13th January 1813
Reference Numbert18130113-107
SentenceImprisonment > newgate; Miscellaneous > sureties

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234. HYAM MOSES was indicted for that he, on the 25th of December , one piece of false and counterfeited money made to the likeness and similitude of a good shilling, unlawfully did utter to Isaac Gray , he knowing the same to be false and counterfeited .

ISAAC GRAY . I am a servant to Mr. Romanis in Cheapside. On Christmas day last, between five and six o'clock in the evening, I saw the prisoner selling oranges , in Leadenhall-street , near the opening that leads to the market. I agreed to purchase fourteen oranges of him for a shilling. I took out of my pocket an eighteen-penny piece, some halfpence, and three sixpences. I gave him two sixpences to pay for the oranges, Upon my offering him the two sixpences, he refused one of the sixpences; he did not like it; if I would give him the eighteen-penny piece he would give me one of my sixpences and a shilling. I said, you want to give me some bad money. He said, he would not. He gave me a shilling and a sixpence, and I gave him the eighteen-penny piece. I looked at the shilling he gave me; I told him it was a bad one, directly, and I threatened to send him to the Compter for putting a bad shilling upon me. I called out to the waterman that attends the coaches, to know where I could get a constable. The prisoner, upon my calling out, run into Leadenhall-market as fast as he could. I ran after him. I believe I called out, stop thief; some person in the market stopped him, and I came up to him. He was never out of my sight. The constable came by, and I gave charge of him.

Q. Was Draper that constable - A. Yes.

Q. Did you deliver the shilling that he gave you to the constable - A. I did, the next morning. I am sure the shilling that the prisoner gave to the constable. The prisoner was taken to the Compter, and at the Compter I agreed to purchase all the oranges he had for a shilling. I paid him for them with two sixpences. One of the sixpences was the sixpence that he had objected to, and then he made no objection to it.

BUSBY DRAPER . I took the prisoner in Leadenhall-market; he had been stopped before I came up.

I took him to the Compter, and searched him. It was all good silver I found upon him. This is the shilling Mr. Gray gave me; I have kept it ever since.

CALEB EDWARD POWELL . Q. I believe you assist the soliciter of the mint - A. Yes.

Q. Tell us whether that is a counterfeit shilling or not - A. It is a counterfeit. It is quite a fresh one. It does not appear to have been in circulation. It is merely coloured, not plated.

Prisoner's Defence. On Christmas day, I was standing in Cornhill, selling oranges. This gentleman bought fourteen oranges of me for a shilling. He gave me two sixpences; one of them did not appear to me to be a good one. I refused it. He gave me an eighteen-penny piece. He said, give me a shilling. I took my shillings out of my pocket; I said, take one. He took one; he said, it was a bad one. I did not know it. I had just taken it. I said, I would change it for him. He said, I will not have it changed; he would give charge of me.

GUILTY , aged 19.

Confined Six Months in Newgate , and to find sureties then for Six Months to come .

London jury, before Mr. Common Serjeant.

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