Old Bailey Proceedings.
9th December 1830
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Before the Right Honourable JOHN KEY , LORD MAYOR of the city of London; Sir Joseph Littledale , Knt., one of the Justices of His Majesty Court, of King's Bench; Sir John Vaughan , Knt., one of the Barons of His Majesty's Court of Exchequer; Sir Edward Hall Alderson , Knt., one of the Justices His Majesty's Court of Common Pleas; John Ansley , Esq.; Sir Charles bwer , Bart.; George Scholey , Esq.; Samuel Birch , Esq.; John Atkins , Esq. John Garratt , Esq., and William Thompson , Esq.; Aldermen of the said City; Newman Knowlys , Esq., Recorder of the said City; Sir Peter Laurie , Knt.; Alderman of the said City; Charles Ewan Law Esq., Common Sergeant of the said City; William St. Julien Arabin , Sergeant at Law; His Majesty's Justices of Or and Terminer of the City of London, and Justices of the Gaol Delivery of Newgate, holden for the said City and the County of Middlesex.



John Bourn ,

Wm. H. Gostling ,

John Garland

Fred. Llewellyn ,

Joseph Waugh ,

Thomas Wade ,

Thomas Clarence ,

John Grey ,

John Allen ,

William Neesam ,

William Wardle ,

Wm. Carpenter .


George Pill ,

Henry Barling ,

Thomas Labbock ,

Edward Clarke ,

William Wase ,

Thomas Sheldon ,

William Lucas ,

Edward Jackson ,

Joseph Sharp ,

James Ball ,

William Nelson ,

Berg Denham .



Geo. Fred. Palin ,

Wm. Prosser ,

John Philipson ,

Wm. Reynolds ,

James Russell ,

John Reddall ,

Thomas Radbourn ,

Simon Peter Rice ,

James Rothway ,

Wm. Henry Rose ,

Cuthbert Raymond ,

John Riley .


Alex. Steel ,

John Simmons ,

Thomas Souter ,

John Stanley ,

John Saul ,

Vincent Simpson ,

William Smith ,

Francis Shannon ,

Wm. H. Scroder ,

John Stollard ,

John Skinner ,

Thomas Sell .


Thomas Roberts ,

Robert Rickards ,

John Rodger ,

Francis Rowe ,

Miles John Riley ,

Edward Robinson ,

John Riggs ,

John Reekey ,

Thomas Rogers ,

James Smith ,

John Stevens ,

John Shands .


Daniel Norton ,

John Northfield ,

Charles Norris ,

Henry H. Nash ,

Benjamin Neave ,

Michael Noddings ,

John Owen ,

William Pool ,

Samuel Phillips ,

George Partridge ,

Thomas Porter ,

Walter Pearce .


John Potter ,

Thomas Pickford ,

John Poole ,

George Palliser ,

Walter Pitman ,

Richard Phillips ,

William Page ,

John T. Pritchet ,

William Procter ,

Lawrence Powell ,

James Potter ,

Francis Prime .



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First London Jury, before Mr. Recorder.

1. RICHARD LAW was indicted for stealing, on the 22nd of November , at St. Margaret Pattens, 2 dressing-cases, value 4l. 12s.; 3 combs, value 2s. 10d.; 7 brushes, value 14s.; 1 tooth-cleaner, value 2s. 6d.; 2 nail-files, value 2s. 6d.; 2 pairs of scissors, value 6s.; 2 penknives, value 11s. 2d.; 2 razor-strops, value 1s. 7d.; 1 tongue-scraper, value 2s. 6d.; 4 glass bottles, value 12s.; 2 ivory pans, value 1s.; 1 pair of curling-irons, value 1s.; 1 shaving-dish, value 3s. 6d.; 1 pair of glass pans, value 1s. 6d., and 2 tweezers, value 3s., the goods of William Benfield , in his dwelling-house .

WILLIAM BENFIELD . I am a perfumer and hair-dresser , and live at No. 1, St. Mary-at-hill, in the parish of St. Margaret Pattens , and rent the house. The articles stated in the indictment are used in my business - I had seen them a quarter of an hour before they were taken, which was about half-past six o'clock on Monday evening, the 22nd of November; William Sanderson was in the shop when they were taken, but I was not - the prisoner is a stranger to me; I had not seen him in the shop - I went out on hearing an alarm, and within twenty yards of my shop I saw one of my dressing-cases, laying open in the road; all the articles together cost me 8l. 10s. - one razor is missing out of a dressing-case; all the bottles are broken - a silver tongue-scraper and a knife are lost; I know all the articles in the indictment were safe a quarter of an hour before - they were the fittings of two dressing-cases, both of which I have recovered; the prisoner was brought into the shop to me, and denied the charge - the shop is part of my dwelling-house; I have no partner.

WILLIAM SANDERSON . I am shopman to Mr. Benfield. I saw the prisoner going out of the shop, with the articles in his possession - I had not seen him come in, as I was curling a child's hair; my face was towards the door, but I did not see him come in - he had not asked for any thing; I pursued, but did not overtake him - he had got into Idol-lane before he was stopped; that is six doors off - I saw him stopped; I saw him drop one of the boxes about two yards from the shop - the other was in his possession when he was stopped; he dropped it in scuffling to get away - they were dressing-cases, furnished with combs and other articles - he denied the charge when he was stopped - nobody was running from the shop besides him.

Prisoner. He says one of them was caught in my arms, which is false. Witness. I saw one in his hand when I came up; he dropped it in struggling.

WILLIAM BROWNNUTT . I am a constable. I was sen for to take charge of the prisoner with the articles, which I have had ever since.

MR. BENFIELD. These boxes are mine, and these articles are the furniture of them; I include the cost of the instruments in the 8l. 10s. - my name is on the scissors, penknife and razors.

WILLIAM SANDERSON . I am certain they are my master's property.

Prisoner's Defence. I was coming from work - there was a cry of Stop thief! I was stopped by a man, brought up to the shop, and they said I had taken these dressing-cases; I had just come from the saw-mills, where I had worked eight years; there was not one of them caught in my arms - the man who took me could say the same, but he is not here.

One witness gave the prisoner a good character.

[Dec. 10.] GUILTY - DEATH . Aged 16.

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2. JOHN BERRY was indicted for feloniously assaulting Richard Andrews , on the 9th of November , at St. Lawrence Jewry, putting him in fear, and taking from his person, and against his will, 1 watch, value 20s.; 1 watch-chain, value 10s.; 1 seal, value 2s. 6d., and 2 watch-keys, value 4d., his property .

RICHARD ANDREWS . I am a porter , and live at No. 22, Ironmonger-lane, Cheapside. On the 9th of November, between three and four o'clock in the afternoon, I was going to see for a coach for my employer - the streets were very much crowded, as it was Lord Mayor's day; I was passing out of Ironmonger-lane, across King-street, and along Cateaton-street, to go to the Bull and Mouth, and very near the Castle tavern at the corner of King-street , I found several people - I tried to get by, but could not, and in a few minutes I found some people, pushing against me, and hustling me about; that did not continue many minutes - there were three or four persons together, hustling me about; when I left my master's house I had a watch, chain, and seals - I had hold of it not a minute before; the watch was worth 20s. - I did not feel it go from me: there were two of them before me, one came round me, and one of them touched my body - I put my hand down, and said, "If any body touches my body. I will keep him clear;" they lifted my arms right up, and lifted

me up - I immediately missed my watch; I noticed their persons - Berry was one of them I am sure.

Q. Are you quite sure he was engaged as one of those who were pushing you about and hustling you? A. I am; he was very close to me: finding my watch gone a person came to me, and asked if I was robbed - I said Yes, of my watch; he said he thought he knew the party - the prisoner was then gone, and I was looking after him: he had got out of my sight - he was taken within an hour and a half: I was not present then - I received information, went to the watch-house to look at him, and identified him immediately; I am certain he was one of the party - I did not know him before; I saw my watch at the watch-house - my name is on a silver seal which is attached to it, and I have two letters on each side of the case.

THOMAS TOOLE . I am a journeyman boot and shoemaker, and live at No. 22, Goswell-street. I was near King-street on the 9th of November, and saw the prosecutor there, between three and four o'clock; there was a considerable crowd in the neighbourhood - I did not know the prisoner before this, but am positive I saw him there - Andrews was coming along; the prisoner and five or six others, whom I had been watching for some time, and seen attempt to hustle several other people, surrounded Andrews, shoved their elbows in his ribs, and shoved him about backwards and forwards - I am sure the prisoner was one of the most active among them; they at last lifted him right off his legs, and one of them took the watch out of his fob, and handed it to the prisoner - they then let Andrews go, and all began to laugh at him; Andrews said to the one next to him, "How dare you touch my body?" or something of that sort - when he got outside, I told him he had lost his watch, and that I knew the person who had got it; I went with him down to Basinghall-street, but could not see an officer, and while we were talking the prisoner and two others came along the other side of the way - I said,"There they are, don't let them see you, I will follow them, and give me your direction;" I followed them down London-wall, into the Circus, Bishopsgate-street, Liverpool-street, Camomile-street, Sun-street, the Minories, and into White Lion-street, in Houndsditch - the three met two others, who were with them at the time of the robbery; they got to Rosemary-lane - the prisoner and two others went down an archway; I saw the street-keeper, and asked him if it was a thoroughfare - understanding it came into Mill-yard, I went up the yard; there is a house there, which leads through into the yard - I went into the house, and saw the prisoner and the other two with the watch in their hands; they were in the house, and all talking about it - a Policeman came up, and wanted to go into the house, but I said they were coming out, and presently I saw the whole five in White Lion-street; we followed them - the Policeman took the prisoner in Leman-street, and charged him with it; he took the watch out of his hand, and handed it round to the others - they handed it from one to the other; I took hold of it, and said, "That won't do" - the others got away directly; I know them - one of them is a Jew, and had a bag under his arm; I should know them again - we secured the prisoner, and took him to the watch-house - the prosecutor recognized his person, and claimed he watch.

CHARLES TICKLE . I am a constable of Ratcliff. On the 9th of November. I saw Toole in White Lion-street - he gave me information; I said if they were gone through the archway it was all lost - we afterwards saw them all five together; he pointed to the prisoner, and said that was the man who had got the watch - I went up, and we took the prisoner; the others all went away - I followed another for a quarter of a mile, and got his hat and handkerchief, but not him; he ran too fast for me - I saw the watch passed out of the prisoner's pocket; he was trying to shift it away - I have had it in my possession ever since.

R. ANDREWS. I swear this is my watch - my initials are on it.

[Dec. 11.] GUILTY - DEATH . Aged 23.

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First Middlesex Jury, before Mr. Justice Littledale.

3. CHARLES BAYLEY was indicted for feloniously breaking and entering the dwelling-house of Elizabeth Prior , on the 7th of November , at Edmonton, and stealing therein 2 table-cloths, value 4s., her property; 1 frock, value 30s.; 1 pelisse, value 20s., and 1 muff, value 2l., the goods of Benjamin Leak .

MR. PHILLIPS conducted the prosecution.

ANN ROBERTS. I am servant to Mrs. Prior, who is a widow , and lives on the Parade, at Edmonton . On the 7th of November I went to bed about half-past ten o'clock - we all retired together; I left nobody up: I saw the house properly secured - the windows and doors were safe; on going down next morning I found the parlour and drawing-room doors open - the parlour closet was open, and the back door open - I had left it shut the night before, and fastened with two bolts and a wooden bar; the glass window was taken out, and the door opened - a person could get in through that window; it was a small sash window, with no shutter, but a wooden board had been nailed over it for security, as the glass had been broken; I found that board broken down, and the whole window out - the kitchen dresser drawers were open; Miss Leak was on a visit at the house at the time - I found her box down at the kitchen door; she saw it - I missed two cloaks out of the hall, and two table-cloths from a table drawer in the hall; they were marked, and I shall know them again - I missed a pair of shoes, which I have not found.

COURT. Q. Was the board fastened the night before? A. It had been fastened for years.

JOHN CAMP . I am beadle of Edmonton. On the 8th of November I heard Mrs. Prior's house had been broken open - it is in the parish of Edmonton, and in Middlesex; next morning, the 9th, I was going from town to Edmonton, and saw the prisoner - I knew him before: after seeing me he turned round, and went on fast - I turned my horse to go after him, and he ran away; I followed, and overtook him - he had a bundle: I asked what he had got in it- he said it was nothing to me, or something to that effect; I told him a great many houses had been robbed at Edmonton lately, and I thought he might have some of the property - he made no answer; I asked for the bundle - he gave it up to me: I took it out of his hand - I opened it, and found some articles in it; I took the bundle home, and sent for Mrs. Prior - I have the same articles now; I asked how he came by the property - he said it was no

thing to me, but when I got about a mile on the road I asked him again how he came by it - he said a gentleman met him and asked him to carry it for him; I asked where he was going to carry it to - he said to Shoreditch church, and he was to give him a shilling for his trouble; I afterwards took off his hat, and found a table-cloth marked P. - he had not said he had any thing in his hat; I have had the table-cloth ever since - I found two common keys on him, which the Magistrate ordered me to give up to him; I produce the property - one table-cloth was in the bundle.

Prisoner. I said I did not know what was in the bundle. Witness. He did not say so.

CLARISSA LEAK . On the 7th of November I was on a visit at Mrs. Prior's, at Edmonton, with my sister, who was in very bad health - this cloth pelisse and silk frock are mine; the muff belongs to my sister Sarah, who is fifteen years old - I am twelve years old; my sister is at home, at Holt, in Norfolk - she is now in delicate health; I know the muff to be hers - my father's name is Benjamin - these things are his property, because we are under his care, and he bought them; we both live with him - Mrs. Prior is not related to us: we went to stay a short time with her - we were there several months - the frock and muff were locked up in a deal box in Mrs. Prior's study, on the Saturday night, and the pelisse was in a deal box by it, which was not locked; I saw the box after the robbery - the deal box was broken open, the pelisse and muff gone, and the frock from the other box.

