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Old Bailey Proceedings, 13th May 1812.

THE WHOLE PROCEEDINGS On the KING's Commission of the PEACE OYER AND TERMINER, AND GAOL DELIVERY FOR THE CITY OF LONDON, AND ALSO THE GAOL DELIVERY FOR THE COUNTY OF MIDDLESEX, HELD AT Justice-Hall, in the Old Bailey, On WEDNESDAY the 13th of MAY, 1812, and following Days;

BEING THE FIFTH SESSION IN THE MAYORALTY OF The Right Hon. CLAUDIUS STEPHEN HUNTER , LORD-MAYOR OF THE CITY OF LONDON.

TAKEN IN SHORT-HAND BY JOB SIBLY , No. 4, CARTHUSIAN-STREET, ALDERSGATE-STREET.

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

Before the Right-honourable CLAUDIUS STEPHEN HUNTER , Lord Mayor of the City of London; Right-hon. Sir James Mansfield , one of the Justices of His Majesty's Court of Common Pleas; Sir Nash Grose , knt. one of the Justices of His Majesty's Court of King's Bench; Sir Robert Graham , knt. one of the Barons of His Majesty's Court of Exchequer: Joshua Jonathan Smith , esq. Sir Richard Carr Glyn , bart. Sir John Perring , bart. Aldermen of the said City; John Silvester , esq. Recorder of the said City: Sir Charles Flower , bart. William Domville , esq. Sir William Plomer , knt. Aldermen 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 Gaol Delivery of Newgate, holden for the said City and County of Middlesex.

London Jury.

John Barrett ,

John Lockett ,

John Ball ,

Thomas Watkins ,

Richard Martin ,

Thomas Simpson ,

Thomas Harrison ,

William Mason ,

John Ward ,

William James ,

James Cofter ,

William Hutchinson .

First Middlesex Jury.

William Bigley ,

Samuel Brown ,

Ephraim Lee ,

Daniel Hayward ,

Richard Bates ,

Thomas Whittington ,

John Kennington ,

Thomas Juggins ,

Nathaniel Sheath ,

Lee Waters ,

William Trowers ,

William English .

Second Middlesex Jury.

Charles Duckworth ,

James Osborne ,

Andrew Beaton ,

Thomas Hall ,

James King ,

John Grimley ,

George Gaton ,

William Knight ,

Eleazer Booker ,

William Smith ,

Samuel Clerk ,

Edward Stamford .

430. PATRICK LONG was indicted for feloniously stealing on the 13th of April , twenty pounds weight of soap, value 14 s. and one hundred pounds weight of barilla, value 30 s. the property of Richard Jones and William Richards .

RICHARD JONES Q. Who is your partner - A. William Richards , we are soap manufacturer s, in Hackney road, Shoreditch . The prisoner was one of our labourer s, he used to work in our manufactory, he had eighteen shillings a week. We were suspicious that we were losing a quantity of soap and barrilla until the apprehension of the prisoner. On the 13th of April I went into the barilla room, and found the prisoners coat upon an empty cask in the barilla room, I searched his pockets, there was a great deal of barilla dust between the lining of the coat and the outside, which was made as a large pocket; and there was also soap plastered inside that pocket. I then ordered my clerk, Mr. M'Clerc, to watch the prisoner, and I went to Worship-street for an officer. I returned with the officer. I saw the prisoner coming out of the manufactory; I pointed him out to the officer, and desired the officer to take the prisoner. The officer took the prisoner; we brought him into the accompting-house, we searched the prisoner there, and took from him a quantity of soap, twelve pounds of soap, from the flap part of his breeches. I gave the prisoner into the custody of the officer. The officer took the prisoner to Worship-street office. We went with the prisoner to the prisoner's lodgings, we there found three cakes of yellow soap, weighing eight pounds, value five shillings, and a hundred weight of barilla on the stair-case, facing the room door. When we were searching the prisoner's room, he said it was the first time, he hoped we would forgive him. I told him it was not in my power to do it. This is the barilla and the soap. We afterwards found about half a hundred weight of barilla concealed behind the cask where the prisoner's coat was.

- ARMSTRONG. I am an officer. This is the parcel of soap he had in his breeches, it weighs twelve pounds.

Prisoner's Defence. I kept a shop in Grub-street, and previous to my going to work for Mr. Jones I sold all my things except the soap.

GUILTY , aged 32.

First Middlesex jury, before Mr. Recorder.

431. RICHARD BEARD was indicted for burglariously breaking and entering the dwelling-house of William Johnson , about the hour of ten on the night of the 25th of April , and burglariously stealing therein, two knives, value 18 d. and two forks, value 1 s. the property of William Johnson .

WILLIAM JOHNSON . Q. Are you a house-keeper - A. Yes, I live at 46, High-street, Shoreditch, in the parish of St. Leonard, Shoreditch . I am a working cutler , my shop window was broken at the corner.

Q. Who was the last person in your house the night before? Who fastened your house - A. My own son. This was done before the shop was shut up. On taking the window-shutters down, the window was found broken, the knives were near tumbling out; on which my son ran up stairs to me, and said, there must have been some knives taken out of the window on Saturday evening.

Q. Your son alarmed you - A. Yes, about seven o'clock on the Monday morning.

Q. You do not know when it was broken open - A. It appears that it must have been about half past eight on Saturday night.

Q. How do you know it was Saturday night - A. Because if the window had been broken it must have been seen by people passing the shop.

Q. That is your argument. The window was not discovered to be broken on Saturday - A. We know no further than we suppose it was done on Saturday.

Q. I must not have suspicion alone. We cannot affect a fellow creature's life upon supposition - A. I cannot swear when it was done. The first time it was discovered was on the Monday morning following.

Q. Did any thin lead to the detection of the prisoner - A. Mere chance, I made no alarm about it.

Q. You saw nobody break your window, nor did you miss the knives untill Monday morning - A. No.

Q. All you know, is, you found your shop-window broken on Monday morning, before breakfast - A. Yes, and afterwards a constable called upon me.

JOHN NORWICH . I am a constable of Spital-fields. On Saturday night, the 25th of April, I was returning home, near eleven o'clock at night, saw three boys running, I had suspision that they had been after no good, I ran after them, and laid hold of the prisoner at the bar; as I laid hold of him, two knives dropped from underneath his jacket. I picked up the knives, and asked him where he got them, he said he knew nothing about them. I was going to take him away to the watchhouse, I discovered some forks laying where I took up the knives. I picked up the two forks, I took the prisoner to the watch-house and searched him, I found two pence in halfpence upon him, and a metal broach. I questioned the prisoner at the watchhouse, where he got the knives and forks; he said he found them upon the stairs.

Q. Did he say what stairs - A. In the house where one Arnold lived, he said he went to look after Arnold's boy to get him to come down and play with him.

Q. You do not know at all where these knives and forks came from, except from what he told you - A. No. I went to Mr. Johnson's house on the Monday morning, I did not take the prisoner with me. These are the knives.

Prosecutor. The knives and forks are my property.

Prisoner's Defence. I found them knives and forks.

NOT GUILTY .

First Middlesex jury, before Mr. Justice Grose.

432. HYMAN FRANKS was indicted for feloniously stealing, on the 8th of May , seven hats, value 12 s. the property of Richard Smith , privately in his shop .

RICHARD SMITH . I am a hatter ; I keep a shop, No. 40, High-street, in the parish of St. Paul's, Shadwell .

Q. to Mr. Shelton. How is it in the indictment - A. It is in the parish of St. George in the indictment.

COURT. Then there is an end of the capital part.

Smith. I keep a hatters shop.

Q. Were you in the shop on the 8th of May - A. Yes, I was in the shop on that day at five o'clock in the evening; I left the shop at that time, I returned home at ten o'clock at night; the shop was shut up and I went to bed; in the morning I was informed that previous to my coming home the shop had been robbed, and I found there had been thirty hats missing the next morning.

GEORGE ORDLEY . I am the patrol. On Thursday night, the 7th of May, about half past nine, I was going on to patrol, I heard a shop in my beat had lost two hats.

Q. What, Mr. Smith's shop - A. No, another in St. George's parish, and in going round my beat I met the prisoner with some hats under his arm; I asked him what he had got; he did not tell me; I said, you have got hats; I told him there had been some hats stolen that night, I must take him to the shop, and see if them were the hats that they had lost; he said he would go with me, he had them of one Mr. Franks. In walking along with me he tried to make his escape, I ran after him, and stopped him, and took him and the hats that he had with him to Mr. Sheppard, who had lost two hats; Mr. Sheppard said they were neither of them his.

Q. How many hats were there - A. Seven. Then I took him to the watchhouse, and gave charge of him, and left the hats at the watchhouse till the morning in the charge of Mr. Jackson, the beadle. I am sure the prisoner is the man.

THOMAS JACKSON . I was the beadle of the night. On Thursday last Ordley brought the prisoner into the watchhouse about ten minutes before ten; he brought seven hats with him, I kept the prisoner in custody till the next morning; I took the prisoner and the hats before the magistrate; Mr. Smith came forward the next day and claimed the hats. The prisoner said that a boy went into the shop, took the hats, and gave them him to carry. The hats have been in my possession ever since.

Prosecutor. They are all my hats; I know them by the finishing of them.

Prisoner's Defence. I was never in a court before my life; I was never out after ten o'clock at night, and nothing of this kind ever happened to me before.

GUILTY, aged 17,

Of simple larceny .

First Middlesex jury, before Mr. Baron Graham.

433. JOHN BUNN was indicted for feloniously stealing, on the 23d of April , a watch, value 5 l. the property of Thomas Johnson , from his person .

THOMAS JOHNSON . I live in the Old Jewry, Cheapside. On the morning of the 23d of April, about half past two o'clock, I was coming home, the prisoner met me and my friend as we were entering the arch of Temple Bar , on the foot path; the prisoner came right in front of us, I was arm-in-arm with my friend, John Brown , and the prisoner, when he was going to get past me I saw his hand coming before me, he seized hold of my seals and chain, and rapidly pulled my watch right up, and took it over my shoulder.

Q. Took it over your shoulder, do you say - A. Yes. In consequence of the watch glass being broke I had turned the face of the watch downwards to secure the hands, the outer case fell on the pavement; I said to my friend, stop; and loosened my arm, and said, this man has taken my watch; I saw it in his hand, and I saw the watch go away; I saw it come out of my pocket.

Q. The case fell upon the pavement - A. Yes. I turned sharp round, I saw the prisoner going away with the watch in his hand, I pursued him, and I catched him by the skirts of coat, his coat gave way; I halloaed out, and the patrol was coming up to assist me, and as he came to me the watch I saw it in some person's hand, whose hand it was I cannot say, and as soon as I seized the watch it came into my hand.

Q. In whose hand was the watch, was it in the prisoner's hand - A. I cannot say.

Q. How do you know that the person that moved his hand towards you was the prisoner - A. I never lost sight of him.

Q. Will you take upon you to swear positively that the person you met, and who took your watch, was the prisoner - A. There was no other in the way.

Q. You got your watch did you - A. Yes, and I returned and found the case, and picked it up myself.

Q. You say the prisoner got away from you - A. He got away from me; he was taken at a little distance on the Westminster side, the contrary way I was going; he was seized by James Pearson .

Q. How long was it after you saw him - A. Not a minute.

Q. You are sure the person that was taken and brought back was the person that took your watch - A. That was the person that took my watch.

Q. Was any body with the prisoner - A. No.

JAMES PEARSON . I am a patrol of St. Clements Danes. There were four of us patrols standing together on the opposite side of the way, it was a moonlight morning, we could distinguish the other side of the way well.

Q. What day was it - A. The 23d of April. We were standing in conversation, there had been no person pass through the bar for near ten minutes; we observed Johnson and his friend attempt to go through, as soon as they entered under the arch way on the foot path I heard some one exclaim, my watch is gone, or something similar to that; I ran across the way, and the prisoner, John Brown, had gone about twenty yards from where the fact was committed. I took hold of him, and three of the patrols with me assisted in taking him to the watchhouse. I fetched Mr. Johnson back to go to the watchhouse to give charge; Johnson said he had lost his watch.

Q. You seized the prisoner - A. I did.

Q. In his hearing did Johnson state that he was the person that took it - A. Yes, he did; the prisoner said he was innocent of it, he was willing to go to the watchhouse.

JOHN BROWN . Q. Were you walking with the prosecutor on the evening they have been talking of near Temple Bar - A. Yes, it was the 23d of April, about half past two in the morning, Johnson and me were walking arm in arm conversing together on; entering the arch of Temple Bar, Johnson said, stop, I have lost my watch; he put his hand to his pocket, and felt for it; he said, it is gone, that man has taken it; I heard something drop at the time; he immediately ran after him; I stopped at the corner of the bar until the prisoner was seized at a little distance.

Q. Are you sure the person that was seized was the person that met Mr. Johnson, and you - A. I am certain of it; Mr. Johnson came back after the prisoner was seized, and looked round and found the watch-case.

Prisoner's Defence. I have only to say I was passing by at that time, Mr. Johnson said, I had taken his watch, he laid hold of me, I said I had not, neither did I. I knew nothing of him or his watch.

GUILTY , aged 28.

Transported for Life .

First Middlesex jury, before Mr. Justice Grose.

433. JOHN BELLINGHAM was indicted for the wilful murder of the Right-Honourable Spencer Perceval , and also stood charged upon the coroner's inquisition.

NAMES OF THE JURY.

Ephraim Lee ,

Thomas Whittington ,

Thomas Juggins ,

William English ,

James Osborne ,

John Bellas ,

Daniel Hayward ,

John Kennington ,

Lee Waters ,

Charles Russell ,

James King ,

George Gaton .

The case was stated by Mr. Attorney General.

WILLIAM SMITH , ESQ. Q. You are a member in the present Commons House of Parliament - A. Yes. On the 11th of this month (last Monday) I was going through the lobby towards the door of the House of Commons . As I was passing through the lobby, I stopped to speak to a gentleman whom I met with there; while in conversation with that gentleman I heard the report of a pistol, which appeared to have been fired close by the entrance of the door of the lobby.

Q. By that door, do you mean the door by which members coming from their residences get into the house - A. Yes, the first door of the lobby. This appeared to have been fired from that door; immediately upon hearing the report I turned my head towards the place from whence the noise appeared to have proceeded, and observed a tumult, and probably a dozen or more persons gathering about the spot, almost at the same instant a person rushed hastily from among the crowd, and several voices cried out shut the door, and let no one escape. The person who came from among the crowd came towards me, looking first one way and then another, and as I thought at the moment rather like one seeking for shelter, than as the person who had received the wound, but taking two or three steps towards me, as he approached he rather reeled by me, and almost instantly fell upon the floor, with his face downwards. Before he fell I heard a cry not very distinctly, what appeared to come from him, in which were the words, murder, or something very much like that. When he first fell I thought he might be slightly wounded, and expected to see him make an effort to rise, but gazing at him a few moments, I observed that he did not stir at all; I therefore immediately stooped down to raise him from the ground, requesting the assistance of a gentleman who stood close by me for that purpose. As soon as we had turned his face towards us, and not till then, I perceived it was Mr. Perceval. We then took him in our arms, the other gentleman on his left side, and I on his right. We carried him into the office of the speaker's secretary, and ourselves on a table there with Mr. Perceval between us also sitting on the table, resting in our at that time completely pale, the small quantity from each corner of its month, and as I then thought probably not more than two minutes had elapsed since the pistol had been fired there were not scarcely any signs of life remaining; his eyes were still open. but he did not appear to know me, nor take any notice of any person that came about him, nor had he uttered the least articulate sound from the moment that he fell. A few convulsive sobs, which lasted three or four minutes, together with scarcely a perceptible pulse, were the only signs of life remaining, and this continued but for a short time longer, and when I felt his wrist for the last time assisted by Mr. Lynn a surgeon, who had arrived, it appeared to me that he was totally dead; I remained in the same situation with the body till we carried it into the speaker's house. I am incapable of giving any account of whatever passed afterwards in the lobby respecting the detension or conduct of the prisoner at the bar.

Q. Had you afterwards any opportunity of seeing where Mr. Perceval was wounded - A. Mr. Perceval still remained on my arm when Mr. Lynn examined the wound; he came into the room, and examined the wound while we remained in the same posture. The body not having been moved at all; I saw the wound from which but little blood appeared to have issued.

Q. Where was the wound - A. The wound was very near the nipple of the left breast, a little above it and within it; the orifice appeared to me to be large for a pistol ball, and when Mr. Lynn probed it; it seemed clearly that the ball had slaunted downwards, but it appeared clearly that the ball had penetrated the cavity of the breast, for the probe did not touch it.

Q. Mr. Perceval, I believe, was a person of low stature - A. Unquestionably.

Q. State the hour of the day that this happened - A. I recollect from various circumstances that it must have been between five o'clock, and a quarter after.

Q. I know you have been long a member of that place, is that about the time that Mr. Perceval, in his public situation, would come to the house - A. It is about the time that Mr. Perceval, in his public situation would come, and about that time he was constantly expected, and nearer to that time than any other.

Q. Was the gentleman that assisted of the name of Phillips - A. I believe it was.

WILLIAM LYNN . Q. I believe you are a surgeon residing in Great George-street, Westminster - A. I am.

Q. Were you sent for, and did you go to the House of Commons on Monday the 11th instant - A. I did.

Q. What time in the afternoon - A. About a quarter past five in the afternoon.

Q. What part of the House of Commons, or about it did you go to - A. I went through the lobby into the passage to the speaker's secretary's room.

Q. When you got there what did you see - A. I saw Mr. Perceval lay partly upon the table with his feet in two chairs one foot on each chair; I then saw some blood upon the white waistcoat and shirt; I turned it aside and saw an opening in the skin; I examined his pulse, he had no pulsation, and appeared quite dead.

Q. Did you probe the wound - A. I probed it, the probe passed three inches obliquely downwards and inwards, it being immediately over the heart, about the further rib: I had no doubt that the ball had passed into the heart, if not through it. It was a large pistol ball apparently.

Q. Could you from the appearance judge, sir, that that was the cause of his death - A. I have no doubt of that.

HENRY BURGESS . Q. You are a solicitor - A. I am.

Q. In the afternoon of Monday were you in the lobby of the House of Commons - A. I was.

Q. A little after five o'clock did you hear the report of a pistol - A. I did.

Q. From what part of the lobby did that report proceed from - A. From the entrance.

Q. What did you observe next after the report of the pistol - A. I saw a person coming forwards along the lobby from the entrance towards the House, staggering, and just before he came to the pillars next the door I saw him put his hand to his breast, or nigh his breast, he said, oh, faintly, and fell forwards on his face; I heard some people say, that is the man, and I saw a man pointing towards a bench by the side of the fire place, at the side of the lobby. I immediately at the same instant went to the bench, I saw the prisoner sitting on the bench in great agitation, I looked at both hands, and saw his left hand on the bench, and in his hand, or under his hand I saw the pistol, I immediately took the pistol in my hand and asked him what could have induced him to do such a thing, or act; he replied, want of redress of grievance, and refusal by government; it was to that effect, I do not say these were the exact words; I said, you have another pistol in your pocket; he replied, yes; I asked him if it was loaded; he said, yes; I saw some person take it from the left side of the prisoner's person about the coat or breeches.

Q. When you took hold of the first pistol which you found in his hand, or under his hand in what condition was it - A. It was warm, it had the appearance of having been recently discharged; I have the pistol here, this is it.

Q. Is it a large or a small bore to the pistol - A. I thought it was a very large bore. When he told me that the other pistol was loaded, I immediately put my hand into his right waistcoat pocket, and took out a pen-knife and a pencil, and a bunch of keys, and some money; at the same time I saw the pistol taken from him, and a bundle of papers.

Q. Was the prisoner detained in custody - A. He was.

Q. Was he examined shortly afterwards - A. Yes.

Q. Was he taken up stairs in order, with other witnesses to be examined before the magistrate - A. He was.

Q. Did you before the magistrate in the presence of the prisoner relate the facts which you have today related - A. I did.

Q. When you had concluded your narrative did he make any observation up it - A. He did, he said as nigh as I can recollect, I wish to correct Mr. Burgess's statement in one part, but I believe he is perfectly correct in any other; instead of my hand, as Mr. Burgess has stated, being on or near the pistol, I think he took it from my hand, or out of my hand; I do not know whether he said from my hand or out of my hand.

Q. Did he make any other observation upon your evidence - A. He did not.

Mr. Alley. I take it for granted you have stated every thing that occurred - A. No, I cannot recollect every thing that he stated; I have recollected every thing of importance.

Q. He said he had been ill used, and when you asked him why he did it, that is the reason he gave you, mere want of redress of grievance on the part of government - A. Redress of grievance, and a refusal by government.

Q. That is all he said to you - A. No; he said, I will relate to you why I did it.

Q. And when you asked him why he did it that is the reason he gave you - A. That is nearly the reason.

Q. He did not state any personal resentment to Mr. Perceval - A. He did not.

Q. There were a great many persons in the lobby - A. Not a great many, not more than twenty.

Q. Do you mean at the time the pistol was fired - A. I do. I do not think there were twenty at the time the pistol was fired.

Q. There was an order given to shut the door of the lobby, had that order been given before or after your conversation - A. I will not pretend to say; I heard the order given.

Q. You say the man was very much agitated - A. Very much.

Q. Might not he have absconded after he had fired the pistol, before the door had been ordered to be shut - A. I will not say.

Mr. Gurney. How long did that agitation continue - A. He was extremely agitated the whole time I was with him, afterwards, up stairs, he appeared perfectly calm and collected.

Q. With respect to the possibility of escape from the firing of the pistol must the prisoner have been within the lobby or without - A. I don't know, I should suppose there is no doubt he was in the lobby, I have no doubt he was in the lobby in my own mind.

Q. I believe down three steps from the door of the lobby there is an officer stationed - A. Two steps from the lobby.

Q. And then four or five steps down there is an officer - A. There are persons belonging to the house stationed.

Q. At the bottom of these four steps there are two persons stationed, are there not - A. I generally see one, sometimes there are two, I generally see one.

Q. Could any person go out of the lobby without going close by that person - A. He must have gone within a yard of him or less.

LIEUTENANT GENERAL ISAAC GASCOYNE . Q. I believe you are a member of the House of Commons - A. I am.

Q. Were you in one of the committee rooms in the afternoon of Monday last the 11th inst. - A. About five o'clock on Monday last I went to the House with a petition, to let Mr. Perceval see it by his own desire, previous to that petition being presented to the House. Before five o'clock the House resolved itself into a committee of the whole House, to proceed further respecting the Order of Council. Mr. Perceval then not being come down to the House, I postponed, till his arrival, presenting that petition, and went up stairs into the committee room, close by the ballustrades which look down into the lobby, the door open towards that ballustrade, it was merely the same thing as to hearing, as to being in the lobby of the House. I heard the loud report of a pistol shot, and almost instantaneously the cry of close the door. I rushed down stairs, through the House into the lobby; the door facing of the ballustrade was open. The moment I came into the lobby, I saw a crowd collected about some individual whom I could not see, and to whom the attention of almost every person was directed, I mean the generality; a person near me, whom I should not know if I were to see him, immediately said, that is the man that fired the pistol, pointing to John Bellingham , who stands there, whose person I well knew, and whose name I was acquainted with; I flew towards him, he was then sitting with one or two others upon the bench, at the right hand side of the fire-place of the lobby, supposing your back turned towards that fire.

Q. Between the fire-place and the entrance door of the lobby - A. Just so. I seized him by the breast, I think, and as he lifted up his hand, it appeared to me that a pistol was in that hand, either cocked, or upon the half cock, it appeared to me cocked. The The first impression in my mind was, that it was to be used against himself. I saw the pistol in his hand grasped, I therefore kept down his arm with all my strength, and a person, whom I believe to be the last witness, Mr. Burgess, whom I then did not know, took that pistol from under his hand, his hand being so held that there was little or no resistance from him. I heard that person ask him whether he had another pistol, I heard his reply - that he had; I proceeded to search for it, there were then others searching him. I put my hand into his coat pocket, I think one of the inside pockets, I had my hand in several of his pockets, I pulled out a bundle of papers, tied together with red tape; the pressure was great at that moment, I found myself closely pressed at that time, I was fearful of losing these papers and of losing the prisoner. I held up the papers, and Mr. Hume, a member of the House of Commons, took the papers out of my hand, with my consent; it appeared to me at that time, as it were the prisoner was dragged from my hold, I have no doubt now but it was the effect of persons to secure him; at that time I thought it was to drag him out of the lobby. I fastened both my hands upon him, told him he could not escape, that I knew him well, and that I would not lose sight of him, he said he had submitted, as if it were not to use him ill, I believe he rather complained of my using his arm rather roughly, he said that he had submitted, that he was the person that fired the shot; some other questions were asked, but I cannot now distinctly speak to them, nor to the answers, but with the assistance of other she was dragged into the body of the house and placed at the bar, in the custody of the two messengers. I mentioned to him his name, which he admitted.

Q. From the body of the house he was taken to another place where he and you were examined - A. Yes.

Q. You were examined, and that examination took place in his presence - A. It did.

Q. After you had made your deposition did the prisoner make any remark upon it - A. Something to this effect: General Gascoyne is too correct for me to question what he has said. He must have been less agitated than I was; he complained of the violence to his arm.

Q. When you first laid hold of him did he appear to be in a state of agitation - A. He certainly appeared to be in a state of agitation, as any man, would be, guilty of a crime, in a perspiration.

Q. Did he appear to have recovered from that agitation after your deposition was over - A. Completely composed, as I had known him before this occurrence happened.

Q. You stated that you knew him, how lately before had you seen him - A. The precise day I cannot mention, I can recollect some time in April, I saw him and conversed with him at my own house at Liverpool.

Q. You represent Liverpool - A. I do. He left his name the day before, saying he would call on the morrow; and when he came, I sent word with my servant to let him in, he came by my appointment.

JAMES TAYLOR . Q. Where do you live - A. No. 11, North Place, Gray's-inn-lane.

Q. Is that in the neighbourhood of Millman-street - A. Very near it.

Q. Do you know the prisoner at the bar - A. I do know him.

Q. How long have you known him - A. Ever since the 5th of last March.

Q. What business do you follow - A. The profession of a taylor.

Q. Have you ever been employed in the way of your business by the prisoner - A. Only twice.

Q. When first - A. The first time that ever I saw Mr. Bellingham was on the 5th of March; he came into my shop as a chance customer.

Q. He came as a stranger - A. Yes, he gave me an order for a pair of pantaloons and a striped waistcoat. I made them and took them home myself, and he paid me for them.

Q. Where did you take them home to - A. No. 11, New Millman-street, in Guildford-street.

Q. Did you take them according to the directions that you received from the customer at the time of the order - A. Entirely so, he gave me the directions in my hand; he wrote his own address in my presence.

Q. You carried them home, and he paid you - A. Yes, he approved of them, and he paid me.

Q. Did you learn from him whether he kept the house, or was a lodger - A. I do not know.

Q. How soon after you carried home this first article did you see the prisoner again - A. The next time was about the 25th of April, the other was on the 5th of March. On the 25th of April I met him in Guildford-street, he informed me that he had a small job to do, and if I would step back with him he would give it me immediately.

Q. Did you go back with him to the same house that you took the former articles - A. I did. When I got to the house he asked me into the parlour, he then went up stairs and brought me a dark coloured coat, he gave me directions to make him an inside pocket on the left side, so as he could get at it conveniently, he wished to have it a particular depth, he accordingly gave me a bit of paper about the length of nine inches.

Q. He gave you a bit of paper about nine inches in length, did he bring that from up stairs, or from what other place did he produce it - A. He brought it all down stairs together; I saw him go up stairs and come down; he brought the coat and the pattern paper.

Q. How long had you waited from the time that he asked you to sit down and wait for his coming down stairs - A. I suppose about ten minutes.

Q. Did you execute that order - A. I did, he was very particular to have it home that evening.

Q. Did you carry it home yourself - A. Yes, I delivered it to the maid-servant, I met him about six days ago in Gray's Inn-lane.

COURT. Did any thing pass between you and the prisoner when you met him in Gray's Inn-lane - A. Yes, I bowed to him, and he informed me that in the course of a few days hence he should have something for me to do; I never saw him from that till this morning.

A. Can you recollect what day this was - A. It was about six days before I heard of the death of Mr. Perceval.

JOHN NORRIS . Q. I believe, sir, you have frequent occasions to attend in the gallery provided for strangers in the House of Commons - A. I have.

Q. Did you go down to the house for that purpose on Monday last - A. I did.

Q. In passing to the stair case of that gallery do you necessarily go through the outer door of the house - A. Certainly.

Q. About what time did you arrive at that spot - A. About five o'clock, or from five to ten minutes past five at the outside. I arrived at the door of the lobby.

Q. Did you observe any person who is now here standing near that door - A. I did, I observed the prisoner at the bar.

Q. Describe particularly where he stood - A. I observed him standing in the lobby, by the side of that part of the door that is generally closed.

Q. It is a double door, and the other part open for the members to go through into the lobby - A. Yes.

Q. There is one half closed and the other half opened - A. Yes, he stood at the lobby door, at that part which is generally closed.

Q. How near might that be to where a person must pass the avenue, who are members - A. Within an arms length. I observed him, as if watching for somebody that was coming; perhaps the impression is stronger on my mind now than it was then. I thought he appeared to be anxiously watching, and as my recollection serves me his right hand was within the breast of his coat in this way; I passed on to the stair case of the gallery.

Q. How soon after you had passed that door where the prisoner was that you described did you hear any noise - A. Almost as soon as I got on the top of the stairs that leads to the gallery for strangers there is a sort of an anti-lobby as you pass part of that gallery there, I had just got into the upper lobby.

Q. About twenty steps - A. Yes, about that. When I got up there I heard the report of a pistol, I immediately heard the general confusion, and somebody said Mr. Perceval was dead. Then I came down stairs.

Q. Are you certain that the prisoner was the person that you thus saw at that place - A. I am perfectly certain; I had frequently seen him before.

Q. Had you any private acquaintance with him - A. None; I had seen him in the gallery of the House of Commons, and about the passages of the House.

Q. That is the gallery if any person wishes to be present at the debates - A. It is.

JOHN VICKREY . Q. You are an officer of Bow-street - A. I am.

Q. Did you go to the lodgings of the prisoner - A. I received a paper, desiring me to go to No. 9, New Millmann-street, it was last Monday.

Q. Did you search his lodging - A. I did, I found in a drawer up stairs in a bed-room, a pair of pistol bags, in the same drawer I found a small powder-flask, this pistol key, it fits the pistol exactly, and a quantity of letters and papers; and I found a mould and some balls. This ball fits the pistol exactly, and it was made in this mould I have no doubt.

VINCENT GEORGE DOWLING . Q. Were you in the lobby of the House of Commons on Monday last - A. I was in the gallery when I heard the pistol discharged, I immediately rushed into the lobby.

Q. Did you there see the prisoner at the bar - A. I did; I took from his small clothes pocket, on the left hand side, this pistol.

Q. Did you keep it in your possession until it was examined to see whether it was loaded - A. I examined it myself almost immediately after I took the prisoner, it was loaded with powder and ball that is now in it. It was primed as well as loaded. This ball fits one pistol as well as the other.

Q. Are the pistols a pair - A. They are; they bear the same maker's name.

Q. Had you seen the prisoner ever before - A. Several times. I had seen him several times in galleries in the House of Commons, and the avenues leading to it.

