CENTRAL CRIMINAL COURT.
NINTH SESSION, HELD JULY 3RD, 1843.
MINUTES OF EVIDENCE,
Taken in Short-hand,
BY HENRY BUCKLER.
GEORGE HEBERT, CHEAPSIDE.
TYLER & REED, PRINTERS, BOLT-COURT, FLEET-STREET.
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.
Held on Monday, July 3rd, 1843, and following Days.
Before the Right Honourable JOHN HUMPHERY, LORD MAYOR of the City of London; Sir John Gurney, Knt., one of the Barons of Her Majesty's Court of Exchequer; Anthony Brown, Esq.; Sir Peter Laurie, Knt.; Sir Chapman Marshall, Knt.; Sir John Pirie, Bart.; Aldermen of the said City: the Honourable Charles Ewan Law, Recorder of the said City: Michael Gibbs, Esq.; Sir George Carroll, Knt.; Sir James Duke, Knt.; Aldermen of the said City: John Mirehouse, Esq., Common Sergeant of the said City: and Edward Bullock, Esq., Judge of the Sheriff's Court; 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.
HUMPHERY, MAYOR. NINTH SESSION.
A star (*) denotes that prisoners have been previously in custody—Two stars (**) that they have been more than once in custody—An obelisk (†) that a prisoner is known to be the associate of bad characters.
LONDON AND MIDDLESEX CASES.
OLD COURT.—Monday, July 3, 1843.
First Jury, before Mr. Common Sergeant.
JAMES BROOK (police-constable.) I was on duty on Blackfriars-bridge, and saw Simpson take the handkerchief from the prosecutor's pocket, and pass it to Akest—I took Akest, and took the handkerchief from him—I laid hold of Simpson at the same time, and called the prosecutor.
Akest's Defence. I was looking over the bridge, as a woman had jumped into the water. I turned round, and the policeman seized me.
SIMPSON*— GUILTY . Aged 23.— Confined One Year.
AKEST— GUILTY . Aged 19.— Confined Three Months.
CHARLES GOULD . I live in William-street, the prisoner is my son-in-law, and was in my service. On the 19th of June I gave him two half-crowns, to go to Mr. Knight's timber-yard, Saffron-hill, and purchase wood—he did not return—I found him, on the 22nd of June, in Leather-lane—he said he intended to bring the money back on Saturday night—I have never had money or wood.
(The prisoner received a good character.)
GUILTY . Aged 19.—Recommended to mercy.— Confined One Month.
2069. JOHN WELCH was indicted for stealing, on the 19th of June, 1 purse, value 1s.; 1 crown-piece; 2 half-crowns, 4 shillings, 1 sixpence, and 1 10l. Bank-note; the property of William Norris d'Arcy, from his person; and that he had been before convicted of felony.
WILLIAM NORRIS D'ARCY . I am an officer, and live in Houndsditch. On the 19th of June, about ten minutes to five o'clock, I was walking with a friend in Long-acre—I had a 10l. bank-note and 14s. 6d., in a purse, which I had seen safe three minutes before—I heard a noise behind me, looked round,
and saw the prisoner in the grasp of a policeman—I put my hand into my pocket, and missed my purse—I went up to them directly, and sung out I had lost my purse—the policeman produced it to me—I know it to be mine.
Cross-examined by MR. DOANE. Q. Was anything found in the purse? A. Yes, my 10l. note and money—I put my purse into my pocket, after paying for something in a public-house at the corner of a street—I am positive it did not slip out of my pocket—I buttoned my pocket, after putting it in—it was my coat-pocket behind—I put it in just as I left the public-house—I did not put my hand inside my pocket, after leaving the public-house, but I put it outside, and felt it safe—I had not gone 100 yards before the alarm was given.
CHARLES WALKER . I was walking along St. Martin's-lane, and saw the prisoner in company with three others, and a female dressed in black, walking behind the prosecutor—I watched them fifty yards, and saw the prisoner come away from the prosecutor, putting his hand into his own pocket—I asked what he had there—he said he had nothing, I must have made a mistake in the person—I put my hand in his left-hand pcket, and took out the purse, which the prosecutor identified—the others ran away directly.
Cross-examined. Q. You found the money all safe? A. Yes—I was on the same side of the way, and about ten yards behind the prisoner.
GUILTY . Aged 21.— Transported for Ten Years.
GUILTY . Aged 40.— Transported for Ten Years.
GUILTY . * Aged 18.— Confined One Year.
2072. JAMES CHAPMAN was indicted for stealing, on the 1st of June, 1 cost, value 2l.; 1 waistcoat, 16s.; 1 table-cloth, 5s.; 1 pair of boots, 17s.; 3 sovereigns, and 4 half sovereigns; the property of Elijah Pinkney Taylor his master.
ELIJAH PINKEY TAYLOR . I live in Crown-court, Fleet-street. The prisoner was my potman—on the 1st of June, I saw my coat and waistcoat safe in the drawer, about twelve o'clock in the day—there were three sovereigns, and four half sovereigns in my waistcoat pocket—about half-past five the prisoner asked leave to go out for an hour and a half—I missed my property at half-past eleven at night—the boots now produced are my property, and this table-cloth has my name on it—the prisoner came home beastly drunk about half-past eleven—I asked him about it, but he could not answer me—I sent him to bed, and in the morning he absconded.
WILLIAM FURNEY . I am assistant to Mr. Gray, a pawnbroker, in Fleet-street. These boots and table-cloth were pawned in the name of John Simmonds—I do not know by whom—I produce the counterpart of the duplicates.
the bed and mattress found four duplicates, two of which correspond with those produced.
GUILTY . Aged 26.— Confined Four Months.
2073. WILLIAM DAVIS and THOMAS SMITH alias Rankin , were indicted for burglariously breaking and entering the dwelling-house of Henry Giller, about two in the night of the 10th of June, at St. Andrew, Holborn, with intent to steal and stealing therein, 1 pair of boots, value 2s.; table-cloth, 5s.; 1 handkerchief, 1s.; 1 jug, 10s.; 1 egg-stand, 10s.; 1 cruet-stand, 4l.; 7 cruets, 1l.; 1 knife, 2s.; 1/2lb. weight of jelly, 2s.; 6 saucers, 3s.; 1 sixpence, and 1 groat, his property.
EMMA HESLOP . I am servant to Mr. Giller, who is a traveller. On Sunday, the 9th of June, I went to bed at one o'clock in the morning—I shut up the house—every door and window was fastened—my mistress and Jones the other servant were also up—I got up at six o'clock—Jones was down before me—when I came down I saw three cruets on the piano, four under a chair, and three little boxes on the sideboard—the silver was gone, and the glass and bottoms of the cruet stand left—they had been wrapped in paper in the back parlour, and were removed from there—this spoon—(looking at it)—belongs to the cayenne cruet—it is broken.
CAROLINE JONES . I am servant to Mr. Giller I went to bed at twelve o'clock—everything was shut up then—I came down at half-past five on Sunday morning, and found the street door open, and a pewter jug in the passage—I went into the parlour, opened the shutters, and found three glass cruets under the chair, and four under the piano—my master's boots were gone from the kitchen where I had seen them on Saturday evening—a pane was broken in the kitchen window which would enable a person to put their hand in and open it.
GEORGE RUSSELL (City police-constable No. 234.) I took the prisoners into custody on Sunday night—I found on Smith 6d., and a fourpenny-piece, and this pair of boots on bis feet—he said he bought them in Monmouth-street on Saturday morning—I found this silver part of the cayenne spoon in Davis' jacket; also this silver screw, which exactly corresponds with the bottom of the cruet frame—this pair of old shoes I found in the house.
Smith. I bought the boots in Monmouth-street on the Saturday morning.
MR. GILLER re-examined. I can swear to them, having worn them repeatedly—one has been mended—they were the worst pair in the rack.
DAVIS— GUILTY . Aged 19.
SMITH— GUILTY . Aged 21.
Transported for Ten Years.
JOHN WILLIAM CARRINGTON . I am assistant to Mr. Fitzgerald, a surgeondentist. On the 21st of February, the prisoner, in company with two others, came into our shop—the prisoner requested to have a tooth extracted, and placed his finger on the one he wanted taken out—I looked at it and said it was quite sound—he persisted in having it extracted—I then asked him into the surgery at the back of the shop—he walked in, followed by his two companions—I did not intend them to go in—I had a coat in the surgery and a handkerchief in it—when I went to apply the instrument the prisoner slipped himself about in the chair several times, I presume to prevent his losing the tooth,
and while that was going on, his companions left the surgery—a few minutes. after the prisoner left, after paying me 6d. for extracting the tooth—I walked to the door to see him out, and on my return missed my coat—the witness Hill was sitting in the outer shop, and she told me something—the prisoner is a little altered since I saw him, but his face is well known to me, living in the neighbourhood—if he is the man he has lost the last tooth but one on the right-hand lower jaw, if he has got that tooth I will say he is not the man—he took the tooth away with him, and might have slipped it in again, certainly.
Prisoner. I have three teeth out in the same place.
(The witness went into the dock and examined the prisoner's mouth)—Witness. There is no other tooth gone from there but the one I extracted—I am rather near-sighted, and now I am near him and see his mouth, I am sure he is the man.
Cross-examined by MR. PAYNE. Q. Had you ever seen him before? A. Yes, I have, walking about the streets in company with other men—his hair does not appear quite so light as it did, and he has also shaved off a little whisker that he had—it must have caused him some pain to take his tooth out—he asked, me how much it was—I said 1s.—he said he could not afford that, he thought 6d. was enough—a man, having his tooth out, makes all sort of faces, and looks different to what he does at other times—he was in the surgery, I dare say, five minutes—the others went out two or three minutes before—it was a double tooth I took out—there is only one other tooth gone from that side—I positively swear he is the man.
JURY. Q. Did the parties speak together? A. They were all in conversation when they came in, and one of them said, "Don't pull his head off."
Prisoner. Here is a tooth which I have had taken out this morning in the prison. Witness. That is from the upper jaw, in front—it is decayed—the one I took out was a good one, and larger, and quite from a different place.
ANN HILL . I am the wife of John Powell Hill. I was at the shop on this day, and saw the prisoner with two others—I am sure he was one of them—he went out with an apron to his mouth, apparently in great agon? after having his tooth extracted.
Cross-examined. Q. Where were you? A. Sitting in the shop, waiting for some medicine, Mr. Carrington was to serve me—they all three came in together—the apron prevented my seeing the prisoner's face well, as he went out—I had nothing to do with the coat myself—I have been tried twice—once I had three months, and once six months—the last time was seven years ago, before I was married—I have never been in custody since, but have got my living honestly by needle-work—I was never an unfortunate woman—the first time I was tried was for concealing the birth of my baby, and the second time was through being led away by a person at my house who took some of my master's property—I did not steal it—I have been married five years—my husband was the author of my ruin.
GUILTY . * Aged 22.— Transported for Seven Years.
2075. ELIZABETH COVENTRY was indicted for stealing, on the 23rd of June, 1 shawl, value 3s.; and 1 cap, 6d.; the goods of Louisa Day: 1 handkerchief, value 3s., the goods of Thomas Day: 1 gown, value 4s.; 1 bonnet, 2s.; and 1 cap, 6d.; the goods of Hannah Day; and that she had been before convicted of felony.
LOUISA DAY . I live at Harefield. On the 23rd of June the prisoner came to my father's, and said she was out of employ, and had just come out of the Union to get work—my mother told her to mind the child—I gave her some victuals, and she said she would look after my child—we were all at work—
she brought my child to me next day, between eleven and twelve, and went away with the things stated—I missed a shawl and cap of my own—these now produced are them.
GUILTY . Aged 22.— Transported for Seven Years.
FLETCHER pleaded GUILTY . Aged 15.— Confined Four Days, and, Whipped.
KNIGHT pleaded GUILTY . * Aged 13.— Confined Three Months, the las Week Solitary.
2077. JOHN WINFIELD and CHARLES NEWLAND were indicted for stealing, on the 20th of June, 3 quarts and half-a-pint of port wine, value 6s., the goods of the Eastern Counties Railway Company, their masters.
MR. BALLANTINE conducted the Prosecution.
JOHN SNOW . I live in Cumberland-street, Hackney-road, and am luggage book-keeper at the Shoreditch station of the Eastern Counties Railway Company. The prisoners were porters there, in the Company's employ—on the morning of the 2nd of June I left the luggage-office, and went into the pay-office—there is a platform opposite the luggage-office—there was a truck in the dock, before the platform, containing a pipe of wine, which was in the Company's care, to take to Chelmsford—I remained a minute or two in the pay-office, and when I returned I noticed some wine running from the corner of the truck—the truck-door was closed, so as to conceal any one inside—I opened it, and saw Winfield kneeling at the pipe, with a can at his knee, and his thumb over the spile-hole, and Newland leaning over him with his hand on the cask—he must have seen what was going on—the can was three parts full of wine—I told them they had done a pretty thing for themselves—they said nothing—Newland got out, and walked down the yard—I gave Winfleld into custody, and took the wine in the can to the inspector's office.
Cross-examined by MR. WILKINS. Q. What time was this? A. Twenty minutes past nine o'clock in the morning—it was the proper time for them to be there on duty—one had returned from breakfast—they had no business in the truck.
JOHN CANNON . I am sub-Inspector on the Eastern Counties Railway. Snow called me—I saw Winfield in the truck, and saw wine escaping from holes in the cask, and the can two-thirds full of wine—Winfleld had left the truck, and was leaving the premises—I desired him to be fetched back.
Cross-examined. Q. Winfleld was doing what he could to prevent the wine running, was he not? A. He had got his finger on the hole.
MR. BALLANTINE. Q. Had they any right in the truck? A. They were employed in the loading department—they were the only two men left—the others had gone to breakfast.
reply—I went to the truck and took Winfield—he said he thought he should be sold, by God—as I took him to the superintendent's office he said they could only give him three months, they could not transport him.
NOT GUILTY .
GUILTY . Aged 24.—Recommended to mercy.— Confined Two Months.
GUILTY . Aged 28.— Confined One Year.
2080. DANIEL DONOVAN was indicted for feloniously breaking and entering the warehouse of Joseph Harris, on the 16th of June, and stealing therein, 1 dressing-case, value 4s.; 3 half-crowns, 9 shillings, 2 sixpences, 8 pence, and 7 halfpence; the property of William Dickens.
WILLIAM DICKENS . I live in Fox head-court, Quaker-street, and am foreman to Joseph Harris, who has a warehouse in Stepney parish. On the 16th of June I left the warehouse safe at six o'clock—I went again about eight next morning, but did not notice any thing till I was told a person had been found in the back premises—I then examined and found the tiles had been taken off the roof of the house so that anybody of the prisoner's size could get in—I missed upwards of 18s. in silver and copper, and a dressing-case—this is it—it is mine, and was taken out of a desk, which was not locked.
JAMES HENRY ANDREWS (policeman.) I found the prisoner at ten o'clock at night in Mr. Wain's rope premises, which adjoin the prosecutor's—I asked what he was doing there—he said he had come to pick some potatoes—I said there were none there, and asked how he got in—he said, "At the door"—I had the keys of the place, and was satisfied no one could get in without my knowledge—there was a space sufficient for him to have got under the gate from the street—I took him to the station, and found 17s. 6d. in silver on him and 11 1/2 d. in copper—one is a counterfeit halfpenny—I asked how be accounted for this money—he said it was his mother's—she was outside at the time—I called her in, and asked her, in his presence—she said, no, he had not got any money; that he had asked her for a halfpenny in the afternoon, and she had not got one to give him—next morning I examined the tiles on the prosecutor's roof—he might have got from Mr. Wain's premises on to the tiles of the prosecutor's premises, and there I found this dressing-case.
(The prisoner's aunt gave him a good character, and stated that he was rather weak in his intellect.)
GUILTY . Aged 11.—Recommended to mercy.— Confined Ten Days, the last two Solitary.
HANNAH WOOLLEY . I am single, and live in Little King-street North, Camden-town. On the 22nd of June, about a quarter to ten o'clock, I heard a noise in the passage, went out, and found the prisoner there—I asked what she wanted—she asked if Mrs. Williams, an ironer, lived there—I said she did not,
and she went away—on turning round to go in I missed a frock—I ran across the street, took her by the arm, and asked to see what she had under her shawl—he said, "I have nothing of yours," but I found this frock, which is mine.
Prisoner. I was not near the place, and never had the frock—she said at first she could not swear to me. Witness. I took it from under her left arm, let her go, and returned home, as I had got back my frock—she was afterwards taken on another charge—I was called on to see her—I identified her immediately—before I went I said I could not swear to her features, but the moment I saw her I knew her.
GUILTY . Aged 39.— Confined Six Months.
(There was another indictment, against the prisoner.)
OLD COURT.—Tuesday, July 4th, 1843.
Second Jury, before Mr. Common Sergeant.
NOT GUILTY .
2083. SARAH COOPER was indicted for feloniously breaking and entering the dwelling-house of Mary Wilkinson, on the 20th of June, at St. Leonard, Shoreditch, and stealing therein, 1 shawl, value 2s.; 2 sheets, 4s.; 2 jackets, 2s. 1 1 petticoat, 2s.; 1 shift, 18d.; 2 gowns, 9s.; 1 cap, 6d.; 1 pillow-case, 1s.; and 1 handkerchief, 6d.; her goods.
MARY WILKINSON . I am a widow, and live in New-street, Shoreditch. On Tuesday rooming, the 20th of June, about half-past ten o'clock, I left my room, and locked my door—my shawl, sheets, jackets, shift, petticoat, gowns, and pillow-case, were all locked in my drawer—I returned about three o'clock, and found my things an the floor and an on a Chair—nothing was carried away bat a little crape handkerchief which was found on the stairs—this is it—I do not know the prisoner.
ANN HAGGIS . I am the prosecutrix's daughter. On the 20th of June Mrs. Mills told me something—I ran down stairs—the door was open—I picked up this handkerchief on the stairs, which I know to be my mother's—I did not see anybody.
MARY MILLS . I live in the next room to the prosecutrix. I was coming out of my door, and saw the prisoner come out of Mrs. Wilkinson's—I did not know her before—she said, "Good morning," or, "It is a fine morning"—she passed on—I am quite sure it was the prisoner—I told Mrs. Haggis.
HENRY HAGGIS . I came to the door between one and two o'clock—Mrs. Mills called out, "Mrs. Haggis, is youx mother out?"—I taw the prisoner, and pursued her—she was running—I overtook her. and said, "You must come along with me"—she said, "Pray, let me go, I have done nothing."
JOHN BROWN . About one o'clock on this day I saw the prisoner running, and Haggis after her—he said, "Stop her"—I saw her throw two keys away—I picked one up—that has been tried to the prosecutrix's door, and it fits. William Brown Cross (policeman.) I know the prosecutrix's house—it is in the parish of St. Leonard, Shoreditch.
Prisoner's Defence. I was never in the house; I was running after my little brother, who was coming from work.
GUILTY . * Aged 21.—Recommended to mercy by the Prosecutrix.— Confined One Year.
GUILTY . Aged 50.— Confined One Month.
2086. JAMES NEWMAN was indicted for stealing, on the 19th of June, 1 pair of spectacles and case, value 30s.; 1 pair of eye preservers and case, 5s.; 1 penknife, 2s.; and 1 pocket-book, 1s.; the goods of James Wigan, from his person.
JAMES WIGAN . I live in Robert-street, Bedford-row. About elevan o'clock, on the 19th of June, I was going up Holborn, and felt my pocket tried by a hand, and missed my pocket-book and other articles, which I had seen safe a few minutes before—I turned round, and found the prisoner clow at my back—there was nobody within five or six yards of him—I saw him suddenly walk lame, and go to the wall—I followed him to the corner of Leather-lane—he then recovered, and ran very swiftly, and I after him, and at the narrow part of the lane he communicated with a man in the corner-he then abruptly turned back, walked past me, and went on very slowly—I seized him, and gave him in charge—this is my pocket-book.
Prisoner's Defence. I was coming down the lane, and a gentleman took hold of me, but I am as innocent as you are.
GUILTY . ** Aged 18.— Transported for Ten Years.
GEORGE AUSTIN . I am a cheesemonger, in Blackmore-street, Clare-market, On the 20th of June I was called out of my shop—I saw the prisoner on the ground, about ten yards off, struggling with Lewis, and a ham lying by his side—it is mine—it has the hook on it which it hung up by—I had seen it safe a few minutes before—I had not sold it—I helped to take the prisoner to the station—he said he would kick my b----guts out, and used many other expressions.
WILLIAM JAMES LEWIS . I live opposite Mr. Austin. I was standing at my door—I saw the prisoner, about ten yards from Mr. Austin's, with the ham partly concealed under his coat—I immediately walked over, and said he must go back with me about it—he hesitated, and said he bad paid for it; it was all right—I secured him.
Prisoner. He said, "Where did you get that?" I said, "A gentleman asked me to carry it; it is bought and paid for." Witness. His words were, "I have bought and paid for it"—he did not point to anybody as having given it him to carry—he did not say the man was walking on—there was nobody near.
Prisoner's Defence. A man asked me to carry it as far as Holborn, and said he would give me 6d.
Prisoner. It is false; I was never convicted in my life. Witness. I was at the trial, and swear he is the man; your lordship tried him.
NEWMAN. I am a turnkey of Newgate. I know the prisoner by his being in Newgate—he was tried in the name of Boyle, I do not recollect what for—I knew him directly he came into the gaol, and challenged him with it.
GUILTY . Aged 19.— Transported for Ten Years.
WILLIAM JOHNSON . I am a porter to James Preston, oilman, of Oxford-street. In consequence of something I went out in search of two men—I found the prisoner in Argyle-street, about a hundred yards from our shop, with a bag on bis back—I asked what he had in it—he said "Two hams"—I said, "Come along with me"—he said, "Very well, you need not take hold of me, I won't run away"—the bag contained these two hams, which are Mr. Preston's—I had seen them safe ten minutes or a quarter of an hour before.
Prisoner. I was in Oxford-street looking for a job; a man asked me to carry a bag; I did so; he took me to the shop door and said, "Follow me;" I went to a public-house, and called for a pint of beer; he came in and said, "Go into the tap-room," which I did; the prosecutor came in, and the other man ran away. Witness. I found him in a tap-room, and another man—the prisoner did not say that man asked him to cany them.
GUILTY . Aged 22.— Confined Three Months.
2089. GEORGE ABBOTT was indicted for stealing, on the 26th of June, 2 pins, value 2s. 6d., the goods of Robert Jacques and another, in a vessel in a port of entry and discharge.—2nd COUNT, calling it 5 3/4lbs. weight of brass.
DAVID DAWSON . I am in the employ of Robert Jacques and Co., and am commander of the barque Mary Ann. On the 26th of June the prisoner was working on board—there were brass pins on board—the officer produced two to me which I compared with those in the vessel, and they were the same—they belong to Robert Jacques and his partner—I had not directed the prisoner to take them to Mr. Robinson—he had no business with them.
Cross-examined by MR. FRAZER. Q. Are you sure they belong to Mr. Jacques? A. They had been in the ship four years—the prisoner told me he had them out of the ship—they are worth about 4d. or 5d. a pound.
WILLIAM LONG . I stopped the prisoner coming out of the gate—I asked what he had about him—he said he had two brass pins, which he was going to take to Mr. Robinson's to get others made like them, only longer—I took him back to the ship—he had a piece of wood in his hand with a chalk mark on it, which he said was to be the length of the new ones—he said he was ordered to take them by Mr. Dawson.
(The prisoner received a good character.)
GUILTY . Aged 61.—Recommended to mercy.— Confined Two Months.
2090. WILLIAM MITCHELL was indicted for stealing, on the 30th of April, at St. George's, Hanover-square, 2 handkerchiefs, value 5s. 6d.; 1 scarf, 1s. 6d.; 10 crown pieces, 11 half crowns, 40 shillings, 41 sixpences, 21 groats, 36 pence, and 48 halfpence; the property of Peter Paget Meyrick, his master, in his dwelling-house; to which he pleaded
GUILTY . Aged 19.—Recommended to mercy.— Confined Nine Month.
JOHN WHITNEY . I live in Green-street, Stepney. On the 29th of June I saw the prisoner, and another one with him, who fetched the plane and gave it to the prisoner—the prisoner held the gate open while the other went in—I took him in to custody.
Prisoner's Defence. I met the other lad at Chatham; he went in, got the plane, and gave it me.
GUILTY . Aged 17.—Recommended to mercy.— Confined Three Months.
JOSEPH HAZLEMORE . I am a harness-maker, and live in Homer-street, Mary lebone. On the 30th of June the prisoner came to my shop for a bockle, I could not understand what sort she wanted—I missed this piece of lead, which I had seen safe ten minutes before—I did not see her take it—three quarters of an hour after I got an officer, went to the room where the lived, and found it there—it is mine—I use it for punching—it is worth half-a-crown or three shillings.
GUILTY . Aged 15.—Recommended to mercy.— Confined One Month.
2093. JOHN WHALEN was indicted for stealing, on the 16th of June, 133 pieces of printed paper, called toll tickets, value 6d.; and 133 pieces of printed paper, 6d.; the goods of the Trustees of the Cannon-street roads.—3 other COUNTS, stating them to belong to different persons.
MR. BALLANTINE conducted the Prosecution.
WILLIAM ROBINSON . I am employed by the Trustees of the Cannon-street roads as toll collector at St. George's gate. On Friday, the 16th of June, at three o'clock in the morning, I awoke and saw the prisoner in the toll-house—about six I got up, made some fresh tickets, and gave them to the boys that go round the gates for the purpose of cheeking—the boys have to account for the number of tickets they receive from me, and keep an account—I made those tickets from slips that are in my possession, which I keep in the cupboard—the prisoner came again in the evening at six o'clock—the slips were then safe—at least I could see that the key was in the cupboard—there were no slips taken away before—he asked me for a drink of water—I was having a discussion with a cabman outside—I let the prisoner have a drink of water—he went through the toll house into the yard to get it—there was no one else in there—the key was then in the cupboard, in which there were thousands of slips kept to cut up into tickets—I did not miss any after he was gone—I could not miss them, there being so many.
