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On the Queen's Commission of the Peace,



The City of London,





Held on Monday, November 25th, 1844, and following Days.

Before the Right Honourable MICHAEL GIBBS , LORD MAYOR of the City of London; the Right Honourable Thomas Lord Denman, Chief Justice of her Majesty's Court of Queen's Bench; Sir Edmund Hall Alderson, Knt., one of the Barons of Her Majesty's Court of Exchequer; Sir William Henry Maule, Knt., one of the Justices of Her Majesty's Court of Common Pleas; Charles Farebrother, Esq.; Thomas Kelly, Esq.; Samuel Wilson, Esq.; Sir Chapman Marshall, Knt.; and John Humphery, Esq.; Aldermen of the said City: the Honourable Charles Ewan Law, Recorder of the said City: John Johnson, Esq.; John Kinnersley Hooper, Esq.; Thomas Farncomb, Esq.; Sir Claudius Stephen Hunter, Bart.; Thomas Challis, Esq.; William Hughes Hughes, Esq.; and Francis Graham Moon, Esq.; Aldermen of the said City: John Mirehouse, Esq., Common Sergeant of the said City; and Edward Bullock, Esq., Judge of the Sheriffs' Court; Her Majesty's Justices of Oyer and Terminer, and Gaol Delivery of Newgate, holden for the said City, and Judges of the Central Criminal Court.


First Jury.

William Page Gattye

Bennett Challum

Daniel Martin

James Gregory

John Cowley

George James

Henry Charles Cowle

Noah Marshall

James Pearce

William Coish

George Mitchell

George Frederick Moore

Second Jury.

Thomas Castle

Edward Glenny

Alexander Marshall

Henry Rees

William Moore

Francis Mackey

Stephen Prosser

William Neats

Edward Chapman

Henry Carter

Thomas Munning

Benjamin Markwell

Third Jury.

John King Westrop

William Pressland

William Colston

John Ringer

William Calder

George Molton Mabson

Thomas Nash

John Oliver

Joseph Buck

Richard Moore

Thomas Poulton

William Pritchett

Fourth Jury.

Jackson Mackness

Charles Carr

Joseph Wraith

John Morgan

Walter Price

William Pearce

James Fernley, jun.

John Oastler

George Alfred Penn

John Halley

Peter Pearce

Samuel Starkey

Fifth Jury.

John Alexander Hogg

Theophilus Kerm

J. Ridge

Thomas Warman

George Norris Rutland

Richard Knight

Robert Ovenden

Samuel Oliffe

Abraham Crawcour

Henry Owen

James Ellis

James Charles Dix

Sixth Jury.

George Felix Gilbert

Noah Mann

Thomas Marrlott

William Goodman

Frederick Rouch

Samuel Ward

John F. Falshaw

Robert Pryor

William Smith Cofe

Robert Reviere

Thomas Cole

Thomas Coates



A star (*) denotes that prisoners have been previously in custody—Two stars (**) that they have been more than once in custody—An obelisk (†)that a prisoner is known to be the associate of bad characters.


OLD COURT.—Monday, November 25th, 1844.

First Jury, before Mr. Recorder.

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Reference Numbert18441125-1
VerdictNot Guilty > no evidence

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1. JOHN NYE was indicted for embezzling the sums of 5s. 6d. 14s. 6d., and 5s. 8d., which he had received on account of Isaac Maiden, his employer.

(MR. BODKIN, on behalf of the prosecution, offered no evidence.)


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Reference Numbert18441125-2
VerdictNot Guilty > no evidence

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2. JOHN NYE was again indicted for a like offence. No evidence.


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VerdictGuilty > pleaded guilty

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3. JAMES DONOVAN, alias Jones , was indicted for stealing a pair of boots, value 16s., the goods of Alfred Page; to which he pleaded

GUILTY .* Aged 17.— Confined Six Months .

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Reference Numbert18441125-4
VerdictGuilty > with recommendation

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4. WILLIAM GLOVER was indicted for stealing, on the 16th of Nov., 1 coat, value 2l., the goods of William Williams.

WILLIAM WILLIAMS . I live in St. Nicholas Olave Churchyard, Bread-street Hill, and am a coal-dealer—my shop is opposite my private bouse. On Saturday, the 16th of Nov., about eleven o'clock in the morning, I saw the prisoner come out of my house with this coat under his arm—I was just coming out of the door at the time—I immediately ran in, and called to my lodger, to know if anybody had been up stairs—I then ran out, and saw him return with the coat—I found the coat under the railing of the clergyman's house—I knew it to be the same coat as I had seen under his arm.

Prisoner. Why not take me when I had the coat under my arm?

Witness. Two females lodge in my house, and have people come to them—I inquired of them first—I did not see the prisoner throw it down—I found it in the track he went.

JOHN MINZEY . I live at No. 3, Clement's Inn, and am in the service of Mr. Williams—he pointed the prisoner out to me—I followed him down Five-Foot-lane, and when I came back I met the prisoner on

Fish-street Hill—I did not see him with the coat—I stopped him—he did not deny having come out of the house.

Prisoner. He asked me if I was the lad who came out of the house; I said I was not.

Witness. He did not say so—my master pointed him out to me in the corner.

Prisoner's Defence. I am quite innocent of having the coat; I had only come from Liverpool a fortnight.

WILLIAM WILLIAMS re-examined. The private door of the house is always open—a girl, who comes to clean the room the coat was in, was there at the time—the prisoner could easily walk in, the door was open—I have not the smallest doubt he is the person I saw with the coat—he was secured within a minute of my first seeing him—there was no other boy about.

GUILTY. Aged 14.—Recommended to mercy by the Prosecutor, on account of his youth. — Confined Fourteen Days .

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Reference Numbert18441125-5
VerdictNot Guilty > no prosecutor

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5. JOSEPH DALE was indicted for wilful and corrupt perjury. The prosecutor and witnesses being called on their recognizances, did not appear.


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Reference Numbert18441125-6
VerdictGuilty > unknown

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6. THOMAS ROBINSON was indicted for stealing, on the 31st of Oct., 1 watch, value 1l., and a watch-chain, 10s.; the goods of William Gordon Brown, in a vessel on the navigable river Thames.

WILLIAM GORDON BROWN . I am an officer of the Customs, and was on board the Mary Ann, which laid off Union Stairs. On the night of the 10th of Oct. I went to bed in the cabin, and put my watch on the shelf over the bed-place—about half-past one o'clock in the morning I felt something, which I took to be a mouse or rat—I took no further notice of it than just to touch it—it was repeated again, and I did the same—in a quarter of an hour I heard the chain of my watch coming over the sharp edge of the shelf—it was repeated again—I turned round, and grasped the hand of the prisoner, with the watch and chain in it—he instantly dropped it—I immediately called the mate of the vessel—I kept hold of the prisoner till the mate came, and shut the cabin door—(he was sleeping in the steerage, which is between the cabin door and the hold)—the mate brought a light in, and I found the prisoner in the cabin, leaning on his right hand, pretending to be asleep, with his cap over his eyes—I came on deck, and called the police.

Prisoner. I went into the cabin, and laid down to sleep; I did not awake till the witness came and took hold of me; he put his hand up to, the bed-place, and took the watch from there. Witness. The prisoner had no connection whatever with the vessel.

WILLIAM WILTON . I am mate of the Mary Ann. I was in my berth in the steerage, and heard the prosecutor give an alarm that there was a person in the cabin taking his watch—I jumped up, opened the cabin door, went in, lighted a candle, and found the prisoner laying on his right side, with his cap over his face—I spoke to him—he did not answer me—the prosecutor took hold of his ear, and raised him up—he was pretending to be asleep—we called an officer, who came and took him in charge—he was quite a stranger—the prosecutor had the watch in his hand when I

lighted the candle—the prisoner had no business in the vessel—he said he had come off in a ship's boat, but I could not find any boat—the ship was about fifty fathoms from the shore—there are watermen passing with boats all night long.

Prisoner. This man asked the officer if he was dreaming; he immediately put his hand up to the bed-place, and took the watch down.

Witness. I never saw him take the watch down—I did ask the prosecutor if he was dreaming.

COURT to W. G. BROWN. Q. Had the prisoner possession of the watch at any time? A. On hearing it taken, I reached over to the corner of the wood—I did not find his hand at it the first time, but the second time I. did—he then had the watch in his hand, detached from the place where I had put it—it was quite in his possession then.

WILLIAM JUDGE . I am Inspector of the Thames police. About two o'clock in the morning of the 16th of Oct. there was a call for the police—I found the prisoner in the cabin, in charge of the prosecutor—I found on him a pouch with four lucifer matches, some song-books, and a knife—I asked how he came on board the vessel—he said he got there in a ship's boat—I asked where he was living—he said in the Highway, (meaning Ratcliff-highway)—I asked what part—he said he could not tell me—I produce the watch.

W. G. BROWN re-examined. This is my watch.

Prisoner. Q. Why not keep hold of my hand, if you took hold of it with the watch in it? A. In these small vessels there is a beam athwart, and it is impossible to turn round fully, so that I had not sufficient power to hold him—he let the watch fall on the bed out of his hand—I took it off the bed directly I got oat.

Prisoner's Defence. I did not awake till he took bold of me; he got out of his berth, put on his trowsers, and then took the watch off the shelf.

GUILTY . Aged 17.— Confined One Year .

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Reference Numbert18441125-7
VerdictGuilty > lesser offence

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7. ISAAC HIGGS was indicted for feloniously assaulting Robert Collins, and cutting and wounding him on the head, with intent to do him some grievous bodily harm.—2nd COUNT, stating his intent to be to resist and prevent his lawful apprehension and detainer

MR. RYLAND conducted the Prosecution

ROBERT COLLINS (City police-constable, No 315.) I was on duty about one o'clock, on the morning of the 21st of Oct., in St. Paul's-churchyard, and saw the prisoner making water against a lamp-post which stands in St. Paul's-churchyard—a female was by the side of him—I saw her catch hold of his person two or three times—I went up to him, took him by the arm, and said it was a very indecent trick, he had better cross over to the dead wall—he went across—I told the female she ought to be ashamed of herself to stand there doing that—when the prisoner got to the other side he called out, "George, you are a b----rogue"—I told him, if he did not mind what he was saying, he would get into the wrong—the girl started—I said, if they did not go, I would take both to the station—the prisoner came behind me, and struck me—I took hold of him, and said, "You shall go with me to the station"—he said he would not go with me—I was in the act of drawing my truncheon, when he struck me again, and with the blow he gave me, and a push, I fell, and he

fell on me—when I was on the ground he snatched the truncheon out of my hand, and struck me on my forehead, which stunned me—when I came to my senses again I was all over blood, and in St. Bartholomew's Hospital—I have been under medical care ever since—after he struck me I drew my truncheon to protect myself—he struck me with his walking-stick in my back as hard as he could.

Cross-examined by MR. WILKINS. Q. I believe it was a thin cane, was it not? A. An ash walking-stick—the woman was very drunk, and I have had a deal of trouble with her—the prisoner was in company with her.

GUILTY of an Assault.— Confined Six Months .

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Reference Numbert18441125-8
VerdictGuilty > unknown

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8. JOSEPH ARNOLD was indicted for stealing 1 watch, value 30s. 1 watch-chain, 1s.; and 1 key, 6d., the goods of James Honour.

JAMES HONOUR . I live at Tring, in Hertfordshire. I sent my watch to Mr. Hinds, to be repaired—I have since seen it—the policeman brought it to me at Tring—I purchased it at Cheshunt ten years ago.

JAMES WHITE HINDS . I live at Tring. I received Mr. Honour's watch to repair—I repaired it, and hung it in my window, where it remained till Friday, the 25th of Oct.—I had reason to leave my shop that day, and go across to the grocer's—I was not gone above two or three minutes—on my return, I missed the watch from the window—it hung first to the pane—I immediately went to Mr. Honour, and asked him if he had been in my shop since I had been gone—he said no—I sent for a constable, and informed him of it, and wrote round the country to different makers to stop it—I believe I had seen the prisoner that day at Tring; I am not altogether satisfied of it, but I believe I saw him that day.

MARY BARBER . I live at Tring. The prisoner lodged one night in my house; it was on Friday, the 25th of Oct.—there were two lads with him—he went at seven o'clock on Saturday morning, the 26th—I saw no watch in possession of either of the party.

DANIEL MULLINS (police-constable N 322.) I saw the prisoner at Colney-hatch on the 2nd of Nov., going along the, public-road with this pistol in his hand, about a quarter to five o'clock in the afternoon—it was not loaded—I stopped him, and said, "Arnold, where did you get this pistol?"—he said, "I bought it some months back of a marine-store dealer in Edmonton, named Burton, for bird-scaring"—while I was questioning him I perceived this chain hanging a little below the body of his coat—I asked what that was—he said, "My watch?"—I said, "Where did you get it, let me see it?"—he pulled out this watch—I asked where he got it—he said he bought it at Watford—I asked who of—he said, "Of a man that was going along with a wagon"—I said, "What did you give for it?"—he said, "Thirty shillings?"—I said, "Where did you get 30s?"—he said, "I earned it at bird-catching, and by the sale of my birds"—I asked him how long he had it—he said, "About three months"—not believing that he came by it honestly, I took him into custody, and took him to Edmonton—I made inquiries about the pistol, and I believe it to be correct that he had bought it where he stated, for bird-catching—next day I looked over the Police Gazette, and saw a watch answering the name and number, as being stolen from Tring on the 25th of Oct.—I went there, and found the prosecutor, who identified it.

J. W. HINDS re-examined. When the watch was deposited with me

I examined the number and the maker's name, and took a memorandum of it in my book, which I have here—(reading "Carpenter, London, 13642.")—this watch has that name and number on it, and it also has my name scratched on the dial-plate, which I always do on every watch left with roe to repair.

MR. HONOUR re-examined. This is my watch, and the tame I gave to Hinds to repair.

Prisoner's Defence. I had been bird-catching, and had the pistol in my hand when I met the policeman; I knew him, and showed him the pistol; I had done very well at it, and after selling my birds, was returning to my father and mother; on the Saturday night I bad been to Barnet, and this key my mother bought for 4d., at a pawnbroker's—the watch I bought; I was not at Tring on the day of the robbery; I was at Watford, at Mr. Green's, behind the market-house.

GUILTY . Aged 19.— Confined Nine Months .

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Reference Numbert18441125-9
VerdictGuilty > pleaded guilty

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9. WILLIAM FARMER was indicted for embezzling and stealing 6l., which he had received on account of John Fletcher, his master; to which he pleaded


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Reference Numbert18441125-10
VerdictGuilty > pleaded guilty

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10. WILLIAM FARMER was again indicted for embezzling and stealing 17s., 6d., which he had received on account of John Fletcher, his master; to which he pleaded

GUILTY. Aged 19.—Recommended to mercy — Confined Six Months .

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Reference Numbert18441125-11
VerdictGuilty > unknown
SentenceNo Punishment > sentence respited

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11. THOMAS WILLIAM GEORGE was indicted for stealing 1 pair of boots, value 30s., the goods of John George Atloff to which he pleaded

GUILTY . Aged 32.

The prisoner received a good character, and was stated to be in great distress.

Judgment Respited .

OLD COURT.—Tuesday, November 26th 1844.

Second Jury, before Mr. Recorder.

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Reference Numbert18441125-12
VerdictGuilty > pleaded guilty

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12. WILLIAM HERRING was indicted for stealing, on the 14th of Nov., 1 chest, value 5s., and 52lbs. of tea, 10l., the goods of Richard Matthewman; to which he pleaded

GUILTY . Aged 43.— Transported for Seven Years .

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Reference Numbert18441125-13
VerdictGuilty > pleaded guilty

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13. MOSES PHILIP LEVI was indicted for stealing 4 hats, value 28s., the goods of Samuel John Grottick, to which he pleaded.

GUILTY . Aged 17.— Confined Six Months .

25th November 1844
Reference Numbert18441125-14
VerdictGuilty > unknown; Not Guilty > unknown

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14. CAROLINE BERRY and ELIZABETH PHASEY were indicted for stealing, on the 3rd of Sept., at St. Marylebone, 1 brooch, value 150l.; 1 pair of earrings, 200l.; 1 ring, 25l.; and 1 gown, 10l.; the goods of John Goldie, the master of Phasey, in his dwelling-house; and that Berry had been before convicted of felony.

MRS. ELIZABETH GEOROIANA GOLDIE . I am the wife of John Goldie, of No. 39, Baker-street, Portman-square. We went out of town about the 3rd of July last—it might be the 10th—it was early in Jury—I returned

on the 2nd of Oct—the prisoner Phasey was our laundry-maid—we left her in charge of the house—the prisoner Berry was a charwoman, and had worked as such at our house a short time before we left town—on coming to town, Phasey told me my wardrobe had been left open—it stood in my bed-room—on examining, I missed from it a diamond brooch, a pair of diamond earrings, an emerald hoop ring, and a new purple watered silk dress—these articles were left in the wardrobe when I left town—I told Phasey these things were missing—she said she was sorry to hear it, or something of that kind; and said it was her opinion the charwoman, or a man named Edward Payne, had stolen them.

Q. Did she say they had been at the house at all? A. She said the charwoman had been in the house with her, and likewise Edward Payne had been there some days—she said Payne was a servant, who had lived next door to us at Leamington, when we were there—that he was out of place, and was looking for a situation, and she asked him to come to the house—she never said what apartment he occupied in the house.

Q. Did she describe the prisoner Berry as sleeping at the house, or coming there? A. Coming to the house—she did not at first lead me to believe that Payne had lodged there—I did not understand so from her—she had asked me before I left town if she might have the charwoman come and stay when she went out, and I said, Yes.

Q. Describe the rooms on the same floor as the wardrobe? A. There are two bed-rooms, and two dressing-rooms on that floor—it is the second floor—the wardrobe in question is in the front room—there are two wardrobes in each room, and one in the front dressing-room—there are folding-doors between the two rooms—the wardrobe from which the things were taken is against the folding-doors, and on the other side of the folding-doors is another wardrobe—nobody could get through the foldingdoors.

Cross-examined by MR. BALLANTINE. Q. Did not Phasey say that Edward Payne had slept in the house, in reply to a question from you? A. No, she never told me so.

COURT. Q. Consider whether at any time Phasey told you Edward Payne had slept in the house? A. She never told me so—I ascertained that from the policeman—it is an error if I am taken to have told the Magistrate so—my deposition was read over to me, and I signed it—(looking at it)—this signature is my handwriting—it must have been read over to me—it is possible she might have said so, but I do not recollect it—my recollection is not so strong now as then—it is possible she might have said so.

WILLIAM HENRY CLARK . I am in the employ of Mr. Dobree, pawnbroker, No. 20, Gilbert-street On the 16th of Sept. the prisoner Berry came to our shop with a brooch, which I produce—she said she had brought it from Madame Davis, of No. 17, Gilbert-street—(I believe there is no such person there)—she asked for 3s. on it, which I lent her—our foreman, Mr. Jackson, was present, and saw it—she came again on the 18th of Sept., and wanted 3s. more on it, which I advanced.

Q. In the interval, had neither you, nor Jackson, nor Mr. Dobree examined the brooch? A. No—it did not occur to us that it was valuable—we should not have lent more on it if it had been paste—Jackson does not profess to be a judge of diamonds—the prisoner was dressed as she is now—she came again on the 19th, and produced a pair of ear-rings, and said Madame Davis wanted them put to the brooch, and to make it 25s.,

in consequence of which, I entered the bro ch and earrings in one ticket—I scrupled at lending that money, but she said Madame Davis had pledged them for 30s. before.

Q. Have you since learnt that the lowest value of them is 200 guineas? A. We did not till the policeman came—the prisoner said they were paste.

JURY. Q. Did you tell her they were so? A. No, I did not.

Berry. I never said Madame Davis had pawned them for 30s.

Witness. I am sure she said so.

COURT. Q. Have you inquired if such a person lives in the street you live in? A. We did not—there was a French lady living at No. 17, but I believe she has left—we have had pledges from the same house—not in that name, but in a French name.

JURY Q. Did none of the people of your bouse know the value of them 1 A. They did not.

MISS ELIZABETH SARAH GOLDIE . I am the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Goldie. Before we went out of town, I was desired by mamma to put her things away in the wardrobe, and to lock it, which I did—I did not open the boxes of jewellery, but I saw the boxes in which they are usually contained—they were in separate small boxes—I locked the key of that wardrobe in another wardrobe in the same room—I am perfectly sure the lock caught, for I tried it—I also tried the second lock—I carried the key of the second wardrobe into the country, and gave it to mamma—put it on a bunch of keys while in town, which I carry in my pocket—there are folding-doors to the wardrobe where the diamonds were, with a bolt at the top and bottom—I secured both bolts, and the lock shot into the bolted half of the door—on coming to town I found the wardrobe in which the jewels had been, not unlocked, but the bolts were undone—the key had not been turned, so that the bolt of the lock was not back but, the bolts were undone—the doors were closed together, but not fast—I did not find any appearance of anything having been introduced to prise the door open, or raise the bolts—it is a patent key, and I believe a Bramah, a small round key with a small catch in it.

Cross-examined. Q. I think it is not a Bramah lock, which you give a slight pressure to, and then turn it? A. Yes, it ie—I tried the door after locking it—the bolts are inside the wardrobe door—I bolted them myself—the same key does not open both wardrobes in the same room—one is a common lock—that is the one I locked the key of the wardrobe containing the jewellery in—I have not the key here, it is now in the wardrobe.

COURT. Q. Did any servant see you lock the wardrobe? A. Yes, the lady's maid was present, and she knew the jewellery was there—she is not here—she went into the country with us.

Q. When did you leave town? A. The morning after I locked the wardrobe—Phasey was left in charge of the house—she would have to clean the room in the absence of the family—it was cleaned before our return—Phasey bad been with us about fifteen months, or more.

GEORGE WILLIAM BILLSQN . I live with Mr. Barker, of No. 21, Great Portland-street, a pawnbroker. On the 27th of Sept. a silk dress was pledged in the name of Madame Altasen, No. 26, Nassau-street, by the prisoner Berry, for 30s.—I do not believe there is such a person as Madame Altasen.

JOHN GOLDKR . I live with Mr. Dewer, of No. 52, Munster-street,

Regent's-park, a pawnbroker. I produce an emerald ring, pledged for 4s. on the 3rd of Sept., (I am certain it was the 3rd, and not the 30th), in the name of Ann Clarke, No. 3, William-street—I do not think it was either of the prisoners—I have no recollection of the person—I think it was a younger woman, but not either of the prisoners.

MRS. GOLDIB re-examined. I know this ring to be mine—one stone is much duller than the others—I had noticed that before—this dress is mine—I have a piece of the silk, which matches it.

MR. BALLANTINE. Q. Was the wardrobe containing the jewellery in the front room? A. Yes.

JURY. Q. How did you discover the robbery? A. I came home late at night—Phasey told me the wardrobe had been left open, and next day I examined it.

THOMAS HENRY THOMPSON . I am sergeant of the D division of police, No. 4. I was with Ross, a police-constable, on Friday, the llth of Oct., and met the prisoner Berry in Blandford-Street, within a short distance of her own home, and near Baker-street—I told her I wanted her—she asked what I wanted with her—I told her I would tell her presently—she was then in company with a girl—I took her a short distance, then told her I wanted her for steading jewellery from Baker-street—I had seen her on a previous occasion—she asked me if I had found them—I told her I bad found them—she asked where—I said, "In Gilbert-street"—she said, "Then I did not steal them"—I asked her who did—she said she would not tell, she would not transport anybody, she would sooner drown herself in the Serpentine—I then took her to the station-house—nothing relating to the present charge was found on her—I knew where she lived-—I had previously, in company with Ross, been to search her room, and found ten duplicates, but nothing relating to this charge.

Q. What led you to Gilbert-street, where you found the jewellery? A. From information I received—I also went to the pawnbroker's where the emerald ring and the dress were pledged—I went there after taking Berry, but I had been to Gilbert-street before I took her.

WILLIAM ROSS (police-constable D 157.) I went with Thompson to Berry's room on Friday the llth, and found some duplicates on the mantel-shelf, not relating to this charge—I apprehended Phasey at No 29, Baker-street, on the night of the llth of Oct.—I told her she must consider herself in my custody for being concerned with Mrs. Berry in stealing the jewels—she said she knew nothing about them, but would go with me to the station—she said of her own accord that she had opened a bureau, and taken one of the young ladies' boas out and worn it, but she did not so much mind, provided Mrs. Berry was not admitted as an evidence against her.

MR. BALLANTINE to MISS GOLDIE. Q. Your boa was not kept in the wardrobe in which the jewellery was? A. No, nor in the same room.

COURT. Q. Had you. one or more boas? A. Three;, they, were in the wardrobe in. the back room—none of them were missing—I did not particularly examine to see whether they appeared to have been used.

EDWARD PAYNE . I am now in the service of Mr. Mills, of Elstree. I had lived with Dr. Reed—I left his service on the llth of Aug.—he lived at No. 10, Bloomsbury-square—I was out of place exactly a month—part of that time I lodged in Spring-street—I knew Mr. Goldie's laundry-maid—I called to see her—I slept in the house two or

three nights—I slept one night in the front room, above the best bed-room, on the third floor—I slept the other time down below stairs, fronting the area—there was another man, named Tit ombe, slept one night on the ground-floor room with me, but nobody on the third floor—that man was not in the house at the time I slept on the third floor.

Q. How came you to sleep in the house? A. It was in the summer time, when I was out of place—I was bitten in the place where I lived, and Phasey told me I might sleep there—I slept there two nights, a) I was going to my place, and should have broken into another week of my lodging—Captain Goldie had slept in the bed where I slept, on the third floor—I believe he is Mr. (ioldie's son—he was there while Mr. Goldie was from home, but went away—I had cleaned his shoes—there were plenty of servants' rooms—I do not know what room Phasey slept in—I never knew the charwoman sleep in the house—there was nobody in the house but Phasey and me the night I slept on the third floor, that I know of—I had some of my meals with Phasey—she was on board wages—there is no floor above the third—Phasey did not sleep in the same room with me—I went to bed before her—we did not go up stairs together—I went to the third floor because Captain Goldie had slept in the bed the night before, and it was aired—he had been there about a week, I believe—he knew I was there—I was out of place, and went to clean his shoes, and Phasey gave me 5s., saying Captain Goldie had sent it to me.

Q. Do you recollect one evening Phasey desiring you to do anything? A. She told me one evening to fetch a boa out of one of the bed-rooms—she told me to go into one of the bed-rooms—I went into the front bed-room, instead of the back—I came down and told her I could not find it—I was to get it out of a wardrobe—she then told me to go and look in the back bed-room—I did so,"and found one—she went out that evening, after putting it on—it was about seven o'clock—I went out with her—I do not remember whether she was dressed different to usual, except the boa—I believe not—she had a cleaner gown on—I found the wardrobe doors open in both rooms—I cannot tell the date this happened—I slept in the house two or three nights before I went into service, and went to my place direct from there—I went to my place on the 11th of Sept., the day after sleeping there.

