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Old Bailey Proceedings, 11th April 1716.

THE PROCEEDINGS ON THE KING'S commission of the Peace, AND

Oyer and Terminer, and Goal Delivery of Newgate, held for the CITY of London, and COUNTRY of Middlesex, at Justice-Hall in the Old Bayly,

On Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, being the 11th,12th, and 13th, of April,1716. In the Second year of His MAJESTY's Reign.

BEfore the Right Hon. Sir CHARLES PEERS , Kt. Lord Mayor of the City of London; Thomas Lord Parker, Lord Chief Justice of the King's-Bench ; Mr. Baron Bary , Mr. Justice Tracy, Sir William Thompson , Kt. Recorder; with several of His Majesty's Justices of the Peace for the City of London, and County, of Middlesex.

The Jurors were as followeth:

London Jury.

Edward Hilliard

William Norris

Joseph Jacobs

William Sherborne

John Willmott

William Marsland

Paul Knewstub

Jesoph Grimstead

Thomas Dawell

William Bigsby

Samnel Bangbton

Christopher Fincbivedd .

Middlesex, Jury.

Giles Riddle , Gent .

William Stroud

Thomas Bavand

Jereiny Levin

Edward Cross

Edward Prior

Wiliam Clements

John Prater

James Rigby

Thomas Bates

Lowrence Andrews

Edward How .

The Proceedings were as followeth:

William Smith , and John Hanson of the Parish of St. Botolph Bishopsgate , were indicted for feloniously stealing a Silver Tarikard, value 6 l out of the House of Thomas Moor , on the 27th of March last. It appear'd by the evidence, that the Prisoners, with another not taken, went into the House of Mr. Moor aforesaid, and call'd for a Tankard of Beer (Smith having been there the Day before.) which was accordingly brought them by the Prosecutor's Daughter: Then Smith, whose Part it was to make himself acquainted with the Landlord to prevent Suspicion, ask'd him several intimate Questions and told him he had measur'd out many Bushels of Oysters for him (having inform'd himself before that that was his Business) and came purely out of Love to see him: But Mr. Meer, who was under some Concern for the Tankard, not being so easily deceiv'd, kept an Eye upon his new Acquaintance, and observ'd the other Prisoner to go often out, under as many Pretences: At last, the Scheme being settled, Hanson ask'd the Prosecutor's Daughter which was the Way to old Bedlam, and being directed went out, but immediately came in, and spoke aloud to his Confederates, Sue's at the Door, but she won't come in, and went alway, another Person who was with ' em in Plate Buttons, but not taken, replied, Then I'll fetch her in, and stepping to the Door, held it open till smith made a clear Passage with the Tankard, it being now near Night; however, he was pursu'd and taken, being much soil 'd with the Beer that was in it, as he carried it under his Coat. It was very plain the Prisoner Hanson was principally assisting and abetting in the Felony; and the Jury found them both Guilty of the Indictment.

[Death. See summary.]

John Stevenson , of the Parish of St. Michael Bassishaw , was indicted for feloniously stealing 1 Cloth Coat and Wastcoat,1 pair of Silk Stockings,5 Shirts, and other Things, value 4.l. the Goods of Samuel Williams , and a Cloth, Coat and Wastcoat, and other Goods, value 3.l . the Property of George Knapp , on the 27th of February last. An Evidence depos'd, That going under a Gateway in Aldermanbury, he saw the Prisoner with a Bundle of Goods, seemingly unresolv'd, and under a vicious Confusion, which occasion'd him to suspect him for a Rogue, who thereupon, with some other Persons, watch'd and follow'd him into Forestreet, and thence into an Alley by Moorfields, where the Prisoner lodg'd his. Goods but in the Way he dropt a Shirt out of his Breeches, and another was very near satting; and being ask'd what S.W. stood for, he replied Samuel Woodward a HorseJocky , as he did upon his Trial but could give no Account of him at all. It was a very plain Fact, that the Prisoner seeing Mr. Williams Door open, went up Stairs, and change'd Clothes with the Prosecutor leaving his own fifty Rags in their Room which illegal and criminal Exchange being a plain Felony, and he giving no Account of himself, the Jury found him Guilty .

