Edward Wood.
7th September 1768
Reference Numbert17680907-31

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529. (M.) Edward Wood was indicted for stealing four pieces of white callico, value 3 l. 8 s. the property of Charles Napper , July 24 . ++

Richard Bowering . Mr. Charles Napper is a linen printer at Old Ford , the prisoner worked for him sixteen months ago; about six weeks ago I was alarmed by one of our men, between two and three in the morning, that a robbery had been committed; I examined 122 pieces of callico, sent in to be printed; there remained but 118, they contain about twelve yards in a piece; I went as directed to the turnpike, and told the people I had lost four pieces, marked H. E. they were sent in by Mess. Hill and Eastgate; the prisoner was there stopped, and sent to the watch-house.

Thomas Asiley . I am a collector at the turnpike; I was upon duty about two o'clock, a man passed me with a bundle on his back; about three minutes after I heard some body call, stop him, kill him, shoot him; I went and laid hold of the prisoner's collar, and brought him to the turnpike; Thomas Sparrow was running after him; he brought a parcel; we took them out, and found there were four pieces of white callico marked H. E. there was a man that worked for Mr. Napper came and saw the goods, he said they belonged to Mr. Napper.

Thomas Sparrow . About the 24th of July I saw a man crossing the road towards Bow, with something white; I went and felt it, and found it was cloth; he took the bundle and throwed it at me, and said, take it, you may be d - d, he ran away; then I called to the man at the gate, I brought the bundle there, the same which Mr. Bowering has swore to, being taken from the custody of Mr. Napper.

Prisoner's defence.

I was never near the place; I was coming home, and picked up a great bundle by the water near Bow-bridge.

For the prisoner.

Hannah Jones . I have known the prisoner a long time; I saw him take up a bundle by Bow-bridge.

Q. Which side of Bow-bridge was it?

H. Jones. I do not know.

Q. How came you there at that time?

H. Jones. I was going in the country about some business.

Q. What business?

H. Jones. I was going for my husband.

Q. Where was your husband?

H. Jones. I don't know.

Guilty . T .

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