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<p>237.
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<interp inst="t17920523-18-victim254" type="gender" value="male"/> </persName> , and one velveret waistcoat value 2 s. </rs> the goods of
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<p>MELETRIOR MIDDLEDITCH sworn.</p>
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<join result="offencePlace" targOrder="Y" targets="t17920523-18-off112 t17920523-18-crimeloc114"/>; I lost a man's cloth coat from my lodgings on Monday the 9th of April at six o'clock in the evening.</p>
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<p>I lodge in the same room with Middleditch, his coat and my waistcoat are the only things that are found; my waistcoat was lost at the time; they were all safe at six o'clock.</p>
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<p>I produce a velveret waistcoat; I had it from the prisoner the 9th of April; I gave him a duplicate.</p>
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<p>I am servant to a pawnbroker; I produce the coat; I received it of the prisoner on Monday the 9th of May.</p>
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<p>I am an officer of Litchfield-street; I searched the prisoner, and took two duplicates from the prisoner; they are the duplicates of the clothes produced.</p>
<p>PRISONER's DEFENCE.</p>
<p>I had a brother going to the country, and I wanted some clothes to send my brother into the country; I met a Jew in Oxford-street, and he had these things hanging upon his arm; and I agreed for 14 s. 6 d. but I had not money enough, so I pawned the coat to raise the rest of the money.</p>
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<p>Tried by the first Middlesex Jury, before Mr. Justice ASHURST.</p>
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