Cross-examined by MR. WILDE. Q. What were you before you were a toll collector? A. A barman—I left because I had a few words with my master and mistress—I did not leave from any complaint—I was never turned away for any charge—I have been working ever since I was nine years old—I made out fresh tickets at six o'clock on Friday morning—I gave some of them to two boys, named George Denny and Edward West, and the rest I put into my pocket to sell myself—I make them out by putting in the day of
the month and the price—the slips were in my care when I took the duty—I made out no more slips till the afternoon, when the prisoner came to ask for water—I left the key in the cupboard at six o'clock in the evening—I went to the cupboard about five minutes before six—I always keep the key while I am on duty—I went to get out the blank tickets about five or ten minutes before six—the cupboard was open from five to six—the key was in it—there are about ten trust gates in the parish.
MR. BALLANTINE. Q. When you talk of making slips and tickets I suppose you mean entering the number and price? A. Yes, it is my duty not to communicate the number and price to any body.
PETER FREDERICK SIEVERS . I am employed to collect tolls in the Commercial-road. On Saturday, the 17th, about ten o'clock in the morning, the prisoner came up to me at the James-street bar (the James-street boy was there), he said, "Do you want to buy any tickets?"—we said, "No"—he gave West one of the tickets—we took that down to Mr. Hawkins, and told him—I returned to the James-street bar—the prisoner was there—we had been told to keep him in talk—I asked how much he wanted for the tickets—he said he would sell us seven tickets for sixpence—he showed them to me in his pocket—I suppose there were one hundred and thirty-five slips—he said he would take one shilling for the lot—there was seven different numbers—if I had taken them they would have enabled me to pass carriages, and I should not have been obliged to account for the money received—he said he had bought them yesterday, and they very nearly cost him 1s.—I saw them taken from him afterwards—he shook his fist at me as he was going away, and said, "If you tell, I will kill you," or "smash you," I cannot tell which—I had never seen him before to my recollection.
GEORGE HAWKINS . On the 17th I received a communication from Sievers in consequence of which I gave him some directions, and the prisoner was brought to me—I took him to the toll-house, told him I understood he had got a lot of tickets, and wished to know how he came by them—he said he had not got any—I felt convinced he had, and told him to produce them—he said he had torn them up, and thrown them away—I searched him, and found these tickets concealed inside his trowsers behind—they are at they are sent to our place by Mr. Aris—they are not in the state to be passed till they are dated.
Cross-examined. Q. There are a great quantity of these slips made? A. Yes—I have given different quantities to the various persons employed by the trustees—on the 16th of November I had out from a dozen to fourteen—I make them out as I require them—I cannot state how many slips Robinson had—I had left slips of that description with him at the toll-gate.
(The prisoner received a good character.)
GUILTY .—Recommended to mercy.— Confined One Month.
GEORGE WAISTALL . I am a cheesemonger, and live in King's-road, East, Chelsea. On the 21st of May the prisoner came to my shop, and asked for a pound of butter and a pound of cheese for Mr. Nodes, who was in the habit of dealing with me—I had not known the prisoner before—I knew he had been to the shop—I believed he came from Mr. Nodes, and gave him the butter—I should not have done so, had I not believed he came from Mr. Nodes.
FREDERICK WARD NEWSON . I am in the employ of Mr. Carter, a grocer at Chelsea. On the 25th of May the prisoner came and asked for a quarter of a pound of tea and a pound of lump sugar—seeing him in Mr. Node's employment, I concluded it was for him—after I gave it him, I said "For Mr. Nodes"—he said, "Yes."
HENRY NODES . I did not send the prisoner to Mr. Waistall for a pound of butter, cheese, or anything else—he was not in my service on the 21st of May—I did not employ him to get anything in any way at that time.
GUILTY . Aged 14.— Confined Three Months, the last week solitary.
NOT GUILTY .
GUILTY . Aged 20.— Confined Three Months.
WILLIAM KEMMISH . I am a boot and shoemaker, and live in Lowther Arcade. On the 23rd of June, in consequence of something, I watched my shop, and saw the prisoner take a pair of boots from the door-post—I had watched her for two hours—I immediately took hold of her, brought her in, and sent for a constable.
(Property produced and sworn to.)
Prisoner's Defence. A young woman who was with me took one pair.
GUILTY . Aged 18.— Confined Six Months.
CHARLES TEBBUTT . I am a ship-builder, at Limehouse, I have more than one partner. In consequence of information, I went to Desent's yard, and saw four pieces of deal—they appear to resemble mine—I had not missed them—I had a great number of that sort lying on the wharf, adjoining the Thames—I never saw the prisoner before.
WILLIAM DESENT . I am a timber-merchant. I saw these four dealt in a barge called the Patty, with my fire-wood, at Watson's wharf, Millbank—I detained them—the prisoner had the charge of the barge—he said they belonged to him—I told him I should detain them until I had proper authority to deliver them up—he said, "You are right," or similar words—I saw him after that, and he said he would give me his address.
THOMAS MARLING . I am a wood-cutter, employed by Mr. Desent. I saw the Patty on the Sunday, there were no deals in it then—I do not know who had charge of her—she was loaded with fire-wood, and laid up at Mr. Webb's wharf—the prisoner brought her to Watson's wharf on the Monday—I saw the deals in her then, on the top of the cargo—the prisoner came, and asked me why I took the deals out of the barge—I told him my master ordered me—he said I had no business.
HENRY LLOYD . I brought the barge Patty down on Sunday morning, by Mr. Downing's orders—she had no deals in her then—I employed the prisoner by my master's orders, left her at Webb's wharf, and gave him a card to put her under Watson's wharf.
WILLIAM SLADDEN (police-constable.) I apprehended the prisoner, and told him he was charged with stealing four deals—he said, "I did not steal them; I certainly said they were mine"—I said, "When you received charge of the barge what orders had you from the lad?"—he said, "To deliver the wood that was on board to Mr. Desen."
NOT GUILTY .
NOT GUILTY .
OLD COURT.—Wednesday, July 5, 1843.
Third Jury, before Mr. Baron Gurney.
(The prosecutor did not appear.)
NOT GUILTY .
MESSRS. BALLANTINE and CARTEEN conducted the Prosecution.
WIILIAM PENNY (police-inspector.) On Tuesday, the 20th of Jane, I accompanied Redman, Farrar, and Fink, to No. 24, Blue-anchor-alley, St. Lake's—the street door was opean—I proceeded to the first floor front room—the door was locked—with Redman's assistance, I forced it open, and on entering found Elliott sitting on the side of a bed, close to the fire, Hamllton sitting on a chair by the fire, close to the window, binding show, and Oliver standing up quite close to a dear fire—Ellott had no coat on, and his shirt sleeves were tucked up—as I entered, Oliver seized a mould from the hob, put it into her mouth, and broke it to pieces, took it out of her mouth, and pot it between her legs, outside her clothes—Redman seized her by the arms—I picked up the pieces of the mould, and produce them—they were hot—I found a cup on the hob containing these eleven counterfeit shillings quite hot—we took the prisoners into custody—about five minutes after, a knock came to the, door—I said no one could come in—the prisoner Smith called out that her was the landlord of the room, and he would be d----d if he would not come in—I immediately went and unlocked the door, laid hold of him by the collar, and said he was the person I wanted—he had a half-quartern loaf, some sugar, coffee, and dripping under his arm—he was searched, and had nothing about him.
ELLIOTT. When they entered the room I was asleep on the bed. Witness. He was sitting on the bed, but was not asleep.
HENRY REDMAN (police-constable G 224.) I accompanied Penny to the room—Oliver was standing near the fire-place—I saw her seize a mould from the hob, put it to her mouth, and then between her legs—it broke—I took from the grate two pipes, one of which had got a little fluid metal in it—they were quite hot—I also found two sixpences, a shilling, and a paper with some
plaster-of-Paris in it—I took Elliott and Oliver to the station—Oliver was crying very much—Elliott told her not to fret, that he knew what he should get, he should get from ten to fifteen years, and she would get eighteen months.
Elliott. Q. Was I not asleep when you entered the room? A. No, you were sitting on the foot of the bed.
JOHN FINK (police-constable G 47.) I went to the fire-place and took from the left hob this mould for a shilling quite hot—as I was taking Elliott and Smith to the station, some person in the street hallooed out, "Jem, what in the matter?"—Elliott said, "They have got us all to rights, they have got eleven in the trap."
BENJAMIN FARRAR (police-constable G 200.) I searched Elliott. I found a counterfeit sixpence in his right hand waistcoat pocket, also two good shillings and a sixpence—I found a file and a pair of scissors in a table drawer—the file had white metal in the teeth—on the shelf, on the right hand of the fire-place, I found a small quantity of plaster-of-Paris powder in a piece of paper—we were all in plain clothes.
ELIZABETH SPILLER . I am the wife of James Spiller, and live at No. 24, Blue-anchor-alley. On the 9th of June Hamilton and Smith came together and took the room in which they were found—the other two prisoner came about four days after, and they all remained there until the officer came—I received some rent from Hamilton on the Monday before they were taken—I did not see any of them the morning they were taken.
MR. JOHN FIELD . I am inspector of coin to the Mint—(examine the articles produced)—here are some pieces of a broken plaster-of-Paris should intended for casting shillings—there are parts of the impression of the shilling on it now—here is an entire mould for casting shillings, having the impression of both sides of a shilling—these eleven shillings are all counterfeit, in an unfinished state, and all, I believe, cast in the last named mould—here if a good shilling, which I believe, from its appearance, and from the mark on the mould, was used to make the mould for the counterfeit shillings—I am confident of that—here is a tobacco-pipe, which has some white metal in the bowl, which appears to have been fused—here is a small piece of white metal corresponding with the counterfeit shillings—it is what is termed a get, which fills up the channel of the mould—a file is used to remove the surplus metal which is now on all the shillings—the scissors may be used to separate the get from the coin—here is some plaster-of-Paris in powder, which is the same sort of substance of which the moulds are formed—here are also three counterfeit sixpences and two good shillings.
Smith's Defence. I was out all the morning; I came home about half-past twelve or one o'clock with the loaf and butter; I did not know the constables were there; I tried to open the door; they asked who was there, I said, "Me;" they asked who I was, I said I belonged to the room; they directly opened the door, caught hold of me, and sent me up against the wainscot with all their force.
Elliott's Defence. On the 20th of June a man came up to me, and asked if would let him turn out a few of these things: I said, "No;" he pressed me very hard, and I consented; he is a returned transport, named William Jones, and had only just come out from twelve months' imprisonment for uttering; he made three, which he intended for himself; he said, "I am going down to buy some thing;" I said, "Bill, I don't like them in my place, take them away at once;" he said, "Will you give me two sixpences for a shilling?" which I did, and it was one of these; I went to sleep, and awoke with the scuffle in the room; I found the officers there, and was secured; Jones is the
man that laid the information against us, and Mr. Powell will tell you the same; he has done it for the reward of 5l. or 6l., which Mr. Powell gives.
Oliver's Defence. I came in with my goods at a quarter to twelve o'clock. I saw the things lying there; I said to Elliott that they had no right there; he said no, a man was coming to take them away directly. I found he did not come, and got up to break them, knowing they had no right there; when the officers came in—I had hardly time to put the basket out of my hands.
Hamilton's Defence. The young man came up, and put these things on the hob, and told us not to touch them. I did not know what they were. I was busy at my work, which I was to finish by six o'clock, and did not touch them; he said, if I meddled with them I should do a great deal of harm.
SMITH— NOT GUILTY .
ELLIOTT— GUILTY . Aged 20.
OLIVER— GUILTY . Aged 21.
HAMILTON— GUILTY . Aged 26.
Transported for Fifteen Years.
NOT GUILTY .
MESSRS. WILDE and E. PLATT conducted the Prosecution.
CALEB EDWARD POWELL . I am assistant solicitor to the Mint. I produce a copy of the record of the conviction of Samuel Richardson at this Court, at the Jan. session, 1838—I have examined it with the original record, and it is a true copy—(read)
GEORGE HOARE . I am deputy-governor of the House of Correction of Middlesex, and was so in Jan. 1838. I know the prisoner—he was imprisoned there for two years, for uttering counterfeit coin—I have no doubt he is the same person.
JOSEPH DAVIES LEATHART . On the 10th of June, about six o'clock in the evening, I was in Regent-street, and saw the prisoner with two women—I saw him take something from one of the women, which looked to me like a shilling—seeing that, I watched, and saw the prisoner go into a silk-mercer's shop in Regent-street, and come out again—I went into the shop, and made inquiry—when I came out I saw him again, and watched him into another shop, and one of the women went into another shop—I think it was a public-house, but I lost him and the two women—I afterwards saw him join the women, and after going through several streets they went into Oxford-street—he joined the women again after coming out of the silk-mercer's, and after he came out of another shop, just at the back of Regent-street—I met Hancock, the policeman, and told him something—I afterwards saw the prisoner go into Mr. Tritton's public-house—the two women went past the house—the moment he came out I went in, and made inquiries—I came out, he rejoined the women, and I followed them down Regent-street—he stopped at Mr. Reed's, a biscuit-shop, at the corner of Hanover-street, and went in there—he came out, joined the women again, and went down Maddox-street, at the back of the church, and went into the Coach and Horses, at the corner of Conduit street—after he came out I went in and made inquiry—he rejoined the women, and went into Bond-street—we then lost him again—the two women waited for him—I again saw him join the women, and go up towards Old Bond-street, towards Piccadilly, and go into Mr. Mansfield's
public-house—he came out, rejoined the women, and went into Piccadilly, where they were all three taken.
Cross-examined by MR. CHARNOCK. Q. What are you? A. A paper-hanger and decorator—I am in the employ of a firm in Oxford-street, and have been so for the last eighteen years.
Q. How came you to be watching these persons in the way you describe? A. I have got an unfortunate suspicious way of looking when I see these characters, and I cannot help it—I have been afflicted with this suspicious way of looking for some years—I am sorry to say I have often been engaged is these sort of things—you, gentlemen, call me the thief-taker—when I see these characters I take them—I am not employed by any one to do so—I always do it of my own accord—I have been a parish constable—I am not one now—I cannot say how often I have been a witness—I do not make a good income by it—it is money out of my pocket, but I cannot help it.
ROBERT TRITTON . I keep the Nag's Head public-house, in Oxford-street. On the 10th of June, about a quarter past six o'clock in the evening, the prisoner came in, asked for a glass of half-and-half, and gave a shilling in payment—I took it up, and laid it on one side, on the underneath counter—I gave him sixpence, and 4 1/2 d. in copper, change—he merely put the beer to his lips, and then left it—he might have drank one-fourth—I was engagedin giving change to another party, and the prisoner knocked on the counter, and said, "Now, landlord"—I gave him the change, and he left—Leathart then came in, and asked a question, in consequence of which I looked at the shilling, and found it bad—I marked it, wrapped it up in paper, and put it into my pocket, that it should not get mixed with other money—I gave it to Hancock the same night—it had never been out of my possession, and I am positive it was the shilling I received from the prisoner.
Cross-examined by MR. PAYNE. Q. How long after you received it was your attention called to it? A. Scarcely a moment—I had never seen the prisoner before—I did not see him for above a minute or two—I saw him again on Monday morning—this was on Saturday evening.
LOUIS ORTNER . I keep the Coach and Horses, in Conduit-street. On Saturday, the 10th of June, about a quarter to seven o'clock in the evening, a man came to my house, and asked for a glass of porter—I will not swear to the prisoner—my wife served him, in my presence—he threw down a shilling in a slop where some beer was spilt—I took it up and threw it into the till—at that time there were two shillings, some sixpences, and half-a-crown, in the till—I had taken a great deal of silver out a few minutes before, and put it into another place—I noticed that the shilling was a dark one—my wife gave a sixpence, a fourpenny-piece, and a halfpenny, change, and the man went out at one door as Leathart came in at the other—he asked some questions; in consequence of which, I looked into the till, and found three shillings there—I took out a dark shilling—the other two were white, and of the old reign, not at all like this, and it was wet—I found it was bad—Hancock came in directly after Leathart—he bit it, and told us to keep it till he returned—I wrapped it up in paper, and put it into my pocket till he came back at night—I am sure I gave him the same shilling—no person came in between my receiving the shilling and Leathart coming in.
CHARLES MANSFIELD . I am a victualler, and live in Old Bond-street. On the evening of the 10th of June, a man, (I cannot say whether it was the prisoner.) came in and asked for a glass of porter—he gave a shilling in payment—I gave him change, and put the shilling into the till—there were from eight to ten shillings in the till—the man drank about half of his beer, and left immediately—Leathart then came into the shop—no one had
come in between the person's going out and Leathart's coming in—in consequence of what he said, I inspected my money, and found a bad shilling—I marked it, and afterwards gave it to Hancock—I could not say that the shilling I marked was the one I received from the man—I turned the money all out on the counter, and detected it.
JOHN SIMS HANCOCK (police-sergeant E 12.) On Saturday evening, the 10th of June, about six o'clock, I was in company with Leathart, in Oxford-street, and saw the prisoner there with two women, close by Blenheim-steps—I saw the prisoner leave the two women, and go into Mr. Tritton's, come out again, and join the women—Leathart went in directly, came out, and spoke to me—I followed them into Conduit-street—the prisoner went into the Coach and Horses, and came out again—Leathart went in, and I followed him—the landlord was then looking at the shilling—the prisoner joined the women afterwards at the bottom of Conduit-street, and there I lost him—I saw him again afterwards—he joined the women, and went into Mr. Mansfield's public-house—he came out again—Leathart went in, came out, and we followed them into Piccadilly, where, with the assistance of two of the C division, I took them—Mr. Ortner showed the shilling to me—this is it—it it a dark one—I marked it, and returned it to him—I afterwards received the same shilling from him—I searched the prisoner, and found on him one shilling, sixteen sixpences, ten fourpenny pieces, and 1s. 7 1/2 d. in copper, all good.
GUILTY . Aged 26.— Transported for Ten Years.
2104. EDWARD FLYNN was indicted for feloniously assaulting Ellen Flynn, on the 19th of May, and cutting and wounding her in and upon the head and forehead, with intent to kill and murder her.—2nd COUNT, stating his intent to be to maim and disable.—3rd COUNT, with intent to do her some grievous bodily harm.
ELLEN FLYNN . The prisoner is my husband—we lived in Gee's-court, Marylebone. On the night of the 19th of May he came home about twelve o'clock, very drunk, and asked me to get his supper—he was so aggravating, I would not do it, and he gave me no money—he had something he was working with all the day long, and he heaved it after me, and it catched me on the back of my head—I had been finding fault with him, and said he was a very bad man, for spending the money, as he knew the poverty I was in—I believe it was a hatchet, he merely threw at me—it caught me just by the side of my face—it did not hurt me much—he spoke very violent and improper words.
Prisoner. I was so aggravated, I did not know what I did. Witness. I beg for mercy for him.
Primer's Defence. I was at work; when I came home in the afternoon my wife was very tipsy; I requested her to get my supper ready; I had not received my money, though my job was finished; she was insolent, and did not attempt to get it, but did nothing but abuse me; she ran out into the passage, and I must have flung this after her, but I was intoxicated.
GUILTY of an Assault. Aged 44.— Confined Six Months.
2105. MARY WHALEN, CATHERINE HALL , and JULIA LYONS , were indicted for feloniously assaulting Benjamin Edmonds, on the 26th of June, and taking from his person, and against his will, 1 sovereign, his monies, and feloniously beating, striking, and using other personal violence to him.
BENJAMIN EDMONDS . I am a sailor. On the night of the 26th of June I was going up Ratcliffe-highway, and fell in with Whalen—I went home with her, and went up stairs to her bed-room—she asked if I had got any money—I said I had got no change, I would pay her in the morning—I laid down on the bed—I did not like the place, and came down—as soon as I came down, the three prisoners fell upon me, pulled me down on the floor by the hair of my head, beat my head, tore all my clothes, my jacket and pockets, and took away my watch-pocket, with a sovereign in it—I had no watch—they then went out at the back-door—I got out, and called the police—a policeman came—I told him I had been robbed of a sovereign, and ill-used besides—he took Hall, and the other two were taken afterwards.
Whalen. He only came out of prison that day, he said he had no money, but would give me his jacket to stop all night, and call in the morning for it, Witness. I had no money—I came to Clerkenwell for one day for getting tipsy, because I had been sent home, went on board my ship, and got the balance of my wages, which was 23s.—I laid out, the shillings, and the sovereign I had in my watchpocket—I did not say I would leave her the jacket—I was perfectly sober.
JAMES WITTLETON . I am a policeman. I was called into this house, on hearing the alarm, between two and three o'clock on Monday morning—I found Edmonds standing outside, complaining of having been beat and robbed of a sovereign by three females and two black men—his clothes were very much torn, and he was very much beat about the head—I apprehended Hall at No. 5, Luke's-place, which was the house the prosecutor had been in, directly after the charge—I told her the charge—she said it was no such thing, he had no money—on Tuesday morning, about eleven o'clock, I apprehended Lyons—I told her she was charged with stealing a sovereign and assaulting the man—she said, "No such thing, he had no money"—the prosecutor had been drinking, but was not drunk.
Hall. Q. Was I talking to him when you came up? A. Yes, you were talking to him outside—I did not find any money.
WILLIAM TAPLIN (policeman.) I apprehended Whalen on Tuesday night about half-past eleven o'clock, and told her the charge—she said he had no money about him, that he came home with her, and promised to pay her when he came again; that after being some time with her he went down, and the landlady stopped him and asked if he had paid her; she said no, and after scuffling he endeavoured to force his way out the back way, and tore his clothes and damaged his face in attempting to get out.
Whalen's Defence. He said he had no money, but would give me his jacket to stop all night; when we went up stain I asked him for his jacket; he said he would give it me in the morning; he got up about half-past four o'clock, and was going out of the yard door to get over the palings with his shoes in his hand; I laid hold of him by the waistcoat, and tore his waistcoat and trowsers; when he got back into the house he knocked me down, and said he would choke me, and if I did not let him go he would get out of the window; he went up stairs, came down again, threw me downstairs, and fell over me, and his head came against a chair; he went up again, was abusing me very much, and the other prisoners came to assist me.
Hall's Defence. The prosecutor and Whalen came home on Monday night; she asked for something to drink; he said he had no money; she asked how he was to pay her; he said he would give her his jacket in the morning; I heard a row, went and asked what was the matter; he said
he would serve me the same if I did not get out of the way; he kicked me and knocked me down; I staid with him till the policeman came; we were going to give him in charge, but he called the policeman before us.
Lyons's Defence. The young woman asked me what it was about; I went, and he struck me, and said if I did not go away he would serve me the same; I went away; I do not live in the house.
NOT GUILTY .
2106. ISABELLA HIGGINBOTHAM was indicted for feloniously assaulting Elizabeth Treasure, on the 12th of June, and cutting and wounding her on the right hand and left arm, with intent to maim and disable her.—2nd COUNT, with intent to do her some grievous bodily harm.
ELIZABETH TREASURE . I live in Buckeridge-court, Buckeridge-street, St. Giles's; the prisoner lived next door to me. I was up stairs in my room—the prisoner was down, outside her own door in the court—I heard her say I had taken her candle and candlestick—I sent one of my children to say I had not got it—I put my head out of window—she used bad expressions, and said I had got them—I came out into the court afterwards, and she accused me of it again—I put on my gown, and went down with my candle and candlestick in my hand to show her it was not hers, and said I had no other—she immediately used bad expressions, took up a knife, and said if I said so again she would cut me—she cut me across the middle of my hand with a knife, then took up a fork and stabbed me in the left arm—I went out, and her husband and her, and another woman, followed me out and all beat me—I lent up against the wall to support myself, for I was quite faint with the loss of blood—a person fetched the police—when he came she had gone into her own room—I put my hand through the window, and pulled the curtain aside, to show the policeman where she was gone—the policeman told me to have my hand attended to, and he would take her in the morning—I went to the work—house—the doctor there would not have anything to do with it, it might be a locked jaw case—I was taken to Charing-cross hospital—they were two hours taking me there, from my continual fainting.
JOHN MOORE . I am house-surgeon at Charing-cross Hospital. The prosecutrix was brought there early in the morning, with a wound on the back of the hand, about two inches long, dividing the skin across the superficial veins at the back of the hand, which produced a hemorrhage—she was very faint—I dressed it—the hemorrhage stopped, and I believed the wound would soon heal, but it did not do so well as I expected—she has been a patient at the hospital ever since—it was a wound about two inches long, very smoothly cut—I believe it was done with a sharp instrument—when I went to the police—office she complained of a stab in the left arm, and pointed out three punctures from the fork—they were not of any consequence—I had not seen them before.
LAVINIA GREEN . I was called, about twenty minutes to eleven o'clock, and saw Mr. and Mrs. Goff, and another woman, beating the prosecutrix—I did not see the prisoner beat her—I assisted in taking her to the hospital.
CONSTANCE BARNETT . I was in bed between ten and eleven o'clock. I was told something, went down and saw the prisoner, her husband, and Mrs. Goff striking the prosecutrix, who was supporting herself against the brick wall—I immediately went for the police.
THOMAS FULLER (policeman.) I was called on this disturbance, and saw the prosecutrix with her hand cut—I advised her to go to the hospital—I went to the window—she took the curtain in her hand and showed me the prisoner in the room—the prisoner immediately came to the window and tried to pull
it together, and the prosecutrix struck her through the window—I pulled her away and told her to go to the hospital and get her arm dressed—she was cut before I saw her.
WILLIAM BOYESON (policeman.) I was told by the Magistrate to bring the prisoner before him—when I did so, she said the wound had been inflicted by the prosecutrix thrusting her hand through a pane of glass, and she showed me some blood on a pane of glass.
MR. MOORE re-examined. I do not think it was cut with glass—it appeared to have been done with some very sharp instrument.
