Old Bailey Proceedings Online (www.oldbaileyonline.org, version 8.0, 28 November 2021), December 1721, trial of Thomas Vincent James Anderson Bridget Prichard Mary Rea Elizabeth Green John Martin Robert Wimberly (t17211206-11).

Thomas Vincent, James Anderson, Bridget Prichard, Mary Rea, Elizabeth Green, John Martin, Robert Wimberly, Deception > forgery, 6th December 1721.

Thomas Vincent , James Anderson , Bridget Prichard , Mary Rea , Elizabeth Green , John Martin and Robert Wimberly , were Indicted for publishing a forg'd and Counterfeit Will, as the real and genuine Will and Testament of John Hutchinson , late of St. James Westminster Inn-holder, on the 19th of September 1720 . The Council for the King open'd, That the Deceased falling sick at Vincent's House, Robert Hutchinson (Brother to the Deceas'd) coming to visit him found him Speechless. That Hutchinson went out again to fetch the Surgeons, and at his return found his Brother dead, and that Hutchinson and others with him found the Prisoners drawing up a Will, he the deceased being then dead, that the Will was then unfinish'd and neither sign'd nor seal'd, that the prisoners endeavour'd to hinder Hutchinson from seeing the Will, by which Counterfeit Will, the prisoners shar'd among themselves the Goods and Chattels of the Deceased, except 50 l. which they-bequeath'd to Hutchinson, and afterwards prov'd the Will at Doctors Commons. The Council for the prisoners pleaded that the Will (which was read in Court,) having been prov'd in Doctors Commons, the determinative sentence of that prerogative Court in a Will touching a personal Estate only, must stand in full force; And thereupon the Jury acquitted them.