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13th January 1758
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13th January 1758
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THE PROCEEDINGS ON THE King's Commissions of the Peace, Oyer and Terminer, and Gaol Delivery FOR THE CITY of LONDON, And also the Gaol Delivery for the County of MIDDLESEX, HELD AT JUSTICE-HALL in the OLD-BAILEY, On Friday the 13th, Saturday the 14th, Monday the 16th, and Tuesday the 17th of JANUARY,

In the Thirty-first Year of His MAJESTY'S Reign. NUMBER II. for the Year 1758. Being the Second SESSIONS in the MAYORALTY of THE RIGHT HONOURABLE Sir CHARLES ASGILL , Knt. LORD-MAYOR of the CITY of LONDON.


Printed, and sold by M. COOPER, at the Globe, in Paternoster-Row, 1758.

[Price Four-pence,]


King's Commissions of the Peace, and Oyer and Terminer, for the City of LONDON, and at the General Sessions of Gaol Delivery of Newgate, holden for the said City of LONDON, and County of MIDDLESEX, at Justice-Hall in the Old-Bailey, &c.

BEFORE the Right Honourable Sir CHARLES ASGILL, Knt. Lord-Mayor of the said City; Sir Thomas Parker , Knt. Lord Chief Baron of his Majesty's Court of Exchequer;* Sir EARDLY WILMOT, Knt. one of the Justices of the Court of King's-Bench; + Sir WILLIAM MORETON , Knt. Recorder, ++ and others his Majesty's Justices of Oyer and Terminer for the said City and County.

N.B. The Characters * + ++ direct to the Judge them the Prisoner was tried, also (L.) (M.) by Jury.

London Jury.

William Line

Joseph Pickles

Benjamin Hawkins

Robert Hughes

Robert Jackson


Thomas Chattle

Thomas Driver

Richard Foddy

Thomas Routlodge

David Jones

Owen Owen

Middlesex Jury.

am Heritage

el Slade

George Barber

am Collins

el Doyle

el Barnes

John Carpenter

Jonathan Jennings

Griffith Edwards

William Staples

Richard Fitzes

ard Gardner

Charles Welbeloved

James Edwards

Richard Jones

John Barnes

John Hill

William Stallan

David Salmon

Edward Gatton

Joseph Brownsworth

John Rawlinson

Richard Cox

Patrick Gilercraft

Edward Jolly.
13th January 1758
Reference Numbert17580113-1

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53.(M.) Edward Jolly was indicted for stealing silver spoon, value 5 s. the property of the right honourable Granville Leveson , earl Gower , December 27 . ++

Thomas Bareless . I am butler to my lord Gower. The prisoner is a soldier ; he came to see me, and was with me in the pantry, where much plate was, from about four in the afternoon till seven on the 27th of December last. On the next day Mr Fell, a pawnbroker, came and brought me a silver spoon, which I know to be my lord's property.

John Pell . The prisoner came to me on the 27th of December, brought the bowl of a silver spoon, and offer'd it to me to sale; but I suspecting it to have been stolen, sent my boy for a constable. Then I asked the prisoner where the handle was, who said he had it not. I charged the constable with him, ordered him to search him, and this handle was found upon him. (Producing the two pieces, deposed to as the property of lord Gower.

Prisoner's Defence.

I found the spoon as I was coming out of the pantry.

Guilty .

[Transportation. See summary.]

Elizabeth Tomkinson.
13th January 1758
Reference Numbert17580113-2
SentenceDeath > respited for pregnancy

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54. (M.) Elizabeth, wife of Thomas Tomkinson , was indicted for stealing one cloth coat, value 12 s. one camlet waistcoat, value 5 s. one camlet pair of breeches, value 4 s. the property of Lewis Vincent , one cotton gown, one quilted petticoat, the property of John Rash , one cotton gown, one linen ditto, and one pair of gold earrings. the property of Thomas Pointer , in the warehouse of John Herring . Oct. 30 . ++

John Herring . I am a pawnbroker, and live in Grafton-Street; the coat, waistcoat, and breeches mention'd in the indictment were brought by Mr.