[Death. See summary.]

William King , of the Parish of St. Botolph Aldersgate was indicted for breaking the House of Richard Birch , in the Night-time, with Intention to steal his Goods , on the 14th of March last. An Evidence depos'd That going by the Prosecutor's House, between 3 and 4 in the Mourning, he perceiv'd the Prisoner and another Boy very industrious in breaking it open; upon which he stopd, and remain'd unperceiv'd till the Fact, was committed, by breaking the Pallisadoes, and taking out a Pam of Glass; then he rais'd the House, and the Prisoner was taken in it but the other made his Escape. He did but deny the Fact upon his Trial; which being insignificant under such Circumstances, the Jury found him Guilty .

[Death. See summary.]

Richard Roberts , of the Parish of St. Brides , was indicted for privately stealing 1 Silver Hilted Sword , from the Person of George Kelley , on the 6th Instant The Prosecutor swore he lost his Sword, but could not fix the Felony upon the Prisoner; Wherefore he was Acquitted .

William Davis , of the Parish of St. Matthew in Friday-Street , was indicted for privately stealing 1 pair of Worsted Stockings, value 3 s. out of the Shop of Nathanael Harding , the 24th of March last. There was an Evidence who thin Iron, that had a Hook at the End, drawing out Stockings over the Stall, which he immediately convey'd to a Confederate; who thereupon occasion'd his being apprehended with the Iron upon him. He was plainly Guilty, and was accordingly found so to the Value of 10 d.

[Whipping. See summary.]

Richard Mills , of the Parish of St. Gile's Cripplegate , was indicted for feloniously stealing 49 s.6 d. out of the House of Edward Davis , the Goods and Monies of William State , on the 10th of December last. It appear'd the Prisoner lodg'd with State, and pick'd his Pocket of 9 d. which he discovering after he was gone out, he return'd immediately, and found he had been robb'd as in the Indictment, the Prisoner being gone; but sometime after he was apprehended, when he confess'd he had injur'd him, but would not own the whole Sum: The Jury found him Guilty of the Indictment.

[Death. See summary.]

Mary Johnson of the Parish of St. Bartholomew the Great , was indicted for privately stealing a Gold Ring, value 20 s. from the Person of John Bond , on the 31st of March last. Mr. Bond depos'd he was follow'd by the Prisoner in Long-lane , and going with her into a House, She discover'd he had a Ring in his Pocket, which she took from him, exchanging a Brass one for it: But the Prisoner in her Defence said the Prosecutor gave her the Ring, and agreed to the Exchange, as a Constable swore she said she would do when she was apprehended. The Jury considering the Matter, acquitted the Prisoner.

John Smith , of the Parish of St. Giles Cripplegate , was indicted for privately stealing 4 oz. of Silver Wire, value 20 s. out of the Shed of Charles Kent , with one Thomas Goodale , not yet taken, on the 5th of March last. Upon Trial it appear'd, That the Boy had confess'd the stealing the Goods, and that he gave them to one Faith Harris , when apprehended; but now said he had them from Goodale, who gave him Orders to give them to the said Harris. The Jury considering the Matter found the Boy Guilty to the Value of 10 d.

[Whipping. See summary.]

Elizabeth Whitt , of the Parish of St. Sepulchres , was indicted for privately stealing 1 Horse Cloth, value 5 l.1 Rowler, value 3 s. out of the Stable of William Lovell , on the 6th Instant. There was an Evidence who perceived the Prisoner to go into a Court with the Goods, and suspecting her, went to her and found her packing them up. There was another who had been in the Stable but Half an Hour before and saw the Goods there, leaving them under Lock with the Key in the Door; and Mr. Lovell swore the Goods were his. The Prisoner, said she was much in Drink, but did not believe herself Guilty. The Jury considering her Case brought her in Guilty to the Value of 10 d.

[Whipping. See summary.]

