ALFRED BOONE, GEORGE QUANTOCK.
1st January 1838
Reference Numbert18380101-319
VerdictGuilty > unknown; Guilty > unknown
SentenceImprisonment

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319. ALFRED BOONE and GEORGE QUANTOCK were indicted (with Ann White and Mary Collins, not in custody) for conspiracy.

MESSRS. PRENDERGAST and PHILLIPS conducted the Prosecution.

COATES FENNELL . I am a tea-dealer, and live at No. 18, Lawrence Pountney-hill. I know both the defendants—on the 20th of April, I called at the house of the defendant Boone, in Paradise-row, Chelsea—I think it was No. 64—I am in the habit of calling at houses for orders—I saw a person there who represented herself to be Mrs. Boone—I solicited an order—(the defendant Boone was not within at that time)—I have seen that woman since—she is called Ann White—she represented herself as Boone's wife—when I asked for the order, she said Mr. Boone had gone to our house to give me an order, but as I should not see him she would give me an order herself—I had called at the house once before, and left my address—the order she gave me amounted to 5l. 19s. 0 1/2 d.—I told her my manner of doing business was for ready money—she said if I had a mind she would give me part payment then—I said that was not the general way of doing business, the general way was to receive the money when we delivered the goods—I went away without any money—I sent my porter with the goods the next day (Friday)—he did not bring back any money, nor the goods—on the 1st of May, in consequence of what I heard, I went to Boone's house in Paradise-row, and found it

shut up—I then set off to Mr. Bromwell, the landlord, and got some information from him—I afterwards went to Mr. Davis, along with Mr. Bennett, and in consequence of what Mr. Davis said, I went to No. 9, Fann-street, Goswell-street—I saw a female there dressed in widow's clothes—I don't know whether she is one of the female defendants, White or Collins, who are not in custody—she called herself Weed—after watching the house some time I saw the defendant Quantock, (who went by the name of Collier) at the house, No. 9, Fann-street—Mr. Bennett was with me the first time, and he stood in the passage at the time, I saw Quantock in the parlour—Quantock told me his name was Collier—Mrs. Weed introduced him to me by the name of Collier—she said "Mr. Collier is returned"—Quantock was present then—I went in to ask if Mr. Collier was at home, and she introduced him, and said, "Mr. Collier"—Quantock asked if I was the person who had been at sheriff's officer—he said his name was Collier—I asked him if he knew a person of the name of Boone—he said, "Yes," he had been with him in the morning, and he should see him again, and would not leave him until I had an interview with him—Mr. Bennett was in the passage at this tune—a person who I have since seen, by the name of Leather, was there—Quantock then left the house—I went to a public-house opposite, and staid there two or three hours—I saw Quantock return, I think about nine o'clock—I then said to him, "Now, Mr. Collier, have you seen Boone?"—he said, "I have, and what is that to you? you will not see him;" what the devil did I want to disturb his peaceful house—I think I said, "You are a d—rogue, you have got a shop open on St. Andrew's hill, you think we don't know it, but we do"—he said, "I will bet you 50l. that I have not got a shop there"—I said, "I never bet with rogues."

Q. While you were watching at the public-house, did you and Mr. Bennett at any time go across to the house where Mrs. Weed was? A. We did, and saw her, and she told me her name was Mrs. Collier—she had told me at first that her name was Weed, and that she was left with a handsome income—when she told me her name was Collier, I said I had taken her to be an honest woman, but I found she was one of the gang, and her information was useless to me—she said, Collier was her husband—the first time we went she said that Leather was a man that had come for work, and she did not know him, but the second time she said he was her father—I did not see any man leave the house with a parcel, that evening, but I believe Mr. Bennett did—in consequence of information I afterwards went to a gentleman named Dimsdale, in John's-row, Bath-street, City-road, and from what he said I went to Brook-hill with Mr. Davis, Mr. Taylor, Mr. Bennett, and Mr. Bromwell—I do not recollect the number of the house we went to—it was something like a broker's shop, but there was nothing there but some knobs for drawers, and a few old scales—the name of Quantock was over the door—I just went to the door, but did not go into the shop—I saw Quantock in the shop—he is the man who had been introduced to me as Collier—I said, "Mr. Collier, gentlemen," introducing him—he said, "My name is not Collier, it is Quantock, I will give you my card"—I said he had passed by the name of Collier the night before—he said he had passed by the name of Collier to suit a particular purpose—we went away, and I afterwards went to the shop on St. Andrew's-hill, and saw two females in the shop there—the elder one did not give any name, the other went by the name of Betsy

White—I did not know the elderly one before—we asked her name, but she would not tell us—next day Quantock came to me and said, "You name is Coates Fennell, Sir"—I said, "Yes, it is"—he said, "I am going to order an action against you all," and either that day or the following I received this writ (looking at it)—he did not say what the action was for, and I did not ask him—I told him to do as he liked—no action has been proceeded with.

