26th February 1783
Reference Numbert17830226-39
VerdictNot Guilty

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198. WILLIAM ROSE , otherwise DEADROSE was indicted for feloniously stealing, on the 15th of January last, one hammer cloth, value 5 s. the goods of Robert Harrison .


I live at Hoxton , I lost a hammer cloth, it was in the coach house, upon the coach box. I only prove it to be my property.


I am coachman to Mr. Harrison, the hammer cloth was on the box, in the coach house, on Wednesday the 15th of January in the evening; I first missed it on Thursday the 16th, at half past six in the morning; I never saw it again till the prisoner was taken up.

(The hammer cloth produced and deposed to.)


I saw the prisoner drop the hammer cloth on the 15th of January, between seven and eight he rushed by me with a bundle under his arm, he went about two yards from me, and I saw his face, I knew him before I followed him two or three steps, he made a bit of a run, I cross'd the way, thinking to have caught him in my arms, and after running about forty yards I headed him; I crossed the way again about four or five yards off, he perceived me, and threw down the bundle, and made his escape; I took up the bundle and followed him to Lamb-alley Bishopsgate-street, I cried out, stop him! and two butchers boys stopped him.

Had you any information of this hammer cloth being lost, at the time? - No, only I looked upon him to be a suspicious person, I took him into custody, and the hammer cloth was advertised.


The last day of last sessions I was brought up before Mr. Recorder, and I was discharged, and about three quarters of an hour after, Mr. Wade met me, and took me again, he said he found the property in Bishopsgate-street, I was walking in Moorfields when he took me, and he said I dropped the bundle.

Jury to Wade. Was the prisoner over out of your sight? - Yes, the value of two minutes.


Tried by the first Middlesex Jury before Mr. Baron PERRYN .

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