CENTRAL CRIMINAL COURT
TENTH SESSION, HELD AUGUST 14, 1837.
MINUTES OF EVIDENCE,
Taken in Short-hand.
On the Queen's Commission of the Peace,
OYER AND TERMINER, AND GAOL DELIVERY,
The City of London,
AND GAOL DELIVERY FOR THE
COUNTY OF MIDDLESEX, AND THE PARTS OF THE COUNTIES OF ESSEX, KENT, AND SURREY, WITHIN THE JURISDICTION
CENTRAL CRIMINAL COURT.
Before the Right Honourable THOMAS KELLY , LORD MAYOR of the City of London; the Right Honourable Thomas, Lord Denman, Chief Justice of Her Majesty's Court of Queen's Bench; Sir John Williams, Knt., one of the Justices of the said Court; Sir Claudius Stephen Hunter, Bart.; Matthias Prime Lucas, Esq.; Sir John Key, Bart.; Sir Peter Laurie, Knt.; Charles Fairbrother, Esq.; Henry Winchester, Esq.; William Taylor Copeland, Esq.; Aldermen of the said City of London; the Honourable Charles Ewan Law, Recorder of the said City; Sir Chapman Marshall, Knt.; John Pirie, Esq.; John Lainson, Esq.; James White, Esq.; Alder men of the said City of London; John Mirehouse, Esq., Common Sergeant of the said City; and William St. Julien Arabin, Sergeant at Law; Her Majesty's Justices of Oyer and Terminer, and Gaol Delivery of Newgate, holden for the said City, and Judges of the Central Criminal Court.
LIST OF JURORS.
CENTRAL CRIMINAL COURT.
KELLY, MAYOR. TENTH SESSION.
A star (*) denotes that the prisoner has been previously in custody—An obelisk (†), that the prisoner is known to he the associate of bad characters.
LONDON AND MIDDLESEX CASES.
OLD COURT.—Monday, August 14th, 1837.
First Jury, before Mr. Recorder.
GUILTY . Aged 40.— Fined Five Pounds.
NOT GUILTY .
NOT GUILTY .
NOT GUILTY .
OLD COURT,—Tuesday, August 15th, 1837.
Second Jury, before Mr. Recorder.
1742. JAMES NATION was indicted for stealing, on the 5th of August, 1 coffee-pot, value 9l. 12s.; 1 cream-ewer, value 2l. 8s. and 1 towel, value 1s.; the goods of James Harris Huckins, in a vessel, in a port of entry and discharge.—2nd COUNT, stating the property to belong to Asa William Henry Clapp and another.
MESSRS. ADOLPHUS and BODKIN conducted the Prosecution.
JAMES SUARD WILLIAMS . I am mate of the brig Speed, which laid in the London Docks on the 1st of August. Mr. Huckins is the master—there is an opening from the dock into the port, out into the river—Mr. Clapp is a merchant, and is owner of the vessel—she had discharged her cargo on the other side of the dock, and had taken in another cargo, and was outward bound—we had a wooden case on board, marked N. A., No. 1, which was represented to contain silver plate—it was placed in the captain's state-room—the prisoner was a custom-house officer, and was in charge of the vessel for six or seven days—he slept in the state-room—no one else slept there—the case came on board in the morning of the 1st of August—the prisoner was on board when it came, and knew what was represented as the contents—he took an account of it as an officer—it would be mentioned in the cocket—he had a box on board, containing his own clothes, which was kept on the quarter-deck—on the Saturday after the 1st of August,
between five and six o'clock in the evening, I saw the case in the state room, apparently safe as it was when originally placed there—I afterwards went on shore, leaving Lee, the steward, the prisoner, and five or six men on board—I returned in about an hour, when, in consequence of what Lee told me, I went down to the state-room—there was no one there—I saw the wooden case broken open, and a silver tea-pot lying out on the cabin floor—I let it lay there, and said nothing to any one—the prisoner was on the quarter-deck when I came on board—the captain came on board about nine o'clock next morning, and I told him what I had seen—I went down with an officer, and the captain and steward, and saw the case and tea-pot just as I had seen them before.
Cross-examined by MR. BALLANTINE. Q. All you know about it is from Lee, except what you saw when you went into the cabin by his information? A. Yes—the prisoner slept there that night—the tea-pot was lying partly unpapered on the floor—any body going down must see it imme diately—about a week before this Lee got a thrashing from the second mate—any body could go down into the cabin—I do not know of any body coming on board to see the steward—I never saw any woman on board since the vessel has been there.
MR. BODKIN Q. Is the state-room large or small? A. About five feet wide, and eight feet long—a man can just go in to dress and turn in—nobody but the officer has a right to go into the state-room—I believe the officer who has charge of the vessel is not allowed to leave it, but I do not know—the prisoner has been on shore, but he left another officer on board the while.
DAVID LEE . I am steward on board the Speed. On Saturday evening, the 5th of August, I had occasion to go down to the cabin—the door of the state-room was open, and I saw the prisoner with a piece of the lid of the box off, and lying by the side of the box; and a knife in his right hand, prizing the other part of the lid off—a hammer was lying by the side of the box—several packages, which had been on the box in the course of the day, were removed, and put on the captain's chest—I did not say anything to the prisoner—he saw me, and moved the box back to its place, put the other packages on it, and said, "I must take care of these things"—after that he said to me, "Steward, I could put you in the way of making four or five pounds"—I said, "Officer, what do you mean by that?"—he made me no answer, but turned about, and laid down on the transom—the mate came on board about eight o'clock, and I told him what I had seen.
Cross-examined by MR. JONES. Q. Is this an American ship? A. Yes—I had come from Havannah with it—the prisoner had been on board about a week—he could go on shore when he liked, and had been—I did not speak to him when I saw him doing this—as he was a custom-house officer I thought it was something he had to do with it—I did not know what was in the box—I do not know how long it had been on board—I did not see it brought—I had no notion what was in it—I did not put it into the state-room nor see it put there—I have not seen any visitors on board—some stewards may have called as they passed along, as the vessels lie alongside each other, and they pass from one vessel to the other to get ashore—no friends have been to see me, nor any person at all—no woman has been on board since the vessel has been in the dock, nor alongside it—I had a quarrel with the second mate a few days before this—he had given me a thrashing—I did not complain to the prisoner about that—he was on board at the time—I did not talk to him about going before a Magistrate about it—he did not tell
me, if I went before a Magistrate it would put three or four pounds in my pocket—I will swear he did not lay so, nor any thing of the kind—he did not say the Magistrate would fine the mate for heating me—I was talking about it that day on deck, but not in the state-room—I was present when the prisoner's box was opened, and the plate discovered—he said, "That steward has put this into my cheat"—he also said I had got the key of his box-his key could not be found—I had not got it—I had seen him open his box with the key—I never saw it left in his box.
MR. ADOLPHUS? Q. Had you ever his key in your possession for a moment in your lift? A. No—I had not taken any thing out of the plate box, nor put any thing into his box—I was present when he was asked where the key of his box was, and he said he had lost it, and could not open the box—the officer said he should force it open—he said no man should open his box—I was present when it was opened, and saw this silver coffee-pot taken out—he had nothing to do with the quarrel between me and the mate.
JAMES HARRIS HUCKINS . I am matter of the Speed—I was ashore on the 5th of August, and returned on board about nine o'clock on toe 6th—Williams, the mate, made a communication to me—I was in the cabin adjoining the state-room at the time—I looked into the state-room, and then went myself for an officer who came afterwards—I saw the case, which stood under tome others, protruded out no far that I could see it had been opened—when the officer came, the prisoner was called down into the cabin, and the officer asked him if he knew any thing of the box containing the silver plate—he pointed the box out to him is it stood on the transom with the lid forced off—he said, no, he knew nothing about it—Lee, who was present, was then asked if he knew who had broken the box open, and he said that he came into the cabin after I had left the ship on Saturday night, and saw the prisoner near the box with a knife in his hand and part of the lid off; and as Boon at he taw him he took some cases which stood on my chest, and put on it, and said, "I must take care of this," and then turned to him and said, "If you have a mind I will put you in the way of making four or five pounds for yourself"—the prisoner replied, "You did not"—the police officer searched the cabin and state room, and other places, and found tome paper which appeared to have contained plate, under my mattress in the state-room—we came to the prisoner's box on the quarter-deck—it was locked, and the officer asked him to open it—he said he had lost the key—the policeman asked him to break it open—he said he would not, nor should any other person—he said the lock cost him 18d., it was a new one, and he did not want to spoil it—he was at that time in custody charged with stealing these things—he sat down on his box, and requested the officer to search the forecastle—that was done, but nothing was found—the officer then took him and his box on shore—I accompanied them, and saw the box broken open, and the silver coffee-pot was found in it, wrapped up as it is now, in a towel belonging to me, and a handkerchief which I do not know—the towel generally hung on the bulk-head near the state-room—when the case was opened we found a silver sugar-basin in it—when the prisoner lifted the lid of his box, he said, "I see somebody has been playing me a trick; that steward has put this into my box, stolen my key, and locked my box, and thrown the key overboard"—Lee has been about fifteen months on board the vessel—I did not know him before—he still belongs to the ship—the vessel laid in the Port of London.
Cross-examined by MR. BALLANTINE. Q. Did you see the tea-pot lying
in the state-room? A. Yes—it met my eye immediately on my looking round—it could have been seen by any body there—the prisoner had the opportunity of going ashore.
MR. BODKIN. Q. Would it be regular for him to go ashore without another officer taking charge of the vessel? A. Yes—they do do so, I understand—he could take his box ashore without it being searched.
DANIEL RUDKINS . I am an officer belonging to the London Dock. On Sunday, the 6th of August, I was sent for on board the brig Speed—I saw the prisoner on deck—I went down into the cabin with the captain, who told me, in the prisoner's hearing, he had a case on board, broken open—I asked the prisoner if he knew any thing about the case being broken open—he said no, he knew nothing about it—I asked him if he slept in the state-room—he said he did—I said, "Do you mean that you slept there, and know nothing about the case being plundered"?—he said he knew nothing about it—I asked the steward if he knew any thing about it—he said, yes, he came down into the cabin and stated what he saw the prisoner do—I told the prisoner I must take him into custody—he said, "No, no man shall take me alive into custody"—I told him I must examine his box and bed—he felt in his pockets, and said, "No, you can't do that, I have lost my key"—I said, "Well, if you have, take and break it open, if you do not I shall"—he said, "No," and placed himself on the lid, "no man shall break my box open"—I said, "Well, I will take you and your box to the watch-house"—he said, "No, no man living shall take me, nor my box either"—I asked the Captain to lend me two men to assist me to the watch-house with the box, and I took him and the box to the watch-house—I then said, "Will you break open the box? if you do not, we shall"—I gave him a hammer—he hit the bottom of the lid and it flew up—he said, "There, by God, this steward has been play ing me a trick"—I found the coffee-pot in the towel—he took it in his hand and said, "By God, Captain, this is your towel, the steward has been playing me a trick, and that is how my key is gone"—the towel was wrapped round the coffee-pot then, and what was in it could not be seen—next morning I applied to the Customs and had the case re-landed, and found this sugar-basin in it.
Cross-examined by MR. JONES. Q. How long have you known the prisoner? A. I have seen him at the docks several years as a customhouse officer.
JOHN INNOCENT . I am in the employ of Lambert and Robson of Coventry-street. These articles are their manufacture, and were furnished to a gentleman who was going out to America, whose name I do not remember—I took them in this case to the Docks, to be shipped on board the Speed—it was opened and examined at the Custom-house in my presence, and re-packed.
GUILTY . Aged 35.— Transported for Ten Years.
MESSRS. PHILLIPS and CLARKSON conducted the Prosecution.
JAMES JOHNSTONE . I am clerk to my father, who is a messenger in the Bankruptcy Court. I produce a fiat of bankruptcy against the prisoner, dated 1st December, 1835—it has been enrolled—I attended the various meetings which were held under this fiat—the prisoner attended them, and I never heard him protest against the proceedings—he submitted himself to the Commissioners under the fiat, and obtained from them his protection
—he appeared to be friendly to the opening of the fiat—he afforded every assistance to me and my father in taking possession of the property at Hatfield Hyde—the fiat is signed by the Lord Chancellor, who was then a Commissioner of the Great Seal.
Cross-examined by MR. JONES. Q. Were you present on every occa sion that the prisoner was present? A. Yes. I never heard him say he was living as a private gentleman at Hatfield—he came to surrender before the fiat was opened, and waited till it was opened—if a man does not surrender within forty-two days he is liable to be committed—I had nothing but casual conversation with the prisoner—I only inquired about the property we were to take possession of at Hatfield Hyde—it was worth about£300 or£400, and consisted of household furniture, a farm, and stacks of hay—there were all the implements of farming there, as if he was carrying on a farm—we have since taken possession of the machinery of a flock manufactory in Cleveland-street, Fitzroy-square, but we were sot aware of that at the time—it was very extensive machinery—we took possession of the premises, also, as the prisoner's premises—they were let at the time of the bankruptcy, but we have possession of them now—I do not know that his property exceeded three times his alleged debts—we took possession of about£400 worth—I should say the property in Cleveland-street, and at Hatfield, did not exceed the amount of his debts—Mr. Bradshaw was a petitioning creditor and an assignee.
WILLIAM WARNE . I am clerk to the Registrar of the Court of Bank ruptcy. I produce a petition which was filed by the prisoner, on the 1st of March, 1837, and an affidavit made in support of that petition, filed on the 7th of March.
WILLIAM THODET SMITH . I am a clerk in the public office in the Court of Chancery. I produce an affidavit sworn before Master Senior—there are some interlinings here, and my initials are put to them—they were all made before the Defendant swore the affidavit, and were marked by me before that.
(The affidavit being read, averred among other things that the Deponent was not a trader within the meaning of the bankrupt laws, and although he had occasionally bought pigs and sold some of them, he had never carried on the trade and business in the sale and purchase of pigs; but being a gentle man, he purchased them to eat up the waste about his farm—that he had not committed an act of bankruptcy—that although he remained in London some time, his continuance there was occasioned solely by his negotiation with Mr. Bassam for a sum of money—that his place of residence in London was well known, and might easily have been ascertained by any of his creditors—and that he had uniformly protested against the fiat, and had submitted to the same only so far as by law he was compelled to do.)
WILLIAM WARNE re-examined. It is mostly customary for affidavits to he sworn before Masters in Chancery in bankruptcy matters—a Commissioner may take affidavits, but they are constantly made before a Master—I also produce an order of the Court of Review on the petition—it orders that the said petition be dismissed, and costs to be paid out of the estate.
ALEXANDER ROXBROUGH . I am a farrier, and live in Tottenham-mews, Fitzroy-square. I have known the prisoner from ten to twelve years intimately—his father died three years last Christmas—I have been in the habit of companionship with the prisoner since then—I have accompanied
him to Smithfield many times, but I cannot say at what time exactly he bought pigs there in 1835—it might be more than once or twice—he bought from ten to twelve pigs of different sizes from four to seven stone—they were pigs that wanted fattening—we did not always buy when we went, but sometimes only looked over the market—the prisoner occupied premises at Pinner in 1835—a portion of the pigs were once sent down to Pinner, where he had some meadow land and a farm—there were seven acres of grass land—I have been there—he had also a house in Albany street at the same time—a quantity of pigs were once sent there in a cart and kilied—I saw them there—there might be from ten to twelve—went with him to Newgate-market with them, and they were delivered there out of the cart—I never saw them afterwards—they were more than a day or two at Albany-street, before they went to market.
Q. Was there any reason to kill them and send them to market except as a matter of sale? A. I should think not—I was present when a lot of pigs were bought and sent to Hatfield—I cannot say when that was—I believe it was before the bankruptcy—I do not know how many pigs there were—there might be about six or eight—they were purchased in Smith field, put into the cart, and directed to be taken to Hatfield—I was not present at Pinner when a very large pig was killed—I know Winton's, the Fitzroy Arms, in Cleveland-street—a very large pig was taken from then to Pinner in 1835—the prisoner was present at the time—he had a farm at Planer—there was a farm-yard, but no grazing stock—there were seven acres of meadow land—I know the pig was killed because I had part of it myself of the prisoner—he was in the habit of buying grains and pollard for pigs—those things are used to fatten pigs for market—I was present when ho bought two or three hundred weight of grains in Drury-lane—I cannot say that that was in 1835—it was before he was declared a bankrupt—I fetched a cart load of grains from Satchell's brewery, in Winslow street—I suppose the pigs he bought were for profit—I should say I have known him buy from twenty to thirty pigs altogether, from ten to twelve times—I have frequently heard him talk of his knowledge of buying pigs—I never heard him say he got any profit by them—I remember when the fiat was issued against him in December, 1835—he was about town for two months before that, to keep out of the way to avoid being arrested—he has told me so himself—I was most chiefly his companion at that time—I sup pose I hardly missed seeing him a day—he used to sleep in different places—I cannot say how many times he changed his sleeping place—he has done so several times—I did not sleep with him—he sometimes slept at my house—he has said he came up from the country late at night, and he would sleep at my house—he sometimes slept at Winton's, sometimes at Turner's in Lee-street, and sometimes at Bridgeman's in Rodney-street—I do not think he had a house of his own in town at that time—he sometimes remained in town three or four days or a week—he never gave me any reason why he remained in town—he told me when he was in town that he kept out of the way from being arrested—his place of abode was generally known—it was known that he lodged at Turner's, and at Winton's—it was afterwards that he was keeping out of the way—he was lodging at Turner's then, but he kept away from there—I knew he was lodging there—I saw him occasionally in November before his bankruptcy—he told me then that he kept out of the way for fear he should be taken by officers; he has left me all of a sudden in the street, and run away; and when I met him again he has told mo that he saw an officer—he has run away more than once or twice—there have been persons inquiring at my place for him, but I
never saw them—I have told him that, and he has left the house and gone to mother lodging—on one occasion he sent me down for Mrs. Keat, saying he did not like to go himself for fear of being arrested, and I brought Mrs. Keat to town—I have not known him go to Hatfield after twelve o'clock on Saturday night—I have known him go out of town, but I cannot say it was after twelve o'clock—I have gone with him myself—he called on me at the time he wished to become a bankrupt, to go to Mr. Humphreys—he asked me whether I would prove or not that ho was a dealer in pigs—I told him I would; and I was to go to Mr. Humphreys to be examined—ho reminded me that I had been with him when he had bought pigs—I do not remember his telling me any thing about his keeping outs of the way—he accompanied me to Mr. Humphreys, and was there while the deposition was drawn out for me to swear—he accompanied me to the commissioners when the fiat was opened—I think. the deposition was read is his hearing and mine—I do not recollect whether I signed in—if you will show it me I can tell.
Cross-examined. Q. Was the prisoner's father a flock manufacturer in Cleveland-street? A. Yes, and before hit death he retired to Pinner—I do not think the prisoner ever carried on the business—he lived at Pinner at times, and sometimes in Albany-street in town, in a private house.
MR. CLARKSON. Q. Do you remember going with him to Mr. Hole's in Brick-lane, with pigs? A. Yes, and they were slaughtered there—his did not tell me what became of them and I cannot tell—I never saw them go away.
MR. JONES. Q. When did you first know the prisoner keep any pigs? A. I cannot call to mind exactly, it was in the course of the year after his father's death, which was in December, 1883.—I have known him have as many as ten or twelve pigs at one time—he had nearly a hundred acres of land at Hyde I have heard—arable and grass land—I have known him buy a few geese—on one occasion, he killed the pigs the day after he bought then, and immediately sold them—I did not know they were lame—the large pig I spoke of was put up to raffle at Winton's—he won it and cut it up, and sold it in joints—he gave me a joint—I never paid for it—I cannot say whether his creditors principally lived in London—I know he had some in London—I knew Nutt, hit late partner, very well—I do not know that he claims a debt against him—he had given up his house in Albany-street, at the latter end of 1835—he had no settled piece of residence in London—he lodged more than a week at a time at Winton's and Turner's—I dare say other people knew where to find him as well as me—he was very seldom at my house except at night—he only occasionally slept there—people knew he was an acquaintance of mine—I have been with him to Mr. Bradshaw's house many times, and at the lattes end of 1835—I cannot say whether Mr. Bradshaw knew where to find him—I have often seen Bradshaw and him together about that period they used to meet sometimes at the Apollo public-house, in Francis-street—I have often seen them there together—I have been in their company when another person was with them—I do not know his name—I have not heard them talk about raising a sum of money—the prisoner never told me he was trying to raise money before his bankruptcy—I do not recollect it—I cannot swear he did not tell me that his object in coming to London was to raise money—I heard him speak on one occasion about his solicitor endeavouring to raise money for him—I cannot tell whether that was before his bankruptcy—I do not know Mr. Bassam—I went with the prisoner to a solicitor in the neighbourhood of Bedford-square—he never told me
his object in going there was to raise a sum of money—I never went into the office with him—I think I can swear he never told me what he was going there for—I can not say how soon it was after he came to town, that I went with him to Mr. Bassam—I cannot say whether it was within a week—it is impossible for me to recollect—Bradshaw and the prisoner often met at the Apollo before the bankruptcy, and I have seen them together at other places—I cannot say that I have seen him at Turner's, or at my house—I have seen him at Win ton's and other places—the prisoner generally staid three or four days in London, and then went back again—I cannot say that there was any difficulty in my proving he was a dealer in pigs—I did not hesitate when he first spoke to me about it—I went to Mr. Humphrey's the same night—a person named him was with him at the office at the time, but the prisoner asked me the question about his trading in pigs—the prisoner owes me from 70l. to 80l.—I have not proved under the fiat, be cause Mr. Keat promised to pay me—I am carrying on business as a farrier.
COURT. Q. Did not you apply to have a debt paid before you proved the act of bankruptcy? A. No.
MR. SMITH re-examined. Mr. Senior's names are Nassau Williams—he has authority to administer oaths in the Court of Bankruptcy.
THOMAS SAUNDERS . I am in no business—I knew the prisoner when he was backwards and forwards at Pinner—I have seen him killing and dressing pigs—I do not know what he did with them afterwards—he told mc they were going to London—he did not say what for—he once took me to his stye, and asked me what I thought of a lot of pigs there—nothing passed with respect to what he gave for them—there might be seven or eight, or ten pigs, I cannot say exactly—I am in no line of business—I am acting as factotum to a lady, a sort of steward—I do not know where the pigs came from—I did not see any brought—I only saw them in the stye—he did not tell me where he got them from—I cannot say exactly what premises he had at Pinner—there was only one house—I do not know whether he had a wife and family there—I was frequently in the house.
Cross-examined. Q. Were you butler to Lady Milman? A. Yes, and I am in the house now, under Sir William—there was about ten acres of land attached to the prisoner's house, and not much less than two acres of garden—there was frequently a good deal of refuse for the pigs from the garden, turnip-tops and other things—I believe there were some cows also; at least there were some when his father died—I should not think there was stuff enough to keep a good many pigs—if there had been no pigs, the refuse stuff would, no doubt, have been thrown away—it was so far useful to keep pigs.
GEORGE WEBB . I am a corn-factor at Pinner. In the years 1834 and 1835 I was in the habit of supplying the prisoner with barley-meal and other things, for feeding and fattening pigs—when the prisoner's father died he left some stock on the farm—I believe the prisoner purchased some pigs after his father's death, and they were brought to pinner to be fattened—I cannot say how many at a time—I believe not so many as twenty—I should say from ten to sixteen—he used to kill them, but I do not know what became of them afterwards—he did not tell me where he sent them to—I do not believe they were consumed on the premises—I never saw them go away—he had two servants there, his wife and himself—no child—I only saw one lot of pigs come there—I have not known him purchase pigs in London—he has not told me of his purchasing any in London—I have known he has had some, but from where I do not know—he has had two or three sacks of barley-meal from me, but he used to feed
them from grains a good deal—that would be more than enough to consume for pigs sufficient for his own family—he has talked to me about his mode of fattening pigs—that this and the other would be a very good thing, such as grains, toppings, pollard, barley-meal, and other things—he has never told me what he did with the pigs, and I do not know what be came of them—I believe they went from Pinner—I bought some pigs of his father's once, which came to nearly 20l.—they were for sale to any body that would give most money—he wanted me, at one time, to buy some Yorkshire hogs—I believe that was after his father's death—there was about half a dozen, not more—I did not buy them—he did not tell me where he bought them, or what became of them—I went to his place in Albany-street with him, and slept there one night—he did not show me any pigs there which he had fed and fattened.
Cross-examined. Q. Did the father keep pigs? A. Yes about half a dozen very large ones—the prisoner lived about twelve months at Pinner altogether—I supplied him the whole of that time with barley-meal and toppings—I cannot tell at what time he left Pinner altogether—I do not remember the property being sold—I should think he left about three years ago—his father died without a will, and he was administrator—he lived there in a retired, private way, as his father had done before him.
WILLIAM VANN . I am a Smithfield drover. I have known the prisoner a good while—he employed me twice to kill pigs for him—six, I think, on the first occasion, and seven or nine on the second—he paid me 1s. a head for killing them—they were killed in Brick-lane, Old-street-road—Mr. Holes was present at the time—the prisoner told me the pigs were going to New gate-market to be sold—I did not take them there.
JOHN HODGES . I am a shoemaker, and have lived in Little Albany-street nearly five years. In 1834 I think the prisoner had stables there, near my house—I have seen him bring pigs there in a cart—there might be fire or six at a time—I have observed that several times—I cannot say whether he took them away again—I never saw them go away again—I had no talk with the prisoner about it.
JOHN ROXBROUGH . I am the son of Alexander Roxbrough who has been examined. At the latter part of 1884, the prisoner occupied some stables in Little Albany-street—I used to take care of his horse for him—I saw about ten slaughtered pigs on the premises at one time, and they were taken away in a cart next day—he was there at the time—he did not tell me where they were going to—he said, in my hearing, that they were going to Newgate-market for sale.
Cross-examined. Q. You saw this once? A. Yes. I do not know whether he lived at Pinner at the time, but he had a farm there, and was backwards and forwards a good deal—he lived regularly in Albany-street—it was a private house.
JAMES BRADSHAW re-examined. I have been acquainted with the prisoner I should think twenty years—I was a creditor of his at the latter part of 1834, for 124l.—the debt had occurred within about twelve months before he became a bankrupt; after his father's death—I am an undertaker, and part of it was for the expenses of the funeral of his father, which was about Christmas, 1833—that was 80l. odd—there were several other accounts; I have his acceptance for£100, and three I O U's for£24—part of the debt was for money I had advanced on a£45 bill, and part for cash for the three I O U's—he was living part of the time at Pinner and part in Albany street, when the debt became due—in November, 1835, the prisoner ap
plied to me on the subject of the fiat—Mr. Sim and Mr. Humphreys his lawyer had applied to me about it first, and then he sent for me himself and said that he was so entangled with writs and executions, that it was utterly impossible he could get out of it, and his estate would be consumed by law expenses if he did not do it by bankruptcy—this conver sation was at the Rodney head, Pentonville, kept by Bridgeman—I think he said there were seven or eight writs out against him—he said there was an execution down at Hatfield house, and they talked about selling the estate—he said all the estate would be swallowed up if bankruptcy did not take place, and he asked me to strike the docket—in consequence of that application I made an affidavit of debt, for the purpose of obtaining the fiat, and employed Mr. Humphreys as the attorney for the necessary proceedings, at the prisoner's request—I had no object whatever in what I did but to serve the prisoner and protect the estate—the prisoner attended at the opening of the fiat, and heard the deposition read of the trading and act of bankruptcy—I explained to the Commissioner in his presence who he was, and the prisoner was examined himself by Mr. Commissioner Williams on the deposition, and claimed his protection—I do not know what questions were asked, for I left the court immediately I had done—the Commissioner called Roxbrough to swear him as to the act of bankruptcy—the prisoner never disputed the act of trading—he never raised the least objection for eighteen months—I never heard a word of any dispute—the prisoner attended all the subsequent meetings held under the fiat, and did not at any one of them object to the proceedings—at the time he occupied premises at Pinner Marsh, he has spoken to me many times about pigs and other articles—he said he thought there was a very good living to be got in dealing in pigs and calves; that he had bought some and had done very well—on one occasion, about October, 1834, I recollect going to Newgate-market with him, and he received some money there for sending pigs to market for sale—I do not think he told me he made any profit on them—he said he had made a good thing in dealing in pigs—I passed through Smithfield with him the same day, and he was accosted by several dealers there—the person who paid him for the pigs, said to him, "Mr. Keat, when you send us more pigs you must put some flesh on their bones, or else you wont get much by them, "—after June, 1835, he came up to town, and told me he wanted to raise some money on the flock factory—he said he had got entangled and embarrassed, and was forced to be out of the way—he told me that many times in the course of 1835—I do not know whether he was in town in October and November, it is very likely he was—he used to come to my house very often—I certainly did not know where to find him except when he came to my house, till the last time when he came to me to strike the docket—all the communications I had came through Mr. Sim—he told me the officers had been after him, and he must be on the look out—he did not tell me where he slept.
Cross-examined. Q. Did he carry on the flock business after his father's death? A. No; his father was possessed of a good deal of property which came to him, except what was left to the mother—she claimed her thirds, but she died twenty-one days after the father—he came into the possession of some thousands; quite as much as 6000l. or 7000l.—it was only bricks and mortar—the flock manufactory was part of it—that remains now—the estate at Pinner was leasehold—there were three houses in John-street, Fitzroy-square; one in Albany-street, Regent's-park; and one at Maida hill—it was all house property, there was no funded property—he went down to ve at Pinner shortly after his father's death, and lived there I think about
three or four months—it might be more or less, I cannot say—I did not follow him there, though I have been there a good many times—he had a very pretty place there, there were two small meadows—no farm particularly—there was a little farm-yard certainly—I have been there many times while his father was living—I do not know that he kept many of any thing—he kept one breed of pigs himself—part were roasters, and part he disposed of—he had a very good garden—he bought the estate at Hatfield Hyde—I do not know that he was to give 5000l. for it—I know he was to give a good deal of money—I understand it is about 100 acres, but a great portion of it is called common-land, common'right—when he came to London at the latter part of 1835, he told me he wanted to raise 2000l. to enable him to him prove his estate at Hatfield Hyde, and pay his creditors.
MR. CLARKSON. Q. That was not at the time he came to London about the fiat? A. No.
MR. JONES. Q. Was it about November, 1835, when he told you this? A. I believe not; it was before that time—I do not know when it was—I stand here to swear to the best of my knowledge, and I will only do so—I will swear positively it was not in November that he told me he came to town for the purpose of raising money—it might be October, but I am sure I do not know—he proposed to borrow it on security of the machinery and property in Cleveland-street—I told him I would endeavour to assist him to get the money, and I introduced him to a person named Kinning for that purpose, and I believe Kinning subsequently introduced him to Mr. Bassam—he went off from my place with Kinning in a pouring rain to see Bassam—the negociation was going on for some time, and ultimately went off; but I understand it was renewed again shortly before the bankruptcy—I had frequent conversations with him about the loan on the first Occasion'—I spoke to Mr. Bird, a surveyor at Kentish-town, for the purpose of raising money on this property—I do not know when that was, any more than a child, but I employed him to value the property, and he did at 1600l.—I received a statement from him of the value—that was a long time before I struck the docket against the prisoner—some months before—it was not within seven days of my striking the docket—I do not know how long it was—it might be about four months, but I will not swear at all about it, because I really do not know—I will certainly swear it was not within seven days—(looking at a paper) this is dated 24th November, 1835—I do not believe I did strike the docket within seven days of receiving Mr. Bird's statement—I do not know that the docket was struck on the 1st of December—I have been correct in every answer I have made—I do not know whether the negotiation with Mr. Bassam went off until I had received Mr. Bird's statement, for Mr. Bird's statement was handed by me to the prisoner, I would have nothing more to do with it—I cannot tell whether the negociation went off before I received Mr. Bird's statement—I should think it was pending at the time—I saw Mr. Bird many times after be sent me the statement—I do not know that I conversed with him about the value of the property—I took his writing for a quietus for them to go by—I do not believe he told me he valued the property at 1400l.—I will not swear it—we had conversations almost every day up to the flat of bankruptcy—I do not know to what amount debts have been proved under the fiat—I have not ascertained the amount owing to the bankrupt.
Q. Did you instruct your solicitor to apply for time to answer the affidavit on which you have now assigned perjury? A. I instructed my solicitor, as I always do, to do what was proper—I did not instruct him to obtain time, or direct him to do any thing but what the law allowed
him to do—I do not know when the affidavits were filed—I do not know whether I indicted the prisoner for perjury before the matter was decided by the Court of Review—I certainly indicted him for it as soon as he committed it—the sooner the better—I think it was three or four Sessions ago, but I cannot say—I dare say it would appear on the documents—I mean to say, I am so disgusted with the whole proceedings I cannot tell any time—I do not know whether I preferred my bill while the affidavits were pending in the Court of Review—as soon as I ascertained that perjury was committed—(whatever was pending in the Court of Review or any other court) I certainly took steps in it—I remember signing my affidavit and swearing to it—I cannot tell how many days after that it was that I came here—I do not know whether the matter was discussed in the Court of Review after I had indicted the prisoner—I swear that—I attended at the Court of Review and was examined for hours—I did not hear the matter argued before the court—I attended before Mr. Craig to give evidence as to whether we were proper persons to be appointed assignees—I do not know when the petition was dismissed—I do not know what month it was in—my memory is pretty good, but I declare and swear solemnly I do not know when it was discussed, nor when the petition was dismissed, nor any thing about the circumstances except what comes through Mr. Scadding—I know no more about the periods of these trans actions than a child—I do not know that this prosecution is instituted at my expense—I suppose it is mine and my brother assignees, but I do not know—I gave the instructions in the first instance—I have never been to Hatfield Hyde since the sale of the property—I have not received a farthing for it—I do net know who did—I suppose the auctioneer did.
JOHN LAMB . I am an assignee under the commission. About November, 1835, the prisoner boarded and lodged five days in my house—he asked me to get a bill discounted—among other persons I called on Mr. Sim, and Mr. Humphreys, the attorney, to get it discounted—I told the prisoner Mr. Humphreys had told me that there were several writs out against him, and it was all up with him—I believe he said he was aware he was in a bad state—we could not get the bill discounted, and on our return we went to a public house, and I left him there—in consequence of a sheriff's officer calling at my house I went home and returned to the prisoner, and he ultimately returned to my house—while he was there the officers came again—the prisoner was then in my bar parlour—the door was not opened to the officers—they spoke to me, and I believe the prisoner was within hearing—I denied him and they went away—I told him afterwards that they had called—he did not tell me to deny him, but he waited at the public house for me to go and see whether the officers were after him—I told him afterwards that I had denied him, and he said it was all right—he had never told me he was afraid of officers being after him.
Cross-examined. Q. Did you know that about the same time he lodged at Turner's in Lee-street and Winton's in Clipston-street? A. under stand he did—I have seen him at Winton's—I do not know whether he was in the habit of going backward and forward from Hyde to London at that time—he never slept at my house—I have not directed this prosecution—Mr. Bradshaw did not apply to me to join in it—I bear no part of the expense.
MR. PHILLIPS. Q. Have you given your evidence to the attorney, Mr. Scadding? A. No—I was subpœnaed here as a witness—the bill was found against him before I was aware of it—since that I have told the solicitor what I could prove.
COURT. Q. You are not a party to this prosecution? A. Decidedly not—I made various appointments to have the prisoner taken into custody, but not on this indictment—a friend of mine had been fixed as bail, and I wanted to take him that they might render him.
FRANCIS SOUNDY . In November, 1885, I was with the prisoner while he was in London—he was going about from place to place, and told me he was obliged to be out of the way to avoid being arrested, and I have been about from place to place with him.
Cross-examined. Q. Did you know of his living in Lee-street? A. Yes, and I have known him at Winton's, but not living there—this was in the year 1835 or the beginning of 1836—I went about a good deal with him—I have been to Mr. Bassam's with him, but never went in—I have never heard him say his object in going—I have called for him at Turner's of a morning.
MR. CLARKSON. Q. Was this before the commission of bankruptcy was issued? A. Before and after—I went down with the messenger, who took possession of the goods, by desire of Mr. Humphreys the attorney.
WILLIAM WALTON . I am a bookseller. I was employed in October and November, 1835, to serve the prisoner with a writ of execution out of the Court of Chancery—I went to Hatfield Hyde twice, but could not find him—I saw Mrs. Keat and made inquiry of her—I afterwards came to London to look for him—I went to the factory in Cleveland-street in consequence of what his wife told me, but could not find him—I went to Bradsbaw's, to Turner's, and Winton's, and to the Wheatsheaf, but could not find him anywhere.
Cross-examined. Q. Then you heard he had been living at those dif ferent places? A. Yes—not at all the places—I went, in consequence of being referred to them—when I went to Hyde, his wife told me he was in London—I live in Phoenix-place, Phoenix-street, Somers'-town.
HENRY HAMMOND . I was employed by Johnson, the messenger of the Bankruptcy Court, to take possession of the prisoner's effects at Hat field Hyde—I saw the prisoner at the Court of Bankruptcy, when the fiat was opened, and I saw him again the same day at Mr. Johnstone's house, with Mr. Sim, and I believe Mr. Humphreys—I did not hear him give instructions about the taking of the property, but after he had some con versation with Johnstone, he said he would drive me down to the place to take possession, and he did do so a short distance—he met me on the premises the same night I got there—he told me he had several writs out against him, and he had no other motive of getting through his difficulties but by surrendering to the bankruptcy—I asked him if he had got his protection—he showed it to me, and said, "I will take care of this, if I never take care of any thing else"—he said that prevented his being in fear, as he knew nobody could touch him, and he had been at hide and seek.
AUGUSTINE DOLLIN . I am an officer of the Sheriff of Middlesex. In November, 1835, I was employed to arrest the prisoner—I went to Mr. sim's, in Upper Marylebone-street, and to Mr. Lamb's, but could not find him—I also went to the Wheat Sheaf, the Fitzroy Arms, to Roxbrough's, and a great many places, in the hope of findinghim, but could not—I believe I saw him one day in the street, and he went away.
Cross-examined. Q. Do you hold more than one writ against him? A. Only one—it was a joint writ against him and Nutt, at the suit of Houston—I heard that he had been to all the places I went to.
MR. SCADDING. I am a solicitor. An action has been brought by the prisoner against the assignees, but not till after this indictment was found—
the indictment was found before the Commissioners decided on the affidavit.
GUILTY.— Judgment Respited.
NEW COURT.—Tuesday, August 15th, 1837.
Fifth Jury, before Mr. Common Sergeant.
JOHN TUCKER . The prisoner was in my employ, as collecting clerk, four years and a half. I never received the sum of 6l. 16s. nor 7l. 19s., nor 1l. 9s. 3d.—if the prisoner had received these sums he ought to have paid it to me the same day, or the next morning.
Cross-examined by MR. PHILLIPS. Q. Where is your concern? A. At West Ham, in Essex—I print for Baker and Co., silk manufacturers—it was always the prisoner's duty to pay the money he had received to Baker and Co., unless he received a special order to bring the money home—I have no banker, but Bakers have—I am not aware of his having lost any money out of his pockets—he told the officer so, I believe.
ROBERT BLACK . I am clerk to Baker and Co., III, Cheapside. The prisoner brought me a cheque for 6l. 16s., drawn by Ross and Co., and I gave him cash for it—it was for his master—he did not pay me 7l. 19s. 1l. 9s. 3d.
Cross-examined. Q. What book is that you have? A. The book in which our cheques are entered—it is in my own handwriting—I got three cheques from the prisoner at the same time—the amount altogether was 45l. 18s., in cheques, which I paid into our bankers—there are four clerks in the counting-house—the prisoner might have accounted to other clerks, but very seldom—our house received cheques from the prisoner.
(The prisoner received a good character.)
GUILTY .—Aged 37.—Recommended to mercy by the Jury Confined One Year; One Week Solitary.
1745. RICHARD GARRATT and WILLIAM WOODMAN were indicted for stealing, on the 15th of July, 241bs. weight of lead, value 2s. 6d. the goods of William Broughton, and fixed to a certain building; against the Statute, &c.
LUKE WEST . I am a labourer. At half-past six o'clock on Saturday morning, the 15th of July, I was at Hounslow, and saw the two prisoners and another—they had 65lbs. weight of lead—Woodman was carrying it.—I said, "Halloo my lad, you have got some pigeon"—he said, "I am in the habit of going to get iron and bones"—I said, "I don't see any bones or iron"—he put it down against a house where he was going to sell it—I said, "I must see what you have got"—I found this, and I took him—the other boy and Garratt ran away—this was about two miles from the prosecutor's.
Garratt. You did not see it with me. Witness. Yes, I saw you give it to Woodman.
Woodman's Defence. I was going up the road, and met a man who asked if we would buy this lead—I paid him 4s. for it.
Garratt's Defence. I was out mushrooming, and I met this boy in the road, and saw him talk to a man—I saw him take 4s. out of his pocket, and give it for the lead, and he went across the road, and this man took him—I did not have it at all—I thought he was running after me because I was tresspassings.
GARRATT— GUILTY . Aged 18. Confined Three Months.
WOODMAN— GUILTY . Aged 17. Transported for Seven Years.
1746. THOMAS WOODWARD was indicted for stealing, on the 24th of July 1 1/2 lbs. weight of bacon, value 9d.; 1 1/2 lbs. weight of bread, value 3d.; 1 knife, value 3d.; 1 basket, value 1d.; and 1 handkerchief, value 4d.; the goods of James Elbon.
JAMES ELBON . I was at the Greyhound on the 24th of July, at Hendon. I had this bacon and other things there—I put this basket into the parlour about nine o'clock at night, and misted it the next morning about six o'clock—I lodged there all night—I have not got the filings here—they were found, but the Magistrate said they were not wanted any more.
JOHN WARREN . I am a constable of Hendon. I received information, and found these things on the prisoner, about nine o'clock in the morning; on the 25th of July, on the road between his master's house and the Grey hound.—I showed them to the prosecutor—he said they were his.—the prisoner said he took it in mistake in room of his own basket—that be came down by the coach, and a young man of the name of Woods had got his basket, which I have since found, and he thought this was his—there might have been a mistake.
NOT GUILTY .
1747. GEORGIANA HALL was indicted for stealing, on the 18th; of July, 12 yards of lace, value 3s. 6d.; and 26 yards of ribbon, value 3s. 6d.; the goods of Edmund Manning and another: 8 yards of printed muslin, value 8s.; 1 1/2 yards of printed cotton, value 6d.; the goods of Thomas Gervas and another: 9 1/2 yards of printed cotton, value 4s. 9d.; and 8 1/2 yards of ribbon, the goods of Thomas Venables and another.
THOMAS PRENTICE . I am in the employ of Gervas and Pattenson, of Aldgate. Between seven and eight o'clock on the evening of the 18th of July, the prisoner came to my shop and purchased to the amount of 2s. 5 1/4 d.—after, she purchased these goods I saw her take up a small remnant of cotton and look at it and put it down—while the youth who served her went to get change—I saw her take it up and put it into her apron—he gave the change, and we suffered her to go out of the shop—I went after her and found this cotton on her, and the muslin dress in her apron, with ribbon and other things which do not belong to us.
WILLIAM PLAISTOWE, JUN . I belong to the firm of Thomas and John, Venables—these two pieces of gauze ribbon and print are ours—I had not sold them that day—when we sell, the marks are cut off, but they are still on these—that piece of print was put into the window.
JAMES HUTTON . I am in the employ of Edmund Manning and Co.—they deal in lace and ribbon—this lace and ribbon were found in the prisoner's apron—we lost them on the evening of the 18th of July—I had not sold them—I know them by the mark not being taken from the card.
Prisoner. That ribbon was found in my lap, but I had never taken it.
GUILTY . Aged 17.— Transported for Seven Years.
TIMOTHY MABER . I was passing through Bridge-street, Blackfriars, on the evening of the 21st of July—I felt a twitch, and turned and saw the prisoner fall to the ground—I took the handkerchief with one hand and seized him with the other—this is my handkerchief—there was no one near to pick my pocket but him—I saw it in his hand before he fell down.
Prisoner's Defence, I saw two boys about the prosecutor—one did pick his pocket, I passed between, a lady and gentleman, and he turned and took hold of me.
GUILTY . Aged 14.— Transported for Seven Years.
HENRY JOHN HAMMON . I live at No. 99, Great Portland-street. On the 11th of July I felt a tug at my pocket in Cheapside—I turned, and saw the prisoner—I followed him into Milk-street, and gave charge of him—this handkerchief was found on him—it is mine.
Prisoner. I was coming up Cheapside, and passed Honey-lane Market—I saw this handkerchief on the stones.
MR. HAMMON. It could not have fallen—I felt a tug, and he was pointed out as the person who did it.
GUILTY . Aged 22,— Confined Two Years; Two Months Solitary.
RANDALL LINGHAM . I am in the employ of Francis Nalder, and others, warehousemen in Cheapside. We lost some ribbon, and we were ordered to watch—on the 10th of August the prisoner came down with a piece of gauze in his hand—he looked round, saw no one there, and took half a piece of ribbon, put it into his hat, and went up stairs—I followed him, and he went up to the second floor—I met him at the bottom of the stairs, and charged him with it—he denied it—I gave him in charge of Mr. Nalder—this is the ribbon he took—it was not found on him in my presence.
Prisoner. Q. Have you not frequently known me bring you back goods when I have had more than was written down in the ticket? A. Yes you have—you were in the habit of working for Mr. Glover.
(The prisoner pleaded poverty, and received a good character.)
GUILTY . Aged 28.—Recommended to mercy by the Jury, Confined Two Months.
EDWARD JONES . I live in Budge-row. About a quarter; before one o'clock, on the 21st of July, we missed three large reams of paper and not a person to watch—about a quarter before three o'clock I saw somebody go out of the shop, and the prisoner was taken with these.
ROBERT DAVET . I was called and ran out—I saw th« prisoner with, these two reams of paper—he took them back, and laid them on the counter in the warehouse—he then ran away up Walbrook, and I look him—he said "I hope you will forgive me, I will not do so any more."
Prisoner. I went into the shop, and saw the paper on the ground—I took it back and placed it on the counter. Witness, He was on the, footpath, walking away—I was in our shop on the opposite side of the way, and as I crossed he went back into the shop with it.
JURY to EDWARD JONES. Q. Where was the paper when you left? A. On a stack of paper five yards from the door—I saw him come out with it.
(Mary Ann Davis, of No. 10, Blossom-street, and Mary Burgess, gave the prisoner a good character.)
GUILTY . Aged 17.— Confined Six Months.
WILLIAM WARD . About ten o'clock, on Thursday, the 20th of July. I was taking leave of some friends, who were going in an omnibus.—Mr. Pizey came and told me something—I missed my handkerchief—I followed three men that were pointed out to me—I overtook the prisoner, and said he had picked my pocket—he denied it, and said he was a hard working man—I said I should detain him—I gave him in charge—three handker chiefs were found on him—in going to the station the officer said he had thrown the handkerchief down—it was picked up and it was mine—I took it, and followed him to the station with it.
GEOAOE PIZEY . I was in Moorgate-street and saw three men—one of them picked the prosecutor's pocket, and gave the handkerchief to the prisoner—we pursued him, and he was taken—he threw down this one in going along, and I took it up.
GUILTY .* Aged 19.— Confined Two Years; Two Months Solitary .
1753. EDWARD DUNN was indicted for stealing, on the 27th of July, 91bs. weight of tea, value 2l. 4s.; and 3l. bs. weight of coffee, value 6s.; and 31bs. weight of cocoa, value 2s. 6d.; the goods of John Eyke.—2nd COUNT stating them to be the goods of Thomas Thorman.
JOHN HERITAGE . I am in the employ of Mr. John Eyke. living in Cannon-street. About half-past eight o'clock on the evening of the 27th of July the prisoner came and asked to ride in my cart—I had this tea and coffee in it—I said no, I dare not let him, and then he followed and jumped
up on the cart—I ordered him down, but he would ride on the hind part of the cart—the tea and coffee was in front—I went into a yard in Friday street, and then the parcel was safe—when I came back I saw him running away with this parcel—he turned the comer of the yard, and was secured.
Prisoner. Q. You did not sec me take it? A. No—I can swear it was my parcel—there was a wrapper round it.
Prisoner's Defence, On the day charged I had been unsuccessful in trying to get work—I met the witness, and having heard that his employer was in want of a carman, I asked him if it was true—he said he did not know, and be desired me to jump into the cart, which I did—on the way he ordered a pint of porter, and we drank it between us—we went to the inn-yard, in Friday-street, where he said he had to deliver some goods—I rode in with him, and he said he had lost something—he asked me if I had seen the parcel—I said I had not—he went into the counting-house, and I went round for a certain purpose, and he called to me and said I must know about the parcel—while we were talking the watchman came up, and he gave me into his custody, and the prosecutor swore I was running away, but the watchman did not appear, or he could have disproved that part of his statement—I had no parcel whatever under my arm.
GUILTY . Aged 22.— Confined Six Months; One Month Solitary.
1754. HENRY BOND was indicted for stealing, on the 6th of August, 60 books, value 3s., 2 knives, value 4d., 1 jacket, value'1s.; 2 handker chiefs, value 2d.; 2 whetstones, value 2s.; 1 bag, value 2d.; 1 basket, value 4d.; and 1 reaping-hook, value 1s.; the goods of Edward Priestland.
EDWARD PRIESTLAND . I live at Laleham, in Middlesex, and am a labourer. On the 6th of August, I had these sixty small books and other things—they were put into the shed—I left them there at half-past eleven o'clock—they were missed at twelve o'clock.
HENRY DRAPER . I am a constable of Bagshot. The prosecutor brought the prisoner to me—he had this cotton handkerchief on his neck, which the prosecutor owns—I found the reaping-hook and other things it Mrs. Everett's.
Prisoner, I do not think I ever saw her before. Witness, I am sure he is the man.
GUILTY . Aged 30.— Confined Two Months; Two Weeks Solitary.
1755. THOMAS WHITE was indicted for stealing, on the 18th of July, 1 purse, value 1d., 1 half-sovereign, 2 half-crowns, 1 shilling. and 1 sixpence; the goods and monies of Joseph Millwood, from his person.
JOSEPH MILLWOOD . I live at South Mimms, Middlesex. On the 18th of July, I had one sovereign, two half-sovereigns, one shilling, and one sixpence, in a purse in my pocket—I got a little in liquor, and went into Mr. Racine's settle in Barnett, and I was inclined to be sick—they were going to carry me out, and they saw my pocket was empty, my purse and discharge were gone—this is my purse and discharge—(looking at them.)
Prisoner. Q. Can you swear that I took it? A. No.
JOHN STEPHEN RACINE . I keep a public-house. I saw the prosecutor come in and lay down—I found him asleep in the tap-room—the prisoner was rifling his pockets, and I told him to let the man alone and let him sleep—I went away, when I came back in two or three minutes he was at it again—I told him to let it be—I saw the discharge, and he appeared to be putting it into the soldier's pocket—I told him to give it me, and he said he had put his money into his pocket all right—I sent two men to take prosecutor up into the loft, I then went into the tap-room and the prisoner was gone—I went and overtook him, and gave him to the officer—this money was found on him, and the purse was found in the yard—the discharge the prisoner gave me when I asked him for it.
THOMAS AUSTIN . I searched the prisoner, and found one half-sovereign, one half-crown, two sixpences, four penny pieces, two halfpence, and one ring, which the prosecutor swore to at coming off his purse.
Prisoner, My prosecutor and a woman came in together—they were both tipsy—the landlady would not draw them any beer—I asked the soldier to drink out of my pot, which he did—I found the ring where he had sat in the tap-room—I worked for the money.
GUILTY . Aged 32.— Confined Six Months; One Month Solitary.
JAMES TYLER . I was in the pit of the New Strand Theatre on the 30th of June—I had a snuff-box and cigar ease—I felt a slight tug at my pocket—I placed my hand in it and missed the property—I spoke to a friend—the prisoner was sitting immediately behind me, and asked if I had lost any thing—I told him I had—he said, "Indeed, I lost a handkerchief myself some time ago, and now I carry mine in my hat" I went to the lobby to get an officer, and we met the prisoner going out—I desired the officer to take him and search him—he produced these things, and said he picked them up—I stated that I had a strong suspicion that he was the person who had robbed me, and if he was an honest man he would have no objection to be searched; when he kept back and objected to the officer searching him, I insisted on it, and then he produced the things, Cross-examined by MR. DOANE. Q. Is your friend here? A. No—I looked under the scat for my things—I thought there was a possibility I might have dropped them—upon that the prisoner made this statement—he did not ask me if I had lost these things—he asked what I had lost he was going out, and ray friend said, "That is the man that was sitting behind you"—the prisoner then said, "Do you charge me with picking your friend's pocket?"—he said, "No, I only said you were behind him"—the prisoner was between the lobby and the pit—I had scarcely beet out five minutes before I met him—I am quite sure I named to mm the articles I had lost—there were a great many persons about, but none immediately behind me except the prisoner.
which have been claimed, a brass chain with nine keys, two purses, and in money.
Cross-examined. Q. You say a charge was made before he gave up the snuff-box? A. Yes, in his presence, by the prosecutor's friend.
GUILTY . Aged 20.— Transported for Seven Years.
CHARLOTTE HALES . I am servant to Robert Salter Stewart, a hatter, in Shoreditch. On Sunday morning the prisoner came to me, who is in his employ, and told me he wanted to go with a parcel to his aunt, and did not want his master to see what he took—I saw him go behind the counter and come back with a hat—I had been watching him—he tied it up in the handkerchief, and came up to me, and asked if I heard any thing of Mr. Stewart getting up—I said, "No, I do not hear any thing of him—he then went out with this hat and parcel, and returned in about five minutes without the hat.
