Old Bailey Proceedings.
9th December 1767
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THE WHOLE PROCEEDINGS ON THE KING's COMMISSIONS of the PEACE, OYER and TERMINER, and GOAL DELIVERY FOR THE CITY of LONDON; And also the GOAL DELIVERY FOR THE COUNTY of MIDDLESEX, HELD AT JUSTICE-HALL in the OLD-BAILEY, On Wednesday the 9th, Thursday the 10th, Friday the 11th, Saturday the 12th, and Monday the 14th, of DECEMBER, In the Eighth Year of His MAJESTY's Reign.

Being the First SESSIONS in the MAYORALTY of THE RIGHT HONOURABLE THOMAS HARLEY , LORD-MAYOR of the CITY of LONDON.

NUMBER I. PART I.

LONDON,

Printed for J. WILKIE, at the Bible, in St. Paul's Church-Yard.

[Price Six-Pence.]

THE WHOLE PROCEEDINGS ON THE

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

Before the Right Hon. THOMAS HARLEY , Lord-Mayor of the City of London; the Hon. Sir RICHARD ADAMS , Knt. one of his Majesty's Barons of the Court of Exchequer *; the Hon. Sir RICHARD ASTON , Knt. one of his Majesty's Justices of the Court of King's-Bench +; JAMES EYRE , Esq; Recorder ++; and others of his Majesty's Justices of Oyer and Terminer of the said City and County.

N. B. The characters * + ++ direct to the judge by whom the prisoner was tried; also (L.) (M.) by what jury.

LONDON JURY.

James Knight ,

John Merchant ,

William Turvey ,

Abrah Whitehead ,

John Lane ,

Samuel Walker ,

John Hillier ,

James Chapman ,

Benj Simmonds ,

Samuel Glanville ,

Randol Somfield ,

Benjamin Harrison .

MIDDLESEX JURY.

John Gregory ,

Will Houghton ,

Thomas Greening ,

James Palmer ,

John Segrist ,

James Wingfield ,

Henry Williams ,

James Grindley ,

John Bennett ,

John Carr ,

John Clarke ,

Dormor Heiford .

John Churchill.
9th December 1767
Reference Numbert17671209-1
VerdictGuilty
SentenceCorporal > whipping

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1. (L.) John Churchill was indicted for stealing a silk handkerchief, value 10 d. the property of Mark Thomas , Nov. 27 . ++

Mark Thomas . On Friday the 27th of November, about eleven in the forenoon, I was going towards Temple-bar; when very near St. Dunstan's church , I felt a hand in my pocket; I felt immediately, and found my handkerchief was gone, the prisoner was close by me; I said, you villain, you have picked my pocket; he started from me, and ran behind a carriage; there I saw him with my handkerchief in his hand, crowding it up under the knee of his breeches; I called, stop thief; he ran down Temple-lane, and was pursued; the prisoner and handkerchief were soon brought to me; the prisoner confessed to me he did take it, and begged forgiveness (the handkerchief produced and deposed to.)

George Puller . Going by the end of Temple-lane, I heard the cry, stop thief; I saw the prisoner pursued by many people; I went after him, and in about 150 yards down the lane he was seized; I saw this handkerchief held up, but whether it was taken from the prisoner, or whether he dropt it, I cannot tell; I took and brought it to the prosecutor; the prisoner at first said another boy picked the gentleman's pocket, and gave it him, but before the magistrate he acknowledged he took it himself.

Prisoner's defence.

There were more boys coming along; I saw this handkerchief lie, I took it up; a gentleman said, that is my handkerchief; I said, it is as much mine as your's, for I picked it up; then I ran away with it.

Guilty . W .

Anthony Green.
9th December 1767
Reference Numbert17671209-2
VerdictGuilty
SentenceTransportation

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2. (L.) Anthony Green was indicted for stealing a silk handkerchief, value 2 s. the property of Ephraim Muller , Dec. 1 . ++

Ephraim Muller . On the 1st of December I was near the corner of Rood-lane in Fenchurch-street , the prisoner ran between me and the wall; I felt him take something from my pocket; I turned round, and saw my handkerchief in his hand; I took it from him, and delivered him in charge of a constable.

Prisoner's defence.

I was coming from work, I saw the handkerchief lying, I took it up to look at it; the gentleman turned round, and said, you have picked my pocket; my father keeps a peter-boat, and I work at a rope-ground.

Prosecutor. There was not time enough for the prisoner to stoop to take it up, between the time of his passing me and my seeing it in his hand.

Guilty . T .

Bridget King.
9th December 1767
Reference Numbert17671209-3
VerdictGuilty > theft under 40s
SentenceTransportation

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3. (M.) Bridget King , spinster , was indicted for stealing a silver watch, value 50 s. six guineas, and an eighteen shilling piece, the property of Robert Drout , in the dwelling-house of Thomas Linger , Nov. 26 . ++

Robert Drout . I am a seaman , I came home in the Montreal frigate that brought the Duke of York home; I had been to the India-house to receive some money due to me five years ago. On Thursday was se'nnight, as I was returning to my lodgings, I heard a girl singing at the Ship and Star in East Smithfield; I thought there might be some of my ship-mates there; this was between four and five in the afternoon; I called for a pint of slip; the girl at the bar came and sat by the side of me; then there came in an oyster woman, and we had some oysters; then she said, come, my dear, will you go with me to my room in the Back-lane ; I went with her; she asked me what I would give her; I told her I would give her 18 d. there came in Nanny King; she put the candle out, and went out and shut the door; then I took my watch out, and laid it down on the table by the bed-side; I had my purse, with my money in it, in my left-hand pocket; when I was lying with her, she got her hand in my pocket, and took my purse, and gave herself a spring away, and catched my watch from the table and ran away.

Q. Did you see her take your watch?

Drout. I did; there was a little bit of a shutter to the window, so that there was light came into the room; I catched hold of her gown, and tore a piece off, but she got away; there were six guineas, and an eighteen shilling piece in the purse; I went in search of her, and she was taken about twelve o'clock that night; I never found my watch nor money since.

Q. Was you drunk or sober?

Drout. I was as sober as I am now.

Q. Do you know whose house her room is in?

Drout. It is the house of Thomas Linger; I have been there two or three times since.

Q. Did you know the prisoner before?

Drout. I never saw her before, but I know her face very well; she knew I had the money, for she saw it when I paid my reckoning.

Prisoner's defence.

I was drinking at the Ship and Star, and was going to have some sausages for supper; that man came in and sat down with two girls, and asked me if I would drink with him; I sat by the side of him and drank. He said, where do you live; he said he would go with me, but he could not stay all night; he went with me, and gave me six-pence; he wanted me to lie down on the bed; I said, I would not for so little money; he pulled his watch out of his pocket, and sat down by the fire, and because I would not lie down, he got me down some way or other. There came Anne Smith and her husband into the room; I said, I would not lie down without he gave me more money; he said I should, and pinched me; I got up and went into the next room; after that he went to a public-house, and said he had lost his watch, he did not say a word of his money; and because I would not do as he would have me, he told every body he would hang me.

Guilty, 39 s. T .

See her tried before, No 102, in the last mayoralty; see her also in the evidence given by Elizabeth Hull , on the the trial of Elizabeth Wall, No 411, in the same mayoralty.

James Towers.
9th December 1767
Reference Numbert17671209-4
VerdictGuilty > lesser offence
SentenceTransportation

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4. (M.) James Towers was indicted for stealing a silver watch, value 39 s. the property of William Waddington , privately from his person , October 27 . *

William Waddington . I am a watchmaker , and live in Bear-street, Grosvenor-square. On the 26th of October an acquaintance of mine that lives near the Tower, had some business in our parish: he called upon me, and staid till half an hour after ten at night; he said he did not know that part of the town, but if he could find his way to St. Paul's Church-yard, he could find his way home: I went with him thither, and parted with him in the Church-yard. When I came by the end of

Chandois-street, by Covent-garden, the clock struck twelve; then I wound my watch up, it was one I had to mend; I went to my lodgings; as I was so late they would not let me in, so I walked about. It was very cold; I found a house open in Piccadilly, the Red Lion ; I went in and got a pint of beer; about ten minutes after three I took my watch out to see what time it was; I saw the prisoner there, he was sitting at one side a table, and I the other, but not quite opposite each other; there were three or four people besides at the same table; I went to sleep with my head on the table; when I awaked I missed my watch; the prisoner was not then at the table; I know not how long I slept, there being no dial in the house, I believe I might awake about five; I told the landlord I had lost my watch; I went to the prisoner and asked him if he had it; I put my hand about his clothes, but did not feel it; I searched two or three others in the like manner; I not finding it, left word where I lived, that the people of the house might let me know if they found it. On the Wednesday following I had word of it; I was taken to Mr. Clements's, a public-house in the Hay-market, to one Couch who had bought the watch; then we went and found the prisoner at the White Bear; we took him before Sir John Fielding , there the watch was produced, (produced and deposed to by prosecutor;) Couch said he bought it of the prisoner; the prisoner said he found it in the water-tub at the alehouse where I slept.

Edward Couch . I am a coachman, the prisoner is a post-boy; I bought this watch of him on the 31st of October; I gave according to agreement a guinea and a half, and if I liked it after a month's trial, I was to give him 4 s. 6 d. more.

Prisoner's defence.

That night the young man was at the Red Lion; after he awaked he said he had lost his watch, and made a stir about the house; the landlord said, he did not believe he had a watch to lose. The house was as full as it could hold; the landlord said we should all be searched; they searched me for one; the man left word where he lived, and went away. After that I went out, and went to get some water out of a tub to wash my face; I saw the watch hang up by the side of the tub, by a little steel hook; I took it and went away, thinking it would be advertised.

He called Richard Wright to his character, who knew him about seven years ago, but knew very little of him since. Guilty of stealing, but not privately from his person . T .

Arnold Hall.
9th December 1767
Reference Numbert17671209-5
VerdictGuilty
SentenceTransportation

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5. (M.) Arnold Hall was indicted for stealing a pair of iron blocks with brass pulleys, value 40 s. the property of John Philips and Geo Shakespear , Nov. 2 . *

John Hall. Mr. Philips and Mr. Shakespear are builders and partners ; I am servant to them; the prisoner was employed by Mr. Miller, a bricklayer; we were at work at Lord Hertford's in Grosvenor-street ; I delivered two blocks out for the use of the work there; they were in use there two months before they were taken away. On the 3d of November I was informed they were stopped in St. Giles's; I went to the round-house, there I saw the prisoner and the blocks, (produced in court;) I know them to be the property of the prosecutors; I have had them under my care ten years.

Thomas Pickering . I am a broker; the prisoner brought one of these blocks to me about seven at night, on the 2d of November; he asked 5 s. for it; then he said I should have the iron at 2 d. a pound, and the brass at 6 d. I took and put them down in my back parlour, and went out at the back door and got a constable, and came in again, and told the prisoner I had a suspicion that it was stolen, and gave the constable charge of him; in going to the round-house, he attempted to get away; when he was in the round-house, I asked him where the fellow block was; he said he would tell me if I would not hurt him; I said, I could not promise him that; then he said he had thrown it away in Broad St. Giles's; we went there with a light and found it; I asked him where he had them; he immediately said he stole them from Lord Hertford's, and that they were Mr. Philips's property.

Thomas Dance . The blocks were in my possession to do Lord Hertford's business; we used to put it in the hay lost on nights; I had seen them on the 2d of November, the very day they were missing. When the prisoner was charged with taking them, he cried, and said he was sorry he had done it.

Prisoner's defence.

I found them.

He called James Hamockson who had known him two years, Richard Talbot four, John Lascow one, and James Hall two, who gave him a good character exclusive of this.

Guilty . T .

James Bess.
9th December 1767
Reference Numbert17671209-6
VerdictGuilty
SentenceTransportation

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6. (M.) James Bess , otherwise Best , was indicted for stealing three cheeses, the weight 84

pounds, value 24 s. the property of Eliz. Watson, spinster , Nov. 17 . *

Elizabeth Watson . I keep a chandler's shop in Leather-lane . On the 17th of November between eight and nine in the evening, I and my maid were in a little room backwards; I looked through a little window, and saw the prisoner taking three cheeses out of my shop window, he was within my shop; upon my calling out he was then got into the passage; he turned and threw them into the shop, and was taken before he got past my window, (a Cheshire, a double Glaucester, and a single Gloucester cheese produced in court;) these are the three cheese; I had a full view of the prisoner by the light of a lamp, and a candle in the shop.