CLARISSA HARRISON PRIOR . I am the daughter of Elizabeth Prior - she is an elderly infirm lady; I lived with her on the 7th of November - she rents the house, and occupies it; these table-cloths are her property - I know them by the letter P. on them, and the pattern of the diaper: they are worth 2s. each - I saw them the day before the robbery, on a table in the hall.

ANN ROBERTS. These table-cloths are my mistress's, and were in a table drawer in the hall.

Prisoner's Defence. My brother came to me on the Saturday, and said my uncle Clarke, the head messenger at the Trinity-house, had a job for me; I went to do it, and stopped at his house on Saturday and Sunday nights: I came home on Monday, and on Tuesday, as I was going there, I went into a public-house, and had a pint of beer, about one o'clock in the day, and when I came out a gentleman tapped me on the shoulder, and said he would give me a shilling or two to carry the bundle - he gave me the cloth, told me to put it into my hat, and said most likely he would overtake me on the road; when the constable stopped me, I asked him to let me go back to find the gentleman, but he would not trouble about that, and said he should take me.

[Dec. 9.] GUILTY - DEATH . Aged 18.

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First Middlesex Jury, before Mr. Justice Alderson.

4. JOHN WOODFIELD was indicted for stealing, on the 3rd of November , at St. Pancras, 1 cloak, value 7l., the goods of Charles Michael Sola ; 1 cloak, value 7l., the goods of Richard Spurring ; and 1 hat, value 20s., the goods of Joseph Hermet , in the dwelling-house of Benjamin Bacon Williams .

JOHN JEWELL . I am coachman to Mr. Benjamin Bacon Williams , of No. 48, Tavistock-square, in the parish of St. Pancras . On the 3rd of November, my master having a very large party to dinner, I was waiting at table, by his orders; the prisoner came to his house at seven o'clock in the evening, to ask about a footman's place - I told him master was engaged, and could not be seen, and to come next morning before nine o'clock - he then went away; I did not see him again that evening; an alarm was given about ten o'clock that night, and I missed a cloak of Mr. Charles Michael Sola 's, who was dining with master - it was on a settle in the hall, where I had put it, and I had seen it there about half an hour before; I also missed another cloak, the property of Mr. Richard Spurring , who was a friend of my master's - they were blue broad cloth cloaks; one was new, and had not been worn above two or three times; that cost about sixteen guineas - it was very handsome; the other would be about ten guineas new - about one o'clock in the morning, as a gentleman was going home, I found in the hall a broad brimmed hat, with a piece out of the side; I had seen a hat of that description on the prisoner's head, when he called the first time - I gave it to Barker, the Policeman; the gentleman's hat was missing.

Prisoner. Q. How do you know it was my hat that was left behind? A. I cannot say it was his - I saw one of that description on his head; he wore a shabby coat, - I would not let him far into the hall, and would not leave him while he was there.

Q. Did not I pull off my hat as soon as I entered the hall? A. No.

JANE HOLLOCK . I am housemaid to Mr. Williams. On the 3rd of November I saw the prisoner at master's house, about eight o'clock - he came with a letter, which I gave to my mistress on the stairs, and by her direction I told the prisoner to call again for an answer; he called again about ten o'clock that night - I let him in, and went up stairs to ask mistress for the answer; I saw the cloaks laying on a settle in the hall when I went up - I came down in about two minutes, and found the door open, the cloaks were taken, and the prisoner gone; I am sure he is the man.

Prisoner. Q. Did you let any body else in besides me that evening? A. Nobody; I saw the cloaks there when you came in - you rang at the door at eight o'clock, and at ten also.

EDWARD BARKER . I am a Police-constable. On the 3rd of November I was in Tavistock-square, close by Mr. Williams' house; I saw the prisoner go up to the door and rap, about ten o'clock - he was let in by the maid-servant, and I went away; I did not see him come out - I had seen him at seven o'clock that evening in Sussex-street, Tottenham-court-road with a large slouched hat on - here is a hat which Jewell delivered to me; it is the one he had on then - I saw him pull it off.

Prisoner. Q. How can you swear it is my hat? A. I saw it on your head, and off also - I took notice of it, and am sure it is the same - it is torn down on the right side.

JOHN JEWELL . This is the hat I found at master's house at one o'clock in the morning.

EDWARD KITCHINGMAN . I am a Police-constable. I apprehended the prisoner on the 4th of November, in Lamb's Conduit-street; I found nothing on him but money - this hat was delivered to me by Jewell.

Prisoner's Defence. I centainly went after this situation, for I had been out of one two months - I lived in Staffordshire with Mr. Dobson, a Magistrate, but my wages were so low I could not support my wife and two children - I heard of Mr. Williams' situation from his late footman, whom I met at Hatton-garden office for assaulting his master - the Policeman threw a coat over to me, and asked me to go and pawn it for 1l. for the footman to pay his fine; I did so, and gave him the pound - he had promised to give me 1s., but said he had not got it, and if I would call in Sussex-street in the course of the day he would give it to me - I went to the station-house where he had gone; they said he was gone to lodge at the Red Lion - I found he did not lodge there; I returned to the station-house and waited there - he came and said he had not got it, but would give it to the Policeman when he got his wages; he said his situation might suit me, and I went at seven o'clock to the house by appointment - I pulled off my hat in the hall, and asked if a footman was wanted; they said Yes, but I could not see the gentleman as he was at dinner - I said I would call again; I got a friend to write me a note to take there - I saw the servant; a lady told me to look in again for an answer; I went again at nine o'clock, and asked for the answer - the servant opened the door, and went up stairs, leaving the door open; a female came up to me, and said,"You can't have an answer, Mr. Williams is engaged with company;" I went out leaving the door open as it was before - when I was taken I only had a few halfpence in my possession.

J. HOLLOCK. I am quite sure I shut the door, leaving him inside.

EDWARD BARKER . I found only 2s. 3d. on him.

[Dec. 9.] GUILTY - DEATH . Aged 40.

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Before Mr. Justice Alderson.

5. THOMAS JONES was indicted for feloniously and burglariously breaking and entering the dwelling-house of William Dawes , about twelve o'clock in the night of the 31st of October , at St. Leonard, Shoreditch, with intent to steal the goods and chattels therein .

WILLIAM DAWES . I live at No. 18, Brunswick-street, Hackney-road, in the parish of St. Leonard, Shoreditch . On the 31st of October, between three and four o'clock in the afternoon, I left my house, leaving Mary Pullen, my servant, a boy, and a man-servant in the house; I returned about nine, found the house in a disturbed state, several Policemen inside, and several drawers pulled out - I missed some things at first, but found them afterwards; nothing was lost.

Cross-examined by MR. CLARKSON. Q. What is your business? A. I am a baker; I have the house on a lease, and have no partner.

MARY PULLEN . I am servant to Mr. Dawes. He left me at home on the 31st of October; I left about ten minutes after six o'clock, and was the last person in the house - I left the things all straight and right; I locked the front door, and bolted the back door, about ten minutes before I left; there are no other outside doors to the house; I went out at the front door, shut it, and locked it; the windows were all safe - I returned about a quarter to eight o'clock, found the house was in great confusion - the Policemen and some neighbours were there; I found the drawers all open, and the things tumbled about - it was moon-light when I returned, and darkish when I left the house; I gave the key to Mrs. Gear when I left.

Cross-examined. Q. Are you sure it was moon-light? A. Yes.

SARAH GEAR . The key was left at my house - I heard the distrubance, and still found the key where I had hung it up.

MONTAGUE RAWLE . I live at No. 4, Brunswick-street, very nearly opposite the prosecutor's. On Sunday evening, the 31st of October, I happened to be at the window, about half-past seven o'clock, and saw several people about Dawes' premises - it was bright moon-light; I afterwards thought I saw a light in the top front room - I thought it was a dark lantern, as it moved about in different directions, and seeing the reflection of it on the walls like a sun, I came out of my house, went, and alarmed Mr. Ball, my neighbour; we both came out with Penn, a lodger of his - when we came out, I saw the prisoner open Dawes' door, and come out; he walked on about two doors, and Ball spoke to him - he was walking on then; Ball said,"Halloo! Stop! who are you?" he immediately set off running - I pursued him with Ball, and we were in the road even with him, but about three yards off him; he turned round Cambridge - street - three persons attempted to stop him there - he turned back and said to us, "Have you got him?" I said No; I laid hold of him and said, "Now we have;" he had not been out of my sight one minute - we took him; he then took something in his hand and flung it over the wall in Little Cambridge-street, into the gardens of Wevmouth - terrance - we gave him in charge of Herrington, the Policeman; we took him back to the house, and left him in charge of several people; some stopped in the shop below, and some went up to view the premises - I did not go up; the door was ajar - it shuts with a spring lock- the premises below did not appear at all in disorder - I left him in the shop, and went to find another constable; I am sure he is the man who came out of Mr. Dawes' house, and I took him; I never lost sight of him during the whole time.

Cross-examined. Q. You seem very positive? A. I am so; I had never seen him before, to my recollection - I might be twelve or fourteen yards from the house; it was very moon-light - I believe the moon was full: I have always said I was sure he was the moon, and that I never lost sight of him - he was apprehended about fifty or sixty yards from the house; he had only made one turning -Dawes lives in Brunswick-street; he was taken in Little Cambridge-street, which runs across Brunswick-street - when he turned the corner I was on a level with him, sideways: I was in the road, and he on the payement; I am positive I never lost sight of him - I went with the Policeman to the gardens the same evening; I had seen the movement of his hand, as if something was flung, but saw nothing go from his hand - we could find nothing; we looked next day, and found about an inch and a half of candle - I did not state this to the Magistrate.

Q. Were you not asked before the Magistrate if any thing was found, and did you not say you could find nothing? A. I did not say so - he was searched immediately on his apprehension; he could not open the door with a piece of candle.

COURT. Q. A man might have candle for a dark-lantern? A. It seemed too large for a dark-lantern.

WILLIAM BALL . On the evening of the 31st of October I was called by Rawle, went across the road, and saw Dawes' door open, and the prisoner come out; I hallooed out, "Halloo, stop! who are you?" he mumbled something, walked about two doors rather sharply, and then took to running; I pursued, and never lost sight of him - I took him into the custody; the evidence of the last witness is perfectly correct - I went into the house, and found every thing in confusign up stairs, the drawers open, and the contents scattered and rumpled about.

Cross-examined. Q. You swear you have no doubt of his person? A. Not the least - I did not observe any body else running at that time: the street appeared very clear at that moment - the prisoner turned back towards us, and said, "Have you got him?" I had been in doors all the evening, and had not observed whether it was a dark evening; there was a good light in the street.

OTTO PENN . I came out with Ball - two well dressed men, apparently, attempted to stop me as I came out of the door; one of them immediately called out loudly, "Do you see him? Do you see him?" instantly pulled out his watch, and went towards Dawes'house; I said, "That is a signal - look to Dawes' door;" I immediately went towards the door, and the prisoner came out - Ball said, "Who are you? and what are you?" the man directly took to his heels, and turned short round Little Cambridge-street, running - he immediately after turned round, and came towards me, saying, "Have you got him?" Yes (said I) d-n me, I think we have;" directly he saw I was going to take him, he turned again; three persons in Weymouth-terrace put their hands out - he turned again, and we secured him; I lost sight of him as he turned the corner, but believe the prisoner to be the man.

RICHARD HAWKS . I am a Police-constable. On Sunday evening, at six o'clock, I was on duty in Hackney-road, and a little after six I saw four persons at the corner of Brunswick-street - I passed them; one of them was the prisoner, I am certain - I returned again in about a quarter of an hour, and three persons stood there; the prisoner was one of them - it was a beautiful moon-light night; I went to Shoreditch-church, and when I returned it was about seven; two persons were on the spot then - the prisoner was gone, and about half-past seven, as I came that way, I heard somebody speaking very loud, and then a cry of Stop thief! nobody was between me and the person running, not on the footpath; I joined in the pursuit, turned the corner, and lost sight of him, but on coming into Cambridge-street I found the prisoner in Ball's custody; I took him to the house, and went up to the second floor front room - the bed was turned down, and the bolster was removed from its place; a looking-glass was on the bed, with the drawers open, and the things all in a very disturhed state - there were a number of papers on a chest of drawer, which were all open, and the things disturbed - we went into other rooms, and found the things in a regular state; the back door of the house was bolted with two bolts - I went into the garden, and found nothing, but next morning, on the wall next to Cambridge-street, I found a candle, and I received from Mr. Bowen, at the house, this dark-lantern, which was quite warm.

CHARLES BOWEN . I found that dark-lantern on the weighing-machine in the shop, near the door.

MR. DAWES. This lantern does not belong to me - I never saw it before.

MARY PULLEN. I never saw the lantern before.

Prisoner's Defence. I know nothing about it - I did not leave home till half-past six o'clock.

Two witnesses gave the prisoner a good character.

(Dec. 9.) GUILTY - DEATH . Aged 23.

9th December 1830
Reference Numbert18301209-6

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6. JAMES PHIPPS was indicted for feloniously breaking and entering the dwelling-house of Daniel Long , on the 27th of November , at St. Leonard, Shoreditch, and stealing therein 3 sheets, value 9s.; 1 piece of patch-work, value 3s.; 1 shirt, value 8s.; 1 shawl, value 3s., and 3 half-crowns, his property .