JURY. Q. Did you try both the wardrobes in the front room? A. No, only one—I found one open in each room—I believe Berry minded the house while we went out—I went out with Phasey more than once—I believe she once went out without leaving any one, in the house—on another occasion we left Berry in it—both times were in the evening.

COURT. Q. Did you tell Phasey. the wardrobe door was open? A. I did—I do not remember that she made any observation—I told her the wardrobe. in the front room was open—when I went to the wardrobe in the back room I found it unlocked, the first time—I went more than once to it—I think about twice, but am not sure—Phasey gave me the key—I do not know why she sent me for the boa, instead of going herself—Titcombe slept there on one of the nights that I did—I think I slept below about two nights—I am not sure whether I slept more than once in the captain's bed—Titcombe did not sleep there while Captain Goldie was there, to my knowledge—I only knew him there once—that was when I slept down stairs.

Q. Did you sleep below, or in Captain Goldie's bed, the second night? A.. I did one of the two—I am not sure whether it was two or three nights that I slept in the house—I do not know whether Titcombe visited Phasey, but he lived with a butcher, who served Mr. Goldie with meat, and knew her by coming to the house—he had called in to see her more than once, and I believe she had other friends call—I believe a man named Dent, who worked at the house, called.

Cross-examined by MR. BALLANTINE. Q. When did you see Captain Goldie last? A. When, I was at Mr. Goldie's house—it was in the morning—he spoke to me and saw me in the house—I waited at table on him more than once or twice—I did not wait on him regularly—I did not tell him I had slept in the house—I became acquainted with Phasey at Leamington, by knowing her fellow-servant—Phasey told me I might sleep there—she said I need not break into another week—I had called to see her as a friend—the fellow-servant who I knew had left—I only knew Berry, from seeing her in the house—the first time I saw her was the night I left my place, about nine or ten o'clock, when I called there—I went that night to my lodging—I called to see Phasey, and Berry was there.

Q. Did either of them go out with you that night? A. I believe not, I will not swear it—I saw Berry again next morning, at Baker-street—I did not take a walk with her—I may have met her in the street, but never went out with her from the house—I have met her in the street, I cannot say how often—my first acquaintance with her was the night I left my service—I do not know how often I met her by accident, and walked with her—it is not half a dozen times—I lodged at No. 17, Henry-street, Crawford-street—Berry lived in some mews, leading out of Dorset-street—I went there once, about a week or so before I went to my place—I cannot say whether that was while I was sleeping at Mr. Goldie's, as it was in the daytime—Phasey sent me there—Berry was not at home—I did not wait for her, and do not know whether I saw her that day.

Q. What had you been doing during the day that you found the wardrobe open? A. Nothing but looking for a situation, inquiring at the shops in Oxford-street—Dr. Reed gave me a character to my present situation—I got that place about a week before 1 went to it.

Q. How came you to be inquiring about a place the day you found the wardrobe open? it was the day before you went to the place? A. No, it was not.

COURT. Q. Was not you sleeping in the house the night before you went to the wardrobe? A. I do not remember—I slept in the house two or three nights together—I believe I did not sleep there at any other time.

MR. BALLANTINE. Q. Was it one of the evenings that you slept there that your attention was called to the wardrobe? A. I do not know—we went that night to a public-house in Albany-street, Regent's Park—I came home with Phasey—I do not remember whether I left her, or went in with her, I swear that—I do not remember whether I slept there that night or no—(we entered by the street door when she did not leave Berry there) I do not remember whether that was an evening she left Berry at the house; if it was, Berry let us in; if not, we went in at the area—if Berry was not left in charge of the house, we took the keys of the area and street door with us—I did go into the house with her, but I will not swear whether I stopped there all night—I was there nearly every day when I was out of

place, and it is not as though I marked it down; I cannot recollect one way or the other—Phasey did not tell me it was her mistress's boa that she went out with—I did not know whether it was her mistress's or not—I had no doubt it was her mistress's boa; being in her mistress's wardrobe, I supposed it was—I did not walk out with her in it on more than one occasion.

COURT. Q. Can you mention any day during the month you were out of service that you were not at the house? A. I cannot remember any particular day—I was there every day—I believe I was never left in the house alone—I do not remember Phusey going out for beer; I fetched that—I believe when she went out I went with her, if I was there—I cannot swear it was the night that Captain Goldie left that I slept in his bed—I went to bed long before Phasey, as I was not very well—I went to bed about seven o'clock, or it might be eight—I did not see her again till the morning—I believe Berry was not in the house that night—I went to bed the other time about ten or eleven—I always left Phusey up—the butcher did not sleep there more than once, to my knowledge; I believe that was about the middle of the month that I was out of place—I believe he had some beer there—I do not know whether Berry was there that night—he got up and went away early, before me that morning, and did not stay to breakfast

Q. When you told Phasey the wardrobe door, in the front room, was open, did she make any exclamation? A. I do not remember any remark but telling me to go to the back bed-room—I do not remember her saying, "Good God! is the wardrobe open?" or, "What am I to do?" or anything more at all.

Berry's Defence, I went to Mrs. Goldie's soon after Christmas; previous to that I had worked nearly two years for a Madame Francis, of No. 26, Castle-street, facing the back of the Princess's Theatre; unfortunately she is now in France, or she would come forward to prove that I was accustomed to go with her linen backwards and forwards to different places, and to none but French people; and when they could not pay, I had been accustomed to pledge things for them; I had pledged for a lady named Davis, in Gilbert-street, No. 16, or 15, which made me make use of that name; on account of breaking a china jug of Mrs. Goldie's, which Phasey said I must match before the family came home, I went and tried to do so at several shops; among others I went to a large china shop near Gilbert-street, to try to get it matched; I have the piece at home, which I took with me; I then went to Gilbert-street with the brooch; when I came home she said, "What a little, you outfit to have got more;" I have been in the habit of fetching things out of pledge for Phasey, and paying the interest for her; and I have pledged different things that have been proved to be her own; when I was having these things to pledge, I did not know they were of the value they are, neither did I know but they were her own, as she is a person that has good clothes of her own, and always appears respectable on a Sunday, so much to, that she told me herself that the cook said one day, when she went out, "That can't be Elizabeth, I thought it was Mrs. Goldie!" and I did not doubt but what I was doing was right—one morning in August, as near as I can recollect, when I went, she said, "Oh dear me, I am in a good deal of trouble;" I said, "What is the matter?" she said, "That stupid Edward, I sent him up stairs to get one of the boas, to go out in, and instead of going into the

back room, he has gone into the front room, and opened mistress's press;" I said, "Is it possible?" she said, "Yes, what shall I do?" but she said she locked the door, and kept the key in her possession, as she owned to Mrs. Goldie afterwards; but previous to that, when the house was repaired, the second floor was all papered alike; and when I was cleaning the young ladies' room where the boas were kept, there was a chest of drawers with a small press on the top: I said to the man who was papering, "Will you help me to move this press back? "he pushed it back, and the doors flew open; I immediately called Phasey up stairs; when she came up, she said, "Dear, dear, what a thing it is;" she put her finger unfortunately, and pressed the lock back again; she was sorry afterwards that she did so; she then locked the door; on the Monday after, she was very uneasy, and said, "I wish I could get a key to get the press locked; I will ask Mr. Dent," who is an upholsterer, that Edward lodged with; I said, "Well, if you feel so uneasy, shall I try to get you a key, if I can borrow one?" she said, "Yes;" I borrowed some keys of my landlady, having none of my own, and brought them to Phasey; when Phasey returned them to me again, she said there was ne'er a one that would fit, but since that she said she found one on the bunch that locked the press, but she took it off, and flung it away; on the Sunday after the family came back, she told me, out of the back window that looks into the laundry, to go to Mr. Dent, and beg of him not to say anything about the key or keys; I said, "Very well;" I went, but neither Mr. or Mrs. Dent were at home; I went on the Monday morning, and left word with his wife; I did not see him; the last thing that I pledged was the dress; I was then going out to work where I had been the day the officer took me; it is Mr. Matthews, a grocer, at the corner of East-street, and I was to go there next day. My husband is a coachmaker, and there is a particular sort of paper which they use; there are only a few shops which sell it, and I went to one in Goodge-street, and I pledged the dress as I went along. When I came home it was nine o'clock; I thought it was later; I knocked at the streetdoor; Phasey came up to me, and said, "O, what brought you back tonight? George is not gone, (who is a respectable young man, belonging to the Life Guards,) will you come down?" I said, "No, not tonight, I am going out to work to-morrow." I gave her my purse, a dark one, with yellow clasps; she said, "How much have you got?" I said, "30s.;" she said, "Very well, that will do." I gave it her; and from that time I never saw the purse but once. I did not go the next day, but the day after. I said, "Where is my purse?" she said, "O, it is a pretty purse," looking at it; "I will give you another for it;" but she has never given it.

MRS. GOLDIE re-examined. The boxes were taken with the jewellery.

GEORGE ROGERS (police-constable D 71.) I know the prisoner Berry, she has been in my custody twice—I produce a certificate of her conviction, which I got from the office of the Clerk of the Peace of this Court—I was present at her trial—she is the person mentioned in the certificate—I apprehended her for stealing a quantity of property from Mr. Dawes, who had prosecuted her before—she had eight days' imprisonment.—(Certificate read.)

Prisoner Berry. I am unfortunately the person.

BERRY— GUILTY of Larceny only. Aged 49.— Transported for Seven Years .


OLD COURT.—Wednesday, November 27th, 1844.

Third Jury, before Edward Bullock, Esq.

25th November 1844
Reference Numbert18441125-13a
VerdictGuilty > unknown

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13. SARAH GILLAM was indicted for breaking and entering the dwelling-house of William Goodwin, on the 30th of Oct., at St. Pancras, and stealing therein, 1 jacket, value 6s.; 2 blankets, 4s.; 1 quilt, 2s.; 6d.; 1 frock, 2s.; and 1 handkerchief, 6d.; his goods; and that she had been before convicted of felony.

ELIZABETH GOODWIN . I am the wife of William Goodwin, and live at No. 4, Oxford-street, Agartown, in the parish of St. Pancras. On the evening of the 30th of Oct., about half past eight o'clock, I left my parlour, and went up stairs for about five minutes, leaving my little girl, four years old, in the parlour—she called out, "Mother, some one has opened the window"—I was coming down stairs at the time—I directly went to the parlourwindow, and found it partly open—it was quite safe when I went up stairs—I saw a pillow, a bit of a coloured counterpane, and a piece of a mattress, hanging partly out of the window—they had been lying on the foot of the bed, which was against the window—I missed all the articles stated—I opened the door, and picked up a jacket of my husband's, which laid at the door—the witness, Mendy, came up with my little child's frock—he went in search of the prisoner—I afterwards went to the station, and saw the prisoner there—I had never seen her before—I also saw two blankets, a quilt, and handkerchief, all my property—they were lost at the same time as the other things—the bouse we live in belongs to a Mr. Huxtable—he does not live in it, nor do any of his servants—it is a lodging-house, and each person lives in his own part, and has a key—there is one door for us.

WILLIAM MENDY . I am a smith, and life in Cambridge place, Agar-town. On the 30th of Oct. I was going along Cambridge-place, and met the prisoner about ten yards from my house, and about 100 yards from Mrs. Goodwin's—she had a lot of these things dragging after her—she slipped when I came along, and she said, "D—the things"—my daughter was with me—she picked up a frock—I heard a cry of, "Stop thief," and went towards Mrs. Goodwin's—I afterwards went in search of the prisoner, and overtook her in the main road with the things—I said she was the very person I had been looking for—she said, "Me? I have just left work"—I caught hold of her, and held her till the policeman came up and took her in charge—she dropped the things at her fett.

FRANCIS MANSER (policeman.) About a quarter before nine o'clock on the night in question, I was called, and received the prisoner into custody from Mendy, with these things—they were lying at her feet—she said she had picked them up in the road—I afterwards went to Mrs. Goodwin's, and got from her the jacket and child's frock.

MRS. GOODWIN re-examined. These things are all mine.

The prisoner put in a written defence, stating that she had picked the things up, and was going along with them, intending to give them to the first policeman she met, when the witness stopped her.

THOMAS WESTBURY HALL (policeman.) I produce a certificate of the prisoner's former conviction—(read—" Convicted of Larceny on the 3rd of July, 7th Viet., and Conjined Six Months. ") I was present at the trial, the prisoner is the person.

GUILTY . Aged 40.— Confined Twelve Months .

Before Lord Chief Justice Denman.

25th November 1844
Reference Numbert18441125-14a
VerdictNot Guilty > unknown

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14. EDWARD DRAKE was indicted for stealing, on the 8th of June, a gelding, price 8l., the goods of Andrew Betteridge.

MR. HOWARTH conducted the Prosecution.

ANDREW BETTBRIDGE . I am a farmer, and dealer, and live at Kempsey in Worcestershire. I had a gelding pony, which I saw safe about five o'clock in the afternoon of the 5th of June—I missed it between four and five next morning—I have since seen it, I think on the 20th of Oct., in the possession of Mr. Ludlow, in the Borough—I am sure it was the same pony.

ALFRED TAYLOR . I am a green-grocer, and live in Queen's-road, Bayswater. I bought a gelding pony of the prisoner at the latter end of June, at his house at Kensal Newtown—I had seen it in his possession some time before I bought it—I cannot exactly say how long, but I should think two or three weeks—I gave him 4l. 10s. for it, and agreed to give him 10s., provided I sold it again, if he wanted it back—I sold it to Mr. Ludlow in Sept., between the 10th and 20th, as near as I can recollect, for 6l—the prosecutor has since seen the pony in my presence—I produced it to him, and he claimed it—it was on a Sunday morning, in Oct.

Cross-examined by MR. BALLANTINE. Q. Are you certain that you purchased this pony in June, at all? A. I have a receipt in my pocket for "July 2nd"—when I bought it I gave the prisoner 2l., and a little while after I gave him 10s., and two sovereigns the day I had the receipt—I wrote the receipt myself, and he signed it, "Edward Drake"—I cannot tell whether the receipt was dated the day I first bought the pony, or the day I paid him the last two sovereigns—I cannot say whether it was two or three weeks before that I had first seen the pony—the prisoner used to sell horses to different people, but I always knew him to be a shepherd—I went to his house to look at some horses, knowing that he was a person who sold them—I sold the pony to Mr. Ludlow, about six or seven weeks after I bought it—Kempsey is more than a day's journey to London—it is 115 miles.

THOMAS HUMPHREY LUDLOW . I am a wholesale corn and coal merchant. I bought a pony of Taylor between the 16th and 24th of Sept.—I afterwards produced the pony to Mr. Betteridge, and he claimed it.

ALFRED HUGHES (police-constable D 13.) I apprehended the prisoner on this charge on the 21st of Oct., outside the jail of Newgate—I told him what I apprehended him for—he said he had beat the parties in the other case, and he had no doubt he should in this.


25th November 1844
Reference Numbert18441125-15
VerdictNot Guilty > unknown; Guilty > lesser offence
SentenceImprisonment; Miscellaneous > sureties

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15. WILLIAM SADD, HENRY CLOW , and GEORGE HENRY VAUGHAN were indicted for feloniously assaulting John Augustus Lock, and cutting and wounding him on his right cheek, with intent to disfigure him.—2nd COUNT, stating their intent to be to do him some grievous bodily harm.—3rd COUNT, with intent to resist and prevent the lawful apprehension and detainer of James Corney.

MESSRS. CLARKSON and DOANE conducted the Prosecution.

JOHN AUGUSTUS LOCKS . I am a sworn constable, on duty at Nicholson's-wharf. On Saturday, the 26th of Oct., I was on duty, and in the course of the afternoon I saw a person named James Corney in a state of intoxication, whom I thought it my duty to take into custody for drunkenness and a disturbance, and causing an obstruction to the business that was going on on the wharf—I proceeded to take him to the station in Tower-street—a mob began to collect at the south side of Thames-street, at the top of the gateway, near Billingsgate—the mob followed us to St. Mary-at-Hill—I saw Vaughan and Clow before we got there—they both said something—Clow said I had no business with the prisoner—I told him that I had—Vaughan was a little further on at that time—Corney was very violent, and tried to get away from me—Lloyd, a policeman, came to my assistance, and he laid hold of Corney on one side, and I on the other—Clow kept saying I had no business with him, I ought to let him go—when we got to a hoard at the bottom of St. Mary-at-Hill, Corney laid hold of the hoard, clung to it, and tried to get out of my custody—the mob then made a rush upon Lloyd and me, but it was not successful—there was a truck in the way—Corney clung about the truck—we got him away from it—he said he would go with the officer if I would let go of him—I just let go of him for a minute, to see if he would go, but he would not, and I then took hold of him again—we got on to the upper end of the hoard, and he clung to it again—at that time I had got hold of him by the left arm, and Clow came, jumped on my arm, and broke me away from Corney, who got away from my grasp; at the same time Vaughan passed between me and Corney—I was then quite separated from Corney—the mob then became very violent to me—I was knocked down by some one, I do not know who—I saw Vaughan before I was knocked down—he was not a yard from me—he said I had no business with the prisoner—he likewise said that he would do for me—I was then either pushed or knocked down, and while I was down I was kicked about my body—as I was in the act of rising, Sadd kicked me on the outer part of my right thigh—I knew Sadd by sight, and said to him, "I know your face well, and I will have you as soon as I get out of the mob"—he said, "Go on, go on, kill the b—b"—he then seemed to bear down the hill through the mob, and I saw no more of him—Vaughan still kept exciting the mob on to me—he said, "Kill him"—he shook his hand in my face—I did not see him strike me—he had one of his hands in a sling or handkerchief—I was then knocked or pushed down again by the mob, and kicked all over my body while down—when I got up again I saw Vaughan and Clow—Clow said something, and struck me a violent blow on my face with his fist, I believe—I did not see any instrument—Vaughan was saying something at the same time, but I could not distinguish what it was—the blow which Clow gave me knocked me down; I was almost senseless, and while down I was kicked again—I had produced my staff before this, when they broke me away from Corney, after Clow jumped on my arm—somebody came to my assistance, and I got into the Blue Anchor public-house by some means; I do not know how I got in—it is very near the spot where I was knocked down the third time—my cheek was cut by the blow Clow gave me, and bled very much—I was blind with my right eye—I afterwards went with Corney to the station, and gave him in charge—I then went, in company with Webb, who is a person employed at the wharf, to Mr. Smith, the doctor's—I afterwards saw Sadd—I went to him, and said, "You are my prisoner; I told you I should have you"—he tried to escape—Webb was with me and he ultimately

secured him—after we had secured him he said, "Don't take me, and I will tell you who it was struck you; it was Clow struck you"—he was taken to the station—he there said it was Clow that struck me, and said he did not, he was not there at the time—I had some more conversation with him afterwards—he said if I did not do anything to him, he would be as a witness for me—the same evening I found Clow at a public-house—he said he knew what we were after, after that job in the City, and pointing to me, he said, "I gave that fellow a slap in the face; I should not have struck him if he had not hit me with that brass ornament"—I had had my staff in my hand—I could not get it into my pocket—I did not hit him with it—I was afterwards attended by a doctor—I spit blood from the injuries I received—I had not known Vaughan before—I did not strike any of the prisoners with my fist or staff.

Cross-examined by MR. PRENDERGAST. Q. You do not wear blue, I believe? A. No; I am not dressed in a police uniform—I always carry my staff in my pocket, not in my hand—I walk about Nicholson's-wharf as a private person—Sadd and I never had any ill-will before.

COURT. Q. Why did you not produce your staff at first? A. The policeman told the mob that I could take the prisoner as well as he could.

Cross-examined by MR. PAYNE. Q. Was not this what Clow said, that he did give you a slap that afternoon, and he supposed that was what you wanted him for? A. Yes.

Cross-examined by MR. BALLANTINE. Q. I understood you to say, that at one period of this transaction Vaughan rushed between you and the prisoner? A. He did, Clow first, and Vaughan followed him—that was the only time they rushed through—I cannot say which arm it was that Vaughan, had in the sling—I did not take that notice.

MR. DOANE. Q. Had Vaughan followed you from Thames-street? A. Yes.

THOMAS LLOYD (City police-constable, No. 584.) I saw a crowd collecting at Nicholson's wharf, on the 26th of Oct.—I saw Lock with a drunken man in his custody—I assisted him in taking him into custody—I was called on by him to do so—I laid hold of him on one side, and Lock on the other, and proceeded to take him to the station-house in Tower-street—a mob collected, and our prisoner made some resistance—he said if Lock would let him go with me he would go, and Lock had no business to take him—Lock let go for a minute, but the prisoner did not go quietly—he was still very restive, and Lock laid hold of him again—some of the mob said he had no business to take him—I said he had, that he was a sworn constable—the mob interfered afterwards when we got near the hoard—I did not see either of the prisoners active in the mob—when we got half-way up the hoarding I saw Clow—I did not hear him say anything—I saw him with his two hands in his pockets, shoving the others against us with his shoulder—when we got a little further to the top of the hoarding, there was a general rush made on us, and after that rush I found Lock had lost his hold of the prisoner—I saw Clow with his hand uplifted, as if in the act of striking a blow—I had then got to the corner of Cross-lane, and as I turned round, I saw his hand up, as if in the act of striking a blow—that was on the spot where Lock was.

Cross-examined by MR. PRENDERGAST. Q. Do you know Sadd? A. Yes, he goes by the name of Silly Billy—I have always found him a very quiet, unoffending sort of fellow.

Cross-examined by MR. BALLANTINE. Q. Where was Lock when you came up? A. At the entrance of Nicholson's wharf, in Thames-street.

JOHN WEBB . I am in the employ of Messrs. Nicholson. On Saturday, the 26th of Oct., I was in company with Lock in search of Sadd, between three and four o'clock—when we got as far as the Coal Exchange, we crossed over, and saw Sadd leaning over a post—Lock went up to him and said, "You are my prisoner; I told you I should have you, that I should know you again"—he said, "Don't take me, and I will tell you who did it"—he was taken to the station.

Cross-examined by MR. PRENDERGAST. Q. He had a pair of slippers on, had he not? A. I took no notice of what he had on—I did not go inside the station.

THOMAS BEATON . I am clerk to Messrs. Seabrook, wine-merchants. On Saturday afternoon, the 26th of Oct., I was passing down St. Mary-at-hill, and saw forty or fifty persons round the constable Lock—they appeared to he jostling against him, first sending him on one side of the road, and then on the other—Lock went down once or twice—I saw him rise, and after he bad risen, and was going away very quietly indeed, I saw Clow give him three or four most tremendous blows on his face; which bad the effect of knocking him down—he went into the Blue Anchor, and I followed him, knowing him by having occasion to go often to Nicholson's Wharf—he looked very much ill-used, bruised, and lacerated—the blood was streaming from, I think, his left cheek.

Cross-examined by MR. PAYNE. Q. Did you go before the Magistrate? A. I did not—I saw Lock's staff in his hand, but whether it was in his hand or his pocket when the blows were struck I cannot tell—I was standing on the further side, and could only see Clow strike the blows—I should say there was no provocation on the part of Lock, for he was going I away very quietly—I was, I should say, a yard, or a yard and a half, or two or three yards off—Lock's face was towards me—they were on the hill—I was lower down than Lock and Clow were—there were other persons between me and him.

MR. CLARKSON. Q. If Lock had struck any blow on anybody whilst you were there, should you have seen it? A. Most decidedly, for I was there about five minutes—I did not see Lock use his weapon on any one.

CHARLES BOND . I am a grocer, and live in Artichoke-hill, Ratcliff-highway. I was coming by St. Mary-at-hill on the afternoon of the 26th of October, and saw a crowd collected there—I saw Lock pushed and knocked about in a shameful manner by the crowd, and I saw Clow strike him a violent blow on the side of the head, I believe about the right eye—it it knocked him down—I did not see Lock strike or do anything to Clow, or any of the other prisoners—I did not see Lock go into the Blue Anchor, but I saw him come out afterwards.

Cross-examined by MR. PAYNE, Q. Were you before the Magistrate? A. Yes—I made a deposition, and was bound over—I did not interfere to protect Lock.

Croat-examined by MR. BALLANTINE. Q. Did you see any person throw himself between Lock and the person he had in custody? A. No, I saw Clow in the act of striking a blow.

MR. DOANE. Q. How many persons were ill-treating this man in a

shameful manner when this blow was given? A. I do not know—I did not interfere because I had a load on my back.

GEORGE ESDAILE . I am in the employ of Mr. Goldham, the clerk of Billingsgate Market. On Saturday, the 26th of October, about three o'clock or a little after, I was coming down St. Mary-at-Hill, and saw Lock turn the corner out of Thames-street into St. Mary-at-Hill with a prisoner—he caught hold of a truck wheel which was standing at the corner, and became very violent—I did not see the City policeman at that time—I saw him directly afterwards—there were not more than a dozen people assembled at that time—I then saw Vaughan come up to Lock and call him a b—vagabond and a b—brute, and asked him if he remembered the time he sold lucifer matches—he shook his fist in his face, and told him he had no authority for taking the prisoner—Lock put his hand in his pocket and took out his staff, and said, "I have authority to take the prisoner"—the policeman was there by that time, and they got him a little further, as far as the corner of the hoarding, where the prisoner again caught hold of it, and said he would not go, he would go with the policeman, but not with Lock—the mob then became very numerous, and made a general rush at the prisoner, and Clow threw himself between Lock and the prisoner, and broke off Lock's hold—the policeman went away with the drunken man, and left Lock to the mercy of the crowd—I then saw them surround Lock, and push him about from one side of the way to the other, till some one from behind struck him a blow on the top of his hat, which knocked his hat flat to his head, what is called bonneting—it was a shiny hat, with "Nicholson's wharf" on it—I then saw Clow strike him a violent blow on the side of the face, which knocked him down to the ground—I then saw Vaughan kick him and step over him—he kicked him first and then stepped over him—he did not touch him when he stepped over him—I should think he was kicked a great many times by the mob from the time he was down, for he scrambled on his hands and feet nearly to the side of the road before he got up again, and at that time I saw he had a violent bruise on the side of his face, which was swollen and bleeding—I then saw him stagger into the Blue Anchor public-house—a man inside shot the bolt, and that shut them out.

JEREMIAH LYONS (police-constable M 260.) I assisted in taking Clow into custody on the 26th—he said he would not go to the station-house, for Lock had no warrant to take him—he refused to go—I told him I did not want a warrant for his apprehension, there was enough said by the constable to justify me in taking him—I did take him—he said that the constable struck him with his brass ornament, and that he struck him in return.

CORNELIUS SMITH . I am a surgeon, and live in Gracechurch-street. I examined Lock on the Monday after he was injured—my assistant saw him on the Saturday—he had received contusions of the chest and arm, and a wound on the right cheek—he was considerably injured—I considered him in jeopardy—he kept his bed for ten days.

(Samuel Brett, licensed victualler, Borough; Edward Rivers, cellarman, 5, Ferguson's-rents, Snow's-fields, Southwark; and Richard Messenger, deposed to Clow's good character.)


