WILLIAM GLASSBY, ROBERT WHITMORE, WILLIAM PENDALL, Theft > grand larceny, 15th February 1792.

Reference Number: t17920215-3
Offence: Theft > grand larceny
Verdict: Guilty
Punishment: Transportation
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109. WILLIAM GLASSBY , ROBERT WHITMORE , and WILLIAM PENDALL , were indicted for feloniously

stealing, on the 4th day of February , thirty fathom of twelve-inch cable, value 50 s. the goods and chattels of Thomas Todd .

(The case was opened by Mr. Schoen.)

(The witnesses examined separate.)

JOHN PALMER sworn.

I was ship-keeper on board the Nelly ; I missed a cable on the 4th day of February; at six o'clock at night I saw it; at eleven it was gone; I saw the cable the next day; I swear to it by a piece of canvas, by way of service, that I put on it; I know it is my owners property; it was made fast with spun-yarn; the cable we found next day was of the same length and quality as that which we lost; I never saw any of the prisoners before.

WILLIAM CLIMBER sworn.

I was on the water on the evening of the 4th of February, about half past eight or nine; I saw some boats coming up; I said to my people, shoot up to these boats, they seem to come up very heavy; as soon as they saw me, young Mr. Neal took off a slip-rope, and the cable went down; the other boat did the same; Whitmore and Pendall were in the last boat; after they had so done, they rowed round and round, and Glassby and Neal went ashore at King's-stairs; the other two went away; Glassby and Neal were in one boat, and Pendall and Whitmore in the other; the cable is thirty fathom long; they were about the length of the Old-Bailey from the ship when I saw them; I went ashore with Neal and Glassby, and took their boat and graplings; we used their graplings, and recovered this said cable; I took it to my house; I went and found out the Nelly on Sunday morning; Maxwell and Young were in the boat with me; it was a moon-light night; I know all the people; Whitmore sailed in a vessel of mine; I have no doubt about them.

WILLIAM MAXWELL sworn.

I am a waterman; I can only say as Mr. Climber has said.

(This witness corroborated Climber's testimony in every particular.)

ALEXANDER YOUNG sworn.

I was in the boat with Mr. Climber; I saw Neal let go a slip-rope, and they went up the river.

(This evidence the same as the last.)

WILLIAM NEAL (an Accomplice) sworn.

On Saturday night, the 4th of February, I was in company with the three prisoners, and we all agreed to go down the river, to see what we could get: we rowed to the ship Nelly's bows; we cut the cable with a knife; we then under-run it as close as we could to the anchor, and then we cut it, and made it fast to a boat's stern, and carried it forward to her head, then back to her stern; then we towed it away; I hired the boat; Glassby was with me in the boat; in the other boat were Whitmore and Pendall; they towed us up, and we gave what help we could: on seeing Mr. Climber, we let it go; I let go the slip-rope; then we rowed up a little way, and down again; then Mr. Climber rowed up to us, and told us he would seize the boat; he told us to get out of the boat; we did so, and I went home.

(The ends of the cable produced, and deposed to by Palmer.)

Prisoner Glassby. Neal hired me to go a dredging, for a groat in the shilling.

Whitmore and Pendall both said that they did not go to do any robbery.

WILLIAM GLASSBY (Aged 19),

ROBERT WHITMORE (Aged 21),

WILLIAM PENDALL (Aged 20),

ALL THREE GUILTY .

All three transported for seven years .

Tried by the first Middlesex Jury before Mr. Justice GROSE.


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