4th March 1839
Reference Numbert18390304-896
VerdictGuilty > unknown

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896. JOHN FERGUSON was indicted for stealing, on the 21st of February, 1 box, value 3d., and 74 packages of paste 'blacking, value 5s., the goods of John Gwyther.

BENJAMIN KIDMAN . I live in Upper Thames-street. On the evening of the 21st of February, about seven o'clock, I noticed a young man with a frock-coat on, push open the door of Mr. Gwryther's house, which is opposite to my house—I then saw the prisoner go and push the door gently open, and off a cheese which was there he took this box—be was going up Bush-lane with it—I opened my private door and took him, with this box of blacking.

ELIZABETH GWYTHER . I am the wife of John Gwyther. This box is his, it contains seventy-four packages of blacking, and If worth 5s.—I saw it safe half an hour before it was taken.

Prisoner. I was out with a cart, and got a little too much to drink.

GUILTY . Aged 17.— Confined Six Months.

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