William Eastly . I was going in at Mrs. Watson's with a bill for small beer; when in the street I saw the prisoner take these cheeses up out of the window; I took him to be a porter; there was a companion of his stood close by the door; the prisoner was got out of the shop into the passage; Mrs. Watson called out; he flung the cheeses down on the floor just within the shop; I laid hold of him as he came out at the door, and secured him; the other man went off immediately.

Prisoner's defence.

I know nothing of it.

To his character.

Mary Gill . I live in Smithfield; I have known the prisoner some years; I never heard any thing amiss of him before this.

Guilty . T .

William Gahagan.
9th December 1767
Reference Numbert17671209-7
VerdictNot Guilty

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7. (M.) William Gahagan was indicted for stealing three leaden shifters, value 4 s. the property of the Right Hon. Francis Seymour Conway , Earl of Hertford , Nov. 25 . +

Richard Willson . I and James Carter were going up into the hay loft at the Earl of Hertford's in Grosvenor-street , on the 25th of November, about half an hour after four in the afternoon; we saw the prisoner with his hod, he served bricklayers there, he seemed to cover it with his arm; I asked him three times what he had in it before he would give me an answer; I looked and saw he had got three leaden shifters, (three produced in court;) he begged I would let him go about his business; I cannot swear these are the same, they were such as these; when before the Justice, he said he took them out of the kitchen.

James Carter gave the same account, with this addition, that where they met with the prisoner, he was in the way where he went to fetch the bricks and mortar for the bricklayers.

Prisoner's defence.

I was making a scaffold for the bricklayers, and found these weights among the rubbish; I was ordered by the bricklayer to take them and carry them up to where the rest of the lumber was put, and was carrying them when I was stopped.

Acquitted .

Jane Pardue.
9th December 1767
Reference Numbert17671209-8
VerdictNot Guilty

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8. (M.) Jane, wife of Samuel Pardue , was indicted for stealing a linen check apron, value 12 d. halfpenny , the property of Jane Russel , spinster , Nov. 13 . +

Acquitted .

Mary Pillson.
9th December 1767
Reference Numbert17671209-9
VerdictNot Guilty

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9. (M.) Mary Pillson , spinster , was indicted for stealing a linen sheet, value 2 s. the property of Judith Hall , widow , in a certain lodging-room left by contract, to be used by her the said Mary , October 18 . +

Acquitted .

Anne Smith, James White, Charles Storey.
9th December 1767
Reference Numbert17671209-10
VerdictNot Guilty

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10, 11, 12. (M.) Anne Smith , James White , and Charles Storey , were indicted for stealing five yards of woollen baize, value 2 s. and eleven yards of flannel, value 3 s. the property of Roger Parry , October 29 . ++

The prosecutor is a haberdasher and hosier in St. John's street ; he deposed he was not at home when the fact was committed, and the only evidence to affect the prisoners was James Walsum (an accomplice) a lad of fifteen years of age.

They were all three Acquitted .

Joseph Turvey.
9th December 1767
Reference Numbert17671209-11
VerdictGuilty
SentenceTransportation

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13. (L.) Joseph Turvey was indicted for stealing a linen handkerchief, value 2 s. the property of William Hodgson , October 25 . ++

William Hodgson . On the 25th of October, going along Cheapside , I felt something at my pocket; I immediately turned, and saw the prisoner with my handkerchief in his hand (produced and deposed to;) he dropt it down; I seized him, and my handkerchief was taken up and delivered to me.

Prisoner's defence.

I was coming near the corner of Wood-street; the gentleman turned round all on a sudden, I observed something lying on the ground, I took it up, and in my confusion I dropt it again.

Guilty . T .

William Fosset.
9th December 1767
Reference Numbert17671209-12
VerdictGuilty
SentenceTransportation

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14. (L.) William Fosset was indicted for stealing a handkerchief, value 12 d. the property of Thomas Harrison , Nov. 20 . ++

Thomas Harrison . On Friday the 20th of November; between six and seven in the evening, coming up Darkhouse-lane , a little boy came and

said, have you not lost your handkerchief; I put my hand in my pocket, and said I had; he said he saw a boy put his hand in my pocket just now; we walked up to the top of the lane, and in the street saw four boys; he said it was one of them; I walked towards them; they looked very hard at me; the prisoner ran away as hard as he could, which gave me reason to suspect him; I pursued and took him opposite a fishmonger's in Thames-street; before ever I accused him, he said, indeed, Sir, I have not got your handkerchief; I took him into a shop, and saw my handkerchief taken out of his pocket.

Prisoner's defence.

I had been over the water, and coming along I saw a handkerchief lying against a door; I took it up, and this gentleman came and took me into a fishmonger's shop, and said it was his handkerchief.

Guilty . T .

William Willoughby.
9th December 1767
Reference Numbert17671209-13
VerdictNot Guilty

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15. (L.) William Willoughby was indicted for stealing a silk handkerchief, value 2 s. the property of Henry Flower , Nov. 17 . ++

Henry Flower . Going up Cheapside , on the 17th of November, between seven and eight at night, with two others, I had hold of each of their arms, they were rather before me, I felt something at my pocket; I looked and saw the prisoner had got my handkerchief three parts out of my pocket; I catched hold of it, and then secured him.

The prisoner not having it in his possession he was acquitted .

William Lorimer.
9th December 1767
Reference Numbert17671209-14
VerdictNot Guilty

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16. (L.) William Lorimer was indicted for stealing 200 pounds weight of sugar, value 36 s. the property of a person or persons unknown, Nov. 3 . ++

John Summerfield . I am a King's officer; on the 3d of November there was a lighter of sugar lay at Fresh-wharf ; a brother officer came and told me some body had robbed it (I was not in charge of that lighter;) I, and two or three more went; the lighter lay on the side the ship; I got into the lighter; there were three men jumped out of her, and threw three bags of sugar into a boat; they made off in her; we went on shore, and consulted what to do; we went there again, and found the prisoner in the lighter; he said, he belonged to her, he was the ship's man; we asked him where he had been; he said he had been with the lighter-man to drink a pint of beer; I said, your lighter has been robbed; he said it had not; I said I was sure it had; then we went back again, and consulted whether we should take him in custody or not; we thought we had a right to take him up: then we went again, and went on board, and found the vessel had been robbed of about 100 and a half of sugar, three bags, and two large handkerchiefs full; when we said we should take him up, he said, let me alone, I will pay for the sugar that is taken away, do not say any more about it.

Thomas Towse was with the witness Summerfield at the time, he gave the same account.

Prisoner's defence.

I was not in the lighter when she was robbed; I went to get more tarpauling to cover the sugar, and when I came back again the sugar was gone.

For the prisoner.

John Knight . I was captain of the Trent, the ship the lighter was loaded from; the prisoner belonged to the ship, he was sent up to watch the lighter all night; he has been with me two voyages; I always found him very honest; I looked upon him to be one of the best on board.

John Davis . I worked this lighter; she was made fast at Bottle-wharf; between eight and nine we left her there with the prisoner in her; the King's watchman came down afterwards; then I went to the Dolphin alehouse with my fellow-servant; the prisoner came up afterwards, in about a quarter of an hour, as we told him where we were going; he staid better than an hour with us; then he, I, and my fellow-servant, went all down to the vessel together, and she was then carried up to Fresh-wharf.

Acquitted .

Thomas Newman, Susanna Skelton.
9th December 1767
Reference Numbert17671209-15
VerdictGuilty
SentenceTransportation

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17, 18. (L.) Thomas Newman and Susanna Skelton were indicted for stealing 150 pounds weight of sugar, value 45 s. the property of a person or persons unknown, Nov. 21 . ++

Robert Friend . I am a porter, I was drinking at the Cock and Anchor in Thames-street, near Billingsgate; on the 21st of November, about half an hour after eight at night, I went over the way to get a halfpenny-worth of tobacco; coming back, I was told there was something concealed in the gate-way; I and John Read went, and on the left-hand side I saw the prisoners, the woman had her arm round the man's neck; I having a light, saw some sugar spilt; we found two bags of sugar, one was under the woman's petticoats, and the other under the man's trowsers; we brought them to the Cock and Anchor, and sent for a constable; the woman made her escape, but was taken at the Brown Bear in East-Smithfield on the 23 d.

John Read deposed to the same purport.

Mr. Woodhouse. On that day I was informed a man and a woman were with some sugar under a gate way in; I went as directed to the Cock and Anchor; then I went to see if any thing was lost from the buildings; I found a hogshead was broke open, I found a rope ladder (produced in court;) I have seen the man at the bar backwards and forwards upon the keys.

Newman's defence.

I was in at the King's Arms, and drank two pints of beer; about eight o'clock I went out, and fell down, and this woman went to help me up; I was not out of the King's Arms five minutes when these people came to me.

Skelton's defence.

I had but a groat in my pocket; we had two pints of beer; Newman went out to ease himself, I went out after him; he fell down, and I went to help him up; I know nothing of any sugar.

Both Guilty . T .

Mary Stevens.
9th December 1767
Reference Numbert17671209-16
VerdictGuilty
SentenceTransportation

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19. (L.) Mary Stevens was indicted for stealing a linen gown, value 3 s. and a stuff petticoat, value 18 d. the property of John Holford , Dec. 2 . ++

John Holford . I keep a woman's clothes shop at the upper end of Rosemary-lane ; this day week, about 11 o'clock in the day, I just went cross the way; I had not been gone above 3 minutes before I saw the prisoner came out of my shop; I went after her, and turned up her cardinal, and saw a linen gown, my property; I called a neighbour to be witness, and took the gown and petticoat from her; they were taken from off my counter.

George Banes . I was standing at my shop-door, I saw the prisoner coming along; the prosecutor went to her, and charged her with stealing something out of his shop; he looked under her cardinal; she said, they are mine, Sir; he answered, they were his property, and charged her with stealing them, and took the things mentioned from her; then she begged for mercy; he desired me, as a neighbour, to be a witness that he took them from her; he sent for a constable, and gave him charge of her.

Prisoner's defence.

A woman gave the things to me, and said they were her property, and the man came and took them from me.

Guilty . T .

Anne Myers, Mary Goodwin.
9th December 1767
Reference Numbert17671209-17
VerdictGuilty > theft under 1s; Not Guilty
SentenceTransportation

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20, 21. (L.) Anne Myers and Mary Goodwin were indicted for stealing a copper tea-kettle, and a copper pint mug, value 2 s. 6 d. the property of Robert Lockhead , Dec. 2 . ++

Robert Lockhead . I keep the White-Hart , a public-house opposite Surry-street in the Strand . Myers was at my house last Wednesday between twelve and one, and she came again in the evening; about nine at night a messenger came from the Horseshoe and Magpie at the farther end of Cheapside, to let me know a woman was stopped there with a pint pewter pot which had my name upon it, and a tea-kettle; I went there and saw the kettle and pot, which I know to be my property; the other prisoner was with her, I gave charge of them.

Q. Was Goodwin at your house that day?

Lockhead. I don't remember that she was.

John Debote . I saw the two prisoners at the Horseshoe and Magpie, there was a man with them; they had two pints of purl; one of the prisoners fell down, and drawed down a pint pot with her; the boy of the house said, what are you going to take my master's pots away; no, said she, it is my own; there was a quart pot, the property of Mrs. Dun in the Strand, or that way; she had also a pint pot and a tea-kettle, the property of Mr. Lockhead.

William Long . I was at the Horseshoe and Magpie that evening; there were the two prisoners and a man; as they were going out a pint dropped from Goodwin; the boy would have taken it from her; she said it was none of his; I read the name round it, which was Robert Lockhead in the Strand; I said I knew the man very well; then I stooped down, and seeing something bulge out, I said, Madam, you have something else here; then I took out a tea-kettle, it was wrapped up in the tail of her gown, and she had hold of it by the handle.

Myers's defence.

I light of a young man, an acquaintance of my husband's; he took me into a public-house to drink; he took a mug from under his coat, and said, as I was in want of money to pay my rent, he gave me that and a tea-kettle.

Goodwin's defence.

Myers said she was going to have the kettle mended; I said, then give it me, she did; that is all I know of the matter.

