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<join result="offencePlace" targOrder="Y" targets="t17980912-45-off256 t17980912-45-crimeloc258"/>, I called for a pint of beer, and sat down; presently the young woman at the bar came in, she asked me if I would give her a glass of any thing; I called for a quartern of gin and gave her a glass, and she gave it to the man that was with her, the prisoner, Jacobs; I poured out another, and she drank it herself; then she asked me to go along with her home, and when I got home with her, I gave her a sixpence, and five pennyworth of halfpence to get some beer with; I was tired and laid down on the bed.</p>
<p>Q. Where does she live? - A.In Maypole-court, East Smithfield; when I laid down, I pulled out my watch and laid it upon the table; I saw her take something off the table but did not think she was taking my watch, I thought she was taking something to fetch the drink in; I had some duty to do, I got up, and found the door was locked, I saw a knife upon the table, and I put the bolt back; I went down stairs, and while I was telling a man about my concerns, a Jew boy brought the key to let me out; we found the watch at the pawnbroker's.</p>
<p>Q. Were you sober? - A. Yes, quite sober; for I had come home that day, and had had but that pint of beer.</p>
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<interp inst="t17980912-45-person474" type="gender" value="male"/> </persName> sworn. - I am a watchmaker: The prisoner Jacobs came to me about four o'clock, and asked me if I would go of an errand for him, he would pay me for my trouble; then be gave me a key, and told me to let a man out of his room in Maypole-court, East Smithfield, the other prisoner lives with him in that room; I went to the door and found it open; I locked the door and carried him the key, and he gave me a shilling for my trouble; a little after that, he gave me the duplicate, and told me to fell it, and make the most I could for him; then I took it to my landlord where I lodged, and gave it to him, and he took the watch out of pawn, and pawned it again at the same place for the same money, he is not here; then, the next morning, he gave me the other duplicate, and then I went to my uncle's and shewed him the duplicate, and he asked me who I had it of, and I described the person I had it from, and my uncle told me the watch was stolen; then I went to Lambeth-street office, and gave the duplicate up to Mr. Osborne; on the Monday following, the Justice sent for me, and I told him all about it.</p>
<p>Q. (To Biddles.) Are you sure that is the man that was at the public-house with you? - A. Yes.</p>
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<interp inst="t17980912-45-person475" type="gender" value="male"/> </persName> sworn. - I am a pawnbroker, in the Minories: On the 16th of August, the woman prisoner brought a watch to pledge, about four o'clock in the afternoon, as near as I can recollect, or it might be rather later; I asked her who the watch belonged to; she told me to her husband, he was going to Long-reach, and wanted some money to pay his expences; she wanted twenty-five shillings, but I lent her a guinea upon it; I asked her if her name was not Gallaway, and she said, yes, it was; that was the name I knew her by at our shop; she was not a customer at the shop, but I had seen her pass backwards and forwards with the other prisoner; I asked her if she lived in Rosemary-lane; she told me she had left Rosemary-lane, and lived in the Little Minories. (Produces the watch).</p>
<p>Biddles. This is my watch, I know it by the chain and seal; I have only had the watch three days; I swapped watches but did not swap chains.</p>
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<interp inst="t17980912-45-person476" type="gender" value="male"/> </persName> sworn. - On the 17th of August I apprehended the man prisoner, about the middle of the day; and the same evening, between eleven and twelve o'clock, I apprehended the woman; and the next day I went to seek after the watch, and found the watch in the Minories, at the pawnbrokers.</p>
<p>Conjuet's defence. The soldier had been with me several times in my apartments, he went with me
<xptr type="pageFacsimile" doc="179809120052"/>that day; he said he had no money, and he gave me the watch to pledge for him, to get us some supper, and then he was to make me a compliment to sleep with me all night; this man knows nothing at all about it.</p>
<p>Court. (To Nathan). Q. Which of the prisoners gave you the key? - A. The man.</p>
<p>Q. Who gave you the duplicate? - A. The man.</p>
<p>Jacobs's defence. The apartment is not mine, nor do I sleep there constantly; I gave him neither duplicate nor key, nor shilling.</p>
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<p>Tried by the first Middlesex Jury, before Mr. COMMON SERJEANT.</p> </div1></div0>

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