John Baker.
9th September 1696
Reference Numbert16960909-53
VerdictNot Guilty

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John Baker of the Parish of St. Sepulchres , was Indicted for Clipping the Currant Coin of this Kingdom on the 28th of March last. It appeared, that having Information that he did drive the Trade, they went and searcht, and found a Paper of Clippings, several pair of Scissars, a lump of melted Silver, and old Shoes, whereon Money had been Rubbed. The Prisoner did deny the Fact, and said, that he did find the Clippings upon the Stairs by the Ditch-side, and afterwards did put them into his Comb Case; as for the lump of silver, he said, that he bought it; as for the Shoes, he said, that he had a Half Crown that was naught, and he did rub it upon them to know whether it was good or no: He called several People to his Reputation. The Jury considering the matter, found him not Guilty .

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