Vincent's wife on the 28th of March last, and pawn'd for a guinea. (The coat and waistcoat produced in court.) The cotton gown and quilted petticoat, the property of Mr. Rash, his wife brought and pawn'd, the first on the 9th of February for 8 s. the other the 6th of July for 6 s. The two linen gowns and a pair of gold ear-rings are the property of Mr. Pointer, but I don't know the times they were brought. These things and many more I missed at several times; they were in my warehouse in October last, and before the month was out I missed them. Missing things daily I went with some patterns to Mr. William Humphrys , a pawnbroker, where I found a gown, (not laid in the indictment) which, he said, was pawn'd by the prisoner. I took her up on the 7th of December, and before justice Welch she confessed she had taken these goods, mention'd in the indictment, out of my warehouse, and by her directions I found them at different places where she had pawn'd them.

Q. Did you know her before?

Herring. She used to come often to my shop with small things; she lived near me.

Q. Did you ever see her in your warehouse?

Herring. I never did see her there.

John Melvil . I am servant to Mrs. Pash, a pawnbroker, in Bow-Street, Bloomsbury. The prisoner at the bar brought and pawn'd with me this quilted petticoat for 6 s. but I can't say the day; it was about the beginning of October.

Herring. That is the property of John Rash .

James Stiles . I am a pawnbroker, in Castle-Street; this coat here, and a pair of breeches not here, the prisoner pawn'd with me, and this waistcoat was brought and pledg'd by her husband.

Herring. They are the property of Lewis Vincent .

Stiles. The coat and breeches were pawn'd to me on the 17th of November for 7 s. She pawn'd also a cotton gown on the 26th of November for 5 s. (Producing one.)

Herring. This is the property of Mr. Rash.

Sarah Platt . I live in Monmouth Street, and keep a cloaths shop. I bought three linen gowns of the prisoner about two months ago for 20 s. I ask'd her if she was a dealer. She told me she was, and that she lived in Newport-Street, or by Newport-Market, I can't say which.

Deborah Humphrys . I am a pawnbroker. The prisoner pledg'd these gold ear-rings with my husband some time in November last, on which she had 4 s. She pull'd them out of her cars, and said she bought them of a jeweller in Denmark Street. (Producing them.)

Herring. She confessed she stole all the things here produced, and many more which we have not yet found, from out of my warehouse.

Prisoner's Defence.

A woman that did work for me came when I was not at home, and left a bundle of things with my little boy, who is about seven years of age, and said she would come again with more, which she did, and desired me to tell or pawn them for her.

Guilty . Death .

There was another indictment against her for a crime of the same nature.

Catherine Wells.
13th January 1758
Reference Numbert17580113-3
VerdictGuilty > lesser offence

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55. (M.) Catherine Wells , spinster , was indicted for that she on the king's highway, on Christopher Bowers , did make an assault , putting him in fear and danger of his life, and stealing from his person a silver watch, value 3 l. his property, against his will , Dec 27 . ++

Christopher Bowers I am apprentice to Jonathan Crook , a plaisterer , and am just turn'd of twenty years of age; betwixt six and seven o'clock, Dec. the 7th, near Long Acre, as I was going with a young man, named Anthony Johnson , the prisoner ask'd him to give her some beer, and he ask'd me to go with them. I went with him and her to her room to drink it, we had only a pot of beer. I gave her 6 d. to change, but she would not return me the change, and going down stairs she went cross the street in Mercers street, and fetch'd two fellows, who came and knock'd him down.

Q. Was you sober?

Bowers. I was.

Q. Was he sober?

Bowers. He did not stagger, and was pretty sober. I desir'd them not to use him ill.

Q. Do you know she brought them?

Bowers. They came out of a house directly with her. Then I was knock'd down. one hit him, and the other me; the prisoner stood just by, she neither spoke to the men nor me in my hearing.

