George Mitchell, Theft > animal theft, 12th December 1764.

Reference Number: t17641212-16
Offence: Theft > animal theft
Verdict: Guilty
Punishment: Death

17. (M.) George Mitchell was indicted for stealing a brown Mare, value 16 l. the property of Francis Manby , Esq ; August 18 . *

Francis Manby . I live in Essex, near Burntwood . I lost a brown mare out of a field there, between the 17th and 18th of August, in the night.

Q. When had you seen her last?

Manby. I had seen her between six and seven o'clock the night before.

Q. Describe the Mare.

Manby. She is a large dark brown saddle mare: I heard of her about two months afterwards. I went to Justice Welch's; William Bradley , the man that bought her, was there: I went with him to Staines (he drives the Staines stage-coach); he delivered the mare up to me.

Q. What is the prisoner? Did you know him before?

Manby. I never saw him in my life, before I saw him before Justice Welch.

Q. What did the prisoner say for himself?

Manby. I did not hear him say any thing.

William Bradley . The brown mare that I delivered up to Mr. Manby, I bought of the prisoner at the bar, I believe about three or four days before Guildford assize.

Q. When was that?

Bradley That was about a month or six weeks before Mr. Manby had her again of me.

Q. Where did you buy her?

Bradley. I bought her at Turnham-green; she stood there, where we call to water, going up and coming down, the farther Pack-horse. Mr. Clark, that lives there, told me she was to be sold; she was standing in the street, with a sack on her back, and the prisoner was by her. He said, if I had a mind to have her, I should have her on trial; so I took out one of my own horses, and put her in, and drove to London, and out again to Turnham-green. The prisoner met me on the road, and got upon the coach, and rode to Turnham-green. I asked the price of the mare, but cannot be certain whether he asked eight guineas or seven: I agreed to give him six guineas and a half: I think I gave him half a guinea earnest, and he rode the mare along by the coach to Staines, and paid him the remainder of the money, and he delivered the mare up to me.

Q. What is the value of the mare?

Bradley. I cannot tell; she is over age.

Q. to Prosecutor. What is the mare worth?

Prosecutor. I never intended to part with her, so I never set a price on her. She can be worth no less than 16 or 18 guineas.

Bradley. The prisoner came with me to Turnham-green the next day; he said, she was his own, and he sold her because she was too heavy for him.

Mr. Grinstead. I saw the mare in Mr. Manby's field, on the 17th of August, between six and seven at night, and in the morning she was gone. I was with Mr. Manby, when Mr. Bradley delivered the mare up to him; I know her very well.

Prisoner's Defence.

I have nobody to speak for me.

Guilty . Death .


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