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Before the Right Honourable SIR JOHN KEY , BART., LORD MAYOR of the city of London; Sir Joseph Littledale , Knt., one of the Justices of His Majesty's Court of King's Bench; Sir William Bolland , Knt., one of the Barons of His Majesty's Court of Exchequer; Sir Edward Hall Alderson , Knt., one of the Justices of His Majesty's Court of Common Pleas; John Ansley , Esq.; Sir Claudius Stephen Hunter , Bart.; George Scholey , Esq.; John Atkins , Esq; and William Thompson , Esq., Aldermen of the said City; Newman Knowlys , Esq., Recorder of the said City; Sir Peter Laurie , Knt.; William Taylor Copeland , Esq.; and Sir Chapman Marshall , Knt., Aldermen of the said City; Charles Ewan Law , Esq., Common Sergeant of the said City, and William St. Julien Arabin , Sergeant at Law; His Majesty's Justices of Oyer and Terminer of the City of London, and Justices of the Gaol Delivery of Newgate, holden for the said City, and the County of Middlesex.



Edward Heath ,

Wm. Thos. Schofield ,

Richard Noble ,

Thomas Thorne ,

George Titterton ,

Clement Harris ,

Thomas Perry ,

William Lister ,

Henry Erawell ,

Charles Dugard ,

Charles Holmes ,

George Batty .


William Standage ,

Geo. Fred. Hardy ,

Charles West ,

William Fox ,

John Cormy ,

William Mounsey ,

Joseph Beaumont ,

William Drew ,

George Saville ,

Fred. Aug. Jones ,

John Ridley ,

John Mackey .



John Nunn ,

George Nort ,

David Napier ,

William Nicholson ,

William Nash ,

Thos. C. Nicholls ,

John Omer ,

Isaac Oliver ,

William Osborne ,

Owen Owen ,

George Osborn ,

Thomas Page .


Edmond Thos. Paris ,

Chas. Allen Pettit ,

John James Peel ,

P. Hutchins Rogers ,

James Rendall ,

Thomas Radford ,

William Riches ,

John Read ,

William Rowley ,

Christoph. Ridpath ,

Henry Roberts ,

William Rophy .


John Pusey ,

Charles Parker ,

William Porthouse ,

Thomas Phillips ,

Thomas Pridham ,

David Peart ,

John Prichard ,

William Paqueer ,

David Price ,

Thomas Pais ,

Thomas Picard ,

John D. Peacock .


Thomas Murray ,

George Martin ,

William Moses ,

William Martin ,

John Matthews ,

John Martindale ,

Joseph Miller ,

John Mayew ,

Isaac Mason ,

David Macabe ,

John McPherson ,

Thomas Moody .


Frederick Mosely ,

William Mines ,

William McClaren ,

John Malaine ,

Thomas Montandey ,

Joseph Martin ,

Thomas Marsh ,

Harold Moat ,

Richard Northcoat ,

William Norris ,

Francis Mattock ,

Wm. Northsworthy .



17th May 1832
Reference Numbert18320517-1
VerdictGuilty; Guilty; Guilty; Not Guilty; Not Guilty
SentenceDeath; Death; Death

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1124. ANDREW MORGAN , JOHN DALTON , ROBERT TEIGHE , alias JONES , THOMAS FALLON , and ELIZABETH PATERNOSTER were indicted for that they, on the 24th of March , at St. Gregory by St. Paul's , feloniously did forge a certain will and testament, which said forged will and testament is as follows , that is to say:-

"In the name of God, Amen. - I, George Friend, of London, housekeeper, being of a weak constitution, but sensible of memory, and of sound intellects, to avoid disputes after my decease, do make this, my last will and testament. - I bequeath all my property in the Bank, tenements, land, or any property whatever that I hold, or should be in possession of by law, unto my friends, as follows; First, I bequeath unto my lawful relative, Andrew Morgan, all my property of every description, the said Andrew Morgan to be my whole and sole executor; he the said Andrew Morgan to pay the undermentioned legacies, and debts that I may owe - 10l. I bequeath unto Elizabeth Paternoster , as also 10l. to Mary Pringle; 10l. to Thomas Fallan , No. 6, Lambeth-street, and 10l. to the poor of the parish I reside in, to be divided amongst them. - This is my last will and testament, dated at London, the 15th day of January, 1832; By my order the aforesaid Andrew Morgan was sent for from Liverpool, and I desire that he pay my funeral expences, and that the residue of my property, after his paying the legacies aforesaid, he paid to him on probate of this, my last will. Here I make my mark, in presence of the following witnesses.

January 15, 1832. GEORGE FRIEND , his + mark.

Robert Teighe , John Dalton, Mary Pringle, Witnesses. with intent to defrand George Lewis and others, against the Statute, & c.

2nd COUNT for uttering, disposing of, and putting off the said forged will, with a like intent.

3rd COUNT, like the first, only with intent to defraud the next of kin of George Lionel Friend , deceased.

4th COUNT, like the second, only charging the same intent as in the third Count.

5th COUNT, like the first, only with intent to defrand a certain person or persons unknown.

6th COUNT, like the second, only with the same intent as in the fifth Count.

MESSRS. ADOLPHUS and BODKIN conducted the prosecution.

WILLIAM BEAMS. I am managing clerk to Messrs. Tebbs and Sons, proctors, Doctors' Commons. I produce a paper, purporting to be the will of George Friend, which I received from the prisoner Morgan, in the office of Messrs. Tebbs and Sons, about the 23rd or 24th of March; their office is in the City - nobody was with him when he brought it; it was brought for the purpose of obtaining probate - I put several questions to him - he described himself as the executor named in the will, and a relative of the deceased; he brought it to me to be proved- I asked him about the amount of the property; he said he was not prepared to say what it was - he called on me several times on the subject of the will; a few days after his first calling I received intimation from Mr. Hughes, solicitor for the prosecution, and from two persons calling themselves next of kin, that the will was supposed to be a forgery, in consequence of which I told Morgan it would be necessary for me to see the witnesses, and he brought the prisoner Dalton; I had a conversation about it, principally with Dalton - when they came in Morgan said the man with him was Dalton; I produced the will, pointed to his name on it, and asked if that was his name and hand-writing - he said, "Yes, that is my name and handwriting;" this is the will (looking at it) - Dalton said the will was made at a public-house in Whitechapel, and that it was written by Teighe; that Morgan had asked him(Dalton) if he could make the will for his relative, Mr. Friend - that he said he was not in the habit of doing such things, but that his friend, Mr. Teighe, he thought would make it, which he consented to, and paper and pens being procured. Teighe proceeded to make it; he said this was done at the Seven Stars public-house - that after the will had been made it was read over to Friend, the deceased, at the Seven Stars, and the deceased then made his mark to it, in the presence of the witnesses, and then he (Dalton) and the other witnesses signed their names to it; I told him it had been stated that the will was forged, and it would be necessary to be particular in what he stated - I told Morgan at that interview, that it would be necessary I should see the otherwitnesses, and any witnesses who could prove that he was a relative of the deceased: I think I told him this after Dalton's statement - they then left, Morgan promising to bring the other witnesses; a day or two afterwards Morgan brought me a woman, calling herself Mary Mason - I have since heard her called Brannan; I could not swear to her if I saw her; she stated that

her name was Mary Mason, in the presence of Morgan - he said he had brought that woman up, who could say something about his relationship to Friend, the deceased, and she said she had been in the company of the deceased and Morgan several times, and upon those occasions had heard Friend, the deceased, call Morgan his nephew, and Morgan call him his uncle, and I think she added that she had heard Friend say he wished to do something for his nephew, Morgan - I think she said she did not know any thing about the will: Morgan introduced Teighe to me three or four days after this; he said that was Mr. Teighe, the writer of the will, or the witness to the will, I cannot say which; I produced the will to Teighe - he took it in his hands: I said, "I believe you are the writer of this will, Mr. Teighe, are you not?" having looked at it attentively, and read a great part of it, he said it was his handwriting - I called his attention to the name purporting to be his signature, and asked him if the name Robert Teighe was his hand-writing; he said it was - I asked him when and where it was made, and under what circumstances; he stated, in Morgan's hearing, that he and Dalton were walking along Whitechapel together, they went into a public-house opposite Red Lion-street, Whitechapel - they went into a room where there was an old man with Andrew Morgan and a woman - that Dalton asked him (Teighe) if he would make a will for the old man; he said he would- that pen, ink, and paper were then brought to him, and he inquired of the old man his name, and how he wished to dispose of his property - that Friend, the deceased, then stated the names of the several persons to whom he would leave his property, and the amounts he wished to leave them (I am not quite positive whether he called him Friend or the deceased) - that having completed writing the will, he then read it all over to the deceased, that the deceased appeared to understand it, and then said he would make his mark to it - that the deceased did make his mark to it, in the presence of himself and the other witnesses - that the witnesses then signed their names to the will, and I think he added that he then gave the will to the deceased, and the deceased gave it to Morgan; I then told Morgan he must bring up the other witness, Mary Pringle - he said he had already been in search of her, but could not find her, and he had heard that she was gone into the country - Pringle was never produced to me; I told Morgan that as there were other persons who asserted themselves as next of kin, and he having 'said he was next of kin, and the nephew, it was necessary he should bring forward persons to prove his relationship - he said he was the nephew, that the deceased was born at Ayr, in Scotland, and that he was the brother of his (Morgan's) mother - that he had been sent for by his uncle, the deceased, from Liverpool; I think he said it was in December last, being at Liverpool, he met a man named Burns, whom he knew, and Burns told him he had lately come from London, that previous to his leaving London he had seen his uncle, the deceased, Friend, and that he had requested him to tell Morgan he wished to see him, and in consequence of that he came to London in a short time after: a day or two after this conversation be brought me a letter - (looking at a letter produced by Lea) this is it: he was alone then - he said that was a letter he had written when at Shields, to a Mrs. Teighson, in answer to a message which she had sent by a woman to him, when at Shields; it has the North Shields post-mark on it - (read.)

MRS. TRIGHSON, North Shields, 6th of March, 1832.

I return you my most sincere thanks for your informing the bearer to let me know that my uncle, George Friend, of No. 31, Glasshouse-yard, Minories, desires me to return to London as soon as possible, and when you receive this letter I hope you can make it convenient to call and inform him I do not think I shall be able to be in town before the latter end. of March or the beginning of April; so no more at present, from your's &c.


This letter was directed to Mrs. Teighson, at No. 12, White Horse-place, Vinegar-lane, Commercial-road, London, but the letters son had been evidently added to the name Teighe, in a different coloured ink.

MR. BEAMS. I said to Morgan "Why did not Mrs. Teighson bring that letter up with her;" he replied that she was engaged that day, and could not come, but he would bring her on the following day, and on the following day Morgan came, and a woman with him - I asked the woman if her name was Teighson, in his presence; she said it was -I then requested Morgan to leave the office, as I wished to speak to her privately on the subject of the letter, and he left; I had a conversation with her about the letter - nothing more passed between us in Morgan's presence; I called him in, and they went away together - I said nothing to him about what had passed between me and the woman; Morgan afterwards produced a man named Corbold to me, as a person who had known him and Friend to be related; Corbold merely stated that he had heard Friend call Morgan his nephew, and Morgan call Friend his uncle; the will has never been proved.

MARY ANN PRINGLE. I am single - I have been married. About March last I lived at No. 6, Lambeth-street, Whitechapel - Mr. and Mrs. Fallon lived in the same house with me, and Morgan lived in the same room; Mrs. Fallon was called Paternoster also - she is the prisoner at the bar; I never saw the deceased, Friend, in my life - in March last, three or four days after the Fast-day, I saw the prisoner Morgan write a paper in Fallon's room; Fallon, Paternoster, and I were there at the time, and Fallon's little boy, who is seven or eight years old; a sheet of paper was sent for - they did not at that time say what was going to be done with it; Morgan read it to me after it was done, and said it was a will.

Q.Whose will? A.Mr. Friend's - I recollect his reading that Thomas Fallon was to have 50l., Paternoster 40l., Mrs. Pringle 10l., and the poor of the parish 10l.; Morgan said Mr. Friend was his uncle, and he was to have the rest of the property after the legacies were paid.

Q. On another day after that, or the next day, was another paper, different to that, produced by Morgan? A. Yes - it was on the next day; this is the paper (looking at the will) - Morgan read it over to me; Fallon and Paternoster were in the room - the legacies were less than they were before; I do not recollect that Morgan said any thing about the legacies, nor who had written that paper; Morgan said several times that he would give all the legatees coffee - I had not heard the word legatee before; the Mary Pringle written in the will is my name -I did not write it; I can read nothing but my name - when he read this to me he said he had reduced the lega

cies to 10l.; he showed me my name on the paper, and asked me if I could write like that - I said no, I could not; these two other names were above mine at that time - Morgan took the will away that day; some days after he asked me if I would go to the proctor's to state about Mr. Frind - I was to say that I knew him, and that I went into a public-house, opposite Whitechapel church, to drink with him, and say that Frind said, "I hope you will take cure of yourself, (or something to that effect,) for I shall leave you something by and by," and that Frind called him nephew - I was to say that at the proctor's; I said I should not think of half of it, and should not like to go - he made no answer to me then, but sent Paternoster after a woman named Elizabeth Brannan, who came up stairs, and Morgau said he would give her 5l. if she would go up to the proctor's with him on Monday morning, to state what he wanted me to say; some time after that I was with Fallon, Paternoster, and Morgan - we were talking about witnesses to the will; I said I supposed I should have to go up to sign my name, and I could not do it like that - he said I must put a blister on my hand, and tie my hand up; that was because I should not be asked to write with my right hand, I suppose - one day Morgan, Dalton, Fallon, Paternoster, and a man, named Myers, were in the room; they were talking to one another, and said a ship was going to Gravesend, and they wished they had sent some letters down - they did not mention any particular name, but I afterwards asked Paternoster what it was for; she said when any of the men died there they had got a letter with the Gravesend post mark - she said they sent blanks down to Gravesend, and when the ship returned, if any of the men had died they filled the letters up, as if it was the last letter the man had wrote before he left Gravesend, before he left the Port of London; I suppose the letters were to he directed to themselves, or to other people at the lodging-houses; I did not go to this proctor's at all -Dalton frequently called at Fallon's lodging; Morgan lodged in the house - I never saw Teighe but once before he was in custody - that was on a Sunday morning, he called at Fallon's; it was after this will was made and taken to the proctor's - I was not out of town when this will was made; I never left the place at all till I was taken - I do not know that they ever spoke to me about an advertisement for the next of kin.

Cross-examined by MR. PHILLIPS. Q. You are a widown? A. I do not know whether my husband is dead or alive; his name was Thomas Pringle - I have not seen him these seventeen years; my maiden name was Mary Ann Bennet - I was never married but once; I have gone in the names of Mary Carnell and Mary Francis, but no other; I signed an affidavit in the name of Mary Elliot - I was asked if it was my name, and did I make the cross; I said Yes - I was sworn; I went in the room of the female prisoner, because she had a little business at Mr. Clarkson's, and could not go herself - I did it to oblige her and Morgan; it was at Mr. George Clarkson's the proctor's office - I made the cross there, and went somewhere else to swear; I never swore any other affidavit- I was not sworn on the will, about which there was a trial yesterday; I do not recollect ever swearing to an affidavit, except the one in the name of Mary Elliot - I was sworn in the name of Mary Carnell on a bill for an assault, at Hicks'-hall; that was the name of a man I had lived with for eleven years, and who I had buried - I thought more of him than I did of my husband, as he used me better than my husband; I never swore in the name of Francis - I went by that name, as I lived with a man of that name two years; I was sent from Lambeth-street to the House of Correction, just after Christmas, about a cloak, which I had pawned for 1s. - I was fined 20s., and, as I could not pay it, was sent there for a month- I was never in any other prison in my life; I get my living chiefly by slop-work - I work early and late; I live in the same house as Mr. Notman, but he does not assist me - I pay rent: I sometimes borrow a few shillings.

Q. Was not you rather surprised at finding a legacy left you by a gentleman you never knew? A. Yes - I said I wished I had the money then; I did not go to the proctor's, because they thought I was not staunch enough.

Q. If your memory had been good enough you would have gone? A. I do not know whether I should - (here the witness wrote her name) - there was never any charge against me except about the cloak; Mr. Coard, of Lucas-street, made no charge against me - he said he wished I would try and get the tickets of some things which had been pawned by Mrs. Fallon, and a woman who worked for her and a girl; I was with a girl when she pawned some things in the Minories - I did not pawn them; I have pawned many things on my own account - I wanted to give my own name; the girl said, "Don't give that name, because it is your own;" I cannot swear what name I gave - I never had any thing for making affidavits, nor was any thing promised me.

Cross-examined by MR. BARRY. Q. If they had given you the 10l., would you have taken it? A. I do not know, for I always said they would not get it - if I had thought I had a right to it, I should have taken it; I did not sign the paper - I cannot write the name of Elliot; I cannot write all the letters of the alphabet - I can write Carnell and Pringle, that is all; when I signed the name Carnell, I was representing that a man was present who was not - I was not aware that I was doing wrong then, though I have found that out now; when I used the name of Elliot, I stated that I was aunt to a man named Johnson, which was false - the second paper, which is this will, was brought up ready written; I do not know where it was written.

Q. Read these names, and tell me which is first? A. Robert Teighe. John Dalton, and Mary Pringle, as witnesses; that is just the way in which they were read to me- I cannot read them here, but I recollect them, as they were read to me; I do not know what word stands before Robert Teighe; they said witness was put under my name here - it was read to me at the time; I have seen this paper a good many times since it was written - I know this word is witnesses, because I was told so: Morgan brought it in this state, and read it to me - he said, "Do you think you can write like that?" I said No.

MR. ADOLPHUS. Q. You made the affidavit in the name of Elliot, to oblige Morgan and Fallon? A. Yes -I received no money for it, nor was I promised any; they wanted money very bad at that time, to pay their rent, and I did it to oblige them; I used to work in the house with

them, and what money we earned we shared alike, but I never had money only by board and lodging - (looking at a paper) I wrote this at Mr. Hughes'; I have written in short Mary for Mary Ann - it is written the best way I can.

COURT. Q. What was it you put the name Mary Elliot to? A. I really do not know the ship's name; it was to oblige the prisoner, to make an affidavit for her to get some money belonging to a man, who died at sea; it was only 2l. 15s., and they did not have a will - I did that at Mr. Clarkson's.

ELIZABETH HARDING. I am the wife of Thomas Harding, a Greenwich pensioner. I knew George Lionel Frind , who lived in Glasshouse-yard, Minories. On the morning of the 17th of March he was found dead in his room in Glasshouse-yard - I always wrote his name for him Frind; he was no scholar - his wife was my husband's aunt- she had been dead about fourteen years; I have been in the habit of going to see him once a week or once a fortnight for the last forty years, either my husband or me - I always kept his accounts for him; I always understood he had a trifle of property - he told me the night before he died that he was nearly seventy-seven years old, but he was only seventy-six.

Q. What state of strength was he in for the last two or three months? A. He walked with two sticks, his knees lapped one over the other, and he was very heavily rupturned - he was an hour and a half going to the bottom of the Minories; he told me so - his legs went across one another: he could scarcely drag one foot after the other; I have seen him walk - he walked with very great pain and difficulty, and very slow - that was his state in January, and for months before; I am very confident he had no acquaintance with any of the prisoners, or he would have told me - he had no acquaintance at all, he kept none; he was so very near, he would not let any body know he had money; he had been a shoemaker, but latterly had been employed opening and shutting shops, and carrying heavy loads - he was never a seafaring man; he was born at Deptford.

Q. Did you know of any relative of his besides yourself and husband? A. yes, two second cousins, Mrs. Collins and Mrs. Lewis - they are married; he had no nephew at the time of his death, nor any other relative; he told me he had no relation but a brother, who was dead, and these two women - I was with him on Saturday, and went on Tuesday; he was then poorly - I was there daily four days before he died, and was with him the evening before he died; in the afternoon as he died at night he was up, and perfectly sensible (he never kept his bed) I said, "Mr. Frind, you are very ill, as life is uncertain, and you have got some money, have you settled who you will leave it to?" or words to that effect, "And where would you like to be buried if you should die;" he made no will - he never mentioned such a thing as a will to me; he never mentioned either of the prisoners to me; his two female cousins had been to see him two days before he died; I had never seen them myself till then - they attended his funeral.

Cross-examined by MR. PHILLIPS. Q.Perhaps you expected a legacy yourself? A. I did not - I thought he might think I wanted his money, and never mentioned it till then, as I thought he might live many years after me; he was very infirm in his limbs; I know he used to shut up Mr. Mills' shop, but cannot say how long that was before he died; I was ill in bed for about five weeks, and did not see him all January - I do not exactly know whether I saw him before the 15th of February; my husband attended him when I was ill - Mills' shop is forty or fifty houses from where he lived; he lived on the ground floor, and let out the two upper rooms - he had kept the house for twenty-five years; Mills is a stay-maker - it is not a very large shop.

Cross-examined by MR. BARRY. Q.Have you made any claim to the property? A. We had no claim; we stated it to the broker, and he told us we had no claim - I told Mr. Lake, the landlord of Frind's house, there were two nearer relations than me, and he said I was not entitled to any thing - we never claimed his property; we only went to the broker to be satisfied what property he had.

COURT. Q. You knew this man for forty years? A. Nearly so; he could not write nor read - I saw him last before I was ill two or three days before New-year's day; he was very lame then, but had a good appetite - he could eat the round of a quartern loaf, but was very infirm in his legs and body, and had been so for three months before I was taken ill - he went regularly twice every Sunday to Dr. Povah's church, in Duke's-place; I have been there with him - he was a long time walking: I used to meet him there, and go home with him, and have been three quarters of an hour or more going; I never heard of his doing business on Sundays - he was very strict; I never knew him go to a public-house on Sunday - I think I once heard him say he went and had half a pint of porter, because he was very ill, and could scarcely reach home - that was twelve months ago; it was because he was poorly.

JURY. Q. Did he still go to church when you saw him after your illness? A. I do not know; it is nearly twelve months since I went with him.

THOMAS HARDING. I am a Greenwich pensioner. Frind married my sister; I have been in the habit of going to his place in Glasshouse-yard for the last fourteen years, since I have been home - I went to see him about Christmas last; I saw him while my wife was ill - he had been an ailing man for years; he was very infirm indeed, and badly ruptured - he had no wounds on his legs, but was lame; he walked very had with two sticks - one knee went over the other, and he could scarcely make a walk of it; he was in that state last Christmas, and for some time before; I went to see him every time I came to town, which was once a month - I saw him last on the Friday before he died; he had no nephew - he had two cousins; their names were Silk before marriage, now one is Collins, and the other I do not remember - my mother's maiden name was Cumber; I know of no other relations which he had - I never saw the prisoners till they were at Lambeth-street; Frind was a very eccentric man, and never kept any company at all- I never had any conversation with him about his property; if I mentioned any thing of the kind to him be always waved the subject - he never told me he had made a will.

Cross-examined by MR. PHILLIPS. Q.Perhaps you thought he would leave you something? A. I did not expect but what he would, for nobody ever went to him, except me or my wife; he was ill for a number of years, but he used to crawl out to shut up Mr.

Mills' shop, at the bottom of the Minories, sixty or seventy houses from where he lived - I have gone with him, and put the shutters up for him; they are very light - he never frequented a public-house, but always had his beer at home; I suppose he shut up Mills' shop till within the last six or seven months - he might have done it a few days before he died, for all I know; I may have seen him twice while my wife was ill - I called on Lake, the landlord, after Frind's death, with my wife; I did not claim any thing; I only went to know about burying him - I did not claim his property; I told Lake what Frind told me I should have, which was his watch - I asked for nothing else; I asked a pensioner if I could make any claim on the property - I went to Mr. Johnson, the broker, to know what he died worth, as I thought he might know - he might have acquaintances which I knew nothing about.

MR. BODKIN. Q. What was Johnson? A. A stockbroker; it was a year and a half ago that I helped Frind to shut up the shop.

COURT. Q. You saw him in January, and he was very infirm, do you think he could walk to Whitechapel-church? A. I do not think he could; he kept lodgers - my wife can tell their names, as she kept his books; I think there were lodgers in one floor in January, but am not aware whether there were any on the other.

MRS. HARDING. He let two rooms to separate lodgers; I believe he had only one in January - it was a man and woman named Steward; they did not pay, and he turned them away, but he had other lodgers at the time of his death.

ANN STACKWOOD . My husband was employed by Mr. Lake to take charge of Frind's house, in Glasshouseyard, after his death; he was buried on the Fast-day - my husband was in possession then, and said he could not come home till after Frind's affairs were settled; on the Friday, two days after the funeral, I was at the Seven Stars public-house, which may be ten minutes or a quarter of an hour's walk - it is opposite Red Lion-street, not far from Whitechapel-church; I saw Morgan and Fallon there - I knew Fallon before as a neighbour; I never saw Morgan before - they were sitting together on a bench by the door- Fallon asked me if my husband had got any employment; I said he had not much to do, but he was waiting at a person's place that was deceased, and I believed he would be there for fourteen days, till the affairs were settled - Morgan asked me where the place was; I said it was of no consequence, and did not tell him - he said was it near the Minories; I said, Yes - he said "Is it near Bishop's?" I said Yes; Bishop's is a wine-vaults just round the corner from where Frind died - they asked me what property it was; I said I did not know, for it was advertised, and I may have said in the newspaper, and after that Morgan asked Smith, the landlord, to let him have a newspaper - I did not know the name of the person whose property my husband was taking care of; I did not see a newspaper brought - they wished me to have something to drink, but I declined; this was between nine and ten o'clock in the morning, and about twelve I took my husband's dinner to Glasshouse-yard, and found Morgan and Fallon standing by the door outside, and my husband standing outside with his back against the door, with a pot of porter - Morgan said,"Here she comes;" they offered me the pot to drink - I said No, and said I was very much astonished to find them there with my husband; they said if I did not like to have that, I might have ale, or any thing else; I said No, I would have nothing - Morgan said to my husband, "Open the door and let us go in," and said he belonged to the property, for he had got a will and power; he put his hand to his coat, as if to take out some papers - my husband said, if he had he had better go to Mr. Lake, his master: Fallon afterwards said to Morgan, "Come away, it won't do" - he took him by the arm, and took him away from the door; my husband said he had not got the key of the door, as they said they wanted to go in - I had been in the house with my husband's meals, but did not stay many minutes, and did not notice what was in it; I was not asked what sort of property was in the house, nor what property Frind bad left.

Morgan. Q.How long was it from the time you saw us at the Seven Stars, till we were at the house? A. I was at the public-house between nine and ten o'clock, and took my husband's dinner at ten minutes past twelve.

EDMUND STACKWOOD . I was put in possession of Mr. Frind's house, in Glasshouse-yard, by Mr. Lake, my master; I knew Frind when he lived there; I was there the morning he died, and have continued ever since - he died on the 17th, and the funeral was on the 21st. I remember Morgan and Fallon coming; I was outside the door at the time - it might be a week or a fortnight after the funeral, I cannot remember; Fallon came up to me first- I did not observe them before, and cannot say whether they had been together; Fallon came up alone, and said he had an old friend coming to see me - he did not say who it was; (I had seen Fallon before) - Morgan came up a few minutes afterwards, and asked if I had possession of the house; I said Yes - he asked if I would let him in to see what things there were in the house; I told him No, that I had not got the key of the place; that my master had it (I had got it) - Morgan then asked if I would have any beer; I said I did not care - I had never seen him before; he fetched a pot - Fallon gave Morgan the money to pay for it; Morgan then told me he was executor; that he had got the will and power in his own possession.

Q. Whose will and power? A. Mr. Frind's; he did not say so - nothing had been said about any body; I told him if he had be had better go to my master, who could give him a better account than I could; my wife was then standing close by - she had brought my dinner - it might be a little after twelve o'clock; they said nothing else, but went away.

Morgan. Q. Is your wife deranged at times, or insensible? A. No - I cannot deny but that she takes a drop now and then.

COURT. Q. Was she drunk that day? A. No.

WILLIAM STODGELL . I keep the Redcrosspublic-house, Upper East Smithfield; I had known Frind twenty-five years. Morgan called on me on or about the 27th of March, and asked if I knew the deceased, Frind, (I did not know Morgan before) - I said I had known him about twenty-five years; he asked if he had got any property - I told him he had, and that all I knew of was the first 20l. which he bought into the 5 per cents, as I was present at

the time, but I could not exactly recollect the year; I referred him to Mr. Johnson, the broker, and told him it was most likely he could get information of the sum there; he did not say why he made the inquiry - there was another person with him, I believe one of the male prisoners, but cannot swear who - I had seen Frind before Christmas, and many times since, I should think within a week of his decease.

Q. In your judgment, was he in a state of health to walk from Glasshouse-yard to Whitechapel church? A. I should think not, according to outward appearance; I do not know what his feelings were - the Seven Stars is five or six hundred yards from Whitechapel church: it is opposite Red Lion-street - it is better than a quarter of a mile from Frind's house; I do not think it likely that he could walk there; my house is three quarters of a mile from there, and perhaps half a quarter of a mile from his house - he never called at my house in his life; when I saw him it was at his own house - I was intimately acquainted with him; I have lived where I now do two years next October, before that I lived at Mile-end; he did not visit me there - it is nearly seven years since he was at my house; I have often seen him out since Christmas - I met him in the Minories I should think about a week before his death; he used to walk with a kimbo walk, with his knees almost down to the ground, quite stooping, with two sticks - the last time I met him he was about one hundred and fifty yards from his own house; I have not seen him further from his home since Christmas; he could scarcely walk - he would walk a few yards, and then stand up to rest; he wanted me to make a will for him about sixteen years back, but I refused.

Cross-examined by MR. PHILLIPS. Q. He was rather an eccentric man? A. He was; he had always a small defect in his knees, but not equal to what it was a few months before he died - I think I saw him last about the latter end of February, but cannot be positive when it was.

COURT. Q.You had been intimate with him twenty-five years? A. Yes; he was chiefly a porter - I was then a gun-maker, and lived seven or eight doors from him for nineteen years; we were very intimate - I never heard of his having any relations; I never heard of a nephew named Morgan - he never spoke to me of his having any brothers or sisters.

JAMES NOTMAN. I am a shoemaker, and live at No. 4, Anthony-street, St. George's, I have seen all the prisoners; I know Fallon particularly - he called on the 21st of April, at my house: I was at home at work - he said he called to know if I was one of the relations of Frind; I told him I was, by my wife's side - he said he could prove the will which Morgan had presented at Tebbs' was a forgery; I asked him how - he said he saw it before the ink was dry, that it was written on the 24th of March, and Morgan had no more right to the money than that boy, pointing to one of my boys, who was at work; he said that Morgan had been tried for forgery before, with a person named Driscol - he said he (Fallon) did not know the deceased, and had never seen him, nor had any of the parties- he said they were going that day (21st of April) to prove the will at Doctors'-commons; I told him they would have to prove it somewhere else first, and said I meant at a public office - he said he was surprised we had not done it before, and when we did I was to leave him till the last; he said he did not wish to come forward voluntarily, and if the parties knew that he had come to tell me any thing about it, they would not mind sticking a knife into him or me either, for if they would run their necks into the halter for one thing they would for another - he then said, "Supposing I could bring forward a witness who never signed the will:" I asked him if that was not Mrs. Pringle - (I had not seen the will, but knew there was that name as an attesting witness:) I told him I understood Mrs. Pringle was a witness to the will - he then said if I would call on him next morning, perhaps I should see Mrs. Pringle; I called next morning at his house, then went to a public-house, and in the course of the day he introduced Pringle and Paternoster; he went out for the purpose of bringing them - I do not think he introduced them by name; he brought them in - I do not think he said any thing: Paternoster staid about two hours - we were drinking porter and talking about the will all the time - he went out to bring Pringle in, and brought her and Paternoster: I was sitting by the fire-place in the back parlour - several other persons were there; my uncle was there, and after a few moments Pringle called my uncle out.

Q. What was said while you were there? A. After Fallon brought them in he asked me to get a bit of paper, and told me to write on it something which he would tell me, which I did; this is it (looking at a paper) - he said what is written here, in the presence of Paternoster, quite lond; I wrote it from his mouth - (reads) - " Mary Pringle is willing to state she never signed the will that is brought forward by Andrew Morgan; stop all proceedings against Morgan, Fallon, Paternoster, and Pringle, the three legatees" - I agreed to nothing: this side of the paper is all my hand-writing - I did not agree to stop proceedings; it was not in my power - Pringle wrote this on the other side to show her hand-writing; she told us all in the room that was her writing, and it was not a bit like what was in the will - a fortnight previous to that interview I went to No. 117; Eastfield-street, Limehouse; it is a private house - Mr. Beams had given me the address, and I went there; the landlord opened the door to me, but I did not see Teighe - I went a second time, eight or ten days after, and saw him there; he came out to me on inquiring for him - he shut the street-door after him, and we talked before the door; I asked him if he was the person who wrote the will of George Friend , of Glasshouse-yard - he said he was the writer of the will; I asked if he knew the Seven Stars public-house, Whitechapel; he said he did not know it by the sign, he might know the house - I said I thought it rather strange that he did not know the sign of the house in which it was said the will was wrote; he said it was at a public-house - I then asked him the description of the deceased, Frind; he did not answer the question, but asked me where I lived - I told him he could find me at No.14, Dock-street, Commercial-road; he said he might call on me - my mother lived there; I asked if he knew Fallon - he said No; I asked if he knew Dalton and Morgan - he said he knew Dalton better than Morgan, but he did know Morgan; he said nothing about the other prisoners.

Cross-examined by MR. PHILLIPS. Q.Pringle wrote this in your presence, to show how unlike it was to the

writing in the will? A. Yes; that was her observation - this is as well as she could write, as she had a very bad pen, and she could hardly write at all; it is not easy to make out what it is - (looking at the name written by Pringle in Court) - I should almost swear this is her hand-writing, but what she wrote at the public-house was with a very bad pen: I expect to get some of the property if the will is set aside, as my wife was a third cousin.

Cross-examined by MR. BARRY. Q. You had not mentioned your name and address when Teighe asked where you lived? A. No, but I told him I was a relation of the deceased; he was a stranger to me - I told him it was rather strange he should say the deceased was born in Scotland, and I had a certificate of his being born at Deptford: he made no answer.

COURT. Q. You say your wife is a third cousin? A. yes; she is very distantly related - Mrs. Collins and Lewis are my wife's aunts; I have known them ever since I married my wife - Lewis' husband's name is George; I only saw Frind twice - I never heard Friend had a nephew; quite the contrary - I never heard he had a nephew at all; I have heard my wife's grandfather say that Frind had a brother who died when he was a young man.

MR. ADOLPHUS. Q.Was the paper you and Pringle wrote on, in this state at that time? A. Yes, and it merely laid on the table - it is very soft paper; my own writing on it is not so good as usual - allowing for the difference in the paper and the accommodation I believe this other to be Pringle's writing; I do not believe the signature to the will to be her writing.

Morgan. Q. Did I not give information both to you and Lewis respecting my proctor? A. I never saw you till you were at Mr. Tebbs', and that was the only time I saw you till you were apprehended; I know nothing of Mr. Tebbs giving you a letter to Mr. Lake.

Fallon. Q.After having three or four pots of beer at the public-house, and a glass or two of rum, did you not say it was a shame to sit there and not send for the women who worked in my house? A. I never said so - I cannot say how much we drank; he went out to dinner, and on returning brought the females - Fallon sat there three or four hours after that, but Paternoster did not; I was certainly the worse for what I had drank, because I had had no-dinner - I did not take Pringle out, and give her rum; Mr. Lewis went out with her while I talked to you.

MR. BARRY. Q. Where have you seen Pringle write? A. I have seen her write at my house six, eight, or twelve times since this transaction.

ELIZABETH BRANNAN. I am a widow, and live in Fashion-street, Spitalfields - I am acquainted with Paternoster, Dalton, and Morgan. On the Sunday week after the Fast-day, the 1st of April, Mrs. Paternoster came to where I live, and said Mr. Morgan wanted to speak to me about some business; I was to go down to her lodging, No.6, Lambeth-street - I went there with her, and found Mrs. Pringle, Mr. Fallon, and Morgan there; Morgan said he had some property left to him, and he would give me 5l. if I would go with him to a gentleman, by St. Paul's, to say that I met him and an elderly gentleman in Whitechapel; that he went into a public-house, and had a pot of beer with that old gentleman, and that, in the course of conversation, I heard the old gentleman call him nephew - that the old gentleman said he was getting old, and he would leave him something to make him comfortable; that after that they parted, and the old gentleman's name was George Frind ; he said, "Be sure you recollect George Frind;" I asked him to set the name down on a bit of paper, which he did, but I do not know what has become of it - I have lost it; I appointed to meet him next morning to go - Morgan stated all this, so that all the other persons in the room could hear it; I went next morning, according to appointment, met Morgan, and went with him to Doctor's-commons - as we went along he asked me to write my name down on a piece of paper, and I wrote at a public-house the name of Mary Mixon, and gave it to him; my name, before I was married, was Eliza Monday , but my name being in Doctors'-commons before, Morgain did not wish me to use my own name, and I used my sister's; I gave the paper to Morgan - I wrote it for him to recollect the name; when I got to Doctors'-commons I saw Mr. Beams - I represented to him, in Morgan's presence, that I was Mary Mixon , and told him what Morgan wished me to say, as I have stated now.

Morgan. Q. Did you not see me and Frind in Whitechapel, about two years and a half ago, and go into a public-house? A. I saw you with an elderly gentleman, but not of the description of Mr. Frind.

COURT. Q. The gentleman was not lame? A. No - he was a dark short man; he did not walk with a stick -I never saw him again with the same man; he never told me who that gentleman was.

MR. BODKIN. Q. When you were fetched to Fallon, did Morgan say any thing to you about the old gentleman you had seen in his company about two years and a half ago? A. No, not at any time - he never told me that person's name was Frind.

THOMAS SMITH . I keep the Seven Stars public-house, High-street, Whitechapel, and have kept it between four and five years. I have seen all the prisoners, except Teighe, at my house frequently; I cannot be positive that I have seen Teighe there, but the other four I have frequently seen there together, and have seen Morgan there frequently by himself alone - Morgan came to my house some time since Christmas; I cannot say the exact time, and I said, "Well old chap, where have you been? I have not seen you for a long time past - you used to be a customer of mine; I think I have not seen you these twelve months, have I?" - he mentioned the number of months; whether it was more or less than twelve I cannot say, but I think it was more - I should think this conversation was at least five or six weeks after Christmas.

Q. Are you sure it was later than the 15th of January? A.Indeed I cannot say the time; he said he was come about some property that he was likely to get; that he was sent for from somewhere a good way off - whether it was Ireland or Scotland, I cannot say; I saw him again a few days after, and said to him, "Well, old chap, are you likely to get the property you were talking about?" he said Yes, that it was willed to him, and all the world could not hinder him of it; I asked him if it was any con

siderable property, and I think he told me it was about 500l. or 600l.; I am sure it was as much as 500l.

Q. Do you recollect his being at any time supplied with a sheet of paper at your house? A. A party was supplied with a sheet of paper; I have not the least doubt of his being one of them - I think it was before the conversation about the property being willed to him, but I am not sure; I think he was one of the party who had the paper, I also think the female prisoner was one and Fallon - I am not quite sure of the other: there were four or five there - I know the other two have been at my house, but whether they were there on that occasion I cannot say; I think it was most likely foolscap paper.

Q. When you say you think, do you mean that you doubt about it? A. We use two sorts of paper, but I think it was large; I believe the paper was about the size that this will is upon - I have seen the old gentleman, Frind; I think I saw him at my house about twelve months ago.

Q.Was he at your house at the time these people were writing? A. That I cannot answer; I do not recollect seeing him, and should not think he was there.

Q. Did you see an infirm old man who could not stand upright, but walked with two sticks, and his knees knocking together? A. I think not - I do not recollect it; he might, or might not be there - I cannot recollect that I saw him; I do not think that I did.

Q. Can you recollect that you did not? A. If I could recollect one, I might the other - I only saw the old gentleman who was at my house twelve months ago once; I was not aware that was Frind then, but have been told so since by my customers, not by the prisoners; he was an oldish man, and walked stooping, with a stick or sticks- I do not recollect about his legs; I know he stooped: my house is licensed.

Cross-examined by MR. PHILLIPS. Q. How long has your house been licensed? A. I have kept a licensed house for thirteen or fourteen years, and have been in that house four years.

COURT. Q. Do you believe that you have seen that old man at your house this year? A. On my word I cannot say - I am not sure that I did, or did not.

JURY. Q. You saw him twelve months ago, have you seen him since? A. I have no recollection of seeing him since.

JOHN COWDEROY. I live at No. 12, Whitehorse-place, Commercial-road; I was formerly a publican, but am now out of business. I know Dalton - he called on me about March last, but I do not remember whether it was before or after the Fast-day; he asked if I would take a letter in for him, which I consented to do - he said his wife had robbed him, and he had found out that she had sent the money down to North Shields by her son; that he had written a letter, as if his wife wrote it, and I was to take a letter in if it came for him - I knew his name at that time; the letter did not come in his name, but in some other - he said it would come in some other name, but in but did not mention what; a letter came in about a week, ten days, or a fortnight - this is very much like the letter(looking at one) - it was very much like this, and had a yellow seal and figures like this on it; here is 1l. written on it; I gave him the letter myself when he called - he opened it in my place, and I saw it was blank; it had no writing at all in it; my wife took the letter in - we often have letters come for other people; I took this letter off the mantel-piece, and said, "Is this your letter, Dalton?" he said Yes - it was directed to Mr. Teighson, No.12, White Horse-place, Commercial-road; nobody of that name lodged at my house - I did not notice the post-mark; I am not in the habit of taking in letters for other people - I believe this letter to be the one I gave him, from the direction, the seal, and the mark on it altogether.

Cross-examined by MR. PHILLIPS. Q. What was blank when it was opened? A. The letter had no writing in it; he had said a letter would come, not in his own name, and as I had nobody in the house of that name, and it having my address on it; my wife took it in - eight or nine persons live in my house - it is a lodging-house for sailors; I may sometimes have twenty sailors - I know their names when they come; I have known Dalton three or four years, and never knew any harm of him; I was never in trouble myself, and was never in a criminal Court, except to give evidence here some years ago; I was never charged with felony in any Court - I was once charged with an assault; I knew a man named Oliver; he was transported from here - my name was never brought in question; I have been in Whitecross-street prison, and in the Fleet - I was in Clerkenwell prison for eleven months, under a fine for having a private still - I was sent there from Lambeth-street office; I was never bail for a man in my life - I swear positively I was never tried on any charge of felony, or for any thing except about the still; I was fined 30l. for that, and had not the money to pay - I was never tried for an assault; I was once fined.

MARGARET COWDEROY. I am the wife of the last witness, I remember taking in a letter of the General Postman, who comes regularly - I paid 1s. for it; I received no other letter for which I paid 1s. - this is something like the letter; I remember it had a yellow seal - I kept it two or three days, till Dalton called; it laid about in the room -I was present when my husband gave it to Dalton.

Cross-examined by MR. PHILLIPS. Q. Do you remember Dalton calling on you on Good Friday, Easter Sunday, or Easter Monday? A. No - I borrowed 5s. of him once, and he named something about expecting a letter and an enclosure of 5l. from his wife.

MR. ADOLPHUS. Q. How long ago is it that Dalton lent you 5s.? A. Not six months ago; I think it was before I received this letter; I saw Dalton open the letter - it had no writing in it; I was going past him in the room as he opened it, I saw him turn the leaf over, and am positive it had no writing in it - he did not seem at all surprised at it.

MATTHEW PLACE. In March last I was the General Postman for White Horse-place, Commercial-road. I delivered this letter according to the direction, on the 8th of March; it has the North Shields post-mark on it - I have been sixteen years in the Post-office; it has the genuine post-mark stamp of North Shields - the delivery mark is the 8th of March: the postage was 1s.; I do not recollect delivering any other letter there about that time.

Cross-examined. Q. Do you recollect leaving one directed to Mrs. Dalton at that house about that time? A. I do not; I have been so long on that walk that I have a good recollection of what happens - I deliver very few

there; I knew Cowderoys before they lived there - I cannot recollect every letter, but I remember delivering this; I may have delivered letters there which I do not recollect.

MR. BODKIN. Q. If there had been an enclosure in this letter, what would have been the postage? A. Two shillings - here is 1l. written on the back; that is done by the post-master at Shields - letters are calculated by 1l. postages, and then put aside.

JOHN COWDEROY. When I gave him the letter my wife told him the postage was 1s. - I do not recollect whether he paid it.

JAMES LEA. I am an officer of Lambeth-street. On Tuesday, the 24th of April, I apprehended Teighe at No. l 17, Eastfield-street, Limehouse; I asked if his name was Jones - he said it was Teighe - I told him I took him on a charge of forging a will: he said "Very good:" I asked him on the road to the office if he knew Dalton - he said he did; I asked if he knew Morgan: he said Yes, but he did not know much of him - I asked if he knew Fallon; he said he did not: I apprehended Fallon and Paternoster the same morning, at No. 6, Lambeth-street - Paternoster said her name was Peacock; they were both in the room: I told them I apprehended them on a charge of forging a will; Fallon said the man who made it ought to suffer for it - he said it was very odd a person he knew nothing of should leave him a legacy in a will; Paternoster made the same remark, and said she wished she had it, as it was left to her; I asked Fallon if he knew Morgan - he said he did: I asked if he knew Dalton - he said he did; I afterwards went in search of Dalton, and found him in Church-lane, Whitechapel, in the street - he lived at No. 11, Princes-street, Princes-square, Ratcliff-highway, at the house of Mr. Frazer - I could not find him there; I told him I had been looking for him, and took him respecting a forged will - there were two persons with him; one of them said, "What is this about? what is the matter?" Dalton said, "Oh, it is nothing, it is all right;" he said he had been signing a document for a person whom he knew - he did not name him then; I took him to the office, searched him, and found in his pocket this paper - he then said the person's name he had signed the document for was George Frind ; he then recalled his words, and said he believed his name was George Lionel Frind; I afterwards searched an apartment in Frazer's house, which he showed me.

JOHN FRAZER . I live at No. 172, Ratcliff-highway. - Dalton was a tenant of mine at No. 11, Princes-street, St. George's, which is next to my private door; I took Lea into his house, and went over it with him - Dalton had that house up to the time when Lea made the search.

Cross-examined by MR. PHILLIPS. Q. Had he any lodgers? A. Sailors occasionally lodged at his house - I believe he had one at the time he was apprehended; I think his name was Duncan McLean .

JAMES LEA . I searched the house Frazer took me to, and found in the bed-room on the first floor a trunk, which was locked; I broke it open, and found a number of papers in it - among them is a letter directed to Mr. A. Morgan, Crown-court, at Mr. Walsh's; it is signed Spleman, and dated the 13th of March, 1832; there is written on the back of it, in pencil, " George Lionel Frind " - I also found a letter, directed to John Dalton , No. 11, Princes-street, Ratcliff-highway, signed Robert Teighe (read, see No. 1) - I also found this paper in the same trunk (No 2) - I also found a will, with the name of Mary Ann Pringle in it, and the name of Andrew Morgan signed to it; I produce a variety of papers, all of which I found in the trunk - here is a paper, which I received from Mr. Frazer - (No. 3)

JOHN FRAZER . I found this paper in a leather trunk in Dalton's bed-room; Mrs. Dalton received the contents of that trunk, and gave me leave to look at what papers I chose; she was not living with Dalton at the time, but came back when I sent for her.

The following are the documents produced by Lea.(No. 1.) - Dear Jack, - Will you call to-morrow morning, between nine and ten o'clock, at Hussey's public-house, up the court near Wellclose-square, where I will wait for you in the tap-room. Yours, truly, ROBERT TEIGHE .

31st January, 1832.

To Mr. J. Dalton, No. 11, Princes-street, Ratcliff-highway.

(No. 2.) - Five per Cent Reduced to 3 1/2, twenty-two years ago, 20l., lodged by Mr. Sturged, for George Frind ; broker, Johnson.

(No. 3.) - Was a copy of the letter from North Shields, dated the 6th of March, 1832, but signed with the initials A. M. only, and at the bottom was inserted "No. 53, Old Nichol-street, Shoreditch."

The remaining documents produced by Lea were not read in full - they consisted of blank forms for seamen's wills, and others filled up in favour of different parties, and purporting to be executed and attested - others were partly filled up; also towers of attorney, a shipping list, a journal with the names of forty or fifty seamen, and account of their wages, and the different ships they had sailed in - their description, and the colour of their hair,&c.; two probates of wills, a will attested by Andrew Morgan, and Robert Jarvis , leaving property to Pringle, signed Benjamin Norrington , his mark; another, purporting to be the will of Peter Weston, and leaving all his property to John Smith and Thomas Jones ; a will of John Stevens, making John Dalton sole executor; also the following memorandum: "For the letter 4l. 12s. 6d., for the witnesses 3l. 2s. 6d., expenses 1l. 5s., for the drawer 10s., total 9l. 10s., left 5l. 10s. - Collins 18s. 4d., Myers 18s. 4d., Thomas 18s. 4d., Dalton 18s. 4d., Cous 18s. 4d., Feby 18s. 4d., total 5l. 10s."

JAMES LEA . The document, purporting to be the will of Peter Weston , I found in Dalton's pocket; I went on board the ship Weston had belonged to - it was in the City-canal, and had come from the South Seas - the other papers were all in his box - I afterwards went in search of Morgan, at various places which I knew he used, and on my return I found him at the office; I asked him how long he had known Mr. Frind - he said he had known him many years, that he (Dalton) knew his father, who was born in Scotland; he afterwards said Frind himself was born at Deptford; I asked him what Frind was- he said he was formerly a shoemaker; I asked who told him to make this will out - he said Mr. Frind did; he said it had been in hand about six weeks, and was made at the Seven Stars - that he asked Dalton to make it out, but I think he said Dalton could not write well enough, and Dalton then asked Teighe to make it out; I had asked him before if he knew Dalton; he said he did - I asked if he knew Teighe; he said he had seen him once or so.

Cross-examined by MR. PHILLIPS. Q.How far from the office did you take Dalton? A. I suppose between two hundred and three hundred yards; before that I met the gentleman who is sitting by you - he told me Dalton was with Mr. Ashfield; I went on, and met Dalton with

him in the Commercial-road - he was coming in a direction to the office, but he might be going to various other places; he went with me at once to the office - he was very much confused; he did not attempt to run from me- I was very near him I do not recollect Mr. Ashfield saying he was coming to the office - it was about twelve o'clock in the day.

Cross-examined by MR. BARRY. Q.It was known to several that the will was supposed to be forged on the 24th of April, when you took Teighe? A. I was not in possession of it till the night before; I cannot tell whether there had been a talk about the will being forged - I took him at the house he had lodged in for four years.

Morgan. Q. Did you not find me in the office? A. Yes; I asked you Frind's age; you said he was between fifty and seventy.

MR. ADOLPHUS. Q. Is Church-lane, where you took Dalton, a much frequented thoroughfare? A. It is; he would not have succeeded if he had run away; I had a person with me - all the prisoners were apprehended in the County of Middlesex.

MARY WAKELING. I keep the house, No. 6, Lambeth-street, Whitechapel; Mr. and Mrs. Fallon, who is called Paternoster, lived together there as man and wife; they occupied one room and Mrs. Francis (Pringle) lived in the same room with them - I know Dalton, by seeing him come backwards and forwards to see Mr. and Mrs. Fallon ever since they have lived there; they came to live there in September - Morgan was there a great deal of his time; I do not know whether he slept there or not - he was with them when he was there; I never saw Teighe.

ELIZABETH NORTON . I am married, and live at No. 18, Green Dragon-yard, Whitechapel. I saw Morgan at my house, in London, on the 6th, 7th, or 8th of March; he came without either hat or handkerchief on - he came to borrow a hat and handkerchief; I had no hat, but lent him a handkerchief off my neck; I have not had it again- I know it was very early in March.

Cross-examined by MR. PHILLIPS. Q. Is that your only reason for fixing the date? A. Yes; it was very early in the month - I think it was on a Tuesday he came; I know it was a market morning, as my husband had brought me home some things from market; market mornings are Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays - I know it was on a Tuesday; I should not like to swear that, but I know it was early in the week, on a market morning.

MR. ADOLPHUS. Q. Have you lately had a child? A. Yes; it was born on the 7th of March - I was confined in a room down stairs; it was two or three days after my baby was born that I saw Morgan; I live on the ground floor, and a person coming there would come into my room.(The will was here put in and read, see indictment.)

Morgan. I wish Mr. Lake to be called.

Morgan to MR. LAKE. Q. Did not Mr. and Mrs. Harding claim the property, and others besides? A. Yes.

Morgan's Defence. The document in question is genuine, and the decision I leave to the Judge and Jury.

Dalton's Defence I have kept a sailor's lodging-house for many years; I and Teighe were walking together on the 17th of January; we went into the Seven Stars-Morgan, and old gentleman, and a woman sat there, having beer, and shortly after we were there, Morgan, who knew me, spoke to me; the question was put by the old gentleman to Morgan, "Probably your friend, Mr. Dalton, will draw up the paper I was speaking to you about?" I said I was not capable of doing it, but no doubt my friend Teighe could do it, and by Frind's wish it was drawn out by Teighe.

Teighe's Defence. I have only to corroborate the statement of Dalton; what he has said is true - I never saw Frind before nor since, nor do I know whether he is living or dead; I am not interested in the will, and do not see that it has been proved against me in any way.

Fallon's Defence. I neither prisoner con saw the will wrote or drawn out; I know nothing about the concern -I was not present.

Paternoster's Defence. I know nothing of the old gentleman, nor did I ever see him - I know nothing of any money being left to me. (The following letter, found in Dalton's box, was here read, at his request).

North Shields, March 23, 1832.

DEAR MOTHER, - I embrace the opportunity of writing to you, hoping to find you in good health, as it leaves me at present, thank God for it - I wrote to you on the 14th of this month and expected an answer by return of post, but no answer has ever been; I am going to America, and will endeavour to leave the monthly money at London or Shields, but hoping to receive an answer, before I sail from here, I will write to you again as soon as I receive an answer to this letter - by return of post.

Your dutiful son,


To Mrs. H. Dalton, No. 11, Princes-street. - Post mark, North Shields, March 23, 1832.






17th May 1832
Reference Numbert18320517-2
VerdictGuilty; Not Guilty

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Second Middlesex Jury, before Mr. Justice Littledale.

1125. ELIZABETH PEACOCK , alias ELIZABETH PATERNOSTER , and CORNELIUS DRISCOL were indicted for that they, on the 10th of February last, at St. Mary Matfelon, alias Whitechapel , feloniously did forge, a certain will and testament, purporting to be the last will and testament of John Shields , which is as follows - that is to say:

In the name of God, Amen. I, John Shields, being of sound and disposing mind, memory and understanding, do make and publish this my last will and testament, that is to say (in case of my demise, previous to the termination of my next intended voyage to India and home to London) I leave and bequeath unto my friend, Elizabeth Peacock , all the wages and effects which I may possess at the time of my demise, and appoint the said Elizabeth Peacock my sole executrix: hereby revoking all other wills by me heretofore made. Given under my hand this 11th day of December, 1830.

JOHN SHIELDS his + mark.

In presence of Cornelius Driscol and Elizabeth Brannan , with intent to defraud Andrew Shiell ; against the Statute,&c.

2nd COUNT, for uttering a like forged will, well knowing it to be forged, with a like intent.

3rd COUNT, like the first, only with intent to defraud Joseph Lidwel Heathorn and John Samuel Groves .

4th COUNT, like the second, only with intent to defraud Joseph Lidwel Heathorn and John Samuel Groves .

MR. BODKIN conducted the prosecution.

THOMAS BURDER WILSON . I am a clerk in the registering department of the Prerogative office of the Archbishop of Canterbury. I produce a document, purporting to be the will of John Shields , dated the 11th of December, 1830; it was proved on the 10th of February, 1832, by the oath of Elizabeth Peacock , widow, sole executrix: there was a suit afterwards instituted in the Ecclesiastical Court, to recall the probate - I have the allegation filed on behalf of the executrix in that suit by William Geering Clarkson , the proctor.

WILLIAM GEERING CLARKSON. I am a proctor, and live in Doctor's-commons. On the 9th of February the prisoner Peacock brought this will to me, to be proved; I am certain of her person - I saw her very frequently; she described herself as the sole executrix named in the will, and in consequence of her instruction I prepared the affidavit which I hold in my hand: I was present when she swore the affidavit, and upon that, probate was issued in the usual course - she afterwards directed me to write to Mr. Heathorn, owner of the ship Eliza, to demand payment of what might be due to the deceased; I do not know whether any body was present then - this was after probate had been granted; she sometimes came to me alone, and sometimes had persons with her; I think she was alone, and sometimes had persons with her; I think she was alone when she brought the will; she was sometimes accompained by Elizabeth Brennan; I do not think that woman attended till after it was alleged the will was forged; I do not recollect that it was her who came at first - after probate was issued, a decree was taken out to recall the will.

