RIchard Smith.
15th May 1771
Reference Numbert17710515-13
VerdictGuilty > theft under 1s
SentenceCorporal > whipping

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336. (L.) RIchard Smith was indicted for stealing five quartern loaves of wheatenbread , the property of Sarah Hills , widow , May 1 . +

Sarah Hills. I am a baker , and live at No. 34, in the Minories; my servant went out with some bread, the first of May; he came back again and brought the prisoner. I know nothing of it.

George Perry . I am servant to Mrs. Hills. I pitched my basket in Bishopsgate , and went with some loaves; when I came back I saw the prisoner put five quartern loaves out of the basket into his bag. I took him to my mistress; he was sent to the compter. He said he had a wife and four children; and desired I would forgive him.

Prisoner's Defence.

I must leave it to the mercy of the gentlemen; I am a baker .

Prosecutrix. He was a master baker, and met with great misfortunes, as I am told.

Guilty, 10 d. W .

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