DANIEL LONG . I live at No. 7, Norfolk-place, Curtain-road, which, I believe, is in the parish of St. Leonard, Shoreditch - I am the housekeeper; I work at a silk dye-house - I have no lodger - there are only two rooms and a wash-house in the house. On Saturday evening, the 27th of November, at nine o'clock, I left my house - my three children were in bed, and my wife also, when I left, as she was ill; I bolted the wash-house door and the room door, and locked the street door as I came out, leaving a light in the room; the windows were secured - I put the key into my pocket; I returned in a quarter of an hour, and took the key from my pocket - I applied it to the lock, and could not turn it; I listened, and heard footsteps inside - I thought my wife had come down stairs; no answer was made to me - I tried the key again, but could not turn it; Shortly after the prisoner opened the door about halfway - he rushed out against me; I immediately laid hold of him by the collar, and asked what business he had there; he said, "Nothing, Sir;" I said,"Then I insist on knowing what brought you here;" another man then rushed out after him - I collared him: there is a passage about ten yards from the house, which leads into Shoreditch; they both tried to get from me, but I held them fast till they got me down to the passage - they had both been inside the house; none of my windows or doors were broken - I stuck close to them both till I got out at the gate, at the end of the passage; the other man then gave me a shove, got himself at liberty, and ran off - I called for assistance, but nobody came; the prisoner kept saying "Let me go;" he turned round, struck me a blow in the mouth, and cut me - I stuck fast to him; some people caem up, and one fetched the serjeant of the Police - his hat fell off, and I called to the serjeant to search it; I gave him into the custody - I saw him searched on the spot; a shirt was found inside his waistcoat, on one side, and a shawl on the other side; a sheet was in his hat - I never let him go till I gave him to the serjeant; the prisoner is the person, I am certain; I went to the station with him, and when I returned to my own house. I found a chest of drawers open - some things were in the drawers and some out on the floor; I had left the drawer shut, but not locked - the things were all safe when I went out; I left three half-crowns in the drawer - I took a shilling from the three half-crowns when I went out, and when I returned the three half-crowns were gone; he must have opened the

street door to have got in - I was in the house from seven till nine o'clock, and left nobody but my own family there.

ANN LONG . On the night of the 27th of November, I went to bed at half-past eight o'clock, in the upper room; I heard my husband go out - he locked the door; I heard a noise in the house, and heard a noise outside, after he was gone - I looked out at the window, and asked what was the matter; several people were collected about the door - I went down stairs, and found my drawers half open; some of the things were in the drawers, and some on the floor - I went up stairs, and fainted; I recollect nothing else that occurred till my husband came home -I missed three sheets and a counterpane out of the top drawer, a shirt and a shawl from the drawer under that, and three half-crowns from the top little drawer; I had put these things all into the drawers myself, not long before I went up stairs - they had been mangled; I saw the money there then.

MARTHA BARRETT . My husband is in the service of the East India Company - I live right opposite Mr. Long's. On Saturday, the 27th of November, I heard a noise in the street - I went to the door, heard a cry of Stop thief! and saw Long struggling in the garden with the prisoner; I saw the prisoner's hat fall off into the next garden, and saw something white in the hat - somebody picked it up, but I cannot say who; I went to Long's house, and Mrs. Long was there - I saw the drawers open, part of the clothes hanging over them, and part scattered over the floor; I saw the Policeman take the prisoner from Long - I am sure he is the man Long was struggling with.

JOHN TOWNLEY . I am a serjeant of the Police; I know Long's house - it is in the parish of St. Leonard, Shoreditch, Middlesex. On the 27th of November I was called by a man to come to Norfolk-place - I there found the prisoner in Long's custody; he gave him up to me - his hat was off, and laying on the ground; Long had no hat on - the hat was handed to me by a person; the prisoner owned it was his himself, and claimed a handkerchief which was in the crown of it; the hat was picked up, and handed to me by somebody standing by - I took the sheet out of it; I searched the prisoner, and took a shirt from between his waistcoat, on one side, and a shawl from the other - he appeared very anxious to search himself, and thrust his hand into his pocket; when he took his hand out I laid hold of it, and found in it a skeleton key - he was very anxious to conceal it from me, and I had some difficulty to get it from his hand; he said it was the key of his own room door, and I had no business with it - I immediately took him to the station; I came back afterwards, and found the key would not open the outer door; I have had the charge of the property ever since.

MRS. LONG. I swear to the shawl! - I know it by the colour and the border, and I have a mark on it; I know this shirt - it is my own marking; the sheet also is my own marking.

D. LONG. This is my shirt - it is marked D.L., No. 2. - the sheet has my name on it.

Prisoner's Defence. I was at the London Apprentice last Saturday week; a man came, and asked if I was a porter - I said No; he said was I willing to carry a box for him - I said Yes, and went with him; he said the box was so full - he took me over to this man's house, gave me these things, told me to put them under my coat button the coat over, and he would come to me - the key belongs to my own door; I got it fitted to the lock by a man who works in Whitechapel; I was in the house with the man- this man came, and knocked at the door; I opened the door to him - he said, "What do you want there?" I said, "Nothing at all," and immediately the other man rushed out, and shoved me almost over him; he struck him a violent blow, and in the dark he said it was me - he let the man go, and hallooed Thief! and Murder! - the man gave me the things to put into my hat to keep the box from burting my head; I did not know what he collared me for - I work at Mr. Mills, No. 24, Peter-street.

(Dec. 9.) GUILTY - DEATH . Aged 22.

9th December 1830
Reference Numbert18301209-7

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7. JANE MORRIS was indicted for stealing on the 22nd of November , at St. George, Hanover-square, 4 sovereigns, 1 half-sovereign, and 4 half-crowns, the monies of Arthur Campbell , in the dwelling-house of Robert Lynam .

MR. BULLOCK conducted the prosecution.

ARTHUR CAMPBELL . I am a pupil of Mr. Lynam's, who lives at No. 10, Lower Belgrave-street, in the parish of St. George, Hanover-square - my name is Arthur Edward Campbell , but I never use the second name; I have never gone by it and am not known by it - Mr. Lynam rents the house, and lives in it. On the 22nd of November, at five o'clock in the afternoon, I went up stairs to dress; I had a purse with four sovereigns, a half-sovereign, and four half-crown in it - I had seen all that money in it that afternoon; I had been saving it in order to make a present of it to a servant - one sovereign had the letters A. C. on it as my initials; I left my purse at the foot of the bed, is my room, about five o'clock - I went up stairs again about seven, and the purse was not there; the prisoner was a servant in the house, and it was her duty to attempt to that room - the bed was turned down then, but not at five o'clock; I searched for my purse, but it was gone - in the evening of the next day I saw the prisoner in the presence of Mrs. Lynam; she was dressed with her bonnet on, ready to go out - she told Mrs. Lynam she was ready to go, and asked for her wages; Mrs. Lynam said it was at her pleasure, she might go if she liked, but without her wages - she went down stairs, and I told Mrs. Lynam of the loss of my purse; I was afterwards present at the station-house, and saw the prisoner's box brought there - it was locked: I saw it opened with one of her own keys, which she gave to the Policeman; I saw four sovereigns, a half-sovereign, and four half-crowns found in her box altogether - the sovereign marked A. C. was among them; I had marked it myself, and have no doubt of it.

THE REV. ROBERT LYNAM . This is my dwelling-house, it is in the parish of St. George, Hanover-square - the witness was a pupil of mine. I recollect the prisoner being charged with taking this purse - she had been about six weeks in our service, and had notice to quite of the Monday, the day of the loss; she was to quite at the expiration of the month - in consequence of information from the prosecutor, the Policeman was sent for; the prisoner was

applied to, to have her box searched - she refused, and was taken to the Police-station; the keys were taken from her at the station, and applied to a work-box, which was found at her brother's house-her brother had called that evening; I saw the key applied to the box, saw it opened, and the money found in the manner described altogether - she claimed the work box directly she saw it, and said repeatedly that she had earned the money as her wages; Mr. Campbell had been with us nine months - I never knew him by the name of Edward.

ALLEN HORATIO GARMAN . I am a Policeman. I was sent for, and went to Mr. Lynam's - I waited at the door of No. 8, Ranelagh-street, while he went in, and got this box; I produced it to the prisoner and she said it was hers-one of the keys found on her fitted it; I took the money out myself.

ARTHUR CAMPBELL . Here is the sovereign which I marked - I swear it is one of those I lost; the money was in a net-purse, which has not been found.

Prisoner's Defence. I did not deliver the work-box to my brother, nor yet to his wife - he did not know the contents of the box; I had given notice that day, because mistress treated me with the greatest severity, and having another place inn view I requested to leave - I went to my brother's house; neither he nor his wife were at home - I left the box with another lady in the house; I have lived in most respectable places, and my master had a most amiable character with me - nothing was ever laid to my charge; the money was taken out of my box at the station - it was examined by the prosecuter, the Policeman, and my master; the porsecutor took a sovereign out of his waistcoat pocket, and compared it with those in the box

ARTHUR CAMPBELL. That is not true.

MR. LYNAM. I have known her six weeks; I received a very excellent character with her or, I should not have admitted her into my house.

(Dec. 10.) GUILTY - DEATH . Aged 2.

9th December 1830
Reference Numbert18301209-8

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8. JOHN ANTHONY was indicted for stealing, on the 2nd of December , at St. George, 3 sovereigns, 13 shillings, and three 5l. Bank notes, the property of Filby Gent , in his dwelling-house .

FILBY GENT. I keep a house for the sale of beer , at No. 10, Duke-street, St. George's in the East - it is my dwelling-house. I have known the prisoner about seven years - he lodged there since the 3rd of September last; he is a mariner - this money was in my watch pocket, and put under my pillow where I sleep; I went to bed last Thursday week, in the room on the ground floor, about ten o'clock this money was then loose in my watch pocket; there were three sovereigns, 13s., and three 5l. Bank notes; the three sovereigns were wrapped up in the notes in my fob, and the silver was in my breeches pockets - I was awoke about a quarter after two o'clock by some papers rattling, as I thought, near my head; I put my hand out of bed, and put it on the prisoner's hand - I thought it might be the cat, but I caught hold of him by the arm; he broke from me - there was a fire in the room, but no blaze - he ran down stairs, and I after him, into the kitchen, where he slept; I there caught him again, and said he had been robbing me - he said, "You cannot hurt me, for I have got no money upon me;" I had not said a words about money - my wife called in the Policeman; he was searched, but nothing could be found on him; the Policeman said the money could not he out of the house - we searched behind the prisoner's bed, and there found the three 5l. notes; he was taken to the station-house, and there searched again and the three sovereigns found in the lining of his jacket, but the silver was never found; here are the notes - I am certain they are mine.

LAWRENCE LANE . I am a Policeman. I was sent for about two o'clock in the morning, and the prisoner was brought up to me, charged with robbing the porsecutor, who found the three 5l. notes in the bed, in my presence - he denied having any money about him, but at the station-house, in the lining of his jacket, I found three sovereigns and a sixpence; he had said he had no money, either of his own, or any body elses.

[Dec. 10.] GUILTY - DEATH . Aged 26.

9th December 1830
Reference Numbert18301209-9
VerdictGuilty; Not Guilty

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9. ELIZABETH PHIPPS and ELIZABETH FLANAGAN were indicted for feloniously breaking and entering the dwelling-house of Joseph Drake , on the 17th of November , at St. Leonard, Shoreditch, and stealing 1 shift, value 4s.: 3 shirts, value 20s.; 1 petticoat, value 2s.; 1 sheet, value 7s.; 2 pillow-cases, value 3s.; 3 towels, value 3s.; 1 table cover, value 2s.; 6 yards of printed cotton, value 8s.; and 1 table cloth, value 8s., his property .

SUSAN DRAKE . I am the wife of Joseph Drake - we live at No. 1, Red Lion-street, Kingsland-road, in the parish of St. Leonard, Shoreditch , and occupy the house. On the 17th of November I left the house at half past five o'clock in the afternoon; my husband had gone out before me - I double-locked the door; I left nobody in the house; there is only one outer door - all the windows were secure; I returned at eight o'clock in the evening, and found my door open; it had been opened by some key, or something - I missed two sheets, four shirts, three table-cloths, two pillow-cases, two shifts, three towels, one table cover, two pieces of printed cotton, measuring five yards and three quarters together, and a petticoat; they were all in the drawer, which was open - every thing was taken out of the drawer; they were all in there clean when I went out, and nothing was left but two pairs of stocking; I saw the property again on the 24th of November, at Lambeth-street office - all my linen was marked, except the towels - I found all the marks taken out, but knew them although the marks are picked out; I know nothing of the prisoners - I found them in custody.

THOMAS BARNES . I am a pawnbroker. I know the prisoners; they came to me on the 18th of November together, to pledge a sheet, table-cloth, three shirts, and all these articles which I have - while I was making out the duplicate I thought the things were too good to belong to them; I then examined them, and saw some of the marks were picked out - I detained them and the goods, and sent for an officer, who took them.

Cross-examined by MR. BODKIN. Q. Did you know either of them before? A. I think I have seen Flana

gan before, but cannot swear it; my shop is in White chapel-road - I know nothing of her dealing in such things in Petticoat-lane; I mentioned the marks being taken out - she said at Lambeth-street that she had brought them in Petticoat-lane, but I do not remember her saying any thing of the sort in the shop - I will not swear she did not; I gave them in charge directly I discovered that the marks were taken out - I had offered to lend 30s. on them; they wanted more - I think they wanted about 2l.

WILLIAM WEST . I am a Policeman. I took the prisoners into custody and produce the articles - they have been in the pawnbroker's custody; we could not find the owner out for some time.

THOMAS BARNES . These are the articles they offered.

SUSAN DRAKE . Here is a mark on the corner of the table-cloth which I can trace; these are part of the goods missed on the night in question - I have not a doubt of the whole of them being our property; my own work on some of them.

Cross-examined. Q. Were they your own things? A. Part of them; the rest were sent to me to wash - this shirt belongs to a young man I wash for; the things were all in a drawer, and all clean; I had put them away on the Monday morning before the robbery, but saw them in the drawer five minutes before I went out; here is my own needle-work on several of them, and this sheet is mine; some are my own wearing-apparel.