Q. According to your best recollection about how long is it ago since you have seen him - A. About a week or six days back, from my seeing him last Monday.

Q. I apprehend you are frequently in the galleries during the debates - A. Frequently; on one occasion I sat immediately next to him, while the House was in debate; I sat next to him about half an hour; I cannot say the precise time; there was a sort of general conversation between him and myself, and some other person that was sitting near me.

JOHN ADDISON NEWMAN . Q. You are the keeper of Newgate - A. Yes.

Q. The prisoner was brought into your custody after he was apprehended on Monday last - A. He was. I have a coat I was desired to produce.

Q. Is that the coat that he wore at the time he came into your custody - A. I believe so; the prisoner has been wearing this coat till yesterday, I believe. It was delivered to me by Bowman, the man that came in with him.

GEORGE BOWMAN . Q. You are an assistant to Mr. Newman, are not you - A. I am employed occasionally.

Q. Then you are an assistant. Did you deliver any coat to Mr. Newman - A. I did.

Q. Did you see it delivered to him - A. I did not.

Q. Did you ever see that coat before - A. I saw it in a room adjoining the chapel, the present prisoner occupied that room.

Q. The prisoner has been confined in that room since Monday last - A. Yes.

Q. Have you been frequently in that room while the prisoner was there - A. I was there on Tuesday evening last between eight and nine o'clock, and I remained there until eight or nine o'clock the following evening.

Q. Do you know any thing of this coat which is now produced - A. I was in the room when the prisoner acknowledged this coat to be his coat; he said that in the scuffle at the lobby in the House of Commons the coat was torn, and that he wished to have it mended, it had been torn by some person endeavouring to take the papers from his pocket; he wished to have a taylor to mend the coat; there was a man in the chapel-yard in the room under the prisoner's room, that was a taylor, and the coat was lowered down to him by a string to the window to be mended.

Q. Is that the coat - A. It is the coat.

Q. to James Taylor . Look at that coat of the prisoner's, do you know the coat - A. Yes, sir, that is the same coat that I put the pocket in it, and this is the pocket I made in consequence of his pattern.

Q. to General Gascoyne. Do you know the Christian name of the late Mr. Perceval - A. His Christian name was Spencer.

COURT. Prisoner, the evidence being gone through on the part of the prosecution, now is the time for you to make any defence you have to offer or to produce any witnesses that you wish to be examined.

Prisoner. The documents and papers are necessary to my defence which were taken out of my pocket in the House of Commons, I beg to be indulged with them.

Mr. Attorney General. The papers must first be proved that they were taken from the prisoner, and when that is done they shall be returned.

JOSEPH HUME . Q. You are a member of the House of Commons - A. Yes.

Q. Did you observe any papers taken from the prisoner - A. Yes. They have been in my possession ever since. They are the whole, there is none kept back; I took them out of the hand of General Gascoyne . I saw him take them from the prisoner.

General Gascoyne. I delivered them into Mr. Hume's hand, and he had all.

(The papers handed to the prisoner.

Prisoner's Defence. I feel great personal obligations to the learned Attorney General for the objections that he made to the defence set up by my counsel on account of insanity, it is far more fortunate for me that such a plea as that should be unfounded, and at the same time I am under the same obligation to my learned counsels for their zeal in my defence in setting up the plea that I am insane by the desire of my friends, or that I have been insane. I am not apprised of a single instance in Russia where my insanity was made public except in one single instance, when the pressure of my sufferings had exposed me to that imputation.

Gentlemen, I beg pardon. This is the first time I ever was in public in this kind of way, and you I am sure will look at the substance of what I say more than the manner of my offering it.

Gentlemen, As to the lamentable catastrophe for which I am now on my trial before this court, if I am the man that I am supposed to be, to go and deliberately shoot Mr. Perceval without malice, I should consider myself a monster, and not fit to live in this world or the next. The learned Attorney General has candidly stated to you, that till this fatal time of this catastrophe, which I heartily regret, no man more so, not even one of the family of Mr. Perceval. I had no personal or premeditated malice towards that gentleman; the unfortunate lot had fallen upon him as the leading member of that administration which had repeatedly refused me any reparation for the unparalled injuries I had sustained in Russia for eight years with the cognizance and sanction of the minister of the country at the court of St. Petersburg.

Gentlemen, I must begin to explain the origin of this unhappy affair, which took place in 1804. I was a merchant at Liverpool, in that year I went to Russia on some mercantile business of importance to myself, and having finished that business I was about to take my departure from Archangel for England; at that time a ship called the Soleure was lost in the White Sea: she was chartered for England, and by the direction of her owners insured at Lloyd's coffee-house, but the underwriters at Lloyd's refused to pay the owners for their loss. In consequence of some circumstances connected with this refusal, and the loss of the ship, they cast their suspicions at me, at the same time I had no concern in it whatever, I was about leaving the place; they writ up to Lloyd's coffee-house who had given the communication; I was seized as I was passing the Russian frontier by order of the military governor of Archangel, and thrown into prison; I immediately aplied to the British consul at Archangel, and through him to the British Ambassador, Lord Granville Leveson Gower , then at the Russian court, stating my case. Lord Gower wrote to the military governor of Archangel, desiring that if I was not detained for any legal cause I might be liberated as a British subject, but the governor answered, that I was detained in prison for a legal cause, and that I had conducted myself in a very indecorous manner. From this time Lord Gower and the British Consul positively declined any further interference in the business, and I was detained in durance for near two years, in spite of all my endeavours to induce the British Minister to interfere with the Emperor of Russia for an investigation of my case. At length, however, after being banded from prison to prison, and from dungeon to dungeon, fed on bread and water, treated with the utmost cruelty, and frequently marched through the streets under a military guard with felons and criminals of the most atrocious description, even before the residence of the British Minister, who might view from his window, this degrading severity towards a British subject who had committed no crime to the disgrace and insult of the British nation. I was afterwards enabled to make my case known through the Procureur - it was investigated, and he obtained a judgment against the military governour, and the senate. Notwithstanding this decision I was immediately sent to another prison, and a demand was made on me for two thousand rubles, alledged to be due by me to a Russian merchant who was a bankrupt. I refused to pay this demand for a debt which I did not owe, and the Senate, finding me determined to resist the demand, I was declared a bankrupt, and continued in prison under the pretence I had made answer that I could not pay it, because all my property was in England. No such answer was ever given by me; under this pretence I was detained in prison.

Gentlemen - It is a custom in Russia, that if a foreigner is declared a bankrupt, three months are allowed for all his creditors in Russia to make their claims, and eighteen months more for creditors resident in other parts of the world; but notwithstanding that, the three months had elapsed and not a single claimant appeared, although the Senate sent forth their clerks to enquire of all strangers who arrived, whether they had any demands against me. Still I was detained in prison, and sent from gaol to gaol, and I was finally handed over to the College of Commerce; the two thousand rubles were still demanded of me, and Lord Gower refused to interfere in the business, and the Consul told me I must pay the money. I was not destitute of the means of payment, but I resisted the claim, on account of its gross injustice. When the Marquis of Douglas arrived in Russia I made my case known to him, and said I only wished it to be shewn that the money was justly due, and I would pay it. The Marquis of Douglas made a representation, and stated, that it was only desired that the justice of the claim should be shewn and the money should be paid; this application was ineffectual, and I was still required to pay the two thousand rubles, or even twenty rubles, to acknowledge, in some degree, the justice of the demand; but I was aware if I had done this, I should justify the conduct of the Senate, and the military Governour of Archangel, against whom I had obtained a legal decision, with an acknowledgement that I had been unjustly treated. The necessary consequence would be, that for my supposed contumacy in bringing a false charge against the Senate and Governor, I should be sent to Siberia, I persisted in refusing to comply with the claims.

Gentlemen, All this while my wife, a young woman of only twenty years of age, with an infant at her breast, remained at St. Petersburg, in expectation of my arrival, and at length, in the eighth month of her pregnancy, disappointed of her hopes, was obliged to set out, unprotected, on her voyage to England. At last, after a series of six years persesution in the manner I have described, and after the repeated refusal of Lord Gower and the British Consul to represent my case to the Emperor, a circumstance occurred which proved, in a more particular degree the peculiar negligence which I had experienced. A captain Gardiner, of a Hull ship, arrived at Archangel, he had a little squabble with the commander of a guard ship about a demand of a few rubles for pilotage, and yet this man's complaint was represented to the Emperor four times within a month by the British ambassador, while, for a series of six years unparalleled persecution I was not able to obtain any interference on my behalf. At length the Senate, quite tired out by these severities, in 1809 I received, at midnight, a discharge from my confinement, with a pass, and an order to quit the Russian dominions, which was in fact an acknowledgment of the justice of my cause. On my return in England I laid a statement of my grievances before the Marquis Wellesley, accompanied by authentic documents, and claiming some redress for the injuries I had sustained through the British minister in Russia, which injuries it was impossible I should have suffered, if they had not been sanctioned by that minister. The noble Marquis is now in Court, and could contradict my statement if false, but I represent the circumstances as they really were, and not as personally concerning myself but as involving the honour of the British Government, I was referred by the Marquis to the Privy Council, and from the Privy Council to the Treasury; and thus baffled from one party to another, I applied to Mr. Perceval, during the session 1811, but received for answer, from his secretary, that the time for presenting private petitions was gone by, and that Mr. Perceval could not encourage my hopes, that he would recommend my claims to the House of Commons. I next memorialized his Royal Highness the Prince Regent, with a statement of my sufferings.

(Here the prisoner read a petition to the Prince Regent.)

Foreign Office, January 31, 1810.

"SIR, I am directed by the Marquis Wellesley to transmit to you the papers which you sent to this office, accompanied with your letter of the 27th of last month; and I am to inform you, that his Majesty's Government is precluded from interfering in the support of your cause in some measure by the circumstances of the case itself, and entirely so at the present moment by the suspension of intercourse with the Court of St. Petersburgh."

Council Office, Whitehall, May 16, 1810.

"Mr. John Bellingham ,

SIR, I am directed by the Lords of the Council to acquaint you that their Lordships have taken into consideration your petition on the subject of your arrest in Russia, do not find that it is a matter in which their Lordship's can interfere.

I am, Sir, your most obedient humble servant, W. FAWKENER."

Whitehall, 20th March, 1812.

John Bellingham , Esq.

"SIR, I am directed by Mr. Secretary Ryder to acknowledge the receipt of your letter of the 17th instant, requesting permission on the part of his Majesty's Ministers to present your petition to the House of Commons, and in reply I am to acquaint you, that you should address your application to the Right Honourable the Chancellor of the Exchequer.

I am, Sir, your most obedient servant, J. BECKETT."

Some time afterwards I received an answer from Colonel M'Mahon, stating, that by some accident my petition was mislaid. I then wrote another petitition to his Royal Highness, and I understood it was referred to the Treasury, as appeared by a letter I received from Mr. Ryder at Whitehall. Gentlemen - under these circumstances I was plunged into ruin, and involved in debt; and the learned Attorney General has admitted there was not a spot on my character until this fatal catastrophe, which when I reflect on it I could burst into a flood of tears. I was totally refused any redress. Gentlemen, what would be your feelings - what would be your alternative; as the affair was national, and as his Majesty's Ministers recommended me backwards and forwards from one to another. I wrote another petition to his Royal Highness, but was informed by a letter from Mr. Ryder, that his Royal Highness had not been pleased to give any commands on the subject.

Gentlemen. - As my petition was of a pecuniary nature I was informed by General Gascoyne, that it was impossible to come into the house without the consent of one of his Majesty's Ministers, for which I thank General Gascoyne for his politeness in giving me that information, and as I was very well known in Liverpool, I could have got the signatures of the whole town. I began to flatter myself I should get redress, but instead of redress, his Majesty's Ministers, and the Chancellor of the Exchequer told me I was not to expect any thing. I was obliged to give notice about six week since to the magistrates at the public office Bow-street, in a letter stating my grievances, intreating their interference, by application to Government, and adding, that if all redress was refused me, I must be obliged to do myself justice by taking such steps as those must be responsible for who resisted all my applications.

(Here the prisoner read a letter to Mr. Read, of Bow-street.)

To their Worships the Police Magistrates of the Public Office, Bow-street.

"SIRS, I much regret it being my lot to apply to your Worships under most peculiar and novel circumstances, for the particulars of the case I refer you to the enclosed letter from Mr. Secretary Ryder, the notification from Mr. Perceval, and my petition Parliament, together with the printed papers herewith. The affair requires no further remark, than that I consider his Majesty's Government to have completely closed the door of justice, in declining to have or even permit my grievances to be brought before Parliament for redress, which privilege is the birth-right of every individual. The purport of the present, is, therefore once more to solicit his Majesty's Ministers, through your medium, to let what is right and proper be done in my instance, which is all I require. Should this reasonable request be finally denied, I shall then feel myself justified in executing justice myself, in which case I shall be ready to argue the merits of so reluctant a measure with his Majesty's Attorney General, wherever and whenever I may be called upon so to do; in the hopes of averting so abhorrent but compulsive an alternative,

I have the honour to be, Sirs, Your very humble and obedient Servant. JOHN BELLINGHAM ."

9, New Milman-street.

Whitehall, April 18, 1812.

"SIR, I am directed by Mr. Secretary Ryder to acknowledge the receipt of your letter of the 12th instant, requesting to be informed in what stage your claim on his Majesty's Government for criminal detention in Russia now is. In reply, I am to refer you to my several letters of the 18th of February, 9th and 20th of March, by which you have been already informed that your first petition to his Royal Highness the Prince Regent, praying for remuneration, had been refered to the Lords of the Council, that upon your second memorial, praying his Royal Highness to give orders that the subject should be brought before Parliament, his Royal Highness has not been pleased to signify any commands; and lastly, in answer to your application to Mr. Ryder, requesting permission on the part of his Majesty's Ministers to present your petition to the House of Commons, you were informed that your application should be addressed to the Right Honourable the Chancellor of the Exchequer.

I am, Sir, Your most obedient humble Servant, J. BECKITT."

I received an answer from Mr. justice Read, saying that the office could not interfere. But I found that Mr. Read as was his duty had represented the circumstance to government, and on a subsequent application to the Treasury I was informed that I had nothing to expect, and that I was at liberty to take such steps as I thought fit.

Finding myself thus bereft of all hopes of redress, my affairs ruined by my long imprisonment in Russia through the fault of the British minister, my property all dispersed for want of my own attention, my family driven into tribulation and want, my wife and child claiming support, which I was unable to give them, myself involved in difficulties, and pressed on all sides by claims I could not answer; and that justice refused to me which is the duty of government to give, not as a matter of favour, but of right; and Mr. Perceval obstinately refusing to sanction my claims in Parliament; and I trust this fatal catastrophe will be warning to other ministers. If they had listened to my case this court would not have been engaged in this case, but Mr. Perceval obstinately refusing to sanction my claim in Parliament I was driven to despair, and under these agonizing feelings I was impelled to that desperate alternative which I unfortunately adopted. My arm was the instrument that shot Mr. Perceval, but, gentlemen, ought I not to be redressed; instead of that Mr. Ryder referred me to the Treasury, and after several weeks the Treasury sent me to the Secretary of State's office; Mr. Hill informed me that it would be useless to apply to government any more; Mr. Beckitt added, Mr. Perceval has been consulted, he would not let my petition come forward.

Gentlemen, A refusal of justice was the sole cause of this fatal catastrophe; his Majesty's ministers have now to reflect upon their conduct for what has happened. Lord Gower is now in court, I call on him to contradict, if he can, the statement I have made, and, gentlemen, if he does not, I hope you will then take my statement to be correct. Mr. Perceval has unfortunately fallen the victim of my desperate resolution. No man, I am sure, laments the calamitous event more than I do. If I had met Lord Gower he would have received the ball, and not Mr. Perceval. As to death, if it were to be suffered five hundred times, I should prefer it to the injuries and indignities which I have experienced in Russia, I should consider it as the wearied traveller does the inn which affords him an asylum for repose, but government, in the injustice they have done me, were infinitely more criminal than the wretch, who, for depriving the traveller of a few shillings on the highway, forfeits his life to the law. What is the comparison of this man's offence to government? or, gentlemen, what is my crime to the crime of government itself? It is no more than a mite to a mountain, unless it was proved that I had malice propense towards the unfortunate gentleman for whose death I am now upon my trial. I disclaim all personal or intentional malice against Mr. Perceval.

ANN BILLETT . Q. Where do you reside - A. At Ringwood, near Southampton.

Q. When did you arrive in London - A. Last night.

Q. What induced you to come to London - A. I thought I knew more of Mr. Bellingham than any other friend that would come forward. I have known him from his childhood.

Q. Where did he live latterly - A. In Liverpool.

Q. Do you know how long ago it is that he left Liverpool to come to London - A. I think that he came at Christmas.

Q. Does his wife and children now reside there - - A. Yes, they do.

Q. What situation of life has he been in - A. Something in the mercantile Liverpool business.

Q. Did you know his father - A. Yes, he died insane in Titchfield-street, Oxford-street; he died there in a state of insanity.

Mr. Attorney General. Do you know that of your own knowledge - A. Yes, and my knowing of it was a great inducement of bringing me to London, and within this last three or four years it is known to myself and Mr. Bellingham's friends that he has been in a state of perfect derangement with respect to this business he has been pursuing.

Q. Have you had an opportunity of seeing him in London lately - A. No, not lately; it is more than a twelvemonth ago that I saw him.

Q. At that time how was he - A. Deranged, when he spoke of this business.

Q. Do you know for what purpose he was in London at that time - A. Pursuing the same plan.

Q. Before that had you seen him at Liverpool - A. I saw him at Liverpool about a year and a half ago.

Q. In what state of mind was he at that time - A. He was in a deranged state when any thing of this was mentioned to him. I did not mention it to him because of the state of mind he was in.

Mr. Garrow. This purpose of being in London a year ago was for the purpose of pursuing the same object, what do you mean by pursuing the same object - A. That of going to government for redress of grievances.

Q. And to use your own words in you own opinion you considered he was in a state of perfect derangement - A. Yes, I do. He has been more than three years in a state of derangement, and since he has been in London he has been pursuing the same plan, and for a long time before that. When he was in Russia when he was pursuing the same object as soon as he returned home all his friends were well convinced that was the case.

Q. I think you spoke of him as a married man - A. Yes, he has a wife, she carries on the millenery business at Liverpool.

Q. I suppose that he some male friends - A. Yes.

Q. Do you know that he was engaged as a merchant - A. Yes.

Q. Do you know any of the persons that he was engaged in business with - A. No.

Q. Do not you know the name of any one person that he was in business with at Liverpool - A. No, not one. I was in the house with his family at Liverpool, I did not know any body that he was concerned in trade with. I was in the house more than a week. I would wish to mention one circumstance which strongly confirmed me in my opinion, and a strong mark of insanity. Two years ago last Christmas he had been telling me of his great schemes that he had pursued, he said that he had realized more than an hundred thousand pounds, with which he intended to buy an estate in the west of England, and to take a house in London; I asked him where the money was, he said he had not got the money, but it was the same as if he had; for that he had gained his cause in Russia, and our government must make it good to him; this he repeatedly said to me and his wife, but neither she nor I gave any credit to it; he then told Mrs. Bellingham and myself, to convince us of the truth of it, he would take us to the secretary of state's office; he did so, and we saw Mr. Smith the secretary. When Mr. Smith came to us, he told Mr. Bellingham that if he had not known that he had ladies with him, he would not have come at all Mr. Bellingham then told him the reason he had brought us, that it was to convince us that his claim was just, and that he should very soon have the money. Mr. Bellingham said - Sir, my friends say that I am out of my senses, is it your opinion, Mr. Smith, that I am so, Mr. Smith said, it is a very delicate question for me to answer, I only know you upon this business, and I can assure you, that you will never have what you are pursuing after, or something to that effect. We then took our leave of Mr. Smith, and when we got into the coach, he took-hold of his wife's hand, and said, now I hope my dear, you are well convinced all will happen well, and as I wished, and as he had informed us, to which we felt indignant, that he should have taken us to an office, and made us appear in the light he did.

Q. How long is this ago, pray ma'am - A. This was last Christmas two years.

Q. I think you stated that he has been in town from last Christmas - A. Yes.

Q. Has he been staying in London all that time - A. Yes.

Q. Has he been pursuing the same plan - A. I understood all along that he was here pursuing the same object at the public offices.

Q. And upon that object you always considered him in a perfect state of derangement - A. I did.

Q. Mr. Smith received you with politeness and attention - A. Yes he did.

Q. How long did you remain in town after that - A. Till the next midsummer.

Q. In the same family with the prisoner - A. No, I saw him frequent.

Q. Was he under any restraint at that time - A. Not at that time.

Q. Were you in habits of intimacy with his family - A. Yes.

Q. If he was coersed you must have known it - A. I think I must.

Q. If there had been any restraint do you think it would have happened without your knowing it - A. I do not know that it could.

Q. Where did he live when you were in London, at the time you went to the secretary's office - A. I think Theobald's road; his wife was in town then, she was on a visit with me.

Q. And he was living by himself at the time that all his friends' thought him in a state of perfect derangement - A. Yes.

Q. Can you state any period or month, or a week, or a single day, he was ever - A. No.

Q. At no period from his return from Russia - A. Not as I know of.

Q. Has he been left to act upon his own will as much as me, or of any body else - A. Yes. I believe he was.

Q. Did you ever communicate to the government that he was in a deranged state - A. No.

Q. After your visit to Mr. Smith, at the secretary of state's office he remained in town, and after that, either you nor his wife give any intimation to Mr. Smith that he was a deranged man, or to any of the officers of government - A. No.

Q. How long is it ago since you saw him - A. More than a twelve month ago.

Q. Did it consist with your knowledge that he carried fire arms about him - A. No.

Q. Did you ever know him confined for a single day - A. No.

MARY CLARK . Q. Where do you live - A. No. 7, Bagnio court, Newgate-street. I have known the prisoner since his return from Russia, I have known him several years, but I have known most of him since he returned from Russia, about two years and a half, I have been in company with him several times.

Q. Can you form any judgment respecting the state of his mind ever since he came from Russia - A. It is my opinion that he has been disordered in his mind. I have seen him six or seven times; the last time I saw him was last January; I saw him at No. 20, North-street, Red Lion-square, I did not see any particular derangement then, I had but very little conversation with him then, he said he came upon business, he might not stay above ten days or a week, I did not see him above ten minutes at that time.

Mr. Attorney General. He came up from Liverpool to London he came up alone - A. Yes, he left his wife, and he came up alone, to the best of my knowledge, he told me that he was come on business.

Q. He transacted business for himself then, did not he - A. I did not know any thing about his business.

Q. You do not know any body that transacted business for him do you - A. No, I heard that he was confined in Russia.

Q. For all that he was suffered to go about here in this country - A. I do not know of any control over him.

Q. Or do you know of any medical person being consulted about him - A. No, I do not know.

Q. You do not know of any precautions that were taken to prevent him from squandering his property, in this state of derangement, do you - A. I do not.

Q. You do not know of any course pursued to him by his friends, that would not be pursued to any rational man - A. I do not.

CATHERINE FIGGINS . I am Mrs. Roberts's servant.

Q. Why is not Mrs. Roberts here, she was served with a subpoena - A. My mistress is unwell, she lives at No. 9, New Millman-street.

Q. Was it in her house that the prisoner lodged - A. Yes, he lodged there four months, to the 2d of this present month.

Q. Do you recollect the day he was taken in custody - A. Last Monday.

Q. On the day before, on Sunday, did you make any observations on the conduct of the prisoner - A. I did rather, I thought he seemed confused, and was so for some time.

Q. Had you made that observation for some time before - A. I had.

Q. On the day before he was taken, tell me whether any thing particular occurred in the house - A. No.

Q. Were you at home on that day - A. I was out in the evening about two hours and a half.

Q. On the Monday, before you went out, had you noticed any thing particular - A. I noticed a word and his actions, I thought he was not so well as he had been for some time past.

Mr. Garrow. How long had you lived with Mrs. Roberts - A. Only two months.

Q. Why he had been there four months, had not he - A. Yes. My sister lived there before me.

Q. Mr. Bellingham was respected by the family, I believe - A. Yes, I believe they respected him very much.

Q. Did he dine at home - A. Very seldom, he dined once with the family.

Q. What hours did he use to keep - A. Very regular hours, a remarkable regular man.

Q. What place of worship did he go to - A. He went with Mrs. Roberts and her little boy in the morning.

Q. They went to the Foundling did not they - A. Yes.

Q. That was the last Sunday of all - A. Yes.

Q. Did he dine at home that day - A. Yes, he dined alone, and I think it was too late for them to go to the Magdalen, my mistress and Mr. Bellingham went to the Foundling in the evening, the service of the Foundling is over in the evening between eight and nine.

Q. He went to bed as usual - A. Yes.

Q. What time did he go out the next day - A. The first time about twelve o'clock, he came home to accompany my mistress and her little boy to the European museum about one, and they went off altogether.

Q. Had they a coach - A. No, they walked, my mistress and her little boy came home about a quarter after five.

Q. Then they came home without Mr. Bellingham - A. Yes.

Q. Were his pistols usually in the bags or loose - A. I never knew that he had pistols.

Q. Though you had attended him in his room for two months, you did not know that he had pistols, did you use to brush his clothes - A. No.

Q. What was the taylor's name that brought home a coat that had a little job done to it - A. I never knew his name; I remember a man bringing home a coat.

Q. How long before the last Sunday was it that the taylor brought home a coat that there had been a little job done to it - A. That is three weeks or a month ago.

Q. Did he pay the washer woman's bill on the Monday - A. Yes, there was a dispute what was to be paid for washing a dressing gown; he settled the bill before he went out that morning; he breakfasted at home.

Q. Are you sure that you never saw either of these pistols - A. Yes.

Q. Nor noticed the bag for pistols - A. No, I never noticed any thing of the kind.

Q. Did you ever know of any surgeon or apothecary attending him - A. No.

Mr. Alley, counsel for the prisoner, directed the door-keeper to call at the door for the purpose of ascertaining whether any witnesses had arrived from Liverpool; shortly after, Mr. Sheriff Heygate announced to the bench that he had been informed two persons had, within the few last minutes, arrived from Liverpool in a post chaise and four, to give evidence in favour of the prisoner, these persons being admitted into court, looked at the prisoner, but declared he was not the person they supposed him to be; they mentioned the circumstance of their having heard of the apprehension of the prisoner, and knowing something of a person bearing his description, in whose conduct they had seen frequent marks of derangement.

Lord Chief Justice Mansfield. Gentlemen of the jury, you are now to try an indictment which charges the prisoner at the bar with the wilful murder (here the learned judge was so hurt by his feelings, that he could not proceed for several seconds) of Mr. Spencer Perceval, (in a faint voice) who was murdered with a pistol loaded with a bullet; when he mentioned the name of (here again his lordship was sincerely affected, and burst into tears, in which he was joined by the greatest portion of the persons in court) a man so dear, and so revered as that of Mr. Spencer Perceval, I find it difficult to suppress my feelings. As, however, to say any thing of the distinguished talents and virtues of that excellent man, might tend to excite improper emotions in the minds of the jury, but would with-hold these feelings which pressed for utterance from my heart, and leave you, gentlemen, to form your judgment upon the evidence which has been adduced in support of the case, undressed by any unfair indignation which you might feel against his murderer, by any description, however faint, of the excellent qualities of the deceased. Gentlemen, you are to try the unfortunate man at the bar, in the same manner, as if he was arraigned for the murder of any other man. The law protected all his Majesty's subjects alike, and the crime was the same whether committed upon the person of the highest and most distinguished character in the country, as upon that of the lowest. The only question you have to try, is, whether the prisoner did wilfully and maliciously murder Mr. Spencer Perceval or not. It is not necessary to go very minutely into the evidence which has been produced to the fact, as there is little doubt as to the main object of your enquiry. The first thing you have to say is, whether the person charged with having murdered him; and whether that murder had been committed with a pistol bullet. The learned judge then proceeded to read the testimony given by the several witnesses examined. That of Mr. Smith, surgeon Lynn, and Mr. Burgess, clearly substantiated the fact, that the deceased had died in consequence of a pistol shot which had been discharged into his breast, and that the hand of the prisoner was the hand which had discharged that weapon. With respect to the deliberation that had been proved by other witnesses, and from what I could collect from the prisoner's defence, it seems to amount to a conclusion, that he conceived himself justified in what he had done, by his Majesty's government having refused to redress some supposed grievances. Such dreadful reasoning could not be too strongly reprobated. If a man fancied he was right, and in consequence conceived that that fancy was not gratified, he had a right to obtain justice by any means which his physical strength gave him, there is no knowing where so pernicious a doctrine might end. If a man fancies he has a right, and endeavours to assert that right, is he to put to death the persons who refuses to give him any reparation to that which he supposes himself entitled. By the same reason every person who presided in a court of judicature refusing to give to a suitor in an action, what he requires, would be liable to revenge equally atrocious. In another part of the prisoner's defence, which was not, however, urged by himself, it was attempted to be proved, that at the time of the commission of the crime he was insane. With respect to this the law was extremely clear, if a man was deprived of all power of reasoning, so as not to be able to distinguish whether it was right or wrong to commit the most wicked, or the most innocent transaction, he could not certainly commit an act against the law; such a man, so destitute of all power of judgment, could have no intention at all. In order to support this defence, it ought to be proved by the most distinct and unquestionable evidence, that the criminal was incapable of judging between right or wrong. There was no other proof of insanity which would excuse murder, or any other crime. There are various species of insanity. Some human creatures are void of all power of reasoning from their birth, such could not be guilty of any crime. These is another species of madness in which persons were subject to temporary paroxysms, in which they were guilty of acts of extravagance, this was called lunacy, if these persons committed a crime when they were not affected with the malady, they were to all intents and purposes ameniable to justice: so long as they can distinguish good from evil, so long are they answerable for their conduct. There is a third species of insanity, in which the patient fancied the existence of injury, and sought an opportunity of gratifying revenge, by some hostile act; if such a person was capable, in other respects, of distinguishing right from wrong, there is no excuse for any act of atrocity which he might commit under this description of derangement. The witnesses who had been called to support this extraordinary defence, had given a very singular account, to shew that at the, commission of the crime the prisoner was insane. What might have been the state of his mind some time ago, was perfectly immaterial. The single question is, whether at the time this fact was committed, he possessed a sufficient degree of understanding to distinguish good from evil, right from wrong, and whether murder was a crime not only against the law of God, but against the law of his country. Here it appears that the prisoner had gone out like another man; that he came up to London by himself, at Christmas last, that he was under no restraint, that no medical man had attended him to cure his malady, that he was perfectly regular in all his habits, in short there was no proof adduced to shew that his understanding was so deranged, as not to enable him to know that murder was a crime. On the contrary, the testimony adduced in his defence, has most distinctly proved, from a description of his general demeanour, that he was in every respect a full and competent judge of all his actions. Having then commented on the evidence of Mrs. Clarke, Mrs. Billett, and Mary Figgins , his Lordship concluded by advising the jury to take all the facts into their most serious consideration. If you have any doubt, you will give the prisoner the benefit of that doubt; but if you conceive him guilty of the crime alledged against him, in that case you will find him guilty.

The jury, after a consultation of two minutes and a half in the box, expressed a wish to retire; and an officer of the court, being sworn, accompanied them to the jury-room. As they passed out, the prisoner regarded them separately with a look of mingled confidence and complacency. They were absent fourteen minutes; and on their return into court, their countenances acting as indices to their minds, at once unfolded the determination for which they had come. The prisoner again directed his attention to them in the same manner as before.

