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<persName id="t17460702-25-defend484" type="defendantName"> John Crips
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<persName id="t17460702-25-person491"> Q.
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<persName id="t17460702-25-person492"> William Dell
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<interp inst="t17460702-25-person492" type="gender" value="male"/> </persName> .) What is it you know of this Matter?</p>
<p>Dell. I lost 20 Lambs, Sir, the 12th Day of June last.</p>
<p>Q. Where were they?</p>
<p>Dell. They were at Welpley-Hill , in the Parish of Chesham, in Bucks .</p>
<p>Q. What, you live there, do you?</p>
<p>Dell. Yes, Sir.</p>
<p>Q. Whose Lambs were they?</p>
<p>Dell. Mine and my Brothers.</p>
<p>Q. Which of those Lambs belong to you; how many belong'd to you?</p>
<p>Dell. About five of them belong'd to me, more or less.</p>
<p>Court. All 20 belong'd to your Brother and you; pray which of them were the Widow's?</p>
<p>Dell. She is my Mother, and we go on together.</p>
<p>Court. Now give an Account in relation to these Lambs.</p>
<p>Dell. We lost them out of the Grounds the 12th of June last; I came up to Smithfield at Ten the next Morning, thinking they might be brought there; but I found them on the Road in Henden Parish, about the Five-Mile Stone.</p>
<p>Q. Was the Prisoner with them?</p>
<p>Dell. No, Sir.</p>
<p>Q. How do you know the Prisoner was concern'd in taking them?</p>
<p>Dell. I don't know any otherwise than I have been told.</p>
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<persName id="t17460702-25-person494"> John Bowden
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<interp inst="t17460702-25-person494" type="gender" value="male"/> </persName> .) What is it you say to this Affair?</p>
<p>Bowden. My Lord, as my Man was on the Road with a Drove of my Lambs, I overtook him and the Prisoner at the Bar.</p>
<p>Q. Had the Prisoner any Lambs?</p>
<p>Bowden . No, my Lord, none that I saw; he had a Scythe upon his Shoulder and a Bundle in his Hand.</p>
<p>Q. Where was it that you overtook this Man and the Prisoner?</p>
<p>Bowden. Just beyond the Seventeen-Mile Stone at Watford .</p>
<p>Q. What Day was this ?</p>
<p>Bowden. On a Wednesday, the 11th of June .</p>
<p>Q. What more ha ve you to say ?</p>
<p>Bowden. When I came up, my Man said, now you may talk with my Master about your Lambs yourself; so Crips, pull'd off his Hat to me, and said, How do you do Master Bowden? I said , I do not know you; said he, I understand you sell Lambs at London; I wish I had known it, I would have brought a Lot of Lambs for you to have sold for me. He told me he liv'd at Aston-Cliston ; I said that was a pretty Way; but he said my Lambs are not kept at Aston-Clifton, they are at Chosberg ; that Keeping was short and the Butcher could take but few at a Time, and he wanted to sell them all together. He said, I have a good Mind to leave my Scythe and Bundle at your House; I am a pretty good Walker, and if I can get away at Two or Three o'Clock I can bring them; and away he went, so I never saw any more of him. I went to Hempstead Market on Thursday. I ask'd my Wife whether she had seen the Man with the Lambs; I said, I wish it is not a bad Thing. On Friday Morning I was at Smithfield; about Ten o'Clock Mr. Dell came to me; he said to me, don't your Man Peter drive for you now? I said yes; he ask'd if any Body else drove Lambs for me; I said, there is a Man come through Edgworth Turnpike, and had no Money; but said he was bringing twenty Lambs to sell at Smithfield Market for me. I said to Mr. Dell, be so good as to go into the Alehouse and I'll take Care of him; but he never brought the Lambs at all: I said, we will go back to see if we can't find these Lambs. We came to - Bridge; the Man said he saw a Fellow pelting them along with Stones, about Six o'Clock, very dirty and much tir'd. I told Mr. Dell we would ride up towards Hendon, where we heard nothing of them; but found them at last in the Road in Hendon Parish: When me met with them no Body was with them; but discovering they were his Lambs we drove them home.</p>
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<persName id="t17460702-25-person496"> Richard Sparks
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<interp inst="t17460702-25-person496" type="gender" value="male"/> </persName> .) What is it that you know of this Affair?</p>
<p>Sparks. I was Collector at Edgworth Turnpike Gate; the 13th Day of the Month a Man came with a Score of Lambs to the Gate, and I demanded the Toll; but he said he had no Money; I told him that was no Excuse, and ask'd him who the Lambs belong'd to; he said Mr. Bowden, and he would pay me; I said it was very well.</p>
<p>Q. What were the Marks of those Lambs?</p>
<xptr type="pageFacsimile" doc="174607020037"/>Sparks. They were so dirty I could not see: I charg'd Mr. Bowden a Groat for them .</p>
<p>Q. Are you sure the Prisoner drove them?</p>
<p>Sparks. Yes, I can swear the Prisoner drove them through the Gate .</p>
<p>Q. Did you see the Lambs at Mr. Dell's?</p>
<p>Sparks. I saw them the next Day, and believe they were the very same; they were the same that Mr. Dell drove through the next Day .</p>
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<persName id="t17460702-25-person498"> William Durrant
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<interp inst="t17460702-25-person498" type="gender" value="male"/> </persName> .) What do you know of this Affair?</p>
<p>Durrant. Please you, my Lord, I was the Man that took him.</p>
<p>Q. When did you take him ?</p>
<p>Durrant. Last Monday se'nnight , the 23d of June.</p>
<p>Q. Where did you take him?</p>
<p>Durrant. At Stanmore, Sir.</p>
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<interp inst="t17460702-25-person499" type="gender" value="indeterminate"/> </persName> (to the Prisoner.) What have you to say for yourself?</p>
<p>Prisoner. Please you, my Lord, I overtook Dell and Bowden upon the Road; they desir'd me to drive the Lambs along and never overtook me.</p>
<p>Q. Have you any Witnesses to call;</p>
<p>Prisoner. No, my Lord.</p>
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