JOSEPH JEMMETT.
16th February 1803
Reference Numbert18030216-48
VerdictGuilty
SentenceDeath

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267. JOSEPH JEMMETT was indicted for forging, on the 14th of January, a promissory note , as follows:

"No. 1157. Suffolk and Essex Bank.

I promise to pay the bearer 5l. hire, or at Messrs. Barclay, Triton, and Company, Bankers, London.

Stowmarket, Signed George Brown .

With intent to defraud George Brown , James Crowe , and James-Goodeve Sparrow ."

Second Count. For uttering and publishing the said not as true, knowing it to be forged with the like intent.

Third and Fourth Counts. The same as the first and second, with intent to defraud William Porter .(The case was opened by Mr. Knowlys.)

JOHN GIRTON sworn. - Examined by Mr. Knapp. I am an engraver, Little Newport-street: The prisoner came to me on the 3d of January, he pulled out his pocket-book, and from it took a letter, purporting to be an order to change their bankers; he gave me an order in writing, (producing it;) he put that into my hand, and said, they were going to change their bankers.

Q.Who? - A.Messrs. Crowe and Company, of the Suffolk and Essex Bank.

Q. Who did he say he was? - A. I cannot recollect what he said; in the course of conversation, he said, his brother was exceeding fond of prints, I suppose he meant Mr. Brown; I shewed him a work I was about to publish, Views of Paris.

Q. Did he say any thing more? - A.This little order I could not make out, this is the order he produced to me.

Q. He gave you that paper? - A. Yes, and told me to make an engraving from it.

Q. How many impressions did he order? - A. I did not print it.

Q. How many plates? - A. One plate.

Q. Was the plate to correspond with that paper?- A. Yes; there was a little part of the ornament I could not make out, he said, he would furnish me with one of the notes.

Q. When were you to get the plate ready by? - A. In a few days.

Q.Did you perform the order by getting the plate ready? - A. I said, I could do it in the course of a week; I got it ready in a week; he came in three or four days after, and said, they should not change their banker, and therefore I was to fill it up as the note was.

Q. Had you any more conversation then? - A. No; the prisoner went away, he gave me the note the first time.

Q. When he came the second time, did he give any direction about filling up the note? - A. Yes, as the old note, Barclay, Triton and Company; in about three days he called again.

Q. Had you compleated the plate then? - A. No; he called again in an hour, and it was done.

Q. Was the plate performed according to the order he had given you? - A. Yes, in every respect; I made him out a bill of parcels for the plate, in the name of Brown.

Q. What became of the plate? - A. He took it away with him; he gave me, I think, 2l. 5s. for it.

Q.Should you know the plate again? - A.Certainly.

Q. Was that all that passed? - A. Yes.

JOHN HAMMOND sworn. - I am a printer in St. Martin's-lane.

Q. Did you see the prisoner in January; on Monday, the 10th of January, he came into my shop, he appeared as if he had just come from the country, he had a couple of sporting dogs with him; he produced the plate, and told me, he wanted one hundred impressions taken from it as quick as possible; he told me, he must have them early the next morning, to take some of them to the Stamp-office, to get them stamped; he said, he wanted to send some of them out of town the next

day; he delivered the plate to me, to have the order executed.

Q.In consequence of this order, what did you do? - A. I cut the paper, and sent the paper and the plate to a man of the name of Prosser, that does piece work for me.

Q. Was the order executed by Prosser according to your direction? - A. Yes.

Q.When did you next see the prisoner? - A. The next morning, about eleven o'clock; he came into my shop, he looked at the notes, they were all spread upon my counters to dry, he found fault with them, and said, the paper was too thick.

Q. Had you the same plate back from Prosser?- A. Yes.

Q. Did the prisoner see it? - A. Yes; he complained the paper was too thick; he said, they were not worth a d - n, it had not the appearance of Bank-paper, that the people in the country would not look at it; he then told me I must print him another hundred from the same plate, and gave me directions where to go and buy proper sort of paper.

Q. Did you buy the paper according to his direction? - A. Yes, and sent them to Prosser to print, as I had done the former hundred.

Q. Was that order executed by Prosser? - A. Yes.

Q. When did you see the prisoner again? - A.The same afternoon.

Q. Had you the second impression and the plate then? - A. Yes, they were spread out on the counter; he said, they would do very well; I made a parcel of them together with the plate, and gave them to him; he put them into his pocket, and paid me for them.

Q.What became of the first hundred? - A. He put them in his pocket when he ordered the second hundred.

Q. Are you quite sure the engraved plate you received from him, was the same you delivered back? - A. It is impossible for me to swear it, it had every appearance of being the same, it was out of my house in the hands of Prosser.

Court. Q. Did you know the prisoner before?- A. I never saw him in my life before.

Q. Are you confident he is the person? - A. I am confident of it.

THOMAS PROSSER sworn. - I am a copperplate printer, Tun-court, in the Strand.

