18th February 1801
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232. WILLIAM BROWN , alias CHALKLEY , was indicted for feloniously stealing, on the 2d of February , two cows, value 27l. the property of William Chalkley .(The case was opened by Mr. Clifton.)

JAMES MONEY sworn. - Examined by Mr. Clifton. I am servant to Mr. William Chalkley , of Long Ditton : On Sunday, the 1st of February, I saw the two cows in the evening in Mr. Chalkley's yard, just at dusk, and I missed them on the Monday, about four o'clock in the afternoon; I did not miss them before, because I had nothing to do with them in the morning, only to give them some straw; I did not look for them; when I missed them in the afternoon, I told my master of it; I saw them again the following Wednesday at the Ram-inn, in Smithfield, one was a whitish colour, with red spots; the other had two red sides, a bald face, and white all along the back; that with the red sides, my master had all last summer, and the other, my master has had longer.

Q. Had they borns? - A. Yes, both of them.

Court. Q.Where they quiet cows, or vicious cows? - A. They were quiet; I am sure that the

two cows that I saw at the Ram-inn, were the same that I missed from my master's yard.

ROBERT COLLINS sworn. - Examined by Mr. Cliston. I am a drover, and attend Smithfield-market; I know the prisoner, I saw him in Smithmield-market on Monday the 2d of February; he was standing against the George-inn with two cows, mixed with some others; I said to him, what, you have been at your old trade again; I sent for a constable, and gave charge of him, upon suspicion of having stolen these cows.

Court. Q.What do you mean, by his having two cows mixed with more? - A. The two cows had run in amongst more; I took the cows to the Ram-yard, Smithfield.

ROBERT ROSOMAN sworn. - Examined by Mr. Clifton. I am one of the City constables: I was sent for on Monday, the 2d of February, by the last witness; I went up to the prisoner, and said to him, my good man, where are you going with these two cows; he said, I am going out of the market with them; I said, it is very odd you should go out of the market with them, just as you come into it, before you sell them; who do they belong to, says I: he said, a gentleman; I asked him where the gentleman was; he said, he would be here by and by; I told him I should keep him in custody, and lock up the cows; I then took him into custody, and locked up the cows at the Raminn; he said they were his cows; I took him to the Compter, and he gave in his name Chalkley, and, instead of that, it was the farmer's name; I was present when Money afterwards saw the cows, and said they were his master's.

WILLIAM CHALKLEY sworn. - Examined by Mr. Clifton. I am a farmer at Long Ditton: I came to town, in consequence of information, on Wednesday the 3d of February; I went to the Ram-inn, and saw my two cows in the stable; I had missed them on the Tuesday morning, I was out all day on Monday; I have had one of them ever since last Easter, and the other, I have had three years; I am sure they are mine.

Court. Q. If you had not known your cows were missing, and had seen them in Smithfield-market, would you have said, these are mine? - A. I certainly should; one of them is a bald-faced cow, with dark red sides, and a white back; the other is a spotted cow; I am sure they are mine.

Q.What is the value of them? - A.Twenty-seven pounds.

Prisoner's defence. I have nothing to say; I did not steal the cows. GUILTY , Death , aged 48.

London Jury, before Mr. Recorder.

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