9th July 1800
Reference Numbert18000709-104
VerdictNot Guilty

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580. CORNELIUS-FREDERICK HOLT was again indicted for feloniously forging, on the 5th of April , a certain Bank-note for the payment of 5l. with intent to defraud the Governor and Company of the Bank of England .

Second Count. For feloniously forging a promissory note for the payment of 5l. with the same intent.

Third Count. For feloniously disposing of, and putting away the same note for 5l. well knowing it to be forged, with intent to defraud the Governor and Company of the Bank of England.

Fourth Count. Charging it to be with intent to defraud John Armstrong .

SANAH MASON sworn. - I live in Austin-street, in the Islington-road; I have known the prisoner about eighteen months; I remember his giving me a Banknote about the 25th or 26th of March last, to the best of my recollection, for five pounds, to get cash for it; I got cash for it from John Armstrong , in the same street, opposite the door where I live, he is in the coal-way; I gave the change to the prisoner; I recollect seeing some other notes in his hand, but cannot tell whether they were Bank-notes.

JOHN ARMSTRONG sworn. - I live in Austin-street; I remember Mrs. Mason applying to me to change a five-pound Bank-note, on the 25th or 26th of March, which I did, and Mr. Learing came and took it away, it might be ten days after; I had not an opportunity to pay it away before, I wanted to make up more money to pay away; (the note shown him); this is the note I received from Mrs. Mason; I wrote her name upon the back of it at the time.(Mr. Garnett Terry proved it to be a forged note).(The note read).(Mr. Learing deposed, as before, to the taking the prisoner, etc).

ANN PAINTER sworn. - I live at No. 92, White Lion-street, Pentonville, and keep an oil-shop; I know the prisoner, he lodged at my house about eight or nine weeks, the outside; he had not quitted there as I know of, he continued lodging up to the 4th of April; I never saw the woman that lived with him come to the lodging; he did not come home from the 4th to the 28th; he had two rooms up two pair of stairs; he slept there three or four nights, not more; he bought a pencil or two of me, but I thought it belonged to his business; he asked me whether I sold white varnish; I said I had none, but could tell him where to get it; a Mrs. Hindmarsh, who took the apartments for him, came to him twice one Sunday, he was up stairs, but he desired our lad to say he was not at home; there was a young man visited him twice, he did not go up stairs, but spoke to him in the shop; he asked me if Mr. Holt was at home, he came down, and the young man bought a few brushes. Mr. Holt said, I did not know, Mrs. Painter, that you sold brushes, for I use a good many in my business. I remember Mr. Loaring coming to my house, it was the prisoner's apartment he saw, he paid five shillings a week; I shewed Mr. Loaring the apartment, there was a cup in it, and a piece of paper, that gentleman found in the room, and a table with Indian-ink on it. When I taxed Mr. Holt with not being at home regularly at night, he said, Mrs. Painter, you are regular people, don't fet up for me; for any time, I can sleep any where for a shilling. When he came to my lodging, he had an excellent character; I was informed he was a landscape painter, and brushes are used by them.( Richard Gibbs , and Richard Martin , deposed as before; after which the letter was read, as in the last trial).

Prisoner's defence. I leave it to my Counsel.


Tried by the first Middlesex Jury, before Mr. Justice ROOKE.

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