Cross-examined by MR. PAYNE. Q. Where did you stand? A. Half way up the first staircase—we were good friends—we have had disputes, but were good friends enough then—he came in in about five minutes, and then came to me and asked me to go for the key of the street door to let himself out—he asked me several times, and at last I went up, and master came and let him out—he was in the shop, and I was half-way up stairs—I am quite sure it was a hat he put into the parcel—there were two dirty stockings but he wrapped them up in the hat—I am quite sure it was not a pair of boots—I did not say any thing to him.
GEORGE GREEN (police-constable H 139.) I saw the prisoner that morning in Webb-square, with another young man, about seven o'clock—he had a bundle which contained a pair of boots, and the other man bad a hat tied up in a handkerchief.
Cross-examined. Q. Have you seen that man since? A. I could not swear to him, but I think I saw him the same night, carrying something in a handkerchief—I did not stop and look—I saw he had got a hat tied up in paper and a handkerchief—there was no band-box—Webb-square is about fifty or sixty yards from the prosecutor's house—I said in a joke, "Where did you steal this from?"—he said, "I have not stolen them, it is a pair of boots, feel them, "which I did.
JURY to CHARLOTTE HALES. Q. How did you come possessed of the key to let the man out at first? A. The door was not locked at first—he pretended to lock it on Saturday night, but he had not fastened it.
RICHARD WEBB (police-constable 89 H.) I was in company with my brother policeman, and we met the prisoner—I said to him, "Warren, you are off early"—he said, "Yes," and just as he was going by. Green touched him—he had a bundle, which had a pair of boots in it—there was nobody with a hat—that was at a quarter past eight o'clock—he could not have seen the prisoner and another without my knowledge—he did not say any thing about where did you steal this?—Green could not have seen him at any time this morning without my knowing it.
GEORGE GREEN re-examined. Webb was not with me the whole tune—I saw him about three times during the time I was on duty, which was from six to eight o'clock—his beat was one side of Shoreditch, and mine the other, and we go round the square every hour or two hours—Webb was with me when I saw the prisoner and the other meet—I did not see the prisoner more than once that morning.
ROBERT SALTER STEWART . I generally made it my business to fasten my door—having been busy that day, I asked the prisoner to do it for me—he did it, as he said, and gave me the keys; and in the morning after coining down, I was surprised that the girl said he bad been out.
GUILTY . Aged 19.— Confined Two Years; Two Months Solitary.
1758. WILLIAM MENDAY and EDMUND LANGSHAM were indicted for stealing, on the 4th of August, 120lbs. weight of lead, value 16s. the goods of Peter Grant.—2nd COUNT, stating them to be the goods of William Hopkins Clerk and others.
MR. RTLAND conducted the Prosecution,
SAMUEL SHEPPARD . I am gardener to Mr. M. Ghee, of Hanger-lane, Tottenham. On the morning of the 4th of August, between six and seven o'clock, I was mowing about half a mile, from Blackhope-lane. I saw Langsham pass with a truck, three or four times, which aroused my suspicions—I placed myself to watch, and saw Monday come across Mr. Collins's fields, and take up something; and then Langsham went down a lane which leads to some fields, and brought his truck against my master's place—Menday then took up something, and put it into the truck and then they came on towards Stamford-hill; my master having lost some articles. I thought they might have something belonging to him, and I followed them—Menday was about ten yards behind—I asked them to show me what they had got—Menday said, had I lost any thing—I said my. master bad lately lost some things; I should like to know what they had got; and Menday said he had got some lead, and he showed it me—I gave them in charge—Langsham said he was hired by Menday to draw the truck—Menday said the lead was his, and he bought it of a countryman—I gave the lead to the constable.
Langsham. You asked me what I had got, and I pointed to Menday Witness. Yes.
CHARLES SATTERDAY. I am groom to Mr. M'Ghee. I was called by Sheppard to take charge of the prisoners, with Mr. Smith and Mr. Kennett—while Sheppard was gone for the constable, Menday said, "Come with me, I want to go aside"—and I let him go about a hundred yards down the road, till we saw a gap, I let him go over there, and he got over a hedge to another field, and made his escape—I followed, and took him in the Newroad, near the Seven Sisters—I brought him back, and asked him, if he came by the lead honestly what made him run away—he said he would make his escape if he could, as he could not tell who he bought it of.
HILL PATCH . I live with my father, next door to an empty house belonging to Mr. Grant, in Black Hope-lane. On Tuesday, the 1st of August, I was at the top of that house to destroy the sparrows—the lead and gutters were all safe—I observed it was gone on the next Thursday—I saw marks of footsteps on the attic story, from the window to the wall—I picked up this jemmy in the gutter of the house, nearly covered up.
THOMAS ADKINS . I am a constable of Tottenham. The prisoners were given into my custody on Friday morning, and the lead—I asked Menday what he had got in the truck—he said, some lead he had bought of a straw carter, and Langsham had nothing to do with it—I found a knife on Menday—he said the man promised to leave the lead at such a place for him, if he was not there, and he had left the lead—I produce a sort of jemmy—I know the house next to Patch—I carried the lead there, and compared it with
the plumber, and I believe it is part that came from the roof—I tried the jemmy, and it answers to the holes made in the lead—the knife seems to be a plumber's knife, and I have every reason to believe it was used to cut lead—the point was very broad, which cutting lead would produce.
Menday. The knife was given to me by a boy.
JOSEPH FORSTER . I am a constable. I assisted in searching the house belonging to Mr. Grant, with Adkins and a plumber—it appeared to be stripped of lead, and it had been recently cut—I saw this lead fitted, it appeared to be part of it—I have no doubt of it—I saw the jemmy applied to the holes in the lead—I have not the least doubt that it had been used for that purpose—I saw part of the knife was broken, and apparently had cut lead—Mr. Grant's house is about three hundred yards from Mr. Collins's field.
JOSEPH HACKWELL . I am a plumber. I assisted in searching the roof of the house, and fitted the lead with what remained—it appeared to me to be part of the same—I have no doubt of it—this knife is similar to what is used by plumbers, and would do for that purpose—it appeared to have been used so—I saw this iron compared with the holes in the lead—I believe it had been used for that purpose.
Menday's Defence. I bought this lead in the Edgeware-road, of a countryman—he was to leave it for me on the road, in this ditch, if I was not there time enough.
Langsham's Defence. I deal in shoes. Menday came to me and asked me if I was going to Newington with any shoes—I said "Yes"—he said, "If you go to Stamford, I have bought some metal, I will give you two shillings to bring it in your truck"—I went and saw Menday—the lead was in a dry ditch—he said he was too late for the man, and he had left it for him—when the man came to me and spoke to me, I said Menday hired me, and I put the truck down.
JOHN OATES . I have known Langsham about eight months. I was present at the time that Menday came, and asked him if he was going to Newington the next morning—he said he was—and he said, "I will give you two shillings if you will fetch some things for me."
MR. RYLAND. Q. When was this? A. On Thursday, the 3rd of this month—it was in Langsham's room—I lodge there—Menday lodges in Norfolk-street, about ten minutes walk from Langsham's—I have not been in the court all the time—I have been below—I was not here when Langsham said what he did.
Langsham. Menday did not tell me at home that it was in any field, and I expressed my surprise that it was in a field—I took a little boy, six years of age, with me, which I should not have done if I had any felonious intent.
MENDAY GUILTY.—Aged 40.—Recommended to mercy by the Jury and Prosecutor .— Confined Three Months.
LANGSHAM— NOT GUILTY .
with the ducks in his possession, between seven and eight o'clock at night, on the 22nd—he was in the Edgware-road, carrying them in the bag on his back, alive.
Prisoner. I bought them in the morning, but I do not know who the man was.
GUILTY —Aged 34. Confined Three Months; One Month Solitary.
OLD COURT.—Wednesday, August 10th, 1837.
First Jury, before Mr. Sergeant Arabin.
SAMUEL MELHUISH . I am a boot maker, and live in Bell-yard, Lincoln's Inn. On the night of the 11th of July, between 9 and 10 o'clock, I was walking along Jewin-street, and I felt something at my pocket—I turned round and my handkerchief was gone—I found the prisoner quite close behind me—I seized him, and told him he had picked my pocket, as there had not been time for any body else to do it—he denied it, and asked me to search him—I found it about a yard from him in the road—he got away—I pursued him—he fell down, and I secured him, and in going along he begged me to forgive him—this is my handkerchief—he was the only person near enough to take it—there was no other person near me—there was another person at a distance, who I suspect was connected with him.
Prisoner's Defence, I was in the road when he turned round—there was another man close to him—I never took his handkerchief, and never was behind him—I did not ask forgiveness, but said I was entirely innocent.
GUILTY .* Aged 20. Transported for Seven Years.
LUCY HICKS . I am the wife of Benjamin Hicks, and live at Tottenham. On the 4th of July I hung out a frock to dry, with other things, close to the yard door, at one o'clock, and missed it soon after—it was fastened with two wooden pegs, and could not have blown off—I informed the constable of it, and in the course of the day he brought the prisoner to me with it—I do not know her—this is it.
JOSEPH WEBB . I am a constable of Tottenham. I was informed of the frock being stolen, and followed the prisoner nearly as far as Stamford-hill-gate—I found her sitting on a bank by the road-aide—I did not know her before—it was between three and four o'clock—I went up and asked if she had not something not belonging to her—she said no—I lifted her shawl up, and found this frock under her arm wrapped in a handkerchief.
Prisoner's Defence, I picked it Up.
GUILTY . Aged 30.— Confined Three Months.
FREDERICK IZANT . I keep an eating-house in Bucklersbury—I have the use of newspapers from Joseph Thomas, from twelve till seven o'clock, and then they are returned to him. On the 11th of July the prisoner came to my house—I never saw him before—he said he came for Mr. Thomas's papers—I told him Mr. Thomas's boys usually took their hats off—he then took his hat off, took nine papers off the different tables, and went away.
GUILTY .* Aged 17.— Transported for Seven Years. (There was another indictment against the prisoner.)
JAMES BALLS . I was employed as collecting clerk to Mr. Thomas, newsvender, of Finch-lane—the prisoner was employed by him as a distributor of newspapers. On the 18th of July he met me in Poppin's court, to take the newspapers received by me to Mr. Thomas's office—I gave him one hundred and forty copies of the Times to take—in about three quarters of an hour I went to the office, having suspicion—the prisoner was in the shop—I sent him out, and then counted the papers he had brought down—there was only one hundred and thirty-four—Mr. Allen was in the shop—the prisoner returned, and was taken into custody is the afternoon.
GUILTY . Aged 14.— Confined Three Months.
JAMES STOCKEN . I drive a cab. On the 10th of August I left my cab is Bridge-street, Blackfriars, in charge of Holles for a short time—I left my coat on the driving seat—I returned in about twenty minutes, and it was gone—the prisoner jobs about the rank—I have not seen the coat since.
WILLIAM HOLLES . I am a coachman out of service. Stocken employed me to clean his harness while he was gone to breakfast—he had been in the habit of employing the prisoner—the prisoner came and took the coat off the cab, and went away with it.
Prisoner's Defence, I know nothing about it.
GUILTY .*— Transported for Seven Years.
Before Lord Chief Justice Denman,
1765. WILLIAM GILBERT was indicted for feloniously assaulting Ann Pike, on the 11th of July, at Saint Mary Woolnoth, putting her his fear, and taking from her person and against her will, 1 bag, value 2s. 1 handkerchief, value 2s. 6d.; and 2s., the goods and monies of Charles Pike.
ANN PIKE . I am the wife of Charles Pike. On Tuesday, the 11th of July. about a quarter before eleven o'clock at night, I was in King William-street, and going along the corner of St. Swithin's-lane the pri soner snatched at my bag—the ribbon of it was twisted round my band two or three times, but he got it from me—I struggled with him for above a minute—there were two persons—when he got it he went down St. Swithin's lane—there was a pocket handkerchief and two or three shillings in it—this is my bag—I saw it again the same night at the station-house—the prisoner was caught directly—there was a light at the corner—I am quite sure he is the man—I saw him very soon after in custody.
JAMES HALLAM . I am a watch-case maker. On the night of the 11th of July, as I was returning home about eleven o'clock, the prosecutrix came up to me and told me she had been robbed by the two men who were running down the lane, and pointed them out—I ran after them—(hey turned the comer—a watchman took one passing the end of a street, and I followed the prisoner and took him—I saw the bag found on him at the watch-house—I lost sight of him for a few seconds in turning the corner, but there was no one else about.
JAMES RUSSELL . I am a watchman of Walbrook. On the night in question, I heard a cry of "Stop him, "as I was coming up Turnagainlane—I seized another man and took him to the watch-house—I found the prisoner in custody of another watchman—Hallam came into the watch-house with him—I saw the prisoner drop this bag into the fire-place—I asked the prosecutrix when the came in what she had lost—she said, "A black silk bag"—I asked her which of them took it from her—she pointed to the prisoner—I asked what was in it—she said, a while pocket handkerchief, and two or three shillings, she could not tell which.
GUILTY . Aged 20,— Death recorded.—Recommendedt to mercy by The.
Jury and Prosecutrix,
Third Jury before Lord Chief Justice Denman.
1766. JOHN GORDON and GEORGE WINFIELD were indicted for that they, on the 21st of July, upon William Smith, feloniously did make an assault, with intent his goods and chattels against his will violently and feloniously to steal.
WILLIAM SMITH . I am a shoemaker, and live at Limehouse. On the Bight of the 21st of July, about eleven o'clock, I was walking towards London, on the high-road between Southall and Hanwell—as I come a little way out of Southall, I was stopped by three men on the road—I never to my knowledge saw them before—they jostled me about, and I made my escape back to Southall—I saw the bone patrol and told him of it, and wished him to see into it—I then set off again, and when I got about three quarters of a mile on the road, the same three men assaulted me again—they beat me, knocked me about, and cut my eye' with a stick' or something hard; and said I might thank God they had not more time as the patrol was in sight, and they ran away—I was all in a gore of blood—, they could not take any thing from me, as the horse patrol was in sight, and they were obliged to go—I was kicked shamefully, but nothing was taken from me—they had hold of me and kicked me about—they did not put their hands into my poeket to my knowledge—I was perfectly sober—they were about ten minutes about me—I believe it was a stick they struck me with, it was something hard—I think they had been drinking—the prisoners are two of the men—Winfield is the one that said 1 might thank God they had not more time—I resisted, and struck Gordon with a stick, and he gave me a blow in the eye which cut my eye open.
Cross-examined by MR. PRENDERGAST. Q. The first time you met them you struck them? A. Not till after they jostled me about the road—I did strike one of them—I had not been struck at that time, but I had been jostled—I gave him a good hard blow—they said nothing to me when they first came up, nor I to them—I am very hard of hearing, and
they might have said something without my hearing it—I go about getting orders for shoes from farmer's ladies, and make them—all the goods I carry are bespoke—I sell nothing but shoes and boots—the men were two or three minutes with me the first time, and the next time ten minutes, or it might be nearly a quarter of an hour—there was about half an hour or a little more between the first and second times—the patrol and they were talking together, and he told me to make the best of my way home, and he would see that I was not insulted on the road—I had better than thirty shillings about me, that was all safe in my side-coat pocket, and I bad about a dozen pairs of boots and shoes which were all safe in my basket.
COURT. Q. These men did not seize the basket? A. No—being covered with blood, I gathered the shoes up as well as I could; but I missed gathering them up, and next day T missed two, but these men did not make any attempt at my basket—it was a moonlight night.
WILLIAM FAIR . I am a horse-patrol on the Uxbridge road. On the night of the 22nd of July I was near Southall-bridge, which crosses the railroad, and saw two men run towards Norwood-green—I rode after them, and got within twenty yards of them—one of them bolted through a hedge into a corn-field—I secured the other, which was Gordon—I asked what was the matter—he said there was nothing the matter, that they were going home, and the man that went through the hedge knew nothing of it—he appeared sober—I asked where he had been—he said to the White Hart, at Southall—I was taking him towards the White Hart, and saw the prosecutor bleeding very much about the face and head, and he said, "That is one of the men who ill-used me"—Gordon said nothing to that—the prosecutor said he had been attacked by three men and ill-used, and he believed they intended to rob him—I afterwards took the prosecutor to the White Hart, and gave Gordon into custody.
Cross-examined. Q. Do you know the prisoners? A. No—I found out that they were in the employ of Mr. Macintosh there, and had the management of horses in the neighbourhood—I had never seen then before—Lander who had seen them is not here.
JOHN DENTON . I am a horse-patrol. I received Gordon from Fair, took him to the cage at Hanwell, and locked him up—next morning he asked me to send for Winfield as he wished to speak to him, and I then went and apprehended Winfield.
Cross-examined. Q. Where did you take Winfield? A. In the stable, doing his regular work—I understand they were both in the same employ—Gordon told me Winfield was in company with him the whole of the night, and they came home together, and that made me take him.
COURT. Q. Did the prosecutor say any thing about Winfield? A. As soon as I took him before him he said, "That is the man who said T might thank God they had not more time;" and I believe Winfield denied it.
NOT GUILTY .
Before Mr. Justice Williams.
1767. WILLIAM DAY and GEORGE HYDE were indicted for feloniously breaking and entering the dwelling-house of Raleigh Trevelyan. on the 5th of June, at Staines, with intent to steal, and stealing therein, 18 table-cloths, value 25l.; 24 table-napkins, value 4l.; 24 sheets, value 10l.; 2 cloaks, value 10l.; 3 shawls, value 8l.; 3 gowns, value 9l.; 1 cape, value 2l. 10s., and 1 boa, value 5l., his property.—2nd Court, stating them to be the goods of Elizabeth Trevelyan.
MR. ADOLPHUS conducted the Prosecution. ELIZABETH TREVELYAN. I am the wife of Raleigh Trevelyan, but am living separately from him. I had a house taken for me at Knowle-green, at Staines, where I intended to live—I left Kemble in charge of that house while it was being fitted up ready for me—I had a chest of linen there, which I saw on Monday the 5th of June last—I did not look into it, but I saw it in the back drawing-room—I saw next morning that it had been opened, and all the linen but a few trifling articles taken away—we had every possible search made, but without any effect—I have since seen a small part of the linen—I know both the prisoners—Hyde had been employed about my house digging a ditch, and Day had been employed to take my boy to school, but not from that house—I could not replace the articles lost for 100l.
WILLIAM KEMBLE . I was employed by the prosecutrix to take care of her house—I slept there on the night of the 5th of June—the chest of linen was safe in the back drawing room, which is on the ground floor, when I went to bed at ten o'clock—I slept in the north part of the house, at I considerable distance from that room, and on the first floor—there is a door leading from the drawing-room into the garden—that was fast when I went to bed—the window of the water-closet was down, but it had no fastening to it—it opens as a sash—I got up at about half-past four o'clock next morning, which was my usual time—I found the garden door open, which was fastened over night, by an iron bar across it, and a lock, but the key was in it—it had been opened from the inside—I found the water-closet window up, high enough for a man to get through—I went in to the drawing-room, and saw the box broken open—it was a very large box—it took three men to take it into the drawing-room—I looked out at the door, and there was a ladder standing at the water-closet window—it belonged to our premises, as the labourers were working there—there was a mark under the water-closet window, where somebody had got off the ladder on to the window—I traced the footsteps of a man from the road leading from Southampton, to the house, coming towards the water-closet door, and there were the steps of more than one going away from the house—I traced them over one large meadow and one small one, which leads into the turnpike road, within about twenty yards of Day's stables—I then went, and alarmed Mr. Craig, and called his servant—about six o'clock in the morning, as I was going after the patrol, I saw Day, and asked him if he would tell me where the horse police lived, and told him there had been a box broken open in Mrs. Trevelyan's house, and the things taken out—he said the patrol lived just on this side of Bedfont, but it was not any use for me to go, because they were gone to keep Ascot-heath race ground the day before—however, I went to Bedfont, and found one policeman at home—there are two stationed there, but one was gone to the races.
Cross-examined by MR. DOANE. Q. Were you the only person in the house? A. Yes—I saw the house perfectly safe before I went to bad—I traced the footsteps of one person to where the ladder was—there were the steps of more than one from the closet door—they all pointed from the house—I really cannot tell how many there were.
MR. ADOLPHUS. Q. Can you tell whether they were the steps of two persons, or of the same person twice over? A. I cannot say—if a person went from the house, and returned again, they would make more marks.
Rev. EDMUND CRAIG. I am a clergyman, and lived then at Staines.
I am acquainted with Mrs. Trevelyan—I was at the post-office when this letter was presented to her, and she delivered it to me—in consequence of what it contained, I went to see Day, and read the letter to him, he looking over the letter with me—it was in June—(read)—"To Mrs. Trevelyan. Madam, I have wrote to inform you that I have got some information of what you lost, if you please to go to William Day, near the White Lion, and ask him if he did find your property lodged on his premises in Birch-green, last week; he is as innocent of the robbery—I shall hear how you get on before I say any more; so no more at present from your well wisher."
MR. CRAIG. When I read the letter to him, I asked him if the statement was true, if he had found these things on his premises—he said with some reluctance, "Yes, it is true"—I asked him if he had not reason to suppose they were Mrs. Trevelyan's—he said he thought they were—I asked him if he did not know of the robbery—he said he did—I asked if he was not aware a reward had been offered verbally through the village—he said he was—I said, then why did he not come and communicate the fact of these things being found on his premises—he said he was unwilling to have any thing to do with it, lest he should be suspected—I asked him if he had no suspicion whatever who took them, and brought them there—he said, "None"—I asked if he knew where they were at that time—he said they were gone from his premises, and he did not know where—I asked if he knew who took them away—he said, "No"—I asked if he did not watch to observe who took them away—he said, "No"—I then gave him into custody—in consequence of what he stated before the Magistrate I went to Pike, and in consequence of what Pike stated to me, I went to Day in prison, and said to him, "Pike has made a statement to me, I should like to ask you some questions, and a descrepancy between your statement and Pike's will be serious to you; shall I ask you the questions?"—he said he had no objection—I then asked him if it was true he had said that Hyde stole the things—he said, yes, he had—I said, "Do you believe he did steal the things?"—he said he did, that Hyde did steal the things, and brought them to his stable—he had stated previously to me that he had not interfered in it, but he subsequently said that, on Sunday afternoon, he went down to his own stable, took the property into his own premises, turned it out of what it was in, and examined it to ascertain what was there, in the stable, and in the evening he deposited the property again under the litter in his carthorse—he said he was then fully aware whose the things were—I asked him why he buried them again under the litter—he said he did not know; were any-thing to be seen it might bring him into difficulties—I know Hyde—he worked on Mrs. Trevelyan's premises for a fortnight or three weeks under the window of the back drawing-room—I am sure Day said he knew whose things they were, and stated the marks on them, naming the name—I recollect that.
Day, I said I thought the things might be Mrs. Trevelyan's.
JURY. Q. Was Hyde acquainted with the nature of the premises? A. The house was open for repair all day, whether he ever went in I cannot say—the room the property was in was left entirely open in the day time—there were three or four workmen—they all left at six o'clock.
WILLIAM PIKE . I keep the Windmill tap, at Salt-hill. I know Day—on the 12th of June I was ill in bed, and he came to me and sat on my bed—he asked me if I could give him any advice; he said he had found a sack
of linen under some old thatch in his out-house or shed, and he searched further and found a smock frock containing more linen, and he took it out and put it into a sack—he asked my advice what to do, and I told him to go to some gentleman in Staines, and named Mr. Ashley the banker, so that the lady might have her property again, and he get the reward—he had told me he suspected they were Mrs. Trevelyan's property—I saw him again next day—he said he had seen Hyde, and Hyde told him nobody had any thing to do with the robbery but himself—that he asked Hyde if he was sure nobody was in it but himself, and he said yes.
Cross-examined. Q. Did you write this letter in consequence of the communication? A. No.
THOMAS RICHARD . I am a constable of Staines. Hyde was given into my custody on the 21st of June—I took him to the Angel and Crown, and kept him in custody all night—between five and six o'clock in the morning Mrs. Trevelyan's gardener came running up to the ion, and said there were two bags of linen lying in a field, supposed to belong to Mrs. Trevelyan—Hyde must have heard that, as he was with me—I went with Mr. Craig into the field and found the two bags of linen lying on the grass—I afterwards went to Day and asked him where the smock frock was that Mrs. Trevelyan's things were in—he said he had shot them out and the smock frock laid across it—I went into the stable and found it—I took it to Day and asked him if that was the smock frock the things were brought if, he said it was—he was in prison when I went to him. (Property produced and sworn to,) RANDOLPH HORN. I am clerk to the Magistrate. I have the examinations which were taken in this case—they were read over by the parties and signed by the Justice—each prisoner heard all that was said by the other, and neither of them contradicted each other (reads)
"The prisoner Day being called on said, what be told Pike was true, also what he told Mr. Craig was all true, and what he told Richards the constable was all true—that the property now produced was part of the property he examined, and put into the sack, after taking it from the smock frock now produced."
"The prisoner Hyde says, last Tuesday week, the 13th of June, he met Day, and asked him what he had done with Mrs. Trevelyan's things—Day said, What?'—he asked him the question again, and Day said he knew nothing about them—this day week he met Day again, and he said, 'What have you done with the things?'—Day said, 'I do not know'—he said, Was there any more of them, because I have met a man and think he has taken the lot'—Hyde answered, 'Very well."
HENRY WAPSUOT . I am a farmer at Egham-hithe. I know the prisoner Hyde—I know this smock frock—it is made out of old canvass or something—I have seen Hyde wear it many times—I noticed this slit here, and the letter H on the arm—I have passed him many great times with it on and noticed the H.
Hyde (producing a smock frock,) This is mine. Witness, No, that is not it—it is quite different altogether, and their is no H on that A. Juror. Yes, there is H on this also.
MR. ADOLPHUS. Q. Were you before the Justice? A. Yes, and made the same statement as I have now, respecting the frock and the H on it.
NOT GUILTY .
Before Lord Chief Justice Denman.
1768. ROBERT SMITH was indicted for stealing, on the 17th of June, at St. Leonard, Shoreditch, 1 watch, value 30l.; and 1 guard chain, value 2l.; the goods of William Carpenter Gill, his master, in his dwelling-house.
THOMAS SMITH . I am a bricklayer and live at Hoxton. On the morning of the 17th of June I was in Long-lane, and beard a cry of "Stop thief"—I saw the prisoner, and an old gentleman runing after him with an umbrella under his arm, calling" Stop thief"—I saw the prisoner coming down Middle-street, and stopped him at the comer—the old gentleman came up and said, "You rascal, what have you done with my watch"—the prisoner replied, "Sold it"—the old gentlemen said, "Sold it, have you"—he said, "No, I have not, here it is "putting his hand into his jacket pocket, and putting it into the old gentleman's hands.
HUGH GILL . I live in Shoreditch with my son, William Carpenter Gill, who is a publican—the prisoner was his pot-boy. On Saturday, the 17th of June, my son went up stairs, returned, and said he missed his gold watch—I inquired for the prisoner, and he was absent—I went out to Long-lane, and saw him on the other side of the street—when he saw me he ran away, and I after him, calling "Stop thief"—he was stopped by Smith—I came up and asked what he had done with the watch—he said, "I have sold it"—I said, "Have you"—he said, "No, here it is," and gave it to me.
ZACHARIAH BAKER . I am a policeman. I heard a cry of "Stop thief "in Long-lane, and followed—I found the prisoner in custody of Gill—I took him to the Compter, and received the watch from Gill—I said to him on the road, "You must be a foolish young lad to rob a good master"—he said, "I did it to go to Liverpool, to go on board a ship." (Property produced and sworn to.)
(The prisoner put in a written defence, stating that curiosity led him into his master's room, and seeing the watch he was tempted to take it; that after doing so, feeling remorse for what he had done, he was returning with it, when he was apprehended.)
GUILTY>. Aged 19.—Recommended to mercy by the Jury and Prosecutor, having previously borne a good character. — Transported for Life.
Fourth Jury, before Mr. Recorder.
1769. WILLIAM COUNTRYMAN was indicted for stealing, on the 23rd of July, at St. Mary, Islington, 5 forks, value 3l.; 12 spoons, value 6l.; and 1 knife-rest, value 2s.; the goods of Joseph Trueman, in his dwelling-house.
MR. DOANE conducted the Prosecution.
JAMES WALLING . I am a waiter at Highbury Barn-tavern. On Sunday, the 23rd of July, about a quarter or five minutes to twelve o'clock in the day, I was walking in Highbury-grove, and saw the prisoner getting out of Mr. Trueman's parlour window—he got to the gate, and three or four lads went up—one produced his hat, and he put some property into it—I thought it was something of plate, but could not be certain—I did not consider it right, and communicated it to another person—the lads ran away—I pursued, but did not catch any of them.
RICHARD WILBOARD . I am a carpenter, and live in Cross-street, Wenlock-road. I was passing along Highbury-grove, and observed the prisoner leap out of Mr. Trueman's window—three or four boys came up to the gate, and then ran away—I pursued the prisoner upwards of a mile and then he was stopped by Faint—I took him back to Mr. Trueman's
and gave him in charge of an officer—he took him inside the court-yard, and I noticed him drop a spoon from the hind part of his person.
SAMUEL WOOD . I was running after the lads, who ran from Mr. Trueman's house—after the prisoner was taken I assisted the policeman in going along the track the prisoner had taken over the fields opposite Highbury-place, and found four spoons and one fork—I had seen the prisoner jump over the palings and cross the fields, and it was in that track I found them—two persons also picked up three forks in the same field.
Prisoner, Q. Did not I ask you what you wanted me for? A. Yes—he said he would go back with me if I let go of his collar, which I did, and he went with me.
JOHN WATKINS (police-constable N 148.) Mr. Trueman's house is in the parish of St. Mary, Islington—on the 23rd of July I was near the house, on duty, and the prisoner was given into my charge about half-past twelve o'clock—I took him into the garden, and saw a silver tea-spoon drop from him—I took him to the station-house—he resisted, and did not go quietly—I produce the other property, which was delivered to me by Rose, my brother officer.
MARTHA BLAGROVE . I am in the service of Mr. Joseph Trueman. On Sunday I placed twelve spoons, six forks, and one knife-rest, on the dining-room table, on the ground floor—I left the room, and soon after was alarmed, and missed all the plate but one large fork, three knife-rests, and one salt spoon—the articles produced are what I laid on the table—they are Mr. Trueman's property, and are worth 12l. and upwards.
GUILTY . Aged 18.— Transported for Life.
1770. THOMAS RAY was indicted for stealing, on the 10th of August,. 1 bag, value 1d.; 45 sovereigns, 16 half-sovereigns, 1 half-crown, and 1 penny; the goods and monies of John Dawson, from his person.
MR. BODKIN conducted the Prosecution,
JOHN DAWSON . I am in the employ of Mr. Heam, a coach proprietor, and have been so between six and seven weeks. Before that I worked at fanning for nine or ten years, and saved up 53l. 2s. 1d„ which I had in my possession the night I was robbed—I sleep in a horse-box in the stables at Mr. Hearn's—on the 9th of August I went to bed there—my money was sewn up in the bottom of my trowsers pockets—there was forty-five sovereigns, sixteen half-sovereigns, a half-crown, and one penny—I placed my trowsers under my head—I was awoke in the night by a talking—I heard Shepherd, who slept in the same place, talking to the prisoner—shepherd asked what business he had there—he said he was a stranger come from Watford, and wanted to lie down—I recognised him as having worked on the premises about a fortnight before—I looked for my trowsers, and found them gone—I searched about in the dark, and found them by the side of the prisoner—my money was gone from them—I accused the prisoner of taking them—he said he knew nothing of them—I said I should detain him until daylight, which I did—he seemed to get uneasy, and wished to move out—I said I should have him taken into custody when daylight came—he seemed to fidget about, and grope in the straw—I asked what he
was striking the straw about for—he said, to see if he could find my money—he afterwards said he would go out, and I went with him into the front yard—he said he wanted to go to the privy—I said that was the wrong way—when he had done at the privy he came back—he afterwards went to some ricks, but I kept him in sight all the time till we returned from the rick yard, and I then lost sight of him for an hour, when he returned back into the yard, and by my master's advice I gave him into custody—Shepherd is not here—the prisoner was lying about three feet from me when I missed my trowsers from under my pillow, which was two horse cloths—I could not have moved them myself by moving about—being fatigued after my day's work I slept sound, and was not awoke.
MARTIN BURTON . I am a horse patrol. Early in the morning of the 10th of August I was sent for to Mr. Heam's rick yard, and the prisoner was given into my charge—I searched him, but found nothing but a few halfpence—I told him I took him for robbing Dawson of his money—he said he knew nothing about where it was, but afterwards he said another person had taken it—I afterwards took him before the Magistrate—we then went to Edgware, he asked me if it would be any worse for him if he told where the money was—I told him I did not know—he said nothing more then—when we got to the Crane, where the Magistrates sat, before we went before them, he said he wanted to speak to Mr. Hean's bailiff, Bolus, who came up—he called me to him and said in the prisoner's presence that he had said he would tell him where the money was—I said I must go and see where it is—the prisoner then took us to a little slip of ground three or four hundred yards off, belonging to John Perfect—he walked close alongside a post by a ditch—I saw the ground had been moved, and he said it was there—I searched, and found forty-five sovereigns, sixteen half-sovereigns, and one shilling in a purse—he told me as we went along, that another man had stolen it who wars stranger, and he had shown him where he hid it—Shepherd is not in Mr. Hearn's service now—he has been discharged, as his work was finished.
JOHN DAWSON re-examined. The prisoner did not go to the place the money was in in my view—when I lost sight of him Shepherd remained behind with me in the yard till he was taken, and had no opportunity of going to where the money was found—I know this to be my bag—it is a pocket cut off my trowsers and fits them now. Prisoner. I did not rob the man.
GUILTY of Stealing, but not from the person. Aged 18. Recommended to mercy.— Confined Six Months.
1771. WILLIAM STONEHILL and WILLIAM BUSHNELL were indicted for stealing, on the 17th of July, 1 bag, value 1s.; 1 handkerchief, value 2s.; 2 purses, value 3s.; and 7 shillings; the goods and monies of Mary Hannah Stevens, from her person.
MARY HANNAH STEVENS . I live in Rodney-terrace, Mile-end, with my parents. On the 17th of July, I went with two of my sisters to visit the Cemetry at Kensal-green—we returned by the Harrow road—just before we got to the Windsor Castle, public-house, I saw two persons walking behind us—when we got to the corner of a lane beyond the public-house, I perceived that my bag was cut off my arm—it was dragged out of my hand by Stonehill—I had the string on my arm and was holding the bag in my hand—I observed a knife in his hand at the time he dragged the bag from me—he ran down the lane with his companion—I did not notice him
but I am sure Stonehill is the person that took my bag—it contained a pocket handkerchief, two purses, and seven shillings—I spoke to Taylor and James, and they went in pursuit of the persons—the two prisoners were brought back in a short time, and I knew Stonehill to be the person who took my bag—I never had any doubt of it—he asked what he was taken for—I said, "For taking the bag, "—he said he did not do it—I had no opportunity of seeing his face before he went away with the bag—I speak to him by his dress—he had on a brown jacket then—he is not in that dress now—the man who was brought back had the same dress as the man who took the bag.
Cross-examined by MR. DOANE.Q. Were you at the station-house when the prisoners were there? A. Yes—I am quite sure I never expressed any doubt about them—Stonehill said he did not do it—I asked him if he saw any one passing, if he did not do it, and he said no—I do not think I said, "Then you must have done it"—if I did say so it was not from doubting about it—I will swear I did not say so—I said to him" Did you see any one else do it"—the lane is some distance from the canal—I observed the two persons for some time before I lost the bag—about ten minutes or a quarter of an hour.
COURT.Q. What made you look back at first? A. I told my sister to look at the Cemetry and see the prospect as we passed—about ten minutes or a quarter of an hour elapsed between my losing my bag and the prisoners being taken into custody—it was about twenty-five minutes from my first seeing them in the road to their being taken.
CECILIA STEVENS . I was with my sister on this occasion, it was on a Monday—we were returning from the Cemetry about three o'clock—I looked round, and saw these two boys lying down in the grass—they got up and followed us—we stopped on the road to look at the view and the Cemetry, and the two boys passed us very slowly, so that we passed them again—they kept within two or three yards of us after our passing them—I took sufficient notice of them to be able to say the prisoners are the same boys—when we got to a lane by the public-house, Stonehill stooped down, cut the bag off my sister's arm, and ran down the lane, and the other prisoner with him—they were brought back in custody in about a quarter of an hour, and I knew them to be the same persons who had followed us.
Cross-examined. Q. You were not far from the Cemetry, then, when they passed you? A. No, nor were we far from the lane—I saw the canal—we walked, it might be a mile from the Cemetry, before the beg was cut—it was immediately after we came out of the Cemetry that I saw them lying in the grass—it took us about ten minutes to walk from there to the lane, we walked slowly—I had not hold of my sister's arm at the time the bag was cut off—I gave an alarm to Mr. Taylor directly—I am sure I am not mistaken in the persons—I had no particular reason for looking at them till the bag was gone—my attention was not directed particularly to them.
COURT. Q. I think you say they jumped up, when you came out of the Cemetry, and kept close behind; they passed you, and you passed them again? A. Yes, I saw them several times.
RICHARD TAYLOR . I am an engine-driver on the railroad, and live in Bentinck-court, Henry-street, Portland Town. I was coming across the fields, about half-past three o'clock, on the day in question, and saw the prisoners sitting under a hedge—when I got into the Harrow-road I saw
the two witnesses—they asked me if I had met two men in the lane, and complained of being robbed—I pointed out the two prisoners to them sitting under the hedge in the field, about three hundred yards from the lane—I cannot say to a hundred yards—I went with James to take them—they were then standing under a tree at the end of the lane—they walked a few paces from the tree, and sat themselves down—we went towards them, and when they saw us coming they got up and walked towards us—we told them they must go with us—we took them to the young ladies, and they pointed them out as the boys they wanted.
Cross-examined. Q. You never saw either of them in the lane the ladies mentioned? A. No—the tree the prisoners were under was near to where a man was mowing—they had moved some hundred yards from the tree and were towards the Harrow-road.
JOHN JAMES . I live in the Harrow-road, about three hundred yards from this lane. I was coming from my house to Paddington, and at the top of the lane I saw the three ladies standing in an agitated state—they said they had been robbed by two men who had run down the lane—Taylor was coming up the lane, and he and I went in chase of them, and it the bottom of the lane we saw the prosecutor standing under a hedge two fields off—when they saw us coming, they walked on about fifty yards—they then sat down, and when we got near, they got up and came and met us—I said, "You must go along with us"—they said, "What for?"—I said, "Never mind"—we took them to the young ladies, and said, "Are these the two young men who robbed you?"—they said, I Yes they are," and I took them to the station-house—the lane is about a hundred yards on this side of the Windsor Castle public-house.
RICHARD ROADRIGHT (police-constable T 120.) The prisoners were brought to the station-house—I searched them, and found on Stonehill three knives, a brush, and pick—a ring, a key, and two knives on the other prisoner—I afterwards went into the field where James had placed a man to show me where the prisoners were taken, but could find nothing—next morning I went to Mr. Braithwaite's house, and his two children went and showed me a trench in the field where I found a reticule—it is at the bottom of Mr. Braithwaite's lawn, about five hundred yards from the road—I did not learn from James, or Taylor, whether that was a spot on which the prisoners had been seen.
JOHN JAMES re-examined. I know the lawn and field, but do not recollect the trench—that is two fields from where I saw the prisoners—if they had been there they had got two fields beyond it—they went to the left of Mr. Braithwaite's house.
RICHARD ROADRIGHT re-examined, I know where the prisoners were taken, as the man pointed it out to me—the trench does not lie between the lane and the place where they were taken, but two or three hundred yards to the right of it—the tree where they were seen was pointed out to me—that was close against the ditch—the bag was found in a trench twelve or sixteen yards from that ditch—the string of the bag appeared to have been cut in two or three places—Stonehill said he was innocent—no money was found on them at the station-house.
MR. DOANE. Q. Have you heard of any depredation of a similar nature since these men were in custody? A. Yes, one very near the
same spot—it was a reticule taken—the bag was found to the right of Mr. Braithwaite's lawn—(looking at a plan.)—this represents the spot—the field I found the prisoners in was to the left.
JOHN JAMES re-examined. I should say there was a distance of three hundred yards from where the bag was found to where I took the prisoners—I saw no other young men in the field—the man was mowing in the same field as they were taken in—I was not in the field the bag was found.
MR. DOANE called
GEORGE LEGG . I am a surveyor, and live at Maids Vale. I prepared this plan of the fields—I believe it is perfectly correct—the distance from the lane to the Cemetry is full two miles and a half—I speak from my own knowledge of the distance—I have heard the evidence, and heard the lane spoken of—I am speaking of the same lane.
COURT. Q. Must not the parties be wholly mistaken in the time they lay they were walking from the Cemetry? A. Certainly, they must have been full three quarters of an hour, or nearly an hour.
JURY. Q. Is there only one lane? A. Only one between the part the prisoners were taken in, and the lane the ladies describe—I do not know the public-house they speak of distinctly.
SAMUEL THEED . I am a labourer, and live in Spring-place, Paddington. On the day the prisoners were taken up, I was at work at a risk in a field adjoining£Edgware-road—I saw the prisoners come from the Edgware-mad into the field, in the afternoon—I cannot tell what time it was—it was after my dinner time, and I had a conversation with them—after they talked to me, they proceeded to the next field, to Bransgrove, who was mowing—I went twice to the police-office to state this, but they would not hear me there.
JOSEPH BRANSGROVE . I am a labourer, and live in Moor-street, Edgware-road. I was mowing in the next field but one to the Edgware-road on the afternoon of this Monday, and saw the two prisoners come into the field where There was on the rick—they came and asked me to let them sharpen their knives on my stone, to cut willow boughs to make whistles—they stopped with me about ten minutes, then went to the tree and cut some boughs, and sat down making whistles of them—they were there about three quarters of an hour—I then saw three men running across the field from the Harrow-road—they beckoned to me—I ran towards them, and stopped, as I thought they could not want me, but they beckoned again and I went to them, and they asked me to help them take those two young lads—I heard them tell the boys they must go with them—they said, "What for?"—they said never mind, they. must go, and it was no use to run—the boys said they did not want to run—when I got into the Harrow-road and heard what they were taken for, 1 expressed my surprise—I am quite sure they were in the field for three quarters of an hour before the men came—I went to the police-office the same night. COURT. Q. Did they appear to be in earnest at work making this
tles? A. Yes; they staid with me ten minutes talking about the day before—they had come down the day before and helped me to cut the grass, and went home with me, and they talked to me about that—I cannot say how many whistles they made—they left the boughs behind—I saw some whistles under the tree—they were only cutting them for amusement—they did not go away at all till the men came up and said they must go with them—I have known the prisoners some time—Stonehill said he had been to take some china for his father, who lives in Edgware-road—they came about three o'clock I think to cut the whistles—it was half-past two o'clock when I came through the gate, and they came to me about half an hour after—it takes a long time to scrape the willow—I told the men they must be mistaken in charging them with stealing the reticule, as they had been with me in the field—I told James so.
JOHN JAMES re-examined. The witness never said the boys had been with him three quarters of an hour—he was 200 or 300 yards from then: at work, mowing, when I called him to me—the distance from the lane to the Cemetry is scarcely a mile—I have lived there twelve years—it is barely a mile, for a milestone stands against the Windsor Castle, and the other milestone by the wall of the Cemetry—I should like the gentleman who made the plan to go and measure it again, and I should not mind forfeiting my life about it.
MR. LEGG re-examined, I have not measured the distance at all—I only speak as to my belief of the distance—I can only say I ride the distance from the coach-stand in Praed-street, and have to pay for three miles—I should say it is not more than half a mile from Praed-street to the bridge, and there must be two miles and a half left; but I speak under correction—I should say it is two miles and a half from the Cemetry to the lane—that is my impression.
RICHARD ROADRIGHT re-examined. I should think the distance from the lane to the Cemetry is about a mile—it is reckoned two miles from the station-house to the first gate of the Cemetry, and the lane is about half way just after you get over Mr. White's bridge.
NOT GUILTY .
NEW COURT.—Wednesday, August 16th, 1837.
Sixth Jury, before Mr. Common Sergeant.
GUILTY . Aged 34.— Confined Eighteen Months; Two Months Solitary.
GUILTY . Aged 29.— Confined One Month.
HON. MR. SCARLETT and MR. BODKIN conducted the Prosecution, SUSANNAH LOCK. I am a widow, and live in Holiday-yard. On Saturday, July the 29th, there was a bill In our window signifying that there were lodgings to let—the prisoner came there—he was introduced by my daughter—I showed him the room, which he agreed to take—he was to pay 2s. a week—he proposed to pay 1s., deposit, and offered me a crownpiece—I had only got 3s. 6d.—he said that would do—I took the crown and gave him the 3s. 6d.—he wrote down his address—here is the paper he wrote, (reads) "Mr. Francis, 14, Warwick-lane. Thos. Holmes"—after he had gone, I showed the crown to my daughter—she said it was bad—I then went to Warwick-lane—I did not find the prisoner there—I put the crown into this paper, wrapped it up, gave it to the officer—I am certain I gave him the same that I received of the prisoner.
ELIZABETH LOCK . I am the daughter of Susannah Lock—I saw the prisoner on the 29th of July, at the door—he asked for the landlady of the house, as he wanted some lodgings—I showed him to my mother—some conversation passed about the lodgings—when he got up stairs I saw him give her a five-shilling-piece—he went away—I asked my mother to let me look at the five-shilling-piece—I thought it was a bad one, and I asked my mother to go to his lodgings—my mother wrapped the crown up in the paper—on the 5th of August I again saw the prisoner in Water-lane—I knew him again, and I asked Mr. Mann, the green-grocer, to hold him while I went for a policeman.
MARY WILSDEN . I am the wife of Thomas Wilsden, and live in Dean street, Fetter-lane. On the 2nd of August I had a bill of some lodgings to let—the prisoner came and agreed to take a room—he said it would suit him very well—he wished to leave 1s.,—he gave me a five-shilling piece I had but 3s., 6d.—he said that would do very well—I put the five-shilling-piece into my pocket where I had no other—when I went to the reference he gave me, the people did not know such a person—I then looked at the five-shilling-piece, and found it was bad—I delivered the same to Verdon the officer.
ROBERT ALEXANDER MANN . I recollect seeing Miss Lock on the 5th of August—she pointed out the prisoner, and desired me to detain him—as soon as I told him he should not go, he turned his back towards me, and threw something resembling a penny or a crown-piece over a low shed, where there were some stables—this place was in Meeting-house-court, Water-lane—the money dropped near the Crescent Gate—the money I saw thrown would naturally fall there.
SOLOMON KILLICK . I am porter to Mr. Raines. I was in his stable-yard on the 5th of August, near the Crescent Gate, I heard something fall—it sounded like silver—I went and picked it up—it turned out to be a crown-piece—I gave it to my brother—I went across the yard, and picked up another, in about five minutes—I also gave that to my brother.
ANTHONY KILLICK . I am coachman to Mr. Raines—I was with my brother when he picked up one piece of money, and he gave it to me, but he had picked up one before I got down—I got two—I showed them to a person at the Union public-house—in consequence of what he said, I gave them to the constable—I am quite sure they are the same that were picked up in the yard.
WILLIAM STANTON (City-police-Constable No. 29.) On the 5th of August, I was on duty on Ludgate-hill—I saw Miss Lock—I went and found the prisoner in charge of Mr. Mann—I received this five-shilling-piece from
Mrs. Lock—I took the prisoner to the watch-house—I found nothing on him—on the Monday after I received two crowns from Anthony Killick at the yard, in Crescent-place.
GUILTY . Aged 22; Confined Eighteen Months; Two Months Solitary.
HON. MR. SCARLETT and MR. BODKIN conducted the Prosecution, WILLIAM SEWELL. I was an apprentice to Mr. Simpson—his house is in the Strand. I remember the prisoner coming into the shop on the 7th of July—she asked for a half-mourning cravat—the price was 1s.—the paid me a half-crown-piece—I looked at it, and thought it bad—Mr. Simpson was there—I gave it him—he told me to get it changed—I was going out of the shop—the prisoner seized me by the hand, and endeavoured to take it from me, but she did not—I went to Mrs. Lucas, and found it was bad—I brought it back—the prisoner was still there—I gave it to Mr. Simpson, and told him it was bad.
Prisoner. He gave it to his master, and he said it was good—I never attempted to touch it—his master took a half-sovereign or 6d. out of his pocket and then he went to the drawer, and said he had not change enough. Witness, No, my master did not.
RICHARD SIMPSON . I received the half-crown from Sewell, and desired him to get change—I took no money out of my pocket—when the boy was going out she laid hold of his wrist, and attempted to take the money, which I prevented—he went out and returned—I sent for a policeman—the prisoner attempted to get out, and said she would go and get change at the public-house, but I prevented her, and I kept her till the policeman came.
WILLIAM DANIELS (police-constable F 96.) I took the prisoner at Mr. Simpson's, and received this half-crown—I took the prisoner to Bow-street—nothing was found on her but a few halfpence—she was remanded till Monday, and then discharged.
JOHN JAMES GRANT . I am an assistant to James LUCAS, a druggist, is Aldersgate-street. On the 21st of July the prisoner came to the shop for three pennyworth of tamarinds—she offered half-a-crown—I gave her the change—after she was gone I saw it was bad—I went after her, and showed the half-crown to the policeman, which I had kept in my hand—after the prisoner was brought back she wanted to leave, and go and get change—I put down the half-crown, and she wanted to take it up again.
JAMES REDWOOD . I am patrol of Aldersgate. I was passing by the shop of Mr. Lucas, and Grant showed me a bad half-crown—I afterwards went into the shop, and got the half-crown—I had got no other—I took this one from her hand—after Mr. Grant put it on the counter, she wanted to go back and get the halfpence for what she had had, and to take the half-crown.
GUILTY . Aged 28.— Confined One Year.
THOMAS COLES . I am a baker, and live in South-street, Manchester-square On the 13th of July, about five o'clock in the afternoon, the prisoner came for a half-quartern loaf, which came to 4 1/2 d.—he offered me a half-crown—I looked at it, and said it was bad—I asked him where he came from—he said "From over the way"—I said, "Who sent you?"—he said, "A young woman"—I said, "From what house?"—he said, "From the comer"—I said, "Will you point out the young woman?"—he said, "Yes"—I went to the corner, but she was not there—he then said' it was the other comer—I went there—she was not there—I then took him to the station-house, and gave the half-crown to the policeman Clarke—he was remanded, but discharged.
HENRY POULTON . I am a butcher, and live in New Turnstile, Holborn. On Sunday, the 30th of July, I was at my shop, about nine o'clock in the morning—I saw the prisoner that morning—I believe he came for half a pound of beef-steaks—I served him—he paid me a shilling—I did not notice whether it was good or bad—I gave him 8d. change—I placed the shilling on the desk—there was no other money there—my brother went to the desk—there had been no money put on the desk before he came in—on Sunday, the 6th of August, the prisoner came again to my shop, and I thought I remembered him—he came for half a pound of steaks—my brother was serving—I saw the prisoner give my brother a half-crown, which was bad—he was then taken.
GEORGE POULTON . I am the brother of Henry Poulton. On the 30th of July I saw my brother put the shilling on the desk—I gave the change to lad similar to the prisoner—I could not swear to him—the shilling was laid on the desk, but it was not taken particular care of—it was not marked—on the 6th of August the prisoner came for half a pound of beef-steeks—I served him—he gave me a bad half-crown—I gave it to the constable—I accused him of it—he said he was very sorry, and if I let him go he would not come any more—I accused him of having been in the shop before—he did not deny it nor own to it, and I could not swear to it—I examined the shilling on the 30th—it was a bad one.
MR. FIELD. These half-crowns are both counterfeit, but not from the same mould.
Prisoner. I was going up Marylebone—a young woman asked me to go and fetch her a loaf, and said she would give me a halfpenny—they said the money was bad—when I came out the young woman was not there.
GUILTY of the Second uttering. Aged 15.— Confined One Year.
HENRY AUGUSTUS THOMPSON, ESQ . I am a barrister, living in the Temple. On the 27th of July I was in the Strand, near Wellington-street, alter twelve o'clock at night—the prisoner, and several others, were standing at the corner, and the prisoner rushed at me, and took my handkerchief from my pocket—he ran off—I followed him up the Strand into Exeter-street—
he was there stopped—I never lost sight of him—I have not found the handkerchief—I am sure he is the man.
Prisoner, You say there were three or four more there; was I talking to them? Witness I do not know—you ran from Wellington-street across the Strand, and up another street into Excter-street—I hit you once or twice to make you stop—you would not, till you were stopped by two or three persons—I did not sec you give the handkerchief to any one, or throw it away.
JAMES MOORE (police-constable F 52.) I heard a cry of "Stop thief"—I saw the prisoner running—I joined in the pursuit and took him—I found two handkerchiefs tied round his neck, one in the regular way and the other one loosely round.
Prisoner. I had been to the theatre, and I was shoved against the gentleman—I ran into the road—he struck me—I continued running because I was frightened, till I was stopped.
MR. THOMPSON. I did not strike him till ho had run a hundred yards.
GUILTY . Aged 18.— Transported for Seven Years.
Cross-examined by MR. DOANE, Q. Do you settle your accounts every day? A. Yes—I asked him if they bad paid him—he said they had not—I made up my accounts with him regularly—I bad no character with him.
Cross-examined. Q. What are you? A. I keep a shop on the other side of Hounslow—I made no memorandum of this—I paid it for my next door neighbour—I know his master—I had seen him—I never paid him more than 1s. 6d. at a time.
GEORGE BARTHOLOMEW BRUMBRIDGE Q. If the prisoner received 2s., from Sealey on the 13th, have you received that? A. He gave me 1s. 6d. of that—it could not have been a mistake very well—he paid me for pollard instead of topping.
NOT GUILTY .
