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<p>400. (1st. M.)
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<persName id="t17720429-77-person642"> John Witts
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<persName id="t17720429-77-victim644" type="victimName"> John Witts
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<join result="offencePlace" targOrder="Y" targets="t17720429-77-off366 t17720429-77-crimeloc369"/>. I missed two pieces of printed cotton from the field the 2d of January. containing fifty-six yards; a few weeks after that, one of my servants informed me, an acquaintance of his had bought some printed cotton at Uxbridge very cheap; I sent two people with warrants to search the house of the person who I was informed had some pieces; these are my pieces; (producing several pieces of cotton) there were never any printed of that pattern; and they are not finished; they were not in a saleable condition; they were cut into several parcels; they amount to within two or three yards of what I lost.</p>
<p>Cross Examination.</p>
<p>Q. You say you knew them from the pattern; had they marks on them before they were out of your possession?</p>
<p>Witts. Yes; the king's certain number, and my own name.</p>
<p>Q. May not other patterns be similar?</p>
<p>Witts. Yes; similar, but not exact; I never heard of such a thing.</p>
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<persName id="t17720429-77-person645"> Sarah Baldwin
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<interp inst="t17720429-77-person645" type="gender" value="female"/> </persName> . I am a mantua-maker, and live at Uxbridge; I bought the cotton the first Friday of the new year of the prisoner; he brought three pieces of cotton; he asked me if I would buy a gown, I said I did not want it; he asked me to let him leave two, while he carried one to a customer; in his absence an acquaintance came in, and asked the value; I said he asked 2 s. 9 d. she said she thought the full value was 2 s. when he came back I told him; he said he sold none for less than 2 s. 9 d. when he came to open them, they were very much daubed on the wrong side; I asked how it was occasioned; he said, his feet were sore, that he got a lift on a dray, that his bundle lay between two barrels, which purged up and daubed them; I gave him 28 s. for fourteen yards; one piece had eight yards, and he tore off one yard from another piece; he said his name was
<persName id="t17720429-77-person646"> Daniel Thorn
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<interp inst="t17720429-77-person646" type="gender" value="male"/> </persName> , that he came from Staines, his father was a foreman of the printing yard; and when work run short, he made goods himself, and then hawked them about; these are the two pieces, I wrote my name on them.</p>
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<persName id="t17720429-77-person647"> Elizabeth Rickman
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<persName id="t17720429-77-person648"> Mary Stone
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<interp inst="t17720429-77-person648" type="gender" value="female"/> </persName> to buy some of this cotton; she gave 2 s. 2 d. a yard; he asked more. He represented himself as a maker, and lived at Staines. He said he formerly kept the Turk's head there. These are the six pieces I paid him for at my own house; I gave them to the buyers.</p>
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<persName id="t17720429-77-person649"> Joseph Milward
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<interp inst="t17720429-77-person649" type="gender" value="male"/> </persName> . I am a callico printer, and servant to Mr. Witts; I know these pieces to be his property; they were lost from Mr. Witts's bleaching ground, on the 2d. of January. I know them by the pattern; I printed them myself; never any went to town of it before; none of that pattern had been sold. I went to Justice Fellows, at Uxbridge, and told him the affair; he granted me a search warrant, to search Mrs. Rickman's house; she cried and seemed almost out of her senses; she went to the justice's, and told him, she had sold them to these people; I marked the names of the people as they brought the goods into the justice's. I found the prisoner at Staines; he was waiting there to fight a cock; I told him I had a warrant against him, for selling of goods at Uxbridge; he said he would go along with me to clear himself. I spoke to the man at the inn for a chaise to go to Uxbridge; he would not let me have one. I sent for a constable; then the prisoner said, I don't know what reason you have to keep me; he said he would go make water; he ran in the yard and I followed him; he endeavoured to throw me down, I kicked him up several times; there were many people; they rescued him. Presently the man came
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<p>Cross Examination.</p>
<p>Q. Mrs. Rickman told you she knew him.</p>
<p>Milward. Yes.</p>
<p>Q. How long was it from the time you went to the house, and saw the prisoner, till you acquainted him you had a warrant?</p>
<p>Milward. About an hour and a half; I shewed him a piece of the pattern; he denied he knew any thing of it, and always did deny it to the last.</p>
<p>Prisoner's Defence.</p>
<p>I leave it to my council.</p>
<p>He called
<persName id="t17720429-77-person650"> John Knox
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<persName id="t17720429-77-person651"> Isaac Blunt
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<persName id="t17720429-77-person652"> Richard Windsor
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<interp inst="t17720429-77-person652" type="gender" value="male"/> </persName> who had known him upwards of twenty years, who all gave him a good character.</p>
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