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<p>Cross-examined by Mr. Alley. Q. How long might you have stopped? - A. About three minutes.</p>
<p>Q. How long before had you felt your handkerchief? - A.Just by the Mansion-house.</p>
<p>Q.Upon your solemn oath, you mean to swear you did not drop your handkerchief instead of putting it in your pocket? - A.I cannot.</p>
<p>Q.Do you know that these men are trying for an offence for which they must be hanged, if they are convicted? - A.I did not know that.</p>
<p>Court. Q. How came you to put your hand in your pocket? - A. I don't know why; I did it.</p>
<p>Court. Q. Had you no suspicion at all? - A. No, I had no suspicion of the kind.</p>
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<interp inst="t18000917-73-person766" type="gender" value="male"/> </persName> sworn. - I was with my brother, who is an officer: On Sunday the 17th of August we saw a number of people stopping in Cheapside, we went over to see what was the matter, I saw the two prisoner very active in the crowd; in a very short time, I saw them both put their hands into the prosecutor's pocket, and take out a handkerchief, both of them had, hold of it, the biggest, Vaux, let it to go immediately.</p>
<p>Q. Are you sure you saw both of them with their hands in his pocket? - A. Yes; It was a cross-barred cotton handkerchief.</p>
<p>Q. Did you ever see two men put their hands into another man's pocket at once before? - A. No.</p>
<p>Q. Which of them took out the handkerchief? - A. They both had hold of it.</p>
<p>Q. You went before the Lord-Mayor and gave notice of this, did not you? - A. No, my brother went, and I thought that was sufficient.</p>
<p>Q. You did not go before the Grand Jury neither? - A. No.</p>
<p>Q. Were it you that advised them to be indicted for a capital offence, the prosecutor has told us he did not? - A. I did not know it was a capital offence.</p>
<p>Q. Upon your oath, did not you advise with your brother to make it a capital offence, in order to have two rewards? - A.Upon my oath I did not.</p>
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<interp inst="t18000917-73-person767" type="gender" value="male"/> </persName> sworn. - I was with my brother; I saw the prisoner Bromely put his hand into the prosecutor's pocket.</p>
<p>Mr. Alley. Q. You are sure it was Bromely? - A. Yes, I am sure of it, and took his handkerchief out of his pocket; Vaux then caught hold of it, I seized hold of Bromely, and Vaux let go immediately; I immediately apprehended Bromely( produces the handkerchief;) I took them both to the Compter; upon searching them, I found two pocket-books, and some other handkerchiefs.</p>
<p>Cross-examined by Mr. Alley. Q. Do you know that you are sworn? - A. Yes.</p>
<p>Q. They did not both put their hands in his pocket? - A. No.</p>
<p>Q. Then if you brother has sworn that they
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<p>Dawell. I believe this is my handkerchief, it is the same pattern, there is no mark upon it</p>
<p>The prisoner left their defence to their Counsel.</p>
<p>Bromley called six witnesses, who gave him an excellent character.</p>
<p>Bromley, GUILTY. (Aged 20.)</p>
<p>Vaux, GUILTY. (Aged 16.)</p>
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