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THE WHOLE PROCEEDINGS On the King's Commission of the Peace Oyer and Terminer, AND Gaol Delivery for the City of London, AND ALSO The Gaol Delivery For the County of Middlesex, HELD AT Justice Hall, in the Old Bailey; ON WEDNESDAY, 7th of JULY, 1819, and following Days;

Being the Sixth Session in the Mayoralty of THE RIGHT HON. JOHN ATKINS , LORD MAYOR OF THE CITY OF LONDON.

Taken in Short-Hand by H. BUCKLER, Basinghall Street, (BY AUTHORITY OF THE CORPORATION OF THE CITY OF LONDON.)

London:

PRINTED AND PUBLISHED, FOR H. BUCKLER, BY T. BOOTH, 31, St. Andrew's Hill, Doctors' Commons.

1819.

THE WHOLE PROCEEDINGS On the King's Commission of the Peace, OYER AND TERMINER, AND GAOL DELIVERY FOR THE CITY OF LONDON, AND COUNTY OF MIDDLESEX.

Before the Right Honourable JOHN ATKINS , Esq. LORD MAYOR of the City of London; Sir George Sowley Holroyd , Knt. one of the Justices of his Majesty's Court of King's Bench; Sir James Burrough , Knt., one of the Justices of his Majesty's Court of Common Pleas; Sir William Leighton , Knt.; Sir Charles Flower , Bart.; George Scholey , Esq., and Joshua Jonathan Smith , Esq., Aldermen of the said City; Sir John Silvester , Bart., D.C.L. Recorder of the said City; Sir Matthew Bloxam , Knt.; William Heygate , Esq., and Richard Rothwell , Esq., Aldermen of the said City, Newman Knowlys , Esq. Common Sergeant of the said City, and John Vaillant , Esq. his Majesty's Justices of Oyer and Terminer of the City of London, and Justices of the Gaol Delivery of Newgate, holden for the said City and County of Middlesex.

London Jury,

Joseph Marshall ,

William Thomas ,

William Walker ,

William Desney ,

Charles Percy ,

William Durrant ,

William Smith ,

Thomas Lane ,

Edward Dunn ,

Charles Wood ,

William Gardiner ,

Thomas Richardson .

First Middlesex Jury.

James Tyndal ,

William Henshall ,

John Scott ,

Robert Sanders ,

Joseph Bennett ,

Joseph Wills .

Thomas Dawson ,

John Herbert ,

John Elsmore ,

William Iley ,

George Roberts ,

John Rayne .

Second Middlesex Jury.

John Willmott ,

James Newman ,

John Thacker ,

George Freeman ,

George Smith ,

John Petinger ,

Thomas Butcher ,

Charles White ,

Samuel Wallige ,

Silvester Sapsford ,

Isaac Smith , Jun.

John Colliffe .

SESSIONS HOUSE, OLD BAILEY, JULY 7, 1819.

ATKINS, MAYOR. SIXTH SESSION.

WILLIAM CROUCH.
7th July 1819
Reference Numbert18190707-1
VerdictGuilty > pleaded guilty
SentenceTransportation

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906. WILLIAM CROUCH was indicted for stealing, on the 4th of June , 6 lbs. of candles, value 1 l. , the goods of Robert Goddard and Edward Goddard .

The prisoner pleaded

GUILTY. Aged 15.

Transported for Seven Years .

First Middlesex Jury, before Mr. Recorder.

JOHN BUTLER.
7th July 1819
Reference Numbert18190707-2
VerdictGuilty
SentenceDeath

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907. JOHN BUTLER was indicted for stealing, on the 15th of June , at St. James, Westminster , one silver plate, value 4 l., the property of the Right Honourable Robert Stewart , commonly called Viscount Castlereagh , in his dwelling-house .

THOMAS M'DONALD. I am assistant in the pantry of Robert Stewart Lord Viscount Castlereagh. On the 15th of June, about half-past three o'clock in the afternoon, I saw the prisoner come out of the pantry, I caught him by the arm, asked him what he was doing there, and who he wanted to see? he said he had seen the gentleman inside the pantry. I asked him again, and he made the same answer. The under-butler called me, I let the prisoner go and went to him; on coming out again I missed a silver soup-plate off the pantry table, which I had put there just before. The prisoner was gone, I went in pursuit, and a person gave me information. I saw the prisoner go into Cleveland-yard, I followed as quick as I could, and on entering the yard Revell gave me information, and I found the prisoner behind the cistern in the yard - I collared him, and found the plate lying on his toes, on the pavement. He fell on his knees, begged pardon, asked me to beat him well, and said he would never do so again. I took him back, and gave him in charge of his Lordship's steward, who gave the prisoner and plate to Green.

WILLIAM REVELL . I am coachman to Sir Watkin William Wynne. About a quarter before five o'clock I saw the prisoner running down Cleveland-yard, with the plate under his coat; I saw him take it out from under his coat, and go behind a cistern in the yard - M'Donald came up, I pointed him out, and he collared him. The prisoner pulled off his coat, fell on his knees, and begged he would give him a good flogging, and let him go, saying it was the first time.

