Old Bailey Proceedings.
11th May 1826
Reference Number: 18260511

ActionsCite this text | Print-friendly version | Report an error
Old Bailey Proceedings front matter.
11th May 1826
Reference Numberf18260511-1

Related Material



FIFTH SESSION, HELD AT Justice Hall, in the Old Bailey, On THURSDAY, the 11th of MAY, 1826, and following Days.

Taken in Short-Hand (by Authority of the Corporation of the City of London) by H. BUCKLER, Basinghall-Street.

London: PRINTED BY J. BOOTH, No. 31, St. Andrew's Hill, Doctors' Commons; and PUBLISHED BY T. KEYS, CITY LIBRARY, COLEMAN STREET.



Before the Right Honourable WILLIAM VENABLES , LORD MAYOR of the City of London; Sir John Hullock , Knt., one of the Barons of his Majesty's Court of Exchequer; Sir James Shaw , Bart.; John Ansley , Esq.; Christopher Smith , Esq.; Christopher Magnay , Esq.; and John Garratt , Esq.; Aldermen of the said City; Newman Knowlys , Esq., Recorder of the said City; Robert Albion Cox , Esq.; Anthony Brown , Esq.; and Matthias Prime Lucas , Esq.; Aldermen of the said City; Thomas Denman , Esq., Common Sergeant of the said City; William St. Julien Arabin , Sergeant at Law; his Majesty's Justices of Oyer and Terminer of the City of London, and Justices of the Gaol Delivery of Newgate, holden for the said City and the County of Middlesex.



John H. Spurling ,

John Robson ,

Wm. Webb ,

James Wilson ,

Charles Hunt ,

Henry Herbert ,

Ed. Marlborough ,

J. F. Isherwood ,

Francis Jones ,

Charles Child ,

Samuel Pope ,

John M'Donald .


Joseph Fearn ,

Wm. Hanbury ,

W. Chas. Laben ,

John Mayers ,

Henry T. Perkins ,

John Wilkins ,

Wm. Hy. Holmes ,

Henry Hardy, jun .

R. B. Twelvetree ,

Henry Thorn ,

Wm. Stollard ,

Thomas Wagstaff .



Richard Munn ,

Thomas Matinson ,

John Allen ,

Charles Boswell ,

Charles Broad ,

James Blakey ,

Isaac Carter ,

Samuel Castles ,

Thomas Coates ,

Benjamin Conway ,

Joseph Dano ,

David Freeman .


John Geo. Mayer ,

Wm. E. Johnson ,

David Fox Kirk ,

Rice Langley ,

John Doyley ,

Wm. Bowdery ,

Samuel Hilditch ,

Absm. Abrahams ,

Francis Franklin ,

James Ball ,

James Davis ,

George Alexander .


George Atkinson ,

John Burn ,

Thomas Baldwin ,

George Carroll ,

Thomas Cardon ,

John Coventry ,

John Cummins ,

Matthew Cave ,

James Douglass ,

Thomas Frith ,

Wm. Fawcett ,

Henry Fricker .


John Gomm ,

Wm. Gilbert ,

Stephen Grange ,

Wm. Green ,

John Agar ,

Samuel Harding ,

Robert Harvey ,

Francis Humbert ,

George Jay ,

Walter Jessup ,

Thomas Lodge ,

James Ince .



11th May 1826
Reference Numbert18260511-1
VerdictNot Guilty

Related Material


Middlesex Cases, First Jury.

Before Mr. Baron Hullock.

899. JAMES SPRIGGS was indicted for feloniously assaulting Richard Betteridge , on the King's highway, putting him in fear, and taking from his person, and against his will, 1 hat, value 1s. 6d., his property .

RICHARD BETTERIDGE. I am a carman . On the 8th of April , about a quarter to eight o'clock in the evening, I was driving a waggon load of sugar on the north side of Lincoln's Inn-fields - it was dark; a man came up, and asked me the nearest way to Woburn-place - I said I did not know; he said he thought I must know, as it was in the neighbourhood where I was employed; I directly heard the chain at the tail of the waggon rattle - I looked round, and there were three men in the waggon. I called to the horses to stop, and the man who asked me the way ran and stuck my fore horse through the nostrils, with a pen-knife or something - I ran to the tail of the waggon; two of the men jumped out, and just as I got to the tail the prisoner jumped out; I knew him before, by his frequently following my waggon of a night, but did not know his name. I went to seize him, but he knocked me down; when I got up my horses were running round, in confusion; the men were running away - one of them called out, "We will serve you out - you know Sam Morris;" I got into the waggon, and found a cord, which fastened the sugars, cut in six places. My hat had fallen off when I was knocked down - I looked about, but could not find it - I have not seen it since; I cannot say who took it - if it had been left on the ground I must have found it. I described the prisoner's dress and features to Mills, and on the 13th I went with Mills to a public-house in Grub-street, and saw him sitting on a bench in the skittle-ground - when he saw me he turned his back towards me; I went and looked him in the face, for about a minute, then came to Mills, and said I could swear to him.

Cross-examined by Mr. BARRY. Q. On which side of the road was your waggon? A. On the near side, against the rails - it is the darkest side of the road. I had two horses - I did not see the man cut the horse, but I found its nose bleeding; the watch was not set at the time. I told Mills I had frequently seen the prisoner lurking about the carts. My master had hand-bills printed, offering a reward. I said nothing about the man being deformed - I never noticed that he was deformed.

RICHARD MILLS . I am an officer. On the 13th of April I went to the Weavers' Arms public-house, Grub-street; Bettridge came out of the skittle-ground, and said the man was there, and he could swear to him. I then went to the prisoner, and said I wanted him; he said he knew nothing about it. As we went along he said, "Sam has got a heavy sentence" - I said, "Yes - I wonder he had not more." Samuel Morris had been transported for seven years, for robbing the prosecutor's employers.

Cross-examined. Q. Did he introduce the subject of Morris' conviction? A. Yes. The prosecutor described the prisoner's dress and countenance - I had my doubts; I knew the prisoner, and should have taken him from that description.

Q. What were your doubts about? A. I did not doubt - if I said so I did not mean it.

Prisoner's Defence. I frequent the Weavers' Arms; and about six weeks ago Mills apprehended a man there with a chest of tea - it was the subject of conversation in the house, as Mills resorts there; I asked him how the young man got on - he said he was transported for seven years; I said, was it not a heavy sentence. On the 8th of April I went home between six and seven o'clock, and never went out till ten next morning; any one who has seen me once could recognise me again, on account of a deformity in my hand. I cannot cut my victuals, much more knock a man down.

ROBERT STAMP . I work for Mr. Mitchell, a typefounder, and live in Mitchell-street, St. Luke's. The prisoner has lodged five years with me. On Saturday, the 8th of April he came home between six and seven o'clock, and never went out till next morning - I am sure of it. I lock the street door every night, and must have known if he had gone out.

COURT. Q. What time did you lock the door? A. About eleven o'clock - he sits with me - I was at home all the evening; we drank our beer together. I do not know where he was on the 1st of April - I remember the 8th of April, but cannot tell why, except that I stopped at home that Saturday night, which I am not in the habit of doing; my sister fetched the porter - the prisoner went to bed about eleven o'clock; we supped about a half-past ten. He brought in some bullocks' sweet-breads, and we had them for tea.

ELIZABETH STAMP . I am the last witness' wife. The prisoner came in on the 8th of April, between six and seven o'clock, and never went out till next morning; he

was with us all the evening - my husband and he sat together.

COURT. Q. What makes you remember the 8th of April? A. I had to pay the interest of a duplicate at Mr. Sowerby's, in Finsbury-square - I did that about twelve o'clock in the morning; my husband and a young woman were with the prisoner.

Q. Who was the young woman? [hesitating] A. It was the prisoner's sister, Rhoda Spriggs - she fetched the porter; she lodges at our house. My husband has no sister.

JURY to RICHARD BETTERIDGE. Q. Did you say you knew the prisoner before? A. Yes - I have repeatedly seen him lurking about my waggon, and he generally had his hand in his pocket, so that I did not notice its being deformed. I am positive he is the man.


11th May 1826
Reference Numbert18260511-2

Related Material

Before Mr. Baron Hullock.

900. MICHAEL DONOVAN was indicted for burglariously breaking and entering the dwelling-house of James Harris , about one o'clock in the night of the 14th of April , at St. Matthew, Bethnal-green , with intent to steal, and stealing 200lbs. weight of cheese, value 6l; 30lbs. weight of bacon, value 20s.; 12lbs. weight of candles, value 6s., and 1 apron, value 6d., his property .

JAMES HARRIS. I live at the corner of Nelson-street , in the parish of St. Matthew, Bethnal-green, and rent the house. On the morning of the 14th of April I got up about a quarter past five o'clock - it was quite light. I found the wash-house door and window open - the door opens into a yard, which is surrounded by a wall eight feet high; the thieves had broken a square of glass, put an arm through, and unfastened the window, got in there, and taken this property off a stool, and escaped out at the door. I missed two Cheshire cheeses and a half.

ANN HARRIS . I am the prosecutor's wife. I was the last person up on the 13th of April - I fastened all the doors and windows, and left them so at about a quarter past twelve o'clock, when I went to bed. My husband got up first, and alarmed me; I found the wash-house door and window as he has stated, and missed two large Cheshire cheeses and a half, a Glo'ster cheese, half a side of bacon, 12lbs. of candles, and a blue apron. I keep a chandler's-shop. I had seen them all safe the night before, at a quarter to eleven - they were worth 6l. 18s. I have found none of them. I was cleaning the yard, as the thieves had left some filth there, and found a piece of a waistcoat. I sent for Pullen, and gave it to him in the state I found it - I found it in an hour after I came down stairs.

JOSEPH PULLEN . I am an officer of Bethnal-green. - On Friday, the 14th of April, Mrs. Harris sent for me; I examined the windows and doors; she gave me a piece of a waistcoat, but being busy I desired her to give information of the robbery at Worship-street; I kept the piece of waistcoat till Parish, and officer, came to me. I saw the prisoner on the day after the robbery, coming by my shop; I had some beef on my shoulder, and could not put it down; I saw him go along with his coat off - he was endeavouring to put it on - the wind blew it aside, and I saw a piece torn out of his waistcoat, on the right side - I put down my beef and ran out, but he was gone. I knew him before.

PHILIP PARISH . I am a Bow-street patrol. Pullen gave me this piece of a waistcoat. The prosecutor's wall is eight feet high. On the Monday after the robbery I met the prisoner in Shoreditch - I had seen him about that neighbourhood before, and knew him. I unbuttoned his coat, found his waistcoat torn, and matched the piece - it exactly fitted the tear in every way; it is a black cloth waistcoat - I produce it and the piece - I am certain it must be part of the same waistcoat. I took him in charge, and asked what he had done with the cheese; his answer was, "You are bouncing me;" meaning I wanted to find out what he had done with it. I then matched the waistcoat to the piece - he said, "I can satisfy the Magistrate how I tore that waistcoat - it has been torn some time;" part of it is torn in a point, and fits in the stitches and every thing.

JOSEPH NEWSOME . I was present when the prisoner was apprehended; he said he could prove to the Magistrate which way the waistcoat was torn.

Prisoner's Defence. I bought the waistcoat in Petticoat-lane, for 3d., on the day he took me - I bought it of a Jew. I was in bed at the time of the robbery.

GUILTY - DEATH . Aged 17.

Of stealing in the dwelling-house, but not of burglariously breaking and entering.

11th May 1826
Reference Numbert18260511-3
VerdictGuilty > theft under 40s

Related Material

Before Mr. Baron Hullock.

901. RICHARD BUCKLEY was indicted for stealing, on the 29th of April , 67 yards of sheeting, value 45s., the goods of John Brown , in his dwelling-house .

JAMES LILL . I am an officer of the Thames Police. On Saturday, the 29th of April, at half-past ten o'clock at night, I saw the prisoner, in company with two men, in Chapel-street, St. George's East; the prisoner had a roll of sheeting across his shoulder - one of the men walked by his side, and the other rather a head; I had seen the prisoner before, but did not know much about him; I went up, and heard the one who walked by his side, call out to the one a head by the name of Sam, and that person replied,"We will take it to Albion-street;" I went up to the prisoner, and asked what he had got there; he said what was that to me; I told him I was an officer, and it was my duty to know, and asked where he got it - he said a man had given it to him to carry; I asked where the man was - he said he did not know; I asked where the man gave it to him - he said he did not know; the others ran away - I took him to the watch-house. He let the sheeting fall when I first took him - I took it up, and gave it to Little.

JOHN LITTLE . I am a Thames Police officer. I received a roll of sheeting from Lill, and produce it - I have had it ever since.

GEORGE NEWMHAN . I am shopman to Mr. John Brown, a linen-draper , who lives in High-street, Shadwell . On the night in question two or three persons called out that two men had run off with a roll of sheeting, which stood about three feet inside the door - a person must put his arm in to reach it. Two of us ran out, but saw nobody; I missed the sheeting - that produced is the same - I know it by this ticket, which I had put in myself, and saw in it that morning; it could not be taken off without unrolling the whole; there are sixty-seven yards and a half; it cost 8d. a yard, I should think.

Prisoner's Defence. A man gave it me to carry, and the moment the officer came he started off.

GUILTY. Aged 20. Of stealing to the value of 39s. only .

Transported for Seven Years .

11th May 1826
Reference Numbert18260511-4
VerdictGuilty > with recommendation

Related Material

Before Mr. Baron Hullock.

902. HANNAH GREEN was indicted for stealing, on the 29th of April , at St. James, Westminster , 1 purse, value 2d.; 3 guineas, 3 crowns, 3 half-crowns, 3 shillings, and 3 sixpences, the property of Amelia Bund , spinster , her mistress, in her dwelling-house .

REBECCA JOYCE . I lodge at Amelia Bund's house, which is in the parish of St. James, Westminster - she rents the house, and was never married; she is confined to her bed with a paralytic stroke - the prisoner was employed to nurse her, and was eleven weeks in her service. - This money was in a jar - her adopted daughter brought it down to me in a jar; I told her to put it where she found it, but did not see it put away. I know nothing more.

AMELIA DIANA BURROWS . Amelia Bund has adopted me - I have lived with her as long as I can remember any thing; she told me where to find this money, and I found it in a jar in the corner of a closet, in the first floor front room, where she lays ill; the closet is always open; there were 3 guineas, 3 crowns, 3 half-crowns, 3 shillings, and 3 sixpences - Mrs. Joyce and I counted them; I put them back in the same place; the prisoner had access to the closet - different things were kept there; I have not seen them since - the jar is there now but nothing in it; I looked at it on Saturday, the 29th of April, after the prisoner had cleaned the closet out, and it was gone. The money was in a letter, which was put into a purse, and then into the jar - every thing but the jar was gone.

WILLIAM BALLARD . I am an officer of Marlborough-street. On Saturday, the 29th of April, soon after eight o'clock, I went with a warrant to Bund's house. I found the prisoner there, and told her I was come for the money and purse which she had taken out of the jar in Mrs. Bund's room - she said she had taken none, and seen none - I then told her I had a warrant to take her into custody, and should search her - she then said, "Do you mean that little old purse?" - I said Yes; she then produced this leather purse, and was told that was not it; she opened it, shewed me a guinea, and said that fell out of the jar while she was dusting it, and she meant to give it back again, but she had seen no other money and no purse. I proceeded to search her boxes - she then said, "Do you mean that little old net purse?" she was told Yes - she said it was in her box; I found that purse at the bottom of her box, but nothing in it. I found two half-sovereigns in her box; she said her husband had brought her them that evening; by the time I had done searching the room her husband came. I told him, in her presence, that she was in custody for stealing money, and as it was not all found I must search him; he was very patient while I searched his right-hand breeches pocket, but when I came to the left he resisted - I there found a new crown piece, which he said he had received for his wages; I took them both to the watch-house till Monday. I told the man I should go to his master, and asked if he meant to persist in that account - he then said he had received the 5s. piece from his wife, and she said it fell out of the jar at the time the guinea did. I held out neither threat nor promise to her; she said on Monday that she had changed some of the silver at a silversmith's, in Leicester-square, and bought a gold seal and a gold key, at the same time, and changed one of the guineas there; she had asked me what they would do with her; I said the money was not all found; she then said if I would let her out she would tell the whole of it - that she had taken all the money on that day, Saturday, and could not tell what induced her to do it - that she had also changed a guinea in Sydney's-alley, and bought a brooch; I said nothing whatever to induce her to confess; I asked where the things were which she had bought; she said they were in an old glove in one of the boxes I had searched; I found them, wrapped in a piece of old paper, at the bottom of the box, but not in a glove.

Two witnesses gave the prisoner an excellent character.

