William Whitton, Theft > theft from a specified place, 12th December 1764.

Reference Number: t17641212-34
Offence: Theft > theft from a specified place
Verdict: Guilty
Punishment: Death

36. (M.) William Whitton was indicted for stealing a cloth coat, value 20 s. a cloth waistcoat, value 10 s. a shag waistcoat, value 10 s. a napkeen waistcoat, value 8 s. a linen shirt, value 3 s. a pair of cotton stockings, value 1 s. and a pair of worsted stockings, value 1 s. 20 iron bits, a Guinea, two quarter guineas, and 23 shillings and six-pence in money numbered, the property of John Sims , in the dwelling house of Mary Guest , December 1 . +

John Sims . I am a Carpenter ; I have lodged in the house of Mary Guest about twelve months; I left my chest there, with a cloth coat, three waistcoats, a shag, a cloth, and a nankeen; a shirt, a pair of cotton stockings, and a pair of worsted stockings; twenty bits for carpenters use, made of steel; a guinea, two quarter guineas, and the rest in silver, to make up 55 s. all locked in it; I had the key; my landlady asked me if I should come back again? I said I was not certain; so she took in the prisoner: I happened to come home this day week, and found my chest broke open; I looked round the room, and found nothing in it belonging to me, but the bare chest, and a few trifling things: I came down and asked Mrs. Guest whether that man lodged with her? she said, Yes; and that he had been gone out about an hour: I told her he had taken all I had: she went up and found it so: looking round the room, I found a pillow-bier full of tools, and his own clothes upon them; she said he would come back again soon; that he was gone to the jolly sailors; I said, If he is as big as Goliah, I'll take him; we went out and saw him coming; when he came to the door, I said, you are my prisoner, till an officer comes: he said, What's the matter? what's the matter? I sent for an officer; this was in Mrs. Guest's house: I said, are not you a villain, to rob me so? said he, Countryman, don't be hard upon me: the officer came in; we took him to a public house; he had breeches on, that long to a suit of clothes of mine; we found a penny chip box, that my money was in, was thrown into the close-stool, and there lay his breeches over it in the close-stool; he acknowledged taking all the things but the money; he said he had not seen any money: he was asked how he came to put the box into the close-stool? to which he made no answer: he had left my coat and a piece of dowlas at Mrs. Murray's, at the Noah's Ark, where he had had a shilling in eatables.

Q. How do you know that?

Sims. He told us so; we found them there; some of the other things he had sold, and some he had pawned: in shaking the breeches he had on, out fell a piece of copper, that had been among my money, when in the chest: he was put into the watch-house, and the next morning carried before the bench of Justices in Whitechapel, and was committed.

Q. What were your clothes worth?

Sims. The suit of clothes cost me five guineas, not three months ago.

Mr. Danislow. I am an officer; I was sent for to carry the prisoner to the watch-house: I found this coat at Mrs. Murray's (producing it): this pair of breeches the prisoner had on; (producing them and a waistcoat: deposed to by prosecutor.)

Mrs. Murray. The prisoner brought this coat and left it with me last Thursday, between 11 and 12 o'clock; he desired I would put it by till he called for it; he had had a shilling in meat and drink, and asked me for a lodging.

Prisoner's Defence.

As to the money, I know nothing of it; I never saw it.

Guilty . Death .


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