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remainder of his bill, or to bring witness, that he was acquainted with the archbishop.
Having now set forth this matter of fact of Mr. Billers's keeping back ninety pounds from Mr. Robert Young, even just when he was in the very act of receiving it, I leave it to my reader to judge, whether Robert did not owe him a good turn. My next business is to shew how he paid it him : sume years, indeed, had passed, before he took his revenge; which I somewhat wonder at ; but he took it at last to some purpose.
The manner how it was done I shall express as briefly as I can, because the circumstances of this were very near the same with his other aforementioned St. Albans, forgeries.
About the middle of February. 1688, he sent his faithful instrument Mary, under the name now of Mrs. Sarah Harris, to pay the same Mr. Olds ten pounds at Coventry, for which he gave her a bill of exchange upon the same Mr. Billers, payable at sight: So, for very good cause, Robert took care all, or most of his bills should be worded.
By this means Robert renewed his acquaintance with Mr. Olds's hand, and soon perfected himself in it, by watching over all his letters of correspondence with Mr. Billers, which must come from Coventry through St. Albans, where he governed those who governed the post-house.
Being thus prepared, he began at first to play at small game, that he might keep his hand in use; for, finding in one of Mr. Olds's letters two bills, the one of fourteen pounds ten shillings, the other of twenty pounds, both payable to Mr. Billers, he took possession of the letter, forged indorsements on the bills, in the name of Mr. Billers, that they should be paid to his servant, James Moreton (whose true name was James Young, and he was really Robert's servant) and accordingly both these bills were paid, Ang. 5, 1689, to James Moreton, alias Young; as, it seems, nothing can belong to Robert Young, without being intitled to an alias.
This James Moreton, alias Young, I say, did actually receive both the bills ; and, thinking it was but reasonable he should have a share in the profit, as he had in the knavery, paid the sum of the one bill to his master, and kept the other to himself: the first cheat (and the last, I believe) that was ever put upon Mr. Robert Young
But, after these less gainful experiments, it seems, Robert Young thought it now a fit' season, that his main plot upon Mr. Olds and Mr. Billers should begin to work ; for, by his long familiarity with the northern mails, he had learned, that, at this time, there was a considerable cash of Mr. Olds remaining in the hands of Mr. Billers.
Wherefore, by the same method which he bad used in his other cheats of this kind, he forged a bill of two hundred pounds to be paid at sight to the same Mrs. Sarah Harris, proceeding in the same steps as before; that is, he intercepted one of Mr. Olds's letters, transcribed it, adding an advice of having drawn the said bill of two
hundred pounds for Mrs. Sarab Harris ; then suppressed the true letter, and put the false one into the post ; which was delivered to Mr. Billers, at London, upon August the 11th, 1689.
The next morning came Mrs. Sarah Harris to Mr. Billers, and produced her forged bill. He could discover no deceit in the hand, owned he had received the letter of advice, and was just giving order for the payment; when, by good fortune, he recollected, that he had heard Mr. Shipton of Friday-street had, not long before, been defrauded after the same manner, by a woman coming, as this did, in the morning, and of the same sum of two hundred pounds.
The fresh remembrance of this gave him just grounds of being jealous of the like trick; so that, while the money was telling out, he thought it would not be amiss to send and desire Mr. Shipton to come and take a view of this Mrs. Harris, intimating the reason why he sent for him.'
Mr. Shipton came accordingly, and, upon the first sight, declared her to be the same Mary Young, that had lately cheated him of his two hundred pounds.
She, being thus unexpectedly charged with this crime, confessed it upon the place; whereupon she was apprehended, and committed to the King's-bench, after she had received abuve five-hundred pounds, in a short space, by the like ways, whilst she was such a kind of agent at London for Robert Young as my reader will find she owned upon oath afterwards at Litchfield.
But in the King's-bench I must leave her for a short time, that I may look out after her dear friend, and inquire how he behaved himself, in this sad catastrophe of their affairs, after they had so long proceeded smoothly and prosperously.
It was high time for him now to intermit his correspondencies at St. Albans, and to remove to a greater distance from London; so that the next footsteps, I have traced of his rogueries, were at Litchfield ; whither, I find also, he bad made some excursions in the year 1688: but now, in the year 1689, it seems, he went thither, resolving to settle there for some time.
There he appeared in a genteel habit, with his man, James Young, alias Moreton, to wait upon him: there he personated again an Irish clergyman, of considerable preferments in that church, and a plentiful temporal estate. He kept two horses, rode often abroad in an equipage, rather fitting a highway-man, than a divine. He had plenty of gold and silver, and some plate; the product, no doubt, of his late cheats upon Mr. Clarke, and Mr. Mathew, and Mr. Olds, besides some remains, probably, of what was collected for Mr. Green, Mr. Jones, and Mr. Smith, whilst they, good men, perhaps, lay in prison for it, all the wbile.
During his abode at Litchfield, he professed himself to be a single man, and, upon that pretence, made love to divers women, in the way of marriage ; believing, that his former Mary was lodged so safely in the King's-bench, that she could never get out to disturb his designs.
named Robert Young was entertained and licensed as a curate in the parish abovesaid, and afterwards deposed for reasons unknown to me; but did soon after, viz. about Christmas 1679, feign and counterfeit my name and hand writing to an acquaintance and kinsman of mine at Fealber, for seven pounds (Mr. Cook by name) and did, by vertue of his other counterfeit letter in my name, receive (as I am assuredly told) the sum of three pounds of one Henry Russel of Clonmell. The truth of all which I certify under my hand and seal, the day and year above written.
