you find any of the razors?

Blunt. I found one of the razors at Samuel Davis 's, and he said the Prisoner gave it to him.

Q. What is the Prisoner?

Blunt. He is a schoolmaster.

Q. How many scholars did he use to have?

Blunt. He has had thirty or forty scholars.

Q. Do you think a man who has so many scholars would steal a few old razors?

Blunt. He did do it.

Q. Had you a search warrant?

Blunt. Yes.

Mary Blunt . Wife of Richard Blunt confirmed the evidence of her husband.

Samuel Davis . John Mansell made me a present of these two razors. Mr. Blunt's son came over to my house one Sunday morning, and saw me shaving myself , and he said he could swear to one of those razors, that it was his father's.

John Blunt . I found these two razors at Davis's, and this razor I know to be my father's, by reason of there being a bit broke off the end of the blade in trying to get it out of the handle.

Prisoner. Gentlemen, I am quite unacquainted with the proceedings of this court, and therefore I hope you will excuse me if I say any thing that is contrary to the rules of this court. Mr. Davis did come to borrow a razor of me, and while I was with Mr. Blunt I borrowed some razors of him (I think it was some time in October) I would ask Mr. Blunt whether I did not desire to borrow some razors of him? said he, there is a box of old razors, take what you will, and I took three; I was going to get some oil to set them with, and he said he had got something in his house that would do as well, and he lent me that.

Richard Blunt . Upon my oath I never lent him a razor in my life, or gave him one, and he never asked me for one. I did lend him a thing that we whet knives upon, but that is not fit for razors.

Mary Ford . My daughter carried those things of Mr. Blunt's over to his house, that were found at Mr. Mansell's.

Q. What things were they?

Ford. There were seven books, three razors, a hammer and a flower tub

Mr. Burgess. I was informed that Mr. Blunt had a warrant against Mr. Mansell. I said Mr. Mansell would insist upon his innocence and character.

Q. What character does he bear?

Burgess. I have known him ever since he has

been there, and he always behaved himself with a great deal of reputation and justice.

Q. Do you know Richard Blunt ?

Burgess. Yes, very well, and I know him to be a very malicious man, and loves to be litigious.

Mr. Gilbert. (the Headborough) Blunt was 3 times at my house to bring me the warrant, but I was not at home. Mr. Mansell sent me a letter, and said he heard there was a warrant out against him from Mr. Blunt, and he said he would come to me, and he did come to me, and desired I would execute the warrant. Mr. Mansell is a man of a very good character, and I was sorry he should fall into such hands.

Q. What is his character in the neighbourhood?

Gilbert. His character from all the gentlemen that ever I was in company with is that of an honest young man.

Q. Do you think he would steal old razors and old books ?

Gilbert. I believe he is as innocent of it as I am myself .

Q. Do you know Mr. Blunt ?

Gilbert. I have lived two years over against him , and his character is such, that if he could take any advantage he would, and I believe he would serve me the same. if he had an opportunity .

Mr. Cope . I never knew a man of a better character in my life than Mr. Mansell , and that was the reason of my being his bail . Blunt said it might have been made up, if it had not been Mr. Mansell's fault.

Thomas Scott , Esq; Mr. Mansell has a very good character , and it was his character that made me be his bail .

Q. Do you think he would be guilty of stealing any razors?

Scot. I believe he no more stole the razors than I did.

Q. What character has Mr. Blunt?

Scot. Mr. Blunt's character is as indifferent an one as any man can have.

It appearing to be a malicious prosecution, Mr. Mansell was honourably acquitted .

Susanna Hall.
11th September 1745
Reference Numbert17450911-16

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316. Susanna Hall , otherwise Susanna Smith , of London, was indicted for stealing two gowns, val. 10 s. two cambrick half handkerchiefs, val. 1 s. two muslin handkerchiefs, val. 12 d. one silk handkerchief, val. 6 d. one linen handkerchief, val. 3 d. three aprons, val. 3 s. three shifts, val. 5 s. six silver tea spoons, val. 7 s. a pair of silver tea tongs, val. 18 d. and two silver spoons, val. 7 s. 6 d. the property of James Randall . July 19 .

Elizabeth Randall . The Prisoner was my servant , she came to live with me on Monday the 15th of July, and I lost these goods on Friday the 19th. About 4 o'clock in the morning the door was found open by our own workmen , when they came to work, and she was stopped the same morning with the goods by Mr. Paine, a pawnbroker.