Q. Was any thing demanded ?

Bowers. At first coming they began d - ning my companion's eyes, and ask'd him to give them a shilling before they struck him. The prisoner snatch'd my watch just as I got up again, and ran cross the way, thro' a house, and over a wall, and down into a cellar. I went and got a candle, and

went after her with assistance, and there we found her. I told my acquaintance she had taken my watch as soon as she took it. He went and got a constable, and near the cellar she drop'd the watch, close to my feet, in a puddle of water. We took her before Mr. Welch, where I charged her with taking my watch; she would not tell any thing of the fellows. She did not own the taking the watch to me.

Mr. Woodword. I am a constable. On the evening of the 27th of December, there came a young man to me, and said that his acquaintance had been rob'd of a silver watch, and desired I'd take the woman into custody. I went and found they had taken the prisoner in the cellar of an uninhabited house. I took her out from thence, but before I took her away a man gave me this watch; it was wet and dirty.

Prosecutor. I delivered the watch to one Walgrove till I got over the wall, he liv'd at next door.

Woodward. That man seeing I was a constable he delivered it to me. I took the prisoner before Mr. Welch, who committed her to New-Prison. (The watch produced in court, and deposed to by the prosecutor.)

Anthony Johnson . I was with the prosecutor at this time.

Q. Was you sober?

Johnson. I can't say I was right sober. We were going home about six o'clock on the Tuesday night after Christmas-day, and met with the prisoner, I don't know the name of the street. She ask'd us to give her a little beer, I said, I would, he gave her 6 d. to fetch some, but she did not give him the change. We had not got above six or seven yards from the door before she ran cross the way, when directly two fellows came out, and one said, d - n your eyes give her a shilling; for what said I. He directly knock'd me down, the other knock'd the prosecutor down, and I saw the prisoner at him. I did not see her take his watch, but she immediately ran down an entry. I went and fetched a constable, and when I came she was out of the cellar. Then we took her before Mr. Welch, but I did not hear her own any thing.

Q. Where did you see the watch ?

Johnson. I saw it in Mr. Walgrove's hands.

Q. Had there been any dispute with her about money before the men came?

Johnson. No, none at all.

Prisoner. I have witnesses to my character. I was coming with a young woman with me, and had a pot of beer, they ask'd to drink of it, I said they might, so they went with us to her room, and after he came into the street he wanted to be rude with me, but I would not let him, so he has swore this.

Elizabeth Wright . The prisoner lived with me three years. I am a fruiterer. I can't say what company she has been in since that. She was just and honest to me.

Mr. Wright. I am husband to the other evidence. I knew her about half a year, after I married her mistress; she behaved well that time.

Q. to prosecutor. Was there another woman with her when you met with her?

Prosecutor. There was, and she went up into the room with us, but we left her there when we came away.

Guilty of single Felony .

[Transportation. See summary.]

William Wilder.
13th January 1758
Reference Numbert17580113-4

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56. (L.) William Wilder was indicted for stealing four pounds weight of starch, value 2 s. the property of John and Joseph Fisher , Jan. 10 . ++

John Jones . I am servant to the prosecutors, they keep a grocer's shop . I saw the prisoner put his arm in at the door, and take a paper of starch from off a butt of currants. I said, friend leave it behind, he put it under his coat and I ran after him, he ran and flung the starch away. I took hold of him at about ten yards running. I brought him back, and took up the starch. This was last Tuesday.

Q. Whose starch is that?

Jones. It is my masters property, I weigh'd it, and had put it there.

Prisoner's Defence.

My witnesses are not here. Another man flung the starch there, and he took hold of me.

John Jones . I saw him take it with his left hand, and I also saw him throw it down.

Guilty .

[Transportation. See summary.]

