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<p>485.
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<interp inst="t18040912-56-person637" type="gender" value="male"/> </persName> sworn. - I was awaked at four o'clock in the morning on the 10th of July, and was informed of the transaction.</p>
<p>- VEVER sworn. - I am a watchman of
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<join result="offencePlace" targOrder="Y" targets="t18040912-56-off329 t18040912-56-crimeloc331"/>: On the 10th of July, about twenty minutes past four o'clock, I was sitting in my box, and thought I heard somebody stepping in the hop-garden were these stables are; I turned my eye on one side, and saw a man coming peeping to see whether the watchman was in his box; I went out of the box, and saw Richardson and Freak; Freak had got the saddle on his shoulder, and Richardson had got a wrapper with the harness in it; I went up to them, and said, where are you going with this; Freak said, where we like, what is that to you; I said, I will know who you are, and then I sprung my rattle, and they threw down the bundles, and away they ran; I ran after them a great way, and then they were stopped.</p>
<p>Q. Did you know them before? - A. No.</p>
<p>Q. Did you lose sight of them? - A. Yes, but I know they are the same men; I should know
<xptr type="pageFacsimile" doc="180409120060"/>Freak amongst five thousand men; I was close to them, they were stopped in about ten minutes.</p>
<p>Q. Are you sure that these two men that were stopped, were the two men that came out of the hop-garden? - A. I am.</p>
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<persName id="t18040912-56-person640"> RICHARD LEWIS
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<interp inst="t18040912-56-person640" type="gender" value="male"/> </persName> sworn. - I am one of the constables of St. Martin's; I searched both the prisoners when they were brought to the watch-house; on Freak I found a bottle of phosphorous, and a bunch of matches; on
<persName id="t18040912-56-person641">Richardson</persName> I found nothing; I produce the property, they have been in my possession ever since.</p>
<p>Q.(To Vever.) Is that the saddle you saw on Freak? - A. I can swear to the saddle; I ran after him first, and then came back, and saw the saddle, and carried it to the watch-house.</p>
<p>Q.(To Cooper.) Look at these things? - A. They are all Mr. Yockney's.</p>
<p>Freak's defence. I work for Mr. Mason, in Drury-lane; I was going to work, and as I was coming up George-alley, I was taken by a watchman (not here) to St. Martin's watch-house.</p>
<p>Richardson's defence. I work for Mr. Middlemoor; as I was going to work, I stood at a court in St. Martin's-lane having a pennyworth of saloop; they took me away to the watch-house; I did not know Freak before, which he said before the Magistrate.</p>
<p>Freak,
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<p>Third Middlesex Jury, before Mr. Recorder.</p> </div1></div0>
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