Old Bailey Proceedings Online (www.oldbaileyonline.org, version 8.0, 11 May 2021), July 1790 (17900707).

Old Bailey Proceedings, 7th July 1790.

THE WHOLE PROCEEDINGS ON THE KING'S Commission of the Peace, Oyer and Terminer, and Gaol Delivery for the CITY of LONDON; AND ALSO The Gaol Delivery for the County of Middlesex, HELD AT JUSTICE HALL in the OLD BAILEY, On Wednesday, the 7th of JULY, 1790, and the following Days;

Being the SIXTH SESSION in the Mayoralty of The Right Honourable William Pickett , LORD MAYOR OF THE CITY OF LONDON.




Printed for E. HODGSON (the Proprietor); And Sold by him, at his House, No. 14, White Lion Street, Islington; Sold also by J. WALMSLAY, No. 35, Chancery Lane; S. BLADON, No. 13, Pater-noster Row; and J. MARSOM, No. 183, Holborn, opposite Bloomsbury.



KING's Commission of the Peace, Oyer and Terminer, and Gaol Delivery for the CITY of LONDON, &c.

BEFORE the Right Honourable WILLIAM PICKETT , LORD MAYOR of the City of London; the Honourable Sir FRANCIS BULLER , one of the Justices of his Majesty's Court of King's Bench; the Honourable Sir JOHN WILSON , one of the Justices of his Majesty's Court of Common Pleas; JOHN WILLIAM ROSE , Esq; Serjeant at Law, Recorder of the said City, and others his Majesty's Justices of Oyer and Terminer of the City of London, and Justices of Gaol Delivery of Newgate, holden for the said City and County of Middlesex.

London Jury.

Leonard Raper

John Janneway

Joseph Beardmore

Alexander Sangster

James Sansom

Stephen Reynolds

Thomas Mason

George Henser

Henry Parkinson

Thomas Veno

William Tavenor

Joseph Booker

First Middlesex Jury.

John Dorman

James Potts

Frederick Flading

John Abrahams

Joseph Dale

Edward Churton

Joseph Berks

William Parminter

John Pincent

Solomon Simmonds

George Burrowston

William Winlow

Second Middlesex Jury.

William Ball

John Godfrey

Abel Panchard

John Hooke

Richard Mayle

William Duncombe

Jonathan Alderton

John Sheperdson

William Lang

Robert Stoddart

Percy Sadler

Joseph Naylor

538. MORDECAI PASS was indicted for stealing, on the 28th of June , one wooden box, value 1 s. and five hundred and sixty-four pair of buckles, value 20 l. the property of William Nash .


I am a woollen draper and salesman , at No. 30, Ludgate-street ; I lost a box of shoe-buckles, between nine and half after nine; on Monday the 28th of June; I putthem into the cart myself, at my own door, and two other bales with it, I gave the care of the cart to the carman and my lad; the lad came back, and said the things were taken, in a little better than half past nine; they were packed up a little after.


I am carman to Mr. Holyland, in Goswell-street; I saw the box put in the cart, I do not know what was in it.

Court to Nash. When had you last seen the goods in the box? - I packed them up myself and saw the box nailed up on the Saturday.

Did you deliver it up to Jessup? - Yes.

Jessup. I was going from Mr. Nash's to the White Hart in the Borough; I missed the box in St. Paul's Church yard ; I stopped the cart immediately, I found the box on the prisoner in less than ten minutes, in little Carter-lane.

Court. In whose hands did you leave the box? - I put it into a house and sent for Mr. Nash.

Did you leave it any time at the house? - Yes, a little time, and then I took it to Guildhall; and afterwards to Mr. Nash's own house.

Nash. I have had it ever since; it is here now.

Court to Jessup. Which way was the prisoner going? - Into Little Carter-lane.

Did you stop him? - A gentleman stopped him.

Prisoner. Did you take the box off my back? - No, he threw it down.

Jury. Did you see him throw it down? - Yes.


On Monday se'nnight I was going along St. Paul's Church-yard; I saw the prisoner following the cart; I saw him take out the box opposite the end of Paul's Chain, he pulled it out of the cart, on the ground; two more of his companions helped him up with it; he went down Paul's Chain with it; I did not know but he belonged to the cart; the carman went on about twelve rods, and he missed the box and stopped; I waited till the carman came up and asked what was the matter; he said, he had lost a box; we went after him, and the box was on his shoulder, and he threw it down and ran away; I never lost sight of him.

Court to Nash. Is that box yours? - Yes, it was directed to Mr. Conway, Portsmouth.


I was coming along, and two men stopped me, and delivered me up to the people; they were very likely to be the thieves.

Court to Thurgood. Did you lose sight of him? - Not at all.

Where did you take him? - In Salmon-lane.


Transported for seven years .

Tried by the London Jury before Mr. RECORDER.

539. THOMAS RUGLASS was indicted for stealing, on the 9th of June last, one great coat, value 30 s. the property of Thomas Letch .


I live at Temple-bar; I lost a great coat in Leadenhall-street , on the 19th of June, about nine in the evening; I was in a one horse chaise; I had it in Whitechapel, and missed it in Leadenhall-street; it lay in the head of the chaise behind, my daughter was with me; some gentleman called after me, and said I was robbed of my great coat, and he brought the prisoner to me; I never got the coat again.


About nine o'clock, on the 19th of June, I saw the prisoner get up behind Mr. Letch's chaise; he took a great coat out, and gave it to his companion, who ran off with it on the opposite side of the way, toSt. Mary-Axe; I was about seven yards off; the prisoner came on my side of the way; I immediately laid hold of him; a friend of mine called the gentleman, and he stopped, I asked him if he had lost any thing; he said yes, he had lost his great coat; I took the prisoner and delivered him to a constable, and he took him to the Compter; there was a coach behind the chaise, and his companion slipped under the horses heads and got off; I went to the Compter and saw him, I am sure he is the man.


I asked the gentleman what he stopped me for; there was a great croud in the street; I never saw the coat.

GUILTY , (Aged 17.)

Transported for seven years .

Tried by the London Jury before Mr. Justice WILSON.

640. THOMAS GORE was indicted for stealing, on the 21st of June last, one cloth coat, value 30 s. and one pair of sattin breeches, value 10 s. the property of Henry Atkins , in his dwelling house .


I am serjeant at mace . On the 21st of June, I lost the things in the indictment, from my house in Lawrence-lane, No. 2 ; I saw them in my bed-room, about half past nine in the morning; I hung the coat on a peg, and laid the breeches on the bed; there was a scaffold at the back of my house; I have seen the prisoner at work there.

Court. Could a man get into your house from that scaffold? - No, my lord; he might get the things out with a stick, or any thing of that sort; I saw them on the Saturday following; I found them at a pawn-broker's in the Minories; they were pledged for one pound five shillings; the pawn-broker is here.


I am son to Mr. Matthews, a pawnbroker, in the Minories. I received these clothes of the prisoner, on Monday, the 21st of June, about noon; I lent him one pound five shillings upon them.

Court. Is that the value of them? - I would not give any more; I am sure he is the man that brought them; he was in the shop about ten minutes.

Mrs. ATKINS sworn.

I saw the things about half an hour before they were missed; it was between ten and eleven; I missed them about half past ten; I had been several times to put them away, and was called out.

(The property produced and deposed to by the prosecutor.)

Prisoner. The prosecutor said if I would send him five guineas, he would acquit me; I am innocent; there were several other men at work there.

Court to Atkins. Is this true; did you offer to make it up? - I did not, my lord, nothing of the sort; I was informed he would bring a person to prove it: a person came to me, and offered me five guineas; and I refused to do any such thing.

GUILTY, 25 s.

Imprisoned six months , and publicly whipt .

Tried by the London Jury before Mr. RECORDER.

541. JOSEPH NEWTON was indicted for stealing, on the 29th of June , one linen handkerchief, value 6 d. the property of Rowland Pugh .


Yesterday week I was standing to see a procession of the Free British Society, at the end of Red Cross-street, near Barbican ; I lost my handkerchief; the person is here that brought it to me; I had not missed it.


I am a ticket-porter. On the 29th of June, I was standing in Red Cross-street: I saw the prisoner go up behind Mr. Pugh, and take his handkerchief out of his pocket; he put it behind his coat; I laid hold of him directly; he threw the handkerchief down, and tried to get away; I picked up the handkerchief myself; he was afterwards committed; Mr. Pugh said the handkerchief belonged to him.


Mr. Pugh. I believe it to be mine.

Court. How long before had you it in your hand? - About two minutes.


I am innocent of the crime.


Recommended by the jury .

Transported for seven years .

Tried by the London Jury before Mr. RECORDER.

542. ISAAC BUCKLE and JOHN HIGHLAND were indicted for that they, on the 2d of July last, did make an assault on John Seagoe , the younger, on the king's highway, with a certain stick, which the said John Highland in his right hand then and there had and held, with an intent to rob him .

Prisoner Highland. Please to examine the witnesses one by one.


On Friday evening last, between nine and ten o'clock, I was going home out of the city. Just past the end of Plumb-tree-street, Broad St. Giles's, the prisoner Buckle came after me with an intent to pick my pocket; I turned round, and said, it will not do. Just before I got to the end of Dyot-street , I felt a pull at my side; I turned round, and they were close to me; I prevented him picking my pocket again, by turning round; I felt his hand; I had no time to speak, before Highland struck at me with a stick in a violent manner.

Court. Did Highland follow you? - No; he was standing at the corner of Dyot-street; he struck me directly; I gave him no provocation; there was no conversation between the prisoners; they were not in company together; when Highland struck me, he swore very much; the other made the attempt at my pocket, just at the time; I was not knocked down; I received several blows on my arm; I made a retreat into a coal-shed; and he hallooed, blast him, turn him out; I was secure from him.

Court. Did the other say any thing at the time he struck you? - No.

Mr. Beth. Was not you at the Westminster election? - Yes.

Did you see these men there? - No.

You know there was a riot at the Westminster election? - Yes.

Did not you know these people took you for one of the opposite party to them? - I do not know.

Did you know them before? - Yes, I have seen them many times before; and they knew me; I have seen them pick pockets.

They did not pick your pocket? - Buckle attempted it.

This was about the time there was a riot at the election? - Yes, it was.


I am a constable. Last Friday night Mr. Seagoe came to me, and described the two men to me; I did not find them that night; and I took Highland last Tuesday; and on the Wednesday morning I went to the round-house, and Buckle was there, speaking to Highland; and I detained him.


I know no more than the last witness.


Nor I, my lord.


I am innocent, my lord. I went to seethis man, and they stopped me. Justice Walker asked us if we were willing to go to sea? and we said, yes; and the officers put us in the back yard, and persuaded this man to prosecute us for the reward.


On the night this happened, I was drinking with some friends at the Cat, in Newton-street; and I was going on board the Magnificent; and when I was taken to Justice Walker's the officers persuaded the prosecutor to prosecute us for the reward.

Court to Treadway. Did you say any thing about the reward to the prosecutor? - There is none, my lord.

Mr. Beth. Did you say any thing about the reward? - No, there is none; I can tell you the act of parliament for it.

For the prisoner Highland.


I am a milk-carrier. I am come for Highland. On the night this happened, he was drinking with me and my husband, at the time they say this was done; he was with me from about six, till half past ten, and came home with me: we were at the sign of the Cat, in Newton-street; he was in my company all the time; my husband went into the country the next morning, to Hendon, to make hay.

Court. Who else was there? - I cannot say.

What room were you in? - The taproom.

Did any body else join your company? - No.

Did none of them know the prisoner nor you? - No, not that I know of.

What had you for supper? - I believe we had none.

Is the man who keeps the house, single, or married? - Yes, married.

Who served you with the beer? - Sometimes the boy, and sometimes the servant.

How came you to know it was half past ten? - The watchman went half past ten.

Did you come away before or after? - Just at the time; I came out first; Highland and my husband followed.

What became of your husband and Highland? - He sleeps in my room; he came home with me, and slept at home all that night; I live in Newton-street.

Court to Powell. When did you take Highland? - Last Tuesday night.

Treadway. It was last Tuesday night, my lord; I took him by the collar; and he said, let me go; I said, no, I know you too well.

Harper. I saw him on the Tuesday; it was a very little after nine, if any thing: Powell first seized him; we were all three together.

ISAAC BUCKLE (aged 20) JOHN HIGLAND (aged 21)


Transported for seven years .

Tried by the second Middlesex Jury before Mr. RECORDER.

543. MARY SLIGHT was indicted for stealing, on the 5th of July , one silver table-spoon, value 8 s. one silver desert spoon, value 4 s. two silver tea-spoons, value 3 s. a shawl, value 2 s. an apron, value 1 s. a salt, value 3 s. the property of David Noray ; one necklace, value 2 s. two caps, value 3 s. one petticoat, value 5 s. the property of Charles Cumberland .


I live at No. 44, Norton-street, Mary-le-bone: I live with my sister there.

Court. How do you get your livelihood? - I am a married woman.

Does your husband live with you? - He is abroad.

Court. Who is Mr. Noray? - His wife lives at No. 5, North-street, Charlotte-street ; she is the prosecutrix. I did not wish to have any thing to do with it; the things were lost from No. 5, North-street. The prisoner was my servant some littletime ago; I have seen the things since; I saw them at the Justice's.

At what Justice's? - At Litchfield-street, on last Tuesday morning.

When did you miss them? - On the day before.

Mr. Beth. You say you are married? - Yes.

What is your husband's name? - Charles Cumberland .

When did he leave you? - About two years ago.

What is the gentleman's name who lived with you last? - I do not live with any body.

Had you any knowledge of the prisoner before she lived with you? - I knew her a twelvemonth.

Is not there a man lives in the house, besides your sister and yourself? - No, not that I know of. I did not want to come here.

What man lived where you lodged last? - There was nobody where I lodged before, but the landlord; his name is Hicks; he lives in Newman-street; I lodged there when the prisoner lived with me.

Do you know Mr. Lawrence Jones ? - Yes.

Where did you see him last? - I shall not tell you.

Did not you live with him? I believe he is not far off? - I never lived with him; I have an hundred pounds a year allowed me.

Did not you desire Mr. Hicks to employ this girl to take these things, and dispose of them? - No, Sir; they were not taken out of Hicks's house; they were lost from Noray's house.

You know Mr. Noray? - Yes.

Did not you desire Noray to tell this girl to take these things and sell them? - No, Sir: I lived in Norton-street but two days before this robbery; I left Hicks's house last Saturday; she lived with me at Hicks's; I breakfasted at Mrs. Noray's, and then went to my sister's.

How came the prisoner to have the things? - She had the care of them from me.

She was servant to you? - Yes, when I lived at Hicks's.

She was not your servant at the time you entrusted her with these things? - No.

How came you to say she stole them? - They told me if I did not prosecute her, they would prosecute me.

Court. How came these things at Noray's? - I desired her to take them there; I had discharged her before this, and have a receipt to shew for it.

Mr. Beth. How came you to apply to the constable? - I did not; they sent for me.


I live with my father and mother, No. 5, North-street.

Did your father lose these things to your knowledge? - Yes, Sir: they were missed last Monday, about eight o'clock. The prisoner was at our house: Mrs. Cumberland brought her there to sleep two nights.

Did she stay two nights? - Yes.

Did she leave the house? - No, Sir; she was taken up on the Monday night; she came on the Saturday; I saw her afterwards at the justice's; I saw the things again on the Tuesday, at the justice's in Litchfield-street.

Mr. Beth. Was your mother a lodger? - No, she keeps the house.

