Thomas Perry, Deception > forgery, 25th April 1750.

Reference Number: t17500425-20
Offence: Deception > forgery
Verdict: Guilty
Punishment: Death

316. Thomas Perry , was indicted for forging a seaman's ticket, dated March 29, 1749 .

Elizabeth Stockwell . I live in Wapping; the prisoner had lodged in my house; he owed me about 18 l. he sent me a letter, and in it this ticket, (both produced in court.) I carried it to two or three neighbours, and they told me it was not good; then I sent it by Johanna Foster to the office, and it was suspected to be a forgery.

Mr. Player. This ticket was brought to me by Johanna Foster , I desired her to bring Perry, because I suspected it, which we did the next morning. He said it was his property, given him by the captain's clerk on board the Sommerset, for wages. It was signed on the wrong side of the printing, and other mistakes in it.

John Philips . I am captain's clerk on board his Majesty's ship Sommerset, Thomas Strutton, captain. I know the prisoner; I never gave him this ticket, nor to any body else. This is not the captain's name; here it is Scruthon, which is wrong. The master of the ship is John Stevens ; this here is wrote John White . James Butler Moore, is purser; here it is Joseph Wilkinson ; also here is Robert Davis , put for John Davis, Boatswain. The time this was made out, the prisoner was not entitled to any wages. This was made out the 7th of March; he ran from the ship the 5th. He entered July 16th, 1749.

John Davis . I am boatswain; this is not the captain's name, nor the master's name, nor my name; neither is any of it my writing.

The two last witnesses had the ticket in their hands when examined.

Guilty .

Death .


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