Samuel Laws, William Richards.
6th December 1721
Reference Numbert17211206-12
VerdictNot Guilty; Guilty

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Samuel Laws and William Richards of St. Andrew Holbourn , were Indicted for privately stealing out of the Ware-house of Thomas Allen . 15 Hundred weight of Cork value 15 l. the goods of Thomas Allen on the 30th of August last. Laws confest the Factand said he was enticed to commit it by Richards. Several Evidences proved that Richards was seen in the Prosecutors Ware house, that he (Richards) assisted in loading the Cork, and that it was carried to his House. Richards brought several Witnesses to prove that Laws was a person known to be Commisson'd by Merchants to sell for them, that he he bought the Cork of Laws and paid him the full price for it, that he had it brought home publickly in the day time, and let it lye openly in his own Shop He brought a great many of his Neighbour to his Reputation and the Jury acquitted him, and found Laws Guilty

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