MR. WILSON. I have the decree; here is the original book of the Court, which I produce from the clerk of the papers - it is the original book in which the entries are made by the registrar of the Court; he is the officer who has the custody of the book - I do not know the registrars' hand-writing.

MR. CLARKSON. I believe this to be the hand-writing of Mr. Ingleby, one of the registrars.

Cross-examined by MR. BARRY. Q. Does the will you produce purport to be the will of Shiell or Shields? A.Shields.

MR. BODKIN. Q. Is the allegation you have put in, the allegation referred to in the entry? A.It is -(entry read.)

"Shiell against Peacock. - Personally appeared Elizabeth Peacock , widow, the party cited, and brought in probate of the will of the party deceased, and appointed William Geering Clarkson to be her proctor - present Frederick Clarkson, who brought in the decree, and declared he opposed the said will; William Geering Clarkson propounded the same, and asserted an allegation on admission the bye day."

WILLIAM GEERING CLARKSON. In consequence of the suit instituted, Peacock came and retained me as her proctor, to defend the suit; I desired her to come to me, and bring all the witnesses who knew any thing of the transaction - I told her it was intended to be charged as a forgery, and I wished to know what she could bring forward in support of the will: in consequence of this she came to me with the prisoner Driscol and the other subscribing witness, who was Brennan, and another woman, who was not a witness to the will; I do not remember when it was, but it must have been before the day of the allegation - instructions were given to me to prepare the allegation in the suit by all the persons who were in attendance, and whom I have named; they all four spoke to me, in each other's hearing and presence; what they said formed the statements made in the allegation - I do not think it was read over to them after it was prepared; Peacock stated that the deceased called on her, and stated that he was going to sea shortly, and was disposed to make a will before he went, in her favour - that the deceased appointed the time and place in the evening where they should meet to draw up the will- that they met agreeable to the appointment, and the will was drawn up at the time and place named in the allegation; I took the contents of the allegation down from their months - this is it; I drew it up in the beginning of February.

MR. BARRY. Q.Have you the original memorandum made from the parties' instructions? A. No, but I drew this paper up within twenty-four hours.

MR. BODKIN. Q. Is the allegation verified by the oath of any person? A. No, the time had not arrived to do that; I expected that Driscol would have verified it - they have never been produced as witnesses in support of it: I have discontinued proceeding in the suit until the result of these proceedings are known; that is all - if it is not taken down so it is a mistake.

COURT. You may look at the allegation to refresh your memory, but it must not be read. Witness. Mrs. Peacock said the will was executed on the day it bore date, and in the presence of those parties - I asked her who was the writer of the will; she said it was a person who was at sea, a friend of her half-brother's; they stated that the will, when drawn up, was executed by the deceased affixing his mark - I asked them all if the deceased had requested his name to be written for him; they all said he begged his name might be written for him; and then he put his mark to it; I asked Driscol and Brennan if their names subscribed as witnesses at the foot of the will was in their hand-writing; they each of them said it was - I asked if they put their names at the time the deceased executed the will - they both said Yes, and that it was done in his presence; the will was at this time in the registry, and none of them saw it; I had no other business in hand for Peacock at that time.

COURT. Q.You used the word deceased - is that what you mentioned to them? A. I might have said testator - it was stated to be the will of Shields, who lately died on board the Eliza.

Q. Was the name of Shields ever mentioned, or did you speak of him as the deceased or testator? A. They did not attend me on any other subject - I told them there appeared to be a difference in the names set forth in the will and that in the decree; this was previous to drawing the allegation.

Q.Then the name was the subject of conversation? A. Yes - Peacock had brought the decree to me as soon as she was served with it, and it was then I told her to bring her witnesses; Shield's name was mentioned in the presence of all of them, because I mentioned the difference in the name in the decree - they said they could not profess to say which was right, whether it was Shields or Shiell; Driscol said he had been to Heathborn, the owner of the vessel, to ascer

tain the amount of the wages due at the time of the deceased's death; Mrs. Peacock and Driscol went repeatedly to Heathorn - they said so; Driscol said he had been to Heathorn in the presence of all the others - I am not certain whether Brennan said she was present at Heathorn's, or whether it was another woman.

Cross-examined. Q. I believe the female prisoner was the first person you saw? A. Yes - she represented herself as executrix; I saw her two or three times before I saw Driscol - I cannot say whether Brennan attended before the whole four, but a woman had attended with Peacock; I should think it was not Brennan - that woman did not enter into the particulars; I did not ask her till I found it necessary to go into the merits; I had not at that time asked Peacock to produce a witness to the will - I think Driscol did attend before the probate was called in; it has not been revoked yet - I had told Peacock the will was suspected to be forged before Driscol came at all.

Q. When the four were together, did not Mrs. Peacock give the principal circumstances on which you framed the allegation? A.She did - I have paid no money over to any of the parties under the will; I was examined before the Magistrate; Brennan was not examined in my presence- I never saw her before I saw her in the Commons; I am sure she said she was present at the execution of the will on the day of its date, which is the 11th of December, 1830- she said it was her hand-writing; I put the same question to Driscol - Brennan said, that besides Driscol there was a Mr. Cous in the room; I think I understood there were other persons present at the public-house they met at to execute the will - she said Mrs. Peacock, Driscol, herself, Mr. Cous, and the writer of the will, were present; the name of the writer was not mentioned - he was stated to be the brother-in-law of Mrs. Peacock, or the friend of her brother-in-law; she said there were five in all present - I understood the writer of the will was a seafaring man, who was in the South Seas, and I did not trouble myself to have more than three persons as witnesses; I did not require the attendance of the publican, or any of his family; the publican's name was not mentioned, but the sign was stated to be the Nag's Head, Cotton-street, Poplar - nobody from that house was examined in my hearing before the Magistrate.

MR. BODKIN. Q.Was all this statement made in the hearing of Driscol? A. Yes - I had seen him once before on this business.

MR. BARRY. Q.When the four persons were there, did not Driscol express a wish to see the will? A. I cannot say whether he did, or did not; it is very likely - if he did I should have said the will was in Court.

ANDREW SHIELL . I had a son named John - he went to sea in the ship Eliza, in December, 1830; he was seventeen years old at that time - I spell my name Shiell; he left about the middle of December - he could write; here is a log-book which he kept, all in his own hand-writing, and I have letters in his hand-writing - he was a pretty good penman; here are some letters which I received from him after he left England - he had been living at home with me some time before he left: he was single - he never had any acquaintance with Peacock, to my knowledge; I am plaintiff in a cause instituted in the Ecclesistical Court, to revoke this will - Mr. Frederick Clarkson is my proctor.

Cross-examined. Q. Had your son been to sea before? A. Yes - I do not say that I knew all his acquaintances; he never lodged away from me - I did not know Peacock.

FREDERICK CLARKSON . I am a proctor in Doctors'-commons, and was employed by Shiell; in consequence of the proceedings taken in the cause I have seen both the prisoners; I first saw them on the day the probate was brought into Court, which was in February this year; I saw them in the Common-hall at Doctors'-commons - they appeared in Court with the proctor, and Mrs. Peacock brought in the probate; I saw it in William Geering Clarkson's hands, and Mrs. Peacock was with him - I did not see it in her hands; she stated to the registrar that she appeared in obedience to the order of the Court, and brought in that probate, and appointed William Geering Clarkson as her proctor - Driscol was with her at that time, but he made no statement; he was brought on the same day by the proctor to my office - he said he produced himself as the witness to the will of John Shields , the probate of which I had called in; neither the probate nor will were in my possession - the will was in the registry, and the probate in Court.

Cross-examined. Q. Then he produced himself as the witness to the will on which you had commenced proceedings, on the ground of forgery? A. Yes - I am not on the best terms with the other proctor; he is my brother -I know nothing myself of Driscol having seen the will at any time.

JOSEPH LIDWEL HEATHORN. I and John Samuel Groves were owners of the Eliza, in 1830, and are so still; there were no other owners - she left London in December, 1830, on a voyage to New South Wales; she touched at Portsmouth - John Shiell was on board as an ordinary seaman; his name is on the ship's list, and I saw him on board - I should not know him now if he was alive; I was present when he signed the ship's articles - here they are; I saw him sign these articles - I am the attesting witness; the vessel set out on her voyage a day or two afterwards - he is called a landsman here, which is often done if a person is not an experienced seaman; all persons signing here have done it with a cross, except Shiell and another - I do not know who wrote the names for those who are marksmen; they do not all appear to be in the same handwriting.

Cross-examined by MR. BARRY. Q. Then it is not the invariable practice for men to sign if they can write? A. No - they often say, "I will make my mark," whether they can write or not; I only know that John Shiell was present - I cannot say whether he wrote his name, or it was written for him; I only say so from finding it on this.

MR. BODKIN. Q. Did he die on the voyage home? A. A. Yes - it is reported in the log-book; there were wages due to him - I do not know how much; his father made application for them first - Driscol afterwards applied for them, in company with a woman; I have seen Peacock at my office, but whether it was her, or another woman came at that time, I cannot say - (looking at Brennan) I think that is the woman that came with him; I have seen Peacock at my office, but whether she accompanied Driscol I do not know - she came about Shiell's wages; Driscol called on the same subject - we declined giving him any information, because we had paid the wages to the

father; he said the woman who was with him had the will- what woman that was I do not remember; he threatened to take proceedings against the ship; he said he came to claim John Shiell's wages, who died on board the Eliza-I think I saw him at my office on the subject two or three times, but I am not positive, because I saw him about other ships on many occasions; I saw him there about almost every ship that had been paid - he accompanied the seamen who were to be paid.

Cross-examined. Q.Without referring to the ship's articles, do you know whether John Shiell was a man or a boy? A. No - there are names here without marks, which are attested; a dot means that they are all attested - Marshall has attested the four first names.

Q.There is no witness to the name of John Shiell? A. Yes - there is no attesting witness' name; the sum 1l. 5s, per month against it, in the column, is not a lighter ink than the rest - the designation of a landsman on the list would apply to a boy, as well as a man.

ANDREW SHIELL. I have every reason to believe this name to the ship's articles is my son's writing; he wrote an excellent hand - I received letters from him at Spithead after he left; I live at Camberwell - my son went three voyages before this; the letters I received from him are dated on board the ship Eliza, and I know them to be his hand-writing.

MR. BARRY. Q. Tell me whether you will swear the signature to these articles to be his hand-writing? A. I cannot swear positively, but believe it to be so; there is a great variance in person's hand-writing at different times.

COURT. Q. You know your son could write? Yes - he was a tall thin lad, about five feet ten inches; I got this log-book from the chief mate of the Eliza - it is my son's private log-book on board that ship, and in his hand-writing; I received my son's payment on the 5th of January -I received all he was entitled to.

MR. HEATHORN re-examined. The party applied to me after the crew were paid; we did not state that we had paid the wages, but declined giving any information; I paid the wages myself, and paid them in cash - I never mentioned to Driscol that I had paid the father; we always declined giving any information - I cannot tell what my clerks may have done.

ELIZABETH BRENNAN . I am a widow, and live at No. 22, Fashion-street, Spitalfields - I have known Peacock five or six years; she works at slop-work and has worked at the bonnet work; I have known Driscol about three years - he kept a shop at Poplar at that time, and sold provisions - he continued there; (looking at the will) I have seen this once before; it was about a week after Twelfth-day - I saw it at No.6, Lambeth-street, Whitechapel, where Mrs. Peacock lived; she showed it to me- nobody else was present; she took it out of a closet in her room.

Q. At the bottom of it is John Shields, his mark, and then a cross, was that so when you saw it? A. Yes, and so was this name of Cornelius Driscol - there was no other name to it then; Peacock produced it to ask if I would put my name to it - I did so; that was early in January - I afterwards accompanied her to Mr. Heathorn's; I did not go in with her, but waited outside - I only went that once; I have had no conversation with Driscol on it is business - I afterwards went to Mr. Clarkson's, the proctor, in Doctors'-commons, with Mrs. Peacock, as Mr. Clarkson requested to see me; nobody but Mrs. Peacock was present - I never went but once; I have had no conversation wit Driscol about this business on any occasion; I was never at Clarkson's when he was there.

JAMES LEA. I am an officer. I apprehended Peacock on the 24th of April, at her lodging, No.6, Lambeth-street, not on this charge; I took Driscol on the 30th, in Whitechapel; I told him I wanted him again, having had him a few days before; he asked me what for - I said respecting a forged will that Mr. Clarkson had in hand; he said,"Very well," and went with me - I searched his house in Essex-street, Whitechapel, and found several books, with different seamen's names,and lists of ships going out.

Cross-examined. Q. Was he examined as a witness a few days before, when you had him? A. yes, and went at large after that - it was not on this charge.

ELIZABETH BRENNAN . The name at the bottom of this will is my hand-writing; there was no man in the room when I put it there - I heard nobody say he published that as his last will and testament, or that it was his will or any thing of the kind; Peacock did not tell me what it was - I did not read it, nor was it read to me; when she took me to Mr.Clarkson's she said she had brought one of the witnesses; she said nothing else.

The will was here read, with the affidavit of Elizabeth peacock annexed to it, stating that she was sole executrix to the deceased, who died on board the vessel; that she had applied to Mr. Heathorn for information, as to when he died, who refused to give information, and the crew having gone to sea she could, not obtain the information. Sworn, the 9th of February, 1832, before G. Coote, Surrogate; present W.G. Clarkson.

FREDERICK CLARKSON. I know this to be the signature of Dr. Coote.

ANDREW SHIELL. The will is not in my son's handwriting, nor is the name Johu Shields his, to the best of my judgment; I do not believe the cross was made by him; he wrote a good hand - I never knew him make a cross instead of signing his name.

Driscol's Defence. I never lodged with Mrs. Peacock.

PEACOCK - GUILTY of uttering - DEATH . Aged 49. DRISCOL - NOT GUILTY .

17th May 1832
Reference Numbert18320517-3
VerdictGuilty; Guilty > with recommendation; Guilty
SentenceDeath; Death; Death

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Second Middlesex Jury, before Mr. Baron Bolland .

1126. ELIZABETH PEACOCK alias ELIZABETH PATERNOSTER , THOMAS FULLEN , and CORNELIUS DRISCOL were indicted for that they, on the 5th of January last, at St. Mary Matfelon, alias Whitechapel , did feloniously forge a certain will and testament, purporting, to be the last will and testament of Frederick Jones , which is as follows - that is to say:

In the name of God, Amen. I, Frederick Jones , seaman, being in bodily health, and of sound and disposing mind and memory, and considering the perils and dangers of the seas, and other uneertainties of this transitory life, do (for avoiding controversies after my decease,) make,publish, and declare this my last will and testament, in manner following, that is to say: First, I recommend my soul to God that gave it, and my body I commit to the earth or sea, as it shall please God to order; and as for and concerning all my worldly estate, I give, bequeath and dispose there of as followeth, that is to say: All and

all manner of wages, sum and sums of money, lands, tenements, goods, chattels and estate whatsoever, as shall be any ways due, owing, or belonging into me at the time of my decease, I do give, devise and bequeath the same into my beloved friend, Mary Elliott ; and I do hereby nominate and appoint the said Mary Elliott executrix of this my last will and testament, here by revoking all former and other wills, testaments and deeds of gift by me at any time heretofore made: and I do ordain and ratify these presents to stand and be for and as my only last will and testament. In witness whereof to this my said will, I have set my hand and seal, the 26th day of May, in the year of our Lord 1831, and in the first year of the reign of our Sovereign Lord, William the Fourth, by the grace of God, of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, King, Defender of the Faith, and so forth.

FREDERICK JONES , his - mark.

Signed, sealed, published, and declared, in the presence of us, Dennis Ross Callan - Mary Carnell, with intent to defraud Thomas Warde and Joseph Somes .

SECOND COUNT, for uttering a like forged will, well knowing it to be forged, with a like intent.

GEORGE TODD . I am a clerk in the registery of the Consistory Court, Doctors'-commons. I produce a will of Frederick Jones - the probate was granted to Mary Elliott , widow, sole executrix, on the 5th of January, 1832; the will is dated the 26th of May, 1831 - I am not acquainted with the prisoner's persons; no affidavit was necessary, the amount sworn to being under 5l.

MARY ANN PRINGLE. I live at No. 4, Anthony-street, St. George in the East, and am single. About Christmas last I lived at No.6, Lambeth-street, Whitechapel - Fullen and Peacock lived together; they kept a room there, and I lived with them in their room - they went by the names of Thomas and Elizabeth Fullen, and lived as man and wife; I know Driscol, by seeing him at their room several times - the name of Mary Carnell , at the bottom of this will, is my hand-writing; I put it there last Christmas - I think it was after Christmas; I was up in Fullen's room at the time - the three prisoners were present; I do not recollect the paper being read to me at all - only they said they expected Mr. Myers to sign his name to the paper, and as he did not come they asked me to sign it, which I did.

Q. Who had this paper when you first saw it? A. Mr. Driscol wrote what he had to say on it, and after, he wrote the first witness' name at the bottom.

Q. Did he first write on the paper what there is there? A. Yes; it was him I first saw with it; I saw him writing on it - I cannot exactly say what he wrote, but I saw him writing on this paper; I saw him write this name at the bottom here, and then I signed mine.

Q. What is the name he wrote? A. I cannot read - he wrote a name that was not his own.

Q. How can you tell that, if you cannot read? A. Mary Elliott stated so to me; Mary Elliott is the female prisoner - she went by that name then; I do not think the name of Elliott was mentioned at that time; I knew that when I went to the proctor's - I was in the room - all day, I dare say; Fullen and his wife lived in the room - I do not know whether Driscol brought the paper in; he came about the middle of the day - Mrs. Fullen and I were both sitting at work; Mr. Fullen came in, and Driscol came in not a great while afterwards; I cannot say who first began to speak about it; I was sitting down, and, to the best of my recollection, Driscol said, "Why, it is no harm for you, mother Francis to sign your name to it;" Mr. and Mrs. Fullen said it was no use waiting for Myers, for he would not come - I did not take particular notice whether they both said so; I think it was Mr. Fullen - he spoke so that the whole party could hear; he said it was no use waiting for Myers - Mrs. Fullen told me that Myers was to be concerned in the will; that he was to have been a witness to it instead of me - when it was said it was of no use waiting for Myers, Driscol asked me if I could write; I said I could write my own name - Driscol gave me the pen, and I wrote my name at the bottom - the paper laid on the table before Driscol and me; he put the paper to me, and I wrote my name - that was after I had seen him write - Fullen was there in the room, sitting very near the table; he could see what was doing, and hear what was said - the female prisoner was near enough to hear what took place; she was not two yards from me.

Q.How came you to sign your name as Carnell? A. I lived with a man of that name formerly; he is dead now- when I put my name to the paper, Driscol, Fullen, and all of them said that would do; they all said they would take it up to the procutor to ministrate for the man's money, Driscol did not stop there any time after it was done - Mrs. Fullen kept the paper; I went with Mrs. Fullen to the proctor as a witness three or four days after the paper was signed; Mr. Burchett was the proctor - Mrs. Fullen said they could do nothing unless I went up as a witness for them: it was at her request I went - she told me what I was to say when I got there, about knowing the man a good while, and that he used to be backwards and forwards at the place for a year and a half; they told me the man's name, but I cannot think of it now - I told the proctor what she told me; he wrote it down, and I signed it - this is it; I believe it was read over to me before I signed it - I had no knowledge of the man I went to speak about; I never saw him in my life - I went with Mrs - Fullen over to the proctor's for the probate, but it was not ready; I saw Mr. Burchett when I went - we went out and waited till about half-past three o'clock, then went again, and it was ready: she paid for the probate. and took it away with her - this is it (looking at it)

Q. After that, did you go with her to Great Alie-street? A. yes; I waited outside while she went into the owners where the money was to be paid - she told me she was going to get the money she had been administering for, and it was under 5l; she came out and told me the clerk was gone, she must go again next morning, and that she had left the probate there-she had it when she went in; I did not go with her the next day.

Cross-examined by MR. BARRY. Q. Who do you live with? A. At the house of one Mrs. Jones; I support myself by my own labour - nobody has given me any money, nor maintained me - I lived with Carnell, who is now dead; I was married to Pringle, and I lived with one Francis - I never went by any other name; I signed an affidavit in the name of Elliott, for Mrs. Elliott.

Q.Who is Mrs. Elliot? A. The female prisoner; I am almost sure I called myself by the Christian name of Mary- as far as I can make out the name in the will it is Ellioty; I do not know whether it is tt or ty - I made my mark to the affidavit; I got no money, nor the promise of

any; they afterwards gave me 3s., which they owed me; I am sure it was a debt - I work at slop work; I never walk the streets, nor pick men up; I was sent to prison for a month once from Lambeth-street - I never signed the name of Pringle but once; I signed the name of Carnell and Elliott at the proctor's, Mr. Clarkson's - that was on another occasion; it was an affidavit - when I signed the name of Mary Elliott , Mrs. Peacock asked me to go as aunt to the man, but I was not his aunt; I signed my name for her, as she said she could not do it, because she had business at Clarkson's; I told them I was the aunt of Johnson - I did not look over Driscol when he was writing, and do not know what he wrote; I did not know what I was signing at the time - they said it was no harm, I might as well do it as not; it was the first paper I signed - I afterwards signed an affidavit for her, and they were the only two I ever signed; it was at her request - I had nothing from her except what she had borrowed of me; she gave me 3s. to get my gown out of pawn - I never made an affidavit on any other occasion: I positively swear that no man was in the room except Fullen and Driscol - I told nobody what I had done; I was taken into custody on Mr. Frind's business - they put me down as a legatee in that business; when I was taken to Lambeth-street on Frind's business, the two papers I had signed were brought forward, and I owned to them; Lea took me to the proctor's, to see if I knew my own handwriting, and if I knew the gentleman - I was not placed at the bar of the office; I was there as a witness.

MR. BODKIN. Q. What were you sent to prison for a month for? A. For pawning a cloak; I made the affidavit in the name of Elliott, at the request of the female prisoner - Morgan and Fullen also requested me to go and make it; I was not taken into custody as being concerned in Frind's business - they took me to the office, and asked if I could find bail; I said not: the gentleman said there was no occasion for bail, as I was a witness, and I was discharged.

THOMAS MILLER. I am clerk to Mr. Burchett, a proctor of Doctors'-commons. In January last this will was brought to our office by two women; to the best of my belief the last witness was one, and the prisoner Peacock the other; Peacock said she had brought that will to be proved - I looked it over, and handed it to Mr. Burchett, who came in; he then put several questions to Pringle, who was called Mary Carnell - her answers were reduced to writing, and signed by her; it was read over to her first - this is the statement; here is a part which is not signed - that was also a statement made by her, and at the bottom is written "Mrs. Elliott. No.3, Fan-court, Baker's-row, Whitechapel-road, Middlesex, widow;" that name and address was given to me by the female prisoner as the residence of the executrix - she gave it as her own direction- Mr. Burchett wrote it down; it is the description she gave of herself - I then wrote the jurat on the will; Mr. Burchett went to get it sworn - the female prisoner went with him; they returned to the office; the probate was prepared in the course of the day; (looking at it) this is it; they were desired to call about three o'clock for it, and the female prisoner, to the best of my belief, called; she paid for it, and took it away.

Cross-examined. Q. Did you know Carnell? A. Merely as witness to the will - I had never seen Driscol.

NORMAN MCLEOD . I am clerk to Thomas Warde and Joseph Somes , ship-owners; they were owners of the William Miles - here are the articles of that ship; the name of Frederick Jons is in the list of the crew - I did not know him, nor did I see the articles signed; he is stated, by the log-book to have died on the passage home; he was supposed to have been a Dane or Swede-Messrs. Warde's counting house is in Great Alie-street, Goodman's-fields. This probate was brought to our office; I do not think I was there when it was brought, it was handed to me by somebody who received it, and next day, the 6th of January, a person called, and represented herself as Mary Elliott - she demanded the wages, which I paid her; I cannot distinctly swear that it was the female prisoner, but believe her to be the person; I paid her 5l. 15s. 2d., and wrote this receipt, which she put her mark to, and I witnessed it - I demanded to detain the probate, which she agreed to; I demanded her address, which I put down - it was No. 3, Fan-court, Baker's-row, Whitechapel-road.

Cross-examined. Q. I see the date of this signature, in the ship's articles, is the 19th of June, 1831? A. Yes, the vessel being at Portsmouth, some men shipped there and some at London; it is dated London, the 19th of June.

COURT. Q. When she claimed the money as executrix did she represent to you who she was? A. I recollect, on a former occasion, asking her, and she said she was a friend of his, to whom he was under obligation; she said she came for the money due to Frederick Jones, a seaman belonging to the ship William Miles - we did not have the ship's articles before we paid her, but we ascertained the amount by writing to the master, at Portsmouth.

ALEXANDER MUSTART . I am a shipwright, and live at Cock-hill, Ratcliff-highway. I was employed by the owners of the William Miles , Messrs. Warde and Somes, before she went her last voyage, and was at the office when the men signed the articles; I saw this " Frederick Jons " written by the man who called himself so; he wrote it himself in June, 1831, in my presence, and I witnessed it; there is no other of that name entered, neither Jons nor Jones.

MICHAEL HENRY HART. I am a slopseller. I was at the office when Frederick Jons signed the articles - I knew him before; he was a foreigner - I saw him sign the articles, and afterwards saw him on board the William Miles ; I went down to Portsmouth with him, and saw him on board, acting as one of the crew - the ship went to Portsmouth in June; it was on the 19th of June that I saw him sign the articles in London - I knew him on a former voyage- he had no relatives in England; he was a Dane or Swede, and quite a stranger in London - I have seen him write on other occasions; he always wrote his name - I never saw him make a mark; another countryman of his, named Myers, went to sea with him - I do not remember when the ship arrived home.

MARY WAKELING. I keep the house, No.6, Lambeth-street, Whitechapel - Mr. and Mrs. Fullen (the prisoners) lodged there with me; they came in September last, and continued there till they were apprehended; they were lodging there about Christmas - Pringle came to my house with them, and lodged with them by the name of Francis; they had one room - Driscol was in the habit of coming backwards and forwards to Mr. and Mrs. Fullen now and

then, not very often - they lived in the first floor front room; the street door stands open - he used to come in, and go right up stairs.

Cross-examined. Q. Did you know Pringle about Christmas, by the name of Francis? A. Yes; I never knew her by any other name - she used to do slop work with Mrs. Fullen; they had it from the shops, and gave out work to another person.

The will was here read, also the following receipt. 6th of January, 1832, received from the master and owner of the William Miles 5l., being the balance of wages due to Frederick Jones. The mark of MARY + ELLIOTT.

I further acknowledge to have received 15s. 2d., presented to me by the owner of the said ship.

The mark of MARY + ELLIOTT.

Driscol's Defence. I have to remark that I know nothing whatever of the transaction in any shape; with respect to what the woman swears, I consider it will be quite invalid; she admitted before the Magistrate that I had no money for it, and that, I believe, the evidence for the prosecution will corroborate - it is not likely I should implicate myself in such things without fee or reward; she admitted before the Magistrate that she had committed perjury, and said she did not know the obligation of an oath, and said she supposed she would willingly swear to more if she was desired - as to my calling at Fullen's house, I had business there; I kept a shop in the provision business; Fullen had meat and things, for which he owed me a few shillings, and sometimes I owed him a little, as he knew seamen, and got me lodgers, for which I had to make him a recompense; I know nothing of the transaction - I have never seen or heard any thing about it; I was taken to give evidence in another case about a week before; the evidence I gave did not satisfy the prosecutors - I was let go, and on that occasion Lea mentioned something to me about a will at Clarkson's, but I took no notice of it, and in about a week he took me at my own place; if I had been aware of any thing of the sort against me I should certainly have left home - the only evidence against me is Pringle's, and if she is to have credit before a respectable Jury, I know not what will become of the liberty of the subject.

Fullen's Defence. If it was written in my place I know nothing of it - I can neither read nor write, and never saw the man write.

Peacock's Defence. I am entirely innocent - I never proved any thing at Mr. Burchett's office: I never received any money at all.




On the First Count. Fullen recommended to mercy, not having taken so active a part as the others.[May 21.]

17th May 1832
Reference Numbert18320517-4

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1127. DAVID ELLIOTT was indicted for breaking and entering the dwelling-house of the Rev. John Neville Freeman , on the 4th of April , at Hayes , and stealing therein 2 watches, value 30l.; 2 seals, value 16s.; 1 watch-key, value 2s.; 9 rings, value 20l.; 5 brooches, value 2l.; 1 breast-pin, value 1l.; 1 pair of ear-drops, value 5s.; 3 gold chains, value 30s.; 1 miniature, value 30s.; 2 pairs of bracelet-clasps, value 15s.; 1 hair-locket, value 10s.; 1 spoon, value 2s,; 1 scent-bottle, value 2s.; 2 guineas,eight 10l. and eight 5l. Bank notes, his property .

MRS. MARY FRANCES FREEMAN . I am the wife of the Rev. John Neville Freeman , vicar of Hayes, Middlesex - our house is in that parish. On the 3rd of April, I had in my wardrobe, which is in my bed-room, a box, containing 120l. in Bank-notes, two watches, one a double case gold one, and the other enamelled, set with pearls, a miniature painting corresponding with the watch, two seals, a pocket-book, nine rings two guineas, five brooches, an emerald pin, three gold chains, and some ear-rings; I cannot say whether the wardrobe was locked - I can identify all the property; I generally sleep in that room, but did not that night; I had seen the property safe the day before it was taken; I was awoke by a noise between one and two o'clock in the morning - I rang my bell, and called my servants; I found the window of my bed-room broken into, and broken to pieces, frame and all; it is on the first floor - it was not broken when I went to bed; I heard no noise till I was awoke - I then heard footsteps in the room; the prisoner had once lived with us for seven months as servant.

JOHN HAWKER . I am servant to the Rev. John Neville Freeman , and lived with him in March and April. The prisoner came there on Sunday, the 18th of March, and on the following Saturday, and slept there all night - he did not come to see me; master and mistress did not know of his being there - he slept in the same bed with me- he got up about five o'clock in the morning, and breakfasted with me; he went away about six - he lent me a round smock-frock, to go up a chimney to alter the flue; it had no mark nor stains on it then - I saw it afterwards, and saw stains of blood on it; it was exactly like the one he lent me, but I cannot swear to it. On the morning of the 4th of April, between one and two o'clock, I heard a noise, like a window smashing; I was in bed - I heard it about three times, and heard footsteps in mistress' bed-room, and heard the person go out of the window; I sleep up one pair of stairs from that bed-room - nobody slept in the room that night; mistress slept, in the next room to it that night - I heard a noise as if a drawer was drawn open; I went into the room between one and two o'clock, and found the window all beat in - it is a sash window; I went into the room with mistress, and she missed a box - I looked out of window, and saw two ladders tied together up at the window.

Cross-examined by MR. PAYNE. Q. Do you keep a memorandum of the days people come to your house? A. No; he left master's service on the 13th of March - he did not come to see me afterwards; there is a maid-servant in the house - he was only there two days while I was there; I cannot swear to the smock-frock - I think it is the same.

WILLIAM FAIR. I am a horse-patrol, of Bow-street, On the 9th of April I went to Acton, and searched two boxes of the prisoner's at the Police-station; I found a smock frock, with several spots of blood on it, a few by the arms, and one on the left-hand pocket hole; I found a silver penny in the pocket of it, which the Police-serjeant has; I apprehended the prisoner at Barkham, in Berkshire, on the 7th, and brought him to Hayes - he was examined on the 9th before Mr. Newdigate, in my presence - I said nothing to induce him to state what he did; what he said was taken down in writing - I advised him not to

say any thing; about two hours after I locked him up I had a message to go to him - I went, and took him out of the cage; (I had told him when I took him that it was for Mr.Freeman's robbery) - he said he had been very unhappy in his mind ever since Mr. Freeman's robbery, and wished to make some confession; I said nothing to induce him to state any thing - I took down what he said at the time(reads); he said that he tied Mr.Freeman's two ladders together, and placed them under Mrs. Freeman's bed-room window, then went up, broke the whole of the lower sash, and entered the room - went right up to the wardrobe, took out the box, heard an alarm, ran to the window, and down the ladder; he cut his hands in getting out - that he went away, and opened the box, examined it, and found it contained the same quantity of jewellery and money, as Mr. Freeman had stated that day before the Magistrate; that he was truly sorry for the office, and ready and willing to discover where he had concealed the property - I went with him to Barkham the following day; he took me to his father's farm-house - he took me to an out-house, took the property out from where it was concealed, and put it into my hands; I have had it ever since - here are two gold watches, nine gold rings, five brooches, a breast-pin, a pair of ear-drops, three gold chains, a miniature picture, two pairs of bracelets, a hair-locket, a spoon, a scent-bottle, two guineas, eight 10l., and seven 5l. Bank notes; he produced all these, and said he had thrown a paper with some small coins over a fence at Acton, and that all the property was Mrs. Freeman's - I was present before the Magistrate at his examination; this is his statement (looking at it) - I saw the Magistrates put their names to it, and saw him sign it; it was read over to him - (read)

David Elliott, charged before us with burglary, voluntarily says, that in the first place he went to Mr. Freeman's house, at Hayes, at eleven o'clock at night, and went to the cow-house, remained there two hours, and tied two ladders together, put them up against the house, and broke a bed-room window, and thereby got into the house - went direct up to Mrs. Freeman's wardrobe, and took out the box, heard the bell ring at the same time, which made him (the examinant) make a frightful noise to keep Mrs. Freeman out of the room, then took the box, and made his escape out of the window; was not in the room two minutes, cut his thumb with the glass of the window, went off as fast as he could run to the bottom of Botwell-common, when he broke open the box, took out the property, and tied it up in a handkerchief; whether he lost any of it he does not know- went as far as Richmond-bridge, and did not know what to do, sat on the bridge a long time, after that went to Acton and Wormwood-scrubbs, then at twelve o'clock in the day went back to his lodging at Acton, took the property out of his hat and placed it in his boxes, the next morning he concealed the property in a ditch bank close by; then he had no rest night nor day, was truly sorry for what he had done; on the Friday morning Mr. Frogley's coachman called him up, after that he buried two handkerchiefs which were covered with blood - he was afterwards taken up, and his boxes were searched, and after being taken to Hatton-garden Police-office he was discharged; his father then took him home to Barkham - he first took the property from the ditch bank where he had left it; when he got home at his father's he concealed the property in a stable and afterwards in the thatch of an out-house; sometime this week he intended to send it all home, but was taken up again; he afterwards confessed to the Policeman Fair, and pointed out the property to him - 8l. of the property produced by Fair a 5l. note and three sovereigns, were his own property; the Policeman did not hold out any promise to him, to induce him to make the confession to him.


Taken and signed before us, this 11th day of May, 1832, C.N. Newdigate, Thomas Dagnall .

MRS. FREEMAN. Every article here was in my box that night, and is mine.

Cross-examined by MR. PAYNE. Q. How long was he in your service? A.Seven months and a fortnight; we thought him a very excellent servant, and very steady; I have got every thing back but one note - I found nothing singular in the prisoner's intellect.

THE REV. JOHN NEVILLE FREEMAN. I do not think the prisoner's intellect remarkably strong; I always thought him very honest - my opinion is that it is his first offence, and that his mind was weak.

Two witnesses gave the prisoner a good character.

GUILTY - DEATH . Aged 26.

Strongly recommended to Mercy by the Prosecutor and Jury.

17th May 1832
Reference Numbert18320517-5
VerdictGuilty > with recommendation; Not Guilty

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1128. SAMUEL CROWSON, alias FISHER , and JOHN ROBERTS were indicted for feloniously breaking and entering the dwelling-house of Thomas Jacob Birch , on the 15th of April , at the Middle Temple , and stealing, therein 1 hat, value 5s,; 1 seal, value 10s,; 1 pair of stockings, value 1s.; 8 shirts, value 2l.; 6 sheets, value 30s.; 5 table-cloths, value 30s.; 1 coat, value 2l. and 1 mustard-spoon, value 3s. his property; and 1 gun, value 5l. the property of Henry Champion Partridge .

THOMAS JACOB BIRCH. I live at NO. 4, Garden-court, Middle Temple , in the County of Middlesex - I occupy chambers there - I sleep there, and am the sole occupier; I have an outer door communicating with the staircase - it is the same as a house - I was not in town on the 15th of April; I had left my chambers in care of a laundress - I do not know the prisoner.

JANE EDGAR. My mother is laundress to Mr. Birch. On Wednesday, the 11th of April, I was at his chambers from a quarter past ten o'clock in the morning to a quarter past twelve; I then double-locked the doors, and left them quite safe - I went again, in consequence of information, about six, and found the outer door broken open, by taking off the iron plate of the door-post; there were several marks of violence on the wood work - I missed a counterpane and five sheets off the bed; they had just come from the wash, and were put there - I missed a shirt out of the drawer, a hat, and other articles, but I did not exactly know what was gone till Mr. Birch returned - I had seen all the things safe in the morning.

Cross-examined by MR. BARRY. Q. Does your master keep a clerk? A. He has a lad - he had not been to chambers that day; he called at out house at five o'clock, to see if there were any letters to sent to his master; he does not attend chambers when Mr. Birch is from town - his name is Henry Bell , and he is about sixteen years old; the chambers are on the third floor.

Cross-examined by MR. PAYNE. Q. You never saw these men about the chambers? A. No.

JAMES RICHMOND FOLKARD. I am a pawnbroker, and live at Clerkenwell. On the 13th of April, about four

o'clock in the afternoon, Roberts pawned a gun in a wooden case with me for 4l.; I produce it - he was alone.

Cross-examined by MR. PAYNE. Q. You had known Roberts some time, I believe? A.Between two and three years; he lived at the Horse and Groom, nearly opposite my house - he pawned it in his own name; I have been in the habit of taking pledges from him, which were sometimes redeemed by himself, and sometimes by others - he was ostler at the Horse and Groom, but I do not know whether he was so at that time.

THOMAS CLEMENTS. I am a constable of Marlborough-street. I apprehended Roberts on Saturday, the 21st of April, in Albemarle-street, Clerkenwell, at his lodging - I went there about three o'clock in the afternoon; he was not at home; I waited till one in the morning - he then came home - I told him he must consider himself in custody, for pawning a gun at Folkard's, that he would have to account how he became possessed of it, and he might answer me how he pleased - I did not say it would he better or worse for him; he then said, that on the day he pawned it he was coming across Smithfield-market, and saw a gentleman carrying a gun and portmantean; he asked him if he should carry it for him; the gentleman allowed him to carry the gun, and afterward asked if he could pawn it; that he said he could pawn it where he was in the habit of pawning things; that the gentleman waited opposite while he went and pawned it for 4l. at Folkard's that he came out, joined the gentleman, and walked a little way with him - he gave him the 4l, and he gave him half-a-crown for his trouble; that he did not know the gentleman - he had never seen him before or since; I took him to the office; he was remanded for re-examination on Monday, the 30th, and that day, while he was locked up backwards. he said he wanted to speak to me very particularly, and I was to bring his old woman down with me - I took his wife down from the front of the office to him, at the lock-up place: he then said it was Sam Crowson who gave him the gun to pawn; in consequence of what he further said to us, his wife went with me and Goddard to a house near Canterbury-street, New-cut, Lambeth, to Crowson's, and found he had moved that morning - he was not there; I traced him to No.4, Glover's-hatch, and found him there - I told him he was charged with robbery, and we must take him into custody; he and his wife were there - they had only come in that day - there are only two rooms in the house. one up stairs and the other down; on searching a box up stairs, which was not locked, we found these stockings, and in his pocket I found three duplicates - I saw Goddard find in the upper room, a hat, which Mr. Birch afterwards identified; Crowson had claimed it as his - he said he had no other, and he would be d - d if he would walk through the streets without a hat - one of the duplicates is for a shirt, pawned at Stafford's St. John-street; the pawnbroker produced it at the office, and give it up - I brought a great many other things away out of the box; Crowson claimed some of them, and some he did not - I gave Mr. Folkard a copy of Stafford's duplicate; I have had the stockings ever since.

Cross-examined by MR. BARRY. Q. Are the pawnbrokers here? A. No; I went to the house in the Newcut in consequence of what Roberts and his wife said -I found three famales in the house; I do not know their names - it was not said, in my presence, that Mrs. Henson was owner of the house or furniture; I did not take the women into custody - I made them turn their pockets out.

Cross-examined by MR. PAYNE. Q. How did you find Roberts? A. By Folkard's information; he did not tell me it was in consequence of his wife saying he had better tell the truth, that he said what he did - I found no stolen prpperty at Roberts,.

HENRY GOODARD. I am a constable of Marlborough-street. I went with Clements, and waited at Roberts' till near one o'clock - I went with Clements, on the 30th of April, to a house in Glover's-hatch, New-cut: I knocked at the door - Crowson opened it; I told him a burglary had been committed that we were officers, and had come to search his place - while Clements was searching the room below, I desired Crowson to step up stairs; when we got up I asked him for his hat - he took a hat off the bed and put it on; I then took it from him, and saw the maker's name in it was as described in the Police reports; I then began to search, and in a cupboard upstairs found two crow-bars and a number of skelton keys, a phosphorus-box, and several files - I tried two of the keys to Mr. Birch's lock; they fitted it - also the key of a padlock, which Clements tried - I have had the hat ever since.

Cross-examined by MR. BARRY. Q. Were the women up stairs? A. They were in the room below, with Crowson - they came up after; I did not not hear the name of Henson.

COURT. Q. Did he say any thing about the hat? A. He said it was his hat, that he bought it of a Jew for 8s. 6d.

MR. BIRCH. This is the gun which was taken from my chambers; it is the property of Mr. Henry Champion Partridge - he had left it in my care as he left town a few days before; I left on the 6th of March and left the gun in my chambers - I know it from having frequently had it in my hand, and I know the box it is in: this is my hat, and these are my stockings - I know them by their general appearance, and from the mark not being, totally effaced: I left them in my chambers - the maker's name is in my hat; it is Underdown, who I had bought it of -I had not worn it much; I have not the slightest doubt of it - I tried two of the keys ot two of my doors, and one to a padlock - one fitted my outer door and the other my bed-room, and one a padlock on my cellar; I missed these keys, and know two of them to be mine, but the bedroom one I cannot be certain of.

Cross-examined by MR. BARRY. Q.You had worn the hat but little? A. No; I have not the slightest doubt of it - it was made specially to my own shape - I have no doubt it has been worn by another person for some weeks; I have a boy, but he does not attend my chambers while I am from town - he gives up the keys to the laundress; I was absent about six weeks - I ordered the boy to call on the laundress, to know when I was coming to town, or if there were any letters to send me - I had not lost these keys before I went out of town; I suppose they were taken at the times of the robbery - I lost nothing from the cellar; one was a key of the bin in the cellar - I returned to town on the 16th of April; I kept one key hanging up in the kitchen, and the key of the padlock in the drawer

of my bed-room - I missed the keys when I returned to town.

THOMAS CLEMENTS . I fitted the keys to the door and the inner cellar, which Mr. Birch calls the bin - it fitted the padlock very easily, and this key locked and unlocked the bed-room.

JANE EDGAR . I saw the gun on the window-seat on the day of the robbery, in the box - I know it to be the same; I did not miss it till Mr. Birch came home - I know the stockings to be his by the mark; they were in the drawer on the morning of the robbery; the drawer was open - I missed them in the evening; I think this hat is Mr. Birch's - my mother had put it in the band-box, in the library, the day he left town - I found the hat-box open on the table, and another hat put in its place that evening; I did not miss the keys.

Cross-examined by MR. BARRY. Q. Are you sure you saw the gun that morning? A. Yes; my mother put an inkstand on the case, and it was thrown down.

Crowson's Defence. I was only a lodger in the house I was taken in - a female named Henson was there, and she owned the furniture; she asked if I would take the house and let her live rent free, as she was friendless - I consented; I did not know the things were in the house.

Robert's Defence. I was in the skittle-ground -Crowson gave me the gun to pawn; I gave him the money, three sovereigns and a half, and 9s. 4d.


Recommended to mercy by the Jury, thinking it his first offence, and the evidence being circumstantial.


17th May 1832
Reference Numbert18320517-6
VerdictGuilty > theft under 100s

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1129. SAMUEL CROWSON was again indicted for breaking and entering the dwelling-house of Thomas Seymour Sadler , at St. James, Westminster , on the 27th of March , and stealing therein 1 shirt, value 2s.; 1 cap, value 2s.; 1 smelling-bottle, value 6d.; 3 coats, value 5l.; 2 rings, value 30s.; 4 pairs of trousers, value 2l.; 1 dressing-gown, value 1l.; 4 waistcoats, value 1l.; 6 razors, value 10s., and 1 pair of sugar-tongs, value 3s., his property .

THOMAS SEYMOUR SADLER . I live in Regent-street ; I have chambers there - I have the dominion over the outer door, which is locked at night, and nobody has access to it - it is the same as chambers at the inns of Court. On the 27th of March I left my chambers at eleven o'clock in the morning - my door was shut and safe; I left nobody there - I returned at half-past three, and found the outer door open; the porter and his wife were sitting in the front room - they are not here; the door had been opened by a false key; there were no marks of violence - I missed the articles stated in the indictment; I saw the great coat, umbrella, a cap, and smelling-bottle at the office afterwards.

Cross-examined by MR. BARRY. Q.When did you see them? A. On the 9th of May - I had no servant at that time; the porter and his wife had access to the chambers.

THOMAS CLEMENTS . I am an officer of Marlborough-street. I produce a great coat, smelling-bottle, and umbrella, which I found at Glover's-hatch, New-cut, Lambeth, on the 30th of April, at the prisoner's house; we apprehended him there that day - the things were up stairs; the shirt, cap, and smelling-bottle in a box with other things; as I took the things out of the box he owned several of them - he had got the coat on his back; I did not take that from him till the 7th of May, when I found the prosecutor had lost such a coat; I am sure he had that coat on on the 30th of April - he was committed for re-examination.

Cross-examined. Q. You found the prisoner in the lower room, I believe? A. Yes; I never heard that the house belonged to a woman named Henson - I traced the prisoner to have moved there that morning.

HENRY GODDARD . I produce an umbrella, which I found in the lower room of the house; and in a closet, up stairs, when I took the prisoner up, I found between thirty and forty skeleton-keys, two crow-bars, a phosphorus-box, and two files; the skeleton-keys would open almost any lock they would go into - I did not try them to Mr. Sadler's door; here is one picklock among them.

Cross-examined. Q. Do you believe the prisoner had been there twenty-four house? A. This was Monday; I heard he had moved in there on Saturday.(Property produced and sworn to.)

Prisoner's Defence. I never owned any thing in the room, and that Clements well knows - he wanted me to own them, but I did not; I was not aware they were in the house when I took it - there never was a man brought into Court so ensuared by villainy as I have been - my right name is Fisher; I was not born in wedlock - my father's name was Crowson.

GUILTY of stealing to the value of 99s. only, and not of breaking and entering , Aged 27. [May 18.]

17th May 1832
Reference Numbert18320517-7

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1130. JAMES CRAYFORD was indicted for feloniously breaking and entering the dwelling-house of Joseph Cox , on the 6th of April , at St. Matthew, Bethnal-green, and stealing therein 1 tea-caddy, value 1s., and 1 set of fire-irons, value 9s., his property .

JOSEPH COX . I live at No. 2, Green's-gardens, Elizabeth-street, Hackney-road . On Friday, the 6th of April, between three and four o'clock in the afternoon, I left my house with my wife - I locked the house, and fastened the window with a gimblet; I came home ten or twenty minutes before nine, and saw a man, with one leg inside my parlour window, and the other leg out - that was not the prisoner; I had a child in my arms - I saw the prisoner at the same time, standing with his back leaning against the wall, opposite the window, within two yards of it - I gave an alarm, and they both ran away together as soon as I called Stop thief! the prisoner was pursued, and I overtook him in Hackney-road - I am certain he is the person; there was a glimmering light from the opposite side of the street, which shines down the court - I saw him running and ran after him, after throwing my child down; I lost sight of him myself, but am sure he is the man - when I got back I missed my fire-irons and tea-caddy, which I had left on the drawers in the parlour; the window had been forced open, apparently by a chisel or something - the wood where the gimblet was was broken

out; I saw the fire-irons and tea-caddy that night at the station-house, Mile-end-road, in possession of the officer.

Cross-examined by MR. PAYNE. Q. Does the gas shine on your house? A. No; the reflection of it throws a light on the house; it is opposite the court on the other side of the street; you turn round four or five houses to get to my house - it was not exactly dark at the time: it was near nine o'clock - there were lights from the different back windows; I saw both the men run away: a man, named Gangey, was taken up as the one who got out of the window, but I did not believe him to be the man - my wife swore to him by a cast over his eye; I swear I fastened the window that night - the prisoner ran away the instant I collared the other; having a child in my arms I could not hold him - I did not see him with any thing; the fire-irons were new, and had come in that morning.

WILLIAM SMITH . I am the prosecutor's brother-in-law. I was coming home with him on this night; I was behind him, and heard him give an alarm - I had just turned into the entrance of the court, when I saw the prisoner run down; the gas-light was shining up the court, full in his face - I am sure it was him; he had something under each arm, and when he came to the end of the court I drew back to let him pass, and he dropped the tea-caddy at my feet - I heard something drop a little further, which rattled like iron; he came within a foot of me - I am positive he is the man; the caddy remained there - I dropped a ring of wire, which I had, and then pursued him; he was taken in Hackney-road, about three hundred yards off - when I came up to him again, and gave him in charge.

Cross-examined. Q. What prevented your taking him? A. I had a ring of wire weighing above 40lbs., on my shoulder, and a bundle in my hand; I drew back out of the court, and he passed me - I did not see a man come up to the window; I was not up the court - I lost sight of him as he ran; I saw him for not quite a minute - I am positive he is the man; the gas-light shines right up the court - he had a hat on; it had not a broad brim - there were other people in the street; my brother called Stop thief! and that set other people running - I heard nobody say he was not the person.

COURT. Q. How broad is the street? A. Wide enough for two carriages to pass.

WILLIAM LOVETT . On the 6th of April I was taking some beer to the corner of the court, and saw the prisoner run out; I am certain of him - I was very near him; he dropped the tea-caddy first and the fire-irons afterwards; I am certain of him - I have seen him about there before; I took up the property, and put it into No. 36 - Smith dropped a ring of wire, which I also took up.

Cross-examined. Q. Are you a pot-boy? A. Yes - I lived with Mr. Edwards then, but not now; I gave him warning - we both gave warning together; I got drunk three times while I lived with him, when I had a holiday; he did not discharge me for getting drunk - I never said this was after nine o'clock; I could have had two places if it was not for this - I was about a foot from the court; I had a tray on each side of me - I saw him for about a minute, when he passed me with the fire-irons; I did not see him again till he was at Lambeth-street - I did not go and tell the prosecutor I knew him; I did not want to have any thing to do with it.

COURT. Q. The gas shines right up the court? A. Yes, and Mrs. Sales, whose door I was at, had a candle in her hand; these are the fire-irons and caddy, which I picked up.

HENRY DELLER . I am a Policeman. These fire-irons and tea-caddy were brought to the station by William Smith.

JOHN CLARK . I took the prisoner in charge from Smith. The prosecutor's house is in the parish of St. Matthew, Bethnal-green.

Cross-examined. Q. You are not the person who apprehended him? A. There was a mob round him in Hackney-road; I ran into the mob, and found Smith standing by him - he gave him in charge.

JOSEPH COX . These are my irons and tea-caddy; it contains different articles, powder and small articles.

Prisoner. I leave my defence to my counsel.

RICHARD CRAYFORD . I am the prisoner's brother, and live at No. 26, Winchester-street, Waterloo-town, Bethnal-green; I am a bedstead and cabinet-maker - I live about three quarters of a mile from Elizabeth-street. My brother was at work for me till dark on the 6th of April; he is a hard working industrious man - he has a wife and two children, and can earn 5s. a day; he left my house, as near as I can tell, about a quarter or half-past seven o'clock; my brother Edward lives nearer to Elizabeth-street than I do.

EDWARD CRAYFORD . I am a cabinet-maker, and am the prisoner's brother. I saw him on the 6th of April, about twenty minutes past eight o'clock, to the best of my recollection - he was at my door, which is in Bethnal-green-road, five or ten minutes walk from Elizabeth-street; he staid about five minutes with me.

FRANCIS SALMON . I was in Elizabeth-street on the evening of the 6th of April, and heard a cry of Stop thief! I came up, and saw two young men running out of the court; I do not think the prisoner was one; one was stouter than the other; other persons were running up the street - I ran myself.

COURT. Q.Did either of those you saw drop the caddy? A. No, not as I perceived; it might be between eight and nine o'clock.

One witness gave the prisoner a good character.

[May 18.] GUILTY - DEATH . Aged 23.

17th May 1832
Reference Numbert18320517-8

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1131. PATRICK CANE was indicted for stealing, on the 7th of April , at St. Martin in the Fields, 34 calves'-skin butts, value 10l., the goods of Stafford Price , in his dwelling-house .

WILLIAM TAYLOR . I am in the employ of Stafford Price, who lives at No. 31, St. Martin's-lane , in the parish of St. Martin in the Fields. On Saturday evening, the 7th of April, I had occasion to go to an opposite neighbour's to get change; I left these skins on a shelf in the warehouse, and as I returned I saw the prisoner come out of the shop with the goods on his shoulder - he was out of the house; I secured him, and asked what he was going to do with them - he said to take them to a friend, or for a friend

- I took him into the shop; he threw the goods down on the floor, and said he would go on his knees and beg my pardon, and never do the like again, if I would let him go; the actual value of these skins is 15l.

JOHN MULD . I am an officer. I took him in charge with these skins.

Prisoner. I throw myself on your mercy.

[May 19.] GUILTY - DEATH . Aged 32.

17th May 1832
Reference Numbert18320517-9
VerdictGuilty > with recommendation

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1132. JOHN BATES was indicted for feloniously breaking and entering the dwelling-house of Ambrose Fisher , on the 21st of April , at St. Leonard, Shoreditch, and stealing therein 1 shawl, value 1s., the goods of Hannah Brewer .

AMBROSE FISHER . I am a carpenter , and rent a house in the parish of St. Leonard, Shoreditch . On the 21st of April I went to bed about half-past ten or eleven o'clock; the front parlour window was shut and fastened - about half-past six o'clock in the morning I heard a rattle spring - I came down, and found the window open; the prisoner was taken in about five minutes; I saw a shawl found in his hat - it belonged to my servant .

HANNAH BREWER . I am servant to Mr. Fisher. The front parlour window was fastened at night; when I got up about half-past six o'clock in the morning, I opened the top sash of the window a little, but the bottom sash was quite down, and the blinds shut; I afterwards heard an alarm, and saw my shawl taken out of the prisoner's hat - this is it.

THOMAS LEE . I am a carpenter. On the morning in question I was looking out of my window, which is opposite the prosecutor's, and saw the prisoner with another person; the prisoner lifted the sash up by degrees - I suppose he went to it five or six times, opening it about an inch at a time, and then walked on - when they had got it quite up the prisoner got in; I immediately went down stairs, and got a rattle - I opened my front door, sprang my rattle, and went over to the window; he jumped out - I tried to catch hold of him, but could not - he ran, and was taken by Branch; there were five more by the place besides him.

Prisoner. Q. Will you take your oath that I lifted up the window? A. Yes; he had a blue or green apron on.

SAMUEL METCALF . I heard the rattle spring - I opened my door, and the prisoner was running away down the street; his apron was off then - Lee was following him; I ran, and a man attempted to stop him - the prisoner struck, and knocked him down; I gained ground on him, and Branch caught him - I never lost sight of him.

THOMAS BRANCH . I heard the rattle spring, and saw the prisoner running with other; I stopped him, and he called his companions to muzzle me - the shawl was found in his hat.

PHILIP McKIM . I am a Policeman. I took him in charge and found the shawl in his hat; he said two young men induced him to go in at the window.

Prisoner's Defence. I was going down the street; a young man at the window, who was up, said, "My lad, be so good as to do me a favour; my wife and I are going out she forgot to take her little girl's shawl; if you will get in and get it I shall be obliged to you?" I being smaller than him - he told me to put it into my hat, and then said,"Run, you rascal, run;" he ran as well as me.

Two witnesses gave the prisoner a good character.

