11th September 1776
Reference Numbert17760911-10
VerdictGuilty > theft under 1s
SentenceCorporal > whipping

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626. JEDADIAH WHEELER was indicted for stealing two bundles containing two hundred wooden hoops, value 2 s. 6 d. the property of Joseph Brown , August 10th .


I am in the hoop trade: the prisoner was my servant ; I was informed he had been selling hoops for ready money; I knew he had none of his own, and therefore thought they must be my property: I saw them at Mrs. Cumber's on Snowhill, and knew them to be mine.


I bought the hoops of the prisoner; by mistake I gave him 6 d. too much for them; I desired my man to call at his master's for the six pence; by which means it was found out: I bought them on Saturday, and Mr. Brown came on Monday and owned them.

Are you sure the hoops you shewed to Mr. Brown, were the hoops you bought of the Prisoner? - Yes.


My master refused to pay me my wages, and forced me to live upon a halfpenny worth of bread a day; and necessity drove me to sell the hoops.

PROSECUTOR. He had no wages due, to him.

GUILTY of stealing to the value of ten pence . W .

Tried by the London Jury before Mr. RECORDER.

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