Cross-examined by MR. CHAMBERS. Q. Do you carry on business on your own account? A. I do, as a tea and coffee dealer—I go rounds and solicit orders for myself—I have carried on business nine months in Lawrence Pountney-hill—before that I was not in business—I was shopman at Mr. Danby's, a grocer, in Whitechapel—I was apprenticed to Bicken and Co., grocers—I have been out of my apprenticeship four years—during that time I have been serving in three shops—I was nine months with my last master—about nine months with the previous one, and with the one before about eight months—the rest of my time I was with my brother and sister—not in any employment, except going to the Docks for Brockall and Knight, as my brother was the bead man there—I have a warehouse and counting-house at Lawrence Pountney-hill—I first of all met with these customers by calling on them myself—I went to No. 9, Fann-street, the first week in May—it was on that occasion I first saw Quantock—I do not know whether it was the first day I went there that I saw him—I went several times—I saw him the last time I went into the house—I saw him twice in the same day—that was the last day I went—on the several other occasions I went there I saw Mrs. Weed—I had not seen Boone—I did not know him—I saw nobody there besides Mrs. Weed and the person I believe to be Leather, except some children—I went into the house on those occasions—I found a workshop at the back of the house, but there was nothing in it—I saw no tools or wood there—when I saw Quantock he was in the house—I had not sees soy body but Mrs. Weed before Quantock came in—Mr. Bennett was within hearing when the conversation took place between myself, Mrs. Weed, and Quantock—I saw Quantock again after that, the same evening—I was against the door of No. 9, Fann-street then—it was then he wanted to bet abcut the place at St. Andrew's-hill—it was after that I went to St. Andrew's-hill—I do not know whether we did not go that night—I believe we did—yes, we did—Mr. Bennett went with me.

Q. Do you intend to represent that you recollect every word accurately that was uttered by Quantock? A. I can so far as having said the words that he uttered—I have told all I have now mentioned, before, to Mr. Davis and Mr. Taylor—every thing I have said to-day.

Q. Besides what he said with regard to his knowing Boone, did he not say that Boone worked for him? A. He did not—he did not say how he came to know Boone—I did not ask him—I asked him where Boone was to be found, and he said he had seen him—that was on the first occasion—he said he had seen him that morning—I asked him where he was to be found—he said he should not tell me, or something of that sort—he said he should probably see him again, and would take care he should not go away until I had seen him—when Quantock came back the second time, about nine o'clock, he went into the house—there was a female with him, and I think a man—I did not see Quantock in the workshop—it was a place made for a kitchen, but they took it of Mr. Dimsdale to make

a workshop of—the female in the house told us it was a workshop—it is at the back of the house, in the yard—I did not see Quantock there—Mr. Bennett was with me the second time, at nine o'clock—nobody else—Mr. Bennett did not ask Quantock any questions—he left it all to me—I did not see any cart there—I went away from Fann-street just after we had seen Quantock—we went from there to St. Andrew's-hill—I went to Guildhall, and was examined—I saw Quantock there—he came there of his own accord, for any thing I know.

MR. PHILLIPS. Q. When he appeared there, I believe he was held to bail to take his trial? A. Yes—he had come as a witness for the other defendants—I took the defendant Boone into custody myself, a long while after I had seen Quantock—I saw him at the Angel in Farringdon-street—I had never seen him before, but he owned to the case, and said he would pay me—I took him to the Compter, and he appeared at Guildhall next day—Quantock came as a witness for him—I told the Alderman what Quantock had done, and he was detained—Boone denied all knowledge of Quantock—he said he never knew such a person as Quantock—he said that before he had seen him—he said he knew Collier, but did not know such a person as Quantock—Quantock and he were together at Guildhall—they appeared to know one another—they whispered when they were at the bar—I saw that—Quantock went by his own name at Guildhall—Boone heard that, and after that they whispered together.

