Old Bailey Proceedings Online (www.oldbaileyonline.org, version 8.0, 08 May 2021), July 1792 (17920704).

Old Bailey Proceedings, 4th July 1792.

THE TRIALS AT LARGE OF THE CAPITAL and other CONVICTS, 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 4th of JULY, 1792, and the following Days;

Being the SIXTH SESSION in the Mayoralty of The Right Honourable John Hopkins , LORD MAYOR OF THE CITY OF LONDON,




Printed for E. HODGSON (the Proprietor), No. 14, White Lion Street, Islington; And Sold by J. DALBY, No. 22, Fetter-lane, opposite Rolls-buildings; Also by J. WALMSLAY, No. 35, Chancery Lane; and S. BLADON, No. 13, Pater-noster Row.


N. B. Letters and Messages for Mr. Hodgson, left at No. 22, Fetter-Lane, will be instantly forwarded to him.


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

BEFORE the Right Honourable JOHN HOPKINS , LORD MAYOR of the City of London; the Honourable Sir FRANCIS BULLER , Bart. 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; Sir JOHN WILLIAM ROSE, Serjeant at Law, Recorder of the said City; JOHN SILVESTER , Esq. Common Serjeant at Law, 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.

Charles Robbins

Stephen Reynolds

Thomas Jones

Thomas Highgate

John Cole

William Long

John Pearson

Thomas Ayres

William Ball

William Dyer *

* John Martin Burr served some time in the room of William Dyer .

William Minchin

John Shanck

First Middlesex Jury.

Joseph Hobbs

John Brewer

Joseph Pattison

Christopher Ibberson

Joseph Hodgkinson

Edward Walbank

Zachariah Broxop

Benjamin Hobson

Joseph Simmons

James Elliott

George Parkinson

Richard Chapman

Second Middlesex Jury.

Robert Barker

George Nash

Joseph Wright

Isaac Hawley

Thomas Herrick

Edward Hyder

Lewis Spencer

Samuel Millington

Robert Sudlow

Charles Wren

John Bailey

John Milnes

311. JOHN BALL and JOSHUA BALL were indicted for burglariously and feloniously breaking and entering the dwelling-house of Ann Farrer , about the hour of one in the night, on the 21st of May last, and burglariously stealingtherein a pair of sheets, value 12 s. two linen table cloths, value 6 s. three white linen aprons, value 4 s. three check linen aprons, value 3 s. a linen waistcoat, value 2 s. six pair of cotton stockings, value 2 s. two pair of worsted ditto, value 6 d. three tin canisters, value 2 s. a quarter of a pound of tea, value 18 d. a quarter of a pound of sugar, value 3 d. two large silver table spoons; value 20 s. nine silver tea spoons, value 9 s. a pair of silver sugar tongs, value 10 s. three quarters of a yard of lawn, value 18 d. and eight unmade linen caps, value 8 s. her property; two pair of cotton stockings, value 2 s. one pair of boots, value 10 s. and two pair of shoes, value 5 s. the property of Thomas Beckett .

(The witnesses examined separate.)


I live at No. 58, Penton-street, in the parish of St. James, Clerkenwell ; I keep house there; on the 21st of May, at night, my house was broke open; I went to bed at eleven, and fastened every shutter and door and window myself, before I went to bed; I was not alarmed till I rose at six, and I found the back kitchen window shutter broke, and a strange tinder box, and bunch of matches and flint, and every thing to strike a light; I went into the other kitchen and found the door open, and the sheets were gone from the horse, and the tea chest, and the dresser drawer, where the linnen was, and the things gone; part of them have been in possession of the constable, Whitman; I did not know the prisoner before.


I am a constable; I produce these things; they were brought by the watchman, with the prisoner, to the watchhouse, by Underwood and two others; I have kept them ever since. (Deposed to.)


I lodged with the prosecutrix on the 21st of May last; I lost a pair of boots, and two pair of shoes, and two or three pair of stockings; they are here.

(Deposed to.)


I am a watchman in Southampton-place, Tottenham Court Road, about a mile from Mrs. Farrer's; I heard a rattle spring, and I saw three men run across the field; I saw one of them, Joshua Ball , with a big bundle; between the garden pails and a court I stopped two of the men; Joshua Ball I took my ownself, and John Ball he stopped when I got hold of his brother; them were the two prisoners; I saw one Johnson take up the bundle while I had hold of the prisoners; he took it up to the watchhouse, and Mr. Whitman looked it over, and it was taken to the justice; the bundle was delivered to Whitman; I saw them between three and four in the morning cross the field.


I am a watchman in Constitution Row, the bottom of Gray's Inn Lane; I saw the two prisoners in company with another, with bundles under their arms, run across the road; they crossed into a brick field of Mr. Harrison's; I told his watchman, and we followed them into the Duke of Bedford's road; when they perceived us they ran away to them little huts called Mortimer's Folly; I called out, and alarmed the watchman in Southampton buildings; I saw him take two of them; I endeavoured to meet them, and they turned back; I did not see the prisoner chuck away the bundle; we took them to the watchhouse; they were very near half a mile from Mrs. Farrer's house; they were from that way.

Mr. Garrow, prisoner's counsel. Was there light enough to discover a man's countenance? - Yes.

After day break was it? - Yes, some time after day break, about half past three o'clock.


I am a watchman to Mr. Harrison, the cow-keeper in Gray's Inn Lane; I came out of my master's farm, and this other watchman told me; then I saw three men with bundles, about half past three in the morning;we followed them with the bundles; they were out of my sight in about half a minute, and in that time they had thrown their bundles away.


I am a labourer, at Islington; I saw these two young men and another, in company, jump over a bank and run away, about 200 yards from Mrs. Farrer's house; I did not see whether they had any thing with them; they sat on the bank to drink a bottle of beer; I found a bottle there afterwards; this was about five minutes before three, as near as I can tell.

Was it light then? - Yes; then they went to the bottom of the hill; then I saw two of them with bundles, the other had not, and I went after them to Mrs. Harrison's, and told the watchman; he followed them, and I went away; I work at the lead mill at Islington; I was at club that morning till near two o'clock.

Mr. Garrow. Had you been drinking? - Yes.

Pretty much in liquor? - No, I was not in liqour at all.

How many hours had you been drinking? - About two hours and a half; it was rather late before I left work, when I went down; I do not know rightly what time; the club meet about seven in the evening.


GUILTY 39 s.

Transported for seven years .

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

312. ROBERT HOUGHTON was indicted for feloniously making an assault on the king's highway, on the 19th day of May , on James Perry , and feloniously taking from his person, and against his will, a gold watch, value 5 l. a steel watch chain, &c. value 1 s. the goods of James Perry .


I have been a merchant , but retired to Wolverhampton; upon the 19th of May, between eight and nine o'clock, I was going through Tavistock street ; at the corner of Charles street I was met by two men, one of which was the prisoner, the other in a shabby coat; I was stopped by them; they did not speak to me; they met me I supposed by accident; two came behind me immediately and pinioned my arms; they pushed me up against the two men who stood before me; I felt my watch go; I turned myself round and pushed the prisoner up against some shutters; upon that one of the men who stood behind me struck me a violent blow on the side of my head; it made me reel, but I did not fall; I called for the watch, but no watch was set; a gentleman (Mr. Thompson) came to my assistance; I told him I had been robbed; as I was coming through Russel Court I pulled out my watch to see what was the time of the evening, and do not know that I met any body after that till I met these people; I felt a motion about the waistband of my breeches before I was struck; on Mr. Thompson's coming up the three men went across the way; I pointed to them, and they all four set out a running; Mr. Thompson run after them up Tavistock court; I followed as fast as I could; and, at the top of Tavistock court, I found Mr. Thompson had hold of the prisoner; I am sure he is the man that faced me in the street; I asked the people what they were going to do; they made me no answer; I have never found my watch; the two men who came up to me were close together.

Mr. Garrow. What coloured coat did you describe this man to be in? - A dark blue.

How long had you been robbed before the prisoner was taken? - Immediately, perhaps not ten minutes; it was between eight and nine?

Was you present when Thompson and Forbes had hold of this man, and had before taken hold of another? - I was not.


I am a gentleman, a member of Lincoln's Inn; on the 19th of May last, about nine in the evening, I was going to Lincoln's Inn; in Tavistock street, at the east end, near Charles street, about a dozen paces before me, I perceived a bustle, and of a sudden I saw Mr. Perry stagger into the street; I stepped hastily up, and saw he was surrounded by four or five men; he exclaimed, d - n them, they have got my watch! I asked what was the matter; he repeated I have been robbed; I could not fix upon more than one to speak to him, and that is not the prisoner; I went after the man up Tavistock court; I never had lost sight of him; I secured him, and in my return to Mr. Perry I met the prisoner, who seemed to come out of the ruins of a house that had been burned; he struck me violently several blows, and the man I had hold of escaped; I then laid hold of the prisoner, and he struck me again; he retreated about 150 yards, and was close to the Queen's Head publick house, Covent Garden; the crowd knocked us into the door way; I seized him by the collar; Mr. F. made his way through the mob, and I took the prisoner; the prisoner denied that he had struck me, but I have not the smallest doubt of it; he was not out of my sight the whole time.

- FORBES sworn.

My shop is the corner of Tavistock court; on the 19th of May last, I was standing at my door, I heard a noise, and saw Mr. Thompson and the prisoner making a set at one another, as though they were going to fight; the prisoner retreated and Thompson followed him; seeing him a respectable looking character I followed to the door of the publick house; the prisoner and Mr. Thompson were in the passage, and appeared to be sparring; I held Mr. Thompson and the prisoner; when Mr. Parry came up he said that's him.


On the 19th of May the prisoner was brought to me and I searched him, and took him to the watch house; there was nothing found upon him but his own property.


I was passing from Lincoln's Inn Fields to Covent Garden, to buy some garden stuff, and I saw these gentlemen, and they said I was not the person.

The prisoner called five witnesses, who gave him a good character.

GUILTY , Death . (Aged 25.)

Tried by the first Middlesex Jury before the Lord CHIEF BARON.

313. JAMES ABBOTT and JAMES KING KEELING were indicted for burglariously and feloniously breaking and entering the dwelling-house of Humphrey Howarth , Esq. on the 22d day of March last, about the hour of eleven at night, and burglariously stealing therein twelve linen shirts, value 6 l. twelve lawn neckcloths, value 42 s. four muslin neckcloths, value 30 s. six callico half-handkerchiefs, value 6 s. four lawn handkerchiefs, value 4 s. three pair of silk hose, value 21 s. three pair of silver shoebuckles, value 63 s. one pair of silver knee-buckles, value 5 s. one pair of stone knee buckles set in gold, value 60 s. one silver lancet case, containing six lancets, value 12 s. two razors, value 2 s. one gold watch and hand, value 10 l. two cornelian stone seals, set in gold, value 3 l. 10 s. one silver waiter, value 5 l. one silver tea-pot, value 4 l. one silver tea-pot stand, value 30 s. one silver sugar bason, value 30 s. and one silver milk pot, value 20 s. his property .

