30th November 1814
Reference Numbert18141130-49
VerdictNot Guilty

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49. MANUEL JOHN was indicted for feloniously stealing, on the 4th of October , in the dwelling house of Francis Comitivio , a 50 l. bank note, a 30 l. bank note, four 20 l. bank notes, a 5 l. bank note, and a 1 l. bank note , his property.

FRANCIS COMITIVIO . I live at No. 41, Parson's-street, Ratcliffe-highway ; I rent the house and live in it; I knew the prisoner about three or four days before this.

Q. Did you miss any property and what, on the 4th of October - A I missed a fifty pound, one thirty, four twenty, one five, and one one pound notes, out of my box, in my bed-room.

Q. Had the prisoner any access to that room - A. Any person might go up to that room, and I know nothing about it; I went out on the 4th of October, the notes were safe in the box; when I went out the box was locked, with the key in it; I saw my money, and had the money in my hands; they were all secure when I went out, I went out about eleven o'clock in the morning; I returned about seven o'clock in the evening; about nine o'clock I had ocasion to go up for some money; I wanted to take out of my box a five pound note and a one pound note, the pocket book and all the notes were gone. I advertised the notes, and offered a reward.

Q. Do you recollect the number of any of the notes - A. None but the twenty, No. 14788; I remember that one, and advertised the number after I I had stopped payment at the bank. I had bills printed.

Q. When was the prisoner apprehended - A. On the 26th he was apprehended at Deptford.

Q. Had you seen the prisoner at your house on the 4th of October - A. I do not remember that day; he was in my house almost every day.

THOMAS GLOVER . I am a clerk in the bank: I produce a twenty pound note as coming from the Bank of England, No. 14778.

Q. Are there other notes of the same number - A. There may be of the same number, but not of the same date.

RACHAEL BASSUM . I know the prisoner; it is about ten weeks since I first saw him; he employed me to change a ten pound note; it is now about three weeks ago; before he was taken he desired me to get change of a note; he called it a ten pound note. I went to Mrs. Barrett, that keeps the Lord Nelson, and asked her for change of a ten pound note; she told me it was a twenty pound note. I went to Mr. Cooper. at the Dog and Bell, at Deptford Docks; I saw Miss Sarah Cooper , she gave me change, I gave the twenty ones to the prisoner. I left the note with Miss Cooper.

SARAH COOPER . I live at the Dog and Bell. I remember Rachael Bassam coming to me about a month ago; I cannot say the day of the month; she came for change of a twenty pound note, I took the note from her, and gave her twenty one pound notes; I wrote on the note my aunt's name, Barrett, Lord Nelson. I put it away with other notes, and paid it away to the brewer. This is the note, the number is 14778. This is the note that Rachael Bassum gave to me.

JANE EVANS . I live in New-street, Deptford. The prisoner lodged with me. He is a seafaring man; he lodged with me about ten days; he came from abroad. He had always notes about him; I remember his changing notes. I was with him; he changed a thirty pound note about three weeks before he was apprehended. After the thirty pound note he changed a twenty pound; on the same day I was with him he received some dollars and doubloons.

Q. Prisoner did not, with another man, give you them notes - A. There was a man came to you from London, I do not know his name, the man came to my house after the notes were changed; and the man was at my house five or six days before the notes were changed.

THOMAS CROUCH . I am an officer, I apprehended the prisoner at Deptford on the 26th of October.

Q. to Prosecutor. Look at that twenty pound note and tell me whether that is the one you lost - A. Yes. it is; I know it by the number, and by the Captain's name; the Captain is not here.

Prisoner's Defence. This note I certainly did get change of it. I gave the change to the man that gave me the note. I never have seen the man since.


Second Middlesex jury, before Mr. Justice Bailey.

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