Q. When you saw Boone, and took him into custody, did you ask him any thing about Quantock? A. I did—I asked him where he lived—he said he did not know such a person—I mentioned the name of Collier to him—he said he knew Collier—I told him they were all of one gang, and I would transport them all—he then said, "I suppose it is money you want"—I said, "No, it is not; I will transport you all for the good of the country"—he said, "I will pay you, if you like; I will pay you part, and give you good security for the rest"—I said, "You know you have swindled me and several others at Chelsea"—I did not tell him what they had got from me, nor mention any sums to him—when I said I would transport them all, he said, well then, I might take the consequences of it—I do not know of any thing else that passed.

Cross-examined by MR. PAYNE. Q. When was it you saw Boone, and took him into custody? A. I did not take notice of the day—I did not make any memorandum of the conversation—it was the day before he went before the Magistrate—the conversation was in the watch-house—two or three people were present—the policeman and the officer—there were three men besides myself in the watch-house at the time—he said he knew Collier, but did not know Quantock—I represented myself to him as the person who had sent goods to his house at Chelsea, and told him my name—he then said he would pay me part, and give me security for the remainder.

GEORGE DAVIS . I am a grocer, and live at Knightsbridge. On the 7th of April last, the defendant Boone came to my house, and wished to be supplied with grocery, and to have credit, but he was to pay for the first Parcel—he said he had taken a shop in Paradise-row, and was going to commence business—that he was a cabinet-maker, and had taken this shop for his wife—he gave me a reference to a person named Collier, No. 9, Fann-street—in consequence of his statement I let him have the goods—he was to pay for the first parcel on delivery, which was 9l. 13s. 9d., but he

only paid 4l. 10s.—it was understood, on the first parcel being paid for, and his reference proving satisfactory, that he was to be supplied with another parcel at one week's credit—I then went to the reference, No. 9, Fann-street, Goswell-street, and saw a little woman—she was not in widow's mourning—I asked for Mr. Collier—she said her husband was not at home, but would be at home at ten o'clock at night—that he was gone to Deptford—I then said Boone had referred me to her husband, and asked her if his statement was correct—(I afterwards saw that same woman at St. Andrew's-hill—she called herself Mrs. Collier there, the same as she did in Fann-street—she was keeping the house on St. Andrew's-hill—I asked for her husband—I expect Boone represented the Mr. Collier there, but I did not see him there myself—when I saw the little woman in Fann-street)—she said, "Boone has served his apprenticeship to my husband, and he now works journey work as a cabinet-maker for my husband; he has married a servant-girl at Chelsea, with whom he has received about 30l., he has get about 10l. property of his own, and intends to open this shop for his wife, and he will still carry on the cabinet-making business himself; he has now work at home for my husband, which, if he brings home on Saturday, he will be paid for"—all this corresponded with what Boone had told me himself—in consequence of this I let the goods go—I saw Boone again on the 15th of April, and mentioned to him the conversation I had had with this woman in Fann-street, and told him I was satisfied—he had previously told me himself what Mrs. Collier had told me—he promised then faithfully to pay me for the goods every week—when I told him I had not seen Mr. Collier, but Mrs. Collier, he said it was all quite correct, that I could see Mr. Collier at any time—I went again, but could not fee Mr. Collier—Boone was to pay me for the goods on the following Monday, when he would want more—I let him have four parcels, which, altogether, came to 18l. 6s. 10 1/2 d.—he had paid 5l. 3s. 5d., the balance of the first parcel before he had the second, and then he had four others, which came to 18l. 6s. 10d.—he never paid any part of that—I went to Fann-street again twice in the week before I parted with more goods—I saw the same woman again, and she told me the same story both times, that her husband was not at home, but would be at home after ten o'clock at night—I repeated the first conversation I had with her to Boone—I did not repot the second—on the second Sunday after this I missed Boone from Paradise-row—I believe he had run away on the Monday morning on which he had promised to pay me—I received a letter, in consequence of which I went to the house on a Monday morning, in the last week of April I think—it was about three weeks after the first order—I found he had broken his name off the board—he had absconded, and the fixtures were taken away—there was no stock left behind—on the following Monday week I saw Quantock on Brook-hill, when I was in company with Mr. Bennett, Mr. Taylor and Mr. Fennell—we found they were at St. Andrews-hill after he ran away—I had been there myself, and seen the little woman there on Sunday the day before, I saw Quantock—I went into the shop with other parties who had been defrauded, and saw the woman—I said, "It is most extraordinary to find you here keeping a shop from Fann-street, after Boone has absconded from Paradise-row, and I verily believe you are all a set of swindlers together"—I asked her for her husband—there was a man in the parlour, who I said I would see, but he escaped by a side door and got away directly he heard the name of Collier mentioned

