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SIXTH SESSION, HELD AT Justice Hall, in the Old Bailey. On THURSDAY, the 22d of JUNE, 1826, and following Days.

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





Before the Right Honourable WILLIAM VENABLES , LORD MAYOR of the City of London; Sir George Sowley Holroyd , Knt., one of the Justice of his Majesty's Court of King's Bench; Sir James Burrough, Knt., one of the Justices of his Majesty's Court of Common Pleas; Sir William Alexander , Knt., one of the Barons of his Majesty's Court of Exchequer; John Ansley , Esq.; Sir Charles Flower , Bart.; Sir Claudius Stephen Hunter , Bart.; George Scholey , Esq.; John Atkins , Esq.; Christopher Magnay , Esq.; and William Heygate , Esq.; Aldermen of the said City; Newman Knowlys , Esq., Recorder of the said City; Matthias Prime Lucas , Esq.; Alderman of the said City; Thomas Denman , Esq., Common Sergeant of the said City; and 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.



Henry Walthman ,

Samuel Mann ,

Wm. Tenbroeke ,

Charles Fowler ,

Geo. Robertson ,

Wm. Oxenford ,

Samuel Wilson ,

Robert Spears ,

Wm. Green ,

Joseph Franklin ,

Thos. Lawrence ,

Daniel Stable .


Robert Scott ,

Charles Field ,

Francis Fisher ,

John Pratman ,

Thomas Hale ,

Thomas Wontner ,

John S. Miller ,

Francis Wilson ,

David Shands ,

Wm. Ford ,

James Towzey ,

Thomas Quarrel .



Wm. Crabb ,

Caleb Colyer ,

Thomas Collis ,

John Colyer ,

James Cooper ,

Robert Champion ,

Benjamin Davis ,

Jacob M. Davey ,

Samuel Dickens ,

John Evans ,

Joseph Edgerley ,

Wm. Edwell ,


Thos. Greenway ,

John Greenham ,

Wm. Goldsmith ,

Geo. Hutchinson ,

John Howell ,

Thomas Haney ,

Simon Hart ,

George Hunter ,

Wm. Harris ,

Thomas Ivey ,

Thomas Johnson ,

Wm. Jumpson .


John Avery ,

John Ash ,

Edward Atkinson ,

James Ayling ,

Edward Beasly ,

Thomas Burks ,

Edward Boddy ,

Wm. Bruck ,

Thos. Blandford ,

James Brunton ,

Charles Buck ,

Wm. Blake .


John Berry ,

Herbert Burgess ,

James Beale ,

John Beadle ,

Robert Brookfield ,

Robert Brix ,

Eden Bowler ,

Thomas Brooks ,

George Childs ,

Wm. Crosbie ,

James Colvin ,

John Crips .




22nd June 1826
Reference Numbert18260622-1
VerdictNot Guilty

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Middlesex Cases - First Jury.

Before Mr. Justice Holroyd.

1078. JAMES SMITH was indicted for a burglary in the dwelling-house of James Thurston , on the night of the 11th of December , and stealing 5 sets of harness, value 16l.; 1 saddle, value 10s., and 4 bridles, value 30s. , his property.

There being no evidence against the prisoner but that of an accomplice, the Jury found a verdict of


22nd June 1826
Reference Numbert18260622-2
VerdictNot Guilty

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Before Mr. Justice Burrough.

1079. RALPH JOLLEY was indicted for feloniously assaulting Daniel Burr , on the King's highway, on the 13th of June , putting him in fear, and taking from his person, and against his will, 1 watch-chain, value 10l., and 3 seals, value 10l. , his property.

GENERAL DANIEL BURR. On the 13th of June, between two and three o'clock in the afternoon, I was passing through George-street, St. Giles's ; a man came up, and took hold of my watch-chain - I stooped to prevent the watch from coming out; he broke the chain, and got that with the seals, and ran away; I pursued him towards Russell-street, and lost sight of him down the first turning - I called Stop thief! The officer brought the prisoner to my house in about two hours - I could not identify him. I have not found my property.

ELIZABETH THOMAS . On the 13th of June, about two o'clock, I was in George-street, and saw General Burr - he said he was robbed. I saw the thief run up an alley; the prisoner is the man - he had the seals in his hand - I knew him before; he was always out and in at the house where I lodge - he went straight up George-street. I had known him for a fortnight before.

Cross-examined by Mr. PHILLIPS. Q. Did he ever live in the same house as you? A. No - I never said so; I have said his name was Tim Donovan and Pope, as he went by those names.

MORRIS NICHOLAS . I am headborough of St. Giles's. On the 13th of June, in consequence of information from Thomas and another person, I went on duty in High-street, about five minutes past two o'clock in the afternoon, and saw the prisoner and five or six more coming out of Mr. Clark's wine-vaults, at the corner of High-street; I went to him and said I wanted him, as by the description I had he was the man who had robbed General Burr of his chain and seals - he denied it; his companions surrounded me, and kicked me about, and rescued him; about half-past four o'clock I found him again, in Bain-bridge-street, dressed in a different coat and waistcoat; he resisted, but we took him by force - he said he had not seen me before, but afterwards said I had taken him in an unmanly manner - I found nothing on him.

Cross-examined. Q. How was he disguised? A. When I saw him he had no coat on, but when I took him he had, and his hat was over his eyes. I think he had a hat on when I first saw him.

WILLIAM ANDERTON . On the 13th of June, about two o'clock, I was in George-street; the prisoner ran by me very quick, and turned up Ivy-lane, and in about half a minute I saw General Burr following him, quite out of breath - he had a hat on, and a light coloured sleeved waistcoat, but no coat; I did not know him before, but am positive he is the man who passed me; I saw him run the length of the street. I saw him in custody next day, and am certain of him.

Cross-examined. Q. He ran very fast by you? A. Yes - I took particular notice of him. I will not swear whether he had a hat on.

The prisoner's Counsel called,

PATRICK MURPHY . The witness Thomas lodges in my house; I never saw the prisoner there - one Tim Donovan lodged there about three years ago, and lived opposite to us till the very day the prisoner was taken - he is very much like the prisoner - he has absconded since; I do not know the prisoner.

JOHN GREEN . I know Tim Donovan; he is very much like the prisoner, and is a very bad character.

THOMAS BOYLE . I keep the Robin Hood public-house. On the 13th of June I saw Donovan in the street, dressed in a waistcoat with sleeves; he is very similar in appearance to the prisoner.


22nd June 1826
Reference Numbert18260622-3
VerdictGuilty > with recommendation

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Before Mr. Justice Holroyd.

1080. JOHN FORDHAM was indicted for burglariously breaking and entering the dwelling-house of George Read , about two o'clock in the night of the 14th of May , at St. Dunstan, Stebonheath, alias Stepney, with intent to steal, and stealing 1 coat, value 50s.; 1 jacket, value 25s.; 1 pair of trousers, value 24s.; 7 spoons, value 2l., and 33 yards of woollen cloth, value 25l. , his property.

GEORGE READ. I am a tailor and draper , and rent a

house, No. 11, Northumberland-place, Commercial-road, in the parish of St. Dunstan, Stepney . On the 15th of May, about two o'clock in the morning, before day-light, I got up, came down stairs, and found the back kitchen window broken open; the bolts were wrenched off, so that any one could get in. I proceeded to the shop, which is part of the dwelling-house, and found the things in great confusion; I missed the articles enumerated in the indictment - they are worth above 30l. I found some implements of house-breaking in the kitchen and garden; my son was the last person up the night before. All was safe at ten o'clock, when I went to bed.

Cross-examined by Mr. PHILLIPS. Q. Have you no servants? A. No. I have two daughters; they went to bed before me.

Q. I believe since this the prisoner has endeavoured to give all the information he could? A. I have heard so.

HENRY GEORGE READ . I am the prosecutor's son. I secured the house at ten o'clock at night - it was dark then. A little after two o'clock in the morning I heard a noise of some persons walking in the lower part of the house - it was not light. I gave an alarm, and then heard persons escaping; there is a light fence on the top of the garden wall, and the rails broke as they got over them; I looked out of window, but it was not light enough to see them - from the noise they made I am sure there was more than one person. I called out of window Stop thief. The two bolts which secured the kitchen window were forced back, and the window open. The property stated was all taken away - it was safe the night before.

ROBERT FOSTER . I am a watchman - my beat is at the back of the prosecutor's premises. I heard Read cry Stop thief! and in two minutes I saw two men running down Philpot-street, as hard as they could - that street leads from behind the premises to the back of the London Infirmary - I pursued, springing my rattle; I could not catch the first man, but took the second, which was the prisoner; I took him half way up Storey-street - he had this cloth round his body, and a new great coat on. Wilson took charge of it at the watch-house.

PETER WILSON . I was constable of the night. The prisoner was brought to the watch-house - I saw the cloth taken from round his body, and the coat off his back - I produce them.

MR. READ. I had cut a pair of trousers off this cloth, and the remains are left on it - it also corresponds in list and colour. I made this coat for a Custom House officer, to a particular order, with shifting buttons.

GUILTY - DEATH . Aged 20.

Recommended to Mercy, on account of his youth .

22nd June 1826
Reference Numbert18260622-4
VerdictGuilty > with recommendation

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Before Mr. Justice Burrough.

1081. PATRICK RYAN was indicted for feloniously assaulting Isabella Curry , spinster , in a certain open place near the King's highway, on the 18th of May , at St. Dunstan Stebonbeath, alias Stepney, putting her in fear, and taking from her person, and against her will, 90 halfpence , the monies of Stephen Curry .

ISABELLA CURRY. I am between nine and ten years old - my father's name is Stephen. On the 18th of May my mother sent me to Mrs. Ashdown's, in the Commercial-road, where I received 3s. 9d. in copper, and put it loose into my pinafore; I was going home, and there were several boys heaving at a post between the Commercial-road and Back-lane; one of them came near me, and asked what o'clock it was - I said I did not know; they then all came up - there were found or five of them; one walked alongside of me. I walked on - then one came and jumped on my back - he did not throw me down; I screamed out, and one clapped his hand on my mouth - then another took hold of my pinafore, and shook the money out of it - he tore the pinafore. The money fell out on the ground; they picked it up, and ran away with it. A gentleman brought the prisoner to me while I was going home - I cannot say whether he was one of them; I cannot speak to any of them. I did not pick up any of the money myself.

Cross-examined. Q. The boy could not jump heavy on your back - he did not throw you down? A. No. I did not shake the half-pence out - it was between seven and eight o'clock, and quite light - I have got 2s. 3d. back since.

THOMAS SALT . On the 18th of May, between seven and eight o'clock, I was coming from work - by the Commercial-road, in Stepney-field, I saw a little girl - I was crossing over the hills, and saw four boys throwing stones at a post; the prisoner said to one of them, "Hold your hand - you will hit the man;" they all passed away from the post. I went on, and when I got about a hundred yards I heard a scream; I got up on the clay, looked on the hill, and saw three or four boys round this child; the prisoner had got hold of her by the shoulders - another had his hand over her mouth - another, who was before her, took her pinafore and tore it; I saw the half-pence drop out - she ran away. I saw them picking the money up, and they all ran away. I ran towards the prisoner, who had held her by the shoulders, and took him - he dropped some halfpence from his hand before I got up to him. I took him to the girl's father, and sent for an officer. I returned to the spot, and picked up 9d. where I had seen him drop part of the money.

Cross-examined. Q. The prisoner had his hands on her shoulders? A. Yes. They picked the halfpence up before they ran away. I was about thirty yards off.

STEPHEN CURRY. I went with the witness to the spot, and found in all 2s. 3d. My daughter's pincloth was torn.

Two witnesses gave the prisoner a good character.

GUILTY - DEATH . Aged 14.

Recommended to Mercy on account of his youth and character .

22nd June 1826
Reference Numbert18260622-5
VerdictNot Guilty

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Before Mr. Justice Holroyd.

1082. JONATHAN CRUTCH was indicted for stealing, on the 14th of May , 1 gelding, price 10l. , the property of William Lawrence .

WILLIAM LAWRENCE. I am a butcher , and live at Isleworth . On Sunday morning, the 14th of May, between six and seven o'clock, I missed two geldings from the field- I found one in the pound that night, and on Monday morning I found the other, at the Green Man and Still stables, Oxford-street.

JOSEPH MILTON . I am a coachman. On the 15th of May, about half-past seven o'clock, I saw Lake riding one of the prosecutor's horses in Oxford-street, knowing it to

be Lawrence's I took it from him, having heard of the loss - I left it at the Green Man and Still, and informed Lawrence - he came up, and saw the same gelding in my presence.

EDWARD LEE . I am servant to Mr. Lawrence. On Saturday, the 13th of May, I locked the two geldings in a field on the Twickenham-road, at half-past six o'clock - it is my master's field, and nine miles from Hyde Parkcorner.

CHARLES LAKE . I am a chimney-sweeper, and live with my father, in John-street, Tottenham-court-road. I have known the prisoner a long time, by his selling dog's meat about. On Sunday afternoon, the 14th of May, about half-past five o'clock, he came to our house with this horse in a halter, and offered him for sale to my father, and said he would leave it on trial for two days, and if he liked it he was to give 8l. for it - he only asked that, and said he had given six guineas for it that day; I put it into our stable, and next morning rode it to Notting-hill, to try it - Milton stopped me in Oxford-street with it.

Cross-examined. Q. How long had you known him? A. A long time - he knew I could find him, and I found him at his work when I was stopped with the horse - I knew he occasionally jobbed in horses; we told him we should ride it to Notting-hill and Hammersmith, to try it; he did not object to that.

SAMUEL GEORGE LAKE . I am Charles Lake's father, and am a brick-maker. The prisoner brought this horse to me - I took it on trial, and if I liked it I was to give 8l.; for it. I have known him fourteen years, and where he lived.

Cross-examined. Q. He knew you could find him? - A. Yes. He bore the best of characters; he has bought horses for me. Notting-hill is in the road to Isleworth.

Prisoner's Defence. I was sent for the Black Horse public-house at Islington, to buy a horse - I asked the man if it was to kill or work - he said it was too good to kill; I thought it would suit Lake; the man gave his address "William Harris, St. Albans." I know him very well by sight.

JAMES BROWN . I am a stable-keeper. On Sunday, the 14th of May, a man brought this horse to my stables, at the top of the City-road - it was a brown gelding, branded with the letter W on the near hip - the man called and took it away about two o'clock that day - it was not the prisoner.

JAMES HALEY . I rent part of Brown's-yard, and saw the man take this horse away about two o'clock in the afternoon; the prisoner was not the man - it was a young man.

WILLIAM LAWRENCE . My gelding was marked on the hip with a W and L - they were both nearly grown out, but were visible.

WILLIAM LANE . I worked for my brother. The prisoner lodged with him; on the 14th of May, at half-past six o'clock I saw the prisoner in bed, and saw him again at ten, two and four o'clock in the afternoon.


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Reference Numbert18260622-6

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Before Mr. Justice Burrough.

1083. CHARLES BUTCHER was indicted for stealing, on the 9th of June , at Fulham, 2 sheep, price 3l., and 3 lambs, price 3l. , the property of Richard Woodman .

ROBERT WOODMAN . I am the son of Richard Woodman, who is a butcher , and lives at Shepherd's-bush . - Last Friday week he had, in the field adjoining the road, two down wether sheep and three lambs - they were not in my care; I saw them on Friday about two o'clock, and missed them on Saturday morning at five; the gate of the field was thrown off the hook, and the five sheep gone; I could not trace them. On Tuesday I saw the heads of five sheep at Mary-le-bone Office; the prisoner was in custody; I knew them by an ochre mark round the right eye - that was only on three of them; I could not discern it on the other two, as the skin was off; two of the skins were found last Friday, in the cut of the Paddington canal- I knew them by two strokes of ochre down the off side. The beads were fresh, and had been recently killed; the wool was cut more off the three than the other two. The prisoner lived at Kensal-green, I believe.

Cross-examined by Mr. PHILLIPS. Q. You missed them on Saturday, the 10th, and saw the heads on Tuesday? A. Yes. Graziers generally mark their sheep with ochre- I believe we are the only persons who mark them round the eye - I will not swear that.

Q. If you had seen other heads with this mark round the right eye should you have claimed them? A. Yes. They were found about a mile and a quarter from where I live. I do not know the prisoner - he lived in a cottage by the side of this cut, and about one hundred yards from where the skins were found.

COURT. Q. What mark is on the skins? A. The two strokes down the off side; I made them myself - on the Wednesday before they were stolen; the mark round the eye is done with wet ochre; I did it myself, and believe it to be my own mark, and on the skin also; the water has washed it out a little, but it is visible.

HENRY RICHARD BUCKERIDGE . I am an officer of High-street, Mary-le-bone. On Monday, the 12th, I went with the prisoner's landlord, Mr. Saunders, of Kensal-green, on the Harrow-road, and in consequence of what he said I went to a cottage there, close by the Paddington canal side - the cottage was fastened up, and on the back door I observed the print of a hand with bloody finger marks, and on the privy floor I saw a bloody foot mark. I went to the back door, and perceiving a very bad smell come from the house I endeavoured to get in that way; I forced a window up and got in, and in that back room, hanging on the mantel-piece, were the plucks of three lambs and two sheep, and on the hearth were the heads of three lambs and two sheep - part of paunch and a quantity of fat in the cupboard; there was no furniture in the cottage - it did not appear to have been occupied; there was a quantity of blood on the floor, as if sheep had been slaughtered there. I let every thing remain in the state I found it, fastened the door, and went to the office. I got a warrant against the prisoner, and was out with Webster till three o'clock on Tuesday morning, by the house, but he never came near - he was apprehended next morning about eleven; Webster brought the prisoner and the heads to the office.

