17th February 1820
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432. JOHN SUMMERFIELD was indicted for stealing, on the 1st of August , 50 lbs. of paper value 16 s., and twelve books, value 16 s. , the goods of his late Majesty .


JOHN FINLASON , ESQ. I am chief clerk at the Admiralty Office of the Record department; the papers in question were kept in the garrets of the Admiralty Office ; the prisoner had the charge of them for two years. He had the key of the door, and another messenger, named Leggate, also had a key.

Q. In consequence of information did you examine the room to see if the papers were removed - A. I did, and missed a great quantity, principally log-books, journals of ships, and port lists.

Cross-examined by MR ADOLPHUS. Q. How long before had you been into the room - A. About two months. I suspect about two ton weight have been taken.

GEORGE DONALDSON . I am a constable of St. Martin's in the Fields. I searched the prisoner's house, No. 1, Hunt's-court, St. Martin's-lane, for Admiralty papers, and found a quantity, which I produce. I afterwards received papers from Cordery.

(Property produced and sworn to.)

JOHN CORDERY . I am a cheesemonger, and live in the Strand. I bought the papers which I gave to Donaldson of a man, named Ingram, at five or six times. I bought 7, or 8 lbs. at a time.

HENRY INGRAM . I make up tradesmens' books, and collect debts; I live in Burleigh-street, Exeter Change; the prisoner gave me the papers to sell. I went to the garrets of the Admiralty to him, where there was a quantity of books of this description. He said they were waste paper, and perquisites of his. He generally brought me 7 or 8 lbs. at a time, tied in a handkerchief,. I sold them to Cordery for 4 d. per lb., and gave him the money.

GUILTY . Aged 24.

Transported for Seven Years .

First Middlesex Jury, before Mr. Common Sergeant.

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