Old Bailey Proceedings Online (www.oldbaileyonline.org, version 8.0, 29 January 2023), February 1733, trial of William Chamberlain (t17330221-44).

William Chamberlain, Violent Theft > highway robbery, 21st February 1733.

57. William Chamberlain , was indicted for assaulting (with Joseph Lambert , not yet taken) Richard Hull on the Highway, putting him in Fear, and taking from him a Silver-hilted Sword, Value 30 s. and 12 s. in Money , Feb. 2 .

Richard Hull. About One a-clock on Thursday Morning, the 2d of February, I was stopt in a Coach behind St. Paul's , and robb'd of my Sword and Money. I heard of the Persons that were concern'd in the Robbery by means of an Advertisement that was afterwards publish'd.

Edward Powers . I and Jo. Lambert, and the Prisoner, stop'd the Coach, and robb'd the Prosecutor. The Prisoner took his Sword. I was afterwards apprehended, and by an Advertisement published I found out the Prosecutor.

Edward Sutton . I am no Thief-Taker by Profession, but hearing that the Prisoner was in an Information, I went to apprehend him, though he threaten'd to shoot me through the Head. He did his Endeavour, for he fired at me, and shot me thro' the Arm, and said he was sorry that he had not kill'd me.

Court. Powers, who knows of your being acquainted with the Prisoner?

Powers. Mr. Ackers (Dacres) who keeps an Alehouse over-against the King's-Bench, in the Borough.

Dacres. They were both my Lodgers. The Jury found him Guilty . Death .