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<p>1806.
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<p>HENRY DEACON. I am a
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<join result="persNameOccupation" targOrder="Y" targets="t18261026-13-victim159 t18261026-13-viclabel69"/>, five sovereigns to go to Collings and Co., in Jewin-street, to get some silver, also a piece of silver called bottoms, which weighed 7 ozs., to leave at the Flatting Mills in Bunhill Row; he had it in a bag. He was brought home about three o'clock, by Gray, an officer, without any of the property.</p>
<p>JOSEPH SANDLAND. I am thirteen years old. My master sent me out at twelve o'clock, with some silver to be flatted, and five sovereigns to get 20 ozs. of sterling silver. I got the silver from Collings, in Jewin-street; I had then 27 ozs. in my bag, and was taking it home; the prisoner came up to me in
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<interp inst="t18261026-13-person160" type="gender" value="male"/> </persName> . I am a constable. I received the prisoner in charge on the 13th of October, just after he was stopped - the witness brought him to me, and was very positive of his person.</p>
<p>Prisoner's Defence. I was playing at top in a court; he came up and said, "Halloo, was not you the boy who stole 27 ozs. of silver?" I said, No; - he said, "I think you are;" - I was going away; he hallooed out, Stop thief! I ran, and they stopped me.</p>
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