10th September 1783
Reference Numbert17830910-21
SentenceDeath; No Punishment > pardon; Transportation

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616. WILLIAM BLATHERHAM was indicted for returning from transportation, and being found at large on the 15th of September last, without any lawful cause .

(The Record read as before.)


I live in Kingsland-road, I recollect the prisoner.

You are sure of it? - Yes.

Was you at the apprehending of him? - I was, I saw him at the Bell and Grenadier in Montague-street , about half after six yesterday evening, I and two more apprehended him.

Did he make any resistance? - No, he behaved very well.


Is this one of the men that returned from the ship? - Yes, I perfectly recollect him.

What part did he take in that business? - He was among the rest.

Was he more active or passive? - I do not know rightly, he was among the rest, I believe he had a pistol or something of that kind with him.

Was he one of the ringleaders? - No, Sir.

Court. Was any one compelled to go, or were they all volunteers? - They were all volunteers, there was none compelled to go, there was one man refused to go, which was taken up last night, I heard him swear he would not go, but he went at last, they persuaded him.

JOHN OWEN sworn.

Look at the prisoner, do you recollect him? - I do, he was convicted in February sessions, and he was sentenced to be transported for seven years; on the 16th of August I took him with others down to the Swift, I delivered him to the care of the Captain and the mate Mr. Bradbury.

Prisoner. Please to ask Mr. Bradbury whether I used any body ill; I never did.

GUILTY Death .

[Pardon on condition of Transportation. See summary.]

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