12th July 1797
Reference Numbert17970712-43
SentenceImprisonment; Miscellaneous > fine

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452. WILLIAM THACKERAY was indicted for feloniously stealing, on the 27th of June , a pound of tea, value 2s. 6d. the property of the East-India Company .(The case was opened by Mr. Cullen.

THOMAS JOYCE sworn. - I am one of the Elders of the East-India Company's Warehouse: I was standing in the yard belonging to the warehouses, in Haydon-square ; on the 27th of June, I saw the prisoner pass me; as he passed me, I observed a large bundle under his coat behind, I went and called a King's officer, Mr. Booth; when I came in with Mr. Booth, the prisoner took a bag from under his coat, containing green-tea.

WILLIAM ROSE sworn. - After Mr. Joyce challenged the prisoner with it, he took it out, and said it was tea, he did not say where he got it from.

WILLIAM PALMER BOOTH sworn. - I am a King's officer; I had this parcel of tea from the prisoner. (Produces it.)

The prisoner said he was guilty.

GUILTY . (Aged 50.)

Imprisoned one year and fined 1s.

Tried by the second Middlesex Jury, before Mr. Justice BULLER.

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