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16th January 1765
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THE WHOLE PROCEEDINGS ON THE King's Commission 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 Wednesday the 16th, Thursday the 17th, Friday the 18th, and Saturday the 19th of JANUARY.

In the Fifth Year of His MAJESTY's Reign. Being the Second SESSION in the MAYORALTY of The Right Honble Sir William Stephenson , Knt. LORD-MAYOR of the CITY of LONDON.

NUMBER II. PART II. for the YEAR 1765.


Sold by W. NICOLL, in St. Paul's Church-yard.

[Price SIX-PENCE.]


King's Commission of the Peace, Oyer and Terminer, and Gaol-Delivery, held for the City of LONDON, &c.

James West, John Hussey.
16th January 1765
Reference Numbert17650116-1

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92. (M.) James West and John Hussey were indicted for stealing one duffil cloak, value 4 s. the property of William Juckson , November 2 . *

William Juckson . On the first of November, in the evening, I had two cloaks, and eleven yards of sattin, stole out of my shop, in the Cloysters , West-Smithfield . I advertised them that same night; and Mr. Lane, a pawnbroker, in Purple-Lane, stopt the cloak next morning, and brought it to me, (produced in court): I cannot swear to it; but here is an evidence that can.

John Lane. On the second of November, about eleven in the morning, Mary Davis brought this cloak to me to pawn; I having read the advertisement, stopt it: I knew her before.

Mary Davis . The two prisoners desired me to go and pawn this cloak, and said they had found it: I went to Mr. Lane's, to pawn it, and he stopt it.

Elizabeth Waklin . (She looks at the cloak) This is the property of Mr. Juckson: I had laid it in the window, where it had lain several days, before it was taken away.

West's Defence.

I was coming along with this yong man, (meaning Hussey) and I picked up this cardinal, in a handkerchief; we asked this young woman if she would sell it: she said she would pawn it, but could not sell it.

Hussey's Defence.

I had been of an errand for my father, and coming down Holbourn, saw this lie against a post; so we took it up, and got her to go and pawn it.

Both Guilty . T .

Richard Deale.
16th January 1765
Reference Numbert17650116-2
VerdictGuilty > with recommendation

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93. (L.) Richard Deale was indicted for stealing a black gelding, value 10 l. 10 s. the property of John Allwin , January 11 . ++

John Allwin . I live at Bexley, in Kent ; last Thursday night I lost a black gelding, from off the common : the horse was fettered to a little mare: the lock was upon the mare and the fetter on the horse: she came home on the Friday morning, with the fetter to her leg. She being used to the horse, I doubt not but she would have followed him, had she not been incumbered: we could track the horse down a lane: I took my horse, and, with Mr. Austin, came to London; I enquired at New-Cross turnpike; we found the horse had been brought through there: I came to Smithfield about twelve o'clock, and about three I saw the prisoner upon my horse. I went to him, and asked him if that horse was to be sold? he said, yes. I took hold of the bridle, and led him into the George-yard; I asked the price; he told me eight guineas, or eight pounds; Mr. Austin said to him, Get down, friend: I took him by the sleeve, brought him into the inn, and sent for a constable: I said it was my horse, and asked him, how he could do so? he said he had not stole him, but bought him in the Borough, that morning.

Q. Did you know the prisoner before?

Allwin I do not know that he is known in my country: I think he came to my house, and asked for thrashing, about two months ago, but I am not certain.

Q. When had you seen the horse last?

Allwin. I saw him on the Thursday afternoon, about four o'clock.

Q. Describe him.

Allwin. A black gelding, with a bald face, three white feet, a swelling on the withers, and a little saddle-spot on the off-side: I bred him from a foal.

Q. How far is Bexley-Common from London?

Allwin. It is eleven miles from London.

John Austin . Mr. Allwin came to me the morning the gelding was missing, and desired I would go with him to London: we came to Smithfield together; we saw the prisoner on his gelding; he asked the price of him; the prisoner said eight guineas. When we asked him how he came by the gelding, he said he had swapped a little poney for him, in the Borough, that morning: we asked him at what house; he said it was in the street: we asked him where he lived; he said somewhere in Essex, and that he had lived at Queenhithe; and at this time, he said, he lived in London, sometimes in one place and sometimes in another: I knew the horse, from the foal.

Prisoner's Defence.

I came out of the country a little time before, and put my horse up in the Borough: I seeing a man with this horse, and another man talking to him about the horse, I said I would swap with him; his horse and mine were both put up at the George there, near St. Margaret's-hill; I observed, by his tail being tied up, that he was to be sold; I changed mine for the gelding: I had lain at the Saracen's-head, on Snow-hill, the night before, and my horse was there also. The man that I changed with told me he lived at Epsom: I brought him to Smithfield, intending to sell him in the afternoon, and this gentleman told me it was his horse.

Q. Have you any witnesses to this?

Prisoner. No.

Q. Would you have the ostler at the Saracen's-head sent for?

Prisoner. If the Court pleases; his name is John: I do not know his other name. (He is sent for.)

John Tison . I am ostler at the Saracen's-head, on Snow-hill.

Q. Look at the prisoner at the bar: do you know him?

Tison. I know him by sight; he had a horse three or four nights at our house.

Q. When?

Tison. About ten days ago: I cannot say justly the day.

Q. What sort of a horse was it?

Tison. A sort of a black gelding; a star in his face; between a black and a brown.

Q. How high?

Tison. I believe about fourteen hands high; it may be more.

Q. Do you call that a poney?

Tison. No; that is above the size of a poney.

Q. When was the last day he was at your house?

Tison. I cannot rightly recollect the day; but I am sure it was above a week ago.

Q. What do you think of last Thursday?

Tison. I am sure it was before last Thursday: I did not know he was taken up, 'till this moment I was sent for.

Guilty . Death . Recommended.

Jane West.
16th January 1765
Reference Numbert17650116-3
VerdictNot Guilty

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94. (M.) Jane West , spinster , was indicted for stealing a gold ring, value 3 s. the property of Christopher Swain , November 9 . *

Ann Swain . My husband is named Christopher, he and I had a few words about two months ago, and I went to a neighbour's house, name Mrs. White; the prisoner lodged there: I staid all night: she persuaded me to come to bed to her, rather than sit up in a chair all night; so I went to bed to her: I had my ring on my finger when I went to bed, and in the morning it was gone: the prisoner was taken up, and before Justice Welch she owned she had taken it, and pawned it to Mr. Humphreys; it was sent for to the justice's.

