John Masterson.
16th January 1751
Reference Numbert17510116-54
VerdictGuilty > theft under 1s

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161. (M.) John Masterson , was indicted for stealing 30 pounds weight of tabacco, value 20 s. the goods of persons unknown, Dec. 26 . ||

James Penprice . Last Wednesday was fortnight I was at King James's stairs with Mr. Crawford; betwixt five and six o'clock in the evening I saw the prisoner at the bar with this parcel; I took hold on it, and said to him, what have you got here? My bed, said he; I said, I believed it was tobacco; he said, it is, and he had it of a cabin boy, belonging to the ship called the Thomas; I knew she had been cleared some time. Before the alderman he said, it belonged to one Stevens; after that he said, he was only employed as a porter to carry it into the Minories, but could not tell the house; the bag and all weighs 37 pounds; it is all stripped, and it is worth 8 d. per pound. The prisoner is a lumper .

Henry Crawford confirmed the same account.

Prisoner's Defence.

I have witnesses ; I was employed to carry it for a woman as a porter.

Andrew Smith . I lodged in the house at the same time I saw the prisoner go out of the house with the woman; he went to carry it for her; the goods belong to one William Stevenson ; she came back again and said, they were stop'd in about 10 minutes time after they went out; they went away the next day to another lodging, and their neighbours and friends took care of their things.

Robert Hutcherson . I was sent for by the prisoner at the bar to say he was a porter. I believe he is an honest inoffensive fellow.

Guilty 10 d.

[Transportation. See summary.]

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