GUILTY - DEATH . Aged 27.

Recommended to mercy by the Witnesses and Jury, on account of her previous good character.

11th May 1826
Reference Numbert18260511-5
VerdictGuilty > theft under 40s

Related Material

Before Mr. Baron Hullock.

903. MARIA WOOD was indicted for stealing, on the 19th of April , 20 pieces of lace, containing in length 30 yards, value 4l., the goods of John Lacon , her master, in his dwelling-house .

SUSAN LACON . I am the wife of John Lacon - we live in the parish of St. George, Hanover-square . The prisoner was our servant of all-work - I desired her to leave, and on the 12th of April (previous to her leaving) I insisted on searching her boxes. I partially searched them about eleven o'clock at night, and then sent for the watchman, who searched her person twice; I saw him find several articles on her, some concealed in her bosom; the lace was under her clothes - it is in different lengths. I cannot say whether it was all taken together - no one piece is worth 40s.(Property produced and sworn to.)

RICHARD ADDISON . I am a watchman, and searched the prisoner - I found all this property, some concealed on her person, and some in boxes.

SAMUEL VORLEY . I am constable of the night. The prisoner was brought to the watch-house; I went to her in the night, as she was alone; she asked me if she should be hung; I said I hoped not; she said, "Do you think they will transport me?" I said she knew best whether she was guilty - she said she certainly had taken the things, and was very sorry, but had never done any thing of the sort before.

Prisoner. I am perfectly sorry for offending so good a master and mistress - I know I deserve it, because I had no right to do it.

GUILTY. Aged 28. Of stealing to the value of 39s. only .

Transported for Seven Years .

11th May 1826
Reference Numbert18260511-6

Related Material

Before Mr. Baron Hullock.

904. ELIZABETH (the wife of William) THOMPSON was indicted for stealing, on the 4th of September , at St. Clement Danes , 1 watch, value 35s.; 1 seal, value 5s.; 4 teaspoons, value 1l.; 4 gowns, value 2l.; 4 shawls, value 2l.; 1 whittle, value 3s.; 2 shifts, value 6s.; two aprons, value 3s.,

and 1 neckerchief, value 1s., the goods of Ann Hanson , widow , in the dwelling-house of John Smy .

ANN HANSON. I lodge at Mr. John Smy's, No. 96, Drury-lane , in the parish of St. Clement Danes - he rents the house. The prisoner came to lodge with me on the 27th of August, and slept in my bed. On Sunday, the 4th of September, I went to dine with a friend, leaving her at home. She said she was not going out all day. I returned about half-past eight o'clock in the evening - she was out; I could not get into the room; I got another key, opened my door, and found all the best of my clothes gone; I missed a silver watch, capped, four silver teaspoons, four gowns, five shawls, two shifts, two aprons and a handkerchief; the key of the street door was also taken - I had left my watch and spoons in a drawer, and my clothes in a trunk. I am sure all were safe when I went out. The prisoner is a shoe-binder - I searched every where for her, and did not see her till Sunday, the 16th of April, when her husband gave her up. I saw her at the Grapes public-house, on Monday, and asked her if she had sold the watch, as it was my husband's, and I set great value on it; she said, No, it was pawned, and if I would forgive her she would tell me where all my things were, but I said nothing to induce her to confess; she said she was very sorry, and had not had a week's happiness since; she would not tell me where the things were; I have recovered nothing. I found the key of my room inside a carpet, which was folded up in the passage.

Prisoner. Q. Did we not always put the key in that carpet for one another? A. Yes; but we used not to fold it in the carpet. I do not think I went out but once while she was with me - I do not know where I put the key then.

EDITH WEST . I live in Princes-street, Drury-lane. On the 17th of April I saw the prisoner at the Grapes, next door to Bow-street Office, in custody; I was leaning over the table, and saw her take hold of Mrs. Hanson's hand, and say, "If you will forgive me I will tell you where the watch and spoons are - I meant to return them to you in a twelve-month, knowing them to be your husband's;" Mrs. Hanson asked her what she had done with the other things; she said she would say nothing about them, only to the Magistrate.

Prisoner. Q. Did you hear me say any thing to her? A. Yes; the officer called to Mrs. Hanson to tell her to hold her out no promise.

ANN HANSON. The prisoner told me what West has said - she sat close to me, and must have heard it, and said she heard it. I am a widow.

Prisoner. You know nothing passed but what was in a whisper - you said if I would tell you what was done with the things you would stand my friend. Witness. Nothing of the sort - she was intoxicated.

Prisoner's Defence (written). My Lord and Gentlemen of the Jury, I lodged with the prosecutrix for a short time, and after I left her she, through spite, charged me with robbing her, and taking feathers out of the bed, and at the third examination brought a young woman to swear that I begged forgiveness - nobody could hear what passed between us - it was whispered; what she has said is quite false; any one could have access to her room; the key was always left in the carpet.

JAMES LEDGER . I am a Bow-street patrol. I took the prisoner in charge, but went out of the room while this conversation passed.

Prisoner. The reason I left on Sunday was, because my husband is in the habit of drinking, and we did not agree - he would have come there and demanded me.

GUILTY - DEATH . Aged 40.

11th May 1826
Reference Numbert18260511-7
VerdictNot Guilty

Related Material

Before Mr. Baron Hullock.

905. WILLIAM TAYLOR was indicted for a burglary in the dwelling-house of Aaron Hart , on the night of the 13th of February , and stealing 18 waistcoats, value 4l.; 12 pairs of stockings, value 1l. 6s., and 12 shirts, value 1l. 16s., his property .

AARON HART. I am a salesman , and live at Tottenham High-cross . On the 13th of February I went to bed between eight and nine o'clock; I was knocked up by the watchman about one, and found the shutters forced down, a pane of glass broken, and the articles stated taken out through the broken pane; they laid in the window, near enough to be reached through - they were all safe the night before, and are worth 8l. I found one of my waistcoats in pawn at Parsons'.

JOSEPH FORSTER . I am a constable. I apprehended the prisoner on Saturday, the 15th of April, and told him it was for Hart's robbery - he said he knew nothing about it; the waistcoat was produced before the Magistrate; he said he bought it of a man some months ago. His examination was read over to him - he said it was true, and signed it - (looking at it) this is what he signed; (read.)

The said William Taylor says "I am not guilty of stealing any of the goods; I bought the waistcoat of a man at the Angel tap, Edmonton, one evening last summer, and pawned it with Parsons."

JOHN BATEMAN . I am apprentice to Mr. Parsons, pawnbroker, Newington. On the 12th of April a man pawned a waistcoat, in the name of Taylor, for 5s. - I think it was the prisoner, but should not like to swear to him.

AARON HART. This is mine, and one of those stolen that night; I had two of this pattern, and only bought them a few days before - it cost me 8s.; I have written No. 16 on it. The duplicate was brought to me by a watchman, who is not here.

Prisoner's Defence. It is my own - my name is on it.

MARY KING . I live in Riding-house-lane. I used to work for the prisoner's mother. I know he had this waistcoat seven or eight months ago; I marked W. T. 2 on it for him myself - here are the letters; it is marked with cotton; I did it before Christmas; and I know he was ill at home, and in bed, on the night of the robbery, for I went down to his house - it was on a Tuesday night; I do not know the day of the month, but next morning, when I went to see how he was, I heard of Hart's robbery.

Q. How do you know he was in bed? A. I took him up a mess of gruel, and left the house at a quarter past ten o'clock; I saw him at home next morning - he came part of the way home with me, and his sister told him of the robbery - he had no doctor, only some gruel. I live a quarter of a mile off, and have washed for his mother two years.

MARIA TAYLOR . I am the prisoner's sister. He was in bed and asleep by half-past seven o'clock on the night of the robbery - he was not well. I sleep in the same room as him; I locked the door myself at half-past ten o'clock, when I went to bed - my brother John slept in the room - he is nineteen years old - he is at work to day; my two little sisters were also in the room.

Q. How did you know you would be wanted here? A. I brought my brother some clothes this morning; he said his trial was coming on, and I could stop. King went up with me to take him his gruel. I know he had the waistcoat three or four months before Christmas. I was at the bridge one Saturday when he brought it; my sister marked it for him; I sat by her and saw her do it - it was my sister Mary Ann - here is the mark she put on, W. T. and a figure. I got up about six o'clock in the morning - my brother was in bed then, and the door locked.

AARON HART re-examined. The letters W. T. 2 were not on the waistcoat when I bought it.


11th May 1826
Reference Numbert18260511-8

Related Material

Before Mr. Baron Hullock.

906. JOSEPH TAYLOR was indicted for stealing, on the 16th of March , at St. Leonard, Shoreditch , 3 geldings, price 90l., and 1 mare, price 30l. , the property of Joseph Batten .

MR. PHILLIPS conducted the prosecution.

JOSEPH BATTEN. I am an inn-keeper and farmer , and live at Brickwall, Hertfordshire . On the 16th of March, 1825, I missed three geldings and a mare in foal; the geldings were all black, and had long tails; the mare had a switch tail; the off hind-fetlock of one gelding was white. I missed them at four o'clock on Wednesday morning, the 16th of March, and searched for them directly; I went on the Friday following, near the Plough, public-house, Mile-end-road, and saw the mare in foal in the stables; the hostler shewed her to me; on the Saturday I found one of the geldings at the King's Arms, at Bow, and on the Monday following I saw the other two in School-house-lane, Ratcliff, in possession of Rayment. I estimate their lowest value at 120l.

ISAAC TAYLOR . I am Mr. Batten's servant. I had seen these horses at a quarter to eight o'clock on the night before they were missed - I locked them in the stable - I went next morning at half-past three o'clock, found the lock broken, and missed three geldings and a mare out of five; my master has described them correctly; the lock was broken all to pieces, and the door propped up with a piece of iron, which belonged to master, and that iron was also broken.

JOHN CLARKE . I live at Lemsford-mills, Hertfordshire, and am a publican. On Tuesday evening, the 15th of March, I saw two men get off the Hitchin coach, and throw down a basket; I heard something rattle in it, like iron - I suppose it was stirrups; one of the men was James Harper, and the prisoner the other - he went by the name of Joseph Ludlow; I knew him before, and am certain he is the man; he had been in my house before that time; they both came to my house about six o'clock in the evening, and waited till about seven - I had some conversation with them - the prisoner joined in it; I am certain he is the man. I saw them leave my house about seven o'clock- they went up the road leading to Batten's; he lives not quite a mile from me. The prisoner carried the basket on his shoulder - I did not see what was in it; they gave my child a halfpenny - it dropped into the basket, and they said, "Don't take it out - we will give him another." I had sold Batten some of these horses; Batten called me up about five o'clock next morning, and on the Friday following I saw his mare in foal, at the Plough, at Mileend, and next morning I saw the little black horse at the King's Head, and in the afternoon I saw the two others at work in a brick field.

Cross-examined by Mr. BARRY. Q. How long have you kept this house? A. Thirty-eight years; I was examined here on Harper's trial; I do not recollect whether I mentioned Ludlow by name; I was not asked - I said Harper came with another man - I told the Magistrate he went by the name of Ludlow. The prisoner had four examinations at Worship-street.

Q. Did you say at the two first examinations that you knew Harper, but could not swear to the other man? A. I did not say I could not swear to him - I was threatened that if I did swear to him they would set fire to my house, or blow my brains out, some time or other. I swore to him at the last examination; I said at the two first that he was the man, but I would not swear to him, not that I could not.

Q. Were not your words "I believe him to be the man, but cannot swear to him?" A. No: I said he was the man, but I would not swear to him at first, because I was threatened to be shot, or my house to be set on fire. I said all the while I knew the man, for I had known him for many years; I said I would not, not that I could not swear to him - it was because I was threatened. I said nothing about his looking like the man.

Q. Did you not say you had seen the man but once, and then but for a short time? A. I did not; I said I had seen him before at my house.

MR. PHILLIPS. Q. You did not say you could not, but you would not swear to him? A. Yes; I never had a doubt about him, but I was threatened. I never denied that I knew him.

MR. BARRY. Q. Did the prisoner threaten you? A. No; he could not - but several people said if I swore to the man they would set my house on fire, and the first fair they met me at they would blow my brains out. The threat was held out to me before the first examination; I did not mention it till the fourth examination.

THOMAS MUNCASTER . I am hostler at the Crown, at Holloway. In March, 1825, I was hostler at the King's Head, Kingsland-road; and one morning in March two men came into our stables with three black horses and a black mare, which appeared in foal - I knew one of them - it was the prisoner; I am quite certain he is the man - I knew him by the name of Joseph - he had been there several times before - I have not the least doubt of him; he told me to take care of the horses, to clean them, and give them some food - he did not stay in the yard five minutes - he came again at night with another man; I cannot say whether it was the same man as came with him in the morning, but am sure of the prisoner - he wanted the horses out; I gave them to him; he said he only had a sovereign, and could not pay - I told

him not to mind, as he was in a hurry, and I had seen him before, it did not matter. Attfield came to our stables, and looked at the horses that day. The tail of the mare was rather shorter than the geldings.

Cross-examined. Q. You could not tell whether the mare was in foal? A. She appeared so; I was not examined on Harper's trial, but was here at the time, on another trial; there were horses in our stables belonging to the prisoner at other times, but not then. I always took him to be a horse-dealer. I never knew where he lived, he has brought horses to our stables about six times.

Mr. PHILLIPS. Q. As such, you were perfectly acquainted with his person? A. Yes.

SAMUEL BUTCHER . I am hostler at the King's Arms, Stratford-on-Bow. On the 17th of March, 1825, three black horses and a black mare in foal were brought there, by two men; I knew Harper, who was one of them - the prisoner looks like the other, but I cannot swear to him; two of the horses remained with me all night; the two men took the others away, and Harper took away the mare in foal next morning.

Cross-examined. Q. How do you recollect it was on the 17th of March? A. It was on a Thursday night; I am sure it was in March; we sometimes have horses to bait and at livery.

WILLIAM ATTFIELD . I am a constable of Worship-street. On the morning of the 17th of March, 1825. (Wednesday) about nine o'clock, I went to the King's Head, in search of some horses, from information, and found six there; my attention was directed to three black geldings and a mare in foal - one of the horses had a white fetlock on the off hind foot; I saw that horse produced by Batten, at Dockray's stables, close to Worship-street office, in March this year. On the 13th of March I apprehended the prisoner, at the Salisbury dairy, New North-road, Islington.

Cross-examined. Q. When did you first get information of him? A. About the end of February; Clark did not inform me about him; there is nothing remarkable in a horse having a white fetlock. I was examined on Harper's trial. I had assisted in apprehending four men.

COURT. Q. Was Harper tried more than once? A. Yes - I was only examined on one trial - I am not certain which it was; I think it was for stealing Mr. Maitland's horse; I was a witness on two indictments, but only examined on one.

Prisoner's Defence. I am innocent. I was never in Clark's house in my life.

One witness gave the prisoner a good character.

GUILTY - DEATH . Aged 31.

11th May 1826
Reference Numbert18260511-9

Related Material

London Cases, First Jury.

Before Mr. Recorder.

907. THOMAS RUSSELL PIGRAM was indicted for embezzlement .

MR. ADOLPHUS conducted the prosecution

Mr. WILLIAM ALLEN . I am a wholesale cheesemonger . The prisoner was in my service, and entrusted to collect monies for me. Mr. Parton, of Chatham, was a customer, and indebted to me. The prisoner never accounted to me for two sovereigns received from him.

Cross-examined by Mr. PHILLIPS. Q. What salary had the prisoner? A. Thirty-five shillings a week; he has a wife and two children - he has stated to me that he has repaid 75l. and 25l., which he had used, but I know nothing of that; I know nothing of any deficiency prior to February - he never returned any money to me, as having used it.

HENRY PARTON . I am a grocer, and live at Chatham. I dealt with Mr. Allen, through the prisoner, and on the 26th of December I paid him two sovereigns on account of Mr. Allen. I took no receipt, but made a memorandum of it.

Cross-examined. Q. Might not you have paid him in silver? A. No - I am certain it was sovereigns.

Q. Did he borrow 2l. of you? A. He asked me to lend him two soverigns - I gave them to him, and told him to place them to my credit, as I owed Mr. Allen an account; I made it an express condition that he was to put it to my credit.

CHARLES THOMAS NEALE . I am the prosecutor's clerk - it was the prisoner's duty to account to me for money he received. When he came from his Christmas journey he delivered me an account, in his own hand-writing, which I produce - here is no account of this 2l.

Cross-examined. Q. Do you know of his being deficient in 75l. and 25l., and paying it back when he got money? A. He certainly was deficient; when I applied for 75l. to Mr. Alchin, of Hastings, he said he had paid it; the prisoner was on a journey at the time, and when he returned included it in his cash account, as if he had received it that journey. I believe he borrowed 150l., by his wife's means, to raise it.

