23rd May 1792
Reference Numbert17920523-91
SentenceImprisonment; Miscellaneous > sureties

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310. JOHN KELLY was indicted for putting off a bad shilling , on the 27th of May , to Thomas Holman .


I keep the Half Moon public house, Long Lane, Smithfield . The prisoner came in about half past three, with another; they staid till very near seven; they had two pints of ale, which came to 5 d. the young man paid at the bar; he offered me a bad shilling; I refused it, he then offered me another, I

told him that was a bad one; says he then you must give me change for half a guinea for he had no more silver about him; I gave him change, they went both out of door, and I followed there; I thought it was light, but could not conveniently see, so I followed him, and they were about 100 yards off; I got up to this young man, and took him, and told him about the half guinea; he said he did not know he had such an one.

Mr. Garrow, prisoner's counsel. Was not this man in liquor? - I don't know he was, they had only two pints of ale.

After you stopt this man, did not he give you a guinea? - He did, and took the half guinea; and I then asked him to look at the half guinea again, and he let me look at it directly.


I am the constable. I searched the prisoner and found six good shillings in one pocket, altogether, not mixed at all; and there were three bad ones with some halfpence in another pocket; about nine pennyworth of half-pence. I returned the good silver and 9 d. of half-pence to the prisoner; the bad shilling I kept, with the half guinea that Mr. Holman gave me, and have them here; I have kept them ever since; I put a mark on the half guinea at the time I received it.


Look at these coin and tell me whether it is the legal coin or counterfeits? - They are all counterfeits.

Mr. Garrow addressed the jury on the part of the defendant.


I work the inner keys at the New Compter, he was very much intoxicated.

Mr. Knowlys. What time did you receive him? - About seven o'clock in the evening.

How many did you receive that day? - About five.

Of whom did you receive him? - Of Mr. Kirby, the outer turnkey.

When were you applied to to come and give this evidence? - About a fortnight ago a gentleman came to me and asked me if the man was in liquor; I told him I thought he was; he cast his victuals about the bed.


I locked him up myself, and he was as drunk as a man could be to walk.

The prisoner called two witnesses to his character.

GUILTY both Counts.

Imprisoned one year and find security for two .

Tried by the London Jury before Mr. COMMON SERJEANT.

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