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From the Old Bailey Records

September 1-8th 1718 James Baldrey served on the jury before:-

"the Right Hon. Sir WILLIAM LEWEN, Kt. Lord Mayor of the City of London; The Worshipful Sir Fortesene Aland, Baron of the Exchequer; John Raby , Esq; Deputy Recorder; and Several of his Majesty's Justices of the Peace for the City of London and County of Middlesex."

January 15th 1725:
Benjamin Baldry
, theft: simple grand larceny

Trial Summary:

  • Crime(s): theft : simple grand larceny,
  • Punishment Type: transportation,
    (Punishment details may be provided at the end of the trial.)
  • Verdict: Part Guilty: theft under 1s,

Original Text:

Benjamin Baldry , (a little Boy) of Alhallows Lombard-street, was indicted for stealing 17 Pair of Worsted Stockings val. 40 s. and three Pair of Silk Stockings val. 30 s. the Goods of Francis White . It appear'd that the Prisoner was the Prosecutor's Errand-Boy, and sold the Goods for 2 s. to 2 Scotchman, who he said seduced him, and promis'd him 2 s. more. Guilty Value 10 d. Transportation.

April 25th 1750 John Baldery offences against the king: tax offences

Original Text:

343 John Baldery , late of Benacre, in the county of Suffolk, was indicted, for that he together with divers other Persons, to the number of twenty, on the 23d of August, in the 20th year of his present Majesty, was aiding and assisting in running and landing goods liable to pay duty.

See originalHe was a second time indicted for the like offence at Benacre the 8th of October the same year.

He was a third time indicted for the like offence, at Horsey, in the county of Norfolk, Feb. 24, in the same year.

No evidences appearing against him he was acquitted upon all three.

October 20th 1762 Francis Baldrey, Plaintiff

Original Text:

287. (M.) Elizabeth Matthews , spinster, was indicted for stealing one linen purse, value 1 d. one half guinea, and two shillings and two-pence halfpenny, in money numbered, the property of Francis Baldrey , privately from his person, Oct. 9. +

Francis Baldrey . I was coming home from my daily labour, from Cock-lane to St. George's in the East. I met with the prisoner at the bar; she asked me if I knew one John Yates , a bricklayer. I said yes. I asked her, if she would drink. She asked me to go home and lie with her all night. I said I could go for an hour. I went; we could not agree. I had the money mentioned in the indictment in my pocket; I soon missed it, and directly charged her with taking it. She wanted to go down stairs. I clapt my back against the door, and would not let her. After that she throw'd the purse to me, with two shillings and two-pence and two farthings in it, but I never had the half-guinea again. There was nobody in the room but us two. I was not criminal with her.

Prisoner's Defence.

I was going through Catherine-wheel alley, White-chapel . Seeing the prosecutor was a bricklayer's labourer, I asked him if he knew John Yates . Then he said, if I would go with him to a house he would treat me with a bottle of ale. We had a bottle, which came to six-pence. He said, he was a married man, and was afraid of getting a bad distemper. He offered me six-pence. I said, I would not take less than a shilling. Then he offered me six-pence half-penny. He wanted to use me very ill: I would not agree to it. He said, You impudent b - h, if you will not, I will swear a robbery against you;
See original and said, I had robbed him of half a guinea. His wife came to the watch-house: for I charged him as he charged me. She said, You dog, you brought me but two pence farthing last week.


Other cases

From The Annual Register Edited by Edmund Burke 1852 & submitted by Matt Whitby

Murder at Preston. - Bury St. Edmunds -- William Baldry, aged 50, was indicted for administering poison to Mary Ann Baldry, his wife, with intent to murder her, at Preston, on the 6th of December last.

The prisoner was a respectable farmer. It was proved in evidence on the 6th of December his wife being ill, he took a glass from the washstand, left the room, and then returned with a glass of beer, into which he put some sugar, stirred the beer, and gave it to his wife. She took the glass, and said that it looked witby, and drank some of it. The prisoner asked her if she was not going to drink the whole.

She said, "I am afriad;" to which the prisoner replied, "Never mind, sup it out, it won't hurt you."

She drank it out and gave the glass to re husband, who poured some cold water into it. In the night the prosecutrix wook, complained of illness, and vomited violently. The prisoner came into the room; during the time he was in the room, Mrs. Cope, his wife's mother, left the room for a quarter of an hour, and on her retrn found that the glass had been emptied of the water, leaving a white powder remaining. She rinsed the glass, and put the rinsing in a scent botte, and gave the bottle to Mr. Vincent, a surgeon.

The sediment, on being analysed, was found to contain arsenic. On the 12th of the same month, a cup of coffee which had been prepared for the prisoner's wife, and had been efin a room in which the prisoner was alon, was found the contain a white sediment, and the prosecutrix was ill after taking it.

Mr. Vincent, the surgeon, gave the evidence of the prosecutrix having suffered the symptons consequent upon having taken arsenic; and it appeared that the prisoner offered the doctor a fat hog, and the policeman money, if they would not saying anything. On being charged with the offence, he said he had given his wife two powders which he had bought of a Mr. Attwood, a retired surgeon. But Mr. Attwood was called, and denied that he ever sold him any. The motive suggested for the offence was a refusal, on the prt of his wife, to give the prisoner some money which had been given by her father previous to his death, on which what the witness called "a trust of honour for her."

The jury returned a verdict of "Guilty;" and the learned Judge passed sentence of death upon the prisoner. This however, was commuted into transportation for life, in consequence of a touching appeal presented by his unhappy wife to the Queen.

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