19th February 1812
Reference Numbert18120219-62
VerdictNot Guilty

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274. EDWARD PROCTER was indicted for that he being declared a bankrupt, and having surrendered to be examined before the commissioners, did not fully and truly disclose all his effects and personal estate, but did conceal part of his personal estate, to wit, more than the value of 20 l. a gelding, value 25 l. and a mare, value 25 l.

GEORGE BOCKEY . Q. You are foreman to Messrs. Dowlings - A. Yes, to Thomas Dowling and James Dowling ; they are corn factors, Bank-side.

Q. Do you know whether they had any dealings with the prisoner - A. I am certain of their furnishing him with corn.

Q. In what situation was the prisoner - A. He belonged to the Belle Savage coach office, as far as I understand.

Q. Can you tell me, from your own recollection, whether, in the month of January, he was furnished with any quantity of corn - A. There were ten quarters of corn. There is the returned notes. I went many times to the prisoner, the prisoner signed the tickets, admitting that he had received the corn. I was present when James Hyam delivered the corn.

MR. HOBBS. I am book-keeper to the Belle Savage, Ludgate Hill. I was Mr. Procter's bookkeeper in the year 1810. Mr. Procter was coachmaster, to run the stages, and take in horses.

Q. That is, to find horses for the stages. - A. Yes.

Q. Who was it furnished sustenance for the horses - A. Mr. Procter.

Q. The corn that Mr. Procter had for the sustenance of the horses, from where did he get that from - A. From Mr. Dowling, Willow Street, Bankside, Southwark.

Q. Do you know, during the time the corn was provided by Messrs. Dowlings at the desire of the prisoner, what quantity it was - A. The corn was brought in from Mr. Dowling in different quantities, ten quarters at a time, what price I cannot say, the corn was put up in the granary for the horses in the coach concern.

Q. Do you know of a horse and a mare that the prisoner had previous to the bankruptcy - A. The mare I know, a bay mare, it was an aged mare and fired, I knew nothing at all about the horse.

WILLIAM ANDERSON . Q. You are a guard to the Salisbury coach. - A. Yes, in the year 1810.

Q. Do you recollect a horse and a mare that you drove in that coach - A. Perfectly well, a large brown horse with two white legs, the horse was aged, and the mare the same.


First Middlesex jury, before Mr. Justice Heath.

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