Myers Guilty, 10 d. T .

Goodwin acquitted .

William Danborough.
9th December 1767
Reference Numbert17671209-18
VerdictNot Guilty

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22. (L.) William Danborough was indicted for stealing a silver soup-ladle, value 7 s. a silver butter-ladle and a silver table-spoon , the property of the company of Goldsmith , Nov. 9 . *

Samuel Key . I am butler to the Goldsmiths company. On the last Lord-Mayor's day there was lost a silver tureen ladle, a table-spoon, and a butter-ladle.

Q. What is the use of the tureen ladle?

Key. That is to ladle the soup out of the tureen.

Q. When had you seen that last?

Key. I saw it between three and four in the hall in the afternoon that day; I delivered it out somewhere on the table, and some in the beanset; there were half a dozen of them on the first table; there were butter-spoons and table-spoons upon all the four tables; by counting up the number of them after they had been used about eight or nine o'clock in the evening, I found one tureen ladle, one table-spoon, and one butter-spoon missing; in the whole there are six dozen of table-spoons, two dozen of butter-ladles, and thirteen tureen ladles.

Q. Who delivers them back to you?

Key. They go into the kitchen to be washed, then they are brought to me by my waiters; there were ten waiters that day.

Q. Was the prisoner employed there?

Key. No, he was not employed by me; I was present when he was apprehended on the Wednesday between three and four in the afternoon.

Samuel Cawthorn . I have the honour of being beadle to the worshipful company of Goldsmiths. Last Lord-Mayor's day I attended at the hall, I saw the prisoner there; there were a great number of people in and about the hall; we asked their business; several of them informed me they were servants waiting for liverymen; I asked the prisoner whose servant he was; he told me he was employed as a whiffler to wait upon the cook; I called to the porter Mr. Wren, and said, pray see this whiffler out of the hall, knowing he had no business there, that is all I know of Mr. Whiffler. I saw him passing and repaffing several times between the kitchen and the hall, and I obliged him to go out of the hall.

Q. What was he employed in?

Cawthorn. In carrying dishes, and taking dishes away.

Cross examination.

Q. Did you see him at the time of dinner?

Cawthorn. I did.

Q. Were there not many whifflers there?

Cawthorn. There may be many, but they have no business at the hall.

Q. Are not these whifflers employed to attend the cook?

Cawthorn. No, they are not, no farther than to carry dishes to gentlemen's tables.

Q. What is the prisoner?

Cawthorn. He is a lapidary .

John Wren . I am porter to the Goldsmiths company. I saw the prisoner at our hall last Lord-Mayor's day backwards and forwards; he was waiting on our cook; I was the man that showed him out two or three-times, and told him he had no business there; he said he was waiting on our cook; he brought tureen things with the spoons in them, and the soup ladles.

Benjamin Hillyard . I am clerk to Mr. Fair. I dined at Goldsmiths-hall last Lord-Mayor's day, the 9th of November; as I sat at dinner, being the last person at the end of the table, the door was open, I saw the prisoner bring dishes to the door, and the waiter received them of him, and I saw him take dishes from the waiters and carry them towards the kitchen, but I can't be particular what dishes they were; there was a dispute with the waiters; they told him he had no business there; he said he was employed by the cook; the beadle took him by the shoulder, and said he had no business there; I remember seeing him with one tureen in his hand.

Thomas Swift . I am a silversmith; I have known the prisoner from a baby. On the 11th of November last he brought some silver melted in little comical ingots; it weighed 10 ounces 13 penny-weights; I suspected it might be the silver advertised, as it answered to the weight that was taken from the Goldsmiths company at the hall; he said it came from Portsmouth, and he had a letter of advice about it; he desired me to get an assay made of it, and then he was to send it down, (produced in court.) This never cou ld be melted at Portsmouth in this manner, they know there how to melt it as we do, this is not in a workmanlike manner. I went with the constable to Gutter-lane, and sent for the prisoner; then he told Mr. Fair he received it from Chatham; Mr. Fair asked him if he had a letter; he said he had, but no letter could be found. I was at his examination before my Lord-Mayor; there he said he kicked against something in Goldsmiths-street, Wood-street, and he went to a tavern for a light, and they refused him one; then he went home and got a candle and lanthorn, and went to the place and found the silver. I have trusted him in my shop when I have had a thousand ounces of silver, and I never knew any harm of him.

Mr. Hardy. I belong to Mr. White; Mr. Swift brought this silver to our house, upon which there

was some enquiry made after the prisoner at the bar; I saw the prisoner at the public-house in Gutter lane, he said he received the silver from Chatham; and before my Lord-Mayor he said he found it in Goldsmiths-street.

Q. to Cawthorn. Did you hear the prisoner examined?

Cawthorn. I did; he prevaricated when Mr. Fair examined him, saying he had it from Chatham, and he said before my Lord Mayor he had it from Portsmouth; I told him he made out a lame story, and if he expected any lenity from the company, the best way would be to tell the truth; he sighed and hesitated a little time, and at last of all said that he was guilty, and it was poverty and the want of business that drove him to it, and he desired to speak with Mr. Fair, and they went out together.

Q. to Key What was the weight of the silver lost at the hall?

Key We weighed a dozen of butter spoons, a dozen tureen ladles, and a dozen of table-spoons, and we found three of them, one of each sort, to come up to the weight of ten ounces thirteen pennyweights.

Q. to Hardy. What is the weight of the silver?

Hardy. It weight ten ounces thirteen penny-weights

Q. to Cawthorn. Mention the words as near as you can, that you said to the prisoner.

Cawthorn. I said, if you expect favour of the company, it will be better to make an ample discovery; and in answer to that, he did acknowledge taking the things two or three times over to me. I put this to him before he was before my Lord-Mayor, but I did not tell my Lord he had made that confession; he denied it there, and said he had found it.

Prisoner's defence.

I was at Goldsmiths-hall on my Lord Mayor's day; I went with my wife to see the table laid; Mr. Cartwright the head cook seeing me in the kitchen doing nothing, said, have you any thing to do here; I said, no, only I came to see; he said, take this key and go to my wife for a shirt and stockings; I sent my wife; she brought them and delivered him the key; then he gave her and me some wine; then things were going in; he said, take hold of this dish and follow them; I believe I carried two or three dishes, but never a tureen. I was going through Goldsmiths-street in the dark, and kicked against something; I saw a watch key; I had some suspicion there was a watch; I went to the Sun Tavern in Milk-street, and asked for a candle, saying I had kicked against something in Goldsmiths-street; the young man said, he had not a bit of candle, but desired me to go to my own house, which I did; and when I came to the place, there lay this silver in a brown paper all over dirt.

To his character.

George Swift . I am son to Mr. Swift that has given evidence here; I live at the Sun Tavern in Milk-street; the prisoner came to me on Thursday the 5th of November in the evening, and required a piece of candle; he said he had kicked against something in Goldsmiths-street, and had picked up a watch key, and thought there might be a watch; I said I could not let him have a bit, and advised him to go home for a bit, and go and see what it was. On the Monday morning after he called again, that was my Lord-Mayor's day.

Q. What is the prisoner's character?

Swift. I think he deserves a good character; I think he is not guilty of this charge; he and I are very intimate.

Cross examination.

Q. Did you see him on the Sunday before my Lord-Mayor's day?

Swift. He called at the tavern where I live when he came from church.

Q. Was you with him on the Friday?

Swift. No.

Q. Was you with him on the Thursday night?

Swift. No.

Q. Did he tell you in what part of the street it was that he kicked against something?

Swift. No; he said he thought it jingled like silver, and he thought it might be a watch, or the case of a watch.

Q. Did he say he attempted to look for it?

Swift. He did, but the moon did not shine on that side of the way.

Q. Where does he live?

Swift. He lives in King's-head-court, Gutter-lane.

Q. How far is the Sun Tavern from the place where he said he found the silver?

Swift. It is about an hundred yards distant.

Q. How near is his house to the place?

Swift. That is about a hundred and fifty yards from it.

Q. How came it you did not ask this intimate friend of your's on the Sunday, whether he had found any thing, when he imagined he had kicked against a watch or some silver?

Swift. I did not; I was with him but a little time, and I never thought of it.

Q. Did you ask him on the Monday?

Swift. No, I did not.

Mr. Whitten. He served his time to me; I never knew him to wrong me; I never found him any way dishonest.

Charles Buttery . I have known him nine or ten years; I never heard any thing against his character; I served two years fellow apprentice with him.

Charles Bowden . I have known him four years; he worked for me three quarters of a year, and for his care, diligence, and sobriety, I gave him the care of a shop, where he had eight men under his direction; I found him very honest; he has been from me near twelve months.

Acquitted .

John Seymour.
9th December 1767
Reference Numbert17671209-19
VerdictGuilty
SentenceTransportation

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23. (M.) John Seymour was indicted for stealing sixteen pounds weight of Cheshire cheese, value 4 s. the property of Francis Page , November 16 . +

Mary Page . I am wife to Francis Page , we live in St. Giles's , and keep a chandler's shop . On the 16th of Nov. I was sitting in my parlour; between 7 and 8 at night, there came a man into the shop, I believe it was the prisoner, but I did not see his face; he took and carried out half a Cheshire cheese; before I could get to the door, he was got out by the assistance of an accomplice, there were three of them; I called, stop thief, and one of my lodgers over-heard me; he bid me not be frightened, for he had got him, (half a Cheshire cheese produced;) this is the same he had got.

John Short . I was in the passage coming down stairs; there were three young fellows at the door, looking through the glass, talking to one another; one of them said, d - n my eyes, let's go to the club, all is clear; then the prisoner walked in; one stood on the right, and the other on the left of the door; the prisoner took the cheese, and was going out; I took him with it in his hand; I threw him down, and the other two ran away.

Prisoner's defence.

I was going up this street; there was a noise at the door, this young fellow catched hold of me; I had no cheese in my hand.

Charles Westridge . I have known the prisoner about a year and a half; he is a peruke-maker; he worked once for me; he was honest and just to me.

Guilty . T .

John Hoare, Joseph Edwards.
9th December 1767
Reference Numbert17671209-20
VerdictNot Guilty

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24, 25. (L.) John Hoare and Joseph Edwards were indicted for stealing a stone bottle, value 12 d. and a gallon of lamp oil, value 2 s. 6 d. the property of John Green , Nov. 14 . *

John Green. I live at Wandsworth; on the 14th of November I was at Queenhithe with my boat; mine is a passage-boat, I had a great many things in her; my son was looking after her, and I was in the public-house; I had six people there staying for me, it was not quite stood; there came John Perkins , and told me my boat had been robbed; they had got Hoare in custody; when I came to him, I said, you shall go to the Compter to night, and before my Lord-Mayor on Monday morning; then Edwards came up, and said, d - n your flesh, he shall not go, and struck at me, and would have rescued the other from me; I asked him if he belonged to the punt; he said, yes; there lay a punt close to my boat; we found the bottle of oil in the punt; covered over with five hempen sacks, and Hoare was in the punt; we took the two prisoners in charge; Edwards said, what is the matter all the rest do not go as well as me; the oil cost me half a crown, besides the bottle (produced in court;) I had delivered it to my son, and he put it in the stern of my boat; it was in less than an hour and a half when I found it again.

Thomas Green. My father gave me the bottle of oil about four o'clock, and I put it directly in the stern of the boat; I went on shore about five minutes to make water, and when I came in the boat again I missed the bottle of oil. (The rest as his father had deposed.)

John Perkins . Between five and six o'clock I went down to Mr. Green's boat, to ask if it was stood; I found he had just lost a bottle of oil; I was at the finding it in the punt, where the prisoner Hoare was; when Mr. Green was for taking Hoare away, Edwards came and swore the boy should not be taken away, and offered to strike Mr. Green.

Hoare's defence.

I know nothing how the oil came into our punt.

Edwards's defence.

I heard a great disturbance by the water-side; I went to see what was the matter; they laid hold of me directly; they said there was a bottle of oil found in our punt; I said, I knew nothing of it; I believe there were ten rude chaps running over the vessels.

Thomas Lovet , John Plumeridge , and Daniel Smith , gave Hoare a very good character.

Both Acquitted .

