Joseph Carter, Theft > housebreaking, 16th January 1747.

Reference Number: t17470116-37
Offence: Theft > housebreaking
Verdict: Guilty > theft under 40s
Punishment: Miscellaneous > branding
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115 + Joseph Carter was indicted for feloniously breaking and entering the House of John Cleaverley , and stealing from thence four Shirts, two Tea spoons , ten Silver Spoons, two Girdle buckles made of Silver, one Gold Ring, one Silver Watch, twenty-seven Silver Buttons, and three Pounds in Money , the Property of John Cleaverley , December 16 .

Q. to John Cleaverley . Was your House at any Time broke, and when?

Cleaverley. It was between the 16th and 17th of December.

Q. What was done that you know of?

Cleaverley. I do not know any thing, but I got a Search Warrant. I lost all the Goods mentioned in the Indictment.

Q. When did you see your Goods?

Cleaverley . I saw them every Day almost.

Q. Can you mention the Goods you have lost? Did you lose any Shirts?

Cleaverley. Four Shirts. I lost two Tea-spoons.

Q. Any other Spoons?

Cleaverley. Yes, my Lord, above ten Silver Spoons, two Girdle-Buckles made of Silver, a Gold Ring and a Silver Watch, one Silver handled Fork, about twenty-seven Silver Buttons; and about 3 l. in Money.

Court. You got a Warrant to search, Did you search?

Cleaverley. Yes, Sir.

Q. Did you find your Goods?

Cleaverley. I found but this Bag and two Shirts.

Q. Where did you find them?

Cleaverley . At the Prisoner's Room. I was there when they were found.

Q. Have you heard the Prisoner say any thing about them?

Cleaverley . No.

Q. Was not your House broke open?

Cleaverley. No, my Lord, I suppose he did slip into the House?

Court to the Prisoner. Will you ask this Witness any Questions?

Prisoner. Please to ask Mr Cleaverley how I behaved when I lived with him.

Cleaverley . He lived with me about fifteen Months, but he did not live with me then. When he was in my Service, he behaved very well.

John Marymack . The Prisoner lived with my Uncle; after his Confinement , he sent for me; and when I came to the Goal, he came to me in the

Yard, crying most bitterly, saying he should never be able to look any Body in the Face: he said he was the Person that had done the Fact.

Q. What Fact?

Marymack . That he had taken these Goods.

Q. Did he say any thing else?

Marymack. He came with an Intent to rob the House; he said he held up both his Hands and said, Good God! how can I do such a Thing? There was nothing forced back, Door nor Shutter; I asked him how it was he got in at the Door, he told me he was backward in the Yard when the Man went to draw some Beer, and he slipped in and went up into the Chamber where no-body lay; I said afterwards to him, I suppose you have sold these Things, or pawned them; he said, no, they should be produced in Court. He has desired I should say what I could of him; he is an active young Man, he is no Swearer nor Drunkard; I don't know that I ever heard him swear an Oath, nor I never heard any thing amiss of him. Guilty of the Felony 39 s.

On the Account of the extraordinary Character the Prisoner bore, the Court only ordered him to be branded in the Hand .

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