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<p>374.
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<p>Second count for like offence, stating it to be a building generally.</p>
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<persName id="t18080601-10-person122"> SAMUEL SEABROOK
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<interp inst="t18080601-10-person122" type="gender" value="male"/> </persName> . I live in Bowling alley, White Cross street.</p>
<p>Q. You have a house somewhere about
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<join result="offencePlace" targOrder="Y" targets="t18080601-10-off52 t18080601-10-crimeloc54"/> - A. Yes, it is repairing; I left it in the care of Mr. Farrer that lives next door.</p>
<p>Q. You lost some lead from it - A. I did; on the 23d of April the lead was affixed over the garret window.</p>
<p>Q. Did you see the lead that was taken from the prisoner - A. I did, I saw it at the office in Worship street; a few days afterwards I saw it tried upon the top of the garret window, it corresponded correctly; it appeared to be about half of it. I believe it to be the lead that came off there.</p>
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<persName id="t18080601-10-person123"> JOSEPH FARRER
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<interp inst="t18080601-10-person123" type="gender" value="male"/> </persName> . You live at Bethnal Green - A. Yes, I had the house in charge, I live next door. On the 23d of April last, about four o'clock in the morning, I heard something fall, as though it came from the top of the house, it fell very heavy. In the morning I found the gate and the door of the house open; I looked at the ground were this fell, there was an impression on the ground. I heard of a man being in custody for stealing of lead; that very morning I sent to Mr. Seabrook to come forward to see if any thing was lost; accordingly it appeared that this lead belonging to the top of the window was gone; I went with the officer and saw the lead fitted; every thing seemed to correspond exactly. There was only half of it.</p>
<p>- BOOTH. I am a watchman. On the 23d of April, about half past five, I saw the prisoner at the bar just on the other side of the madhouse at Bethnal Green.</p>
<p>Q. What had he upon him - A He had this lead and a chopper in the sack; I took him to the watchhouse, and afterwards I went back and fetched the lead; I took the lead to the office; I was present when the lead was fitted upon the top of the garret window; it appeared to fit.</p>
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<persName id="t18080601-10-person124"> JOHN VICKREY
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<interp inst="t18080601-10-person124" type="gender" value="male"/> </persName> . Q. You are an officer of Worship street office. - A. Yes; on the 23d of April last, I took the prisoner from the watchhouse to the office; the lead was brought in a sack by the watchman, and there was a chopper in the sack.</p>
<p>(The property produced and identified.)</p>
<p>Prisoner's Defence. On Saturday morning, between five and six o'clock, as I was coming up Back Cow-lane, I found this lead in a ditch; I took the lead up in order to take it to the first public house I came to; upon the watchman asking me what I had; I said what was that to him; I said it was some lead that I had found; he might have it if he would.</p>
<p>The prisoner called three witnesses who gave him a good character.</p>
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<p>First Middlesex jury, before Mr.
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