9th July 1800
Reference Numbert18000709-30
VerdictNot Guilty

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506. ISAAC HOLLOWAY was, indicted for feloniously stealing, on the 20th of May , two double sheave-blocks, and five brass sheaves, value 6l. 6s. the property of the Mayor and Commonalty of the City of London .

Second Count. Laying them to be the property of William Fowlds .(The indictment was stated by Mr. Watson, and the case opened by Mr. Knowlys.)

WILLIAM FOWLDS sworn. - I am a millwright , I am employed under the City, in the new canal works, in the Isle of Dogs ; I saw the double sheave-blocks in use on Saturday the 17th of May, and on the Monday morning I missed them; the ropes that passed through them were cut through in six different parts; I saw them again two or there days afterwards, at the Public-office, Shadwell, I know them to be the same.

Cross-examined by Mr. Gurney. Q. How do you know them? - A. This one has my own work to it, I had to chop a part of it away, to make the rope travel easy through it; they were sent there for the use of the City, by Mr. Robinson, a millwright; I have not the least doubt of their being the same.

MARIA JEVANS Sworn. - My husband is a blacksmith, in Three Colt-Street, Limehouse, I Keep a chandler's-shop: On Tuesday the 20th of May, some blocks were offered me for sale, late in the evening.

Q. How far is your husband's shop from your's? - A. He sometimes works backwards; a man came in the afternoon to sell such things, and afterwards in the evening, the same man came again, and the prisoner with him, and brought the blocks, each of them had one block; when I saw them, I said, master, I can't have any thing to do with such things, I do not buy such things.

Q. Are those the same blocks? - A. I cannot say, I only just saw them by candle-light, they were like these.

Q. Did you see where they went? - A. No, I saw them going past the window.

Q. How far does a man of the name of Hill live from you? - A.Twelve or thirteen doors form me, they passed my house in a direction towards Hill's house.

Cross-examined by Mr. Gurney. Q. Did the prisoner say one word to you, or you to him? - A. I spoke to them both.

EDWARD ROGERS sworn. - Examined by Mr. Vaillant. On the 21st of May last, I found these blocks in a cart, with the name of John Thurston on it, the blocks were tied up in one bag, and the sheaves in the bag by themselves; I carried them to the office; I afterwards, in consequence of information, went to the house of Hill, and searched the house several times for him, but could not find him; Elbe and I apprehended the prisoner upon the 21st of May; we told him we had taken him upon suspicion of the blocks, and also upon another charge.

Cross-examined by Mr. Gurney. Q. You found them in a cart belonging to Thurston? - A. Yes.

Q. You took up him and M'Dougal both? - A. No. he came forward.

ROBERT M'DOUGAL sworn. - I am servant to Mr. Thurston, Smith and ironmonger: On the 21st of May, I bought one hundred and a quarter and eighteen pounds of iron of sundry kinds, of Hill; among the rest that I bought, there were two things like unto these, but I cannot swear to them; I took them from Hill's in a sack.

Q. Who put the things in the cart? - A. The carman; I have bought many such before, in lots of iron.

Q. How far is Hill's house from Mrs. Jevans? - A. I think it may be twelve or fourteen doors.

Cross-examined by Mr. Gurney. Q. So, honesty, your master is a smith a ironmonger? - A. Yes.

And you go about collecting for him with a cart? - A. Yes.

What did you give for these things? - A. Twenty shillings and ten-pence halfpenny.

You could hardly get a living profit by them at that? - A. I do not think it was too much.

Q. The officers met with you, and then you were frightened? - A. I went to the office.

Q. And then you laid it upon Hill? - A. Yes.

Q. That was to save yourself, you know? - A. Yes.

Court. Q. What was Hill? - A. A jobbing smith, or a nailer.

Q. What do you think these things are worth? - A. I cannot say.

Q.(To Fowlds.) What are they worth? - A. Seven guineas.

Q.(To M'Dougal.) Are you so really ignorant as not to know that these things are worth more than twenty shillings and ten-pence halfpenny? - A. They were not put together.

WILLIAM ELBE sworn. - I was in company with Rogers when he apprehended the prisoner; I had no conversation with him.

JAMES MONTAGUE sworn. - Examined by Mr. Knowlys. I am one of the surveyors, employed by the City; I have no doubt of their being the same blocks, I know that blocks of that kind were finished by the City of London for these works.

Prisoner's defence. I never saw these blocks, till I saw them at the Public-office.

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


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

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