10 January, 1649/50.—Whereas this Court is informed by one Adam
Beney a stranger, who likewise hath deposed the same, That George
Ayres, now prisoner in Newgate upon suspicion of bringinge in Agnes
Deis (sic) and other popish pictures and crucifixes into the land, had
at the time of his apprehension one hundred pounds in gold aboute
him of the money of the said Beney, which was taken from the sayd
Ayres and deposited into the hands of Mr. Parker esq., one of the
Justices of the Peace for the county of Kent, by him to be kept untill
the sayd Ayres should be acquitted or convicted upon his sayd commitment, And Whereas also Peter Gifford did at the same tyme take
from the sayd Ayres one gold ringe, which was alsoe the goods of the
sayd Beney, Nowe Forasmuch as the sayd Ayres is at this Sessions
discharged of his sayd commitment, and upon examinacion by this
Court the sayd Ayres hath confessed that the sayd one hundred pounds
and gold ringe are the money and goods of the sayd Beney, It is
therefore ordered that the sayd Mr. Parker shall have notice to pay,
and it is thought fitt by this Court that he shall pay the sayd one
hundred pounds to the sayd Beney, the money of right belonging to
him, and that the sayd Peter Gifford be required and is heerby required
to deliver the sayd gold ringe to the sayd Beney or to show cause &c.
—Also, Order for the discharge of the same George Ayres out of
prison, as the Court can find no just cause for continuinge him in
prison; with further that Captaine Temple restore to the said George
Ayres "severall parcells of goods amountinge to a greate value," which
were taken from the said George, at the time of his aforesaid commitment, and deposited in the hands of Captaine Temple &c. to keepe
untill &c. G. D. Reg.
1 February, 1649/50.—True Bill that, at Whitechappell co. Midd. on
the said day, Edward Jarvis, James Thomas and Bouchamp Colton, all
three late of the same parish laborers, made two hundred pieces of
false and counterfeit money in the likeness of King Charles halfecrownes, twenty pieces of false and counterfeit money in the likeness
of the good and lawful moneys called "the Commonwealth halfecrownes," ten pieces of false and counterfeit money in the likeness of
King Charles shillings, and five pieces of false and counterfeit money,
in the likeness of the good and lawful money called "the Commonwealth shillings." Found 'Guilty,' all three culprits were sentenced to
be drawn to the gallows and hanged. G. D. R., . . . ., 1650.
11 March, 1649/50.—True Bill that, in the highway at St. Andrew's-inHolborne co. Midd. on the said day, Thomas Vincent, Arthur Arnold
and Oliver Roberts, all three late of the said parish laborers, assaulted
Edward Knight, and with violence stole and took from him a pistoll
worth two shillings, a knife and sheath worth four pences, and three
pounds and ten shillings in numbered moneys, of the goods chattels
and moneys of the said Edward Knight. Found 'Guilty,' all three
culprits were sentenced to be hanged. G. D. R., . . . ., 1649/50.
18 March, 1649/50.—Recognizances, taken before George Manley esq.
J.P. for the City and Liberties of Westminster, of William Scudamore
marchant and Richard Bibby taylor, both of Westminster, in the sum
of ten pounds each, and of John Teague of Whitechapell yeoman, in
the sum of twenty pounds; For the said John Teague's appearance at
the next S. P. for the said city and liberties to be holden at Westminster,
"to answere an endictment against him, being a hawker and seller
of scandalous and seditious pamphlettes &c." S. P. (West.) R.,
19 April, 1650.
29 March, 1650.—Recognizances, taken before Laurence Whitaker
esq. J.P., of Francis Smithe of Christchurche inn-holder and Thomas
Collins of the parish of Anne Aldersgate cooke, in the sum of fifty
pounds each, and of William Norman of Islington co. Midd. butcher,
in the sum of one hundred pounds; For the appearance of the said
William Norman at the next G. S. P. for Middlesex to be held at Hicks
Hall, to answer &c. "for drinkinge a health to the confusion of
Parliament and all those that tooke parte with them." S. P. R.,
. . . ., 1650.
