21st February 1776
Reference Numbert17760221-17
VerdictsGuilty > theft under 1s; Guilty > theft under 1s
SentencesCorporal > whipping; Corporal > whipping

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225. ISAAC KING was indicted for stealing two pewter pint pots, value two shillings , the property of John Feast , January 21st .


I lost two pint pots on the 21st of January. I saw them taken from the prisoner at the Robin Hood and Black Boy, in Leather-lane.


I lodge up two pair of stairs in Leather-lane. I had been out last Sunday morning was a month; when I returned, I met the prisoner coming down stairs; when I got up stairs I missed the pots, which I had put on the outside of the door before I went out: I asked my wife if the people had been for the pots? she said, No: I immediately suspected the prisoner; I followed him, and brought him to the Robin Hood ; there I found a quart pot, and two pint pots in a bag; and there were two pints in his pockets, and two under his coat.


I am a constable: I have had the pots ever since. [They were produced in court and deposed to by the prosecutor.]


I went to seek a person who owed me some money, and as I was coming down stairs, seeing the pots stand there, distress of a singular nature induced me to take them.

GUILTY of stealing to the value of ten pence . W .

Tried by the Second Middlesex Jury before Mr. Baron HOTHAM .

He was a second time indicted for stealing four pewter pint pots, value four shillings, and a pewter quart pot, value eighteen pence , the property of John Woolfe , January 21st .


Here are four pints and one quart pot my property: I lost them upon the 21st of January about nine in the morning; I had them the evening before.


I found these pots upon the prisoner, two in his pockets, two under his coat, and one in a bag.

GUILTY of stealing to the value of ten pence . W .

Tried by the Second Middlesex Jury before Mr. Baron HOTHAM .

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