1801. WILLIAM WILSON was indicted for stealing, on the 4th of July, 1 pair of scales, value 3s.; and 7 weights, value 12s.; the goods of William Bass: and 1 jacket, value 5s., the goods of William Tyler.
WILLIAM BASS . I live at Friern Barnet. About four o'clock in the afternoon of the 4th of July, I was in my field, and saw the prisoner behind the hedge near my shop—I ordered my servant to take him into custody, as I thought he had something—on his being taken I saw these scales and weights drop from him, which are mine, and the jacket which belongs to my servant, William Tyler.
Prisoner, I was coming down from Maidstone and saw these things and picked them up.
Witness, I had seen them the day before safe in my shop.
had seen this jacket safe in my master's shop an hour before, and the scales and weights I saw an hour and a half before.
Prisoner. I picked them up and was going to tee if I could find an owner for them.
GUILTY . Aged 14.— Confined Three Months; Two Weeks Solitary.
WILLIAM TYLER, I am servant to Mr. Bass. On the 4th of July, after I took the last prisoner with my jacket and the weights, I followed a dogcart which this prisoner was driving—I brought him back to my master, and found this anvil in the cart.
Prisoner. I bought it in Barnet that morning—my master keeps a van and horse and cart, and comes to Covent Garden.
GUILTY . Aged 23.— Transported for Seven Years.
THOMAS WATTS . I am footman to George Dobree, of Russell-place, Finsbury-square. I was in Covent Garden on the 11th of July—a witness came and showed me my handkerchief—this is it—I had it safe ten minutes before.
Prisoner, Q. Did you see me behind you? Witness. No, I did not—the witness came and brought it me.
Prisoner, If he saw me do it why did he ran after another boy? Witness. He said he picked it up, but I saw him take it.
(The prisoner receded a good character.)
GUILTY . Aged 15.— Confined Three Months; One Week Solitary.
MARTHA MONK . I am the wife of William Monk, and live in North-street, Whitechapel-road. The prisoner was in my service—I marked some money—I missed some of it—I charged the prisoner with it several times—I sent for a constable and had her taken to the office—this is my marked money—I have no doubt of it—(looking at some,)
THOMAS BAYLEY SMITH (police-sergeant K 4.) I was at the station when the prisoner was brought—she went up stairs to be searched by a female—I found this money on the stain wrapped up in this rag—here are three shillings which are marked.
GUILTY . Aged 19.— Confined Nine Months.
JOHN SMALL . I am shop man to Richard Nelson Reeve a woollen-draper. I was in the shop about six or seven o'clock in the evening, on the 29th of July, behind the counter, and I saw a piece of kerseymere
going away very fast—I came round, and saw a band—I went, and saw the piece of goods in the prisoner's arms—he was standing up—he dropped it on the step of the door, and ran—I pursued him.
Prisoner. I was going in to ask for an errand-boy's place—I was pulling off my hat, and it touched this piece. Witness. I saw the fingers underneath the piece when it was drawn off.
Prisoner. I put my fingers underneath to save it.
NOT GUILTY .
THOMAS WIGGETT . I live in Thatched-house-row, and am a milkman. On the 17th of July I saw the prisoner with this ham, and stopped him—not two minutes elapsed from the time it was lost till it was found—he was about 200 yards from the prosecutor's—he and another were hurrying.
GUILTY .* Aged 11.— Transported for Seven Years.
WILLIAM WERE , (a blind man.) I lodge at No. 9, George-yard, Whitechapel. I was in bed on the 9th of July—I heard somebody come into my room—I asked who was there—the prisoner said, "Mary Ann Sullivan"—she said she was going to lie down—I had this money in my pocket—in a few minutes I heard the money rattle, and then heard her going out of the room—I called to my boy to see if she had robbed me—my money was all gone, and I sent for a policeman—I am sure it was her voice—she had lodged there some time.
MICHAEL. DEVINE . I am employed by the prosecutor. I put him to bed—it was in the morning—I heard him halloo, and came up stairs—he told me the woman had taken the money out of his pocket—I know there was 3s. 6d. in halfpence in his waistcoat pocket—I had taken it out of his breeches pocket 'and put it into his waistcoat pocket—I and the officer found the prisoner drinking in a public-house.
Prisoner. I had only been there two days that time.
GUILTY .* Aged 27.— Transported for Seven Years.
WILLIAM HENRY SEABROOK . I live in Furnival's Inn. At a quarter to nine o'clock, on the 11th of August, I was in Long-lane, Aldersgate-street—I felt a tug at my coat—I turned, and saw the prisoner draw the handker chief from my pocket, and saw it in the prisoner's hand—he ran away, and I caught him—he was immediately rescued by half a dozen of his companions
—I followed him again, and called, "Stop thief"—I was thrown down in the struggle, but I am positive he is the man that drew the hand kerchief.
Prisoner. Q. When you saw me with the handkerchief in my hand, where were you? A. Just turning into Aldersgate-street—I am quite sure he is the man that took it.
JAMES REDWOOD . I am patrol of Aldersgate. When I came up, the prisoner and the prosecutor were getting up off the ground—if I had been one minute later, the prisoner would have got away—there were a hundred people, I should think, in the crowd.
GUILTY .* Aged 19.— Transported for Seven Years.
HENRY TAYLOR . I reside at Tottenham, and keep a beer-shop—the prisoner was pot-boy there. On Tuesday, the 18th of July, he came, and laid a lady at Mrs. Emery's wanted 1l. in silver, and he gave me the sovereign—he came the same evening, and had change for another sovereign—I gave him two half-crowns, the rest in shillings and sixpences—he said it was for a lady at Mrs. Emery's, which proved to be Mrs. venables—the prisoner went away, and I saw no more of him till the next Saturday.
Prisoner. I said, "Master, I want a pound's worth of silver," and I laid it was for a lady—I did not say at Mrs. Emery's.
Prisoner. She did not at that time, but she has done so before—I did not say that time that she sent me for it—I was a little in liquor when I asked Mr. Taylor for it—I asked him for it—he gave it me—I did not say it was to give change to any one.
GUILTY . Aged 18.—Recommended to mercy by the Prosecutor and Jury Confined Three Months; Three Weeks Solitary.
1810. SUSAN EMMERTON was indicted for stealing, on the 3rd of June, 1 spatula, value 5s.; 1 caustic case, value 5s.; 2 instruments called cannulas, value 5s.; 2 catheters, value 10s.; 1 seal, value 10s.; 1 printed book, value 2s.; 1 necklace snap, value 3s. 6d.; and 2 instruments called styles, value 2s. 6d.; the goods of George West, her master.
GEORGE WEST . I live at No. 2, Hackney-road and am a surgeon. The prisoner was in my service from the 29th of May till the 5th of June—I missed some instruments, and a gold seal—I charged the prisoner with taking them—she said she never saw them—these are my property—(looking at some articles)—the seal and some of the things are missing still—I found these on the 23rd of June at one of the witnesses's house.
Prisoner. I never sold them, and know nothing about them—there were opportunities for other people to take them.
GUILTY .* Aged 16.—Recommended to mercy by the Prosecutor Transported for Seven Years.
1811. JOSEPH JACKSON was indicted for feloniously receiving, on the 13th of February, of a certain evil disposed person, 18 pairs of shoes, value 4l. 10s.; and 2 pairs of boots, value 2l.; the goods of James William Barrier, well knowing them to have been stolen; against the Statute, &c.
MR. DOANE conducted the Prosecution.
JAMES WILLIAM BARRIER . I am a boot and shoemaker, in Burlington Arcade. I had a person in my employ of the name of Burroughs, who was transported last January—I know nothing of the prisoner—he was taken into custody about nine or ten weeks ago—I saw these articles produced, and knew that they were my property—this pair I missed April twelve month—I had them in February twelvemonth—I had a fire, and these things were removed in April—I called Burroughs, who was my foreman—these were not sold by me—Hayes gave me information in the December following, and I made some inquiries, which led to my finding these boots, and others as well.
WILLIAM NORMAN . I live in Princess-street, Leicester-square, and am a pawnbroker. I produce some of this property—the prisoner pledged part of it—I cannot swear to all—I can swear to two pairs pledged on the 1st of June—I cannot recollect any in February—I have not my books, but they were not all taken in by me—these two pairs were pawned by the prisoner—he said nothing about them.
WILLIAM HENRY MEAGLE . I am a pawnbroker, and live at No. 29, Jermyn-street. I produce twelve pairs altogether—among them are these boots spoken of by Mr. Barrier—I took in the principal part of these—the prisoner pledged them—he said nothing about them—the dates are from February to October, 1836.
(David Hayes and John Kirkman, being called, did not appear.)
NOT GUILTY .
1812. JOSEPH JACKSON was again indicted for feloniously receiving, of an evil disposed person, 1 pair of boots, value 10s.; and 2 pairs of shoes, value 10s.; the goods of James William Barrier, his master.
(Upon which no evidence was offered.)
NOT GUILTY .
1813. TIMOTHY MORIN was indicted for stealing, on the 30th of July, 12 quarts of wine, value 1l. 12s. 6d.; 13 bottles, value 2s. 6d.; 1 waistcoat, value 2s. 6d. and 3 handkerchiefs, value 4s.; the goods of John Bryant.
BRIDGET BRYANT . I live at Acton. The prisoner lodged with me—he left me without paying his rent—I left home about seven o'clock in the afternoon, on the 30th of July—I returned between eleven and twelve o'clock, and found the staple of my door was gone, and pushed back again—what wine was not drunk I found under the bed in the men's room—I missed nine bottles of elder wine, two of currant, and one of port—I did not miss any handkerchiefs till the Monday morning—I do not know whether they were gone at the time I missed my wine—it was on Sunday I missed the wine, and on Monday the handkerchiefs—I saw the prisoner on Monday evening—I said nothing to him—I told some of the men they knew that I was robbed, and another man told me he knew all about it, and he would tell me next week—I gave an alarm, and the man made his escape down stairs—I saw the prisoner on Monday night at the Coach and Horses—he said, "Here is my landlady; I will come home along with you—I said, "How came you by that handkerchief?"—he had a cotton hand kerchief round his neck—to the best of my belief, it was mine—he said it was his own; that he bought it—when he said he would come home with
me, he was coming part of the way, and we met some people in liquor, who would not let him come home—I know nothing more, only that the prisoner lodged with me some time back, and was very honest—the officer has the handkerchief, and he is not here.
(John Denton, being called, did not answer.)
NOT GUILTY .
1814. ROBERT JONES, alias Croxon , was indicted for stealing, on the 28th of July, 1 watch, value 2l.; and 4 seals, value 1l.; the goods of Elizabeth Stagg: and HENRY JOHNSON, alias Willis , for feloniously receiving the same, well knowing them to have been stolen; against the Statute, &c.
ELIZABETH STAGG . I am single, and live with my mother, at Avon, in Wiltshire. On the 28th of July I was at Reading—three or four boys were standing together, and one pushed another towards me—he laid hold of my frock and handkerchief, and my watch was gone immediately afterwards—I had seen it safe just before—this is it—it was lost at Reading, in Berkshire—I do not know the boy again.
RICHARD TEBBS . I am shopman to Mr. Trail, of Turnmill-street, Clerkenwell, a pawnbroker. On the 1st of August, the two prisoners came to the shop—Willis offered a gold watch to pledge, and asked 2l., for it—I asked him where he got it—he said his mother lent it him—I knocked for my master, and went to the office for a constable—while I was gone they left the shop and left the watch—as I was coming back I met the two prisoners—I said, "There they are," and the officer took one of them.
Jones. He was with us, and he first began to talk about taking it. Witness. No, I did not.
Jones. We were altogether, and there was a lady coming along; George Jones said he saw a watch shine, and asked if we would take it; I was pushed up against the lady, and I took it.
Johnson. I was not there; only this boy and another brought the watch and asked me to go and pawn it—I went, and said that my mother lent it me—they told me they found it.
JONES*— GUILTY . Aged 17.
JOHNSON†— GUILTY . Aged 17.
Confined Two Years; Two Months Solitary.
SARAH WATERS . I live in Cold Bath-lane, Hackney—I know the prisoner. On the 6th of May, 1828, I was at Chingford, in Essex, when the prisoner William Evans Hart was married there to Charlotte Cowland
—I afterwards saw them living together as man and wife—I saw her alive six or eight weeks ago.
Cross-examined by MR. CLARKSON. Q. Are you the person that fainted at the church? No; no one fainted—I am thirty-four years old—this was in 1823—I know Mrs. Hart—I did not know her before her marriage; but the prisoner asked me to go to Chingford with him, where they were married, and he brought her up to my Other's to lie at Hackney—he was a gardener, a hard working industrious man—Miss Cowland's sister was there—she did not faint.
MR. CLARKSON to SARAH WATERS. Q. Did you hear the lady say she was very ill before the Magistrate? A. No she said she was in a deal of trouble—I saw Mrs. Hart about two months ago.
ANN WELLS . I live at No. 10, Stratford-street South, Lisson-grove. On the 13th of January, 1836, I married the prisoner, at the parish church of St. Pancras, Middlesex—he told me he was a single man—I had no property—I was a servant—he told me he lived in Chapple-street, Pentonville, with an old woman who was of that temper that she would not allow any one to come to see him—I did not go to see.
Cross-examined. Q. How long did you know him? A. Near upon twelve months—I was in service—he told me he was a single man, and never was married in his life—I cannot justly say when I asked him if he was married—he introduced himself to me in May, two or three years ago when he came to do the garden—I am the prosecutrix of this indictment.
EMMA WHITE . I am the wife of Christopher White, and live at No. 17, Cumming-street, Pentonville. The prisoner and Mrs. Hart came to live at my house—they lived there about two years—during that time the prisoner was a hard-working, industrious, well-conducted person—his wife conducted herself very badly—she never kept the place decent for any man to come in—he had to wash and clean the children himself—I have known him keep at home all day on Sunday, she having pawned his things before he came home—he has told her he would leave her many a time, in my presence—he conducted himself with kindness towards her and the children—he used to bring home his money and give it her.
(The prisoner received a good character.)
GUILTY . Aged 36.—Recommended to mercy.— Confined Three Months.
1816. JAMES BARRETT was indicted for stealing, on the 7th of July, 1 bag, value 1d. 1 crown, 3 half-crowns, 30 shillings, 16 sixpences, 2 fourpenny pieces, 76 pence, and 131 halfpence; the goods and monies of Sarah Low, his mistress.—2nd COUNT, stating them to be the goods and monies of John Argent.
JOHN ARGENT . I am in the employ of Mrs. Sarah Low, a blacking maker. On the 27th of July I came home with the cart with this money in a bag—I left the cart a few minutes, and then missed the bag and money—the prisoner was in her employ—I did not authorise him to take any money that day.
JOHN CARTER (police-constable N 242.) I went, at half-past ten o'clock that night, and took the prisoner, I found 2l. 12s. 2d. on him—I went to his lodgings, and found this bag, with a quantity of copper money in it—there is 3l. 3s. in all—(bag produced and sworn to.)
Prisoner. The money belongs to me—the bag I had from my mistress's premises.
(The prisoner received a good character.)
GUILTY . Aged 18.—Recommended to mercy by the Jury and Prosecutrix.— Confined Three Months; Three Weeks Solitary.
ELIZABETH ROBERTSON . I live in Middle New-street, Fetter-lane. The prisoner lodged at my house. I missed this pair of stockings, they are between two and three hundred years old—they are the first pair that ever were made of scarlet silk, and were presented to Queen Elizabeth—the prisoner had an opportunity of taking them.
Prisoner. They were given to me to pledge by this witness. No, I never did.
Prisoner. I did it to pay for the bonnet she has on—I pawned these and a table-spoon for 8s.—she sent me with them. Witness. I did not.
(The prisoner put in a written defence, stating that the prosecutor had sent her to pledge a number of articles, and among others the stockings in question,)
NOT GUILTY .
THOMAS ROBERT HUGHES . I am in charge of Mr. Charles Wilford's shop, in Whitechapel. On the afternoon of the 13th of July I saw the prisoner come to the door, and take two boots—he put them under his light arm and ran away—I followed him—when I got nearly to him he turned and threw them down—he was immediately taken by the street keeper.
Cross-examined by MR. CLARKSON. Q. Were you present at his trial? A. I was—it was proved that he was a weaver by trade—it was stated that he could earn 8s. or 9s. a week, and sometimes 14s.—I do not know whether he is married.
GUILTY . Aged 19.— Confined Two Years; Two Months Solitary.
GUILTY .— Confined One Year; One Month Solitary.
GUILTY . Aged 18.—Recommended to mercy by the Prosecutor.
Confined One Month.
GUILTY .* Aged 18.— Confined Two Years; Two Months Solitary.
GUILTY .— Judgment Respited.
1823. JOHN DEVEREUX was indicted for stealing, on the 6th of July, one candlestick, value 2d.; 1 pair of tongs, value 4d.; the goods of George Allen: 2 shirts, value 1s., 1 pair of drawers, value 6d.; 1 apron, value 6d.; 1 shift, value 4d.; 1 pillow-case, value 3d.; 9 towels, value 1s. 6d.; and 8 pairs of stockings, value 5s.; the goods of William Grant.
ELIZABETH GRANT . I am the wife of William Grant, of No. 17, Bernard Mews, Marylebone. I take in washing—I lost all these things on the 6th of July—they were all wet, and lost out of the tub—they are my property.
WILLIAM GRANGE . I live next door to Elizabeth Grant. About four o'clock in the morning of the 6th of July, I saw the prisoner come out of the prosecutor's house, and go in again—in five minutes he brought out bundle and a pair of tongs—I saw some water dripping from the bundle I had him taken, and he had these things on him.
Prisoner. Q. Was it No. 16 or 17 you saw me come out of? A. No. 17.
Prisoner. I slept at No. 16, and came out of that house—and as I came out I met a man, who asked me to carry a bundle to No. 31, Well-street, and he would come after me—I went on, and this man came and said I had got his things—I said I would go to the place—I took them to No. 31, and put them down—then the officer came and took me, and I was taken to the station—the prosecutor stated that the doors were fastened, and I had nothing on me to open a door with—I had nothing but a knife and a key.
Witness. I saw him opening the bundle and examining every at the door of No. 31, Well-street.
Prisoner. Did I not put it down at the door, and you said "Take it up again?" Witness. You had put it down—I did not see you look at the things—the linen was hot and wet out of the copper or tub.
(John Bradbury gave the prisoner a good character.)
GUILTY .* Aged 50.— Transported for Seven Years.
1824. CHARLOTTE STEVENS was indicted for stealing, on the 8th of July, 1 purse, value 3d.; 1 crown, 1 half-crown, and 2 sixpences, the goods and monies of John Phipps, from the person of Eleanor Phipps and that she had been before convicted of felony.
ELEANOR PHIPPS . I am the wife of John Phipps, an attorney's clerk, living in a street in the Whitechapel-road. On the 8th of July, I was in Whitechapel—I found a hand in my pocket where I had a purse containing tills money—I accused the prisoner of having taken it, as I missed it—she
denied it, and then she said if I would go into the road she would give it me—she then called to one of the fishwomen, but she did not come—she went on to Osborne, street, and then got away—I saw her throw some—thing to one of the women—I had my money safe about three minutes before she came up—I have not the slightest doubt about her being the person.
EDWARD DAVIES . I was present on this occasion—I saw the prisoner trying to get away from the prosecutrix—she gave her several blows on the arms and got from her and run off—I pursued and gave her in charge.
Prisoner. I was going along, and this lad came and said I had robbed a woman, and I was taken back, but I had not seen this woman before—I know nothing of it—at the watch-house she said it was 9s. 6d.—she was tipsy at the time.
GUILTY .— Transported for Seven Years.
RICHARD CRIPPS . I am a pawnbroker, and live in Morgan-street, Commercial-road. These shoes were offered to be pledged at our shop by the two prisoners, about four o'clock in the afternoon of the 10th of July.
NOT GUILTY .
MARGARET HAYES . I live in Morgan-street, Commercial-road. On Monday evening, the 10th of July, I saw two women go into the prosecutor's shop, one took down the gown and hid it under some part of her dress, I do not know which—one of them came and told me they would give me six pence to say nothing about it, but I do not know who the women were.
RICHARD CRIPPS . I am assistant to my father. I received information from Hayes, and these two prisoners were in the shop—I heard what was said by the witness—they contradicted pulling the gown down, but I found it behind them—the prisoners were attempting to pledge these shoes—I gave them in charge.
NOT GUILTY .
Fifth Jury before Mr. Sergeant Arabin.
1828. MARY GRAY was indicted for stealing, on the 29th of May, 1 tea-kettle, value 2s. 6d.; 1 set of fire-irons, value 2s.; 2 pillow-cases, value 1s.; 1 counterpane, value 1s.; 1 looking-glass, value 2s.; 3 blankets value 6s.; 2 sheets, value 3s.; 1 bolster, value 1s. 6d. and 2 pillows, value 45.; the goods of Robert Criper.
hired a lodging the beginning of May, at 3s. a week—I knew very little of her before—I had seen her about—she brought her mother to lodge with her—she was nearly seven weeks with me—she paid me 8s.—I gave her warning several times, because I could not get my rent—at length I went into the room and missed all these things—I have found since that she did it to keep her mother—she bad very little support.
Prisoner's Defence. Distress and illness brought me to do it—I had my mother to support at the time—I had some work that week and meant get them out on the Saturday after.
GUILTY . Aged 33.—Recommended to mercy by the Jury.
Confined Six Weeks.
HANNAH THOMAS . I am servant to Selina Freeman, who lives at No. 6, Alpha-place, St. John's-wood. On the 12th of July, at a quarter before three o'clock in the afternoon, I was going out—there is a gate to the house—I saw the prisoner at the corner of the gate, inside—I believe he was going to get over the gate, which was locked—I was unlocking it, and saw my mistress's two waiters in the prisoner's hands—I asked him how he came by them—he said he picked them up inside the gate—he was a stranger—I had seen them before, on the side-board in the parlour, it ten minutes past two o'clock—I held him till the policeman came—he struggled, but I held him tight—these are the waiters.
Prisoner's Defence. I saw these on the ground, and went and picked them up—I was going to the private door to give them to the lady.
GUILTY . Aged 17—Recommended to mercy by the Prosecutrix.—
Confined Six Months.
RICHARD WYATT . I live in Upper John-street, Golden-square, and was parish clerk of St. James', Westminster, for sixteen years. I have a copy of the register of a marriage—I examined it with the original—I know Eliza O'Neal, to whom the prisoner was married—I have seen her alive within this month, or thereabout—she is the same person who was married to the prisoner by the name of Eliza O'Neal, on the 24th of July, 1820, at St. James' Westminster.
Cross-examined by MR. CLARKSON. Q. What are you? A. I am out of work—the gentlemen connected with the parish of Chelsea found me out—I do not know whether this is a parish prosecution—Mr. Dillon is a captain who
has been in the army—my wife holds a situation in the parish church—I have five children, and they support me—I examined this by reading one against the other—I got the commitment from the Magistrate at Queen square—I was not employed in this by the parish officers—I was called by the Magistrate, he knowing that I had been parish clerk—I was removed from my situation in consequence of a change of Ministers on a state ment of mismanagement and misgovernment—a man of the name of John Horn was charged with wrongfully removing lead—in the first place the Magistrate thought I was concerned in it, because the man said something; but he was found guilty, and I was not called up at all.
JANE GAVIN . I was married to the prisoner at the parish church of Mylon, in Ireland, fourteen years ago, in 1822—was separated after Christmas last—I was in no situation, when he married—I lived with my father and mother—the prisoner told me he was a widower—I separated because I heard that he had another wife—we had a family of four children—one is alive, the others are dead—I instituted this prosecution—the prisoner obliged me to go to the Magistrate—he said he would not give me a penny to buy bread—I had no property except a house of furniture which my father gave me, and I have worked at making worsted shoes.
Cross-examined. Q. Did you see Richard Wyatt before you prosecuted? A. No—I found the prisoner had a wife better than six months ago—I tried him every way before I would punish him, and he would not support me—I found he had a wife because she drew his money—he is a pensioner—I found that out before Christmas—I knew he was a married man better than two years ago. I am an officer. I apprehended the prisoner at Chelsea, on the 12th of July.
GUILTY . Aged 63.— Confined One Year.
1831. GEORGE CULVER was indicted for stealing, on the 1st of July, 1 spoon, value 1s., 6d.; 1 table-cloth, value 2s.; 2 pillow-cases value 1s.; and 1 handkerchief, value 6d.; the goods of James Larkman to which he pleaded
GUILTY . Aged 23.—Recommended to mercy by the Prosecutor. Confined Three Months.
1832. THOMAS BLAND was indicted for stealing, on. the 29th of June, 26 pairs of shoes, value 3l.; and 1 pair of boots, value 2s.; the goods of Joseph Searls and another, his masters: and ANN BLAND and CATHERINE DOYLE , for feloniously receiving the same, well knowing them to have been stolen; against the Statute, &c.—2nd COUNT, for receiving of an evil disposed person.
HENRY FOWLER . I am foreman to Mr. Watts, a pawnbroker, of Hereford-street, Commercial-road. The prisoner Doyle offered this pair of shoes to me on the 29th of June—she had pledged a pair of shoes the day before—it was a pair of kid slippers—she offered them—I asked her whose they were—she said her own—knowing that she had pledged a pair of shoes the day before, I asked if she dealt in shoes—she said, "No"—then again asked whose they were—she said her son's—I then asked her where her son lived—she said, "No. 4, Duke-street"—she seemed much agitated, and I went to the door and called the policeman—she had pledged a pair of shoes before, in the name of Ann Smith, Jane-street.
I had missed goods several times since Christmas, and on taking stock at that time, I missed 40l. worth—I went with the policeman to our other shop, where Thomas Bland was at work—I told him to put on his jacket and come with me—he asked me what for—I said, "For stealing shoes, you little thought I saw you steal some shoes this morning—" he said, "I only stole one pair"—he said he gave them to his mother—I then asked if he gave her the pair he stole yesterday morning—he said no, he took them home and put them on the table—I then gave him into custody—these shoes have my stamp on them—they are not in a saleable state.
CHARLES CLARKE (police-constable K 90.) On the 29th of June, Mr. Fowler gave the prisoner Doyle to me—I was taking her to the station house—she gave me three different directions—at last she said she lived at No. 24, Duke-street—I went and inquired if she had a son working any where, and they told me the prisoner Bland had a son working over the way—I then went to the prosecutor, he went and gave the prisoner Thomas Bland in charge.
JOHN DOUGLAS (police-constable K 279.) I searched the room that Ann Bland lives in—her son lives there with her, and Doyle has another room in the same house—I found in Bland's room a duplicate of two pairs of shoes, pledged for 2s. 6d., in the name of Doyle—I found eight duplicate in the room—I asked Ann Bland whose room it was—she said it was hers—I found the two pairs of shoes at the pawnbrokers.
Ann Bland. The other duplicates were not of shoes. Witness. No, of clothes.
WILLIAM SLADDEN . On the 29th of June, I was at the station when Doyle was brought in, Ann Bland followed her to the door, and Doyle said she had received the shoes of Ann Bland—Ann Bland was then asked where she got the shoes from—she said a young man named Townly Smith made them for a young woman six months ago, but as she had not been able to pay for them, she was going to pawn them till she could get them out; and then Ann Bland left to see for this young man—she said he lived at Shackle well—he returned at six o'clock in the evening with her, and said he had made two pairs of shoes for this woman, and I showed them to him, and said, "Are these them?"—he said, "No"—Ann Bland then said she got them from her son, and he got them from his master, and he was to pay at 6d. a week for them—she said he had had several pairs, and paid on the same plan for them—I asked where his master lived she would not tell me.
(Property produced and sworn to.)
Thomas Bland's Defence. I plead guilty of stealing, but not to the amount the prosecutor states—three pairs were bought by my mother in Rosemary-lane, and one pair in Petticoat-lane—they were sent by my mother, by Doyle, to pledge, but it was not with a guilty knowledge, as she was in the habit of going on errands in the neighbourhood—when I entered the prosecutor's service, it was at 7s. a week—I had my mother ill, and a younger brother depending on me, and it was to support them that I committed the offence—we throw ourselves on your mercy.
Doyle's Defence. I never received a pair from this woman knowing they were stolen—I did happen to say that they were mine, and then that they were my son's.
(The prisoner Doyle received a good character)
THOMAS BLAND— GUILTY . Aged 18.— Transported for seven Years.
ANN BLAND— GUILTY . Aged 46.— Confined Nine Months.
DOYLE— GUILTY . Aged 59.— Confined Six Months.
JANE DARLINSON . I am the wife of Thomas Darlinson, a weaver of Tyson-street, Hope-town, Bethnal-green. The prisoner lived next door and is a married woman—on the 25th of June, I had two sovereigns in the bed-room down stairs—I put them there on saturday night—I saw them at twelve o'clock at night—about seven o'clock the next morning, I heard the prisoner say she had got two sovereigns to take care of for a person, but had lost them—she said that to her husband and son'; this led me to look for my sovereigns, and they were gone—I went and accused the prisoner of taking my money—she owned she took it, but had lost it—I got a police man—the money was all found, except a half-crown—it was 2l. 15s. she had taken—this money was found at the station-house—she and her husband are weavers.
Prisoner. You came in to ask me to mind your house and children while you went to fetch your husband home who was drunk. Witness. She was in the house, but I did not fetch her—she was there about an hour and a half, while I went to look for my husband.
THOMAS DARLINSON . About four o'clock in the morning in question, the prisoner came to me, and asked if I had any money for gin—I said no my wife had all my money last night," and then I Went off to sleep—I was lying on the bed.
Prisoner. I was there from half-past eight, till between nine and ten o'clock, when she came in, and then she came to my house.
GEORGE PAYNE . I am a policeman. I was on duty and went to this house and found the prisoner very much in liquor—I asked her what she had done with the money—she said, she had not had it at all, and then she put down 9d. and said, that was the change of a half-crown but she had lost the other—I took her to the station.
CHARLES GRANT . I am a policeman. I was at the station-house, and I heard the prisoner talking and saying, if she delivered up the money would she be discharged—I took hold of her hand—she dropped two sovereigns, one half-sovereign, and one half-crown—the money was delivered to the prosecutor by the Magistrate's order, as he had not a farthing, and had a child ill.
Prisoner. She was tipsy when she came in—she would make me have some rum and some ale—I was nursing her child all night that was dying, as she was unable to take care of it, and she asked me to take care of the money; being in liquor, I forgot where I had the money from till I was at the station.
GUILTY . Aged 43.— Confined Six Weeks.
OLD COURT Thursday, August 17th, 1837.
Second Jury, before Mr. Sergeant Arabin.
1834. JOHN JAMES was indicted for stealing, on the 20th of July, 40lbs. weight of lead, value 8s.; 7 knobs, value 1s. 6d.; 7 escutcheons value 7d.; 1 sink plate, value 1s. 2 key-hole plates, value 4d.; and 1 cock-plate, value 2d.; the goods of the London and Birmingham Railway Company, and fixed to a certain building; against the Statute, &c.
JOHN CHAMPNEYS . I am a police-sergeant. On the 20th of July, about half-past six o'clock in the morning, I was in Hampstead-road, and saw the prisoner coming out of the garden-gate of No. 34, Mornington-place, with a bag. I went up to him and said, "What have you here!"—he said, "Never mind, it is all right"—I said, "I must know what it is"—he said, "I had it given to me, it is all right"—I said, I must take him to the station-house—he dropped the bag and said, he would be d—d if he would carry it—I called another constable, took him to the station, and in his coat-pocket I found seven brass knobs, seven escutcheons, and the other articles named; and in the bag was 40l. bs. of lead—I went back to the house with the articles, and found the door shut, but not fastened—I found the brass knobs taken from the cocks, and these fitted them—the sink was cut, and taken away—the service-pipe, and other parts of the lead, and the lead and other articles, completely fitted the places they had been taken from—I found the premises belonged to the Railroad Company—I found a screw-driver on the prisoner, and there were marks of the screw-driver on the places the things were taken from.
WILLIAM OLIVER . I am foreman to the London and Birmingham Railroad Company. This house belongs to the Company, and the property in it was theirs—I went with the policeman to the premises—he has described the state of them quite correctly.
Prisoner's Defence. I left home at half-past five o'clock that morning, intending to go and look after work—when I got to the Hampstead-road, a man dressed as a carpenter inquired if I wanted work, and said if I would carry the bag to a street in that road he would give me 1s.—I went with him to the house near the railroad, and he gave me the bag and articles at the garden-gate in front of the house, saying I was to go on, and he would overtake me—the officer called after me, and took me to the station-house—I refused to carry the lead so far, and put it down, and he was obliged to carry it.
GUILTY . Aged 19.— Transported for Seven Years.
1835. JAMES M'NEAL was indicted for stealing, on the 11th of July, 1 pair of shoes, value 7s.; 1 coat, value 10s.; 1 and handkerchief, value 5s. the goods of William Daines: 1 shirt, value 6d.; 4 handkerchiefs, value 3s.; 1 pair of stockings, value 6d.; and 1 pair of gaiters, value 3s.; the goods of Thomas Blake.
WILLIAM DAINES . I am a coachman, and live in Dorset Mews. On Monday, the 10th of July, the prisoner had been assisting in my stable—I left the Mews rather before him, and when I returned from breakfast I missed a pair of half-boots and a pair of shoes, and next day a box-coat from the loft—I received information, and went after the prisoner—I asked where he got the coat which he had been seen taking out of the Mews—he said he had it from a friend in the mews, named Arnold—I
took him to Arnold, who denied it, and said he had not seen him, and I gave him into custody.
THOMAS BLAKE . I am a stable-man, and lodge in the same mews as Daines. On the 10th of July I missed four handkerchief, a pair of stockings, and a shirt—I found the shirt at the prisoner's lodging after he was apprehended.
(Property produced and sworn to)
Prisoner. I bought the shoes.
GUILTY . Aged 46.— Confined Six Months.
RICHARD RAWLINSON . I am servant to David Watts, who keeps the Pontifex Castle in Edgeware-road. On the evening of the 12th of July the prisoner and two other women came into the house—when they left I received information, and followed them—one of them ran away, and the other two stopped behind—I immediately caught hold of the prisoner, and saw her apron up in front of her, in which I found two pots—she wished to force them into my hand, or throw them down, but I detained her and gave her in charge.
(The prisoner put in a written Defence, stating that the other. woman had taken the pots, and had asked her to hold them,)
(The prisoner received a good character.)
GUILTY . Aged 48.— Confined Three Months.
Before Lord Chief Justice Denman.
Before Mr. Justice Williams.
1838. WILLIAM WALKER was indicted for burglariously breaking and entering the dwelling house of Joseph Allen, at St. George, Bloomsbury, about the hour of one in the night of the 18th of July, with intent to steal, and stealing therein, 16 spoons, value 1l. 16s.; 1 pair of sugar-tongs, value 4s.; 1 shilling, 3 sixpences, 30 pence, 177 halfpence, and 24 farthings, his goods and monies.
JOSEPH ALLEN . I keep a public-house at the comer of Vernon-place, in the parish of St. George, Bloomsbury. On the night of the 18th of last month, I went to bed about one o'clock—my' wife and I went to bed last—I fastened the outer-doors—the bar was fastened up—there are two doors to the bar—I took the keys in my pocket—I got up about four o'clock—it was getting a little light then—it was sufficiently light to see a man's face—when I got down I saw a chair out of its place—it was near a window, which has two squares of glass looking out of the passage into the bar—one square was broken all to pieces—I went up to the window and saw
the prisoner in the bar—I asked what business he had there—he said. "If you come near me I will shoot you"—I called a policeman, and went with him into the bar, and the prisoner was secured there—he was trying to break out—I missed all the halfpence out of the till, and the silver spoons from the cupboard, which I had seen safe before I went to bed—they were found in his pocket—I saw a hat with a pair of shoes in it, on the slates in the yard, and the prisoner had neither hat nor shoes on—there was a candle by the side of the window, not lighted—I have every reason to believe he had concealed himself in the house, as there was no violence to any outer-door—the policeman took him away—he had no fire-arms.
Prisoner's Defence. There are two statements altogether untrue, one is, that I entered the house at two o'clock in the morning—now I entered it about ten o'clock in the evening; and he says that I said, if he came near me I would shoot him—that is altogether untrue—I thought he had got something in his hands, and I said in my fright, "O don't shoot me"—that was all that passed.*
GUILTY of breaking and entering, but not burglariously. Aged 18. Transported for Fourteen Years.
Before Lord Chief Justice Denman.
1839. JEREMIAH DRISCOLL was indicted for unlawfully, maliciously, and feloniously assaulting Mary Driscoll, on the 16th of July, at St. George, and unlawfully, maliciously, and feloniously stabbing and cutting her upon her belly and right hand, with intent to murder her.—2nd COUNT, stating his intent to be to maim and disable.—3rd COUNT, stating his intent to be to do her some grievous bodily harm.
MARY DRISCOLL . I am the prisoner's wife. I live at No. 4, Sun Tavern-fields, St. George's, and keep a green-grocer's shop—my husband did not live there at the time in question—the 22nd of June was the last time he lived with me—I was keeping the shop by myself. On Saturday night, the 19th of July, I went to bed about a quarter past twelve o'clock between two and three o'clock in the morning, I was disturbed by a noise at my door—I looked up, and saw my husband by the side of my bed—I had no light, but I knew him' in a moment, and said, "Oh, my God, what do you want"—he said, "Oh, you b——old w—I will do for you"—I started up in bed, and found myself stabbed directly, just in the right side of my belly—I received two wounds—the other was at the back of my right hand—it gave me a great deal of pain—I passed by him, and received the second stab—as I was making down stairs he caught hold of my head, to pull me back, but my hair had been cut, and I got down—he kicked me down—I fell to the bottom of the stairs, and then he took hold of my throat to choke me—I screamed "Murder, "which brought assistance, when I got down stairs, and he was taken into custody—he said that I was in bed with a young man who had come with my son from sea, and was living in my house at the time, and has done so twice before—he came to my house after my husband left me—he was never in my room.
DENNIS O'SULLIVAN . I am a policeman. The prosecutrix called me between two and three o'clock on Sunday morning—I went to the house and saw the prisoner standing at the door calling out "Police"—before I could ascertain the nature of the case, he said, "The b——old w—my wife I found her in bed with a sailor"—I turned my light on, and saw the prosecutrix lying on the stair-case, bleeding profusely—the prisoner went and seized her by the throat, and swore he was b——d if he would not choke her—I pulled him away, and he told me to go up stairs, and I should find
part of the woman's clothes mixed with the sailor's—I went up but could not find any female's clothes in the room—the prisoner said there was only one bed in the house, and only one room, but the prosecutrix said there was a bed on the first floor—I went up, and the bed clothes were turned over, as if a person had recently got out of bed, and I found part of the prosecutrix's clothes in that room—I examined, but there was no appearance of two persons having slept there—I found the sailor in his own bed, on the second floor—I produce a knife, which the prosecutrix game next day—whether it was blood or rust on it I do not know.
JOHN ARTHUR . I am a surgeon, and live in High-street, Shadwell. Mrs. Driscoll came to me between ten and eleven o'clock on Sunday morning, the 16th of July—I found a slight wound on the back of her bud, and another, I cannot call it a dangerous wound, on the right side of the abdomen—this knife would produce such a wound—I think the peritoneum had been very slightly wounded.
MRS. DRISCOLL re-examined. I found the knife the morning, when I was moving some cabbages and things—I know it is my husband's knife—I gave it to the policeman.
Prisoner's Defence (written.) This is the statement of Jeremiah Driscoll, about twenty-five or twenty-six years married. Within these last eight or nine years my wife turned to drink very much, and going to plays to parties, and coming home at very improper hours, three and four o'clock in the morning. When I used to ask her where she used to be till that time, she told me where she liked, and then for quietness I would hold my peace, for I had to be up every morning myself at five o'clock to go to my work. I often told her, if she did not mend her maneners, I would go and do for myself; she used to tell me to go, and that I had not the spirit to do so. She several times took my name off from over the door, and put another name on. All this I put up with, for fear of having any words with her, what she was very fond of. We keep little chandler's shop. At last I was forced to go away and lake a lodging. I told my daughter that lives next door to her, (a married woman,) that I would leave her, and she told me it was the best way, as she did not mean to mend. Then I went away and took lodgings, and there I stopped for eight or nine months from her. She met me one night at I was going to my lodgings; she begged of me to come home, and that she would swear against drinking any more spirits. I told her I would not go home any more, as I had a very bad life when I was there. She promised me that she would make that all right, and leave off drinking. I told her I heard she had another husband, she told me that was a young man that lodged in the house with her, and he was gone to sea, and that she did not know him man from a woman, which I believed of her on account of her age, and that she would know herself better; and therefore I came home. During the time I was from her, I saved upwards of 10l. When I came home, there was scarcely any thing in the house but what she told and made away with, to keep this young man, who I was told that she was very fond of, but I put up with all this. I told her daughter that lives next door, and she told me to say nothing to her as she might mend—then she turned to drink as bad at ever, therefore I put up with that and a great deal more than I here mention, there is plenty of witnesses to prove what I mention. On about the 1st of July, she got drunk for three or four days, and then we had some words, I told her I would go where I was before and get a lodging; she told me to go, the would be
very glad of it; that aggravated me, and I was obligated to go—in two or three days after I was gone this man came home, and come to lodge again with her; the neighbours told me, and one night as I was passing by the house I looked in through the joints of the shutters, and saw her sitting on the man's knee, and eating their supper. I said nothing, but I went to my daughter's and rapped at the door, and asked her to come and see the way her mother was; but she suspected something was the matter, and she would not see it. Then I went away to my lodgings, and I had a very uncomfortable night of it. On two Saturday nights after, on the 15th of July, I met her and this man going to market to buy some tea and sugar, and other things they wanted, and I watched them, but lost sight of them in the crowd of people. I met a friend, and I asked her if she had seen my wife and her lodger, she said, she did, d—n her, go home and never mind, let her go to h—I. Soon after I went home, and found the place in darkness. I thought she had stopped somewhere, for she often stopped out all night when I was at home with her. Then I took it into my head to go in through the window on the first (floor, where we did keep our bed,) to bring away some planes and tools of mine that were in the house, and when I lifted up the window and put my head in, there, to my surprise, I saw them in bed. Before I got right in they were back to back, and he pretended to be asleep. I immediately called the police, and there was none there then. I saw a man outside, and he asked what was the matter, I said, "Come in, you will do as well." I went to open the door to let him in, and she jumped out of the bed, and left the man, her lodger, in bed; however, before she was out of the room, this man I called in and I was in the room, and I said, "You sha'nt go out of here until the policeman sees your behaviour." This man told me to let her go to h—I, and not mind her, and then she got down stairs. Then the policemen came in, and I took them up stairs to let them see where she was in bed with the lodger; her daughter and son-in-law came in also; she then said I cut her with a knife in 'the back of her hand. I could take my solemn oath I had neither Knife, nor any other sort of instrument, for the policemen searched me, I had nothing in the world but my pencil that I had in my pocket, and I did not see that knife for the space of nine or ten days before this happened, which I could take my solemn oath of, and this man that was nearly as soon as I was in the house, could prove the same. The policemen did not come in for about twenty minutes after; when they came in, she gave me in charge to them. I told them I would not leave my house for no one, but to make every thing quiet I went with them; and at the station-house, she said I cut her in the hand, which I could swear she did herself on purpose to get me out of the way while her lodger stopped at home with her; and now she wants to transport me if she can, which all the neighbours that live near at hand to her knows, and often told me I was a fool for ever coming near hand to her. She often told me she would ged rid of me, which I did not take any heed of, because she used to be in liquor, and when she used to be in liquor she would tear and scratch any man. Therefore, gentlemen, I hope you will look into this, and take it into consideration.
GUILTY on the Third Count. Aged 50.— Death recorded.
Before Mr. Justice Williams.
1840. LAURENCE GOODWIN and AGNES GOODWIN were indicted for a robbery on Francis Straker, on the 6th of July, putting him in fear, and taking from his person, and against his will, 1 waistcoat, value 1s.; 1 sovereign, 4 half-crowns, 8 shillings, and 4 sixpences; his goods and monies.
FRANCIS STRAKER . I am a seaman. I came to London from Plymouth, at the latter end of June. On the 6th of July I was At the Pavior's Arms, Ratcliffe-highway, between five and six o'clock in the evening—I was rather in liquor—the two prisoners were there, and gave me very great abuse, and dragged me out to fight—they hauled my jacket off, and when I got out I was knocked down by the male prisoner, and could recollect nothing more till the next morning—I was at the corner of Chancery-court, close to the tap-room—I was knocked down with a fist, or something—some kind of an iron weapon was struck through my lip—I had received an advance note for 2l. 10s., the night before, and had a sovereign and four half-crowns, and in all 2l., in my left-hand waistcoat pocket—I took it out in the Pavior's Arms, 'and Wrapped it up in an old letter—I do not know that the prisoners saw that—(when I came to myself next morning, both my waistcoat and money were gone)—two bakers were enticing me to fight this man—after I was knocked down the woman jumped on my face with her feet, as I am informed—I was fourteen days in the London Hospital, and never moved Out of bed, from the injuries I got—the prisoners passed as man and wife—the woman did not say much in the public-house—she did nothing to me there.
Laurence Goodwin, Q. Did not you board with us for three weeks? A. Yes—I only lodged with you the first week—I went out at eleven o'clock the night before this, and slept out—your wife saw me intoxicated and asked me where I got the money to get drunk, and I said, "I met a friend who gave me a few shillings"—I took you and your wife out, and treated you with a drop of gin—I met a bad girl, and said, "Good night, I am not coming home."
Agnes Goodwin. Q. Did I not say I understood you had a monthly note, and you said, "That is nothing to you?" A. I did not owe you 36s.—I was three weeks going backwards and forwards to the house, but the first week I got my meat and drink on board the vessel.
EDWARD CROUCH . I am a labourer, and live in Union-street, Shadwell—I was at the Pavior's Arms on the 6th of July, and saw the two prisoners and the prosecutor in front of the bar—the male prisoner was quarrelling with the prosecutor concerning a debt—the disturbance became great, and the landlord ejected them from the bar, and they got under the archway—the prosecutor was very much intoxicated, and in a beastly state—it was as much as he could do to stand—some journey men bakers excited him to pull his jacket off, and fight the male prisoner—the prosecutor did pull off his jacket, and his waistcoat was unbuttoned—they were cavilling for some time in words, and I went away to my stall at the door of the public-house, at the comer of Angel-gardens—in a few minutes I heard a great outcry of, "Oh, don't murder the man!"—I immediately ran down with two more young men—the male prisoner had hold of the prosecutor's shoulder, and they both fell down together in Chancery court—the moment the prosecutor was on the ground, the female prisoner ran and kicked him in the face—she had some instrument in her hand, but I could not see exactly what it was, and she struck him over the top lip—it was either an Italian heater, or a large door-key—he immediately became senseless—after that there was a great cry for the police, who came and
the prisoners made their escape to the house at the left-hand side of the court—I did not see that male prisoner do any thing besides throw the man down—the prosecutor had a waistcoat on when I first saw him, but it was unbuttoned—I had no clear view of him after, till he was with the policeman—he then had no waistcoat on, and was insensible from injury—he had a cut on the upper lip, and bled profusely from the nose.
CAROLINE MURPHY . I live in Angel-gardens. On the evening of the 6th of July, I was standing talking to the prosecutor, who was intoxicated—I told him he had better go home—the prisoners came up, and they began to quarrel—I went home—soon after you heard a great noise—I turned round, and saw the prosecutor lying on the ground, bleeding shock-ingly, and Mrs. Goodwin was stamping on his body—some bakers came and lifted him up, and he went down Chancery-court, and there I saw Mrs. Goodwin knock, him down, and kick him in the face—that was after she had jumped upon him—they were fighting, apparently—he had neither jacket or waistcoat on at that time—he had both on when he was speak-ing to me, about a quarter of an hour before.
Agnes Goodwin. Q. Did you see me take his waistcoat or money? A. No.
MICHAEL JOHN DEMPSEY . I am a policeman. I was called to the Pavior's Arms, between five and six o'clock in the evening on the 6th of July, and saw the prosecutor lying on the ground—he was not able to speak, and could not stand without help—that was from injury, for his face was quite swollen, his eye quite black, and his cheek open; and his body appeared sore, for he could not bear to be touched—in consequence of what I heard, you went in search of the prisoners, who, I understood, lived in the court—the mob forced the door of a house in, and they had their backs to the door—when my fellow-constable came up we pushed in the door, and got the prisoners out—we did not search them, not knowing there had been any robbery.
Laurence Goodwin. Q. Did not the prosecutor walk with you to the station-house, and give us in charge? A. With the assistance of two men he did—he was so bad he could hardly speak—the station-house is about four minutes' walk—I cannot say whether the house I took you from was your own house.
ROBERT HARWOOD VALENTINE . I am an inspector of the K Division of police. On Friday, the 7th of July, I went to No. 7, Chancery-court, at a quarter past three o'clock in the afternoon—the prisoners both told me their house was No. 7—I searched about the house, and under the stairs I found part of a waistcoat with blood on it—the left-hand pocket remains in it, and there and marks of blood about it—I found no money.
FRANCIS STRAKER re-examined. This is my waistcoat—it was whole on the 6th of July—it is the same I wore when this happened—the money was in the left-hand pocket—there are marks of blood there now—I never got any of my money again—I am sure I had had not lost it—I had my hand on it when I went out at the Pavior's Arms—I had not been with any women before they came and knocked me down.
(The prisoner Laurence Goodwin put in a written defence, stating that the prosecutor owed them 36s. for board—that on the day in question he challenged
him to fight—after which he was taken up, and only 6d. found on him, and the Prosecutor did not complain of his loss till the next day,).
NOT GUILTY .
Before Mr. Justice Williams.
1841. WILLIAM WILKINSON was indicted for stealing, on the 11th of July, at St. Luke, Chelsea, 1 oz. of tobacco, value 6d.; 5 sovereigns,. 1 half-sovereign, 2 half-crowns, 32 shillings, and 7 sixpences; the goods and monies of James Edmonds, in his dwelling-house.
MR. CLARKSON conducted the Prosecution. ELIZABETH EDMONDS. I am the wife of James Edmonds, who keeps a beer-shop in South-street, Kings-road, Chelsea. On the 10th of July, about eight o'clock in the evening, the prisoner came to our house for a pint of beer—a female followed him in, who called him uncle; a coachman was in the room, who said he was a pensioner, and had been to receive his pension—the prisoner took out some half pence to pay for his beer, and there was a sovereign amongst it—he asked if he could have a bed, and I told him he could—he then went away—he returned about a quarter past eleven o'clock, apparently tipsy, but I think he was not so—he said, "Is this the John Barleycorn?" I said, "Yes"—he said, "Did you not promise a bed?"—I said, "Yes, but I did not expect you so late—he said, "Can't I have it?" I said, "Yes," and went up stairs to get it ready—he Was' to have it for 8d., and he went to bed—my husband came home a little after twelve o'clock, and had his supper—he took the money Out of the till, and I stood by him while he counted it, and, as we always do; he put it into a little box, ready for me to take up stairs, where we keep it at night—there was 7l., 10s., 6d.; it was five sovereigns and a half-sovereign in gold, and the rest in silver—the box was put on a little shelf in the bar, Where there was a jar of tobacco papers—my child cried, and I went up stairs to it, and did not take the box with me as usual—my husband did not bring it up with him—I got up about a little after six o'clock next morning, and went into the bar—I found the box, but the money was gone—I missed five or six papers from the tobacco jar—I found the door of the house open, and the prisoner gone—there was nobody sleeping in the house but my husband myself, my children, the prisoner, and a little pot-boy—I gave information to the police, and went with Smith to Oxford-market, where we found prisoner, and took him into custody—I saw some papers of tobacco, which were of the same description as those we lost—I thought them to be the same—the policeman compared the writing on the papers with one that Was left in our jar—the prisoner did not purchase any tobacco of us that night Cross-examined by MR. PHILLIPS. Q. Is your husband here? A. No; he cannot leave the house—the pot-boy is twelve or thirteen years old—he was abed and asleep—he is not here—we had only been in the house about a week or eight days then—we put the money we receive in the day into the till, and take it out at night to take up stairs—the prisoner did not take supper with me and my husband—I saw him drinking—he has lost one hand—he said he thought he should have to go away early in the rooming.
MR. CLARKSON. Q. Was he dressed like a Chelsea pensioner? A. No—the pot-boy went to bed before me—the prisoner said he wanted to see my husband, as he believed his brother was in the same regiment.
JOHN SMITH . I am a policeman. I went with the prosecutrix to Oxford market on Tuesday, the 11th of July—we found the prisoner standing in the front rank of the pensioners, waiting to go in to receive his pay—she
pointed him out to me, and I took him into custody—I searched him in an inner room, and found on him six sovereigns, two half-crowns, twenty five shillings, six sixpences, and 7 1/2 d. in copper, and four printed papers of tobacco—I took one of the papers of tobacco to the landlord, I got a paper from him, and compared the two—I saw him bring the paper from the bar, on the right side as you go in, where he told me the money was taken from—the prosecutrix was by—on comparing the two pieces of paper, they appeared to have formed one, to be torn one from the other—these are them (producing them and putting them together)—there was no tobacco in the paper the landlord gave me, but there were other papers similar in the jar.
Cross-examined. Q. Did you find any half sovereign on the prisoner at all? A. No—I went to Acton, and searched his room (he told me it was his room) and found 12l. in his box.
MR. CLARKSON.Q. Was the description he gave you of the room at Acton the one you went to? A. He told me he lived in Friar's-place, Acton, and the landlady's name, and it was right—I found a pair of new braces on him.
MRS. EDMONDS re-examined. I think there was almost 30s. in silver among the money we lost—I handed the piece of tobacco paper to my husband which he gave to the policeman—I got it out of the jar—the tobacco had been taken out of it before—I had seen the jar almost the last thing the night before—the papers of tobacco are sent to us ready done up.
