10th January 1816
Reference Numbert18160110-11
VerdictGuilty; Not Guilty

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177. JOHN THOMPSON and JOHN HAINES were indicted for stealing, on the 2nd of January , five pieces of cotton webb, containing one hundred and fifty yards, value 30l. and one piece of canvass, value 1s. 6d. the property of John Nicholson , in his dwelling-house .

JOHN NICHOLSON . I am a wholesale hosier ;I live at 60, Watling-street. I lost these things on last Tuesday morning, the 2nd of January; a bale containing five pieces was delivered at my warehouse; my warehouse-man received it from Pickford.

FRANCIS HILL. I am warehouse-man to the last witness. A truss containing these goods was delivered to us on Tuesday week; I received it at about half past twelve at noon.

JOSEPH CORDINGLY . I am a Manchester warehouseman. At about half past twelve o'clock, on Tuesday, the 2nd of January, I was standing at our warehouse door, in Size-lane, talking with a person of the warehouse, and the two prisoners at the bar passed by; I looked at them, and saw that they were the same I had seen in Lawrence-lane the day before. I followed them down Size-lane, into Budgerow, along Watling-street, and I met with an officer in Red Lion-court, and pointed them out to him. I turned down Bread-street, and went into Little Friday-street, where I saw the prisoner Thompson with a truss on his shoulder; I walked on gently after him, on the contrary side of the way, and Haines, who was behind, observed me noticing Thompson, and called out "old one" I passed, and stopped him with the truss; I asked him where he got it from; he said, if I would go with him, he would shew me; Haines also stopped. I gave the truss in charge of Shipton, the ticket-porter, who took it into a house, with me, and the two prisoners. I sent for the officer, Jackson, and had them immediately conveyed before the sitting Alderman. I never lost sight of this man with the parcel.

(Truss produced.)

WILLIAM BUNTING . I am a porter, and delivered that truss at Mr. Nicholson's, on the 2nd of January.

Francis Hill. That is the truss I received into Mr. Nicholson's warehouse. I left it in the passage and four others, open to the street. The passage is part of the dwelling-house.

Joseph Cordingley . That is the truss stopped Thompson with.

JOHN JOHNSON . I am an officer, and was sent for to take the prisoners into custody. Haines said,he knew nothing of Thompson at all. I searched them, but found nothing on him.

John Nicholson . My servants live in this house. The truss and its contents are worth thirty pounds; it was taken out of the passage, which is part of

the dwelling-house.

Thompson's Defence. I am a brush-maker, and I was imployed to carry it to the foot of Blackfriars-bridge, and I was to have a three-shilling piece for my trouble.



London Jury, before Mr. Recorder.

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