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<persName id="t18000917-46-defend438" type="defendantName"> THOMAS CHALFONT
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<join result="offenceCrimeDate" targOrder="Y" targets="t18000917-46-off240 t18000917-46-cd242"/>, feloniously did secrete a letter, or packet, directed to Messrs. Bedwells, St. John's-street, and stealing thereout a Banbury Bank-note, value 1ol. the property of
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<persName id="t18000917-46-victim442" type="victimName"> John Yates
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<persName id="t18000917-46-victim444" type="victimName"> Bernard Bedwell
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<persName id="t18000917-46-victim445" type="victimName"> Philip Bedwell
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<persName id="t18000917-46-person446"> RICHARD DEVONSHIR
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<interp inst="t18000917-46-person446" type="gender" value="male"/> </persName> sworn. - Examined by Mr. Fielding. I am a shop-keeper at Byfield, near Banbury: On the 17th of April, I sent a letter directed to Messrs. Bedwell.</p>
<p>Q.Shall you know the cover if you see it again?(Shewing him the cover of a letter.) - A. This is my own hand-writing.</p>
<p>Q. Is it in the same state now that it was when you sent it? - A. No; it differs in the word two, and the word twenty; the word two was three, and the word twenty was thirty.</p>
<p>Q. What Bank-notes did it contain? - A. I took down the numbers at the time; I sent No. 3194, 3195, and 3196, for 1ol. each, they were Banbury Bank-notes, all dated the 24th of February; I put it into the letter-box myself, at the Post-office at Banbury, on the evening of the 17th of April, between three and four o'clock; the Post do not pack the letters till an hour after that.</p>
<p>JOSEPH WYATT sworn. - Examined by Mr. Fielding. I am an assistant in the Post-office at Banbury.</p>
<p>Q. Do you remember the mail being dispatched from Banbury on the 17th of April? - A. Yes; it was dispatched in the usual way, at the usual hour of five o'clock.</p>
<p>Q. That mail should have arrived in London on the morning of the 18th? - A. Yes.</p>
<persName id="t18000917-46-person447"> WILLIAM KENT
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<interp inst="t18000917-46-person447" type="gender" value="male"/> </persName> sworn. - Examined by Mr. Fielding. I am in the General Post-office.</p>
<p>Q. Do you remember the Banbury bags arriving the morning of the 18th of April, at the General Post-office, in the usual way? - A. Yes.</p>
<p>Q. Upon their arrival, what was then done with them? - A. Delivered to one of the clerks in the customary way.</p>
<p>HOGH FERGUSON sworn. - Examined by Mr. Fielding. I am clerk in the General Post-office.</p>
<p>Q. What was the situation of the prisoner on the morning of the 18th of April? - A.Sorter, and charge-teller, at the letter E.</p>
<p>Q. Would the letter E be the particular division to which letters from Banbury would come? - A. I understand so.</p>
<p>Q. Do you know it? - A. It is so.</p>
<p>Q. Explain to us what the business of a charge-teller is? - A. To tell up the amount of the letters for letter E.</p>
<p>Q. After he has gone through that business of charge-telling, would it be his business to sort the letters? - A. Yes, it would.</p>
<p>Q. Would it be in his power, therefore, in forting letters for letter E, to take any of those letters away? - A. Yes.</p>
<p>Q. Did he continue in the same situation the following morning, the 19th? - A. Yes.</p>
<p>Q. Then he would have equally a control over the letters that came there on the 18th, and on the 19th? - A. Yes.</p>
<p>Q. He might either take away or put in any letter?. - A. Yes.</p>
