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Old Bailey Proceedings, 26th November 1808.

THE WHOLE PROCEEDINGS On the KING's Commission of the PEACE OYER AND TERMINER, AND GOAL DELIVERY FOR THE CITY OF LONDON, AND ALSO THE GOAL DELIVERY FOR THE COUNTY OF MIDDLESEX, HELD AT Justice-Hall, in the Old Bailey, On WEDNESDAY the 26th of NOVEMBER, 1808, and following Days,

BEING THE EIGHTH SESSION IN THE MAYORALTY OF The Right Honourable JOHN ANSLEY , LORD-MAYOR OF THE CITY OF LONDON.

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THE WHOLE PROCEEDINGS On the KING's Commission of the PEACE, OYER AND TERMINER, AND GOAL DELIVERY FOR THE CITY OF LONDON.

Before the Right-honourable JOHN ANSLEY , Lord Mayor of the City of London; the right honourable Edward Lord Ellenborough , Chief Justice of His Majesty's Court of King's Bench; Sir Alexander Thompson , knt One of the Barons of His Majesty's Court of Exchequer; Sir Soulden Lawrence, knt. One of the Justices of His Majesty's Court of Common Pleas; Sir William Curtis , bart. Sir John Eamer , knt. Charles Flower , esq. Aldermen of the said City; John Silvester , esq. Recorder of the said City; Josiah Boydell , esq. Matthew Wood , esq. William Plomer esq. Alderman of the said City; and Newman Knowlys, esq. Common Serjeant of the said City; His Majesty's Justices of Oyer and Terminer of the City of London, and Justices of Goal Delivery of Newgate, holden for the said City and County of Middlesex.

LONDON JURY.

John Haslam ,

William Arnold ,

Zachariah Henry Sanderson

John Smart ,

Solomon Bennett ,

Robert Davis ,

Thomas Lister ,

Nathaniel Whitlock ,

William Ward ,

Joseph Wilkinson ,

Henry Kemp ,

Matthew Hay .

FIRST MIDDLESEX JURY.

James Parker ,

John Maynard ,

Thomas Cufflin ,

Christopher Brown ,

Henry Wake ,

John Byron ,

Alexander Fraser ,

Thomas Rubergall ,

William Vernon ,

North Jolly ,

Thomas Noble ,

Francis Place .

SECOND MIDDLESEX JURY.

Robert Dodd ,

David Pollock ,

William Dalston ,

Alexander Crookshanks ,

John Barton ,

Robert Low ,

John Goodman ,

John Greenham ,

James Venall ,

John Whitbird ,

James Allen ,

Joseph Croten .

674. RICHARD NEIGHBOUR was indicted for an unnatural crime .

GUILTY - DEATH , aged 26.

First Middlesex jury, before Lord Ellenborough.

675. CAROLINE COOPER was indicted for burglariously stealing in the dwelling house of Mary Waylett on the 3d of October , a pocket book, value 6 d. two knives, value 1 s. two bodkins, value 6 d. a tooth pick case, value 1 s. six seven shilling pieces, two bank notes, value 2 l. each, and seven bank notes, value 1 l. each , the property of Mary Waylett.

MARY WAYLETT . I live in Turk street, Bethnal green ; I was there on the 3d of October last; I am a widow, I occupy the house; it is in the parish of St. Matthew, Bethnal green.

Q. Did the prisoner at any time come to your house - A.She came on the 3d of October.

Q. Had you upon that day received any notes - A. I had, about twelve o'clock in the day received thirty pounds of a man in bank notes - two two-pound notes, and about ten or eleven one pound notes I brought home; the others I paid away; I cannot swear whether it was ten or eleven. I put the notes in a leather pocket book, and there were six or seven seven-shilling pieces; I put them in an iron hooped trunk in the chamber where I was sitting at supper, where I lodge myself; I locked the trunk, and I unlocked it again to shew Caroline Cooper a shawl, to know whether she could wash it.

Q. What time of the day did you put the pocket book in the trunk - A. About six o'clock.

Q. What time in the evening did this young woman come to ask for a lodging - A. Between seven and eight o'clock; she asked me for a lodging for a single person, if she could sleep with any body; I said I had a single woman lodger, and I thought she might sleep with her; her name is Elizabeth Black ; I thought it might help her to pay her rent. Accordingly I called Elizabeth Black, and she agreed the prisoner should sleep in her room. I had a beautiful India shawl, and I asked her if she could wash it.

Q. Was that in the trunk in which you had put the pocket book - A. It was; she looked at the shawl, and said she thought she could wash it very well.

Q. Did she take it out of the trunk - A. No, I took it out of the trunk, and I put it in again, and she sat down and supped a little mutton broth with me; the other young woman came and said she should sleep with her that night; accordingly she went down stairs to fetch some things, as she pretended, to sleep in. I suspected nothing till the next morning. A young woman came for me to pay her a pound note; I opened my trunk and said, Oh dear, my money is gone. I missed my pocket book, my notes, and seven shilling pieces.

Q. When did you next see the prisoner - A. I saw the prisoner that day, and I thought she behaved awkward. I saw her in the room where Black lived. She bought a great many fine things, and was dressed out like a lady.

Q. How soon afterwards was she apprehended - A. I applied at Worship street office for a search warrant, and on Friday the 7th of October she was taken to the justice in Worship street; and then they chose that I should look in again on the Monday, and there they convicted her to come to the Old Bailey.

Q. Did you ever find your pocket book again - A. Yes, Mr. Armstrong has it; she confessed having it.

Q. Did you find it, or Mr. Armstrong - A. I said to her, pray where is my pocket book; she said I will go and fetch it; I asked her this in her own room in my house; this was on Friday the 7th of October; - she took the pocket book out of a basket from a heap of rags.

Q. Who was by at the time she confessed - A. Mr. Armstrong, and the young woman Elizabeth Black .

Q. Did you find any of your notes - A. No; not one.

ELIZABETH BLACK. Q. Did you on the 3d of October lodge with Mrs. Waylett - A. Yes.

Q. Do you remember the prisoner coming to lodge in the same room with you on that night - A. Yes, Mrs. Waylett called to me about half after seven o'clock to come into her room; the prisoner was with her. Mrs. Waylett asked me if it was convenient for her to lodge with me; I said I did not know it was, but I would let her be there; then the young body said she would come in about half an hour; and she came back at the watch going ten; I never saw the young woman before; I was in bed. The next morning the young woman dressed herself, and I did not see the wearing apparel she had on; I had no candle; I did not see there was any alteration, no further than she was smart. On Friday the pocket book was found in the old lady's hamper, with some rags; Mr. Armstrong found it. The hamper was up in my room, with some rags belonging to Mrs. Waylett.

JOHN ARMSTRONG . I am an officer of Worship street; I have a pocket book; the girl wanted to go to this basket; by a question that came from Mrs. Waylett on Friday the 7th of October in Mrs. Black's room, in Mrs. Waylett's house, in the two pair of stairs. Mrs Waylett's lives in the other pair.

Q. Who took it out of the basket - A. I do not know whether it was her hand or mine, they were both in at once, but I believe my hand catched it before it came to the sight of the people; I thought the notes were there, but there was nothing but duplicates and receipts. This is the pocket book, I have had it ever since.

Q. to Mrs. Waylett. Look at that pocket book, do you know it - A. I do.

Q. Is that the pocket book in which your notes were put, and which you put in this iron bound box - A. It was.

The prisoner said nothing in her defence; called two witnesses, who gave her a good character.

NOT GUILTY .

First Middlesex jury, before Mr. justice Lawrence.

676. SAMUEL CUMMINGS was indicted for that he at the general quarter sessions of the peace, holdefor the county of Middlesex, on the 30th of June, in the 46th year of his Majesty's reign, was tried and convicted of unlawfully uttering counterfeited money, he knowing the same to be counterfeited, that he was sentenced by the court to be imprisoned one year in New Prison, Clerkenwell, and at the expiration of that time to find sureties for two years more; and the indictment, further stated, that he afterwards on the 16th of September last, a piece of false and counterfeited money, made to the likeness and similitude of a good shilling, as and for a good shilling, unlawfully and feloniously did utter to Francis Hargrave , he knowing it to be false and counterfeited .

Second count for like offence, only varying the manner of charging it.

The case was stated by Mr. Knapp.

CALEB EDWARD POWELL - Mr . Reynolds. I believe you are assistant to the solicitor of the mint - A. I am.

Q. Have you got a copy of the record of the conviction of Samuel Cummings - A. I have; I have examined it with the original at the office of the clerk of the peace for the county of Middlesex, where the conviction took place; it is a correct copy. (The copy of the record read.)

WILLIAM BEEBY . Q. I believe you are clerk to Mr. Newport, New Prison, Clerkenwell - A. I am.

Q. Do you know the prisoner at the bar - A. Yes; I was present at the time he was tried and convicted, on the 7th of July, 1806, at the Sessions House, Clerkenwell, for uttering counterfeited money; he was ordered to be confined one year in New Prison and to find sureties for two years.

FRANCIS HARGRAVE . - Mr. Knapp. Where do you live - A. At the sign of the Old Turnpike House, Stamford Hill, in the parish of St. John, Hackney.

Q. Do you remember in September last the prisoner coming to your house - A. Yes; on the 16th of September.

Q. At what time in the day was it - A. I cannot pretend exactly to say; it was between two and three o'clock I believe; he came alone.

Q. Did you know him before - A. No; he called for a glass of ale; I served him with a glass of ale. I threw the shilling on the table which he gave me.

Q. What part of the house was this that he gave you the shilling - A.In the passage where I have a machine to draw beer; at that time I stood behind the table; the place being dark I just looked at it and threw it on the table; I said I hoped it was a good one; he said yes.

COURT. Did you throw it on the table to sound it - A. Not particularly to sound it. I gave him his change, a sixpence and four pennyworth of halfpence, and then I took the shilling up and went towards the light to see whether it was a good one; I found it was a bad one.

Mr. Knapp. Are you quite sure the shilling you look up, after having throwed it down, was the shilling you took from him - A. Yes; it was a smooth shilling, it looked very well; when I rubbed it I found what it was directly; as soon as ever I pronounced it was a bad one Mr. Ray the officer took hold of the prisoner and tied his hands; Mr. Ray was in the house before that; I marked the shilling and afterwards gave it to Mr. Kennedy, he came in with Mr. Ray.

COURT. That was the same shilling that the prisoner tendered to you - A. I am certain of that.

Prisoner. He says Ray and Kennedy were in the house; they were not.

COURT. Had Ray and Kennedy been in the house before he came in - A. They were in the house before he came in.

Prisoner. He says that he gave me the change of the shilling. Mr. Ray took the change out of his hand.

Prosecutor. I gave him the halfpence and the sixpence in his hand; he dropped the sixpence, the halfpence I never saw again.

JOHN RAY . - Mr. Knapp. You are one of the officers belonging to the police office, Worship street - A. I am.

Q. Do you know the prisoner at the bar - A. I do; I have known him this two or three years.

Q. Do you know the day of Edmonton fair - A. I do; on Friday the 16th of September, I was in company with James Kennedy , a brother officer, on the Kingsland road; I observed the prisoner, I thought it my duty to pay every attention; I saw him go into two or three places, suspecting what he was after; at Newington Kennedy and I lost sight of him; we went on to Stamford Hill; I observed the prisoner then pass by a house; I and Kennedy got into a Hackney coach; we went to the sign of the Old Turnpike House, we had not been there but a few minutes before the prisoner came in; he was drinking a glass of ale, I laid hold of him and called him by his name; I asked him what he had got about him, he seemed to be very much alarmed, he gave no answer; I took him into the back parlour; I searched him, in his jacket pocket, similar to that he has on, there was a slit in the inside, secreted, I took out ten counterfeit shillings, just as they are now in paper; in his fob were nine more, and in his outside jacket pocket I found seven good sixpences, four shilings and two pence all in copper; the prisoner seemed to be very sorry, and did not care what became of him.

JAMES KENNEDY . Q. I believe you are an officer of Worship street office - A. I am.

Q. Did you accompany Ray on this day - A. I did; I with him to the house of Mr. Hargrave; Mr. Hargrave gave me a shilling. I was sitting in the back parlour, I heard a voice call for a glass of ale; sometime after that I heard the landlord say it was a bad shilling; the landlord was in the passage.

Q. Who did he say it was a bad shilling to - A. To the person that tendered it, as I considered it, that induced me to come out of the parlour; I saw the prisoner and I knew him; at that time Mr. Ray had got hold of him by the arm; we took him into the parlour.

Q. When did you get possession of that shilling - A. Immediately I took him into the parlour; Mr. Hargrave held the shilling in his hand; I desired Mr. Hargrave to mark the shilling, and then when he had marked it, Ray proceeded to search him in my presence. I saw him find nineteen counterfeit shillings up. on him, seven good sixpences, he counted, he found upon him likewise, and four shillings and twopence in copper, he found upon him; which he took out of his pocket.

Q.What did Mr. Hargrave do with the shilling he marked - A. He gave it to me. I then went to search the prisoner again; in his right hand waistcoat pocketI found a shilling, which I believe to be a good one. Here is the shilling which Mr. Hargrave gave to me after he had marked it; I have had that shilling ever since.

Q. Did you know him before - A. Yes, I have known him this five or six years before.

Q. to Hargrave. Just look at that shilling and see whether that is the shilling you marked and gave to Kennedy - A. Yes, that is the one I had of the prisoner; I marked it and gave it to Kennedy.

MR. NICHOLLS. - Q. You are one of the moniers of his Majesty's Mint - the shilling that Mr. Hargrave gave to Kennedy, I put into your hand - A. It is a counterfeit.

COURT. It has the resemblance of a shilling, I suppose - A. Yes.

Q. But it is a counterfeit - A. Yes. The other ten are also counterfeits.

Mr. Knapp. Look at the others - A. The nine are also counterfeits.

Q. Do they appear fresh - A. Yes.

COURT. Where are the good one's - A. The one that Kennedy speaks of, I rather think it is a bad one; it is silver; it never was a shilling. Here is one sixpence is good, and the others I believe are silver; they are passable; they have a better appearance than the others.

Prisoner's Defence. When I put the shilling down on the table, I did not mean to give it him at all; I was putting my hand into my pocket to take some halfpence out to give him for the glass of ale; before I could get my hand in my pocket Mr. Ray and Kennedy seized both my hands; the landlord never moved it from where it was, at the other end of the table, till they had searched me.

COURT. Do you mean to say it laid on the table all the time - A. Yes, it never was moved till they moved it to him; nor was I ever moved from there into the parlour; I was searched upon the very spot, and when he offered me the change of this shilling, they took it out of his hand back again; I did not, receive it.

Q. to Hargrave. We have understood from your evidence that he gave the shilling into your hand, that you threw it down on the table - A. Yes.

Q. So that you are very confident that he gave you the shilling in payment of the ale, and you returned him the sixpence and the fourpence - A. Yes; he afterwards dropped the sixpence.

GUILTY - DEATH , aged 29.

First Middlesex jury, before Mr. Baron Thompson .

677. RICHARD JAMES HARRIS was indicted for feloniously stealing on the 1st of October , a copper bolt, value 4 s. the property of James Frost , the elder.

JAMES FROST , JUNR. My father's name is James Frost ; he is a brass-founder , No. 6, Little Sutton street, Goswell street .

Q. Do you know the prisoner - A. Yes, he was in my father's service.

Q. How long had he been in your father's service - A. About a fortnight.

Q. Did you at any time in the beginning of this month see him do any thing - A. On the 1st of October, about half past eight in the morning, I went into the top shop, I saw him put a piece of bolt copper into his breeches; I hid myself in the top shop so as he could not see me.

Q. How long after you had been in the top shop did he come there - A. About four or five minutes.

Q. After he had come in what did he do - A. He put on his coat, and when he had got his coat on he took up a piece of bolt copper and put it in his breeches, below his clothes.

Q. Had he been at work in the shop before - A. He had the day before; he usually pulled his coat off and put it there. After he had put the copper into his breeches he went out into the street; I told my father, and my father followed him and brought him back; he came along the yard, and my father catched the bolt copper as he was going to deliver it.

JAMES FROST , SENR. Q. What is your business, Mr. Frost - A. A brass founder.

Q. Did you on the 1st of October, in consequence of what your son told you, go after the prisoner - A. Yes, between eight and nine o'clock in the morning, I overlook him in St. John's square, Clerkenwell, about four or five hundred yards from my house; I brought him back to my own house; as soon as he got into the premises he made a run to the place where he had put his coat on to the lower shop; there he attempted to deliver the piece of bolt copper; I saw him take it out of his breeches; he attempted to throw it down; I caught his hand, in the scuffle it fell to the ground; but I felt it in his hands and saw it; I took it up myself; this is the piece of copper; I can swear to it being mine. Here it a nick in it here, and being half sawed off, and then broken off, I know it by that; I am sure it is my property. I had it of the copper company the day before; I had two hundred weight and a half to be worked up, for the company.

Q. Had you observed these marks the day before - A. No; I observed it when he took it out of his breeches.

Prisoner. He did not buy that copper of the company, he had it off a Jew that brings him stolen copper sometimes.

Q. to Frost, junior. Is that the same sort of shape and sized copper that he put into his breeches - A. It is.

Prisoner's Defence. I, Richard James Harris , fifteen years of age, was servant to Mr. Frost, who had missed a piece of copper as he supposed; he on that day stopped me and had me searched by a constable in his own house; nothing was found upon me; upon which I was permitted to go home as far as St. John's square; when one of the prosecutor's sons came and fetched me back, and brought me into his house, where I underwent a second search; I saw a piece of copper, which I thought was similiar to what the prosecutor lost, and seeing the copper laying there; I picked it up; I then stooped to pick up another piece; when I had so done the prosecutor's son said, oh! you pulled that out of your pocket; whereas I never saw it till I picked it up, thinking it was the piece that was lost; therefore I must have put it into my pocket, after I was brought back, to have taken it out after I came there which inconsistency I beg to lay before your lordship and the court.

Q. to Mrs. Frost. That boy says in his defence, that you having missed some copper you suspected him, and that you had him searched by a constable; that after being searched nothing was found upon him; he waspermitted to go home, he went as far as St. John's square, and was fetched back by your son; - on the 1st of October had he been searched by any constable - A. No.

Q. He says that after being searched by a constable, he was allowed to go as far as St. John's square - A. He was allowed to go as far as St. John's square; the constable came afterwards.

Q. When he was brought back, he thought some pieces of copper were laying there like that which you lost, and he picked it up - was that the case - A. No; there were no pieces of copper in that room, except that piece of copper I caught in his hand as it was tumbling down.

Q. to Frost, junior. On the 1st of October, the day you have been speaking of, had the prisoner been searched by any constable before he went out - A. No.

Q. Was you in the lower shop at the time he was brought in with this piece of copper - A. I was in the yard, just behind my father.

Q. Did you see your father take the copper from him - A. Yes, I was just in the entry of the door way of the lower shop.

Q. Did you see where the piece of copper came from, immediately before your father took it from him - A. I saw it in his hand: my father make a snap at it; it fell down on the ground.

Q. Did you see it come out of his breeches - A. No.

Q. Did you see him stoop to pick up any thing off the ground before your father made a snatch at it - A. No.

Q. Was there any copper in the place where your father took the copper from him; was there any copper lying on the ground for him to pick up - A. No.

Q. Was a constable sent for afterwards - A. Yes.

The prisoner called three witnesses, who gave him a good character.

GUILTY , aged 15.

Confined Six Months in the House of Correction , and fined One Shilling .

Second Middlesex jury, before Mr. justice Lawrence.

678. THOMAS HENRY was indicted for feloniously stealing on the 23d of September , an umbrella, value 10 s. the property of Charles Price , privately in his shop .

CHARLES PRICE . I live at 221 in the Strand , I am an umbrella maker .

Q. Have you any partner in that trade - A. None.

JOHN SMITH . I am a journeyman to Mr. Price, in umbrella making. On the 23d of September, about seven in evening, or a little after, I was going up to Mr. Price's for work, and the prisoner was standing looking in at the window; the shopman was preparing to light the candles; when I got up to the shop door, he walked in before, he asked the shopman to look at an umbrella; another gentleman came in the shop; the umbrella was shewn him before the other gentleman came in; the gentleman bought an umbrella, and gave the shopman the money; he went back for change; I went backwards in the warehouse; the warehouse is beyond the shop, at the back of a parlour.

Q. Did you see the gentleman buy an umbrella - A. No, but the shopman came backwards for change of Mrs. Price, saying that the gentleman had bought an umbrella.

Q. Did you see any thing of the prisoner at his going out - A. No; I came in the shop before the gentleman that had bought the umbrella had left it, when the shopman came forward with the change.

Q. Was the prisoner in the shop then - A. No, he was gone; the gentleman was there that had bought the other umbrella; the gentleman asked if the prisoner came in with an umbrella in his hand; I knowing that he did not, I said no. Mrs. Price asked me to go after the prisoner. I went down Temple bar and through Fleet street; the gentleman said he went that way; and when I came to Water lane in Fleet street, I saw the prisoner going with an umbrella in his hand, he was walking; I stopped him, and told him he must come back along with me; he said I was mistaken in his person; when I told him where he had got the umbrella, he came with me back as far as Temple lane, and there he ran away from me; I followed him and catched him again; he had the umbrella with him when I caught him. I brought him back to the shop, he brought the umbrella in the shop and laid it on the back of the counter. Mr. Price took it up and the prisoner was secured; we called a coach and took him to Bow street directly.

Q. to Price You have got an umbrella in your hand, were you in the shop when the prisoner was brought back - A. I was. When he came in he had this umbrella; I took him in the warehouse, he laid it down, I took it up, it has never been out of my possession since.

Q. Can you say whether that umbrella had been in the shop any part of that day - A. It had been in the shop window for sale.

Q. You did not mix the umbrella which the prisoner brought in with the other umbrellas - A. No; it is a silk umbrella; I valued it at ten shillings; it is worth double. When the prisoner was brought in with the umbrella he begged for mercy, and wished to serve his majesty, which I was anxious he should, but the magistrate thought proper to bind me over.

Q. to Smith. You are very sure that the man that you met with the umbrella was the man that came in the shop - A. Yes.

Q. Should you have known him had you overtaken him without an umbrella in his hand - A. I particularly observed him when I got up to him, before I went into the shop.

The prisoner said nothing in his defence, nor called any witnesses to character.

GUILTY, aged 27.

Of stealing, but not privately .

Confined Eighteen Calendar Months in the House of Correction , and fined One Shilling .

First Middlesex jury, before Mr. Baron Thompson .

679. MATTHEW AINGE was indicted for that he on the 26th of September was servant to James Chaplin , William Portal , and John Traver Griffiths , and was employed and entrusted by them to receive money for and on their account, and being such servant and so employed and entrusted, did receive and take into his possession a certain sum of money, and that he afterwards feloniously did embezzle and secrete the sum of one pound six shillings .

JAMES CHAPLIN. Q. What are you - A. I am a wholesale ironmonger .

Q. Of whom does your firm consist - A. JamesChaplin, William Portal , John Traver Griffiths, No. 37. Cateaton street, in the parish of St. Lawrence; the prisoner was my shopman .

Q. How long did he live with you - A. Nearly ten years.

Q. What was the course of his employ - A. Looking out goods and sending them out in the country to the various customers; that was part of his employ; he had also the paying of workmen that were employed out of doors, and the porters and other servants.

Q.Was he to receive money - A. He was to receive money in the retail way in the shop.

Q. Look at that account - whose hand writing is that - A. The prisoner's; he kept a weekly account in a book.

Q. To what amount did he debit himself in the week preceding the 26th of December last - A. He debited himself with having received thirty six pound seventeen shillings and sixpence.

Q. To what amount did he state to have paid - A. Thirty pound twelve shillings and two pence; leaving a balance of six pound five shillings and four pence.

Q. Among the sums stated there do you see two items, money paid to Mr. Crawford - A. I do, to Mr. Crawford eleven shillings and six pence, and to Mr. Brookes two pound thirteen shillings; he accounted for these sums in his own hand writing; these are the hand writing of the prisoner, and they correspond with the book delivered in on Monday morning to one of the shopkeepers, as vouchers for the charge.

Q. That is the voucher for Mr. Crawford and Mr. Brookes - A. It is; both are in the book.

Q. What week is this you are talking of - A. On Monday the 26th of September.

Cross-examined by Mr. Gurney. Then he represented to you that he paid Mr. Crawford eleven shillings and sixpence - A. He did, and to Mr. Brookes two pound thirteen shillings.

Q. And by means of this representation to you, you took from him a sum of only six pound and a fraction, whereas you ought to have the sum of seven pound and a fraction, you thereby obtained of him a less sum than you ought - A. Certainly.

COURT. Did you always pay him money in advance - A. He always had money; we generally advanced on Monday or Tuesday fifteen or twenty pound.

Q. He lived with you near ten years - A. Yes; he always behaved extremely well.

JOHN CRAWFORD . Q. Are you employed by Messrs. Chaplin and co - A. Yes.

Q. Do you remember on the 24th of September last what money you received of him - A. I received of the prisoner seven shillings and sixpence; he paid it me for his employers, and all that was due to me, and all that I received; he paid me five shillings in copper, and two shillings in silver.

JAMES BROOKES . Q. You work for Messrs. Chaplin and co. - do you remember taking any money on the 24th of September - A. Yes, for three dozen of locks; I received one pound eleven shillings of the prisoner.

The prisoner left his defence to counsel, called three witnesses, who gave him a good character.

GUILTY , aged 46.

Confined One Month in Newgate and fined One Shilling .

London jury, before Mr. Recorder.

680. JOHN WILLIAMS was indicted for breaking and entering the dwelling house of William King; Ann, his wife, and others being therein, about the hour of eleven in the forenoon, on the 22nd of October , and feloniously stealing therein five sheets, value 1 l. two gowns, value 1 l. two pelisses, value 2 l. three table cloths, value 1 l. and one towel, value 1 s. the property of William King .

WILLIAM KING. I live in Bucklersbury , I am a merchant .

Q. When did this happen - A. On Saturday last, the 22nd.

Q. It is your house - A. Yes, I live there, I am the occupier of the house.

Q. You have no partner that lives with you - A. None, only my family. I only come here to prove the house and property.

MARY WARING . Q. You are servant to Mr. King are you. - A. Yes.

Q. When did this happen - A. On Saturday last just about eleven o'clock in the forenoon.

Q.Who was at home - A. Me and my mistress; we had a sweep in the kitchen taking down the smoke jack; I thought I heard somebody go down stairs.

Q. Where is your kitchen - A. Up one pair of stairs; I thought I heard somebody go down the last pair of stairs; I came to the top of the stairs and peeped through the bannisters, I saw a man go out of the door with a bundle of linen of different sorts under his arm; I missed sight of him till I saw him turn down Bucklersbury; I followed him and called out stop thief, I overtook him; Rober Watts, the constable, came and took him.

Q. You saw Watts stop him - A. Yes.

Q. Did you ever lose sight of him - A. I lost sight of him for a moment while he turned the corner of Bucklersbury; he was going towards Size lane.

Q. When you saw him again had he the bundle with him - A. Yes.

Q. Are you sure he is the same man - A. I never saw his face.

Q. Are you sure he is the same man that you followed - A. Yes; when he was stopped he dropped the bundle, and I turned round and came home.

Q. You took the linen up - A. No, I did not, somebody else picked it up; I came home and informed my mistress of it.

Q. Do you know any thing of this man - A. No, I never saw him in my life.

ROBERT WATTS . I am a constable and a ticket porter, I ply at the corner of Bucklersbury, and he came past me; the young woman was following him, he was very much agitated; when she touched him he droped the linen and I secured him. This is the linen; it was all loose under his arm.

Q. to prosecutor. Do you know these things - A. Yes, perfectly well, they are all mine.

Q. You have valued them at five pound - A. I put them in to the best of my judgment.

Prisoner's Defence. I was in liquor; I am guilty of the crime, with shame I confess it; it is the first offence that ever I was guilty of.

Q. to Mary Waring . How did he get in the house - A. The middle door at the bottom stood open.

Q. Then he came in without opening the door - A. Yes; these things were in the bed room up two pair of stairs.

Q. Where they in the drawers - A. Yes, exceptthe velvet pelisse, which was on the top of the bed.

GUILTY - DEATH , aged 30.

London jury, before Mr. Mr. Recorder.

681. MATTHEW CHAMBERS was indicted for feloniously stealing on the 2nd of October , five pound weight of bees' wax, value 15 s. three pound weight of camphire, value 1 l. 1 s. three bottles, value 6 d. three quarts of castor oil, value 14 s. twelve ounces weight of cassia, value 9 d. six pounds weight of quick silver, value 1 l. 4 s. and a bag, value 4 s. the property of William Hallet , John Hardie , and Henry May .

The case was stated by Mr. Gurney.

WILLIAM THOMPSON . On Sunday morning the 2nd of October at six o'clock I was in the Minories, accompanied with Forrester and another; I saw the prisoner on the opposite side of the Minories, he was going down, I was coming up, he had got a bag with him, it appeared full; this is the bag, the three bottles were in it; he had the bag across his shoulder, walking on; I crossed over the way, and before I got up to him he stopped himself almost; I asked him what he had, he said he had got some castor oil, he was going home, and he had bought it of a man a month ago; I asked him if he knew the man, he said he did not; I asked him where he brought it from, he could give no answer to that; I took him to the watchhouse and found the contents of it; the bag contained three bottles of castor oil, four cakes of bees' wax, three pieces of camphire, one paper of valerian; one bottle of quicksilver I saw my partner find in his pocket at the watchhouse; about six pounds he dropped out where he worked. We sent to Mr. Hardle.

