CENTRAL CRIMINAL COURT.
MINUTES OF EVIDENCE,
Taken in Short-hand
BY HENRY BUCKLER.
SESSION VII. TO SESSION XII.
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, May 6th, 1844, and following Days.
Before the Right Honourable WILLIAM MAGNAY , LORD MAYOR Of the City of London; Sir Edmund Hall Alderson, Knt., one of the Barens of Her Majesty's Court of Exchequer; Sir Thomas Coltman, Knt., one of the Justices of Her Majesty's Court of Common Pleas; Anthony Brown, Esq.; Sir John Key, Bart.; Sir Peter Laurie, Knt.; Sir John Pirie, Bart.; Aldermen of the said City: the Honourable Charles Ewan Law, Recorder of the said City: Thomas Wood, Esq.; Michael Gibbs, Esq.; John Kinnersley Hooper, Esq.; William Hunter, Esq.; William Hughes Hughes, Esq.; and Thomas Challis, Esq.; Aldermen of the said City: John Mirehouse, Esq., Common Sergeant of the said City; and Edward Bullock, Esq., Judge of the Sheriffs' 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.
The following Prisoners, in whose cases judgment was at the time of conviction respited, have been sentenced as under:—
Name. Page. Sentence.
CENTRAL CRIMINAL COURT.
MAGNAY, MAYOR. SEVENTH 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, May 6th, 1844.
First Jury, before Mr. Recorder.
NOT GUILTY .
BUXTON WHITE . I live in Leadenhall-street. On the 26th of April I was looking in at Mr. Prew's window at Aldgate, and noticed the prisoner and another boy—they saw me notice them, and left the window for about two minutes, then returned—the prisoner snatched up a pair of trowsers, put them under his apron, and ran off with them—I gave an alarm, and followed him about twenty yards—he threw them down—I took them up, and took them into the shop.
Prisoner. Q. Did I put them under my apron? A. You could not get them under—you tucked them under your apron and coat together—you were standing on my right side—I am quite sure you are the man.
JOHN BRETT (policeman.) I was coming out of a shop about seven o'clock—I heard a cry of "Stop thief"—the prisoner brushed by me, and ran up a court into a house and got behind a door—I fetched him out.
Prisoner. I was standing at the door like other people; he said he saw me chuck the trowsers over a wall. Witness. I did not say so—I had not seen him with them—I said he might have thrown them over a wall before I knew they were found.
GUILTY . Aged 18.— Confined Six Months.
1353. WILLIAM STEVENS was indicted for stealing 2 pieces of leather, value 3s.; 9 leather straps, 9s.; 7 yards of serge, 15s. 6d.; 18 whip thongs, 11s. 6d.; 8 hooks, 3s.; 200 nails, 7s. 6d.; 6 needles, 1s.; 18 yards of web, 9s.; 24 pots of polishing paste, 12s.; 1 bit, 3s.; and 48 rings, 2s. 9d.; the goods of Isaac Armstrong; and that he had been before convicted of felony.
CHARLES WHITEN . I am warehouseman to Isaac Armstrong, of King-street, Snow-hill, a saddlers' ironmonger. On the 26th of April, between eleven and twelve o'clock, I had packed these goods in a leather wrapper, and saw the porter put them into a truck, which he left for a few minutes—I was at the front window, and saw the prisoner standing in front of the truck—I watched—he nodded to somebody who stood close by—he took the parcel up and lifted the weight, and after a second nod he took it up and went away with it—I followed, and brought him back with it on his shoulder—these are the articles.
Prisoner. I neither nodded nor winked; a person thrust the parcel into my hands as I was going along.
GUILTY .— Confined Twelve Months.
THOMAS WHEELER (police-constable V 159.) On the 22nd of April I apprehended the prisoners, and on the 24th, in consequence of information, I went to a house where I knew they were lodging, and in the garden found this sack buried, containing this quantity of bacon—I had searched the house on the 23rd, and in a cupboard in a front room on the ground-floor, which the landlady pointed out, I found a quantity of bacon—some wheat-chaff was adhering both to the bacon in the sack and that in the cupboard.
HANNAH AUSTIN . I live at Ashford. The prisoners lodged in my house, and occupied one of my front rooms—I have no up-stairs—there is a cupboard in the kitchen where they always put their things—I did not know of any bacon being there or in the garden—the kitchen is where they had their meals, not where they slept—I had no other lodgers at that time—Rose is a labouring man, and had been with me nearly four years.
Cross-examined by MR. DOANE. Q. Were you in the habit of cooking for them? A. Yes, I had cooked a bit of bacon for them on the Sunday—I took that from the bottom of the cupboard—I could not reach the top part where the policeman found this bacon.
CHARLES EDWARDS . I am a labourer, and live at Ashford. I was going home about twenty minutes to one o'clock in the morning of the 14th of April, and met the prisoners—they went towards Mr. Merrick's premises—at five o'clock the same morning I saw Rose over in Mr. Sherman's field against the pales, and Wiggins in Mrs. Austin's garden—Rose was about thirty or forty yards from where the bacon was afterwards found, and Wiggins was about twenty yards from Rose, or not so far.
THOMAS NOBBS . I am a pig-butcher. About two months ago I killed some pigs for Mr. Merrick—I have examined the bacon produced, which is cut just as cut up Mr. Merrick's, and I believe it to be my cut—the bacon is of the same fatness, thickness, and appearance altogether.
Cross-examined. Q. Had you any jag in your knife, or is there anything particular about it? A. No, but the bones are first chopped, and then sawed—it is done as I do it—anybody might cut it the same way.
DANIEL NORTH . I live at Laleham, near Ashford. I was at work on Mr. Merrick's premises, at Ashford, on the 8th of April, and about nine o'clock I saw Rose and a female servant put two sides or flitches of bacon into a trough, with some chaff, and leave it—I was there on the evening of the 10th, and it was all right then—on the morning of the 15th it was gone, and the chaff was scattered along the room it was taken from—I directly went, and gave notice to Wheeler, the constable—the chaff now sticking to this bacon is the same sort that the bacon was covered with.
THOMAS MERRICK , Jun. I am the son of Thomas Merrick. Rose was in his employ—on the 13th of April I put the measuring chain on the bacon in the binn—it was all safe then—I have examined this produced, and believe it to be the bacon that was there then—this sack is my own, and was, I should
say, removed from a barn—I know it by its having burst, and been sewn up again.
HANNAH AUSTIN re-examined. I cooked some bacon for the prisoners about a week before they were taken, and they both partook of it—I did not notice whether there was any chaff on it—Rose told me to cook it—I took it from the lower part of the cupboard, where I had been in the habit of finding it.
NOT GUILTY .
THOMAS MERRICK , Jun. The prisoner was in my father's employ up to the 22nd of April—I missed a great many articles from the house at various times—I told Wheeler about the bacon, and he afterwards produced this pistol and powder-flask to me—they are mine, and were in the back kitchen the last time I saw them—the prisoner used to go there of a morning to fetch the milking pail.
THOMAS CARTER . About three months ago I was at the King's Head public-house at Ashford—the prisoner was there—I said I wanted to buy a hatchet, and I must go to Staines to buy one—he said he would sell me one—I asked what price—he said 1s.—I said I must see it first—I went the same evening to his lodging—he produced this hatchet, and I gave him 1s. for it—I afterwards produced it to Mr. Merrick and Wheeler.
THOMAS WHEELER (police-constable V 159.) I took the prisoner into custody—I found this pistol and powder-flask in the upper part of the kitchen cupboard at Mrs. Austin's, where the prisoner lodged, not in the same cupboard where the bacon was found—the hatchet was brought into the King's Head by Carter, and Mr. Merrick identified it—there was then a handle to it, which Carter cut off, as Mr. Merrick said it was not his.
MR. MERRICK re-examined. My hatchet had a handle when I last saw it—there is no particular mark on it—I have had it two or three years, and know it perfectly well, from using it—the pistol I have had three years, and the flask was given me about two years ago.
(The prisoner received a good character.)
GUILTY . Aged 23.— Confined Six Months.
WILLIAM MARSHALL . I was in Cheapside on the afternoon of the 26th of. April, and felt something at my pocket—I felt, and missed my handkerchief—I turned round, and saw it in the prisoner's hand—I said, "My friend, you have made free with my handkerchief"—he dropped it, and ran off—I picked it up, and followed him down King-street—a policeman stopped him.
Cross-examined by MR. WILDE. Q. What time was this? A. Between three and four o'clock—a number of people were passing—I did not see any one behind me but the prisoner—he ran through a court, into Ironmonger-lane—I did not see him in the court, but I ran in after him, and he was running up Ironmonger-lane—I cried out, "Stop him"—I did not notice other people running besides the policeman.
COURT. Q. How long did you keep him in sight before he got into the court? A. Perhaps twenty or thirty yards—I lost sight of him in turning into the court, but I saw him as soon as I got out of it again—indeed, I think I saw him in the court, but I will not be quite certain.
JOHN HAWKINS (City police-constable, No. 477.) I was on duty in King-street, and saw the prisoner running from Cheapside—he turned into Prudence-passage, and into Ironmonger-lane, on seeing me—there was a cry
of "Stop thief"—the prosecutor came up in a minute or two—I had then secured the prisoner—the prosecutor charged him with picking his pocket.
Cross-examined. Q. Did not the prisoner tell you that he ran down the passage because he heard the cry, and saw a person there, and wished to take him? A. No—he said the gentleman had accused him of picking his pocket, had raised his hand to strike him, and he was frightened, and ran away—I caught him in Ironmonger-lane.
(Property produced and sworn to.)
GUILTY.* Aged 20.—Recommended to mercy.— Confined Nine Months.
JOHN WILLIAMS . I am foreman to William Henry Swift, a tailor, of High-street. On the 26th of April the prisoner came inside the shop, pulled down two coats which were hanging two feet within the doorway, and ran away with them—I went after him, and brought him back to the shop with the coats—he had got fifty or sixty yards from the shop.
GUILTY . Aged 22.— Confined Six Months.
OLD COURT.—Tuesday, May 7th, 1844.
Second Jury, before Mr. Recorder.
1358. THOMAS SHARPE was indicted for stealing, at St. George, Hanover-square, 1 purse, value 6d.; 6 sovereigns, 1 half-crown, and 2 six-pences, the property of George Masters, his master, in his dwelling-house; and that he had been before convicted of felony.
MR. WILKINS conducted the Prosecution.
GEORGE MASTERS , solicitor, Duke-street, Grosvenor-square. The prisoner came into my service, as foot-boy, on the 28th of March—on the 16th of April, having been travelling two nights, I went to bed at half-past eight or a quarter to nine o'clock—about a quarter-past nine the prisoner came into my room and delivered me two post letters—I had left my purse on a chest of drawers at the foot of my bed—it contained six sovereigns, a half-crown, and two sixpences—some time after the letters had been delivered I fell asleep—I awoke from some cause, and fancied I saw a person at the foot of the bed—I raised myself gently, and saw somebody, and heard a noise like a purse being thrown on the floor, and rolling—I jumped out of bed and grasped the prisoner by the shoulders—I held him some time, rang the bell, and Hole, my servant, came up—I asked if she had observed the situation of the purse when she had brought me a cup of tea—she said, "Yes, here is where it ought to be," pointing to the spot—she had brought a candle—she found the purse on the floor, about a yard from the prisoner—he at first pleaded intoxication, and afterwards begged me to forgive him for his mother's sake—he was not the least intoxicated—I had seized him about a yard from the drawers—it is impossible that in extending my arm seizing him the purse could have been knocked off the drawers, they are much too high.
Cross-examined by MR. CLARKSON. Q. Have you any other name? A. No—I rent the whole house—the ground floor is occupied by myself and partner as offices—it is in the parish of St. George, Hanover-square.
into his bed-room, about ten minutes to nine o'clock, with some tea—his purse was then on the drawers, where he usually keeps it—some time afterwards he rang the bell—I went up, and found him holding the prisoner there—he had no business there—I had desired him to go to bed—his bed-room is quite apart from the dwelling-house—he had been into his bed-room, and left his candle there—it was there when master rang the bell.
Cross-examined. Q. Do you entertain any doubt of it? A. None at all—I had him in custody—he was imprisoned seven days—I had 12s. 6d. of his, which I deposited at the Hall till his imprisonment was over—he came to me afterwards for it; I got it for him—this was nearly twelve months ago—I swear he is the person—I had apprehended him, and attended the examinations.
GUILTY . Aged 18.— Transported for Ten Years.
MATTHEW PLUMMER , plasterer, Queen-street, Lower-road, Islington. I was set to watch some premises in Farringdon-street, where the prisoner was at work. On the 16th of April I saw him come out of the premises with a coat on his arm, which appeared heavy—I followed and brought him back, and found this lead inside the coat—I gave him to Wright, our foreman.
WILLIAM WRIGHT . I live in John-street, Liverpool-road. This lead is the property of John Glenn, a builder—the prisoner was employed on the works, but was discharged that morning, and had no business there at twelve o'clock, when he was stopped—I saw the lead safe at eleven o'clock—it was taken from an old building—I knew nothing wrong of him before.
GUILTY. Aged 30.—Recommended to mercy.— Confined One Month.
JOHN HARRIS , clothes salesman, Lower-road, Islington. On the 26th of April I saw the prisoner leaving my shop—I followed him into the next street and took him—he struck me a violent blow—I called the constable, who was on the other side of the way, and gave him in charge for stealing a waistcoat, which I had seen fall from him at my door outside the house—it had hung inside.
Prisoner. I was looking at it to purchase; he ran along the passage, and said, "Do you want to steal that waistcoat?—I have had a good many such customers;" I walked away; he came and struck me a violent blow.
Witness. The waistcoat fell into the street quite clear from the shop—I saw him walk out with it concealed under his coat—I said, "Halloo! what I have you got?"—he said nothing, but threw it down and ran off.
WARD STAN WELL . I am a constable of Islington. I saw the prisoner running in a direction from Harris's shop—Harris collared him—he immediately turned round and struck him a violent blow on the head—I secured him.
GUILTY . Aged 23.— Confined Three Months.
REBECCA HOPKINS . The prisoner lived as servant with my brother-in-law, Charles Coultass, in Grosvenor-place, for eight days—a shirt was missed from a chest of drawers in my sister's bed room, and she was given into custody—I
went with my sister to the pawnbroker's and identified the shirt—this now produced is it—it was marked "C. C.," but that has been rubbed out—here is the remains of the mark—I have been in the habit of seeing my brother-in-law's linen, and know this to be his shirt—my sister is ill.
CHARLOTTE WEST . I am the wife of John West, and live in Delap-court. The prisoner and her sons lodged in my house—I remember her coming home and delivering a bundle to me—she asked me to give it to her son Hugh, and tell him to pledge the shirt for what he could get, and get a gown out of pawn—she brought me two duplicates—I looked at the bundle, thinking it was not her own, and saw this shirt in it—I can swear to it by the make, by the wristbands, and the stitching.
THOMAS EAGLES (police-constable B 125.) I apprehended the prisoner—she told me that she had the shirt pledged by her son, but that it was her own property—the duplicate of it was given me by her husband—I have not got it here.
Prisoner's Defence. It is my husband's shirt; I bought it of a tally-man in a street in Covent-garden, and my husband has the bill; the lady would not pay me my wages, and that is the cause of this.
REBECCA HOPKINS re-examined. It is made in a peculiar style. When Mrs. West came to my brother-in-law he had on the fellow to it, and she saw it, and said she was sure it was his—I then looked, and missed one from the drawer.
NOT GUILTY .
OLD COURT.—Wednesday, May 8th, 1844.
Third Jury, before E. Bullock, Esq.
GUILTY . Aged 18.— Transported for Ten Years.
Before Mr. Baron Alderson.
MR. PARRY conducted the Prosecution.
ELIZABETH HAINES . I am the wife of Samuel Haines, and live at No. 7, Great Chesterfield-street, Marylebone—I have known the prisoner since last Sept.—he and his wife then lived together up stairs in that house, and I lived down stairs—they had the front room, first floor, but at the time in question his wife did not live with him—on Saturday, the 30th of March, I saw the prisoner, about eight o'clock in the morning—I spoke to him, and he went out—I saw him again about half-past ten, and then, I think, about four, or half-past—there was a man with him then—I did not notice anything about him then—I went outside to him, and asked him if he had seen my husband, he said, "No," he had not—he then left my house for a short time, and returned in about half an hour, or an hour—he was alone then—I told him he had been drinking, as he appeared so—he said he had not—he sat down, and said, "It must be done, it must be done; I cannot wait"—I said, "What is that, Mr. Crouch, are you in a hurry?" and he repeated the same words, "It must be done, it must be done; I cannot wait," three or four times—I said nothing in answer to him—he then fell asleep, and was some time asleep—I cannot say for how long, it might have been half an hour or more—when
he awoke, I told him Mrs. Lynes had sent his clean clothes—he said he should never want them—I said nothing to that—he got up, undid the bundle which Mrs. Lynes had left before he came in, and finding a shirt which was torn, he said, "Here is a nice shirt for a fellow to put on "—he said, "It has been lying in the box six weeks, and she is too lazy to mend it, or sew any buttons on it "—I told him 1 would mend it, and sew some buttons on, against the morning—he said he should never wear them any more—he sat down a few moments, then got up, and looked for a pair of stockings, and not finding them, he said, "I have not had a pair of stockings for these six weeks; why the b—y hell cannot she mend my stockings?"—he sat down for a few moments, then left the room, and went into the back room, which is my bed-room—he unlocked his box, which was under my bedstead, locked it again, and came into the other room where he had been, and put the key into his waistcoat-pocket—he sat down for about five minutes, and then left the house—I did not see him again till I heard Mrs. Lynes call out, "Stop thief "—it was then getting on for seven, as well as I remember—I then looked out of window and saw him—I think it was about a fortnight before this that Mrs. Crouch went to live away from him—she used to come backwards and forwards to see him, but did not live with him—she had lived with him up to a fortnight before—on the night she left him, after he found she was gone, he said, "I will lie awake for her, and give her a good hiding; and if I had her here, I would cut her throat with a razor."
Cross-examined by MR. CLARKSON. Q. Where was Mrs. Crouch living at that time? A. In Great Marylebone-street, about forty yards from Chesterfield-street—about two minutes' walk—the prisoner was tipsy at this time—I heard the alarm given by Mrs. Lynes, not above five minutes after he left my house—the conversation about giving his wife a good hiding, was about a fortnight before—he used to lodge with me and my husband, and had all his meals with us—I believe he was out of employ—his wife used to bring him little necessaries sometimes, and sometimes he used to buy them—his wife was extremely kind to him—they had a child about nine months old, a very nice little girl—I cannot say I have heard him speak with fondness of the child—he was proud of it—Mrs. Lines had the care of it while the mother went to work—when his wife came to see him, she sometimes brought the child—she was suckling it—she used to come home at the end of the day, and take charge of it.
MART LYNES . I am the wife of Charles Lynes, No. 4, Little Marylebone-street. I have known the prisoner's wife about three years and a half, and him about two years—they have been married about a year and eleven months—at the time of her death she had a child about nine months old—I used to take care of it for her, and have done so since it was about a fortnight old, while she went to work in the day-time—on Saturday morning, the 30th of March, about eleven o'clock, I saw the prisoner going down Marylebone-street, and spoke to me—he said, "I think she has cut it "—I asked what he meant—he said, "She has not been to see me this morning," speaking of his wife—I said she was at work—I saw no more of him till about twenty minutes to seven in the evening, when I was cleaning the stairs of my house—his wife was then up stairs in my room—she had come up there to suckle her child—a little girl, named Sarah Simpson, who is under my care, was in the room with her—when I saw the prisoner he was going to pass me on the stairs—I said, "Stop, wait, old chap, I have wiped two stairs, stop till I have dried them"—he said, "Oh!" and said, "Is my mistress up stairs?"—I said, "Yes"—he stopped while I dried the stairs—I did not notice anything particular in his manner—when I had wiped the two stairs he went past me,
and his wife was singing, "Fare thee well, love, I am going;" and as soon as he put his foot into the room, the song ceased—Simpson cried out, "Mother, mother"—I instantly went into the room, and found the prisoner standing with his left arm against my chest of drawers, wiping a razor—the woman was lying dead, with her cheek against the wainscot, bleeding from the neck—I took the prisoner by the shoulder, and asked how dared he ill-treat his wife in that manner—he made no answer—the child I believe was lying under the deceased—I did not see it—it was not crying—the prisoner said, "If one man is not enough, twenty was not too many, you b—r"—he said that, speaking, as I thought, to the corpse, and then went out, down stairs—he walked as fast as he could—the little girl said, "Mother, don't you see the blood?" I ran after him, and called, "Stop him, he has cut his wife's throat"—I stopped him myself in the street—he got part of the way—Davies, my landlord, ran after him—he got three parts of the street—when he saw he was pursued, he turned back to Great Chesterfield-street, where he was living, and I caught hold of him, and said, "Oh, Crouch, how could you do so?"—he never answered me—I left him with Davies—when the policeman brought him up to my room-door again, he shook his head, and said, "Is she dead?"—I said, "Yes, you villain, she is"—he said, "Well, well, I did it, I could not help it"—he was asked what he had done with the razor—he said he had thrown it away—I said, "No, policeman, he has got it, whether it is in his waistcoat pocket, I don't know."
Cross-examined. Q. Was not the deceased a very well-conducted, moral, proper person? A. She was, and a woman of unexceptionable character—when the prisoner came to me, and was going up stairs, he seemed to me just as he always was—he did not appear otherwise than in good humour—he seemed to me in very good temper—I was cleaning two steps from my own door where his wife was sitting—the room door was open—if there had been any conversation between them I must have heard it—not a word passed between them—I did not see the infant taken from under the deceased.
(SARAH SIMPSON, not understanding the nature of an oath, was not examined.)
CHARLES BENNETT (police-constable D 18.) On Saturday evening, the 30th of March, I was at the corner of Great Marylebone-street—a boy came to me, and I went into Little Marylebone-street, and at the corner of Great Chesterfield-street I saw the prisoner and a mob standing round him—I took him into custody—I collared him, and he said, "You have no occasion to collar me, I will go with you"—I observed his right hand, up to the knuckles, was dipped in blood—he went with me, and after going a few paces from Little Marylebone-street, he said "Ah well, it serves her right; she had no business to have left"—I then went with him to No. 4, Little Marylebone-street, took him into the room, and saw the deceased lying at full length on the floor, with a great pool of blood on the floor—I called to Mrs. Lynes, to know what be had done with the instrument he bad done the deed with—she said he had got it about him—I then asked him where it was—he said he had thrown it away—I commenced searching him, but not knowing whether the woman was actually dead, I called to somebody to go to the doctor's, and left off searching him, but held both his hands—I searched him at the station, and found a razor in his coat pocket, which I produce—on the road to the station he said, "Ah well, I don't care nothing about it, you may hang me and be d—d"—on going further he said, "Ah, that cursed drink, it is the devil"—I then took him to the station, and on searching him I took off his neckcloth, and discovered a cut in his neck—it was a small cut, what they call a flesh cot—it had bled but very little—there was nothing to be seen outside the
handkerchief—I searched him, and found 1s. 71/4d. on him—Mr. Joseph, the surgeon, saw him.
Cross-examined. Q. Have you told us all he said? A. As far as I recollect—he repeatedly said, "Ah, my dear wife, I love her"—that was principally at the workhouse—he was taken there after his neck was stitched up—it was obliged to be stitched up—he was taken to Dr. Clarke, who stitched it up—I took him from there to the station, and then to the workhouse, and there he said, "Ah, my dear wife, how I love her"—he might also have said the same at the station—he said at the workhouse, "Ah, that cursed handkerchief, if it had not been for that I should have finished myself"—I do not recollect all he said—he said, "If I was dead I should be as happy as she is"—that was also at the workhouse—he repeated that several times—he said he wished he had finished himself; had it not been for the handkerchief, he should have done it, and have been as happy as she was.
EDWARD JOSEPH . I am a surgeon, and live in Great Marylebone-street. On Saturday evening, the 30th of March, I was called to No. 4, Little Maryle-bone-street, and saw the body of the deceased Mrs. Crouch lying dead on the floor—I found a wound extending from the angle of the left jaw, dividing the left jugular vein, the left carotid artery the windpipe entirely through to the spine, and the right jugular vein and right carotid artery; it was only the spine which kept the head on; that of course would kill her instantly—the wound might be inflicted by a razor—I saw the prisoner about a quarter of an hour after I had examined the woman—my attention was called to a wound in his neck, which had been sewn up when I saw it—I saw him at the workhouse up to the time of his committal, but did not attend him for that wound; he was under the care of the workhouse surgeon—it was not at all a serious wound, dividing merely the integuments, perfectly superficial; I attached no importance at all to it—the prisoner said nothing to me when I first saw him—he was in a state of stupor—that was a quarter of an hour or twenty minutes after the murder had been committed—that was at the station—I saw him once or twice after, and he expressed great remorse.
COURT. Q. You say he was in a state of stupor when you first saw him; was he capable of answering any questions? A. He rapidly got out of that state, and answered my questions—I asked him if he had had anything to drink that day—he said he had only had a pint of beer—I asked if he had any pain in his head—he said he had none—I then lifted up his chin, and he cried out with the pain in the neck—his head had been lying on his chest—I did not ask him any more questions—I did not question him about the transaction itself—I saw him again in the infirmary of the Marylebone work-house, on Sunday morning, next day—I merely asked him how he was—he said he wished he was dead—he was crying very much, and asking to see his child—I saw him again on Monday before he went before the Coroner, to ascertain if he was fit to go before the Coroner—I found him perfectly able—I have not questioned him in reference to this transaction—I accompanied him to the Coroner—I had no further communication with him.
Cross-examined. Q. I believe what passed between you and him you thought so unimportant you did not repeat it before the Coroner or Magistrate? A. No—I was not asked any questions—I have seen several cases of accidents, the result of concussion of the brain—I have not attended Dr. Cooper's lectures on the subject—I have not known concussion result in derangement of the mind—general cases of concussion usually get well in a short time, and I am not aware that it leaves any trace behind—I have not known concussion happening
to a madman restore him to sanity, nor produce madness in a sane man—there are various degrees of concussion, some lasting a minute, and some probably for days—I mean insensibility, resulting from concussion; but concussion without compression is not usually very lasting—I have known cases where the party has remained insensible till he died—I have not known insensibility from concussion where the party has recovered for a time, with apparent stupor, and finally resulting in madness, but I do not say it may not happen.
MR. PARRY. Q. What is the usual effect of concussion of the brain? A. Insensibility—I have occasionally attended cases of concussion of the brain—as far as my experience goes, it is usually a curable disease, simple concussion.
MR. CLARKSON called
THOMAS JOLLIFFE TUFFNELL . I am assistant surgeon of the Third Dragoon Guards. In 1838 I was a pupil of Mr. Luscombe, surgeon of the Devon and Exeter Hospital—on the 17th of Dec, 1838, the prisoner was brought to that hospital—he was at that time in the service of Sir Lawrence Palk—he we perfectly insensible when brought to the hospital—I was told he had been thrown from a horse—the symptoms were those of concussion of the brain—he had an immense swelling over the right temple, from a blow, whether the result of a fall I cannot say, but it was such a blow as would be produced by coming in contact with the wall in falling—I treated him for concussion of the brain—he remained in a state of perfect insensibility till the evening of the 20th—here are my medical notes of the case, made at the time—he first answered a question on the 23rd—that was the first question he was able to answer—he was treated as a person afflicted with severe concussion of the brain, and bled to a considerable degree—I have not the date of his discharge—he remained in the hospital, I think, about four or five weeks—he was under my immediate care at least a month—before he left I saw Sir Lawrence Palk and his brother respecting him—I did not think he was capable to go back to his place, which was that of a groom—that was from no other cause than the injury he had received in the head.
COURT. Q. You thought riding would be dangerous to him? A. I thought the injury he had received was liable to render him, at least for a long time, if he took the slightest quantity of liquor, not fit to be trusted with a pair of horses, or to be generally useful—I have had experience in a case of concussion—I had a recruit under my care in India, who had fallen down the hold of a ship, which produced concussion of the brain—he is now at Chatham—he was perfectly well for some months, at other times perfectly useless as a soldier.
MR. CLARKSON. Q. In your judgment, if he had become excited by drink, or any other cause, would he be likely to become of unsound mind by an act of indiscretion in taking drink? A. To what degree of unsoundness I cannot say, hut I should say, not of sound mind—if they get liquor they sometimes get furiously mad.
COURT. Q. How long would this liability to madness last? A. It is impossible to say—I should say, probably during lifetime; in the case of that man, he was invalided a year and a half after—I believe insanity may occur during any portion of a man's life, when anything arises to cause excitement.
MR. CLARKSON. Q. Do you know the work of Cooper on this subject? A. Yes, it is a work of authority in the profession, consulted by students and the first surgeons—I believe a man perfectly sane, receiving such an injury, might become disordered in his mind.
COURT. Q. Does your experience, and reading of works of that description,
lead you to imagine such is the fact? A. I have only known that one case, which was under my observation a year and a half; but it is my belief it would be so—there are instances on record where men of unsound mind have recovered their senses by concussion—where one man who is mad might become sane, twenty, in different circumstances, might become insane—after the prisoner left the hospital, he was, by my advice to Sir Laurence Palk, taken to a cottage at Kenton—I did not see him after he left the hospital—the opinion I formed of his case, and expressed at the time he left, was, that the great probability was he would not be a useful or good servant, that he would become "a mazed man," as they call it in Devonshire; which means that his intellect would be unsound—the expression means a man cracked or crazed.
MR. PARRY. Q. Do you know what has become of the recruit, or soldier? A. I do not—he was sent home—I did not recommend his confinement or restraint—he left me in a state that he knew right from wrong at times, but you could not trust him with any duty of importance—he was liable to throw down his musket, and walk away from it—he was unfit for the duties of a soldier—I did not recommend that the prisoner should be restrained or confined, but sent to a farm-house to give him an opportunity of recovering, to see if he was likely to be a useful servant, to be taken back—I said he probably would not.
Q. You meant be would not be able to follow the calling he previously occupied, attending the horses might tend to excite him? A. No—I thought he was not to be trusted to drive and ride valuable horses—I did not consider him entirely unfit for the duties of life—he was fit to strap a horse, but I would not trust him to ride a valuable pair of horses—I had done all I could for him as a surgeon, and he was discharged from the hospital—it depends on circumstances what kind of madness concussion would produce—if combined with heat, as I have mostly seen it, he might take a sword and run a man through, run a muck, as it is called—in India it is generally so—I have not seen it in this country.
Q. Is it likely a person having such a concussion of the brain as you describe the prisoner to have had, having taken liquor calculated to excite his brain? is it probable such a person would be calm and orderly in his demeanour, so as not to excite the attention of anybody who saw him? A. I cannot tell you in this country, but, I should say, in India be would be violent—I have not seen madness arising from concussion of the brain—I have seen that man incapable of doing his duty—in my opinion, a person having received concussion of the brain, and taking alcohol, would, generally speaking, exhibit an extraordinary degree of excitement and irritability.
MR. CLARKSON. Q. I do not suppose you mean to convey what the necessary paroxysm might be? A. No, whether it would assume sullenness, or moroseness, or the reverse—the case I am speaking of was an act not under excitement from liquor, he would be quiet, and sit sullen, but occasionally, when he took liquor, he would be violent—I have seen the same from the effect of the sun—the result of my experience and reading is, that a person sustaining an injury of this sort, if exposed to excitement of any kind, a state of unsoundness of mind might be produced—I thought it likely, if under excitement, or any promoting cause, his complaint would result in mazement.
SARAH SMITH . I have been a nurse in the Devon and Exeter Hospital for eighteen years. I remember the prisoner coming there in December, 1838—his head was shaved, and a great quantity of blood taken from him—he had leeches put on—I am acquainted with cases of concussion of the brain—that
is what he appeared to be labouring under—he remained insensible a week or ten days—he was not cheerful when he recovered his senses, but always going about, not like a sensible man, but walked as if he was a drunken man—he was always low, and when he was allowed to go out I was obliged to send a guide with him—he was afterwards removed to Kenton.
HENRY SIBLEY . In 1838 I was in the service of Sir Lawrence Palk. I remember the prisoner having fallen from a horse—he was taken to the hospital insensible—I did not see him fall—I saw him afterwards—he did not appear to be the same man—I saw him after he came from the hospital—I took him to Kenton by direction of Sir Lawrence—he was quite a different man at times to what he was before—he was dull, net so cheerful as he used to be—he was a year and a half with us before, when he was a cheerful and lively man—when he came out of the hospital he was very dull—I took him to Kenton, under Mr. Collins's care—when Mr. Collins thought fit for him to come to London, which was in April, he was with me two or three times a week, helping in the stable, though not in master's service—he was quite an altered man—he appeared very dull, and talked very strange at times to what he did before the accident—we used to notice his conduct very straightforward before, and when he came to London he would talk and laugh without cause or reason, and go on in a different sort of way—when I saw him in the hospital, he remarked about the fire, how bright it burnt—I saw him, on and off, for two months, three years ago—I have not seen him since—the result of my observation was then, that he was an entirely altered man after the accident.
MR. PARRY. Q. While undergoing this treatment in the hospital, used he to come backwards and forwards to Sir Lawrence's? A. No—he was not regularly employed by me since the acident—I used to employ him, and give him 1s. of a morning.
WILLIAM COLLINS . I am a surgeon, and live at Kenton. I have been in the profession forty-five years, and know Sir Lawrence Palk—I had charge of the prisoner on the 6th of Feb., 1839—I knew him before he sustained this accident—he was a very civil, good tempered, active man before the accident, and a good servant—I attended the family, and know he was valued there as a servant—he was a lively and bright man—I first saw him after the accident on the 6th of Feb., 1839, when he was brought from the hospital by direction of Sir L. Palk, and placed in a farm-house under my care—when I saw him he appeared to be labouring under concussion of the brain—the symptoms were clearly those of concussion—when first under my charge he was in a state of great weakness of mind, almost amounting to fatuity when 1 first saw him—the state of the brain was very greatly impaired—he remained at Kenton five weeks I think—the last memorandum I have of seeing him at Kenton was the 10th of March—I considered it my duty to see him daily—my opinion at the time was that his mind would be affected probably for a considerable period, probably for life—I have known instances of concussions of this nature which have resulted in derangement, both violent and quiet, you can hardly call it morbid—I should not be surprised to hear of a man having laboured under such an affection very suddenly committing a violent act without a motive, and hearing that, I should attribute it to injury of the mind, arising from the concussion he had received—I should not be surprised at his suddenly committing a violent act—I knew an instance about twelve years ago of a servant having met with concussion of the brain from a blow, the kick of a horse—without fracture, his brain suffered severely from concussion, he was kept a long period in a quiet state, watched by his friends, and appeared to recover; he was well
for seven or eight months, and suddenly being by a cider-press drank considerably of cider, and became suddenly excited—he drew out part of a plough and attempted to murder his master with it.
COURT. Q. Was he in a great state of intoxication? A. I believe not—I was sent for, and only saw him in a state of great excitement—I knew nothing of the circumstance of provocation on the part of the master—I was not present—I knew nothing of the circumstances—I suppose it very likely for a person of that sort to be soon excited by liquor, or any exciting cause.
MR. CLARKSON. Q. In proportion as the concussion was more or less severe, would the duration of the liability to that sort of derangement continue a longer period? A. No, I believe a slight concussion might so disable the brain as to produce a long confinement, and a violent concussion a short—I should not be surprised to find such a case taking place after five or six years—I should not consider the length of time the patient was in a quiescent state, if I heard of a violent act under excitement.
COURT. Q. What is concussion of the brain? A. It is the consequence of a blow to produce pressure on the brain from a ruptured blood vessel, or from coagulation and stagnation of blood, and disturbing or taking away the functions of the brain, producing in some cases paralysis—it does not always produce death—the brain may remain in a diseased state for life—it would most probably cause an irregular circulation of blood in the vessels of the brain, and in some instances a change of structure in the organs of the brain itself—I had a case of recovery after six years—the son of a surgeon in the navy, at the end of three years, having been kept quiet, was permitted to be rated again—he was sent to a warm climate, but he was obliged to be sent home, but at the end of six years became serviceable again, and was sent out.
MR. PARRY. Q. You had not seen the prisoner since March 1839? A. Within a very short period of that—he went to London after going back to Sir L. Palk—he was fit to leave my care certainly, but was far from recovered—not in a state to be trusted with any occupation at the time.
Q. Does taking a quantity of liquor or ardent spirits by a person having had concussion of the brain produce violent or quiet madness? A. It entirely depends on the constitution of the party—in one it might produce violent madness, and in the other merely unsoundness—I believe, from what I know of the prisoner, it would excite the brain in that way so as to produce a kind of depression, not render him furious or fierce—from what I recollect of his habit of body, I believe it would have a very different effect to that of a person of a more excitable habit—I do not think it would produce violent symptoms so as to call the attention of an ordinary observer—when he left my care, I did not advise that he should be restrained or confined in any way—I wrote to Sir Lawrence, saying he was not to be trusted, and the sooner he got rid of him the better—I did not consider him incapacitated from performing the ordinary duties of life—I thought he was by degrees getting into a state to enable him to do his duty.
MR. CLARKSON. Q. You thought it not improbable there might be a recurrence of that derangement of mind? A. It was quite probable, and it would show itself in a degree of moroseness rather than violence—I directed Mrs. Ford that he should not have any drink—I thought that likely to produce excitement and increase his complaint.
SUSAN FORD . In 1839, my husband kept a public-house at Kenton. I remember the prisoner coming there for his health—I knew him before he came there—he was considered a lively, cheerful person, and I never saw him otherwise; but after he came to Kenton, having sustained the injury, he was quite changed—before that, I understood he enjoyed society, and mixed
with it cheerfully—I had seen him before, at Sir Lawrence Palk's—after his illness he frequented my house, not as a customer, but as a friend—seeing the state in which he was, I permitted him to come to my house when he pleased, in the hope of amusing him—he appeared quite to avoid society—he was quite dejected and low—he dined at my house at one time—he then wore a white cap—he got up in the middle of dinner, left the table, and went away for more than an hour—I have known him sit sometimes for hours without speaking—I considered, from my observation of him, that he was not right in his mind—I treated him as such—I received some directions about him from Mr. Collins, in consequence of which I did not permit him to have drink—I think he staid at Kenton about seven weeks—during that time my observation of his lowness of spirits, and dejection, and avoiding society, was always the same.
MR. PARRY. Q. Have you seen him since that period? A. Yes—in April, 1839, after he left Kenton—that was the last time I saw him.
MARY SEARLE . The prisoner lived in my house at Kenton. He came at the beginning of Feb., and left at the latter end of March—I did not know him before he met with the accident—while at my house he was in a very low, dejected way—if any gentleman or lady came into the house he would sit with his hand to his head, and take no notice—I did not think him in his right mind.
JOHN MARCHANT . I am a valet in the service of Lord Falmouth. The prisoner came into his lordship's service in Aug. 1839, and remained till Jan., 1840—he left because be asked the coachman's leave to go out, he was ill, and would not allow him, but he went out; and when he came back, he was sent about his business—he appeared in very good health while in the service—he was not at all a lively active servant—I never heard him converse with a servant in the house during the time he was there—he was asleep half his time, whenever he was in the house—he was called in the service, "the half-cracked man"—I thought he was half-cracked, and I so expressed myself—he was subject to fits of drowsiness—I have seen burning paper put to his feet to awake him—I have seen that done two or three times, and then he would not awake—it was generally in the evening that he was drowsy—I never saw much of him in the day—his duty would be out of doors—I know the London Hotel at Exeter—one of the waiters there made an observation to me about the prisoner, at the time he was in his lordship's service—he came to us after leaving Sir Lawrence Palk.
MR. PARRY. Q. What was the prisoner in his lordship's service? A. Second coachman—very little driving comes on the second coachman—he was in the habit of attending to the horses—I never knew him drive—I saw him once since he left the service, but not to speak to him.
COURT. Q. What is the duty of the second coachman? A. When the head coachman is out, the whole of the stabling devolves on the second man—he never drove the carriage horses.
JOHN BROOKMAN . In 1840 I was second coachman to Lord Cadogan. I am now in the service of Mr. Charles De Vere. The prisoner was about three weeks or a month in his lordship's service—while there he received an injury by falling from a ladder—I did not see the accident happen—I saw him afterwards, and after the doctor was attending him for it—he got out of the loft on the ladder, the horse was tied to the ladder, and pulled the ladder and him down—he received an injury somewhere about the temple—Dr. Lincoln attended him—I do not know whether Dr. Lincoln is alive or dead—the prisoner did not stop at Lord Cadogan's more than two or three days after the accident—we found he could not do his duty, and then he was discharged—Dr. Lincoln attended him while he was there.
MR. PARRY. Q. What part of the year was this? A. In the summer, about May or June I think—he was cab-boy—his head was cut open by the accident—the doctor could lay his fingers in about an inch—I did not see him when he went away—he left two or three days after.
MR. CLARKSON. Q. Did you see Dr. Lincoln attending him? A. Yes, he continued attending him till he left Lord Cadogan's—I cannot say whether he did after.
WILLIAM FISHER . I keep the Crown and Thistle, Thomas-street, Oxford-street—the prisoner came into my service last Jan., as waiter and potboy—he was not capable of performing those duties—I always took him to be a person not fit for any situation—he always, had habits of drowsiness—he always appeared to be a dull, inactive person—I could never make him understand anything scarcely—he was with me seven weeks—I parted with him because he was totally incapable of filling my situation—that did not appear to be from any unwillingness to do his duty—I thought it was from incapacity of mind—that was my impression—I parted with him for no other reason—he came to my house occasionally after I parted with him—I had not the least reason to think ill of him—on the 30th of March, the day this happened, he was at my house—he was out of employment at that time—I did not see him at skittles, but I heard that he was—I saw him in the house between two and three o'clock in the afternoon—I believe he had something to drink, I do not know what—he spoke affectionately and kindly of his wife and child that day—I have seen his child—he went away, I should say, about half-past three, as near as I can guess—it was between two and three that he spoke affectionately of his wife and child, to me and Mrs. Fisher—he left about an hour after—drink was going into the skittle-ground while he was there—what he took I cannot say—I did not see him come out of the skittle-ground—he was in the tap room and my bar when I saw him—he then came to ask for a pint of porter—he got it—I do not know whether he had anything else—when I send beer into the tap-room or skittle-ground, I do not know who it is for—I should think he was in the tap-room about an hour and a half, but I cannot say—I did not observe him when he left the house—my wife had a young child at that time, and he said his was a finer child than hers—I observed a degree of wildness about him, when he first came into the house, in his appearance and manner—he then became a little calmer, and after that he became a little more excited, and at intervals he spoke affectionately of his wife and child.
MR. PARRY. Q. Did you know him before he came into your employment? A. No, I received a character with him—he came from the Coach and Horses, in Davies-street—I should say he came to my house from twelve to one o'clock on the 30th of March—I served him with one pint of porter—I do not know whether any of the persons are here who were with him in the skittle-ground—I have not seen any—I have seen his wife—I never observed his manner or demeanour towards her—she used to come to him occasionally—I have seen them together in my tap-room.
WILLIAM WHITE . I keep the Horse and Groom, in George-yard, Duke-street, Grosvenor-square—the prisoner was one week in my employment, as waiter and postman—he came from Mr. Fisher to me—he did not suit me—he was not able to perform his duties—I formed an opinion of his state two hours after he was there—the parlour bell rung, and he was in the tap-room smoking his pipe with the customers—I told him of it three or four times—he did not appear to understand me, for he was there three or four times the day after—if one order was given him up stairs, and he was called away for something else, he would forget both orders—he did not appear capable of understanding
the duties of his situation—he was very dull and depressed in his appearance—I thought he was very lazy—he was subject to drowsiness—he would not get up in a morning—we could not get him up, that was one thing—I thought he was not so sharp as he should be, and that was the reason I did not keep him—I parted with him about ten or eleven weeks ago—I cannot exactly say.
MR. PARRY. Q. Had you only known him for that week? A. That is all
GUILTY . Aged 28.— Death.
Fourth Jury, before Mr. Common Sergeant.
