8th April 1844
Reference Numbert18440408-1269
VerdictsGuilty > pleaded guilty; Not Guilty > unknown

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1269. WILLIAM PERRY was indicted for stealing 12 boxes of Dr. Freeman's Never-failing Ointment for the Itch, value 9s. 6d.; 12 other boxes of ointment, 9s. 6d.; 3 boxes of Scots' pills, 2s. 5d.; 2 pots of honey-cream, 2s.; 2 gally-pots, 6d.; 6 bottles of Medicamentum Gratia Probatum, 3s.; and 6 bottles of Dutch drops, 3s.; the goods of William Henry Sutton and another, his masters; and BENJAMIN EGLINTON and PETER JORDAN for feloniously receiving the same, well knowing them to have been stolen; to which

PERRY pleaded GUILTY . Aged 40.—(See page 984.)

MESSRS. CLAEKSON and DOANE conducted the Prosecution.

CHARLES THAIN (City police-constable No. 19) I know the three prisoners. Ferry lives in George-street, Shoreditch, Eglinton keeps a chandler's shop in Blossom-street, Norton-falgate, Jordan lives in Staralley, Fenchurch-street—I have seen Jordan and Eglinton together frequently—about a quarter past one o'clock, on the 11th of March, I saw Jordan leave his house in Star-alley, and go up White Lion-street, Norton-falgate—Eglinton was standing at the corner of White Lion-street—Jordan passed by him without taking the least notice of him—I had seen them together before that day, at Eglinton's house—Jordan turned up Blossom-street and went into Eglinton's house—at the time Jordan passed Eglinton he pointed his hand along White Lion-street, and Perry was crossing from the City of London Theatre—I should say he could see Eglinton when he was crossing—Eglinton went into a public-house, and Perry directly after him—that was all I saw that day—about one o'clock, on the 19th of March, I saw Perry leave Bow Church-yard, where the pro-secutor's warehouse is—I followed him to the Black Dog in Long-alley, Moorfields—he went in at a sort of private entrance they call the "bottle department"—he remained there nearly five minutes, and came out with Eglinton—they parted in Crown-street, and Perry went along Long-alley—on the 23rd I saw Perry leave Bow Church-yard, about twenty-five minutes past eight o'clock in the morning—I followed him down Bow-lane—he went into a coffeeshop in Great St. Thomas the Apostle—he afterwards came out and went down Garlick-hill—I continued having my eye on the coffee-shop in Great St. Thomas the Apostle—I saw Eglinton come out of the same coffee­house and go towards his house—I went to the Plough, in Plough-yard, Shore-ditch—after I had been there a little while Perry came in and went into the tap-room—she remained in a few minutes, and then Eglinton came out, and then Perry—they parted about the door-way—I then went after Eglinton and took him—I told him I was a City of London policeman, I should take him for receiving stolen property belonging to Mr. Sutton, of Bow Church­yard, from Perry the porter to the firm—he said, "I never received any stolen property that I am aware of, or yet to my knowledge"—I searched the house, No. 9, Star-alley, Fenchurch-street (I had seen Jordan go in and come out of that house on several occasions) I found three boxes of Scots' pills with this writing on them as it is now, "William Sutton and Son, late Dicey and Son, Bow Church-yard."

Cross-examined by MR. HUDDLESTON. Q. You saw three persons together on the 11th of March? A. Not together, but in the same street—I had been watching for five or ten minutes—I had been watching on other occasions—when Eglinton came out of the coffee-shop on the 23rd, he went towards Perry's house and his own house—they are both in the same direction.

Cross-examined by MR. PAYNE. Q. Was Jordan with you when you went to No. 9, Star-alley, and found the Scots' pills? A. No; I found them in a long hasp-box in Jordan's bed-room, as I was told.

SAMUEL COOMBS (City police-constable. No, 36.) I was employed with Thain on the 23rd of March—I saw Perry at the Black Dog, Long-alley, Moor fields—after he left I went to Sutton's, and found him there—I took him in charge for stealing property from his employer, Mr. Sutton—he said, "Me? I never took anything"—as we were going to the station, he asked who gave the information—I afterwards searched his house, and found some pots of Urmit's honey-cream, and six bottles of Dutch-drops.

JAMES ALLAN SHARWOOD . chemist and druggist, Bishopsgate-street. Jordan has been a chemist and druggist, and I believe he now is an agent, and carries things about in the trade—in January last he brought me a paper, and said he could supply me with these, or anyother patent medicines, at considerably less than the trade price—I believe this paper to be in Jordan's handwriting—the first thing he offered me was some of Simcoe's essence of linseed—having made a communication to the trade, I saw Mr. Sutton, and in consequence of what passed, I gave orders to Jor­dan, first for a dozen of Rowland's Macassar oil—I gave 9s. for half a dozen—the trade price is 24s. a dozen—I purchased a dozen of Simcoe's essence of linseed for 8s.; the trade price is 9s. 6d.; and on the 6th of March I purchased a dozen of Scots' pills; and on the 19th half a dozen of Freeman's ointment—the price is 13s. 6d. retail; 10s. 6d. is charged by the house, with a discount of five per cent., or seven and a half per cent, according to the term of credit—I had refused to purchase it on the Saturday previous—after that I had an interview with Sutton and Son, and, in consequence of that, I pur­chased them on the 19th, and gave Jordan an order for a dozen more—he brought them about a quarter-past twelve o'clock in the day on the 20th—I paid him 8s. for them—I ordered another dozen—these are the dozen I bought on the 20th—they are marked by me on the outside, "Paid 8s.," and the figures "20 | 3 | 44."

Cross-examined by MR. PAYNE. Q. How long have you known Jordan? A. I have personally known him within the last six months—there was not the least concealment in the transactions—I have often seen catalogues of druggists' sales—they do not generally contain patent medicines—Jordan has always borne a good character in the trade.

Cross-examined by MR. HUDDLESTON. Q. Has Eglinton bought things at your shop? A. I have seen him there, but have never supplied him with anything myself.

WILLIAM COLLINS . I am warehouseman to William Henry Sutton and Son. In consequence of directions from the firm, on Sunday, the 17th of March, I marked thirteen dozen and ten boxes of Freeman's ointment for the itch—at eleven o'clock on Wednesday morning, the 20th, I missed a dozen—they were safe at nine o'clock—Perry was at the warehouse between nine and eleven that day, he went up and down to the cellar in the course of that time, and I watched him go out—these Dutch drops and honey-cream, bear no private mark, but my employers are the only vendors of the cream—I never knew them to sell anything retail—these boxes of Scots' pills have the name of "Sutton and Co." on the wrapper—the articles mentioned by Mr. Sharwood are such as my masters dealt in.

Cross-examined by MR. HUDDLESTON. Q. Do you know Eglinton? A. I have known him by sight—I know that he has been a chemist and druggist by trade.

Cross-examined by MR. PAYNE. Q. What is the value of that dozen of

ointment? A. 9s. 6d.—it is an article generally sold—they are kept by other town houses.

MR. CLARKSON. Q. Are you able to state that these dozen boxes of ointment formed part of the thirteen dozen and ten that you marked on the 17th of March? A. I can, distinctly.

GEORGE JONES . I am managing clerk to the prosecutor—the three boxes of Scott's pills are worth 2s. 5d., the half-dozen Dutch drops 3s. 3d., and the pots of cream 2s. 5d.

JAMES GELLATLY (City police-constable, No. 7), gave the same evidence as in page 984.


Sixth Jury before Edward Bullock, Esq.

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