Matthew Paine . On the 19th of July, about 6 o'clock in the morning, the Prisoner brought four silver tea spoons to me, and she asked 8 s. upon them; I said, if she would make them out to be her property I would lend her six shillings upon them. She said they were her sister's . Seeing her in a little confusion I suspected her, and bid my boy go with her to her sister's, but she did not carry him to her sister's: and the boy brought her back to me, and then she owned whose they were; and she gave me two more spoons, and told me whose they were; she said they were Mr. Randall's, in Bartholomew Cross . I went with her to Mr. Randall's, and he threatened to charge the constable with her, if she did not tell where the other things were; and the constable said he would intercede with Mr. Randall as far as he could, to be merciful to her; and then she gave him the bundle.

Elizabeth Bell . I have known the Prisoner about five years, I know she left Jonathan Wadland 's service on the Tuesday, and went into Mr. Randall's service the Monday following.

Another Witness. She was a lodger with me about a week, and I trusted her with a great deal of linen that I had of gentlemens, and she never wronged me at all. She went from me to Mr. Randall's to live.

Mary Crisp . I have known the Prisoner ever since she was born.

Q. Is not she a relation of yours?

Crisp. Yes, she is a relation of mine. She came of a very honest family, and I believe no body can stain the family with any thing but this - I am her sister. Guilty .

[Transportation. See summary.]

Elizabeth Dolman.
11th September 1745
Reference Numbert17450911-17
VerdictNot Guilty

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317. Elizabeth Dolman , of St. Leonard, Shoreditch , was indicted for stealing a pair of silver shoe buckles, val. 9 s. the goods of Robert Mackie , and 18 d. in money , the property of Isabella Field , August 5 .

Isabella Field. I went out early one morning, and the Prisoner desired me to come and see her room, and there were her and her husband; said she, what will you give us? I said I cannot stay: but I gave her some half-pence to get some liquor. I had my master's silver buckles in my pocket, a silver shilling and a silver six-pence.

Q. What is your master's name?

Field. His name is Robin Mackie . If your Lord-ship pleases I'll tell you the story from the beginning to the end.

Q. Where is the Prisoner's room?

Field. There she stands

Q. Where is the room?

Field. It is in Shoreditch .

Q. How do you know the Prisoner took them?

Field. Because there was no body there but her husband and herself. She called her husband to kiss her, and then she stopped the money into his hand. She said, my dear , buss me; and he said he did not want any of her bussing

Q. Are you sure you had the buckles in your pocket when you went into the room?

Field . I am sure I had them in my pocket when I gave her the half pence to buy the liquor. I cannot say but I fell asleep, for I was a little vexed in my mind .

Q. Then you think the buckles were taken from you when you was asleep?

Field. I don't know but they might.

Q. Did you know her before?

Field. I knew her by seeing her in the street, but I never was in her room before .

Q. What did you go for then?

Field. Because she pulled me down the alley.

Prisoner. I met her in Shoreditch with a bloody apron and handkerchief. She had been fighting, and I advised her to go home, but she went with me to my lodging. We had two or three drams, and I fell down to sleep, but whether she had the buckles with her, or whether she was awake or asleep I can't tell .

Q. What is her master?

Prisoner. He keeps a lodging house for all sorts of people. Acquitted .

Philip Devine.
11th September 1745
Reference Numbert17450911-18
VerdictGuilty > lesser offence

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318. + Philip Devine , of St. Martin's in the Fields , was indicted for stealing 150 complete sets of the 1st, 2d, 3d and 4th vol. of the Roman history, By Ozell, of the value of 30 l. 400 sheets, being part of the 5th and 6th vol value 3 l. and 200 books of the 4th vol. value 10 l. the goods of Francis Blayer , privately in the warehouse of the said Francis , July 17 .

Francis Blayer . These goods were in a warehouse belonging to Mr. Carne, I had not room to put them in my warehouse, so he gave me leave to put them into his, till I could get a chap to buy them; and when I came to look for them, there were only thirteen bundles out of 47. I discovered it first by this; my wife sent a pair of muffatees to Mr. Avery to be died, and they were sent home in some of my paper. I enquired how he came by that paper , and he said he bought it of one Mr. Roberts .

