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<join result="offencePlace" targOrder="Y" targets="t17980704-54-off250 t17980704-54-crimeloc252"/>: I went out on the 3d of June, and left my brother in the house.</p>
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<interp inst="t17980704-54-person402" type="gender" value="male"/> </persName> sworn. - I went out after my brother, I left nobody in the house, I returned about a quarter past four; when I came to the door I found it half way open.</p>
<p>Q. Were there any marks of violence upon the door? - A. None at all; I went up stairs, and found the chests of drawers all scattered about; and then I went up to the next room above stairs, and found all the boxes in the room with the locks broke, and all the things scattered about.</p>
<p>Q. Do you know any thing of the prisoners? - A. No; I never saw them till I saw them in custody.</p>
<persName id="t17980704-54-person403"> James Maclaurin
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<interp inst="t17980704-54-person403" type="gender" value="male"/> </persName> ). When you came home did you go up stairs? - A. Yes; I found a chest of drawers, the locks had been broke, and sprung open; I went to a cupboard up one pair of stairs, and missed six silver tea-spoons that I had used at breakfast that morning, and a pair of silver sugar-tongs; I went up to my own box, and missed a pair of silver shoe-buckles, and a pair of silver shoe-latchets; there was a silk cloak I missed out of my wife's box; but I do not know so well about her things, and she is not here.</p>
<p>Q. Is Duff here? - A. No, nor Young.</p>
<p>Q.Have you ever seen them since? - A. No, I have not; I had given one pound six shillings and sixpence for the spoons, a very short time before, eight shillings and sixpence for the sugar-tongs, one pound six shillings for the buckles, and twelve shillings for the latchets.</p>
<p>Q. What reason have you to suspect the prisoners? - A. I went to my next door neighbour, and got information from Maria Wheatley.</p>
<persName id="t17980704-54-person404"> MARIA WHEATLEY
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<interp inst="t17980704-54-person404" type="gender" value="female"/> </persName> sworn. - I live next door to Mr. Maclaurin: On Sunday the 3d of June last, about half past three o'clock, I was looking out at the window, and saw a man in a brown coat standing by Mr. Maclaurin's door, looking about him for some time, till a man in a green coat came up and took hold of his collar; the man in brown, which was the prisoner Clarke, looked very hard at me; I then went up stairs, and saw the same man, Clarke, knock twice at Mr. Maclaurin's door; then he looked round, and not seeing anybody, he stooped down to the key-hole, but I did not see him put any key in, I saw him open the door, and go in; and after that, I saw the man in green run up the steps, go in, and shut the door.</p>
<p>Q. Who was the man in green? - A. I do not know, I did not see his face at all; my mother called me down stairs, and I saw no more of them, nor thought any more about it.</p>
<p>Cross-examined by Mr. Gurney. Q. Had you ever seen the man before that you suppose was Clarke? - A. No.</p>
<p>Q. How soon after that did you see the person that now stands at the bar? - A. On the Tuesday after.</p>
<p>Q. Then he was taken up? - A. Yes.</p>
<p>Q. You saw him in custody? - A. Yes.</p>
<p>Q. Was any body in custody with him? - A. Yes, the other prisoner.</p>
<p>Q. You went there expecting to find one of the persons who had robbed Mr. Maclaurin's house? - A. Yes.</p>
<xptr type="pageFacsimile" doc="179807040044"/>Q. And then you thought he was one of the persons? - A. Yes.</p>
<p>Q. You did not see him break the door open? - A. No.</p>
<p>Q. He went in at once? - A. Yes; I had described him to the officers before he was taken up.</p>
<p>Court. Q.And in consequence of your description he was taken up? - A. Yes.</p>
<persName id="t17980704-54-person405"> SUSANNAH COLLINS
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<interp inst="t17980704-54-person405" type="gender" value="female"/> </persName> sworn. - On the Sunday after Whitsunday, the 3d of June, at half past three o'clock, I went to my own door, two houses from Mr. Maclaurin's; as I was standing for a little air, I saw a man in a green coat; after some time, a young man in brown came and spoke to him.</p>
<p>Q. Do you know the man in green? - A. Yes, the prisoner M'Nell; I did not see them go into the house.</p>
<p>Mr. Gurney. Q. Where this man came from, or where he went, you do not know? - A. No.</p>
<persName id="t17980704-54-person406"> WILLIAM BLACKITER
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<interp inst="t17980704-54-person406" type="gender" value="male"/> </persName> sworn. - I am an officer: I went to the prisoner Clarke's lodgings, in Cow-heel-alley, Golden-lane, on the 6th of June, in company with other officers; we searched the house, but found nothing in the house except a broken crow, a large gimblet, and a false key for taking impressions off, there is some wax upon it; now his wife's sister lived in the house too; it was a deplorable place to see.</p>
<p>Q.Were these things in the apartment in which you found him? - A. Yes, in a closet under the stairs.</p>
<p>Q.Did you take him up in consequence of the description Maria Wheatley had given of him? - A. Yes.</p>
<p>Cross-examined by Mr. Gurney. Q. They were lying in a concealed state? - A. Yes.</p>
<p>Q. So that they might have been lying there and persons in the house not know any thing of it? - A. They might; I was obliged to put my arm a great way under to find them.</p>
<persName id="t17980704-54-person407"> JOHN WRAY
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<interp inst="t17980704-54-person407" type="gender" value="male"/> </persName> sworn. - I was with Blackiter, and searched the apartments of Clarke; I also searched the apartments of the other prisoner in St. John's-street, but found nothing but a phosphorous bottle; he was in bed.</p>
<p>Blackiter. I forgot to mention to your Lordship, that this crow I took to the prosecutor's house, and compared it with the marks of violence on the drawers, and they corresponded.</p>
<p>Mr. Gurney. Q. Do you not know that that is the most common sized crow that can be met with? - A. Yes.</p>
<p>Q. Do you not know that there are hundreds such to be found? - A. Yes.</p>
<p>Court. Q. Are these crows a thing which people make use of in a regular trade, or business? - A.Never any but thieves make use of them.</p>
<p>RICHARD FERRIS sworn. - I know no more than the other officers.</p>
<p>M'Nell's defence. I am entirely innocent of the charge.</p>
<p>Clarke's defence. I went to dine with my uncle at Islington; at one o'clock; from thence I returned home about half past four o'clock; I am entirely innocent of what is alledged against me.</p>
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<p>Clarke, GUILTY Death. (Aged 25.)</p>
<p>Tried by the London Jury, before Mr. Justice LAWRENCE.</p> </div1></div0>

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