Phipp's Defence. I never saw the things till they were on the pawnbroker's counter; the other prisoner came to my house, and asked me to go with her and pawn them - I said I would, and carried her child, and sometimes the basket with the things, and was much surprised at her being detained.

Flaxagan. I leave my defence to my counsel.

THOMAS BARNES. I took the goods from both of them; I saw them in possession of both of them - I asked who they belonged to; Flanagan said they were her property.



[Dec. 10.]

9th December 1830
Reference Numbert18301209-10

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10. JANE RAYDEN was indicted for stealing on the 10th of November , at St. Pancras, one 20l. Bank note, the property of John Mann , in his dwelling-house .

JANNBTTA MANN. I am the wife of John Mann - we live at No. 12, Guildford-street, Russell-square, in the parish of St. Pancras ; he is a baker , and occupies the house. The prisoner was in my service for twelve weeks; she left on the 11th of November - I had given her notice a fortnight before that to quite at the end of a month; on the 6th of November I received a 20l. Bank note from Mr. Short, No. 54, Bernard-street, and gave him change; he paid me eight guineas, I gave him the balance - my daughter, Jane, was in the parlour; I took the note to her, and she, in my presence, put the gentleman's address on it; and I then put it into the desk, in a pocket-book - I locked the desk; this was on Saturday evening, the 6th of November - I saw the note again on Tuesday evening, the 9th of November, as late as five o'clock, in the same place, and on Wednesday evening, the 10th, I was going to put what money I had taken into the pocket-book, and when I went to it the note was gone - I do not know whether the desk was locked or not then; I only told my husband of it that evening - every body was gone to bed; but next day I got up early and accused the prisoner of it on her coming down stairs that morning; she seemed very sorry at my loss, and said, would I like to look at her clothes, or into her box; I said I would: I went up-stairs and examined her clothes in her box, but found nothing - I did not search her person; I took all the things out of her box - I came down stairs, and said nothing further then, but after breakfast I went down stairs into the kitchen, and the prisoner said, "I think Ma'am I must leave you, for I cannot look at you, and you cannot look at me with any comfort after this" - I said, "Then do so;" she said, "I do not like to leave you without a servant " - I said,"That is of no consequence, I had rather you would go; I am sure you must have taken the note" - she said, "I assure you I have not seen it;" I said, "You are too deep for me" - she said she had not taken it, but if so I should never see it; I had not said it would be better or worse for her to say any thing, for at first I hardly expected she was the thief; she left that evening - I paid her her wages.

JANE MANN . I am the prosecutrix's daughter. On the 6th of November I remember Mr. Short being in the shop; he brought a 20l. Bank-note - I endorsed it; I had seen it given to my mother, who gave it to me to endorse, which I did; I saw her put it into the pocket-book, and put it into the desk.

JOSHUA FREEMAN . I am an inspector of notes at the Bank of England. I have a 20l. note, paid into the Bank on the 17th of November, by Rogers and Co., bankers, with a number of others; I have brought it from the library where we put notes after they are paid - I have made an extract from the Bank book, which states it to have been paid in there on the 17th of November; that book is not kept by me.

CHARLES WADE . I am a linen-draper, and live with my brother, William Henry Wade , No. 2, High-street, Deptford. I know the prisoner; I saw her at my brother's shop on the 15th or 16th of November - I never saw her before; I am certain she is the woman - she purchased goods amounting to 3l. 5s. 6d, and paid me a 20l. note; I gave her change, and asked her name - she said, Jane Rayden, but I wrote on it "Mrs. Rayden;" this is the note she gave me - Mrs. Rayden is written here in my hand-writing; I think it was on a Saturday or Friday - she was apprehended on the Monday after that; I cannot say what date it was; my memory is not very good, but I am certain of her person - I cannot say how long it was before she was apprehended; she came to the shop again the next day or the next day but one, and that is how the mistaken as arisen about the date; I am certain of the note.

JOHN CUSSIN . I am a Police-constable. I apprehended the prisoner in Grove-lane, Deptford, on the 18th of November; I know that was the date, because I took her to Hatton-garden on the 19th.

JOSEPH SEAMAN . I am a serjeant of the Police, and live at Deptford. I saw the prisoner in custody at the station-house, on the 18th of November, and went with

her from there to the lock-up room; she appeared very eager to disclose every thing - I did not tell her she had better confess, or that it would he worse if she did not; I told her what she stated to me would be in evidence against her, and the less she said to me would be the better - her mother overheard this, and advised her to confess; she told her mother something in my hearing - after locking up the prisoner, I saw her sister in the street, and she delivered me some keys; it was stated in my presence, at the office. that the prisoner lived at No. 5, Grove-lane, Deptford - I went, and in a new trunk there I found a red morocco case with seven sovereigns, a gilt chain, with a gold locket attached to it, six silver tea spoons, apparently new, a silver caddy-spoon and sugartongs, a pair of coral ear-rings, gold mounted, a gold ring, set with pearls, a silver watch, with two gold seals and a key, a piece of new printed cotton, some new silk, a pair of new gloves, a yard or two of linen, two or three yards of new calico, two gauze handkerchiefs, a piece of black stuff, a black lace veil, two small pieces of ribbon, and a pair of white cotton stockings - all these articles were new; there were other old articles in the box - I had no conversation with her about the things found, except that she said the sovereigns were part of the 20l. note - I did not say it would be better or worse for her to confess; she said this the next morning; I saw her put on the desk at the Police-station a purse with 13s. in it.

MRS. MANN. The parlour is part of the dwelling-house- I swear this note is ours; I know it by the endorsement, and here are the intials T. M. at the back, which we always make on notes; the T.M. is my daughter's writing: Shaw's name is also on it, in her writing - I saw her write it when she received it.

Prisoner. Q. Did you not tell me, down in the parlour, that you did not know whether you put the note into the pocket-book or no, as there was a cheque with it? A. I did not - there was a cheque with it, which was left - that and the note were rolled up together, and put into the pocket-book and into the desk; I did not say I did not know whether I had put it into the pocketbook or the desk, or any such thing - I said, as there was a cheque with it, it could not drop out without the cheque dropping also.

Prisoner. Mistress said she did not know the number of the note. Witness. No, I do not; I said I should stop the note at the Bank, and should be sure to find the thief, and she said, "I hope you will."

JANE MANN. This is the note my mother received from Mr. Shaw; I have written " Shaw, T. M. 30," on it, by which I know it - it is the note she put into the pocketbook and into the desk.

Prisoner's Defence. I did not take it out of any desk whatever.

[Dec. 10.] GUILTY - DEATH . Aged 23.

9th December 1830
Reference Numbert18301209-11
VerdictGuilty; Guilty
SentenceDeath; Death

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11. THOMAS RICHARD WHITE and HENRY COTTON were indicted for feloniously breaking and entering the dwelling-house of Joseph Grieves , on the 3rd of November , at St. Luke, Chelsea, and stealing therein 2 hams, value 20s., and 1 knife, value 6d., his property .

ANN GARDINER. I am servant to Mr. Joseph Grieves , who lives in the parish of St. Luke. Chelsea . On Wednesday night, the 3rd of November, I was the last person up - I fastened every door but the wash-house, and that was fastened by Marlow; I got up first next morning, found the wash-house door open, and all the things out of their places - the glass of the wash-house window was also cut out; a hand could then be put through to remove the bar from the door, which was done - I went and gave an alarm; I missed two hams and a knife from the wash-house - I found them at Queen-square, and knew them; the wash-house communicates with the dwelling-house - a door leads from one to the other.

ALEXANDER MARLOW . I fastened the wash-house door on Wednesday night, the 3rd of November, about eight o'clock - I put the bar across it, as the servant used to do; I tried to lock it, but could not - the window was whole then, and in the morning I found it broken; a person could put his arm through, and take the bar down - I know the prisoner White; he lives near the place - I saw the hams on the wash-house floor that night; I lifted them up, and put them on the copper.

HENRY PEGLER . I am a Policeman. On the 3rd of November I was on duty from twelve o'clock to six - I saw both the prisoners together, with two hams; Cotton, who had them in his possession, laid them on the ground; he passed me - I suppose they saw me, or they would not have laid the hams down - I took White in Frederick's-place; he was asking for a candle or something - I secured him; he said he did not know what it was for - I took the hams to the station with him; I have had them ever since, and produce them - I and Campbell took Cotton the same evening, a few minutes after nine o'clock; he was in bed - I took him to the station-house.

SAMSON DARKIN CAMPBELL . I assisted in taking Cotton on the evening of the 4th; White had been given into my custody at the station that morning - I found a knife on him, with fat of ham on it, and his hands smelt very strong of the grease of ham.

ANN GARDINER . These are the hams I missed that morning - I am certain they are my master's - I know them by having cut them last; I missed a knife like this, but cannot swear to it.

ALEXANDER MARLOW . I know these to be the hams.

White's Defence. On Thursday morning, the 4th of November, I was in bed, and about four o'clock a man came into my father's yard, and said the timber was adrift- my father being ill, I got up, and attended to it; I went back, and after going out I went round the square, and met this young man - he asked the time; I told him, then went to the chandler's shop, and asked for a candle - the Policeman came and took me - he took a knife from me, which I had had four months, and it was all over rust; I had taken it the day before to cut a rope - I am quite innocent.

Cotton's Defence. I was looking for work about a quarter-past five o'clock, and met the Policeman - he told me to go about my business, and at night he came and took me; he said he saw me drop the hams, which he could not see, unless he looked through the houses.

HENRY PEGLER. It was light enought for me to see what they put down, and to swear to them both.


COTTON - GUILTY - DEATH . Aged 16.[Dec. 10.]

9th December 1830
Reference Numbert18301209-12

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12. JOHN THOMAS WILKINS was indicted for stealing, on the 23rd of August , at St. Marylebone, 4 silver spoons, value 30s.; 1 silver fork, value 10s.; 1 snuff-box, value 30s.; 1 scarf, value 2l.; 1 gold pin, value 3s.; 1 pair of ear-rings, value 6s.; 1 comb, value 2s.; 2 silver salts, value 12s.; 1 gold chain, value 30s.; 1 ring, value 1l.; 2 seals, value 30s.; 2 sovereigns, 12 shillings, and three 5l. Bank notes, the property of John Lewer , in his dwelling-house .

JOHN LEWER. I live at No. 52, Augustus-street, Regent's-park , and am a hair-dresser . I know the prisoner; I left my house on the 21st of August, and went to Reading - I left my wife at home; I have no family - I was not at home at the time of the robbery.

WILLIAM LEWER . I am the prosecutor's brother. On the 23rd of August I called at his house, between ten and eleven o'clock in the morning - he then lived in Earl-street, Lisson-grove, Paddington, in the parish of St. Marylebone - he has since removed; I saw the prisoner and his mother there - she let me in, and Mrs. John Lewer was there: I went into the kitchen, which is on the ground floor, behind the parlour; I saw Mrs. Lewer place her pocket-book on the dresser - she was taken ill, and went into the parlour; we all followed her into the parlour except the prisoner, who was left behind in the kitchen; while we were in the parlour I heard a rattling of money - I immediately called to the prisoner's brother, Charles Wilkins, and informed him; the prisoner was not present - I went into the kitchen directly, and the prisoner appeared very much confused; he was in the act of closing the pocket-book - I said nothing to him, but went to his brother in the parlour, leaving him in the kitchen; this was about twelve o'clock- I went away between two and three; the prisoner and his brother said they were going part of my way, and went as far as the Yorkshire Stingo with me; I bade them good bye, and went home - the prisoner was never out of the kitchen, to my knowledge, during the whole time he was there.

ANN LEWER . I am the prosecutor's wife. The prisoner was at our house on the 23rd of August, with his brother and my husband's brother - he came between ten and eleven o'clock; I left my pocket-book on the dresser, as I generally do - the prisoner was in the kitchen at the time; I was taken ill with a bleeding at the nose, which I am subject to, and went into the parlour - there were three sovereigns, two crowns, and two half-crowns in the pocketbook - the silver on one side, and the gold on the other; I remained is the parlour till the prisoner came back again to the house, which was between four and five o'clock - I had not gone into the kitchen till I went to have tea; I had seen the prisoner, his brother, and my husband's brother go away together; the prisoner came back between four and five o'clock - he came into the parlour where I was; I did not know he was in the house - I was a good deal recovered then, and said, "John, why I am astonished to see you come back - I asked you to stop, and you would not; what has brought you back again? you went with your brother, and my brother-in-law;" he seemed confused, and sat on the sofa with his hat on - he said, "Ann, my bowels have been had, and I have been in the yard;" I asked him to have some tea, but he would not stop - he kissed me, and bade me good bye; I never saw him again till he was apprehended; the first thing I missed was a tea-spoon out of a tureen on the dresser, when I went to look for it for tea, but when the milk came I opened my pocket-book, and missed two sovereigns, two crowns, and two half-crowns - one sovereign and one half-crown were left; I went to bed very early - I opened my drawer where I keep my things, and missed three silver table-spoons, a silver fork, a gold chain, a silver salt, two gold seals, a gold ring with a rose diamond, a gold eye-glass, a tortoiseshell pocket-comb, a gold pin, a pair of gold ear-rings, three 5l. Bank notes, and a silver snuff-box - they were all in the drawer, which was locked, and I found it still locked; there was no appearance of violence on it, but my keys hung up on a nail in the kitchen, in sight; I also missed a silk scarf and a yellow silk shawl from other drawers, and a pincushion - I immediately went to find the prisoner out, and his brother and my brother-in-law also, as they were all together; I could not find the prisoner, but saw his brother, who declared he knew nothing about it - we had his apartment searched, and his mother's, but found nothing; I advertised the property, and in about nine weeks I saw at Queen-square, the table-spoons, silver fork, snuff-box, pincushion, scarf, and tortoisesbell comb.