Q. He was going down the Minories when you saw him, he told you he was going home - where did he live - A. At No. 22, St. Thomas Apostle; he was going from home. The property has been in my care ever since.

JOHN FORRESTER . Q. Were you with Thompson at the time he has stated - A. I was at the head of him; I afterwards learned where his lodgings were.

WILLIAM HALLET . Q. What are the names of your partners - A. John Hardie , Henry May - my name is William Hallet .

Q. How long has the prisoner been in your employ - A. About ten months as porter , and chiefly working in the laboratory; we are wholesale druggists , Queen street, Cheapside ; I suppose we have sometimes from ten to fifteen hundred weight of camphire, more or less in the house at different times; it is impossible for us to have missed it.

Q. Had you such articles resembling every one of these in your shop - A. We had the whole of them.

Q. In the first place, is there any thing particular in that valerian - A. Nothing further than it appears mouldy from dampness, not a good article; we had valerian exactly like that; these three bottles of castor oil I have no doubt but they are ours, and the bag we have some like it; the castor oil has been decanted.

Q. After it is decanted you cement the cork - A. We do, with wax, rosin, and oil.

Q. Have you got some of the remainder of these bottles here - A. I have.

Q. Have you compared the cement of the one with the other, does it correspond - A. I have not the least doubt but they are part of the same quantity.

Q. You went to the Compter to see the prisoner - A. I did.

Q. Did you make him any promise at all - A. He would not say any thing in the presence of the officer; he desired the officer to walk out; he went of one side. He then said he hoped I would not be severe, or something to that effect, and that it was the first time; he observed there were no marks on them; I told him if he would attone for his crime by a confession of his accomplice, I would be lenient; he replied he would.

COURT. Then we must not hear what he said after that.

- LEE. I am an apprentice to the prosecutors.

Q. Do you know where the prisoner lodged - A. No. 22, Little St. Thomas Apostle.

Q. Did you go with the officer to search his lodgings - A. Yes; one of his boxes smelled strongly of camphire.

Prisoner's Defence. I never had any thought of doing any thing of the kind, nor did I ever do any thing of the kind.

The prisoner called two witnesses, who gave him a good character.

GUILTY , aged 21.

Transported for Seven Years .

London jury, before Mr. Recorder.

682. JOHN EATON was indicted for feloniously stealing on the 19th of September , a handkerchief, value 4 s. the property of John Preston Neale , from his person .

JOHN PRESTON NEALE . I am a clerk in the general post office. On the 19th of September, between eight and nine in the evening, just before I came to Temple bar, I felt a man close behind me; I therefore was upon my guard, I suspected what he might be after; immediately I got on the other side of Temple bar I found my handkerchief gone; I immediately turned round and saw the handkerchief in the prisoner's hand.

Q. Where was he - A. Immediately under the bar; I saw the handkerchief in his hand, which he immediately threw behind him: I saw this from the light coming from the shop which is immediately by the bar; I saw him very plain. I immediately seized him and took him to St. Dunstan's watchhouse.

Q. How far had he followed you before you saw this - A. A very short distance; I did not feel him but just before I got to the bar. I picked up my handkerchief.

JAMES MASTERS . I am a constable of the ward of Farringdon Without. On the 19th of September I was sent for to take charge of the prisoner. I immediately came to the prisoner; the prosecutor gave charge of the prisoner for robbing him of a silk handkerchief.

The property produced and identified.

Prisoner's Defence. My lord, and gentlemen of the jury - I stand at the bar completely innocent of the charge alledged against me. On the evening it is said the robbery was committed, I was going to spend the evening with my sister, who is a servant to a respectable tradesman at Charing Cross. The prosecutor said I had robbed him; at the same instant I was walking along a gentleman kicked his foot against the handkerchief; the gentleman seeing a mob walked on; the prosecutor claimed the handkerchief; and although I know myself innocent, I was dragged to the watch-house.I am indicted in London, which I am told is wrong, the robbery was done in Middlesex. Gentleman I am a poor young man, a hatter by trade, now a private in the London Militia; and for some time I have been the only support of an aged father; but I now am at a loss for money and friends to assist me; I therefore hope and flatter myself that this real statement of my case will have every possible weight upon your minds to prove my innocence.

Q. to prosecutor. You say your pocket was picked before you got through the bar - A. Yes, it was done under the bar; I had got through the bear when I discovered that I had lost the handkerchief; I saw the handkerchief in the prisoner's hand.

GUILTY , aged 22.

Transported for the term of his natural life .

London jury, before Mr. Recorder.

683. RICHARD COWLEY was indicted for feloniously stealing on the 20th of October , four bottles, value 1 s. three quarts of sherry wine, value 12 s. the property of Benjamin Aislabie , Benjamin Standring , and William Eade .

BENJAMIN STANDRING . I am a partner in the house of Benjamin Aislabie , William Eade , and Bejamin Standring, No. 152, Minories , wine merchants ; the prisoner was a cellarman in our employ, I believe he lived with us about two years. On Thursday evening the 20th of October, a little past nine o'clock in the evening, as the prisoner was about leaving the house, I called him back for the purpose of giving him some old clothes; he pulled off his great coat, and from the curious manner in which he pulled off his great coat, and laid it down in the dark, some suspicion arose in my mind that all was not right. After he had tried these clothes on, as he was putting on the great coat again. I took the liberty of feeling the pockets, in which I discovered two bottles of wine; I said, Richard, what have you got here; nothing, sir, he said; I said that must be a mistake, and if you please we will see what it is; I then took the two bottles out of his pocket; I held one in each hand, I said Richard, what is this; he said, sir, it is sherry wine that he had been bottling, and begged for mercy; I called up a person into the room where he was; I told him I found the prisoner robbing me, and desired him to remain in the room, to see that he did not make his escape; I locked them both in; I went and got an officer; I gave the prisoner in charge of the officer, and when he was taken to the watch-house they there found two more bottles in his breeches, which I had not discovered; I then proceeded with the officer to his lodgings; where after a little objection from his wife, he searched his house; he found three bottles of red port, part of a bottle of rum, and a bottle of brandy.

Q. There is none of this in the indictment - A. No; none of this I can swear to.

Mr. Gleed. Have you drawn the corks of the bottles to see whether the bottles contain sherry, or no - A. Yes.

JOHN KINNERSLEY . On Thursday night, I was sent for by Mr. Davis, the ward-beadle, to take the man up to the watchhouse, and to search him; in his breeches I found two bottles containing wine; the prisoner said it was sherry wine.

EDWARD DAVIS . I am ward-beadle. When I came to the prisoner, his master gave him in charge to me; he then begged for the sake of his family he would forgive him, it was his first offence; his master said it was not the first offence; he said he had only stole one bottle before. I saw Kinnersley find the two bottles in his breeches.

Prisoner's Defence. I am innocent of the robbery.

The prisoner called three witnesses, who gave him a good character.

GUILTY , aged 34.

Confined Three Months in Newgate , and fined One Shilling .

London jury, before Mr. Recorder.

684. ROYSES WISE was indicted for feloniously stealing on the 20th of October , three pieces of fur, value 4 s. the property of Joseph Mayor and John Pook .

JOSEPH POOK . I am a fur manufacturer , my partner's name is Joseph Mayor ; the prisoner was in the employ of myself and partner, between five and six years; he is a German I believe. On Thursday morning we had information that the prisoner had some property about him; I sent for a constable; he searched him and found three pieces of fur; when he went about searching him, he threw one piece from his waistcoat pocket, and the other two pieces were in his breeches; when the constable was searching him, he threw them down behind him; I desired the constable to take notice of the pieces, and to take the man in custody.

PHILIP JONES . I am a constable; I took the prisoner in custody, and began to search him; he pulled out a piece of fur from one of his pockets; I took it. from him, and with his other hand he pulled out two more pieces from his breeches left side, as I supposed. These are the three pieces of fur.

Q. to prosecutor. Look at it; are these pieces your fur - A. It was of that description that he was working on that morning; it is impossible to swear to fur that is not marked; I have no doubt but they are mine.

The prisoner said nothing in his defence, called one witness, who gave him a good character

NOT GUILTY .

London jury, before Mr. Recorder.

685. JOHN BURTON was indicted for feloniously stealing on the 10th of October , two shillings , the property of Mary Elizabeth Kent .

WILLIAM SQUIRE . Q. Do you know the reason why this indictment was not tried at Westminster sessions - A. No, I do not. The prisoner was brought into St. Martin's watchhouse by the prosecutrix and a watchman, about eleven o'clock, for robbing Elizabeth Kent of two shillings; I searched him and found two shillings upon him.

The prosecutrix not appearing in court, the prisoner was

ACQUITTED .

First Middlesex jury, before Mr. Baron Thompson .

686. DIANA COLLINS was indicted for feloniously stealing on the 12th of July , four sides of bacon, value 4 l. the property of Edmund Cotterell , the younger.

The case was stated by Mr. Gurney.

THOMAS BONNER . Q. Are you a servant to Mr. Cotterell - A. Yes.

Q. On the 11th of July last, did you receive at Bridge Wharf thirty bales of bacon - A. Yes; foursides is a bale; I brought them in a waggon to Mr. Cotterell's, Vine street, Liquorpond street ; I left them in the waggon outside of the gates for the night; it was about half past eight o'clock in the evening when I left the waggon and all the bales safe.

Q. How were the bales packed - A. They were in cloths; there was no tilt over them.

ABRAHAM JACKSON. Q. Are you a servant to Mr. Cotterell - A. Yes.

Q. On the morning of the 12th of of July at what time did you unload the waggon - A. About five o'clock in the morning; I found a bale of bacon missing, the cloth was cut to pieces; the cloth was left.

Cross examined by Mr. Gleed. You seem to swear pretty broadly - did you see thirty bales loaded - A. No; but I can tell twenty nine bales from thirty.

JOHN BURKE. Q. I believe you live at No. 19, Tothill street, Gray's inn lane - A. Yes: about an hundred yards from Mr. Cotterell's warehouse.

Q. On the 11th of July where you called out of bed by any body - A. Diana Collins knocked at the door, my wife answered her; she said my husband and I have had words, I hope you will let me in; before I could get my breeches on Diana Collins hauled in three sides of bacon: I said you brimstone bitch, what makes you bring your stolen goods here; with that I went with one thigh in my breeches and throwed them in the street.

Q. Did you see any body else there - A. I saw Maria Duff , she stood about forty feet distance; after I had throwed it in the street I locked the door; it was about a quarter after one o'clock.

SARAH NICHOLLS . Q. I believe you live opposite to Mr. Burke's house - A. I live just two doors beyond.

Q. On the night of the 11th of July did you hear any noise at Burke's door - A. Yes, about a quarter before two I looked out of the window, I saw three sides of bacon, I saw Mr. Burke throw them out in the street; Mrs. Collins went to the door, she took hold of Burke's shirt, she said for God's sake do not throw it out, there is Mrs. Nicholls looking out and we shall be done; she called Maria Duff , saying come along and take it away, we shall be done, there is Mrs. Nicholls at the window; Mrs. Collins took one piece up to the top of the street, she came back and said to Duff, come and take a piece, for it is a shame our property should lay about in this manner; Maria Duff took one side up Horns alley. Collins took another and walked by the side of her and they both walked away.

GEORGE WOOD . Q. You are one of the officers of Hatton Garden office - A. Yes. I found the bacon on on the 12th of July; three sides; each side was cut in two.

The property produced and identified.

Prisoner's Defence. I had some words at home; Maria Duff and me had some beef, we were going to the Canns public house, we saw this bacon lying in Tothill street; I used generally to go to Mr. Burke's to sleep; she said what shall we do with this bacon, where shall we take it to; I said to Mr. Burke. I took it; Mrs. Burke says what have you got there; I said bacon; Burke got up and threw it out of doors; I took one piece up and Maria Duff took another, and then they shut the door.

GUILTY , aged 22.

Confined One Year in the House of Correction , and fined One Shilling .

Second Middlesex jury, before Mr. Recorder.

687. ELIZABETH CHEESEMAN was indicted for feloniously stealing on the 2nd of October , a silver watch, value 3 l. three shillings, and a bank note, value 1 l. the property of James Crawford , from his person .

JAMES CRAWFORD On the 2nd of October, between eleven and twelve o'clock at night, I went into the Maidenhead public house, in Dyot street, St Giles's , I was along with another young man; I called for a pot of porter and sat down; there came in two young women whom I gave the pot directly to to drink; the prisoner was one; they asked me if I would give them a glass of liquor, which I did. I went to the bar directly and gave them a glass of gin apiece; then I went home with the prisoner to her apartment.

Q. How far was it from this public house - A. It was a very few doors. I went into her apartment with her, I agreed to sleep with her all night; I did; I asked her if she chused to have any thing more to drink before she went to bed; she said she would take a little drop more liquor; after I had been in bed an hour I awoke, I heard a noise below, I found the person that was by the side of me gone.

Q. You found the prisoner gone - A. Yes; I directly found my watch gone, a one pound note and three shillings in silver; they had been in my breeches under my pillow.

Q. Had you put your breeches there when you went to rest - A. Yes.

Q. She got away without disturbing you - A. Yes. When I missed these things I immediately got up and dressed myself; I put my hand into my coat pocket to feel for my silk handkerchief, that was gone and half a crowns worth of halfpence that was tied up in an old silk handkerchief; the old silk handkerchief was left behind; the silk handkerchief that I had about my neck was gone; I went down and saw a watchman in the street, I asked him who kept that house; he said he would go in and see.

Q. Were you sober - A. I was not intoxicated in liquor but so as I knew what I was about.

Q. How lately before you went to bed had you seen your money in your pocket - A. Before I went into bed the woman was undressing herself in the room; at the same time my watch was in my breeches.

Q. Was there a light in the room when you found the prisoner gone - A. No, but the watchman came up with me, and with his light I locked over the bed and the room; the watchman advised me to go home. I went down Broad street to go home; the first person that I met was the prisoner in company with a young woman and a young man; the man flew away from the prisoner; I laid hold of the prisoner, the other young woman tried to shove me off; I called the watchman immediately and he came up: I told him of the prisoner; he took her and searched her.

THOMAS JENKINS . I am a watchman.

Q. You came up he call of this man - A. I did; I found that he had two young women in his arms; I said who is the person that robbed you; he said the one next the shutters; I took her by the arm and pulled her into the middle of the road, I then secured her arme and kept her till another watchman came; from thence we took her to the watchhouse; the beadle was going to search her, she put her hand in her pocket and gave him the watch; Crawford was by, he claimed thewatch. That is the watch that was taken from the prisoner.

Prosecutor. This is my watch, I will swear to it.

- ORAM. This was the watch that she delivered from her person to me; I found upon her three shillings in a housewife; the bank note I believe she swallowed; she spoke thick when she came in the watchhouse; we searched her mouth as soon as we could, but we could not find it. The prosecutor described the maker's name, it fully answered to the description; Emery is the maker's name.

Prisoner's Defence. When this young man came up to me, he said he had not much money; he said he would go home with me; he said never mind, I have some property to leave with you till the morning. I wanted something to drink; I went down, and when I went down he followed me and stopped me. The beadle said if I had any thing to give it him; I gave him the watch.

Jenkins. Before Mr. Conant, she said she took the watch from him for fear any body should rob him; she denied having the watch when she was taken.

GUILTY, aged 28.

Of stealing, but not from the person .

Transported for Seven Years .

Second Middlesex jury, before Lord Ellenborough.

688. SAMUEL HYAM was indicted for feloniously stealing on the 17th of October , three guineas, two seven shillings pieces, five shillings, and a sixpence, the property of John Edwards , from his person .

JOHN EDWARDS . I live at 34, Bevidere place, in the Borough. On Monday evening, the 17th of October, I was in the one shilling gallery of Drury lane theatre ; the prisoner was near me in the gallery; he asked me what o'clock it was; I said I thought it was about seven; I did not pull out my watch, I only told him about seven o'clock; I tucked my watch ribbon in my pocket. He pushed very much against me; I felt his hand against my waistcoat, he unbuttoned it all the way down; then after that I went and sat in the window in the passage. I sat there for almost an hour, then I went in again.

Q. Did not you say any thing to him for feeling your waistcoat - A. No; I went out then to avoid him, then I went in again.

Q. What made you sit down there that time - A. Why, the house was very full, I was very hot; then I went in again. Then he asked me what o'clock it was, he pushed very much against me again; I said I did not know rightly, I believed it was about ten; he says I want to know very particular, for I left my watch at home; then he pushed very much against me, as if in the crowd; I found his hand in my right hand breeches pocket; he pulled his hand out, jumped down, and said let be come by, I want to go out; he pushed by me. I found he had turned my pocket inside out; I jumped down after him, he run down stairs, I halloed out stop stief; they shut the check door and stopped him, I followed him instantly; the check keeper stopped him; they got Tredway the officer, he laid hold of him.

Q. Can you say what money you had in your pocket - A. Yes, I had three guineas in gold, two seven shilling pieces and some silver; I could not say exactly how much, it was in my right hand pocket.

Q. How lately had you known that money was in your pocket - A. About two minutes before I left him pushing and feeling about me; I felt my money in my pocket after I came from sitting in the window.

Q. Could you by chance speak to any of that money - A. I spoke to the officer what there was; there were three guineas, two seven shilling pieces and some silver shewed me; I had mentioned to the officer what money I had lost.

Q. Among the money shewn you was there any piece that you could identify - A. Yes, a seven shilling piece. Thomas Saunders , a boy, shewed where the money was. I went up with him, when they found it in the window.

Q. You are sure that you had the money when the prisoner spoke to you - A. Yes.

Cross-examined by Mr. Reynolds. What part of the gallery was you sitting - A. We were standing, there was no room to sit; it was very full where I was standing.

Q. Persons were pressing about you at that time - A. Yes.

Q. Others pushed as well as the man at the bar - A. The others pushed, but not like him.

Q. Probably if they pushed they might move him - A. No.

Q. When he opened your waistcoat how came it you did not speak to him - A. I went out and told a young man at the window, there was a parcel of Jews there; I did not like to say any thing to them.

Q. When you left the window to return to the gallery, how came you to go to the spot where he was - A. I could not get to any other place to see.

THOMAS SAUNDERS . I am a plaisterer, I live at the Robin Hood , Church lane, St. Giles's.

Q. Was you at Drury lane theatre on Monday the 17th of this month - A. Yes, I was up in the one shilling gallery; I could not see, it was full; I was going down to go home.

Q. As you were going down the one shilling gallery what did you hear - A. I heard the cry of stop thief; the voice was from above; I was were the check taker was; when I heard the cry of stop thief, I stopped and turned round my head, and saw that there man at the bar chuck some money in a corner.

Q. You mean the prisoner - A. Yes.

Q. Where was he when he chucked it - A. He was upon the flight of stairs above the check taker; he threw it into one of the corners of the seat of the window.

Q. How did you know it was money at that time - A. I heard it rattle like money.

Q. What became of him after he chucked the money as you described it - A. He walked down the other flight of stairs to where the check taker was, and the gate was fast. The officer was sent for and he was taken in custody.

Q. Had you told any body the place where you saw him chuck the money - A. Yes, I told the money taker I saw him chuck something like money, it rattled; I told him where he had chucked it, and I told Mr. Tredway; he took up the money from the same place where the prisoner had chucked it.

Q. You are sure that the prisoner is the person that you saw chuck that money - A. Yes.

HENRY TREDWAY. I am a constable of Bow street I attend Drury lane playhouse, I was there on Mondaythe 17th of this month; the prisoner was given into my charge.

Q. In consequence of any information you received from the witness Saunders, did you look for any money - A. I did; I searched the prisoner first, and then I took up the lamp and went up with the boy to the window, there I found the money; I found three guineas, two seven shilling pieces, five shillings and a six pence; I have kept the money ever since. I produce it.

Prosecutor. This is the seven shilling piece; I know it by being a crooked one.

Q. You cannot say positively that this is your seven shilling piece, only that one of your seven shilling pieces was crooked - A. Yes, but I had the same number of guineas, three guineas and two seven shilling pieces and some loose silver; I cannot exactly say how much.

Prisoner's Defence. My lord, and gentlemen of the jury - with respect to the charge that is now preferred against me, I am totally ignorant and innocent of the circumstances altogether; and however plausible the story may be, I feel inward satisfaction that my fate is to be decided by a British jury; I shall now therefore throw myself on the mercy of the court.

GUILTY , aged 17.

Transported for Fourteen Years .

Second Middlesex jury, before Mr. Baron Thompson .

689. SARAH FULLER was indicted for feloniously stealing on the 9th of October , a pocket book, value 6 d. three bank notes, value 1 l. each, and a bank note, value five pounds, the property of James Hart , from his person .

JAMES HART . I am a seafaring man , a master of a vessel. On the 9th of this month, between three and four o'clock, I was at the Sundial, public house, Wentworth street, Whitechapel.

Q. Who was with you - A. George Young . We continued in that public house about an hour or a little more, we drank three pints of porter each. On my coming out of the house, I stopped at the corner of the street to make water; the prisoner came up to me and asked me to go home with her; I told her I would not, I was going on board; she shoved back a step or two and came up to me the second time, and said I had better go home with her; I told her I would not and shoved her away with my hands; she came and put her hands into my side jacket pocket, and while I was buttoning my breeches up she made off. It was a short jacket, I had my surtout coat over it; she took my pocket book out of my pocket and run away.

Q. What was there in that pocket book - A. Three one pound notes and a five pound note; upon her running away I ran after her; she run through a passage and shut one or two doors after her but they would not keep fast, she run into a necessary, I got hold of her and told her she had got my pocket book; she said she knew nothing of me; a number of Irishmen and Jews and women came round me and asked me what was the matter; I told them she had got my pocket book; they asked me what I was going to do with the woman; I told them I insisted upon having my pocket book. I had then fast hold of her by the arm; they told me to let her go for I would break her arm; after they found that I would not let her go they got some of one side of me and some of another; some of them pulled me and others shoved me, and rescued her from me; I told my shipmate, George Young , she was gone; he was outside of the crowd, he could not get at me; he saw her go, he followed her; the people stopped me from running after her; I did not see her till the Wednesday morning following at the public office, Whitechapel.

Q. Are you sure the prisoner at the bar is the woman - A. Yes, she was in the house where we had this beer, she was very near me at one time, she was sitting on the top of the settle with her feet on the seat, and I was sitting at her feet hear half an hour.

Mr. Reynolds. Had you any conversation with the woman at the public house - A. No, she drank out of the pot without my consent, I did not ask her.

Q. You never found you pocket book again - A. No; I should have had it had it not been for the women that came round and rescued her.

GEORGE YOUNG . Q. Was you at this public house on the 9th of this month in Wentworth street, with the last witness - A. Yes.

Q. How long did you stay in the public house - A. Near an hour; I had three pints of beer and my partner had three pints of beer; the prisoner was sitting close to us for near half an hour; I and Hart went out together; just as we got in the open street Hart stopped to make water; I walked on a little further; he called out George, I am robbed; I saw the prisoner running away and he after her; she went through an alley and he after her; I went up the alley and saw James Hart having hold of the prisoner by the arm, a mob soon arose and separated Hart from her; she got away, Hart was kept there by the mob, and I ran after her; I kept sight of her; she went into a strange house, to the second floor, where I never was before, I followed her up two pair of stairs, as she was entering the two pair of stairs door I just got hold of her gown, an Irishman that lived there in the room, he said by Jesus you have no business here man, and they shut the door against me with great violence; I sung out there was a thief in the room; I had no answer; I stopped there about two minutes and then went down for fear of being in danger, being in such a place; I stopped in the street, just over the way, two hours, while Hart went for an officer; Hrrt then came with two officers; before the officers came they throwed a stone near as big as my fist, it struck me very hard on my thigh, whether it came from the house door or window, being dusk, I cannot say. The officers and Hart went and searched the house, I went with them; we went into the room where I saw the prisoner go in; she had gone from thence, the Irishman remained there.

Q. Are you sure that the prisoner is the woman that you pursued into this house - A. Yes, the prisoner is the woman, I am perfectly sure of it.

SAMUEL MILLER . Q. You are an officer of the police - A. I am; I apprehended the prisoner on Tuesday about two o'clock.

Prisoner's Defence. As I was coming through the alley, there was another tall woman leaning on his shoulder; I do not know that I should know the woman if I was to see her; he called me to him, I went and asked him what he wanted, he told me I had robbed him; he searched me and began to ill use me; my face was scratched; the people told him not to illuse me; as I had not got it to let me go - and he let me go.

GUILTY , aged 20.

Transported for Seven Years .

Second Middlesex jury, before Mr. justice Lawrence.

690. WILLIAM KENTECHELER was indicted for feloniously stealing on the 18th of September , a black gelding, value 20 l. the property of Joseph Kirkman .

SECOND COUNT for like offence, laying it to be the property of John Farrenden .

JOHN FARRENDEN . I am a farrier at Turnham green .

Q. Had you a horse in your stable on the evening of the 18th of September - A. Yes, it belonged to Joseph Kirkman ; I had the care of it to cure it of a bad foot; I got him home on Saturday evening about six o'clock, I put him in the stable, bolted the door, and fastened it besides. I went to bed about eight o'clock; I was tired.

Q. When did you last see the horse - A. About seven o'clock I saw it; about six o'clock I brought it home.

Q. Did you fasten the door then - A. I go out of the dwelling house into the stable; that door was bolted in the morning.

Q. When did you miss the horse - A. I was awaked in the morning by my dog about four o'clock; he was barking; I ran down stairs, I did not give myself time to put my clothes on, I thought something was amiss by the dog barking; when I came down I found the stable door broken to pieces, and the horse gone; I immediately ran up stairs again and dressed myself; I live about thirty yards from the road. I ran up the road to get intelligence if I could; I met three men going angling in the country; I enquired of them; they told me they had met a man with a large horse, he was trotting him as hard as he could, they could not see the colour of him, he had two white legs behind; I run on further about a quarter of a mile towards town; I met Peter Cook , I enquired of him if he had met such a horse, he said he had, about a quarter of a mile before me, the man was on him, trotting him as hard as he could; I asked Cook to turn back with me, for fear there should be more with him.

Q. Was Cook on horseback - A. No, on foot. He turned back with me, and I went on till I got to Hammersmith, and at the Plough and Harrow I ran by the horse; I jumped off the pathway into the road, and told him to stop, he had got my property; he said what did I mean by that, it was not mine, he would let me know that I was wrong, and that I had no business with it; I told him that I would have him and told him to get off; he would not get off; I told him I would have him, he had got my property that was delivered into my charge; I jumped up and catched him by the collar, and pulled him off; Cook was just at the back of me, he took hold of the horse just when I pulled him off.

Q. Are you sure that horse that you found him upon was the same horse that had been in your stable the night before - A. I am sure of it.

Q. You had observed his marks - A. I could swear to him by one mark at his nose; the near side of his nostrils is cut through, by what I do not know; I am certain sure of the horse, if only by the foot and nothing else; it had the canker in the foot; I am in the habit of curing the canker. I took the man, and held him till the watchman came up, and then I helped to put him into the round house, and then I took the horse and put him into my stable again.

Q. Look at the prisoner at the bar - is that the same man you saw riding on the horse - A. Yes.

PETER COOK . Q. You have heard the account that Farrenden has given - was you with him at the time he seized the prisoner - A. Yes.

Q. You assisted Farrenden in seizing him - A. Yes.

Q. Is the prisoner the same man that was on the horse, that you saw on the horse - A. Yes.

Q. You had run with Farrenden to overtake him - A. Yes.

Q. You have heard the account that Farrenden has given us - did every thing occur as he has told us - A. Yes.

- GIBBS. Q. Was the prisoner put into your custody by Farrenden - A. Yes, on the 18th of September, ten minutes before four o'clock.

Q.Is it the same man - A. Yes.

Q. Did you see the horse - A. Yes.

Prisoner's Defence. About seven o'clock I left London, I went down as far as Brentford after some things of mine that were at a pawnbroker's. Going from Brentford I stopped drinking till after twelve o'clock; I asked the landlord of the Running Horse public house if I could have a bed there, as I was forward in liquor; the landlord said he would go to his mistress and ask her if he had a bed vacant; he came back and said his beds were all full; I proceeded on the high road for London; I was so very drunk I fell asleep on the road; I had these clothes that I released out of the pawnbrokers, in a large bundle along with me; I slept till rather after three o'clock in the morning; I got up and was coming along the road; a man had this horse with him, he said I seemed to be in liquor; I said I was; he asked me what part of London I was going to, I told him I was going as far as the beginning of Holborn, where I worked; he said he was coming very handy to there, if I would pay him I should ride; I told him I would pay him for riding to London; he put me upon the horse and carried my bundle. I was not in custody of the horse above ten minutes, when these people pursued me; the man who gave me the horse he got away from me; I never missed him, being in liquor; he took my clothes along with him. When the man came up to me and asked me what business I had with the horse, I told him that I had paid for riding the horse to London.

Q. You did not tell him it was not his property, and he had no business with it - A. No, I told him no such thing.

GUILTY - DEATH , aged 34.

Second Middlesex jury, before Lord Ellenborough.

