William Batts.
7th December 1743
Reference Numbert17431207-47
SentenceMiscellaneous > branding

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54. William Batts , was indicted for stealing two Shillings and Six-pence , the Money of a Person unknown, Nov. 21 .

William Morley . I live at the Checquer Inn in Holborn ; the Prisoner is a Watchman , and brought a Gentleman very much fuddled to Lodge at our House; I went up Stairs to prepare a Bed, and when I came down I saw the Gentleman's Breeches were unbuttoned, and the Prisoner put his Hand into the Gentleman's Pocket, and took out 2 s. 6 d. which I saw in one Corner of his Hand.

Prisoner. Did you hear the Gentleman say he had lost any Thing?

Morley. No; he did not lose any Thing, because I got it again - The Gentleman came in about a Quarter of an Hour after twelve, and staid till about one, and then he was more sober.

Prisoner . Did you see me offer to put my Hand in my Pocket?

Morley. No; because I did not give you Time to do it; you took the Tankard in your Hand, to drink, with the Money in your Hand: The Disturbance frightened the Gentleman, and then he came pretty well to himself, he said it was his Money, and desired me to send for a Constable.

William Cooper . Between one and two in the Morning, I was sent for to take the Prisoner up for picking 2 s. 6 d. out of a Gentleman's Pocket; said I, this is a sad Thing in a Watchman; says he I will tell you the Truth; the Gentleman was in Liquor , he was to give me Six-pence for lighting him Home, and I laid hold of two Shillings, but I had not the two Shillings and Six-pence which the Chamberlain charged me with.

The Watchman in his Defence said, that the Gentleman was in Liquor, and wanted him to help him to a Lodging, and he carried him to the Checquer Inn , that when he came in he said, Can I have a Whore to Night; that the Chamberlain said, yes , with all my Heart ; that the Gentleman being fuddled, pulled out two Shillings, and dropped it upon his Knee, that he took it in his Hand to keep it from falling down, and the Chamberlain came and insisted upon seeing what he had, and charged him with stealing it.

Mr. Whitchurch said he had watched next Door to him four or five Years, and he never heard any Harm of him.

William Rogers . (Warder of St. Sepulchre's) says the Prisoner has been in the Watch four or five Years, and he takes him to be an honest, harmless, inoffensive Fellow. Guilty .

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