9th April 1777
Reference Numbert17770409-56
SentenceMiscellaneous > branding

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315. SAMUEL BRAY was indicted for stealing four woollen-cloth coats, value 20 s. three woollen-cloth waistcoats, value 15 s. and a pair of woollen-cloth breeches, value 10 s. the property of Henry Jenkins , March 15th .


I am a watchmaker in Aldersgate-street : upon the 15th of March in the morning, about twenty minutes after seven o'clock, I had occasion to go down into the cellar; I fastened my shop that opens into the passage nearest the street, there is another door opens into the passage; while I was in the cellar, I heard somebody in the passage; I came up hastily, but could see nobody; a neighbour came in from over the way and said, I had been robbed by two men, and a person was gone in pursuit of them; they were not taken, but the cloaths mentioned in the indictment were dropped and brought back; in conseqnence of an information I laid at Sir John Fielding 's the prisoner was taken on the Friday following.


I was standing at my shop door on the 15th of March; I saw the prisoner and another young man by Mr. Jenkins's door; the prisoner went and opened the hatch and went in and brought out an arm-full of cloaths; I met the young man in the middle of the street; I went in to Mr. Jenkins to see if he delivered the cloaths, and when I came out, found the prisoner had been pursued and dropped the cloaths; on the Friday following I saw them both in Jewin-street; they saw me and ran up Bull-head-court; I pursued them, and took the prisoner in Paul's-alley.


I took up the cloaths and took them to my house.

[They were produced in Court, and deposed to by the prosecutor.]


It is very unlikely I should do such a thing where I was so well known.

The prisoner called one witness, who gave him a good character.


Tried by the London Jury before Mr. Baron EYRE .

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