, of the Parish of St. Mary Woolnoth was indicted for privately stealing 1 Letter-Case value 6 d. from the Person of Thomas Hansom on the 27th of March last. Mr. Hanson depos'd, That coming from the Post Office, he felt something go out of his Pocket, and searching, miss'd his Pocket-Book, upon which he said hold of the Prisoner and told him, he had it; who immediately replied if he had he'd give it him and accordingly did. The Prisoner in his Defence said, That as he was going by the Post Office the Prosecutor told him he had his Pocekt-Book upon which he look'd in his Pocket and found he had and so gave it him again; but did not know how it came there. He was found Guilty of the Indictment.

[Whipping. See summary.]

Frances Duckhouse , of the Parish of St. Martin Outwich , was indicted for feloniously stealing 1 Camblet Ridinghood, value of 10 s.1 Linnen Sheet,4 s. and 2 Aprons, value 2 s. out of the House of Charles Kent , on the 25th of February last. Mrs. Kent depos'd they Prisoner had been s Servant -Maid, and believ'd her to be an honest Person; but one Day she came to her and told her she was lame, and out of Place and desir'd her to let her lie in her House till she was well, and had provided her self with another Place of Service; this Request being granted, it was not long before the Cripple danc'd off with the Goods. The Prisoner said they were sent her; which the Prosecutor denied; and the Jury found her Guilty to the Value of 10 d.

[Whipping. See summary.]

Elizabeth Nicholls , of the Parish of St. Helen within Bishopgate , was indicted for that She with one Frances Hickman , who did not appear, did privately steal 35 Ivory Combs, value 9 s.11 Horn Combs value 9 d. out of the Shop of Christopher Astly , on the 16th of March last. It appear'd the Prisoner came in to the Shop asking for a Dadriff Comb, with the other Woman; and occasion'd a great deal of trouble in opening Goods, which gave her an Opportunity to convey some of them into her Pocket, where they found. The Jury found her Guilty to the Value of 10 d.

[Whipping. See summary.]

David Pritchard , of the Parish of Christ Church , was indicted for feloniously stealing 79 Yards of Silk and Worsted Lace, value 10 s. the Goods of Thomas Bond and William Pattin , on the 23rd of February last. The Fact being fully prov'd, the Prisoner was found Guilty to the Value of 4 s.10 d.

[Branding. See summary.]

Edward Lewis and Martha Lewis , of the Parish of St. Dunstan in the West , were indicted for feloniously stealing 107 Guineas, 9 s and 9 d. the Goods and Moneys of Robert Rhodes , on the 11th of January last. Mrs. Rhodes swore, That having and extraordinary Opinion of Mrs. Lewis's Honesty, she having an occasion to go out of Town, left a little Trunk with her, in which was the Goods aforesaid, and a hollow Sword-Blade-Company's Bond, believing it to be safest in her Possesion but upon her Return Mrs.Lewis met , her with a Dream she said she had had, in which she perceiv'd that her little Daughters, her Maid, and another Person, had taken out the Bottom of the Trunk, and robb'd her of her Money and Things; upon which she bid her fetch it down as she did, but went away before it was opened. There Mrs. Rhodes search'd and found the Money and not finding the Bond neither, at first, she would have sent away to stop the Payment; but Mrs. Lawin told her, she would find that, may be, and bid her look again for it: which she did and found it there. These were at least strong Presumptions against the Prisoners; who on their Part endeavoured to clear themselves by Insinuating to the Court, That Mrs. Rhodes was much inclined to Gaming and Extravagance and call'd some to prove it in Evidence, which upon, hearing no ways answered their Expection, but rather shwed, the Guilt of the Prisoners, and cleared, the Reputation of the Gentlewoman they accused. Then they proceeded to relate some Circumstances of a Jealousy and Dispute between Mrs. Rhodes and her Husband, to as Little Purpose; and at last submitted it to the Court; whether if they had been Guilty, the Money would not in some measure have shew itself and by some means or other been an Evidence against them; whereas there appears an Alteration in their Condition nor Reputation, which was well maintained by some Persons they called for that Purpose. Upon the whole, it was not prov'd that either Mr.Lewis did take the Money out of the Trunk, or his Wife, who denied she told Mrs. Rhodes of her dreaming of any Money, or that she said any thing of it before Justice and it being only a Posibbility (as the Jury concerv'd) that the Money might by some unknown Circumstance on Accident be either taken out of the Trunk while in the Prisoner's Possession without their Knowledge or by one of them without the Knowledge of the other, or before; they were both acquitted .

