Joseph Joyce, Deception > forgery, 25th June 1752.

Reference Number: t17520625-61
Offence: Deception > forgery
Verdict: Guilty
Punishment: Death

396. (L.) Joseph Joyce was indicted for publishing, as true, a certain false, forged, and counterfeit bill of exchange, with intent to defraud , Feb. 15 . ||

Charles Norris . The prisoner brought me a note of hand for 10 l. It was drawn by Francis Norris , and accepted by Edward Wilson and Co. He owed me three guineas, I paid him the whole 10 l. and he gave me the three guineas afterwards.

It is read to this purport.

Francis Norris ,

52.

SIR,

Thirty five days after date please to pay to Mr. Joseph Joyce , or order, the sum of 10 l. and place it to account.

Directed to Mr. Edward Wilson and Co. near White Heart yard, Drury lane. On the back accepted by Edward Wilson and Co.

The Evidence continues. There is his own hand writing on the back of it, because it was not due, so he endorsed it.

Prisoner. The bill is not mine, neither was it ever my property.

Norris. He told me if I would discount the money he'd pay me the 3 guineas, which he owed me. I had not so much money in the house. A gentleman that lodged in my house laid down the money for me and I paid it.

James Wilson . The acceptance of that bill is forged, my brother Edward Wilson was in partnership with me, he died ten months and nine days before the acceptance of that bill; my brother died the 21st of March, 50. 51.

Q. Do you know Francis Norris ?

Wilson. I do, but don't believe it is his writing upon this, but it is a good deal like it. I have often seen him write, this is as near the resemblance of his writing as ever I saw.

Q. Have you any other reason to say it is a forgery on your brother, besides its being done after his death?

Wilson. The letter d is not like his writing.

Q. Supposing your brother had been living, would you have taken it for your brother's handwriting?

Wilson. No, I should not.

Q. Where does Francis Norris live?

Wilson. He lives in Newberry.

John Calverly . I am servant to Mr. Wilson, and was to both, when Edward was living. About the middle of Feb. last, a servant to one Mr. Milbourne, a cheesemonger that lives about six doors from my master's, came with a bill for 10 l. dated Jan 25, 1752, signed Francis Norris , directed to Edward Wilson and Co. and accepted Jan. 30, by Edward Wilson ; he desired to know if it was a good one, I told him if the drawing was good the acceptance was not, for Mr. Edward Wilson died the 21st of March, 50-51. I said I'd go along with him to the person that he said owned the bill, which he said was at his shop, I went and there was Mr. Charles Norris ; I asked him if that bill was his property, he said it was. He had it of a cousin of his, one Joseph Joyce , and that he discounted it the night before.

Prisoner's Defence.

I know nothing of this bill, it is possible somebody else might have done it in my name, I am intirely innocent, and I hope your lordship and the Jury will believe the same, when you hear my character.

To his Character.

John Briggs . I knew the prisoner sixteen years ago, when he was an apprentice.

Q. Have you known him lately?

Briggs. I have hardly seen him since.

John Woolham . I knew the prisoner when he was a boy, but have had no acquaintance with him of late years, nor have I seen him these seven or eight years.

Q. What is his general character?

Woolham. I know nothing at all of that.

Peter Feather . I have known him about three years.

Q. What is his general character?

Feather. I have seen him but once these two years, I know nothing of his character.

Ann Vaux . The prisoner was my apprentice, he behaved very well then.

John Watts . I knew him when he first went apprentice, he behaved well then, I know nothing of him since.

Guilty Death .


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