Mr. ADOLPHUS. Q. Was that before or after you discovered it? A. Afterwards, about February this year - he had received it in August.

GUILTY . Aged 27.

Transported for Fourteen Years .

11th May 1826
Reference Numbert18260511-10

Related Material

908. THOMAS HERBERT was indicted for stealing, on the 25th of April , 4 hat pins, value 1s. , the goods of William Price .

WILLIAM PRICE. I keep the Bell, public-house, Addle-hill ; these hat pins were screwed against the partition in my parlour. On the 25th of April, about half-past four o'clock in the afternoon, I saw the prisoner there - he said he expected a friend, and would not take any thing till he came - he waited there alone, and went out hastily in about five minutes, without taking any thing. I immediately went into the parlour, and saw two of the pins broken off; I ran out, and took him about fifteen yards off; he gave up two pins, and the officer found two more in his pocket, with some bagatelle balls, which were not mine - he said he was in distress, but 1s. 2d. was found on him.

JOSEPH POTTER . I took the prisoner in charge - he gave me two pins, and I found two more in his pocket, with three knives, two forks, and six ivory balls - two of the pins are broken, and two unscrewed.

GUILTY . Aged 59.

Confined One Year .

11th May 1826
Reference Numbert18260511-11

Related Material

909. THOMAS HART was indicted for stealing, on the 14th of April , 14 straw bonnets, value 2l. 19s. 6d.;

162 yards of ribbon, value 8l. 8s.; 2 pairs of shoes, value 11s., and 1 box, value 5s., the goods of George Franscombe , his master .

GEORGE FRANSCOMBE. I am a straw and leghorn hat maker , and live in Newgate-street . The prisoner came into my service in March last, as errand-boy . On the 14th of April I gave him a box, containing the property stated in the indictment, to take to the White Horse, Cripplegate - he went about twelve o'clock, and returned in good time; I asked if it was all correct; he said it was. On the 21st of April I received information, went down to the waggon office, and made inquiry; I then returned, and charged him with having stolen the things; he gave several different accounts about it - he was then in custody for another offence. I have not found them.

EDMUND GRIFFITH LANGDON . I am warehouseman to Mr. Franscombe. I selected these goods, and gave them to the porter to pack; they were directed to Mrs. Myers, Stamford, Lincolnshire.

FRANCIS DUKES . I am book-keeper at the White Horse. On the 14th of April no box came directed to Mrs. Myers - nothing of the sort is entered.

EDWARD HINDE . I am porter to Mr. Franscombe. I packed up these goods, and directed the box to Mrs. Myers, Stamford - the prisoner took it out to go to the inn.

GEORGE THOMPSON . I am a constable. On the 14th of April I took the prisoner in charge; while he was in custody inquiry was made about this box of goods; no threat or promise was made to him - I heard him say he had the box delivered to him, and he had delivered it to three persons, who I had seen with him the day I apprehended him, and one of them went into a coffee-shop with him, and signed the receipt book for it.

Mr. FRANSCOMBE. I have the receipt book - there is a signature to it; it should be signed at the waggon-office.

FRANCIS DUKES . The signature to the receipt for this box is not the writing of any one in our office - only another clerk attends besides me.

GUILTY . Aged 14.

Transported for Fourteen Years .

11th May 1826
Reference Numbert18260511-12
VerdictGuilty > with recommendation

Related Material

910. JAMES REED was indicted for stealing, on the 16th of April , 1 handkerchief, value 5s., the goods of William Barnard Coates , from his person .

WILLIAM BARNARD COATES. I am a grocer , and live in St. John-street, Smithfield. On Sunday, the 16th of April, between one and two o'clock, I saw the prisoner, with a youth, at the corner of Bull and Mouth-street, Aldersgate-street - they parted; I put my hand to my coat, suspecting them, and my handkerchief was gone; it was safe half an hour before. I looked up Bull and Mouth-street, and saw the prisoner shuffling something into his pocket - I followed; he began to run, and I lost sight of him only while he turned the corner; when I had nearly overtaken him he threw down the handkerchief from his pocket; I picked it up, still pursued, and stopped him at the corner of Little Britain.

Cross-examined by Mr. ADOLPHUS. Q. How do you know it? A. I have three letters on it. I have inquired into the prisoner's circumstances.(Property produced and sworn to).

WILLIAM HART . I am a constable. I heard a cry of Stop thief! and saw the prisoner running. When he was stopped I searched him, but found no money or anything on him.

Cross-examined. Q. Do you know anything of his parents? A. I have heard that they are respectable.

Prisoner's Defence (written). I humbly implore your merciful forbearance, in consequence of my heart-reading situation. About the 6th of February, in consequence of the severe conduct of my father, I unfortunately left home, to await till his anger was abated; I kept out all night, and was afraid to return home, in consequence of his passionate temper - I love him as an honest industrious parent, and gratefully acknowledge that he instilled into my mind the necessity of industry.

Several witnesses gave the prisoner a most excellent character - one of whom engaged to employ him.

GUILTY . Aged 17.

Earnestly recommended to Mercy.

Confined One Month .

11th May 1826
Reference Numbert18260511-13

Related Material

911. JOHN MILLER was indicted for stealing, on the 15th of April , 1 great coat, value 30s. , the goods of Daniel Wheeler .

RICHARD WITTY . I am servant to Daniel Wheeler, a horse-dealer , of Bartholomew-close. On the 15th of April this great coat hung in the stable, in Coach and Horse-yard, Bartholomew-close ; I saw it safe between twelve and one o'clock; I walked down the yard, returned in a quarter of an hour, and saw the prisoner coming down the yard, with it on his back. I ran up, and missed it, then followed, and secured him with it on - he said nothing, but began to pull it off - he was a stranger.

HUGH DEVLIN . I am the street-keeper. I heard an alarm, and saw Witty taking the coat off the prisoner's back - he told me he was standing in Aldersgate-street, and a man told him to go to this stable, and ask for the coat, and if he did not see the hostler to take it.(Property produced and sworn to.)

Prisoner's Defence. I had just come from Cambridge; a man asked me to go and fetch the coat.

GUILTY . Aged 30.

Confined Six Months .

11th May 1826
Reference Numbert18260511-14
SentenceTransportation; Imprisonment > hard labour

Related Material

912. CHARLES HODGES was indicted for stealing, on the 11th of April , 1lb. of butter, value 1s. 4d. , the goods of William Woolmer .

WILLIAM WOOLMER. I am a carman , and live at Stamford, near Ongar, Essex. I had to carry 8lbs. of butter to a gentleman's house, and when I got into Sun-street I was taking the horse into the stable, and was told somebody was robbing my cart; I missed 1lb. of butter from a parcel containing 8lbs. Casborn produced the prisoner with it - he had undone the parcel, and taken 1lb. out.

HENRY CASBORN . I work for Mr. Andrews, of Sun-street. Mrs. White gave me information; I ran towards Bishopsgate-street, and overtook the prisoner about two hundred yards off - I found part of this butter under his jacket, anp part in his trousers pocket - he said nothing.

HARRIET WHITE . I saw the prisoner put the butter under his arm and into his pocket.

GUILTY . Aged 14.

Transported for Seven Years , to the Prison Ship .

11th May 1826
Reference Numbert18260511-15
SentenceTransportation; Imprisonment > hard labour

Related Material

913. JAMES COSTELLOW was indicted for stealing, on the 23d of April , 1 handkerchief, value 6d., the goods of William Johnson , from his person .

WILLIAM JOHNSON. I am a traveller , and live in Jewin-street. On the 23d of April I was going up Holborn-hill , and felt something at my pocket. I turned round, and found the officer with the prisoner in custody. The officer produced my handkerchief.

HENRY HUGHES . I am a watchman. About a quarter to nine o'clock at night, I saw the prisoner, with a boy about sixteen years old, following Johnson, about five yards - I then saw the prisoner put his hand to the pocket - a great mob stood by the wine-vaults; I there saw him take the handkerchief from the pocket, and throw it behind; the other ran off. I picked it up, and secured the prisoner.(Property produced and sworn to.)

GUILTY . Aged 13.

Transported for Seven Years , to the Prison Ship .

11th May 1826
Reference Numbert18260511-16

Related Material

914. SARAH SMITH was indicted for stealing, on the 29th of April , 2 sheets, value 5s., the goods of John McMullen , in a lodging-room .

ANN McMULLEN . I am the wife of John McMullen - we live in West Smithfield . On the 28th of April the prisoner took a furnished lodging at our house, at 4s., a week. On the 2d of May, in consequence of suspicion, I had her taken into custody; we missed two sheets off the bed.

GEORGE GODFREY . I am an officer. I took her in charge, and found the duplicate of the sheets upon her.

FRANCIS WITTY . I am servant to Mr. Upsall, of Barbican. On the 29th of April the prisoner pawned this sheet, for 2s.

JOHN LANGFORD . I am servant to Mr. Smith, a pawnbroker, of Golden-lane. On the 1st of May a woman pawned a sheet, for 6d. - I gave her one of the duplicates produced.(Property produced and sworn to.)

GUILTY . Aged 36.

Confined Three Months .

11th May 1826
Reference Numbert18260511-17
VerdictGuilty > with recommendation

Related Material

915. THOMAS WELCH was indicted for stealing, on the 29th of April , 1 handkerchief, value 5s., the goods of Thomas Fish Taylor , from his person .

THOMAS FISH TAYLOR. I am a surveyor , and live in Salisbury-street, Strand. On the 29th of April, about three o'clock in the afternoon, I was in Shoe-lane, near Fleet-street , and missed my handkerchief, which I had used shortly before, and on turning round I saw it on the pavement, and the prisoner near it; Mason was struggling with him.

JOHN MASON . I am a butcher, and live in Shoe-lane. I was in my shop, and saw Mr. Taylor walking arm-in-arm with a gentleman; the prisoner was following him, and opposite to my shop I saw him draw Mr. Taylor's handkerchief out; I ran out, and laid hold of him; my foot slipped, and I fell - he let it drop; Mr. Taylor picked it up, and he was secured, without my losing sight of him.

JAMES CHICKALDAY . I am a constable, and received him in charge.(Property produced and sworn to.)

The prisoner received a good character.

GUILTY . Aged 17.

Recommended to Mercy by the Jury and Prosecutor.

Confined Three Months .

11th May 1826
Reference Numbert18260511-18
VerdictGuilty > lesser offence

Related Material


Middlesex Cases, Second Jury.

Before Mr. Sergeant Arabin.

916. CORNELIUS MORAN was indicted for breaking and entering the dwelling-house of James Gulston , about six o'clock in the afternoon of the 3d of April , no person being therein, and stealing 1 coat, value 10s.; 1 jacket, value 4s.; 2 shirts, value 9s.; 4 pairs of stockings, value 6s.; 1 waistcoat, value 2s.; 1 pair of trousers, value 4s., and 4 shirt collars, value 4s. , the goods of Charles Angel Hunt .

CHARLES ANGEL HUNT. I am servant to James Gulston, who lives at Millbank , and keeps a public-house . This property was in my bed-room, which is over the stable, and is at a little distance from the house - it is all one premises. On Monday, the 3d of April, between six and seven o'clock in the evening, I went out and left the property, stated in the indictment, safe; I fastened the windows and put the shutter up - I locked the door and took the key with me, leaving nobody there; I returned about half-past eight, and missed all the property; I found the shutter down, three panes of glass broken, the hasp moved and the window had been opened. On the Saturday I found my jacket at McCoy's - I know nothing of the prisoner.

Cross-examined by Mr. PHILLIPS. Q. After McCoy had given her evidence before the Magistrate, did you go to her, and ask her to change the time at which she said she bought them? A. No; I said to her "You told me you bought them on Tuesday morning, and you had better mind what you are about," as she had told the Magistrate she bought them between three and four o'clock on Monday afternoon - I did not go to her after the examination; the stable is about ten yards from the house - it stands down in a hollow by the river - a board fence joins it to the house, except that there is an opening to let persons into the yard - there is a front door to the stable opening into the public road without going through the yard.

MARION McCOY . My husband is a baker, and lives in Black-court-passage. The prisoner came to me on Monday, the 3d of April, about three o'clock in the afternoon - I did not know him before - I am sure it was as early as three o'clock in the afternoon - he brought two old coats and a waistcoat - I bought them of him for 3s.; I buy old clothes - he came again on Wednesday, the 5th, about half-past five o'clock, with a young man named King, and the prisoner bought the green coat back again for 2s. 3d., and King bought a white great coat at the same time; King came back with another young man, and said his mother would not let him have the coat - it was too big for him - the young man said he was his brother, and he bought the same coat for 2s.

Cross-examined. Q. After you were examined at the office, did the prosecutor come to you, and ask you to alter

the hour? A. He came on the Sunday before the examination, and said he had made his deposition - that it was half-past six when he lost the things; I said he must be mistaken, for I had them in my possession by three o'clock on Monday; he said it did not make much difference as to the time, and I need not state any time - I said I would not unless I was asked, but if so I must tell the truth - he said nothing to that.

JOHN WARREN . I am an officer. I apprehended the prisoner on the 8th of April, in Pear-street, Westminster, in company with King, who ran away; he has been taken since, and was examined with McCoy - King had the coat on his back - I apprehended him the same day - I found the waistcoat at McCoy's - she told me she bought them on the Tuesday morning, and when she came to the office she altered the time.

CHARLES ANGEL HUNT. This coat and waistcoat are mine. I am sure they were safe on Monday evening, at six o'clock, for I hung the coat on a chair when I went out - the coat is worth 4s. - the great coat cost me 3l. 6s. the latter end of last year - there was not a brack in it.

MARION McCOY. The prisoner sold me this waistcoat and two coats - the great coat was not so good as the one produced - I am sure I bought them on Monday at three o'clock; I told the officer by mistake that it was Tuesday, but I recollected afterwards.

Prisoner's Defence. I did not sell the coat - I bought for it 2s. 3d.

GUILTY. Aged 16. Of stealing only . - Transported for Seven Years .

11th May 1826
Reference Numbert18260511-19
VerdictGuilty > manslaughter

Related Material

Before Mr. Baron Hullock.

917. ANN ELLIOTT was indicted for the wilful murder of William Bartlett .

GEORGE LANG . I live in Brook-street , and work at a brass-founder's. William Bartlett and the prisoner lived together in the kitchen of the same house. On Thursday night, the 20th of April , about half-past seven o'clock, I was at the door and saw Bartlett coming up in the middle of the road - he staggered, and appeared to be in liquor - the prisoner stood at my side, and just before Bartlett came up she went round the corner of the passage and stood by the stairs, where I could not see her - Bartlett walked along the passage to the top of the stairs, and made a stop - the prisoner then came from the corner, put her two hands out, and shoved him right down - she put her hands just below his shoulder - she did not appear to push very hard - I heard him fall down, and in about two minutes I heard her say to him "Now what do think of a west-countrywoman;" she stood in the passage then; I heard her soon afterwards say "Lay there and die, you old b-r;" I then went up stairs - I did not hear him speak - I came down in about ten minutes and heard her say "It is only one of your drunken fits" - I thought she was not sober.

CHARLES MULLETT . I live in Brook-street, and saw Bartlett in the road, coming towards home, very tipsy; the prisoner stood at the door just as Bartlett got to the top of the stairs - she came out from a corner in the passage, put her hands on his shoulder, and gave him a shove with great violence - I saw him go down, face first - I went up stairs and know no more.

WILLIAM PICKETT . I live in Brook-street, Ratcliff. Johnson called me into this house - I got half-way down the stairs and saw the prisoner with her arms round the deceased's neck, trying to lift him - they were at the bottom of the stairs - it was dark - I asked for a light - then went down, and heard her saying "My dear William, do get up" - I went down and found him laying at the bottom of the stairs, which are very steep and dangerous, and at the bottom is a long flag stone - the continuation of the passage is covered with oyster shells; I found he had been bleeding at the nose and head, by the right ear; I sent for a surgeon - he was taken into his own room - he breathed but there was no appearance of life - I found a large wound on the lower part of his head; I could almost lay my finger in it; the prisoner held the candle to us; I told her it was hinted that she had thrown him down stairs - she denied it, but said "If I did not throw him down I gave him a precious good squeeze;" the surgeon did not come, and I requested her to fetch one; she treated it very light, and said he had better lay there till morning, and it would do him good to let a little of his mad blood out of him; I went and got an order for the parish doctor to attend him, and on Monday morning I saw him at the hospital - he was then dead; when I gave her the order for the parish doctor, she was desirous of letting it be, and said he had taken the bed tick to pawn and got drunk with the money; that she found him in Limehouse causeway, followed him home, and was determined to get in doors before him. She told me next morning that she had been to the hospital, and told the gentlemen she had thrown him down stairs.