JOHN SAUNDERS . I have three cottages by this cut. - The prisoner came to me on the 31st of May, to take one

of them; he called on the 2d of June, and took it, and paid me 4s. down, as a week's rent; I gave him the key that day. I went there with Buckeridge on the 19th, and saw the sheeps' heads and marks of blood as he has stated. I had only seen the prisoner at the cottage once, that was on the Monday after the 2d of June - he had no furniture there - I only saw some parcels - he never lived there; he said he took it for his wife and two children. - I asked him on the 2d of June for a reference; the person he sent me to did not know him. When I saw him at the cottage there were some parcels there, but I did not go in- I thought he had received them by the canal boat; he sent them away by the errand cart. On the day he was apprehended I saw him at the door of the Coach and Horses, public-house Marlborough-street.

Cross-examined. Q. Did he pay your rent? A. He gave me 4s. on the 2d of June. I saw the cottage almost every day, but was never in it; he told me he was a yeast merchant, and had his yeast from Northampton; several Northampton boats pass the cottage.

PHILIP WEBSTER . I am an officer. I had been to the prisoner's cottage, but could not find him. I went at nine o'clock on the morning of the 13th, and left about eleven, leaving a person to watch; he fetched me, and when I got within a hundred yards of the cottage I saw the prisonner peeping round the corner of the house, as if to see if he was being noticed; I kept on the opposite side of the road, crossed over, and collared him; I told him to consider himself my prisoner, for I had a warrant against him for felony - he made no answer; I asked him what he had got in the cottage; he answered nothing at all; I said,"Are you sure you have got nothing at all?" he said nothing but some knives and hooks; I said, "Then what have you done with the heads and plucks that were there- have you flung them in the water?" he said No, he had tied them up in a basket, and they were outside the house- I asked for the key of the cottage - he asked me to take it out of his right hand pocket, which I did; we unlocked the door, went in, and found two knives, some books, and a piece of wood, which I believe they use to hang sheep on - there is a hole in it for the hook - it is a little bloody. I went outside the house, and found the heads and plucks in a basket, tied up in a small bag, with a quantity of fat; I asked what he was going to do with them - he said he was going to take them away; I asked if he was married, and where he lived - he declined answering till he got to some other place. Saunders and I had before that found part of the sheep's guts in the canal, which is about six yards from his cottage; we brought him to town with the basket - Saunders took the skins off the lambs' heads, with the mark round the eye - I produce them.

ROBERT WOODMAN . I never saw any sheep but our own marked round the eye.

Prisoner's Defence. I am a poulterer. I went to St. John-street, and as I returned through Clerkenwell, passing a butcher's-shop, he asked me to buy - I bought ten heads and plucks - some were lambs' heads and some sheeps'.

JAMES COPE . I am a butcher, and live in Coppicerow, Clerkenwell. I have dealt once or twice with the prisoner. Last Friday or Saturday week I sold him ten sheeps heads and plucks - he had bought such things three or four times; I only knew him by his passing. I bake heads and plucks of an evening. He was passing by, and I asked if I had anything to suit him, and sold him these.

COURT. Q. Were you sent for to Marlborough-street? A. No; I do not know where the prisoner lived, and did not know him by name; I thought he kept a sheep's head shop.

Mr. PHILLIPS. Q. Have you ever seen sheep marked with a red spot round the eye? A. Very often - it is not uncommon; I think I could produce one or two heads from my shop now with the same mark. I buy about sixty sheeps' heads every week. I have lived at No. 6, Coppice-row, four years.

GUILTY - DEATH . Aged 27.

22nd June 1826
Reference Numbert18260622-7
VerdictGuilty > with recommendation

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London Cases, First Jury.

Before Mr. Recorder.

1084. ROBERT ATKINSON was indicted for stealing, on the 10th of April , 1 pocket-book, value 1s., and a 10l. Bank note , the property of John Roger Rush , his master.

JOHN ROGER RUSH. I live in the Kent-road, and have an office in Crown-court, Threadneedle-street. The prisoner was nine or ten months in my service, as groom. On the 10th of April I gave Mrs. Rush a 10l. note, to take to town with her.

Mrs. MARY RUSH . On the 10th of April, about eight o'clock in the morning, Mr. Rush gave me a 10l. note at our private house; I put it into my pocket-book, and came to town in the gig; the prisoner rode post to town; the pocket-book was safe when I was in Berner-street; I had it in my pocket; I took it out in Berner-street, to put a bill into it, and cannot say whether I then returned it to my pocket, or put it into my muff; I kept my muff in my hand; the prisoner was by the side of the gig. I got into a shop on Ludgate-hill, about two o'clock, and missed the pocket-book and note. I have not seen them since.

Mr. RUSH. Mrs. RUSH came and informed me of her loss, and on the 22d of May the prisoner was going to leave my service, having had notice before; on my going to town on the 22d I told him I wanted information about a watch and seals which I had seen in his possession a few days after the 10th of April, and said I suspected he had got the note which Mrs. Rush had lost - he said, "Oh! Sir, I hope you don't suspect me;" he said he had got the watch from one Button, who lived on Snow-hill; he was in the chaise with me, and soon afterwards said Button lived in Hatton-court, Snow-hill; between twelve and one o'clock that day I went to Snow-hill, but could find no Button, nor any Hatton-court - he drove me home that afternoon - I called him in, and asked how he could deceive me in saying Button lived in Hatton-court; he then said he had told me Cock-court, and would put the horse in the chaise and drive me up to the man immediately; I told him to stop at home - I drove to Cock-court, and inquired at every house in the place, but could find no Button. In consequence of what Winsled told me I went home with a constable; I told the prisoner I would forgive him if he would confess having the note; he told me

I could not compel him to confess, and he would say nothing; he left my service that night; I had asked him to let me see the watch and seals, which he did, and I refused to return them till he gave me an account where he got them. I traced the watch next day to Mr. Frodsham. He called for the watch three days afterwards - Mr. Frodsham was present, and he said he had paid Mr. Frodsham a 10l. note for it.

JOHN FRODSHAM . I am a watch-maker, and live in Gracechurch-street. I sold this watch to the prisoner on or about the 11th of April, for four guineas - he paid me a 10l. Bank note; he called on me in about a month, to have it regulated, and asked if I had got the 10l. note, which he had paid me, for he had found it in the Park, and he should not like it to come to his master's ears - I had parted with it; I saw Mr. Rush in about a week, and afterwards saw the prisoner at his house - he said he had paid me the 10l. note, and burned the pocket-book.

ELIZABETH WINSLED . I live in Cock-court, Snow-hill. I know nobody named Button; I have lived there two years. The prisoner called on a female in the court, whose child I had the care of - she had asked me to take in a message for her; the prisoner called and told me to tell her he wished her to say her name was Button, and that her husband was a watch-maker, and she would come forward if required, and he would give her 5s. - and in order to make her understand who he was, I was to say he had treated her on boxing day, with a glass of spirits. Mr. Rush called to inquire for Button, and I told him this.

JOHN BRADY . I am a street-keeper. The prisoner voluntarily told me (as I brought him to the Compter) - that he had burned the pocket-book, and bought the watch with the 10l. note.

GUILTY. Aged 19.

Recommended to Mercy . - Confined Three Months .

22nd June 1826
Reference Numbert18260622-8
VerdictNot Guilty > no prosecutor

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1085. GEORGE BLANSHARD was indicted for stealing, on the 12th of April , 2 tea-chests, value 2s.; 165lbs. of tea, value 41l. 5s.; 14lbs. of ginger, value 28s.; 12lbs. of coffee, value 24s. , the goods of John Bradbury .

The prosecutor did not appear. NOT GUILTY .

22nd June 1826
Reference Numbert18260622-9

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1086. EDWARD ARCHER was indicted for stealing, on the 12th of April , seven 5l. Bank notes, and five hundred 1l. Bank notes , the property of William Chaplin and others, his partners.

MR. BRODRICK conducted the prosecution.

AUGUSTUS FREDERICK STONEBRIDGE . I am clerk to Messrs. Robinson, Bolton, and Watt. On the 11th of April I received a cheque for 535l. from Mr. Moseley, their agent; I took it to the Bank of England, and got a cash note in exchange, for which I received five hundred 1l. notes, Nos. 80,001 to 80,500, and seven 5l. notes - I inclosed them with a magazine in a brown paper parcel, and delivered it to James Foyle, at the coach office, Spread Eagle, Gracechurch-street, having sealed it, and directed it to Mr. John Robinson, Soho, Birmingham - it was booked, and an insurance paid on it.

Cross-examined by Mr. ALLEY. Q. Are you sure you delivered it to Foyle? A. Yes; he was not examined at the office; I believe he was unwell - he was at the second examination, but was not called.

JAMES JOHN BOUQUET . I am a clerk in the Bank, and have an entry of the notes paid for this cash note, on the 11th of April - the 1l. notes were Nos. 80,001 to 80,500.

JOHN BROOK LARKMAN . In April last I was clerk to Mr. Wm. Chaplin, who keeps the Spread Eagle - he has partners in the Birmingham coaches. On the 11th of April I saw this parcel on the desk - it was entered as valuable, and directed to Mr. Robinson, Birmingham, and insured for 535l. Evans, the guard was waiting for the parcels, and I delivered it to him, informing him the amount of it, and requesting him to take charge of it - it was a square brown paper parcel; he put it into his breast pocket, and went out of the office.

Cross-examined. Q. Foyle is a clerk in your office? A. Yes; he has been ill; we expected him here - I have not seen him for two days myself - he was then at the Spread Eagle - he entered the parcel, and I copied it on the way-bill - I took it from the place where we put valuable parcels, and delivered it to Evans - Foyle pointed it out to me as being insured.

Mr. BRODRICK. Q. When did you first see the parcel? A. About half-past four o'clock - there was nobody behind the counter but Foyle, I, and the porter - it was under my eye from when I first saw it till it was delivered to Evans.

RICHARD EVANS . I was guard of the Brimingham coach. On Tuesday, the 11th of April, I received from Larkman a square brown paper parcel, tied up and directed to Robinson and Co., Birmingham - he told me it was worth 535l. - I put it into an inside seat of the coach, (I cannot tell which) for safety - it goes from the Spread Eagle to the Bull and Mouth - it was missed on the road.

Cross-examined by Mr. PHILLIPS. Q. I believe some persons were cruel enough to suspect that you did not put it into the seat at all? A. A great many were cruel enough against me; the prosecutors had me apprehended- I was in gaol for a fortnight at Birmingham, and was then brought to town; I swear that I put it inside the seat - I saw Foyle at Bow-street.

Mr. BRODRICK. Q. Have you always said you saw it inside the coach? A. Yes; it was missed down at Birmingham, and I was put into gaol next day.

EDWARD HANNELL . I am servant to Mr. Stevens, of the Rose and Crown, Little Britain. Evans lodged there - I used to carry his coat to the Bull and Mouth - I took it there on Tuesday, the 11th of April, and saw the prisoner in the Birmingham coach - he was shabbily dressed in black, which drew my attention, and I mentioned it - he was inside the coach - two other gentlemen were also inside.

JOHN CHASE . I am a surgeon, and live at King Norton, Worcestershire. On the 11th of April I got into the Birmingham coach at the Bull and Mouth; the prisoner and a gentleman were inside when I got in - the prisoner was dressed very shabbily in black, which fixed my attention on him - I am certain of him - I noticed him as I had property about me; I merely asked him how far he was going - he said to Stoney Stratford - I asked afterwards if he lived there - he said No, he was only going there for a few days; the coach stopped in Market-street, Bedfordshire, to supper - it is about thirty miles off - I got out first, the other gentleman next, and then the prisoner - we had taken up a female at Islington, and put her down be

fore we got to Market-street; I took some refreshment, but did not observe the prisoner till I had nearly done supper - he got into the coach with us again - I was the first who got in. The prisoner left the coach at Stoney Stratford, which is about twenty-five miles from Market-street, about half-past twelve or one at night.

Cross-examined by Mr. PHILLIPS. Q. He had told you he was going to stop there? A. Yes. The other gentleman is not here - I believe he was a military man - he was a traveller - the prisoner frequently got in and out when we changed horses - he had no great coat - neither the gentleman nor I left the coach till we got to Market-street.

GEORGE GRIFFITHS . I keep the Bell inn, in Market-street. On the 11th of April, about ten o'clock at night, the Birmingham coach arrived - three passengers got out- Mr. Chase was one, and I recollect the prisoner very well - he took some liquor and water, but did not sit down; I noticed that he went out of the house three times while the coach was there, and the last time he staid in the passage.

Cross-examined. Q. You must have taken great notice of him? A. Yes. Persons do not always take supper; some only take liquor and water; they more generally sup than not; I noticed the prisoner by his going out three times - there was a back place for him to go to without going out in front.

Mr. BRODRICK. Q. You learned soon afterwards of this loss? A. Yes, on the Friday.

GEORGE GRIFFITHS , JUN. On the 11th of April I remember the Birmingham coach stopping at my father's - I was on the near side of the coach when the prisoner got out - I was looking after the coach to see the things were all correct, and observed him go to the near side and open the coach door, while the others were at supper; on hearing it open I went to the near side - he left the coach, and afterwards went away in it.

Cross-examined. Q. You were watching the coach - now did he take any thing out? A. I did not see him open the door, as I was on the other side - it hardly took me a second to go round - his right foot was on the step; I asked him what he wanted - I saw him leave the coach but cannot say whether he had any thing in his hand or not - I saw him shut the door with one hand - I told him what he wanted to ask the guard for, (and he went towards the house) because the guard said he had lost two coats a few nights before - I was with the coach from the time it arrived till it started - there was a lamp on each side, but no other light.

WILLIAM WILES . I am guard of the Union Birmingham coach, which meets this coach at Stoney Stratford. On the 11th of April, about one o'clock at night, we met it about a quarter of a mile on the other side Stoney Stratford; at Stoney Stratford the prisoner asked if I had room outside to London - he was very meanly dressed in black, and had no great coat - it was a very wet morning - I lent him my box coat - he came to London with us, and got down at the Pitt's Head public-house, at the corner of Old-street, about eight o'clock in the morning. The rain cleared off about day-break - he pulled off my coat, and from inside his coat I saw him pull a smallish parcel, covered with a kind of light brown paper - it appeared to be chafed a little on the edges with wet.

Cross-examined. Q. A person with plenty of money would rather go inside? A. He said he had not plenty of money - the parcel appeared to be in common rought brown paper - I only saw it once, as he pulled it out to look at it and put it in again.

Q. It was a light whitey-brown paper parcel? A. Yes.

THOMAS MIDDLETON . I am a clerk in the Inspector's office in the Bank. On the 12th of April, about one o'clock, the prisoner brought two hundred 1l. notes, to be changed for gold - they were in four parcels of 50l. each. with the Bank halter on them - we always issue them tied in fifties; I am confident of his person; he handed this paper to me as his address, "Thomas Matthews, No. 21, Euston-square; 200 1l. notes;" I have kept the paper ever since. I inspected the notes, then took him to the Treasury, to get a 200l. note for them, which I gave him, with a pen, to write his name on the large note, which he handed to the pay clerk, with a name on it - it was quite a new note, with no writing on it; I delivered the same 200 1l. notes to the cashier at the Treasury, but did not see the 200l. note after he wrote on it; I saw him deliver it to Mr. Higman, to get gold for it.

Cross-examined. Q. Had he his hat on? A. He took it off in the office, but when I first saw him it was on; he was there full twenty minutes; I do not suppose more than one or two other persons were with me that day - ours is a private office; he happened to be admitted within the office by accident, that makes me remember him - he was shabbily dressed.

Mr. BRODRICK. Q. Is it usual for notes to come to you with the Bank halter on them? A. Yes, it is an every day occurrence.

WILLIAM HIGMAN . I am a pay clerk at the Bank. On the 12th of April I gave a 200l. note to a person who Mr. Middleton pointed out - it was quite new - I afterwards got the number and date of the note from the Treasury - this is it (looking at it); we never issue two notes of the same number and date - it has now writing on it; I received it afterwards from an office in the Bank with this writing on it, and have brought it here.

Cross-examined. Q. How do you know the number of it? A. I got it from the Treasury - the book is not here.

MR. BOUQUET re-examined. I have my books here. On the 12th of April here are entries of the whole 500 1l. notes coming into the Treasury again - they had only been paid out on the 11th, and we re-issued them on the 12th.

GEORGE THOMAS RUTHVEN . I am an officer. In consequence of information I went to Lewes, in Sussex, on the 9th of May, and found the prisoner in the shop of Mr. Sycamore, a baker; I said "How do you do, Mr. Archer?" he said "My name is not Archer;" I said "I am sure it is;" and while this was passing Mrs. Sycamore came from the parlour into the shop; she said she was his sister - he immediately said to her "They want to persuade me my name is Archer;" I said "I am an officer, please to tell me his name?" she said "Yes, Sir, it is Archer;" he did not deny it then.

THOMAS BENJAMIN KINGSTON . I am a teller at the Bank. On the 12th of April I paid two hundred sovereigns for this 200l. note in the name of Matthews, which is in front of the note, as required; I paid no other 200l., in sovereigns, that day. I am certain this is the note for which I paid them - it is No. 51,862, and the address "Thomas Matthews, No. 21, Euston-square."

Cross-examined. Q. Do you find that, by any mark you have made on the note? A. No. by the book; the name in the book is the same as on the note.

GUILTY . Aged 20.

Transported for Seven Years .

22nd June 1826
Reference Numbert18260622-10

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Before Mr. Sergeant Arabin.

1087. JAMES MARTIN was indicted for stealing, on the 29th of May , at St. Martin in the Fields, 3 sovereigns, the monies of William Watts , in the dwelling-house of Henry Eade .