Prisoner's Defence. We had been drinking together in the afternoon; she came down and took my candle and candlestick off, and went out; when she came down she was calling me very bad names, and put her hand through the pane of glass and broke it.
GUILTY of an Assault. Aged 50.— Confined Four Months.
MR. WILKINS conducted the Prosecution.
JOHN GOODMAN . I am a cattle salesman. I was in Smith field-market on Friday, the 9th of June, and had five wether sheep for sale—the prisoner came and bargained for them—it is the custom if the sheep are not paid for at the close of the market, they are generally locked up till they are paid for—the party purchasing them is expected to pay the money at the banker's where the sheep are entered—he is informed where that bank is—on paying the money for them into the bank he receives an order for the delivery of them—the prisoner has never paid me for the sheep—I had never seen him before that day to my recollection—at the close of the market, the sheep not being paid for, were locked up in Turner and Clark's yard—I came to town again on the Monday—I saw the prisoner again, on the following Friday, in the market—he bargained for seven sheep and five lambs—he did not pay for them—he was afterwards driving them away and I stopped him—in consequence of that I sent my man to inquire about the five sheep I had sold him the week before, and from information I received, I took him with me to Turner's yard, and he was apprehended that day.
COURT. Q. Did you tell him what bank to pay the money at? A. I did not tell him, but I expect he knew—it is their place to inquire what bank.
WILLIAM BURGESS . I am a drover. On Friday the 9th of June, I took five sheep to Clark's yars—the prisoner went to the bottom of the yard with me—he said he had purchased these sheep, and wanted me to drive them down to Mr. Oliver's, who is a butcher, and I should have something to drink—I drove them out of Clark's yard, but not to Oliver's:—I had not received instructions from my master where to drive them—I saw the prisoner again on the Monday—Mr. Clark showed me this order—I saw it produced to the prisoner on the Friday after, and he said it was his writing, and that he had sold four sheep to Mr. Buckope, and one to Mr. Oliver.
Cross-examined by MR. CLARKSON. Q. What passed about the order? A. When he went to the yard he said he wrote out that order—that was on Friday when he went up Mr. Clark's yard—he was up the yard with me, Mr. Goodman, and a Jew—Mrs. Clark had it in her hand when he said he wrote it—I do not know whether he can write—he was near enough to see it.
COURT. Q. How came he at Clark's yard at that time? A. Mr. Goodman
had taken him up and brought him there—he said, "I want you to come up the yard with me," and he went with him—he asked him whether, he had paid for the sheep, and he said that would be all right—the order wai then produced, and he said it was his writing—nobody had said before that that he had better tell the truth, or confess, to my knowledge.
EULALIA MARTHA CLARK . I am the wife of Charles Ranspach Clarke. On the 9th of June Burgess brought five sheep to my premises, to he locked up in Mr. Goodman's name—next day the prisoner came to our premises, and said he had come for five sheep he had bought of Mr. Goodman—I said he could not have them without an order—he went away, and came again on the Monday, about three or half-past three o'clock in the afternoon—he did not produce an order then, but asked for them, and was again refused—he came again in about half an hour, and produced this order, which I put on the file—I gave him the sheep—I am quite certain this is the order—I told him he must pay for the locking up—he went away and brought Oliver, and got the money from him, to pay for the keep of the sheep—I then told my man to let him have the sheep—he drove them away—he came on the following Friday with Mr. Goodman, to my premises—the order was shown to him—no one told him it would be better to confess, or speak the truth—he said he wrote the order.
Cross-examined. Q. Do you know Oliver? A. I did not know his name at the time, I knew his person—I did not understand that the sheep were for him—I never inquired—he lent 1s. 10d. to pay for the keep—I knew nothing of the prisoner—he said he wrote the order—Mr. Goodman asked him where he got the order.
WILLIAM OLIVER . I am a butcher, and live in Turnmill-street, Clerkenwell. On Monday, the 12th of June, I met the prisoner promiscuously in Cow-cross—he said, "Mr. Oliver, will you let me kill five sheep at your place?"—I had seen him once before—it it usual to allow people to slaughter sheep—there is a regular sum paid for it—I gave him leave to do it—he said, "They are paid for, will you lend me 2s. to pay for the locking up"—I went with him to the Rose and Crown, Clark's yard, to see if it was all right—we saw Mrs. Clark—I lent him the 2s. when I saw the sheep there—I believe he drove the sheep away—I afterwards went home, and found him killing them at my premises—I got the entrails and paunches for allowing him to kill them.
Cross-examined. Q. Do you mean to represent that it is customary for butchers to permit their premises to be used for slaughtering sheep? A. Yes, for the guts and paunches—several deal in that way—Mr. Russell, of Cow-cross, for one—he killed them on the Monday, about four o'clock, and took four away on the Tuesday—I was present when they were killed—the skins went to Mr. Challis, a skin salesman—my skin-man took them to Mr. Challis's skin-man, at nine o'clock the same night, by the prisoner's direction—I had seen the prisoner once before, when he went by my shop—he asked me where my father was, as he passed by—I said he was gone to Smithfield—that is all I knew of him—I did not know who he was, or how he got his living—he appeared to be a butcher by his dress—he said they were paid for—I went up the yard, and saw them delivered to him—I saw this order there—I never saw it before—the porter came next morning with the prisoner, about nine or ten, and took them away—I keep a butcher's shop—the money for the skins is at the book now—they were booked by my skin-man, but in the prisoner's name—he left orders with my man to take them there—I was present when the skin-man took them away, and heard the prisoner order him to do so—I never saw him write.
MR. WILKINS. Q. How long have you been in business? A. Twenty years—I have been at my present honse fifteen years—I saw the order in Clark's yard—it was produced to the prisoner in my presence—he said he wrote it.
GUILTY . Aged 30.— Transported for Ten Years.
2108. HENRY ALLEN was indicted for burglariously breaking and entering the dwelling-house of William Henry Large, on the 15th of June, at St. Luke, Chelsea, and stealing therein, 1 watch, value 2l.; 1 snuff-box, 2l.; part of a ring, 19s.; 1 pair of scissors, 1s.; 1 snap, 6d.; his goods; and that he had been before convicted of felony.
WILLIAM HENRY LARGE . I live at No. 14, Upper Gloucester-place, King's-road, St. Luke, Chelsea. On Thursday, the 15th of June, between half-past four and seven minutes after five o'clock, I had in my sitting-room a watch, on a stand on the mantel-piece, and a tortoiseshell snuff-box, inlaid with silver, mounted with a miniature, and supposed to be set in gold, containing several articles—I had the watch in my possession at twenty minutes after four—the private door was not open, but a latch-key was occasionally left in the hall—somebody must have got in by means of a latch-key, without breaking the door—I do not know the prisoner—I saw some of my property again on Saturday morning—I had seen the door secure myself, at half-past three, and my servants were out of the house at that time, and did not return till afterwards.
ALFRED HULME . I am assistant to Mr. Hyam, a pawnbroker, of Hamlin-place, Fulham-road. On the 15th of June, between four and six o'clock, the prisoner brought this snuff-box, and sold it to me for 4s.—he came again on the 16th, and pledged a metal watch for 5s. in the name of George Lapmore, No. 9, Queen's-gardens.
HENRY REYNER (policeman.) On the evening of the 17th of June, I took the prisoner in charge from the last witness, took him to the satation, found this seal and snap on him—when he was before the Magistrate he said he picked them up.
MR. LARGE re-examined. These are all mine—I have been offered ten guineas for the box.
Prisoner's Defence. I did not take the watch or box; a man gave me 6d. to take three books to the pawnbrokers.
GUILTY . Aged 19.— Transported for Life.
There was another indictment against the prisoner.
2109. CHARLES SHARPE was indicted for burglariously breaking and entering the dwelling-house of George Desvignes, about four o'clock in the night of the 18th of June, at St. James, Westminster, with intent to steal.
GEORGE DESVIGNES . I am a diamond merchant, and live at No. 2, Golden-square, in the parish of St. James. On the 19th of June, about four o'clock in the morning, I was awoke by the policeman springing a rattle—I looked out of window—the policeman said something—I west down directly, and found the prisoner lying under the table in my dining-room—I opened the door, let in the policeman, and gave him in charge.
Prisoner. Q. Did not you find the bar as you left it at night? A. Yes—there was a long bar which I put up, and found it at I left it—there are two divisions in one shutter—you had opened the top shutter, which I had shut, but I suppose not fastened—I cannot say whether I had fastened it or not—the upper window-sash was not quite up to the top.
JOHN CROSSLEY (policeman.) I was in Golden-square on the night in question, and saw two men standing on the outside of the pavement opposite No. 2—I looked at them a little while, and saw the upper sash of the window drum down—I ran up, and saw the prisoner look out of the window—the other two men drew my attention to it—I was on the other side of the square—I alarmed the house, went in, and found the prisoner under the table—he gave no account of himself, but pretended to be drunk—he had got on the top of some rails, pulled down the top sash of the window, and climbed over the lower sash.
Prisoner's Defence. I was in liquor, and as I found the house to, I got in to get out of the policeman's way.
GUILTY . Aged 26.— Transported for Fifteen Years.
2110. MARGARET SMITH was indicted for stealing, on the 26th of June, at St. James, Clerkenwell, 2 pairs of salt cellars, value 2l.; 22 spoons, 6l. 10s.; 2 pairs of knife rests, 10s.; 1 cream-jug, 1l. 10s.; 1 butter-knife, 12s.; 1 pair of sugar-tongs, 10s.; 2 watches, 12l. 1 petticoat, 2s.; I sheet, 5s.; and 2 gowns, 10s.; the goods of James Hunter, in the dwelling-house of Nicholas Rondil; to which she pleaded
GUILTY .— Transported for Ten Years.
2111. PATRICK DOHERTY was indicted for stealing, on the 3rd of July, 48lbs. weight of lead, value 8s.; the goods of Robert Adams, and fixed to a building; and that he had been before convicted of felony.
THOMAS RUMBLE . I am a surveyor. I was superintending a building at Pimlico for Mr. Adams—the prisoner was in the bricklayer's employ who was building there—on Monday we had missed some lead off one of the roofs—I received information—went and saw the lead was removed from the flat over one of the buildings—a piece corresponding to a portion taken off the flat was found in a basket placed in one of the kitchens—I saw it there—we set watch, and saw a man, who I believe to be the prisoner, go into the area—I went out, and at the prisoner coming along with a heavy bundle—I called him by the name he generally goes by, and said, "What have you there?"—he said, "Lead"—I said, "Come with me into the house"—he came, aad I gave him in charge of a policeman—I afterwards compared the lead with the place, and it exactly corresponded—there was about 48lbs.
NATHANIEL NORRIS . I am a plumber—I laid this lead down. I was at Adams's house on Monday, and saw the prisoner come out of the building with the lead under his arm—he was stopped—I afterwards compared the lead with the roof—it matched a piece which was cut out—I am quite certain it had come from that spot—it is new, and had been down about three weeks.
GUILTY .— Transported for Twelve Years.
after some time I turned my back, and fancied I heard her double something up—I turned round, and all at once she said she would pay 3d. on the one she was looking at, and call and fetch it in a few minutes, and to tell the truth she was going to the pop-shop—she patted something on the counter which I had not observed before, signifying she was going to pawn that, and went out—her singular manner roused my suspicion—I ran over the blouses, but did not miss any—I looked on the counter, and missed a waistcoat, which was there a minute before—I called somebody into the shop, ran out, orertook her, and said, had not she a waistcoat of mine—she said she had not—I said I missed one, and she must come back with me—she came back—there was a great mob at the door—I called the servant into the shop—there was a customer there—my attention was drawn to the door—the servant called out, in her hearing, "She has thrown the waistcoat behind the counter"—I looked, and there it was—a policeman came in, and I gave her in charge.
CAROLINE CRESSEY . I am in the service of Mr. Giles. I saw the prisoner lift her gown up, take something from under it, and throw it behind the counter—when she was moved I looked, and it was this waistcoat.
(Property produced and sworn to.)
Prisoner's Defence. I went into the shop to look at the blouses, and rolled my little girl's shawl up in my apron; I put it on the counter, and said I would call again in a few minutes.; when I got about fifty yards from the door he came, took me back, searched me, and found no waistcoat; I had been in the shop half an hour when the servant found the waistcoat.
GUILTY . Aged 28.— Confined Three Months.
JOSEPH BAYES . I am a gardener. About five o'clock yesterday I left my cart in Henrietta-street, Covent-garden, in the rank with others, with a coat, and a comforter in the pocket—I went into the market, and was not away from the cart two or three minutes before I saw the constable with the prisoner, and the coat on his back—the end of the comforter was hanging out of the pocket—I never saw the prisoner before.
WILLIAM WINCH (policeman). Yesterday morning, at five o'clock, I was in Covent-garden market—I saw the prisoner get into the art, take the coat out, get down, go into Bedford-street, put it on, and then walk up Bedford-street into King-street—I followed him on the opposite side of the way—he saw me looking at him, and turned the other way—I took him to Mr. Bayes, who claimed the coat and comforter.
(Property produced and sworn to.)
Prisoner's Defence. I did not take it out of the cart; I found it in the middle of the road behind the cart.
GUILTY . Aged 19.— Confined One Year.
CHARLES JAMES ELLIS . I am in the Inspector General's office at the Ordnance. On Saturday morning last, about half-past one o'clock, I was going up Regent-street—the prisoner accosted me, and asked me to treat her to a glass of ale—I refused—she said she was a Scotch woman, and she must have a glass of ale—I refused—she caught hold of my arm—I told her to go off, I had nothing to give her—she stopped with me some time after telling
her to go, and soon after left me very abruptly, and I found the money which I had in my pocket a few minutes before was gone—she went across the street—I ran after her, crying "Stop thief"—she ran down Regent-street—I overtook her at the other side of Glass-house-street, and gave her in charge—I had felt my money safe just at the bottom of Regent-street, under the piazza, to see if I bad any loose silver to pay my fare home by a cab—it was then quite safe—I accosted no one from that time till I saw the prisoner—I lost four 5l. Bank of England notes and five sovereigns—she ran a little above Haydon-court, forty or fifty yards or more—I was quite sober.
Cross-examined by MR. WILKINS. Q. Where had you been till this time in the morning? A. With a friend to Astley's theatre—I went there between six and nine o'clock—I cannot say within half an hour—my friend went into the country next morning—I left him on Westminster-bridge, after coming out of Astley's, about half-past twelve o'clock, or between that and one—the theatre was over at twelve, or after—we went to a tavern, and had a glass of ale, nothing else—I dare say it was an hour from the time I left my friend till I gave the prisoner in charge—I walked direct from Westminster-bridge to Regent-street—I had a dress coat on, but no waistcoat; and my coat was buttoned except the last one or two buttons—it was near Haydon-court where the prisoner accosted me, about midway between the Quadrant and the Circus—I was with her three or four minutes—she stopped me—it was against my will—I told her to desist, and go about her business—she ran about fifty yards—I pursuned her immediately—there is no one here who saw me in possession of the money that night—I had received it that afternoon at the office—I had not gone home after receiving it—I was in the office all the afternoon, and left about half-past four o'clock—I then went to the Albion Restaurants, in Piccadilly—I cannot say what time I left there—I took no wine or grog at or after dinner.
COURT. Q. In what pocket was your money? A. In the only pocket in my trowsers, which is like a fob—it opens just at the waistband—I had not my eye upon her from the time she quitted me till she was taken—she put her hand about several parts of my body, and about my pocket.
WILLIAM MERRYFIELD (policeman.) Last Saturday morning I was coming down Regent-street, and saw a crowd on the other side, five or six girls and two or three men—when I came over a man said to me, "Policeman, you are wanted"—I went on, and saw the prosecutor with the prisoner by the hand—he said to me, "I give this girl in charge for stealing 25l. of me"—I took her to the station—she was searched by a female, but nothing found.
Cross-examined. Q. I presume you kept a strict eye upon her during the whole time she was in your custody? A. I did—the prosecutor was not the worse for liquor.
NOT GUILTY .
Fourth Jury, before Mr. Recorder.
2115. JOHN THOMPSON was indicted for stealing, on the 21st of June, 1 pair of boots, value 16s.; the goods of Edward Travers; also, on the 29th of May, 1 waistcoat, 2s.; the goods of Charles Johnson; also, on the 15th of June, 1 jacket, 10s., the goods of James Stone; to all of which he pleaded
GUILTY .— Transported for Seven Years.
2116. CHARLES SEBASTIAN was indicted for stealing, on the 4th of April, at St. Marylebone, 36 sovereigns, 1 20l., 4 10l., and 12 5l. Bank notes, the monies of Manuel Julian de Lizardi, in his dwelling-house; to which he pleaded
GUILTY . Aged 19.—Recommended to mercy.— Confined Two Years.
MR. WILKINS conducted the Prosecution.
JOHN MARSON . I am a carpenter and builder, and live in Union-street, Pimlico. On Monday, the 1st of May, I presented a 50l. cheque at the London and Westminster Bank, and received two 20l. Bank of England notes and ten sovereigns for it—this is the cheque—next evening I was at the Ben Jonson, in Great Wild-street, with Stebbing—I had my purse containing the money there—we had three glasses of brandy and water among three of us—Stebbing went out to fetch a cab for me—he brought the driver into the house, and I am certain the prisoner is that man—I had got the third glass of brandy and water when he came in—I went to my purse and changed a sovereign to pay for two glasses of brandy and water in his presence—my notes were then in my purse, for I wrapped them round a bill of exchange, and put them into my purse again—I went out directly from the front of the bar, and got into the cab—both me and Stebbing told the prisoner to drive to No. 16, Passmore-street, Pimlico—I am certain the number was mentioned—I fell asleep on the way, and was awoke by the prisoner at the top of Union-street, where I live, which is nearly a hundred yards from No. 16, Paaamore-street—I paid him his fare, as I had put 3s. in my left hand trowsers pocket for the purpose, at the Ben Jonson—when I got out of the cab I went straight to my house—I did not come in contact with anybody between the cab and my own door—I saw nobody—I went to bed directly I got home—all the persons in my house were in bed—I got up between five and six o'clock in the morning, and on putting on my trowsers I missed all my money—my purse was left, and the bill also.
Cross-examined by MR. HORRY. Q. You were rather fresh? A. I was a little fresh—I was sent home in a cab on account of my friend knowing I had the money—that was the only time I saw the prisoner—I think it was a quarter of an hour or twenty minutes after he came, that I went into the cab—I left the Ben Jonson a little before eleven o'clock—I had been out the whole day—I saw the two notes safe that evening—I did not examine them particularly, but I wrapped them round the bill of exchange in front of the bar—I am quite certain of it—the silver was not in the same pocket with the purse—Stebbing had been with me the whole evening—before I went there I had been at his father-in-law's—I had supped there, and drank at my supper Stebbing's wife came to the Ben Jonson soon after we got there—I prosecuted a man named Weymouth last Session for receiving one of these notes—(see 8th Session, page 412)—I was sent for to the station, and saw the prisoner—he was not pointed out to me—there were four or five others with him—I was told I was going to see a cabman, to see if he was the person who drove me that night—I do not recollect that I had any conversation with any body about the matter, before I went to the cell.
MR. WILKINS. Q. There were three or four others with him? A. Yes—they came in front of the door—I said, the prisoner was the man, the moment I saw him.
HENRY SHRAPNELL WITHERS . I am chief cashier at the London and Westminster bank. This cheque was brought on the 1st of May by the prosecutor—I gave him ten sovereigns and two 20l. notes, Nos. 9522 and 9528 dated the 8th of March, 1843—they were issued from the bank that very morning.
fetched a cab for him about five minutes to eleven, from Charles-street, opposite Bow-street—the prisoner was the driver—I am quite certain—I rode with him on the box to the Ben Jonson, and went with him into the public-house—he stood up by the beer engine—there was a full gas-light there, and he stood in the full blaze of the light—after he got there, the prosecutor called for a glass of brandy and water—the cabman had the biggest part of it—the prosecutor took a sovereign out of his purse to pay for it—I saw he had two notes, and a bill of exchange in his purse—he wrapped the notes round the bill of exchange, put them into the purse, and the sovereigns on the top of then, put the purse into his right hand pocket, and buttoned it up—the prisoner was present, and must have seen it—I saw Marson get into the cab, and told the prisoner to drive him to No. 16, Passmore-street—he drove away.
Cross-examined. Q. When you say he must have seen it, you mean he might have seen it? A. Yes—I gave the prisoner the brandy and water myserf—I believe that was at the very time the prosecutor was wrapping the notes in the bill—I never saw him before that night—I saw him afterwards in Feathserstone-street station—I was sent for—the officer said believed they had got the cabman—he was not pointed out to me—he sat with his back towards the gas-light—the inspector told him to get up and turn round, and I immediately said he was the man—Mr. Marson saw him next day at Worship-street—I was at the police-court when he came there.
CATHIRINE STEBBING . I am the wife of Joshua Stebbing. On the evening of the 2nd of May, I was at the Ben Jonson—I was there when the cabman came in—the prisoner is the man—I saw Mr. Marson take his purse out, and put the notes into his pocket again—the cabman was not there it that time I think, but he afterwards took it out when the cabman was there—he went away in the cab—I am certain the prisoner if the man who drove it.
Cross-examned. Q. You never saw him before? A. Never—I went there with my husband from my father's—I did not go afterwards—I went with them, and was there all the time—the prosecutor pulled his purse out twice—I think three glasses of brandy and water were drunk—the third glass was ordered for the cabman—he draak it and went away—as soon as he drink it, Mr. Marson went away—I was not here last Session—I was before the Magistrate—I have talked with my husband about this, many times—I never the prisoner again till the policeman took me to the cell to point him out, and I pointed him out in the cell at Worship-street—there were others in the cell at the time—my husband had told me they had got the cabman—he wore a heavy coat at the public-house, but he had not that on in the cell—he was very differently dressed in the cell altogether—not at all like a cab driver—he was much more respectably dressed.
GEORGE THOMAS HUGGETT . I am a carriage maker, and live in High-street, Shoreditch. On Wednesday afternoon, the 3rd of May, a man named Weymouth, who was tried last Sessions came to me, and the prisoner with him in a pony cart—Weymouth said he wasted to buy a phaeton body—I said I had not any by me at present, but it he would take me in his cart down to Deptford where I had paid for two, he could have one of them, and he took me down to Deptford—the prisoner drove the pony cart down, and Weymouth went in the cart with me—on the road the prisoner told me he was a cabman, that he drove a cab by night, and that he had a son who drove it by day—he said he had bought a cab about fifteen months previous of Weymouth, and it turned out his description was correct—when we got to Deptford, we all three got out—Weymouth selected a cab body, and he and the
prisoner put it up in the cart—2l. was to be paid for it—Weymouth tendered a 20l. note in payment, in the prisoner's presence—I could not give change—we all three drove back to my house, and got out—the prisoner did not come in—he stopped outside—the note was given to my daughter-in-law, who brought change back for it—I placed it on the table—Weymouth paid me, and took the rest—when he left my house he drove away with the prisoner.
Cross-examined. Q. When they first came to your house Weymouth spoke to you? A. Yes; they came to my workshop in Aldersgate-street—Weymouth remained outside, and talked to me, in the prisoner's presence—we drove from Aldersgate-street to Deptford and back—we had a good deal of conversation, and stopped at three different places on the road—I had ginger-beer at every place—the first place we stopped at was the Five Bells—the prisoner wanted to buy a horse there, and appointed to meet an hoar afterwards at the place, but the party who had the horse for sale was not there—the note was offered for change at the second place, by Weymouth, in the prisoner's presence—we stopped there about ten minutes, and we staid at the Five Bells again as we came back—that was the third call—we stopped at Tanner's-hill, and got out there—Mr. Nash, who showed the body, was there—he had something to drink there—I think I could give all the conversation that took place at all the three places—I was with the prisoner four or fife hours—I am positive he is the man—I could give the purport of the conversation—we conversed respecting cabs—I keep a coffee-house, as well as being a coach-builder.
SUSAN RAMPLING . I am single, and live with my father-in-law, Mr. Huggett. On the 3rd of May I remember Weymouth coming to my father-in-law's house—I believe it was between five and six o'clock—he gave me a 20l. Bank of England note to get changed—I took it to Mr. Webb's—he gave me twenty sovereigns—I brought them, and laid them on the table—Weymouth took them up.
GEORGE WEBB . I am a cheesemonger, and live in Shoreditch—Huggett lives next door but one—his daughter-in-law brought me a 20l. note at the beginning of May—I gave change for it, and wrote Mr. Huggett's name on it and the day of the month—this is the note—it has my endorsement on the back of it—I sent it to Price and Co., bankers.
ROBERT COLE (police-constable G 193.) On the 22nd of June I took the prisoner into custody in a public-house in Maiden-lane, Somers-town—I called him out, and asked if he was a cab-man—he said, "No, I am a cab-proprietor"—I asked if he was not driving on the 2nd of May—he said "No, I have not driven myself since April"—I told him he had taken up a gentleman in Great Wild-street, and drove him to Pimlico, on the 2nd of May—he said he could prove that on the 2nd of May he was at the Bayswater tea gardens, and mentioned two parties who could prove he was there—I detained him.
Witnesses for the Defence.
JOHN RUBRIDGE . I am a coach-smith, and live at No. 13, Princes-street, Marylebone. I have known the prisoner from four to five years—he was with me on the 1st of May, and made an appointment to meet me on the 2nd of May—on Monday, the 1st of May, I met him promiscuously between Praed-street and Chapel-street, Edgeware-road—I saw him on the 2nd of May at the Bayswater tea gardens, by appointment, in consequence of what had passed between us on the 1st of May—I saw him there from about six o'clock in the evening till twelve at night—we were in company together in the gardens—
other persons were with us—I recollect the day by seeing the prisoner in the Edgware-road, dressed in a different garb to what he was usually dressed in as the driver of a cab—he was out of his own neighbourhood, and decently dressed—he is the proprietor of a little hackney cab chariaot—I cannot speak as to his character.