Anne Robertson of the Parish of St. Dunstan in the West , was indicted for a Misdemeanor in receiving 120 yards of white Durance value 5 l.72 Yards of Striped allimanco value 4 l. the Goods of Joseph Stallon on the 3d of March last, knowing them to be stole . The act was fully made out, and the Jury being therewith satisfied, she was found Guilty of the Indictment.

[Fine. See summary.]

John Richburn was indicted for a Misdemeanor speaking very scandalous, false, seditious , and traitorous Words of his most Sacred Majesty ; but the Court having Information that he was in Drink when he said them, which generally subjects him to the state of a Madman; and no Body being in Court as Evidence against him, he was acquitted .

Ralph Emmery of the Parish of St. Katherine ed Church, was indicted for privately stealing one Silk Handkerchief, value 2 s. from the Person of John Ring , on the 18th of March last; which the Prisoner only denied against a plain Evidence, and was therefore found Guilty to the Value of 10 d.

[Whipping. See summary.]

and were Severally indicted for Felony and Burglary ; to which Indictments they pleaded Guilty .

[Death. See summary.]

John Clare , of the Parish of St. Mary Woolnoth , was indicted for privately stealing I Silk Scarf, value 3 s. from the Person of Sarah Lucan , the Goods of Isaac Ashley , on the 5th of March last; But no Prosetutor appearing to make Good the Indicment, he was acquitted .

John Goddard , Sen and John Goddard , Jun . were indicted for feloniously Stealing 52 lb Wt. of double-refined Loaf-Sugar; value 43 s. Goods of Joseph Bagnall on the 22d of March last. The Prisoners were both taken with the Goods Upon them, which the Father pretended he bought; but he brought none to prove it, nor did his Story seem likely. The Son said, he had the Goods from his Father, and was carrying them by his Order when taken. He was acquitted but his Father was found guilty of Felony.

[Branding. See summary.]

Edward Spencer , of the Parish of St. Brides was indicted for an Assault and Robbery on the King's Highway, the 15th of January last, on the Body of Francis Green , taking from him a Perriwig, value 35 s.

He was a second time indicted of the Parish aforesaid for an Assault and Robbery on the Person of William Huggins , Sen on the King's Highway on the same Day and taking from him a Cane value 2 s.

He was a third time indicted of the Parish and Day aforesaid for assaulting and robbing the Person of William Huggins Jun . and taking from him a Silver Watch and Case value 4 l. and a Steel Seal value 6 d.

The Evidence against him was very Full, by which it appeared, that the three Prosecutors were going along Fleetstreet about 8 a Clock at Night and Mr. Huggins Jun being foremost with a Link in one Hand and a Cane in the other, one Hutton who was convicted last Sessions, snatch'd at his Cane, but being disappointed before they had gone many Yards, the Prisoner and 6 or 7 more attack'd them all and he with a short Knife that he had in his Hand stabb'd Mr. Huggings Jun in the Thigh who soon after received long Gashes down his Black, and his Cheek was cut from his Mouth to his Ear. The other two receiv'd some Wounds and lost the Goods abovementioned in the Scuffle . The Prisoner made no Defence, and was found Guilty of all three Indictments

Edward Spencer was a fourth time indicted of the Parish of St. Giles in the Fields in the Country of Midlesex for assaulting and robbing Robert Adams on the King's Highway, taking from him a Perriwig value 6 l on the 25th of February last. By the Evidence it appeared, that the Prisoner thrust Adams up to the broke his Box, and took out his Master's Wigg Which he was carrying to the Barber's but being persued he dropt it before he was taken. However this did not appear to be an Assault, upon which he ws found Guilty of Felony only .

[Death. See summary.]

William Evans Giles , of the Parish of St. Martin in the Fields , was indicted for feloniously stealing a Linnen Necks, value 2 s.2 Holland Sleeves 2 s 2 Linnen Caps and other Things , the Property of Hannah Simpson , on the 18th of February last, it was prov'd the Prisoner stole the Goods; but the Jury considering the Value, found him Guilty to the Value of 10 d.