James Bromfield.
13th January 1758
Reference Numbert17580113-5

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57. (L.) James Bromfield was indicted for obtaining a pound of green tea, value 8 s. by means of false pretences, &c. Dec. 2 . ++

Gyles Dance . I am a grocer in Gracechurch-street . The prisoner came to my shop on the 2d of Dec. and asked for a pound of green tea for Mr. Colebrook's house-keeper. I weigh'd it, he felt in his pocket, and said he had not money enough about him, that he'd call and pay me another time, and went away.

Q. Did he take the tea with him?

Dance. He did.

Q. Does Mr. Colebrook deal with you?

Dance. No, he does not.

Q. What is the value of the tea?

Dance. It is worth 8 s. Mr. Ireland happen'd to be in my shop at the time. He went home, and in about a quarter of an hour sent his servant for me she had detected the prisoner there on such an offence. I went, had my tea delivered to me again, and the prisoner was secured.

Prisoner's Defence.

I intended to have paid for it the Tuesday following.

Guilty .

[Transportation. See summary.]

Ann Gregory.
13th January 1758
Reference Numbert17580113-6

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58. (M) Ann Gregory . spinster , was indicted for stealing one 30 s. piece, twenty guineas, three half guineas, and 11 s and d in money number'd, the property of Joseph Lawranson , January 2 . ++

Abigall Lawranson. I have in New Palace Yard, the prisoner was my servant ; I missed money several times: the first time seven pounds. I missed it by four or five guineas at a time, and twenty-four pounds was found upon the prisoner when she was taken up.

Q. What reason have you to believe this was your money ?

A. Lawranson. She went away on the 2d of January, and on the 4th a person said to me he never saw the house so empty before of waterman. I said, I supposed they were all gone to the wedding (the prisoner was to have been married that day. He said, she does not want for money, for I saw her with 30 s. pieces, guineas and silver, to the amount of twenty pounds. I told my husband of it.

Q. Do you keep a publick house ?

A. Lawranson I do. I had told out 40 l. for the brewer. and laid they. When he came I said to him, here you He settled his book, counted the money, and said there was but 33 l. Then I saw him it over two or three times, and there was no more of

Q. Where did you use to put your money ?

A. Lawranson. I used to put it in a drawer in my escriore.

Q. Did you use to lock it?

A. Lawranson. We always did.

Q. Did you ever had the prisoner at it?

A. Lawranson. No, never. We had been very uneasy about the loss of money for some time. I thought my husband had made some mistakes, and he thought the same of me, not suspecting the girl at the bar, till we heard she had so much money. Then I told her I had lost the key of my drawer, and wanted to know if any of her keys would unlock it. She said she had but one, and delivered it to me; but finding that would not open it. I returned it to her again.

Q. How long had she lived with you?

A. Lawranson. She had lived with me six months, a fortnight, and three or four days. When she came to us she had no cloaths to her back, so I let her have 13 s. before it was due, to buy her a gown. After the money was found upon her she offer'd me a guinea, and took one out of her pocket, if I would not let her go to Bridewell; she felt down on her knee, asked me to forgive her and said, before the constable, that the money found upon her was mine, and that she had taken it out of the drawer.

Prisoner. Please to let the money be deliver'd up to me; then I am ready to take my trial, and will give an account how I came by it.

Joseph Lawranson . My wife told me she had missed money at several times, and we were very uneasy, not knowing which way it could go. I began to think it was high time to give over business. As soon as my wife understood, from the old man, a waterman, that the girl had got so much money about her, I thought proper to get a warrant for her, which I did from Mr. Wright, in Palace Yard. Having intelligence she was somewhere in the Mint, in Southwark, I sent the constable and a porter there to see for her. The porter returned, and told me they had found her with a great deal of money about her. I went to justice Wright, got a search warrant, and went to the prisoner and constable.

Q. Was you by when she was searched?

Lawranson. No, I was not; the constable produced the money, which, he said, he found upon her.

Q. Was she by at the time?

Lawranson. She was, and said it was my property; that she took it out of the drawer at several times.

