14th January 1789
Reference Numbert17890114-4
VerdictGuilty > lesser offence
SentenceCorporal > whipping; Imprisonment

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101. JOHN MORRIS was indicted for feloniously and burglariously breaking the dwelling-house of Richard Herring , about the hour of six of the night of the 29th of December , and stealing therein one copper tea-kettle, value 6 s. the goods of the said Richard Herring .


On Monday the 29th of December, between six and seven in the evening, I went out: I left my wife and children in the back room. I returned in about three or four minutes, and saw two men at the door, one with his back towards me, and one with his face towards me. I found the one with his back towards me had a new kettle; I collared him, and the other ran away; I took him into custody, and sent for a constable, and took him before Mr. Justice Parker. The kettle had stood on a shelf, in the shop-window; I am positive

it was mine. I left nobody in the shop when I went out; the shop-door was not fastened, I only pulled it to after me; it had a spring-latch, which opens both inside and out: I can't positively say whether I latched it or not when I went out.


I am a constable. I was sent for, and took the prisoner into custody; and the property I have had ever since.


I was coming by just before, and I observed two or three men near the door, and I saw one come out with a kettle; I took it from him; and the gentleman came, and found me with it, and took me.

Serjeant MORRIS sworn.

The prisoner belongs to the same company with me. I have known him about a year. He is a very good soldier ; and, I believe, an honest man.

GUILTY, Of stealing, but not of the burglary .

Whipped , and imprisoned six months .

Tried by the second Middlesex Jury before Mr. RECORDER.

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