Patrick Lambert.
22nd May 1735
Reference Numbert17350522-18
VerdictNot Guilty

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19. Patrick Lambert , was indicted for that whereas at the Sessions held here in February last, Thomas Jenkins was convicted of stealing a Pestle and Mortar, the Goods of Michael Merchant , January 16 , and a fourteen Pound Weight, the Goods of Charles Anterack , January 18 . He the said Patrick Lambert did afterwards receive the same Goods knowing them to be stolen.

The Record of the Conviction of Thomas Jenkins was read.

Mr. Merchant. I lost a Pestle and Mortar, and it was brought home again, but I neither know who stole it, or who brought it back.

Morgan Jenkins. I was at the Prisoner's House in Compton Street, when his Kinswoman Mary brought down the Pestle and Mortar, and delivered them to a Man to carry to Mr. Merchant's House, which was about two hundred Yards off; and in about three Minutes I saw the same Pestle and Mortar at Mr. Merchant's - And I saw a fourteen Pound Leaden Weight carried from the Prisoner's Shop to Mr. Anterack's - The Prisoner's was not present when either of these Goods were delivered back; for there being a Warrant against him he absconded.

Mr. Anterack. I lost a fourteen Pound Leaden Weight; and Edward Saxon who was an Evidence against Thomas Jenkins in February last, swore that they stole the Weight and sold it to the Prisoner. In two or three Days after this, a Leaden Weight was brought to my House, but it was not mine.

Mr J. Deveil. Jenkins was convicted on Saxon's Evidence. The Prisoner absconded, and was not to be found in four Months. Saxon being very sick in Prison, I discharged him. But he afterwards came voluntarily to me, and I bound a Person in forty Pounds for Saxon's Appearance - There lies the Recognizance.

William Barly , Constable. The Bail for Saxon told me yesterday, that the Prisoner had sent a Man from Newgate to bribe Saxon to keep out of the way - I took up the Prisoner with Justice Deveil's Warrant, and carried him to the Justice's House. The Justice not being at home, I went to fetch Saxon, and when I returned I found Major Barnwell there. He took me into the Justice's Parlor, and putting his Hand into mine, he said, Be easy, be favourable, let the Man go, and I'll give ye what ye will, and be a Friend to you as long as you live - I charg'd him with this before Mr. Justice Deveil's Face.

Court to M. Barnwell. What do you say to this, Sir? You ought to know 'tis a great Offence to endeavour to screen any Person from Justice.

Major Barnwell. I never intended it, but thought the Man was innocent.

Court. Sir, You have been too busy-You ought to be indicted.

William Barly . As I was carrying the Prisoner in a Coach to Newgate, he said to me, If I did receive a Pestle and Mortar knowing it to be stolen, it's hard to be transported for one and twenty Pence. I went the same Day to the Prisoner's House, and found a Thief selling Lead there - The Prisoner was convicted about five Years ago for receiving a Leaden Pump that was stolen, and was to have been transported.

Dideric Hindson . A dud leef two, tree Year in his Neighbourhood, and I know no wrong of him. De People I am acquainted vid give him a good Character - and some give him a bad Character, but I no wonder at dat, for da give me a bad Character too.

Caleb Jones . I have known him seven Years, and know no ill of him. His Character is honest.

George Eve . He's an honest Man for ought I know, for he paid me honestly - Tho' I

can't say but I have heard he was once ordered to be transported.

Paul Desumble . I know no ill of him.

Major Barnwell. He worked for me at my House, and behaved extraordinary well, but there's no Man without Enemies.

The Jury acquitted him.

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