10th December 1783
Reference Numbert17831210-17
SentenceImprisonment > hard labour

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17. JOHN TAYLOR was indicted for feloniously stealing, on the 4th of October last, one copper tar kettle, value 4 s. the property of Griffith Hoare .


I am a ropemaker , I use a good deal of tar, I lost a copper tar kettle, sometime in September; the prisoner worked with me as a carpenter in the repairs of the building; I saw my kettle afterwards by accident at the Rotation Office in Whitechapel, sometime the latter end of September, I went there on other business, the prisoner had long worked for me.

(The tar kettle produced and deposed to.)

Court. What is the value of it? - More than twenty shillings I suppose.

How had the prisoner behaved? - He was rather idle, he worked for me two or three years backwards and forwards.

Is he a married man? - Yes.

Has he any family? - I believe he has.

Did you ever know any harm of him before? - No.


On the 15th of September, I was called up in the morning between five and six, and informed two men had got a large copper: I pursued them, the prisoner was one of the men, the other man is at large, his name is John Wakefield , I pursued them into one Mr. Wingfield's, in the highway, when I came into his yard I saw the prisoner and the other man, they were going to sell Wingfield the kettle: They both said it was their property, and that they brought it from Whitechapel: The other man said, he was hired as porter by the prisoner, and was to have two shillings, I apprehended them both, they were committed for further examination, and no prosecutor appeared, I advertized the copper and then the prosecutor came to the office, I am sure this is the same kettle, the prisoners were at large three or four days, they

were discharged for want of prosecution: after that I took the prisoner when I found a prosecutor, and the other man Wakefield has flew ever since.


I was going to work in the morning, and I met Wakefield, and he asked me to go and have part of a pot of beer, and I went with him, and he and I were stopped with this property, I do not know how he came by it.

Court to Prosecutor. Did the prisoner work with you after the 15th of September? - I believe he did.

Orange. The prisoner came to the office and demanded the copper, and said, his master had left it him four years back.

Prosecutor. My Lord, Wakefield worked for me as well as this man.

The Prisoner called one Witness to his character.


To be confined to hard labour six months in the House of Correction .

Tried by the first Middlesex Jury before Mr. Justice WILLES.

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