The names being called over, and the verdict being asked for in the usual form, the foreman announced the fatal decission of - GUILTY upon the indictment for MURDER, and upon the Coroner's Inquisition.

Mr. Shelton. Q. (to Prisoner.) John Bellingham , you stand convicted of the wilful murder of the Right Honourable Spencer Perceval; what have you to say why the court should not give you judgment to die according to law.

To this interrogatory the prisoner made no reply.

The Recorder passed sentence in a most solemn and affecting manner, which was as follows: -

"Prisoner at the bar! you have been convicted by a most attentive and a most merciful jury, of one of the most malicious and atrocious crimes it is in the power of human nature to perpetrate - that of wilful and premeditated murder! A crime which in all ages and in all nations has been held in the deepest detestation - a: crime as odious and abominable in the eyes of God, as it is hateful and abhorrent to the feelings of man. A crime which, although thus heinous in itself, in your case has been heightened by every possible feature of aggravation. You have shed the blood of a man admired for every virtue which can adorn public or private life - a man, whose suavity and meekness of manner was calculated to disarm all political rancour, and to deprive violence of its asperity. By his death, charity has lost one of its greatest promoters; religion, one of its firmest supporters; domestic society, one of its happiest and sweetest examples; and the country, one of its brightest ornaments - a man, whose ability and worth was likely to produce lasting advantages to this empire, and ultimate benefit to the world. Your crime has this additional feature of atrocious guilt, that in the midst of civil society, unarmed, defenceless, in the fulfilment of his public duty, and within the very verge of the sanctuary of the law, your impure hand has deprived of existence a man as universally beloved, as preeminent for his talents and excellence of heart. To indulge in any conjecture as to the motive which could have led you to the commission of this atrocious deeds, would be to enquire into all that is base and perfidious in the human heart. - Assassination is most horrid and revolting to the soul of man, inasmuch as it is calculated to render bravery useless and cowardice successful. It is therefore that the voice of God himself has declared,

"that he that sheddeth man's blood, by man shall his blood be shed." In conformity to these laws, which God hath ordained, and men have obeyed, your disgraced and indignant country, by the example of your ignominious fate, will appreciate the horror of your offence, and set up a warning to all others who might hereafter be tempted to the perpetration of a crime of so deep a dye. A short time, a very short time, remains for you to supplicate for that mercy in another world, which public justice forbids you to expect in this. Sincerely do I hope that the short interval that; has elapsed since the commission of this atrocious offence has not been unemployed by you in soliciting that pardon from the Almighty which I trust your prayers may obtain, through the merits of your Redeemer, whose first attribute is mercy. It only now remains for me to pass the dreadful sentence of the law, which is -

"That you be taken from hence to the place from whence you came, and from thence to a place of execution, where you shall be hanged by the neck until you be dead; your body to be dissected and anatomized ."

Tried by the Third Middlesex jury, before Sir James Mansfield .

434. ANNE JOHNSON was indicted for feloniously stealing, on the 26th of April , a dollar, value 5 s. 6 d. and twenty-seven shillings in monies numbered, and three one pound bank notes, the property of Augustine le Maire , from his person .

AUGUSTIN LE MAIRE . I am a waiter at Ellis's Coffee house, Old Palace Yard. On the 29th of March I was rather in liquor, I called a coach at Charing Cross to convey myself home; and as I got in the coach the prisoner came against the steps of the coach, she said she found I was going down to Westminster, she begged that I would give her a lift, I refused the first time she asked me again, I agreed for her to come in the coach, I went with her. When I got into New Palace Yard, against the New Square, she got out first, she said, good night, and I said, good night. I put my hand into my pocket to pay the coachman his fare, I found my silver deficient, I paid the coachman eighteen pence, his fare, I followed the prisoner, she was not out of sight, I told her that she had robbed me, she said she had not. I told her if she did not return me my money what she had got, I would take her to the watch-house. The watchman came by at the time.

Q. What time of the might was this. - A. Very near one o'clock, I told the watchman if this woman did not return me my money, I would give her in change, she still denied having any of my money. She was taken to the watch-house, I gave charge of her to the constable of the night, the constable searched her, and found the money upon her.

Q. You say you were rather in liquor. - A. I was.

Q. Before you called the Hackney coach, and before you saw this woman, can you swear how much money you had in your pocket. - A. I had from forty to fifty shillings of silver in my pocket, and a dollar among the silver. There was ten shillings and sixpence left behind in my pocket.

Q. Do you think you should know the dollar again. - A. Yes, I think in the morning I saw two or three marks upon it, by which I should know it again. I did not know that I was robbed of a piece of brown paper until the constable brought it out in his hand, I told him if it was mine there were three one pound notes in it. I felt in my pocket, I found the brown paper was missing.

WILLIAM PATRICK . I was watchman on the 26th of April last. Le Maire and the prisoner came towards my heat, he followed the prisoner and catched her, I heard the dispute, he said, give me my money, I came up immediately, the prosecutor said the prisoner had robbed him, she denied it, I took her to the watch-house, she offered me a dollar to let her go.

Q. Did she produce the dollar. - A. No, she promised it me, I told her I would not take any money. The constable searched her at the watch-house, he pulled out a handfull of silver, among which was a dollar. When the constable took out a piece of brown paper, Le Maire said, that brown paper is mine, open it, and you will find three one pound bank notes in it. The constable opened it, it contained three one-pound bank notes.

DANIEL BUCHANAN . I am a constable. On the night of the 26th of April, near one o'clock, the prisoner was brought in by the watchman and Le Maire, I searched her, in her pocket I found forty-four shillings, and three one pound notes. Among the silver were two dollars, one was her own, it was given to her by the magistrate, and among them I found this piece of brown paper. I was in the act of throwing the brown paper away, Le Maire said, do not throw that away, because it contains three one-pound notes, I then opened it, and saw these three one-pound bank notes.

Prosecutor. It is my dollar, I know it by a G upon it, and I had three notes in this brown paper.

Prisoner's Defence. I am not guilty. The gentleman asked me to get into the coach and take a ride home, the gentleman let the money fall, he told me pick it up, I did, he followed me, and when the watchman laid hold of me, I resigned the money.

GUILTY , aged 38.

Confined Two Years in the House of Correction and fined 1 s.

First Middlesex jury, before Mr. Baron Graham.

435. THOMAS COLLING was indicted for that he, on the 12th of May , was servant and clerk to John Marshall , and employed and entrusted him to receive money for him, and being such servant so employed and entrusted did receive and take into his possession the sum of 9 l. 8 s. for and on account of his said master, and that he afterwards feloniously did embezzle, secrete, and steal the same .

The case was stated by Mr. Gurney.

JAMES STRANGE . I live at Hillingdon in the county of Wilts , I am a woollen and linen draper.

Q. Do you deal with Mr. Marshall in London - A. Yes.

Q. Did the prisoner call upon you from time to time as a rider on account of Mr. Marshall - A. Yes, on the 12th of May, 1811, I paid him the sum of nine pounds eight shillings, on account of Mr. Marshall, for gloves.

JOHN MARSHALL . I am a wholesale glover in London; the prisoner was my traveller and clerk, he was entrusted by me to receive money on my account.

Q. In the beginning of last year did he go out on a journey for you - A. Yes.

Q. Was he in the course of his journey to receive nine pounds eight shillings for you - A. Yes, he was to receive nine pounds nine shillings. I allowed him five shillings discount. He returned after he had been at Swindon.

Q. When he came from his journey he had to make up his account - A. Yes, he never accounted for that sum of nine pounds eight shillings. He never entered it as received in his book.

Q. How long was he at home with you before he went out another journey - A. Probably a week, or so on, he returned from that second journey, and went out on the western journey; he absconded from Andover; he wrote to me from Andover, the letter is dated 28th of September, 1811; in this letter he says that he shall be in London soon, in the course of a day or two. He did not return to London, he gave me no intimation that he had received it, nor is it entered in the book.

GUILTY , aged 22.

Judgment respited .

London Jury, before Mr. Recorder.

436. MARY JONES was indicted for feloniously stealing on the 10th of April , eighteen yards of ribbon, value 11 s. the property of William Chapman , privately in his shop .

WILLIAM CHAPMAN . I am an haberdasher , 20, Bishopsgate Without . On Friday afternoon, the 10th of April, between three and four o'clock, the prisoner came into my shop, she asked for a skein of thread, I gave it her, and before she quitted the shop a person came in for black ribbon, I shewed the black ribbon, and the prisoner stopped and looked at it, and at the same time she looked at the different ribbons and asked the prices, she told me she would have three quarters of a yard of narrow ribbon, and while I was doing up the ribbon for her, I turned my head aside to answer another person, she then took the ribbon that I had cut off the three quarters of a yard for her, she took the ribbon that I had done up for her and was going to leave the shop, she then said have I got my skein of thread? I said yes, and something else. I took hold of her hand that held up her apron, and in her hand was the ribbon. I then sent for an officer, and gave her in charge. I did not see her take it. She did enough for me to have suspicion.

Q. The other woman was not connected with her was she - A. No, not in the least.

THOMAS SAPWELL . I am an officer. I produce the ribbon.

Prosecutor. There is my private mark on the ribbon.

Prisoner's Defence. I went in to buy some thread and ribbon. I know I had the ribbon in my hand, I was going to ask him to cut me some off; I am innocent of going to take it, I was going to buy some of it.

Prosecutor. She was not going to buy any more, she was going away. I had the ribbon drawer out when she first came in the shop, she pulled the ribbons about. I had my suspicions about her then.

GUILTY, aged 19.

Of Stealing, but not Privately in the Shop .

Transported for Seven Years .

London Jury, before Mr. Recorder.

437. MARY EDWARDS and ELIZABETH PHILLIPS were indicted for feloniously stealing on the 18th of April , seven yards and three quarters of a yard of ribbon, value 17 s. the property of Owen Parry , privately in his shop .

ELIZABETH PARRY . I am the wife of Owen Parry , he is a haberdasher and hosier , 57, Barbican . On the 18th of April, near five o'clock in the afternoon, I was in the shop serving a lady, and the two prisoners came in and asked for ribbon, I shewed them the ribbon; after some time they said it would not do; they bid me good afternoon and went out, I looked at them as they went out, as we had reason to suspect them robbing us some time, I knew them by sight well, Edwards more than Phillips. I thought when I looked at them I saw a confusion in their countenances. I then looked at the things I had been serving, I saw a vacancy in the box of ribbons. I ran out into the street and overtook the prisoners, when I got up to them I stopped them and looked between them, I saw Edwards shew Phillips what she had taken from me. She had a fruit basket. I took hold of each of their arms and told them I would thank them to walk back with me, they asked me what for? I told them I thought they had no occasion to ask the question, they made fun, and said walk back; I said if they did not I should have them secured; when they came in the shop I took the velvet ribbon out of the basket, it had my private mark upon it, Mr. Parry came in and sent for a constable. The prisoner Edwards had a child with her, she said the child must have put it in the basket.

The property produced and identified.

Edwards's Defence. I was going to market, I had the market basket in my hand, we went into Mrs. Parry's shop to buy some ribbon, she had none of the colour we wanted. I do not know which way the ribbon came into the basket, without the child put it in.

Phillips's Defence. I know nothing about it.

NOT GUILTY .

London jury, before Mr. Recorder.

438. SUSANNAH SULLIVAN was indicted for feloniously stealing on the 25th of April , a watch value 2 l. two metal keys, value 6 d. and a piece of ribbon, value 1 d. the property of George Martin James , from his person .

GEORGE MARTIN JAMES . I am clerk to Mr. Robinson, Charter-house Square. On the 25th of last month I was returning home, I turned up a court between twelve and one, for the purpose of making water; as soon as I got into the court I saw the prisoner coming up the court, I thought it indecent of me standing there making water, the woman could not pass me without rubbing against me, I went higher up the court where it is wide, the prisoner ran after me, she got me round my waist and wished me to go along with her, I told her I would not; she still kept on wishing me to go with her, I resisted; she at last said, give me two or three halfpence. I gave her a few halfpence, she then left me and went down the court again. The watchman met me in the court and asked me if I had lost any thing? I clapped my hand to my fob and found my watch was gone. I gave charge of the prisoner to the watchman, he took her to the watch-house.

Q. You had no connection with her, had you - A. I had not.

PETER HOLLIN . I am a watchman, I was going round at half past twelve, I was going up Half Moon-passage, Aldersgate-street, I met the prisoner; knowing of her before I stopped her in the passage, I asked her what she had been after? she said she had been after something. I stopped her till I saw the gentleman, I asked him if he had lost any thing? he clapped his hand to his fob, and said he had lost his watch. I took her to the watch-house. The constable has got the watch.

JAMES TAYLOR . I was constable of the night, I have got the watch, the prisoner was brought to me by the watchman, I searched her pocket, I could not find any thing; I searched further, I found the watch in a place too delicate to mention.

Prosecutor. It is my watch.

Prisoner's Defence. This gentlemen turned up this passage, I followed him; I talked to him a few minutes, he agreed to give me no compliment until he got change; he gave me the watch, and afterwards he insisted of having the watch from me, I was loath to give the watch up, because he gave me but three or four pennyworth of halfpence.

GUILTY , aged 22.

Transported for Seven Years .

London jury, before Mr. Recorder.

439. THOMAS RANGER was indicted for feloniously stealing on the 27th of April , a three-inch deal, value 2 s. the property of Philip Hooper and Thomas Bedford .

PHILIP HOOPER . I am a timber merchant , my partners name is Thomas Bedford , I live in St. Bartholomew the Great .

Q. Did you lose this three-inch deal - A. Yes, I believe it is mine.

THOMAS SEABRIGHT . I am a carpenter. On Monday evening the 27th of April, I was alarmed about nine o'clock in the evening with the rattling of timber. I am a journeyman to, and I live upon Mr. Hooper's premises. I heard footsteps going up the court, it is no thoroughfare, I stepped out after it, and lost it, then about a quarter before ten o'clock we heard some footsteps come down the court again, when he came back I followed him out, he had got a deal upon his shoulder. I followed him into Aldersgate- him street, I then saw a watchman, I gave him in charge immediately.

Q. You did not see where he took the deal from - A. No.

Q. What became of the other man - A. There was only one at the second time. I secured that man with the deal.

WILLIAM SPECK . I am a watchman. I was crying the hour of ten o'clock, the prisoner was coming across the road with this deal on his shoulder, the last witness gave me charge of him. I asked him where he brought the deal from, he said a man gave it him who was going to his club, he lived at 17, Grub-street.

The property produced and identified.

Prisoner's Defence. A man asked me to carry it home for him, his name is Joseph Harding , I have sent for him, he is not here.

Seabright. There is no thoroughfare there, and there are no deals there but what belong to Messrs. Hooper and Bedford, it laid about six or seven yards from my door.

GUILTY , aged 47.

Transported for Seven Years .

London jury, before Mr. Recorder.

440. ROBERT HOPE was indicted for feloniously stealing on the 20th of April , a pewter pint pot, value 1 s. and a pewter half-pint pot, value 6 d. the property of Michael Barker .

MICHAEL BARKER . I am a publican , Red Lion-court, Fleet-street On the 12th of April, from information of my pot boy, I sent for an officer, the officer came; he searched the prisoner, and the pint pot was in his hat, and the half-pint pot was in his bosom.

WILLIAM CROSSKEY . I took this pint pot out of the prisoner's hat, and this half pint pot out of his waistcoat.

Prosecutor. The pots are both mine.

Prisoner's Defence. I was in great distress. I leave myself to the mercy of the court and the gentlemen of the jury.

GUILTY , aged 60.

Confined One Month in Newgate , and fined 1 s.

London jury, before Mr. Recorder.

441. REBECCA HENRY was indicted for feloniously stealing, on the 18th of April , a blanket, value 5 s. a sheet, value 4 s. a shirt, value 3 s. 6 d. a flannel petticoat, value 1 s. 6 d. and a night gown, value 1 s. the property of William Sore .

SARAH SORE . I am the wife of William Sore . My husband is a coachman .

Q. When did you lose these things. - A. On the 17th of April, from No. 9, Phillip Lane , I lodge there.

Q. Did the prisoner lodge in the house. - A. No, I lost the things in the evening between nine and eleven o'clock.

Q. How did she take them. - A. I do not know; they were found upon her. When I went to take these things off the line they were gone. They were all hanging on the line in the back yard.

HENRY SHROUD . I keep a pork shop in Tooley Street, No 208. These things were left in my house on Friday, the 17th of April. The prisoner came to my house and asked my man if she might leave the things there, my man gave her leave.

Q. How do you know it was the prisoner - A. On the next day, about one o'clock at noon, she came for them, I asked her whether they were her own things, she asked me why I asked her that question; I said I wished to know; she then said they were not her own, she was to take them somewhere, but did not know the place nor number, she said a Mill Pond Bridge. I said my man should go with her; she took my man to East Lane, she told him they belonged to No. 5, Barker's Row, there were two No. 5. My man brought her back again, she said she lived in Helmet Place, Old Street; I was going to put down the direction; she first said No. 100, and afterward 124. I sent a person to enqire and there is only seventeen houses there; afterwards she owned she was in Phillip Lane, she there met a woman that gave her the things. I sent down to Phillip Lane and found out the owner of these things.

JOHN ANDERSON . Q. What do you know about this business - A. The prisoner came on the 17th to our shop, she asked me leave to let her leave the things, I rather refused her at first, and as soon as she had liberty to leave them she put them down on the block; on the next day she came about one o'clock, she said that she came for the tub that she had the things in, I said if they are your's, but there was a man came in after you left the things and there was a bother about it; then my master came in and cross questioned her about it.

SAMUEL PRESTON . I am an officer, I know the prosecutrix, she informed me that she had been robbed and hearing that a woman was stopped in the Borough I took the prosecutrix there and found the prisoner with the property on her; I took her to the Compter. I produce the things.

Prisoner's Defence. The woman that gave me the things, her name was Smith, I am certain that she lived in the same street with the prosecutrix, but I did not rightly know the house.

Prosecutrix. They are all my property.

GUILTY , aged 19.

Confined Two Months in Newgate , and fined 1 s.

London jury, before Mr. Recorder.

442. ELIZABETH MORRIS was indicted for feloniously stealing, on the 18th of April , eighteen yards of ribbon, value 6 s. the property of Charles Bluck .

CHARLES BLUCK . I am an haberdasher , 32, Bishopsgate Without .

Q. When did you lose the ribbons - A. On the 18th of April, about eight o'clock in the afternoon. Having suspected the prisoner we watched her for some time, I thought I saw her take something and put it into her pocket; on her leaving the shop I went after her, the young person said she had taken a piece of ribbon, I followed her and brought her back, she dropped the ribbon; a witness is here that saw her drop it, I sent for Sapwell, he searched her; he has the property.

SARAH CLARK I am shop woman to Mr. Bluck. The prisoner came in the shop and asked to look at some made up bows, which she objected to and thought she could make one cheaper by buying the ribbon herself, I then shewed her some ribbons and while I was measuring it I saw her put the piece of ribbon into her apron and from there into her pocket, and as she was going out I told Mr Charles Bluck she had a piece of ribbon, he followed her and brought her back, and she dropped the ribbon.

Q. Did you see her drop it - A. No.

JOHN HENRY BLUCK . Q. Are you a partner with Charles Bluck - A. I am not, my son lives in my house and has the shop. The prisoner had been there four times before, suspicion arose of her having stolen ribbons, she came in then, I was sitting in a back room in the shop, I came forward; when my son brought her in the shop she dropped the ribbon, I took the ribbon up and kept it till the officer came, saying that I saw it drop from her; she said might it not drop from the counter, I said no it was at the bottom part of the shop were no ribbons are kept. It had my son's private mark on it.

THOMAS SAPWELL This is the ribbon.

Prosecutor. That is my ribbon, it has my private mark on it.

Prisoners Q. I want to know whether that old gentleman can say it dropped from me or no.

John Henry Bluck . I positively swear it.

Prisoner's Defence. It never came from me may I never enter the kingdom of glory, I came into town on Thursday, I buried my husband. I have two small children. That old gentleman would hang me. I am an innocent woman. I leave myself to the mercy of every one in the court.

GUILTY , aged 30.

Transported for Seven Years .

London jury, before Mr. Recorder.

143. MARY SULLIVAN was indicted for feloniously stealing, on the 21st of April , eighteen yards of ribbon, value 6 s. the property of Charles Bluck .

CHARLES BLUCK . I am an haberdasher , 32, Bishopsgate Street Without . On Tuesday the 21st of April, the prisoner, with another person, came into the shop and asked for some ribbon, and while she was looking at them another woman came in, wished to see some thread, and was very impatient, so much so that I suspected the three were companions together. The other woman said she was in an hurry, I said she should be served in her turn, I turned round quick suspecting the prisoner, I saw the prisoner very much confused; at the same time a person in the shop said that she had stolen something, I laid hold of her apron and found that she had half a piece of ribbon; the woman that was so impatient ran away. I stopped the prisoner and another woman and sent for Sapwell, who found the ribbon on her, she said by some accident it had fallen into her apron.

Q. Was that possible - A. Oh no, impossible.

THOMAS SAPWELL . I searched the prisoner, I found the ribbon mentioned in the indictment in her apron, I asked Mr. Bluck if that was his property, he said yes; since that I have dropped the ribbon out of my pocket, through some misfortune I have not got it to produce.

Q. Was there a private mark upon it - A. Yes, it was sworn to the next day before the Lord Mayor by Mr. Bluck.

Q. (to Mr. Bluck) Are you sure that the ribbon that Sapwell shewed you had your private mark upon it - A. Yes, I do swear that it had my private mark, and it was my property.

Prisoner. When I went into this gentleman's shop I asked to look at a bit of ribbon, I had some muslin in my apron, I looked at two piece of ribbons, I asked him to cut me a couple of yards off; a person that was there did shove against me and that ribbon fell into my lap, and before I could have time to take it out of my apron that gentleman took hold of me, he asked me what I wanted with the ribbon, he rolled it up in my apron and kept it there. I wish to see what is the property against me.

Prosecutor. A neighbour had watched her, and came to tell me they were suspicious characters.

Sapwell. When I lost the property I made it known to the Lord Mayor's clerk, and to Mr. Newman the solicitor; I called the several watchmen together in the parish, I told them I would give them a guinea if they could find the property or any body that did, and since then one of the watchmen went down to the Compter and let the prisoner know that I had lost the property. There was a fire at Mr. Mott's the soap boiler, I lost it out of my pocket; whether the hole in my pocket was cut or no I cannot say.

GUILTY , aged 18.

Transported for Seven Years .

London jury, before Mr Recorder.

444. ELEANOR LEESON was indicted for feloniously stealing, on the 7th of May , three yards of carpet, value 7 s. 6 d. the property of Thomas Bartlett .

THOMAS MAYMOTT . I am a broker in Moorfields. On Thursday morning last, a neighbour of mine came to me and said, there goes two women that have stolen some carpet, I saw a part of the carpet hanging under the cloak of the prisoner, I asked the prisoner what she had got, I opened the carpet and there were two pieces of carpet; as I opened the carpet the label tumbled out. It is Mr. Bartlett's carpet, the carpet hung up in his window. It was known by some of my neighbours, so I sent for Mr. Mott and he sent for the owner, Mr. Bartlett. This is the carpet.

THOMAS BARTLETT . Q. Look at this carpet - It is my carpet, me and my young man nailed it up to the window, it had this label on,

"This Shop to left, enquire up the gateway," here is a part of the paper torn away.

Q. Where is the shop situated - A. No. 90, Bishopsgate Without.

Prisoner's Defence. When the carpets were laying on the ground under the gateway, I picked them up and put them under my cloak; the boys ran away.

GUILTY , aged 33.

Confined Two Months in Newgate , and fined 1 s.

London jury, before Mr. Recorder.

445. ELIZABETH MARRISON was indicted for feloniously stealing, on the 10th of May , a telescope, value 10 s. the property of Robert Banks , privately in his shop .

ROBERT BANKS . I live at 444, in the Strand, in the Parish of St. Martin's in theFields . I am an optician .

Q. When did you lose this telescope - A. Last Saturday afternoon, the 9th of May, in the afternoon between five and six, the prisoner came into the shop for some relief. I am an overseer. She produced this pass to me as overseer, and while I turned my back to write my name on the back of the pass, she secreted a telescope; I had no suspicion of the telescope being gone, my wife assured me that she had taken something.

Q. Was your wife present - A. She was not, she was in the parlour, the parlour door had glass windows. I had the money in my hand to give her in the shop, but when I saw the telescope taken from the counter and in her lap, I did not give her the money but sent for an officer, he came and searched her and took away the property from her.

EDWARD MAXWELL . I am a journeyman to Mr. Banks, I fetched the officer; we searched the prisoner and found the telescope upon her.

GIBSON. I am the officer that took the prisoner, I had taken this woman about three hours before, she was drunk in the street, I put her in the watch-house and sobered her; when she went out she went to Mr. Banks's and stole this telescope, I put her in the watch-house and kept her there an hour to keep her from the boys, she had an hour's sleep and got sober. This is the telescope.

Prosecutor. I am certain it is my telescope.

Prisoner's Defence. I am a poor distressed woman, my husband is a soldier, he belongs to the 71st regiment, a woman gave it me in the shop.

GUILTY , aged 29.

Confined Six Months in the House of Correction , and fined 1 s.

Second Middlesex jury, before Mr. Recorder.

446. JOSEPH WHITLOCK was indicted for that he, on the 18th of January , was servant to Isaac Slee , and employed and entrusted by him to receive money for him, and being such servant so employed and entrusted, did receive and take into his possession the sum of 3 l. 12 s. and that he afterwards feloniously did secret and steel the same .

WILLIAM CALVERT . I am foreman to Isaac Slee, he is a salt merchant at Paddington , and the prisoner was in Mr. Slee's employ also.

Q. Was he employed to receive money on account of his master - A. Yes, and it was his duty when he received money on account of his master to have brought it to Paddington, and to have given it to me if he did not see Mr. Slee.

Q. Did he either on the 18th of January, or on any day since, offer to you three pounds twelve shillings, money received from Isabella Hopkins - A. He denied having received the money of Isabella Hopkins, then I asked him for the receipt, he said he had not got it. Mr. Shee had sent him with a receipt.

Q. Has he since that time given you the money or receipt - A. No. I asked him if he would settle with Mr. Slee, he said he did not know.

Q. When did you ask him that question - A. A week before he was taken up.

ISABELLA HOPKINS . Q. Do you know the prisoner - A. I paid the money to the carman (the prisoner), on the 19th of January: three pounds twelve shillings; I have got the receipt. It was the prisoner as far as I know. I only saw him once before.

Q. What was it for - A. A sack of salt; I paid the carman; I did but see him that time. It was the first time he brought me salt.

Q. Now, look at the prisoner, and see whether that is the man - A. I dare say he cannot deny it.

COURT. Madam, look at the man, and tell me whether it is the man - A. I dare say it is; I paid the money to the said carman.

Q. You do not mean to say you know the man do you - A. No.

CHARLES BROWN . I am an officer of Hatton Garden office. I apprehended the prisoner in company with Thisselton on the 15th of April at Paddington, He acknowledged to us that he had received the three pounds twelve shillings on account of his master; that he had got in liquor, and had lost two pound of the money, and did not like to see his master unless he could carry him some money.

COURT. When was that - A On the 15th of April, about seven o'clock in the evening.

WILLIAM THISSELTON I am an officer of Hatton Garden office.

Q. You have heard the last witness examined - A. Yes. The prisoner said that he received three pounds twelve shillings of Mrs. Hopkins, and he had lost two pounds through in oxication, and was afraid to go back to his master without he had the money. He said he did not like to go back with the rest.

NOT GUILTY .

First Middlesex jury, before Mr. Justice Grose.

447. ELIZABETH GRIFFITHS was indicted for feloniously stealing, on the 13th of April , two sheets, value 6 s. a blanket, value 1 s. and a chair value 1 s. the property of John Warner , in a lodging room .

ANN WARNER . I am the wife of John Warner ; I live at No. 8, Meeting-house-alley, in the parish of St. George's . The prisoner took a room of me at five shillings a week, ready furnished; she came into the room on the 9th of April.

Q. How long did she stay with you - A. She went out on the 13th of April, and never returned.

Q. Did she pay for her lodging - A. No. She never returned. I missed a pair of sheets off the bed in which she slept, a pair of blankets, a bolster, a pillow, and a pair of pillow cases, and a chair, and tin and crockery ware and glass.

Q. What time did she go out in the morning - A. I went down about nine o'clock in the morning and shut the street-door; I found it open. Her room door was open, that is how I missed the things. The prisoner lived below stairs. I applied to an officer, Mr. Gillman, I got some of my things again, but not all.

JOHN GILLMAN I am an officer of the Thames police. On the 13th of April Mrs. Warner applied to me, I could not hear any thing of the prisoner until the 18th, I then found the prisoner in a back room, Cock Hill, Ratcliffe. I found in the room a chair, and in the room three duplicates; I put the duplicates in my pocket. I asked her if she knew any thing of Mrs. Warner's things; she said, no. She said her name was not Griffiths. I then called Mrs. Warner in to identify her; I asked her if that was the woman that lodged with her; she said, yes, it was. I asked the prisoner whose duplicates them were; she acknowledged to pawning the things, and said she ment to get them out. I took her to the office, and desired the pawnbroker to attend with the things, and they are here now.

JAMES JONES . I am a servant to Mr. Nicholas and Latter, pawnbrokers, in Broad-street, Ratcliffe.

Q. Is that far from Mrs. Warner's - A. About half a mile. I know the prisoner's person, I am not positive I took the blanket in of her. The blanket was pawned on the 14th of April by a woman; it was pawned in the name of Ann Wright . This is the blanket.

ROBERT WALKER I am a servant to Mr. Mount, pawnbroker, Old Gravel-lane. I produce two sheets, pawned, one on the 9th the other on the 11th of April. The prisoner is the person that pawned them; I lent her four shillings on one, and five on the other.

Q. to prosecutrix. What time of day did the prisoner come to you on the 9th of April - A. About two in the afternoon. She hired the lodgings the day before, and then I saw the state of the bed. I put the two sheets on the bed myself the day before. That is my blanket, and the sheets are mine, and the chair is mine.

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

GUILTY , aged 21.

Transported for Seven Years .

Second Middlesex jury, before Mr. Baron Graham.

448. MARY BEST was indicted for feloniously forging, on the 16th of March , a bank note for the payment of one pound, with intent to defraud the Governor and Company of the Bank of England .

SECOND COUNT for putting off, and disposing off, a like forged note, with like intention.

AND OTHER COUNTS for like offence, stating it to be a promissory note for the payment of one pound with intention to defraud William Tomlin.

WILLIAM TOMLIN . Q. You keep a grocers shop , No. 142. Tottenham-court-road - A. Yes,

Q. Do you remember the prisoner at the bar coming to your shop about the middle of March last - A. To the best of my knowledge she is very much like her.

COURT. She came into your shop, when - A. About the 14th or 15th of March. I recollect the woman coming to my shop before that time; I had given her change for a a pound note about a fortnight before that time.

Mr. Bosanquet. That must be about the beginning of March - A. Yes.