Mr. Humphreys. The prisoner at the bar brought this ring to me on the 9th of November, to pawn; she said it was her own ring: I lent her three shillings upon it, (produced in court, and deposed to.)

Prisoner's Defence.

I picked up the ring on the stair-head: the prosecutrix came in very drunk, and went out again for a dram; and when she came back she had lost her cloak from off her shoulders.

Prosecutrix. She took the ring from my finger.

Court. You did not say so at first.

Prosecutrix. She took it when I was asleep.

Prisoner to Humphreys. Pray what is my character?

Humphreys. I have known the prisoner seven or eight years: I never knew but that she was a very honest woman.

Acquitted .

Alexander Connell.
16th January 1765
Reference Numbert17650116-4

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95. (M.) Alexander Connell was indicted for stealing a cloth coat, value 5 s. and a waistcoat, value 2 s. the property of Alexander Forrester , Esq ; a hat, value 1 s. a pocket-book, value 2 d. and a pair of gloves, value 6 d. the property of Robert Gardner , December 27 . *

Robert Gardner . I am coachman to Mr. Forrester; we have our stable at the Bull-and-Gate , Holbourn : the things missing were in the stable I went out on the 27th of December, about five o'clock, and left all there safe; when I came back, about eight o'clock, I miss'd them: the coat and waistcoat were advertised by Mr. Wadley, in Monmouth-street, where we found them.

John Wadley . On the 27th of December, in the evening, the prisoner came to my shop; and asked me if I would buy a coat and waistcoat: I seeing they were livery cloaths, asked him if he had a right to sell them; he said he had: that his brother was a livery servant to one Mr. Fleetwood, on Ludgate-hill, and he came from him. I agreed to give him 5 s. and a pair of red shag breeches; but said he must bring me some body of credit, to prove what he had said, or I would go with him to his brother; he then began to hesitate, and wanted to have the things again: I could not leave my shop, but sent my brother with him, who returned, and gave me room to suspect they were stole. I then advertised the coat and waistcoat, and Mr. Forrester's servant came and owned them, (produced and deposed to.)

Prisoner's Defence.

I met a man in Queen-street, who had those cloaths on his arm; he desired me to go and sell them for him, and when I was stopt he ran away.

Guilty . T .

John Wallis.
16th January 1765
Reference Numbert17650116-5

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96. (M.) John Wallis was indicted for stealing a pair of worsted stockings, value 1 s. and twenty-four yards of stuff-gartering, value 2 s. the property of William Knight , January 11 . +

William Knight . I am a carpenter , and live in Shadwell ; my wife keeps a shop: coming home the 11th of this instant, I observed a man looking in at my window; we had before lost some handkerchiefs: I passed by the door, and stood in a convenient place, to observe him; there came another fellow to him; they both stood looking in at the door: as soon as I saw the prisoner take the things, mentioned in the indictment, I ran over and seized him; the stockings he had in his hand; he dropt the two pieces of gartering: I got assistance, and secured him; the other man ran away.

Prisoner's Defence.

I was going to Blackwall, to see if I could get on board an East-Indiaman; I was but just come home; there was a man there that ran away; I never meddled with any thing.

Guilty . T .

Moses Lawton.
16th January 1765
Reference Numbert17650116-6

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97. (M.) Moses Lawton was indicted for stealing a cloth coat, value 22 s. the property of James Murray , December 25 . ||

James Murray . I live at Islington. I lost a coat on Christmas-day at night, and found it again at Mr. Crow's, in Rosemary lane. I found it by the prisoner's confession before Justice Palmer.

Wilkinson Barnwell. I am a constable I had the prisoner in charge: he owned he came from Petticoat-lane, about eleven o'clock at night, and took this coat out of the stable, at Islington, and went and sold it to Mr. Crow, where it was found.

John Crow . I bought this coat of the prisoner at the bar, on the 26th of December. (Produced and deposed to).

The prisoner said nothing in his defence.

Guilty . T .

John Morris.
16th January 1765
Reference Numbert17650116-7

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98. (M.) John Morris was indicted for stealing four stuff curtains, value 3 s. and one cosoy seat to a chair, value 1 s. the property of Gerrard Bourn , and Joseph Dunnavan , December 13 . ||

Jerrard Bourn. I and Joseph Dunnavan are chairmen , and partners. On the 14th of December, we missed the things mentioned in the indictment, out-of our chair.

Henry Flood . The prisoner came into a cook's shop, in Gray's inn-lane, with the curtains and seat; I thought he was no chairman, and stopped him, and soon found they belonged to the prosecutors. (Produced and deposed to).

Prisoner's Defence.

A man gave me six-pence to carry the things to Field-lane.

Guilty . T .

Daniel Williams.
16th January 1765
Reference Numbert17650116-8
SentenceMiscellaneous > branding

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99. (M.) Daniel Williams was indicted for stealing eight yards of sattin ribbon, value 2 s. and a silk and cotton handkerchief, value 2 s. and a linen cap , the property of Hannah Hall , spinster , January 14 . ++

Hannah Waites . My name was Hall: I married the day after I lost the things; I keep a cloaths shop in Field-lane ; the things mentioned in the indictment were hanging on a line, on the inside of the window; the window was not glaz'd; two of the shutters were up, and two down; I was stooping down behind the counter, and heard the line break: I looked, and missed the things; I went to the door, and saw the prisoner looking at the cap, by the light of a candle at my neighbour's window: I went to him, and asked him what he had there? he said, it was only a piece of paper: I asked him after the other things; he put his hand behind him; I called assistance, and found the ribbon under his coat, behind him: he dropped the cap on the ground, and it was taken up; (produced and deposed to). I never found the handkerchief: they all went together.

Prisoner's Defence.

I was going to my brother's house, and saw something white; I took it up, and after that, something glittered: I took that up, which was this cap and ribbon. I was about twenty minutes examining them. and she came and asked me for them; I said, if they were her property, she was welcome to them.

Prosecutrix. I went out to him, as soon as I heard the line break.

Guilty . B .

Isaac Stoddard.
16th January 1765
Reference Numbert17650116-9
VerdictNot Guilty

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100. (M.) Isaac Stoddard , otherwise Studderd , was indicted for stealing one linen shirt, value 4 s. one pair of leather shoes, value 4 s. one pair of silver shoe-buckles, value 10 s. one pair of iron buckles plated with silver, and two silk handkerchiefs , the property of John Miller , December 29 . ||.