MR. WILKINS. Q. Don't you know he has borne a bad character? A. I do not—he has always been a free-hearted sort of roan to his wife and family, and as to me he has never been dishonest—a person named Phillips was with at on the night in question—I saw him at the gardens—I met with him there—there was some one in his company—I believe it to be a person named Barton—he was with Phillips when we met with him—I saw them when I first entered the gardens in the bowling-green, and from there went with them into the concert-room—I had met the prisoner on the 2nd of May near the Great Western Railway—he was with me when we met Phillips and Barton—he accompanied me down, and we all four went into the concert-room—we did not go in together—I and the prisoner went in first—the others came in after us—I cannot say exactly how long after—it might have been within half or three quarters of an hour—I sat in the concert-room the whole evening, and so did Phillips, Barton, and the prisoner—I was smoking a pipe, and drinking half-and-half—our party drank half-and-half in the concert-room—I was not before the Magistrate when the prisoner was committed—I think I was first asked to come here as a witness last Sunday evening—I live about two miles and a half from the prisoner—I was not one of Weymouth's witnesses to character, nor in court at his trial—I knew him well—I never saw the prisoner and Weymouth together—I knew Weymouth by business transactions—I swear the prisoner was in my company on the 2nd of May from six o'clock till twelve—I believe Phillips and Barton are here to speak to that—I do not know that any of the waiters are here that Waited on us—I have not brought anybody out of our party—I do not remember any of the performances of that evening—there were songs—I believe comic songs—there might be two or three, within the lapse of the time—we all went away from the place together—not all four of us—I am not sure whether Phillips did not go first—I am certain three of us went together—we left as near twelve o'clock as possible—I am a coachman's journeyman—I formerly worked for James Pindar—I am at home now, living with my friends—my father is a coachmaker.
MR. HORRY. Q. You are out of employ? A. Yes—I met the prisoner made the Great Western Railway, in pursuance of an appointment to go lot the Bayswater-gardens.
COURT. Q. Had you been on the look-out for work? A. I had—I have made a great many applications at the Great Western Railway, being introduced by the foreman there, but have not succeeded—I paid my part for the entertaiment, as far as my means would allow—we all four drank together at one time, and two were in their own company at one time—we got into the concert-room about six or seven o'clock, and stopped there six hours—I was not continually drinking—I do not think what I paid exceeded 1s.—the concert began somewhere near eleven—there was singing going on before that, and stage performances, for six hours, as near as I can say—I was never in the house before—I have been since.
Q. Did you meet him at the concert-room on the 1st? A. On the 1st we walked down there about seven or half-past, and staid, as near as I can say, till eleven or twelve at night—I had met him in the Edgeware-road—he said he had a horse at home lame, that he was very much distressed, and he should endeavour all he possibly could to have his son to manage his affairs, and he to apply for an omnibus situation—I left him in the Edgeware-road—I met
him promiscuously in the Edgeware-road, and on that evening we made a proposition that we should go and have a walk round the Western Railway—I first met him about three or four o'clock—I did not remain with him till we went to the concert-room—we parted company, and agreed to meet at the concert-room that evening, and we met about six or seven—we had met on the 1st at the same place, and staid there till between eleven and twelve at night-Barton was not there on the 1st—he was on the 2nd, and Phillips too—Phillips did not come on the 1st, no one but the prisoner—the performance and singing was similar to that on the 2nd—I cannot tell what the performance was—there was singing—I took greater interest in the songs than the performance—I have not the least idea what the performances were—I cannot remember the songs—parties came on the stage in character, and there was a party or two dancing in chains—that was a remarkable thing—I do not know whether that was the first or second night—we paid 3d. for admission—I had every reason to believe the prisoner was residing within a very short space of Maiden-lane bridge, where he had lived four or five years—the stand where he is said to have driven the cab, is near King's-cross—the son usually put the cab in Portland-road, I believe, but the father used to put it on near Maiden-lane—he was in the habit of driving—the son was in the habit of driving at times in the day, and the father by night generally speaking.
HENRY PHILLIPS . I am a watchmaker, and live sat No. 28, Nutford-place, Bryanston-square. I have known the prisoner between two and three years—I was with him on the evening of the 2nd of May at the Bayswater tea gardens—I did not see him come in—I met him accidentally in the gardens with two other parties, and afterwards saw him in the gardens—I have since heard the names of the parties—Rubridge was one—I never saw them before that night—I have seen them to-day—I have not seep Barton here.
COURT. Q. Do you know such a person as Barton? A. No—I was alone by myself—I was not with anybody for three quarters of an hour—I was in the gardens some time before I went into the concert-room.
MR. HORRY. Q. You met him with two persons? A. I did—I went into the concert-room, sat down, and stopped there some time, in company——I have employed the prisoner in different things about the town, and always found him honest.
MR. WILKINS. Q. Do not you know that he has been twice confined in Newgate? A. No, I do not—I will not say that he has not—I first saw the prisoner about half-past eight, I will not say exactly—I went into the gardens at six, and remained till half-past eleven, or about a quarter to twelve—the prisoner and Rubridge accompanied me—we went out together—there was another man, but he left—there was four of our party—I was by myself at first—I met the three there—there was not four besides me—there was plenty in the room—I was enjoying myself, drinking and smoking cigars—Fubridge partook with me—I do not remember giving him a cigar—he did not pay for a cigar, that I recollect—I did not notice that he smoked—I was drinking half-and-half—they partook with me—there was spirits afterwards—I had some brandy and water—it happened to be my birth-day—I did not treat them with brandy and water—they were not with me at that time—we all had some spirits—some of our party were smoking pipes—I recollect pipes being brought—there was singing and music going on in the evening, nothing else particular—comic and sentimental songs; I do not remember any particular ones—after we left the gardens I went home up Edgeware-road—I left them in Edgeware-road—I was not before the Magistrate—I was first spoken to about this last week—a person came and asked me whether I recollected being there, and since that I have been subpœnaed—I was not in the prisoner's company on the 1st of May—it was by mere accident I met him on
the 2nd—I am a journeyman—I have nothing to do with the prisoner, except in the way of business, employing him as a cabman—I had seen him about a fortnight before this, the last time he drove me from Praed-street to Clerkenwell—I do not know that he had been out with the cab the night before.
COURT. Q. Who was the fourth man? A. There was a tall man—I do not know his name, he was a perfect stranger to me—I did not see him till I saw the prisoner in the garden, in the bowling-green—I went into the concert-room about half-past eight—the strange man was, I believe, Barton—if any one has said I was with Barton before I met the prisoner, they are mistaken—I was alone—I went down to take a walk—Barton was not with me till after I met the prisoner—when I met the prisoner there were two parties with him, and none with me—I do not remember a man dancing in chains—I was in and out several times—I did not confine myself to the room—I have not seen Barton here to-night—the 1st of May was on a Monday—I recollect it because my birth-day was on the 2nd—I was thirty-four years old—we did not meet to celebrate it—I go there when I have done my employment—I was not there on the 1st—I have seen Rubridge here to-day—I met him in the Court.
CHARLES CHANDLER . I am an ostler, and live at 27, Charlotte-street. I attend Powell's cab in Stevenson-street, Maiden-lane—there are stables at the side of the house—I remember Monday the 1st of May, and the whole of that week—Powell did not go out with his cab the whole of that week—I am quite certain—his son did.
MR. WILKINS. Q. Have you ever been in this Court before? A. Yes, in the dock, but I was honourably acquitted.
MR. HORRY. Q. How long is it since? A. Eighteen months—it was before the Recorder.
MR. WILKINS. Q. Who went out at night? A. Nobody—I was out from eight o'clock in the morning till twelve at night—nobody went out after that—I swear that—I did not go before the Magistrate.
MR. HORRY. Q. Is Barton here? A. No—I saw him about half an hour ago standing outside.
JOSHUA STEBBING re-examined. I was not fresh at the time—I saw the notes put into the purse and the sovereigns on the top of them—I procured the cab, thinking it safe that he should go home in a cab with his money—I had been at work all day, and only had two glasses of brandy and water, and part of a third—I should think I rode half a mile on the top of the cab with the prisoner—his was the first cab on the stand, which was in Charles-street, opposite Bow-street.
GUILTY . * Aged 47.— Transported for Ten Years.
Before Mr. Common Sergeant.
JANE SORRILL . I am a widow, and live in Wells'-mews, Marylebone. The prisoner lodged with me for one night, and in the morning I missed my gown, stockings, shoes, and other things—I met her on the Monday and gave her into custody—she had my shoes, stockings, and petticoat on her—I am certain they we mine.
GUILTY . Aged 28.— Confined Two Months.
OLD COURT.—Thursday, July 6th, 1843.
First Jury before Edward Bullock, Esq.
2119. JOHN HAYES was indicted for burglariously breaking and entering the dwelling-house of Susan Batterson and another, on the 24th of June, at St. James, Westminster, and stealing therein, 5 coats, value, 4l. 10s.; and 1 yard of cotton cloth, 5s.; their goods.
SUSAN BATTERSON . I am single, and am a hosier and glover living in Regent-street, in the parish of St. James, Westminster. On Saturday night, the 24th of June, I went to bed about a quarter to one, leaving my shop-door and window fastened and bolted—I saw my assistant do it—at five o'clock in the morning I was alarmed by the police, got up, went down into the shop, and found that and the parlour in confusion—my goods were all thrown about the shop, not as they were the night before—two panes in the fan-light, over the door, were broken, so that a person could put their hand in and undo the bolts—both the bolts of the door were undone—I missed two silver table spoons, four dessert spoons, two tea spoons, a mustard-spoon, a pair of sugartongs, and a gold watch, which had been locked up in a closet in the parlour—I missed a variety of small things out of a work-box, fifteen silk handkerchiefs, two scarfs, and six Chesterfield tweed coats from the shop—these coats, now produced, have my assistant's writing on them—I cannot swear to them.
JAMES BRADLEY . I am shopman to the prosecutrix. I saw the shop safely fastened on Saturday night—the fan-light was secure at twelve o'clock when I left it—next morning I went to the shop about nine o'clock, and found two panes of glass broken in the fan-light, and missed the articles stated—I know these coats to be Miss Batterson's property—they are quite new and were safe in the shop when I left it—this piece of shawl is also hers.
EDWARD SPALL (City policeman.) I was on duty on Sunday morning, about three o'clock, in Stoney-lane, and saw a cab coming down Grave-lane—I stepped on one side and saw the prisoner get out of it, with a bundle under his arm—I followed and stopped him, and asked what he had got—he said he did not know—I asked where he was going to take them to—he said to No. 18, Gravel-lane—I said there was no such number in the lane—he said, "If you will go with me I will show you the house"—I went to the further end of the lane and part of the way up another street; finding he could not show me the house, I took him to the station, and found the bundle containing these coats.
Prisoner's Defence. I was passing over London-bridge about one o'clock, when a respectable looking young man came up to me and asked if I wanted a job; I said, "If you please;" he said, "Take this bundle;" I took it, and walked by the side of him over the bridge; he called a cab; I took the bundle to the door and said, "I suppose you have done with me now;" be said, "You can come in, if you like;" I got in, and he drove on; when we stopped I got out; he asked the fare; the cab-man said 2s.; he gave him half-a-crown; the cab-man could not give change; the gentleman said to me, "Take the bundle out of the cab, and go down to No. 18, and stop till I come, and I will give you 1s.;" I passed the policeman; he hallooed after me, and said, "What have you here?" I said, "I do not know;" he said, "Where are you going to take them to?"I said, "That gentleman there told me to take them to No. 18, if you ask him he will tell you;" we went to find No. 18, but could not, and he took me to the station.
but I was not near enough to see him—the prisoner made this statement at the time—the cab drove off when I was following the prisoner—I do not know whether the other man got in or not—he was out of the cab when I saw him.
GUILTY . Aged 20.— Transported for Ten Years.
Before Mr. Baron Gurney.
2120. JAMES SIEVRIGHT, alias Edward Stewart , was indicted for forging and uttering an order for the payment of 137l., with intent to defraud Francis Gosling and others; also, for forging and uttering an order for 57l. with a like intent; also for obtaining money by false pretences; to all of which be pleaded
GUILTY .— Transported for Life.
NEW COURT.—Monday, July 3rd, 1843.
Fifth Jury, before Edward Bullock, Esq.
2121. CHARLES PRICE was indicted for breaking and entering the dwelling-house of Henry Frederick Hawker, on the 19th of April, at St. Matthew, Bethnal-green, and stealing therein, 1 cloak, value 2l.; and 2 coats, 2l.; his property; and that he had been before convicted of felony.
WALTER CREED . I am a sergeant in the Tower Hamlet Militia, and live in Preston-terrace, King-street, Bethnal-green. On the 19th of April I was on duty as ordinary, at the house of Captain Henry Frederick Hawker, in the parish of St. Matthew, Bethnal-green—I brushed two coats, a cloak, and wrapper, and put them in the orderly room, on the ground floor—I left the door of that room shut, and the window open about two inches—there was a wire blind to the window, fastened with two bolts and two pins at the bottom—it came up within two or three inches of the top pane of the bottom sash—I left the garden-gate closed—these are Captain Hawker's coats and cloak, and the same I put into his room after brushing them.
ELIZABETH RAMSAY . I am in the prosecutor's service. At half-past one o'clock, on the 19th of April, I heard a ring at the bell—I went, and found some persons at the door—one person gave me information, in consequence of which I went to the orderly room, and missed these coats and cloak—the window was thrown up as far as it would go—the wire blind was lying on the floor, by the window.
MARY MALONY . I live in High-street, Bow, and work for Miss Carter, in Bethnal-green. Her house is next to Captain Hawker's—at twenty-five minutes past one o'clock on this day I was in the laundry—I could see from the window the little garden in front of Captain Hawker's house—I saw the prisoner go up to the house twice, and the third time come out with a bundle in his hand—two other persons were standing by—he gave the bundle to one of them—I could not see what was in it, but the outside was red—the one that took the bundle went to the left, and the prisoner to the right—I ran out, and cried "Stop thief"—the prisoner turned and ran, and cried "Stop thief"—I followed them, and they threw the bundle into the mad-house garden—the men were brought to me afterwards—I am quite sure of the prisoner—I did not recognise him then, because I did not wish to have any thug to do with it.
Prisoner. Q. What dress had I on? A. A brown coat, a very bad hat, a blue handkerchief with a white spot; and when you were brought back your had on a Scotch cap.
I was going down the road to Twigg Folly, and heard a cry of "Stop thief"—I saw Malony running without shoes—the prisoner was pasting by me running at the same time—he ran up to the other men—I ran after him, but he got away—I am sure he was the man.
Prisoner. Q. What do you recognise me by? A. By your coat and your countenance—you were away two or three hours before I saw you at the station—I never was convicted myself—the most confinement I ever had was one month.
GEORGE MORRIS . I am a chimney-sweeper. On the 19th of April I was standing at the corner of Dog-row, about twenty-two minutes to two o'clock—the prisoner and two more men ran past me—I am sure the prisoner was one of them—Malony was running after them.
CHARLES DUNNETT . I am a bricklayer. At half-past one o'clock, on the 19th, I was going along the road towards the New Church at Bethnal-green, and saw a man with a bundle—he put it over a fence and ran away—I went to the place, and picked up a bundle containing these things.
Prisoner. Q. Did you recognise me? A. No.
EMMA HARBEN . I live in Coventry-street, Bethnal-green. About half-past two o'clock, on the 19th, I was looking through the window—I saw a mob go down the street, and a person who is not here, throw something down into my father's garden—I saw a boy pick it up again.
THOMAS BARTLETT (police-constable K 286.) On Wednesday, the 19th of April, from information that I received I went after the prisoner, and took him into custody—I said there had been a robbery committed at Bethnal-green, and asked him whether he had any objection to go back with me—I took him, showed him to Malony, and asked her whether he was the man—she said, "No," and appeared much agitated and confused—in consequence of that, I took him and another back to the house the second time—after looking at them, Malony said, "I don't want to have anything to do with it"—I then took them to the station—the prisoner was detained, charged with the robbery, and made his escape from there.
EDWARD WANDERER TOWNSON (police-sergeant K 8.) On this afternoon I went to the prosecutor's house—I found the prisoner and another man—the prisoner had a cap on, and the other man a hat—Malony was standing in the passage, at her mistress's, next door to the prosecutor's—some persons said that was not the man, for they both had hats on—Bartlett took the cap from the prisoner's head and put a hat on—Malony then said she did not want to have anything to do with it.
Prisoner's Defence. Malony said I was not the man; I am innocent of the charge.
GUILTY . Aged 19.— Transported for Ten Years.—(See Eighth Sessions, page 316.)
GUILTY . Aged 32.— Confined Six Months.
GEORGE TUCK FIELD . I am watchman to the Regent's Canal Company. Between eight and nine o'clock in the evening of the 16th of June, I saw the prisoner between Mr. Pope's wharf and our gates, with an empty bag under his arm—he passed me—I turned and saw him filling the bag with coals from a stage adjacent to the canal wharf—they belonged to Mr. William Cirisbrook Withers—when he came with them to the gate, I took him—he attempted to run away, but I caught him, and he dropped the coals—he said he would not do it again if I would let him go.
CHARLES CARTER . I am clerk to Mr. William Carisbrook Withers. The quay does not belong to him, but the ship of coals was then discharging, and the coals belonged Mr. Withers—I did not say that these coals belonged to Mr. Pope—this is my signature—(looking at his deposition)—it was read over to me—I see I did state that these coals belonged to Mr. Pope; but I was not then acquainted with the fact that Mr. Pope was not interested in this property—Mr. Withers has informed me since—I only know it from what he told me when before the Magistrate—I believed them to be Mr. Pope's—he is not in partnership with Mr. Withers.
NOT GUILTY .
SETH SMITH . I live in Carey-street—the prisoner was in my employ. I left home on the 20th of April, and left my shop in the prisoner's care—I returned on the 8th of June, and missed three pictures, which were safe when I left—on the 9th of June I asked the prisoner about them—he said he had pledged them, and the duplicates were in the drawer, where I found them.
RICHARD AVANT . I am in the employ of a pawnbroker. I produce two pictures pawned by the prisoner, one on the 20th of May, and one on the 27th of May, which had been pawned previously, and taken out—he said it was for his master.
Prisoner's Defence. My master left me with 5s.; I was obliged to pledge them; I told him I would redeem them, or pay so much per week off; I did not intend to steal them; he said he would do so at first, and then he would not.
SETH SMITH re-examined. I left him 5s. and some accounts, which he got in directly—he had no leave to sell things—I asked my brother to pay him while I was in the country, but he got more than sufficient on the first Saturday to pay himself, and on the second Saturday he went to my brother—he has received 18s. 6d. over his wages—I gave him 10s. a week—he knew that I was coming home—I came home on the Thursday, and went out for some refreshment—when I came back the shop was shut, and he was gone—on Friday morning he came at ten, instead of seven, as he ought—I questioned him, and he gave me a very unsatisfactory account of the money—I did not give him in charge till the Monday.
GUILTY . Aged 18.—Recommended to mercy.— Confined Three Months.
on the 14th of June—I had this shovel safe on the Monday night in a kiln, which we call the arter, where we put our shovels—I did not mist it till Wednesday, when I saw the prisoner within forty yards of my kiln—he asked me if I had lost a shovel—I said I did not know, but I was going on to the kiln, and before I got there, he told me the marks on the shovel, and said he had seen two navigators take it away—on the Saturday morning he came and showed me this shovel—it is mine.
JOHN MANNINGTON . I am a labourer, and live at Shepherd's-bush. Between six and seven o'clock, on Wednesday morning, the prisoner passed me with this shovel in his hand—he was coming from the brickfields towards his own house.
Prisoner's Defence. I did not put the shovel there, and did not know it was there till I was put into the station-house.
GUILTY . Aged 30.— Confined Six Months.
(There was another indictment against the prisoner.)
JOHN GEORGE COLLINS . I am a grocer, and live in Buckingham-street, Pimlico. The prisoner was my errand-boy between three and four months—in consequence of losing money, I marked six shillings, and put them into the oash-box, and put it under the window in the shop—the first I marked was on Thursday evening—I went to the box again on Friday morning, and missed three shillings—I marked money again on Saturday morning, and put it into the cash-box, and left it in the same place—the prisoner had access to the shop, and could get at it, but he bad no right to go there—I went again, and missed some money—I afterwards said, if he would confess what he had taken from me, I would endeavour to give him as good a character as I possibly could; but he had robbed me so much, I was afraid I could give him but a very poor one—I asked if he had taken the money—he said a boy had been there, and left six shillings with him, and that he had to return it to him when he returned in the evening—I asked him if he would allow me to search his pockets—he pulled out every thing he had in his pocket, apparently, and laid it on the counter—he pulled out a knife, several little articles, and nine pence, but no shillings—I was not satisfied, and I was about to search his pockets—he then took out five shillings—I found they were marked in the same way that I had marked the others—these are them—he took a key out of his pocket, which I applied to the cash-box, and it fitted it.
Cross-examined by MR. WILKINS. Q. Did you not tell him, if he would confess, he should leave your employ with as good a character as he came? A. Not those words—I said I would give him as good a character as I could—I live at the house—I do not leave him in care of my shop for nearly a whole day—I have left him three or four hours perhaps—I did not tell his mother, if she would make the loss up, there should be no more said about it—I said I should be very happy to have my loss made up—I did not say the amount was 6l.—I said the boy confessed to 6l.
Q. Did not she offer you 6l., and did not you say you would not take less than 10l.? A. No, I have no recollection that I ever said so—I cannot swear one way or the other—she pulled out 6l., and said, "I have 6l. by
me"—she said she would pay the rest by instalments—Mr. M'Kenzie went with me to the prisoner's father—we sat down, and drank together.
Q. Did you say, in the outer court at Queen-square, that if Mrs. Turnboll's offer had been repeated, you would have jumped through the ceiling at it? A. No—I said nothing about wishing the offer had been repeated—I said if the offered the money I should be very glad to accept it—I did not say I would not have prosecuted, nor if she would give me the money I would: drop the prosecution—I never told Mr. or Mrs. Turnbull that if I were paid, proceedings should be stopped, nothing to that effect, that I know of.
Q. Did not the father say that there might be some flaw detected, and he should employ a counsel; and did not you say, "It is no use, he will only make a long speech and a muddle of it?" A. No—I went to his father's, because I was sent from the police-office to fetch his mother down—some one told me to go, I do not know who—I cannot say that either of the policemen did, but I went and drank some beer there, and I certainly said I should be very glad to get my money back—I did not tell his father if he did not pay me the money he would be committed—I said I was totally ignorant of the proceedings, I could not give advice.
Cross-examined. Q. Did any police-officer, in your hearing, tell the prosecutor to go to the prisoner's father's? A. The inspector of the B division ordered me to go, because the prisoner said that he had a purse that he had stolen from the prosecutor, and put it down a rat's hole—the prosecutor went with me—the prisoner's mother wished the boards to be taken up, and they were, but no purse was found.
GUILTY . Aged 13.—Recommended to mercy by the Jury.— Confined Seven Days.
2127. GEORGE DOWDELL was indicted for stealing, on the 24th of June, 1 spoon, value 15s.; 1 fork, 11s.; 10lbs. weight of sugar, 5s.; 4 1/2lbs. weight of tea, 5s.; and 3lbs. weight of coffee, 3s.; the goods of Henry Pengelley, in a vessel in a certain port of entry and discharge.—2nd COUNT, stating them to be the goods of Henry Pengelley and others.
ROBERT TAYLOR . I am a constable of the East and West India Docks. On the 29th of June, I saw the prisoner in the Western Dock, with a chest and a hammock—he presented me a pass, and said, "Will you overhaul my things?"—I examined the chest, and then I lifted the hammock, and I said, "What have you got in it to make it so heavy?"—he said, "Only my old wet things"—I desired him to unlash it, which he did partly—I finished, and found in it a silver spoon, and fork, a bag containing 12lbs. of sugar, another with 12lbs. of mixed tea, and another with 3lbs. of coffee—I asked how he came by the spoon and fork—he said, "O, I forgot to give them to the steward, they belong to the ship the Sophia"—I asked how he came by the other things—he said a sailor on board Captain Selby's ship gave them to him—I knew Captain Selby's ship was the David Lion—he said afterwards that he did not get them from Captain Selby's vessel, but from a sailor on board a foreign ship.
Cross-examined by MR. BALLANTINE. Q. What were the very words he used? A. He said, "I did not get them from Captain Selby's ship, I got them from a man on board a foreign vessel"—this is my signature to this deposition—(looking at it)—I said then, "He said it was a man on board the foreign ship which was lying at the same place, and he had forgotten her name"—the intent and meaning are the same.
she arrived in the West India export dock from Jamaica—the prisoner was cook on board—the captain's name is Henry Pengelley—I did not miss any tea or coffee—the prisoner had nothing to do with this fork, only by accident it might have gone from the cabin to him—he once returned me a fork that went up—I served out the grocery to him for the ship's company every morning and evening—on the day he was taken, I saw him leave the vessel—this spoon and fork are the captain's.
Cross-examined. Q. I believe the fork was stolen a considerable time before you missed the spoon? A. No—the spoon was missed about six or seven months before on the voyage out—all these things were given into my charge as Captain Pengelley's—I know Captain Selby's vessel the David Lion—the prisoner had tea and sugar for himself the same as the other men—I know he has a short memory.
(The prisoner received a good character.)
GUILTY . Aged 63.—Recommended to mercy by the Jury.— Confined Two Months.
NEW COURT.—Tuesday, July 4th, 1843.
Sixth Jury, before Edward Bullock, Esq.
