12th September 1781
Reference Numbert17810912-23
VerdictGuilty > theft under 40s
SentenceImprisonment > hard labour

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491. EDWARD MITCHEL was indicted for stealing a cloth coat, value 12 s. a linen and cotton waistcoat, value 3 s. a pair of women's stays, value 9 s. a linen shirt, value 4 s. a linen counterpane, value 4 s. and a pair of silver shoe-buckles, value 12 s. the property of William Whitehorn , August the 12th .

(The witnesses were examined apart at the request of the prisoner.)


I lodge in the house of another person. On the 12th of August, between five and six in the morning, my wife and I heard a noise; and, getting up in bed, saw a man in the room: he had gathered the things mentioned in the indictment together, and put them on a chair close by the window: when he heard me stir, he looked round, and catched up the things in his arms, and jumped out of the window, which is thirteen feet from the ground. I got up, and looked out of the window, and saw the prisoner drop the things in the court, and take up some of them again, and run away; he knocked off his hat, and left it behind him in the court. I called out, Stop thief! and a Jew going past pursued him, and in about seven minutes brought him back, and some of the things with him; I am sure the man brought back is the same person that jumped out of the window: he had a brown coat and a blue apron: when he jumped out of the window, he looked up, and I saw his face.


I was going past, and heard Whitehorn cry out, Stop thief! I pursued the man. I did not see him after he got out of the court. I saw a man running. I cried, Stop thief! Another man stopped him, and we secured him, and found in his possession several of the things mentioned in the indictment. We delivered the things to the constable. He was without a hat when we took him.

( William Miller confirmed in every particular the evidence of the last witness.)

( Solomon Davies , the constable, produced the goods, which were deposed to by the prosecutor.)


I found them in the court. I took them up. Somebody called out, Stop thief! and they laid hold of me.

(He called one witness, who gave him a good character.)

GUILTY of stealing the goods to the value of 39 s. N. 2 years .

Tried by the Second Middlesex Jury, before Mr. RECORDER.

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