Q. What was the sum?

Lawranson. Twenty guineas, three half guineas, eleven shillings and six pence in silver, and a 36 s. piece. She would not confess how she got the drawer open, but said she found the buroe open. The constable after this insisted upon searching her, which he did, and found some tea spoons and other things somewhere about her stockings. She at last pretended they were her mother's but afterwards owned they were bought with my money.

Q. Did you promise to forgive her, on condition she would confess ?

Lawranson. No, I did not.

Court. Prisoner, have you any questions to ask your master ?

Prisoner. I will not speak till the money is delivered up.

John Munn . I am a constable: I went over with a warrant in order to apprehend the prisoner at the bar, and in or near Mint Square I saw her running. I went and took hold of her, and said she must go along with me, for she had rob'd her master. She beg'd of me to let her go to a publick house, where she had an acquaintance. I said I should take her to a house where I had some purl, which I did. Then she beg'd leave to speak to the landlady of the house, and went into the bar to her. I thought I saw her put her hand under her arm and pull out a little purse, and offer it to the landlady. The landlady said, God forbid, held he hand up, and said to me, I believe here is the money you have been talking about. After that the prisoner denied she had any money; but when the landlady said there is money, for she put it to my hand, but I would not take hold of it; then the prisoner produced it to her; she delivered it to me, and I to the landlord, and desired him to count it, which he did; there were twenty guineas, three half guineas, a 36 s. piece, and eleven shillings and six pence in silver. Then I sent for a constable out of the Borough. He came, and we judged it proper to send for the prosecutor; so I did, and he came. Then I searched the prisoner, and found a silver cream pot, a pair of silver tea tongs, three little tea spoons, and a large table spoon in her stockings I ask'd her how she came by them. She said, they were bought with her master's property, and also that the money was his.

Q. Was you before a magistrate at her examina tion?

Munn. I was, and so was her master; she acknowledged the very same before justice Wright, both the money and plate.

Q. Were there any promises or threats made use of to induce her to confess ?

Munn. No, there were none at all.

Mary Gumse . The prisoner at the bar, was an intire stranger to me. After the constable brought her into my house, she came to the bar to me, and desired to speak to me; she came into one corner of the bar and privately ca'd a purse into my hand, and desir'd I would take care of it for her. I said I would have nothing to do with it. and call'd to the constable to take it. Then the prisoner denied it, but the constable insisted upon her delivering it, and she produced it; at first she said it was her own. It was counted, to the best of my memory there were twenty guineas, three half guineas, a 36 s. piece, and 11 s. 6 d. in silver. I heard her own before the justice that it was her master's property.

The prisoner was call'd upon to make her defence. Her answer was. She did not chuse to speak till the money was delivered up.

Guilty .

[Transportation. See summary.]

Joseph Weeley.
13th January 1758
Reference Numbert17580113-7

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59. (M.) Joseph Weeley was indicted for stealing seventeen yards of sattin brocade, value 8 l. forty yards of silk, call'd lutestring, value 8 l. and thirty-five yards of silk, value 6 l. the property of William Neal , in the dwelling-house of the said William , Dec. 23 .*

William Neal. I live in Bedford-street, Covent-Garden . I am a silk mercer . The prisoner was my servant , in the capacity of a journeyman . He lived with me about three quarters of a year. I believe he went away the latter end of August last. He was taken up for some other fact, by which means this came out. I had missed goods, but could not charge him or any body else with taking them, but then I had not missed these particular goods that are mentioned in the indictment.

Q. When was he taken up?

Neal. I believe it was some time in October last. He being in Newgate, and distressed for money, sent this letter ( producing one) which was intercepted, and Mr. Fielding sent for me; and I knowing it to be the prisoner's hand-writing, he delivered it to me. It is directed to Mr. Coyde, and is to this purport, '' Please to let the bearer have '' that piece of silk, call'd lutestring, paying what '' you have lent upon it, and when that is sold it '' will fetch the other things which you have got '' of mine.''

Q. Are you sure you know his hand-writing?

Neal. I know his hand writing very well.

