JOHN CLARKE, RICHARD HARDING.
9th January 1776
Reference Numbert17760109-40
VerdictNot Guilty

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164, 165. JOHN CLARKE and RICHARD HARDING were indicted for stealing one cotton petticoat, value five shillings, and one quilted linen petticoat, value five shillings, the property of Mary Watts , widow ; one worked muslin gown, value ten shillings, and two printed linen gowns, value ten shillings, the property of Mary Watts

the younger , spinster ; and one printed linen gown, value five shillings , the property of Elizabeth Hutchins , December 6th .

" ELIZABETH HUTCHINS being sworn

"deposed, that she is servant to Mrs. Watts,

"a widow lady, who lives at Homerton ;

"and that the wearing apparel mentioned in

"the indictment was stolen out of the prosecutrix's

"yard, in which it was hung to

"dry."

" FRANCIS RYDER (one of justice Wilmot's

"men) being sworn deposed, that he found

"all the goods mentioned in the indictment

"in the room belonging to the prisoner Harding;

"that when the prisoners were taken

"up and charged with it, they both confessed

"the crime, and the prosecutrix was

"very unwilling to prosecute."

The prisoners in their defence said they found the things, and they called many witnesses, who gave them a good character.

BOTH NOT GUILTY .

Tried by the Second Middlesex Jury before Mr. RECORDER.


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