[Whipping. See summary.]

Mary Ridge of the Parish of St. Paul Covent Garden , was indicted for privately stealing 10 Yards of Persian Silk, value 15 s. out of the Shop of John Price , on the 24th of March last. There was no Evidence who saw her take the Goods out of the Shop, and the Prisoner denied the Fact, and was acquitted by the Jury.

Isabella Richardson and Katherine Richardson , were indicted for feloniously stealing 2 Holland Frocks, value 1.s.6 d.2 Holland Sheets, value 4 s. and other Things from Giles Walton . The Prosecutor depos'd, the Prisoner Katherine was his Servant and stole the Goods, and being taken up, confes'd she had pawn'd them. The Prisoner Katherine desired the Court to acquit her Sister, who she was sure was very innocent; an as to what she confess'd herself; she said, she was frighten'd to it. No Pawn-broker appeared to prove it; however, the Jury considering the Nature of her Defence, brought her in Guilty to the Value of 10 d. and acquitted her Sister.

[Whipping. See summary.]

Ralph Walker , alias Parker of the Parish of St. Martin in the Fields , was indicted for breaking the House of Peter Durance in the Night-time, and stealing thence 1 Velvet Cap 1 Sagathee Wastcoat a Stuff Gown, and other Goods belonging to the said Peter Durance, on the 18th of March last. Mrs. Durance swore, that having been to visit a Neighbour, and coming back she found her House broke open, and the Cloaths abovemention'd were found in the Prisoner's Sack, which he brought there for that Purpose. Another Evidence depos'd, he saw the Prisoner come out of the House, and stopp'd him with some of the Prosecutor's Goods upon him. The Prisoner made no satisfactory Defence, and was found Guilty of the Indictment.

[Death. See summary.]

Elizabeth Waters , of the Parish of St. Sepulchures , was indicted for feloniously stealing 1 Holland Sheets value 20 s.1 Flaxen Sheet,3 l. and a Diaper Table-Cloth,6 s. the Goods of Elizabeth Tath , on the 21st of April last. It was prov'd the Prisoner lodg'd in the Prosecutor's House and took the Goods out of the Counter, about two a Clock in the Mourning, at which time she was apprehended by a watchman, as she was knocking at a Brandy Shop Door, with the Goods upon her. She made no Defence and was found Guilty to the Value of 4 s.10 d.

[Branding. See summary.]

Matth.ew Cattings of the Parish of St. Paul Shadwell , was indicted for privately stealing 1 Holland Sheet,5 Aprons,10 Silk Handkerchiefs and other Goods, out of the Shop of Thomas Baily , on the 5th Instant. The Evidence against him fully prov'd the Felony, but the jury upon due Consideration found him Guilty to the Value of 10 d. only .

[Whipping. See summary.]

Elizabeth Andrews , of the Parish of St. John Wapping was indicted for feloniously stealing 160 Guineas 1 Half Guineas and 1 Broad piece of Gold , the Goods of Joseph Batchelor upon the 7th Instant. The Prisoner was a Servant in the House, and had seen the Money, and taking the Oppurtunity of Mr. Batchelor and his Wife's being abroad, went away with it before they came home who making the Discovery, made Enquiries of all sides , by Land and Water, and at last found her on Board a Ship, where she was taken with all the Money. On her Trial she said, she was led away; which doing her but little Service after was retaken, the Jury found her Guilty .

[Death -respited for pregnancy. See summary.]

