8th September 1831
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1655. THOMAS IRWIN was indicted for stealing, on the 20th of July , 2 printed books, value 3s. , the goods of John Chidley .

JOHN CHIDLEY. I am a bookseller , and live in Goswell-street . On the 20th of July the prisoner came and bought a book for 3d. - he left hastily, and in consequence of information I went after him; he was running fast - I stopped him, and took him back; he produced these books, which are mine.(Property produced and sworn to.)

Prisoner's Defence. I travel with books for sale; I laid my bundle on the counter, and these books were tied in my bundle with others, by mistake.

JOHN CHIDLEY . He said he had stolen them, and begged to be forgiven - he is in the habit of buying books.

GUILTY . Aged 45. - Confined Three Months .

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