14th May 1823
Reference Numbert18230514-91
SentenceCorporal > whipping

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812. JOHN BRANDS was indicted for stealing, on

the 10th of April , forty-one books, value 5 l. , the goods of John Joseph Dillon .

GEORGE CHECKETT . I am clerk to Mr. Blake, of Lincoln's Inn - I have the care of Mr. John Joseph Dillon 's chambers. On the evening of the 18th of April, I missed sixty or seventy of his books, which were all safe on the 25th of March. The prisoner's mother is Mr. Blake's laundress.

WILLIAM BUNTING . I am a bookseller, and live in Clare-court. On the 9th of April, the prisoner came to my shop with thirteen law books to sell - I asked him how he came by them; he said his brother was a student, and wished him to sell them, to buy new ones; I said if he would leave them, I would perhaps buy them; he did so, and came again about five o'clock in the evening; I gave him a guinea for them. Next day, about twelve o'clock, he brought thirteen more, and left them with me. I gave him 25 s. for them. I sold the first lot to Mr. Rolph. He called again next day with more, and I had him secured.

CHRISTOPHER HARRIS . I am a bookseller, and live in Bow-street. The prisoner came to my shop, and bought a catalogue, about three months ago, and in April, he brought some books, which he said his brother had to sell. I bought them; he brought two or three parcels since that, consisting principally of law books. The last time he brought me twelve volumes of Reports - he said his brother had a great many more to sell. I said I had better see his brother - he said he would go and ask at what time it would be convenient; I did not see him afterwards.

CORNELIUS BROWN . I am a bookseller, and live in Duke-street. On the 25th of March a young man brought me several books - I cannot say that it was the prisoner.

WILLIAM SMITH . I am an officer. I took him in charge on the 11th of April. I have the books.

(Property produced and sworn to.)

GUILTY . Aged 15.

Whipped and Discharged.

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