RICHARD BURT, Vice Com.
Jan. 17, 1680. I Thomas Elms of Tallogh in the county of Waterford, feltmonger,
do certify, that the aforenamed R. Young, on, or about the first of December, 1679, did hire an horse, with bridle and saddle, to'ride to Cashel, of me, at the rate of twelve pence per day; all which he hath deceived me of to my great damage. And I certify under my hand the day and year abovesaid. .
his THOMAS + ELMS,
The counterfeit Bill of Mr. Burt. SIR,
Tallogh, 17 Dec. 1679, THE THE bearer hereof, Mr. Robert Young, minister of our town,
is bound for Cashel to the archbishop, to pay some money. Therefore I intreat you to do me that great kindness, as to let him have three pounds, and I will pay you, when you call for it. If you do me this courtesy I will requite you for it; so hoping you will not fail, I rest your loving friend,
RICHARD BURT, To Mr. Henry Russel, Goldsmith, at Člonmell.
December 18, 79. ECEIVED of Henry Russel the Summ of three pound : I say, by
R. YOUNG, Clerk.
The Certificate of divers other Persors, touching Robert Young's first
Marriage. WE, whose names are subscribed, do hereby certify all whom
it may concern, that R. Young, who lately supplied the cure at Tallogh, was, as we are credibly informed, married at Rathcormack, by Dr. William Smith, to Ann, the daughter of George Yeabsly, about five years since; during which time, the said Robert Young and Ann did cohabit, or dwell together, as man and wife, at the house of the said George Yeabsly ; where they had three children ; which said George Yeabsly and Ann his daughter do now dwell at Monoth, within four miles of this town of Tallogh. All which we do certify this twenty-first day of January, 1680.
Thomas Peecher, Prebend, de Clashmore.
The Certificate of the Dean of Kilmore, concerning Robert Young's
second Marriage with Mary Hutt. I Edward Dixy, Dean of Kilmore, do hereby own and acknowledge,
that I married Robert Young, formerly clerk and curate of Kildallin, in the diocese of Kilmore, and Mary Hutt, daughter of Simeon Hutt, of the town of Cavan, vintner, on the first day of July last, in the presence of the under-named persons, and others, who, with myself, do hereby certify the same, and subscribe hereunto this 5th of March, Ann, Dom. 1680.
Edward Dixy, Decan. Kilmor. Lettis Hart, jun.
that Robert Young, in the abovesaid certificate mentioned, lieth in the gaol of Cavan, and standeth charged with being the husband of two wives, viz. Mary Hutt, now resident in the corporation of Cavan, and one Ann Absly, in the county of Cork, unknown to us. And we do hereby desire some of his majesty's justices of the peace for the said county of Cork, that they will be pleased to bind over the said Ann Absly, her father, and some other persons, who were present at the inter-marriage of the said Ann to the said Robert Young ; that they may appear the 30th instant, to give their evidence against the said Robert Young, Dated at Cavan,
Humphry Perriot, Vice Com.
An Order of the Justices to summon George Yeabsly, his Son Roger,
and Ann Young his Daughter, to appear at the Assizes at Cavan, at the Tryal of Robert Young.-By his Majesty's Lords Justices of
the Assize for the Province of Munster. WH THEREAS George Absly of Breedas, in the parish of 'Arda,
in the county of Cork, yeoman; Roger Absly of the same, in the said county, Yeoman, son to the said George Absly, and Ann Young, are material evidences in his majesty's behalf, against Robert Young, now prisoner in his majesty's goal of the county of Cavan, and charged with being inarried to two wives, both being alive: these are therefore, in his majesty's name, to will and require you, George Absly, Roger Absly, and Ann Young, to appear before his majesty's lords justices of assize for the north-west circuit of Ulster at Cavan, on the thirtieth day of this instant, then and there to give your evidence, in his majesty's behalf, against the said Robert Young. Whereof you may not fail, at your peril. Dated at Cork, this seventeenth day of March, 1680. Hen. Hen.
Robert Young's Letter to the Lord Bishop of Kilmore, confessing his
guilt of some Crimes, but denying his double Marriage. MAY IT PLEASE YOUR LORDSHIP, HAVING deliberately considered the evils I have really done,
and the greater evils that have been mis-reported of me to your lordship, I cannot but acknowledge the justice of your lorda ship's displeasure; and I am now so far from making any defence for the disingenuous shifts, my necessities and fears have put me upon, that I have already been my own accuser, and do as much condemn myself as the severest judge can do. And I hope no temptation of secular advantage shall ever hereafter make me so far swerve from the severe rules of vertue, becoming a christian and a clergyman. But though I am willing, in all humility, to submit myself to your lordship's censure, for what I have done amiss: yet I hope your lordship's goodness will be my sanctuary, where I am manifestly wronged. There are so many persons of credit here, that knew the gentlewoman, that was affirmed, and, as I hear, sworn to be
my wife in these parts ; that I doubt not but it will be niade clear to your lordship, that that report was the issue of ignorance and malice; and I hope a little time wil acquit me of what other reports I suffer under in that matter. But while I am here in confinement, I am in a manner debarred of all expedients to clear my innocence, at least to do it speedily. And, in the mean while, I suffer all the hardship of a goal amongst people, from whom I can expect no relief, and at so great a distance from such as might relieve that I can hope for little comfort from them.
May it therefore please your lordship, so far to favour my innocence in this matter, as that I may be brought to hearing before your lordship: