Thomas Lewis.
18th October 1769
Reference Numbert17691018-10
SentenceMiscellaneous > branding

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561. (M.) Thomas Lewis was indicted for stealing thirty pounds weight of brass, value 10 s. the property of John Bristow , September 13 . +

John Bristow . I am an engine-maker , and the prisoner is a sawyer , who sawed in my yard in Ratcliff high-way . I lost about thirty pounds weight of brass, which was found in his possession.

Joseph Brewin . The prisoner's wife brought and sold eleven pounds weight of brass to our house. She had brought seven pounds the day before. I was told of it. I looked at it, and suspected it not honestly come by. She was to come about seven o'clock with more: when she came, I asked her how she came by it; she said her husband sent her with it. I sent for an officer. Then I asked her if I should send for her husband; she said no, but if I went to Jewin-street, and asked for one Thomas Lewis , it would do as well. I went and found him; he said he was her husband. He asked me what right I had to stop his wife; we said we had a suspicion the metal was stolen. He said it was his property. We delivered him to the charge of the officer of the night. The next day we went before the siting alderman; there he said he was going to market, to buy provision for his family, and a man stopped him to buy it or lend him money upon it, but he did not know the man: he said he

lent three shillings upon it. I was informed the metal was the property of Mr. Bristow. I carried it there, and he owned it. (Produced in court, and deposed to by the prosecutor.)

Prisoner's Defence.

My family being ill of the small-pox, my wife told me a man brought the brass to her, and I was to lend him three shillings upon it; and my children being ill of the small-pox, she went and sold it.

Guilty . B .

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