Thomas Sheldon.
21st October 1767
Reference Numbert17671021-21

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542. (M.) Thomas Sheldon was indicted for stealing a shirt, value 12 d. a pair of stockings, a handkerchief, and two yards of lace , the property of William Shatlock , Sept. 2 . ++

William Shatlock . I am a vinter , I keep a vault in Russel-street, Covent-garden ; the prisoner was a drummer in the guards , quartered upon me, and lived in my house; I missed several things the 2d of September; I took him up on suspicion on Friday was fortnight at night, and sent him to Convent-garden Round-house; he sent for me the next morning, and begged I would forgive him, and he would tell me all about my things; then he delivered to me this piece of lace, holding it in his hand; there are two yards of it, it is worth hear three guineas, it is my wife's lace; he confessed taking and pawning some shirts near Horseshoe-alley, and that he had pawned two handkerchiefs, an apron, and a pair of stockings, which I found in a house where he directed me in Stretton's-ground.

Q. What promise did you make him?

Shatlock. I promised him, in the Round-house, that I would be as easy with him as I could, and so I have.

Thomas Setker . I am a pawnbroker; the prisoner pledged a check apron, a handkerchief, and a pair of stockings with me, the first on the 11th of September, and I think the last the 8th of October.

Prisoner's defence.

When I confessed to these things, he told me, if I would down on my knees, and beg his pardon, and tell where the things were, he would forgive me; then I told him.

Guilty . T .

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