EDWARD GREEN . I am an officer of Queen-square. On the 15th of June M'Donald fetched me. I received the plate from the butler in the prisoner's presence - he fell on his knees, and begged of the butler to forgive him. His Lordship's house is in the parish of St. James, Westminster, in the liberty of the Dean and Chapter. The plate weighs twenty ounces and a half, and is worth about 5 l.

(Property produced and sworn to.)

Prisoner. I throw myself on the mercy of the Court.

GUILTY . - DEATH . Aged 19.

First Middlesex Jury, before Mr. Justice Holroyd.

JAMES ROBERTS.
7th July 1819
Reference Numbert18190707-3
VerdictNot Guilty

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908. JAMES ROBERTS was indicted for burglariously breaking and entering the dwelling-house of Elizabeth Allcock and Catherine Henderson , about two o'clock in the night of the 12th of May , with intent to steal, and burglariously stealing therein one handkerchief, value 2 s., the property of the said Catherine Henderson ; and one 20 l., two 10 l., and two 5 l. bank notes , the property of the said Elizabeth Allcock .

CATHERINE HENDERSON . I am in partnership with Elizabeth Allcock - we are milliners , and live in Dover-street, Piccadilly . On the 12th of May, between one and two o'clock in the morning, a fire broke out in the street; a short time after the alarm, I left the house, and was taken over to Mr. Bates's hotel - I left my pocket-book, containing these notes, in a drawer in my bed-room; a white handkerchief was left in another drawer. I returned about five o'clock, missed some guineas and some sovereigns, and these notes out of the pocket-book. On the Saturday following, Smithers brought me a handkerchief, which was in the drawer that night.

Prisoner. Q. Was any person in the house before the soldiers were ordered in - A. No person had been in when I left, except the female servant of a neighbouring house, who came in to save herself; the door was shut after us.

ELIZABETH ALLCOCK . On the night of the fire I slept in the room with Mrs. Henderson - I had a pocket-book in a drawer in the room with 75 l. in it - the drawer was not locked. We returned to the house at five o'clock, and picked 25 l. off the floor in front of the drawers. The pocket-book was brought to me at Bates's hotel, empty.

ELIZA ANN CHURCH . I am a servant in the house. I found the pocket-book in the drawer about an hour after the alarm, it was then empty. I had returned to the house to fetch it. I found a great many soldiers and other persons

in the house - I remember seeing two soldiers in the bed-room, taking the furniture out. I saw none but soldiers in the bed-room. The fire did not burn the house.

WILLIAM MURRAY . I am a sergeant of the third regiment of Guards. On the morning of the 13th of May I went with a detachment to the fire, the prisoner was one of them, he was a private soldier. I placed the men in a semicircle round the fire - about eight men were ordered into the house; I do not know whether he was one or not. About half-past four o'clock we left the fire - all the men, except one named Oliver, were present, and he joined us directly we got back - there were sixty-two in all. About an hour and a half after, the roll was called over; four or five men were absent, the prisoner was one of them. I did not see him again until he was in custody at Bow-street on the Wednesday following.

WILLIAM FOX. I am a sergeant in the Coldstream Guards, On the Friday after the fire I was on guard at the Mint - I went to a public-house near the Mint, and found the prisoner there, with several other soldiers of the same regiment; I took them all into custody, and sent two of them to the main-guard.

RICHARD SEABREY . I am a sergeant in the Coldstream Guards. On Friday evening, about a quarter before ten o'clock, I met the prisoner at a public-house near the Mint - I sent for Fox, and we secured him with four others. As soon as we got out of the house the other four ran away; we took the prisoner to the main guard at the Tower. He was very resolute, used bad language, and resisted being searched - he threatened to knock any one down who offered to touch him. We searched him by force, and found 9 s. 2 d. in his trowsers pocket, and five 1 l. notes between his gaiters and his legs, buttoned up; a white pocket handkerchief fell out of his trowsers. He would not satisfy the officer how he came by them - he said a gentleman in Dover-street gave him some money to drink for assisting at the fire, and that he had 60 l. more, which he offered to lend the Captain. The officer asked him how he came by it? he said that was nothing to him. He said the patrols had taken a piece of gold out of his pocket, which a gentleman in Dover-street gave him - the officer asked the gentleman's name? he said it was Ferguson.

WILLIAM WHITAKER . I am a sergeant in the third regiment of Foot Guards. I went with the soldiers to the fire - the prisoner was among them.

ELIZABETH POPE . I keep an eating-house in Butcher-row, Tower-hill; about a day or two after the fire in Dover-street, three soldiers and three women came into the shop, the prisoner was one of them; my daughter brought me down a 1 l. note to pay for their dinner. I took it up to them, and asked them if they had silver. The prisoner stood up and produced a 5 l. and a 10 l. note. I still refused giving change for a large note, and asked him if he had got another 1 l. note instead of that he first sent down, as I scrupled about its being good - he gave me another 1 l. note; I gave him the change, and returned the first note to him.

ROBERT FISH . I live at the Crown and Punch Bowl, East Smithfield. On the Friday evening after the fire in Dover-street the prisoner and four other soldiers were drinking at my house.