WILLIAM WATTS. I am a gentleman's servant . and slept at the King's Head public-house, in the Strand, on the 29th of May. I lived with Mr. Alderman Christopher Smith , and left my situation on the 22d; I slept at the King's Head that night, as I knew the landlord; I went to bed about half-past eleven; another person was in another bed in the same room when I went to bed; I cannot say who he was; I had four sovereigns loose in my trousers pocket when I went to bed - I laid my trousers at the foot of the bed; I got up at half-past eight - the person was then gone from the other bed, and I immediately missed my money - I informed the landlord.

HANNAH EADE . I am sister to Henry Eade, who keeps the King's Head, in the Strand . I do not know in what parish the house is. Watts had a bed there on the 29th - there were three beds in the room - the prisoner slept in one of them - the other was unoccupied - I and the servant made up Watts' bed after the prisoner was in bed; he had slept there for a month or five weeks; he got up about six o'clock and went away; he knocked at my door and called me and the servant up; he never returned but was apprehended about two o'clock that day. Watts complained of losing his money, and when the prisoner was taken a silk handkerchief of mine was found in his pocket - I believe I had left it in the bar a few days before - nobody could have been in the room without our knowledge.

Prisoner. Q. Was the street-door open or shut when I got up? A. Shut; the servant was down stairs before me; I made the bed about half-past twelve o'clock - I think it might be as late as that.

WILLIAM COUSINS . I am an officer. I had information of this robbery, and apprehended the prisoner at Mr. Barclay's, No. 381, Strand, at work; I said I must search him, and asked if he had any money; he said "No, only a few halfpence;" I searched him and found no money, but he had no coat or waistcoat on; I asked him where his halfpence were - he said in his waistcoat pocket; he went to a cupboard and gave me his waistcoat, in which I found some halfpence; he was then fumbling about his coat pocket, in the cupboard, with his back turned towards me, and putting something into his trousers' pocket; he then gave me his coat - I found nothing in it; I said"What have you got inside your shirt?" and I there found this handkerchief, in which was a purse with three sovereigns; I said I thought he had no money - he made no answer; I took the money, and he said "Ar'n't you going to give me the money?" I said No; he said "I will soon make you return it;" I took him out - he knocked me down and ran away - I followed him to the corner of Bow-street, where a patrol stopped him. The King's Head is in the parish of St. Martin's-in-the-fields.

HANNAH EADE . This handkerchief is mine.

Prisoner's Defence. There are other lodgers in the house; when I got up I left the street door open - the bed-room door was open all night - the money is my own- I have no friends in town.

GUILTY - DEATH . Aged 22.

22nd June 1826
Reference Numbert18260622-11
VerdictGuilty > theft under 40s

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1088. JAMES SCOTT was indicted for stealing, on the 10th of May , 1 coat, value 5l., the goods of William Thomas Thornton , in his dwelling-house .

CATHERINE WHITFORD . I am servant to Mr. William Thomas Thornton, who lives in Devonshire-street . On the 19th of May, about one o'clock, I saw the prisoner peeping his head twice out of the front kitchen door - I then went to the kitchen door, and saw him with master's great coat in his hand; I do not know where it was before; he threw it down, ran out, and I after him - I gave an alarm and he was stopped, without my losing sight of him. He must have come down the area to get it.

CHARLES MORRIS . I am footman to Mr. Thornton. The cook called me from the pantry - I ran out and saw the prisoner running from the area; the coat had been put in a chair in the kitchen. I secured him about 100 yards off, without losing sight of him - it is a livery coat - I found it five or six yards from the chair, close by the door.

JAMES MURREL . I heard an alarm and stopped the prisoner.

Prisoner's Defence. When I was taken a gentleman came up and said he was a Magistrate, and demanded to know what was the matter - he asked if she saw any thing in my hand, and the woman said she did not.

CATHERINE WHITFORD . I was flurried, and cannot tell what I said.

GUILTY. Aged 23.

Of stealing to the value of 39s. only .

Transported for Seven Years .

22nd June 1826
Reference Numbert18260622-12

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1089. MARIA MYERS was indicted for stealing, on the 26th of May , at St. Martin-in-the-fields, 1 handkerchief, value 1s., and 60 sovereigns, the property of Patrick Guerin , her master, in his dwelling-house .

MR. PHILLIPS conducted the prosecution.

PATRICK GUERIN. I am a shoemaker , and live in Vine-street, in the parish of St. Martin's-in-the-fields . My wife was ill, and the prisoner attended her as nurse. On the 26th of May I got sixty sovereigns from the Bank - I wrapped them up in a silk handkerchief, and gave them to my wife, in the prisoner's presence, about eight o'clock in the evening. My wife is now in St. George's Hospital.

About ten minutes past twelve o'clock that night, the prisoner had absconded without giving us notice, and the money was missing - when she was apprehended I saw the officer find the handkerchief, which I had wrapped the money in, on her person; I am certain it is the same handkerchief - Mrs. Kendal produced twenty-nine sovereigns.

Cross-examined by Mr. BARRY. Q. How long have you been married? A. Seven years; I always lived happy with my wife; she swore at Bow-street, that she had not given the prisoner leave to go out that night - she was very ill and required her attendance.

COURT. Q. How late that night did you see the prisoner? A. About ten o'clock - she used to sleep in the house.

MARGARET KENDALL . My husband lives at No. 10, Nea castle-court - the prisoner was in my service twelve months ago. On the 26th of May, at nearly twelve o'clock at night, she came and gave me twenty sovereigns, and said it was prize-money of her husband's - I was to take care of it, that she might put it into the Savings' Bank, and next morning she gave me nine more.

Cross-examined. Q. Did you know her husband? A. No; she was eight months with me, and I recommended her to my sister; I have known her fifteen months; I never heard any harm of her.

JOHN CLARK . I am an officer. The prosecutor gave me information; I apprehended the prisoner, and searched her in his presence - I found this handkerchief in her hand - she was taking it from her bosom.

PATRICK GUERIN . This is the handkerchief I wrapped the money in - I have had it five years. When the officer took her, he said it was for robbing Mr. Guerin; she said"No, I never robbed him - his wife gave me the money;" my wife is now in a dying state; she told me I might do my best - that she got drunk, and was robbed of the money on the step of a door. My wife was dangerously ill at that time, and it was all the money we had in the world.

MRS. KENDALL. I am sure she said she got it as prize-money, from her husband.

The prisoner, in her defence, accused the prosecutor of illtreating his wife, and stated that she gave her the money when nobody was present.

GUILTY - DEATH . Aged 57.

22nd June 1826
Reference Numbert18260622-13
VerdictNot Guilty > non compos mentis

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1090. ANN BROWN was indicted for the wilful murder of Elizabeth Brown Clear .

MESSRS. ANDREWS and BARRY conducted the prosecution.

ELIZABETH EDWARDS . I live in Brownlow-street, and attended the prisoner as char-woman for three or four months. I usually went to her lodgings about eight o'clock in the morning. On Wednesday, the 7th of June, I went there at eight o'clock - she opened the door to me, looked at the clock, and said it was late - I made no answer, but proceeded to light the fire; she was then in her bed-room- she came to me - I said "What a violent pain I have in my head;" she said "That is bad;" there is a small room next to the bed-room where this child slept - I went there for a duster, and saw the child laying in bed asleep - it had a colour on its cheek, and appeared in good health; the prisoner's husband was dressing in his bed-room; I went out for some bread, and when I returned she was poking the fire; I was not gone many minuts - I noticed how dull the fire burnt, and asked her if I should put the kettle on - it was on a trivet then; she said it would boil time enough; I asked if I should fetch some butter - she said there was enough - but there was scarcely any; I left the house about twenty minutes to nine, and in about half an hour I heard that a murder had been committed. I had noticed for the last three weeks that she had been very low - I saw her at Marlborough-street about twelve o'clock that day.

Cross-examined by Mr. LAW. Q. Eight o'clock was your usual time to go there? A. Yes; I got there rather before, and yet she said I was late, and said there was plenty of butter when there was hardly enough for a slice of bread. No mother on earth could behave kinder to a child than she did to this; for three weeks previous to this she had sat moping about; she always appeared kind and humane. On this morning I had left a very good fire, but she had nearly put it out; she had made a sort of confident of me, but for the last three weeks had hardly spoken.

THOMAS PRICE . I occupy part of this house, which is in Queen-street ; my rooms are on the ground floor behind; the prisoner and her husband lived in the rooms over mine - there are three rooms on the floor - they sit in the front room, sleep in the middle one, and this child slept in the third; I lived there nearly two years, and saw the child daily; they called it Anney Brown - it was between two and three years old; I think I saw it playing at the door on Tuesday, the 6th; on the 7th, in the morning, I heard Edwards go up stairs, and after she was gone I heard the prisoner come down stairs into the shop, and soon after heard her exclaim to her husband "Charles, what have I done!" she said this a dozen times or more, in great grief apparently; he said "Have you cut your finger?" she gave no answer, but kept saying "What have I done?" Mr. Brown ran up stairs - I called out "What is the matter Brown?" he made no answer, but ran up - I followed and met him coming out of the middle room, tearing his hair, wringing his hands, and stamping; he turned round, followed me into the room, opened the door of the third room, where the child lay, and said "For God's sake look at my baby; Price, look at my baby;" it lay on the floor with its throat cut, smothered in blood; he was quite frantic; I was going out of the room but met the prisoner, as I got on the landing, coming up stairs; her left hand was covered with blood - she walked by me into the room, and said "Price!" but I do not know what else; she went into the sitting room, and said "Where is my child - what have I done?" she stood up, and by this time a dozen persons had got into the room; she spoke in a violent manner - as soon as her husband came into the room he said"Ann, what have you done? you have murdered my baby;" she made no answer, but kept saying "Where is the child - what have I done?" Brown laid hold of her round the neck - they both fell on the sofa - he kissed her- she appeared faint, and he was frantic - he got up and walked about stamping - two women held her, fearing she might commit self-destruction. I remained there till the officers came, which was about ten minutes past nine - she seemed in great grief, and frantic; they took her away

- I saw her at Marlborough-street about twelve o'clock, and shook hands with her - she seemed then much in her usual way; I saw a knife in her husband's hands, while she was in the front room - he took it from the sink - it was steeped in blood; the sink is within a yard of where the child lay; I have not observed any difference in her conduct.

Cross-examined. Q. I suppose you attend to your business? A. Yes; there is a window between my shop and theirs; she must pass through the street to get to the shop; she made the discovery herself - her manner was wild and frantic - she had had the child there about eighteen months, and was extremely kind and tender to it; we have noticed her being remarkably kind to it.

SARAH HOWARD . I live in Queen-street, Seven-dials, right opposite to the prisoner - I have known her nearly seven years; she is fifty-one years old, and her husband about twenty-eight; I visited them - they kept a coalshed. I have lately observed her dull and heavy, and particularly on the Tuesday before this happened. I saw the child several times on Tuesday - it was noticing my dog at the door, about three o'clock in the afternoon; it used to ride on it, and that pleased the prisoner, but on this occasion the child pulled her apron to attract her notice, and said, "Mammy," but she stood leaning on the door-post for a quarter of an hour, and did not notice the child, though it kept wishing her to look at the dog; her conduct to the child was very good indeed; I knew she was not its mother; she always let it go to see its mother whenever it was wanted. I never heard any dispute between her and her husband - they lived more happy after the child lived with them.

Q. How did you hear of what happened? A. Mr. Brown came over and took me to his passage. I saw the prisoner in the shop all bloody, holding her hands up, and saying,"What have I done?" she did not notice me; I looked at her hands, and asked what she had done - she made no answer. I went up stairs with Brown, into the little room where the child slept, and found it out of bed, laying in the corner, on the floor, by the window, within arms length of the sink, which is in the other room; the child was warm, and the blood flowing; I was lost for a few minutes, and after recovering I helped the beadle to place the body on the table - its head was nearly cut off. I saw the prisoner again about twelve o'clock, before the Magistrate - she stood there agitated, and working her fingers about.

Cross-examined. Q. Did she bear the character of a humane person? A. She did. I never saw her in a passion; she humoured this child more than I would mine - she has seemed lost lately.

WILLIAM RICHARD BIGG . I am assistant overseer of St. Giles's; Queen-street is in that parish. On the morning of the 7th of June I saw the prisoner at the work-house, in a ward where we put mad people; she was in a straight waistcoat, sitting by the side of the fire very quietly - several persons were in the ward.

JONATHAN LIDDIARD. I am a bricklayer, and live in Great Earl-street, Seven-dials. On Monday, the 7th of June, about ten minutes past nine o'clock, I went to this house, and took the prisoner into custody; the moment I took hold of her she said, "What have I done?" and in going along asked me several times where the child was - she appeared very low; I took her to the watch-house, and afterwards to the work-house; I ordered that she should not wash herself - they thought it best to put on the strait waistcoat, that she should not alter herself.

Cross-examined. Q. Who did you find in the room? A. Two people were holding her on the sofa.

GEORGE POND . I am a beadle, and assisted in taking her.

JOHN BARTLETT . I am a beadle. I went to this house on the 7th of June, and found the body. Price pointed out a carving-knife on the stove - it was quite wet with blood - I produce it.

SAMUEL FURZMAN . I am an officer. I was taking the prisoner to the office on the morning of the 7th of June, and knowing her I said "What, in the name of God, could passess you to do this?" - she said it was done in a moment, and she was very sorry for it, and did not know at the moment what she was doing; she then cried. I asked where the child was at the time - she said it was asleep in bed - that she laid hold of it, took the knife off the table and did it. She then complained very much of a person named Easley continually annoying her, and one Bentley encouraging her in doing so; I know she was tensed by these women coming opposite her house with a child. I have known her twelve months; she bore an excellent character.

ELIZABETH CLEAR . I am the child's mother. The prisoner was always extremely kind to it.

Prisoner. I have nothing to say.

HENRY ANGELOIS . I live in Bolton-row, and have known the prisoner thirty years - she lived in my mother's service, and was in our house about a year and a half, in a deranged state; her countenance to-day is just the same as when she was in that state - it is not her usual appearance; she was under the care of her mother in our house, who lived forty years with us, and died in our service. - The prisoner left us, and went into Mrs. Cosard's service, but was sent back to us, in consequence of attempting to drown herself, and was placed under her mother's care - she was once out all night, and came home in a desponding state, and said she had been on London-bridge all night. When she was in this desponding state she would sit, pretending to be at work, but doing nothing, and would never speak - at other times she was quite communicative; she had nursed two of my brothers; they had been ill. My mother and her's were worn out with attending them; she came up, and asked if she could be of any service - that was the first symptom of her coming to herself.

Mr. BARRY. Q. What are you? A. I give instructions in fencing. I think this circumstance took place in 1805. Mrs. Cosard wanted to have her again, but the late Dr. Baillie thought it not proper, from his opinion of her mind.

MARGARET BAILEY . I am servant to Miss Wegg, of Upper Brook-street, and lived servant with the prisoner at Mrs. Cosard's - she was in a very desponding way there for a long time, and threw herself into a cold bath in the garden - my master found her there; she was brought into the house by two men, dripping wet, and kept in bed three days, and was hardly alive; she would seldom answer any body, but moped about in any private corner,

and would be days together without speaking to anybody. I am certain she was in a state of mental derangement - Dr. Baillie said she must not be kept where there were children, and she was sent back to Mrs. Angelois.

NOT GUILTY, being Insane .

22nd June 1826
Reference Numbert18260622-14
VerdictNot Guilty

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1091. JAMES WRAY was indicted for the wilful murder of Mary Smith .

MICHAEL MULVEY . I live in Horse-shoe-alley . On the 29th of May, between eleven and twelve o'clock, I was at the end of the alley - Mrs. Smith stood there, talking to a woman; I passed them, and at the end of the alley the prisoner was sitting down on a step; Smith came up, and said to him, "Bad luck to you, you good for nothing rascal - you should have passed me civilly, and not have thrown down my basket and butter;" she put her hand to his breast; I do not know whether her fist was doubled; she shoved him or struck him; he made no reply, but jumped up and knocked her down, with his fist; the back of her head came against the pavement; I seized him, and called for an officer - he struck me, and was rescued - he is a coal-heaver.

Cross-examined by Mr. PHILLIPS. Q. Did not she slap his face? A. No - across his breast; she did not appear intoxicated, but I will not swear she was not.

JAMES LUKE . I am a surgeon. On the 30th of May I was called to the deceased - she had a slight bruise over her left eye, and a severe one on the back of her head, which might have been caused by a fall; she died on the 6th of June. I opened her - there was a fracture on the skull, which caused her death - it might have happened by a fall on the pavement.

ELIZABETH MULVEY . I was talking with Mrs. Smith; two coal-heavers were carrying coals - one of them as he came down pushed Smith's butter down - it was a wet morning; I picked it up, and was going to pump some water on it; Smith called the prisoner a good for nothing scoundrel; he up with his fist and hit her on the temple; she fell backwards and seemed stunned; I carried her home, and the surgeon saw her. The prisoner was not sitting down, but standing.

ELIZA CANNEE . I know the deceased - her name was Mary Smith. I was coming down the court; the prisoner was taking a sack off the waggon; I went behind him - these people were coming up - Smith pushed him on the left, to make him pass on the right - he kept on the left, and brushed his sack or elbow against her basket, and down it fell; he went on, and when he returned she said,"You good for nothing rascal, how could you serve me so" - he up with his hand, and hit her on the left side of her face - she fell on her back. He was making fun of her with his mouth, and she slightly put her hand to him to keep him off.

Cross-examined. Q. Was he sitting or standing when she gave him this slight tap? A. Standing - I swear that.