(George Shoulder, contractor for the Great Western Railroad; Samuel Francis, labourer; James Massey, well-digger, of Acton; and Thomas Ashley, a labourer; gave the prisoner a good character.)
GUILTY . Aged 50.— Transported for Life.
First Jury before Mr. Recorder.
1842. GEORGE FRAY TILLETT was indicted for stealing, on the 3rd of July, at St. Mary, Stoke Newington, six forks, value 5l.; and 3 spoons, value 1l.,; the goods of Robert Aitkin, clerk, in his dwelling-house.
ANN CUTLER . I am cook in the service of the Rev. Robert Aitkin, of Barret-grove, Stoke Newington. On the afternoon of the 3rd of July, I left the kitchen and went round the house to fetch some water—I heard a noise in the kitchen, and saw a man go across the kitchen—I went round to the back door, and saw Nelson holding the prisoner, who had silver forks and spoons in his hand—they are the property of the Rev. Mr. Aitkin, and are worth 6l. at least—I had seen them safe in the kitchen two minutes before.
Cross-examined by by MR. JONES.Q. What part of the kitchen were they in? A. On the hearth, in some dishes which had been brought from table—I had seen Nelson once before—he came to speak to Mr. Aitkin—I am not a judge of the value of silver—I did not say any thing to the prisoner—I took the silver from him—you have to go down about three steps to the kitchen—I did not know the prisoner before—he had a sack with him—he said he had picked the things up close to the kitchen door, and was going to the front-door to deliver them to some body—he had them in his hand when I got up to him—there was no 'difficulty in seeing them.
THOMAS NELSON . I am a baker, and live in Windmill-street, Brixtonhill. On Monday, the 3rd of July, I went to the prosecutor's house, I knocked at the front door, and saw the prisoner go to the kitchen door, and then saw him in the kitchen—as he went down, I thought I
would go down, and send the servant there—I saw him in a stooping position near the fire-place—he then put his hand into a handle of willow shavings which he had—I went into the kitchen, and he said, "Do you want to buy any shavings?" I made no answer, but waited till he came up to me—I then tapped him on the shoulder, 'and said, "What have you here?"—he said, "Nothing of yours; do you want to buy any shavings?" and was going away—I said, "I can't let you go till I see what you have—I put my hand into his bundle, and drew out his hand and he had six silver forks, a table and two tea-spoons in it—I detained him till the constable came.
Cross-examined. Q. When you asked what he had there, was he going in a direction towards the front-door? A. Towards the garden-gate—he would pass the front-door—about five minutes after he was taken, he said he was going to deliver the things at the front-door—the cook took the things out of his hand, and went and told Mr. Aitkin—Mr. Aitkin did not refuse to send for a constable in my hearing—he sent word down that he was to be liberated, but the policeman would not let him go—I went to the house to speak to Mr. Aitkin on a religious subject.
JAMES PLAYFORD (police-sergeant N 3.) On Monday, the 3rd of July, I went to Mr. Aitkin, who made a complaint to me, and I took the prisoner into custody—I received the spoons and forks from Cutler, and. took the prisoner to the station-house—he said the spoons were on the steps I asked how they came there—he said he thought the witness had. put them there—he said he had a wife and family, and wished-me to speak to Mr. Aitkin on his behalf.
Cross-examined. Q. Did not Mr. Aitkin wish to liberate him? A. He told me to do just as I thought proper—he wished to extend mercy to him, and not press the charge—he should like him to have some punishment, but not to have him transported.
Prisoner. I never said he did.
ANN CUTLER re-examined. My master is not a Clergyman, but a dissenting minister—he is not a minister of the Church of England, now he has been so, but he preaches in chapels—he has joined the Wesleyan Methodists—I believe he is a clergyman, but I do not know—he wears a gown—I attend his chapel, in White-row, Spitalfields—I have been with him about five months.
SAMUEL RICE . I am a police inspector. I have not known Mr. Aitkin many months—I know him as a minister of the Gospel, in White-row, Spitalfields—I have heard he was in the Church, and getting converted, he left them and began to preach the Gospel—I belong to the Church of England—I have heard him preach at his chapel in White-row, with a surlice on—they are called a Christian Society—it is a distinct body.
(The prisoner received a good character.)
GUILTY of stealing under the value of 5l . Aged 30.— Confined Six Months.* (The Jury also found that they believed the Prosecutor by reputation to be a clerk in holy orders.)
1843. JANE ACKERMAN was indicted for stealing, on the 17th of July, 6 spoons, value 5s.; 1 watch, value 5l.; 1 ring, value 1l.; 2 handkerchiefs, value 10s.; 1 veil, value 3s.; and 1 pair of bracelets, value 8s. the goods of William Parker, in his dwelling-house.
MR. JONES conducted the Prosecution.
WILLIAM PARKER . I am a publican and live in St. John-street. I was acquainted with the prisoner for three months previous to July last—I was married on the 5th of July—on the 17th the prisoner came to my home, and went into the parlour—she asked my permission to go to the water-closet—I said I had not one, but if she chose to walk into my bedroom she might—she went up stairs alone, and shortly afterwards came down again—she had some bread and cheese and a glass of ale in my bar—my wife returned home at the very moment I was putting away the refreshment, and some words occurred about the prisoner being there—I explained, and she was satisfied—my wife afterwards went up stairs and came down, and she, her sister, and the prisoner went out, and returned shortly—after my wife was sent for to go to Hatton-garden, and during her absence the prisoner made tea for me and another person, a bottle-merchant—after tea requested her to leave, as I thought there might be some unpleasantness occur between my wife and her, as she appeared jealous—she said she would leave, and went up stairs to put on her bonnet and shawl—she then came into my bar parlour, and rubbed out her address which she had put on my slate that day—I had not read it before she rubbed it out—my wife returned shortly after the prisoner left, she went up stairs, and missed the spoons from the bed-room—when I got up that morning they were safe on the dressing-table—not a soul had been up in the bed-room but myself, my wife, and the prisoner—we have no servant—next morning I missed my ring, my watch, six spoons, a veil, and two handkerchiefs after some inquiries I found the prisoner at her lodging, No. 2, Buxton-street, Clerkenwell—when I went there, the door was opened by a little girl—the prisoner was standing at a room door, and seemed confused—she said she was very ill, and was very glad I had called to see her, she had not been out, and in fact was just up—it was then between one and two o'clock in the afternoon—she did not appear ill, but seemed rather confused—I had not been in the house more than three or four or five minutes, when a young man came in who was introduced to me as her husband's brother—she had told me previously that she was married, and had introduced a gentleman to me as her husband at the room where I first met her—I said to her that I had come on very particular business, and the young man then left—I then told her I had a robbery committed at my house, and had lost such and such articles, had she seen, or did she know any thing of it she said, "I saw the spoons lying on the table, and I told Mrs. Parker what a pity it was she let them lay about in such a way, as she might be robbed"—I then asked her if she had any knowledge of it at all—she said "No, only from seeing them"—she denied taking any property from my premises—I gave information to the police, and on the Thursday following the property was shown to me at the station-house.
COURT. Q. You say you had known her sometime before, did it not occur to you as strange that she should come to visit you without her husband, and while your wife was out? A. It did not occur to me it the time—I always took her to be a respectable woman from her appearance, and likewise from the manner in which she had entered into conversation with me at a public concert-room—I met her accidentally in Smithfield-bars, nine or ten days previous to her coming to my house, and she then addressed me by my own name, and said, "Mr. Parker, how do you do?"—I immediately turned round, and she said, "I understand you have taken a house somewhere in this neighbourhood"—I said I had, and
told her where—she said, "I shall give you a call"—I said, "I shall be most happy to see youat any time," and that was the reason she came to my house on this day—I had told her I was married—it was done merely out of a feeling of good fellowship towards her, and which I would do to any person I had known, to invite them to my house to partake of a cup of tea, hat I have great cause to regret it now—I certainly did not allow her to take any of these articles—I did not know they were gone till I was getting up next mornings—my wife was the first person who missed the things, and informed me of it—my wife's sister was on a visit to us at the time, and the shawl belongs to her.
Prisoner. Q. When I came to your house, did you not ask me into your smoking-room? Witness. , Yes—I believe my wife and sister went out while you were there—you did not ask me if that was the happy intended Mrs. Parker, that I recollect—I did not say it was my housekeeper—I did ask you to go up stairs I opened the stair-foot door for youto go up—had a gentleman sitting in the bar at the time.
COURT. Q. Did you ball on her When you had lost' your property? A. I did—there certainly was some familiarity took place between us then—after her strongly denying it, and from the expression of her countenance I was induced to believe her innocent, and then, and not till then, did I know she was a bad character—we had criminal connexion—it is no use to make a mince of the matter in a Court of Justice—that might have been an inducement for her to get off—I was not sober at the time, which I can prove—had I been sober, I certainly should not have committed that which I regret now—I did not resume the charge against her after that—it went on till Thursday, when I was gone to bed, and was called up between twelve and one o'clock in the morning to go to the station, and the prisoner was brought in by a policeman—I did not get rid of the brother in-law in order to form any acquaintance with her in the room—it was merely to ask her about the robbery, but one thing led to another—I missed the watch on the same day as I called on her.
Prisoner. Q. When you called, did you not say, "lf you have taken them let it pass, but don't call at my house?" Witness., I said, "If youhave taken the things and pawned them, if you will give me the tickets to redeem them; and make up the difference at home, I should not object to it"—I did not say, "Let it pass and keep from my house"—I had been drinking all the morning at different public houses—I did not give you any money on the Tuesday, because I had been to the Clown before and there I had not enough to pay for the last glass of ale—I did not give you three half-crowns.
MR. JONES. Q. Do you swear the familiarity you have spoken of never took place till that day?. A. Never—I got drunk in making inquiries at different public houses for her—I had given information of my loss at the station-house that morning.
SARAH PARKER . I am the prosecutor's wife. I saw the prisoner at our house on the 17th of July, and she went out with me and my sister—we returned to our house, and I then went out, leaving her there with my husband—when I returned again the prisoner was gone—in the course of the evening I missed half-a-dozen spoons and my veil, and next morning I missed my husband's ring and watch, some silk and cotton stockings, and a pair of bracelets—when the prisoner went up stairs with me that afternoon, I saw one of the spoons on the dressing-table, and the watch and all the things—the prisoner said to me, "Mrs. Parker, I am surprised.
at your leaving your property about," and I said, "Being very unhappy, I have left the box unlocked"—I was rather fatigued that day, and when I went to the box I left it unlocked—I left it in the same state, and left the key in it, and found it in the lock next morning—I do not know why I did not lock the box.
Prisoner. Q. Did not the boy inform you next morning that Mr. Parker had been up stairs with me? Witness, No, he did not—when I returned home and saw the prisoner in my bar parlour, I became jealous, and said, "William, it is very strange, whenever I leave the room, you have a parcel of women at your house"—the prisoner got up and said, "Mrs. Parker, when you come to be a mother of three children, and married six years, you will know better than to be jealous"—I said, "Well, if you are a decent woman, I will go out with you," and we went out to a public-house to have a quartern of gin and cloves—when I got home I began to make tea for her—a gentleman came in at the time, and said, "Mrs. Parker, do you know who you have at your house? a woman who I know well has borne a bad character all her lifetime, and has been walking the street for years; for goodness sake bundle her out"—I told my husband this, and I up with the kitchen poker, and said, "William, if you don't out with her, I will knock you down," and he took the poker from me—just at that time I was going to Hatton-garden about a char-woman who had robbed me, and I left her there.
Prisoner. Q. After hearing this character of me, did you not leave me with your husband, to make his tea? Witness. I could not tell what you were going to do—I was obliged to go to the police-office—I had been married about a fortnight—I had known my husband about three or four months before that.
Prisoner. Q. Did you not, previous to being married, walk the streets for a living? Witness. I did not—I was not a dress-lodger at a house in Apollo-court—I was not servant at the George Coffee-house in the Strand—I formed the acquaintance with my husband at a public-house, on leaving Covent Garden Theatre—he did not join me as I left the theatre—I staid with him two or three hours, and he went home with me to Stanhope-street, where I was living.
MR. JONES. Q. Have you since been married to him? A. I have.
JAMES DAVIS . I am a policeman. In consequence of information left at the station-house by Mr. Parker, I apprehended the prisoner at her lodgings in Buxton-street—I told her I came to take her for a robbery—she asked where—I said, "At Mr. Parker's"—she said, "I have seen him since"—I said, I could not help that, I was ordered to take her, and must search her room—I did so in her presence, but found nothing—I left directions with the landlady to search her bed—the prisoner did not make any remark to that—I took her to the station-house, and five or ten minutes after, Mrs. Hamilton came and gave me a veil, six spoons, and a bracelet, and next morning she delivered me two duplicates, one for a watch, and one for a ring.
Prisoner, Q. Do you know the prosecutrix's character? Witness, I do not—I never saw her before this occurrence, nor heard of her—I do not remember your telling me to send to the Clown for Mr. Parker.
MRS. PARKER re-examined. Q. What description of spoons were those you lost? A. Tea spoons—I had half-a-dozen more in the house, with my husband's name, engraved before he was married—he had my watch in his pocket.
Prisoner. Q. On the day I was at your house did you lend me a cap and
handkerchief? Witness. A. I lent you a handkerchief, but not a cap, as I had several gentlemen in the parlour and her neck was exposed, I lent it to her.
SARAH HAMILTON . I am the wife of the person occupying the house, No. 2, Buxton-street, where the prisoner lodged—the policeman took her away—I afterwards searched her bed, but did not find any thing, but on putting the clothes on again, I found concealed in the blanket six silver spoons, a veil, a handkerchief, and bracelets—I took them to the stationhouse, and delivered them to the policeman.
COURT. Q. Do you recollect the prosecutor coming to the house? A. Yes, that was the room he went into—it was her bed-room and sittings room—he did not remain with her more than ten minutes, I can be certain—I cannot tell whether he was sober—her brother-in-law was there—I do not know that he left the room when the prosecutor came, but I was busy at the time—I had pulled the bed-clothes off and put them on a chair, to look for the property, and I suppose she secreted them in the blanket at that time—I searched the bed while the policeman was in the room, and when she was gone, I went to put the clothes on again, and found the property.
Prisoner. Q. What was my character and conduct while in your house? Witness. I always found her a worthy, good woman—I never saw any thing improper in her—I always supposed she was a married woman.
Prisoner. Q. What was my conduct at your house? Witness. I never saw any thing improper—she appeared sober and decent, and kept good hours—she lodged with me nearly five weeks—she lived with a person as her husband, and his brother came there—her husband lived there regularly, but worked out—he sometimes came home to dinner.
JAMES LEWIS . I am servant to Mr. Chapman, a pawnbroker in Fitzroy-square. These duplicates relate to a watch and ring which were pawned at our shop on the 18th of July by the prisoner—I can swear to her—it was between eleven and twelve o'clock in the morning—she pawned the watch first for 25s., and the ring a little time after—I am certain it was about that time by the number of the ticket—they are booked as they come in—I recollect the time—I asked her for her address, and she gave me the name of Jones, Titchfield-street—I have not a doubt of her pawning them.
MRS. HAMILTON re-examined. The prisoner had not been out of the house that morning, to my knowledge—I think I could swear she had not—I could not positively say she had not; but she had been ill two or three days, and owed me a trifle of money—she promised to give it to me on the Monday, and I waited till the Wednesday, when she paid me 8s.
Prisoner. Q. In what coin did I pay you? Witness, A. I think, one half-crown—I cannot tell whether it was three half-crowns and a sixpence.
COURT. Q. In your judgment, had the prisoner left her room when the prosecutor called on her on the Tuesday? A. No—she was not out of bed till between two and three o'clock in the afternoon, for she had a very bad swelling in her throat—I cannot say what time it was the prosecutor called—she occupied the front parlour, and had a turn-up bedstead—I cannot say whether it was turned up in the daytime—I was never in her room she was taken at night, when her husband was going to bed with her.
Prisoner's Defence. I have known the prosecutor long time, as a common singer, being in the habit of frequenting concert-rooms—I was invited
by him on the day of opening his house, but did not avail myself of his invitation till Monday, the 17th of July—I then knew him as a single man—when I went to his house he asked what I would take to drink—I said, "A glass of half-and-half, "which he brought into his smoking-parlour offered him the money, which he refused, and asked if I wished to insult him, after our intimacy—there was a gentleman in the parlour—he brought in another glass of half-and-half—two females came down stairs and went out—I asked him, in a joke, if that was the intended happy Mrs. Parker he said it was his housekeeper and her sister—he took a glass out of the room, and returned with a pint of ale and two ale glasses, and the gentleman left the room—the prosecutor sat down by my side, and asked me to take a crust of bread and cheese—before that he asked me to see the upper part of his house, as he made up thirteen beds—I went up with him—he came down with me—his pot-boy was there, and I believe he told Mrs. Parker of this—he then asked me into the bar parlour, and then a woman, who I knew, as walking the theatre, and living as a dress lodger, came into the parlour, and be introduced her to me as Mrs. Parker—she certainly felt very much annoyed at seeing a stranger—he introduced me as Mrs. Smith, the wife of a publican—I remonstrated with her on her jealousy, and she became more calm—we went out, and had some gin and peppermint—we returned to her husband, and had more gin and peppermint—she went out, and I went home—the prosecutor appointed to meet me the same evening at the John Bull, but did not come—he called at my lodging next morning, and said, what I had taken to say nothing about it, but let it pass, but keep away from his house, as his wife was very jealous; and if I wanted 5l. to say so, and I should have it; and he gave me three half-crowns—the brother of the gentleman I was living with came. there, and, seeing him, he went away—the prosecutor appointed to meet me the following evening at the John Bull, in Buxton-street; and if he did not come, I was to meet him the next evening at the Clown—on Thursday evening I was surprised at seeing the policeman enter my room—I said, "If you will go to the Clown you will find him"—he ordered the landlady to make the search, which she did, and found the things—the things the prosecutor had given me were in a cupboard, but in my confusion I had taken them out and put them in the blanket on the chair—the handkerchief his wife had lent me—he said at the police-office that the reason I was not given in charge was his not knowing where to find me, and yet he was with me at my lodging.
NOT GUILTY .
NEW COURT.—Thursday, August 17th, 1837.
Fifth Jury before Mr. Common Sergeant.
JOHN WINGROVE . I live at Norwood, and the prisoner lodged with me. On the 27th of July, I went out and left this money in my house, about five o'clock, and my wife left about nine—I returned about seven o'clock in the evening—I cannot tell whether my money was gone then, I did not look for it, nor do I know where it was myself—I spoke to the prisoner about it the next day, when the officer was with me—the
officer told him if be told the truth perhaps it might be better for him—the prisoner came back that night and slept there—we leave the key of our door at the next neighbour's house when no one is at home—I did not find the key there that night—the prisoner was at home—the neighbour is here.
CHARLOTTE WINGROVE . I left home that morning, and left the half sovereign and the rest of the money in a box—no one was in the house but the prisoner—I came home at night and missed the money from the box the next morning—the prisoner did not know where the money was that I know of—the box had been opened.
Cross-examined by MR. PAYNE. Q. How long was it before you went out that you saw the money? A. That same morning, and the next morning I missed it.
MARIA STEVENSON . I live next door to Wingrove—between ten and eleven o'clock I saw the prisoner at the prosecutor's house—he opened the drawer, and pulled all the things about that were in the drawer, after Mrs. Wingrove left.
Cross-examined. Q. Where were you? A. Looking over the pales I saw the prisoner at the drawer in the front room I looked over the pales, and in at the door—the pales were not higher than me—I did not look long—I saw him and went away with the child in doors—I did not say a word to him—I did not mention any thing about it.
WILLIAM WARLEY . I am an officer. Wingrove came to me on Tues day night, and when I saw the prisoner I asked him what he had done with the flannel jacket which he had on that day and to tell me the truth—that was all I said—I did not go to the George public-house, nor find the jacket.
Cross-examined. Q. Did you not use the word "better"? A. No.
ELIZABETH STEVENSON . I live next door to the prosecutor—he leaves his key with me—Mrs. Wingrove left it about nine o'clock on the morning of the 27th—the prisoner had it after that—I am not sure that was on the same morning.
NOT GUILTY .
1845. THOMAS GIBSON was indicted for stealing, on the 17th of May, 1 watch, value 25s.; 1 watch-chain, value 1s.; 2 watch-keys, value 6d.; and 1 seal, value 4d.; the goods of William Howard: 1 pair of trowsers, value 5s.; and 1 waistcoat, value 2s. 6d.; the goods of William Hierons, his master.
WILLIAM HOWARD . I live in the same house with Mr. Hierons. On the 17th of May I missed my watch and chain, and, two keys and seal—I left it in the bed-room—no one had any opportunity of going there—the prisoner was left at home in. the bed-room when we went out—the watch has not been found since.
Prisoner. I had been up all night attending to the business—they had a ball, and I did not get to bed till four o'clock in the morning—I Was very much intoxicated, and when I found I had the things, I did not know what to do—I returned, and gave myself up.
GUILTY . Aged 48.— Confined One Year; One Month Solitary.
WALTER PITMAN . I live at No. 18, Chiswell-street, and am a boot maker. About half-past ten o'clock in the morning of the 18th of July, I was standing at the back of my shop—I saw the prisoner come and take this pair of boots off the rail, and go off—I ran after him, and he was taken with the boots in his hand—I never lost sight of him.
Prisoner. I saw them on the pavement as I passed the shop—I took them up, and was going on—a man said "They don't belong to you'*—I came and gave myself up to the prosecutor. Witness. I saw him come in twitch them off the rail, and take them off, and he was running from me, and was stopped by a person.
(The prisoner received a good character.)
GUILTY .—Aged 19. Confined Six Months; Three Weeks Solitary.
MR. BALLANTINE conducted the Prosecution.
CHARLES ELLIS . I am a labourer on the Spirit Quay of the London Docks. On the 18th of July I was at the Dock where some Indian rubber was left under my charge—I have heard the prisoner had been a labourer in the Docks—he came there on the 18th—these three pieces of rubber fell off a cask—the prisoner came and stood against the door—I saw him take these three pieces of rubber in his arms, and I gave information of it.
Prisoner. Q. What marks have got on this rubber? Witness. There are no marks on this, but there is not one cargo in the Dock like it—you took three pieces away on the 17th, and the next day you took these.
ROBERT WARNER . I live in Essex-street, Whitechapel, and am an extra labourer in the Docks. About three o'clock on the 18th I saw the prisoner leaving a shed with three pieces of Indian rubber—this one was in his right hand; this one under his left arm, and one similar to this—these two pieces I saw on the cask with another piece—I went to the cask again and the rubber was gone.
GEORGE SAUNDERS . I live in Wellington-street, Stepney, and am an extra labourer in the South Quay of the Docks. On the 18th, about three o'clock, I saw the prisoner near a dust-bin—he brought something and threw it down—I asked him what he had got there—he said, "Old roots"—I did not take any notice, but went to my work, and soon after I heard of the robbery, and told what I had seen.
FRANCIS ROBERTS . I am a watchman in the London Docks. From information which I received I took the prisoner—he was asleep in the Docks, near Wapping-bridge—I went to the dust-bin and found these three pieces of rubber.
Prisoner. I went in the Dock about two o'clock, and picked up a piece of rubber—I did not know what I was about—I threw it down again—I laid down and went to sleep—there was nothing about me or near me.
GUILTY .*—Aged 37. Confined One Year; One Month Solitary.
MARTIN FELMINGHAM . I conduct the business of John Gower, a draper in King-street, Covent-garden. The prisoner came there on the 5th of July, and asked to look at a shawl—she left a deposit of 1s. on one that she fixed on—I was at the top of the shop—I went down to see what she had bought—she was going out and I saw about an inch of this shawl banging under her gown—I went after her, put my hand on her shoulder, and brought her back and gave her to the housekeeper to search—these were not found in my presence.
MARY PYCROFT . I am housekeeper to Mr. Gower. I searched the prisoner, and found these three pieces of print on her—the shawl she dropped—this one was behind her dress, and the other two were about her person—she told me she got her living by thieving.
GUILTY .*—Aged 28. Confined One Year.
TIMOTHY YEATES . I am a ham dealer, and live in the Strand. On the 20th of July I was in my parlour—from information I received I went out, and saw the prisoner walking down a street adjoining, with my ham in his hand—this is the knuckle of it—I stopped him and took it from his hand.
GUILTY . Aged 20. Recommended to mercy the Prosecutor and Jury. Confined One Month; One Week Solitary.
GUILTY .— Confined Six Months; Three Weeks Solitary.
ELIZABBTH DUBBER . I am the wife of William Henry Dubber, of Stephen-street, Rathbone-place. On Saturday evening, the 22nd of July, I went into Mr. Lewis's butter-shop—while I was there I took 2d. from my pocket, to pay for the butter—I had it in my hand—I had 3s. 4d. in my pocket—as I was standing at the counter, I felt at though a hand kerchief had been drawn from my pocket—on looking round, I found my pocket had been drawn inside out, and the three shillings, three pence, and two halfpence were taken from it—the prisoner was standing very close to me—I directly told him he had robbed me, he said, "I have not robbed you," and he ran off—I cried" Stop thief" and followed him—he was overtaken, and he had more money than the 3s., 4d. in his hand—4s. 5 1/2 d. was in his hand—he ran from twelve to sixteen yards.
Cross-examined by MR. PAYNE. Q. Were you always sure about the quantity of money you had? A. Yes, I always mentioned the same—I said at first 4s., but when I came to reckon up what I had laid out, I found I had 3s. 4d.—there were many other persons in the shop—it was about a quarter past ten o'clock—when I changed the prisoner, he said he had not robbed me—my husband is a chaser—I ran out after the prisoner.
JAMES COLES . I lodge in Stephen-street I saw the prisoner being followed by Mrs. Dubber—I ran and took him—she said, "This man has robbed me"—the prisoner was on the curb, and she was close behind him—I asked her what he had robbed her of—she said "About 4s."—I asked what the prisoner had got—he said he would not tell me—he then took the money out of his pocket, and said he had got about 4s.—I asked the prisoner what caused him to run—he said his brother had run on before him—I asked him what he went into the shop for—he said he went to buy a saveloy, but he did not buy it.
Cross-examined. Q. He had heard the prosecutrix say she had about 4s? A. Yet, and then he said he had about 4s.—but he had in all 4s. 5 1/2 d.
ISABELLA LOGAN . I was in the shop, and saw the prisoner standing very close to me—I moved a little from him, because I felt his hand touch my side—as I was coming out I saw the prosecutrix at the door she said she had been robbed, and I saw the prisoner run away.
Cross-examined. Q. Did the woman charge him with having robbed her? A. Yes—he said he had not.
GUILTY . Aged 17. Confined Six Months; Three Weeks Solitary.
1852. HENRY CHARLES STEERS was indicted for stealing, on the 19th of July, 7 glass bottles, value 3s.: 6 oz. weight of antiseptic tincture, value 8s.; 4 oz. weight of powdered rhubarb, value 9s.; 3 oz. weight of essence of ginger, value 4s.; 1 1/2 oz. weight of essence of liquorice, value 2s., 4d.; and 1 oz. weight of lavender-water, value 9d.; the goods of William Banks Hudson and another, his masters.
WILLIAM BANKS HUDSON . I am a chemist, in partnership with my son, living in the Haymarket. The prisoner was in my service as errand boy for about a month up to the 12th of July—in consequence of information, I went to his lodging and found these six bottles, and these other things' my property—I did not authorise the prisoner to sell or take them.
JAMES WALSH . I am a police inspector. On that morning I took the prisoner, and found these bottles of stuff in a portmanteau at his lodgings—he gave me no account of them—the prosecutor claimed them.
GUILTY . Aged 18. Confined Two Months; Two Weeks Solitary.
JAMES HULL . I live at No. 1, Contentment-place, Turner's-square, Hoxton, and am a tin-plate worker. On the 6th of July I was bathing, and my clothes and boots were by the side—the prisoner came up and said he would wait for us, and then I and another went in—when I came out the prisoner was sitting on the bundle, and he said, "I shall not let you have your bundle till you have wetted your back"—I went in and did it, and then he said "I shall have a bathe, "he pulled off his jacket and waistcoat, and threw them over my boots—he took them up wrapped them up and ran away, and said" there is a man coming"—he ran off, and we ran after him, but could not catch him—I did not see him put the boots into the bundle, but he wrapped the jacket and waistcoat up very carefully, and then the boots were gone.
and waistcoat by the side of the boots, and then wrap something up in his jacket very carefully, and run off—the boots were gone—I did not catch the prisoner, he got away—there was no one else to take them.
Prisoner. There were about two hundred persons there. Witness, There was no one near but him.
JOHN LUCKIN . I saw the prisoner take off his jacket and waistcoat, and throw them on the ground, he then took them up and wrapped them up carefully, and the boots were then gone—he went off, and said he would go and ask if he might bathe.
NOT GUILTY .
1854. MARY GOUGH was indicted for stealing, on the 27th of July, 1 1/2 pint of wine, value, 3s.; 2 bottles, value 6d.; 1 pint of brandy, value 3s. 6d.; 1. bag, value 1s.; 1 inkstand, value 6d.; 1/4 lb. weight of tea, value 1s.; and 1 pencil-case, value 6d.; the goods of Richard John Moscrop, her master.
ELIZABETH MOSCROP . I am the wife of Richard John Moscrop, and live in Covent-garden—the prisoner was my servant On the 27th of July I missed two bottles, and this wine and brandy, and other things—in consequence of suspicion, I sent for an officer, and these things were found in her box in my presence.
Cross-examined by MR. PAYNE. Q. What was the first thing you found? A. I think it was the bottle of brandy—these are the I things—I know this bottle by the seal on the cork—it has not been drawn—the prisoner was a very confidential servant—she attended to the people who came, as a waitress—she might get a trifle from them, but ours is not a house where much money is given—ours is the Market-house, Covent-garden—I cannot swear to this brandy—probably some persons might have given her these things—the inkstand cost about 1s. or 1s. 3d.—there is no mark on it—I know it was on the shelf, and it was gone—the house was crowded about the election—I cannot exactly say how lately before I had seen the inkstand—I cannot swear to the tea, but I can swear to making this bag the night before it was taken—the tea was found in the bag in her box—the bag is scarcely worth any thing.
(The prisoner received a good character.)
GUILTY . Aged 22.—Recommended to mercy by the Jury and Prosecutrix,
Confined One Year.
SAMUEL PEGLER (police-constable S 104.) On Monday morning, the 17th of July, I was in the Edgeware-road, and saw the prisoners standing at a corner—they went into a field—I called to Tilley, by the name of Blackey, and he took this handkerchief from his left-hand pocket and put it round his neck—I went and asked him where he got it—he said he bought it of Mr. Ross, a pawnbroker—I then looked at Phipps, and saw he had a fresh handkerchief on—I asked where he got it—he said he took
it out of pledge on the Saturday night—the boots were on Phipps's feet I took them and the property—I went to Ross.
Tilley. I worked in a stone-yard, and on Saturday night I bought the handkerchief.
Phipps. I got the handkerchief out of pledge on Saturday night, and I bought the boots of a young man of the name of Callaghan.
MR. BROOKS. I had seen these things safe about seven o'clock on the Sunday evening before, they were found by the officer on the Monday.
TILLEY**— GUILTY . Aged 17.
PHIPPS**— GUILTY . Aged 17.
Transported for seven years
JOHN TWITCHIN . I am errand-boy to Charles Gillman, of Oxford-street. I put my basket down, and missed something out of it—a footman told me something—I ran and took the prisoner—he had got a pound of rush candles, which were taken out of the basket—when I took him he tried to make his escape, and said he would take them to my master.
GUILTY . Aged 48.— Confined Three Months; Three Weeks Solitary.
GUILTY . Aged 19.— Confined Three Months; Three Weeks Solitary.
JOHN CHEET . I live at the Asylum, at Hackney-wick. On the 14th of July I was employed about some mangel wurzel—I heard a quacking, and turned and saw Langley putting a drake into his pocket—I gave information—I am sure he is the man.
Cross-examined by MR. PHILLIPS. Q. Had you known this man before? A. No—I was five or six yards from him—I observed that it was a drake particularly—that is all I took notice of.
WILLIAM WRIGHT, JUN . I received information from Cheet, and went out and saw these two men running at a slow rate along the road—I followed them, and saw them throw down a duck and a drake—each threw down one—I know the drake to be my father's, and I believe the duck is too—they are here—Langley threw down the drake, and Parker the duck.
Cross-examined. Q. What is your father's name? A. William—I know these ducks by the colour and their particular marks—I said before the Magistrate that it was a bundle Parker threw down—I could swear to the drake fifteen miles off—there may be hundreds of the same colour we had only two, and missed two—we did not miss them till I saw them on the road.
CHARLES LAKELAND . I belong to the Asylum. I was with my master, and saw the two prisoners running—one had something in his right-hand pocket, and the other had something—I did not see the ducks on the ground—I saw them in the field—I picked them up—they were Mr. Wright's—I know the drake.
WILLIAM SHAW (police-constable K 73.) On the 14th of July I was on duty in the White chapel-road, and the prisoners patted me in rather a hurried manner—they got by—I received information, and took them.
Cross-examined. Q. You found no bag or ducks on them? A. No.
(The prisoner Parker received a good character.)
LANGLEY— GUILTY . Aged 21.— Transported for Seven Years.
PARKER— GUILTY . Aged 21.— Confined Six Months; Six Weeks Solitary.
1859. PATRICK WALSH and OWEN OWEN were indicted for stealing, on the 24th of July, 1 handkerchief, value 3s., the goods of John Jackson, from his person; and that Patrick Walsh had been before convicted of felony.
ROBERT SNOWBALL . I live in James-street, Covent-garden, and work for Mr. Merry weather. On this afternoon I was looking out of the window, and saw the two prisoners at the comer of Bow-street, following Mr. Jackson and his lady—there was another with them whom we did not get—I saw them try the prosecutor's pocket—I watched them, and saw the two bigger ones covering the little one, (OWEN,) and he drew the handkerchief—I went down, and took Owen, and Mr. Dean caught Walsh—when they Were taken to the office, Walsh dropped the handkerchief.
Walsh. I was not within five or ten yards of this boy—I saw this man run, and two or three more, and take this other boy—another man laid hold of me, and tore my coat, and then they all took me; and there were two female prisoners charged with felony—they shoved us all behind, and he swore then that Owen had the handkerchief in his breast when he shoved him behind the bar—this boy says he picked it up, and when the man shook him in the station-house, he dropped it.
Owen. I was going down the street, and the handkerchief laid on the ground—I took it up—that gentleman came and took hold of me.
WALSH*— GUILTY . Aged 17. Transported for Seven Years.
OWEN*— GUILTY . Aged 9. Confined Two Months, and whipped.
1860. JOHN JACOBS and THOMAS JONES were indicted for stealing, on the 19th of July, 6 shirts, value 8s.; 1 gown, value 2s.; 2 petticoats, value 5s.; 2 table-cloths, value 3s. 6d.; 2 pairs of stockings, value 1s. 6d.; 2 handkerchiefs, value 4s. 6d.; 4 caps, value 6s.; 3 aprons, value 3s.; 8 frocks, value 1l.; 4 night-gowns, value 4s.; 2 cravats, value 1s. 6d.; 8 pinafores, value 12s.; 6 petticoats, value 6s. 6d., 2 pairs of trowsers, value 2s.; and 1 collar, value 1s.; the goods of William Gregory.
stopping with my cart at a silversmith's shop in White chapel—I did not get out of the cart—I delivered a basket of linen—I was sitting on the front of my cart—the prisoner Jones came to me, and asked the way to Hungerford market—I saw the prisoner Jacobs in the act of taking a bundle while the other was speaking to me—I leaped from the front of my cart, ran after Jacobs, and called "Stop thief—he dropped the bundle—he ran about seven or eight yards further, then returned upon me, and I caught him by the collar—I had never lost sight of him—he said, "I am not the man, the man has run on"—I had not spoken to him before—I said, "You are the man that took the bundle from my cart, and you must come on with me"—as soon as he had said the words, the prisoner Jones came up, and his words were, "D—your eyes fight your way"—Jacobs then fought me right and left as hard as he could—I cried out, "Will nobody assist me in taking a thief"—Jones then struck me over my right arm, and broke my hold, he kicked me on the right leg, and Jacobs struck me, but I still held him, and they were taken—the bundle contained fifty-four articles—two petticoats, two table-cloths, and other articles—the bundle was picked up and identified.
Cross-examined by MR. PHILLIPS.Q. Did Jones touch any of your property at all? A. I did not see him attempt to take any thing—he touched ray trowsers in the cart—I never saw Jones before to my knowledge—he had dark clothes on—I believe it was a dark blue coat—I said before the Magistrate that he kicked me over the leg—what I said was written down, and I signed it—I said he kicked me on the right leg.
Cross-examined by MR. BODKIN. Q. Where about was this? A. Not far from Castle-street, White chapel—I did not see many people till "Stop thief, "was cried—it was about twenty minutes to nine o'clock in the evening there were persons passing and repassing—both these men were strangers.
SUSANNAH REECE . I was in White chapel that evening, and saw Jacobs take a bundle off the cart—he is the man—I saw him strike the prosecutor, and he struck me in the side in the scuffle—I have never been able to. wear a bone in my stays since—there was another man with a dark blue 'coat, who said with a gruff voice like Jones's, "D—your eyes, fight away "I have heard Jones speak since, and the voice was like his.
Cross-examined by MR. PHILLIPS.Q. When did you hear his voice since? A. At Lambeth-street—I did not swear to him—I will swear to him positively now—it was not put to me at Lambeth-street about Jones—I did not see his face—I did not swear to Jones at all at Lambeth-street—only to a gruff voice—there might be a dozen persons at first—I cannot say how many afterwards—I was struck so that I was speechless—there were not above thirty or forty persons there—I spoke to Jacobs, and laid he took the bundle.
SAMUEL TAYLOR . I am a street-keeper in High-street, White chapel. I was talking to Mr. M'Crea at the oil-shop—he gave me information, and I apprehended Jones going up Essex-street-the prosecutor identified him next morning.
Cross-examined by MR. PHILLIPS. Q. How long was Jones there? From three to five minutes—I did not say before the Magistrates that it did not last two minutes—I signed my deposition—I said it was two, three, or five minutes—I said I thought not above two or three minutes—I did not
say it was two minutes—I did not hear Jones say any thing—I think it was about a quarter before nine o'clock—it was after dusk—I had seen Jones before—I knew his features well—he had a blue coat on—what I said was read over to me—I was desired to attend to it, and see whether it was correct—the solicitor employed by Jones asked me how I could know him—I told him I had seen him before—he had been pointed out to me by the street keeper as a bad character.
(William Latham, a jeweller and a silversmith, and Moses Issacs, a working jeweller, gave Jacobs a good character.)
JACOBS. GUILTY —Aged 21.)
Transported for Seven Years.
JONES. GUILTY —Aged 22
ISABELLA PEAKE . I am the wife of Richard John Peake, of Laystall-street. On the 22nd of July I sent my little girl out with a necklace on—a few of the beads were afterwards brought back—these are them.
MARY CALNAN . I am in the service of Mrs. Peake. I went out with Isabella Lucy Peake that afternoon—the beads were on her neck—the prisoner is the man that took them—he ran and dropped the beads—he was taken by Mr. Green.
Prisoner. I was going up Gray's Inn-lane—I heard a cry of, "Stop thief"—the little girl came and said I had taken the necklace, but nothing was found on me.
GUILTY . Aged 19.— Confined Six Months; Three Weeks Solitary.
GEORGE ELLIS . I am a green-grocer, and live at King's Arms place, Commercial-road. On 8th of March the prisoner came and asked for a truck—I lent it him—he did not return it—I was with the officer, and found it at Mr. Sage's—this is it.
THOMAS CLAYDON . I am a bricklayer, and live in Salmon's-lane, Limehouse. At twelve o'clock on the 19th of April, the prisoner came and hired a truck of me—I found it at John Dudley's, the green-grocer—it was the one that I had let him—he had it for an hour.
JOHN DUDLEY . I am a green-grocer. About the middle of May, as near as I can guess, the prisoner came by my house, and asked if I wanted to buy a light truck—I told him I did—he said he knew where there was one to be sold, and I bought it of him.
GUILTY . Aged 58.— Confined One Year.
CHARLES WILLIAM SHIPWAY . I live at No. 28, Nicholl-street, New North-road. The prisoner was my errand-boy—at half-past nine o'clock on the 17th of July, I gave him a sovereign to get change—he went away, and brought neither change nor sovereign.
GUILTY . Confined One Month.
1865. MARY HESSIAN was indicted for stealing, on the 15th of April, 3 table-cloths, value 13s.; 4 sheets, value 8s.; 1 shirt, value 2s.; 3 handkerchiefs, value 6s.; 1 shift, value 2s.; 2 towels, value 6d.; 2 aprons, value 1s.; 1 milk-pot, value 4d.; 4 knives, value 1s.; and 4 forks, value 1s.; the goods of William Kilsby, her master.
The prisoner was employed there as char-woman—I lost these articles, which are the property of my son, about a month ago.
Cross-examined by MR. BODKIN.Q. When did you first miss any thing? A. About five weeks ago I missed some four-post bed furniture, and a large table-cloth, and then I missed a great many more things—some of them were found at her house—she had been working as char-woman about three months—she had money of me at different times—I might pay her more than 9s., or 1 1s., at different times—I cannot say positively.
HUGH SANDILAND (police-constable T 80.) I went to the prisoner's house, and examined her box—I found two towels and two aprons—these are them—I found a number of duplicates, which enabled me to find the other property.
Cross-examined. Q. What it her husband? A. police-constable—she has two children.
GUILTY . Aged 28.—Recommended to mercy by the Jury. Confined Six Months.
JAMES FRENCH . I live in Well-street, Hackney. On Tuesday morning, the 25th of July, between five and six o'clock, I met a woman in Rosemary-lane—she was intoxicated—I inquired of Ford where the woman could lie down—she said she could take her to her mother's—I said if she would, I would reward her, and she took her—I gave her a few halfpence to get some drink, and sat down and fell asleep—I saw Welch in the house when I went in—they were both there when I went to sleep, and when I awoke, I missed my watch and ribbon.
welch, Q. Did you not go to bed with that woman? Witness. No.
Ford. I met this man in Rosemary-lane—he took me home, and then he laid in bed with the woman—she said he was her husband, and then she asked me to go and pawn the watch, and I gave her the money.
MARY COLEMAN . I went home with the prosecutor to this house—I gave them no watch to pawn—they said if I would say that this gentleman gave me the Watch to pawn, we should all get clear, but I was asleep the whole time—I do not recollect any thing about it.
Welch. I never told her to say so—I met my fellow prisoner when I
came to London, and she offered me a situation to go and mind her child—I was with her three weeks—this night my mistress went out and left me and the child in bed—returning the next morning with a strange man and woman, she called me—I got up and let them in—the woman being tipsy, the man not so bad, we undressed the woman, put her to bed, and the man laid on the side of the bed—my mistress sat by the side of him, and I sat with the child—my mistress gave me a halfpenny to get some wood—when I returned my mistress was out—I went after her—she said the man's wife gave her "a pawn"—I went with her and pawned it—I went home, and in half an hour my mistress came home tipsy, and then this man awoke, and gave us all three in charge.
JAMES FRENCH re-examined. Q. Who appeared to be mistress? A. I do not know—Ford said she would take this woman to her mother's and there Welch was with the child—Ford said to her, "Put this woman to bed, "which she did.
FORD— GUILTY . Aged 22.— Confined One Year. WELCH— NOT GUILTY .—Sixth Jury before Mr. Sergeant Arabin.
MR. CLARKSON conducted the Prosecution. RICHARD BELL. I am sexton of St. George, Southwark. I produce the register of marriages for 1829—in September, 1829, I find a marriage between two persons, named William Arnold and Mary Whitbourne—I was one of the subscribing witnesses—I do not recollect the prisoner.
JOHN WHITBOURNE . I live at Brook-green Farm, at Albury, near Guildford—I know the prisoner—I cannot say whether be lived with my sister as husband, after 1829—I have some recollection of the prisoner's writing—I have not seen him write his name—I believe this name "W. Arnold, "to be his writing—to the best of my belief he lived with my sister five years after marriage—my father assisted them in taking a farm near Guildford—he lived there about two years—my sister Mary is alive—that is the sister he lived with—she had two children—I left on Wednesday morning, and saw her on Tuesday evening, at my father's at Brook-green.
Cross-examined by MR. DOANE. Q. Where did you come from? A. My father's. Brook Farm, Albury—I was living there in 1829—I remember the marriage—I cannot say what year it was—I saw the prisoner living with my sister at a farm, near Guildford, as man and wife—I never visited them—I remember them living together as man and wife for one year—I ceased visiting them, because of his using my sister so ill—he left her—he settled 600l. upon her, which will come to her on his death.
MR. CLARKSON. Q. Does he contribute at all to support your sister now? A. No—he has left her for some time.
ELIZABETH EMMA HARDIMAN . I shall be sixteen years' old next April—in November last I lived with my mother. No. 59, Park-street, Camden Town—she kept a green grocer's shop—the prisoner kept a beer shop opposite—he paid his addresses to me, and my mother sent me into the country to avoid him—he came down into the country after me—I was married to him on the 27th of last November, when I was between fourteen
and fifteen—I told him I had heard he was a married man—he strongly denied it—at the time, I married him, I believed him to be single—I have had a child by him—I was married without my mother's knowledge.
Cross-examined. Q. You heard this man was married? A. Yes—not from my mother, but from the neighbours—it was a current report in the neighbourhood, and I heard of it—I know there was a song printed about his being a married man—I cannot say how long I knew him before I was married—it was about a month, or between one and two months—he was very often at our house, but my mother did not always know it—he would come over for fruit and different things, when my mother was out—I was in the habit of going there for our beer—my mother was not present when I Was in his company, that I remember—she would be in and out—he did not visit my mother as a friend—I never heard him talk to her about money transactions—she knew nothing about the marriage—she was made acquainted with it the same afternoon—we were married by banns—I do not know. why—it was Mr. Arnold's plan—I do not know that it was my mother's suggestion—I did not live at his residence after my marriage—I had seen an uncle of his come to the house, I did not inquire of him whether he was married—the prisoner said he had no convenience, and he would rather I should live with my mother till he got another place—I lived with her about twenty weeks, and then she insisted that he should take me and keep me.
MR. CLARKSON.Q. Was your mother at all aware, as far as youcan know, that he was intending or desirous of marrying you, till you had con sented and was married? A. No—I lived nineteen or twenty weeks with my mother—he did not pay at all for my support—the child was born dead—my mother is in Court.
WILLIAM MITCHELL . I am a police-officer of Marylebone. I took the prisoner on the 14th of July, in Park-street, Camden Town, for unlawfully marrying Mrs. Hardiman's dauglter, knowing he had a wife in the country at the time—'Mrs. Hardiman was with me—he said he was ready to meet the case—I told him the mother of the second wife had, been in the country, and seen his. wife—he said he was surprised at her going down, she knowing that he had a wife there—he wished to know, if the first wife was to come up against him, what he should be done to—I told him I could give him no answer.
GUILTY . Aged 28.— Transported for Seven Years.
1868. WILLIAM COCHRANE was indicted for stealing, on the 24th of June, at St. George, Hanover-square, 1 purse, value 6d.; 1£20 note, and 1£10 note; the goods and property of Louisa Elizabeth Domville, in the dwelling-house of Sir Compton Domville, baronet.
MESSRS. CLARKSON and JERNINGHAM conducted the Prosecution.
Miss LOUISA ELIZABETH DOMVILLE. I reside with my father and mother, at No. 10, Grosvenor-square. About two months ago, I missed a purse, containing some Bank notes, from a writing-desk—the prisoner resided with the family as under butler—this is the purse I lost—it contained 40l. in Bank notes—I made inquiries, but heard nothing about it—it is my own property.
CHARLES DEWING . I am a police inspector. I know Grosvenor-square is in the parish of St. George, Hanover-square—I went there to the house of Sir Compton Domville, on the 27th of last month—I saw the prisoner, and I asked him to, show me his bedroom, which he did—he unlocked a cupboard
and took from it a clock-case—he took a key from hit pocket and unlocked the case—upon his unlocking it, I observed a snuff-box—he seized hold of the snuff-box—I took hold of his hand—he said, "This is my property"—I took it—it contained a£20 note, six sovereigns, two half-crowns, and one fourpenny-piece—upon opening the note, I said, "I suppose this is the£20 Bank note which was stolen"—he said, "No, it is not; it is mine"—I searched his person—I found 3s. 6d. in silver on him, and some copper to the amount of 1s. 1 1/2 d.—there was a silver watch and guard-chain in the portmanteau, which he opened—there was a roll of what he called Irish linen, a shawl, and this green silk purse, which I now produce—I told him I was about to ask him a question; he was at liberty to answer me or not—he said, I shall answer the truth; I shall tell no lies; I did take the money; that is the£20 note; the£10 note I changed at a public-house in the neighbourhood of Piccadilly; the two£5 notes I don't know where I changed"—he said he took them from Miss Louisa Domville's writing-desk.
Prisoner. The watch was my own property.
GUILTY . Aged 21.— Transported for Life.
RICHARD PAILTHORPE . I am a haberdasher, and live in North-place, Lower Road, Islington. The prisoner had been in my service six weeks I lost this sovereign from the till—we had suspicion, and taxed the prisoner with taking it, and he admitted it—this was Saturday afternoon—I taxed him with taking two half-crowns—he admitted taking them, and then I taxed him with the sovereign, and he admitted taking that, and said he had spent part in going to town, and part was found under the water-butt—we did not count the contents of the till when they were missed—he had access to the till—he had no liberty to go behind the counter, but he could go there.
THOMAS HOBBS KING (police-Constable N 248.) I apprehended the prisoner last Saturday week, the 21st of July—I taxed him with robbing his master, and asked what he had done with the money—he said he had bought two watches, and nine rabbits, and a hutch—he told me where he bought them—one watch I found at his mother's, and the duplicate of another.
GUILTY . Aged 13. Recommended to mercy by the Jury and Prosecutor. Whipped and Discharged.
ANN HOGAN . I am the wife of John Hogan, a tailor. On the 19th of July I went to a pawnbroker's shop in High-street, St. Giles, to pawn a gown—I took out my purse, and put 3s. into it, and the ticket of the gown—I left my purse and money, by mistake, on the counter—I went out, and missed my purse—it contained two sovereigns, a sixpence,
and a ticket—the prisoner was in the next box—I went back, but did not find my purse—the shop man said he had seen no purse—the prisoner was suspected, but she denied having it—she was taken into another room—the there denied having seen it—this is the purse—it contained two sovereigns and a sixpence—I had seen her about the place.
JOHANNA DWYER . I went into the pawnbroker's to pawn the gown with the witness—she left her purse on the counter—she came out, missed it, and then returned—the prisoner denied having it—the pawnbroker desired me to bring her into his parlour; and I put my hand into her bosom and found it—I gave it to the policeman.
Prisoner. I went in and picked up the purse, and put it into my bosom—I said, "1 have picked up one," and I gave it into her hand.
GUILTY . Aged 14.—Recommended to mercy by the Jury.— Confined Six Weeks.
1871. ELIZABETH HONOUR was indicted for stealing, on the 25th of July, 1 handkerchief, value 1s.; 1 scarf, value 10s.; 1 pair of shoes, value 3s.; 3 yards of printed cotton, value 10d.; 1 cloak, value 6s.; and 5 yards of lace, value 2s., 6d.; the goods of Mary Carr.
MARY CARR . I live at No. 1, White Horse-court, White-cross-street, St. Luke's, and am a widow. The prisoner lodged in my house not quite three weeks—she occupied one room—on the 25th of July I missed a bundle, containing the property stated in the indictment—I had been robbed before, and I had only fetched them home, and not locked them up I suspected the prisoner—she was at home—soon after she went out, I missed them—she returned about eight o'clock in the evening—I taxed her with taking them—she said she knew nothing about them—I laid I should send for the policeman—then she said she had pawned them, and torn the duplicates to pieces—two or three little articles she brought, and dropped in the room; the rest I lost entirely—I never knew her do any work, but her husband allowed her 2s., a week, and she used to go to her daughter's—this cloak and two little things are what she bought, and that is all.
ANN COLLINGHAM . I am a searcher at the station house—I searched the prisoner—she said she had pledged a pair of boots and a shawl belonging to the prosecutrix in Red cross-street—I found nothing on her.
Prisoner's Defence. I lodged in the same room, but did not pawn the articles—I was in liquor at the time—I had been to my daughter's, and had a drop of gin.
GUILTY .* Aged 44.— Transported for Seven Years.
1872. WILLIAM KNIGHT was indicted for stealing, on the 15th of July, 20 terrets, value 1l.; 5 pairs of hooks, value 10s.; 10 pairs of swivels, value 10s.; and 5 pairs of pad-end loops, value 10s.; the goods of Thomas Phipps, his master.
discharged—on the Monday following I missed a bunch of buckles. and other things—he had named to one of my men that he was about to leave me—I set several of the men to look for the furniture—they could not find it—I lent for the prisoner, and asked if he had seen the things—he said he had not, and I let him go—on the morrow I missed two more bunches and then I could not tell who was the thief—I let it be till the Wednesday, and then missed a bunch of swivels—I then called for an officer and went up to the prisoner's house, and charged him with it—he denied it—I then told him, if he would tell me if he had the things, and how I could recover them, I would give him half a sovereign—he then said he had sold them to brass-founder as old brass—I went there—the founder admitted he. had bought them of him, but he had melted them down as old brass.
MATTHIAS NEWMAN . I deal in metal, and am servant to Mr. Frost St. John-square. We deal in metal, much as brass, copper, and gun-metal—the prosecutor came with the policeman, he pointed out a swivel and asked if I had bought any of that description I said I had, but we could not find any—I have no doubt but that it was melted immediately—none of the prosecutor's property was found there that I am aware of—I had bought of the prisoner 61bs. weight, of the description the prosecutor states—they were articles of this description—it was in the state. these are in—I have known the boy and his father four years—they have been in the habit of selling brass and other metal at our house—we gave him 6d. a pound—it is the market-price for brass.