RICHARD RAE. I am a private in the Coldstream Guards. On the Friday after the fire I saw the prisoner with five other soldiers and two women, at the Marquis of Granby, public-house - I drank with them. The prisoner pulled a quantity of silver out of his pocket several times - there was as much as would fill a pint pot. He said several times that he had made a haul of 50 l. at the fire in Dover-street, and a piece of gold which he had been offered 25 l. for. He was in liquor.

MRS. HENDERSON. The handkerchief is mine. The drawer that it was in was moved out into the street, but the drawer which contained the pocket-book was not moved.

Prisoner's Defence. A party of us were ordered into the house. I found the handkerchief in the street, but as to the money I am innocent of it.

NOT GUILTY .

First Middlesex Jury, before Mr. Justice Burrough.

JOHN TURNER.
7th July 1819
Reference Numbert18190707-4
VerdictGuilty > lesser offence
SentenceTransportation

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909. JOHN TURNER was indicted for feloniously assaulting Edward Houlditch , on the King's highway, on the 16th of June , putting him in fear, and taking from his person and against his will, one watch, value 20 s., and one key, value 6 d. , his property.

EDWARD HOULDITCH . I live in Caroline-street, Bedford-square. On the 16th of June, about nine o'clock in the evening, I was going up Drury-lane , and met the prisoner and another just above Wych-street ; the prisoner pushed his hand against my breast, and immediately snatched the watch out of my fob, and ran away; I gave the alarm, and pursued him with the patrols, who took him in seven or eight minutes - I lost sight of him but am sure he is the man. He was searched at the watch-house but nothing found on him. I insisted on his being stripped, and as his breeches were being taken off, I heard something fall - my watch was picked up close at his feet. He used no violence to me.

(Property produced and sworn to.)

JOHN CARRICK. I am a tailor. I was in Drury-lane, and saw the prisoner and another man coming from towards the Strand. I saw the prisoner push the prosecutor in the breast, snatch his watch from him, and run away. I pursued him towards the Strand, and never lost sight of him till the patrols took him. I saw the watch fall at his feet in the watch-house.

JOHN MATTHEWS . I am a patrol. I heard the cry, and secured the prisoner, who was running very fast - I took him to the watch-house. As he was being stripped, I saw him fumbling in his breeches, and put something on the seat behind him; Williams picked it up - it was the watch.

THOMAS WILLIAMS . I was at the watch-house. I saw the prisoner take something from his pocket - the watch was produced.

JOHN WILLIAMS . I was constable of the night. I stripped the prisoner. The watch was found in the way described.

Prisoner. I throw myself on the mercy of the Court.

GUILTY. Aged 35.

Of stealing from the person, but not with force and violence .

Transported for Seven Years .

First Middlesex Jury, before Mr. Justice Holroyd.

WILLIAM HENRY BIRD.
7th July 1819
Reference Numbert18190707-5
VerdictGuilty
SentenceDeath

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910. WILLIAM HENRY BIRD was indicted for stealing, on the 30th of June , at St. George, Hanover-square , one tea-pot, value 10 l., the property of George Haldimand , in his dwelling-house .

HENRY WADE . I am servant to George Haldimand, Esq. who keeps a house in the parish of St. George, Hanover-square. On the 30th of June, about twelve o'clock, a summons came for my master to attend at Westminster. I had the silver tea-pot in my hand, which I put down on the table near the pantry door, and went up stairs to my master - I was not gone above two minutes, and when I returned it was gone - the passage door was open, I do not know whether I had left it open. I instantly went into the area, and saw the prisoner going up the steps, I seized him before he got out of the area, and took the tea-pot from under his jacket - I called for assistance, and secured him. It is worth 10 l. He was searched, but no money found on him.

(Property produced and sworn to.)

Prisoner's Defence. I was in distress, and out of employ.

GUILTY . - DEATH . Aged 28.

First Middlesex Jury, before Mr. Justice Burrough.

WILLIAM FRANKLIN, SAMUEL STANTON.
7th July 1819
Reference Numbert18190707-6
VerdictGuilty > lesser offence
SentenceImprisonment; Corporal > whipping

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911. WILLIAM FRANKLIN and SAMUEL STANTON were indicted for feloniously breaking and entering the dwelling-house of John Cornwell , about four o'clock in the afternoon of the 22d of June , (he and other persons being therein), and stealing one watch, value 8 s. , his property.

JOHN CORNWELL . I live in Green-street, Globe-fields, Bethnal-green . On the 22d of June, between three and four o'clock in the afternoon, I and my wife were up stairs; I heard a noise, went down, found the window pushed up, and missed my watch off a nail over the mantle-piece. I went out, ran with Parsley, and secured the prisoners together, about fourteen houses from mine. About twenty minutes after, Kelly brought me my watch, which he found on the very spot where I took Stanton - Franklin was about two yards from him.

Cross-examined by MR. BROADRICK. The window was safe two hours before.

JOSEPH PARSLEY . I live nearly opposite the prosecutor's. I saw the prisoners and two others together - I suspected, and watched them; the other two went a little way on, passed me, and stood nearly opposite my house. I looked at them a short time, then looked towards Cornwell's house. I saw Franklin coming out of his window into the street - Stanton's face was towards the window, and appeared to be watching him out; they went away together into Green-place. I went over to Cornwell, went with him, and secured the prisoners.