691. EDWARD MURRAY was indicted for feloniously stealing on the 5th of October , two geese, value 16 s. the property of John Browning , privately in his shop .

JOHN BROWNING . I live in Charles street, Fitzroy square , I am a poulterer .

Q. When had you last seen the geese that you had lost - A. At half past six in the afternoon of the 5th ofOctober, I had eleven, these were two that I lost; there were eleven placed on two shelves in the shop, the same night; I received information about half past eight o'clock that Mr. Jones saw the prisoner come into my shop; then I had but nine.

Q. Did you see them two at the watchhouse - A. Yes, about nine o'clock. I knew them to be mine, one of them was broke on the breast bone; I put them two geese on two shelves in the shop, one was placed above the other, being the biggest geese; they cost me sixteen shillings.

WILLIAM JONES . I live in Upper Rathbone place, I am a silversmith. On the 5th of October, about half past eight in the evening, I was passing up Charlotte street, Fitzroy square, I observed the prisoner and another man look into Mr. Browning's shop; there was a lamp in the shop; the prisoner got his foot on the threshold, the other man was standing near him, and as I saw no one in the shop, I had suspicion that he was going to rob it; I walked a few doors higher up and watched him. I saw the prisoner go in; in about half a minute he came out and ran across the way and gave the geese to the other man.

Q. Did you see how many he had - A. I did not know how many he had, he gave him all he had, it appeared to me to be two; it being very dark, and I stood at a great distance from him, I could distinguish it was a goose or two.

Q. Did you observe him when he came out of the shop to have any thing - A. I observed him have these two geese in his right hand, they both ran across the way, I followed them up Windmill street; they stopped in this street at a door and laughed very much; after stooping down for a short time they walked away again and went up Tottenham court road; I kept the opposite side; they walked to the corner of Bedford street, there was a watchbox at the corner and a watchman in it; I told the watchman two men had just passed who had robbed a shop in Charlotte street, and asked him to come with me; he instantly did, and we followed them up Bedford street, they turned into Bedford square, crossed and was in deep conversation; when they saw the watchman with his lanthorn and me coming, they parted; the watchman seized one of them instantly.

Q. Who was that he seized - A. The one that got away; I told him the prisoner was the other, he took him into custody; the man that got away dropped the geese the moment we came up to him, I picked them up. I am certain the prisoner is the man which I saw go into the shop and bring out the geese; I never lost sight of him from the time I first observed him. I carried the geese to the watchhouse and the watchman took the prisoner; I sent to inform Mr. Browning instantly afterwards. When the geese were dropped they then were tied up in an apron, I opened it at the watchhouse, I saw it contained two geese; when they stooped in Windmill street it was for the purpose as I suppose of tying them up in the apron; they were not tied up in an apron when they came out of the shop.

THOMAS SYKES. I am a watchman at the corner of Bedford street.

Q. Do you remember, Mr. Jones, the last witness applying to you - A. Yes; about a minute before I saw two men go by, in passing they wiped my box, one of them had a white bundle on his back, the other had nothing; they walked close together; Mr. Jones asked me whether I saw two men go by; I said, yes; he said come along directly, they have been stealing some geese. I went with him directly, I saw them again before they crossed into the square; he shewed me the two men and said these are them.

Q. Where they the same two men that had passed you - A. Yes; I got him by the collar that had the bundle on his back, he let the bundle drop, and he gave a sudden jerk from me and ran away; Mr. Jones picked up the the geese and said do not run after him, this is the man that went into the shop; I laid hold then of the prisoner and took him to the watchhouse. The geese were delivered to the constable of the night.

Q. to Browning. You went to the watchhouse and saw the geese - A. Yes, the constable of the night had them in his possession, I had the geese afterwards; I described the mark to the constable before it was shewn me; I have no doubt at all of their being my property.

Prisoner's Defence. I was coming down Tottenham court road, I met two men at the corner of Windmill street, one of them had a bundle, he asked me the way to Holborn; I told him I was going that away and if he would go along with me I would shew him; one of the men walked on before at a good distance, I walked along with the man with the bundle into Bedford square. The watchman laid hold of the man with the bundle; the man rescued himself away from him; so I stood by all the while with several other persons; the gentleman picked up the bundle; he said to the watchman, pointing out me, lay hold of that man, he is one of them; he laid hold of me and took me to the watchhouse.

The prisoner called four witnesses, who gave him a good character.

GUILTY, aged 29.

Of stealing but not privately in the shop .

Confined Six Months in the House of Correction , and fined One Shilling .

Second Middlesex jury, before Mr. Baron Thompson .

692. SARAH WARD was indicted for feloniously stealing on the 30th of September , a silk purse, value 6 d. and twenty two guineas , the property of Elias Hendrickson .

ELIAS HENDRICKSON . Q. Do you know the womon at the bar - A. I saw her on the 29th of last September; I was with her on the night between the 29th and the 30th, in King's Arms Gardens , she robbed me of twenty two guineas that night. A countryman of mine kept the house, he is a Swede, I do not know his name. I took my jacket off and laid it on a chair, there was a silk purse with two and twenty guineas in it; that purse was in my jacket pocket; the prisoner went to bed and took my jacket into bed.

Q. Did you see her take your jacket in bed - A. Yes; she said nothing when she took it into bed.

Q. Did you ask her what she was going to do with the jacket - A. No; I saw her do it, and while I was in bed I heard the money jingle just after she went to bed; I asked her what she was doing with the money; she said nothing, I thought she would not he guilty of taking it; I trusted her too much.

Q. Do you mean that she said nothing, or that she was silent - A. She did not speak. My countryman was getting his supper, and then I go into bed to her. Inthe morning she went out and said she would go and buy some tea for breakfast.

Q. Were you in bed then - A. Yes.

Q. What was she to buy the tea with - A. I do not know; she went out, I went sleeping on till nine o'clock; I think she went out two hours before that, I was half awake and half asleep when she went out; the man at whose house I was came in and awoke me at nine o'clock; I found my jacket lying on the bed; I felt in the pocket, the money and the purse were gone.

Q. Where was the woman - A. She was in the room at the same time, she had come back; I told them that she had stole my money; she said she had not stolen it.

Q. Are you sure your money was in your jacket pocket when you went to bed - A. Yes, and she owned that.

Q. Who was in this room after she went to bed - when she was in the room with you - A. There was my countryman, his wife, and a small boy, about five or six years old.

Q. You took her to the watchhouse, did you - A. Yes.

Q. Did you find your purse ever - A. No. She told me that she heaved the purse out in the street.

ROBERT BROWN . Q. You are a police officer - A. Yes. On the 30th of September, I was informed the prisoner was in Shadwell office; I went to her, and searched her and found nothing; I apprehended Mrs. Ward, and then I went to the prisoner, and told her I had apprehended Mrs. Ward, and I had got the remainder of the money. She acknowledged then that she had taken the money from the man; there is thirteen guineas in gold, and some articles that were bought with the other money; I mentioned a beaver hat, the prisoner had bought of Mr. Salter, the hatter, two pair of shoes, stockings, and several other articles; I told her she had given Mrs. Ward two pair of stockings, and I took off two gold rings from the prisoner's finger, that I was informed by Mrs. Ward, she had bought of Mr. Mitchell, the pawnbroker. The prisoner then said she had taken the remainder of the twenty two guineas to Mrs. Ward to take care of for her, thirteen guineas she said; there is thirteen guineas that I received from Mrs. Appleby, and here are articles she bought; and this two pair of stockings I had from Mrs. Ward; I went to Mrs. Appleby for the thirteen guineas with Mrs. Ward.

MARY WARD. On the 30th of September, about half an hour after seven o'clock, I saw the prisoner going up Kings Arms gardens, she had got a little boy by her side; she asked me to go with her to buy some shoes, as I understood them; I went with her to a shop in Old Gravel Lane; she bought a pair of half boots, a pair of shoes, and a pair of pattens; she changed a guinea, I believe they came to sixteen shillings; she then went and bought a hat for fifteen shillings; she gave a guinea and took the change; she bought sixpennyworth of rolls for breakfast, some tea and sugar, and two pair of stockings; the bought two rings. She said a man had promised her marriage; she changed a guinea, for the two rings; after we had bought these things I bought her two water tubs, which she had taken home to my house; the shoes, hat, and stockings I took care of; the rings she put on her; I took them to my house first, then I sent my girl with them to Mrs. Appleby's; she gave me thirteen guineas, to take care of, as she had no pockets. Mr. Brown asked me what I had got; I told him directly. I put the thirteen guineas in a box because they should not be lost.

Q. Afterwards you went with the officer to Mrs. Appleby's and got the clothes you had sent her, and the box with the thirteen guineas - A. Yes.

Q. to Brown. Did you get any more money afterwards - A. Yes; the next morning I searched about the yard; I received information from the landlord where this man slept, that there were two guineas in the yard; I picked up two guineas.

Q. Do you know the name of the man that keeps the house - A John Harrison told me he kept the house.

The prisoner said nothing in her defence, nor called any witnesses to character.

GUILTY, aged 22.

Of stealing, but not in the dwelling house .

Transported for Seven Years .

Second Middlesex jury, before Mr. justice Lawrence.

693. CHARLES DAVIS was indicted for feloniously stealing on the 26th of September , a pocket book, value 2 s. the property of James Faden .

JAMES FADEN . I lost my pocket book in the Strand . On Monday, the 26th of September, I was going from Charing Cross to Fleet street, I had a pocket book in my coat pocket; it was on that side of the Strand nearest Arundel street.

Q. When had you last seen it - A. I was conscious of having it about my person when I entered the Strand.

Q. When was you conscious of having lost it - A. On entering Fleet street; I felt for it at that time.

Q. How long afterwards did you hear it was found - A. The day following by a letter from the public office in Bow street; my name was in it on some cards.

Q. In consequence of that information you went to the public office, Bow street, and recognized your pocket book - A. Yes.

CHARLES CRESSEY . Q. What are you - A. A tailor. On the 26th of last September, near one o'clock, passing by the corner of Arundel street, I saw a person in a blue coat give the pocket book to the prisoner, and the prisoner put it into his right hand coat pocket and ran away; the moment it was delivered to him the other walked away.

Q. When the person in the blue coat gave the pocket book to the prisoner, were they both standing still together, or did the one walk on to the other - A. They were standing still together; I pursued after the prisoner, he quickened his pace to make off, he ran very fast, he ran down Arundel street and then towards Essex street into Devereaux court; I came up to him; there I called out stop thief and two gentlemen stopped him; he said he had got the pocket book.

Q. Did you ask him about the pocket book - A. I said he had got a pocket book belonging to somebody; he said he had got a pocket book; the constable searched him at the public office, Bow street, I saw the pocket book taken from him; the prisoner then said he picked the pocked book up; I told him that I saw a person in a blue coat give it him; he said I did not, he picked it up.

Q. Did you see him pick it up - A. I did not.

- READ. I am a constable. I heard the cry of stop thief; I live just by, I crossed over Little Essex street; I saw Cressey and others having hold of the prisoner; the prisoner was just stopped and was panting for breath. When I came up I asked what was the matter, they told me that at the corner of Arundel street in the Strand, at the print shop, a man in a blue coat had picked a gentleman's pocket, and had given it to him; I took him to Bow street, there I searched him; I found this pocket book on him, containing a letter from his royal highness the duke of York, and some cards of lieutenant James Faden of the royal marines, Woolwich. On the 27th lieutenant Faden came to the office.

The property produced and identified.

Prisoner's Defence. I was walking from the Golden Cross in Charing Cross; I had been to see after a situation; there were some waiters there that I knew at that time; I walked from there and was going to the Temple, I happened to see the packet book fall from somebody, I picked it up and stood and looked round me, and could not see any person that I knew who it belonged to: I looked at the picture shop with the pocket book in my hand; I walked down Arundel street and looked at the clock. I was to meet my father at one o'clock, I ran, seeing it was near one o'clock; I heard somebody cry out stop thief, I asked what was the matter, they said it was something about a pocket book; I took the pocket book out of my pocket at Bow street.

Read. When he was apprehended he wanted to put his hand in his pocket; we prevented him, we thought he might throw something away.

GUILTY , aged 19.

Transported for Fourteen Years .

Second Middlesex jury, before Mr. justice Lawrence.

694. JOSEPH DANIEL was indicted for feloniously stealing on the 22nd of September , a shirt, value 3 s. the property of Joseph Sapwell .

JOSEPH SAPWELL. I live in Crispin street, Spital fields . On Thursday the 22nd of September, between five and six o'clock in the evening, I lost the shirt, it hung in my yard to dry; I saw the prisoner take the shirt off the line; I did not see him come in, I saw him in the yard when I was upon the stair case; I ran down stairs, thinking to catch him; he ran out first, and I after him; I cried out stop thief, he was stopped by James White . As he run along he flung the shirt into a grocer's shop.

Q. Did you see that - A. No, it was given me by the mistress of the grocer's shop.

Q. Then how that shirt came into the grocer's shop you do not know - A. No.

Q. How far was that grocer's shop from your house - A. About two hundred yards in the direction that the prisoner ran; I took the shirt to my house and delivered it to my wife. I took the prisoner down to Worship street office; he was committed.

Q. Then you actually swear that you saw him take the shirt off the line - A. Yes.

Q. Did you see him have it while you pursued him - A. No.

JAMES WHITE . Q. Where was you on the 22nd of September - A. I am a carpenter; I had left work in Crispin street, I heard the cry of stop thief, I saw the prisoner running from Mr. Sapwell's house; I told him if he did not stop I would knock him down with my plane. He stopped, and denied having taken the shirt.

Q. You did not see any shirt thrown into any shop - A. No; I saw Mr. Sapwell have the shirt on returning - I did not see who gave it him.

DINA SAPWELL . Q. You are the wife of Joseph Sapwell , are you - A. Yes. I hung out my husband's shirt to dry on this Thursday, about three or four o'clock, on a line in the yard: the prisoner took the first shirt on the line.

Q. Did your husband afterward deliver any shirt to you - A. Yes, as he came down the street.

The property produced and identified.

Prisoner's Defence. I had been as far as Whitechapel, and coming that way I heard the cry of stop thief; I went to see what was the matter; that young man stopped me and said I had stole a shirt.

The prisoner called two witnesses, who gave him a good character.

NOT GUILTY .

Second Middlesex jury, before Mr. Baron Thompson .

695. ELIZABETH WALLIS was indicted for feloniously stealing on the 11th of October , a hat, value 5 s. the property of William Compton .

GEORGE FINCHAM . Q. Did you at any time see the prisoner in your house - A. On the 11th of October; between ten and eleven in the morning, she was in the passage that leads into the street; I had a suspicion from hearing something fall in the passage, which I found was a hat; I went out as soon as possible, and saw the prisoner standing between the front parlour door and the street door; I asked her what she had under her cloak, I pulled aside the cloak, and there was a hat under her left arm: I took the hat from her, and by that time Compton came up from the kitchen; I then asked him if that was not his hat, he said yes, the prisoner had taken it from the nail where it hung in the passage. I gave the hat to William Compton , and there was his glove in it, and there was another glove on the floor, the fellow glove to that in the hat.

WILLIAM COMPTON . Q. You live in the same street with Mr. Fincham - A. Yes, On the 11th of this month, between ten and eleven o'clock, I was doing something below stairs; hearing a talking in the passage I went up stairs; Mr. Fincham had this hat in his hand. he asked me if it was not mine; I said yes, I had a few minutes before hung it on a nail in the passage; he told me he took it from the woman, she was in the passage along with him. I left a pair of gloves in the hat; when Mr. Fincham gave me the hat one glove was in it, and the other glove was on the floor. This is the hat, it is mine.

Q. What is the prisoner - A. She sells water cresses in the neighbourhood of St. James's; her basket stood at the step of the door.

The prisoner said nothing in her defence, nor called any witnesses to her character.

GUILTY , aged 44.

Confined Six Months in the House of Correction , and fined One Shilling .

Second Middlesex jury, before Mr. justice Lawrence.

696. GEORGE MARTIN was indicted for feloniously stealing on the 17th of September , thirty yards of calico, value 30 s. the property of Abiat Smetzer .

SUSANNAH SMETZER . I am the wife of Abiat Smetzer. On the 17th of September we lost the thirty yards of calico; they are remnants; I had seen it at nine o'clock on the counter; I missed it before ten; I had left it there when I went to breakfast; I have seen it since, I know it is mine.

ABRAHAM AVORY . On the 17th of September I was in London fields, I saw the prisoner with two bundles of calico, walking across the fields; I had no suspicion of his being a thief, I thought he might be some washerwoman's husband. I first saw him in a ditch in a field looking over the property; I saw some lads run across the field; it gave me suspicion that it was stolen property; he was stopped at New Haggerston by James Chapman .

Q. Had he them in two parcels - A. Yes, one on his shoulder and the other in his hand; I went with Chapman into the sign of the Fox, Kingsland road, and took the bundles from him; I delivered them to Mr. Bishop at Worship street.

JAMES CHAPMAN. I am a gardener; I saw the prisoner coming across the fields at New Haggerston with two bundles, which I took to be dirty linen.

Q. You mean the calico now in question - A. Yes. - When I first saw him he was walking quite fast, and seeing it done up in a rough way I suspected him; this was about eleven o'clock; there were two or three boys following of him; I heard one of them say you did not come honestly by that; I stopped him, he said he bought it in Kingsland road.

Q. You took him with the assistance of the last witness Avory - A. Yes. Then he said he bought it in Shoreditch; I told him he must shew me the shop, he said no, he should not; then I took him in custody and took him down to Worship street. At Worship street he said he bought it at Woolwich.

Q. You gave him in the charge of Bishop - A. Yes.

DANIEL BISHOP . Q. You are a police constable - A. I am.

Q. You took the prisoner into custody from Avory and Chapman - A. Yes. This calico was given me by Avory.

The property produced and identified.

Prisoner's Defence. I found the calico in the fields.

GUILTY , aged 56.

Confined One Year in the House of Correction , and fined One Shilling .

Second Middlesex jury, before Lord Ellenborough.

697. JOHN FINN was indicted for feloniously stealing on the 17th of September , one warrant for the payment of 20 l. the property of Thomas Piper .

SECOND COUNT for like offence, only laying the warrant for the payment of money to be the property of Elizabeth Piper and Thomas Piper .

The case was stated by Mr. Knapp.

THOMAS PIPER . Q. You are the son of Elizabeth Piper , you are stone masons - A. Yes, residing in Little Eastcheap .

Q. Did you on the 17th of September last draw a draft on Messrs. Andersons - A. I did; the draft I have in my hand; they are bankers in Philpot lane; this is the draft that I drew on that day, I gave it to my apprentice Edmund Hall as I passed through my shop, about four o'clock in the afternoon.

EDMUND HALL . Q. You are an apprentice to Mr. Piper - A. I am.

Q. Did you receive on the 17th of September from Mr. Thomas Piper the draft in question - A. I did.

Q. Is that the draft you received from him, look at it - A. I believe it is; I laid it on the mantle shelf in the accompting house; I left it there about a quarter of an hour; when I returned it was gone. I searched diligently for it. I told my master the same day.

Q. Did you go to the banker's by the direction of your master to stop payment - A. I did, I found it had been paid.

Q. Was the prisoner a person at this time employed by your master - A. He was; he had been employed the day preceding as a mason's labourer.

Q. When had you seen him last - A. On the 17th, about eleven o'clock in the morning.

COURT. When you lost it, who was in the room then - A. Only my master's daughter.

Q. Was the prisoner there at all - A. I did not see him. I left the draft there a little after four; I returned in about a quarter of an hour, it was gone.

Q. Do you know who came in in the mean time - I do not.

GEORGE WILSON . Q. You are a partner in the house of Anderson and co. - what are the names of that firm - A. John Anderson , Alexander Anderson , and George Wilson, Philpot lane.

Q. Are Messrs. Pipers customers of your bank - A. Yes, they are.

Q. Take that draft in your hand - do you remember that draft being presented on the day it bears date - A. Yes, it was presented on the 17th of September.

Q. Look round, and tell me whether the prisoner is the man that presented it - A. I believe he is the same man; I have no doubt at all. I paid it in ten one pound notes, and the rest in money; it was composed of half guineas, seven shilling pieces and silver. I think I paid it between four and five in the afternoon.

DENNIS SCULLEY . Q. You are a servant in the employ of Messrs. Piper and son - A. Yes.

Q. Do you remember seeing the prisoner on the 17th of September - A. Yes, on Messrs. Piper's premises, between eleven and twelve o'clock.

Q. How soon did you see him again - A. When my master missed the draft I went after him by master's orders; I came up with him at the Seven Stars in Pepper alley, by London bridge; I asked him to come over with me to Eastcheap, his master wanted him about some business; he seemed to object against it at first, and then he said he would go; he came back with me as far as the foot of the bridge, and then he told me he would not go without having one pot of beer with me; I told him I would have one pot of beer with him, if he was willing to go then; he said yes; he called for a pot of beer and paid for it and sat down; I sat outside of the table, he laid his hat down on the table, and said he wanted to go out; I followed him out, he went in the little alley there; as I saw him there I turned in again to tell another man, in case he was going to make his escape, to assist me; I was not above two or three minutes before I turned out; he was gone; he had left his hat, and I left it in the same place and went after him. I never saw him till he was apprehended the next day.

BENJAMIN NICHOLSON. Q. You are foreman to Messrs. Piper - A. I am.

Q. Do you remember seeing the prisoner on the 17th of September, and where - A. I do, from twenty minutes to half after four, on Saturday the 17th of September; I saw him on Fish Street hill, he was going towards London bridge at that time.

ANTHONY WOODLAND . Q. You are constable of the City of London - did you apprehend the prisoner on Sunday the 18th of September - A. Yes, at half after four o'clock on the Sunday afternoon, at the Bear quay gateway; I went up to him, Mr. Piper said you must take charge of that man, I would wish to have him searched; I searched him; in his hat I found twelve half guineas, twelve seven shilling pieces, and three one pound notes; they were all in the crown of his hat; in his breeches pocket I found one half guinea, and three pounds eleven shillings in silver. The prisoner said the property was his own, and the prisoner said when he had his examination before the lord mayor, he did not think the banker's clerk could swear to his receiving the check from him.

GEORGE MOULES . Q. Are you a clerk to Messrs. Anderson and co. Philpot lane - A. I am.

Q. Look at these notes and tell us whether there are one or two that you happen to know - A. There are two I know, by having received them on the 17th of September; I received them two one pound notes in the course of the forenoon; I cannot say exactly to the hour. There is my writing on them. I am sure I took them on that day, and I brought them home for the purpose of paying them away.

WILLIAM MELLVILLE SCOTT. Q. You are clerk to Messrs. Anderson and co. - A. I am.

Q. Look at the other note - A. I know it; I received it on the forenoon of the 17th of September. I took it home and laid it on the desk with other notes.

Prisoner's Defence. My lord, and gentlemen of the jury, I am a labouring man, and all the summer I had very good employment; I had a good situation while the fleets were in; I had one pound, two shillings, and sixpence a week, I worked but eight hours in a day, at the West India Docks. I had it in my power to save half a guinea a week, and sometimes seven shillings. When I could not get no more employ in the docks, I applied to the board of ordinance. I wanted to save a few pounds to go to my mother's, and on my being informed I could not work above another week at the ordinance, I applied to Mr. Piper. On the Friday morning I came to his yard; I was not in his house, only when I came to ask for employment. On the beginning of the week I did call, and was sent down to the yard; it is two streets beyond Mr. Pipe's dwelling house; I came in my shirt sleeves from the Tower. Mr. Piper told me I might go to work immediately; I went back to the Tower and worked till dinner time; I told my foreman I had got work of my former master; he told me I might go and he would pay me; after dinner time I went to Mr. Piper's and was set to work, and in unloading of stones I hurt my back, and worked no more that day. - I was not near the premises since. On the Saturday I went to the Tower to my old shopmates; I had a little porter with them. I went home to my old lodgings, to one of Mr. Piper's men; I came to the Seven Stars, Pepper alley: Sculley came, I said I should like to have some beer as it is Saturday night; I called for a pot of beer and did not pay for it; I went to the chandler's shop at the corner for some bread and cheese, and when I came back Sculley was gone. Coming up Fenchurch street on Sunday I found a five pounds note: I changed it, and had three one pound notes part in change. I saw Mr. Piper's man, he told me Mr. Piper had been enquiring for me; I was going to Bear Quay. The rest of the money was my own.

GUILTY , aged 30.

Transported for Seven Years .

London jury, before Mr. Recorder.

698. FRANCES MOODEY was indicted feloniously stealing on the 16th of September , twenty eight yards of gingham, value 1 l. 1 s. 1 d. and four yards of muslin, value 4 s. the property of Robert Potter .

ROBERT POTTER . I am a linen draper , I live two doors from London bridge, on the left hand side in the City of London; I have no partner; I only come here as the prosecutor.

HENRY WATTS . Q. What are you - A. I am shopman to Mr. Potter. On Friday the 16th of September, between the hours of five and six in the evening, Collins suspected a woman in the shop; a few minutes afterwards I went into the front shop and waited upon the prisoner myself; I sold her a towel for eight pence; she gave me a shilling and I gave her four-pence in change; she seemed very much confused and scarce knew what she was doing; she went out of the shop and I followed her; when she was out in the street I tapped her on the shoulder and desired her to step back; I thought she had got something she had not paid for; she immediately came into the shop, and between the pile of goods which stood in the shop and the counter, she let the goods fall from under her clothes.

Q. What were the goods - A. A piece of gingham, twenty eight yards, and a length of muslin, about four yards; I asked her if she knew any thing about them; she denied it; I immediately sent for a constable.

ROBERT COLLINS . I am shopman to Mr. Potter. On the 16th of September, I saw the prisoner take a piece of gingham from one counter to the other; I afterwards missed it from the counter; I informed Mr. Watts of it; I saw the prisoner drop them goods from her.

The property produced and identified.

Prisoner's Defence. I am totally innocent; my arm has been in a sling four months; it is not possible of me to do any thing of the kind; you may rely upon it I am innocent; a lady passed by me who was likely to be guilty of the fact which I am suffering for now.

Collins. She was not lame at the time.

THOMAS PINNER . Q. When you took her in custody did you observe her to be lame - A. When I took her to the counter, she said do not hurt my arm, I have got a lame arm; it was not in a sling.

Q. to Watts. Was she lame at the time - A. I did not observe it.

GUILTY , aged 39.

Transported for Seven Years .

London jury, before Mr. Recorder.

699. JOHN WILKES was indicted for feloniously stealing on the 8th of October , twenty four yards of cambic, value 1 l. 1 s. 8 d. the property of Robert Marsh , Isaac Leighton Marsh , Samuel Marsh and James Marsh .

The case was stated by Mr. Walford.

WILLIAM PARIS . Q. Are you a porter in the employ of Messrs. Marsh - A. I am delivering porter to Messrs. Marsh, at the Bull inn, Bishopsgate street. - On the 8th of October I had a parcel to deliver to Messrs. Simpson and Pitfold; I think at No. 132, Aldermanbury they did live; I took the parcel to deliver to the house; when I got there they were removed to Noble street; I went back to the waggon, which stood in Aldermanbury, and carried the parcel in my arms till I came to Wood street , nearly facing of Maiden lane; I had got a truss to deliver to a house just by; I put it into the waggon while I delivered the truss, and coming out of the house I enquired for the parcel at the waggon.

Q. Was it there - A. No, it was not; I did not see the parcel till I went to Guildhall. I am positive it is the same.

THOMAS PAGE . Q. Did the last witness bring you the parcel to your master's waggon - A. Yes, he brought it and put it in the waggon in Wood street; I took the parcel and put it farther in the waggon; I am waggoner; I placed it as I thought it could not fall out; the waggon is wood at the bottom and rails at the side. I looked for the parcel when the last witness came back; it was gone.

Q. What did you do when he went with the parcel - A. I turned the waggon round; and stood by it till he came back again.

Q. Do you know the parcel again - A. Yes.

COURT. What time of the day was it - A. It was after dark, it might be half after six, or a little after seven.

Q. Have you ever seen the parcel since - A. I have seen it at Guildhall, I thought it was the same parcel.

Cross-examined by Mr. Knapp. Can you read or write - A. I can. I am not much of a scholar.

Q. The waggon was standing in an open street - A. Yes, in Wood street.

Q. During the time that he was gone, and before he returned again, had you been talking to any body during the time - A. No, I do not know that I spoke to any body; I did not perceive any body come to the waggon; I stood towards the hind part of the waggon; it was so dark that a person might have taken it out of the waggon without my seeing it.

SARAH WOOD . Q. I live with Mr. Grove, No. 93, Wood street, he is a watchmaker. I was in my master's yard between six and seven o'clock in the evening, shutting up the shutters; the parcel was thrown over the wall in the court; I picked up the parcel and carried it into the shop to Mr. Groves.

Q. Did you see any body when you was in the shop - A. When I was standing at the street door window I saw a man looking in; he walked past the shop window, and then stood at the corner of the court.

Q. Who was that man - A. The man that stands there at the bar: in about two or three minutes afterwards he came in and asked for the parcel, he said if you please, sir, will you give me the parcel that a drunken man has thrown into your yard.

