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3rd December 1800
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LONDON: Printed and published by W. WILSON, St. Peter's-Hill, Little Knight-Rider-Street, Doctors'-Commons.


THE WHOLE PROCEEDINGS ON THE KING's Commission of the Peace, Oyer and Terminer, and Gaol Delivery FOR THE CITY OF LONDON, & c.

BEFORE Sir WILLIAM STAINES, KNIGHT, LORD MAYOR of the CITY of LONDON; NASH GROSE, Knight, one of the justices of his Majesty's Court of King's Bench; Sir GILES ROOKE , Knight, one of the Justices of his Majesty's Court of Common Pleas; Sir JOHN WILLIAM ROSE, Knight, Serjeant at Law, Recorder of the said City; JOHN SILVESTER , Esq. Common-Serjeant of the said City; and others, His Majesty's Justices of Oyer and Terminer of the CITY of LONDON, and Justices of Gaol Delivery of NEWGATE, holden for the said City and County of MIDDLESEX.

London Jury.

Caleb Moore ,

Thomas Finlayson ,

Alexis-John Strickland ,

Robert Miller ,

Dominick French ,

John Payne ,

Thomas Baxter ,

Charles Puckeridge ,

Richard Arnold ,

Roger Lee ,

Christian-Thomas Morgan ,

Richard Inwood .

First Middlesex Jury.

John Dalby ,

Francis Perigal ,

Edward Ball ,

John Fisher ,

Robert Fogg ,

Charles Willis ,

Charles Lambert ,

Charles Ward ,

John Hurley ,

Robert Butler ,

Henry Humphreys ,

William Martin .

Second Middlesex Jury.

Samuel Sly ,

Matthew Cooke ,

Benjamin Whippey ,

William Britten ,

John Hall ,

Joseph Gibbons ,

Robert Sparrow ,

George Bernard ,

William Ashton ,

William Pritchard ,

William King ,

George Cheshire .

3rd December 1800
Reference Numbert18001203-1
VerdictNot Guilty

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1. RICHARD LANDSMAN was indicted for feloniously stealing, on the 26th of September , a basket, value 1s, and seven ducks, value 7s. the property of James Smith .

JAMES SMITH sworn. - I am a higler : On Friday the 25th of September, I lost my property in Whitechapel ; I brought seven ducks to town, tied under my cart; I saw them safe when I was at Whitechapel-church; I did not miss them till the prisoner and the property was brought back to me at the corner of Red-lion-street; I know the basket to be mine; it was a wicket-basket that I had made for me. (Produces it).

WILLIAM DOUGLAS sworn. - I saw the prisoner take the basket of ducks upon his shoulder, near Essex-street, Whitechapel; I went in pursuit of him, and then he dropped it; he was stopped at the corner of Red-lion-street; I believe the prisoner is the same man; the prosecutor claimed them; I had the care of the basket till the next day.

Prisoner's defence. I picked up the basket in Whitechapel, and this man came and knocked it off my shoulder; I have a witness here that saw me pick it up.

For the prisoner.

WILLIAM WHITING sworn. - I am a soldier belonging to the West London militia; I have been in the regiment six years; I saw a basket like this lying in the road, as I was coming along Whitechapel High-street; it stood upon its bottom; I looked at it for the space of two minutes, I suppose; I looked to see where it came from, but I could see nothing; I then saw the prisoner pick it up, and the patrol ran after him, and called out stop thief, and then I found myself very comfortable that I had not meddled with it.

Q. Did you know any thing of the prisoner before? - A. No farther than being children together; I never knew the lad so as to be in any correspondence with him. NOT GUILTY .

First Middlesex Jury, before Mr. Recorder.

3rd December 1800
Reference Numbert18001203-2
VerdictGuilty > theft under 40s
SentenceImprisonment > house of correction

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2. JOHN DRISCOLL was indicted for feloniously stealing, on the 29th of October , a pair of boots, value 42s. the property of James Fozard , in his dwelling-house .

JAMES FOZARD sworn. - I am a stable-keeper , and live in Park-lane : I had been out on the 30th of October about half an hour; when I went out, I left a pair of new boots hanging in the back parlour; on my coming into the house at the back door, and proceeding towards the back parlour, I heard some person; upon which, I went suddenly in, and found the prisoner in the act of putting the boots between two chairs: I asked him what he wanted; he said he wanted to speak with Mr. Fozard, and after particular enquiries, he said he wanted a letter for the hospital, as he had a bad leg, and had cut his-finger; I asked him what he was doing with the boots; he said, he had not seen or touched them; I asked him if he knew Mr. Fozard; he said, yes, perfectly, very intimately, that he was a little, short, thick, fat man, which is a description I don't answer; I thought he was a thief, and therefore took him up; I paid two guineas for the boots.

Prisoner's defence. I went into the house to ask for a letter for the hospital; I told him, I hoped he would excuse the liberty I took of coming into the house; he d-d me, and said I came to steal something; I said, I had not, but for a letter which I had had before; he took me up for stealing his boots, which I had not seen; I have failed in the four quarters of the world with Lord Howe, Lord St. Vincent, and Lord Duncan, and never was charged with any offence before.

GUILTY of stealing goods, value 39s. aged 50.

Confined two years in the House of Correction .

First Middlesex Jury, before Mr. Justice Grose.

3rd December 1800
Reference Numbert18001203-3
VerdictNot Guilty

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3. RICHARD EADES was indicted for feloniously stealing, on the 27th of October , a sack, value 3s. and a bushel of beans, value 7s. the property of John Shore ; and which William Morris was convicted of stealing at the last Sessions.

There being no evidence to shew that the prisoner received the property from Morris, he was ACQUITTED .

First Middlesex Jury, before Mr. Justice Rooke.

3rd December 1800
Reference Numbert18001203-4
VerdictGuilty > theft under 40s
SentenceImprisonment > house of correction; Miscellaneous > fine

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4. JOHN AUSTIN was indicted for burglariously breaking and entering the dwelling-house of Thomas Gayner , about the hour of twelve in the night, of the 16th of November , with intent to steal, and stealing a bed, value 35s. a bolster, value 2s. and a pair of blankets, value 5s. the property of the said Thomas.

CHRISTIAN GAYNER sworn. - I am the wife of Thomas Gayner ; my husband lives in Drury-lane . On Sunday night, the 16th of November, I saw the bed; the prisoner lodged in the house; the things were not taken from the room that he lodged in; on Monday morning, between seven and eight o'clock, I missed them; the watchman took him with the bed upon him.

DANIEL DUNA sworn. - On Sunday night, the 16th of November, I apprehended the prisoner coming up Drury-lane, with a bed on his shoulder,

and a blanket and bolster; I asked him where he was going with that bed; he told me he had brought them from his lodgings; I asked him how he came to bring them away at that time of night; he said, because he could not pay his lodgings; I suspected that the bed was stolen; I sprung my rattle, and he slung the bed off his shoulder, and ran down one of the courts in Drury-lane; by some accident he tripped himself up, and I came a top of him; Lynch and another watchman came up, and assisted me, and we took the bed, blankets, and bolster, to the watch-house; the next morning Mrs. Gayner claimed the property at the watch-house. (Produces the property.)

Mrs. Gayner. This is the bed, blanket, and bolster, that I lost.

Q.Which room were these things in? - A. On the ground-floor; he lodged up one pair of stairs; the house is let to lodgers; the door was locked, here is the key that I had in my pocket, and here is the key it was opened with, which I found in the lock; it was let to a lodger that was to have come on the Monday following; the next morning I found the room-door half open.

Q. What are the value of these things? - A.Thirty-five shillings for the bed, half-a-crown for the bolster, and half-a-crown a piece for the blankets; I saw the door locked at eleven at night.

Cross-examined by Mr. Alley. Q.This bed had been let to some person that was to come into the room? - A. Yes.

Q. Had you delivered the key? - A. No.

Q. That person who was to come, was to have the use of the bed, and the other furniture? - A. Yes.

Q. Your husband has two houses, I believe; they were originally two houses, but are now formed into one? - A. No; it was always one house.

Q.There is an open passage common to all the inhabitants of your house? - A. Yes.

Q.Does your husband live in the house? - A. Yes.

JAMES KENNEDY sworn. - I am an officer belonging to Marlborough-street; the magistrates desired me to go and see the situation of the house, to see whether it was a burglary or not; I found a common door to the house; Mr. and Mrs. Gayner lived in it.

Cross-examined by Mr. Alley. Q. Is not that a common door communicating to the lodgings, and is there not a separate door communicating to that part which is occupied by the landlord? - A. Yes; there are two doors to one house.

Court. Q.Though there are two doors, it is all one house? - A. Yes.

Prisoner's defence. I was going home, and a man offered me one shilling to carry this bed for him; that was at the corner of Queen-street; and as soon as I had got it upon my back, the watchman stopped me and the man run away.

For the Prisoner.

JOSEPH AUSTIN sworn. - I am uncle to the prisoner; I never knew that the prisoner lodged in Mrs. Gayner's house; I understand he has been there with bad women, the house is full of them; I never heard any thing against his character before, he is a shoe-maker.

Court. (To Mrs. Gayner.) Q.Are there any women that live in your house? - A. Yes, three; the woman that he lived with came along with him.

Q. Did the prisoner pay you any rent? - A. No, he was not a lodger.

The prisoner called two other witnesses, who gave him a good character.

GUILTY of stealing goods, value 39s.

Confined six months in the House of Correction , and fined 1s.

First Middlesex Jury, before Mr. Justice Grose.

3rd December 1800
Reference Numbert18001203-5
SentenceImprisonment > newgate; Miscellaneous > fine

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5. RALPH WOOD was indicted for feloniously stealing, on the 14th of September , an umbrella, value 5s. the property of William Seabrook .

WILLIAM SEABROOK sworn. - I can only swear to the property.

THOMAS LAWLEY sworn. - I am a butcher: On Wednesday the 24th of September, I saw the prisoner, and two other men, one of them gave an umbrella to the prisoner, and he walked on, the other two stopped behind, and as I was passing those two to go after him, the other two pushed me about, and told me he was gone down a court, till I made an alarm, and then they let me go by them; I went after the prisoner and took the umbrella away from him; he would not let me have it at first, but I told him my master was coming, and then he let me have the umbrella; I took the umbrella, and just as I left him, I met my master, and went back with my master to the man, and he took him.

Mrs. SEABROOK sworn. - My husband is a butcher, No. 13, Duke-street; I had just left the shop, with the umbrella in it; I saw the prisoner come out with the umbrella, I sent the boy after him; Mr. Seabrook came up, I sent him after him, and he brought back the prisoner, but he is not the man that took it out of the shop.

Seabrook. I took the prisoner and the umbrella, which I delivered to Hall, the marshalman.(James Hall, the marshalman, produced the umbrella, which was deposed to by the prosecutor.)

Prisoner's defence. A man gave it me to hold a minute, while he went into a house to ask for some money. GUILTY , aged 60.

Confined six months in Newgate , and fined 1s.

London Jury, before Mr. Common Serjeant.

3rd December 1800
Reference Numbert18001203-6
VerdictGuilty > lesser offence
SentenceImprisonment > newgate; Miscellaneous > fine

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6. JAMES SMITH was indicted for feloniously stealing, on the 3d of November , a silver outmeg grate, value 10s. the property of Gabriel Aughtie , privately in his shop .

GABRIEL AUGHTIE sworn. - I am a comb-maker , in Cheapside , and deal in a variety of silver and gold articles: On Monday, the 3d of November, about half past six in the evening, the prisoner came into my shop, and asked to see some silver nutmeg-graters; I was then in the parlour; I came out and shewed him some; he asked the price of one, which I asked him twenty-five shillings for; he said, he would give me seventeen shillings; I looked very sledfastly at him, for I was rather suspicious from his offer, that he did not want to buy, and he withdrew from the shop immediately; when he went out, he turned to the right-hand, which brought his left-hand to the light of the window; I kept my eye on him, and could see that he had something in his left hand, but I did not at that time miss any thing from the shop; I ran after him, and took him near the corner of Lawrence-lane, on the other side of the way; I laid hold of him, and said, you scoundrel, give me the silver grater you have got, for I suspected he had one; I put my right-hand to his left, and he dropped it; he said, what, do you accuse me of stealing your grater, for you brought it yourself and dropped it; I picked it up, and held him by the coat while I picked it up; I told him, he should go back with me; he desired that I would treat him like a gentleman, and not hold him by the collar; I told him, I should not let go his collar till I got him home; I took him home, and then he wanted to pay for the grater; Hall, the marshalman, came past, and I gave him charge of him.

Q.Who was in the shop at the time the prisoner was there, besides yourself? - A. My wife and the grand boy.

Q. Who did he ask for the nutmeg-grater? - A. The errand-boy.

Q. Is he here? - A. No, he is under age, he is about eleven years of age; I did not think it necessary to bring him.

Prisoner. Q. In what state did I appear when I went into your shop? - A. He appeared to me in the same state that he does now, tipsey.

Court. Q. It cannot be supposed that he is now in that state, just coming from the prison? - A.Certainly not.

Q.Did he appear to be sober? - A. I thought he was tipsey, but after that, I had no reason to think so.

Q. Did you observe what he had in his hand before he went out of the shop? - A. No.

Q. You certainly said before the Magistrate, that you saw the grater in his hand? - A. I saw that he had something in his hand, but I had not missed any thing.(James Hall, the marshalman, produced the grater, which was deposed to by Mr. Aughtie.)

