28th June 1780
Reference Numbert17800628-126
VerdictNot Guilty

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435. GEORGE RAWLIN otherwise RAWLINGS was indicted for receiving three trusses of clover, value 3 s. five trusses of hay, value 5 s. two trusses of straw, value 10 d. and a peck of beans, value 6 d. the property of Joseph Bolden (for the stealing of which Chapman was convicted in April session) well knowing them to have been stolen , January 28th .

(A copy of the record of the conviction of Chapman was produced in court and read.)


On the 28th of January I saw a parcel of clover, in a lost belonging to one Giles Ray , which I believe by the circumstances to be mine, it was a part of the rick which stood to the very last; there were a great many oats intermixed with it. I sent for some of the last load from London, and compared them, and it exactly resembled that which I saw at Ray's; I believe it to be mine; my clover had been missed about two days before.


I work for Mr. Bolden, at London Style farm, at hay-binding, and any thing he has got to do; I missed clover out of the rick-yard several times. On the 28th Mr. Bradmore informed us some had been carried over the road. We had a mistrust where it went to, and I went the next morning with Joseph Bedding to Mr. Rawlins the King George III 's Head a publick-house opposite London-Style Farm. We found two trusses of second-cut clover in his garden, about the middle as near as I can guess.

Was Rawlins there? - I saw him as I went up the yard.

Have you any reason to know whose clover it was? - Only by the confession of Chapman before the justice. The prisoner brought it back and put it in the place it came from, and d - d Chapman's eyes for bringing it there.

Was the prisoner present when Chapman confessed he carried it there? - I cannot say whether he was there or not.


I went with the last witness to the prisoner's garden, and found the clover. The prisoner said he did not know who brought it there.


On the 27th of January about half after five in the morning, I saw a man go a-cross the road with a bundle of some thing upon his back from Mr. Bolden's yard, to King George III 's Head. It appeared to me to be a bundle of second-cut clover. I was about twenty yards from him when I saw him. I went to the rick which I thought he came from, and saw some fresh second-cut clover dropped off the rick. I saw him go up a passage with it behind the prisoner's house. I went behind the prisoner home and saw some fresh second-cut clover lying on the bench.

Who carried it to Rawlins's? - I do not know the man.


I am a constable of the parish of Acton. I had a warrant, and took Chapman for stealing the clover on the 29th of March.


On the 28th of January, between seven and eight o'clock, I stood at the gate by Mr. Bolden's yard. I heard Chapman say to the prisoner, do not let it stay here, take it away. I do not know what they were talking about. Rawlins came out, and went up his yard, and then came by me with a truss of hay, and put it into Mr. Bolden's yard; he said Chapman had left some hay there, and it should go to where it came from; that he could not think what he left it there for.

GILES RAY sworn.

I am a gardener. I have known the prisoner two or three years. I never knew but he was a very honest man. I had two or three bundles of hay of him. I gave him the full value for it. I do not know where he had it.


Tried by the First Middlesex Jury before Mr. RECORDER.

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