Offence: Theft > animal theft
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William Peirce Indicted for stealing a Bay Gelding price 5 l. from Edmond Prideaux , at Hornsey . The Matter against him appear'd; That William Peirce rode upon this Gelding to Gravesend, where setting him up at the Sign of the White-Hart, be agreed with the Inn keeper, and sold him the same. About a Month afterwards the Gelding was put into the Gazette, with the Reward of 20 s. proposed to such as should discover where it was: hereupon, Peirce thinking to get the Reward as well as the Gelding comes to the said Mr. Prideaux, and informed him that the Horse was at Gravesend aforesaid: where Prideaux enquiring after it, found the same. But the Master of the Inn producing several Witnesses that he bought it of Peirce, Pierce was soon after apprehended. All that he could say for himself was, That he hired this Horse of one Traverse, who was lately hanged for a Robbery committed in Hornsey, which Traverse's Wife swore in Court, but the Jury not believing her, brought him in Guilty .