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<p>484, 485.
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<p>I live at Camberwell: I lost a 20 l. bank note, twenty-nine guineas, a half guinea, and eight shillings and six-pence at Mrs. Troutbeck's, the
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<join result="offencePlace" targOrder="Y" targets="t17760522-51-off226 t17760522-51-crimeloc228"/>; I took the money to Mr. Child's at Temple-bar; the office was shut up; I came away, and while I was looking up at a house near Temple-bar, Godfrey came up and said, Farmer, what are you looking at? I told him I came to pay my rent to my landlord, and the office was shut up; he said he came out of Kent to a lawyer, and he supposed he was too late to meet with him; we walked together and he talked of some people in Kent; he mentioned the names of several I was well acquainted with; I said I would carry the money to Mr. Silway's chambers, for I would not carry it back again; he said he would go with me and shew me his chambers; we went up Chancery-lane and crossed Holborn into Gray's-inn-lane; we went about two hundred yards up and down, and then he said, if I would go into a public house we might have intelligence; we went into a public house, and he called for six-penny worth of Crank, and he asked me if I would sit down; I sat down, and in came the other prisoner and pulled out a purse of money, and said he had drank fourteen glasses of brandy that morning standing; he said he was a captain just come home: we went out from there, and he said he would shew me the way to Mr. Silway's chambers; then we went into Mrs. Troutbeck's and called for a bottle of wine; they hit my knuckles with a half-penny, and then asked me to put the half-penny under a bottle; while I was doing it they took the money out of my pocket; I saw the money in their hand, but they ran away so fast I could not speak; they broke a glass in their hurry in running out; the money was in a bag in my coat pocket.</p>
<p>When they run out you felt in your pocket? - Yes, it was gone; I saw the bag in their hands, and the note was in the bag.</p>
<p>Cross Examination.</p>
<p>Whose hands did you see the money in? - Godfrey's.</p>
<p>Did you ever see these people before? - Never before; he appeared like a country farmer; I know them as well as any man in the parish I live in; I know Godfrey by his backside; I took him by the tail; I have been always positive to him; he was taken the Tuesday after the Duchess of Kingston's trial.</p>
<p>Was that a week or a fortnight after you was plundered? - I believe it was about a fortnight.</p>
<p>You knew the man immediately? - Yes; I pursued him every day; he owned he had the money; his friends offered me thirty pounds.</p>
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<p>I live with Mrs. Troutbeck: the prosecutor and three more came into our house on Easter Monday, and asked for a pot of beer; I told them we did not sell beer; then they called for a bottle of wine; I stood in the passage to watch them, lest they should go away and not pay the reckoning; three of them came out very sharp, and put two shillings in my hand; I asked my mistress how much it was, she said two shillings; I went in to see if there were any glasses broke, and met the old farmer coming out; a glass was broke; I asked him if he was to pay for the glass, he said he had lost enough: I know the prisoners are two of the men; they owned before the justice they had the money, but said they got it by gambling.</p>
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<p>A parcel of people about me desired me to say so, and they would clear me; I was in liquor and did not know what I did.</p>
<p>GODFREY's DEFENCE.</p>
<p>I leave it to my counsel.</p>
<p>Godfrey called four witnesses, who gave him a good character.</p>
<p>From the Jury to DANCE. Whether they used any other means besides that of the bottle to divert you? - Nothing in the world; there was no gaming.</p>
<p>How long might it be from the time you went in to the time they ran away? - Not above ten minutes.</p>
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