Mr. PHILLIPS called -

HENRY BROWN . I am a shoe-maker. I saw the prisoner sitting down; the deceased was very much intoxicated - she gave him a slap in the face, because she thought he was laughing at her; he got up to stop her from striking again, and gave her a back-handed blow on the eye to keep her off.

GEORGE GUDLER . I saw the deceased after she was thrown down - she stood up, and was putting her bonnet on, and appeared to be intoxicated.

HANNAH RANGHAM . I saw this happen; the deceased was intoxicated very much.

JOHN ROGERS . I am a coal-heaver, and was close to the prisoner - he was sitting down, tying his shoe; the deceased came up, hit him in the face, and said, "This is the blackguard that dirtied my butter;" he got up, and shoved her away with his back-hand - she slipped off the curb. I cannot say whether she was tipsy; he shoved her because she was coming to strike him again.

WILLIAM SKINNER . I am a coal-heaver. I pushed the butter down by accident - it was not the prisoner.


22nd June 1826
Reference Numbert18260622-15
VerdictNot Guilty

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Before Lord Chief Baron Alexander.

1092. THOMAS TAYLOR was indicted for the wilful murder of Terence Chawner .

Upon the evidence of Mr. Joseph Edmundson, a surgeon, it appeared the deceased died of erys pelas, and not from external injury.


22nd June 1826
Reference Numbert18260622-16
VerdictNot Guilty

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Before Lord Chief Baron Alexander.

1093. WILLIAM COLLIER was indicted for cutting and stabbing Samuel Westerfer , with intent to kill and murder him .

TWO OTHER COUNTS, stating his intent to be to disable or do him some grievous bodily harm.

SAMUEL WESTERFER. I am a silk-dyer , and live in Hare-street , on the ground floor; the prisoner lived on the first floor of the same house. On the 13th of May, about eleven o'clock at night, I was standing outside the door, speaking to Barton and White; Barton asked me to go over the way - I was in the act of going over when the prisoner called me, saying, "I want to speak to you;" I went within the threshold of the door, to hear what he had to say - when he caught me by the right wrist, and took a step further inwards; I put my ear forward to hear what he had to say, and he instantly stabbed me. I soon became stunned by the fright and loss of blood, and do not know what passed - he stabbed me below the pit of my stomach. I recovered in about a quarter of an hour, and found myself in bed; he said nothing to me before he stabbed me. I saw a sharp pointed knife in his hand, as I got from him, just after he stabbed me; I never had the least quarrel with him.

Cross-examined. by Mr. PHILLIPS. Q. Without your doing any thing, or having any quarrel, he gave you this blow? A. He did - there had been a quarrel between his wife and mine, about his grand-daughters, but I never had a word with him.

Q. Had he not some bread and cheese in his hand? A. I think not, for he caught me with one hand, and stabbed me with the other. I do not know William Hildyard - I never heard the name.

JOHN BARTON . I live opposite Westerfer. I went home about eleven on this evening, and heard a sad noise - I crossed, and saw Mr. and Mrs. Westerfer, Mr. and Mrs. Collier, and two young girls - they were making a

piece of work with each other; I asked Westerfer to go and shut himself in doors out of the way, and to settle it on Monday, by a peace-warrant - he came from the door, and said he would go over to my house, and have some beer, to get out of the piece of work - we were going from the door when Westerfer was called; he went to his own door, and I lost sight of him - I turned to speak to his wife, and in a moment he came out and said, "I am stabbed;" he pulled up his waistcoat and shirt, and I saw the blood flowing from the wound. I walked into the passage to look for Collier; two watchmen were going up stairs, and by their light I saw Collier standing in the passage, opening the cellar door; he exclaimed, "Go on - he is up stairs" - I said, "This is the man," and put my hand on his shoulder. He went down the cellar stairs so fast I was obliged to loose my hold; I got a light, and searched the cellars and back gardens, but could not find him.

Cross-examined. Q. It is not uncommon for there to be a noise in this house? A. No - they were all wrangling, and in a state of irritation - I cannot pretend to say Westerfer was in the row, farther than that I asked him to come away. I did not hear Collier call him back. Whether Westerfer was quarrelling I cannot say.

JOHN WHITE . I live nearly opposite to Westerfer. I was going home, and heard a noise at his door, with Mrs. Collier and her grand-daughters - Westerfer stood at the side of the door, with Barton. I was going up to them - Collier came down stairs, clapped Westerfer on the shoulder, and said, "Westerfer, I want to speak to you"- I fell back for him to go in - there was a bit of a skirmish in the passage. Collier ran, and stood on the first stair, and said, "I have done for the b - r;" he then went up stairs, came down with his hat and coat on, and went down the cellar stairs. I and Barton caught hold of his coat, and he said the man who had done the murder was up stairs; he got away from us, down into the cellar. I saw no more of him till he was in custody. Westerfer was taken over to Barton's.

Cross-examined. Q. Barton was alongside of Westerfer when Collier tapped him on the shoulder? A. Yes - he was close to him. Barton must have heard it.

Q. Barton must have heard him say "I have stabbed him?" A. I do not know that - he came into the passage after me, and caught hold of his coat. The quarrel was between Mrs. Collier and her grand-daughters - they were often quarrelling; the passage is dark.

WILLIAM TURNER . On the 13th of May I was going home, and saw Westerfer at his door - the prisoner, who was in the passage, came and told him he wanted to speak to him; Westerfer went in, and in about two minutes he came out and said he was stabbed - Collier answered "I have done for you;" I saw no more in the confusion. I went next day, and saw Westerfer in bed.

WILLIAM MERRY . I am a patrol. On Sunday afternoon, the 14th of May, the prisoner came to our office voluntarily - he seemed rather drunk, and said, "I have come to give myself up to Justice - I have been guilty of murder." He said Westerfer was the man. I went to Hare-street, and found Westerfer in bed - his sister gave me his shirt, which is bloody.

SAMUEL WESTERFER . This is the shirt I wore.

WILLIAM MERRY . The prisoner afterwards told me voluntarily that he had intended this for the last eleven months - there had been such disturbances in the family, and he was determined to do it; he had stabbed him, and knew he had murdered him, and therefore gave himself up; it was at four o'clock in the afternoon. I understood he had been at the office that morning.

Cross-examined. Q. Is it your habit to talk with prisoners? A. No; I asked him no questions at all; he told very thing himself. I have no doubt of his being a little in liquor, but not much - he had told this story to other officers, but they sent him away, as a drunken man.

JOHN CAMPLIN . I am a surgeon. I saw the prosecutor on the night of the 13th - he had been stabbed or cut with some sharp instrument; the wound was rather more than an inch long - I should not term it a grievous harm; it was just on the edge of the cartilege of the chest, in an oblique direction.

Prisoner's Defence. They have all sworn falsely. I came home about ten minutes past eleven o'clock, and found my house surrounded. I was informed my wife and the prosecutor had been quarrelling - I went up stairs, but my wife took no notice of it to me - at supper time I said "I find you have had a quarrel with Mrs. Westerfer"- she said, "Yes, she has got drunk, and has been abusing the girls;" I called one of the girls up - she did not come, and I went down with a piece of bread and the knife in my hand; I said to the girl, "Why don't you come up." The prosecutor heard my voice, and began striking at me, but could not hit me - he turned out of doors went out to ask why he hit me; as soon as I mentioned his name he rushed in, and said, "You have been telling somebody that I said something about you;" I denied it- he said, "You lie, you old b - r," and struck and kicked me; I resented the blow with the knife in my hand, and he said he was stabbed. I immediately thought of the knife, and was so frightened I got my hat and coat and made my way out. I was drinking, and mentioned it to a man in Drury-lane; he advised me to go to Bow-street, which I did, and they laugthed at me; I said we had been at variance for eleven months, but with the man himself I never quarrelled. I never said I did it wilfully.

WILLIAM HILDYARD . I am a weaver, and live in Parliament-street, Bethnal-green. I was coming home between eleven and twelve o'clock on this night, and in Hare-street I heard a quarrel; I saw the prisoner come down stairs, eating his supper; I heard the prosecutor's wife call the prisoner's two grand-children, two wh - s, and using dreadful language; Westerfer came out - the prisoner said it was very wrong for the prosecutor's wife to use such language, which she knew was false - he called Westerfer a rogue and villain, for suffering such language - Westerfer immediately struck him - Collier appeared quite calm and cool - he returned the blow, but I did not know he had a knife; I thought he struck with his fist.


22nd June 1826
Reference Numbert18260622-17
VerdictNot Guilty

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Before Mr. Justice Burrough.

1094. ELIZABETH NASH was indicted for a like offence .

MR. ANDREWS conducted the prosecution.

ELIZABETH CHIPPS . I live in Lombard-court, Seven-

dials. The prisoner and I lived in the same room - we are unfortunate girl; we had a dispute on Whit Sunday, about my mother asking me to dinner and not her - she struck me twice, but we made it up, and slept together. - On Monday, the 15th, we fetched my brothers, (we were good friends) and while we were at dinner she said some angry words about my brothers - I said, "Betsey, hold your tongue - don't quarrel;" she said if I did not hold my tongue she would scoop my eyes out with a fork - after dinner she was clearing the table - I was putting my bonnet on by the glass; she struck me in the face with her open hand, and then immediately struck me in the face with a knife - it was done in a moment; a great deal of blood came from me. Hailstone (who was in the room) took her away - I was taken to the Hospital; I had not lifted my hand to her; she had five knives and forks in her hand at the time - she had taken them off the table; she drew this from the rest and struck me; I had a cut in my cheek, and another in my forehead.

MARTHA HAILSTONE . I was in the room. A young woman was dining with us; Nash called her Mrs. Chipps - words arose, and after dinner Chipps took down the glass, to put her bonnet on - she had a plate to keep the glass up; Nash wanted the plate - Chipps would not let her have it; Nash said if she did not hold her tongue she would scoop her eye out with the fork; one snatched the plate from the other, then Nash struck her in the face, and soon after Nash took up the plates in one hand and the knives in the other - she struck her once or twice on the head, and I took Nash out of the room; she never lifted her hand against her - they were both in a passion, no doubt.

ELIZA CHIPPS . I am the prosecutrix's mother. I was ill in bed in the room - they were wrangling; I begged of Nash to leave the room; she was cleaning the table, and had five knives in her hand; she drew one from the rest. and hit my daughter with it.

COURT. This should have been an indictment for an assault.


22nd June 1826
Reference Numbert18260622-18
VerdictGuilty > lesser offence

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Before Lord Chief Baron Alexander.

1095. MARY ANSTEY was indicted for feloniously assaulting Philip Goddard , on the King's highway, on the 28th of May , putting him in fear, and taking from his person, and against his will, 1 handkerchief, value 2s. , his property.

PHILIP GODDARD. I am a carpenter . On the 28th of May I was going up West-street, Smithfield , about two o'clock in the morning, in my way home, and met the prisoner, who asked me for something to drink; I gave her a few halfpence, thinking I might be allowed to pass; she immediately turned round to my pocket, and took out my handkerchief and a pair of gloves, and snatched at my umbrella, but I held it fast. I seized her, and demanded my gloves and handkerchief - she denied having them, and ran across the road; I pursued and caught her - she gave me a black eye, and in an instant dropped my handkerchief; I struck her with my umbrella: the watchman came up - I gave charge of her. I found one of my gloves on the ground.

Prisoner. Q. Did you not meet me that evening in St. John-street? A. No; I did not see her till she robbed me. I was in St. John-street - she appeared quite tipsy.

WILLIAM WATSON . I am a watchman. I saw the prisoner and prosecutor scuffling; he gave charge of her for stealing his handkerchief - she immediately struck him in the eye.

The prisoner put in a written defence stating that the prosecutor had struck her because she refused to accompany him, and denied the charge.

GUILTY. Aged 30.

Of stealing only . - Transported for Seven Years .

22nd June 1826
Reference Numbert18260622-19

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London Cases, Second Jury.

Before Mr. Recorder.

1096. JAMES JOHNSON was indicted for stealing, on the 30th of May , part of a gig harness, value 30s. , the goods of John Smith .

EPHRAIM MEAD . I am servant to Mr. John Smith. On the 30th of May, between three and four o'clock in the afternoon, I saw the prisoner come out of the stable, which adjoins the ware house, in Vine-street, America-square - I stopped him four or five yards off, with this harness, and asked how he came by it - he said, "Don't say any thing about it;" he was quite a stranger. I gave him in charge.(Property produced and sworn to).

GUILTY . Aged 35.

Transported for Seven Years .

22nd June 1826
Reference Numbert18260622-20

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1097. JAMES RAKE was indicted for stealing, on the 19th of May , 50lbs. of beef, value 25s. , the goods of David Gain .

DAVID GAIN. I am a butcher , and live at Clapham. - I bought 58lbs. of beef of Mr. Grant, at Leadenhall-market , about half-past six o'clock - it was put into my cart, by my porter, and about seven it was missing; I found it all about half-past seven o'clock, exposed for sale, at Mr. Suffolk's, in Newgate-market - it cost 32s. 6d. In consequence of what Suffolk said I watched near his stall - the prisoner came up and I asked where he got that beef from - he said a person gave it to him up at the top, to bring for sale, and if I would go with him he would pay me for it; I refused. He then said he brought it from Leadenhall-market, and wished me to let him go. I gave him in charge.

THOMAS RUMBLE . I am porter to Mr. Gain. I put this rump and loin of beef into the cart, and left it for eight or nine minutes - when I returned it was gone. I found the prisoner in custody with it at Guildhall, and was sure of it.

WILLIAM GRANT . I sold Gain seven stone of beef, at Leadenhall-market; Rumble took it away; I saw the same beef at Guildhall, and knew it.

JOHN BENNETT . I am in Mr. Suffolk's employ. On the 19th of May, about half-past seven o'clock, this rump and loin of beef were brought to his shop by the prisoner - he said, "This is a bit of beef of mine;" I directly booked it to him; my master was to sell it for him - we have had meat from him before. Gain claimed it in five or ten minutes; I told him who had brought it, and in about ten minutes the prisoner was taken.

WILLIAM JACKSON . I am a constable, and received the prisoner in charge - he said a person (mentioning some name) who he met in Leadenhall-market, hired him to take the meat to market; he did not say where the person lived, nor who he was to deliver it to.

Prisoner's Defence. I went to buy some calves' heads at Leadenhall-market, and saw Tilley, a fellow-servant, there; he lived with me three years ago at Mr. Gilley's, in Blackfriars-road; he asked me to carry this beef to Newgate-market for him, and he would be there as soon as me. I took it to Suffolk's, then went and bought my calves' heads - I returned to see if Tilley was come, and was taken; I said it belonged to Tilley.

WILLIAM JACKSON . He mentioned Tilley's name, and afterwards begged to be let go, saying it was the first time he had done any thing wrong.

JOHN BENNETT . I do not know Tilley - the prisoner acted as the owner himself.

GUILTY . Aged 26.

Confined Six Months .

22nd June 1826
Reference Numbert18260622-21
VerdictGuilty > with recommendation

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1098. MARY HUGHES was indicted for stealing, on the 8th of June , 16 yards of printed muslin, value 16s. , the goods of Charles Meeking .

GEORGE BEATT . I am shopman to Charles Meeking, a linen-draper , of Holborn-hill . On the 8th of June, from information I received I went out, and saw the prisoner in St. Andrew's-court, with a crowd round her; Watson had her in custody, and produced this piece of muslin to me, which had been stolen from between our outer and inner doors.

WILLIAM THOMAS WATSON . I live at Deptford. I was going into Mr. Meeking's shop when two women gave me information; I went, and found the prisoner in St. Andrew's-court, with this muslin under her shawl; she asked me to let her go, as it was her first offence.

GEORGE CORBY . I took her into custody - she confessed the charge.(Property produced and sworn to.)

Prisoner's Defence. There was a crowd round this door; I saw this muslin under the people's feet, and picked it up.

GUILTY. Aged 35.

Recommended to Mercy . - Confined Three Months .

22nd June 1826
Reference Numbert18260622-22
VerdictGuilty > with recommendation

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1099. JOHN BASKERVILLE was indicted for stealing, on the 5th of May , 1 printed bound book, value 6d.; 4 printed bound books, value 4s., and four shirts, value 10s., the goods of William Purser , his master .

WILLIAM PURSER. I keep a shell-fish-shop in St. Martin's-le-grand . The prisoner was eighteen months in my service, and slept in the house; I missed four shirts from my bed-room, and some books; I found two shirts in pawn and one book, at Turner's.

ISAAC HUGHES PUGH . I am servant to Mr. Baylis, a pawnbroker. I have two shirts - one of which I took in pawn, on the 6th of May, from a man in the name of Hurlock; I was not present when the other was pawned - it was on the 14th of April. Taylor has the duplicate I gave the person.

WILLIAM TAYLOR . I am an officer, and took the prisoner in charge on the 3d of June; he said voluntarily that he had taken the things, and sold the books to Turner, and pawned the shirts at Baylis'; I told him to say nothing, but he would. Turner had sold four of the books, and gave up the other. I found the duplicates of the shirts upon him.(Property produced and sworn to).

The prisoner received an excellent character.

GUILTY. Aged 18.

Recommended to Mercy . Confined Three Months .

22nd June 1826
Reference Numbert18260622-23

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1100. MARTIN COPE was indicted for stealing, on the 12th of June , 1 snuff-box, value 2s., the goods of Thomas Marshall Thorburn , from his person .

THOMAS MARSHALL THORBURN. I am a spice merchant , and live in Philpot-lane. On the 12th of June, about two o'clock in the afternoon, I was in Guildhall , at the Election; I had a snuff-box in my outside coat-pocket - I had used it two minutes before; I felt somebody at my pocket - the prisoner at that moment came from behind me, and passed before me - there were a great many people in the Hall; I laid hold of him, and was taking him out of the Hall when he stooped, and the box fell on my feet - I picked it up, and the constable took charge of it.

