Francis Smith, Miscellaneous > returning from transportation, 14th September 1763.

Reference Number: t17630914-35
Offence: Miscellaneous > returning from transportation
Verdict: Guilty
Punishment: Death
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394. (L.) Francis Smith was indicted for being at large in this kingdom, after having been ordered to be transported for seven years . ++

The copy of his conviction was read, wherein it appeared he was tried and convicted at the Old Bailey on the 21st of April 1762, for stealing a silver watch, value 2 s. and other things, the property of Thomas Pattison , privately from his person, and found guilty of stealing, but not privately.

William Bodington , the constable, deposed, he had had the prisoner twice in his custody; that he saw him tried and heard sentence pronounced upon him in April sessions 1762, to be transported for seven years.

Richard Fuller deposed, he saw the prisoner at large several times in Cheapside, and on Tower-hill, and the Strand, this last year, particularly on the 18th of April, and that he belonged to the Coventry gang, and was taken there, and brought by a Habeas to London.

The prisoner in his defence said, he was pressed on the 16th of August was 12 months in New-York town in Virginia, and put on board his Majesty's ship Jason; that coming for England, about 50 leagues on this side the gulph of Florida, he and a Dane were put on board a brig, which had lost a couple of hands, to help them, they were bound to England, that they first put into the and then proceeded to London, at the of April, that he then went to Covnery, where he was taken.

Guilty . Death .

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