1364. GEORGE WILLIAMS was indicted for stealing, at St. George, Bloomsbury, 1 waistcoat, value 2s., the goods of Richard Patteson: 1 gunlock screw, value 2s., the goods of George Lee Patteson: 1 key, value 2s.; 1 coat, 16s.; 1 waistcoat 3s.; 1 cigar-case, 6d.; and 1 10l. Bank-note, the property of Henry Patteson, his master, in his dwelling-house; to which he pleaded
GUILTY . Aged 17.— Confined Eighteen Months ,
GUILTY . Aged 18.— Confined Three Months.
GUILTY . Aged 23.— Confined One Year.
GUILTY . Aged 35.— Confined One Year
1368. GEORGE HOLMES was indicted for burglariously breaking and entering the dwelling-house of Elizabeth Write, about the hour of nine in the night of the 13th of April, at St. Luke, with intent to steal, and stealing therein, 1 shawl, value 8s., the goods of Mary Ann Harden: 1 shawl, value 4s., the goods of Elizabeth Clements: 1 gown, value 1l. 10s.; 1 scarf, 10s.; and 4 yards of net, 2s.; the goods of Elizabeth Write.
ELIZABETH WRIDE . I am a widow, and live at No. 11, New-street, Old-street, St. Luke's. About six o'clock on Tuesday evening, the 23rd of April, I placed my gown and scarf on the sofa in the front parlour—I missed them the next morning between eight and nine.
Cross-examined by MR. BALLANTINE. Q. Is the house occupied by your-self? A. Yes—I have lodgers—the business is mine and Mary Ann Harden's—we share in the profits—I pay the rent myself—she has nothing to do with the house—these goods are my own.
MARY ANN HARDEN , I lodge with Mrs. Write. On Tuesday night, the 23rd of April, I saw my shawl safe on the sofa in the front parlour—I missed it next morning about eight o'clock—I shut the parlour and street doors after nine the night before, and know they were safe—the street door was not locked, but shut—it could be opened from the outside by a key—the windows were fast, and the shutters put to.
Cross-examined. Q. Did you lock the parlour door? A. No; I shut it—it closes by a latch—I did not try it after closing it, but I am certain it was
shut—the lodgers have a key to the outer door—they were all out that night—I cannot say at what time they came in—they are very respectable people.
JOHN JENKINS (police-constable G 53.) On the evening of the 23rd of April, between nine and ten o'clock, I met the prisoner in Norman's-buildings, St. Luke's, about 100 yards from the prosecutor's house, carrying a bundle—knowing him, I said, "Halloo, George, what have you there?"—he said, "Some things I am going to take to my mother"—knowing where his mother lived, I said, "You are coming in a direction from your mother's"—he said, "I am going down Whitecross-street first"—I said, "What does the bundle contain?"—he said, "A gown and some other things"—I said, "Where did you get them?"—he said, "Some man gave them to me to take to my mother"—I said, "Indeed I don't believe your story; I shall take you to the station"—I opened the bundle, and it contained these articles—I found on him a key, very much filed, which opens the prosecutor's door; I tried it myself—I said, "I think I shall find an owner for these things"—he said, "Very well, then I must suffer for it"—this is not exactly a skeleton key, but it will open eleven doors out of twelve.
(Property produced and sworn to.)
GUILTY of stealing only.** Aged 20.— Transported for Seven Years.
1369. FREDERICK WOOD was indicted for breaking and entering the dwelling-house of Henry Pearce, at St. Dunstan Stebonheath, alias Stepney, and stealing therein, 1 shawl, value 2s. 6d.; 1 counterpane, 1s.; 1 sheet, 6d.; 1 night-gown, 4d.; 1 cap, 2d.; and 1/4 yard of flannel, 1l.; his goods; and that he had been before convicted of felony.
HANNAH PEARCE . I am the wife of Henry Pearce, and live in Dunstan-street, Stepney. I made the bed on the 18th of April, and left the front room about eight o'clock—these articles now produced were then safe—I went into the kitchen about a quarter-past eight, and then went outside to close the shutters—the window was partly up, and the bed things were taken off the bed—when I left they were all on the bed, and the window closed—these things are all my husband's—it is our dwelling-house; we live and sleep there.
GEORGE MURRAY (police-constable K 68.) I produce the articles—at about half-past eight o'clock I stopped the prisoner with them near the George public-house, about five minutes' walk from the prosecutor's—I asked what he had there—he said two gowns, and was going to take them to his sister's—I asked where he got them—he said he was going to take them, from one sister to another—the prosecutor's house is in the parish of St. Dunstan, Stepney.
Prisoner's Defence. I did not leave off work till eight o'clock; a person named James Leech, who worked for my employer, asked me to carry these things for him as far as the Roebuck; I told the policeman I was carrying them for my workmate; the man has never been at work since.
GUILTY . Aged 20.— Transported for Ten Years.
1370. MARY HAMMOND was indicted for stealing, on the 4th of April, 1 yard of carpet, value 1s.; 1 brush, 6d.; 1 sheet, 1s.; 1 pair of scissors, 1s.; 1 yard of damask, 9d.; 1 book, 4s.; 2 table-covers, 1s.; and 2 blankets, 6s.; the goods of Ann Katherine Storer, her mistress.
ANN KATHERINE STORER . I live in Upper Hyde Park-street, Paddington. The prisoner was my housemaid—I have missed the articles stated—these blankets, carpet, book, and other things produced are all mine—I can speak positively to them—I have the fellow-volume to this book at home.
Cross-examined by MR. BALLANTINE. Q. When did the prisoner come into your employment? A. On the 22nd of March last—I had no other person in my establishment at that time—I had a man-servant and a girl in the kitchen—on the morning of the 23rd she told me she did not like my house, and would go away—she was drunk when she came in—she had not a feather-bed to sleep on—she did not complain that I would not let her have sheets—that is not true—she did not complain of being starved—I did not object to her going away—I wished it—she did not go before Holy Thursday, because I could not send her out before a month without paying her—I have been rather unfortunate with my servants—I cannot tell how many I have had in the last twelve months—I sent them away when they robbed me or got drunk—I cannot tell how many servants I have charged with robbing me, or getting drunk—I do not think I have had fifty servants within the last twelve months—I cannot tell you, within ten, twenty, or thirty—a gentleman, named Captain Whitecock, my relation, has been sleeping in my house, and even his stamps have been stolen out of his room—I did not charge the servant I had before the prisoner, with stealing—I missed some blankets and a brooch certainly—I first missed these articles on Holy Thursday, the day before Good Friday—I have just prosecuted a person in the New Court for stealing a brooch—she was acquitted—I proved that she did steal it—I have not paid the prisoner any wages—she was only with me a fortnight—directly I missed these articles I told her to take her things away, or I would get a policeman and take her—she did not come afterwards for her things and her wages—I understood she sent for some things, but I was out—I did not then give her into custody, or give instructions to have her taken—I saw her at the door, and asked what she wanted—she said she came for some things she had at the laundress's—I told her to come to-morrow at ten o'clock, for her wages, and to bring the clothes she had taken out of the house—she did come, and I told her to give up the things she bad taken—she abused me very much, and said she thought I had hid the blankets myself—this hurt me very much, and I gave her into custody—she acknowledged stealing two of the blankets.
Cross-examined. Q. Pawned in the name of Ann Storer? A. Mary Storer—I lent 6s. 6d. on them—their value is about 8s.
WILLIAM CROW . I am assistant to Mr. Gregory, pawnbroker, Crawford-street. I produce a carpet, table-cover, sheet, chemise, book, and pair of scissors, which were pledged by the prisoner on the 4th of April.
Cross-examined. Q. Were they all pledged together in one bundle? A. Yes—I lent 12s. on them.
(Susan Vernon, upholstress, gave the prisoner a good character.)
GUILTY . Aged 45.—Strongly recommended to mercy.— Judgment Respited.
JAMES YOUNG . I am assistant to William Hickinbotham, a Pawnbroker, in Kingsland-road. On Friday, the 19th of April, about five o'clock, I was moving some things from the windows to clean them—the two prisoner were standing at the door, looking at a gown placed there for sale—I saw them pulling it about—they walked away for about ten minutes—they came back again, and I saw Longford unpin the gown—Clark took it from her, put it under her cloak, and walked away—I followed, brought Clark back, and took the gown from under her cloak—she had only got a few paces—I took her to the police-court—I saw Longford in the waiting-room there, and she was given into custody—I am positive Longford is the other woman—they were locked up separately, and I heard them halloo to each other—one called out, "Poll, are you taken?"—the other replied, "Yes, I am here;" and they asked when they were coming up again; but, exclusive of that, I am positive she is the person—this gown is my master's—it was partly inside the door, and partly out.
Longford. Q. What can you swear to me by?.A. You wore a blue bonnet and a plaid shawl.
Clark. You never heard me speak to Longford when she was taken. Witness. The clerk at the police office and policeman both heard it.
CLARK— GUILTY . Aged 18.— Confined One Month.
LONGFORD— NOT GUILTY
SAMUEL BENJAMIN . My father's name is Emanuel Benjamin; he is a clothier in Whitecross-street. About half-past two o'clock, on the afternoon of the 19th of April, I was in the shop, and saw the prisoner pass, with the cap now produced on his head—I went to the cap stand, and missed a cap from the side of the door, not outside exactly, nor inside—I had seen it safe half an hour before—I am sure this is my father's cap.
Prisoner. Q. Did you not tell the inspector you did not wish to. press the charge? A. Yes—I do not recollect his telling you to go away—you refused to go, because you did not have the cap—I brought three caps before the Magistrate, of the same make and pattern—the Magistrate said they were different—the lining was second-hand—I have no private mark on this cap—there are plenty like it.
JAMES CLIFFORD (policeman.) The prisoner said it was his own cap; he had bought it of a Jew in the street some time ago; he had bad it a fortnight, and could produce witnesses that saw him wear it—I was directed by the Magistrate to go with him, to Flower and Dean-street, where he said he lived—When we got outside the court, he said he would not go, it was no use, he did not wish to go.
Prisoner. Q. Did not the inspector tell me to go away? A. He did, and you would not go without the cap—the Magistrate said it was a secondhand lining—the lining was not so clean as the others—none of the other caps were dirty like that.
NOT GUILTY .
OLD COURT.—Thursday, May 9th, 1844.
1373. CHARLES GILL was indicted for stealing, on the 21st of April, at St. Clement Danes, 1 purse, value 6d.; 1 key, 6d.; 1 soverign, 8 shillings; 5 5l. notes; 7 promissory notes for the payment of 5l. each, and 1 for 10l.; the property of William Henry Mason, in the dwelling-house of John Osmond; to which he pleaded
GUILTY . Aged 25.— Transported for Ten Years.
1374. WILLIAM KELLY was indicted for stealing, on the 13th of April, at St. James's, Westminster, 1 knife, value 1l. 10s.; 1 fork, 1l. 10s.; 1 spoon, 2l.; 1 case, 1s.; and 2 scarfs, 2l.; the goods of Richard Bradshaw: 4 shirts, 1l. 14s. 1 candlestick, 3s. 6d.; 1 card-case, 5s.; 1 inkstand, 2s. 6d.; 2 purses, 2s. 6d.; and 1 snuff-box, 1s.; the goods of Edward Tomkins, in the dwelling-house of Harriet Pearson: and that he had been before convicted of felony: to which he pleaded
GUILTY . Aged 31.— Transported for Ten Years.
JOHN JONES , baker, Norfolk-street, King's-cross. The prisoner was in my service—he was authorised to receive money for me, and was in the habit of doing so daily—on Thursday, the 18th of April, he went out, at five o'clock—he did not come back—I saw him on the following Wednesday at the station.
HENRY SHAWYER (police-constable S 45.) About one o'clock, on the morning of the 24th of April, I was on duty in Farringdon-square—I saw the prisoner standing there—he asked me for Sergeant Shaw—I asked if he wanted him particularly—he said, "No, not particularly; I suppose you have heard of Mr. Jones?"—he did not say what—I said, "Yes, and you may as well go with me as Sergeant Shaw," and he went with me to the station.
CAROLINE COBBETT . I live in Princes-street, Leicester-square. I deal with Mr. Jones for bread, and work for his wife as a dress-maker—on Tuesday, the 16th April, the prisoner came to me with a bill to the amount of 3l. 14s. 4 3/4 d., for Mr. Jones—I paid him 3l. 4s. 6d., deducting 10s. for my bill—I gave him three sovereigns, half-a-crown, and two shillings—I folded it up in a piece of paper, sealed it, and gave it to my niece to direct, and give it to him.
SABINA DOLIMORE . I am niece to Mrs. Cobbett. I received some money from her on Thursday, sealed in a brown paper parcel—I directed it, and gave it to the prisoner—I am sure I gave him the same parcel she gave me.
MR. JONES re-examined. He never brought me this parcel.
GUILTY . Aged 22.— Transported for Seven Years.
JOHN GIBBONS . I was a patient in the hospital in Gray's Inn-lane—I was received there in September last—I was not in the ward where the prisoner was, but on the 22nd of March I had my thigh amputated, and the prisoner was brought from the bottom ward to the top, to wait on and take care of me—he had his bed by the side of me—on the 26th of March, about twelve o'clock, I lost my purse, two sovereigns, nine shillings, a sixpence, and three pence, from my trowsers pocket, under my bed—there were more patients in the ward—I know the purse was in my pocket on the evening of the 25th—the
prisoner was not there when I missed it—he had absented himself from he hospital without leave—on the morning of the 26th, about half-past seven, he said he had a letter to post, and asked me if I would like an egg for my breakfast, and he would bring it in for me—I gave him 3d. from the locker at my bedside—he never came back—he had seen the contents of my purse he night before, when he gave me my trowsers to take a half-sovereign out of the purse to give the nurse to get me some sugar—I gave him the trowsers to put under the bed again, having replaced the purse—on the 1st of April he was brought into the ward in custody.
Prisoner. Q. Did you give me the 3d. yourself? A. No—you took it from the locker.
HONORA GORMAN . I am one of the nurses at the Royal Free Hospital. On the 25th of March I received half-a-sovereign from the prisoner—I bought pound of loaf sugar, at 9d., with it—I delivered it to the prisoner about half-past eight o'clock in the evening—he was waiting on the prosecutor—on the morning of the 26th, about half-past seven, I missed him, and did not see him again.
THOMAS HILL . I am house surgeon at the Royal Free Hospital. On the 26th of March the prisoner was a patient there—we often set one patient to attend another—on the morning of the 26th be left without leave—I did not see him till the following Monday, the 1st of April—he was not recovered sufficiently to leave—he was appointed to attend on the prosecutor at his own request—I saw him on Monday coming out of the Houseless Asylum in Ogle-street—I gave him into custody—he followed me to the hospital, and as he passed me no the stairs, he said, if I would listen to him, he would confess—I told him it was quite out of my power, or words to that effect.
Prisoner. Q. Did not you prefer two charges against me, one for taking away a hospital shirt? A. Mention was made of it—there were upwards of twenty patients in the ward—you are the only instance of a patient leaving the hospital without being cured—I have no recollection of a navigator leaving without leave—there was a patient discharged about a week after you left, and one two days after—those patients had not access to the prosecutor's bed—there was no occasion for their going to his bed at all—no patient left the ward on the 26th but you.
JOHN SMITHERS . I was a policeman—the prisoner was given into my custody—I went into the hospital with him—after Mr. Hill stated the charge to him I said I should take him before the young man face to face—he said, "No, do not take me before him; I do not want to go; I will confess to you."
(The prisoner put in a written defence, stating that other patients had the same opportunity of going to the prosecutor's bed that he had, and that the confession he was about to make referred to the charge of stealing a shirt.)
GUILTY . Aged 35.— Transported for Seven Years.
Before Mr. Justice Coltman.
MESSRS. BODKIN and DOANE conducted the Prosecution.
JOHN MAY , shoemaker, Chelsea. On the 19th of April last I saw the prisoner in the New-road, Chelsea—he had some oranges for sale—I bought some of them—they came to 2d.—I tendered a half-crown—he gave me 2s. 4d. change, which I put in my left hand coat pocket—I had no other money in either pocket—about three hours after, I looked in my pocket—in the interval I had not changed my money, or received money from any one else—I found the 2s. 4d. where I had placed it, and found one of the shillings to be a bad one—I put that apart from all other money, and kept it so till I gave it to the policeman on the Friday following.
Prisoner. Q. Did not you state at Queen-square that you had known me five years? A. No, I had known you by sight a considerable time—I did not state a limited time—I did not know where you lived—I never saw you again till you were in custody—I am no relation of the policeman—you were selling the oranges in a small hand-basket.
EDWARD SYMES (police-constable B 182.) In consequence of something that occurred on the 23rd of April I went to May on the 26th of April—I received this shilling from him—I have kept it separate from all other money ever since.
Prisoner. Q. Did not you hold me while the other policeman went to the King's Head public-house? A. Yes.
MR. BODKIN. Q. Did he, while you were holding him, give any account of this shilling that has been produced by May? A. Yes, he said he had gone into a tobacconist's shop close by for a pennyworth of tobacco, and gave he woman half-a-crown, and took the bad shilling in change—Friendship took him to the tobacconist's shop—I was with him—what he speaks of has reference to another shilling passed at a beer shop in the New-road.
ANN O'KEEFE . I am the daughter of David O'Keefe, who keeps a chandler's shop in Alfred-place, New-road, Chelsea. On Tuesday, the 23rd of April, about nine o'clock in the evening, the prisoner came to my father's shop for a pennyworth of tobacco—I served him—he gave me 1s.—I noticed it, tried it between my teeth, and took it in to my father in the parlour—he came into the shop, and the prisoner was given into custody—I gave the same shilling to my father.
DAVID O'KEEFE . My daughter came to me with a shilling—I received it from her—it was a bad one—I found the prisoner in the shop—I told him he must have known it was a bad one—he said he did not—I cut it in two with the scissors, gave the prisoner into custody, and gave the shilling to the policeman.
Prisoner. Q. When you told me it was bad did not I put my hand in my pocket, and give you a good one, and tell you I had taken the bad one at a tobacconist's? A. Yes—you said your mother lived two streets off—you staid in my shop a quarter of an hour while I waited for a policeman—you said you would stop till the policeman came—I called the policeman on duty in as he passed—you took up the shilling again and said it looked a very good one—I took it out of your hand—you did not throw it on the counter.
JOHN FRIENDSHIP (police-constable B 159.) On the evening of the 23rd of April I was called into Mr. O'Keefe's shop and received the prisoner into custody—I received these parts of a shilling from Mr. O'Keefe.
Prisoner. Q. Was not the shilling lying on the counter when you came into the shop? A. I am not positive—you went with me to Knightsbridge, where you said you had received it—they did not know you—they said they had only taken one half-crown that day, and that was of an old man in the morning, and they had never seen you during the whole of the day—the pot-boy at the King's Head said you had been there, but had nothing to drink—they
had put you out of doors—before the magistrate Bartrup, a policeman, brought a shilling, which he said he had received from a gentleman at Knightsbridge—you were remanded till Monday, and Bartrup then attended with the gentleman, but not in your presence—he could not identify you as the person he received it from.
Prisoner's Defence. I never sold oranges in the street; my mother can say I never hawked oranges in the street.
MARY SMITH . I am the prisoner's mother. During the time he was with me he endeavoured to get an honest living—I borrowed 5s. for him to buy fruit, ginger-beer, and oranges, which he sold in a little standing by Sloanesquare, Chelsea—he never hawked oranges about—he sold oranges, nuts, and things at the stand.
GUILTY . Aged 21.— Transported for Ten Years.
1378. WILLIAM HENRY GOORE was indicted for feloniously uttering a false and forged paper writing, purporting to be a copy of a register of marriage between himself and Amelia Drayson, well knowing it to be forged.
MR. PAYNE conducted the Prosecution.
AMELIA DRAYSON . I am single. I became acquainted with the prisoner at the latter end of Dec, 1842—I was at that time writing for the unstamped weekly press—or rather preparing, articles for the press—they were not original—I employed the prisoner to copy for me, and he continued so employed till the 16th of March, 1843—he had not been in my employ more than a fortnight, when he made advances towards me—he was a man in a very degraded position of life; and I rather repulsed them—he induced me to visit Mr. and Mrs. Wheatcroft—they told me a great deal about Mr. Goore, and from their representations, I was induced to say that if I could feel convinced in my own mind that his wife was dead, I might perhaps meet his advances—Mrs. Wheatcroft had told me that he had been married—he said himself, when he came to me, that his wife was dead, that he had ascertained that for a fact—he referred me to the Wheatcrofts as persons who could give me some account of him—I did not require him further in my employ, and as he said he was only disabled from serving himself through the badness of his dress, it was said if I could advance him money he would be able to establish himself in some ostensible employment—I advanced him 10s. a week for that purpose—I considered it still necessary that further inquiries should be made respecting his wife; and Mrs. Wheatcroft's father was employed to write a letter to some person who they thought capable of satisfying me—the prisoner afterwards told me, as the result of the inquiry, that his wife was not dead, but she was in a very bad state of health—I should say that was about the middle of June—I was very indignant towards him for the deception he had practised on me, and instructed Mrs. Bate, the landlady, to shut the door against him—he was not present when I told her that—he used to be there requently—he wandered the streets for ten days and nights after that—he told me so—I saw him again about a fortnight after ordering him to be refused admittance, but he called once on me, and very frequently came in front of the house, and excited alarm among the neighbours against me—the next time I saw him was when he was relieved from the workhouse, where he had
been deposited—that was twelve or fourteen days after directing him to be denied—he again prayed admission to the house, and said he was very sorry for his conduct—I told him that was quite impossible, that I could not admit him after the way he had acted, and if I felt disposed to do so, Mrs. Bate would not—he wrote to Mrs. Bate—she said, in my presence, that she was very sorry for what had passed, and she had no doubt he felt he had acted wrong, but he would do better for the future, and under the circumstances she could not refuse him coming as usual—I did not agree to that, but I submitted to it—that must have been on the 12th or 14th of Feb., 1843, I should say—he then came to the house again, and followed his employment the same as before—he still had the 10s. a week—he boarded at my table, but having followed up his annoyances in front of my house, and excited the curiosity of the neighbours, anonymous letters were sent to the publishers, and I received an intimation that my engagement would cease—I lost my engagement to the press—I consider he had something to do with it—I did not learn that from him, but from other parties—I should have taxed him with it, but he was so harsh a man, I was fearful of doing so—about that time he wanted me to marry him—I told him I could not do so, in fact, I should not, because I was not then convinced that his wife was dead—he said he would ascertain as soon as he possibly could, but he could not do it quickly, he did not know where she was—I told him I wished him to leave my employment, his annoyances were quite disagreeable, it was necessary he should seek employment with a different person, especially as my employments were likely to cease—he said he would not do so, he had been so assisted by me, it was impossible he could make a return, and if I could not marry him, I ought to come to a determination to do so as soon as I was convinced his wife was dead—he enforced it on me, and I said I would do so as soon as his wife was dead—he said he should go to Mr. King, of Red Lionsquare, to ask him to draw up an agreement, as he did not think there was sufficient authority in anything I might draw—the agreement was that I would marry him as soon as I was convinced his wife was dead—this is the paper—it is Mr. King's writing—this is not the agreement I am alluding to—on his return he brought me a letter relating to the law of divorce—I have destroyed that letter—we lived together as man and wife—allow me to explain—he told me Mr. King's advice was that we should enter into a closer contract, for the law of divorce was so much out of the reach of the poor man, that the legislature had recently framed a new law in favour of persons situated as he was—that he had not seen his wife for five years, and it appeared from his statement that she was a very bad woman—I said I was very unwilling to believe it, it was something very novel to me, but I certainly should like to make myself acquainted with the fact, and I had no objection to visit Mr. King—I went with the prisoner to Mr. King, who was an attorney, at No. 17, Red Lion-square, but is now in the Queen's Bench prison, and he recapitulated in a very plausible manner all the prisoner had said about the new law—I had a very great objection to the prisoner, because he was very hateful and detestable to me, from his principles and habits, and every obstacle I could throw in the way, I did—he saw that, and was very severe on me indeed—he said that my conduct showed that I had an intention to jilt him, for he had brought me to a respectable man who was giving him legal advice, and upon that authority I ought to act.
Q. If he was so hateful and disagreeable to you, how came you to consent to live with him? A. Because he committed an assault on me in Mr. King's office—he was very severe in his manner—he alarmed me—he threatened me with publication—he said he would defame me, if I did not come to the
agreement—it was not his conduct to me then that induced me eventually to consent to live with him as man and wife, it was because I could not get rid of him, he followed me up so much—after I had been to Mr. King's, and heard this, we went home—but I ought to state how I came in possession of the certificate—it was given to me on the same day—this is the illegal and fraudulent document—it was on the 16th of March when I went to Mr. King's, and the agreement was drawn up on that day—this is the prisoner's signature to it—(The agreement, which was read, was signed by the prisoner and prosecutrix, by which they mutually agreed to be married, at soon as the death of the prisoner's wife was ascertained; and in the mean time to live and cohabit together as man and wife)—this agreement was drawn up at Mr. King's office—Mr. King was present at the time it was signed—he wrote it out, and it was signed by the prisoner and myself—the agreement was not suggested by roe, but by him and Mr. King—I refused it, but he obliged me to receive it, because of his vile conduct—after it was signed, we lived together at Mrs. Bates's, till the 2nd of June—I then left him till the 30th of June—I then returned to him again till the 24th of July—on the 16th of March, after Mr. King had submitted a draft of the paper for my perusal, I said I was very willing to believe it was as he stated, a legal document, but still I thought the step he was advising us to take was not a judicious one, they were telling me to say I was married, and I thought many persons might be disposed to question my assertion—they then proposed giving me a paper, to satisfy any suspicion as to my being really married—King and Goore both proposed it—I think Goore first proposed it to King—I particularly asked if the paper he was giving me would attach any blame to me—they said no, if there was any blame attached to the proceeding, it would attach to them, but there was none; it would be a mere harmless instrument, to satisfy idle curiosity—both these papers were given to me, and I left the office with them—this (the certificate) is the paper that was produced to me at Mr. King's office—I did not take it into my hand to look at it then, except with the other paper—it was folded up with the other paper, and given to me—I put it into my bag—on returning home, Goore wanted me to call on a friend and show it—I did not do so—the manner in which he expressed himself, induced me to say, "I think I would rather have nothing to do with it; as you and Mr. King have had the concocting the instrument, I think you are the proper persons to make use of it"—we then went home to Mrs. Bate's, and Goore wanted me to show it to Mrs. Bate—when Mrs. Bate came into the sitting-room I occupied, he asked me for it—he said, "Give me the certificate"—it was in my bag—I took it out of the bag and gave it him—he showed it to Mrs. Bate—he said he had been married, and produced the certificate to confirm it—I cannot exactly remember what he said—Mrs. Bate seemed very willing to convince herself about the certificate, and fetched her own to contrast with it—she seemed perfectly satisfied—I cannot recollect her saying so—I cannot recollect anything more that passed at that time—I was not well, and was absent during the evening—Mrs. Bate spent the evening with me—I was never married to him at St. George the Martyr, by Mr. Horne, the curate.
Prisoner. Q. Did you ever read "Plutarch's Lives" in the course of your acquaintance with me? A. No—I have read the history of Eliza Sorrell—she died a deist or an atheist—I never, in your presence, or in the presence of others, denied the existence of a hereafter, and that we were here in no way by the Supreme Power—I never instilled those principles into Mrs. Bate or her two daughters—I never held them—my acquaintance with you commenced on the 19th of December, 1842—before I ever saw you, I was told by Mrs. Wheatcroft that you had a wife an inmate of a lunatic asylum at Wootton, near
Gloucester—you told me she was dead when you first came to me—I believe you did the whole of my writing—that might bring in between 4l. and 5l. per week—the engagement with Mr. Lloyd brought in three guineas a week—there were other engagements—you certainly did the whole of Mr. Lloyd's work—I went with you, and received Mr. Lloyd's check, and from thence to the bank in Lothbury, and received the money—I allowed you to do so—I allowed you 10s. a week to pay your tailor—you and Mr. King proposed this agreement in the first instance—you called on Mr. King on the 14th of March—I certainly did not, when I found you would not marry me, propose living with you, under this agreement, and over and over again ask you whom you could take me to perfect this agreement—Mr. King asked for two guineas—you told me you were going to ask him for an agreement to marry me after your wife's death—I did not say that I came there for the express purpose of drawing an agreement, and consenting to live with you under it—I did not, after it was read over to me, say it was just what I wished—I said I believed it was an illegal document—I signed it—I did not, as I was going away, say, "Mr. King, I have a little favour to ask you, and I am sure, as it is so trifling, you will not refuse it; I want you to give me something in the shape of a certificate, which I may show to Mrs. Bate, my landlady, to satisfy her I am married, and not living with Gore as a prostitute; as to what anybody else says, it is of very little consequence"—you proposed it to Mr. King—I did not tell Mr. King, that as soon as I had shown it to Mrs. Bate, I would tear it up and burn it—you told me it was a mere harmless instrument—in March last I published a work called the "Gordian Edipus"—that work was not the cause of this prosecution—I gave you in charge, on the 7th of March last, for felony, immediately on the coming out of that work, on account of your following up your annoyances on me—it was in order to establish this charge—I had been for eight months asking for this prosecution, and was unable to obtain it—I gave you in charge in March for a felony committed in June, 1843—I was living with you in June and July, at No. 36, Edmund's-place, Aldersgate-street—it was very difficult to give you in charge for forgery to the police—it was difficult to make them understand it, and therefore I gave you in charge for stealing several little articles, thinking they would understand that better than a charge of forgery—I charged you before Mr. Ballantine—you were discharged then—the forged instrument then happened to be in the possession of the rector of St. George the Martyr—on the 27th of March I gave you in charge a second time for forging this instrument—I told the inspector at Gardener's-lane station that I gave you in charge for aiding and assisting in concocting this forged instrument, and for uttering it—I was never in a house called the Star, in Shire-lane—I do not know Shire-lane—I never told any one that I had been there with a gentleman, drinking mulled wine, and sitting on a sofa with him, before I knew you—that I swear—my parents have treated me roughly for noticing you—they have not ill-treated me from a child—I fancied so, but I think differently now—I have altered my mind about it—I know Mrs. Jane Wheatcroft—she is here—I did not before her urge your marrying me, over and over again—I never requested Mrs. Wheatcroft to try and prevail on you to go and live at Greenwich, to have the banns published there, that nobody should know of it in the locality where my parents lived—then Mr. and Mrs. Wheatcroft were aiding your base plans—I thought as much—I never, in the presence of Mr. and Mrs. Wheatcroft, urged you to go to Greenwich, and have the banns published, nor ever urged Mrs. Wheatcroft to use her best endeavours to get you to marry me—she proposed your going to
Greenwich—I did not—I never told Mr. and Mrs. Wheatcroft that my object in getting you to marry me was that I might get rid of those devils of parents of mine, that had ill-treated me from my childhood—I might have expressed a little unkindness on their part—I never knew a gentleman named Willey—I was not put to school by him at Highbury—I was put to school by a gentleman—he did not promise to marry me—he was a friend—a gentleman named Britten kept company with me for some time—he did not discard me—I discarded him—I never said I only married you to make a market of you, that I had very nearly killed you, and you could not live long; nothing like it—I said I did not intend to be made responsible for your support.
Q. Did you not tell Miss Bate that you could not make of me what you expected, and you would get rid of me in some way or other if you could? A. Something like that, 1 believe—I thought it was quite necessary to leave you, for my life was in danger, your conduct was so violent and brutal—I doubt that I ever spoke of you so severely as I felt—I believe I said something of this kind, that a magpie was a very keen, clever bird; that it had two holes to its nest; and though Goore was long-headed, I would be too long-headed for him yet—I found I could not do anything with you by resoning, therefore I found it necessary to employ a little stratagem—I wrote a letter to that effect to Miss Bate—(I do not remember ever expressing it)—as a magpie had two holes to its nest, it could get out at one hole if it could not at the other; but I meant to have said a wren.
MR. PAYNE. Q. Is there any foundation whatever for the suggestion that you had been a person of immoral life before this? A. None whatever.
ELIZA BATE . I live at No. 2, John-street, Commercial-road, and did so in Dec., 1842, and March, 1843. Amelia Drayson came to live with me in Jan., 1843—I remember, in March, her coming to my place with the prisoner, after they had been somewhere—I only recollect the day by hearing Miss Drayson say it was the 16th, and I believe it to be the case—I was up stairs when they came in—I went down into the parlour where the prisoner and Miss Drayson were—it was the room Miss Drayson occupied—I asked her by what name I was to address her—she told me "Mrs. Goore"—she then crossed the room to a small round table, and took out of her bag, which laid on the table, this certificate of the marriage, and showed it to me—Goore was then sitting on the other side of the table—I did not hear anything pass between her and Goore before she went to the bag—I did not hear him speak at all—I am deaf—he might have made an observation and I not hear it—Miss Drayson handed the certificate to me—I took it from her hand—I read it, went and fetched my own, and compared with it—I left it with them while I went to fetch mine—I cannot say whether I left it on the table—when I came back it was on the table, I believe—I do not recollect anything particular being said on my return—Goore did not say anything—there might have been an observation made, but I took so little notice at the time—there was nothing of consequence, I believe, or I should have recollected it—my principal object was to satisfy myself whether it seemed to be a right certificate, by comparing it with my own, and I did not pay much attention to what was said—I went into the room to ascertain whether they were married or not, knowing they had gone out for the purpose—Miss Drayson told me so—I had seen Goore that same morning—he came, and they went away together—I have known him the same time I have known Miss Drayson—he came with her to see about the apartments—the same night, I think it was—he was employed to write.
Prisoner. Q. Did I ever show you the certificate? A. No, nor ever spoke to me about it—I never saw it in your possession—I remember Miss
Drayson saying to me that she merely had Goore to make a market of him—she said she thought he would not live long—I do not recollect her saying she had nearly killed him—she might have said it.
MR. PAYNE. Q. When was it she told you anything about having him to make a market of him? A. A short time before they separated—about June, or the latter end of May—what she said was something to the effect, that she could not make of him what she expected, and as soon as she could, she would get rid of him, or something to that effect—I am positive she spoke about making a market of him—it was said one Saturday evening—I am not mistaken in the words—I am not exactly deaf, only hard of hearing—they did not live happily together before that, they were constantly quarrelling—she has frequently made great complaints of his conduct to her—I went before the Grand Jury—I have not been saying anything to Miss Drayson since she has been here—I answered the Grand Jury every question they asked me—I told them what I have stated to-day—I told the Grand Jury that Miss Drayson showed me the paper—I was not asked whether the prisoner said anything about it—he was in the room, saw what was done, and heard all that passed—they had gone out together for the purpose of being married, as I understood—he saw her go to the bag and fetch the paper.
Prisoner. Q. Was not her conduct such as to cause any man to upbraid her; did not she live in a most dirty way? A. She did—I cannot tell what your quarrels were about. (The paper in question was here read, and purported to be a certificate of a marriage solemnized by license on the 16th of March, 1843, at St. George the Martyr, Middlesex, between William Henry Goore, widower, gentleman, Arbour-square, Commercial-road, and Amelia Drayson, spinster, 2, John-street, Commercial-road; by Frederick Horne, curate.)
JAMES ELKINGTON . I have the custody of the register of St. George the Martyr, Middlesex—I have not got it here—I have examined it—this document is not a copy of any register we have—there are no such persons—I have compared this with the book—I think there is no original of which this purports to be a copy—I looked at the page referred to here, 179, and I think it is a blank—there is no curate named Horne, in that parish, to my knowledge—not belonging to that church—this is not the signature or writing of any person connected with that parish register.
(The prisoner, in a long address, stated that the object of the prosecutrix, in making the present charge, was that she might gain some notoriety and excite public sympathy, and thereby increase the sale of her work; that the certificate was never hinted at between them till she asked Mr. King for it on leaving his office, that she might satisfy Mrs. Bate she was not living as a prostitute, and that their living together was entirely at her own choice, as well as the drawing up of the agreement.)
The prisoner called
CHARLES WHEATCROFT . The prosecutrix frequented my house—I have no evidence to substantiate whether she is or is not to be believed on her oath—I recollect a conversation about the prayer-book, and about going to Greenwich—I heard her tell my wife she wished the prisoner to marry her, that he would be subject to prosecution for bigamy.
MR. PAYNE. Q. Is this letter your writing, and was it sent to Miss Drayson? A. Yes—I know nothing of her character—all I can say is from hearsay—I know nothing against her.
MRS. WHEATCROFT. Miss Drayson, when she frequented our house, urged me over and over again to get the prisoner to marry her—she proposed his going to Greenwich and having the banns put up there—he requested the prayerbook to be produced, and said he could not lay himself open to the law—I said,
"How can you think of marrying a married man?"—she answered, "I am of age, and can do as I like."
GUILTY.—Strongly recommended to mercy, in consequence of the conduct of the prosecutrix.— Confined Two Years.
MARY PALMER . I live at No. 15, New Montague-street, Spitalfields, and am the wife of Samuel Palmer—we lodge in the top part of the house, which is let out in tenements—it is the house of Thomason, who lives a few doors off—he has no servants in the house—there are four floors, and each floor had a separate lodger—on the 4th of April, at two o'clock in the morning, I was awake and smelt a very strong smell of burning—I got up, looked about, and every thing was safe in my apartment, and I retired to rest—I got up about seven, went down with my daughter, and saw a fire had been kindled in the passage under the bottom stair—a piece was burnt out of the floor about as large as my hand—there was several pieces of burnt wood on the spot where the floor was burnt—there were four or six matches which had been lighted on the stairs just over the burnt place—I showed them to Sparks the constable—the street door was not locked at night—the lodgers had doors to their rooms—the prisoner was quite a stranger to me.
MARGARET PIN NOCK . I keep the lower part of this house. On Thursday morning, the 4th of April, about eight o'clock, I was sweeping my shop, and saw several pieces of lucifer matches on the bottom stair—I saw a hole under the bottom stair, very black with fire—I put my hand in, and took out several pieces of burnt wood—I sent for the landlord—the outer door used to be left on the latch at night, as the lodgers came in late—I told Sparks, the policeman, of this at night, and next morning, about two o'clock, he knocked me up—he had hold of the prisoner, who was on the second stair—he searched the prisoner, and found about twenty two pieces of kindling wood on him—they had been lighted at one end; also a box of lucifer matches, a candle, powdered resin, a box of paints, and a tobacco pipe without the bowl.
JAMES THOMASON . I am landlord of this house. I was called on the 4th of April, and found pieces of wood on the stairs, and some underneath—there were from ten to twenty pieces, and a quantity of lucifer matches—I know nothing of the prisoner.
JAMES CECIL . I lodge in this house. I know the prisoner by his coming to work for me about three days, six or eight months ago, as a silk weaver—he did not do the work to my satisfaction—I said if he did not do it better I should be under the necessity of turning him off—next day, when I came home, I found he had left—I did not discharge him—he came a day or two after to settle with me—I said I could not settle with him till the work was finished, as it was satin—I could not drive it off—he seemed satisfied—he came in about three weeks when it was finished, and I settled with him—he came again four or five weeks after that with my son, and sat down for half an hour, then bid me good night and went home—nothing passed between us about wages—when I settled with him he thought he was entitled to more, which I gave him—he then seemed satisfied—I did not see him again till he was apprehended.
WILLIAM SPARKS (policeman.) Mrs. Palmer showed me the stairs where the floor was burnt a little, in consequence of which I went into the passage several times next night, and about two o'clock in the morning I went in and found the prisoner standing on the second stair—he seemed quite alarmed,
and trembled—I asked what he was doing there—he made no answer—I asked him a second time—he replied he had come to sleep there, as he had been helping there formerly, and in consequence of being out late at his work he would not get in—I knocked at Mrs. Pinnock's room door—she let us in—I searched the prisoner, and found some fire-wood, a box of matches, the shank of a pipe, some white resin ground, a penny candle, a knife, a brad-awl, and box of paint—he gave his address, No. 3, Oakley-street, Bethnal-green—I went there, but could hear nothing of him.
Prisoner. Q. Where did you inquire for me? A. I do not know the parties' names—there were two or three different families there—I asked one of them, a weaver, who said he had resided there twelve years, and he knew no such person—I inquired on the ground and top floors—I believe all the parties in the house came down, seeing me making inquiries, and they all said they knew no such person.
MR. THOMASON re-examined. I have a few pieces of the burnt wood, which I picked up, and a portion of one match.
Prisoner's Defence. On the Thursday before Good Friday I took a lodging at Mr. Murphy's, No. 3, Oakley-street—I had been at work, and came home after twelve o'clock; and as they might have retired to rest, I went to Cecil's house, having worked there previously, and knowing that the door used always to be left open, to sleep for two or three hours, and was there when the officer found me; the matches and candle I bought on the previous evening to get a light when I went to my lodging, and the wood I had got to make a fire with; it was on the middle floor at No. 3, Oakley-street, that I lodged; I only took the lodging the day previous; if the officer had inquired in the middle floor, I think he would have found me out.
JAMES CECIL re-examined. The prisoner was a weaver when he worked for me—he was in the habit of painting pictures, and exchanging them with my son—I do not know that he played on any instrument—resin is used in our trade to fasten the reeds, if they come unbound; an awl is also useful in our trade; we cannot do without such a thing—we do not require a pipe.
NOT GUILTY .
1380. BENJAMIN WHITBREAD was indicted for stealing, at St. Leonard's, Shoreditch, in the dwelling-house of James Lead better, 2 coats, value 7l.; 1 pair of trowsers, 25s.; 1 waistcoat, 13s.; and 1 handkerchief, 2s.; the goods of George Badcock.
GEORGE BADCOCK . I am potman at the Blockmakers' Arms. The prisoner was employed there doing jobs, and left on a Saturday morning, eleven or twelve weeks ago—I went out with my beer that day as usual, returned about twenty minutes past eleven o'clock in the morning, and found my clothes, the articles named in the indictment, in the bar—I had left them in a drawer in Eliza Lloyd's the servant's bed-room, where I kept them—I had seen them there about a week before—the prisoner was gone when I returned I saw him again, ten or eleven weeks after, at the corner of Napier-street, and gave him in charge.
Prisoner. Q. Did not you have some words with me that morning? A. Yes—we slept together—I awoke, and found him out of the room—I saw him coming up stairs, and said he had no business down—that caused a few words.
ELIZA LLOYD . I am servant at this house. On the day the prisoner left, about half-past ten o'clock, I was washing the breakfast things, and heard footsteps coming down stairs—I knew it was not master's or mistress's feet, and the prosecutor was gone out with beer—I heard the back door open,
and shut again after the person—I then went to the kitchen window, looked out, and saw the prisoner with a carpet belonging to the lobby of the staircase wrapped up as a bundle, and through a slit in the carpet I could see a black silk handkerchief, as he went into the skittle-ground—I then went up to him and asked what he had there—he said the carpets to shake—I said there was no carpet wanted shaking, and asked where the bundle was that was with it—he looked towards the bench, and there was the bundle, containing two coats, a pair of trowsers, and waistcoat—the carpet was by the side of where he stood—I took up the bundle, and he begged me to let him go, which I did; I was so frightened, I could not hinder him—I had not taken hold of him—he went out at the stable gate—I took the bundle into the bar, opened it, and discovered the prosecutor's clothes—I knew them, as I kept them in a drawer in my bed-room—I know it was the same bundle by the handkerchief which I saw through the slit in the carpet—I am sure I saw it in the prisoner's hand.
GUILTY .* Aged 24.— Confined Eighteen Months.
First Jury, before Mr. Recorder.
ROBERT EDWARDS . On the 13th of April I was at Twickenham, standing with some other boys, near Mr. Warner's—the prisoner splashed me with dirty water, and then struck me—I threw a stone at him, which did not touch him—he then threw one at me, larger than my double fist, which hit me on the top of my head—I fell down on my face—he then knelt on me, and beat me on the back of my head with a flint-stone larger than my fist—my head bled like a stuck pig—I was taken to a surgeon.
