FRANCIS HALL.
3rd June 1789
Reference Numbert17890603-21
VerdictNot Guilty

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426. FRANCIS HALL was indicted for feloniously stealing, on the 29th day of May , one copper tea-kettle, value 5 s. the property of Jonathan Burnett .

JANE BURNETT sworn.

I am wife of the prosecutor, I live in Seven Dials ; I lost a tea-kettle on the 29th of May, about half past six in the afternoon.

Did you see it in the prisoner's possession? - No; it has never been recovered; the prisoner came to the house in the evening, the kettle was missed directly as he went out.

ELIZABETH HARLTON sworn.

I am servant to the prosecutor; the prisoner came in and asked for a glass of gin and water, I served him, and he paid me for it; I poured the water out of this kettle, I returned into the parlour to ironing, my mistress ordered me to put on the kettle full of water directly after; and when I came back to the tap-room, the prisoner was gone, and the kettle; there was nobody there but the prisoner; I was not absent ten minutes.

Could you have seen any body else come into the tap-room? - Yes, the door was open; I saw the prisoner go out, I did not observe he had any thing; he came again the Saturday following, about the same time, and asked for a glass of gin and water again; and I told my mistress that was the man who took the kettle; and he got up and run out directly; I pursued him and brought him back, and sent for a constable, and he was taken to Litchfield-street office, and he said if my mistress would excuse him, he would make her amends; the next day he said it was broke up.

Prisoner. Why did not you stop me when you saw me go out? - I did not miss it then.

PRISONER's DEFENCE.

I went to ask for a glass of ale, and when the servant went to draw it, I went out to get something to eat, and met an acquaintance, and went to help him to a job, I never saw the kettle in my life, I told her I would go with her any where to search for it, if she would pay me for my time, and go with me.

NOT GUILTY .

Tried by the second Middlesex Jury before Mr. ROSE.


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