6th December 1780
Reference Numbert17801206-45
VerdictNot Guilty

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51, 52. WILLIAM BAILEY and PATRICK MADAN were indicted for stealing twenty seven pair of silk stockings, value 12 l. the property of Richard Swadle , in the dwelling house of the said Richard , October 30th .


I am a hatter and hosier No. 14, Fenchurch-street . I lost as near as I can ascertain twenty-seven pair of silk stockings on the 30th of October, I suppose them to be worth twelve pounds. At about five o'clock in the afternoon I went out of my shop with an intention to stay in the parlour adjoining to the shop; I left a man behind the counter; I charged him not to go out of the shop without calling me. Contrary to my order, a quarter of an hour after I had been in the parlour, he went into the yard as I have since learned. I heard a noise, I did not go out immediately, supposing my man to be in the shop. Some time after when I went out I saw the prisoner Madan in my shop; I asked him

"what he wanted?" He said


"round hat." I shewed him one, and told him the price was fourteen shillings, he said

"he would give twelve for it;" but before we had settled whether he was to have the hat or not, I heard my niece Margaret Belcher speaking to the journeyman. Then I heard that a parcel of stockings was missing from the counter; one of my men came up and advised me to secure the man (Madan) which I did; we called some more men up, and went in pursuit of the boy; but to no effect.

Were any stockings found upon the prisoner Madan? - No; nor have we found any since.

Then you suspect this boy stole the stockings while Madan was in the shop? - My little niece said a boy passed her in the shop.

( Margaret Belcher , the niece was called; she appeared to be very) young; and upon being interrogated by the court, it appeared she did not understand the nature of an oath; consequently her evidence could not be received.)


Tried by the London Jury before Mr. Baron PERRYN .

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