And PHILIP GOODWIN was indicted for feloniously receiving a muslin neck cloth, value 2 s. two lancets, value 12 d. and a razor, value 12 d. part of the said goods, knowing them to have been stolen .

(The case opened by Mr. Schoen.)

The witnesses examined separately, by desire of prisoner Keeling.


I was robbed on the 22d of March; I came home about one; I was awaked about eight the next morning; my servant informed me I had been robbed; I found a bureau and trunk broke open; there was a closet broken open, and the plate taken away; I then went into the kitchen and found the area door broke open; round Goodwin's neck I found a handkerchief of my property; at Keeling's lodgings I found some neck handkerchiefs; I went to the house of one France, and in a bureau I found part of a wafer seal; Abbott was taken up on suspicion; I went to Tunbridge, and in Keeling's lodgings I found some linen.

Prisoner's Counsel. You have, I believe, two houses in town? - I have.


I am servant to Mr. Howarth; on the 22d of March I went to bed about twelve o'clock; all the doors and windows were made perfectly fast; Keeling came that night and asked for John Drury , I said he was in bed; he said he had but a message to deliver to him, and I let him in, and he went up for a few minutes; when he went away I fastened the door after him; I had not seen Keeling before that time; Drury was in liquor at the time.


I was servant to Mr. Howarth; I know Keeling and Abbott; I saw them at the Goat, in Stafford street, on the 22d of March; they proposed to me to brake my master's house open; we met the night before the robbery, and it was agreed in Dover street that the house should be broke open by the two prisoners and Caverner; when we met I was drunk; we agreed I was to leave the bolts open; Keeling said there was no occasion to leave only one, as he had materials once to break all the bolts in the kingdom; Keeling went home with me, and took some shrub to give the maid to make her sleep; about two o'clock I heard a noise of breaking the plate chest; I was terrified, and I went to them and told them not to make such a noise or they would surely be taken; this was about three in the morning; then they went down stairs and swore at each other, and said they expected to find many quid, those are the men; I saw Abbott and Keeling at that time; when they were going a soup ladle dropped by Keeling.

Mr. Knowlys. How long had you been in Mr. H's service? - About six months.

What did you mean by the word quid? - I believe it means guineas.

Jury. Was you drunk or sober? - They never proposed it till I was in liquor.

Mr. Garrow. Was you ever drunk at any of the conversations? - Yes.

What! was you always drunk? - No, not always.

Was you drunk in the beginning of the conversation? - I had been drinking all day.


I know Abbott and Keeling; about a fortnight before Mr. Howarth's house was robbed Keeling asked me, if I had heard Burn say any thing about Mr. Howarth's robbery, I said I had; Keeling and three others came to me at the Goat and asked me to let a young man sleep with me; I have been in prison twelve weeks; I have had three conversations with York; the first time he appeared to be drunk, then it was proposed by Burn.


I was at the Goat in Lancaster court, on the 22d of March, between eleven and one; I went away about twelve; I saw Abbott and Keeling there; I believe they quitted the house about twelve o'clock, the night was very dark; I do not know which way they went, whether to the right or left.


I keep the Coach and Horses in Dover street; I do not know the prisoners.


I live at Tunbridge, Keeling lodged at my house; about eight or nine weeks ago Keeling was taken in the town; there was some things taken from my house by Sherlock.


This property was delivered to me by the magistrate: some of it was brought to me by Mr. Howarth, some given to me by Mr. Gabriel; these things I had from Mr. Howarth, except the buckles.

Mr. Howarth. I first, after the robbery, saw these things at Mrs. Taylor's; I found these silver knee buckles (produces them and several handkerchiefs); these are my knee buckles; (deposes to the handkerchiefs.)

The prisoner Goodwin called three witnesses, who gave him a good character; and the prosecutor said that Lord Mazarene, with whom he had lived, would have given him a good character.

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




The prosecutor recommended Keeling to mercy.

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

314. WILLIAM DYER , BISHOP UNDERWOOD , and THOMAS HARRIS , were indicted for stealing on the 20th of June last, a silk and muslin waistcoat, value 3 s. 6 d. the property of Richard Enoch .

The prisoners were taken immediately with the property.



Transported for seven years .


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

315. RICHARD LIGHTOWLER was indicted for, that he on the 11th of April last falsely and feloniously did make, forge, and counterfeit, and cause and procure to be falsely made, forged, and counterfeited, and did willingly act and assist in the false making, forging, and counterfeiting a certain order for payment of money, dated the 11th of April, 1792, with the name of George Hardinge thereto subscribed, directed to Henry Hoare , Esq. Henry Hugh Hoare, Esq. Charles Hoare , Esq. and Henry Merrick Hoare , Esq. by the name and description of Messrs. Hoare, for the sum of 96 l. the tenor of which false, forged, and counterfeited order for payment, is as follows; that is to say,

"Gentlemen, pay

"the bearer 96 l. yours George Hardinge ,

"April the 11th, 1792; Messrs. Hoare." with intention to defraud the said Henry Hoare , Henry Hugh Hoare , Charles Hoare , and Henry Merrick Hoare .

A second count. That he on the same day feloniously did utter and publish, as true, the same order for payment of money, with the like intention, knowing it to be forged and counterfeited.

A third count. Charging him on the same day with feloniously and falsely making and counterfeiting the same order, for payment of money, with intention to defraud the said George Hardinge .

A fourth count. For uttering the same with the like intention.

(The indictment opened by Mr. Knapp; and the case by Mr. Coust.)


Mr. Garrow. You are clerk in the house of Messrs. Hoare? - Yes.

What is the firm of their house? - Henry Hoare , Esq. Henry Hugh Hoare, Charles Hoare , and Henry Merrick Hoare .

That was the firm on the 11th of April last? - It was.

Upon that day did the prisoner at the bar come to their banking house? - On that day, as I believe, between three and four, somewhere near four, the prisoner came into the banking shop and presented the draft I have now in my hand as the draft of George Hardinge for payment; on my receiving the draft, I asked him in what manner he chose to receive it, and he answered four 20 l. notes, and the remainder in cash; the draft is for 96 l. upon his answering me, I looked again at the draft, and was persuaded in my own mind it was not the hand-writing of Mr. Hardinge; I again repeated the same question, and received the same answer; I then referred to Mr. Morgan, who concurred in my opinion; I heard the questions which Mr. Morgan put; he can better tell you; the draft has been in my possession ever since; the prisoner was secured and taken to Bow Street.

How long have you been acquainted with Mr. Hardinge's hand-writing? - I should suppose six or seven years.

He has, during that time, drawn on your house? - He has very frequently.

Did he keep cash at your house? - He did (looking at the draft over and over again); I firmly believe, to the best of my judgment, that it is not his hand-writing.

Have you any doubt of it? - I have great doubt that he wrote it.

(The draft produced and read.)

Court. As far as a man can swear to the hand-writing of another, do you believe it is not his hand-writing? - I believe it is not the hand-writing of Mr. Hardinge, to the best of my knowledge.

Mr. Garrow. If you had conceived it to be his hand-writing should you have paid on his draft? - Most certainly.

Mr. Fielding, prisoner's counsel. The mode of your judgment, whether Mr. Hardinge's, or not Mr. Hardinge's, is derived from the drafts that you have seen presented at your house? - Not in that situation.

Your judgment at present is made in this way, that this writing is not like other writing of drafts that you have paid? - Just so.

And the only way in which you make up your mind is, because you have seen drafts of Mr. Hardinge's presented for payment, and which had not been honoured, and this hand writing is not like that; read,

"Gentlemen, pay the bearer 96 l. yours G.


Mr. Garrow. Besides this being very dissimilar to the character of Mr. Hardinge's hand-writing, was it in the mode of his drawing? - No, he at present draws, and did at that time, on a check, and signs his name different to that.

Had that taken place in consequence of some peculiar circumstance; I do not ask what? - It had.


Mr. Knapp. You are a clerk to Messrs. Hoare? - Yes.

Do you recollect on the 11th of April the prisoner being at Mr. Hoare's? - Yes, I think I do; his person appears to me to be the same; I am rather blind; it is the same person that was taken to Bow street.

Do you remember a draft being shewn to you by Mr. Willoughby? - Yes, perfectly well.

Is that the same draft? - I believe it is.

Mr. Fielding - Have you any mark upon it? - No.

Mr. Willoughby. I have marked.

Do you know Mr. Hardinge's handwriting? - Yes, sir, but not very particularly, though I am in the habit of knowing his hand-writing; not in the same degree as Mr. Willoughby.

From the knowledge you have of his hand-writing, do you believe that is it? - I believe it is not.

Had you any conversation with the prisonerat the bar, or was there any between Mr. Willoughby and the prisoner in your hearing at that time? - Yes there was.

State to the Court what passed. - I was accidentally sitting near Mr. Willoughby, and I do not immediately recollect seeing the prisoner come into the shop. Upon my seeing the draft, I had little or no doubt of it; therefore, I walked round the prisoner, and posted myself between him and the door. I then interrogated him where he got it. He told me he had received it from Mr. Hardinge. I do not recollect whether he said that morning or the preceding evening, but I told him he could not have received it that morning, because I was persuaded Mr. Hardinge was on the circuit to Wales. I am not sure, but I think he said he returned to town the preceding evening. I think I asked him for what purpose he might have the bill of Mr. Hardinge, and he told me that it was for some horses that Mr. Hardinge had purchased of a friend of his at Llandovery in Wales. I immediately left him in custody, and he went to Bow-street.

Mr. Fielding. Had you no other conversation with him but what you have related? - Not that I recollect.

You did not persuade him at all to tell you any thing that passed with respect to the draft? - No.

JOHN DEAN sworn.

I am butler to George Hardinge , Esq. I have lived with him some time; I have frequently seen him write, and know his hand-writing.

Is that his hand-writing, the name of George Hardinge at the bottom of the draft; - I will not swear that it is his hand-writing.

Which do you believe? - I think it is not, and I will give you my reason why, because he does not always write one hand, nor confine himself to one hand-writing; but the reason I think it is not his writing is, because he was in South Wales at the time, and not only that, but because it was not on a check upon which he at that time drew.

I cannot take upon myself to say it is his writing he writes so different in drawing his drafts, and in letters which I have frequently seen, in short every day and every hour; for that reason, I could not say; we were in South Wales till Saturday: I cannot tell the day of the month, but I think it was the 14th. This was upon the day of the week Wednesday.

Mr. Fielding. The only reason then for your thinking that this is not Mr. Hardinge's writing is, because he was in Wales at the time the note was presented? - One reason, Sir.

That note you know may have been written a long time before? - Yes.

The other reason is, because this note does not appear to be on a check? - Yes.

Otherwise you say Mr. Hardinge writes so many hands that it is difficult to say which is which? - It is. I cannot say that he writes in so different a hand, that I do not know that I can take upon myself to say that is not his hand.

He writes as different hands as there are letters in the alphabet almost? - Yes, Sir.


Mr. Garrow. You are an officer attending the Publick-office in Bow-street? - Yes.

And was there when the prisoner was examined the 11th of April? - Yes.

Did you see this confession signed by him?