Q. Where does Mr. Coyde live?

Neal. He is a pawnbroker in Leather Lane, Holbourn. I took a constable and search warrent. and went there, and found the goods mention'd in the indictment, that is, forty yards of silk, call'd lutestring, between seventeen and eighteen yards of sattin Brocade, and about thirty-five yards of figur'd silk, my property, which I must have lost between Nov. 1756, and Oct. 1757. I took up her Coyde for having these things in his custody, imagining he knew them to have been stolen.

Q. from prisoner. Did not you trust me with your effects to a great value, and also to carry out goods to shew to customers?

Neal. To be sure I did, and with bills to receive perhaps 500 l. at a time, for what I know, or more.

Q. from prisoner. Did not I bring them to account?

Neal. Every thing of that sort, as I thought then.

Q. from prisoner. Whether you did not trust me with two thousand pounds worth of goods at a time to carry out to customers ?

Neal. I have a great many thousand pounds worth of goods in my shop, but he could not take out two thousand pounds worth at one time.

Q. Did you ever send the prisoner with any goods to pawn?

Neal. No, I never did.

William Bowyer . I am journeyman to Mr. Coyde, a pawnbroker in Leather Lane.

Q. How long have you lived with him?

Bowyer. Five years.

Q. Do you know the prisoner?

Bowyer. I have known him about three years, ever since he used to come to our house.

Q. Did he use to come frequently?

Bowyer. He did.

Q. What did he use to bring to your house?

Bowyer. He has pawn'd silks.

Q. When ?

Bowyer. About two years ago. The first time of his coming was with some stuffs, and silk with it.

Q. Who took them in?

Bowyer. My master and I. ( Some pieces of silk produced, he takes up a price ) This I took in of the prisoner on the 17th of February last in the evening.

Q. to prosecutor. Look at this piece?

Prosecutor. Here is about thirty-five yards of it, it is my property.

Bowyer. Here is another piece which the prisoner brought at the same time, and had 7 l. on them both (taking another piece in his hand. ) He has sometimes brought pieces and took others out, and used to have about 4 l. or 5 l. at a time.

Q. Did you ask him any questions how he came by them?

Bowyer. Yes, he said he dealt among his friends and acquaintance, that he was going to marry a lady, and then his father would set him up; he said he had bought them.

Q. Did you know where he lived at that time?

Bowyer. No, I did not. When he brought the silk he said, he should be arrested if he had not the money that he had contracted for to pay for them.

Prisoner. Please to inquire what he swore before justice Fielding.

Court. We'll inquire into that presently.

William Ward . I live with Mr. Coyde, I am his apprentice, and have been for above three years. I have known the prisoner about two years, I have seen him several times at our shop, and was present when two pieces were taken in for 7 l. one night, and about the 16th of July he had on silk and stuff together 14 l.

Bowyer. There was a parcel he pawned with as before he went to live with Mr Neal.

John Nichols . I am a constable, I had a warrant from justice Fielding, and went to Mr. Coyde's house with Mr. Neal. I had the letter that the prisoner directed to Mr. Coyde, I produced it, and said, I was come for a piece of silk. Mr. Coyde told me he would not let me have it. He said he did not understand carrying on any correspondence with Mr. Weeley in Newgate. Mr. Neal was without a little way from the door, I step'd to him, and told him what he said. Mr. Neal went in with me. When we said we had got a search warrant, Mr. Coyde said he would go and fetch the silk down, and went and brought down several pieces. (The pieces here produced )

Q. Where is Mr. Coyde ?

Bowyer. He was at home this morning?

Prisoner's Defence.

Mr. Neal employ'd me to act in his absence, and has several times trusted me with several quantities of goods, and great sums of money. These good, here are privately minuted down, but I never brought them to an account. I have at divers times taken silks and pledged them for my own present necessity, till my wages came to be due, and I have taken others in their room, and brought them home to keep up my credit. I intended to have returned every thing that I am charged with. Mr. Neal wrote to my friends for my general character, and I had the best of characters. I have lived with Mess. Wood and Co. in Chandois-street. I came from Warwickshire.