John Dicrey , Gent , of the Parish of St. Martin in the Fields , was indicted, for the Murder of David Maguier , by giving him a mortal Wound, with a Rapier, on the right Side of his Belly, near the Navel, of the Breadth of half an Inch and the Depth of 8 Inches, of which he instantly died . He was also indicted on the Coroner's Inquest, for the said Murder. All the Witnesses agreed, That the Deceas'd was a Person of very ill Behaviour when in Wine, and much dispos'd to quarrel; but gave the quite contrary Character of the Prisoner. Those who were Evidence to the Fact depos'd, the Prisoner and the Deceas'd were drinking Wine at a Tavern, where appear'd no Signs of a pre mediated Malice ; but the Prisoner going out, he was follow'd by the Deceas'd; and coming to a Place were there was a Descent, he took him by the Collar, and pull'd him down several Paces, and then said,'D - n je draw , or else I'll stick you, his own Sword being naked, with which he immediately push'd at the Prisoner, and wounded him (as the Surgeon sware) in the Lungs, upon which he fell down but getting up again, he retreated to the Wall and the Deceas'd making another Pass, thrust himself upon the Prisoner's Sword, which he drew just before for his own Defence: General Tatton, and other Honourable Gentlemen, appear'd in Behalf of the Prisoner; and the Jury brought it in Se Defendendo .

John Jones , of the Parish of St. Martin in the Fields , was indicted for feloniously stealing some Shirts and other Linnen , the Goods of Francis Blare ; but the Evidence not being sufficient to convict him in the Opinion of the Jury, he was Acquitted .

, of the Parish of St. Giles's Cripplegate , was indicted for breaking the House of John Kemp , in the Night time, and stealing thence to Brass Hilted Swords,2 small Swords, and 2 Hangers, value 3 l. on the 12th of March last, Kemp depos'd his House was broke open, on the Night aforesaid, and that the Goods above named were then taken away, and afterwards found upon the Prisoner; but he nor no other of the Evidence could prove he stole them; On his Part were some Witnesses who swore they saw the Prisoner, buy part of 'em and pay for 'em; and that they believ'd to be a very honest Man, that he liv'd in Credit,&c. The Jury acquitted the Prisoner.

John Smith of the Parish of St. Mary at Islington ; was indicted for assaulting William Burton , on the Highway and taking from him a brown Gelding, value 10 l.15 s. the Goods of Mr. M -, and 2 s,6 d, in Money on the 17th of March last. Burton depos'd, That going from London to Hornsey , between 8 and 9 a Clock, he was met on the Road, by two Men on Horseback , and one on Foot, who was the Prisoner, who took away his Horse and Money, and rode away with them. But some time after he committed another Robbery upon Mr. M -'s Horse, which alarming the Country, he was pursued and being hard put to it, quitted the Horse and his, great Coat, and jump'd over a Hedge into a Field, where he was taken, a loaded Pistol lay down on the Ground by him, and Money was found to the Value of 4 l.5 s .2 d. Halfpedny upon him, some in every Pocket: but the Prisoner dented the Horse and the Great Coat; and said he came into the Field to sleep. After she was secur'd an Advertisement was publish'd describing the Man and Horse, and Mr. M -, went to the Three pidgeans at Bradford , where the Horse was left, and ducover'd it to be his own. The Prisoner, only denied the Fact and the Jury found him Guilty of the Indictment.

[Death. See summary.]

Margaret Perwold the Parish of Hillingdon , was indicted for privately stealing 24 Yards of Worsted Camblet , value 26 s. out of the Shop of Thomas Scott on the 1 of March last Mr. Scott depos'd, The Prisoner came into his Shop, and ask'd for a pair Stockings, bought them, and went out, when presently a Man came to him, and ask'd him to give hit or 2 s 6 d for. Half a Crown; but Mr. Scott having son and Suspicion of the Prisoner, he endeavour'd to go ou to pursue her, but was hinder'd by this Man, whic oblig'd him to force his Way out; and presently aou ter his Wife took her with the Goods under her Arm In her Defence: the said a Woman gave them he The Jury found her Guilty to the Value of 10 d.

[Whipping. See summary.]