Prisoner's defence. My Lord, it was not my intention, originally, to have given the Court any trouble; the next morning after it happened, I had not the smallest recollection of the situation I had been in the night before; Mr. Aughtie said, that he knew perfectly well, that I was intoxicated the night before, and he offered me to go on board a man of war. GUILTY, aged 49.

Of stealing the goods, but not privately .

Confined six months in Newgate , and fined 1s.

London Jury, before Mr. Common Serjeant.

3rd December 1800
Reference Numbert18001203-7
VerdictGuilty > lesser offence

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7. LEVY SAMUEL was indicted for feloniously stealing, on the 25th of November , a handkerchief, value 2s. the property of John Ramsden , privily from his person .

JOHN RAMSDEN sworn. - I am a merchant , and contractor with government: On Tuesday the 25th of November, from twelve to one in the middle of the day, I was in the long room, at the Custom-house, making an entry, in the mean time, a person touched me on the right arm, and informed me that a man in a brown coat had picked my pocket; I put my hand into my great-coat pocket, being a wet day, I then put my hands under my great-coat into my other coat pocket, that I might be certain my handkerchief was gone; I missed it from my right-hand great-coat pocket; I then called out, stop that man in the brown coat, who was making his way to the door in the long room; I pursued him, and there were two or three more; he got out at the door, and upon the second step, he dropped it; I saw him drop it, I picked it up; I know it to be my handkerchief, there is a little R in the corner.

- DYER sworn. - I saw the prisoner take the handkerchief from the pocket of Mr. Ramsden.

Prisoner's defence. My Lord, and Gentlemen of the Jury, I acknowledge that I have been guilty; I was a distressed man, with seven children, and no wife to take care of them; I hope, my Lord, that you will shew me mercy.

Dyer. He has been detected before in the long room, I have seen him myself.

GUILTY of stealing, but not privately , aged 56.

Transported for seven years .

London Jury, before Mr. Common Serjeant.

3rd December 1800
Reference Numbert18001203-8

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8. JAMES QUIN was indicted for feloniously stealing, on the 24th of Novemb. four pounds weight of sugar, value 2s. 6d. and two paper bags, value one farthing , the property of Thomas Cobb .

THOMAS COBB sworn. - I am a grocer , in Newgate-street, the prisoner was my porter : Last Monday week, between eleven and twelve o'clock, or thereabouts, I passed by the prisoner, in a hurry, he was weighing paper; I felt something in his pocket, that I was convinced was sugar, from the feel; he had been at work in the warehouse that morning, beating over sugar; I desired my young man to endeavour to feel it in the same way, and he did all he could to avoid it, for he turned him

self on one side when any body passed him; I sent for a constable, and desired him to follow him when he went to dinner; the constable brought him back with the sugar upon him, it was the identical kind of sugar that he had been beating over in the morning; I had often suspected him, but never detected him before.

Cross-examined by Mr. Alley. Q.Have you any partner in your business? - A. No.

Q. How long has this man lived with you? - A. I think he came the 1st of September.

Q. You had a very good character with him? - A. Yes.

Q.You do not mean to say, that this sugar is not to be had at every grocer's shop in London? - A. It is a very difficult matter to get it exactly the same.

Q. You can make a great number of samples out of one hogshead? - A. Yes; but this was a particular kind of sugar, it is Surinam sugar.

Q. Had you a great many hogsheads of the same sort? - A. Yes.

Q. A vast quantity of course would come from the same country as well as that which you had? - A.Certainly.

Q. The bags, I presume, you cannot swear to? - A. No, they have no marks upon them.

JOHN PLUSH sworn. - I am a constable: I was sent for by Mr. Cobb to watch the prisoner; I followed him down Ivy-lane, and almost at the bottom, I stopped him; I asked him if he was not a smuggler; he said, no, he was not; then I told him he had something in his pocket that was not his own; then I went to the Crown public-house, in Cannon-alley, St. Paul's Church-yard; he went to the necessary, and took this paper of sugar out of his pocket, and threw it down; I got it up again with a scraper; then I searched his right-hand pocket, and took this paper of sugar out; after that, we took him back to Mr. Cobb's, and he gave charge of him.

Q. What business had you to take him to the public-house? - A. He would go in there.

JAMES WOODMAN sworn. - I am an officer; I was with Plush, I know no more than he has said.

Court. (To Cobb.) Q. Is that Surinam sugar? - A. It is, it exactly matched with the sugar that he had been beating over.

Q. He told you he had bought the sugar? - A. He did not at first, he did afterwards; he at first said, he had never taken any before, and it was only a little for his own use.

The prisoner left his defence to his counsel.

For the Prisoner.

THOMAS TWINCH sworn. - Examined by Mr. Alley. I am a porter; I know the prisoner very well: Last Monday was a week, I met him in Watling-street, very near the Old-change, and a man that I never saw before, came up to him with some sugar in his apron, and asked him to buy it of him, and he asked me, I told him, I did not know what to do with it.

Q. Should you know it again? - A. Yes, I think I should.

Q.Look at those parcels? - A. They were both in the same coloured bag at that time; this one I can swear to.

Court. (To Plush.) Q. Is that parcel in the same coloured paper that it was when you took it from the prisoner? - A. No; the paper underneath is the same colour as the other.

Court. Q.Who are you porter to? - A. I live at No. 42, Basinghall-street.

Q.Who are you servant to? - A. I am out of place, and I was asking the prisoner if he knew of a situation for me; I had been out of place near a month.

Q. You met him just passing by the Old-change? - A. Yes.

Q. When was it? - A. Last Monday week.

Q. At what hour of the day? - A.Somewhere about nine or ten o'clock.

Q. He seemed to know the man very well, did not he? - A. No, he did not seem to know any thing of him, he was a stranger to him.

Q. How came he to address you? - A. I do not know, he said he was in distress.

Q. You will swear to that parcel? - A. Yes.

Q. What will you swear to it by? - A. By the size of it, and the colour of the paper.

Q. That is the only reason? - A. Yes.

Q. And yet you will venture to swear positively to it? - A. I think I can swear positively to it.

Q. Though you do not know the contents? - A. I knew it was sugar.

Q.What did he give him for it? - A. Two shillings and some halfpence.

Q. What did he ask for it? - A. He wanted half a crown.

Q. Did not he tell you how much there was? - A. He said, there was about four pounds of it.

Q.How long have you known the prisoner? - A. This twelvemonth.

Q.Longer than that, sure? - A. Not personally, I knew him by fight before.

Q. How long have you known him by fight? - A. As a porter I may have known him two or three years.

Q.Intimate with him about a twelvemonth? - A. I had not been particularly acquainted with him, only having a pint of beer with him.

Q. Who did he work with? - A. Mr. Cobb, in Newgate-street.

Q. You know that? - A. Yes.

Q. Who did he live with, before he lived at Mr. Cobb's? - A. I do not know.

Q. How long has he lived at Mr. Cobb's? - A. I do not know.

Q. Who did you live with? - A. Messrs. Carrick and Macneal, in Basinghall-street, till the last month or six weeks.

Q. Where have you been during the last six weeks? - A.Sometimes at one place, and sometimes at another.

Q. How long did you live with them? - A. A quarter of a year.

Q. Where did you live before that? - A. In Cornhill.

Q. So a strange man came up, and asked if you would buy any sugar? - A. Yes; he said it was good sugar he would warrant, and he supposed about four pounds of it.

Q. It was not opened? - A. I do not know that it was; I did not see it opened.

Q.Then how can you venture to swear that it was sugar? - A. It was sugar.

Court. How can you think to impose upon the Court for one moment, by the story you have now told. GUILTY , aged 29.

Transported for seven years .

London Jury, before Mr. Common Serjeant.

3rd December 1800
Reference Numbert18001203-9
SentenceImprisonment > newgate; Corporal > whipping

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9. JOHN KENYON was indicted for feloniously stealing, on the 4th of November , one pound four ounces of hair, value 10d. the property of Caleb-Welch Collins .

CALEB-WELCH COLLINS sworn. - I am a horse hair manufacturer , No. 119, Fleet-street : On Tuesday the 4th of November, I lost some hair; I can only speak from the information of my foreman; about a quarter after eight in the evening, when the prisoner left off work, I was sent for; the property had been taken from the prisoner, I can not swear to the hair.

JAMES BRITTLE sworn. - I am a horse-hair manufacturer, servant to Mr. Collins; I saw the prisoner take the hair, and put it in his hat: On Tuesday, the 4th of November, about eight o'clock in the evening, he took it from under the bed in Mr. Collins's passage; it was loose; the prisoner put it in the crown of his hat, and was going out with it on his head; I stopped him, and told him to go to the counting-house, which he did; the hair was taken from him, and given to the constable.

Q. How much is there of it? - A. A pound and four ounces; it is worth ten-pence.

GEORGE BROWN sworn. - I am warehouseman to Mr. Collins, in Fleet-street; the prisoner was employed as a mill-man, in milling of hair: On the 4th of November, about eight o'clock, the prisoner was going out, and he was called back by the last witness; he asked him if he had not some of his master's property; he denied it; he then took his hat from off his head, and it was full of hair; he was then desired to go into the counting-house, and I was sent for a constable.(John Foster, the constable, produced the hair).

Prisoner's defence. There was none of it Mr. Collins's; I had it to mill for another person.

The prisoner called his sister, and one other witness, who gave him a good character.

GUILTY , aged 35. - Confined one month in Newgate , and whipped in the jail .

London Jury, before Mr. Recorder.

3rd December 1800
Reference Numbert18001203-10
VerdictNot Guilty

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10. FRANCIS TREBILCOCK was indicted for feloniously stealing, on the 22d of November , a yard and a half of silk, value 10s. and a shawl, value 2s. the property of Samuel Sampson .

SAMUEL SAMPSON sworn. - I am a mercer in Bread-street : The prisoner was recommended to me by a country correspondent to get him into a situation, and from the extraordinary character that I had of him, I was induced to take him to feed at my table; he has been with me about three weeks; I did not see him take the property; but in consequence of some suspicions and information from my servants, on Saturday the 22d of this month, I challenged him directly with having robbed me of a yard and a half of florentine silk; upon my charging him with it, he denied it, but I persisted in it, and made use of some threats.

Court. Q.You must not tell us any thing that he said after that? - A. I saw the property at the pawnbroker's afterwards.

CALEB WATSON sworn. - I am servant to a pawnbroker in Watling-street; here is a shawl that I took in of the prisoner on the 18th of November, and a yard and a half of silk, (produces them); he told me he had bought the silk to make him a waistcoat.

Q. Are you sure of the prisoner'sperson? - A. Yes. Mr. Sampson. The shawl I cannot attempt to swear to; it is an article that no man can swear to; the piece of silk would be in that situation, but unfortunately for the prisoner, it is cut away, and the piece that is at home corresponds exactly with this.

Q. Did you miss a shawl? - A. It would have been impossible for me to have missed twenty dozen if they had been gone; it is of the same resemblance and make with other goods that I have in the house.

Prisoner's defence. My Lord, if gentlemen of respectability to speak in my behalf, could be of service to me, I could have had them to-morrow, but to day they are not here; every person with whom I have had dealings would give me the most irreproachable character; and if other pieces of silk were cut away, they might tally with Mr. Sampson's, as well as this; my friends are three hundred miles from town, and are, I am proud to say, of the, first respectability in their neighbourhood; I served my time regularly in the county of Cornwall, and had a liberal education. NOT GUILTY .

London Jury, before Mr. Recorder.

3rd December 1800
Reference Numbert18001203-11
VerdictGuilty > theft under 40s

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11. JOHN ROBERTS was indicted for breaking and entering the dwelling-house of Eleanor Turner , widow , about the hour of seven in the night, of the 30th of October , with intent to steal, and stealing a gown and coat, value 20s. three gowns, value 25s. three cloacks, value 20s. and a bonnet, value 2s. the property of the said Eleanor.

ELEANOR TURNER sworn. - I am a widow; I live at No.12, Robinson's-lane, Great Chelsea ; I take in washing and mangling : On Friday night, the 31st of October, about a quarter before seven -

Q.Was it light or dark? - A. It was quite moonlight; I was sitting in the kitchen ironing, with a candle lighted; I heard one of the bed-room doors creek upon the hinges; I immediately ran up; I knew nobody had business in that room, but myself; I immediately went up, and saw the room-door open; I had left the room about ten minutes before; I locked the door, but left the key in; I did not go into the room; I saw the bonnet-box turned on one side; before that, I heard a man's foot in the passage, a heavy lumping foot; I immediately ran up stairs, and saw the prisoner at the street-door running out; I had about eight stairs to come up; as I was going up stairs, I saw the man run.

Q. Did you know the man? - A. I know him perfectly well; that is the man; I am certain it was the prisoner.

Q. Had you known him before? - A. No; he was running along the passage; I ran after him.

Q.Had not you been before that to see the bonnet box? - A. I saw it as I passed it; I did not go into the room; I called out murder, thieves, fire, every thing that my fright could dictate; there were two men running in the street; I saw but one in the house, but the prisoner is the man that I took notice of; Stephen Hale , my neighbour, brought him back; he had got about twenty or thirty yards; he turned out to be lame; I came back to my own house to see what I had lost, and then he was brought back; there was no other man, besides themselves, in the lane; they were running, and the more I cried stop thief, the faster they ran; the lane runs down to the water-side from the King's-road, and is rather a lonesome lane; I missed a flowered gown and petticoat of my own, two white gowns of one of my daughters, one black silk cloak of my daughter's, one white bonnet of my own, a linen gown, and a black silk cloak of my youngest daughter's, which laid at the top of the bed.