Cross-examined by MR. HORRY. Q. I believe you work at Cole's brewery?—A. No, I was by the brewery, but not at work—the prisoner was throwing out grains there—the clerk gave us some beer—I had one or two drinks, and the prisoner had some—I did not have more than half a pint—nobody threw grains over the prisoner—I had done nothing to him—he had a stick, and splashed me with it—I did not take up a stone till after he struck me—he struck me first with the stick—I was once in the House of Correction twentyone days, for sleeping out of doors—a boy had enticed me out—I was four or five yards from the prisoner when he threw the stone.
JOHN PHILLIPS . I saw the prisoner at Warner's—he splashed Edwards as he came along the road—Edwards said he had better leave off, or he would catch it—Edwards then threw a stone at him—the prisoner threw another, and Edwards another—the prisoner then threw another, and missed him, then laid him down on his face, and pegged him with the stone.
Cross-examined. Q. They were splashing one another? A. Yes, one with his feet and the other with a stick—the prisoner began the splashing.
THOMAS LITCHFIELD . I am a surgeon—the prosecutor was brought to me—I found him very considerably injured—there was a great deal of swelling at the back of his head, which was covered with blood—I was obliged to shave his head, there being a jagged incision, such as a stone would produce—it appeared to have been done with considerable violence—he was ill more than a fortnight, and has had several convulsive fits since—I gave him sedatives
and bled him—he was out of danger in two or three weeks—I at first thought it might be attended with serious consequences—the wounds reached to the covering of the skull—he was not subject to fits before, and his appearance is much altered since.
GUILTY of an Assault. Aged 14.— Confined Three Months.
1382. ROGER GRADY, PATRICK LAWLEY and JOHN SHEHAN , were indicted for a robbery on Joseph Summers, putting him in fear, and taking from his person, and against his will 1 pair of boots, value 8s.; and 1 shilling, his property; and beating, striking, and using other personal violence to him.
JOSEPH SUMMERS . I live at Old Pye-street, Westminster. On Friday, the 10th of April, I went into the Horse and Groom, Edgware-road, and called for a pint of beer—the three prisoners and others were in the room—I began to smoke my pipe, the beer was brought to me—I had a shilling, a sixpence, and 1 penny in my pocket—I changed the sixpence, to pay for the beer—Lawley asked for a drink of my beer, and I paid for a pot for them—the prisoners and the others drank it—Lawley asked me to stand another pot, I refused—Lawley put his hand on my mouth over my throat, and kept me down on the settle, while Grady put his hand in my pocket, and took off my boots—Shehan was missing from the room when I called out "Murder"—I cannot say whether he took any part in it—I missed my shilling, from the pocket which Grady put his hand to, and also my boots—the landlord came and closed the door—I got hold of Lawley round the neck, and also Grady—the constable came and took them.
Cross-examined by MR. BALLANTINE. Q. What are you? A. A labourer, but was out of work, and selling braces about—I do not know what thimble-rigging means—I never carried a table with thimbles—I did not drink with them—I had none of the pot I gave them—I wanted to get out of the room, away from them—I went there at two o'clock, and remained till about three, when the robbery was done—they did not pay for beer or spirits for me—I did not tell them I had no more money, or say anything about pawning my boots, nor that I attended fairs and races—I did not offer to-play them if they had three thimbles—I never said a word about it—Shehan laid some thimbles on the table—I did not offer to play with them for anything—there were eight or nine persons in the house, all strangers to me.
WILLIAM ROGERS . I keep the Horse and Groom, John-street, Edgeware-road. In consequence of what was said I went to the tap-room—I saw the prosecutor—I saw three thimbles on the table, and the prisoners and two or three strangers sitting near them—I said, if they did not put their thimbles up immediately I would send for a policeman, and give them in charge—they took them up, I cannot say which of them, and I returned to the bar—in a few moments I heard a great noise, and there was a fight among them—I went in, and Edwards was crying "Murder"—he was holding Grady with one hand, and his other hand was extended, as if holding Lawley—as I went into the tap-room I saw Shehan going out at the bar door into the street—Lawley struck at the prosecutor—I got before him, to prevent his being hurt—I asked what was the matter—he said they had robbed him of his boots, and 1s. out of his pocket—I closed the door, sent for a policeman, and gave Lawley and Grady in charge.
Cross-examined. Q. Did you know them before? A. I have seen two of them, but do not recollect Lawley—I never saw the prosecutor before—he was not meddling with the thimbles—he sat about four feet from them.
was the man who held his coat on his throat, and his hands over his mouth, and Grady beat him, and took his shoes off his feet, and his money from his pocket—I said they must go to the station—they refused, but seeing more policemen come in, they went quietly.
JOHN BAINBRIDGE (police-constable D 105.) I apprehended Shehan the same night, at a dance, in Horace-street—before I spoke to him he said, "Do you want me?"—I said, "Yes," and took him into the street—he asked what it was for—I said, "On suspicion of stealing a pair of boots from the Horse and Groom"—he said he had got the ticket, and asked who was going to charge him with it—I told him not to mind that—he then said, "They cannot say anything against me, for I know nothing about it"—this was after he had said he had the ticket—I found three thimbles on him—while waiting at the police court he said he did not steal them, he pawned them.
Shehan. He took the boots off his feet, and asked me to pawn them.
Shehan. I went back with the 3s., but he was gone.
MR. BALLANTINE called
GEORGE BRESSNAHAN . I was at the Horse and Groom, on the 12th of April—the prisoners were there—I knew them all before—the prosecutor came in while I was there, and joined the prisoners—they all drank out of one pot, him and the three prisoners—I drank with them and several others—I am certain of it—we all sat round one table, and continued drinking together from two till about four o'clock—money was getting short, I conclude, for they were getting short of beer, and the prosecutor pulled off one of his boots, threw it on the table, and said if they could get an old pair of shoes he would put them on, and pawn his boots, that they cost 10s.—Grady went out and brought in an old pair of shoes—Summers tried them on, and said they would not fit, and said, "I am too wide awake for you, lads, as I have been an old lagger (which means, I believe, a returned transport; I knew that at the time he said so)—he said, "I get my living by attending fairs and races; I carry the tables with the thimbles, and work them"—he said if there was any person in the room who would get him three thimbles, he would bet a pot of beer no man would find the pea—(some time previous to that he said he had no money about him)—Shehan went out and brought in three thimbles, and the prosecutor said he would bet any man in the room no man could find the pea after he had worked the thimble—Lawley said if any one would back him for 6d. or a pot of beer, he would find the pea—a man in the room said he would bet Lawley, and did so—Summers pulled out 6d.—the thimbles were shifted, and Lawley found it, and won the beer—Summers gave him the 6d. to get the beer—Lawley came back with 2d. change, and gave it him—shortly after I went out of the room—I was by the watering-place, and heard a person in the room, hallooing "Murder"—I went in and saw the prosecutor and Lawley en-tangled with one another—he was holding Lawley by the neck handkerchief, Lawley was trying to extricate himself from him—I had been out of the room ten minutes or a quarter of an hour—Rogers came down stairs and asked what was the matter—I believe Summers's boots were off then—he said he would not let Lawley go—he pointed to Grady, and said he had put his
hand into his pocket, and taken out 1s.—Grady said he did not—Rogers asked where Shehan was gone, and said no man should leave the room till the policeman came—he sent for one, and they were given in charge—Summers charged them with stealing his boots and 1s.
COURT. Q. Who do you work for? A. Not for any particular master—I worked last for Mr. Rhodes, of Whitcombe-street—I was out of work all that week—after this happened I was at the dance in Cato-street, called Horace-street, and saw Shehan there—hearing a row, I came out and saw Shehan in custody of a policeman, who said he had taken him for stealing a pair of boots—I did not go to the dance with Shehan, nor know whether he was going there—it was the length of the street from the Horse and Groom—I have been at the Horse and Groom before, and seen the prisoners there, and in the street—I never worked with them—they were taken in charge about four o'clock—it was later than three—they had been there nearly two hours—when the thimbles were on the table the prosecutor was standing up at the end of the table, quite close to the prisoners, and in their company—I do not know who paid for the pot they drank out of—I do not know where Shehan got the thimbles—the prosecutor pulled off his boot before anything was said about the thimbles—he had put his boot on again—he did not propose to pawn them again.
Q. What kept you out of the room a quarter of an hour? A. I met a person outside, and was talking to him—I believe Grady lived near the house—he took the shoes back again—M'Cormack was at the house—he lives in Marylebone—I saw him last week, and I asked if he was coming down—he is not here—Dennis M'Grath was also there—I saw him in Cato-street this week—I said nothing to him about this—one Coney was there—I saw him about a fortnight ago, but did not mention this—he is not here—I have heard several times that lagger meant a transport—we did not avoid Summers's company when he said that—the prisoners are bricklayers' labourers—I have seen them at work by the Yorkshire Stings—I had not been at the dance five or ten minutes before the policeman came in—I did not tell him the men were innocent, for I had seen the whole transaction, nor did I go before the Magistrate—I was in the vicinity of the office, expecting to be called, but was not—I live at No. 1, Conway-street, Marylebone—it was very near four o'clock that the prisoners were taken—I am a very distant relation of Shehan's—I cannot trace the relationship, but have heard my father and mother speak of it.
CHARLES SOMES re-examined. M'Grath was locked up and remanded till Tuesday for hitting me—Shehan was taken about nine o'clock that night—I took the other two a few minutes after three—the pot-boy fetched me—we were at the office a few minutes after four—the prosecutor was a perfect stranger to me.
W. ROGERS re-examined. When I went into the room I saw the thimbles—the prosecutor was sitting at the end of the table, about four feet from the thimbles—we got to the station about ten minutes or a quarter past three—when I went to the room on hearing the cry, the prosecutor had a scratch on his nose, which bled—Shehan must have left the tap-room-door not two seconds before I heard the call of "Murder"—there were no old shoes in the room.
GRADY— GUILTY . Aged 30.
LAWLEY— GUILTY . Aged 21.
SHEHAN*— GUILTY . Aged 30.
Transported for Fifteen Years.
1383. HARRIET ATKINS and WILLIAM ATKINS were indicted for feloniously breaking and entering the dwelling-house of Peter Devey, at St.Dunstan's, Stepney, and stealing therein, 3 handkerchiefs, value 7s. 6d.; 8 towels, 8s.; 1 petticoat, 3s.; 1 apron, 1s.: and 1 toilet-cover, 1s.; the goods of Sarah Jane Passingham: and that Harriet Atkins had been before convicted of felony.
SARAH PASSINGHAM . I live at No. 91, Tower-street, and take in mangling, which was done at Mr. Devey's cottage, near East-street, Stepney. I left the cottage at one o'clock on Saturday, the 20th of April—the articles stated in the indictment were then safe—I locked the door and left nobody there—I returned between six and seven, found the door open, and the articles missing—these now produced are mine—I rent a room in the cottage for my mangle—I only use it once a week—it is more like a summer-house than a cottage—Devey does not live there entirely; he sleeps there occasionally.
JANE TUFF (a child.) I live with my father, at No. 1, Cursitor-place. I know Mr. Devey's cottage at the bottom of East-street—I have seen the prisoners in Stepney—on the Saturday before I went before the Magistrate I saw them go into Mr. Devey's garden, not into the house—Harriet walked all round the garden, and tried to shove the back door open, then went to the pigeon-house, and got the key—she went out of the garden to the corner of the street by the new police-station—I bade her good bye, and went home—she said she should be there in three hours, or else on Monday afternoon—I went in three hours, and again on Monday, but did not see her—she gave me a chain and a little watch, because I hallooed out for' Mr. Devey, but he was out, and nobody came—she said the dress-maker owed her some money, and would not pay her—it was the door of Devey's cottage she shoved—I do not know what she did with the key—both the prisoners were there—it was the boy handed me the watch—I said, "Is that a watch?"—he said, "Yes"—Harriet said, "Give it to her, it is no use to you"—I did not know her before.
PETER DEVEY . This cottage is mine—I sleep there sometimes—it is in the parish of St. Dunstan, Stepney—I let one room to Mrs. Passingham—I slept there on the Friday night, and was there on Saturday, and did not leave till one o'clock—I then locked it up—I returned between seven and eight in the evening, found the door forced open, and missed the key from the pigeon-house, where I had left it—Mrs. Passingham came afterwards, and missed her things.
RICHARD POOLE . I am shopman to Mr. Folkard, pawnbroker, Uptonplace, Commercial-road. On Saturday, the 20th of April, (I believe, between three and four o'clock,) the female prisoner pawned three handkerchiefs and eleven other articles, which I have produced, one lot for 3s., and the other for 18d., which was a petticoat, towel, a piece of cloth, and three handkerchiefs—she said they were her lodger's, named Green, and she pawned the other articles in the name of Betts—I am quite sure of her person.
JAMES HAMS (policeman.) On the 22nd of April I went to a shop at the corner of Heath-street, where the two prisoners were—Mr. Devey said, in their presence, he suspected they were the parties who had been to his cottage and committed the robbery on the Saturday previous—Harriet said she was not there at all—a person came in and said he had seen her in that neighbourhood—she than said she was there—I asked what her business was—she said her father had sent her to Miss Lane, who had lately come to live in the neighbourhood, and had got a brush belonging to him—she gave her address over the water—I went there, and found she had not lived there for three months—I received some duplicates from Mrs. Sooley, one of which relates to the towels, &c. pawned for 3s. at Folkard's.
on the 22nd of April—I found some duplicates directly the shop was opened next morning, on the floor where Harriet had been standing—she was the last person who had stood in that place—I gave them to Hams.
Harriet Atkins's Defence. I did not speak of returning to the house; my brother was not with me.
HARRIET ATKINS— GUILTY . Aged 14.— Judgment Respited.
WILLIAM ATKINS— NOT GUILTY .
(The prisoners' father stated, that his wife, who had left him, to live with his own brother, had induced his children to rob him on many occasions.)
OLD COURT.—Friday, May 10th, 1844.
1384. MARY MURRAY was indicted for feloniously assaulting Louisa M'Donald, with two other persons, putting her in fear, and taking from her person and against her will, 1 cape, value 2s.; 1 bonnet, 2s.; 1 pair of shoes, 1s.; and 1 ring, 10s.; her goods; and beating, striking, and using other personal violence to her.
LOUISA M'DONALD . I live in John-street. On the 6th of May, about three o'clock in the afternoon, I went to Finsbury-square—I returned between ten and eleven o'clock in the evening, to my sister's—they had gone to bed, and I did not wish to disturb them—I went into a public-house in Ratcliff-highway—the prisoner was there—I asked her if she could recommend me to a quiet clean bed for the night, as I was locked out of my sister's house—she said she could recommend me to the house where she lodged—I asked her what the charge was, she said, 1s.—I said I had no objection to give that, provided it was clean and quiet—she took me across the road into a narrow court—I do not know the name of it, I never was there before—when I was a little distance up the court, I received a blow in the mouth from the prisoner—before I could recover myself there were two men by her side—I do not know where they came from—I did not see them come out of any house—one of them gave me a violent blow in the eye, which knocked me down—then one man struck me with his fist, the other kicked me—while I was in that state the prisoner took a ring from my finger—she leant over me, and hurt my finger very much—she tore the bonnet off my head, my shawl off my back, and my shoes off my feet, and commenced tearing my gown—it was torn into ribbons—they beat me about the head till I was nearly insensible—then a man held me by the throat, and dragged me some distance up the court—I had a pocket-book in my lap in the house where I first met her—she saw it—she asked me if I could assure her I could pay for the bed, before she took me, and I opened my pocket-book to show her I could—I had three half-crowns—I put it back again—a female standing by said, "If you are not careful you will be robbed "—the prisoner said, "Put the pocket-book safe,"—I put it into my pocket, and there it remained till the following morning, and then I missed my money.
Prisoner. Q. Did not you go home with a coal-whipper who robbed you? A. Certainly not—I was sober.
the Duke of York, High-street, Shadwell—she had half a pint of fourpenny ale—the prisoner was there—she took the half-pint off the counter, and said, "Give me a drop"—she said, "No "—the prisoner took it and drank it—the prosecutrix said, "Don't you drink that, I paid for it "—she said, "I will if I like," and took it and drank it—the prisoner had some more ale, which the prosecutrix paid for—some rum was called for, the prosecutrix took a shilling out of her pocket-book and paid for that—they both drank it together—some more rum was called for, and the prosecutrix said, "I must see my way home"—the prisoner said, "Pay for this quartern, and I will take you home "—the prosecutrix said she would—I saw the prisoner lead her into the White Hart—the prisoner asked her for another quartern of rum—she said she wanted to go to a quiet, homely bed—the prisoner said she would take her to one, if she would give her another quartern of rum—the prosecutrix sat down, took out her pocket-book, with a lot of duplicates in it, and four half-crowns—the prisoner sat alongside of her—she said, "I will pay for this quartern, and you must see me home to a quiet, homely bed"—she took out a half-crown, and left the other three in it—she got up, and the book fell, the prisoner took it up—the prosecutrix put the pocket-book into her lap with no money in it—I did not see them go away together—at that time the prosecutrix was dressed in a very respectable manner; a bonnet, shawl, and cape—they did not appear to be torn—she was rather the worse for liquor—she knew what she was about.
Prisoner. Q. Why not give me in charge in the White Hart, if you saw me take the money? A. I saw you take the woman's money and run away—I did not see you after—I never threw a knife in some sheep's blood, nor took a false oath against my father, to get him transported.
GEORGE HAILES (police-constable K 54.) On the morning of the 7th of May, about three o'clock, I found the prosecutrix in a privy, in Twine-court—her things were completely torn off her—she was nearly naked—two or three women, who informed me of her being there, got some pins, and pinned her things together, and one, for decency, even lent her an apron—she seemed insensible, from kicks, blows, and ill-usage—her neck was all blood, her eye black, and her face cut, and covered with blood—I took her to the station, and in consequence of information I received from Hordey, I apprehended the prisoner in bed, in a house in Twine-court—I told her what I wanted her for—she said she never saw the woman—I searched her, and only found a penny on her.
(The prisoner put in a written defence, declaring her innocence, stating that the prosecutrix had treated her at two public-houses with ale and rum, and had afterwards slept at a house of ill-fame; that the witness Hordey was a common prostitute, and unworthy of belief, having been in prison for felony; that she did not know what money the prosecutrix had.)
GUILTY .—Aged 33.— Transported for Fifteen Years.
CHARLES THOMPSON . I keep a shop in Upper St. Martin's-lane. About a quarter-past eight o'clock, on the night of the 29th of April, I left my shop, leaving a coat hanging on a nail under the facia—I returned in about an hour and a half, and it was gone—this now produced is it.
JAMES ROBINS . I keep the Two Angels public-house, in Upper St. Martin's-lane. Between eight and nine o'clock, on the evening of the 29th of April, I was standing at my door, and saw the prisoner deliberately take down this coat, and run away with it—I let him run for about a minute, and
then, seeing him go very fast, I ran after him—he turned his head, saw me, and threw down the coat—I picked it up, and ran after him, crying, "Stop thief"—a friend of mine ran, and took hold of him, just as he turned the corner into Newport-market—I saw him stopped, and am sure he is the man who took the coat.
Prisoner. Q. Did you ever lose sight of the man you saw take the coat? A. No—I ran down Porter-street, and was close to you when you turned into Newport-market—when I came up, you said, "You have made a mistake in the man"—I said, "Never mind, you must come back with me"—at the office he said distress made him do it.
Prisoner's Defence. Robins is entirely mistaken; I was coming in a different direction; Robins says he never lost sight of the man that took the coat, and he must have turned three corners, and run twelve times the length of this court; it was pitch dark.
GUILTY . Aged 20.— Confined Two Months.
Before Mr. Justice Coltman.
MR. E. PLATT conducted the Prosecution.
HONORA NEALE . I am the wife of Patrick Neale, and live at No. 44, Palmer-street, Shadwell. The prisoner lodged there with her mother and stepfather—on Friday, the 22nd of March, about a quarter past one o'clock in the afternoon, I had occasion to go into the back yard, and on opening the back door, I saw a large quantity of blood and water mixed together all about the yard—near the privy door I noticed a great quantity of blood—I then went into my room, and, on returning directly afterwards, the prisoner opened the privy door, and said, "Mrs. Neale, I have been washing some stained clothes up stairs, and I shall take and clean the yard directly"—she appeared to me all manner of colours, and very ill—she came over to the water-butt, took the pail in her hand, and put two cans of water into it—I said to her, "Julia, have you miscarried?"—she said, "No, Mrs. Neale, it * * * * "—I then went into my own room, and she went up stairs—I then went out into the yard again, went into the privy, and remarked great quantity of blood on the seat, and on the floor in front of the seat—I then called my sister and sister-in-law, And went with them into the privy with a candle—I looked down the privy, and saw the baby lying flat on its back on the top of the soil, alive—I heard it cry—the privy is very deep—my sister fetched Mrs. Fury, and she went for Mr. Cruse—I saw him come—he fetched a ladder, took off the seat of the privy and the floor, went down, and brought the baby up alive—I saw it when it was brought out—it was a female child—I heard it cry a little when Mrs. Fury brought it into my room—it was washed—(I had observed the prisoner to be very large indeed before that time)—about an hour after I went up into prisoner's room—I went to her bedside, and said, "Julia, have you got anything to put on your baby?"—she said, "No, Mrs. Neale, not a bit"—she appeared very ill indeed—Mr. Taynton saw the child.
Cross-examined by MR. DOANE. Q. How long have you lived at this house? A. Twelve months last Christmas—I and my husband live in the
bottom room, the prisoner and her father in the middle room, and my brother also lives in the house—the yard is common to all the inmates of the house, and the privy would be used by all—I have known the prisoner about fourteen or fifteen months—I observed that one young man in particular had been backwards and forwards visiting her.
MARGARET FURY . I am the wife of John Fury, and live at No. 29, Palmer-Street. I have known the prisoner by sight about seven months—I had noticed that she appeared to be very large—on the 22nd of March I was fetched by Mrs. Neale and her sister—I noticed a deal of blood by the yard door, and likewise in the yard, and I was very much alarmed—I afterwards went to the privy, looked down, and saw the child lying there—it was crying—it was a very weak, feeble cry—Mr. Cruse afterwards came, and, in my presence, took the child out—it was a female child—I took it into Mrs. Neale's room, and washed it—it lived, I should say, about three quarters of an hour after it was brought in—I afterwards went up stairs to the prisoner, and asked her if the baby was not born at the foot of her bed—she said, "No, in the privy"—I asked her why she did not call for the assistance of some female—she said she did not like to do so, she thought the baby was dead.
JOHN CRUSE . I keep a boarding—house at No. 43, Palmer—street. On the 22nd of March, about one o'clock, I was called by Mrs. Fury into the yard of No. 44—I went into the privy, and saw the baby lying on the soil on its back—I got a boat—hook, and hooked it under the neck, to keep the head out of the soil, the head was not buried in the soil—it seemed to be buried over its ears at the back part of the head—the face was free—I then pulled the seat of the privy down, got a ladder, got down, and got the child up—it was crying all the time while I was getting it up—it was a faint cry—I had observed before that the prisoner seemed large.
ROSE GARLAND . I am a widow, and live at No. 28, Palmer—street. On the 22nd of March, at about one o'clock, I went to the house, and went up stairs to the prisoner's room—I found her sitting in a chair behind the door—I said to her, "You wicked woman, what made you throw your baby into the privy?"—she said she did not—I said, "Yes, it was taken up out of the privy alive"—she said it was not—the doctor then came in and attended to her.
Cross-examined. Q. Did yon render her every assistance in your power? A. No, not till the doctor came.
HENRY TAYNTON . I am a surgeon, and live at No. 7. Bedford—place, Commercial—road East. On Friday, the 22nd of March, a little after one o'clock, I was passing through Palmer—street—I saw a crowd, and went into this house, and into the room on the ground floor—I there saw a female infant—I found it covered with the soil of the privy—there was some on the face, about the mouth, and more particularly about the body—the umbilical cord was torn about three inches from the belly—that would not have been the case if there had been proper medical attendance when it was born—I ordered it to be put into a warm bath—I was then called away to the prisoner—I found her sitting in a chair behind the door, with a good deal of blood on the floor—I ordered her to be placed upon the bed, and removed the after burden; therefore I can speak with certainty as to her having been recently delivered—she was then so very weak and low that I was obliged to administer brandy and water to her—the child was brought up to me there—it then appeared in the act of dying—it was crying—Mr. Ross, another surgeon, then came into the room, and attended to the child in my presence—means were taken, as far as possible, to preserve it—it died, I should say, a quarter of an hour or twenty
minutes after it was brought up to me into the room—it was a full-grown child—from the evidence I heard before the Coroner, and from observations I have made, I should infer the birth had taken place in the privy, from not having seen any blood between the bed—room and the yard—if it had been born in the bedroom, and she had walked away with it to the privy, I think there would have been a track of blood—I should have expected that, and, in all probability, something would have been found in which the child had been carried from the room to the privy—I examined the child all over—I saw no violence about it—I made a post-mortem examination—on opening the brain, I found the vessels distended with blood; also, the substance of the brain itself—the stomach contained about half a wine-glass full of the soil of the privy—the heart and the large vessels were more than usually distended with blood—those were all the appearances I observed—I have heard the evidence to-day, and from that, and from my observation of the body, I am of opinion that death was caused by immersion in the soil: I think so, I cannot positively say.
Cross-examined. Q. I suppose the soil in the stomach would be accounted for by the body falling on the soil? A. It would, or, possibly, in getting it out, the mouth might be presented to the surface of the soil—if she had been delivered in the privy I should expect to find blood on the seat and floor—I did not see the privy—I have heard the witnesses give their account of the state of it, which would correspond with such an event having recently taken place—I have had some experience in labours—I have not found that with a first child a female has a notion that she has occasion to go to stool; that is the case in labours generally, not more especially in a first labour.
COURT. Q. What was the immediate cause of the death of the child? A. I cannot positively say; I should say from the usual way in which death occurs from drowning, from the blood not being properly changed; that would be from the want of access of air to the lungs and the veinous blood circulating through the brain—the child lived for twenty minutes after I first saw it—it is frequently found that reaction does take place, and persons rally, and afterwards die, in cases of drowning, or suffocation in any way—the fulness of blood in the brain and heart are symptoms that usually accompany cases of suffocation—my opinion is that that was the cause of death, but I cannot say with any certainty that it was so.
DANIEL ROSS . I am a surgeon—I live in High—street, Shad well. On the 22nd of March I went' with a policeman to No. 44, Palmer—street, and saw the prisoner there—she was in a very weak state—we did all we could for the child—I have heard Mr. Taynton's evidence, and concur with him in the opinions he has expressed.
Cross-examined. Q. I suppose you cannot say with any degree of positiveness what was the cause of death? A. Not positively—the inhaling of the impure atmosphere might in a great measure tend to produce the appearances which the body presented, independent of the actual contact with the soil.
NOT GUILTY .
GUILTY . Aged 74.— Confined Two Years.
1388. HENRY HARDING was indicted for a robbery on George Hales, putting him in fear, and taking from his person, and against his will, 2 half-crowns, 1s., 2 sixpences, 6 pence, and 12 halfpence, his monies, and beating striking, and using other personal violence to him.
GEORGE HALES . I live in George's-place, Stepney. On the 24th of April I had been at the Prince of Wales at night, to get a pint of beer, and saw the prisoner standing against the door there with another man—I mistook them for somebody I knew, and asked them to come in and have a pint of beer—I was in liquor—we all went in together—I called for a pint of beer—I had two half-crowns, some silver and copper—I pulled it all out of my waistcoat pocket, paid for the beer with the halfpence, and put my money back in my left hand waistcoat pocket again, and we all three went out together—one had hold of my arm, and the other leaning on my shoulder, on the other side of me—we went on to Stepney-fair-place, towards the Green Dragon—it is a narrow lane, with gardens on each side, and there the prisoner knocked me down, and held me while the other robbed me—I am sure it was the prisoner knocked me down—I called out "Police"—7s. or 8s. were taken from me, two half—crowns, some other silver and copper—my pocket and all were taken—I fastened on the prisoner—the other man went away—I held the prisoner a minute or two, and just before the policeman came be forced himself away from me, and walked away towards Heath—street the policeman walked after him and took him—he did not run away.
Cross-examined by MR. O'BRIEN. Q. What time did you meet the prisoner? A. About twelve o'clock—I had a pint or two of beer before—I will confine it to two or three pints—I knew what I was about—I did not see any female in the public—house—there might be some and I not see them—I cannot say whether the prisoner was sober—he was on my left—hand side, and I felt his arm go when he knocked me down—I received the blow from him—he hit me with his right hand, and held me with his left—I took hold of the other man's hand when it was in my pocket—the prisoner walked about 200 yards before the policeman took him—he had not robbed me—he had an opportunity of getting away before he was taken—he did not say he was innocent till next day, and after that he said there were five persons there—I chucked the twopence on the counter for the beer, and do not know whether the man or woman took it up.
COURT. Q. Do you remember saying before the Magistrate one of them knocked you down, you did not know which? A. I never said so.
JANE HAIG . I was at the Prince of Wales on this night—I went in a little after twelve o'clock, and sat right opposite the bar—the prosecutor, prisoner, and another man all came in together—they had a pint of beer, which Hales paid for—I saw him take out a handful of copper, and two half—crowns among it—he put his money back into his left—hand waistcoat pocket—they all went out—I followed in about two minutes, and saw them in the narrow lane—there are gardens on one side, and houses and gardens on the other—I there saw the prisoner knock Hales down—he knelt on his chest, and held him down—the other man was kneeling down and picking his pocket—I was not above six yards from them—it was not so dark as that I could not see them—it was moonlight—it was done momentarily—the man who picked his pocket ran away—Hales called "Police," and held the prisoner some time—then the prisoner walked away—he never ran—the policeman came up to Hales, then overtook the prisoner in Heath—street—I followed and saw him—I had seen the prisoner and the other man whispering in the public-house after the prosecutor had pulled out his money—I knew Hales before by sight, but not the others.
Cross-examined. Q. How many were in the public-house? A. There were three or four persons at the bar—I sat right opposite the bar—I noticed the prosecutor and the other two because they were all tipsy—the prosecutor was the most tipsy—the prisoner walked more steadily than the others—the prosecutor put the money for the beer on the counter, and the young man took it up—there was a lamp at the corner of the lane—it did not happen above thirty yards from the corner—I am not married—I swear the prisoner was leaning on the prosecutor's shoulder—they all seemed friendly—when the man was knocked down I went to Heath—street where the man ran up, to see for a policeman—he passed me as he ran away—Hales called "Police"—I had been to several places that night.
JOHN SUTHERLAND (policeman.) I heard the cry of "Police," about half-past twelve o'clock—I ran towards the cry, and met the prosecutor and witness in Fairfield—place, towards Heath—street—he complained to me—I went down Heath—street, and overtook the prisoner, who was walking away—I took him—he was the only one in the street—I asked if he had knocked any one down—he denied it—I brought him back—the prosecutor and witness immediately identified him.
Cross-examined. Q. How far was you from where you heard the cry? A. From 400 to 500 yards—it was a loud cry—I overtook the prisoner about 200 yards from the spot, walking away—he was drunk, and said he had interfered with nobody—I considered the prosecutor the most drunk—the female gave the best account of the matter.
(The prisoner received a good character.)
GUILTY. Aged 23.—Recommended to mercy.— Confined Six Months.
MR. O'BRIEN conducted the Prosecution.
JANE SMITH . The prisoner had been sometime living with me. On the morning of the 7th of April, about one o'clock, I was sitting by the fire, warming some broth—there were two plates, a dish, and two knives and forks on the table for supper—the prisoner was in bed—I heard footsteps coming up stairs, and said, "Is that you, Ann?"—she said "Yes"—I said I had heard that Tom Baker's ship was coming home—I cannot say whether the prisoner was awake, or heard it, but he sat up in bed, and said, "Are you coming to bed?"—I said, "Not yet, I have got to go down for something"—he then got out of bed, locked the door, came to the fire-place, and struck me a blow on the left eye, which swelled directly—I stood up to go out, and be took one of the knives off the table, and struck me over the eyebrow with it—I became senseless, and the next thing I recollect, was his putting me into bed—I said, "You have cut me"—he said, "No, lay still, or I will make you"—I laid still for some time, and then fell asleep—when I awoke it was day-light—I got up, and the knife laid on the table—I said, "This is the knife you cut me with"—he said, "No"—I opened the window, and called a policeman, but he said I must go to the station, and while I was speaking to him, the prisoner went out of the room—I went to the station, and returned with a policeman—he was then at home, and was secured—I do not know what became of the knife.
Cross-examined by MR. HORRY. Q. You had done nothing when he got out of bed and struck you? A. No—he is a Portuguese, and had lived with me about two months—I have had money from him at different times—not 20l. together—I cannot say whether he was asleep when I came home—I
had been drinking, but was sensible—I was not tipsy—I did not talk to him, nor did he say he wanted to go to sleep—I never spoke to him till he sat up in the bed, and asked if I was coming—I did not abuse him, or say anything about wanting him to go away, as I had a fancy man—he had 15s. a—week wages—I did not break open the door and get into the room—I never wanted him to give me 1l. to make it up—he had the knife in his left hand—he jobbed it at me—he took the knife down stairs—I did not call him Jim Crow, or say I would tear his liver out if he did not go—I did not say to Mrs. Coleman, the landlady, that I would stop and see whether he would coax me, and see what he would give me before I gave him into custody—I never said to Mrs. Coleman, that I would look for another knife, about the bed—I never told the prisoner if he gave me 1l. I would make it up—I knew he had no money—I have been in custody once for stealing a sovereign—I have not been at the Thames Police office for an assault—I was locked up one night—I know Tommy Baker, a seaman—he lives with me when he is at home—I have been living with men these five years—the knives were on for each of us, if he had chosen to get up.
ANN BELL . I live in New Gravel—lane. On the morning of the 7th of April, between one and two o'clock I was in my room, and saw the prosecutrix in hers—they adjoin each other—she said to me that she expected the ship home that Tom was in—I afterwards heard the prisoner ask her to go to bed—she said she was going down stairs—after that I heard him get out of bed, and lock the door, and just after that I heard her cry out, "Oh my"—I saw her eye next morning—it was cut and black, about an inch long above the eye-brow.
Cross-examined. Q. How long were they quarrelling? A. About a quarter of an hour—that was after the door was shut—there was no quarrelling before.
JAMES MALIN (police-constable K 99.) On the morning of the 7th of April I saw the prosecutrix in the station—she had a severe wound above the left eye—she complained of the prisoner—I went with her to No. 66, New Gravel—lane, and found him there—she said, "This is the man that cut me with the knife"—I said, "This woman charges you with cutting her with a knife"—he replied, "She is a d—d liar, she was drunk last night, and felt down on the fender"—pointing to a fender on the hearth—I examined the fender very minutely—it had not the least appearance of blood, or anything on it—it had a round top, almost impossible to cut—there was a deal of blood about the room, and about the bed, and on her shawl—I could not find any knife in the room—I found a knife on the next story, in a back room—I found no mark of blood on that—I took the prisoner away, and took the prosecutrix to Mr. Betson, at seven o'clock in the morning—she was twelve days in the hospital.
GEORGE BETSON , surgeon, High-street, Wapping. On Sunday morning, 7th of April, I saw the prosecutrix—I found she had an incised wound, an inch long, and half an inch deep, with a severe blow in the eye and cheek—it must have been done at two blows—it was inflicted by a sharp cutting instrument, such as a knife—I saw her again on the Monday following, and it was deemed advisable she should go to the hospital—all wounds in the head are considered dangerous.
Cross-examined. Q. Would the same sort of wound be produced by a fall on anything sharp? A. No, it would be more jagged, and not so clean, unless it was a very sharp edge—if she had fallen with the knife in her hand I think it could not have happened—it might, but the same fall would not cause the blow—I should conceive that was given with the fist.
MR. HORRY called
lodged in. On Saturday night, the 6th of April, the prosecutrix was out with me—the prisoner was in bed when we came home—she was intoxicated, but not very much—she wanted me to go up with her—I would not, and told her to go to bed quietly, and not have any noise—she said she would—she did not show any disposition to be riotous—they lived up two pairs—I went up one pair about five minutes after her, and heard the prisoner ask her why she did not come to bed and be quiet—she told him to ask her———she would not go to bed—he said, "You go out, you get drunk, and then you come home and quarrel, and blackguard me; what for you quarrel with me?"—she said she expected the young man she had been living with to come home in a ship, and he would be the death of her, if he knew she had been living with such a whitey-brown as him—he said, "I keep your supper hot, why do not you get your supper, and come to bed?"—I heard her call him Jim Crow, and a black scorpion—I then went down stairs—they often quarrelled, and I took very little notice of it—she showed me her face next morning, and said he had cut her eye—I asked her why she did not give him into custody—she said, "Come up stairs, and see what he says"—after she had locked him up, she said, if he had coaxed her, and given her anything, she would not have locked him up—she said she would look well for another knife about the bed, and if she could not find another with a brown handle, she would swear to that—she said, if he would pledge his clothes, and give her 1l., she would not go against him next morning—the prisoner said no, he would not make it up, that she cut herself against the fender.
MR. O'BRIEN. Q. Did you see the policeman that morning A. Yes—I believed he asked me to go to the station—I was not dressed, and said I would come afterwards—I told him I knew nothing at all about it—no more did I know anything about the cut.
GUILTY of an Assault. Aged 21.— Confined Three Months.
Second Jury, before Mr. Recorder.
CHARLES BAREFIELD . I am a butcher by trade, and live at Mrs. Daniels', in Wentworth—street, Spitalfields. On the 22nd of April I went with Davis, Atherall, and another lad, down to Loughton, with some beasts, for a Mr. Smith—on our return we went into Gray's public—house, at Mile—end—gate, about a quarter past eleven o'clock at night—I went to the gas-burner to get a light for Davis, and the prisoner, who was under the burner, began to chuck some beer in my face, and afterwards struck me with a quart pot under the left eye, and on the top of my head—I had not spoken to him—Atherall went to the door to get a policeman, and I saw the prisoner run after him, and strike him with the quart pot on the head, against the door.
Cross-examined by MR. PAYNE. Q. Were there a good many people there? A. Yes, and some women—there was a disturbance and quarrelling when we went in—I did not run againt the prisoner, or do anything to him—I did not see a great many people round him fighting—we did not stay there above half an hour—we called for one pot of beer, and had not finished it—we had had nothing before that—we went to Loughton and back without drinking—we only had 3d. between us—I went to a doctor's, and then to the hospital—I did not stop there—I did not bite the prisoner's hand, or knock one of his wife's teeth out, nor was I one of a party that did so.
public-house, to have a pot of beer—Barefield went to get a light for me at the gas—we had not been in any row—we were sitting down—there was no particular disturbance going on—there was a great deal of talking—I did not mix in it—I saw the prisoner's hand go up with a pot—there were a great many people there, and a bit of a disturbance—I went up, and saw Barefield's eye bleeding—the prisoner struck me with a pot on the head, and Atherall also.
Cross-examined. Q. Was there not a row when you went in? A. No, only a noise with their talking—I think there were some women there, round the other side—I was in front of the bar—I did not see the prisoner throw the beer—we had been down to Loughton—we had two pots of beer before we went to Gray's, one at the New Globe, and one, I think, at the Mackarel—there was a great many people at Gray's—I did not see a woman's tooth knocked out, or the prisoner's hand bitten—I heard him complain next morning that his hand was scratched, but not that night—there were a great many people round the prisoner—the place was not full—the disturbance began by the prisoner's throwing the beer in Barefield's face—I do not know of any dísturbance before that—that was just as we went in—I did not see Barefield throw the prisoner's wife down, and heard nothing said about it—I did not see him knock one of her teeth out—I was quite at the other end of the bar.
THOMAS ATHERALL . I am a butcher's porter, and live in George-court, George-street, Mileend New Town. On the 22nd of April I went with Barefield and Davis to Gray's—there was a disturbance when we went in, between Jacobs and some more persons—we did not mix in it, and I did not listen to it—I saw Davis walk up towards Jacobs, and saw Jacobs hit him with a quart pot—(I did not see Barefield struck)—he had not done anything to provoke him—I was going out to call a policeman, and the prisoner followed me, and hit me on the head with the" pot—I had not said a word to him.
Cross-examined. Q. Did you see a woman thrown down? A. No—I saw a woman there—I did not see her thrown down, or her tooth knocked out—I do not know with what intention Davis walked up to the prisoner—he walked quietly up, and he immediately struck him, without any provocation—we had had one pot of beer at Loughton, and one at Gray's, that is all—we did not have any at the Mackarel.
SAMUEL WALKER . I keep the Duke of Cambridge public-house. On the night in question I was standing at the corner of my house, and hearing a disturbance, I went to the corner door of Gray's public—house, and saw several people as if they were fighting in the bar, in front of the counter—I then went round to the other side door, and saw several fighting—I saw a man run, and knock' one of the butchers down, pretending to second a party—there was one or two blows from different parties—they were all fighting—some made blows at one party, and some at another—in about five minutes after I saw the prisoner take a quart pot, and run and hit some one on the head with very great force—I knew him before, and am sure he is the man—I cannot say whom he struck, or whether the person had done anything to him.
Cross-examined. Q. When you first saw him, was he not standing among several people fighting, with the pot in his hand? A. No, he appeared to be driven up into a corner by the persons—they did not keep him there—he staid in the corner some minutes before he struck the person with the pot—it was a regular row—I did not see any women—I never went inside, I merely looked in at the door—I do not know what the prisoner is—I have seen him about Mile-end-gate sometimes.
NATHANIEL WARD . I am a surgeon at the London Hospital. Barefield came there as a patient—he was bleeding from a superficial wound at the top of the left cheek—it divided the integuments—it was a slight wound—a man had by no means exerted his whole strength to produce it—he bled very freely.
Cross-examined. Q. Did the prisoner show you his hand that had been bitten? A. I do not recollect it—he did not show me any other injury that he had received—I have known him about two months—I saw his wife at the station after he was locked up—I did not observe whether she had received a blow—she made no complaint—I have not heard that she has miscarried in consequence of this—I took the prisoner into custody between eleven and twelve o'clock the same night, at Gray's public-house—he complained at the station of being bitten—he said nothing about his wife—the witnesses pointed him out to me at the public-house as the person who had assaulted them, and he said it served them right, they deserved all they had got—the prisoner was not tipsy, nor were the witnesses—the prisoner had been drinking—the Magistrate was about to deal with the case summarily, but the prisoner said he should appeal before a Jury—I heard nothing about his wife being injured—a man was taken into custody for attempting to rescue the prisoner—I did not see that man's elbow cut.
(The prisoner received a good character.)
GUILTY of an Assault.— Recommended to mercy.
THOMAS ATHERALL . On the 22nd of April I was at Gray's public-house—there was a row there, and, as I was walking towards the door to fetch a policeman, the prisoner came after me, and cut me on the head with a quart pot—I went to the hospital, and had my head dressed, and went there for three days—I had not done anything to him or his wife, or interfered in any way—I do not feel any effects from the blow now.
NATHANIEL WARD . I am a surgeon. I examined Atherall's head—it was rather a severe scalp wound, at the upper and back part, nearly two inches long, and about a quarter of an inch deep—he bled very freely—it must have been inflicted with considerable force—I dressed it, and he came again afterwards.
GUILTY of an Assault. Aged 36.—Recommended to mercy.— Confined Two Months.
HENRY SHEW , plumber, Market-row, Dalston. The prisoner lodged in the same house as me—I slept in the back, and he in the front room, first floor—on Sunday, the 14th of April, I counted seven sovereigns out, put them into a tin cannister, and put that in a cupboard—I had in the cupboard altogether near 2l. worth of fourpenny pieces, in a drinking horn—on the following Sunday, the 21st of April, I put another sovereign into the tin cannister—the cupboard was locked up as usual—I left the key on the top of the cupboard—on the 28th, in the forenoon, I went to the cupboard—it was then locked—I found the key in the same place, unlocked it, and missed
the eight sovereigns and nearly 1l. worth of fourpenny pieces—I informed my landlady—the prisoner was sent for—I told him what I had lost—he said he knew nothing about it—he went out afterwards, and did not return—on the following day I found him in custody—I have seen a fourpenny piece with a mark on it, a scratch across the neck—I am able to identify that as one I lost—the prisoner had no business in my room—the landlord's name is James Pitts—the house is in the parish of St. John, Hackney.