What is your father? - A taylor .

Did Mrs. Cumberland ever lodge at your house? - Yes.

How did this girl behave? - Very civil.

Did Mrs. Cumberland send any messages to her? - No, Sir, that I know.

Did any body call on her? - No.

Where were these things? - In the kitchen, in the drawers.

You had no servant of your own? - No, Sir.


I am a cutler: I lodge at Noray's house. I saw the prisoner go out with the property upon her, about eight, on Monday evening last; I detected her, and brought her back; she was a stranger to me; and she had a large bundle in a checked apron; I took the things from her that belong to Mrs. Noray.

Did she say any thing? - No, my lord:I sent for a constable, and she was taken to the watch-house; the constable had the things in his care.

Mr. Beth. Did you know Mrs. Cumberland had any goods in this house? - No, Sir.

Might not she have put up these things accidentally with Mrs. Cumberland's? - No, Sir, she could not.

Might not Mrs. Cumberland have lent them to Mrs. Noray? - I cannot say; Mrs. Noray swore to the property.

Did not you peep into the kitchen drawer that morning? - No, Sir, I did not.

Did you hear Noray, or his wife, or any body say, she was desired to take them away? - No; I knew nothing of the girl.

JOHN KING sworn.

I am a constable. I was called on Monday evening, to Mrs. Noray's, about nine o'clock: I found a quantity of things, wearing apparel, in the fore kitchen: Mrs. Noray said it was her property; she is not here; the daughter was there; I sorted out Noray's things; they are here; and Mrs. Cumberland's things are here: I searched the prisoner, and found some duplicates; they do not belong to this charge; she was taken to the watch-house, and the next morning to the rotation-office.

Court to Mary Noray . Was you present when the prisoner was brought back by Hartlop? - Yes; I saw her throw the things on the floor; they were left there till the constable came; the constable had them when he came.

(Deposes to the property belonging to Mr. Noray.)

Prisoner. I leave it to my counsel.

The prisoner called one witness who gave her a good character.

GUILTY, (aged 18.)

Recommended by the jury .

Imprisoned six months .

Tried by the second Middlesex Jury before Mr. RECORDER.

544. MARGARET DIGHTON was indicted for burglariously and feloniously breaking and entering the dwelling house of Walter Hart , about seven in the night, on the 18th of December last, and burglariously stealing therein, three linen gowns, value 20 s. two stuff petticoats, value 17 s. one linen sheet, value 5 s. the property of the said Walter Hart .


I live at No. 8, Woodbridge-street, Clerkenwell . In December last, on the 18th, about seven in the evening, I lost the things in the indictment; I had seen them that night about six: my wife went out about six; I was at home, and two children, and some lodgers; the house is mine. As my wife was going out, this woman came in to a lodger of ours; she had been several times before; she came up stairs as at other times; she staid about half an hour; I was at work in the opposite room; she went down about half past six, or thereabouts; about seven, I heard one of the doors slam backwards and forwards; I came down, and found a back window sash lifted up, and left up; a door opened into the passage, that bolted on the inside; and the street door left open; I immediately searched the drawers, and there was nothing gone; I then searched the box, and all my wife's things were gone, but the cuffs of the three gowns: the prisoner had been taken up since for another robbery; I believe it was in March; the next day, the 19th, we took her up, and found nothing upon her belonging to us; and we let her go; when she was taken up again, we found a duplicate of a petticoat which belonged to my wife; I am sure this is the woman; I saw her go down stairs.

MARY HART sworn.

I was going out, and this woman came in; she said, are you going out? I said, yes; she went up stairs; when I came home, I found I was robbed; I had a suspicion of the prisoner, and I went to her room, and did not find her; I came back home; and she afterwards came again tomy lodgers the same night; I accused her of it, but we found nothing on her, and let her go; she abused us for taking her up; she was taken up for robbing another person; and when she was searched, a duplicate was found on her of a black petticoat, which is here; I never found any thing else of my property; the two gowns cost me twenty-seven shillings, and the other, twenty shillings; the petticoats were good ones.


I know nothing of the robbery; I only saw the petticoat at the pawn-broker's it was on the 25th of May.

Court to Hart. How did the person get into the room? - By a back window.

Was not that left open? - It was not left up; my wife fastened it when she went out.

Court to Mrs. Hart. Did you fasten the window? - I never leave it open; I always open the door.

Jury. You had not fastened the window? - No, only drawn it down.

Mrs. Hart. I have the petticoat; Justice Blackborough delivered it to me: the pawn-broker is not here; I went to day, and was abused very much.


Please you, my lord, the petticoat was in pawn at the time she says she lost her's; it is my own.


I searched the prisoner, and found some duplicates on her, one of a petticoat: this woman, Mrs. Hart, has got it.

(Produced and read.)

"20th of May, 1790. Black petticoat, 1 s."

Court. Here is nobody here to prove that she pawned the petticoat: the pawn-broker ought to have come.


Tried by the second Middlesex Jury before Mr. Justice WILSON.

545. MARGARET DIGHTON was again indicted for stealing, on the 12th of March , one black silk cloak, value 7 s. a pair of cotton stockings, value 3 s. two cotton gowns, value 6 s. the property of William Brice .


I am the wife of William Brice . On the 12th of March, I lost the things in the indictment, out of a three pair of stairs room, where I lodged; I saw them about four in the afternoon; I missed them about seven: I went down stairs, and asked the people below, if they had seen any thing of it? and they said, no; I took no further notice. On the 25th of May, I lost other things; and in searching for them, I found my cloak at the prisoner's apartments; the prisoner told me she took it to pawn for another woman; and afterwards she said she bought it in Rag-fair; it was cut up for a bonnet; I went the next day, the 26th, to her house, and I saw some remnants of silk; she said, that was part of the cloak; I looked at it; and found a place where I had cut it; I took the edging off; it was my own work; and I can swear to it: the prisoner, I understand, was at my house; but I did not see her then; I found nothing else but the cloak.

Jury. There is no other mark but this cut? - No.

MARY HART sworn.

I saw the pieces of the cloak taken out of the prisoner's room.


I took the prisoner up: I produce the silk.

(Deposed to.)


I bought that cloak in Rag-fair, long before she says she lost it.


Court to prisoner. I would have you take warning; there is great reason to suspect you are no better than you ought to be.

Tried by the second Middlesex Jury before Mr. Justice WILSON.

546. ELEANOR DAVIS was indicted for stealing, on the 29th of May , one man's cloth coat, value 5 s. one waistcoat, value 2 s. two pair of sattinet breeches, value 5 s. one body, value 6 d. a shirt, value 12 d. twelve plates, value 12 d. a dish, value 6 d. four salts, value 12 d. a mustard pot, value 3 d. a bottle, value 4 d. a money scale case, value 12 d. and sundry other things, value 7 s. 4 d. the property of John Brown .

ANN BROWN sworn.

On the 29th of May I was going out to work: I left the prisoner to take care of the house, and the children: I told her I would give her sixpence and some victuals. I came home about eight o'clock in the evening, and found some of my things were gone; my child was at the door at play; and he said he had been with Nelly to sell the things; (enumerates the things); I was very much flurried; and some people sent for me; and I was going along the street, and there was a crowd, and she was looking out of a coach window; I took her, and gave charge of her to the watchman; I came back and searched, and found the remainder of my things were gone: she was taken to the watch-house: I found some of my things again; they are here: she lodged in my house: the things were found at a house in East-smithfield; the person is here.

JOHN HURN sworn.

I am a broker. (Produces the things); I bought them of the prisoner at the bar: the next day Mrs. Brown came and owned them, and they were taken to Mr. Justice Staples; I gave eighteen-pence for them: the prisoner said they were her own.

Mrs. Brown. These are part of my things.

Harn. I am not able to swear to the prisoner; I never saw her before.

Court. Do you believe her to be the woman? - I believe her to be the woman; she is like the woman: I told the justice I could not positively swear to her: I knew the child again directly I saw it.


I was at the watch-house. I searched her, and found a small pocket book, and sixteen duplicates in it; I gave them to Mrs. Brown.

Mrs. Brown. They are my duplicates.


I am a watchman: I took charge of her.


I found these duplicates. I cannot read. The child was playing with them: I did not know who they belonged to.


Transported for seven years .

Tried by the second Middlesex Jury before Mr. Justice WILSON.

547. MARY ANN KIRKHAM and ANN MADDEN were indicted for stealing, on the 26th of May , a coat, value 10 s. a waistcoat, value 10 s. a pair of breeches, value 2 s. and a pair of stockings, value 1 s. the property of Thomas Cannon .

Thomas Cannon called upon his recognizance, and not appearing, his recognizance was ordered to be estreated.


I am an officer. On the 26th of May these prisoner were brought to the watch-house with this property upon them; they said a man gave them them to pawn; they said they came from Saltpetre-bank, and had left the man naked in bed: the watchman said they had been fighting, and that was the reason he took them up.


I am the watchman: I took them up: they were fighting: I took them to the watch-house, and there they said as the constable has nominated.

Court. Here is nobody to prove the property.


Tried by the second Middlesex Jury before Mr. Justice WILSON.

548. JOHN DYER was indicted for that he, having in his custody a certain bill of exchange, wherein was contained a certain false, forged, and counterfeited acceptance, in writing, with the name Joseph Chaplin Hankey, for Thomas Hankey, Stephen Hall, and himself, and which said bill was in the words and figures following, that is to say,

"No. 25. 10 l. 10 s. Richmond,

"Surry, 22d of April, 1790. Fourteen

"days after date, please to pay Mr.

" William Smith , or order, ten pounds,

"ten shillings, value received, as advised.

" Charles Smith . Accepted for Self and

"Co. Joseph Chaplain Hankey ." And that he, on the 7th of May , with force and arms feloniously did utter and publish as true, the said false, forged, and counterfeited acceptance, with intention to defraud James Scott .

A second count, for uttering and publishing as true the said forged acceptance, with the like intention.

A third count, for uttering and publishing the same, with intent to defraud Thomas Vernon .

A fourth count, for uttering the same, with intent to defraud Messrs. Hankey and Co.

(The case opened by Mr. Silvester.


I am porter to Mr. Scott, in Old Bond-street ; he is a wax-chandler : Thomas Vernon had the management of that shop; I remember the prisoner coming between seven and eight in the evening to order some candles; this is the bill that was made out for him; he ordered thirty-six pounds of candles, for Sir William Hamilton ; Mrs. Vernon came in, and she took the order as well as me; while I was looking out the candles she went back to make out the bill: he said first the bill should be made in the name of Mr. Hamilton, then Sir William Hamilton ; I went to the back shop and told my mistress; when I returned he gave me a piece of paper into my hand; I did not know what it was; he said he wanted change to pay for the candles; I took the bill backwards, and gave it to my mistress: my master was in the same room: the bill was for ten pounds; I cannot say I took any particular notice of it then; but that same bill I received, and gave to my mistress.


I conduct the business of Mr. Scott, the wax-chandler. I remember the prisoner coming for the candles; I was in the back parlour when the prisoner came into the shop: my wife brought this bill, and told me to make out a bill of parcels for thirty-six pounds of candles, for Sir William Hamilton ; and this bill was to pay for them; I made out the bill of parcels, and went into the shop, where I found the prisoner; I then asked him if he wanted the change out of the bill? he said, he did; I then looking at the bill, asked him if it was Mr. Hankey, the banker? he said, it was; I went close to him with the bill; I then asked him how long it had to run? he said, it was due yesterday; I then observed to him that there were several indorsers on the back of the bill, but the last was Mr. Conran, of Berkley-square; I then asked him if he received that bill from Mr. Conran, of Berkley-square, and knew him? he said, he knew him very well, and received it from him, otherwise he should not have offered it to me; I said, then, Sir, you will indorse it; he replied, certainly, I can have no objection; upon which I saw him write on the back of it the name of William Miller ; he then returned the bill to me; I put it into my pocket, and secured him; I took him into the parlour, and accused him of having wrote a fictitious name, telling him at the same time, that I thought his name was Lambridge: I had had a description of aman of that name, who I thought resembled the prisoner; he said, he had wrote a fictitious name, but his name was John Dyer ; he said, he was an unfortunate man, and begged for mercy; I then challenged him with having accomplices in other forgeries.

Mr. Garrow, Prisoner's Counsel. Has the bill been in your possession ever since? - It has not.

Did you mark it? - I marked it before I parted with it: I am sure it is the same bill.


I am clerk in Messrs. Hankeys house: the partners are Thomas Hankey , Joseph Chaplin Hankey , Stephen Hall , Robert Hankey , and Richard Hankey .

Look at that acceptance? - It is none of our acceptance.

Does such a man as Charles Smith , of Richmond, keep cash at your house? - No, Sir; no such account.

Court. You have clerks that accept as well as partners? - They do sometimes, but very seldom.

Can you undertake to say that that is not the acceptance of any of the clerks? - No, Sir, none of them; we have no such firm as Joseph Chaplain Hankey ; whoever accepts the bills puts the two letters of their names; this is a name written at length, Joseph Chaplain Hankey ; it is not his hand-writing; I am very well acquainted with his manner of hand-writing.

Mr. Garrow. You do not know any other house in London of the name of Hankey? - I do not.

(The note-read.)

"No. 25. 10 l. 10 s. Richmond, Surry,

"22d of April, 90. Fourteen days after

"date, please to pay to Mr. William Smith ,

"or order, the sum of 10 l. 10 s. value

"received as advised. Charles Smith . To

"Messrs. Hankeys, bankers, London, accepted

"for Self and Co. Joseph Chaplain



I know Mr. Conran of Berkley-square; I know his writing.

Look at that bill, G. B. Conran at the back? - This is not his hand-writing; it is not like the writing he puts to his drafts.

Mr. Garrow. Perhaps he writes, as many persons do, in a different character when he draws, to what he does in common? - Very generally the same.

Do you say this is not his hand-writing, or that it is not like his drawing? - It is not like his manner of drawing.

Jury. Did you ever see his hand-writing on any other occasion than his drawing drafts on your house? - No; I do not know I have.

Court. Have you ever seen him write? - No other than writing the checks that he draws on the house.

Then you never saw him write at all? - No other than I have seen him write his name to a draft.


I must acknowledge the paying the note; I did not know it was a forged one at all; it was given to me by my master, Mr. Kelsey, whom I lived with some time, to go and get this order; I went there; he told me, if I was asked to indorse it, to put on it the name of William Miller ; which I did, being unacquainted with these things: I said I knew Mr. Conran: the order I gave in the name of Mr. Hamilton; Sir William was never mentioned: all the way I acted as a servant.

The prisoner called fifteen respectable witnesses, who all gave him a very good character, but most of whom had known him within the last year.

GUILTY, Death .

He was humbly recommended to mercy by the prosecutor .

Tried by the first Middlesex Jury before Mr. Justice WILSON.

549. MARY CROSS was indicted for feloniously receiving, on the 5th of March last, twenty-nine pounds weight of lead, value 4 s. part of certain lead feloniously stolen by one John Merchant , and whereof he had been convicted of stealing, knowing the same to have been stolen .


I live in Kensington. I am a builder. On the 4th of March I lost four hundred pounds weight of lead from some carcases of houses, in Manchester-square; it was fixed to the houses; it was the middle gutters: information was brought me about the robbery, on the night of the 4th; I found a lad in custody at the watch-house; I saw the lead the next day morning, in the watch-house, and the prisoner was there; it was in the watchman's possession, and I believe he has had it ever since: the lead was compared, and matched exactly: there was no other circumstance but the matching; it fitted exactly: there was only this piece of lead at the watch-house; the other was removed ready.

