17th April 1822
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545. WILLIAM ODEL was indicted for embezzlement .

GEORGE LEE . I am a salesman , and live in Newgate-market. The prisoner has been my collecting-clerk about four years. Mr. Pocklington was indebted to me 16 l. 13 s. 5 d.; the prisoner had to collect it. Tuesday is our collecting-day in the City, and on the Wednesday he went out to collect as usual, and while he was out something occured which induced me to suspect him; and on Thursday I went to Mr. Pocklington - the prisoner was apprehended on the Wednesday; I did not then know of this deficiency. He had not brought Mr. Pocklington's money to account.

ROBERT POCKLINGTON . On Tuesday, the 19th of February, the prisoner called on me for 16 l. 13 s. 5 d., due to his master. I saw him write a receipt in my book; I gave him sixteen sovereigns, half a sovereign, and 3 s. 6 d. in silver - I produce my book. I told Mr. Lee I had paid the money to his man.

(receipt read).

Cross-examined by MR. ANDREWS. Q. Had you made other payments that day - A. Several. I paid every thing that day in sovereigns.

HENRY KERRIDGE . I am a constable, and took charge of the prisoner on the 20th of February. I went to his lodging, and found some memorandums and a book there.

MR. ANDREWS to MR. LEE. Q. When ought he to account to you - A. Every day; when he comes home he makes up his books - he had 18 s. a week.

GUILTY . Aged 19.

Transported for Fourteen Years .

The prosecutor stated his total loss to be 380 l.

London Jury, before Mr. Recorder.

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