<p>Q. As charge-teller he would have to make the charge of the whole on the 18th, and he would have equally to make the charge on the 19th? - A. Yes.</p>
<p>Cross-examined by Mr. Knowlys. Q. Do you mean to say he was the only person engaged in sorting those letters that morning? - A. He was the only person appointed that morning.</p>
<p>Q. Do not all the men who have the delivery of the letters assist in sorting the letters? - A. Yes; he was appointed the principal at the table E, and he is to direct the sorting before they are given to his partners.</p>
<p>Q. Beckett, for assistance? - A. He had an opportunity of sorting any letters that were wrong sorted to the letter E.</p>
<p>Q. Had Beckett the delivery of the letters for the St. John's-street division? - A. He had.</p>
<p>Q. Therefore, Beckett, in the usual course of business, would have charge of this letter which was directed to St. John's-street? - A. He ought.</p>
<xptr type="pageFacsimile" doc="180009170044"/>Jury. Q. Do you mean, after the prisoner at the bar had been sorting them? - A. Yes.</p>
<p>Mr. Knowlys. Q. Do you mean to say, that he could not have had them before the prisoner had done sorting? - A. He had that opportunity undoubtedly.</p>
<p>Q. With several other persons? - A. Yes, seven more.</p>
<p>Q. Beckett is employed in the Post-office now, is he not? - A. No.</p>
<p>Q. What is become of him? - A. He has resigned.</p>
<p>Q.Resigned you call it; do you believe it was a voluntary thing in himself? - A. I was informed, that while I was in the country he had resigned.</p>
<p>Q. Do not you know that he was suspended? - A. I understood he had been suspended.</p>
<p>Q. And then he gave in his resignation? - A. Yes.</p>
<p>Mr. Fielding. Q. However many there might be who might come to this table E, it was the principal duty of the prisoner to take the charges there, and fort the letters? - A. Yes.</p>
<p>Q. Then Beckett would get letters that had been charged, and forted by the prisoner? - A. Yes.</p>
<p>Q. Beckett was the deliverer in St. John's-street? - A. Yes.</p>
<persName id="t18000917-46-person448"> JOHN BECKETT
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<interp inst="t18000917-46-person448" type="gender" value="male"/> </persName> sworn. - Examined by Mr. Fielding - Q. On the 18th of April, were you letter-carrier for the divison of St. John's-street? - A. I was.</p>
<p>Q. Did you, on the morning of the 18th, deliver any letter to Messrs. Bedwells? - A. I have no doubt but I did; they generally had seven, eight, or a dozen, every day.</p>
<p>Q. Did you deliver all the letters that you received from the Post-office that were directed to their house? - A. I did.</p>
<p>Q. I understand you are not at present concerned in the Post-office? - A. I am not.</p>
<p>Q. What was the reason of your not continuing in their employ? - A. It was the post-master's with that I should resign.</p>
<p>Q. Was it in consequence of this being discovered? - A. I cannot tell any thing about it; I never could learn.</p>
<p>Q. Had you heard of any letter being wrong? - A. It was in consequence of taking a note from the prisoner; it was supposed there was an intimacy between us.</p>
<p>Cross-examined by Mr. Knapp. Q. You were requested to resign, I understand? - A. It was the Post-master's wish.</p>
<p>Q.You have been requested, perhaps, to return to the situation again? - A. Not at present.</p>
<p>Q. I understand you, that in the delivery of St. John's-street, you deliver a number of letters almost every day at that house? - A. Yes.</p>
<p>Q. What letters you delivered particularly on that day it is impossible for you to know? - A. It is impossible.</p>
<persName id="t18000917-46-person449"> BARNARD BEDWELL
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<interp inst="t18000917-46-person449" type="gender" value="male"/> </persName> sworn. - Examined by Mr. Fielding. Q. Be so good as state the firm of your house? - A.