GEORGE GROVE . Q. You are a watchmaker living in Wood street - A. I am. I received the parcel from the last witness a little after six, it was not seven; I just cast the string from one end, I copied the address of Messrs. Simpson and Pitfold, and then I sent the child to inform them I particularly wanted to see them; the child says, there is a man looking in at the window; I said ask him what he wants; he opened the door and then vanished; either him or another came in a minute, when he began in a pitiful tone of voice, half crying, stooping his head, as though the light offended his sight; I had a large candle in my hand; I did not tell him that I saw the parcel, or knew any thing of it. I asked him the description of the parcel, begging him to come farther in the passage, I would get the parcel if it was there; he did not give me a satisfactory answer to that and several questions I put to him; I bid the girl shut the door; he stood with his feet in such a position that the child could not shut the door; he said, he hoped for God's sake I would give him the parcel, he should lose his place, and he employed it for the sake of his wife and family. Upon several questions which I put to him he could not describe the parcel which I had seen, when I peremptorily told the child to shut the door; at that moment he made a run from the door, I shoved the child back and pushed out, and with the candle in my hand I pursued him and cried stop thief; he took down Wood street, turned down Love lane, made a small turn to the right, and then to the left into Love lane again, where he was taken; I never lost sight of him; I once laid hold of his coat. I am positive he is the man.

Q. Describe to his lordship what is the situation of your yard and the height of the wall - A. The side of my house is a common thoroughfare, next a small passage; my wall may be eight or nine, or ten feet, it is a common passage to Staining lane, Falcon square; it immediately leads from Wood street to Oat lane; it is called Bull Head passage.

The property produced and identified.

ISAAC MARSH . Q. Be so good as to tell the names of your partners - A. Robert Marsh , Isaac Leighton Marsh, Samuel Marsh , Isaac Marsh (myself) and James Marsh .

COURT. Why did not you give the names in writing when you preferred the indictment - A. I gave the names at the office.

NOT GUILTY .

London jury, before Mr. Recorder.

700. GEORGE SCOTT was indicted for feloniously stealing on the 12th of October , twenty three pounds weight of beef, value 16 s. and two fowls, value 2 s. the property of William Payne .

WILLIAM PAYNE . I live at Furnival's cellar and chop house. On the 12th of October, a little before eleven at night, I heard a call out of stop thief; I immediately ran up stairs; finding one door open on the stairs, that had no lock, and the other door which had a lock and chain round it broken and open also, on looking in I missed a rump of beef and two fowls; I immediately crossed the way, hearing a noise, towards Dyer's buildings; I met the prisoner in the possession of a gentleman, I immediately catched hold of the prisoner also, and brought him back to the foot of my stairs; the prisoner cried out I am not the man; presently the gentleman said you are the man, and you have broken my mouth, see whether he has not got something about him; I called my boy to see whether there was any fowl down on the ground; I looked and saw no fowl on the ground; that minute a fowl was picked up just by the prisoner's feet by the witness who catched theprisoner, and he hit him across the face with it; I immediately got the watchman and gave him in charge; I asked the witness to stop with him while I went down to get my hat; I walked slowly down behind them; I was about twenty yards from the watchhouse door when they let the prisoner go, I heard a voice say stop thief by two or three; I immediately ran into the road to see which way he had taken, he ran by me up Holborn, I turned and ran after him, he turned up Hatton Garden; I made a spring and hit him on the head with my fist, he tumbled; the watchman was running down, hearing the rattle spring; he tumbled over him, knocked me down; as I fell I turned round on my side and catched hold of the prisoner's leg till the watchman got up; we took him in custody again to the watchhouse.

Q. Are you sure it is the same man that you saw at your cellar - A. Yes.

Q. Are you sure the minute before you looked and saw no fowl at all - A. Yes.

Cross-examined by Mr. Gleed. You had not seen this man down in the cellar at all - A. No.

Q. Had you been out this day - A. I had been to market. I always take the meat out myself upon all occasion, except I am out, then I cut steaks and leave in the lobby till I am at home. I had seen the beef five minutes before.

Q. At the time the man was brought back was there a number of persons about him - A. There was one of one side of him and one of the other.

Q. Therefore from which the fowl dropped you cannot tell - A. My witness will tell.

Q. This man, when he was before the magistrate was sent on board the tender, yet you have preferred your indictment - A. Yes.

GEORGE GROVE . I am a watchmaker. I was coming down Holborn about a quarter before eleven on the 12th of October, I perceived six or seven, or more, men in a cluster, they were a little divided; I paused for a little while whether I should go on, thinking I was beset; I perceived a man go down the steps and put his hand into the larder, he took two fowls up by the two legs extremely leisurely and participated into the street rather sneakingly.

Q. What did he do with the beef - A. There were enough to take the beef, the beef was gone before. He took the fowls rather sneakingly and went into the street; when I advanced forward and asked him what he and with the man's fowls; he made no answer but run; his partner made a blow at me and cut me here; when I turned round after the man I returned the compliment; I ran after the prisoner, he took across Holborn and up Dyer's buildings; he returned back, there being no avenue up the buildings; on seeing him return down again I made a stop; at that moment as he was just at the point of my fingers I felt a violent blow from another man whom I did not see till the moment, which brought me to the ground; at that time there were several people assembled and he was got just round the corner of the court.

Q. Are you sure this is the same man - A. I am positive, I had sufficient view of him through the side of the larder; I took him across the way with the assistance of a person, I was met by the person who gave his evidence last.

Q. You went to the cellar with him - A. I did, and there I picked up a fowl from between his legs, which I judged he had dropped: he had thrown a fowl prior to that at me.

Q.You did not see him drop it - A. No, I felt something by my feet.

Q. You did not drop it - A. No.

Q. He had thrown one fowl at you - A. Yes; that was at my first start before he was got to the watch-house: there was a set of them who made the watchman fall, who rescued him; the man that particularly rescued him, I took, and had the watchmen done their duty more of them would have been taken. One of the watchmen on seeing me so bloody, said, I had enough of it, he had no notion of being cut.

Cross-examined by Mr. Gleed. It was in the night time when you was coming down Holborn; you saw several persons - A. Yes; they were all ragamuffins like himself.

Q. Then when the man went down stairs his back was towards you - A, No; he went down as crabs walk, side ways; if he had tried to make his face conspicuous he could not have done it more, the light shined fully upon it.

COURT. What became of the fowl - A. After I had picked it up I gave it to the prosecutor.

Prosecutor. It was one of my own fowls; I took it before the lord mayor at the mansion house; I am sure it was my own, it was my own trussing.

Prisoner's Defence. On the evening that I am charged with the robbery I had been in Chancery lane spending the evening with a few friends; I passed through Chancery lane into Dyer's buildings, and when I came to the end of Dyer's buildings the gentleman dragged me over the way; that gentleman swore that I was the person and that he saw me at the larder; I told him he was wrong; when the watchman had got me in his possession, his mouth was bleeding, and several people said at the watchhouse I was not the person and they pushed me away.

GUILTY , aged 37.

Transported for Seven Years .

London jury, before Mr. Recorder.

701. GEORGE SPIKES was indicted for that he on Wednesday the 17th of September was at large in this kingdom before the expiration of the term for which he was ordered to be transported .

WILLIAM ADKINS. Q. Do you know the prisoner - A. Yes.

Q. When was it you apprehended him - A. On the 17th of last September, on board the Enterprize lying off the Tower.

Q. The Enterprize is one of the King's ships, is it not - A. Yes.

Q. What was he doing there - A. He had entered, the lieutenant informed me; I found him there apparently as one of the seamen on board the ship.

Q. As a seaman in his Majesty's service - A. Yes.

Q. Had you ever seen him before - A. Yes, at Bow street.

Q. Had you ever seen him before in this court - A. I do not recollect seeing him here before.

Q. Look at that paper - did you see Mr. Shelton sign it - A. I did.

Q. Mr. Shelton who acts here as the clerk of the goal delivery - A. Yes.

(The copy of the record of theconviction read.)

WILLIAM HANSON . Q. Do you know the prisoner at the bar - A. Yes, at Bow street, and likewise in this court in September, 1805.

Q. Were you present when the prisoner was tried in this court - A. Yes, at the bar where he now stands; he was tried for being at large before the expiration of the term for which he was ordered to be transported.

Q. What was the event of his trial - A. He was convicted and received sentence of death; afterwards his punishment was mitigated for transportation for seven years; he was sent down on board the hulks at Langston by Portsmouth; he went away in September, 1806.

Prisoner's Defence. I have nothing to say in my defence.

GUILTY - DEATH , aged 18.

[The prisoner was recommended to his Majesty's mercy on account of his being found on board one of his Majesty's ships.]

First Middlesex jury, before Mr. justice Lawrence.

702. JOHN WHALEY , alias HOWELL , was indicted for that he on the 16th of September was at large in this kingdom before the expiration of the term for which he was ordered to be transported .

WILLIAM ADKINS. On the 16th of September last, I found the prisoner on board the Enterprize, a King's ship, it lays off the Tower; it is a receiving ship.

Q. Is it on the Middlesex side of the river - A. Yes, on this side. I knew he had been convicted, I never knew of his having a pardon; in consequence of that I apprehended him and brought him to the office.

Q. Have you got the certificate in your hand - A. Yes; I saw Mr. Shelton sign it; Mr. Shelton is the clerk of this court. (The copy of the record of conviction read.)

- SALMON. Q. You assisted the last witness - A. I did, in apprehending and bringing this man from the tender.

WILLIAM HANSON . Q. Were you present in September sessions, 1806 - A. Yes; when the prisoner at the bar was tried.

Q. You heard the verdict pronounced upon him - A. I did, and I heard the sentence passed upon him. I am sure it is the same person.

Q. What was the sentence passed upon him - A. Sentence of death, but by the indulgence of his Majesty he was ordered to be transported for life; he went away in January, 1807; he went down to Woolwich.

Q. Did you see him at the bar - A. I did, at the same place where he stands now.

Prisoner's Defence. After I was convicted at this bar my friends petitioned to colonel Frazier for my pardon; colonel Frazier got me a free pardon, it was not a conditional pardon. I after that went into the loyal York rangers, that afterwards went to Trinidad in the West Indies; I had liberty to go on shore at Portsmouth to see some of my comrades, but staying on shore too long I was afraid of being punished by the regiment, and by his Majesty's proclamation every deserter was to be accepted on board as a deserter; captain Read of Woolwich, can prove I had his Majesty's free pardon.

GUILTY - DEATH , aged 18.

[The prisoner was recommended to his Majesty's mercy by the jury, on account of his being found on board one of his Majesty's ships.]

First Middlesex jury, before Lord Ellenborough.

703. CATHERINE GLOVER was indicted for feloniously stealing on the 19th of September , half a guinea, a seven shilling piece, four half crowns, and eight dollars, the property of Margaret Fannan , in her dwelling house .

MARGARET FANNAN . I am a widow ; I live at No. 4, Tabbot's court, in the parish of Christ's Church, Spital fields .

Q. Are you a housekeeper - A. I have a house at four shillings a week; a room below and room above; I live in the under room myself.

Q. Who is the owner of the house - A. Mr. Parker.

Q. Did you hire it of him - A. Yes; my brother pays part of the rent to me, he has his own bed and furniture; I pay the rent all together. Mr. Parker is a pawnbroker in Shoreditch.

Q. What is your way of life - A. I sold cakes and oysters while I was able. I laid up eight dollars, four half crowns, a seven shilling piece, and half a guinea; in all three pounds seven shillings and sixpence.

Q. Where had you put this money and when had you seen it last - A. The week that she come to me, I put it in a mattress that was upon my bed; she came upon a Monday and asked me for a lodging; I said I had no lodging; she said it was only for a night or two.

Q. Had you known her before - A. I had known her for about a month, she used to buy one little thing or other of me; the first night she came to me I was taken very ill.

Q. Did she know where your money was put - A. She made the bed while I was ill.

Q. Could she in making the bed discover the money - A. She did.

Q. How was it that she must know that the money was there - A. It was in that purse, and I sewed the purse to the mattress that it should not go astray from it.

Q. Then any body in tumbling this mattress about would have found that this money was there - A. Yes. On Wednesday following the Monday she came, she went and got a letter from the dispensary for me; then on Wednesday I was getting better and she sat up and gave me the medicines, and by the means of making my bed and going to the dispensary on the Monday following; she then asked leave to stop in my place while I went to the dispensary; that was the opportunity she took the money; then when I came back there was a jacket left by a baker for me to mend; she told me of it and asked my leave to lay on the bed; I went out a quarter after ten and was home at a quarter after eleven, and she lay till five o'clock; at four o'clock I go out with my cakes; I awaked her, she went out along with me between four and five; I was home in an hour's time, and as soon as I came home I saw the bed towzled and undone; I went and put the bed away then; there was the mattress and an empty purse to it.

Q. Did you observe the bed was tumbled when you went out at half after four - A. I did.

Q. Why did not you search then to see if any thingthing was missing - A. I made no search at half past four. She had a bundle in her apron, and I thought she had been looking for it. When I came home I searched and missed my money she did not return that night; at eight o'clock the next morning she came in and sat down; I said to her Mrs. Glover give me the money you took from under my bed; she said I am deaf, I am hard of hearing; I said if you are deaf I will send for an officer; Ray came and made her hear; she said she did not know any thing about it; I said who have you let in to rob me while I was out; I got up in a passion out of the chair, she pulled me down in the chair again, put her hand into her pocket and took out two shillings and threepence and put it in my lap; says she that is all I have, I will pay you by the week or month when I get in place; she wanted me to make a debt of the robbery; I said I would not make a debt of it at all.

Q. Did you mention the sum you had lost - A. I did, three pounds seven shillings and sixpence; I mentioned what dollars I had lost; a seven shilling piece and half a guinea. Then Mr. Ray came; before he came she opened her box and put on velvet shoes, and dressed herself very fine, I never saw a stitch of them before; while I was at the dispensary she went to the pawnbrokers and got these things in.

JOHN RAY . I am an officer of Worship street, Shoreditch; I was sent to take this prisoner in custody upon Tuesday; when I went to the prosecutrixs house I found the prisoner there; she begged for mercy, and stated that she had robbed her, and the moment she got in service she would return the money to her.

Q. Was the old woman by then - A. She was.

Q. Did the old woman state what she had lost - A. Yes, eight dollars, a seven shilling piece, and a half guinea.

Q. Was it in answer to that statement of the old woman, that she had this loss, that this answer was given - that she would make it up when she got in service - A. It was; I examined what they call the ticking, which the old woman has got here, where the hole has been cut.

Prosecutor. There is the hole she cut; I never made my bed without feeling it; it was there that morning.

Prisoner's Defence. I have nothing to say further, than if I was dying this moment before the gentlemen, her brother had a key, and wished God would strike her dead for the report; and I said if I was in place I would take pity upon her, but I could not; here is a pair of shoes I bought at Mr. Lindo's, they are lasting shoes, not what she says.

The prisoner called one witness, who gave her a good character.

GUILTY - DEATH , aged 50.

First Middlesex jury, before Lord Ellenborough.

704. JOSEPH BACON was indicted for feloniously stealing on the 6th of October , twenty five yards of sail cloth, value 21 s. the property of John Turner .

JOHN TURNER. I occupy about seven acres of ground; I live at Bow . I lost a sail cloth that was over a load of hay, on the 6th of October; the prisoner was at work on the premises for my landlord; I saw it on the 6th, about the middle of the day.

Q. Did you ever find it again - A. Yes. It was taken in the night, I missed it in the morning of the 7th; there was no other person on the premises.

Q. What is the prisoner - A. He is a bricklayer's labourer .

SAMUEL MILLER . I am an officer of Lambeth street office. On Saturday the 8th of October, I went and searched the prisoner's house in Bromley; I found the sail cloth in his house, up stairs, laying on the floor; I then went to a building and apprehended the prisoner where he was at work, in a lane in Bromley; he said he had taken it, he had no bed to lye on.

Q. Was it so - A. There was no bed in the room nor any thing to lay on.

The property produced and identified.

Prisoner's Defence. The prosecutor said if I would give him three guineas he would not bring me before the court.

GUILTY , aged 34.

Confined Fourteen Days in Newgate and fined One Shilling .

First Middlesex jury, before Mr. Recorder.

705. JULIA GEORGE and SOLOMON ISAACS were indicted for burglariously breaking and entering the dwelling house of William Brass , about the hour of ten at night, on the 19th of October , with intent to steal the goods and chattels .

SECOND COUNT for like offence, stating the dwelling house to be the dwelling house of Julia George .

Mr. Alley. counsel for the prosecution, declining to ofter any evidence, the prisoners were

ACQUITTED .

First Middlesex jury, before Mr. Recorder.

706. WILLIAM EAST, alias JOHN TOWNSHEND was indicted for feloniously stealing on the 24th of September , six cakes of soap, value 18 s. twenty eight pounds weight of sugar, value 18 s. 6 d. and a silver tooth pick, value 1 s. the property of John Fisher .

The case was stated by Mr. Alley.

JOHN WAINWRIGHT . Q. You are an officer of the City - A. Yes.

Q. On the 24th of September, between eleven and twelve o'clock did you take the man at the bar in custody - A. I did; he had a bundle on his shoulder, and another on his arm; I asked him what he had got, I told him I was an officer, I must know what he had; he said he had got it, whatever it was, of a watermam and fireman, it was sugar; I asked him if there was any thing but sugar; he said there was not; I searched the bundle, I found it contained six cakes of soap; I asked him where he worked; he said he was out of employ, he got work where he could, he said he was a scavenger; I told him he did not look like a scavenger; he said then he worked at Hounslow; I asked him if he was not a servant to a grocer; he said he was not.

JOHN FISHER . Q. What are you - A. I am a grocer, and I live in Covent garden ; the prisoner lived with me as porter , about ten months, he lived in my house; I missed that quantity of sugar; there was two quarters of sugar, directed to Mr. Burgoyne; I missed one of them.

Q. Do you believe that soap was taken from your house - A. I do, because I had a sample of it at home; on Friday it came in, it was new soap; I was going to send it back again; I found that quantity missing.

Cross-examined by Mr. Gurney. As to the soap you have the soap from the soap makers - you had not the whole of this boiling - A. I had five hundred weight.

The prisoner left his defence to his counsel; called one witness, who gave him a good character.

GUILTY , aged 23.

Transported for Seven Years .

First Middlesex jury, before Mr. Recorder.

707. JOHN HEPWORTH was indicted for feloniously stealing on the 14th of October , three shillings and a sixpence , the property of Henry Creswell .

HENRY CRESWELL . I keep a shop .

Q. Did you at at any time observe the prisoner hanging about your shop door - A. Yes; on the 14th of this present month, when I came home about ten o'clock, I observed him there; in about two minutes I saw him go into the shop, go behind the counter, and put his hand upon a shelf where we put the money; there was about five shillings there.

Q. Did you see the money there - A. No, my wife did, she is not here; I did not see any money there.

Q. You saw the man when he came from that place drop some money from his hand - A. Yes.

Q. Is there any body here that can prove there being money on that place - A. No; all I can say, the man dropped some money from his hand.

NOT GUILTY .

First Middlesex jury, before Lord Ellenborough.

708. ELIZABETH THOMPSON was indicted for feloniously stealing on the 13th of last December , a set of bed furniture, value 40 s. two sheets, value 10 s. and a counterpane, value 10 s. the property of Thomas Carpenter , in a lodging room .

THOMAS CARPENTER . I live at No. 27, Hertford street, Fitzroy square .

Q. Do you know that woman at the bar - A. Yes, I know the prisoner very well. On the 14th of last December she saw a bill up at my window for a ready furnished lodging; she came into my shop - I keep a green grocer's shop - she came in and asked me what apartment I had to let; I told her a two pair of stairs back room; she said she was a married woman just come out of Yorkshire, and her husband lived in a family in Manchester square, he was a valet; she did not tell her husband's name, she said her name was Elizabeth Thompson , and her husband would call upon her at times.

Q. How do you know her husband's name is James - A. I never heard her mention her husband's name.

Q. Did you agree about the lodging - A. Yes; she asked me if she could see the apartment; I shewed her the two pair of stairs back room, she approved of it very much, and asked the price; I told her five shillings a week; she agreed to pay the price for it.

Q. What furniture was in the room - A. There was a carpet on the floor, bed and bed furniture, sheets and counterpane; she came down into the shop, she said then she had no money in her pocket: I had not asked her for earnest, I asked her where I could go for her character; she told me that she came to town that night, and slept at a public house in Holborn; by her appearance I took her in without a character, as she was well dressed; she pulled a silver spoon from her pocket and gave it me for earnest; she said she was very cold, she had a little girl with her at the time; my wife asked her if she would have some porter and some bread and cheese; she sat the best part of an hour, then she asked what time she was to come to the room; she went away, and said she was going to her husband to get some money; in about two hours she come back again; then she asked for the key of the room, it was given to her; she went up stairs, staid about half an hour, and then came down to know where the water but was, and went up into her apartment again. I did not see any more of her that night; that was about four o'clock; this was on the fourteenth; she took the lodgings on the next day, Thursday, in the morning; she came down two or three times with a round basket, with a cover on it; when she came to take possession she brought nothing but the basket and the little girl; she came down two or three times with the hand basket that day; she did not return that night; I did not see any more of her till she was taken by the constable; she was only there one night. On Saturday morning about nine o'clock I went up stairs, the door was locked and the key taken out; I had a recollection that I had a key that would open the door; I tried it and opened it with that key, and missed the property mentioned in the indictment; the bed furniture had been nailed, and the nails laid on the mahogany table in the room; a pair of sheets and a counterpane was gone; a pawnbroker's duplicate laid on the carpet of the sheet and a counterpane pawned at Mr. Merritt's the corner of Marybone street; I went there the same day. I found the counterpane and one sheet; I never found the bed furniture and the other sheet. I know the counterpane and sheet to be mine, they are here; I am certain of her person.

Q. When did you see the prisoner again - A. I never saw her till the 24th of September last, she was in custody.

The property produced and identified.

- CROCKER. I am a constable of the parish of St. Pancras. I apprehended the prisoner on the 24th of September last: I took her to Mr. Carpenter's, they said this was the woman that had robbed them.

Prisoner's Defence. I only beg for mercy.

GUILTY , aged 33.

Transported for Seven Years .

First Middlesex jury, before Mr. Baron Thompson .

709. WILLIAM BATTCOCK was indicted for feloniously breaking and entering the dwelling house of Lewis Gutteridge , about the hour of ten at night on the 16th of September , with intent to steal, and burglariously stealing therein, six coats, value 6 l. 19 s. six waistcoats, value 2 l. 1 s. and six pair of breeches, value 3 l. 12 s. the property of Samuel Benjamin .

SECOND COUNT for like offence, only stating it to be the dwelling house of Samuel Benjamin .

The case was stated by Mr. Gleed.

SAMUEL BENJAMIN . Q. Where do you live - A. I live at No. 43, Marybone lane; I keep that house.

Q. Where is this shop - A. No. 64, Marybone lane ; I occupy part of the shop, the lower part of the house.

COURT. Who occupies the other part of the shop - A. The landlord of the house occupies the other part, it is partitioned off; the wainscot is fastened to the ceiling and to the ground, the same as another apartment.

Q. How is the partition fastened to the front of the shop - A. The partition is fastened in the front of the shop to a post in the bow of the window; there is twobow windows to the shop; the partition is fastened to the post of the other bow window that belongs to Mr. Gutteridge.

Q. How is the back of the partition fastened - A. There is a wall at the back and the petition is fastened to that wall.

Q. Can you go out of your part of your shop into Mr. Gutteridge's shop without going out of doors - A. No; I cannot get into any part of Mr. Gutteridge's shop without going out into the street.

Q. How is this partition fastened to the bottom - A. With nails; it is not a sliding partition, it is very strong, fastened to secure my property.

Q. Does any person sleep in the shop - A. My son.

Q. Who do you pay your rent to - A. To Mr. Gutteridge. I have occupied the shop about three or four years, and paid my rent every quarter to Mr. Gutteridge; I took the shop at ten guineas a year, and half a year's warning; it was not a written agreement, by word only. My son sleeps in the shop constantly; he has always slept in it.

COURT. Did he sleep in it at the time the robbery was committed - A. No; he was at home two or three nights, he was not very well, and there was a very disagreeable smell there; he did not sleep there for about three weeks.

Q. Perhaps he was not to return to sleep there any more - A. Yes, he was to return; he was bid to go, but he did not go because he was not very well.

Q. In what parish is this shop - A. In St. Mary-le-bone.

Mr. Gleed. In consequence of some information that you received did you go to your shop - A. Yes; I went on a Friday in September, I did not take much notice of the day of the month; it was between ten and eleven o'clock.

Q. What month - A. I am not much acquainted with the months; I believe it is a month to day.

Q. You went to your shop - A. Yes, between ten and eleven o'clock in the evening.

Q. When you got there in what state did you find your shop - A. It was broken open and the property was gone out of the shop, the padlock and another lock was all destroyed and broken off, the door was open and the shelves were all pretty nigh empty.

Q. Had you been there in the course of the day - A. Yes; the property was all safe in the course of the day, and when I came there at night it was gone; the property I had seen in the day was gone.

Q. In consequence of some information that you received did you go to the Bull and Gate in Holborn - A. I did, at one o'clock the same night I believe; I was in trouble; I do not know the exact time.

Q. You being at the Bull and Gate, did any coach come in - A. Yes; No. 278, the coach that we had information of; when the coach came in the yard Battcock was the driver.

Q. Did you or did any other person in your presence examine and search the coach - A. Yes; William Richardson did; he is one of the witnesses. A coat was found in the coach quite under the seat; I looked in the coach and could find nothing; this man pulled out the hay, and under the seat the coat was found; the coat was taken to the watchhouse.

Q. What did Richardson do with the coat - A. He handed it over to me, I gave it to the officer of the night at the watchhouse.

Q. Did you know the coat - A. Yes.

Q. When had you seen the coat on your premises last - A. I bought in on a Thursday, I gave it to my son to mend; I lost it on the Friday.

Q. Then you saw the coat on the day before - A. Yes.

Cross-examined by Mr. Knapp. Is any body in partnership with you - A. No.

Q. You live in part of the house that belongs to Mr. Gutteridge - A. Yes; my son sleeps there.

Q. Does Mr. Gutteridge live in the house - A. Yes; he slept in the house and lived in the house at that time; he is always in the house.

Q. Now the coat you had seen the day before - A. Yes.

Q. Does any body serve in the shop besides yourself - A. I serve in the shop, and sometimes my son goes backwards and forwards; and my son serves in the shop.

Q. Will you venture to swear that this coat that you saw on the day before was not sold - A. It could not be sold it was not finished.

Q. You have never prosecuted before - A. No; I was never here before.

Q. Do you know whether there is a forty pound reward for a conviction of a burglary - A. I have heard something of that sort; I am not a child, I must have heard it.

COURT. You took this shop two or three years ago - did you ever sleep in it yourself - A. No.

Q. How soon after you had taken it did your son go to sleep in it - A. The first night I put the property in that very same night he slept in the shop.

Q. How long had he continued to sleep there - A. He slept two or three years in the shop; he never slept out of the shop but two or three weeks, and that time he was unwell, he found it very unpleasant by reason of the smell.

MOSES BENJAMIN . Q. You are the son of the last witness - A. Yes.

Q. In the month of September last were you in the shop - A. Yes.

Q. On the 16th of September what time did you leave the shop - A. I left the shop about half past nine or near ten at night; I left it well secured; I locked it with a padlock, and locked it with the lock that is fixed on the door.

Q. At the time that you so left it was the property in the shop safe - A. Yes, very safe; it was all in the shop at the time; I returned about a quarter after eleven, I found the fastenings taken off the premises and the shop stripped; the fastenings were found at the other side of the house.

COURT. What do you mean by the fastenings - A. The padlock; the other lock was picked, the door was wide open.

Q. What did you find in the shop - A. Very little indeed, almost all was gone.

Q. Did you in the course of the day see a great coat there - A. Yes.

NATHANIEL JONES . Q. Where do you live - A. I live at No. 19, New Compton street, St. Giles's; I am headborough of the parish of St. Giles's. On the night of the 19th of September, and the morning of the 17th, I was at the watchhouse.

Q. On the night of the 16th do you remember the prisoner being brought to the watchhouse - A. Perfectly well. I received this coat on that night of Samuel Benjamin.

MOSES BENJAMIN . This coat belongs to my father, I was working on it on the 16th of September, I was working on it at my father's shop that was broke open. On the Friday afternoon I left it in the shop.

COURT. Was it left in the shop at the time you went away and left it locked up - A. Yes; there is a piece that will match the coat; I put the cuffs on the coat, and the buttons.

Benjamin. At the time I was there it was about half past nine, I saw this prisoner, but I did not take particular notice of him; I know his person there very well; on the Friday afternoon I saw him with his arms folded leaning over the post, it was just about half past nine: I was going down to the shop, the shop was shut up at five o'clock; at half past nine I went to the shop to get a waistcoat of mine out of the shop to put on, and then I fastened it again and left it; about half past nine the prisoner was standing near Bentinck street, about the distance of half a dozen houses.

Mr. Knapp. You had never seen the prisoner before that time - A. No.

Q. You know there is a forty pound reward - A. I do.

COURT. Was it light enough at half past nine to see - A. I passed him; it was light enough, it was not day light; I had no suspicion of him.