Prisoner. My master said, if I would tell him be would get me off as much as he could.
GUILTY . Aged 14—Recommended to mercy by the Jury— Whipped and Discharged.
1873. JOHN BROOKS was indicted for stealing, on the 12th of July 1 glazed window-sash, value 10s., from a certain building belonging to Francis Cooper; and 1 wooden shelf, value 5s.; the goods of Francis Cooper, being fixed in the said building.—2nd COUNT, stating them to be the goods of James Charles Roberts.
FRANCIS COOPER . I have a house in Bishop's-court, Old Bailey, and am a bricklayer. I let a bottom room to the prisoner, to keep the place in repair—he occupied it till the 15th July—I do not live in the house myself—let it out in lodgings, and he had this room to himself—this property was fixed in the room when I let it to him—he left it on the 13th or 15th of July—he was there twenty five weeks—he owed me upwards of 1l.—he was to have paid me 1s., 6d. a week—I went down, and found the window was gone, and a piece of old mat nailed up, and the shelf was gone—I found the prisoner about the 25th of July—I found this bracket at a person's where he had been to do some work, and I will swear that bracket was part of my property—it supported the shelf.
Prisoner. Q. Did you not say it had iron brackets? Witness. No.
Prisoner. She had left the house two months. Witness. No; it was the week before—I left about two months ago—it was either the 12th or 14th of July and I left on the 19th.
Prisoner. Mr. Cooper broke the door open himself—I did not takes sash or shelf away, there was none there—I rented the room five months, and owing some rent, I went into the country to get money—when I returned, I found my door broken open and my things gone.
FRANCIS COOPER re-examined. He has not paid the rent, and he left without notice—I did not break the room open, I found it open—he kept his front shutters shut for two months, so that I could not see this sash was gone.
GUILTY . Aged 46.— Confined Three Months.
SAMUEL NEWBOLD TOWNLEY . I am a cab-master, and live in Three Cup's-yard, Bedford-row. The prisoner was my horse-keeper in the day, and used to sit up at night to take the money and horses in—he was a sort of clerk—he was to pay me in the morning—the cabs came in from twelve to one o'clock at night, and then the cab-men paid him, and he was to pay me in the morning—he did not leave my service—in the morning I went in about seven o'clock, and said, "Where is your mo ney—he looked, and said, "I have lost it"—I said, "What do you mean to say you have done with it?"—he said, "I have lost it."
Cross-examined by MR. PAYNE, Q. What day was it? or Saturday morning.
Cross-examined. Q. Were you present at the police-office? A. Yes. I heard the prisoner say he could get the money—the prosecutor did not say any thing.
Cross-examined. Q. Did he come to you the next morning in the usual way?A. I came in about seven o'clock in the morning, and asked for it—he had been in my employ about a year and a half—he told me the sum he had received was 3l. 1s., and said he had been in company of a young woman, and lost it—I paid him his wages that day—I had him taken up on Tuesday, because he was drunk and threatened to beat my head—I was not angry with him—I said I would not be abused by him—I have made inquiries since, and found he did not lose it.
NOT GUILTY .
1875. WILLIAM BAKER was indicted for stealing, on the 16th of July, 1 watch, value 1l.; 1 watch-key, value 2s.; 1 seal, value 3s.; and 1 watch-ribbon, value 3d.; the goods of William Shaw: and 4 sovereigns 2 half-sovereigns, 2 crowns, 7 shillings, and 6 sixpences, the monies of James Shaw: and MARIA BAKER , for that she well-knowing that he had committed the said felony, feloniously did receive, harbour, and maintain the said William Baker.
WILLIAM SHAW . I live in Castle-street, Long-acre. My son used to have the prisoner, William Baker, to play with him—a watch was missed, and four sovereigns, two half-crowns, seven shillings, and some sixpences out of my room—the prisoner played there with my son—when I missed them my son went to their house and brought the prisoners—Maria Baker said she was very sorry, and could give up the property that was there, and would work hard to make up the difference, if would forgive her son—she cried, and went on her knees—I sent for the constable and gave them into his hands—this is the watch.
JAMES SHAW . I am fifteen years old. William Baker used to come and play at my father's who is a broker—I missed the watch on the 16th of July—he had been there before that—that the watch was in the kitchen in a table-drawer, and the money was there in a pocket-book—he had been in that kitchen—I went and asked if he had taken the money and the watch—he said he had and bought clothes with it and then I asked him to come down to my father's which they did, he and his mother together—he said he had pledged the watch and gave me the duplicate—the constable took them at my father's house.
THOMAS CARTER . I am a police-constable. I took the prisoners—here is a cap, a pair of trowsers, a handkerchief, and gloves, which I got at the prisoner's house—the mother said, "Here is the property bought with the stolen money"—she gave me the duplicate, and said she had pledged a jacket, which she bought with the stolen money.—Maria Baker's Defence. When Mr. Shaw came to me, he said, Tell the truth, and I will forgive you; have you taken the watch?"—my son said, "Yes"—and then I went to the prosecutor's house—when my son came home with these things, I asked him where he got them, he told me Mr. Shaw had me present of them.
WILLIAM BAKER— GUILTY . Aged 13.—Recommended to mercy by the Jury.— Confined Three Months.
MARIA BAKER— NOT GUILTY .
GEORGE KING . On the 6th of August I was in High-street, St. Giles's at a quarter to ten o'clock at night and felt my pocket picked—I turned, and the prisoner was near me—I seized him, and found my handkerchief down by his feet—he dropped it when I seized him, I am sure it must have dropped from him.
Prisoner. There was a girl passed him—I saw her drop the handkerchief—I went, and was going to tell the gentleman, I took it up and the girl rushed past him.
GUILTY . Aged 16— Confined Three Months.
HENRY CHURTON . I am a hosier—my shop is in Oxford-street, at the corner of Cavendish-street. The prisoner had been my porter for about three weeks—on the 28th of July I found seven handkerchiefs in the area under the shop-floor, concealed between the flooring and the rafters I went through the kitchen to get there—I had missed them—I took them from the place, and charged the prisoner with having taken them—he said he took them, and wanted one for his own use, that he took them down stairs to see how they would look on, and seeing we were looking for them, he was alarmed, and hid them—they are my property, and are worth about 28s.—one would have been worth 4s.
Cross-examined by MR. PAYNE. Q. How long had he been with you? A. Three weeks, as near as I can tell—I do not think I said five weeks before the Magistrate—I had a good opinion of him—he told me he meant to try one of them on, and was flurried, and hid them there—that was a place where he used to go to clean knives—he did not deny it.
RICHARD DARKE . I am an apprentice to the prosecutor—I saw this property in the prisoner's possession—I was in the kitchen—I do not know what he did with it—I saw it safe in the shop the day before it was found, and I saw the prisoner come into the kitchen with it.
Cross-examined. Q. You said nothing to him about it? A. No.
Cross-examined. Q. Were you before the Magistrate? A. Yes I cannot say that I heard him say he had taken them to try them on.
NOT GUILTY .
HENRY JOHNSON . I am a policeman. On the 17th of July I sent for the prisoner to help my wife remove a few things from the house—I left my handkerchief hanging on the chair, and missed it—I went the next morning to the prisoner's mother, and he was gone out—I went to the pawnbroker's, and found it—this is it.
ELIZABETH JOHNSON . I have heard what my husband has stated—it is correct I have known the prisoner upwards of two 3 years—I lived with his mother as a lodger—the value of this handkerchief is 3s. 6d.
Prisoner's Defence (written,) "The prisoner begs to state that, being hired to remove the prosecutor's goods, for which he was to receive 2s.; and the prosecutor not being willing to pay him, he was induced to take the handkerchief and pawn it, intending to get it out when the prosecutor paid him."
GUILTY . Aged 19.—Recommended to mercy by the Jury. Confined Five Days.
OLD COURT.—Friday, August 17th, 1837.
Third Jury, before Mr. Sergeant Arabin.
1879. EDWARD WILLIAMS was indicted separately for embezzling and stealing a letter containing half a sovereign—also for embezzling and stealing a letter containing a sovereign, which came into his possession by virtue of his employment in the General Post-office—also for stealing three sovereigns, the monies of Roger Kindon; to which indictments he pleaded
GUILTY .— Transported for Life.
1880. WILLIAM BAYLEY was indicted for feloniously breaking and entering the dwelling-house of Henry Cope, on the 11th of July, at Laleham, with intent to steal, and stealing therein, 1 watch, value 20l., 1 watch-chain, value 6d.; 1 seal, value 3d.; 1 watch-key, value 6d.; 1 handkerchief, value 4s., and 2 half-crowns; his goods and monies.
HENRY COPE . I am a labourer, and live in Laleham parish, in Middle sex—it is my dwelling-house. On the 11th of July I left my house about half-past five o'clock in the morning, and left my wife at home—the watch was in my bed-room on the ground floor—about ten o'clock I received in formation—my wife had left the house after me, and came to bring me my breakfast—we went home and found the window, which I had left fastened and secure, was open, and a pane of glass broken, and the door had been forced back with the poker and tongs—this is my watch—it is worth 21s., and was taken from the house.
JOHN WAKE . I heard that this house had been broken open, and went across the meads between eleven and twelve o'clock—I overtook the pri soner at the Nelson public-house, Old Windsor, and took him into custody, and found this watch in his pocket—he said he had received it from the person who broke into the house—that he was outside and received it from him.
Prisoner's Defence. I and another man were going to work, and he gave me the watch at Old Windsor.
GUILTY .* Aged 18.— Transported for Life.
AMOS MULLEY . I am a wine-merchant. On the 8th of July I took a cab from Bishopsgate-street—the prisoner was the driver—he put me down at the Peacock, at Islington—a policeman immediately came and spoke to me—I then felt for my handkerchief and it was gone—the policeman after wards produced it to me at the station-house—this is it—I missed it directly I left the cab.
THOMAS PETERKIN . I am a policeman. I was on duty at Islington, and saw the cab arrive—I was about twenty yards off—I saw the prose cutor get out—he made a stagger backwards, and the prisoner took the handkerchief from his pocket, and put it into his own trowsers pocket—he was standing up in his seat at the time—the prosecutor got out on the near side—the prisoner and the prosecutor both went into the house, and I went and took the prisoner into custody—he was drawing the handkerchief from his own pocket as I took hold of his arm.
Prisoner. Why not take me immediately—it was a quarter of an hour before you told the gentleman? Witness. I took him within five minutes.
Prisoner's Defence. He came and said, "I think the gentleman has lost a handkerchief," and he searched the cab, and took it himself out of the cab—it was not found in my pocket, but in the bottom of the cab on the straw—the gentleman and I were a quarter of an hour drinking together before he came. Witness. There is not a word of truth in what he says.
GUILTY .—Aged 36. Transported for Seven Years.
(There was another indictment against the prisoner.)
MARY CAMPION . I am the wife of George Gibbs Campion, and live in Little Barlow-street. On the 8th of August I had been washing, and hung my things on the first floor—there was a sheet among them—I saw the prisoner run along the passage with a bag in her hand—I suspected her, and ran after her, and called to my husband—I took hold of her shoulder—she had the bag under her arm—I said she had something belonging to me in it—I left her with my husband, and went up and missed the sheet—she then threw it out of the bag—this is it—she was quite a stranger. (The prisoner put in a written defence, stating that she had picked the sheet up in a bundle, and put it into her bag without looking at it.)
GUILTY .—Aged 40.—Recommended to mercy.— Confined Six Weeks.
Before Mr. Justice Williams.
1883. JOHN HALL was indicted for that he being a person employed in the General Post-office, did embezzle and steal a letter, containing a pair of gloves, the goods of Thomas William, Earl of Lichfield, her Majesty's Post Master General.—4 other COUNTS, varying the manner of laying the charge.—6th COUNT, for stealing a letter out of the Post Office.—To the 6th Count, of which the prisoner pleaded
GUILTY . Aged.— Transported for Seven Years. (By request of Mr. Attorney General a noli prosequi was entered on the other counts.)
Before Mr. Justice Williams.
HON. MR. SCARLETT and MR. BODKIN conducted the Prosecution.
MARY JOSTLING . I am the wife of George Jostling, who keeps the Red Lion public-house, Basinghall-street. On the 24th of June, the prisoner came for half a pint of beer, and a pipe of tobacco—he gave me a half crown—I gave him 2s. 4 1/2 d. change, and he went away—I immediately discovered that it was bad, and ran to the door to see if I could see him, but he was out of sight—I put the half-crown into a desk by itself; separate from any other money, and afterwards gave it to the policeman—the prisoner came again on the 30th, he called for the same thing, and said "Here, mistress, fill my pipe that I may light it while you are drawing the beer"—I did so, and he went into the tap-room—I took him the beer there—he drank it, and threw me down a half-crown—I gave him the change with one hand, and said to him, "Hollo, what is this you have given me?"—he snatched the change and ran out—I ran after him, calling "Stop thief"—a policeman was passing and caught him in his arms, and I gave the policeman the half-crown directly—I recollected the prisoner to be the same man who had been before, instantly, on looking at him at the bar, but not when he first came in—I am certain he is the same man—I gave both the half-crowns to the policeman.
Prisoner. She put the half-crown into the till. Witness. No—I did
not, neither of them—I was very busy when he came in, and did not ob serve him at first.
JAMES MASTERS . I am a policeman. On the 30th of June I was in London Wall, and heard a cry of "Stop thief," and the prisoner ran by me—I ran after him, and caught him, and brought him to the prosecutrix's house—she put two half-crowns on the counter—I took them up and gave one to a City officer who came in—I found 2s. 4 1/2 d. in the prisoner's hand.
MR. JOHN FIELD . I am Inspector of counterfeit coin to Her Majesty's Mint—these half crowns are both counterfeit, and both produced from one mould—they are alike in all respects—they are Britannia-metal, and are tolerably well done—they are considerably lighter than silver.
GUILTY . Aged 26.— Transported for Life.
Before Mr. Justice Williams.
1885. JOHN MORRIS, alias Wilkins, alias Smith , was indicted for feloniously putting off a counterfeit half-crown to William Adams, well knowing it to be counterfeit; he having been previously convicted of utter ing counterfeit coin.
HAWKINS. I was present at the prisoner's trial in 1835—I was his prosecutor—he was convicted in the name of Morris.
WILLIAM ADAMS . I am servant to Mr. York, of Shoreditch. On the 15th of July, he sent me to Mr. Hyde, of Brunswick-street, for 17s. 6d.—I went and received seven half-crowns, and when I came out of the factory in Haggerstone-lane, I noticed that there was five new ones and two old ones—I had them in my hand—I met the prisoner by the Green-gate, Hackney road, about two hundred yards from where I was looking at them—he came up to me and said, "It has been a very wet day, my man"—I said, "Yes"—he said, "Your work is very dirty work," and then he said, "I have been all over the place to get two half-crowns for five shillings, for I want to send them in a letter down into the country to somebody"—he said, "I will give anybody 1d. if they could give them to me"—I looked at him and said, "I can do that, Sir"—he said, "Can you, my man"—I said" Yes"—I took the half-crowns out of my jacket pocket, and had them in my hand—he said, "Give me the two old ones"—he pulled them over, took the two, put his hand into his pocket, and said, "Lord bless me, if I have not lost my 5s.; but, never mind, here is the 1d. for your trouble"—he gave me two half-crowns back out of his pocket, and 1d.—I did not make any particular observation of them, but put them into my pocket with the other half-crowns—he said, "Now if you will go down Castle-street, to Reynolds, the farrier, and tell him I want him, I will give you another 1d."—I went and inquired, but found no such person lived there—I came back and told him there was no such person—he said, "It is of no consequence, my man, here is your 1d., and thank you—good night"—and I bid him good night—I went to my master's and gave him the half-crowns—I told him what had happened, and how I had earned 2d.—he directly said the half-crowns were both bad, and I told a policeman—on the 18th of July I saw the prisoner in Norton Falgate, about one hundred yards off—I ran over to him—he made a sudden stop, looked at me, and then ran, and I hallooed" Stop thief"—Mr. Jones stopped him—he then put his hand
into his waistcoat pocket and dropped two crown pieces, which Jones took out of the gutter—I said, was he not ashamed of himself to take in a poor boy like me—he made no reply.
Prisoner. What do you swear to me by? Witness. He has got a nasty down look—I know him by hanging his head down so, and when I gave him the money he trembled like a leaf—I shall be sixteen years old next July.
THOMAS HYDE . I paid Adams 17s. 6d. on the 15th of July, in 7 half crowns, which I had received from Mr. Ditchett, a grocer, in Whitechapel the evening before—I believe it all to have been good—I examined it—turned it out on the table and rung it, and looked at it piece by piece—I have since seen two half-crowns—I do not believe they formed part of what I paid the lad—I could see that they were bad, easily, and do not think it possible I could have taken those two for good ones—I did not take notice of the half-crowns I paid the lad, but I remember most of what I received in half-crowns were new—I received 10l. in silver, and 3l. 10s. was in half-crowns—I have not found any bad money among it.
JOHN YORK . I sent Adams to Mr. Hyde to receive 17s. 6d.—he brought me back seven half-crowns—I looked at them in about two minutes, when he began to tell me about the boy—I pulled them out of my pocket and found two bad ones with five more—I rolled them up in paper, put them into my waistcoat pocket, and afterwards delivered them to the policeman—I am positive they are the same—I am positive I had no other money in the pocket I put them into—I had just changed my trowsers, and had no silver about me.
WILLIAM JONES. I am waiter at the Cock. On the 18th of June I saw the prisoner running in White Lion-street, pursued by Adams, crying "Stop thief"—I caught hold of him at the corner of a street he was going to run down, and at the same time I saw him drop two five-shilling pieces, which I took up—I met the policeman and gave him into custody with them—I saw a good crown-piece, sixpence, and some halfpence found on him.
JOSEPH MEAD . I am a policeman. The prisoner was delivered into my charge, and I received these two five-shilling pieces—I searched him at the station-house and found a good five-shilling piece on him, sixpence, and 3 1/2 d.—he gave the name of George Wilkinson there, and then George Smith, and then Wilkins at the police-office, saying it was all the same, it mattered not to him what name he had.
MR. FIELD. I have examined the two half-crowns—they are both counterfeit and both cast in the same mould—the two crowns produced are counterfeit and both cast in one mould—they sound pretty much like silver—an accurate ear would detect it, but not easily.
MR. HYDE re-examined. I was about a quarter of an hour examining and counting the silver—it was about six o'clock in the evening.
Prisoner's Defence. I never saw the lad—what he says is false.
GUILTY . Transported for Life.
First Jury, before Mr. Justice Williams.
1886. RICHARD STANLEY was indicted for burglariously breaking and entering the dwelling-house of James Thomas Reynolds, about the hour of one in the night of the 20th of July, at St. Mary, Matfelon, alias White chapel, with intent to steal, and stealing therein, 1 bag, value 2d.; 1 purse, value 2s.; 5 pieces of foreign silver coin, value 1s.; 5 pieces of foreign copper coin, value 3d.; 6 guineas, 3 half-guineas, 1 seven-shilling piece, 1 double sovereign, 30 sovereigns, and 19 half-sovereigns; his goods and monies.
JAMES THOMAS REYNOLDS . I keep the Horns, public-house, in High street, in the parish of Whitechapel. The prisoner has been a lodger of mine for seven or eight years, on and off—on the 20th of July I had a canvas bag containing 39l. in sovereigns and half-sovereigns—I took it out of my bar, put it into my coat pocket, and went up stairs to bed between twelve and one o'clock—I laid my coat on a chair in my bed-room—I got up about six o'clock in the morning—my coat was still in the same place—I did not feel in the pocket myself, but told my wife to put the money away out of it, and I put on another coat—my wife missed the money between eight and nine o'clock—I went up directly and found it was gone—I had fastened the house up myself the night before, and am always up last—the prisoner lodged in my house that night—he must have been in the house when I went to bed, for I never let anybody in after I go to bed—I make a practice of locking the doors every night—I do not remember doing so particularly that night more than any other—I did not see the prisoner the following morning—he had not told me he was going away—he came in about twelve o'clock the next night with a young woman, and said, "You may let my bed to-night, for I am going to sit up"—he sometimes sits up at night to watch batcher's shops—he went away, and I did not see him again till Mon day, the 23rd, when he came into my bar and gave a man a glass of rum—I did not cause him to be taken up, for I had no suspicion of him till he said to me "I received from master 19s. and have 3s. more to take for a week's wages"—that was between one and two o'clock on the Sunday, and as I knew he never received so much wages as that, I went to inquire of his master the next day, and had him taken up that day—I saw him searched and 20 sovereigns taken out of his side pocket, and a purse containing 6 guineas, a double sovereign, 3 half-guineas, and a seven-shilling piece—I knew the purse to be mine, it had been made by my wife—I had also missed that purse which contained the coins—there was also a crown-piece of the reign of Queen Anne, 3 half-crown pieces of George IV., an old shilling of George III., 1 penny and 1 twopenny piece—I had coins of that description in my purse—the policeman took possession of them—I did not discover that any part of the house was broken.
Prisoner. I came down stairs at two o'clock in the morning, for water, for a young man who was ill, and found the money in a white bag on the table—I went to the house in the morning, but the prosecutor was not down—I went in again and saw him, and said, "Mr. Reynolds, I thought you were going to lay in bed all day. "Witness. I never saw him besides the times I have named—I am certain my money was in my pocket at the time I put it in the chair—when I went to bed I took the purse from a cupboard in the bar—the coins and the purse were in it—the coat was never out of my possession—I took it off and put it on the chair—I had not put the money in the pocket two minutes.
CORNELIUS O'DONOGHUE . I am a policeman. I took the prisoner on the night of the 24th of July, in Mr. Reynold's house—Mr. Reynolds told me to take him on suspicion of robbing him of some money—the prisoner said nothing particular that night—I searched him at the station-house that night, and in the right-hand pocket of his trowsers, I found eighteen sovereigns, and four half-sovereigns; in his right-hand waistcoat pocket, 26s. in silver, and 6d. in copper in his left waistcoat pocket; in hit left trowsers pocket, a purse with six guineas, three half-guineas, a double sovereign, and a seven shilling piece, and forty-four different pieces of coin—he said nothing about it—I gave the property up to my inspector, the day the
prisoner was committed, it was sealed, and I have received it from him with the seal unopened—it contains the same coin now—I took the prisoner next morning to Lambeth-street-office, from the station-house, and as I went, I asked him what he had done with the rest of Mr. Reynold's money—he said, "I have bought all the clothes on my body with part of it; I have drank another part of it; and, I suppose, lost another part of it"—I did not say he had better tell me about it, nor any thing else.
MR. REYNOLDS re-examined. This is my purse—I had had it ten or eleven years—here is a shilling of George the III., which I have had twenty years—it has two R's on it, the initials of my brother—I know this foreign coin, though I do not know what it is—it was bent as this it—I had had it a great many years—I have not a doubt of its all being my property.
Prisoner's Defence. Mr. Reynolds has false sworn himself in several things—he said at the office that it was all tied up in a bag, and that he did not know what was the amount of the money—I went to bed at nine o'clock myself, and came out at six o'clock in the morning—he was not up—it was two o'clock in the morning when I found the bag of money, lying on the table, alongside a quart pot—I went about for different people, and he told the Magistrate I was riding about in a chaise all day on Sunday, but it was Mr. Mathews's chaise, and I was going on his business—I believe Mr. Reynolds has been convicted himself twice.
MR. REYNOLDS re-examined. I have been a witness in two cases, but was never convicted here—I was here once against my servant for robbing me, and also about a person who left a piece of silk at my house—I was never here as a prisoner.
GUILTY of stealing in a dwelling-house, but not burglariously. Aged 35.— Transported for Life.
Before Mr. Justice Williams.
1887. ANN CRAWLEY and MARY ANN HALEY were indicted for burglariously breaking and entering the dwelling-house of Ellen Barnes, at St. Paul, Shadwell, about the hour of ten in the night of the 16th of July, with intent to steal, and stealing therein, 1 sheet, value 2s.; 5 shells, value 2s.; 1 saucer, value 1d.; 5l. bs. weight of beef, value 2s. 6d.; 1 parasol, value 5s.; 1 pair of stockings, value 1s.; and 2 gowns, value 12s.; her goods; and FLORENCE HALEY for feloniously receiving 2 gowns, value 12s.; and 1 pair of stockings, value 1s.; part of the said goods, well knowing them to have been stolen; against the Statute, &c.
ELLEN BARNES . I am single, and kept a house in Cow-lane, Shadwell, at the time in question. On Sunday, the 16th of July, I left my house about nine o'clock at night—I left no one in it—I bolted the parlour shutter and locked the door—I returned about eleven o'clock, and found the shutters standing wide open, a square of glass was broken, and the window up quite sufficient to let any body in—I went up stairs, and missed the property stated—I saw part of it again the same night, and part on Tuesday, at the station-house—I had met both the female prisoners in High-street, Shadwell, the same night, about ten o'clock, and they asked me to give them something to drink, which I did, at the White Hart—I went into the house and drank some gin with them—I was there about ten minutes—we came out together, and I left them afterwards about a hundred yards from my house—I went and supped at a friend's
house, and when I went home at eleven o'clock, I saw Mary Ann Haley standing nearly close to my house—I said, "Somebody has brokes my house open"—she said, "Have they?"—I said, "Yes, they have"—she went into the house with me, and stopped while I searched, and when the policeman came up I told him about it—he asked who I suspected, and I said the two female prisoners—she said she would not be guilty of such a thing, but I gave her in charge on suspicion—the officer afterwards went and took Crawley—I do not know the male prisoner—I have seen him pass my house, but was not acquainted with him, except by sight—I did not see him that day—I have only known the two females a very short time—one of them lived very near my house, and I have known her three or four months.
ELIZA NEESOM . I am seventeen years old, and live in Gravel-lane. On Sunday night, the 16th of July, about eleven o'clock, I was standing at my deer, and saw Mary Ann Haley come down the lane from the prosecutrix's house, with a gown under her arm, which I knew by having seen the prosecutrix wear it—I did not see any thing of Crawley.
RICHARD BARBER . I am a policeman. I was directed by the prose cutrix, about eleven o'clock on the 16th of July, to take Mary Ann Haley, who I found Outside the house—I went into the house with the prosecutrix and her—I found nothing on her, but just at the station-house door she said, if I went to Crawley she knew all about it—I asked where Crawley lived—she said, "No. 2, New Gravel-lane"—I went there, and found Crawley lying on the floor, asleep, in the back room, and underneath her back laid the sheet and parasol—she appeared to have been drinking—I asked her how she came by them—she said she did not know; she was very drunk, and did not know how they came under her—between the bed and sacking, where her mother and brother were lying, I found five shells and a saucer—they said they knew nothing how they came there—the male prisoner was not there—on the Wednesday the prosecutrix gave me two gowns.
HENRY THOMAS DALLEY . I am a policeman. Crawley was brought to the station-house on Sunday morning, the 17th of July—Mary Ann Haley was there at the time, and was going to speak to Crawley, but Crawley said, "D——you; don't bother me; you have said too much already"—on the Wednesday, in consequence of information, I apprehended Florence Haley, in an empty house, for receiving the two gowns and stockings—I found nothing on him—he is the husband of the other prisoner—I told him I wanted him about the gowns—he said, "You don't mean to lock me up, do you?"
ELLEN BARNES re-examined. The male prisoner brought the gowns and stockings to me on the Tuesday following, about nine o'clock at night, and asked me if I would prosecute them—I said "I want my property"—he said he would bring me my gowns back, and he did so about eight o'clock next morning—I have seen all these articles before—they are mine—the window is on the ground floor—a woman could get in when it was open.
Crawley's Defence. I am quite innocent of the charge—she said she was going to Sheerness, and would treat me—I bid her good night, and was very much in liquor; I saw neither her nor Haley afterward.
Mary Ann Haley's Defence. I came out, and met Crawley, who asked me to go and have some ale—we met the prosecutrix—Crawley crossde over to her, called me over, and we stood talking—she asked us to go in and drink—she had several drops of ale—we came out, and I bid them good
night—in about ten minutes I was coming up the lane, and met Crawley, who gave me these things, and asked me to mind them till the morning for her—I brought the things down the lane—my father was gone to bed, and I put the things in the empty house, close behind his yard—I told my husband where I had put them, and to take them, and ask the prosecutrix if they belonged to her, as I did not know who they belonged to.
Florence Haley's Defence—(written.)"On the 16th of July my wife was charged with housebreaking, with Ann Crawley—I went to her to see the cause of her being locked up—she then told me that she was charged with housebreaking—she then told me that Ann Crawley knew all about it—I then persuaded her to tell me where the things were, so that I could give them to the prosecutrix, as the prosecutrix told me that if she had her things that was all she wanted—I then went and found the things in in empty house, and took them to the prosecutrix, as I considered myself in duty bound to do, she being my lawful wife; and for my honesty they have sent me here."
CRAWLEY— GUILTY of stealing only. Aged 27.
MARY ANN HALEY— GUILTY of stealing only. Aged 20.
Transported for Seven Years.
FLORENCE HALEY— NOT GUILTY .
Before Mr. Justice Williams.
MR. CLARKSON conducted the Prosecution.
WILLIAM WALLIS . I am servant to Mr. Mark Gotts, a farmer, at Bulpham, in Essex. On Saturday, the 10th of June, I saw a brindled cow of his safe, between eight and nine o'clock at night, in a mead called the Kitchen Mead, at Bulpham-natczh—I hasped the gate of the field myself when I left it—it was not locked—on the Sunday morning, between four and five o'clock, I went to the mead again, and it was gone—I had known the cow ten or eleven years—I had taken care of her and milked her for six or seven years—she had two very large teats before, and two white spots on her back, one against the shoulder, and the other on the loin—she was in calf, and had about six weeks or two months to go, I think—she gave milk to two calves—I have since seen a skin and horns, which I know to be those of my master's cow.
Cross-examined by MR. DOANE. Q. How long after you saw the cow did you see the skin and horns? A. Four days after—master brought them to Bulpham—the skin was fresh then—it was not stiff nor hard; quite the reverse—I knew it again at once.
WILLIAM MANN . I am cowman to Mr. James Barr, of Dempsey-street, Stepney. I saw the prisoner four or five weeks before I was at Lambeth street, about a quarter past eight o'clock in the morning, driving a cow towards Whitechapel very fast—it was a brindled cow, with a white spot or two on her back, and her two front dugs were a good deal larger than the hind ones—I went with him from the King Harry, Mile-end-road, to Globe-lane, nearly a quarter of a mile—I asked him if he was going after any more cows—he said, "No, not particular"—I asked him if he was going to Whitechapel—he said, "Not particular"—he said, "Put her
along, I want to get her along: "I set my dog at her, and she then trotted on—she looked as if she had been driven a long way, and thin, as if she had had no victuals during the night.
Cross-examined. Q. Where was it you first came up with him? A. Near the King Harry, in Mile-end-road—it is not a common thing for a cow's front dugs to be larger than the hind ones—some are so, but it is uncommon.
JAMES LATHBURY . I am a butcher, and live in High-street, Aldgate. I know the prisoner—I have had dealings with him for cows on two occasions before this, the first on the 5th of May, and the other on the 12th—he told me he was a jobber and dealer, as I asked him when I bought the first cow—he is a hay-dealer besides—he came to me on Sunday morning, the 11th of June, about ten minutes past eight o'clock, with a very dark brindled cow, nearly a black—it was in a poor state—it was not in calf that I know of—he said he had brought another cow, if I would buy it—I asked him how much—he said 5l.—I said I could not give him so much—it was worth no such money, and I would not buy it, but I told him, "As to morrow is Smithfield market, you may put it into my shed, and give it some hay; and if you cannot sell it to-morrow, I will buy it of you"—he put it into my place, and I went over to a coffee-shop—he came there to me, and I agreed to give him 3l. for it, which was more than it was worth—he said be should lose a good deal by it, it cost him a good deal more than that—I told him he must buy them better, or else I could not buy any more of him—he asked me if I would give him something to drink, and I gave him some gin—I did not see him again till he was in custody—I had the cow killed the same morning, and the hide was sent to market on Monday or Tuesday, I do not know which, but it was sold on Tuesday.
Cross-examined. Q. I suppose you have frequent opportunities of see ing cows? A. Yes, I slaughter a great many—it is a very common thing for the two fore-teats to be larger than the others.
WILLIAM BRADLEY . I work for Mr. Gardener, a hide and skin sales man, in High-street, Aldgate. I remember fetching away some skins from Mr. Lathbury's on Monday and Tuesday, about the 12th of June—I know this to be one of the hides—it was sold on the Tuesday to Mr. Patience, a tanner—I made a private mark on it myself—I saw it again at Lambeth street, and knew it at once—here is the mark I put on it—it is an L.—Mr. Gotts came on the Thursday.
Cross-examined. Q. Has your master other customers whose names begin with L? A. Yes, they would also have L on their hides; but I mark them in a different manner—I am sure this came from Lathbury—I have a private mark here besides.
Cross-examined. Q. Do you mean to swear to that skin? A. Yes—it was wet and fresh when I saw it at Lambeth-street—I am certain of it from having seen it before—I know it now by the mark on it—it has got white marks on it like master's, and I know the teats as well.
MARK GOTTS . I am a farmer, and live at Bulpham, about twenty-four miles from London. I missed my cow on the Saturday—on the following Wednesday I came to London, and went with Shelswell, the officer, to dif ferent places in search of it—on the Thursday we went with Lathbury to the skin-market, to Gardener's, and then to Patience's tan-yard, where we found the skin produced—it was taken up out of a pit, and the lime washed off—I
examined it, and it was the skin of my brindled cow—I found the horns in the yard, by themselves.
GUILTY . Aged 32.—Recommended to mercy, being respectably connected.
— Transported for Life.
Fourth Jury, before Mr. Recorder.
1889. ANN SHERWOOD was indicted for a robbery upon Francis Coham Kelly, on the 29th of July, at St. Leonard's, Shoreditch, putting him in fear, and taking from his person, and against his will, 1 purse, value 6d.; 6 sovereigns, 1 half-sovereign, 3 half-crowns, 1 shilling, and 1 sixpence; his goods and monies.
FRANCIS COHAM KELLY . I am clerk to Messrs. Walker and Co., attorneys, of New Inn, and live at No. 51, York-square, Regent's-park. On Saturday evening, the 29th of July, about half-past ten o'clock, I went to the Acton Arms, Kingsland-road, and asked for a glass of porter—I had missed my way—I saw the prisoner in the house—she called for a quartern of gin, and when the landlord asked who was to pay for it, she immediately said, "That gentleman is to pay for it"—I said I knew nothing about it; but there having the appearance of being a disturbance about it, I asked what it was—he said 4d.; and I said, "Rather than have a disturbance, take it out of the change"—I had not spoken to the prisoner—I gave a sovereign, and put the change into a wash-leather purse which I had in my hand, and placed the purse in my right-hand trowsers pocket—I had 6l. 10s. in gold; and, to the best of my belief, three half-crowns, a shilling, and sixpence in silver, in my purse—the porter disagreeing with me, I left the house—the prisoner followed me out, and took me by the arm—I requested her to leave me alone—she immediately seized me by both arms, and held me violently, passing one arm round my back, so as to take hold of my right arm, she standing on my left side—I was rather alarmed—another woman came in front of me—I believe she had been in the public-house, but I had not no ticed her—another came on my right side—(I had not seen her before;) and, in an instant, I felt my pocket unbuttoned, and a hand draw my purse from my pocket—I struggled hard, and at last got away from them—I imme diately went back to the house, and informed the landlord I had been robbed—the prisoner did not let me go till my money was taken from me.
Prisoner. Q. Did you not meet me in Kingsland-road, and ask me where I was going—you were in liquor? Witness. I was not—I had dined in Essex, with some friends, about three o'clock that afternoon—I did not ask her where she was going in Kingsland-road.
HENRY NOTT . I am in the employ of Mr. Spine, who keeps the Ac ton Arms, in Kingsland-road. On the 29th of July, the prosecutor came there, about half-past ten o'clock at night, and called for a glass of porter—the prisoner came in about a minute after, called for a quartern of gin, and told my master that the gentleman would pay for it—she was rather in liquor—the prosecutor paid for the gin, which came to 2d., and master gave him a half-sovereign, three half-crowns, one shilling and sixpence, and 2d. change, which he put into his purse—the prisoner asked him if he would have any gin—he said, "No"—he drank the glass of porter, and then he was taken sick—there were three or four girls round the bar, one of them goes by the name of Newington Nance—master told me to see the gentleman out, but the prisoner said, no, she would see the gentleman righted—I went away, and just turned my head and saw the girl called
Newington Nance put her hand into the gentleman's pocket, and take out hit purse—the prisoner had hold of his arms the while, round behind, so that he could not move—I saw Nance take the purse out, and go off. Prisoner. Nance pulled up her petticoats, put the money into her pocket, and ran away—she was not with me—I came into the house with the gentleman—I did not hold his arms at all.
JAMES FREEMAN . I am a carpenter, and live in Kingsland-road. I was coming out of the Acton Arms when the prosecutor was outside—the prisoner was holding him very fast by his arms—I heard him state he had been robbed—I Immediately went to get the police to his assistance—the prisoner had pinned his arms completely behind him, and he was struggling to get them loose.
HERRY WILKINSON (police-constable N 252.) I was stationed in the Kingsland-road, on the 29th of July—I received information of the prose cutor being robbed of his purse at the Acton Arms—I immediately went to the house to make inquiry, and found him there—he gave me in formation—I immediately went and found the prisoner in Kingsland-road, and took her into custody.
Prisoner's Defence. I was going up the Kingsland-road on this Saturday evening—this gentleman was very tipsy behind me, and asked where I was going—I told him up Kingsland-road—we walked several yards till we came to a public-house—he asked if I would take any thing to drink—I said I did not mind—he threw down 1s. to pay for a quartern of gin—I offered him some, he refused, and I drank a glass myself—we came outside—he saw some gentlemen in a gig standing opposite the curb—the prosecutor was very much in liquor, and the gentlemen in the chaise did not want to have any thing to say to him—I asked him to come away, which he did—we went into the house again, and he asked what I would drink—I said, gin again—he threw down a sovereign, and received the change, which he put into his purse—two young women came in with another gentle man to have a quartern of gin—I asked the young girls if they would have some of it—they said, "Yes"—the gentleman turned sick and went out and I with him—he nearly fell into his dirt, being in liquor, and I could not hold him—some coal-heavers assisted him—the landlord said some thing about the liquor not being paid for—he put his hands into his pocket and said he had no money—then I was taken to the station-house, and he said several times that he had no charge against me, till the policeman and him whispered together, and then I was locked up—I did not hold his arms—I loosened him directly I got outside—I never was in trouble before.
HENRY WILKINSON re-examined. The prosecutor did not refuse to give her in charge—he did give her in charge, and she was taken to the station house—I never knew her in trouble before, but the whole three are bad characters—I have often seen them together, and they live together.
GUILTY . Aged 29.— Death recorded.
1890. HENRY MEDEX was indicted for stealing; on the 27th of July, 1 pair of trowsers, value 4s.; 2 waistcoats, value 6s.; and 1 hat, value 5s.; the goods of George Wilson; and that he had been before convicted of felony.
GEORGE WILSON . I live with Mr. Humphreys, of Weston-street, Battle-bridge. On the 27th of July I missed from my room a hat, a jacket, a waistcoat, and trowsers—they were there at six o'clock in the morning,
when I went to market—when I went home to dinner, my hat was on the top of the cupboard, and when I went home at night, they were all gone—I met the prisoner next day, and he asked if I had lost any thing—I said, "Yes"—he said it would serve them right if I had them both taken up—I afterwards gave him into custody—he denied the charge, and said he had not sold the hat, but when the young man who bought it came to the station-house, he said he had bought the hat of George Powell.
GEORGE BATES . I am a paper-stainer, and live in Tonbridge-street, Cromer-street. On the evening of the 26th of July, I met the prisoner in Holborn—he asked if I wanted to buy a hat—he asked 5s. for it—I said I had only half-a-crown—he said that would not do, and left me—he after wards came back and sold it to me for the half-crown—I wore it till the next day, when the policeman came to me, and I gave it to him.
THOMAS WALLIS (police-constable E 130.) I took the prisoner into custody—he said he knew nothing of the robbery—I took him to the station-house, and afterwards brought Bates there—he then said he had sold him the hat, and bought it of Powell—he afterwards denied saying that.
Prisoner's Defence. I bought it of a boy in Holborn.
WILLIAM COLTON . I keep a broker's shop at Battle-bridge. I was a constable—I apprehended the prisoner on the 13th of February, and he was tried for stealing 91bs. weight of bacon—I have the certificate of his conviction, which I got from Mr. Clark's office—(read)—I know him to be the person.
GUILTY . Aged 13.— Confined Three Months; and Whipped.
1888. THOMAS GRANT was indicted for stealing, on the 25th of July, 3 frocks, value 1l.; 1 petticoat, value 3s.; and 1 tippet, value 2s.; the goods of John Swain; and ROBERT READ for feloniously receiving the said goods, well knowing them to have been stolen; against the Statute, &c.
SOPHIA SWAIN, JUN . I am the daughter of John Swain, of Upper Norton-street. On Tuesday morning, the 25th of July, about ten o'clock, there was a ring at the bell—I opened the door, and found the prisoner Grant there—he said he had come from Mrs. Smith in Regent-street, who had not ribbon enough to finish a dress—I did not exactly understand him, and said there was no such person living there—I went up stairs to a lodger to ask if she knew any thing about it, and when I came down I found the door open, and the prisoner gone—I am certain he is the boy.
SOPHIA SWAIN . I am the wife of John Swain. On the 25th of July, I was ill in bed, in the back parlour, and heard the room door open very softly—I saw a boy enter the door, and in the act of taking a bundle off the washing-stand—I asked him what he wanted, and who he came from—he looked me full in the face and made no answer, but went out as quick as possible with the bundle, which contained the articles named, belonging to my children—I got out of bed and rang the bell to inquire how he got in—I looked at him all the while he was in the room, and am sure the prisoner Grant is the boy.
Grant. She said the boy had a brown coat and waistcoat, and corduroy
trowsers. Witness. He had a brown coat, and cloth cap, and dark cloth trowsers; but at the office he had a blue jacket on, and a different cap—I said, "That is the boy, but he has changed his dress."
JAMES MILLS . I am in the employ of Mr. Attenborough, pawnbroker, of Charlotte-street, Fitzroy-square. The prisoner Read came and offered a frock in pawn on Friday the 27th or 28th of July—a pattern of the frock had been left me before, and I asked him from whom he brought it—he said from his mother, who lived in Well-street—that it was his sister's, and she had worn it—he afterwards said he brought it from a boy, who was waiting for him at the comer of Rathbone-place.
THOMAS COGGINS (police-constable E 86.) I was called into the pawnbroker's, and took Read into custody—I took him towards Mrs. Swain's—he said a man in a fustian coat gave it him to pawn, and he was to give him three pence—I took him to the station-house, and on going to Marylebone office in the evening, Grant came up and spoke to him—I told him to walk behind, and he followed me to the office—Read said he was his cousin—when we got to the office I took him into custody.
MRS. SWAIN. These are mine—I am certain Grant is the person who came into my room.
Grant's Defence. I am not the boy.
GRANT.* GUILTY —Aged 14.
READ. GUILTY —Aged 16.
Confined Six Months; One Month Solitary, and Whipped.
1892. ELIZABETH WILSON was indicted for stealing, on the 11th of July, 2 blankets, value 6s.; 1 rug, value 2s.; 1 flat-iron, value 1s.; 1 sheet, value 3s. 1 coverlid, value 1s.; 1 bed, value 2l.; 1 bolster, value 5s.; 2 pillows, value 5s.; I candlestick, value 1s.; and 1 teapot, value 2s.; the goods of John Clark.
MARY CLARK . I am the wife of John Clark, and live in Castle-street, Leicester-square. The prisoner lodged there for three years with a man who passed as her husband—they slept there last on the 26th of July, and left the door locked—I had it broken open, and missed the articles stated—I met the prisoner, on the 29th, in Plumtree-street—she asked what was amiss, and said she had left the place as she found it—she owed me 25s. when she left—her husband was a shoemaker, I believe—I have known her three years—I have heard her say she has a daughter, but I do not know her—I have since heard the prisoner has a husband in the piano forte line—she says now it was not her husband that she lived with in my house, but I did not know it before—she gets her living by going out to wash and clean—they slept there the night the things were taken.
HENRY WHITTON . I am in the service of Bird and Co., pawnbrokers, in Long-acre. On the 13th of July the prisoner pawned a flat-iron; on the 14th, a rug; on the 17th, a blanket; and on the 26th, another blanket for 18d.—she was alone.
Prisoner. Q. Do not you recollect my buying two flat-irons of you? Witness. I do not recollect it—we sell a great many such things—it is very likely I might have sold them—now you remind me of it, I do recollect it.
MRS. CLARK re-examined. The sheet is my husband's—the flat-irons I cannot swear to—I gave her two with the same letters on as these—there was a B in the corner of this blanket, but it has been turned, and is now in the middle—I can swear to it and the rug also.
(The prisoner put in a written defence, stating, that she had frequently pawned things with the prosecutrix's consent, and redeemed them—part of the articles in question were pawned with her approbation, and the iron was not the prosecutrix's property—that on the 26th of July, when she came home, she found the street door locked, and went to another place.)
MRS. CLARK re-examined. She never pawned any thing on my account—I never gave her leave to pawn the articles—she asked me for 4s., which I refused, as I wanted to get her out—I found all the feathers taken out of my bed, and shavings stuffed inside instead of them.
GUILTY . Aged 43.— Confined One Month.
GUILTY . Aged 19.— Transported for Seven Years.
GUILTY . Aged 47.— Transported for Seven Years.
1895. ROBERT GOLDSMITH was again indicted for stealing, on the 16th of July, 1 watch, value 10s., the goods of Ann Meunier De Villa: also for stealing, on the 1st of July, 1 watch, value 1l., the goods of John Petcher: and that he had been before convicted of felony, to which he pleaded
GUILTY .— Transported for Seven Years more.
ELIZA LE STRANGE . I am the wife of Isaac Le Strange, a bootmaker, in Harrow-road, Paddington—I am a milliner and dressmaker. The pri soner was two or three months in my service—on the 5th of August I allowed her to have a holiday"; she was to return on the 7th, but she did not return—I did not lend her any clothes—I missed my shawl, which hung on the head of the cradle—I went to her mother's, and charged the prisoner with taking it—she strongly denied it—I have since found it in pawn—I never allowed her to wear my things—I do not know why she did not re turn—I owed her one week's wages.
JOHN BOWDLE (police-constable T 164.) I went to the prisoner's mother's house on Wednesday, the 16th, about eleven o'clock—it is about half a mile from the prosecutor's—her mother fetched her down stairs, and I asked her what she had done with the shawl, as she was strongly suspected—I asked if she had pawned it—she strongly denied it, but at last burst out crying, saying she had taken it, and pawned it in the name of Smith, and destroyed the duplicate—she afterwards said it was in the name of Goodyear.
GUILTY .—Recommended to mercy.— Confined Six Weeks.
ELIZABETH LANGLEY . I am the wife of Thomas Langley, a smith, living in Little Marylebone-street. On Monday, the 31st of July, I missed a gown and handkerchief from my room—they were safe on the Saturday night—the prisoner is a stranger.
GEORGE SPELLER . I am shopman to Mr. Walter, a pawnbroker, in High-street. On the 31st of July, a gown was brought between eight and nine o'clock, by the prisoner, who asked 4s. on it—I offered her 3s.—she would not take it, and took the gown away—I noticed it, and could swear to it by stains under the arm—this is it—(looking at it)—Mrs. Langley called shortly after, and left a pattern of her gown, and about one o'clock the prisoner came to the shop again, and offered another gown—I told her she had offered me one that morning—she said she had—I asked if she had pawned it—she said yes, for 4s.—I asked her where—she said that was no business of mine, and I gave her in charge.
GEORGE GRAVES BROOKS . I am the son of Mr. Brooks, pawnbroker, in Bulstrode-street. On Monday morning, the 31st of July, a gown was pawned for 4s., in the name of Ann Stevenson—I believe the prisoner is the person, but I cannot swear positively.
(Property produced and sworn to.)
PAUL JONES (police-constable D 37.) On Monday, the 31st of July, I went to Mr. Water's shop, in High-street, and took the prisoner into custody—she said she thought there was something, as they kept the gown back, and as I took her by Brook's shop, she said she had pawned one gown there to get another out, which had been pawned five months.
Prisoner. Every word he has sworn is false—he met me in the street, took me into the shop, and took the gown from me.
(The prisoner put in a written defence, stating that she met the prosecutor at a public-house in Mortimer-street, who invited her to go home with him, saying he had no wife, and they might live comfortably together—that he promised her 5s., but in the morning said he had no money, but gave her the gown, and was to meet her on the Monday night again.)
MRS. LANGLEY re-examined. I never heard this before to-day—I saw the gown safe at ten o'clock on the 29th, when I came home to work—I never saw it again—my husband came home about eleven o'clock, I believe, but I cannot say what hour—I cannot say that I saw him that night, for I do not sleep at home—I am sleeping at a lady's house with a female servant—I believe myself that the prisoner slept on our stairs—we frequently have the door open at night this hot weather.
THOMAS LANGLEY . I am the prosecutrix's husband—the prisoner is a stranger to me—I never saw her before, to my knowledge—I had had a little drink on Saturday night, the 29th of July, but not to do me any in jury—I slept at home that night, and alone, to the best of my knowledge—I slept alone all the week—I used to leave the door open to let the air into the room—I am quite certain I did not give the gown to the prisoner—I was at two public-houses on the Saturday evening—one at the corner of Titchfield-street—my wife has been sleeping from home about three weeks, nursing a lady—I did not meet any one, and say I would take them home, and make them comfortable—nor give any body any gin, nor any thing else.
Prisoner. He knows he gave me the gown at half-past four o'clock in
the morning—I was there all night. Witness. I never saw you in the house at all.
Prisoner. It is very strange I should know that he lives up three or four pair of stairs—he made a mistake in the room, and they told him he had not come high enough—he told me to hold my noise, as he would not have any body to know I was in the house—I said, "Why did you bring me here then?"—he said he had lost his wife seven months, and he was a miserable man, for his room was all at sixes and sevens for want of a partner to look after his place—I should not have gone into his house if I had not been taken there. Witness. I do live up three pairs of stairs, and made a mistake in the door—I am quite certain I did not take her home with me, and never saw her in the house—she must have got access at the time I went up, or before—I did not bum a light—I had not a halfpenny in the world—the gown must have been taken when I was in bed—I went home about eleven o'clock, I believe—it was not so late as one—I certainly was at the public-house at the corner of Mortimer-street.
Prisoner. It was twelve o'clock when we left Mortimer-street—the young man at the house said it was time I was at home, and he said, "Gents., you must all move out, I must fasten the house up"—he told me he had not got a wife, and at the station-house they would not let me speak a word, and I was not allowed to say a word before the Magistrate. Witness. I was inside the office when the prisoner and another woman were brought in twice, but I was not called on.
MRS. LANGLEY re-examined. My husband was present at the office, and I stepped up to the prisoner, and said, "How came you to go into my room?"—she said, "I never saw you before, and never was in your room"—my husband was there, and she looked round and said, "I am sure there is nobody here who knows me"—she said she knew nothing of the gown nor me.
THOMAS LANGLEY re-examined. I was at a public-house in Margaret street—after leaving Mortimer-street, I walked home alone—my house is half a mile from Margaret-street—it might be between eleven and twelve o'clock when I got home—I do not recollect the people being put out of the public-house in Mortimer-street—I was drinking with two shopmates, nobody else—I did not speak to the prisoner before the Magistrate—I was very near her—there were six or seven people in the room altogether—she could see me—she never alluded to me at all.
Prisoner. Q. Did not you give me lemon and water to drink, which you called lemonade, in the night? Witness. A. No, I did not—I never saw you in the morning—I had drink given me by people who I knew, named Barry, Franklin, and Johnson—I began to drink about eight o'clock—I did not sit down in any house—I stood talking to my friends—I did not sit down from seven o'clock till eleven—I went no where else—I might have had a pot of beer and a couple of glasses of spirits, or very likely three—I had nothing to eat—I had no work at the time—I had only come out of the hospital that week with a bad leg—we have a key of the street-door, but it is often left ajar—I have found it so often when I came home—the gown laid just facing the door of the room—the door was about a third open in the morning, as I had left it at night.
MRS. LANGLEY re-examined. There was no lemonade in the room—I
came home and made the bed on Sunday mornings—I do not believe two persons had slept in it—there were two pillows, and only one had been laid down on.
Prisoner. He took the pillow up and shook it, that you should know nothing about it.
GUILTY .* Aged 47.— Transported for Seven Years.
NEW COURT.—Friday, August 18th, 1837.
Sixth Jury, before Mr. Common Sergeant.
1898. JOHN SHIRTCLIFFE was indicted for stealing, on the 31st of January, 2 pairs of candlesticks, value 4l. 16s.; 1 other candlestick, value 1l. 4s.; 1 snuffers-stand, value 1l.; 1 bottle-frame, value 6l. 6s.; 1 waiter, value 2l. 14s.;—and 1 tea-pot, value 4l. 16s.; the goods of Thomas Bradbury and another, his masters: and also for embezzlement; to which indictments he pleaded
GUILTY . Aged 28.— Transported for Seven Years.
GUILTY . Aged 19.
SAMUEL WILLIS . I live at No. 104, High-Holborn. On the evening of the 5th of July I saw the prisoner take two books, called "The Farmer's Magazine, "from my window—I ran after him—the officer took him with the books on him—these are the books.
Prisoner. I was distressed at the time—I am a carpenter by trade, but was out of employ five months.
