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<p>750.
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<p>Second Count. Charging it to be the property of certain persons to the Jurors unknown.(The case was opened by Mr. Knowlys.)</p>
<p>JAMES-
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<p>Court. Q. Did you make him any promise of favour? - A.None at all.</p>
<p>Mr. Jackson. Q. Do you know the names of the Commissioners of Excise? - A. Yes; (repeats them.)</p>
<p>Cross-examined by Mr. Hart. Q. Before he said where he got it, was there no conversation about another man? - A. Yes, that was
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<p>Q. Did not somebody then say, if he did not tell where he was, d-n him they would do for him? - A. No, nothing of the kind.</p>
<p>Q. There were several of you - were there not?- A. There were three of us.</p>
<p>Q. And neither of you said any thing of the sort? - A. Neither.</p>
<p>The prisoner left his defence to his Counsel, and called eight witnesses, who gave him a good character.
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<p>London Jury, before Mr. Common Serjeant.</p> </div1></div0>
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