Mr. Fielding. Permit me to ask who was in company with him at that time; were any of the gentlemen from Mr. Hoare's shop there? - No.

I should think not. Had you yourself had any conversation with him before? - Yes.

You had a good deal of conversation before he went in to the Justice? - No, not before he went in to the Justice, but when he had been in to the Justice, not before he went in: for this was drawn up before Isaw him at all, and before Mr. Kitchener, and a young man of the name of Rant that is under-clerk in the office. Lightowler was taken over the way to the Green Man; then I talked a deal to him. Some time after he was sent back to the office, and it turned out that he had signed this confession then.

Mr. Garrow. The only question that is fit to be asked you before this is read, is this, had you, or any body else to your knowledge, made him any promise, or used any threats? - I cannot know what passed at the first; I do not know of any such thing.

Did you see that signed by the prisoner? - Yes, I saw it signed by the prisoner at the magistrate's. It was read over by Mr. Lavender, one of the clerks, to the prisoner. Read.

"Middlesex, to wit, The

"voluntary examination and confession of

" Richard Lightowler , charged with forgery,

"taken the 14th of April, 1792,

"who acknowledges and says, that the order

"for payment of money, purporting

"to be the order of George Hardinge , Esq.

"on Messrs. Hoare, is not of the handwriting

"of the said George Hardinge ,

"but was wrote by him, this examinant,

"without the knowledge, consent, or approbation

"of the said George Hardinge ,

"and that he offered it for payment."


I leave it entirely to my counsel.

Court. You know your counsel has not an opportunity of saying any thing for you? - Clearly, my Lord. I wish to suggest there is a grand mistake in Mr. Macmanus's evidence: I do not know that the confession was ever read over to him.

Mr. Fielding to Macmanus. You hear what Mr. Lightowler says.

Macmanus. Yes, Sir, and I am very sorry to hear him say so.

Prisoner. Mr. Lavender was the most likely person to know whether it was or was not. I have very little thoughts of its doing me a service: this I will tell you very candidly, that I read it over myself, but it never was read over to me.

Macmanus. I am sure Mr. Lavender read it and gave it into his hand afterwards.

Court. Did he read it to him in an open way, so that he heard the whole of what passed? - Yes, Sir.

Mr. Fielding. How came Lavender not to be here? - I do not know.

Are you prepared then to say upon your oath, that it was read over? - I have no doubt about it, not the least; I wish Lavender was sent for.

Prisoner. I have no desire of the kind, I do not think it would serve me.

Mr. Fielding. There is no harm in your suggestion of the question at all.

Prisoner. I hope not.

Mr. Fielding. If you mean to say any thing to the Court or Jury, you must do it yourself. - I have nobody here. Apprehending from the message I received from the worthy solicitor against me, that my trial would not come on, I did not prepare myself with any witnesses at all.

GUILTY of uttering, not of the Forgery .

Death . (Aged 26.)

The prisoner bowed respectfully, and retired.

Tried by the London Jury before Mr. RECORDER.

316. WILLIAM ALLEN was indicted for stealing on the 23d of June , a watch, inside base metal, outside tortoiseshell case, value 50 s. a steel chain, value 2 s. two stone seals, set in base metal, value 2 s. the property of John Rowntree , in his dwelling-house .


I live at No. 3, Great York-street, Swan-yard, Shoreditch ; I have a house there. Iam a copper-plate printer, and keep a chandler and cook's-shop . On the 23d of June I lost a watch out of the back-room adjoining to the shop. A gentleman was there at dinner and the prisoner; I had some victuals in the same room where the watch was. About two minutes after the prisoner went out, I missed the watch; I pursued the lad and got sight of him; he ran when he saw me, and he took down a passage; I saw his hand move, and I took him; he denied having the watch, and then said there is something there, and the watch lay behind a shutter.

(The watch deposed to)

It cost three guineas and an half when new; I have had it some time; the chain and seals cost 6 s. 6 d. The prisoner was secured.


I was in this room at dinner. I saw the watch behind me when I went into the shop, and it was 18 minutes after twelve. The prisoner came out; the watch was missed, and the prisoner pursued; he went down a passage, and I saw him throw the watch behind a shutter, and shew Mr. Rowntree where the watch was.


One day I was in great distress, and a gentleman came up and gave me 3 d. and I went into the shop: the gentleman was ringing the bell for coals. I was in great distress, out of place, and it was necessity made me take it; it is the first error I ever was guilty of, and I hope you will have a little mercy. I have no friend in the world but my mother; she lives at No. 52, in Skinner's-street; she knows I am in goal.

GUILTY, Stealing, 39 s.

Transported for seven years .

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

317. WILLIAM WILLIAMS was indicted for feloniously stealing, on the 26th of June last, 8 silver table spoons, value 4 l. a silver gravy spoon, value 15 s. a silver soup ladle, value 20 s. the property of the Rev. John Breynton , in the dwelling-house of Mary Ryley .


I am servant to the Rev. Dr. John Breynton , he lodges at No. 63, Edgeware-road , at Mary Ryley 's. On the 26th of June, about 5 minutes before four, I heard somebody lift the key in the door and let themselves in. I thought it was my master, but he is an old gentleman of 74 years of age, and I thought the foot was too quick for him: I came up and met the prisoner; he asked for a woman that was not in the house, and I seized him directly; then he dropped the silver soup ladle, and took out 6 silver table spoons and the gravy spoon, and went down on his knees, and said that it was his first offence; he asked me if I had all the spoons, I counted them over, and there were two more wanting; and he opened his breeches and took out two out of his breeches.

James Webster , who lives next door, came to my assistance; I do not know the value; I never bought any, nor never sold any.


I live next house, No. 64; I happened to be in the garden forward, and heard the word called out, thief. I went to Mrs. Mary Ryley 's; there I found the prisoner on his knees, and saw those spoons taken out; I cannot say to the value.


I am constable. About four o'clock I was fetched, and the prisoner was on his knees begging pardon. I know not the value of the spoons.

The prisoner called one witness, who gave him a very good character, and said he would employ him.

Court. There is no evidence as to the value; you must see what the articles are, and judge what the value is.

GUILTY , Death .

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

318. EDWARD OWEN was indicted for feloniously stealing, on the 28th of June last, a hundred and five guineas, the money of John Pratt , John Watts , and Matthew Lowden , in the dwelling-house of Patrick Brady .

A second count laying it to be the property of Henry Holland .

A third count laying it to be the property of James Foreman .


I live at Southend in Essex. I was in London the 28th of last month on some business for my masters, John Pratt , John Watts , and Matthew Lowden . I went first to Mr. Watts's, at Walworth-stairs, one of my masters; I went to Mr. Holland's, in Gray's Inn, and I was going up Holborn to buy a Builder's Price-book, and I met with the prisoner in Middle-row, Holborn; he was talking about London, and he said he had been subpoenaed on a trial from Lincolnshire, and was almost tired of London. Walking up Holborn in conversation with this man, he stooped and picked up a purse, and he had me over to a publick-house; I do not know the house, nor who kept it; just after a gentleman came in and opened the purse, and there was a receipt, bought of Mr. Smith, a diamond cross, value 230 guineas; the diamond cross was in the box.

Court. Was you never in London before? - Yes.

How came you to be such a fool then? what passed next? - The gentleman said the receipt was good for nothing, unless we had the prize; then he pulled out this cross, and the gentleman said if I was with him, I had a right to have half of it, and he should have expected the same, and he agreed to give me 100 l. for the half part of it, and he went out pretending to get the money, and he could not get the money, and he asked me if I could get the money; this gentleman gave me a card to one Mr. Blundell, the bottom of Holborn Hill; he said his name was Blundell, and we were to meet at this Mr. Blundell's between six and seven o'clock, and he was to return me my money back again, and 100 l.

Court. Why you said nothing about your money yet? - He asked me if I could get the money, and I told him I could; I laid down on the table a hundred and five guineas; then he went out with the money, and we parted, and I went to this Mr. Blundell's, and not finding him there, I went to the Ram, in Smithfield, where he said he quartered.

Did you see any body of the name of Blundell? - Yes.

Was that the man that you saw at the house? - No.

Neither of them? - No, and at the Ram they told me there had been a trial on from Lincolnshire, but the people had been gone home a fortnight: then I went up to the Castle in Holborn, and in a very little time the prisoner came in; he asked me if I had seen the other; I told him I had been to the house, but there was no such man to be found; he said he would go and look after him; I followed him into Old-street; he said he must go into Old-street; there he went and found the other, and they wanted me to go and have something to drink; I told him I would not leave them; the other man slipped by us, I caught this prisoner; I cried murder, and there happened to be some officers in the house, and the prisoner was apprehended. Some of the money was produced, but I do not know how much; 98 guineas are in the hands of the Bow-street officer, Mr. Carpmeal.

Mr. Garrow, prisoner's counsel. This was your master's money, Mr. Foreman? - Yes.

You had no difficulty, however, in parting with it for a good bargain which you know did not belong to you? - No.

What had your master intrusted you with this money for? - To pay the men at Southend.

You did not see this purse dropt? - No.

It was not he that proposed to you that you was to have part of it, it was the gentleman? - Yes.

That gentleman seemed to have taken the most active part in it.


I live in Holborn; I keep the Castle inn: I recollect about two in the day, that this gentleman and another came in and called for six pennyworth of brandy and water, and then another; the prosecutor and the young man that was along with him went away; the prisoner was not there at that time: the business had happened, as I understood it, at another house. Mr. Foreman, and another young man, came to my house; they went away; about six o'clock in the evening, or thereabouts, Mr. Foreman came into the coffee-room and had a glass at the bar, and asked me if I knew the men that were with him; I said I did not; says he, they have ruined me; says I what have they done to you; says he, I gave them 105 guineas.

Then you never saw the prisoners at your house? - No, not at that time, but in the course of this discourse, this gentleman, the prisoner, came in and said he was to meet a person there at six o'clock; I said there are some gentlemen in the coffee-room; he walked in: says Mr. Foreman, I really think that is one of the men I gave the money to to-day. I told him to lay hold of him. I never saw the prisoner till six o'clock.

Court to Foreman. Where was it they got the 105 guineas from you? - At this man's house between one and two o'clock.

Was that the young man that drank to you? - Yes, that was the gentleman.

Where was Owen then? - He was there, but he went out after he got the money.

Brady. I never saw Owen till that time.

Was you in the house when Foreman first came in? - Yes, I was when Foreman and the other young man came in; I never saw this man at all till six in the evening, when this young man came in to ask me if I knew the parties.

Mr. Garrow. If he had been there you must have seen him? - Yes, though he might have been there, I saw nobody in company but this young man and another.

Court to Foreman. How long was the prisoner in the house? - I cannot say how long, he was out once or twice. When the prisoner came out, Foreman said to him, you did not meet me according to your promise, and the prisoner said come along with me.