[May 19.] GUILTY - DEATH . Aged 18.

Strongly recommended to Mercy by the Prosecutor and Jury.

17th May 1832
Reference Numbert18320517-10

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1133. RICHARD BROWN was indicted for stealing, on the 11th of May , at St Giles in the Fields, 1 canvas bag, value 1d.; 1 purse, value 6d.; 6 sovereigns, 1 half-sovereign, 16 half-crowns, 100 shillings, and 39 sixpences, the property of Richard Holt Gibb , in his dwelling-house .

RICHARD HOLT GIBB . I live in Tower-street , in the parish of St. Giles in the Fields, and am a grocer - my shop communicates with the dwelling-house, and is part of it; I rent the house. On Friday night, the 11th of May, at ten o'clock, my shop was closed, except one door, and about a quarter-past eleven a girl stepped in and asked for an ounce of coffee - I went to the mill to grind it, and she came up to me; I asked if she was going to help me grind it - she said Yes; I said one would do for that - she stood before me, endeavouring to attract my attention, but having a few loose coppers on the counter my attention was taken to them, and on advancing from my mill to the counter, the prisoner stepped into the shop, and took my purse with its contents off a chest which stood at the end of my counter, near the window, and quickly stepped out - it was a canvas purse, containing six sovereigns, with 9l. 19s. 6d., in half-crowns, shillings, and sixpences, and an empty silk purse; I had placed it on the chest about ten o'clock that night, about four yards from where I stood when the girl came in; I had taken it out of my till, and put it there, intending to take it up stairs when I went to bed - the girl was close in front of me, between me and the prisoner, when I saw him take it; I had put all the money in it myself - the chest was a yard and a half, or two yards from the door; when he took it he stepped out of the shop, and ran away; I dropped the coffee tin from my hand, jumped over the counter, and pursued, calling Stop thief! he went into Lumber-court, Earl-street, White Lion-street, and into Castle-street, then into a house, where he was taken by Starr, a Police-constable - I saw him taken; he was out of my sight as he turned one street, but I immediately caught sight of him again; I am confident of his person - he ran all the way; I left the girl in the shop; I saw my purse at the station in the possession of Preece.

Prisoner. Q. What do you swear to me by? A. Your person and features; I did not say at the office that I lost sight of the man three or four times, nor that I had lost twenty sovereigns.

THOMAS WAKERLEY . I am a Police-officer. On the 11th of May, between a quarter and half-past eleven o'clock at night, I was standing within the prosecutor's shop door, talking to him; there was a tea-chest at the end of the counter, and a small canvas bag on it, which I have since seen; I was talking to him for about five minutes, then proceeded up Lumber-court, and when at the corner of Monmouth-court, which is opposite Lumber-court, I heard a cry of Stop thief! I immediately ran towards the Seven-dials, and there saw the prisoner dressed in a drab great coat, pursued by Gibb, who was in his

shirt sleeves; he went down White Lion-street - I joined in the pursuit; he turned into Castle-street, and by the time I was up with him he was in Starr's custody; we took him back to Gibb's shop, searched him, but found nothing - while I was placing the handcuffs on him, a person came and said the bag he was accused of stealing had been found by a woman; I took him towards the station-house, and met a woman in Castle-street with the bag, which Starr took possession of; the prisoner was running when I first saw him, and when apprehended he appeared out of breath; I knew him well before - I have seen him at different times.

WILLIAM ANDERSON . I live in Tower-street, next door to Gibb. On the night of the 11th of May, about half-past eleven o'clock, as I stood at my door, I saw the prisoner, in company with three others, opposite my house; I did not know him before, but am sure of him - there were three men and a woman with him; I had not staid at my door above a moment before the woman crossed the road, followed by the prisoner - I instantly followed myself; I saw the woman in Gibb's shop, and the prisoner peeping through the crack of the door - he was not there long before he made a sudden dart into the shop, and came out again as quick as lightning; Gibb instantly jumped over the counter, and followed him, calling Stop thief! I went to the door, to prevent the girl coming out, and had not been there long before Lane, a private watchman, came - I left him there; I proceeded a little way up the court, and found the prisoner in the custody of two officers - I knew him to be the same person.

Prisoner. Q. Why did you not stop me? A. Gibb pursued you so instantly; he was nearer to you then me- he was not above two yards after you; I know you by your white coat, and when I looked you full in the face, the gas shone right in your face, through the crevice of the door, as you looked through.

MARY HENLEY . I live at No. 22, Castley-street, Longacre, and am the wife of Thomas Henley . On the 11th of May, about a quarter past eleven o'clock at night, I was washing a few things, and heard a cry of Stop thief! and in a moment I heard a step in my passage; I opened the door, and saw the Policeman going out with a person by the collar - I saw a gentleman without a hat, and in his shirt sleeves; I cannot swear who the man was, as I had no candle - they went away; I then fetched a candle out of my room, looked round, and saw a bag laying on the groung in the passage - I took it up, and called out that I had the bag safe; I never opened it - I delivered it to Starr, the Policeman, in the same state as I found it, in about five minutes after they took the man.

JOHN STARR . I am a Policeman. On the 11th of May I was on duty, and heard a cry of Stop thief! about a quarter-past eleven o'clock, and saw the prisoner running towards me, in Castle-street - I had seen him frequently before; I saw him run into the passage of No. 23 - I rushed in, and dragged him out, just as he got to the end of the passage, and was going into a cupboard; just as he ran into the passage Gibb turned the corner of the street, and when I brought him out Gibb stood at the door, and said, "This is the man who robbed me, he has stolen my purse;" the prisoner said he had not got the purse - we could find nothing about him, and took him to Gibb's shop; on our way to the station, as we passed the house he had run into, Henley met me at the door, and gave me the bag - I delivered it to Preece, the inspector, in the same state as I received it.

JOSEPH PREECE . I am an inspector of Police. On the 11th of May, about twelve o'clock at night, the prisoner was brought to the station-house by Starr and Wakerley - the bag was delivered to me by Starr; I asked Gibb what he had lost - he said nearly 20l., that there were six sovereigns and a half in gold, and nearly 10l. in silver, but he thought it wanted 1s. of it; he counted it in my presence - there were 9l. 19s. 6d. in silver, six sovereigns and a half in gold, and an empty purse.

RICHARD HOLT GIBB . This is my bag and purse - I know the bag by a mark on it, and the purse by a hole at the end; here are six sovereigns and a half, and 9l. 19s. 6d., which was in it when I lost it.

MARY HENLEY . This is the bag I picked up - I saw it marked at the station directly after.

JOHN STARR . This is the bag I received from Henley, and gave Preece.

Prisoner. I am not guilty.

[May 19.] GUILTY - DEATH . Aged 25.

17th May 1832
Reference Numbert18320517-11

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1134. HENRY McNAMARA was indicted for stealing, on the 29th of April , at St. Paul, Covent-garden, 1 purse, value 1s.; 1 watch, value 5l.; 1 piece of ribbon, value 6d., and 8 shillings, the property of John Hampton Hampton Lewis , Esq., in the dwelling-house of Henry Thomas Harrison .

MR. PHILLIPS conducted the prosecution.

MAJOR JOHN HAMPTON HAMPTON LEWIS . On Saturday, the 28th of April I resided at the New Hummums, Covent-garden - I went to bed about twenty minuaes or half-past twelve o'clock; I put my watch and purse on the dressing-table - I opened the window-curtains and the upper half of the shutters - at twenty minutes to six o'clock I got out of bed, and opened the lower half of the shutters, so that all the light was in the room; I looked at my watch at that time - I went to bed, fell asleep, and was awoke by a stir in my room - I could see all over the room, as the curtains were not drawn; I saw a man there - I looked at him, and took a second look, to ascertain if it was one of the servants of the house; he was creeping from the dressing-table on his toes - I cried Halloo! he flew out of the room; I jumped out of bed, followed him through the door close, and seized him by the back with his shirt in my hand - I laid hold of his shirt and braces, as it turned out to be; we struggled considerably at the foot of the stairs leading to the next story above -I repeatedly called George, the chamberlain, who regnlarly sits up all night at the hotel; during the struggle he threw my watch, which I had not seen before, down in the passage - it laid about two yards from where we stood struggling; he kept pummelling me in the side with his left elbow, and struck me in the face - I felt what I had got hold of give way in my hand, and heard it tear, and by a violent effort he threw himself round and me with him, and I lost my hold; he immediately went up stairs - I had held the upper part of his shirt and braces; I stooped down, picked up my watch, and took it into my bed

room - I put it on the table, and missed my purse, which contained 8s. or 8s. 6d. in silver; I afterwards found that purse on the spot where we struggled - I also found a shirt-button on the same spot - I gave it to Mr. Harrison, the master of the house; a Policeman was sent for, and in ten minutes or a quarter of an hour, a search was commenced through various bed-rooms, and at last we came to the room in which we found the prisoner - he appeared to be asleep, laying on his back; as I went into the several rooms I looked at the gentlemen, and said, "This is not the person," but on coming out of the prisoner's room, I turned to the Policeman, and said, "I cannot say of this man as I have said of the others;" I was convinced he was the man - the prisoner immediately came out of the room into the passage, showing a great deal of anxious excitement, and asked what all that fuss was about; we told him a gentleman had been robbed, (which he had been told before, when we awoke him, and told him of the robbery) - we went down stairs to the next floor; I wished Mr. Harrison to give him in charge - we went into my bed-room; the prisoner followed us in, and we were talking to Mr. Harrison - I told the Policeman to keep his eye on him- he was asked if he would show his braces; he said certainly - he first of all showed the front; I said that was not the part I wanted to see, it was the back - he went down stairs; the Policeman and I followed him - we requested him to take off his coat and waistcoat; he did so, and I saw the braces torn, and the whole shape of the man put out of question my having made a mistake about him - I was completely satisfied he was the man, and am still of that opinion; his shirt was torn by the neck - he did not take off his black neckcloth at the hotel, but at the station-house it was taken off, and his shirt was torn away from the collar behind in the gathers; that is the place it tore from when I took hold of him - Thomas, the inspector, had an opportunity of seeing his shirt more particularly.

Cross-examined by MR. LEE. Q. You had an opportunity of seeing the person and shape of the man? A. I had - it was possible for a person to go down stairs when I returned to my room after the struggle; there were four strange persons in the house besides the prisoner - I did not look at their shirts or braces; their countenances and the colour of their hair were different to his - they took off their night-caps, to enable me to see them.

Q. Did not the Policeman first examine the prisoner, and say he observed no tear or any thing particular about his dress? A. No - he was not examined in his bed; he appeared to be asleep when I first went in - I had awoke the other gentlemen, and they did not appear confused; it was not the appearance as of a person disturbed from sleep; when he came out of the bed-room after us he was in his shirt - I observed that he walked backwards; he never put his back so that it could be seen - he opened the door, and stepped backwards, so that his back should not be seen; I saw his countenance, and was satisfied from the first that he was the man.

Q. Did you say, "A most uncomfortable circumstance has occurred, a gentleman has been robbed - as there are three gentlemen in the house besides you, I should like to see you?" A. I do not know whether I did or not-Mr. Harrison or myself spoke to all the gentlemen as we awoke them; I did not desire to see his shirt in bed, saying the person's shirt had been torn - I was as confident of him at the house as at the station; when I saw his shirt it put aside all chance of my being in error in selecting him; I told the Policeman to keep an eye on him before he went down stairs - I am satisfied he is the man.

STEPHEN TOOHEY . I am a Policeman. I have heard Major Lewis' evidence, which is correct - Mr. Thomas took these braces from the prisoner at the Covent-garden station, in my presence.

Cross-examined. Q. If a person had been caught on the right shoulder, the part torn would not be where that is, but in the small of the back? A. They are torn at the right shoulder - I did not examine the prisoner in bed, and say there was no tear in his shirt; I examined him down stairs; we only looked at his features as he laid on his back in bed.

JOSEPH SADLER THOMAS. I am superintendant of the F division of Police. On the morning in question I was at the station, in Covent-garden, and from what the prosecutor said I had the prisoner's coat and waistcoat taken off, and afterward his neckcloth - the gathers of his shirt from the neck appeared fresh torn, and there was no button on his shirt-collar; I afterwards received from Mr. Harrison a shirt-button, which I compared with those on the wrists of his shirt, and it corresponded - there were no buttons on the collar; this button had been attached to something, because there are fibres of thread to it.

Cross-examined. Q. Have you the shirt? A. Yes(producing a very dirty one), it is a common thread button - there have been two on the collar; the shirt was as dirty as it is now when I took it off the prisoner.

HENRY THOMAS HARRISON . I am proprietor of the New Hummums. Major Lewis gave me a shirt-button, which I gave to Thomas - my house is in the parish of St. Paul's Covent-garden; it is my dwelling-house.

Cross-examined. Q. Was the prisoner's shirt examined in bed, in your presence? A. No.

MAJOR J. H. H. LEWIS. This is my watch and purse; I valued the watch at 5l., but it is worth 15l.; it is a double-cased gold one - the purse has 18s. 6d. in it.

JOSEPH SADLER THOMAS. The name of the parish is St. Paul.

Prisoner's Defence. On the morning in question I went to the Hummums to get a bed, and had not been there long before I was disturbed by Mr. Harrison and one or two gentlemen; Mr. Harrison awoke me, saying an unpleasant circumstance had occurred, a gentleman had been robbed, and said, "The gentleman thinks the shirt of the person has been torn, and we have taken the liberty of going into three other gentlemen's rooms, you will let us look at your's;" I got up immediately, and showed him my shirt; the Policeman said, "There is no tear on it"-I came out afterwards; the prosecutor requested to see me without my coat and waistcoat - I took them off; that was after he had gone to his bed-room; I wished to go with him, but was refused - they came out, and he again desired to see me without my coat and waistcoat; I took them off, and took my braces off; they soon retired, and I walked up stairs - I sent for Mr. Lewis, and asked if he wished to give me in charge; he said he should like to see my shirt once more - the Policeman and others were pre

sent; he then looked at my shirt, and said there could be no doubt of it, I should be given in charge.

[May 21.] GUILTY - DEATH . Aged 22.

There were two other indictments against the prisoner for similar offences.

17th May 1832
Reference Numbert18320517-12

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1135. GEORGE JONES was indicted for feloniously and burglariously breaking and entering the dwelling-house of George Bax , about eleven o'clock in the night of the 19th of April , at St. Clement Danes, with intent to steal the goods and chattels therein .

DOROTHY BAX . I am the wife of George Bax - we live in Newcastle-court, Pickett-street, Strand , in the parish of St. Clement Danes; he is a publican . On the 19th of April, about eleven o'clock at night, or a quarter past, there were a few persons drinking in my tap-room - the street-door was not fastened; I went up into my bed-room, which is on the first floor, and as I opened the room door a man stood before me, in the room; I took hold of him by the arm, and screamed out - he did not speak nor struggle with me.

Q. Did he get away from you? A. Yes; I went part of the way down stairs with him, having hold of his arm; I never recollect seeing him before - I picked up a chisel down stairs, by the side of the bar; I do not know who dropped it.

Q. Did he partly drag you down stairs? A. I held him by the arm as he came part of the way down stairs.

Q. Did he pull you down? A. No, he never took hold of me - he appeared to want to get away; he was quite a stranger to me; he did not get out of my hands - I cannot swear to him - he got down stairs before me.

Q. Was he given into custody in your house? A. A man was given into custody; nothing was taken out of my bed-room nor removed.

Cross-examined by MR. BARRY. Q. The man got away from you, that is, you lost sight of him? A. Yes; I cannot swear to the prisoner's features, but his dress appeared the same - I will not swear he is the man I had hold of in my room, as I lost sight of him.

COURT. Q. Do you believe the man who was secured in your house is the man you found in your bed-room? A. I think he is the man; I believe he is, but cannot swear to his face.

SARAH BAX . I am eleven years old; I was at home, and heard my mother scream out - I did not see the man come down stairs; I saw him when the Policeman had him - I had been up to my mother's room shortly before, for something which I wanted; I shut the door when I came out - I am quite sure I shut it; it makes a noise when it shuts; I heard it make the usual noise when it latches, and swear it was shut and latched.

Cross-examined. Q. How long before had you closed the door? A. About a quarter of an hour; we had no servant then - my father was out; I was in the bar with my mother - there were not many people in the tap-room; the door has a common lock with a brass handle - I did not tell the Magistrate I was not positive that it was fastened.

JOHN WRAY . I lodge in this house, and was at home at the time; I heard the last witness scream out, and went to pacify her, and at that moment I saw a person rush from the door leading from the stairs; I seized him, and held him till the Policeman took him - it was the prisoner; he was rushing from the stairs - I did not see him come down the stairs; two other persons came out of the parlour and spoke to me - they did not come from the stairs.

Cross-examined. Q. Were they near the foot of the stairs? A. Yes.

ROBERT GREEN . I am a Policeman. I heard a call of Police! I went immediately to the house, and found the prisoner struggling with Wray to get away - I searched, and found a phosphorus-box in his right-hand pocket, five skeleton keys, and a piece of wax candle, in his left-hand pocket; Bax picked up a chisel in the passage where the struggle was.

DOROTHY BAX . I found them in the passage where the man was taken - there were two chisels.

ROBERT TAYLOR . I am a Policeman. I was on duty in the Strand, and was called into the house; I found Green and Wray struggling with the prisoner, and in the struggle, finding him obstreperous, I handcuffed him, in doing which something fell from him on the floor, and I found two more skeleton keys; I went up stairs, and took up this lantern at the foot of the stairs - it is a common lantern.

DOROTHY BAX . This lantern was alight by the man's right side; it is not mine.

Prisoner's Defence. At the examination the witnesses varied very much in their statements; the prosecutrix always persisted that she knew nothing of me - I had to shift my clothes and put a hat on, but she could not swear to me - the gentleman said I passed him in the passage, which I did, but I wish you to understand the parlour door is right at the foot of the stairs, and if I had come down there is a door leading right out into the street; and as I came down the passage I should come four or five yards out of my way, and run where I was sure to be taken; I came out of the parlour, hearing the cries - there were four or five others in the parlour at the time; it is a night-house - she never said any thing about a struggle before.

[May 22.] GUILTY - DEATH . Aged 34.

17th May 1832
Reference Numbert18320517-13

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1136. ELIZABETH MARTIN was indicted for feloniously breaking and entering the dwelling-house of Thomas Moore , on the 9th of April , at St. George the Martyr, and stealing therein 1 counterpane, value 4s.; 1 shirt, value 3s.; 2 shifts, value 1s.; 2 aprons, value 2d.; 1 bed-gown, value 6d.; 1 pair of stays, value 2s., and 1 handkerchief, value 6d., his property; and that she, before the said felony was committed, in form aforesaid, to wit, at the delivery of the King's gaol of Newgate, holden for the County of Middlesex, at the Justice Hall, in the Old Bailey, on the 17th of February, 1831, by the name of Elizabeth Clark , was convicted of felony .

CATHERINE MOORE . I am the wife of Thomas Moore, who lives in Eagle-street, Red Lion-square , in the parish of St. George the Martyr, and is a brass-founder ; we lodge on the second floor - the owner does not reside there. I went out on the 9th of April at half-past ten o'clock, and am sure I locked my door, put the key into my pocket, and left the property safe - I returned a little after eleven; I had the key in my hand, but found the door open - it was

not forced, for the bolt of the lock was not out; it had been opened by a false-key - I went into the room, and found the prisoner coming out of my room, with the bed quilt and my other things in her apron; I never saw her before - I said, "How came you here?" she said Mrs. somebody, who she named, had sent her for some clothes to wash; I asked where that person was - she said she was gone - I said, "You shall not go," and pushed her into the room; a person came to my assistance and took her; she had got the articles stated in the indictment in her apron.

WILLIAM PORTER . I was in the house, and heard the prosecutrix give an alarm; I found the prisoner with the property.

CHARLES NORMAN . I am a Policeman. I took charge of the prisoner with the property.

CATHERINE MOORE . These things are all ours.

WILLIAM HOOPER . I am now a special constable. I have a certificate of the prisoner's former conviction, which I got from Mr. Clark's office - (read as set out in the indictment) - I apprehended the prisoner on that charge, and was a witness against her - she is the person who was convicted; she went out of prison last February.

Prisoner. I beg for mercy.

[May 23.] GUILTY - DEATH . Aged 60.

17th May 1832
Reference Numbert18320517-14

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1137. LUCY BIDDLE was indicted for stealing, on the 14th of April , at St. George, Bloomsbury, 18 silver spoons, value 5l.; 1 knife, value 10s.; 1 fork, value 10s.; 7 coats, value 7l.; 5 waistcoats, value 3l.; 3 pairs of trousers, value 30s.; 1 sheet, value 10s.; 1 tablecloth, value 1l.; 2 gowns, value 2l.; 1 clock, value 10l. and 1 cloak, value 1l., the goods of James Edward Nixon ; and 22 spoons, value 15l.; 17 forks, value 10l.; 2 salt-cellars, value 2l.; 1 case of surgical instruments, value 3l.; 1 watch, value 15s.; 2 seals, value 3l.; 1 ring, value 5l.; 5 coats, value 4l.; 4 pairs of trousers, value 1l.; 12 waistcoats, value 5l.; 2 pairs of sheets, value 2l.; 9 shirts, value 3l.; 7 handkerchiefs, value 13s.; 2 napkins, value 4s.; 1 penknife, value 2s., and 1 tablecloth, value 5s., the goods of Edward Augustus Domeier , in the dwelling-house of the said James Edward Nixon .

MR. PHILLIPS conducted the prosecution.

BARTHOLOMEW FARRELL . I am in the employ of Mr. Dove, a butcher. Mr. Nixon, of No. 19, Southampton-street, Bloomsbury , is a customer of ours; in April last, I do not remember the day of the week or month; I was in Southampton-street, and saw a coach drive up to Mr. Nixon's house, about half-past nine o'clock at night; I had been with some meat to No. 5 - on my return, I was in the road, and saw the coach drive up; I went on the pavement and saw two young men get out of the coach; the coachman remained on his box; he did not let them out; one young man went to the front door, and it immediately opened, without any knocking; he went in, and the other young man went to the side-door, which is under an archway, and I saw him in the act of receiving a bundle, but I left him and went and looked at the coachman, who had then got down; I cannot say who he received the bundle from; I did not take the number of the coach - the coachman was then by his horses; the one who was under the archway brought the bundle into the coach, and the other one came out with a white bundle, the first one put his bundle into the coach, and got inside; the other put his bundle in to him; and I heard something chink; he shut the coach door - the coachman got up and drove off; I went up the archway to go home, and saw Susan, the prisoner, shut the door; that was as the coach was going off; the prisoner had a child on her left arm - I knew her well before, by seeing her when I took meat to the door; I then went home - I am certain the prisoner is the person who shut the door; master has served the house with meat about six months; I was in the daily habit of seeing her and taking orders from her; there is no other servant in the house at all like her; she is rather remarkable in her appearance.

JAMES EDWARD NIXON . I live at No. 19, Southampton-street, in the parish of St. George, Bloomsbury. I am articled at present to an attorney ; I keep the house - Mr. Domeier lodged with me in April; I am married; on Saturday night, the 14th of April, I went into the City with my wife, to make arrangements to get the prisoner out to Sydney, at her own request; she had expressed a wish to go; I left my house about seven o'clock, and returned about a quarter past twelve; when I went out I left the house in order - the articles in question were safe at the time; the French clock stood on the mantel-piece; I left the prisoner and Mitchel in the house - on returning I found the house robbed of a great quantity of articles; I accused both my servants of it; I called in a Policeman, and then asked the prisoner where she had been; she said she was in the kitchen the whole of the night - I am sure she said so; she afterwards told me she had gone round the square; I gave her into custody with the other servant; I had reason afterwards to exculpate the other servant - she was discharged at Hatton-garden; I missed, among other things, eighteen silver spoons; I missed the articles stated in the indictment, and a great deal more; the value of all the property taken was between 200l. and 300l. - the clock was worth 15l. at least; every thing was safe when I went out; none of it has been recovered.

EDWARD AUGUSTUS DOMEIER . On the 14th of April I lodged at the prosecutor's house. I went out at eight o'clock that evening, and as I went out the prisoner asked what time I should come home; I said at half-past nine - it was not usual for her to ask that question; I returned about that time, and on my going into my room missed some old clothes, and these other things - I questioned her; she said she knew nothing about them; she spoke very cool, collected, and indifferent - a search took place about half-past twelve o'clock that night, and I discovered almost every thing of value was taken; I missed a quantity of silver spoons of my own.

Prisoner. Q. Did I not usually ask at what time you would return, as people came for you often? Witness. No, you very seldom asked me - I often left a direction where I was going.

SUSAN MITCHEL . I was in Mr. Nixon's service on the night in question, and was taken up with the prisoner, and discharged at the office.

JURY. Q. Do you recollect hearing the door open that night? A. No, I was in the kitchen.

COURT. Q. Were you in the kitchen about half-past nine o'clock? A. No, I went out about half-past eight, or a little better, and returned about half-past ten - I left Lucy in the house with the baby; I was out for two hours.

BARTHOLOMEW FARRELL re-examined. It was Lucy, the prisoner, I saw at the door, not Susan - I made a mistake in the name before.

The witness Mitchel was desired to take her bonnet off; she was of a very fair complexion, and the prisoner very dark - their features bore no resemblance whatever.

Prisoner's Defence. I was never near the door, except to take in a cloak, which was found in the house.

Mr. NIXON. Almost every room was plundered, and in confusion.

[May 23.] GUILTY - DEATH . Aged 23.

17th May 1832
Reference Numbert18320517-15
VerdictGuilty; Not Guilty

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1138. WILLIAM DANCER and HENRY MOORE were indicted for feloniously assaulting Richard Robins , on the 27th of April , at St. Leonard, Shoreditch, putting him in fear, and taking from his person and against his will 2 keys, value 1s.; 6 sovereigns, 3 half-crowns, 7 shillings, 1 sixpence, 3 halfpence, and 1 farthing, his monies .

RICHARD ROBINS . I am a working colour-maker . On the 27th of April, about twelve o'clock in the morning, I went to the George the Fourth, Old-street-road - I knew Moore before; I have seen him two or three times, and he once drank in my company; he knew I knew him - I did not know Dancer; I saw Dancer at the house; he stood talking to a female - I took a glass of sherry there, and went with my friend Davis to the Jolly Butchers, Old-street-road, leaving Dancer there; he followed me along the street - Davis played at skittles there, and I played one game for a pint of beer; this was about three o'clock in the afternoon - I did not play with the prisoners; after that was over, we went into the parlour; I threw down a sovereign to pay for a bottle of sherry; it rolled off the table, towards the parlour door - Dancer was in the parlour; he got up, and went towards the sovereign, as I suppose, to take it up; he did not return; I cannot say whether he took it up - in a few minutes Moore came into the parlour, and said if I would go out with him he would tell me who had got the sovereign; I got up, and went with him - he showed me a person at the bottom of the yard of the Jolly Butchers; the person said he had got my sovereign, but did not wish to take it away - I do not know who he was; he said he would return it if I would lend him 5s.; I had not seen that person in the room - the two prisoners wished me to go with that person to the corner of Pitfield-street, to get change for the sovereign, as I said I would lend him the 5s.; I went to a wine-vaults at the corner of Pitfield-street - they objected to give change there and kept winking, as if to tell me I was in bad company; I said I would lend the man 5s. if he would return me the sovereign, and he did - he then wanted to borrow 10s., which I lent him; he offered to pay it at 1s. a week; it was to be paid at the George the Fourth; he complained of being out of work, and very poor - the prisoners were present; I then went back with them to the George the Fourth, and as soon as I entered the tap-room door, a man put his hand to my collar, and tripped me up - I never saw him before; Dancer put his hand into my pocket, and drew it out shut - he turned my pocket inside out, and took all my money out; I had six or seven sovereigns, nearly 20s. in silver, three keys, three half-pence and a farthing - one key fell on the floor, which I took up; Dancer instantly ran out of the tap-room, and I after him, calling Stop thief! he was taken by the Policeman, and directly he was taken I saw Moore with him; I had not seen him in the tap-room at the time of the robbery - I saw him at the door; the Policeman took them both; I saw two sovereigns taken out of Dancer's mouth going to the station - the keys were both found on him at the station, with two more sovereigns and the silver.

Cross-examined by MR. BARRY. Q. Are you sure you are not acquainted with Dancer? A. I am certain of it; I never lent him any money - I had not been wrestling with two men at the George the Fourth; a man asked me if I could wrestle at the time I was laid hold of- I ordered a quartern of gin there; I did not give any body my keys or money to take care of for me - I have sometimes left my watch and money at a public-house, not when I was drunk, but before I got drunk; I did not give Dancer my money to take care of - I have not been to the George the Fourth since, and given people a sovereign to drink the prisoners' health.

JAMES GODFREY . I am a Policeman. I was in the City-road when I heard a cry of Stop thief! I saw persons running - Dancer was one of them, and I took him; the prosecutor came up immediately - he charged him with robbing him; he had been drinking, but seemed quite collected - he was more frightened than in liquor; I did not see Moore - I took Dancer to the watch - house, and saw him put his right hand up to his mouth; I pushed him against the wall, thrusting my fingers into his mouth, and found a sovereign on each side of his mouth; he would have swallowed them if I had not taken them - at the station-house I found two more sovereigns in his right-hand trousers pocket, 13s. in silver, 1 1/2d. in copper, and two keys; the moment I took the keys from him the prosecutor said they were his - I took Moore once, and let him go again, because I could not hold both; I found no money on him.

CHARLES DUFFIN . I live at the George the Fourth. I saw the prosecutor and Dancer come into the house -I did not see the scuffle; I heard a bit of a scuffle, but he was not in the house two minutes - I saw Dancer run out of the tap-room; I had seen Moore there before the prosecutor came in, but not afterwards.

TUDOR PUGH . I was at the Jolly Butchers, but not at the George the Fourth.

RICHARD HAWKES. I am a Policeman. I saw the prosecutor come out of the Jolly Butchers; the two prisoners and a stranger followed him - I know nothing more.

WILLIAM DAVIS . I was at the Jolly Butchers when Robins paid for the sherry; the two prisoners were there- I was not present at the robbery.

RICHARD ROBINS . These are my keys.



17th May 1832
Reference Numbert18320517-16
VerdictGuilty > with recommendation

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1139. JOHN GRAFTON was indicted for feloniously assaulting James Senecal , on the 17th of April , at Christ-church, putting him in fear, and taking from his person,

and against his will, 1 watch-key, value 12s., and part of a watch chain, value 1s., his property .

JAMES SENECAL . I am a silk-cane spreader , and live in Slater-street, Bethnal-green. On the 17th of April, about a quarter-past twelve o'clock at night, I was returning home - I had gone out about nine o'clock, to see my sister, and afterwards went and spent the evening with some friends at the White Horse, Wheeler-street, Bethnal-green; I was not in the least intoxicated - I was going to call for a person to go home with me, and in Pelham-street (I was alone;) several persons were walking behind me, singing - I kept walking straight on; a person came behind me, and tripped me up - I fell partly on the pavement, and partly against the house; I had a watch in my fob, with a steel chain and a gold key attached to it - I directly rose up, as quick as I could, and knocked down the person who had tripped me up; my hat rolled into the kennel - I went to pick it up, and as I arose they had circled round me; there might be ten or twelve of them-they all surrounded me, and first began to accuse me of knocking the man down, but before I had time to reply the prisoner put one hand round my waist, and with the other hand made a snatch at my watch; I put my arm across it, finding it was going, and the chain broke - the key and part of the chain went; I am quite sure the prisoner is the person - his back had some white on it, and it being a very moon-light night I was enabled to trace him; he did not get a yard from me the whole time - I took hold of him once or twice, but not firmly; he broke from me - I called for assistance, and the others made off; he was secured in two minutes, without being out of my sight - I have not found the chain or seal; the Policeman has my watch, with the rest of the chain to it - here it is; I am positive the prisoner is the man who did it - I knew him for a long time before, by seeing him about, but had never spoken to him.

Cross-examined by MR. BARRY. Q. How long were you at the public-house? A. About an hour, not more-there is a singing club held there, but there was no singing that night; we had a pint of half and half between four of us, a 1d. worth of gin, and part of a glass of rum and water - as I came out I had another 1d. worth of gin; I left my companions at the door; they were old friends - I was robbed two or three minutes walk from the house; I did not cry out when I was tripped up - I did not see the prisoner at that moment, because I could not see behind me; I do not think there is a lamp in the street - it was a very moon-light night; the prisoner did not say he had come up, hearing the alarm; the greatest distance he got from me was from the kennel to the middle of the road, not more than a yard and a half - his back being white enabled me to keep him in sight; I was as sober as I ever was in my life; as soon as he broke my chain he turned his back to me.

WILLIAM BRAUND . I am a Policeman. I was in the neighbourhood, and came up, hearing Watson, my brother officer, spring his rattle, and saw the prisoner struggling with him - he was charged with stealing a gold key and part of a chain; the prosecutor was close by him, and appeared perfectly sober; some persons were near, who came round, as if to rescue the prisoner, but I told them not to give me occasion to use violence - they then desisted, and I took him to the station-house; his back had whitening on it - as I took him along he said the prosecutor was a friend of his, and this was the way he always served him when they came out together - that was not said in the prosecutor's hearing; I found nothing on him.

Cross-examined. Q.There were men round when you came up? A. Yes; the rattle had attracted persons - I suppose they belonged to his party.

WILLIAM WATSON . I am a Policeman. I heard the prosecutor call for assistance; I was about forty yards off in the same street; I came up, and he was struggling with the prisoner, who he charged with attempting to get his watch out of his fob; there were persons near the prisoner on my first coming up, and on Braund coming to my assistance, they attempted to get the prisoner from me, by dragging him - they afterwards dispersed; the prosecutor produced his watch at the station-house, with the chain broken, and no key to it.

Cross-examined. Q. You heard what the other officer said about a rescue? A. Yes - he was not there when they tried to get him from me.

JAMES SENECAL . I gave 12s. for the key, and 5s. for the chain.

Prisoner's Defence (written.) - On the night stated in the indictment. I had been spending the evening with a friend - I left about half-past twelve o'clock, and coming down Pelham-street, in my way home, I heard the cry of Stop thief! I was intoxicated, and I was some distance from the place where the person, was robbed; and when they came near me, I mixed with the mob; I was knocked down and taken into custody - I have been in a respectable business as a publican, and business run so bad, that I was obliged to give up my house at a sad loss of all I possessed, and ever since I have supported my wife and child by honest industry; I have always borne the character of an honest, sober, industrious man; I now throw myself on your mercy, for I am innocent of the charge.

Three witnesses gave the prisoner a good character.

GUILTY - DEATH . Aged 24.

Recommended to Mercy by the Jury, on account of his character

17th May 1832
Reference Numbert18320517-17
VerdictGuilty > with recommendation; Guilty; Guilty > with recommendation
SentenceDeath; Death; Death

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1140. ROBERT JONES , GEORGE ROBINSON and HENRY GODFREY were indicted for feloniously breaking and entering the dwelling-house of John Malkin , on the 22nd of April , at St. John, at Hackney, and stealing therein 3 spoons, value 1l.; 1 pair of sugar-tongs, value 12s.; 1 watch-chain, value 1l.; 1 seal, value 12s.; 2 rings, value 12s.; 1 brooch, value 6s.; 1 pin, value 2s.; 4 shirts, value 8s.; 4 silk handkerchiefs, value 24s., and 1 cork-screw, value 6s., the goods of the said John Malkin ; and 1 watch, value 5l.; 1 seal, value 5s.; 1 watch-chain, value 6d.; 2 watch-keys, value 1s.; 1 spoon, value 12s.; 1 neck-chain, value 5s.; 1 brooch, value 5s.; 1 pair of ear-drops, value 2s.; 1 pair of bracelets, value 3s.; 1 necklace, value 1l.; 2 shawls, value 30s.; 1 dress, value 10s.; 6 yards of lace, value 1l.; 6 collars, value 1l.; 1 purse, value 1s. 6d.; 9 sovereigns, 2 half-crowns, 5 shillings, and 3 sixpences, the property of Sarah Smith , in the said dwelling-house .

JOHN MALKIN . I live at No. 3, Lock-place, Kings

land-road , in the parish of St. John, Hackney; I rent the house, and have it on lease to myself only. On Easter Sunday, the 22nd of April, I left my house a little before eleven o'clock in the morning, to go to St. Paul's church, Ball's-pond; I left nobody at home - Sarah Smith is an intimate friend of mine, and was living at my house, having come for medical advice; she went to church with me - I am certain I left the house perfectly safe; I locked the street door, and the garden gate in front of the house - I think I saw one of the prisoners pass me as I left the house; they are all strangers to me; I was called out of church by Mr. Bowyer, and got home about half-past eleven o'clock - I found a number of people round the house; the street door was shut, and a skeleton-key broken in the lock - I found a trunk of Miss Smith's in the back parlour, open, and property strewed about; I went up stairs, and found the room in confusion, some of the drawers out, and things strewed about; on the drawers laid a pistol, which had been taken out of the drawer; I did not see any of the prisoners in the house; the property was taken out of the house; I lost the articles stated in the indictment, (enumerating them) - a brace of pistols was taken out of my drawers, and placed on a table, and a cupboard in that room broken open.

Cross-examined by MR. PHILLIPS. Q. Did you not find a considerable number of persons in your house? A. No, nobody was in the house; they were outside - Bowyer went in with me, and I believe Mrs. Bumstead; I found the door shut to.

Cross-examined by MR. CLARKSON. Q. Is your house in the parish of Hackney? A. It is - I pay taxes to that parish; I am an officer in His Majesty's customs - Miss Smith had been at my house four or five months, backwards and forwards; I am married, but do not live with my wife.

SARAH SMITH . I am single - I was living at the prosecutor's, and went to church with him; my box was safe then - I did not return till the end of the service; I went up stairs immediately - most of the property was taken from a bed-room up stairs; I found the drawer taken out, and the property stated as mine all taken away; I consider it worth 5l. - I also lost nine or ten sovereigns and some silver - my property altogether was worth about 20l. - I found it at Worship-street.

Cross-examined by MR. PHILLIPS. Q. I suppose you found a great many people in the house when you returned? A. Not a great many; I think the carpenter and locksmith, and a female friend.

SARAH BUXTON . I live in Tottenham-row, Kingsland-road, near the prosecutor's. I had been on an errand, and as I returned I saw a man standing within the prosecutor's door, about ten minutes past eleven o'clock - he was within the street door, which was wide open; I thought he had no right there, and stood to watch him - I saw two men behind him; they saw me watching, and stood some few minutes, then came out with a bundle, shut the door after them, and walked at rather a quick pace - the first person I saw was Mrs. Bumstead; I told her, and she gave an alarm - I saw sufficient of them to recognize their persons; I did not see them again till about half-past three o'clock that afternoon, when they were at the station-house; I was certain the three prisoners were the persons, and not as now: I did not see Mr. Bowyer.

Cross-examined by MR. PHILLIPS. Q.Do you mean to represent that you saw Jones in the house? A.He is the man I saw on the step within the door - I did not see him go into the house; I saw him come out - I call the step of the door inside; I do not know which of the three had the bundle, but one of them had - it was about the size of a peck measure.

Cross-examined by MR. CLARKSON. Q.Who shut the door? A. I cannot say; I do not know which was the last man; Jones came out first - I never said I was merely passing, and did not stop at all.

JAMES BOWYER . I live in Newland-row, about thirty yards from Malkin's, and am a carpenter. I was standing at my door, about a quarter-past eleven o'clock; I could see Malkin's door from my house - I saw a man standing at the door without his hat; the door was open -I looked to see if it was Malkin, as I thought it odd he should not be at church, as he always goes; when the man saw me he drew back into the passage, and I went into my own house; I had not been there five minutes before a woman informed me Malkin's house was broken open - I directly went to church to fetch him; I came back with him - there was nobody in the house then - the door was shut, and a broken key in the lock; I got a pair of pincers and opened the door with the key, which was in the lock; it was a skeleton-key - I saw a trunk broken open in the back parlour; the house had been plundered and was in confusion - I had not spoken to the man who was at the door; the prisoners are strangers to me.

Cross-examined by MR. PHILLIPS. Q. Jones is not the person you saw at the door? A. That I cannot say - I never said he was not the person; Mrs. Buxton passed me as I stood at my door - the man at that time stood at the door; he drew back into the house before I saw him - I could see him head, but not his body for the wall.

Cross-examined by MR. CLARKSON. Q.Is your house next door to Malkin's? A. No, on the other side of the way - when I saw Mrs. Buxton there was some man at Malkin's door; Buxton was standing still, to the best of my recollection - she afterwards passed by.

GEORGE DALBY . I am a chairmaker, and live at Union-row, Kingsland, about fifty yards from Malkin's On Sunday morning, from a quarter to half-past eleven o'clock, a Policeman gave me information, and I ran after three men, whom I saw running, about three quarters of a mile from Malkin's house, but could not overtake them; their pockets appeared to bulge out - I only saw their backs; I saw one of them drop a watch - I picked it up, and delivered it at the station-house; it was claimed at the prosecutor's - I saw the prisoners at the office next day, but cannot swear to them.

CHARLES PETTY . I live in Kingsland-row, Dalston, and am a gardener. On Sunday morning, about half-past eleven o'clock, I was returning from Hackney, and three men passed me; I did not particularly notice them then - about a minute or two afterwards I saw a Policeman running; he called out to me, "Have you seen three men running?" I said I had - I then pursned, and saw three men running; one of them dropped a watch - Dalby picked it up, and gave it to me; I took it to Malkin, who

told me to take it to the station - it was claimed at Worship-street by Miss Smith.

Q. I suppose you lost sight of the three men before they were takes? A. I lost sight of them altogether; I found a silver tea-spoon, about two hundred yards beyond where the watch was picked up - it was in the direction they had ran, in a narrow passage, between a garden wall and a field; I gave the spoon to Bedford.

JOHN BEDFORD . I am a Police-inspector. Petty delivered me this watch and tea-spoon; I have had them ever since - I received a crow-bar from Cockrell; it fitted some marks of violence on Malkin's door.

JOHN MALKIN . I know this watch to be Miss Smith's; the tea-spoon is mine, and corresponds with others I have here; I missed two.

MISS SMITH. This is my watch; I have had it twelve or thirteen years - I am sure it was safe when I left the house; it is gold, and worth 5l.

TIMOTHY WRIGHT . I am a labourer, and live at Shacklewell-row. I was going through Kingsland-turnpike, about a quarter or half-past eleven o'clock, and received information from a female; I then returned down Dalston, and met a Policeman at the back of Tyssen Arms - I went with him in pursuit, and caught sight of three men, about three-quarters of a mile from the prosecutor's; I did not overtake them - they were running on the footpath; I saw one of them throw away a bag and part of a key - the bag fell into Smith's nursery; I got over the pales, and picked it up - it contained skeleton keys; the part of a key was thrown into a gentleman's garden - I got that also, and delivered it at the station with the bag; I have not seen it compared with any thing - I did not see the men's faces at all.

JOHN SUANES . I live with a gentleman, at Dalston. On the Sunday in question, I had information from a gentleman, and went in pursuit; I caught sight of three men running, about a quarter of a mile from the prosecutor's; I pursued, and when I got to Smith's nursery I saw one of the three throw a bag into the nursery; I saw it picked up by Wright, who delivered it at the station; it contained skeleton-keys, and I saw part of a key thrown into a front garden, beyond that; it was picked up, and delivered at the station - I saw one of the three afterwards drop the gold watch; Malkin wished it to be taken to the station -I cannot recognize the prisoners as the men.

HENRY WILLIAMS . I am a Policeman. On Sunday morning, the 22nd of April, from a quarter to half-past eleven o'clock, I was at the back of the Tyssen Arms, Dalston, and I observed the three prisoners at the bar running towards me - I am certain of them; when they saw me, they stopped running, and walked very slowly by me - I looked after them; Jones was then in the rear of the other two - he had a stick in one hand, which he knocked against the pales, and said to the other two, "She is caming;" I had not got many yards further before I met Wright, and from what he said I went after them; I saw them pass Smith's nursery, - I did not see any thing thrown away, but I had information; looked over the pales, and saw a bag; Wright jumped over, and took it up; he took it to the station - I never saw it opened; I followed the prisoners to Hackney, and then lost all trace of them; I then gave information to the Police who were on duty there, and they were taken the same day - as I returned back to the house which was robbed, I found a piece of a key sticking out of the door; I have kept it ever since - as I could not get it out, I sent for a blacksmith, who took it out, and I have it here; I saw it compared with the piece of a key which Wright found, and in my opinion it is part of that key - I have some tea which Cockrell gave me.

THOMAS SIMMONDS . I am a brickmaker, and live at Dalston, about a quarter of a mile from Malkin's. I found a spoon, which he claimed, in Pigwell-lane; I did not see it thrown there, and know nothing of the prisoners.

JOHN MALKIN . This is the other spoon - it corresponds with what are left.

TEESDALE COCKRELL. I live at Dalston, about ten minutes' walk from Malkin's. I found two silver table-spoons, a pair of silver sugar-tongs, and a crow-bar, thrown over my garden wall, on this Sunday morning, between eleven and twelve o'clock; I was in the garden, and heard them fall - I gave the crow-bar to Bedford.

JOHN BEDFORD . This is the crow-bar; I matched it with the place at the house.

JOHN MALKIN . I have no doubt one of these tablespoons and the sugar-tongs are mine; I only lost one table-spoon - it corresponds with mine.

MISS SMITH. This other table-spoon is mine; here are the initials of a relation now deceased, on it; I saw it safe that morning.

MR. PHILLIPS. Q. How came you to bring your plate to the house? A. I brought a few spoons which I had occasion for.

WILLIAM JONES . I am a Policeman. I was on duty on this Sunday morning at Homerton; Williamson asked if I had seen three men - I said I had; they were within sight at that time; I pursued, and never lost sight of them- I came up to them, and apprehended Robinson; the other two were taken in my sight by Williamson; and an officer, named Robson; they were taken to the station - I found a gold brooch in Godfrey's waistcoat pocket; Jones had 18d. in silver; three sovereigns and 18d. were found in Godfrey's waistcoat pocket; Miss Smith claimed the brooch.

MISS SMITH. This is my brooch; I had left it in the house that morning; I have had it about four years.

Cross-examined by MR. CLARKSON. Q.Have you always said it was yours? A. Yes; I never expressed a doubt about it - I described it before it was shown to me.

EDWARD ROBSON . I am a Policeman. On the morning in question I was walking through Homerton; Williamson informed me that three men who I had just seen pass had robbed a house; I went after them, and apprehended Godfrey and Jones - they all three stopped when they found us so near them; I searched Robinson, and found a skeleton-key concealed up the sleeve of his coat, and sixpence in silver.

Cross-examined by MR. BARRY. Q.Robinson stood still before you got up to him? A. Yes; I was not above ten yards from him - he did not give me the key, and say he had picked it up; I took it from his sleeve at the station-house.

THOMAS TOWNSEND . I am servant to a gentleman at Kingsland. On Easter Sunday, between five and ten

minutes past eleven o'clock, I saw Godfrey standing at the door of Malkin's house - the door was wide open; I looked at him and went on - I saw no other persons there; I did not know him before, but am certain he is the man - I saw him at the Police-office on the Friday after, and am quite certain of him.

Cross-examined by MR. CLARKSON. Q. Were you there when Mrs. Buxton was? A. I did not see her; I pointed Godfrey out from among several other persons.

WILLIAM WILLIAMSON . I live in Morning-lane, about a mile from Malkin's. On this Sunday I was walking across Pigwell-field, and saw the three prisoners running; they are the men - I never saw them before; they were about half a mile from Malkin's house - I lost sight of them for about half a mile, but before that I saw the middle one wiping his face with a handkerchief, and one of them take something out of a piece of white paper, and put into his pocket; I cannot say which of them it was - I saw them again at Homerton, walking in Mr. Bristow's field; I saw Jones, the Policeman, and gave him information - he and Robson ran after them, and they were all three apprehended; I am sure they are the three men I had seen before.

Cross-examined by MR. CLARKSON. Q. Have you been in custody yourself? A. Never in my life.

Jones' Defence. I was going to the washerwoman for my linen, and no doubt went by Malkin's house; a boy came up to me there, and said there had been a robbery committed down there; I went back, saw nothing, and went on - then a girl came up to me, and said, "There they go down there;" I immediately followed as far as Marsh-gate, where I was taken - they were quite out of sight then; the brooch belongs to me, I have had it a long time.

Robinson's Defence. The Policeman says he took the key out of my cuff - I had it in my pocket, and threw it out at the station from my pocket; he caught hold of my hand, and said, "You are going to put it up your cuff;" I declare I never was in the house.

Godfrey's Defence (written.) - I went to Ball's-pond to see a person, of the name of Mrs. Maisham, who was very ill, and is since dead; and likewise to call on a relation of hers, for whom I had fixed a stove the week before, and who told me they had a copper and another stove to fix; and my object of calling was to ascertain when they would have it done; as I was entering the gate of their house, I heard the cry of Stop them! I turned round, and saw some persons running; I run after them, and had overtaken them as the Police came up, and took me into custody - in regard to the money found on me, 2l. of it was given to me by my deceased friend; the rest of it I received from my father for work done for him, and the rest from other people for whom I had worked. I have a father and mother who have brought up a large family, who never brought any disgrace on them; and sorry am I to think, by my running after the mob, I have inadvertently brought this trouble on myself. I am truly innocent of the charge, but should it please God that I get through this trouble, I will strictly guard my actions.

Four witnesses gave both Jones and Godfrey a good character.


[May 24.]



Jones and Godfrey recommended to mercy on account of their characters.

17th May 1832
Reference Numbert18320517-18

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1141. JAMES PEARCE was indicted for that he, on the 14th of May , at St. George, upon Henry Dare , feloniously, unlawfully, and maliciously did make an assault, and with a certain sharp instrument feloniously, &c. did strike and cut the said Henry Dare in and upon the little finger of his left hand, with intent to disable him; against the Statute .

SECOND COUNT, stating it to be with intent to do him some grievous bodily harm.

HENRY DARE . I am a painter and glazier , and live at No. 4, Anchor and Hope-alley, near the London-docks , in the parish of St. George; my father and mother-in-law live directly opposite me. I had not known the prisoner or Mansfield till the 14th of May, when I was standing at my door, about half-past nine o'clock in the evening - I then saw the prisoner in the passage of a chandler's shop, kept by a person named Thompson, and Mansfield was standing by the public-house next door to him, in the street; Pearce then came out of the passage and joined Mansfield, and in a few minutes I saw them both go to the door of my father-in-law's house, which is next door to the chandler's shop - there is a batch-door to my father's house, about three feet six inches high; my father has been a soldier, and now keeps a marine store shop - I saw the prisoner put his hand in, open the door, and hold the bell from speaking; there is a bell and a bolt to the door; I had not then shown myself - Mansfield entered the shop immediately; I waited a short time, and then went over - I asked the two persons how they dared to enter the shop without giving any alarm, or ringing the bell, and the prisoner answered it was no business of mine; I said it was my business, and how dared they to enter there - Pearce then said he came to buy a second-hand jacket; he was then on the threshold of the passage door - Mansfield was in the shop, and had his hat off, and was in the act of getting into the bin where the rags are kept, under the counter, at the back of the partition which separates the shop from the passage; Pearce was then going out of the passage, and as he went out he told me he would knock my b - y brains out; he then went out, and said to Mansfield,"Come, Tom, this won't do here;" Mansfield then followed him out, and they stood there for some time - I begged and prayed of them to go away, and said if they did not I would charge the first Policeman who came by with them - Pearce then again told me he would knock my b - y brains out; I said there was no occasion for that - I thought they were about to rob, and I several times desired them to go away; Pearce then made at me, to hit me, and struck at my head with his fist - my father-in-law, who had then come out, caught the blow; my mother-in-law then came out, and pulled me and my father-in-law into the shop, and shut the batch - she had also told them several times to go away; Mansfield had before that made a blow at my father-in-law, while he was outside, and my father was on the threshold of the door - neither my father nor I had offered to strike either of them; but after the prisoner had made the blow at me my father took up a piece of an iron bedstead inside the passage, and in his own defence struck at them, but he did not hit them, the passage being so low it caught the ceiling; Pearce then took a long shut knife from his pocket, opened it, and made a blow at my head with it - I put my hand up; it just missed my head, and cut my little finger, it was a cut about

an inch long, and nearly to the bone; it was not a stab, it was an over-handed cut - my mother's doctor saw my finger, and dressed it the next day; the prisoner only made one cut - the blade of the knife did not touch my head; I felt it brush my hair, and if my hand had not been there it would no doubt have cut my head - when the prisoner drew his knife, Mansfield drew his knife also, and made a blow at my mother; they then went away, and as they were going, Pearce said, "You b - rs, we will serve you Portuguese fashion;" I saw no more of them till they were at the station.

SARAH COPKEY . I am the wife of Joseph Copkey , and am mother-in-law to Dare - this was our shop. I heard a great bustle, and went down stairs; I saw my husband, who had just put Mansfield outside the door, but I did not see that - Pearce was just out; I said to my husband,"Good God! what is the matter?" he pointed to the two men, and said, "These two men were in the shop, and no doubt going to rob it;" we have a bell attached to the shop door, which always rings when it is opened, but I did not hear it at that time; I said to them, "You wicked creatures, what brought you here?" and one of them said,"You German wh - e, I will let you know;" I had not seen either of them before - I was alarmed, and begged my husband and son to come in; I did not see the prisoner give the blow to my son, but I saw him with his finger bleeding - I had not seen my son offer to strike them; I was in the passage - there might have been a blow, but I did not see it; my son put up his hand, and said, "I am cut;" I put my hand on his shoulder, and said, "Come in, and we will shut the door," and as I put my hand on the door, I received a cut on my right arm, but I cannot say from whom.

Prisoner. I was top-heavy from the time I was paid off from a man-of-war, where I have been eighteen years.

JOSEPH COPKEY . I am the husband of Sarah Copkey. I was at home at the time I heard the bustle, and went out- I saw the prisoner and Mansfield, and my son was there; I heard him remonstrate with them, and desire them to go away; I joined in saying so - there was a blow made at my son-in-law, which I guarded off; no blow had been made at me, but I took up an iron rod to defend myself - my son had not struck them, nor offered to strike them; he begged them to go away, and said he would send for a Policeman; he had given no blow - I saw the prisoner draw a knife, and said, "I will serve you Portuguese fashion;" I saw the blow at my son's head with the knife - he put up his hand, and his finger was bleeding all in the passage, and my wife's arm was cut afterwards.

Prisoner. I recollect nothing at all about it. Witness. They both appeared sober.

LETITIA FRITTER . I live in the neighbourhood, and was going by at the time - I saw the piece of work, and stood to look; I saw the prisoner aim a blow at Mr. Dare's head with the knife; I checked him by the shoulder, and he missed the blow, or otherwise it must have cut the young man down the face - the young man put his hand up to the side of his head, and the knife cut it; the prosecutor had given him no blow in my sight.

Prisoner. I am sure I must not be in my senses to strike a man innecent - it is not my country fashion to draw a knife.

FRANCIS FAGAN . I am an inspector of Police. I was at the station, and Mrs. Copkey came to me - I sent two men after the prisoner, and he was brought in on another charge; on searching him I found this clasp knife, about three inches long, with some blood on it; he was as sober as he is now.

LETITIA FRITTER . I believe this is the knife he had in his hand.

HENRY DARE . I believe this is the knife, but I could not swear to it.

HENRY LEE . I am a Police-constable. I took the prisoner - he was quite sober.

Prisoner. Q.Did not you say I was drunk? A. No; you said "I am drunk," but I said No, you were sober.

Prisoner. I have witnesses to prove I was drunk - I was paid off on the 13th of last month from his Majesty's service, at Portsmouth.

HANNAH WELCH . I go by the name of Hannah Pearce - I sometimes live with the prisoner as his wife. He left me dead drunk at seven o'clock in the evening, on Monday week; I do not know the day of the month - I was not drunk.

MARY PATTERSON . I get my living in the streets sometimes - the prisoner used the house I was in; about seven o'clock that evening he was very much in liquor, and the landlord turned him out.

ELIZABETH JOHNSON . The prisoner was very much intoxicated, and he was turned out of the public-house by Mr. Lamb about seven o'clock, or between seven and eight.

FRANCIS HOLLAND . I am waiter at Mr. Lamb's - it is a house which many of the girls use. I saw the prisoner come there the first of the morning of that day; he had several pots of ale, and stopped there the greater part of the forenoon - he came again between six and seven o'clock in the evening, quite drunk, and another man with him, who I do not know; I heard of a man named Mansfield by an advertisement which I saw in the paper.

