Abraham Davenport, Theft > theft from a specified place, 7th December 1737.

Reference Number: t17371207-24
Offence: Theft > theft from a specified place
Verdict: Guilty
Punishment: Death

30. Abraham Davenport , was indicted for privately stealing a silver Mug, value 7 l. the Goods of Henry Udall , May 27 , in his Dwelling-House , in the Parish of St. Dunstan in the West .

Henry Udall. The 27th of May about 10 o' Clock at Night, I had the Tankard. The Prisoner and the Evidence was with him then in the House, I had been walking with my Child to give him a little Air, and when I came Home I told over my Tankards; this was about 9. A quarter before 10, I told them over again, and they were all right; the Prisoner and the Witness were then in the House. I missed one immediately after they were gone, but I can't say they took it.

John Cornhill . The Prisoner and I run away with the Tankard the 27th of May between 10 and 11 at Night: We kept it till next Day, then we carry'd it to Robert Whitney 's in Brick-lane, and we sold it for 4 l. 16 s. and divided the Money between us.

Udall. I value it at 6 l at least.

Prisoner. He swears against me only for the sake of the Reward: I was ill that very Night this happen'd.

Udall. Upon my Oath the Prisoner was there: I had been out, and when I came home, I took particular Notice what Company was in the House.

David Barclay . The Prisoner I know has been out of Business; on the 11th of May he work'd for me: I am a Philosophical Instrument Maker; he went then away from me; and I saw him when he was ill, and paid him 3 s. which was due to him when he went away. He has work'd with me since; the 27th of October was the last Time. As the 27th of May, I can't Swear where he was then.

A Woman. He was very ill, the beginning of July, and came into the Country for the Air; but I can't speak to the 27th of May. Guilty . Death .


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