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<join result="offencePlace" targOrder="Y" targets="t18000528-136-off788 t18000528-136-crimeloc791"/>: On the 15th of April, the prisoner at the bar came into the warehouse, he said to me, have you any pink Bengal? I told him, yes; he went with me to that part of the warehouse, where we keep them; I took down two pieces which we had by us, he turned them over to look at, to see the quality of the work; the prisoner at the bar then said, they will do for us; I then took the two pieces to the farther end of the desk to have them entered; I asked the prisoner whether they were bought, or on approbation; he said, they were bought; I asked him who they were for, he said, for Newbury and Roberts; I then called a person down to enter them to Newbury and Roberts, in his presence; when they were entered, and the bill made out, I asked him his name; he said his name was
<persName id="t18000528-136-person1305"> John Williams
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<interp inst="t18000528-136-person1305" type="gender" value="male"/> </persName> , and I tied the two pieces up in two sheets of brown paper, they were two pieces of pink Bengal calico, forty-two yards, they were entered at three shillings a yard, that is six pounds six shillings; when I had tied them up, I delivered them to the prisoner, he stopped a little bit before he went out of the warehouse, after they were tied up; Mr. Roberts, the person that he said they were for, came in; as Mr. Roberts advanced to me, the prisoner walked out with the two pieces of print under his arm; I asked Mr. Roberts if the young man that was gone out belonged to him, he said, no; I ran out into the church-yard, and desired him to come back; he returned to the warehouse, with the two pieces of printed calico under his arm; I told Mr. Roberts, in the prisoner's presence, that he had come for this calico in the name of Newbury and Roberts; I then put the door too, and locked it, I put the key in my pocket, went up stairs, and told Mr. Wilson what had happened; I do not know Mr. Newbury's christian name, Mr. Roberts' name is Thomas, they were customers of ours, they were in the habit of sending for goods.</p>
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<persName id="t18000528-136-person1308"> Robert Newbury
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<interp inst="t18000528-136-person1308" type="gender" value="male"/> </persName> : On Tuesday afternoon, the 15th of April last, between the hours of four and five, I had occasion to go to Friday-street; when I came to the corner of St. Paul's church-yard, it rained very hard, then I ran as far as Messrs. Wood's in St. Paul's church-yard for shelter; when I came there, I saw no one but Norris, the porter, and the prisoner at the bar; I said to Norris, if you will give me leave, I will wait here till the shower is over, he was then tying up the parcel for this young man; the prisoner then came out of the warehouse with the parcel under his arm; Norris then asked me if he was one of my young men, I said he was not; I immediately went out of the warehouse and called him back; when he came back, Norris said, he has just taken up two pieces of pink Bengal in your name, the prisoner was present then; I then asked the prisoner by what authority he took up these prints in my name; he then said, Thomas and Trye's young man desired him to call for them, and leave them at my house to the best of my knowledge; Thomas and Trye was the name; he then burst into tears, and said, he hoped I would forgive him, and if I would go with him, his friends would pay the money; I asked him where his friends lived, he said, in Bishopsgate-street.</p>
<p>Cross-examined by Mr. Knapp. Q. He said some other person desired him to call for them? - A. Yes, I think it was Thomas and Trye's young man, but I am not certain of the name.</p>
<persName id="t18000528-136-person1309"> THOMAS WILSON
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<p>Q. (To Roberts.) Did you give this young man any authority to get these goods from Mr. Wilson?
<xptr type="pageFacsimile" doc="180005280117"/>- A. No, I never saw him before to my knowledge. (The constable produced the property.)</p>
<p>Mr. Wilson. Mr. Roberts was a customer of ours, the firm is Newbury and Roberts, their names are over the door, I believe.</p>
<p>Q. Was there ever a Mr. Newbury in that house? - A. I have every reason to believe there was formerly, I had not the pleasure of knowing him.</p>
<p>Mr. Knapp. Q. He is out of business now? - A. I believe he is.</p>
<p>Norris. These are the pieces I delivered to the prisoner, I received them from the prisoner, and delivered them to Mr. Wilson, who delivered them to the constable.</p>
<p>Mr. Wilson. I believe I delivered them to the constable, I put my mark upon them, immediately upon my coming down from dinner, after the prisoner was brought back.</p>
<p>Mr. Knapp addressed the Jury on behalf of the defendant, and called five witnesses, who gave him a good character.</p>
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<p>Tried by the London Jury, before Mr. RECORDER.</p> </div1></div0>

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