26th April 1775
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377. (M.) WILLIAM HARRISON was indicted for stealing a linen handkerchief value ten-pence , the property of Thomas Grose . April 22d . *

Thomas Grose . I was coming up Cheapside on the 22d of April, a coachman jumped off his box and informed me I was robbed of my handkerchief, and told me, the prisoner who was before me, had it in a blue apron that was tied before him; the prisoner ran down Gutter-lane, I followed him, he was never out of my sight, I caught him; he took the handkerchief out; I saw it in his hand; it was afterwards found in a cellar within two doors of where I took him; I did not see him throw it down.

The handkerchief produced in court and deposed to by the prosecutor.

Wm Bowen. I am a coachman, I was sitting on my box in the afternoon, opposite the Half Moon Tavern, Cheapside: I saw the prisoner take the handkerchief out of the prosecutor's pocket; I jumped down and informed the prosecutor of it; I did not go to see what became of him.

Wm Roberts. I live in Gutter-lane, I found the handkerchief down my cellar window.

Prisoner's Defence.

I was going up Cheapside just by this gentleman, I heard a cry of Stop Thief, I ran as others might, they happened to lay hold of me and searched me, but found nothing upon me.

Guilty .

[Transportation. See summary.]

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