GUILTY . Aged 19.— Confined One Year; Two Months Solitary.
1901. MARIA DEMPSEY was indicted for stealing, on the 31st of July, 1 ring, value 1l. 15s.; 1 table-cloth, value 3s.; 1 apron, value 1s., 6d.; and 1 waist-ribbon, value 6d.; the goods of William Wright Flanders, her master.
WILLIAM WRIGHT FLANDERS . I live at No. 2, Brewer-street, Pimlico, and am a carpenter. The prisoner was my servant for eight days—on Monday morning, the 31st of July, I missed a gold ring and table-cloth—this duplicate was found on the prisoner, and then we searched the house where she lives, and found this ring and these other things.
Prisoner. It was not me put the ring under the floor—it is not the prosecutor's.
GUILTY . Aged 18.— Confined One Year.
WILLIAM NEVILL . I am a carpenter. I was at work at Poplar, on the 2nd of August—I went to dinner, and left my plane—as I was going back I met the prisoner in custody—I followed him back to the station-house, and found my plane on him.
JOHN BAIN . I was working at the same place that day—I went to dinner and left my square there on the bench—when I came back from dinner the watchman had stopped the prisoner—he had my square in his posses sion—this is it.
GUILTY .—Aged 23.—Recommended to mercy by the Jury.— Confined Three Months; Three Weeks Solitary.
1903. JOHN TURNER was indicted for stealing, on the 27th of July, 6 handkerchiefs, value 2l. 2s.; 6 pairs of stockings, value 13s.; 1 pair of gloves, value 2s., 6d.; 1 seal, value 10s.; 1 printed book, value 2s.; 1 comb, value 6d.; 1 yard of lace, value 3s.; 5 pairs of socks, value 5s.; 1 inkstand. value 1s.; and 1 thimble, value 2d.; the goods of William Smith, his master.
WILLIAM SMITH . I am a linen-draper, and live at Nos. 18, 19, and 20, Shaftesbury-terrace, Pimlico. The prisoner was in my employ for one year and a half, as porter—on the 27th of July I came home—I thought it right to go to the prisoner's bed-room, and there found six handkerchiefs—the bed was then pulled down, and we found half a dozen stockings, some socks, and other things—they had no business whatever there—I had not authorised him to take any thing in any way—this gold seal, and book, and other things were in his box—he said nothing at all.
Prisoner. The room these were found in was the dining-room for the family in the house. Witness. It is a room adjoining the kitchen, and other persons have access to it—he had a box in another room behind that room—I found there this seal, this book, this ink-stand, this lace, this silver thimble, besides a vast variety of other things which I have not here—the box was locked, and he had the key in his pocket—I received some duplicates, and went to the pawnbroker and got some silk handkerchiefs—I believe they were mine—they were given up to me.
Prisoner. The room my box was in, was where the china was kept, and the servants had access to it—the box was not locked—these duplicates I found in the area the day before, and I put six of them into my pocket, thinking to get the things out.
GUILTY . Aged 19.— Confined Two Years; Two Months Solitary.
THOMAS MUNTON . I am shopman to John Kelday, of No. 10, Durham place, Hackney-road. I saw these five handkerchiefs hanging inside our doorway, and they were brought back five minutes after I saw them.
and take them away—I ran after him, and he dropped the handker chiefs and his hat—he had got the handkerchiefs under his coat—I went to the station-house, and as he was going he beckoned to Sawyer, who stood at the corner of Ann's-place by the stone-mason's.
Gates. Q. Do you think that that gentleman standing across the road could see me take these handkerchiefs? Witness. Yes, I saw you take them.
JONAS ADAMS . I was standing opposite, gossiping with a neighbour—I saw Gates run away into Temple-street, and about forty or fifty yards down he threw down the handkerchiefs, and his hat as well—I did not see Sawyer till afterwards, when Gates beckoned to him.
Gates. Q. Can you swear that I had the handkerchiefs in my pos session? Witness. Yes, you took them from your coat, and threw them on the road; and then you took off your hat, and threw that down.
JOHN BALSOM. I live in White Bear-gardens. I saw both the prisoners—I heard Grates say, "It is up a little further, on the other side of the way"—I was going on with my barrow, and I saw Gates with the handkerchiefs in his hand at the comer of the street.
JOHN BRADY (police-constable K 68.) I took the prisoner Gates into custody—as we were going along to the station-house I saw him beckon to Sawyer—I saw that they knew each other; and Sawyer said he was in Gates's company a quarter of an hour before.
JOHN DOUGLASS (police-constable G 27.) I took Sawyer, and asked him if he knew Gates—he said yes, he had met him that morning in Hackney road, but knew nothing of stealing the handkerchiefs—I then asked Gates if he knew Sawyer—he said no, he never saw him before in his life.
Gates. I told you I knew him by sight, no further. Witness. You said you never saw him before.
Sawyer's Defence. I am innocent—I was walking down, looking after a place of work, and I met this young man—I walked with him a little way down the road—I left him, and crossed the way—when I had walked on a little further I heard a cry of "Stop thief;" and when I turned he was in custody—he beckoned to me, and told me to go to his friends.
(The prisoner Gates received a good character.)
GATES— GUILTY . Aged 21—Recommended to mercy by the Jury.—
Confined One Year; Two Months Solitary.
SAWYER— NOT GUILTY .
THEOPHILUS WALTER . I live in Kingsland-road, and am a bookseller. I was passing down Shoreditch on the 23rd of July, and felt a tug at my pocket—I turned—the prisoner was by my side, and he dropped this hand kerchief, which is mine, on the ground—I took hold of him, and said, "What have you done that for?"—he said he had done nothing—he straggled and fell down, and I fell on him—there was such a number of persons round that he got away, I pursued, and called "Stop thief," and he was taken.
GUILTY .* Aged 22.— Transported for Seven Years.
EDMUND IVES . I live at No. 124, High Holborn, and am an upholsterer. About half-past twelve o'clock, on the 14th of August, the prisoner came to my shop—he stood still half a minute, then retired, and went and held a conversation with a young man—he came back, in about three minutes, and took a glass out of my shop—I pursued after him—he set the glass down and ran away—I pursued, and called "Stop thief"—this is my glass.
Cross-examined by MR. PHILLIPS. Q. I suppose you are sure of his person? A. Yes, I was in the counting-house, and saw it.
(The prisoner received a good character.)
GUILTY . Aged 19.—Recommended to mercy by the Jury and Prosecutor. Confined One Month; One Week Solitary.
1907. ALEXANDER DUNCAN and GEORGE SINCLAIR were indicted for stealing, on the 26th of July, 1 watch, value 40l.; 1 watch chain, value 5l.; 1 purse, value 1s.; 1 sovereign, 1 half-sovereign, 3 half crowns, 4 shillings, and 3 sixpences; the goods and monies of Elliott Voyle Davis, from his person.
ELLIOTT VOYLE DAVIS . I reside at No. 11, Searle's-terrace, Kensington, and am a surgeon. I left a tavern in Jermyn-street on the 26th of July—I met the two prisoners, and asked them to have some whiskey—I then went to Durham-street—I felt myself sick—I laid hold of the rails, and told the prisoners I had a watch and some money, and I asked then to take care of them while I was sick—when I turned round from the gate, instead of finding them there with my property, they were gone—the watch was worth about 40l.—my purse had a sovereign in it—this was about four o'clock in the morning—I beckoned to a policeman, and told him I had been robbed by two soldiers, and a policeman went after them—the watch has not been, found, but the money has—among it was this crooked six pence, which I can swear to—there are two lines on it—I did not tell the officer that before it was found, but I said so when I saw it—I was an hour and a half or two hours with these men—I am sure of their persons. Duncan. I showed him the money I took out of his pocket, and offered to count it that he might have it safe again—I got robbed of the watch—the money I gave up at the station. Witness. He put his hand into my pocket, and took out the money—I remember his offering to count it.
WILLIAM SHIMELD . I am a private watchman and constable. I was standing at the door of the banking-house in Durham-street—I saw the prosecutor in company with two soldiers—I do not know the two soldiers—I afterwards saw the gentleman sick—I saw one of the soldiers running away, and turn up Bedford-street, and turn again down into the Strand—he was running then—I cannot recognise either of the prisoners—by and by I saw the other soldier run away, and turn up Bedford-street.
JOSEPH GULLEY . I am a sergeant of the regiment to which the prisoners belong. On the morning of the 26th Sinclair was sent to me to be searched, about 8 or 9 o'clock—he was ordered to take off his clothes, and he produced from his forage-cap a purse which was empty—he then told me he had a sovereign in his blankets, in Buckingham Barracks—I went there—it was not in the blankets, but in his knapsack, and there was 4 1/2 d. in his blankets—
he said that Duncan took the watch and the money from the gentleman, and the purse fell out of his pocket on the pavement, which he picked up.
HENRY GRISS (police-sergeant F 1.) I live in Belton-street, Long Acre. A few minutes after four o'clock that morning, I saw the prosecutor lying down in the street in liquor, but he was sensible enough to tell me he had been robbed of his watch and money by two soldiers—I ordered him to be taken to the station-house—I went after the soldiers, and found Duncan in a brothel, in the Almonry—I took him, and found on him this crooked sixpence, and some other silver—he said the money belonged to a girl, who was with him in the brothel—before he was locked up, he said another soldier was with him of the name of Sinclair.
Duncan's Defence. Having had leave of absence from the barracks, I was proceeding home, when on arriving at the bottom of the Hay-market, we met with the prosecutor, with some girls of the town—he asked us to have something to drink, but we could not find a house open—there was a gentleman with the prosecutor, who begged him to go home, but he would not—we were going down Bedford-street, he was sick, and asked me to take charge of his watch and money—I offered to count the money—he laid there was no occasion—I gave him my name and the barracks—I then left my comrade, and met a friend, and was robbed of the watch—I had no intention of committing a robbery on the prosecutor.
NOT GUILTY .
MARY BROWN . I am the wife of William Brown, and live at No. 45, Horrox-street, Marylebone. I went out on the morning of the 3rd of August, leaving my baby's cotton night gowns safe—I left the prisoner in my room—she was a lodger of mine—when I came back, about seven o'clock, I went to the box and missed them—I accused the prisoner—she said she had not taken them—here is one of them—it was found in a marine-store shop.
Prisoner. Ann Kenny gave it me to pledge on the 3rd of August—she owed me 6d.—I asked if she could give it me, and she said she could not—when Mrs. Brown went to the work-house she brought me this.
ANN KENNY . I did not give her a gown—I did not think of it—I saw the prisoner at the prosecutor's box when I came up stairs—I said, "What are you doing?"—she said, "Looking for Fanny's stays"—I said they were on the floor—I went down again to my mother, and the prisoner came down as if she had something under her shawl—when Mrs. Brown came home she said she missed two gowns, and she sent for the officer and took her.
Prisoner. I said it was not my own property, but that a person sent me with it. Witness. No—you did not.
Prisoner. On the 3rd of August the prosecutrix went out, and left Kenny—she owed me 6d.—I asked her to pay me a part of it—the brought this bed-gown to me, and said that Mrs. Brown had lent it her to pledge.
Prisoner. I took it to pawn and they would not take it in—I then went to this woman's shop, and desired her to take it, and keep it till
Saturday—she gave me 4d., and I was to give her 6d., on Saturday for it—I went home, and Mrs. Brown struck me, and gave me a black eye.
GUILTY . Aged 32—Recommended to mercy by the Jury.— Confined Three Months.
FRANCIS KEYS . I am an officer of Bow-street. On the 26th of July, about six o'clock in the afternoon, I was in company with James Ledger—there was a crowd at the hustings in Covent-garden Market—I saw the two prisoners together—I watched them, and saw Ansley take a hand kerchief from a gentleman's left-hand pocket—I do not know who he was—Jones was close to him, covering him—when Ansley had drawn the handkerchief, he gave it to Jones, who put it under his jacket, and I laid hold of one in one hand, and the other in the other—in a moment there was a great crowd, and I was glad to get out of it with the prisoners.
Cross-examined by MR. PAYNE. Q. There was a great crowd? A. Yes, many hundreds of people—Ledger was not far off—I was on duty then, and met Ledger there, and seeing and knowing him, I thought him a good man to assist me in taking them—I was very near the gentleman—I could not touch him—I made no attempt to get to the gentleman—I was glad to get out of the crowd—I kept one and Ledger took the other from me.
JAMES LEDGER . I live at No. 17 Palace-street, I am a house-painter and constable. I watched the prisoners, and saw Jones covering Ansley—I saw Ansley's arm move—at least I saw Jones goad Ansley, or nudge him, as it were with his hand—I saw Ansley's arm move, and Keys imme diately laid hold of them—I did not see any thing drawn—I saw the hand kerchief taken from Jones afterwards, and he made some observations—I forget what—three handkerchiefs were taken from Jones beside this.
Cross-examined. Q. How came you to go there? A. From curiosity—I was at work at the time near the place—I did not go to help Mr. Keys—I saw the handkerchief found on Jones.
Prisoner Jones. This red handkerchief belongs to me—I had these three with me, and was going to pawn them.
JURY to JAMES LEDGER. Q. Where were the other three handkerchiefs? A. In Jones's breeches pocket—there were four in all.
JONES— GUILTY . Aged 28.
ANSLEY— GUILTY . Aged 22.
Confined Two Years; Two Months Solitary.
1910. HARRIET GOSLING was indicted for stealing, on the 27th of July, 1 breast-pin, value 2s.; 1 brooch, value 2s. 6d.; 1 pair of ear-rings, value 2s.; 1 key, value 6d.; 1 pelerine, value 9s.; and 1 1/2 yards of printed muslin, value 1s. 6d.; the goods of Joseph Van Praagh.
JOSEPH VAN PRAAGH . I am a jeweller. On the 27th of July, I opened my box, and missed a breast-pin, and these other things—my wife accused the prisoner who was in our service of it—she denied it at first, but when my wife said she would send for a policeman, she acknowledged she had taken some of the things—this is my property—this is the printed muslin—this is the brooch and the ear-drops—some were found in her pocket in a purse—this brooch and ear-rings were found in her pocket, and they are mine.
Cross-examined by MR. JONES. Q. Do you mean to say you were present when the prisoner was searched? A. I was present when the policeman was searching her pockets, and these things were found in her
pocket in her purse—Julia Asher was present—I took her with me as a witness to the police-office—she was not examined—I did not offer her as a witness, but she went as one if she was wanted—I required the Magistrate to hear what she had to say—that I swear, and he did not—I took her with me each time—she is no relation of mine—she works in the shop—I did not see the prisoner examined at all before the policeman came—I remember my wife speaking to her about these things—she said, "Do not accuse me of any thing of this sort, for I will bring you my box that you may search it"—she went into the back kitchen, and brought her box into the front kitchen—she kept her box in the back kitchen—she had only been with us fourteen days—it was kept with a rope tied round it—I never examined whether it was locked—I do not remember who took the string off—I was present when she brought the box, but do not recollect who opened it—she said she had opened my box with a key, and had taken the things I missed—I went for a policeman, and came back with him—her box was in the front kitchen when I came back—when the pelerine was found my wife told me to get a policeman—I never offered to make up this charge—I did not offer for a half-sovereign to waive all proceedings—I wanted nothing but justice—I know the prisoner's sister, living at Mr. Giles's, in Cable-street, by her coming to plead mercy for her—I had no conversation with her about this robbery—she came to my wife and asked for mercy—I was present—I had no conversation whatever with her about any money—I received a good character with the prisoner.
MARIA VAN PRAAGH . I lost some lace and this pelerine, which was found in the prisoner's box—it was not kept locked, but corded round—the pelerine is worth from 8s. to 9s.—these are the ear-rings—the pin was drawn from the prisoner's shift in her bosom—she held her hand up in a threatening position, and said, "Do you accuse me of being a thief?" and threw the pin over her shoulder—the printed muslin was produced from between her stays and petticoat—the pelerine was kept in a drawer in the shop—when the policeman was called in she said, "Send for my sister, I will give you back the half-sovereign, and pay you for the pelerine."
Cross-examined. Q. Was the policeman present when the prisoner was searched? A. No, he came in afterwards—I found the pelerine and the printed muslin, and she resigned it to him—I knew she kept her box in the back kitchen—it was not locked, but there was a cord round it—she took that off herself—I cannot recollect whether my husband was there—he was not present when I found the muslin—I remember the ear-rings being found—the prisoner gave them over to the policeman—they were in a purse in her pocket—she had her pocket in her hand, I believe, and gave them from it—she said, "I am not afraid, even to strip," and she began immediately, so that she should have the opportunity of stripping herself of the articles before the policeman came—I had a girl living in the house to nurse the children, named Hannah—I do not know whether she is here—she is not in my service now—I sent her away this day fortnight—I believe about three days after I took this young woman into custody—it was her mother told me she had got a situation that would suit her better—I do not know where she is gone—Julia Asher is a young person who assists in making my children's dresses—I attended twice at the police-office—I took her with me as a witness, as she went with me to fetch the prisoner's box—I have never heard of any proposals made by my husband to settle this matter—I never heard him say he would settle it for half a sovereign, and have the things back.
PATRICK FARRELL (police-constable H 176.) When I came to the house the box was on the table—I saw the prisoner take this pelerine from the box, and give it to me; and this pin she said she took, and it was not her property.
Cross-examined. Q. What did she give you? A. This pin—the pro secutor told me she threw it over her shoulder before—she gave me this key, and I fitted it to the prosecutor's box.
JULIA ASHER . I saw the prisoner bring the box out of the back kitchen—there was a cord round it—the prisoner opened it in the front kitchen—Mr. and Mrs. Van Praagh and myself were present—there was another servant in the house who left suddenly, very shortly after she was taken—I believe a lace cape or pelerine was taken out of the prisoners' box—the prisoner offered to strip herself that she might be examined—she pulled off her petticoat, put her hand to her bosom, and drew something from it, and said, "You charge me with robbing," and threw this pin over her shoulder—I said, "There is the half-sovereign, I should think"—I found it was a pin—I was present when the policeman came in—she gave the pelerine and pin to the policeman—the muslin came from between her petticoats and stays—I attended at the police-office, but was not heard—I go backwards and forwards to the prosecutrix's for needle work, but am not in her service.
NOT GUILTY .
MESSRS. ADOLPHUS, RYLAND, and BULLOCK, conducted the Prosecution.
CHARLES BALDWIN . I live in Upper Carlisle-street, Lisson-grove. On Tuesday, the 6th of June, I read this advertisement in the newspaper, which I produce—("Situations:—So numerous are the applications from merchants 'and tradespeople for men of various ages to fill vacancies in their establishments, the Proprietors of this Office are induced, through means of this advertisement, to inform all those seeking employment, that situations, not only as abovementioned, but also in private families, for those possessing good characters, may be heard of daily by applying at the Agency Office, No. 65 1/2, Cannon-street, City.")—I had been some time out of employ—on Thursday, the 8th of June, I went to No. 65 1/2 Cannon street—I did not take the newspaper with me—I saw the Defendant there, and told him I bad seen an advertisement in the Morning Advertiser news paper, respecting situations, that I was to apply there about—I asked him if he was the right party—he said, "Yes"—I asked him his terms—he then asked me what situation I wanted—I told him a light porter, or messenger's place—he said he had got situations of various kinds—I said, that was the one I wished for—I had been a gentleman's servant before, and asked if I was likely to get it, not having been in that line before—he said he had not a doubt of it if I would enter on his books—he said, "Now I will state my terms to you"—it was 7s. 6d. for a light porter, which I wanted, and various prices rising according to the profits of other situations, from half-a-crown to 30s.—I asked him if that was the lowest he would take—he said yes, Mr. Marks his partner, was not in the habit of changing his price—I said, "1 have been in these bazaars, and have been done a great many times before"—I hoped he would not think me troublesome, and asked him whether it would be private information, or from newspapers, or public application—he said no, it should be by letter, or personal application from people in the City—that he did not do it to get a livelihood, but to accommodate merchants and persons that he did
business with, as he had plenty of work in the house agency business—I said, "Very well, what made me ask was, I know it is a rule with these bazaars"—he said "This is not a bazaar, Mr. Marks and I are very particular who we admit"—I said, "In what way?"—he said, "As, it respects character; it is our rule to have a character from your three last places"—I said, "Is he so particular as that?"—he said, "Yes"—I said, "Well, I have one written character by me, from a gentleman who was going abroad, and I can get two more from the persons I had lived with"—he then asked me whether he could depend on my being on his books—I said yes, he might—he asked when I would call again—I said the next day—I borrowed the money in the meantime, and provided myself with a written character, and went the next day, and I told Dawson I was come respecting the same business I had been on the preceding day—he said, "Very well"—I had borrowed 7s. 6d., but I had occasion to spend 6d.—I said, "I have only 7s., your terms are 7s. 6d., will it make any difference if I pay you 7s., and bring the 6d. another day?"—I paid him two shillings, and two half-crowns—I pulled out the written character—he read it in my hand—I said, "Respecting my other characters, how will you manage?"—he said, "Oh, I feel myself perfectly satisfied, only we are obliged to keep a sharp look out"—he gave me my character back again—I said, "I know there is a regular time to run on the books"—he said, "Our regular time is three months, I suppose you will agree to that"—I said, "No, I might starve"—I said, "If you will guarantee to get me a situation in a fortnight or three weeks I will give you the money"—he said, "No—but I hardly know what to do with you; at all events I will, your case is very urgent"—that was before he took the money—I said which of the periods should it be, a fortnight or three weeks, as he had not decided on either—he said, "The shortest"—I called again on Tuesday, the 13th, and saw him again—I said, "Any thing for me this morning?"—he said, "You could not have come at a better time, I have had a most respectable gentleman here; I know the parties well, it is in the grocery business"—he showed me a letter—it was from Goodwin and Co., wholesale grocers, Tottenham Court-road—I said, "I will make haste and go after it"—he said, "No, no, you are not to apply personally, you must apply by letter"—I said, "Very well"—I wrote a letter, which I have got here, and gave it to Mr. Dawson—he put it on the mantel-piece—I asked whether he thought I should have an answer that night, or the next day—he said he might have one that day, or it might be a week, but to call the next day—I went, and he said, "You could not have come at a better time"—he gave me a wafered letter, addressed to No. 65 1/2, Cannon-street. (The following letters referred to were here read.)
June 13, Cannon-street, City. "Sir,—I am given to understand by Mr. Dawson, that you are in want of a light porter or messenger. I have not been in the grocery line before. I believe I was to state my age, and what wages I wished for. My age is 23, have lived in the wholesale druggist line ten months, can have an unexceptionable reference, and security if required; wages not so much an object as the obtaining a situation, having been out some length of time. I know town well, and the above is my handwriting. No objection to make myself generally useful. Left my last situation on account of there being no further employment for me in the establishment. My character is with Mr. Weldon, 6, Notting-hill square, Kensington. I am, your most humble and obedient servant, C. BALDWIN, 65 1/2, Cannon-street, City. To Messrs. Goodwin & Co., Grocers, Tottenham-Court-road."
"Tottenham-court-road, June 14. Sir,—On consideration of your note, we do not think you competent of filling the present vacancy in our establishment, therefore you need not trouble yourself more about it. Yours, &c., Goodwin and Co."
Witness. When I read it the prisoner asked if I had any luck?—I said, "No, they do not think me competent, but I will try it on yet—I will make a personal application, perhaps they may take me"—he said, very well—I endeavoured to find them that night for three hours and a half or nearly four hours—I could not find them—I inquired at almost every other house in the street—I went home that night and went to Mr. Dawson's the next day—when I entered I asked if there was any thing for me—he said if I would sit down I might look over his books—I looked over them, and was looking for some waste paper to copy something out, and found the letter which I had written, sealed as I had left it—I made some extracts from his books, and some of the places I went to, and could find no such persons, and others I found were public advertisements—nothing more passed—I went on taking extracts and trying to find people from a fortnight to three weeks, but I never could succeed in any—I either could not find the people, or they were copied from advertisements—he sent me to one place, No. 71, King William-street, he said that was certainly private information and I should certainly get a situation—I went and found nearly a hundred at the place, and it was an advertisement—he said he knew Goodwin and Co. well, and had supplied them with porters before, if he could have gone with me he could have found it, but he could not describe it—I requested to have the 7s. back, but he said he never heard such a thing, I had not a receipt even to show that I had paid it, and there he should gain ground of me.
Cross-examined by MR. BODKIN. Q. You had been cheated before? A. Yes, and was therefore very cautious—I paid 7s. at last upon his guarantee to get a place in a fortnight—it was upon his promise to guarantee to get me a place in a fortnight that I paid him the money, and that only.
MR. ADOLPHUS. Q. It was the whole of his fair way of promising that you had in your mind? A. Yes.
ISAAC WORNHAM . I am collector of the rates in Tottenham-court-road, and have been so for seven years—I do not know the names of Messrs. Goodwin and Co. there—I collect the whole of the west side of the way and part of the other.
JOHN LEWIS MERCHANT . I am collector of the rates of St. Giles's parish, and have been so fifteen years. I collect the whole of Tottenham court-road, but what Mr. Wornham does—there never was such a person as Goodwin and Co. there.
HENRY THEODORE HARSANT . I live at No. 15, Minories, and am a butcher. I am married—I saw some advertisements in the newspaper referring to 65 1/2, Cannon-street—I went there and saw the defendant—I asked him if he had a situation that would suit me, according to the description I gave—he said no, he had not then, but he told me to call again—I told him if he should hear of any situation that was likely to suit me and my wife, to let me know—in consequence of which ho sent me this letter—I afterwards showed it him—(read)
"Sir,—I have just been applied to for a man and his wife, in a country situation, if you will call on me any time before five o'clock, I shall be able to let you know the particulars. I am Sir, yours, &c., for Messrs. Dawson and Co., J. WILDMORE. 65 1/2, Cannon-street, City, June 7, 1837."
Witness. When I saw Dawson on the subject of this note, he wished me to pay 7s. 6d., according to his demand, to write to this self-same gentleman
—he said he was a lawyer in Herts—he said that I was to look after a horse and chaise, cattle, and garden, and there might be a few pigs in the yard, for what he knew, and the wife was to do the domestic work of the house—I would not pay him the money—he said it would be 7s. 6d. before he would write to the said gentleman for me—I said I would not pay the money beforehand—I said I would call to-morrow—I did not, but called the next day, and he said it was a very bad job, I had let that slip through my fingers, and that it was taken by a man and woman—he could tell their names, but they called and said they had got that place—in a few days after he sent me the following letter—I saw him on this letter (read.)
"To Mr. H. T. Harsant, 15, Minories, City. Sir,—I am desired by Messrs. Dawson and Co., to inform you they have just heard of a situation for a man and wife, such as would suit you, the particulars of which you will hear of by application at this office any morning, from half-past eighttill five o'clock daily. I am, Sir, yours, &c., for Dawson and Co., JAMES DIXON, Clerk."
Witness. This was on the 14th of June—the next day I went, and saw Dawson, and he read a letter which purported to come from Mr. Fenton, of Colchester—he took the letter from the mantel-piece—I saw the writing—I cannot say what was in it—I thought what he said to be nothing but the truth—he began to talk with me about the situation, it was with an elderly gentleman, at Kelvedon—he spoke to me after he had done with the letter, and said it was a very nice place, and he knew the parties per fectly well—he did not tell me their names—I paid him 7s. 6d. in consequence of what he stated about these parties—he was to write to the said gentle man for the situation—I was about leaving the office, after a little conversation, and he said, "You will have to pay the postage of the letter, it will have to go to Colchester"—I said, "I have only 7d."—he said, "Never mind, I will pay the 1d."—there was to be an answer, and I called on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday; and on Thursday I called, and said I was going into the country to buy cattle, and I would call on the per son—he said, "It is not worth your while, I expect an answer in a day or two"—I said, "If it is 100 miles out of my way, I will go," and after some hesitation, he wrote this letter for me to take to Mr. Fenton.
"To Mr. Fenton, High-street, Colchester. Sir,—Having written to you on account of the vacancy for a man and wife some days since, and receiving no answer to the same, the party who applied for such will have to be at Colchester on business, and therefore deems it best to call upon you. I am, Sir, your obedient servant, H. W. Dawson.—London, June 22, 1837."
Witness. I saw him write this—he told me he knew Mr. Fenton per fectly well, he was a respectable baize manufacturer, in High-street, Col chester—it was never my intention to go to buy cattle, it was merely to get the direction of the gentleman; I took the letter home with me and wrote a letter to Mr. Fenton, and he sent me a letter in answer—in consequence of receiving the answer I applied to the Lord Mayor—I did not go to the Defendant again—I did not ask him for the money, but at the Mansion-house I wished it to be given up into the poor-box—the Defendant said he should not do any thing of the kind.
Cross-examined by MR. BODKIN. Q. I believe the Lord Mayor dis missed your application? A. Yes—I went to him with a false pretence myself, as I told him I was going down to; buy cattle, but I was not then—I was rather cautious in parting with my money, and I did not till he undertook to get mo a place—I paid him the money because he told me he could get me a place, and he would guarantee to get it—I would not have
given him the 7s. 6d. for what he told me the day before—I gave it him that he might write to this gentleman, at Kelvedon, to get the place.
MR. ADOLPHUS. Q. Was it in consequence of believing all that he said to be the truth that you paid it, or from what he said at the time? A. I did not believe the statements he made before.
CHARLES FREDERICK FENTON . I reside in High-street, Colchester. I received a letter, and wrote an answer to it—I do not know such per sons as Dawson and Co., of Cannon-street—I never authorised them to state that I wanted a man and his wife in my employ, or any thing of the kind—there had been an advertisement in a paper, for which I am agent, for a man and his wife, but not at Kelvedon—it was on the 2nd of June—I am not a baize manufacturer—I know three in High-street of that name, and one in another part, but not baize manufacturers.
WILLIAM FENTON . I live in High-street, Colchester. I am in no business—I have been there above forty years—I do not know the Defendant—I do not know Dawson and Co., of Cannon-street—I never heard of a Mr. Fenton, a baize manufacturer, in my life.
THOMAS PEARCE FENTON . I live in West-street, Colchester, and am a chemist. I do not know any Mr. Fenton, a baize manufacturer—I do not know the Defendant—I do not know Messrs. Dawson and Co., of Cannon-street.
JAMES BENNETT WATKINS . I was living in Worcester, till the 16th of June last, when I came up in consequence of seeing an advertisement—I went to Cannon-street, on the 16th of June, and saw the Defendant—I told him I was come up from the country to look for a situation, and asked him if he had one—he said he had a very good one—he described it, and said it was in a hop and seed merchant's warehouse, in the Borough, and a person from the country would be preferred; that no one but him knew of it, and be would send no one but me for it, and therefore he could warrant I should have it—he said the salary was 185l. a year, and there would be a security wanted to the amount of 50l.—I told him I could give that, or more if required—he said I was to apply for it by letter, and if I would write a letter and leave it with him, he would send one of his clerks with it—nothing had been said then about money—he said before he could give me the address, I must give him 10s.—he said some gave him a sovereign, and some 30s., but his fee was 10s.—I gave him 10s.—I then wrote a letter and left it with him, addressed to Henry Yeoll, Esq., Borough, London—he said, probably there would be an answer by to-morrow, if I would call, if there was I should have it—I copied the address before I parted with it—I called the next day, Saturday, and there was no answer—I called on three successive days, and there was no answer—I saw the Defendant every time, and he informed me there was no answer—he said he dare say I was not thought competent for the situation—I told him I would apply in person—he told me it was not worth my while, as he had plenty of others then on his book—I wrote to several places, to six I should think, and endeavoured to find one or two whose names were on his book—I found one or two who had advertised and suited themselves—I afterwards endeavoured to find Mr. Yeoll—I went to the post-office, and they referred to their reference book, and I inquired at at least twenty places, but I was not able to find any thing about it.
Cross-examined by MR. BODKIN. Q. Then you gave him the 10s. upon his undertaking to give you the address of the person who wanted a servant? A. Yes—unless he had undertaken to give me the address, and get the situation, I would not have given it to him.
COURT. Q. Was it in consequence of that, and ail the representations he had made before? A. It was in consequence of his promising to get me the situation at Mr. Yeoll's.
THOMAS BUSH . I am a hop-merchant and seed-factor in the Borough. I never heard of such a person as Mr. Yeoll in my trade—I should think it not likely there can be a person of that name without my knowing it.
GUILTY. Aged 32.— Judgment respited.
Fifth Jury, before Mr. Sergeant Arabin.
EMMA ROBINSON . I am the wife of William Robinson, a tailor—he lives at No. 29, Bedfordbury. The prisoner is a journeyman tailor—he came to my house on Sunday, the 23rd of July, and stopped in the room half an hour or from that to an hour—he then went out—we did not miss the property till the following Tuesday—I made inquiries, and it was found—my husband and the prisoner have been shopmates together for fourteen years—this is the coat.
Cross-examined by MR. PHILLIPS. Q. Where is Mr. Turner? A. I do not know such a person—I never did—I have been married twelvemonths to Mr. Robinson—I was married at St. Ann's Church—Dr. M. Leod married me—this is my husband's coat—he is not here—I was single when I was married—I was never married before—I have known the prisoner about nine months—my husband and the prisoner were not very intimate—Mr. Keith was my husband's employer—he has got one or two jobs for the pri soner—I have heard my husband say he was very intimate with the pri soner.
Cross-examined. Q. Did you know the prisoner before? A. A very short time—I have the, duplicate—he gave the name of John Arnold, No. 10, Conduit-court—I have seen him at the shop once or twice before, and I believe he is the person—the coat is worth about 3s. or 4s.—I lent 2s. on it—I served my apprenticeship to the trade.
NOT GUILTY .
SAMUEL MORGAN LEWIS . I am a hosier and glover, in the Strand. I lost eight shirts—I gave them to a girl, to give to the prisoner to wash—I believe she is not here—the prisoner is a laundress—they were to have been returned in two or three days—I never heard of them since, till they were produced by the pawnbroker.
Prisoner. Q. Did you not pledge some shirts to the amount of 30s., and you took the money to get some things out? Witness. Yes, and you gave me these to pawn, and I gave you the money.
SAMUEL TATE (police-sergeant D 11.) I took the prisoner, from information—when I got her to the station I told her she was charged with receiving a quantity of shirts and other wearing apparel—she said, "You are right; I am the person; I have got the tickets on me; if you will not search me I will give you up the duplicates"—on the woman searching her, she found seventy-one duplicates, part of which she said were for the stolen articles.
Prisoner. I had but six shirts from the prosecutor, not eight—they never were returned, but they were not stolen—they were illegally pledged—this young woman used the money for her own purposes—I did not have it.
GUILTY . Aged 34.— Transported for Seven Years.
(There was another indictment against the prisoner, for stealing forty eight shirts.)
1914. ALLEN SPIERS and DENNIS M' CARTHY were indicted for stealing, on the 26th of July, 1 watch, value 2l. 10s.; 1 seal, value 5s.; 1 chain, value 6d.; 2 keys, value 6d.; and 3 half-crowns; the goods and monies of John Daly, from his person.
JOHN DALY . I am a blacksmith—I belong to the National Forgers' Iron Association. On Tuesday three weeks I came here on board the Ocean packet, with three others—we came on shore, went to Spiers's house, and had some beer, and staid all night—his house is at Ratcliffe, I understand—the next morning we came away—the other three men went on board—I had to go to Bow, to a friend of mine who worked there, and Spiers proposed to see me part of the way—we went along, and then M'Carthy met us, and we had some beer at two or three houses, I think; and Spiers proposed going across a field, as a short way to Bow—we went through the field, and in a kind of ridge cut across the field he proposed sitting down—I there fell asleep, and, while asleep, Spiers took the watch—I had this guard attached to my watch—on his unhanging it I awoke—I said, "You take this watch; I consider it as safe with you as with me;" and then I went to sleep again, and slept a couple of hours, or the like, and expected he would carry this watch to the men on board the packet, as I did not know where Spiers lived—I went to the man that was on board the packet the night previous, and said, "Did he come?"—he said he did not—he said, "I will be able to come on shore on Friday, and we will all go to his house"—I went to him on the Friday evening—he denied having taken it—I asked him where M'Carthy was—he said he did not know—I said, if he did not give me my watch I would have him arrested, and I did.
sealed, but not directed, desiring me to give it to Daly—while I had it, a man and woman called on me, and from them I learned that Daly had lost a watch—I saw it opened at the station-house, and it contained a watch and 7s. 6d.—M'Carthy was taken into custody, and I went and gave it up at the station.
Cross-examined by MR. PHILLIPS. Q. Does this National Forgers' Association meet at your house? A. They do—I remember Daly and the prisoner being at my house on the Wednesday morning—I served them with a pot of beer, myself, and they went away after drinking it—M'Carthy afterwards came to that same house, and gave me a small brown paper parcel sealed up, and told me to give it to Daly when I saw him.
NOT GUILTY .
LUCY BLANCHARD . I am the wife of Isaac Blanchard. On the 30th of July I was going in search of my husband, and met the prisoner in Oxford-street, about twenty minutes to four o'clock in the morning—he addressed me, and spoke to me several times before I answered him—I believe he asked me where I was going—he walked by the side of me for about twenty minutes—I kept walking on—I had a ring on my finger, and he attempted to take it off—I put my hand under my shawl, and he put his arm round me, and made another attempt, and then I took it off and put it into my mouth, he then took it with his thumb and fingers, and ran off with it—the policeman saw him running, and he took him—when he was taken, I asked for my ring—he said he had not got it—I have lost it entirely.
Cross-examined by MR. PHILLIPS. Q. What hour of the day was this? A. Sunday morning—I do not know what answer to give you—it wanted twenty minutes to four o'clock—I am married—my husband is not here—I had not been up all night—I had come from Ramsgate on the Saturday—I landed from the Duchess of Kent steamer, between five and six o'clock—I went to a friend's house, took my tea, and went to bed—I got up at three o'clock to look for my husband—I had not seen him for three of four months—I left him about the end of March or the beginning of April—we came from Yorkshire—we were living at No. 13, George-street, when we parted—I had been there perhaps a fortnight or three weeks—I was not living with him—he was staying at his sister's—I used sometimes to dine with him—the last time we slept together was in Yorkshire—I have not seen my husband since we parted—I was going to the Harrow-road, where I understood he was—I did not know the house—I went to see if I could see him walking about the road—I was at the bottom of Oxford street when I met the prisoner on the left-hand side—I do not know how far that is from the Harrow-road—I never was in the Harrow-road till that Sunday.
COURT. Q. How long were you with him? A. Only twenty minutes—I did not see but one policeman—the man was not insolent to me any further than attempting to take my ring.
and saw the prisoner running—I ran after him—the woman sang out, "Stop him, he has stolen my ring"—I pursued him till he turned up Charlotte street, where there is no thoroughfare—I called to him to stop, which he did not—I took him, and detained him till the prosecutrix came up—she said, "You villain, you stole my ring"—he said, "I have not"—I said, "What made you run away?"—he said, "This woman wanted to take me to a house of ill-fame."
NOT GUILTY .
THOMAS PACKARD CLEMENTS . I am a linen-draper, and live in Judd-street. On the 14th of August the prisoner came to my shop, at twenty minutes after twelve o'clock—I had not known her before, to my recollection—she asked me for striped ginghams—I showed her several—she said they were not what she wanted—she then described the kind she wanted—I brought some more, and then saw a print of mine hanging from her apron—I allowed her to leave the shop, and then, sent a young man to bring it back—I saw her take it away.
Prisoner. I went into the shop at half past twelve o'clock—I had a baby in my arms, and I happened to take these gown-pieces—the baby wetted the gown-pieces, and I was so frightened I said, "I don't know what I shall do, as he will charge me, and I have not the price of it, I must dry it with my apron; "I took it to the door, and thought it would do—I said I would take it back, and then he sent the boy after me.
(The prisoner received a good character.)
GUILTY . Aged 25.—Recommended to mercy by the Jury. Confined Three Months.
JOHN HISCOCK . I am in the service of Thomas Boyce, who keeps a general sale-shop in Seymour-place, and another in Marylebone-lane. This happened in Seymour-place—On the 8th of August, at half-past four o'clock I received information—I went out and followed the prisoner, who was nearly 200 yards from my master's—the policeman took him—I gave him in charge—he threw away the coat in running—I picked it up—it was my master's—this is it—I never saw the prisoner before.
Prisoner. All they have said is false—I was walking up the New Road, and heard this young man cry "Stop thief"—I turned, and the officer took me—I never saw the coat till it was brought to the station.
GUILTY .* Aged 21.— Confined Six Months.
GUILTY . Aged 18.— Confined One Year.
OLD COURT.—Saturday, August 18th, 1837.
Second Jury, before Mr. Common Sergeant.
1919. HENRY HARRIS, alias Hurst , was indicted for stealing, on the 3rd of August, 1 watch, value 29l.; 1 seal, value 15s.; 1 watch-key, value 4s.; and 1 watch-ribbon, value 6d.; the goods of Roderick M'Leod, from his person.
Rev. RODERICK M'LEOD. D. D. I reside in Dean-street, Soho. On the 3rd of August I was walking towards St. Martin's court—when I got there I was pressed on by several persons—I put my hand to my fob immediately, and my watch was gone—it was worth 30l.—I have never seen it since—I cannot tell who the persons were.
JOHN FOX . I live in Castle-street, Long-acre. I was passing through St. Martin's-lane, and saw the prosecutor—I saw a seal and key hanging from his pocket, and saw the prisoner and another person rush across the court to the prosecutor, and stop him—they were there about a minute or more—the prisoner then pushed on one side, and ran away—I looked at the prosecutor, and saw his seal and key were gone—I followed the pri soner, and did not lose sight of him—another person joined him—they left off running in Long-acre, and walked along—I am sure the prisoner is the person—another man was taken into custody on suspicion.
Cross-examined by MR. CLARKSON. Q. What are you? A. A labour ing man—I was not working for any one at that time—I was walk ing down St. Martin's-lane—I am a porter in Covent-garden-market, and have a relation there who is a market-gardener—I was going to the Haymarket on business of my own—I was alone—Geaton was not with me—there might be about a dozen persons coming through the court, but I should say there were not more than two or three imme diately about the prosecutor—I saw the prisoner rush against the prose cutor, and stop his progress—that I swear—he was taken in Covent-garden Market—I could not see a policeman till we came there—I was within twenty yards of him in St. Martin's-court—I am sure he ran away—he was alone then, but another one joined him near Slaughter's Coffee-house, in St. Martin's-lane—he turned round the corner of Long-acre, but I did not lose sight of him—I was too near for that—I charged a person named Moore with being like the other man, but he turned out to be a respectable man—I was mistaken.
CHARLES GEATON . I am a tailor, and live in Haddon-street, Regent-street. I was in the court, and saw the prisoner rush against the prosecutor, and stop his progress—another man, in a brown coat, was in company with him—the prosecutor was pushed and backed up against me—he said, "I have lost my watch, I have lost my watch;" and I saw the prisoner run away immediately—I have no doubt about his being the man—I saw no one but him and the other man rush against the prosecutor.
Cross-examined. Q. Were you present when Fox stopped him? A. Yes—he said, "You accuse me wrongfully, I am innocent, I am not guilty of any robbery"—the watch has never been found—I am not mistaken in the man—I never said I was not sure he was the man—I did not charge Mr. Moore with being one of them—I have no doubt about the prisoner.
MR. CLARKSON to DR. M'LEOD. Q. Did you charge any other person besides the prisoner with being concerned in this offence? A. No, there were two men brought back.
COURT. Q. How long before you missed your watch had you seen it safe? A. Just before I got into the Court—I took it out to see what time of day it was, and then felt it safe in my pocket.
GUILTY . Aged 32.— Transported for Seven Years.
Fourth Jury, before Mr. Common Serjeant.
WILLIAM SAUNDERS . I am a milkman. The prisoner was in my employ for about five months, and carried out milk—she should pay me all she received—she did not pay me 1s. 3d. on the 10th of July, from Mrs. Cooper, nor 1s., 10 1/2 d. from Mrs. Brice, on the 14th.
Prisoner. My mistress found it out first, I was sorry for it, and she agreed to take 4s. a week out of my wages in part payment.
MR. SAUNDERS re-examined. There was something of that kind, I believe, said by my wife, but I knew nothing of it till afterwards—I have not received any money from her—she ran away from my service—I have fifteen cases against her.
NOT GUILTY .
Fourth Jury, before Mr. Justice Williams.
1921. WILLIAM TAYLOR was indicted for feloniously breaking and entering the dwelling-house of Michael Norton, on the 16th of August, at St. Giles-in-the-fields, with intent to steal, and stealing therein, 2 pairs of trowsers, value 12s.; 2 coats, value 10s.; 2 waistcoats, value 3s.; 1 shawl, value 1s.; 1 gown, value 2s.; and 1 handkerchief, value 2s.; his goods.
MICHAEL NORTON . I am a cutler, and lodge in Newton-street, Holborn, in the first floor front-room. On Wednesday, the 16th of August, I left my room, at two o'clock in the afternoon, with my wife—I locked the door myself, took the key out, and tried it—I returned between five and six o'clock in the evening, before my wife, and found the prisoner coming out of the door—he said Good day to me—I replied the same to him and collared him—he said, "Don't hurt me"—I took him down stairs, and held him till the policeman came—he made no resistance—he had a bundle in his hand, and kept it till the policeman took him—it was opened at the office, and it contained the articles stated, which was all the clothes I had, except what I had on—the gown and shawl belong to my wife—I found the lock had been opened with a key—there was no violence—I have the exclusive possession of the room.
(Property produced and sworn to.)
GUILTY .— Confined Two Years.
Before Mr. Justice Williams.
1922. EDWARD GOSSETT and WILLIAM CLITHEROW were indicted for unlawfully, maliciously, and feloniously assaulting William Bowman, on the 23rd of July, at St. John, at Hackney, and cutting and wounding him upon his head and face, with intent to murder him.—2nd COUNT, stating their intent to be to maim and disable him.—3rd COUNT, to do him some grievous bodily harm.—4th COUNT, charging Gossett with an assault, with intent to prevent his lawful apprehension, and Clitherow as an accessory.
MR. PAYNE conducted the Prosecution.
WILLIAM BOWMAN (police-constable N 187.) On Sunday, the 23rd of July, I was on duty in Grove-street, in the parish of St. John, Hackney, and saw both the prisoners, about four o'clock in the morning, in a garden belonging to John Turner, which is enclosed by a sort of bank—they were in a strawberry bed gathering strawberries—I went up and said to
Gossett, "What are you doing here?"—he said, "It is my property, "—I said, "I know better"—he said, "I know who it belongs to, it belongs to Turner," and that he had leave to be there—I then asked him to go with me to Turner's—he said he would not go—he then put his hand into his pocket, and said, "What will you take to let me go?"—I said, I must either take him to Turner's, or to the station-house—he then sprang upon me, and caught hold of me by the stock, and I was thrown down several times by him—Clitherow was standing by, and had not spoken—Gossett called to him, "Take his rattle away from him"—I had one in my pocket, but I had not shown it—Clitherow said, "I will not, let the man alone"—Gossett said, "If you won't, you b———, you may cut, (meaning run,) if he does not let me go, will murder him"—after struggling some time, he struck me a violent blow on the nose, which obliged me to let go of my hold, and he attempted to escape by jumping over a bank out of the garden—he fell down in jumping over, which enabled me to come up with him—I took hold of him by the collar—he struck me several times about the body with his fist, and threw me down—I then got up and drew my staff out of my pocket, defending myself by striking him over the legs and arms, when he attempted to kick or hit me—I had not seen Clitherow from the time Gossett told him to go away, but while I was struggling with Gossett, he came up and took hold of me by the arm with one hand, and hold of my staff with the other—just at that time I heard a rattle spring, and supposing it to be Mr. Drewitt, a schoolmaster on the spot, I called to him to spring it again—I was then thrown down by the two prisoners with great violence, and Gossett commenced kicking me—he kicked me on the hand, and cut my thumb and two fingers—Clitherow then said, "Don't hit him any more, you have hit him enough"—Gossett then kicked me over the right eye—I called out, "Murder"—Gossett said, "You will halloo, will you?" and he then kicked me under the left eye—I then let go of my staff—I believe Gossett had hold of it at that time—he then hit me two violent blows on the head with it, while I was on the ground, and then ran away—in a few minutes I got up and pursued him, and overtook him—I was very close to him, but was so faint from the loss of blood, I was obliged to lean against a bank for support—Gossett seeing me there, turned back, and struck me a violent blow on the nose, which knocked me against the bank, and ran away—three young men met me, and led me part of the way to Mr. Teuish, a surgeon at Ho merton, who examined my wounds—I have never been on duty since—before this, Turner had told me to pay particular attention to his premises, they were so badly protected, not enclosed sufficiently to keep any body out—I saw no more of Gossett till the Monday morning, when he came to where I live, and said, "How came you to raise the report that it was me who ill-used you? I have come to clear myself, I can prove I was in bed and at home by one o'clock, and was not there"—Baker, a policeman, came in at the time to see how I was, and I gave Gossett into custody to him.
Cross-examined by MR. PHILLIPS. Q. How near is this place to Turner's house? A. Twenty or thirty yards—his house is in the middle of the same garden—I have since heard that Clitherow is a relation of Turner's—Gossett said he had Turner's leave to be there—they were gathering strawberries—it was broad daylight—I did not know them before—they had no weapon with them—Turner is a gardener, and occa sionally attends the markets I believe.
MR. PAYNE. Q. You wanted to take him to Turner's, though you did not go yourself? A. I did.
WILLIAM DREWITT . I am a schoolmaster, and live in Grove-street, Hackney, adjoining Turner's garden. On Sunday morning, the 23rd of July, a few minutes after four o'clock, hearing a noise outside my house I got out of bed, looked out of window, and saw the policeman struggling with a man opposite my house—another man was a few yards distant, and he ran up also to them, and then they appeared all struggling together—I then immediately got my rattle, went to the other door round an angle of my house where I could not see them, and sprang my rattle—I heard a voice, which I supposed to be Bowman, calling out to me to spring it again, which I did for a short time, and heard cries of "Murder" and blows—I dressed myself and went out, but the parties were then gone.
JOSEPH BAKER (police-constable N 207.) On Monday, the 24th of July, I was at Bowman's house—he was sitting in a chair in a very weak state—(he fainted as I left the room afterwards)—Gossett was sitting in a chair fronting him, and he gave him into my custody—on the way to the office Gossett told me he struck Bowman twice on the head with the truncheon, and if he had been aware Bowman had been beaten so badly, he would not have been taken into custody.
Cross-examined. Q. Have you always said Bowman fainted as you left the room? A. Yes—I told the clerk of it before the Magistrate.
FREDERICK EVANS TEUISH . I am a surgeon, and live at Homerton. On Sunday morning, the 23rd of July, Bowman was brought to my house—I examined him, and found several contused wounds on the head—two parcularly on the back of the head—a contused wound over the right eye, and a contusion under the left eye, but no wound there—that subsequently formed an abscess—two or three fingers of the right hand were lacerated, and the thumb—the body was very much bruised on both sides, but there was no fracture—I should say any man injured in so serious a way was in danger.
MR. PHILLIPS called
JOHN TURNER . I am a gardener, and live in a house in the garden in question—I know the prisoners well, and very respectable young men they are—Clitherow is a relation of my wife's—I desired the policeman to look to my premises, to prevent theft, as it is a bad fence—I did not inform him that I had given the prisoners leave to pick strawberries—I had given them both leave to give me a call whenever they liked, and they might pick fruit—Gossett has been in the habit of calling on me, and I have made an exchange with him for plants—I had given them leave to take a few straw berries at any time they liked—if I had gone out that morning and seen them doing it, I should not have thought it a felony—they would have been welcome.
MR. PAYNE. Q. Did you give any evidence before the Magistrate about this? A. I gave it in the same way—I swore before the Magis trate that I had given them leave—I was sworn by the same person who administered the oath to the others—I do not know whether what I said was taken down—there was a clerk, but when I was there the second time they told me I should not be wanted—I was examined the first time—I was summoned there by the police—I told the Magistrate I had no intention to prosecute, as there was no intent to rob—I did not give them permission to be there at midnight—why they were there so early I do
not know—but sometimes I am up at four o'clock in the morning, and whether they intended to pay me an early visit I cannot tell—I sometimes get up at four o'clock on Sunday morning—I did not give them leave to come and take fruit while we were in bed, but to give me a call when they chose—and when they called they might pick some strawberries.
MR. PHILLIPS. Q. Are you frequently up at four o'clock in the morn ing? A. Not frequently—about five—sometimes at four—I do not know whether Clitherow knew that—it was quite light at four o'clock.
JURY.Q. How did they get into your garden? A. I cannot say—my gate has no lock—I did not expect them to come at four o'clock in the morning—but many people walk out at that hour—my gate has only a slight hasp, and any body may go in—the garden gate is the proper entrance.
Prisoner Gossett. I was in the garden, and when the policeman came up to me, I told him I had permission from Turner to gather the strawberries, and I said, "If you come with me to Turner, you will see I had pemission to go there"—instead of which he said, "That story will not do for me, I will not take you to Mr. Turner, you shall go to the station-house"—he then took hold of my collar, and commenced dragging me towards the gate, to take me to the station-house—I said, "Why not go to the house?"—he refused to do so—I struggled to get towards the house, and he had just got me to the gate, when I got away from him, threw him down, and jumped over the bank—I fell down, and before I could get up, he came to me and struck me on the head with his staff—the blood poured down on my face—I have the cut on my head now, which I can show to your satisfaction—after that I begged him to let me alone, and I would go with him to the station-house—but he kept striking me over the hands, and legs, and arms—my friend came up and remonstrated with him, and told him he ought not to strike me in that manner—he kept striking me—I got his staff from him, and in the heat of passion, I struck him two or three blows on the head, and ran away for more than a quarter of a mile—he followed me over ditches and hedges, and came up to me in the mangel-wurzel field—it is all false about his standing against a bank, and I striking him—he came up to me in the field, and struck me himself—I accuse that police man of rank perjury.
