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Old Bailey Proceedings, 27th May 1691.

THE PROCEEDINGS AT Justice-Hall in the Old-Baily,

On Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, being the 27th, 28th, and 29th Days of May, 1691.

And in the Third Year of Their MAJESTIES Reign.

Richard Jones alias Johns , and James Harris , were both Tryed for breaking the House of George Robinson , together with Thomas Belcher and William Lymbrey , not taken . The Evidence swore, That the House was broke open, on Sunday the 18th day of this Instant May , and several Goods of good value were taken away, besides 50 Guineas, and 20 l. in Money, It could not be proved against them; so they were both Acquitted .

Edward Booth , was Tryed for stealing a Silver Tankard, value 5 l. 17 s. from William Barret of Black-Fryers , on the 6th of April last. The Evidence was Mr. Barret, who said, That the Prisoner came to drink at his House and took away the Tankard, and left his Gloves behind him, which was made use of as a Corroborating Evidence against him; he denyed it at his Tryal, although he confest it before Justice Prideaux when taken: so the Jury found him Guilty of Felony.

[Branding. See summary.]

James Penny and Sarah Penny , were both Tryed for Feloniously taking from Mr. Andrew Ducane , of St. Buttolph Bishopsgate , on the 14th of March last, one Silver Spoon, value 10 s. a Porringer, value 20 s. it was only looked upon as a Breach of Trust in her, and it might be supposed that the Man had no Felonious intent; so they were both Acquitted .

Sarah Thornely , was Tryed upon two several Indictments; the first for stealing from one Mr. Samuel Bevis , on the 18th of December last, several pieces of Cloth , but only one piece of Course Cloth was found in her custody; so she was found Guilty only to the value of 10 d.

The second Charge against her was, for Robbing Josiah Hayles ; Apprentice to Mr. Bevis at the same time, of a Dimmity Waistcoat, and other Goods . The Goods were restored, so she was Acquitted of that Indictement.

[Whipping. See summary.]

Mary Hayes alias Harris , of St. Giles Cripplegate , was tryed for Felony, in Robbing William Hitchman , on the 21st of November last of a Silver Tankard, value 9 l. 15 s. one Spoon, value 9 s. three Gold Rings, value 50 s. one Petticoat, value 3 l. 12 s. one Gown, value 30 s. some Shifts, and other small Goods, &c. She confest the Matter of Fact upon her Tryal; so she was found Guilty of Felony.

[Death. See summary.]

Anne Butcher , was Tryed for that she, together with one Margaret Tyler , Christian Mackdoll , not yet taken, did make an Assault upon one Mrs. Anne Glover , in the Poultrey , on the 21st of this Instant May . She swore, That as she was going along the Street, the Prisoner and two more Women met her, and assaulted her in a most violent and base manner, taking away a Poynt-Lace Head-Dress, value 3 l. one Gold Ear-Ring, value 5 s. a Lac't Tippet, &c. The Prisoner said she was in Drink, which was no ways credited by the Court; and she had no Witness, but appeared to be a Woman of a very wicked Life, she was found Guilty of Felony.

[Death -respited for pregnancy. See summary.]

Anne Thomas alias Morris , was Tryed for stealing from Dorothy Cragg , Widow , on the 28th of April last, 22 s. in Mony . The Prosecutor could not swear that she lockt her Drawer where the Mony lay; and the Prisoner offered to make her Restitution, when she received 40 s. that she had coming out of the Country, producing 3 s. in part of payment, so she was found Guilty of stealing but 3 s.

[Branding. See summary.]

Thomasin Blake and Alice Fenley , were both Indicted for Robbing the Shop of Mr. Potter Witcheloe , on the 25th of April last and taking away 72 Yards of 10 penny Ribboning, value 10 s. The Evidence not being possitive, they were both Acquitted .

Mary Jones alias Fletcher , was Tryed for stealing from John Stilwell , of St. Pauls Covent Garden , on the 4th of March last, a pair of Sheets, and a pair of Stuff Curtains, and a Holland Pillow-Bare, &c. The Prisoner pleaded her Innocency, and the Prosecutor might be mistaken in the Person; so she was Acquitted .

Jane Presbury , was Indicted for stealing from Roger Wilson , in Field Lane , on the 11th of December last, two Dowlace Shirts, value 11 s. The Prisoner and another Woman came to the Prosecutors Shop to cheapen some Goods, and took away the Shirts ; but the Prisoner denyed it, but she was seen in the Shop, though she denyed it at her Tryal: so she was found Guilty to the value of 10 d.