PATRICK KENNEY . I live in Carey-street, and am a traveller. On the 19th of June, about eleven o'clock at night, I was in St. James's Park, between Buckingham Palace, and St. James's Palace—there was a man and woman going towards the railings—my attention was attracted to them—a man then came and stood some distance before me, and stared me in the face for about two minutes—the prisoner then came up to me, and said something, but I do not know what—the man then walked away—the prisoner stood quite close to me, and I heard my watch chain snap—I missed my watch from my chain, and accused the prisoner—she gave me my watch instantly, and begged of me to let her go—I called the police—she ran away, and I after her—she went by the Duke of Sutherland's, and into Cleveland-row—I there caught her—she got from my grasp, and got to Pall-Mail—I still followed her on to Crown-court—I did not lose sight of her—a crowd stopped her—the policeman came up—this is my watch—the guard was round my neck—the watch was attached to the swivel, and the ring was cut away.
Cross-examined by MR. PRENDERGAST. Q. Where were you going? A. I had been first to Elizabeth-street, to subpoena a party, and called on a friend in Eccleston-street—I stopped there three or four hours perhaps—the prisoner did not stand by me more than a minute before I heard my chain snap—I kept my watch in a fob under my waistcoat—she must have put her hand there—I swear my coat was not buttoned at that time—my waistcoat covered my fob—there was light enough, but I was not conscious of any person having their fingers near me—if I had not heard the chain snap I should not have noticed it—she begged and prayed of me to let her go—she did not say one word about her innocence—she might have said so to the policeman in going along—I do business for a glass manufacturer at Stour-bridge, and I live in Yeat's-court, Carey-street.
COURT. Q. Whereabout in Pall-Mall was it you delivered the prisoner to the policeman? A. At the corner of Crown-court, nearly opposite St. James's-palnce—I called "Police" after she gave me the watch.
JAMES SWAINE (police-constable C 81.) I was on duty in Crown-court—I saw a crowd—I went up—the prosecutor had hold of the prisoner—she was given into my custody with this watch—I told her she was charged with stealing a gentleman's watch—she said, "Very well," and went with roe to the station.
Cross-examined. Q. Did she not say something beside "Very well?" A. No—she said she was innocent, but not till she got to the station—she said a good many things in going along—she might have said she did not do it, or she knew nothing at all of it—there was such a mob I did not hear it.
GUILTY . Aged 25.— Confined Six Months.
PITER RICHMOND . I mind the carts in Newgate-market. About half-past seven o'clock in the morning of the 21st of June, I was minding Mr. Sylvester's cart—two pieces of mutton were put into the cart by his man—I saw the prisoner at the back of the cart with one of those pieces of mutton under his arm—he took it from the cart to Ivy-lane, and I followed him down the passage leading to St. Martin's-le-Grand—I did not lose sight of him—I went up and asked where he was going to take that mutton—he said he was going to carry it for a man—I brought him to the top of the court—he threw it down at my feet, and ran away—I took it back to the cart.
WILLIAM FERRIER . I am in the employ of Mr. William Sylvester, a butcher, in Chancery-lane. I had his cart at Newgate-market—I went to get tome more meat, and when I returned I missed about 40lbs. of mutton—Richmond showed it to me, and it was my master's.
JAMES WARD . I am a salesman, in Newgate-market. I sold two hind-quarters of mutton to Mr. Sylvester—I afterwards saw one of them produced by the officer—I am quite sure it was one of those I sold—I had but two pieces of that description, and that made me so positive of it.
WILLIAM LEE (City police-constable, No. 285.) I heard a cry of "Stop thief," and saw the prisoner running—I stopped him—I went back with Richmond—he carried the mutton—I saw it shown to Ferrier and Ward, and they identified it.
Prisoner. I was in the market—a young man asked me to carry it to Batemans-row, Shoreditch, and he would give me 6d.—I told Richmond so, but he would not go there.
GUILTY . Aged 18.— Confined Six Months.
2130. ELLEN JENKINS was indicted for stealing, on the 25th of June, 1 ring, value 7s.; 1 brooch, 6s.; 1 locket, 2s.; 1 necklace, 1s. 6d.; 1 purse, 1s.; 1 wafer-stamp, 6d.; 1 pair of ear-drops, 2s.; and 1 book-marker, 3d.; the goods of Eliza Ingram.
ELIZA INGRAM . I am mistress of the National School at Hillingdon—I live in a house near the school. I had these articles in my bed-room in a tin box on the dressing-table—my cuffs were in a work-box—I saw the cuffs safe on Saturday evening, the 24th, and the other things I had not noticed for a month before—on Tuesday morning, the 27th, I missed them all—I also missed a book-marker—I afterwards saw these things produced by the officer—they were what I had lost—these are them—the prisoner was a pupil in the school, and was at the school on the Sunday, the 25th of June, in the morning—any of the pupils could go into my room, but they should not—I mentioned in the school on the Wednesday that I had missed these things,
and Caroline Wild said something to me—the prisoner was not at school that Wednesday morning.
Cross-examined by MR. HORRY. Q. Had not the prisoner been five years in the school? A. I cannot tell—I have only been there a month.
CAROLINE WILD . I am the daughter of Jonathan Wild—he is a black, smith at Hillingdon—I go to the National school, and so does the prisoner—I remember the governess saying on the Wednesday morning that she had lost these things—on Monday night, the 26th, the prisoner called me into a field, when we left school—she showed me the ring and the cuffs, the box of beads and the necklace—she said her aunt had sent them to her—I am sure these are the same things, because I took notice of them—she told me not to tell anybody—she then put the things into her bag—she said she would bring a brooch the next morning.
LAWRENCE MONAGHAN (police-sergeant T 6.) I went to search the house of Thomas Jenkins, at Hillingdon, he is the prisoner's father. I saw the prisoner and her mother there—I said I had a warrant to search for a ring, some cuffs, and a brooch, supposed to be stolen by her daughter—her mother then went up stairs—I followed her—she took from a drawer these cuffs and some other things, and said they had been brought by her daughter, who said she had found them—I asked about some other things—she said she knew nothing of them, and the prisoner said the same—I asked the prisoner for her school-bag, which she gave me from a shelf—I found in it this necklace, book-marker, this other cuff, and this small box of beads—I searched and found the locket in a small box of her sister's rolled up in a shift—I took the prisoner to the station—she said on the way she hoped they would not send her to prison, as she had been to several schools before, and never took anything.
NOT GUILTY .
CAROLINE WHITE . I am the wife of Joseph White, and take in washing—I know the prisoner by sight about the neighbourhood—about twenty minutes past six o'clock on the 21st of June, 1 hung out a shirt to dry in the yard in front of the house—it was near enough for any one to reach from outside the premises—I missed it about twenty-five minutes past six—I found it pawned at Mr. Harvey's, in the Highway—this is it.
MARY ANN WADE . I know the prisoner by sight. At half-past eight o'clock on the morning of the 21st of June, I was passing the prosecutor's premises, and saw the prisoner—he asked if I would go and pledge a shirt for him—he produced it from under his smock-frock—I asked if it was his own—he said, "It is, so help me God"—I went to Mr. Harvey's and pawned it—I gave the prisoner the ticket and the money—in about twenty minutes the prosecutrix sent for me—I described the prisoner.
TIMOTHY HERLEHY (police-constable K 329.) About half-past seven o'clock on the evening of the 23rd, the prosecutrix pointed out the prisoner to me in Vinegar-lane—he turned round, and began to run—I caught him, and told him he was charged with stealing a shirt—he said, "I could have escaped before if I thought proper"—I said, "Perhaps you did not think I was coming after you"—he said, "Yes I did; I won't go with you unless I think proper."
Prisoner's Defence. I was in a new house, and in came two young chaps, and said, did I want to buy a shirt; they said, "Give us the price of a gallon
of beer, and you shall have it;" I bought it, thinking it was a bargain: it was too small for me. I met Wade, and asked her to pawn it.
(The prisoner received a good character.)
GUILTY . Aged 18.— Confined One Month.
JAMES ATTWOOD (police-constable N 94.) About five o'clock on the afternoon of the 16th of June, I was in Smithfield-market in plain clothes. I found a tug at my pocket, I turned round and saw the prisoner close behind me—I pulled his jacket open, and found my handkerchief under it—he said, "Let me go; I will never do it again"—I gave him and the handkerchief to the police—this is it.
Prisoner. I picked it up under a horse's foot, and had it in my hand five minutes before, and no one owned it.
(The prisoner received a good character.)
GUILTY . Aged 17.— Confined Four Months.
WILLIAM CHALK . I am an umbrella manufacturer, and live in Eastcheap. About nine o'clock on Saturday evening, the 1st of July, I was in Fenchurch-street—I felt some one at my pocket—I had my handkerchief two or three minutes previous—I felt my pocket, and my handkerchief was gone—I turned, and saw the prisoner standing close by me—I seized him, and the handkerchief dropped from his person—I picked it up—there was no one else near me.
Prisoner's Defence. I was walking along, and the handkerchief fell at my feet.
(The prisoner received a good character.)
GUILTY . Aged 17.— Confined Six Months.
2134. SAMUEL WITHERS was indicted for stealing, on the 17th of May, 1 coat, value 1l.; 1 pair of trowsers, 10s.; 1 waistcoat, 5s.; 1 pair of boots, 10s.; 1 stock, 2s.; 1 shirt-front, 2s.; and 1 handkerchief, 2s.; the goods of George Marsh.
GEORGE MARSH . I am a gardener, and live in Godfrey-street, Chelsea—the prisoner was my fellow-workman, and lodged in the same room with me, up to the 17th of May—about six o'clock on that day I went out of the hourse, leaving him in the bed-room, dressed all but his coat—I came back in the evening, and found my box broken open, and my clothes and a shirt-front gone from it, and a pair of boots from the room—the prisoner was also gone—he never returned—I saw no more of him till he was in custody—this is my shirt-front—I had locked the box, and I had the key in my pocket.
Prisoner. Q. Where was your property during the three weeks? A. On the Monday evening I went out, and got rather wet coming home—I hung them in the room till Tuesday night, and then put them into the box—they were under lock and key on Wednesday morning—you did not leave me at the door on Wednesday morning, and tell me you were going into the country to look after work—I have not robbed my master—I did not get up at five o'clock and go to my work, and pretend it was six—I do not remember returning in the morning, and bringing my hat full of my master's flowers—you did not tell me of it—I did not bring a nosegay to Hillyer.
RICHARD BEARD (policeman.) I apprehended the prisoner on the 15th of June—he was wearing this shirt-front—the prosecutor said it was his, and the initials of his name had been cut out—the prisoner said, "No, they were burnt out with a lucifer-match—it is my property."
HENRIETTA BEDWELL . I live at Battersea—I wash for the prosecutor—I know this shirt-front to be his—I knew it the instant the policeman showed it to me—I have washed and ironed it for him—I know it by the stitching being country made, and I cannot iron without making a plait against the collar—it was marked "G M," but that is cut out.
CATHERINE HILLYER . The prisoner and the prosecutor lodged in the same room at my house. On Wednesday morning, the 17th of May, I heard one of the persons go out, at a little before six o'clock, and at seven I heard the other go out—the prisoner never returned, and had given no notice of his going.
Prisoner. Q. Did not I tell you on the Tuesday, that I thought of going into the country to work? A. I do not remember it—there was half a week's rent owing—the prosecutor does not bring me a nosegay every week—both of you brought some—I did not know they were stolen.
Prisoner's Defence. It is an unlikely thing that I should have broken open the prosecutor's box, and taken bis paltry clothes, when the things were hanging on a rail in the room for two days. The front is my own property; there were other lodgers.
GUILTY . Aged 29.— Confined Six Months.
WILLIAM BERNAND . I am a linen-draper, in Tottenham-court-road, in partnership with Andrew Kidd and another. On Saturday evening, the 24th of June, about nine o'clock, a lady came and spoke to me—I went into the lobby, and missed a piece of Parisian cloth, which I had seen safe about half an hour before—the lady pointed towards Grafton-street—I went towards the corner, and saw the prisoner running with a bundle under his arm—he turned the corner, saw me following him, and threw it down—I picked it up, and found it was this piece of cloth—I called, "Stop thief," and followed him to Fitzroy-court, where he was stopped by a butcher—he asked me if I saw him take it—I said I saw him run away with it.
Prisoners Defence. I was coming down the street; there was a boy running; I followed him till I got near the corner; he turned, and threw this at me; I followed him, intending to give him in charge; when I got to the corner I missed him; I turned, and saw the prosecutor running, and ran down a court, thinking the thief had taken that road.
GUILTY . Aged 19.— Confined Three Months.
NEW COURT, Wednesday, July 5th, 1843.
Fifth Jury, before Mr. Common Sergeant.
GUILTY . Aged 28.— Confined Three Months.
WILLIAM NEWLAND (police-constable T 39.) I received directions from Mr. West to watch hit premises at Cowley—about eight o'clock in the morning of the 2nd of July I saw Taylor stop with a horse and cart near Goodman's house, about a mile from the prosecutor's shop—Goodman came to the cart—Taylor took a piece of mutton in his hand—they both looked round, and then he gave it to Goodman from the cart—Goodman put it under his cost, and was returning to his garden—I took him, and took the mutton from him, and showed it to Mr. West.
Cross-examined by MR. PAYNE. Q. Was this done in the open street? A. Yes.
NATHANIEL WEST . I am a butcher, and have one partner, and am Taylor's master. I saw the mutton produced by the policeman on the 2nd of July—I did not authorise Taylor to sell it—he had no weights and scales to weigh meat, and could not tell the weight of it—the other meat which he gave me orders for I put a ticket to, and he took them out—I gave him a lot of meat to take to my brother's.
Cross-examined. Q. How long had Taylor been in your employ? A. About a year and a half—this mutton weighed 3 3/4lbs., and was worth 1s. 10 1/2 d.—I did not know the weight of it.
Goodman. I asked if he had got any to sell; he said "Yes," and gave me this bit, and said he wanted 2s. for it.
TAYLOR— GUILTY . Aged 17.— Confined Six Months.
GOODMAN— GUILTY . Aged 32.— Confined Four Months.
JOHN EATON (police-constable S 193.) On the 29th of June I saw Brown in the crowd very busy trying several gentlemen's pockets—I followed him to Pall-mall, where Cooper joined him—they went behind a gentleman—Brown pot bis hand into the gentleman's pocket, took this handkerchief out, and gave it to Cooper, who put it into his pocket—I took him, and took it out of his pocket—the gentleman said, "That is mine"—he tried to get it from me—I would not let him have it—on taking Cooper, he said, "I have two more handkerchiefs which I bought of Brown"—I found five more on him altogether.
Cooper. Q. Did you see Brown pass the handkerchief to me? A. Yes, and I saw you speak to one another.
Cooper. I heard George ask the policeman what he should say, and he said, "Say you saw Brown take the handkerchief and give it to Cooper." Witness. He did not—I had been nearly an hour watching Brown.
Cooper's Defence. This handkerchief laid before me, and I picked it up as I was looking at the procession.
BROWN— GUILTY . * Aged 20.— Transported for Ten Years.
COOPER— GUILTY . Aged 20.— Confined Six Months.
live in Bryanstone-square. I went to the French Catholic chapel, in Little George-street, Portman-square, on the 25th of June—a few yards from there, in coming out, I took my pocket-handkerchief from my pocket—before I went to chapel I had put a 50l., a 10l., and a 5l. note, into a piece of paper, and put it in my handkerchief—I am sure I did not take ray handkerchief out till I came out of the chapel—I forgot my notes at the time—they were all gone—the 50l. note was No. 70,860. and the 10l. No. 70,508—I printed bills—I believe these to be two of the notes.
JAMES ELMES . I am landlord of the City of Hereford, Charles-street, Portman-square, which is near the French chapel—I know the prisoner. About one o'clock last Monday week he came and asked me for change for a 10l. note—I said I could give two 5l. notes, but no gold, and as I gave him the two notes, I observed a 50l. note in his hand—he remarked that it was a 50l. note, and said he had been paying bills for the old lady—I saw the advertisement, and gave information—the prisoner was taken, and the 50l. note found on him, with the two 5l. notes which I gave him—one of them was cut in half.
WILLIAM KING (police-constable D 31.) I found a 50l. note on the prisoner, and these two 5l. notes—I asked him where he got the 10l. note from—he said it was his business not mine—I asked if he had got the 50l. note which he had when he took the 10l. note—he said it was his business and not mine.
Prisoner's Defence. I picked them up.
GUILTY . Aged 62.—Recommended to mercy by the Prosecutor.— Confined One Month.
MARY HAZLEWOOD . I am the wife of George Hazlewood, of Rutland-street, Brompton. The prisoner lodged with me—I lost a razor and two handkerchiefs—I accused him of it—he said he had them, and they were found at the pawnbroker's.
GUILTY . Aged 13.— Confined Three Months.
2141. CHARLES MILLER was indicted for stealing, on the 29th of June, 1 watch, value 15s.; and 1 key, 1d.; the goods of Frederick Palmer, in a vessel on the navigable River Thames; and WILLIAM EAGER , for feloniously receiving the same, well knowing it to have been stolen; against the Statute, &c.
FREDERICK WILLIAM PALMER . I am cook on board the Tagus steam-boat, which is lying in the river. I saw my watch about two o'clock on the 29th of June, hanging up in the galley—I saw Miller on board about one—he does not belong to the vessel—I missed my watch.
Cross-examined by MR. CROUCH. Q. Where was Miller? A. In the galley—I saw him at ten o'clock, and again about one—I did not see Eager.
JOSEPH BEALE (police-constable K 252.) I took Miller, and asked what he had done with the watch he had the day before—he said he had no watch, and knew nothing about it—I said I knew he had—he said, "I have given it to Eager"—I then went to Eager, and found it on him—he said it was given him by Miller to hold while he went to dinner.
Cross-examined. Q. Did you say anything to induce Miller to say this? A. No.
MILLER— GUILTY . Aged 13.— Confined Five Days, and Whipped.
EAGER— NOT GUILTY .
MR. BALLANTINE conducted the Prosecution.
WILLIAM THOMAS MIDDLETON . I am a jeweller, and live in Granada-place, Commercial-road. On Tuesday morning, the 2nd of May, about twenty minutes past four o'clock, I got out of bed—I heard some one at my door—I went down and found my window had been broken open, and the shutters displaced—I lost about 150l. worth of property—I had seen my shutters closed about half-past eleven the night before—I received eight rings from Harris, and gave them to the officer.
JOHN JAMES HARRIS . On Thursday, the 4th of May, I bought eight rings of Mr. Samuel, a jeweller, for 2l. 12s. 6d.—there were only three of them standard gold, the others are only gilt—the utmost value of them is two guiness and a half for a dealer—I should tell them for about 3l. 10s.—I cannot say that these now produced are the rings—I gave them to Mr. Middleton.
SIMON LAZARUS . I am a dealer in clothes, metal, and furniture, and live in Well-street. On Wednesday, the 3rd of May, I received some rings from Reeves—I took them on approbation—I was to give two guineas—Mr. Samuel sold them for me—he gave me 2l. 7s. for the eight—I had bought one of him before that—I gave 8s. 6d. for it—this is one—it is gold—the real value of it is 4s. a dwt
JOHN REEVES . I live in Goswell-street. On the 2nd of May I saw the prisoner and two other men at my house between six and seven o'clock in the evening—the prisoner produced thirteen or fourteen rings—he asked me to give him 70s. an ounce for them—I had known him for ten years—he was in the habit of coming to my employer, Mr. Charles Syrell, of Barbican—I bought thirteen or fourteen rings of him for 6l. 15s.—the other five or six have been melted—I bought two silver scent boxes of him—they have been melted—I bought a plated pin of one of the other men—that has been melted—I bought a small plated ring for 6d.—that is also melted—I paid part of the money to the prisoner, and part to the other men—I let Mr. Lazarns have these rings on approbation—he had them out two days—he gave me two guineas for eight—I have only been in business four months.
Cross-examined by MR. PAYNE. A. What was the value of the property that was melted? A. Equal to that I sold, or rather more, because the rings I melted were heavy—I melted them two days after—the policeman came eight days after the robbery—I told him I did not know I had bought any rings—he might have asked me if I had sold any within the last eight days—I think he did—I said, "I don't know whether I have or not"—he took out his card and gave me—I said, "If you had given me this at first I would have told you at once"—there were no other persons in the shop when the prisoner and two other men came in—I took two of my servants to identify the men, and they could not.
NICHOLAS PEARCE (police-inspector.) I received information about this robbery in the early part of May—I took the prisoner into custody at the King of Prussia public-house, on the 10th of May—I told him it was for being concerned in a burglary at the house of Mr. Middleton, in the Commercial-road—he said, "I had nothing to do with it, so help me God"—I said
he had disposed of some of the rings to Mr. Reeves—he said he had not disposed of any rings to Mr. Reeves.
Cross-examined. Q. Did you ask Reeves if he had bought any ring? A. Yes, and he said, "I don't know whether I have or not"—I asked if he had sold any within the last eight days—he said, "I don't know whether I have or not"—I took out my card, and then he said he had, and showed me a book with an entry of eight rings to Mr. Lazarus.
JOSEPH LEWIS (police-inspector.) On the 18th of May the prisoner was locked up at the station—he sent for me—I went to him—he stated that on the evening of the 2nd of May he met two men in Petticoat-lane; they asked him to take a walk with them; he did so, and they went to Mr. Reeves's house, in Goswell-street, and disposed of some rings, about twelve o'clock that day—he said Mr. Reeves had received nearly the whole of the property stolen from Mr. Middleton's—he said it consisted of gold watches and gold chains—I told him anything he stated to me would be stated against him.
Cross-examined. Q. When was the last trial? A. Towards the latter end of the last Sessions—there has not been a reward of 50l. offered on conviction, that I am aware of—I proved this conversation on the last trial.
(See Eighth Session, page 295.)
(Property produced and sworn to.)
GUILTY . Aged 41.— Transported for Ten Years.
ALFRED BOTLE CROFTS . I am in the employ of Samuel Morgan Lewis, of the Strand. About half-past five o'clock on the 23rd of June, the prisoners came in for a neck handkerchief which was in the window, and they wished a satin scarf of the same pattern—they looked at several, and declined having one—they then wished to have some sent down to them—they left, and I missed these two satin scarfs which are now produced.
Cross-examined by MR. BALLANTINE. Q. I think you had some doubt about one of them? A. No—I do not know that either of them have been identified by another person.
GEORGE GATER (police-constable T 23.) I was on duty in the Strand, and saw the prisoners in the prosecutor's shop—I watched them coming out, and pursued them, crying, "Stop thief"—I followed James down Milford-lane—he was stopped by a man—I found this scarf in his hat—they were both running.
(The prisoners received a good character.)
JAMES KIBBLE— GUILTY . Aged 18.
CHARLES KIBBLE— GUILTY . Aged 22.
Confined Three Months.
MARY ANN LEAD . I am the wife of Robert Lead, of Golden-lane. On the 27th of June 1 left the prisoner in charge of my place—I returned in a quarter of an hour—she was still there—on the Sunday following I missed a shawl and other things—this is my shawl.
Prisoner. Harris took it—she was in the prosecutrix's room that evening.
GUILTY . Aged 16.— Confined Three Months.
2145. WILLIAM SHARP was indicted for stealing, on the 26th of June, 1 watch, value 5l. 10s.; 1 collar, 10s.; and 1 handkerchief, 5s.; the goods of James Comfort; and that he had been before convicted of felony.
JAMES STRACHAN (police-constable N 187.) I produce this watch—I found it about three o'clock in the morning lying on the ground, where the prisoner was apprehended, in a passage leading to some gardens, at the back of Milner-street—I have a key to that passage, it being on my beat—I found this collar and handkerchief in the same place—I had seen the prisoner come sliding down a ladder in front of Mr. Comfort's house, about a quarter past ten o'clock at night—I asked what he wanted there—he said he had been to see that the tops were all secure, and that he lived at the corner house—I said, "I will go with you and see"—he then jumped over the railings—I chased him round, and he got up the ladder again—I went up after him, and he threatened to throw me down—I was obliged to come down—he was taken about eleven o'clock.
EDMUND CHICHELEY (police-constable N 199.) I saw the prisoner on the top of some houses in Gibson-square—we surrounded him, and he went to an empty house, No. 17—he came out of there, and we took him—I found this screw-driver and this brooch near where he was taken.
Prisoner. I heard a cry, and went round like other people.
GUILTY . Aged 35.— Transported for Ten Years.
(There was another indictment against the prisoner.)
2146. GEORGE JOHNSON and ROBERT M'KENZIE were indicted for stealing, on the 29th of June, 2500 printed pamphlets, value 2l. 10s., the goods of Elias Moses and another, their masters.—Two other Counts, calling them catalogues, or printed paper;
M'KENZIE pleaded GUILTY . Aged 16.— Confined Six Days, and Whipped.
MICHAEL HANLON . I am assistant to Elias Moses and son, Aldgate—the prisoners were employed to distribute pamphlets and papers for them. On the 29th of June I missed about 2500 pamphlets—I received information, and found the prisoners at the station—these pamphlets had not been delivered to the prisoners—it was their duty to wait till I came, and then to take them of me—they said that Mr. Moses, the night before, had told them that they should take out more books—Mr. Moses is not here.
THOMAS HENSON . I keep a chandler's-shop. On the 28th of June Johnson came and asked me if I would buy a pennyworth of books of him—I said I should like to see them—he produced them—I weighed them—there were not three-quarters of a pound of them—I asked him how he came by them—he said a man dropped a bundle of them in the Mile-end-road, and had given him these for picking up the others—I bought them of him—I then went from that shop, which is in Chicksand-street, to my other shop in Well-street
—Johnson came in there, and asked me to buy another pennyworth, which I did, and asked if he had any more—he said he had, and that he had sold some of them at Hampton-races—I told him to bring what he had, and both the prisoners brought this bundle, weighing about 17lbs.—they wanted 2s. for them—I offered 1s. 6d.—they took them away, but brought them back, and said I should have them—I said they did not suit me—they left them, and said they should have double the quantity to-morrow—the next day they brought 37lbs.—I put them into the back parlour, and sent for the officer, and gave him the paper.
Johnson. You bought 3d. worth of it. Witness. No, only 2d. worth.