Q. You had seen the prisoner at the bar, and had given her change for a pound note - A. Yes, to the best of my recollection. I asked her no questions for that note, but gave her change. I saw her again about the 14th or 15th of March, she came into my shop, she asked for two ounces of tea, and a pound of sugar, I weighed her the tea, and gave her the sugar on the counter, and she presented me a one pound note in payment; I looked at her, and I thought I knew her again; I thought I had seen her in the shop before; I asked her name and place of abode; she gave me the name of Mr. George, No 9, Frederic-place, Hampstead-road, and that place not being above half a quarter of a mile from my house I did not scruple of taking the note at all; I took the note, and wrote upon it before I gave her the change.

Q. Look at this note, sir, and say whether that is the note - A. This is the note, it has my hand-writing upon it.

Q. Now, sir, you say you believe that the person that gave you this note was the same person that gave you a note before - A. I believe so.

Q. You believe so. Have you any doubt that the prisoner at the bar is the person, from her features, and her height - A. I have no doubt that she is the same person, to the best of my knowledge and remembrance it is her.

COURT. Can you swear positively it is her. Do not be in a hurry. Look in the woman's face - A. To the best of my recollection it is her.

Mr. Bosanquet. Do you mean the same person who uttered the former note as the person that gave you this note - A. Both.

Q. Have you any doubt that she is the person that uttered to you the second note, this note - A. No, she is the same person to the best of my knowledge.

Q. Have you any doubt upon the subject - A From all appearance I have no doubt of it. She was a stranger to me, though she was in my shop twice.

COURT. Did you observe what the gentleman means. I ask you whether you have any doubt upon the subject that the is the same person - A. I could not swear positively.

Q. Will you, or not, swear positively that she is the same person that tendered the same note - A. I believe it is, from her appearance and her height, and her features, though she had a large bonnet on at the time.

Q. Have you any doubt about it - A. I can say no more than what I have said.

Q. If you have a doubt say so; if you have not, say that. Look at the woman, and say whether you have a doubt or not - A. Why, I have not much doubt of it. I cannot say but I have some doubt about it.

Q. Now, sir, do answer a plain question. Have you any doubt that she is the same person or not - A. Not much doubt.

Q. I will have a direct answer - A. I have some doubt; not much doubt.

Q. Then you have some doubt - A. Not having seen the woman but once before I have some doubt.

Mr. Alley. You say, like an honest man, now, that you have a doubt - A. I can say no farther than to the best of my knowledge and recollection.

COURT. Do you mean to say that it is the same woman to the best of your knowledge and recollection - A. Yes, I do.

Q If you had met her in the street should you have known her to be the same woman - A. Not without I had taken particular notice of her.

Q. I asked you if you had met her in the street, whether you should have known her to be the same woman - A. I believe I should.

FRANCES MUNN . Q. Where do you reside - A. No 9, Frederic place, Hampstead-road.

Q. Do you know the prisoner at the bar at all - A. No, I never saw her.

Q Do you occupy the house, No. 9, Frederic-place - A. I do.

Q. Did you in March last - A. Yes.

Q. Was there any person resident in your house of the name of George - A. No.

GEORGE GLOVER . Q. You are a butcher - A. I am, in Leadenhall-market.

Q. Look at the prisoner at the bar. Did you ever see her at your shop - A. Yes, sir, I did, as near as I can recollect the time, from the 5th to the 8th; on this transaction she came to my shop, I cannot say exactly what the article was she bought, some small article; it came to one shilling and four-pence or one shilling and six-pence; I cannot say what. She gave me a one pound note. I took the note in my hand, and not finding the salvages smooth, there were two rough sides. I suspected the note. My wife said, where does the young woman live. The prisoner answered, Jones, Collam-street. I wrote that upon the note.

Q Now, look at this note - A. This is my handwriting. This is the note. I have not a shadow of a doubt, that is the note I received of the prisoner. There was nothing wrote upon the note when I received it.

Mr. Alley. There is the name of Glover upon the note. Was that upon the note when you received it - A. No.

Q. You have spoken to the prisoner's person - A. I have.

Q. Have you ever seen her before that time - A. No, I have not.

Q. Was it a market day, Saturday - A. No, it was not when people are busy; it was about nine or ten o'clock in the morning.

Q. Was not she in custody when you next saw her - A. Not to my knowledge. They took me to the Bank, and from there to Marlborough-street.

Q. You were afterwards taken to a place where she was in custody - A. Yes.

COURT. Did you see her at Marlborough-street - A. Yes.

Mr. Alley. My question is this, whether your seeing her in custody was not the reason why you thought her the same person - A. If I had met her in the street I should have known her again by the mark in her nose. I have not a shadow of a doubt she is the person I took the note of.

THOMAS GLOVER . Q. I believe you are an inspector of the Bank notes - A. I am.

Q. How long have you been so - A. Near twenty years.

Q. It is your duty to examine all bank notes - A. It is.

COURT. Will you tell me whether that is a genuine Bank of England note - A. It is not. It is a forgery altogether.

COURT. It is not an impression from a bank plate - A. No. It is not the paper of the Bank, nor the signature it purports to be. The whole is a forgery. It is not the Bank of England ink.

Q. In short, there is no part of it like what appertains to a Bank of England note - A. No, there is not.

COURT. Who does the first note belong to.

Mr. Knapp. George Glover , and the next is that uttered to Tomlins.

Q. to Glover. Is that a Bank of England note - A. No, it is a forgery throughout as the other I have been just describing.

Mr. Alley. This seems to me to be a most excellent note. It is a thing that a poor ignorant person would take for a Bank note - A. Surely.

Q. It is impossible for any body to say it is a bad note that is not in your secret - A. Certainly.

Q. A man that could read and write could not tell, much less a person that is ignorant, and no scholar, if they had not your secret - A. Surely.

COURT. Gentlemen of the Jury, Look at them together.

Prisoner's Defence. I wish the witnesses to be brought forward that were present at the time them notes were taken.

(The notes read.)

GUILTY - DEATH , aged 34.

Second Middlesex jury, before Mr. Justice Grose.

449. SAMUEL COHEN was indicted for feloniously stealing, on the 24th of April , a silk handkerchief, value 3 s. the property of George Augustus Lingham .

GEORGE AUGUSTUS LINGHAM . On the 24th of April last I was going up Catherine-street in the Strand , about eight o'clock in the evening, I thought I felt some person's hand in my pocket. A friend was walking with me; I turned round and saw my handkerchief in the hand of the prisoner.

Q. Do you happen to know how long before that you had felt the handkerchief in your pocket - A. I knew my handkerchief was in my pocket ten minutes before, I should presume. I immediately when I saw the handkerchief in the prisoner's hand, went up to him, and he dropped the handkerchief.

Q. Did you see him drop it - A. I did. I picked it up. The prisoner run away, and I pursued him. I never lost sight of him for a moment. I took him in Somerset-place, and secured him. I took him to Bow-street, and he was committed. I have the handkerchief, I have kept it in my possession ever since. This is the handkerchief. It was in my outer coat-pocket when taken from me. It is my handkerchief.

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

GUILTY , aged 17.

Confined One Year in the House of Correction , and fined 1 s.

First Middlesex jury, before Mr. Baron Graham.

450. MARY CARTWRIGHT was indicted for feloniously stealing, on the 6th of May , half a pound weight of sponge, value 6 s. the property of Thomas Giles , privately in his shop .

THOMAS GILES . I keep a brush shop, and sell sponge, turnery, and toys , No. 52, Foley-street, Middlesex Hospital, in the parish of Marybone . The prisoner came into my shop on Wednesday last, the 6th of May, about half past six. I am sure she is the same person. I had half a pound of sponge tied up in paper, lying on the counter, I went into the shop, almost up against the parlour door; I thought she might be a customer come to buy something. As I was not in the shop she turned herself about, as I thought to rest herself against the counter. I went out of the parlour to her; she turned herself from the place where the sponge lay, and went out of the door. I missed the sponge immediately, and I knew that she must have it; before she got out of the shop. When I came out of the parlour I looked on the counter, and saw the sponge. I let her go out into the street.

Q. When you missed the sponge the prisoner was not gone out of the shop, why did not you seize the prisoner - A. I was a mind to see what she would do. I knew that she had got it. When she got out of the door she went down the street. I stood at my own door, and watched her. It is a short distance from my house to Ogle-street. She went up Ogle-street; I immediately ran after her and she went into a private house. That is the house where she lodged.

Q. You guessed that she lodged there - A. Yes. I did not know it till afterwards. I stood a little time at some distance from the door waiting; I thought she might return back again. She came out again in the course of two minutes; she was coming the same road back to Foley-street. I came back, and stood in my own shop until she past the door, and when she came past I went out and laid hold of her. I asked her what she had done with the sponge that she had stolen out of my shop. She told me to be careful what I said; she never was in my shop in her life. I kept her in the house until a gentleman came past; his name is Sims. I charged him with the woman. He is a constable. He took her to the watchhouse. I went with him. At the watchhouse she gave the constable a key, and said that she had stolen the sponge.

Q. Did you tell her it would be better for her to confess - A. I told her I would forgive her if she would confess. I saw her give the constable a key.

GEORGE SIMS . I am a constable. I took the prisoner to the watchhouse; she gave me a key to search her room.

Q. Did you go to the room according to her directions - A. I did. I took Mr. Giles and another man along with me, and the landlady of the house. I opened the door of the room where she directed me; I found fifteen pieces of sponge under the bed. The prisoner said it laid under the bed.

Prosecutor. That is the sponge that lay upon my counter, that I made up in a parcel. That is the right number. I know the sponge well; I have trimmed it with shears. I am sure it is my property.

Prisoner's Defence. The gentleman said if I would confess he would give me a shilling, and I might go about my business. My lord, I leave myself entirely with you, and the gentlemen of the jury's mercy, and I pray for God's sake you will shew mercy.

GUILTY, aged 48,

Of stealing under the value of 5 s.

Confined Six Months in the House of Correction , and fined 1 s.

First Middlesex jury, before Mr. Baron Graham.

451. JOHN JONES was indicted for feloniously stealing, on the 29th of April , a great coat, value 12 s. a pelisse, value 13 s. a waistcoat, value 6 s. and a pair of trowsers, value 5 s. the property of James Borros .

WILLIAM APTED . I am James Borros 's shopman, No. 9, Monmouth-street . On the 29th of April, about eight o'clock in the evening, I had occasion to go into the yard; I asked a little boy to mind the door for me. I had not been gone more than two or three minutes before a little girl ran to me, and said the shop had been robbed, and her father had taken the prisoner with the things, and had got him in the shop. I hastened in, and I saw the prisoner there; I asked him how he came to take them.

Q. Did you find any thing upon him - A. Yes. Mr. Clarke, the witness, had taken him. I asked the little boy where he was when the prisoner stole the things; he told me that the prisoner came and knocked him down. This he said in the prisoner's presence. The prisoner said nothing. He said, when the man stole the things, he called his father, and told him a man has stolen a coat, and his father ran out and saw the prisoner going round the corner with the things on his arm; he brought them back into the shop. Mr. Clarke had taken them from the prisoner, he gave them to me; they are here. This is the great coat, it is the property of James Borros ; he keeps a clothes shop. A lady's pelisse, a waistcoat, and a pair of nankeen trowsers; they are Mr. Borros's. They are altogether worth one pound sixteen shillings and sixpence.

HENRY CLARKE . I work in the kitchen underneath the shop of Borros. I heard the boy sing out, father; the man has stolen a coat; I ran up stairs; I saw a man going round the corner of Great St. Andrew-street with these clothes upon his arm. I pursued the prisoner, and brought him back with these clothes into the shop, and to the best of my recollection these are the things that I took from the prisoner, I gave them to Apted.

Prisoner's Defence. I know myself guilty of taking them. I leave it to the mercy of the court. I was really distressed.

GUILTY , aged 33.

Transported for Seven Years .

First Middlesex jury, before Mr. Justice Grose.

452. WILLIAM JAQUES was indicted for feloniously stealing, on the 25th of April , a silver wine strainer, value 30 s. the property of Iltid Nicholl ; and a seal, value 2 s. the property of Francis Hunt .

FRANCIS HUNT . On the 25th of April, between the hours of five and six in the evening, I saw the prisoner coming out of the pantry of Iltid Nicholl. esq . 55, Lincoln's Inn Fields . I asked the prisoner what he wanted; I asked him the second time what he wanted; he gave no answer neither the first time nor the second, and perceiving him going away I supposed he was a robber. I immediately ran after him.

Q. Does your pantry go through the area - A. Yes. There is a passage door, and the pantry is further on. There is an area-door, and two other doors before you come into the pantry.

Q. I understood you to say that you saw him come out of the pantry - A. I did, and upon seeing him go off I ran after him, and came up to him in Duke-street. I took him by the collar into a public-house, into the tap-room; I immediately sent for my master, and likewise for Taunton, an officer of Bow-street; he searched him, and found the property on him in my presence. A silver wine strainer was found on him, and a metal seal.

Q. Did you happen to know of your own knowledge that this wine strainer was in the pantry - A. I am certain of it. I had been decanting wine five minutes before, and used the wine strainer.

Q. How came the seal there - A. I bought it a little while ago, and it laid on the shelf. I had seen the seal on the shelf not half an hour before the prisoner came out of the pantry. The prisoner was secured.

SAMUEL TAUNTON . Q. Do you remember being sent for to the public-house in Duke-street - A. I do; on the 25th of April last. I searched the prisoner, in his pocket I found the upper part of a wine strainer, and a metal seal; I have had them in my possession ever since.

Prisoner's Defence. I am a young man; I have a wife and two children. Poverty induced me to do this act for which I now stand before you.

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

GUILTY , aged 30.

Transported for Seven Years .

First Middlesex jury, before Mr. Baron Graham.

453. WILLIAM GERRARD, alias WILLIAM GERRARD COLLINS , was indicted for feloniously stealing, on the 17th of April , a bushel of coals, value 18 d. the property of Edward Wood , Richard Wood , William Wood , Thomas Hall , and Leonard Phillips .

JOHN THOMAS TRENT . I am foreman to Edward, William, and Richard Wood , Thomas Hall , and Leonard Phillips . On the 17th of April last I was returning from our barge builders, on the south side of the river Thames, to the north side. I saw a man taking coals out of a barge.

Q. Where did the barge lay - A. About fifty yards below Mr. Wood's wharf, on the Middlesex side of the river.

Q. Was the prisoner one of the men - A. He was, it was about eight o'clock in the morning. I rowed the boat towards them. I saw one man in the barge, and the prisoner in the boat alongside of the barge.

Q. Was the man in the barge doing any thing with the coals - A. I saw the man in the barge lift a basket of coals up three times on the gunnel, the prisoner each time took the basket off the gunnel; I saw the prisoner shoot the coals out of the basket in the boat. I immediately rowed alongside of the boat, I stepped into the boat where the prisoner was in. I said to the prisoner you must go along with me immediately to our wharf, you have been taking coals out of this barge.

Q. What became of the man that was with him - A man of the name of Groves was in the head room of the barge, when I seized the prisoner the prisoner clung to the barge, to hold the boat alongside of the barge, for the other man to step into the boat. Groves came upon the gunnel of the barge, I found he wanted to get into the boat along with the prisoner. I shoved the boat off the barge; the prisoner begged very hard for me to let the other man come in. I took one scull away and immediately rowed the prisoner to Mr. Wood's wharf, and before I got to the wharf the other man that was in the barge called a boat along side and was rowed over the water. I rowed the prisoner into our dock, and sent for Mr. Wood. An officer came to take the prisoner into custody, and while the officer was there we took the coals out of the boat and put them into two sacks, these coals were the property of Messrs. Wood and Co.

The prisoner said nothing in his defence; called five witnesses, who gave him a good character.

GUILTY , aged 26.

Transported for Seven Years .

First Middlesex Jury, before Mr. Justice Grose.

454. MARY CARTHY was indicted for feloniously stealing, on the 23d of April , twelve yards of ribbon, value 6 s. the property of Michael Smith .

MICHAEL SMITH . I live in St James's parish, Clerkenwell ; I deal in haberdashery principally. On the 23d of April, about half past four o'clock, the prisoner came to my shop and requested to look at some black ribbons; the drawer was produced, and by her manner I rather suspected her. She then enquired for black figured ribbons; I told her I had no black figures - she was perhaps ten minutes at the counter.

Q. Did you shew her any thing besides the black ribbons - A. No. There were three pieces on the counter, she conveyed one piece to the edge of the counter, in her clothes; she endeavoured to hide that piece by the corner of her shawl; she then said none of them would answer her purpose, my answer was, very well; I put the drawer in its place, and she went out; I followed her to the door, and when the shawl was attempted to be thrown over the ribbon, I saw a white paper on the ribbon, and as she got off the step of the door I took hold of her arm, and said what have you done with the ribbon, she said she had got none: I brought her back into the shop, and at the same time the witness Turner gave me the ribbon, and said, sir, I believe this is your ribbon. She strongly denied that she ever meddled with the ribbon. Leah Wasfold came in the shop, and said she saw her drop it. The officer had the ribbon till last week, and then he delivered it to me, saying his presence would not be necessary here; I know this is the same piece of ribbon that was brought into the shop by James Edward Turner , he put his initials upon it when he brought it in; it is my property.

JAMES EDWARD TURNER . I live in Pentonville. I saw the prisoner come out of the prosecutor's shop, and as she came out of the shop I saw a piece of ribbon pass by my feet, I picked it up and took it into the shop and gave it Mr. Smith; the prisoner was then in the shop. It was about a quarter before five; this is the same piece I gave to Mr. Smith, I put my initials on it.

LEAH WASFOLD . Q. Do you remember seeing the prisoner on the 23d of April last - A. Yes; I saw her come out of Mr. Smith's shop, I saw the prisoner drop this ribbon from her clothes. As Mr. Smith laid hold of her arm she had just got on the pavement, off the steps.

Q. You went into the shop did not you - A. Yes; I heard the prisoner deny having the ribbon, I asked her how she could deny it when I saw her drop it.

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

GUILTY , aged 22.

Confined One Year in the House of Correction , and fined 1 s.

First Middlesex jury, before Mr. Baron Graham.

455. SARAH JAMES was indicted for feloniously stealing, on the 30th of April , a table-cloth, value 4 s. half a yard of linen cloth, value 6 d. and a quarter of a yard of muslin, value 2 s. the property of Matthew Harrison .

ELIZABETH HARRISON . I was present at the time the articles in the indictment were found. I live at Eaton cottage, Hornsey , the prisoner was my servant ; she had lived with us about twenty months. We missed a number of articles, and not having any persons coming to the house, suspicion fell on the prisoner. I requested each of my servants to have their boxes searched; a fortnight ago I searched them. As I was searching the box of the upper servant I observed the prisoner take something out of one of her boxes and throw it under the bed; I requested to know what it was, she said immediately, it was only a bit of brown Holland, she crept under the bed, snatched it up and unpinned it. I saw some things fall from it as she did so; I called Mr. Harrison up stairs, the other servant was present; my husband saw her secrete the things under the bed. The bedstead was then lifted up by the other servant, and from under the bedstead was produced a table-cloth and a bit of India muslin, and a small piece of brown Holland. These are the articles, they are all cut off different pieces.

ELLEN LIPTRAP . I am a servant of Mr. Harrison's.

Q. Where you present in the room when the prisoner's box was searched - A. Yes; my mistress requested to look in our boxes, and while she was looking in my box I saw my mistress observed something, and after she had done looking in my box she looked in hers; she found nothing of consequence. She asked her what she had throwed under the bed, the prisoner said it was only a bit of brown Holland; she then called master up. The prisoner crept under the bed and tried to conceal them, and master brought out a table-cloth from under the bed; mistress said, good God! here is my table cloth. The prisoner said it was her mother's, and the piece of sprigged muslin, she said she bought in Bishopsgate-street, but she could not tell what shop she bought it at.

Prisoner's Defence. I should suppose that the things were taken into the room by some of the children, who were frequently making dolls.

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

GUILTY , aged 18.

Confined One Year in the House of Correction , and fined 1 s.

First Middlesex jury, before Mr. Justice Grose.

456. JOHN DRAPER was indicted for feloniously stealing, on the 15th of April , forty-four pounds weight of iron, value 5 s. the property of William Birch and Charles Lucas Birch .

The prosecutor and witnesses were called, and not appearing in Court, their recognizances were ordered to be estreated , and the prisoner was

ACQUITTED.

Second Middlesex jury, before Mr. Justice Grose.

457. ELIZA MOREN was indicted for feloniously stealing, on the 28th of April , a sheet, value 3 s. a pair of stockings, value 1 s. and a shawl, value 1 s. the property of Catherine Duggen .

CATHERINE DUGGEN . I live in Golden-lane . The prisoner lived servant with me between four and five months, she left me ten week ago yesterday

Q. After she had left your service did you miss any thing - A. I missed many things before she went away.

Q. I suppose you have some of the things here have not you - A. Some of them.

THOMAS WITWORTH . I am an apprentice to Mr. Gascoyne, pawnbroker, 104, White-Cross street. On the 6th of January the prisoner came to our shop and pledged a sheet for three shillings, this is the sheet.

Prosecutrix. It is my sheet; the prisoner lived with me in January last. I missed a sheet before she went away.

THOMAS DUTTON . I am shopman to Mr. Crouch, pawnbroker, in Fore-street. I produce a shawl, I took it in pledge on the 28th of March, of one of the witnesses that is here of the name of Duffy.

MARGARET DUFFY . The prisoner when she left the service of the prosecutrix, she came to live with me; then in the course of eight or nine days after she was short of money, she told me to pawn a shawl and a gown. I pawned them at Mr. Crouch's, and brought the money to her.

Prosecutrix. The shawl is mine.

Prisoner's Defence. I bought the shawl with the money I got for my Christmas box, I bought the sheet in Brick-lane, for four shillings and sixpence, I thought as I had not a box to put it in, it was safer to put it in pawn; she never missed a sheet until after my duplicates were found. The constable took all my duplicates from me. My mistress never missed a sheet.

GUILTY , aged 24.

Transported for Seven Years .

Second Middlesex jury, before Mr. Justice Grose.

458. ANN GOODLAKE was indicted for feloniously stealing, on the 8th of May , a sheet, value 5 s. a pair of pantaloons, value 5 s. a shirt, value 5 s. a petticoat, value 2 s. and six yards of linen, value 12 s. the property of William Smith .

MRS. SMITH. My husband's name is William Smith ; we live at the Angel, in Clare-street, a public house . I had been in the country six weeks, upon my return I missed several things that lay in my room.

Q. Had you any lodgers - A. No, only myself and my husband.

Q. Did you know the prisoner before that time - A. Yes.

Q. Had she ever been in your lodgings - A. Yes, she had the key of the room to make the bed for my husband whilst I was in the country.

Q. What day was it you returned from the country - A. On Thursday, the 7th of May. Mr. Craig searched the prisoner's lodgings on the Saturday following, the prisoner was there; he found a petticoat and some small things, the other things were found at the pawnbrokers.

WILLIAM CRAIG . I am an officer. On Saturday the 9th of May, I searched the prisoner's lodgings, Mr. Smith was with me; I found the prisoner at home. On searching the drawer in the prisoner's apartment, I found a petticoat and pocket, Mrs. Smith said they were part of her property. I asked her what she had done with the rest of the property, she began crying, and said she had pawned them; she directed me to Mr. Morrits, and to Mr. Dry's; I found the shirts at Morrits's and several articles at Mr. Dry's, which Mr. Dry's man will produce. Mr. Morrits's gave the shirt up. The shirt has been in my possession ever since, and the petticoat.

WILLIAM THOMAS WILKINS I am servant to Mr. Dry, pawnbroker, I produce a sheet, and a pair of pantaloons, pledged on the 30th of April, and five yards of linen, a table cloth, and bolster case, pawned on the 24th of April, I know the person of the prisoner, but she did not pawn them, they were pawned by a woman.

WILLIAM SMITH . Q. I suppose you do not know much about this, do you - A. Very little. The prisoner had the key of my room, to make my bed, I had only a lodging in the house; the prisoner lived in the house, she was servant to James Arnold . The things were put in the box and corded up, as I thought, secure; the box was always in the same place, and corded up.

Prosecutrix. The sheet and table-cloth, and all the things are my property.

Prisoner's Defence. I beg for mercy.

GUILTY , aged 20.

Confined Two Years in the House of Correction , and fined 1 s.

Second Middlesex Jury, before Mr. Baron Graham.

459. STEPHEN ADAMS was indicted for feloniously stealing, on the 5th of May , a ham, value 1 l. the property of James Clements .

JAMES CLEMENTS . I live at No. 3, Pickett-street, Temple Bar . On the 5th of May, between six and seven in the evening, I was informed that a person had taken a ham from the door; I was immediately directed to a public house to go after the people with the ham, and looking about when I got there, I found the ham under the table; when the prisoner saw me he attempted to go out. This is the ham.

MRS. WHITTAKER. I saw the prisoner take the ham from Mr. Clements's door post.

ROBERT WALFORD . I saw the prisoner go into the public house, he had a ham with him; Mr. Clements was in pursuit of him. There was another soldier following him. I am sure the prisoner had a ham in his hand.

Prisoner's Defence. I went into the public house and called for a pint of beer and during the time I was there, another soldier followed me, and whether he brought the ham in I know not. I was sitting at the fire, and the ham was laying under the bench, on the opposite side of the tap-room.

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

GUILTY , aged 39.

Confined Two Months in Newgate , and fined 1 s.

Second Middlesex jury, before Mr. Justice Grose.

460. JAMES GOFF was indicted for burglariously breaking and entering the dwelling-house of Thomas Hopkins , about the hour of twelve at night on the 24th of April , and burglariously stealing therein, a gun, value 3 l. and a tea caddy, value 1 l. 5 s. his property .

THOMAS HOPKINS . I am a carpenter , I live in Little Pancras-street, in the parish of St. Pancras . On the night of the 24th of April, I went to bed about ten o'clock, and about six o'clock in the morning I got up.

Q. Who was in your house - A. Me and my wife, my servant, and my wife's mother, and two children.

Q. Do you know who went last to bed - A. I did. I fastened the doors and windows myself, and in the morning I was first up. When I came down I saw both the parlour doors open, and the drawers of the bureau spread about the floor, the secretary, and all the other drawers taken out in the other parlour and laid on the floor; the street door was open also.

Q. Does your house stand by itself, or adjoining any others - A. There is a private entrance in the yard to come into the house; it is the principal entrance to my house. I went up stairs to call my wife, we came down stairs, and found that we had lost a great many things. I lost a tea caddy, ten silver tea spoons, a table spoon, and the gun.

Q. What do you think might be the value of all you lost - A. About sixty pound altogether. The tea caddy was brought to my house by Jonathan Townrow , on Tuesday the 5th of May.

Q. When did you see any thing of the gun - A. On Wednesday morning I went to Bow-street, I took two officers with me, we searched the premises of James Goff , he was a journeyman carpenter.

Q. Did he ever work for you - A. Yes, but not at that time. In searching the premises we found a gun.

Q. Was the prisoner at home - A. No, his wife was in the house.

Q. He is a married man - A. Yes, he lives in a room over a stable; we searched this room; we found the gun in the cieling that covered his bed room. The officer took the gun. The prisoner came home in about an hour, we took him.

Q. Now, when Townrow brought you the caddy, what did you do with the caddy - A. I kept it at home, and when we took the prisoner to Bow-street, I took the caddy there, I produced it to the magistrate, and then the officer had it. The officer's name is Salmon.

Mr. Walford. I think you said it was six o'clock when you came down stairs - A. Yes it was quite light then, I was the first person up in the house. The prisoner had been in my employ, I entertained a good opinion of him till this time. I value the tea-caddy at twenty five shillings, and the gun at three pounds.

JONATHAN TOWNROW . I live in Carmarling-street, Tottenham Court-road.

Q. Do you know the prisoner at the bar - A. No.

Q. We are told that you brought a caddy to the prosecutor, Hopkins - A. I did, on the 5th of May, about eight o'clock in the evening.

Q. Now, sir, where did you get that tea caddy - A. A young man of the name of King, called upon me, after he called upon the prisoner for a small debt, this young man had the caddy of him for that purpose, he is here, he brought me the caddy; I knew the caddy to be Mr. Hopkins's, I was with him when he bought it; he gave one pound sixteen shillings for it.

THOMAS KING . I am a shoemaker.

Q. You know the prisoner - A. Yes.

Q. He was indebted to you for a small sum of money, was not he - A. Not my debt, it was my father's; my father gave me the bill to carry to him, because I lived nearer than he did; I gave him the bill about a month or six weeks ago; I met him in Oxford-street; I gave him the bill, and made demand for payment. He told me he could not pay it; then he asked me where I lived. He said he would call at my house in three weeks time. I called at his house on Sunday the 3d of May; he never called at my house on the Sunday before I had the caddy.

Q. Of course, before you gave the caddy to Townrow you called upon him the 3d of May he was not at home - A. I saw his wife; she told me if I would come up on Tuesday evening following I might depend upon having the money.

Q. What was the amount of the bill - A. Twelve shillings and four pence. I called on the Tuesday, and he could not pay me then. He was at home; he wished me to come up on the Sunday following and measure him for a pair of shoes, and then he would positively pay me. He told me he could not pay me then, he had made a caddie for a person, and that person was to call at twelve o'clock on that day, and as the person had not called that was the reason that he could not pay me. He shewed me the caddy. I left his house then, and went to Mr. Townrow; I told him what I had seen; he asked me what kind of a caddy it was; I told him. He advised me to go, and purchase the caddy.

Q. In consequence of his advice did you go back to Goff - A. Yes, the same evening, and I met Goff's wife at the door. I told his wife if the person had not come for the caddy while I had been away I would purchase it, if he had no objection. Goff was there himself. They readily agreed for me to have the caddy. I offered to pay nine or ten shillings then besides the bill, and when I had made Goff's shoes I would pay the rest.

Q. In consequence of that the bargain was made, was it - A. Yes. He tied the caddy in a pocket handkerchief himself, and that same hour I carried the caddy to Townrow. That is all I know of it.

WILLIAM SALMON . I am an officer of Bow-street.

Q. Do you remember going with Mr. Hopkins to the house of the prisoner at the bar - A. Yes, on the 6th of May. The prisoner was not at home. In searching the loft, there is a temporary room built in the loft, the top of the room does not reach the top of the loft.

Q. It is a little room parted off from the loft - A. Yes.

Q. The top of which does not touch the ceiling - A. It does not. On the top of this room I found a gun, between that and the ceiling.

Q. So that it was not visible to the eye - A. No, it was too high; I was obliged to get up on a trunk to get it down.

Q. You got up on the trunk - A. Yes, and then I saw it handed to the prosecutor the moment the prosecutor saw the gun; he said, this is my gun, I can swear to it. I have had the gun in my custody ever since.

Mr. Walford. The prisoner was not there - A. No. This is the gun, and these pistols I found upon the mantle-piece, they were loaded with powder and ball, (I have since drawed the charge), and a powder horn with powder and ball in it. I was not present at the apprehending of the prisoner. I was obliged to return to Bow-street to attend an examination.

MARK COX . I am an officer of Bow-street. I was present at the search of the house. I had the search warrant.