[May. 24.] GUILTY - DEATH . Aged 39.

17th May 1832
Reference Numbert18320517-19

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1142. EDWARD MANSFIELD was indicted for that he, on the 14th of May , at St. George, upon Sarah Copkey , feloniously, unlawfully, and maliciously did make an assault, and with a certain sharp instrument, feloniously, unlawfully, and maliciously did strike and cut her in and upon her right arm, with intent to disable her; against the Statute .

SECOND COUNT, with intent to do her some grievous bodily harm.

HENRY DARE . I am a painter, and live at No. 4, Anchor and Hope-alley . Between nine and half-past nine o'clock in the evening of the 14th of May, I accidentally saw the prisoner and Pearce at the door of my father-in-law's house; I watched them, and saw the prisoner enter the shop - Pearce was just going in; I saw the bell of the door muffled by Pearce's hand - I went over, and saw the prisoner getting into the bin; I desired them to come out several times; I did not strike or offer to strike either of them, but told them to go away, or I should send for a Police-officer - after that a blow was made at me; I did not see either of them make a blow at my father, but I saw my father take up a piece

of iron after they had struck at me; my father had not struck them at all, but he had warded off a blow which had been made at me; I remember my mother coming down, and she said to me, "Come in, Henry, do," and laid hold of my collar, to drag me in; she then laid her hand on the hatch, and the prisoner made a cut at her right arm with a knife, and said, "Now, you b-rs, we will serve you?" she had not done any thing to them; the prisoner took the knife from his waistcoat pocket - I saw him take it out, open it, and make the blow; I believe this is the knife, but I cannot swear to it - the prisoner was as sober as I am at this moment; I only interfored because there was an attempt to commit felony.

FRANCIS FAGAN . This knife came from the house which this prisoner and Pearce were taken in, about half an hour afterwards, on another charge; the prisoner was perfectly sober.

SARAH COPKEY. I heard the bustle, and came down; I saw my husband and my son-in-law - I saw the prisoner and Pearce; my son expostulated with them, and desired them to go away - they refused to go, and my son said he would go to the station if they did not; he did not strike them, in my presence - I did not see any blow made at my son; I received a blow from one of them, but I could not say from which; the prisoner stood on the right side of the door, and I received a blow across my right arm with some instrument, which cut my arm; I saw the blood run down my arm.

HENRY DARE . I swear positively it was the prisoner who cut her.

JOSEPH COPKEY. I had just gone into the back parlour when my wife was struck; I did not see the blow, but I saw her arm bleeding.

HENRY LEE . I am a Police-constable. I took this prisoner and the other at the Wheatsheaf, Wapping - the prisoner was sober.

FRANCIS BURTON HUNTER . I was at the Wheatsheaf when the prisoner was taken - I picked up this knife in the passage; it was then shut.

Prisoner's Defence. I was drinking all day, and very much intoxicated; I do not remember any thing about it.

[May 24] GUILTY - DEATH . Aged 25.

There were two other indictments against the two prisoners, for larcenies committed the same day.

17th May 1832
Reference Numbert18320517-20
VerdictGuilty > lesser offence
SentenceNo Punishment > sentence respited

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1143. PETER CHARLES CHALMERS was indicted for that he, on the 12th of March, 1830 , at Allhallows, Barking , having in his custody and possession a certain bill of exchange, which is as follows - that is to say:

No. £131. 18s. London, 1st of March, 1830.

Three months after date, pay to my order, one hundred and thirty-one pounds, eighteen shillings, for value received, in supplies to ship Edward Lombe . P. CHALMERS.

To Mr. Whiteman Freeman, No. 54, Bishopsgate-street, London.

feloniously did forge on the said bill of exchange, an acceptance of it, which is as follows - that is to say "Whiteman Freeman," with intent to defraud Andrew Cohu ; against the Statute, &c.

2nd COUNT, that he having in his custody and possession a like bill of exchange, upon which was a like forged acceptance of it, feloniously did utter, dispose of, and put off the said forged acceptance, well knowing it to be forged , with intent to defraud Andrew Cohu .

3rd COUNT, like the first, only stating that the words"P. Chalmers" were endorsed on the said bill of exchange, and stating the intent to be to defraud Whiteman Freeman .

4th COUNT, like the second, only stating the intent to be to defraud William Freeman .

MESSRS. PHILLIPS and STURGEON conducted the prosecution.

ANDREW COHU . I am a miller and baker , residing at Guernsey. The prisoner was employed by me as an agent from 1828 to the latter end of 1830 - I had occasion to make repeated applications to him for money, and I received a bill of exchange, in a letter dated the 12th of March; here is the letter - it is in the prisoner's hand-writing: I received the letter at Guernsey - it contained this bill of exchange - (looking at it.) (Letter read.)

London, 12th of March, 1830, No, 47, Lower Thomes Street.

To Mr. COHU, Guernsey. - Dear Sir, I still wait the return of the 50l. bill; I have not heard from Thomas and Son - I intended to have sent you to-day a statement of account, by which you would have seen how we stand, but I have left so little time I have not time to write; I have been a good deal mortifield by a call from Mr. Hall's clerk, by a letter from you - the anxiety under which it seems to have been written, they could not fail to understand - the emotion I felt at the time I endeavoured to conceal; confide your interest to me, you will never be betrayed. [Then followed an account of goods.] I am in advance now: these heavy bills cause me great uneasiness - I have been obliged to take Captain Freeman 's acceptance for his supplies, which I enclose you; this young man is sole owner of the Edward, 150 tons - of course there can be no doubt; it is also to be proved by the Custom-house register - he is a particularly honorable young man, and the bill is unquestionable, but not being payable at a banker's, I could not well discount it here; it is at three months' date; for the pipe of wine I took of him I am to allow him 40l. - I shall ship it for you, per Mary- you had better draw on me for the amount, and remit the proceeds to me: get the enclosed bill on Freeman cashed, and remit the proceeds, to enable me to meet the bills coming due.

Cross-examined by MR. ADOLPHUS. Q. In what business was the prisoner your agent? A. For the sale of biscuit and flour; he allowed me to draw on him, and I have done it repeatedly - he was not my agent for the purpose of getting bills discounted; I was at Guernsey in December, 1829, and March, 1830 - (thirteen letters and documents were here handed to the witness, who deposed that those marked A to G inclusive, and one marked with a (*) were written by his authority, by a person in his employ, and those marked H to O were his own hand-writing.) I have known Mr. Freeman since I came to England, but not before; I do not know his handwriting - I came to England the beginning of February this year; the prisoner has frequently accepted bills for me - I believe he has accepted some accommodation bills but am not positive, for we did not balance accounts till the 28th of June, 1830, and I did not know how we stood.

Q. Have you received acceptances from him in blank, and filled them up at your own discretion? A. Yes, once, I believe, and it was only one bill, I believe; I do not think I have had more than one blank acceptance - it accommodated me.

Q. Did you fill up one of those blank acceptances for 500l.? A.Perhaps I might, but not more than one, to the best of my recollection; I cannot recollect the amount- I acknowledge to have filled up blanks; I cannot tell whether it was one or more. I am a native of Gnernsey.

COURT. Q. Did you not say "blanks?" A. I do not understand English well - I may have filled up more than one.

MR. ADOLPHUS. Q. To what amount may you have had transactions with the prisoner? A. About 1400l. -I recollect filling up one blank, and think that was the latter end of 1829; I cannot tell to what amount I had then had dealings with him - he continued to be my agent till I received this bill; he received no more goods from me after that, but he had goods in hand for sale - he had written to say he could not get my price for them - I was in London in June, 1830, and we settled accounts - (looking at an account) this is in Chalmers' hand-writing; this was made out after I had received the bill of exchange - I discounted the bill he sent to me, it was in Mr. Hutchinson's hands - he did not discount it for me; I took it up before this account was made out.

Q. Then the settlement of accounts, by which it appears the prisoner owed you 60l., was made after you had taken up this bill? A. Yes - I arrested the prisoner for debt on the 29th of February last; I arrested him as the drawer of the bill of 131l. 18s. - I had seen Captain Freeman then.

Q. Had you before that talked to Chalmers of your intention to arrest Captain Freeman ? A. I had not seen Chalmers, to the best of my recollection - not before I arrested him.

Q.Had you applied to him concerning giving evidence against Freeman, the acceptor of the bill? A. I had by letter; I must have known in January that Captain Freeman was in England.

COURT. Q. You say you applied to the prisoner to be a witness on Freeman's bill? A. Not to be a witness.

MR. ADOLPHUS. Q. Did you see the prisoner's wife on this business? A. Not at all; I wrote her two notes after I arrested the prisoner - I was waiting in the public-house in Mansel-street, close to where Mrs. Chalmers lived; I also wrote to Mr. Vie on the subject; I called on him on the day I made the deposition at the Mansion-house about this forgery.

Q. Pray did Chalmers arrest you? A. Yes, for 50l. and upwards - I brought forward the charge of forgery before he arrested me; Captain Freeman had made a charge - I appeared at the Mansion-house, and preferred a charge of forgery against him on the 2nd of March; I was there more than once - I cannot recollect when I signed my deposition; this is my deposition (looking at it) - it is dated the 22nd of March; I think I was arrested at the prisoner's suit on the 6th of March.

Q. Both actions are still going on? A.Nothing has been done since; here is a memorandum in my own handwriting - it is an abstract of the correspondence; this pencil memorandum is my hand-writing.

Q. Then is it true, as you have written here, that you arrested Chalmers on the 29th of February? A. The 26th of February, I believe; I was arrested on the 6th of March - when I stated my intention to appear at the Mansion-house the prisoner said he would surrender himself, and did so, and I stated the case; that was after he had arrested me - he appeared at the Mansion-house, and the Lord Mayor allowed bail.

MR. PHILLIPS. Q. The Lord Mayor committed him, I believe, on the charge of forgery? A. Yes - he afterwards got bail before one of the Judges; Captain Freeman had not returned from abroad at the time I settled accounts with the prisoner, and I had no means of knowing whether the acceptance was genuine or not.

COURT. Q. Let us have this clear - had the prisoner arrested you before you took him to the Mansion-house? A. No.

Q. You have said he did? A. Yes, sir, yes; I appeared at the Mansion-house on the 2nd of March - the prisoner was not there then; I was arrested on the 6th of March; I made no deposition on the 2nd of March, but on the 22nd he appeared at the Mansion-house.

Q.Sixteen days before you made your deposition against him, he arrested you? A. Yes.

WHITEMAN FREEMAN. I am captain and owner of the Edward Lombe. About the middle of February, 1830, the prisoner supplied me with biscuits - he supplied me as a principal; I knew nothing about the agency - I left on the 10th of March; (looking at the bill) this acceptance is not my hand-writing, nor did I authorize any body to sign it for me.

Cross-examined by MR. BARRY. Q. You purchased biscuits? A.Biscuits and flour, to the amount of 111l., I think; we had a written agreement, which my attorney has - this is the agreement on one side of this paper (looking at it), and the other is the bill; I was going to the Swan River - the agreement is my writing, but it is signed by Chalmers; I paid for all the provisions, except 24l., which was left unpaid when I sailed - I paid other tradesmen part of their bills, and they were willing to wait for the remainder till my return; I wanted money to trade with - the prisoner took a pipe of wine at 50l. in part payment, as the agreement states; that was my inducement to purchase of him; I believe he tasted the wine before he signed the agreement - I gave him the choice of four or five pipes, which were in the London-docks, in bond; he stated which he would take, and I gave him an order, to transfer it to him - he never complained to me of its not being worth half the money; he wanted me to take something off, as he could not sell it for what he agreed to give for it - (looking at a letter, dated the 9th of March) this is my writing; I have offered the 24l. to the prisoner, but he would not accept it - that was after he was in Newgate; the solicitor said it was proper, and requested me to go with him to Newgate, which I did; Mr. Cohu did not threaten to arrest me - a man, named Field, came and threatened to arrest me; I suppose he was Cohu's servant - he now fills the situation the prisoner formerly did; I did not see the bill in Field's possession.

Q. Then you mean to swear Field never presented the bill to you, and you requested proceedings might not he taken against you? A. I did not request any thing of the kind - Field threatened to arrest me; I said, "You may do as you please, I will never pay a bill I have nothing to do with" - I had seen the bill before.

Q. Had you promised to remit the prisoner your balance from the Cape of Good Hope? A. I do not remember -

it is eighteen months ago; I may have written him to that effect - when I got to sea I pasted all my bills and papers together; I never saw the prisoner after I left London -I was in London or at Gravesend on the 1st of March, 1830.

Q. When applied to for payment of the bill, was not your observation, "I thought all my bills were paid?" A. I do not remember making that observation.

MR. PHILLIPS. Q. Had you any knowledge, when you went out on the 10th of March, 1830, of any bill on you drawn by Chalmers for 131l. 18s.? A. I had not; I had given no such bill - it is not my hand-writing; I know two gentlemen named Alexander Lewis and William Way.

COURT. Q. Did you go before the Lord Mayor once or twice? A. Twice; three weeks, perhaps, elapsed between the first and second time - I signed a deposition the first time that I went; this is my deposition; it is dated the 22nd of March - I do not remember signing any other; I read a paper the first time, and signed it; it was merely to state that was not my signature - the prisoner was present the second time that I was before the Lord Mayor, not the first; all I swore the first time was, that it was not my signature - I do not think the prisoner was there the first time, I am not sure; I do not know whether he attended voluntarily before the Lord Mayor.

ALEXANDER LEWIS . I am a master in the navy, and am acquainted with Captain Freeman . I have seen him write; (looking at the acceptance) I have seen this before, and should say, from the knowledge I have of his writing, that it is not his.

Cross-examined by MR. ADOLPHUS. Q. Look at the signature to this letter; do you believe that to be his? A. It looks like it - I should almost say it was his; I believe it is, and that the whole letter is his writing (see Letter marked 1.)

WILLIAM WAY. I am a hat-maker. I am acquainted with Captain Freeman, and have seen him write often - I believe the acceptance to this bill is not his hand-writing.

Cross-examined by MR. ADOLPHUS. Q. Look at it again; do you mean to say it is not in any respect like his writing? A. It is like it in some few respects, but in material parts it varies very much - the W and h are not joined; the t is not turned at the bottom, as he does; the formation of the W varies very much from his; he always turns his t's at the bottom, which I have seen - the name Freeman is very unlike his all the way through - the letter F is in some little respect like his, but the reeman is not at all- (looking at the letter marked 1.) this signature is in all respects like Captain Freeman 's - I should say it was his; the t is turned here at the bottom, though it is not a regular circle - the two e's in this are very thick, in the other is open; the m is different; it is very thick in one, and very plain in the other - the shape of the letters are not similar.

MR. PHILLIPS. Q. Is the t in this letter turned as Captain Freeman generally turns his letters? A. Yes; it is not turned at all in the bill - I have seen him write a great many times.

CHARLES BRACKANTHORP . I am a clerk in the General Post-office, London. This letter has been put into the London Post-office.

Cross-examined by MR. ADOLPHUS. Q.Can you tell whether it was put in at the head office, or at any other? A. This was put in at the chief office - it was a paid letter put in after seven o'clock; at the chief office, I can tell that - (Bill read.)

Prisoner's Defence. Gentlemen, I feel so oppressed with my present situation I cannot collect my thoughts to address you properly. This proceeding is sanctioned by law it is quite clear, but whether it be a speculation on the feelings of a warm hearted female, to procure the payment of a certain sum, or a just prosecution to satisfy offended laws, it will be for you to say when you hear certain documents and letters read to you - I shall not say a single word of reproach to the prosecutor; his letters will show what his proceedings have been. I supplied Captain Freeman with biscuits and flour about this time two years; there was an express agreement that he should pay me cash; the goods were sold at a very low cash price; he requested me to take a pipe of wine in part payment - I held out to him that I would, acting as agent for a person at Guernsey - I sold the goods at the price I did, on condition that I should receive cash; I told him clearly that my correspondent was a very needy man, and was drawing on me at very short dates, and nothing but cash would answer our purpose, but if it would accommodate him, I would take one pipe of wine; the goods were delivered on these terms; he pressed very much to have them on board, saying his passengers were harrassing him with having no provisions on board - I sent them; and in the mean time had no opportunity of seeing the wine - I had orders to taste it, but at the time there was a very severe snow storm - I applied to several brokers to taste the wine, but they said in that weather they could give no opinion of it; and when I did taste it, the best pipe the broker represented not worth 35l. - I stated this to Mr. Freeman, who said I could have my choice, and that the pipe No. 4 was certainly the best, but I found that the highest value it was stated at was 35l. - I got an order for the transfer, and found somebody had got it transferred to them, and were to have paid cash for it; I found what was left was not worth half the money; in the mean time I endeavoured to get money from him, as drafts were coming due on me every day; on one occasion I got 12l. 10s. out of him, that is all I ever got before he left London - he then said, "I have a great many small debts to pay, I know you will take no proceedings against me till I get to Plymouth - I have a good many passengers to take in there, and will remit you the money from Plymouth, and charge the wine at a fair price;" I agreed to take no proceedings- he sailed: week after week passed, and I heard nothing from him; I began to fear he would sail, as I had been served by captains before - I then looked at the account in a very different light, as it was to have been paid in cash down; I drew out in my mind what the account was between us, by the time he might return to this country from the Swan River, and for the enormous risk of the debt I added a fair per centage; it is usual in the East India trade to charge about 30 percent. - I made this addition, deducted what I had received, and setting the pipe of wine as a collateral security, I drew out a bill, which, in my own mind, is nothing more than an accommodation bill;" I drew for 130l. which I sent down to Plymouth, with a few hurried lines, saying, if he had not sent the money for the goods, to send the bill back accepted, as I wanted money;

I addressed it, according to the best of my recollection, to Captain Freeman , at Plymouth; the bill came back to me in a few days accepted; as I understood by him, enclosed in an envelope, merely saying, "Enclosed you have the bill," with nothing but initials to it; I shall be able to prove the receipt of that letter, most luckily for me - I may call it the salvation of me; I can bring a person who saw me take the bill out of the letter, and the observation I made at the time - the prosecutor's evidence shows I did not endeavour to use the bill, as I remitted it to him; he immediately got it discounted for the purpose of remitting me a banker's bill for the amount, and did I apply that to my own purposes? No, in no shape whatever - he had at that time bills running on me for about 600l. more than the almost goods I had in my possession - they did not exceed 150l. and there were acceptances of mine out to about 800l. - he had clearly overdrawn me 600l.; two bills came due about the third week in March, which were endorsed to his brother for his accommodation - these he was particularly anxious about; they amounted to 146l. - the amount he remitted me for Freeman's bill I applied to the purpose of those bills, so that in no shape whatever did I derive any benefit from it. If it is attempted to be shown that subsequently I might have endeavoured to take advantage of this, I can prove I could have contemplated no such thing, for there were bills coming due about the end of March - so far from my wishing to inveigle him to send me more goods, he not having sent me money to take up bills, I returned them back to him; it will be seen by my letters, that I advised him to send goods to other persons and not to me at all. Wheatley and Chapman held his bills to the amount of 100l., and I wrote to him to send them goods to satisfy them - I wished to have no more of his goods in my possession; it will be seen by the correspondence that after that bill was due he continued drawing and begging me to accept, and he would be sure to send goods, which he completely failed to do - one point I wish to refer to is, that a person named Field has been an active agent in this business; Cohu became acquainted with him in his journey from Guernsey - he had been requested to look out for Freeman's arrival; now Field did call, and I expected him here as a witness on their part; Field did call at Captain Freeman 's lodging, and said he called respecting this bill, stating the name, the sum, and what it was for; Captain Freeman then said he thought he had paid that bill, or some such observation, but he would see to it, and desired no proceedings might be taken in the meantime - Field says he called about ten days afterwards, and though he knew in whose hands the bill was, he had made no endeavour to see it, but said he should like to see the bill - he asked Field to go to the house where it was; they went as far as Bishopsgate church - Freeman then said, "I have an appointment, call at my lodgings in half an hour, and I will go with you," and when he called he had gone away in the meantime - on seeing Field he said,"I have seen the bill; do you know where Chalmers is?" Field said, "Yes, he is on the continent" - he said, "Do you know any thing of the transaction between us?" Field said No, and then Freeman said it was not his hand-writing; how the signature became attached to the bill I do not know - I will prove how it came into my possession; it is certainly strange that Mr. Freeman should let ten days go by without endeavouring to see the bill; it is not the character of seamen generally - one would have supposed, while he was sailing across the line, he had time to recollect what obligations he had to meet, and it is singular he should pretend to go with the man about the bill, and get rid of him in the manner he did -Again, Mr. Cohu, when he came to London, instead of calling on me in a gentlemanly kind of manner, he sent Field to state he would take proceedings - I appointed with Field that we should meet next day, the account should be arranged, and I would render him any assistance I could in recovering the amount due to him by Freeman; as to hostile proceedings against me I defied him in every way - I was ready to meet him like a man of honour; instead of keeping the appointment, at eight o'clock next morning I had the pleasure of receiving a sheriff's officer, with a writ; our appointment was at eleven - this object appeared to me to be that the arrest should take place in presence of my wife, (who, it was well known, was within five days of child-bearing,) and to obtain the money through her friends, or he could have arrested me just as well at the Angel, at Islington, where we were to have met - while I was waiting for bail Cohu and Field called at the lockup-house, and stated to the officer that they had the copy of an affidavit, which Captain Freeman was about to swear at the Mansion-house that day; their object, I presume, was that while my mind was irritated I might pay the bill- my father-in-law being out of town it was two days before I got bail; Cohu, well-knowing the condition of my wife, went there with Field to endeavour to gain entrance into her chamber, but was prevented by the nurse; he went to a public-house next door, and wrote two notes to convey to her mind that I was there on a charge of forgery - the object was to get her to write to her father to pay the bill; being foiled he wrote himself, but got no satisfaction - after I got out I called at Cohu's lodgings, having looked into the accounts, for I was so harrassed with his business that I declare for two years I did not know how affairs stood between us, whether I owed him money or he me - he had drawn on me to the extent of nearly 4000l. in one year, and the utmost amount of goods sold was not above 1100l. - his letter will show he was to allow me a per centage for all bills drawn previous to sending goods; I found I had omitted to charge the commission altogether, which, with payments made, instead of my owing him money, I found a balance considerably in my favour; I have shown the account to several intelligent people, who are satisfied that money is due to me; I called, and told him there was a balance of 50l. due to me, and that on condition of his giving me satisfaction for bonds I had given at the Custom-house for shipping his goods, I would immediately give him his accounts, and strike a balance; but with respect to the charge of forgery I would go to the Mansion-house and wait from twelve till two o'clock, if he chose to come forward - I did so, and three days after that, I arrested him - at least a fortnight after that the charge of forgery was again brought forward; I heard of their intention, called at the Mansion-house, and told Mr. Cope I was ready to meet any charge they had - I called again, and stated the same thing; they said the party had applied, but they had no warrant, and did not like to take a person without; they very soon appeared, the charge wasgone into; I was afterwards bailed by Lord Tenterden, and surrendered here last Saturday: I have now given as distinct an account as I can of the transaction - I will now make a few observations on the character of the parties; there is such a thing in law, I believe, as presumptive evidence; the presumption in this case in certainly all the other way - it is quite clear I had no inducement to send him a forged bill - the whole nature of the transaction falsifies it completely; he was always on the obliged side; if you find me guilty, you must have arrived at the conclusion that I committed this act for the purpose of injuring myself, without benefit: when my father-in-law came to bail me, he in the most delicate manner said, "If you have any difficulty in showing how you received the bill, let me take it up at once, and have no more about it;" but I felt I was innocent of the charge, and would brave it - the prosecutor is a man I have done more for than any man in the world.

The following letters and documents, as referred to in the evidence, were then read.

(I.) Plymouth, March 9, 1830.

DEAR SIR, - It is with the greatest regret that I am compelled to inform you that in consequence of three cabin and one steerage passenger, who had engaged a passage (from this place to Swan River in my ship), having broken their engagements, I have been disappointed in receiving near 200l., and am therefore not able to fulfil my engagement with you; I will remit the balance of your account from the Cape, with six months interest, and will take off 5l. from the price agreed for the wine; I hope you will give me the credit of wishing to do what I promised; if you know any one connected with any one here, you can refer to Mr. Pearce, my agent here, for the truth of what I have stated relative to the passengers. Hoping you will not think ill of me for this unforseen circumstance, and promising that on a future voyage, I shall make a point of returning your civility. I am, Dear Sir, yours, &c.

To P. Chalmers, Esq. WHITEMAN FREEMAN.

The agreement referred to contained particulars of the biscuits and floor to be supplied, making a total of 100l. 2s., at the foot of which was the following memorandum, "The above to he paid for as follows: by pipe of Madeira wine 50l., the remainder to be paid in cash on delivery. Signed, P. Chalmers." On the back was a bill of the above articles, amounting to 111l. 10s. 2d., and then "Feb. 24, by cash 25l," and in pencil 12l. and 50l., total 87l.

MR. FREEMAN. This writing, "By cash 25l." was inserted by the prisoner when I paid him 25l.

(A) Guernsey, 21st of August, 1829.

MR. PETER CHALMERS . - Sir, I acknowledge the receipt of your letter of the 18th of instant, with an order for twenty-six bags of bread, which I shall execute with pleasure, and shall also add about what you ordered me before for your store - I shall be most happy to execute what you order me, as I trust in your integrity. Sir, I am very willing to do business with you to any extent, and shall willingly give you 5 per cent. for the sale of bread; besides, I propose you to allow me to draw on you bills at about three months, not exceeding 500l. sterling; not all in one bill but in several bills, if you think you shall be able to give me orders to honour these bills in due time - I shall give you 2 1/2 per cent. for the bills so drawn, if they are drawn before the goods are delivered - that may establish a profitable business between us; the bill drawn on you, payable the 1st of September, is at the bank in Guernsey, which most probably will be presented to you either by the houses of Samuel Dobree and Sons, or Delisle, Jauvrin, and Delisle's houses in London, with whom we do business generally; I pray you to honour it with punctuality, as your credit depends on it - I shall, on my side, do my utmost to execute your orders. Sir, let me hear from you by the next post, if you shall grant me that favour; the parcel I sent you for Captain Hill was not wholly mine; ninety-seven bags of which belonged to my friend, so that I pray you to send me the amount of those ninety-seven bags the moment you receive, them; as for the rest, I shall draw on you, including the twenty-six bags of Mr. Heathorn. Sir, do not spare the post to let me know any thing that occurs; I should be glad to supply the fifty barrels of flour - with respect to Mr. Thompson, the bill is drawn right; you may offer my bread at your price, 16s. 6d. - I shall write to you by the Mary to-morrow. ANDREW COHU .

(B.) Guernsey, Sept. 2, 1829.

MR. PETER CHALMERS . - Sir, I am at this moment doing what I possibly can to dispatch the bran and flour, but I am afraid I shall be a few days later than the time allowed me; there is no vessel to take it, unless I pay about 25l. sterling for the parcel, which you are aware would not do, but I shall do what I can. Sir, I have to acquaint you, that I have valued on you this day with two bills, one of 40l. and the other of 20l. sterling, at two months, in favour of Mr. Peter Roche , of the schooner Elbe, of London, on account of freight; I have this day chartered him to Dantzic, for corn - I also intend, by your leave, to draw on you in a few days from 300l. to 400l., in several bills, in two, three, and four months, which I hope you shall accept.


(C.) Guernsey, Sept. 5, 1829.

MR. PETER CHALMERS . - Sir, I acknowledge the receipt of your letter of the 1st instant, containing a Bank post-bill for 43l. 15s., which I have remitted to my friend - the remainder I should rather draw on you, deducting the commission freight, which he must pay with a bill at two months (if you prefer it that way), for his ninety-seven bags - the rest was mine; I have this day valued on you, in favour of Mr. John Mellish , with a bill of thirty days, of 28l. 9s. 8d., which I hope you will accept; I have no sample of fine biscuit ready to send you, but by the first opportunity I shall send you a sample; though I think I could make it good, but I cannot make it so good for that price, yet I think I shall send you an article that you will approve. Sir, I expect you will do something for November; by that time I hope I shall have corn to supply you with thousands.


(D.) Guernsey, 14th of Sept., 1829.

MR. PETER CHALMERS . - Sir, I acknowledge the receipt of your letter of the 10th instant, and am happy to see that there is a prospect of doing something; I have this day valued on you for 140l. sterling, at two months, in favour of Roger Hine , Esq., of Brixham, for a parcel of Spanish corn; I had also previously valued for 15l. sterling, at thirty-one days, in favour of James Agnew , Esq. - I may probably draw also about 30l. sterling, in favour of Mr. John Dumaresq , at three months; what I might draw on you now, would be at three and four months, so I pray you to give me orders, and give me the information that I requested in my last latter; the moment I receive this parcel from Brixham, I shall send you samples according to your desire, and am very happy to see that biscuit of 2s. or 3s. higher will answer your purpose. With respect to the Archangel wheat, it may answer my purpose - I pray you to send me a sample of that, and also some of the very lowest; I hope the parcel I sent you by the Edith will be approved of; I am very sorry that the vessel is so long - the weather has been so very hard, that it could not sail. ANDREW COHU .

(E.) Guernsey, Oct. 12, 1829.

MR. PETER CHALMERS . - Sir, I have this day valued on you for 52l. to my orders, because the bill that I desired you to accept was

no returned in time to answer my wants; when you return the bill, I may not use it; it shall be according, though I think I shall want it in about a week or so. Sir, I have received news of the cargo of corn that I have ordered from Dantzic; by the next post, I shall have the invoice; in consequence, I propose to draw on you, according to my proposal some time ago to you, with your kind grant, though advising me to be cautious, which I am most certainly; so that I shall not value on you for more than about 500l. sterling, payable at about two or near three months, when the corn comes down; so that if you have not received goods from me, to meet these bills, let me know, that we may so arrange it as to meet those bills in due time. Sir, if the bills you receive from purchasers would not be due in time to meet the necessary bills, if you have them discounted, I have no objection to give you full satisfaction for that - so that you may rest assured of finding me a faithful friend. ANDREW COHU .

(F.) Guernsey, 17th of Nov. 1829.

MR. PETER CHALMERS . - Sir, I acknowledge the receipt of your letter of the 13th instant, with large orders, which I have no doubt of being able to execute in time; but it is impossible to get it cheaper than 15s. - and even at that rate I get very little, not hardly worth the trouble; but as I trust on your integrity, I shall execute them; I pray you to send me now and then small bills, on respectable persons - but by no means with three names, as bills of that description are considered here as accommodating, and discounted with difficulty, and at a great sacrifice; next post I shall send you the bill of lading for the bread and flour - with respect to the bakers you mention, as furnishing them with four hundred bags ofbread, I cannot give them any advantage, they must take it on board - as your profit is very great, you are able to make some arrangement with them, if you please; it is impossible for any person to give it cheaper, and that is clear - I defy any man in our place to give bread of that quality cheaper; I am alone in business, and with less expences than any establishment; so that I pray you not to trouble any other miller with orders; I shall make no use of the bill of 450l., accepted by you, but I shall draw shortly to near that amount; so I hope this week your arrangements will be made with a banking-house, so as to cement our business.


(G.) Guernsey, Dec. 24, 1829.

MR. PETER CHALMERS . - Sir, I have received your letter of the 22nd; I see that you are doing what you can for me; I have, in the meantime, drawn a bill of 25l. sterling, at two months, at the Bank, and 146l. sterling, in two bills, in favour of my brother; one at three months, and the other at ninety-five days after sight, independent of the draft I send you; I may probably draw more, so that I pray you to accept them; then we shall hear from each other in time; so that there be no difficulty and no bills returned; what you have accepted will, I hope, be punctually paid; I shall draw one of 40l. sterling, at forty-five days, because I am to take up that of 55l. immediately: I hope you have no objection to that. ANDREW COHU .

(H.) Guernsey, Jan. 4, 1829.

MR. PETER CHALMERS . - Sir, I send you enclosed, a bill on Delisle of 100l., at two months, which I hope you will receive in time to avoid and difficulty; I have this day filled one of your acceptances for 215l., at three months; the other I have not filled, but I might from this day at three months; the 215l. at three months from the 29th of December, 1829, according to your intimation; I hope, Sir, you will give me orders - Mr. Greenaway has been in London, but I hope he has done nothing, at least with you; I should be very sorry if you was not at your post; I drew some bills last week, but they are not yet cashed - but they may appear very shortly, so I pray you accept them; so, as I stated before, we shall hear from each other in time; I shall send you the two hundred bags of coarse bread, if it is possible, by the return of the Brilliant, now in Jersey, if she can take them - else I shall look for another vessel; I hope you will order me something to do this winter; I hope there will be more bread wanted. Sir, this is my own writing; my young man writes for me very often. ANDREW COHU .

(*) Guernsey, 22nd Feb. 1830.

MR. PETER CHALMERS . - Sir, I have received your letters of the 16th and 19th; I am very anxious to embark in any thing you suggest, provided there is something to be got by it; with respect to the barley cakes I have made a few, and hope after a little experience to be able to send you what you want - but for the moment it seems to me that it is difficult to dry them properly and not bake, in order to turn them into meal. Again; I feel very forcibly the strength of your reasons, but for this week, I pray you to dispense me with sending you any, as I am very busy in loading a vessel with bread and flour, so that I could send you but a very small quantity; by the Mary I shall send you the flour you want. Sir, I have to tell you, that I have drawn on you a bill of 40l. sterling, at two months, from the 20th instant, not for me, but for the endorser, to oblige him, so that he shall remit me the amount in two weeks, and I shall send it you immediately, as I do not mean to draw on you for some time as there are bills to be paid - two large bills, those two with Messrs Petre and Chapman, yours of 215l. sterling, and that of your brother's for 220l. sterling, which I hope will be punctually paid, so that this bill of 40l. sterling may be of some use to you; if you want it let me know, as I can send it conveniently - the bill of 100l. sterling on Mr. Simms, I have not been able to do any thing with it - it was carried to the bank, and the bank would not advance any thing on it until they had made inquiries; they have sent it up to London, to the Messrs. Dobrees, and their answer was, that they did not advise to advance any thing on such a bill, so that you may strike it off your books, and I shall destroy it.

Mr. Peter Chamlers . ANDREW COHU .

(M.) London, March 2, 1832.

JOHN VIE , ESQ. - Sir, It is with sorrow that I now address you. I had directed Mr. Field to call on you in order to explain my business - he says he had repeatedly; I now inform you, that I have been driven to the necessity of having recourse to means disgusting in the extreme, I have arrested Mr. Peter Chalmers , for a bill purporthing to be accepted by Captain Whiteman Freeman , of the Edward Lombe vessel, of about 500 tons, drawn the 1st of March, 1830, at three months, but which Freeman denies, and has this day sworn to an affidavit that the bill is a forgery; consequently, before it is too late, I thought it proper to let you know all this, in order that, as he is your son-in-law, you might probably come forward to assist him. Sir, I have informed Mrs. Chalmers of all this this day - I now declare, Sir, that if my claim is not settlled in a few days, I shall certainly prosecute him for forgery; I am willing to give him two years to settle the whole of my claim, provided he gives me bills endorsed by responsible persons, that would be discounted easily, in order to save him from such a disgrace as that of being tried for for gery. I am come from Guernsey for the purpose of settling this most unpleasant business, but which, I declare again, must be soon settled, otherwise the consequences will be very serious.

I remain, ANDREW COHU .

At Mrs. Hughes, No, 10, corner of Devonshire-square, Bishopsgate-street, London.

To John Vie , Esq. No. 50, Albany-street, Regent's Park. - In the absence of Mr. Vie, to Mrs. Vie and family, London.


MRS. CHALMERS. - I am sorry to trouble you, but pray you to

grant me an interview respecting Mr. Peter Chalmers ' business; it is essential I should see you. Your most obedient,


An answer from Mrs. Chalmers is expected. - Public-house next door.

Mrs. Chalmers, No. 30. - To be delivered immediately.


MRS. CHALMERS. - I am very sorry to say that Mr. Chalmers is in custody through me, for a sum of money due to me; there has been an affidavit sworn against Mr. Chalmers, at the Mansion-house, this morning, for forgery, by Captain Freeman , in a bill of 131l. 18s. - the bill is in my hands, consequently if my claim is not settled very shortly, the consequence will be very serious.

Mrs. Chalmers. ANDREW COHU .

JURY to CAPTAIN FREEMAN. Q. At the time you were sailing, what balance did you consider due to the prisoner? A.24l.; I have not kept a copy of my letter; I made a memorandum that the balance due was 24l., but I see by the agreement I had agreed to allow him 5l. - I wrote the letter from Plymouth on the 9th; I sailed on the 10th -I did not remit from the Cape; I made some remittances from Swan River, but the money was not appropriated to the purposes I desired.

Seven witnesses gave the prisoner a good character.

GUILTY (of uttering only).

Strongly recommended to mercy on account of his previous good character.

Judgment Respited .

17th May 1832
Reference Numbert18320517-21
VerdictNot Guilty

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First Middlesex Jury, before Mr. Justice Littledale.

1144. WILLIAM NOAKES was indicted for feloniously assembling, with divers other persons, armed with fire-arms and other offensive weapons, to wit, with guns and bats, in order to aid and assist in the illegal landing, running, and carrying away 100 gallons of spirits, which had been illegally imported .

THREE OTHER COUNTS, varying the charge.

MR. ATTORNEY GENERAL, and MESSRS. SCARLETT and SHEPPARD conducted the prosecution.

SAMUEL TUGGS . I was taken to the Martello-towers on a charge of smuggling - I got from there, and went to Boulogne; I know Charles Reynolds ; he lived at Rye -I was engaged by him to take some tubs across from Boulogne; we loaded about a hundred and seventy tubs on board the smack Severn - it was chiefly brandy; they were four gallon casks - we sailed from Boulogne on Tuesday afternoon, the 30th of January; we laid to that night on the French coast, and came across the channel next day, about four o'clock in the afternoon - we made Dungeness, then laid to, and ran near the shore; we launched a boat about ten o'clock at night, and loaded it with about a hundred and seventy tubs, the whole cargo; we then pulled in, and anchored before we got into shore, as we were in before our time - we were about forty rods from Granny Low's house, eastward of it; it is about three-quarters of a mile from Camber - I, Larkens, John Tickner , Kent, (who was shot,) and William Daniels ; we had all five come from Boulogne - we left Spencer, Purchase, and young Charles Reynolds in the smack; old Reynolds engaged me - he came across the day before, in a French boat, to take the spot-note to direct the company to the particular spot where we were to be; that is the meaning of a spot-note - we weighed anchor about eleven o'clock, and pulled towards shore; when the boat approached the beach she struck, and filled with water; two preventive men, who were coming in from eastward, fired; one was tall, and the other a short man - the boat was filled with water; we were all five washed out, and all stood in the water - three preventive men came from the westward; I went over the full of the beach, and over the field - there is a bank on the coast there - the company got most of the tubs.

Q. Who are the company? A. The men who came down after them - I saw them about five minutes after I saw the preventive men; we offered to give up the spirits; the preventive men told us to stand, or they would shoot us - the company might consist of one hundred altogether; they came down, and there was a great deal of firing, but whether it was on both sides I cannot say - I went over into the field, and remained there till the company went away; I went away with them - they had fire-arms; I did not see above three or four with fire-arms; I do not know what a hat is - there were two with sticks; I saw a man called Facey with them; he had no arms then - I saw George Gould ; I went with the company up to the Bell public-house, at Iden, and each had a pot of beer and a biscuit, or a pint with biscuit and cheese - that was their allowance; there was a large company; I did not know any of them.

Q. Did you see the prisoner at the Bell? A. He dined with us there on the Thursday, and he was there the morning after, but whether he was with the company I cannot tell - I saw him about nine o'clock in the morning; some of the company were there then; whether he was there the night before I cannot tell - I first saw him about four in the morning; he remained there all day, and dined with them - this was the day after the affair; the rum was landed on the Wednesday night; he was there next day, and dined with me.

Cross-examined by MR. PHILLIPS. Q. You did not see him at the Bell till four o'clock on Thursday morning? A. No; I have been engaged in six or eight smuggling ventures - I began about three years ago, but have been in gaol thirteen months of that time for smuggling; I have never been with a company; I was never a tub carrier.

Q. The company carry bats or sticks to carry the tubs with? A. Yes; a bat is a stick - the company are quite a different party to what is called the protecting party, who carry arms; the company only carry the goods, and have no fire-arms; we were fired upon directly the boat struck on the beach - we had done nothing then; no shots were fired at us; the preventive men fired to give an alarm - they were about twenty yards from the beach; two shots were fired - we did not return them; three other preventive men came to protect the other two - the row had began then, as far as I can recollect; the armed men came down - there were no shots fired into our boat; the firing of the preventive men was to make an alarm - nobody was killed in our boat; a man was killed on the beach after they were on shore - he was one of our party; it is impossible for me to tell whether he was shot by the armed party or the preventive men; they were altogether in a crowd

when the row began - he had been out of the boat about ten minutes when he was shot; we were out of the boat when we offered to give up the spirits.

Q.What do you mean by the men being altogether while they were firing, were they in a crowd, all huddled together? A. Yes, they were all bustling about; one man was wounded, and one killed; it was one boatman, and one of the company - I gave evidence before the Justice about this; the prisoner was not present - I do not know the Magistrate's name: it was at the Custom-house - I was sworn yesterday - I was not sworn at the Custom-house, but at the office; I have heard of a reward of 500l. on convictions of this kind, and have seen a reward of 1000l. where death takes place - I have been on board the Stort revenue-cruiser since this transaction - she is in the employ of the Customs; I have been there as a prisoner, by order of the captain: I did not expect to be tried - I do not know what I was kept for - I never asked; I asked for liberty, and was told as soon as an order came I should have liberty - I am a prisoner now: I think my liberty depends very much on my giving evidence here.

MR. SCARLETT. Q. Were you taken before a Magistrate to be sworn at Martello tower? A. Yes, that was the first time.

CAPTAIN HOWARD LEWIS PARRY . In February last I was chief officer commanding at Camber. On the 1st of February, between eleven and twelve o'clock at night, I was on the full of the beach, near Rose cottage, and observed an alarm-pistol fired; I immediately said to my men, "Come on my boys," and proceeded to the spot; we went down the beach, and perceived a boat full of water, and a number of tubs laying along the beach - I saw a number of persons on my left; they appeared to rise, as if they had been laying down, and when all had risen there appeared about one hundred of them: I presented my pistol, and said, "If you advance I will fire;" a discharge of fire-arms then took place - I returned the fire, and fell; I was wounded; the discharge came from under the full of the beach - I could not see the body of men from whom it came; I had been out from nine o'clock - this was the first firing that I had seen; I laid on the beach till I was taken up - I fell from the loss of blood, and on recovering turned to my men, to know why they did not fire; I then observed a man approach me with a large stick, in a position as if he was going to strike me; I was trying to raise myself, and when I saw him about to strike, I drew my pistol from my left breast, and fired at him; I saw no more of him - I suppose what that man had was a bat, but it was the only one I saw that night; a bat is generally a hop-pole, cut to about seven feet long, what we should call a bludgeon; I fired once afterwards, and a man came and took me up - five shots were extracted from my body, and I am now quite disabled.

Cross-examined by MR. CLARKSON. Q. You saw the alarm-pistol fired, what was the object of that? A. To acquaint the force on the beach that goods were about to be landed - I only saw one pistol fired; that was eastward, I was westward of the boat; the object was to bring all our force down to the spot - our station is on the sea side of the full of the beach, if the tide allows of it; we can assemble six or eight men by firing a pistol - our watch-house is not quite in the centre of the station; it is near Rye harbour - we have a principal station and a detached one; the men can come sometimes much quicker than at others - I cannot tell how many came up, as I was shot almost directly; they came from east and west.

Q.Whether the firing came from the preventive men coming to assist you, you cannot tell? A. Yes, as I lay on the beach I saw one man loading a duck-gun - that was after I was shot; whether my shot took effect I cannot tell - that man never struck me at all.

EDWARD WHITE. On Wednesday the 1st of February I was in the service of the Coast guard, stationed at Camber; at twelve o'clock at night a boat came on shore - there were some persons on the beach at the time; I was three hundred or four hundred yards off, but saw them after I went to where the boat was; there might be about one hundred - some were facing east and some west, and the rest were making a line between them and the tubs; they were carrying something in the open space - I never saw tubs carried with bats; I have heard they do so - the men forming the lines had guns in their hands; I saw ten or twelve guns - I heard firing, and received a shot in both thighs, shortly after the boat came in - when they were coming our people fired an alarm, and then the smuggling party fired, and shot me in both things; I do not know the prisoner.

Cross-examined by MR. PHILLIPS. Q.Could you distinguish the smugglers from the preventive men? A. Yes, because they sang out to me to keep off, and as I would not they shot me directly; I could see our party; they were not then huddled with the smugglers - there had been a good many shots fired before that; some smugglers carry tubs on sticks or poles, and some on their shoulders - I was not near enough to see how they carried these.

MR. ATTORNEY-GENERAL. Q.Did the smugglers and the preventive party continue separate? A. I did not see our party; they were eastward, and I was west with four or five others - they were on one side the smugglers, and I on the other; I was with another young man - the wound did not make me insensible; I remained on the ground about three-quarters of an hour.

HENRY BEST. I am a commission-boatman on the Coast guard service. I was on the Camber station on the 1st of February; I was on the beach a little before twelve o'clock with a man named Holtman - I saw a boat coming in rather to the west of us; I went up to her - when she struck the beach four or five men, who were in her, were washed overboard or jumped out; two swam eastward and two west - I saw tubs in the boat, and drove those men towards the boat again to prevent their landing; I fired a first and second pistol in the air for our men to come up, and the men who were with me fired one pistol - this was the first firing; I saw persons assemble on the beach - after I had drawn the men back they came right over the full of the beach; the full is much higher than below - there were about fifty persons - when I first saw them they were armed; five or six of them had muskets: after our alarm pistols were fired there was firing from the full of the beach, both east and west - Captain Parry and Edward White were in an opposite direction to me- one east and the other west; the firing was to prevent

our coming to take the goods; the men were carrying the goods between the two lines - Captain Parry , White, and Holtman were shot, and the men all assembled round me - there were four of them; one with a musket and three with bats - they beat me till they thought I was dead; I was not altogether stunned - the firing, after our signals, proceeded from the smuggling party; they were the first who fired in a hostile manner.

Cross-examined by MR. PHILLIPS. Q.When you fired the signals, was there any body that you saw about except the boatman? A. No; the other party were not in sight - I do not suppose they could see for what purpose I fired; I was one of the first who went up to the boat -I went within three yards of it; Holtman was with me -I did not hear the men offer to give up the tubs; I heard nothing of the kind - there was a heavy sea running; I suppose about fifty men were carrying tubs away on their backs; I never saw them carry them on poles - I have been about five months in the service; I saw some of them with sticks, but what for I cannot tell; I do not know that I saw the prisoner there.

JAMES DONCASTER . I am chief-boatman of the coast guard, at Camber. I got to the beach between twelve and one o'clock in the morning of the 2nd of February; the affray was then over - I found twenty-six tubs in the boat; I delivered them on board the Enchantress, Captain Lew, about four o'clock that afternoon - I received them back from him on the 4th of February, and delivered them to Edward Hide, the London waiter, at the Customs.

HENRY PEDON LEW. I am a landing waiter at Rye. I received twenty-six tubs from Doncaster - they are halfankers, and contain foreign brandy; I deposited them in the Custom-house - they contained eighty-five gallons.

JAMES CHRISTIAN PILES . I am a labourer at Rye. Some days before the 1st of February, I was applied to to get about thirty men, which I undertook; I do not know that it was said what they were wanted for; on the 1st of February the person asked if I would go and get those men, and order them to be at Gold's-hill-bridge by seven o'clock that evening; I went and told them to go, and every man appeared according to his time - the same person met them at the bridge; I went with them from there to a barn at Smith's farm - that is not near the coast; we were ordered to stop there till a man came to take us to where we were to go; we found some more people there - the man came and took us down to where the goods were run at the Camber station, within a few rods of the spot; we were ordered to lay down at some distance before we got to the coast, in the next place to the full - the full being between us and the sea - we laid there; I should think there were sixty or seventy of us; some laid down and some walked about - the full is higher than a man's head in some places; we laid there about an hour - and about half-past eleven o'clock I heard the report of a pistol or something; we were then ordered to go forward to the full to get the goods - there was more firing before we got there, and when we got to the full, there was a great deal of firing - a great many of us retreated; there were people behind us to keep us from going away, persuading us not to retreat - I knew the prisoner very well before that - I saw him that night two or three fields from the full; I saw him at the first place we stopped at; he had a bat in his hand - I did not see him on the full; there were other people with bats - the prisoner was with the men with bats, and took part in keeping the men from running away without the goods; he did nothing else - he kept his bat before them, and persuaded them not to go away without the goods; I did not see him strike any one - the firing ceased a little then; one George Booth said, "They won't hurt you, for the firing comes from our own people;" the company were not then so much afraid, and went on to the sea side - this was the labourers - I saw more than six men with guns; a great many tubs were carried away - there were a great many on the beach, and some floating in the water; the men took them up, slung them on their backs, and carried them away; the armed men fired, and kept the preventive men off, else they would have hindered them - after we delivered the tubs, the person who engaged me gave me an order to get refreshment at the Bell, at Iden, and we got it there.

Cross-examined by MR. PHILLIPS. Q. I take it for granted you did not know there would be any blood shed on the occasion? A. No; I did not know there was to be any firing or arms; the prisoner had no fire-arms - he was one of those to prevent the men running away; I did not see him go over the full at all - if the company had known they were to be armed they would not have gone near them; I have lived in the neighbourhood fourteen years -I have only been lawfully married once; I was married against my will when I was nineteen - the woman ran away; I do not know whether she is dead or not; I have since married again - I have gone by my mother's name, which is White, as I did not wish the other woman to know where I was; I am a labourer - I have not been a smuggler further than labouring; I have done that about six times - they gave me the nick-name of Christian, and I have answered to it; I have been in the army, but was never taken as a deserter - I was in Battle prison for fourteen days, charged as a vagabond; I was charged once with poaching, and paid 5l. for it - I was not in prison for that - I have been in prison at other times for drunkenness; I have not been in prison for any thing else.

MR. ATTORNEY GENERAL. Q. Were the parish officers present at your marriage? A. Yes, they took me there; I had a family born before I was married.

THOMAS BASHFORD. I am a labourer, and live at Brook-land, in Kent. I know Thomas Hyland, who lived at Iden; he came on the 1st of February to ask if I could get him a few people - I engaged ten; the prisoner was not one of them: I met him and another about half a mile before I got to the sea; they had long bats in their hands; I had not engaged the other men - I went to the sea-side, and saw some tubs brought away; the prisoner stood there to keep the company from going over the sheep-pen fence; I was there about a quarter of an hour; when the company left (Noakes was with them) they went towards the sea; we stopped in the full a little while - we went to the sea-side for about three-quarters of an hour; the last place I saw the prisoner at was at the full; he got in before the company, with the bat, to prevent them running back; the bat was seven or eight feet long, and thicker than my wrist - I got some tubs, and carried them a little way over the full, but not far, as I got wounded in the knee, and

went into the blue sheep-house, where people get shelter in wet weather.

Cross-examined by MR. PHILLIPS. Q. Where have you come from? A. From the prison; I was taken on the 27th of March, charged as one of the party; Piles was another; I was taken before a Magistrate, at Bow-street, on the 28th, and carried to prison; nobody appeared against me there; I was taken to Bow-street again on the 6th of April - they asked if I knew any of the people: I was produced as a witness, I suppose -I was asked by a man in prison if I would split; he did not tell me of reward; I have heard of such a thing, but did not know whether it was right or wrong - I saw no paper about it, and do not expect any part of it; I have done this to get my liberty, and to save being tried myself - I would not have gone if I had thought there was to be any firing; the company had no notion of it.

THOMAS FARMER. I am a bricklayer, and live at Iden. I was at the Bell on the 1st of February, or within a day or two of that - I cannot say the day; I remember about four o'clock in the morning, after I had been at the Bell, hearing some persons going by my house - I looked through my window to see who it was, in consequence of what I heard at the Bell; I suppose thirty or forty men were going by towards the Bell - it was too dark for me to see if they had any thing; I was at the Bell again two or three evenings after this, and saw the prisoner there - the landlord told him they kept coming for their allowance, and he did not know who should have it, and who should not; that John Stonham had been - Noakes said he was to have his allowance, for he went down and got his tubs like a man; about the 22nd of March I saw the prisoner again - there was a conversation about one another being afraid of being taken, and he said he himself had the biggest right to be afraid, for he called the fire-arm men, and went down with them and brought away a pair of tubs.

Cross-examined by MR. PHILLIPS. Q. Is the landlord here? A. I have not seen him; I know of nothing to prevent his coming - I gave information of this conversation, on Friday last, at the Custom-house, and told a gentleman of it about a month afterwards; my reason for for doing so was, that this running of goods is getting to too big a pitch, and I thought it ought to be stopped - that was my chief reason; that and the fire-arms is my only reason - I have seen a reward stuck up; I do not know how much it is, as I cannot read - there were three rewards, but I cannot tell what they were; one was 200l., I think - I remember one of 1000l.; I heard this before I went to the Custom-house - I cannot say whether it was before I told the gentleman of this; I had 3l. given me to pay my expences up here, by the officer of the Customs at Rye; I have received perhaps 10l. at different times -I cannot say what it was for; if gentlemen give me money, I receive it - I will not swear he has not given me 15l. or 20l.; I swear it was not 30l. - I received 1l. or 2l. at a time; I have agreed for nothing - I expect my passage to be paid back, and no doubt they will give me a trifle.

MR. ATTORNEY-GENERAL. Q. Is all the money you received, on account of taking up this man? A. No, not all, I had given information about some goods.


17th May 1832
Reference Numbert18320517-22
VerdictNot Guilty

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1145. WILLIAM HICKS was indicted for stealing, on the 18th of May , 1 gelding, price 2l. , the property of William Basterfield .

WILLIAM BASTERFIELD. I live at Turnham-green , and sell oranges . On the 18th of May, 1831, about ten o'clock in the morning, I missed a roan horse; I found it at Monk's stable, in Whitechapel, between ten and eleven that day, in possession of Rich.

CHARLES RICH. I was in Monk's employ. I bought this horse and another that morning of Godwin, who has been convicted - nobody was with him.


17th May 1832
Reference Numbert18320517-23
VerdictNot Guilty

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1146. WILLIAM HICKS was again indicted for stealing, on the 18th of May , 1 gelding, price 4l. , the property of John Becks .

JOHN BECKS. I live at Acton-green . About six o'clock in the morning of the 18th of May, 1831, I lost a black mare off the green - I had seen it safe the night before; I found it in Monk's possession on the 26th.

CHARLES RICH. I bought that black horse about ten o'clock on the morning of the 18th of May, of Godwin.

JAMES FARREN. I am a Policeman. On the morning of the 18th of May, about five o'clock, I saw the prisoner go up to Beck's black horse; he took hold of it, and drove it away - he was with Godwin; they drove it away together; but the prisoner being in the neighbourhood, and having seen him working in the garden a few days before, I thought Beck had sold it to Godwin, and had no suspicion.

GEORGE STAPLES. On the 18th of May, between seven and eight o'clock in the morning, I saw the two horses go by; one was black and the other roan - one man was behind them, and the other by the side; I cannot be positive whether the prisoner was one.

ROBERT WHITE. I was going up Barrow-lane, and met the prisoner and another following Mr. Beck's horse down; they were about one hundred and fifty yards from where I had seen Farren - I am certain of the prisoner, as I knew him before; he lived at Turnham-green - I had no suspicion of him, supposing the other had bought the horse of Beck.

Prisoner. Q.How far were you from me? A. Not five yards - I asked if you had seen my pony; you said it was down the lane, and I found it there.

Prisoner's Defence. It is not feasible I should steal a horse where the people knew me so well.


17th May 1832
Reference Numbert18320517-24
VerdictGuilty > with recommendation

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1147. WILLIAM SMITH was indicted for stealing, on the 14th of May , 1 umbrella, value 10s. , the goods of Peter Cameron .

PETER CAMERON. I live at Blackheath. On the 14th of May, between twelve and one o'clock, I went to the Jerusalem coffee-house , and went out for half an hour, leaving my umbrella there in a case; on my return it was gone; I found it at Guildhall, and the case still on it - I had not seen the prisoner then.

