18th October 1775
Reference Numbert17751018-52
VerdictGuilty > theft under 1s
SentenceCorporal > whipping

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764. (2d M.) GEORGE CRAWFORD was indicted for stealing a woollen cloth cushion, value ten shillings; a yard and a half of woollen cloth, value eleven shillings; four pieces of red bazzel serge, value six shillings; a black silk cloak, value two shillings; and a linnen sheet, value one shilling , the property of John Burn , September 25th . +

Mary Burn . I am the wife of John Burn ; the things mentioned in the indictment were missed out of the work room, on the twenty fifth of September. I don't know any thing of the prisoner. I don't know who took the things.

Thomas Brown . I am servant to Mr. Lane, a pawn-broker, in Drury-lane. The prisoner pledged some woollen cloth with me on the twenty seventh of September, which answers to the description of Mr. Burn's cloth (producing it). I stopped the prisoner, and the cloth.

William Woodrow . The same three pieces of cloth were offered to me by the prisoner on the twenty seventh of September; they appeared to me to answer the description of the pieces of cloth lost by Mr. Burn.

Mrs. Burn. I cannot swear positively to the cloth, but the pieces that were lost were such as these; the colour and sort of cloth correspond with that which we lost: one of the pieces had been finished for a cushion, and one of the pieces produced has the appearance of having been once finished:

William Samuel . I delivered the cloth to Mrs. Burn to be worked up; and one of the pieces now produced, answers to one of the pieces I delivered, only there has been half an inch cut off all round.

Robert How . The pieces of cloth answers to the measure of the cloth delivered to Mrs. Burn. I can swear to one piece of the cloth, which has my mark upon it.

Prisoner's Defence.

I did offer the cloth to Mr. Woodrow, then went to Mr. Brown who stopped me. I

bought it of a Jew in Moorfields; he offered it me to sale; the cheapness of it induced me buy it. I bought it to make a waistcoat.

Guilty of stealing to the value of 10 d . W .

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