JOHN ANNIS.
18th April 1798
Reference Numbert17980418-91
VerdictNot Guilty

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326. JOHN ANNIS was indicted for harbouring and maintaining, on the 22d of November , one Benjamin Wolfe , knowing him to have stolen a quantity of sugar, which the said Benjamin had been convicted of stealing .(The indictment was stated by Mr. Jackson, and the case by Mr. Knowlys.)(Mr. Chetham produced an office copy of the record of the conviction of Wolfe, which was read.)

JOHN WINTER sworn. - Examined by Mr. Jackson. I am a porter by the water side.

Q. Do you know Benjamin Wolfe ? - A. Yes, he is a Jew; I was employed by Mr. Wolfe, some time in November, to bring some bags from the ship Adamant.

Q. Before that time had you seen any thing from the ship Adamant? - A. No. He told me to attend at Wapping New-Stairs to bring the bags up; I saw the bags put into the boats that came from the Adamant. Alexander Faulkner and Wolfe both went on board the ship together, they were on board near half an hour; and then I saw these bags handed out to Alexander Faulkner , he was in the boat, Wolfe waited on board; and as soon as these bags were in the boat, he jumped into the boat, and they came on shore together; then Wolfe went right up the stairs, and went to the Black Boy, kept by Mr. Annis. I was employed to carry the bags up to Mr. Wolfe; Alexander Faulkner assisted me to put them into another sack, a flour sack.

Court. Q. Did you see Wolfe at Annis's house? - A. Yes, he was there before I got there.

Court. Q. What was he doing? - A. He and his son stood by to receive the goods in a little room by the side of the bar; I left the bags there with them.

Q. Do you know what became of the bags afterwards? - A. No.

Q. Do you know what became of the sugar in those bags? - A. It was put into quarter-hundred bags, and taken away.

Q. Who saw that besides you? - A.Wolfe and his son, and the porter.

Q. Where was Annis at that time? - A. On the 22d I came in, and asked Annis where Wolfe was, and he said up one pair of stairs, and I went up stairs; I had a bag with me then.

Q. Was wolfe concealed in the house? - A. Not that I know of; he was up one pair of stairs, where the sailors carry their hammocks and chests.

Q. Who else was present when the sugar was put in the quarter-hundred bags besides you and Wolfe? - A. Only the porter.

NOT GUILTY .

Tried by the first Middlesex Jury, before Lord KENYON.


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