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Henry King, one of 170 convicts transported on the Lord Melville, 14 November 1828
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life span was 55 years*
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Conviction & Transportation
Sentenced to Life
||Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 89, Class and Piece Number HO11/6, Page Number 522
||This record is one of the entries in the British convict transportation registers 1787-1867 database compiled by State Library of Queensland from British Home Office (HO) records which are available on microfilm as part of the Australian Joint Copying Project.
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Ron Garbutt on 21st March, 2020 wrote:
Old Bailey Proceedings Online (http://www.oldbaileyonline.org, version 8.0, 21 March 2020), September 1827, trial of HENRY KING (t18270913-349).
HENRY KING, Violent Theft > highway robbery, 13th September 1827.
1936. HENRY KING was indicted for feloniously assaulting Matilda Williams , in a certain open place, near the King’s highway, on the 15th of July , at St. Sepulchre, putting her in fear, and taking from her person, and against her will, 1 shawl, value 3s.; 1 cap, value 6d.; 1 handkerchief, value 6d.; 1 pair of pockets, value 6d.; 4 shillings, 1 sixpence, and 12 halfpence , her property.
MATILDA WILLIAMS. On the 15th of July, between twelve and one o’clock in the morning, I was going along Long-lane ; the prisoner passed me, and said, “Are you going home, Mrs. Williams?” he knew me; he is a drover , I believe - he said, “Shall I go home with you?” - I said, “No, I thank you,” - I had not gone many steps before he tripped me up, and struck me on the left eye; he tore my shawl off, then tore my gown open, and took my handkerchief off my neck, and my cap off; he then took out a knife, and cut off my pockets, which contained my money - I screamed out, and he struck me over the head, with a stick, and got away.
SARAH CLINTON . On the morning of the 15th of July, about four o’clock, I saw the prisoner in Fleet-market; he said to me, “Will you buy a shawl?” and showed it to me - I said, “That is Mrs. Williams’;” he said, “It is, but you need not mention that, and you shall have it for 1s.” - I said I would not have it on any account, and went away.
DAVID EVANS . I am a watchman. I took up the prisoner on Monday morning, the 16th of July, between twelve and one o’clock - I had received information of this robbery from one Benning - I called the prisoner out of a public-house; he objected to come - I then called my fellow watchman, and we took him to the watch-house; we searched, but found nothing on him; he said he did not know any thing about Mrs. Williams, but afterwards confessed that he saw her part of the way home.
WILLIAM BUSHNELL . I am a watchman. I went with Evans to the Bull’s Head public-house, and told the prisoner what he was charged with; he denied it, but afterwards said he had taken the prosecutrix home to where she lodged, and the landlord refused to take her in.
MATILDA WILLIAMS re-examined. I raised an alarm, but it is a bye place, near the pig-market; my forehead was bleeding, and my left eye.
Prisoner’s Defence (written). I assure your Honour, that I am perfectly innocent, not withstanding the false allegations made to prove my guilt, of the charge, and which evidence, were I sufficiently competent, or enabled to employ counsel, I feel confident, would clearly be made to appear, in the course of the investigation, as completely false; and a case made up between the parties against me, who are of the most abandoned character, and whose manner of obtaining a livelihood, is by the most base means; as to the above-named person (Williams) I know her to keep a house of the most abandoned character, it being a common receptacle for prostitutes; and the witness, that she has caused to appear against me, I am totally unacquainted with; but I have no doubt, if questioned, that she would appear to be one connected with the prosecutrix in those, her abandoned pursuits, by which means I have, in the present instance, tallen an unfortunate victim. I, however, trust that by the following statement, you will see the case against me is altogether a false charge:- In the month of July, at about twelve o’clock at night, I had (on Saturday) been spending the evening with some of my workmates, at the sign of the Horse and Groom public-house, Cow-cross, and in leaving the company, and passing through Smithfield, on my way home, I met the prosecutrix, in company with a watchman, who I asked what he was going to do with her; he said he was going to take her to the watch-house, she being then in a state of intoxication - I told the watchman I would see her home, if he would allow me; and accordingly, knowing where she lived, from being in the habit of passing and repassing her house, I proceeded to take her home, where, after a deal of trouble, I arrived, and the woman belonging to the house came to the door, who, on telling her I had brought home on of her lodgers, denied that she (Williams) was a lodger of hers, and refused to admit her - with this I left her at the door, and went home.
SARAH CLINTON re-examined. I had been carrying out things for washer-women, but was out of place at that time - I knew Mrs. Williams by working at different laundresses.
DAVID EVANS . The prosecutrix lives at a Mr. Webb’s- she had marks of violence on her.
GUILTY - DEATH . Aged 19.
Convict Changes History
Ron Garbutt on 21st March, 2020 made the following changes:
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