WILLIAM BOSTON, WILLIAM FLINT, THOMAS , GEORGE GOODBURN.
16th September 1778
Reference Numbert17780916-20
VerdictGuilty; Not Guilty
SentenceImprisonment > hard labour

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651, 652, 653, 654. WILLIAM BOSTON , WILLIAM FLINT , THOMAS

ELBURN , and GEORGE GOODBURN , were indicted for stealing a silver pepper castor, value 10 s. and a silver table spoon, value 6 s. the property of Jane Benham , widow , August the 12th .

SARAH JENNINGS sworn.

I am chamber-maid to Mrs. Benham, who keeps the Catherine Wheel Inn at Colnbrook . On the 12th of August the prisoners came to my mistress's house to dine; there was set on the table a silver pepper castor and a silver spoon; after dinner they paid the reckoning. Two gentlemen and a lady that came in a stage coach dined with them. When the two gentlemen and gentlewoman went away, I removed them to the sideboard, after that I missed them; the prisoners were then all gone into the yard; I acquainted my mistress that I missed the plate, she did not give herself much trouble about it, but said, she would look in the other room, she thought I might have put them there; she looked in the other room, and could find nothing of them; my mistress sent after them, and three of them, Flint, Elburn, and Goodburn, were taken and brought back again the same night; they said they knew nothing of the things, and my mistress let them go; they were taken again, a fortnight after, and then Goodburn confessed that they had taken them, and that they were hid at Windsor; one of Sir John Fielding 's men went with him, and found them.

- WALKER sworn.

On the 12th of August, Flint, Elburn and Goodburn came to Colnbrook in a chaise, which wanted some repair; I repaired it. I was sent after the prisoners, and took Elburn and Goodburn at a public house at Windsor; Flint was taken in the market place, about ten o'clock at night; they were discharged that night. When I brought them to Colnbrook, Flint gave me an indemnification when he was discharged. About a fortnight afterwards Goodburn was taken up, and the pepper castor and silver spoon were by his direction found concealed in a necessary at Windsor; the spo on was broke.

JOHN CLARKE sworn.

On Thursday the 30th of last month, Flint and the two lads, Elburn and Goodburn were taken up for robbery, committed the Saturday before that; on the Monday following they were brought before Sir John Fielding ; Goodburn applied to Sir John to be admitted an evidence; he was refused because he had been convicted of a felony before; he then applied to Sir John Fielding to send him to sea, if he should be convicted, and he would, tell him the truth; Sir John promised if he was tried and convicted, he would, if possible, get him sent to sea; among the rest, he mentioned a robbery at Colnbrook, he said they all dined at the Catherine Wheel.

Court. We cannot admit that as evidence. - In consequence of that, I went that day, the 31st, to the Catherine-Wheel at Colnbrook, and from thence to the Crown at Windsor. I found the plate in a necessary, at Windsor, behind one of the joists. We heard Bolton was at a fight at Hounslow; the officer went and apprehended him there. When they were all at Sir John Fielding 's Bolton said it was not him that broke the spoon it was Flint that put it in this place.

Was Flint at Windsor when the goods were found? - No, he was in custody at London upon another affair.

[The things were produced, and deposed to by the prosecutrix's servant.]

BOLTON's DEFENCE.

As to the things I am charged with I am innocent; I went to receive some money at Windsor; I never saw the other prisoners till I saw them at Colnbrook; I paid for my own dinner myself.

Jennings. He dined with the rest; she reckoning was laid on the table.

Bolton. There were nine at the table; I believe the other prisoner came in a chaise, or whiskey, I knew nothing of their coming; we got there just together; I went in company with them to Windsor.

ELBURN's DEFENCE.

I know nothing about the robbery, I have nothing to say.

GOODBURN's DEFENCE.

I have nothing to say, I know nothing at all about it.

FLINT's DEFENCE.

On the 12th of August I went to Wind.

to see the fire works; I stopped and dined at Colnbrook, there was a knot out of the chaise, I went and had it put in; I know nothing of the robbery. I was brought back to the house; the prosecutrix said, she knew nothing of me, the girl said I was not in the room when the things were there; her mistress said she could not accuse me; the blacksmith said, he was sorry for what had happened, and asked me to give him an indemnification. I gave him a direction where I lived, and where the young man lived.

GOODBURN, GUILTY .

The other three aquitted .

Tried by the First Middlesex Jury before Mr. COMMON SERJEANT.

[Imprisonment. See summary.]


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