9th September 1789
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685. WILLIAM CAWSEY was indicted for stealing, on the 26th of July last, one half bound printed book, called the Holy Bible, value 2 s. two other books, value 2 s. a looking glass, value 6 d. and a frame, value 6 d. the property of Ann Walker .


I live in Southampton-street, Covent-garden ; I lost a part of a Bible; I missed it on the 26th of July; I had not seen it for a fortnight or three weeks before; I missed two volumes of Hervey's Meditations at the same time; and a few trifling articles beside; a small looking glass, and other things; I had not seen any of them for some time; the house had been repairing between two and three months; the prisoner was employed as a painter ; I never suspected him; I keep a school ; and the Bible was useful in my business; I saw it laying for sale at Mr. Satchell's, the end of Rose-street, Covent-garden; I was going to buy it, and gave one shilling earnest; I met a friend, who advised me to go to Bow-street; I know the Bible; I had had it twenty years; and my mother before me; the people at Bow-street went to Satchell; and he brought one Thomas; and Thomas brought the prisoner; I never found the other book; I have no enmity against the prisoner; he was exceedingly well behaved, and industrious in his business; this Bible was in a closet which was not locked.


I keep a book seller's shop in King-street, Covent-garden; the corner of Rose-street; I bought a Bible and some other books; some odd volumes of Henry's Bible, of Mr. John Thomas , a fortnight since; I knew Thomas upwards of twelve years; I had no suspicion of their being improperly come by; I gave half a guinea for the three, the same day Mrs. Walker saw them at the door.


I saw the prisoner at Mr. Lucas's, a

sale shop, in Duke's-court, where I had seen him a dozen times; I bought both these books of the prisoner, the 21st of last month.


I leave it to Mr. Garrow; I had those books a long while before; I bought them of a labouring man in Covent-garden.

The prisoner called five witnesses who gave him a very good character.


Imprisoned six months .

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

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