23rd October 1822
Reference Numbert18221023-23
VerdictGuilty > theft under 40s

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1510. JOHN CAMPBELL was indicted for stealing, on the 13th of September , three candlesticks, value 50 s.; two pair of salt cellars, value 3 l.; and one snuffer tray, value, 50 s., the goods of Henry Walker , Samuel Yongue , Charles Yongue , and George Kitchen , in their dwelling-house .

HENRY WALKER . I am in partnership with Samuel Yongue , Charles Yongue , and George Kitchen ; we are silversmiths ; the firm rents a house in Beaufort Buildings , but I only live in it. The prisoner had been our servant more than two years, as warehouseman and porter . Mr. Tate, who is a silversmith, came to me on Thursday, the 17th of October, and said, in the presence of the prisoner, that he had seen two snuffer trays of our manufacture at Balfour's the pawnbroker's, in Chandos-street. When I went out of the warehouse to go there, the prisoner went out also, and his father brought a note from him - I know it to be the prisoner's hand-writing - (read).

"Mr. Walker, I have been driven by the most distressing circumstances to make use of your property, and before I could replace it, you have discovered it, and I am rained. Pray walk with my father, and I will give you every satisfaction, and endeavour to make all good. In mercy to me do not bring an officer, till you have heard what I have to say; and then, if you are not convinced that what I have done is through distress, I will give myself up, as with the loss of my character, I am for ever ruined. J. CAMPBELL."

I told his father he must come to me, or I should send an officer for him; he came and delivered me a number of duplicates, which the officer has got. I went to Balfour's, and found two snuffer trays; and at Cameron's in the Strand I found a silver snuffer tray; at Levy's, in London-street, a pair of silver salts, and two plated candlesticks; also other property at different places - I do not know when they were taken.

Cross-examined. Q. Had you a character with him - A. Yes. He had 20 s. a-week. His parents were in great distress - I cannot say whether he supported them or not.

WILLIAM LACK . I am servant to Isaac Levy , pawnbroker in London-street. On the 13th of September, the prisoner pawned a pair of plated candlesticks for 20 s., and two salts were pawned in July for 25 s.; and afterwards I advanced 10 s. more, and on the 31st of August, 10 s. more, making 2 l. 5 s. I never saw him till he pawned the salts. When he brought the candlesticks, he said he was a manufacturer - he gave the name of John Wittingham , Fitzroy-place.

JOHN HAWKES . I am shopman to Mr. Cameron, pawnbroker, in the Strand. I have a silver candlestick pawned on the 9th of September for 25 s. in the name of John Wittingham , St. Martin's-lane, by the prisoner; also a pair of plated salts, pawned for 10 s. on the 3d of August, in the same name, and on the 23d of August, a silver snuffer tray, for 2 l. 10 s. When he brought the candlestick, I asked whose it was, he said his own, and that he had pawned it once or twice before, which the apprentice said was true. I had only lived there two days, and only took in the candlesticks.

MR. WALKER. The property is all ours. There is no single article worth 40 s. except the snuffer tray.

GUILTY. Aged 21.

Of stealing to the value of 39 s. only .

Confined Six Months .

First Middlesex Jury, before Mr. Justice Park.

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