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would then have gone immedi- where the thief had got in or ately back to secure the money ; out. The dirt on the dresfer in but instead of that they went the kitchen, and against the winboth to a night-house, where they dow, was observed, and the window fat drinking together till it was also
but as rogues light.
are always cunning by halves, Cooper being acquainted with the Wesket, when he contrived these business Bradley had done, and appearances of persons, having shewed the booty; put all but the come in or out of that window, had negotiable notes and bills of pri- not taken care to have him-traced vate persons, which they destroy- out of the place into which he ed, in a box, and buried it in his must have come from the window ; cellar.
this place was incloed with a wall It was very strange that Wesket about five feet high, and the top and Bradley should be so careless of the wall was overgrown with to secure what they had with so moss, so that, if any body had much danger obtained. - Welket got over it, a mark must have gave : Bradley the whole booty been seen; the appearance; - therewithout knowing its value, and fore, of dirt about the window, Bradley suffered Cooper to keep and its being open, only confirmit where he might at any time have ed the notion, that the robbery access to it without his consent, must have been committed by a or even knowledge; neither did servanto + he examine what he had got till The steward went to the lodge it had been thus deposited near a and examined 'Welket's fhoes, month.
which he found clean. The marks When a maid servant of lord of a. gimblet and chissel being Harrington's came down stairs on found on the bureau, a little bax Sunday morning, the day after of tools that was kept in a place the robbery, between seven and where all the servants liad access eight o'clock, she found the street to it was searched, and a gimblet door wide open ; and, as fhe was and chiffel were found that exactly laying the fire in the steward's answered the marks: : This was room, Welket came to the door, further evidence that a domestic and asked her if she had let in an
was the thief.
Lord Harrington, old man, that used to be frequently therefore, sent for Mț. Spinnage, about the house ; she said, no, but a justice of peace, to examine the that the door was wide open when servants; and Welket was chiefly she came down stairs ; upon which suspected, as my lord's footman he turned away, and said, D-n it, and valet de chambre were newly who could go and leave the door come, and the prisoner was the open?
only person in the house, except Between ten and eleven my lord the steward and a maid or two, came out of his chamber into the that knew the drawers where the soom where the bureau stood, and bills and money were ; his box immediately perceived that it had was searched, and a drinking horn
A search was was found with sixteen guineas immediately made to discover in it; but nothing else appearing,
been broke open.
and he alledging he had received discharged from his place, a gentleit for wages, he was not taken man happened to pick up a wointo custody, nor did any thing man of the town, in Conduitappear that justified a suspicion street ; and, in the course of their of any other person in the fa- conversation at a tavern, she told mily.
him, that she had been seduced, Wesket, however, was not long under pretence of marriage, by afterwards turned away. The first John Wesket, who lived porter time Bradley saw him, after the with lord Harrington, when he robbery, waz in a fide box at the was robbed ; and she gave such play. Bradley, who was in the an account of his manner of dresgallery, met him as he came out, fing and living, that the gentleand they went together to a house man brought her to fir John Fieldin the Piazza, Covent Garden, ing. where Wesket said every thing was She said, that the first became safe, meaning that the enquiry had acquainted with Wesket, after his ended in nothing, and was fatis. quitting lord Harrington's, that fied with Bradley's account of the he had lived with him, that they things.
had been parted about a month, After this they met several times, but that she still went by his when Welket blamed Bradley for name. She gave an account, also, -not putting off the bank notes ; of his 'acquaintance, and, among Bradley then proposed to go abroad them, of Bradley, and put into with them, having been abroad the justice's 'hand some letters, before ; but Welket telling him which she had received from my lord was well known at all Wefket's
quaintance while the the courts of Europe, he de- lived with him, among which termined to carry them to Chester was one written by Bradley. She fair.
faid also, that she had very lately To Chester, therefore, he went, seen fixty guineas in Welket's polat the Midsummer fair of 1764, feffion. and, pretending to be a young Sir John, upon this information, trader, he bought some linen of the had Wesket taken into custody, and Irish factors, and changed both his examined him; he also, upon bank notes, taking linen and cash, searching his box, found 60 guineas. and bills on persons in London, in Wesket could not account satisfacexchange.
