THOMAS LONG.
2nd April 1800
Reference Numbert18000402-28
VerdictGuilty
SentenceImprisonment > house of correction; Miscellaneous > fine

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271. THOMAS LONG was indicted for feloniously stealing, on the 3d of March , two deal boards, value 4s. the property of Joseph Aldridge , and Edward Aldridge .

RICHARD MORGAN sworn. - I am servant to Messrs. Joseph and Edward Aldridge , timber-merchants , No. 127, Brick-lane, Spitalfields : I heard an alarm given, on the 3d of March, crying, a thief; I ran round from our door to Mr. Scarr's; I found the prisoner at the next door, up a chimney; I did not find the boards.

JAMES DOUGLAS sworn. - I am an apprentice to Mr. Scarr: On the 3d of March, I was coming through our back yard, and I saw the prisoner's father, Robert Long, standing at the garden-gate; I went up stairs, and looked out at our stair-case-window, and in about a quarter of an hour I saw the prisoner get over into the timber-yard; he handed out a deal, and his father took it of him and laid it down in our garden; then Thomas Long , the prisoner, set another up an end against the pales, ready to take away; I then came down stairs and told my mistress; the prisoner and his father lived close by; the boards are here.

ANN SCARR sworn. - I live adjoining the timber-yard: The last witness gave me an alarm, and I went into our back garden, and saw the plank lying there, and I saw old Mr. Long there; I asked him what business he had there; he was in the position of stooping.

Q.(To Douglas.) What time was it? - A. About half past eight o'clock at night; there are a great many weavers about there, and from the light of them at work I could see them distinctly.

Morgan. I have seen the board, and I am sure it is Mr. Aldridge's property; there was my own hand-writing upon it, 1l. 12s. 10d.

Donglas. The board that was shewn to Morgan, was the same that I saw reared up.

Prisoner's defence. I know nothing at all about it.

GUILTY . (Aged 20.)

Confined six months in the House of Correction , and fined 1s.

Tried by the second Middlesex Jury, before Lord KENYON.


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