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<p>* He was committed for breaking open the House of Messuurs Huntley, Linnen Drapers in
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<interp inst="t17420909-1-person33" type="gender" value="male"/> </persName> . On the 10th of February last, between the Hours of seven and eight in the Evening, a young Man came in, and bought a Penny-worth of Sugar-Candy, and a few Minutes afterwards another came in; in the mean Time a Gentlewoman came in for a Quarter of a Pound of Sugar; while I turned my Back, another young Man said, Call as you come back; and then I believe two Persons took this Bag of Tea, but I cannot say the Prisoner at the Bar was one. It is the Property of
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<interp inst="t17420909-1-person34" type="gender" value="male"/> </persName> . There was seventeen Pound Custom-House Weight, it was worth above 5 s. a Pound. - It was about an Hour after they went out of the Shop before I missed it. - I cannot tell whether there was any other Customer in the Shop, between the Time of their going out and my missing it.</p>
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<interp inst="t17420909-1-person35" type="gender" value="male"/> </persName> . On the 10th of February , between the Hours of seven and eight in the Evening, the Prisoner,
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<interp inst="t17420909-1-person36" type="gender" value="male"/> </persName> , and myself, went to the Corner of the Old-Bailey;
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<interp inst="t17420909-1-person37" type="gender" value="male"/> </persName> went in first, and asked for a Pennyworth of Sugar-Candy, I followed him into the Shop, and was with Briers, to skreen the Prisoner from being seen by this Gentleman; and the Oil-Skin Bag, with the Tea in it, was taken away by the Prisoner at the Bar. - I saw him take it, because I waited to see when he had it, that I might go away; and Briers said as we were going out, I might call as I came back. We sold it to one
<persName id="t17420909-1-person38"> Elizabeth Bartfoot
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<interp inst="t17420909-1-person38" type="gender" value="female"/> </persName> for five Shillings a Pound. I think it came to 4 l. 5 s. - Briers is transported + for another Fact. - I am in Custody of the Keeper of Newgate. I am in no Business now; I was bound to an Attorney.</p>
<p>+ He was convicted in April Sessions of stealing two Perukes from Mr Bonnell .</p>
<p>Prisoner. I have nothing at all to say. I leave it in your Hands, my Lord. I have no Friend in the World.
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