Q. What is the value of them? - A.About three pounds five shillings altogether.

Q. Are your daughters of age? - A. Yes; one is eighteen, and the other is turned twenty.

Prisoner. Q.Have you always said that I was the man that run out of your house? - A. Yes, always.

STEPHEN HALE sworn. - I am a carpenter at Chelsea; I live next door to Mrs. Turner: On Friday, the 30th of October -

Q. Are you sure it was Friday? - A. Yes; Friday evening I heard a cry of stop thief; I ran after the prisoner and another man; I overtook him in Robinson's-lane, he was a little lame, neither walking nor running, but a sort of a shuffle; I asked the prisoner if he had seen any men pass him; he said, what odds is that to you; I said, it was odds to me, for there was something lost; he said, you find it then; I passed him, and ran across to the King's-road; I looked right and left, to see if I could see any body running, but there was nobody; I then got into the hedge, to wait till the prisoner came up, and when he came to the corner, he looked right and left; when he saw the coast clear, as he thought, he then set off running towards London; I overtook him in about ten yards, and said to him, my friend, you must not go any further this road without you tell me where you have been, and where you are going; he said he was come from Mr. Scott's, and I desired him to go with me to Mr. Scott's, it was but just by; and then he said, no, it was not that Mr. Scott, but Mr. Scott at Fulham, that he had been to; I asked him if he had seen Mr. Scott; he said, no; I asked him if he had seen Mrs. Scott; he said, no; I asked him if he had seen any of the children; he said, no, he had seen only one James, a carter; I enquired, but there was no such man lived there; then he turned back with me, and said, he had worked for Mr. Scott, and earned five shillings a day at digging the ground; afterwards, he said he was a carpenter.

Q.What is Mr. Scott? - A. A gardener; I asked him who he worked for as a carpenter; he said, he worked for Mr. Long at Chelsea, and had worked for him five months; I asked him Mr. Long's foreman's name, and he could not tell me; I had worked for Mr. Long myself for five years.

Q. Had you an opportunity of knowing whether he had worked for Mr. Long? - A. I know that he had not.

MATTHEW DANIEL sworn. - I am a glazier and painter, No. 14, Robinson's-lane: On the 30th of October, about a quarter before seven in the evening -

Q. What day of the week was it? - A.Friday.

Q. You are sure it was Friday? - A. Yes; I saw a man in a sailor's dress loitering about Mrs. Turner's door; I thought it had been a young man of the name of Holdall that was going out to sea; I went up to him, and saw that it was not him; the door was a-jar; then I went about my business; the next morning, Saturday, as I was going past the watch-house, I saw the prisoner with his arms over the top of the watch-house door; I said, what are there two men in the cage; he said, no; why, says I, the man that was put in here

was handcuffed; yes, says he, but I have broke the b-y things; painter, can you tell me where to sell them for a glass of gin; I told him they had got his mate; he said, have they by G-d; had I known what would have transpired, I would have done that fluttering fellow's business; Hale has got a little impediment in his speech.

Prisoner. He asked me if I was the prisoner; I said, yes; he said the sailor was taken; and I said, I was very glad of it, if they had got the right man that took the things.

Court. Q.Did he say so? - A. He did not.

JOHN ARNOLD sworn. - I work at the paper-manufactory in the King's-road, and lodge in Robinson's-lane: On Friday, the 30th of October, near seven o'clock in the evening, I was coming down the lane; I met a man running towards me, with a bundle, dressed in sailor's clothes and trowsers, with a round hat; he ran by me very smartly; I heard no alarm, but about twenty or thirty yards further, I met the prisoner at the bar walking after the other.

Q. Are you sure of the prisoner? - A. Yes; I am sure he is the same man; he was taken in about a quarter of an hour afterwards, and I saw him again; I met him about the middle of the lane, where there are no house; the things have never been found.

Prisoner's defence. I had been to see an acquaintance, and as I was going home through this lane, they stopped me; I never saw any other man.

Q.(To Mrs. Turner). Where were your daughters? - A.Sitting with me.

GUILTY of stealing goods, value 39s. aged 33.

Transported for seven years .

Second Middlesex Jury, before Mr. Justice Rooke.

3rd December 1800
Reference Numbert18001203-12
VerdictNot Guilty

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12. SARAH BONE was indicted for feloniously stealing, on the 18th of November , a sheet, value 6s. the property of Thomas Kepple , in a lodging-room, let by contract by him to the prisoner .

It appearing in evidence that the contract was not made with the prisoner alone, but with her and anothere woman, the prisoner was ACQUITTED .

Second Middlesex Jury, before Mr. Justice Rooke.

3rd December 1800
Reference Numbert18001203-13
SentenceImprisonment > house of correction

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13. JUDAH ALEXANDER was indicted for feloniously stealing, on the 1st of November , six yards of printed cotton, value 9s. the property of Charles Ravenhill and William Ravenhill .

CHARLES RAVENHILL sworn. - I am in partnership with my brother, William Ravenhill; I can only prove the property.

JOHN MILLER sworn. - I was going through Whitechapel on Saturday evening, the 1st of November, about twenty minutes after five; I was passing by Mr. Ravenhill's; I saw the prisoner and another with him; I heard the prisoner say to the other, cut upon that; I stopped, and then I heard him say, he could not get at it; the prisoner at the bar then said, snatch it; he then snatched some printed cotton; I pursued him, and took him with the property upon him; I delivered it to Mr. Ravenhill. (Mr. Ravenhill produced, and deposed to the property).

Prisoner's defence. Mr. Miller ordered me to take it home to his house, and he would buy it of me.

Q.(To Miller). Is that true? - A. No.

GUILTY , aged 11.

Confined one year in the House of Correction .

Second Middlesex Jury, before Mr. Justice Grose.

3rd December 1800
Reference Numbert18001203-14
SentenceCorporal > private whipping

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14. MARTHA BULLOCK was indicted for feloniously stealing, on the 5th of November , a pewter quart pot, value 1s. 2d. and a pewter pint pot, value 4d. the property of John Field .

- FIELD sworn. - I am the wife of John Field ; I keep the Marquis of Granby, Castle-street, Oxford-market; the prisoner was taken, with my pots, in the street.

JAMES ROBERTS sworn. - On the 5th of November, in the afternoon, I saw the prisoner come down Winslow-street, and take the pots from the top of a rail at Mrs. Williams's, No. 2, in Winslow-street , she put them in her apron; I crossed over from my master's warehouse-door, and told her she had not got her own property; I then took her to the Marquis of Granby, and delivered the pots to Mrs. Field; her servant had hung them upon the rail. (The property was deposed to by Mrs. Field).

Prisoner's defence. I acknowledge I took them, but I did not mean to take them. GUILTY , aged 48.

Whipped in the jail , and discharged.

Second Middlesex Jury, before Mr. Justice Heath.

3rd December 1800
Reference Numbert18001203-15

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15. JOSEPH FARRINGTON was indicted for feloniously stealing, on the 20th of November , a carcase of a sheep, value 21. 5s. the property of Thomas Balch .

THOMAS BALCH sworn. - I am a butcher , at Hoxton: On Thursday evening, the 20th of November, about six o'clock, I was standing at the door of the Duke of Clarence public-house, in Hackney-road, waiting for a stage to take my father into the country; while I was there, there came a man along, with a carcase of mutton upon his shoulder, the prisoner is the man; the thought struck my mind what he could be going to do with that carcase upon his shoulder, at that time in the evening; I ran after him, and looked at the sheep, and found it to be a carcase of mutton which my man had killed, of my own, which I could swear to by the dressing; I then went before the prisoner and looked him in the face, he threw the carcase of mutton into the road and ran; I ran after him, calling stop thief, but as I was sure of the prisoner, having seen him for years about the neighbourhood, I thought I

would leave him and go and look after my carcase of mutton; I took the mutton to the Duke of Clarence's, where my father was; then I went home, and missed the carcase of mutton that had been hung up; I then went to Worship-street, and laid an information against the prisoner, and they took him the same evening; they came to my house and fetched me to the watch-house; I said, you are the man that had the carcase of mutton; he made no answer till he came to the watch-house, and then he said, you may be b-gg-d.

HENRY TUCK sworn. - I am servant to Mr. Balch: I know the carcase of mutton by the dressing of it.

Balch. It was hot.

Tuck. It was the last that I had killed but one; I hung it at the father corner; I did not miss it till my master came back.

Q. How far is the Duke of Clarence's from your master's? - A.About a mile; I fetched it from the Duke of Clarence's; I know perfectly well that that was the sheep I had dressed.

WILLIAM SIMPSON called. - How old are you? - A.Fourteen.

Q. Do you know the nature of an oath? - A. Yes; if I tell a lie I shall go to hell; (he is sworn); On the 20th of November, about half after six, I was going down the Hackney-road, and saw the prisoner with a sheep upon his shoulder, about half a mile from Mr. Balch's house.

Q. Did you know him before? - A. Yes; he is a bricklayer's labourer, I believe; I saw Mr. Balch come up and look him in the face, and then he chucked the sheep down, and ran away, and Mr. Balch after him.

PETER MASON sworn. - I am an officer belonging to Worship-street: I went with Clarke and Armstrong and apprehended the prisoner in bed; we took him to the watch-house, and there Mr. Balch said, that was the man that had stole his sheep; and he said, you may be b-gg-d, there is nothing found, and I shall get through this.

Prisoner's defence. When I had done my work, I went home to bed, and these men came and took me. GUILTY , aged 38.

Transported for seven years .

Second Middlesex Jury, before Mr. Justice Rooke.

3rd December 1800
Reference Numbert18001203-16
VerdictGuilty; Not Guilty
SentenceImprisonment > house of correction

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16. JAMES GREW and ANN GREW were indicted for feloniously stealing, on the 3d of November , a bath stove, value 3s. a chair, value 1s. two saws, value 1s. 6d. a mallet, value 6d. two chissels, value 8d. a hammer, value 6d. a tool-box, value 6d. and a steel chopper, value 6d. the property of James Dimsdale .

JAMES DEMSDALS sworn. - I live at No. 14, Brown's-lane; I hold three pieces of land in Bethnal-green-road; My next door neighbour gave me information that my gate was burst open; I found the gate, of the stable burst open; I went into the summer-house in the garden, and found I was robbed of the articles mentioned in the indictment; I went to a Jew broker's, in Hind-street, Spitalfields, and there I found two saws; she told me she bought them at No. 1, in Booth-court; I went there, and found the woman prisoner sitting at breakfast with three children; I did not tell her any thing about it; I then went to the office, got a warrant, and went to the house, about one o'clock; there I found a chair, two chissels, a chopper, a large hammer, a mallet, and a nail-box; the officers took possession of them.

HANNAH HYAMS sworn. - I was called by the prisoner to buy some goods, the Monday before she was taken up, and I went to her house, and bought two chairs and a table.

PETER MASON sworn. - I am an officer; I went with Mr. Dimsdale, and two other gentlemen that had lost things from their gardens, to the prisoner's house, the woman was in the lower room with her children, and there we found a number of articles; we had been to Mrs. Hyams's and found two saws.

Hyams. I forgot to mention the saws; I bought them of the woman at the bar. (The property was deposed to by Dimsdale).

Mason. We went up stairs afterwards to search for other things, and there we found the man, and I asked him whether he had stole the things or the woman; he said he had stole them himself, that his wife had nothing to do with it, that he had taken them through distress.

James Grew 's defence. I did it through distress.

James Grew, GUILTY .

Confined six months in the House of correction .

Ann Grew, NOT GUILTY .

Second Middlesex Jury, before Mr. Justice Grose.

3rd December 1800
Reference Numbert18001203-17
VerdictGuilty; Not Guilty

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17. JAMES GREW and ANN GREW were again indicted for feloniously stealing, on the 3d of November , a table, value 2s. a stool. value 1s. and a pair of bellows, value 6d. the property of Francis Martin .

FRANCIS MARTIN sworn. - I lost a table, a stool, and a pair of bellows, from the gardens, which I found at the prisoner's house.

Court. Gentlemen, you see it is the same story, there is no occasion's to go through it again.

Jas. Grew, GUILTY . Ann Grew , NOT GUILTY .

Second Middlesex Jury, before Mr. Justice Grose.

3rd December 1800
Reference Numbert18001203-18

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18. WILLIAM HAMMOND was indicted for feloniously stealing, on the 12th of November , twenty-seven, pounds weight of sugar, value 27s. the property of William Giles .

WILLIAM GILES sworn. - I am a grocer , in Wardour-street, Soho : On the 12th of November last, about seven o'clock in the evening, or a little after, I was sitting in a little parlour, I heard a cry

of stop thief; I went out, and saw a man with a loaf of sugar under his arm, who said he had taken itup in the street, just below my shop, I told him it was mine; to a few minutes the prisoner was brought back, by a person who is here; I told the prisoner he must go with me to Marlborough-street; he said he would not without a warrant, or a constable; I took him by the collar, and told him he should; I took him to the office.