he hung his head down—I said, "Collier is in the parlour, is he not?" she said, "No he is not," I said, "There is some man in the parlour, let me see him, perhaps that is Boone,"—he then crouched down and made his escape—next day I went with others and saw Quantock on Brook-hill—I was introduced to him by Mr. Fennell, who said, "Here is Mr. Collier," Quantock looked as all bad people do, ready to drop, and said, "My name is not Collier, my name is Quantock"—Mr. Fennell said, "Why you represented yourself to me as Mr. Collier yesterday, Mr. Quantock, why did you do so?"—he said, "I did answer to the name of Collier yesterday, but it was to suit my own purpose, you may take what advantage you like of it"—Mr. Dimsdale was not present—Mr. Bennett, Mr. Taylor, Mr. Fennell, and myself were present—(Mr. Taylor it now very ill in bed)—I thought Quantock would have struck Mr. Fennell—I intimated that he must be connected with those swindlers in Paradise-row—I said, "Mr. Collier, I must have some conversation with you respecting that swindling transaction of Boone's"—he directly changed his countenance from a florid complexion to a pale white, and was ready to drop, and said, "My name is not Collier, it is Quantock."

Q. Did you go to Fann-street after the house in Paradise-row was closed? A. Yes, the day before the conversation with Quantock, and there we saw the widow woman called "Weed"—(I had previously seen Mrs. Collier in St. Andrew's-hill)—I said to Mrs. Weed, "I have just seen Mrs. Collier at St. Andrew's-hill, and said, This looks very suspicious that she should open a chandler's shop there with my goods, which she got in Paradise-row," she said, "Don't make a noise here, the parties, have all left here, my name is Weed."

Cross-examined by MR. PAYNE. Q. What time of day did you go to Paradise-row, at the end of April? A. The very first thing in the morning—Boone had appointed to pay me on Monday morning—the letter said, he should be home too late on Saturday from Fann-street to receive his money, and we went the first thing on the Monday morning—I had been there on the Saturday—my apprentice brought the letter to me from Boone on the Saturday.

Cross-examined by MR. CHAMBERS. Q. When was it you went to Quantock on Brook-hill? A. The following Monday week that Boone ran away—I had been to Fann-street on the Sunday before and saw Mrs. Weed—Mr. Fennell, Mr. Bennett, and Mr. Taylor went with me—it was on the Sunday evening, after we had seen Mrs. Collier at Brook-hill—we had agreed to meet about five o'clock in the evening, having got information that the woman Collier was at Fann-street—we went to Fann-street about seven o'clock in the evening with my man, who delivered the goods, had saw Mrs. Weed there—we stopped there two or three hours, but not in the house—we went into the house several times, as there were three or four men there, and one or two women—the neighbours said they were all the people that came there—I saw a man there who I have since seen in Mr. Leather's shop in Princes-street, Drury-lane—Mr. Bennett, Mr. Fennall, Mr. Taylor and myself were together all the time, tracing and endeavouring to find the people—on the following afternoon we went to Quantock's shop—we all went in at the door.

Q. I believe it was a turner's shop? A. I am very much afraid it was not—I saw nothing satisfactory—I should say it was a receiver of stolen

goods house—I did not go in—there were a parcel of things there not worth 5s., and a man there who is in Court now—I did not like the appearance of it at all—Quantock's name was over the door—when I said "Your name is Collier," he said, "No, it is Quantock," and pointed to his name over the door—he said immediately that his name was Quantock, and when I said, "How dared you represent yourself as Collier?" he said it was for a particular purpose.

JAMES BENNETT . I am a grocer, living in Gerard-street, Soho. On the 19th of April a woman representing herself as Boone's mother, called at my shop—I afterwards saw Boone, and he spoke to me on the subject of paying for what the woman had ordered—she ordered some goods of me—the first order came to 10l. 5s. 7d.—she said they were to go to Pandiserow, Chelsea—I agreed to give her a week's credit—I told her the first parcel should be paid for on delivery, and after that I would give her a week's credit—she said she would, and the goods were sent—she came again and ordered goods to the amount of 4l. 9s. 7d.—I had not been paid for the first order then—the second parcel was sent—I afterwards called at the house in Paradise-row, and saw Mrs. Boone and two or three others who I do not know—she gave me a third order—I rather objected, on account of its being such an immense sum—it amounted to 20l., being more than I agreed to give her credit for—she had not paid for either of the former parcels then—she said she had 50l. to receive at Somerset House, and was going to receive it on the Saturday—I did not send any more goods—the defendant Boone called on me after that and wished for another order—he asked for some gunpowder tea to make up an order he had from his friends—he said he was a cabinet-maker and had a great deal of goods to take home on the Saturday, and was about to receive money—I said in consequence of its being such an enormous amount and more than I had agreed to give them credit for, I objected to executing the order he gave me—he said he would call, on the honour of a man, and pay me on the Saturday for the goods Mrs. Boone had had—the credit expired on the 26th—on Monday the 28th I called at Boone's, and called several times in vain—I did not see him at all—I was at last promised to be paid on the Saturday, but was not—the second parcel of goods was due on the Saturday—I was never paid for either.

