31st October 1810
Reference Numbert18101031-53
SentenceCorporal > private whipping

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825. JOHN PEARS was indicted for feloniously stealing, on the 8th of October , a bottle, value 1 d. a pint of blacking, value 1 s. and three sticks of Italian juice, value 1 s. 6 d. the property of William Hodgson , Thomas Hodgson , and Thomas Champion .

JOHN WILLIAM WALTON . Q. Are you in the service of Messrs. Hodgson - A. Yes.

Q. What are the names of the partner's - A. William Hodgson , Thomas Hodgson , and Thomas Champion , they are merchant s. I observed a bottle of blacking between a couple of casks in the warehouse, I marked it. The prisoner was our porter ; his coat was laying by the spot, and as soon as he had gone out, I went and saw the bottle was gone. I immediately communicated it to Mr. Dover; we ran after him brought him back, and asked him where the blacking was; he said, he had taken it to clean his shoes, he took it out and said he thought no harm in it; it was the same bottle that I had marked, I searched him, I found in his breeches pocket, three sticks of Spanish juice, he said, he had taken it for his own use; they are worth one shilling and sixpence, and the blacking a shilling.

BEDFORD DOVER . Q. Is the account that the last witness has given, true and correct - A. It is.

The prisoner called four witnesses, who gave him a good character.

GUILTY , aged 20.

Whipped in jail and discharged.

London jury, before Mr. Common Serjeant.

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