Q. Was there light enough from the heavens to see him - A. There was not; I saw him, because he was leaning over a post.

Q. Did the leaning over a post enable you to see him - A. I did see him.

Q. Was there light enough for you to see his face - A. Yes.

Q. Then why did not you say so - there was daylight enough to see his face, was there - A. Yes.

JOHN LOMETH . Q. What are you - A. I am servant to a public house, I live at No. 24, Marylebone lane.

COURT. Is that the number of the public house - A. Yes.

Mr. Gleed. How far is that from the shop of Samuel Benjamin - A. Nine or ten houses.

Q. In September last tell me whether you observed any thing - A. I observed a coach on the 16th of September standing in Bentinck street, about seven or eight houses from Mr. Samuel Benjamin 's shop.

Q. Did you observe any person coming from the shop of Samuel Benjamin - A. I observed a little before eleven two men coming from Mr. Benjamin's shop apparently; I saw them with two bundles, and I saw them put them into the coach that was standing in Bentinck street; I saw some men go back again from the coach; I cannot say whether they were the same men or not, I was standing by the passage about five or six yards off; I saw some men go from the coach; I followed them, I saw them go into Mr. Benjamin's shop.

COURT. How many men - A. Three or four.

Mr. Gleed. How many did you observe go into the shop - A. I observed three, if not four.

Q. How long did they continue there - A. About the space of a minute. I saw them come out with more things on their back; I followed them up again. I saw them put the things into the coach.

Q. After the things were put in the coach, what became of the men - A. I did not see any of the men go into the coach; as soon as the steps were put up, I went into the house and told some there what I suspected; I came out again with John Taverner and another; the coach was going on then; I told the young men to go after the coach and take the number, I would go and inform Mr. Benjamin of it. John Taverner and William Taverner followed the coach.

JOHN TAVERNER . Q. In consequence of some information that you received from the last witness, did you follow a coach - A. Yes, I overtook it.

Q How was the coach going on when you came out of the public house - A. It was going on a sharp trot; the last witness pointed it out to me; I overtook the coach in about four or five hundred yards; I run after the coach and told him to stop; he did not stop; I ran of the side and took the number; he did not tell us what he suspected, only to run after the coach and take the number, in case any thing might happen; when I spoke to the coachman he whipped his horses and they went the faster; the coach number was 278; my brother was with me, he took the number on the other side. After I got the number I returned home and did not go any farther.

COURT. Did you see the face of the coachman - A. I did not; there was only one on the box, to the best of my knowledge.

WILLIAM TAVERNER . Q. Did you follow a coach with your brother - A. When the lad came into the house and gave the alarm, I followed the coach and took the number.

Q. Did you afterwards go to the Bull and Gate - A. Yes; Mr. Benjamin and his son went with us.

WILLIAM RICHARDSON . Q. What are you - A. I am a shoemaker. I accompanied the prisoner to the Bull and Gate, I examined the coach that drove in while Mr. Benjamin was there; of which the prisoner was coachman; I found the coat in the box under the seat, there was old harness over it; the coach came into the Bull and Gate between twelve and one.

COURT. How near one - A. I fancy it wanted about a quarter to one; I delivered the coat to Mr. Benjamin.

Q. Who drove the coach - A. Mr. Battcock, and another man with it, Charles Draper; he was discharged before the magistrate at Marlborough street.

Q. to Jones. Was there any other man brought with the prisoner - A. Yes, Charles Draper ; he had three hearings before the magistrate, and was discharged; - the prisoner was delivered into my care.

Q. Was there any thing said by the prisoner in the course of that night respecting that coat - A. When I took the charge Mr. Benjamin said he would wish to know where his property was; he said he did not know, neither had the coach been in Marybone parish that day.

Q. to Richardson, Do you know the face of the person that drove the coach - A. Yes; at the time he drove in at the Bull and Gate it was the prisoner.

The prisoner left his defence to his counsel, called four witnesses, who gave him a good character.

GUILTY - DEATH , aged 26.

First Middlesex jury, before Mr. justice Lawrence.

710. THOMAS WILSON , alias SMITH , was indicted for feloniously stealing on the 3d of October , a gallon of wine, value 10 s. the property of the London dock company ; -

And OTHER COUNTS for like offence, only varying the manner of charging them.

The case was stated by Mr. Knapp.

WILLIAM MOTH . Q. You are a custom house officer - A. Yes.

Q. On the 3d of October last were you stationed at the London docks - A. Yes, at the gate; I saw the prisoner coming out of the gate, I observed his pockets look bulky, I asked him what he had got; he gave no answer; I followed him out of the gate, I took hold of him by the coat and brought him into the dock again; I searched him and found a bladder of port wine in his inside pocket; there was a large bladder in his right hand pocket, and a small bladder in the left; the bladders contained port wine; I asked him if he was an officer, he said he was not - there was above a gallon of port wine.

Q. What is the value of this wine - A. Ten shillings.

JAMES SLATER . Q. You are a constable of the London docks - A. I am.

Q. Were you there when the prisoner was apprehended - A. Not when he was stroked; I came up at the time Moth was examining him; they had got the bladder out of his right hand pocket; I assisted in taking it out of his left hand pocket.

ROBERT MACAULEY . You are a tide surveyor attending the docks - A. Yes; I was on duty about the time the prisoner was taken.

Q. What vessel was unloading her cargo - A. The Fredereica of Oporto; she unloaded wine and cork; she lay on the south side of the London docks.

Q. Do you know the prisoner at the bar - A. I barely know him to be an extra tide waiter, under the customs.

Q. What is the wages of an extra tide waiter - A. If he is employed, three shillings a day; when not employed he has nothing.

Q. Would it be his duty to be on board the Frederica - A. Yes, to be constantly there, except when they give him leave for a few hours.

COURT. His business is to see the cargo safely de livered - A. Yes, into the dock.

NATHANIEL CROSER . Q. You are a person in the employ of the London dock company - do you know whether there was a ship in the London dock called the Fredereica - A. Yes, containing port wine; I saw the prisoner on board the same ship, as a custom house officer; I cannot attempt to say I saw him on board that day.

Slater. I produce the wine, it is port wine; there is about a gallon of it.

Prisoner's Defence. I bought it of a sailor; it was part of his sea stock, that he brought home; he was leaving his ship and going to sea.

The prisoner called two witnesses, who gave him a good character.

NOT GUILTY.

First Middlesex jury, before Lord Ellenborough.

711. JOHN SUTHERLAND was indicted for feloniously stealing on the 14th of October , three pints of brandy, value 10 s. the property of the London dock company .

The case was stated by Mr. Knapp.

ARCHIBALD MACDONALD . Q. You are a constable in the employment of the London dock company, on the 14th of the present month were you stationed at the west gate - A. Yes, I was there about half after five in the evening; as the prisoner was coming out of the gate, I stopped him and searched him in the dock; I found two tin bottles, which I produce; he had these two tin cases one in each inside pocket; they contained brandy and were nearly full; I asked him what he was; he told me he was a custom house officer; I asked him where he got it; he told me it was given to him by a mate of a ship. William Moth was at the gate when I stopped him.

Cross-examined by Mr. Gurney. You took him to the police office - A. I did.

Q. There after being examined he was suffered to go at large, to attend a future day if he should be required - and he voluntarily came forward at the second examination - A He did.

WILLIAM MOTH . Q. You are a custom house officer - A. Yes.

Q. Did you see the prisoner searched by Macdonald - A. Yes, I saw two tin cases containing brandy taken out of his pockets; about three pints in each case, and they are the same.

JAMES SAYER . Q. Were you the tide surveyor at the London docks on the day this happened - A. Yes, I was in waiting in the docks some part of the day.

Q. Was the prisoner one of the custom house officers - A. He was.

Q. Was there a ship laden with brandy at the time he was there - A. Yes, the Anna Christiana, laden for Gottenburgh; he was on board that ship as a custom house officer .

JOHN MULLER . Q. You are an officer belonging to the London dock company - A. Yes.

Q Was the Anna Christiana within the dock - A. She was; I was on board her myself; on that day this was charged, I was attending the shipping of the brandy; she was loading that day with brandy.

Q. Do you know the prisoner - A. I do not.

Q. Whereabouts is the worth of the brandy - A. It is very indifferent.

Q.Is it worth a shilling - A. Yes.

The prisoner left his defence to his counsel, called five witnesses, who gave him a good character.

NOT GUILTY .

First Middlesex jury, before Mr. Baron Thompson .

712. ANN HILL was indicted for feloniously stealing on the 19th of July , a pair of sheets, value 10 s. a quilt, value 1 s. 6 d. and a flat iron, value 6 d. the property of Thomas Hall , in a lodging room .

- SMALLPOE. I am a pawnbroker, High street, Bloomsbury. The prisoner at the bar came upon the 7th of July last to pawn a quilt; upon the 16th a sheet, and upon the 18th another sheet; they are in court.

THOMAS HALL. I live at No. 1, Hanway street, Oxford street ; the prisoner lodged at my house; she came to the best of my knowledge in May, or the beginning of June; I let her a front room, two pair, readyfurnished, by the week, at four shillings and sixpence a week.

Q. Did a quilt compose part of the bedding that was let to her - A. Yes, and a pair of sheets.

Q. How long did she continue to lodge in your house - A. About six weeks; she quitted without notice.

Q. Upon her going away did you miss any thing that had been let to her with the lodging - A. We missed a pair of sheets, and a flat iron in the morning; she went away late on the evening.

Q. Look at the she etsand the quilt, and tell me whether you know any thing of them - A. They are my property; I can tell them by the cloth; there is no mark on them; they are of a very common kind.

NOT GUILTY .

First Middlesex jury, before Mr. justice Lawrence.

713. CHARLES MACKAY was indicted for feloniously stealing on the 21st of September , a carcase of a lamb, value 20 s. the property of John Estill .

JOHN ESTILL . I live at No. 17, Prescot street, Wellclose square . On the 21st of September. I lost a carcase of a lamb from my shambles outside of the door in the front of my shop; I did not see it go; I saw it afterwards; it was brought home in about five minutes after I missed it; the prisoner was taken in custody by two gentlemen.

AARON WHISKY . I am servant to Mr. Estill, a butcher . At half past nine, on the 21st of September there was an alarm in the alley that a man had run away with a whole sheep; I directly looked round and missed a lamb from off the hook; I went out in the alley; a gentleman said he went that way; I run after the prisoner and caught him with the lamb upon his back.

Q. Was it the prisoner at the bar - A. Yes, I am certain of it; I took the lamb from his back, and two gentleman took him in custody.

Q. You carried the lamb home - A. Yes; it was the one we lost; when I came up to him, he was walking with the lamb.

Q. Did he resist you taking the lamb from him - A. No; he said there was no harm done.

Prisoner's Defence. I have nothing to say.

The prisoner called three witnesses, who gave him a good character.

GUILTY , aged 33.

Confined Six Months in the House of Correction , and fined One Shilling .

First Middlesex jury, before Lord Ellenborough.

714. FRANCES NEW was indicted for feloniously stealing on the 24th of September , three blankets, value 15 s. a pair of sheets, value 5 s. a bolster and coverlid, value 5 s. a looking glass, value 5 s. 9 d. a set of fire irons, value 4 s. a brass candlestick, value 1 s. and a pair of bellows, value 6 d. the property of Thomas Birkbeck , in a lodging room .

MARGARET BIRKBECK . I am the wife of Thomas Birkbeck , No. 14, Gray's buildings, Manchester square .

Q.Do you know the prisoner at the bar - A. Perfectly well. On the 18th of August I let her a lodging, a two pair of stairs back room; she said she worked at the upholstery work; we agreed that she was to have the room at four shillings and sixpence a week; she came to take possession on the 19th, and lived in the room three weeks and a few days.

Q. Do you recollect what day she was missing - A. Some day in September, I cannot exactly say when; my husband opened the door of the room, we missed all the articles in the indictment. I have seen all the things again but the glass and the bolster.

THOMAS BIRKBECK. Q. After the prisoner was gone did you go in the room that she lodged in - A. Yes; I had another key. I have seen some of the things that were missing. I saw the prisoner in about a week or ten days after she absconded, in Smart's buildings, Holborn; I asked her what she had done with the things; she said she had sold them, she said she could tell me to whom she had sold them, but she wished to make it up with her, as she had got in work; I asked her what she had done with the glass; I prized the the glass very much and should like to have it again; she told me where she had sold it; the person whom she sold it to said they had sold it.

ANN WALWORTH . I keep a broker's shop, 39, Gee street, Oxford street. On the 14th of September the prisoner came to me, she offered me a blanket and a candlestick, I gave her five shillings for them; she told me she was going in the country to see her husband. her husband was very ill, and she had sixteen shillings to pay for coach hire; on the next morning she came with a pair of bellows and an old blanket, I gave her thirteen pence for them; I sold the blanket the same day for nine pence at the door.

JOHN ALSTON . Q. Did you buy any thing of this woman - A. Yes; a set of fire irons, a looking glass and a coverlid; I gave her three shillings for a set of fire irons, and three shillings for the other things. This was on the 13th of September. The coverlid and fire irons are here; I sold the looking glass.

(The property produced and identified.)

Prisoner's Defence. I must leave it to the mercy of the court; I never was arraigned at the bar before in my life.

GUILTY , aged 37.

Confined One Year in the House of Correction , and fined One Shilling .

First Middlesex jury, before Mr. Buron Thompson.

715. THOMAS WILSON was indicted for feloniously stealing on the 17th of October , a ham, value 10 s. the property of Humphry Wood and Henry Green .

GEORGE STREET . I am shopman to Messrs. Humphry Wood and Henry Green, they are cheesemongers and newsmen ; the house stands one side in Wych street and the other in Holywell street.

Q. Did you at any time see the prisoner in their shop - A. Yes; on the 17th of October, about half after seven o'clock in the afternoon, I was standing in that part of the shop in Wych street , I saw him pass by the window; I had a suspicion that he had a mind to steal something; this ham was lying on a book stand near the door; I stood still when I saw him pass by first, and he went past the door and came back again, and came in and took this ham; when he took the ham outside of the door I pursued him; he ran about twenty yards; he had the ham in his hand, the moment be saw me coming he dropped the ham in the midway of the street. I went and laid hold of him; another person picked up the ham. We brought him and the ham into the accompting house.

Prisoner's Defence. I told the young man that I saw a person drop the ham, and I knew nothing about it.

GUILTY , aged 29.

Confined Six Months in the House of Correction , and fined One Shilling .

First Middlesex jury, before Mr. justice Lawrence.

716. DAVID BAINSLEY was indicted for feloniously stealing on the 9th of October , five bushels of grains, value 3 s. the property of John Smith .

JOSEPH NEWSAM . I am a tallow chandler, Red Lion square.

Q. Did you see Bainsley with any grains in a cart on Sunday October the 9th, about eight o'clock in the morning - A. Yes; I was in Guildford street, going by the Foundling hospital, and saw this cart stand loaded with grains, I knew it to be Mr. Smith's cart of Battle bridge; David Bainsley was shoveling the grains into a little cart from Mr. Smith's cart; I went to Mr. Smith and told him; Mr. Smith's man came up with me, and we came to Smith's cart, and we afterwards found the other which contained the grains that had been shovelled in; when we had seen Smith's cart, Smith's man returned back to find his master. Mr. Smith, the man, and me, found the cart standing standing at the man's door; his name is Humphry, he lives in Gray's inn lane.

Q. What quantity of grains had been put in it before you left it and went away to inform Mr. Smith - A. About a couple of sacks.

Mr. Arabin. Whether there were grains in the cart when they first began to shovel them, you do not know - A. I do not.

Q. to Smith. Do you know of your own knowledge what quantity of grains were put in your cart - A. Yes.

Q. My question is whether you were present when these grains were put in the cart - A. No; we have them from Gifford's; I pay for them three shillings a quarter; eight bushels makes a quarter. Humphry is run away. The horse and cart are in the yard; one claimed the horse and another the cart; the magistrate thought it not proper to give them up.

COURT to Newsam. Are you sure sure there were three bushels in Humphry's cart - A. Yes; it appeared more to me.

Mr. Arabin. Do not I understand you to say that although three bushels were put in this cart, you cannot undertake to say they came of this cart - A. They were found in this cart, and I think more than three bushels.

GUILTY, aged 32.

Of stealing to the value of nine pence .

Whipped in Goal and discharged.

First Middlesex jury, before Lord Ellenborough.

717. ELIZABETH BICKERSTAFF was indicted for feloniously stealing on the 21st of September , two shirts, value 10 s. two waistcoats, value 10 s. and a pair of trowsers, value 2 s. the property of Jeremiah Graves .

JEREMIAH GRAVES . I live in Britania row, No. 48, Lower street, Islington; I am a labourer , my wife takes in washing.

Q. Were you upon the 21st of September last at the Bluecoat boy at Islington - A. I was, at eight o'clock at night, or a little after; I had been drinking some beer, I was quite sober; I had two bundles with me, they were laying on the tap room table; I brought one bundle out of the city and the other out of the City road; the bundle contained things for my wife to wash; the bundle that I lost was two shirts, two waistcoats, and a pair of nankeen trowsers.

Q. Did you see the prisoner there - A. The prisoner was in the house drinking there; she was sitting at the same side of the house as I was.

Q. Were you much acquainted with her - A. No otherwise than she lived in the same parish in Islington. I cannot say where she lived then.

Q. How long did she sit by the side of you - A. I cannot exactly say; she went out several times during the time I was there.

Q. What stay had you yourself made in the house before you got up to go away - A. I might be there an hour or two; it was about dusk when I came in, and it was a little after eight when I got up to come away; the prisoner was not there then.

Q. On missing this bundle what steps did you take - A. I made but little enquiry that evening; the next morning I went after her and found her in Dyot street with part of the property wrapped up in her apron. I had no information that led me there; but going round to the pawnbrokers, I stopped the prisoner and asked her where the remainder of the property was. I found upon her a shirt and a pair of nankeen trowsers; I took them from her; she said the remainder was in pawn. She went to Mr. Hinckesman with me, and there I found the remainder of the property - two waistcoats and a shirt.

The property produced and identified.

Prisoner's Defence. I was in company with the prosecutor, drinking with him at the Bluecoat Boy. I left my prosecutor and went out; I was met by a young man in Holborn with this bundle; he asked me to go and pledge the things, which I did; part of the property which I had on me he left me; when the prosecutor met me I gave it to him; he asked me where the other part of the property was, and I told him.

GUILTY , aged 29.

Confined Six Months in the House of Correction , and fined One Shilling .

First Middlesex jury, before Mr. Baron Thompson .

718. WILLIAM SIRRAT was indicted for feloniously stealing on the 11th of October , one ham, value 14 s. the property of John Stap .

The case was stated by Mr. Knapp.

JOHN STAP . Q. You are a cheesemonger living upon Snowhill - A. Yes.

Q. Had you purchased recently before this transaction a hogshead of hams - A. There were three hogsheads of hams; I had received one hogshead in part, containing seventy two hams; upon looking at them I did not approve of them, I desired they might be put by in the warehouse till I heard from the shipper.

Q. Did you afterwards see the ham produced by your apprentice - A. Yes; he shewed me the ham that was taken from the prisoner at the bar.

Q. Was that a ham taken from that hogshead - A. It was a Cumberland ham, the same as the hams in the hogshead were; I ordered the hogshead to be looked over; there were then only sixty nine; there were seventy two in the hogshead when they came; they were weighed in.

COURT. This hogshead of hams came from Cumberland,did it - A. It came from Carlisle.

Q. What is the prisoner - A. He was my porter: he had been in our employ for seven or eight years.

Q. Where was this hogshead of hams placed - A. On the first floor warehouse behind the shop; they were ordered to be kept separate, they were not to be sold.

Q. The prisoner had access to that warehouse - A. He had.

JOHN LOVET . Q. You are an apprentice to Mr. Stap - the prisoner was porter to Mr. Stap, we understand - A. Yes.

Q. Do you remember the prisoner going out of the shop this day - A. Yes; on the 11th of October, between eleven and twelve o'clock, he was going through the shop with a green baize, he had on his shoulder, he was going to beat it, he had tied it up quite tight; I suspected him and called him back, as he was going through the shop; he turned round and immediately carried it into the wareroom, where he brought it from; then I was called down to attend the counter and Thomas Broomfield went up.

THOMAS BROOMFIELD . Q. Did you open this parcel and discover this ham - A. I did; I gave the ham to John Kendall .

COURT. You opened the baize and found the ham in the warehouse - A. Yes; the baize was tied up with a cord; I cut the cord and found the ham; the prisoner was below, he was stopped by John Lovet; the constable was sent for and he was taken in custody directly.

JOHN KENDALL . Q. You are employed by Mr. Stap - A. Yes.

Q. Did you go to the hogshead and see what hams were deficient - A. Yes, there were three deficient; this is the ham that was taken from the prisoner; I can positively swear to the ham, it is the property of Mr. Stap; it is worth fourteen shillings.

Q. Did you ever find the other two - A. No.

Prisoner's Defence. These carpets were brought down for me to beat; they were put into the warehouse; the maid desired me to beat them; I took and put a cord round them; I was going to beat them; he called me back to go about something else, which I did; he came down into the cellar and said he had found a ham; I know nothing at all about it, there were more carpets with it.

The prisoner called one witness, who gave him a good character.

GUILTY , aged 22.

Confined One Month in Newgate , and Whipped in Goal .

London jury, before Mr. Recorder.

719. JANE COCKBURN was indicted for feloniously stealing on the 16th of September , three knives, value 2 s. three forks, value 2 s. one broom, value 1 s. a gallon of flour, value 2 s. two pounds weight of sugar, value 1 s. two pounds weight of mustard, value 4 s. eight plates, value 2 s. 6 d. one dish, value 1 s. 6 d. one mug, value 6 d. two quarts of salt, value 1 s. a towel, value 6 d. and one pillow case, value 2 s. the property of Ann Bruce , widow .

ANN BRUCE . I am a widow, I live at the Crown and Magpie tavern, Aldgate , the prisoner lived with me as cook , about nine weeks; after she had been with me about a month or five weeks, I began to suspect her, or some of my servants, of taking my property; scarce a day after that time but I was missing some things out of the apartment, where she was in; I frequently used to ask her whether she knew of the things; she told me no, it was very strange where they could go, she was sure they could not go without hands, and she was certain they could not be broken, as well as myself; the consumption of the things that she had to make use of in the kitchen was so large that I had never experienced before that time. I told the boy never to take any thing out without my knowledge. Accordingly on the 16th of September, the boy came for the key of the gate, and told me there was a parcel in the cellar; I sent down into the cellar; the witness Ann Burton brought it out of the cellar up to me in my own room; directly I got up I sent for the constable, he came; I desired him to take her in custody, he did; she begged for mercy; I told her I had nothing to say to her.

Q. What things do you charge her with having stole - A. Flour, mustard, plates, and dishes, and all the things contained in the indictment; they were contained in her apron, which was brought up to me by Ann Burton ; she acknowled it to be her own apron, and I know it so to be. She told me that she would give up her wages, or any thing she had belonging to her, if I would forgive her.

Q. Had you said any thing to her to induce her to confess - A. No, not a word.

Mr. Reynolds. Did not you fire at her at all - A. No, I did not.

Q. You were not at all angry - A. No.

Q. Did not you say it would be the better for you if you confess, or worse if you do not - A. No.

Q. How many servant do you keep - A. Six; two boys, one man, and three females.

Q. The apron you know to be hers - A. Yes.

ANN BURTON . Q. You was with Mrs. Bruce was you - A. Yes.

Q. Do you live at the house - A. No. On the 16th of November the boy came for the key.

Q. The boy said something which led you down to the cellar - A. I went on the cellar stairs and fetched up a bundle into Mrs. Bruce's room; I knew what was in it; there was flour in the pillow case, three knifes, three forks, a broom, pieces of candle, flour, salt, sugar and mustard, plates, they were done up in a petticoat; a dish, mug, and a towel, they were done up in the prisoner's apron; the constable was sent for, and she was charged with stealing them; she said she was very sorry and begged for mercy.

Mr. Reynolds. This was on the cellar stairs - A.Yes.

Q. Of course these stairs any body might go to in the house - A. Yes.

Q. Therefore any of the six servants, either men or women, might have gone to that place - A. They might.

COURT. Whose apron was it - A. I heard her confess it was her own.

Mr. Reynolds. What was said to her to induce her to say that - A. Nothing, I believe.

Q. What was the exact words she said - A. She begged for mercy; she hoped Mrs. Bruce would forgive her; she would give her two months wages.

Q. Did Mrs. Bruce fire at her at all - A. Not somuch as I expected she would.

Q. But she did start at her - A. Not so much as I supposed she would.

JOHN GREEN . Q. You live with Mrs. Bruce - A. Yes.

Q. How old are you - A. Twelve. The prisoner gave me this parcel when I went to clean my knives; she told me to put it on the cellar stairs till the gates were open, and to carry it to Mrs. Atkins; I informed my mistress of it; then Mrs. Burton went down and took it up to my mistress.

Q. Was that the same parcel that she gave to you - A. Yes.

FRANCIS KINNERSLY . On the 16th of September, about nine o'clock, I was sent for to take the cook into custody; I took the woman into custody; the bundle was produced to me by the mistress of the house. The boy told me that he was going to carry this bundle to No. 29 in the alley. Afterwards, as I was going to lodge her in the counter, she told me that she was going to be married, and that the property she had stole was for her own use that she had defrauded her mistress of; she told me it was her own apron, and begged me to give her the apron. After I went to her lodgings I was informed she was going to be married to some man, and that she had a husband at sea.

Mr. Reynolds. You know it is not your duty to tell that - A. I found this large dish and a mug at her lodgings, which Mrs. Bruce swears is her property.

The property produced and identified.

The prisoner left her defence to her counsel; called one witness, who gave her a good character.

GUILTY , aged 28.

Confined Three Months in Newgate , and fined One Shilling .

London jury, before Mr. Recorder.

720. WILLIAM HARDING was indicted for feloniously stealing on the 24th of October , two leather trunks, value 2 l. 2 s. the property of Samuel Clowes and Robert Robinson .

SAMUEL CLOWES . I have a partner, his name is Robert Robinson ; we carry on the business of trunk and box making , No. 69, Houndsditch .

Q. What is the prisoner - A. I have since learned he is a sawyer ; - on the 24th of October, about half past seven in the evening, I was standing in the shop, looking towards the door; I saw two trunks move from off a pile of eight or nine trunks, that stood very near the door, but in the shop; I immediately run out and called stop thief; when I got to the door the prisoner was about two doors from my door, with the two trunks on his shoulder; upon hearing the alarm he dropped the trunks; in crossing the road he threw them over his shoulder backwards; I followed him and got to him and collared him, brought him into the shop, sent for an officer, and gave him into custody. I never lost sight of him - I am sure he is the man.

The property produced and identified.

Prisoner's Defence. I was drinking at the next door; I rolled against the trunks; I never had them in my possession.

The prisoner called three witnesses, who gave him a good character.

GUILTY , aged 24.

Confined One Month in Newgate , and fined One Shilling .

London jury, before Mr. Recorder.

721. JOHN CLAP was indicted for feloniously stealing on the 18th of October , a coat, value 1 l. the property of John Nowlan .

JOHN NOWLAN . I am a soap manufacturer , I live in Keat street, Spital fields; - on the 18th of October, about noon, my box coat was stolen from a chaise standing at the gate of my manufactory in the public street. On the following morning I saw an advertisement in the public papers, stating that a coat had been stopped upon a reputed thief; I went to the mansion house on the Saturday following: I found the coat to be my property.

Q. Had you left any person in the care of the chaise - A. It was my father's chaise; no person was in the care of the chaise.

THOMAS SAPWELL . I am an officer. On Tuesday October the 18th, about three o'clock in the afternoon, I meet the prisoner along with two more that I thought suspicious characters; I immediately seized the prisoner, and under his arm was a large bundle; the other two made their escape.

Q. You, I suppose, seized him because he had the bundle - A. Yes; I asked him what he had got, he told me a large box coat, he had brought it from his father in Shoreditch; I then asked him where he was going to carry it to, he said to No. 111, Lower Thames street; I asked him if he knew the gentleman's name in Thames street; he did not; I was not satisfied; I took and locked him up; I told him I would go and enquire, and if I found it was true, I would come and release him immediately; he made a jeer of me and said it is all right. I went to both Lower and Upper Thames street, I could not find any one; on the Wednesday I took him before the lord mayor, he was committed till the Saturday, and the coat was ordered to be advertised by his lordship; Mr. Nowlan came forward and proved his property before the lord mayor.

ELIZABETH WINTER . I saw the coat taken from the chaise on Tuesday the 18th of October about one o'clock - one took it off the chaise and threw it on the other's arm; and this one was walking up Mr. Nowlan's gateway, he was one of the party.

Q. You are sure that he was one that was there A. Yes.

Q. Did you know this man before - A. No more than seeing him about the place.

Q. Then you know his person - A. Yes.

Prisoner. She said when I was up at the mansion house, that I was not one of the three.

Witness. I said I verily believed he was one.

Prisoner's Defence. I was coming from my mother, she lived by Shoreditch church; when I was coming up past Spital square I met a man, he asked me to carry this coat, he would give me a shilling; it was tied up in a black apron; I took out my pocket handkerchief and tied it up; coming along by Union street I met Mr. Sapwell, he asked me what I had got; I said a great coat, I was going to carry it to Thames street; he never asked me where I brought it from.

GUILTY , aged 20.

Transported for Seven Years .

