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<join result="persNameOccupation" targOrder="Y" targets="t17851214-3-victim82 t17851214-3-viclabel15"/>, she being therein, about the hour of twelve at noon, on the
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<join result="offenceCrimeDate" targOrder="Y" targets="t17851214-3-off14 t17851214-3-cd16"/> last, and feloniously stealing therein nine pair of silk stockings, value 54 s. and ten pair of ribbed cotton stockings, value 30 s. her property </rs>.</p>
<persName id="t17851214-3-person83"> ELIZABETH BAGSHAW
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<p>I live in
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<join result="persNameOccupation" targOrder="Y" targets="t17851214-3-victim82 t17851214-3-viclabel18"/>, I was at home the 24th of November last, I was in my parlour behind my shop, my shop door was fastened, I was just got in from the shop into the parlour, to sit down by the fire; this was about twelve at noon; the door was on the latch, it was not locked, it is a whole door, a folding door.</p>
<p>Court. The whole door was latched? - Yes; I heard mention of the door being open, I immediately rose up and went into the shop, and I saw the prisoner with two of my bundles of stockings in his hand, just taken off the window; they contained what is mentioned in the indictment.</p>
<p>Court. What may be the value of the stockings? - Three pounds: I immediately ran to the door, and another man attempted to hinder me from coming out; I said you rascal, and ran out, and cried out stop thief; the
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<p>I saw the prisoner come out of the shop with the two bundles in his hand, I was on the area steps, I was going down from the area steps, I swear to the boy, I saw him run away with the bundle.</p>
<p>Prisoner. I never was in the shop, a man gave them to me to carry.</p>
<persName id="t17851214-3-person85"> THOMAS RANNS
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<p>I was coming along North Audley-street, and I heard this gentlewoman halloo out, stop thief! and I followed him, and I took him with the stockings.</p>
<p>(The stockings produced and deposed to.)</p>
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<p>I saw the boy when the stockings were
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<p>- BUTCHER sworn.</p>
<p>I heard the prosecutrix had been robbed, I came out of my own shop, and went into her's, and the prisoner was taken to the watch-house, with the bundles; and from thence to the rotation-office; he was searched in the watch-house, these are the bundles: the bundles were opened at the watch-house, about twelve at noon.</p>
<p>Court to Boy. How old are you? - Almost fourteen; my father had sent me out with some work to sell, and as I was coming along home up this street, a young fellow was at the door, and he had on a striped coat, and he called me on one side, and he asked me to carry them to the public-house at the corner, and stop for him; I was going along, and I heard the cry of stop thief; I never was in the shop.</p>
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<p>I have known the prisoner upwards of three or four years.</p>
<p>What is his father? - A child's pump maker; I never knew any thing dishonest of the boy in my life, I would trust him with untold gold; I have trusted him at houses where I have been at work; I take him to be fourteen or fifteen.</p>
<persName id="t17851214-3-person88"> HENRY STEEL
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<p>I have known him about eight or nine years, I always took him to be as pretty a boy as ever went of an errand, he worked for me; his father is a shoe-maker.</p>
<persName id="t17851214-3-person89"> MARTIN JONES
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<p>I have known him from a child, I never knew him guilty of a dishonest thing in my life; he worked with his father.</p>
<p>What is his father's character? - A very honest man; he has lived in the place now thirty years.</p>
<persName id="t17851214-3-person90"> SARAH ROUND
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<p>I know him to be a very honest lad, I have known him seven or eight years, I am a child's pump maker.</p>
<persName id="t17851214-3-person91"> MARY WILSON
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<p>I have known him about five years, I never heard anything against him.</p>
<persName id="t17851214-3-person92"> ELIZABETH APLETREE
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<p>I have known him ever since he has been in petticoats, I remember when he was christened; I always knew him to be a very honest lad, and worked very hard, and his parents are honest too.</p>
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<p>He was
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<interp inst="t17851214-3-verdict21" type="verdictSubcategory" value="withRecommendation"/> humbly recommended to mercy by the Jury, and the Judge added on account of his age, and as it appeared that he acted at the instigation of another person </rs>.</p>
<p>Tried by the first Middlesex Jury before Mr. Justice WILLES.</p> </div1></div0>

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