John Miller, The prisoner came to ask me for a night's lodging, last Christmas-day at night; he is of my trade, a chimney-sweeper . He told me his master turned him out of doors; he lay there that night: after that, I missed the things mentioned. I found my handkerchief and a pair of shoes at his mother's: his mother told me he brought them there. I know no more.

Acquitted .

Amelia Green.
16th January 1765
Reference Numbert17650116-10
VerdictGuilty > theft under 1s
SentenceCorporal > whipping

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101. (M.) Amelia Green , spinster , was indicted for stealing six china cups, value 3 s. six china saucers, value 2 s. a china punch-bowl, a

linen shirt, two ells of linen, and five pound weight of feathers , the property of Guy Winnick , November 21 . +

Anne Winnick . My husband's name is Guy Winnick ; we live in Sun Tavern fields . The prisoner was my servant three weeks; I missed the things mentioned in the indictment; I did not see her take there we took her before Justice Berry; there she owned she had taken them, and where she had sold the china, and feathers which she took out of my bed. I found the shirt by her directions.

(Produced and deposed to).

The prisoner said nothing in her defence.

Guilty, 10 d. W .

James Lock.
16th January 1765
Reference Numbert17650116-11
VerdictNot Guilty

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102. (M.) James Lock was indicted, for that he, on the third of January , about two in the night, on the same day, the dwelling-house of Pearce Money did break and enter, and stealing one hat, value 10 s. two stone jars, value 1 s. one quart of gin, value 1 s. and one quart of rum, value 1 s. the property of the said Pearce, in his dwelling-house . +

Pearce Money . I live in the parish of Aldgate : my house was broke open last Thursday was a week; there was a pane of glass taken out, and the window opened. I saw the house safe when I went to bed, a little after twelve o'clock: the things mentioned in the indictment were missing, but I know not who took them.

Q. Why do you charge the prisoner?

Money. Because he worked in the brewhouse hard by, and the jars were found in the pales.

Q. Do you know who put them there?

Money. No, I do not.

Q. Did the prisoner confess any thing?

Money. No.

Acquitted .

John Ward.
16th January 1765
Reference Numbert17650116-12

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103. (M.) John Ward was indicted (together with Francis Atoway , not taken) for that they, on the King's highway, on Edward Williams did make an assault, putting him in corporal fear and danger of his life, and violently taking from his person one metal watch, value 40 s. and one hat, value 5 s. the property of the said Edward, January 10 . ||

Edward Williams . I am a master perriwig-maker , and live near Fenchurch-street On Thursday, the 10th of January instant, I had been to a relation's: returning home, I went in at the White Hart, a public-house, the corner of Bunhill-row, about 11 at night, and called for a pint of beer; there was the prisoner and Atoway in company, with some other persons singing: after some time, the prisoner called for a pewter dish, to shew a knack of trundling it on the table, which induced me to stay. I staid there till almost one o'clock: when I was coming away, I said I was going into the city; the prisoner and the other offered their service to go along with me: one said, he lived in the city, by Fenchurch street; and the other said he lived in Filpot-lane, and had an uncle there: we walked down Bunhill-row, talking about this knack of the pewter dish, and other things, till we came to Chiswell-street: when we came to the end which opens into Moorfields , I would have turned and gone by the houses, to Moorgate, but they persuaded me to go over the fields, saying, I should be very safe. We walked talking in the fields, till we came about the middle of the walk; when, all on a sudden, with a most violent motion, I was knocked down, and one of them lay upon me, while the other drew my watch (a metal watch) out of my pocket, and my hat from my head: I can't pretend to say which lay on me, or which took my watch and hat; but I am sure no creature was near me, but them two.

Q. Did you know the prisoner before?

Williams. I never saw him before that night, to my knowledge. I went the next morning to that alehouse, but the landlord was not up; so I went away, and came there again, about twelve o'clock. I enquired of the landlord, if he knew them two men that went out with me last night; he told me he had seen them but a few times in his house, but he said he knew a man that knew them very well, and directed me to him. By that man, I found the prisoner lived by Old-street-square, and the other likewise: I went and found the prisoner at the sign of the Angler, just by Old-street-square: I got a constable, and charged him with the prisoner; I sent for a coach to the house, in order to carry him to New Prison, for the constable's security, till I could be heard before a magistrate. On taking him out of the coach, he made his escape: upon this, I went to Sir John Fielding , and gave information of him, and took a warrant out: I heard no more of him, till Sunday, after church time: then we had word sent he was on Puddle-dock-hill: the constable took a man with him, as the prisoner was reputed to be a bruiser: there they seized him, and the constable sent for a cord, and tied him, and brought him to Newgate, till the next day: he was taken before Sir Robert Kite , on the Monday, at Guildhall.

Q. Did you ever find your watch or hat again?

Williams. No, I never did.

Q. from prisoner. Whether I was the identical person that knocked you down, or took any thing from you?

Williams. At the time I was knocked down, there were no other person near me, but the prisoner and his companion; and I have learned since, his name is Francis Atoway .

Prisoner's Defence.

I came out of this alehouse, about 11 o'clock at night; a young man was with me; he said he was going as far as Filpot-lane: we went together, and said we would have a tankard of beer in going along; we went to see this gentleman home; we said, you may as well go cross the fields, there is no danger: we went on; there came two men, one ran up to me, and said, d - n your eyes, where are you going? and hit me in the face as hard as he could; I turned round, and made the best of my way towards Chiswell street, and never saw any thing that was acted in any case: I know nothing what became of the other young man.

Q. to prosecutor. Did you see or hear any other person speak besides the prisoner and his companion?

Prosecutor. No, there was no other creature near us: I was suddenly knocked down. I said, what are you about? and called out murder; they held my mouth, and I was beat very much.

For the Prisoner.

Thomas Walsham . I live in Old-street, and am a coach-harness-maker: I believe I have known the prisoner two years since he came from sea.

Q. What is he?

Walsham. He is a gause-weaver; he lived in our neighbourhood, and worked to maintain his family.

Q. How has he lived this last twelvemonth?

Walsham. I do not know; he used the same public-house I did.

Q. What is his general character?

Walsham. I never heard a bad character of him before this time.

Q. Has he a good character?

Walsingham. As far as I know, he has.

Q. Has he a good or a bad one?

Walsingham. He never robbed me; and I never heard of his robbing any body else, before this time.

Guilty . Death .