Q. On the Friday night before the Saturday, on which you were promised payment, do you remember Boone calling on you? A. Yes—he gave me another order, and promised to pay me on the Saturday, if I executed the order, but I did not execute it—on the Saturday night a basket of mine was sent back from Boone's, but nothing in it—on Monday morning I called at Boone's—I found the shop closed, and found, on inquiry, that he had absconded between five and six o'clock that morning—I did not see him again till he was at Guildhall—I went to No. 9, Fann-street, about the beginning of May, finding Mr. Davis was a creditor, and that he had been referred there—I did not see Quantock there—I saw Mrs. Weed, as she represented herself—I went with Mr. Fennell—I do not remember on what night it was—Mr. Fennell went into the parlour, and I went in with him the first time we called—I saw a woman there who represented herself as Mrs. Weed—I went again, and staid in the passage while Mr. Fennell went into the room—I heard him speaking to somebody in the room—I did not see any man, but I could hear a man's voice, and a woman's, but I could not hear what took place so as to state it—I

afterwards saw a man come out, and I followed him on to St. Andrew's-hill—he had a parcel in his hand—I then came back and reported it to the parties—I have seen that man since, and believe it to be Leather—I went into the house at St. Andrew's-hill, that night, and saw an elderly female and a young one—I said nothing to them, nor they to me—it was a shop fitted up in the general line—it was much such a concern as I had seen at Paradise-row—I did not recognise any of the parties just then—it was about six o'clock in the evening—I afterwards saw a man in the back room, sitting before the fire—Mr. Davis was then outside—we wished to get a glance of the man, hoping to recognise him as one of the party, but we could not see him—I do not know what became of him.

Cross-examined by MR. PAYNE. Q. You were only examined before the Magistrate as to the amount of your debt? A. No—I did not sign any deposition.

Cross-examined by MR. CHAMBERS. Q. You went twice in the same evening to Fann-street? A. Yes—more than twice—it was the first time I went into the parlour, Mr. Fennell was with me—nobody else—I heard the talking the second time—I was then in the passage close to the door—I could not see into the room because the door was closed.

MR. PRENDERGAST. Q. Have you ever seen Quantock? A. I saw him on Brook-hill with Mr. Fennell—he told him he was the man who he had seen before under the name of Collier—Quantock immediately took a card out of his pocket, and said, "My name is not Collier, it is Quantock, my name is over the door," and that he had his reasons for passing by the name of Collier the night before.

JOSIAH DIMSDALE . I am landlord of the house, No. 9, Fann-street, In March last I let that house to a person calling himself "Thomas Collier"—it was not either of the defendants at the bar—I saw a man named Leather one night when Thomas Collier gave a reference to him and to Quantock, for a character—Quantock was living at Brook-hill, and Leather in Northampton-street, Clerk en well—he stated that Leather was his father-in-law—I am quite sure Thomas Collier was neither of the defendants—I called on Quantock on Brook-hill, and told him Collier had applied to me—he gave Collier a very excellent character as a hard-working, industrious man, in a small cabinet line, more particularly in the looking-glass frame line, and he showed me one of his frames of a dressing-glass, and said that was one of his making—he did not say where Collier worked, or who he worked for—Collier told me previously, himself, that he supplied various shops in London, and mentioned one gentleman whom I knew, but I did not go to him—the other reference in Northampton-street, Clerkenwell, was equally satisfactory—Leather stated him to be a hard-working man, and that he had married his daughter—I have never seen Leather since—I then let Collier the house—during the time he occupied it I went there—there was a young man at work in the back shop—I did not see either of these defendants there—I afterwards received information that the parties were gone—I got no rent—I did not find the house in so good a state as when I let it—some of the fixtures were gone, and sashes from the windows—I afterwards went to Quantock to know if he could tell me where to find Collier—he could not tell me where to find him exactly—he said his friends were living at Reading, and I ultimately received the key with a letter in a brown paper parcel, one night at my house.