As the prisoner refer'd to the examination of Bowyer before justice Fielding, it was read in court to this purport, '' That he had been servant to Mr.

'' Coyde five years, and had known the prisoner '' about three, who told him he was journeyman to '' Mess. Wood and Co. in Chandois-street; that '' he pawn'd at different times silks and stuffs, and '' that he had heard his master Coyde say he was '' afraid the silks belong'd to his master, and that '' he knew well the prisoner's person, having frequently '' seen him at his master's shop, where he '' was very familiar, 'and that he asked Mr. Coyde '' to come there to see him.''

Guilty , Death .

John Craven.
13th January 1758
Reference Numbert17580113-8

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60. (M.) John Craven was indicted for stealing 4 s. in money number'd , the money of Richard Whitley , December 6 . +

Richard Whitley . I keep a publick house in Chandois Street . The prisoner came to my house, about five or six in the evening, on the 6th of December; he sent for me out of another room, and wanted to speak with me. When I came to him he desired to know if I had got a horse to left to a gentleman of his acquaintance. I said, I had not. Then he desired me to make him six pennyworth of brandy and water. While I was about to do it he went out into the street, came in again, and desired to know if I could give him silver for a guinea. I was then at the bar.

Q. Was any body in your house at the time?

Whitley. There were several people. I took out some silver from the till, and was telling it over on the bar. He said, lend me 4 s and 6 d. and immediately took up some money from the bar; I don't know whether he took more or less, but I suppose he took what he ask'd for, and went out of the house directly. I had not counted it over, if I had I should have known what he had taken.

Q. Did you agree to lend it to him?

Whitley. No, I did not; he had taken it, and was gone before I could get up the rest of my money, or speak a word to him about it.

Prisoner. He said to me, Mr. Brown the butcher is in the next room, will not you go in and see him? Please to ask him that.

Whitley to the question. That was before he ask'd me to change a guinea. I had seen him with Mr. Brown before several times, and at first I thought he was come to him.

Q. Did he produce a guinea?

Whitley. I saw no guinea he had.

Q. Was you acquainted with the prisoner before this?

Whitley. No, I was not.

Q. What is the prisoner?

Whitley. I can't tell what he is; he used to go very gay.

Q. from prisoner. Whether or no you have not frequently brought a silver tankard to the door, and trusted me to drink out of it at night time?

Whitley. If Mr. Brown was with him, to be sure I would have trusted him with any thing. I don't know that ever I trusted the prisoner alone with a tankard.

Q. When did you take the prisoner up?

Whitley. He was not taken up on my account, but on some other, and committed on the 9th of December.

Q. from prisoner. Has any body desired you to prosecute me ?

Whitley. No. I was told the prisoner was a very bad man, and I should do justice to the publick if I did do it.

Prisoner's Defence.

I had a porter to send for some things of mine, and I wanted change for a guinea; so I desired him to lend me 4 s. and 6 d. for the porter to carry with him. I took it, and went away, having some business with a gentleman, and did not come back again. I did not in the least suspect but what he would credit me.

To his Character.

Francis Gwyn . I have known the prisoner seven years; he is a customer to me.

Q. What trade are you of?

Gwyn. I am a peruke maker.

Q. Where did the prisoner live?

Gwyn. He lived most of the time in Southampton-Street.

Q. Was he a house-keeper?

Gwyn. He was; it was a tavern I think they call'd it; there were grapes hung out at the door.

Q. What has been his general character?

Gwyn. He dealt with me, and paid me very honestly for every thing that I did for him.

Q. What character have you heard of him?

Gwyn. I have heard that he was a person that played a little, but I never inquired into his character.

Daniel Rafferty . I live on Saffron-Hill, and am a chair maker. I have known him sixteen years, and more: he once work'd in the same shop as I did.

Q. When was this ?

Rafferty. It is some years ago. He has come to my master where I work, bought goods, and paid honestly for them; and so he has of me.