John Sullivan.
16th January 1765
Reference Numbert17650116-13
VerdictGuilty > with recommendation

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104. (M.) John Sullivan was indicted for stealing one guinea, and two half guineas, the property of John Charles Theircher , in the dwelling-house of the said John , December 26 , ++

Elizabeth Theircher . I am wife to John Charles Theircher ; we live in David (Dove) street, Berkley-square , and keep a perfumer's shop . I having no customer in the shop, went backwards into the parlour, and left nobody in the shop: soon after that, I heard the till make a noise; I went into the shop, and saw the prisoner coming from behind the counter.

Q. Had you shut the shop door when you went into the parlour?

Theircher. It was shut: the prisoner was just turning round the counter as I came in, from towards the till, which is behind the counter, I went behind the counter, and found the till drawer pulled quite open. I looked, and saw I had lost two half guineas and a guinea; I went to the street door, and desired a neighbour to follow the boy, saying he had robbed my till.

Q. Are you sure the prisoner is the person you saw in your shop?

Theircher. I am very sure he is: he had a blue coat on, and a handkerchief about his neck; he was taken immediately, and brought back to my shop. I charged him with robbing me: he said he had never robbed any body. I said he had robbed me: he had half a guinea in his mouth, another half guinea in one pocket, and a guinea in another pocket.

Q. Did you promise to let him go, if he would give up the money?

Theircher. No, I did not.

Q. When had you seen the money before?

Theircher. I had seen it but a very few minutes before in the till.

Q. Is your shop a part of your dwelling-house?

Theircher. It is.

Micah Collins . As I was coming home, opposite to the prosecutor's house, I went over; there was the prisoner; they said he had robbed Mrs. Theircher of two guineas. He said, if she would forgive him, he would give her the money. One there, put his finger in his mouth, and took out half a guinea: she said, there is half a guinea more: he put his hand in his pocket, and took

that out: she said he had a guinea likewise; that also he took out of his pocket: we took the prisoner in a coach to the justice; there were two young fellows followed the coach all the way, which I suspected belonged to the prisoner: when before the justice, he said, if he would admit him an evidence, he would impeach his gang: he owned there he took the money out of the till; he said the men who followed the coach, one was named Dragon, and the other Downs, and they were of the gang; but they had taken care to get away.

Thomas Hodges . I was coming down the street, and heard the people cry out, Stop thief; the prisoner was running, and I took hold of him.

Q. How near was he to the prosecutor's house?

Hodges. About as near as the length of this court-yard. I took him into the prosecutor's house, and found the guinea and two half guineas upon him.

Prisoner's Defence.

I was paid that money by a gentleman, that I had been at sea with. I never was guilty of any fact before.

Guilty . Death .

Recommended on account of his youth.

Mary Felton.
16th January 1765
Reference Numbert17650116-14

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105. (L.) Mary Felton , widow , was indicted for stealing four linen sheets, value 4 s. a damask table-cloth, a stuff gown, a linen gown, a dimity petticoat, five linen aprons, a pair of leather shoes, a baise petticoat, a white petticoat, a sattin cardinal, a pair of shift sleeves, a hat, two laced caps, and two plain caps , the property of John Newman , December 18 . ++

Margaret Newman . I am wife to John Newman ; we live at the Bluecoat-boy , a public-house in Duck-lane ; the prisoner used my house: I had been very ill, and, upon my coming down stairs, I missed the things mentioned in the indictment; this was on the 18th of December: some I missed from out of my own room, and some from other rooms: my own daughter, a little girl, was missing also; I advertised her.

Q. How old is your daughter?

Newman. She is thirteen years of age. Upon advertising her, I found her and the prisoner, on the 28th; I went before the sitting alderman, but my child was brought home the night before. The prisoner had an apron, a handkerchief, a hat, and cap on, all my property; she said the girl was as willing as she to go away with her.

Q. Did she say which way she came by the things?

Newman. She confessed she went into the girl's room, and the girl threw the things to her, all but one pair of sheets, which she took herself from a line in the garret; she let me know where most of the things were; some in Gravel-lane, at Mrs. Fosset's; some at Mr. Clark's, in George-yard, Spital-fields; some at Mr. George Slee 's, Cox's-square; and some at Mr. Brown's, in Coleman-street: I went and got very near all my goods again, according to the directions she gave me.

George Slee . I am a pawnbroker, and live in Cox's-square. He produced an apron, four caps, and a pair of shift sleeves, which the prisoner pledged with him, on the 17th and 18th of December.

John Scott . I live at the corner of Gravel-lane, Houndsditch. He produced two sheets and a tablecloth, which the prisoner pledged with him on the 18th of December.

Charles Clark . I live in George-yard, Whitechapel. He produced two aprons, two petticoats, and a pair of shoes, pledged at different times, in the name of Mary Gray : he could not recollect the prisoner.

Newman. The prisoner owned to me, that she pledged these things at this man's house.

Sarah Fosset . I live at the Box-tree, in Gravel-lane, a public-house; the prisoner brought a pair of sheets and, a sattin cardinal to my house, about three weeks or a month ago, and said she had a few things to part with, and if they would be worth my while to buy them, it would serve her; as her husband had been some time out of work: I gave her twenty shillings for the sattin cardinal, and bought a pair of sheets of her also. (Produced in court).

Joseph Butler . I found all these goods, produced here, at the several places mentioned.

Newman. These are all my property.

Prisoner's Defence.

The girl told me she had been guilty of a mistake, by robbing her mother; her father-in-law having used her very ill: I came to the back door, and she wanted me to go up stairs, to break open a box for some money, which she said was her property, but I would not: then she said her grandmother had left her some things; she took me into her own room, and said they were her own things, and delivered them to me.

For the Prisoner.

Thomas Willson . I am a wine-cooper, in Thames-street: I served my time with the prisoner's father; she was a very sober girl when I left my master: she was brought up very well.

Q. How long is it since you left her father's service?

Willson. That is about eight or nine years ago.

Martha Allen . I knew her about ten or twelve years ago; my husband was servant to her father: I have heard him say she was a very virtuous girl then: I have not known her lately.

Guilty . T .

There was another indictment against her for robbing her lodgings.

John Foster.
16th January 1765
Reference Numbert17650116-15

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106. (L.) John Foster was indicted for stealing one woollen cloth coat, value 20 s. and one woollen cloth waistcoat, value 5 s. the property of John Miln , January 9 . ++

John Miln . I live in Little Moor-fields , with Mr. Pearce, who keeps a livery-stable; I catched the prisoner putting my coat and waistcoat into a bag, this day se'nnight, a little after twelve at noon, in a little house that we make use of, for a fort of a counting-house: I held him till assistance came; he said he came in there, to get out of the sight of a man he owed some money to. I had left my cloaths in that room, hanging. up, and he had got them partly into the bag, when I laid hold of him.

