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 .


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.


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.


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.


Tried by the second Middlesex Jury before Mr. ROSE.

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