John Thomas.
16th January 1766
Reference Numbert17660116-31
VerdictNot Guilty

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108. (M.) John Thomas was indicted for stealing 40 feet of joist timber, value 2 s. the property of George Travell , January 8 . ++

George Travell . I live in Brook-street, Holborn, and am a carpenter . I was pulling down some old houses. I had missed old timber several times. On Wednesday the 8th of January instant, I went and watched, and saw the prisoner, with two pieces on his back, about ten feet long. A girl at a public house said to him, that is Mr. Travell's wood, he will soon be after you. The prisoner went down Red-lion-street with it. I followed him.

Q. In what street are the old houses you are pulling down?

Travell. They were in East-street . The prisoner went up Chapel-street. Seeing me, he flung the wood from his shoulder, and ran away.

Q. How near was you to him?

Travell. I was within about six yards of him. I ran but could not catch him. I went and took the timber up. and in about ten minutes time, the prisoner came back again to the same place.

Q. What time of the night was this?

Travell. This was after 9 o'clock. He walked backwards and forwards several times, and at last I went and took him standing near the King's Head.

Q. Are you sure he is the same man you had seen with your timber on his shoulder ?

Travell. I am sure he is.

Q. Was it a light or dark night?

Travell. It was a star-light night, very light. Then I took him in to the King's Head, and told him, if he would confess who was concerned with him, I would be favourable to him. He would not. I took him to the watch-house: there was another man came to appear for him, who desired I would be favourable to him.

Susannah Dyche . I live at the alehouse opposite to where the prisoner was. I was going out with some beer, and I saw him making off with some timber down Chapel-street.

Q. Which way was you going?

Dyche. I was going into Red-lion-street, and when I came back again, I saw him coming to the same place again.

Prisoner's defence.

I know nothing of what they charge me with. I was walking down there, and the gentleman laid hold of me, as I was coming out of Red-lion-street.

To his character.

- Walker. I have known the prisoner 8 years.

Q. What is his general character?

Walker. He always bore a very good character.

Q. What are you?

Walker. I am a sawyer.

William Waters . I have known the prisoner 5 years. He, during that time, behaved very soberly and honestly, for what I ever knew.

Acquitted .

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