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<interp inst="t17980214-4-victim113" type="gender" value="female"/> </persName> , being in a certain enclosed ground belonging to her, without her consent, she being the owner thereof, unlawfully did cut down against the form of the statute, and against the King's peace </rs>.</p>
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<p>There were two other Counts for a similar offence, varying the manner of charging it.</p>
<p>The case was opened by Mr. Knapp.</p>
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<interp inst="t17980214-4-person115" type="gender" value="male"/> </persName> sworn. - I am carter to Sir William Dolben.</p>
<p>Q. Do you know the prisoner? - A. Yes.</p>
<p>Q. Do you know Welch and Crow? - A. Yes; I saw them all three one morning, at 20 minutes past six, as I came into the high-road from Sir William Dolben's yard, they were all on the offside of my horses; Crow came round to the nearside to me, as hard as he could run, he said, he had got three or four pieces of wood, and asked me if I would carry them to Southgate for him, which was about a mile off, I told him, he might put them up and welcome; Eady and Welch helped him to put them into the cart, I did not examine what sort of wood it was, they were not above five minutes putting them in, there were four pieces of wood; I went on, and left them behind, except Crow, he came running after the cart, he asked me where I was going to in London, and I told him, to Moorfields; in consequence of a conversation between Crow and myself, I took the wood to the corner of Worship-street, leading into Finsbury-square, then two men came with a truck, and took it away, I never saw any more of the wood or of them.</p>
<p>Q. Did you observe any thing particular about the wood? - A. No, only it appeared to be fresh cut.</p>
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<interp inst="t17980214-4-person116" type="gender" value="male"/> </persName> sworn. - I am gardener to Mr. Elphinston, I don't know the prisoner: On Saturday the 6th of January, about three in the morning, I saw three men in Sir
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<interp inst="t17980214-4-person117" type="gender" value="male"/> </persName> 's Park, standing in the same clump of chesnut-trees where this tree was cut down from; I did not know either of them, when they saw me, they all ran away; I was there again at seven o'clock the same morning, and then there was a chesnut-tree gone.</p>
<p>Court. Q. Were you in the park when you saw these men? - A. No, I was at seventy yards distance; when I came again at seven o'clock, I went into the park and saw the stump in the ground, and they had left the top in the field.</p>
<p>Q.(To Pickton.) They did not say any thing to you where they got it from? - A. No.</p>
<p>Q. In what part of the park was this tree situated? - A. It is not a park, it is a field; it was about 40 or 50 poles up the field.</p>
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<interp inst="t17980214-4-person118" type="gender" value="male"/> </persName> sworn. - I am coachman to Sir William Dolben; I saw the trees all safe on the 5th of January, about five o'clock; the next morning, about seven o'clock, I discovered the head of a tree lying down, the body was gone, for any thing that I could see; it was a thickish morning, and only a glimmer of light.</p>
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<interp inst="t17980214-4-person119" type="gender" value="male"/> </persName> sworn. - I am constable of Enfield; I and Pidkin apprehended Eady, on the 19th of January, we had had the warrant a day or two, we wanted to apprehend the other first; we apprehended him at Southgate, going out to work, he lodges at his father's house, he had got a pickaxe and shovel upon his shoulder, he desired to go back to leave his things, and I went back with him; his father was in bed in an adjoining room, he asked, who is there, Eady said, it is me; Pidkin began talking about the tree; his father said, why, you were not concerned with Welch and Crow in stealing that tree; the prisoner said, yes I was; the old man said, oh dear, to many domes as I have asked you about it, and you have always denied it; we then took him to the sign of the Rose and Crown, and there he told me he did help to load the wood; I asked him how they could get such a large piece of wood up into the cart, and he told me it was cut into four lengths, three feet in each length; I then left him in the custody of Pidkin, and went to inform Sir William of it.</p>
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<interp inst="t17980214-4-person120" type="gender" value="male"/> </persName> sworn. - I am a constable, I apprehended the prisoner after Trott left him, and I said to him, Eady, there must have been a deal of trouble in cutting down such a tree as this, he made answer, there was a d-d deal of trouble in it, it lodged in the next tree, and we were forced to cut off three lengths before it would drop, I took him to Bow-street, and he was committed.</p>
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<interp inst="t17980214-4-person121" type="gender" value="male"/> </persName> sworn. - The close that has been spoken of, I have in lease from Lady Dacre, together with the trees, they were about fifty or sixty years growth, and of considerable timber girth.</p>
<p>Q. Did you give any orders for this timber to be cut down? - A. No.</p>
<p>Q. Was it with your consent that it was cut down? - A.Certainly not.</p>
<p>Court. Q. Is that sort of timber made use of for any purpose? - A. It was a horse chesnut-tree, I believe it is made use of by turners and cabinetmakers, it is worth about 25 or 30s.</p>
<persName id="t17980214-4-person122"> RICHARD FERRIS
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<interp inst="t17980214-4-person122" type="gender" value="male"/> </persName> sworn. - I belong to the Police-office, Worship-street. (produces a quantity of chesunt wood, cut into thin boards;) I found it at the house of one Webb, who has run away.</p>
<p>Prisoner's defence. As I was going along the road about six o'clock in the morning, I met with two men, and they asked me to stop and help them up with four pieces of wood, and I helped them up with it, that is all I know about it.</p>
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<p>Tried by the second Middlesex Jury, before Mr. Baron THOMPSON.</p> </div1></div0>

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