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Mackcoull when he came to London.] leather portmanteau came to his shop The witness accordingly picked out in Tottenham-court Road, addressed three keys, a large and two small ones, the same as the box of keys, which he which he stated to be the same he had carried on his shoulder from thence sent in the small box to Mackcoull; to his house, No. 5, Tower Street, but said that the key he delivered to and put into White's room, where he Mackcoull in London was not in the afterwards saw it seized by the Bow box shewn him, and could not be Street officers: That, on their return, there, because that box had been sent both Mackcoull and White were at his by the carrier from Glasgow

previous house, and conversed with him on the to the robbery, whereas the Bank had subject of the robbery: They said they been entered by the key delivered to had done the job.—Thinks White said Mackcoull. A curious skeleton key, this: Mackcoull observed, that the made of pewter, was shewn to the wit- witness was poor, and should be well ness, and he was desired to say whe- paid, and, to use his words, added, ther it was of his workmanship or not. * “ Little one, thou shalt be rewarded.” He said the key was made by Huffey Mackcoull said to witness, “ You White, he believed, in Glasgow, when would hardly credit what a precious the keys sent in the small box were lot we've grabb'd, and what sort of found not to answer. White mention- notes they are - like dirty, coarse ed this to him ; and he never heard of brown paper, and d-d heavy." He such keys having been made by any said to White, “ Huffey, we shan't sel? other man than Whitę.

'em, but go down into the country The witness was now shewn the lid and smash 'em." White replied, “ Jem, of the box, on which the following we're doing wrong, you or me should address appeared :-" To Mr Little, go to the other man. Mackcoull reat Mr Scaltop's, Stove-grate Manu- plied, it was very true; said he would facturer, 96, Tottenham-court Road, go to the other man, whom the wit, London," and desired to say whose ness understood to be French, immehandwriting it was: “ It is the hand. diately; and left the house with an writing of James Mackcoull.”

assurance that he would come back By the defendant's counsel.-"How and sup with them, but he did not redo you know it to be the handwri- turn : That Mrs White came into the ting of the defendant ?"" Because my house as Mackcoull went out. Knows, name is Scoltock, and he always writes from the conversations he had with it Scaltop-all his letters were address- Mackcoull and White, that they had ed to me in the same manner-I know robbed a Bank in Glasgow, and that the hand well:" That, previous to the the robbery was planned by Mackrobbery of the Bank, he knows that coull: That, a short time after Mack. Mackcoull, White, and French, left coull left the house, as before deposed London in a post-chaise, or hired to, the Bow Street officers came to his coach, for Glasgow, with the intention house and searched it, and, on finding of getting into some of the regular Huffey White, they took him, as weli coaches on the road; That a black as the witness, his wife, and Mrs

Scoltock, on being privately questioned about the pewter key, after the trial was over, declared that White had made the same from the chamber organ which he had purloined from his lodgings; and we find, on inquiry, that this is strictly true, such an article having actually disappeared; but the gentlemen were not suspected !

White, prisoners to Bow Street: That, evening, and, as she was about to en. after the 12,0001. had been given up ter the door of the house, James Mack. by Mackcoull and his wife to the Bank, coull came out, who asked her how she (as they informed him,) he, the wit- did, and passed on: That, on going ness, frequently reminded Mackcoull up stairs, she found her husband, and of his promise, adding, that he could expressed to him her fears for his safe. afford and ought to pay well, seeing ty in such a place, the more especially he had kept back so much of the mo- as she had seen Jem Mackcoull coming ney, when Mackcoull answered, out of the door; but he said, “ it's all “ Well, little one, have patience. I very well—we've nothing to fear from must go into the country and smash him." She was told that a goose and them first, and that is not such an easy green pease were getting ready, and job, as they are eyeing me in all quar. that Jem Mackcoull was coming back ters. But when I get them smashed, to sup with them: That just as the you shall be satisfied.”

