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<p>250. (M.)
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<interp inst="t17580628-31-off166" type="offenceSubcategory" value="grandLarceny"/> stealing one silver pint mug, value 36 s. </rs> the property of
<persName id="t17580628-31-victim291" type="victimName"> Hugh Owen
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<persName id="t17580628-31-person292"> Hugh Owen
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<join result="persNameOccupation" targOrder="Y" targets="t17580628-31-victim291 t17580628-31-viclabel168"/>. I lost a silver print mug the beginning of this month. I can't say from what part of the house it was taken.</p>
<p>Q. What have you to say against the prisoner at the bar?</p>
<p>Owen. I can't say he took it, the other witnesses will give a farther account. I can't say I recollect seeing him in my house.</p>
<persName id="t17580628-31-person293"> Thomas Forshall
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<interp inst="t17580628-31-person293" type="gender" value="male"/> </persName> . I am a pawnbroker, and live in St. Martin's-lane; the prisoner at the bar came with a mug to me to pawn; on the 6th of this instant, between six and seven in the evening, he was very much in liquor, he asked two guineas upon it. I asked him if it was his own, he gave me no answer. I stopp'd him and the mug. I saw on the mug the Thistle and Crown; so I went to Mr. Owen's and asked him if he had lost a mug, he said he had, (produced in court and deposed to.)</p>
<p>Prisoner's defence.</p>
<p>I do not remember a little of the matter, I was so much in liquor. I have been an officer in the army, and served last in North America in the Torbay in 1756, and have been out of the service since June 1756.</p>
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<persName id="t17580628-31-person294"> William Marsellas
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<interp inst="t17580628-31-person294" type="gender" value="male"/> </persName> . I live in the Strand, I have known the prisoner at the bar about two years, he is a married man, he and his wife did lodge at my house about four months.</p>
<p>Q. What is his general character?</p>
<p>Marsellas. I never heard any thing ill of his character, he is the last person I should have suspected of committing such a thing as this.</p>
<p>Ewan Morgan. I have known him twelve months, he came and took lodgings at my house in Drury-lane.</p>
<p>Q. What are you?</p>
<p>Morgan. I deal in charcole, sea-cole, and all sorts of cole; he lodged with me about half a year, and behaved very well, he has a good character by every body that knew him.</p>
<persName id="t17580628-31-person295"> George Lawson
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<interp inst="t17580628-31-person295" type="gender" value="male"/> </persName> . He once lodged at my house, he always behaved much like a gentleman, regular and sober.</p>
<p>Manna Brown. I am a cork-cutter, and live in the Strand; I have known him between four and five months, he came to lodge with me the beginning of February last, he behaved always much like a gentleman, honest in every respect; I never heard any thing amiss of him in my life.</p>
<persName id="t17580628-31-person296"> Thomas Allen
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<interp inst="t17580628-31-person296" type="gender" value="male"/> </persName> . I am a cabinet-maker, and have known the prisoner upwards of twelve months: he behaved well to every body, as far as ever I heard; I have lent him money, he always paid me very honestly, if he had wanted a hundred pounds I would have obliged him.</p>
<persName id="t17580628-31-person297"> James Morris
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<interp inst="t17580628-31-person297" type="gender" value="male"/> </persName> . I live at the Queen's head, Duke's-court, near Bow-street, I have known him half a year.</p>
<p>Q. What is his general character?</p>
<p>Morris. His character is exceeding good, he is a good natur'd gentleman, and always behaved as such.</p>
<persName id="t17580628-31-person298"> Thomas Carmichael
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<interp inst="t17580628-31-person298" type="gender" value="male"/> </persName> . I have known the prisoner better than two years, he is a gentleman of good character, respected by many gentlemen; I am amaz'd they are not here.</p>
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