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who gave it him in the street, and that it required no answer.
When he had read the letter, and examined the draught and bill it contained, having no fufpicion of forgery, as the fimilitude was very great, he immediately fet about obeying Mr. Partridge's orders. It was now about near the time when bankers fhut up their fhops; for expedition's fake, therefore, Kello directed a blank cover to Mr. Rous, with which Cotton ran to Mr. Amyand's, taking with him the draught and bill: he happened to find Mr. Mercer, one of the partners, who expreffed fome furprize at his coming fo late, but however gave him a bank note of 1000 l. in exchange for the draught.
This bank note he inclosed in the cover directed by Jofeph Kello, and borrowing a wafer in the shop, fealed it, and went himself with it to Sam's coffee-house, in Exchangealley, being well acquainted with a gentleman whofe name was Rous, who lived at Hackney, and for whom he supposed the bank note was intended by Mr. Partridge.
He afked for the mafter or miftrefs of the house, but both were abroad; he then left the cover, with the note fealed up in it, at the bar, but did not leave the house.
the letter; and he said, No, he was afraid. Kello then went to his brother, who was waiting to know how matters went on, at Seymour's coffee-house in Pope's-head-alley. It was there agreed that John fhould fend a verbal meffage by a chairman to Cotton, from the Antigallican, defiring him to deliver to him the letter that was to have been left at Sam's for Mr. Rous.
Kello then hafted back again to Cotton, and soon after the chairman came for the letter.
Mr. Cotton faid he would go along with him, and fee the gentleman to whom the letter was to be delivered; he did fo; and the miftrefs of the house told him the gentleman was gone, but would return in ten minutes: for John Kello had the precaution not to stay in the house, but to watch the porter's return, and fee whether he came alone.
Having waited there three hours, and nobody coming for the letter, he took it back from the waiter, and left a paper inftead of it at the bar, on which he wrote, The letter for Mr. Rous is at J. Cotton's, Aldermanbury he then went home, where he found Jofeph Kello ftill waiting, for he would not venture to call or fend for the letter till he knew Cotton was returned from the coffee-houfe.
Cotton then fat down, waiting the return of the gentleman; and having stayed till near 12 o'clock, returned again back with the letter and note, leaving a billet at the coffee-house, purporting, that the letter fhould be delivered the next morning at Mr. Rous's at Hackney, by 10 o'clock.
At his return, he found Jofeph Kello ftill waiting, who afked, if he had left the parcel: he faid, No, Why, fays Kello, Mr. Partridge will be very angry; you don't know the confequence of not leaving it. Cotton, however, ftill continued firm in his intention of carrying it himfelf to Hackney, in the morning, and immediately wrote a letter to Mr. Partridge, telling him what he had done, and what he intended to do; with which he and Kello both
Kello afked him if he had left went to the Poft-office; and it be.
Jofeph Kello leaving his brother to write and fend the letter, returned to Cotton, whom he found fetting out for Hackney, and fet out with him, in order, if poffible, to find fome means of delay. Mr. Cotton had propofed to call at the Sun at London Wall, and while they were drinking a pot of beer Kello pretended to have forgotten his handkerchief, and made an excufe to go back and fetch it. In Aldermanbury he was told by Mr. Partridge's porter, that there was a letter left for Mr. Cotton, and he directed the porter to carry it to London Wall, where Cotton fill was, to whom he might deliver
This ftratagem produced the defired effect. Mr. Cotton, upon reading the contents, carried the letter with the bank note in it to the coffee-house, and returned to Aldermanbury to Kello, fhewing him the letter he had received, and telling him what he had done.
it, and after dining with Mr. Cotton, he went and acquainted John, that the note was left at the coffeehoufe, and that he might now receive it. This he prefently did, and then both went into the fields by Sadler's-wells, where they opened the letter, and found the note. About fix they agreed to meet at John's lodgings, at the Crown coffee-houfe, Peter-ftreet, Bloomfbury, and there they talked of different ways of getting it exchanged. At length it was concluded that the prifoner fhould go to Briftol as the most eligible place, but, having no money, Jofeph borrowed ten guineas of a relation, and on Tuesday morning the prifoner fet out in a poft chaife for Bristol.
