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<p>738.
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<interp inst="t18130714-52-person579" type="gender" value="male"/> </persName> . On the evening of the 22nd of June, I was going up
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<p>Q. What did your pocket-book contain - A. Seven one-pound bank notes, and a check for thirty-five pound; it is not dated, and sundry memorandums. The next morning my book, and check was found.</p>
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<persName id="t18130714-52-person580"> THOMAS GRANT
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<interp inst="t18130714-52-person580" type="gender" value="male"/> </persName> . I found the pocket-book about three o'clock at day light in Warwick-court, under the water-cock. The same contents are in it now as when I found it.</p>
<p>Prosecutor. This is my book, and this is the check I lost.</p>
<p>Prisoner's Defence. I am a glass-cutter. I was going to the other end of the town to look for work. This gentleman came to me, and said he had I pocket-book; he said are not you one of the that passed me before; I said I am willing to go to the watchhouse. The gentleman was intoxicated; I could have easy got from him if I had been one of the parties.</p>
<p>Prosecutor. I was sober.</p>
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<p>Second Middlesex jury, before Mr. Recorder.</p> </div1></div0>
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