GEORGE GODFREY HARMAN, Deception > fraud, 18th September 1876.

Reference Number: t18760918-426
Offence: Deception > fraud
Verdict: Not Guilty > unknown
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426. GEORGE GODFREY HARMAN (66) , Unlawfully obtaining by false pretences from William Elsden, 2l., with intent to defraud.

MR. FULTON conducted the Prosecution; and MR. GRAIN the Defence.

ALEXANDER LAMB . I am a member of the firm of Ingoldby & Lamb, 3, Whitefriars Street, City, publishers-one of our publications is known as the International Guide, it comes out every two years—the object of it is to enable foreigners to know where to purchase any thing they may require—I employ men as canvassers for advertisements for that guide—In 1873 the prisoner was in my employ as canvasser—he was with me about three weeks—I think it is very likely he left of his own accord-this letter, dated October 30th, 1873, is in his writing. (This stated that he had been unwell; could have made money at it if he had not been prevented from following it up, and enclosed a statement of account.) Since that time he has never been in my employment—In 1873, when he was in my employ I used orders of this kind, and he would be in possession of such orders-when he left our service in 1873 I do not remember whether he handed in the orders or not—In consequence of information I received I wrote him a letter and received this letter in reply. (This was dated 19th March, 1874, in which the prisoner said: "I will, as you wish me call to-morrow, Friday.") I believe he did so

call—I was there—he said he had not called upon anybody to collect any money—this receipt, marked A is in the prisoner's writing "March 9th, 1876. Received from Messrs. J. Fulgar & Sons, 40s. for insertion of advertisement in International Guide"—neither the prisoner or anyone else has ever accounted to me for that order—he had no authority to take it. (Two orders were here produced signed by the prisoner, also receipts dated October 20th, 1875, from Messrs. Talbot & Alder, 27s. and 4s. for insertions in the International Guide signed by prisoner.) I have never received the monies represented by those orders.

Cross-examined. I have several letters of his that I have compared—the receipts are numbered, so many 1s., so many 2s., and so many 3s., there is no stamped number, it is written—when we give out a packet of receipts to travellers, we register them as against the particular traveller—I have searched whether these were registered against the prisoner—the parcel he brought back was the specimen book and papers—for aught I know, he might or might not have returned the receipts.

By THE COURT. The receipts are not in separate books, but in separate packets—I cannot tell whether these were among those he received.

WILLIAM ELSDEN . I am cashier to Messrs. John Fulgar & Sons, 6, Lime Street, on 28th March, some one called upon—I believe the prisoner to be the man—he was in the office about ten minutes or a quarter of an hour—he said he called to know if we would have a renewal of the advertisements in the International Guide, as before—we had previously advertised in it——I consulted with the partners, and' paid 2l.—that is the receipt (produced)—I saw him write his name to it—I had a good opportunity of seeing him, and have no doubt Whatever that the prisoner is the man—I should not have parted with the money if I had not supposed he was the canvasser—he brought the cutting from the book which they generally show to know if there was to be any alteration In them, and then he produced the receipt.

Cross-examined. Ingoldby & Lamb are the prosecutors—I did not communicate to them—another canvasser called afterwards—I can swear the prisoner is the man—he was under my observation about ten minutes—we do not advertise largely, though many canvassers call—I was standing by his side, and saw him write—I have a very good memory—I am positive the prisoner is the man—we did not send any one with the detective in order to seek out the man—I did not go myself.

HENRY BROOK ALDER . I am a white lead manufacturer, at 60, Fen-church Street—I have been in the habit of inserting advertisements in the International Guide—these receipts were given to me on 26th October by a man representing himself as Messrs. Ingoldby and Lamb's canvasser—I cannot identify him—on bis representations that he was canvassing for Messrs. Ingoldby & Lamb, I told him to repeat the advertisement as before.

ROBERT SEAMAN (Policeman). On 15th August, I apprehended the prisoner—I asked him if his name was Harman, he said "Yes"——I said "You will remember me in 1873, when you were employed by Ingoldby-and Lamb"—he said "Do you mean when I was on the Directory?"—I said "I am a detective officer, and I hold a warrant for your apprehension for obtaining money by false pretences from William Elsden."

Cross-examined. No one accompanied me; but I had a person in the employ of Messrs. Ingoldby, at a place where the prisoner would pass—he was sent at my suggestion—he was at the corner of Liverpool Street.

Bishopgate Street—I had received a description of the prisoner, and had watched on two previous mornings, and I knew he would pass in that direction at a certain time, and I had this man placed there for the purpose of identification.

ALEXANDER LAMB (re-examined). We had many other canvassers—it is sometimes customary for them to meet at the office—they might become acquainted with each others writing.

The prisoner received a good character NOT GUILTY .

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