torily for this money ; but there The bills they got accepted and being nothing else found, he was paid, and had now reason to think discharged, notwithstanding the surthemselves safe beyond a possibility picion against him was strengthenof detection, if they did not betray ed by the money. each other. They were, however, An attempt was made to take discovered by an accident fo re- Bradley into cuftody, but he could markable, that it would probably not be found. have been blamed as exceeding pro- In the mean time, lord Harbability, if it had been made an in- rington, happening to have an ex, cident in a novel
act description of the thirty pound Some time after Welket had been bank note, had advertised it; and
about the 6th of September, just lodged, and by what carriage nine months after the robbery, the cloth he bought had been his lordhip received notice, that sent to town, and how it was this, note had been presented for directed. payment by a banker's clerk. After much enquiry he found, This note,' being secured, was that the person, who called himtraced, through a great number self Walker, lodged at one Ripof hands, to one Smith a mer- pington's, a fhoemaker ; and that chant of Liverpool, who, being he carried the linen away with applied to, declared, that he had him in a post-chaise towards Lonit of Mr. Beath, a linen factor don; he learnt also, that the boy of Newry, in the north of Ire- who drove the chaise the firkt land.
stage from Chester to Whitchurch, Upon application by letter to brought a letter back to RipMr. Beath, to know of whom he pington, désiring him to look bereceived it, he wrote for answer, hind the glass in the room where that he received it at Chester he had lain, for an old pocketfair, in payment for some linen, book, which he had left behind of a person who called himself him, and to send it directed to John Walker of London, a low John Walker, to be left at the thin-faced pale man, fomewhat Blossoms Inn in London, till pitted with the small-pox, and called for ; the book, however, dender, his eyes fore or inflamed, could not be found, and Rippingand a large tumour on his hand. ton foon after received another Mr. Beath added, that he was a letter from London, as from a bad clerk, that he wore either a friend of Walker's, defiring him wig or his hair in a long queue ;
to send the book, which was not and in a postscript faid, that yet come to hand, and to advise he was dressed like a gentle- him of the conveyance by a letter
but appeared somewhat un- ' directed to Mr. Davis, at St. Cleder that standard in conversa- ment's coffee-house in the Strand, tion.
London. This last distinction, which shews This letter Rippington gave to great good sense and nice dif- Bevel, and Bevel,
brought it to fir cernment, was the characteristic of John Fielding. The master of the a man, who had lived as valet-de- coffee-house was ordered to stop the chambre with persons of rank; person who should come for a letter. it does not however appear, that directed to Davis, which letter either the justice or any other he had already received; but Bradof the parties suspected this Walker ley, who had assumed many names, to be Bradley, or that they en- on various occasions, had forgot quired of the woman, whether 'what name he ordered Rippington's Bradley's person corresponded with answer to be directed to, and enMr. Beath's description; if they quiring for it at the coffee-house had, they would have taken a near- by another name, he escaped deer way to their end. On the con- tection. trary, Mr. Bevel set out for Chester Here then the hunters were at to enquire where Walker had fault ; but upon comparing the let
REGISTER, 1764. ter written to Rippington from Lon- knew of the chest going to Gera don, and given by him to Bevel, 'rard's-hall Inn. He was then and by Bevel to fir John Fielding, threatened to be committed for with the letters that had been put 'concealing this circumstance, as an into fir John's hand by the wo- 'accessary after the fact, upon which man, it appeared exactly to corres- he confessed, that he knew Welket pond with that written by Brad- and Bradley committed the robley ; his father was found to live in bery on' lord Harrington, BradClerkenwell, and, with several ley having told him the very night others of his relations, examined ; it was committed, that he was their description of his person was going to Wesket, who was to found minutely to agree with the conceal him in the house for that description given of the supposed purpose, till the family were in Walker by Mr. Beath, and it also bed. He added, that the booty had came out, that he had been at Ches. been buried in his cellar, where ter during the last Midsummer fair, fome part of it still remained. and had lodged at one Cooper's, a The cellar was then searched; chandler, in New Turnstile, Hol- and the gold snuff-boxes, ' and born. Upon this, Cooper was sent several other things, were found, for, who said that Bradley had left which were sworn to be lord Harhis house about fix weeks before, rington's property. that he did not know whither he Soon after, Bradley was apwas gone, and that he took nothing prehended in a sailor's habit at away with him. Upon this, Brad Wapping, and brought before fir ley was publicly advertised, hand- John Fielding ; Cooper was there bills were dispersed all over the 'also, at the same time ; and Bradkingdom, persons planted at all the ley observing, that he attempted to ale-houses he used to frequent, and become evidence for the crown every other method used to dif- against him and Wesket, and that cover and apprehend him.
