Offence: Theft > stealing from master
Verdict: Guilty; Not Guilty
Punishment: No Punishment > sentence respited
2056. WILLIAM JAMES TAYLOR and HENRY AUGUSTUS MEASOM , were indicted for stealing, on the 26th of October , 3 waistcoats, value 24s.; 3 waistcoat pieces, value 7s.; and 2 yards of cloth, value 19s., the goods of John Gurniss , their master .
JOHN GURNISS. I am a tailor , and live in Wells-street, Oxford-street ; the prisoners were in my employ - Measom was my apprentice , and lived in the house; Taylor had 27s. a week at one part of the year, and 24s. at the other - I missed different things for some time, and seeing a small red morocco case in Mensom's pocket, I called in an officer on this day week, and gave them both in charge; I saw these articles next evening at Marylebone office - the duplicates were found on their persons; I missed many other things.
Taylor. Q. Did you ever know me do any thing wrong before? A. Certainly not; I had a very high opinion of him - I never told Mr. Newton you had cut half a yard of cloth to sell to piece-brokers.
Measom. Q. Were you not in the habit of being out two or three nights at a time? A. When I have been in the country; I considered my property secure by fas tening my house, and depending on my servants.
JOHN CANNON . I am apprentice to Mr, Dobree, a pawnbroker; I know both the prisoners - I have a remnant of black cloth, pawned for 15s., on the 30th of June, by Measom; he was alone, and said it was his property - he pawned it in the name of Henry Measom , No. 5, Castle-street; here are two remnants, taken in by persons who cannot swear to the party - Measom has often pawned property, and taken it out again; Mr. Gurniss said he could not swear to the black cloth being his.
HENRY HASE . I am shopman to Mr. Baylis, a pawnbroker, of Mortimer-street, Cavendish-square. I have a waistcoat pawned by Measom, on the 3rd of September, in the name of John Smith, No. 14, Charlotte-street, Fitzroy-square, for 5s. 6d; a remnant of cloth, on the 30th of September, by Measom, in the same name, for 2s.; two waistcoats, on the 4th of October, for 5s., which I did not take in - a waistcoat piece on the 5th of July, for 2s., in the same name, but at No. 5, Francis-street; I believe Measom pawned this, but cannot swear it - I have a remnant of cloth pawned on the 8th of October, in the name of John Smith; I do not know who by - and on the 15th of October, two waistcoat pieces, by Measom, in the name of John Smith, Charles-street, Middlesex-hospital.
JOHN AKEHURST . I am a Policeman. I took the prisoners in charge on the 26th of October; I found on Mensom a red morocco case, containing four duplicates of pledges at Dobrees, on the 16th June, 22nd of September, and another; I also found six tickets of Baylis' shop, of Mortimer-street.
MR. GURNISS. Measom never lived in Castle-street; I cannot remember this black cloth - I believe the waistcoat to be mine; I recollect this one being in my window - I know this remnant of cloth, pawned on the 30th of September, by certain marks about it; the prisoners had no authority from me to pawn any thing - I never knew Measom live in Charles-street or Charlotte-street; these two waistcoat pieces, pawned on the 15th of October, I am positive are mine.
Measom's Defence. The black cloth Taylor bought of Mr. Gurniss, and I pawned it at his request; the black waistcoat with a roll collar Taylor had made up for himself - I went to fetch it home from Maria Bliss, and pawned it for him - I can say nothing to the rest.
MR. GURNISS. Taylor had a yard and a half of black cloth placed to his account four or five months ago, and this is a yard and a half; but he told me he had had it made up a long time after - I am quite certain I never sold this waistcoat.
Measom received a good character.
MEASOM - GUILTY. Aged 16.
Recommended to Mercy by the Prosecutor.
Judgment Respited .
TAYLOR - NOT GUILTY .