Mr. Garrow, Prisoner's Counsel. Did you go with the people to sell this lead to this woman after it was stolen? - No.


I took John Merchant into custody: the lead was left in the inside of the house. I took the boy to the watch-house. I did not go to Mr. Cross's house.


I was the constable. On the 4th of last March, between nine and ten at night, I was at the Red-lion, and received information of the robbery; and I went and apprehended Merchant in Mr. Adams's house: he was in custody: I went and took Mrs. Cross into custody: I found this lead at Mrs. Cross's; there were Mr. Williams, Mr. Gale, and Mr. Cheeseman present.

Mr. Garrow. What time did you send him to Cross's with the lead? - He went himself.

Why, do you mean to say he went without your consent? - By my consent as well as the rest.

Was not he sent to Cross's in order to lay a trap, and to induce them to buy this, in order to prosecute them? - I beg your pardon; it is wrong; the lead had been already stolen, but not moved from the premises: I never gave him any consent.

Did you refuse the consent? - No, Sir, I did not: I believe there were half a dozen went with him.

How long did you allow him to lay the trap before you went down to spring on the game? - I really do not understand your cramp words; I believe it might be half an hour: nobody went in with him: I suppose it might be five minutes before I went in.

How much was given to this boy to go and sell it there? - Not a farthing to my knowledge.

How much was promised him if he would go and sell it, as a trap for somebody? - Nothing to my knowledge.

Was Mrs. Cross's husband there? - I did not see him.

Court. What time in the morning was it that you went to take the prisoner? - about a quarter after five in the morning.


I am a plaisterer. On the 4th of March last I was at Mrs. Cross's door, I saw John Merchant come out of the house; I did not see him come in; I took hold of the boy, and asked Mrs. Cross if she had bought any lead of that boy? she said, no; the boy immediately told her that she had bought it, and put it into the chimney, and gave him two shillings for it; then the prisoner Mrs. Cross, and the two boys endeavoured to get me out of doors: they tried to put me out; and Mr. Kelly, and several more came in; and the boy told them in her presence; then they went to the chimney, and found the lead; the boy marked the lead, and this is the piece.

At the time you went into the room,who did you find in the house? - Mrs. Cross and two lads.

Mr. Garrow. She is a married woman? - I believe so.

Was you at this publick-house with the last honest man and the boy? - The boy never was at a publick-house at all; he was at the watch-house.

Whose scheme was it to give the boy the lead to carry to Mrs. Cross? - We gave it him to carry: I believe one Mr. Foster, an iron-monger.

Was it agreed among you all that the boy should take the lead from the place where he left it, and carry it to the prisoner to sell? - I cannot tell whether it was agreed; it was not by me: I did not hear what passed; but I heard Mr. Foster ask him whether he thought Mrs. Cross would buy the lead; and upon that the boy was sent to the prisoner.

Court. Gentlemen of the jury, originally the lead was stolen, therefore the person who stole it might be convicted of felony; but the lead actually gets to the possession of the right owner; then there is a scheme, in which this prosecutor is a party, that the lead should be carried to this woman to sell; the lead did not come to her in the character of stolen goods: you must acquit the prisoner: as to her morality, I can say nothing at all to that.


Tried by the first Middlesex Jury before Mr. Justice BULLER.

550. EDWARD BULL was indicted for stealing, on the 20th of April , some carpenters tools, value 3 s. 6 d. the property of William Carrington .


I am a carpenter . I lost the tools in the indictment, value five or six shillings to me; they were in a new building, behind some doors the same night; I missed them the next morning; and they were found in another part of the house, moved down below: I did not know the prisoner before.


I was sent for after the prisoner was taken; and I went into the kitchen, and found some tools laying in an unfinished house in Finsbury-street; it was about eight at night: I found a plow, a stock, and bit, an adze, and a dove tail saw; I took them into the one pair of stairs floor; I left them there till the 20th in the morning; I took the things to the prosecutor, who was working in the two pair of stairs: I had the care of the building; I was sent for: I know nothing of the prisoner: the prosecutor has had the things ever since.

Prosecutor. I left the things in the two pair of stairs: the doors were not fastened; but there was a fence seven feet high, which the prisoner must get over.

(The things deposed to.)


I live hard by this street; and a neighbour informed me of the prisoner about seven on the 19th; I walked about for three quarters of an hour, and the prisoner stood in one posture all the time; then I walked round; and about eight I saw him get over a place seven feet high; I went to see if I could see him; and I gave an alarm; then I had assistance; I gave the alarm to Mr. Porter; and the prisoner broke out of an area, and Mr. Porter caught him; I did not see him come out; I never saw the prisoner before: I can swear he was the man that got over the pales.


I heard the alarm; and I stood in the front, and heard some board crack; which I was apprehensive then he was coming out; I attempted to take him; he broke away, and another person took him: I am sure he is the same person: nothing was found upon him.


I had been at work; was in liquor; and went to sleep in the house.


Tried by the first Middlesex Jury before Mr. Justice WILSON.

551. JOHN REEVES was indicted for stealing, on the 17th of March last, five pair of silk stockings, value 30 s. two cotton handkerchiefs, value 3 s. and a cambrick neck handkerchief, value 1 s. the property of John Taylor Vaughan , Esq .


I live in Grafton-street . I lost fifteen pair of silk stockings, six handkerchiefs, some cotton and some neck handkerchiefs; they were taken at various times; and some on the 17th of March; they were found at Crouch, the pawnbroker's; I saw them in his possession at Sir Sampson's.


(Produces the things.)

I received them of the prisoner at different times; and these three pair of silk stockings and a neck handkerchief for twelve shillings.

(Deposed to.)

Prisoner. I have nothing to say.

Prosecutor. The prisoner had been servant to me three or four months: when the things were missing he went away: the things were in my drawers, not in his care.


Transported for seven years .

Tried by the first Middlesex Jury before Mr. Justice BULLER.

552. BAKER WALLER was indicted for stealing, on the 14th of May last, eight muslin handkerchiefs, value 30 s. nine yards of muslin, value 45 s. and four muslin handkerchiefs, value 18 s. the property of John Jeremy .

There being no evidence the prisoner was ACQUITTED .

Tried by the first Middlesex Jury before Mr. Justice BULLER.

553. MARY WALKER and HANNAH LOUT were indicted for burglariously breaking and entering the dwelling-house of Ann Hales , spinster , about the hour of twelve in the night, on the 15th of June last, and burglariously stealing therein a pair of stays, value 10 s. her property .

(The witnesses examined separate.)

ANN HALES sworn.

I live in Blue Anchor-court, Cable-street : I am lately come out of service.

Where did you live in June last? - In Mark-lane.

With whom? - Mr. Thornton.

Who did you live with on the 15th of June last? - (No answer.)

Why do not you answer the question, woman; who did you live with on the 15th of June last? - I cannot tell.

Did you ever rent a house in your life? - No, Sir; I rented a room at Mr. Murphy's, in Blue Anchor-court.

Did Murphy live in the house? - She did not live in my house.

Did she live in any other part of that house? - No.

Where did she live? - She lived in the top of the court.

What part of the house was your room in: how many rooms did the house consist of? - Only one.

Mr. Garrow, Prisoners Counsel. How long had Mrs. Murphy had you out of service? - I had been out of place about a fortnight.

She received the money you got, andfurnished you this place to receive men in: we all know Mrs. Murphy very well? - I only paid half-a-crown a week for the room.

Court. Did you pay her any thing else in the course of the week? - No, Sir.

How many houses were there consisting of one room each only? - It was not only one room.

Who rented the other? - There was no other room in my part, but my room.

How many rooms were there in the whole? - It was only one.

Had you a bed in that room? - Yes.

Had you one door or two? - Two doors: there was an entry: my room was on the right hand side, one pair of stairs.

Court to Jury. Gentlemen, you are trying these two prisoners for their lives; the consequence of which is, that if they are convicted there will be eighty pounds reward: I cannot make out that she has any thing like a dwelling-house.

Did you lose any thing? - I lost a pair of stays.

When? - The 15th of last month, which was Tuesday last.

Where were they taken from? - Out of my room, off the tea table; between eleven and twelve in the night.

How do you know they were taken at that time? - Because I went to light my candle.

Mr. Garrow. Here is her own information; she says she rents a room of Mrs. Murphy, in Blue Anchor-yard.

Court. Had you been abed before that time? - No.

What time did you come into that house: where had you been? - To see my friends: my stays were on the table: I was back by ten.

Where were you from ten till eleven? - I sat at the front door, out in the street, at Mrs. Murphy's, at the green stall; that was not in the court.

Who took your stays away? - I cannot tell who it was; I did not see them; I have seen the stays since; I swore to them at the justice's.

Mr. Garrow. You have been one of Mrs. Murphy's girls about three weeks? - Yes.

How long have you been acquainted with Mr. Dawson, the thief-taker? - I did not know any thing of him; but I tried some how or other.

When did Dawson tell you to swear that you rented a house? - He did not tell me to swear it.

Who told you? - Nobody.

Who told you there would be eighty pounds to be divided among you, if you hanged these girls? - Nobody.

These girls lived near you? - Yes, in the same court.

Who was the man that had been in the room with you that evening, that stole the three shillings and six-pence? - There was no man stole three shillings and six-pence.

Did you never say that a man had lain with you that night, who had robbed you of three shillings and six-pence? - No, Sir.

Did you, or did you not? - No, Sir.

You never said so to any body? - No.

One of these girls was standing with you at the door, when you left your stays on the table? - Yes, Hannah Lout ; but she did not stay with me all the time; I was about twenty yards off my own door, but not within sight of it.


I took the two prisoners into custody, on the 15th, in the morning. I went to Mr. Moses, one of the witnesses on the back of the bill; he produced a pair of stays; that is all I know.

Mr. Garrow. Who advised this indictment for burglary? - They were committed for burglary.


On the 15th of last month, two women came to my house, and asked me to buy a pair of stays; that was the two prisoners; I bought them the next morning, between ten and eleven. The prisoner Walker brought them, and sold them to me; I kept them at home; and the next day Idelivered them to Dawson, at the Justice's; they were the same stays.

Mr. Garrow. What did you give for them? - Five shillings.

What business are you in? - I deal in clothes.

How often have you been here? - Once.

Was it at the bar, or where you are now? - I was accused of a thing; and I was honourably acquitted.

(The stays deposed to by the prosecutrix.)

They cost me twenty-five shillings about a fortnight before.


I let a room to Ann Hales about eight days before; I had not seen her.

Mr. Garrow. How many girls have you now, Mrs. Murphy? - There is no girl in the court, only two, I have twelve tenements.

Where was this girl a month before? - She came to my house, and said she was going to place.


I was sick in bed; and I heard the girl bring in a young woman, and locked her in; then she said, d - n her bl - d, the coast was clear; then I heard no more till they came to bed; then she said, did you knock the staple in fast? and she said, yes.

Court. Who did you hear say this? - It was Hannah Lout ; I could swear to her voice; I could not to the other.

Prisoners. We have nothing to say.

The prisoner Walker called five witnesses, and the prisoner Lout called one witness, to her character.


Tried by the first Middlesex Jury before Mr. Justice BULLER.

554. JOHN NORMAN was indicted for feloniously stealing, on the 23d of May last, a silver watch, value 3 l. the property of Thomas Dixon , in the dwelling house of Joseph White .


I lost my watch on the night of the 23d of May last, while I was asleep; it was at the Bush, at Staines ; I went to bed about ten, as near as I could tell; I hung my watch on a nail on the bed's head; about five in the morning, it was gone. Joseph White keeps the house; I was quartered there; several people lay in the same room; I could hear nothing of my watch; I staid about five days after, and then came on duty at Kensington; one of the waiters that is servant at the Bush, gave information of the watch, which was produced by the prisoner; and he confessed he took it from the nail on the head of the bed; it was produced on the 2d of June, at the King's Head in Staines; I told him he had better tell; the prisoner smiled, and said, serjeant , you shall have your watch; he immediately got up, and Taylor went along with him, and brought back the watch, and laid it on the table; I owned it; there is W. S. a cypher on the inside box, which I swore to; I said I would forgive him, for my part; the witness kept him in custody all night; and next morning he was brought to Bow-street; the prisoner lay in the same room with me, about a yard off; he said, on the 2d of June, at Staines, after he produced the watch, to the best of my knowledge, that he put out his hand, and took it from the bed.


I am a constable. I apprehended the prisoner; he was promised forgiveness, to discover the watch. I went with him to Mr. White's garden gate; and behind that gate, under some straw, he took up the watch, and gave it to me; the prosecutor owned it; the prisoner said nothing more, only begged for forgiveness.

(The watch produced and deposed to, marked W. S.)

It was a watch of one William Strange 's; it is about seven years old; it cost three guineas and a half at first; I have had it about three years.


The watch was seen laying at top of the tub, by a man in the yard; I found it there, and I took and put it into that place where it was found.

GUILTY, 39 s.

Judgment respited.

Tried by the first Middlesex Jury before Mr. Justice WILSON.

555. THOMAS BATTERS, otherwise BATHURST , was indicted, for that he, on the 25th of May, in the 26th year of his present Majesty's reign, at St. George's, Hanover square, did marry one Susannah Probyn , spinster, and had her to wife; and afterwards, on the 9th of January , in the 28th year of his present Majesty's reign, with force and arms, feloniously did marry, and take to wife, one Eleanor Jemmitt , spinster , his former wife being then alive, and in full health .

(The case opened by Mr. Garrow.)


My husband is a publican, the corner of Bolsover-street. I knew Susannah Probyn , and the prisoner; I was present when they were married, at St. George's, Hanover-square, the 25th of May, was four years; I saw Mrs. Probyn about five or six weeks ago.

Prisoner's Counsel. Was she of age? - She was a great deal older than I am; and I dare say I am of age.

- GREVILLE sworn.

I was deputy parish clerk at St. George's, Hanover-square: I dare say I was present; I do not remember the man; I produce the register; and there is the entry of the marriage.


I know the prisoner; I know a person of the name of Jemmitt; I was present when they were married at Bloomsbury-church , on the 9th of January, was two years; I am sure that is the young man.


You had the misfortune to be married to this man? - I had.

How long had he courted you? - Near seven months; I lived in the same family; he represented himself to be a single man; in the course of six or seven weeks after marriage, I discovered that he had another wife; she came to me.


I am parish clerk of St. George's, Bloomsbury: I have my register; I have the entry of the marriage between the prisoner Batters and Mrs. Jemmitt.

Prisoner. I leave it to my counsel.


Fined 1 s. and imprisoned twelve months .

Tried by the first Middlesex Jury before Mr. Justice BULLER.

556. JAMES EVANS was indicted for stealing, on the 30th of June last, a quanty of carpenters tools, value 16 s the property of Peter Owens ; and other tools, value 4 s. the property of John Hocking .


Most of these things were belonging to me; and were stolen from Sloane-street, Chelsea , on Tuesday night, the 30th of June, in a house almost finished; I lost the things in the indictment, belonging to me, and those belonging to Hocking: (repeats them): I left them in the parlour, some in a basket, and some on the floor, near the basket; I found the things and the prisoner, about three the next day, in the watch-house; the things are here.

(Produced and deposed to.)


I left my tools at work in the parlour; Imissed them in the morning, and found them in St. James's watch-house; they have my mark on them.

(Deposed to.)


I am a watchman. About five minutes after two, in the morning, the prisoner came by with these tools: we stopped him, and asked him where he got them? he said he got them at Brompton-row; we took him to the watch-house with the tools; I am sure these are the same tools.