Samuel Ringstead.
9th December 1767
Reference Numbert17671209-21
VerdictNot Guilty

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26. (M.) Samuel Ringstead was indicted for stealing a plain gold ring, value 9 s. the property of Walter Field , Nov. 5 . +

Walter Field . The prisoner came to my house the 5th of November, a public-house, the George

in Hoxton Market-place ; he called for a pint of beer; he drank that, and called for another, and a halfpenny-worth of tobacco; he asked me to drink a draught with him; he had some bags with blue in them, which he put under the bench; he sells blue and indico about the country; he went out, and staid about twenty minutes, or half an hour; then when he came in, he seemed very drunk, and staggered about, and made a great deal of disturbance, and called for more liquor; my wife told him he had had enough, and should have no more; this was about eight at night: he said to me, landlord, your wife seems to be very cross, why will you not let me have a pint of beer; I said, sit down and be quiet, and you shall; I drawed a pint; then he began to be noisy again; I drank rather more than ordinary to get him out of the house; when that was out he asked for more beer; I said, you shall have no more beer here; then he said, d - n it, you seem to be a hearty fellow, the next time I come I will call and see you, but your wife seems to be very cross: then he said, will you shake hands with me; I had a plain gold ring on my finger; he laid hold of my hand, and gave a slap with his other hand; then he said, that is not hearty, let's shake hands again; then he took hold of my hand again, and gave a smart slap on it, and said, that is hearty; I looked, and missed my ring immediately; I said, this fellow has got my ring from my finger; he stooped to lay hold of his bags to go out; I laid hold of his collar directly, and said, you have got my ring, and I insist upon having it; I sent for an officer, he was searched; I never found my ring again; I am sure I had it on when he shook hands with me, and I felt him take it from my finger.

Cross examination.

Q. Did you immediately charge the prisoner upon his shaking hands with you?

Field. Yes, I held up my hand, and said, he has got my ring.

Q. Was you drunk or sober?

Field. I was quite sober as I am now.

A Witness. I went to the prosecutor's house for a pint of beer; before I went to bed the prisoner came in, and called for a pint of beer; Mrs. Field said, when he wanted more, you have had enough already; at last Mr. Field agreed to let him have another pint; he had it; I saw Field and him clap hands together two or three times; the last blow that he hit Mr. Field, I saw a ring on Mr. Field's little finger; they shook hands, and as soon as ever they parted hands, Mr. Field said he had lost his ring; then there was no ring on his finger.

Q. to prosecutor. How many people were there in the room at the time?

Prosecutor. There might be about half a dozen people.

William Bradley . I being an officer, they called upon me; I was not willing to search the prisoner myself; we waited a little time, and the officer of the night came; then we searched him, but found nothing upon him; he stripped himself to his shirt, he denied knowing any thing of the ring.

Q. Was he drunk or sober?

Bradley. He was very fuddled.

Q. How was the prosecutor?

Bradley. He was pretty drunk.

Q. What do you call pretty drunk?

Bradley. I think he was as drunk as the prisoner.

Prisoner's defence.

I never saw a ring he had.

For the prisoner.

Samuel Fisher . I was at Mr. Field's on the 5th of November last, about half an hour after eight at night; Mr. Field said, young man, come drink.

Q. Was Mr. Field drunk or sober?

Fisher. He was very drunk, he could hardly speak; the prisoner was drunk also, he went towards the fire; Mrs. Field said, stand away fellow, I do not want any of Justice Fielding's gang here, she said, here is a quart pot, I will take care of it, may be you will put it in your bags; he said, I shall not hurt you: then the landlord and he went to clapping of hands together; they did not shake hands; Mr. Field stood with his back against the bar, he could hardly stand without holding, and could not speak plain: after that Mrs. Field came to me, and said, have you got my husband's ring; then Mr. Field said to the prisoner, you have got my ring, and I will stick close by you.

Q. How long was it after the clapping of hands, that he charged the prisoner with taking the ring?

Fisher. That might be half a quarter of an hour after the clapping of hands; the prisoner submitted freely to be searched; they took a candle, and looked all round the room; Mrs. Field said, do not let the man go; no, said the prisoner, I shall not go; he was taken into another room, and searched, but no ring found; I saw the whole transaction: Mr. Field went out of the room after the clapping of hands, before he made any complaint of losing his ring.

There were other witnesses, but the jury declared they were satisfied, so they were not called.

Acquitted .

George Strong.
9th December 1767
Reference Numbert17671209-22
VerdictGuilty
SentenceCorporal > whipping

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27. (M.) George Strong was indicted for stealing a copper tea-kettle, value 17 d. a feather bolster, value 2 s, a woollen blanket, value 12 d. a pair of linen sheets, value 2 s. another linen sheet, and a copper saucepan , the property of Charles Smith , Oct. 15 ++

Charles Smith . I live in New-street, St. Giles's ; my wife lett the prisoner a ready furnished lodging up one pair of stairs, a fore-room; the things mentioned in the indictment were part of the furniture, they were missing out of the room; I only know the goods to be mine, I was not at home when they were taken: when he was taken up, he refused at first telling where the things were, but at last he told us they were in pledge, and where; I went to the pawnbroker's, and the things were produced.

Thomas Craven . I am a pawnbroker in Gate street, Lincoln's-inn-fields (he produced a saucepan, a tea-kettle, a blanket, three sheets, and a bolster) these the prisoner pledged with me at different times.

Prosecutor. These are my property.

Prisoner's defence.

I was finishing my work, and intended, when I took my money, to have brought the things out, but they took me up before I had finished.

Guilty . W .

Bretton Robinson.
9th December 1767
Reference Numbert17671209-23
VerdictNot Guilty

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28. (M.) Bretton Robinson was indicted for stealing a jack plane, value 12 d. a pannel plane, value 12 d. a smoothing plane, the property of Peter Lapthorne ; one agree plane, the property of Thomas Morgan ; and one jack plane , the property of William Walden , Nov. 3 . ++

Peter Lapthorne . I am a journyman carpenter ; about the 4th or 5th of November the prisoner came to my partner, William Walden , at a public-house, at dinner, and he brought him to me; the prisoner said he had found a parcel of tools, which he imagined to be mine; he said they were in an old place at Battle-bridge Wells; I went with him, there we found some of our tool-handles, the prisoner had left the tools at a public-house; there we found the tools mentioned in the indictment (produced in court, and deposed to by the respective owners.) I said he must go back with me to London, as I imagined him to be the person that had stole them; he said he found them in that old barn under some straw; when he was before the Justice, he said, he lived with an Alderman in London, but we found it to be false; he confessed he went into the house where we were at work in Bloomsbury-market, and told us how he got in, and took the things away; he said he got in at the area, and went up the well.

Thomas Morgan . We were robbed of these things either on Saturday night or Sunday night; the prisoner came in where we were at work, and said he had found a parcel of tools, and he believed them to be ours: we went with him to Battle bridge Wells, and then to a public-house; there we were told he wanted half a gallon of beer on them, and they would not let him have it; there we found our tools.

Prisoner's defence.

I know nothing of taking the things, I found them in a barn

Acquitted

James Key.
9th December 1767
Reference Numbert17671209-24
VerdictGuilty > lesser offence
SentenceTransportation

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29. (M.) James Key was indicted for stealing four guineas one half guinea, the property of Thomas Farest , in the dwelling-house of William Gray . Oct ++

Thomas Farest . I lodge in the house of William Gray , at the Old Gravel-lane, Wapping ; I came on more sick from on board a ship, the 31st of October; Mr. Gray's wife showed me the room up stairs to bed; I laid myself down on the bed; the prisoner came to me, and asked me how I did; he came home in the ship that I did; he said, I had better pull my clothes off; I said, no, do not trouble me; he helped me to pull my breeches off, and I took and laid them under my pillow; then he asked me if I would have any thing to drink; I said, no; then he said, I had better go to sleep; I turned my head from him; he pretended to cover me with his left-hand, and what he did with his right hand I cannot tell; in about ten minutes time he went down from me, and said he was going to see after his landlady: there came up a ship-mate of mine, and said, Tom, how do you do; before he opened the door, I saw my breeches lying with one part on the bed, and the other hanging off, I had not been asleep; I examined my breeches, and missed four guineas and a half out of them; the captain had just paid me off, the prisoner knew that very well; I received 10 l. 14 s. we went and enquired; a coachman came and informed us he carried the prisoner to Whitechapel, where he spent some money. and from thence to the Swan and Two Necks in Lad-lane. On the Sunday morning we went there and found him; we sent for a constable, and charged him; he was asked what money he had about him; he said he had only five halfpence; then he was desired to show what he had in his other pocket; he then pulled out some silver, and more halfpence; there was a

Frenchman that went with me, said to him, if you know yourself to be honest, pull off your shoes; he pulled off his right foot be very willingly, there was nothing there; then the constable desired him to pull off the other; he was very dilatory about it, and did not chose to pull it off, he was a long time about unbuckling it; when it was of one guinea fell on the table, and another he had stepped into his hand; he gave no other account about them, but that he had worked hard for them; I knew the captain gave him but a guinea for working his passage, and that I know was laid out within a few shillings.

John Parsons . On Sunday the 1st of November I was sent for to the Swan and Two Necks in Lad-lane; the prosecutor informed me, as he has said here, how he had lost his money; I shewed the prisoner my staff, and said, I am afraid you have robbed this man; pray where did you lie last night; said he, what is that to you, and began to grow mighty pert; then he said he was with a woman; I said, pray what money have you got, I shall search you; he said he had no money, I was welcome to search him; he had but five halfpence; I said, turn them out; then he shook cut about five or six shillings, and six pennyworth of halfpence. Mr. Gray said, you have more money than is your own there; the prisoner said, take it if you dare; I said, then put it in your pocket again, that is not what we want; the Frenchman said he thought he saw him slip something in his shoe; he was desired to pull off his shoes; he very readily put up his right foot, and pulled off the shoe; then I felt in his fob; then I desired him to pull off the other shoe; then he began to abuse Mr. Gray; he found I was resolved to have that shoe off; he shuffled about it, and wanted to get the money out; when it was off, one guinea dropped on the table, and another I took from him; I put them two in my pocket; we then took him to the Computer, and searched and found 9 s. 6 d. and some halfpence; I kept the two guineas and 5 s. to bring here, and delivered the rest back to help him in prison.

Prisoner's defence.

I had no money but what I worked hard for; I was born in Manchester, and have been two or three voyages.

Guilty of stealing, but not in the dwelling-house . T .

Anne Davis.
9th December 1767
Reference Numbert17671209-25
VerdictNot Guilty

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30. (M.) Anne Davis was indicted for stealing a woollen blanket, value 2 s, a linen sheet, value 18 d. a linen handkerchief, value 6 d. a pair of flat irons, value 1 s. a copper coffee-pot, value 1 s. a copper saucepan, value 1 s. and a brass candlestick , the property of John Constable , Nov. 13 . +

The prosecutor and his wife deposed, he took the prisoner without a character to nurse the wife in a fever; at a fortnight's end, the prisoner not being very well, they paid her for the fortnight; she was to come again, but never did; as soon as she was gone the things mentioned were missing; they took her up, and charged her with taking them; she denied knowing any thing of them, and the things were never found.

Acq.

