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<p>862.
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<interp inst="t18220522-98-person921" type="gender" value="male"/> </persName> , JUN. I live in Mount-street, Whitechapel.</p>
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<persName id="t18220522-98-person922"> RICHARD CARTER
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<interp inst="t18220522-98-person922" type="gender" value="male"/> </persName> . I am a constable. On the 19th of May at six o'clock I saw the prisoner in Mill-yard, Rosemary-lane, with this bag of hemp; he said he brought it from his master's in Red Lion-street, and was going home. I took him to the office. He threw it down and refused to carry it - I said if he did not I would handcuff him, he then took it up. Shields came up; he then said he was taking it to a man, whom he did not know.</p>
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<interp inst="t18220522-98-person923" type="gender" value="male"/> </persName> . I found Carter with the prisoner, and asked him where he got it, he said from Mrs. Essex's son, Red Lion-street, and was taking it to Stepney, but he did not know the man.</p>
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<persName id="t18220522-98-person924"> ELIZA ESSEX
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<interp inst="t18220522-98-person924" type="gender" value="female"/> </persName> . The prisoner was once in my employ; I gave him no hemp.</p>
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<persName id="t18220522-98-person925"> JAMES ESSEX
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<interp inst="t18220522-98-person925" type="gender" value="male"/> </persName> . I am Mrs. Essex's son. I gave him no hemp.</p>
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<interp inst="t18220522-98-person926" type="gender" value="male"/> </persName> . I am a servant to Mr. Dunbar; he has some sheds in
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<join result="offencePlace" targOrder="Y" targets="t18220522-98-off521 t18220522-98-crimeloc523"/>, and on Monday morning about seven o'clock, I found the staple of the lock drawn, and missed this hemp, which was safe on Sunday night, at six o'clock.</p>
<p>(Property produced and sworn to.)</p>
<p>Prisoner's Defence. I have a wife and four children.</p>
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<p>Recommended to Mercy.</p>
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<p>First Middlesex Jury, before Mr. Recorder.</p> </div1></div0>
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