I found the tools.


I am a watchman: I was with the other man; and what he has said, is very true.


Transported for seven years .

Tried by the first Middlesex Jury before Mr. Justice WILSON.

557. JAMES CONWAY was indicted for stealing, on the 25th of June last, four silver tea-spoons, value 10 s. the property of Ann Jackson , spinster .


I lost four silver tea-spoons from my lodgings, on the 25th of June, about four o'clock; I saw them at the pawn-broker's. The prisoner came to my lodgings to see a person whom I had taken out of distress; he was there an hour and a half; he went away about five; I saw him about six the same day, at the pawn-broker's.

JOHN HILL sworn.

I produce two tea-spoons which I received from the prisoner; I knew him before; he pawned them for five shillings, and redeemed a neckcloth; he was there when the prosecutrix came in.

(The spoons produced.)

Prosecutrix. I cannot swear to the mark of them; I never took so much notice of them.


Miss Jackson gave me leave to pawn them, to get out a cloak.

Jackson. It may be so.


Tried by the first Middlesex Jury before Mr. Justice BULLER.

558. BARNARD KING was indicted for stealing, on the 18th of June last, a copper furnace, value 7 s. the property of Thomas Thornton .


I lost a copper from my door, in Oxford-street , exposed to sale; it was on Friday, the 18th of June, between five and six in the evening; I saw it within a quarter of an hour. In the course of the afternoon, the prisoner came to me, and asked me the price of a stove; I asked him three shillings and sixpence; I saw him lurking about; I bid my son watch him; and he brought him back with the copper; I did not see him take it.


I was in the compting-house behind the shop. I saw the prisoner stoop, and take something; I could not see what it was; I went after him, and took him with the copper, and brought him back.

Prisoner. I have nothing to say.


Imprisoned twelve months .

Tried by the first Middlesex Jury before Mr. Justice WILSON.

559. THOMAS FLOCKTON was indicted for stealing, on the 22d day ofJune , one man's hat, value 3 s. a cloth coat, value 30 s. a linen waistcoat, value 7 s. two pair of cotton stockings, value 2 s. a pair of leather shoes, value 3 s. the property of Reuben Clare .


I lost the things in the indictment, from No. 4, Coppice-row , my father's, between six o'clock, and noon, the 22d of June; the next morning, I sought after them; and the Tuesday following, a next door neighbour brought some part of the things to my father's house; and I went to the prisoner, whom I suspected; I took him to the Justice's; the prisoner lodged in the same room with me, not in the same bed; I found this hat on the prisoner the Tuesday following.


I bought the hat in Holborn, of a Jew, and gave three shillings and six-pence for it, one the Wednesday following.

GUILTY of stealing the hat.

Whipped .

Tried by the first Middlesex Jury before Mr. Justice BULLER.

560. THOMAS BRAND was indicted for stealing, on the 25th of May , a cloth great coat, value 10 s. the property of William Blewitt , Esq .


I am servant to Mr. Blewitt. On the 24th of May, my master and mistress dined out; and I put the great coat in the carriage, about four, on Monday or Tuesday; I missed the great coat when the carriage came up to the door; I saw the great coat on the Saturday following, at the Justice's; I had had it about three months before I lost it; it is here.

(Produced and deposed to.)


I am going on sixteen. The prisoner came on the 26th of May, in the evening, to my master's shop, who is a pawn-broker, to pledge a great coat; I took it up; I said, this is a box coat; he said, no, it is not a box coat; but I have a damned good box coat at home; I am sure he is the man that pledged the coat; I saw the prisoner again on Saturday, in custody.


I found the great coat in the Mews, by the stable door; and finding no owner, I pledged it.


Transported for seven years .

Tried by the first Middlesex Jury before Mr. Justice WILSON.

561. ELEANOR ROOKE was indicted for feloniously stealing, on the 3d day of July last, one silver watch, value 42 s. the property of John Howell , in his dwelling house .


I am servant to Mr. Morrett, of Rose-street, Covent-garden, a pawn-broker. The prisoner came to me on Saturday last, and asked a guinea and an half on the watch; I lent her twenty-two shillings on it; she pawned it in the name of John Powell . On Monday last, the watch was claimed by Mr. Allman, son-in-law to Christiana Howell ; this is the same watch.


I am wife of John Howell . This is my husband's watch; his name is John Howell ; I know it by the mark, and the maker's name: my husband went out of town, and left it with me; I missed it afterwards; the prisoner has frequently been at my house, and lived as a chair-woman .


The prisoner called on me at half after eleven; she asked if my mistress was at home; and asked for a comb; I did not miss the watch till ten at night; and nobody had been in the room but her.


I have been six years in London; and lived four years and a half with this gentlewoman she never missed the value of a pocket handkerchief: I went to the house, and found nobody at home and going out, a few yards from the door, found a watch wrapped in a piece of paper; I brought it out into the stable-yard, and found no owner; I pawned it in the evening. The prosecutor keeps bads hours, and uses bad language, and owes me a spite.

Court to Christiana Powell . She did work for you? - Yes; I always thought her honest before.

GUILTY, 39 s.

Court. Let her be privately whipped , and discharged. That is a punishment I inflict on you, prisoner, in consequence of the good character your mistress has given you,in order that you may not get into such scrapes again.

Tried by the first Middlesex Jury before Mr. Justice BULLER.

562. HANNAH LINCOLN was indicted for stealing, on the 14th of June last, one cloth coat, value 35 s. one silk waistcoat, value 10 s. one pair of thickset breeches, value 10 s. one pair of stockings, value 4 s. one muslin neckeloth, value 2 s. one hat, value 3 s. and six shillings in monies , the property of John Berry .


I was watchman; and I saw a man in his shirt and his shoes; and he shewed me the house and the room where he had been robbed: it was in Cross-lane ; I took her into custody.

John Berry called on his recognizance, and not appearing, the prisoner was


Tried by the first Middlesex Jury before Mr. Justice WILSON.

563. RICHARD WALL , EDWARD WELLING , and WILLIAM MILLINGTON , were indicted for burglariously and feloniously breaking and entering the dwelling house of Edward Gordon , about the hour of one in the night, on the 14th of June last, and burglariously stealing therein, a silk bonnet, value 10 s. a cloath coat, value 1 s. a cotton bed quilt, value 20 s. a table cloth, value 10 s. a sheet, value 1 s. four shifts, value 4 s. two hats, value 10 s. a hempen bag, value 1 s. a bird cage, value 1 s. and a tame canary bird, value 5 s. his property .


I am wife of Edward Gordon . My husband keeps a house in the Harrow Road, Paddington . Our house was broke open on Monday, the 14th of June: I went to town about ten in the morning; and I returned again about half after seven in the evening; I keep the whole house; and between seven and eight in the evening, I went up stairs to take my bonnet into the front room, one pair of stairs; and put it into the cupboard; I put down the windows; and the next morning, about half after eleven, I went up, and found the two beads lay on the floor, and the window up, and two flower-pots pushed into the room, a pot of daisies, and a pot of stocks: they had been on the outside, and were there when I left the room, in the evening: when I went up the next morning, I missed the three bonnets, the canary bird and cage, a bed quilt, and the other things in the indictment: I saw the three bonnets at Bow-street, and the canary bird and cage, and a tea-chest; they are all mine: I can swear to the bird cage: my husband had cut off the four bottom knobbs.


I am a labouring man. Three weeks ago, I was going to my labour between four and five, and I met the three prisoners in Mr. Welling's field, about two hundred yards farther than her house: they were going to where the goods lay, in a ditch: there was three bonnets, a boy's hat, a tea-chest, a bird cage, and a canary in it: they were coming across a field where there was no road. I went to my master's yard, and met Mr. Croker; and I followed the prisoners out of Mr. Welling's yard: I saw them all in the ditch, and come out of the ditch; and I went with Croker, and we met them in the same field where the goods were; and Croker drew his cutlass; and Wall threw away the tea-chest, and I ran after him, and took him.

Court. Was Wall walking or talking with the rest? - He was about two yards from the other two: I saw Croker stop the other two. William Millington had the bird cage and the canary, and Welling had three bonnets wrapped up in his apron, anda boy's hat on his head, besides his own. Mr. Croker took the things away in my presence; I carried the bird cage to Bow-street: Croker took the other things home: I was present when the bird cage was shewn to Mrs. Gordon; she said it was her's: I saw the bonnet and hat, and the other things, at Bow-street; they are the same that were taken from the prisoners: Mrs. Gordon said they were her's. I was with Croker all the time while he carried the things; I never left him; I am sure these are the three men.

Prisoner Wall. Last Monday three weeks we met Welling.


We found these things in a ditch.


Each transported for seven years .

Tried by the first Middlesex Jury before Mr. RECORDER.

564. HANNAH CAVENOR was indicted for stealing on the 28th of April last, one feather-bed, value 4 s. two blankets, value 12 d. one bed-quilt, value 12 d. one stuff petticoat, value 6 d. two linen aprons value 6 s. one handkerchief, value 6 d. one pillow, value 6 d. and one sheet, value 6 d. the property of Ann Stockford .

The witnesses not appearing, the prisoner was


Tried by the first Middlesex Jury before Mr. RECORDER.

565. JOHN FISHER was indicted for stealing, on the 5th of July , one watch in a silver case, value 20 s. the property of John Crutchfield .


I lost my watch; I wound it up at my own house in Lumley Court, Strand , on Sunday night, and hung it up by the bedpost, as I always do; I went to bed at nine, because I was to rise at two; when I got up the watch was there; my wife missed it; I knew my watch when I saw it at the magisstrate's produced by the pawnbroker; it is No. 477; the pawnbroker has it.


I am wife to the last witness; I missed the watch about ten at night; I went to make the bed, and it was not on the post; I never saw it since.

- STRUTT sworn.

I searched the prisoner at the office, on Wednesday, I found the duplicate of a watch in the waistband of his breeches, sewed up close to the button holes.


I am a pawnbroker; I produce a watch which I took in pawn by a person the name of John Young , on Monday the 5th of July, in the middle of the day; the prisoner I believe to be the person to the best of my knowledge; I would not swear positively to him. This is my duplicate in my hand-writing.

Prosecutor. Mine was a silver watch and single case, two keys: this is mine; I swear to it. The prisoner had not left the house. On the enquiries about the watch; he said he had bought the duplicate of a Mr. Young. The prisoner deserves a good character from me.


Whipped .

Tried by the first Middlesex Jury before Mr. RECORDER.

566. JOHN PARRY was indicted for stealing, on the 10th of June , two silver table spoons, value 18 s. the property of Sir Piers Mostyn .

A second Count. Laying it to be the property of Dame Barbara Mostyn .


I live in Houndsditch; I have a spoon the prisoner offered to sell on the 10th of June, and I stopped him.


I live with Lady Mostyn; I have the care of the spoons; I believe this to be her's, there is no mark on it; I missed it on the 9th of June.


I took charge of the prisoner; I found another spoon in his pocket.

Prosser. This is like the other; I believe it to be Lady Mostyn's.


I found the spoons; I have no witnesses.


Tried by the London Jury before Mr. Justice BULLER.

567. GEORGE BROWN was indicted for stealing, on the 15th of June , one printed book stitched in boards, value 3 s. and two pamphlets, value 2 s. the property of James Evans .


I am a bookseller ; on Tuesday the 15th of June, I had reason to suspect I had a dishonest person in the house; I went out and left the prisoner at the bar in the shop; I went and requested a neighbour of mine to send and buy some books; the money he gave the prisoner for them, was not put into the till, nor the goods were not set down in a book, which they ought to have been.

Mr. Keys, Prisoner's Counsel. How long had the prisoner lived with you? - From February 1789.

Was not the prisoner entrusted to sell books? - Yes.

Did not the prisoner say he meant to pay you? - No.

Is not it customary for booksellers to return books? - Sometimes it is.

Are not Mr. Robinson and you intimate? - Yes.


I am a bookseller; on the 16th of June, I sent my boy to buy two books at Mr. Evans's, and he brought them to me; the books are called

"Rymer's Treatise on the Scrophula;" I sent him again for two others, called

"Rymer on Indigestion;" about two minutes after the boy came back and the prisoner brought one; and said, he could find but one, and hoped that would do; the price was three shillings and five-pence. The boy gave him four shillings? he said, he had no change; I gave him the change, and he took three shillings and five-pence.

Mr. Keys. You are a near neighbour of Mr. Evans's? - Yes.


I live with Mr. Robinson; I went for two

"Rymer on Scrophula" to Mr. Evans's; I got them of the prisoner, I paid him two shillings and three-pence; I took them to my master, and afterwards I went for two

"Rymer on Indigestion;" the prisoner told me he could not find any, and I went away; and a few minutes after the prisoner brought one; and said, he hoped Mr. Robinson could make shift with that, for he could find no other; I paid him three shillings and five-pence.

Mr. Keys. You went twice? - Yes.

Was any body there besides the prisoner? - No.

He did not look it out, but he called to a person to know where it was? - Yes, in my hearing he called to Mr. West.

Court to Evans. What time did you come home? - In the evening; but I did not mention it for private reasons, till the Monday following.


Stating that a few days before there was a deficiency in the till of eleven shillings andsix-pence; and that he said he would not have any thing to do with the till; but he left the money for West to put in; and the hurry of business prevented his taking any notice of it; and he did not remember what became of it.

Mr. Keys. My lord, I submit this not a felony; it can be only a breach of trust.

Court. Certainly, it cannot; the prisoner must be


Tried by the London Jury before Mr. Justice WILSON.

568. JOHN BROWN and WILLIAM DUTTON were indicted for stealing, on the 8th day of July , eighteen pounds weight of lead, value 2 s. 6 d. the property of Samuel Mayo .


I lost some lead this morning, about eighteen pounds; I can only prove the property; it is a weight belonging to my dial; I saw it at nine o'clock this morning, it appears to be cut off.


I went to Mr. Mayo's to order a pint of beer between nine and ten this morning; I went in doors and informed Mrs. Mayo, and she looked into the clock case, and they saw it; and they did not offer to run away.

Court to Bower. Was it found under the bench? - It was; but it was at top first, and they shifted it.

Jury to Bower. Did you see the prisoner shift it from one place to another? - I saw it shifted from one man to another; I saw it upon the bench, and then I saw it under the bench; I saw the prisoner take it from the dial and hand it over to the other; that was when I was looking through the window; but whether it fell off the bench or no, I cannot say.

Court to Prosecutor. Did you ever see the prisoners before? - No.

Court to Bower. Did they offer to go away when they took the lead? - No.

The Jury withdrew for ten minutes, and returned with a verdict,



Imprisoned six months .

Tried by the London Jury before Mr. Justice WILSON.

569. TIMOTHY PRATT was indicted for stealing, on the 5th of July , two linen sheets, value 10 s. one woollen blanket, value 2 s. a copper tea-kettle, value 2 s. one iron frying pan, value 1 s. the property of Thomas Dolly , in a lodging room .


I live in St. Giles's, Cripplegate , on Tuesday the 22d of June, the prisoner applied to me for a lodging; he was to come again to bring his wife to look at it; and the next day brought his wife and child; I never saw them before, and I was persuaded from his wife's discourse to let them the room at half-a-crown a week; and gave them the key; I never saw them on the premises after; the man has acknowledged to me that he only lay there two nights. On Sunday morning I went up and nobody was there; I opened the door with another key, and missed the things in the indictment, and some others not mentioned in it; the things I saw in the room the same day that he took possession of it; except the sheets, and them we gave him; none of the things have been yet found; I am sure he is the same man; I made him no promise, for he was very impertinent; he said he did not take away the things.