MATTHEW WORSDALE sworn. - I am a haberdasher, in Pall-mall: I was going along Wardour-street, and saw the prisoner with a loss of sugar; I took him to be a porter when I first saw him; it was between seven and eight o'clock in the evening, the alarm was given; he put down the sugar close by me, and ran away; I ran after him, and stopped him; he gave me a little abuse, and said he did not know any thing about it; I brought him back to Mr. Giles's.

Q.Are your sure that the prisoner is the man who dropped the sugar? - A. Yes.

MARY ROSETTE sworn. - My husband is a brass-turner, in Wardour-street, a few doors lower than Mr. Giles's, on the opposite side of the way: On the evening of the 12th of November, I saw a man come out of Mr. Giles's shop, between seven and eight o'clock in the evening, with a loss of sugar in his hands.

Q. Did you know that man? - A. No; I then gave the alarm.

Q. How came you to do that? - A.Because the loaf came out uncovered; I saw him put the sugar down and run away.

Q.Are you sure that the man who came out was the same that put the sugar down? - A. Yes.

Q. Was there any body in the shop? - A. I believe not.

Q.(To Giles.) Was there any body in the shop? - A. No.

Prisoner's defence. I saw several people running, and I ran with them; I know nothing of the sugar.

GUILTY , aged 21. - Transported for seven years .

Second Middlesex Jury, before Mr. Justice Rooke.

3rd December 1800
Reference Numbert18001203-19
VerdictNot Guilty

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19 MARY MEAD was indicted for feloniously stealing, on 27th of June , a guinea , the property of James Miller .

JAMES MILLER sworn. - I am a grocer in Redlion-street, in the parish of Christ-Church : On Friday the 27th of June, I was standing behind the counter, the prisoner came into the shop and asked for a quarter of a pound of chocolate; I served her with the chocolate, and she laid me down a guinea to pay for it; I took up the guinea and gave her change, I took eighteen-pence for a quarter of a pound of chocolate, and the change I gave her was two seven-shilling-pieces, some silver, and some halfpence, to make up the difference, there might be sixpennyworth, I cannot say how many; after the change was given, she refused one seven-shilling-piece, I changed that for another; then she refused the other; and likewise said that that was bad; I changed that also.

Q. Where was the guinea? - A. I had it in my till; after I had changed the gold she began to look at the silver, she first said three shillings were bad; in fact, she said the whole was bad; I felt myself very much irritated, and I insisted upon the change back, and looking at it, threw down the guinea that I had received of her, and she put it in her pocket; she made a great deal of hesitation, and refused to return the change; she then said, if I would give the change that I had given her upon my word, she would take it; I told her I certainly would, that it was good; she then took the change and went out of the shop with the guinea.

Court. Gentlemen, you see it was taken with his consent by the woman. NOT GUILTY .

Second Middlesex Jury, before Mr. Justice Grose.

3rd December 1800
Reference Numbert18001203-20
VerdictNot Guilty

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20. WILLIAM MAPHAM , and JOHN MAPHAM , were indicted for feloniously stealing, on the 14th of October , a petticoat, value 5s. a waistcoat, value 7s. a muslin frock, value 5s. and a dimity skirt, value 2s. the property of James Frost .

JAMES FROST sworn. - I am a labourer in Goswell-place : On Sunday, the 12th of October, about seven o'clock in the evening, I went up stairs, changed my cloathing, and shut the door after me, as I came out; it is a room that we use only to put the clothes in; I had no further occasion for them till the Sunday following; when I went up stairs the Sunday following, I missed the articles mentioned in the indictment; I saw them again four or five weeks afterwards; I know noting of the prisoners.

SAMUEL STANLEY sworn. - I am a calico-glazer: On the 14th of October, John Mapham and William Mapham , and John Gray and I, went to this gentleman's house; Gray went up stairs, and broke the door open.

Q. Where is Gray? - A. He is in Newgate, cast for transportation; I waited outside, and then they went to Moses Davis 's to sell the things.

Q. Did you go with them? - A. No; they told me they went there; then we all shared the money.

Q. How much had you? - A. I had one shilling.

Q. Where did you come from now? - A. From New Prison.

MOSES DAVIS sworn. - I keep a clothes shop in Gray's-inn-lane; William Mapham , and another with him; I cannot say whether it was the other prisoner or not, but him I am certain of; they brought some things, and I laid out fifteen shillings with them; I bought two petticoats, an old man's coat, an old pair of breeches, two old waitcoats, and child's frock.

Q. Did you ask them how they came by them? - A. I keep an open shop, and they brought them between nine and ten in the morning; they told me they were given to them from a friend; I sold some of the things, and those that I have told to people that I know, I got back again.

PETER MASON sworn. - I am an officer: On Wednesday the 26th of November, we went to Davis's, but we found none of the things, he brought these things to us afterwards. (Producing them, they were deposed to by the prosecutor.)

William Mapham 's defence. I am as innocent as a child unborn, I am a hard-working lad.

John Mapham's defence. Stanley would not mind swearing any body's life away to save himself; the man that did the robbery is now in prison, convicted.

The prisoners called one witness, who gave them a good character, but had not known any thing of them for the last twelve months.


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3rd December 1800
Reference Numbert18001203-21

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21. ELIZABETH DEERING, alias MURRAY , was indicted for making an assault in the King's highway, upon David English , on the 16th of November , putting him in fear and taking from his person a silver watch, value 2l. 2s. the property of the said David.

DAVID ENGLISH sworn. - I am a watch-maker, I live at my brother's, the sign of the Dolphin, in Long-alley, Moorfields: On Sunday night, the 16th of November, about half past ten o'clock, two men, with the prisoner, pushed me up against the wall; the men held my hands while the woman took my watch by force; I had seen them in the public-house before, I was waiting for a young man, I had had three pints of beer; they were sitting in one part of the box, and I in another.

Q. Were you sober? - A. Yes, I was.

Q. Did they come out before you? - A. No, they followed me out.

Q. Where is this public-house? - A. The Oxford-arms, in Whitecross-street .

Q. How far from where you lived? - A. About half a mile; I never saw them in my life before.

Q. Had you any conversation with them? - A. Yes, the men directed their discourse to me; one of the men held my arms behind me, the other shoved me up against the wall, and the woman put her arm round my neck, and took my watch from me; I took both the men the same evening, but they were acquitted at Worship-street, and while I was giving charge of them, the prisoner came in, as she said, to look for her husband; one of the men came to the watch-house after I had taken the other, and I then gave charge of him; then, after that, the woman came in, and said, she had been looking after her husband, that there were some of the lamps out, he is a lamp-lighter; the man that she called her husband, was the man that held me up against the side of the house.

Court. Q.It is a very extraordinary thing, that the two men should be acquitted at Worship-street; did you give the same account then, that you have now given? - A. Yes, just the same.

LUKE CARLISLE sworn. - I am an officer of St. Luke's, Middlesex: On the 16th of November, about half past eleven o'clock, the prosecutor brought a man of the name of Owen Chantrill, to the watch-house, charging him with assisting this woman in stealing his watch.

Court. (To English.) Q.Did not your foot slip as you were going out of the public-house? - A. Yes.

Q. Did you come down? - A. Yes, upon one knee.

Q. And then it was that they came out, and served you as you have stated? - A. No, I got up again before I was pinned against the wall.

Carlisle. A man of the name of Deering, that this woman lived with, followed Chantril, as a spectator, and afterwards the prisoner came in; I asked her what she had done with the watch, she declared positively, she knew nothing of it; Jane Druit said, that was the woman that took the watch, but she has absconded; I repeatedly asked him, if he was sure it was she who had taken his watch, and he said he was; she said, she wished she might never see her four children that she had got at home, if she knew any thing of it; I kept her till three o'clock in the morning; she then enquired of me, whether, if she could bring the watch forward, she should be hurt; I told her, I could say nothing to that; she said, would I go with her, if she took me to the place where she put the watch, or would I send the patrol with her, and the watch should be forth coming; I sent a watchman and a patrol with her, they were gone about twenty minutes; when they came back, the patrol produced this watch, saying, that the prisoner went up stairs, knocked at the door, and said, Suke, give me that watch, and the woman gave it her; the prisoner did not deny it.

English. I know this to be my watch.(Jane Druitt was called, but not appearing, her recognizance was ordered to be esreated.)

- LONG sworn. - I am a patrol; I went with the prisoner to Susannah Hillsworth , in Pepper-alley, she knocked at the door and asked for a watch, which was delivered to her, it was wrapped up in a night cap; I brought the watch to the watch-house, and gave it to the officer.

Prisoner's defence. I was in at the Oxford-arms, David English was there, and when the landlady would draw him no more beer, he had three or four half pints of gin with some other people; he was very much intoxicated; I picked up this watch in the passage; I did not know that he had a watch in

his possession; he was drinking from nine till past eleven.

GUILTY , Death , aged 31.

First Middlesex Jury, before Mr. Justice Rooke.

3rd December 1800
Reference Numbert18001203-22
VerdictGuilty > with recommendation

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22. JOHN EAST was indicted for making an assault in a certain field, and open place, near the King's highway, upon Richard Brooke , on the 20th of November , putting him in fear and taking from his person, a silk purse, value 4d. a half-guinea, a half crown, and two shillings , the property of the said Richard.

RICHARD BROOKE sworn. - I am an engraver , in the Strand; On Thursday morning, the 20th of November, about eight o'clock, I had come from Finchley; as I was coming across a field, from Kentish-town to the Veterinary-college, there is a bridge; the prisoner came up to me there, presented a pistol at me, and demanded my money, or he would blow my brains out immediately; I looked at him very hard; I took my purse out of my pocket, and gave it to him, which contained a half-guinea, a half-crown, and two shillings; he walked away, and said he was very much distressed; I wished him a good morning; I walked about a minute, and recollecting myself, I thought it was too bad to be robbed in the open day; I turned round, and saw the prisoner walking along very contented; I had a stick in my hand, which I held up, and called to him, and he turned back and looked; I told him, I would be d-d if I would not catch him; upon that, he ran across the fields as hard as he could, and I after him; when he found that I was getting near to him, he turned upon me, and I ran away then to keep out of the length of pistol shot, and he pursued me, and kept crying, stop thief, all the time; when he found that I gained ground, he turned back to run away again, and I pursued him again, and when he found I was getting near to him again, he turned upon me again, and stood still; then I saw a young man come running across the fields, who is here; I immediately went up and seized the prisoner by the collar, the young man laid hold of him on the other side; I asked him what he had done with my purse, he said, he had thrown it into a ditch, we began searching him then, and two more men came up, one of whom helped us to search him, and found my purse in one of his coat pockets; he asked me, if that was my purse, I told him it was; I then asked the prisoner where the pistol was, he said he would give it to me, for it could not do me any hurt; he put his hand into his pocket, and gave me the pistol out himself, there was nothing in it, and if there had, I do not think it could have done any hurt, the pistol is here; he said, he was distressed, and he knew he should be hanged for it; I told him, I hoped he would not be hanged, and the young man and myself took him to Bow-street; and left him in charge of the two officers, who are here.

Prisoner, Q. Did I behave with any violence to you? - A. No, he behaved quite to the contrary.

JOHN COUSINS sworn. - I was ditching at the top of the field, and I heard the gentleman call stop thief; I ran to assist him; when I came up, I saw the prisoner at the bar; the gentleman had got hold of his collar; he begged for mercy, and said he was sure to be hung, but he was in distress; in the mean time, two gentlemen came up, and searched him; one of them pulled a purse out of his coat-pocket; he took the pistol out of his pocket himself.

- WILLIAMS sworn. - I took charge of the prisoner and this pistol; in searching him, I found this knife in his waistcoat pocket; I asked him what he did with it, and he said, he kept it to cut his corns with.

THOMAS EDWARDS sworn. - The purse was delivered to me by the prosecutor. (Produces it).

Prosecutor. I delivered the purse to Edwards; this is the same purse that the prisoner took from me; it contains just the money that I was robbed of.

Prisoner's defence. I was going to Kentish-town, and I met that gentleman upon the bridge; I told him I was very much distrest, and asked him to give me a trisle; he said he had no halfpence, and then I stopped him; he cried out stop thief, and that young man came up; I went very quietly with him, and never offered to meddle with his watch; I had just burried my wife, and got two children; I was very much distrest; the spring of the pistol is broke; I had it to mount; I little thought of doing such a thing as I have done.

GUILTY , Death , aged 50.

The prisoner was recommended by the prosecutor to his Majesty's mercy.

First Middlesex Jury, before Mr. Justice Grose.

3rd December 1800
Reference Numbert18001203-23

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23. DANIEL LAWLER was indicted for that he, on the 16th of November , being in the dwelling-house of Thomas Noble , feloniously did steal two linen sheets, value 6s. a linen pillow-case, value 1s. and a cotton counterpane, value 3s. the property of the said Thomas, in a lodging-room let by contract by him to the said Daniel, and after having committed the said felony, about the hour of four in the night of the same day, the said dwelling-house burglariously did break, to get out of the same .

ISABELLA NOBLE sworn. - I am the wife of Thomas Noble; I live in Three Cups-alley, in the parish of Shadwell ; my husband is a tailor ; the prisoner lodged in the two pair of stairs room; he had a room to himself; he took possession of it on the 16th of November, in the afternoon, and came again at nine o'clock in the evening; I went up stairs, put the sheets upon the bed, and left Mrs.

