John Broadby.
23rd February 1732
Reference Numbert17320223-14
VerdictNot Guilty

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17. John Broadby , of Aldgate , was indicted for privately stealing 15 Firkins of Butter, value 10 l. the Goods of Christian Colebrant and Ralph Myer , in their Warehouse , the 21st of January last.

Daniel Lightfoot . My Master is a Smith, he did work for Mr. Colebrant the Sugar-Baker , and so I became acquainted with the Prisoner, who is Mr. Colebrant's Coachman . The Butter was in a Warehouse over Mr. Colebrant's Stables; the Prisoner took it from thence, and deliver'd it to me to sell for him, which I did for 9 s. a Firkin to several Tallow-Chandlers; I sold 8 Firkins to Carter (he that sells Candles so cheap) at the Half-Moon in Spittle-Fields; 3 Firkins to the Tallow-Chandler, at the Crown over-against Carter's, and 4 to Thomas Rivet , in Windford-Street.

Prisoner. Did not you swear before the Justice that you had this Butter from a Carman ?

Lightfoot. Yes, I did so. But ah! you threatened my Life if I swore it against you.

Samuel Isaac , Carter's Boy. Lightfoot brought some Firkins to our House, and my Master bought them of him.

Mr. Colebrant. We lost Butter 3 or 4 times while the Prisoner lived with me, which was about 11 Months, but he constantly deny'd it, and I can't say but that he behaved very well in my Service.

Tho Armstrong . Lightfoot was my Prentice, he was not so good as he should have been, for he has wronged me several times.

Two or three Gentlemen gave the Prisoner a very good Character; and the Jury acquitted him.


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