There was no copper tea-kettle, or frying-panthere, and there were twenty lodgers in the house.


Tried by the London Jury before Mr. Justice WILSON.

570. GEORGE WILKINSON was indicted for stealing, on the 22d day of June, six ounces weight of Mohair yarn, value 2 s. the property of the King .

A second Count, laying it to be the property of persons unknown.


I am an officer of the Customs, on the 22d of June last, on Tuesday, the prisoner had been delivering ten bales of silk; when the prisoner came on board the vessel, I saw all the packages of mohair yarn safe and sound; he went into the hold, and when he came out we stopped him; he had petticoat trowsers on, and we took out a head of yarn from his trowsers right-hand pocket, and we gave him into custody; there was six ounces and a half of it, my partner gave it to me, and I gave it to the constable.


I am a tide-waiter at the Customs; the prisoner was not in any employ at that time; he came out of the hold, and when he came to the top of the ladder, I overhauled him, and pulled this out of his right-hand trowsers pocket; the mohair belonged to his majesty; while we were in possession of it, I delivered it to my partner, Robert Hack .

Court to Wright. Can you say from the appearance, that it came from below? - I believe it was the same.


I am the constable; I apprehended the prisoner; and Hack gave me this, which I have had ever since.


I was employed by the goldsmith's company to clear this hoy of the contents, and I picked up this skain and was carrying it up when the gentleman stopped me.


Whipped .

Tried by the London Jury before Mr. RECORDER.

571. PAUL BAILEY was indicted for stealing, on the 16th of May , one cotton bed vallence, value 5 s. the property of Francis Gilding .


I am a cabinet-maker and upholsterer ; this property was taken from my house.


I am a constable; I was attending the fire on the 16th of May, between twelve and one on the Sunday morning; about one in the morning I detected the prisoner going off with this property under his arm, there were a number of houses on fire, and the prosecutor's house was on fire; I suppose he was between twenty and thirty yards from the fire when I stopped him; he carried it under his arm.

(Produced and deposed to.)

I asked him where he was going with it; he gave me no answer; but threw it into my arms, and made through the mob, as fast as he could: I caught the bundle: I lost sight of him, though I struck him several times on the head with my stick; he was taken on the 7th of June by Lucy; I saw him in custody: Lucy delivered him to me; I left the bundle at a grocer's shop, and went for it in two or three days; I know it is the same, by being torn: I left it afterwards at the White Bear, Barbican, a day, or two, till I could find out a proper owner for it; I got the same bundle again from there, and Mr. Gilding owned it.

JOHN LUCY sworn.

I apprehended the prisoner on the 7th of June.

Prosecutor. This is part of a bed in our house, of our furniture; on the night of the fire it was all compleat, and part was missing afterwards.

Prisoner. Newman has seen me several times since.

Newman. I deny it.


Transported for seven years .

Tried by the London Jury before Mr. RECORDER.

572. GEORGE BOWYER was indicted for feloniously stealing on the 2d of June last, one pocket handkerchief, value 2 s. the property of Claude Crespigny , Esq . privily from his person .


On the 2d of June last, about noon, under Newcastle-house , a footman told me I was robbed, and pointed to the prisoner, and called to him; and in King-street I came up to him; I never lost sight of him; towards the end of Gate-street, a man caught him in his arms; and he had thrown my handkerchief into a passage; I saw him make a motion with his right arm, as he was running, before he was stopped: I stooped passing by the passage, and picked up my handkerchief; that was in the pursuit, scarcely stopping in my career: he was instantly stopped within a few yards of that passage: I saw my initials, and No. 14, on the handkerchief: the prisoner was taken to Bow-street.

Mr. Garrow, Prisoner's Counsel. Were there more persons near you than one? - I cannot say; I did not see; there might be; but I was not aware that there were others; there were a variety of passengers passing.

If I understand you right the first alarm you had was from somebody calling out to you? - It was from the coach.

So that it was not done very privately? - I do not know; it was noon day.

Is the handkerchief here? - I have brought a handkerchief, which may be the handkerchief, but I cannot swear it is the handkerchief; but this I can swear, that it is one of the number; for I was not aware that it was necessary to return the particular handkerchief, as thinking I had preserved the mark and number, necessary to ascertain it; when I came home I threw it among the dirty linen; and all those that were bought at that period were all marked with the same number of fourteen; being handkerchiefs of a certain number, therefore I cannot swear that it is the same; but I swear it is one of the same sort.


I am servant to Mr. Earl, of Hanover-square. I cannot swear to the prisoner. On the 2d of June I was behind the carriage, and I saw Mr. Crespigny walking, and I saw a young man take a handkerchief out of his pocket; I immediately called out to the gentleman that he had lost his handkerchief, and I pointed out the young man that had got it; the young man ran off on my calling out; and I saw Mr. Crespigny pursue him up Gate-street: I did not see him taken.

Mr. Garrow. You saw distinctly some young men picking Mr. Crespigny's pocket? - Yes.

So that it was not a private transaction? - No.

Which of the men it was you know not? - No.


I was up two pair of stairs, and I heard the cry of stop thief; and I saw a young man running, and chuck a handkerchief into a house; I am not rightly sure to the young man: it was a red and white handkerchief, to the best of my knowledge; I do not know whether it was a silk one or no; but I believe it was a silk one; I think I saw Mr. Crespigny pick it up himself:a constable took the prisoner away, and a brewer's servant stopped him.

Mr. Garrow. You was up two pair of stairs, on the other side of the way? - Yes.

You do not know the man at all? - No, I cannot swear to him: it was a great deal of red, and a little white.

A very bright red? - Not so very bright.

Prisoner. I leave it to my counsel.

The prisoner called seven witnesses, who all gave him a very good character.

GUILTY, not privately .

Transported for seven years .

Tried by the second Middlesex Jury before Mr. RECORDER.

573. ANN JONES was indicted for stealing, on the 5th of July , a man's hat, value 4 s. a shirt, value 3 s. a pair of breeches, value 2 s. a pair of cotton drawers, value 12 d. the property of James Parker .

There being no evidence, the prisoner was


Tried by the first Middlesex Jury before Mr. RECORDER.

574. ELIZABETH MURRAY was indicted for stealing, on the 27th of April , two linen shirts, value 6 s. a cotton gown, value 18 s. seven muslin caps, value 30 s. two stocks, value 10 s. half a cambrick handkerchief, value 1 s. a check apron, value 1 s. the property of Charles Robinson .

There being no evidence, the prisoner was


Tried by the first Middlesex Jury before Mr. RECORDER.

575. ANN READ was indicted for a larceny .

The indictment being wrong laid, she was


Tried by the first Middlesex Jury before Mr. RECORDER.

576. JOHN FOREMAN was indicted for burglariously and feloniously breaking and entering the dwelling-house of William Dawes , about the hour of two in the night, on the 4th of June last, and burglariously stealing therein an iron roasting jack, value 12 d. twenty pounds weight of old iron, value 1 s. one brass pottage pot, value 12 d. and one padlock, value 6 d. and one staple, value 1 d. his property .


I live No. 17, Newcastle-court, Temple-bar : my warehouse joins my house. Just before the clock struck two I heard some body in this warehouse; I got up to strike a light; but I could not; and when I got up in the morning I found the padlock and screw wrenched out, and the padlock taken away, and the things in the indictment: I found the door that goes into the yard broke open; it was not the house door: all the property I lost was in the yard, none of it in the warehouse: I locked up the gate myself which was broke open.

Court. Is this yard a yard to the dwelling-house or to the warehouse? - To the warehouse.

Has it any communication with the dwelling-house? - It adjoins to it: the watchman took up the prisoner; I have got my jack again; I saw it at the justices.


I am a watchman in St. Clement's parish. At half after two, on the 4th of June, as I was sitting on a bulk, I saw the prisoner coming through Gilbert's passage; he seemed very much fatigued; says I halloo! he said, I wish I was at home; he had an old jack, which he had picked up in Fleet-street: I took him to the watch-house.

Mr. Beth, Prisoner's Counsel. Was it day-light? - Yes.


I am a constable. On Friday, the 4th of June, the prisoner was brought before Justice Walker with a jack, and no person appearing, he was discharged: in the evening the prosecutor came and swore to the jack; it has been locked up under my care ever since, in a lock-up key.


(Produced the jack, which was deposed to by the prosecutor.)

GUILTY , of stealing the jack.

Transported for seven years .

Tried by the first Middlesex Jury before Mr. RECORDER.

577. THOMAS ELSON was indicted for stealing, on the 25th of June last, eleven guineas, sixteen half guineas, forty half-crowns, and one shilling, the monies of William Crowhurst , in his dwelling-house .

(The witnessed examined separate.)


I live at the White Hart, Coal-yard, Drury-lane . On the 25th of June last I put into a bag five and twenty pounds; it consisted of eleven guineas, sixteen half guineas, and forty half-crowns; I had it in my pocket; and the man that was to call for it did not: the prisoner was drinking in my house the best part of the day; and what liquor he had I was obliged to give him credit for: I believe the prisoner saw me put the money into the bag; I never had any part of it since.

Mr. Garrow, Prisoner's Counsel. You did not give this to your wife, nor tell her you should put it there? - No: I left it in a drawer that was not locked; the key is lost: I was out about an hour.

How many people were there gaming, and playing at whirligig, and tossing up for liquor? - There might be three or four tossing up for ale.

Was not this man drunk? - I do not think he was; he had only five pints of ale, and some he gave to the cobler.

How many hours might these fellows be drinking and gambling there? - Three or four hours.


I am wife of the last witness. On the 25th of June, a little after five, my husband went out and left me in the tap-room, with the prisoner and another man that had been drinking; a few minutes after that the prisoner went out; I was then sitting in the tap-room, which commanded both the doors: when the prisoner went out I went to the top of the tap-room, to count the pots; I had not been but a very little while before I heard the bar bell ring very softly; upon which I looked up, and saw the prisoner directly at the bar door, which rung; he was very much confused at the sight of me; he paid me two-pence, for a quartern of anniseed, in halfpence: when I went into the bar I observed the till open: the prisoner watched me amazingly; he stared, and looked confused; that I knew he had been doing something, but I did not know what: the prisoner and the other man went away immediately: this was between five and six in the afternoon.


I was in company with the prisoner the whole afternoon, at the White Hart, in the Coal-yard.


I am a hackney coachman: I know nothing about the money: I was in company with the prisoner; he treated me with a quartern of anniseed, and changed half-a-crown; about six or seven in the evening: I am no scholar; I cannot tell the day of the month any more than a cow can tell of his father.

How long ago was it? - Upon my word I cannot tell.


I attend the Rotation-office, in Litchfield-street. I took the prisoner out of bed: I found six shillings and five-pence farthing upon him; the next morning after the robbery, about eleven, I took him to the King's Arms, in the Coal-yard.

Prisoner. I leave it to my counsel.

The prisoner called four witnesses, who all gave him a very good character.


Tried by the first Middlesex Jury before Mr. Justice BULLER.

578. GEORGE LODGE and THOMAS CORSER were indicted for stealing, on the 10th of June last, one trunk, made of wood and iron, value 30 s. the property of Samuel Kettle .

Samuel Kettle and Joseph Storey called on their recognizances, and not appearing, the prisoners were both


Tried by the first Middlesex Jury before Mr. Justice WILSON.

579. GEORGE CLEAR was indicted for stealing, on the 19th of June last, one hair trunk, value 3 s. three yards of black silk, value 16 s. one muslin gown and coat, value 40 s. a callico ditto, value 21 s. twelve pair of silk stockings, value 48 s. three pair of shoes, value 20 s. four pair of thread stockings, value 6 s. two pair of cotton ditto, value 8 s. a great coat, value 21 s. a handkerchief, value 4 s. a lawn ditto, value 8 s. one spotted muslin apron, value 18 s. two pair of ruffles, value 4 s. two pair of ditto, with edging, value 8 s. four pair of ditto, value 25 s. an apron, value 4 l. a ditto, value 4 l. one silk and muslin work-bag, value 2 s. two check handkerchiefs, value 5 s. one muslin ditto, value 2 s. two fans, value 8 s. one sprigged muslin gown, value 3 l. one muslin flounce, value 18 s. two suits of boy's nankeen, value 40 s. one yard and a half of Persian silk, value 3 s. one yard of mode, value 4 s. two frocks, value 8 s. the property of William Rogers .

And ELIZABETH CLEAR was indicted for receiving the same goods, knowing them to have been stolen .

(The witnesses examined separate.)


I am wife of William Rogers . On the 19th of June last, I lost a trunk, and the things in the indictment, from the Whitehorse-cellar, Piccadilly, where I took a hackney coach, to take me to Upper Mary-le-bone-street : me and a lady, Mrs. Brotherton, had five boxes and trunks; four of the boxes were put into the body of the coach; and one that belonged to me, was put into the boot; and through forgetfulness, it was left in the boot of the coach: the man drove off: this was Saturday, the 19th of June; I advertized it on the Monday se'nnight. I went to the Coach-office on Monday; and they persuaded me to stay till Friday. On Saturday last, I received a penny-post letter: I described the trunk left in a hackney coach: I went on Tuesday last, where I was desired to go by this letter; it was to Dog-row, Whitechapel. After the prisoners were taken up, I found a pair of my stockings in their apartment, in Whitechapel; this was on Tuesday last: the man prisoner, I think, drove us: I cannot swear positively to him.

Mr. Garrow, Prisoner's Counsel. I believe you summoned some other coachman : do you recollect seeing this boy at the Coach-office? - I did.


I was with Mrs. Rogers on the 19th of June last, at the White Horse, Piccadilly; and went to Upper Mary-le-bone-street in a hackney coach: there were two dealtrunks, and two other trunks, in the coach; a hair trunk was put in the coach; it was left behind: I know the principal part of the contents: we were taken up about half after eight: the prisoner was the coachman; I never saw him before.

Mrs. Rogers. Here is a list of the things that were in the trunk.

Mrs. Brotherton. I took particular notice of the coachman, while he was putting in the trunk; he seemed to make a difficulty of it.


Mrs. Clear brought a bundle to me and asked leave to put it into my drawers, and I gave her leave; on Tuesday morning Mrs. Clear brought another, and an empty trunk, informing me it belonged to a person that had lived well, and was reduced; I asked her no particular questions about them; in the afternoon of the Tuesday, Mrs. Clear came and drank tea with me, and told me there was a person coming at six to buy the property; about six a man and woman came in, and they went into my bed-room, and Mrs. Clear took out the bundle and carried it in; and they went away; I do not know what passed; Mrs. Clear called me in after, and told me they had bid too little money for it; I asked her what things they were; she said, a find of her son George's; a find in the coach; she told me before that they belonged to people who had lived in better circumstances; but then she contradicted herself; I asked her if they had been advertised; she said no; with that her son who was there, went out and fetched the paper, and they were advertised; then the man and the two women came again, and the woman took the things away.

You do not know particularly what they were? - They were wearing apparel; but I do not know particularly what; I am a mantua-maker; and that same Tuesday morning Mrs. Clear gave me a gown to make; she said she bought it, and I have brought it here; Mrs. Clear took the trunk away herself; when I received the gown it was in a great coat.

Mrs. Brotherton. The coachman had first of all put the trunk into the coach, and there not being room enough, he took it out; I took notice of him, because I thought he seemed rather to wish to put it into the coach.