CLOW— GUILTY of an Assault. Recommended to mercy on account of his good character. Confined Six Months, and to enter into his own recognizances to keep the Peace for Two Years.

25th November 1844
Reference Numbert18441125-16
VerdictGuilty > lesser offence
SentenceImprisonment; Miscellaneous > sureties

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16. PATRICK GANNON was indicted for feloniously assaulting George Higgins, and cutting and wounding him on the head with intent to do him some grievous bodily harm.

GEORGE HJGOINS (police-constable.) On Sunday, the 13th of Oct., I was on duty in High-street, Islington, about half-past one in the morning, and saw the prisoner there and four other persons with him—they were wrestling and creating a great disturbance—some of them were sober, but the prisoner was drunk—Gooderham, another constable, was with me—we requested the prisoner and the others to go home—after some little time they went down Parsley's-court—I passed that court again some few minutes after—I then heard them threatening how they would serve us if we went down the court, and they were throwing bricks at me at the time—I was by myself at that time—one of them, not the prisoner, came up and threw a brick at me as I stood on the pavement—I instantly secured him, and as I did so the prisoner came up and struck me on the head—my hat fell off in the scuffle—I scuffled with the one I took for throwing the brick, and my hat fell off at that time, and then the prisoner came up and struck me on the left side of my head with a brick, or some hard substance—it appeared the colour of a brick—I saw something in his hand similar to a brick—it cut my head in four places—it bled—the loss of blood was considerable, in fact, I became insensible, and when I became sensible I was in a sitting position against the wall—I found something at my shoulder, and I found that my collar bone was broken—after he struck me the first blow with the brick I caught hold of him by the neck—there was a light about four yards off at a public-house, which is burning all night—that enabled me to see him—this was just inside the court—I am sure he is the same man—I have no doubt of it—after I was struck with the brick I became insensible—I lost all recollection of anything till I found myself out in the street.

Prisoner. Q. Where was it you saw us first? A. At the back of the turnpike, on the left hand side, next door to the Swan—you were wrestling with a man—you then went into Parsley's-court—you would not go till you had kissed the man—I cannot say whether you went arm-in-arm with any one—you went all together—when I went down the court, you, orsome of the others, threatened us—you might have been ten or twelve yards down the court—it is a covered court—I went down the court to take the man into custody who threw the brick at me—the brick was thrown at me as I passed the end of the court—you were waiting about ten yards down the court when I returned again—I believe you did not throw the brick—it was not the first brick that was thrown at me—I think the man I took was the man who threw the brick at me, because he was within three or four yards of me—he came to the top of the court—he did not attempt to strike me when I went down—he had no power, for I secured him fast—when you came up you hit me on the head with the brick—you did not knock me down with the first blow—you knocked me insensible—I was in a sitting position against the wall—that is all I recollect.

THOMAS GOODERHAM .(police-constable M 433.) I was with Higgins on the morning of the 13th. I heard threats used to us by some persons who were in Parsley's-court—soon after that I heard a call from Higgins—I went up and found the prisoner beating Higgins on the head with the brick—he had a brick in each hand—I was directly knocked down by

M'Grath with a brick striking me in the chest—the prisoner struck Higgins several times with the brick—I saw blood.

Prisoner. Q. Where did you first see us? A. Opposite the Swan—there were four or five of you—I noticed you in particular—you were wrestling—you afterwards went down Parsley's-court, about three or four yards down, about the middle of it—I could see a man bleeding three or four yards down—I saw M'Grath, and you and three or four others round Higgins.

HENRY MARSH (police-constable N 70.) On the morning of the 13th of Oct. I heard a rattle spring in Parsley's-court. I went down the court, and saw the prisoner running there—I did not know him before—he hove two bricks at me—he turned round and ran down the court again—I followed him—I did not see him attack Higgins—I saw Higgins near the place—he rose, bleeding from the head—the inspector was by my side.

ROBERT SEMPLE . I am a surgeon, and live at Islington. I saw Higgins on a 13th of Oct., between in and ten o'clock in the morning—he had four wounds on his head—they were severe wounds—I thought they were dangerous at the time—the flesh was completely cut through, and the bone exposed—I should say the wounds were incised by a blunt instrument, such as the end of a brick—they were such as I have seen produced from sabre wounds, or the end of a brick—it is very easy to divide the scalp with the edge of a brick—that appeared to me to be the instrument used—they were on the right side on the parietal bone—there was a great discharge of blood—I found the collar bone fractured in two places—that might be done with any heavy instrument.

Prisoner's Defence. I was very much intoxicated; I had been out and had a good deal of drink; I was going home with one of our young men under my arm; we went down the court; I went home to my lodging; the door was fast, and I could not get in; I knocked three or four times, and could get no answer; I then came down the court again and met the last policeman, who hit me, and knocked me down two or three times; it is a very dark place, and you could not know your own brother if you were to meet him there; I had a tussle with him, because I did not know him, and he broke my head with his staff.

HENRY MARSH re-examined. I did not assault him with my staff—I should have let him pass if he had not hove the bricks—he ran down the court, and I followed and took him into custody—he ran some distance before I took him—the prisoner was remanded till the 28th of Oct.—Higgins was not able to appear till then—I struck the prisoner—he was very violent—he took hold of my legs and tussled me up two or three times in the court.

Prisoner. He cut me in different places in the head with his staff; I was remanded for fourteen days in Clerkenwell; and one of the turnkeys, who dressed it, said it was enough to kill me; it was a wonder that I was not killed.

GUILTY of an Assault. Aged 25.— Confined Six Months, and enter into his own recognizances in 30l. to keep the Peace for Two Years .

25th November 1844
Reference Numbert18441125-17
VerdictNot Guilty > unknown

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17. MARY HALLISEY was indicted for feloniously assaulting Elizabeth Murray, and cutting and wounding her on her forehead, with intent to do her some grievous bodily harm.

ELIZABETH MURRAY . I live at No. 7. Gray's-buildings, Shadwell. The prisoner lives at No. 10 in the same buildings—on the evening of the 2nd of Nov., between eight and nine o'clock, I went to the coal shed for some coals—I was going up stairs for a coalbag—when I was on the stairs I was pulled back by somebody behind me—she called me a b—greyhound, and asked what did I want up stairs—I said nothing—I never opened my lips—I had not power, for I was pulled back, and the prisoner took the poker and made a blow at me, but did not hit me the first time—the second blow she cut me on the forehead—I bled very much—I was fainting—I had no senses—Margaret Smith caught me.

Prisoner. Q. Did I intend striking you? A. I do not know—I did not pull your cap off, or tear your hair—I never saw you before I was pulled back—my gown gave way—I held by the stairs as tight as I could, till it gave way.

Prisoner. She knows I did not intend to strike her, or offer to bit her, I was trying to keep her and her family out—they are a very desperate family, and I am a hardworking woman.

THOMAS RICHMOND . I am a coal-porter, at Shadwell—Mrs. Murray came to my house for two quarters of coals, on the night of the 2nd of Nov.—she went up stairs for me to fetch a coal-bag down from up stairs—the prisoner lived in the house, but she was to fetch the bag from another room—I waited at the door for this bag—I saw Murray going up stairs—when she was on the stairs I saw the prisoner pull her down, pull her back, and make some expression, I cannot say exactly what—after I came away, I heard a scream, and cries of "Murder"—I came away with my coal-bag, to go to my business, and left them to fight it out.

Prisoner. Q. Did you see me strike her? A. No, only pull her back.

MARGARET SMITH . I live next door to Mrs. Murray, in Gray's-buildings, I do not know the number, there are no numbers on the doors. On the night of the 4th of Nov., when I was in the court I heard Mrs. Murray scream,"Murder"—I went up to Mrs. Hallisey's house, and saw her and Mr. Hallisey, beating Mrs. Murray—Mrs. Hallisey went away, and went to the fire-place—she picked up a large bolt, or poker, which she uses for an iron to the door, and made a strike at Mrs. Murray—she did not hit her the first blow, but when she made another blow, it struck her on the temple—I saw the blow given with the poker—I did not see Mrs. Murray attempt to do anything to her—she put her hand up to her forehead, came to the door, and would have fallen, had I not caught her—I did not go into the house—she fell out of the doorway.

Prisoner. I solemnly declare that girl was not on the premises, or near the door, till after Mrs. Murray and I had the row; she saw nothing that occurred between Mrs. Murray and me.

WILLIAM BROOKS (police-constable K 364.) I was near this place on this night—I went into No. 10, and found the prisoner there—she was given into my custody, for striking Mrs. Murray with a piece of iron—I found this piece of iron in one corner of the room—I asked why she did it—she owned that she struck her with it, but she said she stood in her own defence, that Mrs. Murray had struck her, and tore her hair out of her head—I saw some hair in her hand, and a cap, but I did not see it torn off her head—Mrs. Murray was nearly exhausted at the time, and nearly insensible.

Prisoner. Her son wanted to come through the window.

Witness. I did not see anything of her son.

Prisoner. I saw him coming through the window, and Mrs. Murray and her other three children were in the passage. I really did not intend to strike her; and whether it was in my hand or not I do not know.

GEORGE BETSON . I am a surgeon. I saw Mrs. Murray on the Saturday night in question—I discovered a contused wound on the forehead, not a cut or incised wound—it might have been inflicted with this piece of iron—it was a severe wound—all wounds inflicted on the head may be considered dangerous.

Witnesses for the Defence.

JAMES RICHARDSON . On Saturday night, the 2nd of Nov., I was playing about, and saw Mrs. Murray and the prisoner in her house, fighting together by the table—I saw Mrs. Murray tear off the prisoner's cap, and pull the hair out of her head—I did not see Mrs. Hallisey use the poker—my mother called me away, and that was all I saw—Mrs. Murray's son said, God strike him dead but he would have her life.

JULIA HURLEY . I live at No. 5, Gray's-buildings, High-street, Shadwell—I have known the prisoner twenty-five years, and never knew her to be in prison before—Last Saturday night three weeks there was a young woman, who cohabits with the prisoner's son, and the prisoner, having words—I saw Mrs. Murray in her place—she ordered her out different times, and asked what brought her there—she would not go—I did not see the blow given, but I saw Mrs. Murray go and get a policeman, and take Mrs. Hallisey out of her place.


25th November 1844
Reference Numbert18441125-18
VerdictGuilty > unknown
SentenceImprisonment; Corporal > whipping

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18. JOHN GRAPE was indicted for stealing, on the 25th of Oct., 1 handkerchief, value 2s. 6d., the goods of Frederick Leighton, from his person.

MR. PAYNE conducted the Prosecution.

FREDERICK LEIGHTON . I am a pawnbroker, and live in Green-arbour-square, Old Bailey. On Friday afternoon, the 25th of Oct., about a quarter past four o'clock, I was in Smithfield—I felt a pushing, turned round, and there was a gentleman behind, in the act of telling me that somebody had taken a handkerchief from my pocket, but before he had time to tell me, I saw the prisoner with my handkerchief in his jacket pocket—I immediately laid hold of him—he threw the handkerchief from his person, down at some horses' feet—I picked it up, and put it into my pocket—it was mine—I had a dress-coat on, and it had been in my inner pocket—I took hold of the prisoner, and was in the act of taking him to the station—this was nearly in the centre of the market—after I got him over two of the rails, a mob collected—some cried it was not him, that the boy that took it was gone away—he struggled—the mob formed round me, perhaps 150, and several of the mob jumped on to my wrist at different times—as they got him from one hand, I caught him with the other—he was got away from me four times—and after that, a parcel of the horse-dealers there untied several horses, and backed them among the crowd, and we were all obliged to look to ourselves for self-protection—the prisoner was passed from one to the other of the mob, and I went after him all over the pens—I was covered with mud from top to bottom—I saw a

policeman coming down Long-lane, I beckoned to him, and gave him into custody—I did not lose sight of him at all.

Cross-examined by MR. HORRY. Q. The first you saw was the handkerchief going to the ground? A. No, I saw it in his pocket—he was in the act of putting it in—I immediately took hold of him, and then he threw it down.

CHARLES CHURCHILL (City police-constable, No. 278.) I took the prisoner in charge from the prosecutor—I had seen him, before he was given into my custody, running in the sheep-pens, followed by the prosecutor—he caught him—I saw him caught—I got the handkerchief produced from the prosecutor.

(James Pocock, carpenter and undertaker, No, 10, Castle-street, City-road, and Charles Peacock, mason and builder, No. 4, Windsor-place, Southwark Bridge-road, gave the prisoner a good character.)

GUILTY . Aged 14.— Confined One Month, and Whipped twice .

25th November 1844
Reference Numbert18441125-19
VerdictGuilty > lesser offence

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19. JAMES SMITH was indicted for burglariously breaking and entering the dwelling-house of Philip Kennel, about one in the night of the 23rd of Oct., at St. John, at Hackney, with intent to steal, and stealing therein, 1 coat, value 1l.; 1 pair of trowsers, 10s.; 1 watch, 1l.; 1 shawl, 9s. 8d.; and 4 pence; his property.

MR. BRIERLEY conducted the Prosecution.

PHILIP KENNEL . I live at Cambridgeheath, in the parish of St. John, Hackney—there is a wall and wooden fence, about six feet high, to my garden. On Thursday morning, the 24th of Oct., about half-past one o'clock, I heard a noise, and proceeded to the back window—I saw a policeman in the yard—I asked what was amiss—he said there were thieves in the house, and sprang his rattle—I came down stairs as soon as possible, and found the front door open, and the policeman in the shop—I found the parlour door open, and a large double chest of drawers in the parlour all ransacked—they were all empty—I lost a coat, waistcoat, trowsers, a gown, shawl, and watch—we then proceeded down to search the cellar, and found the waistcoat and gown in the cellar, wrapped up in the handkerchief—I found the area grating broken and forced up—somebody had got in that way, and by that means up into the parlour—there is a door opening into the parlour—I had fastened the doors overnight myself—the value of the property lost is 3l. or 4l.—I know the prisoner—he has lived with my lodgers—he has been in the house for a twelvemonth or more—I found a hat in the cellar, and a shirt in it—they are not mine.

Cross-examined by MR. WILKINS. Q. Does any one live in the house besides yourself and family? A. I have lodgers in one room—I rent the house, and let one room to a lodger—he has a key to let himself in when he likes—he must come through my room, but at that time the lodgers were out for a week, and no one was living in the house but myself—I had fastened the doors myself—I did not fasten the grating particularly, more than it has been for three or four years—it was not nailed down—it is not fastened every night, but in the state it was in—it is let into a frame, and a piece of board is nailed across to walk on—it would fall by its own weight—it is a very heavy one.

JOHN BARRETT (police-sergeant N 4.) On Thursday morning, the 24th of Oct., I was on duty on the banks of the Regent's Canal—I passed the

prosecutor's house about half-past one o'clock, and saw the prisoner a short distance from the spot—he said nothing—I heard two persons running up behind me, and heard some one call to another to stop—I turned, and saw two persons coming up behind me, sixty or eighty yards from me—the prisoner was one of them—I stopped him, and asked what made him run away—he made no answer—I asked what he had got—he said they were his own things—I said I should take him to the station, and I did so—the property found on him he said belonged to himself—I found this coat on his back, and this pair of trowsers and shawl tied up in this handkerchief, under his arm—this watch was in his trowsers' pocket—he was going towards the Hackney-road.

PHILIP KENNEL re-examined. This property is all mine.

Cross-examined. Q. How do you know it? A. I am certain of it—there is a name on the face of the watch, by which I know it—there are no particular marks on the clothes, but I know them—I had property of this description in my drawers, and it was missing when I looked.

WILLIAM GLASSPOOL (police-constable K 287.) I was on duty, on the 24th of Oct., in Temple-street, Hackney-road—I heard the springing of a rattle—I went, and met the prisoner with a bundle under his arm—I stopped him, and took him into custody—I took him to the station, and saw him searched.

DAVID McCOLL (police-constable N 72.) I was on duty, on Thursday, the 24th of Oct., about ten minutes to two o'clock within a few yards of the prosecutor's house—I saw a man at his gate—I could not tell who he was—I never knew who he was—I saw him open the gate—I produce a shawl, a gown, an old hat, an old blue shirt, and a pocket-handkerchief, which I found in the prosecutor's cellar.

GUILTY of Stealing only. Aged 23.— Transported for Seven Years .

25th November 1844
Reference Numbert18441125-20
VerdictGuilty > unknown

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20. THOMAS SMITH was indicted for feloniously forging an acceptance to a bill of exchange for the payment of 29l. 18s., with intent to defraud Michael Levy Green and another.

MR. CURWOOD conducted the Prosecution.

EPHRAIM LEVY GREEN . I am in partnership with Michael Levy Green—we are wholesale clothiers, at No. 10, Houndsditch. About the middle of August last two men, who gave their names as J. and J. Trueman, Acton, Middlesex, called on me, and wanted clothing—they referred me to a Mr. Golding, in Cullum-street—I was not satisfied with the reference—I communicated with them, and said the reference did not suit, and it being the first transaction, I should like it to be a cash transaction—the second time they called they said they would give me a better reference, which was Henry Dawer, No. 22, Ashford-street—I called on Dewer, who was the prisoner at the bar—I asked a person there for Henry Dewer, and was told he was not in—a female said he was only in the neighbourhood, and she fetched the prisoner—I asked him if I had the pleasure of addressing Mr. Dewer—he said, "Yes"—I asked what he knew of the Truemans—he said he had known them for twenty-five years, and would have no objection to become security for them in any way I pleased—I asked if he had any objection to sign an acceptance to a bill—he said, "Not in the least"—on the 9th of Sept., in consequence of this, I

furnished the Truemans with goods, and they brought the prisoner down to sign the bill of exchange on the 10th of Sept.—my brother wrote out a bill of exchange, and the prisoner signed it in my counting-house,"in my presence—the prisoner was the acceptor—he accepted it in the name of Henry Dawer—it was at two months after date—this is the bill—(read, addressed to Henry Dawer, Ashford-house, Ashford-street, Hoxton)—when the bill was given, one of the Truemans wanted to hurry the prisoner away, but he said, "No, just allow me to take the particulars of the bill, in my oldfashioned way, because when it becomes due I must pay it"—when it became due I presented it at the house it was addressed to, but the house was closed—I found no one there—I never met the prisoner again till now—I have not seen the Truemans since—they have absconded—I found the prisoner in custody for swindling, and charged him with accepting the bill—his real name is Thomas Smith.

Cross-examined by MR. WILKINS. Q. I believe the bill was not given till the goods were delivered? A. One day after—the goods had been delivered to Trueman, in the absence of the prisoner—I had seen the prisoner at Ashford-house, Hoxton, when I first went—it was in consequence of what he said that I let Trueman have the goods—I took the bill on his responsibility, having three names on the bill altogether.

WILLIAM HANDLEY . I live at Stoke Newington-green, Middlesex. I am landlord of the house No. 22, Ashford-street—I let it in July last to a person who gave me the name of Henry Dawer, Redcross-square—I agreed to accept him as a tenant—the prisoner is not that man—I let it to the man from the 13th of July last.

HENRY WILLIAM DUBOIS . I am sergeant of the police. On the 2nd of Oct. I went to No. 2, Harvey-street, Hoxton, and found this memorandum of agreement—the prisoner was apprehended there by Kemp—I went to search the house afterwards.

WILLIAM HANDLEY re-examined. This is the counterpart of the memorandum I executed to the supposed Mr. Dawer.

GEORGE KEMP (police-constable A 22.) I went to No. 2, Harvey-street, Hoxton, on the 2nd of Oct.—the prisoner rang the bell—I went up and opened the door—he asked for Mrs. Dawer—I told him she was down in the kitchen, and asked him to walk in—after he had come in I closed the door, and kept him there—I told him Mrs. Dawer was at the station-house, and if he wanted her he must go there—he asked if anything was the matter, if there were thieves or robbers in the house—I said, "No"—he said, "Let me go, I am a respectable gentleman and tradesman, here is my card," giving me one—I cannot swear this is the one, but it was the same as this—I have two or three of them, but they are all the same—this is the one, to the best of my knowledge—(read—" R. Apsell, tin-plate worker, brazier, and ironmonger, near the Post-office, Upper Mitcham.")

Q. When he came there he asked you for Mrs. Dawer? A. Yes, and gave me the card as his real name and address—I went there, and saw the landlord—I saw a woman, said to be the prisoner's wife—I took her to the station—I am quite sure he asked for Mrs. Dawer, and gave me that card as his real name and address.

SAMUEL JONAS . I am in the employ of Green and Co. I presented the bill at the house on the 1st of Nov., but found no one there.

GUILTY . Aged 49.— Transported for Fifteen Years .

25th November 1844
Reference Numbert18441125-22
VerdictGuilty > unknown

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22. CHARLES WRIGHT was indicted for a robbery on Mary Ann Taylor, on the 20th of Nov., and taking from her person, and against her will, 1 shawl, value 10s., her property; and immediately before, at the time of, and after the said robbery, beating, striking, and using other personal violence to her.

MARY ANN TAYLOR . About one o'clock on the morning of the 20th of Nov. I was going to my home in Queen-street, Seven-dials—I was going out of Oxford-street, across Soho-square, and met two young men and two females in company—I did not know the young men—the prisoner was one of them—I am sure of that—they asked me to give them some beer to drink, and I went with them all four to a public-house and did so—being late in the morning I gave them some beer, to get rid of them—I was going home, and the two men followed me—the other one tore my umbrella from my hand—I kept the handle in my hand, and he took the other part—the prisoner gave me a blow on the back of my neck, knocked me down, and took my shawl from my shoulder—I called out "Murder," "Police," and "Stop thief," and he dropped it in the street—I saw him drop it—I lost sight of him, but the constable took him—I did not exactly lose sight of him—he dropped the shawl in the street, close to where he took it—it was in Sutton-street.

WILLIAM HOWARD (policeman.) About one o'clock on the morning in question I was on duty in Crown-street, and heard a cry of "Police," "Murder," and then "Stop thief" directly after—it came from Sutton-street—I street—I went to the place, and saw the prisoner running down Sutton-street, from towards Soho-square, towards me—I stopped him—he said, "Let me go, it is all right, a woman attempted to pick my pocket, but I do not wish to charge her"—I said, "I do not believe it, come back with me"—I could hear the woman behind him, crying "Stop thief"—I took him back, and saw something dark lying on the pavement five or six yards from us—the prosecutrix came running up, and partly stumbled over it—she then stooped to pick it up—I took it from her—it was this shawl—she appeared to be severely ill treated—her hair was hanging over her eyes, her shawl off her neck, and her bonnet disordered, as if she had been ill used—she gave the prisoner in charge.

MARY ANN TAYLOR re-examined. This is my shawl.

Prisoner's Defence. I was going up Oxford-street about one o'clock in the morning to go to my father's; I met this young woman; she asked me where I was going; I said, "Home to my father;" she asked me to have something to drink; I went into a public-house, and called for a pint of beer; she said, "Will you go along with me a little way?" I went round Soho-square with her, and found her hand in my pocket; I hit her, knocked her down, and ran away; the policeman stopped me, and asked what I was running for; I said, "She has been picking my pocket; I wanted to give her in charge, but the policeman would not take her; he took me, and she accused me of stealing this shawl.

GUILTY . Aged 19.— Transported for Fifteen Years .

25th November 1844
Reference Numbert18441125-23
VerdictGuilty > pleaded guilty; Guilty > unknown
SentenceTransportation; Transportation

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23. JAMES OWEN and JAMES PARKER were indicted for burglariously breaking and entering the dwelling-house of Frederick Webster, about three in the night of the 6th of Nov., at St. Leonard, Shoreditch, with intent to steal, and stealing therein, 1 bed curtain, value 4s.; 1 night-gown, 2s.; 1 shift, 1s. 6d.; 1 apron, 1s.; 2lbs. weight of tobacco, 7s.; 21bs. weight of sweetmeats, 3s.; and 12 fruit pies, 1s.; his property; and that Parker had been before convicted of felony; to which

OWEN pleaded GUILTY . Aged 16.— Transported for Ten Years .

FREDERICK WEBSTER . I live at No. 47, Holywell-lane, Shoreditch. On Wednesday night, the 6th of Nov., I went over my house about half-past eleven o'clock, and fastened it all—I went to bed about half-past twelve, which was my usual time—I was awoke by the police as near four o'clock as possible, knocking at the door—I came down, and found that some one had broken into my back window—they had forced the window up, and got in—the front door was open, and the police there, waiting for my coming down—I missed a quantity of confectionary, tobacco, some fruit pies, some bed furniture, a chemise, and some little things belonging to my wife—the prisoner Owen is my nephew—I do not know anything of Parker—I understand his parents are honest people—I had a package of fusees, which I had taken from a bundle over night—I had had them for two years, and I took one from the packet, to try them to see whether they were good or bad—it is a thing to light a pipe with—I had left them on the back parlour mantel-piece, and in the morning they were gone—I had nailed my back parlour window, because I had been robbed previously—they had got over a wall into my back yard, and up to the window—I have had Owen under my care for some time, and he has no friend to look to but myself—his father is not a man that has looked after him as he ought—he is just turned sixteen years old—I cannot account for his robbing me—I have tried to learn him my business, and thought he was going on well—I have a friendly feeling towards him, and also towards Parker—the policeman and I went down a passage by the side of my house, and there we saw the bed furniture and night-gown,—I advised the policeman to place the things where he found them, and watch to see who came for them—I was inside while he watched—I did not see them come for the things, and did not see them in their possession.

ANTHONY HUTCHINS (policeman.) On Thursday morning, the 7th of Nov., I was on duty in Holywell-lane, about four o'clock, and saw Mr. Webster's door open—I knocked at the door, and Mr. Webster came—I found an entrance had been effected through the back parlour window—in the passage by the house, I found a gown, bedgown, shift, and apron, concealed in a hole—I left them there, and watched—I saw Parker afterwards come to the hole, and pick the property up—Owen was with him—I took the property in to the prosecutor, and he identified it.

MR. WEBSTER re-examined. Hutchins showed me some property, which he said he picked up in the passage, and afterwards some which he took from the hole—it was the same—he had placed it there till they came back, and watched that he might detect them—it was my property, which I had lost that night—the bed furniture I can identify, but the other things I cannot—the bed furniture was taken from a drawer—this now produced is it.

Prisoner Parker. The policeman said at the office that I was going to pick the bundle up, and put it down again; and now he says I did pick it up.

ANTHONY HUTCHINS re-examined. I saw Parker pick this furniture up from the hole, where I found it concealed at first—I placed it back,

and watched to see if the prisoners came back for it—about half-past five they came back—Parker went up the court for the property, while Owen waited outside, on the look-out—I saw Parker pick up the property and run across the street, and on seeing me, he placed it in the hole again—I stated before the Magistrate that I saw him pick it up and replace it.

ISAAC NEWTON . I produce a certificate of Parker's former conviction—(read—Convicted on the 10th of June, 7th Viet., of larceny, and Confined two days)—I saw the person tried—the prisoner is the person.