SARAH JOHNSON . I live in Brook-street. About an hour before this happened I heard the prisoner crying, and saying Bartlett had pawned the bed-tick, and gone off with the money - when he came in I was upon the first floor, and heard the fall down stairs; I was alarmed and shut my door; I opened it soon after, and heard somebody breathing very hard; I returned to my room and in half an hour went down to Mr. Pickett, and begged him to come in; I was in the room with the prisoner about eleven o'clock that night, and advised her to get a doctor or he would die before morning, and at three she called me but I was afraid to go down for the deceased was such a violent man we were all afraid of him.

CATHERINE HILL . I live on the ground floor of this house. I saw Bartlett pass my door, which was half open, and, in a few minutes, I heard a great noise, and soon after heard the prisoner say "What do you think of a westcountry woman? you are in one of your drunken fits;" at half-past nine I went down into the kitchen, saw the deceased on the bedstead, and the prisoner by his side; I said he ought to have medical assistance - he was dying, and should go to the hospital; she said "How am I to get him there?" I said my girl should go with her - he was taken to the hospital next morning.

WILLIAM HURST . I am surgeon's beadle at the London Hospital. On the 21st of April, about half-past five o'clock, the deceased was brought in - he was dead then; I asked the prisoner how he came by his accident - she said he had been drunk all the week, and had been pawning all the things - that he came home drunk the night before, and she gave him a push down eight or nine stairs

- she said she was not his wife, but had lived with him eleven years.

RICHARD BRITHWHISTLE . I am a surgeon of the hospital, and was called to see the deceased. He was quite dead - he had a considerable swelling at the back of his head, and blood issued from the ears; there was an extensive fracture of the skull, and considerable extravasation of blood on the brain, which caused his death - it might have proceeded from a fall down stairs.

The prisoner put in a written defence, stating that the deceased had treated her very ill - that, on the day in question, he pawned her bed, and came home drunk; she was afraid to go down stairs before him, as he often beat her, and that instead of pushing him down she placed her arms out, to prevent his falling, the stairs being very steep, and he had often fallen down - she slipped and was obliged to let go of him, and he fell - that she had done all she could to obtain him medical assistance.

GUILTY. Aged 42. Of Manslaughter only . - Confined One Year .

11th May 1826
Reference Numbert18260511-20
VerdictGuilty; Guilty
SentenceDeath; Death

Related Material

Before Mr. Baron Hullock.

918. JOHN LANGLEY and JOHN TIPPER were indicted for burglariously breaking and entering the dwelling-house of William Aberdein , about eight o'clock in the night of the 24th of April , at St. Leonard, Shoreditch , with intent to steal, and stealing, 3 handkerchiefs, value 20s., his property .

WILLIAM ABERDEIN. I live in High-street , in the parish of St. Leonard, Shoreditch, and rent the house - I am a linen-draper . On Monday, the 25th of April, about eight o'clock at night, or rather later, I was writing at the further end of the shop - it was dark - I had not closed the shop; my young man alarmed me; I put my hat on, walked across the street, and observed the two prisoners walking close together - they stopped exactly opposite my window, on my side of the way; Tipper immediately put his hand into the window, which was cracked, and a piece of glass had been knocked out a few minutes before, when I crossed the road - he put his hand through the broken pane and took out part of three silk handkerchiefs - they were all three in one piece - he got them partly out - part of each might be out; I immediately crossed over and laid hold of him; Langley was standing close by his side, as if covering him; I immediately turned round, and took them both into the shop; Tipper was pulling the handkerchiefs out when I laid of hold him; the whole piece had been quite removed some inches from where it lay, but he had not got it all through the hole; I seized him with them in his hand, and sent for an officer - they are worth 20s. - my shop is part of the dwelling-house.

Prisoner TIPPER. Q. Had I not my hand on the bar across your window? A. When I took him his hand was outside the bar, but it must have been through the bar, and through the glass to reach them.

JOSEPH WEBSTER . I am shopman to Mr. Aberdein. On the 25th of April, about eight o'clock in the evening, I was behind the counter, close by the window, and heard the glass fall from the window - the pane had been cracked before but was not broken - there was no hole at all - I immediately looked at the window, saw the glass had been pushed in, but saw nobody near it - it had been mended with putty before; I informed Mr. Aberdein - I saw the handkerchiefs there half an hour before, a few inches from the window - they could not be reached without a hand being put through the pane; I think be must have put his whole hand through to get them.

JAMES HACKWELL . I am an officer. I was sent for about a quarter past eight - it was quite dark; I found the prisoners in the shop, and took them with the property - Tipper said the other had nothing to do with it.

MR. ABERDEIN. I had placed the handkerchiefs in the window myself, about two inches from the pane - it was impossible to get at them without a hand coming through the glass.(Property produced and sworn to.)

LANGLEY's Defence. I had just left my aunt's, and was going to my cousin's - I left my aunt at the corner of a turning, stopped to look at these handkerchiefs; in two or three minutes the gentleman came over, and laid hold of this youngster - I looked at him, he laid hold of me, and asked if I was one.

TIPPER's Defence. I was leaning on the bar when the gentleman came and collared me.

Two witnesses gave Langley a good character.



11th May 1826
Reference Numbert18260511-21

Related Material

Before Mr. Baron Hullock.

919. JOHN OLDHAM was indicted for feloniously assaulting John Moss , on the 8th of May , at St. Giles in the fields , putting him in fear, and taking from his person, and against his will, 4 shillings, his property .

JOHN MOSS. I am a shoemaker . On the 8th of May, just before eleven o'clock at night, I was coming along St. Giles's, and went with a female to some house in a court in St. Giles's; after I got into the room I gave her a shilling - she went out and did not return. The prisoner came up into the room, two or three minutes after she went down - he asked what I was doing there - I said I was brought up there by a female; he said "This is my place and my property in it;" I said I was very sorry but hoped I had done no harm; I was going out, and he caught hold of me by the waistcoat, and took four shillings out of my trousers pocket; he merely caught hold of me and took it - he did not speak when he put his hand into my pocket; I saw another man in the room at the time, and another coming up stairs; I never mentioned a word to them but went down and told the watchman; he forced his hand into my pocket - I made no resistance, because I was afraid of my life - I got a watchman, who came with me; we went to look for the number of the house; I looked over the window of the next house, and saw him standing by the fire - I said "There is the man that drew my money from my pocket;" the watchman knocked at the door - two men came and asked what was wanted; I went in and saw four or five men in the room - the prisoner was sitting at the end of the table - I said I was quite sure he was the man, and the watchman took him - I was sober.

Prisoner. Q. Did not the young woman say to you give me another 6d., and you said you had only 2d.? A. No.

THOMAS LESLIE . I am watchman of Bainbridge-street. The prosecutor came to me just as the clock had struck

half-past eleven - I and my fellow watchman accompanied him - he pointed in at the window, and said there was the man; we entered the house - three men rushed against me, with their coats off, and asked who I wanted; I said I should see presently - the prosecutor went in - I asked if there was either of them was the man - he said No, but pointed out the prisoner in the room as the man - I took him in charge.

JOSEPH LUCKING . I am a watchman, and went with Leslie. The prosecutor pointed the prisoner out through the window, and afterwards in the room.

Prisoner's Defence. I have a witness to call.

ELIZABETH BEDFORD . I met the prosecutor - he accompanied me home - he gave me 1s. and said he had nothing more but 2d., which he gave me to fetch some drink - I went out and when I returned he was gone - I took him own room.

GUILTY - DEATH . Aged 21.

11th May 1826
Reference Numbert18260511-22

Related Material

Before Mr. Baron Hullock.

920. WILLIAM PARSONS was indicted for stealing, on the 7th of April , at St. Pancras , 2 oxen, price 30l. , the property of Joseph Whaller and John French .

MESSRS. ALLEY and PAYNE conducted the prosecution.

JOSEPH WHALLER. I am a grazier , in partnership with John French, and live at Plaistow . On the 6th of April I bought twenty Scotch bullocks on Epping-forest, about twelve o'clock, and sent them down to Plaistow - I saw them next morning, Friday, about six o'clock, in the fields at Plaistow; there were then only eighteen; I missed a black and a light brown one - they had a tar mark going down from the rump bone; the price was 15l. 5s. each - I went on the Monday following to Brewer's tan-yard, and found the two skins of the bullocks which I had bought, and swore to them - I am sure they were the skins of these two beasts.

JOHN FRENCH. I am in partnership with Mr. Whaller. I saw sixteen bullocks in one marsh, and four in the other, at Plaistow, about six o'clock on Thursday evening - they had a tar mark down the hip - the two which were afterwards missed was a black one and a brown one.

Cross-examined by Mr. CRESWELL. Q. How long had you had them? A. Only one night; the Scotchman we bought them of marked them with the tar - he had only twenty of this lot - he had eighty of a different lot - they were marked different, and were not so small as this score.

JOSEPH CADBY . I am street-keeper of the Foundling estate. On Friday, the 7th of April, between six and seven o'clock in the morning, I saw the prisoner in Guildford-street, going towards Speldburst-street, with a stick in his hand, driving two oxen; I asked him if he was gone back to Lindus, his old master; he said No; I said"Whose beasts are those?" he said his own. On the Sunday following he came to the watch-house to bring a young man his breakfast; I said "Why Jem, you are getting on in the world, if those beasts are yours that I saw you with on Friday morning;" he said "Yes, people thought he was getting down in the world, but they were mistaken."

Cross-examined. Q. What hour was this? A. About a quarter past six - he had lived in the neighbourhood - I have seen him driving beasts before.

JAMES LINDUS . I am brother to Henry Lindus , who lives in Speldhurst-street, Burton-crescent. On the 6th of April, about eleven or twelve o'clock in the day, the prisoner came to the shop and, in my presence, said to my brother, that he thought he should buy two beasts at Smithfield the following morning, and asked if he could kill them in his slaughter-house; my brother said he could, and next morning, about half-past six, he knocked at the door - I opened it to him - he told me he had put two beasts in the pound, and could I let him into the slaughter-house to kill them - I did so - I saw one of them before it was killed - it was a brown one; I did not notice any mark - I saw him kill it - I do not know who killed the other - there was a person assisting him - the skins of the beast were taken away by Benbow, Mr. Beby's man, on the same evening; the carcases went away early on the Saturday morning - there was no other beast slaughtered at out house that day; I do not know who took the carcases away.

Cross-examined. Q. You have slaughtered beasts of all colours at your slaughter-house, I suppose? A. Yes, we generally take the skins away the same day, and sometimes the next day; the markets begin business about five o'clock in the morning - the carcases would go away early to be at market - there is nothing extraordinary in that.

DAVID BENBOW . I am in the employ of Mr. Beby, a skin saleman. On the 7th of April I took two hides from Lindus' slaughter-house to master's - there were the letters H L cut in the noses - I had no others with those letters - master sent them next morning (Saturday) with others, to Brewer's, the tanner, by Dowding.

Cross-examined. Q. Had you taken any there before? A. Yes; I put them into a cart - I had been to other slaughter-houses for skins - I collected them from about sixteen places - I always examine the noses to see if they are marked right.

JAMES DOWDING . I took twenty hides to the tanner - Benhow assisted in loading them.

JAMES JONES . I am servant to Mr. Brewer, a tanner of Willow-walk, Bermondsey. Dowding brought twenty skins on Saturday, the 8th of April - they were put by themselves - Mr. Whaller came on Monday; he examined them, and picked out these two, marked H L on the nose, and a tar mark on the rump - one was black, and the other brown - there were no others marked in that way.

WILLIAM WALLIS . I was at Brewer's tan-yard on Monday, the 10th of April, and picked out these two skins myself - a black and a brown one; I had seen the beasts alive on Thursday afternoon, about five o'clock, in the prosecutor's field at Plaistow, and knew the skins again - I singled them out - there was a tar mark down the rump, and when I found the skins H L was cut on the nose.

COURT. Q. What made you notice the beasts on Thursday? A. I looked at them merely to know their value, being a dealer; I examined all the twenty; I could distinguish the marks on all the twenty; I swear that these were the skins of two of the beasts I saw on Thursday.

Mr. ALLEY. Q. In what state were the tails when you saw the skins? A. All the long hair was on; it is custo

mary at Smithfield to cut the long hair off the tails when beasts are sold for slaughter - it is the drover's perquisites.

Cross-examined. Q. Will you swear that it is an invariable custom? A. Yes, when they are sold for slaughter.

JOSEPH CADBY . When I saw him with the beasts I noticed that the tails had the long hair on.

JOSEPH MATTHEWS . I am a City officer. I apprehended the prisoner on Monday, the 10th of April - Williams was with me - we first went to Newgate-market, and saw some meat in Mr. Massey's possession; when I took the prisoner I asked him where he slaughtered the beasts he had sold in Newgate-market; he said he slaughtered them in Speldhurst-street on the Friday - that he bought them of a man in a smock-frock, in Smithfield-market, at the end of Giltspur-street, and paid for them at Jones', the banker's, in Smithfield, and gave 14l. for the two; we went to Jones' with him, and there they said, in his presence, that he had not paid any money on account of beasts; I have a letter which the prisoner wrote at Giltspur-street compter, in my presence, for me to take to one Dyer, and the copy of another letter - I delivered the original as directed.

These documents were not read.

WILLIAM WILLIAMS . I am an officer, and was with Matthews when he apprehended the prisoner - his statement is correct; it is the custom at Smithfield, when beasts are sold for slaughter, for drovers to cut the long hair off the tails - it is their perquisite. I saw these skins at the tanner's - one was black and the other brown - there was a tar-mark down the near side of the rump, and H L cut on the nose; I asked the prisoner where the hides went from Lindus's; he said he did not know; I asked how they were marked; he said he marked them with Lindus' name, as they were to go from there.

ALFRED JONES . I am a banker, and live in Smithfield. The prisoner paid no money to us on this day - the officer brought him to make inquiry - some of our clerks knew him.

FRANCIS SUTCH . I keep a horse and cart. On the 7th of April the prisoner applied to me for my cart, in the evening - I did not choose to lend it to him - I accompanied him next day, with the cart to Speldhurst-street, got two buttocks of beef, and carried them to Newgate-street - he took them out into the market, and paid me in the evening for the cart.

JOSEPH WHALLER. I am certain they were the skins of the beasts I lost.

Prisoner's Defence. When I was apprehended I was confused, and said I had paid Jones for the beasts, but I paid the man in Smithfield.

Two witnesses gave the prisoner a good character.

GUILTY - DEATH . Aged 21.

11th May 1826
Reference Numbert18260511-23
VerdictGuilty; Guilty > with recommendation
SentenceDeath; Death

Related Material

Before Mr. Baron Hullock.

921. JOHN YATES and JOHN LING were indicted for feloniously assaulting Thomas Goldthwait , on the King's highway, on the 26th of April , at St. Andrew, Holborn , putting him in fear, and taking from his person, and against his will, 1 watch, value 5l.; 1 seal, value 7s.; 1 watch-chain, value 2s., and two watch-keys, value 1s., his property .

THOMAS GOLDTHWAIT. I lodge in Goodge-street, Tottenham-court-road. On the 26th of April, a little before eleven o'clock in the morning, I was going along Portpool-lane - I noticed nobody in particular, but there is a court there, and when I came near that court there were two persons - one of them snatched at my watch, and got it; he went away - he rather run, but in pulling the watch the outer case flew off, and fell; he appeared to me to come back after it, and then knocked me down; I was just within the border of the court at that time; I cannot be certain that he picked up the outer case, but somebody did, and he knocked me down - they both ran away; I could not run after them - I was stunned with being knocked down on the pavement. I called out Stop thief! as soon as I could, and they were taken; I staid there till the people brought the two men back; I had never seen them before. I saw them plainly before they took my watch, and can swear the prisoners are the men; I think Ling is the man who knocked me down; I cannot exactly say which took my watch, but he is the man who knocked me down, and I think him the man who took my watch, for it came upon me all of a sudden. I am certain it was one of those two men who knocked me down - I think Ling is the man who took my watch - it was returned to me by the party who took them.

Q. You had not seen them before you got to the place? A. Why, I did see them, because they stood at the end of the court; I had no time to evade them.

Cross-examined by Mr. ADOLPHUS. Q. You only saw them just as you came up to the court? A. Yes - one stood on each side of the court; it was the one of the right-hand side of the court who took it. I was struck some little time after my watch was taken. I do not wish to speak positively as to which robbed me, but I recollect their countenances perfectly, so as to swear they are the men, one of whom took my watch.

