10th September 1783
Reference Numbert17830910-12
SentenceDeath; No Punishment > pardon; Transportation

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606. JOHN BIRCH was indicted for returning from transportation, and being found at large, on the first of September last, without any lawful cause .

(The Record read as before)

JOHN OWEN sworn.

I remember the prisoner at the bar in April 1782, was convicted of horse stealing, I am not mistaken as to his person, I remember his pleading to his pardon, but I cannot recollect particularly the time, he is the same person that was tried for horse stealing.


I know the prisoner, I apprehended him on the first of September at the upper end of Tunbridge-town.

Did he make any resistance? - None at all.


Was the prisoner at the bar one of those you had to be transported? - Yes.

Was he particularly active in this business, or how did he behave? - I do not recollect he was, I do not recollect his being any ways active.

Prisoner. I have nothing to say.

GUILTY , Death .

[Pardon on condition of Transportation. See summary.]

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