<persName id="t18000917-46-person450"> Barnard Bedwell
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<persName id="t18000917-46-person451"> John Yates
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<persName id="t18000917-46-person452"> Philip Bedwell
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<p>Q. Mr. Devonshire, of Byfield, near Banbury, is a correspondent of your's? - A. Yes.</p>
<p>Q. Did you receive any letter from him on the 19th of April? - A. I did.</p>
<p>Q. I believe you are the person who opened the letter? - A. I opened the letter.</p>
<p>Q. Look at that, is that the letter that you opened? - A. It is, it contained two notes, No. 3195, and 3196.</p>
<p>Q. Did any thing strike you particularly at that time, so as to lead you to examine the letter more closely? - A. No; the letter laid by for two or three days; we did not examine it minutely till after I had received another letter from Mr. Devonshire; there appears an alteration in the word two, and in the word twenty.</p>
<p>Q. Did you examine the outside of the letter? - A. Yes; we examined the place where the wafer was; there appeared to be two wafers, not exactly one upon the other, but partly so, it appeared to have been opened and sealed up again; I examined the post-mark, and it appeared to me to be a little defaced; Mr. Yates made application to Mr. Robarts's Bank.</p>
<p>Q. Look at these two Bank-notes? - A.These were in the letter that I received on the 19th; they were paid into Bobarts's, with other notes, and some cash.</p>
<p>Q. I observe the letter E is visible in that post-mark? - A. Yes; when I came to examine it more minutely; and it is now in the state in which I delivered it up.</p>
<p>Cross-examined by Mr. Knowlys. Q. You have known this young man, I believe, ever since he was an instant? - A.I have known the family, as neighbours living within a few doors; I always thought him a steady and an industrious young man; they are a very industrious family.</p>
<p>Mr. Fielding. (To Ferguson.) Q. What does the letter E import? - A. It shews that it was stamped at the table E, and the day of the month.</p>
<p>Q. The table where the prisoner was? - A. Yes.</p>
<p>Mr. Knowlys. Q. That stamp, letter E, is only in the Inland-office? - A. Yes.</p>
<p>Q. The letter E is in a different office from that where he was? - A. Yes.</p>
<p>Mr. Fielding. Q. And it came from there to him? - A. Yes.</p>
<persName id="t18000917-46-person453"> GEORGE TAYLOR
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<interp inst="t18000917-46-person453" type="gender" value="male"/> </persName> sworn. - Examined by Mr. Abbott. I am a clerk in the banking-house of Robarts and Company. The house at which Banbury Bank-notes are payable. (Produces his book).</p>
<xptr type="pageFacsimile" doc="180009170045"/>Q. Turn to your account of the 18th of April last, does it appear by your book whether you paid a Bank of England note, No. 2186? - A. Yes; it is dated that 21st of February, 1800, the entry is in my own hand-writting; I paid it for a Banbury Bank-note of 10l.</p>
<p>Q. At what time of the day was that payment made? - A. I cannot say; I have two waste-books, and this is the last entry but one in one of them, I should therefore, suppose in to be late in the day.</p>
<p>Cross-examined by Mr. Knowlys. Q. Are all the entries of cash, paid for Banbury Bank-notes, in that book? - A. I paid two.</p>
<p>Q. Were there no other Banbury Bank-notes for ten pounds changed at your house that day? - A. Yes; I believe five.</p>
<persName id="t18000917-46-person454"> TIMOTHY PINTO
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<interp inst="t18000917-46-person454" type="gender" value="male"/> </persName> sworn. - Examined by Mr. Abbott. I am a clerk in the house of Mess. Robarts and Co.</p>
<p>Q. Does it appear by your book, whether or no your yourself, on the 18th of April, paid a Banbury Bank-note, value ten pounds, No. 3194? - A. It does.</p>
<p>Mr. Knapp. Q. Did you make the entry yourself? - A I did.</p>
<p>Mr. Abbott. Q. Was that note paid in company with any other, or by itself? - A. By itself, singly.</p>
<p>Q. Is it an early entry of that day? - A. It is the last of that day.</p>
<p>Q. Have you on that day entered the payment of any other Banbury Bank-notes? - A. Yes, six more, that morning, paid at the counter, all six together.</p>
<p>Mr. Knapp. Q. Were you present at the time of payment? - A. No.</p>
<persName id="t18000917-46-person455"> GEORGE PARKER