Prisoner. Q. Was I near your pocket? A. He was close to my shoulder when I felt the motion at my pocket.

GEORGE CHEYNE . I was in Guildhall with Mr. Thorburn, and saw the prisoner come before him - he immediately missed his box; I was standing on a line with the prosecutor - the prisoner came immediately before him on the left hand - Mr. Thorburn laid hold of him, and I observed the box drop as he was stooping under the rails - it was picked up immediately.

RICHARD McDONALD . I am a constable, and was in the Hall. The prisoner was given into my charge, with the box; I found a pair of scissars on him, with the duplicate of a handkerchief, pawned that day for 3s. - he denied the charge - I did not know him before.(Property produced and sworn to.)

Prisoner's Defence. I was at work till twelve o'clock, and then being ill, my mother persuaded me to take a walk; I went to see the election - the gentleman accused me of stealing his box.

GUILTY . Aged 16.

Transported for Life .

22nd June 1826
Reference Numbert18260622-24
VerdictGuilty; Guilty

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1101. JOHN HOLMES and JOSEPH PEMBROKE were indicted for stealing, on the 16th of June , 1 carcass of a sheep, value 30s. , the goods of William Collingwood .

GEORGE SILVESTER . I am servant to William Collingwood, a carcass butcher , of Newgate-market . On the 15th of June, at eight o'clock at night, I counted what carcases were left outside the shop - there were twenty sheep hanging outside, as it was hot weather; next morning, at half-past four, I missed two - I had marked them; I found one at Guildhall at one o'clock that day, when both the prisoners were in custody - it weighed 9st. 3lb.; I am certain of it by the mark.

Cross-examined by Mr. ANDREWS. Q. How many had you so marked? A. Twenty.

WILLIAM BURRIDGE . I am a watchman of Castle Baynard ward. On the morning of the 16th, at half-past three o'clock, I saw both the prisoners coming down Old

Change together - Pembroke had a blue butcher's frock on, and Holmes a brown coat - they both looked like butchers, and were close together - Pembroke had the carcass of a sheep on his right shoulder; I asked where they were going with that mutton - they said nothing but threw it down, and away they both ran - I pursued, and Holmes was stopped before I lost sight of him - it was light - I followed into Thames-street, in the direction Pembroke ran, and found him in ten minutes or a quarter of an hour, in a stable, where some horse-keepers were feeding their horses; he was under the manger covered with straw; I told him to come out; he said nothing but "Don't hold me so;" I am certain of him - Connell picked the sheep up.

Cross-examined. Q. Are you acquainted with the market much? A. I watch there in my turn; they do not begin business at that early hour. Pembroke did not say he was employed to carry it.

JOHN CONNELL . I am a watchman. At half-past three I saw the prisoners come down Old Change - Pembroke had the sheep on his shoulder - Holmes was walking close at his side; Burridge said, "My friend, where are you going with that sheep?" they made no answer, but Pembroke threw it off his shoulder; I was close behind him - both ran away - I picked up the sheep, and produced it at Guildhall; I saw the prisoners at the watch-house, and am certain of them.

THOMAS BARRETT . I am a watchman. I heard a rattle spring, and saw Holmes running - he was stopped and given to me.

ROBERT POCKLINGTON . I am a butcher, and live in Old Change. I heard the rattles spring, looked out of the window, and saw Holmes run down Old Change; I saw him in custody in about ten minutes, and am certain of him. The carcass was brought to my shop - Silvester claimed it. Business begins in the market about four o'clock.

HOLMES' Defence. I had been out at a Free and Easy and got shut out; I was going home when I was taken.

HOLMES - GUILTY . Aged 31.


Transported for Seven Years .

22nd June 1826
Reference Numbert18260622-25

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1102. EDWARD BROWN was indicted for stealing, on the 27th of May , 1 watch, value 1l.; 1 gold seal, value 8s.; 1 other seal, value 1s.; 1 watch-key, value 6d., and 1 ribbon, value 6d. , the goods of Joseph Middleton Oliver .

SARAH OLIVER . I am the wife of Joseph Middleton Oliver, a shoemaker . We lodge in the lower part of a house in Bishopsgate-street ; this watch hung over the mantel-piece in the parlour, behind the shop; I was in the shop attending to a gentleman; there is a gateway, through which a person can get to the parlour without going through the shop; I saw the parlour door go back - I had left it on the latch; I immediately opened the shop door, and saw the prisoner run out of the parlour - he was dressed in a brown great coat: I am certain of him. I returned to the shop, alarmed Payne, who pursued and brought him back in two or three minutes; the watch was missing - I had seen it safe two minutes before - it has not been found. I am certain of him; he gave no reason for being in the parlour.

Cross-examined by Mr. PRENDERGAST. Q. You saw him at the door? A. I saw him coming out of the parlour into the passage; there is a glass door between the parlour and passage; I saw nobody with him.

CHARLES WILLIAM PAYNE . I am in Mrs. Oliver's employ. A person came in to buy a pair of boots; I knocked for mistress to come into the shop; she alarmed me; I saw the prisoner come out of the room door myself; I immediately followed him up Bishopsgate-street, down Old Bedlam, and into a stable-yard; he there dodged me between the coaches, struck me in the breast, and tore my coat; I at last caught him by his coat tail; he sat down, wanted me to return back, and, as he passed a dung-hill, he threw his hand out, but I did not see what he threw away; I took him to mistress; she said, "That is the man who stole the watch;" I returned to the stable-yard to look on the dung-hill, but two men there said if I dare enter the yard they would knock me down. I am certain of the prisoner's person.

Cross-examined. Q. The stable-yard was private property? A. It belongs to the Two-penny Post-office; the men were strangers there - I should know them again; they stood near the dong-hill; I have no doubt but he threw the watch there; I lost sight of him twice in turning the corner for a moment.

JOSEPH MARTIN . I took the prisoner in charge, and found the duplicate of a lady's retucule, and purse on him.

Prisoner's Defence. The reticule and purse are my sister's. I was going through this yard when the witness collared me, and asked what I had done with the watch - I said I knew nothing of it.

GUILTY . Aged 18.

Transported for Seven Years .

22nd June 1826
Reference Numbert18260622-26
VerdictGuilty > theft under 40s

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Middlesex Cases - First Jury.

Before Mr. Sergeant Arabin.

1103. WILLIAM ANDERSON was indicted for stealing, on the 2d of May , 1 coat, value 1l.; 1 pair of trousers, value 15s.; 1 shirt, value 7s., and 1 hat, value 15s., the goods of John Norman , in the dwelling-house of Elizabeth Cook , widow .

ELIZABETH COOK. I am a widow, and live in Lower East Smithfield . The prisoner lodged in my house for a fortnight, and had to go through Norman's bed-room to his own - he left on the 2d of May, and this property was missing.

JOHN NORMAN . I lodge at Cook's. I got up on the 2d of May, leaving the prisoner in bed, and these clothes on a chair in my room; between six and seven o'clock I went out, returned about eight, and missed all my clothes. On Monday last I met the prisoner in Butcher-row, and said he was the man who had stolen my clothes, which he denied; I took him to the house; his hand was behind his coat, and I found he was breaking up some duplicates - he told me at last where he had pawned them.

SAMUEL SMITH . I am a pawnbroker On the 2d of May the prisoner pawned a coat and trousers with me.

JEREMIAH GIDNEY. I am an officer, and have the pieces of the duplicate.(Property produced and sworn to.)

GUILTY. Aged 39.

Of stealing to the value of 39s. only .

Transported for Seven Years .

22nd June 1826
Reference Numbert18260622-27

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1104. GEORGE LESLIE was indicted for stealing, on the 24th of May , at St. Luke, 1 watch, value 10l.; 1 chain, value 2l.; 2 seals, value 2l.; 1 watch-key, value 5s., and a watch-stand, value 1d., the goods of Joseph Iliff , in the dwelling-house of James Dick .

WILLIAM COATES . I am an officer of the City-road trust. On the 24th of May, about five minutes past eleven in the morning, I saw a boy, not the prisoner, laying on the steps of a door, in Artillery place , two doors beyond Mr. Dick's, with a basket of shavings; I kept watching, as I knew the boy, and saw the prisoner come out of the area of Mr. Dick's house, with a basket also; I followed, came up with him, and asked what he had got in his basket - he made no answer - I put my hand into the basket, and saw this watch; he endeavoured to escape but I secured him - he begged to be let go; I found a handkerchief, a tobacco-box, and 6s., on him; I locked him up, went over to Mr. Dick's, and Iliff claimed the watch.

Prisoner. Q. Did you see me come out of the house? A. Yes.

JOSEPH ILIFF. I am servant to Mr. James Dick, of Artillery-place, in the parish of St. Luke. This watch and seals are mine, and are worth, together, 14l. or more: it was laying on the dresser, in the back part of the kitchen - I saw it safe just before the prisoner was taken; he is a stranger; the area door was open.

Prisoner. I am a poor boy, and have an aged mother - I was in distress.

GUILTY - DEATH . Aged 17.

22nd June 1826
Reference Numbert18260622-28
VerdictGuilty > theft under 40s

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1105. JOHN RICHARDS was indicted for stealing, on the 22d of May , at St. Luke, Chelsea, 5 pieces of handkerchiefs (each piece containing six handkerchiefs), value 5l., the goods of William Curtis , in his dwelling-house .

DAVID JONES . I am shopman to Mr. William Curtis, linen-draper , Sloane-street, Chelsea . On the 22d of May the prisoner and another young man came into the shop together, and asked for some white cotton stockings, and while I turned to call the shopwoman, to serve them, the other man ran out of the shop - the prisoner followed him - I saw the wrapper, which covered these handkerchiefs, moved; the prisoner had been near them; I ran out and secured him, just outside the door; the other escaped; Souter produced one piece, containing six handkerchiefs; I lost five pieces - the other man must have had the rest - they are worth 5l. together.

JOHN SOUTER . I am a butcher. About seven o'clock in the morning I was within a few yards of this shop, and saw Jones holding the prisoner outside the door; he took him into the shop; I saw him put his hand into his coat pocket, and throw the handkerchiefs down on the ground - the other man ran away.(Property produced and sworn to.)

Prisoner's Defence. I know nothing of the other young man. I was in this shop when he came in, and stood three yards from him - the other man dropped the handkerchiefs - I took them up.

GUILTY. Aged 17.

Of stealing to the value of 39s. only .

Transported for Seven Years .

22nd June 1826
Reference Numbert18260622-29
VerdictNot Guilty

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1106. JOSEPH TAYLOR was charged, on the Coroner's Inquisition only, with killing and slaying Ann Taylor , his wife .

Upon the examination of Mr. David Atkin , surgeon, of Kingsland, he stated, that the deceased had died in consequence of a rupture of a blood vessel on the brain, and that the same was certainly produced by intoxication, and not by external violence.


22nd June 1826
Reference Numbert18260622-30
VerdictNot Guilty

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1107. JOSEPH PALMER , JAMES KENDALL , JOSEPH SPRING , and SAMSON TASKER , were charged, on the Coroner's Inquisition only, with feloniously killing and slaying William Gage .

JAMES GAGE . The deceased was my brother. On Sunday, the 7th of May, an agreement was made between him and Palmer to fight on Monday; they had not quarrelled; Palmer was against fighting, and it was put off from Monday till Tuesday evening, as I was not present; they fought on Tuesday evening, in a field by Bethnal-green turnpike; Kendall was my brother's second - Spring and Tasker attended Palmer; they stripped and fought, and, after several rounds, my brother slipped into a hole, about two feet deep; he fell backwards; he fought after that, and at last gave in; it lasted three-quarters of an hour; I had his clothes - he walked on one side of the field, dressed, and complained of a slight head ache and a pain in his arm. I took him home to my master's, in Oak-town; he laid insensible all night, and next morning we sent him to the Hospital. It was a fair battle - he slipped by running back.

Cross-examined by Mr. ANDREWS. Q. Palmer was very reluctant to fight? A. Yes, always.

Cross-examined by Mr. PRENDERGAST. Q. After your brother fell he was very ill? A. Soon after.

WILLIAM MARSHALL . On Monday night I heard the deceased challenge Palmer to fight - he did not wish it, and declined; on Tuesday he came down, and said he would have it out that evening; Palmer wished not to fight, but they called him a coward several times - at last he said he did not wish to fight, but he did not mind - they fought for three-quarters of an hour. I desired the deceased to leave off after the first round - he said he would not; I told him Palmer was too powerful for him - he said No, he was not; I remained in the field, but not near enough to notice the fight, and saw no more.

Cross-examined by Mr. ANDREWS. Q. Did they shake hands? A. Palmer offered the deceased his hand before they began, but he being deaf did not hear it.

WILLIAM CHARLTON . I saw this fight. The deceased fell into a hole; it was all fair - there was no animosity between them; the deceased was about sixteen years old- Palmer is fifteen.

JOHN ADAMS . I am a student in the London Hospital. On the 10th of May the deceased was brought there, and

lived twelve hours; I opened him after death, and found an effusion of blood on the brain, and marks of bruises on the scalp, about the back part, and some injury in the internal part of the brain, but no fracture. I should think the injury was produced by a fall.


22nd June 1826
Reference Numbert18260622-31

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1108. WILLIAM WALLER was indicted for stealing, on the 28th of May , at St. John, at Hackney, 1 mare, price 5l., the property of William Jordan , and 1 mare, price 5l. , the property of John Eaton .

Mr. ANDREWS conducted the prosecution.

WILLIAM JORDAN . On Saturday evening, the 27th of May, about nine o'clock, I saw my mare safe on Newington common - Eaton's mare was with it; they were always together - it was difficult to part them; next morning I saw them again on the common.

JAMES PILTON . I am a patrol of Hackney. On Saturday night, the 27th of May, I and Payne were on duty, and about twenty minutes past one o'clock in the morning, I came up with the prisoner, who was riding on a mare, which Jordan claims - the other mare was following quite close to it; he was endeavouring to cross a brook, quite close to the common; I went towards him, and he got off the mare and ran away; the mares ran back to the common; the prisoner followed after them towards the common; Payne and I, at last, apprehended him. I heard him say "It is a bl - y hard thing that a fellow should swing for it;" he had got the mares two or three hundred yards from the common, in the highway leading to Clapton; I was only walking towards him - he got off and ran away before I spoke to him.

JOHN EATON . I am owner of one of the mares - I saw her safe on the common about 1 o'clock, with Jordan's mare, and found her there again on Sunday morning. On Monday I saw Pilton at Worship-street, where I took the mares to be identified - mine is worth 5l.

WILLIAM JONES . I am a watch-house-keeper. The prisoner was brought in on Sunday morning; he said his name was Waller, and that he lived at Tottenham or Edmonton - I asked which of the two - he said his mother lived at Edmonton, and afterwards said he lived at Hoxton; I said "Now tell me where you do live;" he said"Well then, I lodge at Dalston;" I asked where there - he could not tell me where - he said, but he lodged with Wood's carter. I found 12s. 3d. on him.

THOMAS BYFORD . I was on duty, and attempted to stop the horses - they were running from the common - the patrols were close behind, trying to stop them; I knew them to be the prosecutors' horses.

Prisoner's Defence. I was drinking at the Weaver's Arms public-house, about half-past 12 o'clock - I was rather intoxicated, and, when on the common, these men took me and swore I jumped off the horses; I never saw the horses - I had no stick nor any thing to drive them. I live at Dalston; I asked for a lodging at the Weaver's Arms, but could not get one.

JURY to PILTON. Q. Could he escape without running towards the common? A. Yes, he could have gone to Clapton, but then he would have met me; he ran from me - there was no bridle or halter on the horse - he did not appear intoxicated.

Two Witnesses gave the prisoner a good character.

GUILTY - DEATH . Aged 20.

Of stealing Jordan's mare only.

22nd June 1826
Reference Numbert18260622-32

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1109. WILLIAM WALLER was again indicted for stealing, on the 27th of May , 1 bag, value 2d.; 3 half-sovereigns, and 6 shillings , the monies of Richard Cockell .

RICHARD COCKELL. I live at Enfield-highway. On Saturday the 27th of May, I was at the Rose and Crown public-house, Cambridge-heath; the prisoner was there. I went from there to the Black Boy public-house, and had some bread and cheese with a friend; he came in there, saying he had had no work for seven or eight weeks, and I treated him with some bread and cheese; at last he asked which way I was going home; I said Stamford-hill road; he said he would drive me; I said "If you drive me don't pick my pocket;" he said, "No, I should be sorry to rob you, when you have filled my belly" - he got into my cart and drove; I fell asleep, and he awoke me, saying, "There, you are at Stamford-hill - I shan't go further with you;" he jumped out, and away he went. In a very few minutes, before I got out of the cart, I found my pocket turned inside out, and my purse gone, with three half-sovereigns and six shillings.

GEORGE MARSLIN . I was at the Black Boy, drinking with Cockell, and saw him pay his reckoning - he then had three half-sovereigns and some silver in his bag, which I saw him put into his pocket, and in about ten minutes the prisoner drove him away.

WILLIAM JONES . The prisoner was brought to the watch-house for stealing horses - I found this bag, with 12s. 3d. in it, on him; he had a pair of trousers in his hat.

JOHN GODDARD . I am a horse-patrol. I searched the prisoner on Monday morning, in the watch-house, and found two half-sovereigns and a 6d., concealed in his hat, in a cut at the side.

RICHARD COCKELL . This is my bag.

Prisoner. Q. Did you not ask me to drive you? A. No.

