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<interp inst="t17891028-18-person234" type="gender" value="male"/> </persName> being therein, and feloniously stealing three callico gowns, value 30 s. three cotton gowns, value 30 s. two stuff petticoats, value 18 s. three shifts, value 6 s. six pair of cotton stockings, value 10 s. a callico shawl, value 5 s. a table cloth, value 12 s. five shirts, value 20 s. two pair of silk and cotton stockings, value 2 s. a cloth coat, value 30 s. a cloth furtout great coat, value 20 s. a dimity waistcoat, value 4 s. a pair of velveret breeches, value 10 s. a hat, value 3 s. two guineas, and four shillings in monies numbered, his property </rs>.</p>
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<p>I am wife of
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<interp inst="t17891028-18-person236" type="gender" value="male"/> </persName> ; our house was unlocked, but I cannot say the locks were broke; I keep a saloop stand the corner of Hatton Garden; I was out; I left my house at half past three in the morning; at half past seven I returned, on hearing my door was open; the next morning I took the prisoner, with the assistance of one Winter; I found a callico gown upon him, nothing else; I lost the things in the indictment; (describing them) I value all my things I lost, at eleven pounds; I saw the things the day before; I knew the prisoner before, by coming to my apartment for saloop, with a pint china bason; I took him to be a shopman in Holborn; I do not know his business; when I gave charge of him, I said, that is the man that has robbed me; I said so, because I apprehended him in the morning, in the passage, when I went out; and he had my gown in his bundle; the prisoner said it was a coat, but I opened the bundle, and it was my new gown; the things were kept in my drawer, in my husband's chest; I have but one room; I am but a lodger; a low apartment.</p>
<p>Does the person who lets out the lodgings, live in the house? - No, he keeps a shop at the end of the court; he lets out the house in tenements.</p>
<p>Is this house let out entirely to lodgers? - Yes.</p>
<p>Mr. Knowlys, Prisoner's Counsel. What time these things were taken, you do not not know? - No.</p>
<p>You never found any thing but this gown? - No; the prisoner had been at my apartments four times.</p>
<p>Any body might see he had a bundle? - Yes; I had undoubtedly a strong suspicion of him, seeing him lay in the passage; when I came out in the morning, at half past three o'clock.</p>
<p>Did you speak to him then? - No; sometimes people are locked out.</p>
<p>Did you tell any body that you saw this man there? - Yes, I told my husband, before I knew the things were gone; I said, that young man will not hurt us, he is some young man locked out of his apartment.</p>
<p>This was quite a new gown? - Yes.</p>
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<p>I am in the optician way; I met
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<interp inst="t17891028-18-person238" type="gender" value="female"/> </persName> in Holborn, very much flurried; I spoke to her; she made no reply; her doors were all open; the next day I met her, and the prisoner was on the other side of the way; she desired me to apprehend him; we lost him, and found him ten minutes after; he had a bundle; I stopped him; he said it was a coat; I said, it was in too narrow a compass for that; and I took it out of his hand; and I had a pattern of the gown, at the same time in my pocket; I have had it ever since.</p>
<p>(The gown produced and deposed to by a remarkable mark.)</p>
<p>Catherine Baker. I tore it the second day of wearing, and I darned it myself.</p>
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<p>I left my house at six in the morning; I locked my door, and pulled the fore door after me; I left nobody in my apartment; I saw something stir like a hat; I was going to kick at it, and a man said halloo! I said, what are you doing there? he said, taking a bit of a snooze; I did not see his face; I returned at half past seven, and my clothes were taken out of my chest, and my drawers were stripped of my wife's things; I lost the things in the indictment; there was more money in the chest, but it was not taken; I saw the money in the drawers that morning, which was taken afterwards.</p>
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<p>I took charge of the prisoner, at Bow-street, with the property.</p>
<p>Mr. Garrow, another Counsel for the Prisoner. My lord, I have a person to prove that the prisoner could not be the person that was seen about the house in the
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<p>I live in Tash-street; the prisoner lodged with me; I remember the time of his being taken up for this offence; the morning before, and that whole week, my wife was very ill with a sore breast; I was up every night; I locked the door at eleven, and took the key into my room; and that morning or any other morning of that week, he did not go out of my place, till half after six; I am quite sure that that morning and every morning that week, he was at home at three and four o'clock; he lodged with me only a few nights.</p>
<p>The prisoner called one witness to his character.</p>
<p>Court to
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<interp inst="t17891028-18-person242" type="gender" value="female"/> </persName> . It was very dark when you went out of your lodging? - Yes.</p>
<p>Then how do you know it was the prisoner that was there? - I took my candle and lanthorn and looked at him; I saw him lay in the passage; I had a full view of him.</p>
<p>Are you sure of him? - Yes, I am sure it was the same.</p>
<p>Court to Jury. On the first part of the indictment, of the breaking, you must acquit the prisoner; for it is plain
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<p>Tried by the first Middlesex Jury before Mr. Justice HEATH.</p> </div1></div0>
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