[Whipping. See summary.]

John Holland , was Indicted for stealing a Silver Tankard from Roger French , of St. Leonard Shoreditch , value 4 l. on the 18th of this Instant May , which was found about him in his Coat-Pocket, which he confest before the Justice; but upon the Tryal he said, That another Man put it into his Pocket; so upon the whole he was found Guilty .

[Branding. See summary.]

Elizabeth Williams , was Indicted for stealing from Edward Boswell a Sett of Serge Curtains, &c. The Jury Conjectured that the Prosecutor might be easily mistaken as to the Goods; she was Acquitted .

Christopher Tremane, alias Gun, alias Trelawny , and John King , were Indicted as Principals, and Thomas Bullock as Accessary, for Felony and Burglary, in breaking the House of John Preston , of St. Mary Islington , on the 7th of December last, and taking away a Suit of Child-Bed-Linnen, value 30 s. a Silver Tankard, value 6 l. in piece of Eight, value 4 s. and 6 l. in Mony, &c. The Evidence declared, That Tremane and others came to his House, about Six of the Clock in the Evening, and Robbed him; but before they had compassed their Design, the Prisoners Dog bit King by the Leg, and Tremane by the Hand, as was further made out by one Dun, a Thief, who was brought out of Newgate as a Witness against them, who said, That himself and the Prisoners Treman and King and one Edward Poor , and John Thornton , (who are fled) and John Story , who was Executed last Sessions, all met at Bullock's House in Clerkenwel Parish, where they were informed by Bullock of the Prize abovesaid; upon which they went and committed the Robbery that Evening which was plainly proved against the two former: But Bullock called very Creditable Witnesses to Justifie his Reputation, which weighed so much on his side, that he was Acquitted , but the other two were Convicted of Felony and Burglary.

[Death. See summary.]

Margaret Beard , a Girle , about 12 Years of Age, was Indicted for stealing a piece of Silk, value 6 l. from Mr. Coldicot , near Ludgate. She came to the Prosecutors Shop to buy some Silk, and stole away the piece afore said ; and when she was pursued, she dropt it out of her Pettycoat. She was very impudent in her Behaviour when taken, and had been an Old Offender, though Young; she said that she was drawn away by wicked Company: In the end she was Found Guilty , &c.

[Death -respited. See summary.]

Jane Walker , was Tryed for stealing from Charles Thurston , on the 4th of this Instant May , one Linnen Bag, value 1 d. and 20 l. in Mony . The Evidence was plain against her; so she was found Guilty of Felony.

[Death. See summary.]

William Edwards and Thomas Farren , were both Arraigned, Edwards as Principal and Farren as Accessary, for Robbing Thomas Milton , Esq ; of 50 l. in Money , on the 10th of this Instant May . Edwards confest the Indictment, but Farren was Tryed; and the Evidence against him Deposed, That he met Edwards and Counselled him to Rob his Master . The Prisoner deny'd it; and said, That he was surprized, and had several Reputable Persons to justifie his Behaviour; so the Jury were pleased to Acquit him.

[Branding. See summary.]

Margaret Deane of Leather-Lane , was Tryed for the Murther of her Female Infant Bastard Child, on the 20th of April last, by casting it into a Vault, &c. The Proof was, That the Child was found in the House of Office, which the Prisoner confest immediately; but no Wounds were found upon the Child, the Prisoner deny'd it at her Tryal, and said she was Lawfully Married at Portsmouth; and said further, That her Husband was gone to Sea: but nothing materially to her advantage, she was found Guilty of Murther.

[Death. See summary.]

Matthew Thomas , was Indicted for Robbing Daniel Leery , on the 12th Instant, in the Street, as he was going along, in St. James's Parish , snatching his Hat and Perrywig off his Head, in the Night, between twelve and one of the Clock . The Prisoner had little to say for himself, he was found Guilty .

[Death. See summary.]

M - A - , was Tryed for being Accessary, after the Fact committed by Christopher Tremane and John King , who Robbed John Preston of Islington, as is before Incerted; Dun the Theif, who was one of the Gang, declared, That she bought several pieces of Plate of Tremane : but she call'd Cloud of Witnesses to prove her honesty, she was Acquitted .