London jury, before Mr. Recorder.

722. ANN CONNOLLY was indicted for feloniouslystealing on the 10th of October , three pound weight of mutton, value 19 d. the property of Nicholas Tappin .

EDWARD WEBB . I am a butcher, I live in Swallow street, Piccadilly; she stole a piece of mutton on the 10th of October, between six and seven in the evening; as she past the shop she took it up and put it under her arm; I ran after her, fetched her back, and took it from her. I called my master, he came in and sent her about her business; then she turned the corner into Glasshouse street and cut off a handkerchief.

Q. That you have nothing to do with - how came you to prosecute her after your master told her to go about her business - A. After he found she stole the handkerchief then he prosecuted her; the mutton was worth about one and nine pence.

Prisoner's Defence. I went into this butcher' shop to buy a piece of meat, I smelled at it to see whether it was sweet; it was not sweet; he took the meat out of my hand and turned me out, and I jawed him; a gentleman and lady were in the shop; I do not think he would have done it else. I stood with my barrow at the corner of Glasshouse street; he was obliged to broil the meat to take it down to Marlborough street, because it was not sweet. I only took it up and smelled at it: he said go along, you Irish faggot.

NOT GUILTY .

First Middlesex jury, before Mr. Recorder.

723. ANN CONNOLLY was indicted for feloniously stealing on the 10th of October , a handkerchief, value 1 s. 2 d. the property of Richard Levett Brooks .

RICHARD LEVETT BROOKS . I am a draper and haberdasher , I live at No. 17 and 18, Glasshouse street, Golden square ; I can only speak to the property.

HANNAH SIBBADY . I am shopwoman to Mr. Brooks. On the 10th of October, a little after seven in the evening, I heard something tear from the door; I immediately ran out and saw the prisoner drop the handkerchief, I took hold of her and brought her back to the shop; she was detained in the shop till Mr. Tappin sent her to the watchhouse.

The property produced and identified.

Prisoner's Defence. There was a parcel of people about their door; I stood by my barrow; my barrow was at the corner; I run over; this young woman knows me, I suppose; she says, you Irish faggot, it is you; she pitched upon me; I went down with them to the watchhouse and there they kept me, and that is all I know, so help me God. I left all my fruit there to a wide world, a bushel of walnuts and a bushel of pears. Mr. Brooks was obliged to come behind her and tell her what to say. I know nothing of that handkerchief; may I drop down dead if I had a knife or scissars about me.

GUILTY , aged 35.

Confined Six Months in the House of Correction , and fined One Shilling .

First Middlesex jury, before Mr. Recorder.

724. ELIZABETH CONNELL was indicted for feloniously stealing on the 21st of September , a basket, value 10 d. and four pound weight of potatoes, value 3 d. the property of John Manivel .

MARGARET MANIVEL . I keep a little shop in the green grocery line, White's alley, Rolls's buildings, Fetter lane . I lost a basket with some potatoes in it on the 21st of September, about a quarter after two in the afternoon; in the course of the afternoon I heard the prisoner was taken for taking a boot in Carey street.

JANE HICKMAN CLAYTON. My husband is a glover; he lives at 57, Carey street, On the 21st of September, between two and three in the afternoon, I was sitting in my room adjoining the shop, I saw a woman in a bed gown dirtily dressed; she had a basket on her arm.

Q. What did the basket contain - A. I did not know then; when I went to the watchhouse with her there was potatoes in it.

JOHN BLUNDELL . I am a constable of the Liberty of the Rolls. Between the hours of two and three, I received the prisoner in charge in Carey street for stealing a boot. I found this basket and potatoes in it on her, which she could give no account of; I asked her about it, she seemed rather intoxicated; she was taken to Hatton Garden office; after we came back we heard this poor woman had lost a basket and the potatoes.

The property produced and identified.

Prisoner's Defence. I had the basket three months; it was bought in Covent Garden; it is my own property.

NOT GUILTY .

First Middlesex jury, before Mr. Recorder.

725. ELIZABETH CONNELL was indicted for feloniously stealing on the 21st of September , a leather boot, value 15 s. the property of John Furrs .

JOHN FURRS . I am a boot maker , I live at 58, Carey street, Lincoln's inn fields .

JANE HICKMAN CLAYTON. My husband is a glover, I live next door to Mr. Furrs in Carey street. On the 21st of September, between two and three in the afternoon, I was standing in my room adjoining the shop, I saw a woman with a bed gown, dirtily dressed, looking at a boot at Mr. Furrs'; I saw her take it down and go away; I immediately went over to Mr. Furrs, I told him that the woman had taken a boot from his door; he went after her, laid hold of her, took the boot from out of her lap, and brought her back to the shop; Mr. Blundell was sent for, and she was taken in custody.

Furrs. Mrs. Clayton informed me of the fact, that the prisoner had taken a boot from my door; I followed her, I overtook her between twenty and thirty yards distance from my door; she was going up Carey street, I took hold of her by the arm and turned her cloak from off the basket, which she had on her arm, and took the boot from her; I took her back to my shop.

Q. Where was the boot - A. On her arm, covered with her cloak; I gave her and the boot into the custody of Mr. Blundell.

JOHN BLUNDELL . I am a constable of the Liberty of the Rolls. The prisoner was delivered into my custody; she acknowledged that she had stole the boot, went down upon her knees and begged forgiveness, and said she would make any amends for what she had done.

The property produced and identified.

Prisoner's Defence. I had no cloak on me, I had a bed gown on; I had a basket on my arm; there was a barrow woman in the street, I went up to her to buy ahalfpenny worth of apples, there was a mob of people ran very hard; I picked up this boot, and the barrow woman knows it; the barrow woman saw me pick it up.

GUILTY , aged 35.

Transported for Seven Years .

First Middlesex jury, before Mr. Recorder.

726. ELIZABETH DALE was indicted for feloniously stealing on the 6th of October , a washing tub, value 2 s. 6 d. the property of John Hutson .

JOHN HUTSON . I am a currier , I live at 35, Hatton Wall ; at the time the tub was stole I was in my business.

SARAH LOMAX . I keep a broker's shop in Upper court, Union street, Hatton Wall. On the 6th of October, between eleven and twelve o'clock, the prisoner brought the tub to me; she asked me half a crown for it; I told her my husband was not at home, if she would call in an hour's time I would pay her for it; in the mean time I put the tub in the window for sale; a woman asked me the price of it; I asked her four shillings for it; she said I had just bought it, it was just stolen; I told her I had not paid for it, I did mean to buy it; they brought Mr. Ladkoe and the nurse that belonged to the tub; Mr. Ladkoe was the landlord of the house; the nurse took the tub away, and Mr. Ladkoe; they told me when the woman came for the money to bring her up to him; the woman came for the money in about half an hour, I told her that she had stolen the tub, and that the owner had got it, and she must go along with me to the people that owned the tub; the prisoner went with me; I took her to Mr. Ladkoe's.

SARAH GOODWIN . I am nurse to Mr. Hutson; when I came down stairs I missed the tub from the bench in the washhouse, it was between nine and ten in the morning.

Q. Where was the washhouse - backwards or forwards - A. Forwards, right facing the street door.

Q. So that any body going by might see the washing tub - A. Yes.

Q. You missed it between nine and ten - when had you seen it before - A. About half after eight; I went down with Mr. Ladkoe to Mrs. Lomax and there I saw the tub and owned it; it was exposed to sale out of doors; I can swear to the tub being Mr. Hutson's property.

Prisoner's Defence. I go out charing; I was going across Clerkenwell Green to clean an empty house down, a genteel woman in the street, asked me to go and sell this tub: she would give me sixpence if I would go to that shop, and she stopped on the opposite side of the way; I went, and when I returned to her, I told her the broker's husband was not at home; she asked me to go into the public house and have part of a pint of beer; I did, and went out again for some bread and cheese; when I came back she was gone; I asked the servant, where the woman was; I could not learn; I came out again and went down to the broker's to see whether the broker's husband was come back or not; the woman told me the tub was stolen; I told her I was innocent of stealing the tub; I know no more than what I have told you. My husband is on board a man of war; I made all the enquiry I could about that woman, I could not find her.

JONATHAN TROTT . Q.You are the officer that took her in custody - A. Yes; when she was in custody she said she had two small children, poverty made her steal it; she cried bitterly to set at liberty, and she would never do the like again.

GUILTY , aged 39.

Confined Fourteen Days in Newgate , and fined One Shilling .

Second Middlesex jury, before Mr. Recorder.

727. JAMES DARRETT was indicted for feloniously stealing on the 8th of October , two pounds and a half weight of raw coffee, value 2 s. the property of Johm Kymer , John Mactaggett , John Stevens , Richard Wood , and Maxmilian Kymer ; - And

SEVERAL OTHER COUNTS for like offence, only varying the manner of charging them.

The case was stated by Mr. Knapp.

JAMES KNIGHT . Q. You are export marker of the West India dock company - A. I am.

Q. Were you on duty at the West India dock on the 8th of October last - A. I was at the warehouse No. 4.

Q. While you were on duty that day did you see the prisoner there - A. I did; I was in the room before he came five minutes; it was in the attic room in the warehouse; I was in the room about twenty yards from where the prisoner came in; I was upon the top of the bags of coffee, and by my lying down upon the top of the bags, I was well aware the prisoner could not see me.

Q. What induced you to lye down - A. From the prisoner's manner of looking round cautiously when he came in; he then went to the desk which is in the same room.

COURT. What is the prisoner - A. He is a custom house locker , and has the care of the coffee; after he had been to his desk, he returned to the door, and he looked cautiously up the passage; by way of seeing if any body was coming, he then returned to where there were some bags of coffee, put his hand into a hole in the bag, and put six or seven handfulls into his pocket; I then, as soon as an opportunity would allow, came down and informed the foreman of it.

Q. After having put six or seven handfulls in his pockets, did he go away - A. The foreman was coming up to the warehouse where the coffee was with a gang of men, he was looking out, and finding somebody was coming along the passage, he run quickly to the door; then the foreman came in, and as soon as opportunity would allow me I told the foreman, the foreman acquainted the captain of the warehouse, and so on to the constable; he was taken into custody in about half an hour after I had seen him take the coffee.

JOHN GEORGE . Q. You are a constable stationed at the West India docks - A. Yes; I was called upon to take the prisoner in custody; I searched him; I found two pounds and a half of raw coffee in his two pockets; I searched his house afterwards. The prisoner told me he had taken it out of a torn bag, and he meaned to put it into another; he said he had not taken it off the premises, and the law could not lay hold of him.

JOHN BELL . Q. You are clerk to Messrs. Kymer and co. are you not - A. Yes; the names of the firm are John Kymer , John Mactagget , John Stevens , Richard Wood , and Maxmilian Kymer.

GEORGE BRAITHWAITE . Q. Are you warehouse keeper of the the customs - A. I am.

Q. Have you the charge of all the coffee - A. Yes; none of the coffee can be removed without an order from the warehouse keeper or the comptroller - the commissioners names are Richard Fry , William Row, John Buller , John Williams , and James Willis , esqrs.

Q. Is coffee, until the duty he paid, to be lodged under the care of an excise and custom house locker - A. Yes; they cannot be discharged until the claims of the revenue are paid.

JOHN WILLS . Q. Were you on the 8th of October last foreman at one of the warehouses of the West India docks - A. I was, at No. 4; I was present when the prisoner was apprehended.

Q. Did you weigh a bag marked L C, No. 19 - A. I weighed it in September; I had a suspicion of it being plundered; in September it weighed one hundred one quarter, and twenty four pounds; there was a hole in the bag, and I suppose cut for the purpose of taking the coffee out; I weighed it in about half an hour after the prisoner was apprehended; it then weighed one hundred, one quarter, and seventeen pounds; it had lost seven pounds between the time that I weighed it in September and then.

LEONARD FAWCETT . Q. You are a landing waiter of the customs - A. I am.

Q. Do you remember landing some coffee for Messrs. Kymers - A. I do; I can speak from this book, I made the entry myself.

Q. Was there a bag marked L C, No. 19 - A. There was; I landed it on the 25th of February last, I weighed it on the very day; the weight was one hundred one quarter and twenty seven pounds; it was in No. 4, warehouse in the docks, placed with other bags of Messrs. Kymers.

- KNIGHT. Do you know the number of the bag that this coffee was taken from - A. I do; it was L C, No. 19, I went and looked at it.

The prisoner left his defence to his counsel; called one witness who gave him a good character.

GUILTY , aged 53.

Transported for Seven Years .

First Middlesex jury, before Mr. Baron Thompson .

728. MARY HIGNER was indicted for feloniously stealing on the 8th of October , a shirt, value 3 s. the property of Barney Ohara .

JOAN OHARA . Q. You are the wife of Barney Ohara - A. Yes; my husband is a labouring man .

Q. Had you any thing in pawn at Mr. Murray's - A. Yes; on the 8th of this month, between eight and nine, I went to Mr. Murray's shop.

Q. Had you before this, with other things, pawned your husband's shirt - A. I had pawned it by itself.

Q. You had pawned that and other articles - A. Yes.

Q. Did you go to redeem these articles out of pawn on Saturday night - A. Yes, and then according as I paid the pawnbroker, Mr. Murray, he laid them on the counter for me; I saw him lay the shirt on the counter; I took them up, I did not count them; I swept them off the counter into my apron.

Q. Do you know that you swept the shirt into your apron along with the rest - A. I do not know; I went out a distance from the door; I missed the shirt about twenty or thirty yards distance from the door; there was a woman along with me, I sent her back to know whether I had left the shirt behind me or not; I went home and searched the things that I had in my apron, I could not find the shirt; I returned to Mr. Murray and enquired whether I had left the shirt there; he said no. When I was in Mr. Murray's shop and took the things out, the prisoner was in the shop and stood close by me; I asked Mr. Murray who this woman was; he told me her name was Mary Higner . From information I went to Mr. Matthews, and she had pawned the shirt there for half a crown.

MR. MATTHEWS. The shirt was pawned with me for half a crown by the prisoner; she had pawned things frequently with me before.

The property produced and identified.

- WALMSLEY. I am constable of the parish. I searched the prisoner at the watchhouse, and found the ticket of the shirt in her hand; she shut her hand, and denied any knowledge of the shirt. In her pocket I found two shillings and three pence farthing.

Prisoner's Defence. I told the woman I picked the shirt up.

Constable. She denied having the shirt or the duplicate; she said that she had picked up a shirt in the day, but not this of Mrs. O'Hara's.

GUILTY , aged 49.

Confined Six Months in the House of Correction , and fined One Shilling .

Second Middlesex jury, before Lord Ellenborough.

729. JOHN PUPLETT and ROBERT BROWN, alias BRIGGS, were indicted for burglariously breaking and entering the dwelling house of Robert Lindo . about the hour of seven, on the night of the 20th of October , and stealing therein, one feather bed, value 3 l. a pillow, value 1 s. 6 d. a bolster, value 4 s. two sheets, value 7 s. two shirts, value 9 s. and a coat, value 4 s. the property of Robert Lindo .

ANN LINDO . I am a married woman; my husband's name is Robert Lindo ; I live at No. 2, Swan alley, Lower East Smithfield ; we rent the house, my husband is a carman ; I go out to a day's washing sometimes.

Q. Do you know these men at the bar - A. One of them I know very well, Robert Brown ; the other I never saw before last Thursday week. Brown lived in Catherine Wheel alley; I lived in the Mint in the Bosough when I first knew him; I have known him these three years. I had not seen him for a year and a half before.

Q. You were going to say something about last Thursday - A. Yes. On Thursday the 20th, between ten and eleven o'clock, I saw Brown and Puplett at my house, they came together; Brown asked me to go and pledge him a waistcoat; I made answer, I would not go to the pawnbrokers for myself, neither would I go for him.

Q. Then Brown had not been with you before he came with Puplett - A. No. Upon my refusing to pawn the waistcoat, he said he would sell it outright; I said to him he never could keep any thing tidy upon his back.

Q. You knew him so well as to tell him that - A. Yes; he lodged with us when I lived the other side of the water; a young man was sitting in my house that came from over the water; he asked him to buy it;he did, and gave him four shillings for it. Puplett said he would sell the handkerchief off his neck; the young man said he did not want to buy it; then they both went out of my place together; it was near eleven o'clock when they went out.

Q. Did you see any more of them - A. Not till seven o'clock in the evening, then Brown and Puplett came in together; Brown asked me to go and take a glass of gin; I refused; he persuaded me at last; I went with him; they both came out of my place, and I went with Brown as far as the Bee Hive.

Q. Your errand that you went with these two men, was to go and have some gin, was it - A. Yes. I went out of the house with them and left only my three children in the house; they were just put to bed; the oldest is about thirteen years old.

Q. How did you leave your door - A. I shut the door and latched it with an iron latch; I fastened the latch, I did not lock it. As I was going to drink the gin with them at the corner of the dock, the Bee Hive, I missed Puplett.

Q. How far may the Bee Hive be from your house - A. About a hundred yards.

Q. Did you miss either of the men as you went along to the Bee Hive - A. I missed Puplett; I said, Robert where is the young man; Brown said, making use of a bad expression, there was more gin for him and me.

Q. Do you mean to say it was the outer door you latched - A. Yes. Brown and I proceeded to get this gin at the house; Brown called for a quartern of gin, I poured out the first glass and gave it him; he drank it; and then I missed him. I did not see him go out. Then I drank my own gin and came out.

Q. How long might that take - A. I was absent from my own place and returned to it in twenty minutes; after having drank my liquor I returned to my own home; it then was between light and dark. I had lit a candle before I came out.

Q. How do you know what time it was - A. It was seven o'clock when I came out, and it was twenty minutes after seven when I came home; I cannot speak to a minute; it was twenty minutes after seven when I looked at Mrs. Allen's clock, a woman close by, and when I missed my bed.

Q. You did not call by the way any where - A. No, the moment I got inside my door, I missed a feather bed, a bolster, a pillow, a pair of sheets, two cotton shirts, and a coat belonging to my husband; I have never seen any of them since; they were all taken off the bedstead in my room below. I have a room below and a room above, where my children sleep.

ANN MACGEE . I live in Swan alley, No. 12, about fifty or sixty yards from Ann Lindo 's, in the same alley. On Thursday the 20th of this month, about ten or twenty minutes past seven in the evening, the candles and the lamps were lit at the time; I had a candle lighted, and so had the opposite neighbour.

Q. How light was it out of doors - could you distinguish a person's face without the lamps - A. No, not without the lamps.

Q.What lamps were there in the alley - A. There was one at one end and one at the other.

Q. What may be the length of the alley - A. I do not know.

Q. But you live in that alley, and your house is about fifty yards in the alley from Mrs. Lindo's - A. Yes.

Q. Is there many houses from your house - A. No, because there is a yard between; a gentleman keeps beasts there.

Q. Whereabouts in the alley did you observe any thing - A. I was coming out of my own alley; I met the two prisoners.

Q. What do you mean by your own alley - A. My door stands up a little court; there are two or three little places in Swan alley; I was going to the chandler's shop, the prisoners were coming out of Swan alley to go into East Smithfield.

Q. Is that in a direction to Lindo's house. - A. No, coming from it; I did not see them come out of the house.

Q. Did you know either of them before - A. No, I never saw either of them before. I am sure it is the two prisoners, the short man had a brown coat on; their faces were towards me; I swear positively to the two prisoners at the bar. The tall man had a light drab coat on.

Q. Had either of them any thing with them - A.John Puplett, the short one, had something tied up in a bundle on his head; they walked a breast up the alley leading into East Smithfield.

Q. You did not speak to them, nor they to you - A. No, I only noticed them as they passed me; I saw Puplett the next day at Lambeth street office, he was in custody; I saw Brown some days after at the office; I pointed them out; when I went in I saw John Puplett , I said that was the man that I saw with the bundle the over night; I pointed out Brown; I saw them when they were locked up with other men; I pointed them out without any person saying any thing to me.

Brown. I wish to know how she could know me from another man in a drab coat - A. I was not three yards from the lamp, and there was a light in the window of a woman that had fruit in the window to sell.

Puplett. She swore to me that I had a blue coat with white buttons - A. No; I said in candle light I could not be certain, because at candle light it varies; it was either a blue coat or a brown.

SUSANNAH HADLEY. I am a hardworking woman, I live in Sugar Loaf court, Catherine Wheel alley, Whitechapel. On Thursday evening, the 20th of October, I was standing at the end of Sugar Loaf court, I saw Brown run up the court in a great hurry to his own room.

Q. Can you say what time it was - A. Just before Spital fields bell struck out eight; I heard Robert Brown, or Briggs, which is all one, say, make haste, it is all clear; then I saw a man come out of Brown's house, with a bed on his back, as I supposed by the bulk; the bundle was tied up in a flowered counterpane.

Q. Do you know who that other man was - A. No.

Q. What became of Brown and the other man - A. They went down into Whitechapel, they walked pretty fast; Brown I know by living in the court; Puplett I do not know; the other man was a short man in a brown coat; Brown had the same coloured coat on he has now.

Puplett. When she was at the office she said it was neither of us, it was bigger men than us.

Witness. I said it was rather a stouter man than thatman.

COURT. If I understand you, you do not speak at all to Puplett, but on the contrary you think it was a stouter man than him - A. Yes.

Brown. She says it only came out of my house; I am only a lodger, whether it came out of my room or their room.

Witness. Brown lives in the lower room; I see it come out of the door of the house where he lodges; I did not see what room it came out of.

ROBERT COMBES. I am one of the officers of Lambeth street office. On Thursday night the 20th of this month, the prosecutrix came to me about ten o'clock at night, and told me that she had been robbed of a bed; I immediately went with her into Sugar Loaf court, where the prisoner Brown lived, I knew he lived there; there I found Puplett along with two women; he was in Brown's room; the ground room of the house.

Q. Was Brown there at that time - A. He was not. The prosecutrix declared to me that was the man that was along with Brown at her house that evening; I searched him in the room and found eight shillings and six pence in money upon him, which I returned him; he told me that he had been playing at skittles, at the Catherine Wheel, the whole of the afternoon untill it was dark; I then took him over to the Catherine Wheel and asked the people of the house if he had been playing at skittles; they declared they had not seen him; he said he had, though they might not have seen him; the woman then said there had been no skittle playing the whole of that afternoon. I secured him. Smith, my brother officer, took Brown the next evening.

Q. Were you present when either of these women saw the prisoner after they were in custody - A. Yes, I was.

EDWARD SMITH . Q. You are an officer of Lambeth street - A. I am, I apprehended the prisoner Brown on the 21st. In consequence of information Miller and me went to Catherine Wheel alley; I went into the Catherine Wheel and desired Miller to go into Brown's to see if he was there; it is a few yards from the door of the Catherine Wheel where he lives,

Q. Did you see Miller return - A. Yes, in about half a minute they returned and I took him from Miller, he was secured; he would not go with Miller; Miller threatened to shoot him, so I took him in custody; I searched him, I found nothing on him but a few halfpence and a shilling.

Q. to prosecutrix. In what condition was this bed of yours - how long had you had it - A. Between five and six years; my mother told me, when she gave it me, she gave five guineas for it; I know no more than she told me so; the sheets were worth about seven shillings, I had them about a twelve month; one of the cotton shirts was new, I gave four shillings and sixpence for it, the other was old; my husband's coat was worth about four or five shillings.

Puplett's Defence. I went to the prosecutor's house on Thursday the 20th, and this Brown offered his waistcoat for sale; they could not agree, they offered him four shillings for it; he would not take it; he came out and I came out with him; I did not go in any more; afterwards he went in and left the waistcoat, and brought out the money; I then went home to Brown's place; I dined there, and we set drinking there till twenty minutes after four o'clock, when I went into the Catherine Wheel public house, and Brown with me. Brown left me about six o'clock, and I sat drinking there till about a quarter before seven; I then crossed over the way to Brown's house, and there I sat till the officer came in and apprehended me; I saw no more of Brown that night, nor he of me.

Brown's Defence. Pease you my lord, I was in the habit of going to the prosecutrix very often, and she has been inveterate against me ever since I would not live with her. Please your lordship, she ran away from her husband, and came to me; on which I hid her for one week; she and her child, a girl she has got; I cannot but say my lord, I was very fond of the woman at that time; she took a lodging, a two pair of stairs room at a public house, the front chamber; and the reason that I left her was upon account of this baby; one day she was at the door, I goes to the child, it past for my own; I said come in miss; she stood and stamped and said you are not my daddy, I will go home to my daddy; my prosecutrix is the mother belonging to the child. I said to her, Nance, I will not be with you any more; she said why will not you, Robert; I told her I was never so much ashamed in my life as when the child stamped in the street, and said I was not the father of it; and I passed for the child's father; I had four shillings to pay for the week's rent; I gave it to Mrs. Lindo, upon that, to pay for it; it was a ready furnished lodgings; then I left her. I was some time after happening to go by the same public house in Bermondsey street, Tooley street, the woman of the public house says, halloa master, you run away without paying your rent; I said no, I have not. I told her I left the money with my wife; she said she understood it was not my wife, it was another man's wife, and her husband was a carman. That is the last time ever I had any connection with her, except when I went to sell the waistcoat and taking a drop of gin with her. I should like to know how long she has taken to washing and left off her own trade.

Q. to prosecutrix. You say you wash - A. Yes, and I go out cleaning; I used to follow rabbit skin cutting, for the hatters; my husband did not approve of my going so far from where I live. I was never away from my husband one night in my life.

Q. You have got you say three children - is there any truth in his saying that the child passed for his - A. No, I never lived with him in my life.

Q. How came you to think of drinking gin with him - A. He intruded upon me, and I told him before I went out my husband would be angry with me; I dare say he asked me a dozen times before I went.

Q. Why did not you refuse at last - A. I did, but he almost forced me; I had not seen him for a great while but the Sunday before; he came to our house, we drank together.

Q. Then you had seen him the Sunday before - A. Yes, but he did not stop at my place above five minutes; no longer than while the gin was fetched.

PUPLETT, GUILTY, aged 26.

BROWN, GUILTY, aged 26.

Of stealing to the value of thirty nine shillings only .

Transported for Seven Years .

Second Middlesex jury, before Mr. Baron Thompson

730. HANNAH LAWLESS was indicted for feloniouslystealing on the 28th of September , a quart pewter pot, value 1 s. and a pewter pint pot, value 6 d. the property of Thomas Ruswell .

THOMAS RUSWELL . I keep the Cooper's Arms, Somer's town . On the 28th of September, about eight o'clock in the morning, an alarm was given me, that a woman had stolen some pots, which she had concealed; she had gone across the fields with them; I pursued and overtook the prisoner; I asked her for the pots: she pulled a quart pewter pot out from under her apron; I took her back to my house and sat her in the tap room, and there she pulled out a pint pot from under her clothes; I asked her if she had any more; she said, yes, she had another; that was not mine. These are the two pots they are mine; I do not know where she had taken them from; she had nothing to do at my house.

MARY LOW. On Wednesday the 28th of September, I saw the prisoner in Pancras fields, not twenty yards off Mr. Ruswell's.

Q. What time of the day - A. About nine o'clock in the morning; she was putting a pot in her pocket, she went across the field; I gave the alarm and the publican followed her.

WILLIAM DRUMMOND . On the morning of the 28th of September, about nine o'clock, I met the prosecutor with a quart pot in one hand and the prisoner in the other; I followed him into the house, the prisoner sat down in one corner of the tap room; I saw this pint pot come from under her petticoats, she laid it down between her feet in the tap room.

Prisoner's Defence. As I was coming across the fields I found one of the pots, and just as I was coming against the paling I found the other; I was coming along, the gentleman asked me where I was going with the pots; I told him I did not know.

The prisoner called two witnesses, who gave her a good character.

GUILTY , aged 30.

Confined Six Months in the House of Correction , and fined One Shilling .

Second Middlesex jury, before Mr. justice Lawrence.

731. CATHERINE JACKSON was indicted for feloniously stealing on the 17th of October , two shirts, value 12 s. three handkerchiefs, value 2 s. an apron, value 1 s. and a candlestick, value 1 s. the property of Evan Williams .

EVAN WILLIAMS . I live in Broad street, Carnaby market ; I am a milkman .

Q. Do you know the prisoner - A. Yes, perfectly well; she lived in Carnaby street.

Q. Had the prisoner any concern in your house - A. Her daughter came to live with me about nine days before this happened; she staid with me about three or four days, and then I turned her away.

Q. Was she in the habit of coming to your house - A. She came now and then, since the little girl went away, not before.

Q. What did she come for - A. Only making some talk or another. On the 17th of October, I missed two shirts, three cotton handkerchiefs and an apron; she had been at my house shortly before I missed them.

Q. Was she alone in your house, or how - A. There is a great number of lodgers in the house. I missed them on the 17th, and I saw them on the next day at Mr. Gollins's.

ROBERT STARKEY . I live with Mr. Collins, pawnbroker, Long Acre. On the 18th of October, I took in of the prisoner two shirts, three handkerchiefs, and an apron, in the name of Sarah Jackson ; she gave her residence, Drury lane. I lent her twelve shillings for them. I saw the prisoner again on the same day at Marlborough street office. I am sure that the prisoner is the person that pawned the articles.

- BARNES. I am an officer of the parish of St. James's. I and Budgel apprehended the prisoner at No. 2, Carnaby street; she dropped something out of her pocket which consisted of duplicates, among which was one belonging to Mr. Williams for the things pledged at Mr. Collins's; I searched the room and found this candlestick; Mr. Williams claimed it.