29 March, 1650.—True Bill that, in the highway at St. James's
Clarkenwell co. Midd. on the said day, John Goodaker, Robert Watts
and John Wilkins, all three late of the said parish laborers, assaulted
Philip Moulter M.D. and with violence stole and took from him a
silver spoon worth five shillings. All three culprits were found 'Not
Guilty.' G. D. R., . . . ., 1650.
14 April, 1650.—Recognizance, taken before Sir Henry Holcroft
knt. and Edward Carter esq., Justices of the Peace for the City and
Liberties of Westminster, of John Barcoale of Whitehall gentleman,
in the sum of twenty pounds; For the appearance of the said John
Barcoale at the next General Quarter S. P. for the said city and
liberties "then and there to prosequute and give evidence against
Robert Weake, George Goldropp and Adrian Hendricke accordinge to
a late Act of Parliament entituled 'An Act for removeinge all papists
&c. from London and Westminster,' for that they contrary to the said
Act have remained in this city, having confessed themselves before us
to be papists."—Also, similar Recognizance, taken before the same
Justices of the Peace on 12 April, 1650, for the appearance at the
same next G. Q. S. P. of Azarias Pheasant of St. Clement's Danes' co.
Midd. taylor, to give evidence according to the same Act of Parliament against John Staley who has remained within the same city and
liberties, and yet has on examination by the said Justices of the Peace
confessed to them, that he is a papist. S. P. (West.) R., 19 April,
27 April, 1650.—True Bill that, at St. Botulph's-without-Aldgate
co. Midd. on the said day, John Norris late of the said parish taylor
spoke these scandalous and seditious words in depravation and to the
contempt of the High Court of Parliament, to wit, "That the late
Kinge was illegally put to death, but he hoped that his persecutors
would heerafter suffer for it, and that the power which they have is
mayntained only by the sword, and that they doe seeke to infringe the
libertye of the subjects, which they did formerly promise to maintaine."
S. P. R., . . . ., 1650.
16 May, 1650.—Recognizance, taken before John Waterton esq.
J.P., of Anne Genney of Woppin co. Midd., in the sum of twenty
pounds; For the said Anne Genney's appearance at the next S. G. D.
for Middlesex, "to give in evidence against Ellen Egerton now prisoner
in Newgate for divers scandalous and reproachfull words against the
present Parliament." S. P. R., . . . ., 1650.
19 May, 1650.—Recognizances, taken before Josias Berners esq. J.P.,
of George Antrobus of Paules Churchyard in St. Gregory's parish
London woollen-draper and John Ward of St. Sepulchre's London
haberdasher, in the sum of twenty pounds each, and of Thomas
Antrobus of Clifford's Inne gentleman, in the sum of forty pounds;
For the appearance of the said Thomas Antrobus at the next S. P.
for Middlesex "to answer &c. uppon the complaint of Nathaniell
Thorold gentleman for continuing in a taverne till night, shewinge
tricks there, saying 'God blesse the King,' but not expressing who he
meant." S. P. R., . . . ., 1650.
4 June, 1650.—Order touching highways and common carriers,
made at Hicks Hall in St. John's Streete co. Midd.—Whereas this
court was informed that the high wayes in severall parishes and places
of this county are very founderous (sic) much decayed and ruinous
and become almost impassable although the inhabitants of many of
the said parishes have done theire worke in the reparacion of the
said highwayes in such maner as by the statutes in that case provided
they are required, which hath been occasioned principaly by severall
carriers carters and waggoners which have usually carryed upon their
carts and waggons excessive waightes, whereby the said highwayes are
very much torne plowed and digged up in the said parishes and places,
for the prevencion of which annoyance and inconvenience It is
thought fitt and soe Ordered by this Court, That the Justices of the
Peace of this county shall cause the Pety Constables and Headboroughs of the severall places and parishes of the division to apprehend all such carters carriers and waggoners as shall happen to cary
upon theire carts or waggons in theire respective parishes or precincts
above twenty hundred weight and them convent before some of the
said Justices and find sufficient suerties for theire personall appearance
at the next Sessions of the Peace to be held for the said county after
such offence committed to answer such offence and further to bee provided withall for the same according to the Lawe.—By the Court.