Macdonald in bed in the room, where he sat down; I put a pair of sheets, a linen pillow-case, and a cotton counterpane on the bed; when I came down stairs from sheeting the bed, he asked me what bolts I had to the door; I told him I had two bolts, and a spring-lock; I lit him up stairs to bed, and fastened the bolts, and locked the door; the next morning, between four and five, I heard him go out at the street-door; I immediately got up, and went up stairs, and missed the sheets, the pillow-case, and th counterpane; the blankers were left: on the Sunday week following, I saw the prisoner again at a cook's shop, at the end of the alley where I live; I went in, and charged him with stealing the things; he gave me a great shove in the breast, and ran away; a labouring man that lives close by, stopped him; I fetched an officer, and gave charge of him; my husband is at Memel.

ELIZABETH MACDONALD sworn. - I was in bed when the prisoner came in; Mrs. Noble told him the door had two bolts and a spring-lock; that is all I know of it.

JOSEPH HAYNES sworn. - I am an officer of the Police-office, Shadwell; Riley, and I, took charge of the prisoner on the 24th of last month; Mrs. Noble identified him among thirty people; the property has not been found; I found upon him five shillings, and a duplicate for a coat and waistcoat.

Prisoner's defence. I know nothing at all of it.

Q.(To Mrs. Noble). How long had the prisoner lodged with you? - A.Only that night.

GUILTY , Death , aged 45. First Middlesex Jury, before Mr. Justice Rooke.

3rd December 1800
Reference Numbert18001203-24
VerdictNot Guilty

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24. JOHN PEAKE was indicted for feloniously stealing, on the 29th of June , two miniature pictures, value 40s. five other miniature pictures, value 4l. four spangle frames, value 20s. and a miniature picture-case, value 2s. the property of Charles Sharpley , in his dwelling-house .

Second Count. Laying them to be the property of Walter-Stevens Lethbridge , in the dwelling-house of Charles Sharpley .

MARY SHARPLEY sworn. - I am the wife of Charles Sharpley, perfumer , in Holborn ; these miniature pictures were in a glass case on the counter; there were the pictures of myself and my husband; the rest belonged to a miniature-painter, who valued them at two guineas; the one was a two-guinea size, and the other a one-guinea size.

Q. Who is that miniature-painter ? - A. Walter Stevens Lethbridge; there were four frames, but one of them had two pictures in it; the last time that I saw them, as near as I can recollect, was on the 29th of June, but I cannot say to the day; I had seen them the day that I missed them.

Q.Have you ever seen the pictures since? - A. Yes; at Shadwell-office.

Cross-examined by Mr. Knowlys. Q. What cases were these pictures in? - A. Since it has been taken away, my husband has been set, and worn by a lady; they were put there merely for the painter to get business.

Q. It was not a saleable thing? - A. No; but I would not take five guineas for it, because I dare say my husband would not sit for another.

Q. Mr. Mudd is in partnership with your husband? - A. Yes; in the business.

Q. Does he not live in the house? - A. No; he does not.

Q. Does not he contribute towards the expences of the house? - A. Yes.

Court. Q. Is the rent and taxes paid jointly? - A. Yes; by both.

Q. It is your dwelling-house; you live in the house? - A. Yes; nobody else lives in the house, except one family, as lodgers.

WALTER-STEVENS LETHBRIDGE sworn. - Q. Had you any pictures in the possession of Mr. Sharpley? - A. Yes. five.

Q. You do not know what became of them? - A.No.

Q. What was the value of them.? - A.Four pounds.

Q. Have you seen them since they were taken? - A. Yes; I saw them at Shadwell; they are in Court.

ROBERT BROWN sworn. - I was in company with Cook and two others; we went to the house of Mr. Peake; he keeps the sign of the Bird-cage, in Bird-cage-walk, Bethnal-green.

Q. How far is that from Mr. Sharpley's? - A. It may be two miles; I found these pictures there on the 23d of October, about eight in the morning,(produces them); I found them in the one pair of stairs bed-room; they were hanging up over the chimney-piece; we had a search-warrant to search for other property; we did not search for these; I asked him and his wife how they came by these pictures; the lady told me her brother was a miniature picture painter; I told her, we were not satisfied, and we should take them away with us.

Q. When did you find an owner for them? - A. On Wednesday, the 27th of October, I went to No. 6r, Red-lion-passage, which I saw written on the back of one of the pictures; and in consequence of what passed there, I went to Mrs. Sharpley's; she described the pictures, and I shewed them to her; she attended at the office on the Saturday following.

Cross-examined by Mr. Knapp. Q. You went there in consequence of some information respecting some pistols? - A. Yes.

Q. And which it was alledged that he had bought? - A. Yes.

Q. The only person to give an account of the pictures, was the wife? - A. Yes; and another lady.

Q. The prisoner gave no account of it? - A. No.

Q.The pictures were lost, we understand, upon the 29th of June? - A. I am given to understand so.

Q. The apprehension of the prisoner did not happen till the 23d of October? - A.No.

Q. Four months had elapsed between? - A. Yes.

Q. In public houses, I believe it is customary of a Sunday, when they are full, to put there company into every room in the house? - A.Not a bad room, I believe.

Court. (To Mrs. Sharpley). Q. Is the prisoner's wife related to you? - A. No.

Q.(To Lethbridge). Are you related to the prisoner or his wife? - A. No.

Prisoner's defence. My Lord and Gentlemen of the Jury, I had lately taken a public-house, and I understand, from all the enquiry that I can make, that my wife has been imposed upon by some person who has called at our house with these things, and produced, as I understand, a very high miniature, being a striking resemblance of a boy of mine, about four years old; she was imposed upon to receive them, and she lent a guinea upon the whole of them; I learned that my wife was imposed upon, from observing that the locket was not gold; she had been told it was; Brown has said, that my wife told him, her brother was a miniature-painter, and had delivered them; I did not here her say so; I was in another room with Cook. My Lord and Gentlemen, I rest myself, under these circumstances, satisfied that you will do me justice. NOT GUILTY .

First Middlesex Jury, before Mr. Justice Grose.

3rd December 1800
Reference Numbert18001203-25

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25. JOHN REYNOLDS was indicted for breaking and entering the dwelling-house of William Harvey , about the hour of four in the night of the 8th of November , with intent to steal the goods therein being .

WILLIAM HARVEY sworn. - I am a publican in Clement's-lane, Clare-market ; I had been frequently robbed, and at last I found that a hole had been made in the party-wall between the next cellar and mine, that was on the Sunday; on the Monday, the 3d of November, I sent for a bricklayer, and had the hole stopped; on the Saturday following. I perceived that the bricklayer's work had been removed, which gave me a suspicion that the thieves were coming again; here are two witnesses in Court that sat up that night. About a quarter before five in the morning, I was called down, and saw the prisoner in the tap-room in their custody; I questioned him about the property I had lost, but he said he did not know any thing of it; I asked him how he came there, but he did not give any account of himself.

THOMAS SHEPCUTT sworn. - I set up at Mr. Harvey's to watch; about three o'clock in the morning, I thought I heard a noise in the cellar, I went to look, and the hole was stopped up.

Q.(To Harvey.) Had you had it stopped again? - A. No; I discovered that it had been broke, and the bricks put in again loose, without any mortar.

Shepoutt. I saw the bricks in the hole; and about half past four, I heard them, as I thought, coming into the cellar; I listened attentively till I was convinced there was somebody in the cellar; I then advanced with a cutlass, and there I perceived the prisoner about two yards within the cellar; I thought I heard two voices in the cellar as I advanced; with that, I made a stroke with my cutlass, but missed my stroke; Parsley then came with a light, and the prisoner was then making his escape, and had got partly through the hole, and with great difficulty Parsley and I got him back again.

Q. Are you positive it was this boy that was in the cellar? - A. Yes; he had a black coat on, or a dark coloured coat.

OBADIAH PARSLEY sworn. - About a quarter before five in the morning, I saw the prisoner in Mr. Harvey's cellar, about two yards in; when I came up to assist the man, the boy was making his escape out at the hole; I asked him what he came there for; he said, the other boy had shown him the hole to sleep there; we secured him, took him up into the tap-room, and called Mr. Harvey down.

THOMAS WILLIAMS sworn. - I am a bricklayer: Mr. Harvey sent for me to repair the hole; I made a found job of it, and it was broke in afterwards, again.

Prisoner's defence. A little boy called me up to go a mushrooming; it was a very wet morning; my father said, if I went out of the house, he would give me a lathering, and when I came out, I thought my father was after me, and I ran down there; I had no intent to steal.

GUILTY , Death , aged 13.

First Middlesex Jury, before Mr. Justice Rooke.

3rd December 1800
Reference Numbert18001203-26
VerdictNot Guilty

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26. JOHN WALKER was indicted for making an assault in the King's highway upon Henry Roberts , on the 29th of October , putting him in fear, and taking from his person a silver watch, value 40s. the property of the said Henry.

There being no evidence to bring the charge home to the prisoner, he was ACQUITTED .

First Middlesex Jury, before Mr. Justice Grose.

3rd December 1800
Reference Numbert18001203-27

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27. MARGARET MILLER was indicted for making an assault in the King's highway, on the 15th of November , upon Edward Gifford , putting him in fear, and taking from his person a silver watch, value 30s. the property of the said Edward.

EDWARD GIFFORD sworn. - I am servant to Mr. Gibson, linen-draper, in St. Martin's-lane.

Q. How old are you? - A. Fifteen; I was sent

of an errand to Red-lion-street, Holborn, on Saturday, the 15th of November, between ten and eleven in the evening: upon my return home, I had to call in Plumbtree-street; I came home through Dyot-street , where I was met by two girls; they stopped me, shoved me up against the wall, and the prisoner snatched the watch out of my pocket, and gave it to the other; I immediately got hold of her, and told her I insisted upon having the watch.

Q. Did the other hold you at all? - A. Yes; she said; she had not got the watch, nor did not know any thing about it; I told her she had it, and if she would not give it me, I would charge the watch with her; I then called the watchman, and he came and took her; I have never found my watch again.

Q. Did you speak to these girls first, or did they speak to you first? - A. No, they spoke to me; they wanted me to go a little way with them, for they wanted to speak to me, and,upon my refusing to go, they shoved me up against the wall immediately.

ARTHUR O'LEARY sworn. - I am a watchman: Just after I had cried the hour of ten o'clock, I heard the cry of watchman; I took charge of the prisoner, and took her to the watch-house, that is all I know of it.

Prisoner's defence. I have nothing to say; there was another woman with him before I came up.

For the Prisoner.

ANTHONY WALKER sworn. - I am a tailor, I have known the prisoner from a child, her father died about six months ago; he knew she was a girl that had not acted circumspect, and he made over his property to a younger daughter, and this girl was left unprovided for; I took her into my house, and she might have defrauded me if she had chose so to do; I always found her honest.

GUILTY Death , aged 18.

First Middlesex Jury, before Mr. Justice Rooke.

3rd December 1800
Reference Numbert18001203-28
VerdictNot Guilty

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28. WILLIAM MOORHOUSE was indicted for making an assault in the King's highway, upon Benjamin Berry , on the 13th of November , putting him in fear, and taking from his person a silver watch, value 3l. a silver watch-chain, value 1s. a silver seal, value 1s. and a silver watch-key, value 1d. the property of the said Benjamin.

BENJAMIN BERRY sworn. - I live at Mrs. Wilson's, in Half-moon-court, Wapping: Last Sunday I was coming from the Ship and Star about twelve o'clock at night, or half an hour after, I met two men dressed in sailor's clothes, one confined my arms, and the other took the watch out of my pocket.

Q. Did you struggle? - A. No, I was too helpless to struggle, I was rather in liquor, I sung out watch, three or four times; when the watchman came, I told him I was robbed, and shewed him which way they went; the next day I went to every pawnbroker's shop in London, to the best of my knowledge, for them to stop the watch; one of the runners came to me at the Ship and Star, and told me my watch was found; it had my name round the dial plate instead of figures.

Q. Do you know who the persons were that laid hold of you? - A. No, only that they were dressed in sailor's clothes.

Q. Is the prisoner one of them? - A. I cannot safely say that; the prisoner was stopped with the watch.

CHARLES WILLIAMS sworn. - I am servant to Mr. Sowerby, pawnbroker, the corner of Millyard: On Monday morning a man came to our shop, in order to have his watch stopped; he said, the name of Benjamin Berry was round the dialplate, that the number of it was 99, the maker's name he did not recollect, but it was at Chelsea; in the afternoon of the same day the prisoner tendered the watch to pledge, and seeing the name round the dial-plate, Mr. Sowerby jumped over the counter, and told the prisoner that he was detained; Mr. Sowerby enquired of him where he got the watch; he said he found it at the landing-place at Union-stairs, to the best of my recollection he said that morning; my master sent for an officer, who took the prisoner into custody. (Produces the watch.)

Berry. I am sure this is my watch, I had it made on purpose for me, it cost me five guineas and a half.

JOHN GRIFFITHS sworn. - I was sent for to Mr. Sowerby's, to take the prisoner into custody; we took him in custody; I asked him how he came by that watch; he said, he found it at Unionstairs, about six in the morning; the prisoner was dressed as he is now, in a blue jacket; I asked him who was present with him when he found the watch; he said, a brother of his, I do not recollect whether he said a brother or a boy; we sent for the prosecutor, and he immediately said, you are the man that robbed me, and we were obliged to put him cut of the room, or else I believe he would have struck him.