As the body of the letter was written by John, and the name by Jofeph, Jofeph took care to destroy
On Friday, Sept. 3, Mr. Culverwell, the landlord of the King'shead, at Bridgewater, applied to Mr. Baker, clerk to the general receiver for the county of Somerset, for money for 1000l. bank-note, and Mr. Baker told out 888 guineas, and 2s. which together, with three fall notes, one of 30l. one of 251. and one of 101. made the fum of 997 1. 10 S. and 5 s. per hundred, to wit, 21. 10s. for exchange, compleated the whole fum of a 1000l. Mr. Culverwell examined the cafh, and the prifoner appeared as the owner of the note, and received the money as it was retold. Mr. Baker afked the prifoner his name, that he might enter it in his book; and he faid, John Hyndman.
The prifoner having now fucceeded to his with, inftead of en. deavouring to make his escape, as he probably might have done from Bristol, returned to Weftminster, to the houfe where one Phoebe Lafkard lives, in Wood street. To this woman he gave both the money
and the bills: the money, fealed up to London, and carried on a kind in a bag, he pretended to be half-of commercial correspondence with fome perfons there, that produced but little profit; and having rather a turn for pleasure than business, his friends had long expected fome unlucky iffue to his affairs, tho' not fo fatal as to affect his life. He was about 26 years of age, and in many refpects, what is commonly called a clever fellow.
pence to the amount of about 51. and the bills, he faid, were foreign bills, of no use to any body but himfelf the bills fhe afterwards delivered to a porter that was fent for them, and the money was carelefly laid about, at one time on the dreffer, and at another time in the window, till at length Sir John Fielding, having got fome information where the prifoner might be found, caufed him to be apprehended.
The conftable who found him, found alfo the money in the bag, and when he was examined, the bills were found upon him. The particulars here related were all authentically proved upon his trial; and when he was called upon to make his defence, he endeavoured to throw the whole blame upon the brother, and appealed to the court which had the appearance of moft guilt. The mafter of the coffeehouse where he lived, gave him the character of an extreme fober man, but the jury paid no regard to his former character, but brought in their verdict, guilty, death.
He was foon afterwards executed at Tyburn, pursuant to his fentence. He behaved during his confinement, with great obftinacy and indecorum making little account of religion, and the comforts a chriftian faith. He faid, be bad fome particular opinions of his own, that he should never quit in this life, nor after it. He is faid to have been the son of a merchant in Hound fditch, who gave him a liberal education, and left him about 300l. with which he equipped himself for Virginia, and having refided there fome time returned
A fummary acoount of the proceedings. in regard to Jime strange noifes, heard the beginning of the year at a boufe in Cock-lane Weft Smithfield.
M St. Sepulchre's obferving one
morning at early prayers, a genteel couple standing in the aile, ordered them into a pew; and, being afterwards thanked for his civility by the gentleman, was asked if he could inform him of a lodging in the neighbourhood: P offered his own houfe, which was accepted of. Some time after, in the abfence of the gentleman, who was in he country, Mr. Parfons's daughter, a child of 11 years of age, being taken by Mifs Fanny (the name the gentlewoman went by) to her bed, Mifs Fanny complained one morning to the family, of both having been greatly disturbed by violent noifes. Mrs. P, at a lofs to account for this, bethought herfelf of a neighbouring induftrious fhoemaker, whom they concluded to be the cause of this disturbance. Soon after, on a Sunday night, Mifs Fanny, getting out of bed,
called out to Mrs. P, "Pray does your fhoemaker work fo hard on Sunday nights too?" to which being answered in the negative, Mrs. P, &c. were defired to come into the chamber, and be themselves witneffes to the truth of the affertion. At this time feveral perfons were invited to afflift, and among the reft the late reverend Mr. Linden, but he excufed himfelf; and the gentleman and lady removing into the neighbourhood of Clerkenwell, (where the foon after died) the noife difcontinued at the house of P, from the time of their leaving it, to the 1ft of January, 1762, or thereabouts, the fpace of above a year and a half; and then began this fecond vifitation, as for diftinction's fake, we may venture to call it.