ALEXANDER MILLER . I am waiter at the Jerusalem coffee-house. I did not see the prisoner enter, but saw him before he got the length of the room; he went and took a newspaper, then went and sat in another part of the

room, where he could see who went in and out; I afterwards saw him go out with this umbrella - I am certain he brought none in with him; I directly followed him into the Royal Exchange; he then took the cover off the umbrella, and put it into his pocket; he then opened the umbrella, examined it, and closed it again - I followed him down Cornhill, behind the Mansion-house, into Cannon-street, to Queen-street and Cheapside; I then met Joyce, who took him; I asked if he had been to the Jerusalem coffee-house that morning; he said he had not; I asked if he had a case to the umbrella; he said No - Joyce found it in his pocket; he ran from Joyce as far as Garlick-hill, and was taken without getting out of sight - ours is a subscription coffee-house, and no strangers and admitted - it is my business to see who comes in; I was left alone, but I thought I would watch him, in consequence of what passed before.

WILLIAM JOYCE . I am a street-keeper. Miller spoke to me - I tapped the prisoner on the shoulder in Bow-lane - he denied having been to the coffee-house, or having a cover to the umbrella - I found the cover in his pocket, and said I must take him; he darted from me, and ran three or four hundred yards - I am sure he is the man.(Property produced and sworn to.)

The prisoner put in a written Defence, stating that his distressed situation had caused him to have recourse to liquor, which he must have been under the influence of, if he committed the offence.

GUILTY . Aged 31.

Recommended to Mercy. - Confined Two Months .

17th May 1832
Reference Numbert18320517-25
VerdictNot Guilty

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1148. HENRY BENNETT was indicted for stealing, on the 10th of April , 1 handkerchief, value 2s., the goods of Elizabeth Smith George , from her person .

JOHN MOORE. I am a warehouseman and live in Cheapside. On the 10th of April, about noon, I saw the prisoner in Cheapside , in company with others: I was in the street, about ten feet from him, and saw three ladies walking together - I saw the prisoner and his companions go close to them; I could not see what was done, but soon afterwards I saw a handkerchief on the pavement - it was picked up by a gentleman, and given to Miss George, who claimed it- I took hold of the prisoner, on suspicion that he had cut the lady's reticule, he being close to them.

Q. Was any one but him and his companions near enough to have cut it? A.Several were passing; a gentleman came out of a house, and crossed over - I cannot say whether he was near enough - another person passed between the prisoner and the lady soon after: when I laid hold of the prisoner he said nothing - I went to the lady, and saw her reticule had been cut; she claimed the handkerchief - the prisoner was then in custody; his companions went away.

JAMES ADAMSON. I am one of the City patrol. Moore gave the prisoner into my charge - I had not seen him before - I have Miss George's handkerchief; she claimed it -I do not know who gave it to me in the confusion; I searched the prisoner, and found this knife in his pocket - it has a buck-born handle.

ELIZABETH SMITH GEORGE. This is my reticule. I was walking with two ladies; it was entire then, and had a handkerchief in it - I afterwards saw the handkerchief and reticule before the Magistrate.

Prisoner's Defence. I have been four months out of work, and throw myself on your mercy.


17th May 1832
Reference Numbert18320517-26

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1149. ROBERT GRIFFITHS was indicted for stealing, on the 12th of April , 36 lbs. of brass wire, value 25s. , the goods of William Matthews and another.

MR. BARRY conducted the prosecution.

WILLIAM BENJAMIN CURTIS. I live in Miles-lane , and am in the employ of Mr. William Matthews and another. I was working in their warehouse on the 12th of April; Richard Baker was with me - this wire was deposited in the first floor back room; the prisoner worked on that floor, four or five yards from the room - property has been missed at different times; Baker called me out about four o'clock that afternoon: I saw the prisoner coming down Miles-lane, from the premises - there is a cistern in the room he worked in; we followed him to Princes-street, by the Bank - I then went and asked where he was going; he seemed confused, and said, "Going, going? I am going home;" I said he had something which did not belong to him, and told him to go on with it to where he was going - he went a little way, and then said, "Do you think I have any thing belonging to you?" I said, "I think you have"- I collared him, put my hand in his bosom, and pulled out two pieces of wire, which weighed about 4 lb.; I felt that he had got more, and I said, "You have more - go and take it to where you were going with it;" he would not go on - I said, "If you don't I shall take you to the Mansion-house;" Baker came up, and said, "You scoundrell, you have been robbing Mr. Curtis to a great extent,"- he then said it was the first time; the property was not mine, it was Mr. Matthews', but I have some property on the premises; three parcels of wire were found on him - it was wet; Mr. Matthews and I went to the the cistern in the room where the prisoner worked, and found part of a ring of wire there, corresponding with what he had about him, and about 35 lbs. of copper; the cistern was not the proper place to deposit it - there were 3 cwt. or 4 cwt. of the same kind of wire in that room.

RICHARD BAKER. I live in Newcastle-court, Strand. I and Curtis followed the prisoner from the premises in Miles'-lane; I saw the wire taken from the cistern - it corresponds with that taken from the prisoner, which was wet.

RICHARD BARRETT. I am an officer. I took the prisoner into custody; I found three bundles of wire in his hat, and three about his person; Curtis gave me two.

GUILTY . Aged 35. - Confined Two Months .

17th May 1832
Reference Numbert18320517-27
VerdictsGuilty; Guilty

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1150. ELIZABETH TOOTELL was indicted for stealing, on the 5th of April , 1 spoon, value 4s., the goods of Samuel Sabine Edkins , her master .

MR. SAMUEL SABINE EDKINS . I am a silversmith , and live in Salisbury-square - I keep a private warehouse ; the prisoner was upwards of five years in my service. On the 12th of April I had reason to suspect her, and on searching her box found sixty-four duplicates; I went to the pawnbroker, and have selected two cases - I found this spoon at Cotterell's, in Shoe-lane; it was in domestic use - I have not the slightest doubt of its being mine - it is marked E.; I do not know whether the duplicate of this was found in her box or on her person.

JAMES PERKINS . I am in the employ of Mr. Cotterell, of Shoe-lane. On the 5th of April the prisoner pawned this silver tea-spoon for 1s. 6d. - I know her well, having had other transactions with her. Mr. Edkins produced the duplicate, and claimed the spoon.

CHARLES JOHN EAGLETON . I am the ward-beadle. The prisoner gave me the duplicate of this spoon out of a dresser drawer, when she was charged with robbing her master.

JAMES PERKINS. This is the duplicate I gave her - it is in the name of Eliza Williams, Bride-lane.(Property produced and sworn to.)

GUILTY . Aged 34.

1151. ELIZABETH TOOTELL was again indicted for stealing, on the 12th of April , 1 spoon, value 30s., the goods of Samuel Sabine Edkins , her master .

SAMUEL SABINE EDKINS. The prisoner came to me with a good character; the duplicate of this gravy-spoon was found either in her box or on her person - I found it in pledge at Mr. Fleming's,; it has my initials on it.

GEORGE HEWSON . I am in the employ of Mr. Fleming, pawnbroker, of Farringdon-street; the prisoner pawned this spoon with me, on the 12th of April, for 1l., in the name of Ann Williams, Bride-lane - I am certain of her; I have had several transactions with her.

CHARLES JOHN EAGLETON . The prisoner gave me the duplicate of this spoon from the dresser drawer.(Property produced and sworn to.)

GUILTY . Aged 34. - Transported for Fourteen Years .

17th May 1832
Reference Numbert18320517-28

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1152. THOMAS SMITH was indicted for stealing, on the 30th of April , 1 handkerchief, value 3s., the goods of Robert Bradford , from his person .

ROBERT BRADFORD. I am a surgeon , and live in Fleet-street. On the 30th of April, about one o'clock in the day, I was in Cheapside , a few doors from Queen-street - I felt something at my pocket; I turned round, and saw the prisoner putting something into his breast - he appeared to have a companion with him; I seized him directly - his companion followed him to Guildhall, but I have not seen him since; on my collaring the prisoner, and charging him with it, he took the handkerchief from his breast, and gave it to me - he struggled very hard to get away, and dragged me some way down Queen-street - at last some gentleman came to my assistance and secured him.

HENRY HODGES . I was on duty in Cheapside; I received some information, and found the prisoner in custody in Queen-street with the handkerchief.(Property produced and sworn to.)

Prisoner's Defence. I was coming along Cheapside; the handkerchief fell at my feet - I picked it up, and put it into my breast; I gave it to the gentleman directly he asked for it - I had been only ten days in London, and had nobody with me.

GUILTY . Aged 40. - Transported for Life .

17th May 1832
Reference Numbert18320517-29
SentenceCorporal > whipping

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1153. DAVID JONES was indicted for stealing, on the 10th of April , 1 chrystal vase, value 20s. , the goods of Hyman Collins .

HYMAN COLLINS. I live in St. James'-street , and am a picture-dealer . On the 10th of April my wife alarmed me - I went out, and saw the prisoner three doors off, walking away; I had not seen him in my shop; I brought him back, and asked what he wanted in my shop; he said, "A situation;" I then asked what he had in his hand - he hesitated; I found he had this chrystal vase, which he had taken off the mantel-piece.

GUILTY . Aged 13. - Whipped and Discharged .

17th May 1832
Reference Numbert18320517-30
VerdictGuilty; Guilty
SentenceCorporal > whipping

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1154. WILLIAM GREEN and ROBERT SIMPSON were indicted for stealing, on the 27th of April , 6 brooches, value 6s., and 1 pair of clasps, value 1s. , the goods of Isaac Solomon .

GEORGE ELLIS (Police-constable C 66). I was on duty on the 27th of April, at a quarter before seven o'clock - I saw the two prisoners at the prosecutor's shop window; and saw Green's hand in the glass-case; I took hold of him - he dropped an article down the area; I told Mr. Solomon; he went down, and found this brooch; Hack took Simpson, and found on him four brooches and a pair of clasps.

WILLIAM HACK (Police-constable C 34). I was with Ellis - I saw Green's hand in the case, and he gave something to Simpson - I found on Simpson these four brooches, and this pair of clasps.

ISAAC SOLOMON. I keep the shop ; these articles are all mine - I found this brooch in the area.

The prisoners put in a written Defence, stating that they had not broken the glass, but finding it broken, they were tempted to take the goods.

MR. SOLOMON. The glass was broken, but not out of the window - I have heard a good character of the prisoners.

GREEN - GUILTY . Aged 12.


Whipped and Discharged .

17th May 1832
Reference Numbert18320517-31
VerdictNot Guilty

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1155. THOMAS DUNN was indicted for stealing, on the 21st of March , 1 coat, value 50s. , the goods of Henry George Hall .

HENRY GEORGE HALL. I drive a cab . On the 21st of March I was in Gerrard-street , and left a coat on the dickey of my cab while I went into a coffee-shop; I came out in a quarter of an hour, and missed it - about a fortnight afterwards I was in Oxford-street, and saw the prisoner with my coat on; he just spoke to me, and went away with his hackney-coach - I saw him again the next day with the coat on his arm; I then had him taken - I had not seen him near the cab.

JOHN PALMER . I made Hall a coat; but if this is it, it has been much altered.


17th May 1832
Reference Numbert18320517-32
VerdictGuilty > with recommendation

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1156. EDWARD FLYNN was indicted for stealing, on the 21st of February , 1 ring, value 20s., and 1 handkerchief, value 3s., the goods of Henry Whitmore , his master .

HENRY WHITMORE. I am a surgeon , and live in Bath-street, Clerkenwell - the prisoner was my errand-boy . In October last I took off a gold ring and laid it in the shop while I washed my hands; when I had done I could not find it - the prisoner assisted me to look for it, but it could not be found; I afterwards missed some handkerchiefs, and had the prisoner taken.

RICHARD BAYLIS (Police-constable G 67). I took the prisoner, and went to his mother's, where he lodged - I opened a box there with a key which I took from him; I found in it a duplicate of a ring and one of a handkerchief, and three others.

JOSEPH TURNER. I live with a pawnbroker. I have a ring, pawned at our house, in the name of Williams - I did not take it in; this is the counter duplicate.

WILLIAM MURDOCK. I am a pawnbroker. I have a handkerchief, pawned on the 21st of February, by the prisoner.

Cross-examined by MR. LEE. Q. Did you take it in? A. Yes; I had not known the prisoner before - I have a doubt whether he is the person, but I believe he is.

MR. WHITMORE. This is my ring - it has my initials on it.

Cross-examined by MR. LEE. Q.Did not the prisoner's mother come for his linen? A. I have understood she has done so.

JURY. Q. Did any person come into the shop after you missed the ring? A. I cannot say.

GUILTY . Aged 18.

Recommended to Mercy. - Confined Three Months .

17th May 1832
Reference Numbert18320517-33
SentenceNo Punishment > sentence respited

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1157. FREDERICK RICHARDSON was indicted for embezzlement .

MR. LEE conducted the prosecution.

JOSEPH RADFORD . I am a linen-draper , and live in Holborn . In August last the prisoner was in my service, as collecting clerk - he was to receive money, and to pay it over to the cash clerk at the end of the week.

MARY ANN NEYE . I had dealt with the prosecutor, and on the 16th of August I paid the prisoner 8s. on his master's account; he put his initials on the bill.

MARY SWAN. I dealt with the prosecutor, and on the 16th of August I paid the prisoner 7s. for his master - he gave me a receipt for it on the bill.

WILLIAM TRESS. I am in the prosecutor's employ. -On the 19th of August I went round the prisoner's beat to collect money; I collected from different persons 2l. 7s. 6d., which I gave to the prisoner.

CHARLES JAMES BIRT. I am cash-clerk to the prosecutor. The prisoner was to pay me every Saturday all the monies he had received; the last I received from him was on the 13th of August, and I think the last time I saw him was on the Friday afterwards, which was the 19th - he left that day without notice; I did not see him again till last Wednesday three weeks, when I met him in the Strand: I said to him, "How came you to commit such an act as this, you must be sure it would be found out?" he said, "My father was in great difficulties;" I said, "I understand you have been in the country;" he said, "Yes, I have" - these initials on the bills are in his writing.

One witness gave the prisoner a good character.

GUILTY. Aged 19. - Judgment Respited .

There was another indictment against the prisoner.

17th May 1832
Reference Numbert18320517-34
VerdictGuilty; Guilty

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1158. WILLIAM HENRY BARNARD and WILLIAM GOODMAN were indicted for stealing, on the 6th of April , 3 silver table-spoons, value 2l. , the goods of John Augustus Thrupp .

ALICE DEANE. I am servant to John Augustus Thrupp ; he lives in Spanish-place, Manchester-square . On the 7th of April I was at home, with another servant; there came a double knock at the door about half-past twelve o'clock - I went, and saw the two prisoners, who were strangers; Goodman asked if Mr. Thrupp was at home; I said No - he then asked if Mrs. Thrupp was; I said No; he asked if it would be long before they returned - I said in half an hour or an hour; Barnard said,"You had better leave your name;" they both came into the hall, and asked me to lend them a pen and ink; I fetched one from the front parlour, leaving them in the hall; then Goodman asked me for a piece of paper - I brought the paper, and they went into the dining-room; I said, "Write it here at the side-board" - Goodman then wrote "Mr. White," and they went away; master came home soon after, and what he said caused me to look, and I missed the three spoons from the dining-room.

Cross-examined by MR. CLARKSON. Q.Did you hear your master say that he had had money from the prisoners? A. No; he has got the spoons back - he has got back all that he lost; I had not seen Goodman before - I do not know how soon I saw him afterwards.

COURT. Q.How long altogether were they with you? A. Not more than five minutes - I am sure of them both.

JAMES PICKET. I live with Mr. Gofton, a pawnbroker. I have three spoons, which were pawned by Barnard, on the 7th of April; Goodman was standing in the second box from him at the time.

Cross-examined. Q. Have you ever said you were sure of Barnard, but not of Goodman? A. No; I took the spoons to Queen-square, but the prosecutor had them in his possession before that, for he threatened us with an action of trover, and we applied to the Magistrate about it - these are the same spoons.

JAMES McCARTHY (Police-constable T 115). I took the prisoner on the 16th of April.

JOHN -. I am Mr. Thrupp's servant - these are his spoons.

Cross-examined. Q. Did your master go before the Magistrate? A.Not in my presence; he did not attend to prosecute this case; I swear that I do not know that he has received from the prisoners any money; I have not heard him say he would not prosecute; I know the spoons by the crest and the initials - I have been there eight years.

Goodman's Defence. I beg to state, that my fellow prisoner and myself are totally unacquainted with each other.

MR. CLARKSON called.

MR. JOHN AUGUSTUS THRUPP . I am the prosecutor -I have not received any money to forego this prosecution; I had some money brought to me by the parents of Goodman; I cannot swear to the amount, but it was something less than the articles came to; the prisoners were in custody at the time - I believe it was not quite so much as 7l. 19s.; it was between 7l. and 8l.; I have paid about half-a-crown more than I received for them - I did redeem them; I did threaten the pawnbroker with an action of trover before the prisoners were apprehended, and before I received the money - I had given half the money they were pawned for, when they were returned to me; I applied the money I received to the redemption of the property.

COURT. Q. Did you apply to the parties? A. No; they applied to me; I have not promised to forgive this felony - I got: the spoons by a threat of an action of trover, and some time afterwards I saw an account that the prisoners were in custody - I sent my servant to see them; Goodman's mother came to me to intercede for him - I found his family was in great distress, and he has expressed great contrition; I did not wish to prosecute, but as the spoons had been sworn to by my servant, I could not compromise my own character.



Transported for Seven Years .

17th May 1832
Reference Numbert18320517-35

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1159. WILLIAM HENRY BARNARD was again indicted for stealing, on the 11th of February , 1 watch, value 4l. , the goods of Ann Hutchins .

ANN HUTCHINS. I am single , and live in Newman-street . On the 11th of February the prisoner came, about three o'clock in the afternoon, to look at my apartments; my servant showed him up stairs - he said he wanted them for a lady and gentleman, and said he should come again in the evening, or on Monday morning; I had to let a sitting-room and two bed-rooms - I went out in the evening, and in the meantime the prisoner came again; I returned at twenty minutes before nine, and then my watch was gone, which I had seen safe at eight o'clock, in the back room; I am sure he is the person - the watch has not been found.

MARIA MARSHALL. I am servant to the prosecutrix. I was at home when the prisoner first came, and am sure he is the person; he came again in the evening when my mistress was out, and asked if she was at home - I said No; he then asked if I would allow him to look at the bed-rooms, to see if there was a cupboard in them - I said there was; I went up to the room with him - he then asked me to let him sit down till my mistress came home, which he did; I went down, leaving a young lady in the room with him - in about ten minutes he sent her down for a glass of water, and as she was going up again she met the prisoner on the stairs, and he went out - he had left a card with me, with the name of Mr. Clint on it.

MARY ANN BAKER . I was left in the room with the prisoner - he sent me to get him a glass of water; I went for it, and as I was going up again with it, I met him going down stairs - I had seen the watch in the room at eight o'clock; when the prosecutrix came home she missed the watch - I had not missed it.

JAMES McCARTHY. (Police-constable, T. 115.) I took the prisoner; the watch has not been found.

Prisoner. I was not aware of this charge coming on, and am not prepared for it.

GUILTY . Aged 26.

Transported for Seven Years, to commence from the expiration of his former Sentence .

17th May 1832
Reference Numbert18320517-36

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1160. THOMAS WRIGHT was indicted for stealing, on the 17th of April , 34 lbs. weight of wax candles, value 4l., the goods of George Hamilton Chichester , Esq. , commonly called Earl of Belfast , his master .

THOMAS DAVIS. I was house-steward to George Hamilton Chichester , Esq., Earl of Belfast. I left his service on the 12th of March last - the prisoner succeeded me in that capacity; I gave him an inventory of the various articles which had been in my care, and among the rest was twenty-one papers, containing 6 lbs. each of wax candles; on the 17th of April Lord Belfast sent for me - the prisoner had then left his service; I looked at the inventory, and upon calculating the consumption of the house, a great number of candles were missing - I found a bill of some tallow candles and some soap had from Mr. Tucker; I went there, and found some wax candles, which I believe were what I had left at Lord Belfast's.

Prisoner. Q.How long afterwards did you go to Mr. Tucker's? A. I think on the Thursday following, which was two days after the prisoner had left.

HENRY GOODEVE. I am porter to Mr. Tucker, a tallow-chandler, in South Molton-street. In consequence of some directions which I received from Pavey, I went to Lord Belfast's on the 17th of April; I saw a bricklayer, and asked for the butler - the prisoner came to the door - he asked what I came for; I said from Mr. Tucker's for the wax-ends - he went towards the door, and asked if I would have a pint of beer; I made no answer - he said, "Don't be a d-d fool, have a pint," which I did - he then went back; I went with him - we went to the steward's room, and he pulled open two drawers, and said"These are the wax-ends;" I saw they were entire candles - we put them into the basket, and I took them to Mr. Tucker - there were 34 lbs. of them; I delivered them to Pavey, and said I thought it was not all right - he said he thought so too; on the Thursday following I was ordered to take them back again to Lord Belfast's, and Clements the officer took them; they were the same candles - they had not been moved from the basket.

Prisoner. Q. At what time did you come for them? A. A little before ten o'clock in the morning; I did not go to another door before I saw you; you did not say that you supposed I should have been more cautions, nor did I say I fetched as good candles from other houses.

RICHARD PAVEY. I am shopman to Mr. Tucker. On the 9th of April I bought 8 lbs. of wax-ends of the prisoner for 10s. 8d., and on the 17th I sent the porter to Lord Belfast's, on seeing the entry in the order book, but I did not make the order, and do not know who gave it; the porter brought me back 34 lbs. of candles, and said he did not think it was all right - I was of the same opinion, and put the candles aside; they were given to the officer.

Prisoner. I saw this man in the shop while I was making the bargain with John Tucker to send for them the next day.

JOHN TUCKER. I am not master of the shop, but I live there. On the 16th of April the prisoner came and desired me to send to Lord Belfast's the next morning - he asked if I could send at nine o'clock; I said I would inquire, which I did of the man below, and entered the order in the book; I saw the basket when it was brought- we agreed that the candles should not be touched, as they were not wax-ends.

JOSHUA FREDERICK CLEMENTS. I am a Police-constable. I received the candles on the 19th, and took the prisoner on the Monday; while I was taking him to Marlborough-street office he said he took the candles to

sell, to pay a little bill he owed to an under butler, and if I went to a house in Clarence-garden, I should find some pieces which he had broken off the first candles he had sold; I went there, and found them.

WILLIAM BODEY. I am under butler to Lord Belfast. The prisoner was house steward; I used to receive one pair of candles a day from him, but no more.

LORD BELFAST. The prisoner was my house steward; I certainly never allowed whole candles to be sold by any of my servants.

Prisoner. I leave it to the mercy of the Court.

GUILTY . Aged 40. - Transported for Fourteen Years .

17th May 1832
Reference Numbert18320517-37
VerdictGuilty > with recommendation

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1161. PATRICK CASEY was indicted for stealing, on the 12th of April , 1 handkerchief, value 3s., the goods of Thomas Johnston , from his person .

THOMAS JOHNSTON . On the 12th of April I was out, and had a handkerchief in my pocket; I felt it taken - I turned, and saw the prisoner within a yard of me; he began to run - I followed: he threw down my handkerchief, and I took it up - this is it; the officer took the prisoner.

GUILTY . Aged 14.

Recommended to Mercy by the Prosecutor.

Transported for Seven Years .

17th May 1832
Reference Numbert18320517-38

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1162. JOHN BUCKMASTER was indicted for stealing, on the 7th of April , 25 yards of printed cotton, value 12s. 6d. , the goods of Charles Francis Miller .

WILLIAM SMEE. Mr. Charles Francis Miller is a linen-draper , and lives in Old-street , directly opposite to me. -On the 7th of April I was at my own house, and saw the prisoner and another person go to the prosecutor's, and take this piece of printed cotton from an iron rail at his door; the prisoner took it; I pursued, and took him about one hundred yards off, with the print, which he threw down.

CHARLES FRANCIS MILLER . I keep the shop - this print is mine; it is marked.

GUILTY . Aged 17. - Confined Three Months .

17th May 1832
Reference Numbert18320517-39

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1163. FRANCIS CASEY was indicted for stealing, on the 7th of May , 2 trowels, value 4s., the goods of Richard Taylor ; and 5 chisels, value 4s. , the goods of Joseph Goodwin .

RICHARD TAYLOR. I am a bricklayer . I lost these two trowels from No. 2, Charing-cross , where I was repairing a house; I left them in a drawer in the kitchen, on the 5th of May, and on Monday, the 7th, when I went, they were gone.

JOHN GOODWIN. I am a stone-mason . I lost these five iron chisels from the same place - I missed them on the Monday.

SAMUEL WISE (Police-constable A 86.) I was going past this house about one o'clock on the Monday morning; I heard a noise: I waited, and saw the door shake - I opened it, went in, and found the prisoner with these tools in his pocket.

The prisoner pleaded poverty.

GUILTY . Aged 19. - Confined Six Weeks .

17th May 1832
Reference Numbert18320517-40

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1164. JOHN CRAWLEY was indicted for stealing, on the 8th of April , 14 live tame rabbits, value 10s. , the goods of Samuel Haynes .

EDWARD JONES (Police-constable D 16.) On Sunday night, the 8th of April, I met the prisoner in Orchard-street, at a quarter before twelve o'clock - he had a bag; I asked where he was going with it; he said to Leadenhall-market, and it had some rabbits in it, which he brought from Oxford-buildings - I asked him how he knew what was in it; he said a man told him so, who gave it him to carry - I made inquiry, and found the prosecutor.

SAMUEL HAYNES. I am a smith . These rabbits were mine; I gave the description of them - they correspond exactly with what I lost; I had seen them safe in the kitchen on the Sunday morning - the prisoner must have got through some bars which I had put up.

GUILTY . Aged 22. - Transported for Seven Years .

17th May 1832
Reference Numbert18320517-41
VerdictGuilty > with recommendation
SentenceMiscellaneous > fine

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1165. MARY ANN DILLON was indicted for stealing, on the 17th of April , 1 counterpane, value 15s. , the goods of Benjamin Hall .

BENJAMIN HALL. I live in Vine-street, Westminster . I lost a counterpane from there.

ELIZABETH CROSS . I live in Westminster. I have known the prisoner ever since since I can remember; she brought a counterpane on the 17th of April, and asked me to let her leave it with me - the officer has it.(Property produced and sworn to.)

JURY to MR. HALL. Q.Where had the counterpane been? A. In a basket in our back yard; the person who took it must have got over a fence seven or eight feet high, but there is a dust-bin on one side, and a step on the other - it could be got over very easily.

GUILTY . Aged 19.

Recommended to Mercy by the Jury.

Fined One Shilling, and Discharged .

17th May 1832
Reference Numbert18320517-42
VerdictGuilty > with recommendation

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1166. CHRISTOPHER ELLIS was indicted for stealing, on the 16th of April , 4 pairs of spurs, value 18s., and 1 comb, value 4d., the goods of James Reynolds , his master .

JAMES REYNOLDS . I am a saddler and harness maker . The prisoner was lately in my service; I considered him honest; I got him a situation, and from what I heard from the gentleman he went to, I found out this; I had seen this property safe in my window, and missed two or three pairs of spurs from there on the 16th of April; I do not know whether the prisoner came to London on that day; but I found I was robbed, and during his absence I had the stable searched, but found nothing.

Cross-examined by MR. CLARKSON. Q. Did you obtain from him information of what he had taken, in consequence of your offering to forgive him? A. I made the proposition to him, but he would not tell me of any - I found a great number of things; I knew I was robbed, and I had some of my men searched; I considered the prisoner rather as a check upon them - I have no doubt but that he is reclaimable.

JAMES GRIFFITHS. I am a constable. I took the prisoner on the 16th of April, and found on him this pair of spurs and a comb; I found one pair of spurs in the stable, between the tiles and the sky-light.

GEORGE JAY. The prisoner came to live with me from the prosecutor, who gave him a most excellent character; I detained one pair of spurs of his, which I have here.

The prisoner received an excellent character, and one witness engaged to employ him.

GUILTY . Aged 14.

Recommended to Mercy. - Confined Six Weeks .

17th May 1832
Reference Numbert18320517-43

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1167. THOMAS EDWARDS was indicted for stealing, on the 7th of April , 4 lbs. 12 ozs. of wool, value 9s. , the goods of the London Dock Company .

JOHN CLEMENT. I am gate-keeper at the London-docks . On the 7th of April, about eight o'clock in the morning, I saw the prisoner coming out of the gate - he appeared bulky; I went, and laid hold of him - I asked what he had; he said, "I have nothing about me," but I found round his legs and body this wool - I asked where he got it; he said outside the dock, and that he went up a court to stow it about him - he afterwards said he got it at the east quay of the dock, and that he was led to do it by Charles Stewart - I went to that quay, and saw a bale of wool which had been cut open, and some taken out of it; I produce a sample of the wool taken from the bale, and this found on the prisoner appears to correspond with it in every respect - I have a slight recollection of the prisoner; he has worked as an extra labourer there.

JOHN BRUNICK. I took the weight of the bag of wool; it was 4 cwt. 1 qr. 16lbs., and the next morning, from what Clement said, I weighed it again; it was 12lbs. short- it was the property of the London-dock Company; here is the Act which incorporates the Company - I have seen the prisoner working there.

Prisoner's Defence. It was given to me to put into a pillow-case, as I was going to sea.

GUILTY . Aged 22. - Transported for Seven Years .

17th May 1832
Reference Numbert18320517-44

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1168. HENRY SPEERS was indicted for stealing, on the 10th of April , 1 shawl, value 3l., the goods of William Haig , from the person of Agnes Marianne, his wife .

AGNES MARIANNE HAIG . I am the wife of William Haig. On the 10th of April, at near half-past nine o'clock in the evening, I was in Westminster , and being unacquainted with the streets, I inquired of Jessamin the nearest way to a coach-stand; he directed me, and had just left me when a man came and struck me very violently on my back, and took a shawl from me - I turned round as soon as I could, and saw the prisoner running, pursued by Jessamin; he and the officer brought the prisoner and the shawl to the station.

WILLIAM JESSAMIN. I am a soldier. I was at Westminster on the 10th of April, and directed this lady to a coach-stand - I then went on, and heard her call out that she had lost her shawl; I turned, and saw the prisoner running - I pursued, cried Stop thief! and took him with the shawl.

JOHN BASS (Police-constable B 4). I received this shawl from Jessamin, who had the prisoner.(Property produced and sworn to.)

GUILTY . Aged 23 - Transported for Fourteen Years .

17th May 1832
Reference Numbert18320517-45
VerdictGuilty > with recommendation

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1169. MARY GROVER was indicted for stealing, on the 9th of April , 9 yards of printed muslin, value 6s. , the goods of William Goodman .

WILLIAM GOODMAN. I am a linen-draper , and live at Hillingdon . On the 9th of April the prisoner came to my shop with another person; while I was selling the other person some silk, the prisoner concealed a piece of print, which I missed from a table in the middle of my shop; I pursued, and took her just outside the door - I found the print under her cloak; I have seen her at my shop before- I do not know where she lived.

SARAH MACLATCHIE. I went to the shop, and saw the prisoner there - I saw the print found on her.

The prisoner received a good character.

GUILTY . Aged 57.

Recommended to Mercy. - Confined Fourteen Days .

17th May 1832
Reference Numbert18320517-46

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1170. WILLIAM LANE was indicted for stealing, on the 27th of April , half a bushel of oats, value 1s. 6d., and half a bushel of beans, value 2s. , the goods of William Jupp and another.

WILLIAM JUPP. I am a corn-dealer , and live at Brentford - I have a partner; the prisoner keeps a little shop at Stanmore; he dealt in coals , and bought them of me. On the morning of the 27th of April he came and had 4 cwt. or 6 cwt. of coals of me - one of the men who works on the wharf came to me, and said my foreman wanted to speak to me; I went, and he said he wanted me to go into the loft to watch the prisoner going through the stable with corn, which he had taken out of the bin - I saw him go through once, and he had been twice before; I let him go off the premises, and then had him taken - I found these beans and oats on him; I compared them with those in the bin - they correspond exactly.

THOMAS RUDD. I am servant to the prosecutor. I watched the prisoner, and saw him take some corn from the bin; he saw me, and ran away - he had it in a basket; he brought it out, and put it into a sack in his cart - I saw him go three times into the stable.

HENRY CREED (Police-constable T 15). I was sent for, and found the prisoner with two sacks in his cart, there were oats in one and beans in the other.

The prisoner handed in a petition for a lenient sentence.

GUILTY . Aged 47. - Transported for Seven Years .

17th May 1832
Reference Numbert18320517-47
VerdictNot Guilty

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1171 SAMUEL LEWZEY was indicted for stealing, on the 25th of April , 1 watch, value 20s., the goods of Charles Usher , from his person .

CHARLES USHER. I am a labourer , and live at Brentford . I was at a public-house on the 25th of April - I got tipsy, and fell asleep; the prisoner had gone there with me - I had not seen him before; when I awoke my watch was gone; the prisoner was not so drunk as I was.

Cross-examined by MR. LEE. Q.What is the prisoner? A. He worked at the fellmonger's; this was on Easter Tuesday - there were five or six persons in the house - I cannot tell who was there when I was asleep; I was drunk- I had seen my watch an hour before; I have not seen it since.

WILLIAM KNOX. I was in the public-house. The prosecutor was very drunk, and fell asleep; the prisoner took hold of him, and shook him; he appeared to do all he could to awake him, and then he drew something from his pocket, but I could not see what - the prisoner could walk.

ELIZABETH KEELEY. I live at the public-house. I saw the prosecutor drinking in the skittle-ground - I asked him what time it was; he took out his watch, said it was half-past two o'clock, and put it into his pocket again - I

afterwards saw the prosecutor asleep, and the prisoner trying to awake him.


17th May 1832
Reference Numbert18320517-48
VerdictGuilty > with recommendation

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1172. PATRICK McCORMACK was indicted for stealing, on the 1st of May , 1 spoon, value 2s., and 1 fork, value 6s. , the goods of Francis Dennis Massey Dawson .

MR. LEE conducted the prosecution.

JOHN CLAPSON (Police-constable D 153.) On the 1st of May I saw the prisoner in Marylebone-lane, and in consequence of suspicion I stopped him, and found on him a silver fork and a silver spoon; I asked where he got them, but held out no promise or threat to him - he said the butler of Mr. Massey Dawson had given them to him to pawn for 12s. 6d.; I went to Mr. Dawson's, and saw the butler, who claimed them.

WILLIAM LLYNCH. I am butler to Mr. Dawson, of No. 49, Burton-crescent . The prisoner had been to my master's, to see me; he came on the 1st of May - I did not then or at any time previous give him a fork and a spoon to pledge; I had seen the plate safe on the Monday evening; this fork and spoon was among it.

Prisoner. Q.Did not you know that the closet was full of plate? A. Yes, but I never authorized you to take any.

FRANCIS DENNIS MASSEY DAWSON . These are my property - they have my crest and arms on them.

Prisoner's Defence. I was a little intoxicated, and did not know what I was doing - there were a great many forks and spoons there, and I thought I would not let the butler know anything of it till I released them; on one occasion I found a spoon in the dust-hole, and I returned it.

WILLIAM LLYNCH. Yes, I must say that, though I have lost a kind master and mistress, and a good place.

GUILTY . Aged 34.

Recommended to Mercy by the Prosecutor. Confined Three Months .

17th May 1832
Reference Numbert18320517-49
VerdictNot Guilty

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1173. HENRY OTTER was indicted for stealing, on the 25th of April , 1 cloak, value 3l. , the goods of William Delafield .

JAMES GOVER. I live with Mr. William Delafield - he lodges in Lower Brook-street . On the evening of the 25th of April I went for a coach to Oxford-street - I shut the door after me when I went out; on my return I got off the coach-box, and met the prisoner just coming out of the street-door, with my master's cloak in a bag - I took him; I had been gone about ten minutes; he said a gentleman had sent him with the bag for my master's cloak - I took him by the collar, and gave him to the Police-officer; this cloak is my master's, but not the bag.

Cross-examined by MR. LEE. Q. Did he not say that a gentleman named Penny had sent him. and given him 1s.? A. No; he said a gentleman in Bond-street sent him, but he did not mention his name, nor produce the 1s.; he was about six inches from the door - this is my master's boat cloak, and it hung in the hall; there are two female servants in the house.


17th May 1832
Reference Numbert18320517-50
VerdictGuilty; Guilty
SentenceCorporal > whipping; Transportation

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1174. JOHN PAYNE and THOMAS PEARCE were indicted for stealing, on the 3rd of May , 1 bottle of oil of roses, value 6d.; 1 bottle of extract of orange flower-water, value 1s., and 2 tooth powder-boxes, value 4d. , the goods of Robert Norton .

ROBERT NORTON . I am a surgeon , and live at Uxbridge . On the 3rd of May the two prisoners came to my shop together, and asked for a halfpenny worth of Spanish liquorice; I went out of the surgery, and saw Pearce putting these articles into his pocket; I took them both, and found these articles on him, and one box on the other.

Payne received a good character.

PAYNE - GUILTY . Aged 11.

Whipped and Discharged .


Transported for Seven Years .

17th May 1832
Reference Numbert18320517-51

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1175. EDWARD PETERS was indicted for stealing, on the 13th of April , 1 knife, value 2s.; 1 pen, value 1s.; 1 sovereign, 2 Bank notes, value 10l., and 1 promissory note, value 5l., the property of Edward Gwilliam , from his person ; against the Statute, &c.

EDWARD GWILLIAM . I am a servant , but was out of place. On the 13th of April I had been drinking, and went into a public-house in Compton-street, Soho, about twelve o'clock at night - the prisoner and other persons were in front of the bar; I had three 5l. notes and a sovereign and a half in a purse - I had a card, two or three papers of powders, and a pencil-case and a pen - I called for some ale, and took the half-sovereign out of my purse - I do not recollect any thing more till I awoke in the watch-house; the prisoner was a stranger to me.

Cross-examined by MR. LEE. Q. You could not tell what transpired? A. I knew what I was about when I went in; I do not believe the landlord ordered me out because I was quarrelsome - I could not tell what happened about the time of my going out; I did not charge Casey, a Policeman, with stealing my 5l. notes, a sovereign and watch - I do not know No. 4, Little Dean-street; I do not recollect being picked out of the gutter there - my sister-in-law lives at No. 65, Little Dean-street - it is not, to my knowledge, a house of ill-fame - I have not seen any females there; I was in that street that night, and was drunk at the time I was taken - my watch was given to me in Scotland-yard by one of the Police; I never sent any person to the prisoner's father or mother, offering to compromise this matter for a few shillings - I did not offer to go to Wales; I lived with General Lewis, and had left him five or six months.

THOMAS HENRY SHELDON . I keep the King's Head, in Compton-street. The prosecutor came to my house on the night in question - when he came in he was a little drunk; the prisoner was at the bar drinking half a pint of porter - they got into conversation, and went into the tap-room, where the prosecutor treated him with some brandy and water; I think 8d. worth, and then 1s. worth - they stopped nearly an hour; they got talking very loud; I went into the tap-room and told them to go out - they would not; I took the prisoner's hat off, and threw it out; the prosecutor said he would go and get it - he went to get it, and I bundled the prisoner out.

Cross-examined. Q. Then he was very drunk and noisy? A. Yes; the prisoner was the most drunk - I

knew the prisoner before, but not the prosecutor; it was about one o'clock.

SAMUEL GODDARD (Police-constable C 105). I saw the prisoner at the end of Compton-street, between two and three o'clock in the morning; he had a quantity of paper in his left hand, and in his right hand some money - I told him to put it into his pocket and go home; he said"I am going home;" he held out two 5l. Bank notes - one was a Shrewsbury note; I told him to put them into his pocket, and he put them into a drab coloured leather purse - he said he had plenty of money, and that he was a strolling-player; he went down Compton-street; my brother-officer then came up - I told him of it; I went round my beat, and saw the prosecutor laying in Milk-alley , in a state of insensibility - I called an officer, and we took him to the watch-house; we found one 6d. and 1d. on him.

Cross-examined. Q.Then he was insensible? A. Yes - it was then near three o'clock; he did not speak to me - the prisoner was drunk.

JAMES WARD (Police-constable C 172). I was on duty, and saw the prisoner when he was brought to the station-house - I had left the station about six o'clock in the morning, and returned at ten; I then received information that the prosecutor had been robbed of his watch and money - I went to the station-house window, from whence I could watch the prisoner's lodging; I saw him and his mother go to the private door of his lodging together, about eleven o'clock - his mother opened the door with a key, and they went in; I went and knocked at the door - the mother opened it; I asked where the man was; I went into the passage, and caught the prisoner, at the corner of the stairs - I told him he was my prisoner, on suspicion of robbing a man of a watch and some money; I took him to the station-house nearly opposite, and searched him - I found on him a knife, a pen, and a card, with three powders, which the prosecutor identified; I asked him if he recollected showing a Policeman some money in the street; he said he did not, but if he did it was his own - he was then drunk; I found on him 13s. 8 1/2d.

EDWARD GWILLIAM. I know this knife by the handle, and a little bit being broken off the point - I can swear to this pen; I had three 5l. notes and one sovereign - one was a Shrewsbury and Ludlow note.

GUILTY . Aged 20. - Transported for Seven Years .

17th May 1832
Reference Numbert18320517-52

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1176. GEORGE WESTWOOD was indicted for stealing, on the 8th of April , 2 live tame rabbits, price 1s. 6d. , the property of Francis Hume Choppin .

FRANCIS HUME CHOPPIN. I live at Enfield-highway . I lost these rabbits on the 8th of April; I had seen them safe in my barn on the Saturday night or Sunday morning; I suspected the prisoner, who had lived with me, and sent an officer to his house.(Property produced and sworn to.)

JOHN WILSON. I am a constable. I went to the prisoner's house with a search-warrant; he was not at home -I saw his wife, and found the rabbits in his wash-house on the Monday morning; he lives about half a mile from the prosecutor - the prosecutor identified the rabbits; his barn was locked, but they might have entered by a board which lifts up.

Prisoner. I bred these young ones myself.

GUILTY . Aged 23. - Transported for Seven Years .

17th May 1832
Reference Numbert18320517-53
VerdictGuilty; Guilty

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1177. JAMES TOWNSEND and FREDERICK JONES were indicted for stealing, on the 18th of April , 1 handkerchief, value 2s., the goods of Thomas Cooksey , from his person .

THOMAS COOKSEY. I am a hatter . I was in High-street, Shadwell , on the 18th of April, about four o'clock in the afternoon - I had a handkerchief in my pocket; I did not feel it taken, and when I was told of it the prisoner had passed me.

ROBERT HENRY CRICK . I am a biscuit-baker, and live at Shadwell. On the day stated, I was crossing from my own door, and saw the two prisoners and another person with them; I saw Townsend take the handkerchief from the prosecutor's pocket, and whip it round to his companion Jones - I called to the prosecutor, then seized the two prisoners, and pushed them into a shop; the other man got away - this is the handkerchief.

Townsend's Defence. I did it through distress; I had not broken my fast all day - the gentleman passed with his handkerchief hanging out; it was a great temptation.

Jones' Defence. I was going along and met Townsend, who said he was going to get work - the prosecutor passed, and he took the handkerchief and gave it to me.


JONES - GUILTY . Aged 18.

Transported for Fourteen Years .

17th May 1832
Reference Numbert18320517-54
VerdictNot Guilty

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1178. WILLIAM ASKEW was indicted for stealing, on the 30th of April , 3 shoes, value 12s. , the goods of William Chamberlain .

WILLIAM CHAMBERLAIN. I live in Bryanstone-square , and am a shoemaker . On the night of the 30th of April I left my shop to fetch some beer; I saw the prisoner and another in Bryanstone-square - I had known him from infancy; he asked how I did - I was in the public-house about two minutes; on my return, my wife told me the shoes were lost - the prisoner was described to me; I went to his mother's - she came with him to my shop; my wife gave him into custody.

SOPHIA CHAMBERLAIN. I am the prosecutor's wife. On the 30th of April my husband went out, and I heard some voices near the shop; I saw the prisoner put his hand into the shop door, and take three shoes from the window - he put them under his coat, and went down the street as fast as he could; I could not follow him, as I had a child in my arms - I am sure he took them; it was one pair and an odd shoe.

WILLIAM AUSTIN (Police-constable, D. 131.) I was on duty in Cumberland-street. I took the prisoner - he said he knew nothing about the shoes.

The prisoner put in a written defence, denying that he had taken the shoes, and stating that hearing he was accused, he went to the shop to clear himself.

WILLIAM CHAMBERLAIN. He said so at the time I charged him with it; the shoes have never been found -I cannot tell who was with him.

JAMES BOURNE . I was with the prisoner all that evening; he came to me at eight o'clock, when he left work; he said, "Will you take a walk?" we went to Crawford-street - it was then ten minutes past eight o'clock; he said to me, "There are two young fellows down Bryanstone-square, and they will have a pair of shoes;" I

said, "Never mind them, let us go on;" he then met the prosecutor, and spoke to him - I was with him till eleven o'clock, when he was taken; I can swear I saw the two persons near the shop, and one of them is James Baldwin - he has confessed he took the shoes; I spoke to an officer about it, but he said it was no use to take his own evidence.

WILLIAM CHAMBERLAIN re-examined. Q. What time did your wife tell you this? A.About nine o'clock, and I saw the prisoner about half-past eleven; this witness was then with him, but I cannot say whether he was with him at first.

JAMES BOURNE re-examined. Q. It was an observation of the prisoner's that those persons would take the shoes? A. Yes, and I remained in the prisoner's company; he had no opportunity of taking them - we gave ourselves up, because his mother said that Mr. Chamberlain had been accusing William of taking three shoes; we went down together, and the prosecutor's wife said it was him - I said I would go too, and they said there was no occasion for that, as the man who was with him had a hat and a coat on, and it was not me, unless I had been home, and pulled a hat and a coat off.


17th May 1832
Reference Numbert18320517-55
VerdictNot Guilty

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1179. EDWARD ATKINSON , BENJAMIN KETT , and JOHN STONE were indicted for stealing, on the 26th of April , 2 saws, value 14s. , the goods of Charles Brown .

CHARLES BROWN. I live in Sermon-lane, Limehouse , and am a publican . On the 26th of April six men came to play at skittles in my yard; I believe the prisoners were three of them, but I will not swear to them - I had two chests of carpenter's tools in my ground; they stood one on the other, and the top one was locked - in the course of the afternoon there was a complaint that the tool-chest had been broken open, and I went and found it so; the men whom I had seen at the skittle-ground had an adze and some other coopers' tools.

HANNAH FIELD . I was in Mr. Brown's service as charwoman on the 26th of April. I recollect some men coming to the house, and going to the skittle-ground; all the prisoners were among them - they called for a pot of porter, and played at skittles; there was a door shut, but I do not know by whom - I had never seen it shut before; I have heard it is more handy for throwing the skittleball when it was open; two of the men went away about half-past twelve o'clock, but neither of the prisoners - it was not till after they were all gone that I heard of the chest being broken open; no other person had an opportunity of doing it but those I saw.

Cross-examined by MR. LEE. Q. I suppose your master has a tolerable good custom? A. Not so many; I was the only servant - I carried the porter to them; I had not seen the prisoners before, but I am sure they were there; I am confident no other persons came there while they were at play; I believe it rained, and the wind was rather high - I missed the saws not more than two minutes after they were all gone; I had seen them safe three days before; I do not know who had been there in that interval.

CHARLES BROWN. I had seen the chests safe at nine o'clock in the morning, and no other person had been there till these men came to play at skittles.

Cross-examined. Q.How near were the chests to the door? A.Close to it: and they threw the skittle-ball past the door; I have had some conversation with Holdway; I did not tell him to say that he saw the prisoners open the chest - I said, if he did not tell the same story as he did before the Magistrate, I should consider him as bad as them; I did not say, I would get a fresh indictment, and charge him in it - he did not ask me what he was to say, nor did I reply, "All you have to say is, that you saw them break the chest."

COURT. Q.Had he said before, that he saw them break the chest? A. He certainly had.

THOMAS HOLDWAY. I have known the three prisoners two or three seasons at the West India-docks; Stone applied to me to have a game at skittles; I saw the other prisoners in the ground; there were five persons there beside myself; I was stooping down, and on turning I saw Stone striking at the chest with a chequered adze - I saw an old hinge between the lid and the chest, which caused an opening, through which any one could introduce their hand; I said, "Come, come, let's have no larking here, leave other people's things alone;" we played one game more, and another pot of beer was brought, which we drank nearly out; Simkin, who was there, then said, "I am going," and I went with him - we went away, leaving the three prisoners and another man there.

JOHN SMITH ALLEN (Police-constable K 62). On the 27th of April I went to the West India-docks, and took Atkinson and Stone; I afterwards took Kett, at his father's, in the Willow-walk; they all admitted they had been at the skittle-ground, but said they knew nothing of the articles.

ARCHIBALD MENZIES . I am an officer. I went to Mr. Brown's, and found an old iron hinge - I do not know to what purpose it had been applied.


17th May 1832
Reference Numbert18320517-56
VerdictGuilty > with recommendation

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1180. FRANCIS COOK was indicted for bigamy .

MR. ADOLPHUS conducted the prosecution.

WILLIAM BAKER. I am a solicitor. I have a copy of a register of a marriage, in the parish of Langham, in the county of Essex; it is a certificate on a 5s. stamp.

Cross-examined by MR. LEE. Q.Was it read over to you? A. I examined it, word by word, in the rector's house, in his presence; it states, that Francis Cook and Hannah Long were married, on the 29th of October, 1810, in the presence of Benjamin Wiley and Ann Sarjent.

ANN SARJENT . I am married, and live at Langham, in Essex. I have known the prisoner more than twenty-one years; I was present at Langham church, when he married Hannah Long - I signed my name in the book; I know they lived together for fourteen years as man and wife; they were married by banns; she was single, and had been living with her parents - I saw her alive last Thursday.

Cross-examined. Q.What was her age when she was married? A. About seventeen, and the prisoner was twenty-four or twenty-five - the prisoner is a butcher , but he has been abroad seven years.

MR. ADOLPHUS. Did her father and mother know of her marriage? A. Yes.

SUSANNAH GROOM . I live at Limehouse. I married the prisoner on the 14th of December, 1829; he told me he was a single man, and had never been married.

Cross-examined. Q. Where was this? A. At All Saints, Poplar ; Mr. Smith, the parish-clerk, and the pew-opener were present - the clerk signed the book, and gave me away.

WILLIAM SMITH. I am parish-clerk of All Saints, Poplar. I produce the book of marriages; on the 14th of December, 1829, I saw a marriage solemnized between Francis Cook and Susannah Groom; the impression on my mind is, that these are the two persons, but I will not be positive to them - the book is signed by the persons who were married - (read).

SUSANNAH GROOM . This name is my writing, and the prisoner wrote his name at the same time, above mine.

COURT. Q.How long did you live with him? A. I never lived with him - he went away in a few days; I went to my friends; I never lived with him as a wife - he went to sea, and I heard a report of his being a married man; he remained at his own lodging till he went to sea, and I was at my father's - I had known him for about five weeks.

Prisoner. I have been six voyages to the East Indies since I saw my first wife.

GUILTY . Aged 44.

Recommended to Mercy by the Jury - Confined 6 Months .

17th May 1832
Reference Numbert18320517-57
VerdictGuilty > with recommendation

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1181. WILLIAM BETTS was indicted for stealing, on the 26th of April , 1 coat, value 1l. , the goods of Thomas Lawrence .

THOMAS LAWRENCE. I live at No. 45, Grosvenor-place , and am servant to Mr. Littleton. On the night of the 26th of April, I put a coat inside my master's carriage, at the Opera, about ten minutes past eight o'clock -I missed it at a quarter before twelve; it was my own property, and worth 20s.; I saw it at the station-house on the following Friday morning.

SAMUEL RUGGLES (Police-constable B 27). On the night of the 26th of April I heard a cry of Stop thief! as I was in Grosvenor-place; I saw the prisoner running down by a dark wall, with this coat under his arm; he threw it on the top of the wall; I pursued, and never lost sight of him till I took him; it was about half-past eleven o'clock.

CHARLES CROFT. I live in Great Rupert-street, and am a post-boy. On the night of the 26th of April, I was driving a cab, and followed Mr. Littleton's carriage; I saw the prisoner take the coat out of it - the horses were going at a gentle trot; I gave information, and saw the prisoner taken.(Property produced and sworn to.)

Prisoner's Defence. I know nothing about it.

GUILTY . Aged 30.

Recommended to Mercy - Confined Three Months .

17th May 1832
Reference Numbert18320517-58

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1182. MARIA BROWN was indicted for stealing, on the 17th of April , 1 purse, value 1d.; 1 half-sovereign, 2 crowns, 4 half-crowns, 5 shillings, 2 sixpences, and 4 halfpence, the monies of William Boughton , from his person .

WILLIAM BOUGHTON. I came to London on the 16th of April, late at night, and early the next morning; I was on my way to Cutler-street, and met the prisoner, about half-past two o'clock; I asked if she would tell me of a lodging; she said, "If you will go with me, I will show you one" - I went with her to a house in George-street, Wentworth-street ; I went up to a room, and sat down in a chair; she then asked if I would stop with her; I said No- I got up, and was going to make my way out into the street; as I was going out, she had her hand in my coat pocket, and took out my purse, which contained this property - I did not allow her to take it; I was going away, because I did not like the appearance of the place - I am lame; she pursued me; my purse was in my left-hand coat pocket, to which I had shifted it from my small clothes - I saw her hand in my pocket; there was a light in the room, and the moment she had her hand in my pocket it went out - I heard a man's voice in the room, but did not see him; I took hold of the prisoner, and said, "Give me my money, that is a good woman;" she said, "I shall not, I have not got it," but I felt the purse in her hand - when I heard the man's voice, the purse was gone from her hand directly - I called the watchman; Green came to my assistance; I told him what had happened, and he took the prisoner - my purse was produced at the station-house; it was then empty, but I am sure the money was in it when I shifted it from one pocket to the other, and it was tied with a bit of string.

JOHN GREEN (Police-constable H 120). I was in George-street between two and three o'clock in the morning, on the 17th of April; I heard the alarm, and went into the room - I got a light, and found the prosecutor holding the prisoner with his left hand - he charged her with robbing him of 2l.; I took her to the station; I found nothing on her; I went back to the house, and found 1s. on the mantel-piece.

Prisoner. I told you there was a shilling on the mantel-piece, and it was all I had. Witness. No, you did not.

JOHN McWILLIAMS (Police-serjeant H 18). I found this purse on the bottom of the window, over the balustrade of the stairs.

Prisoner. The prosecutor gave me the 1s., which the officer found; he said it was all he had - I said I would not stay with him for that; he then called Watch! and gave charge of me - he had given me a glass of gin at the night-house; I saw no other money nor purse - he said he had been served so two or three times, and he called Watch!

WILLIAM BOUGHTON. I was not five minutes with her, and was making my way out - I did not give her the 1s., nor any gin; I did not mean to pass the night with her; I wanted a private lodging - I live at Gravesend; I know London very well, but did not know the streets exactly - I am sure there was a light when I went to the room.

JOHN GREEN. There was no light there - there was a candle and candlestick; I got a light at Kate-street; there was a very poor bed in the room - I do not think any person could be in the room while there was a light, without the prosecutor seeing them - there was only one door to the room, but that was open; there was a cupboard with two shelves in it - it was on the second floor; the prosecutor was sober.

GUILTY . Aged 28. - Transported for Seven Years .

17th May 1832
Reference Numbert18320517-59
VerdictNot Guilty

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1183. FREDERICK BOULTRIDGE was indicted for stealing, on the 18th of April , 1 handkerchief, value 3s., the goods of Henry Skinner , from his person .

The witnesses did not appear. NOT GUILTY .

17th May 1832
Reference Numbert18320517-60
VerdictGuilty > lesser offence

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1184. ANNA CREED was indicted for stealing, on the 8th of April , 1 watch, value 1l.; 1 watch-chain, value 1s.; 1 seal, value 7s.; 1 key, value 6d., and 1 piece of foreign silver coin, value 3d., the property of John Thomas Watson , from his person .

JOHN THOMAS WATSON . I live in Cotterell-court, Wild-street, Liquorpond-street - I keep a house there. On the night of the 8th of April I met the prisoner, between eleven and twelve o'clock; I went with her to a house in Field-lane - my watch was safe when I got there, and I missed it in the room; I accused her of taking it - she denied it - I called out to the landlady, who sent for an officer, and he found it in her bosom - there was a chain, a seal, a key, and a piece of Spanish money attached to it - this is it.

CHARLES SONIEZ . I am a parish-constable. I was sent for, and found the prisoner in the room - I asked her if she had the watch; she said she had not - I searched, and found it in her bosom; as we were going to the watch-house, she said she did it to be sent out of the country, as she had no one to assist her.

Prisoner's Defence. I found the watch on the bed.

