7th April 1851
Reference Numbert18510407-974
VerdictGuilty > unknown; Guilty > unknown; Not Guilty > unknown

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974. RICHARD WILLIAM GLODE DOUGLAS, CHARLES LIONEL DOUGLAS , and ARTHUR DOUGLAS , unlawfully conspiring to obtain brushes and other goods of Matthew Gooch, with intent to defraud him of the same. MR. BALLANTINE conducted the Proscution.

JONATHAN MILLARD . I am shopman to Matthew Gooch, a brush-maker, of Curzon-street, May-fair. On 5th or 6th Jan. the prisoner Richard came to the shop, and gave his address as William Douglas, Esq., of Ascot-heath—he selected two wash-leathers, several brushes, a currycomb, a compo-brush and box of compo, and some sponge, and ordered them to be put on one side, and he would send for them—on 9th Jan. the prisoner Charles came in a dog-cart; Arthur was with him; Charles got out, and said he called for some brushes Mr. Douglas had looked at, and said he was his son—I packed them up, and asked his address; he said, "Mr. Douglas, Ascot-villa, Ascot-heath, Sonning-hill"—he took the parcel, put it into the dog-cart, and drove away—on 11th Jan. they came again, and Charles selected a leather-case, value 10s., three shoe-brushes, four hair-brushes, a clothes-brush, boot-jack, plate-basket, a bottle of blacking, 31bs. of carriage-candles, a knife-board, and a pewter bottle, amounting, with the first order, to just upon 82.—I made up the parcel, and he took them away, saying he should want some more good stable-pails, &c.—in a day or two they came again for two stable-pails and another large brush-case; but I said before I could do more business, I should thank him to give me a reference, which he did, to Mr. Braham, 4, Hill-street, Brompton—I saw a female there, found the house was to let, and did not let them have any more articles—they paid me several visits after that, but did not pay me any money—Charles always came into the shop, and Arthur stood by the dog-cart—he did not do anything with the goods—these brushes, boot-jack, and leather-case, are some of the goods—they have not been used.

Cross-examined by MR. PAYNE. Q. You saw the dog-cart and the appearance of the young men? A. Yes; they appeared to be gentlemen.

ALFRED BURNAGE . I am assistant to Mr. Vincent, a pawnbroker, of Brompton. These two brushes were pawned there by the prisoner Charles, on 9th Jan., for 2s. 6d.

Cross-examined. Q. Are you certain of him? A. Yes, I knew him by sight.

EDWARD TALBOT . I am assistant to Mr. Attenboro' a pawnbroker, 8, Portman-street. On 11th Jan. I took in this boot-jack, and leather case, containing five brushes, of the prisoner Charles, for 5s.

JOHN GILBERT . I am foreman to Messrs. Liley and Gower, job-masters, of Knightsbridge. On 4th Jan. the prisoner Charles hired a dog-cart of me for a month, at three guineas a week—he gave his name Charles Lionel Douglas, and referred me to his uncle, 6, Belgrave-terrace, Pimlico, and 23, Essex-street, Strand—some time afterwards I went to see the uncle, at Belgrave-terrace, and it turned out to be bit father, the eldest

prisoner—I found the dog-cart at the New Inn, Gravesend—I have not been paid 1s. for it.

Cross-examined. Q. Did he not refer you to a Mr. Adcock as well? A. Yes; the horse and dog-cart were brought to my place several times in the course of the following week—I have not received the horse-cloth and roller; they are at the Bell and Horn, Brompton, detained for some demand—I had to pay 14s. at Gravesend for the dog-cart—I went to 23, Essex-street, and heard that a person named Adcock lived there, but I could not see him—it is a private house—it was some time after I got the cart back that I went to 6, Belgrave-terrace.

CHARLES FREDERICK BASTIN . I live at Ascot-lodge, Berks, and am the householder of Ascot-villa, Ascot-heath. In Jan. last the eldest prisoner took Ascot-villa of me, furnished for two months—I agreed to let it to him and a friend of his, Mr. Braham, who was with him—they came together on the Monday following, and took possession—the two young ones came some few days after—the rent was to be paid in advance—I did not get a farthing from them by way of rent—the eldest one left a sovereign for oats, in consequence of a message I left—I had furnished their horse with corn—the house was searched by the officers, and the prisoners were taken.

Cross-examined. Q. Do you mean to say the house was searched by any officer? A. Mr. Williams came with a person who he represented as an officer, and the house was searched.

JOHN BENNETT . I am the owner of 6, Belgrave-terrace. I let it to the eldest prisoner on 7th Dec.—his family remained in it till 24th March, on which day I saw them moving the things out, and went in and asked to have possession of it—I was introduced to Mrs. Douglas—I did not see either of the prisoners, and have received no money for it.

JOHN SETH ALLEN (policeman, B 3). I went to 6, Belgrave-terrace, Pimlico—I had a note which I received from Downing—in consequence of what was contained in it, I dressed myself in the garb of a clergyman—I produced the note to the woman-servant, and was shown into the parlour—there was very little furniture—the elder prisoner was there, in the act of rising from a chair—there was an appearance of poverty in the room—I asked if I was addressing Mr. Douglas—he said, "Yes; you are the Rev. Mr. Hamilton, I presume?"—I said, unfortunately for him, I was not, but was a police-sergeant—he said, "Oh, my God, I am betrayed! who has betrayed me?"—that was not said in the same tone of voice—he appeared to get better—I found this diary on the table—I told him I should take possession of it—he said, "Oh, no, don't take that," and took it up and clasped it to his bosom, saying, "Don't take that on any account; let me have it."

Cross-examined. Q. Was not he lame? A. Yes, and has been ever since—there was no furniture on the first-floor, I did not go further—there was only a table and a straw bed in the back-parlour adjoining the room where he was sitting—I saw no well-furnished room in the house.

EDWARD DOWNING (policeman, B 46). I took the two younger prisoners on another charge, leaving the Westminster police-court with their father, on 22nd Feb.—they had made an application for a warrant—Arthur said I could make nothing but a debt of it, and he was expecting some property, which would release him from it.

Cross-examined. Q. Did not he say he was most respectably connected? A. Yes; his grandfather was Sir Richard Doyle, and his mother's uncle Sir Martin Staple ton.

(The diary contained amongst others the following entries: "Nothing coming in; Charles hired dog-cart and harness from Liley." "All day ill; row all day; fearful how things will end; three boys at home idle, all ordering things; oh, that I had some employment! what will be our fate; fearful!" "What is to be done? I am ready to work; I should not order these things, were it not to support my children; they must work." "Out of sorts; boys worry me very much; not 1s., and eleven mouths to feed.")



Confined Twelve Months.


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