Mary Griffiths, Richard Griffiths.
9th December 1767
Reference Numbert17671209-26
VerdictNot Guilty

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31, 32. (M) Richard Griffiths , and Mary his wife , otherwise Mary Pitt, spinster , otherwise Anne Taylor, spinster , were indicted for burglariously breaking and entering the dwelling-house of Anne Nevell , widow , on the 11th of October , about the hour of four in the night, and stealing a brilliant diamond ring, set in gold, value 15 l. a rose diamond ring, set in gold, value 5 l. a ring with diamond sparks and green stones, value 10 s. a cotton counterpane, value 15 s. a linen table-cloth, value 4 s. a linen napkin, value 6 d. a pillowbear, value 6 d. two silver spoons, value 4 s. a pair of linen sheets, a pair of muslin ruffles, worked, a muslin apron, a dimitty petticoat, two shirts, and a coloured silk handkerchief, the property of the said Anne Nevell , widow; one flowered cotton gown, two shifts, a pair of cotton stockings, a worked muslin apron, a worked muslin handkerchief, the property of Martha Ellis , spinster ; one muslin handkerchief, two shifts, a pair of laced russles, and a worked muslin apron, the property of Moreal Nevell , spinster ; a muslin apron, a pair of muslin double ruffles, a shift, a muslin handkerchief, and a muslin apron, the property of Anne Nevell , spinster ; a silk handkerchief, and a shift, the property of Susanna Julian , spinster ; a striped muslin apron, three quarters of a yard of new muslin, a silk handkerchief, half a guinea, a quarter guinea, and 2 s. and 3 d. in money numbered, the property of Susannh Warnham , in the dwelling-house of Anne Nevell . *

Susannah Warnham . I am servant to Mrs. Anne Nevell . On the 11th of October there were only I and Susanna Julian at our house in Park-street , Mrs. Nevell was then in the country, and had been about a fortnight; on that Sunday evening we fastened the house, we double locked the fore door and chained it, the kitchen window was secured as usual, the closet in the parlour was locked; we went to bed between nine and ten. We

lay backwards next the Park in a garret; Richard Knot : knocked at the door about seven the next morning, I came down to him; he asked who we had in the house all night; I said, nobody but my fellow servant and myself; then he said, I am afraid your house has been robbed, for I saw a man and a woman with a child go out of your house about half an hour after six; I begged if him to run after them, he and another man did; then I and my fellow servant went to search about the house; we found the kitchen window open, the sash frame cut away, and the sash up, the bolt on the inside was forced; this was a window fronting the street; it is in the area part of the window, is rather higher than the ground. I ran down into the kitchen first, there were two chairs thrown down; the kitchen was wet with two bottles of wine broke, one had red and the other white; there lay two large tallow candles; we had none in the house but what were locked in a candle chest, we used a bit of a wax one to light us to bed. I missed a new striped muslin apron, and three quarters of new striped muslin, and about 18 s. in money, which I left locked in a little trunk when I went to bed; then we went up into the dining-room, there we found a great deal of linen scattered about that had been in baskets, and there was a great deal missing. There was missing out of my mistress's room eight or nine shifts, a pair of sheets, a counterpane, a cotton gown, a table cloth, napkin, pillowbear, a petticoat, aprons, and a great deal of small linen; the lock seemed as if it had been forced.

Susanna Julian gave the same account.

Richard Knot . On the 12th of October I was at work at a public pump in Park-street, about twelve yards from Mrs. Nevell's house; that pump drains the water from the kitchens of all the houses there; the pump is in the street against a wall that divides Queen's-square; I could see a little way into Mrs. Nevell's door when it opens from there; I went to pump as the clock struck six, and in about half an hour after I saw a man and a tall woman come out of Mrs. Nevell's house, the woman came out first, and the man after her; the woman turned and pulled the door to; I did not see the woman's face, but I can swear to her habit; she had a blue and a white striped silk gown, a little draggled up the tail, a black cardinal, and a black hat; she had a large bundle under her right arm, the outside like a white counterpane; the man was a short man, in a sort of a fustian frock, the stocking down of his right leg; he had dark brown hair tied behind in a club; he had a child lay cross his two arms, I saw it move; I kept pumping till about seven o'clock; I went to get a penny worth of purl, and saw Mrs. Nevell's door a-jar; I went and knocked at the door, and the first evidence came to me, she clapped her hands together, and said, Lord, Richard, how came the door open; I desired her to shut the door and fasten it, and I and a carpenter that was in the street went to see for the man and woman, but we missed them. When I saw the prisoner's two days after, I knew them again, and followed the man, he had lived at Mrs. Nevell's; I knew him, and have drunk with him when he lived there, but he was got so far out of my knowledge that I did not recollect him then; he has been discharge from thence about a year, I believe; I saw his face very plain as he came out of the house, but it did not strike me that it was he. I was sent for to the lady after she came to town, and described the man and woman; the prisoners were suspected from my information; I was informed they lodged somewhere in Peter-street; I went to the house, and asked if such people lodged in the house; the woman of the house said yes; I said I should be glad to speak with the woman; the woman at the bar came down; I said, pray madam, is your husband at home; she said, yes, pray walk up; she had the same gown on as she had the morning when she came out of Mrs. Nevell's house; I went up stairs, and desired the coachman who was with me to follow me; there was the man at the bar; I clapped my hand on his shoulder, and said, you are the man, I want and said the same to the woman; the coachman and I took them in custody; the woman knowing the coachman said, Lord, Phil, what is the matter: we took them before Justice Miller; they took the child with them: they denied the charge there; I told the Justice I would not swear downright, but to the best of my knowledge they are the people; they were discharged, not finding any of the things upon them. The next morning we searched their lodgings, but found nothing; they were taken before Sir John Fielding ; there their landlady came and took her oath they were in their lodgings the night this happened, from ten at night to nine the next morning; they were then discharged again. Some time about the 29th of October I was sent for to Mrs. Nevell's; she told me to be at Sir John Fielding 's by 11 o'clock; I went; I was asked whether I knew them; I said I did; then I swore positively they were the people, and that I knew them well; then they were committed, the woman to Tothill-fields Bridewell,

and the man to New Prison. I am very clear as to the man, the woman by her height and clothes I can swear to.

Q How came you to be uncertain twice before. and yet to be certain a fortnight after?

Knot. Because of the ring being found upon the woman, and the man grows more and more in my knowledge.

William Masters . I am a pawnbroker, and live in Holbourn. On the 24th of October the woman at the bar brought this diamond ring (holding one in his hand) to me, and asked 18 s. upon it; she told me she brought it from one Mrs. Smithfield her mistress, that lived in Red Lion-street, Holbourn; I asked her her own name; she said it was Anne Taylor ; I desired to have an opportunity to see her mistress; she said, her mistress desired nobody might come home with her, she was not very well, she went away and left the ring; she came back in about eight or ten minutes, and told me her master was come home in liquor, and desired I would let her have the ring again, and when he was gone to bed or the tavern, I might have an opportunity of seeing her mistress; this was about six in the evening; I refused to give it her; she went away. I waited till the Thursday following to see if such a ring was advertised; finding none between Wednesday and Saturday, I advertised it in the Daily and Public Advertisers, and Gazetteer, and on Saturday the 31st of October Mrs. Nevell applied to see the ring; I shewed it her; she said she believed it to be her ring, her daughter was with her; she seemed more clear in it; Mrs. Nevell told me she had a suspicion of two people that had lived in her house; I took the woman up; she then denied knowing any thing of the ring.

Mrs. Anne Nevell . I was at Epsom on the 11th of October; I left my two maids which have been examined, in my house in Park-street, (she takes the ring in her hand) I am very sure this is my ring which was missing out of a drawer, when the things mentioned in the indictment were missing; I had the key of my bureau in which it was with me in the country; I came to town the very night after I heard of my house being broke open; I found my house in great disorder, as my maids have given an account; the two prisoners had both lived in my house.

Mrs. Ellis. I am brother to Mrs. Nevell; this ring (taking it in his hand) was in my possession 35 years ago; I parted with it to my sister Martha Ellis about nine years ago.

Mrs. Nevell. My sister Martha Ellis gave it me about five years ago.

Mr. Ellis. I described it particularly to the pawnbroker before I saw it; there is a particular flaw in the middle stone, by which I am sure.

Richard Griffith 's defence.

I never was within Mrs. Nevell's house not near it for the last six months, no nearer than Dartmouth-street.

Mary Griffiths's defence.

I never was in a pawnbroker's shop in Holbourn in my life; I know nothing of the ring.

Masters. I am sure this woman is the same that brought the ring to me.

For the prisoner.

Elizabeth Bartlet . The prisoners lodged with me; they came about five weeks before the 12th of October; they are the man and wife; they have one child about seven months old.

Q. Do you remember any thing particular on the 11th of October.

E. Bartlet. No, nothing, unless they were in our house; they always kept good hours.

Q. Where they both in your house that Sunday?

E. Bartlet. I believe they were.

Q. What time did you go to bed that Sunday night?

E. Bartlet. About eight o'clock.

Q. Were they in your house then?

E. Bartlet. I really believe they were, but I did not see them.

Q. Did you not swear before Justice Fielding, that they were in your house all that night?

E. Bartlet. No; I swore they were to the best of my knowledge; I should be very loth to take an oath of that I was not sure of.

Q. Did you see any thing of them on Monday morning?

E. Bartlet. I saw them come down stairs on that morning about eight o'clock; they behaved well while with us.

William Bartlet . The prisoners lodged with us.

Q. Can you tell whether the two prisoners were at home that Sunday night?

Bartlet. I believe they might, but I was in bed before nine; I did not see them in the morning, for I went out to the market; I believe them to be very honest people.

John Davis . I am a lodger in the house.

Q. Do you know whether they were out of the house that Sunday night?

Davis. I do not know whether they were out or in; I never trouble my head with any lodgers;

when the pawnbroker came to take the woman, he said she did not answer the description of the woman that came to pawn the ring.

Masters. When I went up to the woman's room, I said to her, my dear, do you know me; she said, no, Sir; I shewed her the ring, and asked her if she did not bring that to me; she said, no; I said, that the time she came she appeared paler than she did then, but I expressed no doubt about her; I gave order to the constable to take her into custody, knowing she was absolutely the same woman.

Both Acquitted .

Thomas Knight.
9th December 1767
Reference Numbert17671209-27
VerdictNot Guilty

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33. (M.) Thomas Knight was indicted for stealing one pound and nine ounces of unwrought silk, value 56 s. the property of John Kirkham , Nov. 22 . +

John Hurst . I am servant to Mr. John Kirkham , a weaver ; the prisoner applied to me for silk for his wife to wind; I delivered her a pound and nine ounces; she came to me afterwards, and told me her husband had taken and sold it; since that she has declared she is not his wife.

Q. Did she come to you as his wife?

Hurst. She did, and i n common went for his wife; they have lived together on and off fourteen years. She is now not to be found.

Acquitted .

William Phillips, Samuel Levi.
9th December 1767
Reference Numbert17671209-28
VerdictsNot Guilty

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34, 35. (M.) William Phillips and Samuel Levi were indicted, the first for stealing thirty-six English porcelain ornamental images, value 5 l. the property of John Crowther , and the other for receiving the same well knowing them to have been stolen , Oct. 1 . +

John Crowther . I am the proprietor at Bow in the porcelain way ; I know nothing but what I had by the information of Hart Naphtali, a Jew; our numbers are such it is almost impossible to miss them from the warehouse.

Hart Naphtali . I was by when Phillips offered 36 images to Samuel Levi in his house in Petticoat-lane, about three months ago; Phillips said his young master sent him with them for two guineas; Levi gave him two guineas; I do not know whether he bought them or lent the money on them; (five figures produced in court.)

Naphtali Hart Myer . About the middle of September this evidence brought some figures for me to look at; I gave him 36 s. for the five.

Richard Crowther . I am son to the prosecutor; these figures are my father's property, I cannot say I missed them; Levi owned buying 36 figures of Phillips; I never sent Phillips with any; Phillips when charged, said he bought them in the street.

Prosecutor. Phillips was a servant in my house; his father has been my servant some years, and behaved well, and on his account I employed his son.

Patrick Dorman . On the 23d of last month, Hart Naphtali told me there were 36 of Mr. Crowther's figures sold in Petticoat-lane; that he gave Phillips two guineas for them, and he could tell me where some of them were sold; I urged Phillips to declare if he had any body concerned with him; he said he had not, but he bought them of people in the street; and the last time he was examined before my Lord-Mayor, he said his young master gave them to him to sell for him, and he carried him the money, and he received 5 s. for his trouble.

Phillip's defence.

My young master sent me with them to Levi's, and fixed the price two guineas.

Mr. Allen. Phillips served his time with me in the brush-making way; he behaved very honest to me; I know nothing of him since he left me.

Both Acquitted .

Mary Hart.
9th December 1767
Reference Numbert17671209-29
VerdictGuilty
SentenceCorporal > whipping

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36. (L.) Mary Hart , spinster , was indicted for stealing a silk gown, value 4 l. a shirt, two muslin neckcloths, and a pair of silver shoe-buckles , the property of John Ham , Nov. 28 .++

John Ham . I live in Lovell's-court, Paternoster-row , the prisoner was my servant : on the 28th of November, in the morning, I found her very drunk; my wife searched about, and found a shirt and two neckcloths missing; after that my wife was sent for to the next door; I was soon sent for; I was showed a silk gown, which I know to be my wife's; we found the shirt and neckcloth, by the prisoner's directions; we missed my wife's silver buckles.