PARKER— GUILTY . Aged 16.— Transported for Ten Years .

Fourth Jury, before Mr. Recorder.

25th November 1844
Reference Numbert18441125-24
VerdictNot Guilty > unknown

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24. WILLIAM JOHN THOMPSON, ANN THOMPSON , and EMMA THOMPSON , were indicted for stealing 1 box, value 18s.; 1 clothes horse, 6s.; and 1 paste-board, 3s.; the goods of Ambling Davey.

MR. WILDE conducted the Prosecution.

MARY ANN DAVEY . I live in Queen's-row, Pentonville; my husband is a carpenter. On the 13th of Sept., the prisoner Ann came and represented herself as Mrs. Thompson, and asked if we made kitchen tables—I said, "Yes"—she said she wished for a good one—I said I would call Mr. Davey to take her order—she represented to him what she required—he was to go to her house to receive the order—she gave her address in writing, "14, Hermes-street"—she said she had some things to be done—Mr. Davey went with her, and brought a written order back—on Wednesday, the 18th of Sept., the prisoner Emma, who is the daughter, called and asked if the box which had been ordered for the children to take to school was done—I said, "Not quite"—she said they wanted it very particularly—I said I understood it was for the children to go to school—she said, "Yes," and left the shop—our boy took the box and clothes horse next day.

COURT. Q. Was any mention made of the terms of dealing? A. No—no price was mentioned, nor anything with regard to payment.

Cross-examined by MR. ROBINSON. Q. Did she say where she lived, and that she was well known there? A. She said she lived in Hermes-street, not that she was well known.

AMBLING DAVEY . I am the witness's husband. On the 13th or 14th Sept. I was called into my front shop, and the prisoner Ann said she wished a very strong kitchen table, one of the best—I said I could make it—she said, "Call on me to-morrow morning, I will give you the order"—I called at 14, Hermes-street, and the prisoner Ann gave me an order for a kitchen table, a clothes horse, and box, in writing—the table was never made—I made the horse, box, and a paste board, which I sent by the apprentice—I think, on the 19th—nothing was said about the price.

COURT. Q. Why do you charge her with stealing the goods? A. They were sent home—the boy was told to call on Monday morning, ing, when the father would be home, and settle the bill; but on Monday they were gone away, and have never paid for them.

MR. WILDE. Q. Did you apply at Hermes-street?—A. Not myself—I told the boy to call for the money—the prisoners occupied the house.

WALTER DRAPER . I am the prosecutor's apprentice. On the 14th

of Sept., I took the box to 14, Hermes-street—I saw the prisoner Emma—she told me to take it into the kitchen, which I did—she asked when they could have the clothes horse and paste-board?—I said, "This evening, or in the morning"—I took the horse about six o'clock in the evening—she then said, when could we let her have the table—I said, "About the beginning of next week;"—but it was never sent—I asked for the money on Saturday evening, when I took the paste-board—the prisoner Emma said her father was not at home, if I called at nine he would be at home—I called at nine, and she said her father and mother were gone out for the evening, if I called at nine on Monday morning, they would be at home—I called, and the house was shut up.


25th November 1844
Reference Numbert18441125-25
VerdictNot Guilty > unknown

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25. WILLIAM JOHN THOMPSON, ANN THOMPSON , and EMMA THOMPSON , were again indicted for stealing, on the 23rd of Sept., 2 bonnets, value 19s., the goods of Elizabeth Shallcross,

ELIZABETH SHALLCROSS . No bargain was made for these bonnets—I sent eight, and they returned six, and were to have more on Monday; but they were gone then.


25th November 1844
Reference Numbert18441125-26
VerdictNot Guilty > no evidence

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26. WILLIAM JOHN THOMPSON, ANN THOMPSON , and EMMA THOMPSON , were again indicted for stealing, on the 23rd of Sept., 1 clock, value 1l. 15s., the goods of George Pressage and another.

No evidence.


OLD COURT.—Thursday, November 28th, 1844.

Second Jury, before Mr. Baron Alderson.

25th November 1844
Reference Numbert18441125-27
VerdictGuilty > unknown

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27. TIMOTHY CONNOR was indicted for a rape.

GUILTY . Aged 29.— Transported for Life .

First Jury, before Mr. Recorder.

25th November 1844
Reference Numbert18441125-28
VerdictGuilty > pleaded guilty; Guilty > pleaded guilty

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28. GEORGE CARTER and JAMES EDWARDS were indicted for burglariously breaking and entering the dwelling-house of Louisa Lock, about ten in the night of the 23rd of Nov., with intent to steal, and stealing therein, 9 boots, value 3l. 15s.; 3 pairs of shoes, 1l. 18s.; 2 pairs of upper-leathers for boots, 7s.; 3 aprons, 9d.; 1 shirt, 2s.; 1 waistcoat, 2s.; 1 coat, 2s.; 1 pair of scissors, 6d.; and 1 pencil-case, 6d.; the goods of John Plowman; and that Edwards had been before convicted of felony; to which

CARTER * pleaded GUILTY . Aged 30.

EDWARDS * pleaded GUILTY . Aged 34.

Transported for Ten Years .

25th November 1844
Reference Numbert18441125-29
VerdictGuilty > unknown

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29. JAMES NEWSOM was indicted for a robbery on William White, on the 29th of October, and stealing from his person, and against his will, 1 handkerchief, value 3s. 6d.; 1 shirt-stud, 2s.; 1 walking-stick, 6d.; 1 penny, 2 halfpence, and 1 farthing; his property.

MR. PAYNE conducted the Prosecution.

WILLIAM WHITE . I live in New-walk, Whitefriars, and am clerk to Mr. Peter, a barrister. On the evening of the 29th of Oct., about eight or nine o'clock, I was passing through Hyde-park, and saw the prisoner between Cumberland-gate and the Serpentine—I was going towards the Green-park—the prisoner was in his regimentals—he spoke to me, and said, "It is a cold night"—we walked together side by side—he asked me if I was going out at one of the upper gates—I told him I was going out at Grosvenor-gate, and he then laid his hands on * * * outside my trowsers—that was very soon after I told him I was going out at Grosvenor-gate, I cannot tell how long—he then said, "You had better come this way, it will be nearer to Grosvenor-gate "—we then got under the barriers, to go the nearer way—I turned from the way I was going, to go the way he suggested—that was after he had done what I have described—the barrier is a railing which separates the path from the grass—we were nearly by the Serpentine then—when we had got under the barrier, and got on to the grass, he snatched my stick from my hand, and collared me—this is the stick I had—he then said, "You b—b—, you shall not go till I have had something from you "—I told him I had nothing to give him—he said he would search me—he still kept hold of my coat, and collared me tight, and he searched my pockets—he took out of my outer coat pocket a red silk pockethandkerchief, and from my waistcoat pocket a penny, two halfpence, a farthing, and a gold enamelled shirt-stud—he said I had a watch—I told him I had none—he then said I had money in my hat—I took it off, and showed him that I had none—he had still got me by the collar—he then said I should not go, until he had had my outer coat off my back—I told him he should not have it—he again said he would have it—I wrestled, and got from him, and called for the police—I ran away from him—after I called "Police" he ran after me with the stick—he did not reach me—I called "Police" a second time, and he then ran away—I heard the policeman spring his rattle, and call out, "Follow him" "—I did follow him, and the policeman followed me—I followed the prisoner some distance—I cannot say how far—he was running towards Bayswater—when I had followed him some distance, I saw another policeman coming in a cross direction, and he caught the prisoner—after he was caught, I saw the other policeman, Kemball, pick up the stick, which the prisoner had dropped—I did not see him drop it—he picked up the same stick the prisoner had taken from me, and I saw him pick up a silk handkerchief—it is not mine, it is my master's—I had taken some things to be cleaned in the handkerchief in the course of the day—the prisoner was taken to the station, with the handkerchief—I know this halfpenny (looking at one) by its battered appearance—it is one of the halfpence the prisoner took from my waistcoat pocket.

Cross-examined by MR. BALLANTINE. Q. Is your master here? A. Yes—he did not know I had the handkerchief—he had told me to take the things to my mother's—I took them in the morning—I returned to the Temple, but took the handkerchief to get them back again—I was to get them back in the evening—I did not have it in my pocket all day—I left it at home when I took the things, and had it in my pocket intending to get it washed—I had not my master's particular order to do so, but I always get his things washed—I had been to Paddington, to see master off by the railroad, and take his luggage, and was not going back to the Temple again—I am

eighteen years old, and have been two years with Mr. Peter—I thought it disgusting and improper for the prisoner to put his hand where he did, but I did not think he did it intentionally—it did not hurt me—I now think it was an accident—he did not turn round to me when he did it—we walked side by side—his hand did not remain there any time—he took it off directly, not at my suggestion—he then said, "You had better come this way, it is much nearer"—it was so—I had told him I was going to Grosvenor-gate—there are no gas-lights over the barrier—we had to cross the grass quite out of the path, to get to Grosvenor-gate.

COURT. Q. How has the Serpentine anything to do with Grosvenor-gate? A. I had walked round there from Cumberland-gate, merely for a walk.

MR. BALLANTINE. Q. Where were you going? A. Into Regent-street, to see a friend in John-street, Golden-square—I entered the park at Cumberland-gate between eight and nine o'clock—I intended to be home by eleven o'clock—I have never taken a walk in the park but twice before in my life—never more than three times, I am positive—nothing ever happened to me in the park before—I never had any charge made against me, or by me, before.

MR. PAYNE. Q. Had you any suspicion of him when you turned under the barrier to go with him? A. No; I am still in Mr. Peter's service.

WILLIAM KEMBALL (police-constable A 106.) On the 29th of Oct. I was in Hyde-park, near the magazine, which is on the north side of the Serpentine, near Kensington-gardens and the barracks. I saw the prisoner and prosecutor a short distance from me, walking towards Kensington-gardens apparently—when they had passed me fifty or sixty yards, I heard a cry of "Police!" and "Stop thief!"—I immediately ran to the spot, and saw the prisoner running away—I immediately sprang my rattle, and called to the prosecutor to follow—he followed him some distance—I saw the prisoner stopped by Hardwick, my brother officer—I picked the stick up after he was taken, in the direction he had run, and near the spot where he was stopped.

Cross-examined. Q. Did the prisoner say the young man had taken indecent liberties with him? A. Not to me—it was to my brother officer.

THOMAS HARDWICK (police-constable A 174.) I was in Hyde-park on the 29th of Oct. I heard a cry and a rattle sprung—I saw nobody, but ran in a direction, towards the cry, and saw the prisoner on the north side of the Serpentine, running away towards the bridge of Kensington-gardens—I overtook him, and desired him to stop, or I should knock him down—he stopped—I asked him what was the matter—he appeared in a state of agitation, and did not speak at all—I sprung my rattle—the prosecutor and my brother officer came up—White said he had been stopped and accosted by the soldier, who demanded his property, and that a handkerchief, some halfpence, and a stick, had been taken from him—that was all he had got, and he had demanded his coat from his back—I picked up a silk handkerchief within three yards of the spot where I stopped the prisoner—on my way to the station, the prosecutor knew me, and called me by my name—I recognized him—the prisoner heard him call me by my name, and desired me to walk alongside him, and not with the prosecutor, as he said he knew the result of these cases, and wished me to walk with him—twenty or thirty yards further on he said "You are known to the prosecutor; I have a good silver watch in my possession, which I will give

you, (there is but three of you,) if you will let me at large, sooner than have the disgrace of the charge you are likely to make against me"—I searched him, and found 6 1/2 d. and a farthing on him, a silver watch, chain, and seals—among the copper was the halfpenny which has been produced.

Cross-examined. Q. That is all that passed? A. It is—I will swear he did not say the prosecutor had been taking indecent liberties with him, not to the best of my knowledge—there was nothing of the sort mentioned—I recognized the prosecutor, when he made himself known to me, by having lodged at his uncle's—I am not generally on that beat—I am very seldom in the park—I had not been there the night before—I was there a fortnight before—I never saw the prosecutor in the park before in my life—his uncle lived in John-street, Golden-square—I had not the least idea of meeting the prosecutor in the park—I left his uncle's in 1842—I think I saw the prosecutor once since that, at Mr. White's, his uncle, when I called, but not since till the present time—I saw his mother at the uncle's three or four months ago—I saw her here, and at Marlborough-street office, with her son—I have spoken to her—she merely asked how I was—I never spoke to her on this affair.

MR. PAYNE. Q. Did you know of this young man being in the park this night? A. No; nor did I recognize him till he called me by name.

COURT. Q. Had the prisoner passed over the spot where you found the handkerchief? A. Yes, and the stick also—I found the handkerchief directly I stopped the prisoner before I left the spot—I saw them running.

WILLIAM KEMBALL re-examined. I called to the prosecutor to follow the prisoner—the handkerchief and stick were found near the spot where the prisoner was taken—I picked the stick up before the prosecutor had come up to that spot, and in the direction the prisoner had run—the prosecutor secutor had not got to that spot, he was a few yards distant—the handkerchief was within three or four yards of the stick—the prosecutor had reached that spot before the handkerchief was picked up, but not where the stick was.

GUILTY .** Aged 28.— Transported for Fifteen Years .

25th November 1844
Reference Numbert18441125-30
VerdictGuilty > lesser offence

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30. CHARLES WILLIAM GLOVER was indicted for feloniously assaulting Ann Neale, and cutting and wounding her on her left cheek, with intent to do her some grievous bodily harm.

MR. DOANE conducted the Prosecution.

MARY ANN MALONEY . I am single, and live in Selby-street, Waterloo-town, Bethnal-green, and am a tailoress. On Saturday night, 16th Nov., I was in Whitechapel-road, nearly oposite the London Hospital, between ten and eleven o'clock at night, and saw the prisoner on the same side of the way as myself, and Ann Neale near him—the prisoner had a trowel in his hand, and struck her with it on the left cheek—she had a bonnet on—it cut through her bonnet, and cut her cheek—he then ran away, and Neale was taken to the hospital—she was a mere passenger, and not in his company—he was rather running in the same direction as she was going—she fell from the blow—the prisoner was not sober.

Cross-examined by MR. HORRY. Q. Did you see him run against two or three parties? A. Yes, against several—I saw him pushed about—he ran against two or three persons after he struck her—he was flourishing the trowel about, as if he was wild.

MR. DOANE. Q. Did you see him strike at this woman deliberately? A. Yes.

ANN NEALE . I am the wife of Francis Neale, of York-street, Stepney. I was in Whitechapel on this night, standing still, waiting for my husband, who was about two yards from me—I saw the prisoner on my left hand, flourishing a trowel about—I lost sight of him, and in about two minutes I received this injury—I was knocked down by the violence of the blow, and became senseless—I was taken to the London Hospital, and continued there a week—I am some months gone in the family way—I found I was wounded in the cheek, and am still attended by a medical man—I never saw the prisoner before.

SUSAN ELWIN . I was in Whitechapel, and saw the prisoner strike this blow—I ran to Neale's assistance, took her to a doctor's shop, and then to the hospital.

JOSEPH HOPKINS . I am a pipe-maker, and live in Redman's-row, Mile-end. I was in Whitechapel-road, and saw the prisoner strike Neale on the left jaw with the trowel—I had seen him coming along, flourishing the trowel—he hit two or three more persons on the back after striking the woman—I went after him—he jumped over a ✗stal and ran across the road—I stopped him with the trowel in his hand.

Cross-examined. Q. You fell down with him? A. Yes, and the trowel under him.

WILLIAM GREEN . I was in Whitechapel-road on this night, holding an umbrella for sale—I did not see the prisoner till he struck me behind with the trowel—he pushed me aside, and began to strike anybody who came in his way—he struck the prosecutrix on the face, and knocked her down—I pursued him—he turned round with the trowel in his hand, and attempted to strike us again, to keep us off.

WILLIAM SMITH (police-constable K 220.) I took the prisoner in charge—he was drunk and very violent—I had to get the assistance of three officers—the trowel has not been found.

ORLANDO WINSTANLBY . I am a pupil at the London Hospital. Mrs. Neale was brought in there wounded in the left cheek, such as might have been inflicted by a trowel—it was nearly two inches long—the cheek was quite perforated, and she was very faint from the loss of blood—I did not consider the wound sufficient to endanger life—she was in the hospital a week, and is not well yet.

(The prisoner received a good character.)

GUILTY of an Assault. Aged 20.— Confined Six Months .

OLD COURT.—Friday, November 29th, 1844.

Third Jury, before Edward Bullock, Esq.

25th November 1844
Reference Numbert18441125-31
VerdictNot Guilty > fault

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31. GEORGE SHARP was indicted for embezzling 5l., which he had received on account of Alexander Burton Bennett, his master.

'The prosecutor's name being proved to be Arthur Alexander Burton Bennett, the prisoner was


25th November 1844
Reference Numbert18441125-32
VerdictNot Guilty > unknown

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32. FRANCES MATTHEWS was indicted for stealing, on the 18th of Nov., 2 sovereigns, 1 half-sovereign, and 2 half-crowns, the monies of William Poole, from his person.

WILLIAM POOLE . I am a baker, and live in West-street, Devonshire-street, Bethnal-green. On Saturday night, the 17th of Nov., I was in Brick-lane, Spitalfields, between two and three o'clock, and met the prisoner, and went home with her—I remained with her till nine o'clock on the Sunday morning—I then went away, with the intention of leaving her—we fell in with a few friends, and stopped out till three o'clock on the Sunday afternoon, and between three and four I returned home with her again—about six o'clock I gave her 18d. to make me some tea—I then had two sovereigns, a half-sovereign, and two half-crowns, in my left hand waistcoat pocket, in a little bag—I know I had it then—she had handled the money two or three times in her room—I had been drinking a little beer in the day, but nothing to hurt—I was not the worse for liquor—I laid down on the bed, and happened to drop off to sleep—she was in the room at the time—I awoke up at eight o'clock—she was then gone, and my money also—it was taken out of my pocket—the door was locked, and I was locked in—I was determined to wait for her, knowing she must come back, as it was her own room—I waited quietly, and she came back at three o'clock in the morning, very tipsy—I asked her for the money she had taken out of my pocket—she abused me—I said if she gave me the money back, I did not mind if she had spent half-a-sovereign, I did not want to have any bother with her—she brought two more females back with her—there were other persons in the house at the time.

Prisoner. When he sat in the tap-room asleep his shopmate was with him; I told him to awake him up, and come home with me; he said he had money, held up his bag two or three times, and said there was more than silver or copper there; what it was I do not know, but I persuaded him to come home with me, as there was a very low set in the tap-room, and we were both very tipsy; we were together all day.

Witness. That was at one o'clock in the day—we were not tipsy—we had been drinking a little porter—I did not take out my bag, and say there was something more in it than silver or copper.

JOHN GODDARD (police-constable H 96.) About three o'clock, on the Monday morning, I was called to the prisoner's room, and the prosecutor gave her into my custody, charging her with stealing two sovereigns, a half-sovereign, and two half-crowns—she said what money she had got was her own money—I searched her at the station, and found 1l. 17s. 9 1/2 d. on her, all in silver and copper—there were six half-crowns and one fiveshilling piece.

(The prisoner put in a written defence, stating that part of the money found on her was given her by a gentleman, and part was the produce of the sale of some of her furniture.)


Before Mr. Baron Alderson.

25th November 1844
Reference Numbert18441125-33
VerdictNot Guilty > unknown

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33. ALFRED EDWARDS was indicted for the wilful murder of Jane Gregory.—He was also charged on the Coroner's inquisition with the like offence.

MESSRS. CHAMBERS and DOANE conducted the Prosecution.

MARY GREEN . At the time this matter happened I lived at No. 2,

New-court, Nicol-street, Bethnal-green. I knew the deceased Jane Gregory—she lived next door to me, at No. 3—she was an unfortunate female—I know the prisoner—he vas in the habit of visiting Jane Gregory at her lodging—on Thursday night, the 19th of Sept., about eight o'clock, I saw the prisoner in Nicol-street with Jane Gregory—I was with them at her room—Gregory called me in—I found the prisoner sitting down by the fire, smoking his pipe, and she sitting by him—they both appeared to be sober—there was a quart pot on the table with some beer—the deceased asked me to take some of the beer, and I did so—she also drank of the beer—the prisoner did not—I saw a wine-bottle on the table—it was a long-necked bottle, which would hold about a pint and a half—it was a black glass bottle, tapering up at the neck—it was not a common shaped bottle—there was a tea-cup—there was no candle in the room, and I could not then tell whether there was anything in the bottle or the cup—there was a fire—I staid there about three or four minutes—I said to the deceased, "Jane, what have you got in that bottle? "—I asked her twice over before she answered me, and she told me it was catchup—she did not say where she had got it from—I said, "Jane, when I have fish I shall know where to come for sauce"—she never told me in the prisoner's presence where she got it from—I then went down, and came up again about half an hour afterwards—the prisoner was then sitting on one side of the fire, and she on the other, the same as before—they had no light then—I took my own light up then—I could see then that there was something in the bottle—it seemed to be about half full of dark-coloured liquid—it was a dark bottle—any liquid would look dark in a dark bottle—I did not take it up to look through it—neither Gregory nor the prisoner took up the bottle—there appeared as if there had been some poured out into the tea-cup—I went up to the table with my light—it was a dark colour in the tea-cup—it was a dark green cup—it was dark green inside—I could not very well judge of the colour of the liquid—it looked to me like catchup—it was such a mark as would be left in a cup by catchup, but not quite so thick—Gregory asked me if I would go out with her when Alfred was gone—the prisoner was there then—I told her, that if it was not too long I would go with her, but if it was too late I could not go with her—she repeated it over again, and said, directly after Alfred was gone she should go—she told me, that against I got myself washed, and got my bonnet and shawl on, she would be ready—I then went down with my candle, and washed myself—before I went down I asked her whether she did not want a bit of light—she said she did not care about a light when she had a fire in the room—when I returned to the room the door was shut—I called "Jane"—she told me to stop a bit—the prisoner was not gone then—he said, "Mary, wait a bit"—about a quarter of an hour or twenty minutes afterwards she opened the door, and said, "Polly, come up"—the prisoner was standing by the side of the fire, and the deceased was tying on her bonnet—I said, "Jane, it is so late, I shall go in-doors, I can't go with you, it is ten o'clock"—the prisoner took out his watch, and said, "It is not ten o'clock, it wants ten minutes to ten"—the prisoner took the bottle off the table, and put it in his coat-pocket—he took it out again almost directly afterwards, and put it on the second shelf in the cupboard—we then all came down together—we went together as far as Cock-lane, or Boundary-street, and there the prisoner left us—I saw him part with Gregory—he said, "Good night, Jane"—she said, "Good night, Alf "—they shook hands, and he kissed her—he

said to me, "Good night, Polly"—I said, "Good night, Alfred," and he ran away—she called after him, and said, "Alf, what time shall I see you to-morrow?"—he said, "Stop till to-morrow comes, and I will tell you"—he then ran away—he appeared to be in a hurry—he said he was going somewhere, where, and he could not stop—I then went with the deceased down Shoreditch, Old-street Road, and afterwards to Hoxton, as far as the Britannia public-house—she afterwards went into the Britannia, or next door—I did not go in with her—I left her there—while we were going there she complained of feeling very sick—that was, as near as I can tell, about half an hour or twenty-five minutes after we had parted with the prisoner—we had gone down Shoreditch, and up Old-street Road, to go to the Britannia—we had not gone two miles—she complained of sickness, of an inclination to vomit—she did not do so, she only spat—it appeared to be like water—she appeared to try to vomit—she did not seem to retch, but as though she wanted to retch, and could not—what did come was like water—it was very little—she said she had a pain in her stomach—she had nothing to drink while I was with her—I left her there—she went into the Britannia, not into the public-house, but into the part where the play is—there is an entertainment there, and she went into the theatrical room—I left her there, and came home—I ran all the way home—it was eleven o'clock when I got home, and I should suppose it was about twenty minutes to eleven when I left her—I saw her again next morning, about a quarter past ten—I went into her room—she was in bed, alone and undressed—she appeared to me as though she was dying—she spoke low, but was quite sensible—I observed her hands—her fingers were contracted, and were quite black, and her face was as black as her hands—I laid hold of one of her hands, it was as cold as could be—I could not open her fingers—I asked her what was the matter with her—she said, "Mary, I am dying"—I said, "Jane, what have you been drinking?"—she told me she had not drunk anything except the brandy-bitters—she requested me to send for her brother—there was no one in the room but myself at that time—I saw Sarah Russell in the room afterwards—I sent her for the deceased's brother—soon after Russell had gone the prisoner came into the room where the deceased was lying—she still appeared to be suffering—he said to her, "What is the matter?"—she said, "Alfred, I am very bad, I am dying"—he said, "What have you been drinking?"—she said she had not drank anything but the brandy-bitters he had given her last night—he coloured up very much, and said, "Never"—that was all I heard him say—I then went for the doctor, and left him in the room—Charlotte Scott, Caroline Watson, and several other young women, were in the room—I was not absent five minutes—I ran all the way there and back—it was to Mr. Wildbore's, in Shoreditch—when I returned the prisoner was gone—Mr. Smith, Mr. Wildbore's assistant, attended her—he advised her to be taken to the hospital—I did not tell Mr. Smith that I thought she had been poisoned—I did not know it—on the Tuesday before this Thursday I went up to the top of the stairs, and went just inside the deceased's room—I saw the prisoner there, and the deceased—I did not go into the room, and did not hear what passed between them—they were having a few words—I cannot say how long they were together—I came down stairs then, I thought it my business to do so—I did not want to hear what they had to say—I went into my own room, and did some needlework—I saw the prisoner come down a few minutes afterwards—the deceased came down directly he was gone, and she was then crying.

Cross-examined by MR. BALLANTINE. Q. How long had you known this unfortunate woman altogether? A. About eight or nine months, I have not lived there so long—she had been walking the streets during the whole of that time—I have not been out very late at nights myself, but I think she has been out late from what she has told me—I was never at the Britannia but twice in my life, and then I had to pay—the deceased could get in without paying—that was the reason she took me with her—I do not know whether that was from her being a frequenter of the place—she said she could get me in without paying—she ran through herself that night, but did not get me in—there was music and dancing when I went there—I believe there is liquor supplied to the persons—I did not have any when I was there, but I saw some porter supplied—I do not know what time she came home on the Thursday night—I went to bed directly I went home.

Q. Do you know whether she had been ill lately? A. Yes—she had the small-pox about three months before she died—I think she had recovered so as to be able to go out again, about six or seven weeks before her death, as near as I can tell—she appeared to me to be well—she never complained to me—I did not know of her having had any disease after the small-pox—I was very often up in her room, and used to have my victuals with her at times—I never observed any medicine bottles about her room—she had a cupboard—I saw some quicksilver on the mantel-piece piece on the morning she died—I did not know what it was till the policeman opened it—it was in a little piece of paper like a newspaper—that was when the policeman took it—I never saw any powders—I never knew of her having been diseased previously to her having the small-pox, or of her being under medical treatment.