HENRY PHILLIPS . I was about a yard from this court - it is Crown-court - I was standing still, and saw the prisoners come down Portpool-lane, and stand talking to one another - Ling went down the court about a yard; Yates stood at the top. This old gentleman was coming by - Yates rushed against him on purpose, and took his watch; he fell down with the rush; Yates took the watch, and they both ran down the court; the old gentleman rose up, and hallooed Stop thief! I hallooed also, and ran down the court - I lost sight of them for about half a minute - they ran round a corner in the court - Yates returned, and went down a little alley - he came up the alley again, and threw the watch down, and knocked the old gentleman down - I saw him throw the watch down. The old gentleman was just by this little alley; Yates then went on to another gentleman who was there, and threw him down by his legs, as he was going to assist the old gentleman in taking them. I picked up the watch, and gave it to the old gentleman. Yates ran up the court - Kemble ran after him, and caught him; Ling was taken in a privy in the court, by Baillie. I am sure they are the men; I never saw them before. I live in Crown-court.

Cross-examined by Mr. PHILLIPS. Q. The person who took the watch ran against the old gentleman, and threw him down? A. Yes, and came back again and knocked

him down - he was thrown down twice - I am quite sure of that - he ran down Crown-court when he took the watch; the court is no thoroughfare. The other gentleman who was knocked down is not here - he had as good an opportunity of seeing them as I had; the watch was thrown down at the top of the alley. I had lost sight of Yates for about a minute, when he took a turning in the court; there are about eight houses in the court; he knocked the old gentleman down the second time, just at the head of the court; there are several lodgers in the court - the doors are generally open. I am sure the prosecutor was knocked down twice.

Cross-examined by MR. ADOLPHUS. Q. Ling neither took his watch nor knocked him down? A. No. I had seen them talking together at the end of the court; Ling parted from him about a yard within the court before the gentleman came up. The gentleman no sooner got on his legs than he hallooed Stop thief! I think the outer case of the watch was on when I picked it up, but I am not sure. The privy belongs to three houses in the court, and is for the use of the lodgers.

WILLIAM KEMBLE . I am a shoe-maker, and live at No. 2, Crown-court. On Sunday, the 26th of April, about half-past ten or eleven o'clock in the morning, I was at work in my house, and heard a cry of Stop thief! I lifted up my window, and saw Yates knock the old gentleman down in the court, right under my window; there was a bit of a scuffle between another man and him. I then went down stairs - they were both on the ground together, and Yates got from him - that man is not here. I secured Yates, and took him to Hatton-garden Office.

Cross-examined by Mr. PHILLIPS. Q. Did you ever see Yates before? A. Never; he was on the ground himself - I lost sight of him in coming down stairs; it is a small court - a man could soon run out of it. I did not see Phillips till afterwards.

JOHN BAILLIE . I am a porter. I was in Portpool-lane, going towards Leather-lane, and heard a cry of Stop thief! I saw the prisoners running down Crown-court; I pursued them, and saw Yates in Kemble's custody. - When I got up I found Ling in the privy, standing up, with his small clothes down; I secured him: he asked where I was going to take him - I said to Hatton-garden; he made no reply; when he got into Portpool-lane he tried to twist himself out of my hand. Read, the officer, assisted me.

Cross-examined. Q. Did you tell him what you took him for? A. No.

WILLIAM READ . I am an officer of Hatton-garden. I heard a noise near the office, ran towards the spot, and saw Ling in Baillie's custody - the prosecutor gave me the watch and case - he had one in each hand.

MARTHA FORDER . I live at No. 8, Crown-court. The prisoner Ling ran into my passage between ten and eleven o'clock on the morning in question; I was in the parlour - he went up two or three stairs, then turned back, and went into the privy - he appeared in haste, and shut the privy door after him.

LING's Defence. I was going to my master to inquire for work - I have been to this privy two or three times before, and went there then, and after I got in heard the cry of Stop thief.

Three witnesses gave Ling an excellent character.


LING - GUILTY - DEATH . Aged 20.

Ling recommended to Mercy by the Jury, on account of his character.

11th May 1826
Reference Numbert18260511-24
VerdictGuilty; Guilty
SentenceDeath; Death

Related Material

922. JOHN PRICE and JOHN GOODWIN were indicted for feloniously assaulting Thomas Quarn , on the King's highway, on the 2d of May , at St. George, Bloomsbury , putting him in fear, and taking from his person, and against his will, 1 watch, value 3l.; 1 watch-chain, value 1s.; 2 seals, value 1l.; 4 watch-keys, value 8s.; 1 ring, value 10s., and 9 shillings, his property .

THOMAS QUARN. I live at No. 14, Duke-street, Bloomsbury . On Tuesday, the 2d of May, about ten o'clock at night, I was at the Black Lion, public-house, Castle-street - the prisoners and another soldier went in at the same time with me; I was alone myself, but when we got in we joined together; I knew the other man, who was Jerry Child, but did not know the prisoners before. We went into the parlour altogether; there was nobody else there. I joined their company, and staid there till a little after eleven o'clock; we all drank together, and had three pots of porter; I paid for one pot; Child went out a few minutes before eleven o'clock; I went out soon after eleven; the two prisoners followed me out. I lodge about thirty yards from the public-house. Goodwin was on my left side, and the other on the right - I had not got seven or eight yards from the public-house, when I was suddenly knocked down by Goodwin, in Duke-street; Price took hold of both my arms, and forcibly kept them down, while Goodwin dragged my watch out of my fob; I called out: he put his hand into my right-hand pocket, and took out 9s. in silver. I called for assistance, and they both ran away. I got up - Child was coming towards his quarters, and I seized him by the collar, told him I had been robbed, and I suspected he had something to do with it. The patrol came up, and I gave him in charge. I had not seen Child about me, but I suspected he was concerned. I went to the watch-house, and described the two prisoners; the constable found them that night. I saw them in custody next morning, and knew them; I was sober.

Cross-examined by Mr. PHILLIPS. Q. What are you? A. A gentleman's servant , but had been out of employ about three weeks. I had been to the Rose and Crown public-house before that, and had a pint of beer - I went there alone; Child came in afterwards, and had a pint of beer; I do not recollect seeing the prisoners there, but there were a great number of soldiers there; I had a pint of beer when I first went in, and took it into the parlour with Child - it was put into somebody's pot; I drank two or three times out of it; but had not spirits.

Q. Will you swear you did not drink two pots yourself? A. Certainly not; we drank two or three times round; I only paid for one pot: I could not have drank two pints. I went there about eight o'clock, and staid till half-past nine, then went to the Black Lion with Child, and there we had three pots among four of us, and half-a-pint of gin; I had nearly one glass: we staid there till a few minutes after eleven. I was knocked down seven

or eight yards from the Black Lion; I was perfectly sober. The landlord was up - a watchman goes up the street; I do not know where his box is. I knew perfectly well who knocked me down, and who robbed me. I seized Child, as I thought he was concerned - only two persons robbed me. When I got up Child was just coming round the corner towards his quarters; he had not passed me. I could scareely get up, the fall was so great - he made no resistance; he was not at the robbery.

Q. Did you invite either of the prisoners home to sleep with you at your lodging that night? A. Never. I did not ask Goodwin to take charge of my watch, because I was so drunk. I was at no other public-house that day; I dined at the Black Dog public-house; I took two pints of beer with my dinner, and had about three glasses of ale in the afternoon; I staid there till half-past four o'clock, then went home to tea, and about eight went to the Rose and Crown; Child had two eggs with me at dinner. We only had three pots of beer at the Black Lion. I have been out of town for a few days since the robbery, with my friends, in Essex.

Q. In what part of Essex? A. I went to inquire for a friend; I went to the Eagle and Child public-house, Epping-forest, and took a lodging in the village, just by - I was only gone two days; I slept there one night. I swear I was perfectly sober.

WILLIAM McGREGOR . I am a patrol of St. Giles's. On this night, Quarn had given information at the watch-house, I went round to different houses, and about one o'clock I was going through George-street, and by a lodging-house I turned my eye, looked through the curtain, and there saw Price sitting in the parlour, with a female; they seemed at very high words. I listened for about five minutes; she threatened to charge the watch with him for ill-using her, and for another thing. I beckoned the girl out, and in consequence of what passed I went in, and took him to the watch-house. I found a shilling, a halfpenny, and a penny piece on him; I left him in the watch-house, and found Goodwin in the upper part of the same house, about half an hour afterwards; we broke the door open; he was in bed with a woman: we desired him to get up and dress - he did so. I searched his pockets before he dressed; his clothes were on the floor, by the bed side, and in his left-hand jacket pocket I found the watch and a purse, with four shillings and four-pence in it- he put that jacket on when he dressed. I took him to the watch-house, and asked if he had got a watch - he said No. I said, "Have you got a purse;" he said, Yes, I have a metal purse, with two shillings in it;" I shewed him this watch and purse - he said he knew nothing of them - I do not think he had seen me take them from his pocket.

Cross-examined. Q. Did you tell him you were an officer? A. No. I broke the door open, and told him I took him for ill-using a female. I thought him quite sober - he did not appear to have been drinking.

WILLIAM PRICE . I accompanied McGregor to a house in George-street, kept by Mrs. Cummins, and took Goodwin in bed there. I saw McGregor find the watch in his jacket pocket. I did not see the purse found.

Cross-examined. Q. Did McGregor shew you the watch? A. I saw him take it out of the prisoner's jacket in the room; I told him to put it into his own pocket; Goodwin was sitting on the bed side, near enough to hear, but he was drowsy; we made a great noise at the door to awake him - it was at one o'clock - he might have been in liquor before he went to bed.

WILLIAM ADAMS . I am a patrol. I was about thirty yards off when this was done. I saw Quarn down on the pavement in Duke-street, Bloomsbury, between eleven and twelve o'clock, and when I made towards him I saw two soldiers run from him - they were close to him, and ran off, evaded me, and got away. I made towards Quarn- he had then got up, and laid hold of another soldier, and gave him in charge. My attention was drawn to it by hearing a scuffle. I only saw two soldiers come from him.

Cross-examined. Q. Did you go before the Magistrate? A. Yes; I was sworn, and gave this account; my deposition was not taken down; I cannot say how the third soldier got there. Quarn accused him of being concerned in robbing him of his watch and money.

PRICE's Defence. I have witnesses to prove I was not in the house for an hour and a half after Quarn came in. The landlord will prove he drew five pints of ale.

Prisoner GOODWIN to THOMAS QUARN. Q. Did you never drink with me at the Two Brewers public-house, and gamble with me at the Queen's Head public-house? A. I never saw you before.

Mr. PHILLIPS. Q. Did you not frequently gamble with him at the Canteen? A. I have no recollection of him. I have been at different public-houses since I have been out of place; I do not gamble much, and have no recollection of gambling with him; I never played at dominoes with him. I have no recollection of playing with him on the 1st of this month, nor the night before the robbery. I have been at the Canteen in the King's-mews, but not with him, to my recollection. I do not think I played with any soldier on the 1st of May, at the Black Lion - I never recollect seeing him. I once went to the Black Lion with Child, and gave him 6d. to fetch something to eat, and they did get something.

Q. What do you mean by "They did get something?" A. Why, there were a great many soldiers there - I never paid for eggs and bacon for supper for the prisoner, that I know of - I know nothing about it. I do not recollect paying for any soldier's supper; I might have done so.

Prisoner GOODWIN. Q. Did you not come to me at the Rose and Crown, and drink beer and liquor, then go to the Black Lion, and give me the watch to go home with you to your lodging? A. No - on my oath I did not.

Mr. PHILLIPS called -

ARCHIBALD DAVY . I belong to the same regiment as the prisoners. On the 2d of May I was at the Rose and Crown with them and Quarn - Child was there; we drank porter and ale; I was there with them about an hour; Goodwin was in their company: the prosecutor spoke to him, as if he was an acquaintance. I left about half-past nine o'clock leaving them there; Quarn then appeared as if he had drank a good deal. I was, about four weeks before, at the Two Brewers, George-street, St. Giles's, and saw Goodwin in Quarn's company; they were playing at dominoes, and drinking porter together. Goodwin ap

peared as if he had been drinking, at the Rose and Crown; Quarn appeared in liquor, but not so bad.

JOHN BURCH . Child is in my regiment - he is on duty now - the prisoners are in the same regiment. On the 28th of April I saw Quarn drinking at the Canteen; Goodwin came in - Quarn got out of his seat, and asked him to drink - they drank together for two hours, talking together - this was between five and six o'clock in the evening; Quarn had been drinking there most of the afternoon.

ROBERT CLEGG . I was quartered at the Hare and Hounds public-house, St. Giles's. I saw Quarn there three times - the last time he was with Goodwin - that was within the last ten days.

WILLIAM RUDD . I keep the Black Lion. On the 2d of May Quarn came in about one o'clock; Child, who was quartered on me, joined his company; they had eggs for dinner - after dinner another soldier and a gentleman joined them; he drank a pint of ale by himself, and after they joined company they drank four or five pots. Quarn left my house about five o'clock, and returned a little before ten; they went into the parlour - he, Child, and the prisoners, together, and drank three pots of beer; they came in as friends, and drank as friends, and as they went out had half-a-pint of gin; Quarn could not be sober - they had liquor enough to make them all drunk. After they had been out a quarter of an hour the four soldiers and him returned, and knocked at my door - I opened it with the chain; Child said, "Open the door, and let me and my friend in;" I said I would not unless it was for him to go to bed; he said he would not.

COURT to THOMAS QUARN. Q. Did you return to the house with Child and the prisoners? A. If I did it must be when I first went out, a few minutes after eleven o'clock, before I was robbed; I do not recollect returning, but I might have done it - I was not in liquor; I will not say I did not return.

Three witnesses gave Price a good character.



11th May 1826
Reference Numbert18260511-25
VerdictGuilty > with recommendation

Related Material

London Cases, Second Jury.

Before Mr. Recorder.

923. ROBERT POPE was indicted for stealing, on the 12th of April , 1 great coat, value 12s. , the goods of William Head .

WILLIAM HEAD. I live with Mr. Barnett, at Hampstead-lodge. On the 12th of April I was driving a cart in Threadneedle-street , and saw the prisoner taking my great coat out of the cart; I stopped the horses, and secured him; he could reach it without getting into the cart. I took it from him, and gave him in charge.(Property produced and sworn to).

GUILTY . Aged 19.

Recommended to Mercy. Confined One Month .

11th May 1826
Reference Numbert18260511-26

Related Material

924. WILLIAM WILLIS was indicted for stealing, on the 14th of April , 57lbs. of bacon, value 28s. , the goods of George Poulton .

GEORGE POULTON. I keep a chandler's-shop in Shoe-lane . On the 14th of April, about seven o'clock in the evening, this bacon hung at the side of the door, secured by a rope; I was in the shop, and saw the prisoner take it- I ran out, and caught him ten yards off, with it on his shoulder; he said he had not taken it, and did not know what he was taken for. I had not lost sight of him - the rope was cut.

JAMES SHARP . I am a coppersmith, and live in Trinity-lane. I was in Shoe-lane, and stopped the prisoner, with the bacon on his shoulder; Poulton immediately came up and claimed it.

Prisoner. Q. Did you appear before the Alderman? A. No. I gave the prosecutor my address.

GEORGE POULTON . The constable said it was not necessary to produce this witness.

JAMES CHICKALDAY . I am a constable. I took the prisoner in charge - he made great resistance.(Property produced and sworn to.)

Prisoner's Defence. I was passing this shop, much intoxicated, as the prosecutor admitted. I had a knife, but was unable to cut a string, or to resist; I have no recollection of committing the crime. The constable told me I should not be in the Compter if I had not resisted.

GEORGE POULTON . The moment I took him he appeared in liquor, but recovered in a minute or two - I suppose it was his agitation - he made a strong resistance.

JAMES SHARP . He appeared rather in liquor when he was taken - he was very resolute in Skinner-street, and if it had not been for me and Poulton, I think he would have escaped.

GUILTY . Aged 33.

Transported for Seven Years .

11th May 1826
Reference Numbert18260511-27
VerdictNot Guilty

Related Material

925. HENRY LLOYD was indicted for stealing, on the 29th of March , 1000 1l. Bank notes , the property of Sir Richard Carr Glynn , Bart. and others, his partners.

2d COUNT, stating them to be the property of Thomas Swan and others, his partners.

3d COUNT, stating them to belong to Thomas Hilton .

MESSRS. BRODRICK and LAW conducted the prosecution.

THOMAS HAND . I am clerk to Sir Richard Carr Glynn and others. Thomas Swan and Co. correspond with our house. On Saturday, the 28th of January, I took a 1000l. Bank note to the Bank of England, and exchanged it for a thousand 1l. notes, which I made into a parcel and directed to Messrs. Swan and Co., York, and delivered it to Hilton, the guard of the Express coach - it was sealed: Hilton was in the habit of carrying parcels to them. The notes were numbered 89,401 to 90,400; I did not take a memorandum of it, but recollect it.

