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<p>269. (M.)
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<p>The other 2
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<persName id="t17620917-38-person353"> James Hester
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<persName id="t17620917-38-person354"> David Cooper
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<interp inst="t17620917-38-person354" type="gender" value="male"/> </persName> and I observed 2 butts in Charles-street, St. James's-square; I went and told the prisoner Clark, I had two butts for him, and borrowed his dray with one horse, and we went and brought them; and coming along we met with one of Sir
<persName id="t17620917-38-person355"> William Calvert
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<interp inst="t17620917-38-person355" type="gender" value="male"/> </persName> 's butts, we took that also; the two other belonged to Mess. Mason and Co.</p>
<p>Q. When was this?</p>
<p>Hester. This was about three or four months ago, about ten at night; we went and tumbled them down in Mr. Clark's yard; he had left his gate without the padlock; I had had a shilling or two in part of Mr. Clark, before we went to fetch them, and he paid me the rest the next morning: We had 27 s for them; they were as good as new: He bid me go and take out the marks; which I did, and took a mop and daubed the places over, and he took his marking-iron, and put his own mark upon them: We were all three there, and had nine shillings a piece;
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<interp inst="t17620917-38-person356" type="gender" value="male"/> </persName> , Mr. Clark's stoaker, has seen me take marks out; and Collins has likewise taken marks out of butts that I have sold him.</p>
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<interp inst="t17620917-38-person357" type="gender" value="male"/> </persName> produced the confession of Everitt, and it was read in court.</p>
<p>Mr. Pierce. I live at the Robin-hood, in Charles-Street, St. James's-square. Mess. Mason and Co. are my brewers; when casks are empty, I put them out into the stable-yard, because we want room in the cellar.</p>
<p>Mr. Mason. There are three partners of us;
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<persName id="t17620917-38-person359"> Wm Lake
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<persName id="t17620917-38-person360"> Thomas Earle
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<interp inst="t17620917-38-person360" type="gender" value="male"/> </persName> . I am cooper to Mess. Mason and Co. I was at Mr. Clark's, in order to search, and found some butt staves with our mark upon them [produced in court]; I found some staves, where it plainly appeared the marks had been cut out; I also saw whole butts with the marks cut out: On his cross examination, he said, he had known brewer's butts sold by auction, when a person had left off trade; but then it was not usual to cut the old marks out; that he never knew his masters to sell casks; that he remembered two being missing at the Robin-hood, in Charles-street, and that they had Mr. Mason's mark on them.</p>
<p>Everitt's Defence.</p>
<p>I never went with a dray in my life.</p>
<p>Clark's Defence.</p>
<p>I deny the whole: I never lent my dray to Hester in my life; and as to these butts I know nothing
<xptr type="pageFacsimile" doc="176209170033"/> of them; I never saw Everitt in my yard in my life: In Mr. Cousemaker's sale I bought a lot of butts; he sold his butts into a great many peoples hands, with marks upon them: when I sent mine out, I told my servants, when the butts came home to take the marks out, and put my own on. I changed my marks in general: last summer I bought upwards of 130 butts, and changed all the marks.</p>
<p>Mr. Cox. I am a brewer: It never is the way in the trade when butts are bought at a sale, to take out the old marks; we put new marks on, and let the old ones abide.</p>
<p>Mr. Gyfford said the same.</p>
<p>Q. to Mr. Cox. Was you at Mr. Cousemaker's sale?</p>
<p>Mr. Cox. I was.</p>
<p>Q. Do you know whether the prisoner Clark bought any butts there?</p>
<p>Mr. Cox. I do not.</p>
<p>Q. Did you see him there?</p>
<p>Mr. Cox. One day when I was there, I saw him walk through the yard; I don't know that he came on any particular business.</p>
<p>For the Prisoner.</p>
<persName id="t17620917-38-person361"> Nicholas Hacket
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<interp inst="t17620917-38-person361" type="gender" value="male"/> </persName> . I am stoaker to Mr. Clark; I saw the drays go for the butts that were bought at Cousemaker's sale.</p>
<p>Q. What marks were upon them?</p>
<p>Hacket. I do not know.</p>
<p>Q. Did you see any marks taken out of them?</p>
<p>Hacket. I can't say any of the marks were cut out of them.</p>
<p>Cross Examination.</p>
<p>Q. Have you seen Everitt and Mr. Clark together?</p>
<p>Hacket. I cannot give an answer to that; I don't know whether I have or not.</p>
<p>Q. How many butts have you taken marks out of?</p>
<p>Hacket. I took none out.</p>
<p>Q. Did you see Hester take any out?</p>
<p>Hacket. Yes, I saw him; it was before he was discharged from Mr. Clark's service.</p>
<p>Q. Have you seen Hester bring casks into Mr. Clark's yard?</p>
<p>Hacket. I have; he did one morning about five o'clock.</p>
<p>Q. Do you remember Mr. Clark letting him have his dray?</p>
<p>Hacket. No; I do not remember that.</p>
<p>Q. When did Hester live servant with Mr. Clark?</p>
<p>Hacket. About four months ago, or better.</p>
<p>Q. Was you servant to Mr. Clark all the time Hester was?</p>
<p>Hacket. I was.</p>
<p>Q. How often did you see Hester take out marks?</p>
<p>Hacket. Never but once.</p>
<p>Q. Upon your oath, was that before or after he left your master's service?</p>
<p>Hacket. That was after, I believe.</p>
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