Old Bailey Proceedings Online (www.oldbaileyonline.org, version 6.0, 19 April 2014), September 1717, trial of Isaac Russel (t17170911-26).

Isaac Russel, Theft > theft from a specified place, 11th September 1717.

Isaac Russel , of St. Andrew's Holbourn , was indicted for feloniously stealing a Silver Tankard, value 6 l. out of the dwelling House of Samuel Smith , the 29th of July last. The Evidence deposed, the Prisoner came in with two other Men to drink, that the other two Men took the Opportunity to go away with the Tankard, and he attempted to go after them, but was stopped by the Maid; and that when he was charged with being concerned in stealing it, he said, they need not make such a Noise about it, they should have it again on the Morrow. The Prisoner pleaded he was very much in Drink, and knew nothing of it; that he knew not the Men, nor whether he pick'd them up or they him: several Persons appeared who gave him a good Character, but saying he would get drunk sometimes, and when he was so, lost his Memory, that he knew nothing the next Morning he said or did the Night before: whereupon the Jury acquitted him.