6th July 1803
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545. JAMES WILLIAMS was indicted for feloniously stealing, on the 17th of June , a great coat, value 10s. the property of Thomas Bowman .

THOMAS BOWMAN sworn. - I am coachman to Lord Harcourt, Master of the Horse: On the 17th of June, I lost a red box coat off my box, in the King's Mews , I don't know, who took it, it was about two o'clock in the day.

THOMAS HOLLIS sworn. - I keep a sale shop, No. 31, Monmouth-street: the prisoner came to me on the 17th of June, about three o'clock; with this coat; he laid it on the counter, and said, there is a better by half than the other; I bought one of him on the 2d of June, and it was taken from me on the 3d; he asked me thirty-six shillings for this coat, I stopped him, he made his escape out of the shop, but was soon taken; I said, now, my friend, you must go with me to Bow-street; he said, for what, I told him he would know when he got there; I took him by the collar, he said, he would go quiet, but would not be held; he then gave a spring into the middle of the road, in a moment I pursued him, and took him.(The coat was identified by the prosecutor.)

WILLIAM PICKERING sworn. - I am an officer

belonging to Bow-street; I went to the King's Mews, and found out the prosecutor.

Prisoner's defence. I bought the coat.


Transported for seven years .

First Middlesex Jury, before Mr. Common Serjeant.

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