21st April 1773
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458. (2d M.) WILLIAM WALL was indicted for stealing a cloth sack, value 2 s. and four bushels of oats, value 10 s. the property of William Turner , Jan. 9 . ++

Joshua Shargrave . I live at Botwell: I am a labouring man; I work for Mr. Turner. On the 10th of January, about two in the morning, I saw the prisoner in a common field take a sack with the oats in it, out of a ditch in that field: it was very moon light; I could discern his face; I seized the sack and got the prisoner home to my master; (the sack produced); it bears the mark my master's sack had.

John Sherman . I accompanied the former witness; I saw the prisoner fetch the oats out of a ditch; I know the sack to be Mr. Turner's.

Arthur Best . I live with Mr. Turner: the oats were in a barn upon the morning of the 9th. Under the great door of the barn I observed somebody had made their way into the barn, and I missed a sack of oats that I was sure was in the barn the night before.

The prisoner said nothing in his defence.

Guilty . T .

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