Prisoner's Defence. This man came into the Crown, and had part of two pots of beer; he asked me to drink; the publican refused him more beer, and said if he did not go he would fetch an officer, and asked me to try to get him away; I got him into the cart, took him to the Black Boy; we drank there; he asked me to drive him to Stamford-hill, which I did. I picked the purse up outside the public-house door.

GUILTY . Aged 20.

22nd June 1826
Reference Numbert18260622-33
VerdictGuilty > theft under 40s

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1110. WILLIAM CLARKE was indicted for breaking and entering the dwelling-house of John Haywood , about four o'clock in the forenoon of the 16th of June , at St. Giles in the Fields (he and others being therein), and stealing 1 bonnet, value 25s.; 1 hat, value 10s., and 1 pair of boots, value 5s. , his property.

JOHN HAYWOOD. I am a sadler , and live in Great St. Andrew-street, St. Giles in the Fields . On the 16th of June, about half-past three o'clock in the morning, one of my lodgers ran down stairs, and alarmed me - I instantly

ran up stairs, and found three or four of my lodgers at my third floor back room door; they pushed the door open, and there I found the prisoner, who was a stranger - when I got into the room I looked round, and missed a bundle of linen; I said, "You have taken a bundle of linen away;" he said, Yes, they were taken; I looked round, and found a bonnet, with a light coloured hat, tied up in a handkerchief; he had got a pair of boots of mine on - he took them off. I fetched the watchman, who took him; there were a few keys and things found upon him; I had left my hat on a shelf, and my wife's bonnet was kept in a box on another shelf. The bag of linen has not been found. The property, including the linen, was worth 2l. 10s.

ELEANOR LOVELL . I am the wife of James Lovell, and lodge at this house. I heard something falling down stairs at a quarter to two o'clock; I got out of bed, opened the window, and saw the prisoner go out at the street door, and turn the corner of the street with a bundle; I got into bed, and told my husband what I had seen. I heard nothing more till about three o'clock in the morning, when I heard a person go up stairs; the person in the next room desired my husband to get up; he went up stairs, and the prisoner was found locked in the top room. I went and called Haywood; at a quarter to two o'clock I had seen the prisoner go out, by the light of the gas, and am sure he is the man. When he was taken in the room he said if Haywood would let him go he should lose nothing by him; Haywood said he missed a bundle of linen - he said he had taken it, but would not tell where - the hat and bonnet were tied up in a handkerchief, on the ground.

THOMAS FOXALL . I am a watchman. About half-past three o'clock in the morning I was called, and took the prisoner in the back room.

PHILIP RILEY . I am a beadle. The prisoner was brought to the watch-house about four o'clock in the morning; I searched him, and in his breast pocket I found eight keys, one of which was a latch-key, and opens Haywood's street door - and in his right-hand breeches pocket I found another key, which opens the back attic door, where the things are kept. I have seen them tried.

Prisoner. Q. Who did you give the keys to? A. I put them on the constable of the night's table, but I took particular notice of them first, and observed the mark of a vice on the latch-key. Furzman opened the door with them in my presence. I am sure they are the same; this key has been forced.

Prisoner's Defence (written). I had been out to spend the evening at a friend's house; I did not leave there till near three o'clock, and it being too late to go to my lodging I walked about till near four, and came into St. Andrew-street, when I saw Mr. Haywood's street door open; a friend of mine lodged in the house, of the name of Williams, and I thought I would go up to him, and lay down for a few hours; I went up to the top, and then saw the back attic open also - I went in, and saw a bundle tied up and a pair of boots; I looked round, and saw a quantity of harness - I thought was Mr. Williams' work-shop, as I knew he was a plater of harness work; I then sat down on a trunk, and intended to stay in that room and not disturb him; and I believe I did put on the boots, but not with intent of robbery. I was much intoxicated at the time, or I should not have acted with that impropriety. I never had left the house from the first when I went up stairs - I did not open any door in Mr. Haywood's house, and had not intent to rob any one.

JOHN HAYWOOD . There were no marks of violence on the outer door. Williams is a coach-plater, and lives on the second floor - the prisoner was found in the room above; Williams ran up with the rest of the people, and saw the prisoner - he said he thought his name was Clark - I did not hear him say any thing more. Williams has a key to let himself in; I cannot say this key is not his.

GUILTY. Aged 40.

Of Stealing to the value of 39s. only, and not of breaking and entering .

22nd June 1826
Reference Numbert18260622-34

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1111. WILLIAM CLARKE was again indicted for burglariously breaking and entering the dwelling-house of John Haywood , about one o'clock in the night of the 15th of June , at St. Giles in the Fields, with intent to steal, and stealing 3 table-cloths, value 4s. 6d.; 3 shifts, value 2s.; 2 night gowns, value 1s. 6d.; 1 waistcoat, value 1s.; 1 handkerchief, value 6d., and 1 child's shift, value 6d. , his property.

JOHN HAYWOOD. My house is in the parish of St. Giles in the Fields . I let lodgings. I was in bed when this happened. I missed a bag, containing the articles stated in the indictment.

ELEANOR LOVELL . I was awoke at a quarter past two o'clock in the morning, by a person falling down stairs; the lodger in the next room called to me. I opened the window, and saw the prisoner go out with a bundle; it was between the lights, just break of day; I should not have been able to swear to him without the gas-light - I am sure he is the man; he walked across the road, and turned the corner as quick as possible - I saw him afterwards in the house, and knew him to be the same man; I am certain of the time, for I looked at the clock.

THOMAS FOXALL . I took the prisoner in charge in this house, at half-past three o'clock in the morning. I saw the keys taken from him in the watch-house - I am positive those produced are the same.

PHILIP RILEY . I found the keys on the prisoner, as I stated before, in his left-hand breast pocket - there are 8; one is a latch-key and in his trousers pocket I found one, which opened the room door.

Prisoner's Defence (written). I am charged with entering the house with a latch-key, and the room door with another, which I do declare was never opened by me. I was out at a friend's house, and did not leave until near three o'clock, and this robbery is stated to be between one and two. I have been all my life-time in respectability, succeeding a father-in-law, as a jeweller, when he retired from business in Paris, where all the family still remain; I have always had a supply of money when required, with my own industry - I never have had cause to commit such a dreadful act. The witness states she saw me run across the street - it could not be light enough to distinguish any one.

GUILTY - DEATH . Aged 40.

22nd June 1826
Reference Numbert18260622-35
VerdictNot Guilty

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1112. ALEXANDER RAM and SAMUEL STEPHENS were indicted for stealing, on the 3d of May , 13 spoons, value 7l.; 3 silver mugs, value 5l., and 2 ladies,

value 1s., the goods of William Kingsfoot Jones Wilson , in his dwelling-house .

SOPHIA LUCKING . I am servant to William Kingsfoot Jones Wilson, who lives in Brunswick-place, Balls'-pond-road . On the 3d of May, about a quarter past eight o'clock in the morning, I put all this plate on a pressbedstead in the kitchen - the area door opens into the kitchen passage. In about a quarter of an hour Manton came and asked if we had thieves; I then found the area door open, and missed the plate - none of it has been found.

WILLIAM EAST . On the 3d of May, about twenty minutes past eight o'clock, I was in Elizabeth-terrace, Ball's-pond, about twenty yards from Captian Wilson's, and saw the prisoners together - Ram had a basket in his hand, with fire shavings; they were at a door in Elizabeth-place; I was going about seventeen doors down, and as I returned I saw them going towards Brunswick-place; I went into my master's shop, which is in Elizabeth-place, and was in there five or ten minutes, when Ram passed our shop at a kind of quick trot, without any basket; I ran out, looked towards Brunswick-place, and saw Milwood about twenty yards off - he beckoned to me; I ran after Ram, but followed him across the fields, and saw Stephens in the Tottenham-road, behind Ball's-pond, without a basket; they joined, and I followed them to Kingsland; but being alone I turned back.

JOHN MILWOOD . I was passing Captain Wilson's gate, and saw the prisoners together; Ram went in at the gate; Stephens left him, and crossed the road; I went on, and in about five minutes I saw Ram come down Captain Wilson's garden; out of the gate - he came from the area way; he had a basket under his arm; Stephens went across, and took the basket from him; I crossed towards them; they stopped suddenly, and turned towards Kingsland turnpike; they walked together as far as the Duke of Wellington public-house; Stephens went down there, and Ram went towards Kingsland; I and Manton followed Stephens, and when we got to the corner I saw his hands moving from the basket to his pockets more than once; he crossed the road, and threw the basket and shavings into a ditch, then went off with his hands in his pockets, into the Kingsland-road, and we lost him - we took the basket up, and left it at Captain Wilson's - there was no plate in it.

MATTHEW MANTON . I am a baker. I went with Milwood, and saw Stephens with a basket - he threw it into a ditch - I had not seen his hands move to his pockets; there was nothing but shavings in it.

WILLIAM HARRIS . On the 4th of May I apprehended the prisoners together in Shoreditch; I found three sovereigns on Ram, but no plate.


22nd June 1826
Reference Numbert18260622-36
VerdictGuilty > with recommendation

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1113. THOMAS WISKIN was indicted for stealing, on the 17th of May , at St. Anne, 1 gelding, price 25l. , the property of William Marchant .

JAMES YOUNG . I am servant to William Marchant, who lives at Limehouse . On the 16th of May, about half-past six o'clock, we turned about sixty cart horses into the field opposite Limehouse church, and on the 17th, between three and four o'clock in the morning, I went into the field, and this gelding was missing; it was a black gelding. I found it at Brentford between five and six o'clock in the afternoon, in possession of Hitchcock - the prisoner was there in custody.

Cross-examined by Mr. PHILLIIPS. Q. Has your master any other Christian name? A. No; the field is railed all round, about four feet high; I believe the gate was locked - I know I shut it; there is a footpath through the field; I fastened the gate with a hasp; there is a small opening for persons to go through, with a post to it. I found the gate shut as I had left it.

JAMES HITCHCOCK . I live at Northall, near Harrow. - On the 17th of May I saw the prisoner at Brentford, with a horse; I wanted one, and asked him the price - he asked 25l., then agreed to take 20l., then 18l., and at last came down to 13l. - I asked him if it was sound - he said Yes, and a good worker; I thought it was not his, and would not pay him, but took him with it to the Pigeons, public-house, Brentford, and gave them in charge. Young came there, and claimed it afterwards.

Cross-examined. Q. Was he sober? A. He looked intoxicated. I asked him whose the horse was; he said his father's, and that he was authorised to sell it for him; he appeared to me to be tipsy.

JAMES YOUNG . I saw the horse at Brentford, and am sure it was master's.

WILLIAM HILL . I am a farmer, and was at Brentford, and saw Hitchcock buying the horse of the prisoner.

WILLIAM DURBAN . I am a beadle, and took charge of the prisoner - he did not seem quite sober.

One witness gave the prisoner a good character.

GUILTY - DEATH . Aged 22.

Recommended to Mercy on account of his youth and character, by the Prosecutor and Jury .

22nd June 1826
Reference Numbert18260622-37
VerdictGuilty > lesser offence

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1114. MATTHEW LOCK and MARY KING alias LOCK , were indicted for a burglary in the dwelling-house of Thomas Bunney , in the night of the 29th of May , and stealing 1 pair of boots, value 1l.; 2 coats, value 1l.; 2lbs. weight of tobacco, value 5s.; 3lbs. weight of silk, value 2l.; 1 brush, value 6d.; 1 pepper-box, value 6d.; 1 bottle, value 2d.; 1 wooden till, value 6d.; 1 pair of breeches, value 5s.; 1 gown, value 4s.; 1 pair of shoes, value 2s.; 1 basket, value 3d.; 1 half-crown, 5 shillings, 3 sixpences, and 100 penny pieces , his property.

THOMAS BUNNEY. I keep the Fountain public-house, Virginia-row, Bethnal-green . On the 29th of May, about half-past eleven o'clock, I fastened my house up; I went to bed about one; I got up about five o'clock in the morning - it was light then. I found two bottles taken out of a rack; the bar cupboard was open; I missed a basket of penny pieces and halfpence; I went into the kitchen, and there was some blood on the clothes basket, and a knife laying by it; a candle was burning on a chair - the bottom bolt was forced right off the kitchen shutter, and two screws out of the center bolt - three of the kitchen drawers were open, and every thing turned about. - My boy picked the till up in the back premises, with the keys of the till and the gate of the skittle-ground in it. I missed the property stated in the indictment - it was all safe at twelve o'clock.

MARTHA HINES . I am the wife of James Hines. I had left a pair of shoes at Bunney's house on Sunday; he is my father - they were in a corner adjoining the bar - I missed them on the 30th; I found them in pawn. I lost a gown, which has not been found.

WILLIAM BELCHER . I am servant to Mr. Price, a pawnbroker. I have a pair of shoes, pawned on the 30th of May, between two and three o'clock in the afternoon, by the prisoner King, I believe, but am not certain.

MARY HOLLEY . The prisoner King lodged with me; Lock lived with her as her husband, from the 19th of May till the time of the robbery.

JAMES OVERINGTON . On the morning of the 30th of May, at five o'clock, I picked up a crow-bar close to Bunney's premises.

WILLIAM ATTFIELD . I am an officer. On the 30th of May I went with Armstrong to Mrs. Holley's house, in Rose-lane, Spitalfields, and found the prisoners in bed in the front attic; they got up - Armstrong asked Lock if all the things in that room belonged to him; he said Yes, and on searching I found two aprons, a clothes brush, a pepper-box, a salt-cellar, about 1lb. of tobacco, several duplicates, one for the shoes, thirty-six penny pieces, forty-seven halfpence, seven farthings, four shillings, nine sixpences, and a half-crown; Bunney gave me a crow-bar, which I compared with the shutters, but it being round I cannot be certain whether it has been used there.

JOSHUA ARMSTRONG . I went with Attfield, and found the property. I took one apron off the woman at the office.

MARY BUNNEY . I am the prosecutor's wife. I went to bed at one o'clock - every place was fastened. I missed a variety of property.(Property produced and sworn to.)

KING'S Defence. I bought the things of a man in Petticoat-lane; I have had that salt-cellar three months.

LOCK - GUILTY. Aged 24.

KING - GUILTY. Aged 20.

Of stealing only . - Transported for Seven Years .

22nd June 1826
Reference Numbert18260622-38

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1115. RICHARD MANSFIELD was indicted for burglariously breaking and entering the dwelling-house of Thomas Miller , about one o'clock in the night of the 17th of May , at St. Matthew, Bethnal-green, with intent to steal, and stealing therein 3 coats, value 1l. 5s.; 10 waistcoats, value 10s.; 1 quilt, value 5s.; 1 stocking, value 1d.; 1 pillow-tick, value 3d.; 1 pillow-case, value 3d.; 1 gown-skirt, value 1s.; 1 shirt, value 1s.; 1 petticoat, value 1s.; 1 boy's dress, value 6s.; 2 gowns, value 9s.; 1 apron, value 3d., and 1 handkerchief, value 6d. , his property.

THOMAS MILLER. I rent a house in Stepney-rents, in the parish of St. Matthew, Bethnal-green . On the 17th of May, about a quarter before one o'clock in the night, I was in the house adjoining - Grimes alarmed me - I went to my own house, and found him with the prisoner in custody, and found a bundle of my clothes on the ground in the street, close by him; I put them inside the house, and gave the prisoner in charge. I found my house all in disorder; the thieves had broken in at the back yard door; my shop-shelves were empty; the bundle contained three coats, ten waistcoats, a quilt, a stocking, a pillow-tick and case, a gown skirt, a shirt, a petticoat, a boy's dress, two gowns, an apron, and a handkerchief, all of which have my shop-mark upon them. I am a salesman. I delivered them to Pinnock.

WILLIAM GRIMES . On the 17th of May, between twelve and one o'clock at night, I was standing in a court leading from Cooper's-gardens, and saw the prisoner taking a bundle of clothes over Mr. Miller's paling, out of his yard - I secured him with them, and gave him to the watchman; he threw the bundle down - Miller took it up.

SAMUEL SWEENEY . I am servant to Mr. Miller. On the 17th of May I was next door - I had fastened the house up; I bolted the back door both top and bottom; when the alarm was given I found it broken open, and they had forced a button off the cellar door. I went into the shop, and found the goods moved; the back door was opened from within; they had entered at the cellar; an inner door was forced, which I had fastened; we were in the next house, as master was married that day, but he had not left this house.

THOMAS PINNOCK . I am a watchman. About a quarter to one o'clock on this night Grimes gave the prisoner into my charge.

THOMAS BOON . I am a watchman, and received the bundle from Mr. Miller. I gave it to Thomas.

WILLIAM THOMAS . I produce them.

THOMAS MILLER . They have my shop-mark on them, and are mine.

Prisoner's Defence. I was coming home when Grimes collared me; I had just left a public-house.

GUILTY - DEATH . Aged 21.

22nd June 1826
Reference Numbert18260622-39
VerdictNot Guilty

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Before Lord Chief Baron Alexander.

1116. RICHARD REED was indicted for a burglary in the dwelling-house of Charles Thomas Hanson , in the night of the 30th of May , and stealing therein 6 rings, value 18s.; 1 pencil-case, value 2s.; 1 segar-tube, value 2s., and 1 watch-key, value 5s. , his property.

CHARLES THOMAS HANSON. I live in High Holborn . On the 30th of May, at eleven o'clock at night, my house was fastened up - I was disturbed at half-past two, by glass breaking; I got up, and found the shop shutter forced aside, and a square of glass broken; I called Stop thief! through the window, then opened the door, and the watchman brought the prisoner up; several articles were handed to me, some off the pavement; I missed a quantity of rings and jewellery.

