8th December 1784
Reference Numbert17841208-92

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100. EDWARD HUMPHREYS was indicted for feloniously stealing, on the 8th of November last, one cloth great coat, value 30 s. one pair of leather boots, value 10 s. the property of Henry Martin Bird , Esq.

The prisoner was stopped by Nathan Nathans , with the great coat and boots; and Sarah Biggs deposed, on the 8th of November she let the prisoner into her master's house, as a dustman, but did not miss the things till they were brought back.

(The things deposed to.)


A gentleman asked me to carry them, he had a sack on his head.

The Prisoner called three witnesses, who gave him a good character.


Court to Prisoner. This is a second instance that has occurred this Sessions, of dustmen robbing houses; it is an offence particularly dangerous, because the credulity of servants is imposed upon by those that come under that pretence, they come into the house under a trust; I think it therefore necessary, for example, to pronounce sentence upon you before you quit the bar, in the hearing of those who have heard the trial, and that sentence shall be as severe as the law admits in such a case; which is, that you be Transported for seven years .

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