Q. I suppose Salmon has given a true account of what was found there - A. Yes.

Q. You apprehended the prisoner, did you - A. Yes, on the 6th of May; on the same day. I apprehended him in the stable, before he same up stairs, as he was coming in; I ordered him to go up stairs. I was searching his pockets, I found nothing in his pockets. He said, this is through going into bad company. I neither encouraged him, nor used any threats at all. He said, this is the instigation of being in bad company; it has brought me into this. I found these things, a dark lanthorn, and phosphorus box, before he came home, they were hid under the boards in the bed-room. One of the boards had been taken up, and was loose; I lifted up the board and found the dark lanthorn and phosphorus box, matches and skeleton keys, a picklock key, a centre bit, and a small chissel, and a wrenching tool, and some duplicates I found upon the mantle piece that I believe is his own property.

COURT, Q. to prosecutor. When you got up about six o'clock you found your doors open, did you examine the door to see if any violence had been used to get in - A. I did. The house door was locked on the inside; he unlocked it after he got it. I left the key in the door. I could see that they got in at the window; the square of glass in the centre of the sash was broken; the sashes were double hung; the top sash came down, and the bottom sash lifted up. The lower pane of glass in the top sash was broken, so that any person by a hand might open the fastening of the sash, and when the sash was unhasped they might throw up the lower sash, and a block of wood was placed outside to enable them to get in. The tea caddy is mine; the lock was taken off, and put on again without any screw; I took the lock off to get a key to it, and put the lock on again without any screws, and it was without any screws when I found it. The gun is mine, it has a stop lock, and the same name, and the end I have had new steeled. I brought this gun into the parlour for a young man coming out of the country to clean on the Saturday; and the tea-caddy I had seen there a day or two before.

Prisoner's Defence. I was walking on the Saturday morning previous to my being detected on the Wednesday, I met a young man, he said he was going into the country; he asked me to put some things bye for him; I told him, I could. On the Sunday morning he brought them. When he produced the things I did not much like to have them, but did not like to deny, having promised to take care of them for him. I took up a board in the floor, and put them under. I did not like my wife's mother to see them.

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

GUILTY - DEATH , aged 22.

Of breaking and entering the dwelling-house, and stealing in the dwelling-house to more than the value of 40 s. but not of the burglary.

Second Middlesex Jury, before Mr. Baron Graham.

461. EDWARD THEOBALD was indicted for feloniously stealing, on the 23d of April , a glass bottle, value 2 d. and a pint and a half of brandy, value 5 s. the property of William Morris and Thomas Morris .

WILLIAM MORRIS . Thomas Morris is my partner, we are brandy merchant s; we live in Tower-street . The prisoner lived with me three years; we had a very good opinion of him. On the 23d of April I requested my clerk and apprentice to watch him, and after they gave me information I took the property from him. I took a quart bottle which I supposed had brandy in it; I knew the bottle: our name was upon the cork. I have no doubt of it being my bottle. It was taken out of his breeches.

RAY WALLEY . I am a clerk to Messrs. Morris. John Edwards was desired to watch the prisoner. On the 23d of April the prisoner had been employed at Cox's Quay, he came up out of the cellar about half after one o'clock; he asked Mr. Morris if he might go to dinner; he said, yes; and the instant he was gone John Edwards gave me some information. John Edwards followed him and brought him back, and master examined him, and found the bottle upon him. The constable has got the bottle.

Constable. It is very good brandy.

GUILTY , aged 24.

Whipped in Jail and discharged.

London jury, before Mr. Common Serjeant.

462. JAMES RAVEN was indicted for feloniously stealing, on the 18th of April , five hats, value 3 l. the property of George Franks .

DAVID WATSON . I am a servant to Mr. Pearce, pawnbroker, London Wall.

Q. Do you know the prisoner - A. Yes. On the 16th of April the prisoner pawned one hat with me. I am sure he is the man. I advanced him half a crown on the hat. He told me he was a hatter . On the 20th I saw him again at the Mansion House; he was in custody then.

JOHN SMITH . I am a servant to Mr. Brown, pawnbroker, Fetter-lane. On the 15th of April the prisoner pawned a hat, I advanced three shillings on it. I have not the least doubt he is the man.

BARTHOLOMEW WOOD . I am a constable. I took up the prisoner. I knew he worked for Mr. George Franks , the hatter, No. 61, Red-cross-street , in the city of London. His master charged him with robbing him of five hats. The prisoner said he hoped Mr. Franks would have mercy on account of his family; he said he had six children. I have four duplicates the prisoner gave me.

GEORGE FRANKS . I am a hatter . The prisoner lived servant with me about five or weeks, and in that time we missed several hats. I saw some hats in the privy, they had no business to be there. That was about the 17th of April. I watched and saw that they decreased. I saw the prisoner come from the privy and go out. After the prisoner went out I went to the privy, and there was one hat gone. He was gone from the shop about an hour. When he returned I spoke to him. In the course of an hour or two I asked him how he could think of robbing me in the way he had done a considerable time. His answer was, he hoped I would let him go. He pleaded his family, and said he had six children. I told him, as he had robbed me in that kind of way I could not think of letting him go. I sent for the constable. He delivered to the constable five duplicates.

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

GUILTY , aged 52,

Of stealing one hat.

Confined One Month in Newgate , and fined 1 s.

London jury, before Mr. Common Serjeant.

463. CATHERINE GOWER was indicted for feloniously stealing, on the 5th of May , three pewter pint pots, value 3 s. the property of James Child .

JAMES CHILD . I am a fellowship-porter . I keep the French Horn, Crutched Friars . I can only swear to my property. I saw the prisoner there when she was detected.

JOSEPH FRENCH . I am a fellowship-porter. On the 5th of May, before ten o'clock, I happened to go into the tap-room, I saw that the prisoner had something of a bulk; I hit her over the thigh. I told her I suspected she had got something there that was not her own; she made no answer; in the space of three quarters of a minute she dropped three pint pots; they were all three clean ones. They had not had any beer in them. She was taken into custody immediately. I picked up the pots, there is the name of James Child on them, French Horn, Crutched Friars. These are them.

Prosecutor. They are my pots; I value them at three shillings.

Prisoner's Defence. On Tuesday morning I went out to a day's washing; I came home about eight o'clock in the evening; there was a letter when I came home, for my husband to go and bottle off wine. I went to Mr. Child's tap-room to see my husband, to give him this letter; my husband told me to get a pint of beer; that man came to me and said, you have got something that does not belong to you. I said, I had nothing but my pocketbook and a few halfpence; they searched me and found nothing. I go out a charring to gentleman's houses, and wish to get my bread in an honest manner.

Q. to French. Are you quite sure that you felt the pots before she was searched - A. Yes. I turned up her apron, she had got a very large pocket, big enough to hold a bushel of corn.

GUILTY , aged 34.

Confined Eighteen Months in Newgate , and fined 1 s.

London jury, before Mr. Common Serjeant.

464. JOSEPH METCALFE was indicted for feloniously stealing, on the 23d of April , in the dwelling-house of William Barton, one shagreen case, value 2 s. four lancets, value 2 s. one steelyard-beam value 10 s. and a bank note, value 20 l. the property of William Barton .

WILLIAM BARTON . I live at No. 14, Mark-lane, in the parish of Allhallows Staining . I am a surgeon .

Q. When did this happen - A. On the 23d of April.

Q. Are you the sole owner of the house - A. Yes. The prisoner was employed to paint the house .

Q. In what part of the house was this case of instruments, and the twenty pound note - A. In the back parlour on the ground floor.

Q. Was the bank note in a drawer - A. It was in a drawer in the desk; the desk was locked; I had seen the bank note between ten and eleven o'clock on the evening before; it was then safe.

Q. On what time of the day on the 23d did you miss it - A. Between ten and eleven in the morning. The shagreen case was kept in the same desk, and the lancets in the case. The steelyard-beam was in the same room, in another drawer, locked. On missing these things I went to the Bank to stop payment of the note, immediately I missed it.

Q. As this desk was locked had the lock been forced by violence, or was it picked - A. I do not know; it was not wrenched open by a crow.

Q. Are you quite sure that you had locked the desk when you last saw the desk - A. Yes; I am quite sure I had locked it.

Q. As you gave notice to the Bank to stop it, how long was it afterwards that you heard of it - A. It was stopped at the Bank the first day I missed it. I went to the Bank between eleven and twelve in the morning.

Q. When did you see the note again - A. I do not recollect how soon afterwards. I had no particular mark of my own to know the note by. I had the bank note at Sir William Curtis 's bank; I think I received it on the 27th of March. The prisoner continued at the house at his work. I sent for a constable. The prisoner was searched; I believe they found nothing on him. I afterwards went with the constable to the prisoner's house; the prisoner went with us; the lancet-case, and the steelyard-beam we found at the prisoner's house.

Q. Did the prisoner at all account for their being in his house - A. I think he said they belonged to some one else. The lancet-case he said belonged to some one else. I am sure the steelyard-beam and the lancet-case are my property.

WILLIAM BRAND . I am one of the marshalmen. I was sent for to take charge of the prisoner at Mr. Barton's house; I found the prisoner at work there, painting. I told the prisoner that I had a very unpleasant circumstance to relate to him, that Mr. Barton was suspicious that he had taken a twenty pound note out of his desk. The prisoner said he knew nothing of it. I told him I must search him. I did search him, and found nothing upon him of consequence but a key; I asked him what key that was; he said, it was the key of the door; I told him I must search his apartment; I took him with me, and went to the room in Camomile Mews. I opened the door with that key.

Q. Was any body there - A. No one. There was nobody in the room when we entered it; his wife was not at home. I then proceeded to search. The first thing I searched was a chest of drawers, or a bureau; the first thing I found, that Mr. Barton identified, was a case of instruments, which I produce; he claimed it, and he said it was in the desk where the money was. I then found a pocket-book in the same drawer, it contained ten one-pound bank notes. I enquired of the prisoner, before that time, if he had any money in the house; he said he had a little. Upon looking at them notes I found each note had a particular stamp at the back, as if they all came from one person. I said to Mr. Barton, I am satisfied that this is part of the property; he has changed the note. The prisoner said nothing. We then proceeded to search further, and in a deal box, not locked, lay the steelyard-beam; Mr. Barton identified it. I then asked the prisoner, whose box it was; he said it was either his brother-in-law's, or a relation's; I cannot say which, but I think, a brother-in-law's. I found nothing more until his wife came in, when we had nearly closed the search. I ceased from searching, and began to look at her; the prisoner was standing by; I asked her if she had got any money in the house; she said she did not know of any, except a trifle that she had in her pocket, a three-shilling piece, and a eighteen-penny piece, and a trifle of silver. I found by the receipts that they had paid away, from Saturday night before, several pounds. I asked her what money her husband brought her home on Saturday night; she said, a guinea and a half. This was the Thursday. I told her I found by the receipts I had in my hand that they had paid away more money than that; she said, that was accounted for by a pound note she had saved up previous; but that did not account for the whole of the money. I then asked her if she had not got some money in her pocket; she said no, only that trifle of silver. I told her to empty her pockets; she did, and pulled out this pocket-book, and in the pocketbook was ten one-pound notes, that makes twenty one-pound notes found in the house; they were all bank notes. Upon examining the notes, I found they answered with the description of the stamp that the others had; they were all stamped. I then asked her how she came by them; she said she had them from her mother, as she was with child, and an expensive time was coming on. I told her I was satisfied how she came by them, and asked her where she had changed the twenty pound note; she said, at the bank that morning.

Q. Her husband heard all this, did he - A. Yes. I then asked her of whom she had the twenty pound note; she hesitated a moment, and said, I must say my husband; he made no reply. I asked him how he came to do so; he said he had an expensive time coming on; he had been out of work some time, and he took it to carry him through his expences.

Q. Did you go to the Bank afterwards - A. I did not; the prosecutor did.

Q. Did the wife appear to be far advanced in her pregnancy - A. Very near her time.

JOHN HALSE . I am a clerk in the Bank.

Q. Did you change a twenty pound note with any person on the 23d of April - A. A person of the name of Thompson changed a twenty pound note. I cannot say whether it was a man or a woman.

Q. What number was it - A. I have only the entries of the numbers which were given for the twenty pound note. When I changed it I entered the number of the notes for which it was paid. The party who changed that note had twenty single one-pound notes. I saw the twenty one-pound notes before the Lord Mayor, and they corresponded with the notes I gave for the twenty pound note; their numbers are, 57,758, 28th of September; 18th of February, 38,657; 3d of March, 7,079; there is two of that date; the other is 75,229: 29th of February, 33,150.

COURT. Hand the notes to the Jury while you read the entries, for the Jury to see if they correspond - A. 29th of February again, 33,725; 29th again, 40,714; 7th of March, 44,740; 7th of March, 44,739; 9th of March, 37,794; 15th of February, 3,025; 5th of March, 20,368; 29th of February, 58,209; 3d of March, 47,906; 20th of January, 4,752; 18th of February, 3,887; 6th of February, 4,894; 4th of February, 33,993; 15th of February, 37,422; 24th of February, 40,001; making in the whole twenty one-pound notes. I only know the note by the name. The twenty pound note is in the custody of Mr. King. I neither knew the number or date of the twenty pound note. We have the name and residence of every note we change. I only know the twenty pound note by the name of Thompson; I have no doubt it is the identical note for which I gave the person them twenty one-pound notes. I only entered the name. We ask the name, and the name they give we enter in the book; there is no other entry of a twenty pound note with the name of Thompson upon it on that day.

WILLIAM BLACKSTONE . I come from the banking-house of Messrs. Robarts and Curtis.

THOMAS KING . I produce the twenty pound note from off the file at the Bank.

Q. to Blackstone. Do you know whether that note ever went from your house to Mr. Barton - A. A twenty pound note of the same number went to Mr. Barton.

Q. Then it must be the same note. There are never two notes of the same number and date - A. Not as far as I know. I paid the note, No. 6,244, on the 26th of March, to a check of Thomas Dobson 's, in part of payment.

Mr. Knapp. I understand you, you paid that note in part of payment, to whom - A. That I cannot say. The check was drawn upon our house by Thomas Dobson .

Q. to Mr. Barton. You said you had that note on the 26th of March, how did you receive the note - A. I received a twenty pound note, and a twenty-five pound note of this gentleman at Messrs. Robarts and Curtis's. I have received drafts there before drawn by Mr. Dobson. I did not receive any other on that day.

Prosecutor. The steelyard-beam is mine, and the lancets and case are mine.

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

GUILTY - DEATH , aged 27.

[ The prisoner was recommended to mercy by the Jury on account of his former good character .]

London jury, before Mr. Common Serjeant.

465. JOHN DIXON was indicted for feloniously stealing, on the 20th of April , three shirts, value 6 s. five yards of velvet, value 20 s. three pair of stockings, value 3 s. a pair of scales, value 6 s. a book, value 1 s. 6 d. two aprons, value 3 s. two pair of breeches, value 5 s. a silk handkerchief, value 2 s. a gold broach, value 4 s. a pillow case, value 1 s. three waistcoats, value 6 s. three yards of cotton, value 3 s. a razor, value 6 d. and a glass, value 3 d. the property of John Morris , in the dwelling-house of Sarah Neal .

JOHN MORRIS . I lodge in Baker's-court , my landlady's name is Sarah Neal ; she lives in the same house. I live in the two pair of stairs front room.

Q. Had you left your room before you lost these things - A. I left my room the same night. The prisoner slept in the same room with me; he paid the landlady for sleeping there.

Q. Then you had not the sole use of the room - A. No. I left the room for two nights.

Q. What was the day you left the room - A. I believe, about the 18th, on Friday morning. I was absent part of two days.

Q. Had you a box there - A. Yes. On Sunday morning I returned to dress, and then all was safe. I locked my box then. I left the room again on the Sunday, and left my clothes in the room with the key of my box in my breeches pocket, and when I returned on the Monday morning Mrs. Neal told me that I had been robbed. I went up stairs and found my box open; it was unlocked by the key, and on looking into my box I missed all the articles contained in the indictment. I had left them all safe on the Sunday. I saw my property at the Mansion House on the 20th of April, the same day. The prisoner was in custody then.

SARAH NEAL . I am a widow woman with four children. I live at No. 2, Baker's-court, Half-moon-street, Bishopgate-street, in the parish of Bishopgate Without.

Q. Do you know the prisoner Dixon - A. Yes.

Q. Was the last man that has been examined a lodger of yours - A. Yes, he had lodged with me about five months. Dixon came to lodge with me on the Friday night before the robbery was commited on the Monday; he slept in the same bed as Morris did. No other person slept in the room from the Friday to the Monday. On Sunday night the prisoner came in and went to bed; he slept there till half past six on the Monday morning.

Q. to Morris. Did you sleep there on the Sunday night - A. No, sir.

Q. to Mrs. Neal. You say he got up about half past six - A. Yes; I heard the prisoner come down stairs; being a fresh lodger I got up and let him out. I saw him take a bundle from the stair-case.

Q. Did he bring any bundle with him when he came to lodge - A. None at all. I asked him what he had got tied up. I was fearful, otherwise I might have taken him myself. I ran after him to the top of the court. I pulled the things from him and gave an alarm. He was stopped by James Howard .

Q. Did he run away - A. Yes. He had got out of my sight before he was stopped; I had not power to run. He was stopped and brought back. I saw the bundle opened at the Mansion House. The things were claimed by Morris.

JAMES HOWARD . I keep the house, No. 1, in that court. On the 20th of April, in the morning, I was alarmed by Mrs. Neal saying, you have got my sheets and pillows. I stopped the prisoner; he said he had no property belonging to Mrs. Neal. He dropped the bundle and got away from me, and made a run down the alley, and up Peter-street. I lost sight of him until I got to Peter-street. I am sure he is the same man. I never saw him before that morning. I took part of the property from him in Dunning's-alley; the book, the scales and weights, and the razor, out of his pocket. I have kept the bundle ever since. The things afterwards were claimed by Morris. This is the prisoner's coat that the things were put in.

Prisoner's Defence. They offered to compound with me; I was destitute of money and friends; I had nothing to give them, and if I would give them five shillings a piece, I might go about my business. I hope your lordships will mitigate my punishment as much as you can.

GUILTY , aged 30,

Of stealing, to the value of 39 s. only.

Judgment respited .

London jury, before Mr. Common Serjeant.

466. JOHN DWYER was indicted for feloniously stealing, on the 7th of May , four pocket books, value 8 s. one book, value 2 s, and a bottle of medicine, value 4 s. the property of Henry Nebitt , John Arlis , and Samuel Baker .

JOHN ARLIS . I am a stationer , my partners names were Henry Nebitt , and Samuel Baker . Samuel Baker is dead now.

Q. There was no Samuel Baker living at the time that these things were taken, was there - A. No.

NOT GUILTY .

London jury, before Mr. Common Serjeant.

467. JOHN RICHARDSON was indicted for feloniously making an assault in the king's highway, upon Richard Beech , on the 24th of April , putting him in fear and feloniously taking from his person, and against his will, a silver watch, value 3 l. a metal seal, value 1 s. and a metal key, value 6 d. and a piece of ribbon, value 1 d. his property .

RICHARD BEECH . I am a cooper , I live at 56, Maid-lane, in the Borough; I am a lodger.

Q. Were you near Blackfriars Bridge on the 24th of April - A. Yes. I was at the corner of William-street about two o'clock in the morning. I had been spending my evening with a friend; I was returning home.

Q. Were you intoxicated - A. No, not at all; I had been to a private house.

Q. Where had you been spending your evening with your friends - A. At Sir William Grant 's, the Master of the Rolls; I was acquainted with the servants.

Q. What happened to you when you got to the corner of William-street - A. Five or six men got hold of me, and the prisoner had hold of my watch ribbon, and when he pulled my watch out, he fell back on the pavement with the force of the pull.

Q. You were surrounded by five or six men - A. Yes; it was a moonshiny morning, very light; my arms were pinioned by some of them, and the prisoner pulled at my watch.

Q. Look at him; are you sure that he was the man that was pulling at your watch - A. Yes, I am positive that he is the man.

Q. How long was he before he was able to get the watch out of your fob. Did you lay hold of your watch - A. Yes, I clapped both my hands to my watch, to prevent it going from me.

Q. How long do you think the struggle might continue before he was able to wrench it from your person - A. From three to five minutes; and, by the violence of the pull, when he did get it out, he fell backwards.

Q. Did the people still continue to pinion your arms - A. No; as soon as the watch went I received a blow on my face; it did not knock me down; the prisoner got up and ran away, and I after him, and cried out watch.

Q. Which way did the prisoner run - A. Down William-street, along King Edward street, and when I got into King Edward street, he ran into Bridge-street again.

Q. Was he out of your sight at all - A. No. I pursued him, and cried out watch, and a fireman stopped him in Bridge-street. I was nearer to him then than I am now; I never lost sight of him at all.

Q. Have you the least doubt that he is the man that pulled your watch out at the time that the others pinioned your arms - A. I have no doubt but that he is the man.

Q. What became of the rest of the company - A. I pursued the prisoner, they dispersed.

Q. What is the name of the fireman that stopped him - A. Joseph Gardner . My watch was brought to me directly by the man that picked it up.

Q. Was it whole and entire - A. No, the case was gone and the glass was broke. I have never seen the case again.

Q. What sort of a watch was it - A. A silver watch, capped and jewelled; a metal seal to it, and a ribbon. When the prisoner was stopped I came up immediately, and gave charge of him. I said, that is the man that has got my watch; he said he had not got the watch, and offered to strip himself, and he ran from the fireman across the road.

Q. How did he get from the fireman - A. I believe he offered to pull his coat off to be searched, and when he was released to pull his coat off, he started from the fireman; he ran across the road, they overtook him.

Prisoner. I would wish to ask him whether I am not an innocent man - A. No. I swear to your doing this fact.

JOSEPH GARDNER . I am a fireman. I was in Bridge-street upon this morning. I was going to fetch an engine for a fire at Ratcliffe. I heard the cry of watch. I saw the prisoner in Bridge-street. I do not know exactly what street he came out of; he was in Bridge-street when I saw him. I saw the prosecutor follow him. I took to my heels and overtook him, and stopped the prisoner in Bridge-street. The prosecutor gave charge of the prisoner for having stolen his watch. The prisoner broke from me once. He said he was not the man they were calling after, he was running the same as other folks - he got away, but he did not get out of my sight. I picked up the watch, it laid about four or five yards from him, in the direction he had been moving; it was in a spot he had passed by in running before I stopped him. The outside case was gone and the glass broke; I did not see him in possession of the watch.

DANIEL SLATER . I am a constable of St. Bride's.

Q. Do you know the person of the prisoner - A. No; I never saw him before he was delivered to me at the watchhouse. I have kept the watch ever since. This is the watch.

Q. to prosecutor. Look at the watch; is that the watch that was taken from your pocket that morning - A. Yes, I can swear this is my property; I have had the watch about eleven years.

Q. to Gardner. At the time that you stopped the prisoner, did he tell you there was any gentleman by, who would prove his innocence - A. No, he did not.

Prisoner's Defence. All I can say, is, I am innocent; and I believe it is well known I am innocent. I know within myself I am innocent. And as to saying I ran away from Mr. Gardner, that is false; the prosecutor was in liquor I think.

COURT. Q. to Gardner. Had the prosecutor at all the appearance of being in liquor - A. Not at all.

Q. Was the prisoner intoxicated - A. No.

GUILTY - DEATH , aged 29.

London jury, before Mr. Common Serjeant.

468. JAMES SCOTT was indicted for feloniously stealing, on the 8th of May , from the person of Richard Hulman , a pocket-book, value 1 d. and four one pound bank-notes, and a bill of exchange, value 20 l. his property .

RICHARD HULMAN . I am a master of a vessel . On the 8th of May I lost my pocket-book. I was coming through Exchange-alley as the clock was striking four; I was looking at my watch about a minute before that. I had my hand in my pocket, upon my book, coming along; I had felt my pocketbook safe about a minute before.

Q. What had you in your pocket-book - A. Four one-pound Bank of England notes, and a twenty-pound bill of exchange; and about eight hundred pound of accompts, but not money, only receipts. While I was looking at my watch I turned round; a gentleman pointed the prisoner as the man that had taken my pocket-book.

Q. How far was the prisoner from you - A. About two or three yards. I took the prisoner myself. I felt a hand in my pocket before I turned round. A gentleman said, what is the matter. I said, my pocketbook is gone. He said, there is the man that took it. I seized hold of the prisoner. I have never seen my pocket-book since; it was handed off. The prisoner said I might search, he had not got it.

GEORGE MABBS SHELLY . I am an hosier, in Whitechapel.

Q. Did you happen to be in Exchange-alley at the time this matter happened - A. I had been to Barclay's the bankers, and coming from there, I saw the prisoner and another person attempting the captain's pocket.

Q. Did you see whether they took any thing from it - A. Not at the time: I followed him from Birchin-lane into Exchange-alley: I was going that way and I followed them. I followed them through King's Arms-buildings into Exchange-alley again. I saw the prisoner next to the prosecutor, and another person behind him; his companion was with him when I first saw him. I saw the prisoner take the pocket-book out of the left hand pocket of the captain: the prisoner put his hand back. I thought he was putting it into his own pocket: I immediately went out of the alley and saw the prosecutor; he said he had lost his pocket-book. I said, that is the man I saw take it.

Q. What became of the companion - A. I did not see the companion go off; the prisoner was rubbing his face. The captain stopped the prisoner, and took him to the Mansion House.

Prisoner's Defence. When the gentleman came up to me I was wiping my face with my handkerchief. I had not a soul with me.

JURY Q. to Shelly. Did you see the companion run off - A. No, he walked off.

GUILTY , aged 25.

Transported for Life .

London jury, before Mr. Common Serjeant.

469. ISAAC NOWLAND was indicted for that he, on the 11th of January , feloniously, knowingly, and without lawful excuse, had in his custody and possession two forged bank-notes for the payment of one pound each; he knowing them to be forged .

SECOND COUNT, for having in his custody and possession a certain other forged bank-note, he knowing that also to be forged.

To this indictment the prisoner pleaded

GUILTY .

Transported for Fourteen Years .

Second Middlesex jury, before Mr. Recorder.

470. ISAAC NOWLAND was indicted for feloniously forging and counterfeiting a bank-note for the payment of 1 l. with intention to defraud the Governor and Company of the Bank of England .

SECOND COUNT, for disposing of, and putting away, a like forged and counterfeit bank-note with the same intention.

THIRD and FOURTH COUNTS, for like offence, with intention to defraud Jane Richards .

Mr. Knapp, counsel for the prosecution, declining to offer any evidence, the prisoner of this charge was

ACQUITTED .

Second Middlesex jury, before Mr. Recorder.

471. GEORGE MILLER was indicted for feloniously forging and counterfeiting a certain transfer of a certain annuity for two hundred pounds, with intention to defraud the Governor and Company of the Bank of England .

And TWO OTHER COUNTS for like offence, with intent to defraud Robert Brissenden and Robert Smith .

THOMAS REYNOLDS . Q. I think you are chief clerk in the 3 per cent office - A. I am.

Q. Have you the transfer books here - A. I have.

Q. Turn to the 20th of December; do you find any transfer there of any stock in the name of Miller and Brissenden - A. Yes, two hundred pounds.

Q. Read the entry - A. 20th of September, 1805, William Chesterton of the Stock Exchange do assign a transfer, two hundred pounds of my interest or share in the capital or joint stock of reduced 3 per cent. annuities, consolidated by act of Parliament, transferable at the Bank of England. George Miller , coach-maker , Maidstone, Kent, and Robert Brissendon , grocer ; witnessed by William Peter Chesterton .

WILLIAM PETER CHESTERTON . Q. You are a clerk in the same office - A. Yes.

Q. Look at that transfer; did you witness that transfer - A. I did.

Q. Did you see the transfer made - A. I actually did.

Mr. Gurney. I suppose you know nothing of the parties at all - A. No. Mr. Chesterton makes the draft.

Mr. Knapp, Q. to Mr. Chesterton. Look at that receipt. Did you also witness that receipt - A. That is my hand-writing. I witnessed that receipt with the transfer.

WILLIAM JAMES JONES . I am a stock-broker residing in Exchange-alley.

Q. Do you know the prisoner - A. I have some slight recollection of him from the distance of the time; I saw him but very little.

Q. Do you remember upon what occasion you saw him - A. Purchasing stock.

Q. Look at the stock receipt, is that your writing - A. That is the entry of my clerk at the office.

Q. Did you buy in any stock of that amount on that day - A. I did; it appears to be in December, 1806.

Q. I believe he bought in some stock upon his own account at that time - A. He did, two hundred pounds.

Q. Do you remember, on the 17th of April, 1807, seeing the prisoner again. Look at the transfer of April, 1807, is that your signature - A. That is my hand-writing, as witness to the identity of the persons who transfered the stock.

Q. Did you sell both the two hundred pounds that day - A. The tranfer of both were made at the same time.

Q. Was the prisoner the person who came to transfer, or did any other person come with him - A. Another person.

Q. Was it the prisoner that employed you to sell the stock, or the other person that came with him - A. Him. He was the only person that employed me, and is the only person that I mean.

Q. Did the prisoner sign the transfer in your presence - A. Yes, he did.

Q. Did he, Miller, introduce the other person to you, and how did he introduce him - A. As Brissenden, to make the transfer in the usual way.

Mr. Gurney. I believe, sir, as soon as a broker identifies the person to whom the transfer is made he is responsible to the Bank. If you introduce a person to the Bank you do not think you are responsible, do you - A. I am not aware of it.

Mr. Knapp. In consequence of this person employing you and Brissenden, what did you do - A. I afterward deducted the commission, and gave him a draft of the money.

Q. Look at that draft, is that the draft - A. It is.

Q. What is the amount of that draft - A. It is composed of both the two hundred pounds.

COURT. You gave it to Miller - A. I did.

Mr. Gurney. You are a stock-broker. In the course of the last five years how many transfer of stocks were you a witness to - A. A great number.

Q. Thousands. Have you any doubt - A. A very considerable number.

Q. Do you recollect the persons of all those for whom you transfer stock - A. No, I do not.

Q. You began by telling us that you had a faint recollection of the prisoner himself - A. Respecting him I have a faint recollection.

Q. I take it for granted that faint recollection is, you have seen him at a time when you have transacted business with him - A. Yes, I have.

Q. Now, sir, I ask you whether your recollection respecting him goes any further than this, that upon some occasion you have seen him - A. Certainly not.

Q. Then what you have been telling us of his employing you, and his introducing Brissenden, is what you have formed your opinion from these papers - A. Yes, of having bought and sold stock.

Q. It appears that you are a witness; that you vouched to the Bank of the persons of a Miller and a Brissenden - A. Certainly.

Q. Have you any other knowledge than that a person of the name of Miller having introduced a Brissenden - A. I have no other knowledge, that I furnished the stock to him than from my own books.

Q. Now, you vouched to the Bank that the person that came there, and signed, was Brissendon; now, have you any recollection of any such a person on your mind - A. I have not.

Q. Whether he was a tall man, a lusty man, or a short man, you cannot tell me - A. I cannot.

Q. Now, I ask you, whether you have any recollection of Miller as identifying that particular transaction - A. I have a faint recollection that this is the same man that employed me. If I had met him in the street I should not have known him.

Q. Supposing this to be the same man, sir, have you any recollection of the person of the prisoner, as applying to the first purchase of the stock - A. A very faint one. If I had met him in the street I should not have known him.

Q. You cannot tell me whether Brissenden was a black man, or a white man, can you - A. I have no recollection of that circumstance.

Q. Now, Mr. Jones, as you cannot tell me whether Brissenden was white or black, can you recollect that Brissenden was introduced to you by any person - A. I suppose Miller introduced him at my office.