Q.(To Berry.) Did either of them strike you? - A. I had a blow from somebody, but I cannot say from whom.

Prisoner's defence. I belong to the Venus brig, I am cook of her; I came on shore on Sunday evening, just about dusk; I have got a witness here who saw me find the watch at Union-stairs.

For the Prisoner.

THOMAS ROBINSON sworn. - Q. Do you know the prisoner? - A. I have seen him at my house three or four times in Church-lane, Whitechapel, I am a gun-maker; about one o'clock on Sunday morning he went out, and I saw no more of him, till I saw him here.

EDWARD WOOLRIDGE sworn. - The prisoner is a ship-mate of mine; I was with him on the Sunday night when he came on shore, till he went on board again on the Monday morning, about six o'clock.

Q. Did you see any thing of a watch? - A. Yes; I saw the watch first, it was lying down by Unionstairs, about three or four feet off the stairs.

Q. Look at that watch, and tell me if that is the watch? - A. Yes, this is the same watch, I know it by the letters; I spoke to him, and told him there was a watch lying there, and he took it up, and put it in his pocket; then we went on board, and staid on board till night, we came on shore about six o'clock.

Q.What were you on board the ship? - A. I am before the mast; then we went to pawn the watch to divide the money, as it was found between him and me.

Q. Did you go into the shop with him? - A. Yes, and he was stopped with it.

Q.(To Williams.) Look at that lad, did he come with the prisoner? - A. Yes; I did not mention it, because I thought it was not material.

Q.(To Berry.) Can you tell the size of the men that robbed you? - A. No, they came upon me flyly, and were gone in an instant. NOT GUILTY .

First Middlesex Jury, before Mr. Justice Grose.

3rd December 1800
Reference Numbert18001203-29

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29. MARY OAKES was indicted for making an assault in a certain field and open place near the King's highway, upon John-Prade Halliday , on the 1st of November , putting him in fear, and taking from his person a silver watch, value 2l. 2s. the property of the said John.

JOHN-PRADE HALLIDAY sworn. - I am servant to Parson Argoyne, in Portman-square; I was out upon duty for my master, and I went up by a fence near Paddington to do my occasions, and before I came away, while I was putting up my small clothes, I saw a woman coming up to me, and I said, what damage; she made lamentations that she was starving; I gave her a penny and a farthing; then she began to talk nonsense, such as girls of the town do; I told her I had got no money; she then made a blow at me, and my foot slipped, and then she ran and struck me in the stomach, and I fell down; when I was on the ground she hold a knife over me, and said, you black devil, if you don't give me that watch, I will run you through; it was between six and seven o'clock in the evening on the 1st of November, I had some letters in my hat, with money in them, for my master; so I gave her the watch on account of the knife; I came and told the watch and patrol of it.

Q. Did she run away, or walk away? - A. She walked away pretty fast, she was in liquor; the watchman and patrol made themselves very easy about it, and I went on my journey; and delivered my letters, and then I took a fellow-servant with me, and went to enquire after the woman; I met a watchman, and asked him if he had seen a woman of the description I gave, but I could not hear any thing of her; then I enquired for a pawnbroker's; I went to the pawnbroker's in Nottingham-street, she was not there; then I went to another pawnbroker's in South-street, I described the watch, and they said a woman had pawned it, and had not been gone out three minutes; I got her direction from the pawnbroker, and I found her at No. 15, in York-court, East-street, up in a garret, I took her into custody directly, I had a constable with me; they were going to search her, and she began to kick up a row, and when the watchman came, she said the knew what it was about, it was the black's watch.

JOHN PRICE sworn. - I am a pawnbroker, in South-street, Manchester-square; the prisoner at the bar was a customer of mine, she pledged the watch with me, (produces it), about seven o'clock in the evening; she pledged it as her husband's property, and in her husband's name, Daniel Oakes .

Holliday. This is my watch, it has my name in it.

TIMOTHY CORBETT sworn. - I am a watchman of St. Mary-le-bonne; I took the prisoner into custody, on the 1st of November, between six and seven o'clock in the evening, the black came to me with the woman's direction; I went to the house where she lived; there was half a gallon of beer upon the table, some beaf-steaks, and some oysters; I told her I wanted her; she immediately said, do you want the black b-r's watch; she said, she had pawned it for a guinea, and there was some beef-steaks and oysters, and desired me to sit down and eat some, and let the black b-r go to hell; I told her she was the very girl I wanted, and I took her to the watch-house.

Q.(To Holliday) What time was it when you took her into custody? - A.About an hour and a quarter after.

Prisoner's defence. I kicked the watch before me, and I carried it to my own pawnbroker's, where I was known, and pledged it for a guinea, and paid for things that I owed with it, all but 2s. 4d.

GUILTY Death , aged 37.

First Middlesex Jury, before Mr. Justice Rooke.

3rd December 1800
Reference Numbert18001203-30
SentenceImprisonment > newgate

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30. ALEXANDER CASEY was indicted for feloniously stealing, on the 21st of November , six pounds of sugar, value 3s. 6d. the property of John Cookson , James Brook , and Henry Cooke .

JOHN COOKSON sworn. - I am a merchant ; my partners in this concern are James Brook and Henry Cooke; the sugar was lost from the warehouse that we are the proprietors of, that is all I know of it; it is called the Union-warehouse, in Thames-street .

JONATHAN MORRIS sworn. - I am foreman to Mr. Cookson: On Monday the 21st of November, the prisoner took an opportunity of going into the cellar under the warehouse, and plundering a hogshead; as I knew he had no business there, for I had not put him on to work, when he came out of the cellar, I asked him what business he had there; he had worked there two days before; he told me he was put on, but he could not tell by whom; I told him to put out the property that he had got about him; he said, he would not; he abused me very much, and said, neither I nor anybody else should take it from him; I sent for Mr. Cookson, and he gave charge of him to the constable; I saw a stocking taken from him, containing a quantity of sugar; it was under his waistcoat, next to his shirt.

Q. Are Messrs. Cookson and Company responsible for the sugars in their warehouses? - A. They are for all losses; the sugar appears to be of the same quality with that in the cellar; there appeared to be about the quantity missing that he had in the stocking; the head had felf in by pirching the hogshead; it was there for the cooper to repair.

THOMAS BROWN sworn. - I am a constable,(produces the sugar); 1 was sent for, and I took the sugar from the prisoner in the leg of a stocking, wrapped round his body; there is about six pounds of it.

Prisoner's defence. I found this sugar coming down Thames-street about six o'clock in the morning; I belong to the Coldstream regiment of guards; my serjeant has been waiting here all day, but is gone. GUILTY , aged 25. - Confined three months in Newgate , and delivered to his serjeant.

London jury before Mr. Recorder.

3rd December 1800
Reference Numbert18001203-31
VerdictGuilty > theft under 40s

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31. MARY WELCH , alias MURPHY , was indicted for feloniously stealing, on the 6th of November , a silver watch, value 30s. a silver watch-chain, value 5s. a silver seal, value 1s. a silver watch-key, value 6d. a silver watch, gilt, value 15s. a silver thimble, value 6d. a pair of silk gloves, value 6d. a towel, value 2d. a silk handkerchief, value 4d. a pocket handkerchief, value 3d. and a neck handkerchief, value 6d. the property of Joseph Bodman , in his dwelling-house .

JOSEPH BODMAN sworn. - I keep the White Swan at Wapping-wall : On Thursday morning, the 6th of November, about ten o'clock, I went up stairs to my chamber to go to my drawers, to get some India bonds; when I opened the drawer, I missed two watches out of four; the drawer was not locked.

Q. Do you keep India bonds in a drawer, not locked? - A. They were absent ones, such as sailors give for wages; I missed two watches, and the other articles in the indictment, (repeating them); the prisoner had been servant in the house about four weeks; I sent for a constable, and had her apprehended; I had a very good character with her; the officer searched her, and found all the articles upon her; I can swear to them; my wife's is a French watch; silver gilt; I know it by the chain; the silver watch belongs to a man that is gone to sea; and the silk handkerchief, and the neck handkerchief, belong to Captain Arthur; his daughter is here to prove them.

JOHN RILEY sworn. - I am an officer belonging to the Police-office, Shadwell: On the 6th of November, Mr. Bodman sent for me, to take his servant into custody; I searched her box, and found a silk handkerchief, a pocket handkerchief, a neck hankerchief, a towel, and a pair of silk gloves; I sent her to look for her pockets, but did not let her go out of my sight; I thought I saw her attempting to secrete something; I immediately laid hold of her, and took two watches out of her right-hand, (produces them); I then took her before the Magistrate.(The property was deposed to by the prosecutor).

Prisoner's defence. The things that were in the box, my mistress made me a present of; the officer searched my pockets, and found nothing there; my mistress told me my pockets were very dirty; she lent me her pockets, and the thimble was in that; when I was looking for the pocket where the dirty clothes were, I saw these watches; I took them up in my hand, and one of the officers laid hold of me directly, and took them out of my hand; it was an open house for every one.

GUILTY of stealing goods, value 39s. aged 24.

Transported for seven years .

Second Middlesex Jury, before Mr. Recorder.

3rd December 1800
Reference Numbert18001203-32

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32. WILLIAM BARNES was indicted for breaking and entering the dwelling-house of Thomas Banks , about the hour of two in the night of the 14th of August , with intent to steal, and stealing a venetian window-blind, value 1s. 6d. the property of the said Thomas.

THOMAS BANKS sworn. - I am a statuary ; I live at No. 5, Newman-street : On the morning of the 15th of August, between two and three o'clock, my house was broke open; I cannot say who was up last; I believe I was myself, I am not certain; I was called up between two and three in the morning; I got lights, and went into the parlour, where I found that the parlour-window was broke, and the blind taken away; the shutter was forced open from the top hinge, and hung by the bottom hinge half-way down, and in that situation I understood the prisoner was detected; he was taken a few minutes after; and about three days after, the blind was sent back, and left with the servant.

ELIZABETH BRYAN sworn. - I lived with Mr. Banks in August last; I fastened the window on the over night; I was alarmed between two and three

by one of the servants that slept in the front room; when I came down, I saw the shutter had been forced open; I am sure I had fastened it the night before.

BENJAMIN FRANKS sworn. - I live in Newman-street; On the 15th of August, between two and three in the morning, I saw two men standing, one in the window-fill of Mr. Bank's house, and the other on the iron rails; I heard a crash, and I heard something fall, which was the window-blind; I then heard another crash, which was the windowshutter being forced from the hinges; I saw the prisoner at the bar give it one wrench with a kind of an instrument, but I cannot exactly say what; I then called out, and asked them what they were doing there; upon which, the man upon the rails jumped down, and said to the other, as he jumped down, d-n my eyes, we are seen; upon which he went up Newman-street; the prisoner was then standing upon the window-fill, with his arm inside the window-shutter.

Q. How do you know it was the prisoner? - A. I am positive of it; he met me more than half way as I was crossing over the road.

Q. Was that after he had left the window? - A. Yes; as he came up to me, he said, d-n your eyes you b-r, what do you want here; I asked him what he was doing there, and he directly turned round to get from me; I made a catch at the skirt of his coat, but missed it; he then ran away; I followed him, crying stop thief; the watchman sprung his rattle; I pursued him into Chapel-street; I saw him throw something away, which I heard chink upon some brick-bats; it appeared to me to be some kind of iron or steel; I kept following, but there were two watchmen before me; he was, directly afterwards, taken in Hollen-street, and brought back to Mr. Banks's house; when we got to the door of the house, one of the watchmen slackened his hand a little from his collar, and the prisoner twisted his head under the other watchman's arm, and made his escape.

Q. Look at the prisoner; are you quite sure that that is the man you saw with his arm inside the shutter? - A. I am very sure of it.

Q. How long after that was it, that he was apprehended? - A. It might be as much as ten minutes, as nigh as I can guess.

Q. You have no sort of doubt of his being the person? - A. No.

JOHN SMITHERS sworn. - I am a watchman: I was calling the hour of two o'clock on the 15th of August; I heard a cry of stop thief; I ran directly for assistance, and just as I got to the end of the pavement, the prisoner got to the corner of the street; he ran across Oxford-road, into Chapel-street; the St. Ann's watchman followed him into Hollen-street; when I came up, a nightman and the watchman had got hold of him, and the nightman said to me, watchman, take hold of him, and we both of us led him up to Mr. Banks's house; the nightman is not here; then he snatched himself away from us, ran down Newman-street, across Oxford-road, into Dean-street, and turned into Soho-square; he was stopped there again, and brought to Marybone watch-house.

Q.Look at the man; are you perfectly sure he is the man? - A. I am.

Q. Was it light enough to see the man, so as to know him again? - A. Yes.

JOHN SOLOMONS sworn. - I am a patrol of St. Ann's, Soho: I saw the prisoner in custody in Soho-square; I enquired what was the matter; and I was told to go into Chapel-street, and look upon the rubbish, that he had thrown something away; I went there, and found this iron crow upon the rubbish by Mr. Preston's brewhouse, (produces it); it was quite new then; but Mr. Banks said he should not prosecute him, and I made a poker of it.