Johnson. Mr. Henson met me, and said, "Do you work for Moses?"—I said, "Yes"—he said, "Tip us a book or two," and I did—he told me at any time he would buy some—I had no breakfast, and took him a pennyworth—I went to his other shop, and he bought two pennyworth more—he then said, "Will you take 1s. 4d. for what you have got?"—I said, "No, you shall have them for 1s. 6d."—he said, "You will have more to-morrow; bring that"—next morning I took more.
JOHNSON— GUILTY . Aged 15.—Recommended to mercy.— Confined Six Days, and Whipped.
JOHN BARKE (police-constable H 81.) I found the prisoner with a sack, containing some rope and this padlock and chain, about four o'clock in the morning, on the 22nd of June, opposite the entrance of the London Docks—he said he had picked them up at Billingsgate.
Prisoners Defence. I picked these up on the shore; I should have gone back, and inquired who they belonged to.
NOT GUILTY .
SAMUEL COATES . I live at Hackney. On the 27th of June, at half-past nine o'clock at night, I was looking out of window, and saw the prisoner go up a ladder to Mr. Morris's scaffold—he took this line, plummet, and wood—I went down, followed him, and took him with them in his hand.
Prisoner's Defence. I had left my tools on the job, and I asked Mr. Morris's son for the tools; he told me to get out, or he would jump upon me; I went and took these things in mistake.
GUILTY . Aged 42.— Confined Three Months.
GUILTY . Aged 38.— Confined Six Months.
2150. JOHN SPENCER FRANCIS was indicted for stealing, on the 19th of June, 9 shawls, value 4l. 15s.; 1 cape, 3s. 3d.; 2 stocks, 9s. 6d.; 2 collars, 3s. 9d. 1 cap, 8d.; 12 yards of lace, 1s.; 24 yards of edging, 2s. 6d.; 60 yards of ribbon, 12s. 6d.; 2 handkerchiefs, 8s. 2d.; 8 yards of printed cotton, 5s. 3d.; 24 yards of Orleans cloth, 1l. 4s.; 26 yards of woollen cloth, 2l. 6s.; 50 yards of mouseline-de-laine, 2l. 5s.; 20 yards of silk, 2l. 5s.; 2 quires of paper, 6d.; 1/2 yard of lawn, 6d.; 1 sovereign, 2 half-sovereigns, 7 half-crowns, 14 shillings, 2 sixpences, 1 groat, 17 pence, and 13 half-pence; the property of Stephen Hiscock, his master; to which he pleaded
GUILTY . Aged 17.— Confined Four Months.
GUILTY . Aged 32.— Confined Three Months.
GUILTY . Aged 47.— Confined Two Months.
CHARLES CLARK . I am an apprentice on board a vessel. I had a box in the cabin, and the key was on the bed bulk—on the morning of the 29th of June I found it was broken open, and missed these things—this is my tobacco-box and handkerchief—I had seen them all safe on the afternoon of the 28th.
Prisoner's Defence. I know nothing about it; I never saw the handkerchief.
GUILTY . Aged 17.— Confined Six Months.
2154. JANE MONAGHAN and JOHN HENNESSEY were indicted for stealing, on the 20th of June, 1 watch, value 2l.; 1 watch-chain, 2l.; 1 seal, 10s.; and part of a seal, 5s.; the goods of Matthias Ramsdale, from his person; and that Henessey bad been before convicted of felony.
ELLEN WILLIAMS . On Tuesday morning, the 20th of June, I was at the Black Horse, at Poplar, with the prosecutor—the two prisoners were there—the prosecutor took his watch out of his fob, held it in his hand, and looked at the time of day—he then twisted the chain round his finger—Monaghan took it from his hand, and gave it to Henessey to go and pawn—Henessey is quite innocent of it—Monaghan asked him to go and pawn it—he did not go at that moment—the prosecutor was quite close by us all.
MARY ANN HENLEY . I know the two prisoners by sight—they both asked me to go and pledge a watch—I went and pawned it in the name of Smith, as Ellen Williams asked me to do so—she and the prisoners were all together.
Monaghan's Defence. I met the prosecutor and Williams; I went in with them; I said, "Are you not going home? "he said, "No;"I said I was going to the Thames-police, and I would go with him; we went on, and in going along Williams said, "We will pawn his watch; "I said, "No, if he is short of money let him do it himself;" he went into the house, and gave me the watch into my hand.
Henessey's Defence. I met three girls and the prosecutor together; they said, "Will you have a drop of beer?" and I did; Monaghan asked me to pawn the watch—I did not know whether it was stolen or not.
Henessey. I was innocent then, and am now.
MONAGHAN— GUILTY . Aged 18.— Confined Six Months.
HENESSEY— GUILTY . Aged 19.— Transported for Ten Years.
MARY WINTER . I am single. On the 4th of July, I recollect somebody coming up to me—I pulled my shawl, then found the prisoner by my side, and his hand was in my pocket—I had a half-crown in my pocket, and he took it—when I went to feel for it it was gone—I am sure he is the boy.
GUILTY . Aged 11.— Confined Three Months, the three last Weeks solitary.
GEORGE WALES . I am pot-man to Mr. Benjamin Wood, a publican, of St. Marylebone—the prisoner came to the tap-room on the 3rd of July—soon after he left I went to the table-drawer, and missed a knife—I afterwards missed three and one fork—I went and found two knives on him, and he had this one in his pocket.
Prisoner. I took a knife and fork, and began to eat my bread and cheese I left a knife and fork on the table.
GUILTY . Aged 19.— Confined Two Months.
WILLIAM LAWRENCE . I live in Chapel-street, Somers-town. On the 28th of June I received information, and missed this pair of trowsers, which are my brother's, John Lawrence—they have the ticket on them.
JOSEPH HATCH . I saw the prisoner take the trowsers off the line, and put them on a gas-pipe—he then went and told another one to take his handkerchief off his neck, which he did—they wrapped the trowsers up, and ran away with them—I gave information.
WILLIAM REEVES . I was going my rounds—the prisoner and four more came and offered the trowsers for sale, in Stanmore-street, Somers-town—I kept following them—the prisoner ran over the fields, and he was taken.
Prisoner's Defence. I met three boys, and they asked how much I could get for the trowsers; I said I did not know. I asked this man, and he said 5s. I gave them to another boy, and he dropped them.
(The prisoner received a good character.)
GUILTY . Aged 13.—Recommended to mercy by the Prosecutor.
WILLIAM WILSON . I live in Gloucester-street, Queen-square. The prisoner was in my service—I received information about the loss of three rings—the officer was sent for, and just previous to his arrival the prisoner discovered the rings lying on the floor, in a place which had been previously searched—Miss Talby agreed to forgive her for them, and she was to leave; and at she was on the point of leaving, a girl in the house, named Brown, brought this brooch down, which the prisoner had given her—a girl, named Farr, knocked at the door, and said the prisoner gave her this other brooch—both of them are mine, and the prisoner had no right to take either.
GUILTY . Aged 15.—Recommended to mercy by the Jury.
Confined Three Days.
DAVID M'KENZIE . I live in Wait's place, Hackney-road. On the 30th of June I missed a piece of bacon—in about three minutes I ran after the prisoner and two others—the prisoner and one of the others were putting the bacon into a bag—I took the prisoner—it is my bacon.
Prisoner's Defence. A boy asked me to put it in a bag. I had never seen the boy before.
GUILTY . Aged 11.— Confined Months. Three Weeks solitary.
SAMUEL JOHN FULCHER. I live in Wilmott-street, Bethnal-green. The prisoner had been my apprentice, but his time had expired, and I discharged him—I saw this property safe in one of my drawers about the 2nd of June, and I missed it about the 11th—they are my son's property—my wife absconded, and went to the prisoner—my daughter went to where the prisoner worked, in Hare-street, and found him at work.
WILLIAM BARRY (police-constable H 59.) The prosecutor gave these articles into my custody—I asked the prisoner about the trowsers—he said the prosecutor's wife gave them to him, and that he sold them for maintenance.
Prisoner. Your mother said she was going to sell these trowsers, and gave you a pair of lavender ones in the room of these. Witness. No, she did not.
Prisoner's Defence. I bought the trowsers on the 2nd of May; the handkerchiefs
and waistcoat I had about a fortnight before his mother came;—she and my aunt went to Stepney fair, and asked me to go; she said she would sooner go to the bottom of the canal than go home any more.
GUILTY . Aged 27.— Confined Six Months.
WILLIAM VERDIN . I am a goldsmith, and live in Frith-street, Soho—I have one partner. The prisoner served a portion of his time to us as apprentice—I lost some studs, and the following week we told the prisoner we had reason to believe he took them—he said he had not, but at last he said he had pledged them with Mr. Tate, and it was the only thing he had taken—I went there with an officer, and identified them.
Cross-examined by MR. PAYNE. Q. Did he not say he was going to take them out again? A. Yes—there were about 25s. or 26s. due to him—they were pawned for 2s. or 3s.—he had been with us five years.
(The prisoner received a good character.)
GUILTY . Aged 21.—Recommended to mercy by the Jury.— Confined Six
(There was another indictment against the prisoner.)
MR. E. PLATT conducted the Prosecution.
JAMES WEBBER . I am assistant to Mr. Glass, a pork-butcher, in Earl-street, Seven Dials. About eleven o'clock in the forenoon of the 10th of June the prisoner came for a pennyworth of pudding—I served him—he put a shilling on the counter—I gave him change, and put the shilling into the till—there was no other money there I am sure—a short time after, my master came into the shop—no one had purchased any thing after the prisoner—my master went to the till, and said I had taken a bad shilling—he took it out, and gave it into my hands—I looked at it, and it was bad—I put it into my pocket, and in the evening I gave it to the policeman—about a quarter after eight o'clock the same evening the prisoner came again for a pennyworth of pudding—he put down another shilling—I took it up, and saw it was bad—I called Mr. Glass, and told him he was the same boy—Mr. Glass marked it, and gave it to the officer—the prisoner said he had not been there in the morning.
Cross-examined by MR. PAYNE. Q. You have a great many boys come? A. Yes—the prisoner said he had taken that shilling of a gentleman far holding his horse—I had never seen him before that morning.
JAMES LEWIS ASHMAN (police-constable F 119.) About nine o'clock in the evening of the 10th of June I was called into Mr. Glass's, and received charge of the prisoner—Mr. Glass marked one shilling, and gave it to me—I saw it was bad—I am sure this is the same—I have kept it ever since—I went to the station, and searched the prisoner—I found on him two penny-pieces, one halfpenny, and a pennyworth of pudding in his pocket—I received this other shilling from Webber.
Cross-examined. Q. Did you know him? A. Yes, for six or seven years—I never knew him in custody for passing bad money—he lived about 150 yards from the prosecutor's.
GUILTY . Aged 17.— Confined Six Months.
MR. CARTEEN conducted the Prosecution.
HENRY BOURNE . I live with my father, in Gray-street. On the 20th of June I was at my father's door—I saw the prisoner at the door of No. 16—he went to No. 15—he put his hand down by the scraper, put something down there, and pulled the dirt over it—he then went to Mrs. Cross's shop, No. 14—I went to my mother, and told her what I had seen—I went and found a paper in the same spot where I had seen the prisoner pat something—I gave it to my mother, and went for a policeman.
ELIZABETH BOURNE . I am Bourne's mother. He gave me a paper containing three half-crowns and one shilling, which I afterwards gave to the policeman—I went over to Mrs. Cross, and saw the prisoner purchasing some articles—he tendered a half-crown to Diana Cross—she took it up, and was in the set of putting it into the till.
JONATHAN MYES (police-constable D 162.) On the 20th of June I went to Mrs. Cross's shop—as I was taking the prisoner, Mrs. Bourne gave me this paper containing three half-crowns and one shilling—Diana Cross gave me a half-crown.
Prisoner's Defence. I did not put the paper down; I picked the half-crown up in Oxford-street.
GUILTY . Aged 17.— Confined Six Months.
GUILTY . * Aged 53.— Transported for Seven Years.
MR. HORRY conducted the Prosecution.
CHARLOTTE TRAFFORD . I live in James-street, City-road. I had known the prisoner by light for twelve months, but in June, 1842, he came to lodge with me—I married him on Christmas day last, at St. John, Hackney—about March last I received intelligence, and spoke to him about hit wife—I said, "How came you to marry me, knowing you had a wife alive?"—he said she was no wife, he had not married her in the right name, and it did not stand good, but he had two children that he supported—he said it was a bad job—when he paid his addresses to me, he said he was a widower.
Cross-examined by MR. PAYNE. Q. Did you know he was a married man when you went to church, and that his wife was at that time alive? A. Yes, in going to church—my first husband's name was Thomas Trafford—the prisoner told me he allowed the children 7s. a-week, and this first wife was in the country, but he married her in a wrong name.
ROBERT COLE (police-constable G 193.) I took the prisoner on the 20th of June—I received this certificate from Mrs. Trafford, and this other one from Birmingham—I have examined them—they are correct copies—when I took the prisoner he said, "It is a bad job, but she knew I was married at to time she married me."
JAMES SWADLING . I am the prisoner's brother. I was present at his marriage with Sarah Perrings, at St. Martin's church, Birminghain, on the 1st of April, 1824—I saw her alive at Mile-end, six or seven weeks ago.
Cross-examined. Q. How came your name to be Swadling, and the prisoner's Pratt? A. I was by the first father, and he by the second—he had seen his first wife in the same week that he married Mrs. Trafford.
GUILTY . Aged 38.— Confined Six Months.
Sixth Jury, before Edward Bullock, Esq.
GUILTY .— Confined Three Months.
2167. WILLIAM COGAN was indicted for stealing, on the 20th of June, 14oz. of tobacco, value 9s., the goods of the London Dock Company, his masters.—2nd COUNT, stating it to belong to our Lady the Queen.
MR. BALLANTINE conducted the Prosecution. MICHAEL RILEY. I am a watchman in the tobacco warehouse of the London Docks—the prisoner was a delivery-foreman of that warehouse. On the 20th of June, about one o'clock in the day, there was a chest of tobacco which had been opened for sampling—I saw the prisoner hanging about the cask a considerable time, and then he stooped down where the cask was, took part of the tobacco out, and put it into his pocket—I was about six yards from him—he moved towards where I was standing, but seeing me, he turned to the left, and ran away, which brought him to another part of the same ware-house—he had no right there—he went to the gangway, among some cases of cigars—there is an opening to go in there, but no opening at the other end—there were some small casks of tobacco in the place between the cigars—he put his hand into the same pocket as he had put the tobacco in, and threw the tobacco down—he could not see me—I did not speak to him then—I told the constable—I got into a situation which would give me a command of the opening—I watched there nearly two hours at that time—I never lost sight of the prisoner for one minute—he went to the opening again, and stooped down in the same spot—he rose up again—I came round and met him about two or three yards from the opening—I said, "Cogan, have you any tobacco about you?"—he said, "No, you may search me"—I rubbed him down, and found nothing—I went back to where I had seen him throw something down—I told him he could not do me—I took him by the arm—he went to the opening—I stooped down and found 14oz. of negro-head tobacco completely covered with a piece of stave, so that if a person had not watched that place he would not have seen it—no other person had been to that place—I handed over the tobacco to Dix—the cask the prisoner went to was marked "M. O. O, 21."
Cross-examined by MR. WILDE. Q. Did you know him? A. Yes—I did not stop him when I saw him take it, because I thought I should be able to detect the receiver—I have been a policeman, but resigned—I was not discharged, nor did I resign because I was about to be discharged—I was allowed to resign, and my superintendent recommended me to another situation—I went to work in the docks directly I left the police—I went under the name of Fox—I was not employed in that name—the prisoner has nothing to do with me—I do not think his situation is better than mine—I never quarrelled with him—I belong to the Total Abstinence Society—the prisoner and another were drinking gin at the corner of the warehouse a day or two before, and he said, "I would ask you to drink, but 1 know you don't take it"—I was not at all indignant at that—this is not the only charge I have made against persons—I understand that the prisoner's duty was not in the place where he was concealing tobacco—I went by my instructions in what I did.
MR. BALLANTINE. Q. How long have you been in the Docks? A. Five years—I received a character from the O'Connor Don, and a very strong recommendation from the superintendent of police—there has never been the wiliest charge against me—Mr. Clements, the head constable, told me to watch the prisoner.
JURY. Q. Was the prisoner delivery foreman on the land side, or the water side? A. On the land side—this cask was about eighty or ninety yards from the entrance of the warehouse where the goods were delivered—it was not his duty to be at the gangway where he went.
SAMUEL GOLDEY PUDDY . I am chief clerk in the tobacco warehouse of the London Docks. On the 20th of June I saw a cask of tobacco, marked, "MOO, No. 21"—its weight was 1cwt. 3qrs. 6lbs.—I weighed it the next morning, and found it weighed 1cwt. 3qrs. 3lbs.—about 21bs. had been taken out for a sampling order, and there was 1lb. missing—this tobacco appears to be the same—the prisoner's duty would not carry him to where the tobacco was found—the tobacco was weighed in the cask first, and then turned out, and put in again—I was directed to weigh it for a merchant the first day, and the following day to ascertain the net weight of it.
GEORGE DIX . I am a constable of the London Docks. The prisoner was given to me by Riley, and the tobacco produced was handed to me—Riley showed the same cask to me, and the tobacco was the same as the other—the prisoner's work was about the cask—he had no right to take any tobacco—I saw where the tobacco was—he had no business there—there was nothing at that place but samples.
Cross-examined. Q. Have you been employed there long? A. Eighteen years—the prisoner has been there twenty-four or twenty-five years—he was delivery foreman.
MR. BALLANTINE. Q. Was there anything which could justify his being there? A. I should say decidedly not.
GUILTY . Aged 51.—Recommended to mercy.— Confined Three Months.
GEORGE CALEB BARNETT . I am a butcher, and live in Suffolk-place, Commercial-road. On the evening of the 3rd of July I was in the parlour behind the shop—I saw some boys go past—I went into my shop, and saw the prisoner go out of the shop with a piece of beef in his hand, which had been on the block in the shop—I went out, caught him, and brought him back—this is my beef—the prisoner called out, "Mother"—I saw no woman—there were some other boys went past—I did not notice him with them.
Prisoner's Defence. I saw a boy running, and the beef was chucked at me; I told him so; I did not have it.
GUILTY . Aged 12.— Confined Fourteen Days, and Whipped.
JANE JONES . I am a widow; the prisoner used to work at washing for me. About the middle of March she was at work under me—her husband showed me this handkerchief—I then examined the handkerchiefs, and missed ten altogether—the prisoner had been washing for me at that time, but after that she did not return to her work—I searched, but could not find her—on
the 30th of June I found she was in custody—I found five other handkerchiefs, which I had missed, in pledge, and I redeemed them—they belong to different persons.
PETER HENRY PIZES . I am assistant to Mr. Smith, pawnbroker, Bath-street. City-road. On the 21st of March the prisoner pledged some handkerchiefs—the prosecutrix redeemed them—I cannot say whether these are the same.
JAMES SAYER (police-constable N 235.) I received information, and took the prisoner on the 30th of June—I told her it was for stealing ten silk handkerchiefs—she burst into tears—I asked if she had any duplicates—she said no, she had pawned them at Mr. Smith's, and had torn up the duplicates.
GUILTY . Aged 22.— Confined Three Months.
JOHN LEWER . I am a shoemaker, and live in Old-street, St. Luke's. Between four and five o'clock on the 1st of July I was at work in my shop, which is opposite the prosecutor's—I saw the prisoner take down a pair of stockings from Mr. Sheppard's door-post, and give them to another boy—they walked away together—I went to the prosecutor's, and gave information.
WILLIAM REED . I am shop-boy to Mr. William Henry Sheppard, a hosier, in Old-street. Lewer pointed out the prisoner and another boy to me—they were walking along—I followed them—one of them turned round, hit me, and asked me what I was following them for—I said, "For a pair of stockings"—the other boy struck me in the mouth—the prisoner ran, and called, "Stop thief"—he dropped the stockings—I took them up and still ran after him—I lost sight of him, and told the officer—he brought him back—I am sure he is the boy.
WILLIAM FITZPATRICK (police-constable N 50.) I was on duty in the New North-road—I had information, and pursued the prisoner—he ran, and called, "Stop thief," and he was stopped—I said I wanted him for stealing a pair of stockings—he said, "I am not the boy who stole them."
Prisoner's Defence. I did not steal them.
GUILTY . Aged 17.— Confined Six Months.
WILLIAM AUGUSTUS GOOD . I am barman to Mr. John Watson, who keeps the Angel public-house, in Chapel-street, Westminster. On the night of the 27th of June I served a customer at the end of the bar—the prisoner was at the bar—he made a snatch at a pile of silver on the sideboard—he had no business there—I saw the money in his hand—he ran away—I ran after him and caught him—just as he got by the door he threw the money on the floor—some person picked it up and gave me fourteen sixpences and one fourpenny piece—I saw it picked off the floor—the prisoner resisted and tried to get away—I held him tight, brought him inside, and gave him in charge—I went to the 1l. worth of silver and there was 7s. 4d. gone.
GUILTY . Aged 19.— Transported For Seven Years.
THOMAS BUSHELL . I keep a beer-shop in Hackney-road. The prisoner was in my service—it was part of his business to receive money for me and to deliver it to me immediately—on the 4th of June Mrs. Harris ordered two pots of porter, they were sent by the prisoner—he was to bring back 7d.—he took Mrs. Phillips a pint of beer that day—he came back twice, and the last time he put the tray down in the passage and absconded.
ANN HARRIS . I am the wife of John Harris. I deal with Mr. Bushell—on Sunday evening, the 4th of June, the prisoner brought me two pots of porter—my husband paid him 7d. for them—he gave him 1s., and the prisoner gave him change—I am quite certain of it.
JOHN M'PHERSON (police-constable M 402.) I took the prisoner—I asked if he was in Mr. Bushell's service—he said he was—I said, "Then of course you know what I take you for"—he said, "Yes, but he charges me with more than I am guilty of."
GUILTY . Aged 19.— Confined Two Months.
GUILTY .— Confined Three Months.
GUILTY of a Common Assault. Aged 21.— Confined Six Months.
JOHN GAVIN . I live in Redcross-square. Between eleven and twelve o'clock at night, on the 4th of July, I met the prisoner in Gray's Inn-lane—I went with her to a public-house and gave her some beer—I gave her some rum at another house—we then went to Bartholomew-close and had a talk for about an hour—I gave her 1s., and when I was coming away I missed a half-sovereign and a half-crown from my left trowsers pocket—I know I had them safe when I first met her—there were a few persons at the bar of the first public-house, but I know I had it safe when I paid for the beer there—I could not be sure that I had it when I paid for the rum—the policeman came up and I gave her in charge.
Prisoner. The prosecutor gave me a sixpence, and then a shilling—I suppose he gave me the half-sovereign instead of a sixpence—he left me, and came back and said, he had lost a half-sovereign—I said, "You have not lost it with me, I have only the 1s. 6d., and three penny pieces"—he said, "If you have the half-sovereign give it me, and I will say no more"—I gave off my pocket at the station, and said, "There it is."
NOT GUILTY .
ANN ATTERBURY . I live in Chapel-street, Clerkenwell, and am a widow. Between ten and eleven o'clock at night, on the 3rd of July, I was in White Lion-street, leading a little child with my right hand—I felt something touch me from behind over my right shoulder, and my bag was snatched from my hand—there was a cord to it, and it was separated in some way—I turned and saw a man run from me with his back towards me—he was a young man with crape on his hat, but I cannot swear to him—I saw no one else running—this is my bag—the things stated were in it.
WILLIAM HICKLEY . I am an ostler. At a little before eleven o'clock at night, I was in White Lion-street, I heard a cry of "Stop thief," and saw a man running—I followed, he fell down—I saw him taken, and he was the same person who had been running away—he was brought back four or five yards, and I saw him drop this bag from his left breast—I took it up and carried it to the station—it contained the articles stated.
CHARLES BURRELL (police-constable N 147.) I was on duty opposite White Lion-street—I heard a cry of "Stop thief," and saw the prisoner running—I did not see him caught as there was a crowd between me and him—he said he had nothing to do with it—I found on him two knives and five keys—these two handkerchiefs were in this bag which Hickley gave me at the station—I found on him another bag, and two handkerchiefs which are not the prosecutrix's.
Prisoner's Defence. I was going to the West end of the town; I saw a number of persons running; I ran and the officer took me.
GUILTY . Aged 20.— Confined Six Months.
JAMES STEWART WALLIS . I am a pawnbroker, and live in Penton-street. Last Monday, between four and five o'clock, the prisoner brought this silver table-spoon to pledge—I asked her name—she said Mary Shaw, and that she lived near the Barracks at Woolwich—she said the spoon was her own, and it had been given her by a person named Mitchinson, for her valuable services—I gave her in charge.
MARY ANN FAWCETT . I am servant to Mrs. Harriet Mitchinson, a widow, of Cannonbury-terrace, Islington. This spoon is hers—it was in the kitchen on Monday afternoon—the prisoner came about twelve o'clock to see my mistress—she had her dinner there—I was washing up, and the prisoner said, "I will wipe the spoons for you"—she left about half-past three or four—I did not miss this spoon till the next morning—the prisoner had lived as nurse with a friend of my mistresses.
Prisoner's Defence. After I left Mrs. Mitchinson, a man came up to me
with the spoon; I would not buy it; he came after me, and said he would take 6s. for it; I refused; he came again and offered it for 5s., and at last offered it 4s., and I bought it.
GUILTY . Aged 27.— Confined One Month.
NEW COURT.—Thursday, July 6th, 1843.
Sixth Jury, before Mr. Recorder.
JAMES STEVENSON . I am a linen-draper, and live in Sydney-place, Commercial-road. In consequence of some communication from Kate, on the 28th of June, I missed some cotton handkerchiefs from my door—I went with him into the Commercial-road, between nine and ten o'clock at night, and found the two prisoners there—I went up to them and put my hand under Davis's shawl, and under her arm she had three of the handkerchiefs I had lost—these are them—they had been pinned to a piece of carpet outside my door—Ryan had this other handkerchief on her neck, under her shawl—this is another of the handkerchiefs I missed that evening—they had all been pinned together—they begged hard to be forgiven—I said I should do nothing of the kind—Ryan endeavoured to throw this handkerchief away, and, in my catching it, Davis escaped—I gave an alarm, and she was stopped by Kate—they were both delivered to the constable—there was a new collar found on Davis, but it was not mine.