Q. I ask you whether you do not speak of the circumstance of a person being introduced to you by a person of the name of Miller; how can you recollect that when you do not recollect whether Brissenden was a white man or a black man - A. I do not recollect Brissenden at all.

Q. Can you tell me how it is possible that you can recollect that Brissenden was ever introduced by any other person - A. I do not recollect whether he was or was not.

Mr. Knapp. In the first place your recollection of Miller is faint with respect to both transactions - A. Yes.

Q. You had seen Miller twice - A. I had.

Q. Was Miller recommended to you or did you know him before - A. He was recommended to me.

Q. In consequence of that your memory goes faintly to remember him in these two transactions - A. Certainly.

Q. And (be it who it will) the same person that bought was the same person that transferred, are you quite sure of that - A. Yes, I am.

ISAAC BRADFORD . Q. What are you - A. I am a labourer, and a member of the benefit society at Maidstone.

Q. Were you so in the year 1805 - A. I was so before then.

Q. Look at the prisoner - A. I know him; he belonged to that club. He was steward at that time.

Q. Do you know a person of the name of Brissenden - A. Yes, Robert Brissenden ; he keeps a grocer's shop at Maidstone, in Golden-lion-street; he was a member of the club, and brother steward with the prisoner in 1805.

Q. Were you present in the year 1805, when it was proposed that the prisoner should purchase any stock - A. Yes; I was present. He was told that he should purchase stock with Mr. Brissenden; all of us desired him; I gave my voice for him to do it, to buy in the best manner he could for the benefit of the society, and Mr. Brissenden as well. I do not know how much exactly the sum of money was.

Mr. Alley. He had been some time a steward in your society - A. Yes.

Q. You placed confidence in him - A. Yes, and Brissenden as well.

Q. You gave him a general license to buy in - A. Yes.

THOMAS BARTON . I am a shoe-maker; I live in King-street, Maidstone. I am a member of the benefit club there; I am one of the secretaries now; I was one of the stewards in 1807.

Q. Do you remember in the year 1807 the prisoner paying any dividend - A. I do.

Q. What sum - A. Two hundred in the 3 per cents. In November, 1807, he paid me, on the behalf of the society, the dividend of two hundred pounds.

Q. Did you make any application to him after that time; any desire to sell that stock - A. I wrote a letter to him.

COURT. You wrote to him to sell it - A. Yes, at the request of the society. I received an answer to that letter.

(The letter read.)

Q. Were you present any time in January 1812, when the prisoner's brother paid any money to Goodwin and Woodward - A. I was. They were the stewards at that time.

Q. How much money was it - A. Five pound eight shillings; that is, a year's dividend, deducting the income tax, on account of the society.

Q. That was Miller's brother - A. Yes.

Q. Had you asked the prisoner at any time to sell the stock - A. He called on me personally, nigh two months back, in this year, merely to know what we wanted to do with the money in the funds. One question he put to me was, whether I understood what money we had in the funds, because I mentioned in my letter two hundred pounds. I told him I understood it very well, two hundred pounds stock. He asked me what we intended to do with the money; I told him the club had come to no resolution what to do with it. He said he would not sell out; his objection then was because the stocks were then low; he asked me what was better than Bank of England security. I told him I considered for my own part that we had not got Bank of England security for our money. I told him I considered it necessary that Mr. Brissenden, and him should sign some instrument to prove, in case either of them should die, that the money belonged to the society, not to them. I asked him if he would be willing to sign an instrument of that kind if the society should think proper to let it remain in the funds, as the stocks were then low; he said he would.

Q. This conversation took place about two months ago - A. Yes, since the letter.

Q. Did the prisoner say any thing about any letter that he had written to you - A. I do not remember that.

WILLIAM MILLER . Q. Did you at any time pay any money by the direction of the prisoner at the bar - A. Yes.

Q. To whom did you pay it - A. To the stewards of the club.

Q. You mean the club at Maidstone, do not you - A. Yes.

Q. You are a member of that club yourself - A. Yes.

Q. Who were the stewards to whom you paid it - A. I do not recollect now. I paid twice. The first was ten pounds sixteen shillings; that was two years interest. The next was five pounds eight shillings.

Q. When was the last paid - A. About a twelve month ago.

Q. Look at the names in the Bank transfer, George Miller and Robert Brissenden, whose writing do you believe George Miller to be - A. It is like my brother's hand-writing.

COURT. Do you believe it to be your brother's hand-writing - A. I do not know.

Q. Do you believe this letter to be your brother's hand-writing - A. I do not know.

(The letter addressed to Mr. Barton read.)

"Benefit club, Golden Lion, Maidstone, Kent.

January 15, 1812.

SIR,

I received your letter respecting the money in the funds, which I should have answered before, but waited to see what you would do with the money, as I have received two letters, one before yours, and one since. One letter informs me that the club intends to divide four hundred pounds among its members. The other letter said the club intended to draw all the money out in bonds, and place it in the Kentish bank, and left me to think which is the safest, the Kentish bank or the bank of England. When you appoint a safer place, then it shall be sold out, and not before that.

(Signed)

George Miller ."

JOHN BOWLES CHILD . I am a stock-broker.

Q. Did you, in consequence of direction of the Bank, furnish any sum of money - A. I did.

Q. In whose name did you purchase that stock - A. I do not recollect. I believe these to be the names. I can tell better if I see the receipts. I bought two hundred pounds by the order of the Bank in these names, George Miller and Robert Brissenden .

Q. Were you paid for it by the Bank - A. I was. The purchase was made on the 14th of May. This is the transfer. The transfer now stands in the names of George Miller and Robert Brissenden.

ROBERT BRISSENDEN . I am a grocer at Maidstone, and a collector of parochial rates.

Q. Are you a member of the benefit club there - A. Yes.

Q. Was the prisoner a member of that club - A. Yes.

Q. Were you appointed by that society as one of the stewards - A. I was a steward with Miller, the prisoner, in the year 1805.

Q. Do you remember receiving directions that stock should be purchased (two hundred pounds) for the benefit of the society, in your name and Miller's - A. Yes.

Q. Did you ever receive any of the dividends - A. No.

Q. Who did receive the dividends and transmit them to the society - A. I never saw any of them paid.

Q. Were you in London in the year 1805 - A. No.

Q. Then in 1807 of course you were not. Look at that signature, Robert Brissenden, in the transfer in 1807, is that your hand-writing - A. No.

Mr. Alley. How long have you known this man - A. I had a great respect for him, and had the property been my own I should not have been afraid to have trusted him with it.

MR. KAY. Q. Was the prisoner brought to your office - A. On the 29th of April last I sent for him. On the 29th of April, Brissenden and Barton, two witnesses that have been examined, came to the Bank to claim this stock; I communicated what I am going to state to the prisoner. I was sent for to the Bank, and asked many questions. I was informed that Brissenden had stated, that Robert Brissenden in the transfer-book was not his hand-writing, that the stock belonged to the benefit society at Maidstone, that had been purchased by the prisoner in his name, and in the name of Brissenden, as the two stewards, and that it had been sold out without the knowledge or concurrence or privity of Brissenden; that the prisoner had continued to pay the dividend until January last. They informed me where the prisoner lived. I then sent for him. I then stated to him the claim that had been made by Brissenden and Barton. I desired the prisoner to explain how the stock had been sold, and who had joined him in making the transfer; he said, that he had been authorised by the society to buy in the stock in any manner be thought best, and that he had bought it in his own name, and a friend of his of the name of Robert Brissenden , but it was not the Robert Brissenden , who was a member of the society, a grocer of Maidstone, a collector of taxes, but that it was Robert Brissenden, who lived at Norwich. I told him that could not be; that he was described Robert Brissenden , of Maidstone, Kent, grocer. He still persisted that it could not be so. I had a copy of the tranfer laying at hand. I took it up in my hand, and read to him, George Miller , coach-maker, Maidstone, and Robert Brissenden , Maidstone, grocer. I told him these were the names in which the stock was in, and I told him I must expect him to account for the person who joined in with him for transferring the stock in the name of Robert Brissenden . He told me that he had left Norwich, and that he did not know where to find him. I also asked him whom he employed as his stock-broker, and who received the money; he told me he employed Mr. Jones, who had sold out two hundred pounds stock of his own; that Mr. Jones sold them both; that he should account to the society for the money. He said he had sold out two hundred pounds of his own; and the same time Mr. Jones had paid him the amount of both, that he should account to the society for the money of their stock. I then told him I must send him to prison until he could give a more satisfactory account. He was sent to prison that day, and brought before the Lord Mayor the next day. I was not present the next day. One of my clerks attended the examination.

Q. Did the prisoner ever deny that he was the person that concurred in the transfer - A. No. He said he employed Mr. Jones.

THOMAS HENRY WESTWOOD . Q. Did the prisoner ever, in your presence, represent who Robert Brissenden was who concurred in the transfer - A. He stated, on the 13th of April, before the Lord Mayor, on his examination. I made a memorandum at the time, before the Lord Mayor.

Q. Refresh your memory by that - A. He stated, that he purchased the stock in the name of himself and Robert Brissenden , who was an acquaintance of his. He also stated that Brissenden lived with Russell and Pigram, grocers, at that time at Maidstone in Kent, and since then at Norwich, and the prisoner stated that he had not seen him for several years.

ROBERT PIGRAM . I am a grocer at Maidstone. My partner's name is Russell. The firm is Russell, Pigram, and Monk.

Q. Had you ever such a person in your employ as Robert Brissenden - A. I have been a partner in the house ever since 1790, and we have had no such person: no person of that name was in our employ as I know of.

Q. Read the transfer.

(The transfer read by the clerk of the Court.)

" George Miller , of Maidstone, Kent, coach-maker; and Robert Brissendon , Maidstone, Kent, grocer; 17th of April, 1807; on this day do assign a certain transfer of two hundred pounds, all my interest or share in the capital and joint stock, charged in the sinking fund, reduced L D, consolidated by Act of Parliament, transferable at the Bank of England, together with the proportionable annuity annexed to the same. Witness my hand,

George Miller , Robert Brissenden .

Witnesses to the identity of George Miller , and Robert Brissenden ,

W., W. James Jones ."

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

NOT GUILTY .

London jury, before Mr. Baron Graham.

472. CATHERINE FOSTER was indicted for that she, on the 2d of July, in the 51st year of his Majesty's reign , did appear in her proper person before Doctor John Dobree , surrogate, and before the said surrogate, unlawfully did take a false oath, that Charles Serjeant , a seaman , deceased, late a servant to our Lord the King, died a bachelor, without a parent, and that she, the said Catherine, was his natural and lawful sister, and next of kin, with intent to obtain letters of administration to receive the pay of the said Charles Serjeant , deceased .

ROBERT STEWARD . Q. I believe you are a clerk in the Navy Office - A. I am.

Q. Have you, in your office, the custody of the muster-books of his Majesty's navy - A. I have.

Q. Have you the muster-book of the Enterprize - A. I have.

Q. Do you find in the muster-book of the Enterprize the name of Charles Serjeant - A. Yes.

Q. What is the date when he was received on board of her - A. August 4th, 1803.

Q. Does it appear that he left that ship - A. Yes. Discharged the 5th of August to the Deptford tender. I have the Deptford tender muster-book: I find him in this book received from the Enterprize the 6th of August, and discharged the same day, and received in the Zealand.

Q. Did you find him afterwards in the muster-book of the Princess of Orange - A. Yes. This entry shews that he came from the Deptford tender. He appears on board the 12th of August, but they give him an entry on the 4th, which is his original entry in the service. He remained on board the Princess of Orange to the 20th of February, when he was discharged and drafted into the Nassau.

Q. Turn to the Nassau books - A. February the 21st he was drafted into the Nassau: he there continued to the 6th of May, 1808, and then dies on board the Nassau.

Q. Does it appear in any of these entries what place this man was a native of; where he was born - A. In Yorkshire; aged twenty-five when he came on board the Nassau. On board the Enterprize it is described, Doncaster, he was born.

Q. From your knowledge, in looking over those books, is there any doubt that the Charles Serjeant described in the Enterprize, was the Charles Serjeant that died in the Nassau - A. There is no doubt.

ROBERT HAND . I am a clerk in the Navy Pay-office, in the department of the inspectors.

Q. Take this in your hand; that is a petition, is it not - A. Yes.

Q. Was that sent to the office by the prisoner - A. Yes.

Q. You passed it in the regular course of the office - A. Yes.

Q. Did you see the prisoner - A. I do not recollect the person of the prisoner: it is possible I never saw her. That petition I must have seen.

JEREMIAH JOHNSON . I am a watchmaker. I live in King-street, Deptford.

Q. Look at that petition, and tell me whether you are a subscribing witness, as one of the inhabitants of Deptford - A. Yes: that is my hand-writing. I believe it is nine or ten months ago she asked me to sign it, in my house at Deptford.

Q. This is a voucher of the truth of the prisoner's declaration; how did you happen to sign it - A. I had not an idea that I was doing wrong.

WILLIAM BERRY . I am a clerk in the Prerogative Office, Doctor's Commons.

Q. Is it the practice for persons that come before the surrogate to be sworn to receive the warrant from you - A. No, not from me. It is my custom to receive the warrant, which is a warrant for my sealing the warrant for letters of administration.

Q. You do not know the prisoner at the bar, I believe - A. No. I received that warrant, upon which I seal the warrant for letters of administration. (Read.)

"18th of July, 1811. Appeared personally, Catherine Foster , wife of Thomas Foster , next of kin to Charles Serjeant ; that she is natural and lawful sister to Charles Serjeant , who died intestate, bachelor, and without parent; therefore she prays letters of administration. The said Catherine Foster being duly sworn, it is ordered, that the said Catherine Foster do administer, and make the oath, that the whole of the goods and chattels of the said Charles Serjeant , do not exceed in value two hundred pounds. Before me, Doctor John Dobree ."

DR. JOHN DOBREE . Q. I believe you are a Surrogate - A. I am.

Q. Looking at that warrant, are you able to say that the person there described came before you, and you administered the oath to her - A. Yes, and I administered the oath to her. I do not recollect her person.

Q. I believe the oath was a verbal oath - A. It is, in fact, the substance of the warrant. She swore, that Charles Serjeant died intestate, bachelor, and without parent, and that she is his natural and lawful sister, and that she will administer truly the effects of the said Charles Serjeant ; and that the goods and chattels do not exceed two hundred pounds.

COURT. I ask you, whether she took this oath; that the said Charles Seajeant died intestate, a bachelor; and that she, the said Catherine, was his natural and lawful sister, and next of kin - A. Yes; that oath I administered to that person that brought the warrant.

HENRY HARRIS . I am a shop-keeper and agent, residing at Holywell-street, in the Strand.

Q. Do you know the prisoner - A. Exceeding well.

Q. Do you remember, at her request, going with her to Doctor's Commons - A. Yes, I went with her. I went with her before the Proctor first, and then before Dr. Dobree.

Q. Was she sworn before the doctor - A. Yes; in my presence.

Q. Was she sworn as the administratrix of Charles Serjeant - A. Yes, before Dr. Dobree; I remember the gentleman exceeding well.

Prisoner. Mr. Harris told me if I said I was a widow, any two women might be bound for me.

Mr. Harris. I never said so.

THOMAS THOMPSON . I am a messenger, at the General Post Office.

Q. Had you a brother some time ago of the name of Charles Serjeant - A. Yes.

Q. He was a half brother I believe - A. Yes.

Q. Do you recollect what ship your brother was on board of in 1803 - A. The Princess of Orange.

Q. Your brother was pressed when he first went into the King's service - A. Yes, I recollect his being pressed; that was before he was on board the Prince of Orange. I saw him on board the Enterprize, off the Tower; that was about a week before he was on board the Prince of Orange.

Q. Where was your brother born - A. At Doncaster, in Yorkshire.

Q. Had you any sister - A. No.

Q. Was your brother a married man - A. Yes.

Q. In what year did your father die - A. In 1808. My brother was a married man; he left a widow; her maiden name was Susannah Carter .

Q. Had your brother any children by his wife - A. Two: one a boy, and the other a girl. The boy is down at Chatham now; they are both living.

Q. Look at the prisoner at the bar, do you know her - A. No. She is no relation to my family.

Q. Have you any relations of the name of Cochrane - A. No.

Q. Have you any of the name of Foster - A. No.

Q. Have you any relation of the name of Mullins - A. No.

Q. Where was your bother married to his wife - A. At Woolwich. He was married to her in the name of Charles Serjeant .

ELIZABETH CARTER . Q. Are you the wife of Mr. Carter, of Folkstone, in Kent - A. Yes. I married Susannah Carter 's own brother, John.

Q. Did you know Charles Serjeant - A. Yes.

Q. Do you know that he is dead - A. By a letter.

Q. What is become of his widow and children - A. His daughter is with me, and his son is on board ship. The daughter is living with me, at Folkstone. I know they are the children of Charles Serjeant .

Q. Do you know the prisoner at the bar - A. No.

Q. Was she any kin to that poor child you have the care of - A. No.

Prisoner. Can you tell who gave the child to you - A. The mother.

Q. Where does the mother live now - A. She was at my house in January last.

HENRY CRANSTON . Q. You are, I believe, deputy inspector of seamen's wills, at the Navy Office - A. I am.

Q. In consequence of application from the man that has been just examined, do you remember ever sending for the prisoner - A. The prisoner was brought to me in January last: I think so. I cannot fix the precise month: I did not pay much attention to it. I told the woman there was a regular complaint alledged against her, for having received the wages of Charles Serjeant. She asserted, that she was the lawful sister of the seaman. She did not deny receiving the wages. She said she was the lawful sister, and next of kin to Charles Serjeant . I asked her, what proof she brought of that, and if she had the certificate of her marriage, which would have proved her maiden name. She did produce a certificate of marriage, but to me it appeared that her maiden name was not Serjeant. She accounted for this by stating, that she had been married before, in Ireland; but she had no certificate of this first marriage. She was taken to Bow-street.

Q. Now, sir, when she stated that she received the wages of Charles Serjeant , did she state, that by any legal act she had done so - A. I understood that before. She said, she had received it as his sister. The Paymaster does not pay wages without letters of administration, entitling the person coming to him to claim, as next of kin, or by probat of a will.

COURT. The question here is, whether she has falsely taken this oath. The oath is proved to be taken; and the fact is proved, that she is no relation; and Dr. Dobree has stated, that administration is never granted without the oath.

Mr. Knapp, Q. to Dr. Dobree. I believe letters of administration are never granted until the oath is taken - A. No, they are not.

THOMAS CHARLTON . Q. Have you got the assignation-book. You are a clerk in the Prerogative Office - A. I am.

Q. I believe you produce the bond that is executed by Henry Harris - A. I do.

Q. Sir, that is attested by yourself - A. It is, sir.

Q. Has the administration that has been granted been removed - A. I believe it has.

Q. Look at the book, sir - A. The 13th of May. Here is a minute of it, of the revocation of the letters of administration, granted to the prisoner by interlocutary decree, upon petition.

"Revoked the letters of administration to Catherine Foster : Charles Serjeant the party deceased. The seal of the Court."

Prisoner's Defence. My lord, I dare say that Charles Serjeant was my real brother. I have heard my mother say, he was born in Yorksihire, and I was born near Aberdeen. She had two sons born in America. My father was a soldier in his youthful days, until he lost his life. We were left loose on the world. I cannot say particularly where all of us were born.

GUILTY - DEATH , aged 35.

London jury, before Mr. Baron Graham.

473. THOMAS RANSOM was indicted, and the indictment stated, that he was employed in the General Post Office, in the parish of St. Mary Woolnoth, in the city of London , in facing letters; and that on the 17th of April , in the present year, a certain letter then sent to the Post Office to be delivered at Tamworth, containing thirty promissory notes, value 5 l. each, came into his hands by virtue of his employment in the Post Office; and that he feloniously did secrete and steal the said letter, containing the said promissory notes; the property of Thomas Doriel , Mekins Doriel , Thomas Doriel , and John Vellow .

And SEVERAL OTHER COUNTS, laying the offence in different ways.

HENRY GOTEFEAR . Q. You are a clerk at Messrs. Doriel and Co. - A. Yes.

Q. What are the names of the firm - A. Thomas Doriel , Mekins Doriel, Thomas Doriel the younger, and John Vellow .

Q. On the 17th of April last had you any occasion to send any letter to Messrs. Harding, Oakes, and Company, at Tamworth - A. Yes; I sent four; they were directed to Messrs. Harding, Oakes, and Company, Tamworth; and in one of these four letters there were enclosed thirty notes of five pounds each.

Q. Read the contents of that letter - A.

"Enclosed are thirty five-pound notes: London, April 17, 1812."

Q. In what way did you seal that letter - A. With two wafers.

Q. Any sealing wax at all - A. None at all.

Q. What did you do with that letter and the other three - A. They were put on the junior clerk's desk, Mr. Ariel, before him, these four letters were.

Q. Produce your book if you please; you have a book containing the numbers of these thirty notes - A. Yes.

Q. Is No. 4,927 one of those thirty - A. Yes.

Q. Is No. 4,952 one other of those notes - A. Yes.

Mr. Knapp. These notes are notes that are issued from the country; they are sent to you to be paid for, and then they are sent back to Tamworth to be issued - A. Yes; they are country bank-notes.

Q. They are made payable at your house in town, and payable at the other house in the country - A. Yes.

Q. You said these letters were put before Mr. Ariel, he is a junior clerk - A. Yes.

Q. They were put before him on a desk; were they mixed with others? Were there other letters on the desk at the time - A. Yes, there were.

Q. Were these four letters unsealed - A. I think the four letters were sealed with wafers; three of them I sealed myself, and one was to be copied; the one in question was wafered.

Q. You say there were other letters on the desk - A. Yes.

Q. Do you know whether they were wafered - A. I do not know whether they were or were not; only the three that I put there myself.

Mr. Mears. Look at this; is that another of the four letters - A. Yes; that was also sent off at the same time; that is sealed with a wafer.

Q. You have another small book in your possession I believe - A. Yes; it contains the numbers of the notes; I wrote it myself.

"Fourth cover, sent by post, containing one hundred and fifteen notes."

Q. There were not any others that evening but these four letters to be sent to Tamworth bank - A. Not any others than these four.

ROBERT MORRIS . Q. You are a clerk of Messrs. Doriel and company - A. Yes.

Q. Did you take any letters from Messrs. Doriel and Co. directed to Tamworth Bank, on the 17th of April - A. I did. I took four to the Post Office: I put them in myself, at the General Post Office, Lombard-street; I believe it was about six o'clock, I took them off the desk before Mr. Ariel, about six o'clock.

Q. Do you know how long they had laid there - A. I cannot say.

Mr. Gotefear. I put them there between three and four.

SAMUEL TUCKNEY HARDING . Q. You are a banker at Tamworth - A. I am.

Q. What are the names of your partners - A. Samuel Duff Harding , Charles Oakes , Thomas Langton , and myself.

Q. Were you at home at your banking-house on the 18th of April - A. I was.

Q. Did you receive any letters from the London Post that day, by your correspondent Doriel - A. I did; three, and no more; they contained notes. There was a letter of advice with them, they were all the notes that day that we received; they corresponded, but one cover was deficient.

Q. Did your letter of advice give you reason to expect there was another cover wanting - A. Yes. The letter is here.

Q. Did another arrive by the Post on the next day - A. It did, by the Post, on the 19th; from the same persons: it contains merely these words:

"enclosed are thirty five-pound notes. London, 17th of April, 1812."

Q. I observe upon that letter there is the appearance of wafer and wax - A. There is. It came to me in that state, both wafered and waxed.

Q. How many notes did it actually contain - A. Twenty-eight.

Q. Were there among others a note No. 4,927 - A. No such number arrived.

Q. Did 4,952 arrive - A. No, all the notes of which I had advice arrived except the two, No. 4,927, and No. 4,952; and these two had been subtracted from the letter which arrived on the 19th; it had the London post-mark on that letter, 18th April, very plain.

Q. These notes that were thus sent down to you were the notes that had been paid by your correspondents, Messrs. Doriel - A. They had.

Q. When they are returned to you, your regular course is to issue them again - A. Exactly.

COURT. Do you issue them in precisely the same form - A. Precisely.

Q. They bear no marks, as payable at the house of Doriel and Co. - A. None whatever.

Q. There is a note, No. 4,927; tell me whether that is one of your notes - A. Yes, it is.

Q. What is the date of it - A. 28th of March, 1812.

Q. Had you more than one note of that number and date in circulation - A. No.

Mr. Abbot. What length of time is allowed you by Act of Parliament to re-issue these notes - A. Three years for fives and tens. There is nothing done by us to know that they have been issued; no mark whatever. MR. RAVENHILL. I am a linen-draper. I live in Beech-street, Barbican. On the 21st of April the prisoner came to me, and purchased goods to the amount of two pounds and a penny; for which he tendered me a five-pound Tamworth bank-note.

Q. Do you recollect the number of the note he first offered to you - A. I cannot state positively, that this is the first note. I believe it was. I rather objected taking it. I cannot say that this is the number of the note he first tendered me, because I had two in my hands. I asked him if he could not let me have bank of England, or something similar. He told me that he had nothing but a note of the same description; he then produced to me another note of the same description.

Q. And are you certain that that note which you hold in your hand, was one of the notes - A, Yes. 4,927, that is the one I hold in my hand. I asked him his address; he said his name was William Wicks , living at No. 12, Well-street, Tamworth. I asked him where he was at when in town, he gave me the Blossoms Inn, Lawrence-lane; he said he was well known there; he said he slept at Hackney the night before. I gave him three one-pound bank notes in change. He went away; after which I had occasion to go into the city: I took this note and presented it for payment at Messrs. Doriel's. They refused paying it, saying it had been stolen out of a letter with another note. One of the gentlemen at Messrs. Doriel's went with me to the Post Office. I went from thence to Mr. Parkin's house in Ormond-street, and the next evening I went again to the General Post Office; and after I had been seme few minutes in the Post Office I identified the prisoner as the person that paid me the note; him and several others were in the room at that time.

Q. Did you see him there when you first went into the room where the others were - A. No, I did not.

Q. Did any person point out to you any particular man - A. No. I selected him from many others. I have no doubt that he was the person that purchased the goods of me.

Mr. Knapp. Had you seen the prisoner in your life before - A. Not to my knowledge.

Q. You went to the Post Office in expectation to see him there - A. No, I did not.

Q. Then what is there that made you know him again - A. From his person; he was with me from twenty minutes to half an hour, in the middle of the day.

JOHN BAPTIST AUSTIN . Q. you are president of the night-office in the Post Office - A. I am. I recollect Mr. Ravenhill coming to the Post Office when I was there; he came to see whether there was any body there that he had seen in the course of the day. When he came in the room there were between sixty and seventy persons in the room.

Q. How long was he there before he pointed out the prisoner - A. I believe about a quarter of an hour, he pointed him out without any hesitation.

ROBERT THOMAS SEARLE , Q. Do you belong to the General Post Office - A. I do.

Q. Tell me whether that is the London stamp of the 18th of April - A. This is the London stamp of the 18th of April; it does not appear to have any other stamp. I am one of the officers who reside on the evening duty.

Q. Were you there on the evening of Friday the 17th of April - A. I was.

Q. Was the prisoner there on his duty that evening - A. He was. His employment, in the early part of the evening, was to face letters; that is, to put the letters all with the directions downwards.

COURT. Does the stamp always denote the time of the letters going off - A. The day only. Facing is the first thing that is done to letters after they come into the office, and the next thing is stamping, and then sorting them.

Q. Would a person who is employed in facing letters have an opportunity of secreting a letter if he had a mind so to do - A. It is presumed he can if he has a mind.

Mr. Knapp. How many persons might be employed that evening in that department, in the particular act of facing - A. Perhaps fifteen.

Q. Has it never happened that a letter might get into a different channel than what it ought to get into - A. Certainly, by mistake.

Q. If a letter had been delivered to a letter-carrier might not it get into his hands - A. This is not a letter of that description. This was to go into the country.

Mr. Abbott, Q. to Mr. Harding. Is there any street at Tamworth called Well-street - A. Certainly not.

Q. Do you know of any person there of the name of William Wicks - A. No. I have enquired at the Post office there, and cannot hear of any such person.

EDWARD WILLIAMS . Q. You belong to the Post Office - A. I do.

Q. Where does Ransom, the prisoner, live - A. In Hackney-road.

Prisoner's Defence. I leave the whole of my case to my counsel. I am not guilty.

GUILTY - Death , aged 42.

Judgment respited for the opinion of the twelve Judges.

London Jury, before Mr. Baron Graham.

474. JOHN OSBORNE was indicted for burglariously breaking and entering the dwelling-house of William Buck , Esq . about the hour of ten, on the night of the 11th of May , and burglariously stealing therein, three pair of stockings, value 1 s. a fife, value 1 s. and a neck handkerchief, value 1 s. the property of Hugh Waterman .

HUGH WATERMAN . I am a coachman to William Buck , esq. No. 9, Portman-place . On Monday night, the 11th of May, I had occasion to go out to spend the evening among some friends, and the carriage being ordered, the second coachman drove the carriage out about nine o'clock, and the lad and me went to the stable soon afterwards. We met the prisoner a little way from the stable. From thence I proceeded to spend the evening; and when I returned, the second coachman informed me that somebody had attempted to break into the stable. I went up stairs, and opened the door, and found some things missing. This was about half past five in the morning; and from the lad's information I suspected the prisoner. I found the prisoner about half after seven o'clock, in Barlow Mews. He is a coachman. He was washing his carriage. I questioned him with it, and he denied it. I got Mr. Plank, the constable, to apprehend him. The prisoner then owned to me that he had taken the things.

Q. Are the stables a part of the house - A. They belong to the house. I, and the second coachman, and the lad sleep there.

Q. What had you lost - A. I do not know exactly. I lost three neck handkerchiefs. I cannot say how many stockings I lost.

WILLIAM HURST . I am thirteen years old. I am a servant to Mr. Buck. I am a helper in the stables. On Monday night the second coachman went out, and I went with Waterman to the stables. On my going from the stables to the house, I met the prisoner. The second coachman went back with me to put the horses in. He left me there; and the prisoner came down stairs. He took the light out of the lanthern, and desired me to go out. I asked him who he was, and how he came there. He told me, I must go up stairs. I told him, I would not. I ran out of doors and called, murder.

Q. How did he get in - A. We left the key in the coach-house door.

GUILTY, aged 26,

Of stealing only .

Confined Six Months in the House of Correction , and fined 1 s.

Second Middlesex jury, before Mr. Recorder.

475. GEORGE HENRY FRANCIS was indicted for feloniously forging, on the 4th of January , a bill of exchange, with intent to defraud John Eamer and John Haley .

SECOND COUNT, for uttering and publishing as true, a like forged bill of exchange, with the same intention.

THIRD COUNT, an acceptance of a bill of exchange, with the same intention.

JOHN EAMER . I am a lighterman .

