17th September 1800
Reference Numbert18000917-72
VerdictGuilty > theft under 40s

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659. JAMES MORRIS was indicted for feloniously stealing, on the 8th of August , four sheets, value 3l. a counterpane value 38s. two towels, value 2s. and two nigh-caps, value 2s. the property of Samuel Freeman , in his dwelling-house .

Second Count. For feloniously stealing two sheets, value 1l. 10s. the property of the said Samuel, in a lodging-room.

ANN PLUMMER sworn. - I am chamber-maid at the Saracen's Head, Aldgate , kept by Samuel Freeman ; the prisoner came to our house on Thursday morning, the 8th of August; he asked for a bed, and said he was going with the Yarmouth coach; he said he came up in the morning with the Yarmouth stage; he said he was a gentleman's gardener, and that he came up to buy seeds

for his master, after that, he said he was afraid they would not take the weight of the seeds that he had down; he paid me one shilling for the bed, in the bar, some hours before he went to bed; I in him to bed; I went into the room in the morning, and missed four sheets, a counterpane, two towels, and two night-caps, he desired to be called at six o'clock; I went into the room at six, and he was a bed; about twenty minutes after six, I went into the room again, and the prisoner was gone; my mistress demanded five guineas of me for them.

Q. Who provides them? - A. My mistress, and they are all delivered into my care; they have never been found since; we described him to the different inn-keepers; I saw him about a week after, at the White-hart, in the Borough; I knew him again immediately; I was in conversation with him some time, and I am very sure he is the same man; my mistress was with me when I apprehended him, and when he saw me, he put his handkerchief before his face, and blinded his eyes; he had a blue apron on like a gardener, when he came to our house, and there was such an apron found upon him when he was taken.

Prisoner's defence. When I went away, this young woman was in the yard, and I said, good morning to her; I had no bundle nor any thing with me; there was a deal more people slept upon the same gallery that I did.

Plummer. I never saw him after I called him at six o'clock.

GUILTY. (Aged 52.)

Of stealing goods, value 39s.

Transported for seven years .

Tried by the London Jury, before Mr. RECORDER.

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