JOSEPH CLOTHER . I live with Mr. Roberts, a pawnbroker, of Bath-street, Borough-market. I have a gold pin - I do not know who it was pawned by, but I gave a duplicate for it.

JOHN BARNET NEALE . I am a pawnbroker, and live in Union-street, Borough: I know nothing of the prisoner. On the 20th of September a silver salt and snuff-box were pawned, on the 21st three table-spoons, and on the 27th a silver fork - they were all pawned by a person named Pound, whom I have known for years; I had no suspicion of her - I knew they were not her property, from her circumstances; I asked her the usual questions about them: I manage the business for Mr. Phillimore.

SARAH POUND . I live at No. 45, Parker-street, Borough. I am not acquainted with the prisoner, but I pawned these articles for him at Mr. Phillimore's; I cannot recollect the day of the month - I pawned the silver fork, the snuff-box, and three table-spoons; I am quite sure I received them from him, and gave him the money and the duplicates.

JOSEPH JONES . I am a pawnbroker, and live in Warwick-row, Blackfriars-road. I know the prisoner: on the 22nd of October he pawned a pocket-comb for 9d.

JOSEPH WILKINS . I am a Policeman. I searched the prisoner's lodgings, near the Blind school, at Lambeth, and found the pincushion - he was present, and endeavoured to wrench it from my hand; I then searched, and found two receipts for coals - when I went into his room I asked if he knew Lisson-grove; he said he did not - I asked if he knew Mr. Lewer of Lisson-grove; he said he did not - I showed him the Hue and Cry, and said."I am sure you are the man, for here you are described;" and I knew him before, having bad him in custody - he said he had very important business to transact, and could not go with me; I said he must, and put the handcuffs on, but he said he

would go quiet, and I took them off - on the road he said,"I know all about it, when did you see Mr. Lewer, he is my brother-in-law;" that is all he said then - in the evening a girl was taken, and the ear-rings found in her ears, the scarf on her shoulders, and the duplicate of the other property found in her pocket; she came to see him, and was taken into custody.

ANN LEWER . This is my pin-cushion - it has the chain-pier at Brighton on it; these are my ear-rings - this tortoiseshell-comb, scarf, snuff-box, table-spoon, fork, and salt-seller, are all mine; the property is worth near 30l. without the money - the prisoner is no relation of mine; I have been brought up with him, and looked on him as a brother almost, and have been very kind to him - my house is in the parish of St. Marylebone; I have seen the notes at the Bank - I am certain they were in the drawer.

Prisoner's Defence (written.) My Lord and Gentlemen of the Jury, - I am now called upon for my defence for the crime of which I stand indicted for at this bar, but before I enter fully on the subject of my defence, I trust your Lordship and Gentletlemen of the Jury will pardon all such observation I feel induced to make, standing at the bar in my present critical situation. My Lord and Gentlemen of the Jury, you are now in possession of the evidence, pro and con, but when you turn your eyes round, and view an own sister giving evidence against her brother, where she is the sole instrument of crime herself, becomes an unnatural feeling, and presses hard within my own bosom, when it becomes my duty to open the eyes of an open Court of Justice - the scene and lif of a sister, whose situation of life, at this present moment, ought to place her character without blemish or impunity, but when I reverse the scene, its nought but a real dissipated life; her character, from the nearest tie of nature, cannot rebnt my testimony - still, at the same moment I consider myself too much of a man to throw any blast on the character of an individual for the sake of public justice, or to screen the action of guilt. On the 5th of November, 1830, I was apprehended, and fully committed on the charge as per indictment; the property found in pledge undoubtedly belonged to my sister and brother-in-law, but was given to me by my sister in order to pledge, she not having the money I solicited of her at the present moment; here I became fully committed, consequently, my Lord and Gentlemen of the Jury, you being in full possession of the evidence on trial, with fortitude and resignation I await a verdict from a Jury of my country.

ANN LEWER . He is not my brother, but I loved him as my brother; I have been with him from eleven years old - I never gave him a single article, or I would not say so.

Prisoner. What she has said is quite false.

[Dec. 10.] GUILTY - DEATH . Aged 26.

9th December 1830
Reference Numbert18301209-13

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13. THOMAS GREEN was indicted for stealing, on the 5th of December , at Heston, 1 sheep, price 20s. , the property of William Cooper .

SECOND COUNT, for killing the said sheep, with intent to steal the carcase.

WILLIAM COOPER. I live in the parish of Heston, in the County of Middlesex , near Hounslow - I am a labourer, and keep a few sheep . On the 4th of December I had one hundred and two sheep, at ten o'clock in the morning, when I counted them; they were on Mr. Essex's land, at Acton - I count them every morning, and next morning on counting them, I missed one; I looked about, and about ten yards from the hurdles I found marks of a sheep having laid down and struggled - there was no blood; I traced the sheep right up the field, and there it had been laid down and its entrails taken out, at the upper end of the field, in the ditch; I found its entrails and one kidney there - it appeared to me as if it had been opened alive; there was some blood, and I traced footmarks right up the field with a tipped toe, and four nails inside the heel of the shoe - inside the tip there stood four square nails; it was a turnip field, and ploughed ground; I traced the man's feet on the ground - Michael Baker afterwards measured the same foot-marks; I showed them to him - I went to the bakehouse, and from there to the Magistrate; I went with a warrant to the prisoner's house, about three o'clock - I found in a cupboard, or kind of coal-hole, under the stairs, a sheep's pluck hanging up; I then found a bag in the same cupboard, and in that was a sheep's skin cut into a great many pieces - I found my own mark on one of the pieces; that was a C. - the prisoner then went up stairs; I told the constable to follow him, and called out, "Here is my sheep skin, I will swear to it, take him into custody" - the constable called out."Here is the meat," and in a pan up stairs we found all the sheep, except the shoulder and head; it was pieces of mutton - we found no kidney, except what I found in the field; the prisoner was at home when we first went there - he did not object to our searching; the constable was with me - he was taken into custody; we took the skin, and meat before the Magistrate- Baker has had possession of the skin; the prisoner is a labourer, and works for Mr. Irons, at Heston - I knew him before very well; he has a wife and two children.

MICHAEL BAKER . I am a constable and shoemaker. I was present when the prisoner's house was searched - the prosecutor's account of what was found is exactly correct; I went with him to look at the feot-marks in the field, and took the exact dimensions of their length - there were marks of four nails exactly in the centre of the heel; I told Mr. Trimmer, the Magistrate, of this, and the prisoner's shoes were lifted up; the dimensions exactly corresponded, and there were four nails exactly in the same place, on the heel - I have the pieces of the skin; when found it was nearly warm, as if recently killed; I also found in the house this cord and apron, both all over blood and wet, as if they had tied the sheep - they were wet when I found them; his shoes appeared to be nearly a new pair.

WILLIAM COOPER . Here is my mark on the skin - it is the skin of the sheep I lost: the mark was C. in a jagged wheel, but the jagged wheel was apparently cut off - the 4th of December was on a Saturday.

JOHN HOW . I am a labourer - the prisoner works at the same place as me. On Saturday night, the 4th of December, we were paid together, and came away from master's together; he turned into a gate for a necessary purpose, as he said - I did not see him any more that evening; I parted from him about a quarter of a mile from the field where the prosecutor's sheep were.

Prisoner's Defence. I left that young man for a necessary purpose - I ran after him to overtake him; there was a man before me with a parcel - he threw it down,

and ran away; I took it up, put it into a cupboard close to where my coals are kept, and there it remained - I took the meat out, put it into a small dish, and sent it away from my children, that they should not meddle with it; the constable came next morning to search my house - I said he was welcome to do it; I opened the cupboard door where the skin was - the meat was standing in a dish up stairs.

[Dec. 11.] GUILTY - DEATH . Aged 24.

9th December 1830
Reference Numbert18301209-14
VerdictGuilty > theft under 100s

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15. MARY SPENCE was indicted for stealing, on the 8th of November , 1 cloak, value 2l.; 1 silk dress, value 2l.; 1 cotton dress, value 8s.; 1 bonnet, value 7s.; 1 apron, value 1s., and 1 scarf, value 4s., the goods of Mary Ann Forster , in the dwelling-house of John Sherwin .

MARY ANN HOLMAN . I live at Millbank-street, Westminster ; my uncle, John Sherwin , occupies the house; the prisoner was servant to Mrs. Hirsch, who lodged on the first floor - she lived there about a fortnight. I left the house on Monday, the 8th of November, about twelve o'clock in the morning, to go to Clapham; I left a bombazeen dress and a white cotton petticoat in my bed-room cupboard, which was shut, but not locked - I returned on Saturday, the 13th; the prisoner had left the service on the 9th; on my return, in consequence of what my cousin told me, I searched, and my property was gone- it was worth about 1l.; they were found on her person when she was taken - I saw them on her person at the watch-house, on the 17th, about half-past ten o'clock at night.

MARY ANN FOSTER . I live at No. 19, Millbank-street, in Sherwin's house. The prisoner left on the 9th of November - I do not know why she left; I went up stairs on the 11th, at night, and missed a claret cloth cloak, which I gave 2l. for, and had scarcely worn; I also missed a black silk bonnet, worth 7s. - they were in my cupboard; I opened my drawer, and missed a silk dress, worth 2l. - I gave that for it, and only wore it two or three times - also a buff cotton dress, worth 8s., which has not been found; a black gauze scarf, worth 4s., and a white linen apron, worth 1s. - they were all in the drawers; I had seen them three or four days before she went away - I was very unwell at the time - I have seen every thing since at the office, except the cotton gown, in the prisoner's presence, and am sure they are the same.

ANN HIRSCH . I live in Millbank-street - my husband is an officer of the Court of Chancery. The prisoner had been a fortnight in our service, and left without notice on the 9th of November, at night; I paid her weekly, and paid her on Monday - her week would have been up on the Saturday following.

DAVID PHILLIPS . I am a Policeman. On the 15th of November I was in Queen-square - Holman gave me information, and from her description, on the 16th, at night, I apprehended the prisoner, walking with a girl of the town in Tothill-street, at a quarter-past ten o'clock, about a quarter of a mile from Millbank-street; I stopped her, and asked her name, which she refused to give - I said I should lock her up till I went to Millbank-street; she then said, "What will they do with me?" I then asked where she lived - she said at No. 23, Great Almonry; I took her there, and found in the room she took me to, in a bundle under the bed, all the property except a cotton dress - I had said if she would produce the property it would be better for her.(Property produced and sworn to.)

GUILTY of stealing to the value of 99s. only . Aged 16.

Transported for Seven Years .

9th December 1830
Reference Numbert18301209-15
VerdictNot Guilty

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16. WILLIAM WINCH was indicted for breaking and entering the dwelling-house of William Horne , on the 30th of October , at St. George, and stealing 1 watch, value 4l. 10s., his property .

WILLIAM HORNE. I am a watchmaker , and live in Ratcliff-highway, in the parish of St. George's in the East , On Saturday, the 30th of October, from half-past ten to eleven o'clock at night, I was standing behind the counter, and heard a pane of glass break; I ran round the counter, and the window was broken - I ran out, and on getting a few yards beyond the broken pane, the prisoner turned round and said, "I am the man that did it - here is the watch;" holding it out in his hand - I had said nothing whatever to him; I directly led him back to the pane of glass - a Policeman came up, and I gave him in charge; I know the watch to be my own; I had seen it in the window in the course of the day - I delivered it up at the Police-station.

Cross-examined by MR. CLARKSON. Q. Do you know Mr. White, who keeps a shop near yours? A. Yes, nearly opposite; the Bell public-house is next door but one to me- I did not perceive that the prisoner was intoxicated; he might have been so without my observing it - the sound I heard was more like a person falling against the window, than it being starred; I have a show-glass, and the inside pane of that was also broken; the watch could have been

taken without breaking that - the watch hung on a brass rail in a row: the pane was nearly all broken to pieces - a window is starred very gently: this was a loud crash - I was not aware that a watch had been gone till the prisoner presented it; I have found that he lives with his parents in Ratcliff-highway, a very short distance from me - he is a journeyman cabinet-maker; I was rather confused at the moment, and did not perceive whether any part of his person was cut.

COURT. Q. The show-glass was broken? A. Yes - the watches hung between the window and the windowsash, which is only to keep the dust from the goods, and slides; the space between the two sashes is about fifteen inches - the outer window being broken would be sufficient to get the goods; they were both broken at the same time.

GEORGE FREEMAN . I am a Policeman. I was on duty on the 30th of October in Ratcliff-highway, at half-past ten o'clock, and heard a rattling of glass - I was ten yards from the spot; I ran down as fast as I could, and when I came up to Horne's window, he had the prisoner by the collar; I saw the watch in the prisoner's right-hand - he delivered it to Mr. Horne, who gave him in charge; I took him to the watch-house - Horne brought the watch to the station, and delivered it to serjeant Morgan, who gave it to me - on the road to the watch-house I asked the prisoner the reason he did such a barefaced trick as to break a window in that kind of way; I did not make him either threat or promise- he said he had done what he meant - that he meant to break the window and take the watch, but did not say for what reason.

Cross-examined. Q. Were you there at the beginning of it? A. I did not see him break the window - I heard the glass rattle; he did not appear the least in liquor when I took him to the watch-house; I swear that from his conversation, and his walking so quietly with me all the way; he never resisted in the least - he was in my care for I suppose a quarter of an hour, while I was taking him to the watch-house, and did not appear the least intoxicated, while in my care; nobody was present when I had this conversation with him - the prosecutor did not accompany us to the watch-house; he said he meant to break the window and take the watch, but did not say whether he meant to thieve it, or to do it out of spite, or what.

Q. Are you sure he did not say he meant to break the window, but not to break the watch? A. No, he said to break the window and take the watch - he did not speak loud; I cannot swear he had not drank any thing, but he appeared to be sober while walking with me.

