Old Bailey Proceedings Online (www.oldbaileyonline.org, version 6.0, 27 November 2014), September 1742, trial of Christopher Peterson , otherwise Jack the Sailor (t17420909-1).

Christopher Peterson, Theft > shoplifting, 9th September 1742.

55. Christopher Peterson , otherwise Jack the Sailor , was indicted * with one William Briers, for stealing an Oil-Skin Bag, and seventeen Pound Weight of Tea, the Property of William Barton , out of the Shop of the said William Barton . February 10 .

* He was committed for breaking open the House of Messuurs Huntley, Linnen Drapers in Leaden-Hall-Street .

Joseph Graham . On the 10th of February last, between the Hours of seven and eight in the Evening, a young Man came in, and bought a Penny-worth of Sugar-Candy, and a few Minutes afterwards another came in; in the mean Time a Gentlewoman came in for a Quarter of a Pound of Sugar; while I turned my Back, another young Man said, Call as you come back; and then I believe two Persons took this Bag of Tea, but I cannot say the Prisoner at the Bar was one. It is the Property of John Barton . There was seventeen Pound Custom-House Weight, it was worth above 5 s. a Pound. - It was about an Hour after they went out of the Shop before I missed it. - I cannot tell whether there was any other Customer in the Shop, between the Time of their going out and my missing it.

William Cavenagh . On the 10th of February , between the Hours of seven and eight in the Evening, the Prisoner, William Briers , and myself, went to the Corner of the Old-Bailey; William Britrs went in first, and asked for a Pennyworth of Sugar-Candy, I followed him into the Shop, and was with Briers, to skreen the Prisoner from being seen by this Gentleman; and the Oil-Skin Bag, with the Tea in it, was taken away by the Prisoner at the Bar. - I saw him take it, because I waited to see when he had it, that I might go away; and Briers said as we were going out, I might call as I came back. We sold it to one Elizabeth Bartfoot for five Shillings a Pound. I think it came to 4 l. 5 s. - Briers is transported + for another Fact. - I am in Custody of the Keeper of Newgate. I am in no Business now; I was bound to an Attorney.

+ He was convicted in April Sessions of stealing two Perukes from Mr Bonnell .

Prisoner. I have nothing at all to say. I leave it in your Hands, my Lord. I have no Friend in the World. Guilty, Death .The Jury recommended him for Mercy .