COURT. Q. How long have you known her frequent the Britannia without paying? A. Ever since I have known her—I never went with her, but she said if I went with her that night she would get me in for nothing—I believe they let women of the town in for nothing.

SARAH KETTERIDOE . I am married. On Thursday, the 19th of Sept., I lived at No. 25, New Nicol-street, Bethnal-green. Between eleven and twelve o'clock that night I met the deceased, Jane Gregory, in Shoreditch—she complained of being very sick when I first met her, and began to retch dreadfully—she was very sick while I was with her—she brought up something, I cannot exactly say what it was—she was retching for about five minutes—I walked with her after she had retched—we saw a girl with a pot full of pump water—the prisoner asked for a drink—the girl permitted her to drink some of the water—I walked with her nearly to her home in Nicol-street—I left her near her house about half-past one o'clock—she was still complaining of being sick.

HARRIET CHURCH . On the 19th of Sept. I lived in the same house with the deceased—I occupied the room down stairs—she slept up stairs—between three and four o'clock on the Friday morning, the 20th, I was in bed, and was awoke by hearing the deceased violently sick—I afterwards went up stairs to her, and found her retching very violently—she had been sick in the po—I have known her to be living there about nine or ten months—I know the prisoner, and have seen him come there.

CHARLOTTE SCOTT . I lived next door to Jane Gregory—I had not known her above three months before her death. On Friday morning, the 20th of Sept., I went into her place a little after ten o'clock—I was there

when the prisoner came—I saw him go up to the bed—she appeared to be in a very great deal of pain—she was groaning, and rolled about a good deal—he said, "Jane, what is the matter with you?"—he did not touch her—he held by the bedpost—she said, "Alfred, I am very bad, I have been very bad ever since you gave me the brandy-bitters"—he said Nonsense, it could not be that, for he had drank plenty of it in his time—he then walked away from the bed, and went up to the table—I said, "Let us see you drink some of it yourself"—he took the bottle out of the cupboard, and poured the cup which was on the table about half full, and before he drank it he took something out of the cup with his fingers twice, and threw it on the ground—I did not see what it was—he then drank some of it, and some he spat out on the fender afterwards—I think the cup was about half full as near as I can tell—he drank some of it, and spat some out on the fender—there was none left in the cup after he had drunk it—he drank it up—he threw some of it in the fender—he then said he was coming up in the morning to take the bottle somewhere—he was going to put it into his coat pocket, but he took it out, and put it into the cupboard again—he put it back of his own accord—Caroline Watson was there, and she said to him, "Drink it," as well as me, and after he had drunk it she said, "There cannot be any harm in it, or he would not have drunk it himself"—he made no reply to that—I do not think he heard her—he afterwards said he would not take the bottle with him then, he would be back in five minutes—(at this time I had sent for the doctor and her brother)—we said to him, "You had better stop till her brother comes"—he said, "No, I shall be back by the time her brother is here," and he went—I do not suppose he was more than five or ten minutes in the room—I remained in the room until she died—she died about an hour after—the prisoner never returned—I did not see him again till I saw him at the Police-court.

SARAH RUSSELL . I lived at No. 4, next door to the deceased—I knew her—I saw her about twelve o'clock on the night of the 19th of Sept., in Nicol-street, along with Sarah Ketteridge, just going home—she appeared to me to be quite well at that time, and as usual—I did not see her again after that—I was sent for next morning about ten o'clock, and saw her in bed—I went for her brother—as I went I met the prisoner at the top of Nicol-street—I called him to me, and said, "Have you been up to Jane?"—he said, "No"—I said, "You bad better go up, for she is dying"—he said, "La! then I will go up"—he went in a direction towards the house—I fetched her brother, and when I got back the prisoner was gone.

CAROLINE WATSON . I was in the deceased's room on the Friday morning, and saw the prisoner there—I noticed a bottle and cup on the table—I heard the prisoner say that he had drunk plenty of it himself—I had heard the deceased say something about brandy-bitters having made her ill, and he said, "Nonsense, it could not have been that; you must have taken something else"—she said she had taken nothing but the brandy-bitters Alfred had given her—he said she must have taken something else—he went to the table, took up the bottle, smelt it, and said, "I have drunk plenty of this before"—I said, "Then you had better drink some of it; let me see you drink it"—on my saying that, he gave me a very black look—he poured some out into the cup, I thought about a table spoonful or a little more—I do not think there was any more than that—he emptied the contents of the cup and spit it in the fire-place—it seemed

to me that he spat as much into the fire-place as he had poured out into the cup—he laid the bottle and cup down on the table again, took his handkerchief out of his pocket, and wiped his mouth—he then went and stood by the door, said he would be back in five minutes, and went down stairs—I was going to watch which way he went, but I did not go down stairs—before he got to the bottom of the stairs I saw him spit—he then went away—he left the bottle on the table—the deceased's face and hands were black—he saw that, and heard her complain—I could see what he spat out of his mouth—it was the stuff which he had poured out of the bottle.

Cross-examined. Q. How long had you known the deceased? A. Between ten and eleven months, as near as I can guess—we were not associates, nothing more than neighbours—I was never about the streets with her—the prisoner was going to put the bottle into his pocket, but he did not do so.

JAMES GREGORY . I am a boot and shoemaker—I am the brother of the deceased, Jane Gregory—I saw her in company with the prisoner about the latter end of July last, or the beginning of August—I saw him twice in her room—those were the only two occasions on which I have seen them together—I heard very little conversation between them then—I went there to take my sister some tea, and he was there on those two occasions—I was sent for on Friday morning, the 20th of Sept., about half-past eleven o'clock—I found my sister still alive in bed, and quite sensible—Mr. Smith, the doctor, came while I was there—I went and fetched him—I saw a bottle in the cupboard—I took it out of the cupboard and gave it to Mr. Smith—it was the only bottle in the cupboard—I saw the cup—Mr. Smith poured a little of the liquid out of the bottle into the cup and tasted it—I also tasted it—I drank none—I spit it out—by Mr. Smith's order I placed the bottle in my pocket, and took it to Mr. Wildbore's, in company with Mr. Smith—I placed it on the counter at Mr. Wildbore's, in the presence of Mr. Smith and one of the assistants—while Mr. Smith was mixing up a bottle of medicine to take back to give to her, a man came in and said he thought she was dead—we went back immediately and found that she was dead—I should say twenty minutes had elapsed since I first entered the room—my sister was twenty-seven years of age—I afterwards accompanied Sergeant Sheele to look for the prisoner—we found him at a public-house in Cock-lane, Shoreditch, which is about 100 or 150 yards from the house where my sister died—we got there about two in the afternoon, as near as I can recollect—we went into the public-house—he got up off the settle, and said he was waiting to see me—he was sitting on the settle in the tap-room—I had inquired for him before of the landlord—I asked if the young man Alfred, that I had been inquiring for before, was come in, and he got up and said he was waiting for me—I beckoned him to the door and asked him what was the matter with my sister Jane—he said he did not know, but he had taken her some brandy-bitters, and they (meaning the witnesses) said he had poisoned her—before any more conversation took place, Sergeant Sheele came up, and I gave him into custody.

Cross-examined. Q. Is this the bottle now produced? A. It is a similar bottle—when I took it to Mr. Wildbore's it was about half or three-parts full—my father is living at Abingdon, in Berkshire, I believe—my sister left her place about two years ago—she lived with me five months afterwards, and from that time 1 did not know where she was till

last July—she had the small-pox about the latter end of July last—she then applied at St. Bartholomew's Hospital, where she had two bottles of medicine—I did not administer any medicine to her.

MICHAEL SHEELEY (police-sergeant N 45.) I accompanied James Gregory to a public-house in Cock-lane, where we found the prisoner—as we were going along, I told him, in reply to some question which I do not remember, that it was a bad job, the deceased was dead—he replied, "Good God! what I have given her was brandy-bitters"—I then told him to be very careful what he said relating to the charge, and he repeated again, "What I gave her was brandy-bitters; I was too fond of her to give her anything that would do her any harm"—he said that he himself had taken part of it, that he had taken part of the brandy-bitters—what he said was, "I have oftentimes drank part of it myself"—I found nothing on him relating to the charge—I went to the deceased's room, and there found this cup—it was given to me by some one of the women in the room, or the man, I cannot say which—it was stated to be the one out of which the deceased had drank the poison—at the time I received it there was a dark mixture at the bottom and up the side of the cup—I did not take it out—I gave it to Dr. Leeson, by order of Mr. Broughton—he took it with him from Worship-street Police-court—I gave it to him, I believe, on the 28th of Sept.—it remained in my possession from the time I received it till I gave it to Dr. Leeson—it went into the hands of the Jury at the inquest—I do not know which of the women it was that gave me the cup.

HENRY LAMBERT , (police-sergeant N 2.) I went into the deceased's. room after she was dead, and on the mantelpiece found a piece of paper with a small quantity of quicksilver in it—I afterwards put it into a small pill-box—on the Friday evening I went to the house of the prisoner's father, No. 9, Haberdasher's-place West, Hoxton, about half a mile from the deceased's house—I was there shown a bed-room, which I searched—I found, in a small drawer of the looking-glass, a small white powder, which I now produce, in this piece of paper, which I have marked "No. 3, white powder"—the prisoner's sister then showed me a cupboard in the kitchen—I there found a small paper parcel, which I now produce, written on it, "Sugar of lead, poison"—that paper was damp and mouldy—it appeared as if it had been lying in the cupboard a long time, the dust had got over it, and it had a very mouldy appearance, from the dampness of the cupboard—I put that into another paper, and marked it, "No. 1, sugar of lead, poison"—in the same cupboard I found a piece of brown paper containing a white substance—there was no writing on that brown paper—I afterwards inclosed it in another paper, and numbered it "No. 2, sugar of lead"—that had no dust on it, like the first paper—I also found in the cupboard a small blue bottle, which I now produce, with fruit-kernels in it, which I took possession of—there was a very small quantity of liquid in with the kernels—I afterwards left that bottle with Mr. Smith—I received it back from him—I marked the quicksilver "No. 4"—I afterwards delivered the packages marked 1, 2, 3, and 4, with the purple bottle, to Dr. Leeson—I afterwards received them back from Dr. Leeson—I was present with Mr. Smith on Thursday, the 17th of Oct., at Shoreditch church, when a coffin was opened—it contained the body of the deceased—I had seen her shortly after her death, lying on the bed.

Cross-examined. Q. Have you the paper here in which the powder No. 2 was wrapped? A. I have—this is it—it is the paper in which it originally was—it was folded up in this way—the substance that was in it at that time was much larger than it is now—part of it has been analyzed—it was twisted up when I found it, lying on the shelf in the cupboard—there were other things lying there, some mustard, some curry powder, and some bottles of pickles—I should say there were ten or twelve bottles, perhaps, altogether—some were empty, and others had got pickles in them—I afterwards went to the house of the prisoner's sister, in Turner-street, Whitechapel—I waited at the door, and she brought me out a bottle, which I produce—I have marked it No. 2—that was also delivered over to Dr. Leeson—I found the cupboard door open.

THOMAS EDWARDS . I am the prisoner's father—I am living at No, 9, Haberdasher-place, Hoxton—the prisoner was living there. I remember the police-sergeant coming to my house—I and my daughter showed him the bed-room occupied by the prisoner—I also took him down stairs into the kitchen, and showed him a cupboard—the prisoner made use of that cupboard—it was generally kept locked, and he kept the key himself—he used the cupboard for pickles and different ingredients which he used—he made pickles—that is his business—I have another son.

Cross-examined. Q. Have you been labouring under a bad leg? A. Yes, for years—I have used for it an ointment made from red or white precipitate powder, which I mixed myself—I did not know of there being any white precipitate in the cupboard, or in the drawer of the glass—I cannot swear to that, but I had been in the habit of using the powder—the contents of this little bottle, to the best of my knowledge, are kernels of cherry-stones with gin—I saw some of the stones broken—I have not tasted of that myself at any time, but I have seen it repeatedly since it was made, which is about twelve or fourteen months ago—I do not know that I ever saw it opened, or used to flavour anything.

MR. DOANE. Q. Have you ever used white precipitate? A. Yes.

HENRY SMITH . I know the prisoner. On Thursday evening, the 19th of Sept., I was at the Ship, in Boundary-street, Shoreditch, about half-past seven o'clock—the prisoner came there—he took me out into the skittle-ground, and told me he had a bottle of brandy bitters, and asked me if I had ever tasted it—I said no—he took a bottle out of his pocket, and offered it me to drink—I put it to my mouth, and drank some of it—I drank the best part of half a gill—we then returned into the bar—I asked the bar-maid for a glass, and the prisoner gave me nearly another glass of it—I put some water with it, and drank it—it was a bottle of the same shape as this produced—some other men in the tap-room tasted it while I was there—I did not feel the least ill effects from what I drank—he did not drink any himself in my presence.

Cross-examined. Q. He took the bottle out of his pocket, did he? A. Yes—it was not covered up in anything—the deceased lived about a quarter of a mile from the public-house—the prisoner lived in Haber-dasher-terrace, about three-quarters of a mile from the public-house.

JURY. Q. Did you see any other bottle about him? A. No.

THOMAS WYNDHAM I am a china and glass hawker. I was in the Ship on Thursday evening, the 12th, about seven o'clock, and saw the prisoner, Smith and others there—the prisoner took out of his pocket a bottle like this, and said it contained brandy bitters—he asked me to take

some, and gave me some—I drank it—it tasted strong and rough, and was bitter—I said so—he said it was very old, it had been in his house nearly two years—I drank about a quarter of a quartern of it, and asked for more—I asked where he got it from—he said it had been at his father's house about two years, that an old lady who lived at his father's house had died and left it—he said some porters had drank it, and got tipsy from it—it was such a bottle as this, a dark green champagne bottle—I was at the same public-house next morning, and saw the prisoner come there about eleven o'clock—the landlord asked him to go and show some premises for him—I saw him leave for that purpose.

COURT. Q. Did you receive any inconvenience from what you drank? A. Not the least.

Cross-examined. Q. After you had tasted this brandy bitters, did he offer to sell you the remainder of the bottle? A. He did—he said he would sell me the bottle and its contents for 6d.—I had not money enough about me just then, or I would have bought it—he was perfectly serious in offering it for sale.

MR. DOANE. Q. About how much was left in the bottle when he offered to sell it you? A. About three times as much as there is now—about up to here (about three parts full.)

GEORGE HILL SMITH . I am a surgeon, and was assistant to Mr. Wildbore, of Shoreditch, on the 19th of Sept. last. I visited the deceased on the morning of the 20th, about eleven o'clock—I found her in a very prostrate state, suffering intense pain about the stomach, on pressure, with a low, weak, and fluttering pulse—her skin was very dark, very discoloured—her extremities were cold, and the hands were contracted a great deal—they were rather rigid—I thought she was labouring under poison, particularly larly after I saw the bottle—the appearances and symptoms led me to suppose so—I asked her the cause of the pain, and she pointed to the bottle—she was able to articulate, and perfectly sensible—on asking her some questions my opinion was confirmed—I poured some of the contents of the bottle into a cup, and tasted it—it bad a very disagreeable taste, very pungent—I spat it out immediately, for I expected it was poisonous—that is the best definition I can give of the taste—it was pungent and strong—it tasted of brandy flavoured with bitters, brandy bitters—I went home in order to prepare some medicine, and whilst there I heard she was dead—she was almost in the act of death when I saw her first—she was in a very prostrate condition, and I expected her to die shortly—there was inflammation mation existing in the stomach and bowels—the deceased's brother afterwards gave me the bottle, and I gave it to Dr. Leeson—I first of all poured some out into a phial, and took it to Dr. Leeson, and afterwards gave him the whole bottle—I made a post mortem examination of the body on the following night, the 21st—I examined the stomach—there were appearances ances of inflammation, and likewise dark-coloured spots, very characteristic of poison, particularly at the cardiac or upper extremity next the throat—much inflammation had existed there very recently, I should say for a few hours only—the small intestines were inflamed—the large intestines were not so much inflamed—the lungs were perfectly healthy, and the rest of the body in a healthy state—the brain was congested, but there were no morbid appearances about it—there was general congestion—I observed that the kidneys were congested—nothing beyond that—the bladder was contracted and empty, but there was nothing remarkable in

its appearance—I took the stomach out with all its contents, and delivered it myself to Dr. Leeson—on the following Sunday I got this purple bottle into my possession, and submitted that to the examination of Dr. Leeson—on Thursday, the 17th of Oct., the coffin of the deceased was opened—I knew the body again—I took from it the kidneys and the liver, which were delivered to Dr. Leeson to be examined.

Cross-examined. Q. You examined her with a view to see if she was in the family way? A. Yes; the uterus was unimpregnated—the inflammation flammation I have spoken of might have arisen from alcohol—Dr. Leeson son examined the contents of the bottle, with a view to see what proportions portions of it was alcohol—there is a very large proportion—the inflammation might have arisen from an inordinate quantity of alcohol alone.

Q. And the spots of which you speak? A. I am not prepared to say either one way or the other—the inflammation might have arisen from alcohol, and the inflammation have produced the spots.

GEORGE ROPER . I am a student at Guy's Hospital. I received two bottles from Mr. Smith—I cannot recollect the exact day of the month—they had liquid in them—I sealed them up with some sealingwax—I also received the stomach—I wrapped it up in a cloth, and sealed that up also—I gave them to a boy to go to Dr. Leeson's.

HENRY JOHN BAOLEY . I am an errand-boy, in Mr. Wildbore's service. I received a parcel sealed up from Mr. Roper, with directions to take it to St. Thomas's Hospital to Dr. Leeson—I also received two bottles—I took them and delivered them to Mr. Bibby, in the apothecary's shop in the hospital.

JAMES BIBBY . I received a parcel sealed up from Bagley. I laid it on the counter, and there it remained till Dr. Leeson took it away—I saw them when Dr. Leeson came in, and when he went away they were gone—I did not see him take them.

DODO PERKINS . I was in the apothecary's shop and saw Dr. Leeson take the parcels off the counter—I was not there when they were left.

MR. BALLANTINE to MR. SMITH. Q. Did you examine the teeth of the deceased? A. I did—they were not discoloured.

COURT. Q. Did you examine the gums at all? A. I did—there was nothing remarkable about them—I noticed them while she was alive—there was nothing remarkable about the colour of them—she had lost one tooth—the unfortunate course of life in which she habitually lived, and the circumstance of having been debilitated with the small-pox, would, I have no doubt, undermine her constitution, and might make alcohol produce a much more violent effect upon her than upon a strong healthy person.

HENRY BEAUMONT LEESON , Esq., M. D. I am assistant physician at St. Thomas's Hospital, and also lecturer on Forensic medicine and chemistry.

Q. What are the general symptoms previous to death of a person who dies from poison? A. In cases of irritant poison a disposition to vomit is one of the symptoms, also great pain and tenderness of the stomach, pain in the chest, great thirst; and when the poison has acted for some time, a small feeble pulse, impeded circulation, producing lividity or blackness, rigidity of the limbs, the whole terminating in death—there would be contraction of the hands, that would be probably the result of great pain—lead

is, to a certain extent, an irritant poison—if taken in sufficient quantities it would produce such symptoms as I have described—the metal itself would not, but a compound, such as acetate of lead, carbonate of lead, and many other preparations of lead—acetate is what is commonly called sugar of lead, and carbonate what is commonly called white lead—I have seen the effects of sugar of lead on several persons—we had a case in St. Thomas's Hospital on Monday last, where a person had taken a large quantity of sugar of lead; and hi that case, in addition to the symptoms I have already noticed, there was great blueness of the gums—that would be the effect of any preparation of lead—that patient has recovered, and they generally recover—if that blueness of the gums existed during life, it would not disappear in death—there would still be the appearance after death—I never saw the body of the deceased—I examined the stomach, and observed that it was in a very inflamed and congested state at the lower portion of the cardiac extremity; that is, the portion of the stomach immediately adjoining the oesophagus, or throat—there was but trifling inflammation, in comparison, in the lower portion of the stomach—the state of the stomach was indicative of inflammation produced by an irritant poison—that partial congestion of the coats of the stomach is not usual, except in the case of an irritant poison—it does sometimes exist in cases of gastritis; that is, of acute inflammation, but it is then generally more diffused—gastritis is a disease very often consequent upon miasma, or typhois poison, and a variety of things.

COURT. Q. Was there anything in the colour of that portion of the stomach different from what would exist in gastritis? A. It was not so diffused—it would be impossible to judge by the colour alone between the inflammation excited by disease and that produced by an irritant poison—by typhois poison I mean nothing that can be touched or seen, but poison in the atmosphere.

MR. CHAMBERS. Q. I believe you did not yourself see the intestines? A. I had a small portion sent attached to the stomach, but it was not in a state from which I could well judge—it was too far decomposed—I saw the stomach on Sunday the 22nd of Sept—I did not see the other portion of the intestine until some days subsequent—I afterwards analyzed the stomach, in order to see whether there was any poison in it—I boiled it in distilled water, the purity of which I carefully ascertained; to that water, which I filtered and separated from the stomach, I added a solution tion of sulphuretted hydrogen, which yielded a black precipitate; I ultimately ately obtained a globule of metallic lead from the stomach, which I produce—I duce—I am quite satisfied that nothing I put in, in the course of my experiments, has produced that.

Q. Have you any means of forming a judgment in which condition it was introduced into the stomach, whether as acetate or carbonate of lead? A. It would be impossible to say—obtaining the metal was a conclusive proof of the previous existence there of some compound of lead—it would be impossible to say what compound—the stomach had been previously washed in water several times before it was delivered to me by Mr. Smith, and therefore the probability is that the portion of lead that I obtained proceeded from some carbonate of lead, which is comparatively insoluble, adhering to the coats of the stomach, because the greater portion of any sugar of lead that might have been present in the stomach would, in all

probability, have been removed by the washing—if it was washed in water which had carbonate of lead in it, it would have had that added to it—sugar of lead is easily decomposed, and probably a portion of it would be converted into carbonate—this globule weighs one grain and onetenth of a grain.

COURT. Q. Would the quantity of carbonate of lead producing that be sufficient to kill a person? A. I should think not—I boiled the stomach in pure water—nothing could come from that—I previously examined the water to assure myself—I then added a solution of sulphuretted hydrogen to the water—I then took away the water from the stomach after it had been boiled, leaving the stomach bodily as it was before—carbonate of lead is soluble in water to a certain extent—I have made an experiment, and find that one pint of water will dissolve one grain of carbonate of lead—I boiled the stomach in about two gallons of water—I believe it was sufficient to have dissolved more than I found, therefore I conclude I got very nearly all the carbonate of lead that was in the stomach—it is possible, and very probable, that some did remain in the stomach after the boiling, from the water having not sufficient access to it, and from the length of time—I only thought it necessary to obtain sight of the indications, and did not repeat the experiment—my experiment was rather directed to ascertain the presence of lead than the quantity, and I do not imagine, if I had made an experiment to ascertain the quantity, it would have been at all conclusive in this case, as I had not seen the stomach before—I judged it necessary to be careful in examining the water in which I boiled it, to see that it contained no lead, because distilled water sometimes contains a small quantity of lead—if anybody had washed the stomach without that precaution, caution, I do not think it would be a reasonable experiment—it is impossible for me to say that the water in which the stomach was washed before did not contain sugar of lead.

MR. CHAMBERS. Q. Did you examine part of the contents of the bottle out of which it is said the deceased had drank? A. I did—this is the bottle—(No. 1)—I analyzed it, and found that the liquid was a strong alcoholic liquid—I found that it contained rather more than half its bulk of absolute alcohol—that is the strongest spirit—it is stronger than spirits of wine—it is more than two to one of the strength of proof spirits—it also contained prussic acid, which appeared to have been derived from almonds or kernels, with which it had been flavoured.

COURT. Q. Is that the way in which they usually make brandy bitters? A. That is the common ingredient in flavouring all bitters, along with orange peel, gentian, and other things—those things which go by the name of old Tom, and other things, are compounds of the same kind—I should call them poisonous if taken in too large a quantity.

MR. CHAMBERS. Q. I believe you did not discover any preparation of lead in that? A. The liquid contained no metallic salt whatever—there was no lead in the liquid—there was a sediment in the bottom of the bottle—I ascertained the existence of chalk in that sediment, and the appropriate test for lead and mercury yielded faint indications of the presence of both; but such test may be fallacious, in consequence of the quantity not being sufficient to enable me to separate the metals themselves—when I first received the bottle I did not perceive the sediment—the liquor poured off clear, and it was not till I had reason to examine it further that I found a sediment closely impacted in the lower portion of the bottle, so that it

might have remained there without the liquor which was poured off containing any of it—some part of the liquor might contain it, and some not.


Before Mr. Justice Maule.

25th November 1844
Reference Numbert18441125-34
VerdictGuilty > unknown; Guilty > unknown

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34. SAMUEL GRAVES and HENRIETTA BYARD were indicted for feloniously, and without lawful excuse, having in their custody and possession a mould upon which was impressed the obverse side of a shilling.—2nd COUNT, stating it to be the reverse side.

MESSRS. CHAMBERS and DOANE conducted the Prosecution.

SARAH STEPHENS . I live with my aunt, who keeps an eel-pie shop in Moor-street, Soho. On Saturday, the 2nd of Nov., the female prisoner came for a penny meat-pie, and gave me a shilling in payment—I put it to my teeth, and bent it double—I gave it back to her, and told her it was a bad one—she said, "Oh, is it?"—I said it was, and she went away—I let her have the shilling.

WILLIAM KEMP . I keep the King's Head public-house, Old Compton-street, Soho. Between six and seven o'clock, on Saturday evening, the 2nd of Nov., the female prisoner came and called for half a pint of porter, which came to 1d.—she gave me a counterfeit shilling in payment—I at once saw it was bad—Barber, the policeman, came in and caught hold of her arms—the shilling laid on the counter—I said it was a bad one—Barber told me to mark it, which I did, and gave to him.

WILLIAM RUSSELL (police-constable C 113) I was in company with Barber and Mount, and saw the prisoners in Crown-street, on Saturday evening, the 2nd of Nov., between six and seven o'clock—I saw them together—they came out of No. 36, Crown-street—I watched them—they went as far as Moor-street, and there separated—I saw Byard go into the eel-pie shop—when she came out I went in, and made some inquiries—I then saw her again, in company with Graves, in Moor-street—I and the other officers followed them along Compton-street—Byard went into the King's Head—Graves was waiting on the opposite side—I assisted Mount in taking him into custody—while doing so I heard the sound of money falling on the pavement—I did not see any—it was quite dark—I took him to the station-house, leaving Mount behind—I searched him, and found 2s. 2 1/2 d. on him, good money, and a key of a door—I afterwards went, in company with Sergeant Whall, to 36, Crown-street, the house out of which I had seen the prisoners come—I was shown the door of the first-floor back room at that house, which I opened with the key I found on Graves—it was locked, and the key opened it—Sarah Matters was present—under the bedstead there I found a pipkin containing white metal, which appeared to have been melted, a paper containing plaster of Paris, two holders or bands, a mould, and a tobacco-pipe with metal adhering to the inside—I found the mould by the side of the pipkin under the bedstead.