THOMAS GOLDING . I am a private watchman. On the 30th of May, at half-past one o'clock in the morning, I was on my beat in Whetstone-park, and heard a rattle spring; the prisoner came running through Feathers-court into Whetstone-park - I stopped him - he said "Oh! Sir, what have I done," and fell on his knees. I took him back to Ryan, who was following him - he was searched, but nothing was found upon him.

TIMOTHY RYAN . I am a watchman. At two o'clock I saw the prisoner and another man standing at the corner of Feathers-court, Holborn - I am certain of him, for I took particular notice of them. I said it was a wet morning - he said, "It is watchman" - I went my round, returned in ten minutes or a quarter of an hour, and saw

him parting from the other man; he crossed towards Hanson's shop; I went and sat in my box for five minutes, and then heard a cry of Stop thief! I looked, and saw him stooping down from the prosecutor's shutters - he ran up the street very fast, through Feathers-court - I sprang my rattle, and before I could overtake him Golding had secured him; I am sure he is the man - I only lost sight of him as he turned into the court; we took him to the watch-house; I went into Feathers-court, and picked up a phosphorus-box and matches; I went to Mr. Hanson's, and some of the property was found by the window.

PATRICK DUGGAN . I am a watchman. I heard a rattle spring, went up to the prosecutor's, and found a ring close under his shutter.

JAMES SHORT . I found a chisel under the shutter.

WILLIAM CHILD . I found two rings about two feet from the broken shutter, and a tobacco-stopper - two or three more rings were picked up and given to me.(Property produced and sworn to.)

Prisoner's Defence. I had been to Drury-lane Theatre - it rained hard, and I stood up in this court - as soon as the watchman was gone the other man who stood there went away; I stood there about ten minutes, and went down this court for a necessary purpose.


22nd June 1826
Reference Numbert18260622-40
VerdictGuilty; Guilty

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London Cases, First Jury.

Before Mr. Recorder.

1117. EDWARD BRIGGS and THOMAS RILEY were indicted for stealing, on the 16th of June , 1 handkerchief, value 5s., the goods of Edward Wheeler , from his person .

EDWARD WHEELER. I am a student , and live in Gray's Inn-square. On the 16th of June, about seven o'clock in the evening I was going down Holborn-hill , with a handkerchief in my pocket; I felt nothing, but on receiving information I went in pursuit of the prisoners, who were about one hundred yards off, in company, and had been secured; when I came up I saw my handkerchief found on Riley.

THOMAS BROWN . I am servant to Mr. Buttenshaw, a grocer, of Holborn-bridge. On the 16th of June I saw Mr. Wheeler passing the door - both the prisoners were following him, and Riley's hand was then in his pocket - I was at the end of our counter; I went out at another door, and told Mr. Wheeler - he then missed his handkerchief; I ran back, and laid hold of the prisoners, as they were turning down Field-lane, eating oranges; I brought them into Holborn, put my hand into Riley's coat, and took out a handkerchief, which Mr. Wheeler claimed. I took them to Hatton-garden.

WILLIAM WAINWRIGHT . I received them in charge.(Property produced and sworn to.)

BRIGG's Defence. I saw this boy in Fleet-market, and asked him the way to Turnmill-street - he said he would shew me.

RILEY's Defence. This lad was not with me.

BRIGGS - GUILTY . Aged 14.

RILEY - GUILTY . Aged 16.

Transported for Life .

22nd June 1826
Reference Numbert18260622-41
VerdictNot Guilty

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1118. BENJAMIN PICKERING was indicted for stealing, on the 20th of May , 12 wooden bobbins, value 1s.; 3 1/2 ozs. of silk, value 11s. 6d., and 3ozs. of cotton, value 9d. , the goods of William Bestow , his master.

WILLIAM BESTOW. I am a silk manufacturer , and live in Wood-street. The prisoner was a spinner in my employ, and would have silk, cotton, and bobbins to use. I only know the property.

Cross-examined by Mr. PHILLIPS. Q. Had you a good character with the prisoner? A. Yes; other workmen had access to the property.

HENRY PICKERING . I am in partnership with the prosecutor in another business. I found the silk, cotton, and bobbins in a box, under a quantity of waste cotton, in the shop where the prisoner worked - he was not on the premises at that time.

JAMES BARTON . I am eighteen years old, and worked for Mr. Bestow, in the same room with the prisoner. Three days before this happened I saw him put three bobbins of silk into a bag, which was in the room; I said nothing to him, and told nobody of it; he put bag and all into the waste-box - I had seen him do this before but told nobody- he used to take them out in his pocket - sometimes he used to take three or four bobbins - he told me if I told master he would give me a good hiding - Capel and others were in the room - I saw him pull out a bobbin of silk which he had planted; I told about this on the Saturday when he was taken up - not before.

Cross-examined by Mr. PHILLIPS. Q. They call you doctor in the shop? A. Yes, Dr. Dodd. I have told the truth; I was never suspected of any thing; I was never at Worship-street, or any police office in my life - nor ever taken up about a sovereign - I do not know Mr. Nicholson - I was never in custody. I have been with the prosecutor two months - they used to turn us out of the shop sometimes, when they were going to rob him - I did not tell as they said they would whap me, and did whap the other boys; I told Ireland, the other boy, and they said they would whap me. I never was at a police-office, I swear.

Q. Where is your brother? A. He was sent away from here - transported about a handkerchief. I did not tell my master till after Capel was taken up. The first time I saw master robbed was the second day I went there.

FREDERICK IRELAND . I am fourteen years old; if I take a false oath I shall be punished in the next world - I do not know my catechism. I work in the same room with Pickering - I saw him put some silk and cotton in a bag, and put it between the boards, about a fortnight or three weeks before he was apprehended - I did not tell what I had seen before he was apprehended.

Cross-examined. Q. You are fourteen years old - have you ever been to church in your life? A. No; I have been to a Catholic school - I heard there about another world - I have been to chapel - I do not know the Creed, Commandments, or Lord's Prayer.


22nd June 1826
Reference Numbert18260622-42
VerdictNot Guilty

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1119. WILLIAM CAPELL was indicted for stealing, on the 20th of May , 1 cash-box, value 2s.; 2 half-crowns,

3 shillings, 3 halfpence, and 4 pieces of Union-cord, value 3s. , the property of William Bestow , his master.

The only evidence being that of the accomplice, Pickering, the prisoner was ACQUITTED .

22nd June 1826
Reference Numbert18260622-43

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1120. SAMUEL ARNOLD was indicted for stealing, on the 19th of May , 1 pewter quart pot, value 2s. , the goods of John Davies .

JOHN DAVIES. I keep the Three Crowns public-house in the Old Jewry. I found the prisoner in custody with this pot.

CHARLES HERDSFIELD. I am a constable. On the 19th of May, about nine o'clock in the morning, I saw the prisoner in Lothbury, with something buttoned under his jacket - I went up and asked what he had got - he said Nothing, but I found this quart pot there - he said he was in distress.(Property produced and sworn to.)

GUILTY . Aged 17.

Confined Six Months .

22nd June 1826
Reference Numbert18260622-44

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1121. JOSEPH KENNEDY was indicted for stealing, on the 21st of June , 75 printed books, value 38s.; 1 map, value 2s. 4d.; 6 lithographic drawing-books, value 6s.; 6 sheets of lithographic prints, value 12s.; 42 copper-plates, value 29s., and 1 milled-board, value 6d. , the goods of William Cole .

WILLIAM COLE . I am a bookseller , and live in Newgate street. My porter took this property out in a truck - I found the prisoner in custody with it.

THOMAS BARNETT . I am porter to Mr. Cole. I left the house with this property - I had to deliver four parcels at Dowgate wharf, and then take this one to Aldgate; it was safe at the bottom of Friday-street , but in the passage leading to the wharf, I missed it on hearing an alarm, and found the prisoner in custody, and the parcel on the ground, between him and the officer.

CHARLES HERDSFIELD . I am a constable. On the 21st of June, about twelve o'clock, I saw Barnett at the corner of Old Change, with a truck; the prisoner stood there alone, and three others stood a short distance from him - they afterwards joined, and two went on each side of Cheapside - they followed the truck down Friday-street, and into Queenhithe; one of them several times attempted to take the parcel out - it went into Thames-street, and down Brick-hill-lane; the prisoner then buttoned up his coat, and when I got into the lane, I met him coming from the truck, with this parcel under his arm - one of the others were close to him; I laid hold of both - the prisoner kicked my shins, and tried to bite my hand, so I let go of the other and kept him; I called Stop thief! Barnett came up - he dropped the parcel and the other three ran away.(Property produced and sworn to).

Prisoner's Defence. There was a cry of Stop thief! a man ran by me, threw this down, and I happened to pick it up.

GUILTY . Aged 18.

Transported for Seven Years .

22nd June 1826
Reference Numbert18260622-45
VerdictGuilty; Not Guilty

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1122. THOMAS CHERRY and THOMAS HENRY PRIGHE was indicted for stealing, on the 15th of May , 1 handkerchief, value 5s., the goods of Christopher Lund , from his person .

Mr. CHRISTOPHER LUND. I am a grocer , and live in Newgate-street. On the 11th of May, between four and five o'clock, I was crossing from St. Martin's-court , into the Old Bailey - my handkerchief was taken without my perceiving it - I had used it a minute before, and remember pressing it down into my pocket; I was crossing the road when a respectably dressed female caught hold of my arm - she gave me information and pointed to the two prisoners, who were not dressed as they are now; Cherry wore very shabby black - they were about ten yards from me, and in company together; I walked after them for twenty yards, then went up to them, and charged them with picking my pocket; they said I was mistaken; I took hold of Cherry by the arm and repeated the charge - he denied it- and while he was denying it Prighe stepped off the pavement, and was going to cross the road - a gentleman came up - I asked him to mind Cherry, for me, or follow Prighe; he went after him and brought him back; I charged them both with taking my handkerchief; Prighe began to ask what remuneration I would make him provided they were innocent people; I said I was positive they were the men - Prighe proposed going into a shop, that we might search them; he walked into the London Tea Company shop; I took Cherry in, and at that moment an officer came up - I gave them in charge, and the handkerchief was found on Cherry, inside his waistcoat - they made some resistance.

Cross-examined by Mr. PRENDERGAST. Q. You did not see them before you missed your handkerchief? A. No; Prighe came back willingly; the gentleman gently laid hold of his arm; I cannot say whether Prighe said I or we, when he asked about remuneration; I had seen them together for a minute and a half before I went up; they were in conversation - they walked leisurely - I said to them both, "You have robbed me," and took hold of Cherry, as he was nearest - Prighe turned and walked off- the street was very thin of people - Cherry made a shew of fight to the officer, and resisted - the officer knocked him down - they both resisted, and wanted a coach, saying, they would not be exposed in the street. Prighe said he was an innocent man, and it would injure his character.

JOHN COWTAN . I am a City officer. I was coming up Ludgate-hill and saw a crowd; Mr. Lund had the prisoners in custody, and was just entering a shop door; Prighe denied the charge; I found the handkerchief in Cherry's bosom, between his waistcoat and shirt - they did not like to go through the street with their hands tied together - they did not resist till I tied them together.(Property produced and sworn to.)

CHERRY'S Defence. The handkerchief being found in my possession may confirm the prosecutor's statement, but my fellow prisoner I never saw till he came with the prosecutor, and was accused of being concerned with me. I picked up the handkerchief, which two women observed, and told the prosecutor.

PRIGHE's Defence. I am a respectable young man, and my father was a citizen - I have always lived respectable. I had been to Mr. Barnard's printing-office, in Playhouse-yard - I stood at the picture shop, at the corner of St.

Martin's-court, for twenty minutes, then crossed the Old Bailey; I was dressed respectably, though he says it was shabby; he told the Alderman he came after me himself; I was not in company with a soul all day; when the gentleman came after me he said, somebody wished to speak to me - I went back with him - he accused me of the robbery, and I said, on a proof of your being mistaken, what reparation do you suppose you can give for the injury of my character. I insisted on going into a shop to be searched.

Mr. LUND. Prighe was certainly not dressed so respectably as he is now, but be was tolerably well dressed.

CHERRY - GUILTY . Aged 18.

Transported for Life .


22nd June 1826
Reference Numbert18260622-46
VerdictGuilty; Guilty
SentenceDeath; Death

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Middlesex Cases, Second Jury, Before Mr. Sergeant Arabin.

1123. THOMAS ABRAHAMS and JAMES REID were indicted for feloniously assaulting James Cree on the King's highway, on the 27th of May , at St. Giles in the Fields, putting him in fear, and taking from his person and against his will, 1 hat, value 2s. , his property.

JAMES CREE. I am a coach-trimmer and harnessmaker . I live in Nottingham-court, Long-acre. On the 27th of May, at half-past twelve o'clock at night, I was in Compton-street, St. Giles , going home - I had been taking a pint of beer with some friends, but was perfectly sober; I met the witness Reeves at the entrance of Compton-street, and as the church clock struck a quarter past 12, I pulled out my watch to see if it was right; I had no sooner pulled it out than five men, among whom were the two prisoners, made a snatch at it - they stood at the corner of Church-passage, under a gas-lamp - they were strangers to me; I cannot say which of the five snatched at my watch, but am certain the prisoners are two of the men; a scuffle ensued - I put the watch into my left-hand, pushed them away with my right hand, and put the watch into my pocket. Reeves interfered to get me away from losing my watch - he was knocked down - another scuffle ensued, and in a short time they all ran away except Abrahams, whom I collared - they had not robbed me then; Abrahams called out for the other four to return, and not let such a d-d thief as me take him; they all four returned, and I was knocked down. Reid was the most desperate of them - they took off my hat, which was torn a good deal in the struggle - I produce it; I was hallooing out Watch! for full five minutes; when they got my hat they all ran away - the watchman came up, sprung his rattle, and I saw Reid drop the hat; I picked it up - Burke pursued him, and neither of us lost sight of him till he was taken; he was taken to the watch-house, and as I came out of the watch-house door, the first man I saw was Abrahams, standing outside the door; I recognised him directly, and collared him till Killmartin came up and took him into the watch-house. I swear positively to both of them.

Cross-examined by Mr. ALLEY. Q. You had been making merry with your friends? A. No; I was quite sober - there had been no quarrel - my hat was certainly taken with an intent to steal it - they tried to get my watch first- Reid took my hat off when they returned to rescue Abrahams, but after they had rescued him, not while they were doing it.

ROBERT REEVES . I am a coach-trimmer, and have worked with Cree. I was going home from my father's, and met him in about five minutes; he was perfectly sober; as the clock struck he took out his watch, under a gas-light - some of the men made a snatch at it - I stepped up and interfered - I was knocked down and stunned - there were five of them; when I recovered I found Reid running from the prosecutor, who was calling Watch! - I called Watch! too, and very soon after the watchman stopped him - he was never out of my sight - I cannot identify Abrahams.

JOHN BURKE . I am a watchman. On Saturday night, about a quarter past twelve, I heard a scuffle, and call of Watch! in Compton-street; I saw Reid run from where the scuffle was, and saw him drop a hat - I pursued him down Church-passage, through two courts, into St. Andrew-street, where Price stopped him, without my losing sight of him. I am certain he is the man who dropped the hat. I took him to the watch-house, and, as we came out, the prosecutor pointed out Abrahams, and gave him in charge.

WILLIAM PRICE . I am a conductor of the patrol. I was in the Seven-dials, heard an alarm, and saw Reid running - I followed and being rather closer to him than the prosecutor, I took him in St. Andrew-street - Cree had his hat in his hand, and was quite sober.

JAMES KILLMARTIN . I am a watchman. Abrahams was close to the watch-house door - Cree said "Take that man, he is one of the five" - I took him.


REID - GUILTY - DEATH . Aged 20.

22nd June 1826
Reference Numbert18260622-47

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1124. JOSEPH BAKER was indicted for feloniously breaking and entering the dwelling-house of Peter Morgan, about five o'clock in the forenoon of the 21st of May , at St. Matthew, Bethnal-green, (the said Peter Morgan being therein) and stealing 2 shawls, value 4s.; 2 frocks, value 1s. 6d.; 2 petticoats, value 1s.; 1 shirt, value 1s.; 1 apron, value 1s.; 1 pair of trousers, value 7s.; 1 coat, value 1l.; 7lbs. weight of beef, value 4s.; 1 pair of shoes, value 2s.; 1 pair of stockings, value 1s.; 3lbs. weight of sugar, value 20d.; 1lb. weight of butter, value 1s., and 2 ounces weight of tea, value 10d. , the goods of the said Peter Morgan .

JOSEPH MONK . I am a labourer, and live opposite Morgan's house, in Martha-street, Bethnal-green . On the 21st of May, at five o'clock in the morning, I was at my bed-room window, and saw three men standing at Morgan's gate - one of them went and pulled something out of his pocket and unfastened the front door - it appeared to be a key - the prisoner was one of them, but I will not say he is the man who unfastened the door - they then walked away, as two men were coming by - in two or three minutes two of them returned and walked in - the third man walked down Lark-row - the prisoner was one who went in - they came out in about three minutes - I had dressed as quick as possible and went to the door; I said "Halloo,

what business have you there?" the first man immediately swung two bundles of clothes at my head, to knock me down, but he did not succeed; the prisoner threw the beef, sugar, tea, and butter out of his apron before me - I called to John Morgan, who seized him; he was never out of my sight - he was secured within fifteen or twenty yards of the house.

JOHN MORGAN . I am a turncock. On the 21st of May, at five o'clock in the morning, I was passing the prosecutor's house, and saw the bundles thrown at Monk's head- the sun shone in my eyes, so that I could not distinctly see what was the matter, but Monk called Stop thief! I immediately put out my instrument and stopped the prisoner; before he came up to me he shot the things which he had down into the street - I seized him directly.