On Thursday last, me and Carpmeal and another officer had occasion to go to Mr. Clayton's in Old-street, where, I believe we remained about three hours. At about seven, or a little after, I was in the back-yard seeing them play at skittles, and I heard a great noise at the door of somebody calling out murder! - do not beat me! - do not beat me! - I said to Carpmeal, what is all this noise about, somebody said, it is a man and woman a fighting; however, I went to the door, and, to my surprise, the prisoner and the prosecutor were apparently to me a fighting. Owen had got hold of him by the hair of the head, and the prosecutor was endeavouring to get out of the entry into the street; I immediately said, what is all this about, and the prosecutor, Foreman, was crying, and saying, oh! for God's sake pity me, they have robbed me; - robbed you, says I, of what; why says he, they have dropped a purse; oh! says I, that is very well, and we took them both to Bow-street; I then took this cross from the prosecutor; I made him put his mark upon it.

Do you know the value of it? - I should suppose from what I have heard, it is worthabout half-a-guinea, or something thereabout.

(The cross produced.)

We then took him into the parlour, and I believe he sent for some of the money: however, 98 of the guineas have been recovered out of the 105; Carpmeal has them.


I was with Townsend as he has told you, and the prisoner delivered this property into my hands; he said it was the money he received for the cross, all but 7 guineas; it is 98 guineas.


Please your Lordship, we were walking up Holborn, and we found this purse with the cross; he cried half; says I, I picked it up, I have a right to all; we looked to see what was in it: another man came in, says he it is valuable property, indeed; says he, was you in company; yes, says I; yes, says the man; says I, I have no money about me; says he, I have some money; I have a note payable to the bearer; he went and got 130 l. he left me a hundred and five guineas, and I was to meet him at six o'clock at this house; and when I returned that 105 guineas and the 100 l. more, I was to have the diamond. I met him according to the appointment within a quarter of an hour.

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

GUILTY , Death .

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

Mr. Garrow moved to arrest the judgment.

Court. Let the judgment be respited till the next sessions .

319. ISAAC DAKES was indicted for feloniously stealing, on the 29th day of June , one silk petticoat, value 5 s. the goods of Thomas Davis .


I am servant to Mr. Davis, of Bishopsgate-street . On the 29th of June, I was sitting in the parlour at dinner, I heard the footstep of a person in the shop; I turned round, and saw the prisoner go out of the shop; I pursued him, and never lost sight of him. I went up to him, and lifted up his coat, and took this petticoat from under his coat: I can swear to the petticoat being the property of my master, Mr. Thomas Davis ; it is marked 8 s. in my hand-writing; it was hanging up in the shop when I went to dinner.

Prisoner. I was stupefied with liquor, and did not know what I was doing: I throw myself on the mercy of the Court; I am lately come from Bristol, and I have not a friend in the world.


Whipped .

Tried by the London Jury before Mr. RECORDER.

320. EDWARD HILL was indicted for feloniously stealing, on the 29th of of May , one woollen cloth great coat, value 2 l. the goods of Andrew Jerdein , Esq.


I am Mr. Jerdein's coachman. On the 29th of May last, I lost a coat from the coach-house. About twelve at noon I saw the prisoner and another man in a sailor's dress: after I had put the coach in the coach-house, I went up to shift myself, and I came down and missed the coat.


I overtook the prisoner at the bar withthe coat on him, and took him, and delivered it to the coachman.

(The coat produced, and deposed to.)

Prisoner. I was coming over Moorfields, and I saw a lad chuck it away, and I picked it up; and I went back into the stable-yard, and there was a woman said I was not the person who took it.

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


Whipped .

Tried by the London Jury before Mr. Justice BULLER.

321. WILLIAM PERRY was indicted for feloniously stealing, on the 21st day of April last, in the dwelling-house of William Herbert , 20 l. the proper monies of William Herbert , one bank-note, value 30 l. one other bank-note, value 10 l. and one other bank-note, value 10 l. his property .


I keep the Fountain in Shire Lane . The prisoner came in, and called for a pint of beer; I asked him to sit down in the bar; he came in, and had another pint, and I asked him to have some tea; and after that he had another pint. During the time he was there, I had recourse frequently to the bag in which the bank-notes and cash were, to give change, which was kept in a drawer. After some time the prisoner went out, and said he would come in again and pay for his beer; he did not return. I saw him about six weeks afterwards; I asked him what he had been doing with himself all that time; he said he hoped I would forgive him. I saw him first at Union Hall, and afterwards at Bow-street. (The confession produced.) William Perry signed it, and so did I.

(The voluntary examination and confession of William Perry read.)

(The prisoner made no defence.)

GUILTY , Death .

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

322. JOHN STONEHAM was indicted for burglariously and feloniously breaking and entering the dwelling-house of Richard Matthew , Penelope Matthew , spinster , and Rebecca Matthew , spinster, about the hour of ten in the night, on the 30th of June last, and burglariously stealing therein three yards of silk, value 10 s. and seven silk handkerchiefs, value 30 s. their properties .


I am a haberdasher in Oxford-street , in partnership with my two sisters, Penelope and Rebecca: we have a house between us. The glass of the shop-window was broke last Saturday evening near eleven: one of the witnesses and another lad were in the shop; I was in the parlour at supper; I heard the glass crack, and went to the door; I missed some goods; I could not tell what, but they were brought back, and were my property; a piece of silk, a remnant, and 7 silk handkerchiefs; they were in the window, and brought back again. The prisoner was taken to the watch-house; I did not see him there: this is the silk, it is mine.

- DODRY sworn.

I produced these seven handkerchiefs; I ran out; I live about forty yards off; I heard the cry of Stop thief! and a woman gave me the handkerchiefs; I never sawthe prisoner till after he was taken; the woman is not here; she knew me, but I hardly knew her in the confusion.


I was standing in the shop; I heard the breaking of the window; I ran out and followed him, and in Great Argyle-street he was taken; I lost sight of him in turning the corner; I saw him running; I had not seen his face; I cannot tell whether the man that was taken in Argyle-street was the same that was in the shop.


On Saturday evening I was crossing Swallow-street to Mr. Matthew's door, and heard the glass break; I saw the prisoner running across Oxford-street, nigh King-street, and I saw him throw this piece of sarsenet facing Sharp the brewer's; I followed him; he turned up Little Argyle-street into Great Argyle-street, and took up this piece of sarsenet, and gave it to Mr. Shepherd, wine merchant, Oxford Road. I saw the prisoner taken by the watchman and another: I am sure the prisoner was the man that I saw running from Mr. Matthew's shop; I knew him by his running and his clothes; Mr. Shepherd gave it immediately to Matthew's; I saw him.

Prosecutor. I have had it ever since; I had no other piece of the kind.


I was in Mr. Dodry's warehouse, my master, on Saturday night, about eleven. I heard a window break; I saw the prisoner run across the road with something in his hand; he dropped it; I saw a man pick it up; I was close to him; I followed him to Apple-street, where he was taken by a man with a basket.

- SMITH sworn.

I was crossing Oxford-Road on Saturday evening with Robert Platt ; I heard the window break, and I immediately said to him, take up the pieces, and I saw a young man dragging something out of the window; Robert Platt and me followed immediately, and two more men; and I rather retreated back; I thought those two fellows belonged to him; and before I could get up to him, he was taken. I am sure the prisoner was the person that took it from the window; it was a moon-light night, and the shop had candles; I saw him run across as well as from the window.


I am a watchman. I heard a cry of Stop thief! and the prisoner came following past my box; I sprung my rastle; he was coming out of one of the houses; he fell down, and I got hold of him, and took him to the watch-house.


I had been along with a captain to the West Indies, to Bridge Town in Barbadoes; I had been gone about ten months; it was with Captain Carey , of Blackheath. A lad, that was on board the same ship with me, met me one day after I left my place, in Berwick-street: he told me he was a plasterer, and would get me a master. I had been after him; and coming down Oxford-street, I heard the alarm, and I ran, and some gentlemen knocked me down, and a mob came round me, and they picked me up; I do not know where the shop is; I have no witnesses.

Death . (Aged 16.)

Prosecutor. I wish to recommend him to mercy, on account of his youth .

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

323. WILLIAM SMITH was indicted for feloniously assaulting John Proctor on the king's highway, on the 31st of May last, and putting him in fear, and feloniously taking from his person, and against his will, a silver watch, value 20 s. a steal seal, value 1 d. a stone seal set in metal, value 2 d. and a silk ribbon, value 2 d. his property .


I am coachman to Mr. How, Theobald's Road. I was robbed in Little Queen-street, Holborn , the last day of May, a little after ten at night, by one person as I was walking home; it was the prisoner. He came up to me, and caught me by the collar, and stopped me, pulled me down, and took me up again, and took away my watch: I ran after him down Parker's Lane; a gentleman knocked up his heels, and before he got up, I took him: he never was out of my sight, nor as far off as I am from you: a boy picked up the watch, who is here. The prisoner asked me where I was going; I said I was going home, what was that to him; so he made no more to do but pushed me down, and pulled me up again, and took away my watch.

JOHN M'COY sworn.

About half past ten I heard Stop thief! and the prosecutor had hold of the prisoner by the hair; I took him into charge.


About a quarter past ten I heard a rattle sprang; I ran and assisted to apprehend the prisoner; the prosecutor and the watchman had hold of him: in a few minutes after, a little boy came in and deposited the watch with the keeper of the watch-house.


I am watch-house-keeper of St. Giles's in the Fields. I produce the watch; I received it from the landlord belonging to this little boy, as the boy was so young,and his parents poor, he thought it would not be safe; I think the boy was with him at the time.

(A little Boy set up.)

Court. How old are you? - Twelve years old this summer.

Court. Do you know the nature of an oath? - No.

Court, Do you know what it is you are called upon to speak when you swear? - I do not know the nature of an oath.

Court. Do you know whether it is right or wrong to tell lies? - I will speak what is truth.

Court. Is it right or wrong to tell a lie? - It is not a lie.

Court. Is it right or wrong for any body to tell a lie? - It is not right.


Court. Now mind you are sworn to tell the truth, that is, you appeal to God, that what you say is truth. - Yes. I was in my shirt on the 31st of May. I live in Newtener's Lane, at a coal-shed, that goes into Cross Lane, and Cross Lane goes into Parker's Lane, and Parker's Lane goes into Queen-street. I ran down in my shirt; I heard the rattle sprung, and I saw this gentleman give charge of that man; and just as he took charge of him, a woman said,

"May be you may find the watch." There was a good many looking besides me, and I looked and I found it laying between two tubs in Parker's Lane; I called out for our landlord, and gave it to him, for there were a whole parcel of blackguards about me; I thought they would take it from me, and our landlord carried it up to the watch-house, and gave it to that gentleman there.

(The watch produced and deposed to.)


As I was going along, I had been of an errand, I heard a great cry of Stop thief! a gentleman came and knocked me down, and this man came up and said to me,

"You rascal, you have robbed me!" I have not a soul; I have lately come from sea.

GUILTY , Death .

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

324. WILLIAM MEAD and JOSEPH JONES were indicted for feloniously stealing, on the 14th day of July , one black mare, of the price of 21 l. the property of John Wakefield .

(The witnesses examined separate.)

(The case opened by Mr. Garrow.)


I am a baker . I turned my mare into the field on the 14th of July, about nine o'clock, between nine and ten, and she was missing by twelve at night.