Sarah Farminger . About a fortnight ago the prisoner delivered a silk gown to me, and desired I would deliver it to Catherine Thomas , who was then not in the way; when Catherine saw it, she said she knew nothing of it, or who it belonged to; I sent for Mr. Ham's wife, and told her of it, and delivered it to her.

John Brook . I am a pawnbroker on Ludgate-hill; this pair of silver buckles were pledged to me by a woman, by the name of Mary Hill, on the 27th of November; I cannot swear to the prisoner.

Prosecutor. I have the pawnbroker's duplicate here, I had it from the prisoner.

Prisoner's defence.

What they say is very true.

Guilty . W .

John Marshall.
9th December 1767
Reference Numbert17671209-30
VerdictGuilty > theft under 40s
SentenceTransportation

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37. (L.) John Marshall was indicted for stealing 490 pounds weight of sugar, value 80 l. the property of a person or persons unknown, in a certain lighter on the navigable river of Thames , Oct. 26 . ++

William Allen . I am a King's officer; on the 26th of October I was appointed to the charge of a lighter of sugar, stationed at Bear-key ; I went about thirty yards from her, to talk to some of the King's officers for about half an hour; between two and three in the morning, on the 27th, the first man I saw, when I returned, was a man that came from the ship as a watchman, leaning over the side of the key, looking upon the lighter; in about half a minute I saw a lighterman come out of the lighter, he was one of the men that had moored the lighter; I sat in one of the land-waiter's boxes; in a minute or two I heard a knocking in the lighter; I then went to the officers that I had been with before, and told them I suspected somebody was robbing my charge; they came to my assistance, we went on board; I found the prisoner under the tarpaulin, with his shirt-sleeves tucked up; he made a resistance, but we secured him; we found five bags, and three handkerchiefs of sugar; we weighed it at the King's beam, it weighed 507 pounds; there was a boat fastened at the head of the lighter, ready to carry it off.

John White and Edward Clements , Thomas Lycett and Thomas Touse, four watchmen that went to his assistance, confirmed the account he had given.

Prisoner's defence.

I brought a lighter up that morning, I made her fast on the outside; coming over the craft with my clothes on my arm, I slipped down; they called out, somebody was going to rob the lighter; they came and charged me; I said, do not make a noise, I will go with you.

He called Mr. Lovell, a Custom-house officer, Mr. Benson, a smith, Robert Turucliff , a waterman, John Fargiman , a publican, and Thomas Marshall , his brother, who gave him a good character.

Guilty 39 s. T .

Charles Holliday.
9th December 1767
Reference Numbert17671209-31
VerdictNot Guilty

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38. (L.) Charles Holliday was indicted for stealing a boat, value 21 s. the property of James Harrup ; and 100 pounds weight of ropes, value 4 s. a wooden block, and an iron hook , the property of persons unknown, Nov. 24 . *

James Harrup . I am a waterman ; about ten o'clock last Tuesday night was se'nnight, I went on shore at Queenhithe , and hooked my boat to the pile; I had not been on shore above five minutes before I lost her; after I had waited about a quarter of an hour, I called to the watch on the other side to fetch me over; I desired them, if they should see her, to let me know, and one of them found her at Billingsgate, who came and told me.

Q. What do you mean by the watch?

Harrup. There are several of us watch by turns by the water-side, to see our boats are not taken away; I went to Billingsgate, and saw the prisoner in the watch-house; about half an hour after two the next morning, my boat was lying at the stairs with a deal of rope in her; some of it were headfasts to craft, cut away from barges and lighters: there were also in her a wooden block, and an iron hook; the prisoner told me he had taken my boat from Queenhithe, in order to go and buy this rope.

Joseph Williams . On the Wednesday morning, about half an hour after twelve, I went to Billingsgate; I found Harrup's boat fastened to another there; the prisoner was in her; I asked him if that was his boat; I said, that boat belonged to Mr. Harrup; he said, she did not; I said, she was taken from Queenhithe last night; he said, he knew she was from Queenhithe, and that he gave a shilling for the use of her; I told him I knew to the contrary, for the owner had spoke to me about eleven o'clock at night about her; he tried to shove her off; I insisted he should not: he up with the scull to knock me down; I called for help; I got assistance, and secured him; then I went and called Mr. Harrup out of bed; I do not know who the ropes and things that were in her belong to; the prisoner said he had bought the ropes of such and such men, but did not know their names; I asked him his name; he said his name was John Jones .

Prisoner's defence.

This boat was driving down towards Deptford, I shoved a boat off, and stopped her, and brought her up to Billingsgate, thinking to have her up to Queenhithe, knowing she came from there; the rope and things were in her.

Acquitted .

Mary Redman, Judith Layton.
9th December 1767
Reference Numbert17671209-32
VerdictsGuilty; Guilty
SentencesTransportation; Transportation

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39, 40. (M.) Mary Redman and Judith Layton , spinsters , were indicted, the first for stealing a leather trunk, value 3 s. two muslin aprons trimmed with linen lace, value 20 s another muslin apron,

value 5 s. two pair of muslin ruffles trimmed with linen lace, value 10 s. two other muslin ruffles, a muslin handkerchief, a half muslin handkerchief, two silk handkerchiefs, and 5 l. 8 s. in money numbered, the property of Thomas Alkins , in the dwelling house of the said Thomas ; and the other for receiving the same, well knowing it to have been stolen , May 3 . *

Eleanor Alkins . I am wife of Thomas Alkins ; we keep a public-house in George-street; Mary Redman came to live servant with us the 1st of May, I had no opportunity to go for her character; on the 3d of May, in the evening, she went away, and the next morning I missed the things mentioned in the indictment; the things were in the trunk in a little back parlour; the money were six crown pieces, twelve half crowns, and 2 l. 8 s. in new shillings, all coined in the year 1758; I believe I put the money in the trunk the very day she came; I think the trunk was locked, but I cannot be sure; I had her from Jenkins's office; I went there to enquire after her, but they took no notice of it; the old woman at the bar was at our house on the Sunday the girl was there; the girl pretended the woman was her cousin, and she came on pretence to bring the girl some linen; the girl was taken up about three weeks or a month ago, I saw her at Sir John Fielding's office; she did not seem to know me, and said she knew nothing of the things: after that I went to her in prison; then she told me some of my things were sold at Islington to Mrs. Henry, and some to Elizabeth Gillyland , and that the old woman helped her to sell them; we have found all the things but the money, and two pair of ruffles, and a plain muslin apron.

Elizabeth Hardy . I was at the prosecutor's house, and saw Mrs. Alkins open the trunk, and saw the things in it the Sunday before the girl went away.

Elizabeth Henry . I am a gardener's widow, I live at Islington, the old woman at the bar has chaired for me some years; she came and asked me if I knew any body that wanted such things, for the gentlewoman that wanted to sell them was in distress; I told her I would give her 15 s. for what she brought, which I did, and after that I was told I had given too much; I met her in the street, and told her so, so she gave me 4 s. back. I always took the girl to be the old woman's daughter.

Elizabeth Gillyland . I live in Clerkenwell, the old woman came to me, and told me there were things to be sold, so I bought them of the girl; the old woman is mother to the girl; I bought them about four or five months ago; they had been in pawn two months to a pawnbroker in Jerusalem-court, St. John's-square; the old woman said she would send her daughter to me, to go with me to the pawnbroker; the daughter came; I asked her how her mother came by such things as laced aprons and laced ruffles; she told me her mother, in her young days, kept a milliner's shop, and they were remnants that she had at that time; they were brought down, the girl paid the interest; I looked at them, and would not buy them till she went and told her mother what I would give; then she came and told me I might have them; after that the pawnbroker made me pay the interest again, so I paid double interest for them (the two parcels produced and deposed to.)

Redman's defence.

I went to live at this gentleman's house; there was a milk-woman that was reduced in the world, bid me take these things away (this woman by me did not;) I took them away; I am but fifteen years of age.

Layton's defence.

I never knew nothing of it till a woman came to me, and said, Mrs. Layton, you work in very good houses, I am promised something for selling these things; after that, that woman summonsed me to the Court of Conscience for the money, the girl knows it very well; the girl had no place of succour to come to, but to my house; I do not know nothing of that woman more than I do of my dying hour, it was this girl that sent her to me; the girl is not my daughter, neither is she any relation.

Layton called Peter Downs , a barber at Chelsea, and Sarah Moyse , a publican, who before this took her to be an honest woman,

Redman. Guilty . T .

Layton. Guilty . T. 14 .

There was another indictment against Redman for stealing goods, and Layton for receiving the same, &c.

They were both committed to Newgate in August; Redman for stripping two infants, and Layton for receiving the clothes, and discharged in September sessions, the prosecutor not appearing.

John Groves.
9th December 1767
Reference Numbert17671209-33
VerdictNot Guilty

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(M.) John Groves was indicted for stealing a pair of leather gloves, value 6 d. a gold laced hat, value 1 s. and a yard of gold lace, value 2 s. the property of George Cookson , Nov. 8 . *

George Cookson . I lost the things mentioned in the indictment, I think three weeks ago last Sunday, out of an apartment in the stable, at the Fox and Hounds in Moorfields ; the prisoner has

It pretty at our house, what we call a cades; my master took him up upon suspicion; I first saw my things again in the constable's custody (produced in court;) the gloves I can swear to, the other things I believe to be mine; the hat was found in the room.

Mathew Nixon . I am a constable; on the Tuesday morning Mr. Carver, the master of the stable, gave me charge of the prisoner in one of the stables; I took him before Sir John Fielding , there he owned he had a pair of gloves; he went to the apartment, and gave them to me; the prosecutor owned them; he delivered the other things to me also; we took him back to Sir John's and he was committed.

Prisoner's defence.

I bought the things of an old clothes-man in the street.

To his character.

Abraham Buckle . I live in Red-lion-street in the Borough; the prisoner drives post-chaises; he lived a great while in the Borough; I never know any thing amiss of him.

John Deven . I keep an inn in the country, I have known him from his infancy; he went abroad about two years ago, to take care of some horses that went abroad; I would trust him now with all I am worth in the world was he discharged.

Rowland Hughes . I keep the White Hart in Long-acre; I have known him ten years; I never knew any ill of him.

Acquitted .

Thomas Harrington.
9th December 1767
Reference Numbert17671209-34
VerdictsGuilty > theft under 1s; Guilty > theft under 1s
SentencesTransportation

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42. (M.) Thomas Harrington was indicted for stealing a pair of leather breeches, value 4 s. the property of John Hunt , Sep. 15 . +

John Hunt . I am servant to Mr. Carr, at the Duke of Argyle's Arms, Oxford-road ; I went into the country about June, I returned about a month ago; I left my box in an apartment where post-boys and hostlers had access: Mr. Carr sent for me; there was a coat, waistcoat, and a pair of buckskin breeches missing; the prisoner worked in the yard; he had been examined by my master, and acknowledged he had taken them.

Thomas Levington . I am a salesman in Monmouth-street; the prisoner brought a pair of buckskin breeches, and offered them to sell; we suspected he stole them; he said he would bring the man they belonged to; he went away and did not return; I kept the breeches. After that he was brought in custody of a constable; they claimed them, and they were delivered to the constable; (produced and deposed to by prosecutor.)

Mr. Carr deposed to that of the prisoner's confession.

Guilty 10 d.

(M.) He was a second time indicted for stealing a whip-stock, value 3 d. a circingle, value 9 d. and two dozen of iron fishing-hooks , the property of James Wilkinson , Oct. 22 . +

These goods were found upon the prisoner at the same time the breeches were searched for, and which be acknowledged to Mr. Carr be had stolen.

Guilty 10 d. T .