Q. Did you receive any order from Hammond to make any impressions from an engraved plate?- A. I did.

Q. How many? - A.One hundred.

Q. Did you execute that order? - A. I did.

Q.What became of that plate and the one hundred impressions, when you had compleated the order? - A. I sent it by my son to Mr. Hammon's house; I received another order the following day.

Q. Did you execute that second order? - A. I did.

Q. Was that on the same sort of paper? - A. It was not.

Q. What sort of paper was that? - A. A much finer than the first hundred, I believe it is called Bank-post, I sent them to Mr. Hammond's house by my son.

Q. Was the plate you made the second hundred from the same as the first? - A. I believe it was.

Cross-examined by Mr. Knapp. Q. You sent them both by you son? - A. Yes.

Q. Who brought them? - A.Mr. Hammond's apprentice.

Q.Mr. Hammond's apprentice - both days? - A. Yes.

Q. Did you take any notice of the plate? - A. I can't say that I did.

Q. Had you any other plate of that description?- A.None.

JEREMIAH BOKE sworn. - I am servant to a Mr. Porter, linen-draper, in Cranbourn-alley.

Q.Do you know the prisoner? - A.Perfectly well.

Q. Had you see him before this transaction? - A. I believe, half-a-dozen times before; he came to our shop, on Friday the 14th of January, to buy some goods.

Q. Did he make any purchase of goods? - A. He did, to the amount of 3l. 10s. for which he gave me a note of the Suffolk bank for 5l.

Q.Should you know the note if you saw it? - A. I took a note like this, I cannot swear to the note, as I made no mark; knowing the prisoner so perfectly well, I did not make any mark.

Q. Did you receive that day any other Suffolk not of 5l.? - A. No; nor any other country note.

Q. Did any thing pass between you and the prisoner concerning the note? - A. No; before he went away, not having change, I took the note up to Mr. Porter for change, and Mr. Porter gave me 1l. 10s. which was the difference, and I gave it to the prisoner; I left the note with Mr. Porter.

Cross-examined by Mr. Const. Q. You knew the prisoner before? - A. Yes; being a dashing-fellow, he generally came in a shooting-jacket, and a couple of dogs.

Court. Q. Had he two dogs with him then? - A. Yes.

Q. Did you know what trade or business he was in? - A. No.

WILLIAM PORTER sworn. - I am a linendraper, in Cranbourn-alley: The last witness is my servant, I received a Suffolk and Essex Bank note of him, (looks at the note), in all respects like this; at the time he brought it to me I objected to it; I took particular notice of it.

Q. On that day, the 14th of January, did you take any other Suffolk and Essex note? - A. No other; nor had I any other country note in the house.

Q.What did you do with it? - A.Put it in an iron chest, where we keep our cash, and the next morning, Saturday, I took it, with other Bank of England notes, and cash, to Dorian's the Banker's.

Q. Do you know who you paid it to? - A. No.

Q. It was the same note you received from Boke?- A. Yes; I had no other country note whatever.

CHARLES ROWE sworn. - I am clerk to Mess. Dorians.

Q. Do you know Mr. Porter? - A.Very well.

Q. He cashes at your house? - A. He has for some years; On Saturday the 15th of January he paid me some cash, and Bank of England notes, and a country note.

Q. Do you know the note in any way but from the description in the book? - A. No.

Mr. Const. Q.Without the book you cannot say any thing about it? - A. No.

Q. If you had the book you could not tell that it was this identical Bank-note? - A. No.

Mr. Knapp. Q. Did you receive any more country bank-notes from Porter but one? - A. No.

Mr. Const. Q. From the book you would not know what country bank-note it is? - A. No; I entered nothing but the sum and the drawer's name. - (The witness was sent for the book.)

THOMAS DICKINSON sworn. - Examined by Mr. Knapp. I am clerk to Mess. Dorian.

Q. Did you receive any country bank-notes on Monday the 17th of January? - A. I received a 10l. and a 5l. on Barclay's house; what country bank it was I cannot say; I paid them into Barclay's house to John Lowes , and had a memorandum.

Q. Did you receive any other 5l. country banknote that day? - A. No, not on Barclay's house.

Q. Where did you receive it from? - A.From Mr. Rowe.

Cross-examined by Mr. Const. Q. You have no recollection what it was? - A. No; I am positive they were both country bank notes; we don't take Bank of England notes to their house.

JOHN LOWES sworn. - I am clerk to Messrs. Barclays.

Q. Do you know the last witness? - A. Yes.

Q. Do you remember receiving from him any note? - A. Yes, the 17th of January, one 10l. and one 5l. this is the 5l. note I received; it is a Suffolk and Essex bank note, drawn by Crowe, Goodeve, Sparrow, and Brown.

Q. Did you receive any other note on the Suffolk and Essex bank that day? - A. Yes, but I put a mark on this after he was gone; I suspected it was forged, and I marked a note of Mossat's for 5l. that I suspected was forged.

