Samuel Harper.
29th April 1747
Reference Numbert17470429-17
VerdictNot Guilty

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195. Samuel Harper was indicted for stealing one Handkerchief, value 4 d. the Goods of Joshua Ellis , March 24 .

Q. to Joshua Ellis . What have you to say against the Prisoner at the Bar?

Ellis. On the 24th of March last, in the Evening, I was coming from Leaden-hall , this Man, the Prisoner, was behind me, and I felt his Hand in my Pocket; immediately I turned round and said, You Rogue, you have picked my Pocket.

Q. What did the Prisoner do?

Ellis. I will not swear that he took the Handkerchief out of my Pocket, I will swear he had his Hand in my Pocket, and I caught hold of his Hand, and then I saw my Handkerchief down on the Ground; I took hold of him directly, and said he had picked my Pocket; I took my Handkerchief off the Ground just by him and I.

Court to the Prisoner. What will you have him asked?

Prisoner. Ask him whether there were no other Persons passing and repassing .

Ellis. I felt his Hand in my Pocket, and seized him.

Court to the Prisoner. Have you any Witnesses?

Prisoner. I have none but my Master, and he is out of Town.

Acquitted .


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