THE JUSTICING NOTEBOOK OF HENRY NORRIS
1. Monday, 2 February 1730 Middx:ss. Thomas Martin of ye Parish of St:
Giles in the Fields Joyner bound in £10:- Upon Condition that ye above
bound Tho: Martin personally appeareth at the next generall Session of
the peace to be held for the County of Middlesex at Hicks hall in St:
John Street then & there to answer the complaint of Mnason Cornish,
his Apprentice, for misusing his Said Apprentice & in the meantime to
be of the good behaviour & not to depart the Court without licence.
Then this Recognisance to be void otherwise remain in full force &
Virtue. Captat & recog: 2do die Februarij 1730. (fn. 1)
2. Friday, 28 April 1730 Sent to ye Clerkenwell Bridewell to be put to
hard labour Richard Evans, convicted on ye oath of Mr [blank] Grier
Churchwarden, of being a loose disorderly fellow of ill fame & refusing
or neglecting to work & making himself burdensome to ye Parish.
Friday, 8 May 1730 Ordered ye Keeper of Clerkenwell Bridewell to
discharge Richd Evans if detained for no other cause than my warrant of
28 Ap: last. (fn. 2) [See
3. Monday, 25 May 1730 Admitted & Sworn in John Rook Headborough for the precinct of Grovestreet in ye Parish of Hackney.
4. Saturday, 30 May 1730 Admitted & Sworn in Jno: Wetherhead Constable for ye Parish of Hackney at ye desire of Mr Ryder who was
returned for yt office.
5. Saturday, 20 June 1730 Dan: Baker & Marg: Sly brot: before me by
Warrt of [blank] Manly on complaint of Eliza: Sly ye Wife for keeping
compa: in a vicious manner - & discharged ym both on ye matter being
agreed between all ptyes & at ye desire of ye Complainant.
6. Monday, 31 August 1730 Marget Baldery widow of Tho: Baldery late
a weekly Servt: to Mr Malyn a Brewer at St Margarets hill in Southwark
maketh oath that her late husband T Baldery did obtain a Legal Settlement in this Parish of Hackney by living wth Mr Emmott as a yearly Servt:
upwards of the Space of one year, about 20 years ago, & that her said
husband did since acquire no Settlement in any other parish whatsoever,
also that her Said husband has been dead about 2 years & that Since her
sd husbands death She hath not acquired any Settlement, that She hath
by her said husband 3 Children yet living but they are not in any great
degree chargeable to her being all out in Service. Marget Baldery
[mark]. Jurat 31 Aug: Coram Hen: Norris. (fn. 3)
7. Saturday, 9 January 1731 Joseph Hall brot: before me for Stealing
divers Iron instruments & tools ye property's of Wm Stoakes & other
persons unknown ye goods being taken upon him by James Huggett
Junr: & himself having nothing to alledge in his own behalf nor denying
it & it was farther proved by ye oaths of Ja: Huggett Jr: & Wm Stokes.
Committed him to Newprison (to be prosecuted by ye Complainants at
ye ensuing Quarter Sessions) by Warrt: dd to James Wootton. (fn. 4)
8. Saturday, 9 January 1731 Wm Tilly brot. before me by James Wotton
& charged on ye Oaths of Mary Stretton & Catherine Stretton on Suspicion of Stealing in ye house of Sd Mary Stretton, a pr: Sheets 13 Pewter
plates 4 dishes & other goods abt: 15 months ago the properties of Sd
Mary Stretton. Committed him to Newprison to be prosecuted at ye
ensuing Sessions by Mary Stretton by Warrant dd to James Wootton &
bound over [ye
deleted] Mary Stretton to prosecute in £20 & Cath:
Stretton to be a witness in £10 penalty to [sic]. (fn. 5)
9. Monday, 8 February 1731 Thomasin Wheeler maketh complaint agt:
her husband John Wheeler for beating & abusing her being Sick & for
denying to assist in the maintenance of her & her Children & threatning
her Saying were no more pity to kill her then to kill a dog. Given her a
Warrant for her Husband. [See
48, 89, 119, 129, 553, 560, 581, 582, 680].
10. Saturday, 13 March 1731 Edward Beall and Dyson Green brot before
me by Jno: Wethered by Warrt: of Tho: Talboy Esq dated 9 March 1731
charged on the Oath of Jno Wethered & James Wootton Viz: Jno
Wethered maketh Oath yt Ed. Beall did forcibly rescue Ed. Baker then
in Custody of J Wethered for a breach of ye peace & yt Dyson Green did
also refuse to assist him ye Officer wn charged & did on ye contrary assist
Baker to escape. James Wootton maketh oath that Ed: Beall did assist
ye Sd Baker to escape, also yt Dyson Green was by him charged to assist
in Securing Ed. Baker but did refuse or neglect to assist in it. Referred
ye matter wth ye consent of ye Officer Roger Rutherford & ye Plaintiffs to
be brot before us next Monday at the Mermaid at Petty Sessions.
