John Dawson.
14th October 1730
Reference Numbert17301014-75
VerdictNot Guilty

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John Dawson was indicted for feloniously Forging a Promissory Note of 30 l. the 10 the of August last was Twelve-months; which Note was given to John Walgrave , by Benjamin Clements , payable five Months after Date .

The Prosecutor depos'd, That he having lent one Benjamin Clements 100l. he not having Money to pay him, gave him a Promissory Note to get discounted, telling him, he would pay him the Discount; that he selling into the Company of the Prisoner, and he pretending to be a Man in good Circumstances, he did speak to him about getting a Note discounted for him; that the Prisoner coming afterwards to his (the Prosecutor's) Lodging, at Mrs. Poplet's, they having Din'd together, and the Note lying upon his Buroe , the Prisoner went away on a sudden, took the Note without his Consent, Knowledge, or Privity, and did discount it, converting the Money to his own use, and ever since absconded. That the Prisoner had the Note, and did Discount it, and convert the Money to his own use, was fully proved by several Evidences; not did the Prisoner himself deny it, but pleaded, that the Prosecutor did give him the Note to get it Discounted for him, and did Indorse it to him, and call'd one Mary-Wild to prove it.

Mary Wild depos'd, That she lodg'd at one Mr. West's, and she had often seen the Prisoner and Prosecutor together, that they din'd together, and had a Bowl of Punch , and she carrying it up, was desired to sit down with them, and there the Prosecutor told the Prisoner, that he had a Note of one Clement's a Parson, and ask'd him to get it discounted for him, and that the Prisoner said he would get it discounted for him in a Week's time, and desir'd that Mr. West might Indorse it as well as the Prosecutor , and he could get it discounted the sooner; that both the Prosecutor and Mr. West did Indorse it, and the Prosecutor did deliver it to the Prisoner with his own Hand.

In answer to this, the Prosecutor depos'd, That he did not deliver it to the Prisoner, but the Note was stolen from off his Buroe, in the House of Anne Poplet . And as for this Evidence, Mary Wild , who depos'd, that she had seen him and the Prisoner together several times, and that he gave the Prisoner the Note at one Mr. West's, it was all false, nor had he ever seen her in his Life; but upon the whole the Jury acquitted the Prisoner .

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