WILLIAM KATE . I live in North-street, Limehouse, and am errand-boy to Mr. Pound, whose shop is next door to the prosecutor's. On the 28th of June, about nine or half-past nine o'clock, I saw the two prisoners looking at the goods, outside the prosecutor's door—they appeared to be acquainted, and were talking together—I saw some handkerchiefs pinned to a piece of carpet—I saw Ryan unpin them, double them up, and walk away with them—she had a shawl on—she walked away with the handkerchiefs, and kept them in front of her—Davis was looking at a piece of net which hung close by the handkerchiefs, and in two or three minutes after Ryan walked off with the handkerchiefs Davis went away—I told the lad, outside, what I had seen—he went in and told Mr. Stevenson—I went with Mr. Stevenson to the Commercial-road, and saw the handkerchiefs found as he has described.
JURY. Q. Did you know the prisoners? A. I do not recollect that I had seen them before—I noticed their dress—I have not a doubt that they the same persons.
THOMAS BROWN (police-constable K 356.) I heard a cry of "Police," and found the prisoners with Mr. Stevenson—he gave them in charge—I asked the prisoners what they had done—they said they did not know, they were sure, it was only a paltry few handkerchiefs—1s. 1 3/4 d. was found on Davis, and four duplicates—Ryan had nothing.
Davis. I have been very ill the last five months, and I was going to the hospital the next morning.
Ryan's Defence. I met Davis, and another girl; they gave me a handkerchief; I did not know it was stolen.
DAVIS— GUILTY . Aged 20.
RYAN— GUILTY . Aged 17.
Recommended to mercy.
Confined Three Months.
Before Edward Bullock, Esq.
CHARLES COLYER (police-sergeant K 30.) I was on duty in East Ham, on the morning of the 27th of June—I saw the prisoner come out of Mr. Maxwell's yard, with a wagon loaded with new potatoes—in consequence of what I had heard I stopped him, and asked what he had got on the wagon beside potatoes—he said victuals for his horses—the constable with me found on the wagon a sack, with about two bushels and a half of mixed corn in it, and another sack, containing about one bushel and a half of clear oats, was under the fore-ladder of the wagon.
WILLIAM JOHN HOWE (police-constable K 251.) I was with Sergeant Colyer, and saw Mr. Maxwell's wagon come into the Ilford-road—the prisoner was driving it—I got on it, and threw down a sack, with about two bushels and a half of mixed corn in it, and another with about a bushel and a half of clear oats, which was under a smock-frock on the front of the wagon.
GEORGE MAXWELL . I am the son of William Maxwell, and live with him at East Ham—the prisoner worked for my father. On a Sunday, about the 16th or 18th of June, I found some oats concealed in one of the granaries, where we hardly ever went—on the Tuesday after I missed some oats, and on the Monday after that I missed more—I told the officer, and we put some small pieces of paper, with the letter "M" on them, doubled up among the oats—I saw the oats produced by the policeman, and on examining them I found the same bits of paper—the prisoner had no authority to take them out for his horses—he had mixed corn besides—he had lived with my father ten months.
Prisoner's Defence. I had got very little mixed corn, and was going to mix this when I baited. I was going a long journey; the horses had had green victuals, and did not care to eat corn: but they would eat this when they were out. Mr. Maxwell said, if the horses did not look well he would take the allowance off me.
GUILTY . Aged 28.— Confined Three Months.
Before Mr. Common Sergeant.
2180. HENRY BURTON and MATILDA MERRYMAN were indicted for stealing, on the 14th of Feb., 3 sheets, value 6s.; 1 blanket, 2s.; 1 saucepan, 1s. 8d.; and 30lbs. weight of flock, 5s.; the goods of Charles Podd.
ELIZA PODD . I am the wife of Charles Podd, and live in Dean-street, Deptford. In Feb. the prisoners lodged in my house as man and wife—they both went away together, and I missed the articles stated—these sheets and blanket are mine—this sheet I found in their bed after they were gone.
afterwards apprehended Merry man—I got these duplicates from the prosecutrix
Burton's Defence. I was out of employ, and in a state of starvation; I pledged the sheet, but am innocent of the others.
Merryman's Defence. We pledged them for victuals, and intended to make them up.
BURTON— GUILTY . Aged 22.
MERRYMAN— GUILTY . Aged 20.
Recommended to mercy.— Confined Two Months.
2181. WILLIAM LOVETT was indicted for stealing, on the 29th of June, 1 handkerchief, value 3s.; the goods of John Robert Watley, from his person; and that he had been before convicted of felony; to which he pleaded
GUILTY . Aged 17.— Confined One Year.
Before Mr. Baron Gurney.
RICHARD MOORE . I am beadle of Covent-garden market. Last Friday night I was coming home from Hatcham races, in the Old Kent-road, about nine o'clock, with Phillips and four or five others—as we came along the road by Hatchard-street, Kent-road, I saw the prisoner and several others standing on the footway—Mott was in advance of our party, and said, "Now, gentlemen, just move out of the way, so that we can pass"—they did not move at the moment, and he tried to force himself through—a person immediately struck, him in the face—that caused a general confusion and row—I was forced against the wall—the prisoner held his fist over my head, and said, "I will knock your b----y head off"—previous to that I felt a tog at my watch, which was in my pocket, but that was not done by the prisoner—one of my friends got out of the crowd—I immediately called "Police," and as he was coming along with the policeman the other parties made off—the prisoner turned round to get away—I collared him—a mob came up and pushed against us till the policeman came and took him to the station.
Cross-examined by MR. CLARKSON. Q. Who is Mott? A. A sheriff's officer—I met him at the races, and he came along with me—the prisoner did nothing indicating that he meant to take anything from me—he had plenty of chances of taking my watch while I was against the wall if he had intended to rob me—I do not believe he intended to rob me—I missed four half-crowns four hours after—he did not take them.
NOT GUILTY .
ANN HAMMOND . I am a widow, and live in Temple-place, New-cross, Old Kent-road. On Friday, the 2nd of June, about twelve o'clock in the day, I was in a room at the bottom of my passage, saw the house-door open, and found the prisoner in my back room—the door was shut before, I believe—he must have come in through the shop to the back room—I stepped forward in the passage and took hold of him, as he came through the door—he got from me—I called "Stop thief"—he was pursued, taken, and brought
back—in five or ten minutes I missed my watch—it had been lying in the back room a few minutes before—nobody but the prisoner had been there—it was brought back to me.
CHARLES ETHERINGTON . I saw the prisoner run down Mason-street, about 150 yards from the prosecutrix's house, and several people hallooing "Stop thief"—when he got opposite our shop, I saw him take his hand out of his pocket, and throw something down—I could not tell what, till I got across the road, into the garden—I there picked up a watch—I brought it back to Mrs. Hammond—a butcher secured him, but an ostler brought him back.
DAVID CLIFT . I am a policeman. On the 2nd of June I was in the Old Kent-road—I heard of this, went up, and some one said, "There he goes across the field," I ran after the prisoner about half a mile, caught him, and brought him back.
MRS. HAMMOND re-examined. This is my watch.
GUILTY . Aged 16.— Transported for Twelve Years.
Before Edward Bullock, Esq.
2184. ISAAC HARRIS was indicted for stealing, on the 12th of April, an order for the payment of 10s.; the monies of James Ruff, the elder; also, on the 14th of April, 1 half-sovereign, 1 crown, 1 half-crown, 1 shilling, 1 sixpence, and 3 fourpenny-pieces; to both which he pleaded
GUILTY .— Transported for Seven Years.
2185. JOHN CALLOWAY was indicted for stealing, on the 27th of June, 70lbs. weight of rope, value 10s.; the goods of the General Steam Navigation Company, in a certain boat, on a certain navigable river called the Thames: and that he had been before convicted of felony.
MR. BODKIN conducted the Prosecution.
JOHN FRIEND . I am in the employ of the General Steam Navigation Company; when their vessels are not in use they lie at Deptford—on the 27th of June the City of London steam-boat laid there—that is one of their veesels—she left her moorings to go to London-bridge, and the springs with which she was fastened were hauled over the side of the vessel to Gifford, who was in a small boat—I then went from the Rainbow steam-boat, where I was, to the Little Western, and while there I could see the boat in which the springs were—I saw the prisoner in a boat by himself, in the act of taking the springs out of that boat of ours into his own boat—after he had helped himself to these springs, he made the best of his way into the middle of the river, and went with the tide—I got into a boat and followed him; but I had only one scull, and he had two—I kept him in sight, and sculled after him till I got to Elephant stairs—I then shoved in, and gave information to the Thames police—I staid on shore—they pulled after him, and took him, in my sight, in his boat—I saw the springs in possession of the police—they were the property of the company, and the same I saw passed out of the City of London.
Cross-examined by MR. PAYNE. Q. The Rainbow is a large vessel, is it not? A. Yes, and the springs were fastened from that to the City of London—the Little Western was about 300 yards behind the Rainbow—I could see the prisoner take the springs—I was from 200 to 300 yards from him—it was about ten minutes before nine o'clock in the morning—I was about 1200
yards from the prisoner when I started—I occasionally got nearer to him—I should think it was a mile and three quarters from the Rainbow where the police stopped him—there were steam-boats going by, but the prisoner and I kept in the centre of the river—I never once lost sight of him till he was taken—the river was very clear—I can swear the prisoner is the man—I saw him alongside—I did not see him row the boat there—I know these springs by the splicing of them—I stood close to the springs when they were passed over the bows of the City of London—they are worth about 10s.
MR. BODKIN. Q. Had you known the prisoner before? A. I had never seen him to my knowledge—when I saw a man in the boat taking the springs into his boat I could see it was the prisoner, and I never lost sight of his boat till he was taken—the tide was flowing towards London, and we were both in the middle of the stream.
JURY. Q. Supposing you had not pursued and seen him taken, but had only seen him here, could you swear that he was the man? A. I could.
JOHN JAMES JONES . (Thames police-constable, No. 6.) On the morning of the 27th of June, Friend gave me information, and pointed the prisoner out to me—I went after him, stopped his boat, and found these springs in the stern of it—I told him I took him about these ropes—he said, "Where was the man that gave charge?"—I said there he was—he said what had he done—I said, "About the ropes"—he seemed to be astonished—he was rowing towards London, and had his sleeves tucked up.
ALEXANDER GIFFORD . I am in the employ of the General Steam Packet Company. On the morning of the 27th of June the City of London came up from her moorings to take in her passengers—when she left her moorings I passed her springs into a little boat belonging to the company—I have every reason to believe that these are the springs—I did not notice them particularly—I handled them in putting them over, and in unmooring the ship—they bear every appearance of being the same.
JOHN FRIEND re-examined. Q. Had your attention been at any time directed to these springs? A. No further than when they were passed over the bows, a remark was made by the second mate, and I noticed the number of splices in the springs—I could not say how many there were, but there were three or four, or more—I know that springs of this number and description, which ought to be there, are missing.
MR. PAYNE. Q. How do you know that any are missing? A. By the number of them—they were in my charge—I was in the same boat where they were.
MR. BODKIN. Q. Had you the charge of the three vessels, the Little Western, the City of London, and the Rainbow? A. Yes, and I miss springs from the quantity given into my care, of the number and description of these—I have no doubt whatever that these are the springs handed over the side of the vessel that morning—I cannot positively sweat, but I have every reason to believe they are the same.
JOSEPH JOHN LEWIS (Thames police-inspector.) I was at the station when the prisoner was brought there—I had known him before—I said to him, "What, you are here again?"—he said, "It is all up with me this time," or "all done," I do not know which—he was in the lock-up place.
JOSEPH JOHN LEWIS . I product a certificate of the prisoner's former conviction, which I got from Mr. Clark's office—(read)—the prisoner is the same person who was then convicted of stealing rope from the same vessel.
GUILTY . Aged 34.— Transported for Ten Years.
ANN ELIZABETH KITCHEN . I am single, and live in Dock-street, Deptford. On the 25th of June I met the prisoner in Dock-street—he went home, and spent the night with me—next day I missed my silk handkerchief and needle housewife from a box under the bed—these are them.
Prisoner's Defence. We were both is liquor; how they came into my possession I cannot say—I was ordered on duty, and found them in my cap.
NOT GUILTY .
ANN STIFF . I am a widow. Wild was my lodger—she came about the 2nd of May—on the 30th of May I missed this veil from my drawer on the second floor of my house—it was not the room which she occupied—this is my veil.
DANIEL REARDON (police-sergeant R 23.) I went to Wild's lodging—I found the duplicate of a black veil and some other duplicates in Wild's box—the searcher at the station found a key—she gave it me—I applied it to the drawer at the prosecutor's which she lost the veil from, and it opened the lock.
(The prisoners received a good character.)
WILD— GUILTY . Aged 19.—Recommended to mercy.— Confined Three Months.
NEWTON— NOT GUILTY .
JOHN BUSBY . I am a labourer, and live at Deptford. At nine o'clock in the morning of the 27th of June I went home with the prisoner to Bridge-lane—we went to bed, and I fell asleep—I had a watch in my pocket—I did not give it to her, or tell her she might pledge it—I slept four or five hours—I awoke about three o'clock, and missed my watch—this is it.
WILLIAM PARRY . I am assistant to my father, a pawnbroker, in Flagonrow. On the afternoon of the 27th of June the prisoner came to my father's shop, and pledged this watch for 3s., in the name of Mary Davis—I asked if it was hers—she said it was her husband's—I am sure she is the woman.
PATRICK O'DARE (police-constable R 236.) At six o'clock in the afternoon of the 27th the prisoner was given into my custody, charged with stealing this watch—I asked what she did with it—she said she had pledged it; that she got it from John Busby; he gave it to her to pledge for 3s.—I found the duplicate in her breast.
Prisoner's Defence. The prosecutor had no money; he gave me the watch; I pledged it for 3s., and he gave me the ticket, and then he came down stairs, and gave me in charge.
GUILTY . Aged 29.— Confined Six Months.
JAMES BROWN . I am a hair-dresser, and live in Powis-street, Woolwich These towels, razors, and other things, are mine—they were safe in my shop at ten o'clock in the morning of the 29th of June—I left my shop about ten minutes, and left the key turned in the door—when I came back the door was open, and I missed the property.
Prisoner. Q. Can you swear to the comb? A. Yes.
WILLIAM LARWOOD (police-constable R 227.) On the morning of the 29th of June I took the prisoner on another charge—I found these five razors and four combs in his pocket, and one pair of scissors and three towels in his hat.
GUILTY . Aged 54.— Confined Three Months.
Fifth Jury, before Mr. Common Sergeant.
MR. WILDE conducted the Prosecution.
CHARLES LEVER (police-constable R 72.) I was on my beat at Woolwich on the 30th of June, and found the prisoner asleep at four o'clock in the morning, and a bad fourpenny-piece by him—I took him to the station, and saw him throw two pieces of paper on a chair—I opened them, and found eight bad sixpences in one, and fourteen bad fourpenny-pieces in the other—I handed them to the sergeant.
MR. JOHN FIELD . I am inspector of coin to the Mint. One of these papers contains eight counterfeit sixpences, all cast in one mould; and the other, fourteen counterfeit fourpenny-pieces, all cast in the same mould.
GUILTY . Aged 25.— Confined Six Months.
Before Mr. Common Sergeant.
GUILTY . Aged 24.— Confined Three Months.
FELIX ARTHUR DONNELLY . I am the son of Felix Arthur Donnelly, and live in St. James's-place, Old Kent-road. On the 19th of June, about one o'clock, I lost nine rabbits, which I had seen safe the day before—these now produced are them.
WILLIAM DAVIS . I was at the back of Mr. Donnelly's premises on the 9th of June, about one o'clock, and saw four boys coming along—the prisoners were two of them—two of them got over into Mr. Donnelly's premises, and one handed this bag over to Jones—I went and informed Mr. Brown—I am certain Taylor was with Jones—they all ran away directly.
Taylor. Q. Did not I stand alongside of you, and see you gambling?
A. No—I was not gambling—you were with the rest of the boys when they took the things—I am a sweep.
Jones. Q. Was there not another one dressed the same as me? A. I do not think there was—I know you had the bag—I never saw the prisoners before.
JOHN BROWN . About one o'clock, on the 19th of June, I was watering the horses—Davis came, and gave me information—I went in pursuit, and saw Jones with a bag on his shoulder—there were four of them, all abreast—I am certain Taylor was one of them—I met them, and asked what they had in the bag—they said "Nothing"—Jones immediately dropped the bag, and all four ran away.
Jones's Defence. I was going to Deptford, met three boys, and walked with them; there was the sweep and two or three more gambling; while I was looking at them the other boys went and got the rabbits; one was dressed like me; I left them there; the man came up; they dropped the rabbits, and ran away; at the office the sweep said he saw me drop them in a field.
JONES— GUILTY . * Aged 18.— Confined Nine Months.
TAYLOR— GUILTY . Aged 17.— Confined Three Months.
2193. ELIZA JONES was indicted for feloniously breaking and entering the dwelling-house of Thomas Hall, on the 31st of May, and stealing therein, 1 snuff-box, value 5s., and 11 5l. Bank notes; his property.
THOMAS HALL . I am a Greenwich pensioner, and live at the College—my wife lives at No. 13, Bond-street, Lambeth—it is my dwelling-house—I went with my wife to Epsom races on the Derby day, the 17th of May—the night before I gave her seven 5l. Bank notes, which she wrapped up in a paper bag, and put into the tea-caddy on the top of a writing-desk in my room—we started about ten o'clock next morning, and locked up the room—we returned at ten at night, but I did not go home till near one o'clock—the money was then gone—the prisoner had come on the 20th of May with a man who she represented as her husband, and took a furnished lodging of us—they said they had just come from Southampton by the train—they were there the morning of the Derby day—none of the notes have been found—a small bunch of keys was taken as well—I saw the prisoner after she was taken, and as she was going to the station she turned round, and said, "Mr. Hall, all I received out of the money was 10s.," and she repeated it a second time—the man has not been found—the prisoner had said he was going out in the Mercury to Calcutta, and he would remit money to support her when he got to Dover—he took the key of their door away, which would open my door, but I did not know that then.
Cross-examined by MR. PAYNE. Q. She was taken several days after the robbery? A. On the following Saturday she came to the house of her own accord, and was taken—she said she came by her friend's desire to see what I had lost.
ELLEN PRICE . I went to Mr. Hall's on the Derby day, and saw the prisoner standing at the door very heavy in liquor—I had never seen her before—I asked why she was standing there—she said she was waiting to see some one, she was a lodger at Mrs. Hall's—I said I was very sorry to hear that, for I was afraid they would have no room for me—she said, "Oh my husband
will not return, come and stay with me till the morning, and then you can seek for a lodging"—she went up stairs, and said, "My husband has got the key"—she called to a little boy for some keys—he brought two, and neither would open the door—she asked him to go over the way and borrow a screw-driver, which he did, and she broke open the door—she went in, made some tea, and went to bed—she asked me to come to bed, which I refused, as I wished to see Mrs. Hall first—before that I saw her count over three half-crowns and 2s.—I saw no notes—she said her husband was gone to Calcutta, that he was going on board the Mercury at twelve o'clock that night, that he had left her sufficient money for the week, and would remit her more when he got to Dover—I heard a noise at twelve or one o'clock, and said, "What a noise that is in the house, they have lost something"—she said, "Oh what is the matter?" very loud—I said, "Keep yourself still"—she said, "I must jump out of the window, and get over the back way, what do you say about that?"—I said, "Oh dear, that shows you must be very guilty indeed"—she then got up, dressed herself, and went to Mrs. Hall, very trembling, and her teeth chattered very much—she said to Mrs. Hall, "I have not committeud the robbery, I know nothing about it"—when we were talking very busy together she slipped down stairs and decamped—she came back again on the following Saturday, and said she was come at her friend's desire to know what was lost, and she was then taken into custody.
Cross-examined. Q. Was she not asleep when you heard the noise? A. No, I do not think she slept all night—every time I spoke to her she answered—when we heard of the loss, she said, "Darling, why did you leave me to get into such trouble?"—she appeared very much alarmed.
ANN HALL . When I came from Epsom, between ten and eleven o'clock, the house was broken open, and the money gone—I mentioned it to the prisoner, and she said she knew nothing about it—I asked her why her husband decamped that night in particular, while we were absent—she said he was gone on board the Mercury, to Calcutta.
NOT GUILTY .
2194. JOHN GARDINER was indicted for stealing, on the 15th of June, at Lambeth, 1 watch, value 1l. 1s., the goods of Thomas West; 3 shawls, 4l.; 1 scarf, 5s.; 1 parasol, 6s.; and 1 opera-glass, 3s.; the goods of Margaret Ann Usher, in the dwelling-house of Thomas West.
THOMAS WEST . I keep a coffee-house, in Bridge-road, St. Mary, Lambeth. On the 14th of June the prisoner came to lodge at my house—about six o'clock in the evening he went out to go to Astley's theatre—I went out next mornning, and returned about one o'clock—I then missed my watch from the mantel-shelf, where I had left it at a quarter past eight o'clock in the morning, when I got up.
Prisoner. I was on the bridge at eight o'clock. Witness. I speak positively to the time, because I had to go to Knightsbridge that morning, and left borne at half-past eight.
MARGARET ANN USHER . I am waitress at Mr. West's. The prisoner came and had a bed there—I lighted him to bed—he got up about a quarter past eight o'clock in the morning, and came down—about twelve o'clock I went into my bedroom, and missed three shawls, a searf, a parasol, and an opera-glass, which I had seen safe the night before—I had got up about half-past five o'clock—no one had been is my room after that, till I went up at twelve, and no one had been in the bouse but the prisoner that morning—this is the opera-glass.
on the morning of the 17th of June, took him to the station, searched him, and found this opera-glass—I asked where he got it from—he said he found it one evening, by the Eagle tavern, in the City-road.
Prisoner. I picked it up.
GUILTY of Larceny.**— Transported for Seven Years.
THOMAS GOOSE . I am a policeman. I stopped the prisoner on Saturday morning the 1st of July, about a quarter past seven o'clock, with this coat on his back—I asked where he got it from—he said he bought it of a Jew a fort-night before.
Prisoner. A young man gave me the coat to carry; he saw the young man with me. Witness. I did not see any young man give him the coat—there was a young man with him who ran away—I am sure the prisoner said he bought it a fortnight ago—he had it on, and his sleeves were tucked up.
GUILTY . * Aged 17.— Confined Six Months.
Before Edward Bullock, Esq.
2196. THOMAS TAYLOR, HENRY GAGE , and JOHN KING were indicted for stealing, on the 2nd of June, 1061bs. weight of coal, value 1s., the goods of Joseph Softlaw, in a barge on the navigable river Thames.
JOSEPH WILLEY . I am a watchman on Hibernia wharf. About three o'clock, in the morning of the 2nd of June, I was in the counting-house on the wharf—the barge Rayner was moored by the side on the river—I saw the barge Louisa coming alongside, with the three prisoners in it—I saw Gage go off the Louisa on to the Rayner, pick up some large lumps of coal from the Rayner, and give them to Taylor, who stood in the Louisa, and be handed them to King, who took them down the forecastle—they took a great many lumps in that way—I came forward where I could see them more distinctly—Taylor looked up and saw me, and then the others saw me—they ceased from taking the coals—Gage got on to the Louisa again, and they brought her up at the wharf—I afterwards went on board the Louisa with the inspector—the forecastle was locked—we asked for the keys—King produced them, and unlocked it—we went down, and found some coals.
Cross-examined by MR. CHARNOCK. Q. Had you ever seen Taylor before? A. Yes, he is the captain of the barge—it was quite daylight—the Rayer was moored in a creek—I speak positively to the prisoners being the persons—the counting-house is about fifty or sixty yards rom where they were, but I came nearer afterwards.
EDWARD EVEREST (Thames police-inspector.) I went on board the Louisa, and found several large lumps of coal in the forecastle—I asked King how he accounted for the coals—he said it was what they had brought from home—I asked how many they had brought from home—he said 1 cwt., and they were the lumps that were picked out—I gave them to the constable—I spoke to the other prisoners about it, and they said the same as King—I afterwards went on board the Rayner, and saw several holes, where large pieces of coal had been taken from the bulk.
the ship's certificate, which I received in his absence—I saw some of the coals taken out of the barge, and put into bis cellar.
Cross-examined. Q. All your knowledge about the coals is derived from the certificate? A. Yes—it was delivered to me when the coals arrived—I do not know of any being missed.
(The prisoners received good characters.)
TAYLOR— GUILTY . Aged 32.
GAGE— GUILY . Aged 31.
KING— GUILTY . Aged 20.
Of Stealing only.— Confined Three Months
Before Mr. Baron Gurney.
JOHN THOMAS ABBOTT . I am the deceased's father—his name was Samuel William Kirby Abbott—he was twelve years old—I saw him on Whit-Monday, about half an hour before he met with the accident—I left him on the shore, on the Surrey side of Waterloo-bridgte—I did not hear of the accident for two hours after—I did not go to see him then—I saw him on the following Wednesday in Guy's Hospital—I found he had received an injury on the head—he lived about fifteen days.
ARCHIBALD HENRY HAMILTON . On Whit-Monday, I whs passing over Waterloo-bridge—I saw the prisoner get down from the recess in the balus-trade on the Surrey side, and run over towards the Waterloo-road—I was not aware any accident had occurred, but within two or three minutes I saw the policemen carrying the deceased along the Waterloo-road.
