Charles Baker.
15th May 1771
Reference Numbert17710515-74
VerdictsGuilty > theft under 40s; Not Guilty; Guilty

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413. (M.) Charles Baker was indicted for stealing one thickset coat, value 10 s. one thick set waistcoat, value 3 s. one pair of plush breeches, value 6 s. six linen shirts, value 30 s. four muslin neckcloths, value 4 s. eight pair of

thread stockings, value 8 s. two pair of worstead stockings, value 1 s. and four linen handkerchiefs, value 2 s. the property of Richard Boonham , and two linen table cloths, value 2 s. one pair of leather shoes, value 3 s. and one pair of worsted stockings, value 3 d. the property of Richard James , in the dwelling house of the said Richard , May 9 . ++

Guilty, 39 s

(M.) He was a second time indicted for feloniously and wilfully cutting out of the loom, 65 yards of wrought silk, value 25 l. the property of Daniel Mesman and Charles Mesman ; in the dwelling house of Charles Bishard , April 17 . ++

Acquitted .

(M.) He was a third time indicted for stealing 65 yards of wrought silk, value 25 l. t he property of Daniel Mesman and Charles Mesman ; in the dwelling house of Charles Bishard , April 17 . ++

Charles Bishard . The prisoner came to lodge with me on the 7th of April last. He brought his loom next day into my shop to work with me; he work'd six days in making ribbons; he said he was tired of weaving. On 15th of April I went out, and he and his brother came and fetched his loom away. I let him in on the 16th between ten and eleven at night. After I went to bed I recollected that I had left my watch by the loom; I went to fetch it: I found the prisoner snoring lying upon my bed; the next morning I found the prisoner's bed smooth, and the sheets never turn'd down; so it was plain he had never been in bed. When I went to work I found the work cut out of the loom, and a pair of scissars. The prisoner was gone, and the street door, which had been bolted over night after the prisoner came in, was left upon a spring lock, and the bolts drawn; the prisoner had gone out, and shut the door after him; we searched the prisoner's lodgings, but found nothing there. In one Lewis's house we found thirty-three yards of silk,

"which Rider a pawnbroker produced; nine yards which were pledged by one Fowler, on the 17th of April; ten yards more were produced by William Bottomley , servant to Benjamin Bottomley , a pawnbroker, who took them in in the name of William Boys , a short thick man in brown cloaths, on the 17th of April; and nine yards more were produced by William Taylor , servant to Mr. Lawrence. who took them in in the name of William Johnson , a short thick man, on the 17th of April." After the prisoner was taken, he gave an account where he had pawned the silk, and told them of the particular pawnbrokers; said he went along with the man that pawned them, whose name he said was Eggleston.

Mr. De La Fontaine. On Saturday 16th of April I saw thirty-three ells of silk at Leader's.

Leader. The prisoner came with this box in which these thirty-three yards of silk were found, and agreed with me for a lodging. He left the box; he was in and out several times; I wondered they brought in no goods, but he had a parcel of bobbins of silk, which I thought was unusual for narrow weavers; I suspected him, and then these thirty-three ells were found in his room.

James. The prisoner told Justice Keeling where all these silks were, and went to every one of them with me, except Leader's; and the account he gave of all was that they were pledged by Eggleston. (the silk produced.)

Charles Bishard . I made every inch of it; black differs so much that I am able to say these three different pieces are all of the same piece of silk; and that piece was mine, I am confident, every inch of it. By me that piece was found at Leader's; it has a particular mark left on it, by which I can swear to it. Mesman Bishard made this silk for me and my brother Charles Mesman .

Prisoner's Defence.

I went out that morning about four o'clock. At that time the looms were safe; I found afterwards that the looms had been cut; I was afraid to go back for fear I should be charg'd. The reason of my carrying the box to Leader's house was my brother hired me to do it and the reason why I told the gentleman where the silk was found was that Eggleston had said in my hearing that he had pledged silk in these different places. I therefore directed them to these houses, but did not steal or was concerned in stealing it.

Guilty , Death

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