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<interp inst="t18000917-46-person455" type="gender" value="male"/> </persName> sworn. - Examined by Mr. Abbott. I am a clerk in the house of Mess. Roberts and Co.</p>
<p>Q. What book is that you have in your hand? - A. The pay-book.</p>
<p>Q. Are the entries there made by you? - A.They are.</p>
<p>Q. Turn to the 18th of April, and tell me if you have an entry of the payment of a Banbury Bank-note of 10l. singly? - A. I have.</p>
<p>Q. Is it an early or a late entry? - A. A late entry.</p>
<p>Q. Have you any entry of any other Banbury Bank-notes paid that day? - A. Yes, six, about one o'clock.</p>
<p>Q. Were those six paid singly, or together? - A.Together.</p>
<p>Q. Your book does not contain the numbers of the notes? - A. No.</p>
<persName id="t18000917-46-person456"> JOHN MOSS
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<interp inst="t18000917-46-person456" type="gender" value="male"/> </persName> sworn. - Examined by Mr. Myers. I am a clerk in the Bank of England: (produces a Bank of England note for 1ol.); it came into the Bank on the 3d of May; No. 2186; it has been altered to 2486, dated 24th of February; that is a different date from what it was when it was issued; it was brought into the Bank by Mr. Dickinson, one of our tellers.</p>
<p>Q. Was there any Bank of England note corresponding in number and date with that, in the state in which it is produced? - A. I have examined, and found there was not.</p>
<p>Q. Did the Bank of England ever issue a note for No. 2186? - A. Yes, they did; dated the 21st of February.</p>
<p>Q. Have you any doubt that the note you now hold in your hand is that note? - A. Not the least in the world.</p>
<persName id="t18000917-46-person457"> WILLIAM DICKINSON
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<interp inst="t18000917-46-person457" type="gender" value="male"/> </persName> sworn. - Examined by Mr. Myers. I am an out-teller of the Bank of England.</p>
<p>Q. Look at that Bank-note; do you ever recollect having seen that Bank-note before? - A. Yes,</p>
<p>Q. What was the number and the date at the time you brought it in? - A. I cannot say; it is not my department to take notice of the numbers, only the sums; I received it from Mainwaring, Chatteris, and Co. bankers, in Cornhill, upon the 3d of May.</p>
<persName id="t18000917-46-person458"> THOMAS CHATTERIS
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<interp inst="t18000917-46-person458" type="gender" value="male"/> </persName> sworn. - Examined by Mr. Myers. I am a partner in the house of Messrs. Mainwaring, Chatteris, and Co.</p>
<p>Q. Be so good as look at your book of the 3d of May; did you pay a Bank-note, No. 2486, to the Bank out-teller? - A. I have not the number as paid to the Bank, but I have the number and date when it was brought in to us.</p>
<p>Q. And the next day you paid the same notes to the Bank out-teller? - A. There were some notes paid to the Bank out-teller, but we have not got the numbers.</p>
<persName id="t18000917-46-person459"> THOMAS HAYMAN
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<interp inst="t18000917-46-person459" type="gender" value="male"/> </persName> sworn. - Examined by Mr. Myers. On the 2d of May I paid several Bank-notes to Messrs. Mainwaring and Co.</p>
<p>Q. Do you recollect that you received any Banknotes from a Mr. Ross, of the General Post-Office? - A. On the 1st of May I received forty pounds of him, in Bank-notes, at Lloyd's Coffee-house; I took no notice of the number or sums; and on the 2d of May, twenty pounds more, in Cornhill; all which, except ten pounds, I paid to Messrs. Mainwarning and Co. on the 2d of May.</p>
<persName id="t18000917-46-person460"> THOMAS ROSS
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<interp inst="t18000917-46-person460" type="gender" value="male"/> </persName> sworn. - Examined by Mr. Woodsall. I belong to the General Post-office: On the 23d of April, I received some money from the Receiver-General's office; among which was one or more ten-pound Bank-notes, which I paid to Mr. Hayman; Mr. Gibbons brought them to me from the Receiver-General.</p>
<persName id="t18000917-46-person461"> JOHN GIBBONS
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<interp inst="t18000917-46-person461" type="gender" value="male"/> </persName> sworn. - Examined by Mr. Woodsall. About the 23d of April I received some
<xptr type="pageFacsimile" doc="180009170046"/>notes from the Receiver-General's office, which I gave to Mr. Ross; I don't recollect what the notes were.</p>
<persName id="t18000917-46-person462"> JAMES COCK