Q.(To Franks). Whereabouts was it you saw the prisoner throw something away? - A. At the corner of Chapel-street, by the brewhouse.

WILLIAM HAWTHORN sworn. - Between two and three o'clock on the 15th of August, I heard the alarm of stop thief in Newman-street; I ran across Oxford-road, and saw the prisoner making his way down Newman-street; I up with my stick, and struck him; he got past me into Chapel-street; I perceived that he have something away upon some rubbish that laid there; he was stopped in Hollen-street, and taken back to Mr. Banks's, and there he slipped from under our arms, and got away; he was pursued and taken again, and carried to Marybone watch-house; and through the neglect of the Magistrate, he was committed for a misdemeanor only, and was out upon bail.

HENRY BATES sworn. - Q. Look at that crow? - A. I received this crow at Marybone watch-house from Solomons; I went down to the prosecutor's house, and found the window broke; I fitted the crow to it, and it fitted exactly.

Q. Can you take upon yourself to say that the window must have been broke open by that, or such like crow? - A. I am certain of it.

HENRY LOVELL sworn. - On the 18th of November, I know the prisoner at the bar stood indicted for a burglary; Jackson and I, and Kennedy, apprehended him in a public-house in Hog-lane; that is all I know of it.

Prisoner's defence. I was first of all committed for a misdemeanor, and was out upon bail from August till November; I had been at work till half past one o'clock, and was going home to my lodgings; I expected my trial was put off till the next Sessions, and I have no friends here.

GUILTY , Death , aged 35.

Second Middlesex Jury, before Mr. Justice Grose.

3rd December 1800
Reference Numbert18001203-33
VerdictGuilty; Guilty

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33. FRANCIS PIPER and EDWARD PIPER were indicted for feloniously stealing, on the 17th of November , eight hundred pounds weight of flax, value 35l. the property of Hugh Atkins .(The Case was opened by Mr. Knapp).

FRANCIS RUSTON sworn. - Examined by Mr. Knapp. I was captain of the Minerva in October last; part of the cargo was flax.

Q. Do you know that Mr. Atkins was consignee of some flax in the Minerva? - A. I understand so.

Q. Did you give notice to Mr. Atkins that the ship was arrived? - A. Yes; I waited upon Mr. Atkins, in consequence of which a person was sent to the ship by Mr. Atkins; he sent his lighterman with the craft, and we put some flax into it: how much, I cannot say; my mate can tell you; his name is William Bennett .

WILLIAM BENNETT sworn. - Examined by Mr. Knapp. I am mate of the Minerva, Captain Ruston : I delivered the flax into the craft that was sent by Mr. Atkins.

Q. How long did the delivery take up? - A. I began on Tuesday the 4th of November; on Wednesday the 5th, another parcel; and Friday the 7th, another.

Court. Q. The parcels that you put in were never unladen? - A. No; they were in the same bulk that we received them at Petersburgh; there were four hundred and fifty-six bobbins, that is, flax done up at both ends; part of them contained nine heads, and part twelve; after I had delivered them all into the craft, the lightermen, Arthur and Williams, took it away.

Q. Where was the Minerva at that time? - A. In Cherry-garden tier, on the Surry-side of the water; the craft lay close along-side.

Q. All the flax then was safely delivered into the craft? - A. Yes.

Q. Do you know that it is Mr. Atkins's property? - A. Yes.

Cross-examined by Mr. Gurney. Q. How do you know it is Mr. Atkins's property? - A. By the bill of lading.

Q. Is the bill of lading here? - A. I cannot tell that.

Mr. Knapp. (To Captain Ruston ). Q. Did you see the flax on board? - A. Yes.

Q. Did you see the flax afterwards at Worship-street? - A. Yes.

Q. Had it the same appearance with the flax you had lost? - A. One bottom of flax is like another; but there was just the quantity that we had lost.

Court. Q. Lost from where? - A. Either from the lighter or the shore.

JOHN ARTHUR, jun. sworn. - Examined by Mr. Knapp. My father is a lighterman; he was employed by Mr. Atkins: I went down in the craft, in November last, for the bobbins of flax for Mr. Atkins, from the Minerva; she was lying off Wapping Old Stairs.

Q. Did you receive any bobbins at all? - A. No.

Q. Was any flax put into the craft? - A. Yes, by the people belonging to the Minerva; I was not in the craft at the time.

Q. Did you see any in the craft? - A. Yes, apparently a large quantity; I was to have delivered them at Davis's wharf, upon Mr. Atkins's account; I went to Davis's wharf, and then I went and fetched the watchman of Davis's wharf, Crawley; I saw the barge fastened, and I left it in the care of Crawley.

Q. Where is Davis's wharf? - A. Just below Battle-bridge, on the other side of the water; after I had seen the barge fast, I went home, that was on the 7th of November.

Cross-examined by Mr. Gurney. Q. How many days were you receiving the flax from the Minerva? - A. Three or four days.

Q. Did you yourself receive any orders from Mr. Atkins? - A. No.

Q. Were you by when any orders were given by Mr. Atkins? - A. No; I saw a letter.

Q. Excepting from the letter, you did not know on whose account you went? - A. No.

Q. Do you know how many bobbins of flax you received? - A. The account that was given to me, was four hundred and fifty-six, I did not count them myself.

Q. You did not know of any deficiency, when you delivered them at Davis's wharf? - A. No.

JOHN WILLIAMS sworn. - Examined by Mr. Knapp. I was employed by Mr. Arthur, the lighterman, to go to the Minerva with the craft, for flax, for Mr. Atkins.

Court. Q.When was this? - A. I think on a Monday, in November; I went down the next day, Tuesday, and saw part of the flax then in the craft, it remained on board the craft all night along side the ship; on the Wednesday I went, and it was not all in; my orders were, not to take it till it was all in the craft; it was not all delivered to one craft; what was delivered, I went to Davis's wharf with; I fastened the craft to a ring belonging to the wharf; I waited about a quarter of an hour while the Custom-house officer went on shore to deliver the charge, then I went away and left the craft.

Cross-examined by Mr. Gurney. Q. Did you ever see Atkins about this? - A. No.

Q. Therefore, whether you were sent by Atkins or not, you only know from Arthur? - A. Yes, I had a letter from Mr. Arthur.

Q. There were several hundred heads of flax on board the craft? - A. Yes.

Q. Several of them were broken, were they not? - A. Yes.

Q. Were you present when they were counted out? - A. No.

HUGH ATKINS. sworn. - Examined by Mr. Knapp. Q. Did you send down to the Minerva for the purpose of delivering some flax from Russia? - A. Yes; I employed Mr. Arthur by letter to go to the ship Minerva, to take lighters to recieve the flax.

Q. Do you know, of your own knowledge, what quantity of flax was to be delivered? - A. Five hundred bobbins; when I heard it was landed, I went to Daivs's wharf to see it, that was, I suppose, about a week after; I had given the order to Arthur.

Q. That flax you considered as your's? - A. Yes.

Q. Did you find any missing? - A. Yes, nine bobbins; they weigh about one hundred weight a-piece.

Q. Have you seen any flax since, at the Justice's office? - A. Yes.

Q. Did the quantity that you saw at Davis's wharf, and those that you saw at the office, appear of a like quality? - A. They did.

Q. Did the quantity that you saw at the office, make up the deficiency at Davis's wharf? - A. Within a few heads.

Q. You are a flax broker? - A. I am.

Q. Are you sufficiently acquainted with the article to know whether it was Russian flax? - A. Yes.

Q. Was the flax you saw at Davis's wharf, and the flax that you saw at the office, Russian flax? - A. Yes; they were of the same quality.

Q. What quantity did you see at Worship-street? - A.Eight bobbins and a few loose heads.

Q. What is it worth? - A. About thirty-five pounds.

Cross-examined by Mr. Gurney. Q. You did not see Arthur yourself? - A. No.

Q. And you gave him no order, except by letter? - A. By letter, and I sent a porter likewise.

Q. Is that porter here? - A. I should not know him if he was; I am in the habit of employing a great many, I took him from the 'Change.

Q. Did you find five hundred bobbins at Davis's wharf? - A. Yes, four hundred and ninety-one.

JOHN BELL sworn. - Examined by Mr. Knapp.

I am clerk at Davis's wharf, kept by David Butt and company; we received four hundred and sixty bobbins of flax; the craft was fastened to the ring of the wharf; I took the weight of them, but I cannot recollect what it was.

Q. Did you find any deficiency? - A. Yes, there was a deficiency of twenty bobbins by the lighten bill, which expressed four hundred and fifty-six.

MICHAEL CHAWLEY sworn. - Examined by Mr. Knapp. I am watchman at Davis's wharf; I had the care of the lighter from Mr. Arthur's son, while the goods were in the lighter.

Mr. Gurney. Q. You would not let any body steal the flax while you had the care of the lighter. I suppose? - A. No.

JOHN GAMSON sworn. - Examined by Mr. Knapp. I am a hemp and flax manufacturer, in Kingsland-road; I know the prisoner in the brown coat, Francis Piper , I do not know the other; about the 12th or 13th of November, I believe the prisoner at the bar, Francis Piper , came to our counting-house, and asked me if I would buy any flax, and pulled out a small sample of a pound weight out of his pocket, he assured me, that it was all like the sample; I enquired the quantity and the price; he said, the quantity, he supposed, might be from nine to ten hundred weight, and the price fifty-seven shillings a hundred.

Q. Was that a fair price or not? - A. From sixty-seven to sixty-eight shillings, was the market price at that time; I told him I could not purchase by that sample, I wished to see the bulk about the middle of the day; he came again, and brought a head of flax in a handkerchief, with the headband of the flax cut: I then told him, that I should rather see the bulk; I asked him again the price, and he was still in the same story; he said, he had lent a man fifty-five shillings a hundred weight upon it, he wanted money, and he must sell the flax; I told him it was not customary to sell flax by sample, could I see the bulk; I told him, I would send my brother to see it, and if he approved of it, he might bring the flax and have his money; he objected to my brother going to see the flax, by saying, the people of the house would not shew the flax without he was present, but he would bring the bulk for me to look at; he said, his horses and carts were then out, that he could not bring it before nine o'clock; I told him it was an odd time to look at flax, but that he might bring it; I immediately gave notice at Worship-street office.

Q. Did you see the other prisoner at all? - A. No, I did not see him till I saw him in custody at the Cherry-tree, opposite our house.

JOHN ARMSTRONG sworn. - Examined by Mr. Knapp. In consequence of the information of Mr. Gamson, on Monday the 17th of November, by orders from the office, between eight and nine at night, in company with my brother officers, I went into Kingsland-road; coming near to Mr. Gamson's door, I observed a cart standing, apparently to me full; I then saw the two prisoners, as if going to say something, or had been saying something to one abother, I do not know which; the prisoner, Francis, went a little from the other, and I caught hold of him; the other prisoner I saw instantly in custody of the other officers; I then said to the prisoner, Francis, the other prisoner being close by, what is that cart loaded with, he said, go see, it is a hired cart, the contents are mine; I then said, sir, you have some bill of parcels, or some

thing to shew; we then took both the prisoners to a public-house, had the cart secured at the door, and went into a little back room, I did not know then what it contained; I then addressed Francis, will you now tell me who you are, and where you live? I and the rest are constables; he did not, nor would not give his name, nor any residence, but after a little time, said, the contents came from a wharf over the water; I then said to the other prisoner, Edward, what is your name? he gave me his name directly, Edward Piper ; I had some occasion to speak to Francis again, and he said it was sold to Mr. Gamson; I went to Mr. Gamson's, and as I crossed, I saw the flax in the cart; Mr. Gamson came with me to where the prisoners were, and I turned Edward round, and said, sir, I will look at your coat, and upon his hat and great coat, there appeared to be dust, and on the coat little strings of flax; I told him, I should keep him, and he then informed me, that he was only asking the other prisoner the way to Hackney, and they never saw each other in their lives before; I found upon Edward two day rules of the Fleet, for the 7th and 10th of November; I then said, pray sir, where is there one for to-day, that was the 17th, his answer was, he had none; they were kept that night, and committed the next day.

JOHN VICKERY sworn. - Examined by Mr. Knapp. I am one of the officers belonging to Worship-street; I was with Armstrong and Mason; I apprehended Edward Piper; after they were brought into the office, they were put into separate rooms, where they could talk to and hear each other, there was nobody else; I was placed in a situation, in a necessary, close by, I heard Francis Piper-say, some time after they were locked up, where did you tell them you had been to? Edward Piper said, at Hackney; Francis Piper then said, how came you to let them take hold of you; he made answer, they had hold of me as soon as they had hold of you; Francis Piper then said, why did not you run away; the other made no answer at all to that; then Francis Piper again said, what shall I tell them my name is, to that Edward Piper made no answer; the next morning, I went to take Francis out of the watch-house, to take him before the Magistrate, and as I was bringing him along, I said to him, the man will think he has lost his horse and cart; he then said, d-n the horse and cart, he wished he had never seen the horse and cart, nor the stuff neither.

WILLIAM TENNANT sworn. - I am a hawker and pedlar; I keep a horse and cart, in partnership with Edward Piper .