THOMAS KELLY . I am servant at the Crown, public-house, Mile End. I was in Green's-place, and saw the watch lying in the road. I showed the witnesses where I found it; Cornwell claimed it.

REBECCA CORNWELL . I am the prosecutor's wife. I shut the window about ten o'clock.

REBECCA HARRIS . I was at the prosecutor's; I let his father in about half-past three o'clock, but did not see whether the window was open or not.

Cross-examined. The door fastens with a spring-catch. I might have left it ajar.

FRANKLIN - GUILTY. Aged 17.

STANTON - GUILTY. Aged 17.

Of stealing, but not of breaking and entering .

Confined Six Months , and Whipped .

First Middlesex Jury, before Mr. Justice Holroyd.

ELIZABETH CARTER.
7th July 1819
Reference Numbert18190707-7
VerdictNot Guilty

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912. ELIZABETH CARTER was indicted for stealing, on the 22d of May , two watches, value 3 l.; two pair of sheets, value 30 s.; seven yards of cotton, value 10 s.; one table-cloth, value 10 s.; one shawl, value 6 s.; one pillow-case, value 1 s.; one pair of stockings, value 3 s.; two towels, value 1 s., and one tea-spoon, value 18 d., the property of Eleanor Skee , in her dwelling-house .

ELEANOR SKEE . I live in Bushel's-rents, St George's in the East . On the 4th of May, between seven and eight o'clock in the evening, the prisoner and a man came to my house - they lodged there three weeks, and passed as man and wife; the prisoner went away in my absence and took her box. After she was gone I missed these things - I found a duplicate of them in her room afterwards.

AMBROSE BRADLEY . I am a pawnbroker. I have three sheets pledged with me, but I do not know who by.

(Property produced and sworn to.)

NOT GUILTY .

First Middlesex Jury, before Mr. Justice Burrough.

HANNAH TORRELL.
7th July 1819
Reference Numbert18190707-8
VerdictGuilty > lesser offence
SentenceImprisonment

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913. HANNAH TORRELL was indicted for stealing, on the 26th of March , in the dwelling-house of Ann Riley , two handkerchiefs, value 6 s.; 1 l. 16 s., in monies numbered, and two 1 l. bank notes , her property.

ANN RILEY . I live in George-street, Bloomsbury ; the prisoner lodged in my third-floor for ten months. On the 26th of March, about two o'clock in the afternoon, I went out, leaving her in care of the house; I returned in about half an hour, she was gone, and I missed the money, which was tied up in a handkerchief - she had seen me put the money there. I did not see her again till she was apprehended.

JAMES JORDAN . I am a constable. On the 2d of June I apprehended the prisoner in George-street; the prosecutor's sister gave her in charge. She said she went to Deptford, and was robbed of all the money.

Prisoner. I beg for mercy.

GUILTY. Aged 48.

Of stealing to the value of 39 s. only.

Confined One Year .

First Middlesex Jury, before Mr. Justice Holroyd.

SARAH RING.
7th July 1819
Reference Numbert18190707-9
VerdictGuilty
SentenceDeath

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914. SARAH RING was indicted for stealing, on the 28th of May , at St. John, Hampstead , in the dwelling-house of William Stern , four tea-spoons, value 2 s.; one cup, value 3 d.; one saucer, value 3 d.; one pair of clogs, value 1 s., and one 10 l. bank note , his property.

WILLIAM STERN . I am a publican , and live at Hampstead ; the prisoner was about a month in my service. I came to town about the latter end of May, and left a 10 l. bank note in my bureau, which I should know again. I returned about seven o'clock in the evening, and in consequence of information went to my bureau, missed the

10 l. note, and the other articles stated in the indictment. The prisoner remained at my house, and I had her apprehended next day.

JOHN EDMUND WILSON . On Saturday, the 29th of May, I apprehended the prisoner, informed her she was charged with felony, and I must search her. I ordered her to take off her apron, which she did; I then told her to take off her gown, and out dropped a lace frill. I told her to take off her shoes and stockings, she was a long time about it, and said it was tied in a knot, I told her to break it; she asked me to give her a knife off the sideboard to cut it. I turned round, but kept my eye upon her, and saw her put something into her mouth, I seized her by the throat, threw her on the floor, and in about five minutes I pulled a 10 l. note out of her mouth. I found two silver and two plated spoons in her bed-room, also a china cup and saucer, and a pair of clogs in her box. She begged me to say nothing about it.

WILLIAM STERN re-examined. The note is mine; it has the name of the gentleman I took it of on it. The other things are also mine.

GUILTY . - DEATH Aged 45.

First Middlesex Jury, before Mr. Justice Burrough.

WILLIAM BAKER, JAMES MAY.
7th July 1819
Reference Numbert18190707-10
VerdictNot Guilty

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915. WILLIAM BAKER and JAMES MAY were indicted for stealing, on the 5th of June , one mare, price 10 l. , the property of George Wells .

GEORGE WELLS . I live at East Bedfont , which is thirteen miles from town. On the 4th of June, about eleven o'clock at night, I turned my mare out on the green; next morning, about four o'clock, she was gone. I saw her about noon at Longford, in an orchard.

