29th June 1785
Reference Numbert17850629-30
VerdictNot Guilty

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637. ALEXANDER DILLYON was indicted for feloniously stealing, on the 18th of May last, one iron anvil, value 20 s. the property of Edward Smith .


I live in Clerkenwell, I lost an iron anvil the 18th of May last, out of the shop that I work in, it was taken away in the night, it was past nine when I was in the shop, I locked up the doors and it was gone, in the morning I found it.

- WILMOT sworn.

The prisoner ordered this anvil to be brought to my master's, Thomas Marsh , No. 2, King-street, for sale; on the 25th of May the prisoner offered it for sale, it was not sold , I stopped it, I knew it to be stolen, for I appraised the prisoner into the shop; the prisoner said, he sold it for himself, and then I took him to the constable.

Mr. Peatt, Prisoner's Council. Did he say anything to you about a man having

employed him about this anvil ? - He might say something.

But did he? - Yes.

What was that? - He said a man gave him that anvil to part with, it has never been out of my custody, but since I have had it here it has been in the custody of others at the public house.


My master Thomas Smith called me from work, to go into Black-horse-court, Fleet-street, No. 10, up one pair of stairs, that there was the anvil I missed from the shop; I went there and the prisoner opened the door, and he and another man helped me with the anvil, and he and another man came along with me.


I was going to Wapping, and met a young man, and we went to a public house, he said, he had something that would suit me in my way; I asked him what it was, he said; it was an anvil, I told him I was not in business for myself, he asked me to sell it for him, and so he sent me to Black-horse-court; I went there, and there was the anvil, and I went to that man's master to sell it, and they stopped me, and asked me whether it was mine, and I said it was, because it was in my charge; I did not stay till the man came, which I told them would be there at seven o'clock, and the man made off.


Do you know anything about a man's calling respecting this anvil? - Yes, a man asked me if I knew Dillyon, I told him I did, by calling at my father's, and he said, he had brought that anvil for Dillyon to keep it till he called; Dillyon did call, the man in the evening called about four or five for the money, I do not know the man, he called after the prisoner was taken up, I told him he was taken up, he said, he knew where it was, he would go to the prisoner, I never saw him afterwards; I have known the prisoner these two years, he is a very honest young man, and attentive to his business, I never heard anything against him, he kept very good hours.

The prisoner called three more witnesses who all gave him a very good character.


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

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