Cross-examined by Mr. ANDREWS. Q. You gave them to Hilton at your banking-house? A. Yes. I put the same notes into the parcel as I received at the Bank. I remember the first note was 89,401; several clerks were in the office when I delivered him the parcel, but no strangers; I should not deliver it to him publicly.

JOHN JAMES BOUQUET . I am pay-clerk at the Bank. On the 28th of January I paid one thousand 1l. notes for a 1000l. note, for Messrs. Glynn and Co. - my partner posted them in the book.

HIGMAN . I produce the books - I posted the notes - they were running numbers, from 89,401 to 90,400 inclusive.

THOMAS HILTON. I am guard of the Express coach,

from London to York. On the 28th of January I received from Mr. Hand a parcel, in the country office at Sir Richard Carr Glynn's; I took charge of it on my own responsibility, independent of the concern; I took it to my lodging in Giltspur-street, and gave it to Mr. French, to take care of while I went to bed. I started from the Saracen's Head, Snow-hill, with the coach, a little before seven o'clock in the morning; I received the parcel from French overnight, put it into a basket, and took it to the Saracen's Head in the morning, and put it into the coach-office, in the book-keeper's charge; I received it back when I loaded the coach, put my hand in, and took the parcel out - I locked it up in the hind boot, and put the key into my pocket. I had occasion to open the hind boot at Ferry-bridge, and immediately saw that the basket had been moved, and the parcel was gone; the bag which had contained it was left, but the parcel gone. We had four outside passengers; and inside was a lady and gentleman, a little girl, and another person. I knew one of the outside passengers particularly; I did not know his name, but his features - that was not the prisoner; three of the four got up at the Saracen's Head, and the other at the Peacock, at Islington - three of them left the coach before I got to Ferry-bridge - the fourth remained - he went to Catterick, about forty miles beyond York; it was Mr. Strappins, a school-master; the one whose features I knew, went off with the other two.

Cross-examined. Q. Where do you think the parcel was stolen? A. I cannot tell - I do not know which was the best place to rob it; we dined at Biggleswade; I left the coach there for a quarter of an hour, but I could see the coach through the window - I only had three passengers behind; I did not leave the coach after dinner. I have carried parcels for Sir Richard Carr Glynn for ten years, and always put them into that place, unless they were small enough to go into my pocket. French gave me the parcel between ten and eleven o'clock, when I went to bed - I did not lock my door; another guard, named Gamble, slept in the same room - he belongs to the Leeds Rockingham coach - I put the parcel at my bed side - he might know it was there, but did not know what was in it. I set it down in the office under where Mountain, the book-keeper, writes, and took it up from the same place in about half an hour; the boot has a common padlock. When I am on my seat my feet are on the flap of the boot - it might have been taken while I was changing horses. When I got seventeen miles from town I left my seat, and sat on the box with the coachman, as I very often do; I rode about forty miles on the box. I looked at the boot at Ferry-bridge, and the lock was safe - it must have been opened by a false key. The clerk told me how many notes it contained; three of the passengers sat on my seat - the first of them got down at Wansford, near Stamford, and the other two at Stamford; one of them got up at the Peacock; he rode in front seventeen miles, then went and sat with them. I looked at the boot, and the lock was safe.

Q. Will you venture to swear the prisoner was on the coach that night? A. I could not tell; they were wrapped up in cloaks; I will not swear he was not there; I never swore he was not; I said I could not recollect him.

Q. Have you not sworn you did not believe that man was one of your outside passengers that night? A. I do not know that he was, or was not. I said I had never seen him before in my life that I knew of. I went on to York after missing the parcel; I told the coachman of the loss about a quarter of a mile on the other side of Ferry-bridge. York is twenty-two miles from Ferry-bridge; every body was a bed at Ferry-bridge, except the hostlers; I went to Sharp's Bank, and told them; I returned to town on my journey, and gave Messrs. Glynn's notice; Sharps had sent them word about it. I have not been called upon to make the loss good.

Mr. LAW. Q. Have you always said you could not say whether he was on the coach or not? A. I have. The parties were wrapped up in cloaks and travelling coats, and their persons very little exposed to view. I returned from York two days afterwards.

WILLIAM FRENCH . Hilton lodges with me, in Giltspur-street. On the 28th of January, about four o'clock, I received a parcel from him, and delivered it to him in the same state as I received it, at eleven o'clock.

Cross-examined. Q. Where was it all that time? A. Locked up in my bed-room; it was tied and sealed in two or three places - he frequently gave me valuable parcels.

JOSEPH MOUNTAIN . I am book-keeper at the Saracen's Head. On Sunday morning, the 29th of January, soon after six o'clock, I remember Hilton putting a parcel away - he took it up just before the coach started - it was under my protection all the time; nobody could have touched it.

ALEXANDER WOOD . I keep the Market public-house, Fleet-market. On the 25th of March I received this 1l. Bank note (looking at it, No. 90,155 dated December 26, 1825) from the prisoner; he had a glass of liquor, which came to less than 6d.; I applied to one of my young women to write his name on it; he said, "No, give me the pen and ink - I will put it on myself," and he wrote the name of Long, Holborn-bars, March 25, which is now on it - I gave him the change.

Cross-examined. Q. He was a stranger? A. Yes. I never recollect having an address of that kind before; I am quite sure he is the man; I think it was in the after part of the day; a message was left at my house some weeks ago, and I saw Ellis about it; and told him, when I saw the prisoner, that he was the man. I told Ellis he was a very singular character, and I thought I should know him again, and said he was a short man.

Q. Did you not say, "It is impossible for me to take on myself to say I should recollect the man?" A. I might say so. I now swear positively to him; I saw him at Bow-street, in a large room, with about twenty, and pointed him out myself, at once - Ellis took me into the room to find the man out - I think he had his hat on.

THOMAS VICKRESS . My father is a wine and spirit merchant, and lives in Aldersgate-street. The prisoner has been at our house several times - I knew him by the name of Pearce. In March he came and had a glass of brandy, which came to 3d. - he paid me a 1l. note, on which I wrote "Pearce, Goswell-street;" he gave me that name and address; this is the note (looking at it); I see by the date it was on the 29th; he paid me another the same day, for something he had at the bar; here it is - I have marked them both 29-4, but it should be 3;

the same name and address is on both; I know the 4 is an error, for I was examined at Bow-street the beginning of April. The notes are Nos. 89,616 and 89,617, dated December 26,1825.

Cross-examined. Q. Is the month and day written on both of them? A. Yes; the same mistake is on both - my father keeps a liquor shop - I always mark notes - the mark calls to my recollection that he is the man - I am positive he is the man.

THOMAS CARTER . I am servant to Mr. Vickress. I supplied the prisoner with glasses of liquor - he tendered me 1l. notes (looking at Nos. 89,603, 89,604, 89,605, 89,610, and 89,611, all dated December 26,1825). I took two of these from him on one occasion, and three on another - the first time he came was a week before the 6th of April when I went to Bow-street; I understood him to ask if I could change a 5l. note, but found it was only 1l.; he had two three-penny glasses of brandy each time - I wrote on the notes, in his presence, the name and address he gave me - I have written "Pearce, Old-street," on all five.

ROBERT SMITH . I live with my father, a grocer, in Aldersgate-street. I received these two notes (Nos. 89,602 and 89,621, dated December 26,1826) from the prisoner, and saw him write on them the name and address, which is here "J. Pearce, Goswell-street." The first time he came was on the 29th of March; he had brought me notes on several occasions - I took five 1l. notes of him on the 29th of March - here are twelve - his writing is on all but two of them - here is "Pearce" written on some - one has "R. Preston, Red-lion-street, Holborn," which I believe to be his writing - here is "Pearce, Old-street;" I believe both to be his writing - another has"Pearce, Old-street, St. Luke's;" nine of them have Pearce, written on them - they are numbered 90,175, 90,196, 90,169, 90,199, 90,179, 90,152, 90,316, 90,198, 90,317, 90,195, and all dated December 26,1825.

WILLIAM SHAW HILL . I keep the Anchor and Hope public-house, Fore-street. I took some 1l. notes of the prisoner. I was examined at Bow-street - it was a month or two before that (looking at two, Nos. 90,307, 90,309, dated December 26, 1825); I took both these from him, and have written on them both, by his direction "10l, Goswell-street," but no name or date. I believe he told me at the time that he was a pawnbroker, but seeing him a few times afterwards, he said he was a broker.

Cross-examined. Q. You received a 10l. note from him once? A. Yes; I have known him four or five months; I took these 1l. notes of him, one or probably two months before I went to Bow-street.

Mr. BRODRICK. Q. How long was it before you were examined? A. Perhaps a month - I have received several 1l. notes from him, but only marked these two.

THOMAS NIXEY . I am a hosier, and live in Oxford-street. I received from the prisoner these two 1l. notes, about the 4th of April (Nos. 90,324, and 90,325, dated the 26th of December, 1825); I wrote my initials on them when I paid them away - he did not write on them in my presence, but I know I took them from him, for I took them myself - he bought one pair of stockings, and I gave him change for one note - he asked if I could change another - I said I did not think I could - he said "I will take another pair of stockings if you can;" I did so.

Cross-examined. Q. You did not write on them till you paid them away? A. No; I paid them away the day I received them - I am sure he paid me these notes.

SMITH re-examined. One of these notes has "Robinson, Old-street, St. Luke's," on it - I have no doubt of its being in the prisoner's hand-writing.

MARY GREENOP . I am bar-maid at the Edinburgh Castle, public-house, Strand. I have repeatedly seen the prisoner at the house. I took this 1l. note of him (No. 90,153, dated December 26,1825) - I cannot speak to the date, but I saw Mrs. Heeman write the name and direction on it, from her knowledge of the prisoner - we knew him by the name of Reed, No. 30, Panton-street, Haymarket, which is written on it with her initials - I am sure he is the man.

Cross-examined. Q. Do you always see your mistress write on notes? A. I do not like to change without her leave; I gave it to her, and asked if she would change it- she said Yes, and inquired his name; I said "Why, it is Mr. Reed;" she said "I beg your pardon, Sir, I had forgotten you;" this was about two months ago, I think - it was five or six weeks before I was examined - he was in the habit of changing notes.

THOMAS BOUQUET re-examined by Mr. ANDREWS. I have been in the Bank some years. I do not know the amount of notes issued in a year - notes are issued of the same numbers, but not the same date and number - there have been no ones issued for the last five years, till the latter end of last year; I never knew before this of 1l. notes being issued with higher numbers than 80,000, but I will not swear that; I am in the habit of examining and posting them daily, and never knew one of a higher number till this last issue.

Mr. BRODRICK. Q. Would notes issued in 1823 be dated 1825? A. Certainly not - there never were duplicates of any notes.

JAMES ELLIS . I am a Bow-street officer. On the 5th of April I apprehended the prisoner at the Rose and Crown public-house, Bunbill-row; I told him I took him for passing some notes which had been stolen; he said he had never passed any bad notes; I asked his name and address; he said Henry Lloyd, Golden-lane, Arthur-street - I went and found he did lodge there. On the 6th of April I took him from the watch-house - he asked me who was coming up against him - I shewed him a bit of paper, with the name of Vickress and Smith on it - he made no observation - I asked if he had any account to give of the notes he had paid them - he said Yes, he found them about two months before in Goswell-street; he could not recollect how many he found; there might be between thirty and forty - he did not know the number - that he found them wrapped in a piece of brown paper.

Prisoner's Defence. I have witnesses to prove where I was on and before 29th of January.

SARAH COLVIN . I have known the prisoner twelve months last March, and co-habited with him, but am not his wife - we lodged at No. 2, Nag's-head-court, Golden-lane; we lived in Arthur-street when he was taken up; he came home ill on the 23d of January, and was confined on the 23d and 24th with a violent cold in his loins, and

had a swelling on his hip, which was obliged to be plastered; he kept to the house for sixteen or seventeen days, and was not out of it; he was at home and in bed on the 29th of January - he was not out till the 8th or 9th of February, because the 9th of February was my birth-day, and I know it.

Mr. BRODRICK. Q. Did you know him long before you lived with him? A. No; I never heard where he came from - he was a very close man and never told me; I had no notion where he came from; I first met him at a young woman's, whom I knew, at No. 2, Play-house-yard - that was twelve months ago last March; we lived together about two months after that, and have continued so ever since; he never told me he came from abroad, nor did I ever hear him tell any one else so, I swear that; I can read but not write.

Q. When he was taken ill had he a doctor? A. I went to a doctor in Whitecross-street - he did not attend him for we were too poor to pay him; I did not know he was charged with doing any thing on the 29th of January, till he was taken up; I know the day he was taken ill was on a Tuesday; I have no almanack; I know it because he was so bad, and there was no money in the house, we began the new year so bad, - we were all laid up in a fever in the court, the week before, and one died.

COURT. Q. What reason have you to say it was January more than February? A. Because of the new year coming in, and we were so badly off, and we were all getting well, and the 9th of February was my birth-day - I have no other reason for remembering it - I fetched a woman to attend on him - she came on Tuesday, the 24th, and staid about a fortnight - her name is Ann Ray.

Q. How does the prisoner get his livelihood? A. He told me he went out writing and portering; he was never away from me a night; I did not attend at the office to give this account - I was too ill.

Mr. ANDREWS. Q. Was he a good deal from home in the course of the day? A. A few hours, but never at night; my birth-day was on the 9th of February, and for sixteen or seventeen days before that he was at home ill. We have only the ground floor room; there is only one room; Mrs. Racket lived in the room over us; we were very friendly; she came at times to ask how he was; all the people in the court used to inquire for him, and come to see him; there are only two houses in the court; none of his relations came there, but my sisters and brothers did; one of them lives in Benwell-street, Clerkenwell; my brothers sent us money, and my sisters came to see him; I went to Dr. Reeves about him; he said it was a cold, and gave me some stuff and pills.

ANN RAY . I live at No. 3, Star-court, Barbican. I went to nurse Mr. Lloyd on Tuesday, the 24th of January; he lived in the bottom room; there is only one room on a floor; I did not sleep there, but was not home till twelve o'clock at night, and went at ten in the morning, every day for about a fortnight; he was not absent one day.

Q. Did you hear of any birthday? A. No, but the new year came in very bad with them; I poulticed his wound and attended to him; I have never been paid for it, for they were in so much distress they could hardly afford a cup of tea. Colvin had got out of a fever a week before.

Mr. BRODRICK. Q. When did you first hear of his being taken upon a charge of robbery? A. I never heard of it; she said he was put into prison but I never heard what for till this evening; I came here last night but I did not know what for; she called on me last week to tell me to come to say I was attending him.

Q. And that you began to attend him on the 24th of January? A. No, I knew that; she has mentioned the date to me; I cannot say how long since it was that she came to fetch me; I saw her three or four times about it; we have not talked over what I was to say - I was not going to tell her what I had to say, nor had I any notion of what she was to say; I said I could swear to the time I was nursing him.

Q. Now, what makes you certain it was the 24th of January? A. Why the new year coming in - it was just before the new year came in.

Mr. ANDREWS. Q. Was it before Christmas or after? A. After; Colvin asked me to come to say the time I was nursing him; I recollected that it was the 24th of January myself; I would not take a false oath for an apron full of gold; I have known Lloyd five or six years, and all her friends.

COURT. Q. Did you know Mrs. Lloyd's sisters? A. Yes; they came to see him, and I used to go to them for money; the lodgers used to ask how he was.

Q. What makes you remember that it was the 24th; there are other Tuesdays in January? A. I cannot say, but I nursed her in the fever, and she had only got well a week - I can give no other reason - I do not know when she was taken ill, or when she got well, but she had got out a week when he was taken ill; I thought it was the 24th - I cannot say it was not the 17th.


11th May 1826
Reference Numbert18260511-28
VerdictGuilty; Guilty; Guilty
SentenceDeath; Death; Death

Related Material


Middlesex Cases, First Jury,

Before Mr. Sergeant Arabin.

926. JAMES COLLINS , JAMES FRANCIS , and THOMAS CORMACK were indicted for burglariously breaking and entering the dwelling-house of Richard Archdeacon , about one o'clock in the night of the 25th of April , at St. Dunstan Stebonheath, alias Stepney , with intent the goods and chattels therein being, feloniously and burglariously to steal .

RICHARD ARCHDEACON. I am a broker , and live in Mile-end-road , in the parish of St. Dunstan, Stepney. - On Tuesday night, the 25th of April, I went to bed at half-past ten o'clock. My cellar communicates with the house, and has a flap opening into the street; before I went to bed I looked all over the house; the flap was secure, and was bolted inside all secure. I was alarmed by the watchman about one o'clock; I threw up the window, and the watchman called to me; I went down stairs, and found the cellar flap wrenched off its hinges; I went up and dressed myself. The watchman produced a crowbar, which tallies with the marks; I missed nothing. The cellar was full of different things. The prisoners are strangers to me.