FRANCES SHAW . I am a widow, and live at the Wagon and Horses, Hertford-road, Hackney. On the 25th of April the prisoner came to my house—he had something to drink, which came to 7d.—he gave me two four—penny pieces—I gave him 1d.—he had something more after that, which came to 7d., and gave two more fourpenny pieces—I told him he abounded in little money—he asked me if I wanted any—I said I had no objection to taking some—I asked him how many he had got—he said 5s. worth—he laid down 6s. worth on the counter—I gave him six shillings for them—I rolled them up in a piece of paper, and put them into the till—I paid a great many away afterwards—the paper broke—I cannot say whether any fell out or not—what I took I added to them—I put them away as well—I afterwards delivered fourteen of those pieces to the officer—the prisoner came to my house next day, the 26th—the officer had not come then—I think he had something to drink—he came again on Saturday, the 27th, and I took four or six fourpenny pieces from him, I cannot exactly say which—I likewise gave him two shillings for six more fourpenny pieces.
WILLIAM EDWARD BALL (police-constable.) On the 28th of April I took the prisoner into custody at the Crooked Billet—I told him I took him on suspicion of being the man that had robbed a party at Dalston—he said, "Why? what me?—I said, "Yes, what hare you to say to it?"—he said, "Nothing"—I asked his name—he said, "John Gray"—I afterwards received these fourteen fourpenny pieces from Mrs. Shew—her house is about a mile from the prosecutor's.
FRANCES SHAW re-examined. These are what I took out of the bag—they were loose among other silver—I cannot positively say they are what I took of the prisoner, as the paper broke—I cannot remember how many four—penny pieces I had before I took any of the prisoner—I never remember taking so many before—I turned all my money out of my bag, and the prosecutor picked this out.
HENRY SHEW re-examined. I can speak to this fourpenny-piece—it is the one I lost—it is marked with a cut across the neck—I had noticed it before I lost it, and described it before it was produced to me—I did not mark it myself—I save all the fourpenny—pieces I get, and I noticed this as I put it into the horn.
Prisoner's Defence. I have had a number of fourpenny-pieces which I have taken at different times from persons in my own trade; one lot I had from a young man, an acquaintance of mine, who is now in the country; I had no necessity to take money; my friends have been allowing me money; other persons had access to the prosecutor's room besides me; Mrs. Shaw is no stranger to me; it is some time since I have been there.
GUILTY . Aged 26.— Confined One Year.
1393. THOMAS ANSON was indicted for stealing 1 desk, value 3l.; 10 spoons, 2l. 10s.; I butter-knife, 10s. 6d.; 1 snuff-box, 1l.; 1 neck-chain, 7l. 7s.; 1 locket and miniature, 5l. 5s.; 1 cigar-tube, 6d.; 1 paper-knife, 1s.; 1 pipe, 1s.; and 10 sovereigns, the property of Daniel M'Beath, his master, in his dwelling house.
MR. PRENDERGAST conducted the Prosecution.
DANIEL M'BEATH . On the 28th of March last I kept the Robert's Arms, Devonport-street, Commercial-road. I went to Gravesend on that day—I left a desk in my dining-room first floor—it contained eight sovereigns, about 2l. in silver, some silver spoons, a gold chain, and some articles of jewellery belonging to Mrs. M'Beath—I returned on the 29th, and found that the desk had been removed into the bar parlour in my absence—I took it up stairs again where it had been before—on the Monday morning I opened it, and put in it two sovereigns and a silver snuff-box—on Tuesday, at four o'clock, I went to put in three more sovereigns, and the desk was gone—I called my wife and niece, and asked if they had removed it—I then spoke to the prisoner, who was my potman, saying my desk was gone, and asked if he knew anything of it—he said, "No"—I gave him into custody—he was remanded, and kept in custody for a fortnight, and there being no further evidence he was then discharged—ray family consisted of myself, my wife, my niece, and the prisoner—we had no female servant—some time after I heard of the prisoner being taken up—I had then let the house to a Mrs. Harris and removed.
Cross-examined by MR. DOANE. Q. Did you give any directions to the prisoner when you went to Gravesend as to his not leaving the house? A. Yes, I told him not to leave the house till I returned—he was frequently in the habit of going out, and into low company—my wife is not here—I did not Know she was required—Murray, the policeman, told me that the prisoner had met with an accident, and I went to the hospital to see him—he told me he found a difficulty in getting another situation, in consequence of the imputation of having robbed me—he expressed a wish to tell me about it, but he did not do so—he was suffering from pain in his hand—he had received a severe injury—I am not aware that his life was in danger—the prisoner did not sleep in the house on the Monday night—a sailor slept in the house that night—I was obliged to keep him to take out my beer at eight o'clock, in consequence of the prisoner's absconding—that was before I missed the desk—I saw the desk last about nine o'clock on Monday morning—the prisoner went out at seven o'clock, staid out all that night, and came back next morning—he made an excuse, and said he would never do so again—he had frequently done so before—he is fond of the other sex I believe—I missed the desk after he returned.
CATHERINE HAWKES . I was living with my uncle, Mr. M'Beath, in Devonport-street, Commercial-road. I remember my uncle going to Gravesend—after he was gone the prisoner brought the desk down out of the upper room—he shook it, and there was a jingling sound—he looked at my aunt and said, "I can hear your locket and chain is here, Ma'am"—she said, "Yes it is"—he shook it again and said, "There is something besides that in here"—my aunt said, "Yes, all we are possessed of is here; if this desk was to go we should be ruined"—the desk was then put on the sofa—I did not see it opened—my uncle came home on the 29th, about ten o'clock, and carried it up stairs again—on Tuesday, the 2nd of April, he missed it—there was no one in the house that went into that room but my uncle, my aunt, the prisoner and myself—the prisoner slept in one of the bed-rooms up stairs—there was no female servant.
Cross-examined. Q. Had you nobody assisting in the house? A. No—there was a sailor that used to be in and out, but I do not know whether he
was in the house then—I did not go to bed till my uncle and aunt went—the sailor did not sleep in the house, or go up stairs, to my knowledge.
GEORGE MURRAY (police-constable K 68.) I took the prisoner into custody on the charge of stealing the desk—he was detained in custody a fortnight, and then liberated, in consequence of our not being able to find the property—one Saturday morning, a few days after he had been discharged, I saw him in Vinegar-lane, coming along with his hand wrapped up—he had hurt it by the bursting of a pistol, and seeing him in much pain, I took him to the hospital—he was in a very excited state, and in great pain—his hand had been bound up by one of our medical gentleman—he said he bought the pistols to shoot the b—woman (one of the women in the neighbourhood)—we were obliged to be very violent to make him stop at the hospital—after getting him into bed, and as I was about leaving him, he called me back and said, "I will tell you all about it—you will find the desk in the water-butt"—I said, "Do you mean in Vinegar-lane?"—he said, "No, in Mrs. Harris's water-butt"—Mrs. Harris is the person who then occupied Mr. M'Beath's house—I went to the water-butt and there found this desk, containing this paper-knife, snap, cigar-tube, and pipe—the money and trinkets were all gone—this part of an iron grate was in the desk, which would have the effect of sinking it—I found this shot on the prisoner.
Cross-examined. Q. Did you find any letter on him? A. No, nor did he speak of any—he did not say he had had a letter giving him information—it was before the prosecutor saw him at the hospital that I had the conversation with him—I told him what the prisoner had told me, and took him to the hospital—the prisoner wanted to see his mistress, and I fetched Mrs. Harris—he did not mention the name of any man—no letter or duplicate was found.
MR. PRENDERGAST. Q. What did he want Mrs. Harris for? A. He said he should like very much to see her, that he was particularly partial to her, and indeed she was a very motherly old lady—she is the mother of Mrs. M'Beath—the house is in the parish of St. Dunstan, Stebonheath—it is commonly called Stepney.
DANIEL M'BEATH re-examined. This is my desk, and the things in it—it also contained six silver tea-spoons, two table-spoons, two mustard-spoons, and some little articles belonging to my wife; a ring or two, a locket, with a gold frame, a neck-chain, a check for 100/. and the title-deeds to some property of mine in Scotland, all of which are gone—I stopped the check, but I have not got the value of it.
GUILTY . Aged 28.— Transported for Ten Years.
1394. SUSAN DOHERTY was indicted for stealing, at St. Marylebone, 1 box' value 18s.; 2 purses, 5s.; 1 watch, 1l. 10s.; 1 key, 2d.; 1 snuffbox, 1l.; 3 shirt-studs, 5s.; 1 spoon, 1s.; 4 pairs of stockings, 4s.; 1 pair of ear-rings, 4s.; 1 necklace, 10s.; 7 neckerchiefs, 5s.; 3 rings, 1l.; 3 yards of silk, 15s.; 15 handkerchiefs, 2l. 2s.; 14 yards of satin, 3l. 2s.; 1 tablecloth, 9s.; 4 table-napkins, 4s.; 18 sovereigns, 4 half-sovereigns, 2 crowns, 8 half-crowns, 6 shillings, 4 sixpences, 3 groats, 6 pence, 10 halfpence, 4 farthings, I10l. note, and 5 5l. Bank-notes, and an order for the payment of 11l. 15s., the property of Elizabeth Mary Hodson, her mistress, in her dwelling-house.
MR. PAYNE conducted the Prosecution.
ELIZABETH MARY HODSON . I am single, and carry on the business of a dress-maker, in Old Cavendish-street, in the parish of St. Marylebone. The prisoner came into my service about the 9th or 10th of April—on Sunday,
the 14th, I placed my cash-box under my bed, between the mattress and sacking—it contained a 10l. Bank-note, five 5l. notes, a check for 11l. 15s., two purses, some gold, silver, and halfpence, amounting altogether to about 68l.—there was about 22l. in gold and silver—between eleven and twelve o'clock at night I missed the prisoner—she had not given me any notice of her intention to leave—I had been out from three till six in the afternoon, and left her in the sole care of my house—I cannot say when I last saw her, but it was about twenty minutes past eleven when I missed her—I missed my cash-box the first thing, and instantly gave information to the police—no one occupied the bed-room but myself—I have a gentleman lodger, but he was out that day.
Cross-examined by MR. BALLANTINE. Q. Were all these articles kept in the cash-box? A. Yes—I had placed it between the mattress and sacking at five minutes before three on the Sunday afternoon—the day previous I had occasion to send the prisoner for the cash-box, so that she knew it was there—the check was drawn by G. C. Lewis, on the Bank of England, for the firm of Hodson and Palmer—Mr. Lewis is gentleman living in Woburnplace—I transacted business with his sister and family, as a dress-maker—I have no partner—the check was my own—it was trust-money—I have to replace it—I am liable for it—it was in trust for myself and my late partner—the money was my own—it did not all belong to myself—part of it I have to refund to my late partner—it was received as joint money belonging to the late estate—he partnership was dissolved in Dec. last, and this money was paid over to me for the joint benefit of the estate.
FANNY WICKHAM . I live in High-street, Rochester. On the 18th of April I was at Chatham, and saw the prisoner on Chatham-lines—I had never seen her before—she had a conversation with me, and told me she had a husband, a soldier, and that she had come from London to buy him off—she showed me a 5l. note, a 10l. note, and a check for 11l.15s.—she said her mother had sent it her to buy her husband off—I saw her with a violet coloured purse, with steel and gold rings, and a yellow lining.
JOHN TUFF . I am superintendent of the Rochester police. On Saturday, the 20th of April, I went to a house in High-street, Rochester, and found the prisoner there—I told her I should apprehend her, and what for—this carpetbag was in the room—I asked where the keys were belonging to it, and if it was her property—she said it was—I opened it, and found these things in it, and a quantity of newly purchased property.
MISS HODSON (examining the articles.) This silver box, studs, gold earring, and ring, are mine—I have recovered the check, six sovereigns, half a sovereign, a half-crown, and 2s. 6d.—this purse, with another, was in the left hand compartment of my cash-box, and there were three sovereigns, half a sovereign, and 2s. 6d. in it, the 5l. notes were pinned to the check.
Cross-examined. Q. Is this snuff-box your property? A. Yes, I had it from an uncle of mine—this check was found in the carpet-bag—it has been stopped at the Bank.
GUILTY . Aged 21.— Transported for Ten Years.
MR. BALLANTINE conducted the Prosecution.
DOMMETT FINLAYSON . I am a clerk in the National Debt-office, and live in Craven-street, Strand. On the 15th of April, about a quarter-past eleven o'clock at night, I was walking down the Strand towards Charing-cross, and
was accosted by two women, who entered into conversation with me—I had no conversation with them, besides telling them to go away—they continued walking with me till we got near Craig's-court; I then found one of their hands in my right-hand trowser' pocket—I felt for my watch, which was in my waistcoat pocket, and it was gone—I immediately seized her, and called out for the police—while I had hold of her she called out something, upon which, the prisoner came up in front of me, and threw his arms round mine—the woman then succeeded in getting away with my watch and 5s. or 6s., which, had been in my pocket—I struggled with the prisoner, and threw him on the pavement with some force—his head came on the curb-stone—a man in a brown coat then came up and knocked me down—I had a very severe fall; my elbow was very much hurt, and I was attended by a surgeon—a policeman then came up—the other man got away; the prisoner could not move, and was taken into custody—I have not seen my watch since.
Cross-examined by MR. HORRY. Q. The man that threw you down came up with the prisoner? A. I do not know that he came up with him—the prisoner came up first, and the other after I had thrown the prisoner—it all occupied a very short time—I do not know what the woman called out—the prisoner's head was cut—we had a very severe struggle, but a short one.
COURT. Q. Did you notice your watch-ribbon? A. I did; it was cut. and the woman left a pair of scissors in my hand—my watch was secured round my neck by the ribbon, and cutting that would release the watch and key—I called "Police" when the prisoner came up.
JAMES BAILEY (police-constable A 170.) On the night of the 15th of April I was in front of Great Scotland-yard—a female came to roe and told me something—I went up immediately, and found the prisoner lying on the ground, and on seeing the prosecutor he gave the prisoner into custody—I have the scissors.
Cross-examined. Q. I believe you have expressed an opinion of the prisoner's sobriety? A. He had been drinking—he was not drunk—I could smell his breath as I went with him to the station—he could walk, and he said next morning just what he had said the night before—he was senseless when I first saw him.
GUILTY . Aged 37.— Transported for Ten Years.
OLD COURT.—Saturday, May 11th, 1844.
Second Jury, before Mr. Baron Alderson.
1396. MARY ANN BROWN and JOHN SKINNER FRANCIS were indicted for feloniously forging and uttering an order for the payment of 190l., with intent to defraud Abel Smith and others.—Other COUNTS, varying the manner of stating the charge.
MESSRS. BODKIN and DOANE conducted the Prosecution.
THOMAS EVISON . I am a cashier in the house of Smith, Payne, and Smith, bankers, in Lombard-street; Mr. Abel Smith is the principal partner, and there are others. On the 9th of Jan. last this check was presented at the counter to me; I have no recollection by whom—I do not know whether it was a male, a female, or a child; I did not take any notice—Lady Nelthorpe keeps an account at our banking-house—this purports to be signed "M. Nelthorpe"—nothing attracted my attention to it—I paid for it three 50l. Bank of England notes, one of which was No. 75950, dated the 6th of July, 1843, and eight 5l. notes, Nos. 64251 to 58 inclusive, dated the 13th of Nov., 1843.
Bart., and reside at River-hill, Kent. In the latter end of 1842 I was in London—the female prisoner was introduced to me in October that year—she was desirous of becoming a companion to me—no arrangement of that sort was come to—I invited her to stay at my house, and she came—she remained with me from about the 10th of Oct. to the 21st of Nov., or thereabouts, as an inmate—after that she was in the habit of coming to my house as long as I remained in town—I understood from her that she was in very distressed circumstances, and she applied to me to lend her 5s. for an advertisement just before she left—during the time she was with me she had many times the opportunity of noticing my handwriting—I have heard her say that she could imitate any person's handwriting—whilst she was with me I had a banking account at Smith, Payne, and Smith's, of London—she had an opportunity of knowing that—I cannot swear that she did know it, but I have no doubt she did—at this moment I cannot call my recollection with any certainty about it—I was in the habit of drawing checks on that house while she was with me—she generally sat in the same room that I did—I was in the habit of writing my checks upon engraved bank checks—that was not always the case; I have written upon plain paper, and signed it, but that was not "Pay the bearer"—the check produced is not my handwriting, nor was it written by my authority—it is very much like my signature—I have never had any communication with or from the female prisoner since Dec., 1842.
Cross-examined by MR. WILKINS. Q. I think you say the generality of the checks you signed were engraved checks? A. They were—I could not swear that I ever signed a check in the prisoner's presence—I might possibly sign a written check two or three times in the course of a year, not more.
MR. BODKIN. Q. You do not remember any particular occasion on which the female prisoner was present when you signed a check? A. I do not particularly remember—she may have seen me sign many—I do not remember positively, one way or the other, whether any of my checks have been under her notice.
ELIZABETH MASON . I am a widow, and live at No. 17, Ranelagh-grove, Pimlico—the two prisoners came to lodge at my house about September last—they lived there as man and wife, and passed as Mr. and Mrs. Francis—they left about the 22nd or 23rd of February, I cannot say to a day—it was the latter part of Feb.—this is a bill for two weeks' rent, and various items of expenditure at my house—it is the female prisoner's writing—she settled with me—I cannot say that she settled with me on the day this was made out—the rent became due on the Thursday, but I really cannot say what date—this was written on the same day she paid me the rent—it is dated the 11th of Jan., 1844—I cannot say what she gave me in payment—I cannot say whether it was then that 1 took a 5l. note or not—I received a 5l. note one time for rent—I cannot say whether that was after this bill was made out—I do not know at what time it was—I did not receive more than one 5l. note from her—I cannot tell whether that was before that bill was made out, or after—it was for rent and money laid out—Brown paid it me, and I paid it to young Mr. Cafe for my rent—I cannot say on what day; it was when he came for the rent—it might be three weeks or a month after I received it from Brown, but I cannot say—I know I paid Mr. Cafe the note I received from her, because I had no other—before she paid it me, she had said she was about receiving some money at the beginning of the year.
COURT. Q. Did they pay the rent weekly, or how? A. Weekly—it was never in arrear but once, and that was through my being out—I cannot say when that was—it was before this, and once when my husband was lying dead—that
made twice I believe—he died on the 14tb of Feb. last—I cannot say whether this was one of the occasions when it was a week in arrear—it might be so—it was before the rent was in arrear that she told me she was going to take some money at the beginning of the year—it might be before Christmas—I cannot say when it was at the latter part of the year.
Cross-examined by MR. WILKINS Can you read writing? A. Yes—I do not think I ever receipted this bill—this receipt was written by Miss Brown—the 5l. note was given to me before my husband's death—I am sure of that—it was not at the time he was lying dead, it was before he was taken ill—he was taken on the Monday evening, and died on the Wednesday evening—they always conducted themselves very respectable at my house, nobody more so.
HENRY HAMILTON CAFE . I am the son of Mr. Cafe, the auctioneer—I collect the rent of the house in which Mrs. Mason lives—I received the rent due at Christmas from her, on the 7th of March last—it was 9l. 10s.—I received this 5l. note (No. 64253) from her in part payment—I find my handwriting upon it.
Cross-examined by MR. WILKINS. Q. When was that mark placed on it by you? A. I do not recollect whether I placed it on immediately on receiving it, or when I got home, but I received no other note that day—I am quite sure of that, and that I marked it on that day.
THOMAS EVISON re—examined. The notes I delivered to the party presenting the check, I should infer were new ones, by their being consecutive numbers, just from the Bank, perhaps that very morning—I should think they had not been before issued to the public, by their being consecutive numbers—that is the way in which they come to our house from the Bank—we pay other notes besides those we receive from the Bank of England, those paid in by customers—customers very often pay them in rolls.
SUSAN LUFF . I am a milliner, and live in Regent—street. I know the female prisoner—I have received letters from her at the latter part of 1842—I have afterwards seen her on the subject of those letters, and spoken with her about it—I believe this check to be her handwriting.
Cross-examined by MR. WILKINS. Q. Did you ever see her write? A. Never—I do not think I ever conversed with her on the subject of more than one letter—this check has been shown to me before—I do not know whether a letter was put into my hands to look at before that—a letter was put into my hands by Mr. Bush—I cannot remember whether he requested me to compare the letter and the check together—the letter was put into my hand to look at the handwriting—I do not know why—I was not asked the question—Mrs. Mason's bill was not put into my hands—I saw it at the examination—I have received more than two letter from Miss Brown—I think four—three I am positive of—I preserved some of them—I have not got them now—if I had seen this check in another part of town without mention of her name, and without reference to this transaction, I do not know that I should have had any notion whose writing it was—I do not think any other documents were shown to me by Mr. Bush—I cannot remember whether I compared the check with the letter Mr. Bush showed me—I cannot remember whether I saw the two together or separately—It was at Bow—street, about six weeks or two months ago—they were shown to me before went in be-fore the Magistrate—I do not think any one was present besides Mr. Bush—the last letter I received from Miss Brown, was in 1842, while she was staying with Lady Nelthorpe—I do not know that I examined the check and the letter together—I have said that I did not remember whether I saw them together or separately.
JAMES HUME , baker, St. Michael's-place, Brompton. I know Mrs. Fredericks, the mother of the prisoner Francis—she lives in Michael's-grove, near me—this 5l. note, (No. 64258,) has the name of Fredericks written on it by me—I cannot tell of whom I received it—I wrote the name of Fredericks on it because it came from their house, by one of themselves—it was my habit, if a person came from Fredericks' house, to write that name—I should not do so for an entire stranger—this 50l. note, No. 75950, has also the name of Fredericks on it in my own handwriting.
Cross-examined by MR. CHAMBERS. Q. Mrs. Fredericks is a lady whom you supply with bread? A. Yes—she has lived there some three or four years—they are a very respectable family, and well connected—she has other sons besides Mr. Francis—they are gentlemen in the army—I believe the prisoner is in the army—Mrs. Fredericks has married a second husband—her name was Francis—the prisoner is her son by her former husband.
SOPHIA ANN NEIRN . I am cook in the service of Mrs. Fredericks, of Brompton. I went into her service last Nov.—I remember changing a 5l. note at Mr. Hume's—I cannot say when it was—I changed two 5l. notes altogether, and no more—Mr. Francis, the prisoner, gave me both of them to change, at separate times—I do not know who changed them for me at Mr. Hume's—I gave the change to Mr. Francis—he was then at his mother's house—he was in the habit of coming there at times.
Cross-examined by MR. CHAMBERS. Q. How long have you lived with Mrs. Fredericks? A. Since the 29th of Oct.—she has two servants and a gardener—she has two grown-up daughters by her first husband, living with her—Mr. Francis used to come there sometimes—sometimes he slept there, and sometimes not.
JAMES BIRD . I live at No. 17, Ranelagh-grove, Pimlico, and am the conductor of an omnibus. The prisoners lodged in the same house for some months—they were lodging there in Feb. last—I see my handwriting on this 5l. note, No. 64252—I received it from my wife who is in a very delicate state of health—I got it changed, and put my name on it at the time.
NICHOLAS PEARCE . I am an inspector of the A division of police. I took the prisoners into custody on Thursday, the 4th of April—I found them living at Kingston, in Surrey—Thornton and Kend all were with me—I went alone into the room where they were—I was not in uniform—I found the two prisoners in the room—I beckoned Francis out of the room, and asked who that female was—he said, "She is my wife"—I told him I was a policeofficer, and that I should take him into custody for being concerned with that female in committing a forgery on Smith, Payne, and Smith, on the 9th of Jan.—he said, "I can explain that"—I said, "Be cautious what explanation you give"—he said, "I hope it is not known in the house"—he said, "Don't let it be known—she is not my wife"—I then left him in custody of one of the officers, and went into the room where the female was—I told her that I should take her into custody for presenting a forged check to Smith, Payne, and Smith, purporting to have been drawn by Lady Nelthorpe—she said, "I am innocent, what did Mr. Francis tell you?"—I made no answer—that was all she said.
Cross-examined by MR. WILKINS. Q. Do you know a lady named Baker, a milliner, in Piccadilly? A. I never saw her—I have never been to her—I believe one of the officers has been, either Kendall or Thornton, but I do not know—I saw a female at Bow-street of the name of Boyd, I believe—when
I apprehended the prisoners I seized all their papers and documents both their writing desks, their letters, bills, and every thing they contained—there were bills showing with whom they had dealings—I have sent to several of those parties—I have not gone myself—I have not sent the forged check to those parties—I did not send it to Miss Baker, or direct it to be taken—I have heard it mentioned that it has been taken.
MR. BODKIN. Q. Among the other papers did you find the bill that has been produced? A. Yes—I believe it to be the same—I found it in Brown's writing desk at Kingston.
EDWARD KENDALL (police-sergeant A 30.) I accompanied Pearce to Kingston—Francis was left in my custody, and while Pearce went into the room he asked me what I knew of the affair—I said, "Very little"—he said, "I knew Smith, Payne, and Smith, were Miss Brown's bankers—I know she went with a check on the 9th, 10th, or 12th—I do not know who paid it—I was not present, but money was placed in my hands—I dare say some of the notes will be traced to me, and so I can trace them"—he said the affair quite staggered him.
Cross-examined by MR. CHAMBERS. Q. I believe it was a respectable house they were lodging at? A. Very, at Messrs. Muggeridge, the corndealers.
STEPHEN THORNTON (police-constable K 26.) I accompanied Pearce to Kingston—after the prisoners were taken into custody I conveyed Francis to the station—on our way there, he said he had been told by the female prisoner that it was an annuity of 200l., and he did not know to the contrary—next morning I conveyed him from the place where he was confined to the railway station—he then repeated that he understood from her it was an annuity of 200l.—he said that he went with the female prisoner to Smith, Payne, and Smith's, the bankers, and she went in whilst he remained outside, and that when she came out she brought him the whole of the money she had received for the check, and most likely the whole of the notes might be traced to him, or the greater portion—he asked me if the body of the check was filled up in his handwriting—I told him I did not know anything about it—he said nothing more.
Cross-examined by MR. CHAMBERS. Q. I believe he several times expressed himself with indignation at being taken up on such a crime? A. Yes, he did—before we had this conversation, I desired him to be careful what he said—he said he knew nothing of the affair he was charged with; he always understood from the female prisoner that it was an annuity—I do not remember his saying that he did not fear the strictest inquiry, or that if he had suspected anything wrong, he would have been the first to go to the banker's and investigate it—when the female prisoner was taken into custody she was dressed in a genteel, lady-like manner, and looked very much like a lady.
MR. EVISON re-examined. No customer named Miss Brown had any account with us that I can recollect.
NICHOLAS PEARCE re-examined. I was at the police-office—Mr. Francis was admitted to bail—it was proposed to call him as a witness, but his counsel objected—I do not recollect Mr. Jardine, the Magistrate, saying he could scarcely ask him any question unless there was a free pardon.
(The check was dated January 9th, 1844, for 190/., payable to bearer, and signed, "M. Nelthorpe.")
BROWN— GUILTY . Aged 23.— Transported for Fifteen Years
FRANCIS— NOT GUILTY .
NOT GUILTY .
NEW COURT.—Monday, May 6th, 1844.
GUILTY . Aged 32.— Confined Eighteen Months.
1399. JOHN NELMES was indicted for stealing 5 pairs of gloves, value 8s.; 4 handkerchiefs, 10s.; 2¼ yards of lawn, 9s.; 1 handkerchief, 2s.; 1 1/2 yard of silk, 5s.; and 20 yards of linen, 3l.; the goods of William Thomas Huggins, his master; to which he pleaded
GUILTY . Aged 19.— Confined Twelve Months.
GUILTY . Aged 19.— Confined Two Months.
GUILTY . Aged 20.— Confined Three Months.
EDWARD WATSON , watch-maker, King-street, Cheapside. About a quarter-past six o'clock, in the evening of the 12th of Feb., two strangers came to my house, and occupied my attention about a quarter of an hour, and during that time they managed to extract four gold chains—this one now produced is one of them—I am certain I had not sold it—it was bought on the 29th of Jan.
Cross-examined by MR. BALLANTINE. Q. This is a curious pattern? A. It has been made some time—we have not others exactly similar to it in weight—we buy them at so much for the pattern and so much for the weight—we enter the weight in a book—I have applied to the invoice to see the weight, and I identify it by the invoice—the chain has the name of William Parker against it—this was 17dwts. 15grs.—in buying a quantity we establish he grain—that is but of small consequence, because we divide each separately by its weight—I have not weighed this myself since it has been found—one person has been brought to our shop, and I have been before the Magistrate to identify another, but I could not.
EDWARD LANGLEY (police-sergeant A 11.) On the 9th of March I took the prisoner, in Adam-street, Walworth-road, on another charge—on the 24th, he came to Union Hall with his solicitor, to claim the chain, which was in the hands of an officer, and I told him he must consider himself in custody for receiving that chain, knowing it to be stolen—he said it was given to him by his uncle, named Wood, a cab proprietor, in Hanover-street, Walworth-road—I made inquiries, and saw Wood—there was a cab there with the name of Wood on it, and the address is Hanover-street, on the license.
Cross-examined. Q. Has the chain been in your possession? A. No—I
had a difficulty in finding Wood—I wanted to take him on suspicion of stealing the chain—I could not get him to come to the office—the first time I saw him I took him to Mr. Watson's shop—I knew Wood before—the charge that I took the prisoner upon was inquired into, and he was acquitted last sessions—the prisoner has made frequent applications to me for this chain—his solicitor said he should take out a summons—I told him to meet me at the office on the 13th, and then that the articles would be given up—I charged him with receiving the chain on the 24th—I knew that Mr. Watson had lost a chain before the prisoner was tried for the first offence—I did not then charge him with it, because I had not then ascertained who stole it—I took a person named Forbes, who I suspected had stolen it—when the prisoner said it was given him by his uncle he was dreadfully frightened, and was crying bitterly—the two persons who were with him were older than he—Forbes was old enough to be his uncle.
JOHN MAY (police-constable M 207.) On the 1st of March I took the prisoner—I searched him, and found this gold chain round his neck—I asked whose it was—he said his father's, he bad lent it him to ride out with.
Cross-examined. Q. How often was he examined? A. Seven different times—he was locked up in a cell—two persons were brought to see him, not more, to my knowledge—he was not tried here, there was no bill found—I took him for firing a pistol—I did not then find out where he lived.
Cross-examined. Q. Is the invoice in your handwriting? A. Yes—I weighed this chain when it was showed to me by the policeman, and it exactly corresponded with the weight to a grain—we may make hundreds, and all different weights—I cannot swear that I have never made one of this weight—it would not lose by the wear.
JOHN SULLIVAN . I am twelve years old, and am apprentice to Joseph Lynes, a tailor, in Sun-street. On the 1st of May I was sitting in the shop, and saw a coat going off the block just inside the door—I jumped down, and saw the prisoner with it on his arm—he ran up Union-street, and I saw him stopped with it in his apron.
Prisoner's Defence. I was going down Sun-street, and saw the coat; I picked it up, and thought of taking it to the station.
GUILTY . Aged 18.— Confined Two Months.
NEW COURT.—Tuesday, May 7th, 1844.
Sixth Jury, before Mr. Common Sergeant.
GUILTY . Aged 57.— Confined Three Months.
GUILTY . Aged 22.— Confined Four Months.
GUILTY . Aged 26.— Confined Three Months .
1407. THOMAS LUCAS was indicted for stealing 1 tea-urn, value 30s.; 1 veil, 10s.; 1 blanket, 7s.; 1 gown, 2s.; 2 plates, 3d.; 2 bottles, 3d.; and 1 jug, 6d.; the goods of William Worster and others; to which he pleaded
GUILTY .* Aged 26.— Transported for Seven Years.
GUILTY . Aged 37.— Confined Four Months.
GUILTY . Aged 27.— Confined Three Months.
GUILTY . Aged 17.— Confined Six Months.
GUILTY . Aged 16.— Confined Six Months.
1412. GEORGE SMITH was indicted for stealing 1 tame rabbit, price 3s., the property of Hannah Robinson; and 1 sack, value 3d., the goods of Jane Hughes; and JAMES EDWIN PICKARD , for receiving the same, well knowing them to have been stolen.
HANNAH ROBINSON . I am a widow, living at Twickenham. I saw my rabbit safe at eight o'clock in the evening on the 12th of April—Smith was working for me on the 12th—I missed it about nine o'clock next morning—I have never seen it since.
RICHARD JOHN HOWARD . On Saturday morning, April 13th, about 9 o'clock, Smith came and told me he had taken Mrs. Robinson's rabbit about five in the morning, and he had given it to James Pickard—he said, "Don't say anything"—it was raining—I said, "They tracked you, did not they?"—he said, "No, I put rags on my feet"—he said he had taken this sack as well, and had put the rabbit into it—I had seen the sack in Mrs. Robinson's mangle-house.
Cross-examined by MR. PAYNE. Q. You are a thief, are you not? A. No; I was charged with this, and turned to a witness—I have been in trouble myself—Smith was with me when I was at Mrs. Robinson's on Friday.
NOT GUILTY .
THOMAS SMITH , mathematical instrument-maker, Church-street, Soho. About one o'clock in the morning of the 22nd of April, the prisoner accosted me in Milk-street—the policeman met me and said, "That is a bad woman; go home"—I said, "I don't want her, I want to go home; can you direct me home?"—he did so—I walked on, found my stock open, and missed my union pin—I went back, and the policeman found the prisoner with one of the pins in her possession—this is it.
JOHN KING GRAHAM (City police-constable No. 471.) I took the prisoner. I saw a chain in her left hand—she dropped it and the pin on the pavement—I am quite sure I saw her drop them—she had a silver pencil-case in her right hand.
Prisoner. I was not within a yard's length of where he picked the pin up; I met the prosecutor, and asked him the way to Bermondsey-street; he brought me down one street; I told him to let me go; he ripped my shawl and gown open. Witness. Her shawl and gown were not open.
(The prisoner received a good character.)
GUILTY . Aged 30.— Confined Four Months.
1414. WILLIAM SMITH was indicted for stealing 106 yards of silk, value 20l. 6s. 4d., and 101 yards of satin, 17l. 3s., the goods of Griffiths Foulkes.—2nd COUNT, stating them to be the goods of Edwin Leaf.
RICHARD FOULKES . I am in the service of my father, Griffiths Foulkes, of Little Russell-street, Covent-garden. On the 29th of March a person, who I believe to be the prisoner, came to me, and on the following day the prisoner came for a parcel of goods, which he said had been left by mistake—we had had a parcel the day before from Edwin Leaf, of Wood-street—the prisoner represented himself as their porter—I thought it extremely unlikely—he said he came from Leaf's and Co,—I gave him the parcel, containing two pieces of satin, and a piece of silk, worth 37l.—I directed our porter to follow him, and he brought him back in a cab—the prisoner said he hoped I would forgive him, be bad a wife and six children, and it was all up with him—he produced this book—we bad sent no order to Leaf.
Prisoner. Q. What did I say when I came? A. That you came for some goods for Messrs. Leaf—I questioned you—I thought it very improbable that a porter should be allowed to come so early as between seven and eight o'clock—I did not say before the Magistrate that you were not the person.
JOHN DRIVER . I am porter to Richard Foulkes. On the 30th of March I saw the prisoner at my master's—I followed him down Holborn—Messrs, Leaf live in Old Change—the prisoner then took a cab and went down the Blackfriars’-road, over the bridge, then got down and went away, leaving the parcel in the cab— I spoke to the cab man—I asked him to stop till the prisoner came back—he told me to stand on one side, and I took the prisoner when he came back—I said I must take him back, this was not the right way to Mr. Leaf's—he then would not get out of the cab—he burst into tears, and I said, "You had better get out."
Prisoner. Q. Did you not look into a public-house where I was? A. I do not remember that I did—I did look in at the door—you could not have got away—I had to run to keep up with the cab—you told me you were ill—your appearance did not show it.
white satin, and one piece of serge—I sent these goods to Foulkes—I did not send the prisoner for them on the 30th—I did not know him—he does not belong to our house—he was not the man who brought the order the day before—these are the things which I sent—he was not authorized in any way to go for them—we did not send for them, or wish them back—I know nothing about this book.
Prisoner's Defence. On the 29th of March I was in the Crown public-house in the Blackfriars'-road; there were three or four men there; one of them introduced himself to me, and asked various questions; I told him of the difficulties I had gone through; he said he would be glad to do anything for me; he belonged to Leaf's house in Wood-street, and could give me a job in the morning if I would call; I did so; I was to meet him at the Crown; he did not allow me to go in; he gave me a book to go and ask for these things; he gave me half-a-crown, and told me to take a cab, and said, "If they ask you any questions, say there is a piece of silk and two pieces of satin;" when I got there I was to give the man the parcel; he wished me to be back in time, because he had somewhere else to call with the parcel; I was to go with it to the, Crown; I wanted to save a shilling and wanted to walk back, but was taken very unwell, and obliged to take a cab.
GUILTY .* Aged 29.— Transported for Seven Years.
JOHN THOMAS . I am a ship's steward, and lodge in Park-place, Poplar. The prisoner promised to show me where I could purchase some things that I wanted—I called on him about ten o'clock in the morning of the 13th of April to go to town, and he went with me to show me where I could get some candles which I wanted—after we got outside the turnpike he said, "Thomas, you walk on slowly, I will overtake you"—I waited—he was away about half an hour—I had locked my door when I went away, and left no one in the room—I had three sovereigns and 14s. in silver in a little cupboard with some clean clothes—he had often been in the habit of coming to my lodgings before—he did not know where my money was that I know of—I am sure that I left the money safe when I left—I came home at half-past three o'clock and went to the prisoner's house—he said, "I am going backwards, I will be with you directly"—I waited three quarters of an hour and he did not come—I went home to get some money to pay my lodgings, and the purse and money were gone—I returned to the prisoner's and his wife gave me a key—it fitted my room door exactly.
Cross-examined by MR. BALLANTINE. Q. Are you sure about the hour ? A. It was a little after nine o'clock when I called upon him—he lives in Gill-street, about a quarter of a mile from Limehouse turnpike—he left me about ten o'clock at the Limehouse turnpike—I swear he did not join me within a quarter of an hour—I walked on and then stopped—I had got to the Regent's canal before he joined me, and had rested a good bit—I have been home about three months—I have no woman to sleep with me—there have been women to see me as acquaintances, but not stopping all night—two women of colour, and one was an Englishwoman—a great many female visitors have called on me of a day but not of a night—Mary Carroll lodges in the next room to me—when I missed my purse I asked her if she had seen any one—I told her the prisoner left me at Limehouse turnpike, after she told me he had been there—when I told her I was robbed she said, "Robbed, Thomas! I do not know how you could have been robbed, there has been no
person in this house but the tailor (the prisoner) I heard the clock strike ten a little before he came and opened the door—my room door was locked.
MARY CARROLL . I am single, and live in the same house as Thomas. On Saturday morning, the 13th of April, Thomas went out—soon after he went, about ten o'clock, I heard some one come up the stairs, put the key in, and unlock the door—I opened my door, and saw some one's back going into the room—I shut my door again, looked out of the window, and saw the prisoner go out of the door—I am sure he is the man—I remember Thomas coming back—there had been no one else in the room that day but the prisoner—I am quite sure of that—the prisoner is a tailor—I called him the tailor.
Cross-examined. Q. How long have you been in the house? A. Four months—a good many persons visit the prosecutor at different times—I have seen women visit him—they were respectable—men came to see him—I have no doubt that I made use of the expression "tailor" when I spoke of the prisoner to the prosecutor—I said, Mr. Cole, the tailor.
JOHN HARRISON (police-constable K 257.) I went to the prisoner's lodging, in Gill-street—the prosecutor handed me a key—I fitted it to the prosecutor's door, and it fitted exactly—it opened it and locked it.
Cross-examined. Q. Do you not know that it was the key of the prisoner's room? A. I cannot say, but I believe it to be—he did not desire that I should try it.
Cross-examined. Q. It was the key of her own parlour door? A. I asked her for the loan of it, and it opened my door as well as her own—I live about five minutes' walk from the prisoner.
HENRY WOOD (police-constable K 44.) I went to the prisoner's lodging on the 15th of April, and searched the place—I found two sovereigns between the bed and the sacking—I told him of it—he said; "Yes; they were part of a 5l. note I received from Mr. Thompson"—I told him his wife knew nothing about them—he said, "No; they are part of some more money I received from Mr. Thompson.
" ROBERT THOMPSON. I am a mariner, and live in Arbour-square, Stepney. My father paid the prisoner a 5l. note on 3rd of April.
Witness for the Defence.
JANE JAMESON . I am a single person, and live in the same house as the prisoner—I occupied the room during the day—I was there at breakfast on the morning of the 13th, when the prosecutor came for the prisoner—I saw him go out—it wanted three minutes to nine o'clock—after they had left I looked at the clock—I had occasion to go in and out, and saw that the key was in the door—I pulled open the door with it—it was inside the room—I was not away from the room at any time above ten minutes—I was there the whole day from nine till eleven—the key was not out of the door—I never saw the prisoner return—he could not get the key from the door without coming into the room—there was a handle to the door—I was cleaning the room, and my hand being wet, it slipt, and I pulled the key with the other hand, and opened it.
NOT GUILTY .
HENRY BOURNE , Jun. I live in Gray-street, Manchester-square—my father, Henry Bourne, keeps a potato-shop. This saddle was safe in the stable on the 18th of April, between eight and nine o'clock—next morning it was gone, and the door broken open—this is it.
JOHN WINGFIELD . I live in Long-lane. About eleven o'clock in the day, on the 19th of April, the prisoner called, and asked if I would buy a saddle—I said I could not unless I saw it—about half-past one he came with this saddle, and asked 5s. for it—I offered him 3s.—he said he would take it—I said, "I have no change, you must call in half-an-hour"—he called in about an hour—I paid him, and asked him no questions—I was busy—he said he was coming again to bring some more harness, and on the Monday following he came, and I stopped him.
Prisoner's Defence. I bought the saddle for 4s.
GUILTY . Aged 20.— Confined Six Month.
JOHN MARRIT , baker, Wentworth-street, Spitalfields. The prisoner was in my employ on the 5th December—I gave him 24s., a barrow, and some sacks to fetch some bread that I bought of Mr. White—he never brought the bread or money—I never saw him again till the 12th of April.
CHARLES JOHNSON WHITE . I sold the prosecutor a lot of bread for 24s.—the prisoner came with the barrow, and left it at my door, and told me he would be in in a few minutes, and pay me, but he never came.
Prisoner. Q. What dress had I on? A. I do not remember—I had seen you before.
Prisoner. I did not receive the money.
GUILTY . Aged 22.— Confined Four Months.
1418. GEORGE ARNOLD HUGG1NS was indicted for stealing 4 planes, value 5s.; 2 saws, 5s.; 1 square, 1s.; 1 rule, 6d.; 1 plane iron, 10d.; 1 apron, 6d.; and 1 jacket, 2d.; the goods of John Baker; to which he pleaded
GUILTY . Aged 33.— Confined Three Months.
GUILTY . Aged 22.— Confined Three Months.
1420. THOMAS WILSON was indicted for burglariously breaking and entering the dwelling-house of Frederick Ingoldby, about two in the night of the 26th of April, at St. Mary, Islington, and stealing therein, 1 pair of scissors, value 1s.; the goods of Frederick Ingoldby; and that he had been before convicted of felony.
JOSEPH HARVEY . I am assistant to Frederick Ingoldby, he lives in the parish of St. Mary, Islington—the surgery adjoins the house, and is part of his dweling-house—I left at half-past ten o'clock on Friday night, the 26th of April—it was safe then—the window was down, and the glass was not broken—at a quarter to three I was awoke by the policeman—I went down, and saw the surgery door open, the front-door open, and the window put up—there were a pair of my master's scissors near the bell—they had been removed.
GEORGE MILES (police-constable N 110.) At half-past two o'clock that morning I saw the glass broken at the surgery window—I turned my lamp on, and saw the prisoner come to the passage—he came out of the street door, and I took him—the sash was up half a foot, and the glass was broken over the catch, which would enable a man to put his finger in and open it—the prisoner had his boots under his arm when he came out—I asked him what brought him there—he said, "I belong to the house"—I rung up Mr. Ingoldby,
and he came down—he said he knew nothing about him—I took him to the station, and found some lucifer matches in his pocket.