JOHN MILLER sworn. - I am a Bow-street officer; I apprehended the prisoner on Wednesday afternoon, the 19th of January, at No. 26, in Mercer's-street, Long-acre; he was at home at dinner; Mr. Brown, the prosecutor, accompanied me to the lodgings; Mr. Brown opened the door, and looked in, and said, there he is; I went into the room, and told him he was my prisoner; he then got up, and I began to search him, and in one of his waistcoat pockets I found a key that belonged to a black leather portmanteau trunk; when I opened it, I found these notes and this plate; I brought the trunk and the prisoner to the Office, and opened the trunk at the Office.

Q. With the key you took from the prisoner? - A. Yes, in the presence of the Magistrate; I went back, and brought away all his property; I have had them ever since.

Q. Was there any thing the prisoner said at any time that you recollect? - A. No, that I remember, he said nothing to me. - (The plate and notes produced.) - These seven are stamped and filled up, with the dates and the name; these are not; one parcel of them is thick, and the other thin paper; there are one hundred and fifty in the whole, including the seven.

Court. Q. Is it a fact that some of them are thicker paper than the others? - A. Yes.

Cross-examined by Mr. Const. Q. You took him away the first time you went? - A. Yes.

Court. Q. When you were first there you searched his pocket, and found a key; did you see the trunk then? - A.There was a great deal of rubbish; I did not observe the trunk.

Q. How soon did you go after he was at the Officer? - A. In about half an hour; there was a woman in the room; I believe he cohabited with her; she pointed out all the articles to me.

Q.(To Girton.) Look at the plate, is that the plate you furnished the prisoner with? - A. It is.

Q. You are quite certain of that? - A. Yes.

Q. Look at the note? - A. This is an impression made from that plate.

Q. Was that plate made according to the direction in the order - do the plate and directions correspond? - A. Yes.

Q.(To Hammond.) Look at that plate? - A. I believe it to be the same.

Q. Did you give any direction for any thing to be struck off from that plate? - A. Yes two separate hundreds.

Q. Had you any other plate from the Suffolk bank from which you had any orders to strike off any impressions? - A. No.

Q.(To Prosser.) Look at the plate, is that the plate you received from Hammond to strike off any impressions? - A. I believe it to be the same.

Q. Look at those seven notes, do they appear to be struck off from that? - A. I believe they are.

Q. Look at them - one of the parcels? - A.

These appear to be the impressions first taken; they are the thick.

Q. Look at the other parcel? - A. I believe these were struck off that plate.

Q. Look at that bill, the bill in question? - A. I don't perceive any difference.

Q.Does that appear to be taken off the same plate? - A.Certainly.

Q. Did you strike off any notes for that bank before? - A.Never; I have for other banks.

Mr. Const. Q. Can you take upon you to swear that was taken from that plate? - A. I cannot take upon me to swear it was; it has every appearance of it.

Q. What is the difference between that and the others? - A. I cannot perceive any difference, only the impression is rather fainter; those done on a thicker paper appear stronger.

JAMES BROWN sworn. - Examined by Mr. Knapp.

Q. You are brother to Mr. George Brown ? - A. Yes.

Q. Who is George Brown ? - A. He is a banker at Bury St. Edmund's.

Q. Do you know the names of the partnership?- A.Crowe, Sparrow, and Brown.

Q. Do you know their Christian names? - A. I believe James Crowe , Goodwin Sparrow, and George Brown .

Q. Do you know your brother's hand-writing?- A.Perfectly well.

Q. Is that signature your brother's hand-writing?- A. I think it is not.

Court. Q.According to your belief it is not?- A.According to my belief it is not.

Cross-examined by Mr. Const. Q. You have no concern in the house - A. No.

Q.You are not very conversant in the names of the partners? - A. No; James Crowe , Goodwin Sparrow, and George Brown , I believe.

Q. You are not very certain about the handwriting? - A. I know my brother's hand-writing; there is one letter strikingly unlike his writing.

Q.(To Lowe.) What is the firm of the house? - A. James Crowe , James Goodeve Sparrow , and George Brown .

Q.(To Lowe.) Read the entry of the note you received from Porter? - A.Barclay, Crowe, 5l. that is all the entry.

Q. Does there appear to be any other entry, Barclay and Crow, five pounds for that day? - A. no other.(The note was read.)

No. 1157. Suffolk and Essex Bank.

I promise to pay the bearer 5l. here or at Messrs. Barclay, Tritton and Company, bankers, London.

Stowmarket, signed George Brown, M.

Court. (To Brown.) Q. Do you yourself know any thing personally of the prisoner? - A. No, I do not.

Q. You have no personal concern in the Bank?- A.No.

Mr. Knapp. Q.Take those notes in your hand; is the name, George Brown , to those notes, your brother's hand-writing? - A. No; I think they are not.

Mr. Const. Q. Are you as equally clear about them as about the others? - A.Equally clear.

The prisoner did not say any thing in his defence.

GUILTY , Death , aged 29.

Second Middlesex Jury, before Mr. Justice Le Blanc.


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