21st February 1776
Reference Numbert17760221-58
VerdictNot Guilty; Guilty > theft under 40s
SentenceMiscellaneous > branding; Imprisonment

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280, 281. WILLIAM GORBELL and WILLIAM EASDON , otherwise PLUMB , were indicted for burglariously breaking and entering the dwelling-house of Margaret Fisher , widow , on the 29th of January about the hour of one in the night, and stealing a feather-bed, value six shillings, a pillowcase, value six-pence, two linen sheets, value two shillings, three blankets, value three shillings, and a copper coal skuttle, value one shilling, the property of Margaret Fisher ; a silver watch, value thirty shillings, eighteen linen shirts, value eighteen shillings, a cloth coat, value two shillings, a cloth waistcoat, value one shilling, a worsted waistcoat, value six-pence, a pair of velveret breeches, value two shillings, four pair of mens leather shoes, value five shillings, a muslin neckcloth, value six-pence, a blue woollen apron, value one shilling, three crown pieces in money numbered, the property of James Niven ; a gun, value ten shillings, a powder-horn, value one shilling, and a shot-bag, value six-pence, the property of John Pickering , in the dwelling-house of the said Margaret .


I am under gardner to Mrs. Fisher at Acton ; the hot-house and gardner's room were broke open; the gardner's room is in the garden, it is detached from the dwelling-house: on the 29th of January, I went out between four and five in the afternoon, and did not return till next day; I shut the windows and double-locked the door; it is a spring lock, it was not quite dark then; when I returned the next day in the evening, it was broke open, and all the things I had were gone; my master, who is the upper gardner, found it broke open in the morning; all the things mentioned in the indictment (repeating them) were taken away.


The prisoners were brought to the prison I am keeper of; when they were brought in, I found a pair of shoes on Easdon's feet, which the accomplice said were stole from Acton; the man swore to them as soon as he saw them.


I am a pawnbroker: this gun (producing it) was left with me by Easdon, the 31st of last month.

NIVEN. My master said he had a gun and had been shooting with it.


I attend the public office in Petty France; I apprehended the prisoners.


The two prisoners and I robbed Mrs. Fisher's house about two o'clock on Tuesday morning; I cannot tell the month, nor how long it is ago; we took out of the house sixteen shirts and four pair of shoes; we got up the hot-house; Gorbell took them, Easdon took the bed and bedding; I took a silver watch: there were three crown pieces and a gun taken out of the hot-house: I helped to carry the things; they were sold to a woman in Ragfair; the gun was pawned by Easdon to Mr. Morris.


I never was there; Burton gave me the pumps; I did not pawn the gun.


EASDON NOT GUILTY of burglariously breaking and entering the dwelling-house, but GUILTY of stealing goods to the value of thirty-nine shillings .

Tried by the First Middlesex Jury before Mr. COMMON SERJEANT.

[Branding. See summary.] [Imprisonment. See summary.]

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