Christopher Tremane alias Trelawny , was a Second time singly Indicted for a Burglary, committed in the House of Edward Matthews , about the hours of one and two in the Morning, on the 29th of October last, at King's Gate going to Chelsey . Mathews swore, That his House was broke open by several Persons who came to him in at the Cellar-Window, swearing most desperate Oaths; and bound him and his Wife, and took away 5 Gold-Rings, 5 l. a Dram-Cup, a piece of Silver-Chain, value 10 s. a Beavor Hat, value 20 s. three pieces of Broad Cloth, and 10 l. in Money, &c. Matthews swore flatly against the Prisoner; and there was one Masters and Edward Poor with him, but they are not yet found. Tremane deny'd it, but he was found Guilty .

Susannah Johnson alias Tomson , of Stepney , was Tryed for stealing Sarah Rugbey , Jane Rowney , Frances Howard and others, ed in the same House, a Stuff Gown, value 40 s. a Pet value 9 s. a Hood and some small Linnen &c. which lest when taken, and did not deny it at her Tryal; so she found Guilty to the value of 10 d.

[Whipping. See summary.]

Gabriel Powell , was Indicted for that the, together with one Thomas Sherwin and one Bonnet, not taken, did break the House of one Martha Bolton , Widow , in Black Fryers , on the 3d. of February last, and stealing away 4 Silver Spoons, value 40 s. and 30 l. in Money . Mrs. Bolton swore that the Prisoner was in her House with the other two when she was abroad, and after that he came no more. The Prisoner made a long Story in his Defence, and no one see him have the Goods or Mony, he was Acquitted .

John Tree and Susannah Tree his Wife , were both Indicted for stealing from Mary Urwin , Widow , of Aldgate Parish , on the 20th Instant a Pettycoat, value 12 d. one other Serge Pettycoat, value 2 s. a Childs Coat, and a Frock, &c. But the Evidence being only circumstantial, they were both Acquitted .

Edward Griffeth , Esq ; was Indicted for Killing Thomas Thomson , Gent. on the 4th of this Instant May . They were both playing at Bowls together at Mary-Bone ; and some difference happened to arise about the Game concerning Betting, Mr. Griffeth said, That he would give 10 l. to see Mr. Thomson lose; and Mr. Thomson reply'd, That he would give 20 l. to see his Throat cut: After which Mr. Thomson drew his Sword, and made several Passes at the Prisoner; upon which the Prisoner drew, and gave him a Wound, near the Navel, of the depth of six Inches, of which he dyed on the next day; but there was no precedent Malice betwixt them. The Prisoner did not deny the Matter of Fact, so he was found Guilty of Manslaughter .

David White , Gent. was Tryed for killing one Thomas King , Gent. on the 19th Instant, of which he dyed the 22d, of a Wound given by a Sword, value 5 s. The Evidence swore, That the Prisoner was seen to push at the Deceased, upon which Mr. King fell down; and the Prisoners Sword was besmeared in Blood; and they were both much in Drink; but it was proved, that the Deceased gave the Prisoner a very great Affront before any Sword was drawn; he was found Guilty of Manslaughter .

William De Veville and Anthony Shaftee , were Indicted for stealing 2 Iron Hasps, and 2 Steples, value 4 s. out of Mary-Bone Park , in April last, which Irons were fastened to the Posts belonging to the Rayles . The Evidence swore home against them; but the Fact being rather a Trespass than a Felony, they were both Acquitted .

Anne Cranbey and William Feilding , were both Tryed for Robbing Mrs. Knapper of a Silver Seal, and several parcels of Linnen, &c. value all about 3 l. The Woman was Indicted as Principal and the Man as Accessary; and the Evidence was plain against the Woman, as also against the Man, that she stole the Goods and he received them; they were both found Guilty .

[Death. See summary.]

Thomas Cox , was Indicted for breaking the house of Robert Smith , of St. Giles in the Fields , and Robbing him of 24 l. in Money , on the 26th of March last; but the sufficient against him, so he was Acquitted .

