13th September 1815
Reference Numbert18150913-82
VerdictGuilty > with recommendation

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856. JOHN BINSTEAD was indicted, and the indictment stated, that he, on the 26th of June , at St. Matthew, Friday-street , feloniously did falsely make, forge, and counterfeit, a certain promissory note, for the payment of money, (to wit) the sum of 10 l. which is to the tenor following, (that is to say,)

"N. e, 1765, Chichester Old Bank.

"I Promise to pay the bearer, on demand, Ten Pounds, here, or at Messrs. William, S. Fry , and Sons, bankers, London, value received. Chichester, the 16th day of February, 1815.


Entered, W. S. GOODEEVE. Ten Pounds."

with intent to defraud Robert Romanis , against the statute.

SECOND COUNT, For feloniously disposing of the same with the like intent, he knowing it to be so falsely made, forged, and counterfeit.

THIRD AND FOURTH COUNTS, The same as the former, only stating the intention to be, to defraud William Ridge , Richard Murray , and Charles Ridge .

ROBERT ROMANIS . I am a hosier , and reside in Cheapside . On the 26th of June, the prisoner came to my house, and purchased some goods from William Must , a person in my shop. The prisoner had some person in company with him. When he had satisfied himself with the goods, he tendered me a ten-pound Chichester Old Bank note; I hesitated, and one young man of mine whispered in my ear, that he knew one of them. I took it, and requested him to put his name on it. He endorsed it, Henderson, 16, Great Portland-street, on it. All that was done afterwards was done by my orders.

WILLIAM MUST . I served these goods to the prisoner, and the account Mr. Romanis has given, is true. It was not I, who knew the prisoner; it was another young man.

Q. To Robert Romanis . Is the prisoner at the bar, the person who gave the note; are you certain - A. Yes; I went to Chichester to identify him, as I did not like to trust to my recollection, when a description was given to me.

THOMAS ROBERTS . I enquired at No. 16, and several other houses, in Great Portland-street, and in all the Portland-streets, and could neither find nor hear of any person named Henderson.

(The note produced to witness.)

That is the note which I took to enquire about.

Robert Romanis . That note has been out of my hands, but I marked it with a dot, before the prisoner was out of my presence.

WILLIAM DINMORE . I belong to the house of Fry and Co. bankers. The Chichester Old Bank notes are paid at our house. Mr. Murray signs notes for the house drawn upon us. The signature of this note is not his signature. This is not a Chichester note.

Q. Is it engraved, drawn, or painted - A. I think it is painted with a camil hair brush.

THOMAS FOGG . I am a marshalman of the City of London. Having a warrant to apprehend the prisoner, I went and found him at Arundel; I called him down stairs, and told him I had a warrant against him for forgery; we went to a tavern, where Romanis was; the prisoner requested to speak to Mr. Ridge, one of the partners of the Bank. Nothing was said to him to induce him to confess. He said, I am guilty, and claim your mercy.

Q. Had he seen the note when he said this - A. He had not. I told him not to say any thing, but he said he had made them with a camel hair brush. He said he had made more than this one. We then went into a carriage, and went to Chichester, and there he took us up stairs, and shewed us some coulouring, and some brushes, with which he had done them. His companion is a man, whom we have not in custody. He did not at that time tell me any thing more; all that he has told me since is much to the same effect.

Cross-examined by Mr. Gurney. I found no other notes. I did not find Jordane. He said, he had been in company with Jordane.

MR. WILLIAM RIDGE . I was present with the

prisoner the next morning after his apprehension. The prisoner acknowledged that he had negociated this note with Romanis in Cheapside, London. He said, he had negociated several others, one at the Star inn, Gosport. I went there, and found the note.

(Note put in and read.)

Prisoner's Defence. I have to say that I did not know the note was forged when I passed it.

Five respectable witnesses gave the prisoner a most excellent character for honesty, sobriety, and integrity.


[Recommended to mercy by the prosecutor, the jury, and the Chichester bankers, on account of his youth, inexperience, and good character.]

London Jury, before Mr. Justice Heath.

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