Cross-examined by MR. CHAMBERS. Q. When was it you were applied

to to let this house to Collier? A. In March last—he mentioned a very respectable gentleman named Wainwright, in Conduit-street, for whom he worked—he is a large looking-glass manufacturer—he did not refer me to him for his character—I did not go to him to make any inquiries—Quantock told me that Collier had worked for him, and showed me a piece of his work—I dare say he said he had worked for him some time—he certainly said he had known him a long time—he said he usually did such work for him as frames for looking-glasses—he told me he knew his relations, who lived at Reading—this was after he had gone away—when I first went to him, I made no further inquiry except as to his working for him.

ANN SPENCER . I live on St. Andrew's-hill. In May last a person named Collier came to me about a house of mine on St. Andrew's-hill—I do not see the person here—it was not a house, only a shop and parlour—I had the letting of it—it is not my own—it belongs to my niece—he gave me a reference to No. 9, Fann-street, and my husband went to make inquiry—in consequence of what my husband told me I let him the shop and parlour at 12s. a week—he staid there three weeks, and paid for only one week—he left one morning before I was up—the neighbours called me up at six o'clock to say he was gone—I went, and found he was gone, and had taken the key—I cannot say whether I should know the man again or not, seeing so little of him—it was a month before I could get entrance.

Cross-examined by MR. PAYNE. Q. Were you examined before the Magistrate? A. No, nor before the Grand Jury.

SPENCER (this witness was blind). I am husband of last witness. I went to a house in Fann-street—I think it was No. 16—Mr. Collier, as he called himself, met me coming, and took me across the road and into the parlour—I got a good account of the person—we let the house to Collier, and the person I was to see in Fann-street is named Collier—he came to our house, and I went next day—he did not give the proper name.

MRS. SPENCER re-examined. He gave no name at all—he said a person in Fann-street would say, the rent would be paid.

MR. SPENCER re-examined. I could see a little at the time I went—there was a good counter there, and goods in the house—there was another gentleman there, who said he was a cabinet-maker, and he must go, his time was up, and he went away—I did not see Quantock.

WILLIAM LOWTHER . I am in the employ of Smith and Co., stationers, in Newgate-street. A woman representing herself as Mrs. Collier, came and asked if we were in the habit of serving small shops, and wanted me to let her have goods to the amount of about 6l. on a month's credit, and security to be given by Mr. Leather, of Fann-street—I went to the shop on St. Andrew's-hill, which was the place where she represented herself as living—I saw the woman there who represented herself as Mrs. Collier, and another who represented herself as Collier's wife—I also saw an elderly man, but I should not know him again—I did not see either of the defendants at that house—I saw Boone at our shop—he represented himself as Collier—he told me his name was Collier—that was after the woman had called—he wanted me to give up an agreement which had been signed by Mr. Leather, of Fann-street—my shopmate had got a paper from Leather, and Collier came and said he wanted it, as we were not

satisfied with the reference, he expected we would give it up, and he would call next day, but he did not—I sent my shopmate Jameson to Leather, and in consequence of what Jameson told me, I got up the order—it amounted to 6l. odd, and the goods were sent to St. Andrew's-hill—I did not take any goods there myself—I went there before the goods were delivered, and saw the woman representing herself as Mrs. Collier, and another representing herself as Mr. Collier's wife—I met with Mr. Fennell, and in consequence of what he told me I went into the shop and said, "I must have my goods"—the old lady who represented herself as Mr. Collier's mother was there, and I got the goods—I hired a man who carried them away for me—the woman dared me to take them, but I did.

Cross-examined by MR. PAYNE. Q. When was it yon saw Boone at your shop? A. About the 6th of May, the day after the goods were delivered—he was not with me above three minutes—I had never seen him before—Jameson was in the shop at the time—I am quite sure the person said his name was Collier—I did not make any memorandum of the conversation—I am certain of him.

JAMESON. I am in the employ of Smith and Son, of Newgate-street I was in the shop when a female made application for goods to be sent to St. Andrew's-hill—I was directed by my employers to go for a guarantee for the goods—I went to Fann-street, on the left hand side going down from Aldersgate-street—I there saw a person who answered to the name of Leather—he told me to draw out the form of a guarantee and he would sign it, and he did sign it—I told him that Collier had represented himself as being in his employment, and that he would become answerable for the money—he said Collier had not mentioned any thing of the sort to him, but he was an honest man, and a good man he believed, and he would do any thing of the sort for him—this is the guarantee (producing it)—I have witnessed it—a man afterwards came to our house to ask for the guarantee, but I cannot say that his name was Collier—I do not know who he was—I cannot swear to him, but I should think that was the party (pointing to Boone.)