William Roberts . In November last, the Prisoner's wife brought a parcel of this paper in loose sheets in her apron, and I gave her two pence farthing a pound, which is the common price for waste paper; I had about three hundred weight of her, and I made use of it from November till the 17th of July, before I knew it was stole, and then Mr. Carne and Mr. Blayer came to me to know if I had got that paper: so I took the Prisoner and his wife up, and the remainder of the paper I had left, was returned to Mr. Carne's house . I carried them before Sir Thomas Deveil , and he committed him, and discharged his wife: he was committed upon his own confession , he owned he sold great part of the paper himself .

Q. Did he say he took it?

Roberts. He said he was ruined and undone forever.

Q. What business is the Prisoner?

Roberts. He is a carver by trade.

Charles Carne . The Prisoner worked with me two years, and when Mr Blayer brought this cargo, which was a very large one, I told him, I had a large warehouse to put it into, and I did not think any of my men would take it; the front of the pile always remained whole, and they had taken it away behind, and had as it were scooped it. Mr. Blayer said, Mr. Carne here is but very little paper left, here are but thirteen bundles; I said to the Prisoner, you had better confess the fact; and he said, he had sold between four and five hundred weight to one; I have three hundred, three quarters, eleven pound and a half , which he had sold to Mr. Ninn . When the Prisoner worked for me, he always behaved very well. I paid him a guinea a week, and when he worked piece work, I have paid him 25 or 30 l. a week. I would employ him again if he was at liberty, to make any work at home.

John Ninn . My servant bought two parcels of paper of the Prisoner of about half an hundred weight each, and I paid him for a third of about half an hundred, and there were several other parcels that he brought afterwards .

Francis Blayer . I sold the thirteen bundles to Mr. William Rayner , for 32 l. 16 s. which makes my whole loss, according to that computation, amount to 85 l.

Charles Carne . The Prisoner said, he cut the sheets so, as to put them into his pocket or into his breast, for if he had carried never so little a

thing openly, I must have seen it, as he came out .

Prisoner. I never stole any of the paper, but it was brought me, and I sold it.

Godwin Prime. I asked him, (I think it was in New Prison) how he came to do so, and he said the devil possessed him: he said, he took the paper by piece-meal, and desired to speak with Mr. Crane and Mr. Blayer. I have entrusted him with a great deal, and he always had a good character; and I would employ him again, that is, if he made any goods at home, I would buy them of him.

The indictment being laid for stealing them in the warehouse of Francis Blayer , and it appearing they were stole in the warehouse of Charles Carne , He was acquitted of privately stealing in the warehouse, which is a capital offence, and found guilty of the felony only .

[Transportation. See summary.]

Ann Crew.
11th September 1745
Reference Numbert17450911-19
VerdictGuilty > theft under 1s

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319. + Ann Crew otherwise Carpenter , of St. Luke's Middlesex (together with - Hawthorn not taken) was indicted for breaking and entering the dwelling house of William Dudley , about the hour of two in the night, and stealing twenty seven doe skins, value 8 l. twelve skins, value 20 s. a shift, val. 2 s. 6 d. a gown, val. 10 s. a quilted bed gown, val. 12 d. a cotton apron, val. 12 d. a sheet, val. 2 s. a kettle, val. 12 d. two pair of stockings, val. 12 d. a wooden pail, val. 6 d. a curtain rod, val. 2 s. 6 d. &c. the goods of the said William Dudley , June 10th .

William Dudley . My house was broke open and robbed of Goods to the value of 15 l. either on the 9th of June at night or the 10th in the morning, every thing was fast at ten o'clock at night, and I lost all the goods mentioned in the indictment; the doe skins were worth at least 10 l. This bed gown of mine was found upon her.

Eliz. Carr. The Prisoner asked me if I would buy any thing; she only offered me this bed gown and two or three old things.

Margaret Laws . The Prisoner was a good servant to me for two years, about six years ago. Acquitted of the burglary, guilty of the felony to the value of 10 d .

[Transportation. See summary.]

Monica Branning.
11th September 1745
Reference Numbert17450911-20
VerdictNot Guilty

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320. + Monica Branning , of Christ Church, Middlesex , was indicted for assaulting Nicholas Grayley in a certain alley or open place, near the King's highway, putting him in fear, &c. and taken from him a watch, with an inside and an outside case made of silver, value 5 l. a silver chain, val. 10 s. and a silver seal, val. 1 s. his property.