WILLIAM WEIGHTMAN . I saw the mare at Longford, in the road; Baker was riding her, and the other prisoner was walking by the side - she had a halter on. Baker turned her out in the road, and both left her without taking the halter off. I had said nothing to them - it was about half-past three o'clock in the afternoon.

Cross-examined by MR. ALLEY. Q. Was it not the day after the fair - A. Yes.

NOT GUILTY .

First Middlesex Jury, before Mr. Justice Holroyd.

GEORGE DUDLEY.
7th July 1819
Reference Numbert18190707-11
VerdictGuilty
SentenceTransportation

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916. GEORGE DUDLEY was indicted for stealing, on the 20th of June , one watch, value 5 l.; two seals, value 20 s. and one key, value 5 s., the property of Charles Cadman , from his person .

CHARLES CADMAN . I am clerk to Mr. Marks, who is a soap-boiler , and lives in York-street, Westminster. On the 20th of June, I was in Catherine-street, Strand, opposite Bedford-court ; the prisoner and two or three others came up. The prisoner snatched my watch from my pocket and ran up Bedford-court; I followed and overtook him - he could not get away, but turned round, and struck at me; he missed his blow, and I collared him. While I held him a woman came out of one of the houses in the court, and took hold of my coat behind; I heard something fall like a watch, and glass break - the woman picked it up and took it away; I have never recovered the watch - I am sure the prisoner took it. He got away, leaving the flaps of his coat in my hand. I pursued and overtook him again - the watchman stopped him.

Prisoner's Defence. A gentleman pushed me against the wall - I am innocent.

GUILTY . Aged 20.

Transported for Seven Years .

First Middlesex Jury, before Mr. Justice Burrough.

JOHN LEAVER, WILLIAM WILLIS.
7th July 1819
Reference Numbert18190707-12
VerdictGuilty; Not Guilty
SentenceDeath

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917. JOHN LEAVER and WILLIAM WILLIS were indicted for burglariously breaking and entering the dwelling-house of William Davis , about eleven o'clock in the night of the 22d of May , at St. Ann, Blackfriars , with intent to steal, and burglariously stealing therein, two coats, value 20 s.; two waistcoats, value 7 s.; two pair of breeches, value 10 s.; one apron, value 6 d.; one yard of calico, value 6 d., and the sum of 2 l. 15 s. in monies numbered , his property.

WILLIAM DAVIS . I live at No. 1, Stonecutters'-alley , in the parish of St. Ann, Blackfriars. I have the lower part of the house, which is a separate apartment by itself, the upper part belongs to No. 2. My door only leads to my apartment. On the 22d of May, about nine o'clock in the evening, I went out, left nobody in the house, and double-locked the door; I returned about twenty minutes before twelve, and found the place broken open - the lock was picked. I lost the articles stated in the indictment, and 2 l. 15 s. in silver. I had left them all in the house when I went out. There was a picklock key left behind, with some pieces of candle and matches - they had all been lit. My own candle had been moved from where I had left it, lit, and put out again.

JANE LLOYD . I live at No. 9, Plumtree-court, my husband is a flute-key maker. On Sunday, the 23d of May the prisoner, Leaver, left a bundle with me, he told me that he dealt in harness, and left the bundle with me to take care of - he lodged with me. I had observed several men going up and down to him, which I complained of to him. On the 27th of May the officer fetched the bundle.

RICHARD REEVE . I am an officer. On Thursday, the 27th of May, I went with John Grossmith to Mrs. Lloyd's, and asked her for a bundle which was left there on Sunday the 23d. I told her who I was, she delivered it to me, and said she received it on Sunday, from Leaver. It contained a coat, two waistcoats, and two pair of breeches.

JOHN GROSSSMITH . On Monday morning, the 24th of May, I was standing near the turnpike-gate, Great Dover-road, Newington, and saw the prisoners together; Willis was carrying a bag and Leaver a bundle; I went after them; they refused to tell me what it was. I took hold of a bag in Willis's hand, he said it was harness, and he was going to Walworth for a saddle - it did contain harness. On examining the bundle which Leaver had in his hand, I found a blue coat, an apron and a piece of calico; he seemed very much confused, and not giving me a satisfactory answer I collared both, and took them to Union Hall. On Wednesday I apprehended a person named Bolt, who has been discharged. The same day I went to Plumtree-court and got the bundle, went to the prosecutor's house, and he claimed the property - he gave me the pieces of candle and matches which were left in the room.

(Property produced and sworn to.)

LEAVER'S Defence. They were brought to me to take care of.

WILLIS'S Defence. Leaver asked me to carry the sack.

LEAVER - GUILTY . - DEATH . Aged 26.

WILLIS - NOT GUILTY .

London Jury, before Mr. Recorder.

JOHN LEAVER, WILLIAM WILLIS.
7th July 1819
Reference Numbert18190707-13
VerdictGuilty; Guilty
SentenceTransportation

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918. JOHN LEAVER and WILLIAM WILLIS were again indicted for stealing, on the 24th of May , five brass rings, value 2 s.; four buckles, value 6 d.; two horse-cloths, value 4 s., and three territs, value 1 s. 6 d. , the goods of Robert Gray the elder , and Robert Gray the younger .