WILLIAM HORNE . This is my watch, and hung in my window; I had never seen the prisoner before to my knowledge: I did not know his father then, but his mother used my shop - I never quarrelled with her; the price of the watch is 4/. 10s.

Cross-examined. Q. I suppose you had property of more value exposed in your window? A. This was the highest priced watch; there were other goods there - the officer came up in a minute; the prisoner was standing on the pavement - I never saw him on the ground, nor did I see him get up.

Prisoner's Defence. I was intoxicated at the time, and as I passed the shop I slipped by some means, and fell with my arm in; I suppose by some means the wrist of my coat must have got entangled with the watch; I found it in my possession - I just went to the door and delivered it to Mr. Horne - I do not recollect whether he was outside the door or not.

THOMAS WHITE . I keep a shop nearly opposite Mr. Horne, in Ratcliffe-highway, and am a grocer and cheesemonger. I was standing on the curb-stone, opposite my window, looking at Mr. Horne's window, and saw the prisoner walking on Mr. Horne's side - he appeared very intoxicated, from the way he fell into the window; he made a sudden stagger and went right up against Mr. Horne's brass bar, which protects the window, with his elbow and arms through the glass - he recovered himself and went about half a yard, or nearly a yard, and stood there till Horne came out to him - I went across in about five minutes, and it was said the young man had got the watch in his hand, and I made some observation; I had seen the prisoner several times - his mother is a neighbour; I have been acquainted with her these six years - as far as I could judge this was accidental; there was time for him to have got away if he was disposed, but he stood turning his face towards Horn's window - when I crossed over he appeared quite stupid and senseless, that might have been seen by any body.

THOMAS PURVIS . I live next door to Mr. Horne. I was standing in my shop, and heard the crash of the broken glass - I ran to the door; some persons were collected, but not a great many - I saw the prisoner among others; he was extending the watch in his hand, saying,"I am the man, I am the man," repeatedly, and he went on towards Mr. Horne's door immediately, and very eagerly returned Mr. Horne's watch - his conduct appeared very strange to me; I should rather have taken him almost for a madman from the way he spoke - he did not appear in possession of his faculties, far from it.

SARAH PURSER. I am bar-maid at the Bell, at the corner of Ratcliffe-highway, one door from Mr. Horne's. On the evening of the 30th of October, the prisoner came into the house between nine and ten o'clock - he was drunk then; he had half a glass of gin at our house - his mother came and took the rest away from him.

THOMAS BIRD HUCKIN . I know there is such a parish as St. George, Hanover-square, and St. George, Bloomsbury.


9th December 1830
Reference Numbert18301209-16
VerdictNot Guilty

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17. ELIZABETH SMITH alias JONES was indicted for stealing, on the 23rd of November , 1 piece of silk, containing 50 yards, value 7l., the goods of Charles Roope , in his dwelling-house .

GEORGE SPENCE . I am shopman to Mr. Roope, linen-draper , of Sloane-street, Chelsea . I have seen the prisoner several times in our shop. On the 23rd of November, between four and five o'clock in the afternoon, she came in and requested to be shown some silks, which I showed her - she purchased two yards, eight or nine yards of merino, and two or three of calico, which came to about 14s.; there were other articles on the counter - the shop was crowded with customers; while I was showing the silks I saw her putting something under her cloak - I then noticed her more particularly, and

communicated my suspicions to Mr. Roope; after cutting off the silk I requested her to step to the other side of the counter to look at the merino, and observed the end of some silk laying on the ground; it was not off the same piece as she had bought - I drew it to me, and found it had no communication with the counter, and as such the roll must be under her cloak; she passed to the other side of the counter to look at the merinos - I did not disturb her till she had bought the other things; I then sent another young man round to see if he could see the end of it on the ground - he saw the end of it on the floor and took hold of it; he pulled it, and she was holding the roll under her cloak - he said, "What is this?" she seemed conscience struck that she had been doing wrong; she said nothing - we took her up stairs to the parlour; she held the piece of silk all the while; another young man went for an officer, and in the parlour she offered to pay the value of the silk if we would not send for an officer - the officer came, and she was taken into custody with the silk; she had not got the things she had bought under her cloak - she had them in a parcel; we estimate the silk at fifty yards, at 3s. a yard - it would contain about fifty-seven yards; it is worth 7l. at least, and belongs to Mr. Charles Roope .

Cross-examined by MR. PHILLIPS. Q. Was your master up stairs when she was brought up? A. He went up with her - he is not here.

Q. Did she not say she got the silk from a person whom she named, to make up into cloaks? A. Yes, or other articles - I forget which; the name was something like Berkinson - I did not state this because it was not necessary, as I am positive the silk is ours; we have a private mark on it - I put my name on it after it was found, but do not recollect putting a private mark after it was found; I will not swear I did not, but swear there was a private mark on it before - the selling mark was on it before she took it I am sure; I think somebody at the office told me it was necessary to put my name or some mark on it - I put my name, but cannot recollect whether I put a mark; I did not go up stairs with the prisoner myself - there is nobody here who heard her say she would pay for it; she made the offer to my master, but not in my presence - she is a dress-maker; seven people were serving in our shop.

EDMUND FLAHERTY . I am a Policeman. I was fetched to the shop between four and five o'clock in the afternoon, and saw the prisoner up stairs with Mr. Roope- this piece of silk laid on the table before them, when I went into the room; the prisoner said she did not take the silk in the act of stealing, and begged Mr. Roope not to give her into custody - I took her, and in the way to the watch-house she said she got it from another young man who was at a shop at Knightsbridge; she did not know whether he was at Knightsbridge now, or in some part of Holborn - she mentioned his name, but I cannot recollect it; I told her I would go to Holborn to inquire after him at every shop there - she then said he might be in some part of the City; she said she had it that afternoon from him - she did not say he kept a shop, but that she often made up things for him; I asked if she had any thing in her house then, to see if she could find him out by - she said not.

Cross-examined. Q. Did she not say she was to make it into cloaks? A. Not in my presence till she got to Queen-square - the name was Berkinstall; I went to her lodging, found she was a dress-maker, and found pieces of silk there.

COURT. Q. Where did she live? A. At Walhamgreen, three or four miles from the prosecutor's.

GEORGE SPENCE . I saw this silk before she came into the shop - it laid on the counter before she came in; here is the private mark - three strokes stand for 3s., the cost price, and "fawn brown gros de Naples vg - t," which is 3s. 6d., the selling price; that is in the hand-writing of James Davie, who manages our silk department, and here is "Miss Townsend" written on it in pencil in his hand-writing - she wanted a match; I positively swear it belongs to my master.

Cross-examined. Q. Did you tell the Magistrate it laid on the counter before she came in? A. Yes - I do not recollect when I saw it last, but know I had seen it on the counter.

Q. On your oath did you tell the Magistrate you had seen it on the counter before she came in? A. I did not - I was asked when I had seen it last, and did not recollect, but I since recollect seeing it on the counter; I believe I said I might have seen it that day or two days before - I have talked this over with the other shopmen, but it is not from what they said that I now swear I saw it before.

COURT. Q. Do you swear you yourself observed the private mark on it before the prisoner was apprehended? A. I do - I had seen the silk so often with the mark on it.

MR. PHILLIPS. Q. How came you not to be able to tell the Magistrate it was on the counter? A. I did not recollect it so well then, but on the young men explaining to me, I now recollect perfectly well seeing it - I did not like to give rash evidence, and said I had seen it within two or three days; I thought that better than to particularize any time - I did not then recollect seeing it on the counter.

Prisoner's Defence. He told the Magistrate he did not recollect seeing it after it was on the shelf.

JOHN SMITH . I am the prisoner's first cousin. I know Berkinstall, he lived at a shop at Knightsbridge; I have endeavoured to find him, but cannot - he employed the prisoner at times to make up dresses; he came to her at Richmond to make up three dresses - she is a married woman.


9th December 1830
Reference Numbert18301209-17

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18. ELIZABETH ROBERTS was indicted for stealing, on the 1st of November , 44 yards of gingham, value 20s. , the goods of John Platford .

JOHN PLATFORD. I am a linen-draper , and live in Crown-street, Finsbury . The prisoner was a stranger to me - I did not see her in my shop; on Monday, the 1st of November, about ten o'clock, I lost this gingham out of my shop - it was kept opposite the door, but more than three feet from it; a person must come in to take it - I had seen it safe about seven minutes before; nobody was in the shop when I missed it - the officer came next morn

ing, and showed me a pattern of it; he afterwards showed me the whole of it - I am certain it is mine; I had left my son in the shop, but he was asleep.

CHARLES HIGGINS . I am a watchman of Bishopegate-street. On the 1st of November I saw the prisoner come out of Half Moon-alley, alone, and cross Bishopsgate-street, with a roll of something, between half-past ten and a quarter to eleven o'clock - I stopped her, and asked where she got what she had; she said it was her own - I took her to the watch-house, and gave her to the night-officer - I heard nothing more: she was a stranger to me.

EDWARD PRATT . I was officer of the night. The prisoner was brought in by Higgins with this gingham; I said she had better tell where she got it - I saw the prosecutor next morning, and showed him the pattern; he afterwards saw the whole at the watch-house, and claimed it- he afterwards claimed it in her presence at the Mansion-house.(Property produced and sworn to.)

GUILTY . Aged 59. - Confined One Year .

9th December 1830
Reference Numbert18301209-18

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19. JOHN DAVIS was indicted for stealing, on the 22nd of November , 1 handkerchief, value 2s., the goods of George Wilson , from his person .

GEORGE WILSON . I am a wine-merchant , and live on Holborn-hill. On the 22nd of November, about a quarter to seven o'clock in the evening, I was in Cursitor-street -I had put my handkerchief into my pocket not two minutes before; I was going to New court - I felt a hand behind me; I put my hand down, and missed my handkerchief, which was safe two minutes before; the prisoner was passing on my left hand, and I collared him, for there was nobody else either before or behind me for twenty yards - I charged him with picking my pocket; he denied it - I said I had my handkerchief not two minutes before; it was silk - Mrs. Wilson, who was with me, picked it up close behind me; I asked his address - he gave me two false addresses, and while I was asking his address he kicked me in the shin, cut my fingers, tripped me up, and tore my clothes; he hurt me very much.

ELIZA WILSON . I am the prosecutor's wife. I picked up my husband's handkerchief a very little distance from him; I did not observe any body near him but the person he had seized - I cannot identify his person; a crowd afterwards collected, and I did not see my husband ill-used- he was thrown down; his fingers and skin were cut -I know the handkerchief to be his.

SAMUEL SEAGER . I am eleven years old. I saw the prisoner knock the gentleman down - that is all I know.

ABRAHAM COLEY . I am an officer. I was called to take the prisoner in Castle-yard, close to Cursitor-street; the handkerchief was delivered to me - I have kept it ever since; Mr. Wilson appeared a good deal hurt, and his fingers were bleeding.(Property produced and sworn to.)

Prisoner's Defence (written.) On the evening in question I was going to Chelsea, by my master's order, to escort a respectable female home; a disturbance took place in the street - I went to see the cause, and had not left the female a moment before I was apprehended.

JOHN PORTER . I am a printer, live in Britannia street, City-road. The prisoner was in my employ - I d not exactly know where he lived; printers usually leave work at eight o'clock, but I gave him leave to go about six o'clock that night, to see his cousin home.

ELIZABETH DAVIS . I am the prisoner's cousin, and he went to see me home from his master's house to Sloane-street, Chelsea - we were going through Fetter-lane, when the disturbance arose; we had left his master's in Britannia-street about a quarter-past six o'clock - we did not go along Cursitor-street, but through Fetter-lane; he heard a noise in Fetter-lane, and left me to go and see what was the matter - the noise was up Norwich-court - I did not go with him, as he said he would not stay a minute; I waited in the street - I saw no more of him, and went home alone- what he did after he left me I cannot tell; his friends came next day to tell me he was in prison.

GUILTY . Aged 19. - Transported for Life .

9th December 1830
Reference Numbert18301209-19
VerdictGuilty > with recommendation

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20. JOSEPH KEMP was indicted for embezzlement .

MR. CARRINGTON conducted the prosecution.

ROBERT NICOLL . I am an attorney and solicitor , and live in Queen-street, Cheapside . The prisoner was in my service as copying clerk - he had 30s. a week; he had been in my service alone for about three years, and was formerly with myself and my late partner, Mr. Steel, who died in February, 1827; he kept my petty cash, and always charged his salary in his disbursements - there was nothing due to him; when he said he wanted money I asked him how much - he would say 10l. or 15l., and I gave him a cheque for it. (Looking at a cheque upon the Bank of England, for 10l., signed Robert Nicoll , dated the 3rd of July, 1828) this is my cheque, and has been charged to my account at the Bank; Joseph Kemp is written on the back of it, in the prisoner's hand-writing- here is another cheque, dated the 17th of October, 1828, for 15l. - I gave that to the prisoner on the 17th of October; his name is endorsed on it, and it is payable to him - the Bank have charged me with it: here is another for 10l., dated the 15th of December, payable to him - I gave him that, and his name is on the back, in his own handwriting; the whole of this book (producing it) is in the prisoner's hand-writing - it is the book in which he entered the small payments he made for me; he added them up every week, including his salary, and on Saturdays he went to the other end of the book, where there is a cash account; on one side he debited to me for the payments, and it was his duty on the other side to give me credit for these cheques. On the 3rd of July, 1828, there is no entry on the credit side - on the 17th of October there is 5l. entered- it has been 15l.; the figure I is evidently scratched out, and the adding up at the bottom only reckons it as 5l.; on the 15th of December, 1828, there is no entry at all - the sum cast up is correct according to the entry.

