1857 - Proceedings of the Old Bailey (2)
|Topic||Robin Hood and Little John (Hoxton)|
By Henrik Thiil Nielsen, 2018-07-19. Revised by Henrik Thiil Nielsen, 2021-01-08.
[15 jun. 1857:]
MR. DOYLE. Q. Did your club meet at a public house? A. Yes, it is a good bit past the Church, but I am a stranger there—it is the Robin Hood, at Hoxton—it was 12 o'clock when we left.
MR. SLEIGH. to OLIVER TOMLINS. Q. What are you? A. I am in the employ of Mr. Spiers, of Bridge Street, Blackfriars — I was here yesterday — I remember speaking to two women outside the Court about this case — I did not go up to them, and say, "I will not appear against Merrick if you will pay me to stop away; I will not go before the Grand Jury" — (Two women were brought into Court) — those are the women I spoke to — on my solemn oath I did not say to them that I would not go before the Grand Jury if they would pay me to stay away, nor to anybody else.
MR. DOYLE. Q. Did you address them? A. No, they addressed me; they had been watching me — the young one spoke first; she said, "Is the case come on?" — I said, "I do not know; I expect we had better wait here all the morning" — she said, "Are you going to have something to drink?" — I said, "No," and would not stop with her — the father and mother came down to my place; they did not ask me not to go before the Grand Jury, and I said nothing about it to them.
GEORGE MATTOCK. (Policeman, G 162). On the night of 2nd May, about half past 1 o'clock, Tomlins and his friend met me by Bell Alley, Goswell Street—Tomlins said that he had been knocked down—(he was then about a mile and a quarter or a mile and a half from Hoxton Church, about half an hour's walk—I do not know the Robin Hood)—I took them into Little Arthur Street, and was listening by the door of No. 2, and the prisoners came up from Golden Lane, and were going into No. 1 — they were inside the passage, and I said, "I want you," and called them back, and turned my lamp on, and Laney said, "They are the parties;" Tomlins also identified them — I told Merrick the charge; he said that he knew nothing about it — I did not hear what the female said.
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- Not included in Sussex, Lucy, compil. 'References to Robin Hood up to 1600', in: Knight, Stephen. Robin Hood: A Complete Study of the English Outlaw (Oxford, UK; Cambridge, Massachusetts: Blackwell, 1994), pp. 262-88.
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