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<interp inst="t18000917-46-person462" type="gender" value="male"/> </persName> sworn. - Examined by Mr. Abbott. I am clerk to the Receiver-General in the Post-office.</p>
<p>Q. Look at that note: (shewing him the Bank of England note;) was that note ever in your hands? - A. I believe it was.</p>
<p>Q. From whom did you receive it? - A. From
<persName id="t18000917-46-person463"> Thomas Chalfont
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<interp inst="t18000917-46-person463" type="gender" value="male"/> </persName> , I believe, on the 23d of April.</p>
<p>Q. Upon what account did he pay that note to you? - A. On account of his revenue as a letter-carrier.</p>
<p>Q. Are you acquainted with the hand-writing of the prisoner? - A. I have seen his writing very frequently.</p>
<p>Q. Are you, from having frequently seen his writing, able to speak to the character of his hand? - A. I cannot swear to it.</p>
<p>Q. What do you believe, with respect to that endorsement upon the back of the note, "Thomas Chalfont, April 23, 1800"? - A. I believe it is his hand-writing.</p>
<p>Q. Is there upon that note the words "D. Syer"? - A. There is.</p>
<p>Q. Is it in such a state as to enable you to say who is the person by whom it is written, or any part of it? - A. I cannot say; I do not know the hand.</p>
<p>Q. There are also the letters, great D and little d, and the word "Jones" following it? - A. Yes.</p>
<p>Q. Can you say, as to your belief, whose handwriting that is? - A. I do not believe it is the handwriting of Jones, the letter-carrier; I have seen his writing frequently.</p>
<p>Q. Have you any belief as to the person by whom that endorsement was made? - A. No; I cannot say.</p>
<p>Cross-examined by Mr. Knowlys. Q.Did the prisoner at the bar ever make any secret of having endorsed that with his own name? - A. No; it is customary to endorse their names.</p>
<p>Q. Therefore he knew he would be expected to endorse his name upon that note? - A. Certainly.</p>
<p>Q.And he paid it in, I think you say, on the 23d of April? - A. Yes.</p>
<p>Q. And he has written 23d of April upon it? - A. Yes.</p>
<p>Q. Those people do not receive as much as ten pounds for any one letter? - A. I cannot speak to that.</p>
<p>Q. You do not know of any such instance? - A. I do not.</p>
<p>Q. When letter-carriers borrow I do not know whether you know that they write upon them the name of the person from whom they have received them? - A. I have heard that they are directed to do so.</p>
<p>Mr. Moss called again. - Examined by Mr. Abbott.</p>
<p>Q. You have two other Bank of England notes? - A. Yes, 1299, 1st of March, 1800, for ten pounds; endorsed, B. Syer, D. Jones, J. Beckett, T. Chalfont; at the other end of the note, Mr. White to
<persName id="t18000917-46-person464">Thos. </persName> Chalfont, April 22, 1800; the other is No. 9435, dated 22d March, 1800, for ten-pounds; endorsed, B. Syer, D. Jones.</p>
<persName id="t18000917-46-person465"> RICHARD KENTISH
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<interp inst="t18000917-46-person465" type="gender" value="male"/> </persName> sworn. - Examined by Mr. Abbott. I am clerk to Williams and Co.</p>
<p>Q. Mr.
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<interp inst="t18000917-46-person466" type="gender" value="male"/> </persName> keeps cash at your house? - A. Yes; on the 18th of April I paid
<persName id="t18000917-46-person467"> James Mitchell
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<interp inst="t18000917-46-person467" type="given" value="James"/>
<interp inst="t18000917-46-person467" type="gender" value="male"/> </persName> himself one hundred pounds; sundry notes to the amount of ninety pounds, and ten pounds in cash.</p>
<p>Q. Among those notes are there any Bank-notes of the value of ten pounds? - A. Yes, five.</p>
<p>Q. Is one of them numbered 1299, dated 1st of March, 1800? - A. I have the number and the date, but not the year.</p>
<p>Q. Have you another, No. 9435? - A. Yes, I have, dated 22d of March; I paid that also to Mr. Mitchell.</p>
<p>Mr. Knowlys. Q. You paid them with three others of the same value? - A. Yes.</p>
<persName id="t18000917-46-person468"> JAMES MITCHELL
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<interp inst="t18000917-46-person468" type="given" value="JAMES"/>
<interp inst="t18000917-46-person468" type="gender" value="male"/> </persName> sworn. - Examined by Mr. Abbott. On the 18th of April I received from my banker one hundred pounds; ninety pounds in Banknotes, and ten pounds in cash; I took these notes for the purpose of paying my people the following morning; I gave either the whole or a greater part of them to my son,