Nicholas Grayley . I am a bricklayer and plaistrer . Some time in January last, I had been at Mr. Sparks's house in Phoenix Street, Spittle Fields , with a neighbourly club; I pulled out my watch to see what it was o'clock, and it was past eleven, and I went away, and at the corner of Buttermilk Alley, cross Phoenix Street I wanted to make water, and this woman [the Prisoner] wanted to have a buss of me, and she put one of her hands round my neck, and the other to my fob, and pulled my watch out, I felt it going, and missed it immediately, I put my hand upon her gown, and took hold of it (she had a printed linen gown on at that time) she turned round, and gave me a blow upon my hand, and made me leave my prize; the place was a little slippery, and with that and the blow she gave me, I fell down upon my two hands; upon which she run away, and I do not know which way she took. The next morning I went to the Justice's clerk to get a warrant for her, but I could not find her, she kept out of the way and I have not seen her since till about three weeks ago, when I was watching some goods for the landlord, I saw her go by, and took her up.

Q. Was the Prisoner at the house that you was in?

Grayley. Yes, I found out who she was, and I went to her mother's, and her mother told me she had not been at home all night, and said, she was a sad creature.

Prisoner. When did you miss your watch?

Grayley. I missed it immediately, and took hold of your gown directly .

Q. How can you be sure she is the person?

Grayley. I saw her face very plain in Buttermilk Alley.

Q. Was it light or dark?

Grayley. It was between dark and light.

Q. Did you return back to the house afterwards?

Grayley. Yes.

Q. And did you complain that you had lost your watch?

Grayley. When I went into the house, the woman of the house said, Mr. Grayley, I suppose you have lost your watch, and I said, yes madam, I have.

William Sparks . I keep that house; the Prosecutor and the Prisoner were in my house that evening.

Q. Were they in company together?

Sparks. Only in publick company, in the publick room. The Prosecutor went out first, and in eight or ten minutes, as near as I can guess, the Prisoner

soner went out after him: I wondered that he was gone, so went to look for him in the yard, but he was not there: as I was going to shut up the windows, he came and gave me a blow cross the back with his cane; said I, what is that for, Mr. Grayley! and then I heard a noise about the watch, and that he had lost it.

Q. Did he declare when he came back that he had lost his watch?

Sparks. When he struck me cross the back he did not say any thing about the watch, but pushed into the house directly, and then the company were all gone except his wife and another.

Grayley . Did not I ask you what the woman's name was?

Sparks. Yes, and I told you her name.

Q. Were they in liquor or not?

Sparks. Indeed, to my belief, neither the Prosecutor nor the Prisoner were sober.

Prisoner. His wife was drunk and lay cross two or three chairs.

Ann Owen . I have known the Prisoner a great while, she takes in dubbling, and goes out frequently with heavy loads, and if she was a bad creature she would hardly work so hard.

Ann Rot . I have known the Prisoner three quarters of a year, and I never knew any harm of her.

Mary Cooper . She lived with me two years and an half, and I had things of great value, and she never wronged me of any thing; and when work was slack, I know she and her child have lived a day upon a pennyworth of Leg of Beef.

Mary Lynch . I have known her these eight years, I have sent her many a time with my husband's watch, and she was always very honest; but I have heard there is money for taking her.

John Marioge . I am one of the Headborough's of the parish of Christ Church, where this fact was committed; and very often we are disturbed by people in that passage, and I do say it is impossible to swear to the face of a person in that place, for there is never a lamp in it. I would do the fair thing by every body, and that is the reason of my speaking in this affair.

Sparks. It is a dark ugly place, and it is difficult to distinguish a person's face there; and if there is a lamp in the day, it is knocked down in the night. Acquitted .

Richard Locker.
11th September 1745
Reference Numbert17450911-21

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321. + Richard Locker , of St. Martin's in the Fields , was indicted for assaulting Elizabeth Thompson on the King's highway, putting her in fear, &c. and taking from her two cambrick caps laced, val. 2 s. a cambrick handkerchief, val. 2 s. and a linen handkerchief, val. 3 d. the goods of Alexander Buchannan , Aug. 31 .

Elizabeth Thompson . On Saturday was seven-night, about ten o'clock at night. I was passing a little below Charing Cross; the Prisoner met me, and gave me a slap on the face, so that I could not see, and took my bundle from me.

Q. Whose goods are they?

Thompson. They are the goods of Alexander Buchannan , in Charles Street, Westminster , my husband works with him. After the Prisoner had taken my bundle, I took hold of the Prisoner and called watch, and he would not come; then I called out murder, and he would not come, but in a little while he did come, and the Prisoner was secured.