In this vifitation, then, the child, upon certain knockings and fcratching, which feemed to proceed from beneath her bedstead, was fometimes thrown into violent fits and agitations; and a woman attendant, or the father, Mr. put queftions to the spirit or ghoft, as it was fup. pofed by the credulous to be, aud they had also dictated how many knocks fhould ferve for an antwer, either in the affirmative or negative; and though thefe fcratchings and knockings disturbed Fanny before her death, it was now fuppofed to be her fpirit, which thus harraffed the poor family. In this manner of converse the charged one Mr. whofe first wife was her fifter, and with whom she afterwards lived in fornication, with having poifoned her, by putting arfenick in purl, and administering it to her, when ill of the fmall-pox. Numbers of perfons, of fortune and character,
and feveral clergymen, affisted at the vagaries of the invisible knocker and fcratcher, and though no difcovery could be made, by the feveral removals of the girl to other houfes, where the noifes ftill followed her, (the fuppofed ghoft protesting fhe would follow her wherever he went) though wainscots and floorings were torn away to facilitate a detection of any impofture, to no purpofe; yet the rational part of the town could not be brought to believe, but what there was fome fraud in the affair, confidering the known faculty many people called Ventriloqui have had of uttering ftrange noifes, and making them appear to come from any place they thought proper, without any vifible motion of their lips; and this fufpicion was confirmed by the atteftations of the clergymen, and fome gentlemen of the faculty, who vifited the deceafed in her illness, and of fome other perfons of unquestionable credit; and the guilt of the impofture, in fome meafore, fixed upon the parents and their friends, by fome facts contained in the following advertisement.
To the public. We, whofe names are under-written, thought it proper, upon the approbation of the lord-mayor, received on Saturday last in the afternoon, to fee Mr. Pyefterday, and to ask him in refpect of the time when his child fhould be brought to Clerkenwell. He replied in thefe words. "That he confented to the examination propofed, provided that fome perfons connected with the girl might be permitted to be there to divert her in the day time." This was refufed, being contrary to the plan. He then mentioned a wo
man, whom he affirmed to be unconnected, and not to have been with ber. Upon being fent for, fhe came, and was a perfon well known by us to have been conftantly with her, and very intimate with the familiar, as fhe is called. Upon this he, Mr. P————, recommended an unexceptionable perfon, the daughter of a relation, who was a gentleman of fortune. After an enquiry into her character, he informed us, that this, unexceptionable perfon bad difobliged her father, and was out at fervice. Upon this we answered, "Mr. P, if you can procure any perfon or perfons, of ftrict character and reputation, who are houfe-keepers, fuch will be with pleasure admitted." Upon this he required a little time to feek for fuch a perfon. Inftead of coming, as he promifed and we expected, one William Lloyd came by his direction and faid as follows:
ther was to be there; not fuffered to be in the room, but in a parlour where there could be no fort of communication, attended with proper perfon. A bed, without any furniture, was to be fet in the middle of a large room, and the chairs to be placed rouud it. The perfons to be prefent were fome of the clergy, a phyfician, furgeon, apothecary, and a juftice of the peace. The child was to be undreffed, examined, and put to bed by a lady of character and fortune. Gentlemen of established character, both of clergy and laity (amongst whom was a noble lord, who defired to attend) were to have been prefent at the examination. We have done, and ftill are ready to do every thing in our power, to detect an imposture, if any, of the most unhappy tendency, both to the public and individuals.
Reator of St. John's, Clerkenwell.
Lecturer of St. Ann's, Alderfgate. In purfuance of the above plan, many gentlemen, eminent for their rank and character, by the invitation of the Rev. Mr. Aldrich, of Clerkenwell, affembled at his house the 31ft of January, and next day appeared the following account of what paffed on the occafion.
"About ten at night the gentlemen met in the chamber, in which the girl, fuppofed to be disturbed by a fpirit, had, with proper caution, been put to bed by feveral ladies. They fat rather more than an hour, and hearing nothing, went down ftairs, where they interrogated the father of the girl, who denied, in the ftrongeft terms, any knowledge or belief of fraud.