25th November 1844
Reference Numbert18441125-151
VerdictsGuilty > pleaded guilty; Not Guilty > unknown

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151. JAMES TAYLOR was indicted for stealing, on the 25th of Oct., 250 yards of canvass, value 14l.; 69 yards of baize, 4l. 15s.; 60 yards of trimming, 4l.; 60 yards of binding, 15s.; 1 copper boiler, 12s.; 360 lamps, 2l. 5s.; 72 drinking-glasses, 2l.; 3 decanters, 10s.; 60 mugs, Il.; 6 metal taps, 125.; 36 knives, 8s.; 36 forks, 7s.; 8 pewter measures, 6s.; 11 dishes, 10s.; 60 plates, 6s.; 3 sets of cruets, 5s.; 3 stands for cruets, 2s. 6d.; 5 saucers, 7d.; 1 cup, 1d.; 3 tea-pots, 1s. 6d.; 3 jugs, 6d.; 3 keys, 9s.; 3 tin boilers, 6s.; 1 baking-tin, 2s.; 6 salt-cellars, 3s.; 3 punch-bowls, 7s.; 8 flags, 8s.; and 1 tea-urn, 9s.; the goods of George William Henry Young: and JOHN RAYNER , for feloniously receiving 14 driuking-glasses, 9 cruets, 1 salt-cellar, 5 saucers, 1 cup, 3 pewter-measures, measures, 2 dishes, 14 plates, 26 jugs, 9 yards of baize, 20 yards of canvass, and 2 flags, part of the said goods, well knowing them to have been stolen; against the Statute, &c.; to which

TAYLOR pleaded GUILTY . Aged 24.— Confined Six Months .

MR. RYLAND conducted the Prosecution.

GEORGE WILLIAM HENRY YOUNG . I am a hawker and pedlar. I live at the Old King Harry, in the Mile-end-road—I generally travel the country with a van and Sheffield cutlery—I sleep in the van when I am traveling On the 9th of Oct. I was at Croydon in the morning, and at Mile-end in the evening—I slept in the Mile-end-road all night—on that day I placed the whole of a drinking-booth in a loft belonging to Mr. Walton, who keeps the Old King Harry—it consisted of the canvass and other things stated—I valued them at about 30l.—on the 30th of Oct. I received information, and came to town—I went to Mr. Walton's, and found my goods were gone—I know the prisoner Taylor—I had given him an odd job now and then, but not regularly—I gave a description of him, I sod after some hours'search I found him near Ratcliff-highway—he took me to Mr. Wren's, in Rosemary-lane—I saw Rayner there on the top of the stairs—he was in his night-gown, just got out of bed—he came down stairs to me—I said to Taylor, "Is this the man you sold the goods to?" he said, Yes, it was—Rayner said it was a bad job, he could not get them back that night, he might the next day, or he could the next day, or some such words—a friend called in some policemen—they searched the house, and some goods were found, some bits of green-baize, some crockery, some glass, a piece of canvass, and a couple of small flags—they were shown to me, and I knew most of them as my own property—it was rather late in the evening—I should say it was after eleven—I saw no pewter measures then—I have seen some since, and a copper boiler, a gravy-dish, and other things—I believe them to be mine—most of them I can swear to—they were some of the articles I had left in the loft.

BENJAMIN BOORN . I am a hawker, and am the prosecutor's brother-in-law, law, I went with him to Rayner's on the 30th of Oct;—I saw the articles found, which the prosecutor has mentioned—when I went in Rayner was in bed—I went up stairs and called him—he opened his room door, and came on the landing in his shirt—he then dressed himself, and came down—Young said, "I am come about my things"—Rayner said, "I can't get them back to-night, nor yet to-morrow,"but Taylor had before that stamped his foot on the ground, and said, "The things are here"—while Rayner was in the shop, a man, dressed as a sailor, came in and said, "What is the matter?"—I said, "Mind your own business"—Rayner nodded his head to the sailor, as much as to say, "Go out"—the sailor went into the back room, got a light, and went up stairs—some policemen were called in—I went up stairs with them to Rayner's bed-room—we found in his bed-room this piece of baize, and the narrow piece of canvass which bad been cut off the baize; and on the top of the drawers in the room we found some glasses and some cruets—I could swear to two of the dram-glasses, and to the piece of baize—I went into the adjoining room, and found some dishes and plates, which I believe to be my brother-in-law's property—they had been through my hands several times—I went up stairs, and saw the sailor in the front room at the top of the house—he had a light, and there were some beds which he tumbled out of a cupboard—I did not know any property found in that room—I came down, and in about half-an-hour I went up again—I saw the sliding-window in the room in which I had seen the sailor, was a little open—I shoved it right back, and got on the leads—I went as far as the next window, turning towards the left, and in the gutter I found a piece of new

canvass and two flags—I had had them in my hand before, and I believe them to be the prosecutor's—I could not swear to them—they are Union-Jack flags, and are used as handkerchiefs—they have nail-holes in them, and I have not the least doubt that they are my brother-in-law's property—this canvass is about the quantity that was left when there was a new thirty-feet tilt made—there is no mark on it—I believe it to be my brother's property.

Cross-examined by MR. BALLANTINE. Q. You desired the sailor to go away, did you? A. No, I just told him to mind his own business—he was not one of the prisoners.

JULIA SHEEN . I am a widow, and live in Blue Anchor-yard, Rosemary-lane. I know the prisoner Rayner—on the 25th of Oct. I went to his shop to pay him a little money—I paid him 2s. off a bed and bedstead, which I had bought—I came away, and went to a grocer's shop and bought some sugar—Taylor then came to me, and wanted me to buy something—I went back to Rayner's shop with Taylor, and Taylor and I, and a sailor in a flannel shirt went up stairs—Rayner did not go up—Taylor asked me a price for some crockery, which I saw upstairs and declined to buy—I went away and sent for my daughter, and she and I went back—I did not see Rayner then—Taylor and a sailor-like man sold my daughter some articles—Rayner keeps a barber's and a broker's shop—he buys old stores, and everything.

PIERCE DRISCOLL (police-sergeant H 24.) On the 30th of Oct. I had information of this, and I apprehended the two prisoners—they were standing by one another in Rayner's shop—I asked them if they knew what they were charged with—they made no reply—I remained in the I house, and an officer took them to the station.

Cross-examined. Q. Rayner was admitted to bail? A. Yes.

ALLAN PIPE (police-constable H 51,) I went with Driscoll to assist in taking the prisoners, and to search Rayner's house—I found the things which have been produced, and in a box under the bed I found these three pewter measures, smashed up as they are now—I was present when the prisoners were examined—after they had been cautioned, Taylor said, in presence of Rayner, that he did not know that he could make it any ✗; that these were the things he sold to Rayner—the things were then present—Rayner said he should decline saying anything, by the advice of his attorney.


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