Q. Were these things in that bundle?

Thompson. They were all in that bundle.

Prisoner. Pray Madam, did not I immediately charge you with the watch, for taking my hat off my head?

Thompson. No.

Q. (to Thompson) What are you?

Thompson. I am a taylor's wife, and I take in washing, I live in Bedford Bury.

Lydia Blackwell . Mrs. Thompson asked me to go with her to her husband who was at Westminster, as Mrs. Thompson was going along with the bundle under her arm, a parcel of young fellows came up, and the Prisoner came up to Mrs. Thompson.

Q. Was he in company with the rest?

Blackwell. He was in company with them.

Q. What did he do?

Blackwell. Just below Charing Cross, he came up from those fellows, and gave Mrs. Thompson a slap on the face.

Q. Was it pretty hard?

Blackwell. I did not feel it; but it was hard to be sure, for she seemed to reel against me, and cried out watch, watch, Blackwell I am robbed; and she took hold of the Prisoner and held him fast, then the watch came, and he was secured.

Q. Are you sure he is the person?

Blackwell. I am positive of it, and that he gave her the blow.

Q. What light was there?

Blackwell. It was quite moon light.

Prisoner. I do not know any thing of it.

Emanuel Prior . I am a watchman of St. Martin's in the Fields; on Saturday was seven-night, there happened a little quarrel against my stand,

at last there was watch called; I went, there was the Prisoner and this gentlewoman [Thompson] he had hold of her hand I think, and she had hold of him, and I think she had his wig in her hand: she was for charging him, for assaulting her, and putting his hand against her belly: and he charged me with her for taking his ht. I strove to get him into the watch-house, but he was very resolute, and they did not to go into the watch-house.

Q. What he or she ?

Prior. He was very willing to go, but she was not; and madam Thompson delivered the Prisoner's hat into my hand, but the wig was thrown into the street, and they wanted to make their escapes.

Q. What the women?

Prior. Yes , the women. The young lad finding they were gone, run after them again, and overtook them, and laid hold of them again, and called for my assistance to lay hold of them again, and I carried them back to the watch *. They never talked of losing these things at first, but when they were retaken, then they talked of this robbery and losing these things; then we carried them to the Round-house.

* It is very strange that the constable nor any other of the Watchmen would appear; and it is to be hoped the character of this Watchman will be enquired into by the Gentlemen of the parish.

Q. Who ordered you to carry them to the Round house?

Prior. They had liberty to go home to their beds, and the boy was confined.

Q. How came they to be set at liberty, and the boy confined?

Prior. Because they brought friends.

Q. How came the boy to be committed?

Prior. Why they swore very hard and very positive, and the boy had nothing to say for himself.

Q. Do you know the Prisoner?

Prior. Yes, and I have known his father and mother there twenty years .

Q. What does the boy do for his living?

Prior. I do not know what he does.

Samuel Stafford . As to the fact the Prisoner is charged with I know nothing of, but I have known his parents these sixteen years , they lodged at my house when the prisoner was about twelve years of age. His father is a very good taylor ; I never heard any thing of the boy that was unhandsome, but I never heard much of him since that time.

William Ford . I have known the Prisoner about five years, and he is a very sober honest boy, I I never heard any thing amiss of him, he lives with his father [the boy is about eighteen years of age .]

Q. What business is he ?

Ford. He is a holder to a painter - his character is that of an honest industrious youth .

Nicholas Hudson . I have known the Prisoner twelve or thirteen years; I never knew or heard but he was a very honest lad, and bore no other then a good character; I never knew he was inned to cheat or defraud any body. He lives with his father, and used to be employed by a pa.

Jury. (to Mrs. Blackwell) After the boy had charged Mrs. Thompson, I desire to know whether she did go away or no, and he run after her ?

Mrs. Thompson made answer; Gentlemen, I was frightened with the slap that was given me on my face, and the woman that was with me said , I had better lose the thing than go to the Round-house , for I never was in trouble in my life ; and when I came to the Watch-house, the mob said , knock the Scotch bitch down; I was frightened, as I was with child; and Mrs. Blackwell said, you had better come back than lose your own life and the child's , if you lose your things.

Q. How came you to go out of the Round-house?

Thompson. I never was in the Round-house.

Q. Where did the women make their escapes from the watch?

Prior. Going to the Watch-house. Guilty Death .

Judith Tilley.
11th September 1745
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