Offence: Theft > animal theft
Punishment: Death > respited
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John Murrel , was indicted for stealing a brown Mare, value 8 l. the Goods of Jonathan Wood . October 9 . Jonathan Wood thus depos'd. I took my Mare to the Fair at Newcastle upon Tyne , in order to sell her. The Prisoner cheapen'd her; we partly agreed, that if he lik'd her, the price should be 7 Guineas ready Money, for he was a Stranger to me. He put 6 pence into my Hand as Earnest, and desir'd me to let him try the Mare. She was bridled and saddled, and he mounted, pretending to take a Ride of a quarter of Mile; but he forgot to return. I traced him all over Yorkshire to no purpose; but at last, I sent a Letter to a Friend at London, who by making Enquiry and Advertizing, found out both the Mare and the Prisoner. Guilty . Death .