NEHEMIAU BENNETT . I was on Waterloo-bridge, between the toll-place, and the first recess—I saw something on the parapet of the bridge, which I thought at first was a dog—I was on the same side of the way—I ran immediately to see, as I thought, a dog swim from such a height—I thought it was thrown into the water from there—when I got up the prisoner was in the recess, looking over, just in the act of coming out—he-went away—he said to a man who was with him, "We will make way for a doctor"—when I got to the recess, what I had seen, was gone from the parapet, and the prisoner and another person ran away, saying they would make away for a doctor—the other appeared to be a man—I did not see him well—I heart nothing fall from the parapet—I looked over and saw a man pulling something out of the mud—he hallooed out, "Who threw that stone over; you have killed a boy"—he appeared to be polling a boy out of the mud—I saw the boy brought up after that, covered with mud, and the blood pouring from his head.
Cross-examined by MR. BALLANTINE. Q. You saw two men leaning over the bridge? A. Yes—it was one of them said to the other, "Let us go for a doctor"—I cannot say whether the prisoner was one of the two persons in the recess—I believe he was—I cannot say which said, "Let us make away for a doctor"—one said so, and the man said the boy had fellen over, or fallen into the mud, and then said, "Let us make way for a doctor"—there were only two persons in the recess—there were no people around.
JURY. Q. Did you see anything thrown off the bridge? A. I saw something pushed—there was somebody just at the recess, but there was no person within reach of what was pushed off, besides the two in the recess—after it was pushed off, one or both the men looked over—I saw the prisoner in custody at Union Hall that day week.
JOHN WHITTERICK . I was coming from under the arch, crossing the pier head on the shore, and saw a stone fall from the bridge—after it hit the pier head, it struck the boy as it fell, and the boy fell with his head about
a foot from it in the mud—I hallooed out directly to the people on the bridge that somebody had thrown a stone off and killed a boy—this is the stone—(produced)—I instantly picked the boy up, and conveyed him over the timber, till the people came to assist me to take him to the doctor—he was not sensible—he was struck on the head.
JOHN CAROLINE . I was on shore on the upper side of the bridge—I did not see the stone fall, but heard it—I went directly, and saw the stone laying in the mud—Whitterick picked the boy up—I ran directly to see who threw the stone.
HENRY MATTHEWS . I am one of the toll-gate keepers at the bridge. The prisoner went through my gate, and paid the toll—he ran through the carriage gate again in about two minutes—I went to the recess, hearing the alarm of a boy being killed, and missed this large paving stone which had laid on the ground in the recess in the morning—the boy was brought up shortly after.
Cross-examined. Q. This occurred between twelve and one o'clock in the day? A. It was not twelve o'clock—I had seen the stone at nine in the morning—I do not know how it got on the parapet.
THOMAS PERCIVAL . I was surgeon at Guy's Hospital at the time of the accident—the deceased was brought in on Whit Monday, and lived about fifteen days—he had several contusions on the right side of the head—it was nothing but a superficial wound—he died from fracture of the skull, and laceration of the brain, produced by external violence—a fall of this stone from the parapet of the bridge on the head would produce the effect.
Cross-examined. Q. I believe he recovered partially, and you had some hopes of him? A. Yes—inquiries were not made by the prisoner about him, but by his solicitor—there were then hopes that he would get over it.
JOSEPH SHACKELL . I am a police inspector. I received information on Tuesday, the 6th—I made inquiry, and apprehended the prisoner on the 10th—I went to his master's house, where he is a barman—I told him who I was and charged him with wantonly throwing a stone over Waterloo-bridge, thereby causing injury to a boy named Abbot—he said, "Yes, I am the person, and am very sorry for it"—he said as he was going across the bridge to Messrs. Hodges on an errand for his master, that he saw the stone lying in the recess, and thought he would throw it over the bridge and have a splash as he returned—I was on the bridge at the time it happened, and examined it—the projecting part of the bridge, which is a flat surface, had part of the stone work broken away, as if the stone had first struck on the coping of the bridge, and cut about two inches out, then fallen on the pier of the bridge, and I found that portion of the bridge was all powder, a sort of indentation made, as if the stone had rebounded from the parapet—it might have struck the boy where it was found—I saw the boy before and after he was dead.
(The prisoner received a good character.)
GUILTY . Aged 38.— Confined Three Months.
Before Mr. Recorder.
GUILTY .— Confined Two Months.
Before Edward Bullock, Esq.
2199. JOHN BLOOMFIELD was indicted for stealing, on the 21st of June 1 pair of boots, value 8s. 1 waistcoat, 2s.; the goods of George Acaster: and 2 jackets, 8s.; 1 pair of trowsers, 4s.; 1 pair of mittens, 6d.; and 1 pair of braces, 2d.; the goods of John Amess, in a vessel upon the navigable river Thames; to which he pleaded
GUILTY . Aged 21.— Confined Three Months.
2200. FRANCIS WILLIAM KNIGHT was indicted for stealing, on the 18th of May, 15 sovereigns, and 1 10l. Bank note; the monies of Thomas Machin the younger; and SARAH KNIGHT was indicted as an accessory.
MR. PAYNE conducted the Prosecution.
THOMAS MACHIN , jun. I am the son of Thomas Machin, and live in High-street, Deptford. On the 11th of May my attention was called to an advertisement in the Times newspaper, which I copied myself—this is it.—(Read. "£100. A respectable and intelligent person, with the above sum at immediate command, may be introduced to the situation of librarian to a public institution, now vacant by the death of its late possessor; the salary and perquisites of the office amount to upwards of 200l. per annum, besides a residence, with coals and candles; the appointment is for life. Address to Liber, National Address Office, 282, Strand.")—I answered this advertisement the same day, and in reply received a note referring to F. W. Knight, 7, Great Union-street—I went on the 15th to No. 7, Great Union-street—I there saw the prisoner, F. W. Knight—he answered to the name of Mr. Knight—I told him I came respecting an advertisement in the paper, and respecting the note he sent me—I produced the note, but I do not think he read it—he said he was agent to the secretary of the institution, who had the power of appointing the librarian, and the secretary required a premium of 100l. for the appointment—he told me the hours of attendance were irons ten till four o'clock, that it most be a member of the Established Church, and a person of good character, for which I must give testimonials—next day I took him two testimonials, one from a clergyman, and one from another person, and on the morning after I took him another—he said he would lay them before the secretary that evening, and he would let me know the next morning by the first post—the result was, that on the next morning, Thursday, I received this note—(read) "7, Great Union-street, Borough. Sir, I have laid your testimonials before the secretary, and am happy to inform you that he approves of them; so that there remains nothing now for you to do but to come up to town, take the reference from me, pay the deposit of one-half the premium to the secretary, and be appointed to the office. Please to call by half-past eleven to-morrow, Thursday, if possible, as there are several other gentlemen very anxious to immediately close the business, but whom the secretary does not consider so eligible as yourself. In haste. Yours, &c. Francis William Knight."—I went the same day to Union-street—I saw the prisoner—he said the same as in the note—I had asked him for a reference, to know if he was a respectable man, and he gave me this address, "James Smith, Esq., Wood-street, Lambeth-walk"—I went there and inquired—the servant said he was from home—while I was there Mrs. Smith came, who turned out to be the prisoner Sarah Knight—she asked my business—I told her, and she said she could give me every information no doubt, she knew Mr. Knight was a straightforward, honourable man, I could place any trust in him—she said Mr. Smith was from home, and showed me a piece of paper, in which was an advertisement—she said he was down at that place transacting some business, and Mr. Knight she had not seen for some time, that Mr. Smith had been away some days, and she did not know where he was residing—I then went back to Knight's, at Great Union-street—I told him I had been, and Mr. Smith was from home—
he seemed surprised—I asked if he could not give any other reference—he said he was very sorry, but he had not previously told him of my coining—he gave me the names of two other persons, but I have not applied to them—he said the business must be settled that afternoon—he was so certain I should be satisfied with my reference, that he had prepared the agreement during my absence—this is it—(read)—"Memorandum of agreement between Thomas Machin, Esq. Jun., of 3, High-street, Deptford, and Francis William Knight, of Great Union-street, Borough. I, Francis William Knight, hare this day received from Thomas Machin, Jun. Esq., the sum of 25l., being the quarter part of the premium of 100l., agreed to be paid by the said Thomas Machin, Jun., Esq., for the situation of librarian to a certain public institution in the metropolis, the fixed salary of which is 150l., per annum, with perquisites amounting to about 50l. more; as, also, a suite of apartments, and coals and candles. It is agreed and expressly understood, that the said 25l. is lodged in my hands as a deposit, to insure the good faith of the said Thomas Machin, Jun. Esq., and that should I not succeed in installing and establishing him in the said situation, as above described, on or before Monday the 29th of May, I shall return the said 25l. to the said Thomas Machin, Jun. Esq., without any charge or deduction whatever; the said Thomas Machin also, binds and obliges himself to pay the balance of 75l., when he shall have been *** in the office, as witness our names, this 18th day of May, 1843. Signed Thomas Machin, Jun.; Francis William Knight."—On that I gave him fifteen sovereigns and a 10l. Bank of England note—he said he would meet me at the Berner's Hotel, Berner's street, Oxford-street, at seven o'clock, with the secretary—I went there and waited two hours—I neither found the secretary nor Mr. Knight—I spoke to the proprietor of the hotel, and mentioned my own name—he said there was a letter left for me—this is it—(read)—"To Thomas Machin, Jun. Esq. My dear sir, I am very sorry to inform you, that a prior engagement, which I was not aware of, prevents Mr. Montague from seeing you to-night, at seven o'clock, as appointed, but will see you to-morrow afternoon at four o'clock, without fail, to dine with him at the Berner's Hotel. I am, my dear sir, yours, &c., FRANCIS WILLIAM KNIGHT. Thursday evening."—I went on Friday and waited three hours—I did not find any dinner, nor any secretary, nor the prisoner—on Saturday the 20th, I went to 7, Great Union-street, where I had always seen the prisoner—I could not find him there, he had left on the Friday morning—on Saturday, the 10th of June, I went to 57, Clarendon-street, Clarendon-square—I found the prisoners there—they went by the name of Knowles—Sarah Knight opened the door—the officer went in first—as soon as he got in, I and another gentleman knocked at the door, and went into the parlour—the prisoner seemed very much struck, and shook to a great degree—he wished to pay something down if I would not give him in charge—I said I could not, as I had been before the Magistrate.
Francis Knight. Q. What other reference did I give you? A. Mr. Alfred Roden—I paid the money on Smith's reference; you gave me another reference to a Member of Parliament, but I could not go to it; I should have paid the money if you had not given any other reference but Smith's; I asked for another reference, because I thought I should have liked, if there had been time, to have applied to some one else.
THOMAS TURVEY (police-constable M 196.) On the 10th of June I went with the prosecutor to Clarendon-street to try to find Francis—I knocked it the door of No. 57, and Sarah opened the door—I asked for Mr. Knowles—she said he was at home, and asked me in—I was in plain clothes—I found the male prisoner in the parlour—he asked my business—I said two friends of
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mine outside wanted a little business with him—he said, "Call them in"—I called in the prosecutor and Mr. Jenkins—the prisoner appeared very much surprised at their appearance, and shook a great deal—he said he was just going to settle with them—I took him.
Cross-examined by MR. PRENDERGAST. Q. You found them living together as man and wife? A. They were.
ELIZABETH DEER . I live in Great Union-street, Borough. Francis Knight took an office at my house, under the name of Mr. Knight, in the beginning of May—he rented the parlour—I hare seen the prosecutor some there—Francis was there from eleven o'clock till four in the day—Sarah has called to see him there—she represented herself as his wife—Francis was not quite a fortnight at my house—I gave him notice to quit the week after he came—he went away before the notice was up, and did not come back.
ANN JONES . I am the wife of James Jones, and live to Wood-street, Lambeth-walk. The prisoners came to my house on the 29th of April, and lived there a fortnight and four days as Mr. and Mrs. Smith, as man and wife—they left about twelve o'clock in the day of the 18th of May—they said they had had a letter from the country, and he was going to bury his uncle; that they meant to come back on the Tuesday, but they never did.
Cross-examined. Q. Did not they always appear to be married? A. Yes—she was always in very great fear of him—he assumed over her all the power that a husband does over his wife—he went out to his situation every morning between ten and eleven o'clock, and came home about four.
Francis Knight. Q. What day did I leave? A. On Thursday about twelve o'clock; I am almost sure it was Thursday.
MR. MACHIN re-examined. I paid the money after twelve o'clock on the Thursday.
HARIETT VALVERDE . I live at No. 57, Clarendon-street, Clarendon-square. The prisoners took apartments at my house, for two weeks, in June—they were taken at my house, after they had been there a week—I do not recollect the name they took the apartments in.
Cross-examined. Q. They appeared married? A. Yes—He appeared to exercise the power of a husband over her.
FRANCIS WILLIAM KNIGHT— GUILTY . Aged 31.—
SARAH KNIGHT— NOT GUILTY .
MR. PAYNE conducted the Prosecution.
WILLIAM JENKINS . I live in Great Turnstile. On the 14th of April I put an advertisement in the Times—on the 15th I received a note; this is it—(read)—"If you will call on Mr. Knight, 6, Church-street, Soho, between twelve and three on Monday, he can inform you of a situation likely to suit you"—on the 17th I went, and saw the prisoner—he answered to the name of Mr. Knight—he told me it was the messengership of an insurance office, at 30s. a week—I was to give him 10l. to get it—I told him I must consider of it, and asked how he was going to get it—he said through the interest he had with the clerk of the insurance office—on the 21st I law him again—he wished to have testimonials as to my character—I brought him one as to my respectability, and he referred me to Mr. Parker, whom I called on three times, but never could see him at home—I told the prisoner so—he said he was gone into the country for a week, and he thought we could arrange the business
without, as he had a policy of insurance on the life of Miss Sarah Bullock for 300l.; and a friend of his, Mr. Knowles, had advanced 50l. on it, and Sarah Bullock was the person whose life was insured—I said I should consider of it—I wished to ascertain whether the policy was a true one—I went to the office to know if such a person had insured their life—they said yes—I went to the prisoner again, and he gave me a policy of insurance—I gave him two 5l. notes on the Monday—he said I could have the situation in ten or twelve days—the 10l. was to be given to the party who was to get the situation, and if the prisoner did not get me the situation he was to return me the money—it was on that statement I gave him the two 5l. notes—the agreement was drawn out before I gave him the money—this is the memorandum of agreement—(read)—"Memorandum of agreement between Mr. William Jenkins, of No. 4, Great Turnstile, Holborn, on the one part, and William Knight, of No. 6, Church-street, Soho, on the other part—"I, William Knight, have this day received from Mr. William Jenkins the sum of 10l., being the premium paid for a messengership of 30s. per week in the office of a certain Life Assurance Company, carrying on business in London; provided and be it clearly understood in reference to the above premium of 10l., without the said situation is obtained within a reasonable time, say ten or twelve days, the said premium to be returned to the above Mr. William Jenkins, without any deduction or charge whatever; and be it also on the other hand clearly understood, that if the said Mr. William Jenkins shall, when the situation becomes vacant, refuse to fill the same from any other cause than ill health, the sum of 10l. to become the property of the said William Knight; and be it further understood, that the above William Knight has placed a policy of insurance, effected with the National Loan Fund Life Assurance Society of Cornhill, London, for 300l., on the life of Miss Sarah Bullock, in the names of the said William Jenkins, as security for the said William Knight duly and faithfully fulfilling the contract as above recited, and the said Mr. William Jenkins doth hereby bind and oblige himself to deliver up the above-named policy to the said William Knight the moment the above contract is fulfilled."—Two or three days after I received this letter, in the prisoner's handwriting—(read)—"6, Church-street, Soho, April 26th, 1843. Dear Sir,—I am instructed by the gentleman who will appoint you to your situation, that he would wish to decline an interview until Monday, the 8th of May, at half-past eight in the morning, when you will be immediately appointed, and commence your duties from that time. I am, &c., Francis W. Knight."—Next day I called on the prisoner, and told him I did not feel satisfied—he said it was all perfectly right—I pressed him several timet to tell me what insurance it was—he said the National Life Insurance—he went to a drawer, and took out a dozen papers—he selected one, and said that was it—it was in King William-street—I left him, and felt satisfied—in five or six days I called again—he had then left—on Monday, the 8th of May, I received this letter, which is in the prisoner's handwriting—(read)—"Monday. SIR,—A temporary difficulty is the sole cause of my not being able to see you to-day. I sincerely regret that it should have happened, but if you will have a little patience you will soon be made straight and comfortable. I am, &c., F. W. Knight."—A few days after that I put an advertisement in the Times in hopes of detecting him—I used different initials, and a different place, and I received this other letter—"To A. Z. 7, Great Union-street, Newington-causeway, May 11,1843. SIR,—If you will call at the above address between the hours of eleven and two o'clock to-morrow or the following day, I can introduce you to a messengership of 30s. per week, if you can give satisfactory references. I am, &c., F. W. KNIGHT. "—I knew it was
his handwriting—I and my brother went there—my brother knocked at the door—they said he was engaged—we waited about a quarter of an hour or twenty minutes, and said we would go in then—the party knocked at the door of the parlour, which was his office—he said, "Walk in"—my brother went in—I followed him—the prisoner appeared thunderstruck, and said he was just thinking about writing to me—I told him I dare say he was—there were parties there, and I cautioned them against paying any money—the prisoner made no answer to that, but after that he said he hoped I should not say any thing prejudicial to his character, as he should return the money in a few days, or make, it all straight—I called again on the 18th of May, and found he was gone.
Prisoner. Q. Did you see me write that agreement? A. Not this one, but I saw you copy it.
COURT. Q. Did you ever see him write? A. Yes, I swear these papers are in his handwriting.
CATHERINE ISABELLA CALLEN . I live in Church-street, Soho. The prisoner lodged in my house from the 1 Ith of March up to the 29th of April—Mrs. Knight came with him—the prosecutor called several times—the prisoner asked me to give him a reference to a person who would call—he had a situation to dispose of—I said I could say no more than I knew—he left after two days' notice.
GUILTY . Aged 31.— Transported for Seven Years.
GEORGE OLIVER . I am a labourer, and live at Tooting. On the 19th of Jane I had a jacket in Mr. Kellow's hay-field, on the fence, about a quarter to ten o'clock, and missed it about eleven—this is it.
ANTHONY CHAPMAN (police-constable V 100.) I took the prisoner—she said she had not been at Mr. Kellow's the last twelve months—I was asking again—she said she was there a week before—I asked if it was on Saturday—she said, "No"—she afterwards said she was in the field on the Monday.
Prisoner. I never saw the jacket, and the pawnbroker said, three or four times, I was not the person.
GEORGE NATHANIEL PARSONS re-examined. When the officer first brought her he asked her her name—she said Vincent—I told the officer I did not think she was the woman—I said she had a particular way of speaking—and as we were going to the station I heard her speak, and knew she was the person.
GUILTY . Aged 38.— Confined One Month.
Before Mr. Common Sergeant.
MR. PAYNE conducted the Prosecution.
EDWARD THIES . I am a baker, and live at Newington, the prisoner was my journeyman; having suspicion, I employed a constable to watch my bake-house. On the llth of Feb. the prisoner went through my back-yard, and
ran away—I was not able to find him till lately—I did not give him authority to hand any bread to Camplin or Brown.
Cross-examined by MR. BALLANTINE. Q. How long had he been in your service? A. About fifteen months—Camplin was my next door neighbour and Brown was a washerwoman—I found the prisoner's conduct very correct till this.
ALFRED LUCAS . I was in the prosecutor's employ. On the 11th of Feb, about half-past seven o'clock in the morning, I saw the prisoner take twelve 2lb. loaves out of the bakehouse into the yard, and return without them.
DONALD FRASER (police-constable P 181.) I was employed by the prosecutor to watch his premises. About six o'clock in the morning, on the 11th of Feb., I placed myself in a wash-house—I saw the prisoner bring a quantity of bread to the bakehouse door, and give it to a person named Brown—I could not see the number of loaves—Brown took them into the house of Camplin, who lived next door—I went in directly after, and found a number of loaves in the bed, covered with the clothes—the loaves were quite warm, and partly destroyed—the prosecutor claimed them.
GUILTY . Aged 34.— Confined Six Months.
(There were two other indictments against the prisoner.)
NOT GUILTY .
GUILTY . Aged 16.— Confined Three Months.
Prisoner. I did not take it at all, it was somebody before me. Witness. I saw him put his hand into the pocket and take it out—I found another handkerchief round his neck which he had taken just before.
GUILTY . * Aged 14.— Confined Six Months—Three Weeks Solitary.
GEORGE KEMP (police-constable N 82.) I saw the prisoner and two others stand behind the prosecutor—one of his companions took the handkerchief from the prosecutor's pocket, and gave it to the prisoner, who put it up his frock—I took him, and took tho handkerchief from him.
GUILTY . ** Aged 18.— Confined One Year.
EDWIN WOODWARD . Iam the son of Thomas Woodward, a schoolmaster, in Paradise-square, Hoxton. On the 3rd of July I was walking with him at Putney, about three o'clock in the afternoon—he was a little before me—I saw the prisoner put his hand into my father's pocket, and take out his handkerchief—I stopped him, and called my father, who collared him, and took it out of his hand.
GUILTY . Aged 18.— Confined Three Months.
JAMES WILLIAM BALL . I am a compositor, and live in Chaleroft-terrace, Linbeth. The prisoner was employed by me as a charwoman, but had no authority to pledge any articles in my house—I had my wife at the hospital with a broken arm—the prisoner attended at my house in consequence of my wife's absence—I missed my trowsers and waistcoat on Sunday morning the 25th of June—when I gave the prisoner into custody, she contended most strongly that I had given her authority to pawn the articles—that is not true—I missed a bolster, and some other things—I have found nothing in pledge but the trowsers, waistcoat, and holster—I had a few things in pledge by my act, but none of these articles.
RICHARD WILLIAM ABCHBUTT . I am a pawnbroker, and live in Blackfriars-road. I produce this bolster, waistcoat, and trowsers—the prisoner pawned the trowsers with me for 3s. 6d., in the name of Crowder—she pawned the other articles, but I did not take them in.
Prisoner. I observed to him that the waistcoat was very much motheaten and I pledged them in the name of Wright. Witness. Yes; and I chid her for doing it, as I knew it was not her name.
Prisoner. I used to pledge them every week for him. He said, "I have no money, take these white trowsers, and get a shilling on them"—I could get but ninepence. I bought tea, sugar, and other things. Witness. She bad to buy but very little; I generally bought the things myself, and I never left her without a shilling or two on the mantel-shelf. On the day that she says I needed money, she borrowed 5s. from the landlord of the house on my account, which she could always do; she was supplied with greengrocery by the landlord, and the baker's bill was paid by the family. I most solemnly declare she has on no occasion had to provide for me with her Own money.
Prisoner. You said, while you was at breakfast, "Take my waistcoat, and get 3s. for it." Witness. No, my salary is regular, and I have no necessity. I never missed these trowsers before: my hours of business are very heavy—fifteen hours a-day. On one or two occasions, when I looked into my box, it appeared to be full, and the trowsers and waistcoat were there; but after my attention was excited by the prisoner's absence, and deserting any child that she had to wean, I looked in the box, and found it was piled up with rags, most artificially. I never kept rags in that place, nor did my wife.
Prisoner. Your children are running about without shoes or stockings, or a bed to lie on; and he sent me to pledge these things; I bought a breast of mutton; I made things, and went to the hospital to his wife; he was out
drinking night after night; he came home at twelve or one o'clock, tipsy; his wife was coming home, and he gave me in charge. Witness. I seldom leave the office till eleven at night; I have the management of Mr. Peel's office, in the New-cut; I was not out drinking one hour; I was anxious to come home to see my family; my wife had the greatest difficulty to get common necessaries; I had known the prisoner about two months previous to her being engaged as nurse; she had chared on various occasions; she did not pawn any white trowsers to my knowledge.
CATHERINE BALL . I am the prosecutor's wife. I was in the hospital for four weeks, and came home on the 25th of June—I then missed a quantity of things—I had not authorized the prisoner to pledge any articles for me, and she never communicated to me that she had done so—she said every thing was going on very well, I might make myself comfortable, that Mr. Ball was going on very steadily, and my children were doing well—when I came home she told me my husband had been out drinking—I inquired of the landlord, and they said he had come home regularly—he has 33s. week, and he generally gives me 31s.
GUILTY . Aged 40.
2210. ELIZABETH CROWDER was again indicted for stealing, on the 23rd of June, 1 counterpane, value 10s.; 1 blanket, 5s.; 2 pillow-cases, 2s.; 2 shifts, 6s.; 3 shirts, 6s. 6d.; 4 pinafores, 6s. 6d.; 4 petticoats, 10s.; 1 table cloth, 10s.; 6 towels, 5s.; 2 frocks, 2s. 6d.; 1 handkerchief, 3s.; 1 cap, 5s.; 6 knives, 2s. 6d.; 6 forks, 2s. 6d.; 12 yards of calico, 6s.; 2 pairs of stockings, 2s.; 1 cape, 5s.; and 1 brush, 3s.; the goods of James William Ball.
Prisoner. You had no such things when I went into the house.
CATHERINE BALL . I have been to several pawnbrokers, and cannot find these things—I had such articles, and missed them when I came home—before I went my husband gave me 3l., and I took a bill of 30s.—I bought some things, and took out some things—it was all through the prisoner's persuasion I went to the hospital.
Prisoner. She sent round to my lodging to say she had met with an accident, and she was tipsy. Witness. No, I went down stairs to get a little gruel for my husband, at he was ill—I fell down and met with my accident—I had been to take a gown home at eight o'clock, and I was home by ten.
DANIEL COCOERILL (City police-constable, No. 314.) The prisoner was given into my charge—Mr. Ball was talking about the articles, and the prisoner said she had pledged the counterpane, and that was the only thing she had pledged on her own account—she did not mention whose property it was—I have not been able to find it—she said Mr. Ball authorised her to take the other things.
GUILTY . Aged 40.— Transported for Seven Years.
ADJOURNED TO MONDAY, AUGUST 21ST, 1843.