Mr. Garrow. Was you at the office, when the driver of No. 206 was there? - Yes, I said he was not the person; but that the prisoner was: the prisoner only came in by accident; I was not quite so clear at that instant; he stood with his side face, and he went soon out of the coach office; and I could not get a full view of him.


The prosecutrix sent to me last Tuesday to take up the prisoner; I searched the house, and found one pair of stockings, which the lady claimed as her property.

Prosecutrix. I can safely say they are my stockings; they are neither marked nor mended; but I have more of the same so like them, that I could not tell one from the other.

May not some body else have such stockings? - Yes, they may.

Can you tell whether that gown was any part of your property? - Yes, I can; there happens to be a mark of red paint; it was a great coat; I safely swear to it.


We leave it to our counsel.

The prisoners called four witnesses, who gave them a very good character.



Tried by the first Middlesex Jury before Mr. Justice WILSON.

N. B. When sentence was passed, the recorder informed the prisoner George Clear ,that some very favourable circumstances appearing in his case, the sentence of the Court was, that he should be fined one penny , and discharged; and with respect to his mother, Elizabeth Clear , although he was obliged under the act of parliament, to pass sentence of transportation for fourteen years , upon her, yet that he should obtain a free pardon for her in a few days.

580. THOMAS BARKER was indicted for stealing, on the 21st of June , a silk handkerchief, value 2 s. the property of James Hobby , privily from his person .


I lost an handkerchief the 21st of June, in Moorfields , out of my pocket, about six in the evening; I found it on the prisoner immediately; I felt it in my pocket and wiped my face with it; in less than half a minute I felt something about my right-hand pocket, and I felt him take it; and I turned round and took him by the hand, with the handkerchief in his hand; and took him to the justices.

(The handkerchief produced and deposed to.)


I am an errand-boy ; I went into Smithfield for one Mr. Knowlys; and coming over Moorfields back, I picked up this handkerchief; and the gentleman took me to gaol: coming along he laid hold of another boy; and he said, if I would tell who was along with me, he would let me go; and I said, there was nobody with me.

Court to Prosecutor. Are you quite sure you did not miss your pocket, and drop your handkerchief? - Yes.

The prisoner called one witness who gave him a good character.


Of stealing, but not privately.

Recommended by the Court and Prosecutor .

Transported for seven years .

Tried by the first Middlesex Jury before Mr. Justice WILSON.

581. JOHN STYMATZ was indicted for stealing, on the 29th of June last, two linen bed curtains, value 2 s. three valances, value 4 d. the property of Adam Stymatz .


I lost the things in the indictment, from a drawer, on the 29th of June; I saw them in the morning, and at night I discovered they were gone; I desired my landlord to stop any person with a bundle. The prisoner is my own son; he has robbed me several times; I am very sorry to appear against him: I cannot help it; he has always been robbing of me; I cannot say that the drawer was locked.


I ran after the prisoner, and stopped him with a bundle; when his father came home, the bundle was opened, and contained the things; he rather objected to come back.


I was in want of money, and I worked with my father.

Court to Prosecutor. What is your business? - A cabinet-maker and joiner .

Did your son work with you? - Yes, I told him he was old enough; he could get his bread himself; I work very hard, and he always laid upon me; I have another child eight years old, at nurse, that is a cripple; and I am forced to pay eight shillings a week for her.

Did your son in fact work for you? - Not much; he went out when he liked.

When he worked for you, did you allow him any thing for his work? - I gave him victuals and drink, and bought him clothes,and gave him six-pence to spend of a Sunday.


Recommended to mercy .

Court to Jury. I believe the best thing that can be done, both for him and his father, is to send him abroad.

Transported for seven years .

Tried by the first Middlesex Jury before Mr. Justice BULLER.

582. CHARLES HYNDES was indicted, for that he, in the parish of All Saints, in the county of Northampton; did marry one Bet George , and had her to wife ; and afterwards did marry Mary Anna Odwyer ; the said Bet George being then alive, and in full health .

(The case opened by Mr. Garrow.)


I know the prisoner; I was present in the church at Northampton, when he was married to a person of the name of Bet George : I had seen her before the marriage; they continued to live together after the marriage; she is in Court now.

Prisoner's Counsel. You was present at the marriage? - Yes, I know no further than the marriage; I have not seen her some time.

Whether there was a divorce or not, you cannot tell? - No.


You are a native of France? - Yes.

When did you first become acquainted with Mr. Hyndes? - Last June.

That was at Boulogne, where you resided: your mother, I understand, kept a hotel there? - Yes.

He lived at your house? - Yes.

How long did he pay his addesses to you? - Three months before he came to England; I was married in France; and in this country, at St. George's, Hanover-square , the 8th of September, 1789 .

I believe since that he deserted you? - When I heard he had another wife, I went over to France; I told him of it, and he told me it was only a woman he kept.

Mr. Knowlys, another of the Prisoner's Counsel. I believe you had frequent intimation at the time he was paying his addresses to you, that he had another wife? - No Sir, I had not.

Did you never hear from him, that he had a wife living; but that he had intirely separated from her, and therefore that would be no impediment to your marriage.

Court. When did you hear he had another wife? - Three months after I was married in England.

Prisoner. I leave it to my counsel.

Prisoner's Counsel. You have stated a long case here; but it is not in our power to state it to the Court: if you wish to make a defence, you must make it yourself.


Please you, my lord, I married Bet George ; who Mrs. Brown and her husband was the instigation of my marrying; we lived in the greatest harmony, till a person came to lodge in my house, that seduced my wife away from me: I always lived in respectability, and was always revered.

RUTH KEMP sworn.

I have known Mr. Hyndes eleven or twelve years; I have been out on parties with him.

What has been his general character? - Honesty; my sister married Mr. Hyndes, she is dead.

What was he? - A sheriff's officer .


He is my brother; I have been security for him sixteen years, as an officer, he is a man of character.

Mrs. FROST sworn.

I have known him five or six years: a very good character.

CHARLES SMART , Esq; sworn.

I am an attorney; I have employed him as my officer seven or eight years past, and he always did his business extremely well.

Mr. Garrow. He was a good sheriff's officer; that is all you know.


Confined twelve months in Newgate , and fined 1 s.

Tried by the first Middlesex Jury before Mr. Justice BULLER.

583. ANN FELL was indicted for feloniously making an assault, in the dwelling house of Edward Overton , on Rachel Keen , on the 9th day of June last, and putting her in fear, and feloniously taking from her person; and against her will, a cotton gown, value 5 s. three guineas, and one half guinea, her property .


I live at Mile-end . I was at Edward Overton 's when the prisoner robbed me; I was one of the poor: Mr. Overton farms the poor; and I lived at his house. On the 9th of June, I was sitting by the bedside; I had just put three guineas and a half into a brown paper, in a box in my pocket; and the prisoner saw me; the prisoner was also one of the poor: Mr. Overton farms several parishes: the prisoner did not belong to the same parish; there was my bed in the room; and the prisoner sat down on the bed, and took me into her lap; I felt something in my pocket; and I put in my hand, and the prisoner's hand was there; and I missed my box directly; and I called out that she had taken my three guineas and a half, box and all; and then the prisoner thumped me on my ribs: I had a new cotton gown on the bed; and the prisoner swore bitterly that she would take that as well as the rest: the prisoner spit upon me, and called me a bitch. The constable has one tin box and one wooden box that the prisoner took out of my pocket at the same time: she took the cotton gown off the bed before my face; she said she would take it; she kept it in defiance; she did not go away; she remained in the house: the prisoner was not employed by Mr. Overton at all; she lodged in the same room with me; she kept the gown in her own custody, and dared me to touch it.

Court. How came you to be in possession of three guineas and a half? - I had been at Goldsmith's Hall: I am a settled widow : the parish gives me no clothes: this money supplies me with clothes.

How long had you received this money, before the woman took it from you? - I believe, a day or two, not longer.

Were there any other people that lodged in the same room, besides you? - Yes, a good many; seven or eight, or more.

Were any of them in the room at the time? - Yes.

Did not you ask them to help you? - No, Sir; she laid me down in her lap, and took my property; and then she pushed the candle out; it was the 28th of June: I go to bed between seven and eight: I am sure it was candle-light; for she pushed the candle out of my hand; and I screamed out at the instant; and I said, she has got my tin box and my money; she beat me on the hips; so I let it alone; I had no stays on; and she is a great powerful woman.

So they did not help you at all? - No, Sir; they were afraid of her, she is such a masculine strong woman; I borrowed the tin box of the prisoner; and she knew what money I had.

After she took this money from you, and the gown, did you tell any body else? - No.

Then you went to bed, I suppose, and fell asleep? - I could not sleep.

Did you tell any body the next day? - I did nothing but hear the prisoner abuse me.

What did she abuse you for? - Because I said she had robbed me.

When was she taken up? - I cannot say: I wanted some satisfaction for my money: the prisoner always denied that she had it: with the assistance of my friends, who assisted me with money, I did send for a constable; she used me with the best of manners, till she got the money: we lived in the same room four or five weeks.

Did you tell Mr. Overton about it? - Yes, the same week; and he said he could not help it: I ought to take more care.

Did she ever wear this cotton gown? - No.

Where was it? - In her custody in the house; and the constable took it out of her apartment.

Did you ever get your money again? - No, not a halfpenny.

Court. Now you are a great age; you will recollect you are upon your oath: have you ever heard of a reward to people who convict persons of a highway robbery? - No, not I; I am as ignorant of these affairs, as a child unborn; I never was in such an affair before.

Prisoner. I received three guineas of a gentleman that came out of the country, three weeks before she came into my room.

JOHN TANN sworn.

I believe it was the 9th or 10th of June, that this woman came up with another woman for a warrant, to the Rotation-office; and I went to execute the warrant there; I saw the prisoner, Mrs. Fell, in the room; being conducted to the room by some of the folks that belonged to the work-house, I told her I had a warrant for her, for robbing the old lady; she said, she had not robbed her at all; says I, I must look in your box and pockets; I found nothing in her pockets; in her box I found this tin box, and this wooden box; she scratched hold of them at first, and put them into her pocket, and I made her take them out again; and in the tin box there was half a guinea in gold, and three shillings and six-pence in silver; I gave her the silver by order of the magistrate, when she was committed; and the half-guinea and the boxes, I produce to you; I asked her also where she had put the old gentlewoman's gown; and she said she had taken that for some money the old woman owed her; where is it, says I; she said, she should keep it; I asked her about the boxes? she said, they were her's, she had lent them to the old gentlewoman to put her money in them: I took her before the magistrate, and the old woman said she had borrowed the boxes: I had Mr. Overton up there, and Mr. Overton said, if they would not be honest they must be punished, he knew nothing about it at all.

Court to prosecutor. Did you borrow both the boxes of her, or only one? - Both the boxes.

Did you ever borrow any money of her, or owe her any money in your life? - I never borrowed any money of her; but the prisoner has paid for a penny-worth of beer for me.

Who was in the room at the time? - I do not know their names.

The Remainder of this Trial in the next Part, which will be published in a few Days.

ERRATA. - In the Trial of John Dyer , for Forgery, Page 673, Part IV. for Charles Smith , the drawer of the Bill, read Charles Thomas . And in the Indictment the First Count should be for forging the Acceptance, and the Second, Third, and Fourth Counts, for uttering the Bill, knowing the Acceptance to be forged.

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Continuation of the Trial of Ann Fell .


I was sent for on that Monday: she took her money on the Friday: she sent somebody out of the house to acquaint me with the robbery: I am her god-daughter: I came, and I went to the justice's, and brought the constable to take the prisoner: I did not see the robbery done, only as I was told; I understood the robbery to be committed on the Saturday, as she took the money on the Friday; one Sarah Waters and another were present at the time.


I am one of the poor that lodge in the same room with this Mrs. Keen, and Mrs. Fell; and on Friday, the 29th of May, she received her money at Goldsmiths-hall; on the 30th, which was Saturday night, she lost it in the room; I was in the room; Mrs. Keen was on the bed side, and Mrs. Fell was with her, and either she fell on the bed, or was pushed upon it; I cannot say which; but it was at that time the old woman cried out, and said she had lost something; and at that time the prisoner said, she hoped she had not lost her money: it was in the dusk of the evening: and Mrs. Fell, the prisoner, fetched a candle to help the old woman to search for the tin box; but the gold was not found; none that I saw; but the wooden box, with the silver, was in the prosecutrix's pocket; Mrs. Fell, the prisoner, took that box; she had laid out some money at different times, for beer and snuff, till this woman's money came due; and after she found she had lost her gold, she took this box, with the silver, and the gown, to pay herself.

Do you know whose box the tin boxwas? - It was the prisoner's; but she lent it to the old woman, to put her gold in, and the other to put her silver in.

At that time you say the old woman called out, she had lost her money? - She called out, oh Lord! I have lost something.

Did she at that time charge Mrs. Fell with putting her hand in her pocket? - She did some time after.

When Mrs. Fell was there? - Yes; and Mrs. Fell said she had not got the box.


I am one of the poor, in the same room with Mrs. Keen: on the 28th of May Mrs. Keen went to Goldsmiths-hall and received some money: I know what her money is; she has ten pounds a year; and she received five pounds of it the 28th of May; Mrs. Fell went with her, and hired a coach, and paid for the coach going and coming back: on the Saturday, about one I believe it might be, Mrs. Keen went into Mr. Overton's laundery, and there she staid till I believe it might be eight at night; then she was led in by two; she is so very feeble; she sat down on the bed; but whether she fell down or was pushed down I cannot tell.

Was she sat on the other woman's lap? - No; she was not: Mrs. Keen cried out, O Lord! O Lord! Mrs. Fell immediately went to her bed; and I said to Mrs. Keen, why do not you go to bed? she said she had lost something; she called for a candle; I said, we go to bed by daylight, we cannot afford candles; Mrs. Fell got a candle; Mrs. Fell would have Mrs. Overton to come and search us all that night; but Mrs. Overton said, she did not care whether she had lost her money or not; she should not come in to search us till the next morning: the candle was brought, and Mrs. Keen and her bed was searched; but nothing could be found only three shillings and six-pence in the box, and five-pence three farthings in halfpence, which Mrs. Fell took in part of what she owed her; and she took her gown in part of the pay, and hung it up on her bed; Mrs. Overton came the next morning, and searched her bed, and every place in the room, but no money could be found: there had not been a creature out of the house.

Did Mrs. Overton search your persons? - Every thing in the world; and all our pockets: Mrs. Fell had lent Mrs. Keen a tin box to put her gold in.

Was Mrs. Fell searched? - Every body was searched; and in that search the tin box could not be found.

If Mrs. Fell had had tin box about her it must have been found? - Yes.

Mrs. Fell went out you say to fetch the candle? - She was not gone many minutes; nobody else went out; she went out of the gate; but she was not gone a minute.

Did the old woman or not say any thing at the time, when she cried out; about the prisoner taking any thing from her? - She said, she felt the prisoner's hand in her pocket; that was just after, or much about the same time.


