15th May 1782
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398. HENRY HERFORD was indicted for stealing 40 lb. weight of lead, value 5 s. the property of John Brasset , the said lead being fixed to his dwelling-house , May 9th .


I am a farmer . I have a lease for ninety-nine years of a house untenanted, in the parish of St. George's . I had it repaired for myself on the 9th of this month. Between eleven and twelve, as I was going to see the premises, I met my carpenter's brother, who informed me, that they had a man in custody for stealing the lead. I went, and missed about 500 weight of lead from the premises.


I am a plumber. On the 9th of this month, I was sent for to the Rotation Office. I was sent to compare the lead with the place it was taken from. It fitted exactly the nail holes, and every thing. It had been laid on four months.

(The lead was produced in Court, and deposed to by the plumber.)


I am a night-man. On the 9th of May, between four and five in the morning, as I was going along with my cart, in a lane that leads from Whitechapel to the New Road, I saw the prisoner, with the lead rolled up upon his shoulder. He had nothing over it.

How far is that from the prosecutor's house? - About the 8th of a mile. Upon seeing me, he threw it over some pales into a rope-ground, and went on towards St. George's turnpike. I followed him, and stopped him opposite the house the lead was taken from. I desired him to come back and take the lead he had thrown over into the rope-ground. He said he knew nothing of it. I told him he was the man, and must go back with me. He was never out of my sight. He offered me a pint of purl to let him go. I said, I would not. I took him back, and found the lead that has been produced. My master said he would take care of him while I got the lead; but as soon as I let go of him, he threw down his bag and ran away, but I pursued him, and took him immediately.


I saw the lead on the house the day before.


I am very innocent.


Tried by the First Middlesex Jury, before Mr. Justice WILLES.

[Imprisonment. See summary.]

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