2nd June 1813
Reference Numbert18130602-102
VerdictNot Guilty

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617. JOHN ARCHER was indicted for feloniously stealing, on the 14th of May , a watch, value 4 l. a seal, value 1 l. the property of William Jackson , in his dwelling-house .

MARY ANN JACKSON. My husband's name is William Jackson ; he is a shipwright ; at sea. I live in Nelson's Terrace, City-road, St. Luke's ; I live at Mr. Normanton's manufactory. I am the forewoman. I live rent free, and have so much per week, I live in the house. On the 14th of May this watch hung at my loom, and then at another loom the prisoner and two sons worked in the factory. I slept in the same place that I work. I did not miss my watch until I went to bed at ten o'clock at night. On the next morning I enquired for my watch; I said I would have an officer, and have them all taken up.

The prisoner then said to his father, if you will make it up I will tell you where the watch is. I have never got the watch again. The prisoner said the watch was in pawn in Brick-lane, at Mr. Sowerby's; the officer, I, and the prisoner went there; Mr. Sowerby said he knew the boy; he had not brought a watch there.

HANNAH SWAIN . I work with Mrs. Jackson. On the 14th of May I had the watch in my loom: at nine o'clock in the morning the prisoner's fetched it from my loom; I heard Mrs. Jackson speak to the prisoner about it; the prisoner told her he had pawned it at Mr. Sowerby's; he told me he had not pawned it, nobody would take it in of him; he had thrown it in the New River.

ELISHA ARCHER. On the 14th of May; about nine o'clock in the morning, I took the watch from Mrs. Swain's loom; I hung it at my loom; I left it at my loom; between ten and eleven o'clock in the morning some men came there, we all went and had gin and porter together; we all got intoxicated: I and Mrs. Swaine were obliged to lay down, we could not work; Mrs. Jackson was also intoxicated. On the next morning Mrs. Jackson missed her watch; she asked my boy about it; he said he was innocent of taking it. Mrs. Jackson threatened to send him to jail; my boy cried, and said he pawned it.


First Middlesex jury, before Mr. Baron Graham .

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