Cross-examined by MR. PAYNE. Q. Have you been examined before about this? A. No.

CHARLES BARNARD . I am clerk to Slee and Co., vinegar makers at Horsleydown. In April last, a woman calling herself Mrs. Collier came to our house—I was not there when she came, but in consequence of her calling there, I afterwards went to a house on St. Andrew's-hill, with the name of Collier over the door—I did not see the name over the door, nor see any name at all—I saw Boone there—he went by the name of Thomas Collier to me—I am sure he used that name to me—he said he was a cabinet-maker, and was earning 30s. a week; that he worked in Barbican—Long-lane, Smithfield, was mentioned—I think I asked who he worked for there, and I think he gave me the name of Farmer—we sent him two quarter casks of vinegar, and two casks of mustard—it has never been paid for—I went to the shop about a month afterwards and found it shut up.

Cross-examined by MR. PAYNE. Q. When was it you went to St. Andrew's-hill, the beginning or end of April? A. The goods were delivered on the 29th—I was about a quarter of an hour with the person who represented himself as Thomas Collier—I saw his wife, as she was represented, in the back room with a child in her arms—there was no one with

me—I had not seen the person before to my knowledge—it was a middling light place I should say—it was between two and three o'clock I think—he promised to pay for the goods in a month—he did not want any credit—I was not examined before the Alderman about this case.

ROBERT FENTON . I am shopman to Mr. Roberts, a tobacco-manufacturer in St. John's-street. On the 1st of May a woman came to my employers for goods to be sent to St. Andrew's-hill—I was not present, but in consequence of directions from my employers, I went to the reference, which was in Fann-street—I was to inquire for Mr. Taylor, of Fann-street, to inquire about Thomas Collier, of St. Andrew's-hill—(I afterwards saw the defendant Boone, who represented himself as Thomas Collier to me)—I saw a person representing himself as Taylor, of Fann-street—he said he was a bedstead-maker and upholsterer—it was not Quantock—I have not seen Leather since—Mr. Taylor's answers were quite satisfactory—I was then ordered by my employers to convey the goods to St. Andrew's-hill, on the 2nd of May, for Thomas Collier—when I get there I saw Boone, who assumed the name of Thomas Collier—I inquired if he was Mr. Collier—he said, "Yes, sir, my name is Collier"—I told him I had brought some goods from Mr. Roberts, of St. John's-street—he said, "Yes, my mother ordered them in the morning"—I asked could I assist in putting them away, or any thing—he said, "No, sir, I have just got leave from my employer, Mr. Taylor, to come down and put them away," and he was to return in a short time to his employ ment in Fann-street—we never got a farthing for the goods—when I went to St. Andrew's-hill afterwards, I found the shop closed, and he gone—I went to Fann-street immediately, and found they had gone from there at the same time—both houses were shut up—it was No. 9, Fann-street, on the left hand side from Aldersgate-street.

Cross-examined by MR. PAYNE. Q. When did yon go to Fann-street? A. On Tuesday, the 2nd of May, I went to No. 9 on the ground-floor, and I saw a person representing himself as Mr. Taylor—I was with in about a quarter of an hour or twenty minutes, as far as I can judge—I to not see that person here now—I did not see either of the defendants then—I saw Boone in the shop at St. Andrew's-hill—I was there about a quarter of an hour—I merely delivered the goods, and saw that my invoice was correct according to the order given—there were about twenty articles—there was a female there with a child in her arms—I had the conversation with the prisoner Boone—I am quite sure he is the person—I had not seen him before.

JAMES BALDWIN . I am a paper-hanging-maker, and live in St. John's-street. A man calling himself Collier, who is not in custody, came to me, and ordered 12l. or 13l. worth of paper-hanging—I told him I had me objection if he could refer me to a respectable tradesman, and he referred me to a person named Quantock—I went to Quantock, at Brook-hill, and asked him if he knew a man named Collier, of Northampton-street, Clerkenwell—he said he did, he had known him from a child—I said I was referred to him by Collier, as I was about letting him have 12l. or 13l. worth of goods for six or seven days—he said, "Sir, you need not hesitate one moment, let him have 20l. worth; he is perfectly safe"—I then let Collier have the goods, and on passing the house in Northampton-street afterwards, I saw it was shut up—Collier had fetched the goods from my shop—I saw Quantock at Brook-hill, when I asked him whether he knew a man named Collier—

