John Collet, Edward Aldershaw.
8th July 1691
Reference Numbert16910708-1
VerdictNot Guilty; Guilty

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John Collet alias Cole , was Indicted as Principal and Edward Aldershaw as Accessary, for that they, together with one Christopher Asheley alias Browne, not taken, did break the Parish Church of Great St. Bartholomew, London , on the 12th of Nov. last was 12 Month, and Sacriligiously did take away 2 Diaper Table-Cloaths, value 30 s. one Velvet Pawl, value 20 l. three Yards of Black Cloth, value 30 s. one Velvet Pulpit Cloth, value 7 l. one Velvet Table-Cloth, value 20 l. one Velvet Cushion, value 3 l. one Plush Cushion, value 5 s. one Plush Table-Cloth, value 10 s. two Holland Surplices, value 30 s. one Silver Flagon-Pot, value 35 l. one Tankard, value 6 l. one Silver Cup, value 6 l. another Silver Cup Gilt, value 7 l. one Gilt Plate, value 5 l. &c. The Evidence in chief was Stephen Fawson and William Crossfeild , Church-wardens, who swore that they lost the above said Goods; and one Benneson swore, That they brought the Plate to him to sell, and that Collet had confest to him, That he broke open the Vestry Door and took away all the Goods, &c. They both said they knew nothing of it, and had no Evidence to prove any thing for them; yet the Witnesses did not Charge Aldershaw to have been actually in the Robbery, so he was Acquitted , but Collet was found Guilty of Felony, Burglary and Sacriledge.

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