19th February 1794
Reference Numbert17940219-15
SentenceCorporal > public whipping

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164. JAMES GRIFFIN was indicted for stealing, on the 11th of February , a man's hat, value 10s. the goods of Daniel Cully .


I am a coachman , I lost a hat the 11th of this month, at the Hope, facing the King's Mews ; I was sitting eating my dinner, this man came and had a pint of beer, as soon as I had done my dinner. I missed my hat, I had put it at the corner of the door in the parlour; I enquired to know who had been there? the landlady she knew this person, and where he lived, I went to his master, in St. James's market, and he gave me information where he lodged, I went there, and he was not at home, when I went home I acquainted the constable, and the man where he lived came and told me he was come home; I went there with the constable, and the constable made him open the door, and when we came in we see the hat concealed in the closet; this is the hat.


I am a constable. On the 11th of February I was sent for by Mr. Cully, to go and take the prisoner, I understood that he was at No. 3, laze-buildings, I went to No. 3, there, he was locked up, I desired him to open the door, and he opened the door, and there I found the hat in a closet.

Prisoner. I went with a friend to a public house in Charing-Cross, and was very much in liquor, and I went to sleep, and when it was time to go home he awaked me, and put this hat on my head, and bid me come along, and I went with him, not knowing but it was my own hat. I should have employed counsel if I had had more time, and I should have had witnesses here in the evening.

GUILTY . (Aged 23.)

Publickly Whipped .

Tried by the second Middlesex Jury before Mr. Justice BULLER.

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