Monday, 15 March 1731 The Complaints: having agreed ye matter wth ye
2 above pties & Jno: Maslin now brot before me, discharged ym all on
promise of good behaviour in future.
11. Sunday, 21 March 1731 Joseph Stretton brot: before me by Mary
Preston charged by her on Suspicion of Stealing 4 Tablecloths She lost
yesterday out of her own backside in Homerton. Mary Preston Says on
her Oath yt She lost yesterday between ye hours of 10 & 12, 3 Table
Cloths 1 Damask & 2 Diaper from her backside but knows not who took
ym but has a Suspicion of Jos: Stretton. Jno: Preston Says he Saw Jos:
Stretton in ye adjoining field lying on his face between 11 & 12 but he did
not at yt time See ye Cloths [nor a deleted] hanging in their place nor can
give any reason for charging Stretton wth taking ym. Dismissed Jos:
Stretton not finding Sufficient ground to Charge him.
12. Saturday, 27 [altered from 28] March 1731 Complaint made by Mary
Shaves wife of Wm Shaves living at ye Rose in Stratford agt: Eliza: Owers
for Seducing Wm Shaves her husband & keeping lewd Compa: wth him in
an unlawfull manner & inticing him to consume that Substance wch
Should maintain his family upon her to their impoverishmt: wch She the
Sd Mary Shaves maketh oath to & thereupon granted her a Warrt: to
take her up & bring her before a Magistrate. N.B. Eliza: Owers is Said
to Harbour at Thomas Collies in Well Street.
Same day Eliza: Owers brot: before me upon the above warrant Says her
name is Eliza: Owers, yt She is ye wife of Thomas Owers a Labourer to ye
bricklayers near Woodford but has not Seen him Since 5 Ap: last
acknowledges her Self wth Child & yt by Wm Shaves. Anne Collie
maketh Oath yt Eliza: Owers has lodged in her house near 2/mo: took
the Lodging as a Single person by ye name of Eliza: Dell & lodged there 3
or 4 nights afterwards went to Bow & staid away near 14 ds: & then came
back to her lodging & had wth her Edward Watts whom She called her
husband who has lived wth her as Such for abt: 6 weeks. Mary Shaves
maketh Oath yt ye Sd Eliza: Owers has Seduced her husband & kept
Compa: wth him in a Lewd manner & Spent his Substance [and]
impoverisht his family in Spending his mo: upon ye Sd E: Owers.
Same day Committed ye Sd Eliza: Owers to Clerkenwell Bridewell to be
kept to hard Labour till discharged by due course of law.
Wednesday, 21 April 1731 Sent an ordr to ye Keeper of Clerkenwell
house of Correction for discharge of the before mentioned Elisa: Owers
unless detained for other cause then by virtue of my Commitmt:
13. Monday, 26 April 1731 Martha Geers complains agt: her Husband,
Richd: Geers for beating & bruising her last night in a very grievous
manner & threatning her life whereof She made oath. Granted her a
Warrt to take up ye Sd Richd Geers to answer ye Complaint. Being brot:
before me Same day by [blank], Eliza: Sowter [and] Martha Geers,
Sworn. Eliza: Sowter maketh oath yt Mrs Geers having Shewed her
husband her bruises he Said he had given her too little. Martha Geers on
oath confirms her former complaint. Committed Richd Geers to Newprison for want of Sureties.
Tuesday, 27 April 1731 Admitted Sd Geers to Bail and bound Richd
Geers £20, Sam: Sadler £10, Jno: Hankin £10, to appear at next Generall
Session of the Peace to answer ye complaint of Martha Geers his wife. (fn. 6)
14. Friday, 7 May 1731 Wm Corn, Tho Fouch, Hen: Rod brot: pr Warrt
Hen: Trent Junr: charged wth taking a Horse bridle Pilch & Pannell (fn. 7) frm:
Ja: Mackdonnelld. Ja. Macdonnald makes oath yt he bot: a horse of Wm
Corn 5 May inst: wch was dd him on paying 2:6 earnest & to pay after
£2:15 more & yt after ye 3 defendts: met him wth ye Horse & took him
away by force. The Deft: Corn Says yt he did not deliver ye Horse but
was to do it only on receiving ye whole mo: Wm Hewson called Says on
oath yt ye bargain was treating in his hearing but not concluded only he
heard Ja: Mackdonald Say if he agreed for ye Horse he would pay ye mo:
down. Tho: Harris on oath Says yt he saw Corn take ye horse by one ear
& deliver him into Macdonalds hands. Humphry Wood Swears yt Mr
Corn is a man of a very good Character & Ja: Mackdonald a man of a
bad Character. Sam: Sadler confirms ye same of each.
