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The Informacon of Wm. Iohnson of Stepney ish Farrier taken this 3d day of February 16989

who saith yt. on the 17th. of Febry. which was 3 years ago he and Ino Ignatius Lawson came into London in a journey from Derby + from yt time till abot. midsommer following he saw the said Lawson coyn sevrll. cells of money in imitacon of the old hammered Coyn of this Realme and a day or two before the said Midsomer 1696 he saw the sd Lawson coyn five shillings in imitacon of the Current Milld shillings of this Realme and that he coyned the same at Iohn Craggs a Gardnr. at next Door to the sign of the Kings Armes in Great Chelsea by running molten metall out of a Crucible into a Flask And or Midsomer day following the said Lawson was taken up for putting away counterfeit money and sent to Newgate with one Drury for whom the said Lawson made Counterfeit money and that the Informt. hath heard the said Lawson confess that there was then some counterfeit money taken upon him

The Informt. saith further that abot. 5 or 6 weeks ago he saw the sd Lawson guild 3 or 4 Spanish pistolls which he said were made of Silver mixt with Gold and other Metalls and which looked white like Silver before they were guilt and that he did this at one Dickinson's a Taylors in Frye|a|r str in Black Fryars near Ludgate and that yesterday was 3 weekes <71r> this Informt. saw the said Lawson make a false Ginea {sic} and a French Pistoll of Silver by casting and blanks for two Spanish Pistolls and guild and finish the said Ginea {sic} and french Pistoll and that this was done abot. 10 or 11 of the Clock in the morning of that very day on wch the said Lawson and the Informt. and some other persons were apprehended + brought before me and that this Informt. being examd abot. a key found abot. him said it was the key of this Informant's Lodging tho in truth it was the key of that Room where the Ginea {sic} and Pistoll were made for the Informt. feared lest that room should be searcht there being in it the said French pistoll and Two Counterfeit Spanish Pistolls which the Informt. afterwards found there that same night and gave to Mrs. Broadhurst The Informt. saith also that on Saturday was sevennight this Informt. went with Mrs. Lawson the wife of the sd Ignatius Lawson to Debtford and Greenwich and carryed with him 3 Spanish Pistolls and a French one and gave them to her (one at a time) to put off and as she put them off she gave to the Informt. the Silver which she reced for them in change And that she put off one false Spanish Pistoll in buying a sugar loaf at a sugar shop and two at Greenwich one in buying a piece of flannell at a Flannell shop where the woman that keeps the shop not having Silver to change the said false pistoll got a Baker at the next dorr to change it, and the other in buying of a pair of Shoes at a Shoemakers who got it changed for Silver at an Alehouse near his house And the Informt. saith further that enquiring since after these false pistolls the Ale house Keeper told the Informt. that he had put away his in London and believed he could have againe

This Informt saith further that on Wednesday last he went to Iames Handley's at the Surgeon's Sign in Flagon Row in Debtford and there learnt of the sd Handley that mrs Broadhurst who lives wth. the sd. Mr. Lawson or a womman very like her had either on Wednesday or yesterday was Sennight put off to the sd Handley a Counterfeit Spanish pistoll which was then in the said Handleys keeping and that in another sugr Shop|Loaf| Shop at Deptfor he learnt also that the sd mrs Broadhurst or a woman very like her had on the sd Wednesday or yesterday was Sennight put off another counterfeit Spanish Pistoll at that Shop and that the shop keepr had put it away at London and could have it againe The Informt saith also that {she}{then} <71v> being by me set at liberty upon bail three weeks ago did that same day at night send a letter to one Ball at Woodever near Ashburn in Derbyshire to give him notice that he was in danger of being taken up for coyning and said that he could clear Whitfield but if he did so he must bring Franc Ball into trouble

Will Iohnson


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[2] Iurat die et anno preedict
coram Is Newton

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