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11th July 1677
Reference Numbert16770711-3
VerdictNot Guilty

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The last Sessions an Antiant man keeping a Victualing house was Arraigned for stealing a black Mare , the Case was somewhat strange, on the 9th of May last between 4. and 5. in the Morning a person leading this Mare, ties her to the Pales of this House and goes in to drink, and after one Pot goes away, pretending to come again presently, the Mare stood there till 4. a Clock in the afternoon, then the Victualer taks care of her gets her Cry'd puts her to grass and shortly after is taken on her back by the owner who thereupon Indicted him last Sessions, Two men who saw the person that brought her thither attending then to give Evidence on behalf of the Victualler, happened to see and seize one in the Sessions-House Yard (between the time of his Arraignment and Tryal) whom they said was the man that brought the Mare; whereupon the Court being ready to break up, the Victuallers Tryal was put off, and this person taken into Custody. The Witnesses now spoke home that he was the man, but he absolutely denying it, endeavouring to prove where he was that night, and several people of fashion attesting his former good Conversation, Credit, and Estate, and it not being improbable but the Witnesses might mistake one they never saw but once, and then only transciently without any occasion to take particular notice of him, the Jury thought fit to bring him Not Guilty ; as likewise they did the said Victualler ; but (according to the Proverb) The man has his Mare again, and all is well.


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