S. P. Book.
5 June, 1650.—Ordered That Mr. Livetenaunte and Mr. Smith shall
send for Mrs. Diamond of Ratcliffe and binde her or some of her . . . .
to prosecute against John Waltham and Richard Shelley at the next
Sessions for a burglarye in her house, and to send for Mrs. Williams
alsoe touching a burglarie in her house, and especially to examine her
touchinge a bagge of hers found in the custody of the sayd Waltham
and Shelley, and nowe in the custody of Alderman Andrewes, whether
it be her bagg or noe, which she affirmed before to the sayd alderman
to be hers, but now seemeth to fayle therein. G. D. Reg.
23 June, 1650.—Recognizances, taken before William Mellish esq.
J.P., of Andrew Phyfe and Thomas Pecke, both of Whitechappell co.
Midd. yeomen, in the sum of ten pounds each, and of Robert White
of the same parish drover, in the sum of twenty pounds; For the said
Robert White's appearance at the next S. P. to be held at Hickes Hall,
to answer &c. "for threatening and offering violence to the Hedborow
of Bowe, and for rescueing his lambes destreyned upon for breach of
the last Humiliation Daye &c. &c." S. P. R., 9 July, 1650.
26 August, 1650.—Recognizances, taken before Sir John Danvers
knt., Sir John Thorowgood knt. and Thomas Latham esq., Justices of
the Peace for the City and Liberty of Westminster, of Edward Ordway
of St. Clement's Danes' co. Midd. gunmaker, in the sum of two hundred
pounds, and of Thomas Sutlon of the same parish currier and Roland
Williams of Martin's-in-the-Fields co. Midd. yeoman, in the sum of
one hundred pounds each; For the said Edward Ordway's appearance
at the next General S. P. for Middlesex, to answer &c. "for speaking
seditious words against the Parliament."—Also, Recognizances, taken
before Edward Harvy esq. J.P., of Thomas Kerbie of . . . . co.
Midd. yeoman, in the sum of one hundred pounds, and of Thomas
Berry and William Smelt both of Hamersmith yeomen, in the sum
of fifty pounds each; For the said Thomas Kerbie's appearance at
the next G. S. P. for Middlesex, to answer &c. "for speaking and
uttering ill language against the now Parliament of England."—Also,
the Recognizances, taken on 13 July 1650 before John Barkstead esq.
J.P., of John Chapman of Padington co. Midd. yeoman and Edward
Spencer of Margaret's parish Westminster blacksmith, in the sum of
twenty pounds each, and of Thomas Wyght of Margaret's Westminster
yeoman, in the sum of forty pounds; For the said Thomas Wyght's
appearance at the next General S. P. to be held at Hicks Hall, to answer
&c. "for endeavouringe to perswade one Edward Dodford and Thomas
Grey to swear that John Saywell of Ivingoe co. Bucks did send two
men with armes to the late Kinges armie." S. P. R., 1 Oct., 1650.