Prisoner's Defence. I am quite innocent of breaking into the house: I had been drinking in the night, and was in there.
GUILTY . Aged 19.— Transported for Ten Years
GEORGE CORNER . I am foreman to Thomas Vesper, of Sydney-place, Commercial-road. At half-past five o'clock, on the 24th of April, I saw the prisoner take a shirt from the door outside, put it under her arm, and walk away—she was brought back—I took the shirt from her, which she had in a bundle, and let her go—I watched her to Mr. Folkard's, another shop—there she stole another flannel shirt, and they let her go—I minded the shop till they took it from her—I then followed her to Mile-end-road, and gave her in charge—she had the same bundle then that 1 had examined when she was brought back to me—she was very abusive—I put the shirt down—it would be difficult to swear precisely to the one—I had no idea of prosecuting her when I let her go.
GUILTY . Aged 48.— Confined One Year.
LEE MASTER DEVEREUX . I keep a plumber's-shop, in John-street. About four o'clock in the afternoon of the 26th of April, I heard the bell ring, I ran down, and found the prisoner inside my shop, and Mr. Shelton outside, preventing him getting over—I collared him—he put his hand into his pocket, pulled out something, and threw it away—it appeared to be two keys—a boy picked them up, and gave them to me—the prisoner then threw himself down and would not rise—I gave him in charge—these are my brushes—I found them at the entrance of my shop—they ought to have been at the back.
JOHN SHELDON . I was at my door, and saw the prisoner nearly opposite the prosecutor's house—I watched, and saw him get over the gate—I passed the door, and saw no one—I came back, and saw him coming along the shop with a bundle under his arm, containing this jacket and these three brushes—as soon as he saw me he sat down—I prevented his coming out, and he was taken.
Prisoner. Q. How can you swear that these are the brushes? A. I saw them at the time.
Prisoner's Defence. I had been drinking; I was passing the shop, and had some halfpence: one rolled into the shop; I kicked at the gate, and no one opened it. I got over; I had nothing in my possession.
GUILTY . Aged 25.— Confined Three Months.
JOHN M'FARLANE . I am a master mariner, and live at Poole. At half-past eleven o'clock, on the 24th of April, I was on London-bridge, and felt some one touch my coat-pocket—I put my hand, and missed my handkerchief—I turned, and found it in Hill's right hand—he was close to me—I collared him and put my hand round him, and prevented his parting with it—he dropped it—a gentleman said, "There is your handkerchief"—I saw no one else.
Hill. I was looking over the bridge; he caught hold of me, and said, "You have got my handkerchief." Witness. When I turned to you, you had it in your right hand—you turned to the bridge to hide it, but I seized it directly—I held your hand so close that you could not chuck it from you.
WILLIAM POUND , shoemaker, Took-street. I was on London-bridge, and saw the two prisoners in company, and saw Hill pick the prosecutor's pocket—he collared him—I went across, and assisted in taking him to the station—I had seen the prisoners together for about three quarters of an hour—they attempted four or five pockets—I am positive they were together—I have known them five or six years.
Hill. Q. Was any one alongside of me, talking? A. No—there were plenty passing—I got drunk when I was in the police.
King. Q. Do you know any harm of me? A. No—you had a great coat with pockets on the side, and held your coat out while Hill did this—I had seen you with Hill on the Saturday previous, going into Astley's Theatre—I told a man to go after you, and he lost you.
King. Q. What clothes had I on? A. A great coat with two side-pockets—I saw you all the time—you were along with Hill till you run away.
HILL**— GUILTY . Aged.— Transported for Ten Years.
KING— NOT GUILTY .
WILLIAM POUND . Between eleven and twelve o'clock, on the morning of the 24th of April, I saw Hill pick a gentleman's pocket of a light handkerchief, and hand it to King—I told the gentleman—he refused to give his name or address, or to prosecute—King ran away, and I lost him.
King. He says I ran away, and then he says I was with M'Farlane. Witness. He came back in two or three minutes.
WILLIAM CARLES . I saw the prisoners together on London-bridge—I saw Hill take a light handkerchief from a gentleman—I had not made any arrangements with Pound, to see what I could catch—I am supernumerary scene-shifter at Astley's Theatre—I am a shoemaker, but am not working with any master at present—Pound is a scene-shifter—I have never had any cause here before since I was in the police.
King. Q. When you saw me take the handkerchief from Hill, where did I go? A. I do not know—I went after you, but could not overtake you.
NOT GUILTY .
1425. JOHN BRIAN was indicted for stealing 3 wooden cases, value 3s.; 12 bottles, 18s. 8d.; and 56 quarts of wine, 18l. 10s.; the goods of William Joyce and another, in a certain boat on the navigable river Thames.
MR. BALLANTINE conducted the Prosecution.
JOSEPH JOHN SAVAGE . I am lighterman to William and Edward Joyce, of Water-lane, Tower-street. On the 4th of April I was sent for some cases of wine—I got to the Batavia about half-past four o'clock, and received eighteen cases from the Custom-house officer on board—I took them to St. Katherine's Docks in a lugboat—I covered them with a tarpaulin—I was not able to get into the dock, and left the lugboat outside, in charge of a Custom-house officer—next day I went to the Thames police station, and found the lugboat with fourteen cases of wine in it—four cases were gone.
Cross-examined by MR. PAYNE. Q. What time did you get to the Dock? A. About a quarter before five o'clock—Rye was the officer I left in charge—it was his duty to remain with them.
Cross-examined. Q. Where is Rye? A. I think he is on duty at the Custom-house—he has been ill.
MR. BALLANTINE. Q. Would the Custom-house officer have the charge, of the cases, and was he to remain outside the whole time? A. Yes.
ROBERT POLLON waterman. On Thursday night, the 4th of April, I was on watch at East-lane stairs, Bermondsey—three men came on shore at East-lane stairs in a boat—I asked them which way they came—they said from, upwards—the prisoner was one of them—a party stepped forward, and asked whether I would assist in landing three cases of wine, and seeing them on shore—they were not yet arrived—I told them I would not get into trouble (or them—they pressed me to have a bottle of' wine and a half-sovereign—the prisoner was within hearing—I do not recollect his speaking—they said they had three or four cases, that they-did not know which way to land, nor what sort of policemen there were on shore—they all appeared to be very thick together indeed—I said the policeman was a stranger to me, I had seen him once or twice—they then wanted to know where they could get a cab or cart—I said they bad better go to London-bridge, it was the nearest place I knew—the tide was within three quarters of low water—I first saw them about nine at night—the tide was running down—it would take six, or seven minutes to get a boat from St. Katherine's Dock across the river—I made a communication to Little, then returned, and threw my coat into the watch-box—nothing was in the box then—I went to my boat, and took a, fare over the water—when I returned there was one out of the three men. missing—I did not see the prisoner then—I took another fare at the pier, and saw a wooden case between the-barge and the wall—I afterwards found the prisoner in Little's custody—there was no case there before I rowed the fare.
Cross-examined. Q. Did the man ask whether it would be right to land a few cases? A. Yes—they were all talking and whispering to one another.
GEORGE LITTLE (Thames police-constable, No. 42.) On Thursday night Pollon made a communication to me—I placed myself in some ruins in East-lane, where I could see the stair-head—I saw a cab drive to the corner of East-lane—I saw one man get off the box—two men shortly after came from the stair-head, and went towards the man who got from the box—the prisoner and another were carrying a box or case from the stair-head—I saw
them go to the cab—they were putting the case in, I came up and' caught them—they were too much for me, and the prisoner got away—he was running round the back of the cab when I apprehended him the second time—the other had previously gone off—I called for assistance, and Pollon came up—I asked the prisoner what the case contained—he said he knew nothing about it—that he had been employed by the other man to assist in putting it into the cab—he said he left Deptford at ten o'clock—I asked what he had been doing there—he said, "To sell a bushel of apples"—I asked where the money was—he said in the scuffle I had caused him to lose 2s.—I found 2s. on him.
JAMES CHRISTOPHER EVANS (Thames police-inspector.) I received the prisoner on the 4th of April, and a case marked "F. S. and C. 104"—I opened it, and found it contained bottles of a German light wine—I went to East-lane stairs, and found another case, "No. 106"—I looked in the watch-box, and found another case, "No. 108"—I took the prisoner to the office—he said he knew nothing about it, he had been to Deptford, and coming by East-lane stairs, two men asked him to lend them a hand with a case, and he was assisting one with a case into a cab, and the officer took him—I examined a lug-boat that was produced by Webb—there were cases in it, the numbers running from 96 to 113, and there were three missing corresponding with what I found.
GEORGE WEBB , inspector of the Thames-police, On Friday morning, the 6th of April, I found a lug-boat adrift near the Tower—it was the boat spoken to by Evans—a vessel would lie at the entrance of the Dock if she could not get in—she could be reached from the shore—a Custom-house officer on duty would stand in the head or stern sheets of the vessel—if he had been attending to his duty he would not have left.
ANTHONY COOPER . I drive a cab. No. 572. On the day before Good Friday a man got on my box—by his direction I drove him to East-lane-stairs—I stopped there—the prisoner and the man who fetched the cab came with a box, and then the prisoner was taken.
NOT GUILTY .
GUILTY . Aged 14.— Confined Three Days, and Whipped.
MARY SMITH . I am a widow, living in Abbey-street, Bethnal-green. The prisoner was in my service seven weeks—I missed this crape shawl—she had no business with it—I am sure it is mine—I saw it last on the night of the 18th of April.
GEORGE TEAKLE (police-sergeant H 8.) I stopped the prisoner some distance from the prosecutrix's house—I followed her from the house—I found this shawl under her arm—she said it was her own, and she had had it a long time—this chenille I found in her bosom—she said she picked it up in the workshop.
GUILTY. Aged 15.—Recommended to mercy.— Confined Two Months ,
(There were two other indictments against the prisoner.)
WILLIAM RANDALL PRIOR . I live with my father in Marchmont-street, Russell-square. About ten o'clock on Thursday night, the 25th of April, "I was with my brother in Regent-street—the prisoner came before me, placed his hat before my face, and took the pin from my breast—I am sure it was him—I collared him—I cannot tell what became of the pin—I believe there was a man with him—I am quite sure I had my pin—I had seen it an hour before.
Cross-examined by MR. BALLANTINE. Q. Was any one close by him at the time? A. Yes—I cannot say how many there were.
ASHEN PRIOR . I live with my father, an ironmonger, in Marchmont-street. About ten o'clock, on the 25th of April, I was walking in Regent-street with my brother—I saw the prisoner's hat over my brother's eyes, and his hand above his head—my brother caught him directly, and thrust him into a door-way—I can swear my brother had the pin a minute before—there was another man in company with the prisoner.
Cross-examined. Q. Was any one near you? A. Yes, a great many persons round about.
GUILTY . Aged 19.— Transported for Ten Years.
WILLIAM HANDS . The prisoner was in my service—on the 9th of April, 1839, I gave him a double-barrelled gun, a pair of pistols, these watches, and the other things to take home to my house, in Blossom-place, Nortonfalgate, in the chaise—he took the horse and chaise, and left it at the stable—when I got home I could not find him—I found him last month in the Kingsland-road—I called him on one side, and he said, "I am very sorry, I have been abroad, I have got no money"—the property is worth about 20l.
Prisoner. The prosecutor has been convicted, and sentenced to six months imprisonment. Witness. Yes, but not for thieving—I am a watchmaker and general dealer—I have no shop—I was in prison six months for pledging a watch at Woolwich, but I did not pledge it—there happened to be a metal chain attached to it—I said to a person, "I want 10l. on this watch," and the pawnbroker swore that he asked if the chain was gold—he was taken up—I was sent for, and the indictment was for conspiring to defraud the pawnbroker—I was tried in this Court.
Prisoner's Defence. The guns and two pistols were left in the chaise; I did not have them—the chaise was left in the yard—he cannot say he gave me the watch movement or the watches.
NOT GUILTY .
1430. JOHN MARTIN was indicted for stealing 1 purse, value 1s.; 1 sovereign, 2 half-crowns, 13 shillings, and 2 groats; the property of Mary Adams, from her person; and that he had been before convicted of felony.
MARY ADAMS , dressmaker, Butler's-buildings, East Smithfield. Between six and seven o'clock in the evening of the 2nd of May I was in Aldgate—I saw the prisoner's hand drawing a purse from my pocket—it contained one sovereign, two half-crowns, thirteen shillings, and two groats—he ran off, and I lost sight of him—I was kicked by a person—I saw the prisoner go as far as the cabs near Aldgate church.
MICHAEL CONDEY (police-constable H 138.) I was coming up the Minories, and saw a mob round the prosecutrix—I went to her, and from her description I went to the prisoner's house, in Gower's-walk, Whitechapel about half an hour afterwards, I found him with two others—he was in the act of shifting his clothes—he was taking his coat off—he sometimes goes out in a jacket—I would not let him put on another coat.
Prisoner's Defence. I had no other clothes to put on; I had not been out all day.
GUILTY . Aged 14.— Transported for Ten Year.
NEW COURT.—Wednesday, May 8th, 1844.
Fifth Jury, before Mr. Recorder.
1431. EDWARD SAVAGE was indicted for stealing 1 handkerchief, value 4s.; 1 half-sovereign and 1 shilling, the property of Joseph Lewis Price: and I sovereign, the monies of William Philip: to which he pleaded
GUILTY . Aged 19.— Confined Six Months.
GUILTY . Aged 55.— Confined Six Months.
NOT GUILTY .
MESSRS. ELLIS and BODKIN conducted the Prosecution,
WILLIAM BIRCH , last and boot-tree-maker, Back-hill. On Sunday, the 31st of April, a little after five o'clock, I was looking out of my window, in consequence of something that was said to me by Mrs. Tongue—my house is nearly opposite Mr. Mullins's—I saw Morton looking into Mr. Mullins's shop—he is a chemist and druggist—part of the shutters were up—Morton was looking between them into the shop—I went over to Mr. Mullins's, and spoke to Dalton the shopman—he showed me a bad half-crown—I and Dalton went up Liquorpond-street to Gray's-inn-lane—I there found the three prisoners together in company—the policeman was called—he took Fox and Morton, and ordered me to take Ellis—I saw Morton drop half-a-crown—I picked it up—I noticed it was bad—I told him I had got it—he asked me
what I had got—I said that half-crown he dropped—he said something more, I could not hear what—I kept it separate from other money in my righthand waistcoat pocket—I went to the police-station—I there marked it and gave it to Jones the constable.
Cross-examined by MR. PAYNE. Q. How long have yon carried on business at that place? A. Eighteen years—I never saw any of the prisoners before—the policeman had got hold of Morton when he dropped the half-crown—it was quite close to him—I showed the half-crown to inspector Penny before I marked it—it was not out of my sight.
AUSTIN TONGUE . I am horse-keeper to Reid and Co.'s bewery, and live in the same house as Birch. On Sunday, the 21st of April, I was in my room on the second floor front—I noticed the three prisoners on the other side, about thirty yards from Mr. Mullins's shop—I saw some money in Morton's hand—they were standing looking at it—the other two prisoners were standing close to him—they all seemed to be looking at it—they then moved on from where they stood, and when they got about six yards, Morton stooped down and chinked what I think was a half-crown on the pavement—it was a large piece, white like silver—they then went on a few yards further, and then they made a stop together—Morton came away from the other two, and came back towards where I saw them at first—he stooped down and took up some dirt on one of his long fingers, then went back to the other two, and seemed to be in the act of rubbing it on something in his hand—the others were looking on at the time—they went on two or three yards, then came back to the part where they were looking at the money, opposite Mr. Mullins's shop—Ellis then left them, crossed the road, and went on the same side as Mr. Mullins's shop, only more to the left—Morton went over to look between the shutters of Mullins's shop—Fox went across into Mullins's shop—Ellis was standing about five or six yards above—she could not see what was doing inside the shop—after Fox had been a minute in the shop, Morton turned round and nodded to Ellis—Fox then came out and went towards Ellis; he passed by Morton, took no notice of him, but joined Ellis, and they both went on—Morton came away from the shutters, and when Fox got up to Ellis, he went up to them—he went on in the same direction—I gave information to Birch—I saw the prisoners about a quarter of an hour after in custody—I am sure they are the persons.
Cross-examined. Q. Had you seen them before? A. Not to my knowledge—I first saw them right opposite my window, against the dead wall—I noticed them because they stood there—I know nothing about bad money myself—it was eight or ten minutes from the time of my seeing them opposite, till Fox came out of the shop—my wife was looking out of the window too.
Fox. It was his wife told Birch, not him. Witness. I went part of the way down, and not having my shoes on, I told my wife to speak to Birch.
FRANCIS DALTON . I am assistant to Mr. Mullins, a druggist, in Leather-lane. Between five and six o'clock on Sunday evening, the 21st of April, Fox came for an ounce of salts—it came to 1d.—he gave me a half-crown—I gave him 2s. 5d., and put the half-crown into the till—it was the only half-crown I had taken that afternoon—I had been looking at some papers, and I threw this half-crown on the papers, separate from the other silver—Birch came in in about a minute and a half—in consequence of what he said I looked at the half-crown—I found it on the papers where I had placed it—I am sure it was the same—I found it was bad—I went out with others in pursuit of the parties—when I got to Gray's-inn-lane I found the three prisoners
in company—a policeman was procured, and they were all taken—I marked the half-crown and gave it to Jones.
Cross-examined. Q. What was this paper? A. The back of a letter—there was only one other half-crown in the till—the till was the usual size, and there was a bowl for silver.
COURT. Q. Are you able to tell whether the half-crown fell in the same place with the other half-crown? A. It did not—there was a paper between them—it had not got off the paper.
HENRY JONES (police-constable G 138.) I was called to Gray's Inn-lane—I took Morton and Fox—after I had collared Morton, I heard Birch accuse him of dropping a half-crown—I had not heard it drop—Morton said he did not know what he was talking about—when I got to the station I received a half-crown from Dalton—he had marked it—I received a half-crown from Birch, and found seven shillings, one penny, and one farthing, in good money, on Fox, and one halfpenny and one farthing on Morton—Ellis was searched by the female searcher, and I received a good sixpence from her.
Fox's Defence. I had some money collected for me the night before by my own mates at the gas-works; I know nothing about any bad money.
FOX— GUILTY . Aged 28.
MORTON— GUILTY . Aged 22.
Confined Six Months.
ELLIS— NOT GUILTY .
GEORGE RUSSELL . I am servant to Mr. James Jones, coal-dealer, in Exeter-street, Chelsea. On the 6th of April the prisoner came, between eight and nine o'clock, and said to me, "1/4cwt. of coals, to go directly to No. 14, Lower North-street, and change for a 5s. piece"—I weighed the coals, and my master gave me 4s.7 1/2 d.—as I was going along, the prisoner met me by the soap-boiler's—he said, "Have you got the change for the 5s. piece?"—I said, "Yes"—he said, That is right, my cockey, then, as I am going for some beer"—I gave him the 4s. 7 1/2 d., and he gave me a 5s. piece—he walked on to the top of the street—I watched him, and then he set off, running as hard as he could—he told me to carry on the coals—I took them to No. 14, and there were no coals ordered there—I took them back to the shop, and the 5s. piece was bad—I saw it handed by my master to the policeman—it had not been out of my sight.
Cross-examined by MR. BALLANTINE. Q. Had you received any directions from your master? A. No—he was out—I did not intend to part with the coals without being paid for them.
HENRY COX . I live in Rawston-street, Brompton. On Saturday evening, the 6th of April, the prisoner came to my master's shop, and ordered 4d. worth of potatoes to be taken to No. 23, Brompton-row, with change for a 5s. piece—I took them, and met him on my way—he said, "Have you got the change for the 5s. piece?"—I said, "Yes"—he said, "Give it me, and you can go on"—I gave it him—Fry was with me—the prisoner gave me a 5s. piece—I took it to Mr. Brown's—they said it was a counterfeit—I ran out, and said to the prisoner it was a bad one—he took it, and he said, "I must run back and get another"—I left the potatoes, and ran after him—I lost sight of him—I then went round the Knightsbridge barracks, and saw him—he said if I followed him I should get the worst of it.
with Cox between five and six, when the prisoner asked if be had the change for the 5s. piece, and he said, "Yes"—I remained with the prisoner while Cox went to a shop—he came back, and told the prisoner it was bad—he said, "I must run and get it changed"—he ran away with it.
GUILTY . Aged 18.— Confined Six Months.
THOMAS STEVENS . I am servant to Mr. Tapson, coal-dealer, George-street, Chelsea. On the 6th of April the prisoner came and ordered 1/4cwt. Of coals to be sent to No. 62, in the same street, and with change for a 5s. piece—I took the coals and change to No. 62—I found they had not been ordered, and I took them back—the prisoner came in a quarter of an hour, and ordered them again—he said, "You have not sent my coals"—we said we had taken them—he said, "You did not take them to the right place"—we said, "Yes, No. 62"—he said, "No, No. 2, Union-place; bring change for a 5s. piece"—I was taking them on the road, and met him—he said, "Have you got my mother's coals? have you got the change?"—I said, "Yes"—he said, "Give it me," and he gave me a 5s. piece, which I put into my pocket, and gave it to Mrs. Tapson.
CAROLINE TAFSON . On Saturday, the 6th of April, I was in the shop when the prisoner came the second time—he ordered the coals to be sent, and change for a 5s. piece—I gave the lad the change—when he came back he gave me a bad 5s. piece—I gave it to the officer.
Cross-examined. Q. What had you done with it? A. I kept it in my purse, and did not find it was bad till the Sunday morning—I kept my purse in my bosom—it was not out of my possession.
EDWARD ELLERINGTON . I occupy the house No. 2, Union-place. I have seen the prisoner—I did not send him for coals from Mr. Tapson's on the 6th of April—he had no authority from me or any of the family.
Cross-examined. Q. What did he say? A. He did not know anything about it—this is the crown-piece.
(The prisoner received a good character.)
GUILTY. Aged 18.—Recommended to mercy.— Confined Three Months.
NOT GUILTY .
MR. CLARKSON conducted the Proseculion.
Cheapside, to the Cross Keys—I went into the parlour and Whicher remained outside—I was in plain clothes—a little before nine o'clock the two prisoners came in together—Feltham walked to the farther end of the parlour, put his hand into his pocket, took out a small paper parcel, and gave it to Jacobs, who put it into his pocket—they then both went to the bar and had something to drink—I gave a signal to Whicher outside—Feltham left the house first, and two or three minutes after Jacobs went out—I followed and gave information to Whicher—I stopped Jacobs in Gutter-lane, about 150 yards from the Cross Keys—I went to the prosecutor's, and Feltham was called into the front warehouse and given into my custody—I asked Feltham if he knew a man named Jacobs—he said he did—I asked him when he last saw him—he said, "This morning"—I asked where—he said, "At the Cross Keys over the way"—I asked if he had given Jacobs anything—after some he sitation he said he did not know.
Cross-examined by MR. HORNE. Q. Were there any persons at the tap? A. There was one person at the bar reading a newspaper—I never lost sight of Jacobs during the whole of this time.
Cross-examined by MR. ROBINSON. Q. Had you seen Feltham before? A. I had seen both prisoners at the same house the morning before—they were not sitting in the room—their backs were rather turned to me when they gave the parcel—I saw the nature of the parcel—they could see that I was there.
JONATHAN WHICHER (police-constable A 27.) I was with Shaw, and went to the Cross Keys to see what was going on—I remained outside while Shaw went in—I saw Jacobs come out from the Cross Keys—I followed him, and from a hint Shaw gave me I stopped him in Gutter-lane, said I was an officer, and stopped him on suspicion of having stolen property in his possession—he said he had none—I took him to Garlick-hill station, searched him and found this small parcel, containing these three rolls of ribbon, and these other two, one in his waistcoat, and the other in his coat pocket—I asked if he could account how he became possessed of them—he said, "No"—I asked if he knew a man named Feltham—he said he did—I asked if he had seen him that morning—he said he had—I asked if he had received anything from him—he said he bad not.
Cross-examined by MR. HORNE. Q. How long have you been a policeman? A. About eight years—this black ribbon I found in Jacobs' waistcoat pocket, this white one in his coat pocket, and these three wrapped up in paper in his other coat pocket—he made no attempt to get away—Shaw was standing by at the time—I do not think he spoke—I do not know whether Jacobs knew he was a policeman—we were both in plain clothes—I should think he did not know him.
CHARLES BANKS . I am a ribbon-manufacturer. My warehouse is in Wood-st., and I have a factory at Coventry—I had, shortly before this, removed from another warehouse—Jacobs had been recommended by Feltham, who was my servant, to assist in moving—in consequence of something that passed on that occasion, I gave directions to Feltham never to have the slightest communication with that fellow—he said he certainly should not; and about six weeks prior to this time I said, "I hope you have no communication with that fellow"—he said, "I have not"—Feltham had been in my employ from ten to eleven years—Shaw called on me on the morning of the 12th, and gave me information, in consequence of which, on Feltham's coming in I gave him into custody of Shaw—these three pieces of satin ribbon in the paper are dressed, but not blocked—they are sent up from the factory undressed, and they are not in a condition to be sold—Feltham knew that—it may happen
that a piece of satin ribbon may be sold to a particular house, for the purpose of their putting a paper of their own on it, and for the purpose of their introducing that particular paper we send them a piece unblocked, but it very rarely happens—I had never given authority to Feltham to give any to Jacobs—these pieces of ribbon are fit for sale, if they had been blocked; but they are not in the usual state for sale, and that Feltham would know—they are my property—they have our particular warehouse mark on them, and the weaver's mark, which is invariably cut off before they are blocked and fitted for sale—we occasionally sell them otherwise, but very rarely—I find from our stock that we have missed ribbon of this sort.
Cross-examined by MR. HORNE. Q. By whom is the warehouse mark put on? A. At our manufactory, at Coventry—there is no mark put on by us in London—the persons who manufacture for us do not manufacture for other persons—we rarely sell them unblocked or undressed, but they are more frequently sold unblocked than undressed—I have sold them unblocked to Spencer and Baguley, for the reason I have told you—we may have sold them to other persons, but very rarely; but one of these pieces we never sold at all, because I know the precise quantity we have made up—I state most positively I never sold a piece of it in this state.
Cross-examined by MR. ROBINSON. Q. You cannot swear this may not have been sold? A. Yes—I know the quantity that has been sent up, twenty-eight pieces, and I find a deficiency from my book—they came up seven pieces at a time, the first at the latter end of Feb., and the last about the latter end of March—the persons in our employ have authority to sell them to customers—I have permitted Feltham to block ribbons for other persons, and found him machinery to do it—he was pretty frequently in the habit of doing it, and the more he did the more pleased I was at it—I did not always see what be did, but they would not be this class of ribbon.
MR. CLARKSON. Q. When you have permitted him to block ribbons, have you permitted him to put your warehouse mark on them? A. No. certainly not—this has my warehouse mark on it—I find this missing, with many others.
LEONARD STARK . I am proprietor of the Cross Keys, Wood-street. I have known Feltham very well for eight years—during the last twelve months he has frequented my house, occasionally by himself, and also in company with Jacobs—Jacobs was there nearly every day during the week—he generally came first, and Feltham came afterwards—they left messages for each other.
Cross-examined by MR. ROBINSON. Q. What hour did Feltham come? A. All hours, with the exception of the evening, and he took refreshment there occasionally—my house is near the prosecutor's warehouse.
MR. CLARKSON. Q. How long would it take a man to go there? A. About three minutes.
(Joseph Tyler, chimney-sweeper, Well-court, Queen-street, Cheapside; Robert Gore, fishmonger; George Bull, woollen warehouseman; John Bullen, boot-maker, St. Thomas the Apostle; and Jonathan Stedman, grocer, New Road, Chelsea, gave Feltham a good character. Henry Archer, sackmaker, Aldersgate-street; John Crate, fruiterer, Monkwell-street; and William Thomas Williams, agent, Queen's Arms yard, gave Jacobs a good character.)
FELTHAM— GUILTY . Aged 35.
JACOBS— GUILTY . Aged 43.
Transported for Seven Years.
MARIA STEED . I live with Mr. Cox, in Park-road. About twelve o'clock, on the 27th of April, the prisoner came and asked for my place, as housemaid—I was going to leave—after I had been in to speak to the lady, I let her into the dining-room, which joins my master's bed-room, and there is a door from that room to the dining-room—the prisoner was in the dining-room, and after the lady had seen her she was there again, for about five minutes—I saw her again when she was going away—I met her as I came up the kitchen stairs, walking from the parlour—after she was gone, I missed two breastpins and chain, and a single pin, from the cushion on the mantel-piece, in my master's bed-room—I had seen them safe about two hours before.
WILLIAM HENRY POWELL , pawnbroker, Park place, Dorset-square. On Saturday afternoon, the 27th of April, the prisoner pledged this union-pin—I am sure it was her—she came again on Monday to redeem the pins, and in consequence of information, I gave her in charge.
Prisoner's Defence. I bought the ticket of the pins at Lambeth of a person I know by sight.
GUILTY .* Aged 49.— Confined Six Months.
ANN KATHERINE STORER . I am a widow, and live in Hyde Park-street—the prisoner was my housemaid. About seven o'clock, on the 3rd of March, she asked to go out for a couple of hours, to see her relation—next morning she told me her mother was dead, and requested me to let her go and see her buried in Wales—I told her to get her things and go—next day I gave her her wages—the things that were missing in the house she said she would make good—I missed a brooch, and went to Spring-street with a policeman and a lady's-maid, on the 15th of March—Webb went up stairs—she showed me two duplicates when she came back—in consequence of that, I went with one to Mr. Smith's, the pawnbroker's, and got this brooch for it—it is mine, and was on the toilet-table, in a box in my daughter's room.
KATE WEBB . I lived at this time with Mrs. Storer, as ladies'-maid—the prisoner was there—I know this brooch—I had seen it on a box on the table on the 19th of Feb.—on the 15th of March I went with Mrs. Storer to No. 10, Spring-street—I went up stairs with the landlady, and went into a room—the landlady opened the drawers in my presence, and took out two duplicates—I gave them to my mistress—I went with her to Mr. Smith's, in Edgware-road, and saw my mistress get this brooch.
ELIZABETH CAROLINE RIMAS . About a fortnight or three weeks before this the prisoner asked me to take the brooch and pledge it for her—she said, "I dare say you will not get a great deal for it; I only gave 2s. 6d. for it"—I cannot swear to this brooch, but it is like the one—I pledged it at Mr. Smith's for 1s., and gave the duplicate to the prisoner.
this brooch in pledge, and gave the duplicate to the party—Mrs. Storer-afterwards came, and I delivered it to her.
JOHN PHILPS (police-constable D 13.) I found the prisoner in William-street, Bryanstone-square—I said I wanted her for robbing her mistress, in Hyde Park-street—she said, "Of what?"—I said, "Of a number of articles, but I can only speak to a brooch."
Prisoner's Defence. I lived with her six months, and she had twentynine servants; this is all out of spite; she can't keep a servant; I gave a man 2s. 6d. for the brooch; I offered her my keys to search my box, and she refused then.
NOT GUILTY .
PHCEBE PARRY . I am the wife of John Parry, a general dealer. The prisoner lodged at my house with her husband and children—I gave her into custody on the 24th of April—I then missed these shifts and other things—these are them.
CAROLINE PARRY . I am daughter of Phœ be Parry. The prisoner lodged at our house—on Monday, the 22nd, she was taken into custody—my mother was from home—between three and four o'clock in the afternoon that day I saw the prisoner get up on the window ledge, put her hand up, and take some things out of the window that looks into the yard at the back—she put her hand through a broken pane, and took out some shirts and shifts and a great many things—I called to her, and she chucked them down by the side of the water-butt, and ran up stairs—I picked them up, and the policeman came and took her.
Cross-examined by MR. DOANE. Q. How long has she lodged with you? A. Since Christmas—her husband is a respectable working man—he is lodging there now—we have three more lodgers—I was in the room where these things were—my mother deals in these kind of things—our customers come into the front room—I was in the back room sweeping it up, when the prisoner took these things out—she did not appear to have been drinking.
MART ANN BAKER . I am the wife of John Baker, and live at the back of Mrs. Parry—I can see the back of her house—I had just come home on the 22nd of April, and looked out of my window—I saw the prisoner come into Parry's yard—she looked round, then got on the ledge of the cellarflap, and took a parcel of things out of the window—the girl hallooed out, and the prisoner chucked the things down at the corner of the yard.
Cross-examined. Q. This is not a shift which you wore? A. No—there is no mark on it—it is one I had for sale—I buy a dozen in a day sometimes.
NOT GUILTY .
eleven o'clock in the morning, he came and said he could not get on with his work for want of tools—I gave my foreman some money to buy some tools for him—they went out together—the foreman returned in the afternoon, but the prisoner did not—I find my men the tools to work with in my premises, and when they have done they bring them to me—I put down in a book what tools they have, and what they bring in.
Cross-examined by MR. DOANE. Q. How long is it since he first worked for you? A. I think a year and half ago—he only worked twice for me—he had worked about a week for me when he wanted more tools—he was working piece-work.
CHARLES CANNELL . I am foreman to the prosecutor—he sent me with the prisoner to buy some tools—I bought a saw and a plane, and gave them to the prisoner to take to my master, and half-a-crown to buy a rasp and a rule—I went back to my master's—I did not find the prisoner or the tools—I went next night to the prisoner unknown to my master, and asked what he had done with the tools—he said he had pawned the saw, but the plane he had in his house, and he had spent the half-crown—I said he had better bring back the tools the next day—he said he would, but he did not—I went on the Sunday, and gave him in charge—this is the plane and saw.
Cross-examined. Q. The plane was found at his house? A. Yes—he delivered it to the officer—I found him drunk the day after I bought the tools.
NOT GUILTY .
GEORGE RIDGWAT . I am in the employ of Mr. David Jones, an oil-man, in High-street, Kensington. On the 24th of April the prisoner came in, she went to the soap-box in the middle of the shop, took a piece of soap out, and put it under her shawl—she then took another piece—I was serving a customer—the prisoner was going out—I told her I would serve her directly—she said she had not time to wait—she went out—I went and tapped her on the shoulder, and told her to come back—she then took the soap from under her shawl, and said she was very sorry, and she would pay any money for it.
GUILTY. Aged 61.—Recommended to mercy.— Confined Seven Days.
1444. MARY BURNETT and HONORA GALLIHAR were indicted for stealing 1 pair of boots, value 6d.; 1 table-cover, 6d.; half a yard of oilskin, 6d.; 1 collar, 2d.; 1 cape, 1d.; and 1 yard of calico, 3d.; the goods of George Bagley, their master.
FRANCIS CRUTTENDEN (police-constable V 138.) I saw Burnett on the 21st of April, about nine o'clock at night, at the Wheatsheaf at Fulham—about ten minutes after Gallihar came in—Burnett was then gone—I asked Gallihar where the cook's parcel was—she said she had given it to her husband to take to London—I said if she did not tell me where the parcel was, I would take her to the station—she said she had the parcel at home, that she had broken the seal and the string, opened it, and found some of her master's property in it—I went with her to her house in Wheatsheaf-alley—she got this parcel out of the cupboard—it was undone—it had this table-cover,
boots, and other things in it—I asked if that was all—she said yes—I took her and the parcel, and showed the property to Mr. Bayley—he claimed it—I apprehended Burnett—she asked if I had found the parcel—I said I had got the woman and the parcel, but the woman would not give it up without she came and authorised her to do it—Burnett had told me the night before that she gave it to Gallihar to take to her aunt in Jerusalempassage, Clerkenwell.
GEORGE BAGLEY . I am a market-gardener, and live at Fulham. Gallihar was employed by me in the garden—Burnett was my domestic servant—these boots are mine—they were in the attic up stairs—I have no doubt this table-cover is mine—I had such a one on my counting-house table.
Burnett. I did not think it was any harm to take these old things which were lying about.
BURNETT— GUILTY. Aged 27.—Recommended to mercy.— Confined One Month.
GALLIHAR— NOT GUILTY .
MARTHA MORTIBOY . I am the wife of James Mortiboy, a grocer, in Upper Holloway-road. On the 20th of April, about a quarter before eleven o'clock, I was in the back kitchen, and saw some men in our yard, which has an opening to the road—they passed my kitchen window going out into the road—they were coming in a direction from the shed—one of them had a sack on his back, and I believe that was Williams—I should not like to swear to either of the prisoners, as I only saw their side faces, but I believe they were the men—I went to the shed, and found the door broken open—it had been shut and locked that morning—some coals were kept in it, and some kitchenstuff in two tubs—I went into the road, and met my brother-in-law—I told him, and in about two hours afterwards I saw the prisoners at the station—I cannot swear to this kitchen-stuff, but it resembles ours, and I missed about this quantity.
THOMAS WILLIAM MORTIBOY . I am Mrs. Mortiboy's brother-in-law. She told me what had happened—I went in pursuit, and came in sight of the persons she had described—they were the prisoners—they were in company with another man in Maiden-lane, about three quarters of a mile from the prosecutor's—they were carrying two sacks—I took Williams, who had one sack—I gave him in charge, and went after the other men—I overtook them in the Chalk-road—I secured Mountain, who had the other sack—the other man got away.
SAMUEL FROST (police-constable N 119.) Williams was put into my care, and one of these sacks, which contained 22lbs. of kitchen-stuff—another sack was brought about five minutes after, which had 37lbs. of the same stuff.
Mountain. I was in Maiden-lane, and a young man asked me to carry the bag.
MOUNTAIN— GUILTY . Aged 26.
WILLIAMS— GUILTY . Aged 21.
Confined Twelve Months.
CHARLES ATFIELD , linen-draper, High-street, Poplar. On the 17th of April, about ten o'clock in the morning, a person came to my shop and asked for an article which I had not got—he went out, and I afterwards saw him standing at the end of the street, about 150 yards off—I missed the handkerchiefs from my window—I went to the corner, and saw the prisoner leave the man whom I had seen in my shop—I am sure he was the man—I did not see the prisoner speak to him—I followed the prisoner down Wade's-place, and down Cross-street, about 200 yards—I do not know what became of the other man, I ran after the prisoner—he ran very fast; I could not catch him, but he was stopped when I called "Stop thief"—I came up and told him to come back with me—my handkerchiefs were banded to me by a witness, over some palings, before I came to the prisoner.
Cross-examined by MR. PAYNE. Q. When was the strange man in your shop? A. Between ten and eleven o'clock—I went to the door, and saw him turn down Wade-street, and conversing with another person—the prisoner turned and saw me, and began to run.
JOHN HOLT . I live in Cross-street, Poplar. I saw the prisoner, between ten and eleven o'clock, running very fast down Cross-street, and Mr. Atfield after him—he pointed to him, and called, "Stop thief"—I ran after him about 200 yards up Wade-street, and saw him throw something towards a shoemaker's shop door—he then turned to the East India-road, and there I saw him throw something over Rome palings into a yard—I followed him to North-street, and caught him—I held him till Mr. Atfield came—he asked me to bring him back—I led him back to the shop, and stopped there till the policeman came and took him.
Cross-examined. Q. What are you? A. I carry out beer—to the best of my belief, what the prisoner threw went into the shoemaker's shop—a gentleman was coming towards the door, and caught it against himself.
JOHN GREEN . I am a seaman, and live in Duff-street, Poplar. On the 17th of April there was a cry of "Stop thief"—I was passing down the East India-road, and a young man passed me very quickly—I cannot say whether it was the prisoner—I saw him throw the handkerchiefs from his hand over a fence.
Cross-examined. Q. Was it not between nine and ten o'clock in the morning? A. I could not really say—I picked up the handkerchiefs, and gave them to Mr. Atfield.
CAROLINE LADYMAN . I am the wife of a policeman. On Wednesday morning, the 17th of April, was in the East India-road between ten and eleven o'clock—I heard a cry of "Stop thief"—I saw the prisoner running—he took some pocket-handkerchiefs from his bosom, threw them over the palings, and they lodged on a lilac tree—I saw Mr. Green take them from the tree.
Cross-examined. Q. When did they find you out? A. The same day—one of the handkerchiefs was silk, the other cotton—I was within a yard of the handkerchiefs—I never had them in my hand—the prisoner passed me very quickly, but I can swear to him—I saw him some distance before he came to me—there were a number of persons running, but no one near him.
(Property produced and sworn to.)
GUILTY . Aged 21.— Confined One Year.
GUILTY . Aged 19.— Confined Three Months.
(The prisoner received a good character.)
NEW COURT.—Thursday, May 9th, 1844.
Sixth Jury, before Mr. Common Sergeant.
GUILTY . Aged 15.— Confined Three Months.
GUILTY . Aged 27.— Transported for Seven Years.
JAMES HOLLAND . I am clerk to Mr. George Marshall, and live in Southgate-cottage. On the 3rd of April I received information—I went round to the prisoner's, and saw two deals in the back kitchen, and four more were on the scaffold—I can swear the two had been on my master's premises.
Cross-examined by MR. CLARKSON. Q. You learned from the prisoner, who was building some houses, the name of the sawyer who brought them there? A. Yes—I could not find the sawyer.
Cross-examined. Q. Do you mean that you found them on Wednesday, the 3rd of April? A. I do not exactly recollect the day I asked the prisoner how he came by them—he said he did not know; then he. said the sawyer brought them—this was a new house—it was between ten and eleven o'clock—the prisoner was taken about eleven, after I had been and spoken to him—I fetched my father, and found the prisoner in the same place—I had seen the deals two or three days before—I will not swear that I had seen them within three days—I had seen the two yellow deals within four days—these premises were unfinished—they were open the same as other buildings—they are about twelve houses from the prosecutor's.
JOHN HENRY CRABER . I have worked for the prisoner—we had a verbal agreement to build this house—I cannot recollect what it was—there were goods coming which I could not account for, and I was not paid—I felt grieved at the way things went on.
Cross-examined. Q. Did you not go to Mr. Brodrick and tell him you had only had 6s. 6d. for the week? you would not stand it any longer, and if he did not pay you you would try some other means? A. I said to Mr. Brodrick on the Saturday previous that I should certainly leave the concern in consequence of things coming there in the way they did—I do not know who brought them—I did not say anything about not getting paid then—I did on the Monday before—I said I had 6s. 6d. for the week, and if I did not get paid I would try other means—the Magistrate said I stood in a critical situation.
COURT. Q. Did you say anything to the prisoner? A. Yes, I remonstrated with him, and asked him how the deals came there—he said he did not know what business it was of mine how they came there, if I did not choose to let them stay he would take them to his own home—he said he bought them of the sawyers.
Q. Did you swear this?"About the 29th of March, while I was at my breakfast at our building, one of the sawyers employed (I believe, a man named Milton) came into the back kitchen and dropped two deals very quickly, and went away?" A. I swore that I was at the back of the building, and one of the sawyers, which I believe to be Milton, came in and dropped two deals—I did not see what he dropped—I swore that he dropped these two deals—(looking at his deposition)—I did not go and tell of him.
NOT GUILTY .
THOMAS GEORGE HOLLAND . These deals are Mr. Marshall's—I found them at the prisoner's—I asked him how he came by them—he said the sawyer brought them, and he bought them of the sawyer—I think he said that Milton was the sawyer—we had had a sawyer of that name, but we have not seen him since.
NOT GUILTY .
GUILTY .— Confined Two Months.
GUILTY . Aged 36.— Confined Four Days.
(The prisoner received a good character.)
WILLIAM DOWELL , butcher, Wapping-wall. I am a ship-owner—Fowler and Garrett were my apprentices on board ship—on the 27th of April I sent some beef down to the vessel—about eleven o'clock, or half-past, I was standing at the stairs looking over the boat, and saw Fowler turning over the meat some time, he then felt his jacket pocket, and proceeded from the stern to the bow—Garrett handed a knife from his pocket to Fowler, who cut a piece of beef—it was my beef—he then proceeded to the bow of the boat, and handed the beef to Williams, who was standing on the shore—he wrapped it in a blue handkerchief and put it into his hat—they then came up the stairs and I took them.