I am a publican, and have dealt in horses. I bought a mare of Holbrook; the prisoner Mead was in company. I gave 19 guineas and another horse for her; I sold her to the Reverend Dr. Bishop, and in three or four days I was applied to by Mr. Wakefield, and got her back from the doctor. I went into Newgate to see the prisoners, and I said in the gaol I did not know either of the prisoners, but I was frightened.


I have been a Lawyer. I have known the prisoner five years; I stole Mr. Wakefield's mare on the 14th of July out of Mr. Wakefield's field, and put her into a stable till I could get another, which I did immediately, and at one the same morning we set off and came to Taddle House, near Frome in Somersetshire. When we came to Mr. Bowell's, he said, You have a fine mare, will you sell her? I said I would;but if he had another horse, I would rather make a chop with him; I asked him 35 guineas; he said the money was too much; he gave me 19 guineas and a poney; the 19 guineas was shared among four of us; we went into the country to commit a robbery. I have been in this line of thieving 18 months; I believe I have stolen 12 or 13 horses; I never said I did not mean to hurt the prisoner Mead; I never said so to Dixon or Bruce; I never was in custody in my life before.


I am an officer; I went to Taddle House, and found the mare.

Prisoner Mead. I have lived in credit 16 or 18 years; and I have people to testify that Holbrook said he did not want to hurt me, and that what he had said was to save his own life.

Prisoner Jones. I never received a farthing; and it cannot be supposed I would steal this or other horses without benefit to myself.

JOHN OWEN sworn.

Lucas brought two men to Newgate, Bowell was one of them; I was ordered by Mr. Akerman to shew them the prisoners; I turned them into the yard, where there were several people, and went in with them, and walked backwards and forwards; and Mr. Bowell said, no, he did not know any one; there were twenty people in the yard at least.


I am a coal-dealer. I know Holbrook and the prisoners; Holbrook called upon me since the prisoners had their hearing; I asked him what would become of Mead; he said he had nothing to say against him, for he had never done any thing with him; as for Jones, he was sure to be a dead man, and that what he had said before the magistrate was for the sake of his own liberty. I was subpoenaed last Tuesday night.


I am a rope-maker. I was in company with Dixon when Holbrook said that he could not hurt Mead, not a hair of his head; and what he said himself was only to save himself; this conversation was in the tap-room.

Lucas. When Bowell came out of the gaol, he said he did not know any body there.

- FIELD sworn.

I have known Mead six years; I never knew any harm of him; he was imprisoned in Newgate for debt.

(The examination of Holbrook before the Justice read.)

The Jury retired for some time, and returned with a verdict,



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

325. HENRY SMITH was indicted for stealing on the 15th of May , one umbrella, value 6 s. the property of Thomas Bradley .


On the 15th of May, I lost an umbrella from my door in the Strand : the prisoner was taken in the course of a minute with the umbrella in his hand.

(Deposed to.)

Prisoner. I found the umbrella.


I saw the prisoner take the umbrella off the hook.

GUILTY . Whipped .

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

326. MARY STINSTON and MARIA SMITH were indicted for feloniously stealing on the 27th of April last, six yards of muslin, value 12 s. a yard and half of other muslin, value 12 s. a pair of worsted stockings, value 16 d. the property of Thomas Barrett , privately in his shop .

(The witnesses examined separate.)


I am a linen-draper in Great Chapel-street, Westminster : on the 27th of April I lost some muslin from my shop; six yards, and one yard and half, in different pieces, value 12 s. 6 yards at 2 s. 1 d. and a yard and half, at 8 s. The two prisoners came in about the middle of the day; I knew Mary Stinston before; they asked for some Irish at 1 s. per yard, and the boy who is here, sold them some; he first asked them if they would not go to 14 d. they said no higher than a shilling; and he fetched some cloth from the other side of the counter to shew them; there were some muslins on the counter lay some little distance from them, and they conveyed by some means the muslins to them.

Did you see them do that? - No. I missed them before they were gone out of the shop, by the boy warning me of it. I went round the counter, and told them I believed they had some of my property about them; they said they had not; I told them I had reason to believe that they had, and I would charge a constable with them; and the prisoner, Mary Stinston , said to Maria Smith , if she had got any thing of mine; she desired she would pull it out of her pocket again; she denied she had any, and a little after she pulled out this muslin out of her pocket, six yards of muslin, and one yard and half, and a pair of black stockings, dropped from under the peak of Maria Smith 's stays. I saw nothing from Stinston at all; the constable came and searched them, and they were committed.

Mr. Garrow, prisoner's counsel. I observe they were committed on petty larceny for 10 d. You have known Mrs. Stinston some time? - Yes.

Had she been a customer at your shop? - Yes.

A very respectable family? - For aught I know.

Nothing was found upon her? - Only a great quantity of muslin under her feet.

They were standing near each other? - Yes.


I live with Mr. Barrett. I was in the shop when the prisoners came there: Mary Stinston asked me for some cloth of a shilling a yard; she bought some. I lost some muslin which was a good distance from the Irish, but it was within reach.

Did you see either of them take up the muslin? - No.

Did they say any thing about muslin, or look at it, or observe? - No.

You never saw either of them touch the muslin at all? - No.

When did you discover that the muslin was gone? - A good bit after; I gave my master intimation of it, and he came round to the prisoner, and told her to deliver up what she had got; that was Maria Smith ; nothing was delivered up but by her.


I am the constable: these things were delivered to me, and I have kept them ever since.

(Deposed to.)

The prisoner, Mary Stinston , called two witnesses, who gave her a very good character.



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

327. JOHN DAVIS and WILLIAM LIGHTWOOD were indicted for feloniously assaulting George Murray on the king's highway, on the 28th of May last, and putting him in fear and danger of his life, and feloniously taking from his person, and against his will, three half-crowns, one sixpence, and a halfpenny, his property .


I am a soldier in the 1st regiment. As I was going home in Spun-yard, from Mr. Watson's Wharf, St. Catherine's, I was knocked down and lost all my money; I had three half crowns, sixpence and a halfpenny; they took it out of my pocket, the 28th of May about half after nine o'clock: I received the first blow in a place called the Dark-entry, Lower East Smithfield ; the blow was on the left ear. I was in the action of stooping; the place is not high enough to walk upright; that blow flung me forward, as I was coming out of the entry; the prisoner in the blue great coat (Davis) struck me in the stomach and brought me against the pavement, which rendered me insensible. I never saw the other man to my knowledge, nor Davis; I was not in liquor. I never got my money again.


I saw the young man (Davis) use the prosecutor very ill, and hit him several times; he hit him with his fist: I did not see him take any thing from him; and I saw the other prisoner (Lightwood) kick him with his foot; that was after Davis was gone away.

Court. Then Davis was gone quite off before Lightwood kicked him? - Yes, but Davis whistled to his dog; I said, here he is; the tall man (Lightwood) went straight up the yard.


I only apprehended the prisoner; Bear and me were together, and the prisoners were both together in St. Catherine's-lane. We found nothing upon them.


I know no more about it than the child unborn: if I had I should never have gone to the same place the next day; the prosecutor is very much given to liquor, and he was in a drunken case; he cannot give so good an evidence. My friends live in Yorkshire; I have never a soul in the world.


I cannot say I was near the place.



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

328. RICHARD M'GOWING and MICHAEL SCANDLING were indicted for burglariously and feloniously breaking and entering the dwelling-house of Abraham Moses , about the hour of twelve in the night, on the 25th of June last, and burglariously stealing therein, a cloth coat, value 4 s. four cloth jackets, value 18 s. a pair of woollen striped breeches, value 8 s. five shirts, value 15 s. two silk handkerchiefs, value 7 s. a pair of cloth trowsers, value 6 d. a pair of linen drawers, value 6 d. a sheet, value 1 s. and an iron window-pin, value 1 d. his property .

(The witnesses examined separate.)


I live at No. 68, Cable-street ; I am a salesman . I went to bed, Monday week at night, about eleven. I saw my house fastened forwards and backwards; my children lay in the shop; I lay up one pair of stairs: the next morning at seven I called to my eldest boy; I missed his clothes, and some jackets and shirts. I went down stairs and missed the things in the indictment, andthe pin out of the shutter; the shutter was put up again; there is no glass window; the pin was fastened with a key, but no string, and I suppose the key fell out in turning the pin round; I saw it fastened myself before I went to bed; I make it a general rule. The next morning I heard of the things by two officers going to Justice Staples's; the prisoners were in custody.


I am a patrole; (produces some of the things) I stopped them on Michael Scandling about half after one, or nigh two, at Saltpetre Bank; the other prisoner was with him; they were both secured: M'Gowing had another small bundle which contained these child's breeches and a jacket, on his back, which the prosecutor owned.

Prosecutor. I am positively sure to the child's clothes and these breeches and the jacket and trowsers.

Mr. Garrow, prisoner's counsel. The prisoners wish to know how often you have been in custody within these two years? - I do not know that I was in custody.

About four years ago you was not in custody for being concerned with a desperate gang of water-pirates? - Whether I was in custody; I was not in custody; I was taken, for they said they sold me things.

Was you ever in custody about some Prussian blue? - Why that is the same affair.

Was you ever committed from Litchfield-street for robbery, for which you at present stand indicted? - Was I committed for robbery, I never was committed for no robbery.

You never was in Litchfield-street, perhaps? - Not as I know of.

Do you mean to swear you was not? - That I was not committed; why there was something that somebody said.

Is there, at this time, an indictment against you for it? - Not as I know of.

How long is it since you was admitted a witness in Worship-street, about some callico; how long ago is that? - Mr. Garrow, if you will give me leave one thing, was I not to come here at all.

Answer the question, how long is it since you was admitted a witness for the crown in Hog-lane or in Worship-street, for it bears both names, I believe about some callico? - I believe that is about eighteen months ago.

How long is it? - Why how long do you think.

How long do I think! - You never was charged for any thing of the archbishop's plate? - No, Sir, any thing more?

Yes, a great deal more, master Moses? how long is it since you was taken for purchasing a chest of tea that had been stolen? - I know nothing at all about it.

Do you mean to swear that; because though this is passing off pretty easily, there is a shorthand-writer taking down your answers? - I never purchased any.

That is an answer to my question; have you never been charged with it? - I might have been charged with it, but I never bought any.

Is Mrs. Moses at this time indicted? - I will tell you, gentlemen of the jury, if a man has been guilty once of a fault, he is always guilty; I can bring you sufficient housekeepers in our parish; I will take particular care if a man has been guilty once of a thing that he will never be guilty of again; I shall be very particular for the future.

How long is it since your wife was apprehended and taken to Shadwell-office, and kept in Elby's house for a robbery? - I will tell you how that is: we keep a shop; a woman came to our house, and begged and prayed (her husband was pressed) that we would buy an article, and it had the misfortune to be stolen; we are very particular now, and have been for this long time past.

Now I just read you the conclusion of what these poor men had been put in: they say they hope your Lordship will inspect your manner; for that since New South Wales has been established, you, Mr. Moses, have been the cause of sending moreyoung men to that place, than all the officers of justice put together, which can be proved by John Cook , belonging to Mr. Staples's office, that your house has been searched very often for stolen goods, and that your house has been threatened to be indicted by your neighbours for a nuisance.

