3rd July 1837
Reference Numbert18370703-1711
VerdictNot Guilty > unknown

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1711. EDWARD GIFFORD was indicted for feloniously breaking and entering the counting-house of Sarah Druke, on the 21st of February, at St. Thomas-the-Apostle, and stealing therein, 37lbs. 13ozs. weight of bronze-powder, value 70l.; and 1oz. weight of silver-powder, value 10s.; the goods of the said Sarah Druke.

MR. DOANE conducted the Prosecution.

CHRISTIAN DHUKE . I live at No. 6, Tower-hill. My aunt, Sarah

Druke, carries on the business of an oil and colour-manufacturer—I superintend the business—I remember on the 21st of February, when we left the premises, in the evening, every thing was closed all secure, and the door fastened—in the evening, every thing was was broken open, and the premises had been entered—there was 37lbs. 13ozs. of bronze-powder, and some silverpowder gone, worth about 70l.—I had some information, and I called at the house of a person named Edwards—I saw a female there—the powder was the property of Sarah Druke—a person called at my aunt's and brought a deep and a pale sample of bronze—it was my opinion that it was the same we had lost—this was about two months or rather more after February—my aunt is not here—it is not her dwelling-house, it is her counting-house—she house—she resides in the country—the counting-house is No. 6, Towerroyal, St. Thomas-the-Apostle.

WILLIAM JEWELL EDWARDS . About two months ago Mr. Elliott applied to me about some bronze—I got some samples of him—I gave the samples to the officer.

WILLIAM ELLIOTT . I live at No. 10, Vincent-street, Old-street. I have known the prisoner little better than a year—he showed me some bronze-powder about two months ago—he told me to get the best price I could for it, without restriction to any house—all my own channels failed, and I went to Barnard's, and sold 22lbs. for 21l.

Cross-examined by MR. PHILLIPS. Q. You said before the Magistrate it was about six weeks ago? A. Yes; but from the this time I am speaking, there was no concealment whatever on the part of the prisoner—I had the whole run of the trade.

JAREZ BARNARD . I am a colourman in Oxford-street. On the 2nd of June I bought 3lbs. of bronze-powder of William Elliott, and the next day about 22lbs.—I gave 2l. for it.

JOHN SMITH . I am a clerk to the prosecutor. I know the handwriting of the late Mr. Druke—I saw one of the packets produced by Mr. Barnard—it had the handwriting of Mr. Druke on it, and was the property of Sarah Druke.

DANIEL FORRESTER . I am the officer. I took the prisoner into custody on the 10th of June, at Type-street—I went with Elliott, who said, "I am detained about the bronze"—I asked the prisoner from whom he had it—he said, "From a man of the name of Smith, a traveller"—he did not know where he lived, but he met him occasionally—I said, "There is some more bronze"—he said, "Yes, I let a man have it—he lives some where in Spitalfields, and I believe in the Tenter-ground."

Cross-examined by MR. PHILLIPS. Q. What time had you this conversation? A. About half-past eight o'clock in the evening.

MR. PHILLIPS to WILLIAM ELLIOTT. Q. When were you taken into custody? A. About twelve o'clock that day.


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