Q. Were you and Thomas Haley lately in possession of a sloop called the Stephens - A. Yes.

Q. In consequence of any message you received did you see the prisoner at the bar on the 2d of January last - A. Yes, at 51, Great Hermitage-street . I asked the prisoner, if he had been enquiring about a vessel that was to be sold of the name of Stephens: the prisoner, answered, yes. I told him, the price was an hundred and sixty pounds. He said he could hardly tell how to act, as it was chiefly upon his father's account that he wanted to purchase a vessel of that description. He said, his father was not in town; his country-house was at the forest; but I was to take a bill of four or five months. I told him I could not give an answer to that until I saw Mr. Haley, who was a part owner with me. He said, very well; he should see his father that evening, and if I would call the next day he would give me an answer. On Saturday, the 4th of January, I saw him again. Mr. Francis asked me if I had agreed with my partner about taking a bill. I told him, yes; but not for a longer date than three months. He asked me, if I knew Mr. Parker of the Tower Dock. He said, he would go with me to Mr. Parker, to have the ship papers transferred: and when we came to Mr. Parker's he told Mr. Parker to transfer the papers as soon as possible, as he was going out of town, and must have them that evening. Mr. Parker appointed four or five o'clock for all parties to be at his house. We met there between five and six o'clock. Mr. Parker filled up the new bill of sale; and, after we had read the particulars of the transfer, the prisoner took out of his pocket-book a bill, and putting it on the table, saying, I must get one of you, gentlemen, to sign this bill. It was ready drawed, and accepted. This is the bill. Mr. Haley then put his name to it. The bill was then delivered over to me, for the pay of the sloop Stephens; and when the bill became due I found no such a house as Francis and Son's, when I went to get the bill discounted.

Mr. Barry. When you presented the bill you knew he was in custody - A. Yes.

Q. Did you go to 51, Great Hermitage-street - A. I did. There was no such persons there.

Q. In point of fact, after he had given you this bill. he was in custody upon other frauds, and being in custody he was detained upon your charge, before the bill became due.

JOHN PARKER . I am a notary.

Q. You saw the transaction the prosecutor has been speaking of - A. Yes. The transaction that has been related by the former witness is true.

ELIZABETH BADDEN . I am the wife of Alexander Badden.

Q. Do you know the prisoner - A. I do; and I know his father: they rented an accompting-house of me, 51, Great Hermitage-street, Wapping.

Q. Did you ever see his father - A. Yes. When they took the apartment they both came together: they carried on trade in the firm of Francis and Son. They entered at Christmas. Different people came and enquired for Mr. Francis, junior, and I have heard him say he must consult his father.

NOT GUILTY .

London jury, before Mr. Justice Grose.

476. THOMAS ASHBEE was indicted for feloniously forging, on the 13th of December , an acceptance on a certain bill of exchange for the payment of 120 l. 1 s. 2 d. with intent to defraud Samuel Spratt Strong , and William Carter .

SECOND COUNT, for uttering and publishing as true, a like forged acceptance on a certain bill of exchange, with the same intention.

SAMUEL SPRATT STRONG . I am a rope-manufacturer . I reside at Hamworthy, in the county of Dorset. My partner's name is William Carter .

Q. Did you, on the 26th of October, receive a letter, dated the 21st of November, from town - A. Yes. This is it. And another letter on the 23d of November, and one on the 13th of December.

WILLIAM HERBERT . Q. Do you know the prisoner at the bar - A. I do; his name is Thomas Ashbee . I know his hand-writing. I have seen him write a great many times.

Q. Look at the signature of these three letters: do you believe the signatures to be his hand-writing - A. I have not the least doubt of it.

(The letters read.)

Q. to Mr. Strong. Do you know any thing of the house of Smith and Bell of your own personal knowledge - A. Never.

Q. How did you became acquainted with the name of any such house - A. They wrote to us. We received letters so signed.

Q. In consequence of the goods being ordered by these letters did you furnish any part of the goods - A. Yes; to the amount of one hundred and fifty-eight pounds six shillings and seven-pence, including the bills of lading, and the mats to the Olive Branch of Pool.

Q. Did you send any other goods previous to this of one hundred and twenty pounds - A. Yes. October 28th, I think it was, one hundred and twenty pounds worth of good cordage: one hundred and twenty pounds one shilling and two-pence halfpenny, including the bills of lading and the mats. I hold in my hand the invoice of that one hundred and twenty pounds, for goods shipped in the Minerva, Captain Lander; for which parcel of goods we drew a bill of exchange for the sum. We drew one bill; it never came to hand. The bill is drawn by Carter and Strong, on Smith and Bell, 221, Upper Thames-street, dated 10th of December, at Pool.

Q. It appears to be accepted by Smith and Bell. Mr. Herbert, look at the acceptance of that bill of exchange.

Mr. Herbert. I believe that acceptance is the prisoner's writing.

COURT. Have you the same confidence as you had about the letters - A. Equally the same.

Mr. Curwood. Have you seen the prisoner write so often, that you believe, conscientiously, it to be the prisoner's writing - A. Certainly.

(Read)

Poole, 10th of December, 1811.

"120 l. 1 s. 2 d.

Two months after date, pay Mr. Noble one hundred and twenty pounds one shilling and two-pence, as advised, per Carter and Strong. Messrs. Smith and Bell, 221, Upper Thames-street, London.

Accepted, Smith and Bell."

Q. to Mr. Strong. You have told us that you drew two bills of exchange; which bill became due first - A. When the bill in question, for one hundred and twenty pounds one shillings and two-pence, became due, it went forward to our correspondents in London, Noble, Hunt, and Co. The bill was returned unpaid. This is the bill. It was returned to me as unpaid. It is written on it.

"not at home: no office." We never got paid for any of our goods.

DAVID RYAN . I am clerk to Messrs. Noble, Hunt, and Company. This paper came to our house. I presented it for acceptance at 221, Upper Thames-street. The bill was dated the 10th. I presented it the 11th of December for acceptance. I delivered it to a woman. I saw no clerk, nor any other person. I gave it to the woman. When I called for the bill I saw the same old woman, and a boy. When it was returned to me it was accepted. There was the name of Smith and Bell on the door.

THOMAS MARCH . I am clerk to Noble, Hunt, and Company. I presented this bill for payment: an old woman said, Mr. Smith was gone down in the country. The bill was not paid. I went the second time, and left notice of it where the bill laid for payment. The same old woman was at home. The bill has not been paid.

SARAH BICKNELL . I live at No. 5, Castle-court, Tower-hill .

Q. Do you remember, on the 6th of August, the prisoner coming to take an apartment - A. Yes. I let him an accompting-house in the name of Price. He called himself Price. He referred me to Smith and Bell for his character. I went there, and found an old woman there; the old woman gave him a very good character in the name of Price.

JOHN SMITH . I am an officer of the Thames police.

Q. Do you know the prisoner - A. I do. His name is Ashbee. I have known him five years.

Prisoner's Defence. My lord, and gentlemen of the Jury, I am truly sensible of the awful situation I am in, but conscious of my innocence. Two years ago I unfortunately became a bankrupt; every one of my creditors signed my certificate. I got into the situation of Smith and Bell at the time. I found every thing respectable. They had a banking-house, Sharpe and Sons, Smithfield: they paid their bills at that time. Mr. Smith got a sprain in his arm: he got me to sign, Smith and Bell. I did it; conceiving I had his authority fully so to do. I conceived his authority was sufficient for me so to do. I throw myself upon the Jury, that what I did I thought was right and just.

EDWARD WILLIAM SMITH . Q. I believe you come by habeas corpus from the King's Bench prison - A. I do. Before I went into the King's Bench I was in the shipping and commission way: my partner's name was Thomas Bell . We carried on business at 221, Thames-street. We carried on business there in the general way turned of two years. The prisoner was my confidential clerk; he had authority from me to accept bills. When this bill was signed I was in the King's Bench; I expected to be called upon for payment of this bill, and I was apprised of the circumstance.

Q. Who had the goods for which the bill was given - A. An inferior clerk. He absconded with them. I paid the rent and taxes of the house; Sharpe and Sons were my bankers.

Mr. Alley. Was not the prisoner the person who passed for Bell - A. Never to my knowledge. Mr. Bell left town in June for Lisbon; he went there to establish a correspondence. He could not have written the letters to Messrs. Carter and Strong.

Q. Did you write the letters to the prosecutor - A. Certainly not.

Q. Have you never said that the prisoner at the bar involved you in great difficulties by accepting bills in your name, and in the name of Bell when there was no person of that name - A. I never circulated any thing of the kind.

CHARLES HILL . I am a clerk to Messrs. Sharpes. They are bankers in Smithfield.

Q. Had you such customers as Smith and Bell, 221, Thames-street - A. We formerly had, in 1810; from September they were customers to December the same year. I knew Smith; Bell I knew nothing of.

RALPH FENWICK . I am a ship owner at Greenwich.

Q. Within this fortnight have you had any conversation with Mr. Smith respecting of Mr. Bell - A. About three weeks ago I went to see Gibson, who was in prison in the same room with Smith; I desired Smith to assist the prosecution. He had spoken a good deal against Ashbee. He denied all knowledge of this transaction of Messrs. Carter and Strong. He said it was hard for him: they had been doing business without his knowledge, and it was hard for him to answer for it. He said he always knew the prisoner's name was Ashbee. He said, Ashbee was the only partner he had.

ELIZABETH PRIOR . Q. Do you know Mr. Smith - A. Yes.

Q. Do you know a person of the name of Bell - A. Yes. I lived with them two years, at 221, Thames-street. They both came into the house about a fortnight after the house was cleaned. Mr. Smith engaged me. Mr. Bell has been there a month at a time. Mr. Smith slept there till within these last nine months.

Q. Do you know the prisoner - A. Yes: he acted as a clerk. I used to take papers to him when they were out of the way.

NOT GUILTY .

London Jury, before Mr. Baron Graham.

477. THOMAS ASHBEE was indicted for that he, on the 13th of November , had in his custody and possession a certain bill of exchange for the payment of 158 l. 7 d. and that he on the same day on the said bill did forge an acceptance in the name of Smith and Bell, with intent to defraud Samuel Spratt Strong , and William Carter .

Mr Alley, counsel for the prosecution, declining to offer any evidence, the prisoner was

ACQUITTED .

London jury, before Mr. Baron Graham.

478. RICHARD FAIRWEATHER was indicted for feloniously stealing, on the 16th of March , a bank-note, value 100 l. four bank-notes, value 40 l. three bank notes, value 15 l. ten promissory notes, value 200 l. fifty-eight promissory notes, value 580 l. and forty-seven bank-notes, value 235 l. a bill of exchange, value 150 l. one other bill of exchange, value 30 l. and one other bill of exchange, value 24 l. the property of William Kent , William Mattingley , William Brooks , and Benjamin Kent .

Mr. Alley, counsel for the prosecution, declining to offer any evidence, the prisoner was

ACQUITTED .

Third Middlesex jury, before Mr. Justice Grose.

479. JOHN CROOME and ELIZABETH CROOME were indicted for feloniously stealing, on the 2d of May , four silver cruets, value 14 l. four silver table-spoons, value 2 l. a silver mug, value 1 l. a silver pap-boat, value 10 s. four silver spoons, value 1 l. a silver milk pot, value 30 s. and fifty-six guineas, the property of Mary Penn , widow , in her dwelling-house .

MARY PENN . I live at No. 6, Wakefield-place, Bunhill-row, St. Luke's . I am a widow. The woman prisoner is my own sister, and the man is her husband. On the 2nd of May I found the box under the bed broken open, and the property gone.

Q. What did the box contain - A. A great deal of value; the articles that I lost were plate and money, more than put in the indictment; there were eighteen guineas and forty pounds all but a shilling, and three large handsome silver cruets, and a great deal of silver coin.

Q. How did you find out who had taken it - A. Nobody knew where this box was but the prisoners; they lived opposite of me. They were put in the box ever since October, and they were all safe in the box in October. In April my sister said she had got an old guinea, I said, I would look for an old guinea that I had, and my sister turned pale as ashes. I found my box broken open in May. I left my key with my sister when I went out, no common thief could have taken them things. I had a search warrant. Mr. Read, the officer, searched the prisoner's apartment.

Q. Did you find any property upon the prisoner - A. Yes; ten guineas in a little box, and in April she could not pay a quarter's rent; she told me so. There was this silver snuff-box on the table, and a dozen silver-handled knives and forks. In case if it had been a common thief, do you think they would not have taken them; there were nothing taken but from the box under the bed.

WILLIAM READ . I am an officer. I searched the premises of Croome and his wife, on the 5th of May, about five o'clock, they were both at home; they lived in a one pair of stairs room, opposite of Mrs. Penn In a box in the cupboard I found these ten guineas; there were dollars in the same box; Mrs. Penn said, she did not think she could swear to them. I did not bring them away. The next day I went for them they were gone. I took the prisoners in custody, the first day this half crown was found in a drawer in the same room.

Q. to Prosecutrix. Look at them guineas - A. This is the guinea I swear to. Mr. Penn and I have often looked at it; he thought it was a bad one, as well as me. It is my own. I believe it was him that broke the box open, and not my sister.

John Croome's Defence. I am a hard-working man. I have worked hard for seventeen years. I saved up that ten guineas to help me when I am old.

Elizabeth Croome 's Defence. I have worked very hard, and earned many pounds; I was eighteen years a servant, and sixteen years I have been a wife; and I have earned fourteen or fifteen shillings a week going out a charing.

NOT GUILTY .

Third Middlesex jury, before Mr. Baron Graham.

480. WILLIAM HOWIS was indicted for feloniously stealing, on the 7th of April , thirty-six yards of fancy trimming, value 18 s. the property of Thomas Pinckney . And THOMAS LEE for feloniously receiving the said goods, he knowing them to have been stolen .

THOMAS PINCKNEY . I live at No. 7, Horse-shoe-alley, Wilson-street, Moorfields . I am a fancy-trimming manufacturer . Howis was my servant , to carry out goods to my customers. I had put the trimmings by in a drawer, because the season of the year did not allow them colours to be wore. They were scarlet and blue. After I had seen them in the drawer I missed them. From suspicion, I had Howis apprehended; and, at the watchhouse, he confessed that he took them, and sold them to Mr. Lee.

SAMUEL WESLEY . I apprehended Howis. He confessed he took nine pieces of trimmings, and sold them to Mr. Lee. I went to Mr. Lee, and gave him the warrant to read: he produced the trimmings. He said he had bought them of the boy, Howis.

Howis said nothing in his defence.

Lee was not put on his defence.

HOWIS, GUILTY , aged 12.

Judgment respited .

LEE, NOT GUILTY .

London jury, before Mr. Recorder.

481. JOHN DWYER was indicted for feloniously stealing, on the 7th of May , four pocket-books, va- value 8 s. one book, value 2 s. and a bottle of medicine, value 4 s. the property of Henry Nesbitt , and John Arliss .

SECOND COUNT, for like offence, only varying the manner of charging.

JOHN ARLISS . I am a stationer : my partner's name is Henry Nesbitt : I live in Bartholomew-close . The prisoner was my porter for several months past. We have lost various articles, both pamphlets and cash. On the 7th of May I desired Samuel Fuller to watch the prisoner, and from his information I had a search warrant.

SAMUEL FULLER . I am clerk to Mr. Arliss. On the 7th of May I saw the prisoner either in the act of locking or unlocking the till. Prior to that we had put a dollar in the till, and after he went out I looked in the till, the money was gone.

Mr. Arliss. I obtained a search warrant. I went with the officer, Brand, to his lodgings in George-alley, Fleet-market, and found some pocket-books, a bottle of medicine, and a dictionary, and various things that we sell, and fourteen pounds was found on his person.

Prisoner's Defence. The pocket-books I bought of different persons in the street.

GUILTY , aged 22.

Judgment respited .

London Jury, before Mr. Recorder.

482. JOHN MOODEY was indicted for feloniously stealing, on the 3rd of April , two linen shirts, value 4 s a pair of shoes, value 6 d. a coat, value 6 d. the property of William Thacker .

The prosecutor was called, and not appearing in court , the prisoner was

ACQUITTED.

London Jury, before Mr. Recorder.

483. THOMAS BALL was indicted for that he, on the 30th of November , was arrested, and on the 2d of December, was conveyed to Newgate, under the custody of John Addison Newman , and that he, on the 4th of January, without the knowledge of the sheriffs and the said keeper, did break the said jail, and did escape and go out at large out of the aforesaid custody . And

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

To this indictment the prisoner pleaded

GUILTY .

Judgment respited .

London jury, before Mr. Recorder.

484. WILLIAM NEWSON was indicted for feloniously stealing, on the 9th of May , twelve pounds weight of copper, value 4 s. the property of John Tyler and Henry Tyler .

To this indictment the prisoner pleaded

GUILTY .

Confined Six Months in Newgate , and fined 1 s.

London jury, before Mr. Recorder.

485. EDMUND DYKE and JOHN JACKSON were indicted for feloniously stealing, on the 1st of May , two hundred pounds weight of lead, value 40 s. the property of John Gray , esq .

SECOND COUNT, for stealing like lead, the property of persons to the Jurors unknown.

EDMUND SKINS . I am bailiff to Mr. Gray, Wemley-park, in the parish of Harrow . I discovered some lead under a heap of mould in a field in a byroad, about three quarters of a mile from the building; to the best of my knowledge I believe it is my master's lead. Dyke was a plumber employed about the building. I tracked Dyke's feet from the heap of mould to his own house. Jackson was a London carter .

THOMAS STREET . I am a constable of Harrow. I, by the order of Skins, about nine o'clock, went to the place where the lead was. I kept behind the hedge, about twenty yards from the place where the lead was concealed. I could see what passed. In about three hours afterwards Jackson came by with his cart loaded with sash-frames. He was going to Mr. Gray's, Wemley-park. In about an hour after he came back with his cart. Dyke came with him. Jackson stopped his cart. They both went to the place where the lead was, and Dyke brought the lead forward, and by the assistance of Jackson they put it in the cart. Jackson went on with his cart. Dyke stopped where the lead was: he seemed to be searching for something that he could not find. I stepped from my hiding-place, and took Dyke in custody. I asked Dyke, where he got that lead from that he had put in the cart. He said he knew nothing about any lead. I then followed the cart, with Dyke in custody. Jackson stopped before we came up. I asked Jackson how he came by the lead. He got into the cart and threw the four pieces out.

JOHN ANSLOW . I was called by Street to assist him. When Dyke was delivered to me he said, he would give me a one-pound note to let him go.

MR. GOODING. I am a plumber, employed about Mr. Gray's house. I firmly believe the lead the last witness produced to be Mr. Gray's lead. It corresponds precisely with the lead sent down.

Dyke's Defence. I am innocent of the charge.

Jackson's Defence. I was coming home with the cart. Dykes said, I have got two or three bits of lead coming to town: I will give you a shilling if you will take them.

Dyke called four witnesses, who gave him a good character.

Jackson called four witnesses, who gave him a good character.

DYKES, GUILTY , aged 36.

Judgment respited .

JACKSON, NOT GUILTY .

Third Middlesex jury, before Mr. Common Serjeant.

486. JOHN LANGFORD was indicted for feloniously stealing, on the 3rd of May , two screens, value 5 s. the property of James Linnard .

JAMES LINNARD . I am a carver and gilder, and picture-frame-maker , in Bloomsbury .

Q. Did you lose two screens at any time - A. I did. I missed them on the 3rd of May, on Sunday morning. I saw them on the prisoner's premises at half after ten, on Sunday morning, May the 3rd. I was called up by the watchman. He told me, that he stopped a man that had been robbing my shop. I dressed myself, and went with the watchman to St. Giles's watchhouse. He said, he stopped the prisoner with a basket of tools. (Pointing to a basket of tools, at the watchhouse.) On the next day I found my workshop had been untiled, big enough for a man to get in. The prisoner had worked in my shop untill I turned him out.

Q. In consequence of any suspicion did you go to Langford's premises - A. I did He lived in Plumb-tree-street, St. Giles's. He occupied the first floor. And as I went in at the door, by the side of the door I saw two screens, that I used to keep the sun off the shop.

Prisoner. I took part of the shop of him, and I bought the screens of him, and many other things.

COURT, Q. to prosecutor. Had the prisoner ever taken part of the shop of you - A. No. He was there on sufferance, until he got another place.

Q. Did he keep his tools there - A. He did. I turned him out on the 1st of May, with his tools in the shop. I catched him cutting up a stretching-frame, for a picture-frame, for a customer of his.

Q. What did the prisoner say when you charged him with untiling your shop; did he say that he untiled the roof of your shop to get his things - A. I did not hear him say that. He shook his fist at me, and threatened me.

Prisoner. When I was stopped with my tools I sent the watchman to tell him of it.

JAMES CONNER . I am in the employ of Mr. Linnard. On the 14th or 15th of April I saw John Langford saw the legs off the folding screen. I took one of the screens to Langford's apartment, by his desire, a week before he was taken up. He said, it would be very handy to put at his bedside of a cold night.

Q. How came you to take it - A. I did not know but it was Mr. Langford's property. I told Linnard of it before Langford was taken up.

Q. Did not he direct you to bring it back - A. No. He said it was his property.

Prisoner. I wish to know why he left me to go into the prosecutor's employment.

COURT, Q. to Conner. Did you leave Langford to go into Linnard's employment - A. Yes.

Q. to Mr. Hardy. When did the prisoner surrender - A. This day, about twelve o'clock.

DANIEL MURPHY . I am a watchman. I heard somebody taking the lock off inside of the shop. I called another watchman; and when the other watchman came up the prisoner was coming out of the mews. I stopped him. He told me they were his own tools. He said, one half of the shop belonged to Mr. Linnard, and the other half to him. Mr. Linnard came down to the watchhouse. The prisoner told him, he had a right to take his tools out of the shop.

NOT GUILTY .

Third Middlesex jury, before Mr. Common Serjeant.

487. ELEANOR CHAMBERS, alias ELLEN CHAMBERS was indicted for feloniously stealing, on the 2nd of May , two pair of silver candlesticks, value 10 l. one silver tankard, value 8 l. a silver slop-bason, value 4 l. one silver waiter, value 2 l. one silver milk-ewer, value 3 l. one silver sauce-boat, value 4 l. four salts, value 1 l. five spoons, value 10 s. seven silver table-spoons, value 4 l. two silver tea-spoons, value 5 s. three silver forks, value 2 l. one pair of sheets, value 1 l. one tablecloth, value 5 s. six shirts, value 4 l. one other silver sauce-boat, value 4 l. one silver fish-slice, value 1 l. two other table-spoons, value 3 l. eight other silver forks, value 4 l. six desert-spoons, value 2 l. one silver skewer, value 10 s. two silver butter ladles, value 1 l. four bottle lables, value 10 s. four other sheets, value 2 l. three candlesticks, value 7 l. three other shirts, value 2 l. three pieces of carpet, value 5 s. one blanket, value 5 s. four other silver teaspoons, value 10 s. two half handkerchiefs, value 2 s. and four handkerchiefs, value 4 s. the property of Dennis O'Brien , Esq . in his dwelling-house . And

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

DENNIS O'BRIEN , ESQ. Q. I believe you reside in Craven-street - A. I do. It is in the parish of St. Martin in the Fields.

Q. Has the prisoner at the bar, for some time past, been your servant - A. She has, since Christmas Eve. On Saturday, the 2nd of May, I went out to a charity committee, for which I always go one day in every month; that my servant was well aware of. I was gone about two hours and a half. On my return my servant was gone. I found almost all my plate gone, except some weighty articles that she, I suppose, in her hurry, could not take away. On the Monday I received a blank cover, containing thirty-four pawnbroker's tickets, enclosed without any writing on the cover. On making a rough draft, between seventy and eighty pounds appeared to have been lent on these tickets. These are the duplicates.

Q. Had she given you any intimation that she wished to leave your service - A. She had given warning, and she was to go on the Saturday.

Mr. Challenor. The prisoner, you say, sent you back the duplicates - A. She did.

Q. She had a child; had she not - A. I believe she had. I never saw the child.

THOMAS LANE , I am one of the Bow-street patrol. I went, in company with Thomas Mance , in order to apprehend her.

Q. After you had apprehended her did you go with her to Elizabeth-place, St. George's-fields - A. I did, on the Monday, to a house she had taken; she took me into a room up stairs. In a box in that room, she took out two carpets, one blanket, and three of Mr. O'Brien's shirts, and 4 silver tea-spoons. We then went down stairs; she there gave me a piece of new carpet, two half handkerchiefs, and four whole handkerchiefs of Mr. O'Brien's.

Q. Did she tell you what she had done with the other articles - A. Yes, she said that she had pawned them, and the sum amounted to 71 l. and she had sent the duplicates in a letter to Mr. O'Brien.

JOSEPH TURNER . I am a pawnbroker, 20, Bridges-street, Covent-garden.

Q. Do you know the prisoner at the bar - A. I do; she has pawned with me various articles of Mr. O'Brien's; with respect to these first silver candlesticks, they were pawned on the 2nd of May. I lent her five guineas upon the candlesticks.

Q. What are they worth - A. From six to seven pounds. I produce also a soup bason, pawned for four pounds; and a milk ewer, pawned on the same day for three guineas. On the 2nd of May she called on me, stating to me, that Mr. O'Brien would want twenty pounds in the course of a day; I said I should like to see Mr. O'Brien; or if I could not see him, to have a letter from him; and when she returned with the things, she stated, that Mr. O'Brien had gone out, and that she could not get a letter from him, he was so engaged.

Q. to Mr. O'Brien. Did you ever authorise your servant, the prisoner, to pawn any of these things - A. No, nor any of my other servants. These articles are all mine.

JOHN PALMER . I am a pawnbroker, in Drury-lane. I produce four salts, a silver candlestick, two large silver candlesticks. I received these things of the prisoner; I am sure as to her person.

Q. What are these candlesticks worth - A. Five pounds. I lent four guineas upon them.

ROBERT SPARROW . I am a pawnbroker. I produce four sheets. I do not know who pawned them; the young man that took them in has left the place.

Q. to prosecutor. Look at all these things - A. My name is on the sheets, they are mine; and all the articles produced are mine.

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

GUILTY - DEATH , aged 25.

[ The prisoner was recommended to mercy by the prosecutor, on account of having confessed, and returning all the articles to him .]

Second Middlesex jury, before Mr. Recorder.

488. THOMAS CHAMBERLAIN was indicted for feloniously stealing, on the 12th of May , a writing desk, value 28 s. the property of Thomas Wells , privately in his shop .

THOMAS WELLS . I am a Chinaman , 20, Warwick-street, Golden-square ; I only know it is my desk.

MARY ANN HARDY . I lived servant with Mr. Wells. I saw the prisoner take the desk out of the shop, and I saw him go by the shop-window with it. I had nobody in the shop but myself.

Q. So, he walked boldly into the shop and took it out - A. Yes. I pursued him and called stop thief; he then let the box fall in the street and ran off; he was taken. I am sure he is the same person that dropped the box.

HUGH ROBINSON . I am a coachman. I saw the prisoner drop the box. It was about seven o'clock in the evening. I pursued him. He was taken in James-street, Golden-square. I took hold of him, and said I suspected he had stolen the box, as I heard the cry of stop thief. He said nothing, but came back with me to the house.

Prisoner's Defence. I hope you will take it into your consideration and send me to see, as it is the first time.

GUILTY , aged 20.

Of stealing, but not privately.

Judgment respited .

Second Middlesex jury, before Mr. Recorder.

489. AMELIA MAJOR was indicted for feloniously stealing, on the 21st of April , a gown, value 12 s. two aprons, value 6 s. four handkerchiefs, value 4 s. a box, value 1 d. a dollar, value 5 s. 6 d. four three-shilling bank tokens, and one eighteen-penny bank token and a six-pence, the property of Ann Heath . A shirt, value 2 s. the property of Sarah Redford . Five handkerchiefs, value 5 s. the property of Mary Lineham , in the dwelling-house of Ann Conner .

ANN HEATH . I live at Teddington , in Ann Conner 's house. On the 21st of April I went out, as usual, about eleven o'clock, and came back between seven and eight at night; and when I came home my property was gone.

Q. What did you lose - A. A cotton gown, four handkerchiefs, two aprons, and a little snuff-box, with nineteen shillings and six-pence in it.

Q. Why do you accuse the prisoner - A. She lodged with me, and was in the room when I went out; and when I came back she was at home. I asked her what became of the things. She said she did not know. I thought she did know, because I left her there; she afterwards confessed to taking them.

Q. How did the prisoner live - A. The parish paid her five shillings a week .

SARAH REDFORD . I live in the same house. I lost a shirt I had to wash; it was found with these things.

GEORGE BIRD . I am an officer. I took the prisoner into custody. I put her in the Cage. On the next morning she owned to the fact, where she deposited the things by taking up a board of the landing-place of the stairs; and there I found all the property as she described; and the nineteen shillings and sixpence.

Prisoner. I have got nothing to say, I leave it to your mercy.

GUILTY , aged 16.

Transported for Seven Years .

Second Middlesex jury, before Mr. Recorder.

490. RICHARD SPINKS was indicted for feloniously stealing, on the 14th of April , a silk handkerchief, value 5 s. the property of Thomas Evatts , from his person .

THOMAS EVATTS . I am a fishmonger . I live in King-street, Baker-street. I lost my handkerchief in Stable-yard, St. James's , in April. I cannot tell the day of the month. I felt something drag at my pocket; I put my hand behind me, and shoved the prisoner down; the officers came up in five minutes afterwards. He was taken to Bow-street. I am sure he is the man.

THOMAS CAVE . I am an officer of Bow-street. On the 14th of April, me, and my brother officer, Oddy, were going down with the guard. We saw Evans and Spinks; I had seen Spinks with another boy in the morning. I took Spinks to Bow-street.

GEORGE ODDY . I merely corroborate Cave's evidence. We were together to take up pickpockets.

Prisoner's Defence. The prosecutor did not take any thing from me; nor did the officers. Another boy picked the gentleman's pocket: the prosecutor collared me. I am entirely innocent of what I am charged.

Prosecutor. This is the handkerchief: it is mine.

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

NOT GUILTY .

Second Middlesex jury, before Mr. Recorder.

491. JAMES GIBBS and THOMAS LEWIS were indicted for feloniously stealing, on the 2nd of May , forty-seven pamphlets, value 5 s. the property of William Wemyas .

To this indictment the prisoners pleaded

GUILTY .

JOHN HUTT. On the 2nd of May, Limerick and I were standing in Clerkenwell. We observed Gibbs. He attempted a broker's shop. He went into a bookseller's shop. I did not know Lewis before. Gibbs we knew to be a thief. We followed them two hours. They attempted about thirty shops in the time.

GIBBS, GUILTY, aged 35.

LEWIS, GUILTY, aged 19.

Transported for Seven Years .

Second Middlesex jury, before Mr. Recorder.

492. JAMES DONNOHAUGH was indicted for feloniously making an assault upon John Hodson , on the 25th of March , putting him in fear, and taking from his person, a pair of boots, value 1 l. 2 s. the property of Samuel Smith .

JOHN HODSON . On the 25th of last March, in Great Wild-street, I met the prisoner. I was going from my master, Mr. Smith, a boot-maker , in Oxford-street, with a pair of boots to Mr. Mason, a gentleman in the law, in Symond's Inn . A young man who was with the prisoner, asked me if I did not come from Mr. Smith's. I replied, yes. He said, he knew Mr. Smith very well; he lived at a linen-drapers a few doors further. The prisoner then told me, that he was Mr. Mason's apprentice, and had not long to serve. He walked with me; he took the boots from me. He then walked to Symond's Inn; and when we came to Mr. Mason's, he said, you had better take them in; and I insisted upon him taking them in, as he had carried them so far. When he found that I wanted to see them delivered he tried to run past me. I catched hold of him, and in the scuffle I got the boots from him. He gave me a push, and ran away. I pursued him. I suspected him to be a swindler.

Mr. Alley. Are you sure he got the boots from you - A. Yes. He took them from me. I did not give them to him.