Court. Call John Cook .

JOHN COOK sworn.

Here is a jacket, a shirt, and coat; I found the jacket on the back of the prisoner Scandling, and the coat on the back of M'Gowing, on the 26th about nine in the morning, in the watchhouse; I have kept it ever since.

Do you know Abraham Moses ? - Yes, I do.

What sort of character has he? - Why his character is not very fairish.

Do you think that he is a man to be believed on his oath? - Why I never heard to the contrary to any thing not about being in a court.

But I ask you where there is no reward? - I beg your pardon.

You and he have hunted in couples very often? - I never searched his house but once; I never had him in custody.


I was a watchman in Whitechapel; at about two in the morning, Thomas Ivers called me to his assistance; there were two men with two bundles; we took them to the watchhouse.


I produce a shirt which I took off M'Gowing's back the 26th of June in the morning, in the watchhouse.

Moses. This is my shirt with my name on it; I cannot swear to the jacket particularly; I believe the check shirt to be mine; but there may be more.


I met this young man in the street; he had these things; I asked him the way to White-yard; I was just paid off a man of war; he said he had some things; he found them, and I took some of them.


I had no money; I was going out to sleep in the brick-field; and I picked up a bundle, and I met this young man; says I, shipmate I have found a bundle; here it is; do you know what to do with them, whether to take them or leave them; d - n me, says he, I would take them, and the man met us and took us.


GUILTY, 39 s.

Transported for seven years .

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

329. JOHN DENHAM was indicted for feloniously stealing on the 25th of June last, four printed bound books, called Peregrine Pickle, value 4 s. the goods of John Priestley .


I am a bookseller ; I live at No. 143, High Holborn , I lost the books from a shew-board on Tuesday the 25th of June, between five and six; they were entitled Peregrine Pickle. I saw them at the Justice's about a fortnight afterwards.


On the 26th of June, between five and six, I saw the prisoner go by my door with some books in his hand, which he was putting under his coat; I supposed he had stolen them, and cried out stop thief! he ran and dropped the books; I picked them up; they are duodecimos, called Peregrine Pickle.

(Produced and deposed to.)

Prisoner. My Lord, I found the books in the street, two or three yards from the door, scattered about.

GUILTY , (Aged 20.)

Whipped .

Tried by the first Middlesex Jury before Mr. RECORDER.

330. JOHN WILLIAMS was indicted for stealing on the 2d day of June last, one cloth-box coat, value 40 s. the property of John Cookson , Esq. one other cloth-box coat, value 40 s. the property of Elizabeth Cookson .


I am coachman to Mrs. Cookson; one of the coats belongs to her, and one to her son, John Cookson, Esq. I saw the coats at Sir Sampson Wright's, about half past nine on Tuesday the 5th of June, in the morning. I had seen them the last time about nine o'clock on Saturday evening; they are not both alike, the capes are different. I am sure they are the coats of my master and mistress.


I am a coachman to Mr. Cookson; I missed my coat off the box; they were missed at the same time. I know the coats; I saw them at Bow-street on the 10th of June.


I am an old clothes-man by trade: on the 4th of June the prisoner at the bar called me to buy a couple of coats; he was in a publick-house in Dyot-street, St. Giles's; he took me out of the tap-room into a little back-room; his wife was by, and he bolted me into the room; I was alarmed; he asked me 30 s. I bid him a guinea; he said 30 s. I went to Bow-street and told Mr. Kennedy; I went to the house and got the clothes in my bag; I told him to come with me, and a friend of mine should pay for them. I went out of the house and he with me; Kennedy came up, and the prisoner ran away; he was taken next day; he is the man; he did not say how he came by the coats.


I am an officer belonging to Bow-street. Barnard Barnard came for me, and I went to the Noah's Ark in Dyot-street, St. Giles's. Barnard went into a back-yard, and I saw the prisoner deliver these two coats to Barnard, and he put them into his bag. The prisoner made his escape; I took the coats and advertised them; these servants came and said they were their master's property; next morning I went to Dyot-street, and took the prisoner out of bed.


I am a watchman. When I went my rounds on the Saturday night, half past ten, the coachhouse was fast; at half past twelve the doors were open; there was no appearance of violence.

(The coats produced and deposed to.)

Prisoner. Kennedy said at Bow-street to the Jew,

"You stand to what you have said, and we shall get 40 l."

Kennedy. I never thought of such a thing, my Lord; I did not say so.

GUILTY . (Aged 24.)

Transported for seven years .

Tried by the first Middlesex Jury before Mr. RECORDER.

331. ROBERT SCAIFE was indicted for stealing, on the 8th day of June last, three linen shirts, value 6 s. the property of James White .


I am a labourer : I lost three shirts; I live at Longford ; the shirts were hung in the orchard; they were lost about three weeks ago.


I received these shirts from Mr. Fellowes, the magistrate.


James White . I know the shirts by the buttons.

Riddingham. The prosecutor gave me charge of the prisoner, and gave me the shirts.

Mr. FILLER sworn.

I saw the prisoner take the shirts off the line, and drag them to a ditch, and I pursued and took them.

GUILTY . (Aged 20.)

Whipped .

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

332. THOMAS MOBBS was indicted for stealing, on the 28th of June , five linen table-cloths, value 3 l. a linen napkin, and a pair of cotton stockings, value 2 s. the goods of Hugh Biddick .


I am wife to Hugh Biddick ; I lost four table-cloths in the evening of the 28th of June.

MARY BIDDICK , jun. sworn.

I went on an errand, and on my return I saw a man coming out of the house with a bundle upon his arm; I ran to my mother and alarmed her; when I went out the things were safe, when I came back they were all gone.


I heard the alarm of Mrs. Biddick. I followed to the corner of Bryanston-street; I saw three men at the corner; the prisoner ran up Orchard-street, and I pursued; then I met him in Somerset-street.


I live at a publick-house. I saw the prisoner and two men lurking about the house; I thought they were upon no good, and I watched them, and I saw the prisoner have a bundle; then I saw them at the corner of Bryanston-street tying up the clothes.

GUILTY . (Aged 19.)

Transported for seven years .

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

333. CHARLES DOUGLAS and RICHARD MAYS were indicted for stealing, on the 6th day of June last, ten pounds weight of cheese, value 4 s. the goods of Elizabeth Hales .


I lost my property about three weeks ago; the cheese weighed about ten pounds: I am a widow; they came in and called for a pint of beer, and began playing at Justice Jarvis; Mays paid me, and the other went out first and took the cheese; my neighbours saw the cheese in the possession of the old gentleman.

(The cheese produced and deposed to.)

A WITNESS sworn.

I was at work in the neighbourhood; Mrs. Hales said they have robbed me; I pursued them and took the cheese from Mays; they tried to get away, but I being strong in the arms, held him fast.


I saw the man Douglas come out with the cheese under his coat; I saw them brought back to the publick-house.


Six months in the house of correction , fined 1 s.

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

334. WILLIAM THOMPSON was indicted for stealing, on the 1st day of June , five linen handkerchiefs, value 5 s. and one muslin handkerchiefs, value 1 s. the goods of Charles Clements .


I am the wife of Charles Clements : the things mentioned in the indictment were in a drawer; I found some of the things dropped on the floor, and one on the bureau; I had seen them about an hour before; when I came home I found the prisoner in my room; and he said he wanted to have his shoes mended, and asked for Vernon.


I am constable: Mr. Clements called me to his house; I found the drawers open, and the things scattered upon the floor.

Prisoner. I cut my shoe in coming from Chelsea, and I ripped my shoe; I thought it a pity to lose my shoes for 5 d. or 6 d. and I inquired for a person to mend it, and they directed me to that house. I have the shoes on now.

Wheeler. There was nothing found upon the prisoner but a duplicate; no pick-lock keys, or any thing of the sort.


Recommended to mercy by the jury.

Fined 1 s. and imprisoned six months .

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

335. RICHARD BRIDE was indicted for stealing, on the 9th of June last, an amethyst ring with two diamond sparks, value 25 s. a gold enamelled locket, value 11 s. and a silver medal, value 5 s. the property of Robert Evans .


I am a goldbeater in Long Acre : I went out of town on Friday the 8th of June, and left orders to have the windows cleaned. I locked up my bureau, and the next day found it was broken open; the ring, and locket and medal were produced, which were mine; whether or not any thing else was lost I cannot say; the bureau was broke open.


I live with the last witness; the prisoner was employed to clean the windows. I went out.


I am a pawnbroker in Long Acre: the prisoner brought this ring to my shop to sell, and I suspected him; I stopped it; I said this ring belongs to Mr. Evans the gold-beater; says he, what, you are one of the thieving glaziers, are you, that go about in a morning, and I took him into custody.


Produced a medal and locket which he took from the prisoner.

(The ring deposed to.)

Prisoner. I found them in Drury-lane, wrapped up in a piece of paper.

Court to Mr. Heather. What time did he bring the ring to you? - At about half after nine.

Court to Mary Davis . What time did he go away from cleaning the windows? - About half after eight.


Transported for seven years .

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

336. JOHN SPENCER , was indicted for stealing, on the 12th of June last, six linen shifts bodies, value 4 s. four aprons, value 8 s. a velveret waistcoat, value 2 s. and a pair of velveret breeches, value 5 s. the property of William Thomas .

And LETITIA STEVENS and SARAH MASON were indicted for receiving the said goods, knowing them to be stolen .


I am a broker in Maiden-lane; the prisoner Spencer worked for me a month: I lost the things; they were taken from a closet.

The different pawnbrokers produced the things pawned by the other prisoners.

(The things deposed to.)


Transported for seven years .



Transported for fourteen years .

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

337. GEORGE LEVER was indicted for stealing, on the 22d day of June last, two pounds and an half of indigo, value 20 s. the goods of William Scott and William Stonehewers .


I am servant to William Scott and William Stonehewer . The prisoner was porter to Messrs. Scott and Stonehewer: on the 22d of June, I saw the prisoner about half after seven in the evening. I went to wash myself as usual; the prisoner passed me; he went into the warehouse and I followed him; he put off his working-jacket and dirty apron, and put on his clean ones; and he said to me, I will not wash myself till I get home; I said very well: I stopped in the one pair of stairs warehouse while he shut the top warehouses; it was his business so to do; after he had shut up the top warehouses I heard a rustling among some papers; I came down and informed John Mayhew and Benjamin Hay ; we all went up; the prisoner was then in the yard; he came into the yard and began to play among us; he put his hand into his coat pocket, and we were all convinced he had nothing; then the clerks went away; the prisoner then went up to the one pair of stairs warehouse, and he came down again, and I could observe something in his left hand pocket; I told the clerks, and they thought as I did; I said we will all go home; the prisoner stopped before me, and I went close behind him. John Mayhew and Benjamin Hay were standing at the door; Mayhew stopped him; he put his hand into his pocket, pulled out a parcel, and bid me untye it: I untyed the parcel and laid it down on the floor; it contained Spanish indigo; the prisoner was stopped till the constable was sent for; it was the same kind of indigo as was kept in that warehouse. I can say it was Messrs. Scott and Stonehewer's property.