Q. By comparing the other cheques with the entries do you find they are not entered to any other date? A. They are not accounted for in any place whatever - on the 23rd of October, this year, I determined to charge the prisoner with this offence; I had discovered it only a day or two before - I did not hold out either threat or promise to him; I took the book which he kept in my hand, and asked if he was aware of the omissions he had made in the sums in my account; he said, "No, I may have omitted by mistake to give credit for a sum;" I said, "Did you by mistake also

scratch out the figures in this account?" which I pointed out - he said No: I said, "I have carefully examined your accounts, and find a deficiency to the amount of 300l. - what have you done with the money?" he said, "I must have spent it;" I said, "Have you not got it?" he said, "No, but if you will not prosecute I will insure my life for it;" I said insuring his life was nothing to me, for he knew it could not be done under the full value - I asked if he had any cause for the conduct he had pursued- he said No, that I had always treated him in the most gentlemanly manner; that is what passed, as near as possible, but I was very unwell at the time - I said all I wanted was my money, if he had not spent it.

Cross-examined by MR. PHILLIPS. Q. He did not say whether he had spent it in your concerns, or his own? A. I asked how he had spent it - he said he supposed it must be in supporting his father and mother; I did not recollect that before, and there may be many other things I do not think of - he has been in my employ since the 25th of March, 1824.

Q. Your sons, I understand, are grown up, and able to fill his situation? A. No, I have no sons - I have nephews; he was only a copying clerk - I trusted him with my money, but not to do business for my clients; I made an entry in my book every time I paid him money - he kept his own accounts; I checked the disbursements every week; the running account should have been settled at the end of each year, but I did not settle it, nor appoint any body to do it - he added them up at the end of the year; I can tell they are not right, by comparing my own book with his, which I have done - I have compared a great many items in his presence; he balanced the accounts every year, but unfortunately I did not examine them with his - I have since examined his book; I produced the books to him in my office, and asked if he could explain them - he said No; Mr. Ainger was present - he represents himself to be a single man, and I believe he is so; his book stood open in the room he sat in - it was open to every body; I believed him honest, and must take blame to myself for not checking his book with him every year - I might have done it every week for what he knew; I contented myself with examining the disbursements - an omission may have taken place without culpability; his name is on the back of every cheque, which intimates that he has received the money - it is the custom of the Bank of England to require it; one of the cheques is dated the 15th of December - I am obliged to select any three that happen to come together; I have three others in this year - the cheques do not return to me except when I have my book made up; I might not have it made up till a good deal of 1829 had passed, but I cannot say when it was made up - I did not balance his book at the end of 1828.

Q. Would not your pass-book shew whether the cheque had been received? A. No, the Bank do not enter their cheques with dates and numbers, but merely the name of the page and the sum; I had given the prisoner notice when I discovered this, but he had not left - I did not mean to keep him more than a month, but kept him all the long vacation, that he might not leave without getting a place; he did very little in the long vacation - I produced the cheques before the Magistrate, to show there could be no mistake; I drew one cheque on the 2nd of July, and another on the 3rd - he has credited me for the one on the 2nd, but not on the 3rd; I think a person looking carelessly at the book would not notice the erasure; every body in the office could have access to the book.

COURT. Q. Could it have been the least possible advantage to a stranger to scratch out that figure? A. Not the least, besides it is added up as only five in his figures at the bottom.

A JUROR. Q. Part of these sums are ticked off in the book, but not all, can you explain that? A. That has been done since the prisoner was apprehended; the sums paid him by cheques are checked off for me to look out the cheques - the sum erased is not ticked, that being charged.

SAMUEL DENNIS. I am a clerk in the drawing-office at the Bank. This cheque, dated the 3rd of July, has been through my hands; when a cheque is brought to the Bank it is customary to ask the person to write his name on the back - I recollect the prisoner coming several times, but not presenting any particular cheque; when a person writes his name on it I give him an order on the tellers, if he wants cash - I did so for this cheque; this is the order(looking at it) if he had wanted notes I should have paid them myself.

- FISH. I paid this order - it is entered in my book as paid on the 3rd of July.

Cross-examined. Q. Do you recollect whether you paid it or not? A. I have no distinct recollection of it, but the entry is a sufficient proof to me; I paid it in cash.

MR. PHILLIPS to S. DENNIS. Q. Was there any suspicion about the transaction? A. Certainly not, or I should have inquired about it; the pass-books are made up when required by the parties - the prosecutor's book I find was made up on the 5th of March, 1829; we return the cheques with the book - Mr. Nicoll could have had it made up at any time.

- NORRIS. I am a clerk in the drawing-office. -This cheque, dated the 17th of October, was presented to me; I gave an order on the tellers for it.

CHARLES CHEVELEY . I was a teller at the Bank on the 17th of October, 1828, but am not so now; I have the order made out for this cheque - I paid it in cash; it is for 15l. - we never pay notes.

WILLIAM POPHAM GATTY . I have come from the drawing-office. This cheque, dated the 15th of December, was presented to me; I gave an order on the tellers for it- here is the order.

- EDWARDS. I am a teller. I paid this order for 10l. in gold.

ALFRED AINGER . I am an architect, and live in Doughty-street - I am related to Mr. Nicoll. On the 23rd of October last I was at his office; the prisoner was there- neither of us held out either threat or promise to him; I walked into the office with Mr. Nicoll, with the book of disbursements and receipts, and stated to Mr. Kemp that he had been looking over all the accounts for some time, and was very much shocked to find there were omissions in the sums he had received, and additions to the sums disbursed - he said he thought there must be some mistake- Mr. Nicoll said, "Then we will go into particulars;" he began at the first error or alteration he had discovered;

Kemp at first said he could not tell how it happened, but at last, as they began to multiply, his recollection was worse, and on coming to the alteration of the 15l., he became much more agitated, and was evidently unable to answer how it was to be accounted for; Mr. Nicoll pressed him to answer - I said I thought it not worth while to worry him any more, as he did not deny it, and he said "I cannot deny it;" he asked Mr. Nicoll what was the total amount of alterations and things of that sort he had discovered - Mr. Nicoll said nearly or upwards of 300l.; I asked what had become of the money - he said he could not account for it, he supposed some of it had been spent on his mother; I think he only named his mother: Mr. Nicoll asked if he had any thing left - he said he had not, that what he had in his pocket was all he had in the world; he offered to reinstate it if Mr. Nicoll would not prosecute - not having friends to advance the money, he would insure his life; Mr. Nicoll replied that was worth nothing, and was no security; the rest of the conversation was merely his entreating Mr. Nicoll to forego the prosecution - he afterwards came to me in the room, and requested me to intercede with Mr. Nicoll not to prosecute.

Cross-examined. Q. What did you mean by requesting Mr. Nicoll not to worry him? A. It was evidently very unpleasant to him calling over one amount after another: Mr. Nicoll, on the day he first discovered this deficiency, requested me to accompany him to the office next morning - he did not tell me to take notice of what the prisoner said; we are in the habit of talking confidentially about our pursuits - whether the prisoner said, "I admit it, (or) I cannot deny it, (or) it is of no use to deny it," I cannot say; I went to notice the whole proceedings - nothing was said about my being a witness - Mr. Nicoll had not determined on prosecuting: I knew if he did prosecute I should be a witness - Mr. Nicoll's cash-book was on the table; it was the discrepancy between that and the prisoner's book that he called his attention to - the prisoner was given into custody within half an hour; there was no other book required to be produced - I had known for six months that Mr. Nicoll had determined to part with the prisoner.

Q. From 1828 down to November, 1830, if he had been conscious of any fraud, was there any thing to prevent his absconding from the charge? A. Nothing.

MR. CARRINGTON. Q. Did the prisoner apply for the production of any other book whatever? A. Not at all; it appeared to me that all the books connected with the subject were produced.

GUILTY. Aged 35.

Recommended to Mercy on account of the Prosecutor's neglect in not examining his accounts .

Transported for Fourteen Years .

9th December 1830
Reference Numbert18301209-20
VerdictsGuilty > pleaded guilty; Guilty
SentencesImprisonment; Corporal > whipping

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21. GEORGE MARTIN was indicted for stealing, on the 24th of November , 1 pair of decanters, value 2l. 2s. , the goods of Apsley Pellatt ; and JOHN WAGSTAFF was indicted for feloniously receiving the same, well knowing them to have been stolen .

MARTIN pleaded GUILTY . Aged 16.

JOHN ALLSUP. I am agent to Mr. Apsley Pellatt, a glass manufacturer , of St. Paul's church-yard . The prisoner Martin was not in the employ, but was in the habit of coming backwards and forwards two or three times for the last two or three years - he was errand-boy to a workman ; I do not know Wagstaff. On the 24th of November, at twenty minutes or a quarter to eight o'clock, I went into the shop, and had not been there three minutes before I missed two of the richest decanters from the show-board; the wholesale price would be two guineas - they are charged that to me; I called my man, Lock, to inquire of him about them - on the 30th of November Martin was taken up and charged with stealing these two decanters - I saw them that evening, in the shop of Mr. Peachey, of Goswell-street, and knew them again.

Cross-examined by MR. CLARKSON. Q. What is Martin's father? A. I do not know him - I do not think he is a glass-cutter.

THOMAS LOCK . I am servant to Mr. Pellatt. On the 24th of November, about seven o'clock in the morning, I saw Martin at the shop - I knew him well; I did not miss the decanters - inquiry was made about a pair; I afterwards saw them in Peachey's window - they are very rich ones; I had seen Martin go out in the morning with a basket and some straw - I do not know Wagstaff.

DANIEL STEPTO . I am in the employ of Mr. Peachey, and have known Wagstaff two or three years, and knew he belonged to a brass-founder's in our street - he brought these decanters to us for sale on the 24th of November, at half-past eight o'clock in the morning; I received them from him - I asked him if they were his master's property; he had before brought glass decanters to us - he said his master had bought them at Pellatt and Green's sale, and he sold them on his master's account; he asked 24s. for them - I gave him 22s.; they were claimed three or four days after - Wagstaff used to give his master's name as Stodart, but I have found it is Handy: Mr. Peachey buys and sells glass.

Cross-examined. Q. Do you mean that when he brought the decanters you did not know his name as well as his master's? A. Yes; I knew what his name was -I knew the house he came from; it was Handy's a brassfounder's.

COURT. Q. Did you at the time he brought them, know his master's name was Handy? A. Yes, but on account of delicacy, I put them in the name he gave, which is not unusual - I do not know Martin or his father.

ELIZA JANE ALLSUP . I am the daughter of John Allsup . On the 23rd of November, about half-past six o'clock in the evening, I saw these decanters on the show-board in the shop - I know nothing of Wagstaff.

Cross-examined. Q. You probably know Martin? A. He used to bring goods to and fro for his master, who used to get up lamps for Mr. Pellatt - he is not a glasscutter; his name is Moody - I do not know his father; Martin came repeatedly to our shop for things to be repaired, and to bring them home.

JOHN WILLIAM HARRISON . I am a constable. On the 30th of November, I apprehended Martin, at Mr. Moody's Great Sutton-street, Clerkenwell - he denied all knowledge of the charge; I found Wagstaff the same day, at Handy's, a brass-founder, in Goswell-street - I told him I took him on account of receiving some decanters from Mr. Pellatt's shop; he at first denied it - I did not make him any promise or threat; I took him over to Peachey's

- they said he was the person who had pawned them- I took him to Mr. Pellatt's, and then to the Compter.

Cross-examined. Q. Are you sure you have told us all he said? A. Respecting this indictment I have; he said an hour after that he had received the decanters from Martin to pledge, but never said for Martin's father - he never said on whose account he was to pawn them, or that he supposed them to belong to Martin's father, or that Martin represented his father to be a glass-cutter; I have told you all he said, to the best of my recollection - Lock, the witness, was present; he said that at Mr. Pellatt's - I do not recollect saying that nothing passed till I got him to the Compter; I swear I have not said so - I did not state where the conversation was in my examination in chief, because I was not asked, and that concerns another case; there are other decanters - what he said concerned the case altogether; I did not know whether I had a right to name it - I have seen his father, but do not know his business.

JOHN ALLSUP . I am quite positive of these being the decanters which were stolen on the 24th.

Cross-examined. Q. Did you swear to a pair before the Alderman, and afterwards find you were wrong? A. They are not in this indictment - they did belong to Mr. Pellatt; I made a mistake with regard to them, but nothing else.

Wagstaff. When Martin gave them to me I took them to pawn for 16s. - he said they would lend that; another gentleman came behind the counter and offered me 1l. for them - I said he should have them for 22s.

DANIEL STEPTO. He did ask for 16s. on them in pledge, but another person in our shop took them up and said he would not mind giving 1l. for them - he was very willing to sell them.

MR. CLARKSON. Q. How came you to offer to buy property of a boy who told you his master wished to pawn them for 16s.? A. He left the shop for ten minutes, to consult his master, as he said - he came back and said the money would be of great service to pay a bill; we should have sold them for 30s., as they are not a pair exactly - we could not sell them for two guineas as second-hand.

Wagstaff's Defence. When Harrison took me, he asked if I knew Martin - I denied all knowledge of him, as I never knew him by any name but George; he took me to Peachey's, then to a public-house, found the ticket on me, and said there, if I would confess it would be better for me.

JOHN WILLIAM HARRISON . I took him to the public-house to search him; I was not three minutes there - I never told him he had better confess; I had a glass of brandy there.

SAMUEL HANDY gave Wagstaff a good character, and promised to employ him when at liberty.


Both Confined Six Months , and Martin to be Whipped .

9th December 1830
Reference Numbert18301209-21
VerdictGuilty > pleaded guilty

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22. EDWARD PLUMBER was indicted for stealing, on the 29th of November , 1 coat, value 30s. , the goods of Henry Abraham : to which he pleaded.

GUILTY . Aged 32. - Confined Six Months .

9th December 1830
Reference Numbert18301209-22

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23. THOMAS DAVIS was indicted for stealing, on the 19th of November , 2 brushes, value 5s. , the goods of John Grosse .