Q. Did you use to see him frequently?

Rafferty. I used to see him may be once or twice in a year.

Q. What is his general character ?

Rafferty. I was quite at a distance from him; I heard he paid his way very well.

Guilty .

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Jane Widderington, Richard Coulter, Ann Coulter.
13th January 1758
Reference Numbert17580113-9
VerdictGuilty > lesser offence

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61. (M.) Jane Widderington , spinster , was indicted for that she, on the king's highway, on Ann, wife of Richard Coulter , did make an assault, putting her in corporal fear and danger of her life, and stealing from her person 6 s. and 6 d. in money number'd , the money of the said Richard, January 4 . +

Ann Coulter . I live in Little Paulin-Street, Hanover-Square, and sell old cloaths. On Wednesday was se'n-night, at about seven at night, I was at the end of Field-Lane, by the One Tun alehouse, buying a rabbit, after I had been and sold my things.

Q. Where had you sold your things?

A. Coulter. To a Jew in the street; there came the prisoner and a little woman, who was big-belly'd, and stood very near me; they said nothing to me nor I to them. I took out my money, paid six-pence for the rabbit, and put the rest in my pocket again.

Q. How much money had you?

A. Coulter. I had six shillings and six-pence, and some halfpence. Then I went up Holbourn, and they followed me. I crossed the way, near Hatton-Garden end, and went on the left-hand side of the way; they still following me, I asked the prisoner what she followed me for? She said, I don't follow you, I am about my business. I asked her what her business was? She said she was a woman of the town I said, have you no other way to get your bread? She said, no. I said, how long have you been in this way She said, almost twelve months. I recommended to her to get a basket, and attend the market as a basket-woman. She said she had not a halfpenny in the world, and had not broke her fast all day; the other little body being very big with-child, I told her she had better apply to the parish in her circumstances, being seemingly destitute of every thing. The prisoner asked me to give her a draught of beer. I went into a publick-house, call'd for a pint of beer, and gave it to them.

Q. Where was this house?

A. Coulter. It is a pretty way up Holbourn. I took out my money to pay for the beer, when I had four shillings and a half crown besides the halfpence. We all three came out of the house together, after I had paid for the beer. As soon as we were out at the door the prisoner flew at me, and said, you b - h, give me the money, for you have pick'd up a cull, and it is mine.

Q. What company was there in that house when you was there?

A. Couter. We were in the front room, at the fire place, where were several people. She held my hand, got her other hand to my pocket, and took out my money. I held her as well as I could, and never let her go 'till the people came to my assistance. The other went off: I never saw any more of her. I had a great mob about me, and a constable, named Field, came out of a house hard by, and secured her; and when we ask'd her for the money, she said a man without a hat had taken some of the money out of her hand.

Q. Did you know the prisoner before?

A. Coulter. I never saw her before that night to my knowledge.

Q. Did a man speak to either of you in the street?

A. Coulter. No; no man spake to either of us all the way we came along.

Q. What was the sign at that publick house?

A. Coulter. I don't know.

Prisoner. She paid for the beer, and had her money in her hand; there was a country-man came along with her, and talk'd to her all the way.

A. Coulter. The prisoner never made mention of a man being with us, neither there or at the justice's; it is all false.

David Field . I am a beadle of St. Giles's, I was coming along my division that night, and went and spoke with my constable; while I was in at the Castle and Faulcon in Holbourn, betwixt eight and nine o'clock, there being a great noise in the street, I went out, where was the prosecutrix crying, who said she was rob'd. I ask'd who had rob'd her, she said that woman (meaning the prisoner) I said of what, she said of all her money, which was 6 s. and 6 d. I took hold of the prisoner, and had her before justice Welch, Who order'd her to be search'd; she said she had no money, but I found two shillings and a penny wrap'd up in an old dirty cap. I said to the prisoner you told me you had no money, how came you by this; she said that was part of the money she rob'd the other

woman of. She had concealed it under her arm pit. The justice order'd her