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<p>393.
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<p>A Second Count, for personating on the same day the said
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<p>I am clerk to Mr. Hooper, he is a navy agent, on the 5th of January the prisoner at the bar came to our office with
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<interp inst="t17840421-18-person332" type="gender" value="male"/> </persName> , he said he had an order to receive some prize money, and desired me to draw an order, which I did; he made his mark, and I witnessed it.</p>
<p>(The order produced.)</p>
<p>Mr. Sylvester, Council for Prosecution. Did you afterwards pay him any prize money? - Yes, I received three pounds seventeen shillings and sixpence, and afterwards paid it, there is a receipt for the money.</p>
<p>(The order read.)</p>
<p>"The mark of
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<p>"London, the 5th of Jan. 1784.</p>
<p>"Sir,</p>
<p>"Please to pay the money due to me for</p>
<p>"prize money on the Pallas,
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<p>"and you will oblige your humble servant."</p>
<p>"Pallas prize money, 3 17 s. 6 d.</p>
<p>"Received the 17th of January 1784,</p>
<p>"three pounds seventeen shillings and sixpence,</p>
<p>"being so much received by me as</p>
<p>"abovementioned; I say received by me."</p>
<p>Do you know any thing else? - On the day Brady was taken up, this man at the bar came into the office towards the evening, and asked me if there was any more
<xptr type="pageFacsimile" doc="178403270054"/> prize money money for him; knowing Brady was in custody, I informed my master, who was in the kitchen, that Howard was come to know if there was any more prize money; Mr. Hooper came into the office, and asked him what his name was; he said his name was
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<interp inst="t17840421-18-person335" type="gender" value="male"/> </persName> , and he came after more prize money; he then desired him to go with him, and he would acquaint him something of it; he took him to the public house close by where Brady was; when we took him to the public house he said his name was
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<p>Mr. Sylvester. Is this the same man who received the prize money in the name of
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<p>You are sure as to his person? - I am positive.</p>
<p>Was Howard entitled to prize money? - Yes.</p>
<p>Mr. WADE sworn.</p>
<p>I have
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<p>Have you any of the name of Veruley, or Haslett? - I have
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<p>Mr. Fielding. Did you serve on board the Pallas? - Yes.</p>
<p>Did you know the prisoner? - Yes.</p>
<p>What is his name? -
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<p>Did you know
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<p>Were they two men? - Yes.</p>
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<p>You were a
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<p>You know the prisoner? - Yes.</p>
<p>What is his name? -
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<p>Do you know
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<p>Was you at Mr. Hooper's when the prisoner was there? - Yes.</p>
<p>What happened? - He trod upon my toes, and pinched a piece out of my finger; he asked me what I called him by his name for.</p>
<p>What did you call him? - I called him Veruly, he asked me what I called him by his name for; I thought he was in liquor, I went in to ask a question about the prize money, I saw him in Hooper's office.</p>
<p>Did you see the clerk of Mr. Hooper? - I saw him sitting at the desk.</p>
<p>- M'INTOSH sworn.</p>
<p>Did you know the prisoner? - The day that I apprehended
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<p>PRISONER's DEFENCE.</p>
<p>My name was
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<p>Court to Livingstone. Did he go by the name of
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<p>Mitchell. He never did, my Lord, while I was in the ship, which was two and twenty months.</p>
<p>The prisoner called one witness who gave him a good character.</p>
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<p>Tried by the second Middlesex Jury, before Mr. Justice NARES.</p> </div1></div0>
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