26th June 1773
Reference Numbert17730626-26
SentenceCorporal > whipping

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319. (M.) JOHN SUMMERS was indicted for stealing three pewter pint pots, value 3 s. the property of John Huntley ; one pewter pint

pot, value 1 s. the property of William Davey ; and one pewter quart pot, value 1 s. and one pewter pint pot, value 6 d. the property of Mary Morley , widow , May 18th . ~

John Huntley . I am a publican : I did not miss my pots till they were found upon the prisoner. Last Tuesday week, between three and four in the afternoon, Robert Parsons informed me a man was stopped with some pewter pots, in Little Gray's-inn-lane; there were three pint pots with my name on them; I went there; I met the constable taking the prisoner before Justice Girdler. (The pots produced and deposed to by the prosecutor.)

Robert Parsons . There was a girl cried out, and a man stopped the prisoner in Little Gray's-inn-lane, just by where I work, and laid hold of him; I took him to Mrs. Morley's; he took the pots out himself from the inside of his coat; he begged to be excused.

William Davy . I live at the Queen's Head, Cold Bath Fields . I was informed a person was stopt with pots in Gray's-inn-lane; I went and found one pint pot my property.

Prisoner's Defence.

Coming up Gray's-inn-lane I found them in a bag, and it was my intention to carry them home; I stept up to a door to see what they were, and I put them in my pocket. A man came after me and laid hold of me; I was going to read the inscription to return them.

For the Prisoner.

John Bancrost . I have known the prisoner six years; he has a very good character; he has worked with me five years. I do not know how he has disposed of himself this three weeks past.

Guilty . W .

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