10th December 1783
Reference Numbert17831210-61
VerdictGuilty > lesser offence

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58. JOSEPH BISHOP was indicted for feloniously stealing on the 4th of November last, five silk handkerchiefs, value 12 s. a cotton handkerchief, value 2 s. one linen handkerchief, value 12 d. the property of Samuel Milsom , privately in his shop .


I keep a pawn-broker and broker 's shop, in Wenton-street, White-chapel . On the 4th of November I went out about some business, about nine o'clock in the morning, and left my servant, Ann Perry , to take care of the shop; I returned about one o'clock; my servant told me I had been robbed, and I looked on the shelf and missed the things mentioned in the indictment; they were there when I went away, they are now in Court.

ANN PERRY sworn.

My master went out between nine and ten o'clock, and before eleven o'clock this Joseph Bishop came to our house, and asked me what he had to do, I told him the same as usual; he was employed by my master in sawing wood; I went into the kitchen to give the child something to drink, I left him in the shop, I heard somebody step in the shop, I looked in the shop I did not see any body, nor I did not see him, I did not look at the place where handkerchiefs were, I went back to the kitchen, then I heard somebody walk in the shop again, I looked towards the handkerchiefs, and I saw Joseph Bishop something aside; I said, you have taken something, He said, he had not, I laid hold of him, and by my pulling him I unbuttoned his waistcoat, and down dropt the handkerchiefs mentioned in the indictment (The things deposed to.) another man came in to my assistance, and I had him stripped; my master was not at home, and in his breeches there was these; then my master came in.


I was going into the shop, and I saw these handkerchiefs lay upon the ground, and I was going to pick them up, the maid came out directly, and said I was going to rob my master, and she would swear my life away if she could.

GUILTY. Of stealing, but not privately .

Transported for seven years .

Tried by the second Middlesex Jury before Mr. Baron HOTHAM .

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