James Stevens, John Nash.
7th December 1763
Reference Numbert17631207-45
VerdictNot Guilty

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48, 49. (M.) James Stevens , and John Nash were indicted for stealing two bushels of coals, value 2 s. the property of Edward Smith and Co. December 1 . ++

William Whiting . I am a lighterman in partnership with Edward Smith and Thomas Herne ; the lighter lay at Bank-side, at our own moorings, near Horseshoe-alley , there were coals lost, supposed to be taken away in the night.

- Thompson. On the 30th of last month, between 10 and 11 at night, I saw a boat coming betwixt Shadwell-dock and Cole-stairs; there were two others in the wherry with me: they rowed along side of us; one of my brother officers (I belong to the merchants to look out for defrauds on the river) made a snatch at the boat, seeing her deep in the water, and immediately took hold on her. I step'd on board, and asked what they had got there? they made no answer; I found by my feet they had got coals: there were, I found afterwards, to the amount of about 18 bushels. I asked where they were going; they said to Greenwich. I said to where there? they said, they did not know: at last one of them said he was going on board a barge there. We took the boat up to Pelican-stairs, with the coals, and carried the prisoners to the watch-house, and the next day before Justice Berry, who committed them. Tull the evidence told me he would show me where they had taken some of them.

Robert Tull . On the 30th of last month, the prisoners and I went to Bank-side; we took a boat from the Bear-garden, and went up to Goat-stairs, and took some coals from a craft, and then row'd down as far as Horshoe-alley, and there took two or three bushels; we took them from Mr. Whiting's craft: then as the tide suited, we went through

London-bridge, and towards Wapping side, and took some more out there, then we went to Shadwell, and was stopt by those three men.

Stevens's Defence.

I belong to a ship that lies at Woolwich; I had some prize-money due to me; I asked liberty of my captain to come up to London. I came up, and was informed my money was not to be paid this fortnight; I was returning in that boat, but knew nothing of the coals being stolen.

Nash's Defence.

I belong to the Alarm; I was going to my ship. Coming down to the water-side, I saw a boat, and call'd it; he told me he'd give me a cast to Greenwich: I never saw the man in the boat in my life before. I did not know but he was a waterman.

Both Acquitted .


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