JOHN LEWIS, Theft > grand larceny, 4th December 1782.

Reference Number: t17821204-19
Offence: Theft > grand larceny
Verdict: Guilty > lesser offence
Punishment: Corporal > private whipping
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20. JOHN LEWIS was indicted for feloniously stealing on the 14th of November last five printed books, value 12 s. the goods of Mary Booker , widow.

MARY BOOKER sworn.

I live in Sherrard-street , I sell books ; I missed two books some time after the prisoner came to lodge with me.

The Remainder of this Trial in the Second Part; containing, amongst others, the remarkable Trial of JOHN FOY , for a Rape; and also the Opinions of the Twelve Judges on the Cases of HENRY LAVELL , for Forgery, and WILLIAM BASS , for Felony, will be Published in a few Days.

HODGSON's SHORT-HAND TREATISE, Price 2 s. 6 d. with an Explanatory Copper-plate, to be had of J. WALMSLAY, and S. BLADON.

TRIALS, &c. taken with great Accuracy by E. HODGSON, Writer of these PROCEEDINGS, No. 35, Chancery-lane.

N. B. SHORT-HAND taught on an improved Plan.

Old Bailey Proceedings front matter, 4th December 1782.

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THE WHOLE PROCEEDINGS ON THE KING's Commission of the Peace, Oyer and Terminer, and Gaol Delivery for the CITY of LONDON; AND ALSO, The Gaol Delivery for the County of Middlesex; HELD AT JUSTICE HALL in the OLD BAILEY, On Wednesday, the 4th of DECEMBER, 1782, and the following Days;

Being the FIRST SESSION in the Mayoralty of The Right Hon. Nathaniel Newnham , Esq; LORD MAYOR OF THE CITY OF LONDON.

TAKEN IN SHORT HAND BY E. HODGSON, And Published by Authority.

NUMBER I. PART II.

LONDON:

Printed for E. HODGSON (the Proprietor) And Sold by J. WALMSLAY, No. 35, Chancery Lane, and S. BLADON, No. 13, Pater-noster Row.

MDCCLXXXII.

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THE WHOLE PROCEEDINGS UPON THE

KING's Commission of the Peace, Oyer and Terminer, and Gaol Delivery for the CITY of LONDON, &c.

Continuation of the Trial of John Lewis .

What is the prisoner? - A hair-dresser; I lost five books, here is a list of them; the first is a quarto Queen Elizabeth's Bible, the next is a large folio latin book, the next is the first volume of Seymour's Survey of London, the next is a folio Latin Bible, and the next is a Geographical Dictionary; on the 11th of November the prisoner came into the shop, and sat down on the seat, and the books were behind him, the two first were taken before; I saw him put his hands behind him, and put one of the books down, it was the first volume of Seymour's Survey of London in folio; I was on one side of the counter and he on the other, and he put it down by the side of him, and it was heavier than he thought, and there was a little washing tub just there, and it rolled the tub from one side the shop to the other; he sat a good bit after that, he said the watch had gone ten, and he said, I will go get me a pint of beer, and he run out of the shop immediately.

Court. Did he carry any thing with him? - He picked the book up, to be sure.

Court. Did he carry any thing with him out of the shop? - He took that book out of the shop then.

You saw him? - I did not see him carry it away, I saw him pick it up, and take it out of the window, but I did not see him take it out of the door.

Court. Was the book missing when he was gone? - Yes.

What became of the book after? - I never knew that, he came home at twelve o'clock, I let him in.

What did you say to him? - Not a word, my clothes were off; besides, I did not think of saying any thing to him, nor would if it was to do again, as I was by myself.

Did you say any thing to him the next morning? - I never saw him from that time till Thursday night; on Thursday night, between six and seven, he came into the shop, and sat down, then I saw him take the books; I said nothing to him about the other book, I was by myself, nor I should not; I saw him take a Latin Bible and Geographical Dictionary, all folio; he took them in the same way.

Did he go out of the shop? - Yes, he did, and I ran after him, and cried Stop thief! all the way down Shug-lane; it was opera night, and the coaches were so thick I missed him; about one o'clock in the morning

he came home, and I apprehended him; he said nothing then, but used a great deal of abrupt language at the watch-house; he had lodged with me five or six weeks, and never paid me any thing; I had seen him before running about.

JANE WATKINS sworn.

I live with my father, he is a porter; the prisoner lodged in the house of the prosecutrix where I lodge; I saw the prisoner go out on the 14th of October at night, with two books under his arm; I opened the door to him when he came home.

JOSEPH CLARKE sworn.

I am a pawnbroker; on the 19th of October I took this book in pledge of the prisoner, it is a quarto bible; he told me it was his own property, and he brought it from America; I advanced one shilling on it; he pledged it in the name of John Lewis .

(The book produced and deposed to.)

PRISONER.

I have no witnesses.

What countryman are you? - St. Domingo.

Court. What state of health is the prisoner in?

Mr. Akerman. He is very ill, through poverty and confinement and cold, and laying without a bed.

GUILTY Of stealing the Bible only .

To be privately whipped and discharged.

Tried by the first Middlesex Jury, before Mr. Justice HEATH.

Old Bailey Proceedings front matter, 4th December 1782.

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THE WHOLE PROCEEDINGS ON THE KING's Commission of the Peace, Oyer and Terminer, and Gaol Delivery for the CITY of LONDON; AND ALSO, The Gaol Delivery for the County of Middlesex; HELD AT JUSTICE HALL in the OLD BAILEY, On Wednesday, the 4th of DECEMBER, 1782, and the following Days;

Being the FIRST SESSION in the Mayoralty of The Right Hon. Nathaniel Newnham , Esq; LORD MAYOR OF THE CITY OF LONDON.

TAKEN IN SHORT HAND BY E. HODGSON, And Published by Authority.

NUMBER I. PART II.

LONDON:

Printed for E. HODGSON (the Proprietor) And Sold by J. WALMSLAY, No. 35, Chancery Lane, and S. BLADON, No. 13, Pater-noster Row.

MDCCLXXXII.

[PRICE SIX-PENCE.]

THE WHOLE PROCEEDINGS UPON THE

KING's Commission of the Peace, Oyer and Terminer, and Gaol Delivery for the CITY of LONDON, &c.


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