27th February 1788
Reference Numbert17880227-55
VerdictNot Guilty

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195. LEONARD KENT and MARGARET KENT were indicted for feloniously stealing, on the 23d of February , twenty-four pewter plates, value 18 s. and four pewter spoons, value 8 d. the property of Nathaniel Barber .


I am a pewterer ; on the 23d of February last, I saw the pewter plates in the indictment in the possession of the woman; the man lived servant with me four or five years, till he was taken up, the spoons were found at their lodgings, I found the plates at a Mr. Farmer's in Long-lane, I knew them to be mine, some of them were broke at the edges, and had my predecessor's name upon them, John Home ; I had

seen them upon my counter about three or four days before.

Your predecessor has sold a great many plates with Home upon them? - No doubt.

You, as well as he, sell old plates with bits out of them? - Yes.

As to the spoons? - There were but four of them that I could swear to, with the name of Home upon them.

But you have sold many with the name of Home? - Many gross, they were new spoons, had never been used.


I am a pewterer. The woman at the bar offered me twenty-four pewter plates for sale, at seven pence a pound, which is the common price, but I did not buy them; I sent for Mr. Barber, and shewed him the plates, they weighed thirty pounds; I have had them in my possession till the first day of the sessions, then Mr. Barber took them of me.

(The plates were produced in Court, and Mr. Barber pointed out three of them with pieces broke out of them, which he said he knew them by. They were shewn to the Jury.)

Jury. Here is John upon them very plain, and the H, but we cannot make out the rest of it, it may be Haynes for any thing we know.


I am a constable; I found these spoons in the prisoner's apartment. (Producing them.)

(The prosecutor said they were his, that he knew them by the name John Home upon them, that there was no other mark.)


I was out on Saturday morning; the plates were left at my house for sale.


I know nothing of it.

The prisoners called Samuel Evans , who had known them thirty years, and gave them a good character.


Tried by the London Jury before Mr. ROSE.

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