GUILTY of stealing, but not from the person . Aged 22.

Transported for Seven Years .

17th May 1832
Reference Numbert18320517-61
VerdictGuilty > with recommendation

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1185. ROBERT GATES was indicted for stealing, on the 19th of April , 1 pair of boots, value 5s. , the goods of Robert Richardson .

HENRY MOSS . I am in the service of Mr. Robert Richardson - he keeps a shoe shop in Tonbridge-place, at the corner of the New-road . On a Thursday evening I saw the prisoner near the garden in front of the shop; he ran up the garden, and took a pair of boots off a board - I ran, and pointed him out to a gentleman, who pursued; he ran into a pawnbroker's shop, and threw the boots down, but I did not see him.

GEORGE THOMAS WATSON . I am in the service of Mr. Richardson - Moss called my attention to the boots being lost on the 19th of April, about a quarter before nine o'clock in the evening, and I stopped the prisoner in the passage of a pawnbroker's shop - he put these boots down in the passage, and asked if his sister had been there.

Prisoner's Defence. My mother sent me to know if my brother had been there for my sister's gown. I never went near the prosecutor's, nor saw the boots till they were at the station.

PETER McSWEENY. (Police-constable S 34). I took the prisoner, and had these boots from Watson.(Property produced and sworn to.)

The prisoner received a good character.

GUILTY . Aged 14. - Confined Fourteen Days .

17th May 1832
Reference Numbert18320517-62
VerdictNot Guilty > fault

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1186. EDWARD PRATT was indicted for stealing, on the 8th of April , 1 stove, value 8s. , the goods of Walter Visick .

WALTER VISICK . I have a house in Little James-street, Marylebone . I missed a stove from there, I think on the 8th of April - it had been fixed.


17th May 1832
Reference Numbert18320517-63
VerdictNot Guilty

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1187. BRIDGET DRISCOLL was indicted for stealing, on the 20th of April , 5 handkerchiefs, value 5s., the goods of Thomas King , her master .

JANE KING. I am the wife of Thomas King - he lives in Upper Gloucester-place, Marylebone . The prisoner came into our service on the 25th of February, and left on the 17th of April; she left her box, which was searched by Bradshaw in my presence on Good Friday, and five cambric handkerchiefs were found in it, which are mine - I think the box was locked; it was brought into the parlour by the other servant - I had frequently inquired of the prisoner for handkerchiefs which I had lost, and she always said she did not know where they were; one or two of them were washed and clean.

Cross-examined by MR. PHILLIPS. Q. Do you know of her box having been searched before that? A. Yes, and none of my articles were found then; she was not going away - she had given me warning before, but afterwards expressed a wish to stay; we had a dispute about her not rising early enough in the morning; she said if I was not satisfied with her I had better get another person - she had left the key of her box with the other servant; I do not know her motive for leaving it; I made no use of the key - I did not have it in my possession at all; the box had been searched, and some other things found before that - the officer then took the key from the prisoner and searched the box, but not very minutely - on the second search a handkerchief was found in a pair of stockings, and the other handkerchiefs rolled up in different things; the prisoner had only a week's wages due to her when she absconded - I had no opportunity of paying her; the other servant is my cook - she is not here: the officer searched her box the first time as long as I directed him; my husband is not here - I suppose he is at his office; he is an artist and a publisher of architectural designs; he knows of this prosecution - I do not know whether he knows I am here as a witness; I saw him this morning, but did not breakfast with him; I do not know what might have occurred between the prisoner and the cook.

COURT. Q. You say the box was searched twice? A. Yes; on the 17th I discovered I had been robbed, and on the 18th her box was searched; I found some things in it, but not these articles - she then sent for her box, and it was about to be delivered up by the cook, but a lady, who was with me, suggested that it should be searched again, and in the interim the prisoner had gone and the key was left with the cook; on the second search these handkerchiefs were found - I had had no quarrel with the prisoner.

RICHARD BRADSHAW. I am a Police-constable. I took the prisoner at Battle-bridge - she came to the door, and I said, "Do you know what I take you for?" she said, "I know nothing about the silk, the other things I found among the rubbish;" I went to Mrs. King's, and the handkerchiefs were found rolled up in articles of dress.

Cross-examined. Q.Was the prisoner present? A. No, she was at the station - the cook was present; I did not go to search for property in the box, but, as the prisoner, was in custody to see what belonged to her, and take charge of it - I was not there at the first search.

Prisoner's Defence. I never put them into my box.


17th May 1832
Reference Numbert18320517-64
VerdictNot Guilty

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1188. MARK CHAMPKIN was indicted for breaking and entering the dwelling-house of Michael Kenny , on the 11th of February , and stealing 1 gun, value 25s., his property .

MICHAEL KENNY . I am a labourer , and live at Edmonton . On Friday, the 11th of February, I went out about half-past six o'clock, returned between twelve and one, and found my house broken open and this gun gone, which I had left over the mantel-piece; there were footmarks on the window - I found it the same day, nearly a mile from the house, covered over with sod, and a handkerchief tied round the lock to keep it dry; I do not know the prisoner.

BRIDGET KENNY. My husband went out about a quarter to eight o'clock - I went out myself; I fastened the window, and left every thing secure - when I returned I found the window broken open, and the hasp opened - the gun was gone; the door was locked as I had left it.

MICHAEL CASTER. I live at Edmonton. I saw three boys before Kenny's house, between eleven and twelve o'clock on the day of the robbery, about one hundred yards from the house; I cannot swear the prisoner was one- it is a good while ago; Bradford, who was taken, was one - the three boys were cutting a stick.

JOHN CASTER. I live at Edmonton. I saw Bradford in company with two others on the day in question - one of the others had a gun; I cannot say whether the prisoner was one.

Three other witnesses were called, but they knew nothing against the prisoner.


17th May 1832
Reference Numbert18320517-65
VerdictGuilty > lesser offence

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1189. MARIA POULTON was indicted for the wilful murder of her illegitimate female child .

SARAH SIMMONS. I live at No. 6, Off-alley, Strand, and am a charwoman. I have known the prisoner these twelve months - she lived as cook at the Coal Hole tavern, Strand , kept by Mr. Rhodes; I asked her four or five months ago if she was in the family way; she replied No; I had no other conversation with her - on Friday, the 13th of April, I was sent up stairs to see what was the matter with the prisoner; I saw her in her bed-room - she appeared as if she was sitting on the pot; I observed a little stain of blood about the floor, and her petticoats were very much stained with blood; I asked her what was the matter - she said nothing was the matter, and requested me to leave the room, and then she would tell me what was the matter; she said she had a small miscarriage, and if I would leave the room she should be glad - I offered to help her up and put her on the bed; she would not let me - I said nothing more but left her, and a doctor was sent for - I went up again with Emmerson, the housemaid; the prisoner was then sitting on the bed, or on a chair by the side of the bed - I observed a great mess of blood on the floor, and she desired me to clean it up before the doctor came - this was between two and three o'clock in the morning; I did so, and asked her if she had not got a baby - she said No; I said she must have a baby somewhere or other; she said she had not any thing of the kind - and the second time of going up stairs I perceived a stain of blood from the bed side to a box; Mr. Jones, the doctor's assistant, came and asked her what was the matter; she said she had the stomach ache - he requested me to leave the room, which I did - when he came out of the room I called him into the laundry, and shewed him the pot which the prisoner had been using; she had desired me to empty it before the doctor came, but I did not; I went into her room again about six o'clock, with Emmerson; we asked her to show us the baby - she said she had none; we said if she did not let us see where the baby was, master said he would send for an officer; she said she did not care for all the officers in the parish, for she would not open her box till the next morning; Emmerson went down stairs; the prisoner then got out of bed, unlocked the box, and brought the baby out; I hallooed out, "Oh, cook, you have hanged the baby," and then Emmerson came up; she had laid it on the floor, by the drawers - she then went to the drawer by the window, took out a pair of scissors, and did something to the bundle, but what I do not know, for she prevented my seeing what she did.

Q.What bundle? A. The child was in a bundle; I said, "Oh, cook, Oh, cook, you have hanged the baby;" she said, "Hush, hush, Mrs. Simmons, you will hang me- I shall be hanged; shut the door, and keep it secret from master;" Mr. Jones, the doctor, was in the house at this time, and he came into the room, looked at the bundle and the baby, and perceived a piece of tape round its neck - he took it away from its neck, and threw it by the window; Thomas, the inspector, has it.

Cross-examined by MR. CLARKSON. Q.Had you seen a good deal of the prisoner? A. I am generally there on Saturdays, and when they are without a servant; she was mild, well behaved, kind, and good-natured - the child was wrapped in the prisoner's own night-gown and black apron; they appeared to be wrapped round the child - night-gowns have strings at the neck; she was agitated - she came down stairs into the kitchen for three quarters of an hour, after she delivered herself; there is no Mrs. Rhodes.

ELIZABETH EMMERSON. I have been housemaid to Mr. Rhodes, for three months, and have known the prisoner during that time - I slept in the same bed with her, and did so on the Thursday night. I got up about nine o'clock on Friday morning - she was in bed then; I had heard nothing particular in the night - she came down to breakfast, and I saw her up stairs about half-past one o'clock; she requested me to retire to the kitchen to my business, as she was very poorly with a bad head-ache - we were then up stairs in the room joining the bed-room; I went down stairs in about half an hour, went up again in five or ten minutes, alone, and saw her there; Simmons came up - we went into the prisoner's bed-room, and saw her apparently sitting on the pot; I saw stains of blood about her clothes; I asked what was the matter - she said Nothing, and requested us to leave the room, which we did - I requested Rhodes to send for a doctor, but before he came, I saw her - Simmons assisted to undress her, and the dirt in the room was cleared away - Mr. Thompson came into the room; the pot was shown to him in the next room - after he went away, we suspected all was not right, and requested her to open her box, which she refused - I left the room - I was called immediately after, and went up -I saw a bundle laying on the floor; I saw it opened by Mr.

Jones - it contained a baby - I do not think it had been opened before I went in - the prisoner desired me not to make a noise, to let Mr. Rhodes know it - I saw Mr. Jones uncover the baby, and take a piece of tape off some part of its body; I cannot say what part - he placed the tape on the floor - I left the room, and saw nothing more; I cannot say whether the prisoner is single or married.

Cross-examined. Q.Was she a kind, well-conducted woman, and very humane? A. Yes.

CHARLES THOMPSON. I am assistant to Mr. Jones, surgeon, of the Strand. I went to Mr. Rhodes' between three and four o'clock, and saw the prisoner in bed - I asked her what was the matter; she said she felt a violent pain in her stomach, but was better then - I inquired the cause of the pain; she said she had not been periodically unwell for two months before, but was then relieved, was much better, and thought she should get up; I left the room - one of the servants came out, and showed me the pot, which had a quantity of cloths, and blood on it; I went back to the prisoner alone, and asked if she had been with child; she denied it - I left, and did not see her again.

WILLIAM JONES. I am a surgeon. On the 13th of April, about seven o'clock in the evening, I went to Mr. Rhodes', No. 4, Fountain-court, Strand, and saw the prisoner laying on the bed - she said she was a great deal better than she had been, and had been down stairs, but feeling fatigued, she came up again; I left her, and was beckoned into the next room by the servants, who showed me the pot - it contained a quantity of blood, cloths, and water; I was then confident there must be a child, and recommended them to search the room: when I went into the room again there was a child laying on the floor - the bundle was untied, and the child laying on it, when I entered - I found a piece of tape laying on the child, some-where about the body; the child appeared to have been born some hours; it was not quite cold then - I noticed a mark round the neck, and left the further examination of it till next day, when I examined it with Dr. Lee and Mr. Beavan, about noon, and under this mark I found extravasated blood in the cellular membrane, under the skin - the child was well formed in every respect; its lungs fully inflated with air; in fact it had every appearance of having been born alive - of having breathed; there was a bruise on the back of the head, which I consider most probably occasioned by a fall; I do not remember any thing else which struck me, except that the after birth was unusually small.

Q. Did you not before the Coroner express yourself not quite so strong, and say you were inclined to think it was born alive? A. I most likely said so; the naval string was unusually short and small - it was not separated till I cut it; the impression on my mind is that the mark round the neck could not be caused by the navalstring - the mark was much smaller than I consider the naval string would have made; the tongue protruded from the mouth, and the left side of the face appeared more puffed than the other, and drawn up; the vessels of the brain were filled with blood, and there was a spot of extravasated blood on the left side of the brain; every thing induced me to think death had been caused by strangulation; I attended the prisoner afterwards, but had no conversation with her about this - previous to the dissection, when I mentioned to her the mark round the neck, she told me she could in no way account for it; the mark on the head might be caused by a pressure at the birth - the tape was a string of the night-gown: somebody applied it to the neck of the child - it appeared to correspond with the mark on the neck.

Cross-examined. Q. Is it within your knowledge, that a child may be strangled by natural causes in the progress of its birth? A. It frequently happens; that would be more likely when a woman delivered herself - I should think it often happens that they have an absence of intellect at the moment of delivery; it is frequently the case in deliveries that the head may protrude, and the child breathe, and yet death happen before the delivery is complete; the circumstance of the lungs floating in water, is an unsafe criterion to ascertain if a child has been born alive; I cannot say this child was wholly born alive - I think if the tape had been applied to the neck immediately after death, it would leave a mark, while the blood was warm - if it had been put round the neck, or had been round the gown, before the blood had ceased to flow, I think the appearances might have been the same; we tried the lungs, and they were perfectly inflated - there were no appearances on the brain corresponding with the bruise on the skin; no bone could be fractured in so young a child, it would give way; I always provide myself with thread to tie the naval string - I think it probable if the child was strangled in its birth, that the tongue would protrude - it is very difficult to come to any conclusion further than that the child had breathed - it must have breathed several times, no doubt.

Dr. Lee and and Mr. Breamer, a surgeon, confirmed the evidence of the last witness, that it was not possible to decide whether the child had been completely born alive.

JOSEPH SADLER THOMAS. I am superintendent of Covent-garden division of the Police. I accompanied Mr. Jones the surgeon, to Mr. Rhodes' house, between seven and eight o'clock in the evening - I saw the prisoner in bed; the child was enclosed in a night-gown and black apron; the night-gown was next the body - Mr. Jones pointed out to me a discoloured mark round the child's neck, close to the jaw, and handed me a small string which was discoloured with blood; in fact it was saturated through - here it is; I then examined more particularly the wrappers, and found the collar of the bed-gown had only one string on it, but there was a fragment on the opposite corner of the collar, which showed that a string had been torn away, or broken - the string appeared to agree with the fragment, as well as the state of it would allow; I turned to the prisoner, and asked how she accounted for the death of the child - she said, "I don't know any think about it; I cannot tell; I have not done it;" I asked if she had made any provision of clothing for the child; she said, no, she had not, for she had no money to purchase any thing - I asked if any one knew of her situation - she said she had never acquainted any one but the father of the child - she had informed him some months ago; that he was a long way in the country, and she would never say who he was; she subsquently told me his name was Harris or Harrison, and that he had lately married; she was inclined to say more - I said she had better not - I placed her in custody, and she had every care taken of her.

Cross-examined. Q. Did you state before the Coroner that she said she had lately got married? A. I am not certain - I think I did, but I am sure she stated so; she appeared in an exhausted state, which was my reason for not entering into further conversation - I went to see her daily while she was confined to her room, and I found on my first visit she had entirely forgotten all that had passed at our first interview - she subsequently appeared unconscious of what had passed before; she said Harris had promised her marriage.

Prisoner's Defence. In the state of mind I was in, I was unconscious of what I said or did.

MARY ARNOLD. I live in Herberts-passage, Beaufort-buildings. About three weeks before this occured, the prisoner desired me to purchase her a piece of diaper to make napkins of; she afterwards asked if I had purchased it - I said I had not; a piece makes a dozen napkins - she desired that my daughter should make them for her.

GUILTY of concealment only . Aged 27.

Confined Two Years .

17th May 1832
Reference Numbert18320517-66
VerdictsGuilty > pleaded guilty; Guilty
SentencesImprisonment; Transportation

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1190. WILLIAM JAMESON was indicted for stealing, on the 27th of April , 3 printed books, value 6s., the goods of John Bumpus ; and that he had been before convicted of felony . - To which he pleaded GUILTY . Aged 26. - Confined Two Months .

1191. WILLIAM OWEN was indicted for stealing, on the 23rd of April , 6 tea-chests, value 6s., and 480 lbs. of tea, value 105l. the goods of Samuel Richardson and another.

SECOND COUNT, stating them to be the goods of the East India Company .

WILLIAM MOUL . I am in the employ of George White, of Fenchurch-street, a tea-broker. On the 23rd of April I had to clear twenty-one chests of tea from the East India warehouse in Jewry-street and Fenchurch-street; I was called into the yard of the warehouse in Fenchurch-street , and examined an order purporting to be signed by me - it was untrue; I told the man who had the charge of the yard to allow the prisoner to take the chests, and I followed the cart which the prisoner drove from the yard with six chests of tea, weighing more than 400 lbs. - I never lost sight of the cart or him; I followed to the New inn, Old Bailey - he was alone; I observed him, just as he turned from Ludgate-hill into the Old Bailey, take his hat off his head three times - he was sitting on the front of the cart; I waited some time, but nobody came to him for the tea; I then gave him in charge of Devey, the beadle, who had been following with me - I charged him with stealing the tea - he said he had been ordered to drive there by a man he did not know, and he did not know who the horse and cart belonged to; I think the name of Thomas Pearson was on the cart; he did not say what he was, but that as he was loitering about the Old Bailey, a person drove up with the horse and cart and asked him to mind them - and shortly afterwards a gentleman came up and gave him a list, and a direction to the New inn, and asked him if he wanted a job to go down and get the tea, and bring it to the New inn - the gentleman never made his appearance - I was to clear the tea for Harris and Richardson.

Cross-examined by MR. PRENDERGAST. Q.Was any body in the cart with him when he drove from the yard? A. The officer got on the cart just as it was going out of the yard, but he was advised not to go with it, and got down; we never intended that he should take the tea away; I was acting as clerk to Mr. White, Mr. Richardson's broker - there were four of us watching the cart; he did not drive the direct way to the New inn - the north side of St. Paul's Church-yard was open, that is an unusual way for carts to go down; he evidently took off his hat to give a signal - he lifted it gradually off his head, and put it down again three times; I was behind the cart, and cannot say whether any body noticed it; these six chests were a distinct lot from others which I had to clear - I examined them with my warrant in the yard; nobody could have cleared them without my master's authority.

JAMES MILWOOD. I am a labourer to the East India Company The prisoner brought me a regular list of the numbers of these six chests for me to deliver; I looked them out for him: Mr. Moul's name being on the list, and knowing it was not his writing, I went over to Mr. White's, and then returned to the warehouse; the prisoner had a horse and cart - Moul came, and said the chests belonged to Mr. Richardson; he ordered us to put them into the cart, and said he would follow it to the New inn, as the prisoner had a piece of paper with a direction to the New Inn; we followed him there to see if we could see the person who employed him, but could not see any body take notice of him; he was then charged with having stolen them, and said he was employed by a tall gentleman dressed in black, who gave him the list, told him to come to the warehouse for the cases, and bring them to him - he said he did not know who they were for - he was dressed as a carman; nobody came for the tea, and we kept him in custody; Pearson claimed the cart, and another person the horse afterwards.

Cross-examined. Q. Did he tell you he could neither read nor write? A. I did not ask him - he said he knew nothing that was in the paper; he showed me the direction where he was to drive to in the first instance - I looked the goods out for him, and said, "Who are they for?" he said he did not know; I asked how he came by the order - he said he was employed by an old gentleman dressed in black in the Old Bailey, who gave him the papers, told him to go to the East India warehouse, and they would deliver the chests to him, and he was to bring them to the New-inn.

Q. Did he not tell you this long before he was in custody? A. Yes, and we detained him till Moul came; we should not have put the tea into the cart without Moul's order, as we detected it - Moul said he meant to watch him, and find out who was the party who employed him.

SAMUEL RICHARDSON. I am a tea-dealer . We cleared twenty-one chests of tea on the 23rd of April; Moul did the business for White, our broker - we had provided our waggon to convey them to our warehouse in Upper Thames-street; I know nothing of the prisoner, and did not employ Pearson's cart: the tea was worth 105l.

WILLIAM MOUL. I saw the tea after the prisoner was taken, and am certain it was part of what White was employed to clear; the numbers and marks are on the warrant - one empty chest is here; these papers are not my hand-writing - I do not know whose it is.

THOMAS DEVEY. I apprehended the prisoner, and

found six chests of tea in the cart; Moul claimed them, and they were delivered to Mr. Richardson.

Cross-examined. Q. Did any thing pass about the list? A. I received it from the yardsman, and have it here, with the direction; he told me it was delivered to him by a tall gentleman in black at the end of Fleet-lane, Old Bailey - that he knew nothing farther than that the gentleman told him to get them.

Prisoner's Defence. I know nothing of it, more than that the gentleman gave me the direction, and said I was to take them to the New inn; when I got there I looked into the coffee-room and all about the yard, but could not find him.

GUILTY . Aged 26. - Transported for Seven Years .

17th May 1832
Reference Numbert18320517-67

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1192. JOHN JONES was indicted for stealing, on the 23rd of April , 1 handkerchief, value 2s., the goods of George Orton , from his person .

GEORGE ORTON. I live in Devonshire-street, Queen-square. On the 23rd of April, about eleven o'clock in the morning, I was in Lower Thames-street , and near Botolph-lane I passed two or three persons; I had a pocket-ledger in my inside pocket, and a rule - I felt my pocket-book lifted up; my handkerchief was in my outside pocket - I turned round, and collared the prisoner, who was rolling my handkerchief up; I collared and took him into a fish-monger's-shop - I told him he had got my handkerchief; he said he had not, but I held him so that he could not drop it, and found it on him - I have made inquiry, and believe it is his first offence.

The prisoner pleaded poverty.

GUILTY . Aged 18. - Transported for Seven Years .

17th May 1832
Reference Numbert18320517-68

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1193. JAMES BRODIE was indicted for stealing, on the 12th of April , 1 pocket-book, value 6d., and nine sovereigns, the property of Robert Watts , from his person .

ROBERT WATTS. I am a seaman , and live at Deptford. On the 12th of April, about one o'clock in the day, I was at the lower part of the Minories , going home from the pension-office, on Tower-hill, where I had received nine sovereigns and 6s., my quarter's pension - it was not in my possession half an hour; as I came out of the Minories a woman sat with a begging petition; a crowd of fourteen or fifteen were round her - I stopped to look; somebody said she was fainting; I looked, and at that moment felt something touch my pocket - I turned round, and immediately saw the prisoner putting his hand into his bosom; I missed my pocket-book, with my money in it, and tried to seize him; he ran; I pursued, and never lost sight of him - I called Stop thief! and he was stopped two or three hundred yards on, but had not got my pocket-book then: he must have dropped it, or given it to somebody - I said to the officer, "That is the man who robbed me," and I took him to the station; his hand went into his bosom as he ran, but we found nothing on him.

WILLIAM EVANS. I am a Policeman. I heard a cry of Stop thief! and saw the prisoner running - I pursued; he was stopped by some gentlemen who were coming in an opposite direction - I took hold of him: Watts came up, and said, "That is the man who robbed me of my pocket-book;" the prisoner made no remark whatever - I found nothing on him; his waistcoat was unbuttoned.

Prisoner's Defence. I was crossing Tower-hill, and saw a crowd; directly I got up to it this man took hold of me, and said I had his pocket-book; I said I had not - several people ran; I ran also - the Lord Mayor asked the Policeman why he took me more than another; he said he took the first that came to his hand.

ROBERT WATTS . There was nobody running but him.

GUILTY . Aged 20. - Transported for Seven Years .

17th May 1832
Reference Numbert18320517-69
SentenceImprisonment; Corporal > whipping

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1194. GEORGE CLARKE was indicted for stealing, on the 11th of April , 1 copper, value 14s., the goods of Sarah Woodbridge , and fixed to a building .

SARAH WOODBRIDGE. I live in Fleet-lane . This copper was safely fixed in my cellar floor on the 9th of April, at night, and about seven o'clock next evening a gentleman gave me information - I found it was gone; I found it in the officer's possession next morning, and saw it fitted to the place - my door is kept shut, but opens by a drop latch.

Cross-examined by MR. WALESBY. Q.What sort of a copper was it? A. It had a particular roughness on the edge.

JAMES GLIBBERY. I am a Policeman. On the 10th of April, about three o'clock in the afternoon, I apprehended the prisoner in the Old Bailey, with this copper, wrapped in green baize; I asked what he had got there - he said, a copper, which some man had given him to carry, and he was to meet the man in Goswell-street; I took him to the Compter, and then he said he did not know where he was carrying it to, nor where he got it - I found out Woodbridge, and compared the copper at her place; it fitted the brickwork exactly - I am convinced it came from there.

Cross-examined. Q. He was walking along - I suppose? A. Yes; I suspected him from his manner.

WILLIAM HERITAGE. I am an assistant-clerk at Worship-street. On the 10th of April, between three and four o'clock in the afternoon, I was passing the prosecutrix's shop; I observed the prisoner, with another man, come out of the private door - the prisoner had something on his shoulder in green baize; the other shut the door very quietly, which caused my suspicion, as he crossed, and the prisoner kept on the same side - I followed them to the Old Bailey, and gave Glibbery information; the prisoner said a man, who he met in the street, gave him 6d. to carry it: I said I had seen him bring it out of a house; he said he had not been in any house.

ELIZABETH BODY. I lodge at the prosecutrix's - I have used this copper for eight years; I am positive of it - I heard no noise in the house.

Cross-examined. Q. Are there more lodgers? A. Yes.

Prisoner's Defence. I was accosted by a man in Fleet-lane, who asked me to carry the copper to Percival-street, to a Mr. Wright - I showed the Policeman the man, who stood at the corner of the court for three minutes, and then walked away.

GUILTY . Aged 16.

Confined Two Months and Whipped .

17th May 1832
Reference Numbert18320517-70

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1195. HENRY BROWN was indicted for stealing, on the 27th of April , 1 handkerchief, value 1s. 6d., the goods of William James Heale , from his person .

WILLIAM JAMES HEALE . I am a student of Wadham college, Oxford . On the 27th of April, between twelve and one o'clock, I was on Holborn-hill , by Field-lane - I felt something at my coat pocket; I turned round, and saw the prisoner in the hands of a gentleman, who had

stopped him, and charged with having my handkerchief; I drew his hand out of his pocket, with my handkerchief in it.

WILLIAM BATES. I am shopman on Holborn-bridge. I was standing at my employer's door, and saw the prisoner in company with another young man; the prosecutor was about two yards before them - I saw the prisoner's companion go up to the prosecutor, and saw both his hands upon his pocket; he drew the handkerchief out, and gave it to the prisoner, who concealed it under his coat; I immediately ran across the road, secured the prisoner, and told Mr. Heale; he asked the prisoner for his handkerchief, and he delivered it up to him; his companion ran down Field-lane.

WILLIAM BONUS. I received him in charge.(Property produced and sworn to.)

Prisoner's Defence. A young man, who I did not know, dropped the handkerchief - I took it up, and put it into my pocket.

GUILTY . Aged 23. - Transported for Life .

17th May 1832
Reference Numbert18320517-71
SentenceNo Punishment > sentence respited

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1196. WILLIAM MARGITTS was indicted for stealing, on the 16th of April , 1 handkerchief, value 1s., the goods of Alexander Davidson , from his person .

ALEXANDER DAVIDSON. I am a flour-factor , and live in Brabent-court, Fenchurch-street. On the 16th of April, about six o'clock in the afternoon, I was in Skinner-street , and felt something at my pocket; I turned round, and saw the prisoner close to me with my handkerchief in his hand; he had not time to put it away - another, who was with him, made off; the prisoner was given in charge.

CHARLES KENT (City Policeman No. 96). This handkerchief was delivered to me by the prosecutor with the prisoner.(Property produced and sworn to.)

Prisoner's Defence. I saw two boys throw the handkerchief at me, and the gentleman immediately took me.

The prisoner received a good character.

GUILTY. - Aged 19. - Judgment Respited .

17th May 1832
Reference Numbert18320517-72

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1197. JOHN SELLWOOD was indicted for stealing, on the 15th of April , 1 handkerchief, value 3s., the goods of Arthur Molony , from his person .

ARTHUR MOLONY. I am a wine-merchant , and live in Lime-street. On a Sunday morning in April, between eleven and twelve o'clock, I was between Furnival's-inn and Gray's Inn-lane , and felt a motion at my coat; I turned round immediately, and perceived the prisoner with my handkerchief under his coat; I immediately collared him, and it fell at his feet, from under his coat - I took it off his feet, and secured him; another person took another, who was committed for six weeks.

MAURICE NICHOLS . I received him in charge.(Property produced and sworn to.)

Prisoner's Defence. The handkerchief was down at my feet, and the gentleman seized me.

GUILTY . Aged 17. - Transported for Life .

17th May 1832
Reference Numbert18320517-73

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1198. THOMAS PYCROFT was indicted for stealing, on the 11th of April , 3 lbs. of brass, value 15d., and 2 lbs. of copper tin and lead, mixed together, value 10d., the goods of John Hornby Maw and another, his masters .

JOHN HORNBY MAW. I am a surgical-instrument maker , and live in Aldermanbury - the prisoner lived with me as a workman on my premises for about a fortnight. On the 13th of April Mr. Stanton gave me information, and I found my property at his shop.

JOHN STANTON. I keep a metal and wire warehouse in Shoe-lane. On the 2nd of April the prisoner brought me 5 lbs. of metal, for which I paid him 2s. 1d. - some was cuttings of surgical-works, and the rest, part of moulds - he gave me his address, at No. 72, Leather-lane, which I afterwards found was false; he came a second time - I had him watched to a new beer-shop, and then informed Mr. Maw, who claimed the articles he had brought on the 2nd of May.(Property produced and sworn to.)

The prisoner pleaded poverty.

GUILTY . Aged 32. - Confined Fourteen Days .

17th May 1832
Reference Numbert18320517-74

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1199. ROBERT JAMES BRIGHT was indicted for stealing, on the 9th of May , 1 coat, value 5s. , the goods of William Green .

WILLIAM GREEN. I am a carman , and live in Dunk-street, Mile-end. On the 9th of April my cart stood in the Old Jewry , and my coat was on my horse, under the horse-cloth; I was unloading furniture between eight and nine o'clock, and saw the prisoner take it - I followed, and took him with it in his possession; he then threw it down.(Property produced and sworn to.)

GUILTY . Aged 21. - Confined Six Weeks .

17th May 1832
Reference Numbert18320517-75
VerdictGuilty > with recommendation

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1200. JOHN BARTLETT was indicted for stealing, on the 25th of April , 1 coat, value 10s. , the goods of William Follett .

WILLIAM FOLLETT. I live in Kingsland-road, and am engaged in the day time in Fenchurch-street ; I left town, and on returning missed this coat from there.

CHARLES READY. I am a servant at the house in Fenchurch-street; I met the prisoner coming out of the counting-house with a basket, and asked what business he had there - he said he meant no harm, and went out - I observed something bulky under his smock-frock, and stopped him; I found Mr. Follett's coat there, and gave him in charge - he had some empty bottles in his basket.(Property produced and sworn to.)

GUILTY . Aged 33.

Recommended to Mercy. - Confined One Month .

17th May 1832
Reference Numbert18320517-76
VerdictNot Guilty

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Fifth Middlesex Jury, before Mr. Common Sergeant.

1201. JAMES MAINWOOD was indicted for stealing, on the 15th of January , 1 bed, value 12s.; 2 blankets, value 6s., and 1 rug, value 2s. , the goods of Joseph Burford .

JOSEPH BURFORD. I am a barge-master , and live at Old Brentford - I have known the prisoner ten years. In January last I left my barge on the Thames at Old Brentford , and in a few days I found the cabin broken open, and missed every thing from it.

JOHNSON ORR (Police-constable E 40.) I went to the house of a person named Brooks on the 18th of April - I there found a bed, two blankets, and a rug, which the prosecutor claimed.

THOMAS BROOKS . I live with my father, at Old Brent

ford. The prisoner came on board our barge at Putney-reach; he asked me if I wanted to buy a duplicate of a bed, as he had been distressed, and pawned it - I bought it of him for half a crown; I redeemed the bed - my father's goods were distrained for rent, and I took the bed for my brother and sister to sleep on; this is the bed, but the pawnbroker is not here.


17th May 1832
Reference Numbert18320517-77
VerdictGuilty; Guilty
SentenceCorporal > whipping; No Punishment > sentence respited

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1202. WILLIAM PARTON and WILLIAM BROWN were indicted for stealing, on the 16th of April , 1 necklace, value 5s., the goods of John Simmonds , from Elizabeth Ann Simmonds .

ANN SIMMONDS. I am the wife of John Simmonds. My daughter, Elizabeth Ann Simmonds, had a necklace on on the 16th of April, and was playing at the next door to my house, in Devonshire-street, New North-road - she came in crying, and said she had lost her necklace; I went out, and saw the two prisoners turning the corner, not more than a dozen yards from my door - I saw them afterwards stopped.

JOSEPH WARE. I am the son of William Ware, of Dean-street. On the 16th of April, between twelve and one o'clock, I was standing opposite Devonshire-street; the two prisoners ran past me, and Brown gave something to Parton - I ran after them, and saw Brown taken at the top of the bridge; I saw a white ball in his hand while he was running, but it was not that which he gave to Parton - he had that when he was taken.

DAVID GORDAN. I am servant at the Robin Hood and Little John. About noon, on the 16th of April, I was at Bridport-place, about fifty yards from Devonshire-street; I took Brown to the station-house - I saw some beads afterwards picked up in a garden in Hyde-place.

PHILIP REGNARD. I live with my father in Bridport-place. On the 16th of April I was in the North-road; Mrs. Simmonds came out of Devonshire-street, and said some boys had stolen her child's necklace - I saw the two prisoners running, and Parton ran by the garden wall, where the beads were found; as he ran close by the wall I saw him take the beads from under his jacket, and throw them over; I took them up.

JAMES MILLER (Police-serjeant N 8). I took the prisoner into custody; I found this ball in Brown's hand, and received these beads from Regnard - I had known Parton before; he at first denied this, but afterwards said he did it for want.

ELIZABETH ANN SIMMONDS. I am six years old. I was by my mother's door; Brown came and gave me some chalk, and then snatched my necklace - Parton was with him, and they ran off together; I told my mother - this is my necklace.

Brown's Defence. I had nothing to do with it.

PARTON - GUILTY . Aged 14.

Whipped and Discharged .

BROWN - GUILTY . Aged 12.

Judgment Respited .

17th May 1832
Reference Numbert18320517-78
VerdictsGuilty > with recommendation; Not Guilty; Not Guilty

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Before Mr. Sergeant Arabin.

1203. ROBERT WILLIAMS was indicted for stealing, on the 5th of April , 1 dressing-case, value 3l.; 5 pencil-cases, value 1l.; 6 books, value 13s.; 1 razor and case, value 1s.; 3 sticks of wax, value 6d., and 4 steel pens, value 1s., the goods of John Turrill , his master ; and RICHARD EVANS and JOHN ROGERS were indicted for feloniously receiving the same, well knowing them to have been stolen .

HENRY BENJAMIN WRIGHT . I am shopman to Mr. John Turrill, a bookseller and stationer ; he has a shop in Regent-street, and another in Oxford-street. Williams was in his employ at the shop in Oxford-street , and had been so for five or six years; he was taken on the 5th of April.

HENRY GODDARD. I am a Police-officer. I went to Mr. Turrill's, in Oxford-street, on the 5th of April; I saw Williams there - I told him Mr. Turrill had been robbed, and asked him to step up stairs; I then asked him to get his duplicates, if he had any about him - he said he would fetch them; he went up stairs - I followed, and he gave me a pocket-book, containing several duplicates, amongst which was one for a dressing-case, pawned for 1l. 15s., and one for five pencil-cases, pawed for 10s.; he said he intended to have restored them again, and he did not think there was any harm in taking them - I asked him if he knew a man named Rogers; he said he had not seen him for six months, but he afterwards admitted that he had seen him a few days before, and had drank with him; I then went with Clements to James-street, Lisson-grove - he brought from a house there some property, which Mr. Wright identified; I do not know what Rogers is - in consequence of what Williams said I found four prayer-books, which were pawned at Mr. Dobree's.

Cross-examined by MR. SMITH. Q. You desired Williams to produce the duplicates, and he did? A. Yes; he made no attempt to prevent my seeing them.

FREDERICK CLEMENTS. I am a Police-officer. I took Rogers at the Cape of Good Hope, in Titchfield-street, on the 5th of April; I said he would have to give an account of a robbery at Mr. Turrill's - he said he could not, for he knew nothing about it; I asked where he lived - he would not tell me for some time, but at the office he said it was at a coal-shed in Great James-street, Lisson-grove; I went there with Goddard and Wright - a key which I took from Rogers opened a box which I found there; I found in the box this Bible, wafer-seal, three sticks of sealing-wax, and other things; I took them to the office, and asked Rogers how he accounted for the possession of them - he said he had received them from Williams; I went the same evening with Mr. Wright, to Jewin-street, and after waiting several hours, I apprehended Evans - I asked him if he knew a person named Turrill's; he said he did - I asked if he was in the habit of going to that shop frequently; he said he was - I asked if he had ever pawned any thing for Williams; he said he had, and after some hesitation he recollected himself, and said he had pawned a dressing-case for 35s. - that he took out a waistcoat at the same time, and took the remainder of the 35s. to Williams.

JOHN WILLIAMS . I am a shoemaker. I have known Rogers nearly two years; he asked me to pawn four Prayer-books for him, which I did, at Mr. Dubree's, and he wished the money to be spent in ale at the Cape of Good Hope public-house.

JAMES ALDOUS. I am a pawnbroker. I produce a dressing-case, which was pawned by Evans, in the name of John Williams , No. 351, Oxford-street.

JOSEPH LYALL . I live with Mr. Dobree, a pawnbroker. These four Prayer-books were pawned with me by Williamson, in the name of Robert, for John Williams - he said he was his brother.(Property produced and sworn to.)

MR. SMITH to MR. TURILL. Q. I believe Williams had been in your service for some time? A. Yes, and I had the highest opinion of him; I am a very unwilling prosecutor - I think Rogers has been the only rogue; I would take Williams into my service again.

Williams received a good character.


Recommended to Mercy - Confined One Month .



17th May 1832
Reference Numbert18320517-79

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1204. JOSEPH WEBLING was indicted for stealing, on the 3rd of May , 1 watch, value 50s. , the goods of Alexander Morrison .

ALEXANDER MORRISON . I am a journeyman baker . -This watch, which used to hang all day in the bakehouse, I had borrowed of a friend; I left it safe on the 3rd of May, when I went out, and when I returned, it was gone; I had seen the prisoner frequently when he came with flour from the wharf.

ELIZABETH WARD. My father is a baker, and lives in Titchburn-street - the prosecutor lived with us. On the 3rd of may, while he was out, the prisoner came and said there was some flour coming form the wharf, and he must go down stairs and prepare for it; he went down into the bakehouse, under the shop - he was not there more than two minutes, he then went away; no flour came.

Prisoner. I was not there that night, Witness. I am certain that he was.

HENRY ELGOOD. I work in the house. On the 3rd of May I went out, between threeand four o'clock, and the watch was hanging up safe - I returned in five minutes, and it was gone.

JAMES STANTON . I live with a pawnbroker, in York-street. I have a silver watch, pawned on the 3rd of May, for 1l. by Low.

JOHN LOW. I am a painter. I have known the prisoner three or four months, by his coming to the public-house where I lodge - on the 3rd of May he came and asked me to pawn this watch, in the name of John Smith No. 5, Drayton-street, which I did, and the next morning he was taken up.(Property produced and sworn to.)

GUILTY . Aged 25. - Transported for Seven Years .

17th May 1832
Reference Numbert18320517-80

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1205. JOHN AYRES was indicted for stealing, on the 26th of April , 1 handkerchief, value 3s. , the goods of John Wilson .

JOHN WILSON . I am a coachman . On the 26th of April, about nine o'clock in the morning I was in a mews - I had a handkerchief laying on a box in the stable; I had seen the prisoner three years ago, but had not seen him again till that morning, when he called on me at the stable - when he was gone I missed the handkerchief.

HORAGE PECKOVER. I live with a pawnbroker in Tothill-street. I have a handkerchief, pawned by the prisoner, on the 26th of April - he gave his name as John Andrews .(Property produced and sworn to.)

GUILTY . Aged 21. - Confined One Month .

17th May 1832
Reference Numbert18320517-81
VerdictGuilty; Guilty

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1206. JOHN FLOOD and GEORGE PALLETT were indicted for feloniously breaking and entering a building within the curtilage of the dwelling-house of John James Bowen on the 23rd of April , and stealing therein 1 copper, value 3l., and 50lbs. weight of lead, value 5s., the goods of the said John James Bowen ; against the Statute, &c.

SECOND COUNT, stating them to be the goods of the overseers of the poor of the parish of Edmonton .

MR. DOWLING conducted the prosecation.

JOHN JAMES BOWEN . I am master of Edmonton work-house , and live there - there is a brewhouse in the yard, in which was a copper; I saw it safe on the 23rd of April, and missed it the next morning, between four and five o'clock - I afterwards saw it brought up to the office; this is it - it had been fixed, and the lead round it had been taken away; this is the lead. On the night of the 23rd of April the prisoners came home to the workhouse with Stubbs and Joyce, a little before eleven o'clock; they rang the bell violently - I got up, and said, "Who is there?" Stubbs said, "Here are four of us;" I went down, and stopped the crank of the bell - they then kicked at the door; I called up some men who were in the house, on whom I could depend; we armed ourselves, in case they should break the foor open, as they thretened to do - they at length went away; I just went out, and ascertained that all was quiet, and sent the men to bed again - after some time Stubbs and Joyce came back, and said the brew house was broken open; the copper is beavy - it would require two persons to move it.

SAMUEL STUBBS . I live in the workhouse. On the night in question I came home with the two prisoners - what Mr. Bowen has stated is true; I then saw the two prisoners go over the wall, and I went over in about ten minutes afterwards, to lay down in the oakum shed - I saw the two prisoners taking out the copper; they put it over the wall, and went away - the copper was found in a dunghill half a mile off.

Flood. Q.Did not I meet you and Joyce in a beastly state of intoxication? A. No - you met us, but we were not intoxicated: we went to a public-house.

JOHN JOYCE. I am a pauper in the workhouse. I was with Stubbs - what he states is correct. I was not intoxicated; we went to the Jolly Farmer, and as the landlady could not get an officer, she gave us a pint of beer to go out.

THOMAS GEORGE ROBINSON. I went in search of the copper and found it in a dunghill, and the lead also.

JOHN CAMP. I am an officer. I took the prisoners, but did not find the copper.

Flood's Defence. On the Easter Monday night these men were very much intoxicated; they could not tell who took the copper - the oakum shed is ten or fifteen yards from where the copper was; we were so intoxicated that we could not get over a wall ten or fifteen feet high - we could hardly get along.

SAMUEL STUBBS . The wall is about seven feet high; I got over it, and so did the prisoners.

JOHN JAMES BOWEN. The wall is about eight feet high where they got over, but there is a stile which they step on; it is very easy to get over - Stubbs and Joyce appeared sober when they came and said the copper was gone.

FLOOD - GUILTY . Aged 30.


Transported for Fourteen Years .

17th May 1832
Reference Numbert18320517-82
VerdictGuilty; Guilty > with recommendation
SentenceTransportation; Imprisonment

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1207. GEORGE BRITTON and MARY BRYAN were indicted for stealing, on the 22nd of April , 2 coats, value 2l.; 1 petticoat, value 2s.; 1 pair of drawers, value 2s.; 2 sheets, value 2s., and 1 shawl, value 1l. , the goods of Patrick Sheedy .

PATRICK SHEEDY. I am married - I am a journeyman tailor , and live in Belton-street, Long-acre , in the two pair front room. On Easter Sunday, the 22nd of April, I was at a public-house, and my wife came there when I had been there about two hours - she came to get me home; the prisoners and some other persons, whom I did not know were there; I had known Britton in Ireland - he went home with me, and stopped about five minutes; he said I had a very comfortable room - I said it was not so comfortable as I wished; I then went out with him, and he got 4d. of me for a quartern of gin; my wife went with us - we then went to another public-house I parted with him, and went nearly opposite, to another public-house, where I had a pint of ale; I then returned to my house, and found an officer on the stairs - my room door was open, the lock burst off, and the property stated was on the stairs, except the great coat, which the officer found afterwards; the officer told me to remain quiet, and in about ten minutes Britton came into my room; I asked him what brought him there - he was quite stunned, and I gave him into custody; I did not see Bryan at my house.

MARY SHEEDY. I am the wife of Patrick Sheedy . I went out with him, as he describes - I locked my room door, and had the key in my hand; we returned in a quarter of an hour or twenty minutes - it was then nearly twelve o'clock at night; as I was going up stairs I saw our room door open, and some of the articles in the passage and on the stairs - Britton had parted with us nearly a quarter of an hour before.

ANN RYAN. I lodge in George-street, in the two pair back-room. Mary Bryan came to me between one and two o'clock that night; I was in bed - she lives in that house - she knocked me up, and asked me if I would allow her to leave her husband's coat till the morning, for fear he should pawn it, which I did; she came in the morning, and had it away - I did not take particular notice of it; to the best of my knowledge it was a blue coat; it was not this coat; there was a coat shown to me at the office, but they did not ask me any questions about it - I never said, "This is the coat;" they never asked me; a paper was read over to me, and I marked it - I attended to it.

Q. Did you hear them read, "Between one and two o'clock this morning I was in bed, when she (the prisoner) knocked at the room; I let her in - she then said, "Mrs. Ryan, I am sorry to disturb you, will you allow me to let this coat (the coat produced) remain in your room;' I said Yes, and she left the coat; and this morning, between seven and eight o'clock, I gave her the coat again?" A. She asked me to let her leave her husband's coat; the coat was not shown to me at the office.

JOHN BENNETT. I am a Police-constable. I was on duty in Belton-street; a young man spoke to me - I went to the house, and found some articles on the stairs; I desired the young man to go into his own apartment, and I waited; the prosecutor and his wife then came home - they spoke to me on the stairs, and then went up; I found their room broken open - I told them to go into their room, and put out their light; I then heard them open their window - I went out, and made a sign for them to put it down; I then waited a few minutes, and Britton, the prisoner, came, and went into the prosecutor's room - I went up, and took him; the prosecutor was rather intoxicated, and he threw it in Britton's teeth that he had been transported before - Ryan, the witness, has been tampered with - I have had a great deal of trouble with her; it was near five o'clock on Tuesday last before we could find her - these are the things which I found on the stairs.

JAMES JOYCE (Police-constable E 130). Between seven and eight o'clock in the morning, on the 23rd of April, I received information from Ryan's husband that a coat had been left there; I went and took Bryan there, and demanded the stolen property; she said she had no coat but the one that was under the staircase, outside the kitchen stairs - I found this coat there, with a great stone on it.

Cross-examined by MR. LEE. Q. Do you know that there are eight or nine lodgers in the house? A. I know there are a number of them - I did not make any further search; she told me she had found this coat in the passage - I was in the kitchen when she told me this; Ryan and her husband live there - I took Bryan's husband, but he was discharged.(Proprly produced and sworn to.)


Transported for Seven Years .

BRYAN - GUILTY . Aged 26.

Recommended to Mercy. - Confined Three Months .

17th May 1832
Reference Numbert18320517-83

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1208. JOHN HENDERTON was indicted for stealing, on the 17th of April , 4 locks, value 17s., the goods of our Lord the King, being fixed to a building ; against the Statute, &c.

2nd COUNT, stating them to tbe he goods of Thomas Cullum .

3rd COUNT, stating them to be the goods of a person or persons unknown.

MR. ADOLPHUS conducted the prosecution.

WILLIAM HANLEY. I am proprietor of eighteen houses in Hanley-row, Islington - No. 29 is one of them; there were locks on the doors of that house - I let the houses to the Board of Ordnance; Mr. Cullum was there as their servant.

THOMAS CULLUM. I am barrack-serjeant belonging to the Ordnance - the house No. 29, Hanley-place, was in my care as officers' quarters, but it was not occupied. On the night of the 16th of April I locked up every door of it, and the windows were all safe; on the 17th I heard an alarm, and the prisoner was brought back to me by George Waters - he was searched, in my presence, and a serew fell from his side pocket; a knife, which was formed like a screw-driver, was taken from him, and an awl; the prisoner said he should not have done what he had, and begged he might be let go, as he had a wife at home sick and starv

ing - these locks were produced to me in the prisoner's presence, but he said nothing about them; there were five locks missing from doors which I had locked up the night before; these four fitted to four of the room doors exactly, and this screw fitted one of the locked exactly; they all came from rooms in the house which I had the care of.

GEORGE WATERS. I am employed by Mr. Hanley. On the 17th of April I saw the prisoner running up a ditch; I ran after him till I came to the top of Crouch-end-hill, I then called out Stop thief! - I saw the prisoner drop something out of his apron, (which shone like brass,) into the ditch, which was dry; I still kept running after him, and then saw him throw something into a pond - I went on, and he was taken - he ran in a stooping position.

JAMES GIBBS . In consequence of what was told me, I saw a man search a pond, and find two black locks, and a little brass catch, which are here.

Prisoner. Q. How far was the pond from the house? A.About a quarter of a mile, and the ditch was the same.

Prisoner's Defence. I was up there to look for work; I had a wife sick at home, and she was without food - I was gathering some herbs - I thought I was trespassing, and ran away, but I did not take the property.

GUILTY . Aged 28. - Confined Three Months .

17th May 1832
Reference Numbert18320517-84
VerdictGuilty; Guilty

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1209. CHARLES BAXTER and JAMES WILSON were indicted for stealing, on the 7th of May , 1 watch, value 20l., the goods of Margaret Ryley , from her person .

MR. DAWSON conducted the prosecution.

MARGARET RYLEY . I am single . On the 7th of May, between three and four o'clock in the afternoon, I was walking in Back Church-lane, Whitechapel , with Mrs. Warren - a man snatched a ribbon from my neck with a gold watch attached to it; I ran after him, and cried Stop thief! I do not know whether there were two men or one, I was so agitated - I ran on to Nottingham-place, where I saw a crowd; I saw one of the prisoners, and said, "You have got my watch," and he instantly gave it to me - to the best of my recollection it was Wilson.

JOHN HONOUR CROUCHER . On the 7th of May I was walking down Fieldgate-street, Whitechapel - I heard a distinct cry of Stop thief! and on going along the street beyond Nottingham-place, I saw the two prisoners coming down, one on each side of the way - Wilson was coming rathere faster than the other, not running, but with a quick walk, and he had his hand in his pocket; I stopped, thinking he was the person they were calling after, and directly he saw that he bolted off and ran, and the other prisoner after him; I pursued; he was turned back, and came to Nottingham-place again, where some person stopped him - I was immediately upon him; I took him by the collar, and said, "Is there any Policeman?" the lady came up directly, and said, "You have got my watch," and he took it out of his pocket and gave it her; the officer came up, and I gave him in charge - Baxter had not followed him as if to catch him.

Cross-examined by MR. BARRY. Q. You heard no conversation between the two prisoners? A. No; I do not think there were more than ten prisoners in the street - there had been an alarm, and that induced me to look into the street - they both ran off.

JOSEPH AVES . I was going down the Commercial-road, on the 7th of May, on an errand for my master; I heard a cry of Stop thief! and saw Baxter hand a watch, like a gold one, to Wilson - they then went off, and I did not see them again till they got to Nottingham-place - I called out for the Policeman, and so did Mr. Croucher.

Cross-examined by MR. PHILLIPS. Q. Then Baxter gave the watch to Wilson? A. Yes; the lady was in the street and running.

Cross-examined by MR. BARRY. Q. Did you see Mr. Croucher have hold of Wilson? A. I told the Magistrate that Baxter gave Wilson something, but I did not know what; they asked if it was like a watch, and I said Yes.(Property produced and sworn to.)

Baxter's Defence. I heard a cry of Stop thief! and ran to see what was the matter - I saw a person running ahead, and called Stop thief! I saw Wilson in custody - I walked up, stood about five minutes, and I was taken.

Wilson's Defence. I saw a person running, and something was thrown into the road; I took it up and ran on, and when I was taken, the lady came up and I gave her the watch.

BAXTER - GUILTY . Aged 24.

WILSON - GUILTY . Aged 21.

Transported for Fourteen Years .

17th May 1832
Reference Numbert18320517-85
VerdictGuilty; Guilty

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1210. HENRY BUTLER and JAMES BUTLER were indicted for stealing, on the 28th of April , 1 saw, value 2s.; 1 steel, value 6d., and 1 lb. weight of mutton, value 6d. , the goods of Charles Martin .

CHARLES MARTIN . I am a butcher , and live at Chelsea . On the 28th of April I missed this property from my shop, between nine and ten o'clock in the evening - I did not know the prisoners.

HENRY BROWN (Police-constable B 60). I saw the two prisoners on the night in question, in Pimlico, contending about this saw, which laid in the road - a woman came by and picked it up, and then each of the prisoners claimed it - as they gave a very bad account of it I took it and them down to the station; I then asked them how they came by it - James said he lived with a butcher named Green, who had sent him to get it set; I found on him this steel, and on Henry I found two pieces of mutton which he said were given him for his Sunday's dinner.

H. BUTLER - GUILTY . Aged 16.

J. BUTLER - GUILTY . Aged 19.

Confined One Month .

17th May 1832
Reference Numbert18320517-86
VerdictGuilty; Guilty

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1211. MARY BROWN and SOPHIA JOHNSON were indicted for stealing, on the 24th of April , 1 watch, value 30s., and 1 watch-key, value 3s., the goods of Isaac Greedus , from his person .

ISAAC GREEDUS . I am a weaver , and live in Bethnal-green. On the 24th of April, about a half-past eleven o'clock at night, I met the prisoners; I was the worse for liquor, but I knew all the transaction - I passed them- Brown came after me, and asked me to accompany her home; after some time I went with her - as we were going along the other prisoner came up, and said she lived in the same apartment - I went with them to George-street, Spitalfields ; we went up into a room, but did not go to bed - I think they both had money of me, but I cannot say how much; I know I changed a crown-piece,

and it was nearly all gone - we had some porter; I did not fall asleep - I sat in company with them till they decamped, and I suspected they had taken something; I then missed my watch - they did not make any excuse for going away; I did not follow them - I was rather too far gone in liquor; I could not run in a strange place - I called for an officer out of the window.

JOHN GREEN (Police-constable H 120). The prosecutor called to me; I went up - he said he had lost his watch; he was in liquor, but seemed to know what he was about; he described the prisoners, and I took them at the Two Brewers, in Whitecross-street, in company together, and one of them, (I cannot say which,) threw this watch under the settle - I took it up.

Johnson. Q.Were there not other persons there? A. Yes; two men and one woman, but it was one of you two who threw it down.

Brown. He swears false; if he saw it thrown he must have seen who threw it - the prosecutor came to the sign of the Frying Pan, and gave us drink there.

ISAAC GREBDUS . No; I never left the room till six o'clock in the morning - I stopped there all night; this is my watch.

BROWN - GUILTY . Aged 21.


Transported for Fourteen Years .

17th May 1832
Reference Numbert18320517-87

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1212. SARAH BENTLEY was indicted for stealing, on the 22nd of April , 1 sovereign; 2 half-sovereigns; 1 half-crown; 5 shillings, and 1 sixpence, the monies of Thomas Wilson , from his person .

THOMAS WILSON. I am an upholsterer . On Sunday morning, the 22nd of April, I was in Holborn ; as near as I can recollect, about two o'clock; the prisoner accosted me, and asked me to give her something - I told her I had no money in my pocket, and I wished to get home; she kept walking backwards as I went forwards; I took my purse, which was in my trousers pocket, and put it into my waistcoat pocket; I took some halfpence out of my trousers pocket, at the same time, to give her, and at that moment she took my purse out of my waistcoat pocket - I caught hold of her hand, and said, "You have stolen my purse;" she said, "No, I have not;" and at the same time she put out her hand to a girl not many yards from her; I have not seen the purse again; I called an officer, who came and took the prisoner.

Prisoner. I was not in your company at all, and you stated you did not know whether there was 2l. 10s. or 2l. 8s. in the purse. Witness. I said I believed there was more in the purse than I swore to.

JOSEPH BAKER (Police-constable E 115). The prosecutor called for a Policeman: I went up; I left the prisoner in custody, and tried to find the other girl, but could not; he said the prisoner had robbed him of 2l. 10s., as near as he could guess - he appeared sober.

