John Parke, James Green.
28th June 1758
Reference Numbert17580628-34
VerdictNot Guilty

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253. (L.) John Parke and James Green were indicted for stealing fifty pounds weight of raisins, value 12 s. the property of James and Thomas Turney , merchants ; it was laid over again to be the property of persons unknown, June 9 . +

William Boner . I was officer of the night; Green was brought in with a thrale of raisins, he said he had them from near a parcel of such raisins that Parke had the charge of, and Parke said he might take them. Parke was brought, he denied it at first; they seemed to be the property of James and Thomas Turney , merchants.

Thomas Newin . I am a watchman, I stopped Green at the corner of Tower-street, he said he was going to Iron-gate, he had a thrale of raisins; I called two other watchmen to me; he said Parke gave them to him. Parke being sent for, said a Spaniard had given them to him to carry to Iron-gate, but Green was going Fenchurch-street way.

William Eagles . I saw the prisoner fling down the basket of fruit; he was unwilling to go till forced; he said Parke gave them to him in order to carry to Castle-street.

Thomas Woodward . I saw a watchman had hold of a man, I look'd at him, and knew him, and said Jemmy, have you been robbing the keys, he said they were given him to carry by old Joseph, I said there were a great many Josephs, then he said Joseph Parke ; I went to Parke, he said he had a charge and could not go with me; at last he went, he look'd at Green, and at first said he did not know him; upon which Green got off his seat, and said what do not you know me? then Parke said I believe I did say you might carry it. He was asked if it was not like Mr. Turney's fruit, he said it is like it, for it came out of the same ship.

Thomas Dilly . I am clerk to Mess. Turneys, I cannot swear whether they lost any fruit or not; there should have been two thousand four hundred baskets, but there were five short of the account, yet there were five more than the land waiter's account.

Green's defence.

This man (pointing to his fellow-prisoner) said he had the thrale of goods from two outlandish-men, and it was to be sent down to Bristol, and I was to carry it to Iron-gate.

Parke's defence.

In the evening between eight and nine of the clock came two men, they talked pretty good English, they said we have some raisins we had of the owner of the ship which we belong to, we are afraid of their being taken away. They said they would satisfy me, or pay a man whom I should order, to carry them to Iron-gate; they were to be sent to Bristol; so when this man came, I gave him the basket to carry.

For Parke.

William Cawdery . I have known Parke thirteen years; he is a very honest man; was he discharged, I would employ him again.

Mr. More. I have known Parke upwards of fifteen years; I take him to be a very honest man.

Both acquitted .


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