11 October, 1650.—Recognizances, taken before John Waterton
esq. J.P., of . . . . merchaunt-taylor and Michael Thomson of
the Minnoryes in Algate parish co. Midd. cordwainer, in the sum of
fifty pounds each, and of John French of Whitechappell . . . .,
in the sum of one hundred pounds; The condition of the recognizances
being, that the said "John French doe personally appeare either before
the Committee appoynted by Parliament for Athiesticall Blasphemous
and . . . . to the honour of God and destructive to humaine
society, whensoever they shall please to call for him, Or else at the
next Sessions of the Peace . . . . to answer &c." S. P. R.,
9 Dec, 1650.
1 November, 1650.—The Jurors for the Keepers of the Liberty of
England present that William Cobbe late St. Clement's Danes' co. Midd.
esq. otherwise styled William Cobbe late of Sandringham co. Norfolk
esq. did not repaire to church chapel or any usual place of common
prayer during three months, beginning on 1 Nov., 1650, against the
tenor of a statute in a case of this kind published and provided. No
endorsement of either 'Billa Vera' or 'Ignoramus.' G. D. R.,
. . . ., 1650/1.
13 November, 1650.—Recognizances, taken before John Barkstead
esq. J.P., of William Wheeler goldsmith and John Barker barbor, both
of Martin's parish in the liberty of Westminster co. Midd., in the sum
of twenty pounds each, and of Charles Cutts of the same parish barbor,
in the sum of forty pounds; For the appearance of the said Charles
Cutts at the next General S. P. for the City and liberty of Westminster,
to answer &c. "for being taken redy drest in cloths and goeinge
to act a stage-playe, as hee confesseth himself." S. P. (West.) R.,
9 Jan., 1650/1.
16 December, 1650.—True Bill that, in the highway at Acton co.
Midd. on the said day, Dorrell White alias Thomas Brooke alias
Captaine Smith late of the said parish assaulted Jane Hampton wife
of Robert Hampton esq., and stole and carried off from the person of
the said Jane "unam catenam jemmarum anglice one chaine of pearle
continentem in numero ducent' et septuaginta valor' septuaginta librarum," a gold ring sett with seaven diamonds worth twelve pounds, a
gold ring sett with an emerald worth eight pounds, and four shillings
in numbered moneys, of the goods chattels and moneys of the said
Robert Hampton esq. Found 'Guilty,' Dorrell White was sentenced
to be hung. G. D. R., . . . ., 1650/1.
24 December, 1650.—True Bill, that Thomas Dade late of Giles's
parish co. Midd. was born in England and after the Feast of the
Nativity of St. John the Baptist, 1 Eliz., and before the said 24th Dec.,
1650, "was made and ordayned a Preist by the authority derived and
pretended from the Sea of Rome," in parts beyond the seas, And that
before the same last-named day the said Thomas Dade came from the
same parts beyond the sea into this Commonwealth of England, to
wit, into the afornamed parish of Giles co. Midd., and there on the
said 24th Dec., traitorously and as a false traitor to this Commonwealth of England did stay, was and remayned. Over Thomas
Dade's name at the head of the bill appears this clerical minute, "He
putts himselfe upon the countrey, which finde him 'Not Guiltie' noe
flienge." G. D. R., . . . ., 1651.
24 December, 1650.—True Bill that George Gage late of the parish
of Giles-in-the-Fields co. Midd. was born in the kingdom of England,
and after the Feast of the Nativity of John the Baptist, 1 Eliz., and
before the said 24th December, 1650, in the parts beyond the seas was
made and ordained a Preist by authority derived and pretended from
the Sea (sic) of Rome, And that the same George Gage before the said
24th December came in this Commonwealth of England, to wit, to
the aforesaid parish of Giles-in-the-Feildes co. Midd. and there on the
same 24th Dec. "traitorously and as a false traitor to this Commonwealth
of England did stay was and remayned." George Gage was "at large."