Q. Did not you consent to his carrying them - A. No.

Q. It was three weeks after he took the boots from you before you saw him again - A. It might.

Q. You did not take him then - A. No. He ran down a court. I then accused him of it. He used improper language.

SAMUEL SMITH . Q. You are the master of the boy - A. Yes. I know nothing of the transaction, only that I took the prisoner.

Prisoner's Defence. The lad accosted me, and said, I wanted to rob him of the boots. He said, take care young fellow; and walked about his business.

GUILTY , aged 20.

Of stealing only.

Judgment respited .

Second Middlesex jury, before Mr. Recorder.

493. HARRIET SPIERS was indicted for feloniously stealing, on the 5th of May , a banknote, value 1 l. the property of Christopher Wood , from his person .

CHRISTOPHER WOOD . I am a carpenter . I live at 55, Gloucester-street, Queen-square. On the 5th of May I was coming up Bell-yard, Temple-bar ; the prisoner accosted me, and laid hold of my arm. She asked me to go into a cart with her. I refused, and stopped, and had a little conversation with her. I perceived her drawing my watch out of my pocket. I asked her, what she was going to do with my watch. She said, nothing. She then ran away. I recollected that I had got a one-pound note in my right hand breeches pocket, which I found was gone. I pursued her, and stopped her. I called the watchman, and she was taken to the watchhouse. Upon searching her, the note was found which I swore to.

Q. You did not perceive her take your note - A. No, only my watch.

Q. You did not give her the note; did you - A. No. I am not in circumstances to give a note away in that manner.

THOMAS TURPSEY . I am a watchman. I was on duty in Bell-yard. I heard the prosecutor cry out. I took the prisoner to the watchhouse. I searched the prisoner, and found this one-pound note under her arm.

Prosecutor. It is my note.

Mr. Curwood. Were you perfectly sober - A. I was.

Prisoner's Defence. The prosecutor spoke to me by Temple-bar. We went up Apollo-court. He gave me a note. I was half an hour in his company. I left him to go to Carey-street. As to his watch, I never touched it.

GUILTY , aged 21.

Transported for Seven Years .

Second Middlesex jury, before Mr. Recorder.

494. SARAH PLACE was indicted for feloniously stealing, on the 13th of May , five towels, value 4 s. a shirt, value 5 s. two pair of stocking, value 2 s. four handkerchiefs, value 2 s. four rows of beads and lockets, value 7 s. the property of Arthur Benjamin .

ARTHUR BENJAMIN . I am a watchmaker ; I live at 13, Bridges-street, Covent Garden . The prisoner was my servant . She lived with me eight days. On the 13th of May, my other servant missed some towels. In searching for it, she saw part of a towel hang out of the prisoner's box; upon which we sent for an officer of Bow-street. The officer came, and found two towels in her box; and the prisoner confessed that she had taken a number of things to her mother's house. I promised the mother forgiveness, if she would restore the things to me that she had in her possession. I am now sorry I promised the mother: I believe she is worse than the daughter.

WILLIAM HOMAN . I am an officer. I made the search. I found in her box, two towels, a shirt, two pair of stockings, and this silk handkerchief, and a bottle of wine.

Prosecutor. The things that Homan found in her box are all mine.

Prisoner's Defence. I leave it to the mercy of my master.

GUILTY , aged 18.

Confined Six Months in the House of Correction , and fined 1 s.

Second Middlesex jury, before Mr. Recorder.

495. WILLIAM SMITH was indicted for feloniously stealing, on the 8th of May , a saddle, value 1 l. two bridles, value 2 s. and a horse-cloth, value 1 s. the property of Charles Cleaver .

WILLIAM WRIGHT . I am groom to Charles Cleaver , Bell-mews, Chelsea .

ROBERT LUNN . I am a watchman. I was calling the hour of three in the morning, on the 8th of this month, and coming up to Charles Cleaver 's stables I heard a noise. I thought there was somebody in the stable. I stopped and listened about five minutes. The prisoner came down and unbolted the door next to the street. He pushed it open a little way, but not quite open. I staid there about a quarter of an hour. I concluded he had seen me, and he had made his escape. I got over the wall, into the premises. I saw two bridles that had been throwed out of the window. I got out of the stables, and remained there till five o'clock. I then saw the prisoner open the loft door. I went to go in at the door I came out at. He had bolted me out. I then called James Mann to come and help me to take him. We ascended on the top of the chaise-house, and got in at the loft window, and we took the prisoner to the watchhouse, and went back again.

Q. What was taken out - A. I found the bridles down in the fore court.

WILLIAM WRIGHT . I am groom to Charles Cleaver . The horse-cloth was taken off the horse. The marks were picked out, and the cloth was thrown into the manger. The bridles were found as if throwed out of the window. The saddle was taken off the pegs, and put near the outer door, on a clothes-horse.

Prisoner's Defence. I entered the stable about twelve o'clock. The door was a-jar. I never moved any thing.

GUILTY , aged 30.

Confined Six Months in the House of Correction , and fined 1 s.

Second Middlesex jury, before Mr. Recorder.

496. MANUEL DE SILVA was indicted for stealing, on the 17th of April , a waistcoat, value 4 s. the property of Edward Machin .

JOHN MACHIN . I am a silversmith and pawnbroker, Shadwell . The property the prisoner stole is my father's, Edward Machin . I was standing in the passage, leading to the shop. The prisoner went into the shop, and seeing nobody behind the counter he took down a waistcoat that was pinned up, put it under his jacket, and walked away with it. I immediately followed him, and found the property upon him. I gave him in charge of an officer.

Prisoner's Defence. It is true, the man of the shop took me.

GUILTY , aged 42.

Judgment respited .

Second Middlesex jury, before Mr. Recorder.

497. ISAAC KELL was indicted for feloniously stealing, on the 8th of May , an umbrella, value 2 s. a candlestick, value 1 s. the property of Thomas Lamming .

THOMAS LAMMING . I live at Dorrington-street, Brooks'-market . I am a licensed hawker .

Q. When did you lose these things - A. On Friday morning, the 8th of May, between eight and nine o'clock, as I was at breakfast, two females came up stairs. I occupy the two pair and the attic. I opened the door on the two pair of stairs to let the females in, and inadvertantly left the stair-case door open. After the females had been some time in the second floor they fixed upon some worked muslin. I then wanted the yard measure to cut it off. I went to the landing, for the yard measure, and, to my surprise, I saw the prisoner go down stairs with an umbrella. I pursued the man, and called out stop thief. I ran across Brooks'-market, into Fox-court. I met the prisoner coming back, in the custody of the beadle. We took him up to the two pair of my house. He then begged for mercy. In his pocket we found a metal candlestick, which was my property. This is the umbrella that he dropped on the foot of the stairs, going out. It is my candlestick and umbrella.

WILLIAM READ . I am an officer. I searched him, and found twelve-pennyworth of halfpence in his pocket.

Prisoner's Defence. I was out of employment. I had a wife and family in distress.

GUILTY , aged 33.

Confined Six Months in the House of Correction , and fined 1 s.

Second Middlesex jury, before Mr. Recorder.

498. JAMES O'DANIEL was indicted for feloniously stealing, on the 28th of April , a pair of bellows, value 1 s. a saucepan, value 6 d. and a fryingpan, value 6 d. the property of Ann Robinson .

ANN ROBINSON . I live in Essex-street, Whitechapel . I lost these things on the 28th of April. I know nothing of the prisoner myself.

WILLIAM DENNIS . I am a watchman. On the morning of the 28th of April, as the prisoner was coming past my box, I asked him what he had got. He said, a fryingpan, a pair of bellows, and a saucepan. I stopped him. He said, his sister gave them to him. I took him to the watchhouse. I produce the articles.

Prosecutrix. They are all my property.

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

GUILTY , aged 28.

Confined Six Months in the House of Correction , and fined 1 s.

Second Middlesex jury, before Mr. Recorder.

499. JAMES PHILP was indicted, for that he, on the 24th of March , was servant to William Christie , and employed and entrusted by him to receive money for him, and being such servant, so employed and entrusted, did receive, and take into his possession, the sum of 15 s. 5 d. for and on account of his said master, and that he afterwards feloniously did embezzle, secrete, and steal 5 s. 5 d. part of the aforesaid 15 s. 5 d.

AMELIA STORY . I live at St. John's, Wapping . I deal with Mr. Christie for bread.

Q. What did you owe Mr. Christie for bread - A. Two pounds fifteen shillings. I paid the prisoner two pounds on the 23rd, and fifteen shillings and five-pence on the 24th. I am quite sure of that. He gave me a receipt for it.

WILLIAM CHRISTIE . I am a baker . I live in Great Hermitage-street. The prisoner was my servant. It was his duty to take bread out to the customers, and to give me a regular account of the money he received in the evening. On the 24th of March he accounted for ten shillings only, received of Mrs. Story. He left my service on the 25th.

Mr. Gurney. You had a quarrel with him, and you said you had a good mind to get him pressed.

Prisoner's Defence. When master served the customers himself, he has made mistakes the same as I did: and when I received my wages it was always deducted.

COURT, Q. to prosecutor. Suppose this man brings you money short, did you deduct it out of his wages - A. Yes.

NOT GUILTY .

Second Middlesex jury, before Mr. Recorder.

500. JAMES PHILP was indicted, for that he, on the 25th of March , was servant to William Christie , and being such servant, so employed and entrusted, did receive, and take into his possession, the sum of 4 s. 4 1/2 d. for and on account of his said master, and that he afterwards did embezzle, secrete, and steal the same .

THOMAS BROWN . I am a mathematical-instrument-maker. I dealt with Mr. Christie for bread. On the 25th of March three loaves of bread were owing from me. I paid for them to the prisoner. I gave him a pound note, and he gave me change. I am quite sure I paid him.

WILLIAM CHRISTIE . On the 25th the prisoner did not account for any money received that day from Mr. Brown. When the prisoner accounted to me, my apprentice made the entries in this book.

JOHN BULLEYMAN . I am an apprentice to Mr. Christie. When the prisoner accounted for what money he received, I always put it down in the book. I cannot make a mistake. I call over the names.

Mr. Gurney. And then he accounts to you for near an hundred names - A. Yes.

JOHN SMITH , I am an officer. I apprehended the prisoner. He told me his name was Grant. I told him I had a warrant against him.

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

NOT GUILTY .

Second Middlesex jury, before Mr. Recorder.

501. ELIZABETH PEACOCK was indicted for feloniously stealing, on the 4th of April , a 1 l. banknote , the property of Sampson Knott .

MARY KNOTT . My husband's name is Sampson Knott. The prisoner was my servant . On March the 28th, Mr. Knott put some bank-notes between the bed and the matrass. The next morning we found they had been undone. I was sure there were some gone: I could not tell how many. I looked in her box on the Sunday fortnight after the money was taken out.

Q. On the 1st of April did you there see a one-pound note - A. Yes. I knew it again. I had written upon it when I took it. I knew it to be my husband's property. I sent for Miller, the officer. He searched the box, and the note was not in the box. The note was afterwards produced to me at the office.

SAMUEL MILLER . I was sent for to search the prisoner's box. I did not find it. I challenged her of robbing her master of a one-pound note. I searched her at the office, and in her shoe I found this one-pound note.

Prisoner's Defence. I did not take this note from my mistress. I found it against the shop-door, going out into the street.

GUILTY , aged 22.

Confined One Year in the House of Correction , and fined 1 s.

Second Middlesex jury, before Mr. Recorder.

502. ELIZABETH JAMES was indicted for feloniously stealing, on the 7th of May , two gown slips, value 5 s. and a towel, value 6 d. the property of Ann Humphreys .

SECOND COUNT, for stealing the like things, the property of David Miller .

ANN HUMPHREY . I live at No. 1, West-place, City-road . I am a laundress . The prisoner was in my employ two years, but she had not worked for me a twelvemonth. She called to see me on the 7th of May, between two and three o'clock. She sent for half a pint of liquor to treat her fellow work-women. After they had a glass each I said, I would make tea. The prisoner went down stairs to make tea. She sent my little girl out to get a quartern and a half of more liquor. After the girl went, I looked over the bannisters: I saw the prisoner take two slips. She was afterwards searched, and two slips were found upon her.

JAMES GEARY . I am an officer. On the 7th of May, between three and four o'clock, I was sent for to take charge of the prisoner directly. I went up one pair of stairs. I found the prisoner, James, there. I discovered the prisoner pulled this towel from under her clothes, and chuck it down on the floor. I then saw this bundle lay on the top of the dining-table: I asked who the bundle belonged to. The prisoner said, to her. I searched the bundle, and found these two gown slips. She then flew to Mrs. Humphreys, and begged for mercy.

Prosecutrix. They are mine. They were under my care.

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

GUILTY , aged 27.

Confined One Year in the House of Correction , and fined 1 s.

Second Middlesex jury, before Mr. Recorder.

503. WILLIAM WILLIAMS was indicted for feloniously stealing, on the 8th of April , a peck and a half of oats, value 2 s. and three pecks of chaff, value 18 d. the property of Abraham Scrivener .

ABRAHAM SCRIVENER. I am a carman . I live at Bermondsey-wall. I lost the oats and chaff in Rosemary-lane . I had occasion to send a load of deals to the Commercial-road. From suspicion I followed the prisoner; and on his returning home I saw him, in Rosemary-lane, take two nose-bags from the side of the waggon. The nose-bags contained corn and chaff. He went down an alley with the nose-bags, and emptied them there. The man had given him a few halfpence. He had the halfpence in his hand when I went and met him. I then asked him whether it was my property he had been selling, or his. He asked me to forgive him. I took him to an officer, and gave him in charge.

Prisoner's Defence. I had occasion to go up this alley. The nose-bags were empty. I took them with me, because I would not lose them.

GUILTY , aged 33.

Confined Six Months in the House of Correction , and fined 1 s.

Second Middlesex jury, before Mr. Recorder.

504. ANN DWYER was indicted for feloniously stealing, on the 10th of May , three knives, value 2 s. four forks, value 1 s. three wine glasses, value 6 d. four china cups and saucers, value 6 d. and six china plates, value 6 s. the property of James Cadwallader Parker .

JAMES CADWALLADER PARKER . I am a plumber . I live in Spur-street, Leicester-square . I did not know that I was robbed until the prisoner was taken up for another robbery.

JOHN LANGLEY . I am a constable. On Sunday, the 10th of May, the brother of Mr. Caslick sent for me, to go and search his servant, for robbing him. I searched the prisoner's box, and found nothing. She went out of the parlour; I thought she had been and hid something. I went out in the garden, and found these knives and forks hid in the garden; in her box I found more plates than what are mentioned in the indictment.

HENRY HUSSEY . I know the knives and forks to be my master's; and I know the cups and saucers and glasses. She lived servant with Mr. Parker a month.

GUILTY , aged 30.

Transported for Seven Years .

Second Middlesex jury, before Mr. Recorder.

505. WILLIAM SMITH was indicted for feloniously stealing, on the 11th of April , twenty pounds weight of rope, value 4 s. the property of Adolphus Hill , and Benjamin Hill .

GEORGE HILL . I am a lighterman . The property belongs to my father and brother. My father's name is Adolphus Hill, and my brother's name Benjamin Hill. They are partners. On the 11th of April I took the prisoner in custody, and delivered him to Perdow, the officer; and this knife I took out of his hands. I saw him upon the timber, in the dock, with the rope in his hand; and this is the rope he took. It is my father's property. I saw him cut the rope myself.

Prisoner's Defence. I picked the rope up.

GUILTY , aged 54.

Confined Six Months in the House of Correction , and fined 1 s.

Second Middlesex jury, before Mr. Recorder.

506. ANN CARRINGTON was indicted for feloniously stealing, on the 19th of April , three pounds weight of beef, value 2 s. and one pound of pudding, value 1 s. and a dish, value 4 d. the property of Frederick Sass ; and LUCY STREET , for receiving, on the same day, the said goods, she knowing them to have been stolen .

FREDERICK SASS . I am a baker . I live in Goswell-street . On the 19th of April last, about one o'clock, I opened my door to deliver the dinners to my customers: in came Mary Ann Carrington : she paid two-pence. She put a cloth upon a rice pudding, and took it away. She came in again, and threw two-pence down, and took a dish with meat and batter pudding. I said, you have been here before. Yes, she said, and had a pudding. I said, that is not your's. She said, no; I will go, and fetch it back again. I went after her, to look for the meat and pudding, and she had absconded, and locked up the room.

JOSEPH PRINCE . I am a constable. On the 19th of April I took Carrington and Street in custody. I was ordered to give up the meat and pudding to Mrs. Collard.

Prosecutor. This is the dish. I put a mark to it. Mrs. Collard was bound over to appear, as well as me. She would not come,

NOT GUILTY .

Second Middlesex Jury, before Mr. Recorder.

507. ROBERT GARLICK was indicted for feloniously stealing, on the 14th of May , two pieces of deal, value 1 s. and four pounds of lead, value 16 d. the property of Henry Rose , affixed to a building .

JAMES HUMPHREYS . I am foreman to Mr. Round. I superinted the workmen building Drury-lane theatre . The prisoner was employed as a carpenter there. On the 14th of May I saw him with a basket under his arm. I asked him what he had got in it. He said, he had not got any thing. I said, I insisted upon seeing. I found two pieces of boards, and the lead I found in his pockets. I can swear to the boards, and the lead was cut off the rain water-pipe. I matched them to the place. They fitted exactly.

Prisoner's Defence. The boards lay about the building. I thought I might as well take them as any body else; and the lead laying there I put it in my pocket.

GUILTY , aged 35.

Whipped in Jail and discharged.

Second Middlesex jury, before Mr. Recorder.

508. JOHN BROWN was indicted for feloniously stealing, on the 28th of April , from the person of Isaac Hall , a pocket-book, value 6 d. and nine 1 l. notes, his property .

ISAAC HALL . I am a seaman . On the 28th of April, about half past eight in the evening, I was coming up Wapping-street . I felt something touch me on my side. I could not get my arm down for the prisoner, he was so close to me. I said to him, you have robbed me. He said, he had not: and my friend found my pocket-book laying by me. In this pocket-book I had nine one-pound notes.

THOMAS DRAKE . I was coming up Wapping-street on the 28th of April. I saw Mr. Hill laying hold of the prisoner. He said, he had been robbed. I said, hold the prisoner fast. I looked about by the light of the shop windows: I could not see the pocket-book. I went into the shop, and got a light; and within three yards of where the prisoner and Mr. Hall were standing, I picked up the book.

Prisoner's Defence. I never meddled with the man at all.

GUILTY , aged 20.

Judgment respited .

Second Middlesex Jury, before Mr. Recorder.

509. JOHN BRANNON and THOMAS YATES were indicted for feloniously stealing, on the 13th of May , three loaves of bread, value 2 s. 3 d. five pounds weight of cheese, value 4 s. and five pounds weight of beef, value 4 s. the property of Mary Horton , widow .

ANN RANN . I am a servant to Mrs. Horton, Portland-place . On Wednesday, the 13th of May, the things were in the safe, down in the area. On the next morning I heard they were all taken away. James Hart told me of it. I knew the dish. It is like what I put away on the over night.

JAMES HART . I am one of the serjeants of Marybone parish. On the 13th of May, about three o'clock in the morning, I was coming down Portland-place. I saw the two prisoners and another along with them. I followed them. I took hold of Brannon, and Wall took hold of Yates. Brannon had the dish; and Yates threw down the victuals in the street.

Brannon's Defence. We are both willing to serve the king, either by sea or land.

Yates said nothing in his defence.

EDWARD WALL . My serjeant informed me he saw three lads that robbed areas. He took hold of Brannon, and I took hold of Yates. He threw the victuals away, and ran away. He was stopped.

BRANNON, GUILTY , aged 16.

Judgment respited .

YATES, GUILTY , aged 19.

Transported for Seven Years .

Second Middlesex jury, before Mr. Recorder.

510. FRANCES LINCH was indicted for feloniously stealing, on the 5th of May , fourteen bottles, value 18 d. and a basket, value 1 s. the property of Thomas Stephen Bond .

GEORGE TOWLEY . I am cellarman to Mr. Bond, wine-merchant , Beaumont-street, Marybone .

JOHN COCK . I am a watchman. On the 5th of May, at half past four o'clock in the morning, I saw the prisoner with this basket and the bottles. I took her to the watchhouse. Mr. Bond's name is on the basket.

HENRY HOWARD . I am an officer. The prisoner was brought into the watchhouse. She acknowledged to taking the bottles and the basket out of the Mews, under the chapel. She said, they stood in the door-way.

Q. to Towley. Whose bottles are they - A. Mr. Bond's. I brought them in the day before. They were taken from behind the door. It is an open yard.

Prisoner's Defence. I was in great distress. I had not a halfpenny in the world.

NOT GUILTY .

Second Middlesex jury, before Mr. Recorder.

511. JOHN PRINCE was indicted, for that he, on the 13th of April , was servant to Thomas Coles , and was employed and entrusted by him to receive money for him, and being such servant, so employed and entrusted, did receive and take into his possession the sum of 17 l. for and on account of his said master, and that he afterwards did embezzle, secrete, and steal 4 l. 8 s. part of the said sum .

MARY SMALL . I live at No. 1, Garden-row, Knightsbridge . On the 13th of April I paid the prisoner seventeen pounds four shillings on account of Mr. Coles, his master.

THOMAS COLES . I am a baker , 17, York-street, Westminster. The prisoner was my servant. He only accounted to me for twelve pounds sixteen shillings. I asked him, how she came not to pay the whole. He said, Mrs. Small had a great payment to make up, and in the course of two days she would pay the rest. Mine is a ready money business.

Prisoner's Defence. When I brought the money home to my master, it was put behind the counter, in a basket.

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

GUILTY , aged 18.

Judgment respited .

Second Middlesex jury, before Mr. Recorder.

512. GEORGE EMERY was indicted for feloniously stealing, on the 27th of April , a sheet, value 3 s. the property of Brian Burn ; and a pair of shoes, value 3 s. the property of Edward Johnson .

BRIAN BURN . I am a shoe-maker . I live on Saffron Hill . I only know my wife found the bed stript. One sheet was gone, and a pair of shoes of Edward Johnson 's. We afterwards found them at Mr. Roberts's, Cow Cross.

MR. ROBERTS. I am a pawnbroker in Turnmill-street. A sheet and a pair of shoes I took in pawn on the 27th of April. I produce the property.

MRS. BURN. That is my sheet.

EDWARD JOHNSON . These are my shoes.

GEORGE BARNLEY . I am a constable. The prosecutor came to me, and said, they thought they had found the person that robbed them. I searched the prisoner, and found on him the duplicate of the sheet and the shoes.

Mr. Roberts. These are the duplicates I gave to the man that pawned the things.

Prisoner's Defence. Mrs. Gregory had these things in her hand; she gave them me to pawn. I pawned them for four shillings. I will never do the like any more.

GUILTY , aged 40.

Confined One Year in the House of Correction , and fined 1 s.

Second Middlesex jury, before Mr. Recorder.

513. JAMES WILLIAMS was indicted for feloniously stealing, on the 15th of April , one glass hookabottom, value 30 s. one hundred gools, value 3 s. and two pounds weight of tobacco, value 5 s. the property of William Dean Mahomed .

WILLIAM DEAN MAHOMED . I live in George-street, Portsmouth-square .

Q. In the month of March you were under the necessity of going to lodge in the prisoner's house - A. In January and February; and afterwards in March. The prisoner had a house in Paddington. I was absent from my house till the 4th of April.

Q. And during the time you were absent from your house, you left the prisoner in the care of it - A. Yes.

Q. After you became a bankrupt, did you in consequence of suspicion, search the prisoner's house - A. I went with the assignee, Mr. Barnard, to search his house; I there saw a glass hookabottom, and some gools, that I claimed as mine; the gools are my own making. The gools are made of charcoal and rice. And I found some tobacco.

Mr. Gurney. When did the prisoner leave your service - A. In March.

Q. When you were before the justice, did not the prisoner assert that you had sent the hookabottom there by your servant Elizabeth - A. Yes: but I did not send her.

Q. Have you brought that girl here - A. I cannot find her.

Q. Did your assignees complain of your moving any thing to Barlow-street - A. Yes.

Q. Do you remember making an application to the prisoner, some time before you were a bankrupt, for him to accept bills for you - A. Yes; and he refused it.

Q. That made you more his friend than before - A. No, sir.

Prisoner's Defence. The tobacco, with a part of the gools, I brought from India. The hookabottom, with a part of the balls, were brought to my house by his servant; her name is Elizabeth.

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

NOT GUILTY .

First Middlesex jury, before Mr. Common Serjeant.

514. MARTHA JONES was indicted for feloniously stealing, on the 19th of April , a pewter pint pot, value 6 d. the property of William Beir .

WILLIAM BEIR . I keep the Phoenix public-house, Prince's-street, Cavendish-square . I only know the pot to be mine.

HENRY HOWARD . The prisoner was brought to the watchhouse on Sunday, the 19th. I rubbed her down, and felt this pot. I took it out of her pocket. She had a quart and a pint pot of another publican. I informed Mr. Bier. He came and claimed his pot.

Prosecutor. It is my pot.

GUILTY , aged 67.

Confined One Year in the House of Correction , and fined 1 s.

First Middlesex jury, before Mr. Common Serjeant.

515. CATHERINE WORK was indicted for feloniously stealing, on the 14th of May , a great coat, value 5 s. the property of John Elderton .

JOHN ELDERTON . I am a last-maker . I live at No. 8, Queen-street, Worship-street . I live at the upper part of the house. I lost the coat from off the bannisters of the stairs. The prisoner was taken for another felony, and I was sent for at the office.

Prisoner's Defence. I carry loads. I found the coat on the pavement as I was going along Moorfields.

GUILTY , aged 35.

Fined 1 s. and discharged.

First Middlesex jury, before Mr. Common Serjeant.

516. MOSES MOSES was indicted, for that he, on the 1st of April , a piece of false and counterfeited money, made to the likeness and similitude of a good shilling, as and for a good one, unlawfully did utter to Richard Strong , he knowing it to be false and counterfeit .

RICHARD STRONG . I live with Mr. Jacob, No. 87, Guildford-street.

Q. On the 1st of April did you buy any oranges near the Bank - A. Yes. I bought my oranges of a person of the name of Mordecai. I gave him a dollar. I had not a shilling to pay for them. He beckoned over the prisoner to give change. When the prisoner came up I gave the five shillings and sixpenny dollar to the prisoner. It happened to drop out of his hand into the basket. Moses gave me four shillings and an eighteen-penny piece in change. The prisoner took a shilling out of my hand with a head upon it, and gave it Mordecai. The other three shillings and the eighteen-penny piece I kept in my hand. The officer has got them now. I gave them to the beadle.

Q. Did you look at the three shillings - A. I did. I am no judge of silver. I was told in two minutes afterwards that they were all bad. I pursued Mordecai, and gave charge of him to the beadle of the parish. I believe it was a month after that I saw the prisoner.

Prisoner's Defence. I thought the change was good.

WILLIAM ELDRIDGE . I am an officer of the city. I assisted in taking Mordecai. I was at the Compter when he was brought up. I had the money from the beadle.

Q. Did you see Strong give it him - A. No.

NOT GUILTY .

London jury, before Mr. Common Serjeant.

The Opinion of the Judges on Thomas Collicott 's case, and George Hammon 's case, delivered by Mr. Justice Grose: the purport of which was as follows:

Thomas Collicott , you were found guilty at a former sessions for uttering and vending a counterfeit mark and stamp, forged, to resemble a certain mark and stamp, used and provided in pursuance of an act, made and passed in the reign of the present King; this stamp was affixed to a box of medicine, all the parts of it resembling a genuine stamp, except where, in the centre of the genuine stamp, it was essential that it should specify and denote the duty: that centre was cut out, and, that the vacancy should not be perceived, a paper was pasted over it, with

"Jones, Bristol," on it; but those parts of the stamp, which were exposed to view, were like, and resembled a genuine stamp. Mr. Baron Wood observed, this was a case to go to the Jury, and reserved the law of this point for the opinion of the Judges. And in a former case the like was reserved by Mr. Justice Bailey. The objections of the counsel in this case were argued before the Judges: first, that the indictment did not state what the resemblance was, and that it was not a resemblance, but a misrepresentation to deceive; notwithstanding, the Jury found you guilty: and they were warranted in so doing; the counterfeit stamp was so well done, and so well calculated to deceive. The Judges are of opinion that the forged stamp need not be a facsimile in all its parts but such as that pretended to be a false making. And, indeed, the false making, and making to deceive, is the true denomination of a forgery; which is an answer to the first objection. To the second, the answer is, the statute makes the uttering, with a counterfeit mark thereon, a capital felony. To resemble the mark or stamp that is used and provided in the act of George the 3rd, chap. 9, sect. 99, it is stated in the indictment, and it is proved in evidence; therefore the Judges are of opinion that this objection is no more valid than the other. The indictment is good, and the offence is proved.

George Hammon , the prisoner at the bar, was tried at last February Old Bailey sessions. before Mr. Justice Heath, Mr. Baron Wood, and Mr. Justice Bailey, for stealing in the dwelling-house of Messrs. Birch and Chambers, two bank-notes, value 50 l. each. A question was held for the Judges opinion, whether that was done by the prisoner. On the 19th of December it was said that he entered a credit of the sum of two hundred pounds. This entry was a false making, that he, the prisoner, paid two hundred pounds into the house of Messrs. Birch and Chambers, to the credit of Mr. Vale. The prisoner, at the same time produced a stamp, and desired Mr. Vale to draw a two hundred pounds check. A bill is drawn upon the house for one hundred pounds, which he changed with good bills of the house. The prisoner took out of the till of Messrs. Birch and Chambers, two fifty pound bank-notes, mentioned in the indictment, and deposited the check of an hundred pounds of that day, and entered it in the check book. It was not in the book on the morning of the 11th of January; and the apparent balance in the ledger, and in Mr. Vale's banking book against him, was several hundred pounds, by striking out the false credit, made on the 19th of December. And, on further investigation, it appeared, that before that time the prisoner made false entries to the amount of eight hundred and thirty pounds. It was insisted, on the taking these notes, that Messrs. Birch and Chambers would be no losers of the money: they would be entitled to obtain the money of Mr. Vale. The learned Judge told the Jury, that if they were satisfied the prisoner took the notes out of the till, he thought they ought to find him guilty. He told them also, whether he made the false entries fraudulently, to enable him to steal the notes, they would find him guilty; if they were of opinion he did it fraudulently for that purpose; and he, the learned Judge, would reserve the point of law for the opinion of the Judges, that so, the prisoner might have the benefit of it. It appears, that the indictment charges the prisoner with stealing in the dwelling-house of Messrs. Birch and Chambers, two bank-notes, value 50 l. each. The statute of George the 2nd makes the stealing of bonds, notes, drafts, and bills, of more than the value of forty shillings, in a dwelling-house, a capital felony. It is a capital felony to steal in the dwelling-house any note of the value of more than forty shillings. The objection is, that it is a fraud, and not a larceny. Now, the true meaning of a larceny is, taking goods, the property of another person, and converting it to their own use. Now, in this case, the taking the notes mentioned in the indictment, is stated, and proved, as is the felonious intention, in making the false entries. The act of taking, and converting, is a larceny. On this ground, the Judges are of opinion, it is a felonious stealing in the dwelling-house; and, being to the amount of one hundred pounds, it forms the offence of larceny to the amount of more than forty shillings. And therefore, they are of opinion, that the charge against the prisoner is well founded.