William Atterbury , of the Precinct of Norton Fal gate , Butcher , was indicted for a Rape on the Body of Frances Adams , a Virgin of the Age of 18 , on the 1st of January last. Frances Adams depos'd, her Mistress and Fellow-Servants being out at Market, on the Night aforesaid about 12 a Clock, the Prisoner bit of her put the Child to Bed, which she did; and coming down Stairs, he spread a Great Coat on the Ground and swore he'd cut her to pieces it she refus'd to le him lie with her, stop'd her Mouth, and forc'd her after she had spent herself an Hour and a half wite'd , struggling. That about a Fortnight after this she told her Brother of it, not daring to acquaint her Misstress with it, left her Master should be the Death of her. A Midwife depos'd, she search'd the Body of the said Frances Adams, and found she had been injur'd by a Man. The Prisoner denied all this, and called a Neighbour and two of his Servants to disprove it the Substance of whole Evidence was, That the Prisoner and his Neighbour were at Cards that Night. But till late, and a Prentice fetch'd them some Drinks that after he was gone, they went to Work, then to Supper, and at last to Bed; that the Prisoner's Wife , and another Servant coming home found only they Maid up; and a Midwife on their Side swore, she could not discover any Signs of Violence upon the Prosecutor's Body. The Jury acquitted the Prisoner.

John Williams , of the Parish of Ruster , was indicted for feloniously stealing 12 Sheets,3 Kettles a Sauce pan,1 Pail, and other Things of little Value , belonging to Edward Fastnidge , on the 20th of March last. The Prosecutor's, House was broke open , and the Goods taken away, in Buckinghamshire but the Prisoner was taken with the Sheets upon him in Middlesex; who saying nothing in his Defence but that he found them on the Road, the Jury found him Guilty to the Value of 10 d.

[Whipping. See summary.]

Thomas Hyman alias Kettles , of the Parish of St. Andrew Holbourn , was indicted for breaking the House of James Booty in the Night-time, and stealing thence 2 pair of Brass, Candlesticks,34 Pewter Plates, some Napkins, Tablecloths, and other Goods , on the 1 st of March last. A Watchman depos'd, he saw the Prisoner about 3 a Clock in the Morning with a Bundle of Goods, and ask'd him where he was going, he said to his Mother's in Piccadilly; upon which he was ask'd where he had those Goods , he replied from Esquire Dyers; but that not being the Way to Piccadilly from Elquire Dyers, he was apprehended, and Mr. Booty's Door being found open, he was call'd up, when he found he was rob'd of the Goods aforesaid , which were the same that were taken upon the Prisoner. A. Constable swore he search'd the Prisoner, and found a Pistol charg'd and prisn'd ,3 Silver Spoons, and a Ring in his Pockets. Mr. Booty's Maid swore to the Ring. He made no Defence only that he found them, and the Jury found him Guilty of the Indictment .

[Death. See summary.]

John Briscow of the Precinct of St. Katherines was indicted for Feloniously stealing 1 Silk Scarf , value 15 to 1 Gane, value 2, s. and 1 Callicoe Gown, value 30l, the Goods of Jacob Reynolds , on the 12 of March last. The Prisoner confess'd the Fact before a Justice and was apprehended by the Man be sold the Goods to, but denied, it upon his, That The Jury found him Guilty to the Value of 10 d .

[Whipping. See summary.]

Elizabeth Roberts , William Waybank , and William Smith , of the Parish of Hampstead , were indicted for feloniously stealing 4 Holland Aprons, Shirts, and other Linnen, value 30 s. the Goods of Robert Slimwood , on the 4th Instant. Some of those Goods were found upon the Prisoners; but Roberts said she bought them all, and hir'd the other two to carry them for her; but could not prove it. The Jury found her Guilty , and acquitted the other two.

She was a Second time indicted for feloniously stealing 1 Silver Spoon, value 4 s. the Goods of Mr. Francis Palmer , on the Day and Parish aforesaid. Mrs. Francis Palmer , the Prosecutor's Daughter, depos'd the Prisoner came into their House under Pretence of taking a Lodging for a Gentlewoman, and ask'd her if a Man and a Boy did not go by their Door (the two other Prisoners in the first Indictment ) and kept them in Chat and Action till he found an Opportunity to steal the Spoon; which being miss'd, she was call'd back, pretending to buy me Starch which she said she had to sell; but then she was come into the House she was charg'd with the Spoon; and another Evidence saw her slide thro' her Fingers upon a Chest of Drawers. This ocasion'd them all to be apprehended, herself, and her two Servants that carried the Goods. The Prisoner denied the Fact, and said she liv'd by buying id felling of Old Clothes, Starch, and such sort of Goods . But the Evidence being full against her, she was found Guilty of the Indictment.