A memorandum on the back of the bill shows that James Waddesworth,
Robert De Luke, Thomas Mayo and Thomas Gage were the prosecutors of and witnesses for the indictment. G. D. R., . . . .,
24 December, 1650.—True Bill, that Peter Wright alias Beale late
of Martin's-in-the-Feildes co. Midd. clerk was born in the kingdome
of England, and after the Feast of the Nativity of St. John the Bap
tist, 1 Eliz., and before the 24th Dec, 1650, "in the partes beyond
seas was made and ordained a Preist by the authority derived and
pretended from the Sea of Rome," and that the said Peter Wright
alias Beale before the said day of December, 1650, returned into this
Commonwealth of England, and on that day at the aforesaid parish of
Martin-in-the-Feildes "traitorously and as a false traitor of this Commonwealth did stay was and remayned." Over Peter Wright's name
at the head of the bill appears this clerical minute, "He puts himself
upon the countrey, which finde him 'Guilty.' See the judgment
indorsed."—On the back of the indictment appears this record,—
"Judicium:—He shalbe led backe againe to the place from whence
he came, and from thence be drawen upon a hurdle to the place of
execucion, and there be hanged by the necke and then be cutt downe
alive, and his entrails and privy members to be cutt off from his bodye
and be burned in his sight, his head to be cutt off and his bodie to be
divided into fower parts, and then to be disposed att the pleasure of
the Parliament." G. D. R., . . . ., 1651.
25 December, 1650.—True Bill against Stephen Hubert of Paul's
parish Covent Garden, for willingly in a dwelling-house within the
same parish on the said day hearing mass said and sung by a certain
person to the jurors unknown.—Also, True Bills against John de
Charbone taylor, John Stale . . . ., James Agneau tapestrie-maker,
John Chamberlayne gentleman, Elizabeth Devall wife of . . . . Devall
yeoman, James Gering yeoman, Bartholomew Hesketh hatband-maker,
Tout Saincts Francois gentleman, Edmund Shroudes gentleman,
Francis Ballinger gentleman, Charles Delire (? Desire) gentleman,
Henry Lord Morley and Mounteagle, all twelve late of Martin's-in-theFields co. Midd., for willingly in a certain dwelling-house within the
same parish on the said 25th December hearing a mass said and sung
by a certain person unknown to the Jurors. Over Bartholomew Hesketh's name on the bill against him appears the clerical minute 'Jur'
die' non cul'=The jurors say 'Not Guilty';. and on the Bill against
Elizabeth Devall appears the note "Jur' die' cul' de ind'c'o"=The
jurors say 'Guilty of the indictment.' The other bills exhibit no
minutes touching arraignment or verdict. S. P. (West.) R., 1 April,
27 December, 1650.—Recognizances, taken before Thomas Fauconberge and Edward Carter esqs. and Justices of the Peace, of Bartholomew Hesketh of Giles's-in-the-Fields gentleman and Robert Wilson
of Martin's-in-the-Fields taylor, in the sum of one hundred pounds
each; For the said Bartholomew Hesketh's appearance at the next
G. S. P. for the City and Liberty of Westminster, to answer &c. "he
being charged to have heard a mass on the 25th December 1650 in
the house of Mr. Crouly in the parish of Martin-in-the-Fields.—Also,
thirteen several sets of similar Recognizances, taken on the same day
before the same Justices of the Peace; For the appearance at the
same G. S. P. of Edmund Yarmouth of Martin's-in-the-Fields gentleman, John Hodgson of Covent Garden parish yeoman, John Chamberline of St. Dunstan's in-the-West gentleman, Tout Saincts Francois
of Martin's-in-the Fields taylor, James Agneau of Martin's-in-theFields tapestry-maker, Charles Deglire (?) of St. Margaret's Westminster hatmaker, Francis Bolanger of St. Margaret's Westminster hatmaker, Stephen Hubbard of Covent Garden parish gentleman, John
De Charbone of Covent Garden parish taylor, Charles de Gizancourt
of Covent Garden parish gentleman, Henry Parker Lord Morley and
Monteagle, Mamie Devall of Martin's-in-the-Fields taylor, and James
Gering of St. Giles's-in-the-Fields hatband-maker, to answer &c. being
charged to have heard a mass on the 25th December 1650 in Mr.
Crouly's house in Long Acre in the parish of Martin's-in-the-Fields.
S. P. (West.) R., 9 Jan., 1650/1.