28th May 1800
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476. CHARLES WILTS was indicted for obtaining goods under false pretences , on the 6th of February .

ROBERT GORDON sworn. - I am warehouseman to John and James Stirling , of Bread-street , calico printers : On the 6th of February last, the prisoner came to our warehouse, and said, he wanted to look at a few prints; I asked him who they were for, and he said, for Waithman and Bristow; he looked out four pieces, and said, he would take them with him, as they wanted them immediately; I entered the goods and gave him a bill of them in their names; I asked his name, and he told me it was George Wilkinson ; I let him have the goods, and after he was gone, I missed a fifth piece, which was one piece more than he was to have, there were ninety yards; I then sent to Waithman and Bristow, saying, that their young man had taken a-piece by mistake; I saw no more of him till I was sent for before the Lord-Mayor, a considerable time afterwards, he was taken up for another offence; I knew him again immediately; Messrs. Waithman and Bristow were customers of ours, I am perfectly sure the prisoner is the man.

Prisoner. Q. Have you not charged another man with this offence, besides me? - A. No, I have not, nor have I any doubt of his person.

Prisoner. Q. He said, before the Lord-Mayor, that I wrote my name George Wilkinson , in the book? - A. No, I did not.

WILLIAM WAITHMAN sworn. - I know nothing of the prisoner, I never gave him order to go to Messrs. Stirling's for any goods; we do give them orders.

CHARLES BRISTOW sworn. - I never gave any orders to the prisoner to get this linen from Messrs. Stirling's, on our account, I never saw him before.

The prisoner did not say any thing in his defence, but called four witnesses, who gave him a good character.

GUILTY , (Aged 20.)

Transported for seven years .

Tried by the London Jury, before Mr. RECORDER.

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