PATIENCE MORGAN . I am the wife of Peter Morgan - we rent this house, which is in the parish of St. Matthew, Bethnal-green. On the 21st of May, at five o'clock in the morning, I was not up - we had fastened the street door the night before; I heard a noise of Stop him! I got up, went down stairs, found the street door open, and the prisoner in custody; two bundles lay in the street, containing our property, which had been taken off the front room table - the meat and grocery were in a cupboard in the same room. The property is worth more than 40s.(Property produced and sworn to).

GUILTY - DEATH . Aged 19.

22nd June 1826
Reference Numbert18260622-48
VerdictGuilty; Guilty
SentenceDeath; Death

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Before Mr. Justice Burrough.

1125. ELLEN WALKER and MARY ANN PRAY were indicted for feloniously breaking and entering the dwelling-house of James White , about seven o'clock in the forenoon of the 4th of June , at St. Luke ( Elizabeth White and William White being therein) and stealing 1 needle-case value 1/2d.; 4 half-crowns, 3 sixpences, and the sum of 3s. in copper monies numbered , the property of the said James White .

JAMES WHITE . I live in White-horse-court, Whitecross-street, in the parish of St. Luke. On the 4th of June I went out at four o'clock in the morning to take a walk.

ELIZABETH WHITE . I am the wife of James White. On the 4th of June, at seven o'clock in the morning, I was at home, with my two children and my son William: we all slept in the front room on the ground floor. I awoke at seven in the morning, and saw my window open - the shutter was torn quite down, and the sash thrown up - the prisoner Pray stood at my bed-side, with my pocket and needle-case in her hand, and my money in the other hand - she had silver and halfpence; she lodged on our second floor - Walker was standing against the window in the room. When I went to bed I had placed my pocket between two pillows, with four half-crowns, three sixpences, and 3s. in copper, in it, and a needle-case; Pray had slept in the house that night. I said "Oh, dear me, I am robbed;" Pray answered "You bl-y old wh-e, if you speak another word I will knock your bl-y eye out;" they must have got in at the window for the room door was double locked; I found it so afterwards - the window is three or four feet from the ground. Pray threw the pocket on the pillow again - Walker then went to the window and got out - Pray followed her out immediately; I took up my pocket and all the money was gone; I am sure the money and needle-case were in it when I went to bed; Pray lodged in the house that night, but I heard her go out at four o'clock - before my husband - she has lodged there seven or eight months. I immediately dressed myself - I saw them outside the window, and saw Pray give some money to Walker; Walker said, "Have mercy on your fellow creature;" Pray said "B-r you, take it;" I got out of the window - they both went up the court - I went in pursuit, and found them in a public-house in White-cross-street - Banks, the landlord, was there - I asked him to take charge of them till I could get an officer - I sent for Lock, who came and took them.

Cross-examined by Mr. BARRY. Q. Had not Pray lodged with you ten or eleven months? A. No - seven or eight; I did not know her before she lodged there - I had not quarrelled with my husband - we live very happy.

Q. Were you not awoke at two o'clock in the morning by a cry of murder? A. No; I was with a person who was ill, and did not come home till one o'clock. I have seen Walker backward and forward with Pray but never knew she slept there; I came home very tired - there was no drinking in my room that night, nor had my husband locked me out - when he went out at four o'clock I told him to lock the room door, and take the key, as I did not want to go out till he returned; I expected him back about six o'clock; Pray had a key of the street door, and could go in and out when she liked.

Q. When they got into your room did you not say"Don't be angry with me, my husband locked the door, and he is like a madman when drunk? A. I said nothing of the sort - we were both quite sober - I did not tell my son to open the window and let them in, or hear the watchman tell them to get in - I found them in the room when I awoke.

ROBERT LOCK . I am a constable. Mrs. White sent for me - I took the prisoners in charge at the public-house, and found half-a-crown, one shilling, three sixpences, and 1s. 7d, in copper, on Walker, and half-a-crown, two sixpences, and 2s. 6d., in copper, on Pray - they did not say how they got it; I found the needle-case in Pray's hand - she said it belonged to her - Mrs. White owned it.

ELIZABETH WHITE . I know this needle case - it was in my pocket, with the money, when I went to bed.

Cross-examined. Q. How do you know it? A. I picked it up about a month before, when I was cleaning the yard, and a needle, which is in it, I had bent on the Saturday.

WILLIAM WHITE . I slept in the room on this night - I awoke on hearing my mother say "I am robbed;" I saw Walker outside the window, and Pray in the room, against the window - my mother said "I am robbed, I am robbed," and that awoke me.

Cross-examined. Q. Pray had been shut out that night? A. No, she had not - my father and mother were quite sober the night before - I did not awake all night till seven o'clock - my mother did not tell me to open the door and let them in.

Mr. BARRY to JAMES WHITE . Q. Had you no dispute with you wife that night? A. None at all; there had

been a disturbance, about two o'clock, up in Pray's room- I went on the stairs and demanded peace - my wife was in bed, and had been so for three-quarters of an hour - the disturbance was dancing and singing on the second floor - I called for peace, but it still kept on - I did not go into the room, and cannot say who was there; I returned to bed after calling out to them, and did not put them out of the house; I said if there was not peace in the house I would send for an officer.

WALKER's Defence. Mr. White had never been in bed at all; we went out, and the moment we got out he said"You will not go in again now, Mrs. Pray - I will lay a trap for you, and make you pay for all." I had slept there three weeks: he had been abusing his wife, and there was a cry of murder - he locked us out - Mrs. White opened the shutter - he insisted on it being shut again - the shutter was taken down by a witness for us to get in. Mrs. White asked us to treat her with something to drink - I said I did not mind, and we had no sooner got into the public-house than she came in, and said she was robbed. I insisted on an officer being sent for.

PRAY's Defence. Mrs. White has known me twenty-four years. On this night I was distressed about my husband's watch, which I had pawned, and the time had expired; I had 6s. in my pocket; the needle-case belonged to my mother, who is dead; I have a witness who took it out of her pocket when she was a corpse: there was nothing in his house but fiddling and dancing till four and five o'clock in the morning. The prosecutrix has sent to me, several times in prison, to say she would hang me if possible, and if not would banish me; she sent to Sir Richard Taylor, who allowed me money, and got it stopped; she said it would be a charity to my husband to convict me.

ELIZABETH WHITE . I sent no such message to her.

ANN STRANGE . My husband is a carman, but does not live with me. I live in this court - my window fronts White's door. About half-past three or four o'clock on this morning I heard Pray wanting to go into her own apartment; she was in the court; Mr. White vowed she should never go into the house any more; he was in the court with her - he was dressed. She said while she paid her rent she had a right to go in, and kept knocking at the door till about a quarter past five o'clock; I was mangling at the time. At a quarter past five she had a bottle in her hand, and went to get some liquor; a tall man in the court said, "You shall not lay here any longer exposed," and he shut the shutter where White slept.

Q. Then the window was open at half-past five o'clock? A. Yes; the man shut one shutter, and the other broke off in his hand; he went away. The prisoners were not in the court at that time; I did not see them at seven o'clock- I was mangling then with my door shut.

JAMES WHITE. I went to bed at half-past one o'clock- I laid on the bed without undressing, as there was such a disturbance in the house; I called out about two o'clock for peace; I was not in the court till ten minutes past four, when I met the prisoner with a bottle of gin in her hand - she used a very bad word, and said she could not get in; I said, "You have got a key of the street door as well as me, and can let yourself in;" I went on, as I was going out; I was not awake when she went out myself, but met her when I went out; I left the shutters bolted inside, and quite secure; no part of them was broken. They broke two squares of glass in the sash to get in. When I returned the door was locked, as I had left it; Pray was in the house till nearly four o'clock, and was not shut out. The outer shutter was broken off when I returned.

RICHARD PATFOLD . I am a cabinet-maker, and live next door to the parties. I was awoke between three and four o'clock in the morning, by what I call almost a riot, from the proceedings between the prosecutor and prisoners - I was not out of the house. I saw Pray and three other persons requesting to get in; they were denied admittance.

Q. Who by? A. The worthy landlord - he said he should not admit her - but I believe it principally proceeded from drunkenness. I heard her repeatedly beg to get in.

SARAH CUTHBERT . I take in mangling, and live at No. 9, in this court; my window looks into White's house. I went to bed at one o'clock in the morning, and was awoke about three by Mrs. White's children screaming Murder! this poor boy, who, I believe is not in his senses, and two children were sitting at the door; Mr. and Mrs. White were not at home then; I heard the children begging the father not to beat their mother; I got into bed, and shortly after heard Pray making a noise, and begging to be let into her room.

JAMES WHITE. I deny the whole of this - nothing of the kind passed.

ELIZABETH WHITE. I was not beaten on my oath - nothing of the sort passed; the children did not cry Murder! they were in our own room when I came home at a quarter to one o'clock - they were not in bed.

HANNAH ADAMS . I took that needle-case out of Pray's mother's pocket, after her death at the work-house - I know it by a string round it; I gave it to Pray - this was in February last.

ELIZABETH WHITE. There was a bent needle in the case, and here it is now; I bent it myself on the Saturday - this case was in my pocket that night.


PRAY - GUILTY - DEATH . Aged 37.

22nd June 1826
Reference Numbert18260622-49

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Before Mr. Justice Burrough.

1126. THOMAS MILES was indicted for that he, on the 27th of May , at St. Luke, 1 piece of base coin, resembling the current silver coin of the kingdom, called a shilling, falsely, deceitfully, feloniously, and traitoriously did colour, with material, producing the colour of silver, against the duty of his allegiance, and against the statute .

SECOND COUNT, the same, only substituting the word sixpence instead of shilling.

MESSRS. BOLLAND and LAW conducted the prosecution.

JOHN LIMBRICK . I am an officer of Hatton-garden. - On Saturday, the 27th of May, I went, in company with Edwards and Kerby, to a house in James-street, Golden-lane, in the parish of St. Luke, Old-street, at a quarter before eleven o'clock at night - I found the street door open - I and Edwards went up to the third floor, leaving Kerby below; there is only one room on a floor - we found the

door on the latch, and opened it; there was a fire in the room: the prisoner was standing by the fire, with his coat off, and his shirt sleeves tucked up; we entered the room- I took him into custody, searched him, and found ten bad shillings in his waistcoat pocket, and 2s. 6d. good money in his other waistcoat pocket; four of the bad shillings were more fit for circulation than the other six; they had been rubbed down, and four of them have been heated with a hot iron; Kerby came up stairs. The prisoner said, "You have no occasion to take any further trouble - there are some on the bed - Kerby went and lifted up the bed-clothes, and took something like shillings out- the prisoner said there were some in a hole by the side of the bed, and Edwards found something there; there was a jug on the mantel-piece, with a liquid in it and two shillings - this piece of bent iron was in the fire, red hot(producing it.) I produce the base coin found on his person; his hands were very dirty, but the tips of his fingers were very clean.

WILLIAM BROWN EDWARDS . I went up with Limbrick to this room, leaving Kerby below, to watch; on entering the room I saw the prisoner standing by the fire, without his coat, and his shirt sleeves tucked up; we handcuffed him; by the side of the bed was a small candle stuck on a chair, not burning, but it appeared to have been recently lighted, and two powders, which contain different ingredients - I have tried one of them on a half-penny - it colours it completely like silver; on a nail by the side of the window hung a bottle of aquafortis; the prisoner said, "What you want there is some more of in a hole in the wall by the bed;" I pulled the bedstead aside, and found in a small hole three bad shillings, in the state they come from the die, and four sixpences, each in separate paper, ready for circulation. Kerby found some shillings in the bed; I found a piece of sand paper by the bed - it appeared to have been used; it is used to rub down the coin. A piece of red hot iron was in the fire.

WILLIAM KERBY . I am an officer of Hatton-garden. - I accompanied the witnesses to the door of this house; when they got up they gave me a signal; I went up - there was a light on the mantel-piece, standing against a jug; the prisoner told us to look on the bed for what we wanted; I turned down the clothes, and under the blanket found nine counterfeit shillings loose; they appeared to be fit for circulation; they have been polished and rubbed down, and blacked over; he told us to look into a hole at the head of the bed, and we should find some - Edwards went there, and took something out; I found in the jug on the mantel-piece two shillings in water; I produce them. Nobody but the prisoner was in the room.

Mr. JOHN FIELD . I am an inspector of counterfeit coin. The two shillings found in the jug are both counterfeit - they are milled, and struck with a die, and have been rubbed down with sand or glass paper, to take off the sharp edge of the die, and make them look as if they had been in circulation; they appear to have been silvered or coloured, not cased; those nine found in the bed are counterfeit, and appear to have been struck from the same die as the two; they have been rubbed down, coloured or silvered, greased and blacked, to appear as if they had been in circulation; candle grease will do that, but sometimes they use the marrow of an animal, then rub them with lamp-black or the snuff of a candle. The ten produced by Limbrick are all counterfeit - six of them have been rubbed down or prepared, but not coloured, and the other four have been rubbed down or silvered, but not greased - they are also of the same die. The four sixpences are counterfeit - they are rubbed, and completely prepared for circulation; here are three counterfeit shillings in the state in which they came from the original coiner, from the die; one powder will produce the colour of silver on copper or brass - the other is cream of tartar, which is used as a light acid wash afterwards, to give them a new appearance - the liquid is water with a slight portion of cream of tartar, and a small portion of the silver powder, which has come from the coin when washed in it; the shillings are all from one die, and the sixpences from one. In order to make them ring like silver they at times lay them on hot iron, which hardens the metal.

Mr. JASPER ATKINSON . I am a moneyer of the Mint. These nine shillings are counterfeit, and fit for circulation - four more are counterfeit, but not coloured; the four sixpences are counterfeit, and coloured ready for circulation; the two shillings in the jug are counterfeit, and all appear to be from the same die.

Prisoner's Defence. The room belonged to me and another man named Budgeon, who is now in prison by the name of King; I came home about nine o'clock, and about ten he came in, and was doing something over - he blew the candle out, and went out, saying he would come in at half-past ten, and about ten Edwards came in; I said, "All the things you want are on the bed;" I had nothing in my pocket but 2s. 6d. in good money, nor did the bad money belong to me. Limbrick knows Budgeon has been at Hatton-garden for passing had money.

GUILTY - DEATH . Aged 32.

22nd June 1826
Reference Numbert18260622-50
VerdictNot Guilty

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1127. CHARLES HARRISON was indicted for feloniously assaulting John Jenkins , on the King's highway, on the 27th of March , putting him in fear, and taking from his person, and against his will, 2 shillings , his property.

JOHN JENKINS. On Monday, the 27th of March, I was at Teddington all day, and about a quarter to ten o'clock I started to go home to Hampton-wick; when I had got about a quarter of a mile, there is a road leading to Teddington out of the main road - when I turned the corner the prisoner came out of the bedge on the right, and knocked me down, without saying a word; he knocked the skin off my mouth; I received a kick in my side, or a knock from a stick; it produced a lump, and laid me up for a week; when I was down he began to rifle my pockets, and took two shillings and some halfpence from my waistcoat pocket; I saw who it was, and said,"Charles Harrison, you are wrong this time - this is the second time, beware of the third;" he went away eight or ten yards, then returned, and said, "Jenkins, are not you going to get up?" I said, "No, I have had enough of you - you can go on" - he said, "D-n your eyes, lay there," and ran away. I got up in three or four minutes; I heard a noise a head of me, near Hampton-wick, while I was laying down - I ran as fast as I could to Hampton

wick for a constable - he was not at home; I passed the prisoner and three or four more as I went over Kingston-bridge; I said nothing, but went and told Mr. Walter, the gaoler.

Cross-examined by Mr. ROBERTS. Q. Where had you been? A. I was working at Teddington; I left work at eight o'clock, then went to a public-house with some shopmates; I drank a pint or a pint and a half of beer; I was in and out there. I was perfectly sober. I walked about the fair part of the time. I said what I did to the prisoner because I knew he had been tried a few days before. When I overtook him on the bridge he was going towards Kingston - if I had attempted to take my money from him 4there he would have sworn a robbery against me; I am certain of his person. When I told the gaoler, he said I had better let it alone, and he should be taken to-morrow- I told him he was then coming over the bridge; he did not laugh at me.

DANIEL MILTON . I am a constable. The prosecutor gave me information; I looked for the prisoner, and took him on the 30th of May, at the New Inn, at Ham; I said I wanted him for a highway robbery - he said he knew bl-y well what I wanted, and he came on purpose to be taken; as I brought him to town he said if he had known he was going to be taken at Ham he would not have been in the way. I had received orders to take him two days after it happened, but could not find him.

Cross-examined. Q. Did you know he had been in trouble before? A. Yes; he was acquitted last March.

Prisoner. I have witnesses to call.

THOMAS LOCKYER . On Easter Monday, between ten and eleven o'clock at night, I was at the Hand and Mace, at Kingston; Jenkins came in there tipsy; he said he had been robbed, but he had a 5s. piece and his watch, for I saw it; he said Charles Harrison had robbed him.

COURT. Q. Do you know Walter, the gaoler? A. Yes - he was in the house; he proposed to Walter that Harrison should be taken.

JAMES MILLS . I was at Teddington fair on Easter Monday, and saw the prisoner there from six to ten o'clock - we left together, and went home.

COURT. Q. Then you came home together? A. Yes; we came to Kingston together, and got there about ten o'clock, or a little after; I saw nobody pass as we crossed the bridge - we parted at Kingston.

ROBERT LILBURN . I was at Teddington fair with the prisoner, and walked home with him, George and James Mills - we parted on the other side of Kingston-bridge, about ten minutes past ten o'clock; he went towards home.

COURT. Q. Did y