30th October 1793
Reference Numbert17931030-67
VerdictNot Guilty

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739. JOHN PERCIVAL and CHRISTOPHER SPILLER were indicted for stealing, on the 2d of October , two hundred pounds weight of lead, value 2 l. belonging to John Buddle , affixed to a building of his .

(The witnesses examined separate.)


I am a carpenter , the proprietor of the premises on which the lead was stolen, they were a part of Camden Town ; I lost some lead about a month since, about two hundred weight; I lost them from the gutter on the roof, that part of it was on the hips.

Q. Was it fixed to it? - It was. I was informed of the lead being taken; I called on my plumber and went and looked at the building; I then went to the watch house and found a piece there; I don't know exactly the day, it was about a month ago.

Q. Did you fit it with the gutters and hips? - The plumber that I took with me, can swear positively to the piece that was there, I cannot.

Mr. Knowlys. You cannot swear how long it had been stolen? - No, I cannot.


I am a plumber.

Q. When did you find the lead? - About three weeks ago. I examined the lead and it fitted to the place; it was whole as I laid it down there.

Q. Are you able to swear positively that it is the lead? - I can say it fits the place exactly, but it was out of my sight for four or six months.

Mr. Knowlys. You cannot say when it was removed? - I cannot say.


I was at my work, and I saw them two men go up to a dunghill and fetch a load from it; I was digging a common fewer in the field the second day of this month.

Q. How far was this from you? - The length of one field. I saw the men take something out, but what it was I could not tell; I pursued after the men, and I went and spoke to the constable, and while I went to the constable, he went into the house, and I could not tell rightly where he was; I went to the dunghill and there I saw a piece of lead; from there I went to the commissioners of our town, and they granted a warrant, and we searched, and we found a great quantity in this man's house, where they live.

Q. Do you know whose lead it is that was found there? - Mr. Buddle has swore to some of the lead.

Q. Has he swore to that found in the dunghill or that found in the house? - That found in the dunghill.

Mr. Knowlys. Whereabouts was it you was at work? - At Sommer's town, about a quarter of a mile from Camden. This lead was in the dunghill about half way from Somer's town to Camden.


On the 2d of this month I saw the lead.


Tried by the second Middlesex Jury before Mr. Baron HOTHAM .

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