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<p>242.
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<interp inst="t17450424-44-off267" type="offenceSubcategory" value="receiving"/> he, on the 24th of Sept. last, 2 4 pewter plates, value 24 s. 6 pewter dishes, val. 20 s. a pewter cheese plate, val. 12 d. a silver spoon, val. 10 s. and a man's hanger, val. 3 s. the goods and chattels of
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<persName id="t17450424-44-person550"> Ann Hicks
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<interp inst="t17450424-44-person550" type="gender" value="female"/> </persName> . My house was broke open, and I lost the things mentioned in the indictment. I don't know the prisoner, 'tis only by the information of Mecum, that I know who had them.</p>
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<persName id="t17450424-44-person551"> Samuel Mecum
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<persName id="t17450424-44-person552"> James Stansbury
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<interp inst="t17450424-44-person552" type="gender" value="male"/> </persName> , Boyers, Saunshus and I, broke open a linen draper's shop in
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<join result="offencePlace" targOrder="Y" targets="t17450424-44-off267 t17450424-44-crimeloc269"/>, and took two dozen of plates, six dishes, a thing with three stands to it (I do not know the name of it) a large silver spoon, and I believe two or three more spoons, and an old apron or two which we tied them up in - it was about the middle of Sept. and about two o'clock in the night.</p>
<p>Q. What did you do with them?</p>
<p>Mecum. We sold them to
<persName id="t17450424-44-person553"> Samuel Levi
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<interp inst="t17450424-44-person553" type="gender" value="male"/> </persName> (the prisoner) he lived about two doors off this house that we broke open. I lived then in White Chapel, he came to me, and said, there is such a house broke open, and asked who did it; he said, Sam, if you did it, you may as well let me have the things, as any body else; I said I knew nothing of them; he said, I might as well let him have them, for he knew the house was broke open; for he came by the door, and the people who lost them thanked God they had lost no more.</p>
<p>Q. What did you sell them for?</p>
<p>Mecum. We had twenty eight shillings for the whole, the next morning.</p>
<p>Q. Did you tell him how you came by them?</p>
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<xptr type="pageFacsimile" doc="174504240039"/>Mecum. Yes, he knew how we came by them.</p>
<p>Q. What business is the prisoner?</p>
<p>Mecum . He
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<p>Q. Did you ever sell this man any stolen goods before?</p>
<p>Mecum. Yes, several times, and he has dealt with an hundred thieves.</p>
<p>Prisoner. I have witnesses to prove, that I have not spoke to him, for a year and an half: the gentlewoman knows I was sick in bed at that time; I lived next door to her.</p>
<p>Mrs. Hicks . I know nothing of you.</p>
<p>Mecum . There was a hanger taken out of the house at the same time, and they kept that several days: the thief-takers had the hanger afterwards .</p>
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<persName id="t17450424-44-person554"> George Jackman
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<interp inst="t17450424-44-person554" type="gender" value="male"/> </persName> . I am a hatter by trade. I live in Creed-church lane . I have known the Prisoner about six years: he buys and sells old clothes. My men were drinking at the Taylors arms in Duke's place, and I went to call them.</p>
<p>Mecum . That is a house which used to harbour all the thieves .</p>
<p>Jackman . That is nothing to me, my character can be cleared.</p>
<p>Q. When was that?</p>
<p>Jackman. I believe about last May or June. Mecum was rapping it out prodigiously, and swearing in a most vile manner, that if he met with the person he was swearing about (who I did not know) he would shoot him and chop him to pieces.</p>
<p>Q. Who did that appear to be?</p>
<p>Jackman. The Prisoner at the bar; and this was (as I heard afterwards) because the Prisoner had arrested his wife, or his supposed wife. I made answer, and said, Young man, I don't know you; but if this was a friend of mine, I would take care of you; for you should not say such vile words as these.</p>
<p>Mecum. How came you here for a witness?</p>
<p>Jackman. The Prisoner's spouse came to me, and desired me to come.</p>
<p>Mecum. You would perjure yourself to swear against me, when you know nothing at all of the matter.</p>
<p>Q. Did you know the Prisoner before?</p>
<p>Jackman. He was servant to a gentleman I serve with hats, Mr. Levi in Lime-street .</p>
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<persName id="t17450424-44-person555"> Jacob Jacobs
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<interp inst="t17450424-44-person555" type="gender" value="male"/> </persName> . About twelve months ago I was drinking a pint of beer, and this Gentleman was just come out of Newgate. Mecum swore a great oath, and said, If I rob the whole world, I'll be revenged on you, and bring you to the gallows; and Mr. Jackman was angry with him for saying so, and was ready to beat him. I believe he had arrested his wife; the officer that arrested her is in court.</p>
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<persName id="t17450424-44-person556"> Henry Samuel
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<interp inst="t17450424-44-person556" type="gender" value="male"/> </persName> . I have known the Prisoner ten or eleven years, and know him to be a man who works hard for his family. I have lent him two or three guineas at a time, to buy old clothes, and he has paid me very honestly.</p>
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<persName id="t17450424-44-person557"> Elizabeth Lyon
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<interp inst="t17450424-44-person557" type="gender" value="female"/> </persName> . The Prisoner was a lodger to me six years ago; and three years ago his wife and he lodged with me. I know he always took a great deal of pains to get his living, by buying old clothes.
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