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<p>1406.
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<join result="offenceCrimeDate" targOrder="Y" targets="t18300708-147-off826 t18300708-147-cd827"/>, 7 pieces of woollen cloth, containing 16 yards, value 13l.; 2 yards of silk, value 6s.; 1 coat-body, value 10s., and the materials for 1 pair of trousers, value 4s., the goods of
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<join result="persNameOccupation" targOrder="Y" targets="t18300708-147-defend1024 t18300708-147-deflabel830"/>, and had been so for five weeks. On the 1st of June, I found him sitting on a board under which was a piece of cloth, which certainly should not have been there - I then sent for an officer, and missed the articles stated; the next day some of it was found at the pawnbroker's, and some at his lodging.</p>
<p>WILLIAM BAKER ASHTON. I searched the prisoner's lodging, in a court near Tottenham-court-road; I found this piece of silk, this cloth, these materials for a pair of trousers, this body of a coat, and these duplicates.</p>
<p>JOHN BRICKELL. I am a pawnbroker. I have four remnants of cloth, and some kerseymere, pawned by the prisoner, on the 31st of May - I gave him this duplicate.</p>
<p>JOHN HUGHES. I am a pawnbroker. I have two yards of black cloth, pawned by the prisoner - I gave this duplicate.</p>
<p>JOSIAH PEARCE. I am a pawnbroker. I have three yards of black cloth pawned with me - I do not know by whom; I gave the person this duplicate.(Property produced and sworn to.)</p>
<p>Prisoner's Defence. He found a piece of cloth in the rags, which I knew nothing of - I brought part of these things from Portsmouth.</p>
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