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<join result="offenceVictim" targOrder="Y" targets="t17460903-35-off136 t17460903-35-victim517"/> </persName> , two Silk Handkerchiefs, three Dozen of Worsted Stockings, four Pair of Thread, and four Pair of Cotton, one Pair of Sky-blue, six Pewter Plates, a large Pewter Dish, &c. </rs> the Goods of the said
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<persName id="t17460903-35-person520"> John Kent
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<interp inst="t17460903-35-person520" type="gender" value="male"/> </persName> ) Where do you live?</p>
<p>Kent. In
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<p>Q. Do you know either of the Prisoners at the Bar?</p>
<p>Kent. I did not know them, Sir, 'till after I was robb'd; there is one
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<interp inst="t17460903-35-person521" type="gender" value="male"/> </persName> a particular Evidence, and he is a Debtor here in Niwgate</p>
<p>Q. Was your House at any Time robbed?</p>
<p>Kent. The 20th of April I got up and found my House robbed.</p>
<p>Q. Did you leave all your Doors fast?</p>
<p>Kent. The last Thing I did I went and boked the Window and Doors, and every Thing myself: I thought I heard something in the Night, but I thought it was one of my Children.</p>
<p>Q. What Time did you get up in the Morning?</p>
<p>Kent. Between Five and Six o'Clock my Wife and I got up; my Wife came down first, and as she was coming down, says she our Windows are open; I said it might be my Boy that is gone to School, but says she here is your Chest gone; then I said I am ruin'd for ever, for there were 29 Pair of Hose, that were none of my own.</p>
<p>Q. Did you miss any other Things?</p>
<xptr type="pageFacsimile" doc="174609030037"/>Kent. Yes, six Pewter Plates, a large Pewter Dish: There were in the Chest two Silk Handkercheif; there was my Pocket Book, but it was not put into the Indictment, nor a Quarter of the Things; there were three Dozen of Worsted Stockings, four Pair of Cotton, and four Pair of Thread, all these were in the Chest locked up; there was a five Pant Copper Sauce-Pan, and a very particular Pair of Hose, Sky-colour'd blue.</p>
<p>Q. Where did you find your House broke open?</p>
<p>Kent. In the Window; there was a Plate of Iron a with seven Nails. This Plate of Iron was wrenched of; they endeavoured to take down the whole Frame of the Window; the next Day after I advertised, I found one of the particular Sky-coloured Stockings that were in my Chest.</p>
<p>Q. What Clocks had they ?</p>
<p>Kent. Gold-coloured Silk Clocks.</p>
<p>Court. You say you met with one Stocking again.</p>
<p>Q. What do you know of the Prisoner at the Bar?</p>
<p>Kent. Mr.
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<interp inst="t17460903-35-person522" type="gender" value="male"/> </persName> and Mr. Body went to search Mecum's House, and there they found this Stocking; Mr. Body has this Stocking.</p>
<p>Court. Then you know nothing more than what they told you?</p>
<p>Kent. Please you, my Lord, I had a Jealousy of this Man by the Intelligence that was given me of his being in Disguise Dresses, and carrying Goods by my House, &c. by Reason of which I had a Warrant. My Lord, I have liv'd 26 Years in the Parish, and served an Apprenticeship in the Parish.</p>
<p>Court. You appear to be a very honest Man, and need mention nothing of this to support it.</p>
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<persName id="t17460903-35-person524"> William Thomson
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<interp inst="t17460903-35-person524" type="given" value="William"/>
<interp inst="t17460903-35-person524" type="gender" value="male"/> </persName> ) What are you?</p>
<p>Thomson. A Frame-work Knitter.</p>
<p>Q. What do you know of the Prisoner at the Bar?</p>
<p>Thomson. I am a Servant to Mr. Kent; that particular Pair of Sky-blue I made for Mr. Kent about last March; they were to be embroider'd with Gold Clocks afterwards.</p>
<p>Q. Did you see them after the Gold Clocks were put in ?</p>
<p>Thomson. Yes, I am sure 'tis the same, Mr. Body has it ?</p>
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<persName id="t17460903-35-person526"> William Body
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<interp inst="t17460903-35-person526" type="gender" value="male"/> </persName> ) What have you to say against the Prisoner with Respect to this particular Fact ?</p>
<p>Body. My Lord, I have nothing to say any more but this, that this
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<interp inst="t17460903-35-person527" type="gender" value="male"/> </persName> came to Justice Hole for a Search Warrant, upon which I got two or three Friends with me, and beset the House of the Prisoner at the Bar; it was between Eight and Nine o'Clock on Sunday Morning: When we had beset the House, one Harris, a Prisoner now for Debt in Newgate, got over the Wall, and collar'd the Prisoner; we were forced to break the Windows and Shutters to come to his Assistance, for the Man and Woman were both upon him. When we got in I told them we had a Search Warrant. Harris got this Stocking, which he deliver'd to me, and He believed the Woman put the Fellow to it down the Va; this one Stocking he found in the one Pair of Stairs Room.</p>
<p>Q. Had you any Thing more?</p>
<p>Body. We took a great many more Things, which by the Justice's Order are secur'd in a Trunk at Bridewell, but none of the Things are yet own'd, except this particular Stocking.</p>
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<persName id="t17460903-35-person529"> John Kent
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<interp inst="t17460903-35-person529" type="gender" value="male"/> </persName> .) Is this one of your Stockings?</p>
<p>Kent. My Lord it is; I was to have had 6 s. for the Stockings; but the Gentlewoman complain'd they were too big for her.</p>
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<interp inst="t17460903-35-person531" type="gender" value="female"/> </persName> the Prisoner.) What have you to say in your Defence?</p>
<p>Mecum. Please you, my Lord, my Husband knows nothing of it; if this Stocking is the same, it is what I had with some old Cloaths; I buy and fell Things in Rag-Fair.</p>
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<persName id="t17460903-35-person533"> Susannah Pool
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<p>Pool. My Lord, she is a Partner of mine in buying and selling old Cloaths. She had this Stocking of a common Dealer that had bought three Childrens Frocks, a Pound and half of Linnen Rags, and three or four odd Stockings.</p>
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