Fowler's Defence. I cut the meat off; we had had breakfast about five o'clock that morning, two miles below Woolwich, and pulled up there; we got there about nine o'clock; we waited till twelve o'clock, and then felt very hungry, and knew there was only that chance of getting it; Williams came to ask if the master was there; he wanted to go to the ship again, as he had been in it before; I gave him the beef, and asked him to cook it while we waited.
Williams's Defence. I saw these young men going down the Pelican stairs; Fowler said, "Can you cook us a bit of meat?" as he knew I lodged in a public-house opposite; I said, "Yes;" he said, "Well, I will go and cut a piece, give me a handkerchief;" he brought me the handkerchief with the meat; he said, "Come along with me, I will show you where the captain is;" we went and got to the top of the stairs; the prosecutor came and took me.
been on board the ship and have had food—I believe this meat was not to eat, but to give to Williams—I know nothing of him but from report—he did not tell me he had it to cook—Fowler said so before the Magistrate.
NOT GUILTY .
JOHN FIELD . I am in the service of John Simpson, of Tottenham-court-road. On the 15th of April, between seven and eight o'clock in the evening, the prisoner came in with others to purchase a pair of shoes—I could not suit them, and put up what I had showed them—they went out—in five or ten minutes the policeman made a shout at the door—he had these boots in his hand—I had not sold the prisoner anything—I am sure these are my master's boots—I missed them.
GUILTY . Aged 17.— Confined Three Months.
BENJAMIN BAKER . I live with Thomas Pryce Jones, a pawnbroker, in Tothill-street. On the night of the 29th of April I was opposite the shop, and saw the prisoner coming out of the passage with something under his coat as if concealing it—he went to the side door, and went in again—I met him again, and stopped him—he struck me twice, and finding him too strong I called for assistance—the shopman came, we found these things at the door which separates the public passage from the private passage, just where I saw the prisoner turn round to go in again—the coats had hung on some pegs in the passage—it was then a quarter-past nine o'clock, and business was closed—there was no entry but through the private passage where the man had got the shutters from to shut the shop up—the prisoner said he had come to look for his wife, who had come to pledge a handkerchief.
MARIA TOMKINS . At a quarter-past nine o'clock I was going up stairs, and had not passed the place where these coats were on the pegs a minute, when I heard the coats thrown down—I ran down again, and saw the coats down at the passage door, and the prisoner was stopped by Baker—the coat had been removed about a yard from where I bad seen them safe—I picked them up.
Prisoner's Defence. I was in the Rose and Crown, which is next door but one; I sent my wife to pawn a handkerchief about "half-past eight; I stopped till about nine; I went and looked in one box, and could not see her; I was coming out, and this man seized me.
GUILTY . Aged 33.— Transported for Seven Years.
Prisoner. Q. Have you any private mark on them? A. No—I swear to them by their general appearance—I have no doubt they are mine—I had seen them in the shop where the prisoner was working.
to search him—I found a duplicate of a pair of pliers—I attempted to take it from him—he was very violent, and used very abusive language, and tried to destroy the duplicate and another card.
Prisoner's Defence. I bought them of a man a week previous.
NOT GUILTY .
THOMAS WIGGINGTON , jeweller, Corporation-lane. The prisoner was in my employ about six weeks—I delivered to him, on the 5th of April, 3ozs. 13dwts. 18grs. of gold, worth about 3l. 14s., to work into six dozen of half hoop rings—he worked in my shop from Good Friday up to Saturday night, the 13th of April—he had nearly finished three dozen rings—I looked into his box on the Sunday morning, and weighed the gold and rings—there was then one strip of gold safe in his box—that would hardly make up the right weight, but I supposed at that time it would—the strip was to make the other three dozen—the waste he had no further use for, so I took it away—he was not there at the time—he did not come to work on the Monday, but on the Sunday he called, and asked me to lend him 1s., and said he had spent all his money—on the Tuesday morning he came to work, and asked for his box—it was sent out to him, and half an hour after I went and saw his box was unlocked, which he had no right to leave so—I opened it, and missed the strip of gold—I asked the lad if any one had been in the shop since Kay left it—he said, "No"—I went to search for the prisoner, and we took him at nine o'clock that night—he denied all knowledge of it.
Prisoner. I did not receive this strip of gold till Easter Tuesday. Witness, I gave it him on Good Friday—it was cut in slips when he received it from me—the boy was sent to the mills with it—I do not recollect his returning and saying there was no one there—the prisoner left the key in his box on Sunday.
COURT. Q. When you give out gold do you make a memorandum of it? A. Yes—this is it—on one side there is what is given out every day, and on the other what comes in.
CHARLES HENRY SAUNDERS , refiner, St. John's-square. On Tuesday, the 16th of April, the prisoner brought me a strip of gold—I have seen the gold articles of his work, and they correspond with the slip as near as I can judge—I gave him 13s. 6d. for 18dwts. of gold.
Prisoner. Q. Have I not repeatedly dealt with you before? A. Yes, but not for six months previous—I think it is seven or eight years since you commenced buying and selling.
JURY. Q. Is it customary to purchase gold in strips? A. Yes—he gave as his reason for its being so bad, that he could not use it—it was very bad.
Prisoner's Defence. I have dealt with Saunders, acting for others as well as myself; this gold was not mine, but, as I came out, on Tuesday morning, a person asked me to go and sell it to Mr. Saunders; many a man in business does not like to go to Mr. Saunders' shop, but I did not mind.
GUILTY . Aged 42.— Confined Six Months.
DAVID SAMUEL SHEPPARD . I live with Keziah Marshall, a widow, in Duke-street, Manchester-square. About seven o'clock, on the morning of the 23rd of April, I was taking the bars of the shutters down—Reuben Way
gave me information—I went, and saw Thomas with a bag in his hand, and out of that bag I saw Way pull this carpet bag—it is my mistress's bag—I had seen it safe five minutes before..
JURY. Q. Did you see King near the shop? A. No—I had got about six doors from the house before I saw Thomas.
REUBEN WAY . I live in Duke-street. About a quarter before seven o'clock I was taking down my shutters, and saw the two prisoners come up to Marshall's shop—King took the carpet bag, and gave it to Thomas—they both walked away—I went and took Thomas—King went away, and turned down James-street—he was taken up at the office about half-past twelve o'clock—I am sure he is the person.
Thomas. Q. Did you not swear that I took the bag? A. Yes—I did not notice him at first—I am now quite sure that King took it, and gave it to Thomas.
Thomas's Defence. A man came and asked me to carry this bag; I had got a canvas bag; he said was it clean—I said, "Yes;" he asked me to wrap it up in that—I said it did not belong to me; it was given to me to carry.
King's Defence. I was going up High-street, and saw a mob where the office is; I had been stopping some time, and ran, being afraid the person I was going to see would be gone; the officer then came in and took me.
THOMAS— GUILTY . Aged 25.— Confined Three Months.
KING— NOT GUILTY .
GUILTY. Aged 38.—Recommended to mercy.— Confined One Month.
RICHARD FRESHWATER , milkman, Kingsgate-street, Holborn. On the 25th of April I left my can at the corner of Frederick-street, about half-past seven o'clock, and I missed it at ten minutes to eight—this is it.
GUILTY . Aged 54.— Confined Four Months.
Prisoner's Defence. A lad asked me to mind them while he went over the way.
GUILTY . Aged 17.— Confined Three Months.
WILLIAM SALMON . I am servant to Joseph William Clark, of Longacre. On the 27th of April the prisoner came to the shop, and after she left I went to the window, and missed a pair of trowsers—I followed her up the street, and at the corner of Bow-street she turned, saw me, and threw down these trowsers, which are my master's.
Prisoner. I asked if he had a second-hand pair of trowsers; he came and said I had thrown down the trowsers, and I had not; I never was off the step of the door. Witness. I never lost sight of her—she had got about a hundred yards—the trowsers had been inside the inner sash—I heard the sash open, and soon after she went I missed the trowsers.
GUILTY . Aged 33.— Confined One Month.
EDWARD JOPSON . I live in John's-passage, Old-street-road, and am a general dealer. I gave the prisoner three sieves of cherries in July last, to go out and sell, and bring me the money—he did not return with the money or the cherries—I was not able to take him till lately—they were worth about 18s.
Prisoner. I received 4s., and I took 3s. 6d. home.
GUILTY . Aged 23.— Confined Two Months.
MR. BALLANTINE conducted the Prosecution.
THOMAS ROBINSON . I am in partnership with two other persons; we are silk manufacturers, and live in Fort-street, Spitalfields. The prisoner was our workman—on the 19th of April he brought home a piece of velvet—I complained to him that it was not cleaned—on the 22nd he called again for some fresh work—I said I was not certain whether we should give him more, as his last piece did not give satisfaction—he said, if I liked he would take it, and try to improve it, and afterwards he said he could get the assistance of a man named Bagley, who had worked for us previously, and was a skilful work-man—I trusted the prisoner with the velvet on the Monday, which was worth about 15l.—he ought to have brought it home the next day—I have never seen it since—it was in a saleable state.
Prisoner. Q. Did you not say, "You must take it to Mr. Bagley's; and if you don't clean it I will send it to be shaved, and you must pay me for shaving it?" A. I never said anything of the kind—all the wages that were due to him were paid on the Saturday.
COURT. Q. He had no business to have possession of the velvet after Tuesday, at all events? A. No.
ANN COLLINS . I am a widow, and live in Weaver-street, Spitalfields. The prisoner lodged with me—his week expired on the Saturday night—he brought home a piece of velvet on a Monday—I forget the day of the month, and he left me on the Tuesday morning—I saw the velvet on the Tuesday morning, before he went away—it was in a box—he had not given me any notice of his intention to leave—I did not see him again till he was in custody.
JOHN LEWIS (City police-constable, No, 581.) I took the prisoner in the Minories, on the 28th of April—I found on him 4l. 9s. 6d., a duplicate, and a passenger's contract in the ship Napier, to New York—he said the 2l. which was paid ought to be returned, that he had a bed on board and a bag of biscuits—I told him I took him for absconding with a piece of velvet—he said, "Very well"—I told him at the station that it was a piece of velvet belonging to Mr. Robinson—he said, "I took that home on Friday."
JOSEPH PERRINS . I am foreman to Thomas Robinson and others—I asked the prisoner, when he was taken, what he had done with the piece of velvet—he said, "What piece?"—I said, "You make yourself ridiculous in asking that question"—he said no more then, but afterwards said the conduct of his master was vexatious, and enough to drive a man to desperation.
Prisoner's Defence. On the Friday I took home the piece, and Mr. Robinson found fault; I said it was the fault of the dye; he would not pay me; I went on the Saturday, and was in and out six times before he would speak to me, and at last he said to Mr. Perrins, "Pay him, and we will see about it on Monday." On the Monday he said, "Take this to Bagley, and if you don't get it done, I will make you pay for it." I did not like to let Mr. Bagley know that I was found fault with, as it would be injurious to him and me; I thought I would take it to another man; he said he would take me to a man who would do it for 7s. 6d.; we had some gin; I got drunk, and fell asleep, and lost the property; I got the money found on me from a person I had worked for in Spital-square; Mr. Robinson is receiving 1s. 6d. from each hand for the loss he has sustained; the hands are compelled to sign a book to that effect, or else they will not be employed by him.
GUILTY . Aged 31.— Confined Six Months.
SAMUEL LEES . I live at the Bayswater coffee-house. On saturday night, the 27th of April, I went to bed—I put my watch on a nail in the wall by the bed-side, and in the morning it was gone—this is it—there was no one in the room but me to my knowledge.
Cross-examined by ADOLPHUS. Q. Where is your room? A. Up two pairs of stairs—three or four persons inhabit the same room—I went to bed about a quarter or twenty minutes before twelve o'clock—I had never seen the prisoner to my knowledge—there is a public coffee-room there—there is nothing to hinder any one from going up to my room—the other tenants of my room leave on Saturday evenings to go to their own homes—they do not live there entirely, but I do.
WILLIAM TOWNSEND . On the Wednesday following, the 27th of April, the prisoner offered me the duplicate of a silver watch for 3s.—I offered him half-a-crown for it—he said he would not sell it for that—I asked him twice whose it was, and he said it was his own—I went to Mr. Mills—he wanted 15s. 3d. for it—I would not pay that for it.
Cross-examined. Q. Did you know the prisoner? A. Yes, for about five months—he has been in my master's employ, and I have known him to wear a watch, and that made me buy the duplicate—he did not say he had bought the duplicate—he said the property was his—I knew where to find him, and I did find him when I was stopped for offering the duplicate—he is an honest industrious labourer.
Cross-examined. Q. If you had met the prisoner in the street, would you have said he was the man? A. I do not know that I should.
NOT GUILTY .
FRANCOIS WOLANKSKI (by an interpreter.) On the 24th of April I was in Oxford-street—I had nine shillings in a purse in my coat-pocket—I felt something, turned round, and saw my purse in the prisoner's hand—I told him it belonged to me—he would not give it up—I said I would call for the policeman.
Prisoner. He stated there was a hole in the bottom of his pocket, and that I picked it off the ground. Witness. There was no hole in my pocket at first, but there was afterwards, and it appeared to have been cut—I did not see him take the purse from the ground.
THOMAS MACKLIN . I was in Oxford-street, and saw the prosecutor collar the prisoner—the prisoner put his hand behind him, and put something into another person's hand, who walked off with it—the policeman came and took
Prisoner. I was standing talking to a young man; a purse laid on the ground; I was stooping to pick it up, and another man picked it up; what I passed behind me was a metal ring which was given to the officer.
GUILTY . Aged 19.— Transported for Ten Years.
GEORGE KEMP (police-constable N 82.) I was tent to the prisoner's house—I know it was his house, because I found some property there which he said was his wife's—I found this pot and three others there, and a tin kettle to melt the pots in—it has some pewter in it now—I saw a girl in the house who he said was his daughter.
CHARLES ATKINS (police-constable S 91.) I produce a certificate of the prisoner's former conviction, which I got from Mr. Clark's office—(read)—he is the person—he had also been convicted before that.
GUILTY . Aged 41.— Transported for Ten Years.
(There were two other indictments against the prisoner.)
WILLIAM HARVEY . I live in Oxford-street. On Sunday, the 28th of April, I left home, and got very ill through drinking—I got into a cab—I felt unwell in the cab and used my handkerchief—I never remember anything more till this handkerchief was produced to me—it is mine.
Cross-examined by MR. DOANE. Q. This was on Sunday night? A. Yes—I
had been making merry, as others do—I do not remember anything after leaving the Waterford Arms, and being in the cab, till the policeman came to me—I felt as if I was going to be sick in the cab, but I was not.
STEPHEN OVENDEN (policeman.) I was in Oxford-street at a quarter before eleven o'clock that night—I saw Taylor driving the cab, and Jones sitting on the box with him—Taylor drove up to the curb-stone; he then got down, and let Jones into the cab—Taylor partly shut the cab door—I went and took Taylor—I opened the door, and saw Jones with his hand in the waistcoat pocket of the prosecutor, who was lying asleep—I seized Taylor with my left hand, and endeavoured to seize Jones with my right, as he was in the cab—he leaned forward and passed his hand to Taylor, who put something into his left-hand coat pocket—I found this handkerchief in the nose-bag, in the fore boot of the cab—Taylor had no opportunity of going to that boot after I seized him, but I saw Jones go.
Cross-examined. Q. It was not a handkerchief that Taylor received from Jones? A. No; it was suspected to be money.
Jones. I was at Mr. Harvey's door, ringing the bell, when the policeman came; I walked up to Mr. Harvey, and helped the policeman in with him. Witness, No; Taylor and I assisted Mr. Harvey in, and Jones went to the fore part of the cab—I shook the mat of the cab, then went to the fore boot, and opened the nose-bag, and found the handkerchief—I brought the mat to the station after I brought the handkerchief.
(The prisoners received good characters.)
TAYLOR— GUILTY . Aged 18.
JONES— GUILTY . Aged 22.
Confined Three Months.
1470. JAMES GRADY was indicted for stealing 1 jacket, value 8s.; 1 shilling, 2 sixpences, 2 pence, and I halfpenny; the property of James White: and 1 jacket, value 5s.; 1 knife, 1s.; 1 groat, and 2 pence; the property of Miles Riley.
JAMES WHITE . I live with my parents. I had a jacket in a box on the 27th of April, and some sixpences and coppers in my working trowsers' pocket, which I left on the chair when I went to bed—I awoke about half-past six o'clock next morning, and missed my jacket and money—this is my jacket—I know the prisoner well.
Cross-examined by MR. PAYNE. Q. What are you? A. I work at ballast work—I asked the prisoner what made him rob a poor mate—he said he would not have robbed me had it not been for Peter Cavanagh—Cavanagh has made his escape—I do not know whether the prisoner had been drinking overnight—I had seen him at Brown's public-house, where I went to ask him about one of the lodgers.
Cross-examined. Q. You did not see the prisoner in the house? A. No—I could not swear to him.
Cross-examined. Q. Had you seen him before? A. No; but I know his features, and am sure of him.
JAMES PORTCH (police-constable H 91.) I saw the prisoner asleep in Vinegar-fields, Poplar, about twelve o'clock in the day—I found 9 1/2 d. on him, and 6d. in silver—I should say he had been drinking.
GUILTY. Aged 19.—Recommended to mercy.— Confined Three Month.
JOHN EMANUEL RADFORD . I live in Hatton-garden. Between nine and ten o'clock at night, on the 25th of April, I was in Cockspur-street—I was told something, and found my pocket handkerchief was gone—it was a blue handkerchief with a red figure on it—I have not found it.
Cross-examined by MR. PAYNE. Q. Were there a number of persons about? A. Yes—it was the Queen's birth-night.
EDWARD BURGESS (police-constable B 198.) I saw the two prisoners, and two other persons with them, following the prosecutor—I saw Bryan put his hand into the prosecutor's pocket, and take out a handkerchief—he passed it to one of the others, but I could not see which—I took Bryan, and handed him to Watkins—I took Dodd, and found this handkerchief on him, which he said was his own, that he had taken it out of pawn.
Cross-examined. Q. Can you not be mistaken as to Bryan? A. No; I was quite close to him.
COURT. Q. How long had yon been watching them? A. About a quarter of an hour, walking and talking together.
THOMAS WATKINS (police-sergeant K 310.) I was with Burgess—I saw Bryan take a handkerchief from the prosecutor's coat pocket, and pass it to another person; I could not see who—I am sure that Dodd and Bryan had been walking and talking together, and following the prosecutor.
Cross-examined. Q. What sort of a handkerchief was it? A. It appeared a blue one—I was close behind the parties—I am certain I am not mistaken—Dodd was closer to Burgess than the other persons were—there was a great crowd—we thought Dodd had it, but we were mistaken.
(Bryan received a good character.)
BRYAN— GUILTY. Aged 16.—Recommended to mercy.— Confined Two Months.
DODD— NOT GUILTY .
JOHN WHITE POWRIE . I am a baker—the prisoner was in my service, and was employed to receive money for me—if he received 19s. 5 3/4 d. on the 20th of April, he has not paid it to me, nor 7s. on the 22nd—he should have done so on the evening of the day on which he received it.
Prisoner. I was in his employ from about the 27th of July; it was his duty to settle my accounts every night, which he never did, from the first day I entered till I left him. He was in the habit of going and getting intoxicated, and staying out till two or three o'clock in the morning. He can't produce any cash-book, to show the accounts settled.
JURY. Q. Did he carry out bread for you? A. Yes—I sent bills out every week—I am so much engaged at home, I cannot go to my customers, to ascertain what mistakes existed—the prisoner took advantage of that, and I did not know how the accounts stood—he took so much time to serve his customers, and did not return till half-past ten o'clock at night—I was not
able to book his bread, and it remained till the end of the week, When we settled as well as we could—these amounts have never been paid to me—these sums are not entered—part of this book is in my writing, and part is the prisoner's—he received Mrs. Pearson's on the 22nd of April, and absconded on that day—I received 18s. 6d. of him on the 21st, but that was not part of Mrs. Pedley's money—he told me there had been no bills paid him that week—I received no money of him on the 22nd, I distinctly swear.
Prisoner. I paid him that day before I left.
GUILTY of embezzling the 7s. Aged 26.— Confined Six Months.
RICHARD SINCLAIR (police-constable N 321.) I stopped the prisoner with these stockings and flannel waistcoat on her person—she said Mrs. Barrett had given them to her—these other things were found at her house.
GUILTY . Aged 39.— Confined Nine Months.
(There was another indictment against the prisoner.)
JOHN MADDEN . I am a shoemaker, and live in Marylebone. On the evening of the 29th of April, I was crossing the north side of Cavendishsquare—the prisoner impeded my progress, she would not let me go on—she got her hand round me, and by some means got this purse out of my pocket—I told her several times to let me go—at last she gave me a push and ran away—the policeman took my purse from her hand—this is it.
Cross-examined by MR. HORRY. Q. Did you have a little conversation with her? A. She stopped me, but I told her I was in a hurry, and wanted to go.
(The prisoner received a good character.)
GUILTY . Aged 25.— Confined Three Months.
ABRAHAM COHEN . I am a carpet-dealer, and live in Long-alley. On the 1st of May, about half-past eleven o'clock in the morning, I saw the prisoner take my carpet from the threshold of my door, and I never saw it or him again till he was in custody—this is it.
GUILTY . Aged 20.— Confined Three Months.
JOHN COX . I live with Godfrey Bingley Wadsworth, he has one partner; the prisoner was in their service. On the 24th of April, when I came down in the morning, I found my drawer, which was under the counter,
open, and a bag of silver gone from it—the prisoner was gone also—this is the bag—I can only swear to 3l. of silver being in it.
WILLIAM GLADWIN (police-constable R 122.) I took the prisoner at Woolwich—he took this bag out of his pocket, and put it on the seat in the station—I asked whose it was—he said he did not know—he afterwards said he took it from his master's, and that all the property belonged to his master—there is 4l. 3s. in the bag, all in silver.
(The prisoner received a good character.)
GUILTY . Aged 14.— Confined Six Months.
CHARLES REEVE . I live with Mr. Tomlinson, a pawnbroker. These three sheets and three shirts were pawned by the prisoner on the 12th of March, on the 1st of April, on the 6th of April, and on the 17th of April.
Prisoner. I meant to fetch them out again; I was in the prosecutor's employ.
GUILTY . Aged 54.— Confined Six Months.
(There was another indictment against the prisoner.)
1478. JAMES LYNCH and JOHN BROWN were indicted for stealing 1 necklace, value 7s., the goods of Richard Tillett, from the person of Charlotte Tillett; and that Lynch had been before convicted of felony.
JANE DEAR . I am fifteen years old—I live in Queen street, Hoxton. On the 30th of April I was at No. 1, Hoxton, next door to Mrs. Tillett's, and was walking with her two little children—her husband's name is Richard—I had the little child in my arms, and Charlotte, who is two years old, was walking—Lynch came up, took her bobbin away from her, and tied a little bit of string to it—I told him to leave it alone, and then he snatched the beads off her neck—Brown was standing next door, and holding his head down, that I should not see his face—he did not do anything, but ran away with Lynch, and he was with Lynch when they first came up.
Lynch. I know nothing at all of Brown.
LYNCH— GUILTY .
BROWN— NOT GUILTY .
HARRIET COLLINS . I am the wife of John Beadle Collins, of Kingsland-road. On the 27th of April, about twelve o'clock, I sent my little girl, Harriet, out for some porter—she is six years old—she did not come back when I expected—I went out, and saw Lynch touch her necklace—Brown and another person were with him—as soon as Lynch saw me coming he snatched the necklace from the child's neck, and it fell to the ground—he picked it up, and they all three ran away together—I am sure the two prisoners were there, and Lynch took the necklace.
LYNCH— GUILTY . Aged 15.— Transported for Ten Years.
BROWN— GUILTY . Aged 16.— Confined Three Months.
Prisoner. I was going to take them home on Saturday night.
(The prisoner received a good character.)
GUILTY . Aged 18.— Confined One Month.
GUILTY .— Transported for Seven Years.
GUILTY . Aged 20.— Confined Twelve Months.
GUILTY . Aged 14.— Transported for Seven Years.
GEORGE BRADBURY . I am shopman to Benjamin Edwards, a jeweller, in Shoreditch. On the afternoon of the 16th of April I was in my master's shop—the prisoner came to ask for some wedding rings—I took the glass case out of the window, and put five or six rings on the counter—he looked at them, and tried them—some were too large, and some too small—he then put his hand into the glass case, and said some of those would suit him better—he took out three, tried them, and then made an attempt to put them down, but he only put down one of the three—I saw the other two pass quickly into his left hand—he then tossed up a sovereign in his hand, and pointed to a ring on the counter, and said, "What is the price of that one?"—I took the rings off the counter, and put the glass case on a work-box—he was going to the door, and I taxed him with having two rings in his left hand—he stood for a minute, and said, "So I have one;" and when he was taking that, I saw part of the other one—I tried to lay hold of him, but he drew back, and ran out—I jumped over the counter, and ran after him—I called, "Stop thief," and so did he—I ran 600 yards, and caught him—I then saw the other ring in his mouth—I took him back 200 or 300 yards towards the shop, he asked me to let him walk quietly by my side—I objected to that, and took him back to the shop, and taxed him with the ring being in his mouth—it was a minute or a minute and a half before we attempted to take it from him, but could not—I should say he swallowed it—he then had a sovereign in his hand, which he tried to get into his mouth, to make it appear that it was that he had—when I would not let him put the sovereign into his mouth, he said, "Did you know I wanted to pay you for the ring?"
Cross-examined by MR. BALLANTINE. Q. When did you first state that he attempted to put the sovereign into his mouth? A. Before the Magistrate—I
swear that—I do not know whether it was taken down—I did not say on the first examination that I saw something like gold in his mouth—what I said was read over to me—I did not notice that it had been omitted—he had thrown the sovereign down on the counter—I do not know what became of it—I did not touch it—this is the ring he gave back—it is worth 16s.9d.—I have missed two rings—he did not toss the sovereign on to the counter—this is my writing to this deposition—(read—"I saw him pass the other two into his left hand, and he tossed the sovereign with his hand on the counter") that is a mistake, I never said that—there was a glass over the tray—I was obliged to take it off—none of the rings fell off.
REBECCA EDWARDS . I live with my father, Benjamin Edwards. I was in the parlour at the back of the shop when the prisoner came in—the parlour door was open—I heard him ask for some wedding rings—Bradbury showed him some—I heard him charge the prisoner with taking two wedding rings, and having them in his left hand—he said, "Oh, have I? I do not know"—he said, "So I have one," and threw one down on the counter—Bradbury said, "You have another"—he said, "No, I have not"—Bradbury tried to pull him—he ran fast out of the shop, and Bradbury after him—I watched him outside the door—I heard Bradbury cry, "Stop thief," and the prisoner cried as well—when our rings were shown to him there were seventy, and when he left there were only sixty-eight—I counted them myself, and know the stock well—when he left he put back one ring on the counter—I took it up, and put a mark of my own on it—my father's marks were on it before.
Cross-examined. Q. When had you counted the rings? A. The day before, and made a memorandum in the stock-book, the cash-book, and ledger—I have looked at the books to see I am right.
JOHN HARVEY (police-constable G 118.) I had the prisoner given into my custody—he said he went in to purchase a ring, and threw down a sovereign to pay for it—I received the ring from Miss Edwards, and the sovereign from the shopman.
CHARLES BLAKE . I followed the prisoner from Mr. Edwards's shop, and saw him stopped—I saw something yellow in his mouth—on account of his shifting it from one side of his mouth to the other I could not tell what it was.
Cross-examined. Q. Did you see it through his cheek? A. No, through his teeth—I am a watch-glass manufacturer—I was working for the prosecutor a few months ago—I saw this in the prisoner's mouth after he had fallen over a boy in running away—I am convinced it was not a sovereign—it was a plain edge.
GUILTY .* Aged 28.— Transported for Seven Years.
1485. EMMA DENNIS and HARRIET WENDOVER were indicted for stealing 1 watch, value 28l.; 1 guard-chain, 10l.; 1 breast-pin, 5l.; 1 tooth-pick, 1l.; 1 pen-knife and case, 10s.; 1 handkerchief, 5s.; 2 half-crowns, 4 shillings, and I sixpence, the goods of William Helling Bennett; and that Wendover had been before convicted of felony; ROBERT WENDOVER for feloniously receiving 1 watch, 1 guard-chain, and 1 penknife and case, part of the same, well knowing them to have been stolen, and that he had been before convicted of felony; and THOMAS DENNIS for feloniously receiving I watch, part of the said goods, well knowing it to have been stolen.
WILLIAM HELLING BENNETT . I live in Southwick-street, Hyde-park. On the 4th of April I dined with a friend—in going home I met Emma Dennis and Harriet Wendover in the New-road, near Tottenham-court-road—one of them, I cannot say which, asked for something to drink—I went with
them to a public-house and gave them something to drink—I did not drink anything myself—when I came out they asked me to go home—I went with them to a room in Brook-street—we went into the room all together—I went to bed with both of them—I was not sober—I had a gold watch, a gold chain, and a gold pin—I put my watch and chain on the table—my pin was in my stock on the chair—I had a gold tooth-pick, and about 9s. 6d. in silver money in a purse in my coat pocket—I know that I bad my money safe when I went to pay for the ale the prisoners had—I was ill and fell asleep—when I awoke the two prisoners were there and dressed—they wished me to go with them—I had not missed anything then—after they were gone the landlady came and asked me to get up—I did so, and when I came to dress I missed my watch, chain, pin, and money, but not the purse—I called the landlady, and told her I had been robbed—she said she knew nothing about it—I got a policeman and went to the station—this is my watch, and this is my penknife and case—it is all that has been recovered—I swear to Emma Dennis being one of the women, and am pretty sure about Wendover, but I will not swear to her.
SARAH BROCKLEY . I am the wife of Charles Brockley, and live in Little Brook-street—ours it an accommodation house—on the 4th of April I left my house for about twenty minutes, and when I returned the prosecutor and the two female prisoners were there—I had seen Wendover several times previous, but Dennis I had never seen before—after they had been up with the prosecutor, Wendover came down and said, "Will you allow the gentleman to stay a quarter of an hour, and we are going?"—I said, "Is he tipsy?"—she said, "No"—I then said, "Before you go I shall go up stairs and see"—I went up stairs with her—when I got up, the prosecutor was leaning on one side of the bed, and Emma Dennis was sitting on a chair by the side of the bed—she had her bonnet and shawl on—I asked the prosecutor if he was ill—he said he wished to remain a quarter of an hour—I said, "Is it all right before these girls go?"—he said, "It is all right, they may go"—he did not look for his property then—they went, and said they would return in half an hour, but they did not come back—a quarter of an hour after I went up stairs to the prosecutor—he was then leaning on the bed—I told him it was time for him to go, as he looked so very ill—he got up, and when he was dressing himself he said, "Where is my watch, and pin, and tooth-pick, and silk handkerchief?"—I said, "If you have lost your watch how much to blame you were to let those girls go"—I searched the room, but found nothing but one bracelet, which I gave to the officer.
WILLIAM SIMS (police-constable S 68.) In consequence of information I went in search of the female prisoners—I found them, about one o'clock, in Wilson-street, Somers-town—I told them I wanted them, and said, "You know what I want you for"—Harriet Wendover said, "Yes"—I took them to the station—I knew them as prostitutes—I do not know where they lived—I believe this bracelet to be one that I had seen on Harriet Wendover the day before the robbery—she had one of this pattern.
Wendover. You were drinking with us in a public-house on the Friday night. Witness. No, I walked away—I saw you drinking with my friend.
FRANCIS MANSER (police-constable S 87.) This bracelet was given to me by Brockley—I have known Robert Wendover five years—he and Harriet Wendover lived together as father and daughter, and Thomas and Emma Dennis lived together in the same house—I always believed them alto to be father and daughter.
Thomas Dennis. Q. When did you know me? A. When you were living in Brill-place five years ago—you then went to Back-hill.
JAMES PEACHEY , pawnbroker, Goswell-street. Between ten and eleven o'clock on Monday morning, the 8th of April, Thomas Dennis came and gave into my shopman's hand this gold watch—he asked 5l. on it—my shopman beckoned me aside, and told me something—Dennis was then questioned, and he said he was sent by Mr. Richards, of Northampton-square—I asked the number—he did not give me an account which I knew to be correct—he said he was a porter, and I understood he worked in the enclosure in the square—I sent my man to inquire—the prisoner stood quietly a few minutes—I turned to weigh some gold, and found he was making his way out—I ran out at another door, and overtook him—I said, "You must wait till my man comes back; you must go into the shop," but the advice given by the crowd, was, "You had better run, old fellow"—he ran off a considerable distance—when I caught sight of him I ran after him, and got into a street some distance, and saw him fifty yards a-head—I called, "Stop him"—a man took up the chance, but he had turned, and I lost sight of him—I went up, looked about, and found him in a cow-house—I said, "Why did you run away?"—he said he did not know why he should get into trouble for other people, and he said, "If you go to St. John's Coffee-house, you will find a man with a shade on his eye, he gave it me"—I asked a man to go and inquire there—I afterwards went there, and met the man coming with Robert Wendover, and he was taken—he said he had sent Thomas Dennis with the watch, and he had found it in Tottenham-court-road on the Friday evening—I had looked at the description in the sheet, and said, "There was a chain to the watch, was there not?"—he said yes, but he got tipsy, and lost it—I saw the knife found on him.
ROBERT NICHOLLS (police-constable G 142.) Robert Wendover was given into my charge—he said he should say nothing till he got to the station—he then stated that he had found the watch in Tottenham-court-road on the Thursday evening previous—I found this pen-knife and case on him, and a certificate of Her Majesty's free pardon from seven years' transportation.
Emma Dennis's Defence. We went to Albany-street station, and the person of the house came and said she had seen Harriet Wendover before, but not me; and did not know me; the policeman walked up to her, and said, "These are the two girls;" and then she said, "I can swear to both of them."
Harriet Wendover's Defence. The policeman has sworn falsely; I never wore bracelets in my life.
Thomas Dennis's Defence. On the day after Good Friday, Robert Wendover came to my house, and asked if I wanted a job to go to Clerkenwell; I said, "I can't go now, I have got my linen to take home;" he said, "Monday will do;" when I came down on Monday he was by the Maiden Head door; I went with him as far as St. John's-square; he said, "I will go and get a drop of ale, and you take this and get 5l. on it;" I went to the pawnbroker's, and when I heard him say, "Go and see if things are right," something came over me; I went out and ran away; the pawnbroker said, "You must come back;" the persons said, "Run away;" I was agitated, and did not know what to do; I ran into a cow-shed, and when the pawnbroker came, I told him who gave it me.
Robert Wendover's Defence. I have undergone a sentence of transportation; but in consequence of my good behaviour part of it was forgiven; I came to London, hoping to find a comfortable home, but I was disappointed,
labouring under a severe affliction, being nearly blind; I was meditating a return to my parish in Devonshire; I throw myself on your well-known benevolence, as my blindness will incapacitate me from following my trade.
EMMA DENNIS— GUILTY . Aged 16.
HARRIET WENDOVER— GUILTY . Aged 17.
ROBT. WENDOVER— GUILTY . Aged 47.
Transported for seven Years.
THOMAS DENNIS— NOT GUILTY
THOMAS WATKINS (policeman.) About one o'clock on the 25th of April, I was on duty in St. James's Park, in plain clothes—there was a crowd, and I saw the prisoners behind the prosecutor—Rogers lifted up the prosecutor's pocket, and took a handkerchief from the left hand side of his pocket, and gave it to Simonds—I spoke to the prosecutor—I laid hold of Simonds—he said, "I have not got it"—he threw the handkerchief down—I saw it on the ground, and Burgess picked it up.
Cross-examined by MR. PAYNE. Q. Was it not immediately after it was taken, that you saw it on the ground? A. Almost immediately—I did not see how it came there—Simonds said, "I have not got anything"—I knew him before.
EDWARD BURGESS (police-constable H 198.) I was in the Park, and saw Rogers raise up the prosecutor's coat, take the handkerchief out, and pass it over to Simonds—he immediately let it fall—I saw it picked up—this is it—I had seen the prisoners together for about ten minutes at the same place.
THOMAS MORDECAI PERRIDGE , upholsterer, Little College-street, Westminster. I was in St. James's Park—Watkins came and spoke to me—I felt in my pocket, and missed my handkerchief—it was safe about ten minutes before—this is it.
(The prisoners received good characters.)
ROGERS*— GUILTY . Aged 18.— Confined Twelve Months.
SIMONDS— NOT GUILTY .
SPENCER pleaded GUILTY .— Confined Six Months.
WILLIAM PRICE , Waiter, Cumberland-street, Hackney-road. At a quarter to ten o'clock on Saturday night, the 4th of May, I was looking in at a shop window in Shoreditch—I felt a pressure at my coat pocket—I turned round, and put my hand to my pocket, and missed my handkerchief—I know it was in my pocket when I was in Leadenhall-street—the policeman came up and showed it to me—it was mine.
Cross-examined by MR. HORRY. Q. You are quite sure this was at a quarter to ten o'clock? A. It might be a minute or two over or under—I have reasons for knowing that was the time.
nine o'clock last Saturday night—I first saw the two prisoners in company with another, at the corner of Sun-street, Bishopsgate—I watched them from there—I knew them before—I saw them attempt a person's pocket at the corner of Sun-street—they took it in turns—they came down to the City Theatre, and attempted another pocket there—I saw the prosecutor looking in at a shop in Shoreditch, about twenty minutes past nine—I watched the prisoners a minute or two—I saw Spencer take a handkerchief from the prosecutor's pocket, run up Shoreditch, and run away—the other two were standing behind him at the time he took the handkerchief—I did not see them do anything then, I did previously—I took Spencer, and he dropped the handkerchief.
EDWARD BURGESS . I was with Conway—I saw the prisoners in company with another—I watched them, and saw the prosecutor looking into the shop in Shoreditch a little after nine o'clock—Conway desired me to watch—I saw Hurley and the one not in custody standing beside Spencer, and saw Spencer run away—he dropped the handkerchief—I took it up.
Cross-examined. Q. Were you present at the examination? A. Yes—I do not think Spencer said that Hurley had nothing to do with it—I will not undertake to swear that he did not.
HURLEY— NOT GUILTY .
HENRY SIMMONDS . I am foreman to Thomas Searles, boot-maker, Shoreditch. About two o'clock in the afternoon of the 2nd of May, the prisoner and another woman came in together—the other woman looked at several pairs of boots, and purchased one at 2s. 9d.—directly after they left I missed one pair that I had tried on the other person—I ran out, and the prisoner had a pair of boots down her bosom—I said I thought she had a pair of boots—she said she had, but she bought them in Church-street; she afterwards said she bought them at Islington, and was going back to change them, they were too large—I took them from her—they were my master's, and are the first pair I tried on the prisoner's friend—I swear to them by a private mark.
GUILTY. Aged 17.—Recommended to mercy.— Confined One Month.
NEW COURT.—Friday, May 10th, 1844.
Sixth Jury, before Mr. Common Sergeant.
1489. CATHERINE GREEN and ANN JAMES were indicted for stealing, in the liberty of Saffron-hill, Hatton-garden and Ely-rents, 13 yards of woollen cloth, value 10l.; 8 yards of velvet, 6l.; and 10 yards of serge, 1l. 10s.; the goods of William Lamb, the master of Catherine Green, in his dwelling-house.
MR. CLARKSON conducted the Prosecution.
WILLIAM LAMB . I am a woollen-draper, and live on Holborn-hill, in the liberty of Saffron-hill, Hatton-garden, and Ely-rents. Green came into my service on the 27th of April, and left on the 29th of last Nov.—James is her sister, and was in the habit of visiting her at my house—I saw her there on the evening before Green left—on Sunday the 7th of April, this year, I caused Green to be taken into custody—she was taken to Smithfield station, and searched by the female searcher—a bunch of keys was produced to me—one of them fitted the lock of a mahogany box that used to stand on my bed-room table, where the key of my warehouse was universally deposited, if I was not at home—Green said the keys belonged to her boxes, which were at her sister's—on the same night I accompanied Finn the officer to No. 3, Crown-court—I
found James there, and two large boxes, which a little girl pointed out to me—we applied some of the keys to the boxes, and they unlocked them—a key was found in the boxes which appears to have been filed—I was present on a further search of the house, and property was found—it was afterwards applied to the door of my warehouse—it opened it.
Cross-examined by MR. BALLANTINE. Q. I suppose the property found you have no doubt was abstracted at different times? A. It was—I should think one person might carry it at various times—I have seen James at my house about twenty times—I had a character with Green.
MR. CLARKSON. Q. You have no knowledge of who took your things? A. No—any one who had the key of my warehouse might take them away at night.
WILLIAM FINN (City police-constable, No. 276.) About eight o'clock on Sunday night, the 7th of April, I took Green and another young woman—I took them to the station—the other one was discharged—the female searcher handed me a bunch of keys, one of them opened a box in the prosecutor's bed-room where the key of his warehouse used to be deposited—I then went to No. 3, Crown-court, and found James in the first floor front room—I said I had come to take her; she must come to the Smithfield station—she said, "What for?"—I said, "On suspicion of being concerned with your sister in robbing her late master"—I said, "Your sister has some boxes here"—she said, "These are them"—I took her to the station, and came back to the room—I found these two keys opened the two boxes that were there—I found in them some bits of cloth, some velvets, some satins, and linings—I found in one of the boxes this key, which turned out to be the key of the prosecutor's warehouse—I also found a Savings'-bank book—on Wednesday, the 10th of April, I went to Crown-court again—I went to the same room with Russell, and searched a chest of drawers—I found in them some little pieces of satin, and Russell found some remnants of woollen cloth—I opened the drawers by a bunch of keys which I got from a girl living in the house, and who was said by James, on Sunday night, to be her daughter.
Cross-examined. Q. Did you ask that girl anything about duplicates? A. No—she was fifteen years old—I obtained information from her about one duplicate of a ring—I did not tell her if she gave up what tickets she had, her mother should be liberated—these are the articles found in the drawers.
GEORGE RUSSELL (City police-constable, No. 234.) I accompanied Finn on the 10th of April, to search James's room—these are the things found in the drawers—(producing various articles)—I produce a duplicate which the girl gave me, who was at the office at the time that James was under examination.
GEORGE RALPH SCADDING . I am in the service of Mr. Walker, a pawnbroker, in Aldersgate-street—I produce two cloth cloaks pawned by James; one on the 17th of Feb., the other on the 24th of March—also three yards and a half of blue cloth, pawned on the 2nd of Nov., I do not know by whom.
GEORGIANA CHALCROFT , dress-maker, Sutton-street, Clerkenwell. I know both the prisoners—they have each employed me—I made up these three bonnets by their directions—they came together, and brought two remnants of velvet—they told me if I could make up the bonnets, and manage to keep enough for one for myself, I might have it—I never made bonnets of such velvet before—I made both these cloaks—James brought me the materials to make them—one was for herself, and the other for Green.
Cross-examined. Q. Who produced the velvet? A. They were both together, but the velvet was in James's hands.
(Property produced and sworn to.)
JOHN TAYLOR . I am porter to the prosecutor. I was living there for about five weeks before Green left—I have seen James come there two or three times a week to see her sister, and for linen—sometimes she went up stairs on the second floor, and sometimes in the kitchen on the first floor—Green's bed-room was the second floor front room—James generally came of a morning before eight, and of an evening after the shop was shut up—I believe these boxes found at James's to be Green's, which she had at Mr. Lamb's.
GREEN— GUILTY .— Transported for Ten Years.
JAMES— NOT GUILTY .
1490. CATHERINE GREEN and ANN JAMES were again indicted for stealing 8 yards of woollen cloth, value 3l. 15s.; 2 1/2 yards of corduroy, value 4s. 6d.; 2 3/4 yards of thibet, 1l. 3s.; 22 yards of satin, 10l.; 10 yards of silk serge, 2l. 10s.; and 1 yard of velvet, 18s.; the goods of William Lamb, the master of Green, in his dwelling-house.
MR. CLARKSON conducted the Prosecution.