<persName id="t18000917-46-person469"> James Mitchell
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<interp inst="t18000917-46-person469" type="given" value="James"/>
<interp inst="t18000917-46-person469" type="gender" value="male"/> </persName> , to pay Mrs. Syer, for the purpose of paying my workmen.</p>
<persName id="t18000917-46-person470"> JAMES MITCHELL
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<interp inst="t18000917-46-person470" type="given" value="JAMES"/>
<interp inst="t18000917-46-person470" type="gender" value="male"/> </persName> , Jun. sworn. - Examined by Mr. Abbott. On the 19th of April I received a sum of money from my father to give to Mrs. Syer, in Bank-notes, to the amount of ninety pounds; I paid the whole to Mrs. Syer the same day, Saturday the 19th.</p>
<persName id="t18000917-46-person471"> MARY SYER
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<interp inst="t18000917-46-person471" type="given" value="MARY"/>
<interp inst="t18000917-46-person471" type="gender" value="female"/> </persName> sworn. - Examined by Mr. Abbott. I live at Limehouse: On the 19th of April I received from Mr. Mitchell, the last witness, ninety pounds.</p>
<p>Q. Do you know
<persName id="t18000917-46-person472"> David Jones
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<interp inst="t18000917-46-person472" type="gender" value="male"/> </persName> of the Post-office? - A. Yes, he married my niece.</p>
<p>Q. I need hardly ask you if he is acquainted with your Christian name? - A. Oh, yes.</p>
<p>Q. Had you occasion to send to him any of the notes you had so received from Mr. Mitchell? - A. Twenty pounds, in two tens.</p>
<p>Q. On what day did you send those two notes to Mr. Jones? - A. On the 20th; I sent them by Charles Walters, to get twenty pounds worth of silver; he was in the habit of procuring me silver for notes.</p>
<xptr type="pageFacsimile" doc="180009170047"/>Mr. Knowlys. Q. It is a very common thing for all the post-men to give change for notes? - A. I do not know; I only know that my nephew did it.</p>
<persName id="t18000917-46-person473"> CHARLES WALTERS
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<interp inst="t18000917-46-person473" type="given" value="CHARLES"/>
<interp inst="t18000917-46-person473" type="gender" value="male"/> </persName> sworn. - Examined by Mr. Abbott. I am nephew to the last witness: On the 20th of April I received from her two ten-pound Bank-notes, which I took to David Jones.</p>
<persName id="t18000917-46-person474"> DAVID JONES
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<interp inst="t18000917-46-person474" type="gender" value="male"/> </persName> sworn. - Examined by Mr. Abbott.</p>
<p>Q.You were some time ago a letter-carrier in the Post-office? - A.And sub-sorter.</p>
<p>Q.At what table were you employed on the 18th and 19th of April? - A. At
<persName id="t18000917-46-person475">G. </persName> table, and had been three or four years; I have been employed in the Post-office between twelve and thirteen years.</p>
<p>Q. I believe you have since been suspended? - A. I have; and the Hon. the Post-master General has since re-instated me.</p>
<p>Q. In consequence of a suspicion respecting a ten-pound Banbury note? - A. No, a Bank of England note.</p>
<p>Q. Are you acquainted with
<persName id="t18000917-46-person476"> Mary Syer
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<interp inst="t18000917-46-person476" type="given" value="Mary"/>
<interp inst="t18000917-46-person476" type="gender" value="female"/> </persName> ? - A. Yes, and have been between twelve and thirteen years; I married her niece. On the 20th of April I received from
<persName id="t18000917-46-person477"> Charles Walters
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<interp inst="t18000917-46-person477" type="given" value="Charles"/>
<interp inst="t18000917-46-person477" type="gender" value="male"/> </persName> two Bank of England notes for ten pounds each.</p>
<p>Q. Look at these two notes? - A. These notes have been both in my possession; I cannot swear to the numbers.</p>
<p>Q.First of all, be so good as take into your hand No. 1299; upon that there is endorsed, B. Syer? - A. Yes, and D. Jones; the word Syer is my writing, and D. Jones is my own hand-writing; but not the B, nor the small d.</p>
<p>Q. Were you at that time acquainted with the Christian name of Mrs. Syer? - A. Yes, her Christian name is Mary.</p>