The prisoner put in a written Defence, stating that the proscator had accosted her, and inquired her address; that she left him in five minutes, and had not taken his property.

GUILTY . Aged 25. - Transported for Life .

17th May 1832
Reference Numbert18320517-88

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1213. WILLIAM BOOTH was indicted for stealing, on the 2nd of May , one 5l. Bank note , the property of Joseph Fortune .

JOSEPH FORTUNE . On the 2nd of May I was staying at my mother's house, in Weston-street, Somer's-town - the prisoner is my uncle, and used to come there when he thought proper; on that morning, I put a 5l. note into a small box in my chest, which I locked; the prisoner saw me do it, and on the following morning he came there again; I had to go down several times, leaving my coat and waistcoat in the room, and he must have taken the key of my chest out of my pocket; on the following morning I missed the 5l. note, which has been stopped at the Bank.

ELIZABETH JANE MABER . My husband keeps a wine-vaults, at the King's Cross; the prisoner came to our house, and asked me to change a 5l. note, which I did - I paid the note away to Mr. Watts.

JOHN PRITCHARD. I was at the prosecutor's house - I saw the prisoner come in there, and he went out again; he was fetched back, and then he went to the privy; he was taken from there; I went to the privy, and saw one sovereign on the soil; I called for a candle, and took down the seat; I then found a canvas bag, with another sovereign and some silver in it.

RICHARD HOLLAND. I am a Police-constable. I was called to Weston-street, to take the prisoner; he came out of the privy - I took him to the watch-house, and asked if he knew what he was charged with: he said,"With robbing Joseph Fortune , but it is more likely to he Joseph's brother than me" - I went back, and saw the money, found in the privy.

GUILTY . Aged 53. - Confined Six Months .

17th May 1832
Reference Numbert18320517-89
VerdictNot Guilty

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1214. CHARLES CROWDER was indicted for feloniously receiving, on the 24th of October , 1 clock, value 10l, and 1 barometer, value 2s., the goods of David Robert Remington , well knowing them to have been stolen ; against the Statute, &c.

MR. LEE declined offering any evidence.


17th May 1832
Reference Numbert18320517-90

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1215. BARNARD CONROY was indicted for stealing, on the 15th of April , 1 sovereign , the property of the parishioners of St. James, Westminster .

2nd COUNT, stating it to be the property of the Rev. James Gifford Ward .

3rd COUNT, stating it to be the property of Richard Stratton .

4th COUNT, stating it to be the property of some person or persons unknown.

RICHARD STRATTON . I am a linen-draper . On Sunday, the 15th of April, I was at the north-east door of St. Philip's-chapel, Westminster , holding a plate for a collection; there was among the money that was given two sovereigns - I saw the prisoner coming into the chapel from the street; he put his hand into the plate, as if to put something in, but he drew his hand flat out of the plate again, and the moment he took it out I missed a sovereign; he walked off - I followed him with the plate in my hand, and called Stop him! he was taken, and I saw the sovereign again.

HENRY UNDERWOOD. I am a cutler, and live in the Haymarket. I was coming out of the chapel, and heard a cry of Stop him! I saw the prisoner threading through

the crowd, and laid hold of him; I found he was doing something with his right arm - I took hold of that, and took him into the chapel; I found in his coat pocket this sovereign, with some Venice turpentine on it.

BENJAMIN WEBB. I was standing at one of the doors. I saw the sovereign taken from the prisoner's pocket, with some turpentine on it, and found a penny-piece stuck fast to his hand with turpentine; I could hardly get it off.

RICHARD MUGGERIDGE. I saw the prisoner going into the chapel; I soon afterwards heard an alarm - I was present when the money was found; I found a box of turpentine in his pocket - he said he was brought up to the medical profession, and had a brother a minister in Ireland.

The prisoner delivered in a written statement, representing that he was respectably connected, and entreating for a lenient sentence.

GUILTY . Aged 23. - Transported for Seven Years .

17th May 1832
Reference Numbert18320517-91

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1216. WILLIAM CARPENTER was indicted for stealing, on the 19th of April , 1 purse, value 6d.; 2 sovereigns, 2 half-crowns, and 20 shillings, the property of Cordelia Rishton , from her person .

CORDELIA RISHTON. I am a widow . On the 19th of April I was near the Arcade in the Strand ; I passed a print-shop - there were a few persons there; I had little difficulty in passing till the prisoner stopped me - he had hold of the arm of another man; one of them stopped me, and the other was behind me - soon afterwards Mr. Gibbard came, and asked if I had lost any thing; I then found there was a long slit cut in my reticule, and my purse and the money stated had been taken out - the purse was found under the prisoner's feet, but the money was gone.

Cross-examined by MR. CLARKSON. Q. Did you not tell the Magistrate that you had some doubt about the identity of the prisoner? A. No - there were two persons brought up; I could not be certain about the other, but I am certain of the prisoner - I looked him full in the face; he stopped me, and I put him away from me - I saw him in custody within five minutes.

SAMUEL EVAN GIBBARD . I am a reporter. On the 19th of April, about two o'clock, I was passing the Strand - I saw the prosecutrix before me, and on coming nearly opposite No. 48, I saw the prisoner and some other person push against her; I then saw a green purse, or cardcase under the prisoner's feet, which he was trying to conceal - I pointed him out, and he was taken; I went after the lady, and told her of it.

Cross-examined. Q. I believe he was searched at the station-house? A. Yes - I cannot say what was found on him, but nothing that the lady could identify: he was within five or six yards of the spot where the robbery was committed; I had come from Charles-street, and had followed the lady down the Strand; after the robbery I run after her; for perhaps, one hundred yards - there was nothing found on the prisoner to cut the reticule with.

EDWARD ROBERT HEARN . I was going in an opposite direction, and saw the prisoner push against the lady - I suspected he had robbed her; there were ten or twelve persons round the print-shop; I looked at the prisoner, and he was shuffling this card-case with his feet - I called the officer, and gave him into custody.

JOHN BURKETT (Police-constable F 41). I was called, and saw the prisoner near the picture-shop - there were ten or twelve other persons - I saw this green case under his feet, which he was trying to hide - I looked at him; he walked away; I took up the case, and went and took him.(Case produced and sworn to.)

Prisoner's Defence. I certainly was looking into the shop, but I do not know that I trod on this case; any other person was as likely to tread on it as me, and any person might as well have been taken.

GUILTY . Aged 25. - Transported for Fourteen Years .

17th May 1832
Reference Numbert18320517-92

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1217. CAROLINE CLEMENTS was indicted for stealing, on the 1st of May , 1 hat, value 20s. , the goods of Samuel Eness .

SAMUEL ENESS . I live in Red Lion-street, Holborn - the prisoner was four months in my service. On the 1st of May my errand-boy gave me information; I missed a hat, and applied to an officer, who found it.

HENRY DEW . I am errand-boy to the prosecutor - he is a batter. On the 30th of April I took six hats out of the window. and put them on the counter; the next morning I missed one, and told my master - I told the prisoner of it; she said she knew my master had lost a hat, and that he was very vexed about it.

WILLIAM OSBORN (Police-constable E 38). I went with Mr. Eness to his house, and questioned the prisoner - she quite denied this at first, but at last pointed the hat out in a cupboard in the back kitchen, tied up in this handkerchief; she said she took it, but why she did not know.(Property produced and sworn to.)

Prisoner. I brought it down to take a pattern; I wrapped it up in the handkerchief, and for fear of my master knowing it, I put it by.

GUILTY . Aged 17. - Transported for Seven Years .

17th May 1832
Reference Numbert18320517-93

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1218. JOHN DONOVAN was indicted for stealing, on the 7th of March , 1 coat, value 40s. , the goods of Thomas Sanders .

ALFRED WILLIAM HAYMAN . I live with Mr. Thomas Sanders , a solicitor , in Elm-court, Temple. He sent me, on the 7th of March, to Calthorp-street for a coat; I went and received it, with a cloth on the top of it, and was bringing it home - I saw the prisoner and another person in Gray's Inn-lane; the cloth dropped from the coat; I took it up, and the person who was with the prisoner came and said to me, "Have you a knife to scrape the dirt off;" I said No - he then said if I would go into a public-house just by he would borrow a hard brush, and brush it off for me when it got dry; he took me to the Three Tuns, Brook-street, Holborn - the prisoner and the other man went in, and I followed; I put the coat on the right-hand table, and dried the cloth - I turned round in five or six minutes, and the coat was gone, and the prisoner and his companion - the coat has not been found; I am quite sure the prisoner is one of the men; he was taken in about a month.

EMMA LEWIS . I am thirteen years old - I live with my father, who keeps the Three Tuns. I recollect this witness and the prisoner coming in; there was a dark great

coat in the room - I do not know where it laid, but I saw the prisoner come out with it under his arm, and go away.

JOHN MANNING. I am a traveller. I was at the Three Tuns, and saw this lad come in with two or three persons, and go into the tap-room; I was at the bar, taking a glass of ale; one of the men came out of the tap-room, and asked for a hard brush - the landlady turned to get it out of a locker, and while she did that one of the men went off with the coat; I consider the prisoner was one, but I cannot swear to him - I could to the man who asked for the brush.

JOSEPH HIGGINS (Police-constable F 35). I was in a house about a month after this - I heard the prisoner and some others talking about a coat, and I took him on suspicion.

Prisoner's Defence. On the 7th of March I was in a public-house, asleep - I wrote to the waiter to come, but he is not here.

GUILTY . Aged 20. - Transported for Seven Years .

17th May 1832
Reference Numbert18320517-94

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1219. SAMUEL DARLING was indicted for stealing, on the 9th of April , 1 pair of boots, value 12s. , the goods of Thomas Lee .

THOMAS LEE . I am a grocer and cheesemonger , and live at Kingsland - my brother-in-law keeps the Hoop . I was at his house on the 9th of April, and saw the prisoner and another person; they were in and out of the skittle-ground; when the prisoner was about to leave, I saw something bulky about him; he was taken - one boot we found under his jacket, and one in his trousers; these are them; they are mine, and had been in the kitchen.

JOHN SULLIVAN (Police-constable N 156). I took the prisoner, and found the boots on him.

GUILTY . Aged 19. - Confined Six Weeks .

17th May 1832
Reference Numbert18320517-95
VerdictGuilty > with recommendation

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1220. ANN ELLIOTT was indicted for stealing, on the 22nd of April , 2 curtains, value 15s.; 1 bonnet, value 3s.; 2 pelisses, value 8s.; 1 gown, value 1s. 6d.; 1 shift, value 1s.; 2 handkerchiefs, value 1s., and 1 apron, value 6d. , the goods of Mary Brotherton .

MARY BROTHERTON. I am a widow , and live at Hammersmitb . On the 22nd of April, about four o'clock in the afternoon, I heard somebody walking in the passage -I went up, and found the prisoner on the top of the stairs, with a bundle; I asked what she did there; she said she had come out of the way of the Policemen, who were after her - the bundle contained the articles stated, which are mine; they had been in the one pair front room - the prisoner was quite a stranger.(Property produced and sworn to.)

GUILTY . Aged 17.

Recommended to Mercy. - Transported for Seven Years .

17th May 1832
Reference Numbert18320517-96

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1221. MARIA EVANS was indicted for stealing, on the 14th of April , 2 half-crowns, the monies of John Wright Davidson , from his person .

JOHN WRIGHT DAVIDSON . I am a carpenter , and live at Highgate. I was in Old-street on the night of the 14th of April; I met the prisoner, who asked me to go home with her, which I refused; I had my two hands in my pockets, and there were two half-crowns in my right-hand trousers pocket; she still asked me to go with her - I said I was married, and wanted to go home; she then thrust the front of her person against me, and put her hand into my trousers - I took my hands out of my pocket to push her away; I then missed my money; I took hold of her, and said, "You have robbed me;" she said, "I have not robbed you, there is your money" - I saw my money on the ground - the officer came and took her.

THOMAS PRINDIVILLE (Police-constable G 140). I took the prisoner - she said, "I have not robbed him, there is the money."

Prisoner's Defence. I left him, and he came after me, and wanted me to go with him; his clothes were down, and the money fell out of his pocket.

GUILTY . Aged 46. - Transported for Fourteen Years .

17th May 1832
Reference Numbert18320517-97
SentenceMiscellaneous > fine

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1222. PETER FISHER was indicted for embezzlement .

JOHN ARCHER . I am a baker , and live in High Holborn . The prisoner was my servant for about six months - he took out bread, and was to receive money on my account, which he was to account for when he returned, to me only; if he received a bill, he was to account for it the same day.

CHARLOTTE GLAZE . I had bread of the prosecutor, which the prisoner used to bring - I paid him as I took the bread in; on the Wednesday I had two half-quarterns, and paid 8d.; on the Thursday I had four half loaves, and paid 1s. 4d., that was on account of the next day being Good Friday; and on the Saturday I took in four loaves, and paid 1s. 4d.

MR. ARCHER. The prisoner never accounted to me for either of these sums of money, but he had been running a bill for some time at Mr. Honiball's, where this witness is cook - he left me on the Saturday, in consequence of my having given him notice before, and on the Monday I sent a bill in, which was returned, saying they did not owe a farthing; I believe the whole bill, as he stated, was 1l. 18s. or 1l. 19s. - he bore a good character.

GUILTY . Aged 18. - Fined 1s. and Discharged .

17th May 1832
Reference Numbert18320517-98

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1223. JOHN GORDON GIBSON was indicted for stealing, on the 9th of April , 1 silver spoon, value 10s., and 1 umbrella, value 10s. , the goods of John Bethell .

JOHN BETHELL. I am a solicitor , in Lincoln's Inn-fields - the prisoner was a clerk in my office from 1828 up to April last; I am in partnership with Mr. Henry Williams - the lower part of the house is offices, but I reside in the upper part, and the prisoner had the unlimited range of the house. In February last I lost a number of valuable articles, and among the rest some spoons - the prisoner was taken to the office on another charge; the officer found on him a number of duplicates, one of which is for a silver dessert-spoon, which is one of a set I had lost, and one for a silk umbrella.

WILLIAM PENNY. I live with Mr. Cottrel, a pawnbroker. On the 14th of February I took in this spoon of a man, who, I believe, was not the prisoner; I gave him this duplicate.

CHRISTOPHER LAMB . I am a pawnbroker, and live in Stanhope-street; I have a silk umbrella, which I took in on the 23rd of February, of a man, who, to the best of my belief, was the prisoner; this is the duplicate I gave.

BENJAMIN PHILLIPS (Police-constable G 58). I took

the prisoner - as we were going along in the coach I saw him take something out of his pocket, and he was going to throw it out of the window; I took hold of them - he said, "They are only some duplicates, which Mr. Bethell has seen;" I found the duplicates of these things among them.(Purse produced and sworn to)

The prisoner put in a written Defence, stating that he had been induced, by his necessities, to pledge the property, which he indtended to redeem.

GUILTY . Aged 22. - Transported for Seven Years .

17th May 1832
Reference Numbert18320517-99

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1224. MARY GREEN was indicted for stealing, on the 25th of April , 1 sheet, value 6d.; 1 pair of shoes, value 6d., and 1 brush, value 2d., the goods of William Clark ; and that she had before been convicted of felony .

HANNAH CLARK. I am the wife of William Clark ; we live in Booth-street, Spitalfields . On the 28th of April we lost a pair of shoes; a sheet, and a brush, off the stair-case - I had seen them safe the evening before, and missed them before six o'clock that morning - I do not know the prisoner.

WILLIAM WHEATLEY (Police-constable H 80). I found this shirt, (not a sheet,) this brush, and these shoes on the prisoner, on the 25th of April.

THOMAS STONEHUME (Police-constable H 81). On the 25th of April, I came down stairs, and went to the privy of this house about five o'clock - I found some person was there; I went up again, and came down again in about half an hour; I then found the prisoner in a corner of the passage; I told her to go away - she said she came there out of the wet; she was afterwards taken with the property.(Property produced and sworn to.)

WILLIAM GARRETT . I have a certificate of the prisoner's former conviction, which I got at Mr. Clark's office - I was a witness, and know she is the person - she was imprisoned six weeks in the House of Correction.

Prisoner's Defence. On the night of the 24th, I was out with some friends - I had to go as far as Wandsworth; it rained to excess; I saw this door open, and went in - the officer told me to go out, and I saw these things at the door; I took them in my arms.

GUILTY . Aged 30. - Transported for Fourteen Years .

17th May 1832
Reference Numbert18320517-100

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1225. ANN GALLAGHER was indicted for stealing, on the 7th of April , 1 night-gown, value 5s.; 1 scarf, value 10s.; 1 apron, value 1s.; 1 towel, value 3d.; 1 yard of ribbon, value 1s., and two books, value 6d., the goods of Philip Walker , her master .

MARY WALKER. I am the wife of Philip Walker; he is a tailor . The prisoner was six weeks in our service, and was going away on the 7th of April - I had given her warning; I said I would have her box looked at - she opened it - I saw nothing of mine, but I did not examine it; in the course of the evening I saw she had something on which did not belong to her; I spoke to her about it - she said it was her own, and she had four like it - I said it was too late for her to go that night; she went the next morning, but did not take her box - she sent the next night for it, but I would not let her have it; she came on the Saturday night, and then turned out her box - I found in it a night-gown of mine; she said it was her own, and that she had four of them - the officer was then called in; she confessed at the station-house that it was mine - I can swear to that, but not to the silk.

JOHN WEST (Police-constable E 42). I searched the prisoner's boxes on the Monday morning - I found in one this towel, this apron, and one yard and a half of ribbon; and in another, two books, a pair of shoes, and a key, which opened a chest of drawers in her mistress' room - there was a dress and some other articles in pledge, which the pawnbrokers have given up.

ELLEN DOUGLAS. This shift belongs to a lady I live with in that house - it is not in the indictment.(Property produced and sworn to.)

GUILTY . Aged 18. - Transported for Fourteen Years .

17th May 1832
Reference Numbert18320517-101

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1226. THOMAS GAYTERS was indicted for stealing, on the 10th of May , 2 books, value 5s. , the goods of William Reeves .

EDWARD GOMMERSEL. I live with Mr. William Reeves , a bookseller , in Bridge-court, Westminster . I was playing with the baby in the shop, on the 10th of May, and saw the prisoner come and take two books up - he put them in his coat, buttoned it, and got three yards from the shop with them; I called after him - he brought them back, threw them down on the stall, and went off; I ran after him, and a butcher stopped him; he struck the butcher, and a Policeman came and took him; these are the books - I thought he had some more books, as he had a bag with him; when the Policeman took him he struck me in the face.

Prisoner. I did not take them away from the window. Witness. Yes, you had got three yards when I called you.

EDWARD HOWARD. I was passing the shop, and saw the prisoner with a wisp of straw, which I thought he was dusting the books with - I passed by him, and he was called back; I afterwards saw him taken, and he struck the boy with his fist.

Prisoner's Defence. I put the books down, and the boy followed me, and said I had stolen them - I gave him a slap of the face for telling a lie.

GUILTY . Aged 58. - Transported for Seven Years .

17th May 1832
Reference Numbert18320517-102
VerdictGuilty > pleaded guilty

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1227. DAVID THOMAS was indicted for stealing, on the 3rd of May , 64lbs. of lead, value 5s., the goods of William Sharpe , and fixed to a building ; against the Statute. - To which he pleaded GUILTY . Aged 31. - Confined Three Months .

17th May 1832
Reference Numbert18320517-103
VerdictsGuilty > with recommendation; Not Guilty; Not Guilty
SentencesImprisonment > newgate

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1228. CHARLES WOOD was indicted for stealing, on the 1st of April , 16 pen-knives, value 2l. 8s.; 3 pencil-cases, value 25s.; 1 razor-strop and hone, value 7s.; 8 razors, value 25s.; 5 nail-files, value 20s.; 1 case of instruments, value 12s.; 1 pen-machine, value 7s. 6d.; 6 dozen of steel pens, value 6s.; 8 pocket-combs, value 4s.; 1 inkstand, value 1s. 6d.; 1 corkscrew, value 1s.; 5 papers of needles, value 2s.; 5 pen-holders, value 7s.; 4 pairs of tweezers, value 4s., and 2 sticks of sealing-wax, value 6d., the goods of John Joseph Mechi , his master ; and HANNAH SEAGER and JOSEPH SEAGER were indicted for feloniously receiving the same, well knowing them to have been stolen .

JOHN JOSEPH MECHI. I am a cutler . The prisoner Wood was in my service for about twelve months, and left me

on the 3rd of April, with a good character, intending to go to America. On the 24th of April the pawnbroker's young man brought me a number of knives, which I identified as mine; I then made inquiries, and found some other property had been pawned; I went to Hannah Seager , and asked if she had pawned any of my property - she at first denied it, but afterwards she said she had pawned one lot; Joseph Seager then came, and admitted to me that he had given Hannah Seager one lot of articles to pawn - Wood then came and gave himself up; he stated that he had returned from Notingham - I said this was a bad case; he said "It is," and he gave me a list of articles, which corresponds with the indictment; when Hannah said she had pawned one lot of penknives, Joseph Seager said, "Mother, you have nothing to do with it, I gave it you," and he afterwards said he had bought them of Wood, first for 5s., and then for 7s.; Hannah attempted to escape, but she was brought back.

SAMUEL STEVENS. I am foreman to Mr. Barker, a pawnbroker, in Aldgate. Hannah Seager came on Wednesday, the 25th of April, and offered six penknives to pawn; I recollected that two had been taken in of her on the previous Monday - I asked where she had got them; she said her son gave them to her, and he had bought them of a young man - I asked if she could fetch her son; she said Yes, and went away - I saw the prosecutor's name on them.

MR. MECHI. Wood told me he had been robbed of the property, and he supposed by Joseph Seager - he said he had sold him one knife for 6d.: the knives are mine - I had found some property before Wood told me of what he had done: I have not found any in consequence of what he told me; he said he had left the things at Mr. Hardwick's.

THOMAS HARDWICK . I am a hair-dresser, and live in Grove-street, Commercial-road. Wood lodged at my mother's; he came two days after he left the prosecutor - he brought a bundle on the Tuesday, and on the Wednesday he went out and bought a box, which he brought there - Joseph Seager came there about a fortnight afterwards; I believe Wood's property was there then, but I did not see it - Wood's box and a box of my own were both broken open on Easter Sunday; I saw Wood sell Seager one knife for 6d.

Wood. Q. Did not I come home and say "I saw none of my things at Greenwich?" A. I do not recollect that; you said you had been to Greenwich fair.

WOOD - GUILTY . Aged 19.

Recommended to Mercy by the Prosecutor.

Confined One Month in Newgate .



17th May 1832
Reference Numbert18320517-104

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1229. JOHN SHERMAN was indicted for stealing, on the 17th of April , 1 handkerchief, value 2s., the goods of Lewis Gilson , the younger , from his person .

LEWIS GILSON, JUN. I am a notary-public , and live in Thames-street. On the 17th of April I was on Ludgate-hill - I felt my handkerchief drawn from my pocket; I turned and saw the prisoner drawing it from his trousers, and handing it to a boy - I could see it was a handkerchief, and it answered to the appearance of mine.

Cross-examined by MR. BARRY. Q. Had you not a lady with you? A. Yes; I turned the instant I felt the tug - I cannot tell how the prisoner could put my handkerchief into his trousers, but he was pulling it out from the bottom of them; it might be another handkerchief, but I believe it was mine - there was another boy there, who went off quickly when he received the handkerchief from the prisoner - I detained the prisoner, and gave him in charge.

CHARLES EVANS. I am a patrol of Farringdon within. I received the prisoner at the corner of Creed-lane, on this charge.

Prisoner's Defence. The handkerchief which he saw in my hand was my own, and the officer gave it back to me, as the gentleman said it was not his.

CHARLES EVANS. I found one handkerchief on the prisoner, which the prosecutor did not claim, but the prisoner did not say this then.

GUILTY . Aged 19. - Transported for Seven Years .

17th May 1832
Reference Numbert18320517-105
VerdictGuilty; Guilty

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1230. WILLIAM JONES and HENRY WHITE were indicted for feloniously breaking and entering the counting-house of Henry Dobbs , on the 9th of May , at St. Andrew by the Wardrobe, and stealing therein 2 ladles, value 1l.; 2 shovels, value 15s.; 1 pair of scales, value 2s.; 1 towel, value 6d.; 24 steel pens, value 6d., and 1 stick of sealing-wax, value 2d., the goods of the said Henry Dobbs ; and 3 pairs of shoes, value 6s., the goods of Henry Furneaux .

HENRY FURNEAUX. I am clerk to Mr. Henry Dobbs; he has a counting-house at the City wharf, Upper Thames-street , in the parish of St. Andrew by the Wardrobe; I left that counting-house about half-past five o'clock on the 9th of May, and the warehouseman afterwards fastened it up, but he is not here; on the 10th, in the morning, I missed a towel, and a box of steel nibs; the other articles were not taken away, but they were all put together - a stick of sealing - wax was gone.

BARTHOLOMEW SCANDLAN. I am a patrol of Castle Baynard ward. On the morning of the 10th of May I saw Mr. Dobbs' counting-house; the window was broken in, and I saw some glass laying on the ground; I saw a light, and heard a whispering - I looked through the shutters, and saw two men turning the papers over, and throwing them on the ground; I went for assistance, and the watchman came - I opened the shutters, and jumped in at the window - I took one of the prisoners by the collar, and put him out at the window to the watchman; I looked for the other - he hid himself for some time, and then got out of the window - I found on Jones a towel, some steel pens, some halfpence, a stick of Sealing-wax, and two or three keys; all the lower part of the sash was broken, and this instrument was standing against the window; I believe the shutters had been forced by this - the door was fast.

Jones. Q. Did not I come up the wharf when one of your people struck us? A. No, he jumped out of the window while we were looking for him, and began to beat the watchman who had charge of White, whom I had put out of the window.

DANIEL MONAHAN. I am a watchman. I went to the counting-house, and White was taken under the desk - Jones was looked for, but he got out of the window;

there was no other way of getting in but by the window; the place was secure in all other respects.

WILLIAM MOORE. I am a watchman. I took charge of White when he was put out of the window by Scandlan and in a very few minutes Jones was coming out of the window, and I laid hold of him.

SAMUEL WILSON. I was constable of the night. I saw the things which were found on Jones - these are them.

HENRY FURNEAUX . These are my master's property; two desks had been broken open, also three cupboards; and another cupboard which they could not break open, they had broken all to pieces; and the other things were put together; my shoes had been in a drawer, but they were taken out.

Jones' Defence. I and this young man were drinking on the over night till past two o'clock in the morning - we were locked out, and went down a wharf to go on board a barge; we heard a rattle spring, and went up: the watchman met us, and struck this man on the head -I struck the watchman again, and Scandlan put these things into my hat, which he picked up from the wharf; he has often said he would do for me.

JONES - GUILTY . Aged 23.

WHITE - GUILTY . Aged 22.

Transported for Fourteen Years .

17th May 1832
Reference Numbert18320517-106
VerdictGuilty > with recommendation; Guilty > with recommendation
SentenceCorporal > whipping

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1231. MICHAEL LEARY and ROBERT DREW were indicted for stealing, on the 25th of March , 1 handkerchief, value 2s., the goods of Charles Francis Collins , from his person .

CHARLES FRANCIS COLLINS . On the 25th of March I was at the corner of King-street, Snow-hill , about half-past ten o'clock in the morning; I had just crossed from Long-lane; I was stopped by a youth, who told me that a lad had just picked my pocket - I turned, and saw the two prisoners running; Drew threw my handkerchief up a court; a friend of mine took one of the prisoners, and a gentleman took the other.

THOMAS LEAGAS . I saw Leary take the handkerchief out of the prosecutor's pocket, and hand it to Drew, who threw it up a passage; they ran off - I took it up.

JOSEPH PARROTT . I am an officer. I was on duty in Smithfield, and received the prisoners in charge.

LEARY - GUILTY . Aged 13.

DREW - GUILTY . Aged 13.

Recommended to Mercy. - Whipped and Discharged .

17th May 1832
Reference Numbert18320517-107

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1232. JOHN SAGE was indicted for stealing, on the 15th of May , 1 handkerchief, value 2s., the goods of a certain man unknown, from his person .

THOMAS TIPPER (Police-constable T 152). On the 15th of May I was in the parish of St. Dunstan, between four and five o'clock in the afternoon; I saw the prisoner near St. Dunstan's church, with two others - they went behind a gentleman; the prisoner put his hand into his pocket, and drew out a handkerchief - the gentleman went on; he was not aware of it; I secured the prisoner, and he dropped the handkerchief from under his coat - a gentleman took it up, and gave it me; I went after the gentleman who had lost it, and informed him of it - he said it was his handkerchief; I told him to come to the Compter - he said he would attend next morning, but I did not see him again - the persons who were with the prisoner were behind him to conceal him, and I had seen them in conversation with him.

GUILTY . Aged 19. - Transported for Fourteen Years .

17th May 1832
Reference Numbert18320517-108

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1233. JOSEPH EVANS was indicted for stealing, on the 8th of May , 1 handkerchief, value 2s., the goods of Stephen Williams , from his person; and that he had been before convicted of felony .

STEPHEN WILLIAMS . I am an ironmonger , and live in Newgate-street. On the 8th of May I was walking up Holborn , about a quarter past nine o'clock in the evening; I felt a twitch at my pocket - I put my hand down, and missed my handkerchief - I turned and saw a boy on my right; I accused him of taking it - he said he had not; I turned on the other side, and saw the prisoner - the Policeman came up, and said he had stolen my handkerchief, and had thrown it down - I took it up; this is it.

ABRAHAM LUCAS SCOTT . (City Policeman No. 59) I was passing Holborn at a quarter after nine o'clock - I saw the prisoner and two others behind the prosecutor; the prisoner was the foremost - as I passed he drew the handkerchief, and threw it into the road - I took it up, and took him from the prosecutor - the other two were behind the prisoner when he took it; he threw it behind him, but it missed the boy's hand he intended it for, and fell into the road - I am not mistaken in his person; I had noticed them before they took it.

CHARLES LANKINHORN. I am a shoemaker, and live on Saffron-hill. I have a certificate of the prisoner's former conviction, which I got at Mr. Clark's office - I was present at the trial of the prisoner and Murray; I know him.

GUILTY . Aged 14. - Transported for Fourteen Years .

17th May 1832
Reference Numbert18320517-109

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1234. JOHN JONES was indicted for stealing, on the 6th of April , 1 coat, value 5s. , the goods of James Fisher .

JAMES FISHER . I drive a glass-coach . On the evening of the 6th of April I was at the corner of Rood-lane - I left my coat on the coach-box; I was gone three or four minutes, and when I returned a gentleman asked if I had lost a coat - I looked on the box, and it was gone - this is it.

Cross-examined by MR. BARRY. Q. Are you sure you left it on the box? A. Yes - it was near the middle; it could not fall - I went and rang at a bell to get an answer from a servant whether I should drive down or not; I saw the coat in ten minutes after, in the shop to which the prisoner was taken.

JOHN SKIDMORE . I was opposite Rood-lane, and saw the carriage - I saw the prisoner take the coat from the box; I stopped him with it about a yard from the coach - this is the coat - it was about a quarter-past six o'clock in the evening.

Cross-examined. Q. Where were you? A. On the other side of the street - I did not see any other carriage passing; the prisoner was coming from the coach - I am sure he was not standing holding the coat.

GUILTY . Aged 18. - Confined Three Months .

17th May 1832
Reference Numbert18320517-110
VerdictGuilty; Guilty
SentenceImprisonment; Imprisonment

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1235. THOMAS HOMER and MORRIS WELCH were indicted for stealing, on the 2nd of May , 1 coat, value 10s. , the goods of Charles Mortimer .

PHILIP PARISH . I am an officer. On the evening of the 2nd of May, I saw the two prisoners near London-

bridge - I had seen them several times that day; I was leaving duty, and on going towards the Monument I saw the prisoners; I then went on the bridge again, and met them- Homer had this coat on his arm; I stopped them, and asked how they got it: Welch said he had bought it of a man over the bridge and given 1s. 4d. for it; I took them to the watch-house, and asked Homer whether he had purchased any thing in the pocket - he said No; I said, "Have you put any thing in?" he said No - I found the prosecutor next morning.

Homer. I bought it - it is a jacket, not a coat. Witness. I had seen them not ten minutes before I took them, and I know they had not time to buy it of any body.

Welch. I said he told me he had bought it, but I did not see him, Witness. Welch said Homer bought it on the other side of the bridge for 1s. 4d. - it was dirty weather, but the coat was clean.

CHARLES MORTIMER. This is my coat, and handkerchief that was in the coat pocket - I cannot say when it was taken; I had unloaded in Bishopsgate-street, and just as I got on the bridge I know my coat was safe - I did not miss it till I got home.

CHARLES CHAMBERS. I am an officer. I saw the prisoners about ten minutes before Parish had hold of them; they were at the top of Fish-street-hill, going towards the bridge - I went with Parish and took Welch; he said Homer gave 1s. 4d. for the coat, to a man in the street, over the bridge.

HOMER - GUILTY . Aged 22.

Confined Three Months .

WELCH - GUILTY . Aged 21.

Confined Six Months .

17th May 1832
Reference Numbert18320517-111
VerdictGuilty; Guilty; Guilty

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1236. WILLIAM WEBB , SAMUEL WENMAN and HENRY DAVIS were indicted for stealing, on the 28th of April , 1 ream of paper, value 11s. 9d. , the goods of William Gates Adlard .

WILLIAM GATES ADLARD . I live at Queenhithe , and am a stationer . I had three reams and a half of paper in my shop, ready to be delivered - I missed one of them on the 28th of April; I saw it again in ten minutes.

ALFRED EUDE POPKINS . I am apprentice to the prosecutor. I placed three reams and a half of paper in the shop on the 27th of April. On the morning of the 28th of April, Webb the prisoner, came in, and asked for a sheet of paper - I served him, and while I did that another man, whom I cannot recollect, came in; he produced one of Arnold's stone ink-bottles, and I supplied him with some ink, which I poured into his bottle - I saw such a bottle in the officer's custody; when the two men were gone an officer came in, and produced to me a ream of paper, which had a number and weight marked on it, similar to one of the reams which had been in the shop, and it was the same make; it was not opened - I did not miss a ream from the shop; I called the man up - my name is signed to this deposition.

Cross-examined by MR. BARRY. Q. Is Webb the man who came into the shop? A. I am not sure of him, and the other man I do not know at all - I continued in the shop till the officer came; I did not see any thing taken, nor did I miss any property - I do not know, of my own knowledge, whether this paper was safe when they came in; they came about half-past nine o'clock.

RICHARD JONES. I am journeyman to the prosecutor, I laid out three reams and a half of paper in his shop, and when the officer brought in one ream I missed one of them - I have no doubt this is one of those I laid out; it has the same marks, the same date and officer's name, and is the same progressive number within two.

Cross-examined. Q.Where had it been? A.Almost opposite the door inside the shop - I believe the lad was in the shop; I had left him there - here is the stamp on the paper, and the number of the mill; each mill has a different number - the progressive number on this is 2857, and the next we have is 2860; the other two might have been sold perhaps.

WILLIAM SMITH . I am ward-beadle of Queenhithe. -On the morning of the 28th of April I saw the three prisoners at the bottom of Bread-street-hill, about fifty yards from the prosecutor's - one of them had a bag, which appeared at that time empty; they moved off towards the prosecutor's premises; I saw Benson, the ward-beadle, coming up the hill - I called his attention to the circumstance; I remained at the hill, and saw Webb and Davis running up the hill again as fast as they could; I think this was not five minutes after I had seen the three together - I followed them up the hill and brought them back to the Horse and Dossiter - I there found the other officer with Wenman, the bag, and this paper; it was then about half-past nine o'clock - I had seen them looking about in company for nearly a quarter of an hour.

Cross-examined. Q. Were they not in custody at nine o'clock? A. No; I was not out at nine - I do not know which of them had the bag, but I can swear to their persons; I was about four houses from them, and was watching them.

JOHN BENSON . I am ward-beadle of Vintry, and live in Upper Thames-street. I saw the three prisoners together; they were pointed out to me by Smith, at the corner of Bread-street-hill; I followed them, and saw the bag transferred from Davis to Wenman, who turned up Five Foot-lane, and bade the others good bye, and they left him - this was about two hundred yards from the prosecutor's; I followed Wenman up Five Foot-lane, and asked where he was going; he said to his master - I asked where he lived; he hesitated; I then asked what was in the bag; he hesitated, and I said, "You must know;" I then took him.

Cross-examined. Q. You had lost sight of them? A. Yes, after they had turned the corner of Bread-street-hill; whether one or more had been engaged in taking this I cannot tell - when I took Wenman he said two young men gave it to him.

WILLIAM CARTLIDGE . I am one of the City Police, No. 56. I found on Webb this stone ink-bottle; this is the bag and the ream of paper - the prosecutor's premises are at the corner of Queenhithe.

Cross-examined. Q. When did you first see them. A. I saw Webb and Davis stop at the corner of Bread-street-hill; I did not see Wenman receive the bag.

RICHARD JONES. I believe this is part of the paper which I had seen safe a few minutes before.

ALFRED EUDE POPKINS . It was such a bottle as this which was produced in the shop - it was dirty, and had one of these labels on it.

Webb's Defence. When I was taken the witness swore I went for ink, and now he swears I went for paper.

Wenman's Defence. I was sent on an errand - I met a man in Thames-street, who ran up to me with a bag and a ream of paper in it; he told me to hold it, as he had forgotten something - he told me to go up Five Foot-lane; the officer came and asked what I had got - I said, "A ream of paper, which a young man gave me to mind;" it was not Davis gave it to me.

Davis' Defence. When we were at Guildhall, one of the witnesses said that he saw the bag given to Wenman, but he did not see by whom, and now he says I gave it to him.

All the prisoners received good characters.

WEBB - GUILTY . Aged 21.

WENMAN - GUILTY . Aged 20.


Confined Three Months .

17th May 1832
Reference Numbert18320517-112
VerdictGuilty > theft under 100s

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1237. JOSEPH BOURTON was indicted for stealing, on the 6th of April , 1 silver tooth-powder box, value 3l.; 1 silver soap-box, value 3l.; 1 silver nail-brush box, value 3l.; 4 tops of scent-bottles, value 2l.; 2 mourning rings, value 3l.; 1 watch-chain, value 2l.; 2 ear-rings, value 1l.; 1 purse, value 5s.; 25 guineas, 5 half-guineas. 4 quarterguineas, 1 two-guinea piece, two 7s. pieces, 2 sovereigns, 2 half-sovereigns, and 12 foreign gold coins, value 5l., the property of Jonathan Frederick Pollock , his master, in his dwelling-house .

MESSRS. ADOLPHUS, CLARKSON, and PHILLIPS conducted the prosecution.

JONATHAN FREDERICK POLLOCK, ESQ. I live in Guildford-street , in the parish of St. Pancras - the prisoner had been my under footman for about two years. On the 1st of March I left town for the Northern circuit, and took Smith, my upper servant, with me, leaving the prisoner behind - there was no other man servant; Miss Rivers, my sister-in-law, who generally resides with me, remained in London during my absence, till about ten days before the circuit was over; she joined me at Wakefield, in Yorkshire, on the 31st of March, and to supply her place, Mrs. Alexander, another relative, came to town; I returned to town with Miss Rivers and Smith, on the 8th of April - I had left a dressing-case in my house; it originally stood on a chest of drawers in my bed-room - it was formerly my mother's, and came to my wife at her death; I had not opened it since the 10th of November last - it then contained the articles stated in the indictment, as usual; I saw it every day; the value of all the articles would be 45l. or 50l., besides which there was from 40l. to 50l. in money - one of the quarter-guineas was remarkable, it being bent; there were several foreign coins - one of the Emperor of Austria, and another small gold coin among others; here is a forty franc piece of the Emperor Francis, and a quarter-guinea of George the Third; it is crooked.

JURY. Q. Are you certain that quarter-guinea was in the box when you left town? A. I saw it there on the 10th of November, because I went over the whole of the pieces in the box; I locked the box up - the upper part has a Bramah's lock; I then locked up the drawer underneath, and put the keys into this in key-box - there is a lower drawer in the dressing-box, intended for ladies' jewellery; that has a separate lock, with a double tumbler; the box was never used - this key-box was intended for a cash-box; I have for some years kept keys in it, and the key of that was always kept in my possession when in town, and was fastened to the key of my own dressing-case - I always had it about me; the keys of my wine-cellar, and a great many others, are kept in the tin box - on leaving town, I left the key of the key-box with Miss Rivers, to enable her to get wine in my absence; a few days after my return this forty franc and quarter-guinea were shown to me by Miss Rivers; I immediately knew them as part of the contents of the dressing-case, and immediately ordered it to be brought down into the library; I found both the upper and lower part locked - I got the key out of the key-box, opened the upper part, found the trays reversed, and the tooth instruments, which should be below, were above - on lifting up the tray, I saw all the boxes and silver tops were gone, also the gold; it was then late at night, and Smith was the only servant up; but the following morning I went to Bow-street, and on returning assembled my servants; I discovered marks on the outside of the box, as if attempts had been made by some instrument, to force it- here is the mark of a chisel and a very distinct mark further on; the edge of the drawer below is made almost ragged, where a chisel has run along; on opening it I found a piece of glass, broken off a bottle, as if an instrument had been put through and broken it - there were several pieces of loose glass; there are marks of some instrument having cut the velvet lining - I assembled the servants, pointed out to them that the dressing-case had been opened by its own key, for the lock had sustained no injury, that the key-box had been got at by a false key, and none but a domestic servant could have access to the box to make the marks, and not having succeeded it had been opened by a key; I said they need not feel alarmed, for if I could not find cause to suspect any one of them, I should not discharge them all, as was sometimes done; I should not discharge any of them - I had assembled the nurses, cook, and other servants, some of whom have lived with me fifteen years; I put the two pieces of coin into the prisoner's hand, and said, "Where did you find those?" he laid them down on a sheep skin mat at the entrance of the dinning-room, within the door-way - the wall is so thick that the door leaves a space, where the mat goes; he placed them in that space, as showing me where he had found them - it is a thick sheep skin mat, with the wool on it, and it is certain they could not have rolled there; one of them was crooked, and could not have rolled at all - I asked when he found them; he said, between twelve and one's o'clock on the Friday before I came to town (the 6th of April), and the moment he mentioned between twelve and one, a servant who was there said, "I told Joseph at the time that I had shaken the mat that morning, and they were not there then, and it was odd he should find them;" he made no observation at all - finding the gold had been discovered at that hour, I, or somebody, said, "Who had been there that morning?" and it was said by somebody, that the glaziers had been there - I stated to the prisoner the next day or the day after, that I was certain the key-box

had been opened, and the keys taken out - he side he was not aware that I kept keys in that box at all; I took up the box, shook it, and said, "You could not be ignorant of that - it is quite manifest that keys were in it;" it was impossible he should not know it, for I am quite certain he must have seen me frequently send for this box, and particularly if any wine was wanted; he must repeatedly have seen me open the box, and give the key to my son or servant; and I think I must sometimes have sent him to fetch me the key-box to the door of the wine-cellar - the key of the key-box now turns as if something was the matter with one of the wards, and there is a scratching about the key-hole; it generally stood in the library, sometimes in the dining-room - I observed the difficulty in turning the key about Christmas, I think - the top lock of the dressing-case is a Bramah lock, and requires to be pushed in in a particular way before the key is turned -I asked the prisoner to open that dressing-case, in my presence, and he opened it with perfect case, as if acquainted with it - as freely as if I had done it myself; I received a statement from Nunn, who came with his master, and after that went to Bow-street, and had the prisoner appreheaded - I received a brown paper parcel from Ann Saunders, the servant, which I opened in the prisoner's presence, by his permission, and found in it some promissory notes or securities for money, a lease, and a small pocket-book; and he stated that he had obtained that lease by lending a person, named Saunders, 15l., in sovereigns or half-sovereigns, on Saturday, the 10th but that the money was advanced out of part of his wages, which I had paid him before I left town, to the amount of ten guineas - I find that on the 3rd of February I paid him ten guineas - I did not wish to take him up on that, thinking he might have that amount to advance.

Cross-examined by MR. BARRY. Q. I believe you received him from the service of Mr. Ferard, of Queen-square, Westminster? A. Yes; Smith acted as butler, and the prisoner attended when Smith was absent; he slept in the pantry - the small quantity of plate used during my absence, was under his care; my bed-room was not locked up - no external appearances on the box attracted my attention till after I had opened it; I was impatient to get it open, to ascertain what was gone - I am not aware that any masters attended my children during my absence but the French master - he is a gentleman of the highest respectability, who I have known for a number of years; the school-room is up two pairs of stairs - when I lived in Bedford-row Nunn's Master did some work for me, that was before Smith came into my employ; this is a lady's dressing-case, and was never used - Bramah's locks are now very common; the key-box has been brought to me over and over again to give the key of the wine-cellar; it was Smith's duty to attend me to the cellar, but I think Joseph has done so - I may have occasionally given Smith the key to open the key-box when in the library, while I sat in the dining-room, but more generally the box was brought to me; I found the key of the dressing-case in the key-box when I discovered the robbery.

MR. PHILLIPS. Q. Your house is called Queen-square house? A. Some body has given it that name; Smith has been in the service of my family three or four years, and is still so; perhaps I ought to mention that I was at Blackheath at Christmas, and during that time the prisoner slept in the pantry - and during the conversation, when I asked what he knew of the dressing-case, he said he had carried it down into the pantry, and from the weight of it, and the care the housemaid took of it, he was aware it contained matters of value; that he took it down by desire of the housemaid, that it might be in the same custody as the plate-chest - at that time he had the sole and entire custody of this box for about a fortnight.

MISS MARY RIVERS . I am sister-in-law to Mr. Pollock. When he left town I had the care of the family - he gave me the key of the key-box, and during his absence I went to it when wine was wanted, and if not, I usually gave the key to Mr. Pollock's son; I do not recollect that I ever gave it to the prisoner or to any of the servants - it was never my habit to do so; I went to meet Mr. Pollock before he returned, about the latter end of March; my sister, Mrs. Alexander, was then left in charge of the family - within a day or two after my return with Mr. Pollock, I was made acquanited with the discovery of two pieces of coin; I did not inform Mr. Pollock of it, as I took it for granted he had been informed - he came home from the House of Commons late one night, and I produced to him the coins, (a crooked quarter-guinea, and an Austrian coin,) which I received from Mrs. Alexander, with whom I had left the key of the key-box during my absence; when I left, I directed that the glaziers were not to come to clean the windows - I did not give these directions to the prisoner; the French master, and I think some other masters, which Mr. Pollock was not aware of, came to the hose during his absence - they were gentlemen, and attended in the school-room; that had nothing to do with Mr. Pollock's bed-room, which was on the first floor.

Cross-examined. Q. I believe the bed-room door was not generally open? A. It was not locked - the windows are occasionally cleaned four times a year, but that rule was broken on occasions; they were generally cleaned during the circuit - I can almost positively swear I never gave the key of the key-box to any of the servants -I would not have given it to a female servant, and I should rather have gone myself than have given it to the man servant.

MR. CLARKSON. Q. Was the tin box familiarly known among the servants as the key-box? A. It was.

MRS. DOROTRY ALEXANDER. I am Mr. Pollock's sister-in-law, and live at Binfield - I came to town the latter end of March, to take care of his hose, in the absence of Miss Rivers. On the 27th of March she gave me the key of the key-box; Mr. Pollock returned on the 8th of April: I never trusted the key of the key-box to any body but Mr. Pollock's son, except on one occasion, when I believe I sent the key by the prisoner to Mr. Pollock's son, but I will not be certain.

Q. Did he know it was the key of the key-box? A. I think on one occasion he came to ask me for the key of the key-box, for Mr. Pollock's son to get some wine for dinner; it was always called the key-box in the house - the prisoner gave these two coins to me on the Friday before Mr. Pollock returned; he said they had been found on the mat at the entrance of the dining-room door; it is a rough sheep-skin mat with the wool on it - they

could not have dropped on any place and rolled on that mat, it was impossible; I do not exactly recollect who he said had found them - he said they had been found; I did not go to look at the place where he said they had been found; I kept them in my possession, and delivered them to Miss Rivers, with other things, on the Tuesday morning, when I left town - I had mentioned the circumstance to her on the Sunday, but said nothing to Mr. Pollock; I mentioned it to several persons, hoping to find an owner - I did not know they had been in Mr. Pollock's possession; when the prisoner brought them to me I said,"Let us try and remember who has been here, and is' likely to have dropped them;" he reminded me that Mr. Pollock's son had brought a young friend home to lunch with him - first one and then another named different persons who had been; nothing was said at that time about the glaziers.

Cross-examined. Q. Have you ever seen the key given to Smith? A. I may, but then the key-box was always in the room - I think I have seen the key-box on the sideboard, and the key given to Smith, who opened it in Mr. Pollock's presence; and I have known Smith fetch the box from the library to Mr. Pollock.

MR. ADLPHUS. Q. When you have seen the box opened, was the prisoner waiting at table, so that he could see what was in it? A. Most probably.

THOMAZINA ROWE. I am in the service of Mr. Pollock, as kitchen-maid - Lovel is Mr. Pollock's glazier. On Thursday, the 5th of April. the prisoner came into the kitchen, and asked if any body was going out - I said I was; he said," Will you call at the glazir's, and ask him to come to-morrow to clean the windows;" I said I would - I went, and Milford came on Friday, the 6th, to clean the windows with George Lovel ; there were no other strangers in the house that day that I recollect.

Cross-examined. Q. Was it you that blamed one of the servants for not telling the prisoner he was not to send for the glaziers? A. No - I was present when they came, and Ann Brooker, a servant, said Miss Rivers had ordered that they were not to clean the windows; the prisoner said, "Could not you have told me that before?"

MR. ADOLPHUS. Q. Had the glaziers began to work then? A. No, they had just come in.

ANN BROOKER . I am in Mr. Pollock's service. On the Friday before he returned the glaziers came to clean the windows - I told the prisoner, when they came into the house, that Miss Rivers had said they were not to be cleaned; they had not began work then - he said, "You ought to have told me before they were sent for; "he had not told me he was going to send for them.

ANN SAUNDERS . I am in Mr. Pollock's service. On Friday, the 6th of April, I was cleaning the dining-room wainscot - the prisoner was there, laying the things for the nursery dinner; when he first came into the room he brought me two pieces of coin in his hand, and told me he had picked them up - they were the colour of gold; I asked where he picked them up; he said he would show me - I went outside the dining-room door, and he laid them down on the mat - there was a distance between them; he took them up again and went down stairs -Mrs. Alexander was at this time in care of the house; the prisoner told me that evening that he had asked Mrs. Alexander if it was her coin, and then said he had asked Master Robert and George (master's two sons), and it did not belong to them - next morning he said he thought it was odd nobody owned them; I said, "Did you ask the glaziers?" he said No - I said, "You had better ask them, as they might have drawn them out of their pockets with their window-cloths; he said he would - I remember all the servants being questioned afterwards in master's presence; I said I had taken the mat up on the Friday morning on which Joseph showed me the coin - I had taken it up at seven o'clock that morning - I turned it to sweep there; I did not particularly shake it.

Cross-examined. Q. What do you mean by turning? A. I took it up, and moved it a good distance from its place; I am not positive whether it was on Thursday or Friday that I did it.

MR. PHILLIPS. Q. Do you remember the prisoner depositing any thing with you? A. On the Sunday morning before my master came home he asked if I would take care of a small parcel for him, which he gave me - he had boxes and drawers of his own.

MR. BARRY. Q. He made not secret of it? A. No - he said the servants' hall was public, and that at times he was called away in a hurry, and left his drawers unlocked.

GEORGE LOVEL . I am apprentice to Thomas Lovel , a glazier, of Red Lion-street, Holborn. On Friday, the 6th of April, I and Milford went to clean Mr. Pollock's windows; I saw the prisoner and Ann Brooker there - Brooker said Miss Rivers had given orders that the windows were not to be cleaned; the prisoner said, as we were come we should clean the principal ones, and mentioned Mr. Pollock's dressing-room or bed-room, I do not know which he called it - we cleaned three dining-room ones, then went to breakfast, and on returning brought the machine, and fixed it in the library window; a person came into the library, and ordered us to the blue room windows - I do not recollect who it was; we went there, and then to Mrs. Pollock's bed or dressing-room, and after that back to the library; after cleaning the hall window, I asked the prisoner if we should clean the fanlight - he said No, he would rub that himself, as it would make a mess; we had occasionally cleaned the fanlight before; we left about half-past twelve o'clock - he never came to me to make inquiry about coins - he knew where to find me.

Q. When told Miss Rivers had directed the windows not to be cleaned, did he say he should have been told of it? A. He said "Why had you not told me that."

SAMUEL MILFORD . I accompanied Lovel to clean the windows; the prisoner never came to me to make inquiry about gold coins.

HENRY NUNN . I am a journey man locksmith, in the employ of Mr. Tibbs, of Bedford-street, Bedford-row; he occasionally works for Mr. Pollock. About three months ago master sent me to the house with a job, and I saw the prisoner - he showed me a tin box like this in the pantry; he had it in his hand, to the best of my belief - he said it contained the keys of the cellar, and asked me to make him a key to it, to get a bottle of wine when he thought proper, and gave me a pattern of the key on paper; it was an impression in ink, made two or three different ways - I could have made a key from it; there was a pattern of the side, the top, and end; it was as much like the key of that box as I could possibly tell - it was a double tumbler lock,

which is difficult to undo; I gave him to understand that I would make it - he called several times at the shop, and asked if I had done the key; I had not began it - I told him at last, plainly, that I did not intend to do it; I heard of Mr. Pollock's robbery on the 19th of April, and went three or four days after with my master to Mr. Pollock's - he had before that told Mr. Pollock what had passed between me and the prisoner.

Cross-examined. Q. The prisoner knew you had been employed by Mr. Pollock? A. Yes; I am still with Mr. Tibbs, and have been so for a year and a half; I thought this proposal a bad thing, but did not tell master till he stated to me that Mr. Pollock had been robbed; I have not got the impressions - I do not know whether I threw then away, or put them into my pocket; I have seen Smith, the butler, at Mr. Tibbs', but never saw him there with any wine - I never intended to make the key; I think I have been at Mr. Pollock's house after the prisoner spoke about the key.

JOSEPH TIBBS . I am a locksmith, and occasionally work for Mr. Pollock. I have examined the lock of the tin-box attentively; it appeared to have been opened with a picklock; that is my deliberate opinion - the ward is damaged in the way a picklock would do; I have looked at the dressing-case lock; that has been opened by no other than its own key - it is a Bramah's patent lock; I heard of this robbery from an officer; when I told Nunn I wished him to go with me to Mr. Pollock's, he told me the footman had asked him to make a key to the tin box, and given him a pattern on paper.

Cross-examined. Q. The Bramah lock has been opened by its own key? A. Or by one of the same sort - I have tried it with the key, and found it will go; I never knew a Bramah lock picked without injury - when I heard of the robbery I went with the officer into the shop to Nunn and asked if he had been applied to by the footman to make a key - we did not mention the report of the robbery to him at that time; he had not mentioned the circumstance to me; I never gave Smith any spirits in my life - I went to Mr. Pollock's when business called me, and Smith called on me, when he had orders to bring; the other servants came as often as him.

GEORGE MANNING. I am in the employ of lves and Burbidge, lock-manufacturers, Fleet-street. I have seen this tin-box, and in my opinion it has been opened by a picklock, the wards beings gulled, as we call it - the upper lock of this dressing-case has not been opened, except by a key - Bramah locks have been picked, but they have been very common ones; this is a very good one - the bottom one is common - the least variance prevents a Bramah lock being opened; I have opened the lock.

WILLIAM SMITH . I am Mr. Pollock's servant. I went the Spring circuit with him.

Cross-examined. Q. I believe the key of the key-box was given to you at times to get the wine-cellar key? A.Never; I have fetched the box to master, but never had the keys in my possession - I have taken them from master to my young master, from one end of the table to the other - I brush my master's clothes.

Q. Was the key of the key-box in his pockets? A. He has a fresh suit when his clothes want brushing; and he shifts his things himself - I have seen the keys drop out of his pocket when his trousers have been in his hand, but I never found them in his pocket - I never went to the winecellar alone; I knew Tibbs by his coming to work at the house, but did not visit him; I never saw him till I came into the family - I did not see him or Nunn Between the beginning of March and the discovery of the robbery - he never gave me information of this.

MR. PHILLIPS. Q. Who did you live with before you went to Mr. Pollock's A. With Lord Cathcart for four years and a quarter, and Sir John Nichol three years and a half - I had a character from both these persons.

ANN SAUNDERS re-examined. The mat lies at the dining-room door in the passage - I always took it up twice a week during master's absence.

