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<p>268. (M.)
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<persName id="t17650417-48-person451"> John Philip Scott
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<join result="offencePlace" targOrder="Y" targets="t17650417-48-off269 t17650417-48-crimeloc271"/>. The prisoner came to my house to have some victuals; he made a sort of a riot; I thought him a little in liquor; he wanted to toss up with the people; after he had eat his supper he left an old hat, and took a good one, and went out.</p>
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<interp inst="t17650417-48-person452" type="gender" value="male"/> </persName> . I lodge in Mr. Scott's house: I had put my hat upon a nail where the prisoner and I sat; after he eat his supper he had this hat on his head (producing an old hat), I went up stairs, and when I came down again my hat and the prisoner were gone: mine was quite a new one; I never wore it above five or six times; the prisoner used to come to our house very often before, but never came afterwards.</p>
<p>Scott. The prisoner used to
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<p>I was a little in liquor, and by mistake I changed the hat, and after that I had some words with a person at the Black Horse, and lost the hat: the prosecutor offered to make it up for half a crown.</p>
<p>Prosecutor. I never did offer such a thing: when I charged the prisoner, he gave charge of me, and I was carried to the Compter, and kept there from the Saturday to the Tuesday.</p>
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