Same day Discharged ye 3 Prisoners finding no cause upon ye whole to
15. Thursday, 13 May 1731 Jos: Parsons brot: before me by Warrt: of H
Ashton & Self charged by Mary Main for an assault on Saterday last by
Wm Gibbons. Mary wife of Wm Mayne Swears She was assaulted by Jos:
Parsons Sat: last Struck wth a Saddle tree & thrown down on ye ground
and her Arm very much hurt. Robt: Wild deposes that he Saw not Mr
Parsons Strike her but did see him push her down.
Saturday, 15 May 1731 Bound over Jos: Parsons to answer the complaint
at next Genll: Sessions, himself in £10, Allen Parsons £5 [and] Natha:
Potts £5, Surety's. (fn. 8) [See
16. Tuesday, 6 July 1731 Sarah Crew complains agt Jno Annable for
abusing & assaulting her last week twice & last Sunday, & in a grievous
manner throwing dirt at her & drink in her face. Granted a Warrt: for
17. Saturday, 24 July 1731 Complaint made by Sibella Hunt of Hummerton yt was Stoln frm: her yesterday out of her house a Copr: Coffee
pot & A box Iron wch She Suspects may be concealed in ye lodging of
Widow Parsons or Mr Loyd or Mr Bennett. Granted her a Search warrt:
18. Friday, 6 August 1731 Complaint made by [Benja: deleted] Wm
Brown agt: Job Everton for assaulting him 31 July last & threatned his
life. On oath made granted him a Warrt: to take up Job Everton.
Saturday, 7 August 1731 Discharged ye Warrt: ye matter being agreed
19. Thursday, 12 August 1731 Complaint made by Jane Ross agt:
Eleanor [blank] Servt: maid to Francis Crette for asssaulting her &
throwing a Pewter pot & bruising her in breach of ye peace - &c on ye 9
Aug: Granted a warrt: for her.
20. Monday, 23 August 1731 Complaint made by Jane Ramsey Widow
agt: Joseph Butterfeild for assaulting her throwing her on ye ground &
throwing water upon her in breach of ye peace - this morning near her
own house - granted her a warrt for him.
21. Monday, 23 August 1731 Brot: before me Jos: Brett charged by Jno
Coules for running away frm: Rumford & leaving wth ym a Child to
maintain. Discharged him on his promise in future to take care of his
child & wth consent of Jno Coules one of the Overseers in behalf of ye
Parish of Rumford.
22. Saturday, 28 August 1731 Complaint made by Math. Walter & Sam.
Leader agt: Jacob Hales gardner to Mr Lamb for taking unlawfully the
fruit growing in Mr Lambs Garden wch fruit they bot: of the Said Jacob
Hales. They charge him wth taking Peaches & Nectarines & pduce
Roger Rutherford as witness, who wth ye others being Sworn, Rutherford says yt Jacob Hales in his Sight has Severall times taken peaches &
Nectarines & encouraged him Rutherford to do ye like. Granted ym a
Warrt agt: Jac: Hales.
Same day On hearing ye Cause advised Hales to make them Satisfaction
(it not appearing a felony) wch was done, & ye Deft: discharged. [See
23. Saturday, 28 August 1731 Ed: Bullock brot: before me in Custo: of
Hen: Batt, charged by Jno: Collins on oath with profane Swearing twice
this day between 3 & 6 a Clock by the name of God - in Marestreet, not
denied by Bullock & is convicted of the same.
Same day Issued a Warrt: to the Constables of Bethnal green Hamlet to
levy on him 2s for use of ye poor of Hackney or Sett him in ye Stocks 2
24. Tuesday, 14 September 1731 Complaint made by Hamilton Smith
agt: Thomas Batmaker, Nicholas Batmaker & John Batmaker for
assaulting him last night abt: 6 at ye Kings Arms in Kingsland in ye Yard
beating kicking him & bruising him in [peac deleted] breach of ye peace.
