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<p>518. (L.)
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<join result="persNameOccupation" targOrder="Y" targets="t17690906-82-defend796 t17690906-82-deflabel435"/> from the last day of March to, I think, about the 24th of July. In looking over some goods I missed a large quantity of hair shag, to the amount of 300 l. I had no reason at that time to suspect any person in particular, so I went to Sir
<persName id="t17690906-82-person800"> John Fielding
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<interp inst="t17690906-82-person800" type="gender" value="male"/> </persName> , and he advised me to advertise them. On the Saturday following, the constable, named Simons, applied to me with a piece of shag, that he had taken from one
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<interp inst="t17690906-82-person801" type="gender" value="male"/> </persName> , and I found it to be my property. He had taken the person in custody, and carried him to the Compter. He confessed he had the goods of the prisoner at the bar. I sent one of my clerks down to fetch the prisoner up. She confessed to have taken to the amount of fourteen pieces, and said she had taken but 12 l. in money. She was taken before Sir
<persName id="t17690906-82-person802"> John Fielding
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<interp inst="t17690906-82-person802" type="gender" value="male"/> </persName> , there she confessed the fact fully, and that she had delivered several pieces to this Isaac, and to
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<p>Hen. Simons. I am the constable. I received a piece of hair shag of one
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<persName id="t17690906-82-person805"> Jacob Isaacs
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<interp inst="t17690906-82-person805" type="gender" value="male"/> </persName> . I follow all kinds of business, and
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<persName id="t17690906-82-person806"> Henry Lion
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<interp inst="t17690906-82-person806" type="gender" value="male"/> </persName> . I went and told him of it, but said, I do not know whether it was come by honestly or not. He said, Do not mind that; if it is worth the money, buy it. He gave me fifteen guineas to buy it. I took these two pieces of the prisoner at the bar. She said she came in one Mr. Renage's name. I bought them, and brought them to
<persName id="t17690906-82-person807"> Henry Lion
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<interp inst="t17690906-82-person807" type="gender" value="male"/> </persName> . They were blue coloured.</p>
<p>Prisoner's Defence.</p>
<p>I know nothing of it. I was frighted into what I said. Mr. Renage brought me two pieces, and I carried them to that man.</p>
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