11th April 1810
Reference Numbert18100411-114
SentenceCorporal > private whipping

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374. JOHN MATTHEW was indicted for feloniously stealing on the 28th of February , fifteen pounds weight of flour, value 2 s. 6 d. the property of James White .

JAMES WHITE . I am a baker and flour factor at Shadwell. On the 28th of February I had an order to take ten sacks of flour to Mr. Brockson Bethnal-green-road. The prisoner proceeded on his journey. That is all I know.

GEORGE HEARNE . I am a baker in Dog-row, Bethnal-green. On the 28th of February, a little after three in the afternoon, I perceived a cart standing still in Red Cow-lane, there was a man upon the cart, and another man by the side of him; the cart stood there. In about ten minutes I saw the cart coming past my door, the carman was with his horses proceeding towards Bethnal-green, and the prisoner was going towards Mile-end turnpike, he appeared to have a bulk under his coat; I stopped him; I said, you have flour about you; he threw a bag he had under his coat on the ground; I gave him and the flour in the charge of an officer. We overtook the cart where the flour was taken from, it stood unloading at Mr. Brockson's; the carman was challenged of taking the flour, he went down upon his knees; I gave him in custody of a man, the mob coming round, he run away. This is the bag and the flour.

MR. BROCKSON. On the 28th of February I re- received ten sacks of flour from Mr. White; I weighed them and found twelve pounds weight deficient; that flour and the bag and all weighed fifteen pounds.

Prisoner's Defence. I am as innocent of robbing the cart as a child unborn.

GUILTY , aged 59.

Whipped in jail , and discharged.

Second Middlesex jury, before Mr. Recorder.

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