Samuel Marks, John Rider.
3rd June 1767
Reference Numbert17670603-20
VerdictNot Guilty

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297, 298. (M.) Samuel Marks and John Rider , were indicted for stealing a rabbit plane, value 18 d. a pilaster plane, value 1 s. a dovetail saw, value 5 s. a trying plane, value 18 d. and a bead plane, value 12 d. the property of Absalom Hughes , May 8 . *

Absalom Hughes . I am a carpenter and joiner , so are the prisoners. I live in Chesterfield-street; I lost the tools mentioned in the indictment (mentioning them) out of the house where I was at work, some time on the 8th of May in the night; the prisoners had worked for me about a week or nine days before, and I found them all again but the dovetail saw, where the prisoners were at work, about nine days after; Rider said he knew nothing of the taking them; Marks took me to the place where the dovetail saw was pawned, and I got that again; (the tools produced and deposed to.)

Thomas Sutton . I am a pawnbroker in Oxford-road. My mistress took in the saw; I delivered it to Hughes; I was not present when she took it in, she is not here.

Marks's defence.

I was articled with Mr. Davis and Mr. Hughes, and they were to find me in tools; and work ran short, and Mr. Davis gave me leave to go out and get a job, and I took them tools to do my work with.

Prosecutor. I did not know he had any thing to do with the tools after he was gone from us; when he worked with us, we agreed to let him have tools if he got a job.

John Davis . Hughes is my partner; Marks was my apprentice; he had been bound to me about three quarters of a year; I have been partner with Hughes a little better than 12 months; Hughes and I agreed to find Marks in tools; there was a difference between Hughes and I, and we agreed to let him look out for a job for himself till we were settled again; sometimes he came and had

my tools, and sometimes my partner's; Hughes was as liable to find him tools as I was, he gave him free consent as well as I did.

Both Acquitted .

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