4th April 1779
Reference Numbert17790404-46
VerdictNot Guilty

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247. JOSEPH WRIGHT was indicted for stealing a wooden cask, value 2 s. and five gallons of gin, value 20 s. the property of Thomas Langsdale , February 27th .


I am a constable; I found a gin cask in the prisoner's house, it was empty. (It was produced in court.)


I am porter to Mr. Langdale at Holborn-bridge. On the 29th of February I lost a cask of gin out of my cart in Skinners street , I was delivering some goods there; the cask was directed to Mr. Payne in Shoreditch; it was found in the prisoner's room; there is Pay in chalk, part of the name Payne very plain upon it; there is Mr. Langdale's stamp upon it.

- LANGSDALE sworn.

On the 27th of February we sent a cask of gin by the last witness to Mr. Payne in Shoreditch; when he returned he said he had lost the cask; when it was found it had part of the name of Payne upon it, and the gauge mark which answered to the book.


I bought the cask in Sun-street with a washing-tub; there were several persons saw me buy them but they are not here; I did not think my tryal would come on to night.

Langsdale. He made the same defence before the magistrate, and said he would prove it at his tryal.


Tried by the London Jury before Mr. BARON EYRE .

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