20th February 1793
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195. JAMES CLARKE was indicted for feloniously stealing on the 13th of February , 25 yards of printed cotton, value 3 l. 12 s. the goods of Frances Brooks , in the dwelling house of John Page .

(The witnesses examined separate.)


I live in Kentish Town , I am in the linen drapery and haberdashery line ; I keep a shop, I do not keep the whole house, only part of the shop, and apartments in the house; it is William Page 's house and he lives in it; last Wednesday as I was sitting at the end of the parlour adjoining to the shop with Mrs. and Mr. Page, Mr. Page thought he heard a person in the shop, and Mrs. Page getting up to see, said, there was a man taking off the things on the counter; Mr. Page immediately pursued, and the man finding himself pursued throwed the things over some palisades; I saw the things behind the palisades where he threw them; I followed and took them up from the place where the man threw them; Mr. Page has the things.

Q. Was this parlour of your's at the back of the shop? - It is, and the glass door between them.

Q. Was the shop door shut or open? - It was shut to, but I cannot positively say whether it was fast or not; it communicates with the street.

Q. Have you any partner, or any body concerned in this business with you? - No, nobody is concerned with me. I am a single person; I never saw the boy till after he was retaken; the prints are here.


We were drinking tea in the parlour adjoining the shop, there was a candle in the shop but not in the parlour; I saw the reflection in the shop of a man; I said there is somebody in the shop; I believe Mrs. Page got up and said, there was somebody; I went out to him; on his being closely pursued, I saw him throw the things over the palisades; I did not see any body near him not so near as to lay hold of him; I am confident that I perfectly saw him throw the things over; when he threw the things over he was a very little distance from me; Mrs. Brookes came up as I was bringing him back to the place; he was got about seven or eight houses off when I took him, and she went inside of the palisades and took them out; we brought him back to our house, the prisoner was very penitent and begged pardon, and wanted to get off, he would go for a soldier, or do any thing if we would set him at liberty.

(The print produced and deposed to.)

Court to Page. Did you see him go out of the shop? - I did not see him till I was out of the shop; but I immediately pursued and never lost sight of him till I got him.

Court to Mrs. Brookes. What is the value of that cotton? - It cost me 3 l. 12 s.

Prisoner. There were two men running before me about three yards, these two men were before me, I had been looking after work, and I was going through the town, I never saw the things; I have no witness at all, I have no soul in London that knows me excepting the girl that I live with.

GUILTY . Death . (Aged 19.)

Tried by the first Middlesex Jury before Mr. COMMON SERJEANT.

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