3rd July 1822
Reference Numbert18220703-56
VerdictNot Guilty

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1045. ISAAC DENHAM was indicted for stealing, on the 14th of June , four eye-glasses, set in gold, value 5 l. 2 s. 6 d.; one magazine set of drawing instruments, value 5 l. 5 s., and three other sets of drawing instruments, value 3 l. 7 s. , the goods of Joseph Cox .

JOSEPH COX . I am an optician , and live in Barbican. On the 22d of May, he hired a furnished apartment on my second floor; he represented himself as a limner; he paid me for one week. On the 14th of June, after locking up his apartment, he came to me, and said, that he and his wife were going to drink tea with his father-in-law, who was a respectable artist, who wanted a complete case of drawing instruments, and an eye glass set in gold, and asked if I would allow him to shew him a few, and he would return in an hour with them, or the money. I delivered him the articles stated in the indictment - he took them away, and neither he or his wife ever returned; he said nothing about wanting them for himself.

Prisoner. Q. Did you not give them to me to endeavour to sell them - A. Yes. I agreed to allow him five per cent. commission on some goods which he was to try to sell at Rutland - but these were delivered him for the express purpose of being taken to his father.

WILLIAM HEWITT . I am apprentice to Mr. Field, pawnbroker, Blackfriars-road. I have two cases of instruments and an eye-glass, pawned on the 14th of June, about five o'clock in the afternoon, by the prisoner, for 24 s.

GEORGE KIRKHAM . I am apprentice to Mr. Kirkham, of Union-street, Borough. On the 14th of June, in the evening, the prisoner pawned a case of instruments for 5 s.

SAMUEL NOTLEY . I am a pawnbroker, and live in High-street, Borough. I have a case of instruments pawned on the 14th of June, by the prisoner, for 2 l. 8 s.

GEORGE MALLARS . I am a constable. I apprehended him on the the 24th of June, in the New-cut, Lambeth. Mr. Cox's son gave him in my charge.

Prisoner's Defence. Mr. Cox gave me the goods to sell for him, and was to allow me five per cent, commission. My father-in-law being in the country, I was induced to pawn them - intending on his return to restore them. Mr. Cox promised not to prosecute me, if I sent him the duplicates, and sufficient to redeem them - together with eight guineas which I owe him.


London Jury, before Mr. Recorder.

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