Offence: Miscellaneous > returning from transportation
The evidences were examined apart, at the request of the prisoner.
The record of his trial and conviction was read in court, where it appeared he was tried for stealing a silver mounted sword, value forty shillings, the property of Robert Lee Doughty , Esq; in Feb. sessions, 1768, and cast for transportation for the same. See No. 207, in Mr. Alderman Harley's Mayoralty.
David Miller , for stealing a sword, the property of Mr. Robert Lee Doughty. He was cast for transportation. I was an evidence on that trial.
Q. Did you hear him receive sentence of transportation?
Q. What name was he tried by?
Q. Did you ever know him go by the name of Read?
Heley. No, never till now.
Nicholas Bond . I have known the prisoner some years; I saw him when before Sir John Fielding before his trial, but I was not in court when he was tried. I apprehended him in Denmark-court, on the 14th of this instant May, about ten at night; there was another man with him. They were looking down an area. I said, What are you looking there for? He muttered; I do not know what he said, I repeated it again: then he held up his face: then I said, Is it you, David Miller ? you can be about no good here; what business have you here? He said his name was not David Miller, it was John Read : then I said, John Read , you shall go along with me. As I was bringing him along the court he said, What is your name? I said my name is Bond. I put my hand down, and felt something in his pockets then I took out this pocket-pistol, (producing one ).
I never was transported in my life, to my knowledge. I was born upon the sea. I said my name is not Miller; he said, You are very much like him. As we were going along, he was trying to put this pistol into my pocket.
Guilty . Death .