<p>Q. Now be so good as look at the other note, No. 9435; there is endorsed upon that the words Syer, and D. Jones? - A. Yes; the whole of that endorsement is my writing.</p>
<p>Q. Are you able to say in what manner you disposed of these notes, so as to distinguish one from the other? - A. I cannot; I disposed of one to Mr. Shakel, of the General Post-office; and the other I paid in myself at the General Post-office, on the 23d of April; I paid the other to Shakel on Monday the 21st.</p>
<p>Q. Now look at the other Bank-note, No. 2186; upon the back of it are the words, B. Syer, and D. Jones? - A. It looks so; it is rather blotted.</p>
<p>Q. Is D. Jones perfectly legible? - A. Jones is.</p>
<p>Q. Is any part of that endorsement your handwriting? - A.Not at all.</p>
<p>Q. You have told us just now, that you had the misfortune to be suspended, on account of a suspicion that attached to you upon this transaction? - A. Yes.</p>
<p>Q.Be so good as look at that paper; (showing him a printed hand-bill, offering 100l. reward for discovering the offender)? - A. That was done by my direction.</p>
<p>Mr. Knowlys. That is only wasting time; nobody has impeached him yet, that I have heard.</p>
<p>Mr. Cock called again. - Examined by Mr. Abbott.</p>
<p>Q. Be so good as look at the Bank-note, No. 1299? - A. I believe it has been in my possession; I received it from a letter-carrier of the name of Beckett; but it does not appear on what day.</p>
<p>Q. Upon that note are the words, B. Syer, and D. Jones? - A. There are; I think Jones is the writing of
<persName id="t18000917-46-person478"> David Jones
<interp inst="t18000917-46-person478" type="surname" value="Jones"/>
<interp inst="t18000917-46-person478" type="given" value="David"/>
<interp inst="t18000917-46-person478" type="gender" value="male"/> </persName> ; but the other I cannot speak to.</p>
<p>Q. Now take the note, No. 9435; do you know whether you yourself received that of any body? - A. I believe I did, of
<persName id="t18000917-46-person479"> David Jones
<interp inst="t18000917-46-person479" type="surname" value="Jones"/>
<interp inst="t18000917-46-person479" type="given" value="David"/>
<interp inst="t18000917-46-person479" type="gender" value="male"/> </persName> .</p>
<p>Q. Do you know whose hand-writing the endorsement, Syer, and D. Jones, is, upon that note? - A. I believe the whole of it is
<persName id="t18000917-46-person480"> David Jones
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<interp inst="t18000917-46-person480" type="given" value="David"/>
<interp inst="t18000917-46-person480" type="gender" value="male"/> </persName> 's.</p>
<p>Mr. Knowlys. Q. When you speak of No. 1299, you speak of the Bank of England note, and not a Banbury note? - A. No; a Bank of England note.</p>
<p>Q. And the precise time you received it you cannot tell? - A. No.</p>
<p>Q. What did you do with those notes? - A.They. were either paid to the Receiver-General's banker, or to some person in the office.</p>
<p>CHANDOS HOSKINS sworn. - Examined by Mr. Woodsall. I am clerk to Messrs. Esdaile.</p>
<p>Q. Look at your book of the date of the 23d of April; did you receive on that day any 10l. note? - A. Yes, we received two; one is 9435, dated the 22d of March, and 1299, dated the 1st of March, from the Receiver-General's office at the Post-office.</p>
<p>Q. Were these notes taken about that time to the Bank? - A. They were taken to the Bank on the 24th.</p>
<persName id="t18000917-46-person481"> JOHN BECKETT
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<interp inst="t18000917-46-person481" type="given" value="JOHN"/>
<interp inst="t18000917-46-person481" type="gender" value="male"/> </persName> called again. - Examined by Mr. Myers. Q. Look at that Bank of England note, No. 1299; did you ever see that note before? - A.Yes, I paid it at the Receiver-General's; I received it from the prisoner; I believe the same day, I cannot be certain.</p>
<p>Mr. Knowlys. Q. Might you not have received it over-night? - A. I thought possibly I might; but it is almost impossible that I should.</p>
<p>Q. Was there a time when you underwent serious questions at the Post-office? - A. Yes.</p>
<p>Q. You were desired to give an account in writing at the Post-office? - A. I did, to the best of my knowledge.</p>
<p>Q. Then you thought over and over again, where you had received it? - A. I did not recollect that I had received a ten-pound note at all from him till I saw my hand-writing upon it.</p>
<xptr type="pageFacsimile" doc="180009170048"/>Q.Did you not write to the gentlemen that you received it either the 22d or 23d? - A. Yes; and I was asked which I thought was the most likely; and I said the 23d was the most likely; what I stated was to the best of my knowledge.</p>
