Edward Sheldon, .
15th January 1719
Reference Numbert17190115-48
VerdictsNot Guilty

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Edward Sheldon alias Myres of St James Westminster , and were indicted, the former for feloniously stealing a Gold Watch and Chain val.13 l. the Property of William Gregory the 12th of December last, the Latter for receiving it, knowing it to be stollen . The Prosecutor deposed that Edward Sheldon being his Servant , stole the Watch, and when he found, him, upon examination he confess'd that it was pawn'd to the other Prisoner for a Reckoning he had run on Score with him, that thereupon he went to the Prisners House and demanded the Watch; but he refused to let him have it unless he paid him 10 l. This was also confirm'd by another Evidence. The Prisoner pleaded in his defence that Edward Sheldon having been formerly his Fooy came to drink at his House, and wanting Money to pay his Reckoning, he lent him a Guinea and 20 s. upon it, but deny'd that he demanded 10 l. for it of the Prosecutor, and alledged that the Prisoner Sheldon told him it was his own Watch. He called divers Persons of Credit to his Reputation, who gave him an extraordinary Character. Edward Sheldon pleaded that he put the Watch in his Pocket, his Malter being from Home, for fear it might have some harm come to it, and going out fell into Company and getting in Liquor did pawn the Watch; but did intend to restore it again to his Master; upon the whole they, were both acquitted .

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