William Long . I was along with John Miln , in the counting house, and saw the cloaths and bag in the prisoner's hand.

Prisoner's Defence.

I know no more of the cloaths or b ag, than the man in the moon. I owed a man 23 l. 9 s. he had a writ against me; his name is John Symonds , and lives at the Chequers, in the Borough: I saw him, so I shut the door, and got out of his way: I had not been there above five minutes, before they came and chastised me with this affair.

Q. to Prosecutor. How near is this little room to the outward gate?

Prosecutor. It is about twenty yards from it.

Guilty . T .

Samuel Harford.
16th January 1765
Reference Numbert17650116-16
VerdictNot Guilty

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107. (L.) Samuel Harford was indicted for stealing a saddle, value 4 s. the property of William Baker , January 7 . ++

Jeremiah Worlings . I keep the Bear and Raged-staff inn, in Smithfield ; last Monday was seven-night William Baker told me his saddle was stole from off his horse, in my stable; I asked my ostler after it; he said he miss'd it about three o'clock: on the Wednesday following Henry Wilkinson brought a saddle to our house, and enquired whether that was stole from us; and John Frost , my ostler, knew it to be the property of Mr. Baker.

Henry Wilkinson . I bought this saddle and another, of the prisoner at the bar, last Monday was se'nnight at night: I found the other was taken from the King's head, in Smithfield.

Q. Where do you live?

Wilkinson. I am ostler at the Horse-shoe, in Goswell-street, (the saddle produced in court.)

Q. What did you give for the saddle?

Wilkinson. I gave eleven shillings for this and the other.

John Frost . I am ostler at the Bear and Ragged-staff, in Smithfield: I can swear this saddle and saddle-cloth, here produced, belong to Mr. William Baker .

Prisoner's Defence.

Real necessity drove me to this: I took and sold it this man; he came afterwards, and told me I did not come honestly by it, and if I would give him his money again he would not hurt a hair of my head: I sent my wife, and she sold some things, and gave him a crown: he said he would not put it up without I gave him the whole money; then my wife went and sold her cardinal; then I brought him ten shillings in all, he took it, and said he would not hurt me.

Q. to Wilkinson. What do you say to that?

Wilkinson. When I carried the saddle home, they insisted on my finding the man I bought it of, or they would prosecute me: then I shewed them where the man lived.

Q. Had you any money back again, from the prisoner?

Wilkinson. I had ten shillings back this day se'nnight, at night; then I bid him go home, and set a man to watch him, which way he went; I told him the first had been owned: the prisoner told me who this belonged to, and I carried it home.

Q. Has the prisoner a family?

Wilkinson. He has a wife: I do not know what family he has.

Acquitted .

Robert Griffin.
16th January 1765
Reference Numbert17650116-17
VerdictNot Guilty

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108. (L.) Robert Griffin was indicted for stealing fifteen pounds weight of salmon, value 5 s. the property of Mary Grinoway , widow , December 18 . ++

Mary Grinoway . I live in Thames-street , and keep a fish-shop ; the salmon was my property; who stole it I know not.

Ann Manlove . I am servant to the prosecutrix: On the 18th of December I was in the kitchen, about ten or eleven at night: a piece of fresh salmon lay upon a board: I saw the glimpse of somebody, and ran out into the shop, and saw the salmon was gone: I ran out into the street, with a candle in my hand, and saw the salmon in the prisoner's hand; he was in Water-lane, about twenty yards from our shop: I called, Stop thief; he dropt the salmon and ran away: I followed him, and saw Mr. Cheshire take him. The salmon weighed about fifteen pounds and a half; it was the head part, we had the tail in the house.

Q. Are you sure the salmon was in the shop when you went into the kitchen?

A. Manlove. I am sure it was; and I was not in the kitchen above three minutes.

Charles Cheshire . I keep the Seven-Stars, Water-lane, Tower-street: about half an hour after ten o'clock that night I heard the cry Stop thief, just opposite the Hamborough Coffee-house: I saw the prisoner opposite to me, and no other person did I see in the lane but him; I stopped him; the last witness was just at his heels; she said he had stole her mistress's salmon: he said he was not the man.

Prisoner's Defence.

I was coming from work, and had no thoughts of the salmon; the young woman came out with a candle; I was on the other side the way; there were three young fellows, that had been drinking with me; they ran up Thames-street: I had a pair of mittens on my hands; when I was taken to the watch-house, they were pulled off, and the people smelt at my hands; they all said they did not smell of salmon.

Q. to A. Manlove. Did you smell at the prisoner's hands?

A. Manlove. I did; they did not smell of salmon; but I saw him drop the salmon, and I picked it up, and carried it back afterwards; he had it in his left hand.

Q. Was the prisoner out of your sight 'till taken?

A. Manlove. He was not; he was walking; and when he let the salmon fall, 'then he ran.

Q. Was there any turning?

A. Manlove. There was not, 'till he got to the top of the lane.

Acquitted .

Matthew James.
16th January 1765
Reference Numbert17650116-18

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109. (L.) Matthew James was indicted for feloniously forging a bill of exchange, puporting to bear date at Hull, September 15, 1764, and to have been drawn by Robert Thorley , Christopher Thorley , and William King , merchants and partners; directed to Messrs. Rumbolt and Walker, merchants, in Liverpool, for the payment of 40 l. 12 s. to the order of James Holmes ; and for publishing the same, knowing it to have been falsely forged and counterfeited, with intent to defraud William Taylor , and also to defraud Messrs. Thorleys and King , October 17 . *

William Taylor . I come from Nottingham, and keep a manufacturing ware-house at the Swan and Two-necks, Land-lane : my servant and I have been there ever since the beginning of September: I was at an ordinary there, and the prisoner was there, and dined with us; he then went by the name of James Holmes : after the ordinary was over, some gentlemen desired I would stay and drink a glass of wine; I said, I could not stay; I had promised to lend a gentleman some money, and must go and collect some for him: I did stay, as it rained hard. After a bottle of wine or two, I went into my warehouse; after which I went out to wash my hands, where was the prisoner washing his hands; he said, Mr. Taylor, you was talking you wanted some money; I can let you have a 40 l. draught, as soon as the Dover coach comes in; I said I did not know but that might do: I staid the time; when the Dover coach came in, he opened his trunk, and took out a draught.

Q. Where does the Dover coach inn?

Taylor. It inns at the Swan and Two-necks: he gave me this draught; I found it was not indorsed: I desired him to walk into my warehouse; he did: I desired him to indorse it, he put it on my desk and indorsed it; both I and my man saw him.