Mr. Garrow. Did you tell the lord mayor all that you say now? - I believe I told him great part.

Did you tell the lord mayor about the wrestling? - No, not the whole of it.

Whether you was not distinctly asked before the lord mayor, whether you would venture to swear, whether this might not have been in his pocket when he went up stairs the second time? - I say it could not be in his pocket.

How long is it since you was before the lord mayor? - Near about a week. He was a steady man, had not been drinking; we had three pots of beer among four.


Late in the afternoon, Thompson gave me information that he suspected the prisoner: Mr. Hay and myself went into the warehouse; Wilson was with us. I looked at the prisoner and supposed there was something in his pocket; on his leaving work, I said George, you have some property which you should not have; I took a parcel fromhis left hand coat pocket; he said he did not know that he had any thing about him; I asked him what made him be guilty of such practices; he said it was the first time, and desired I would forgive him.


Corroborated the testimony of the last witness.

JOHN COX sworn.

I produce the indigo; it has been in my custody ever since.

Wilson. This indigo is Messrs. Scott and Stonehewer's. It is damaged.

(Deposed to.)

Prisoner. I leave it to my counsel.

The prisoner called nine witnesses, who gave him a good character.


Recommended by the jury to mercy, on account of his good character.

Transported for seven years .

Tried by the London Jury before Mr. RECORDER.

338. JOHN DARBY was indicted for stealing on the 13th day of June last, one silver watch, value 35 s. one piece of silk ribbon, value 1 d. a brass key, value 1 d. the goods of William Holton .


I am a brewer's servant : I lost my watch on the 13th of June, on Wednesday, between three and four in the afternoon; I had been at work; it was taken out of my drawer; I saw it next day at Bow-street.


I am wife of the last witness; we live in Whiterose-alley ; I saw my husband's watch on Wednesday in the drawer in my bedroom; the drawer was not locked; my husband was out; I went down stairs, and left my room door open; I did not stop a minute; I opened the drawer between five and six o'clock, and missed the watch; the prisoner was an acquaintance of my husband's; I left him in the room while I went down; he stopped about half an hour after I came up; the pawnbroker has the watch.


I am a pawnbroker's servant; I took in a silver watch of the prisoner on the 13th of June, about six in the evening.



I am an officer; on Wednesday evening I was applied to to apprehend the prisoner; I searched the prisoner, and found this pocket-book and duplicate on him.

(The watch deposed to by the number 3379, and the key

Prisoner. Please your Lordship, I was in company with one Pat Coyland, and he said if I could pawn his watch we might have a drink.

GUILTY . (Aged 24.)

Transported for seven years .

Tried by the London Jury before Mr. RECORDER.

339. FRANCIS GRUBB was indicted for stealing, on the 16th of June last, one mahogany tea-tray, value 30 s. the property of Messrs. Folgram .

The prisoner was taken with the property.

GUILTY . (Aged 11.)

Whipped .

Tried by the London Jury before Mr. JUSTICE BULLER.

340. THOMAS PROCTOR , alias JOSEPH FRANCE was indicted for feloniously stealing, on the 22d of June last, five silver table spoons, value 55 s. one dessert spoon, value 3 s. two tea spoons, value 3 s. one plated saltholder, value 3 s. the property of Andrew Basilico , in the dwelling-house of Justinian Flexney .


I lodge with Mr. Flexney; I do not know his christian name: I heard a great screaming in the passage; I ran down stairs and saw the gentleman at the bar with my plate in his pocket. I sent for a constable.


I live in Jermyn-street ; between eight and nine in the morning of the 22d of June I seized the prisoner at the street-door with the property.


I am the constable, I produce the spoons; I have kept them ever since; the prisoner was taken to Bow-street.

(Deposed to.)

Prisoner. I leave it to my counsel.

The prisoner called three witnesses, who gave him a good character.

GUILTY, Stealing, 39 s.

(Aged 25.)

Transported for seven years .

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

341. JOHN JONES was indicted for stealing, on the 18th of June last, fourteen yards of black silk lace, value 30 s. the property of Elizabeth Parker .


I live at No. 3, Crown-court, Little Poultney-street ; I keep a haberdasher's and milliner's shop ; on the 18th of June, I lost fourteen yards and 3 quarters of black lace; I was in the parlour; the lace was at the shop window; the shop door was shut; I saw the prisoner and another man come with him, and he reached and took the card of lace; first put it into his pocket, and then gave it to the other man, and I caught hold of him and held him till the constable came; the other man ran away; I never got my lace.


I am constable; I took the prisoner.

Prisoner. Two other men took it.


Transported for seven years .

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

342. WILLIAM MASSEY and JOHN SMEAD were indicted for stealing, on the 16th of June , some carpenter's tools, value 2 s. the property of Joseph Wood .



Transported for seven years .

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

343. SARAH PULSON and JANE DUNSTAN were indicted for stealing, on the 25th of June last, a watch with a silver case, value 30 s. a steel watch-chain, value 12 d. two keys, value 2 d. the property of Michael M'Guire .


Transported for seven years .

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

344. ELIZABETH EGLINTON , alias MARY WHITE was indicted for stealing a blanket, a quilt, and other things, the property of John Hayes , in a lodging room .


Fined 1 s. and imprisoned six months .

Tried by the first Middlesex Jury before Mr. RECORDER.

345. ANN JONES was indicted for stealing a pair of breeches, a child's great coat, and other things, value 10 s. the property of John Harper .

The prisoner was taken with the things in her apron.


Fined 1 s. and imprisoned three months .

Tried by the first Middlesex Jury before Mr. RECORDER.

346. WILLIAM PRICE was indicted for feloniously stealing, on the 28th day of May , two leather boots, value 10 s. the goods of John Carter .


I carry on business for John Carter ; the boots were missed from the window; a person came in and asked me if I missed any boots; I said yes, I missed two, or a pair; the constable brought the prisoner into the shop, who seemed unconcerned, and I said, it is a pity you have no better method of living than by stealing.


I am servant to a pawnbroker; I took in these boots, and from the appearance of the man, and being odd boots, I stopped him, and sent for an officer.


I took the prisoner and have kept the boots ever since.

(Produced and deposed to.)

Prisoner. I hope you will forgive me.

GUILTY . Whipped .

Imprisoned six months .

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

347. JOHN JOHNSON was indicted for stealing, on the 8th day of June last, a man's cloth coat, value 5 s. the property of Charles Cleave .

JOHN TAW sworn.

I am servant to Charles Cleave ; I heard that a man had taken a coat, and was in the potatoe warehouse; I went, and brought him to my master; and he told me to take him to Sir Laurence Cox ; the coat hung on the outside of the door.


I saw a man take the coat off the place, and go into the potatoe shop, but I was thirty yards off, and cannot swear to the prisoner.

GUILTY . (Aged 22.)

Whipped .

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

348. ELIZABETH DAVIS was indicted for stealing, on the 25th of April last, a silver watch, value 20 s. a steel chain, value 2 d. and one guinea , the property of John Price .


I live with Mr. Parke; I am his porter : I lost my watch and money on the 25th ofApril; I had been to Pimlico; I met the prisoner and another woman, and they asked me to give them a glass of liquor; I did so; I went into Parker's-lane with them, I was sleepy, I laid my head down, and I felt something about my pockets, and I missed my watch and money, and saw the girl run out of the room; she made her escape.

(The watch produced and deposed to.)

I got the duplicate by telling her, I would make it easy to her.


Mr. Price came to me the day after he was robbed; I went after her and found her; she confessed at last she had the watch and money of him, but it was all gone; so then I told her I would take her before a magistrate.

Prisoner. The prosecutor left me the watch till he called next day.

GUILTY . (Aged 19.)

Fined 1 s. and imprisoned three months .

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

349. JOSEPH JONES was indicted for stealing, on the 27th of February last, a bridle and saddle, value 10 s. the property of James L'Homme .


I lost a bridle and saddle on the 27th of February; I got them again from Lucas.


I found Mr. L'Homme's bridle and saddle at Calne; I had it from Mr. Burgess.


That man, Jack Jones , brought a bridle and saddle to my mistress's house; I gave him 15 s. for it; I sold it to a farmer for the same money I gave for it. I know the prisoner; I knew him when I came into court; I never saw him before that time.

(L'Homme deposed to the bridle and saddle.)

I have had the saddle these three years.


On the 27th of February, the prisoner Jones, and Bath and I, broke open the stable of Mr. L'Homme, and stole one horse, a bridle and saddle, and rode the horse into the country, and sold it to one farmer Pellit.

Mr. Knowles. Did you always swear in that kind of way? - I always swore the same.

Prisoner. It is not feasible that I should go to steal things without see or reward.


Transported for seven years.

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

350. ELIZABETH JAMES was indicted for stealing, on the 15th of April last, a linen gown, value 20 s a muslin ditto, value 15 s. and divers other things, value 21 s. and two guineas, the property of John Monk .


Privately whipped .

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

351. MARTHA WRIGHT was indicted for stealing, on the 31st of May last , two pewter pint pots, value 2 s. the property of John Simmons .


Fined 1 s. and imprisoned one month .

Tried by the London Jury before Mr. RECORDER.

352. JOHN WILLIAMS was indicted for stealing, on the 18th of June last, one woollen cloth coat, value 2 s. 6 d. the property of Jacob Sebright , and one other cloth coat, value 2 s. 6 d. the property of John Kemp .

GUILTY . (Aged 18.)

Whipped and imprisoned one month .

Tried by the London Jury before Mr. RECORDER.

353. JOSEPH DENCH was indicted for stealing, on the 13th of June last, a man's cloth coat, value 5 s. two gowns, value 5 s. the goods of Patrick Kelly .


I am a milk-man ; I lost my own coat and waistcoat and some money, and my wife's two gowns: my wife went out early, and the young man came in and took the things; that waked me and I got out of bed, and ran after him naked; he was pursued and taken; I am sure the prisoner is the man.


I was standing at the corner of Russel-street; I saw the prisoner with the things on his arm; he ran away and I followed him; a person stopped him; he was never out of my sight.

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


Transported for seven years .

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

354. JAMES LAKE was indicted for stealing, on the 30th day of June last, a mahogany knife case, value 10 s. and three mahogany tea-caddees, value 7 s. 6 d. the property of William Caldwell .


I lost a knife case and three caddees; I was not at home; I left the things in the shop when I went out, and when I returned they were gone.

- JACKSON sworn.

I got the things from the prosecutor's house; I am a constable.

- USHER sworn.

I heard the cry of stop thief! and I saw the prisoner run, and he dropped the goods; I saw them taken to Mr. Caldwell's.

(The prisoner in his defence said, he heard a noise and he went to see for the property.)

GUILTY . (Aged 24.)

Whipped .

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

355. JOHN CLEWES was indicted for feloniously stealing, on the 29th day of March last, a gelding of the value of 5 l. the property of Joel Jaques .

(The case opened by Mr. Garrow.)


