William Barker.
30th May 1750
Reference Numbert17500530-11

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379. William Barker , otherwise Baker , was indicted for stealing seventy pound weight of lead, value 10 s. the goods of Thomas Brown , Esq ; fix'd to the dwelling-house of the said Brown , January 24 .

Thomas Brown . I have an empty house at Harrow , from whence great quantities of lead have been stolen. I was advis'd by William Quentery to let the prisoner be in the house. I let him in about the beginning of March, but never saw him before now. No body was in the house but him and his wife. He had lived in the parish of Harrow before. About the 23d of May, Quentery told me, a man was taken selling some leaden weights, and they had reason to think they were mine; they belonged to sash windows. The other evidence will give a further account.

Charles Parrow . I live at the Sarazen's head at Watford. On the 24th of January, I had a search warrant of lady Essex, for offenders of this sort. I had been out betwixt one and two o'clock, there are but two plumbers in the town, they had notice of this, to stop all weights, &c. The prisoner came to one King, a plumber, in Washford, who sent him up to my house. I took him in custody. John Snoxal , depos'd to the prisoner's offering them to sale; and Quentery, that they were Mr. Brown's property.

Guilty .

[Transportation. See summary.]

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