Q. What is your man's name?

Taylor. His name is William Northage : upon examining it, I found it was drawn from Hull, by Messrs. Thorleys and King, to Rumbolt and Walker, of Liverpool. I then said, I did not know whether it would do, not being upon London; upon which he said, I shall want some of your goods.

Q. What way are you in?

Taylor. I am in the stocking way: I said then I would take it: there were Sir Wynn Stanley and Mr. Golitteley, both from Liverpool, in the room; I shewed it them; they said it was a good bill: I asked Sir Wynn Stanley if he could give me cash for it; he said, it was not convenient for him, for they lodged all their money at bankers in town, whom they drew upon when it became due; after that, I asked Mr. John Hanford , the landlord of the inn, if he could give me cash for it, he having connections at Liverpool; he said, he would send it for acceptance at Liverpool, and then give me the cash; I concluded so to do. A little after that the prisoner and I went into the coffee-room, to drink a little rum and water together; I then said to him, suppose this is not accepted at Liverpool: he said it was a good bill, and would be accepted; upon which, I imagined it would, and proposed giving it to Mr. Hanford, as before. Then Mr. Wright came into the room, an utter stranger to me: I was told he came from Hull; I asked him if he was brother to the Wrights of Nottingham; he said he was; they are gentlemen I well know. The prisoner went out of the coffee-room; he clap'd his hand on his head, and appeared to be sick, and said he would go and take the fresh air: I went to Mr. Wright, and asked him how he did; upon his saying he knew the prisoner not to be so good as he should be; saying, he had forged several bills; upon which I shewed him this bill: he looked on it, and told me it was a forged bill; then I did not think proper to send it to Liverpool: since that I gave it to Mr. Wright, to present to the drawers.

Q. When was that?

Taylor. I cannot say the day; it was about a month after that time: Mr. Wright delivered it to me again, with their answer: he is here to give an account. The bill read to this purport:

"Hull, September 15, 1764, at six weeks,

"pay this first bill of exchange, to the order

"of James Holmes , the sum of 40 l. 12 s.

"value received, in freight; which place to

"account of,

"Yours, Thorsleys and King.

"To Messrs. Rumbolt and Walker, merchants in Liverpool."

No. 538.

William Northage . I saw the prisoner indorse this bill of exchange, (holding it in his hand.)

Q. What are you?

Northage. I am servant to Mr. Taylor: he indorsed it at the Swan and Two-necks, in Lad-lane, on the 17th of October: he first wrote James, then he turned it over, and looked at it, and then wrote Holmes, and then gave it to my master.

Samuel Wright . I live at Hull, and am acquainted with Robert Thorley , Christopher Thorley , and William King ; they are merchants and partners.

Q. Do you know all their hand-writings?

Wright. I do, particularly well.

Q. Have you seen them all write?

Wright. I have.

Q. Do they keep any clerk?

Wright. No, they do not.

Q. Look at this bill of exchange, (he takes it in his hand,) whose hand-writing is the body of it?

Wright. This is neither of their hand-writing.

Q. Look at the names Thorleys and King.

Wright. I am very well satisfied these names are not their hand-writing: they have not been long in partnership.

Q. Was you present when the prisoner was apprehended?

Wright. I was: I think it was the 17th of October last: he was searched; he had, at least, upon him one hundred and fifty of these checks *, (producing eight or ten of them) and two bills ready filled up, in his pocket-book: I seeing him at the Swan and Two-necks, in Lad-lane, gave Mr. Taylor to understand he was a bad man, so he was taken up.

* Note, A check is the end of a draught, marbled or flourished, so as totally with the book it is cut out of.

Prisoner's Defence.

I never offered that bill to him: I never had or saw the bill: if Messrs. Thorleys and King were here, I do not think they would swear that is not their hand-writing: but I know nothing of it.

Guilty . Death .

See him tried, No. 3. in the last Sessions-Paper.

Thomas Hockley, William Jeffrey.
16th January 1765
Reference Numbert17650116-19
VerdictsGuilty; Not Guilty

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110, 111. (M.) Thomas Hockley was indicted for stealing (in company with Thomas Ridstone , not taken) thirteen deal boards, value 26 s. the property of Charles Dingley , Esq ; and William Jeffrey for receiving the same, well knowing them to have been stolen , December 14 . +

Joseph Osboldiston . I am foreman to Charles Dingley , Esq; he lives in Lothbury: I am at Limehouse , where the deals were taken from.

Q. What is Mr. Dingley?

Osboldeston. He is a merchant ; the deals were brought in the barges, and delivered into my care: I was very particular in marking them: I chalked them all a-cross the boards: there were three barges of them; there were thirteen deal boards missing.

Q. What was the value of them?

Osboldeston. They were worth 28 s. as we sell them out of the yard.

Q. Do you know who took them?

Osboldeston. I was upon some timber, and saw two men, Hockley was one of them, bring them from the barge, in a boat; but I could not pursue: we took Hockley up, and he confess'd he had sold them to Jeffrey: I went and found them in Jeffrey's yard, with my chalk-marks upon them; I told Jeffrey they were Mr. Dingley's property, and took him before Justice Berry: he said he bought them for fifteen shillings and a pot of hot, of Thomas Hockley and Thomas Ridstone .

William Boswell . I heard Hockley confess, before Justice Berry, that he took the deals from the lighter, and carried them to Jeffrey the sawyer, and sold them for fifteen shillings.

Q. Where did he say the lighter lay?

Boswell. He said it lay just by Limehouse-bridge.

John Matthews . My master and I were making the timber fast: I saw Hockley and Ridstone come from the lighter: I took hold of their boat, and held up my candle and lanthorn; and I knew them very well: they carried away twelve or thirteen deals.

Hockley's Defence.

I was standing at my master's door; the man came and said, Tom, I want you; I'll give you something to drink, if you will lend me a hand with the boat; he said, he had bought some deals: the tide ran very strong: when we came to Lime-house-bridge, he said he would go and see if Mr. Jeffrey would get them sawed; when we were there we had a pot or two of slip: after that he asked Mr. Jeffrey to buy them, and he sold them to him for half a guinea.

For Hockley.

Henry Gardner . I have known Hockley from a child; he has a very good character: I have employed him some years, and never heard he did any thing bad.

William Barsey . I have known him some time, he has a general good character.

For Jeffrey.

Thomas Eades . I have known Jeffrey about ten years; I never heard but that he was a very honest worthy man.

