7th April 1825
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613. MATTHEW WILSON was indicted for stealing, on the 7th of February , twenty-eight brass cocks, value 50 s., thirty brass rods, value 70 s.; 5 lbs. of nails, value 2 s., and eighteen sheets of sand paper, value 1 s. , the goods of David Evans .

MR. PHILLIPS conducted the prosecution.

MR. DAVID EVANS. I am a stove-grate manufacturer , and live in Crutched-friars . The prisoner was in my service

about three years, in the capacity of steel-burnisher - he had accros to my premises - I have missed the articles stated in the indictment.

ROBERT ADAMS . I am a carpenter, and live in Charles-street, Westminster. I know the prisoner - he produced some brass cocks, and other articles to sell, on the 7th of February.

Cross-examined by MR. LAW. Q. Did you not say that it would be better for him to give you some information? A. No, I did not.

MR. PHILLIPS. Q. Did you buy any of them? A. Yes, I bought eight cocks of him, at the sign of the Robin Hood public-house - I took them home and Mr. Evans came about a month or five weeks afterwards and I delivered them to him - I gave him 11 s. for the cocks and some nails; he paid me 4 s. which he owed me - I asked how he got them - he said he worked for different employers, and they sometimes paid him in goods - his father-in-law had worked for me five years - I had no suspicion - I also bought of him some stair carpet rods for 18 s. which I delivered to the officer, and the cock likewise.

ELIZABETH ADAMS . I saw the prisoner at my husband's house some time after the 7th of February - he brought a bundle of rods and a bundle of cocks.

JOHN WHEEL . I am an officer of Queen's-square. I received this property from Mr. Adams, which I have kept ever since.

(Property produced and sworn to.)

JOHN JORDAN . I am apprentice to Mr. Adams. These marks on the paper are my writing - I tied the cocks up in it - there are twenty-eight, which are worth 2 l. 16 s.

Prisoner's Defence. There are a great many cocks on the premises, and Mr. Evans can swear to no marks on them - he promised me a free pardon if I would tell him of them.

GUILTY . Aged 22.

Transported for Seven Years .

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