29th June 1785
Reference Numbert17850629-101
SentenceCorporal > whipping; Imprisonment

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702. ROBERT WALKER was indicted for feloniously stealing on the 27th day of May , one pair of white ribbed cotton stockings, value 4 s. the property of Alexander Leary .


On the 26th of May I bought a pair of stockings, and I left them at the house of Charles Callaghan . I could not prove they were mine, I do not now know that they are mine.


I live in Leatherseller's Buildings ; the last witness left a pair of stockings with me, I should know them, I could swear to them; on the morning of the 27th I went into the necessary, and the dustmen called and asked if there was any dust, they had hardly gone in when the prisoner looked in at the window, the stockings laid there, in the place where the prosecutor laid them in, and I saw him lay them in the window the day before, we were at dinner when he called; they were white ribbed cotton stockings; I happened to look out, and they were in the back yard a very little time, and this chap lifted up the sash window, it was between eight and nine, I saw him put them in his pocket, he wore a short white jacket, and when he had done that he took his basket, and I followed him down to his dust cart, which lay at the end of the gate; I laid hold of him by the collar and put my hand into his pocket and pulled them out; he resisted a little, and I sent for a constable.

What did you do with the stockings afterwards? - I gave them to the constable.


I am quite innocent.


Whipped , and imprisoned one month .

Tried by the London Jury before Mr. ROSE.

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