WILLIAM DAVIS.
17th February 1773
Reference Numbert17730217-27
VerdictGuilty
SentenceTransportation

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297. (L) WILLIAM DAVIS was indicted for stealing a linen handkerchief, value 10 d. the property of Henry Brooks , Jan. 25th . ++

Henry Brooks . On the 25th of January, between the hours of two and three, as I was going through St. Paul's Church Yard , Mr. Payne asked me if I had lost my handkerchief, I felt in my pocket and missed it; Payne had taken the man: he unbuttoned the slap of his breeches and found my handkerchief; I owned it; the prisoner said he hoped we would not hurt him.

William Payne . On the 25th of January, coming up Cheapside, at Mr. Smith's print shop, I saw the prisoner make several attempts, but he did nothing; he went into St. Paul's Church Yard; Mr. Brooks was looking at some pictures; the prisoner went up and took the handkerchief out of his pocket; I saw him stoop and put it into his breeches; I asked Mr. Brooks if he had lost his handkerchief; he first said no, then he felt and said yes. I examined the flap of the prisoner's breeches, and there I found it; when we came before my Lord Mayor I found three more on him.

The prisoner said nothing in his defence.

Guilty . T .


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