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<p>86. (M.)
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<interp inst="t17520116-8-off47" type="offenceSubcategory" value="grandLarceny"/> stealing one side of bacon, value 20 s. </rs> the property of
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<persName id="t17520116-8-person99"> Philip Freeman
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<interp inst="t17520116-8-person99" type="gender" value="male"/> </persName> . On the 13th of Dec. my servant got up about four o'clock, and came and told me he missed a side of bacon.</p>
<p>Q. How came you to take the prisoner up for it ?</p>
<p>Freeman. Because he had robbed me several times before; I charged an officer with him. After I charged him with taking it, he told me where it was; and he also owned it before the Justice.</p>
<p>Q. Have you got your bacon again ?</p>
<xptr type="pageFacsimile" doc="175201160007"/>Freeman. It is here; it is a particular side of bacon.</p>
<p>Q. How particular?</p>
<p>Freeman. It is an old sow side; if you please to send it to be weighed, it weighs eight stone all but a pound. It was sold by one Mr. Larum, but it was not delivered; I had received the money for it, and after it was stole, I was obliged to return the money again.</p>
<p>Q. When had you seen it last ?</p>
<p>Freeman. I had seen it the day before it was lost in the afternoon.</p>
<p>Q. Was the prisoner your servant?</p>
<p>Freeman. I took him in out of the streets, and he was such a drunken fellow I was forced to part with him.</p>
<p>Q. Was he your servant at the time you lost the bacon ?</p>
<p>Freeman. No, my Lord, he was not.</p>
<persName id="t17520116-8-person100"> Edmund George
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<interp inst="t17520116-8-person100" type="gender" value="male"/> </persName> . About five weeks ago on a Friday, as I and
<persName id="t17520116-8-person101"> James Rumbel
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<interp inst="t17520116-8-person101" type="gender" value="male"/> </persName> were going to Smithfield, we met
<persName id="t17520116-8-person102"> John Rumbel
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<interp inst="t17520116-8-person102" type="gender" value="male"/> </persName> , and he asked me, if I knew where the prisoner lodged at Islington ; I could not desolve him in no shape; I and they went in search of him, and catch'd him in Mr. Pullin's yard, a cowkeeper, at Islington; we charged him with having taken this bacon, but he denied it; we took him to the prosecutor's house, there he said, if we would let him go, he'd tell us where the bacon was, then he told us it was in a barber's house at Islington; I think the man's name is
<persName id="t17520116-8-person103"> William Shearson
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<interp inst="t17520116-8-person103" type="gender" value="male"/> </persName> . We went and found it, as he said, covered over with a cloth. (Produced in court, cut in three pieces.) We went before the Justice, where he owned he took it before Mr. Freeman and myself.</p>
<p>Q. Did you hear any promise made of not prosecuting, if he would own it, at the time he was taken?</p>
<p>George. I did not, he would not own it when we took him; the two Rumbel's, he, and I, were all together; there came another man and said to him, you had better tell where the bacon is, maybe they'll let you go.</p>
<persName id="t17520116-8-person104"> John Rumbel
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<interp inst="t17520116-8-person104" type="gender" value="male"/> </persName> . I am servant to Mr. Freeman; my master desired me to go and see after the prisoner, he having lost a side of bacon; I was going up to Islington and met this last evidence and my brother; we went all together, found the prisoner, and charged him with having stolen the side of bacon. I left them with him and went and fetched my master. We took him back to the Justice's, and worn we were going from thence to New-Prison, on Wood's-close causeway, he told me, he throwed a side of bacon out of my master's lost, and that the barber had sold as much of it as came to 8 s. 4 d.</p>
<p>Q. Did he say it was that bacon which you saw at the barber's ?</p>
<p>Rumbel. No, it was another side.</p>
<persName id="t17520116-8-person105"> James Rumbel
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<interp inst="t17520116-8-person105" type="gender" value="male"/> </persName> . I saw the prisoner come out of the barber's shop, and I was talking to him when my brother came and clapped him on the back; when he was accused, he said, if we would let him go, he would tell us where the bacon was. I told him he should go and see my master first; upon which he went with us, and shewed us where it was; so us three and Mr Pullin went into the barber's shop together ; he said he took it between two and three in the morning, and acknowledged. it was Mr. Freeman's bacon; I heard him own the same before the Justice; he said he had cut it into three pieces before we saw it.</p>
<p>Prisoner's defence.</p>
<p>These men saw me go out of the barber's house I believe; they came to me and stopped me, and asked me, if I knew any thing of a side of bacon, stole from Mr. Freeman; I denied it to them, and they said I must go along with them to Mr. Freeman; going down to his house,
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<persName id="t17520116-8-person107"> James Rumbel
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<interp inst="t17520116-8-person107" type="gender" value="male"/> </persName> said, if I would acknowledge where the bacon was, they would let me go, and say no more about it; I would not for a good while, till they made so many expressions about it, that I turned back and shewed them where it was.</p>
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<note>[Transportation. See summary.]</note> </rs> </p> </div1></div0>

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