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Old Bailey Proceedings - Trial Accounts
London's Central Criminal Court

16th April 1729
John Mitchel
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John Mitchel, was indicted for a Misdemeanour, in charging William Cornish with committing Sodomy, and taking 10 s. and 6 d of him for concealing the said Crime.

William Cornish depos'd,

That being in St. Jame's Park on the 29th of March, near 9 a-Clock at Night, he sat down on a Bench by him, and ask'd him, if he was a Gentleman's Servant? telling him, that he liv'd with his Father, an Upholster in Gerard-Street, and that he, the Prisoner could show 9 Inches; asking the Prosecutor if he could?

Upon this, he, the Prosecutor, went away; but he collar'd him, and told him, If he did not give him a Guinea, he would swear Sodomy to him; telling him, he had got so much Money of such a One, and so much of such a One, on the same Account; and that when he wanted Money, he took a Walk in the Park, and got 4 or 5 Guineas a-Night of Gentlemen, because they would not be expos'd;

and told the Prosecutor, he would follow him wherever he went; that at length he came to half a Guinea, and he went to a Friend and borrow'd half a Guinea; and 3 Days after the Prisoner came, and wanted to borrow 3 Guineas, saying, he would give him a Note for it, and put the Half Guinea into the Sum; upon this, he procur'd him to be apprehended.

The Fact being plainly prov'd, the Jury found him guilty of the Indictment. And the Court order'd him to stand on the Pillory at Charing-Cross, to suffer 3 Months Imprisonment , and to pay a Fine of 10 £.

[Punishment: pillory; imprisonment; fine]



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