On May twelve-month I received ten guineas of a gentleman; and Mr. Overton knows it; this last May of all I received three guineas, and I received a crown about three weeks before this old woman came into my room; she was always at me to bring her into my room; I said, we have nobody but honest people in our room, and when there is a vacancy I will bring you in; I got her in; I bought two tin boxes: I have always been in power in Mr. Overton's house: the old woman said she wanted some gin, and some tea, and sugar; I lent her some money; five shillings and a few halfpence: I took her to the hall in a coach: the prosecutrix received five guineas, and one shilling: when she got to the coach she abused me; and a gentleman came out and said you are an abusive woman, you will lose your money: the old woman went to the ale-house for an hour; and the woman came out, and said, for God's sake fetch the old woman home, she is so drunk, and the box is always out; they brought her in so tosticated; the ale-house maid brought inliquor, and this old woman still kept calling for gin and strong beer; the old woman called in a boy to change her a guinea: she was some time before she got the guinea out of the tin box which I had lent her: we got her to bed: in the morning I said, Mrs. Keen, says I, I will not come nigh you, you are a sad woman; says she, give me some gin; I said none could be had; but she made use of such speeches, I was frightened; I was making the fire; says she, I will go out to day; and she counted her money, silver and gold, and all; but I never saw the gold at all; she went out with the gold in one box and the silver in another; she went into the wash-house, and the woman is every thing that is bad; I went to the master of the house; Oh, says I, Mr. Overton, that old woman is in the wash-house; she will lose her money; the young gentleman went and swore at them; but she continued in this place; they had gin all the afternoon, and were so drunk that they came supporting this old woman; two or three of us handed her to her bed-side; I said I will have nothing to do with her; I went to bed to my two children, pretty creatures! I am always in power in Mr. Overton's house; and somebody fell down, and the old woman called for a candle: says an old woman, some body has tumbled down, pray go for a candle; I ran out with half my clothes on, and half off; among all the gentlemen and ladies; I said, I am frightened, here is the old woman has been drunk all day, and she is on the floor, and pray come and search about; I am afraid she is a bad woman; says Mrs. Overton, she is a bad woman, if she loses all her money I do not care; I got a candle, and I said, let us all search; there she was laying down; and the wooden box was laying by the side of her. This wooden box when she went out, had four half crowns, and twenty shillings in it; and there was then only one half-crown; I was all of a tremble, I could not speak a plain word; there was a pocket and nothing in it; we searched every where, and could find no box at all; we put her into bed: in the morning she called out for her gin again: oh! you wicked woman, says I, there is no money for you now; you have been among thieves and drunkards: how must I get to my money? You may get it as you can, madam, says she; her hands on her side, in a vulgar manner; her gown was in my possession from the 1st of April, hanging at the head of my bed; says she, I will swear a robbery against you; because I said I would stop her gown for sixteen shillings, she swore a robbery against me; they moved her out of the room, because she abused us so, they could not go on with their work; and her gown lay on the head of my bed as usual; there came a man on Sunday; says he, is this Mrs. Fell? Yes Sir, says I; says he, have not you got a gown and cloak? he said, give me the gown; I turned at him, and looked at him; I thought he looked like a thief; I said, I know nothing of you: then says he, madam, if you will not return the cloak to me, I will make you return it to-morrow: he sent the constable next day. This is what she has done all this for; there is not one word in her mouth that is true; I always had broken gentlefolks under my hands before, while I was at Mr. Overton's; and she lost her box, and all the gold in the wash-house, among thieves; and if she has gin, she will never be sober; and she will swear and unswear.

Court to Sarah Swords . Were you at Goldsmith's-hall on Friday when your godmother received her money? - I waited there; till they came in the coach; then I led her into the hall, till the gentlemen put the money into her hand; I always attend her there, to take care of her, and to see her safe out: she owed me seven shillings; I went home with them in the coach; I saw them safe there, and the old woman said, she wanted a bit of dinner: I let her come; I begged of Mrs. Fell to let her have her way; I let her have it, and after that she wanted to go home with me, knowing that I have a house; and I did not chuse it: I told her she should go Mr. Overton's: shegot her dinner at the Bunch of Grapes, on this side of the hospital, just by Mr. Overton's house, not 20 yards from it.

Upon your oath, when she left her, was she drunk or sober? - I will tell you what she had, one pint of beer, and one dram; the woman came to fetch her home.

Was she drunk or sober? - No; she was far from drunk when I led her into Mrs. Fell's room: there was a bottle of gin in the room, which Mrs. Fell herself told me she had bought, and brought it in; I saw the gin in the bottle: says she, I will not send out for any; I have bought some, knowing that the old lady will have some now and then.

Was it true, that the old lady did drink drams now and then? - She will drink a dram if she can get it:

Then she is a drunken woman? - No, far from it.

(The prosecutrix ordered out of court.)

Court. Tell me honestly and fairly, whether the quantity, whatever it was, had affected her understanding, so as to make her in liquor, drunk? - I can by no means think she was; for she spoke very sensibly when I left her in Mrs. Fell's room; but Mrs. Fell said she had bought a bottle of gin; and I saw it; they all had some of it before I went away: they asked me three times over, if I would drink; but I never drink any such thing.

But then, when you came into the room, Mrs. Fell drank gin, and Mrs. Keen drank gin? - They all had some.

Now then, was your god-mother in liquor, or not, when you left her? - No; I cannot think she was in liquor; but I dare say she was not long after; for they were endeavouring to make her so; I perceived it, and I said I would not stay any longer.

You know nothing of her going to the wash house? - No, my lord; that was after I was gone.

Court to Sarah Egan . Was this old woman drunk or sober? - If I speak the truth, I cannot think she was sober: she certainly is a woman that is adicted very much to liquor indeed; and that every body in Mr. Overton's house, which I suppose there is four hundred people, will say the same; and very troublesome.

I want to know, whether on the Saturday night, when she made this screaming out, at that time, you can say whether she was drunk or sober? - Upon my oath, she was not sober: she was led in by two people; and before she left our room, she had three glasses of gin, and a pint of porter, indeed.

Then on the Saturday night, she was drunk, when she made this noise? - Yes.

Could she get liquor in the landry? - Yes, they can; they send out for a little gin, privately.


Tried by the first Middlesex Jury before Mr. Justice WILSON.

584. MARGARET BARRY was indicted for feloniously stealing, on the 28th day of August, 1787 , a man's hat, value 10 s. the property of Patrick Carne .


I lost a hat in August 1787, in Margaret Barry the prisoner's house; I lodged there: I went to have my supper; she keeps an eating-house : I came in, and had three pennyworth of meat; and afterwards I fell asleep: I cannot tell how long I was asleep; she awoke me; and I asked for my hat; and she said I had none; and she bid me go to bed; I did so; and I never heard of my hat till last week.

Court. Have you ever got the hat since? - No.

Mr. Knowlys, Prisoner's Counsel. Had you any information before last Thursday? - No.

Has not Mrs. Johnson an action depending against this woman? - I do not know.

Did not Mrs. Johnson's attorney go with you to the office, when this woman was taken? - Yes.


I know the prisoner. In 1787, she lived at No. 53, Shadwell, High-street : I was there with her at that time: Mr. Carne was rather in liquor: in August, 1787, he came into the shop, and called for three pennyworth of meat and bread, and rather fell asleep: I went into the inside room; and I came in again, and I saw the prisoner take his hat off his head, and conceal it in the place where the coals were: I took no notice that night: when he awaked, he asked for his hat, and she said he never came in with one: no more passed; the next morning, she took out the hat, and said, see, I have got Carne's hat; she said, you shall go to-morrow to sell it: her brother came the next day, and she sold it to him for six shillings; she said a man left it for a debt; I lived with her after this, till the 14th of last March: we had a difference, and she gave me warning: I found Carne, and informed him of it.

Mr. Knowlys. Have you brought any action against the prisoner for your wages? - Yes.

What is become of that? - She was arrested, and gave bail to the action.

That has not been tried yet? - No.


What she has said is very unjust: I wish to speak the truth. I saw nothing of the hat, or heard of it, till I was going to shut up: I did not know the prosecutor; he came in to have his supper; I had seen him before; but he was dressed differently that day; the man went to bed.

The prisoner called three witnesses to her character.


Tried by the first Middlesex Jury before Mr. Justice BULLER.

585. ANN MORGAN was indicted for stealing, on the 10th of June last, a piece of gold coin, called a guinea, three shillings, three-copper halfpence, one steel, cork-screw, value 6 d. and a metal watch-key, value 1 d. the property of Richard Spredborough .


On Thursday, the 10th of June, I lost the things in the indictment, in the street, about ten at night; I lost a guinea, and three shillings in silver, a cork-screw, and some halfpence. The prisoner and two or three more were there: I ran out without my hat; I was speaking to her: I live with Mr. Car, in St. James's-street: there were two or three people with her; I went with her up Cleveland-row ; I lost my money in Cleveland-row; I felt her hand in my pocket, and missed my property, and delivered her to the constable; he searched her, and found the property on her: (deposed to): here is a remarkable shilling, I can swear to.

Prisoner. The prosecutor said he would give me all the money he had about him.

The prisoner called two witnesses to her character.


Imprisoned six months .

Tried by the first Middlesex Jury before Mr. Justice BULLER.

586. THOMAS PEPPER was indicted, for that he, on the 14th of May last, feloniously and falsely did make, forge and counterfeit, and cause and procure to be falsely made, forged, and counterfeited, and willingly act and assist in the false making, forging, and counterfeiting, a certain order for payment of money, dated 3d of May, 1790, with the name of James Long , junior, thereto subscribed, purporting to be signed by the said James Long , the younger; and directed to Mess. Prescotts, Grote, Culverdon, and Hollingsworth, for twenty pounds, with intention to defraud one William Jones .

A second Count, for uttering the same, knowing it to be forged, with the like intention.

The case opened by Mr. Silvester.


I was at Waltham Abbey fair, the 14th of May last: I had a grey horse to sell; and I was accosted by a man, who said his name was Arlett; he asked me the price of the horse; I asked him twenty-five pounds for him; he asked me to trot this said gelding; accordingly he called to the prisoner to look at this said gelding; I rode it about fifty or sixty yards, and returned: I think Arlett bid me nineteen or twenty pounds for it, which I refused; he said it went rather aukward, and wanted to get upon the horse; I was rather afraid of him as a stranger; but the prisoner said he was an acquaintance of his, and a man of property; upon which, after he had rode him a little way up; I followed him, and he returned to the place where he was standing; and I left Pepper and Arlett, and rode towards home: I returned in ten minutes, and met Arlett again; I told him a guinea or two would not be an object, as it was a good gelding; and he asked me for my address, which I gave him, which is at Enfield: Arlett and the prisoner both came to my house in a one horse chaise; the prisoner stopped in the chaise for some time: Arlett came over to me; then in about an hour, we went to the King's Head, where Pepper was; Arlett left the room; and the prisoner said, he thought his friend had bid me a deal of money for the horse: Arlett said Pepper was in liquor, but he did not appear so: Pepper said he wished me to let his friend have the horse, as he knew him very well, and had several sums of money with him: then I went home, and Arlett came to me again about the horse, and he offered me -

Court. Then when Arlett gave you this draft, and you took it, the prisoner was not present? - No.

There being no other evidence, and nobody to prove the prisoner's hand-writing, he was


Tried by the first Middlesex Jury before Mr. Justice WILSON.

587. CECILIA HUMBLE, otherwise GREGORY , was indicted for stealing, on the 26th of May , two check linen curtains, value 6 s. one head-cloth, value 3 s. a tester, value 18 s. nine sheets, value 30 s. a counterpane, value 10 s. a patch-work quilt, value 3 s. three table cloths, value 20 s. two frocks, value 20 s. five yards of cambrick, value 10 s. two stocks, value 12 d. a handkerchief, value 6 d. a clothes brush, value 6 d. a pair of sugar nippers, value 6 d. a punch ladle, value 6 s. a pepper box, value 6 d. four table spoons, value 16 s. two ditto, value 19 s. an earthen tea-pot, value 6 d. two glass sales, value 6 d. a Bath stove, value 6 s. a pair of fire tongs, value 18 d. a poker, value 12 d. a shovel, value 18 d. a carpet; value 5 s. a table, value 8 s. six chairs, value 40 s. a double chest of drawers, value 40 s. a bedstead, value 20 s. a feather-bed, value 30 s. two pillows, value 5 s. a swing glass, value 1 s. 6 d. two prints, value 2 s. 6 d. a saucepan, value 4 d. three case knives, value 6 d. a glass sugar bason, value 1 d. a copper tea kettle, value 1 d. one tinder box, value 1 d. a wooden box, value 6 d. two hundred halfpence, value 8 s. 4 d. seven crowns, value 1 l. 15 s. a half crown, a shilling, and a sixpence , the property of Thomas Davis .

And HENRY GREGORY was indicted for feloniously receiving the said goods, knowing them to have been stolen .


I am wife of Thomas Davis : he lost a room of furniture, linen, some plate and money; the room was in George-street, Mary-le-bone : she took the room first a single room: I was not in the house at the time the things were missed; I was in thecountry: we found several things, some linen and plate; these things were found in the lodgings: the prisoner Gregory lodged with her: I do not know whether he was any relation of her's: I know these things to be my property.

Mr. Garrow, Prisoner's Counsel. What is your husband's name? - Thomas Davis .

Where is he now? - He is in the country.

The country is a large place? - I believe he is gone towards Wales.

That is a large place too, you know? - He went away last Sunday of all.

How long is it since he became a bankrupt? - It is about a month or five weeks.

It is longer than that? - He was not a bankrupt at the time these things were delivered: they were given to me by the creditors before he became a bankrupt.

Which of your creditors was it that gave them to you? - Mr. Porter, the gentleman that had the execution in the house.

Upon which you gave them to Mrs. Cecilia Humble ? - I did not: I only sent her to my room for me: she had been a woman that has chaired for me.

Where were those things taken from to that room? - From my house.

Where was the room? - In George-street.

Did you ever see it? - Yes, I was there three days.

Where did you go from to that room? - To a sister at Paddington. Mr. Davis was in Oxfordshire: I did not leave the things in her care; I thought as she had been before an honest woman; I gave her the key of my room; I did not leave them in any body's care; I thought they were locked up.

You left them in your room? - Yes; I locked the door, and gave the key to her.

How long was you gone before you came back again? - Three weeks; I told her I was going for three weeks or a month.

Upon what account, and for what reason, were those things removed from your house to that room? - I was sent out of my house.

How soon after you went to Paddington, and your husband to Oxfordshire, did the messengers commission come in? - I do not know.

How long had he been a bankrupt before you came back again? - I do not know he was made a bankrupt.

How soon after that did the commission of bankruptcy come in? - I do not know: I left the house in the night.

How soon afterwards did the messenger come? - I did hear the docket was struck.

How soon after was the docket struck? - I do not know.

Was it before you came back from Paddington? - I was very often from Paddington.

Court. When did you hear it? - I heard it two or three days after I went to Paddington.

Who paid the rent for the room that was taken? - Why, she that took the things away.

Who was that? - I suppose Mrs. Humble; I was to pay her for it.

Now I believe there were certain other creditors who smelt out these things? - I do not know.

Who issued out the commission? - I do not know.

Did you never hear who was the petitioning creditor? - I did hear Mr. Calvert was: Mr. Porter desired me to take what little things were necessary.

You found this woman in some new lodging? - Yes.

With most of these things with her? - Yes; all the things were found in the lodging; but some of the furniture was sold.

Court. What furniture was found there? - There was a bed, a set of drawers, half a dozen chairs, two tables, two saucepans; these things were sold; all the rest were found in the house.

Mr. Garrow. Of course these were to be considered as Mrs. Humble's own property? - No.

Then she was to give them you back again? - No; they were not: I was to goback to this room when my husband came to town; he desired me to go.

Were not these things delivered to Mrs. Humble, in order to prevent their being swept up by the commissioners? - No; they were not.

For what purpose were they then delivered to her? - I thought her an honest woman; and she was to be with me the time; and I heard she was in another place; and I sent for a constable, and took her up.