JOHN NORRIS . I am an inspector of the Bow-street pa

trol. I was on duty in Mile-end-road on the 25th of April, about twelve o'clock; I had just got to the corner of Dog-row, which is about fifty yards from the prosecutor's house. I stood up at a door-way, out of the rain, as it poured hard - I could not be seen. I stood there about five minutes, when the three prisoners came down Whitechapel-road, and passed close by me, in company, talking together; Archdeacon's house is on the left-hand side, on which side I was. When they got to his house, in a minute, I heard something give a tremendous crack, which attracted my attention - I looked, and watched them; I could see every thing by the gas lamp, which shone against the house - I heard another crack in a few minutes - they then walked away, down the road; I could see them all three at the house; whenever any body passed, which was three or four times, they went away, and returned again to the house; I then saw them stooping towards the cellar flap, and missed one of them; he must have got down the flap into the cellar, for I saw him occasionally up and down, and have no doubt but he was in the cellar; I saw his head go down and up. I watched them in this way for three quarters of an hour; whenever any body passed all three went away; the one was not long in the cellar, and then he came up again; it was then getting towards one o'clock, and I went down towards them - at that time two of the patrol were coming up the road, meeting me - they all three walked away, as they had done before when any one passed; I saw collins put his arm over the railing of an empty house, about fifty yards from Archdeacon's, and heard something drop, which sounded like iron - I afterwards picked up a crow-bar in that place, by the assistance of the watchman; I secured them, and they stood by while I found it. When I saw collins drop this iron I caught hold of Francis, who had a fustian jacket on; the two patrol came up - I called to them, and they secured the other two. I then got over the rails, and found the crow-bar; they were never out of my sight. I searched them at the watch-house; Francis has a phosphorus-box and matches up the sleeve of his jacket, and a piece of candle, rolled up in paper, up the other sleeve; I found some duplicates on the other prisoners. I went back to the prosecutor's, and found the watchman had alarmed him. I went all over his place, and found the door of the cellar flap wrenched open. I fitted the crowbar to the marks - it was broken in teeth, and fitted the place exactly. I have no doubt it had been broken open by that crow.

Cross-examined by Mr. CHESWELL. Q. Are you quite positive that Cormack was in company with them? A. Quite.

Prisoner COLLINS. Q. Did you not get over three or four places before you found the crow? A. Yes; there were three or four railings, and I got over them till I found it, by the assistance of the watchman's light.

WILLIAM MOGGERIDGE . I am a Bow-street officer. - Norris met me and Peake; he called to us about thirty yards from the prosecutor's house, and desired us to assist in securing the prisoners. I took Collins, and Peake took Cormack. I afterwards went to the cellar - the crow-bar which was found fitted the marks exactly.

THOMAS PEAKE . I am a Bow-street patrol. I was on duty, and met Norris fifty or sixty yards from the prosecutor's house. I took Cormack.

COLLINS' Defence. They saw nothing in my hands; the patrols passed us and took no notice.

FRANCIS' Defence. One of them was drunk.




11th May 1826
Reference Numbert18260511-29
VerdictNot Guilty

Related Material

Before Mr. Baron Hullock.

927. MARY LAY was charged on the Coroner's Inquisition only, with the wilful murder of a male child .

The child in question was found in the soil of a privy at Stratford . The prisoner, upon being apprehended, stated that she had been suddenly delivered of it in the privy, and it was born dead. The surgeon deposed that he was unable to state whether it had been born alive.


11th May 1826
Reference Numbert18260511-30
VerdictGuilty > manslaughter

Related Material

Before Mr. Baron Hullock.

928. JAMES CURTIS was indicted for the wilful murder of James Cundy .

Mr. ANDREWS conducted the prosecution.

WILLIAM NICHOLS . I am secretary to the Verulum club, and live in Lincoln's Inn-fields. On the 24th of April I was in Regent-circus ; the first thing that attracted my notice was the prisoner in his cart, either steadying it, or pulling it up; at the same moment I saw Mr. Cundy on the ground; I did not see him fall - it was a single horse cart - seven or eight people gathered round Mr. Cundy, whose leg was doubled under him, and evidently fractured. I asked the prisoner how he could be guilty of driving so furiously, as every body around complained of his driving so furiously; his answer was he was driving no faster than he usually did; I said, "If you have any witnesses to prove you were not driving furiously, you ought certainly to take their names, for it appears a very serious matter, and there appears ten to one against you;" he turned round, and said, "This gentleman saw something of it." He made no attempt to get away, I assisted in carrying Mr. Cundy into Mr. Ponsonby's house, and remained four hours with him.

Cross-examined by Mr. BRODRICK. Q. I think you first saw him endeavouring to pull up? A. He appeared so; whether he was stopped by the crowd or stopped himself I do not know.

JAMES ALEXANDER . I am inspector of nuisances. - This happened just before I came up; I stopped the prisoner just below the Circus, as he was going to drive off; I said he should not go till I got his name and number; he then wrote it down himself for me.

Mr. JOSEPH WILLIAM THRUPP . I am a solicitor. I heard of this affair, and waited on Mr. Layburn, of Newgate-market, the prisoner's master; he sent for the prisoner, and I asked him to describe what occurred in Regent-street - he stated that he had been leaving some meat at Messrs. Swan and Edgar's door, in the Quadrant, and was driving home in a direction for Carlton House, and just below the Circus he came in contact with a gentleman on horse-back; I asked what time it was - he said about half-past nine o'clock; I drew a small sketch of the street, and said, "Now describe where you were exactly" he said he was in the middle of the road - that something

had passed him, but there was nothing by him on his own side of the road at that time; Mr. Layburn asked at what rate he was driving - he replied, at a moderat rate; he was asked how many miles an hour - he said eight miles an hour; I said that was too great a pace to drive in London - he made no reply.

Cross-examined. Q. As the street is very wide, if Mr. Cundy had been on his right side this would not have happened? A. If it was in the middle. I call eight miles an hour a very great pace. The street is McAdamized.

JOHN SALTER . I knew the deceased by sight, and saw him pass the end of Jermyn-street, going up Regent-street - he was more inclined to his proper side than to the middle of the road, and walking.

Mr. JOSEPH CUNDY . I am the deceased's brother; I saw him at Mr. Ponsonby's, about two hours after the accident happened: he said, "I was going at a fast walk up Regent-street, towards the County Fire-office - about eight yards before me, I saw a gentleman on horse-back, riding at a slow trot; I heard the rattling of a cart, and saw a gentleman before me put his horse on the pavement, or on the curb-stone, in order to avoid the cart; the butcher's cart was coming at a furious rate towards me - I then attempted to put my horse on the pavement, which I could not effect - I therefore turned my horse to the right hand, to gain the other side of the road; the butcher appeared to turn his horse also, with a view of correcting my error; I met him about a third of the road, and so the mischief occurred;" he thought the prisoner did all he could to avoid it. My brother lingered eight or nine days, and then died.

WILLIAM BERWICK LYNN , ESQ. I am a surgeon, and live in Parliament-street. I attended Mr. Cundy - he died on the 9th of May, from the injury of a broken leg.

Prisoner's Defence. I am very sorry for the accident, and did all I could to prevent it.

JOHN GREEN . I was standing against a post, directly opposite Mr. Ponsonby's door, when this happened - the prisoner's cart was within five yards of the pavement - if the gentleman had kept on his right side instead of endeavouring to come between the prisoner's cart and the pavement it would not have happened - the gentleman's horse was not restive.

Mr. ANDREWS. Q. Do you know which is the proper side? A. The left; he was coming from Jermyn-street, and kept on the right side, instead of the left - before that he was in the center as near as possible; a gentleman on horse-back saved his life by turning on the side, on the stones - that was the deceased - he went on the flag stones, and fell instantly. I saw no other gentleman on horseback.

Mr. BRODRICK. Q. The left was the gentleman's proper side - the cart was on the right? A. On the left, but on the proper side - the gentleman was on the wrong side.

COURT. Q. What were you at? A. Sweeping the crossing. The cart was within five yards of the curb, on the left; the gentleman's horse got on the curb, with the force of the cart. The cart went straight on - it never turned aside.

SAMUEL GARRATT . I was standing with Green, sweeping the crossing. I have known the prisoner a long time. I think the gentleman was in fault, for he was not on his proper side, and he came cantering up; the cart was coming straight down the Quadrant; a carriage was coming up, which prevented the gentleman keeping the proper side.

Q. How far was he from the pavement? A. Within five yards; the accident happened just at the crossing, by Piccadilly; the cart was right in the middle. I did not see the gentleman's horse on the pavement.

GUILTY. Aged 18. Of Manslaughter only .

Recommended to Mercy. - Confined Six Months .

11th May 1826
Reference Numbert18260511-31
VerdictGuilty > with recommendation

Related Material

929. JOHN GRANT alias BROTHERTON was indicted for burglariously breaking and entering the dwelling-house of William Malcolm , about nine o'clock in the night of the 22d of April , at St. Paul, Shadwell , with intent to steal, and stealing I hat box, value 1s.; 1 hat, value 15s; 1 pair of boots, value 4s.; 3 shifts, value 2s. 6d.; 1 apron, value 6d.; 2 pinafores, value 1s.; 1 bed gown, value 6d.; 3 caps, value 6d.; 1 pair of drawers, value 6d.; 2 handkerchiefs, value 6d.; 1 pair of socks, value 2d.; 2 towels, value 8d.; 3 frocks, value 2s.; 1 half-crown, and 1 shilling, his property .

WILLIAM MALCOLM. I live at No. 15. Union-street, St. Paul, Shadwell . I keep the house. On Saturday, the 22d of April I went out with my wife about ten minutes past eight o'clock in the evening; I left my little girl, who is five years old, and my little boy, who is two years old. in bed - there was no other person in the house; I fastened the door - the window had been fastened before - we returned twenty minutes before nine o'clock; I found the door as I had left it, but the candle, which I had left burning in the front room, had been moved into the back room; I saw a mustard-pot empty, in which I had left a half-crown and a shilling: I found a pair of old slippers in my room which were not mine, and were not there when I went out; my boots were taken from the cupboard - they were there when I went out; I went into the back room and missed my hat and the box in which it was kept; I went to some pawnbrokers in the neighbourhood, and when I came back my wife said "God bless me, they have taken all my child's clothes," which had been tied up in a bundle; I went out again and found my hat at a pawnbroker's, who gave me a note; I did not miss my other property at that time - the house could only have been entered by a false key, as there were no marks of violence on the door or window; there is another way of getting in by the back door, but they must have got over the neighbours' gardens, which were all safe.

Cross-examined by Mr. ROBERTS. Q. What time was this? A. About ten minutes past eight o'clock - it was getting dark; I only had this hat a week, and had worn it on the Sunday; I then put it away, and had not seen it again; I saw the box but not the hat.

COURT. Q. Where did your hat box stand? A. It hung on a nail in the back room.

MARY FOREMAN . I live at No. 18, Sun-court - it is not near Mr. Malcolm's. I know Eliza Douglas - she lived in the same house with me; on the 22d of April I was in her room about nine o'clock at night; I knew the prisoner about four days before - he came there that night and slept in my room - he had another young man with him - he had a new hat and a blue hat box - there was a crape hatband round the hat, which he took off and threw it into the

fire and burnt it - the other young man look the hat and put it on his head, and said "It will do very well;" the prisoner said "Never mind that, I have just given 1l. for it, and I must have it pawned as we want the money" - the prisoner then called Eliza Douglas and bade her go and pawn it and get what she could for it, and bring the money to him at the North Pole public-house; she took it away in the box - the prisoner went out shortly after with the other young man; I found a bundle under my bed - I do not know who put it there; I examined it and it contained two white frocks and a purple one, a shift and a woman's apron, a pair of child's socks, a man's night cap, and two towels - I left them up in Eliza's room - she had taken them up there.

Cross-examined. Q. Who is Eliza Douglas ? A. She is now in Newgate - she is an unfortunate girl, and so am I - the prisoner lived with her - that was how she took the things; I was not taken to the Police Office on a charge of this nature - they did not accuse me of having taken those things; I do not know on what charge Douglas is here - she was thought to have pawned these things - the prisoner's companion was named Charles Gray .

CATHERINE MALCOLM . I am a widow. I went to this house to see Mary Foreman on the evening of the 22d of April about nine o'clock; I was in Eliza Douglas's room, and Mary Foreman with me - there was a knock at the door, and a young woman, who lives up stairs, went down and opened it; I went down afterwards and saw the prisoner and Gray in Mary Foreman's room - the hat box was was on the table, but I cannot say who brought it - I saw it opened, and there was a hat bound up with paper - the prisoner took it out and took the paper off, which he threw towards the fire and I took it up - he then threw a piece of blue-black crape, which was round the hat, into the fire; the prisoner and the other young man said between them they had given 1l. for it, and the prisoner asked Eliza Donglas to go and pawn it, and to get what she could for it.

Cross-examined. Q. What time was this? A. It was nine o'clock; I heard it strike nine just as they came in at the door; I did not live in the house; I went to see Mary Foreman.

WILLIAM BROCKWELL . I am shopman to Messrs. Nichols and Latter - they are pawnbrokers, and live at No. 80, Broad-street, Ratcliffe. On the 22d of April, between nine and ten o'clock, Eliza Douglas, whom I knew before, came and offered a hat to pawn, which appeared nearly new - it was in a box; I lent 6s. on it - she told me where she lived - here is the hat and the box.

WILLIAM MALCOLM. I take this hat to be mine - there is no mark of mine in it; I only know it by the maker's name - there was a crape on it - here is the name of Braggs on the box, which was put on by the maker, I suppose for a person it had misfitted - it was on it when I bought it; the hat was wrapped up in paper - it fitted me exactly and so does this; I have every reason to think it is mine; I have not found any of the other things since.

Cross-examined. Q. Is the maker's name in the hat? A. Yes; but no mark of mine - this is like the hat I had; I left the house ten minutes before eight o'clock, and returned twenty minutes before nine - there is a clock in front of my door.

JOSEPH ROBINSON . I apprehended Eliza Douglas who pawned the hat, but the bill against her was thrown out.

JAMES LEA . I received information and took the prisoner.

Cross-examined. Q. Did you not find a pair of old shoes at the house? A. Yes; but they were too small for the prisoner.

JURY to WILLIAM MALCOLM. Q. Was this name on the box scratched over before it left your house? A. No; it has been done since - to the best of my knowledge and belief it is my box.

Three Witnesses gave the prisoner a good character.

GUILTY - DEATH . Aged 20.

Recommended to Mercy by Prosecutor on account of his previous good character.

11th May 1826
Reference Numbert18260511-32
VerdictGuilty; Guilty; Not Guilty
SentenceDeath; Death

Related Material

930. ROBERT SAVAGE , JOSEPH BINFIELD , and CHARLES WILSON , were indicted for burglariously breaking and entering the dwelling-house of Robert Bigg about one o'clock in the night of the 23d of April , in the parish of St. Mary, Islington , with intent to steal, and stealing 1 work-box, value 9s.; 1 cruet stand, value 30s.; 1 telescope, value 30s.; 1 snuff box, value 2s.; 2 tooth-pick cases, value 1l.; 1 tea caddy spoon, value 1s.; 1 spoon, value 2s.; 1 coat, value 5s.; 1 handkerchief, value 6d.; 1 hat, value 2s.; 1 pair of gloves, value 6d.; 1 knife, value ls.; 1 lamp, value 6d., and 1 jacket, value 2s., his property .

MARIA GOODWIN . I am servant to Mr. Bigg, who lives at No. 10, Annett's-crescent, Lower-road , in the parish of St. Mary, Islington. On this night three weeks I fastened the back kitchen doors and shutters with a bar across them between seven and eight o'clock - the door had two bolts - the front kitchen door was locked, for I tried it; I and my fellow-servant Holland went to bed about twelve o'clock; we were the last persons up - we slept in the front kitchen - every thing was fast; I got up at a quarter to five o'clock in the morning - it was day-light; I was the first person up; I found the back kitchen door wide open, and the window, which looks into the garden, open - there was a hole cut through the shutter - the casement was thrown up; I found the bar of the back kitchen shutter left in the garden close by the window, laying down under it; a hole was cut in the shutter with a centre bit, large enough for a man's hand to be put in, and close under the bar - a man could then unfasten the bar; there were footsteps under the window - they were the footsteps of more than one man; they were different sizes and quite fresh done, and there were marks where they had got over the wall.

Cross-examined by Mr. BRODRICK. Q. You could not tell that it was done with a centre bit? A. No.