JOSEPH GILES BAKER (policeman). I was with Russell and Mount, and saw the prisoners come out of the house in Crown-street—I saw Byard go into the King's Head—Graves was on the opposite side of the way—she asked for half a pint of beer, and tendered a shilling, which the landlord lord said was bad—I seized her, and took the bad shilling from the publican—I have kept it ever since, and now produce it—Byard was searched at the station, but nothing found on her.

JOSEPH MOUNT (policeman). I was in company with Russell and Barber—I laid hold of Graves first—he had his hand in his left pocket—he withdrew his hand, and I saw something white fall from his band—it went down an area at the corner of Compton-street—I saw that they were shillings—I afterwards went into the area, and found these four shillings, which I produce.

JOHN WHALL (police-sergeant C 16.) I went with Russell to No. 36, Crown-street, and into the room which he opened with the key—I found a portion of a mould in a cupboard in one corner of the room—I looked up the chimney, and after looking very minutely found a paper containing twenty-three counterfeit sixpences, which I produce—they were placed in a recess at the back of the front of the chimney, inside, so that I had to turn round to find them—part of a brick was broken—I saw the paper, and that called my attention to it—Sarah Matters was in that room—I requested her to go up with us.

SARAH MATTERS . I am a widow, and live in Crown-street. On the 31st of Oct. Byard came to rent a room of me—she said she had just come from the country, and her name was Graves—I asked if she was married—she said she was—I asked what her husband was—she said a shoemaker—I let her the first-floor back, at No. 36, Crown-street, St. Giles's—I never saw the male prisoner till I saw him at Marlborough-street—I gave the key of that room to Byard—the officers afterwards came, and I went and showed them the room which I had let to Byard—they opened it with the key I had given her.

MARIA GALE . I lodged at No. 36, Crown-street—the prisoners came there on Thursday, the 31st of Oct.—Byard came into my room, and asked if I would let her leave a bundle in my room while she went and got the right key—she went, and returned in a quarter of an hour, with the male prisoner as her husband—they went up into their own room—they made a terrible noise all Thursday night—I did not see anything—I raised my window on Friday morning, to see them go out, and I did not see them come in again—they were mostly out in the evening—they were in their room together in the day-time—they were only there two evenings—they left the room on Saturday night, at eight o'clock.

MR. JOHN FIELD . I am inspector of coin to the Mint, and have been so for many years—I have looked at the things produced by the officers—this is a plaster of Paris mould, intended for casting shillings—it has the impression of both sides of a shilling on it, and appears to have been used for the purpose of casting shillings—here is a part of a plaster of Paris mould, upon which there is no impression whatever—it appears to have been scraped out—this pipkin appears to have been used, for the purpose of melting white metal—it contains white metal, which appears to have been melted—by pouring that white metal into the mould it would produce a counterfeit feit shilling—here is a counterfeit shilling, produced by one of the witnesses, said to have been uttered, of a similar metal to that in the pipkin—that was cast in the mould of which I have spoken—there are also four other shillings which have been cast in that mould—all five are alike counterfeit—here is a good shilling, produced by one of the witnesses, which appears to have made the mould in which these counterfeit shillings were cast—here is a tin band, and also an oilcloth band, which appears to have been used for forming the mould—it confines the plaster of Paris, and is a thing usually applied for that purpose—here are twenty-three sixpences, all counterfeit,

and appear to have been recently cast—here is plaster of Paris in powder of a similar material of which moulds are made—here is a tobacco-pipe, which would be used to lade the metal from the pipkin into the mould—there is white metal in the bowl of it now.

Graves to SARAH MATTERS. Q. On the day I was committed, did not a young woman come to your place, and was she not recognised by your daughter-in-law, as the person who had taken the lodging? A. I was not there, and know nothing about it—she told me that a person had been for some things that were on the premises—she did not say she recognized her.

Graves's Defence. The female prisoner is not the person that lodged at No. 36, Crown-street, and a person in the landlady's room recognized another young woman. I might go into the house with another young woman, and am I to suffer for what is found in the room? I took a shirt up to the young woman who took the room, to make; the landlady saw it, and can't deny it; it was partly made. On the Friday evening I went up, and the young woman was not there; neither have I seen her since. I went on the Saturday evening, and she was not at home. I met this female in Crown-street, and asked her to go there with me, which she did; we came out again together, and the constables seized me. As soon as the landlady saw this young woman, she said, "You are the girl that we have got another young woman in trouble for. "I am quite a cripple; I had my left hand in my pocket, and do you think, if I had four counterfeit shillings in my possession, I could have passed them out of my hand, with three constables by me. Because I came out of that house, I am to be answerable for what is found in that room, although no one saw what part I came from. I might have come out of any other house, where there was stolen property. I do not see sufficient proof that we lived together. I have worked for Mr. Hutchins, of No. 62, Deanstree Soho, and he has been here.

Byard's Defence. I never took the room.

SARAH MATTERS re-examined. Mine is not a house where men and women come for a little while—I know nothing of any other young woman being mistaken for Byard.


BYARD— GUILTY . Aged 21.

Transported for Seven Year .

Before Mr. Baron Alderson.

25th November 1844
Reference Numbert18441125-35
VerdictNot Guilty > unknown

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35. WILLIAM LIMAN and FREDERICK CLOKE were indicted for feloniously killing and slaying Mary Anderson. They were also charged on the Coroner's inquisition with the like offence.

MR. RYLAND conducted the Prosecution.

WILLIAM WILDMAN . I am a smith, and live in Dudley-court, Crown-street, Soho. On Wednesday evening, the 30th of Oct., I was in the Kentish-town-road, about a quarter-past six o'clock, and heard a person halloo out, "Hoy!" behind me—I turned round, and saw a woman just in front of a horse and cart—she was in the act of crossing the road—it was a tilted cart with two wheels, drawn by one horse—I saw there was a woman and a man in the cart when it came up to me—I could not see who was driving—the woman was run over by the cart—she was knocked down, I think, by the horse, or by the shaft, I. cannot say which—the cart went

on, and went right over her—I could see that it knocked her down—I had got out into the middle of the road—I ran after the cart, and told them they had run over the woman, why did they not stop—they did not stop at all, but went on—they went at about the rate of eight miles an hour—I told them to stop, but they would not—I then went back to the woman—they were just in the act of the she was dead—she died in the doctor's shop—it was not a very light night, nor very dark—there were six lamps just where it happened—there are three gas-lamps belonging to the Wire's Head public-house, and three gas-lamps belonging to the street, close on the spot—it was at the parting of two roads—I should say I could see the cart twenty or thirty yards off, from the light there was, and I should say you might see a person walking twenty or thirty yards off.

Cross-examined by MR. ROBINSON. Q. Did you see the cart coming? A No, not till they hallooed, "Hoy!"—I might have been ten or fifteen yards in advance of the cart—I had just parted from my shopmate, and thought it was him calling after me—I turned directly round, and saw the woman in front of the horse—it was not raining, that I remember—I would not swear it was not—it was not very dark; it was neither light nor dark—there is a lamp at the corner of the street, by the public-house, one at the opposite corner, and another just before where the woman was knocked down—she was coming from the corner of the square to the corner of the Wire's Head—the lamps were before her—I should say the nearest lamp was about ten or twelve yards from her—I do not know how the cart was going before she was knocked down, but afterwards they went at the rate of eight miles an hour—I did not hear more than one voice—the moment I heard the voice I turned round, and she was close on the horse, for she was down the very instant I turned my head—I believe she was dressed in black, but I do not know—the cart was coming towards town.

WILLIAM ANDERSON . I am a clerk in the Admiralty, and am the son of the deceased; her name was Mary Ann Anderson. She was married—my father's name was William Whitelock Anderson—I saw the body of mother ai the workhouse, at St. Pancras, five or six hours after the accident had happened—she was about seventy years of age—she was rather deaf.

Cross-examined. Q. Was she not also very infirm? A. No, I should not call her at all infirm; she could not have had very strong nerves at that age, but she was certainly not infirm—she was a good deal accustomed to go about by herself—she may have a little exceeded seventy, but I should think not, perhaps she was rather under it—her sight was not quite good.

WILLIAM COATES . I am a working bricklayer. I saw the deceased nearly in the centre of the road—she was crossing the road—I heard the persons in the cart halloo—I immediately turned my head, and saw her close against the cart—I did not see the cart before that—I should say it was coming at about the rate of eight miles an hour—that was before the accident—I should say she was about four or five yards from the horse's head when they hallooed—I do not think they could have pulled up—I saw her knocked down—I could not exactly distinguish whether it was by the horse or any part of the cart—I saw her fall, and the horse went over her.

Q. Was there then any attempt to pull up or stop the cart? A. There was a sort of jerk, but it went on faster—I helped to take her to Mr. Curtis's surgery, and it was found that she was dead.

Cross-examined. Q. Was she directly in front of the horse when you first saw her? A. Yes, she was almost in a line with the horse, and four or five yards off—she was walking at the time she was knocked down—when the halloo came from the cart she turned round and said, "Oh!" and no sooner was the word out of her mouth than the horse was on her—it was rather dark on the spot—I do not think it was raining; I believe it bad been raining in the course of the night, from what I recollect—it was a very muddy night, very dirty and disagreeable; I cannot say whether it was raining or not.

JOSEPH CURTIS . I am a surgeon, and live in St. James's-terrace, Kentish-town-road. The deceased was brought to my surgery on the evening of the 30th of Oct.—I attended her immediately—I fancied she moved her arm after she came in, but it was the only symptom of life she exhibited—she was either dead when she came in, or died immediately afterwards—she was afterwards removed to the workhouse—I made a postmortem examination—her death was occasioned by violence.

EDMUND CRISP . I am landlord of the Wire's Head. I have heard the spot described where the accident is said to have happened—it is very nearly opposite my door—I was at home on that evening—I had three lamps burning outside my premises, and two inside, one at each window—they were all burning between six and seven o'clock—there were also some parish lamps, one very nearly opposite my door, at the corner of the Hawley-road.

Cross-examined. Q. Two of the lights you speak of were merely lights in your room? A. The lights in the window would show outside, and in also—they are common ordinary gas-lights—there was ground glass over them—they would not light the road much—the outer lamps are common gas-lights, and project three or four feet from the front of the house, to which they are attached—they are not immediately opposite where the accident happened, I should say twenty-five yards from it.

CAROLINE GILDER , I am single, and reside with my father, at Somers-town. I was in the cart on this evening with the two prisoners, coming along the Kentish-town road, towards London—Cloke was driving at the time of the accident—when we had passed the Wire's Head a good distance I observed a woman in the road, but it was very dark—she was crossing the road—she was quite close to the horse's head when I first saw her—Liman cried "Hoy!" three times very loud—she did not seem to hear him—it was loud enough for her to hear if she had her hearing—she was knocked down, and the cart went by, but I am not sure they were aware that it went over her—I did not feel the cart rise up after she was knocked down—it did not stop—they were not aware of the accident—they stopped first at Cumberland-market—I do not exactly know how far off that is—it is a good distance—it had gone faster that distance than it had before the accident—when we got to Cumberland-market, one of the prisoners looked out—I did not get down there—one of them said that there was no one coming after them, they were all right—I do not think they were aware the woman was run over—they knew she was knocked down, but not that the wheel went over her—I forget whether they said anything about the woman before they go to Cumberland-market—one said he was afraid

she had been run over—the other one said he did not think she was hurt—after they had stopped a little while in Cumberland-market they went on—I went with them as far as the New-road—they did not say why they went by Cumberland-market—I do not know whether it was their straight way home—we were not going very fast before the accident.

Cross-examined. Q. Where were you sitting? A. In the middle, in front of the cart, between the two—they were not talking to me at the time—not a word was spoken—Liman was the usual driver—he asked Cloke if he would drive, and Cloke took the reins at Highgate—it was Liman's duty to drive—it was just dark—I had come all the way from Highgate with them—I cannot tell what time we set off from Highgate, for I had been coming from Finchley, and they took me up, as I was very tired—I had never seen them before—they appeared quite sober—I cannot say at what pace they were going—the horse was trotting, not galloping—I know it was not going very fast—we had not passed any carriages or cabs, that I remember—I did not take any notice—we had met a good many persons in the road, but they were not in the middle of the road.

WILLIAM GILBERT . I am a tallow-chandler, and live in Howland street, Tottenham Court-road. Cloke had been in my service some little, time, and had left, I think, on the Saturday previous to the accident—on the 30th of Oct. Liman was in my service—I sent him on an errand that evening, with a horse and cart, to different places, to Kentish-town, and as far as Highgate—Cloke had been my shopman, not a driver—Liman had been in the habit of going out with the same horse and cart on former occasions—he got back that evening about half-past six o'clock, or from that to seven—he did not mention that he had met with any accident—he was perfectly sober—I was not aware that Cloke was to have gone with him—it was not a very fast horse, and perfectly quiet—it is not very easy to pull up—it is rather hard in the mouth.

Cross-examined. Q. Are you in the habit of driving? A. Occasionally—I should not think seven or eight miles an hour a fast pace—he would go that pace—that is his pace, and you could not force him to more without getting him into a gallop—that is the best of his trot—it is very difficult to pull him up on an instant, and perhaps it would be more so if he was going towards home.

(The Jury here expressed themselves satisfied.)


Before Mr. Baron Alderson.

25th November 1844
Reference Numbert18441125-36
VerdictGuilty > unknown; Guilty > unknown

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36. JOSEPH WAITE and WILLIAM LEONARD were indicted for burglariously breaking and entering the dwelling-house of Richard Dee, about the hour of two in the night of the 7th of Nov., at St. James, Westminster, with intent to steal.

RICHARD DEE I keep a public-house in Warwick-street, Regent-street, in the parish of St. James, Westminster—the cellar-flap of my house goes into the street—I went to bed, on the night of the 7th of November, about half-past twelve o'clock—the cellar-flap was perfectly safe then—my man and myself both saw it fastened safe before we went to bed—about a quarter before two o'clock the policeman on duty called me—I got up and came down—in consequence of what he said to me, I went into my cellar, and found the prisoner, Waite, standing at the back of the cellar, and Leonard concealed behind a barrel, sitting down—they

were perfect strangers to me—there was wine, spirits and ale in the cellar, in bottles, capable of being easily removed—they were taken into custody immediately—the cellar communicates internally with the rest of the house.

Leonard. The policeman examined the cellar-flap, and said there were no marks of violence.

Witness. I examined it next morning—there were marks of violence on it—the edge of the flap was splintered off.

THOMAS SANDYS (police-constable C 107.) I was on the beat in the neighbourhood of the prosecutor's house, on the morning of the 8th of Nov., about a quarter before two o'clock, and observed a crow-bar lying on the pavement, close to the cellar-flap—in consequence of that I alarmed the house, and with Mr. Dee went into the cellar—I there found Waite standing in the back part of the cellar—I asked him what brought him there—he said he had come there to sleep—I asked if he had any other person with him—he said, "No" he had not—I looked round, and found Leonard concealed behind a barrel—he said he had come there to sleep, too—I took them to the station, and found 18 1/2 d. and some silent lucifermatches on Leonard, and 2 1/2 d. on Waite—between ten and eleven in the morning I searched the cellar, and close to where Leonard had been concealed, I found a lucifer-box, and a candle in it—it was concealed among some shavings under the same barrel behind which Leonard had been concealed—I afterwards examined the cellar-flap, where I had seen the crow-bar, and there were slight marks—the wood was slightly rubbed—it must have been opened by force, though I found no marks which exactly corresponded with the crow-bar.

Leonard. Q. Did you find anything in the cellar disturbed or broken? A. No—I do not recollect finding any tobacco in your pocket—I believe there was a pipe—I did not say to the prosecutor that it was a pity there was nothing broken or stolen—I said there was nothing broken or disturbed—I examined the flap by the light of my lamp, and did not discern anything particular on it then.

Waite's Defence. If the flap had been broken he could have seen it; there were two policemen with lights; we went down the court to look for a lodging, as we had been locked out; and finding this place open, went in; we had no intention of robbing the place. When the policeman came down, I said, "I don't want to go away; you can take and lock me up." We had been down there about an hour.

Leonard's Defence. We were locked out of our lodging, and passing by this place about one o'clock in the morning, found the cellarflap open, and went down for shelter, as it was raining very hard; we intended to sleep there till the morning, and had no felonious intent. Nothing was disturbed or broken, nor anything found on us that we could do anything with.

THOMAS SANDYS re-examined. It was not raining hard at the time—it had been raining very slightly in the course of the night.

RICHARD DEE re-examined. The flap had been fastened with two bolts—they had been forced back, and the flap wrenched up—a portion of the wood was torn away.



Transported for Ten years .

Before Mr. Baron Alderson.

25th November 1844
Reference Numbert18441125-37
VerdictGuilty > with recommendation

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37. THOMAS TYNDALL was indicted for stealing, on the 26th of Nov., at St. Marylebone, 1 watch, value 5l. 10s., the goods of Thomas Morley, in his dwelling-house.

THOMAS MORLEY . I am a jeweller, and live at No. 47, Oxford-street, in the parish of St. Marylebone. On the evening of the 26th of Nov., about six o'clock, the prisoner came to my shop, and asked me the price of a good watch—(my shop was lighted up)—I took one out of the window, marked 3l. 18s—he was outside the counter, and I was inside—he said he should like to see one at about 5l.—I turned to the window again, and took one out, marked seven guineas—that was about the price of it—I said I supposed that was too expensive—I laid it on the counter before him—he took it up—I then turned to take another out, and he immediately ran out of the shop, with the seven guinea watch in his hand—I immediately cried out, "Shop," as there was no one in the shop at the time, and followed him—he ran across Oxford-street, into Chapel-street, from thence into Litchfield-street, and into Dean-street, where he was taken by Beadnell—he threw the watch down in the street—it was picked up, and put into my hands—I am sure the prisoner is the man that was in the shop, and that ran away with the watch—I was close to him—I could touch him and the watch too.

JOHN BEADNELL . I heard a cry of "Stop thief!" and saw the prisoner running away—I stopped him in Dean-street—after I had stopped him he threw the watch across the street—I saw it fall, and pointed it out to a gentleman in the road, and said, "There is the watch lying down"—he picked it up, and gave it to the prosecutor, and he give it to the policeman.

WILLIAM HOLMES (police-constable C 148.) I have the watch.

Prisoner. I am very sorry for what I have done; it is my first offence.

GUILTY of larceny only. Aged 31.—Recommended to mercy — Confined Six Month .

Fourth Jury, before Mr. Recorder.

25th November 1844
Reference Numbert18441125-38
VerdictGuilty > lesser offence; Guilty > lesser offence
SentenceImprisonment; Miscellaneous > sureties

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38. JAMES KEENE and ANDREW LYNCH were indicted for feloniously assaulting Aloys Brugger, and cutting and wounding him on the head, with intent to do him some grievous bodily harm.

MR. RYLAND conducted the Prosecution.

ALOYS BRUGGER . I am a clock-maker, and live in Charles-st., Middlesex Hospital. The prisoner Keene owed me 27s. for a clock—on the 1st of Nov. I went to his house, No. 14, Plough-court, Fetter-lane, with Rock, and found him at home—I went in and asked him for my money—he said he had no money nor work, and had had a fever—Rock said that was not the reason, that he had plenty of work, and never had a fever—Keene then called Rock a liar—Rock called him another—Rock said he only wanted to swindle me out of the clock—Keene told us to go out of the room, or he would split our heads open—we refused to go—I said, "We shall not go"—he then went to the fire-place and took up the poker, and Lynch, who was there, took up a hammer—they began to turn us out, and struck us—I shoved them both back, as well as I could—I let Keene alone, took hold of Lynch, and got the hammer from him—I threw both him and the

hammer on the floor—he then took up a piece of wood and threw it after me—it did not hit me—Keene then came and struck me with the poker right across the head—before that the women had struck Rock.

Q. Who did Keene strike first with the poker, Rock or you? A. He struck Rock first with it over the shoulder—I went to try to help him—Keene then gave me a slap with the poker right across my head—I bled a little—Lynch then caught hold of the hammer and threw it at me—it hit me on the forehead, which bled very much indeed—I went down stairs, and to a doctor's in Fetter-lane—he dressed my head—I went in a cab to the hospital, and was an out-patient about ten days—I was then taken ill, went into the hospital, and have continued there ever since.

Q. What was your illness? A. My head was swollen very much, twice as big as it is now—I was nearly brought to the grave—Rock went for a policeman—I have seen the hammer and poker since in the constable's hands.

Cross-examined by MR. PRENDERGAST. Q. Keene had partly paid you for the clock? A. Five shillings, by instalments—I offered him that money back if he would give me the clock back, but he said he had pledged it, and would not give me the ticket—I said I would have the clock or money before I left the room—the clock had been pledged long ago—Rock did not say, "You are a swindler," but that he wanted to swindle me out of it—Rock did not seize Mrs. Keene by her hair, and drag her down stairs—he shoved her back—the two women scratched his face, and split his coat—he merely pushed them back, and did not hurt them—neither of them fell down—Mrs. Keene had not a child in her arms—not at all—Rock did not seize Mrs. Keene by the throat, and force her against the wall—I had sent Rock to collect the money for me, as he lived near there.

CONRAD ROCK . I am a German, and a clock-maker. I live in Fetter-lane—I went with Brugger to Keene's house—the street-door and his room door up stairs were open—Brugger entered and asked for his money—Keene said he had got none for him that day—Brugger said, "That is the old story over again"—Keene said he had no work when he had the fever—I said he always had plenty of work, and he had no fever at all—he called me a liar—I said he was another, and said, "You only want to swindle Brugger out of his property"—he then told us to be off, or he would split our heads open—we refused to leave—he then got hold of the poker—Lynch took hold of a shoemaker's hammer—they came up to us all at once and struck us—there were two women in the room—they came and scratched my face, and pulled me about—I received a blow on my shoulders—I kept my head down to save my face, and did not see what was done to Brugger, but I saw the state of his head afterwards—it was cut open—I afterwards saw his temple bleeding—he bled in three places—I saw them come and take up the tools and come and strike at us—Keene struck at Brugger's head—we both got down stairs at last, and I went for a policeman.

Cross-examined. Q. You did not use any violence to the women? A. I shoved them back, but did not use violence—they were very violent to me, and tore my clothes and scratched me—I only pushed them to get away, but used no violence—I did not drag one of them down stairs by her hair—I swear that I did not seize hold of Keene.

Q. Why not go out of the room when he told you? A. We did not

think he would do such a thing, and we hardly had time—we refused to leave—I swear I did not pull Mrs. Keene down stairs by the hair of her head.

FREDERICK KELLY . I am a surgeon, and live in Fetter-lane. On the 1st of Nov., about ten o'clock at night, Brugger came to me bleeding from an extensive wound on the forehead—it was a lacerated wound, about two inches long, and cut down to the bone—I considered it dangerous—he had a slight wound on the top of his head, and a slight one on the back of his head—I did what was necessary, and recommended him to go to the hospital—either a poker or hammer would be capable of producing the wound in the forehead, but with very different force—the poker could not have produced it unless given in a very quick manner—the hammer is the most likely to produce the laceration.

Cross-examined. Q. I believe you considered if he kept himself quite sober, nothing serious could follow? A. I recommended perfect quietness—could not say no serious consequences would follow—there was no mortal part hurt—erysipelas followed, or everything would have gone on well—I did not see him after he went to the hospital.

JOHN BARNES (City police-constable, No. 278.) Rock came for me—I went with him to Keene's house, and found both the prisoners in the room, and took them on this charge—I returned on the Monday morning, by the Magistrate's order, and got the poker, hammer, and piece of wood—the room and staircase, when I first went there, was in great confusion, and there was blood on the stairs—I did not observe any in the room—there was blood on the pavement from the house to Rock's house, all up the court.

GEORGE WALTERS (City police-constable, No. 256.) I assisted in taking the prisoners—they said, when in the street, that they were justified in doing what they did, for they were called swindlers and robbers, or something; that they asked them to leave, but they refused—I traced blood from Keene's house to Mr. Kelly's—there was a puddle of blood where the man had stopped.

Cross-examined. Q. Did not you hear anything said about Mrs. Keene being dragged down stairs? A. Not till we got to Guildhall on the Monday.


SUSAN EMERY . I live in Plough-court—my husband is a journeyman basket-maker—I live in the same house as the prisoners. I was in my own room—I saw Brugger and Rock pass my door—I followed them up stairs—Rock stood in the middle of the room—Mrs. Keene told him she had no money, that she had had her family bad with a fever, but from that time they should have it regularly—Rock said they were a set of swindlers—Mrs. Keene said she could prove they had been ill—Keene said if he called him that name again it would not be the better for him—I begged Rock to leave the room, and said if he did not pay them he knew what to do—Rock directly called him a scheming swindler again—he went up to Keene, and placed his hand on his throat, pushing his head back to the wall—Mrs. Keene went up, pulled him, and said, "Are you going to murder my husband?"—Rock made a blow at her—she again pulled him—he turned round, and knocked her down with her baby in her arms—I begged of him to go away before the baby was murdered—I tried to pull Rock away to get the child—I got the child, and took it into the adjoining room, and showed

it to the people—its little face was smothered with blood from its nose and mouth, and there was a graze on its forehead—it had fallen with the mother—before I left the room, Lynch got up to his sister's assistance—he is Mrs. Keene's brother—Brugger immediately knocked Lynch down—I did not see anything in the prisoner's hands—I took the child out of the room, and before I entered the room again Mrs. Keene was dragged down the stairs by her hair by Rock—I am sure it was him—as I crossed the landing Mrs. Keene screamed "Murder"—Keene went down stairs, hearing it—what passed down there I cannot say—I returned to the room—Lynch was on the floor, and Brugger had one knee on Lynch, beating him—I went out of the room, and soon after Brugger came out of the room to the stairs—he was not bleeding at that time—a last was then thrown out of the room—it did not hit him.

Q. Who was it thrown by? A. There was nobody in the room but Lynch—Brugger then looked round the doorway, and another last came, which struck him—he put his hand to his forehead, and then went down stairs—I saw no more of him—I know Keene's family have had nothing but misfortune since June—my husband frequently lent him money.

MR. RYLAND. Q. When did you first tell this horrible story? A. At Guildhall—I was examined there—when I saw this begin I called for somebody to fetch the police—my little girl went up the court, but there was no policeman—I screamed in the room—I did not go down stairs till the police came—I returned to the room after taking the baby out, and did not leave again—I was not absent a minute—there was nobody else in the room but Brugger and Lynch.

