GEORGE DAVIDGE.
25th October 1847
Reference Numbert18471025-2318
VerdictGuilty > unknown
SentenceImprisonment

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2318. GEORGE DAVIDGE was indicted for embezzling the sums of 1l. and 6l.; which he had received on account of Thomas Townsend Glascott, his master.

MR. ROBINSON conducted the Prosecution.

THOMAS SLATER. I am a butcher and live at Kensington. I wanted an alteration made in my shop, and the prisoner was recommended to me to do it—he said he could do what I wanted very easily, for a small sum—he did it, and it came to about 8l.; I said to him—"Walk into the parlour and I will pay you"—my clerk said the prisoner had had meat to the amount of 2l., and I paid him a check for 6l., which settled the account—this is the check I paid him—he made out his bill and I paid it.

Cross-examined by MR. BALLANTINE. Q. On whose account did you pay him? A. I thought he was the master—I never knew who he came from—I did not employ Messrs. Longman—I did not know the name—when the other men came, I have said to them, "Where is your master?" and they have said, "He will be here directly," and then the prisoner has come.

JOSEPH PARMAN. I was indebted to Messrs. Longman 1l. 11s. 6d.—I paid it to the prisoner—I cannot tell the date—he came for the money, and had it—the work was done about June or July, and the money was paid, it might be a month afterwards—he signed this bill.

THOMAS TOWNSEND GLASCOTT. I carry on business as a copper-merchant

in Brownlow-street, and I have a shop in Holborn—the prisoner was in my employ—he was to solicit orders, and to take money, and pay it to Mr. Longman or to me. when he received it—he had no right to do business on his own account—I stipulated with him that he should not do it—our firm is Longman and Co.—it consists of myself only—I knew of this work being done at Mr. Slater's—my workmen did it, with my materials and at my estimate—the prisoner never paid me the amount for that work—after being asked repeatedly about it, he stated he had received the money and paid it to Mr. Longman—I knew of the goods being supplied to Mr. Parman—I have not received that money.

Cross-examined. Q. Do you say Mr. Longman has nothing to do with the firm now? A. He is not a partner—he manages the business for me—he was once in business for himself, and the name of Longman is over the door, and on the bills—it is done out of courtesy to him—it is a customary thing—I engaged the prisoner myself—he was paid a commission of ten percent. on the receipts, but I believe nothing on the sales—he was not to receive commission on the sales which were effected, though the receipts had not taken place, except when I have advanced him money on account, and he was to receive ten per cent. when it was settle—I have settled with him—I do not owe him anything—he is in my debt—there is an account current between us—I had great difficulty to get his account from him—he was to settle every week—I will swear I am not in his debt at all—he had to make disbursements for me at times, but he was bound to consult me every time he did it, and not to do it without—he did do it, but he was found fault with for doing it—I do not know of his becoming surety for Mr. Longman, or of his accepting a bill of exchange for him—he has never been surety for me.

JOSEPH LONGMAN. I am a copper-plate maker, in High Holborn—it is Mr. Glasscott's business—I am not in partnership with him—I am employed as manager—the prisoner was his town-traveller—I received the 1l. for the wrok done at Mr. Slater's—that was on the 10th of Sept.—I had frequently asked the prisoner for the 8l. which Mr. Slater owed—I said I was surprised it was not paid, and I would call there myself—he said, "Don't do that, I will call again"—I saw him again on the 9th of Sept., and he said, "Mr. Slater has paid that money, I will pay you in the morning;" and the 1l. was brought to me by a workman—I had on several occasions desired the prisoner to call and ask for the money—I had done so on the 8th of Sept., and he said, "I can't see him; I called, and he was not in the way;" and he made many excuses—Mr. Glascott asked me if I had any gold—I said, "No"—he said, "Davidge told me he had paid you 6l."—I spoke to the prisoner, and told him Mr. Glascott had told me that he said he had paid me, and he said, "Never mind, I will pay you in the morning"—I have never received the money of Mr. Parman—I asked the prisoner to call for it on several occasions—I asked him in June or July.

Cross-examined. Q. Why is your name on these bills, and the business carried on in your name? A. Because I carried on the business for many years, and now Mr. Glascott finds money, and carries on the concern—I hired the prisoner—I made an arrangement with him, through Mr. Glascott—he was to be paid 5s. a day for the time he was employed, and to have a commission of ten per cent. on the sales he effected, when the money was paid—if it were not paid, he had nothing—I have lent him money—he has never lent me money—I borrowed money at a loan society on one occasion—the prisoner was not my surety no referee—I have been his surety for two loans of 5l. each, and I never saw one farthing of the money.

MR. ROBINSON. Q. You have been twice his surety, and had to pay the money? A. Yes—I hired the prisoner through Mr. Glascott—the first time I saw him was in Mr. Glascott's shop—he was aware that he was hired for Mr. Glascott—it was his duty to pay this money as soon as he received it.

GUILTY. Aged 42.— Confined One Year.

(There were two other indictments against the prisoner.)


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