William Feilding and Grace Feilding his Wife were Tryed upon Three Indictments; First, for breaking the house of Mary Covel , Widow , in October last, in the Day-time, and stealing Goods to the value of 100 l. Secondly, for breaking the House of Mary Clare , Widow , on the 10th of April , together with out Susannah Throp , fled, and stealing Goods to the value of 3 l. 10 s. and some small things from Sarah Fun , value 10 s. Thirdly, for Robbing Elizabeth White , Widow , of 18 Guineas, and divers small Goods, on the 23d of April last . The Prisoners came to all the Prosecutors and pretended that there was a Lady Dead who had left them Legacys, and Wheedled them to go to look after it, and the whilest Robbed their Houses; which was lookt upon as a very wicked Invention. The Man confest them all, and was found Guilty ; but the Woman being his Wife was Acquitted of the two, first, and the last being done in Surrey, she could not be Tryed here for it.

Elizabeth Morris , was Tryed for stealing from Nathaniel Haughton , on the 23d of April last, a Jewel set in Gold, value 60 l. three Pearls, value 12 l. 2 Gold Ear-Rings, half a yard of Poynt Lace, value 20 s. 2 pair of Sheets, value 6 l. with several other Goods of good value ; some of the Goods were; found upon her. The Prisoner said she had them from her Mother out of Worcestershire but could not prove it, so she was found Guilty .

[Death. See summary.]

Rebekah Williams , Widow , was Tryed for Robbing Edward Veron , on Easter-day last, of Goods to a considerable value. Mr. Veron swore, That his Shop was broke open at Ipswich , and that the Prisoner offered several of the Goods to sale in London, at a Goldsmiths, where she was taken; but she proving her self a Married Woman, by vertue of the Covering she was Acquitted .

Anne Walker , was Tryed for stealing 25 yards of Linnen Cloth value 12 s. 6 d. the Goods of a Person unknown; the Good's were taken upon her, as she was going along Ratcliff-High-way. She was an Old Offender so was found Guilty to the value of 10 d.

[Whipping. See summary.]

Grace Feldoe , was Indicted for stealing a pair of Tissue Stayes a pair of Gloves, &c. But no Evidence coming against her she was Acquitted .

William Thomas , who was accused by Congden for being concerned in the Murther of Margaret Gallon , and two Persons more at Wappen , for which Congden now hangs in Chains near Mile-End; but no Evidence came against him, so he was discharged .

Evan Jones and Francis Staniard ; were Arraigned for a Robbery on the High-way but no Evidence appearing against them, they were Discharged .

Captain John Ewers , was Tryed for a High Misdemeanor, in Publishing a most Notorious Scandalous and Seditious Libel, tending to stir up and raise Rebellion in this Kingdom, &c. Entituted A Copy of a Letter sent to the Reverend. Dr. Beveridge, upon Occasion of the Second Edition of the Paper of Remarks upon his Sermon about Restitution; in which Libel was found most base and reflecting Language against the King and Queen, &c. The Evidence proved, That he shewed it to one Mr. Sparkes in a Coffee-House, which he Testified in Court against the Prisoner; and the Prisoner made no material Defence, so he was found Guilty , and Fined 200 Marks , to find Sureties for a twelve Month , and Suffer Imprisonment till he perform it, &c.

William Macksfeild , Minister , of Wappen-Chappel , for Refusing to take the Oaths , was bound to the Good Behaviour till he should perform it .

Elizabeth Deacon , the Whip maker's Wife in Wood-street, pleaded Their Majesties most Gracious and Free Pardon .

Edward Griffeth, Esq; and David White, Gent. gave Bayle to appear next Sessions; the latter of which had an Appeal brought against him for Nurther, to which he found Sureties to answer it the first day of the next Term.

Likewise Edward Elliot found Bayle to appear next Sessions.

Elizabeth Deacon , the Whip maker's Wife in Wood-street, pleaded Their Majesties most Gracious and Free Pardon .

So likewise did several Criminals, to the Number of 50. The Lord Preston was ordered to remain. There were several other Criminals ordered to remain.

The Tryals being over, the Court gave Sentence thus:

Burnt in the Hand 4.

Edward Booth, Anne Thomas alias Morris, John Holland, and William Edwards.

Received Sentence of Death 11.

Mary Hayes, Anne Butcher, Jane Walker, Margaret Beard, Christopher Tremane, John King. Margret Dean, Matthew Thomas, Anne Cranbey, William Feilding, and Elizabeth Morris.

Agnes Clarkson, a former Convict, who pleaded her Belly, was ordered to be Executed with the rest. Margaret Beard was suspected after Judgment. Anne Butcher was found with Quick Child.

To be Whipt 4.

Sarah Thornley, Jane Presbury, Susannah Johnston, Anne Walker.


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