Henry Strickland, Theft > theft from a specified place, 5th April 1758.

Reference Number: t17580405-26
Offence: Theft > theft from a specified place
Verdict: Guilty
Punishment: Death

182. (M.) Henry Strickland was indicted for stealing three linen shirts, val. 15 s. three pair of thread stockings, value 3 s. one pair of worsted stockings, two muslin neckcloths, one five guinea piece, eight guineas, and one thirty-six shilling piece, the goods and money of Caleb Smith , in the stable of the right hon. George Dodington , Esq; Mar. 28 .*

Caleb Smith. The prisoner lived servant where I do almost two years; I went out of town with the coach on the 23d of March, and returned on the 28th, and found the stable-door broke open, and the lock was off: I missed out of a box one five guinea piece, eight guineas, one thirty-six shilling piece, some linen and stockings my property.

Q. Where was this box?

Smith. It was in my master's stable, the hon. George Dodington , Esq; there was the prisoner; I told him I was robbed; he said he believed my helper that was, had got my money. I went to justice Fielding, and got a warrant, and went to the house where the prisoner lives; he was not to be found, but there I found a bundle of linen of his. I advertised him, and last Sunday I found him in the Strand, with one of my shirts on his back, and a pair of my stockings on. I took him before Mr. Fielding, he ordered him to the Round-house, and the next morning there again, and from thence to Newgate; there were three pair of my stockings in the bundle which I found; they were at a watchman's in the Meuse.

Q. Where were the things mentioned in the indictment, when you went out of town?

Smith. They were all with the money in the box?

Q. Was he searched when taken up?

Smith. He was; and we found five guineas in his pocket, and a purse, which I believe to be mine; he owned he had bought the watch with the five guinea piece.

Q. Did he own he took the things and money out of the box?

Smith. He owned he stood at the stable-door, while another man brought the money out, and that they shared it. He ow ned it was my money and my linen, but would not own to the taking that, but said he bought it in Monmouth-street, and that he knew it to be mine when he bought it.

Benjamin Wheeler . The prisoner lived fellow-servant with the prosecutor and I almost two years. When he was taken, the coachman came and told me; I went with him to the justice's house; there he was searched, and there was found upon him five guineas, fourteen shillings and sixpence in silver, and eight pence in halfpence, a silver watch, four handkerchiefs, a case of steams, a knife, a pair of nut-crackers, a snuff-box, and a pocket-piece. (Produced in court.) I asked him how he came by that watch, he said he bought it, and changed the great piece of money to pay for it; but what change he had out of it he could not tell; I asked him where he bought it, he said in a great street beyond, St. Paul's church-yard we went and found it to be Cheapside.

William Smith . I keep a silversmith's shop in Cheapside; I sold a watch to a man last Tuesday was se'nnight, which answers to the watch that the prosecutor found upon the prisoner. I cannot say I know the prisoner's face; I received a five guinea piece to change of the person at the time.

John Grimes . The prisoner came to my house, and called for a pint of beer, on the 26th of March, at night, and left a thirty-six piece, eight guineas, and a large piece of gold, which I since suppose to be a five guinea piece; he proposed to come and fetch them on the next day, which he did.

Richard Brumage . The prisoner came and knocked at my door on Sunday was se'nnight, and said he wanted to drink with me; we went together to Mr. Grimes's house and drank, he said he was going to Hammersmith; we seeing he had

money about him, told him he would get drunk and lose it, and desired him not to take it with him. Then he said he would leave it at Mr. Grimes's, which he did, the next day he came for it, and had it delivered to him in the purse which he left it in. He left with me a handkerchief, with two shirts in it, and two or three pair of stockings, which the prosecutor own'd.

Prisoner's defence.

I did not rob the coachman of any thing, I can find the man that went in and brought the money out.

Guilty , Death .


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