ROBERT GRAY JUN. I am in partnership with Robert Gray ; we keep the Bolt in Tun , Fleet-street. On the 25th of May, Grossmith came and enquired if I had lost any harness. I went to Union Hall and found the articles stated in the indictment, which I had lost - there were two horse-cloths and several brass ornaments.

JOHN GROSSMITH . I apprehended the prisoners on the 24th of May, and found two horse-cloths and six ornaments on Willis in a bag. Leaver had the buckles and other things in his hand.

(Property produced and sworn to.)

LEAVER'S Defence. They were left with me by a man.

WILLIS - GUILTY . Aged 26.

Transported for Seven Years .

LEAVER - GUILTY . Aged 26.

(See former Sentence.)

London Jury, before Mr. Recorder.

JOHN SHARP.
7th July 1819
Reference Numbert18190707-14
VerdictGuilty > theft under 40s
SentenceTransportation

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919. JOHN SHARP was indicted for stealing, on the 29th of May , sixteen pair of boots, value 5 l. 3 s.; fifteen pair of shoes, value 2 l. 16 s.; four pair of shoe upper-leathers, value 14 s., three pair of boot upper-leathers, value 13 s. 6 d., the property of Richard Willis , in his dwelling-house .

RICHARD WILLIS . I am a boot and shoemaker , and live in Cheapside ; the prisoner had lived with me about twelve months as a ladies' shoe clicker . For several months past I have missed sundry articles; I suspected him, and on the 29th of May, I got an officer from Guildhall, and went to the prisoner. We asked him if he objected to have his lodgings searched? he said No. I went to the office, requesting the prisoner to remain in the shop with my young man till I returned. When we arrived I found him and the young man at the door. On entering the room we found his wife in great agitation at our appearance. The officer proceeded to examine the room, and found the articles stated in the indictment, and several other articles which were mine. He begged I would have mercy on him, as he said it was his first offence,

Cross-examined by MR. ANDREWS. Q. He was allowed to take shoes home to bind - A. Yes, but he was told that day to bring home all his work, and he did so, and said it was all he had got. I never sold him goods.

JOHN WAITE . I am a clicker at the prosecutor's; I have been so thirteen or fourteen years. On the 29th of May Mr. Willis brought an officer to the shop, who gave the prisoner into my charge until they had returned from searching his lodgings. A few minutes after they went out he went to the door and ran off; I followed and overtook him. I asked him what he was running away for? he said Mr. Willis had accused him of robbing him. I told him he knew his own conscience best, and if he knew he was innocent, why not stick to his post, and never mind his lodgings being searched; he appeared much agitated, and said his wife would be frightened into fits. I accompanied him home; we found Mr. Willis and the officer at the door. Mr. Willis asked him why he did not stay at the shop? he said because they were gone to search his lodgings. We all went up into his lodgings, where we found his wife and two children; the officer found several yards of galoon tucked in her apron. She was asked for the boots and shoes which her husband had brought home at dinner-time; she went to one corner of the room, and pulled out several pair of boots and shoes. She officer searched the room, and found the articles stated in the indictment.

JOHN FOX. I am an officer. I went and searched the prisoner's lodgings and found some galoon concealed under his wife's apron; I also found the articles stated in the indictment, with a quantity of satin and silk for ladies' shoes.

(Property produced and sworn to.)

GUILTY. Aged 26.

Of stealing to the value of 39 s. only .

Transported for Seven Years .

London Jury, before Mr. Recorder.

GEORGE FOSSEY, WILLIAM BALL OXENHAM.
7th July 1819
Reference Numbert18190707-15
VerdictGuilty; Guilty
SentenceTransportation

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920. GEORGE FOSSEY and WILLIAM BALL OXENHAM were indicted for stealing, on the 15th of May , four bags, value 4 s., and 540 lbs. of nails, value 8 l. , the goods of Ellen Vardon , widow , and William Vardon .

SECOND COUNT, stating them to be the property of Henry Vardon , John Vardon , Hugh James Vardon , Charles Vardon , Emma Martha Vardon , Ellen Vardon the younger , Emily Vardon , the said Ellen Vardon , widow, and William Vardon .

JOHN JONES . I am a carman in the employ of Reeves and Co., who are carters. On the 15th of May I was employed to carry goods from the prosecutors' warehouse in Leadenhall-market; I took my cart there about a quarter before seven o'clock in the morning, and saw both the prisoners at the warehouse, they delivered four bags of nails to me to carry to Rotten-row, Old-street, to an old iron shop. I delivered them there.

Q. Did either of the prisoners accompany you - A. Oxenham accompanied me as far as Old-street; after I had delivered the nails I returned to him, and he paid me 4 s. 6 d. for the cartage.

Q. Had you been employed by the prosecutors on other occasions - A. Yes; we used to enter the work, and were not paid by the job. My master used to collect the money. In consequence of this circumstance I mentioned it to the prosecutors' servant.

Cross-examined by MR. ANDREWS. Q. How long have you lived with Reeves and Co. - A. Above six years. I told the prosecutors of it about a week after.

