12th January 1785
Reference Numbert17850112-25

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229. JOHN EVANS was indicted for stealing on the 5th of January , two woollen blankets, value 22 d. seven yards of linen cloth, value 8 s. one pair of child's stays, value 12 d. one child's shift, value 1 d. one cloth great coat, value 12 d. and one linen coverlid, value 2 d. the property of William Selby .

ANN SELBY sworn.

On the 5th of this month, I went out and locked my door, and fastened my window; I left the key where my child was three doors off, I left nobody at home, I returned in half an hour, and my place was stripped of the things mentioned in the indictment, the prisoner was taken up before I returned.


About five minutes before six in the evening, me and my fellow servant went by, as I came back one of the shutters was open, and I looked in, and this man was hiding under the window, and the blankets and things by him, I saw him when he was stooped down, I went and secured him, and another man came to assist me; he had two blankets, a coverlid, and an old great coat under his nose, I found nothing about him.

Prisoner. I had nothing about me.


I was sent for to take the man in custody, I can tell you no more, he was inside the house when I came, standing by the things; there was an old coverlid, a pair of blankets,

and one old great coat; nothing else was found at all.

(The things deposed to.)


I was going along, and I thought one Mrs. Clark lived there, she did live there about a twelvemonth ago, and she used to leave the window for me to go in, if she was not at home, so I went in, and I was coming out again and the man stopped me.


Transported for seven years .

Tried by the second Middlesex Jury before Mr. RECORDER.

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