12th September 1781
Reference Numbert17810912-8
SentenceImprisonment > hard labour

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472. WILLIAM TOWNSEND was indicted for stealing a man's hat, value 4 s. a pair of leather shoes, value 2 s. the property of John Wilford , the elder; and a man's hat, value 3 s. the property of John Wilford , the younger, July 14 .


I was an apprentice at that time to Mr. Wilford. On the 14th of July, about six in the evening, I left the shop for a few minutes to seek for the errand-boy. There are two doors to the shop. When I came back to the glass door, I saw the other door open. I saw through the window somebody in the parlour that I did not know. I opened the door and went in, and saw the prisoner come out of the parlour. I saw one hat. I asked him some questions. I turned him about, and saw the other hat, and the shoes. I called the maid and Mr. Wilford, and secured the prisoner.

JOHN WILFORD the younger sworn.

I was called down to secure the prisoner; he then confessed the fact, and desired we would let him go to sea.

(The two hats and the pair of shoes were produced in court, and deposed to by the prosecutors.)


I went to the shop for a halfpennyworth of Turner's-cerate; seeing the hats on the ground, I took them up, and put them on the counter.


Tried by the London Jury, before Mr. RECORDER.

[Imprisonment. See summary.]

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