On the 4th of June I was sent for by Mr. Davis: he told me he had been robbed: I went to the lodging, and saw the prisoner; as soon as he saw me coming along with Mrs. Davis, she ran up stairs; I pushed the door open, and went in; I found the two prisoners at the bar; I took charge of them; after what I had a search warrant, and went and searched the apartment; and found all these articles that are now produced in their apartments, as the landlady said: I found nothing else but the silver spoons.


I bought these silver table spoons, and a pair of salt spoons, and a pair of sugar tongs, of the prisoner Gregory, the man; I have kept them ever since; they are the same.


The prisoner Gregory called on me on the 23d of May to sell some houshold furniture; I went to look at the furniture at No. 20, George-street: the woman was with him; and he asked her several questions, whether she would chuse to part with such and such articles; there were six mahogany chairs, a double chest of drawers, bedstead, and mattrass, a bath stove, fender, and fire irons, a Scotch carpet, and a green cover, a mahogany claw table, six mahogany chairs, a mahogany double chest of drawers, green bedstead, and furniture, a mattrass, a bed, and two pillows, a card table, and small glass, two prints, three sauce pans, two old candlesticks: on the Monday I sent a cart: on the Tuesday I paid the rent; I sent four guineas to pay the rent: he said he was going to the country; and I sent money to pay the rent for the room where the goods were then, at No. 22, George-street, Portman-square: I do not know what rent was paid: my man is not here.


Mrs. Gregory took a one pair of stairs room of me, for herself, and a lodger; and Mrs. Davis and Mrs. Gregory brought the things; some were put in the garret, and some in the parlour; then they moved them out of one room into another; I believe they continued three weeks; I was paid for the time: a cart came on Monday for them; at night the prisoners came home; I said nothing to them; there were some things went in the coach, and some in the cart: the next day Mrs. Davis came and knocked at the door.


I saw a kind of check curtain, and loose check chair covered with the same, come into the house. I live in Gray's-buildings, No. 11; Mr. Gregory brought them in: I never saw Mr. or Mrs. Davis till the morning they were taken: I heard Mrs. Davis say she had the carrying of these goods from the place where they were sold from; and Mr. Davis said after the things were put into the room, that his wife had given Mrs. Humble the key; I said, I thought that was odd without his leave? and he said, he could not tell as he was not present.

Prisoner Humble. I leave it to my counsel.


All that I know I will relate: on the 20th of May Cecilia Humble called uponme, and told me she had these things, and would be glad I would get a broker to sell them; accordingly I went to Mr. Owen; on the 22d he agreed for the things; on the 25th he fetched them away: on the 4th of June Davis and some other man came, and finding me in her lodgings took me before Mr. Read.


Tried by the first Middlesex Jury before Mr. Justice BULLER.

588. FRANCIS ANDERSON and JOHN ANDERSON were indicted for that they, with force and arms, at Rochester, on the 16th of February , on Joseph Wills , an officer in the service of the excise of our Lord the King, did make an assault, then being on shore, in the due execution of his office, in seizing and securing four gallons of geneva, liable to be seized .

(The witnesses on both sides examined separate.)

The indictment opened by Mr. Silvester, and the case by Mr. Garrow.


Mr. Garrow. You are an officer of the excise ? - Yes. On the 16th of February last I was stationed at Rochester ; I had been to survey at a place called Bawston, and was returning home over the fields, towards Rochester, and I observed four people in the field, under the hedge; I met two a little abast of the other two; I observed a tub in the hedge; I went into the hedge to examine what it might contain; I found it to contain gin; I tasted it; after I had tasted it the two prisoners at the bar came up to me; Francis Anderson with a piece of pallisadoing, near three inches long, in his hand, the other with a large stick; the two prisoners were the other two that I had seen; they came to me while I was examining this liquor: I seized it for the use of the King; it was in a half anchor, which contains near four gallons; it had sling strings upon it: they made use of very bad expressions; and Francis Anderson seized me by the collar after I had made the seizure; John took the tub of gin, and went off with it; Francis followed him, and I followed him likewise; they made up the fields leading towards Woolden; I went in pursuit of them, and came up to Mr. Boggus, the farmer, for assistance; he sent a man named Richard Palmer out of his yard; going over the hill we observed Francis Anderson secreting the tub, in a hedge; the second time the two Andersons were together; then as soon as they saw us advancing up to them John Anderson put off his coat, and left it on the other side of the hedge; they armed themselves with two hedge stakes larger than the other, and immediately came up, threatening to knock my brains out, and used very bad language indeed; and after that John Anderson made a stroke at my head with the hedge stake; I avoided the blow, and it took me on the shoulder; then they had recourse to stones; and they stoned Palmer and me till we were obliged to retreat; they bothof them took part in that; after we had retreated there came up a young man of the name of William Hobbs : they then went back to the hedge: Francis Anderson took the tub out of the hedge again; and the other went over the hedge; and he threw it over the hedge to the other; then he moved to another hedge, and the other threw it over the hedge to him: then they broke the tub to pieces with the two sticks; and William Hobbs coming up, I wished him to go to them, that he might identify their persons; and he went with me to the upper part of the field; there they stood with each of them their hedge stakes in their hands; I came up to them in a very civil manner; I did not give them the least umbrage in the world; and John Anderson hit me over the head, which brought me to the ground: the other immediately went up to William Hobbs , struck him with the stake, and broke his jaw bone, and bruised his fingers in a terrible manner; in consequence of which, he made several blows at me: I threw down my cane, and ran in upon him, and seized him by the collar: the other came up behind me, and struck me over the head: they observed Mr. Spong, a gentleman farmer, coming at some distance, and they then retreated: there was another young man with them at the time: after they retreated, I was in such a situation, I was not capable of pursuing them any further; and I was fully satisfied of their persons. I went to Mr. Spong's, and had my head dressed; it was cut in two places, desperate wounds, and jagged in another place: they escaped for that time: I think it was about two or three days after, I walked out in Rochester, and met John Anderson on the bank in the town of Rochester; I seized him by the collar, though I was in a very weak state; I taxed him with the facts, which he totally denied; he said I had no authority to take him without a warrant; I kept him there some time, and sent for one of the officers, that he might be capable of identifying the person; but he was not at home; he escaped at that time; and it was upwards of three months after, when they were taken: I am fully satisfied in my own mind, these are the two men; I have no doubt at all.

Mr. Knapp, Prisoner's Counsel. How long have you been an officer of excise? - Twelve years.

How long stationed at Rochester? - Two years.

How far was this from Rochester? - Nearly half a mile.

Did you know the defendants before? - I did not.

When you first observed the tub, the prisoners were not near the tub? - They were not at that time: they claimed it afterwards: the bung had been out, but slightly put in again.

Was it sufficiently put in, that the liquor might not spill? - It was so full, that I could put my finger in, and satisfy myself of the quality of it.

How many quarts in general, do you think that contained? - The casks are made for four gallons; they do not contain all that; they generally contain fifteen quarts.

You seized it according to your form: what is that form? - I seized it for the use of the king and myself.

Did you say so? - I said it out loud: they might hear me; they were close enough to me: I spoke to them, and told them I seized it for the use of the King and myself.

There had been no quarrel or conversation before? - No.


I am a labouring man. I work for Mr. Boggus: Mr. Wills came and desired assistance: I went with him: while I was running down, they were hauling stones at Mr. Wills.

Who were hauling stones at him? - Those two gentlemen: they both had hedge stakes; and one of them fetched a blow at Mr. Wills's head; that fellow, the man in the light coloured hair; that is John Anderson : Mr Wills stooped down, and received it on his shoulder; they went back and took the barrel out of the hedge, and chucked it backwards and forwards overthe hedge several times, to one another, Mr. Wills and me went off: they staved the tub, and stopped till we came up; and they, both of them, pulled a hedge stake a piece out of the hedge; and they fell upon me, and knocked me down, and broke my jaw, and knocked my finger almost to shatters; that was the gentleman in the dark coloured hair, Francis Anderson : the gentleman with the light coloured hair, Mr. John Anderson , we had him down, and Mr. Francis after: after he thought he had done me enough, he went and fetched a blow at him with a turnip-picker which I had with me; I was picking turnips; and he hit Mr. Wills right over the head; then they escaped; I never saw either of them from that time till this: I can swear to the two gentlemen.

Are you quite positive these are the two gentlemen? - I am perfect to them.

Mr. Knapp. You went at the beginning? - No, Sir; I saw these men before Mr. Wills saw them.

You know nothing at all of the tub being found? - No.

(Mr. Knapp addressed the jury on the part of the prisoners.)


Imprisoned three years in Newgate , and to find security for five years .

Court to Mr. Silvester. I hope the officers of the crown will make a proper satisfaction to that man; they do not do their duty to the crown, if they do not: the man has had his finger broke, and his jaw broke.

Tried by the first Middlesex Jury before Mr. Justice BULLER.

589. PENELOPE STURGES was indicted for that she, on the 17th of June last, eight yards of thread edging, value 2 s. 6 d. the property of Robert Mackintosh , by a certain person before feloniously stolen, did receive, and have, well knowing them to have been feloniously stolen and carried away, the said person not having been convicted of stealing the said goods .


The prisoner worked for me: I am a haberdasher. Some time before the 17th of June, this happened: she was taken into custody that day; the prisoner was exceedingly well recommended; I know nothing but what the apprentice tells me, who is admitted an evidence: I could not tell that any thing was missing: but I have some of the same pattern.


I am twelve and an half years old.

Did you ever take an oath before? - No, never before this affair happened, before Lord Mayor.

What will become of you, if you swear what is false? - Sir, I shall go to hell.


I am an apprentice to Mr. Mackintosh, about half a year. One night I went to the prisoner's house, about ten o'clock, with a cap for her to make; I took it from my mistress; and I took her some edging and ribbon at the same time, for herself; it was thread edging; I did not measure it; after that I went there with some work; and she asked me for some pins; I told her I had none; and she asked me to get her some, and I took her some; and I took her some trinkets for herself; then I took her some more trinkets: she was at our house one day for some work, and she saw this edging in the window; and she said she should like some of it for a cap, so I took it to her.

Court. Whose property was this? - My master's: I took it out of the box; I do not remember the day; she gave me nothing for taking it; and I was not to have any part of it: I was taken up, and she was taken up; I was obliged to tell of it, when I was taken up; I saw the lace in Houndsditch, where I was stopped; it was in the constable'shands; it was the same; for I put a mark on the card, before I took it to her: I put a T. on it, in ink; I do not know my reason: my master knew nothing of it: the prisoner told me she should not let the people know below stairs, because they were very bad people.

Did you think you was doing a wrong thing? - I thought it would never be found out: the prisoner told me not to tell her sister, for she would tell my master and mistress.

Mr. Knowlys, Prisoner's Counsel. How long have you been in any service whatever? - This was the first.

When did you first begin to turn thief? - I cannot tell whether it was three or four months after I was bound; that lace was the first thing I ever took from any body.

They told you you would be hanged or transported? - Yes, Sir, if I did not tell the truth; and I should not wish for any body to be hanged any more than myself.

Did not you imagine that accusing some body else, would save you from hanging or transportation? - I thought so to myself.


I am a constable: I produce the lace I found in the prisoner's room: it is thread edging: there were two little boxes in the room. her's and her sister's; and I found two pieces of lace all together; she and her sister lived together; they both very readily shewed the things in the room; and the prisoner said, for God's sake, deliver up everything, for I thought it would come to this: their boxes were not locked.


On the 17th of June, this little girl went into Mrs. Ure's, a baker, at Houndsditch; she had a bad shilling: Mr. Ure called me in to search the girl; and I found some property of Mr. Mackintosh's, a bit of muslin, and some thread, and some tapes.

Prosecutor. I cannot positively swear to the lace; but I have lace of the same pattern; and I have sold a great deal of that sort: these other things are mine.

Mr. Knowlys. You believe this little girl to be as bad a girl as can be? - There is not a doubt of it.

Court to Towsey. Is the T. you mention, on either of these cards?

Jury. Was you instructed to mark these cards: can you write and read? - I can read, but I cannot write.

Can you make a T.? - Yes.

The Court ordered her to make a T, on the card, which she did. Handed to the jury.)

Jury. This is nothing like the mark on the card.


Tried by the London Jury before Mr. RECORDER.

540. ROBERT WALPOOLE was indicted for feloniously uttering a shilling, knowing it to be a counterfeit one, with intent to defraud Samuel Kempson .


I am a linen-draper , the corner of Bride's-lane . The prisoner came in and bought a handkerchief for fourteen pence: he went away, and came again for another, a silk one, value five shillings; he took some money out of his pocket to pay me for it; I was doubtful; and he changed some of it; and there was a kind of a substance on it: I asked him where he lived? he said, No. 3, Bride-court; I suppose he might change two or three shillings: I put that silver into the till with other money: about six in the evening, the prisoner came into my shop, and said he wanted such another silk handkerchief; I wrapped him one up, and he tendered me this five shillings; I said it was not good; he said he would change it, and go and fetch some; I told him he should not go; and I sent for a constable: I have had the silver ever since: the constablesearched him, and nothing was found on him but a dram of black silk, and a French piece: when he was in the parlour, he said he lodged in Parson's-court; and when the constable came, he said he lodged in Golden-lane; he said he found the silver on Ludgate-hill.


I am a jeweller, at No. 48, Newgate-street: these are not Tower shillings.


The gentleman snatched the five shillings out of my hand, and said he did not like them.

Jury. They are every one of them a composition of copper and silver.

Prosecutor. He tendered them to me, and they never were snatched at all.


To be imprisoned six months , and to give security for two years .

Tried by the London Jury before Mr. RECORDER.

Sophia Girton , capitally convicted for coining at a former sessions, was brought to the bar, and accepted a pardon, on condition of being transported for life.

John Webb and James Sanders , convicted of bigamy at a former sessions, were put to the bar, and sentenced to be fined one shilling , and confined twelve months in Newgate , from the time of their convictions.

The Trials being ended, the Court proceeded to pass Sentence as follows:

Received sentence of death, 1, viz.

John Dyer .

To be transported for fourteen years, 1, viz.

Elizabeth Clear .

N. B. She was promised a pardon. See her trial.

To be transported for seven years, 17, viz.

John Reeves , James Evans , Thomas Brand , Mordecai Pass , Thomas Ruglass , William Newton , Richard Wall , Edward Welling , William Millington , Paul Bailey , George Bowyer , John Foreman , Thomas Barker , John Stymatz , Isaac Buckle , John Highland , Eleanor Davis .

To be confined three years, 3, viz.

Francis Anderson , John Anderson (security for five years) Robert Jacques (pillory.)

To be confined twelve months, 3, viz.

Thomas Butters , alias Bathurst (fined one shilling) Barnard King , Charles Hindes (fined one shilling.)

To be confined six months, 6, viz.

Thomas Gower , Ann Morgan , John Brown , William Dutton , Richard Walpole (security for two years) Mary Slight .

To be whipped, 4, viz.

Thomas Flockton , Thomas Gower , John Fisher , George Wilkinson .

To be fined one penny, 1, viz.

George Clear .

Sophia Girton , capitally convicted for coining at a former sessions, was brought to the bar, and accepted a pardon, on condition of being transported for life.

John Webb and James Sanders , convicted of bigamy at a former sessions, were put to the bar, and sentenced to be fined one shilling , and confined twelve months in Newgate , from the time of their convictions.

Sentence respited on John Norman .

Rhynwick alias Renwick Williams's case reserved for the opinion of the judges.


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