I am a butcher at Highgate, I lent my horse to Edward Lucas on the 29 of March, and he was desired to put it up at the widow Lucas's, St. John's-street, till I sent for it; I lent it to him on Thursday; the Saturday following I saw my horse at Highgate, and Arrowsmith upon him; I detained the horse and Arrowsmith; he was taken to the office at Shadwell; he immediately gave an account of whom he purchased the horse, and in consequence of this information, Clewes was apprehended; it was Mr. Dodd's horse, but if I had lost it I must have paid for it; the horse had been in my custody about six weeks; I am sure it was Dodd's horse; he is a sorrel poney, with a light mane and tail, and blind.


I left the horse at the Horse and Groom inSt. John's-street, according to order; Mr. Jaques lent me the horse to ride to London, I delivered him to Mr. Jaques's order, and told the hostler to deliver him to any body that might call for him from Mr. Jaques. I have never seen the horse since.


A boy twelve years of age.

I live at the Horse and Groom, I was in the yard when Mr. Lucas came, and he called hostler twice; the hostler was busy looking something; he asked me if I knew the horse, I said, no; he said take care of the horse, I have rode him hard, and Mr. Jaques's boy will come for him in half an hour; a man was washing his face when Lucas came in; I really cannot say that the prisoner is the man; who the horse was delivered to I cannot tell.


I was on my box in Oxford Road on Friday the 30th of March; I am a hackney-coachman: a person came to me and asked me to go to the Red-Lion at Kilburn, it was the prisoner; I drove him to Kilburn; he demanded a horse at the Red-Lion, which was given him by the hostler, and it was tied to my off-side horse; he had a hog mane and bald face: he got in and I drove him to Cow-cross, then it was about ten in the evening; we went to the Three Compasses, and he sent for a person to buy him, and we had a pint of purl and gin; he would not buy him that night, he said he would give him a night's keep, it was a pity to keep him in the street, and he would see if he could bargain for him in the morning.


I live at Northampton, I deal in fowls, I was sent for by John Clewes to the Three Compasses to buy this horse; he told me he had got a horse at the Red-Lion at Kilburn; I had known him some time, but had not seen him for four years; I met him in Smithfield and I asked him how he lived, he told me in dealing for low-priced horses; I told him I had a horse died, and wanted one; then he told me he had a horse that would suit me, and he offered to fetch him; he told me he was blind of both eyes, and had a broken knee, and he was lame behind; he sent for me to the Three Compasses again at ten o'clock at night, he wanted me to buy the horse, which he had then brought from Kilburn; I next day bought him for two guineas. I am sure he is the man of whom I bought him.


Arrowsmith told me to go to Kilburn to fetch the horse, and I went; when I came there I staid that night, and part of the next day, and Arrowsmith never came, so I brought the horse to the Compasses.

GUILTY , Death . (Aged 30.)

Tried by the second Middlesex Jury before Mr. RECORDER.

356. CHARLES LOWE was indicted for that he, on the 28th day of May , feloniously, wilfully, and of his malice aforethought, did kill and murder Joseph Ball .

He was also charged on the coroner's inquest for manslaughter.


I am widow of Joseph Ball , I was with him on the 28th of May last, we had been parted nine weeks, we did not agree; he turned me and child into the street several times; he lived in Half-moon-passage, No. 10, and I lived in Middlesex-passage; he came to my room about half past three, I was at home, we had made it up, and had taken a room; he asked me to take a walk; I went for his great coat, and Mr. Lowe was in the room; I had been absent about ten minutes, and I understood they had been falling out; my husband was leaning his hand on his head, he had complained of being not well two or three days before; the prisoner said he came for the money that was owing him, and my husband said heowed him nothing, and the prisoner swore he would have it out of his bones, and the prisoner struck him, and my husband struck him, and they had a round and fell, then they got up and had something to drink, and the prisoner poured out a glass of gin and threw it over me; then they drank and sat, and talked a good while; Lowe sent for some more gin, but neither of us tasted it; I got my husband out of the house, and the prisoner followed after my husband, and knocked him down in the Great Close; my husband said he was not hurt by the blows; we went to Islington, and returned in the evening: my husband said he was not well, and he took the bottle in his pocket to fetch something to drink; I went to bed, and the child came and said his father was fighting with Mr. Lowe; I went and brought him away, and he was all over mud and blood, and the people could not sleep all night for his groans; he seemed very bad; he told me to get a strengthening plaster: I fetched the doctor; he bled him, and made up a medicine; I got him a calf's foot, and made him some jelly, and got him some wine, and attended him all night, and next day he said he should die; I got him into the hospital, and he expired on the Sunday night. The prisoner and my husband were silk throwsters , and worked together.


I am a surgeon's pupil of Bartholomew's hospital; the deceased was brought there on Wednesday the 30th of May; he remained till the Sunday night; when he came in he complained of his side; I found four of his ribs broke, I applied bandages and the usual medicines; on Sunday night he died; his death was occasioned by an inflammation, in consequence of the broken ribs.


I saw the deceased on Whit-Monday between four and five in the evening, and the prisoner came in and there was a word or two arose about family affairs, and they fought about ten minutes; I believe it was a fit of jealousy; they fought in the taproom ten minutes, and then they agreed to go out to fight, and fought about six minutes in the yard; then it was all over; they were down three or four times, and I believe the damage was done against the table.

Did they fight fairly? - It was no fight, only pulling and hawling, and striking as they could, both of them as much as the other; the deceased went home to his own lodging; they did not live together; I saw him the next day; they were to have fought two or three weeks before, and the prisoner would not come.

The prisoner's master gave him a very good character, and offered to take him again directly; he said the prisoner had worked in his house before he came into it, and he had been in it eighteen years, and that the prisoner was a very quiet sober man, and the deceased was always in liquor, and very quarrelsome, and he and his wife fought constantly: the prisoner was a cripple from his cradle, and neither fond of fiting nor fit for it.

NOT GUILTY of the Murder.

GUILTY of Manslaughter .

Fined 6 s. 8 d. and discharged.

Tried by the London Jury before Mr. Justice BULLER.

357. THOMAS TRIMMER was indicted for stealing, on the 2d of June , twelve yards of silk ribbon, value 4 s. the property of Charles Hograve .

Roger Tiffin saw a person draw a piece of ribbon through a broken pane of glass in the shop; he followed him and saw him throw it away, it was the prisoner.

Prosecutor. This is the ribbon, I picked it up, I know it by being put on an irregular block; it was inconvenient to mend the window at that time of day, and several pins were stuck into it; the pins were all forced away.


Please you, my Lord, and Gentlemen of the Jury, I stand here for a crime of which I am totally innocent; neither of my prosecutors can say they found any thing on me, how then, my Lord, and Gentlemen, upon your wife opinion, can I be guilty of this offence: I humbly throw myself on your lenient protection and humanity, for I am innocent of the crime.


Imprisoned three months , and fined 1 s.

Tried by the London Jury before Mr. RECORDER.

358. MARY TURNER was indicted for stealing, on the 26th day of May last, one pig of brass, value 6 s. and other goods , the property of John Lacey .

The prisoner was taken with the property.


Imprisoned one month , and fined 1 s.

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

359. PATRICK M'LOCHLIN and CATHERINE M'LOCHLIN were indicted for uttering two bad half-crowns to William Porter .


I am a shopman to Miss Lowndes, who keeps a linen-draper's shop in Bow-lane, Cheap-side ; I had seen the woman prisoner; on the 29th of May she came to the shop, and asked to see some Irish cloth at ten pence or a shilling a yard; she sat on the opposite counter on the other side of the shop; she told a pitiable story of her husband being killed by the fall of some houses in Moorfields; I cut her off one quarter of a yard of Irish, and she offered me half-a-crown; I gave her change, and she went away; I went and shewed it my mistress; I went out and endeavoured to get it changed, but I could not get it changed; she came on the Thursday following and asked for some cloth to make the man a shirt at twenty-two pence per yard; the woman said she brought that man and recommended him as a customer; they had three yards and a quarter, which came to six shillings all but a half-penny; he asked the woman to lend him a shilling, and she said where am I to get a shilling, and he then produced three half-crowns, which I thought to be bad; then I sent for a constable, and I charged him with the constable; I told him that the woman had always come with bad money; he made a snatch and got two of the three out of my hand: while I was talking to the man the woman made her escape; the man returned me one out of the two, he had the third half-crown in his mouth, I heard it rattle against his teeth, he dropped it into the constable's hand; I followed the woman to Aldermary-church-yard, and told her she must come back.


I am a constable; I was sent for on the 31st of May to Miss Lowndes's; I found the man in the shop, and the journeyman; he charged the man; I received one half-crown from Porter; and somebody told me he had something in his mouth, which I found was half a crown; then Porter gave me another; it was a good half-crown that came out of the man's mouth.

Mr. CLARK sworn.

I attend here, in order to prove the difference of good money and bad money; here are three bad half-crowns, and one good one; whoever made one half-crown made the other; they are all three from the same pair of dies.


Please you, my Lord, I found the three half-crowns wrapped up in a paper in London-wall.


Please your Honour, I received this money from my lawful married husband.


Imprisoned 6 months , and find security for 12 months .


Tried by the London Jury before Mr. RECORDER.

Samuel Coward of last sessions to be whipt and discharged.

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

Received Sentence of Death, 12, viz.

Clewes John - 355

Davis John - 326

Houghton Robert - 312

King Keeling James - 313

Lightowler Richard - 315

Mead William - 324

Perry William - 321

Smith William - 323

Smith Maria - 326

Stoneham John - 322

Williams William - 317

Judgment respited on Edw. Owen 318

Transported Fourteen Years, 2, viz.

Mason Sarah - 336

Stevens Letitia - 336

Transported for Seven Years, 21, viz.

Allen William - 316

Ball Joshua - 311

Ball John - 311

Bride Richard - 335

Darby John - 338

Dench Joseph - 353

Dunstan Jane - 343

Dyer William - 314

Jones Joseph - 349

Jones John - 341

Lever George - 337

Masley William - 342

M'Gowing Richard - 328

Mobbs Thomas - 332

Procter Thomas, alias Joseph France 340

Pulson Sarah - 343

Scandling Michael - 328

Smead John - 342

Spencer John - 336

Underwood Bishop - 314

Williams John - 330

To be imprisoned Six Months, 6, viz.

Charles Douglas (fined 1 s.)

Richard Mays (fined 1 s.)

William Thompson (fined 1 s.)

Elizabeth Eglinton , alias Mary White (fined 1 s.)

Patrick M'Lochlin (fined 1 s.)

William Price.

To be imprisoned Three Months, 3, viz.

Ann Jones (fined 1 s.)

Elizabeth Davis (fined 1 s.)

Thomas Trimmer (fined 1 s.)

To be imprisoned One Month, 3, viz.

Mary Turner (fined 1 s.)

Martha Wright (fined 1 s.)

John Williams .

To be Whipped, 11, viz.

Isaac Dukes, Edward Hill, Fracis Grubb, John Williams, John Denham , Robert Scaife , William Price , John Johnson , James Lake, Henry Smith , Elizabeth James.

Samuel Coward of last sessions to be whipt and discharged.