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<p>146. (M)
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<persName id="t17670218-16-person146"> Edmund Alexander
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<join result="offencePlace" targOrder="Y" targets="t17670218-16-off88 t17670218-16-crimeloc90"/>. On the 24th of January I was in my kitchen adjoining my shop; I heard the window break very loud; I ran out, but could see no body; I was informed, the person that had robbed me was at the Justice's. I went there, and saw my breeches on the prisoner; he had his irons on, and the Justice did not order them to be taken off; he has them on him now; I know them by a mark on the inside the flap to be my property.</p>
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<persName id="t17670218-16-person147"> William Dickerson
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<interp inst="t17670218-16-person147" type="gender" value="male"/> </persName> . I shall be 17 years of age next August; the prisoner is a
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<join result="persNameOccupation" targOrder="Y" targets="t17670218-16-defend143 t17670218-16-deflabel91"/> by trade; there were William Skeele, he, and I, on the 24th of January we went to the prosecutor's house with intent to take these breeches; Skeele pushed out the glass, and took the breeches, and gave them to Martin.</p>
<p>Q. Where was you at that time?</p>
<p>Dickerson. I was at the corner waiting for them; I saw them do it; we went to a pawnbroker's, not above six or seven doors from the prosecutor's house in Goswell-street, to pawn them, but they would not take them in, then as Martin had a bad pair of breeches, we agreed to let him wear them, and he was to give us 5 d a piece.</p>
<p>Q. How long had you been acquainted with the prisoner?</p>
<p>Dickerson. I had been acquainted with him about nine or ten days.</p>
<p>Prisoner's defence.</p>
<p>I have known Dickerson about four years; I bought the breeches of him, and gave him 2 s. 9 d. for them; I used to go out with Dickerson on a Sunday.</p>
<p>For the prisoner.</p>
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<persName id="t17670218-16-person148"> Martha Cox
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<interp inst="t17670218-16-person148" type="gender" value="female"/> </persName> . I have known the prisoner seven years.</p>
<p>Q. Do you know Dickerson?</p>
<p>M. Cox. I know nothing of him; the prisoner always bore a very good character till within this little while; I live just by his father and mother in Hartshorn court, Golden lane.</p>
<p>Q. How old is the prisoner?</p>
<p>M. Cox. He is about 18 years of age.</p>
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<persName id="t17670218-16-person149"> Walter Martin
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<interp inst="t17670218-16-person149" type="gender" value="male"/> </persName> . I am his father; he always behaved well; he is a child's pump-maker.</p>
<p>Q. Do you know Dickerson?</p>
<p>Martin. I never saw him but once in my life, that was the Monday before he was taken up, he came into my house.</p>
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<persName id="t17670218-16-person150"> Elizabeth Allohy
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<interp inst="t17670218-16-person150" type="gender" value="female"/> </persName> . I have known the prisoner two years; I never knew to the contrary but that he was very honest and sober.</p>
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