15th September 1819
Reference Numbert18190915-129
SentenceCorporal > public whipping

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1211. GEORGE FIELD was indicted for a fraud .

WILLIAM CRAWLEY I am an appraiser, and live in Haberdasher-square, Cripplegate. On the 21st of June I met with the prisoner at the Queen's Head, Whitecross-street; I had heard that he was an attorney. I am agent to Mr. John Jones , a fishmonger, in the Borough. I stated to the prisoner that I had a commission in hand for Mr. Jones, who had an assignment of some property that had been removed from a fire, and that part of the property had got into the hands of William Hobcraft , Charlotte Mills , and Thomas Brown , and asked him the best way to recover it? He said by an action at law against them. I asked him if he was an attorney, he said he was, and that he was on the Rolls. I advanced him 1 l. 1 s., to carry on proceedings. I afterwards advanced him 14 s. on account of John Jones - he did nothing to carry on the suit. I searched the offices, but could not learn that any proceedings had commenced. He afterwards admitted that he was not an attorney.

WILLIAM DANIEL KISS , ESQ. I am an attorney. I I have examined the Rolls of both Courts to see if the prisoner is an attorney; I can only find one George Field , he is here.

Prisoner. Q. Did you search the year 1815 - A. Yes.

GEOEGE FIELD, ESQ. I am an attorney of all the Courts. I was admitted in the year 1799; I know no other of my name. I never permitted the prisoner to use my name.

JOHN EVERETT . I am constable of Cripplegate. I have known the prisoner about five months, by seeing him at the Queen's Head. I have repeatedly heard him say he was an attorney, and kept three clerks. I never heard where his office was.

Prisoner's Defence. About the middle of last Term the prosecutor applied to me to commence this action. I advised an action of trover to be brought. I moved the Court, and charged him 35 s. Brown agreed to give up the property. The prosecutor wished me to proceed with the action against Hobcraft. At the return of the writ I filed the declaration, and served the defendant with notice and rule to plead; I attended at the office in proper time, and found no plea was put in. Crawley said he should be better satisfied if he went to the office himself; I suppose this to be the office he says he searched. He refused to advance more money, and never paid me for filing the declaration. I refused to proceed, and he had me apprehended. I do not consider that my case is connected with a Criminal Court.

GUILTY . Aged 26.

Publicly Whipped , and Discharged.

London Jury, before Mr. Common Sergeant.

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