Offences: Theft > grand larceny; Damage to Property > arson
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Julian , a Black was indicted for feloniously stealing 20 Guineas , and burning the House of Elizabeth Turner , the 8th of August last. Mr. Turner depos'd, That the Prisoner was Servant to his Mother; and that the Night laid in the Indictment, he being in Bed, smelt a Smoke, and got out to see what was the Matter; and going into one Chamber, found it all on Fire, and it broke forth with such Violence that the Family narrowly escaped with their Lives. That supposing it was done by some Body in the House, he examined the Prisoner, and he owned the Fact, as he did also before Sir Francis Forbes . His Confession was read in Court, wherein he owned he had some Days before taken 20 or 30 Guineas, and being in Fear left it should be found out, did put a Candle under the Sheets in a Room up one Pair of Stairs, and went away and left it, with a Design to set Fire to the House, and to burn not only that, but all that were in it. That he fetch'd down the Guineas, and threw them into the Canal in the Garden. The Fact being plainly prov'd upon the Prisoner by his own Confession, the Jury found him guilty of the Indictment. Death .