Joseph .
9th December 1767
Reference Numbert17671209-35
VerdictGuilty
SentenceTransportation

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43. (M.). Joseph, otherwise Richard Stevens , was indicted for stealing ten pair of silk stockings, value 50 s. and twelve pair of women's leather gloves, value 15 s. the property of the Right Hon. Sackville Turson , Earl of Thanet , October, 29 . +

Joseph Smith . I am servant to the Right Hon. the Earl of Thanet. On the 28th of October my Lord and Lady set out in a post-chaise with four horses and two postilions, to come to London about six in the evening, coming over Shooter's-hill, I was with them; there were two footmen on horseback; I then saw the large leather trunk behind the carriage, it was very safe; I gave the footmen charge of it, to watch that and the carriage and I came forward to get supper for my Lord and Lady. When the carriage came to the door, neither of the footmen came with it; I told the post-boys to take every thing out of the inside, and likewise to take care of the trunk behind; they came to me instantly, and said, the trunk is no t here; I went to look and saw it was gone; I found one of the straps between the pearch and the axletree of the carriage, it appeared to have been cut by two or three attempts, with some instrument; I took an account of my Lady's woman of what principal things she could recollect were in it, and went immediately to Sir John Fielding , and got hand-bills delivered about the next morning; the prisoner was taken in pursurance of them. My Lord turned the two footmen away immediately.

Elizabeth Hallam . I am in the service of Lady Thanet; I packed up the things in that trunk, when my Lord and Lady came to town, the 28th of October; there was a black silk sack and petticoat, two riding habits, a black silk gown and petticoat, two bed gowns, three white petticoats, shifts, stockings, gloves, and other things.

John Cripp 's. I am an officer of Aldgate parish; Mr. Murray came and desired me to go with him to take a person in custody; he said a woman named Lowrey, would shew him to me; we went to the Crooked Billet in Queen-street; Murray went in at one door and I the other; the woman

went in first; she was sat down by the prisoner, who was drinking a pint of beer; I went and sat down by the prisoner; and said to the woman, Madam, am I right; she said I was. In a little time I told him I was an officer, and he was my prisoner; he said he had nothing about him; Mrs. Lowrey said to him, you have a dozen pair of gloves; then he took and delivered them to me, (produced in court.)

E. Hallam. By the manner these are tied up in paper, I think I can be sure they are of my tying up, and my Lady's property.

Cripps. The prisoner told me after this, that he would shew me where there were a great many other things of great value; he took us to several houses, saying he would shew us the men that were concerned; at last he took us to Kent-street, in an alley on the other side the water, and up into a room; there were I believe thirty shifts, a lady's riding habit, a silk sack and gown, and a great many things, which were carried to Justice Fielding's, and there delivered to Mrs. Hallam and Mr. Smith.

James Murray . Jane Lowrey came to me, and said she had seen a parcel of goods, which she believed to be stolen; I desired Mr. Cripps to go with us; when we got into the house, the prisoner's brother ran away out of the back door. I said to the prisoner after he was in custody, you may as well let us know where the rest of the things are, we will be as favourable as possible; he took us over the water to a house in Kent-street; there he shewed us almost a porter's load of rich things; but before we went from the Crooked Billet these silk stockings were delivered to me by Mrs. Lowrey, (producing 13 pair of silk stockings;) these she said she had from the prisoner. Sir John Fielding ordered us to keep them in our possession till the trial here; two of them she had bought of him.

E. Hallam. These 13 pair of stockings I am quite positive are my Lady's property.

Murray. Here are eleven pair more which I had at a house near the Old Barge House a fortnight after; I pursued the prisoner's brother, and was not by when the gloves were delivered to Mr. Cripps. The prisoner said that was his brother's room where we found the things; then we found he lodged in Mint-street; we went there, and took a box out of his room the next day.

Jane Lawrey . I live in Rosemary-lane, and was crying old clothes that morning, and saw the prisoner sell something to a Jew, it was white, I took it to be a shirt; he offered me a pair of white silk stockings for 3 s. I said, I'll give you two; he agreed for that; said he, I have another pair to sell; I said, I'll buy them; said he, I have got eleven pair more, and put them in my hands; then I suspected he stole them; I said, come along with me, I have not money enough, I can borrow some at a house a little way off; I took him to the Crooked Billet, that was that I might get him taken; then he mentioned a silk sack and petticoat, and abundance of things; I said, how did you come by them, I'll buy them; he said he got them out of a gentleman's house in the country; I went out, pretending to borrow some money; Mr. Murray not being at home, I returned to the prisoner and bid him call for another pint of beer; then I went to Mr. Murray's again, he was come home; he went to Mr. Cripps, and they came with him, and took him as before-mentioned; I had eleven pair more of stockings from the prisoner, besides them that he sold me for four shillings; I had the whole tote from the prisoner.

Prisoner's defence.

When I got up in the morning to go to work at paving by St. George's church in the Borough, I met my own brother and two more, (he is younger than I, but bigger;) they were concerned in this thing; they said, if I would go with them, they would make it better than a day's work. I never knew what, upon my honour, before I came to Ragfair; I never offered any thing to sell to that woman.

Guilty . T .

Richard Cordall, Bartholomew Doil.
9th December 1767
Reference Numbert17671209-36
VerdictGuilty
SentenceTransportation

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44, 45, (M.) Richard Cordall , otherwise Cowdell , and Bartholomew Doil , otherwise Dole , were indicted for stealing two silk and cotton handkerchiefs, value 4 s. the property of John Walker , Nov. 24 . ++

John Walker . I keep a haberdasher's shop at Mile-end . On the 24th of November they came into my shop about twelve o'clock in the day, they wanted to see some handkerchiefs; my mother handed them down some; I was writing, they did not see me; I observed Cordall draw some out that lay underneath, and he got to shoving it down into Doil's pocket; there happened to be two handkerchiefs, and they could not get them in; my mother saw them, and said, you rogues, what are you doing, you are come to steal; I said, you need not have spoke so soon, I saw them, and was coming to them.

James Britain . I stood about three yards from the prisoners; I was out of the shop, and saw Cordall draw the handkerchiefs from the counter, and was putting them into Doil's pocket.

The prisoners both denied the charge, and said they were both but 16 years of age.

Both Guilty . T .

Richard Walters.
9th December 1767
Reference Numbert17671209-37
VerdictNot Guilty > no prosecutor

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46. Richard Walters was indicted for stealing one tun and a half of rag stones for paving , the property of Matthew Wood , Dec. 7 .

The prosecutor did not appear.

Acquitted .

Richard May.
9th December 1767
Reference Numbert17671209-38
VerdictGuilty > lesser offence
SentenceTransportation

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47. (M.) Richard May was indicted for stealing a cloth coat, value 20 s. a thickset frock and waistcoat, value 12 s. a yard and a half of silver lace, value 20 s. the property of Robert Westfield ; a cloth great coat, a silk handkerchief, two shirts, a linen neckcloth, and a linen handkerchief, the property of Thomas Gale , privately in the stable of the said Robert Westfield , Nov. 6 . ++

Thomas Gale . I am servant to Mr. Westfield at Mile-end ; our stable was broke open on the 6th of November; I found the closet door open within the stable, and the things mentioned in the indictment gone; I went to Sir John Fielding 's, and had hand bills dispersed about, with five guineas reward; not a month after I was sent for to the Justice, there I found this frock I have on and waistcoat, two shirts, a silk handkerchief, and the lace which was taken from off a hat; the prisoner was there; I never saw him in my life before.

Francis Peat . I buy and sell clothes in Rosemary-lane; I bought a thickset frock and waistcoat of the prisoner at the bar on the 7th of November for 16 s. (produced and deposed to)

Robert Barret . I am servant to Mr. Mason a salesman in Rosemary-lane; I bought a great coat, a livery coat, two shirts, and a neckcloth, of the prisoner, on the 7th of November; he told the Justice he went into a stable and took them.

Prisoner's defence.

I bought these things of a Jew in Whitechapel.

Guilty of stealing, but not privately in the stable . T .

Anne Harvey Turner.
9th December 1767
Reference Numbert17671209-39
VerdictGuilty > with recommendation
SentenceDeath

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48. Anne Harvey Turner , spinster , was indicted for breaking and entering the dwelling-house of Charles and Gabriel More on the 5th of October in the night, and stealing a silver cream-pot, value 15 s. two silver tankards, value 10 l. one pint silver mug, value 40 s. six silver teaspoons, value 6 s. a pair of silver tea tongs, value 4 s. a silver strainer, value 12 d. two silver tablespoons, value 16 s. three silver salts, value 15 s. one watch with a silver box, and tortoise-shell case studded with silver, value 10 s. the property of the said Charles and Gabriel, in their dwelling-house . +

Charles More . I am partner with my brother Gabriel, we are distillers , and live at Staines; the prisoner lived servant with us about a year and a half ago. On the 1st of October I went a journey, and returned on the 6th, then I found my house had been broke and robbed of the plate mentioned in the indictment; my brother lived with me; there were people in the house; I had a great suspicion of the prisoner, by reason she had robbed me before; she had lived about Chertsey and Woodham, or thereabouts, and by enquiring we found she was gone to London. About a fortnight after I came to town, (I had met her some time about August, I asked her where she lived; she said, I am out of place, but I shall be at Mr. Bogey's in St. Martin's-lane, opposite Chandois-street, where they sell tobacco;) I called at that shop, thinking they might give me some intelligence of her; I asked there for Mrs. Turner, (a name she went by;) the woman of the house said she did not lodge there, but she had lodged there, and she had seen her that week; I said, if Mrs. Turner should call here again, tell her there is a relation or an acquaintance of her's from Chertsey would be glad to see her. On the Monday evening I and Mr. Spur, an attorney, called at Mr. Bogey's house; I went in, he stood at the door; I asked for Mrs. Turner; said the woman, she lodges in the house up three pair of stairs, and was at home; then I said to Mr. Spur, come in; we went up; there were two young women that it seems lodged with her, they said Mrs. Turner was gone somewhere about Soho-square; I left word with them I would call the next morning. In the morning I went to Sir John Fielding and took a warrant to take her up, and likewise to search. When I came to Mr. Bogey's on the Tuesday morning, the prisoner was gone out with one of these young women, there was Mr. Noaks with me; he searched the lodgings but found nothing. After some time the prisoner and the other young woman came home; the other came up; I said, where is Mrs. Turner; she said she was below; Mr. Noaks ran down, and whether he took her in the house or street I can't say; she came up along with him, and said, how do you do, master; I said, where are the tankards and mugs you have robbed me of, I am almost sure you was one concerned; after some little time she said, I am a dead woman, More forgive me, you shall have your things again; I told her it was out of my power to forgive her, she must take what the law will allow; she took Mr. Noaks and I to a house in Compton-street, and shewed us a deal box with my plate in it, (produced, and the plate deposed to;) we went to Sir John Fielding , and he committed her; she owned to the robbery, and that she pushed the pantry door open, and pulled the bureau open with her hands, and that nobody was concerned with her.

Thomas Saunders . I am servant to Mr. Charles and Gabriel More at Staines; Mercy Wood called me up on the 6th of October in the morning, she came to iron, she had a candle and lanthorn; I took it and looked about; I found the pantry door was broke open, a square of the window was out, and the window open; my master's coat lay in the middle of the pantry which was behind the door over night; then the woman and I went up stairs, and found the plate was all gone, it used to be kept in the dining-room.

C. More. The watch was taken out of the bureau in the dining-room, and the plate in a beaufet; she owned to the taking every thing away, and that the watch she had sold for 8 s. I went and got it again, it is here.

Mercy Wood . I supped at Mr. Wood's on the 5th of October at seven; after supper the servant gave my husband and me a little brandy, and desired me to come by times the next morning, this was in the pantry; she locked the door, and put the key in her pocket; I observed the pantry window was shut.

Sarah Law . I am servant to Mr. More; I went to bed a little after eight, on the 5th of October; after I had secured the pantry door and window, and made all fast, I saw all the plate in the beaufet in the dining-room that evening, the next morning it was all gone; the pantry door was broke and bursted open, the wood work was split, and the casement open.

John Noaks . I was at the taking the prisoner in St. Martin's-lane; I asked her if her name was Turner, she said, yes; I asked her to come up stairs, she did; she said, how do you do, Mr. More; he said, what have you done with my plate, you have broke my house and robbed me; she seemed a little terrified; he said, how did you get in; she said she got in at his casement; she confessed the taking the plate, and took us to Little Compton-street, Soho, through a passage to a chandler's shop, a little back house, into a room, and pulled out this box with two tankards, a pint mug, and other plate in it, from under a bed.

Mr. More. She had sold four rings and one salt, and pawned the tea-spoons.

John Biggs . On the 6th of October the prisoner pledged six tea-spoons at our house; I lent her 7 s. upon them.