GEORGE RALPH SCADDING , shopman to Mr. Walker, pawnbroker. I produce 21/4 yards of kerseymere, pawned on the 7th of Aug. last, in the name of Ann James; 2 1/2 yards of corduroy, pawned on the 21st of Sept.; 11/4 yard of waistcoating, pawned on the 26th of Sept.; 3 yards of satin pawned on the 27th of Dec.; and on the 10th of Jan., 4 3/4 yards of beaver; and 11/4 yard of waistcoating; on the 13th of Jan., 1 3/4 yard of pilot-cloth; and on the 31st of Jan., a silk serge dress—I received them all from James, with the exception of the serge dress.
Cross-examined. Q. Do you know that from knowing the person of James? A. Yes—27s. was lent on the articles—I should have lent more if she had required it, but she never asked more than we could advance on them—I have known her three or four years—she pawned her own articles as well—she stated her husband was a tailor.
RICHARD REEVE . I am living at the Pindar of Wakefield. In Nov. I was in the service of a pawnbroker. I produce a piece of crimson velvet pawned by a man on the 20th of Nov.—I gave him this duplicate—I produce three yards of black woollen cloth, pawned on the 11th of Nov. by a man, and a coat pawned on the 18th of Dec. by a man.
GREEN— GUILTY . Aged 30.
JAMES— NOT GUILTY .
THEODORE CHARLES BATES , music-seller, Ludgate-hill, On the 23rd of March I lent the prisoner a cornopean on hire—he had previously ordered a pianoforte, and said he had a friend who would teach him this—he merely asked for a cornopean on hire—I said, "Certainly," and produced a printed form which we have—(read)—"Received from Theodore Charles Bates one cornopean on hire at 7s. a month."
Cross-examined by MR. BALLANTINE. Q. Were yon present when the contract for the hire of it took place? A. No, but I have had letters from him, and know his writing—I have no doubt of this being his handwriting—I saw him write—Mr. Hardy is the person to whom he referred.
COURT. Q. Who saw him when he came for the instrument? A. Henry Austin is the lad who took it to him—I saw him on the subject—he said he had left it with a friend—I said, "I must have the instrument back again," and he gave me a note to his friend, and there was no such friend or such number—he was to pay 7s. a month for it—I have been endeavouring to get the cornopean from him—I have made inquiries for it of him, and desired to have it.
JOHN BAKER . I am assistant to Mr. Brown, a pawnbroker, in Fetter-lane. This cornopean was pawned by a man, on the 23rd of March, in the name of John Collins, who stated that he brought it from Alfred Rayner—I did not think it satisfactory, and told him to go and bring Alfred Rayner—he went away, came back, and brought a card with "Alfred Rayner" upon it.
NOT GUILTY .
Cross-examined. Q. Did he request it of you? A. No, but it was found pawned.
NOT GUILTY .
1493. FRANCES CRANSTON was indicted for stealing 1 frock, value 1s.; and 1 skirt, 6d.; the goods of Edward Robertson, from the person of Mary Ann Robertson: and ANN CRANSTON and GEORGE FOLLON , for feloniously receiving the same, well knowing them to have been stolen; against the Statute, &c.; to which
FRANCES CRANSTON pleaded GUILTY . Aged 9.— Judgment Respited.
AMELIA ROBERTSON . I am the wife of Edward Robertson, and live in Boot-street, Pitfield-street, Hoxton. About five o'clock on Monday afternoon, the 1st of April, my child Mary Ann was playing at the door—she had her clothes on—she was soon after brought back without her frock, pinafore, and petticoat—these are the things she had on.
JOHN WESTBURY (police-constable N 215.) On the 4th of April I took Frances Cranston into custody—she said that George had told her to do it, and had taken the things to a" leaving shop" at the corner of Old-street—I went there, and found this frock and skirt—this other frock was found in Ann Cranston's house.
RICHARD TAYLOR (police-constable N 62.) I found this frock in a bundle in a band-box under the bed in Ann Cranston's house—she is the mother of Frances—she said her daughter brought it home, it had been given her by some charitable lady—Follon lives with Ann Cranston.
Ann Cranston's Defence. Frances Cranston used to go out with congreves, she brought these home, and said a lady gave them to her.
ANN CRANSTON— GUILTY . Aged 32.
FOLLON— NOT GUILTY .
1494. ANN CRANSTON and GEORGE FOLLON were again indicted for feloniously receiving 1 frock, value 1s.; 1 pair of socks, 3d.; and 1 pair of boots, 1s.; the goods of George Henry Dosson, knowing them to have been stolen.
MARY DOSSON . I have a brother four years old—on the 1st of April he was playing about the door—he came back crying without his frock, socks, or boots-these are the boots and frock he had on before—they are my father's, George Henry Dosson.
JOHN SMITH (police-constable N 121.) I know Ann Cranston's house—Follon cohabits with her, and is in the habit of being there, and living there—I found the duplicate of these boots in the name of Follon in a tea-pot in the house—he said he did not take them to pledge.
Follon, I did pawn them for 8d.; the girl said she was to wear these things, and go to the lady's house who gave them to her on Sunday; we had not a tea-pot in the place; if 1 had known the things had been stolen I should not have encouraged the child to do it.
ANN CRANSTON— GUILTY . Aged 32.
FOLLON— GUILTY . Aged 30.
Transported for Seven Years.
(There were nine other indictments against the prisoners.)
JAMES REYNOLDS . I live at Edmonton. The prisoner was my charwoman—before she left I had occasion to go into the wash-house to wash my hands—I took the towel, and her cloak was there rolled up—I found some boiled beef and some carpet in it, which was mine—I brought it into the front kitchen, fetched a witness and opened it.
(The prisoner received a good character.)
GUILTY.—Recommended to mercy.— Confined Six Days.
GUILTY . Aged 17.— Confined Three Months.
(There was another indictment against the prisoner.)
1497. THOMAS SHEFFIELD and BENJAMIN BENNETT were indicted for stealing 1 handkerchief, value 2s., the goods of a certain man unknown, from his person; and that they had been before convicted of felony.
for ten minutes or a quarter of an hour—I saw Sheffield take a handkerchief from a gentleman's pocket, and put it behind him—Bennett took it out of his hand—I took Sheffield, and spoke to the gentleman—he would not go to the station, as he should lose so much time—he would not give hit name or address—I am sure I saw Sheffield take it, and Bennett take it from him.
JAMES JACKSON (police-constable A 126.) I saw the prisoners together, and saw them try several gentlemen's pockets—I saw Sheffield take a handkerchief from a gentleman's pocket, and pass it to Bennett—I took it from his hand—this is it—the gentleman would not come to the station.
Sheffield. I was a good way from this lad when the officer came and took me, and said I stole the handkerchief; I had never seen Bennett before.
Bennett. I was in the Park; the officer took me; he had the handkerchief in his hand.
SHEFFIELD— GUILTY . Aged 16.
BENNETT— GUILTY . Aged 17.
Transported for ten years.
1498. WILLIAM MOODEY was indicted for stealing 4 saws, value 1l. 5s.; 3 planes, 13s.; 1 hammer, 1s. 6d.; 1 screw-driver, 1s. 6d.; 1 pair of pincers, 1s. 8d.; 1 square, 2s.; I saw set, 1s.; 5 chisels, 4s.; 3 gouges, 1s.; 1 pair of compasses, 1s.; 4 bradawls, 6d.; 2 gimlets, 8l.; 1 pencil, 2d.; 1 jacket, 1s.; 1 apron, 10d.; 1 basket, 2s.; the goods of John Whitelaw: 1 trowel, 2s.; 1 brush, 3s.; 1 frock, 3s.; the goods of Thomas Pennycad: and 1 trowel, 3s., the goods of Joseph Stowe.
Prisoner's Defence. I was looking for work; a man said he would give me 1s. or 1s. 6d. to carry his tools; he brought me these things.
GUILTY . Aged 28.— Confined Three Months.
ROBERT SMITH , tailor, Orange-court, St. Giles. The prisoner lodged with me—on the 22nd of April I missed a coat and waistcoat—I had just hung them in the kitchen—I went up stairs, and when I came down they were gone, and the prisoner too—I did not see any more of him till I took him on the 2nd of May—I was up stairs for about five minutes—no one came in during that time.
Prisoner. I was in great distress.
GUILTY. Aged 27.—Recommended to mercy.— Confined Three Months.
SOPHIA WHITE . I live in Wade-street. Satchell brought these things to me—the prisoner afterwards came and asked for half a dozen things that were brought in the morning from North-street—I gave them to her—she did not mention Mrs. White's name—I am sure she is the person.
Prisoner's Defence. I know nothing of it; I was at work that day.
GUILTY . Aged 30.— Confined Nine Months.
(There were two other indictments against the prisoner.)
GEORGE ALBERT CHAPMAN , linendraper, Russell-street, St. Giles. On the 7th of May the prisoner came, and while she was there I saw a lump under her shawl—she went out—I followed her till she pulled this dress from under her shawl, and showed it to her husband, who was about five doors off, with a child in his arms—she was in my shop ten minues or a quarter of an hour—the husband was not there at any time.
(Property produced and sworn to.)
GUILTY. Aged 30.—Recommended to mercy.— Confined Two Months.
GUILTY . Aged 25.— Judgment Respited.
(MR. BODKIN declined the prosecution.)
NOT GUILTY .
NOT GUILTY .
NOT GUILTY .
THOMAS GORING . I am housekeeper at the Roebuck, at Turnhamgreen. A little before twelve o'clock, on the night of the 30th of April, I shut up the shutters with Frederick Allen—I afterwards went into the tap-room and saw the prisoner there with some other persons—I got up to leave—I saw the prisoner take a bundle belonging to Frederick Allen off the seat, put it under his jacket and button it up—I told Allen, and we went after him—I saw Allen fall down close to the prisoner—I collared him, and asked for the bundle—he would not give it me, and said it was his own—he had got it with him—Busk, the constable, came and took him—I had seen the prisoner come to the house, and he had nothing with him then.
FREDERICK ALLEN . I am under ostler at the Roebuck. About twelve o'clock, on the night of the 30th of April, in consequence of what Goring told me, I went after the prisoner—I had a bundle on the corner of the seat in the tap-room—I caught the prisoner—he pushed me down—Goring collared him with the bundle—this handkerchief and other things are mine.
Prisoner. Q. Were you not intoxicated? A. No—I never touched you—the gas was not put out in the tap-room—there was no playing at cards that I saw.
Prisoner. I left my own bundle and took this in mistake, as the gas was out.
CHARLES BUSK . I took the prisoner about ten yards from the Roebuck—the prosecutor's face was bleeding—I searched the prisoner at the station, and found under his jacket this property, a bit of soap, and a knife—he said the bundle was his own.
GUILTY . Aged 28.— Confined Fourteen Days.
HANNAH JAGGERS . I live in New-street, Stratford. I went into Mr. Orrock's shop at Bow on the 30th of April, and saw the prisoners there with another, purchasing eight yards of quilling-net at 1/2 d. a yard—I saw Yates with a piece of print in her hand—she was covering it with her shawl—they left the shop all three together—the quilling was paid for—I told the shopkeeper and he went after them.
JAMES ORROCK , linendraper, Bow. From information I received I went after the prisoners, and sent for a policeman at the same time—I kept my eye on the prisoners—I lost sight of one of them—Mr. Philpott went after one of them, while I went after the other—Mr. Philpott brought Allen and the print back—this is my print—the moment Jaggers told me I looked and missed it—I had seen it safe within a quarter of an hour before the prisoners came.
Allen's Defence. I went into the shop to buy some quilling, and met this girl on the road; I was coming back, and the other girl gave Yates a piece of print; I walked on, and this other girl ran away.
Yate's Defence. I was with Allen, she asked me to come and buy three yards of net; I said, "Yes;" the other girl took the print, brought it to me, and said, "Hold this;" I never saw that girl before.
ALLEN— GUILTY . Aged 15.— Transported for Seven Years.
YATES— GUILTY . Aged 16.— Confined Three Months.
NEW COURT.—Saturday, May 11th, 1844.
Sixth Jury, before Mr. Common Sergeant.
1508. JOHN LAWSON and WILLIAM CULLING were indicted for stealing 2 gun-cases, value 1l.; 1 gun, 10l.; the stock of a gun, 3l.; 3 screwdrivers, 3s.; 1 flask, 4s.; 1 shot-belt, 4s.; 1 cleaning-rod, 3s.; and 2 brushes, 1s.; the goods of Charles Egg and another; and that Culling had been before convicted of felony.
MR. PAYNE conducted the Prosecution.
CHARLES EGG . I am in partnership with my brother Henry, we are gunmakers, and live in Piccadilly. On the 1st of April I missed one gun, in a case, and part of another—this is the gun and case—I had seen in my shop on the Saturday before—this is the part of the gun.
Cross-examined by MR. BALLANTINE. Q. YOU indicted a man of the name of Burgess for stealing them? A. They were both taken at the same time.
WILLIAM JOHN BIRD , general-dealer, Exmouth-street, Spa-fields. On the 2nd of April, about half-past eight o'clock in the evening, a man named Burgess came to me—in consequence of something he said to me, I went that same evening to the Archers, and saw the two prisoners there—Burgess introduced me to them, and said that they had got a gun to dispose of, and part of another—Burgess said, "I have brought him "—after waiting a short time, Culling said, "Come along"—I, Burgess, and the two prisoners went together to Parker-street, Drury-lane—Culling said his mother was out, and went next door but one to fetch the key—while he was gone I walked to the door, and saw him bring down a key-bugle—he fetched the key, and took me into the room, and there he showed me part of the gun—Lawson was then outside the door—I do not think he saw the gun shows to me—I saw enough of the gun, and said that would do—Culling shut it up, locked the door, and we came away to the Archers, to see the other gun—when we got there, we stood in front of the bar, and then Culling and I went into the tap-room—Lawson came in with Burgess—we were all four in the tap-room together—I was waiting some time, and said I was in a hurry, I must go—Culling said to the pot-boy, "Go and get a light"—he got a light, and as I was going out of the room, I saw what I supposed was the gun-case, wrapped in a bit of green baize, just as it came out of a cellar-flap in the floor—it was taken up stairs, and the two prisoners, Burgess and J, went up stairs to the back-room, where the pot-boy took the case and gun—the pot-boy went outside the door, and the two prisoners, Burgess and I, were in the room—I saw the gun and the case on the table—I undid the case, looked at the gun, and put it together—I said it was a good gun—the prisoners both concurred with me, and said it was a good gun—I made a bargain with Burgess that I was to meet him the next morning, and pay 9l.—I said, "Who am I to pay the money to?"—both the prisoners said, "Me, me "—Burgess was to have the difference of 9l. and ten guineas—the next day I met the parties—I had in the mean time communicated with the police—I saw all the property the next day, in the same room that I had seen it in the night before, at the public-house—the two prisoners, and Burgess and I were present—it was about ten in the morning—Burgess and the prisoners went and brought this gun and case under their arm, and took it into that room—the other gun was there—I said, "Well, I am to pay you 9l. for them, is that right?"—Burgess said, "Yes, pay it to them "—they said, "Yes;" just at that time the policemen came in—Archer took hold of Lawson, and Burgess and Barton took hold of Culling—he immediately twisted round, and jumped out at the back window—Lawson, after some struggling, rushed by me on the stairs, knocked down a policeman, and rushed out of the front door—I have no doubt about the prisoners being the persons I saw.
Cross-examined. Q. Had you known Culling before? A. No—Burgess
was the first that came to me—I went to a public—house kept by Oldham—Burgess did not introduce me to Oldham as the owner of the guns—Oldham was behind the bar—I heard the two prisoners speak to him about showing the guns, first one spoke and then the other—Oldham replied, "Presently, presently."
MR. PAYNE. Q. Did the landlord at all interfere about the purchase of the guns? A. No.
WILLIAM BARTON (police-inspector G.) I received information from Bird on the 2nd of April, and next morning went to the Archers, in Newton-street, Holborn—it is now shut up, in consequence of this transaction—I went into the first-floor back room—I found Bird, Burgess, and two other persons in the room—I am not certain whether the two prisoners are the two persons, but I had seen them in the street, speaking to Burgess—I took hold of one person, who made a spring, and jumped out of window—Archer took hold of the other—I saw a double-barrelled gun and case, and part of a gun on a table in the room—this is the part of a gun and case—the other gun and case was given up to Mr. Egg last Sessions-the other person was struggling with Archer, and I believe ran down stairs—I ran down, to endeavour to secure him, but there were thirty or forty thieves rushed out of the tap-room, and he got off.
LAWSON— GUILTY . Aged 21.— Transported for Seven Years.
CULLING— GUILTY . Aged 28.— Transported for Ten Years.
(There was another indictment against the prisoners.)
JAMES THOMAS HINTON . I live in Wardour-street. On the 6th May I had a coat in my chaise in The obald's-row—I was away about five minutes—on my return my coat was gone—I saw the prisoner running with it in his Hand—this is it.
Prisoner. I had no coat. Witness. You had not time to roll it up, and you dragged it by the tail.
WILLIAM LUFF. I saw the prisoner come to the chaise, and take the coat out—I followed him-the prosecutor followed and took him.
GUILTY . Aged 22.- Confined Six Months.
1510. MARY ANN JOBLYNS was indicted for that she unlawfully, maliciously, and feloniously did set fire to the dwelling-house of Mary Pettigrew, one Charles Eyre then being therein.-2nd COUNT, stating that she did set fire to a certain house of John Holborrow, and others, being in the possession of Mary Pettigrew, with intent to injure and defraud the said John Holborrow and others. 3rd COUNT, stating it to be with the intent to defraud Edward Harman and others. 4th COUNT, stating it to be a certain house in the possession of Mary Pettigrew, and with intent to defraud Edward Harman and others: and MARY PETTIGREW for inciting the said Mary Ann Joblins to do and commit the said felony.
Holborrow, and his two brothers—I caused a distress to be put into that house for rent—it was in the possession of the prisoner Pettigrew—there was 42l. rent due for two years, at Lady Day last—Eyre was the broker's man who was put in possession.
Cross-examined by MR. HORRY. Q. Mrs. Pettigrew had the lease of the house. A. Yes—her husband had it—he died sometime ago, and then she took possession, and carried on the business.
Cross-examined by MR. CROUCH. Q. Who do you say are the trustees? A. John Holborrow and two others—Mrs. Pettigrew and her husband have occupied it many years—I have received the rent for eight or ten years—both the prisoners came to me concerning the distress before it was put in—Pettigrew stated that if I would wait some time she would pay the rent—she said she was going to administer at Doctors' Commons—I promised to wait a certain time.
COURT. Q. But you did distrain? A. Yes.
CHARLES EYRE . I live in Brick-lane, Old-street. I am occasionally in the employ of Mr. Garner, a broker and auctioneer—I was put in possession of the house, No. 21, Old-street—I have the warrant here—I went in possession on the 6th of April—there are six rooms in the house—Pettigrew was not there on the 6th of April, nor on the 7th, but she came and slept there on the 8th, and till the 15th, in the back parlour down stairs—Joblyns and her daughter came to see Pettigrew in the day-time—on the 16th of April, Joblyns came there—she and Pettigrew, who is her mother, went out about twelve—they said they were going to Doctors' Commons, and Joblyns grumbled because Pettigrew was not ready—they left Joblyns daughter in the house—she remained in the shop, and so did I till Joblyns and Pettigrew came back between two and three—they had some bread and cheese, and a pint of beer in the shop—(the granddaughter went away, leaving them in the shop)—Pettigrew then went up stairs alone, and remained there for about an hour—Joblyns was down stairs in the shop—Joblyns and Pettigrew went out a second time, between four and five, saying they were going to their friend, Mr. Sharp's, to tea—Joblyns returned about eight or a little after—she sat down and conversed a little time in the shop—she then said, I wonder what mother has been up stairs for, she has not been up stairs for months; if you will allow me the candle, I will go and see"—I said certainly she might take it—she took the candle off the table and went up stairs with it—she was not away, to my recollection, more than five minutes—she brought down the candle with her, and put it on the table—she said the old lady bad been up stairs doing something to the bed—she stated that the old lady was taken violently ill where they went round to tea, that she was obliged to have a doctor and a physician, and put her feet into warm water—Joblyns went away, and said if her son should call, she should not be long before she was back—I said it was a very great pity that the old lady was taken so ill, and I supposed she would not be able to be left alone—she said she supposed she should have to be up with her all night—I said, "Very well, I will take care of everything the same as if you were here; you know I can't leave the possession of the house; you will find the shop open, and everything right when you come in the morning"—she left, and came back about half-past nine, or rather better, and asked if her son had been—I generally go to bed about ten, but that night I did not go to bed before eleven, as she told me the old lady might take it into her head to return, as old people were so curious in their way, I had better wait half-an-hour longer—she did not go up stairs then, but left the house a little before ten, and did not return any more that night—I stood at the door till about eleven—I then bolted the door, and
went up stairs to go to bed—when I got up stairs on the landing, I found a smoke and smother as if it was the smell of wood, but I could not say exactly—I went into the first floor back room, which is a bed-room, that was more full of smoke than the landing was—I was not able to discover any fire there—I then went to the second floor back room—it was still full of smoke all the way up stairs, and so it was when I got to the top—I came down, and looked into the first floor back room again—I went down into the parlour—I could find no fire or make, or any signs of any fire there—I then went up stairs on the landing again, as I thought it might proceed from the next house—I came down, and went to the next house, and asked if the chimney was on fire—Sarah Drake came from the next door, and ran up stairs before me—I followed her with a candle—she saw the fire through the glass door, or something—she opened the door of the first floor room, and said, "Here it is, here it is"—I saw a smoke, but I did not see the fire—I went down stairs to get Mr. Drake—he and I went up stairs together—I then saw the fire in the floor of the front room—it was all of a red fire, but not blazing out—Mr. Drake begged me to go down and keep the door fast, which I did—he threw some water on the fire, and went and got another pail of water, threw that on, and another person brought a pail of water—they succeeded in extinguishing the fire—after Drake had put it out, some policemen and firemen came—I cannot say which of them came first—the policeman examined the room—I saw him hold his lantern or candle to the hole in the floor, and there I saw some lucifers—there were three or four holes—one was towards the partition on one side of the fire, and two or three on the other side next to the window—one on the landing—there were lucifers in each hole, and some papers and wood in one hole, which the policeman took possession of—on the day before I had bought a box of lucifers, which I put on the table in the shop, and some time in the course of the 16th I missed some of the lucifers—no person besides myself and the prisoners had been up stairs that day.
COURT. Q. You told Joblyns you could not leave the house? A. Yes—I said she might go and stop with the old lady, the things would be perfectly safe, as I could not leave the house—I am sure I said so.
Cross-examined by MR. HORRY. Q. It was about eight o'clock when Joblyns came back? A. Yes—she went up stairs, after she had been there a while, between eight and nine—I may have said it was nearer eight than nine—it was between the two hours—it was about half-past nine when she came back about her son—she did not go up stairs then—she left me before ten—it was about eleven when I went up stairs to bed—I had shut up the shop about eight, and then I stood at the door, or sat down in the shop, but nothing attracted my attention till I went up stairs—I persist in swearing that there was smoke on the first landing—it was not so dense as it was when I opened the back room door—when I got into the back room it was very dense—the landing is rather a large one—I looked about in the back bed-room; I could not see any fire—I went up stairs, and looked into the back bed-room there—I did not look in the front room, as there was no furniture or anything there, but I thought there might be a spark fell on the bed things in the back rooms—in the first floor front room there was an old bureau and bookcase—at the top were two tables and four chairs—in the back room, first floor, were a bedstead, mattress, and bedding, a table, two old chairs, and, I think, a wash-tub—they were all old, and worth very little—I was told that some goods were removed a fortnight before—I slept in the second floor back, and had a flock bed—the daughter and mother slept in the first floor back room, when they did sleep there—all the other rooms were unoccupied—there was but a little stock in the shop—I did not look into
the first floor front room at all, because I thought nothing could catch fire there—the top of the house was shut up—there is no trap-door that I could perceive—there were some windows, but I believe they were all shut—when I went out to Drake's fur water, I pulled the street door to in my flurry—I did not put the fire out; Mr. Drake did—it is an old house—the floor was very dry, and there were holes in it—the hole in the landing was the same as those in the floor—they appeared to be holes worn—I am in the habit of smoking at times—I had not been looking out of the first floor window at all that day, I am sure of that—I went up stairs, but not with a pipe—I never smoked up stairs—I do not know whether there had been any disputing between Pettigrew and her landlord, besides this distress.
COURT. Q. These holes in the floor did not appear to be made fresh? A. No; I believe they were old.
Cross-examined by MR. HORRY. Q. When you went up you saw the fire with the greatest ease? A. Not till I went up to the door, but I had no candle—I did not perceive any smoke on the landing, but when the room door was opened there was great smoke from the bit of board that was alight—my father did not come while I was there—I went down, and Mr. Eyre followed me.
HUGH JAMES DRAKE . I went into the house—I observed that there was a dense smoke in the passage, so much so that I was obliged to stoop—I had no candle—I went into the front room on the first floor—the smoke there was Very dense, and there was a fire behind the door—I found the smoke so dense when I got to about the middle of the passage, that I crawled on my hands and knees to the fire—I saw a red fire about two feet square in the floor—I crawled close to it, and perceived there were little lights round the joists in the floor, and the whole of the floor appeared to be destroyed as far as the joists went—I looked into the hole, and put my hand in—there was something which was very hot and very hard—I got out of the room as quickly as I could, and knowing there was no water in the house, I went to my own house, took the tub of water off my counter, went into the house, and, knowing where the fire was, I stooped down with the tub in my hands, and poured the water into the hole, and then the smoke was very bad—I opened the window, and called out for more water—I succeeded in putting out the fire—I do not think the water I took would have extinguished it, if there had not been more water brought—I sent for my axe, and broke in the flooring, and discovered a great deal of sand, and that, I suppose, was the hard substance that I felt—I did not remove any boards till the firemen and policemen came—I then removed the boards, and saw these lucifer matches—the policemen picked them up—they were on fire on the other side of the joists, under the floor—I observed more holes than one in the floor.
Cross-examined by MR. HORRY. Q. Have you been in the house since? A. Yes, two or three times—there is a padlock on the outside.
HENRY ANDREW MALLETT . I am an engineer of the Whitecross-street fire station. On the night in question I was called by the policeman to the house in Old-street-road—I found the fire was extinguished in the first floor front room—the flooring and joists were burned.
Cross-examined. Q. This was an old flooring? A. Yes—I understand there has been a new flooring since.
HENRY WILLIAM DUBOIS (police-sergeant N 14.) On the night of the 16th of April I went to the house No. 21, Old-street-road, which is in the parish of St. Leonard's, Shoreditch—I went into the first floor front room—I
saw a hole in the flooring, about two feet from the stove, where about eighteen inches or two feet had been burnt quite away, no portion of the flooring remaining—after the firemen went away I went down into the shop, and on the counter I saw a great quantity of mortar and sand where the hole had been broken through in the ceiling, and a small portion of tinder of rags in the mortar and sand, that had fallen through where the hole had been broken—I went up stairs after that to the room where the fire had taken place, and saw a hole in this board which I produce—this board was near to where the fire had been burning, next to the joists that were burnt, and in the hole in this board I could see matches, paper, and chips—I found another hole in the floor where there had been a knot in the wood, and in that hole I found this other paper and these matches—I could see them the very moment I turned my light on—on searching the floor further I saw another hole near the window, and in that hole I found this other piece of paper—on searching the landing, leading to the room which had been on fire, I saw another hole. and in that I found some lucifer matches and a paper, which is a receipt—I examined the whole house, but did not find anything but in that room and landing—next morning I went to No. 6, Wenlock-cottages, and there I saw Joblyns—she called to me while I was on the stairs—I told her to put on her clothes and go along with me to her house in Old-street-road, which had been on fire—she said, "O dear! O dear me! what shall I do; my mother is so ill I cannot leave the house"—I said, "You must go with me"—she said, "What damage is done? is the house burnt down?"—I said, "You must go with me and see"—she said, "Is the man hurt?" (or burnt)—I said, "He is not, no thanks to you"—on the 18th I received this policy of insurance from the postman—it is directed to "Mrs. M. Pettigrew, No.21, Old-street-road."
WILLIAM EDWARD BALL (police-constable N 365.) I was present when the search of the house was made—Sergeant Dubois has given a correct account of it—I produce some lucifers which I found at the house—I went to Wenlock-cottages the next morning—I got there first—I saw Joblyns, and asked for Mrs. Pettigrew—Joblyns said her name was Joblyns, and wanted to know my business, saying her mother was very ill—I asked if she knew that their house in Old-street-road was on fire—she said, "O dear me, fire! What a sad thing it is, for we are not insured," or something to that effect—Sergeant Dubois then came up—I had seen some goods removed for No.21, Old-street, about ten or eleven days before—there was a cart at the door, and Joblyns and a man were helping to put the goods into the cart.
Cross-examined by MR. HORRY. Q. Can you swear it was not twelve or fourteen days before? A. It might have been.
RICHARD LEAGE . I am an appraiser. I have an inventory of the goods in the house No. 21, Old-street—I made it on the 11th of April, under the distress warrant that Eyre had—I valued the goods at 10l. 2s.
JAMES SEYMOUR HORSLEY . I am clerk at the Sun Fire Insurance office. I produce the book—here is a policy entered granted to John Pettigrew—I have a policy up to Lady-day, 1845, upon the dwelling-house No. 21, Old-street, for 100l., in the name of Mary Pettigrew.
Cross-examined by MR. HORRY. Q. You have had that insurance for many ears? A. yes, about thirty years.
made out by me and sent by the post—Mr. Edward Harman is chairman of the Sun Fire-office Company, and there are other proprietors.
WILLIAM SHARP . I live in Hoxton-square. I do not know much of Joblyns or Pettigrew—they did not drink tea at my house on the 16th of April—Pettigrew never was in my house in her life—they never drank tea there.
WILLIAM ROGERS (police-constable N 288.) I took Pettigrew into custody on the 17th of April, at No. 6, Wenlock-cottages—she first asked me where the man was—I asked if she meant the broker's man—she said, "Yes"—I told her I could not tell her—she then asked me what part of the house the fire began in—I told her I could not say.
JOBLYNS— GUILTY on the 3 rd and 4 th Counts. Aged 35.— Transported for Fifteen Years.
PETTIGREW— NOT GUILTY .
Before Mr. Common Sergeant.
1511. JOHN HONNOR, JAMES MILLS , and JOHN SMITH were indicted for stealing 1 firkin, value 1s.; and 84lbs. weight of butter, 3l.; the goods of William Lagden, jun.; and that Honnor and Smith had been before convicted of felony.
WILLIAM LAGDEN , jun. I am a Saffron Waldon carrier. On the 3rd of May, about four o'clock, I was going to Layton with my caravan—I had ten firkins of butter—I heard a noise at the hind part of the van—I looked back, and saw Honnor taking a firkin of butter out of the hind part of the van—I jumped off the fore part of the van, and made my way to him—the other two prisoners had got hold of a truck—Honnor put the firkin of butter into it, and the other two began drawing it away—Honnor was behind pushing the truck along—I followed them—they drew the truck a little way, not far from the van, and on my going after them they all three ran away, leaving the butter and truck—I gave an alarm, and they were taken in about a quarter of an hour, or I think less than that.
Cross-examined by MR. DOANE. Q. Had you any thing besides the butter? A. Yes, all sorts of drapery and grocery goods—this happened a short distance past the Bell—I saw the prisoners brought back in custody—I helped to take them myself—I shouted out, "Stop thief," and ran after them—they did not laugh at me.
Cross-examined by MR. BALLANTINE. Q. When you saw them have hold of the firkin, was it out of the van? A. I saw Honnor take it out of the van—the other two were waiting with the truck—I do not think they were above a yard from the hind part of the van—I was not riding inside—I had reins on my horse.
MILLS— GUILTY . Aged 22.— Confined Three Months.
HONNOR— GUILTY . Aged 19.
SMITH— GUILTY . Aged 35.
Transported for Ten Years.
Before Mr. Recorder.
SIMON SULLIVAN , pavior, Little Ormond-street, Lamb's Conduit-street. On the 19th of April I met the prisoner in the Borough, and went with her to a house at Woolwich—I had 2l. 17s. and a box, which I put into the pocket of my waistcoat under my head when we went to bed—the landlady afterwards came up to me, and I missed my money—the prisoner was gone—she left me one sovereign—I lost two half-sovereigns and 17s.; it was not in the box, hut loose in my waistcoat pocket—I followed her to the churchyard—the policeman was there, and took her—she had half-a-sovereign and 1s. 6d. in her hand, which she said was mine—I did not find the rest.
WILLIAM SHEEHY ( police-constable R 304.) I took the prisoner, and found in her hand half-a-sovereign, one shilling, and sixpence—I asked who it elonged to—she said, "It belongs to this man, I took it out of hit pocket" she said she took the box out of another pocket.
Prisoner's Defence. He said he would not give me any money; I took he half-sovereign and 1s. 6d. out of his pocket, and went off; I am sorry or what I have done.
GUILTY . Aged 21.— Confined Three Months.
1513. WILLIAM HAIME was indicted for stealing 11 1/2 yards of muslin, value 11s.; I yard of printed cotton, 4s.; 4 yards of diaper, 7s. 6d.; 26 handkerchiefs, 18s. 7 1/2 d.; 2 cravats, 2s.; 4 pairs of stockings, 4s.; and 27 yards of lace, 2s. 3d.; the goods of George Jordan, his master: and ELIZABETH ELMER and AMELIA ELMER , for feloniously receiving the same, well knowing them to have been stolen; against the Statute, &c.
MR. WILKINS conducted the Prosecution.
GEORGE JORDAN . I am a linendraper, and live at Reading, Berks. Haime was in my service for about five months up to the 2nd of March—he came on Oct. 13th—he said he came from Gloucester—on Friday, the 19th of April, in consequence of information, I came to the station at Greenwich, and was shown some muslin, some cotton stockings, handkerchiefs, and other articles of haberdashery—I know several of these articles (looking at them) by my private mark—here is my private mark on this diaper—that has not been sold, nor this piece of muslin—this cambric handkerchief has never been sold to my knowledge—here are a lot of cambric handkerchiefs with my mark—here is a large bundle of things—I have looked through all these articles—I had such articles in my shop in pattern, fabric, and quality, without the private mark on them—I had not missed them, as I have not taken stock since—I believe they are goods which have come from my shop—I discharged the prisoner Haime on Saturday, the 2nd of March—I had no reason to suspect his honesty then—the property produced is worth from 12l. to 15l.—I know nothing of the female prisoners.
Cross-examined by MR. DOANE. Q. I suppose you put a private mark on all your muslins? A. Yes, on the fag end when they first come in—we frequently take it off when we sell things—it may be omitted sometimes—three persons besides myself serve in the shop—some marks on the goods, and some on a gum ticket—these produced are marked on the piece, not with a
ticket, except this cambric handkerchief—I have brought similar goods from my stock, and they correspond with these.
JAMES COGG . I am sergeant of the Reading police. The prisoner Amelia Elmer lodged at my house by the name of Miss Haime—she represented herself to be William Haime's sister—he visited her almost every night, and represented himself to be her brother—he lived at Mr. Jordan's in the same street—I never saw him bring anything with him—I know nothing of Elizabeth Elmer—Amelia took my lodging on the 5th of Dec, and left on the 2nd of March, the same day that William Haime left the prosecutor's—they were in Reading before they came to my house.
WILLIAM CLEMENTS . I am a boot and shoemaker, and live at 7, Gloucester-terrace, Islington-green. The two female prisoners lodged at my house for I think eight or nine weeks before they were apprehended—while they were at my house I saw William Haime there—Elizabeth Elmer represented him to be her son-in-law, and Amelia as her daughter—the constables came to my house to search their lodging—I went with them into the prisoner's room—they were not there then—we broke the door open—they had left without notice the day before—they had not slept there the night before—they left the door locked—I saw a quantity of haberdashery found on the bed—it was such a parcel as this—William Haime took meals there for the first fortnight, and lived in the same room with them—I had never been in the room from the time they came till the policemen came.
ANN LAWRENCE . I am a widow, and live at No. 6, Gloucester-terrace, Islington. I know the two female prisoners—I lodged in the same room with Elizabeth, at No. 7, Gloucester-terrace, about nine weeks ago—she wished me to leave, to make room for her son and daughter—I saw the son and daughter—it was Amelia and William Haime—William came with his wife, as I supposed, on the evening I left—when I left there was no linen in the room, or anything like the articles produced.
Cross-examined. Q. Did you live at Clement's? A. Yes—I first went to lodge with Elizabeth Elmer on the 22nd of Jan.—the prisoner William lived there a fortnight—I know nothing of what was going on during that fortnight.
JOHN BOVIS (police-constable R 339.) On the 16th of April I went to the lodging of the prisoner Elizabeth, in Gloucester-terrace, searched, and found a great quantity of goods, which I have produced—there was a box of haberdashery, with a cord round it, and the drapery in a cupboard—there was no lock on the cupboard—the haberdashery consisted of pins and needles, and hooks and eyes—none of the articles in the box have been identified by the prosecutor—the articles that have been identified I found in the cupboard—I found the female prisoners in the same room on the 19th—they had returned to the lodging—I had taken the articles away on the 16th—I asked Elizabeth if she rented the room—she said, "Yes, and my daughter lodges with me," nodding to the prisoner Amelia—I took them into custody.
GEORGE JORDAN re-examined. The value of the drapery goods found in the cupboard is about 12l.—those that I have identified with my mark on them are worth from 4l. to 5l.—one or two of the things in the box are of the same description as my goods, but without any mark—some of them exactly correspond with my goods.
NOT GUILTY .
MR. COBBETT conducted the Prosecution.
JOHN GOSS FLEAY , draper, Broadway, Deptford. On Sunday, the 14th of April, the prisoner was in my service—I was sent for to the police station that day, and found him there in custody, and the articles stated were shown me by the policeman—they are mine, and have my private mark on them—the prisoner had 30l. per annum, and boarded in my house—he was with me about three weeks—I never allowed him to take anything on approbation—the value of the property is between 5l. and 6l.
Cross-examined by MR. DOANE. Q. Your own writing is on all the goods? A. Yes—I never let him have goods at the wholesale price—I have sold goods to my shopmen at the retail price, if they wanted goods for themselves; but I never allowed one man to serve another, nor to serve themselves—I swear I never sold these.
JOHN BOVIS (policeman.) On Sunday, the 14th of April, I was watching for the prisoner at Deptford—I saw him about eight o'clock in the morning, with a carpet bag, within thirty yards of the prosecutor's house—I followed him to the railway terminus at London-bridge—I went'by the same rain with him, took him into custody, and asked him what the bag contained—he said, "Dirty linen"—I said, "Anything else?"—he said, "Yet, a piece of linen," which I found—the other constable took the bag—he said nothing about having them on approbation.
GUILTY . Aged 28.— Transported for Seven Years.
1515. JOHN SCOTT was indicted for breaking and entering the dwelling-house of Richard Johnson, at Plumstead, and stealing therein, 1 coat, value 10s.; 2 waistcoats, 10s.; 3 shirts, 4s.; and 4 handkerchiefs, 2s.; his goods.
RICHARD JOHNSON . I am a market-gardener, and live at Plumstead. On the 18th of April I left home, leaving my house safe—the front room window was fastened wish a catch inside, and the panes of glass were whole—I returned about six o'clock in the evening, and missed a frock-coat, three waistcoats, some shirts and handkerchiefs—I had seen the three shirts safe in the morning.
SUSANNAH JOHNSON . I am single, and live in my nephew's (the prosecutor's) house. On Thursday morning, the 18th of April, I went out, at a quarter to eight o'clock, I left the house fastened—the front room window was fastened, and the glass whole—I returned a few minutes before six, and found the glass all broken, the lead out, the window-blind down, the drawers turned out, and the back door open—I missed my nephew's clothes, which I had seen safe in the morning.
Prisoner. Q. Was the back door fast, or not, when you left? A. It was bolted with a strong bolt.
WILLIAM GLADWIN (police-constable R 122.) I apprehended the prisoner on the 18th of April, about four o'clock in the afternoon, on the Plumstead-road, coming in a direction from the prosecutor's house, with a bundle under his arm, containing two coats, three waistcoats, two shirts, and some handkerchiefs—he said they were his own, that he brought them from Gravesend, and had bought them a week ago—he afterwards said he had had the coat very near twelve months—I took him to the station, and he confessed he had stolen the property, and told me the house he had taken it from.
GUILTY . Aged 26.— Confined One Year.
1516. ELIZA THOMPSON was indicted for stealing 1 tippet, value 15s.; 2 frocks, 10s.; 1 pair of shoes, 2s.; 2 pinafores, 2s.; and 2 nightgowns, 3s. the goods of Isabella Charlotte Wright.—2nd COUNT, stating them to be the goods of Samuel Wright.
MR. DOANE conducted the Prosecution.
ISABELLA CHARLOTTE WRIGHT . I am eleven years old—my father's name is Samuel Wright—he is a carman at a distillery—I am living with my brother-in-law, Mr. Darby, who keeps a public-house at Woolwich. On the 15th of April, about two o'clock in the day, I went up into my bed-room, and missed the articles stated, which I had seen safe there between eight and nine that morning—the room is on the first floor—the door was locked, and the key was in the door—the articles now produced are mine, and what I lost.
JAMES PRENDRELL , coalwhipper, Woolwich. On the 15th of April I was employed at Mr. Darby's house—about half-past ten o'clock in the morning, or from that to eleven, I saw a female looking out of the tap-room window at the back of the house—it was the prisoner.
JOHN THORP , shopman to Mr. Moore, pawnbroker, Woolwich. I produce a fur tippet, some shoes, and two pinafores, pawned by the prisoner on the 15th of April, about twelve o'clock as near as possible—this is the counterpart of the duplicate I gave.
EDWARD PALMER (police-constable R 231.) I heard of this robbery, and was directed to take some woman into custody in a water-closet in Glass-yard—I there found the prisoner with this bundle on her, containing two night-shirts—among other things, I found three duplicates about her relating to the property produced.
Prisoner. A young man I went with from London gave them to me, and I pledged them. Witness. I heard nothing of any man being seen in her company—she said before the Magistrate that a man named Walters came down from London with her, and gave her the property to pledge, and one of the duplicates states, "Pledged for Mrs. Walters."
GUILTY . Aged 18.— Confined Six Months.
1517. MICHAEL ALLISON was indicted for burglariously breaking and entering the dwelling-house of James Bevis, about the hour of two in the night of the 20th of April, with intent to steal, and stealing therein, 2 printed books, value 5s.; 1 tea-pot,1s. 6d.; and 1 jug, 6d.; his property.
MARIA NAN KEVILL BEVIS . I am the wife of James Bevis, and live in Somerset-place, Deptford. On Saturday night, the 20th of April, before I went to bed, I went over the house—the door was latched with a common latch, but I am sure it was fastened; also the windows, with two latches and a bolt—I went to bed about twelve o'clock—I was the last person up—when I had been in bed some time I was awoke by a noise—I could not tell the time—I laid awake some time, and fell asleep again—about three o'clock in the morning the policeman came—I got up, and found the place very much in disorder—the lower rooms were all dirty and filthy—I missed the articles stated—the two books and a shawl had been on the dining-table, and the jug and teapot on another table in the same room.
GEORGE PRITCHARD (policeman.) On the morning of the 21st of April, about a quarter-past three o'clock, I saw the prisoner at the top of Grove-lane, leading to the Lower-road, about a quarter of a mile from the prosecu-trix's—he had a bundle—I asked what he had—he said his uniform—I asked
where he was going with it—he said to his barracks—I found it was these articles, tied up in this shawl—I asked where he got it—he said I could have it if I liked; he had picked it up on the road.
Prisoner. You asked what I was, and I said, "You can see what I am by my uniform." Witness I asked no such question—there waft another man with you, who said it was a very curious thing to see a young man in a ditch with a bundle, and that he had laid hold of your hand and helped you out of the ditch—that man was perfectly sober—you were about a quarter of a mile from the barracks.
WILLIAM SMITH (policeman.) I met the prisoner in custody—I saw that he had been in a ditch, being over mud and dirt—I went to the prosecutor's house, and found tracks of mud from the garden gate down to the house—the door was open, and the house all dirt and filth.
