8th June 1791
Reference Numbert17910608-24
SentenceCorporal > whipping; Imprisonment

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249. THOMAS CLARKE was indicted for feloniously stealing, on the 20th of March , one boiling copper, value 10 s. belonging to Richard Mortimer , fixed and fastened to a certain empty house of his , he the said Thomas Clarke having no title, or claim of title, thereto, against the statute, and against the king's peace.


I lost a boiling copper on Wednesday, the 20th of April, a little after one o'clock; I saw it in its place a few days before, affixed in Brick-work: I saw it after it was missing, at a public-house, next door to my house, where it was taken from; a man informed me he had taken the prisoner with the copper upon him.


I am a bricklayer, I was at work on Wednesday, the 20th of April, at this house, and went to dinner and returned; the house was empty, I went into the parlour, and in a few minutes I thought I heard a noise, I looked down the passage, and saw the prisoner with the copper in his hand, pouring some water out of it in the yard; I ran to him, he dropped the copper, and endeavoured to make his escape; he had not run but a very few yards before I caught hold of him; I took up the copper, and have kept it till now, it was all sooty, I fitted it to the place.

The copper deposed to by the bruising of the rim.


I had just finished my work, and they took me.


Whipped and imprisoned six months .

Tried by the London Jury before Mr. RECORDER.

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