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Edward Thornton , of the parish of Chypenham in the County of Middlesex, was Indicted for absenting himself from his Majestys Service, without leave or Licence, on the 21st. of June last past . After the Council for the King had opened the Cause against the prisoner: The Evidence against him, deposed that he was entertained in Hull, in the Earl of Huntingdons Regiment, under Command of Capt. Charles Morgan , and there he Received the King's pay and Cloaths, for the space of Two Months, and at Barnet he Received New Cloaths, and did his Duty as the part of a Souldier, but on the 20th. June did forsake his said Service, and ran away from his Majestys Camp on Hounslow-Heath, and about a Fortnight after, was found in Bridewell Committed as a Vagabond. The Prisoner said in his Defence, that truly he was a Souldier , and Received pay, but he did not go away, but with an intentent to return, not being sensible of the Danger of Running away from his Colours; and falling into ill Company he had sold his Cloaths, but he had left his Sword in the camp in his Tent; so upon a very full hearing of the Matter, and the Judges giving in their Opinions (Nemine Contradicente) that he ought to Dye for it; he was found Guilty .