26th May 1790
Reference Numbert17900526-95
SentenceImprisonment; Corporal > public whipping

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533. WILLIAM BURT was indicted for stealing, on the 23d of April last, one feather bed, value 20 s. one bolster, value 3 s. two woollen blankets, value 2 s. one pair of sheets, value 2 s. one iron stove, value 2 s. 6 d. one brass fender, value 2 s. one shovel, value 6 d. one iron poker, value 6 d. one pair of tongs, value 6 d. a looking glass, value 6 d. a copper saucepan, value 18 d. one set of harrateen bed furniture, value 2 s. the property of Richard Beecham , let by contract to him, in a lodging room .


My wife let lodgings to the prisoner about eight months ago; there was furniture, as in the indictment. On the 23d of April, the prisoner was still in the lodging, I went up to his door, and went in, I asked him for my furniture, and my bed? he said, he hoped I would not hurt him, and he would tell me: I did not promise him any favour, on the contrary I told him I would punish him if the law would; he said, he had sold my bed, and pawned the bed clothes, and sold the stove, and fire things: I sent for an officer, and he got the duplicates.


My husband is a pawnbroker; his name is Thomas Lee . I do not know the prisoner. A lad pledged the things with me; two blankets, which were pawned in October, and the bed furniture at various times, and redeemed again; it is harrateen furniture.



I am a constable: I apprehended the prisoner on the 23d of April: I found these five duplicates over the mantle-piece, of a blanket, a sheet, two curtains, and a flat iron.

Mrs. Lee. Two curtains in one duplicate, and two blankets in two.


My wife is a very indifferent kind of a woman, and made away with these things at different times, and I could not get them out.

Court to Prosecutor. Had he a wife in the lodgings with him? - Yes.


Imprisoned six months , and publickly whipt .

Tried by the second Middlesex Jury before Mr. RECORDER.

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