Samuel Dickenson . I have known him seven or eight years, and have employed him as a sawyer; he always behaved as an honest man.

William Rogers . I have known him upwards of twenty years; I never heard the least blemish in his character: I deal for 5 or 600 l. a year for deals: I would not have given above a guinea for the thirteen deals.

James Jones . I never knew Jeffrey before I was fetched to value the goods laid to his charge; there were thirteen of them; I would not have given above a guinea for them, had I bought them out of the yard; there were six single, and six double, and one three inch deal. The intrinsic value of them was not above 3 s. more than he gave for them: they were very coarse sappy stuff.

Q. What are you?

Jones. I am a carpenter.

Q. Is it usual to buy deals by candle-light?

Jones. No, it is not.

Q. If a couple of young fellows were to come to you in such a manner, would you have bought them?

Jones. No, I would not.

John Durham . I have employed Mr. Jeffrey a good many years, and never found him to wrong me; I have trusted him with hundreds of pounds.

For the Prosecution.

Robert Blyth . I was apply'd to by Mr. Dingley's clerk, to set a price on the thirteen deals that lay in the yard, which I was told were the same that were found in Mr. Jeffrey's yard. According to the price he sells deals to me, they came to 1 l. 8 s. 3 d. according to the best of my judgement.

Hockley, Guilty . T .

Jeffrey, Acquitted .

Mary Vander.
16th January 1765
Reference Numbert17650116-20

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112. (M.) Mary, wife of Samuel Vander , otherwise Mary Stone , was indicted for stealing a linen gown, value 2 s. two cotton gowns, value 4 s. a linen frock, value 1 s. and a linen shift, value 1 s. the property of George Cowdell , January 6 . ||

George Cowdell . I live in a court, in New Bond-street : the prisoner had lived servant with me, but was not my servant when the things were lost.

Q. What did you lose?

Cowdell. I lost three gowns, and other things; the gowns were found again at three different pawnbrokers, Mr. Brown, Mr. Spencer, and Mr. Lawrence.

Mr. Brown. The prisoner pledged this gown with me. (Producing one).

Mr. Spencer. I live in Denmark-street. My servant (who is now not well) took in this gown, which the prisoner, upon being charged with pledging to him, before me, did not deny ( produced in court): it was in the name of Stone.

Hugh Lawrence . I am a pawnbroker. The prisoner pledged this gown with me, (produced in court) on the 7th of this instant, in the name of Mary Stone .

Prosecutor. These three gowns are my property.

The prisoner said nothing in her defence.

Guilty . T .

Morris Pearce.
16th January 1765
Reference Numbert17650116-21

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113. (M.) Morris Pearce was indicted for stealing a copper sauce-pan, value 3 s. two flat irons, value 1 s. and two linen sheets, value 4 s. the property of John Burford , in a certain lodging room, let by the said John, to be used by the said Morris , October 28 ++

Sarah Burford . I am wife to John Burford ; we live in Great St. Andrew-street : the prisoner took a lodging room at our house, up two pair of stairs forwards; I don't know the day of the month: the things mentioned in the indictment were part of the furniture let with the room; he lodged with me three months: he had absconded a fortnight all but two days; then my husband broke open the door, and we missed the things mentioned.

Q. What day did he abscond?

S. Burford. He absconded the 7th of December, and gave no notice when he went away: my husband found him, the day after he broke the door open, in Little Queen-street, and brought him home. The prisoner then said he had pawned the two sauce-pans, one sheet, and the flat irons, at one pawnbroker's, in Belton-street; and the woman that he lived with, had pawned another in Denmark-street: the things were found accordingly.

John Chapman . I am servant to Mrs. Hull: the prisoner pledged a sheet, two flat irons, and two sauce-pans with me; the sheet, on the 22d of October; the flat irons on the 14th of November; and the saucepans, on the 20th of October. (Produced in court).

Samuel Spencer . The woman that cohabited with the prisoner at the bar, pledged this sheet with me, about the 20th of October. (Produced in court).

Sarah Burford . The goods produced are my property.

Prisoner's Defence.

I leave it to your lordship and the jury.

For the prisoner.

Anne Murry . I live in Monmouth-street, and have known the prisoner two years; he worked for my husband, and behaved well.

Q. What is his general character?

Murry. I believe he is a rakish young fellow, like others; but I never heard of any thing dishonest by him.

William Cade . I have known him about two or three years; I never knew any thing bad of him before this.

Joseph Barnet . He is a customer to me; he paid me very well; I never heard any bad character of him.

Prosecutrix. I hope the court will be favourable to him; he is a young man, and a cripple.

Court. Had you stood in his place, you would have deserved no pity, for taking in unmarried people to live in this manner.

Guilty . T .

John Baptist Rosa.
16th January 1765
Reference Numbert17650116-22
VerdictNot Guilty > fault

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114. (M.) John Baptist Rosa was indicted, for that he, on the King's highway, on Elizabeth, wife of Joseph Francis , did make an assault, putting her in corporal fear and danger of her life, and violently taking from her person one silk handkerchief, value 3 s. the property of the said Joseph, November 7 . ++

Elizabeth Francis . I am wife to Joseph Francis . On the 7th of November, I was at my mother's house, and the prisoner came in for a pint of beer; I and my mother went with a seafaring man to

buy him some cloaths; and our little boy came running, and said, Mamma, mamma, come home; John Baptist Rosa is going to murder my father; he has drawn his knife upon him.

Q. Did you know the prisoner before?

Francis. He used to come and play his pranks, abusing and rioting very often. When we came home, he had my father by the collar, drawing him out at the door: he knocked me down in the kennel: I begged, for God's sake, he would consider the condition I was in (being with child); he said, he did not value that. He took my handkerchief from my neck, and put it on his own directly; he knocked my mother down also.

This appearing to be a violent assault only, he was acquitted, and detained to be tried at Hicks's-hall for it .

Joseph Wiggins.
16th January 1765
Reference Numbert17650116-23
VerdictNot Guilty

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115. (M.) Joseph Wiggins was indicted, for that he, on the 12th of December, about the hour of one in the night, the dwelling-house of Bridget Jackson , widow , did break and enter, and stealing a brass kettle, value 2 s. a copper kettle, value 1 s. and a brass skellet, value 1 s. the property of the said Bridget, December 12 . ||

Bridget Jackson . My house was broke open on the 12th of December, at night: there were two iron bars forced off the window, on the back part of my house; (producing the iron bars). The shutter to the window fastened with a button on the inside; the window was in the scullery: all the things mentioned in the indictment, except the brass kettle, were in that room; that was on a room joining to it: they were missing. After this was published abroad, Mr. West came and told me, he met the prisoner with a kettle, about the size of mine, on his head.

