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<p>I am going on fourteen; on Thursday night last, I lost some things between nine and ten in Bond-street, I was going from Essex-street in the Strand; I was going to Brook-street, and from thence to Castle-street; going on
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<join result="offencePlace" targOrder="Y" targets="t17860222-4-off21 t17860222-4-crimeloc24"/>, I met three fellows just facing Cork-street, and they asked me what street it was, and I told them it was Bond-street, I was carrying a hare that I had, then two of the fellows took it away, and this man took my bundle, I held my bundle, and he dragged me along the street, he pulled me so, I was forced to let go, he did not say any thing to me, I called out murder! and he ran away, and dropped the bundle which another man picked up and brought me, the man was taken to the watch-house in about a quarter of an hour, I did not see him taken, he was taken at almost ten o'clock, I know it was the same man, for he dragged me so far along the street, that I looked at him all the time he was dragging me, the bundle was tied up in a white handkerchief, I do not know what was in it, it belonged to my mistress's sister,
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<p>Was that the same bundle you had? - Yes.</p>
<p>How do you know that, if you do not know what was in it? - I knew it by the handkerchief.</p>
<p>Did not you see at the watch-house what things were in it? - I did not look to see what things were in it.</p>
<p>Mr. Peatt, Prisoner's Counsel. What time was this, my little fellow? - Between nine and ten.</p>
<p>A great many people passing? - No.</p>
<p>Was you on the foot path? - Yes.</p>
<p>Nobody offered to assist you? - No, Sir.</p>
<p>Was not you rather surprized when the hare was dragged from you? - Yes.</p>
<p>Was you frightened? - Yes.</p>
<p>I suppose you kept looking at your bundle with a wishful eye, for fear you should lose it? - Yes.</p>
<xptr type="pageFacsimile" doc="178602220025"/>And I suppose, the person that got the bundle from you, run away? - Yes.</p>
<p>Then he turned his back to you? - Yes.</p>
<p>Then you saw no more of him, till you saw him him at the watch-house? - Yes, I saw him again before he was carried to the watch-house.</p>
<p>What sort of handkerchief was this? - A white handkerchief with a little red round the border.</p>
<p>And a mark in the corner? - I do not know.</p>
<p>Suppose you had seen that bundle in any other place, should you have known your handkerchief again? - Yes.</p>
<p>How would you have known it? - I should have known it by the silk gown in the handkerchief, I could see it in.</p>
<p>Court. Why you told me just now, you did not know what was in the bundle? - There was a black gown, I could see in the bundle, I saw it at one corner.</p>
<p>How could you see whether it was a gown, or a cloak, or what it was? - It looked like a gown.</p>
<p>Did you know any thing else that was in it? - No.</p>
<p>Was it a black gown? - Yes.</p>
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<p>I was standing in Cork-street, when I heard the alarm was given, I ran down Cork-street, and perceived a man with a bundle under his arm; I tried to stop him, as soon as he saw me, he dropped the bundle down.</p>
<p>What became of the bundle? - I stooped and picked the bundle up, the man went past me,
<persName id="t17860222-4-person134"> Jonathan Oakes
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<interp inst="t17860222-4-person134" type="gender" value="male"/> </persName> , who was standing by, pursued and took him within forty or fifty yards.</p>
<p>Was he ever out of your sight before he was taken? - Yes.</p>
<p>Can you say whether the man that was taken, was the same man that you saw with the bundle? - Yes.</p>
<p>How did you know him again? - I knew him by his person, I saw him before he came to me, by the shade of the lamp, I remarked his yellow buttons, I knew him more by his clothes than his face; I gave the bundle to the boy.</p>
<p>Mr. Peatt. The man was running? - Yes.</p>
<persName id="t17860222-4-person135"> JONATHAN OAKES
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<p>I heard the cry, I pursued the prisoner, I did not see him drop any bundle, it was behind some trees in Cork-street; I saw the prisoner doing nothing only running up the street as fast as he could, he never was out of my sight, he never was above two yards from me, I took him to the watch-house; when I came up to him he blasted my eyes, and asked what I wanted, he said nothing else.</p>
<p>(Mr. Bentley produced the bundle.)</p>
<p>I brought it from my own house, I had it from
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<p>Court. The bundle you picked up, was left at the watch-house? - Yes.</p>
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<p>Where did you get the bundle that you gave to Bentley on Friday night? - I had it from the watch-house, it was locked up in a cupboard in the watch-house.</p>
<p>Have you any body here to prove that it was the same bundle that was left there by Bentley.</p>
<p>Oakes. I saw the boy carry it to the watch-house, and it was opened there that night, directly as it was taken in, the boy was there, I saw it contained a gown and petticoat, and some bombazeen.</p>
<p>Did not the boy see what it contained? No, Sir, I do not think he did, he was standing by the fire at the same time, it was tied up, and put in the cupboard with another bundle.</p>
<p>Was any mark put upon it? - No, that was the other bundle that the boy had, that was left at the watch-house the same time.</p>
<p>Court to Oakes. Now, can you say it is the same bundle? - Yes.</p>
<xptr type="pageFacsimile" doc="178602220026"/>How? - I can tell by the handkerchief, I took notice of the border of the handkerchief at the time it was open.</p>
<p>Court to boy. Was this the bundle the prisoner took from you? - Yes, I am quite sure of that, because the other was in a cheque handkerchief, I stood by the fire at the watch-house, I did not see them open the bundle.</p>
<p>Court to Mrs. Robinson. Did you send the boy with this bundle? - Yes, he was going into Brook-street, he was to carry these bundles into Castle-street where I live; this is one of the bundles I gave him to carry, I am quite sure of it.</p>
<p>Prisoner. I leave it all to my counsel.</p>
<p>The prisoner called three witnesses who gave him a good character.</p>
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<p>He was humbly recommended by the Prosecutrix to his Majesty's mercy.</p>
<p>Tried by the first Middlesex Jury before Mr. RECORDER.</p> </div1></div0>

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