MR. WILLIAM VARDON . I am an ironmonger, and live in Gracechurch-street, we have a warehouse in Leadenhall-market. Oxenham was warehouseman, and Fossey was the porter - they had no authority to deliver goods without an order from the house, either verbal or written - they had no orders to deliver four bags of nails on the

15th of May, at seven o'clock in the morning, it was before the hours of business. Reeves and Co. were our carters, we had not employed them that morning - we pay them at the end of the quarter. I am executor to my father, and my mother is executrix.

Cross-examined. Q. Have you missed property - A. We missed several articles. The prisoners remained in our employ for a month after the robbery; we set a watch on them, but could discover nothing amiss. Oxenham had the key of the warehouse.

FOSSEY - GUILTY . Aged 30.

OXENHAM - GUILTY . Aged 41.

Transported for Seven Years .

London Jury, before Mr. Recorder.

WILLIAM SMITH.
7th July 1819
Reference Numbert18190707-16
VerdictGuilty

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921. WILLIAM SMITH was indicted for stealing, on the 7th of June , 20 lbs. of beef, value 19 s. 6 d. , the property of Joseph Spragg .

WILLIAM JOHN BARRETT . I am servant to Joseph Spragg , who is a butcher , and lives in Oxendon-street. I stopped at the corner of Bell-yard, Fleet-street , with a cart, and delivered a sheep and lamb; I returned to the cart, missed a rump of beef, and secured the prisoner with it on his shoulder. I gave him charge.

Prisoner's Defence. A man gave it to me to carry.

GUILTY . Aged 34.

London Jury, before Mr. Recorder.

WILLIAM SMITH.
7th July 1819
Reference Numbert18190707-17
VerdictGuilty
SentenceTransportation

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922. WILLIAM SMITH was again indicted for stealing, on the 29th of May , 37 lbs. of veal, value 6 s. 3 d. , the property of William Cobner .

SARAH COBNER. My husband is a butchers' carrier , and lives at St. Clement's. The meat was in a cart, which stood at the corner of Fetter-lane .

THOMAS NIBLET . On the 29th of May I saw the prisoner jump into the prosecutor's cart, take out a hindquarter of veal, and run off with it. I afterwards heard it was stolen, and gave information.

GUILTY . Aged 34.

Transported for Seven Years .

London Jury, before Mr. Recorder.

JOHN TAYLOR, JAMES MASON, THOMAS STITCHBOURNE.
7th July 1819
Reference Numbert18190707-18
VerdictGuilty; Guilty; Guilty
SentenceTransportation

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923. JOHN TAYLOR , JAMES MASON , and THOMAS STITCHBOURNE were indicted for stealing, on the 21st of June , 30 lbs. of lead, value 5 s., the property of Samuel Favell , Richard Mead , David Cock , William Namur , James Norton , John Hammond , and William Montague , and fixed to a certain building of their's, and one fixture, viz. one copper, value 15 s., belonging to them, and fixed to the said building .

SECOND COUNT, the same, only stating it to belong to Samuel Robinson .

THIRD COUNT, the same, only stating them to belong to Ann Loyd and Catherine Blackstock .

THOMAS ABBEY . I am a carpenter. On the 21st of June, about a quarter before six o'clock in the morning, I was going to work, and saw the three prisoners with a bag, in Well-street, Hackney; from the bulk of it I suspected them - Taylor and Mason were lifting the bag on Stitchbourne's shoulder. I followed them about a hundred yards, they then parted; Stitchbourne went to the right-hand with the copper. I met a neighbour, we followed him, and found he had put his load down to rest - he said his father had sent him with the copper. I got a constable, and gave him in charge. We went and took the other prisoners about a quarter of a mile off. I am sure they are the boys.

JOHN FLETCHER . I followed the prisoners, and found the copper and lead in the bag, which Stitchbourne had; he said he brought it from Hommerton, but did not know the name of the street - he could give no account of it. I saw the two other prisoners coming through another way to meet Stitchbourne - they were secured. We took them to a public-house - Taylor had no shoes on; when they parted he took a pair of shoes from Stitchbourne.

THOMAS GOODWIN . I am a constable. I was fetched, and took Stitchbourne in charge. I took the other two, who were waiting in the street. In the way to the watch-house, Taylor and Mason said the bag belonged to them all. On searching Stitchbourne, I found a piece of a sink in his pocket. He pulled his shoes off, and gave them to Taylor, as he said they were his, but he had borrowed them. I took Stitchbourne to the premises, and asked him how they got in? he showed me, and said they went in at eleven o'clock, and meant to have had two coppers. I fitted the lead to the place.

SAMUEL ROBINSON , ESQ. I belong to the building, which are alms-houses. My interest is assigned to the persons named in the indictment. Ann Lloyd lives in them. The copper was fixed.

TAYLOR'S Defence. Stitchbourne asked me to give him a lift.

MASON'S Defence. I lifted it on his shoulder.

STITCHBOURNE'S Defence. I know nothing of the other two.

TAYLOR - GUILTY . Aged 15.

MASON - GUILTY . Aged 14.

STITCHBOURNE - GUILTY . Aged 12.

Transported for Seven Years .

Second Middlesex Jury, before Mr. Recorder.