Granted him a Warrt. for all 3. [See
25. Tuesday, 14 September 1731 Complaint made by Nicholas Brown
agt: Thomas Holt for Striking him wth a Cartwhip & wth his hand &
abusing him [and] agt: George Howe for beating him & dragging him by
ye Leg into ye Road in breach &c. last night abt: 8 or 9 in Kingsland near
ye door of his Father Ludlow Brown. Granted a Warrt for [all 3 deleted]
Saturday, 18 [altered from 19] September 1731 On hearing of Tho: Holt,
Nicho: Brown confirms by Oath ye abuses from Tho: Holt - but Holt
Says Brown [struck deleted] flung dirt 1st. Dan. Welmoth says on his
Oath yt Brown flung dirt or gravell at Holt before he Struck him. Mary
Lodge Swears yt Brown flung dirt 1st but contradicts her Self. Sus: Batmaker Says likewise but it appeared yt She did not See ye beginning.
Upon ye whole it Seemed to me yt Holt was ye aggressor but reccommended ym to make it up wch they did & N Brown acknowledged to have
recd Satisfaction from G Howe So I discharged both ye Defts:
26. Saturday, 18 September 1731 Complaint made by Hamilton Smith
agt: Tho: Batmaker, Nicho Batmaker & John Batmaker for assaulting
him on Monday 13:7ber in ye yard of ye Kings Arms in Kingsland, &
beating him in a Severe manner. Granted a Warrt: for ym.
Thursday, 23 September 1731 (1) Hamilton Smith, Jno Ellitt, Nico
Brown, Ludlow Brown, Susan Ellitt. (1) swears yt on 13:7ber he was
assaulted by Tho: Batmaker Jr: & yt Nich & Jno Batmaker assisted him
confirmed by the other witnesses. Richd. Chapman & others called in
behalf of ye Defts: but after a long hearing they agreed the matter & ye
Warrt: was discharged. [See
27. Sunday, 17 October 1731 Mary Mayne brot: by [blank] Collins on
complaint of Tho: Blemeney charged by him for abusing him & his wife
in words & Striking him Severall blows confirmed by his Oath & likewise by the Oath of Richd Marsland.
28. Sunday, 17 October 1731 Jos: Butterfield brot: in by Do & charged by
Jos: Cooper on Suspicion of Stealing a Saddle last night but nothing
appeared Sufficient to charge him So dismissed him.
29. Monday, 1 November 1731 Tho: Griffis brot: before me 1:9ber 1731
in Custody of Hen: Batt charged on oath by Tho: Wood wth having been
found last night on ye footpath wth 3 pcs: of wood in a bag upon him
between 6 & 7 a clock wch pcs: are Sworn to be ye property of Jno:
Townsend by himself, & a 4th pce: wood was found at his Lodgings in
Sam. Fenners house wch is proved to be J Townsends & beleived to be
brot: thither before. Upon full hearing committed him to Bridewell to
Monday, 8 November 1731 Sent by his wife a Warrt for his discharge.
30. Tuesday, 2 November 1731 Tho: Cooke brot: before Mr S: Tyssen me
by Warrt: of our Selves 29:8ber, the Peace being Sworn agt: him by
James Bolton. Tho: Cooke of ye Parish of Hackney bound in his own
recognisance in £40 to appear at next Genll Sessions of ye Peace to
answer complaint of James Bolton for threatning his Life &c mean time
to keep ye Peace &c & be of ye good behaviour &c. N.B. was bound in
his own recognisance alone wth consent of ye Plaintiff. (fn. 9) [See
31. Tuesday, 2 November 1731 Complaint made by Josph: Parsons agt:
wm Mayne for threatning to kill him 30:8ber & thereupon desire Warrt:
agt: to take Surety for ye peace. Granted a Warrt: on his taking ye usuall
Oath. (fn. 10) [See
32. Thursday, 18 November 1731 Geo: Hobb brot: in Custody of Ludlow
Brown chgd by Sarah Arnold for assaulting her on ye high road &
throwing her into a Ditch. She acknowledging her Self to have recd
Satisfaction ordered him to be discharged.
33. Monday, 6 December 1731 Jno: Parmer & Henry Chandler brot in
Custody of Wm Davis Constable each on a charge of breach of the peace
also Jno Maslin on a like charge by ye other 2. It appearing that they had
agreed ye matter between themselves ordered them to be discharged.
34. Monday, 13 December 1731 Complaint made by Hannah Preston
agt: her husband Edward Preston for Spending his mo: Idly & neglecting
to maintain his family, being a wife & 2 Children & threatning his wife.
Made out a Warrt: for him on ye wifes oath & ordered to bring him next
monday to the Mermaid. [See