9th September 1818
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1312. THOMAS GARDNER was indicted for stealing, on the 25th of June , from the person of William Ellis Gosling , one pocket-book, value 3s.; one half-sovereign, and one 1l. bank note his property.

WILLIAM ELLIS GOSLING, ESQ. I am a banker , and live in the Strand. On the 25th of June I was in Bear-street, Leicester-fields , at the time of the election, about half-past four o'clock, looking at the state of the poll, which was up in a shop-window, and felt somebody touching my right-

hand coat-pocket. I turned round, and saw the prisoner with my pocket-book in his hand. I charged him with taking it, which he denied. I took him into a shop, and sent for a constable. I am certain he is the man. When I was in the shop I said I saw it in his hand - He then took another pocket-book out of his pocket, quite different from mine, and said that was the one I had seen, but it was not. While we were in the shop a footman brought my pocket-book in, and said he picked it up. There was a 1l. note in it.

Cross-examined by MR. ADOLPHUS. It was at the close of the poll. There was not half a dozen persons at the window. I am certain it was my book that I saw in the prisoner's hand. Mine was red morocco-the one he produced was brown russia.

GUILTY . Aged 21.

Transported for Life .

Third Middlesex Jury, before Mr. Recorder.

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