he said he did, perfectly well—I told him Collier lived in Northampton-street—I communicated to Quantock what Collier had stated to me—Quantock gave him a very high character—he did not give me a guarantee—I did not apply for any—in consequence of what Quantock stated I let Collier have the goods—I did not see Collier at my shop afterwards, but I saw Quantock and him pass my door intoxicated, but I should tell you when I found he had run away in the night, I went to Quantock's, and asked him whether he was aware of what had become of the man who he had given such a high character of—he said, "Yes, the rascal, I am looking for him, he has run away 5l. in my debt"—and it was only a few days after that that I saw Quantock go by my shop with him, arm-in-arm, quite intoxicated—with the man he said he was looking for, who called himself Collier—I did not see Boone at all, till he was at Guildhall.

Q. Do you remember Collier making his appearance at your shop with another person, and stating that the work most be finished? A. That was a second lot he wanted—instead of bringing the money on Saturday, as he promised, he brought a gentleman with him, they had a few words in the shop together, and that gentleman said he would not pay a halfpenny till the shop was finished.

Cross-examined by MR. PAYNE. Q. What sort of a man is Collier? A. Very much like the defendant Boone, but it was not him—Collier applied to me early in April—I went once to the house, in Northampton-street, where he represented himself as living, to carry the patterns to be chosen, and I saw him there—I did not find out that he had moved from there to Fann-street—I did not take the trouble to trace him—the fact is, I have seen him once or twice since—I was not referred to anybody besides Quantock—I found Quantock's shop without any difficulty—Collier gave me a card of Quantock's—it appeared something like a broker's shop—I went into the shop—I did not make inquiry in the neighbourhood with regard to Quantock, before I took his word—when I found Collier was not in the way, and I could not find him, I went to Quantock—I could not see him the first day as he was not at home, but the next day I did—it was a few days after that I saw him and Collier arm-in-arm, both drunk—they passed my door in St. John-street—I told Quantock, when I went to him, that I lived in St. John-street—I went to Guildhall, but was not examined—Quantock was in the body of the Court, but was given into custody while I was there.

GEORGE LOCK . I am a carpenter, and live in Bream's-buildings, Chancery-lane. A person who goes by the name of Leather applied to me to do some work for him, and brought the defendant Quantock with him—he said he could not pay ready money for it, but would pay it in a bill at three months—I said I never did business for strangers without I knew something of them, and could not do it unless somebody joined him in the amount—after some time he referred me to Clark of Kingsland-road, who signed an agreement to pay me the amount—about a fortnight after, I found that Clark had gone away from the place—I would not then proceed with the work, and Quantock said he would enter into a bill for £20, to be guarantee for Leather, which bill I have got—it has come to maturity, and a party came a few days before and wished to put it off, as he had a great many debts out—it has never been paid—I have not been paid any thing—Quantock came to my house one morning, and said he knew Leather could not pay the bill for a few days, bat that Leather hall a legacy left him, and it was to be paid on the 1st of January—he said he

did not believe much what Leather said, but he went to an old sister of his, who was just on the verge of the grave, and he did not think she would tell a lie, and that she said the same—I renewed the bill on that representation—Quantock is still the guarantee—he gave his address on the bills omewhere about Brook-hill.

Cross-examined by MR. CHAMBERS. Q. Is this the old bill, and the renewed one? A. Yes—I do not know how I came to keep both—the renewed bill is not due yet—John Fletcher, whose name is on it, is a party I paid it to, but I have paid him and got it in my possession—I did not go to Brook-hill to see Quantock—I sent both my clerk and foreman at the time of the renewal of the bill—it is due on the 6th of January—I had begun the work when the first bill was given, but finding Clark had left the place, I would not proceed with the work without further security—I was to be paid within three months—it was fitting up a grocer's shop he had taken in Princes-street, Drury-lane—Leather is not there now—I know nothing of a guarantee being given to Quantock to return the first bill—no arrangement was made about returning the first bill, that I am aware of—the arrangement was with me, but I got my clerk to draw it—I understood Clark kept a grocer's shop in the general line, and supplied small shops—I understand he has taken a great number of people in.

JAMES TIMS . I live in Oxford-place, Stepney. I know the prisoner Boone—he came to me to take a house of mine, about three weeks before Midsummer-day, and referred me some where in the neighbourhood of St. John-street, or Goswell-street-road, to Wynyatt-street—I think my wife went after the reference—I do not know the name of the party he referred to—the house was occupied about six weeks.

BOONE— GUILTY .—Aged 20.

QUANTOCK— GUILTY —Aged 40.

Confined Two Years.


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