Q. How did Rock go down the stairs dragging her by the hair? A. He went down in front of her, dragging her after him—whether he was fronting her or backward I cannot say, nor whether both hands were on her hair, but I saw his hand on her hair in the room when he was beating her, when he knocked her down, holding her with one hand, and beating her with the other—whether he used both hands or only one on the stairs, I cannot say—this did not last five minutes—I saw no poker or hammer—I saw Brugger was bleeding from the forehead when he put his hand up—I saw the blood on his hand—I saw blood dropping when he went down stairs—there was a good drop of blood—it was done by the last—I was not put on my oath before the Magistrate—I was examined in the prisoner's presence, and in the witnesses also

COURT. Q. What was Keene doing when Rock knocked his wife down and dragged her by her hair? A. He went to the assistance of the brother—Brugger knocked Lynch down first, then Rock knocked the sister down, and held her by her hair, and beat her—Keene was then scuffling with Brugger—Mrs. Keene was screaming murder, and Keene went to her assistance.

ELIZABETH WHITTON . I live in Plough-court, in the same house as these parties. I saw Rock with his hand on Mrs. Keene's hair dragging her down stairs—she was screaming very much—I did not go into the room, but on the stairs, hearing the screaming—I saw some blood on the baby's face after it was over—I was called by Mrs. Emery to take the child, and saw the blood over its face—that blood was from the child.

MR. RYLAND. Q. When she was being dragged down she was screaming? A. Yes—I did not scream, or cry police or murder—I ran directly to my husband to go for a policeman—I saw two policemen come with

Rock—I was examined at Guildhall—I did not hear Mrs. Emery examined—I saw no hammer or poker, nor any wound on Brugger—I did not see him at all.

MR. PRENDERGAST. Q. You were not in the room? A. No, I never frequent the room.

JOHN LADD . I lived in this house—the first I heard of this was Brugger asking for money for the clock—I heard Mrs. Keene say they had none for him to-day—I was in my room, which is next to theirs, and only a thin partition between them—I next heard one of the parties call them scheming swindlers—the moment after that I heard a disturbance—Keene hallooed out to me twice, "John Ladd, John Ladd," as if calling for assistance—I went to the door, and saw the four fighting together—the two prisoners, Brugger, and Rock—I did not see anything done to Mrs. Keene till she came out of the room—Rock held her by her hair, and dragged her down the first flight of stairs—I did not see further—I did not attempt to part them, but stood still and witnessed it—I did not see any poker or hammer used when they were fighting—the last thing I saw was a last thrown at Brugger—it struck his head—I do not know whether it cut it—I am not acquainted with the prisoners, only as a neighbour—I went to Guildhall.

MR. RYLAND. Q. If blood had flowed from Brugger's head, must you have seen it? A. I should—I do not say there was no blood—I saw the last hit his head, and he put up his hand—there was no blood till after he took his hand away—there was considerable blood then, and he turned to go down stairs—I did not follow him down, and do not know what blood there was—there was a stream of blood on the stairs, as far as I saw, but I never went from my door—the stream of blood came from Brugger, but I cannot say what part of his head—he was standing by the banisters when the last was thrown at him—it must have hit him in front—I saw no blood before the last was thrown—if there had been any, I think I must have seen it—I think I can swear there was none till then—I saw Mrs. Keene dragged down stairs, and did not interfere to protect her, or call murder or police—I stood quietly.

Q. When Rock held her, by her hair, had she hold of him? A. I cannot say positively that she had hold of him—she was behind him—whether she had hold of him I cannot say—I cannot say whether she was using her hands—it was too sudden.

MR. KELLY re-examined In my judgment, a last befog thrown could have caused the blows I saw as well as a hammer or poker, but one blow could not cause all the wounds—the hammer is more likely to produce the laceration than the poker—I did not closely examine, as I did not see him afterwards—the sharp edge of the last would produce such a wound—he is convalescent now—it is impossible to say whether the last or hammer caused this wound

(The prisoners received good characters.)

KEENE— GUILTY . Aged 40.

LYNCH— GUILTY . Aged 18.

Of an Assanlt only.— Confined One Month, and to Enter into Recognizances for two years .

25th November 1844
Reference Numbert18441125-39
VerdictGuilty > unknown

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39. ANN FRENCH was indicted for stealing 11 yards of ribbon, value 7s.; 7 yards of lace, 2s.; 1/2 yeard of velvet, 3s.; and 6 yards of quilling, 6d.; the goods of Thomas Hartley, her master.

THOMAS HARTLEY . I am a laceman, and live in Edgware-road. The prisoner was about six weeks in my service—on Saturday last, I sent for a policeman, in consequence of suspicion—when he arrived, I asked if the prisoner and another shopwoman had any objection to be searched—they said they had no objection—the policeman went up-stairs with the prisoner and my wife—I went up shortly after, and there saw some ribbons and other things laying on a box—I claimed them as my property—the prisoner said she could not deny that they were mine, and begged for pardon, saying they were the first things she had ever taken—she wished to pay me for them—she went on her knees, and asked to be forgiven—I refused—their value is about 15s.

Cross-examined by MR. PRENDERGAST. Q. You do not know that they were yours, do you? A. I do—I have the fellow pieces to most of them in my stock which they were cut from—I will swear they match—I know this piece was taken—I knew the length, and it measures right with that, and is the same pattern—it is British lace, made by machinery—there is no mark on this piece of lace—the rest is chiefly ribbon of different lengths, from half-a-yard to two yards—there are as many of two yards length, as shorter, cut in pieces for trimming caps—I had the prisoner from Mrs. Smith, of Blenheim-street—she received a good character—I was unwilling to press this charge at the office.

JOHN WRIGHT (police-constable, D 7.) I was applied to, and went upstairs with Mrs. Hartley, the prisoner, and another shopwoman—I saw the prisoner unlock her box—she took something out which she carried to the bed, and put it under the mattress—I saw the searcher take a parcel from under the mattress, where I had seen it put—the prisoner said there was nothing there—the searcher began to open it—the prisoner laid hold of it, and said she should not look at it—she said she must—she opened it—Mr. Hartley came up and claimed it as his property—the prisoner said it was the first sixpence she had ever taken in her life—she fell on her knees, begged to be forgiven, and said she would pay for the things—she said, "You have children of your own."


HALL. I was in Mr. Hartley's service. I know some of these articles to be the prisoner's own property, this red and pink ribbon, and some blond edging—the blond edging is my property—I bought it in St. Paul's Churchyard, or Ludgatehill—I had it some time, and was going to put it on a collar—the prisoner said, "Don't put it on a collar, I will make it into something for you"—this is hers, and this edging is hers, and this blond trimming with an edge she showed to me a few days after I went to Mr. Hartley's—I cannot say it was in her possession before she went there.

MR. HARTLEY. I should like to ask this witness when she left my service.

Witness. Last Monday—you charged me with robbing you—one yard of ribbon was found in my bosom—it was Mr. Hartley's—he did not press the charge—it was worth 3d.—I was sent a prisoner to the station.

(Mr. Hill, and John Dowsett, auctioneer, Chelmsford, gave the prisoner a good character.)

GUILTY . Aged 19.— Confined Fourteen Days .

25th November 1844
Reference Numbert18441125-40
VerdictGuilty > unknown

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40. DAVID REES was indicted for obtaining money from George Jay by false pretences.

JAMES DELL . I am a blackingmaker, and live in Adam-street, Manchester-square. The prisoner lived in my service for about eight weeks, and left, without notice, on the 16th of August.

Prisoner. Q. Did Muggeridge enter your service after he left Mr. Brandston? A. No—the prisoner never had authority to ask for money on my account after leaving me

GEORGE JAY I live in Marylebone-lane, and am a hairdresser. I dealt with Mr. Dell for blacking—I had given the prisoner an order for some which I received on the 6th of July—on the 2nd of Nov. the prisoner called, and asked for any further orders for Mr. Dell—I told him I had no further orders; I supposed my little account was due, but it was not convenient to pay—he said, "Cannot you let me have part of it?"—I said, "Here is half-a-crown," which I gave him, supposing him still in Mr. Dell's service—he said Mr. Dell had a bill to make up, and the money would be of service to him—he said, "Let me have another 6d.," which I gave him—he said he would receipt the bill in full, which was 3s. 6d—he gave me a receipt, which I produce—it is his handwriting.

Prisoner's Defence A person named Muggeridge travelled for the prosecutor; we left at the same time; I went to another service, and left there, and Muggeridge told me he had gone back to Mr. Dell, he asked me to collect the money from the old customers, and give him the money, which I did, for Mr. Dell.

GUILTY . Aged 44.— Confined Six Months .

OLD COURT—Saturday, November 20th, 1844.

Second Jury, before Edward Bullock, Esq.

25th November 1844
Reference Numbert18441125-41
VerdictGuilty > unknown

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41. GEORGE SHARP was indicted for embezzling 5l., which he had received on account of Arthur Alexander Burlton Bennett, his master.

WILLIAM POCOCK (police-constable F 81.) I apprehended the prisoner on the 21st of Nov. I took him to Bow-street—I Asked his name—he said George Simpson—I told him I expected his name was Hart, and if so he would be charged with stealing 5l., the money of his master—he made no answer—I took him to the Islington station, and charged him—he there gave the name of George Simpson, and said he had lived with Mr. Hodges, of Finchley, which place he had left about three weeks.

WILLIAM ROBERTS I am bailiff to Mr. Arthur Alexander Burlton Bennett, who lives at East Polefarm, Southgate. The prisoner was in his service about eleven months—on Tuesday afternoon, the 13th of Nov., about two o'clock, I delivered him a 5l. note of Mr. Bennett's, and told him to go to Mr. Evennett's, the grocer's, at Southgate, and get it changed—he never came back—I saw him again on the Friday following at the police station at Islington

WILLIAM HENRY EVENNETT . I am a grocer, and live at Southgate. The prisoner came to my shop for change for a 5l. note—I changed it for him, and gave him five sovereigns—I said I had not smaller change—he said he thought that would do, his master did not want any small change.

ARTHUR ALEXANDER BURLTON BENNETT . The prisoner never brought

me the change. I was absent from home at the time—he behaved well while in my service.

GUILTY . Aged 16.— Confined Six Months .

25th November 1844
Reference Numbert18441125-42
VerdictNot Guilty > unknown

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42. HENRY CANTER was indicted for stealing, on the 27th of Nov., 1 hat, value 10s., the goods of Joseph Cox.

JOSEPH COX . I am a constable of Great Mariow. In consequence of some information I received, I went to Ealing on the 27th of Nov., and apprehended a man named James—I told him I had a warrant to apprehend him—a number of persons came about me—the prisoner was one of them—he tried all in his power with the others to rescue James—I lost my hat in the scuffle—James escaped—I followed him to the back door of the Feathers—I found the prisoner there with my hat—I told him it was mine, and he gave it up—I cannot say whether it was knocked off or fell off—this is it—the Feathers is not more than twenty or thirty yards from where the scuffle took place—there was a great crowd—I cannot say who knocked my hat off.


25th November 1844
Reference Numbert18441125-43
VerdictGuilty > unknown

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43. HENRY CANTER was again indicted for unlawfully assaulting Joseph Cox, and rescuing one Abraham James out of his lawful custody on a charge of felony.

JOSEPH COX . I am a constable of Great Marlow. In consequence of some information I went to Ealing with a warrant, which I produce—(the warrant being read, was signed W. Wyndham, and empowered the constables of Great Marlow to apprehend George Webb and Abraham James charged with felony)—Mr. Wyndham is one of the Magistrates of Bucks—I went with the warrant to apprehend the persons named—I apprehended Abraham James on the Feathers railroad bridge at Ealing, in Middlesex, between three and four o'clock in the afternoon—I told him that I had a warrant, and laid hold of him—several persons came about me, and tried to rescue my prisoner from me—they pushed me about, and succeeded in getting him away—the prisoner was one of the principal ones—he pushed me about—at the time he did so I had hold of James—one of the party pulled out a knife and cut James's neckerchief in two, which I had hold of, and in doing so it cut my hand at the same time—I had done nothing to the prisoner—he was a stranger to me—I am certain he was one of them—there were about twenty persons.

JURY. Q. Did you tell them you were a constable? A. I told James that I had a warrant, and I had my staff out at the same time—I believe the prisoner was one that laid hold of it—I am not certain about that.

JOHN PASCOE (police-sergeant T 19.) I was called on by Cox to assist in taking James—I did so—I went to the Feathers, and saw the prisoner at the door—he was very saucy, and used exciting language—he did nothing—when I was bringing him to the station, he said he wondered I had not taken three or four more instead of him.

DANIEL PERRY (police-constable T 150.) I was going on the railroad bridge on Wednesday afternoon between three and four o'clock, and saw Cox holding a man—I saw another man cut his handkerchief—Cox was knocked down, and me likewise—the prisoner was there pushing about—I saw him push Cox about.

Prisoner. I never touched the man, and never saw him.

JOSEPH COX re-examined. I believe I was knocked down once—I am not certain—I was down once.

GUILTY of a common Assault. — Confined Three Months .

First Jury, before Mr. Common Sergeant.

25th November 1844
Reference Numbert18441125-44
VerdictNot Guilty > unknown

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44. JOHN BENNETT was indicted for stealing, on the 10th of Nov., 1 box, value 6d.; and 5 bottles, the goods of Henry Parsons Edgell: and 1 breast-pin, 10s.; 1 ring, 2l.; 1 purse, 1s.; and 2 handkerchiefs, 4s.; the goods of William Faulkener, from his person.

MESSRS. CLARKSON and BALLANTINE conducted the Prosecution.

WILLIAM FAULKENER . I lodge at No. 13, Bouverie-street, Fleet-street. I am not in a situation at present—I was brought up as a chemist—on Sunday evening, the 10th of Nov., I had been to Portland Chapel, in Little Portland-street—I left there at half-past eight o'clock—I went from there to the end of Portland-place, towards Regent's-park—I turned down Regent-street and met the prisoner—I had never seen him before—he said, "It is a fine evening," looking round at me—I caught his eye—I said, "I beg your pardon, I fancied I recognised your face "—I walked on towards the City, towards home, and noticed the prisoner several times—he was by the side of me—he addressed some remarks to me, which I replied to, and in that manner I arrived in Fleet-street—I went into the Johnson's Head—I did not see anything of the prisoner before going in—I did not expect him to follow me in—I went to the end of the room—as I walked up the room, I did not see him till he took his seat by the side of me—I did not know he had followed me—when he took his seat, he turned round, as if looking for the waiter, and then remarked that he should, have a glass of stout—I turned my head, and, seeing the waiter coming, I requested him to bring two glasses, or, rather, two half-pints of stout—the prisoner made some remarks respecting the number of "Punch" which was on the table—he merely said, "This is the Lord Mayor"—I believe be mentioned the concerts that were had at Johnson's Tavern, and asked if I was fond of music—I said, "Yes"—he said, "Friend, do you play any instrument?"—I said, "Yes, the piano"—at this time, two glasses of stout were brought—I threw down a half-crown, the waiter gave me 2s. 2d. change, and 1 returned him a penny of it for himself—the prisoner had not said anything about his paying.

Q. What was the reason you paid for the prisoner's stout? A. It was not my intention to do so—I threw down the half-crown, the waiter took it up, and delivered me the change, and as it was a very trifling sum, I took no notice of it—I did not mention it to the prisoner—I drank my stout, and so did he—after I bad drank it, I asked him to allow me to pass him, to go out—he got up, and I passed him—I had no conversation whatever with him before I passed him—I did not invite him to follow me—when I got to the end of the passage leading into Fleet-street, I noticed that he was still with me—I said, "I am not far from my lodging, I shall therefore wish you good-night"—I then passed across to Bouverie-street—I did not notice which way the prisoner went—I walked straight to my lodging—it is very near the bottom of Bouverie-street, on the right-hand side—Bouverie-street is a very dark street at night, and not well lighted, particularly at that end of the street—there are two or three

steps leading to our door—I had a pass key—there were two other lodgers, who had keys as well as myself—I did not notice anybody in the neighbourhood bourhood of the door when I opened it—I found some difficulty in opening the door, in consequence of the latch-key being very much out of order, of which I had complained to the landlord a few days previously—I ultimately opened the door—I cannot say what the time was—I walked in, and I heard some one on the steps, and he came in almost immediately behind me, but I did not take any notice of it, as there are other lodgers in the house, who come in at various times of the night, and I fancied it was one of those parties—it was quite dark—I walked to the bottom of the stair-case, and then took off my boots and coat, which I laid in a chair, just at the entrance to the parlour, as I usually do—I went up the stain, I suppose about twelve or thirteen stairs, towards the window where my light was usually placed—I took one of two candles, and a box of lucifer matches, struck a light, and lighted the candle—I was quite in the dark until then—the candles are left there for the purpose—when I had lighted my candle, I turned round, and saw the prisoner—on seeing him, I went on straight to my bed-room, for I was so suddenly alarmed, so much taken by surprise, that I was scarcely conscious of what I did—I went on to my bed-room as if from habit—my bed-room is the second floor back-room—as soon as I had got into the room, on turning round, I found the prisoner behind me—he came in immediately after me—he then turned, shut the door, and locked it, and said in a suppressed tone of voice, "I demand 5l."—I immediately said "For what? I do not understand you"—"Oh," he said, "you know very well what for; you know what you have done"—he then went to the bed, threw himself at full length with his hat on, and said, "Here I shall remain for the night, and make myself comfortable unless you give me that money "—he then got off the bed, and, I believe, I was standing somewhere near the mantel-piece, but I cannot recollect now, for it produced so much fright—he then came up, and said, "Well, if you can't give me the money, I must have something equivalent to it," and he took the pin from my scarf, a diamond ring from my little finger, and a cambric handkerchief out of my coat pocket—there was a paper parcel on the floor, tied up—he cut the strings of that, to see the contents—he then went to the dressing table drawer, and turned over the things there—he then went to the washhand-stand drawer, and from that he took an old blue silk handkerchief—there were two or three things in that drawer, some rags that I had been accustomed to use in applying poultices to my hand in a case of erysipelas, and the blue silk handkerchief I had used to secure the poultices to my hand—he took that handkerchief out of the drawer, held it up, and said, "Oh, this will do for me"—he then said, "Now I am in a hurry; I want to be off" and he said, "If you give me a £10 note, I will give you 5l. in exchange"—I did not make him any reply—he asked me for my watch and chain—he then said, "Well, perhaps you will give me a promissory note for the money "—I looked round the room as if looking for writing materials—not seeing them, I requested him to follow me down stairs—I went into the back sitting-room—I saw ink on the table, but no writing paper—I said, "I have writing-paper up stairs," and under that plea I went to call Mr. Chadwick, who is an inspector of police, lodging in the same house—I informed him of it, and gave the prisoner in charge.

Cross-examined by MR. ROBINSON. Q. What had you been doing with

yourself the previous part of that day? A. Calling on my friends—there was a party in St. James's-street, named Ellis, who kept an hotel there; another party in Falcon-street, who kept an hotel; and after that I went down to Rupert-street—I went from the City in an omnibus to St. James's-street—I then went and lunched with my friends, sat with them about an hour, and then went to dine.

Q. You found your way into Regent-street after chapel? A. Yes—that was in my way home, as I had occasion to call in Regent-street at Savory and More's, the chemists—they have another establishment in Bond-street—I met the prisoner about half-past nine o'clock—I went to Savory and More's to inquire after a friend—I had resided there two years.

Q. What were you doing from half-past eight till half-past nine o'clock? A. Walking to the end of Portland-place for a walk, walking slowly—the prisoner did not stop—he was walking on in the same direction as me—I have not said he was standing still—he just turned his head round—I thought, on looking at his face, that I knew him—I took him for a gentleman, now abroad, named Holton—I was going towards home—I did not go the nearest way, that I am aware of—I turned down John-street, through Golden-square—I did not take any notice—I believe 1 went a circuitous way—I cannot tell which way I went after leaving Golden-square till I got into Fleet-street—I cannot tell the names of the streets—I cannot say whether it was circuitous or straight, nor what time I got to Fleet-street, or to the Johnson's Head—he walked by my side—he addressed his conversation to me, and I answered him—that continued all the way, occasionally—he was sometimes by my side and sometimes a tittle behind, in consequence of the narrowness of the pavement—I swear I never walked arm-in-arm with him for one moment—it had rained just before I got into Fleet-street, and I believe it had rained in the morning—I had my umbrella—I did not offer him part of it—my umbrella was up just before I got into Fleet-street, but he was not under it—he was following me when I went into the tavern, not by my side—I was in the tavern a quarter of an hour or twenty minutes—we were not in conversation the whole of that time—I merely made the remark about the piano—he made the remark, and I replied—I have a piano in my house—he first mentioned the piano—he asked if I was fond of music—I said, "Yes"—he said, "Perhaps you play the pianoforte?"—I said, "Yes"—I cannot tell you the whole of our conversation on the road—he asked if I was in any profession—I told him I was educated in the medical profession—he said he was acquainted with a medical student in Manchester, and spoke about the theatres, and, I believe, said he had travelled abroad—I threw down half-a-crown for the waiter, and he took the money for both glasses—it was such a trifle I did not think it worth mentioning—I never walked with a stranger before, and was never in the slightest degree connected with such a case as this—I got up first to leave the tavern—he followed me out immediately—I wished him good night at the end of the passage, and did not see him after that—I did not expect him to follow me—I gave him no notion where I was going—I did not see him again till I lighted the candle by the stairs—I opened the door with some difficulty—I was some time about it—the nearest lamp is some distance from the house—I took it to be a lodger came in—I have said so before this—I believe I said so at the second examination, and I believe I said it to my landlord—I walked up stairs after taking my boots off—he shut the door.

COURT. Q. You found a man coming in close behind you, did you

know what became of him? A. I did not give myself any concern about it, as I thought it was one of the inmates—he did not pass me—there are two sitting-rooms on the first floor—he might have gone up before I got to them

MR. ROBINSON. Q. Did you imagine he had gone into one of those rooms? A. No—I left him to shut the door of the house—I never uttered a single syllable—I wore Wellington boots with straps—when I got up stairs I lighted my candle, and was astonished to see him.

Q. In the complete prostration of your faculties, you rushed up to your bed-room, as fast as you could? A. Yes—I passed the drawing-room floor—Mr. Such, the gentleman who lodges there was not at home—I went on to my bed-room on the second floor—the police inspector lives in the room above me—Mr. and Mrs. Edgell sleep in the next room to me—I did not pass their room—the moment I got into my room I put my candle down, and when I turned round I saw the prisoner—I had seen him before at the bottom of the stairs—I can scarcely tell whether I heard him coming up stairs or not, I was so frightened

Q. Was it your fright that prevented your going up to Mr. Chadwick's room? A. It was—I was not self-possessed at the time—I scarcely knew what to do—I cannot tell what time it was—I have not got a watch

Q. Can you tell whether it was one, two, or three hours after you left Portland chapel? A. I cannot tell anything about the time—I think the prisoner was in my room, about ten minutes or a quarter of an hour, I should think not longer—the handkerchief was in my drawer—that is not where I usually put dirty linen—I put the handkerchief there, as it was the most convenient place for the purpose I applied it-to—I will swear I did not resort to a most disgusting act in the prisoner's presence with that handkerchief—I do not exactly understand you—I imagine this was insinuated by the piisoner before—I will swear I did not resort to that course with that handkerchief in the prisoner's presence—I did not proceed to take the slightest indecent liberty with the prisoner, nor did I make any indecent overtures to him whatever—I had applied poultices to my hand in linen rags, which I fastened on with this blue silk handkerchief—the last time I had used it was on the Saturday night, the night before—it had been on my hand all night; I took it off on the Sunday morning—the poultices were composed of bread and galard—I did not offer the prisoner any of these things

Q. He took them forcibly from you? A. It required very little force, I was in a state of excessive nervous excitement—I was not standing quite still, I was trembling—I believe he put them into his pocket when he took them from me—he asked me for a 10l. note, and said he would give me 5l.—he did not show me any 5l—I saw him searched—2s. 1d. was found on him, no notes whatever—I believe my things were found close by the side of him, on the table—I left the room under pretence of getting paper

Q. What induced you to leave the room then to call Chadwick, rather than calling him before? A. I was so nervous, and I lost so much selfpossession, I scarcely knew what I was about

Q. When you first saw him in the passage, what impression was on your mind? A. That I was in the presence of a stranger, and could not account for his motive in being there—I had not the slightest idea of any attempt of this kind—I was in that state of trepidation from seeing the

person I had wished good night to standing in the passage—I told the prisoner, if he would follow me down stairs, I would get the paper—I suppose be knew I had gone for it; instead of that I brought Mr. Chadwick into the room—I was gone a few minutes, about five minutes

Q. I should like to know more of your history; what have you been? A. A chemist—I am not a chemist now, I am seeking for a situation—I have been out of one for about twelve months in consequence of ill-health—the last situation I had was in Paris, for about six weeks—I left that by the recommendation of my physician, who advised me to return home as soon as possible, being in a very bad state at that time—before that I was at Savory and More's, whom I left in consequence of extreme ill-nealth—that is two years ago this month—I will swear it is not longer—during the remaining portion of that first year I was at home recruiting my health—my home is at Portsmouth—I have been looking for a situation for the last twelve months—I can satisfy you with letters—I will swear it is not more than two years since I left Savory and More's—I am supported by my father; he gives me every thing that is requisite—he is a coach-proprietor, living at Portsmouth

Q. Did you take off your boots before you got a light? A. I did, and my upper coat—my purse was in my coat pocket, and the prisoner took it from my pocket after I was gone up stain to Mr. Chadwick—it was in my side coat-pocket—I bad left my coat in the chair.

COURT. Q. You left your purse in your side pocket when you went up stairs, and it was found on the prisoner when you came down? A. On the table—there was nothing in it, nor was there when I left it in my pocket.

MR. ROBINSON. Q. Have you ever mentioned that fact before? A. Yes, to my landlord.

MR. CLARKSON. Q. You have been asked whether you were ever connected with a transaction of this sort before in your life; on your solemn oath, were you ever brought into a Court of justice, or charged with anything before? A. Never—my father is a coach proprietor at Portsmouth—I was brought up as a chemist, and have served different employers in that business—I went to Savory and More's on this very night—I had never seen the prisoner until the Sunday night in question—when I came down with Chadwick into the parlour, I found on the table, by the prisoner, my purse and ring and diamond pin, and, I think, one of my cards, but I am not quite certain—he had the two handkerchiefs in his hand—those things were not on the table by the side of the prisoner when I left the room under pretence of getting the paper—the little box, I think, he had in his hand also—the bottles were in the box, but I cannot recollect where they were.

