John Burton, Theft > burglary, 26th February 1755.

Reference Number: t17550226-34
Offence: Theft > burglary
Verdict: Guilty
Punishment: Death

129. (L.) John Burton was indicted for that he on the 23d day of December, about the hour of one in the night of the same day, the dwelling-house of John Hall did break and enter, and one lid to a silver tankard, value 30 s. one silver spoon, one silk handkerchief, and 2 s. 6 d. in money; numbered, the property of Elizabeth Bullis , spinster , one silk handkerchief, four yards of linen cloth , the property of Robert Chaddock , did steal in the dwelling-house of the said John Hall. ++

John Hall. I keep the Oxford-arms-inn in Warwick-lane ; on the 23d of December we fastened the door a little before twelve at night; I got up the next morning about half an hour after three, and found the outward doors (they were a pair of folding-doors) broke open, and two locks broke to two drawers we used to lock up money in; we missed the lid of a silver tankard, it was broke off near the joint, and the body of the tankard left behind; we missed also a silver spoon, two silk handkerchiefs, and about four yards of linen cloth, and about five or six shillings in money, all which things were under lock, and key when we went to bed, the two handkerchiefs belonged to two different persons, one handkerchief and the lid of the tankard and money belonged to Elizabeth Bullis , the other handkerchief and linen belonged to Robert Chaddock .

Q. Why do you charge the prisoner?

Hall. I was accusing an innocent person, and the prisoner was by about four or five in that afternoon, and I observed the prisoner's countenance to change, so I suspected him; and on the 26th of December, I saw an advertisement in the paper, of a lid of a silver tankard offered to be sold at Mr. Stevens's, a goldsmith, at the without Bishopsgate. I went there with the body of the tankard, and saw the lid was the same that was taken off. I desired him to describe the man who brought it; he described the prisoner both in person and cloaths. I went and found him at the Golden-key alehouse in Cock-lane, Spitalfields, the same night; the next morning I took him before my Lord-Mayor, with the lid of the tankard, and the four yards of linen cloth, he having before that told me where he had sold that. There I accused him of the robbery; he acknowledged every thing, and said he had nobody with him in the doing it. He said he broke the door with a ripping chissel, and that he tried at the other door, but could not get it open, where we found the wood broke by wrenching it. He also said he was in the house with a lighted candle an hour and half; that he broke open the drawers where the goods were, and that he had disposed of the large silver spoon at Mr. Lloyd's, a little on the other side Mr. Stevens's in Bishopsgate-street; and the four yards of cloth to Mrs. Goldfinch, near the Cock, where I took him; the handkerchiefs I did not search after.

The Second Part of these Proceedings will be published in a few Days.

Old Bailey Proceedings front matter, 26th February 1755.

Reference Number: t17550226-34

THE PROCEEDINGS ON THE King's Commissions of the Peace, Oyer and Terminer, and Gaol Delivery FOR THE CITY of LONDON; And also the Gaol Delivery for the County of MIDDLESEX, HELD AT JUSTICE-HALL in the OLD-BAILEY, On Wednesday the 26th, Thursday the 27th, Friday the 28th of FEBRUARY; Saturday the 1st, Monday the 3d, and Tuesday the 4th of MARCH.

In the Twenty-eighth Year of His MAJESTY's Reign. NUMBER III. PART. II. for the YEAR 1755. Being the Third SESSIONS in the MAYORALTY of THE RIGHT HONOURABLE STEPHEN THEODORE JANSSEN , Esq; LORD-MAYOR of the CITY of LONDON.

LONDON:

Printed, and sold by M. COOPER at the Globe, in Pater-noster Row. 1755.

[Price Four-pence.]

THE PROCEEDINGS ON THE

King's Commissions of the Peace, Oyer and Terminer, and Gaol Delivery held for the City of LONDON, &c.

Q. HOW long had you known him before?

Hall. He had been out of business and helped my servants a little lately, I never knew him before.

Nathaniel Stevens . I keep a goldsmith's shop at the Dial by Hand-alley, without Bishopsgate; the prisoner came to my shop about noon on the 24th of December with this lid of a tankard to sell, I asked him how he came by it; he told me he found it among some ashes; he perceiving I had a strong suspicion of him, ran away; upon this I advertised it, and Mr. Hall came and owned it.

Elizabeth Goldfinch . I bought four yards of linen cloth of the prisoner at the bar, (produced in court) this is it.

Q. What did you give for it?

E. Goldfinch. I gave six shillings and six-pence for it.

Hall. This linen is the property of Robert Chaddock .

Q. What is it worth?

Hall. It is worth about seventeen shillings and six-pence.

E. Goldfinch. I am a silk-winder, and am no judge of the value of linen.

Elisabeth Bullis . I live with Mr. Hall; this tankard and lid produced here are mine.

Q. to Hall. Did you get the spoon?

Hall. Lloyd said he did not buy it.

Court to Bullis. Look at that cloth.

E. Bullis. This Irish cloth is the property of Robert Chaddock , it is a shirt cut out; I had it to make, and had made part of it.

Prisoner's defence.

The shirt and lid of the tankard were given to me by a man that was going to market.

Guilty , Death .

Old Bailey Proceedings front matter, 26th February 1755.

Reference Number: t17550226-34

THE PROCEEDINGS ON THE King's Commissions of the Peace, Oyer and Terminer, and Gaol Delivery FOR THE CITY of LONDON; And also the Gaol Delivery for the County of MIDDLESEX, HELD AT JUSTICE-HALL in the OLD-BAILEY, On Wednesday the 26th, Thursday the 27th, Friday the 28th of FEBRUARY; Saturday the 1st, Monday the 3d, and Tuesday the 4th of MARCH.

In the Twenty-eighth Year of His MAJESTY's Reign. NUMBER III. PART. II. for the YEAR 1755. Being the Third SESSIONS in the MAYORALTY of THE RIGHT HONOURABLE STEPHEN THEODORE JANSSEN , Esq; LORD-MAYOR of the CITY of LONDON.

LONDON:

Printed, and sold by M. COOPER at the Globe, in Pater-noster Row. 1755.

[Price Four-pence.]

THE PROCEEDINGS ON THE

King's Commissions of the Peace, Oyer and Terminer, and Gaol Delivery held for the City of LONDON, &c.


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