ABRAHAM SIMMONS.
3rd July 1848
Reference Numbert18480703-1719
VerdictNot Guilty > unknown

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1719. ABRAHAM SIMMONS , was indicted for feloniously receiving 2 1000l. bank-notes, the property of Richard Blakemore, Esq., well knowing them to be stolen.

MR. CLARKSON conducted the Prosecution.

RICHARD BLAKEMORE , Esq. I am Member of Parliament for Wells, in Somersetshire. On 3rd July, 1843, I received three 1000l. bank-notes at Messrs Mastennan's—I put them into my trowsers pocket, passed up Cheapside, got into an omnibus at the top of Ludgate-hill, and rode till I came to the turning that leads into St. James's-square—my apartments are very near, and I walked there—I went into my own room with a view to send the notes into the country—I put my hand into my pocket, and they were not there—I did not know how I had lost them, but something which occurred to me in the omnibus has been mentioned to me—I lost them in getting out, by some person to whom I returned thanks for helping me out—some time afterwards, in 1843, one of the notes was presented at the Bank of England, by a clerk in the branch bank at Liverpool—he was tried for having other stolen notes in his possession, and the Judge gave directions that my note should be restored to me—I did not trace the other two.

MR. SAMUEL ROBERT GOODMAN . I am principal clerk to the Lord Mayor. In the course of this matter being investigated before his Lordship, these two 1000l. notes were produced, and were, by the advice of one party and the consent of the other, deposited in my hands to be produced on this trial—(producing them.)

MR. BLAKEMORE. re-examined. These are the notes I had.

JOHN FORRESTER . I and my brother were directed by Messrs. Bush and Mullens to go to the prisoner's house—we went on the 1st of June, and found him at home—he keeps the Coal Hole, Blackfriars-road, next door to the Surrey Theatre—I do not know whether his house is the resort of sporting men—I told him my name, and said I came to ask him about two 1000l. notes that he had paid into his banker's—he said all he could say about it was, that anything that I wanted to know, if I applied to his solicitors, Messrs. Wire and Child, they would give any information—I said, "Perhaps you had better go with me"—he said, "I have an engagement, but I will give you a note"—I said, "A note is of no utility to me, you had better come

with me"—there was some observation about taking him into custody—he said, "Am I in custody?"—I said, "You are"—he said, "Very well, then I will go with you directly"—he put his coat on, and we went in a cab to Messrs. Wire and Child's—I found they were his solicitors, and they attended to the case from that time.

Cross-examined by MR. BALLANTINE. Q. When did you receive the information? A. Two or three, or it might be four days before—it was in consequence of the notes having been stopped at the Bank—I found the prisoner engaged in his usual occupation in his bar—he had his coat off, and was serving and acting as landlord of the house.

MR. HENRY CHILD . I am in partnership with Mr. Wire, we are solicitors. We had been concerned professionally for the prisoner for several years past—I heard that he came in company with Forrester—I was not there then—I heard the cause of his being taken—several days previous to that he told me the notes he bad paid into his bankers, the Southampton branch of the London and Westminster Bank, had been stopped at the Bank—I accompanied him to the Bank, and saw Mr. Marshall—I was alone with him, and explained to him the circumstances as detailed to me by the prisoner—the prisoner did not give me directions to make any express statement, or to say anything specially—he came to me, and said that on the preceding day he had paid these notes into his banker's, and in the evening, some person came from the Bank, and told him they had been stopped, that they had been stolen some years before, and he requested me to go with him to his banker's—on the way, he told me that he went to Epsom, on the Derby day, and while there, a bet was offered him of 2000l. to 1000l., by a person, who he afterwards ascertained from himself, was a Mr. Green, whose residence was at Manchester; and after the race was won, and it being determined in his favour, the gentleman come to him, and wished to settle the bet; that he paid him the two 1000l. notes in question, and he immediately put the name of the party on the back of the notes—I believe this to be the prisoner's writing on the back of them—he said the person who came to him was attired as a gentleman, was rather of an imposing appearance, and was in a very handsome carriage; that he knew there was a Mr. Green of Manchester, very much connected with the sporting world, and who kept race-horses, and he supposed this was the man; that Mr. Robertson, the editor and proprietor of the Railway Record and Railway Times, was with him, and saw the notes, and took them in his hand, and Mr. Upham, and another gentleman, were present; one carrying on business in Blackfriars-road, and the other in Edgware-road, and his wife was with him, and other persons—I stated the substance of this to Mr. Marshall—these are the notes which were deposited in Mr. Goodman's hands, at the hearing—they have Green's name on the back of them.

Cross-examined. Q. You became attorney in this case, having acted as attorney for the prisoner for a number of years? A. Yes—he is a licensed victualler, and the proprietor of a clothes-exchange, in Houndsditch—it was through that, that I principally had to do with him—I investigated the title when he purchased the freehold—he has been in possession of considerable sums from time to time—we always had a very high opinion of him—we had business with him respecting that freehold property, and two or three lease-hold properties.

MR. CLARKSON to JOHN FORRESTER. Q. Did you make any inquiries for a person of the name of Green, largely connected with the sporting world, at Manchester? A. Yes; I found there was such a person.

JOHN ROBERTSON . I live at 153, Fleet-street. I am editor of the Railway Record—I was at Epsom on the Derby day. May 24th, with Mr. Upham and two other gentlemen—we went to a booth for refreshment, just before the race for the Derby was run—the prisoner came in while we were there—he asked us to go and have some lunch with him—we went to his carriage, which was near the grand stand, and lunched with him there—the Derby race was run soon after, after which a person came up to the prisoner's carriage—I should not know him again—he was a tall man, with green spectacles—I saw him hand over two notes to the prisoner, which were afterwards shown to me, and were two 1000l. notes—I do not know that I should know them—I do not know these notes—I did not hear the person who gave these notes say anything—I was on the side of the carriage nearest to the race, and he came on the off-side.

MR. UPHAM. I am engaged on the Railway Record, under Mr. Robertson. I was at Epsom on the Derby day—I lunched in the prisoner's carriage—I saw some notes paid him on the course by a gentleman with spectacles—I understood him to say he had lost some money on a bet, or something to that effect—I was on the side where he came up and paid them, on the opposite side to Mr. Robertson—he did not stay a moment—Mr. Simmons received the money, and said it was all right—he showed the notes to us, they were two 1000l. notes—he was cautioned to take care of them, and to cut them, as it was a large sum of money to have on the race course—he did not cut them that I saw—he said he had backed Surplice, the winner of the Derby—I had not seen the man who handed them over, before—I heard the prsioner say he had won the money of Mr. Green.

NOT GUILTY .

MR. CLARKSON. at the commencement of the case had expressed a desire to withdraw from the prosecution, there being every reason to believe the prisoner's statement to be true, but the Court thought that the evidence should be heard.


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