<p>Q. Then you wrote down that you thought you must have received it on the over-night? - A. I did.</p>
<persName id="t18000917-46-person482"> EDWARD SHAKEL
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<interp inst="t18000917-46-person482" type="given" value="EDWARD"/>
<interp inst="t18000917-46-person482" type="gender" value="male"/> </persName> sworn. - I am a letter-carrier in the General Post-office.</p>
<p>Q. Do you know
<persName id="t18000917-46-person483"> David Jones
<interp inst="t18000917-46-person483" type="surname" value="Jones"/>
<interp inst="t18000917-46-person483" type="given" value="David"/>
<interp inst="t18000917-46-person483" type="gender" value="male"/> </persName> ? - A. Yes.</p>
<p>Q. Did you at any time receive a ten-pound note from him? - A. Yes, on Wednesday morning, the 23d of April; I never received any other ten-pound note of him in my life; I have been in the habit of collecting silver for
<persName id="t18000917-46-person484"> David Jones
<interp inst="t18000917-46-person484" type="surname" value="Jones"/>
<interp inst="t18000917-46-person484" type="given" value="David"/>
<interp inst="t18000917-46-person484" type="gender" value="male"/> </persName> ; I carried him six pounds in silver, and asked him to let me have the use of two pounds, to make my payments good at the Treasury; upon that he shewed me a ten-pound note; I gave him the silver into his hands, and went again to my seat and threw off a few letters, and went back again and received a ten-pound note from Jones; I saw him write something upon it, it appeared to me to be his own name; I did not observe any thing else wrote upon it; I immediately delivered it to the prisoner at the bar; he was counting up his money, and I asked him for change, that I might send the exact sum that I owed; I gave him the note, and received the change; at the conclusion of his telling up his money for the Treasury, he said, Mr. Shakel, you have not put your name to it; I said, no, I have not; I have just received it from David Jones; he might put my name upon it if he would; what he wrote upon it I do not know, for I did not see it afterwards.</p>
<p>Cross-examined by Mr. Knapp. Q. This note was No. 1299? - A. I did not look at the number.</p>
<p>Q. You said you had received it of Jones? - A. Yes.</p>
<p>Q. The prisoner desired you to put your name upon it, and you told him he might? - A. Yes.</p>
<p>Q. Have you any doubt that he wrote your name? - A. I saw him put his pen to it, but what he wrote I cannot say.</p>
<p>Q.Look at that note, No. 2186? - A. This has some part of my name.</p>
<p>Mr. Abbott. Q. Are you sure you had it upon the 23d of April, from Jones? - A. Yes.</p>
<p>Q. You never had but one from Jones? - A. No.</p>
<p>Q. Did you make any payment on the Monday? A. Yes; three or four pounds.</p>
<p>Mr. Knapp. Q. And on the Wednesday how much? - A. About eight pounds.</p>
<p>Mr. Abbott. (To Mr. Fergussion.) Q. You were at the table E. on the 18th and 19th of April? - A. Yes.</p>
<p>Q. Was Jones at that table on either of those mornings? - A.No; his employment was at table G.</p>
<p>Q.Had he the opportunity of obtaining any letter that came from table E.? - A. Not coming in its regular course.</p>
<p>Prisoner's defence. I declare that I received two notes, one from Mr. Shakel, and the other from White, of Fleet-street, as I have endorsed it, which it was my duty to do; the rest of my defence I leave to my counsel.</p>
<persName id="t18000917-46-person485"> EDWARD COOPER
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<interp inst="t18000917-46-person485" type="given" value="EDWARD"/>
<interp inst="t18000917-46-person485" type="gender" value="male"/> </persName> sworn. - Examined by Mr. Knapp. Q. You are a person employed by Mr. White, a bookseller, in Fleet-street? - A. Yes.</p>
<p>Q. Do you know the prisoner at the bar? - A. Yes, he used to deliver letters to us; I have several times given him a Bank-note for change.</p>
<p>Q. Do you keep any account of the Bank-notes that pass through your hands? - A. No.</p>
<p>Q. Mr. White is I believe in a large way of business? - A. Yes, he is.</p>
<p>The prisoner called six other witnesses, who gave him a good character.</p>
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<p>The prisoner was recommended by the Jury to his Majesty's mercy, on account of his tender age, and good character.</p>
<p>Tried by the London Jury, before Mr. Baron HOTHAM.</p> </div1></div0>

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