Thomas West . On a Friday, five weeks ago, tomorrow, I met the prisoner between the hours of twelve and one in the day, (this was two days after the house was broke open) in Norton-falgate, he had a brass kettle, covered over with a flag basket; I saw only the rim of it; it was the size and shape of her kettle; I had lived with the prosecutrix fifteen years, and she had told me of the robbery the day before; I know her kettle very well. I asked the prisoner if he had got his mistress's kettle, saying she had lost her kettle: said he, I live with a coppersmith, in Bishopsgate-street: he asked me when I should be at the Coach and Horses? he said he should be there in half an hour; and that he often carried kettles and things, 200 weight. He came to the Coach and Horses to me; we had some beer: he said, he could not get a coachman's place, on account of his character; so he got to be a porter, and had 15 l. a year, at this copper-smith's.

Q. Was you before the justice, when he was examined?

West. I was. There he was asked whether he lived with a copper-smith? his answer was, he lived here and there, and every where; sometimes in one place, and sometimes in another. On his second examination, the day before Christmas-day, I was there: then he said, he did not keep an almanack in his head. He was asked how he came by that kettle that I saw him with? then he said he bought it on the main road: he was asked what he did with it? he said, he sold it to a Jew.

Q. to Prosecutrix. Have you found any of your things again?

Prosecutrix, No, I have not.

Q. Did you know the prisoner before?

Prosecutrix. He was servant to me about three years ago.

Q. Did he use to lie in the house?

Prosecutrix. No, he was by the week; but he used to come into the house.

Acquitted .

John Saverin.
16th January 1765
Reference Numbert17650116-24

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116. (M.) John Saverin was indicted for stealing two shillings , the property of John Scott , Esq ; January 15 . ||

John Scott , Esq; The prisoner was servant to me from June last. I keep my silver in my waistcoat pocket when I travel: I missed a small quantity at three different times, when I was abroad; I usually missed it after he had brushed my cloaths. Since I came home, a few days ago, I was determined to find him out; I had twenty-one shillings and six-pence, distinctly marked with a scratch, under the date of each: I put them into my waistcoat pocket; he took my cloaths out to brush; when he returned with the cloaths, I counted my money; he did, and there were my two shillings marked as the rest (Produced in court): also several of the others to compare; they exactly corresponded.

Captain Templer . I went to pay Colonel Scott a visit, when this thing happened; I saw the prisoner take the two shillings out of his pocket: the Colonel said he would swear to them, and I have had them sealed up, in my possession, till this time.

Prisoner's Defence.

The money was found upon me, but somebody put it in my pocket.

Guilty . T .

Catharine Clark, Catharine M'Farley.
16th January 1765
Reference Numbert17650116-25
VerdictGuilty > lesser offence

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117, 118. (M.) Catharine Clark , and Catharine M'Farley were indicted, for that they, on the 7th of January , about the hour of eight in the night, the dwelling-house of Barney Flyn did break and enter, and stealing two gold ear-rings, value 10 s. one silver buckle, value 1 s. three linen shifts, three handkerchiefs, five linen aprons, three caps, two pair of linen shift sleeves, half a dollar, and a crown-piece, the property of the said Barney, in his dwelling-house . ||

Mrs. Flyn. I am wife to Barney Flyn ; we live in Green-street, Leicester-fields . Catharine Clark had lived with me; I did not know the other prisoner. I lost a pair of sheets, on the 4th of January, at night; and the Monday following, I lost the other things, at night, from out of my bedchamber.

Q. What did you lose that night?

Flyn. I lost two gold ear-rings, a basket full of half-pence, half a dollar, an odd silver buckle, three shifts, four coloured aprons, two laced handkerchiefs, one plain one, and three caps; they were all safe about seven at night, and I missed them about nine. When Clark was taken up, she confessed she got a step ladder out of the next kitchen, and got over the pales, between my neighbour and me; she got upon the shed, and put up my window, and came into the room (we found the window put up); this she said at our house, and also before the justice.

Robert Dridal . I was the officer that took the prisoners up. Catharine Clark had on, when taken, an apron, a pair of shift sleeves, a shift, a cap, and handkerchief, which the prosecutrix said were her property. When they were both in the round-house, Catharine M'Farley sent the woman of the round-house to pawn a handkerchief, which the prosecutrix also owned. (Produced and deposed to).

Mary Brooks . I am a pawnbroker. Catharine Clark brought a shift, an apron, and a pair of sleeves, to me to pledge. (Produced and deposed to).

Q. to Prosecutrix. Do you know any thing against Catharine M'Farley?

Prosecutrix. I know no more than what Catharine Clark told me. She said, the other was along with her, and stood in the street, to receive the things: this she also said before the justice.

Clark's Defence.

I owned before the justice, that I did commit this robbery; on account my master and mistress promised me I should not be hurt.

Q. to Prosecutrix. Did you make such promise?

Prosecutor. No, I never did.

Q. to Dridal. Did you hear such a promise made?

Dridal. Mr. Flyn desired her to let him know where the things were: he said, tell the truth, and you shall not be hurt.

Both Guilty of felony only . T .

There was another indictment against them for a single felony.

James Johnson.
16th January 1765
Reference Numbert17650116-26
VerdictGuilty > theft under 40s

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119. (M.) James Johnson was indicted for stealing seven holland shifts, value 30 s. two pair of linen sheets, value 20 s. eight damask napkins, value 10 s. four linen handkerchiefs, value 2 s. and two silk handkerchiefs, value 3 s. the property of Mary Pelham , widow , in her dwelling-house , September 30 . ||

Mary Fry . I live with Mrs. Mary Pelham , in Argyle Buildings : her house was robbed in September, of some linen; the things mentioned in the indictment (mentioning them by name); the locks of the drawers were forced, and the things taken out; they were found again in the prisoner's house.

Q. What is the prisoner?

Fry. He is a marble polisher : he was at work in my mistress's house, in the next room to where the linen was; and I believe he did some work in that room.

Q. Did he work alone there?

Fry. There were more men at work besides him: the prisoner was discharged four months before the things were missing.

Q. Where is your mistress?

Fry. She left London in July last; she was then in Lincolnshire, and is not yet come to London.

Mr. Povey. Justice Spinnage sent a search-warrant, to search for a gold snuff-box that was lost, of an