WILLIAM BOWMAN re-examined. I have heard the prisoner's statement—it is not true—I begged him to go to Mr. Turner, and he refused—I am certain he never said, "Let us go to Mr. Turner, "or any thing like it—I said, "Come to Turner's, and if you will not go there, you must go to the station-house"—I had not touched him till I was seized by the stock—our stocks are stiff.
Prisoner Clitherow. What Gossett has said is true.
(John Stokes, plumber, Hackney; William Halford, furniture-broker, Grove-passage, Hackney; James M'Donald, linen-draper, Hackney; Charles Spencer, carpenter and builder, Hackney-grove; John Oakley, cordwainer. Hackney; and James Hanson, cow-keeper. Church-street, Hackney; deposed to the prisoner Gossett's good character.)
GOSSETT— GUILTY on the 3rd Count. Aged 23—Recommended to mercy by the Jury on account of his youth— Death recorded.
CLITHEROW— NOT GUILTY .
Third Jury, before Mr. Recorder.
CALEB ROBINSON . I live in Holborn, in the parish of St. Giles in the Fields—I rent the house—the shop is part of my dwelling-house. Aabout ten o'clock in the morning of the 11th of August, I heard an alarm—I went into my shop, and I saw Howell calling me out in a great hurry, saying a man had run out with a piece of cloth—I saw the prisoner with a piece of kerseymere on his shoulder, which is mine—I had seen it safe on the counter, not three minutes before.
Cross-examined by MR. DOANE. Q. Where did you see the prisoner? A. A few doors off.
WILLIAM HOWELL . I live in Stonecutter-street, Paddington. About ten o'clock in the morning, I was going down Holborn, and saw the prisoner, with two others, coming up Holborn—they passed me—the prisoner left his companions, looked across the road, and walked into the prosecutor's shop—I went to the shop window—the two others came up and looked me in the face very hard—I then crossed to the other window (it is a double shop) and I saw the prisoner leaning down to the counter, and raising the cloth on his shoulder—he walked out of the shop with it on his shoulder—I immediately gave an alarm, and ran after him—I collared him with it, and gave him to a policeman.
GUILTY . Aged 18—Recommended to mercy by the Prosecutor. Transported for Life.
First Jury, before Mr. Recorder.
1924. ARTHUR FRAY was indicted for stealing, on the 30th of July, 1 bottle, value 2d.; and 1 quart of Geneva; value 1s., the goods of Arthur Whellock, his master, in a barge, in a port of entry and discharge.
BENJAMIN FAIRFAX . I am a watchman of St. Katharine's Docks. On the evening of the 30th of July, I saw the prisoner with others in a craft belonging to Mr. Whellock—they got on the quay, and were walking towards the principal gate, when I saw one of them drunk—I asked the prisoner what he did in the craft?—he said he was employed by Mr. Whellock to watch the craft—I asked what he had to watch—he said, "Cheese"—I took him to the superintendent, who told me to search the craft—I went, and found it contained a case of fourteen bottles of Geneva—there were places for fifteen—I asked the prisoner for the key of the cabin—he gave it to me—I went and searched the cabin, and found an empty bottle, similar to those in the case—there was about a tea spoonful in it—the prisoner said he had broken the case open with another boy, who was with him, intending to take a little to drink, and put the rest back, but the other boy had drank it in his absence.
Cross-examined by MR. JONES. Q. Were his words, that he broke it open, or, that he took it? A. That he broke it open—I am pretty sure of that—I am not positive that I said so at the office—I might be mistaken in the words, but he said he had taken it, I am positive—he was not at all tipsy.
JOSEPH TAYLOR . The prisoner and three others were brought to me, and the empty bottle was produced—the prisoner said, voluntarily, that he had taken a bottle of gin ut of the case, and that if it had not been for
the other lad who was tipsy, it would not have been found out—the property belongs to Mr. Whellock—he has had to make the loss good.
Cross-examined. Q. Are you quite sure the prisoner said he had taken it? A. I am positive, and without any solicitation on my part—he said he took the bottle out of the case, divided it among the other boys who he had brought down, to give them a treat, and they drank it amongst them.
ROBERT SMITH . I am foreman to Mr. Arthur Whellock, a lighterman. He had a craft in St. Katharine's Dock, with a case of geneva—I gave the prisoner charge of the craft on Friday evening, with directions to watch it—Mr. Whellock was answerable for the cargo.
Cross-examined. Q. Is Mr. Whellock here? A. He is not in town—this is his prosecution—the prisoner was about three years in his employ, and if liberated, I would take him into my employ immediately—I have been foreman there twenty-three years—I have trusted him with thousands of property, and left money untold in my desk—I think he did this for a little luxury. NOT GUILTY .
1925. ELLEN SMITH was indicted for stealing, on the 30th of July, 1 watch, value 6l.; 1 seal, value 5s.; 1 watch-chain, value 1l.; and three half-crowns; the goods and monies of Joseph Lane, from his person.
JOSEPH LANE . I live in Harrison-street, Grays Inn-lane. I met the prisoner on Sunday morning, the 30th of July, between half-past three and half-past four o'clock, in company with another female—I went home with them to a house in Church-street—to the second floor—I was quite sober—I was in the room about half an hour altogether—the other woman was not present at the time—I sat down, and was dosing off to sleep—the pri soner thought I was asleep, and put her hand into my pocket, and took out 1s. 6d. and a pen-knife—she placed a chair across the bedstead—I felt the tug at my watch, and found the door shut and bolted all in a moment—I called out of window, but could get no attendance—the key of the door was turned on me as well—I burst the door open in about ten minutes, got out, and went to the station-house—an officer went with me to look at the place, but could not find the parties—he advised me to go to wards Covent-garden, and in Belton-street I met the prisoner, a man, and another woman—while I was looking for a policeman, they gave me the slip—I went to the station-house and gave information, and on returning to the room, I found all the furniture gone out of it, but an old bedstead—I can swear the prisoner is the person who took my watch—I saw her with it—a chair was put across the door-way to trip me up, and before I could pass it, the door was fastened on me—she shut the door, and hasped it, and then must have placed the padlock on it—it was done momentarily—I stumbled over the chair, and she shut the door before I could get up—she was on the other side of the chair—she had placed it so as to have a free passage to escape, and to trip me up with it—the place was not dark, but it was placed so near my feet I stumbled over it—I have never found the watch.
WILLIAM WILSON (police-constable E 12.) I took the prisoner into custody in the passage of the same house, about eleven o'clock—I told her I wanted her—she said, "I know what it is for, but I won't go"—I sent for another constable, and found 14s. 4d. on her, but no watch.
Prisoner. I said I did not know what it was for, and would not go with
him without he told me—he said he would tell me when I got to the station-house, and I walked there with him.
COURT. Q. What time was it when you had first information of this robbery? A. Near one o'clock—the people were going to church—I was at St. Giles's when the prosecutor came to me—there was one half crown among the money found on her.
JOSEPH LANE re-examined. I think it was about five o'clock in the morning when I gave notice of my loss—there were three half-crowns among my money—the prisoner was taken at nine o'clock in the morning—she was tipsy then—I value my watch at 6l.—it cost that four years ago, and the chain and seal 1l.
(The prisoner put in a written Defence, stating that she never saw the prosecutor till he gave her in charge—that a number of girls lived in the same house, and the money found on her was given her by a gentleman.)
JOSEPH LANE re-examined. I had come from Mr. Cubitt's, of Five fields, Chelsea, that night—the foreman and I had just parted, and it was in my way home—I was perfectly sober—when the prisoner was taken she mode great resistance—about fifty Irish got round, and she got liberated—had I not run to the station-house for assistance the policeman would have been killed—one woman got fourteen days imprisonment.
JURY. Q. How much had you drank that night? A. There was only one glass of gin and water and a pot of ale between four of us—Mr. Cubitt's foreman calls for me every Saturday night, and we go and spend the even ing together—we were at two public-houses—I am married—I was not asleep at this house; only dozing.
GUILTY . Aged 19.— Transported for Seven Years.
NEW COURT.—Saturday, August 19th, 1837.
Fifth Jury, before Mr. Sergeant Arabin.
GUILTY . Aged 30.— Confined One Month.
GUILTY. Aged 16.— Judgment Respited.
GUILTY . Aged 20.— Confined Six Weeks.
GUILTY .—Recommended to mercy by the Prosecutor.— Confined Six Months.
JOHN DAVIS . I am a carpenter, and live in Queen-street, Seven Dials. The prisoner was a stranger to me—he met me on the 6th of August, and solicited charity—he said he was very hungry, and had not eaten any thing that day—I gave him some bread and cheese, and part of a pint of beer, at the Black Horse, Queen-street, at half-past eight o'clock in the evening—he laid he wanted a night's lodging—I said I would pay for a bed, or part of one—we went to bed together at half-past nine o'clock—I was awoke in the morning, and the prisoner was gone, in a suspicious way—I looked over the bed, and missed my Blucher boots—I got up, and went and looked after the prisoner, and saw him running in King-street—he had just turned the corner of Queen-street—I called out, "Stop him"—he was stopped by a person, and the constable came to me with my boots—these are my boots.
ISAAC KEENE (police-sergeant F 2.) I heard a cry of "Stop thief" on the morning of the 7th, about half-past seven o'clock—I ran in the direction the prisoner ran, and picked up these boots—I took the prisoner—he acknowledged he dropped them.
GUILTY .* Aged 16.— Transported for Seven Years.
1931. WILLIAM JOHNSON was indicted for stealing, on the 4th of August, 1 pair of trowsers, value 9s.; 1 waistcoat, value 6s.; 10 keys, value 5s.; 1 stock, value 1s.; 2 seals, value 6d.; 1 pencil-case, value 6d.; 1 snuff-box, value 6d.; and 1 shirt, value 1s.; the goods of Joseph Hindley.
ELIZABETH HINDLEY . I am the wife of Joseph Hindley, of No. 7, Dorset-place, Market-square. I let lodgings—the prisoner inquired for a lodging on the 4th of August—I let him half a bed—there was another person in the bed with him—he went to bed about ten, and got up about half-past six o'clock, and went out with a bundle—he returned to break fast, and then left about half-past nine o'clock—I missed these things about twelve o'clock from the room where he had been—he was taken on Monday—part of the property was on him—this snuff-box is mine, and this pencil-case, and this shirt was in a drawer—the pencil-case and snuff box were in a box.
GUILTY . Aged 18.— Transported for Seven Years.
ARTHUR GRAVES . I am a print-seller and bookbinder. The prisoner was my errand-boy—he had been with me about three weeks—I missed fifteen or sixteen bottles, and about four quires of paper—I suspected the prisoner, and charged him with it—I told him it would be much better for him to tell me—the bottles and paper have not been found.
NOT GUILTY .
sixteen, who passed for her husband—she has said since he was not her husband—they took one room, at 4s. 6d. a week, on the 1st of July—I have received but one week's rent—they were there a month—they went without notice—I went into the room, and missed a candlestick and blanket—the prisoner was one of the performers at a Theatre—she told me she per formed at the Italian Opera—the man was in a situation.
(The prisoner in a written Defence stated, that she had taken the articles, being in distress, but intended to have redeemed them.
GUILTY . Aged 22.—Recommended to mercy by the Jury. Confined Six Days.
WILLIAM SIMPSON . I am in the employ of George Richard Tempany and another, at No. 22, Holles-street, Cavendish-square. The prisoner was a stranger—on the 17th of August, a little after three o'clock, I saw him come into the inner door, and deliberately pull a coat off the horse—I pursued him up Holles-street—he dropped the coat from under his frockcoat—I ran up Cavendish-square, and he went on to Union-street, where he was taken—I never lost sight of him—this is the coat—he was dressed in a blue frock-coat and velvet collar.
GUILTY .†Aged 20.— Transported for Seven Years.
1935. JOHN ALLIGAN was indicted for stealing, on the 6th of August, 20lbs. weight of lead pipe, value 2s., the goods of Thomas Steppings, and fixed to a certain building; against the Statute, &c.—2nd COUNT stating it to be the goods of George Cullam Marchant and others.
THOMAS STEPPINGS . I am a green-grocer, and live in Clare-market. I rent the house—George Cullam Marchant and others are the landlords—the lead pipe was all safe, fixed in the passage between the two kitchens, and on the 6th of August, about eight o'clock in the evening, I was sent for, as the water was running very fast—I went home, and in going down the stairs I met the prisoner with the pipe—I took him into custody—we have lost a great deal of pipe lately.
HENRY LAKE (police-constable F 103.) I was sent for, and took the prisoner, who was in the prosecutor's custody—I fitted the pipe with him—it fits exactly—it was in this sack, which the prisoner was carrying.
GUILTY .* Aged 53.— Transported for Seven Years.
JAMES GIBSON . I am a merchant. About eight o'clock in the evening of Thursday I was in Church-street, Shoreditch—Mr. Mordaunt called after me that my pocket had been picked—he had captured the prisoner—I put my hand into my pocket, and missed my handkerchief—I went into Shoreditch, found an officer, and gave him in charge.
EWER BUTTERY MORDAUNT . I was standing at ray door, in Church street, and on the opposite side of the way I saw the prosecutor, likewise the prisoner and another, who was a head taller—the other one lifted the prosecutor's coat tail, and took the handkerchief out of the pocket—he handed it to the prisoner, who put it under the flaps of his coat—the one
that committed the robbery ran away, but the prisoner walked on to go down Shoreditch—I crossed from my own door, and as he saw I was in the act of seizing him, he took the handkerchief and threw it towards me—it fell on the ground—I took it up, and took the prisoner—I then hallooed after the party who had lost it, and he went to get an officer—this is the handkerchief, as to colour, that I saw taken out of the prosecutor's pocket as he passed.
Cross-examined by MR. JONES. Q. Do you live in Church-street? A. Yes—I have lived there between four and five years, carrying on business for my father, who is a hatter—I saw the other person take the handker chief out of the gentleman's pocket, and hand it to the prisoner—he did not throw it to him—the prisoner was covering the person who committed the robbery—he was almost as near to him as a person could be to another, and he put it behind his back, and gave it him.
(The prisoner received a good character.)
GUILTY . Aged 18.— Confined Six Months.
MARY ANN HICKS . I am the wife of John Hicks, and live at No. 27, Church-street, Mile-end New-town. I let lodgings—the prisoner and his father lodged there for three weeks—a few days previous to this, the prisoner had been absent—I lost this candlestick from the next house, which belongs to my husband—the prisoner helped my husband in with the goods, consisting of old furniture—this candlestick was for the use of a lodger in the house—I found it in the prisoner's hat, upon going to speak to his father's character, who was in the station-house—this is the property—my husband was from home at the time.
Cross-examined by MR. PRENDERGAST. Q. He was lodging at your house? A. Yes—I let my rooms to respectable people by the week, and I have another lodging-house next door—I do not let them out for more than a week—I lost this candlestick on the Friday previous to the 31st of July—I knew where it had been—I have no more like it—this has a nut deficient, and it is burnt here—the prisoner was not on my premises when he was taken.
ANDREW DACEY (police-constable H 94.) I was taking the prisoner on another charge, and found this candlestick in his hat—I asked him how he came by it—he said he gave 1s. for it up at the west-end that day.
Cross-examined. Q. Was he lodging with his father? A. His father told me he had lodged with him, but he misbehaved himself, and he had forbiden him the place.
Prisoner. I was in Scotland at that time.
MR. PRENDERGAST. Q. Are you sure he is the person? A. I am positive, and the turnkey will certify the same—he is a witness that the prisoner was sent to the House of Correction—the prisoner was tried by the name of Matthew Ryan—I cannot spell it—I cannot read—I will swear he was tried by the name of Ryan—I will not swear it was not Ryant.
GUILTY . Aged 18.— Transported for Fourteen Years.
(There was another indictment against the prisoner.)
CHARLES SMITH . I am in the employ of Mr. William Henry Thomas, who keeps a shoe-shop in High-street, Shadwell. The prisoner and another came there about five o'clock in the afternoon on the 8th of August—one asked for a pair of shoes, and while I was serving, the prisoner put a pair under her shawl—I was absent from them a short time—I then missed the shoes, and asked the prisoner whether she had got any shoes—she said she had not—I was sure she had, and I found them under her shawl—these are men's shoes—they asked for women's shoes.
Prisoner. I am a dealer in Petticoat-lane, and I went with this young woman to take a walk, and she asked me to go and buy a pair of shoes—she went in, and I with her; and in coming out he stopped me, and said I meant to rob him of a pair that were down half a yard behind me—he sent for a policeman, and took me.
JURY to CHARLES SMITH. Q. Did you take them from her person? A. Yes, they were not on the floor—she denied having any shoes.
GUILTY .* Aged 18.— Transported for Seven Years.
1939. THOMAS PRESTON was indicted for stealing, on the 3rd of November, 1 coat, value 1l.; 2 tablecloths, value 8s.; 1 cloak, value 3l.; 6 spoons, value 18s.; and 1 cravat, value 4s.; the goods of John Watts, his master.
ELIZABETH WATTS . I am the wife of John Watts, who is independent. The prisoner was in my service—he came about the latter end of October, and left on the 3rd of November, without giving notice—these things were missed when he went away; I went down into the kitchen to where he should have been, and he was gone.
Cross-examined by MR. PHILLIPS. Q. Did you not tell the prisoner you had nothing more for him to do? A. No, I did not—I did not pay him 1s. 9d., the residue of his wages, when he left—I was to give him 2s. a week, and to clothe and board him—he was not a week with me—I did not pay him—I believe he asked me for 1s.—I believe I paid him 1s.—I will swear it was not 1s. 9d.—I had a young man of the name of Lintot taken up, in consequence of the prisoner taking this property out of the house.
COURT. Q. The amount of what you lost was 5l. 8s.? A. That is what we found, but we lost a great deal more.
BRIDGET WELCH . I was housemaid to Mr. Watts at that time. On the 3rd of November the prisoner was their servant—I saw him come into the kitchen, and wash up some tea-spoons—he asked me where he should put them—I told him into the drawer—I then went up stairs, and was very busy—when I came down the prisoner was gone—I looked into the drawer, and the spoons were gone.
WILLIAM CHARLES GREYGOOSE . I am an apprentice to Mr. Basset, a pawnbroker, in Great Queen-street, Lincoln's Inn-fields. I have two tablecloths—I cannot say by whom they were pawned—I did not take them in—I wrote the ticket—I am sure the prisoner is not the person.
Cross-examined. Q. Did you see a chap of the name of Lintot who was taken? A. I did not see him—I am sure the prisoner is not the person.
THOMAS SOPER (police-sergeant F 6.) I had been looking for the pri soner ever since the 3rd of November—I met withhim on the 26th of July, in Long Acre, and asked him if his name was not Preston—he said, "No, Johnson"—I said, "Did you not live with Mr. Watts, of No. 4, Arundel-street, Strand?"—he said, "No, never"—I said, "I think you did"—he then said he had—I then asked him about a coat and other things—he said, "I know what you mean about the coat, but I know nothing of the robbery."
Cross-examined. Q. You were before the Magistrate? A. Yes—what I said was taken down, and I signed it—I have told the same story to-day as I told before the Magistrate, except that the ticket of the coat was given me by the prisoner's mother—I am certain of that—I told the Magistrate, that after denying he lived there, he acknowledged it, and I believe it was taken down—he denied that he lived there, till he got to the station-house—I told the clerk that—I cannot tell whether it was read over to me.
MRS. WATTS. This coat is the property of a gentleman-lodger—it was in our house—these table-cloths are mine—the residue of the property is lost entirely—I missed it about half an hour after the prisoner had left.
MR. PHILLIPS. Q. What was the name of the lodger? A. Mr. John Woodward—he was living in the house at the time.
GUILTY . Aged 20.— Transported for Seven Years.
WALTER PECK. I am the son of Thomas Peck. On the 6th of this month I went and bathed in the Wenlock Baths, and paid 6d.—I put my trowsers into my box—I had a silk handkerchief in my trowser's pocket—I did not see the prisoner there—when I had done, my handkerchief was gone—I gave information to George Hull, and afterwards saw my hand kerchief again—this is it.
Cross-examined by MR. PAYNE. Q. Had you any thing else in your pocket? A. Yes—some money—that I found all safe—one corner of the handkerchief is a little discoloured—I have no doubt about this being mine—I saw it about a quarter of an hour after I missed it—I had had it on all day—I am quite sure I had it when I was in the box—I did not use it.
GEORGE HULL . I live in the Wenlock-road, and am an assistant in the Baths. The prosecutor complained to me about losing his handkerchief—I went after the prisoner—he had been in the bath—he had got as far as the Eagle Tavern, when I came up and followed him till I saw a police man, and he took him—he found this handkerchief in his pocket.
Cross-examined. Q. Was any thing said at the time? A. I did not pay any attention—the policeman asked him what he had got, and took this from him—he said the handkerchief was his own.
JOHN GREEN (police-constable N 214.) I took the prisoner, and found the handkerchief in his trowser's pocket—he pulled it out himself—I asked him twice who it belonged to—he said, "To me, whose do you think it is?"—I said, "You must come back with me"—in going to the station-house, he said, "Don't say I said it was mine, or it will go hard with me."
Cross-examined. Q. Did he say any thing about having picked it up? A. He said various things—that he had picked it up, and a boy gave it him—he said before the Magistrate that he found it, that he asked several boys about it, and he considered it was his—there was one other boy with him, who was taken, but was discharged.
(The prisoner received a good character.)
GUILTY . Aged 16.—Recommended to mercy by the Jury. Confined Three Weeks.
MESSRS. PHILLIPS and CLARKSON conducted the Prosecution. JOSEPH NORBURY. I am an assistant in the house of Messrs. Charles Flower Murfin and Dry, at Nos. 97 and 98, Tottenham Court-road. On the 17th of August, about eight o'clock, I was at breakfast, and was called by a person of the name of Lawrie—I went into the shop, and there saw the prisoner—I had frequently seen him at the shop before, and I had known him by the name of Hall—I went to him, and said, "Good morning, Mr. Hall, have you been to Covent Garden-market?"—he said, "No"—I said, "You have got some lavender there"—he said, "Yes"—I walked with him to the door, when he had got what he wanted, and then I said, "Mr. Hall, I want to say a word to you; one of our young men tells me you have got two cards of lace done up with the lavender; walk up with me, I should like to be satisfied"—in going up stairs, he said to me, "Mr. Nor bury"—I said, "What?"—he said, "I have something, don't say any thing about it"—when I got up stairs I undid the parcel, and found two cards of Blonde-lace, eighty-two yards in the whole, worth between 3l. and 4l.—he said, "Don't say any thing about it"—I said, "I must name it to Mr. Dry, he may do as he pleases about it."
JOHN HICKFORD LAWRIE . I am shopman to the prosecutors. On the 17th of August I was in the shop, and saw the prisoner take two cards of Blonde-lace, lay the lavender on them, and then screw it up—I went to Mr. Norbury, and told him he had got two cards of lace—he had brought the lavender with him—he rolled the lavender and lace up in two pieces of brown paper—these are the two cards of lace—I had been observing the prisoner for about a month or five weeks—there is a gentleman of the name of Craven, a shopman there.
Prisoner. Q. Don't you think that the lace might be wrapped up by accident, in the number of sheets of paper I took? Witness. Impossible.
WILLIAM CRAVEN . I am shopman to the prosecutors. I remember the prisoner coming, he purchased some quilling and nett—he paid for them—he asked to see some blondes, and I showed him a box of them—he looked them over, and said they would not do—after that, he asked for three yards of nett, which I sold him—he asked to see some ribbon wire—I had occasion to leave him and the box, to get the ribbon wire from the warehouse at the back—upon my return, he said the ribbon wire would not do—he had purchased ribbon wire before, and he knew that I should have to go to the warehouse to get it.
Prisoner. Q. What was the reason the ribbon wire would not do? Do you recollect the observation I made, and which you admitted your self? Witness. You said it was not the right sort.
Prisoner. No; I said it was very dirty.
Prisoner's Defence. I beg to say, that it really was as I represented—I bought some lavender coming along, of a boy in the street—I came to the shop, and asked for a piece of brown paper, or rather took a piece of paper from the end of the counter, and not finding one piece large enough, I took three different pieces—I laid them on the counter, and put my lavender down on it—I then asked for the box of blondes, and they were put before me—I threw them out carelessly on the counter, to see if there was the pattern I wanted—I threw these two cards on the counter, and it would appear from one of the witnesses that I picked up the lavender and threw it on the blonde—now I do not recollect the circumstance, but it might be so—I rolled the whole up together, but it was by mistake—as to the observation made, the shopman came and asked me to go up stairs with him, which I readily did, and in going up stairs I found I had something in the paper, and I begged him to say nothing about it.
(John Russell gave the prisoner a good character.)
GUILTY . Aged 36.— Transported for Seven Years.
(The witness Lawrie stated, that on searching the prisoner's house £20 worth of the prosecutor's property was found.)
SARAH HARRIS . I am a widow, and let ready-furnished lodgings. I let a lodging to the prisoners as man and wife, about two months ago—they were to pay me 5s. 6d. a week—they paid regularly all but the last week—they did not go away—they would not allow me to go into their room, they would keep the door locked—I had a suspicion something was gone, and the female prisoner said there was nothing gone—I pushed her on one side and went in, and missed these things—the man was a bootmaker, and had constant work—they were not in distress—this is my property.
Jeremiah Mahoney's Defence. I was very bad with the rheumatism in both shoulders, and her rent I paid regularly, but this Saturday night I was too late to get my money.
Sarah Mahoney's Defence. She borrowed a loaf of bread of me, and told me to take the iron and pawn it, and get the money—she told me to pledge the bolster for 2s., and she asked what I got, I told her 2s.—she said I might as well give her 1s., I said, "No," and then she brought a policeman, and I took out a lot of my tickets, she offered to buy the ticket of a feather bed from me, and I said it was very late that night, I would get it out on Monday; she took the ticket and I have not had it since—I told her I would get her her things on the Monday—she says she is a widow, but she is a married woman, her second husband's name is Barry.
SARAH MAHONEY.— GUILTY . Aged 27— Confined Three Months.
JEREMIAH MAHONEY.— NOT GUILTY .
1943. JAMES LARKEN was indicted for stealing, on the 17th of May, 37 candlesticks, value 38l.; 6 pairs of bottle-stands, value 9l. 10s.; 3 snuffer-trays, value 2l. 19s.; 2 pairs of snuffers, value 13s.; 2 toast racks, value 1l. 12s.; and 1 silver case, value 10s.; the goods of Richard Reading, his master; to which he pleaded
GUILTY . Aged 24.—Recommended to mercy by the Prosecutor.
Confined One Year.
1944. JOHN HAGAR was indicted for stealing, on the 14th of August, 2 fore-part irons, value 8s.; 1 seat-iron, value 1s.; 1 pump-iron, value 4d.; 3/4 lb. weight of leather, value 1s.; 1 pair of lasts, value 6d.; and 1 ball of thread, value 2d.; the goods of Richard Tuffrey, his master.
RICHARD TUFFREY . I am a master shoemaker. The prisoner was in my employ—I had reason to suspect him on the 4th of August, and I asked if he knew of any irons that were in my seat-drawer—he said "No"—there was nothing more passed—in consequence of information from my boy's father, I took an officer and searched his room—I knew that he lodged there, because the boy that worked with me lodged in the same place—I found there these articles and these shoes—these are my property—journeymen do not take home these articles to work.
Cross-examined by MR. DOANE. Q. Was it not the habit for this man to work for you at his own lodgings? A. Occasionally it was—it is not an uncommon thing in our trade—there is no such thing as a current account for work done at home, except on Sunday morning—there was no account for leather—there was for a pair of shoes for himself, which he made up on his own premises—these are my property—they are of no great value—it was in consequence of a communication made by North, that I found these things—I do not know that he was angry because a charge had been made—I told North I would give him a shilling if he would return me the irons—the prisoner had not used these articles in his trade, because he could not finish work at all—these are tools I was not constantly in the habit of using, and I kept them in my bottom seat drawer—I have heard he was a soldier—I do not know in what regiment—I missed these at different times—I first missed the fore-part iron—the lasts were then safe—I cannot swear that they were all taken at one time.
COURT. Q. Might they have been all taken at once? A. Yes.
MR. DOANE. Q. Have you not sworn that when the iron was gone you had the lasts safe? A. Yes—I missed this iron on the 18th of July—I wanted it particularly for some work—I found it on the prisoner—he came to work with it—he brought it for the purpose of concealing it, so that I might find it accidentally—I had asked him about the iron, and he said the boy had pledged it—he left a watch behind him—I have not given him the watch—I have had no one come for it—it is at home.
Hewlett. The prisoner was to take out bills on my account, and bring the money back—on the 22nd of July I sent him out with linen and bills, and on the 26th he received the money I think—I asked him if he had received the money of Mr. Ginger, the Bull Inn, in Bishopsgate-street, which was 1l. 6s. 3 1/2 d.
ANN TAYLOR . I live in the family of Mr. Ginger, of the Bull Inn. The prosecutrix washes for me—the prisoner came and brought the bills on the following week that it was due—I paid him 1l. 6s. 3 1/2 d.—he gave me no receipt—I have not been in the habit of taking a receipt, but I paid the money on account of his mistress.
MRS. HEWLETT re-examined. He never accounted to me for this—on the Wednesday I asked him, he said he was not paid—on the Saturday he said so again, and after that I sent my daughter, and was informed it was paid.
Prisoner. I acknowledge receiving the money.
(The prisoner received a good character.)
GUILTY . Aged 29.—Recommended to mercy by the Prosecutrix. Confined Three Months.
WILLIAM KEMP . I am a bricklayer. I know the house No. 10, Frederick-place—it is not inhabited, but there are goods in it—it belongs to William Gray—I was at work on some premises at the back, on the 9th of August—I had left a tool behind, and went to the back wall to get it—I was going to get over the wall, when I heard a noise at No. 10, as if people were in it, and it struck me that there was some one stealing out the goods—I saw no one come out of the house—I went directly to get assistance, and ran to my master's house—after I went round to get assistance, I got the collector at the front door, and went round to the back, and there were two persons running away—I did not take them, but they were taken half an hour afterwards—I did not see their faces—one of them had a coat on his arm, the other had a flannel jacket on—the prisoner was taken without a coat—they had both thrown their coats off in the chase—after they were taken, I went into the house of No. 10, and saw window sashes in the kitchen, which had been removed—the other sashes had been began to be bored—I have the other halves—the boy Nightingale was with me.
Cross-examined by MR. DOANE. Q. How many sashes did you see in the kitchen? A. A pair—two halves—they were taken from the front parlour—Mr. Gray is a publican, and principal collector of Calvert's, the brewer's house—I am certain these are Mr. Gray's—I have lived seven or eight years in one of his houses—this house had no person living in it.
JOSHUA NIGHTINGALE . Kemp came to me, and said there was a noise in the house, and I remained in the yard—he said, "Stop there, and I will go and get some assistance"—I saw two men come and get over the wall—they had their coats on then—they pulled off their coats in Philpot-street
—I followed them—they ran, and when they pulled their coats off, one threw his coat down, the other carried it on his arm—they ran down the Commercial-road—I was pretty near when they got over the wall—I am quite certain the prisoner was one—I followed them into East Smithfield—there the prisoner was taken—the other man I lost sight of.
Cross-examined. Q. Had you ever seen this man before? A. No—they were not above a minute getting over the wall—I have not the least doubt this was one of the men—there are three empty houses—this was No. 10.
WILLIAM FRYER . I live in the Commercial-road. I saw the two men come up Essex-street, this boy was in pursuit of them—he crossed to the policeman, and then I went to the boy—I pursued and caught the prisoner in East Smithfield.
JOHN FOX . I work for Mr. Gray. I went to No. 10, the same morning—last Wednesday week, just after this happened, I found a light burning on the mat—one sash was broken out, and one was carried to the back place, and the door was bolted top and bottom—I saw that the sashes had been cut out.
Cross-examined. Q. What! the glass cut out? A. No, the frames cut from the lines, and the lines tied in a knot—I cannot say how lately I had been in the room—it may be a fortnight or more, and then I saw the windows right—I found these things in the garden—a gimlet and some other things.
ROBERT WALLACE (police-constable H 83.) On the 9th of August, I was going down the Commercial-road, this lad came to me, and gave information—I pursued the prisoner and another to East Smithfield, where he was taken by Fryer.
(The prisoner received a good character.)
GUILTY . Aged 21.— Confined Six Months.
RICHARD WILLIAM MUSGROVE . I am in the service of William James Stevenson, a hosier and linen-draper in Ratcliff Highway. On the 14th of August I missed some stockings—I then watched, and saw the two prisoners come and cut five pairs down—they were joined by four bakers, and walked towards the Crooked billett—they then returned, after parting with the bakers, and took three of the five which they had cut before—I had lost four pairs before, that day—a young man ran out and brought the prisoners into the shop—I ran out, and took up the stockings which I saw drop from them—these are the stockings.
Brickell's Defence. Having no work, I went to take a walk, and met Green—we saw two young men who asked us to have some ale, which we did, and when we left them, we passed the prosecutor's shop, when two or three young men came out, and accused us of cutting some stockings from the door, just before we went to drink with the young men—they took us to the station-house, and found nothing on us—next morning they produced a pair of stockings, which they said we had cut, but we had no scissors about us—I stopped to look at some carpetting in the prosecutor's window, but did not see any stockings.
BRICKELL*— GUILTY . Aged 20.
GREEN*— GUILTY . Aged 19.
Transported for Seven Years.
1948. FREDERICK BECK and WILLIAM PATTERSON were indicted for stealing, on the 15th of April, 3 shifts, value 12s.; 1 pair of stays, value 8s.; 8 gowns, value 1l. 18s.; 2 petticoats, value 14s.; 2 1/2 yards of silk, value 5s.; 1 1/4 yard of velvet, value 7s.; 9 handkerchiefs, value 1l. 4s.; 3 aprons, value 9s.; 5 pairs of stockings, value 13s.; 12 napkins, value 9s.; 2 pairs of gloves, value 3s.; 6 yards of lace, value 12s.; 4 caps, value 12s.; 3 collars, value 5s.; 1 fan, value 1s.; 1 jug, value 15s.; 4 glass tumblers, value 10s.; 3 wine-glasses, value 1s.; 2 salt cellars, value 8s.; 1 pepper-castor, value 5s.; 1 pair of sugar tongs, value 2s.; 5 plates, value 1s.; 4 cups, value 1s.; 1 saucer, value 1s.; and 5 aprons, value 10s.; the goods of Mary Roberts.
MR. PRICE conducted the Prosecution.
MARY ROBERTS . Previous to 1835, I left two trunks with a friend of mine, of the name of Brown—there were some gowns, a pair of stays, and other things in them, worth 10l.—I called on Miss Brown for it, about six months ago—the trunk was not forthcoming—I had not seen it from the time it went into Miss Brown's possession—part of the property is in Court.
JANE BROWN . I am single, and live with my brother in Crutched Friars. Two trunks were left in my care—the prosecutrix called repeatedly, but never asked for the trunks—she called last Wednesday week—the boxes were there, but the contents were not—when I was informed that the boxes were broken open, I sent to her master to let her know—I applied to the prisoners, who were my brother's men—he is a baker—they were in his employ at the time—these trunks were put into the cellar, when the house was under repair—I accused these men of breaking open the boxes—one or both said that they had done so—they were not together when I asked them—each of them confessed they had broken open the boxes—they said they had taken the contents away, and they would return them—they did not tell me what the contents were—they brought part of the contents back, and they are here in the custody of the officer—Beck brought me a bundle containing the things—the other said he never took any thing out of the house, and I never saw him bring back any thing, but be acknowledged he broke open the boxes—he said he knew they were in the cellar.
Cross-examined by MR. BODKIN. Q. There had been some dispute about a baker's club? A. Yes, and this had been noised abroad—they were articles of female dress—I never had any of them.
MR. PRICE. Q. Did you at any time see part of a silk gown? A. I do not know.
WILLIAM SHIN (police-constable N 210.) In consequence of in formation, I apprehended Beck on the 9th of August—I told him I wanted him on a charge of felony—he said he would acknowledge it if he was com mitted—he said he took the goods and he had returned them.
Cross-examined. Q. Did he say any thing about why he took them? A. He said they had taken them, supposing they belonged to a person who owed them money.
HENRY DUBOIS (police-sergeant N 14.) I took Patterson on the 10th of August—I informed him for what, and asked if he knew a man of the name of Beck—he said he did—I said, he was in custody for breaking open some boxes, and I wanted him for the same thing—he said going along, "I did ask Beck to go and look at the boxes, and we broke them open, "but we supposed they belonged to a man that owed us something.
house—I was going to the cellar for some coals, but did not go in—I had my feet on the door, but I heard some body there, and I came back again.
MR. BODKIN to JANE BROWN. Q. Did you meet Beck with these things in his hand? A. No, I did not, neither of them—Beck brought back a bundle, at seven o'clock in the evening, containing a few rugs, some towels, pieces of velvet, and other things—the boxes had been there some time before I missed any thing—I do not know whether they were locked—I desired a letter to be written to be sent to the bakers' club—my brother wrote it—it contains the truth—these men had been employed some months, and bore the best of characters—they brought the things back upwards of two months before the policeman took them—one remained on the premises, the other went away—I could not make a charge against them, as I did not know what they had taken—it turned out that Beck was led into an error by Patterson, telling him that Woolley, who was a former lodger, owed him a few shillings—all these things were returned.
MR. PRICE. Q. Where did you get the butter and cheese plates which were delivered to the policeman? A. One Sunday night, when I was cleaning up the house, they were in the drawer of my brother's bed-room, up stairs—Patterson had left a bundle in the house to take away—I undid it, and took out the butter-plate and cheese-plate.
COURT to MARY ROBERTS. Q. Have you got any other property but what is here? A. No—I have lost to the amout of 10l.—this is part of a silk gown of mine that was in my trunk. (The prisoners received good characters.)
BECK— GUILTY . Aged 22.
PATTERSON— GUILTY . Aged 18.
Recommended to mercy by the Jury.
Confined Six Months.
GUILTY . Confined Six Months.
Sixth Jury, before Mr. Common Sergeant.
MR. PRENDERGAST conducted the Prosecution.
GEORGE HOBBY (police-constable E 129.) I had an oven some time ago—I saw it last in the vault of No. 90, Cromer-street, about March last—I cannot say the day—I obtained leave from Mrs. Norris that it should be there three or four years ago—it was in three or four or five pieces—I was induced, in consequence of information, to go down into the vault and see if it was there, about the latter end of June—it was not there then—I saw nothing of it till last Thursday morning, when I saw it in possession of Gill, the marine-store dealer—I knew it to be the iron which I had left safe, in March, in Norris's vault—I had not given authority to the prisoner or any one else to remove it—I spoke to the pri soner upon the subject about the latter end of June—he was repairing the outside of the house No. 90, Cromer-street—I asked him if he knew any thing of the iron in the vault—he said he knew nothing about it—I had missed it the same morning—I asked him no more.
Cross-examined by MR. PHILLIPS. Q. What were you before you were a policeman? A. A baker—at the time I took these premises I was a policeman—I merely went as a lodger—I took part of the premises—I asked permission of Mrs. Norris to leave this iron in a box—Mr. Norris is here—I have had intercourse with him—I have employed the solicitor in this case myself—that I swear.
COURT. Q. Has Mr. Norris seen the solicitor? A. Not that I know of.
MR. PHILLIPS. Q. What is the solicitor's name? A. Webber, and I have made myself answerable to him for the costs of this prosecution—I do not believe there were any marks on this iron—there was no one pre sent when I had this conversation with the prisoner.
JOHN NORRIS . I am landlord of the house No. 90, Cromer-street. There was a quantity of iron in the vault—I remember the prisoner being employ ed there to repair and clean out a drain—I took him into the cellar to point out the road the drain ran, and as I was walking back he put his hand on the iron, and said, "Who does this belong to?"—I said, "I cannot tell you—yes, I can, "says I; but I did not mention the name—I said, "That is no thing to the purpose"—I showed him the drain, and left him—I cannot tell whether it was the next morning, or one or two after, that the report was brought to me that the iron was gone, but in consequence of what my wife said I went down to see Mullins, and said, "Where is the iron that was in the vault?"—he said, "I have used it for the drain"—I said, "You should not have done that;" and I believe I said, "By God, it don't belong to me, it belongs to another person"—I added, also, that he must take it up again—he said, "Very well," and I left him—I did nothing further at that time—this appears to have been on the 4th of April—I was in a bad state of health, and in the latter end of that month I went to Hastings for three weeks—I took no particular notice of the iron myself, only that it bears some resemblance to this; but whether it is this or not I cannot tell—I scraped away, and found the iron was not there, only bricks and stones.
Cross-examined by MR. CLARKSON. Q. Who is the prosecutor of this indictment? A. Hobby—I have nothing at all to do with it—I merely advised the prosecutor to bring it, about six, seven, or eight weeks ago—I am not indebted a shilling to the prisoner that I know of—I have not offered to pay him any money—I have received a bill for work done, and the prisoner has brought an action—Mr. Webber is the attorney defending it—I cannot tell when this was—I have never offered to pay the sum of 7l. and a fraction—I offered Kent to settle it between us before this indictment—I recommended Hobby to go to Mr. Webber—I have called on Webber once before to day—I do not know when it was—I cannot say how long I have employed the prisoner to do work at my house, perhaps a couple of years—I cannot say how many bills I have had—I have received many from the prisoner—I have made deductions in his bills—I have paid him many bills without making any deduction—many impositions were attempted, but I did not pay them, but yet I would employ him again—I am the owner of some houses, large and small—I was an upholsterer formerly, in Mortimer-street, Cavendish-square—I have charged no boys with being felons—I have got what evidence I could to serve Hobby in this prosecution—I have taken no boy into custody—there was a boy in custody—I do not know him—I believe he is called Clarke—I cannot tell whether he was examined as a witness against the prisoner—he was asked questions—I believe Mr. Webber
was present—I was present, but cannot tell what the nature of the examination was—upon the oath I have taken I never put a farthing into Clarke's hand in my life; nor a sixpence, nor a coin of any kind—Hobby never gave him any money to my knowledge—neither Hobby nor I ever gave him 2d.—I heard of it, and who the person was—the boy said so, but I do not know who the boy said gave him the money—what made it catch my ear better was, he bought twopenny-worth of pudding—I do not know what it was for—I think the prisoner was gone—I think it was after the Magistrate had done taking the depositions—the boy did not say he had 2d. given him for the purpose of inducing him to say what was not true—he said somebody gave him 2d., and he bought pudding with it—there was a dealer in marine-stores produced where this iron was found—his name was Gill—I never charged the prisoner with any thing but taking the iron out of the cellar—I suspected him—I have no know ledge of charging him with having taken any thing but this iron at the station-house—I never charged him with stealing any window-frames—I desired him to bring them to my house, which he did—Mr. Hobby did not charge the prisoner at the station-house, in my presence, with stealing one of my window-frames—I did not hear it—there was no person of the name of Wooller produced before the Magistrates to my knowledge—a person of the name of Wooller was produced before the Magistrate to prove upon his being charged with taking a frame, which I said was mine, and which was not—a bill of 37l. was delivered to me by the prisoner, out of which he had had 20l. about four or five weeks ago, or perhaps more—I know a man of the name of Davies—I will swear I did not tell his eldest son that the prisoner had made a most extravagant demand on me for work done—I never talked to him but once in my life—to the best of my know ledge I never said so—I cannot charge my memory—I will swear I never said the prisoner had been using old iron belonging to me, or words to that effect—I will swear I did not say he had been using this old iron, and refused to make me one farthing deduction—I really do not believe I told Davies's son that the prisoner had made a most extravagant demand upon me for work done—I will swear to the best of my knowledge I never did—I will swear I never said that I had offered the prisoner, or his servants, 7l. for a compensation for the bill—I did not state that he refused to take it—I will swear I did not say that in consequence of his not accepting the same, he should have reason to repent it—I did not desire Davies's son to tell the prisoner this—I was ready to pay him the 7l.—I said to him I had offered to submit any differences there was between us to the management of his own shopmate—I did not say one word about 7l.—I said he should have no more from me—I meant no more work—I did not say if he did not have that he should have something worse—I cannot tell the amount of the bill I had before this—I cannot tell how many bills I have received from him.
MR. PRENDERGAST. Q. You lived in Mortimer-street, Cavendish square? A. Yes, I was an upholsterer there about eighteen or twenty years—I live now at No. 21, Compton-street, Brunswick-square—I have only assisted this prosecution as a witness—I have not made any other statement than what is true.
WILLIAM MORSON . I live at No. 90, Cromer-street, and am fourteen years old. That house belongs to Mr. Norris—when the drain was repaired by Mullins I saw him take some iron out of the cellar, and put it on the boy's shoulders, and tell him to take it up stairs—Mullins was in the cellar,
and he went up with him—I do not know how many pieces there were—I did not look at the iron—I saw it was iron—I cannot tell what size it was—the boy carried it up stairs, and the prisoner went with him into the street—I think it was a large piece—I only told my mother of it.
Cross-examined by MR. PHILLIPS. Q. Would you know the boy upon whose shoulders you saw the iron put? A. No, I only saw his back—there is a boy outside, I do not know whether that is him—I have talked to him—he is coming as a witness—I did not ask him that—I was not talking to him about this trial—I was talking to him about nothing—I do not know a gentleman of the name of Webber—I see a gentleman here laughing at me—I do not know him—I gave my evidence that I was to be examined about to-day to that gentleman—he took it down in writing—he did not tell me who he was—I did not ask his name—I did not tell him what I had to swear—I went before a set of gentlemen, and gave evidence—that gentleman took me there—I was at Hatton-garden before Mr. Laing—my mother went with me, and Mr. Norris too—we talked about the iron and the case in going to the office—there was another little boy at Hatton-garden, who said he got the twopence—the prisoner was present, and Mr. Norris and the policeman—Mr. Norris heard him give his evidence about the twopence—he spoke loud enough for all the people to hear him—that is the little boy I saw outside to-day—his name is Clark.
MR. PRENDERGAST. Q. You went to Hatton-garden, and told this story before? A. Yes, I have been before the Grand Jury—I did not go up stairs, it was a woman—they did not let me in—I never gave any account before to-day in this place—I never said any thing in this Court till now—I said nothing that any gentleman took down—I only heard Clark say that he had twopence—I did not hear him say what he did with it—another policeman gave him twopence—I do not know his name—I did not see this gentleman at the time I went up to the Grand Jury.
MARY SWEENEY . I live in Great Riley-street, Cromer-street. I know the prisoner at the bar—I have lived in Riley-street three years—in April, I saw the prisoner come out of the next house, No. 90, with a boy who carried some iron—they turned to the left, towards Judd-street—it was a small piece of flat iron, part of an oven—I could see enough of it to undertake to say it was part of an oven—I can suppose that the iron I have seen here is the very same piece—I saw it in this Court, and in the police-office—Mr. Pitchford had it.
WILLIAM PITCHFORD (police-constable E 25.) In consequence of some formation, I went to the house of a person of the name of Gill, and got some iron—the prosecutor went with me—he pointed out some iron, which he brought away—this is it—we took the prisoner into custody in Ton bridge-street, about six o'clock in the morning of the 9th—I made him no promise or threat—I told him I wanted him, he must go with me to the station-house—he said, "What for?"—I said, "That is best known to yourself"—"Oh!" says he, "I judge what for, it is about that case of Mr. Norris and Hobby"—I said, "I believe it is"—he said, "I have been keeping out of the way on account of it; I have known this some time; I expected it would come to this"—that was all he said to me.
Cross-examined by MR. PHILLIPS. Take one of these little bits of iron in each of your hands. Witness. I should not think a boy could carry them—I cannot take one in each of my hands—I have seen the boy Clark, on whose shoulders they were supposed to be—he is here to-day—I never gave him twopence—I have known Mr. Hobby ever since I have been in
the police—I was drinking with him a very little while ago, about three or four o'clock, and I was in a public-house at ten o'clock—I was in a public-house with him yesterday—I went to look for him—sometimes we are placed there to look for one another—I did not drink every time, or I should have made myself tipsy—I do not recollect being with him on Thursday—I have seen the boy Clark here to-night—the solicitor charged me with giving him twopence—I never heard the boy say so—all I heard was from Mr. Jones.
MR. PRENDERGAST. Q. Did you give him twopence? A. I did not—nor did any body, that I know of—we are obliged to go with witnesses to the public-house to keep them together.
GILL. I keep a marine-store shop at No. 63, Cromer-street, Gray's Inn-lane. I remember the policeman Pitchford taking possession of some iron at my shop with Hobby—he described what he wanted—I showed him what I had, that I thought was like it, and he took it away—I have had possession of that, I think about six months—I did not make any entry of it—I supposed it came from Mr. Norris—the man that brought it told me so—it was a short man with a light coloured dress, all over white-wash and dirt; and the iron was in a very dirty condition—the iron I delivered up to Hobby and Pitchford was what I received of this person—I did not receive it all at once—the pan came first—I cannot say whether there was any one with him—he came three times.
COURT. Q. How do you swear to the front? A. I have used it often—I have no mark on it.
MR. PHILLIPS. Q. You took very particular notice of it on the boy's back? A. Yes—I was sweeping my door-way—the boy is here upon whose back I saw it—it was Johnny Clarke, the prisoner, put it on the boy's shoulder.
NOT GUILTY .
MARY LEE . I had a purse and 12s. 6d. in it on the 4th of August—I had occasion to go to some clothes in the yard, and left my purse behind—I cannot tell whether the prisoner was there—I had a peculiar sixpence among it, but it is so long ago I really cannot swear to it—I can swear to this purse—I had a sixpence with a particular mark, and it was given me by Robert Lidster.
SAMUEL WOOD . I am a policeman. I went to the prisoner—she was standing at the street door—I told her there was a charge against her for this money and a purse—the money I found in a rag in a drawer in the prisoner's apartment—the prisoner and Lee lodged in the same house—the prisoner said this was the remains of an advance note that her husband had received—the purse was found the next day in a cook-shop, but the person is not subœpnaed from where it was found.
NOT GUILTY .
SUSANNAH CLEE . I am the wife of John Clee, of No. 8, John-street, Clerkenwell. I was at Mr. Watt's on the 8th of August, and saw the prisoner take a gown from outside the shop, it was laying on the board—I cannot swear to the gown—it was like this.
Cross-examined by MR. DOANE. Q. Was it outside? A. Yes—the shop was open.
CHARLES WALTER . I have come from Mr. Watt's—I cannot swear where this gown was that day, but I have lost it—my master's name is Robert Watt—these stays were missing likewise—they have my master's mark, but I cannot swear to them.
GUILTY . Aged 23.—Recommended to mercy by the Jury. Confined Seven Days.
JOSEPH FERNE . I am a policeman. On the 8th of August, I was on duty in Shepherdess-walk, Shoreditch—I saw Bridgen with a bundle under his arm, and the other was with him—I asked Bridgen what he had got, he said, nothing—I asked him to let me look, and I found this pot wrapped up in his jacket—the other was with him, and I saw them talk ing together—this was two or three hundred yards from Brading's.
Bridgen. I was going to take it to the Eagle Tavern, house—I do not know the prisoner. Witness. It is not one of their pots.
NOT GUILTY .
EMANUEL MOSS . I am a slop-seller, and live at No. 117, High street, Shadwell. On the 17th of August the two prisoners came and asked for a jacket—I showed them several—I saw Hutchings hold up his arm, and then Green went out with something under his arm—I saw there was a pair of trowsers gone—I asked Hutchings where his partner was gone—he said he would show us; and he went, and in crossing Sun Tavern-fields, I saw Green with the trowsers—I ran and took him, till the policeman took him—he said, "For God's sake don't go against me"—these are my trowsers.
Green. This lad has nothing to do with me—I throw myself on the mercy of the Court.
GREEN— GUILTY .— Confined Three Months; Three Weeks Solitary.
HUTCHINGS— NOT GUILTY .
having his handkerchief—a person of the name of Lemm was standing there, and he said he felt a snatch at his pocket—he turned, and accused the prisoner of taking it, as there was no one else there—the prisoner stood behind, and said he had not got it—several persons wished him to turn out his pockets—I took this handkerchief from out of his breast—I showed it to Mr. Lemm—he said it was his—he said his Christian name was Edward in the presence of the prisoner, and that that was his handkerchief.
Prisoner. Q. Did he say what he knew it by? A. By a mark in the middle, E. L.—the gentleman did not say it was not his handkerchief be fore the Magistrate—he said it was made a present to him—the gentleman said he could not say you had taken it, but he believed you did.
Prisoner. I went to know the result of the election, and I picked up the handkerchief—a gentleman asked me if I had it—I must admit I denied it, but the officer took it out of my breast.
(The prosecutor did not appear.)
NOT GUILTY .
1956. ANN KIDD was indicted for stealing, on the 23rd of June, 1 shift, value 4s.; 1 pillow-case, value 1s. 6d.; 2 handkerchiefs, value 6s.; 1 sheet, value 4s.; and 2 shirts, value 8s.; the goods of Joseph Pettifer, her master.
Prisoner's Defence. Being involved in trouble I took six articles, with the intention of bringing them back, but I was committed, and had not time to do it.
NOT GUILTY .
OLD COURT.—Monday, August 21st, 1837.
First Jury, before Mr. Recorder.
1957. JOSEPH HILL was indicted for stealing, on the 22nd of July, 1 box, value 10s.; 12 shifts, value 2l. 1s.; 16 towels, value 9s.; 5 table cloths, value 19s.; 3 napkins, value 3s.; 4 sheets, value 2l. 6s.; 3 pillow cases, value 3s.; 1 pair of stays, value 8s.; 4 petticoats, value 10s.; 12 caps, value 4s.; 2 pairs of pockets, value 2s.; 1 pair of stockings, value 1s. 6d.; 1 pocket, value 1s.; 1 dressing-gown, value 3s.; 3 habit-shirts, value 15s.; 1 collar, value 1s. 6d.; and 1 flannel-waistcoat, value 1s.; the goods of Henry Newton.—2nd COUNT, stating them to be the goods of Elizabeth Martineau.