Prisoner's defence.

I did the thing, but I broke no locks at all; there was no more concerned.

Guilty, Death .

Recommended to mercy .

Mary Anne Humphreys.
9th December 1767
Reference Numbert17671209-40
VerdictNot Guilty

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49. (M.) Mary Anne Humphreys , spinster , was indicted for stealing four yards of linen cloth, value 5 s. two linen caps, value 3 d. two yards of stuff binding, value 2 d. and two pieces of linen cloth, value 4 d. the property of Thomas Webb , Nov. 8 . *

Anne Webb . I am wife to Thomas Webb , my husband is abroad; the prisoner was much in liquor, and asked me to lie down on my bed; about five weeks ago I went out at eleven, and returned a quarter after one; while I went for a little water, she slipped out, and went away; I missed two pieces of new cloth, about five yards and a half of them, from out of a closet; I saw her at an alehouse where I went with oysters, at the corner of Berkeley-square, much in liquor; I charged her with taking the cloth; she said she knew nothing of it; I searched her pocket, and found these my property (producing some odd bits of rags;) these I missed from the bottom of a coffer.

Prisoner's defence.

I know nothing at all of what she says; she informed against her own husband for killing the man at Marybone turnpike; he was tried here for his life for it, and after that he was tried here for something else, and transported.

Acquitted .

William Clisby.
9th December 1767
Reference Numbert17671209-41
VerdictGuilty > theft under 1s
SentenceTransportation

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50. (M) William Clisby was indicted for stealing one bushel of wheat in the chaff, value 4 s. the property of William Pierce , Dec. 3 . *

William Pierce . I am a farmer at Ashford ; my barn had been robbed several times of wheat and barley; last Thursday night I and my man, James Watts , sat up to watch, we stood by the side of the yard; about eleven o'clock Watts thought he saw a man in the barn; in about ten minutes the door opened, and the prisoner put his head out; I know him well, he is a journeyman bricklayer, and lives in the town, I rent that barn of him: I ran to him, and took him by the collar, and said, what a terrible rogue you must be to rob me in the manner you have; I asked him how he got in; he said he unlocked the door, and locked it afterwards (it was locked with a padlock;) he had this bag stood just behind him ( producing a bag with about a bushel of wheat in the chaff) I said, what have you there; he said, a little wheat; I said, where had you it; he said, from the heap (there was a heap of wheat lay uncleaned;) he said he was going to carry it home; I took him in custody; he acknowledged before me, my man, and the constable, that he had had barley there before.

James Watts , his servant, deposed to the same purport in every particular.

Prisoner's defence.

I did not do it to make a property of it, I was in great distress, I thought I could make free with him, because he has the barn of me; I thought I could pay him better than I could another; I wanted some corn for my pigs, I could not see them starve.

He called John his brother, Jane Ashton his sister-in-law, Jonathan Emmit , and John Barber , who gave him the character of an honest man, exclusive of this.

Guilty 10 d. T .

George Cook.
9th December 1767
Reference Numbert17671209-42
VerdictNot Guilty > no prosecutor

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51. (M.) George Cook was indicted for stealing a guinea, two half guineas, one quarter guinea, and 18 s. 9 d. in money numbered , the property of James Couch .

The prosecutor was called, but did not appear.

Acquitted .

Abraham Cane.
9th December 1767
Reference Numbert17671209-43
VerdictGuilty > lesser offence
SentenceTransportation

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52. (M.) Abraham Cane was indicted for breaking and entering the dwelling-house of Elizabeth Gale , widow , on the 28th of November , about the hour of eight in the night, and stealing two bolsters, value 2 s. a bed quilt, value 2 s. and a linen sheet, value 18 d. the property of the said Elizabeth, in her dwelling-house . *

Elizabeth Gale . I keep a private house in East Smithfield ; last Saturday se'nnight I went out about eight at night, and returned in about a quarter of an hour; I found my back-door, which I left bolted, was forced open; it was strained, so that it would not shut close, and the things mentioned in the indictment were taken away; I had a suspicion of the prisoner, I found him at the Barley Mow, and charged him with taking my things; he owned to Mr. Faulkner and me where the things were, and we went and fetched them; he said, he did it for want; he had sold the bed-quilt to Mr. Sunderland in the Back-lane, the bolster to a broker near where I took him, and that Mary Cooper had the sheet; I found the things as he directed (produced and deposed to.)

Mr. Faulkner the constable, and Mary Cooper , confirmed the account she had given, as to his confessi on and finding the things.

Prisoner's defence.

I do not know what the people are talking about: I have had the ague and fever, and do not know what I said before the magistrate.

Guilty of stealing the goods only . T .

Peter Wigginson.
9th December 1767
Reference Numbert17671209-44
VerdictGuilty
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53. (M.) Peter Wigginson was indicted for stealing 50 pounds, weight of butter, value 10 s. and one wooden firkin, value one penny , the property of John Pearson , Nov. 26 . *

John Pearson . I am a cheesemonger , and live in Prescot street, Goodman's-fields . It is customary, for want of room, to set two or three firkins out at the door; my wife missed one about candlelight, I happened to take the right way; I found the prisoner stopped by Stephen Jones at the corner of Chambers's street, in Lemon-street; he had the firkin, there was above 50 pounds weight of butter in it my property; I laid hold of the prisoner, and Jones brought the butter back to my shop.

Stephen Jones . I am a carman; I was going with a load of flour, and stopped the prisoner with a firkin of butter; he was running, made me suspect him; I kept him till the prosecutor came.

Prisoner's defence.

I got the butter in the middle of the road; I was going to carry it back to show the carman where I found it, when the prosecutor came.

Guilty . T .

See him tried for a burglary, No 373, in the last Mayoralty.

Martha Cragg.
9th December 1767
Reference Numbert17671209-45
VerdictNot Guilty > no prosecutor

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54. Martha Cragg , spinster , was indicted for stealing 7 s. in money numbered, the property of William Gardener , privately from his person , Nov. 14 .

William Gardener was called, and did not appear.

Acquitted .

His recognizance was ordered to be estreated.

Francis Parker.
9th December 1767
Reference Numbert17671209-46
VerdictNot Guilty

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55. (M.) Francis Parker was indicted for stealing (together with Peter Sutton , not taken) a quart silver tankard, value 5 l. the property of Thomas Ward , Aug. 4 . +

Anne Ward . I am wife to Thomas Ward , we keep a public-house in Golden-lane . On the 4th of August the prisoner and the evidence, and one Sutton, came into our skittle-ground; they had beer in a silver tankard; the evidence Kingston brought in the tankard; to be filled once or twice; I sat making some tea; the prisoner and the other came running through the house, Kingston was following them; I stopped them, my tankard was gone; I told Kingston he belonged to them; said he, I will go and show your maid where they are; I sent her with him; she soon came back, and said, he had given her the drop; I found Kingston in Whitecross-street, about a week after he found out the prisoner; he was taken before Justice Girdler, but would confess nothing; Kingston said they all came into my house on purpose to steal; the prisoner broke out of goal before last sessions, and has since been taken in Blackboy-alley; I never heard of my tankard since.

Geo Kingston . I was at the prosecutor's with the prisoner, I and Peter Sutton ; Sutton took the tankard under his coat, and they both went out together; Sutton carried it to his own house in Chiswell-street; they told me they sold it to a Jew, called Smouch a Phipps, that lived in Spitalfields.

Prisoner's defence.

I am innocent of the charge; I am an ivory-turner, and work at my business.

Acquitted .

Daniel Crow, William Cane.
9th December 1767
Reference Numbert17671209-47
VerdictGuilty
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56, 57. (M.) Daniel Crow and William Cane , otherwise Wane , were indicted for stealing one copper dog's collar, value 10 d. the property of Samuel Watkins , Dec. 9 . +

Samuel Watkins . I am a butcher ; last Wednesday in the afternoon, between four and five o'clock, a young woman came, and said, she saw two men logging my dog away by the collar (producing a large copper collar with a lock upon it;) this is the collar; my son went, and pursued and took them; they were the two prisoners, and by the assistance of others brought them to my door; they had not taken it off the dog; we searched them, and in Crow's pocket was found these couples (producing a chain to couple two dogs together.)

Jane Jelse . I was at a parlour window between four and five o'clock, and saw the two prisoners hawling the dog down the street; I called to them, and said, what are you going to do with the dog; Crow lugged him away the faster; then I sent a person up to Mr. Watkins, to let him know (I find they changed names, for that was Cane, he called himself Crow at Sir John Fielding's)

Samuel Watkins the younger. We generally put the dogs up on the desk of the evening; I came home, and bolted them into the shop; I had not been gone to my father above two minutes, but the young woman came and called in a very loud manner, there are two men gone with your dog

down Pennington-street; I followed them as fast as possible, and came up to them on the farther side of the field; Cane seeing me coming sat down; I laid hold of his collar, and called two men from the brick-field to my assistance; the prisoners were together, and the dog with them, but neither of them had hold of the dog when I got there; I called him, he came to me immediately; we brought the prisoners to our house, I found the shop-door open when the girl called, and nobody had been there except the prisoners.

Prosecutor. Crow deals in dogs; mine was betwixt a massiff and a Dane, he weighs 16 stone 3 pounds.

The prisoner in their defence said, they did not touch the dog; Crow said he was a butcher, and Cane said he was a gold-beater, and that he had that couple to put on his own dog at home.

Cane called John Margan , Edward Harman, Elizabeth Smith , and Richard his brother, who gave him a good character.

Both Guilty . T .

Lucas Bishop.
9th December 1767
Reference Numbert17671209-48
VerdictGuilty
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58. (L.) Lucas Bishop was indicted for stealing a leather trunk, value 10 s. the property of John Clements , Sept. 14 . ++

John Flude . I am a pawnbroker at the corner of Wood-street near Cripplegate; on the 14th of September, about eight in the evening, the prisoner brought a trunk into my shop, and wanted to borrow some money upon it; he told me his father gave fourteen shillings for it, and gave it him; I opened it, and saw Mr. Clement's name on it; I sent for him, he came and owned it (produced in court.)

John Clements . This trunk is my property.

Mr. Manwaring. I live at Mr. Clements's; I fetched out the trunk to show to a customer, and put it in at the door again; when we came to take the things in it was gone.

Prisoner's defence.

I was coming along about eight o'clock by Mr. Clements's, I tumbled over this trunk; I knocked at the door, but nobody came, so I took it away.

Guilty . T .

Mary Smith.
9th December 1767
Reference Numbert17671209-49
VerdictGuilty
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59. (L.) Mary Smith was indicted for stealing six knives and forks, a silver breast buckle, a pair of silver shirt buttons, a silk cardinal, a chip box, and 336 copper halfpence , the property of Edmund Franklin , Oct. 22 . ++

Edmund Franklin . I keep a cook's-shop without Bishopsgate, the prisoner came to live servant with me on the 15th of October; that day fortnight I missed a quantity of halfpence from the till in the shop; I charged the prisoner with having taken them; my wife insisted upon looking into her box, there we found 17 or 18 penny worth of halfpence; there was another trunk within that box that was quite full of halfpence: my wife put her hand into the prisoner's pocket, and had like to have cut her fingers; there were six of my knives and six forks there: then the prisoner fell on her knees, and begged for mercy, and said, she had creditable friends in the country, and she would give direction to her uncle to write to me; I did not send for an officer, out suffered her to go bed, and the next day to go about her work is usual; the next day she went up to make my bed, and came down again; I or my wife asked what she was carrying down, but it went off, and we thought no more of it; we found the next morning she was gone out at the back-door, and carried away all her things: she was taken the Wednesday following; we missed out of a trunk in my bed-chamber a chip-box, in which were silver buckles and things set in silver, and the copy of my freedom; we missed also a silk cardinal, a diaper table-cloth, a stone breast-buckle, and some money; the prisoner directed me to the pawnbroker where she had pawned the buckle, it was found there.

Prisoner's defence.

I am entirely innocent of the affair.

Guilty . T .

Samuel Phillips.
9th December 1767
Reference Numbert17671209-50
VerdictNot Guilty

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60. (L) Samuel Phillips was indicted for stealing a silk handkerchief, value 12 d. the property of Robert Herdman , Nov. 23 . ++

Robert Herdman . On the 23d of November, about one o'clock, I was in Guildhall