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<persName id="t17260302-26-defend147" type="defendantName"> Benjamin Jones
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<p>The Witnesses thus depos'd. The Prosecutor
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<persName id="t17260302-26-person150"> James Jones
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<persName id="t17260302-26-person151"> Jacob Tonson
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<interp inst="t17260302-26-person151" type="gender" value="male"/> </persName> . The Prosecutor therefore sent Word to Mr. Jones of his House being broke open; that if such a Note was brought to him, he might secure the Bearer. The Prisoner who lodg'd in
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<p>The Prisoner thus made his Defence. I left the Coffee-House in Clare-street about 12 at Night, I was drunk, I crost the Way, and betwixt Mr.Cross's Ware-House, and the Fishmongers; I stumbled over something, and being just under a Lamp, I lookt about and saw lying there, the Plate that was found in my Vault, and the Piece of Iron that was found in my Chamber. From whence I went to Drury-Lane, and pickt up a Blackamoor Woman, and from her I went to the Night-House, and so home to my Wife in the Morning.
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