[Branding. See summary.]

Thomas Smith alias Finch , of the Parish of St. Andrew Holbourn , was indicted for breaking the house of Thomas Hollier , and stealing thence 1 Gallon of Rum, value 8 s.1 Cane,2 s. the Goods of the said Thomas Hollier , on the 6th of March last, in the Night-time . It was a plain Fact, and he was accordingly found Guilty .

[Death. See summary.]

Anne Barret , of the Parish of St. Giles in the Fields , was indicted for feloniously stealing two Cloth Coats, one Cloth Wastcoat, one Dowlas Shirt , from James Ball , on the 12th of March last Ball depos'd the Prisoner lodg'd in his House, and while his Wife was abroad, she being lame, stole the Goods, and went quite away the prisoner denied, and she went away because it was an ill House and it was his Wife which took, away the Goods. the Jury acquitted her.

Joseph Country of the Parish of St. Clement Danes was indicted for feloniously stealing a Weather Sheep, Value 25 s. the Goods of Thomas Sheoble , and a Weather Sheep, value 18 s. the Goods of John Proof was very deficient and he was acquitted .

Richard Newall , of the Parish of St. Clement Danes , Occupation>poulterer , was indicted for a Rape on the Body, of Elizabeth Morris , on the 3d of February last. The Prosecutor swore she was the Prisoner's Servant , and one Morning when her Mistress was, gone out to her whilst she was after and paid depos'd to her body, which surprising Behaviour obliged turn upon her Belly; upon which he cry'd, G - d d - n you, if I can't do it one Way, I'll do it t'other; which, after she was quite tir'd with struggling, her Breasts being bit and her Body much abus'd, he at last accomplish'd, and in spite of all her Rage and assion , turn'd her about and satisfied himself again, but in that Place where Nature most excuses it. As soon as her Mistress came home, she told her of it , who being justly enraged at so monstrous and detestable an Action, advis'd her to take out a Warrant. There were several Evidences who depos'd, that Morris told them of it immediately; but the Prisoner denied the whole Story, and brought several Persons to prove there was no Noise; but they could not tell whether they were asleep or no at that Time; these lodg'd or liv'd in the House. There was one who depos'd she heard the Prosecutor say, If her Master would give her five Guineas she would not prosecute. Another depos'd she heard her say, Her Master had enter'd her a little before she was awak'd, and then found herself in an uncleanly Circumstance: This Evidence swore she kept a young Man Company, and that she was with him 2 or 3 Hours at that Time. A Midwife depos'd the Prosecutor came to her, to know if she were with Child, and desir'd her to search her, to see how she had been injured; which at last she did, but found no Marks of Violence nor Pregnancy. And some others gave Evidence to make it appear a Malicious Prosecution, occasion'd by the Prisoner's Wife. The Jury took the whole Matter into their Consideration, and by their Verdict acquitted the Prisoner.

The Trials being over, the Court proceeded to give Judgment, as followeth:

Receiv'd Sentence of Death,13.

William Smith , John Hanson , John Stevenson , William King , Richard Mills , Edward Spencer , T - E -, John Smith , Ralph Walker alias Parker, Elizabeth Andrews , T - D -, Thomas Pyman alias Kettles, Thomas Smith alias Finch.

Matthew Chester , who pleaded Guilty to three Indictments last Sessions, was called down to his former Sentence.

Burnt in the Hand,4.

Elizabeth Waters , Elizabeth Roberts , David Pritchard , John Goddard , Sen.

To be Whipt,13.

William Davis , John Smith , Elizabeth Unitt , M - J -, Frances Duckhouse , Elizabeth Nicholls , William Evans Giles , Katharine Richardson , Matthew Cattings , Margaret Mecomb , John Williams , John Briscow , Ralph Emmery .

Anne Robertson fin'd 20 Marks.

Elizabeth Andrews pleaded her, Belly, and a Jury of Matrons being impanell'd she was found Quick with Child.


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