12th September 1798
Reference Numbert17980912-16
VerdictNot Guilty

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481. THOMAS-HENRY WILTSHIRE, otherwise WILLIAM WALDEN , was indicted for feloniously stealing, on the 6th of June , a pair of silk hose, value 10s. 6d. the property of Thomas Harrison , privately in his shop .

THOMAS HARRISON sworn. - I am a hosier , No. 37. High-Holborn : About the 6th of June, the prisoner came into my shop, and asked to look at some silk stockings with open clocks; I shewed him some, they were not good enough; he asked to look at some black ones, they were not good enough; then he said, he should most likely call again; I rather suspected him, but did not miss any thing; Mr. Kennedy, about two or three months after, came and asked me if I had had such a person in my shop; I told him I had; he produced a profile of the prisoner; I immediately said, that was the man; he shewed me a number of private marks of stockings, but they were not mine. I give him my private mark, and I afterwards saw a pair of stockings of mine at the Public-office, Marlborough-street; I know them to be mine from the mark; I cannot swear that I had not sold these stockings, because I did not miss them.

Q. Were they new stockings that had not been used? - A. They had not; I had not sold any to him.

JAMES KENNEDY sworn. - In consequence of information, I went to the prisoner's apartments, No. 25, Adam-street, Portman-square; I took him into custody; I took the keys out of his pocket, I asked him which was the key of his box, I opened it, and found a great number of duplicates of silk stockings; among the rest I found this duplicate that I have in my hand, belonging to the prosecutor. I made it my business to go round to the hosiers, to see who had been robbed; I went to the prosecutor, and one pair turned out to be his.

SAMUEL MORRIS sworn. - On the 6th of June, the prisoner brought these stockings to me to pledge, at Mr. Beauchamp's the corner of Castle-street, Holborn.

Harrison. These stockings have my mark upon them.

The prisoner called three witnesses, who gave him a good character.


Tried by the first Middlesex Jury, before The LORD CHIEF BARON.

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