Peter Wright.
14th May 1766
Reference Numbert17660514-39
VerdictNot Guilty

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327. (L.) Peter Wright was indicted for stealing a pair of leather gloves, value 12 d. the property of Frederick Delany , May 15 . ++

Frederick Delany . I am a glover , and live in Hart-street, near Giltspur-street ; the prisoner came to my shop yesterday about 12 o'clock, to buy six pair of gloves; I pulled down two or three papers of gloves, we agreed for half a dozen pair; I tied them up for him, and while I was making a bill of parcels, I saw him take a pair of gloves from the counter, and put them into his pocket. They were not of them which I sold him, they were women's gloves; he had put them that he had bought into his pocket; after he went out of the shop I followed him and brought him back again, and bid him take them gloves out of his pocket; he said he had got none of mine, but he pulled them out of his pocket, and threw them down on the counter (produced and deposed to.)

Prisoner's defence.

I took this pair from the other five pair, to leave for a lady going home; I bought them to sell again. This prosecution is the effect of prejudice, occasioned by my having had bad gloves of him before.

Q. to prosecutor. Are you certain these are not of the six pair you sold the prisoner?

Prosecutor. I know they are not, I have the other at home now; he had not paid for them, and he owed me money before; there were four pair and an odd one in the parcel, when he delivered them to me again; he began to shuffle about when I took him back into the house, and he picked a hole in the paper and threw three odd ones out of the parcel into the fire-place, which made up the six pair.

To his character.

Mr. Bradistone. I have known the prisoner about five years; he was servant to me; he has quitted my service about four years; I had him in very great respect; I do not think of all the servants I had, during almost fifty years, that I had above one that I thought to be a better servant; I parted with him with regret; I would not now scruple to take him into my service again, if he was in a capacity to go to service; he has a wife and two children; I hope this was a mistake.

Acquitted .


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