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<persName id="t17861213-3-defend43" type="defendantName"> WILLIAM TENNANT
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<join result="offenceCrimeDate" targOrder="Y" targets="t17861213-3-off13 t17861213-3-cd14"/>, two pair of cotton stockings, value 6 s. 6 d. the property of
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<p>I am a
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<join result="offencePlace" targOrder="Y" targets="t17861213-3-off13 t17861213-3-crimeloc16"/>; on the 10th of November, between two and three, the prisoner came in and asked to look at some striped cotton stockings; I shewed him some, and he chose one pair; then he asked for some finer; I shewed him some; he chose one pair; then he asked to look at some brown ribbed, and chose one pair of them; then some silk and worsted, and chose a pair of them; then some black, and he chose a pair of them; five pair in all; and he desired me to send them to No. 24, Great Queen-street; I told him I did not chuse to send them unless he would pay for them; he said, he had no money in his pocket; and I told him, I would go with him to the place; he said, he was not going home; I told him, I would not let him go home till I had searched him, for I had a suspicion he had something of mine.</p>
<p>What had raised that suspicion? - By watching a window that we have in the shop.</p>
<p>Did you see him take any thing? - No, I did not; I took two pair from him in a side great coat pocket.</p>
<p>Had those stockings any mark on them? - No, but I know them by the manufacturing; and the fine ones, I had six pair when I reached them to him; and there were but five pair when I had shewn them
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<p>Were they two pair he had chosen? - No, they were of the same sort; he laid all on one side.</p>
<p>What did he say for himself? - He began to cry, and owned to their being mine, and begged I would let him go; here is the constable with the stockings; they cost me four shillings all but a penny.</p>
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<p>I am an officer, belonging to St. George the Martyr; I took charge of the prisoner; the prosecutor brought the property to the Rotation-office, and it was delivered to me.</p>
<p>(Produced and deposed to.)</p>
<p>I bought the stockings of a pedlar, in Holborn; and I was going by this shop, at the window I saw some of the same kind, and I went in to ask the price, to see whether I was extortioned; I agreed for five other pair; the gentleman said, he did not think I wanted to buy; he searched me and took these stockings from me, and said, they were not mine; I have nobody present to give me a character.</p>
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<p>Tried by the second Middlesex Jury before Mr. RECORDER.</p>
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<note>[Transportation. See summary.]</note> </rs> </p> </div1></div0>

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