JOHN WILSON.
7th July 1819
Reference Numbert18190707-19
VerdictGuilty
SentenceTransportation

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924. JOHN WILSON was indicted for stealing, on the 17th of June , one handkerchief, value 5 s., the property of Marshall Robinson , Esq. , from his person .

MARSHALL ROBINSON, ESQ. On the 17th of June, about one o'clock in the day, I was walking in Bedford-square , felt something pull my coat behind, turned round, and charged the prisoner with picking my pocket - he had his hand behind his back - I took hold of him, and he instantly gave me my handkerchief, said he was very sorry, but he did it from distress, and if I would let him go he would never do so again; two others were with him, who went off. I took him to Marlborough-street.

(Property produced and sworn to.)

Prisoner's Defence. Two men were following the gentleman, one of them threw the handkerchief over his shoulder, and I picked it up.

(Property produced and sworn to.)

GUILTY . Aged 16.

Transported for Life .

Second Middlesex Jury, before Mr. Recorder.

WILLIAM JARRARD, JOHN HUTCHINSON.
7th July 1819
Reference Numbert18190707-20
VerdictNot Guilty

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925. WILLIAM JARRARD and JOHN HUTCHINSON were indicted for burglariously breaking and entering the dwelling-house of William Charles Alvey , about two o'clock in the night of the 27th of June , with intent to steal .

WILLIAM CHARLES ALVEY . I live in Oxford-street . On the 27th of June, about eleven o'clock at night, I was disturbed by a noise in the adjoining house, which is empty; I heard it repeatedly in the course of the night, but did not get up, and at a quarter after two o'clock in the morning, I heard it again and got up; it appeared like the breaking of a wall. I went down to the parlour, and listened till I heard mortar fall. Shortly after that, I heard the pressure of a man against the wall I opened the private door, which is in Hanway-street, and placed the watchman in front of the house. I then went up, got a light, came down to the parlour, and found a hole in the wall, large enough for a man's body to get through - the arm of a man was quite through it, he appeared to be getting out of the hole. I spoke, and the noise alarmed him; I immediately ran round to the side-door, and alarmed the watchman. I went up stairs to put my coat on, came down in about two minutes, and found the prisoners in his custody. I went into the adjoining house, and found a coat, a hat, a crow-bar, and a turn-screw.

Q. Was it light enough for you to discern the features of a man - A. Yes.

JAMES PARSON . I am a watchman. Just after I had called half-past two, my fellow-watchman alarmed me; I went round to the front of the house, and put my back against the shutters. It was just day-break - if a man had been near, I could have discerned his features.

NOT GUILTY .

Second Middlesex Jury, before Mr. Justice Holroyd.

SARAH LYON, ESTHER LEVY.
7th July 1819
Reference Numbert18190707-21
VerdictGuilty > with recommendation
SentenceDeath; Death

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926. SARAH LYON and ESTHER LEVY were indicted for stealing on the 8th of June , at St. Mathew, Bethnal-green , eleven handkerchiefs, value 13 s., the property of Joseph Thomas Martin , privately in his shop .

ELIZABETH MARTIN . I am the daughter of Joseph Thomas Martin , who keeps a linen-draper's shop in Green-street, Globe-fields , in the parish of Bethnal-green. On the 8th of June, about twelve o'clock, the prisoners came into the shop; Lyon bought a pair of stockings, which came to 1 s. 4 d.; Levy looked at the things but bought nothing - they were together in the shop for about a quarter of an hour; the handkerchiefs were on the counter near to where they stood; when they had bought the stockings they went out. In a few minutes I missed a handkerchief, went into the street, and saw Mrs. Barrett; I went next door to Mr. Whiley's, and he and Barret went after them - I staid in the shop. In a short time they brought them back; Lyon had the eleven handkerchiefs in her lap; she said,

"There is all I have got of your's." Levy said,

"I hope you will not prosecute, for I dare say you have got a family of your own." I said if I had I should think it would do them good to have you taken up. The handkerchiefs were the same that were on the counter - I had taken them down to show to the prisoners; they are worth 13 s. 8 d. cost price. I did not miss them while they were in the shop.

(Property produced and sworn to.)

MARY BARRETT . I saw Martin at her door. Some distance before I got to the shop I saw the two prisoners; Levy said to the other

"If the cove had turned her back we might have had half the shop." When I came to Martin's door, she asked me if I had seen two girls? I told her. Whiley and I went after them, and overtook them; I pointed them out, and he secured and took them back to the shop. I saw some handkerchiefs found in Lyon's apron in the shop.

JAMES WHILEY . In consequence of information I went in pursuit, and overtook the prisoners about a quarter of a mile off. I told them to come back with me as some property had been taken from the shop. Lyon said what she had got she had bought - I took them both back; several handkerchiefs and a pair of stockings were found in Lyon's apron; Martin claimed them - they both begged for mercy.

LYON - GUILTY. - DEATH . Aged 15.

LEVY - GUILTY. - DEATH . Aged 14.

Recommended to Mercy .

Second Middlesex Jury, before Mr. Justice Burrough.

CHARLES EMERY.
7th July 1819
Reference Numbert18190707-22
VerdictGuilty > theft under 40s
SentenceTransportation

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