William Clarke, Theft > theft from a specified place, 7th December 1743.

Reference Number: t17431207-31
Offence: Theft > theft from a specified place
Verdict: Guilty
Punishment: Death

+ 36. William Clarke , otherwise Stockley , of Christ-Church, in Middlesex , was indicted for stealing a Silver Cup, value 4 l. a Silver Salt, value 13 s. four Silver Tea-Spoons, value 8 s. a Silver Tea-Strainer, value 1 s. 6 d. a pair of Silver Shoe-Buckles, value 3 s. 6 d. a Silver Knee-Buckle, value 1 s. 6 d.

three Silver Sleeve-Buttons, value 1 s. 6 d. and five Holland Shirts, value 30 s. the Goods of Edward Ruddell , and a Peruke, value 25 s. the Goods of John Britton , in the Dwelling-House of Edward Ruddell , Sept. 20 .

Edward Ruddell . The Prisoner was a Lodger in my House, I went to the other End of the Town the 20th of September about ten in the Morning, and left the Prisoner in my Shop, I returned about 12 at Night; the next Morning I missed the Things mentioned in the Indictment, some were taken out of a Cupboard, and some out of a Chest of Drawers in my Bedchamber up one pair of Stairs, and the Bob Wig out of the Shop; the Prisoner immediately absconded - He was a Carpenter and Joiner, and had lodged with me about three Months; I took him up on the 18th of October, and I turned his Wife out the Tuesday following; and when she took away her Things, she left the Wig behind her: He came to my House the 17th of October with the Wig on; when I took him up, he owned the taking the Things, and that he sold the Plate for about 5 l. he said he was sorry for what he had done; he acknowledged he had used me very barbarously, and asked ten thousand Pardons, and said, he did not know how he should make me amends.

Susan Ruddell . On the 20th of September I went out in the Morning, and came home about six at Night; the next Morning I missed all these Things which my Husband has mentioned; I locked the Chamber Door when I went out, and pushed my Knee against it to see if it was fast, and I found it burst open.

John Collet . I am a Headborough, I took the Prisoner up on the 18th of October, and carried him to Justice Pecks, he was abroad, I waited at the Greyhound Tavern till he came home; the Prisoner owned that he had robbed Mr. Ruddell of a Silver Cup, a Silver Salt-seller, a pair of Silver Shoe Buckles, one Knee Buckle, and four Tea-Spoons, and he acknowledged that he had one Shirt; he owned that he broke the Chamber Door open, and was very sorry for it, and that he took the Plate out of the Corner Cupboard. Guilty of the Indictment, Death .


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