2nd December 1801
Reference Numbert18011202-60
SentenceCorporal > public whipping

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60. JOHN ANDERSON was indicted for feloniously stealing, on the 19th of November , three pounds of Spanish wool, value 7s. the property of John Maitland , Henry Sterry , and John Nettleship .

Second Count. Charging it to be the property of Thomas Paine and Richard-Tillier Blunt .

JOHN THOMAS sworn. - I am servant to Messrs. Blunt and Paine, Goldsmiths' porters ; the merchants ' names are John Maitland, Henry Srerry, and John Nettleship; the wool belonged to the merchants on Bear-Quay; I did not see the prisoner take it.

WILLIAM GREEN sworn. - (Produces the property.) I am a constable, appointed by the Commissioners of the Customs, to attend the quays: About half past four o'clock on Thursday, the 19th of November, I was going down Bear-Quay, I saw the prisoner go to a bag of wool, and take out this quantity, put it in his apron, and run across the quay; I pursued him, and stopped him with the wool under his apron; the bag was close to a cart that was then loading, I believe it touched the wheels; the bag was very much torn.

Prisoner's defence. I was destiture, and thought it would pay me for a lodging at night; if I had known the value of it, I should not have meddled with it.

Thomas. It was a bag that was going to the merchants' warehouse; it came from Bilboa, in Spain. GUILTY , aged 56.

Whipped one hundred yards on Bear-Quay .

London Jury, before Mr. Recorder.

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