William House.
16th January 1752
Reference Numbert17520116-7
VerdictNot Guilty

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85. (M.) William House , was indicted for stealing one gelding of a black colour, value 6 l. the property of Lionel Batsford , Jan. 6 . ++

Lionel Batsford . I keep a publick house on the river Lee, and the prisoner was my servant ; I trusted him to go as far as Hadsdon to pull barges along; I sent him out with the horse Jan. the 4th, which was on Saturday, and he ought to have been at home on the Monday following. Hearing nothing of him or the horse, I went, on the Wednesday following, in order to seek for him and my horse; I found him in a public-house at Ponder's-End upon the road drinking: I ask'd what was the matter he was not at home; he said, he had lost the horse near the Three Jolly Butchers, that he had turned him up in an orchard at Enfield-Wash, and had been seeking for him; I ordered him to go and see for him, and, if he found him, to send for me, if he had not money enough to pay, and I'd come; he went, and I heard nothing of him; I went again to see for him, and found him on the other side Tottenham High Cross, and took him into custody; he denies knowing any thing of the going of the horse.

Q. Have you heard of your horse since?

Batsford. I have not to this day. I can't charge the prisoner with stealing him.

Acquitted .

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