Q. He was a prisoner in the Fleet, was he not? - A. Yes.

Q. You were in partnership with him, when he was a prisoner in the Fleet? - A. Yes.

Q. Do you know Francis Piper ? - A. Yes; he is the brother of the other prisoner; Francis Piper applied to me for my horse and cart last Monday week; he said he wanted to do a job for the value of an hour and a half, or two hours; they were to go from Fleet-lane to the Curtain-road; I did not see the horse and cart again till the Thursday following; I saw it at Worship-street.

SAMUEL WALKER , jun. sworn. - Examined by Mr. Knapp. I am a flax-dealer in Mark-lane: I saw the flax that was produced at Worship-street, and I saw the bulk at Davis's Wharf.

Q. Are you acquainted with the different sorts of flax? - A. Yes.

Q. Did the flax, that you saw at the one place and the other, appear to be of the same quality? - A. Yes; they resembled each other so nearly, that I should think they are the same; I have not the least doubt but they are the same parcel of flax; it was Petersburgh flax.

Cross-examined by Mr. Gurney. Q. I believe most of the flax that comes into this country, it Russian flax? - A. Yes.

Q. A very large quantity of Russian flax, of the same quality, comes into this country? - A. Yes.

Q. You do not mean to swear to it? - A. No; but from certain appearances which can only be known to the trade, I judged that they must be the same parcel.

- PIKE sworn. - Examined by Mr. Knapp. I am a dealer in flax in the City-road.

Q. Have you heard Mr. Walker examined? - A. Yes.

Q. Having seen both these quantities, do you confirm him in opinion that they are of the same quality? - A. As to resemblance, I am of the same opinion with Mr. Walker. (Mr. Atkins produced the bill of loding, the indorsement of which is, "deliver the within contents to Mr. Hugh Atkins ."

Court. Q. Do you receive this with the goods? - A. No; not before they arrive; the goods are mine at this moment.

Court. (To Captain Ruston ). Q.Look at that bill of lading? - A. This is the bill of lading that came with the goods.

The prisoners did not say any thing in their defence, but called five witnesses, who gave them a good character.

Francis Piper, GUILTY , aged 30.

Edward Piper , GUILTY , aged 35.

Transported for seven years .

Second Middlesex Jury, before Mr. Justice Grose.

3rd December 1800
Reference Numbert18001203-34
SentenceImprisonment > house of correction; Miscellaneous > fine

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34. NICHOLAS FEATHERSTON was indicted for feloniously stealing, on the 4th of November , a pair of linen sheets, value 12s. the property of Lord Le Despencer .

- FIELD sworn. - I am butler to Lord Le Despencer; I know the sheets produced are his Lordship's property, that is all I know.

GEORGE WATTS sworn. - I am butler to Dr. Robert Willis; On the 4th of November last about a quarter after twelve, or thereabouts, I was in my master's bed-room, fronting the street, nearly opposite to Lord Le Despencer's, and I saw the prisoner at the bar come out of a two-pair of stairs window upon a new piece of building that was building up; there was a door way cut through the wall that communicated into the attics of the dwelling-house; I saw the prisoner trying to conceal something under his great coat, on the left side; he then crossed the new building, and got upon the scaffolding, and, on my going down stairs, the servant-maid of Dr. Willis called to me, and said, she believed there was a man robbing Lord Le Despencer's house; I then went to the landing-place of the first stair-case, and I saw the prisoner upon the scaffold, putting the sheets into a mason's lime-basket; when he had so done, he picked up bricks and rubbish, and put over the sheets; I went down stairs to the street door, and called to him; he stood up very unconcerned; I said, you rascal, if you don't come down, I will fetch you down, I will throw you down and break your neck; the prisoner then left the basket, and threw himself astride the ladder, and slid down; when he came at the bottom, I laid hold of him by the collar, and told him he had been a thief, that he had done something wrong; he said, he had not, and begged I would let him go; he broke away from me, and ran across Hanover-square, but I took him in Oxford-road, and brought him back to the place where I first saw him; in the interval of time Lord Le Despencer's servants had been informed of it, and I saw the basket in the manner I have described; we then took him to Marlborough-street, and he was committed.

Cross-examined by Mr. Alley. Q. What time of day did you see this? - A. A quarter after twelve.

Q. That was the time the other workmen were at work? - A. No, they were gone.

Q. Do you know enough of the prisoner, to say he was the man? - A. Yes.

WILLIAM PALFRY sworn. - I am a bricklayer, I left the basket in the room where the sheets were, at twelve o'clock, when I went to dinner.

Field, (The sheets produced.) These are Lord Le Despencer's property; there is L. D. and the coronet upon them.

Prisoner's defence. My Lord, I am a bricklayer by trade; I went up this ladder with an expectation of getting a job, I had worked for the same master before, and they asked me what I wanted; and I said, I only wanted to see my master; they used me very ill, and therefore I made my escape.

The prisoner called one witness to his character.

GUILTY , aged 24. - Confined six months in the House of Correction , and fined 1s.

First Middlesex Jury, before Mr. Common Serjeant.

3rd December 1800
Reference Numbert18001203-35

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35. LODUWICK DICKMAN was indicted for feloniously stealing, on the 21st of November , one linen shirt, value 8s. the property of Juliana Fennell , privately in her shop .(The prisoner being a foreigner, a Jury of half foreigners and half Englishmen were sworn).

John Dalby , John-George Brawn , Francis Perrygall , C. M. Lanchsey , John Fisher , Peter Poland , Charles Willis , John Nader Beather , Charles Lambert , Robert Thong , John Wilkie , Vincent Bernardy .

MARY SMITH sworn. - I live in the family of Juliana Fennell : I am a servant of all work: My mistress keeps a shop of ready-made linen, and all kinds of linen-drapery , at No. 55, Shoreditch ; the prisoner at the bar came into the shop, and said he wanted half a dozen shirts; I went out of the shop into a little room that was adjoining, and my mistress put several shirts on the counter, but I cannot tell the number; I could not see any thing pass more than my mistress serving the shirts; my mistress is a Quaker; I saw the prisoner going out of the door, and my mistress called to me; I went into the shop immediately, and as he was getting on the step of the door, my mistress said to him, stop neighbour, let me see what thee has got under thy coat; he turned back, and knocked his hands upon the counter with great violence, and he swore that he would punish her for accusing him with being a thief; he went out of the shop, and when he had got about twenty yards from the door, I followed him, and said to him, be so kind as to step back, for my mistress insists upon knowing what you have got under your coat, and he lifted up his hand to strike me; I stooped, and his hand passed over my head; it was with his clenched hand; I thought I would follow him till I came to No. 38, where my mistress's brother lived, to get assistance; the prisoner ran up Badger-court, and my mistress's brother's journeyman and myself went up the court in search of him, but could not find him; we went to two different houses, and could not find him; and we said we would get a search-warrant; a woman looked out of a window, and said, you are welcome to come in without any search-warrant, and we found the prisoner upon the stair-case up two pair of stairs; he came down stairs, and George Ashington and myself detained him till a headborough came; and as he was standing at the door in the passage, he pulled the cellar-door close to, and slipped the bolt; when the headborough came, he pulled off the prisoner's coat, and felt in his pockets, but there was nothing found upon him; I then told the headborough he must take him back to my mistress; it was supposed that he threw the property down this cellar; the headborough did not go into the cellar.

Q. What did your mistress do? - A. My mis

tress told the headborough, as there was nothing found upon him, to let him go, and he was let go in the evening there was a report that a man had been taken out of this cellar in Badger-court, and taken to the office in Worship-street; I said, I would go and see if it was the man that had stolen the shirt; when I went in, the officers asked me if I could swear to my mistress's property, if I saw it; I told them, if I saw my mistress's mark upon it, I would swear to it; John Ray said that he had found a shirt on him; it was a new-made shirt, quite new.

Court. Q.Was there any mark upon it? - A. Yes; it was No. 8; the selling price was eight shillings, which was put upon it, that I might know what to sell it for when my mistress was out of the way; I swore to the property, and that was all I did.

SARAH SMITH sworn. - Upon the 21st of November, on a Friday, between eleven and twelve at noon, I heard the alarm of stop thief up the court I lived in, and they said they would search my house; I opened my door to come down stairs to see what was the matter, and the prisoner was upon the stairs; he seemed to be very much frightened, indeed, and he offered me a shilling to let him come into my room; I went out to him, and said, I suppose you are the man that the alarm of stop thief is about, and he said, he was; I went down stairs to tell them where the man was, and the headborough took him down stairs; that is all I have got to say.

Court. Q. Did you see him near a cellar any where? - A. No; there is a cellar-door in the passage.

Q. Were you there in the evening when the shirt was found in the cellar? - A. No; I was not.

GEORGE ASHINGTON sworn. - I work at the Quaker's brother's: I was called out by Maria Smith , who gave the alarm; I found the prisoner at No. 3, in Badger-court; I kept him there till the officer came.

Q. Was there a cellar-door in the passage? - A. Yes; I saw the prisoner bolting the cellar-door; the officer took him to the person's house to whom the property belonged; I went with him, and there he was discharged.

JOHN HARROW sworn. - I am a carter; I was the man that took the prisoner out of the cellar at No. 3, Badger-court; I lodge in the cellar; I was just stripping to put some dry things on, when I heard a rumbling on the cellar stairs; I immediately got up, and opened the cellar-door, and saw the prisoner; I said, what business have you here, and he said, d-n your eyes, what is that to you; he stuck me several times; I immediately collared him, but I missed my hold, and let him go; I followed him to Shoreditch, and immediately a person came up, and said, he was the man who had stolen the shirt.

Court. Q. Did you see the shirt at the time? - No; I did not see the shirt till I took him to the office.

JOHN RAY sworn - (Produces the shirt) I belong to Worship-street office; Upon Friday, the 21st of November, about six in the evening, the prisoner was brought to the office, and given into my custody, on suspicion of stealing a new shirt; I asked them if they had searched the prisoner; they said no, they had not; I began to search him in the office, and he seemed to be rather unwilling, and got his back up against the wall; I rubbed him down, and I found something very bulky behind; he said he had got nothing, he was a Dutchman, and wore large breeches; I unbuttoned his breeches, and took this shirt out, (produces it); it has never been washed; there is a figure of eight upon it; on searching him in a different places, I found a watch that had been concealed. (Produces the watch).

Maria Smith . I know this to be my mistress's shirt by the mark.

Prisoner's defence, (by interpretation). That he had purchased the shirt. GUILTY , aged 49.

Transported for seven years .

First Middlesex Jury, before Mr. Recorder.

3rd December 1800
Reference Numbert18001203-36
SentenceImprisonment > house of correction; Miscellaneous > fine

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36. JAMES BARRASS was indicted for feloniously stealing, on the 15th of November , three glass bottles, filled with brandy, value 10s. the property of Robert Roberts .

ROBERT ROBERTS sworn. - I am a publican , I live in Castle-street, Oxford-market ; the prisoner at the bar came to my house about ten o'clock in the evening of the 15th of November; he went into the parlour, where there were more company, and called for four-pennyworth of gin and water, and after that he had another four-penny worth, that was all he had; the company which were in the parlour withdrew about eleven, and he staid there till near twelve, or quite twelve, by himself; by and by my wife heard a noise in the parlour, and she called to me, and I directly went in and found the cupboard door had been broke open; the prisoner was hurrying out, and endeavouring to put the candle out; I looked into the cupboard, and I missed three bottles off a shelf; I then hurried out into the passage, where I took him by the collar, and then said to him, you villain, you have broke open my cupboard door, and stolen some bottles from me, my property; he stood with his right hand under his coat in this form, (describing it), and he out with his right hand and said, here, takes your bottle; he gave me the bottle which he had in his hand, and then I felt and found there was one bottle in his left pocket, and another in his right, and the watchman and myself, and another young man, took them from him, (the bottles produced);

here is likewise the lock of the door which he broke, it was forced with a screw-driver, I believe; I found a screw-driver and three knives upon him; these are my bottles; I had fifteen bottles, and when I went I found only twelve.

Court. Q. Was the man sober? - A. I cannot say he was altogether sober, but he made himself worse after he was taken into custody.

Prisoner's defence. I was so much in liquor I did not know any thing of the transaction till the Sunday morning. GUILTY , aged 49 - Confined six months in the House of Correction , and fined 1s.

First Middlesex Jury, before Mr. Common Serjeant.

3rd December 1800
Reference Numbert18001203-37
SentenceImprisonment > newgate; Corporal > public whipping

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37. JAMES ATWELL was indicted for feloniously stealing, on the 1st of November , two iron pans, value 2d. two tin pans, value 2d. and three pans of nails , the property of Benjamin Hill .

MARY HILL Sworn. - I am the wife of Benjamin Hill, my husband is a collector of rags , he lives at No. 63, Golden-lane : On the 1st of November, the prisoner at the bar passed by my door, and he stole some nails; I keep an old Iron shop; I did not see him take them, a child saw him take them, I don't know the child; I immediately pursued him, and brought the nails back, then I let him go; when I returned, I missed some more, and, with assistance, we searched his apartment in Broadyard, Golden-lane, and found three pans of nails.

Court. Q. How do you know those nails? - A. Only that I know he took them from my door; he was carrying them openly in his hand.

Court. Q. What does he deal in? - A. He is a smith by trade; he came in and asked me if I had got any small wire; I said, no; then he came back a second time, and asked for some small rivers; and then he came back the third time, and asked me if I had got any small nails that would make rivets.(The nails produced that were found in the prisoner's apartment.)

Court. Q. You do not know those to be y