supper was about being put on the tae Mrs White sworn.—Is the widow ble, a knock came to the door, and of the deceased Houghton White, who Mr Lavender and other Bow Street was executed at Northampton for the officers, she believes Mr Vickery and robbery of the Leeds mail, in August Mr Adkins, rushed into the house and 1813: Knows James Mackcoull, the seized her husband : That they search, defendant in this cause, and saw him ed every corner of the house; and, below stairs, as she was entering the under the bed in the room where they court : That, in the summer of 1811, were then sitting, they found a black and on his return from Scotland, her leather portmanteau, and she sav late husband called for her one morn- Messrs Lavender and Vickery take ing at three o'clock : She was astonish. from her husband's pocket, a pocketed to see him, not knowing that he had book, containing money and papers : escaped from the Hulks. He told her That she, her husband, and John Scol. be had been in a good thing, and had tock and his wife, were carried to Bow got plenty of money: That he pro- Street: That the witness was detainposed going abroad, “ as he had now ed in custody for some days, and, when enough to live upon," and would take released, was permitted to carry with her with him if she chose ; and if not, her the black leather portmanteau, she might remain where she was, and which, she believes, belonged to Mackhe would settle a guinea per week on coull, for she never saw her husband her, as long as she lived : Said he was use such an article. And she was con. going somewhere, but would return in firmed in this belief on opening it, for a fortnight, and would give her that she found it contained two shirts be. time to make up her mind on the sub- longing to Jem Mackcoull, and one ject: That he gave her ten pounds, belonging to Harry French, but noin Bank of England notes, and two thing which belonged to her husband : pounds in silver, and desired her to go That she burned this portmanteau, by and relieve sundry articles she had desire of her husband, previous to the pawned, which she accordingly did : L.11,941 odds being returned by That next day her husband sent for her Mackcoull and his wife : That, at the to come to him to the house of John desire of her husband, she called at Scoltock, a blacksmith, who resided at Mackcoull's to learn how things were No. 5, Tower Street, St George's likely to be: That she saw both Jem Fields, in the rules of the King's Bench Mackcoull and his wife. Mackcoull prison: That she went there in the told her he had caused his wife give up to the Bank L.12,000, on condition sidered as a thief, and had no visible that the life of her husband should be mode of maintaining himself: Knows saved, and that no prosecution should that he was obliged to fly and be abtake place against himself and Harry sent from London some years, on acFrench. Communicated this to her count of stolen property having been husband, then a prisoner in Horse. found in his house. monger-Lane jail. He flew into a Thomas Woolley,, violent passion, and, with the most London.-Knows that James Mackdreadfulimprecations, swore he would coull, Houghton or Huffey White, and not stand it.” Among other things, Harry French, were well acquainted, he said, “What does the gallows vil- previous to the robbery of the Paisley lain mean to do us out of the rest of Union Pank; and Mackcoull often told the money ?-Go and tell him that I him that he, White, and French, commitwon't stand it: had all the money been edit. Mackcoull also often told him he restored, I might have got a free par- was afraid he would be forced to give don :" That she went back to Mack back to the Bank the sum of money he coull, but he gave her no satisfaction. had secreted, after the L.12,000 had He merely said he had done the thing been restored by his wife. Hada conver—that it could not be undone ; and sation with Huffey White after he was seemed to take great credit to himself committed, when he stated, that Mackfor having saved her husband's life: coull had, without his consent, given That her husband was shortly thereaf- up to the Bank about L.12,000, but ter sent to the Hulks : Knows that her he (White) then thougḥt that the molate husband, Jem Mackcoull, and ney

taken from the Bank amounted to Harry French, were well acquainted L.16,000, and that Mackcoull had previous to the robbery of the Paisley cheated him. Had also a conversation Union Bank-has often seen them in with French, after the L. 12,000 was company together, and has often heard given up, who said the same thing, and her husband speak of them. Her hus- threatened to shoot Mackcoull: Knows band told her he had been to Glasgow that Mackcoull was in hiding after the with Mackcoull and French, and had money was returned by his wife : returned in a chaise and four. He add. Knows that he was advertised : Lived ed, that they had been closely pur- with a prostitute of the name of Reysued by the Glasgow people ; but had nolds, by whom he was concealed : they given him only four days more, Knows that he was apprehended by he would have been off to America. the Hatton Garden officers, and sent

Lavender and Vickery, Bow-street to Glasgow: Knows that, when so officers, proved the facts of the appre- apprehended, the said Mrs Reynolds hension of White. Vickery added, and Ann Wheeler, alias Green, his after White had been committed to sister, were in his company, and were Horsemonger. Lane prison, he admit- also taken to Hatton Garden: Knows ted to witness, that he was concerned, that Mackcoull frequently assumed along with Mackcoull and French, in the name of Moffat, and also of Marrobbing the Paisley Union Bank : That tin ; and Mackcoull told him that he they travelled together in a chaise and had been convicted, under the latter four from Scotland ; and that they had name, at Chester in 1810, as a rogue pretended, at the different inns on the and vagabond, and committed to the road, as a reason for rapid travelling, Castle of Chester for six months : that Mackcoull's mother was ill in Knows that Huffey White was in his London. Mackcoull was always con- company when apprehended, and was proved a returned convict : Knows ness, do you know that man ?" Giba that when Mackcoull, White, and bons, to Mackcoull in a loud whisper French, left London to rob the Paisley _" Jem, hold up your head, I can't Union Bank, the two former had no see you." Mackcoull looked up. money; and that French sold his house. Witness.—“Yes; this is James Mackhold effects to raise funds for that pur. coull-I never know'd him by any other pose.- Previous to leaving London, name.