at the same time he denied and These steps produced a man, who concealed many principal transacaccidentally heard one Bradshaw, a tions relative to that and other coachman, who drives a jobb at robberies in which he had been Gerrard's-hall Inn, say in an ale- concerned, he, at once, withhouse, that he had got a large out any promise of favour, decheft of Bradley's in his hayloft; clared the whole truth; and it on this information, Bradshaw, and being the opinion of the magithe chest were sent for. The chest strate and all present, that Wefwas found to contain the linen that ket and Cooper were the greater was bought at Chester, and the villains, Bradley was admitted coachman said he brought the chest as an evidence against them. Wesin a coach about fix weeks before ket was indicted for the robbery, from the house of one Cooper, in Cooper for receiving the goods ; Turnstile,
and both being convicted upon Cooper was then sent for again, proof of the facts that have been and being confronted with Brad- related in this narrative, Welket shaw, confessed what he had be- was executed, and Cooper transfore obstinately denied, that he ported for 14 years.
A List of the Supplies, and Ways and Means, from the
Revolution to the end of the Year 1763. .
Summary of the total Summary of the total yearly
yearly Supplies. Ways and Means. 1st Will. & Mary, 1688 2,908,680
2,743,142 6 2 2 9 3,668,191 10
3,768,191 10 90 4,656,255
2,651,702 18 1 3,676,677 16 3 1,816,702 18 2 4,017,080 96
2,000,000 : 6
3 5,549,087 15 7 5,588,506 5 107 4,882,712
5,413,709 11 1 Ist William III.
5,537,853 19 11. 8,161,469 6 5,520,078 19 11
5,600,000 7 8,287,210 18.11 5,184,015 '1 111 8 2,350,000
1,184,015 9 981,342
1700 2,886,536 14 6 2,620,000
6,913,629 15 53 1st Anne
2 3,535,457 7 2 3,887,630 -4,005,369 8 6
4,200,000 4,717,488 3 4
4,914,888 3:31 5,075,761 16 2
5,282,233 17 2 6 5.941,841 14 101 6,142,381 15 61 7 5,926,849 18 6 6,189,067 15 61
8 6,563,138 10 101 6,868,839 8
9 6,425,268 10 21 6,896,552 9 11 9
1710 14,370,744 5 4로 16,246,325
11 6,671,386 1 101 6,304,615 16 91 11
12 3,520,072 10 51 3,400,000 12 13 3,062,079 3 11
3,100,000 1st George 1. 14 3,282,223 16 64 2 15 2,053,363 5 11
7,317,751 15 67 3
3,697,767 13 63 3,211,313 1 4
17 2,644,437 4 8 2,229,514 3 2] 5
2,735,509 3 21 6
19 2,623,537.14 9 2,742,000 17 102 1720 2,738,156 3 2
2,920,264 13 8 8 1 2,923,108 18
2,719,412 10 9 9 2 1,935,054 16 6
1,837,799 8 24 10
3 1,863,888 6 81 1,730,744 105 11
4 1,823,229 4 111 1,782,212 12
5 2,978,954 13 3,282,328 6 7 13 6 2,895,305 - 7