Prisoner's Defence. At no time whatever have I had an opportunity of having the key of the box, except once, when Miss Rivers gave it to me to give to young Mr. Pollock; I gave the money to Mrs. Alexander at the time I found it - Eliza said at first, that she took the rug up that morning; and afterwards, that it was the day before; Nunn never was at the place at the time he mentioned - if he had fixed the time, I dare say I could have proved I was out with master at the time; I never denied that I did not know this was the key-box - what I said was, I did not know the keys of the box were in it; it is false altogether that I asked the man to make the key for any purpose whatever.

JURY to GEORGE MANNING . Q. If the lock was picked, could it be locked again with the same instrument? A. Yes; a lock fixed as this is could.

GUILTY of stealing to the value of 99s. only . Aged 26.

Confined Two Years .

First Middlesex Jury, before Mr. Justice Alderson.

17th May 1832
Reference Numbert18320517-113
VerdictNot Guilty

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SECOND COUNT, for killing the same, with intent to steal part of the carcase.

MR. BARRY conducted the prosecutions.

JOHN CHAPPELL . I am a bailiff to Mr. Herman Meyer, of Forty-hill, Enfield . On the 6th of May he had some lambs in Contemplation-field ; I counted them at six o'clock in the morning - there were twenty-three; I received information, and missed one between three and four in the afternoon - I found the gate open, and footmarks of boys' shoes, one with a tip to the heel and toe, the other had a tip on one toe; between seven and eight o'clock that morning, I was shown part of a lamb, in a pig-sty - it was the whole, except the thickest part of the thigh, which was cut away - I knew it by an ochre mark, which I had made myself; I was going down the street, after missing the lamb, and saw James on Forty-hill, about half a mile from the field - he saw me coming, and got behind a tree; I asked why he killed the lamb - he said, "It was not me, it was John Nightingale " - I gave him to the officer, and saw him compare the shoes of two persons with the footmarks in the field - they corresponded.

COURT. Q. A. piece was cut off the thigh? A. Yes -I could not find that; it was clumsily done - there were no pigs in the sty; it was cut down the bone; the lamb had been stuck in the neck - there were marks of blood on James' clothes.

JOHN BROXUP. I am a servant to Mr. Herman Meyer . I found the remains of a lamb in Contemplation-field; the thigh was cut away - I took it out, and put it in the pig-sty; it was dead, but not cold - it was not skinned, but ripped up the belly, and the thigh cut in that way - its fore legs were tied together.

JOHN FREEMAN. I am a servant to Mr. Herman Meyer. About five o'clock in the afternoon, on the 6th of May, I saw the prisoners at the New River, two fields from Contemplation-field - James was washing a handkerchief, and Nightingale his shoes; I did not speak to them; I have since been in the field, and seen blood there.

JOHN MEAD . I am beadle of Enfield. I received the prisoners in custody on the 6th of May - I took their shoes next morning to the field - they corresponded exactly with the marks in twenty places - there was some blood on James' clothes - I asked what they could be about to do such a thing; James said, "I did not do it; - you did;" and Nightingale said, "I did not - you did;" what they said before the Magistrate was taken down, and read over to them; they made their marks - they were cautioned -(read).

John Nightingale says, "I did go into Mr. Meyers's field, as charged, and with James I did kill the lamb;" and the said Williams James says, "What has been said by the other prisoner is true."


17th May 1832
Reference Numbert18320517-114
VerdictNot Guilty

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There being no evidence against the prisoner but an extorted confession he was. ACQUITTED .

First London Jury, before Mr. Recorder.

17th May 1832
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EDWARD EDWARDS . I am shopman to William Greenwood , a linen-draper , of Farringdon-street . On the 11th of April, about six o'clock in the evening, the prisoner came into the shop alone, and asked to see some lace - I showed her some in a drawer; there was nobody else in the shop - after looking at it sometime I observed her put something under her shawl; there was nothing but lace on the counter - she said there was none to suit her, and left the shop; I then examined the drawer, and missed a piece of lace - I followed, and went up to her four or five yards from the door; I brought her back to the shop, and told her I missed a piece of lace - she immediately took it from under her shawl, laid it on the counter, and said,"I beg your pardon;" I detained her, master came down stairs, and a constable was sent for - the lace cost 11s. 6d.

Cross-examined by MR. CLARKSON. Q. Have you told all that passed? A. Yes; she did not ask for muslin, nor buy any thing - she had got out of the shop.

Q. She apologized for what she represented to be a mistake? A. Yes; I never saw her before; a piece of muslin and some money was found on her - she had brought no muslin of us.

THOMAS PROTHERO. I am one of the City Police. I I was sent for, and took the prisoner in charge; Mr. Greenwood came down, and she said, "Mr. Greenwood, I hope you will forgive me?" he refused; I found 1s. 3d. on her, some muslin, a duplicate for a piece of stuff, and the key of a box.

Cross-examined. Q. Did she appear very much alarmed? A. Not so much as I should in the same situation; she gave me three different addresses; I was desired by the Alderman to find out where her box was, but I never could.(Property produced and sworn to.)

Prisoner's Defence. It is all false; I offered 1s. a yard for the lace, and he wanted 1s. 6d.

EDWARD EDWARDS . She did not make any offer for any of the lace.

GUILTY . Aged 20. - Transported Seven Years .

17th May 1832
Reference Numbert18320517-116

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EDWARD FISHER. I am a carver and gilder , and live in Leadenhall-street . On the 9th of May, when I came home I was informed this print had been stolen.

THOMAS REEVE. I live with Mr. Fisher. I was in the back shop, and saw the prisoner come into the front shop, take this picture up, and look at it, he then walked out with it - I ran out, and caught him two door off with it.

Prisoner. Q.Are you sure I am the man? A. Yes; I only lost sight of him as he turned the corner, and he had the print when I took him.(Property produced and sworn to.)

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Reference Numbert18320517-117

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EDWIN DUNCAN WILKS . I am a constable of Marlborough-street, and live in Castle-street, Oxford-street. On the 22nd of April, at six o'clock in the evening, I was returning home across Smithfield , and saw the prisoner in company with another about twenty years old, and just in the middle of Smithfield I saw two gentlemen in black coming from Holborn - they were close behind the gentlemen, who are unknown to me; knowing the other I watched, and just as the gentlemen got into the open part of Smithfield I saw the prisoner draw a yellow handkerchief from the gentleman's pocket, who seemed unconscious of it - the prisoner turned to the right and the other to the left; he stowed the handkerchief into his breast - I let him cross the market; he then turned back and met me by Long-lane - I laid hold of him, and saw Lock find the handkerchief in his hat; the gentlemen were gone away.

GEORGE LOCK . Wilks gave the prisoner into my charge, and said, in his hearing, that I should find the handkerchief on him - I found it in his hat; he had 1s. 6d., a bad dollar, and a handkerchief of his own.

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GUILTY . Aged 12. - Transported for Seven Years .

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1243. WILLIAM HURST was indicted for stealing, on the 3rd of May , 1 handkerchief, value 2s. 6d., the goods of Richard Beachcroft , from his person .

RICHARD BEACHCROFT . I live in South-square, Gray's Inn, and am a solicitor . On the 3rd of May. between twelve and one o'clock, I was passing in Cary-lane , and felt something; I turned round, and saw the prisoner and another boy, and on putting my hand on the prisoner's shoulder my handkerchief dropped from him - I took it up- they were both taken, but the other was discharged.

WILLIAM SHEPHERD . I am an officer. I saw the handkerchief drop between the prosecutor and the prisoner - I took him in charge.(Property produced and sworn to)

Prisoner's Defence. I saw it on the ground by the side of a building - I took it up, and the gentleman collared me.

GUILTY . Aged 18. - Transported for Life .

17th May 1832
Reference Numbert18320517-119
VerdictNot Guilty

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1244. FRANCES TAYLOR and ROSANNA EDWARDS were charged, on the Coroner's inquisition only, with feloniously killing and slaying Elizabeth Sarah Chalk .

MR. PRENDERGAST conducted the prosecution.

MARTHA STARKEY . Elizabeth Sarah Chalk was my daughter. On Monday, the 9th of April, she lived with me at No. 12, New-street, Cloth-fair ; I saw her about eight o'clock that evening - she was perfectly well; she went out about that time; about half an hour after she came home all but dead, and complained of being extremely ill, and said she had met with her death-blow in consequence of Mrs. Taylor and Mrs. Edwards; I undressed her, and put her to bed; she remained there till seven o'clock in the morning, and then expired.

Cross-examined by MR. PHILLIPS. Q. Who brought her home? A.Byrne; they led her home - I was before the Grand Jury - I do not know that they have thrown out the bill; I never heard so till now; I came here, thinking it was found - I was told to attend to-day, and was told it was a true bill by the neighbours.

Q. Now, how many persons in your house were ill at the time your daughter was taken ill? A. There were two females, and my daughter had been nursing them - Mr. Waller attended them; one who was ill for a week died, the other left the house - they had been ill three days before my daughter was taken ill; Mr. Waller attended my daughter - she did not vomit after she took medicine - I did not hear the Grand Jury had not returned a true bill; Drs. Babington, Messrs. Kiernan, and Hockley saw my daughter after death; my daughter drank nothing but tea before she went out - she had neither porter nor spirits.

JOHN CHAPMAN. I am an orange and nut-dealer, and live in King-street, Cloth-fair. On the 9th of May, about nine o'clock in the evening, I saw Elizabeth Sarah Chalk just by a private door, at the corner of Cloth-fair; the prisoners and her were standing together; when I first went up to them the deceased caught hold of my arm, and asked me to protect her, as they had been knocking her about, and ill-using her most shamefully - I said I had nothing to do with it, they must settle it was they could; Taylor then called her a nasty stinking - and then pushed her up and down the court; she kept saying,"What have I done to deserve this;" I only saw one push, and that was from Taylor - Chalk then caught hold of another young man's arm, and asked him to protect her; Taylor then went up, and looked her in the face, and said, "We will do for you before the night is out, though you have got a friend to protect you; you first began it, and you shall have it" - I then went in, leaving them standing opposite.

COURT. Q. Did you know the Grand Jury had thrown out the bill? A. Not till this afternoon, not before I came into Court; I heard something about it, but did not believe it - I did not tell Mrs. Starkey of it.

ELLEN REEVES. I live in Middle-street, Cloth-fair. On the 9th of April, before in struck eight o'clock in the evening, I saw Chalk in Gray's-passage, just by Chapman's - only Taylor was with her then; I saw her set Mrs. Chalk with her back against Gray's-passage, against the wall of the Red Cow; she said, "I have got you now, I will serve you out;" she hit her on the head and neck, first on one side of the head and then the other - I saw nothing else done; I went away - I did not see Chalk do any thing; she never made the least resistance - she seemed quite sober; she was a diminntive little thing, quite small.

JOHN ANDREWS . I live in Bartholomew-close, but am now under-waiter at the Chapter coffee-house. On the 9th of April I was coming by Chapman's, in Cloth-fair, and saw Chalk, and both the prisoners pushing her very much up and down the court; they were all three quarrelling together - they first pushed her on the iron spikes of the railing; her back was on the iron railing - she would have fallen had it not been for the watch-box; they then pushed her again - they pushed her down, and pushed her head against the corner of the Red Cow public-house; she fell with very great violence - this was not two yards from the watch-box; she did not make the least resistance, nor use any ill-language.

Q. Did you see her rise? A. I was called away - she was in a very weak state indeed - she could hardly stand by the watch-box; I heard both the prisoners swearing at her, and she certainly answered them; they called one another b - rs and w - s.

COURT. Q. Did you know the Grand Jury had thrown out the bill? A. Yes, I knew it about half-past two o'clock - the officer came to tell my master so.

CHARLES WALLER . I am a surgeon.

MR. PREXDERGAST declined examining this witness.

COURT. Q. Are you a medical man? A. Yes; I am not related to the prisoners or deceased; I happened to be attending two persons in the house (in which the deceased was,) of the disorder called the cholera, and was present when the medical gentlemen examined the deceased's body; I examined the whole body very carefully, except the head.

Q. Were there any marks of violence? A. There was something very slight on the right side; the medical men could not agree whether it was a bruise or not; I think it arose from the external application which I had used - I think that the deceased came by her death from natural disease; I stated so before the Coroner and before the Grand Jury; I have been in practice eleven years, and live in Bartholomew-close; this has been a matter of a good deal of contest in the parish.

Cross-examined by MR. PHILLIPS. Q. In consequence of the discussion in the parish, I believe you had a number of highly respectable gentleman to view the body? A. Yes, Dr. Babington, Jun., Messrs. Griffiths, Burrows, Tweedy, and others - we all signed a document; they all agreed with me in the main, with the exception of this trifling bruise.

JURY. Q. Were there no other marks of violence? A. None; what satisfied me this was not a bruise was, she had complained of pain on that side, and was relieved by violent external friction, which convinces me it was a violent spasm; I never had the slightest idea that her death was caused by external violence.

MR. PRENDERGAST. Q. Had you been told of the circumstances which are said to have occurred before you examined the body? A. Yes, but I had no idea she was hurt; she herself said nothing about it, only her mother - there were no bruises on her back or breast; I did not know the bill was thrown out till I came into Court.

JOHN WHEATLEY. I am nine years old, and live in New-street, Cloth-fair. On the 9th of April I saw Mrs. Chalk by Mr. Chapman's, and saw both the prisoners with her; I saw Taylor striking her, and knocking her about - Mrs. Chalk appeared to be well; she did nothing - I heard Taylor calling her all the names she could lay her tongue to; Chalk was standing up - I saw Taylor knocking her about, and she knocked her down by striking her in the breast with her fist doubled; I left her on the ground - we were at play, and were going to tell Mrs. Starkey to come.

Cross-examined. Q. Chalk never called her bad names? A. No, I am sure of that; they were not both quarrelling, it was only Taylor - I did not see Byrne there; I only heard Taylor call her bad names - she was knocked down by Chapman's, and fell to the ground, I am sure of that; I do not know where the Red Cow is; there is a public-house at the corner of the posts - I do not know the sign; it is one door from Chapman's.

SARAH WILLINGER . I am ten years old. I saw Chalk a few minutes before eight o'clock, and saw Edwards hit her on the breast, and knock her up against Chapman's private door; when she came to she asked what it was for- Taylor then up with her foot, and hit her on the side; she fell back from the first blow - her head laid towards the passage when she was knocked down; she said to a lady and gentleman, "Please to help me up," and they did, and led her to a chair which was outside a green-grocer's - she could not move herself.

Cross-examined by MR. PHILLIPS. Q. She did not call them any names? A. No - neither of them said she had began it herself; the Red Cow is about two yards from Chapman's.

RICHARD WONTNER . I live opposite Chapman's, and am a woollen-draper. On the 9th of April, about eight o'clock in the evening, I saw Taylor there, particularly - there were several with her; there was a disturbance, and most abosive language used by Taylor only; the deceased was very much alarmed - she seemed perfectly sober, and in a very weak state; I saw no blows given - Chalk asked some young woman passing to protect her.

Cross-examined. Q. You were there to protect her? A. I had my shop to attend to - I did not apprehend they were going to kill her.

ELIZABETH BYRNE . I live in Middle-street. On the 9th of April, between nine and ten o'clock, I saw Chalk in Middle-street, by Mr. Grover's door - she seemed very ill; she could not walk without help - I asked if I should take her home; she said Yes, and I took her to her mother's - she was sober.

Cross-examined. Q. She appeared to have drank something, I suppose, but knew what she was about? A. Yes, I dare say she had drank a little; the prisoners were not there - she was sitting on the stones; her breath smelt of spirits; she did not appear much the worse for liquor, but had had a little drop.

HENRY FREDERICK BLAIR . I am a surgeon, and live in Chiswell-street; I have been in practice about two years, and four or five years in the profession. On the evening of the 9th of April, I saw Mrs. Chalk at her mother's, in the presence of Mr. Waller - I agree with him, and consider she died of the prevailing epidemic cholern morbus.

Q. Do you think that disease would by more likely to attack a person from violence having pre-disposed the body? A. I think it possible to pre-dispose her to disease, but that pre-disposition would not cause death; I saw a slight bruise on her right side, a very superficial one - I thought it decidedly a bruise; it did not go beyond the integuments - there was no bruise on the back - I was present when the body was opened; there was a little redness on the right lobe of the liver, which I understand from gentlemen who have seen many cases of cholera, is a common symptom - my opinion is the same as that of the other gentlemen; it was a slight blush on the liver, and not opposite the external bruise.

Cross-examined. Q. Are you decidedly of opinion that her death was the result of cholera? A. There is no doubt of it; I stated so to the Coroner and Grand Jury.

JURY. Q. If cholera had made its appearance on the subject, do you suppose external violence would cause it to have assumed a more serious character? A. The cases I have seen have terminated so suddenly I do not think any thing would affect it; it is impossible to say whether external violence would cause that to end fatally which otherwise would not have done so.

MR. PHILLIPS. Q. Would drinking spirits cause it to become violent? A. That is a pre-disposing cause; I am decidedly of opinion her death was the result of an attack of cholera; ten surgeons agreed in that opinion; there was no bruise on the back - the mother showed me some liquid, which she said had just come from her stomach - it was very thin liquid; I saw no blows nor marks of violence on the breast - turpentine had been rubbed on the breast, which would be more likely to make them appear; she did not complain of any violence; she was perfectly sensible - the symptoms she called out attention to were cramps in the calves of her legs; she was able to speak very well - alarm and weakness is a symptom of cholera.

MR. PRENDERGAST. Q. Would fright pre-dispose to the disease? A. I think it might.

FRANCIS KIERNAN . I saw the body after death; I observed only one mark of violence, that was on the right side; there was an appearance of a slight bruise over the surface of the liver, which might probably have arisen from violence - I do not think personal violence could pre-dispose the subject to the attack of cholera.

MR. PHILLIPS. Q. Are you of opinion that she died from an attack of malignant cholera? A. I have no doubt of it; I stated so before the Grand Jury, and I heard a true bill had been found.

WILLIAM HOCKLEY . I am a surgeon, of Leonard-street, Finsbury. I saw the body after death, and observed a superficial bruise on the right side; it appeared extremely slight - it was a matter of dispute whether it was a blow, and I am rather doubtful of it; I saw the appearance on the liver, that did not correspond with the neck - I believe myself it was not caused by external violence; my judgment is, that she died of cholera.

Q. Supposing her to have been attacked with cholera at nine o'clock, and at eight to have been treated with violence, would that pre-dispose to the disease? A. It is very early, but her having nursed two other patients it might be.

Cross-examined. Q. If she had attended two cholera patients for two or three days, do you suppose the external violence would give her the disease, or the infection? A. It think it most likely that it was imbibed before.

MR. PRENDERGAST. Q. Would personal violence aggravate the disease? A. It would aggravate any disease, and hasten the death of any body, certainly - it has always been my opinion, that the attack of cholera caused her death.


17th May 1832
Reference Numbert18320517-120

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1245. EDWARD CHARLES JAMES SHAW was indicted for bigamy .

MESSRS. CLARKSON and BODKIN conducted the prosecution.

SARAH ANN LARKIN . I am a widow, my husband was a licensed victualler. In 1830, my daughter, by a former husband, Elizabeth Sarah Timbs , was just turned of twenty-five years of age - the prisoner had been known to us from infancy; I believe he was then in his twenty-second years - he paid his addresses to my daughter for two or three years - they breakfasted in my house on the morning of the 1st of June; and he and my daughter left the house to be married - they returned in about three-quarters of an hour - here is the certificate of the marriage; I read it, and gave it to the prisoner again - they left my house the same day, and went into the country - they were gone a month or six weeks; they then returned to his father's house, and lived together for eight months; the marriage was agreeable to friends on all sides - my daughter was entitled to 500l., which was in the Bank, in her own name - when they left his father's, he took a practice in the New-cut, as a surgeon ; on the 2nd of June, 1831, (the day after they had been married twelve months,) he left my daughter in the morning, and said he was going to a dinner-party - I was in the habit of going frequently to see my daughter.

Cross-examined by MR. ALLEY. Q. You say, on the day he was married, he gave you this certificate, but I see, by the date, it could not be this? A. I do not know whether it was this one, but two or three certificates were got, because he said he was not married to her - this is not a prosecution of the second wife's - when he went away, he left his place of business, and three sovereigns; I believe he had laid out 200l. or 300l. for the good will of the place; and his father furnished the place - the furniture fetched 22l.

WILLIAM WILLIAM . I am clerk of St. Mary, Newington, and produce the register of the marriages there. On the 1st of June, 1830, Edward Charles James Shaw and Elizabeth Sarah Timbs were married - I am one of the subscribing witnesses, but I cannot speak positively to the person of the prisoner; I copied this register from the licence, which was produced - Rebecca Mason was the other witness.

REBECCA MASON . This is my name - I was at the marriage, and know the prisoner is the man.

Cross-examined. Q. Are there not a great many marriages there? A. Yes; I have not seen the prisoner since, but I had seen him twice before, and I am certain he is the person.

MR. BODKIN. Q. Have you seen his wife since. A. Yes, this morning. (The register was here read).

ITHIEL PRICE. On the 3rd of June, 1831, I acted as deputy parish-clerk of St. Dunstan, Stepney - this is the register of marriages there; I remember the prisoner being married that day in that church, by the name of Edward Stanley Smith , Esq.; he married Mary Ann Edwards -I have the licence here, which I received from the prisoner on that occasion; I recollect the prisoner's person, because, when he had paid the minister's fee in a paper, he gave me 5s., and my regular fee was 5s. 6d. - I stopped him as he was going out of the vestry-door, and asked him for the remainder of my fee; and there was a fee of 2s. 6d. payable to the sexton, which he had not paid, the sexton not being present; this gave me an opportunity of seeing his person and recollecting him; I saw him sign his name, and Miss Edwards sign hers, and the minister - I subscribed it.

Cross-examined by MR. ALLEY. Q. I suppose it was an occurrence which did not take any length of time? A. No, not long; if it had not been for that, I think I should have recollected him - I had no doubt of his person when I saw him again; it was the minister who spoke with some doubt about him - he was not bound over to attend. -(The register was here read).

RICHARD POPLE . I am an officer. I apprehended the prisoner, in Warwickshire, on the 2nd of April, on this charge - I told him I wanted him on a charge of bigamy; he said he should not have done it if it had not been for another man; I had seen him two or three months before at Cheltenham, and asked him if his name was Shaw - he said, "No, my name is Thompson," and he went away - I am sure he is the man.

COURT. Q. Where did you take him? A. At a place called Mersford; he was keeping a cottage there, and there were two females there.

GUILTY . Aged 23 - Confined Three Months .

17th May 1832
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1246. ROBERT GLOVER was indicted for stealing, on the 4th of February , 36 trusses of straw, value 1l. 13s. , the goods of Robert Spicer, the younger .

ROBERT SPICER . I live at Langley, in Bucks. On the 4th of February I drove from Langley a load of straw for my son Robert, and when I got to Oxford-street I met the prisoner, who asked me if that load was to be sold - I said Yes; he said he thought he could

help me to a customer for it - he took me down Portland-mews , to Mr. Collins' stable; Mr. Collins had the straw, and the prisoner had the money - he said to me,

"I will give you the money presently;" he got behind the cart, and went away - I sold it to the prisoner, and he sold it to Mr. Collins, in my presence, for 3s. more; I did not intend to let him have it without the money - I expected he would pay me when he got the money; we always have the money on corn as it is unloaded - he was to pay me 33s., and he sold it for 36s.; I told him I did not intend to part with it without the money - the straw was weighed; he slipped away unknown to me.

ROBERT SPICER, JUN. The straw was mine; I sent my father with it - on the 28th of April I found the prisoner in the New-road, and took him into custody - I told him he was the man I wanted to see about the load of straw; he said he would make it up to me, but he had no money then - he went away; I followed him, and said he had better make it up - he then ran off; I called and ran after him - a man stopped him; the officer came and took him - he said he would pay me 3s. or 4s. at a time, as he got it.

Prisoner's Defence. I had three loads of straw of the old man; I took the last load to the same person as the first - I asked the old man the price in Oxford-street; he said a guinea and a half - Mr. Collins asked the price, and I said 10 1/2d. a truss; there were 180lbs. short of weight - Mr. Collins said he would not pay, and he had a good mind to lay the fine on him; I said I knew nothing about it, and perhaps the man did not know it; he paid me, stopping 6s. for the short weight.

ROBERT SPICER , SEN. He had bought of me before, and has paid me, but this time he gave me the slip, and I had not 1d. to carry me home.

GUILTY . Aged 51. - Transported for Seven Years .

Before Mr. Sergeant Arabin .

17th May 1832
Reference Numbert18320517-122

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1247. CHARLES SHEPARD was indicted for stealing, on the 24th of April , 1 pair of breeches, value 13s. , the goods of Anna Maria Porter .

ANN MARIA PORTER . I live at Enfield , and am a slop-seller . On the 24th of April a person asked if I had lost any thing - I looked, and missed a pair of breeches; the constable brought the prisoner to me with them in about half an hour; I had not seen him near my shop.

WILLIAM HAYDON . I met the prisoner about ten yards from the shop - he was running, and I suspected him; I did not see him carrying any thing, but I went to the prosecutrix, and asked if she had lost any thing - she said a pair of breeches.

JOHN MEAD . I am a constable. I was sent for to the prosecutrix's shop - Haydon was there, and told me if I followed Charley Shepard I should be all right - I went, and found him in a public-house, with these breeches under his arm.(Property produced and sworn to.)

Prisoner's Defence. I bought them for 14s.

GUILTY . Aged 34 - Transported for Seven Years .

17th May 1832
Reference Numbert18320517-123

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1248. CHRISTOPHER SCOTT was indicted for stealing, on the 10th of October , 30 sacks, value 30s., and 15 quarters of oats, value 20l., the goods of James Bradley , from a barge upon the navigable river Thames .

JAMES BRADLEY . I am a lighterman , and live at Horselydown. On the 9th of October I had a barge called the Eliza, laden with outs, beans, and peas - I took her to Limehouse, and sent her up to Chelsea by George Davis, laden with fifteen quarters of oats; the 10th was on Sunday, and the cargo was all safe then - the prisoner had been in my service up to the 9th; I saw the Eliza again on the Monday, and missed from her thirty sacks and fifteen quarters of oats - she was then at Chelsea, on the river Thames .

GEORGE DAVIS . I am in the employ of Mr. Bradley. I took the Eliza up to Chelsea on the 9th, which was Saturday, and on the Sunday morning I moored her and left her safe, between eleven and twelve o'clock - I went to her again about the same time on Monday morning; she had then been unmoored, and fifteen quarters of oats had been taken out of her, and thirty sacks which had contained it - I suppose that was seven miles from Horselydown; I saw the prisoner about dinner time on Sunday, and he asked if I had taken my punt up-to Chelsea - I said Yes.

JAMES EDWARDS. I am a lighterman and live in Freeman's-lane. I have known the prisoner for years - on that Sunday, between twelve and one o'clock, he came to Horselydown stairs, and asked if I knew where Bumstead was - I said I had not seen him, but he might find him at home; he went away, and returned with him - he said they were going to hire a barge, and asked if I would go with them; I said No - in the afternoon they asked if I would lend them my boat; I said I did not mind - they took it, and were away all the afternoon; in the evening the prisoner came and told me he had hired a barge - I and the prisoner went on board it, and went below-Bumstead was on it; it then went up on the other side of Chelsea College, and they stopped her at the piles - I found the Eliza there, laden with corn; the prisoner and Bumstead unmoored her, and shoved her down to the barge; they then fastened her, and took out of her fifteen quarters of oats - the prisoner said, "Now I shall pay myself;" I understood he had worked for the prosecutor, who had not paid him - the oats were shot out of the sacks, loose, into the barge; the Eliza was left against the dead wall, by the piles; we then came down the river- the sacks were thrown overboard somewhere off the Red House, and sunk; we went down to Pickle Herring tier - I then took the prisoner on shore, and left Bumstead on board; I do not know what became of them afterwards.

JAMES SMITH . I live at Battersea. The sacks were found opposite my wharf; they must have floated there- my lad picked them up, and they were returned to the prosecutor.

JOHN HOLLAND . I am the proprietor of Pickle Herring wharf. By an extract from our books I find, that on the 10th of October, fifteen quarters of oats were landed; I delivered them to Mr. Taylor on the 12th.

MOSES PEARCY. I am a coal-porter, and was employed on that wharf. I saw the Eliza on the Sunday afternoon, with the corn - I saw her again on the Monday, empty, by the piles, near the College wall - I brought her up again to the wharf.

THOMAS TAYLOR . I live at Deptford. I sold fifteen

quarters and a half of oats, on commission, for the prisoner I think it was on the 12th of October - here is the order I gave for the delivery of them; but it appears there were only fifteen quarters.

Prisoner's Defence. I know nothing of it; Edwards is a reputed thief - he has been in custody for a robbery on the Thames; he swore at the Thames Police that I hired a barge of Mr. Bostock, which I had not - I worked fifteen quarters and a half of oats of a gentleman, and landed them at Mr. Holland's - they are what Taylor sold.

GUILTY . Aged 34. - Transported for Life .

17th May 1832
Reference Numbert18320517-124
VerdictGuilty > with recommendation

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1249. WILLIAM WARBURTON was indicted for stealing, on the 13th of April , 3 watches, value 42l.; 1 pair of bracelets, value 5l.; 1 chain, value 2l.; 1 coral, value 1l., and 1 seal, value 5s. , the goods of Thomas Willis Jones .

JANE JONES . I reside at Hammersmith, and am the wife of Thomas Willis Jones . On the 13th of April we were removing - the prisoner was the driver of a fly , and he was called to take us to Hammersmith, with these articles among others; they were in a box, which was tied up in a bundle, and put into the fly, to go from Brompton to Hammersmith - they were there taken out of the fly, and the prisoner went away; I missed it about eleven o'clock the same night; I went to Brompton myself the next morning, and sent for the prisoner; he came, and I asked him if he knew any thing of a bundle which had been left in the fly - he said he knew nothing at all about it, but if it was left in the fly, the persons who were in it afterwards must have taken it; he took my servant to a gentleman's house, to inquire - I saw him again in two or three hours, with Barnes; he said if I would make myself comfortable, he would bring the property just as it was left - this is it.

Cross-examined by MR. ADOLPHUS. Q. Were you removing a great deal of property? A. No; this box was tied up in this apron, as it is now - I was going to give the articles out of the fly, and the prisoner said he would give them out; I then went in-doors, and he brought them in; but this parcel appears to have been left behind - I had not made him a promise of any thing for it.

THOMAS BARNES (Police-constable T 155). I was just off duty, and was sent for to put some of the things in the fly - I do not know who put this bundle in; next morning, the 14th of April, the servant came, and said there had been a robbery - I went to Mrs. Jones', and from what she said I went to the stable to the prisoner; I asked him if he knew any thing about the property; he said he did not, but if it was put into the fly, he was certain it was left at Hammersmith - I then went with him to Mrs. Jones' at Hammersmith; he asked her if she had found the property; she said No - he said he was certain he must have left it there, as he knew unthing about it; I then went outside with the prisoner, to wait for Mr. Jones coming from London - he then asked me to let him go to Mrs. Jones' again; which he did, and told her not to make herself uneasy, and she should have the property again; I said, "Then you know where it is;" he said, "Yes, you have sent the serjeant to search the stable, and if he searches under the manger he will find it covered up in the litter" - just at that time his master arrived on a horse, to say that it had been found under a manger - I then took him into custody.

Cross-examined. Q. Were you in your Police dress at that time? A. No, in plain clothes; but when I told him I should take him into custody. I said I was an officer - he did not tel me he expected to get something for it.

JOHN POINTING (Police-serjeant T 6). I found this property in the stable at Brompton, under the manager, in and old dirty cloth, covered with straw.

GUILTY . Aged 22.

Recommended to Mercy - Confined Twelve Months .

17th May 1832
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1250. JAMES PHILLIPS was indicted for stealing, on the 29th of April , 2 stoves, value 3l., the goods of Henry Ginger ; and 5 locks, value 1l., the goods of George Faith , and fixed to a building ; against the Statute.

EDWARD YOUNG . I am an inspector of Police. On the 29th of April, at a quarter-past six o'clock in the morning, I was coming down Jubilee-place, Stepney -I saw the prisoner and another man, with each a stove; I followed them some distance, and asked where they were going to take them; they said they bought them at a sale, and were going to Brick-lane - they did not go that way, and I said I must take them to the station; they put down the stoves by the London-hospital, and the other man ran away, but I caught the prisoner.

Prisoner. I told him to ask the other man to give him an explanation, as I did not know where they were going. Witness. No, he only said it was right, and when I had him he made a desperate effort to escape - I caught the tail of the other man's coat, and he left it with me.

GEORGE FAITH. I have some houses at Stepney . Mr. Ginger had left one of them, and asked me to let him leave these fixtures in the house.

HENRY GINGER . The house these stoves were taken from was let to me. I saw them all safe a few days after Lady-day, and I think I had called there on the 28th or 29th of April; they were then fixed, and the house was secure - I went a few days afterwards, and the lock of the street-door had been broken off, and the stoves were gone - I have no doubt these are the stoves; I know nothing of the prisoner.

Prisoner's Defence. I met a man in the Commercial-road with these stoves; he asked me to help him with them to Brick-lane; when the officer stopped me he ran off; I ran and called after him, but the officer called me back.

GUILTY . Aged 25. - Transported for Seven Years .

17th May 1832
Reference Numbert18320517-126

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1251. AGNES HENDERSON was indicted for stealing, on the 2nd of March , 14 books, value 1l. 14s. , the goods of William, Earl of St German's .

MR. BODKIN conducted the prosecution.

SARAH HOLMES . I was left in charge of Lord St. German's house, when Sir John Trevillion left it; the prisoner was known to Sir John, and I allowed her, at her request, to remain in the house - I put some books on the sofa in the back drawing-room; she had access to every part of the house, and was frequently left in the house alone - she remained there till March.

GEORGE JOHN MOULTON . I am assistant to a pawn

broker in Berwick-street. I produce ten or twelve books, some of which I took in of the prisoner in February and March, in the name of Allen; we asked if they were her own - she said Yes, and gave her address at No.32, Wardour-street.

LORD WILLIAM ST. GERMANS . I have no knowledge of the prisoner, and was not aware that she was in my house - I had left Holmes in charge; some of these books have my arms in them, and I had such as the others in my library, and have missed them.

Prisoner's Defence. I know nothing of the property -I was not left more than two or three hours at a time.

GUILTY . Aged 33. - Transported for Seven Years .

17th May 1832
Reference Numbert18320517-127

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1252. LYDIA HELSEY was indicted for stealing, on the 3rd of May , 1 coffee-pot, value 1s. 6d. , the goods of Walter Biggs .

SARAH BIRCH . I live in Chapel-street, Holywell-mount, and keep a green-grocer's shop - the prisoner brought this coffee-pot there; I said I did not want it, and sent a boy for my husband, who took her into custody.

JOSEPH BIRCH . I took the prisoner - I made inquiry, and found the prosecutor.

WALTER BIGGS . I believe this pot to be mine, and I have the fellow to it - I lost one exactly like it.

Prisoner's Defence. I had it of a man who goes round the country and changes things away - he brought this and some other things home; I went with his wife to sell them.

GUILTY . Aged 61. - Confined Twelve Months .

17th May 1832
Reference Numbert18320517-128

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1253. AMOS HAYDON was indicted for stealing, on the 28th of April , 5 shillings, 1 sixpence, and 4 pennies, the monies of Samuel Jordan , from the person of Elizabeth, his wife .

ELIZABETH JORDAN . I am the wife of Samuel Jordan . On the 28th of April I was in Mr. Rotherham's shop, in Shoreditch , buying a piece of ribbon - I put my hand into my pocket, and found there was another hand in my pocket, which was taken out closed, and it gave something to the prisoner, who took it, and put it into his pocket - I found I had lost five shillings, one sixpence, and four penny-pieces - I told the prisoner he had got my money - he denied it, and ran off: I followed him, and took hold of him before he got out - I held him till he was taken by the officer; I saw him searched, and some money was taken from him.

CHARLES RANDALL (Police-constable H 68). I took the prisoner, and found five shillings, one sixpence, and 4d. in his right-hand trousers pocket.

The prisoner put in a written Defence, stating that a boy, who was a stranger to him, and had left the shop, thrust the money into his hand, which he offered the prosecutrix on her accusing him of having it.

GUILTY . Aged 14. - Transported for Seven Years .

17th May 1832
Reference Numbert18320517-129

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1254. ELIZABETH HALL was indicted for stealing, on the 6th of March , 2 caps, value 1s.; 1 handkerchief, value 6d., and 1 book, value 4s. , the goods of Maria Whore .

MARIA WHORE . I live servant at Kensington . The prisoner lived in the same house, with Captain Baker, for three weeks, and, on the 6th of March, when she was gone I missed this property from my box in the kitchen; I found her on the 16th of April - I taxed her with taking my things - she denied it, but said if she had them she would return them; I went to her again - she offered to let me search her, but would not let me search her trunk; I sent for an officer, who found these articles in her trunk.

JOHN POINTING . I am an officer. These things were found in my presence.

GUILTY . Aged 60. - Confined Seven Days .

17th May 1832
Reference Numbert18320517-130

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1255. THOMAS KILBURN was indicted for stealing, on the 17th of April , 1 jacket, value 2s.; 1 pair of trousers, value 1s.; 1 waistcoat, value 1s., and 1 handkerchief, value 1s. , the goods of Charles Maxey .

CHARLES MAXEY . I am pot-boy to Mr. Edward Tye , of the Mercers' Arms, Mercer-street, Long-acre . On the 17th of April I saw my master go out and bring in the prisoner - he asked him what he had, and laid hold of his apron, and my jacket fell out of it; I saw my other things at Bow-street - these are them; I had not seen the prisoner before.

EDWARD TYE . I was standing at my bar. and saw the prisoner pass the passage with a bundle; my wife asked me if I knew who had gone out - I said No; I went out, and took the prisoner at the corner - I brought him back; he said he had been to see the pot-boy: I called in my pot-boy - he owned the things. but did not know the prisoner.

Prisoner's Defence. I was returning from Oxfordshire and met a man, who gave me a lift up to Covent-garden -I went and treated him; we got into company, and I sat drinking some time - I found I had had too much; I went to try to get a lodging, and lost a bundle, which I had in my hand - I thought this bundle was mine.

GUILTY . Aged 35. - Transported for Seven Years .

17th May 1832
Reference Numbert18320517-131
VerdictGuilty > with recommendation
SentenceNo Punishment > sentence respited

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1256. ROBERT LOFTING was indicted for embezzlement .

HENRY BINDEN . I am a cheesemonger , and live at Lowndes-terrace, Knightsbridge . The prisoner was my porter for six months, he was to receive money for me, and to account every evening for what he had received; he was to put it down in a book and hand it to me - I put my initials to the book.

ELIZABETH MURRAY . I deal with the prosecutor. I paid the prisoner 5s. 6d. on the 8th of March , and on the 23rd of March 9s. 1 1/2.; he put receipts on the bills.

MR. BINDEN. He never accounted to me for these sums I had another case against him - he left my service without notice, and the officer took him afterwards.

Prisoner. It is my first offence - I hope you will be merciful to me.

GUILTY . Aged 20.

Recommended to Mercy. - Judgment Respited

17th May 1832
Reference Numbert18320517-132

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1257. GEORGE LANE was indicted for stealing, on the 12th of May , 1 bag, value 1d.; 2 sovereigns, and 4 shillings, the property of Charles Lane , from his person .

CHARLES LANE . I am a coal-heaver ; the prisoner is no relation, but I had employed him to assist me now and then in unloading coals . On the evening of the 12th of May I gave him a job at the Adelphi; he said he was hungry, and I took out my purse, and gave him 1s. to buy himself something; he brought me back 6d, and there was then in my purse two sovereigns, four shillings, and some halfpence, I went to a public house with him about an hour and a half afterwards; I there pulled out my purse

to give a sick man a shilling - I put my purse into my pocket again, and sat down and wrote a few lines; the prisoner then came and sat by me, and when he was gone I missed my purse; I looked for him but could not find him till the next morning, which was Sunday, when he was in a public-house in Orchard-street, Westminster - I charged him with taking my purse, which he strongly denied, but the officer found my purse, and 4s. 6d. in it, on his person.

HENRY BROWN , (Police-constable B 60.) I found this bag and 4s. 6d. in it on the prisoner.

Prisoner's Defence. I was at the Durham Arms, and saw this bag under the table - I took it up, not knowing whose it was; it had 2l. 4s. and some copper in it.

GUILTY . Aged 22. - Confined Three Months .

17th May 1832
Reference Numbert18320517-291

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1258. ELLEN McCARTHY was indicted for stealing, on the 12th of April , 2 pewter pots, value 2s., the goods of James Thompson ; and 1 pewter pot, value 1s. , the goods of Leonard Baldry .

THOMAS STAPLES . I am cellarman to Mr. James Thompson - he keeps the Duke of York, near the Regent's Park ; these two pots are his.

LEONARD BALDRY . I keep the Queen's Head and Artichoke . this pot is mine; I lose two dozen a week.

JACOB HOWELL (Police-constable S 46.) I found the prisoner in William-street, St. Pancras, on the 12th of April, with these pots, one was under each arm, under her cloak, and one dropped from her clothes; she had some matches in her apron before her.

Prisoner's Defence. I took them up and thought I would ask where they belonged to, and take them home.

GUILTY . Aged 60. - Confined Twelve Months .

17th May 1832
Reference Numbert18320517-133

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1259. CAROLINE JONES was indicted for stealing, on the 9th of April , 1 table-cloth, value 20l.; 19 napkins, value 10l.; 4 shirts, value 4l.; 5 handkerchiefs, value 12s.; 1 shift, value 10s.; 2 pairs of drawers, value 5s.; 1 cloth, value 5s.; 4 towels, value 4s.; 5 pincloths value 3s.; 1 night-shirt, value 2s.; 1 night-shift, value 2s.; 1 pair of stockings, value 1s., and 3 night-caps, value 1s. 6d. , the goods of Edward Barron .

MR. PHILLIPS conducted the prosecution.

ELIZABETH WILKINS . I am servant to Mr. Edward Barron , of Hunter-street . On the 9th of April the prisoner came and said she had come for the dirty linen; I got it, and asked why the woman did not come with her barrow, as she was accustomed to do - she said Mrs. Parkins was ill; I gave her these articles, and some others.

Cross-examined by MR. CHURCHILL. Q. How long did she stay at the door? A. She came in while I got the things - I am quite sure she is the person.

JANE PARKINS . I am laundress to Mr. Barron. I do not know the prisoner, and never sent her for any linen.

WILLIAM BIRD . I am apprentice to Mr. Burgess, a pawnbroker. The prisoner brought some articles to pawn on the 9th of April; this table-cloth was one - we gave them up to Mr. Barron; I am certain the prisoner pawned them.

Cross-examined. Q. Did you take in this table-cloth? A. Yes; I saw it had the mark of Barron on it.

SIDNEY SMITH . I am a pawnbroker. On the 13th of April the prisoner came to my shop, and brought five napkins, which she wanted 8s. for; I had received information of the robbery, and sent for the officer, who took her.

JAMES GLIBBERY (Police-constable N 21). I took the prisoner.(Property produced and sworn to.)

The prisoner received a good character.

GUILTY . Aged 18. - Confined Six Months .

17th May 1832
Reference Numbert18320517-134
VerdictNot Guilty

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1260. ANN MARSHALL was indicted for stealing, on the 30th of January , 3 blankets, value 9s.; 2 pillows, value 4s., and 2 sheets, value 6s. , the goods of Samuel Bastier .

RACHAEL BASTIER . I am the wife of Samuel Bastier - he lives at Mile-end ; the prisoner occupied a furnished room of us for a fortnight - we never permitted her to pawn any of our things; at the expiration of that time she said she was going to receive her husband's monthly money, and asked me to lend her a shawl to go in, which I did - she went away, and did not return; she had not paid any rent - we afterwards went into the room, and missed these articles.

Cross-examined by MR. LEE. Q. Did Jane Norris live there with her? A. Yes, all the time, except at nights.

BENJAMIN JAMES MATTHEWS . I live with a pawnbroker, in the Commercial-road. I produce a pillow, pawned for 1s. 3d., in the name of Ann Brown , No. 9, Vincent-street - I do not know by whom.

GEORGE GRAY WILLIAMS . I am a pawnbroker, and live at Stepney. I have some articles pawned either by the prisoner or Norris; they both used the shop.

JANE NORRIS . The prisoner is my aunt - I used to work with her of a day. I pawned three blankets, a sheet, and a pillow for her - I objected to take them, but she said she would get them out when she got her husband's money.

Cross-examined. Q. You knew these things belonged to Mr. Bastier? A. Yes, but my aunt told me they were hers as long as she rented the room - I was taken into custody; my aunt did not support me in December and January - I am married; I did not take part of these things to cover myself in the cold weather - there was a flock pillow found on my bed, but I had pawned a feather pillow belonging to myself - I never had a pair of sheets of the prosecutor's on my bed or in my house, nor a blanket.

WILLIAM HENRY HAWKINS . I am a pawnbroker. I have a sheet, pawned by Norris in the name of Ann Brown .(Property produced and sworn to.)


17th May 1832
Reference Numbert18320517-135
VerdictNot Guilty

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1261. ELEANOR MARSHALL was indicted for stealing, on the 16th of April , 3 blankets, value 9s.; 1 bolster, value 4s.; 1 sheet, value 3s., and 2 pillows, value 4s. , the goods of Martha Snoxell .

MARTHA SNOXELL . I live in Fleur-de-lis-court, Gray's Inn-lane . I let the prisoner a furnished room at 4s. a week - she was in debt 18s. - on the 16th of April I went to ask her for some money - I then missed this property; I had repeatedly asked her for the linen to wash, and she would not let me have it.

HENRY LONG . I am a pawnbroker. I have these articles, but did not take them in; these are the counter-duplicates of them.

BENJAMIN PHILLIPS (Police-constable G 58). I took the prisoner, and asked for the duplicates - she gave them

to me; the things are pawned in the name of Green, which she said was her daughter's name, whom she always sent with them.(Property produced and sworn to.)

The prisoner put in a written Defence, stating that she had pledged the property by her husband's directions.


17th May 1832
Reference Numbert18320517-136
VerdictGuilty > with recommendation
SentenceMiscellaneous > fine

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1262. SARAH NEVILLE was indicted for stealing, on the 26th of January , 1 bolster, value 5s.; 2 blankets, value 7s., and 1 rug, value 2s. , the goods of James Winter .

ANN WINTER . I am the wife of James Winter ; we live in Stevens-street . The prisoner and her husband came to lodge with us in January last; on the 14th of April we missed this property.

WILLIAM RAMSEY . I am a pawnbroker. I have a bolster, two blankets, and a rug, pawned by the prisoner at different times.

WILLIAM BROWN (Police-constable E 13). I took the prisoner.(Property produced and sworn to.)

The prisoner pleaded poverty, and received a good character.

GUILTY . Aged 55.

Recommended to Mercy. - Fined 1s. and Discharged .

17th May 1832
Reference Numbert18320517-137

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1263. JOHN EDWARD PARR was indicted for stealing, on the 15th of April , 1 handkerchief, value 5s., the goods of Thomas Coram , from his person .

THOMAS CORAM . I am clerk to a solicitor. On the 15th of April I was walking near Pentonville , about four o'clock in the afternoon - I felt something taken from me; I turned, saw the prisoner, and seized him; he dropped my handkerchief - a person came up, and we took the prisoner; he ran away, but was taken again and given to the officer - this is my handkerchief.

GEORGE ROUSE . I was going up Pentonville-hill; I saw the prosecutor coming down - the prisoner went behind him, he turned and caught hold of him, and this handkerchief fell on the ground; the prosecutor asked me to assist in taking him - he asked to be allowed to walk to the station-house; he then ran off, and we took him again.

GUILTY . Aged 22. - Transported for Fourteen Years .

17th May 1832
Reference Numbert18320517-138

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1264. THOMAS PETERS was indicted for stealing, on the 10th of April , 1 coat, value 5s., and 1 horse-cloth, value 4s. , the goods of William Bygrave .

JAMES JOHN CONNERLEY . I am an officer. On the 10th of April I was in Brick-lane, Spitalfields - I saw the prisoner coming along with another young man, with a great coat under his arm - I had not got many yards further before I met an old gentleman, who said he had stolen a great coat out of a cart; I turned after the prisoner, the other person who was with him ran off - I followed the prisoner down to Black Eagle-street, where I saw him with the coat on, and he tried to throw it off; I had seen him put it on.

WILLIAM BYGRAVE . I am a hay-carrier . I was going along by the side of my horses, and had left the coat and a horse-cloth in my empty cart.

JOHN SELLEN . I heard an alarm, and gave notice to the officer.

Prisoner's Defence. I was coming down Brown's-lane, and saw the coat in the middle of the road; I took it up, and put it on my back.

GUILTY . Aged 20. - Transported for Seven Years .

17th May 1832
Reference Numbert18320517-139

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1265. THOMAS PAINE was indicted for stealing, on the 14th of April , 12lbs. weight of beef, value 9s. , the goods of Charles Kinder .

MARY ANN REEVE . I live with Charles Kinder, a varnish-maker . On the 14th of April Mr. Fenn sent this beef to my master - I hung it at the top of the kitchen stairs; the prisoner came in about half an hour, and said he had come for the beef, as Mr. Fenn desired him, and that it belonged to a lady lower down in Gray's Inn-lane; that it was more than my master ordered - I believed it, and gave it to him; I had not known him before; Mr. Fenn came to me on the Monday, and I described the prisoner to him.

WILLIAM TAYLOR . I am servant to Mr. Fenn. I took the beef to the prosecutor's on the Saturday; I know the prisoner by sight, but he was not sent for the beef; we had not to send any beef down Gray's Inn-lane.

JOHN MURPHY . I am an officer. I took the prisoner.

GUILTY . Aged 20. - Confined Six Weeks .

17th May 1832
Reference Numbert18320517-140

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1266. WILLIAM RATFORD was indicted for stealing, on the 17th of April , 4 shillings , the monies of William Briscoe .

ANN BRISCOE . I am the wife of William Briscoe - we keep the Rose and Crown, in Clare-court . The prisoner came in on the 17th of April, just as I had received a handful of silver from one of my servants; he came into my parlour, begged pardon, and asked if I would give him four sixpences for two shillings; I looked, and said I had only three - I asked my son for one; he then put his hand to my hand, apologized for touching me, and said, "You have a bad shilling, a lion and a lamb shilling," and he took up four shillings between his fingers; my son saw him do it, and took him into another room, where it was taken from him.

Cross-examined by MR. LEE. Q. I believe this was in the middle of the day? A. Yes, about eleven o'clock; I was not aware that I had a lion and lamb shilling in my hand - the prisoner did not give me the two shillings; I had counted the money in my hand; I had seventeen shillings and three sixpences.

WILLIAM SHELLEY . I am the prosecutrix's son. What my mother has stated is correct; I watched the prisoner when I saw him touch the money - I saw him secretly working four shillings between his fingers - I then got up, and watched his hand; when he was about bidding my mother good morning, I seized his hand, bent it back, and took him in the back parlour; the officer came, and took him - there were three shillings found in his hand, and one had dropped on the floor - the four sixpences were in his other hand.

Cross-examined. Q.Did you not charge him first of all with taking six shillings between his fingers? A. No, I am certain he had not this silver in his hand before he took it from my mother.

SAMUEL GARDNER (Police-constable T 98). I was sent for - I took the prisoner, and found three shillings in one of his hands; one had dropped on the floor - I found a pair of black gloves on him.

GUILTY . Aged 25. - Transported for Seven Years .

17th May 1832
Reference Numbert18320517-141
VerdictNot Guilty > fault

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1267. JOHN RAE was indicted for stealing, on the 1st of May , 1 pair of boots, value 6s. , the goods of Thomas Bowtell .

THOMAS BOWTELL . These boots were the property of myself and brother.


17th May 1832
Reference Numbert18320517-142
VerdictGuilty > with recommendation

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1268. ANN ROBERT was indicted for stealing, on the 26th of April , 2 blankets, value 5s.; 1 quilt, value 2s. 6d.; 1 sheet, value 2s.; and 1 flat-iron, value 6d. , the goods of William Kilsby .

ANN KILSBY . I am the wife of William Kilsby - we live on Great Saffron-hill . The prisoner lodged with us, with a man, who is not her husband; they were three weeks and five days in our house; they owed us a trifle; I suspected she had taken some things, and I watched her to a pawnbroker, with half a blanket - they would not take it in; she brought it out again; I went home with her, and said I would go and see what was gone from the room, but she got in, and locked the door - I then sent for an officer.

JOHN BATE . I am a pawnbroker. I have a quilt, pawned in the name of Mary Robert .

WILLIAM BRIGHT . I have two blankets, a sheet, and flat-iron, pawned by a female, in the name of Mary Robert and Ann Robert , on the 10th, 14th, and 23rd of April - I cannot swear by whom.

THOMAS ROBERTS (Police-constable G 31). I took the prisoner, and found these duplicates in a tea-caddy, on the shelf in the room.(Property produced and sworn to.)

Prisoner's Defence. I did not pawn the things.

GUILTY . Aged 22.

Recommended to Mercy. - Confined Six Weeks .

17th May 1832
Reference Numbert18320517-143

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1269. ANN SMITH was indicted for stealing, on the 14th of April , 1 shirt, value 2s. , the goods of Stephen Lunn Muller .

SECOND COUNT, stating them to be the goods of Thomas Brown Watson .

GEORGE BALL (Police-constable N 70). On the 14th of April I saw a shirt hanging in Thomas-street, Hackney-road ; I saw the garden door open; I went down, and shut it - I soon afterwards saw the prisoner turn into Thomas-street; I went down in about ten minutes, and the shirt was gone - I pursued, and took her in Union-walk with the shirt; I asked what she had in this basket; she said nothing belonging to me - I then asked her to let me look, and she said it was a shirt belonging to a gentleman, and she was going to take it to the mangle.

HANNAH BROWN WATSON . This shirt belongs to Mr. Stephen Lunn Muller - I wash for him; I had hung it in my yard.

GUILTY . Aged 57. - Confined Three Months .

17th May 1832
Reference Numbert18320517-144

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1270. JAMES SMITH was indicted for stealing, on the 25th of April , 1 shovel, value 3s. , the goods of Joseph Woodey .

JOSEPH WOODEY . I sift dust for Samuel Baker - the prisoner drove a brick cart . He came on the 25th of April for three-quarters of a load of ashes; while he was loading them he took my shovel, put it into his cart, and covered it with ashes; when he was gone I missed it, and ran after him - I overtook him a mile and three-quarters from the yard; I stopped him and the horse and cart, and said he had stolen my shovel; he said, "If you won't hurt me, I will give it you;" he went to the back of his cart, uncovered it, and gave it me; he said, "I took it for a lark, if you won't hurt me I will give you 1s. 6d."

HENRY WILLIAMS (Police-constable N 225). I took the prisoner, and have the shovel.

GUILTY . Aged 18. - Confined Three Months .

17th May 1832
Reference Numbert18320517-145

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1271. GEORGE STOREY was indicted for stealing, on the 4th of May , 8 garden-pots, value 6d., and 8 plants, value 5s. , the goods of Mary Moore .

ISAAC COOMBS (Police-constable B 95). At half-past ten o'clock at night, on the 4th of May, I saw the prisoner placing these flower-pots in a basket, about forty yards from Mrs. Moore's - I asked how he came by them; he said he bought them in Covent-garden market for 12s.; I secured him, and took the property to Mrs. Moore.

MARY MOORE . I am a florist , and live at Chelsea . These are my pots and plants - they were taken out of my garden; I missed them - I do not know the prisoner.

GUILTY . Aged 13. - Transported for Seven Years .

17th May 1832
Reference Numbert18320517-146

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1272. ANN SCHOFIELD was indicted for stealing, on the 4th of May , 1 handkerchief, value 2s. 6d. , the goods of John Sullivan .

JOHN SULLIVAN . I am a bricklayer's labourer . On the 4th of May the prisoner lodged, for two nights, and slept in the same room with me and two more women; I slept alone - I left my handkerchief on the top of my clothes when I went to bed, and the prisoner took that and a pair of shoes - one of the other women in the room is my grandmother, who has not been out of bed for twelve months; I never gave the prisoner permission to pawn any of my things - she gets her living in the streets.

GEORGE WEAKEY . I live with a pawnbroker. The prisoner pawned this handkerchief with me.

(Property produced and sworn to.)

GUILTY . Aged 23. - Transported for Seven Years .

17th May 1832
Reference Numbert18320517-147

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