French told the witness that Mackcoull was poor, and very shab- he had sold his effects to raise money bily dressed. He depended merely on to carry them to Glasgow, Mackcouli his wife, who kept a house of a certain and White being very poor at the time. description in Oxendon Street, Hay- Mackcoull called on the witness after market : He used to frequent the thea- the robbery of the Bank in Glasgow, tres and pick pockets; and his wife and deposited with him a parcel of allowed him, by agreement, five pounds Scotch bank-notes, which amounted a fortnight to keep his pocket: Knows to 13,000, 7 or 800 pounds : That that his mother was a noted thief ; his Mackcoull was, on this occasion, acsister, Ann Wheeler, alias Green, a companied by his mother. Witness loose woman and noted shoplifter ; that secreted these notes, and had them in his younger brother Benjamin was his possession for some days. Mrs hanged ; and his elder brother, John Mackcoull called on him after Huffey Mackcoull, had been tried for forgery: White was apprehended, and agreed, Knows that Mackcoull had to fly from at first, that they should be returned London in the year 1801 or 1802, on through him, by means of Mr Vickery, account of stolen property having been the Bow Street officer, to the Bank, found in a house of a similar descrip- to save the life of Huffey White. She tion, kept by his wife in Clifford's Inn afterwards called on him, and got them Passage: He then assumed the name away, saying, she had found out anof James Moffat.

other way for them to go back-told William Gibbons, coach-master in him that a pardon had been got for London, sworn.- Knows James Mack- White, and that neither Jem, meaning coull. Knew the late Houghton or her husband, nor French, were to be Huffey White and Harry French. prosecuted for the robbery. She afKnows that these three were well ac- terwards told him, she had given up quainted previous to the robbery of the about L.12,000. Mackcoull was then Paisley Union Bank, and has often seen in concealment, and for some months them together.

afterwards : He lived with a Mrs Rey. By the defendant's counsel." Mr volds, who then resided in Rayston Gibbons, do you know James Moffat, Street, St Pancras, near the Foundthe defendant in this suit?" "No; I do ling-hospital, and afterwards in Kennot know any person of that name." ton Street, Brunswick Square. He

Mr L'Amy.--"Where is your client, 'was apprehended at the latter place, Mr Grant ? call him in ; and I have no in 1812, by the Hatton Garden of doubt the witness will identify him by ficers, and sent to Glasgow. Witness his proper name.” After some little des was both at that office, when he was mur, Mackcoull was got from among the in custody there, and spoke to him, crowd, and came slounging down by the and also at the coach office, when he side of the witness's box, and stood in took his departure for the north. Spoke such a direction, hanging down his head, to Huffey White after the L.12,000 that Gibbons could not see his face. was returned—White complained that Counsel for the defendant.-" Wit. Mackcoull had cheated him-thought the Bank was robbed of L.16,000, for vour of the Bank, and conclusive as to they had counted the notes at Wellyn: the guilt of Mackcoull. Knows that neither White nor French A few days after, Mackcoull was could write-saw Harry French free served with a criminal indictment, quently, after the negociation ; and, and his trial fixed for the 12th June, after Huffey White was sent to the when the same evidence being proHulks, heard French often say, he duced, he was found guilty and cona would shoot Mackcoull, if he found demned to death. For some reason him, for cheating them out of the mo- unknown, he obtained successive reney. Has seen Mackcoull in company prieves ; but deep chagrin at his sen. with James Harrison, the brother of tence, and probably at the excess of Mrs Reynolds. Saw Mackcoull, in folly which had plunged him into it, 1815 or 1816, going to a ring.match, 80 preyed upon him, that both his bonear London, and spoke to him: In dy and mind gave way under it. His the course of conversation, witness re- senses often wandered; he was so ema. marked to him, that they were all ciated, that his acquaintances scarcely down upon him for bucketing his pells,* knew him; and his hair, which had and doing White and French out of so been of a jet black, in the course of much money. Mackcoull answered, three months became silver


At sulkily, “It was nobody's business." length he died, completely exhausted,

Although some ingenious arguments on the 220 December, 1820. At no were used by Mr Grant to lighten the period did he shew any marks of penis pressure of this evidence, yet the de- tence. cision of the Jury was entirely in fa

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