Offence: Theft > animal theft
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* Abraham Wells and his Wife were Evidences on Bonner's Trial for a Robbery on the Highway. They swore that Bonner was at the Grey hound in Smithfield, at the Time when the Robbery was committed; but the Perjury being detected, they, and two other Witnesses, viz, Lyon and Story, were committed in Court. See Session-Book 1736, No. 7. p. 176.
Ralph Sympson . I lost a brown Mare from Endfield Chace three Years ago this May; and I never have seen her since, nor can I charge the Prisoners.
Sympson. I put her there, and lost her from thence.
Lewis. It was on the 23d of May, in the Year 1736; I don't know what they did with her, for after I had caught her for them, I went to sold my Sheep. They were to give me 10 s. for my Pains, but when they had got the Mare, they never gave me any Thing. The Reason I did not discover this sooner was, because I was loth to blow myself to the World; but when they came to swear for Bonner the Highwayman, I foreswore their Company, and deserted them ever since. Another Reason I did not discover them was, because Abraham Wells is my Brother-in-Law. I never have been easy in my Conscience since it was done, and I have been sick and like to die, so I resolved to ease my Mind, and let the World know how they live.
A. Wells. Why did not you charge me before? This Man indicted me at Doctor's Commons about eight Years ago. I never had to do with him in my Life, - I never knew him.
D. Wells. I know nothing of the Matter.
John Chapman . I have known Abraham Wells a pretty while, 5 or 6 or 7 Years. I don't live near him; but I arrested his Brother-in-Law, and he said he would get Wells into Newgate. As to having heard any Ill of them, - I can't say, - I can't say nothing to that.
Benjamin Garland . I have known Abraham about three or four or five Years; as to his Character, - really, I can't say as to his Character, - only I never heard no Ill of him, - nor have I ever heard any Good of him. I live at Waltham Abbey.
Prisoner. That's a Brother-in-Law of mine: He took all my Goods when I was confin'd in Goal.
Parnel. But the Prisoner had my Money for them. As to Daniel Wells, I never saw him till the Night he was taken, on Lewis's impeaching him: He has but an indifferent Character.
A. Wells. Why I have dwelt with you, - and paid you honestly.
Woodham. Yes, so you have
Henry Long . I have known him twelve Years: He has but a very slender Character. I could say more, if your Lordship would hear it. - He's a very bad Neighbour, in respect to Stealing; he has a bad Character that Way, and gets his Bread by it.
A. Wells. Did not I pay you, when I dealt with you?
Long. Yes; and you have eat me out again very handsomely.
Richard Fletcher . I have known Abraham eight or nine Years; I never heard a Man have a worse Character in my Life, except a Murtherer: The first Time I saw Daniel was when he was taken at Epping; he has a bad Character there.
William Green . I have known Abraham Seven or Eight Years. His General Character is base, - none's worse. I heard that he's a very dishonest Man, using his Neighbours ill. I have heard much to his Dispraise.
James Elson . I have known Abraham Twelve Years: I never heard any Character of him, but that of a Thief, since I have known him. I have known Daniel a pretty while. I don't know much of him - he lives in another Country, but I have heard from several of his Neighbours, that he has a bad Character.
A. Wells. When I dealt with you, did not I pay you honestly?
Elson. I never dealt with you at all.
Daniel Wells. They know nothing of me, nor do I know any thing of them.
Abraham Wells. My Wife swore the Peace against Lewis's Wife, and because I would not give him a Guinea to give my Wife, he swore (with a great Oath) he would swear something against me.
Lewis. There has not been any Quarrels between us lately: My Wife and his Wife may have differed: That's nothing to me. Both Guilty , Death .