ELIZABETH ARMSTRONG . I am a laundress, and live at Woolwich. On the 22nd of July I delivered a box, containing the linen stated, to Holiday, the servant of Griffin, the carrier, to carry to Mrs. Martineau, who lives in Flodyer-street, Westminster.
JOHN HOLIDAY . I live with my father, in Powis-street, Woolwich, and am in the employ of William Griffin, the carrier. I received the box to carry to Flodyer-street, Westminster, and delivered it to Newton.
On the 22nd of July, Holiday delivered a box to me, to carry to Mrs. Martineau—I put it on the tail of the cart, and chained it, and when I got into Bond-street I missed it, and found the chain half undone—I have since seen it in the officer's possession.
JAMES CLIFT . I am a hackney-coachman, and live in Clement's-lane, Temple-bar. On the evening of the 22nd of July I was driving my coach in Piccadilly—the prisoner stopped me, and asked if I was hired—I said "No"—he let two gentlemen in with the box, and he got on my box with me, by their direction, as he told me—he directed me to drive them to the Golden Cross, Charing Cross—and, on the way, one of the persons inside directed me to go on towards Whitechapel—when I got into Leadenhall-street they altered the direction again, and ordered me to go down Houndsditch—they stopped at a public house on the way, and gave me a glass of liquor—the prisoner got off the box in Houndsditch, and got inside, and one of the others got out to show me where to stop—he told me to go down Cutler street, and he would show me the public-house I was to stop at—when I stopped there a policeman opened the coach-door, and took the prisoner into custody—the others made their escape—the prisoner drank with the rest at the public-house.
Cross-examined by MR. PHILLIPS. Q. Who paid for the drink? A. I think one of the others—they appeared very genteel men—I took the pri soner for the waterman, and offered him 1d. at first, but he would not take it—he said, "They are going to Golden Cross—I shall get on the box, and ride with you."
COURT. Q. He got inside with the gentlemen? A. Yes, in Hounds ditch—he drank with them, and they were in the coach when he was taken—the box was put into the coach.
DENNIS POWER (police-constable H 93.) On the 22nd of July, a little after ten o'clock, I was on duty in Petticoat-lane, and saw a coach stop at the Gun and Star public-house—I went up to it, and round the prisoner and two others sitting in the coach smoking—I desired the coachman not to move—he said he would not—I opened the door, and one of the others, who escaped, sang out to the coachman, "Drive on, yen b——, to Hem mingway's, Mile-end-road"—I found a box of linen close to where the pri soner sat, inside the coach—I asked the persons inside what they had in the box—one of them answered, "Linen, to be sure"—I immediately collared the prisoner, and attempted to collar the second one, when the door on the opposite side was opened, and the other two rushed out—there was a mob of about a thousand, Jews and others, about at the time—the prisoner made a most desperate resistance—I was compelled to take out my staff and use it—had it not been for a butcher, named White, who resides there, I must have lost both the prisoner and the property—I produce the box—it was not locked when I found it—the hasp was broken off.
Cross-examined. Q. I suppose it was full of linen? A. It was not—there was linen in it—it was very heavy—the prisoner had a pipe in his mouth, which I broke in pulling him out of the coach—I cannot say whether it was one of the others who said it was linen—I stated more to the Magistrate than was put down in my deposition.
(The witness's deposition being read, slated "one of the men not in custody said it was linen.")
Prisoner. The gin was brought outside to us—the moment I got out of the coach the policeman levelled me to the ground with his staff
—I did not know what I was doing, as I was in liquor—the men gave me a pipe, and the policeman says we were all smoking.
JAMES CLIFT re-examined. I drank a glass of gin in Fleet-street, where they had some together—they had more in Houndsditch, but I did not drink there—the gentlemen treated all three—the prisoner did not appear to me to know the other two—I did not hear the man tell me to drive to Hemmingway's—I was agitated with the mob, some wanting me to drive away, and some not—I did not exchange five words with the prisoner going along.
MR. PHILLIPS. Q. Did the prisoner appear to be an associate of the men, or to be ordered about as they chose? A. I considered he was ordered about as they chose—my coach is No. 346—I am in the employ of Mr. Self.
NOT GUILTY .
1958. MICHAEL SULLIVAN was indicted for burglariously breaking and entering the dwelling-house of George John Taylor, about the hour of one in the night of the 4th of August, at St. Dunstan, Stebonheath, alias Stepney , with intent to steal, and stealing therein, 2 coats value 2l.; five pairs of boots, value 30s.; 1 table-cloth, value 15s.; 1 table-cover, value 5s.; 1 hat, value 7s.; 1 pair of shoes, value 5s.; 1 gown, value 4s.; 2 spoons, value 3s. 6d.; 4 castor-tops, value 6s.; and 1 basket, value, 2s.; his goods.
MR. PAYNE conducted the Prosecution,
GEORGE JOHN TAYLOR . I live in Arbour-square, Commercial-road, in the parish of St. Dunstan, Stepney, or Stebonheath, and am a wharfinger at the West India Dock. On Friday night, the 4th of August, I examined every door, and saw they were fast, at a little before twelve o'clock—I did not fasten the house up myself—I was awoke next morning about half-past five o'clock, and went down stairs about six o'clock—I found the yard door open—I went down stairs, and the back-kitchen door was open—the back kitchen shutters had been forced, and a piece of glass taken from the side of one of the windows—an instrument passed through to remove the latch, and the parties had there made an entry—the front-parlour door was also open, and the kitchen door was forced from within—it had been locked outside—I missed the property stated, which is worth about 6l.—I will not undertake to say positively that it is worth 5l.—I found some phosphorus matches in the parlour—the parlours had been ransacked, and a caddy spoon taken from the tea caddy—I found the top of a lucifer-box in the parlour, and a hat in the yard, with two pieces of candle in it—I lost a hat myself, the crape was taken off it and left there—I found footmarks, but the soil was dry, and they were imperfect—there were also footmarks in Mr. Wright's garden, which is three doors off—I called in two policemen, and gave them the hat—I believe this to be the same.
Cross-examined by MR. JONES. Q. Have you recovered any part of your articles? A. No—my hat was a black one—it was one I wore daily—I have seen a hat which was found on the prisoner—that is not mine.
WILLIAM CROW . I live in Vinegar-lane, Commercial-road—I sell coffee, and keep a stall, at the corner of Jamaica-street, about three or four hundred yards from Mr. Taylor's house. On Friday night, the 4th of August, the prisoner had a cup of coffee at my stall, between twelve and one o'clock—he turned down Jamaica-street—you may go to Arbour square that way.
Cross-examined. Q. How many customers had you? A. I cannot tell—I had not many—I had some before, and later than that.
RICHARD HARDING (police-constable K 191.) On Friday night, the 4th of August, about half-past eleven o'clock, I saw the prisoner standing close by the toll-bar, at the west end of Arbour-square, just at the entrance of the square, about ten or twelve yards from Mr. Wright's, he was dressed in a flannel jacket—I did not notice his hat.
SAMUEL PERKINS (police-constable K 117.) I was employed by the Superintendent, with Clay, to trace this robbery—Clay produced a hat to me, which I recognised as belonging to the prisoner, who I knew perfectly well—I believe it to be his hat—in consequence of that, and receiving information, I went in pursuit, and found him on Tuesday night, the 8th—I said, "There is suspicion of your having committed a burglary in Arbour-square"—he said he had heard something about it, and he had a great mind to go to the office—I took him to the station-house, and found about 2s. 9d. on him, and a new hat on his head—I had never seen him with that on before—the hat that was found on the premises was placed on his head, and he said himself that it fitted him, and it did exactly fit him—we took off his shoes, and went to Mr. Wright's garden, and some adjacent gardens, where marks were left very distinctly in the mould, and in two or three we found one of the shoes particularly corresponded with the marks—there is something particular about the heel of the right shoe—the tip is put on in rather a clumsy way, and leaves the leather projecting beyond the tip, and that made a nook in the mould, exactly fitting that part—the shoe is very wide, and in one footmark the toe touches the leather as well as the sole—there was the print of the sole, and where the upper leather had made an impression in the ground, as the sole was worn—I saw the shoe on his foot, but cannot say it projected then, but it is worn as if it had been on the ground—I have not a doubt this is the shoe which made the impression on the ground—I compared them on Wednesday—I had seen the same marks on the Monday.
Cross-examined. Q. When the prisoner said he had heard of the robbery and thought of going to the office, you understood he meant to offer himself to be taken? A. Yes—the hat produced is a much older hat than this—I had not seen him for five or six weeks before the robbery—I did not make any impression by the side of the footmark—it is a common shoe, but has a particular wear—he went with me willingly—I only examined one shoe—the ground was rather dry.
WILLIAM CLAY (police-constable K 278.) I received a hat from the inspector on duty—I showed it to Perkins, and was in his company when we apprehended the prisoner—we had been three days in search of him—we went to a great many places to find him—I took the two shoes off his feet—I compared the length of his shoe with mine, and found it corresponded according to my idea of the track in the garden—I went next morning to Taylor's garden—one mark had been erased, and it did not correspond—I gave Perkins the shoe to compare in the next garden, and he found marks corresponding—I then examined it myself—the heel, length and breadth, and the substance of the sole formed a sort of shelf—the tip is not put on well on the heel, and that made a sort of shelf in the impression—I could form no other opinion but that it was made by the shoe—it corresponded in all respects.
Cross-examined. Q. Did you put the shoe on the foot mark? A. I did—previous to putting it into the mark I examined it very minutely, and
compared the shoe with the end, and laid it in very lightly, so that there should be no pressure—we afterwards put a pan over the footmark, so that nothing should interfere with it—on the night of the robbery the ground was rather moist—we met the prisoner in Ratcliffe-highway when we took him; he was coming towards the station-house—it was near nine o'clock in the evening.
WILLIAM WRIGHT . I am a cutler, and am a neighbour of Mr. Taylors'. On Saturday, the 5th of August, I observed some strange foot-marks in my garden—about half-past eight o'clock on the Wednesday morning following I saw Clay compare a shoe with the footmarks, and they corresponded exactly with the shoe.
Cross-examined. Q. Were there any other marks made before that time? A. No—it was on the flower-bed, not in the footpath.
HENRY PARKER . I am a police-sergeant. On Friday night, the 4th of August, about a quarter to eleven o'clock, I saw the prisoner in company with another, at the corner of Angel-gardens, Ratcliff-highway—I knew him, and told him to go on—he went on towards King David-lane, which leads towards Arbour-square, and is within five minutes' walk—a hat was shown to me at the station-house—I have been in the habit of seeing the prisoner for some considerable time—to the best of my belief it was his hat, and the one he had on the Friday night—it has a peculiar curl to what hats generally have—he has tried the hat on in my presence, and said it fitted him—I recognised the hat immediately it was shown to me—I said, "That is your hat, Sullivan, put it on"—he put it on, and said it fitted him—when I saw him on the Saturday night he had a new hat on.
MR. TAYLOR. This is the hat which was left on my premises; here is the grease of the candle inside, and it has the same maker's name.
JURY to RICHARD HARDING. Q. Here is a spike in this shoe, was there any mark of that? A. The spike at that time was more down in the leather—the ground just there was much harder than at the other part—the pressure was at the toe and heel—the spike, being in the centre, would not touch the ground.
GUILTY* of breaking and entering, but not Burglary. Aged.— Confined 2 Months, and then Transported for Life.
RICHARD BRADSHAW (police-constable D 102.) On the 17th of August, I was standing in Oxford-street, and saw the prisoner in company with two others, at the corner of Vere-street, about nine o'clock at night. I followed them, and saw the prosecutor with a lady—I saw the prisoner, at the corner of Stratford-street, put his hand into the prosecutor's pocket and take the handkerchief out and put it into his hat—I collared him, and called to the prosecutor, who missed his handkerchief—I took the prisoner's hat off, and pulled it out.
Prisoner. I took it off the ground. Witness. I saw him pot his left hand into the prosecutor's pocket and take it, I am quite certain—I also found a snuff-box and pen-knife on him.
Prisoner's Defence. There were a great many people behind—I did not attempt to run.
GUILTY .* Aged 19.— Transported for Seven Years.
EMMA SIMMONDS . I am thirteen years old, and live in Pilgrim's-lane, Hampstead, with my father, William Simmonds. On Wednesday after noon, the 9th of August, I saw a man with matches at the kitchen window, he was about the prisoner's size, and dressed like him—I shook my head to say I did not want any—my mother's shawl hung on the bannisters of the stairs, and the back-door of the house was open—I missed the shawl directly the man was gone—I have since seen it in possession of Eaton, the constable.
JONN EATON (police-constable S 193.) I stopped the prisoner in a field between Kentish-town and Hampstead, and took him into custody—he was alone, and had a bag in his hand, in which I found this shawl—I asked where he got it—he said he found it hanging on some railings, coming from Holloway—he had some matches.
(Property produced and sworn to.)
Prisoner. I had no work, and did not know what to do.
HANNAH EDWARDS . I am the wife of Edward Edwards, and live in Prospect-place, Kentish-town. On the 9th of August, I left my front parlour window a little way open—I hung a blanket en a chair at the foot of the bed, within reach of the window—I missed it, and found it in the policeman's possession.
SARAH BACON . I am the wife of James Bacon, and live at Mrs. Edwards's. On the 9th of August, I was looking out of window, and saw the prisoner carrying a bag and matches—he asked if I wanted any—I noticed that a garden pot was moved from the window—I went down and spoke to Mrs. Edwards—I then ran out and found the prisoner walking down the lane—he threw the blanket out of his bag on seeing me, and I took it up.
GUILTY . Aged.— Transported for Seven Years.
FREDERICK PALMER . I am in the service of Charles Flower Murfin and Thomas Dry, of Tottenham Court-road. About eleven o'clock in the evening of the 11th of August, in consequence of information, I went after the prisoner, and stopped her at the corner of Great Russel-street, with a print dress under her shawl—I took it from her, and told her she must return with me—she bit me, but at last she said she would return—when we got to the corner of the street, she started round the corner as well as she could with her crutch, and picked up a stone—I was obliged to follow
her at a distance into a mews—I sent a boy for a policeman, who took her into custody.
Prisoner. I bought the dress at Mr. Jobbin's, at the corner of East street—I was passing their shop—I looked at their dresses, and walked away—the boy came after me, and asked what I had under my shawl—I said, "A dress," and showed it to him, saying, "It does not belong to you, I bought it. "Witness. She did not say she had bought it.
SARAH DEAN . I am the wife of John Dean, and live in Tottenham Court-road, opposite the prosecutor's. I saw the prisoner go to the prosecutor's shop door, take the dress off the box, walk away with it, and roll it up in her apron.
GUILTY . Aged 16.— Confined Six Months.
MR. THOMAS conducted the Prosecution.
ROBERT HARRILD . I am a jeweller, and live in Grenada-terrace, Commercial-road. I deal with Mr. Fisher—on the 13th of May, the pri soner delivered me this bill for goods supplied, and I paid him 10s. 2d—my servant took a receipt in my presence.
JOHN FISHER . I am a cheesemonger, and live in Union-terrace, Commercial-road. The prisoner was my shopman from September, 1836, till the 30th of May—it was his duty to enter goods in this book—he received money on my account, which he should account for when he came home—all the entries in this book are in his hand-writing—I have no entry at all of this 6s.—nor of 3s. 2d.—he has entered the 1l. received from Mrs. Ross, but has not accounted to me for it—when I returned in the evening to settle his accounts, he was gone with all the money he had taken that day—there was no cause for his leaving that I knew of—I had left home about two o'clock—he knew I should be absent some time—he left the book behind—I did not see him again till he was apprehended, which was nearly two months afterwards.
Cross-examined by MR. PAYNE. Q. Had he not left 1l. 18s. behind him? A. No—I had a porter in my employ who I left at home when I went out, and found him at home when I came back—I have not dis charged him—the prisoner was first committed for stealing my cash-box, which I have never found—I had no quarrel or dispute with him before he left—I found him very deficient in his accounts several times, and I told him I had received an anonymous letter charging him with absenting himself from my employ, and serving people with goods without accounting for them—I found that letter in the area—he gave it me himself—he did not go away in consequence of that—he lived with me three months after that—here is another letter which I received by the Twopenny Post, and I read it to him a month after I had it—I received it about the time I dis charged another young man who could not write—the 6s. was not paid to me with two other sums—I send bills in at the end of the month to those who do not pay ready money—he has entered 7s. as paid by Harrild, omit ting the 3s. 2d.—I did not tell him to say I had rather Mr. Harrild paid once a month—I never received the 3s. 2d. from him—I found no money
left behind—I had no words with him just before he left—he had not told me before that he wanted to go, as he had got another place—he did not tell me he should leave that morning—he had given notice to quit not quite three weeks before—it was a month's notice—he told me he was anxious to get away—he asked my permission the day before to go for a situation over Shooter's-hill, and I said I could not spare him till the Thursday following—he did not say he must go whether I could let him or not—he was taken at Wandsworth—not in any employ—I found him through a former master, who I wrote to to request if he heard any thing to write me word—I owed him about 4l. wages—he did not apply for that.
MR. PAYNE called
JOHN ROBERTS . I am porter to the prosecutor. The prisoner left on the 30th of May, about four o'clock in the afternoon—he told me he was going out—not that he was going to leave—he had not told my master in my presence that he must leave—he had told me so—I was down stairs when he left, he called me up to mind the shop, and said he was going out—I did not see any money left behind—my master did not come home till nine o'clock.
MR. FISHER re-examined. He had no opportunity of settling with me for what he received that day, as I was busy.
NOT GUILTY .
Upon which no evidence was offered.
NOT GUILTY .
Upon which no evidence was offered.
NOT GUILTY .
Fourth Jury, before Mr. Recorder.
The Inquisition being informal, was quashed.
JOHN DAVIS . I keep a broker's shop in the New-road. On the 7th of August I saw the prisoner take a kettle from my shop, and walk off—I crossed over and took him with it about two doors off—I asked him if he had got my kettle—he said he had—I said, "You must come back with me," and gave him in charge.
Prisoner. I did it through distress.
GUILTY . Aged 25.— Confined Three Months.
JOSEPH HOLDWAY . I am a constable of St. Katharine Dock. On the 15th of August, the prisoner was coming out of the dock with the other labourers in the Company's service, and I found two pound three ounces of indigo in the back part of his small clothes—I asked where he got it—he said out of the chest in the second floor F warehouse, and that he never did such a thing before.
WILLIAM HENRY FREEMANTLE . I am foreman in the indigo department—the prisoner was employed in the F warehouse, but was not in the indigo department that day—Holdway brought him to me—I examined some chests, and found one two pounds deficient—it is worth 5s. 6d. a pound—it corresponded with that in the chest.
GUILTY . Aged 34.— Confined Three Months.
MR. PHILLIPS conducted the Prosecution.
ELIZABETH MORGAN . My father keeps the Golden Fleece in Lower street, Islington—the prisoner was his pot-boy—we missed a spoon and brass cock nine or ten days after he came into our employ—the initials "T. D. H." were on the spoon.
Cross-examined by MR. PAYNE. Q. Do you know the brass cock by any thing particular? A. Yes—it is a particular sort of tap—it belongs to a boiler—the spoon was whole when I saw it, which was eight or nine weeks before—when it was found it was not perfect.
MARTHA CLARK . I live in Paradise-place, Lower-road—I have known the prisoner about twelve months—he made me a present of this spoon—it was broken as it is now—he did not say how he came by it—I put it into the cupboard, and took no more heed of it—I do not know how the cock came into my house.
(Property produced, and sworn to.)
GUILTY of stealing the spoon. Aged.
GUILTY . Confined One Year; One Month Solitary.
FREDERICK WILLIAM LAURENCE . On the 28th of July, I was going over London-bridge, towards Southwark, and felt a tug at my coat-pocket—I turned round and observed the prisoner with my pocket handkerchief in his hand, in the act of concealing it under the skirt of his coat—I im mediately seized the handkerchief and him at the same time—I told him it was a pity he should do such an offence, and that I was certain he had taken it—he attempted to escape from me.
GEORGE FORSTER . I was coming over London-bridge, and saw the prisoner close behind the prosecutor—I saw him take the handkerchief from the pocket—the prosecutor turned round and caught hold of the handkerchief and the prisoner—a gentleman came up and sent the officer, who took the prisoner into custody.
WILLIAM FLETCHER . I am an officer. I was returning from the Southwark side of the bridge, and saw a crowd of people on the City side—I found the prosecutor holding the prisoner, and said he had taken his handkerchief from his pocket—I took him with it.
(Property produced and sworn to.)
GUILTY .* Aged 17.— Transported for Ten Years.
NEW COURT, Monday, August 21, 1837.
Sixth Jury, before Mr. Sergeant Arabin.
JOHN SMITH . I am a seaman, and belong to the ship David Lyon. On Thursday, the 28th of July, I met the prisoner and another in a public-house—I gave them two or three pots of beer; they proposed to go altogether to bathe in the Cut—we all three went—I stripped off my clothes to bathe—the prisoner went in first—I left my clothes on the ground—I had got change of a sovereign at the public-house—the prisoner might have seen that—I had 16s. or 17s. and more—I had six or seven half crowns, and six or seven shillings—the prisoner came out of the water about ten minutes before me—then he and the other dressed, and when I came out of the water, they were gone—I came to my clothes, and missed my jacket, and handkerchief, and money—it was a yellow and red Belcher handkerchief—I had bought it new that day, and the jacket too—I have seen neither of them since—I went to the police and told them of it—the prisoner was taken in about an hour after—I am quite sure the prisoner was one of the persons—I know his face—I have lost all my property—a boy had told me something.
THOMAS RUGG . I am eleven years old, and live with my father. I remember on this Thursday being near the Cut—I saw the prisoner there—he went in to swim, and then he came out, about ten minutes before the prosecutor—he went to the prosecutor's trowsers pocket, and took out something that appeared to me like silver, and a Belcher silk handker chief, red and yellow—he put it into his own pocket—there was another with the prisoner that went away—I saw the same sort of handkerchief hanging out of the prisoner's pocket—I told Smith of this—I am sure the prisoner is the person.
GEORGE WILLIAM GRAVES (police-constable K 233.) I apprehended the prisoner in a public-house, in High-street, Shadwell, about an hour after the robbery—when I got him into the street, I told him what I wanted him for—he said he had not been out of the Highway the whole of the day, and he did not rise before twelve o'clock—I took him between six and seven o'clock in the evening.
Prisoner. I was taken ill and did not get up till twelve o'clock, and then I went down Ratcliffe Highway—the policeman came and took me—I told him where I had been all day.
GUILTY . Aged 20.— Transported for Seven Years.
JAMES LUSTY . I am a sailor, and lodge in Limehouse. I belonged to the ship John Pink, but have lost it through being here—the prisoner is a landsman—I lodged in the same house with the prisoner—on the morning of the 10th of August I was up first—I passed by his door—he asked me what time it was, and I went down to breakfast—I saw the prisoner go away, without staying to breakfast—he had lodged there a week that day—I had some suspicion on seeing him go out—my landlady told me some thing, and I went after him—he had got nearly half a mile—he had my trowsers on, and the coat under his arm—I did not permit him to take them.
ELI KENT (police-constable K 201.) I was called, and took the prisoner on the morning of the 10th of August—he had these trowsers on, and this coat under his arm—I asked if he knew any thing of the prosecutor's trowsers—he said, "I have got them on"—this coat belongs to Henry Buck, another lodger in that house—I found him, but he is not here.
GUILTY. Aged 20.—of stealing the trowsers.— Confined Six Weeks.
JAMES STEVENSON . I am in the service of William Edmund Champion, a linen-draper, at No. 93, High-street, Shadwell—we sell shoes. On the evening of the 2nd of August these shoes were hanging inside the door, with the label on them—I heard the bar that goes round the window rattle—I looked through the window, and saw the prisoner going past with a large black bag, twisting the mouth of it round—I went and missed one row of the shoes—I went after him and another—I went in front of them, and said, "Halloo"—I said he had got some shoes—he said he had not—I took the bag and found the shoes.
Cross-examined by MR. PHILLIPS. Q. Were the shoes outside? A. No, inside the door—I saw no one take them down—the other one got away—the prisoner said the other one gave him the bag to carry.
(The prisoner received a good character.)
GUILTY . Aged 20.— Confined Three Months.
1975. JOHN HILL, PETER REEVES , and JOHN SEALEY , were indicted for stealing, on the 27th of July, 450l. bs. of tea, value 100l.; and 6 tea-chests, value 6s.; the goods of John Fletcher, Betts, and another.—2nd COUNT, stating it to belong to the East India Dock Company.—3rd COUNT, stating it to belong to James Moore the Elder, and others.
MESSRS. PHILLIPS and DOANE conducted the Prosecution.
WILLIAM BUGGINS CASTLE . I am a yard-man and book-keeper to the East India Dock Company, at the Crutched Friar's tea-warehouse. On the morning of the 27th of July I observed the prisoner Hill in the yard, about eighteen or twenty minutes before nine o'clock—he sat on the iron cannon as the clock was striking nine—about an hour after, he came into the yard the second time, and apparently went up to the counting-house box—he went within about two yards of it, then turned short round to the right, and went in the direction of the tea-chests—they were laid there with a cloth over them—he moved the cloth, and looked, and put his hand into his pocket—there were six of these chests—there were marks on them—by his removing this cloth, it enabled him to see the marks—he was not a stranger there—when a gentleman gave him a chest to clear, he had business there, to take it away—he had been employed there at times, but was not that morning—he left the yard after that—I did not see either of the other prisoners till Sealey came with the order for the teas, about a quarter before one o'clock—Sealey said, "I want six chests for Airey, in Shoreditch," and he handed this paper to me—(read)—"Crutched Friars, 6, 2382, Airey and Co., Shoreditch, cleared yesterday"—that corresponded with the marks on the chests—he had a kind of wine truck, be longing to Harrison, George-yard, Aldgate—I had known him as a labourer—I read the paper, "Airey, Shoreditch"—he said, "Yes, and they are going to the Swan-inn, Whitechapel"—he went away with them when they were loaded in the truck—there was no covering over them—they were only tied with a bit of cord—this was a yard belonging to the East India Dock Company.
Cross-examined by MR. CLARKSON. Q. How long have you known Hill as a carman coming to the yard? A. Ever since the East India Dock Company has been in possession of the yard—sometimes once, some times twice a-week—he knew me perfectly well—he remained two or three minutes, when he came at nine o'clock, I was in the yard, at my station—there was other tea on the left-hand side along with the six—if it is a lowering morning, I do not uncover the teas—if fine, I do sometimes before nine o'clock—this was rather a fine morning—the pri soner moved the cloth on one side—I did not say any thing to him—I thought nothing of it—I merely noticed it—I have not got myself into any trouble, that I am aware of, for letting the tea go—I have had nobody complain of me.
Q. What security have you that the person who brought you this ticket was the person to whom you ought to deliver the teas? A. When a war rant is written off by the clerks in the counting-house, and the No. 1 paper comes over, it goes to the little box that he was going to, then they are signed with the initials of the officer, and then sent to the different offices, where they are written off, and then when they apply to me, I deliver them—that ticket was like those that are generally brought, and knowing the person who comes—not any person who produces a ticket with the number of the chests would get it, unless I knew them—there was only the officer sitting in the box, and myself in my proper place—the officer might have left the box—I do not know.
MR. DOANE. Q. Must Hill have been quite aware of the manner of doing the business there? A. Yes—I hold the same situation as I did before—I have been there two years last April.
Hill a little after one o'clock in the afternoon, on the 27th of July, talking with Sealey, about two doors from where the teas were stolen, under the French-horn gate-way, that is near the warehouse; and a quarter of an hour afterwards I observed Sealey and Reeves dragging a truck, with six chests of tea on it—the truck had got out of my sight, when I saw Hill running with his coat buttoned, as hard as he could run—the teas had gone up Jewry-street—he turned down John-street, as if to meet it if it turned round—I observed the chests particularly—I took one of the numbers as they passed by—I spoke to Mr. Moule, and in consequence of what he said, I ran off towards Whitechapel—when I got to the Swan Inn, I saw Sealey with six new cords—I asked him what had become of the tea he was dragging along Crutched Friars—he said, "I don't know, they sent me for the cords, and the teas have vanished"—I asked him who employed him—he said they were total strangers to him—I am quite certain I saw him and Hill talking before, and then saw him and Reeves dragging the truck—I know that Sealey and Hill were acquainted—I asked Sealey where was the document by which he got the teas—he pulled out the document produced—I went with him to the corner of the Minories, and gave him into custody.
Cross-examined. Q. What are you? A. A master-carman, and so is Hill—he had scarcely any business—I do not know whether a person of the name of Jones tried to get his business from him—I know Clare—I did not ask him to employ me—he came to me once in the French Horn, and asked if I could cart him some teas—I know Mr. Wood—there is not a man in the trade but what I know—I did not go to him, and try to get his business—Hill kept one cart—I was waiting for orders that morning in Crutched Friars—I have three carts, but only two horses—I should say Hill has been in the carting business about two years, or a year and a half—I did not see the teas come out of the yard—I saw them in Crutched Friars, going to Jewry-street—I saw them when it got there—I saw Hill running up John-street.
WILLIAM RUSSELL DAVIS . I am carman to Mr. Peter Palmer, living at No. 13, Greenfield-street, Commercial-road, about a mile and a quarter from Crutched Friars; his place of business is in Haydon-square. On the 27th of July I was there—any body going up John-street would come to Haydon-square—Hill had lent my master a cloth—on this 27th of July, Hill came to Haydon-square about ten minutes past two o'clock in a hurry, and said to me, "Billy, I want that tilt"—I told him I could not well let him have it then, as I was afraid it might rain—he said he wanted it directly, as he had some furniture to move—upon that I let him have the tilt, and he went off with it.
Cross-examined. Q. What is the latest hour of clearing teas in the after noon? A. There are various times, according to the different companies—the latest time in Haydon-square, Minories, is not later than twenty minutes past two o'clock—Hill had been in the habit of clearing teas—to the best of my knowledge it was his own tilt—he had lent it to my employer—my master is a little master-carman—I was not cramming the tilt down between some chests to make them steady—it was borrowed to cover over some chests of teas, and in going along from Cutler-street, some of them shook forwards, and some of the tilt shook into the hollow place—Hill did not object to that, that I know of—I cannot positively say whether it had struck two o'clock—if a man had been in the neighbourhood of Jewry-street,
he would have come up John-street, and across the Minories—that is the direct road—Whitechapel is a different way.
NATHANIEL WILLIAM TUCKER . I keep the White Hart, in Pennington-street, Ratcliffe. On Thursday, the 27th of July, about three or a quarter past three o'clock, I remember two men drawing a truck up to my door—I did not observe what kind of things were on it—there was something on it covered with a tilt—it stood there from twenty minutes to half an hour—they were not the prisoners at the bar—they came and had a pot of beer—I afterwards saw the truck empty.
HENRY HARRISON . I am a wheelwright and smith, and live in Ald gate. I know Sealey—he came to me on the 27th of July for a truck about twelve o'clock—he did not tell me what he wanted it for—nothing was said about its being returned—I saw it again on the Monday following, at the Greenbank station-house, Wapping—it was a large truck—such as is usually used in the wine trade.
HENRY HORWILL. I am clerk to George Morphett and Co., tea agents, Fenchurch-street. I have been there five years and a half—about one o'clock on Thursday, the 27th July, I was in the East India Docks Company's office—I know Hill—I saw him go twice through the passage to the yard that day—I have seen him write—this paper is Hill's writing—that I swear.
Cross-examined. Q. Is it his usual way of writing? A. It is very much like his usual way of writing—I have seen him write a great many times when he used to be with Coles, the carman whom we used to employ to do our business—the last time I saw him write was fifteen months ago—there was a subpœna left at my house or Saturday evening last—I was not before the Magistrate—I am sure "Airey & Co., Shoreditch, "is his writing.
JOHN COLES . I am a City carman, and live in Holloway-street, Church lane. I have known Hill for three years—he lived with me for a year and a half, or nearly two years, as clerk—I have seen him write, to my sorrow—this is Hill's hand-writing.
Cross-examined. Q. How long is it since he left your service? A. I think about this time twelve months—I cannot say that I have seen him write since he left me—he became carman on his own account after he left me, as soon as he could solicit Mr. Wood, and get a little work from me—I have lost a great deal of money by Hill—I have been paying ever since I knew him, for teas being plundered—I have taken him before the Magistrate—I had a daughter named Mary Ann—I have heard that the prisoner and she were going to be married about a fortnight or three weeks ago—I have no reason to believe it now—I turned my daughter out of doors early in the Spring because I heard she was keeping company with Hill—that was not the first time I turned her out of doors—I turned none of the rest of the family out—I mean to swear that—no more than when we have had a row I have ordered them out—I have ordered my wife and children, if they chose, to go—I do not know how often—I have not turned them out in the middle of the night, to my knowledge; but Hill was always taking home tittle-tattle to my wife about my being with other people—I should think that was about twelve months before he left—I have a count ing-house—my daughter used to attend there sometimes, and boys, and Hill was there occasionally—no prostitutes, to my knowledge—I believe Hill has had them there—I know the Thames police-office, but not to my sorrow—I have never been charged myself—I was there about six weeks ago, about a pulley that my man had—I was not summoned then, nor
taken into custody—I went in support of my man, who was taken—his name is George Griffiths—Hill has been a long time threatening to have me at the bar, but he is here first—I did not say that I would give 1000l. to get Hill out of the country—nothing of the kind—I know a man of the name of Dexter—I may have said so in joke.
WILLIAM CLARE . I am a tea-agent, and live in Lime-street. I have been in the tea line between five and six years—I have known Hill nearly the whole of that time—I have seen him write perhaps two or three times a month—perhaps 100 times—I have no hesitation in saying that this "Airey & Co. "is his hand-writing.
Cross-examined. Q. When did you last see him write? A. About two months back—I do not believe this other paper to be his—(looking at a paper)—I should be inclined to say no—part of the first paper is like his—the words "Shoreditch," and "six," and "clear"—there is an attempt to disguise the word" Airey, "if it is his.
JOHN YOUNG . I am clerk to William Clare, and have been so eighteen months. I saw Hill write about once a month, when he sent in his bills—I have seen him write about a dozen times—this is Hill's hand writing, to the best of my judgment.
Cross-examined. Q. When did you see him write last? A. About a month ago.
WILLIAM MOULE . I am of the firm of Moule and Sons, tea-brokers. On the 26th of July I cleared six chests of tea for myself and partners—they were in the warehouse yard of the East India Company, waiting the application of the carman of Wood and Co.—I remember the intimation given to me by the witness Jones—I desired him to pursue these parties.
THOMAS CLEMENTS . I am a bricklayer, and live at Wanstead. On the morning of the 28th of July, about ten o'clock, I was crossing the Forest, and found these empty tea-chests—four of them were complete, and two of them broken—I gave them to Pritchard, the patrol.
Reeves's Defence. I was on the stand, and Sealey came and asked me to give him a pull up; I went to the Blue Boar, and a man who hired him came up, and gave me 6d., and I went away.
Sealey's Defence. On the 27th, I was standing at No. 25, Gateway—a countryman, came up to me, and asked if I could take six chests of tea to the Swan—I said yes—I took the list of him to Mr. Castle—he gave me the teas, and I took them away, and asked Reeves to give me a pull up, which he did, to nearly the corner of Petticoat-lane; and then the man came to me, and said he would give me a drop of beer, and I said I would send this man back—we went and had a pint of beer—the man said, "I shall want a cord to cord this, will you go and buy some for me?" I went back to the French Horn, and bought six cords of Mr.
Archer—I came back immediately, and the truck and teas were all gone—I kept running about the street, and Jones came to me—I said I had lost them—the man and the truck were gone away.
MR. CLARKSON called
WILLIAM MANCHESTER . I live in Harrow-alley, Whitechapel. I have been subpœnaed here by the prosecutor—I know the prisoner Hill—I have worked for him as carman—I have seen him write frequently—I saw this paper before—I do not think it is his writing—I have no knowledge of it whatever—I think the whole of this other paper is Hills's writing.
MR. PHILLIPS. Q. Do you know Mr. Moule? A. Yes—I did not see this order in his presence—I might say something about it—I do not believe that I said I believed it to be Hill's handwriting, but I would not like to be sworn—I cannot recollect it, and I will not swear to it.
MR. CLARKSON. Q. When was it you saw Mr. Moule? A. I believe, last Saturday week, and I was subpœnaed on Thursday—I do not think it is Hill's writing—it is an altered hand.
JOHN HIGGINS . I live on my own property, at No. 61, Charlotte-street—I have been a carman. I think I know Hill's handwriting well—I have seen this order before—I do not believe it to be his writing—I have been accustomed to his writing for five or six years.
JOHN WOOD . I am a coffee-dealer, and have a warehouse in French horn-yard. I have been in business about four years—I have employed Hill nine or twelve months, and have seen him write repeatedly—I do not believe any part of this paper to be his writing—his general character has been very good.
MR. PHILLIPS. Q. No part of it? A. In the A and S I should say there is a similarity—I do not see any other—it is the bungling attempt of a man trying to disguise his hand, and in a letter or two forgetting his design; but I believe it was never written by the prisoner.
(John Martin, a musician, gave the prisoner Sealey a good character.)
HILL— GUILTY . Aged 25.
SEALEY— GUILTY Aged 62.
Transported for Seven Years.
REEVES— NOT GUILTY .
JOHN ANDERSON . I am a sailor. I came to town on the 1st of August, and went to lodge at John Smith's, who keeps a lodging-house—I stopped in the house five days, till I lost my money—I went there two days after I came from on board the ship—I had ten sovereigns, three half-sovereings, and three shillings—the prisoner was in the house—I had never seen him before—he asked me if I could lend him a couple of shillings, as he had lost a ship—I said I would look by and by, and see if I could give him a dinner—as soon as I had my dinner I went to sleep—I had my money safe in my waistcoat pocket—when I awoke it was gone, and the prisoner was gone out of the house—when I went to sleep the prisoner and Mr. Smith were in the room—the money was taken out of my pocket while I was asleep.
JOHN SMITH . I keep a lodging-house in Ratcliffe-highway. The pro secutor lodged with me—I went with him up into the City, to be paid—the captain paid him—he drank rather freely with his shipmates, and I took him home in a cab—the prisoner had been introduced into the house by two
other lodgers—he stated that he had been shipwrecked, and he had no clothes but what he stood in—he saw the prosecutor with money, and asked him if he could help him to a trifle—he said he would see by and by, and then the prosecutor asked me to give the man some dinner, and he would pay—I said yes—during the dinner he stated all the circumstances of the ship wreck—I knew the vessel and the owner—after this he asked me if I could take him for two or three days, till he could get a ship—I said yes; and I dare say I could get him a ship—directly after dinner was done, the prosecutor took his money out, and asked me what he owed me, and paid me 1l. 3s.—my wife got change for a half-sovereign for him—I gave him the 7s. back—the prisoner had an opportunity of seeing the money then—I then went out on some business, leaving the prisoner and the prosecutor and my wife in the parlour—I was gone half an hour—when I came back the prisoner and another were just coming out of the front room—the prisoner said he was going out in a hurry to meet a man at the Swedish Flag—I said, "You said you were not to be there till five o'clock"—he said, "I shall go, as I don't like to keep the man waiting"—just as he was going, one of the men who brought him there was coming down stairs, and he said to him, in their country tongue, "Go and call the other, "who was up stairs; and while he went, the prisoner went off—in an hour or two after, the prosecutor missed his money—I did not see the prisoner again that day, but the next morning I saw him on board the ship of a captain who had given him a passage from Lynn—he was dressed in tidy clothes, new shoes, and hat, and drawers—I brought him on shore; and as I was leading him up, I heard something rattle—I said, "What is that?"—he said nothing—I walked on further, and heard something rattle again—I put my hand to his leg, and found a bag with a half-sovereign and two sixpences in it.
ROBERT SHAWL. I am mate of a vessel. The prisoner came on board from Lynn—he had an old jacket and old trowsers—he asked the master two or three times to bring him up, and he gave him his passage—he said he had been wrecked off Dunkirk, on the Flemish banks—he seemed in distress, and was on board a week—he came on board on Wednesday, and went on shore the same night—he then came on board one morning, dressed as he is now, very smart, and said that the owner of the vessel which had been wrecked had given him 7l. to redeem his clothes—he told me he was a Dane, and that his name was John Williams.
Prisoner. Two sailors took me to the house—I had money before I got there—they were two sailors I met before in Finland.
GUILTY . Aged 28.— Transported for Seven Years.
1977. MARY HAMILTON was indicted for stealing, on the 28th of June, 1 sheet, value 1s. 6d.; and 2 flannel waistcoats, value 2s.; the goods of our Lady the Queen.— THOMAS RIDER and MARY RIDER were indicted for feloniously receiving 1 sheet and 1 flannel waistcoat, part of the said goods, well knowing them to have been stolen; against the Statute, &c.—3rd COUNT, stating them to be received from an evil dis posed person; and JAMES RIDER was indicted for feloniously receiving 1 flannel waistcoat, value 1s.; part of the said goods, well knowing it to have been stolen; against the Statute, &c.—5th COUNT, stating them to be received from an evil disposed person.
THOMAS FLOOD . I am a sergeant of the 12th Lancers, and was quartered at Hounslow. This property was taken from the hospital of the barracks, and was the property of the Queen—Hamilton was my servant, and had access to this property—I missed it before she left—in consequence of which I gave information to one of the patrol.
ROBERT STEWART . I am a patrol of Bow-street. In consequence of information I went to the house of Thomas Rider, on the borders of the parish of Heston—I found Mrs. Rider—we searched the house by her liberty, and found the barrack sheet on her bed, which she said she had bought two years ago from one of the 3rd Light Dragoons—we then found one of the flannel jackets, which she said her husband had bought—we asked where she thought we could find her husband—she said she could not tell, but she was willing to go and look for him—we went in the direction of his father's house, and went to James Rider's house and found him—we told him we were looking for his son—he told us his son had been there a quarter of an hour before—we looked round the house, and observed on his back one of the hospital jackets—he said he had bought it of his son, and paid him 1s. 6d. for it—Hamilton lives in the neighbour hood, but I know nothing against her—when I found the property at Thomas Rider's, nothing was said about it, only that they had bought it—they called Mr. Flood on one side, and begged he would look over it, and they burst into tears, and said they would acknowledge every thing if he would look over it.
THOMAS HOOD re-examined. This is the property of the barracks, and belongs to the Queen—they were in my custody in June last—Hamilton lived with me then—no person but what actually lived in the hospital had access to it but her—Thomas Rider and his wife acknowledged to me that they had received the property from Mary Hamilton—we lost several other articles of the same description.
HAMILTON— GUILTY . Aged 15.
THOMAS RIDER*— GUILTY . Aged 40.
Recommended to mercy by the Jury.
Transported for Seven Years.
MARY RIDER— NOT GUILTY .
JAMES RIDER— NOT GUILTY .
(ELIJAH GALLOWAY being called on his recognizance did not appear.)
THOMAS POCOCK (police-constable F 38.) On the 13th of July, I was in Vickers-street, Strand, and saw two gentlemen and a lady—I saw the prisoner and another dogging the gentleman, the prisoner put his hand into the gentleman's pocket and pull out this handkerchief, and put it under his left arm—I collared him—he said "What do you collar me for?"—"Where is the gentleman's handkerchief?" said I—he threw it down—I took him to the station-house—the prosecutor did not come, but gave his name and address to my brother officer—he attended the next morning and gave his evidence—he was examined and bound over, and signed his name, but he was in a hurry and could not wait for his notice paper—this was done in the prisoner's presence, and the depositions were read over in
his presence—the prosecutor requested me to call on him, which I did the same evening.
Prisoner's Defence. I was going along, and this gentleman took me to the station-house, and he took a cotton handkerchief, which was mine—I know nothing about this—I never saw the handkerchief before—the gentleman said he could not swear it was his, there were so many of the same pattern—he said he had no mark on it.
NOT GUILTY .
SAMUEL HANCOCK . I am foreman to William Henry Swift, a tailor, living at No. 2, Houndsditch. On the 11th of August, I had occasion to go as far as St. Katharine Docks—when I came back, about four o'clock, the boy told me he had lost a coat about three o'clock from the block—I had information, and saw the coat at Worship-street—this is ours—it had been just inside the door of our shop.
Cross-examined by MR. DOANE. Q. Is this a coat that was made for a customer? A. No, it was cut to put on a block for show.
NOT GUILTY .
JOHN DAVIS . I am a butcher, and live opposite Mr. Kelday's shop, at Hackney-road. On the 12th of August, I saw the prisoner unpin the three gown-pieces, and take them away, with a pair of stockings—he wrapped them up and was going away—a woman stopped him—he dropped the things, and was running away, I ran and caught him.
Prisoner. I was walking along, and you walked afterwards. Witness. He ran and I caught him by the collar.
THOMAS MUNTON . I am in the employ of Mr. John Kelday, a pawnbroker, in Durham-place, Hackney-road. I was in the shop on the morn ing in question—a young woman gave me information, and I missed these from the inside of the door in the shop.
Prisoner. They were just inside the shop, lying down at the door—I stopped a minute and looked at them, and then this gentleman collared me. Witness. They were pinned up.
(Robert Higgins, of Hart-lane, Bethnal-green; Thomas Lloyd, a weaver, in Hare-marsh, and Thomas Nyal, of No. 62, St. John-street, Bethnal-green, gave the prisoner a good character.)
GUILTY .* Aged 14.— Transported for Seven Years.
Fifth Jury, before Mr. Sergeant Arabin.
GUILTY . Aged 39.— Confined Two Years.
GUILTY . Aged 72.— Confined Two Years.
JOHN WEBSTER . I am in the employ of James Emlyn Carlisle, and others, wholesale haberdashers, Bow-lane. The prisoner came there on the 11th of July, and asked me for "half each of Marshall's best No. 35, black-mixed drab, and whitey brown"—he said he came for Bell and Leaf—I believed that to be the case, and gave him ten pounds of thread—he went away—I parted with it, supposing he came from Bell's house—he used to live there, and I thought he still lived with them.
Prisoner. Q. Do you recollect on what morning it was? Witness. On Tuesday—I did not say at Guildhall that I followed you—I went to look for you, but could not find you—I am certain you asked for it in the name of Bell, Leaf, or Bell, Leaf and Co.—I asked you for an order—you read it from your pocket—I knew you were in the employ of Bell and Leaf, but I asked your name, because it is a rule to ask the name of the person who has goods.
GEORGE BELL . I am partner with Mr. Leaf—we are wholesale haberdashers. The prisoner was in our employ for some time, but quitted on the 1st of July—I did not authorise him to go for these threads—I never got the property.
Prisoner. I did not ask for the goods in the name of Bell and Leaf, nor did I get them under any false pretence.
GUILTY .* Aged 20— Transported for Seven Years.
GUILTY .— Confined Three Months.
ESSEX LARCENIES, &c.
Before Mr. Justice Williams.
NOT GUILTY .
Before Mr. Recorder.
MR. CLARKSON conducted the Prosecution.
WILLIAM ROBINSON . I live at Horndon-on-the-Hill, in Essex, near Tilbury Fort. On Thursday, the 3rd of August, I had two mares and a gelding—I kept one mare in the stable, and the other and the gelding in a field—I saw them all safe in the forenoon, and they were missed next morning—I advertised them, and gave a description of them, and on the Wednesday following I saw one mare and the gelding in the possession of Avis, the officer.
JOHN CHANDLER . I am the prosecutor's servant. I saw the mares and gelding safe at nine o'clock in the evening of the 3rd of August—one mare was in the stable, and the other with the gelding near the house.
JOSEPH CARVER . I am a blacksmith, and live at Horndon-on-the-Hill. On Thursday evening, the 3rd of August, I saw the prisoner Robert Wicker passing through the village, alone, about eight o'clock—he was about the middle of the village, going towards Billericay—I had something to drink with him—I saw him again that evening, from nine to ten o'clock, and had more drink with him—I have known him six or seven years—from the time I met him till I left him was from eight till eleven o'clock—no one was with him the last time—he said he thought he should stay all night in the place if he could have a bed at the Bell at Horndon, but when he parted from me he said he was going to Billericay.
Cross-examined by MR. PAYNE. Q. Did he drink with you the first time you met him? A. Yes, when we got to my father's beer-shop, which was not five minutes' walk—we remained there a very few minutes—I then took out my uncle's horses, and left him at my father's—I found him there when I came back, and drank with him—Stock is two or three miles from Billericay—he did not ask me how far it was to Billericay.
Cross-examined. Q. Which of the prisoners did you see? A. This one, (pointing to Robert,) I had never seen him before—it was the one with a mark in his face, (Henry)—I took particular notice of that—I cannot say how long he was there—I did not speak to him—I did not see him again till he I was at Lambeth-street charged with stealing my uncle's horses—I did not tell the Magistrate he had a mark in his face—this is the first time I have mentioned it—I said I knew him, and positively swore to him—I pointed just now to Robert, but it was a mistake—I did not give myself time to look.
SAMUEL NEWCOMB . I live at Galleywood Common, about two miles from Chelmsford. I have been working about four months at Horndon—I know both the prisoners—about half-past seven o'clock, on the 3rd of August, I saw them together in the village of Horndon, going towards Chelmsford—the prisoner Henry was one, and I do not know whether Robert was the other—I did not see his face, only his back—it was a person about his size—I said to a young man I work with, "There goes a young man I know; his name is Wicker"—I never knew either of them by the name of Haycock.
Cross-examined. Q. Did you say, "How do you do, Henry?" A. No—I never spoke to him—I saw him perhaps for about five minutes—I was sitting on a bench in the shop—I saw Henry's face—they were both walking one way, but Henry was looking at me, and I knew him—I was about twenty feet from them—it was about half-past seven o'clock.
JAMES HARRIS . I work for Dr. Johnson, at Barking-side. On Friday, the 4th of August, about a quarter past four o'clock in the morning, I saw the prisoner with the scar on his face (Henry)—there were two more with him—they came by my house—they had three horses, or mares—I am not positive which—they rode broadside of one another—two of the horses had bridles on, and the other a hempen halter—I do not know the other man—I could not swear to the other prisoner—I had seen Henry before passing my house on the 28th of July—the three men were going towards the Bee-hive, on the road to Wanstead—I followed them about a mile and a half, as I was going to work there, at the turn of the road to Woodford.
Cross-examined. Q. How do you know it was the 4th of August? A. By the day of the month, by looking at the almanack, and seeing the day—
I am not a scholar myself, but another person looked for me—it was Friday morning; and if I am wrong, trace back—I know Henry by the mark in his cheek, and from having seen him on the 28th of July, as I was sitting, smoking a pipe, at my door—I saw him come along with two horses—one was a mare, but I am not positive whether the other was—it was at my own door, just as the clock struck five o'clock in the morning—I am sure that was on the 28th of July—I cannot speak to either of the other persons—I did not notice the horses on the 4th of August, to describe them—I did not see any saddle on them, but possibly there might be saddles—I was working in my garden—Henry was the nearest to me—it was a nice light morning.
GEORGE SAGGERS . I am a labourer, and live at Barking-side. On Friday morning, the 4th of August, I was up before five o'clock, and saw the two prisoners—I am positive of them both—there was another person with them, and three horses—two were brown—one was a redder brown than the other, and the third a bright bay—the light brown one had a mark on the left side of the back—two had bridles, and the light-brown one a hempen halter—I have seen that horse since at the Red Lion, Whitechapel, in Avis's possession, and sworn to it—I was on the road-side—they passed me on the road going from Ilford towards Woodford-bridge.
Cross-examined. Q. Had you ever seen them before? A. Not to my knowledge—I met them—I was going one way and they the other—I made a stop when I saw them coming—I work for Mr. Griffin, a farmer, at Barking—I have had no conversation with Harris about this case—the mark was on the left side of the horse, about the middle of her back, just where a saddle would go, or a person would ride.
MR. CLARKSON. Q. Did you find the same mark on the horse Avis showed you? A. Yes—I swear it was the same horse.
GEORGE AVIS . I am an officer of Marlborough-street. In consequence of information, on Tuesday evening, the 8th of August, I went to a stable at the Star, St. John's Wood, and there received a horse which had been described in the Hue and Cry—I found a large blister or burn on the near side, which corresponded with the description—it was not such a mark as a saddle would make—I went down to Horndon-on-the-hill with it, on the Wednesday morning, and showed it to the prosecutor, who identified it at once, and the horse also stopped at his master's yard gate—I went to the same stable next morning and received a mare, which the prosecutor's brother identified—the two horses were shown by me to Saggers, and he pointed out the one with a scar on it.
Cross-examined. Q. You have nobody here to prove how the horses got to St. John's Wood? A. No.
SAMUEL PRENDERGAST . I am an officer of Lambeth-street I took the prisoners into custody on Saturday, the 5th of August, in company with Taylor, at the Horns, Whitechapel—I asked them their names—they both said Haycock—I asked what part of the country they came from—they made no reply—I asked what labour they had been doing, and at last asked them if their names were not Wicker, which they denied—I then said I had a charge against them on suspicion of horse stealing, and took them into custody—in Henry's pocket I found a curb chain, a pair of scissors, and the thong of a whip—Taylor searched the other.
after they were in custody at Lambeth-street office—Robert said he wanted to speak to me—I went into the cell to him, and he said if I could do any thing for him he would tell me of twelve cases where we should get the property back and the people as well—I told him it was too late to do any thing for him—he had been charged with stealing these horses at that time—Henry was not within hearing.
Cross-examined. Q. Were you on terms of intimacy with him? A. Not very—I held a warrant against him, and had wanted him some time—I do not know whether he knew that—I was not examined before the Magistrate—I am a farmer and builder, as well as a constable—he saw me through the iron gate—I did not get him any beer or tobacco—his mother bought him some.