The property produced and identified.

Prisoner's Defence. I had the clothes to wash; I did make away with the two shirts, but meaned to redeem them again.

Prosecutor. The prisoner neither washed for me nor ironed for me.

The prisoner called four witnesses, who gave her a good character.

GUILTY , aged 47.

Confined Six Months in the House of Correction , and fined One Shilling .

Second Middlesex jury, before Mr. Baron Thompson .

732. RICHARD PERRY was indicted for feloniously stealing on the 5th of October , a leather half boot, value 7 s. the property of William Elwell .

WILLIAM ELWELL . I live at No. 80, Saffron hill ; I am a boot and shoe maker .

Q. Did you at any time in the beginning of this month lose any half boot - A. I missed it on Tuesday the 4th of this month.

Q. Where was that half boot before you missed it - A. It laid in the shop under the cutting board, about four feet from the door. On the Wednesday I was down in my cellar of the adjoining house cutting my bottom stuff, I saw the prisoner go on the street with it on his leg; he has but one leg, the other is a wooden leg; I ran up stairs and stepped before him; I said my man pray where did you come by that half boot; he hesitated for a moment and coloured, and then he said he bought it of a man in Newgate market, that came with a waggon twice a week; I asked him if he knew the man; he said, yes; I wished him to take the boot off his leg, he did; I fetched the fellow to it, they happened to be companions; then I hesitated a few moments and fetched Mr. Ekelsoe, the officer.

The property produced and identified.

JOHN EKELSOE . Q. You are a constable of Hatton garden - A. Yes.

Q. Do you recollect who the prisoner said he had this boot of - A. Yes, he said it was from a country person that came up twice a week with a waggon to Newgate market.

Q. Did he say he should know him - A. Yes. I went with him on the Saturday morning following; he said that was one of the days the man came up. After looking over Newgate market, he could not find any person that he could describe; then he told me he should not know the man if he was to see him.

Prisoner's Defence. I went to Newgate market on Tuesday morning; a countryman in a smock frock saysto me, my friend I have got an odd half boot, I bought a pair, and by moving my things I have lost one; he asked me seven shillings for it; I told him I would give him five shillings and sixpence for it; he said I should have it; I gave him six shillings, and he gave me a six pence; I brought it home with me and put it on, after I had my breakfast. On the Wednesday evening I was going for a pail of grains, the prosecutor asked me where I got the boot; I told him; I was not afraid to go back with him, I had bought it innocently; he brought the boot forward he has now, and then he sent to Hatton garden office for an officer, and took me in custody.

The prisoner called one witness, who gave him a good character.

GUILTY , aged 23.

Publicly whipped and discharged.

Second Middlesex jury, before Mr. justice Lawrence.

733. JOHN PROCTER , alias WILSON , was indicted for feloniously stealing on the 3d of October , a copper, value 20 s. the property of Robert Harvey Gedge , affixed to a certain building of his called a house .

ROBERT HARVEY GEDGE . I live at 135 Sloane street, I have a house in the parish of St. Ann, Westminster; the copper was taken from that house No. 27, Soho square ; that house was not inhabited at the time the copper was taken.

Q. Had you the copper affixed to that house - A. I saw the copper last Michaelmas; - day the house came into my hands, and between that time, and the time stated in the indictment, I must have seen the copper.

Q. At the time you took possession of the house there was a copper affixed, was there - A. Yes, in the kitchen.

Q. How lately after Michaelmas day did you go into the house between Michaelmas day and the present time - A. I am not certain whether it was more than once; I think it was on Saturday, but I am not certain; it was between that and the 3d of October.

Q. At that time was the copper safe in the house - A. It was.

Q. Did you after that go to the house and see whether the copper was gone - A. Yes, it had been lifted up from the brick work; I have seen the copper at the office, it appeared to be the same size, I did not measure it.

JAMES PACKER . I am a carpenter, I work for Samuel Freeman , Old Compton street; I live at 38, Boswell court, Red Lion square. On Monday morning the 3d of October, about half past six, I met a man coming down Greek street with a copper on his shoulder. I did not take particular notice of him, but I went on to my work; - going along Soho square I met the prisoner, he was standing by the rails of 27, Soho square; there was another man shutting the door of 27. After the man had shut the door, he spoke to the prisoner and pretended as if he had something in his hand to shew the prisoner; they walked in company together and went down Bateman's buildings; I goes a little further towards my work, I met a young man who is here; we pursued the man with the copper, and they met us again in Greek street, the corner of King street; the man that had the copper on his shoulder, he went down Greek street into Litchfield street; the prisoner and the other man followed in the same direction with the man with the copper; one went of one side of the way and the other on the other; - the man with the copper knocked at a door in Litchfield street, one Mr. Sholey lives there, he is a brass founder; the door was opened to him immediately; I was about half a dozen doors off; at that time the prisoner and his companion stood about two doors off; I went up to the door as fast as I could; directly I went up to the door the man was coming out of the house, he had left the copper in the house; I directly catched hold of him by the collar, and said he was my prisoner; he asked me what for; I told him for taking the copper, for he had stolen it; he up with his fist and struck me on my right side, gave himself a wrench, and got away from me; these other two men walked into Grafton street, we ran after them, and the man run in between his companion and the prisoner; he whispered something to them; I called out stop thief.

Q. Did they attempt to stop him - A. No, they did not; he ran off, I pursued him, he went down West street, Seven Dials, there are a great many alleys there. I lost him.

Q. What became of your companion, the young man that gave you some information - A. He was running after him, I believe; I was going back to lay a detainer upon the copper; I met the prisoner close up against the brass founder's door; he was making that way, at least directly he saw me, before I could speak to him, he ran off as hard as he could down Porter street and into Newport market; I pursued him and cried out stop thief; he was stopped in Newport market.

Q. Did he still keep running when he heard you cry stop thief - A. I catched him in Newport market; some butcher stopped him; I asked him what he ran away for when he saw me, he said he understood me I would put him in the watchhouse for not stopping the other man; I took him to the watchhouse. I then went to Mr. Sholey's to look after the copper, I saw nobody but his son, he was not dressed.

Q.Did you find the copper that the man left there - A. Yes, I did; there were two other coppers there.

Q. Did you see the man put down the copper - A. I did not; I saw him come along the passage from the shop, I found the copper in the shop; I put a mark on the copper, and left it there till eleven o'clock; when we went up to the magistrate I fetched it myself.

Q. Did you take the copper to No. 27, and put it to the place where you supposed it to be taken from - A. I did; it fitted exactly; it had been raised up from the place; the mortar at the top was a little broken; I made a lid for it about six months ago; I am sure it was affixed there; I knew the man that came out of the house to be a suspicious character, the man that came out while the prisoner was standing by the side of the rails.

Q. What would be the worth of such a copper as that - A. I am sure it would be worth twenty shillings.

Cross-examined by Mr. Gurney. You never saw the prisoner join company with the man that had the copper - A. No; only when the man that had the copper run in between these two.

Q. You do not mean to swear to this copper - A. Yes, I do; the others were not quite so fresh.

JAMES HATHAWAY. I am a carpenter; I work forMr. Offer in Litchfield street.

Q. Did you see the last witness - A. Yes; I was in the square first; I saw two men standing at the corner of Greek street, leaning against the rails of No. 27, Soho square; the prisoner is one that was leaning against the rails; these two men walked up and down; one went to the door.

Q. Was that the prisoner or the other man - A. The other man; another man was coming by, and he came away from the door while the man was coming.

Q. Did you see any person bring a copper out of the house - A. Yes; this man went to the door again and the door was opened to him, he went in; the prisoner at the bar was left outside; I run down Sutton street, the other side of the square, to acquaint our workmen that they were robbing the house; they would not assist; I turned back again, and the man that I saw go in, he came out with a copper on his shoulder and another man after him; the man that came out with the copper went down Greek street, the other man that came out after had a conversation with the prisoner, and they went down Bateman's buildings; I ran to the other witness and told him what I had seen; we followed them; the man with the copper went into Litchfield street; he went into Sholey's, No. 27, a brass founder.

Q. Did you see whether the prisoner and the other man followed the man with the copper; I turned my head round to see where the other men were; the man that had the copper came out; the other men were in Grafton street, he ran through them. I could not observe whether he spoke to them or not; we cried out stop thief.

Q. Did they attempt to stop him - A. No, we did not succeed in catching the man with the copper; coming back we saw the prisoner near Mr. Sholey's; he saw us, he run down Porter street into Newport market; we halloaed out stop thief; the butchers stopped him.

The property produced and identified.

Prisoner's Defence. I was coming through Soho square, I lit of the man they have mentioned; he asked me about my brother; I told him he was in the country; he asked me which way I was going; I told him I was going to Covent Garden; he said if you will stop a few minutes I will go along with you, I am going that road; he said I am going into that house there, that was the corner of Soho square; he went in and stopped a few minutes: he came back to me, and he and I walked down Bateman's buildings towards Covent Garden; at that time I left him and bid him good bye; I saw the two men come by; they halloaed out stop him, but I did not stop him; with that they came up to me; I understood they said stop him, because I did not stop the other man; I ran.

GUILTY , aged 27.

Transported for Seven Years .

First Middlesex jury, before Mr. Common Serjeant.

734. FRANCES SHEARS was indicted for feloniously stealing on the 12th of October , a shirt, value 2 s. the property of William Curm .

MARY CURM . My husband is a bricklayer , his name is William Curm .

Q. Do you know this woman, Frances Shears - A. She came to my house on the Sunday before Wednesday, the 12th of October; she called to see her brother; she lodged with me from the Sunday till the Wednesday.

Q. Do you know where this shirt was - A. In the kitchen.

Q. Did you miss the shirt out of the kitchen - A. Not till after she had been out with the man to get some money at Staple's inn; he came back and said she had robbed him in the street; I examined the chest and found a shirt missing that I had in my care.

Q. When had you seen the shirt in the chest - A. On Wednesday morning.

Q. What time of the day did she leave your house - A. About half after ten o'clock.

Q. What was the value of the shirt - A. Two shillings. On the Monday following I saw the prisoner, the man that took her brought her to my house; I went to the pawnbroker's and saw the shirt.

WILLIAM KING . I am an apprentice to Mr. Tegg, pawnbroker, Cambridge street, Golden square. On the 12th of October, about the middle of the day, the prisoner pawned a shirt, and two pair of stockings. I advanced her two shillings on them.

The property produced and identified.

The prisoner said nothing in her defence, nor called any witnesses to character.

GUILTY , aged 22.

Confined Six Months in the House of Correction , and fined One Shilling .

First Middlesex jury, before Mr. Common Serjeant.

735. JONATHAN STOCK was indicted for feloniously stealing on the 6th of October , a saw, value 4 s. the property of Thomas Blockley .

THOMAS BLOCKLEY . I am a journeyman carpenter . I lost my saw on the 6th of this month, I was at work at a public house called the Skinner's Arms in Pancras ; after I had done my work I put the saw into a box in the tap room; I sat down, and me and my partner had a pot of beer; the prisoner came and sat on my saw, or otherwise he must have moved it from under him, he sat right where I put it; when the prisoner had been in about fifteen minutes, he went out and left part of his beer; in about four minutes after he was gone I missed my saw; there was no one went out of the tap room, I believe, but the prisoner.

Q. Do you know the prisoner - A. I knew that he worked at digging a shore; the next morning I saw the prisoner at his work, I charged him with having the saw; I told him I would fetch a man and take him up, for I knew that he had the saw; he said he should be very sorry for it, he had not seen the saw; I went to the pawnbroker's, he gave me a description of the man that offered the saw, but he would not take it in; I went to Mr. Wingfield's, Drury lane, there I found my saw.

Q. What was the value of it - A. Five shillings, or more, to me.

THOMAS NELSON . I am servant to Mr. Wingfield. On Thursday evening, between seven and eight o'clock, I took in a saw of a man; I lent him two shillings on it.

Q. Do you know the man that pawned it - A. I do not.

JOHN HARRISON . I am a pawnbroker, I live in Compton street. On the 6th of October, in the evening,soon after the candles were lit, a man offered me a saw, I was leaning over the counter; I believe I did lay hold of the saw, and observed the man's hand to have plaister upon it; I refused to take it in, as he did not look like a carpenter; I particularly marked a light coloured coat; it was such a coat as the prisoner has on at present; I gave the description of him to Blockley the next nay.

WILLIAM READ . I am an officer of Hatton garden. On the 7th of October, I took up this man; I told him what I took him for; he denied it, and said he knew nothing at all about it; I found nothing upon him but the key of his door; I went to his lodging and opened the door with the key, and there in his box I found the duplicate of a saw.

(The property produced and identified.)

Prisoner's Defence. I was in liquor; it is the first thing that ever I was guilty of: I leave myself to the mercy of the court.

GUILTY , aged 35.

Whipped in Goal and discharged.

First Middlesex jury, before Mr. Common Serjeant.

736. MARGARET STEPHENSON was indicted for feloniously stealing on the 5th of October , three shirts, value 10 s. the property of Alexander Jackson .

JANE JACKSON . My husband's name is Alexander Jackson; I live at 56, Skakespear's walk, Shadwell . On the 5th of this month I lost three of my husband's shirts; on Tuesday forenoon the prisoner came to my house, I happened to be looking out of the window; she said she had been looking for me; I had seen her about three times; when she came up, she asked me if I could tell her of any room to let; the shirts with other linen was laying in the room; I asked her to stop and have some dinner; she stopped till between six and seven at night; she went down stairs to get a pot of beer for supper; I thought she was a long time returning; I went down below and was informed that she went down with a bundle; when I came up stairs I missed three shirts.

Q. Did you see your shirts again at any time - A. Yes, at the magistrate's; on the Thursday between three and four, I found the prisoner on board a ship; I asked her where the shirts were, I told her I would not part with her till she told me; she said they were at Mrs. Wake's; she went with me and shewed me.

MARTHA WAKE . I keep a private house in Shadwell market.

Q.Do you know the prisoner - A. Yes, I have known her about a twelvemonth; she gets her living by washing and going out to work.

Q. Had you the shirts that was afterwards claimed by Mrs. Jackson - A. Yes; I got them from the prisoner on Tuesday in the afternoon; I was not at home when she brought them; when I came home I found three shirts in my house.

Q. Did you afterwards see the prisoner - A. She shewed them me; she called on Tuesday night; I was out at tea; she sent my grandson for me; she called on the day before and said she was going to break up house keeping; she said she had a bed to sell; she told me she had got these shirts, she brought them and wanted nine shillings for them; I gave her eight shillings for two, the other was to be left till she brought the flock bed; the next day I delivered over the shirts to Wenley.

The property produced and identified.

The prisoner said nothing in her defence, nor called any witnesses to character.

GUILTY , aged 38.

Confined Six Months in the House of Correction and fined One Shilling .

First Middlesex jury, before Mr. Common Serjeant.

737. SAMUEL WELLS was indicted for feloniously stealing on the 11th of October , five fowls, value 10 s. the property of William Jordan .

WILLIAM JORDAN . I live at Stoke Newington , by the side of the common, in Hackney parish; I am a labouring man .

Q. Did you keep any fowls - A. Yes; I had upwards of thirty, little and big ones; I kept them in the yard and out houses. On Tuesday the 11th of October I lost five fowls.

Q. When had you seen them - A. I saw them about four o'clock in the afternoon; they were all safe then.

Q. When did you miss them - A. At twelve o'clock at night.

Q. Where did they roost - A. In the stable; my brother slept in the place underneath; he heard somebody about the yard; he brought the man up to me, he catched the man in the yard.

Q. Where was your fowls - A. In the stable.

Q. Were the alive or dead - A. We did not find them there; they had been killed and the heads were in the stable.

Q. Did you find the man in your brother's custody - A. Yes.

Q. Did you know the man before - A. Yes, he was just a neighbour to me; I found four of the heads, the others were taken away entirely.

Q. What was the value of these five fowls - were they fit to go to market with - A. No; they were alive, they run about, they were not worth more than ten shillings.

Cross-examined by Mr. Alley. This poor man was a neighbour of yours, he lived a short distance from your house - A. Yes.

Q. Was he drunk or sober when you took him - A. I think he was drunk; one of the fowls was found at his house.

Q. Do not you know that he has lost his wife lately - A. Yes.

Q. He has a labouring man, who lodges in his house, you did not find any fowls in his possession - A. No, I did not.

Q. The heads of the fowls was wrung off - A. Yes, the place was smoothened with blood.

- JORDAN. Q. Do you live with your brother - A. Yes; about the hour of twelve o'clock, I heard a sad noise of the fowls in the stable: I thought it was the horses knocking them off the rack with their noses; about twelve I heard a man's foot go about the place, he slipped; he ran his hand into my place and I catched hold of his hand.

Q. Did that turn out to be the prisoner - A. Yes.

Q. Do you sleep in the stable where the fowls roost - A. Close to it.

Q. Was he in the stable at the time - A. No, he was in the yard.

Q. What did he say - A. He made a bit of a moan,he said he was very much in liquor; he fell down in the brook; I told him I would not let him go, he must see my brother.

Q. Was he in liquor - A. Yes, I think so; when I got hold of him he staggered; I did not go into the stable, I took him to my brother, my brother brought him down and looked in the stable; he ran and said I am off; my brother and I ran and catched him again.

SARAH JORDAN . Q. Do you know any thing more of these fowls than these men have told us - A. There was one found at the prisoner's house.

Q. Did you know it to be one of your fowls - A. I cannot say that.

SAMUEL KIDMAN . I am headborough of Hackney. They took the prisoner on the night of the 11th of October; in the morning a key was brought to me in the cage; they told me they found four heads, they could not find the fowls; I searched the prisoner's house, I found a fowl without a head.

Q. Did any body lodge with the prisoner - A. They said a man lodged with him; the prisoner did not say any thing: I asked him what he did with the rest of them, there was one in the house and no more; he said he did not know any thing about them; it was tied up in an apron the fowl was; that apron appeared to be the prisoner's apron.

Q. Did you ask him whose apron it was - A. The prisoner is a carpenter; he said his apron was at the washerwoman's; I asked the washerwoman, she said this apron was his.

Q. Did you ask her in his presence - A. No.

COURT. Then you must not tell what the washerwoman said.

Mr. Alley. Who did you see in the house - A. No body there at all.

GUILTY . aged 36.

Publicly whipped , and confined One Year in the House of Correction.

First Middlesex jury, before Mr. Common Serjeant.

738. WILLIAM BEMBRIDGE was indicted for feloniously stealing on the 20th of September , a box, value 3 s. six yards of cotton, value 10 s. a pair of shoes, value 4 s. a handkerchief, value 1 s. three petticoats, value 6 s. a gown, value 2 s. a miniature picture, value 10 s. a habit shirt, value 3 d. part of a silver tea spoon, value 6 d. a pocket book, value 1 s. eight shillings, and eight halfpence , the property of William Pritchard .

SUSANNAH PRITCHARD . I am the wife of William Pritchard , we live at No. 10, St. Martin's court in St. Martin's lane.

Q. Did you lose a box at any time - A. On the 20th of September I lost it from Mr. Salter's, the Rose coffee house, Covent garden .

Q. Was that the same morning while the fire was burning it was lost - A. Yes.

Q. Was that one of the houses that was burnt - A. No, is was near there.

Q. When had you seen this box safe in the house - A. The same morning, about four o'clock; I was up in consequence of the alarm of the fire.

Q. Did you at that time live with Mr. Salter - A. I did, I am servant in the house now.

Q. When did you miss it - A. I fancy it was between four and five I missed it.

Q. Was Mr. Salter packing up his things for fear he fire should reach his house - A. Yes.

Q. Do you know whether the box contained the articles in the indictment - A. Yes, I am sure they were all locked up in the box.

Q. Were there many strangers in the house to assist Mr. Salter - A. I cannot say, I was too much agitated.

Q. Do you know whether the prisoner was in the house that day - A. I cannot say I saw him there.

Q. When did you see your box again - A. I saw it at Marybone watchouse about eleven o'clock the same day; one end of the box had been stove in.

Q. Were all your things in it - A. No, there was some silver out of it.

Q. What had you lost from the box - A. I lost eight shillings in silver, and some halfpence; I did not miss any thing else.

Q. Were the articles of wearing apparel in the box when you saw it at the watchhouse - A. Yes.

Q. Was the prisoner at all known at your house - A. I fancy he had been in the house - I do not know him.

Q. All that you know is, that the articles in the box are yours - A. Yes; I saw all the things at the office, and they are mine.

Cross-examined by Mr. Gurney. That box was brought down for the purpose of being removed for safety - A. It was; I brought it down stairs.

Q. How many persons were engaged in carrying the things away - A. I cannot say; I went out and took the children and secured them from the fire first of all; I went to No. 10, St. Martin's court; then I came back and did not go out for some time; while I was going, and before I got to the house, there was a woman ran after me, and told me that a box and a bundle were gone, and they did not know the man that had taken them nor where they were gone to; I desired no person to assist me.

Q. Is Mr. Salter here - A. Mr. Salter is not here.

Q. The house was open before the alarm of the fire - A. Yes.

Q. The prisoner was one of them that was drinking there - A. I did not see him, I was not up.

Q. Were you not informed of the name of the person that took the box - A. I was not informed of any particular person that took the box.

JOSEPH HINCHLEY . I am a watchman in Berners street, Oxford road. All that I know, about half past five I saw the prisoner come across Berners street with a box on his shoulder and a bundle under his arm, the same morning the fire was at Covent garden.

Q. Did you see in what direction the prisoner was coming from - A. He was coming up Newman street.

Q. Did he come along Oxford street or Castle street - A. He came along Castle street into Berners street.

Q.Did you know at that time that Covent garden theatre was on fire - A. I saw it was on fire, and heard of it.

Q. Did you stop him - A. No, I did not take any notice of him first of all; he had passed me thirty yards before I took any notice; I should not have taken any notice then if he had not let the box fall on the ground.

Q. Did that appear to you to be by accident or design - A. It was an accident; the box fell down, and the side was broken in, and the money fell out; he took up the box and put it on his shoulder again. I followed him up Wells street.

Q. Did you hear the money jingle on the pavement - A. Yes; he did not stop to pick it up; the working men picked it up.

Q. Did he ask the working men for the money that picked it up - A. No, he set off and left it, in the direction of Castle street, towards the market.

Q. Did he run or walk - A. He walked pretty sharp, he did not run, and by holding the box on his shoulder the bundle got loose; a gown, petticoat, and a blue jacket, were hanging down under his arm; I went up to him and said, my friend, I think you have been to the fire at Covent Garden; he said what was that to me, or something of that sort; then I looked at at him and took him by the collar, I saw he had a very fine shirt, and a black silk handkerchief in his bosom.

Q. You mean besides the shirt he wore - A. Yes, and a black silk handkerchief besides. I asked him where he was going to with the box; he said to No. 3, in Margaret court, Cavendish square; I told him there was no court of that name near Cavendish square, I have known Cavendish square well, near forty years; there is one of that name at the corner of Oxford market. I believe I told him then, as he seemed to be so saucy, I would take him to the watchhouse.

Q. You told him there was no such court as Margaret court near Cavendish square, what did he say, did he correct himself, and say I mean Margaret court, near the market - A. I will not be positive whether he did or not explain it at Oxford market. When I told him he should go the watchhouse with me, he threw down the box and said, then you shall carry it; I took him by the collar, and called my partner, Hughes, to carry the box; Hughes carried the box. I took him to Marylebone watchhouse.

Q. Did he say any thing as he was going along - A. No, nothing particular past then. I delivered him up to the constable, and left him at the watch-house.

Q. You did not know the man - A. No.

Q. What did you do with the shirt and with the black handkerchief - A. They are in the box, I believe.

Cross-examined by Mr. Gurney. You have not told us all - A. I have told you all.

Q. I know you have not told us all, because he told you that he brought the things from the fire - A. He told me that he brought the things from the fire! he never told me so.

COURT. You said to him, I think you have been to the fire at Covent Garden, you said, he said what is that to you - A. Yes.

Q. In your deposition you said he said they had been given him by some person at the fire - A. I never said so, I am sure.

Mr. Gurney. You have not only said it but swore it - I have just another question to ask you - He was very drunk, was not he - A. No.

Q. Was not your attention called to him by his staggering about - A. No.

COURT. Did he, as he passed you, appear to be a drunken man - A. No; I did not observe it.

Mr. Gurney. He let the box fall, and the end of the box was broke by the fall, and several shillings fell out, and he did not take any notice to stop and pick them up - you saw him pick up the box and not the shillings - A. Yes.

Q. And then when he took up the box, down fell the bundle - A. I do not think he was quite sober, but he was not so drunk but that he could carry the box.

Q. Are you quite sober now - A. Yes.

JOHN HUGHES . Q. Are you a watchman - A. Yes; my station was at the corner of Titchfield street. On the morning of the fire at Covent Garden, I was calling half past five going down Castle street.

Q. How far down Castle street does your beat extend - A. To the corner of Adam and Eve court, not quite so far as Well street. I saw the prisoner come with a box on his shoulder, and the watchman after him.

Q. When you first saw the prisoner had your partner hold of him - A. No, he was following of him.

Q. You mean the last witness - A. Yes.

Q. At the time you saw him with the box did he appear to you to be in a state of drunkenness - A. He walked sturdy enough to carry the box, but he did not appear to be quite sober. When he came from the opposite side of the street, my partner laid hold of him and told him he should go with him to the watch-house; he said if he was to go to the watchhouse he should carry the box, and he hove the box down; my partner collared him and then called me to carry the box.

Q. Did he give any account while you were by where he got the box from - A. Not while I was by; I put the box on my shoulder and carried it to the watchhouse and there left the prisoner.

Q. Did he reel at all - A. Not before me.

Cross-examined by Mr. Gurney. Did he walk straight - A. He walked so straight that he carried the box.

Q. That is not an answer - A. He did not appear to me to be sober.

Q. Did he walk straight - A. He did walk straight so far as the corner of Castle street.

COURT. Did he walk straight all the time you saw him - A. He did, from the corner of Adam and Eve court to the watchhouse.

Mr. Gurney. I dare say you had made him sober then - from the first time that you saw him, to the time that you took him to the watchhouse, did he walk straight - A. He did not come five yards before my partner laid hold of him.

Q. Then for those five yards did he appear to walk straight - A. He did appear to walk straight.

WILLIAM CHESTER . I am watchhouse keeper to St. Marylebone. I searched the prisoner; I found upon him a habit shirt and a bit of a silver spoon.

Q. Did you find any black silk handkerchief - A. No, that was in the box.

Q. Where did you find the habit shirt - A. That was in his pocket and the spoon too, I believe; when I pulled the habit shirt out the spoon dropped down.

Q. Did he appear to be sensible - A. Yes; he was sensible; he was rather in liquor; he said they were given him at Mr. Salter's, Covent Garden; he wanted me to go in the morning and let Mr. Salter know, and likewise for to go to Margaret's court, Oxford market; he said the people that lived there were relations.

Q. Did he tell you who he was and where he lived- A. He told me to go to his wife in Stanhope street, Clare market, in a court there.

Mr. Gurney. Was not he like a person, though very improper, that had been sitting up all night drinking - A. Why he seemed stupid from liquor, and for want of sleep.

The property produced and identified.

Prisoner's Defence. I was in the house drinking gin and water at the same time the alarm of fire began; I cannot saw whether it was her or another that put the box down by the side of the glass, and shoved the glass down; I was dozing, and their shoving the glass down awoke me. Mrs. Graham was in the house, she said for God's sake take this box and bundle and go off with the servant; I was so drunk I could not tell what I did; I took as much care of the box as I could in my druken state, and gave answer where I lived, and desired them to send down to Mr. Salter's immediately.

The prisoner called five witnesses, who gave him a good character.

NOT GUILTY .

First Middlesex jury, before Mr. Common Serjeant.

739. JOHN GREEN was indicted for feloniously stealing on the 23d of September , a waistcoat, value 3 s. the property of Edward Machin .

The prosecutor being called, and not appearing in court, the prisoner was

ACQUITTED .

Second Middlesex jury, before Mr. Common Serjeant.

740. JOHN FIELD was indicted for feloniously stealing on the 25th of September , a hat; value 2 s. 6 d. the property of Thomas Massey .

- CROCKER. I am the parish constable of St. Pancras; I took the prisoner by virtue of a search warrant; I went to his house and found the property; the prosecutor said it was his hat; the prisoner said he found it.

MR. STANWELL. The watchman came to me, and said there was a gentleman drunk on his beat.

Q. By the watchman do you mean the prisoner - A. Yes.

Q. When was it - A. Five weeks yesterday. The prisoner said when he went the hour of four o'clock the gentleman's hat and shoes were on, and when he had done calling the hour of four o'clock the hat and shoes were gone.

Q. to Crocker. Do you know the prosecutor - A. I know him by sight; he is not here.

MR. BIRCH. I passed by the Roebuck public house kept by Mr. Stanwell, in Tottenham Court road; I heard a watchman say there was a man genteely dressed on the pavement: I went over, I saw him laying without his hat and shoes.

NOT GUILTY .

Second Middlesex jury, before Mr. Common Serjeant.

741. ANN FOWLER was indicted for feloniously stealing on the 27th of September , a table cloth, value 15 s. the property of Isaac Hill .

ISAAC HILL . I live at 400, in the Strand ; I am a hatter .