Prisoner's Defence. I was going from a public-house, about half-past twelve o'clock, with four soldiers who had been to China with me; they went on board a ship, and went away; I was coming along the road, and saw this man who was a stranger; I asked him to show me to the barracks, which he did; the policeman asked what I had; I said I could not say, it was something I had picked up by the side of the road.
NOT GUILTY .
Before Mr. Recorder.
GEORGE COURT STEEL , market gardener, Deptford. On the 5th of March, 1842, between five and six o'clock in the evening, I was at work in my garden, and saw a strange man there, crossing the garden—I called to him to go back—he would not—I sent my son to turn him back—they had a struggle—a party on the bridge of the canal, called out, "Hit the b—over the head with the bottle"—the man had a bottle in his hand—I took it out of his hand, and parted them—I was going back to my work—the men kept calling out to them, and my son said to me, "Never mind, they are only Irishmen"—I suppose they could hear that—Daniel, the prisoner's brother, came over the ditch, and the prisoner was on the bridge—I said to Daniel, "You had better go back"—he said, "You b——, I will put you into the canal"—a scuffle took place between us—he threw me on the ground, and in the middle of the scuffle the prisoner came over to assist his brother—I was senseless on the ground—when I came to myself I saw the prisoner striking my son on the back with a stick, and across his belly—he ran away—I followed him—I afterwards found myself bleeding profusely from the head, nose, and all parts of me almost—a neighbour dressed my wounds that night—next morning I went to a surgeon—he dressed the wounds, and ordered me to poultice them—I kept my house for a week, and my bed for several days—I knew the prisoner before—he is an excavator.
Cross-examined by MR. BALLANTINE. Q. You have no doubt about his being the man? A. No—I was in a scuffle with his brother when he came up—I cannot say whether the prisoner did anything before my son came up to assist me.
ALEXANDER STEEL . I am the prosecutor's son. I went to turn a man out of the garden—after it was over, I saw the prisoner, his brother Daniel, and about twenty persons—I told my father not to notice them, as they were Irish—Daniel then jumped over the ditch, caught my father, and said, "You old b——, I will put you in the canal"—they scuffled—the prisoner jumped over the ditch as my father was thrown down, and seized hold of me—I was
going to assist my father, but had not got up, to him—the prisoner then threw me down; and when I got up, I saw him and his brother on my father—the prisoner was using a stick to my father, and the brother was kicking him.
Cross-examined. Q. You struck him with a stick yourself, did not you, before he touched you? A. I struck at him, and might have struck him, after they bad struck my father.
ALLEN FORD PRICE , surgeon, Deptford. On the 5th of March, 1842, the prosecutor came to my house—I examined his head—he had a lacerated wound, about an inch long, on the head, a slight wound on his right temple, much tenderness of the left temple, and a black eye—he appeared to have lost blood—he was very much hurt—his system appeared to have received a severe shock.
GUILTY of an Assault. Aged 25.— Confined Three Months.
1519. MARY WENBORN was indicted for stealing 1 1/2 yard of silk, value 6s.; 2 yards of printed cotton, 1s.; 1 cap, 1s. 6d.; 5 shillings, 1 sixpence, and 3 groats; the property of Fortunatus Pellatt, her master.
SARAH PELLATT . I am the wife of Fortunatus Pellatt, who keeps a beershop on Plumstead-common; the prisoner lived in my service one month. On the 29th of April, in consequence of information, I searched, and missed two yards of silk from a piece which I kept in my bed-room—the policeman showed me some silk, which I compared with what I had left, and it fitted it exactly—I had some printed cotton in the cupboard, in the front bed-room—I did not miss that till it was shown to me by the officer—I then missed nearly two yards from a dress, and this piece matched exactly with what was left.
JOHN GRIFFIN (police-constable R 229.) On the morning of the 29th of April I was on duty on Plumstead-common, at a quarter-past four o'clock—I saw the prisoner going in the direction of Greenwich, from Mr. Pellatt'a—I stopped her, and asked where she was going—she said, "For a day's holiday"—I asked what she had got in her bundle under her arm—she said, "A few things"—I found these articles which I now produce—I found on her this cap, 12s. 6d. in silver, and 1s. 7d. in copper.
Prisoner. The money was my own; the other things I own to.
GUILTY . Aged 30.— Confined Six Months.
Before Mr. Common Sergeant.
SAMUEL GREEN , muffin and crumpet-baker, Flagon-row, Deptford. I sent the prisoner out with goods—if he received 5s. he has not paid it me—he ought to have paid it the same evening—I sent him out with 40lbs. of salmon, on the Saturday morning, and he ought to have given me the money he sold it for.
Prisoner. Q. Did I not pay you 5s. 5 1/2 d. on the Friday? A. No.
it out of his right-hand trowsers' pocket—I found a hole recently cut in the bottom of his pocket.
GUILTY . Aged 26.— Confined Three Months.
(The prosecutor did not appear.)
Before Mr. Recorder.
1522. SARAH EASTON was indicted for stealing, at St. Olave, Southwark, 1 box, value 5s.; 10 sovereigns, 1 half-sovereign, 3 half-crowns, 23 shillings, 4 sixpences, 8 groats, and 4 halfpence; 4 warrants for the delivery of 2 cwt. and 22lbs. weight of coffee; 35 warrants for the delivery of 14cwt. 1 qr. 17lbs. weight of tea; and 1 warrant for the delivery of 2 cwt. 4 lbs. weight of pepper; the property of Coates Fennell, her master, in his dwelling-house; to which she pleaded
GUILTY . Aged 19.— Transported for Ten Years.
GUILTY . Aged 17.— Confined Three Months.
ESTHER SARAH HOLDSWORTH . I am the daughter of Benjamin Holdsworth, who keeps a shop in Love-lane, Rotherhithe. On the 15th of April, I saw the boots safe outside the door, a quarter of an hour before they were missed—between four and five o'clock, I received information from Mrs. Davis, went after the prisoner, came up with him, and took the boots from under his jacket—he said he took them for a lark—these produced are one pair—I know them to be my father's.
MARY ANN DAVIS . I live in the same house as the last witness. On the the 15th of April I was standing in the passage, and saw the prisoner going by, take the boots, and put them under his jacket—I told the witness, and she went after him.
GUILTY Aged 13.— Confined Three Months.
REBECCA HERRING . I am the wife of Joseph Norris Herring, of Streathamhill, in Streatham parish. Between twelve and one o'clock, on the 1st of May, I noticed the prisoner go out at the front gate—he turned to the left, then turned round to the front of the house, and looked up—I ran down stairs, missed the plate out of the basket, and sent a man to run after him—I am certain the prisoner is the man—I had a full view of his face when he turned round, and looked up—these spoons and forks are ours.
JOHN BALDWIN (labourer.) I was at work in a field adjoining Mr. Herring's house, between twelve and one o'clock—I received information, and ran after the prisoner—I came up to him in the middle of a field—I caught sight of him before I got to the field—he was carrying a coat on his arm
when I first saw him—I took hold of him, charged him with robbing the house of some spoons, and said he must come back with me—he returned with me—I found the spoons and forks under some grass in the field where I took him—I picked up a stick, which he said did not belong to him—he had ran quite near enough to the spot where I found the spoons to deposit them there.
RICHARD ROSER . I am gardener, in the service of Mr. Herring—from information I received, I went towards Laleham-court-road, and saw the prisoner in custody of Baldwin—I went with Baldwin to the field, and saw him the plate under a tree, covered with grass.
MARIA CHADWICK JONES . On the 1st of May I saw the prisoner go towards Mr. Herring's house, through the front gate—in a few minutes afterwards I saw him come out, and look up at the house—he went into a field, and crossed the Laleham-court-road into another field, and secreted himself behind a tree—he remained there about five minutes—he had a coat on when he went there, and when he left he was carrying his coat under his arm—I gave information, two men ran after him, and took him in my sight—I did not see his face, but the same man was taken that crossed the field—I believe there were two or three men about the road.
GUILTY . Aged 26.— Confined One Year.
Before Edward Bullock, Esq.
MR. CLARKSON conducted the Prosecution.
DIGGORY NORTHEY , linendraper, Princes-street, Leicester-square. The prisoner was in my service for about twelve or thirteen days—he came on the 26th of Feb., and, I think, continued with me till the 12th of March—in consequence of a person calling on me after he left, and making inquiry about a carpet-bag, and in consequence of suspicions I entertained from those inquiries, I caused a carpet-bag of the prisoner's to be opened—I have the key with which I opened it—in the pocket of the bag I found a pocket-book, in which was a duplicate referring to a scarf—I went to the pawnbroker's and examined that scarf, and it was mine—I never gave the prisoner permission to take it or sell it, or knew of his having it—it is worth about 10s. 6d.—I think the person called about the bag on the 11th or 12th of April—this is the scarf—I know it by this rent from the bottom upwards, which I believe to have been done in the manufacture, and mended by the manufacturer—before I examined the carpet-bag I went to Mr. Hardwick, of Marlborough-street Police-office, and asked his advice on the subject—it was in accordance with his directions that I did what I did.
Cross-examined by MR. DOANE. Q. What is it by which you swear to that scarf? A. By this tear—it has no mark of mine, nor of any one in my establishment—it has been taken off—I did not have the scarf from the manufacturer—I cannot say positively where I had it from, but I believe from Robert Bentley's in Cheapside, a wholesale warehouse—any body might get a scarf of this description from there, with the exception of the tear—the same rent might happen to other scarfs in the manufacture, but I never saw another so—I saw this rent about the beginning of February, in marking it off, which was either the same day, or the day after I purchased it—I had other scarfs of the same description, but of different value—I do not recollect seeing this scarf after marking it off early in February—at that season of the year scarfs are not generally sold—I have no doubt of the scarf—I took particular notice of this mark—I made no memorandum of it—I gave no directions about its being sold at a less price, because of the flaw—I examined all
the other scarfs as I marked them off—I do not recollect examining them with a view to ascertain whether they had any flaw in them—I had perhaps about thirty scarfs of this kind—I employ fourteen or fifteen persons to sell in my shop—I am sure I never sold this scarf—I sell goods to my young men at the cost price—that is a general rule—but they must be sold by myself alone.
MR. CLARKSON. Q. Did you ever sell that scarf to the prisoner? A. No, he never applied to purchase a scarf—I observed this rent before the prisoner came into my service—I did not observe any rent in the other scarfs similar to this—there was a ticket pinned on here with my private mark on it, and, in marking it, this rent struck my attention—you may see the pin-holes now—I did not miss the scarf from my stock till I found the duplicate—I then examined and missed it.
HENRY JAMES HART (police-constable L 58.) I took the prisoner into custody on the 16th of April—I found on him a key with which I opened the carpet-bag, and in that I found a pocket-book, and in that this duplicate.
WILLIAM PETHERBRIDGE , shopman to Mr. Hedges, pawnbroker, Drury-lane. I have produced the scarf—I received it in pledge on the 9th of March—I cannot swear to the prisoner, but I believe him to be the person that pledged it.
Cross-examined. Q. Have you really any belief about it? A. Yes—if I had met him in the street I should not have thought of his being the man—I should have thought nothing about the matter if he had not been in custody, and my duplicate been found in his possession—that helps my belief of his being the person—I cannot say whether I should have believed he was the man if the duplicate had been found in somebody else's possession.
MR. CLARKSON. Q. Do you speak as to your belief from any recollection of the person or features? A. No, certainly not—I speak from the circumstance, of the duplicate being in his possession—I have no recollection of the person pledging it—nothing to form an opinion from—by referring to our day-book, I believe it was pawned in or towards the after part of the day—I should say after five o'clock—I cannot form any judgment about the time.
NOT GUILTY .
1527. NATHAN ATCHESON was again indicted for stealing 7/8 of a yard of velvet, value 7s.; 7 handkerchiefs, 11s.; 1 scarf, 12s. 6d.; 5 yards of velvet, 2l.; and 1 yard of cotton, 4s., the goods of William White and others, his masters.
DANIEL LOVETT HUBBARD . I am one of the firm of William White, Greenwell, and Co., Blackfriars-road. The prisoner was in our service from the 3rd of Oct. to the 9th of Dec. last year—he was in the velvet department, and had access to any of the velvets—it was his duty to put them straight of a night—here is a piece of velvet which I know to be ours—I produce a piece from our stock which matches it—it is a figured article, and the two ends exactly match in pattern—this handkerchief has our pencil private mark on it—this other handkerchief is without our mark—here are some new waistcoats, one of which just matches with some velvet which we have now in our stock—also this satin waistcoat—they were not in waistcoats when taken—I know this scarf to be a pattern we had, but it has no private mark—there is no mark on any article but this black handkerchief—the prisoner was in the habit of making purchases while with us—I am sure none of these things were purchased by the prisoner—our system is, if a young man purchases goods, the bill must be brought to me or to Mr. Greenwell to sign, and every article purchased must be entered—the policeman has the bill of the goods which he did buy of us, and it does not include any of these.
Cross-examined by MR. DOANE. Q. IS Mr. Greenwell here? A. No—I swear positively I did not sell these things to the prisoner—it is rather unusual to mark such a thing as this black handkerchief—I did not mark it myself—Cooper did—I have never seen any other velvets like these—this is a very peculiar pattern—some of it has been sold—we do not have it manufactured exclusively for us—Mr. White, Mr. Greenwell, and myself are the firm.
WILLIAM COOPER . I was in the employ of Messrs. White, Greenwell, and Co. I was in the velvet department before the prisoner came there—there was one other person there between myself and him—I know this black handkerchief—it has my mark upon it—I know the pattern of this velvet by having others in the stock that correspond with them—I did not sell any of these things to the prisoner.
HENRY JAMES HART (police-constable L 58.) I took the prisoner into custody. I searched him and found a key upon him—I went next morning to Mr. Northey's, got a carpet-bag, took it to the station, unlocked it before the inspector, and took from a pocket-book there, twenty-eight duplicates, among which were the duplicates relating to this property.
JAMES REARDON , shopman to Mr. Fleming, pawnbroker, Fairingdon-street. I produce a piece of velvet pledged for 4s. on the 28th of Feb., in the name of Nathan Atcheson—I do not know by whom—also a handkerchief pawned originally on the 15th of Nov. for 3s. 6d., in the name of Thomas Thompson, and renewed on the 27th of Jan. following.
Cross-examined. Q. Is that the handkerchief with the pencil mark? A. Yes—there was one handkerchief pledged for 2s. with another for 3s. 6d., on the 28th of Oct., in the name of Nathan Atcheson—one of them was redeemed on the 27th of Jan.—the young man that took them in has since left—I know the prisoner as a customer at our shop—I do not know anything about his originally pledging these articles—I have an idea that he was the party who pawned them, but I cannot swear positively to him.
GUILTY . Aged 25.— Confined Twelve Months.
Before Mr. Common Sergeant.
1528. THOMAS RENSHAW and GEORGE THOMPSON were indicted for stealing, on the 19th of April, at St. George the Martyr, Southwark, 2 coats, value 7l., the goods of Martin William Franks, in his dwelling-house.
SARAH FRANKS . I am the wife of Martin William Franks, and live at No. 127, Blackfriars-road, in the parish of St. George the Martyr—it is his dwelling-house. On Friday morning, the 19th of April, I hung some coats up in the passage of the private entrance—I did not miss them till the 21st—these now produced are them—they are worth 7l. or 8l.
WILLIAM TAYLOR , shopman to Mr. Clark, pawnbroker, Long-acre. I produce a coat pledged on the 19th of April, I cannot tell who by—on the following Monday Renshaw came to have adeclaration for the coat—he said he had lost the ticket—I filled up part of a declaration—he said the coat was the property of a man named Jones, his master—I brought down the coat and showed it to him, and he said that was the coat—I am sure he is the person.
Renshaw, I bought the ticket of the coat on the Saturday night; I went into the shop and asked if there was a coat pledged in the name of Cook or Cooper. Witness. He asked if there was one pledged in the name of Cooper—he did not say how he had come by the ticket which he had lost.
CHARLES BURGESS GOFF (police-constable L 88.) I saw Renshaw on Monday, the 22nd of April, coining out of Mr. Clark's shop—I followed him to the Waterloo-road, and there took him into custody—I said it was for stealing two coats from No. 127, Blackfrias-road on Friday last—he said he knew nothing of any coats.
Renshaw. When he took me into custody I was in Westminster-road with another young man who saw me bay the ticket; he asked me who this young man was; I said, "I dare say you know him;" he had not police clothes on then; he first said, "I want you;" I said, "What for?" he said, "On suspicion of stealing a time-piece from the Borough;" I said, "I will go with you; I know nothing of any time-piece;" he said, "I must go to the station and get directions whereabout;" I said I should not like to be locked up for a thing I knew nothing about; he said, "Come with me, and if it is not you, you will get discharged;" he took me to the station, and there he said it was or two coats.
Witness. There was a young man with him—I asked him if he knew him—he said he did not—I did tell him at first that I wanted him for a timepiece in the Borough-road, and I can explain the reason why—there was a number of thieves with him, and I thought if I told him what I wanted him for then, the other persons might be acquainted with it, and might go and take the coats out of pawn before I could get to them.
JAMER BROOK (police-constable L 118.) On Monday, the 22nd of April, I met Thompson in the New Cut, and asked if he knew any one of the name of Renshaw—he said no—I said Renshaw was in custody on suspicion of stealing two coats, and I should take him for being concerned with him—he immediately put his hand into his trowsers' pocket, pulled out this duplicate, and endeavoured to put it into his mouth—I knocked it out of his hand on to the ground—it is the one I have prodoced.
Thompson. The same young man was with me that was with Renshaw, Witness. I asked you who he was, and you said you did not know—I did not snatch your hand out of your pocket—you dropped the ticket, and I picked it off the ground—I swear it fell from your hand.
Renshaw's Defence. I was in a coffee-shop on Saturday night; two young men came and asked if I wanted to buy the duplicate of a coat; I asked what it was pawned for; he said 12s.; I said I did not want to buy it; they said they were out of work, and would sell it for 1s. 6d. and a cup of coffee; at last I gave them 1s. for it; on the Monday morning I saw one of them; he asked if I had the coat; 1 said no, I had lost the ticket; he sent me over the water to the pawnbrokers; I asked if a coat had been pledged there in the name of Cooper, or some such name; they said there was one pawned on the 19th of April for 12s.; I said very likely that was it, I came to have an affidavit; one of the young men asked where he lived—the policeman found I had given my right address; they said they could not let me have it without I brought the man I bought it of; I said I could not, I did not know whether I should see him again; I came out of the shop, and was going home when the policeman took me.
Thompson's Defence. The officer says the ticket was in my possession; I deny it; it is totally false; nobody swears I pawned the coat, or stole it.
RENSHAW— GUILTY . Aged 21.
THOMPSON† GUILTY . Aged 25.
Transported for Ten Years.
1529. SARAH MIERS was indicted for stealing, at Lambeth, I watch, value 2l. 10s.; 1 watch-key, 6d.; 6 sovereigns, and 68 half-sovereigns, the property of Sarah James, in the dwelling-house of George Martin.
MR. BALLANTINE conducted the Prosecution.
SARAH JAMES . I am servant at the Leopard coffee-house in Queen's bridge-road, Lambeth. The prisoner came to live there about eight months back, and left—I have a room in which I sleep, and in which I had a portmanteau—on the 9th of April I had a box in that portmanteau containing about seven sovereigns and sixty-eight half-sovereigns, the entire result of my earnings during the period of my being in service—I had likewise a silver watch in the box—on Tuesday, April 9th, the prisoner called, and brought me some apples, and a bunch of flowers, and a fuchsia in a pot for my mistress—she said she should like a good washing-up for the afternoon—I understood she meant washing-up the tea-things—that was between twelve and one in the day—she remained with me from that time till between five and six——my bed-room is by the side of the kitchen—that had been my bed-room while she was in the service with me—she had an opportunity, during the time she was there, of going to my bed-room without my knowing it—after she was gone I went into my bed-room to put my frock on—it had been hanging behind the door—the key of the portmanteau was in my frock pocket—I found my frock had been thrown on the bed—the key was still in the pocket—I had no occasion to go to my portmanteau till the following Saturday—I found it still locked, but it had been broken open, and my watch and money was gone—this is the watch now produced—I am sure it was in the box the day the prisoner called—I bad seen it on the Monday night—I did not see the prisoner all the time she was there—I was busy waiting up and down in the coffee-room—she was about the kitchen and scullery, which is on the same floor as my bed-room.
GEORGE MOSELY . I am a labourer on the South Eastern Railway, and live at Yalding, in Kent. I have been keeping company with the prisoner for about five months—the week before she was taken, she made me a present of two handkerchiefs, a waistcoat, a pair of trowsers, a pair of gloves, and a pair of wristbands—she showed me a watch, and told me she had given 4l. 10s. for it—she did not offer it me as a present—she wished me to take it, and regulate it, and deliver it up to her next day—I took it to her before I heard they were in pursuit of her, and delivered it up—I am quite certain this is the same watch—I know nothing about any sovereigns or half-sovereigns.
WILLIAM BROOM CROSS (police-constable G 217.) On the 26th of April I received information, and went to apprehend the prisoner at Red-hill, Waterenbury—I told her what I wanted her for—she said it was the first time she was ever accused of a robbery, but she knew nothing of either the gold watch or the sovereigns—I had not then found the watch or anything—I had mentioned it—I received the watch from Moseley some hours alter taking her into custody—he came to the house, and found me with her in custody, and brought the watch to me with other property—I searched her box, and found some clothing, sheeting, table-cloths, and linen, all new, and these six sovereigns—as I was taking her to the lock-up place, she told me that was the first robbery she ever did commit, and she hoped it would be the last—the Leopard is in the parish of St. Mary, Lambeth.
Prisoner's Defence. The things belong to me, and what I have bad for my own, I shall expect to have again; I have nothing to say to the charge.
GUILTY . Aged 22.— Transported for Ten Years.
1530. MARGARET WELSH was indicted for feloniously assaulting Michael O'Brien, and cutting and wounding him on the right side of his head, and right eye, with intent to disfigure and disable him.—2nd COUNT, stating her intent to be to do him some grievous bodily harm.
MICHAEL O'BRIEN . I am a bricklayer's labourer, and live in Lambeth. On the 28th of April the prisoner, who lived next door, came to my door, and called out that she would break the door, or else have me out of the house—I went up stairs to get my hat, and when I came down my wife told me not to open the door, as she had something in her hand to hit me with, but I opened the door, and she was on the railing between her own door and mine—she let go of the knocker—I asked what she was kicking up a row about, and told her to go in doors—she drew the arm of a chair from her side, and aimed a blow at me—I put up my right arm and parried it—she struck again, and I saved that; but the third blow struck me over the eye, and stunned me—I was taken to the hospital—my head was only cut in one place—the sight of my eye was affected a little—I cannot open it yet—I had not given her any cause to attack me—I had complained to the landlord that she kicked up rows, and I could not sleep there, and when he came for her rent the door was always locked—she has lived next door seven or eight months, and has been complained of by the neighbours as well as me—she is single.
Prisoner. I lived there twelve months—before Christmas, the prosecutor robbed me of two sovereigns; I went in with a young woman, and said to Mrs. O'Brien, "You took my money;" she said, "I did not;" on the Friday night before this happened the prosecutor went up the court in a new flannel jacket bought out of my money; in the afternoon his wife was washing, and made a mess before my door; I wiped it away, and she got the door-mat and slapped it in my face; next morning she bad a large Irish woman, who struck me with a stick; on Sunday morning she called me a w——, and all the names she could think of, and next morning also; "I said, "If I am a w——, I will never be such a w——as your sister;" the prosecutor made a blow at me; I ran into my own place, took up the back of the chair, and struck him twice. Witness. I had not struck at her, and never did, nor was I ever present when anybody did so; my wife never struck her in my presence—they have had a few words, but I was not there.
PATRICK SCANNELL . On the Sunday morning in question I saw the prisoner at her own door—she reached over the railing which separates the two houses, and knocked at O'Brien's door—he came out, and asked what made her do it—she went in, and ran out with the back of a chair, and made two or three blows at him—he put up his right hand to save the two blows, and the third blow she hit him in the eye—he was in a senseless state, and bled—he was taken to a surgeon's, and then to the hospital, in a cab—he had not given her the least provocation—she locked herself in her own house after she had done it.
GEORGE KIDNEY (police-constable L 179.) I met the prosecutor, bleeding—I afterwards went to the prisoner's house—she refused to open the door—I called to her—she tapped at the door, and would not open it—I then took the prosecutor to the doctor's—he was dressed, and sent home, and fainted away—I took him to another surgeon's, and he sent him to the hospital—I returned to the prisoner's house, and asked her to open the door—she would not—I got the shutters open—she was lying in bed—I told her she must go with me for what she had done—she said, "Very well," and took some time to dress herself—she said she did not care a d——if she had killed him—I saw a broken chair lying on the bed by her side, and asked what the did that
for—she said, "I broke that for the express purpose"—there was a mark of blood on it.
MRS. O'BRIEN. I am the prosecutor's wife. The prisoner has been at me these six weeks, blowing me up, and accusing me of taking her money—I have not called her names—I never made her any answer—I always shut the door in her face.
Prisoner. A friend gave me two sovereigns and 13s. 6d., before Christmas, which I put into a box, and went to the theatre with him; I never locked my door, and no neighbour ever came in but Mrs. O'Brien; I came home with a young woman who lived with me, and found it gone, and can suspect nobody but the O'Briens, as Mrs. O'Brien told me she could hear all that passed in my room between me and the gentleman. Witness. It is false—I never took any of her money, nor knew of her having any.
Prisoner. She nearly cut a woman's arm off with a great brown jug. Witness. It is all false.
WILLIAM WAYLAND KERSHAW . I was assistant in the Eye Infirmary at Guy's Hospital. The prosecutor was brought there on Sunday, the 28th of April, with a jagged wound over the right eye-brow, about an inch and a half long—the interior of the eye bad also been injured, and some loss of vision had resulted in consequence—he remained under my care till Monday—symptoms of inflammation had then begun to show themselves—the eye is now in a state to recover, I believe—it appeared to have been a violent blow—such an instrument as this would produce it—he was not bleeding when I saw him—it was not a dangerous wound, but there was danger of erysipelas.
GUILTY of an Assault. Aged 23.— Confined Three Months.
JAMES POWER , carpenter, Brenchley, Kent. On the 11th of Jan. I came to London to receive some money—I called on a Mr. Braham, who told me to call again at four o'clock—I went to a beer-shop—the prisoner came there in about five minutes—I told him where I had got to call at four o'clock—he said he had got some business to do at half-past three, and we might as well spend our time together till then—we went round to Charing-cross, and to a beer-shop there, and saw a man named Jones, who said if any man could show him money like his, he would give them 10l. to carry to the poor of the parish, but he would not give it except they could show money like his—we then went to a public-house—a pot of beer was called for—the prisoner pulled out a note, and showed it to Jones—he said to me, "Pull out your money"—I said I had only got 6s. or 7s.—I showed them that, and at four o'clock I went back with them to Chancery-lane—we went into a public-house, and had a pot of beer—the prisoner went out for a short time, and when he came back I went to Mr. Braham, and received a check—when I came back the prisoner said, "You can convince the squire," and I showed them the check—Jones said, "That is not gold and notes like mine"—we then went over Blackfriars-bridge to a public-honse, had a pot of beer, and then to the Half Moon, in the Borough, and had a pot of beer there—Jones then left us, and said he must go and tell his lawyer where he was going to be till nine o'clock—the prisoner was there then—Jones came back, and spent the evening till near nine o'clock—he then left, and gave the prisoner 6d. for us to spend in
supper—at nine o'clock in the morning of the 12th, Jones came to the Half Moon, and met us—he came up Union-street, and promised to meet us over the bridge—the prisoner and I came on, and I received the money for my check at the Bank, in seventy sovereigns and four 10l. notes—we went over the bridge again, and met Jones—we all went into a beer-shop—I had) my money with me—when I went there the prisoner said, "Now you can convince the squire"—I pulled out my money in a bag—the prisoner and Jones were present—I showed them the money, the notes and gold together—Jones said, "Put it up, that will do," and I put it into my pocket again—we staid in that place an hour, then left the beer-shop, and went to the Crown—we were there about twenty minutes—when we were in there the prisoner said, "You carry your money very careless, Mr. Jones, put it into your watch pocket"—and he said to me, "You secure your money better"—I put my money on the table—I saw Jones put down this paper on my bag—he said, "Here is somebody coming, put it away"—I took it up in the paper, as I thought, and put it into my pocket—it was about the same weight as my bag of money—it was nearly noon when I put it into my pocket at the Crown—we all went out of the public-house together about twelve o'clock—after we went out Jones said he had left his stick in the public-house, he wished I would run back and fetch it, and they would wait there—I went, and when I came back they were gone—I waited about some time looking for them, and then took the train and returned home to Brenchley—I had not spoken to any one else, and when I pulled it out about eight o'clock at night I found I had got 2s.4d. in copper in the paper, and the bag and my money was gone—I am quite sure my gold and notes were in my bag when I put it on the table at the Crown—on the night of the 11th I slept at the Half Moon, and the prisoner slept in the same bed with me—I did not know him before.
Prisoner. Q. Did you tell your wife you lost the money on the railway? A. They asked me whether I was crowded on the railway—I said, "No, I was not."
ANN BENSON . I am servant to Mr. Goodwin, of the Crown, at Dulwich. In Jan. last I was servant at the Half Moon—I remember the prisoner and another man being there—I cannot say whether it was the prosecutor.
Prisoner. Q. When was it you saw me? A. The 11th of Jan.—I swore to you before the Magistrate, but not to the prosecutor—I said your bed was 9d., and you gave it me.
EDWARD LANGLY (police-sergeant A 11.) I took the prisoner on the 8th of March—I told him he must consider himself in my custody—he said, "I hope to God you are not going to settle me"—I said he must be cautious what he said, as I took him on suspicion of that robbery of 110l.—he said no more.
GUILTY . Aged 48.— Transported for Seven Years.
JAMES LOADER . I am in the employ of Samuel Allen and another, engineers, in Cornwall-road. These brass hinges are theirs—they were cut from this mould for a lighthouse which is now building—I did not know of the loss of them till the officer brought them—they were safe two or three days before in the light house in Cornwall-toad—the prisoner was in my matters' employ, and had access to the premises.
arm—I asked what he had got, he said, "Nothing at all "—I caught hold of him, and asked what he was going to do with them—he said to put them in an old boiler—in going to the station he said another person, who gave them to him, was coming round to purchase them—it was eight o'clock, and all the men had gone—he knocked me down twice.
GUILTY . Aged 20.— Confined Six Months.
Before Mr. Common Sergeant.
MICHAEL MOY . I am a furrier, and live in Church-street, Borough—Mr. Murray lives about forty yards from me. On Monday night, the 22nd of April, a little before nine o'clock, I was walking home—I saw Lee standing opposite Mr. Murray's door—Skeggs came to the door and let Lee in, for about three minutes—Skeggs then let her out, and she went up towards St. George's-church—I saw an officer—he took her, and took the bundle from under her arm—she had no bundle with her when she went into Mr. Murray's.
Cross-examined by MR. BALLANTINE. Q. Did Lee knock at Mr. Murray's door? A. No, the door was opened—she and Skeggs walked in together, and closed the door—Skeggs came and stood on the step of the door when Lee came out, and Skeggs watched after her, going towards the church.
JOHN THOMAS MIDDLEMAN (police-constable M 270.) I took Lee—I asked what she had got, she said, "Things "—I took this bundle of skins from her—I asked if she did not come out of Mr. Murray's house—she denied it, and said she got them in Bishopsgate-street, over the water—I took her back to Mr. Murray's—Skeggs came down—I asked her if Mr. Murray was at home, she said, "No"—I asked if any one was who attended to the business, she said, "No"—I then asked if she knew this property, or if she knew Lee—she said she did not—a great many people collected, and Skeggs said, "Come in"—I went in, and Skeggs said to Lee, "Did you take these things off the counter?"—Skeggs then said Lee had brought her some things home that she had washed, and she then said she did know her—Skeggs then said Mr. Murray was ill in bed, she would go and speak to him; and she said, "For God's sake don't take us into custody"—she went up stairs, came down again, and said Mr. Murray would speak to me—I took the two prisoners up with me—Mr. Murray identified the skins—I took Lee to the station—I then went to her residence, and found thirteen more skins.
Skeggs. I did not say, "Don't take us;" I said, "Don't take the poor woman to the station." Witness. You said, "Us."
Lee. Q. Did I not say that Skeggs gave them me in my lap? Witness. I heard that afterwards.
Cross-examined. Q. How long had Skeggs been in your service? A. Nearly five years—I think I had seen Lee once before—Skeggs had conducted herself well, we had unbounded confidence in her—she was justified in saying I was not at home that evening, as I was ill in bed—I believe these skins had been on the shelves when I was in the shop—I had rung my bell about nine o'clock that evening, or a little before, and Skeggs came nearly to the top of the stairs—I told her then I did not want her—the shop was left then, but it was not for above a minute.
Lee's Defence. I took home two or three caps to Skeggs; I was not in the shop more than two or three minutes; she gave me the skins, and said,
"Go on; and if anything should happen, say you got them from Bishops-gate-street"—when I got to the station, I told them that Skeggs gave them to me—she said, "Say you took them off the counter, and that will clear me." The shop was not left while I was there, and no one rang.
(The prisoners received good characters.)
SKEGGS— GUILTY . Aged 22.
LEE— GUILTY . Aged 23.
Recommended to mercy. Confined Three Months.
1534. JOHN HINDLE and JANE THORPE were indicted for stealing 1 bed, value 5l.; 2 pillows, 15s.; 3 blankets, 9s.; 1 quilt, 3s.; 1 pair of sheets, 5s.; 4 knives, 1s.; 4 forks, 1s.; 6 cups, 1s.; 6 saucers, 6s.; 1 tea-pot, 8d.; 3 jugs, 1s. Ad,; 2 basins, 7d.; 12 plates, 1s. 6d.; 1 candlestick, 1s.; 1 handkerchief, 2s.; 1 pair of snuffers and tray, 1s.; 3 brushes 2s.; 3 flat-irons, 1s.; 1 basket, 1s.; 2lbs. weight of pork, 1s.; and 6 spoons, 6l.; the goods of Luke Larch.
MARY ANN LARCH . I am the wife of Luke Larch, and live in Lion-street, New Kent-road. The prisoners came to lodge with me—I let them a farnished room containing a bed, two blankets, a quilt, and a variety of other articles—they staid a week and a day, and left without any notice—they said they would take the lodgings for some time, from week to week—after they left I went into their room—the door was locked, and the key taken away—I missed a feather-bed, a pair of sheets, a pair of blankets, some crockeryware out of the cupboard, and other things—they were all let with the room, and were worth 10l.—here is one knife, and some cups and saucers—they are my husband's—I will swear to them—I had the knives made for me—here is our name on this one, and "L.," with a pistol.
Hindle. Q. Do you mean you can swear to this handkerchief? A. I think I could.
MARY TAYLOR . I am the wife of John Taylor, and live in Essex-street, Whitechapel. On the 9th of April, Thorpe came to me in George-yard with a basket containing this crockery—I locked them up in the cupboard—I and my mistress had a few words, and I left them there—the woman who took my place gave the officer the crockery.
Hindle's Defence, This property belongs to me.
HINDLE— GUILTY . Aged 36
THORPE— GUILTY . Aged 24
Transported for seven years
(There were eleven other indictments against the prisoners.)
MR. BALLANTINE conducted the Prosecution.
(The other witnesses did not appear.)
NOT GUILTY .
AARON SMITH . I have known the prisoner a number of years—he was in the habit of bringing bills, and making inquiries about them for me, and his father and sister too. On the 5th or 6th of Dec. he brought me this bill for 10l.—there was a bill of 15l. which I had had before, and this did not appear to bear the same signature—I said, "This is not Margaret Dubock's writing"—he said, "Indeed it is, she wrote it in my presence"—I received a bill purporting to be accepted by Mr. William Clarke, on the 10th or 12th of Nov.—he represented Clark as a wig-maker, in Great Suffolk-street.
Cross-examined by MR. CLARKSON. Q. What may you be? A. I am living on my property—I discount a large number of bills—I am a ship-owner, and have several freehold-houses; and I am a sailor—I have not been connected with the Westminster Loan Company—I discounted their bills—the per centage I usually took depended on the bill and the person—I have got as much per cent, as 25, and as low as 1 1/2—I may have got 10s. on a bill that was to run for a few days—I do not recollect having 50 per cent.—I gave the prisoner either money or a check for this bill—I should say he brought it within seven days of the date, but I cannot fix the day, as his father has run away, and so has he and his sister too—he gave me notice of coming, to meet me before the Magistrate—he came, but I did not expect either of them, and I gave him into custody—He took the old bill, and brought this bill back as a substitute for the old bill, or rather an old bill was taken—I cannot say whether he took it—I did not give him any money—he gave me some—when I received this renewed bill, I had got a great number of other bills—this was a renewed bill, and he had the other bill to present—I did not know that this bill was a forgery, till it was presented on the 5th of March—I did not see him after that, till I saw him at the police-office—that I swear—Mr. Holmes has been my attorney in some few things—I have two or three attonies—I may have had four within the last twelve months—one man has been my attorney for seven years—I may have said that I am a better lawyer than half the attornies in London—I have been charged with piracy—I was tried in this Court about twenty years ago—I was tried on two charges—I had been captain of a ship, and was taken by a corsair—I owned part of the vessel—I was driven out of my own ship at the point of the sword—I was indicted about a forged bill—I never was tried on any other case—I never was tried but three times—I did not offer a man 5l. to prove the name of King—that I swear—I have been charged at every police-office in London I believe—I have thrashed half the cab-men and omnibus men in London for being saucy—I never was charged with leaving a man on a desert island—that I swear—I was charged with putting an execution into a house—I do not know whether I was charged with making a man named Cox, drunk, and hocussing him, and getting him to put his name to a bill, he would not come forward—I did not pay a halfpenny to keep him out of the way—I was discharged under the Insolvent Debtors' Act twenty years ago—when I was tried, the solicitor brought me in a great bill, and I paid it all but 100l., and I took the Act, but I went out, got a good voyage, and paid every farthing; and for twenty years I have not owed a man 6d.—when the prisoner's father went away, he, and his son, and daughter owed me between 600l. and 700l.—I cannot say any particular sum that the prisoner was paid by me for making inquiries about bills—I have paid him various sums of money—I have his bills that I discounted, and charged him nothing for—I did not prepare a bill of sale for the prisoner to sign to give up his father's property, if I gave up all the bills—I employed Mr. Holmes, the solieitor-the sister came down to borrow money—I did not know of any instrument being prepared to get possession of the furniture of the house—I
was told they would make over the property—I did not state to Mr. Wolfe that I learned from Mr. Holmes that he could not bring the man to terms.
MR. BALLANTINE. Q. I believe you left Jamaica? A. Yet—I was coming home to get married—I was chief officer of the vessel—the captain acted contrary to my wishes, and took a different passage—we were taken by a pirate—I was on board nine or ten months, and took fifteen or sixteen vessels—on every occasion I acted from compulsion, I was pinned to the stake, trains of gunpowder were laid round me, and my clothes were blown all to pieces—I was kept in dreadful agony for ten minutes—I did not steer the vessel till I had had these cruelties inflicted—I told these things to the Jury, and they instantly acquitted me—I was tried a second time for an act on board the same vessel, and the Jury stopped the case—I am not acquainted with the paries to whom the money was advanced by the prisoner—I had advanced money on the original bill—they came, one or another of them, the day before the bills were due, to bring me the money or another bill.
JAMES DUBOCK . This bill for 10l. is not in my handwriting—I had never given a bill for this amount—I had done business with the prisoner two or three different times, but not for a bill to the amount of 10l.
Cross-examined. Q. You swear that this is not your signature? A. I do.
NOT GUILTY .
AARON SMITH . I have known the prisoner fourteen or fifteen years, and his father—I have discounted bills brought by him and his father for several years—I understood that they were wire-workers, and connected with bills—the prisoner brought me this bill for 15l. on the 16th of Nov.—he said he had had it before, and I found fault with him for having kept it so long—it had been renewed four times—the prisoner had the money the first time I advanced it, the first bill was 20l., and they paid 5l. off, and gave me a bill for 15l.—the day before it became due the second time, the father came and got the bill to go and get it paid, and the fresh bill was given, and the interest—they brought me the interest and another 15l. bill—the original bill the prisoner brought, and this one too—I cannot swear to the intermediate bills—the body of this bill is in the prisoner's handwriting—when he brought this bill I said, "If the bills are not brought back regularly, I shall collect them myself "—he said, "You must not find fault, Mr. Dubock has just come over with the bill and interest; I am just come from his house"—I had never seen Dubock—I asked him if he saw Mr. Dubock accept the bill—he said, "No."
Cross-examined. Q. You know nothing about the Westminster Loan Company? A. No, nothing further than that I have discounted their bills—I have discounted bills to the amount of 20,000l. through the prisoner, his father, or sister—some of those I discounted for the father were for the Westminster Loan Company, and some were not—the bills I have discounted through Shields's amount to 30,000l., or 40,000l.—I have lost 8000l. on them—I have at one time charged three and a half per cent. discount, and eight per cent—I do not think I have exceeded ten per cent.—I will not swear that I have not gone to twenty—they have brought me a bill for 100l., they wanted the money, and I
have got perhaps a sovereign for three days—I have not charged them forty percent.—I received this bill from the prisoner on the 16th of Nov., at Brixton, the house I was lodging at—I have been married twenty years—my wife and I are separated—my daughter is at one of the first schools in France—I know Mrs. Toogood—I have not been in the habit of calling her as a witness for me in the King's Bench and Exchequer—I had her up at Union-hall, because she was present when the prisoner gave me these bills—the Magistrate said she was of no use—I did not ask the prisoner whether this was the signature of Mary Dubock—I asked if it was the signature of James Dubock—I gave him the money for the first bill in the York-road, Lambeth, at Mr. Crossley's, who keeps a lodging-house—I was lodging there, and a dozen other persons—the original bill was 20l.—it was for three months—I took a sovereign for it.
MR. BALLANTINE. Q. How long have you been separated from your wife? A. Six years—it was a legal separation—I am spending 200l. a-year on my daughter in France—my other daughter is married—I gave her a handsome fortune.
JAMES DUBOCK . This bill is not in my handwriting—I gave no such bill to Shields—I had a bill of 20l. discounted by him about six months ago—previous to its coming due the prisoner called to know if I should want to renew it—I said there was some time to come, I could not tell—it wanted ten or eleven days to the time—he said, "My father is going on the Continent, and it will suit him better if you have a new bill now, and he will give you the difference of the time"—I said it was no matter of consequence—he said, "If you will renew it now, we will give you the difference, and my father will be in London before this bill is due"—I gave a renewed bill for 15l. for three months—that bill is not due yet—I know nothing of this bill.
Cross-examined. Q. Do not you think this bill is so much like your writing, that at first it might have deceived yourself? A. Yes, there is a great similarity.
MR. BALLANTINE. Q. Had the prisoner an opportunity of seeing your writing? A. Yes; he has seen me write two or three times—I had no bill at all of this date.
NOT GUILTY .
HARRIET APPLEYARD . I am the wife of William Appleyard. I live in Prince's-yard, Lambeth—a coat belonging to my son Septimus, who is sixteen years old, hung in the back parlour at a quarter past nine o'clock in the morning—I did not miss it till Goff came—this is it.
CHARLES BURGESS GOFF (police-constable L 83.) About nine o'clock on Thursday morning, the 2nd of May, I saw the prisoners in company in Hercules-buildings—I saw Emery open a gate of a house—he was going in, but a person was going along the passage—he came back and joined Greenwood—they went on and passed the prosecutor's house and returned—then Emery went back, and Greenwood went up the court by the side of the house, leaned over the rails, and looked into the passage while Emery went in—then Emery came out with a bundle, which he gave to Greenwood—I took the bundle and found it was this coat.
EMERY— GUILTY . Aged 17.— Transported for Seven Years.
GREENWOOD*— GUILTY . Aged 14.— Confined Six Months.
GUILTY . Aged 24.— Judgment Respited.
ADJOURNED TO MONDAY, THE 10TH OF JUNE.