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<p>476.
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<join result="persNameOccupation" targOrder="Y" targets="t18000528-137-victim1313 t18000528-137-viclabel797"/>: On the 6th of February last, the prisoner came to our warehouse, and said, he wanted to look at a few prints; I asked him who they were for, and he said, for Waithman and Bristow; he looked out four pieces, and said, he would take them with him, as they wanted them immediately; I entered the goods and gave him a bill of them in their names; I asked his name, and he told me it was
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<interp inst="t18000528-137-person1316" type="gender" value="male"/> </persName> ; I let him have the goods, and after he was gone, I missed a fifth piece, which was one piece more than he was to have, there were ninety yards; I then sent to Waithman and Bristow, saying, that their young man had taken a-piece by mistake; I saw no more of him till I was sent for before the Lord-Mayor, a considerable time afterwards, he was taken up for another offence; I knew him again immediately; Messrs. Waithman and Bristow were customers of ours, I am perfectly sure the prisoner is the man.</p>
<p>Prisoner. Q. Have you not charged another man with this offence, besides me? - A. No, I have not, nor have I any doubt of his person.</p>
<p>Prisoner. Q. He said, before the Lord-Mayor, that I wrote my name
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<p>The prisoner did not say any thing in his defence, but called four 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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