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<p>He was also indicted a Second Time, of
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<p>He was also indicted the Third Time, of
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<join result="offenceVictim" targOrder="Y" targets="t17240812-52-off287 t17240812-52-victim248"/> </persName> , in the Night-Time, and stealing 118 Yards of Woollen Cloth </rs>, the
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<interp inst="t17240812-52-person249" type="gender" value="male"/> </persName> with it, and he procured him to be apprehended. That he went to the Prisoner in new prison, and asking how he could be so ungrateful to rob him, after he had shown him so much Kindness? The Prisoner owned he had been ungrateful in doing so, informing him of several Circumstances as to the Manner of Committing the Fact, but said he had been drawn into it by ill Company. Jonathan Wild depos'd, The Prosecutor came to him, and desir'd him to inquire after his Goods that had been stolen, telling him he suspected the Prisoner to have been concern'd in the Robbery, he having before committed some Robberies in the Neighbourhood. That inquiring after him, and having heard of him before, he was informed that he was an Acquaintance of
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<interp inst="t17240812-52-person251" type="gender" value="male"/> </persName> : Whereupon he sent for William Field, who came to him; upon which he told him, If he would make an ingenuous Confession, he believ'd he could prevail with the Court to make him an Evidence. That he did make a Discovery of the Prisoner, upon which he was apprehended, and also of others since convicted, and gave an Account of some Parcels of the Cloth, which were found accordingly. William Field depos'd, That the Prisoner told him, and Joseph Blake, that he knew a Ken where they might get something of Worth: That they went to take a View of the Prosecutor's House, but disapprov'd of the Attempt, as not thinking it easy to be performed: But the Prisoner perswaded them that it might be easily done, he knowing the House, having liv'd with the Prosecutor. That thereupon he cut the Cellar Bar went into the Cellar, got into the Shop, and brought out three Parcels of Cloth, which they carried away. The Prisoner had also confest the Fact when he was apprehended, and before the Justice. The Fact being plainly prov'd, the Jury found him
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