Thomas Knott.
15th September 1756
Reference Numbert17560915-18
VerdictNot Guilty

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341. ( M.) Thomas Knott was indicted for stealing one silver watch, value 30 s. the property of Richard Jones , Aug. 22 . +

Richard Jones . I keep the tap at New-prison, Clerkenwell . On the 22d of August I lost a silver watch out of the bar, that was hanging up by the side of the wall. I order'd all the gates to be lock'd, and put proper watches over the prisoners to have them all search'd. The turnkey and I found the watch upon the prisoner (produced in court, and deposed to.) The prisoner was in for stealing a book; he was very much in liquor, and said he did not know how he came by the watch.

Q. How was the watch put in your bar?

Jones. It was hanging up by the side of the wall?

Q. How long was it from your missing the watch to the time of your searching him?

Jones. Two or three minutes.

Prisoner's defence.

I know no more of the watch than the man unborn.

Q. to Prosecutor. Was he very drunk?

Jones. He was very drunk. He had been in the bar about half an hour before I missed it. There were two watches hung side by side, this was one of them; the other was hanging afterwards. He was the first person I search'd, because he was the last person that had been in the bar.

Q. Where did you find it?

Jones. In the waistband of his breeches, not in his fob.

For the prisoner.

Henry Lashbrook . I have known the prisoner from a boy, he is a mathematical-instrument maker; I was journeyman where he served his time, and know no ill of him.

Acquitted .

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