19th July 1786
Reference Numbert17860719-45
VerdictsGuilty; Not Guilty
SentencesImprisonment > hard labour

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606. HUGH PRICE was indicted for feloniously stealing, on the 15th day of June last, seventy reams of paper, value 50 l. two reams of other paper, value 32 s. two other reams of crown, value 48 s. and forty quires of other paper, value 40 s. the property of Edward Cox :

And WILLIAM COLLINS was indicted for feloniously receiving the same knowing it to be stolen .


I am a tallow-chandler in Drury-lane; I bought some paper of Collins, upwards of twenty bundles; I never saw Price before I saw him at Bow-street.

- MAITLAND sworn.

I am a cheesemonger; I only know that I bought a little paper of Collins; I know nothing of the other parties.

Mr. Garrow, counsel for the prisoner Collins. And you knew that Mr. Collins bore an extraordinary character? - Yes.


I only took Price into custody; he said nothing, he made no confession.


A quire of paper was brought to me by a grocer -

Is he here? - No; I examined my warehouse; the prisoner Price confessed at Bow-street; his confession is here.

Was any thing said to him before he went to Bow-street, that it would be the better for him, or that you would be more favourable to him? - I did not say so.

Did you make him any promises? - No. (The confession produced.) I saw the Magistrate and the prisoner sign it; I believe it was explained. (Read.)

"The examination of Hugh Price taken before me Sir Robert Taylor , Knt. who confesses, that he has lived as a weekly servant with Edward Cox aforesaid, for about a year, that within three months, he has stolen a quantity of paper, of the writing and printing sort, that at different times he has sold to William Collins , and his wife, a quantity of paper, at the rate of two pence farthing per pound; that he has also sold different quantities of paper to one Henry Webb , for different sums, amounting to about half a guinea; neither Collins or Webb asked him any questions how he came by the said paper, but desired him to bring them more, and they would buy the same at the said rate."

Prosecutor. I lost a considerable quantity of paper about this time.

Prisoner Price. They swear so strongly against me I can say nothing to it, I must leave it to your Lordship.

Prosecutor. Here is another examination of William Collins ; I saw this signed by Collins, and by Sir Robert Taylor . (Read.)

"The examination of William Collins charged with felony by Edward Cox , taken before Sir Robert Taylor the 16th of June, who acknowledges that he has at different times bought a quantity of paper of a person who is now present, for which he paid two pence farthing a pound, some of which he sold for three pence a pound, and further says, that the paper found in his shop, is part of the said paper."

Court to Jury. The confession made by Price only affects himself, Collins does not confess that he knew it to be stolen; therefore you can only find Price guilty, and you should acquit Collins. There is a determination of the Justices that has been lately made that should be known, that a principal may be admitted as a witness against the accessary, under the late act of parliament.


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


Tried by the second Middlesex Jury before Mr. Justice HEATH.

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