Robert Roberts.
15th May 1771
Reference Numbert17710515-44

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369. ( M.) Robert Roberts , was indicted for stealing seventeen table spoons, eight silver tea spoons, and sixteen silver marrow spoons , the property of William Dennis , April 18 . ++

William Dennis . I keep a coffee house in Covent Garden ; the prisoner had leave to go out on a Sunday; he went out and never came home any more. I was out when the spoons were taken.

William Masters . I am a constable, on April 29, between one and two in the morning, the watchman called me up, and gave me charge of the prisoner.

Thomas Vanban . I was servant to Mr. Roberts, the prisoner had leave to go out, and he ran away.

John Macdonald . I am a watchman at Kensington; I met the prisoner in the street; he seemed to be in liquor; I advised him to go into my watch-house to sleep; I found the spoons upon him; he gave several different accounts how he came by them; at last he said, he took them from his master.

(The spoons produced and deposited to, by the prosecutor.)

Prisoner's Defence.

I have several people to appear to my character.

For the Prisoner.

Eleanor Lloyd . I have known him ever since he was a child; he has a very good character.

Elizabeth Thomas . I have known him two or three years; he lodged with me sometime; he behaved very well.

John Bamford . He lived servant with me in 1768, I believe near a twelve month; he behaved very well then.

Ellis Roberts . I have known him four years, he behaved very honest and sober.

William Lloyd . I have known him from an infant, he has behaved very well.

Henry Vincent . I have but little acquaintance with him. I am master of a vessel; I am willing to take him to sea.

Prosecutor. I have heard a good character of him.

Guilty , T .

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