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<p>169. (M.)
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<interp inst="t17670218-35-person341" type="gender" value="male"/> </persName> thereunto subscribed, dated Jan. 13. 1767, for the payment of 10 l. with intent to defraud </rs>
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<persName id="t17670218-35-person344"> Andrew Rogers
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<p>Q. When was this?</p>
<p>Rogers. It was about six weeks ago; he had no money upon it; (a note produced, he takes it in his hand) it was to the same purport as this, but I am not positive that this is the same.</p>
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<persName id="t17670218-35-person346"> George Wild
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<interp inst="t17670218-35-person346" type="gender" value="male"/> </persName> , a salesman in High Holbourn; on the 2d of January, about three in the afternoon, one
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<interp inst="t17670218-35-person347" type="gender" value="male"/> </persName> came to my master's shop and bought a coat; he talked in the Scotch language, I could hardly understand him; I said, we do not give credit; he produced this note; before I opened it, I asked him how he came by it, and whether any body had indorsed it to him; he said, no: he blushed very much; he appeared to be a country hed young fellow, not acquainted with business; I looked, and saw an indorsement upon it, I thought it was a forged hand; it seemed to be wrote with the side of the pen; I saw it was payable at Sir
<persName id="t17670218-35-person348"> Charles Asgill
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<interp inst="t17670218-35-person348" type="gender" value="male"/> </persName> 's; I said he must go along with me to Sir Charles's; it being a very wet day, he begged to stay till I came back; I said if it was a good note, I would give him change; he staid at my master's shop; I went, and Sir
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<interp inst="t17670218-35-person349" type="gender" value="male"/> </persName> 's clerk told me it was good for nothing, and asked me if I had delivered any goods upon it; I said, no; when I returned back the man was in the shop; I told him he must go along with me to Sir
<persName id="t17670218-35-person350"> John Fielding
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<interp inst="t17670218-35-person350" type="gender" value="male"/> </persName> , for it was a false note; we went; he produced certificates that he had served some gentlemen; we called in several neighbours to to know what should be done; my master thought proper to let him go, on his promising to produce the man that he had it of; we kept the note. On the Saturday following, in the evening, this
<persName id="t17670218-35-person351"> Thomas Barber
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<interp inst="t17670218-35-person351" type="gender" value="male"/> </persName> gave us information where we might see the prisoner at the bar; we went with him; he charged the prisoner with having received the note of him; on the Sunday morning we had a hearing before Sir
<persName id="t17670218-35-person352"> John Fielding
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<interp inst="t17670218-35-person352" type="gender" value="male"/> </persName> ; Sir John thought proper to commit the prisoner, and discharged Barber to be an evidence, and bound him over to appear here, but what is become of him I do not know; he has neither attended at Hick's Hall nor here.</p>
<p>Q. Do you know any thing of this being in the prisoner's custody.</p>
<p>Salthouse. No, I do not.</p>
<p>Barber was called upon his recognizance, but did not appear.</p>
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