19th February 1823
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426. DAVID WOOD was indicted for stealing, on the

23d of January , five yards of floor cloth, value 10 s. , the goods of Mark Albinas Pelham .

MARY PELHAM . I am the wife of Mark Albinas Pelham ; we live in great Hermitage-street . On the 22d of January, about eleven o'clock at night, I fastened the door. The floor-cloth was safe on the passage floor; I missed it next morning, about eight o'clock. The door had been opened in the morning. I found the prisoner in custody that afternoon with it - it must have been drawn under the door.

JOSEPH WHITNEY . I am a patrol in Upper East Smithfield. I stopped the prisoner on the 23d of January, about half-past six o'clock in the morning, near the watch-house, with a bundle. I asked what it was, he refused to tell me, and I took him, and found it was the floorcloth, and about eleven o'clock, he said he bought it of a sailor in Nightingale-lane, for 1 s. 3 d.

THOMAS HARRISON . I am the watch-house keeper. I found a screw driver, and a large pair of tweezers on him, which could be put under the door to draw the cloth under.

(Property produced and sworn to.)

Prisoner's Defence. I met a sailor in Nightingale-lane, who put down the roll of cloth and other things - he said he had come from his lodgings, and had wandered about all night, and would I buy them - he asked 3 s. for the cloth, I offered him a shilling; he said, if I gave him 1 s. 3 d. he would give me some joiner's tools, which he did.

GUILTY . Aged 65.

Confined One Year .

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