ALEXANDER DILLYON.
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 .

EDWARD SMITH sworn.

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.

WILLIAM HICKMAN sworn.

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.

PRISONER's DEFENCE.

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.

SARAH SMITH sworn.

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.

NOT GUILTY .

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


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