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<p>296.
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<p>The prisoner has been my
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<join result="persNameOccupation" targOrder="Y" targets="t17920523-77-defend691 t17920523-77-deflabel444"/>; I had discharged him on the 13th of this month; I knew nothing of the robbery till I was told by a servant of mine, that Massey was in custody for offering a silver spoon. I attended at Bow-street, and was desired to attend the following day, when I saw the things mentioned in the indictment.</p>
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<p>On Monday the 14th of May, my lord, the prisoner at the bar brought this spoon to my shop to sell; I asked him how he came by it; he told me he bought it of a boy in the street. I took him into custody.</p>
<p>Court. You did very right, Sir; I wish every pawnbroker would do the same.</p>
<p>- MACKINTOSH sworn.</p>
<p>I went to live as servant with Mr. Dive, on Saturday the 11th of May. My master gave me 19 spoons, and told me there would be another to make 20.</p>
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<p>I was sent for to Mr. Heather's, on Monday the 13th of May, to search the prisoner; I searched him and found these duplicates.</p>
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<persName id="t17920523-77-person697"> EDWARD SWAINE
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<p>On the 9th of May, a person who called himself
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<interp inst="t17920523-77-person698" type="gender" value="male"/> </persName> , and who I believe to be the prisoner, pawned a pair of shoes for 4 s. (Produces the shoes) I gave him a duplicate, which was found upon him. My master's name is
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<p>I am servant to a pawnbroker. I know the prisoner; he pawned a neckcloth on the 20th of March, for 1 s. at our house, in the name of
<persName id="t17920523-77-person701"> John Deane
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<p>I am servant to a pawnbroker,
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<interp inst="t17920523-77-person703" type="gender" value="female"/> </persName> ; the prisoner pawned a pair of cotton hose and a neckcloth with me; (Produced.) I gave him two duplicates.</p>
<p>(Mr. Dive deposes to the handle of the spoon, and to a muslin neckcloth.)</p>
<p>Prisoner. My lord, I am a young man from the country, and have no friends come up. I leave myself to the mercy of the court.</p>
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<p>Tried by the second Middlesex Jury before Mr. RECORDER.</p> </div1></div0>
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