JANE HOLLAND . I am servant to Mr. Bigg - Goodwin and I went to bed together - we were the last persons up - we examined the fastenings and they were all right - we went to bed about twelve o'clock - it was light when I got up; I found the back kitchen door and the window shutters wide open; there was a square hole in the shutter large enough to admit a man's arm.

ROBERT BIGG. My house is in the parish of St. Mary, Islington. I have lived there about seven months. On the 23d of April I was called up a little before five o'clock - Mrs. Bigg went down with me - I found the back kitchen

shutter had been bored through by some instrument; I should think a centre bit - it was rather a square hole, and large enough for a person's arm to go through - I had left on a stool in the parlour, a pocket book containing three 5l. and one 10l. Bank notes; that was gone; also a telescope, a work box, a cruet stand with seven bottles, silver mounted, a coat, a pair of gloves, a handkerchief, and two gold tooth-pick cases; the coat was on the bannisters.

Cross-examined. Q. Did you miss these things yourself? A. Yes; I think I saw the tooth-pick cases there the day before.

ELIZABETH CRANCHIANA BIGG . I went down stairs with my husband on this morning; when I went into the parlour I missed my work-box, a cruet stand, telescope, snuff box, two gold mounted tooth-pick cases, a salt spoon, and a caddy spoon; I missed a lamp three or four days afterwards - we had not used it for some weeks - it stood on the back kitchen mantle shelf - I must have seen it the day before the robbery, or the day before that; I did not miss it till I was asked if it was gone - a coat was stolen from the passage.

Cross-examined. Q. You have no recollection of seeing the lamp the day before? A. I am sure it was there a day or two before - it had been fresh trimmed and there was the mark of the oil on the shelf.

MARIA GOODWIN. I saw the lamp on the back kitchen shelf the day before the robbery, but did not miss it till I was asked about it.

JAMES HANLEY . I am an officer of Worship-street. On Sunday morning, the 23d of April, I and an officer went to the prosecutor's house, and examined it about twelve o'clock - I found marks of footsteps in the garden - the back kitchen window had been lifted up, and the inside shutter bored with a centre bit, and the piece taken out; I found this piece of wood on the window cill - it fitted the hole in the shutter - the door leading from the back to the front kitchen had been forced, and there were marks of the crow bar on the side of the door; I went up stairs, and in the parlour found two cupboards forced open, and marks of a crow bar on both of them; the inner lock of a very handsome writing desk had been forced; on the Friday following, the 28th of April, I went with other officers to the Blue Boar tap, Aldgate; the prisoners Binfield and Savage were sitting there in a box together, smoking their pipes - (Wilson had been previously apprehended); Armstrong and Van immediately stepped up to Savage - both prisoners dropped their pipes, and Binfield, who sat on the right of the box, stood up and put his hand into his pocket; I immediately stepped into the box on the opposite side to him, and seized his right arm just below the elbow, as he drew his hand out of his pocket, and in about half a minute something dropped out of his hand; I afterwards found it was this pistol, loaded with powder and ball and primed (producing it); I have taken the priming and flint out; I proceeded to search him and took a screw driver from his pocket - he seemed very uneasy; I held him while Attfield searched him further - I saw him take from his pocket a powder-born, containing powder some bullets, a bullet mould, a phosphoros box and matches, with some other articles, a small knife, and a tooth-pick case; we secured them both; one of the officers pistols went off.

Cross-examined. Q. How long after you took hold of his arm did you find the pistol? A. After the search had been made, but I heard it drop; I looked under the table and found it, perhaps four minutes after - it had a stop lock - he had not time to cock it - he made no attempt to seize it when it dropped.

JOSHUA ARMSTRONG . I went with Hanley, Attfield, Gleed, and Van, to the Blue Boar, public-house, and on entering the room saw Savage and Binfield sitting in the first box smoking - I laid hold of Savage, he stood up, and in his left-hand pocket I found a lantern and a small pistol, which I took from him, and took him to the office - Gleed afterwards searched him.

Cross-examined. Q. Did not they surrender quietly? A. They made no resistance.

WILLIAM ATTFIELD . I was with Armstrong and Hanley at the Blue Boar tap; I searched Binfield, and found on him a snuff-box, a little tooth-pick case and small knife, a phosphorus-box and matches, a powder-flask with powder and ball, a bullet-mould and pistol-case - I also found on him a letter dated New-prison, Clerkenwell, some duplicates in a small card-case, one was for a coat pawned at Cording's, for 6s. on the 28th of April.

Cross-examined. Q. You took him on the 28th of April? A. Yes.

BARNARD GLEED . I went with the witnesses to the Blue Boar tap, when the prisoners were apprehended - after they were taken to the watch-house, I searched Savage, and found four bullets, a pistol-key, and a piece of lead. On the 25th of April I went to a cottage in Novascotia-gardens, and under the roof of the house found this lamp - and under the same roof the stock of a centre bit, and in the cottage I found a stock and centre bit - there was nobody in the house - it joins my garden; I have seen Binfield in the garden of that house ten or twenty times, and spoken to him - I have seen Savage there twice; I believe Binfield lived in that collage; I only go into my garden of a morning.

Cross-examined. Q. When did you see him there last? A. I think it was four or five weeks ago.

WILLIAM PARKER . I live in Thrall-street, Spitalfields, and am a watchman of Shoreditch. On Sunday morning, the 23d of April, about twenty minutes or a quarter to five o'clock, I was on duty in Hackney-road, it was broad day-light - I saw three persons coming out of Union-street into Hackney-road - it was the three prisoners - I noticed them; I particularly noticed Binfield, as having a shooting jacket on, made of the skin of some animal, and am surehe was one of them - the other two prisoners were with him - I am sure they are the three prisoners; just as they got rather past me, two of my brother watchmen turned out of Union-street, and beckoned me to stop them - I went back towards them, all three turned round with their faces towards me - I then noticed Savage having on a dark brown coat; I went up to Wilson, who had a parcel under his arm - he turned round and ran away - I threw my stick at him - he instantly dropped the parcel, containing this work-box - I picked it up directly; he ran towards Shoreditch, and the other two down Cooper's gardens, and all got away in different directions - I did not know them before; I saw Wilson at the office on the Thursday following; I am positive they are the three men; when I went back to them I had a full observation of them.

Cross-examined. Q. This was in Hackney-road? A.

Yes; I always said it was broad day-light when I met them, but said I could not tell when it got light; I do not know where the prosecutor's house is; I had them in my sight four minutes perhaps, it was not five minutes; I was close enough to Wilson to put my hand on him - I had to go close to the houses to let the three pass me; I first saw them ten or twelve yards off, but could not observe their dress so plain then as when they came close to me; I saw Wilson in custody on this charge on the Thursday following, going up to the bar - he had his hat on, and so he had on this morning; I saw the others in custody on the Saturday following - I swore positively to them then, and said what their dress was - they changed their dress every day they were examined - Wilson appeared to wear the same dress on the Thursday, but I could not swear that it was.

COURT. Q. How was Wilson dressed when you saw them come from Union-street? A. He had white stockings, light corded breeches, and a blue-coat; Binfield had a light-coloured shooting-jacket, and a waistcoat made of the skin of some animal; Savage had a dark brown long coat; I gave the work-box to Page.

- PAGE . I am a headborough of Shoreditch. On the 23d of April, about five o'clock in the morning, Parker brought this work-box to the watch-houses, wrapped in a handkerchief - I have had it ever since.

WILLIAM JACKSON . I am a stick-maker. On Sunday, the 23d of April. about a quarter to five o'clock in the morning, I was at the end of Union-street, Hackney-road, going a sparrow-shooting, with a friend, and saw three men turning out of Union-street into Hackney-road - it was broad day-light - I did not know them before; I noticed them, and know the three prisoners are the men - I am quite sure of them; I pursued them after they ran away; I had observed two of their faces in following them - because Savage and Binfield turned round and faced me as I pursued - and Wilson had a yellow handkerchief with something in it, with a yellow bright foot coming through it - he wore a blue-coat, corded breeches, and white stockings; I have no doubt whatever of them; I ran after them because the watchman sprang his rattle; I was stopped by the inspector - ran round another way, and met Savage and Binfield; I saw Binfield give Savage a stock and bit, which he threw over the wall in Loggerhead-lane - I was quite close to them, but they got away; Binfield had a small bundle in a silk handkerchief - I do not know what became of that; I pursued them to Friar's-mount, when both Savage and Binfield turned round and faced me - they presented their pistols at me - I had a pistol in my pocket loaded with bird-shot, and presented it at them, and they presented their's at me; their pistols were short, with bright barrels like those produced; they made towards me, and I ran away, and saw no more of them; I did not face them above a minute - I did not see their faces before - I was agitated, but still am quite certain of them; I went back into Loggerhead-lane, informed the inspector, who got over the wall, and brought the stock and bit from where I pointed out, and gave them to Morton - Binfield were a shooting-jacket and light trousers to correspond - I did not notice his waistcoat; I saw Wilson in custody on Wednesday evening, it was just dark, and at that time I did not knew him; I saw him again on Thursday at the bar, and knew him; I saw Savage in a public-house next to the office, and knew him directly, and Binfield, when I saw him; I am sure they are the men who presented the pistols at me.

Cross-examined. Q. Have you had any conversation with Parker, the watchman, about this? A. No; he pursued the men as well as me, and must know that I pursued them; we have not talked about whether I should know the men.

Q. Your only opportunity of seeing two of them was when they presented a pistol? A. Yes; I did not run away directly, for I faced them, and pulled my pistol out to them - it might not be so long as a minute - I saw Wilson's face, because he turned round to me, but I did not see him drop the box - that was the only opportunity I had of seeing him.

Q. Were you not sent into the lock-up-place, where there were several persons, to pick them out? A. I stood at the door, looked at the prisoners for a very short time, and said, "No, there is none of them there;" there were only four in custody - it was just before seven o'clock in the evening, and not quite light; I knew him next morning.

THOMAS PINNOCK . I am a watchman. I was on duty in Hackney-road on this Sunday morning, the 23d of April, about a quarter or twenty minutes before five o'clock - it was light. I heard a whistling and tuning in Union-street - I went towards the street, and saw three or four persons coming towards Hackney-road, together, one after the other, walking. I saw Binfield among them - I have known him two or three years - he once lodged near my beat; I am sure he was one - he had a lightish coloured dress on. Wilson was one of the others; he was walking fast; I did not know him before - he had something red under his left arm, in the shape of a box; he walked very quick towards Shoreditch; I walked quickly after him, on the other side of the road, and when he came up to Parker he gave a spring off the pavement, and looked round, then began to run; I ran after him, and tried to hit him with a stick, but could not reach him - a stick came very quick past me, and he dropped the box - Parker picked it up; he wore a blue coat, light small-clothes, and white stockings. I cannot speak to Savage. I am sure Wilson is the man who dropped the box; he was nearly within reach of me at the time.

Cross-examined. Q. Was that all the opportunity you had of seeing his face? A. I could see his face when he was on the other side of the road; when he was before me he looked over his left shoulder towards me. I have not talked this over with Parker or Jackson particularly; I said I knew Joe - I do not know that I described him; if we had any conversation it was very trifling; we mentioned their dress before they were taken, but not after.

JOHN STOCKWELL . I am watchman at the corner of Union-street, Kingsland-road. On Sunday, the 23d of April, about twenty minutes or a quarter to five o'clock (it was broad day light), I saw the three prisoners turn out of Kingsland-road into Union-street; I knew them all three before; I have known Binfield twelve or eighteen months; I knew the others by sight; I knew Savage by name for three months, and knew Wilson by his driving a sand cart - I had only known him a week or two; I am sure of them all three; they were in company together;

they passed me on the other side of the way. Wilson had a red handkerchief under his left arm, and wore a blue coat, white stockings, and light corded breeches. Binfield had a shooting jacket on, and a pair of trousers. I saw Binfield look into my box - he went on to the Union public-house, and danced on the shutter of the cellar; I then began to follow them, and called out twice, "Joe, stop;" they did not stop, but pushed away quicker, and turned into Hackney-road, and by Cooper's-gardens they divided; Wilson and Binfield ran down Cooper's-gardens - I saw no more of them. I got over a wall in Loggerhead-lane; a man came out of a house there undressed - I saw him pick up a stock and center-bit some distance from the wall, as if it had been thrown over - he gave it to me, and I gave it to Morton.

Cross-examined. Q. Were you directed to look for the prisoners in the lock-up-room? A. I was not there. I never said I should not know Wilson; I had a good opportunity of seeing them; there was a bill up close to the office offering 40l. reward in this case - I have talked to several people about it before the prisoners were in custody. I never told Armstrong I could not speak to Wilson.

WILLIAM MORTON . I am inspector of the watch. I was coming down Kingsland-road, between four and five o'clock in the morning, and received from Stockwell a center-bit and stock, which I have had ever since.

JOHN DELBRIDGE . I am shopman to Mr. Cording, a pawnbroker, of Aldgate High-street. I have a coat, which Binfield pawned with me, for 6s., on the 28th of April, in the name of Tugall; I gave him one of the duplicates produced. I did not know him before, but am certain he is the man - he was about five minutes in the shop. I took particular notice of him; I picked him out at the office, from about thirty persons.

Cross-examined. Q. What time was it? A. Between five and eight o'clock. When I saw him among thirty persons I said I believed he was the man, to the best of my recollection, but I immediately recognized him, and was positive - it was nearer eight o'clock than five - it might be rather dusk - I think the gas was lighted.

Mr. BIGG. This is my coat.

WILLIAM HOOPER . I am a pawnbroker, and live at Dock-head. I was present when a coat was pawned, for 10s., by a man, whom I do not know, but to whom I gave the other duplicate produced; the coat was wrapped in a handkerchief, which the prosecutor claims.

Mr. BIGG. This handkerchief is mine.

THOMAS VANN . I held Savage while Armstrong took the pistols and things from him.

JAMES BOWEN . I am landlord of the cottage in Novascotia-gardens, Crabtree-row, Hackney-road - Gleed's premises join the cottage. I let it to Savage, by the name of H. Hall; I did not know him before, and did not know his name was Savage; he gave me no name, but I found it was Hall. I let him the cottage fourteen or fifteen weeks ago, at 3s. a week; Binfield used to come there to see Savage's wife; I only live twenty yards off, and frequently saw him there - I have seen Binfield come out of the cottage in his shirt sleeves, about eight or nine o'clock in the morning. I never saw Wilson there.

Cross-examined. Q. How lately before the 28th of April did you see Binfield there? A. I can safely say I saw him there a month before.

WILLIAM EDWARD WYNN . I am a dyer, and live at No. 2, Loggerhead-lane. Last Sunday fortnight, about five o'clock in the morning, I heard a cry of Stop thief! I opened my door, and saw Stockwell getting over my wall - I went out, and picked up this stock and center-bit, which I knew nothing of, and handed it to him.

LYDIA BLAZE . I am Bowen's daughter. I used to receive the rent of this cottage - I know Binfield and Savage by seeing them both there, early and late - I considered that they both lived there; they used to bring the rent to my mother once a month, but I saw them there constantly every day; two women lived there, who were called Mrs. Savage and Mrs. Binfield.

Cross-examined. Q. How lately before the 28th of April will you venture to swear you saw Binfield there? A. About a month.

Mr. BIGG. This coat is mine - it was left on the bannister. The handkerchief is mine; I believe the snuff-box to be mine - I have no doubt of the tooth-pick case and knife; the coat is worth 1l., the cruets 31s. 6d., my hat 7s. or 8s. - the property is worth above 40s., and my pocketbook contained Bank notes and unaccepted bills.

Cross-examined. Q. Have you any mark on the coat? A. Yes, and my name is engraved on the tooth-pick case.

MRS. BIGG. I know the work-box and tooth-pick case.

MARIA GOODWIN. I cannot swear to the lamp.

JAMES HANLEY . I tried the center-bit found in the garden to the shutters - it completely corresponds.

Cross-examined. Q. Are not center-bits made to sizes? A. Yes - a thousand might fit the mark.

MR. BRODRICK to JOSHUA ARMSTRONG. Q. You shewed some prisoners to Stockwell in the lock-up-room? A. Yes; it was on Wednesday - Wilson was there; he said there were none of the men; there was plenty of light for him to see; and before that we were out with him, looking for the prisoners, till one o'clock in the morning, and then he said it was of no use waiting any longer, for he should know none of them.

WILSON'S Defence. I know nothing of the crime. I was at St. Paul's, Deptford, on the Sunday morning, when this happened.



Of stealing in the dwelling-house, but not of burglariously breaking and entering.


11th May 1826
Reference Numbert18260511-33

Related Material

London Cases, First Jury.

Before Mr. Recorder.