Q. Did you lose a table cloth at any time - A. Yes. The prisoner at the bar came to live servant with me on the 6th of September; on the 29th of September she stopped out all night; the following day she behaved extremely insolent and we discharged her.

Q. How long after she was discharged did you examine the state of your linen - A. I think it was the 2nd of October we searched, and missed a great many articles.

Q. Can you say from your own knowledge that there was a table cloth missing - A. Yes. In consequence of which I went to Donaldson the officer; he found a duplicate on her person; we took her up on Sunday morning; the officer has got the duplicate. It directed me to Mr. Turner in Brydges street.

Q. Do you know the table cloth when it is produced - A. Yes, there is my name written upon it in full length, in permanent ink.

Q. What is the value of that table cloth - A. Fifteen shillings.

Q. Are you sure that the table cloth was in your house when she came into your service - A. Yes, it was used the day before.

- DONALDSON. I am constable of St. Martin's in the Fields.

Q. Did you apprehend this woman in consequence of information of the former witness - A. I did. On Sunday the 2nd of October, I took her in custody and searched her; in her right hand pocket I found this duplicate of a table cloth, pawned on the 1st of October, for three shillings; I went to Mr. Turner's on that Sunday morning; he shewed me the table cloth. The prisoner said she had the duplicate of a woman of the name of Turner, at the King's Arms in Oxford road; she told me the woman had gone down to Chatham.

GEORGE TURNER . Q. Are you the son of Mr. Turner, pawnbroker, Brydges street - A. Yes. On Saturday morning the 1st of October, I took in the table cloth; I advanced three shillings on it; I cannot swear to the person I took it in of; it was a woman.

Q. You gave her a duplicate - A. Yes.

Q. Is that the duplicate - A. Yes; Donaldson gave me the duplicate; that is the duplicate I gave with the article.

Prisoner's Defence. I did not pledge the cloth myself; I had the duplicate given me in the street, by a woman that is gone down in the country.

GUILTY , aged 27.

Transported for Seven Years .

First Middlesex jury, before Mr. Common Serjeant.

742. MARY HAYES and ANN CLINE were indicted for feloniously stealing on the 1st of October , a quart pewter pot, value 1 s. the property of John Wilson ; - two quart pewter pots, value 2 s. the property of William Flint ; - and two quart pewter pots, value 2 s. the property of John Donnovan .

JANE FLINT . Q. Do you know any thing of your pots being taken by this woman - A. Yes.

Q. Are you a married woman - A. Yes; my husbands name is William, he keeps the White Swan in Fetter lane .

Q. Do you know the persons of either of the prisoners - A. I know the one with the child in her arms, her name is Hayes. On the 1st of October she was in my house.

Q. Was she in company with any body - A. No; it was between eight and nine o'clock in the evening.

Q. Had she a child with her then - A. No, the child was at the door; she came in for a pint and a half of beer; I was present at the time; it was measured to her in a quart pot; she told me she was going to take the pot to No. 4 in Elim court.

Q. Did you suffer her to take the pot - A. Yes. I asked her in what part of the house she was going to take the pot to; she told me in the next room to Mrs. Diner; she left my house, and I saw her take the pot out of the house; that was on Saturday evening she had the pot. On Sunday morning the man called for the pot, the pot was not to be found. A man came and asked me if I had lost any pots; I told him I had lost one; he told me if I would go to Hatton garden office I should see them. When I served her with the beer I served her with one pot; she had two; how she took the other I do not know.

Q. When did you see your pots again - A. On Monday morning, and the prisoner in custody.

JOHN WENSLEY. Q. Did you take up this woman - A. I did; at the Cooper's Arms in Saffron hill.

Q. Were both the prisoners together - A. No, there was only the woman with the child in her arms.

Q. Is that part of Saffron hill where you took her in Middlesex - A. Yes.

Q. Did you find any pots in the possession of the woman with the child in her arms - A. No; when I was interrogating Hayes they brought me the other woman with five pots upon her.

Q. Do you know whether they were all connected together - A. I do not know. I have heard they are mother and daughter.

Q. Did you ask Hayes where she lived, and how she got her living - A. Yes; she first said that she lived in Drury lane; I wanted to know the number, I told her if she did not give an account of herself I would send her to prison. I have kept the pots ever since.

The property produced and identified.

THOMAS BAYLISS . I live at No. 23, Great Saffron hill. The publican sent for a constable to take some woman in custody on suspicion of stealing some pots; I went after him; they had got the prisoner Hayes, examining her in the back parlour.

Q. Did you see the woman prisoner with the child - A. Yes; I stood at the street door; there was a mob round the door, I heard the young one, Cline, say, they had not found any thing upon the prisoner Hayes, they might as well let her go; the publican's son said then, there was another woman; he went to see her; I said, by her discourse I think she is a companion with her; he and I took her into the back parlour, and we took these five quart pots away from her clothes.

Q. What did they say when they were charged as being companions - A. The old one said pray let my daughter go and keep me.

Q. The one that she called her daughter was in possession of the pots - A. She had got her gown and apron over them.

Hayes's Defence. I am innocent.

Cline was not put on her defence.

HAYES, GUILTY , aged 40.

Confined Two Years in the House of Correction , and fined One Shilling .

CLINE, NOT GUILTY .

Second Middlesex jury, before Mr. Common Serjeant.

743. JAMES LEEK was indicted for feloniously stealing on the 10th of July , a coat, value 5 s. the property of John Brown .

MARY BROWN . Q. Are you the wife of John Brown - A. Yes, we live in Old Pye street, Westminter , we keep a public house ; the prisoner was quartered upon us.

Q. While the prisoner was quartered upon you did you miss your coat - A. I cannot say the day I lost the coat, I had the coat in my possession in the latter end of June; I was brought to bed on the 4th of July; on the 10th of July the coat was missing, it was kept by the kitchen door; the prisoner lived in the back room over the kitchen; when I saw the coat I claimed it. I kept the coat till it was delivered to Mr. Bly.

RACHAEL WILLIS . Q. There was a coat claimed by Mary Brown that you were wearing last Tuesday - A. Yes; my mother gave me the ticket, and I fetched it out of pawn a month ago last Tuesday.

Q. Is your moteer's name Susannah Pringle - A. Yes.

Q. Do you know that this coat, of your own knowledge, was ever in the prisoner's possession - A. No.

SUSANNAH PRINGLE . I live in York street, Westminster.

Q. How do you get your living - A. By selling fruit at a stall.

Q. Rachael Willis is your daughter - A. Yes.

Q. Did you at any time give her the duplicate of a coat - A. Yes, about a month ago I gave her the duplicate.

Q. How did you come possessed of that duplicate - A. The prisoner asked me if I wanted a coat; I suppose it is about seven week ago; he said it was his wife's great coat, she had been dead about two or three months ago, he said it was pledged for five shillings, and he would sell the duplicate for five shillings. I told him I did not like to buy a coat without seeing it. I went to the pawn shop and looked at the coat, and then I gave four shillings for the duplicate and three pence for interest, and left the coat in.

Q. Are you quite sure that he is the man that you bought the coat of - A. Yes, he frequently stood upon guard where I had my stall.

THOMAS WILLIS . I am a coal heaver. When I came home about seven o'clock the prisoner asked me what my wife did with having that coat on; I believe it was about three weeks ago.

Q. What is your wife - A. She sells fruit; he asked me what my wife did with that coat; I asked him what it was to him; he said he did not sell the duplicate to my wife, he sold it to the woman the other side of the way.

JAMES BLY . I am an officer of Queen square police. I took the prisoner in custody, and I took the coat from Rachael Willis .

The property produced and identified.

Prisoner's Defence. I am totally innocent of the crime I am charged with. I have no witness but the pawnbroker.

Q. to prosecutrix. Had you no other soldier quartered at your house - A. No; there was a soldier came backwards and forwards to my house not to visit the prisoner; the prisoner has been quartered with me seven or eight months.

JOHN WILKINSON . Q. Whose service are you in - A. John Dobree, No. 3 Charing cross.

Q. Was that the place where this coat was in pawn - A. It was.

Prisoner. I wish to know whether I was the man that pledged the article at the shop - A. I have not the smallest recollection of him; I took the coat in; I do not know whether it was a man or a woman.

GUILTY, aged 29.

Judgment respited .

First Middlesex jury, before Mr. Common Serjeant.

744. THOMAS SPENCER was indicted for feloniously stealing an the 10th of July , five fowls, value 7 s. the property of William Hall , senior.

WILLIAM HALL , SENIOR. I live in Upper George street, Montague square , I am a painter and glazier , I keep fowls in a piece of unfenced ground which I intend to make a garden of. I rent the ground.

Q. Did you lose any fowls at any time - A. Yes. On Wednesday, the 26th of October, about twenty minutes before ten, I was going to bed; the fowls roost in a little shed adjoining this ground; as I was going to bed, I let a friend out who had been at my house; there was some paving by my house; my son came out of door and looked over these stones, and said, father, the fowl house is broken open; the fowl house door was open; I had set two pieces of timber against it; I went down to the door; as soon as I got into the ground, it lies below the street, I saw the door open; I told my son to call a watchman; the prisoner rushed out, he says d - n your eyes, if you pretend to stop me I will do for you; he had a kind of a chisel in his hand, which I believe we can produce. I asked him what business he had there; he had got a bundle in his hand, which, I believe, was the fowls; I got a little bit out of his reach that he might not strike me, and turned him the way the watchman was; I followed him, he stumbled and I stumbled; he got the advantage of me, and got up first; he was at last stopped by Thomas Butler .

Q. You have got the weapon in your hand - A. Yes, this is it; it is a mortice chisel. My son catched him, he struck my son; as soon as I came up I knocked him down, and going along I found the old cock in a little shed, where he just popped in and turned out again.

Q. He had the same sort of a thing in his hand when he threatened you - A. Yes. After we took him to the watchhouse we went back to the fowl shed, we missed two cock fowls, and three hen fowls; then we traced the path along which he had run; my son and Mr. Butler pointed out the garden where he jumped, and there the four fowls were found tied up in a black handkerchief, with their neck's wrung; they were dead.

Q. Where they warm at that time - A. I do not recollect. The fifth fowl I found before I went to the watchhouse.

Q. Then in the garden, and in the course he had taken, you found all the five fowls - A. Yes; I have got them here.

Q. Whose handkerchief was that - A. We took it to be the prisoner's; he had a neckcloth stiffner, but no neckcloth to fit the stiffner.

Q. That induced you to believe that handkerchief to be his, his neck being without one - A. Yes; my son went into this shed where this man turned in; he found this chisel, which we supposed he threw in. He told me going to the watchhouse, that he was a married man and had three children; I asked him how he could do such a thing to bring his family to distress; he said he did not care, he might as well go any where as to stay here and be starved.

WILLIAM HALL , JUNR. Q. Are you the son of the last witness - A. Yes; as I was standing upon the stones at the door, I said father, I think the fowl house door is open; I had no shoes on; I run in doors and put my shoes on; when I came out again, my father halloaed out call the watchman; I halloaed out a thief directly, and ran into the ground; then I saw my father in pursuit of the prisoner; the prisoner slipped over a hill at the top.

Q. Did you see him go into a shed in the course of your pursuit - A. Yes.

Q. At last, after you had secured the prisoner, did you look into that shed - A. Yes, and found that chisel; I saw the prisoner engaged with Mr. Butler, who was before me.

Q. Did you see whether he went over into a piece of garden ground - A. Yes; he ran through a pond first, and I followed after him; he hesitated for a minute and then he ran over some pales into the garden ground; directly he got over I got over after him; after we had secured him I went into the garden and found a black silk handkerchief with four fowls tied in it.

Q. Was that black silk handkerchief a neck handkerchief - A. Yes; it appeared so; it contained four fowls of my father's.

Q. Did you know the cock fowl that your father picked up - A. Yes.

Q. Did you help to secure the man - A. Yes; I got over the garden, I secured the prisoner by the collar; he struck at me, and I fell, and pulled him down upon me; he was going to strike me again and my father rushed in upon him.

THOMAS BUTLER . I am a cordwainer; I live in Selby's mews, Upper Portman square. On Wednesday the 26th of October, between the hours of nine and ten o'clock, I came by Mr. Hall's house, his son was at the door; I heard the father call out William, there is somebody in the fowl house; call out for the watchman; I saw a man with a bundle in his hand passing Mr. Hall as fast as he could; that man was the prisoner; Mr. Hall got to him and sell, and I past him. I ran about a hundred yards, and came up to him; he put his hand to his coat, he instantly struck at me with the chisel, and struck me on my head; I could not recover my ground for the space of half a minute; then I made my way to him again; he said keep off or else I will do for you; I saw him get over the place where he was apprehended; I saw him go up to a shed, which I suppose was to hide the chissel and the fowls; the chisel and the fowls were found there. Then William Hall was getting over the fence; I went round to the front of the house, a smith's shop, he instantly came to me and says there he is; I said you are the man; William Hall junr. and he had a struggle, and Mr. Hall senr. came up and assisted in taking him.

Q. to prosecutor. The fowls were alive the last time you had seen them - A. Yes; I had fed them twice that day.

Prisoner's Defence. Just as I heard the noise, I was coming down the road from John street; I came through the gate, and I said I saw a man go over the gate; they had got another man before me; they let him go; I know nothing about it, he said it was me. I was eightyears at sea, and the last part of the time in the East India service.

Q. to prosecutor. These five fowls were worth seven shillings, were they - A. Yes.

GUILTY , aged 35.

Transported for Seven Years .

First Middlesex jury, before Mr. Common Serjeant.

745. CHARLES SLEEFORD was indicted for feloniously stealing on the 20th of September three remnants of cotton, value 3 s. a shawl value 6 s. and a tea spoon, value 1 s. the property of Michael M'Dermot .

MICHAEL M'DERMOT. I keep the Plow in Crown street, Oxford road .

Q. Did you at any time lose a remnant of cotton, a shawl, and a tea spoon - A. Yes on the 20th of September; they were in the parlour.

Q. Was the prisoner in your house on the 20th of September - A. Yes, as a customer; I never saw him but once before; he came in while I was absent.

Q.Did you return while he was in the house - A. Yes, I served him with two pots of half and half.

Q. What reason have you to charge him with stealing these things - A. I found them on him; he was in the parlour some time; he borrowed two shillings, under pretence of changing a ten pound note.

Q. Did he produce a ten pound note - A. He pulled out a purse with something in it, I do not know what; he said he was an oyster meter and lived in the parish; when I saw him going out of the house without paying me, I followed him; he said he lived at 41, Wardour street; I went up to him after some distance, under pretence of seeing him home; he asked me if I wanted the money, I said no, if he was a neighbour, it was of no consequence, I could wait till tomorrow; I laid hold of his arm to take him home, he stopped several times, and asked me if I wanted the money, he asked me to go in and drink with him; I looked in his pockets; I told him I would, as he asked me; as soon as I got him into the house I turned his pockets out, and said this is my property.

Q. Where was it you saw your property - A. At the City of Hereford public house in Litchfield street.

Q. You saw the cotton in his coat pocket - A. Yes, and the shawl; a constable was sent for. I took the three remnants of cotton out of his pocket and the shawl. After he was taken to the watchhouse the constable found the tea spoon.

GEORGE GILLIARD . I am a beadle.

Q. Were you at the City of Hereford public house - A. Yes; M'Dermot searched him in the house; I searched him, and found a shawl in his pocket at the watchhouse; the constable of the night said what is this that shines here; I turned round and picked up a silver spoon. The prisoner was quite drunk, he could not tell where he lived that night.

Q. Did you hear him give any description where he lived - A. I do not recollect hearing any description until the next day at Marlborough street, he described himself to live at New street, Mint square; he said he kept a sheep's head shop and sold greens.

The property produced and identified.

Prisoner's Defence. I was in the public house all the forenoon, and the remaining part of the evening; as for my taking the property, I do not know any thing about it; I was very much in liquor.

Q. to prosecutor. What was the value of your tea spoon - A. A shilling.

GUILTY , aged 49.

Confined Six Months in the House of Correction , and fined One Shilling .

First Middlesex jury, before Mr. Common Serjeant.

746. JOHN WIGGEN and JOSEPH PARSONS were indicted for feloniously stealing on the 31st of August , fifty pound weight of lead, value 10 s. the property of Joseph Hill , esq. affixed to his dwelling house , and -

TWO OTHER COUNTS for like offence, only varying the manner of charging them.

JOHN CUMMINGS . I am a bricklayer.

Q. Do you know this house of 'squire Hill's - A. Yes, it is in New court, New way, St. Margaret. Westminster . I was employed to repair these houses. In consequence of information I examined the gutters of the five houses, and found the lead cut away from the two sides of the gutter, about fifty pounds weight from one house; it had the appearance of being fresh cut off.

Q. Do you know the prisoners - A. Yes, they were both my workmen.

Q. When the lead was missing, did you say any thing to these men about it - A. I said little, till I saw the evidence which I thought was sufficient, then did, his name is Charles Gates, he was a workman of mine; I then got an officer and had them apprehended.

CHARLES GATES . Q. What are you - A. I am a bricklayer.

Q. Were you employed to do any repairs to Mr. Hill's house - A. Yes; the two prisoners were employed with me, and two labourers.

Q. Did you see any lead taken away - A. Yes, it was cut with a knife from under the tiles.

Q. Who cut it - A. I cannot say who cut it most; they were all concerned in it except the two labourers, they knew nothing of it.

Q. How much lead did you take in all - A. I cannot say; I suppose it was taken from five, if not six houses.

Q. Do you think you got as much as fifty pounds weight of it - A. Yes. The lead was sold to an old iron shop, for three halfpence a pound.

Q. Who received the money for it - A. Sometimes one and sometimes another; it was all spent in beer and gin.

Q. You shared in the gin and beer it produced - A. Yes.

Q. Did you make the discovery first - A. No; when Mr. Cummings came to our house I told him of it.

Q. You had not the honesty to tell your employer of it till he came about it - A. No.

Q. How old are you - A.Sixteen.

COURT. You are going the high road to the gallows.

NOT GUILTY .

First Middlesex jury, before Mr. Common Serjeant.

747. MARY HART was indicted for feloniously stealing on the 22nd of October , a pair of boots, value 12 s. the property of John Leeson ; and

SARAH SCOTON for feloniously receiving them, she knowing them to be stolen .

JOHN LEESON. I am a waterman , I live in Well-street, Oxford street. On the 21st of October, it might be one o'clock, I was going over to Covent Garden, I had a pair of boots tied with a string over my shoulder, going round James street, Covent Garden, I met the prisoner Hart, she asked me whether I would take a walk home with her; I said I had no objection; I wenthome with her; I had not been home with her five minutes, sitting down in a chair by the fire, before she took the boots off the drawers in her room where I had put them; she went off with them; I followed her to the door and lost sight of her; I returned back to the room and stopped there till about nine in the morning then I left the room and went down to the water side; and about half past eleven I walked up to the house again to see if I could find her.

Q. Where is the house - A. In Newtoner's lane , and when I was within a door of the house, I saw the prisoner Hart and another person going with her into the house; she saw me, and knowing me by the coat and badge, she ran right through the house, and I after her; she squeezed through a hole in the paling; I got hold of her clothes, till at last a man that lived in the house came and collared me, and she with a pin pricked my hand, and made me let go of her; I went out of doors immediately, I was afraid to be in the house; I stood out about ten minutes or a quarter of an hour; a strange girl came and said would I go with her: I said no; she asked me what I wanted; I said my property; in the course of a minute or two afterwards, the strange girl brought the duplicate to me, and said she had found the duplicate in the passage; the duplicate mentioned Clare market. I went there and found the boots; the pawnbroker said a woman had been there and pawned them in the character of my wife.

Q. What do you produce Sarah Scoton for - A. I have nothing to do with her.

Q. Are you sure Mary Hart is the young woman that went away with your boots - A. Yes.

JOSEPH BALL . I am a pawnbroker; I live at Mr. Edwards', Clare market. On the 23d of this month, Sarah Scoton , to the best of my knowledge, pledged a pair of boots in the morning; I lent twelve shillings upon them.

Q. Leeson, the waterman, brought you the duplicate - A. Yes.

RICHARD LIMBRICK . I am one of the patrols belonging to Bow street. Leeson came to the office on Monday last, and said he had been robbed of a pair of boots; I and Blackman apprehended the prisoners; he pointed out Scoton first and said she was the person that took the boots; I took her into the house, the prisoner Hart was there; he begged my pardon, and said Hart was the person that robbed him; we took both the prisoners to the pawnbroker; when the pawnbroker saw them, he said he believed it was Scoton that pawned the boots.

Q. to Leeson. Which of them was it that robbed you - A. I am sure it was Hart.

The property produced and identified.

Hart's Defence. I am an unfortunate woman of the town. Last Friday week, I was out late, it was about two o'clock, I met with this waterman, them boots he had in his hand; he followed me from Covent Garden to Bow street, he asked me to take him home, upon conditions, he said, he had been out late drinking, he had no money, but had that about him that would make money; Elizabeth Davis heard what passed; he said I could pawn the boots for what I liked, on reasonable terms; we slept together; he was agreeable for me to pawn the boots; in the morning Elizabeth Davis went and pawned the boots; he was obligated to go before she returned; he returned between eleven and twelve o'clock in the day; he asked me where the ticket was; I told him I did not know; he struck me, I have bruises all about me; he tore my gown all across the cotton; I said, cannot you have patience till the person returns in the afternoon; I run through the paling of the yard; there was no pin in my hand, it was a pin in my clothes. This woman knows nothing of it. My witness Elizabeth Davis can prove that he was agreeable for me to send them boots out.

ELIZABETH DAVIS . I am the person that pledged the boots.

Q. You are an unfortunate girl of the town - A. I am. The boots were given me to pledge by the consent of the man; I pledged them at Mr. Edwards'.

Prosecutor. I never saw this woman before the next day.

Davis. I am sure I am the person that pawned the boots; at the time the pawnbroker took the boots he asked me to leave the handkerchief that was round them. I told him I could not spare it.

Pawnbroker. That is a true observation about asking her to leave the handkerchief.

Q. Now which of the two do you believe it is that pawned them - A. The person at the bar; the young man that was in the shop thought it was Scoton that pledged them, the same as I did.

NOT GUILTY .

First Middlesex jury, before Mr. Recorder.

748. GEORGE JOHNSON was indicted for feloniously stealing on the 28th of October , three quartern loaves of bread, value 3 s. 9 d. the property of Thomas Read .

The prosecutor being called, and not appearing in court, the prisoner was

ACQUITTED .

First Middlesex jury, before Mr. Recorder.

749. THOMAS WADDLE was indicted for a misdemeanor .

The case was stated by Mr. Garrow.

GEORGE CLARK . Q. Were you an officer in the excise in November, 1797, stationed at Barestead near Maidstone - A. Yes.

Q. Do you know the prisoner - A. Yes, I remember seeing him on the 6th of November, about ten at night, I stood within the door of my lodgings, I saw a cart go past, and a person in the cart, and this prisoner riding behind upon a horse; I suspected that it was a smugling cart; I went into my stable and took my horse and followed them; I overtook them a little way beyond the Bell at Farnham, about half a quarter of a mile; I asked the prisoner what he had got in the cart; he said it was no concern of mine, or words to that purpose.

Q. What did it appear to you that it was in the cart - A. I cannot be certain what was in the cart; they appeared to be hogsheads of some sort; I thought it was tobacco at the time. I went to endeavour to stop the cart; I called out to the man in the cart to stop the cart, but he made no answer: I told him if he did not stop I would fire, and I fired at the horse in the cart.

Q. Before you fired at the horse had you any opportunityof seeing what was the contents in the cart - A I endeavoured to put my hand into the cart to feel what it was, but was prevented by the prisoner; then I fired at the horse; the man in the cart said to Waddle, now at him; after that expression Waddle then rode up and struck me over the head with a large stick, what they call a bludgeon, such as smugglers use - He struck me over my head, which knocked my hat off, and cut my head open; and he kept after me, attempting to strike me, at some distance; he followed me; the other man was in the cart behind; - I then pulled up my horse, and took out my other pistol, and told him I would shoot; he said will you shoot - I fired at his horse; he then came to me with his stick, and I defended myself with my hanger in the best manner I could.

Q. You still being a horseback at that time - A. Yes. He then hit my horse over the left ear, the horse fell and I fell with him; then he jumped upon me and secured me - he took my arms, my hanger, and my pistols; on the other man coming up to me, they took my belt that I had got about my body, and pinioned my arms back with the strap, and I laid in the road.

Q. Did both of them do it to you - A. Yes; I laid on my back; the man that drove the cart came and looked at me; he took the stick and hit me on the collar; - it was a very bright moonlight night, I could observe Waddle and the other man whispering together in the road.

Q. What was the consequence of all these blows, with respect to your person - A. My head was cut, I think in four different places.

Q.Did you bleed very freely - A. Yes.

Q. You was very much hurt was you - A. Yes, very much hurt; when I observed them whispering together in the road, the other man turned the cart round and went back on the road that they came. Waddle came up and untied my hands, and delivered up to me my pistols and my hanger; I then got up and went to Hearndon's house; it might be about thirty or forty yards; I went into the house and the woman brought me some water; I had my wounds washed, and she tied my head up.

Q. You were bleeding then - A. Yes; Hearndon and his wife were both there at the time. Waddle said to Hearndon, that he would give half a guinea if he would go and fetch his horse.

COURT. Did Waddle come along with you to Hearndon's house - A. Yes. Hearndon went after the horse.

Q. How long were you together with Waddle in that house at Hearndon's - A. Upon my word I cannot exactly say.

Q. Half an hour or more - A. I should think more than that.

Q. Had you a light at Hearndon's - A. Yes.

Q. Have you any doubt that Waddle was the person that treated you in the manner as you have described - A. I never had any doubt of it.

Q. Now you have mentioned Hearndon and his wife being there, do you remember a person of the name of Jones being there - A. While Mr. Hearndon was gone for the horse, I heard a horse come past the door, I holloaed out, I went to the door and I saw it was Mr. Jones; Mr. Jones got off his horse and came into the house.

Q. You knew Mr. Jones before - A. Yes, he was a gentleman farmer at Farnham; - he came in and asked me what was the matter. Waddle told Mr. Jones that I wanted to rob him; then I told Mr. Jones the circumstance that I have been repeating to day; Mr. Jones told Waddle that he ought to be secured; Mr. Jones asked him what his name was, and where he lived; he said his name was Kingsworth, and that he lived at Lenham, or near Lenham, which is not a great way from Farnham; it is about six or seven miles. Mr. Jones was assisting the woman in tying up my head, and Waddle went out of the house, and I saw no more of him that night.

COURT. Was his horse found - A. Mr. Hearndon brought my horse instead of his.

Mr. Knapp. Upon the prisoner saying that he lived at Lenham, did Mr. Jones say any thing to Waddle about it - A. Mr. Jones shook his head, and said he did not recollect any such person living in that neighbourhood; then Waddle went out of the house and we never saw him till some time afterwards at Hyde fair.

Q. You have mentioned Mr. Jones, and Mr. and Mrs. Hearndon - A. Yes.

Q. They attended when you attended afterwards when you preferred the bill of indictment, and they attended afterwards when the trial was expected to come on - A. Yes.

Q. What is become of them - A. They are dead all of them now.

COURT. When did the last of them die - A. Mr. Jones died, and was buried in April last; Hearndon was buried upon the 15th of May last; and Mrs. Hearndon, October 4th, 1803.

Q. You say you did not see Waddle again until you saw him at Hyde fair, when is Hyde fair day - A. I am not positive, I think it was the 10th or 11th of December; the month after I saw Waddle there.

Q. Have you any doubt at all that the person you saw at Hyde fair, was the person that treated you in the way you have described, and was the person that was at Hearndon's house - A. I have no doubt at all.

Q. You did not apprehend him at that time - A. No.

Q. What did you do when you had seen Waddle again at Hyde fair - A. I returned home, and acquainted my supervisor of it.

COURT. You then learned his name and who he was - A. Yes.

Mr. Knapp. You attended afterwards to prefer the bill, and give your evidence before the grand jury - A. Yes.

Q. When was that - A. I cannot exactly say the time.

Q. Did you afterwards, in consequence of notice that you received, attend to give evidence here at another sessions - A. Yes, then I attended with Mr. Jones, Mr. Hearndon and his wife; the trial did not come on, Waddle did not make his appearance.

Q. When did you see Waddle after that time - A. I cannot say, I did not see him after some time, I cannot speak to the day now.

Q. Have you tried to apprehend him without effect - A. I have.

Cross examined by Mr. Const. You have said in your evidence that you fired, you are positive, before they said any thing to you - A. Yes.

Q. You said nothing to them, but shot the horse - A. I cannot say whether the shot touched the horse or not.

Q. But before any of them said any thing to you, you fired again at the horse - A. No; he struck me over the head and knocked my hat off, and then I fired at the horse; the horse he was upon.

Q. You were both on horseback - A. Yes; the man was in the cart.

Q. That was before any injury was done to your person, that you fired - A. Yes.

Q. And no other conversation of any sort passed between you untill you got to the house - A. No.

Mr. Const. The recognizance was estreated in April sessions, 1801.

(The record of the recognizance being estreated, read,)

Mr. Const addressed the jury on behalf of the defendant.

GUILTY .

Confined Two Years in the House of Correction .

Second Middlesex jury, before Lord Ellenborough.