WILLIAM TYLER . I am shopman to Mr. John Grosse, of Tyler's-court, Marlborough-street . On the 19th of November I was in the shop, and observed the hand and arm of a man reaching two brushes from a book about a yard within the door - they were twisted round it; I called several times, "Leave them alone;" I saw them taken from the book, and called my fellow servant to go after him - he went, and brought back the prisoner with these brushes, which are my master's.

GEORGE GAHAGAN . I am a servant to Mr. Grosse. William Tyler called me; I went out, and saw the prisoner running up a court, from the shop, with the brushes and a large bludgeon - I took hold of him, and took the brushes from him; he told me to let him go - I said I would not; he struck at me with his bludgeon - I avoided it by stooping; he then struck me on the shoulder, but I took him with great difficulty - he said before the Magistrate that he took them through distress.

BENJAMIN SCHOFIELD . I have the brushes; the prisoner said he took them through distress, and that this was his bludgeon.

Prisoner's Defence. I had been beating a carpet; I and my partner were carrying it home on this stick - I saw two brushes on the flag stone, and took them up; I carried them twenty yards, when the shopman came, and said they were his; I said he was welcome to them - he was not satisfied, but took me by the neckcloth, and almost throttled me; I said, "Don't do that - I will go any where with you."

MR. TYLER. They were not on the flag, but on the book.

GUILTY . Aged 40. - Transported for Seven Years .

9th December 1830
Reference Numbert18301209-23

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24. CHARLES RODEWALD was indicted for stealing, on the 11th of November , 1 pair of trousers, value 1l.; 1 pair of boots, value 18s.; 1 pair of stockings, value 1s., and 1 knife, value 2s. , the goods of John Todd .

JOHN TODD . I am a baker , and live at the Red Lion, Jermyn-street . On the 11th of November the prisoner came there, and slept in another bed; I went to bed first, and left the property stated by the side of the bed - I got up about nine o'clock in the morning; the prisoner was then in bed - I went out, and did not return till night; I then missed my property, and the prisoner was not to be found - I saw him again on the 13th, in Down-street, Piccadilly; I took him to the Red Lion, and desired him to pull off my boots, which were on his feet - the stockings were on his feet also, and the knife was found on his person; he said he had sold the other articles to a Jew for 5s.: he is a groom.

JOHN VIRGO BUCKLAND . I am a beadle. I took the prisoner; I found this knife in his right hand pocket.

GUILTY . Aged 40. - Confined Three Months .

9th December 1830
Reference Numbert18301209-24

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25. CHARLES SMIRKE was indicted for stealing, on the 18th of November , 1 waistcoat, value 9s.; 1 silk handkerchief, value 1s. 6d.; 1 coat, value 6s.; 1 pin, value 6d.; 1 seal, value 6d,, and 1 key, value 1d. , the goods of Joseph Hill .

JOSEPH HILL. I am pot-boy at the Wheatsheaf pub

lic-house, Camden-town . The prisoner, who is a soldier , came there to sleep on the night of the 18th of November - I went to bed about half-past eleven o'clock; he was in bed at that time - I had a trunk in the room, which contained the articles stated; the key was in it - I got up a little after seven o'clock in the morning, and left the prisoner in bed; I went to the room again between two and three - the trunk was then locked and the key gone; I broke it open, and missed this property - I gave notice, and the prisoner was taken just after seven o'clock in the evening; I was present - the pot-boy at the Camden's Head bought a waistcoat of mine.

THOMAS TAYLOR . I am pot-boy at the Camden's Head, Camden-town. The prisoner came in there and sat down, on the 18th of November - he pulled out this waistcoat from his hat, and offered it me for sale for 3s.; I said I would give him 2s. - I was going away, but he called me back and took the 2s.; I gave the same waistcoat to the officer.

THOMAS FRANKLIN . I am a labourer, and was at the same house. The prisoner asked me to pawn a handkerchief for him, which I did, at Mr. Capell's, for 2s., and gave him the money.

JOHN WILLIAM CAPELL . I am a pawnbroker at Camden-town. I took in this handkerchief from this witness, on the 18th.

RICHARD MATTHEWS . I took the prisoner.(Property produced and sworn to.)

Prisoner. I never saw the coat.

GUILTY . Aged 32. - Transported for Seven Years .

9th December 1830
Reference Numbert18301209-25
VerdictsGuilty; Guilty

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26. JAMES WHITE was indicted for stealing, on the 1st of November , 1 cigar-case, value 2s. 6d. , the goods of Charles Darby .

CHARLES DARBY . I am a printer . I was at the top of Bow-street , about seven o'clock in the evening, on the 1st of November - I had a cigar-case in my left coat pocket; I turned, and saw the prisoner putting it into his breast - I took his hand from his breast, and asked him for my cigar-case: he said he had not got it, but I took it from his hand - I gave him in charge.

JAMES STACE . I am the officer. I took the prisoner, and have the case.(Property produced and sworn to.)

Prisoner's Defence. I was standing at the corner of the street, and this gentleman charged me with putting my hand in his pocket, which I had not.

GUILTY . Aged 22.

27. JAMES WHITE was again indicted for stealing, on the 1st of November , 1 snuff-box, value 2s., the goods of George Tasker , from his person .

GEORGE TASKER. I am a builder . On the night of the 1st of November, I was at the entrance of the pit of Covent-garden theatre - I had a snuff-box in my left coat pocket; I got out of the crowd, as there were so many persons, and in about a quarter of an hour I missed the snuff-box - the officer showed it me the same evening; it could not have fallen out of my pocket.

THOMAS COLES BARBER. I have often seen this box in the possession of Mr. Tasker, and know it to be his.

JAMES STACE . I am the officer. I took the prisoner on the last charge, and found on him this snuff-box, six silk handkerchiefs, four cotton ones, a pair of scissars and a cigar-tube.

GUILTY . Aged 22. - Transported for Life .

9th December 1830
Reference Numbert18301209-26

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28. JAMES DEARMAN was indicted for stealing, on the 25th of November , 32 lbs. weight of wheat, value 3s. , the goods of William Mellish , Esq .

MR. CLARKSON conducted the prosecution.

JOHN MEAD . I am constable of Enfield. I received information on the 25th of November, in consequence of which I went with Watkins to the road near Mr. Mellish's farm-yard - about five o'clock the prisoner came up, and we stopped him; he had a bag of wheat at his back, in a basket - this stocking of wheat was round one of his thighs, and this other stocking round the other, and this bag of wheat was tied before him under his smockfrock; we took him to the watch-house - I said I should search him; he said it was of no use, he would give it up, and he did so - I said, "Have you any at home?" he said, "No nothing but a few potatoes;" we went to his house at Ponder's-end, and found about three bushels more of wheat - I have brought a sample of it, and there were eight or nine sacks of potatoes.

RICHARD WATKINS . I am a Bow-street horse-patrol. I was with Mead - what he has stated is quite correct.

CHARLES ROBERT BRADEY . I am bailiff to William Mellish, Esq., of Bush-hill Park . The prisoner was a thresher , and had been threshing wheat that day - I have looked at this wheat, and believe it to be Mr. Mellish's, and likewise that found at the prisoner's house; I have compared them with the bulk at Mr. Mellish's - the prisoner has not worked for any body else for a year and a half.

GUILTY . Aged 29. - Transported for Seven Years .

9th December 1830
Reference Numbert18301209-27

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29. JOSEPH MARKWELL was indicted for stealing, on the 1st of December , 1 live tame drake, price 1s. 6d., and 1 live tame duck, price 1s. 6d. , the property of Benjamin Nicholas Williams .

MR. CLARKSON conducted the prosecution.

BENJAMIN NICHOLAS WILLIAMS . I live at Silver-street, Enfield . On the 30th of November I had two ducks and two drakes in my field and poultry-yard, near my house; I fed them at nine o'clock - I missed them the next day; on the 3rd of December I received information, and saw one duck and one drake before the Magistrate, which were two of mine, and two which I had fed on the 30th of November - I know nothing of the prisoner.

SAMUEL THORN . I am gardener to Mr. Williams. On the 30th of November I saw the ducks and drakes alive in the morning, and again in the afternoon - these are two of them I can swear.

DAVID TAYLOR . I am a labourer, and live at Enfield. On the afternoon of the 1st of December I saw the prisoner at the George - he asked if I would buy a couple of ducks - I said I did not want them; he said he had a couple he would sell me for 3s. - I said, "Are they dead or alive?" he said dead, that they were at his lodging in Baker-street, and he would fetch them; I said, "No, I am going home, and I will call and look at them" - I at last bought them; I gave him 2s., and agreed to give him the other 1s. - the officer came to me directly, and the prisoner was taken.

JOHN MEAD . I am an officer. I received information; I went and found the prisoner and Taylor together - I

called Taylor on one side and spoke to him; I then took the prisoner - these are the ducks.

GUILTY . Aged 24. Transported for Seven Years .

9th December 1830
Reference Numbert18301209-28
VerdictNot Guilty

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30. WILLIAM HALL was indicted for stealing, on the 17th of November , 1 bed, value 30s.; 4 pillows, value 5s.; 10lbs. weight of feathers, value 10s.; 3 blankets, value 2s.; 5 chairs, value 4s., and one set of fire-irons, value 3s. , the goods of Charles Painter .

MARGARET PAINTER . I am the wife of Charles Painter, a hackney-coachman . We have two rooms in Holland-street, Westminster - our own furniture was in them; our landlord, who lived in the house, put a distress in our rooms for 4l. 3s. for rent, on the 15th of November - the prisoner was the person who made the distress; he first sent a man, and then came himself, levied the distress, and left Collins in possession; the prisoner made an inventory of the goods which my husband has - I went out on the the 16th, leaving the goods in possession; I returned, and they were gone - I should think they were worth full 1l. more than the rent; the things charged in the indictment were part of what were taken away; I saw the bed afterwards - I should think about 10lbs. weight of feathers had been taken from it; I had not said any thing to the prisoner about replevying the things; he asked me if we could settle the rent - I said it was not in our power, but I did not authorize him to sell the goods.

Cross-examined by Mr. PHILLIPS. Q. What rent did you owe? A. 4l. 3s. - I think the goods might have fetched about 1l. more if they had been well sold; I had seen the prisoner before - he had been there twice for money; he did not say that if I would pay 2s. 6d. a day for the man in possession, the goods should be left there till the time for selling them; or that they would be impounded at his residence to save further expence - he said they would not fetch the money, and he would impound them at his house- they were not new goods; I had had one bed about two years, but had not weighed it - when I spoke of 10lbs. of feathers being taken out, it was a mere guess; the prisoner might have sold all the goods if he had chosen.

CHARLES PAINTER . I had the distress in my rooms - the prisoner was the officer; I should think the whole of my goods were worth 20l. to me, but if sold, perhaps they would not fetch above 7l. or 8l.; they were all sold but the articles here produced, which I found at the prisoner's- they were not concealed; these articles were not down in the inventory.

Cross-examined. Q. Did he not give himself up? A. Yes - I called on him the evening before, and he asked if I would take any thing; I did - he had an opportunity of making away with these things; they were at his place for two days - I do not know what the expences would have come to, but the goods he sold amounted to 2l. 5s.

COURT. Q. Would all the goods that were taken have paid the entire rent and expences? A. Yes, they would; I do not know what the expences were - I had not the bill of them; I am 2l. 1s. 6d. in my landlord's debt now - I did see some feathers about the room, and the bed had been cut open; I had not known the prisoner before - I did not know that he had been and dunned my wife.

WILLIAM WOODBERRY . I am an officer. I went to the prisoner's house, and found this bed, fire-irons, blankets, and chairs; the prisoner gave himself up at the office.


9th December 1830
Reference Numbert18301209-29
VerdictGuilty; Guilty

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31. MARY WATTS and ANN MILLER were indicted for stealing, on the 6th of November : 10 gold seals, value 8l. 16s.; 1 gold chain, value 4l. 13s.; 2 gold keys. value 17s., and 2 gold brooches, value 45s., the goods of William Knight , from his person .

WILLIAM KNIGHT. I am a jeweller , and live in Banner-street. On the 6th of November I went to show a lady some jewellery, at the foot of Stamford-hill; Mr. Powell was with me - I left one gold chain at the lady's house, and brought away the articles stated in the indictment - they were in a parcel in the breast pocket of my coat; I was coming home with Mr. Powell, and we went to have a glass of brandy and water at a public-house near the bridge in the Kingsland-road , kept by Mr. Taplin - it was then about seven o'clock; it rained and blew hard - when we came out the two prisoners stood outside, and they asked my friend to treat them with a drop of gin; we then all went into the house, and each of us had a glass of gin, some ale, a biscuit, and cheese - the whole reckoning came to 1s. 6d., which Mr. Powell paid; we had it standing at the bar - we did not sit down; we came out together - the prisoners, who were strangers, followed us; when we came to the foot of the bridge there was a turning - I crossed, and wished for them to leave us; I had been talking with Watts, and Powell with Miller; all on a sudden Miller came up to me, took hold of my coat, and said, "Come down here, come down here;" Watts was close to her - I resisted and got from her, and when I turned round, to my great surprise, my friend was gone, but the two women were with me; I did not then miss my property, but I got from the prisoners, and proceeded home; when I got to Bunhill - row I missed my property: I went home, called up my son, and we went back to the public-house - Mr. Taplin said he knew one of the girls; the prisoners were taken up before I knew it, and on the Monday following I saw them in custody - I am sure the property was safe when they came to me; I was perfectly sober.

GEORGE WILLIAM POWELL . I went with Mr. Knight to the lady, to show the jewellery - he brought away the articles in his side coat pocket; we met with the prisoners near the bridge in the Kingsland-road - I went away, and left him with the prisoners; I believe this chain to be part of the property - he was sober.