RICHARD CHADWICK (City police-inspector.)I lodge at the house in question—I know Mr. Faulkner, I do not know how long he has lodged there—I have seen little of him—he has lodged there, I think, about three weeks, according to my knowledge—on the night of the 10th of Oct I had gone to bed—I was alarmed about midnight—it was as near twelve o'clock as I can tell—the prosecutor came to me, and in consequence of what he communicated to me, I came down stairs with him into the parlour, where I found the prisoner—he had no business there—there was a light in the parlour—I desired the prosecutor to repeat before him what he had said to me—he charged the prisoner with robbing him of his pin,

his ring, and attempting to extort money from him, under pretence of having committed an indecent assault—the prisoner said, "It is a lie;" and showing me a blue handkerchief which he had in his hand, said, "Look at this, sir, this is enough for me "—I made him no reply—this is the handkerchief—(produced)—I saw on the table a ring, a union pin, a purse, and a card—the prisoner was standing close to the table—the table was on his right hand—I directed Mr. Faulkner to call the constable—after he had gone for the constable, the prisoner said, "I don't want to make any fuss about it; if you like to let me go "—the prosecutor then came back with Dearlove, the officer, and in their presence I asked the prisoner his name and residence—he refused to give his name—he said his residence was in Soho—I asked him what part of Soho, and he said, "I am a respectable man, and shall not state what part of Soho"—by my direction, Dearlove searched him, and he took from his hand the blue handkerchief, and took possession of the purse, and other things—when I entered the room, the prisoner had his hands in his pockets, he was facing the door, and, from the sudden movement he made with his hands, I considered it my duty to secure him—I called the prosecutor, and asked him to repeat his charge—his hands were in his pockets, and he was drawing them out.

Cross-examined. Q. You had abundant opportunity of taking him before he put anything on the table? A. Certainly—he put nothing on the table in my presence—this was about midnight.

WILLIAM DEARLOVE (City police constable.) On Sunday night, the 10th of Nov, I received charge of the prisoner from Chadwick—I searched him, and took this blue silk handkerchief from his hand—it was wet in several places—I found a cambric handkerchief, and a gold pin and purse on the table behind the prisoner

Cross-examined. Q. The handkerchief was wet? A Yes, not very wet—I do not know whether it appeared to have been wet recently—it appeared to have been squeezed together, and one wet place would make the other wet

COURT. Q. Did you examine the handkerchief carefully? A. I did—it appeared to me as though it had been tied over something—it had been tied or squeezed together.

Q. Did it appear there had been a poultice, or anything, or did it appear from other causes? A. It did not appear from other causes, not in the least, neither from look or smell—I am certain—I know what is meant—it appeared more like as if it had been covered over a poultice the night before, than anything else

HENRY PARSONR EDOGELL . I live at No. 30, Bouverie-street—I am landlord of the house—Mr. Faulkner had lodged with me three weeks previous to this affair—in the course of that time I had noticed something the matter with his hand, on which he wore poultices, and I have seen this blue handkerchief wrapped round these cloths in which the poultices tices were—I think that had been the case for a week or eight days before this occurrence—after the transaction had taken place, Mr. Faulkner told me the circumstance which had happened to him.

COURT. Q. Had you ever seen the prisoner visiting Mr. Faulkner at the house? A. I never saw him anywhere.

Cross-examined. Q. When was the last time you saw the poultice on his hand before this? A. I saw it on his hand perhaps a week before—I

know my wife gave him the bread to make the poultice, and he had leeches—I think I had seen the leeches a week before this transaction

COURT. Q. When was the last time you saw the handkerchief on his hand, before this affair? A. About a week

MR. CLARKSON. Q. How long he wore it afterwards you do not know? A. No—he had cloths on, and a blue handkerchief, but I could not say it was this one—I had seen him with a blue handkerchief on some time in that week

MR. ROBINSON. Q. Did you see it on the Friday? A. I am not certain—here is the lotion that he used

COURT to R. CHADWICK. Q. Did you examine the handkerchief? A. I did not—the prisoner said, "Only look at this; this will do for me "—he gave no further explanation to me—when I entered the room, his hands were in his pockets, apparently—he made a movement, and I secured him—I then turned round, to call the prosecutor, who was on the stairs, and then, after he came into the room, the prisoner had the handkerchief in his hand—how it came there I am not prepared to say


OLD COURT, Monday Dec. 2nd 1844

Third Jury, before Mr. Recorder.

25th November 1844
Reference Numbert18441125-45
VerdictGuilty > unknown

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45. JOHN OGILVIE was indicted for feloniously assaulting Frederick Louis Mieville, and threatening to accuse him of having endeavoured to commit with him the abominable crime of b—y, with a view and intent to extort from him his goods and chattels, and by such threats feloniously extorting from him 5 sovereigns, 1 half-sovereign, 1 watch, value 30l., and 1 guard-chain, 8l., his goods and monies. 2ND COUNT, for a robbery on the said Frederick Louis Mieville, and stealing from his person and against his will, the said goods and monies.

MR. CLARKSON conducted the Prosecution.

FREDERICK LOUIS MIEVILLF . I am a member of the Stock Exchange, and my place of business is with my brothers in Angel-court, Throgmorton-street. My private residence is No. 23, Hanover-square—on Sunday, the 6th of Oct. last I left home about eight o'clock in the evening, to visit a friend, named Goodbairn, who lived near the Middlesex Hospital—it is the last house but one in Mortimer-street—he was not at home—finding him absent, I thought of going to spend the evening with Mr. Davison, a friend of mine, in Piccadilly—I walked to the end of Mortimer-street, and down Goodge-street, to take a cab or omnibus, as there were not any where I was—that brought me to the corner of Goodge-street, in Tottenham-court-road—I just looked about for a cab or an omnibus, and saw the prisoner—he was very respectably dressed—he had on a white great coat, and an umbrella in his hand—he seemed to me to be looking for something, and said to me, "Are you looking for anything, sir?" or just that question—I said yes, I was looking for a cab or an omnibus to go to Piccadilly—this was at the corner of Goodge-street in Tottenham-court-road, exactly at the corner

COURT Q. But had you not passed a stand of hackney-cabs between Middlesex-hospital and the end of Goodge-street? A. There were no cabs at all, and even at the stand where I did take a cab, there was only, I believe, one or two—there were none in Goodge-street.

MR. CLARKSON. Q. What did the prisoner say? A. He said that there was no omnibus, but that there were plenty of cabs a little higher up—I had just stopped an instant to answer him—I said, "That I know, I thank you"—he said, "I am going myself to Piccadilly, and very bad walking it is"—it had been raining the whole of the day—it was not raining then—it had cleared up in the evening—he took some trouble in showing me the cab, and I said to him, "Well, if it is of any convenience to you, if you are going to Piccadilly, I will allow you to ride in the cab" which he accepted, and thanked me very much for it—I called the cab—there was one large cab at the corner of Windmill-street, and I said, "O, I will not have that large cab "—it was a four-wheeled cab, and I thought it would take me such a time to go to Piccadilly—I just walked on two or three steps, and called a cab—it was between Windmill-street, and Percy-street—the cab drove near the pavement, and I made him a sign to get in—I told the cab man to drive to Piccadilly—he went through those streets near Soho-square—he drove exceedingly fast, for in the cab I said, "Why this man will upset me"—when we got close to Piccadilly, the prisoner put both his hands on my coat—I had on a great coat, exactly like the one I have on now—I felt alarmed at such a thing, and I said, "I shall stop the cab "—the prisoner said, "It is no use your stopping the cab, I want money, and unless you give me some, I will drive you," or, "I will take you to the station-house"—I had not made use of any indecent expression, or used any indecent act towards him, or attempted to do so—I said, "To the station-house! and what for?"—I was in a very excited state at the moment, quite alarmed and surprised at such a thing, and he repeated, "Yes, to the station-house," and when I asked him what for, he said, "I will show you what for," or "Never mind what for"—just such an expression as that—I said, "I will take you, myself, to the station-house, you monster," or something, and I called to the cab man to stop—the prisoner directly put his head to the window, and called to him, "Drive to the station-house"—I insisted again on the cab man's stopping, and he drew up his cab close to the corner of Half Moon-street—I opened the cab door, and let myself out—the cab man was also down immediately—the prisoner followed me out of the cab, and said to the cab man, "You take this man," or "this gentleman, to the station-house," and at the same time he pronounced a word which left me in no doubt as to his intentions—he said, "You take this gentleman to the station-house, the b—"—he repeated that two or three times—I felt so alarmed, so unnerved at hearing such horrible threats, that I quite lost my presence of mind, and I actually ran away down Half Moon-street—I had paid the cab man first—he said, "I must be paid"—I had a shilling about me, and I gave it to him—the prisoner followed me down Half Moon-street, and called two or three times in a faint voice, "Stop, stop!"—when I got to the end of the street, I could not run any longer—I stopped there, and the prisoner came up to me—he said, "Now you give me 20l., or I shall not let you go"—I opened my coat, took my purse out of my waistcoat pocket, and gave him the contents of it—there was 5l. 10s. in gold—that was all I had about me, or I should have given him more—then, I suppose, be saw by a little chain which I had on my waistcoat, that I had a watch, and he came forward and said, "And I shall have your watch also"—he came as if to snatch it from me, and I really helped him to let him rob me—I stooped my head, and took the chain off my neck—my watch was attached to the

chain—it was a gold watch with a white face—it had been made by vanner, the clockmaker—it had cost 35l.—there were two made, and we paid 70l. for the two—the chain was given me as a present—it was worth perhaps from 8l. to 10l.—when he had got the watch, he said, "Now, that will do; you go that way," pointing in a different direction to Piccadilly—I turned round—I do not know that I exactly went that way—I did not know exactly where I was—I found myself in Charles-street, Berkeley-square, and from there I walked home—the prisoner went, I think, towards Bond-street.

COURT. Q. Where was the spot where you parted from your watch and chain; how far had you got from Piccadilly? A. It was quite at the end of Half Moon-street—it leads into May-fair, I think.

JURY. Q. The other part leads to a by passage? A. Yes, it seemed to me to be all dark.

MR. CLARKSON. Q. Did you go home to your family? A. I went home directly—I am living with an elder brother in Hanover-square, who has lost his wife—he has two little girls, who are sometimes at school, and sometimes stopping there—I have another brother who is married, and has a large family—I got home about ten o'clock—my brother was not up—I did not tell my brother in the morning what had happened—I hesitated about speaking to him about it—I thought it was such a dis-agreeable subject to treat, that even to him I thought for the present to say nothing about it.

Q. Now when was the next time, if ever, that you saw the man who had taken your property in Half Moon-street? A. On Tuesday, the 5th of Nov., a month afterwards, about a quarter to five o'clock—I was coming from the counting-house in Angel-court, and going home—I was quite alone, and saw the prisoner standing under one of those two doors or small arches of the Bank in Threadneedle-street, opposite what was Thread-needle-street, needle-street, and is now the Royal Exchange—I saw him, and recognised him perfectly, but I did not pay any attention to him whatever, not even to turn my head—I went towards the Mansion-house, to the Poultry and Cheapside way—when I got just near the fruit-shop, at the corner of, Prince's-street, I thought there was somebody following me, and I crossed over—the prisoner also crossed, passed me, and looked at me—I recrossed the street, and turned into the Old Jewry to avoid him—he came up to me in the Old Jewry and said, "How do you do, sir?"—I said, "Why, do you know me?"—he said, "I should like to say something to you"—I said, "You had better pass your way; I have nothing to say to you whatever"—I then turned round and walked to my brother's counting-house in Angel-court (I walked fast) to make him acquainted with what had happened to me—I heard the prisoner call "Stop!" once, in Angel-court, court, before I went into the house—I went in and pushed to the entrance door—on going into my brother's counting-house, it was foreign post night, and my brother was very busy, just having come from the Royal Exchange—there were five or six clerks, strangers, there, and they expected on that day two or three friends to dine at the counting-house with them, one of them had already arrived, and I saw but little chance of speaking to my brother on such a subject, in a satisfactory way to myself—my brother carries on a very extensive business as a merchant—I stopped there for half an hour, and after that called James Cole, the porter of the house, and had a communication with him—the prisoner did

not hear it—after that I left the house—there are two doors—the counting-house consists of two houses—one stands backwards, and the other forwards—I came in by the backward door, and went out through the other door—I did all I could to avoid the prisoner, and for that occasion I escaped him, and went home—on the following morning, at seven o'clock, before dressing, I put on a dressing-gown, went to my brother, John Louis, who was in bed, and told him what had happened to me—he gave me advice how to act in case I ever saw the prisoner again—on the Friday week following, the 15th of Nov., I was walking home from the Counting-house with my brother Amedee Francis Mieville, who had been told what had happened to me, and saw the prisoner at the same place that I had seen him in on the 5th, close by the door—I pointed him out to my brother, and said, "That is the man; I shall get a policeman to take him up"—I got a policeman, who followed me, and I walked close to the prisoner, but he said nothing at all to me—he did not appear to know me then—I passed him close once or twice—I then gave him in charge to the policeman—I told the policeman, in his hearing, that I charged him with robbing me—the prisoner did not answer anything then—we all walked to the station, and then the prisoner said he was surprised that we had him arrested; that he did not know us, and had never seen either of the gentlemen before, speaking of my brother and myself—I said to him, "Did not you follow me to the counting-house last Tuesday week?"—he said, "No, I never followed you anywhere; I do not even know where your counting-house is, or anything about you."

Prisoner. The prosecutor says he met me in Tottenham-court-road between seven and eight o'clock on the 6th of Oct.; that when I met him on Tuesday, the 5th of Nov., he declared he did not know me, and a fortnight after he came up to me and said he did know me.

Witness. I did not say I did not know him on the 5th of Nov.—I said to him, "Do you know me?" and he answered, "I know you," and even called it out loud when I was leaving him to go to my brother's counting-house—he said, "I know you; it is no use your running away; I know you."

JURY. Q. What sort of a cab was it that you and the prisoner were in together? A. A little, common, four-wheeled cab, not a twowheeled one—it was not one of those in which you sit face to face, but a common, little, close, four-wheeled cab—we sat side by side—it was not one of Hanson's—it was a close cab, not an open one at all.

JOHN LOUIS MIEVILLE . I carry on the business of a merchant—the prosecutor is my younger brother—I live with him, in Hanover-square—I am not a widower—I have been divorced—I have two children, who are at present at school—they have been living with me—my brother and I have two sets of chambers in the same house—we occupy different apartments, but adjoining one another. On Wednesday morning, the 6th of Nov., before I was dressed, my brother came into my room, and made a disclosure of something that had happened to him—he disclosed to me exactly what he has been describing here—I gave him advice what to do in case he ever again met with the person—he is rather timid—he is not wanting in spirit, but I think he lost all his presence of mind on this occasion, I was quite surprised.

JAMES COLE . I live at No. 11, Angel-court, Throgmorton-street—I am the porter and housekeeper there. On Tuesday evening, the 5th of

Nov., about five o'clock, as near as I can tell, I heard a ring at the bell—I can hear the counting-house door when it shuts—I think I recollect having heard it shut just before that—I answered the bell—I found the prisoner at the door, and likewise Lewis Cole, a nephew of mine, who is employed in the office, and who had just returned from the Post-office—the prisoner said, "I want to see that gentleman that has just gone in"—he spoke rather in a hurried tone, and in a menacing and authoritative way—I said, "I don't know who you mean, for I saw no one go in"—I said, "There are two persons just gone out," because I had seen two persons come down stairs, and go out, just before he rang the bell, or almost about the same instant that he did ring the bell—he said, "Yes, I know that, but there is one just gone in, that is the one I want to see"—I told him I did not know who he meant, if he told me who he wanted I would go to them, and said, "You had better come in yourself and see, I cannot tell who has come in"—he objected to that, and said, "No, you must know who I mean, you had better go and tell him I want him"—I do not know that he said, "I want him," but, "he is wanted," or something of that kind—I could not swear to the words that he used—it was to that meaning—just at that time one of the clerks came down, and I asked him, "Is any one gone up to your office?"—he said "Yes, Mr. Frederick Mieville went up just now," I believe he said, "in a great hurry"—that was in the prisoner's hearing—the prisoner then said to him, "He has got a frieze coat on, has he not?"—he said, "Yes"—he said, "Then that is the one I want to see"—I supposed from that, that there had been some dispute in some way or other, and 1 said, "I don't know who you want; but if that is the person you want, ring that bell, (showing him the bell of the office,) and they will open the door to you themselves, and you can go up into the office"—he said, "Oh, no, you had better go and tell him"—I think a little before the clerk came down he said, "Oh, he lives somewhere by the Waterloo-road"—I said, "I don't know, we have a great many gentlemen men about the house, but I am not aware where they all live"—I remember repeating that in the clerk's presence, and the prisoner said, "Oh, I don't know exactly where he lives;" and it appeared to me that he had said something more than he intended to say—my nephew then came in, and I shut the door; and as I was going hack to the hall-door, Mr. Frederick Mieville called to me from the stairs—I went up the stain to him, and after I had spoken to him he went out by the other door—after he had gone, I went to the door at which I had seen the prisoner—it appeared to me that he had just gone away from the door to go—he had got to the next house, but as I opened the door he returned; and I said, "If that is the gentleman you want, the gentleman you have been speaking of, you will not see him tonight, he is gone"—he said, "He is gone, is he?"—I said, "Yes, and if you want to see him you must come to-morrow, between ten and eleven o'clock, and you will be pretty sure to find him"—he had heard the name before from the clerk; and I pointed to the name on the door, and said, "You see the name, and if you come to-morrow morning, between ten and eleven, you will be pretty sure to find him"—he said, "Well, then, I will come to-morrow," in a positive tone—I said, "You had better do so," and he left; but he turned a different way—he turned to the right, down the court—he had turned to the left—I have not the slightest doubt of the prisoner

being the person—I should think he was at the door half-an-hour altogether—it could not be less—next day, in consequence of what I was told, I went to the door several times, and looked about—I kept a look out for him as well as I could—I did not stand to look particularly for him—I saw nothing of him—I had received directions to be on the look-out for him from Mr. Louis Mieville directly he came in the morning.

COURT. Q. You had pointed to the name and to the bell? A. Yes—he appeared very reluctant to come into the house—he would not come in.

LEWIS COLE . I am nephew to the last witness—I am not thirteen years old—I live with my uncle in Angel-court. On Tuesday afternoon, the 5th of Nov., about five o'clock, I had been out, and as I came to the counting-house door, saw the prisoner—I am sure he is the person—he was there in my sight, I should think, about twenty minutes—he was asking for somebody.

AMEDEB FRANCIS MIEVILLE . The prosecutor and Mr. J. L. Mieville are my younger brothers—I am married, and have a large family—I live at No. 32, Notting-hill-place. On Wednesday, the 6th of Nov., my younger brother made a communication to me of something that had happened to him—I was in his company on Friday afternoon, the 15th of Nov., about a quarter past four or a quarter to five o'clock, coming from my office—at one of the arches leading to the Bank, my brother pointed out the prisoner to me—he was given in charge of a policeman as soon as we could find one, and taken to the station-house—when the charge was made against him at the station, he said that he had never seen either of the gentlemen before in his life, meaning me and my brother—I believe on that my brother said to him, "Did not you follow me to Angel-court?"—he said, "No, sir, I never saw you in my life," or "never saw you before," or something of that sort—he might have said, "I don't know your counting-house," or something of that kind—my recollection is not perfect on the subject.

Prisoner. Q. Did I say anything about the counting-house in the street, when you came up to me and gave me into custody? A. You were given into custody, and never spoke till the policeman asked my brother what he charged you with—he charged you with having robbed him—you did not speak till the inspector asked you a few questions at the station, "What have you got to say against these two gentlemen's charge against you? "—you said, "I never saw either of these gentlemen before"—the inspector took it all down in writing—the inspector or my brother asked, "Did not you follow me" or "that gentleman, to his office?" and you said, no, you never did.

JAMES FRANKLIN (City police-constable, No. 423.) My inspector is ill—he is living at Camberwell—he has been away from duty six or seven days. About five o'clock on Friday afternoon, the 15th of Nov., I was called on to take the prisoner into custody—I took him to the station, accompanied by the two gentlemen—the prosecutor told me what he charged him with, and I told the prisoner—I said he was charged with robbing him—he said, "I never saw that gentleman in my life before"—I then took him to the station—he made that remark to me on the road to the station in the street.

CHARLES ROUS . I am a cab man—I know the prisoner—I have known him six years—I was driving a cab on Sunday evening, the 6th of Oct.

last—I was on the stand in Tottenham-court-road on that evening—I was called off the stand by somebody.

Q. Who got into your cab? A. I did not know who got into my cab at the time—I was sitting nearly asleep on the cab—two persons got in—(looking at the prosecutor)—that is one of them—the prisoner is the other.

Prisoner. Q. What time did I get into your cab? A. About nine o'clock.

Prisoner. He stated at the office, the first time, that it was between ten and eleven o'clock; I wish his deposition to be read.

Witness. (Looking at his deposition.) This is my mark—it was read over to me before I put my mark to it.

(Read) "The said Charles Rous on oath says, I live at No. 5, Little Britain, Chinamews, Bedford-square, and am a cab man—I know the prisoner at the bar—his name is William Ward, or Ogilvie—I have known him to go by the name of Ward, and also by the nick-name of Blinding—I have known him six or seven years. On a Sunday evening, a few weeks back, I was first cab on the stand in Tottenham-court-road—I had been there a good many hours—I had not seen the prisoner—a cab was called, and I pulled down to the comer of Percy-street—that was in the evening, about nine or ten o'clock—the prisoner and another gentleman got in—the prisoner had a kind of white outside coat on—I was told to drive to Piccadilly, by the person who let them in—I drove to Piccadilly, and when at the other side of Half Moon-street, the checkstring was pulled, and I stopped—there was a sort of a wrangle, and I heard the words, "Drive to the station," and I was about to turn round to do so, when they both got out—I then stopped, and asked for my fare, and the gentleman gave me a shilling—the gentleman then ran up Half Moon-street, and the prisoner after him—I then lost sight of them—the prisoner did not return to me."

Witness. That is all correct—that is what I said, and I still adhere to it.

Prisoner. He said before the Magistrate that he did not know me when I got into the cab

Witness. I did not know them, for I never saw them when they got into the cab—I did not let them in myself—a person named Parsons opened the door.

COURT. Q. Did you know them when they got out? A. No, not till I jumped down off the cab for my fare—I did not recognise the man I had known for seven years—when they got out of my cab, and I saw the prisoner in the white coat, I did not know him to be the man I had known for seven years—I did not let them into the cab—I have stated in my deposition, and to-day, that the prisoner and another gentleman got in—it is true that the prisoner ran after the gentleman up Half Moon-street.

Q. Then why do you say that you do not know who got in? A. I said I did not know who got in at the time—if I said I did not know who got out, it was a mistake—I did know it was the man I had known for seven years.

Q. How have you known this man for seven years, where, and under what circumstances? A. By his brother, who used to drive a cab—he never accompanied me when I was engaged with my cab—not on the box or otherwise.

Prisoner. Q. Will you take your oath I never rode with you; that I never sat on the box with you when you drove your father's cab; did I

never ride with you, or talk with you in your company? A. You might have rode from Holborn up to the stable with me on my cab.

Prisoner. First he says he knew me when I got out, and then he says he does not know whether I got out of his cab or no, and yet he says I got into his cab—there is no believing him on his oath.

MR. CLARKSON. Q. You say you were half asleep when your cab was called? A. Yes.

Prisoner. Before he got to Piccadilly he would be awake, I should think, and would know who got out

COURT Q. Were you awake before you got to Piccadilly? A. Yes, certainly—I had a very fast horse in my cab, and I drove fast—I drove to the other side of Half Moon-street when the checkstring was pulled—if it had not been pulled I should have driven to the top of Piccadilly.

Prisoner. The prosecutor does not say anything about the checkstring; he says he called to him to stop; I do not wish him asked whether he pulled it or not.

MR. CLARKSON. Q. When the prisoner, or whoever it was, got into your cab, he had a white coat on? A. Yes, I saw him when he came out of my cab—I was quite awake then—I did not know him then, not exactly know him—I thought it was him, but he was too well dressed for me to attempt to recognise him—he was dressed like a gentleman—I had not seen him before that day—nor did I see him after that night.

COURT. Q. Not till he was in custody? A. No

MR. CLARKSON. Q. You did not see him from the time he left your cab, and went down Half Moon-street after the gentleman, until he was in custody? A. No.

Q. Just let us understand; do you mean to tell the Jury on your solemn oath that you had seen nothing of the prisoner from the time he went after the gentleman down Half Moon-street till you saw him in custody? A. I saw him—no—I think—no—he was in a cab in Regent-street on the Monday following, I think it was.

JURYM Q. Was that before he was in custody? A. Yes.

MR. CLARKSON. Q. Why it was the very Monday after this happened, was it not? A. Yes.

Prisoner. You are putting the words into the man's mouth; just now he said he never saw me till I was in custody.

COURT. Q. What is the number of your badge? A. No. 7783, (producing it) that is the same number I had—it is not the number of the cab I had on the Sunday night—that is my number—the number of the cab was 398, I think—it was Mr. Bardell's cab—it was No. 398—I have no doubt about it—I do not drive the same number still—I do not drive a cab at all now—I have not been out with a cab lately—we do not give up our number when we cease to drive—it was the day after this happened that I saw the prisoner in the cab in Regent-street—I do not know whether he had got the white coat on then—he was inside the cab—he called to me, and said, "I left an umbrella in your cab on Sunday night"—I said, "I found an umbrella in my cab, and if you go to where I live, No. 20, Pitt-street, Tottenham Court-road, you can get it"—he said, "If you give me the umbrella back, I will give you half-a-crown"—I said, "Very well, you can have it if you call there"—he then said "Bill," and ordered the cab he was in to drive to the corner of Maddox-street, and said he would give me half-a-crown, and treat me to a drop of gin, if I let him

have the umbrella—I got the half-crown at the corner of Maddox-street, Regent-street—I went into the public-house with him and the other cab-man—I do not know who the other cabman was—he is a man that uses the Haymarket in general—I do not know the number of his cab—I did not take notice—we had some gin together—we did not remain there five minutes.

Q. When did you next see the prisoner after that? A. I did not see him any more till he called round at my house for the umbrella, and the young woman that I was with gave it him—I did not see him—he came for the umbrella in the afternoon—do you mean, when did I see him after that Monday?

Q. You cannot doubt what I mean by "next;" when did you see him next after the time you have last mentioned? A. He came in the afternoon for the umbrella—I saw him—it was in Tottenham Court-road, at the Crab Tree—I went round to try to get the umbrella, and my mistress, the young woman I was with, was out, and he called the next day for it, and got it himself—I was not at home when he received the umbrella—I did not see him any more after that, till he was at Bow-street—the half-crown was all I got on that day.

Q. Did he explain to you why he ran after the gentleman up Half Moon-street? A. No, and I did not ask him—I did not ask him for any explanation of what had occurred in my cab—I do not know what the dispute was about—I had not the curiosity to ask him why he ran after the gentleman, or why he told me to drive to the station—I never asked him any such thing, or made any inquiry about it.

Prisoner. Q. Did I meet you next day, give you half-a-crown, and say I had left my umbrella in your cab? A. Yes, and I told you to call in the afternoon—you did come and get it—I do not know whether it was on the Tuesday—I did not make any inquiry about it when I went home—you said you would call for it, and I left word that you were to have it—you got it—Mary Ann Hill gave it to you, as she told me.

JOHN ADOLPHUS GEORGE BOWSTEAD . I acted as clerk to the Justices at the Police Court, Bow-street—on the prisoner's examination on this charge, he was asked if he had anything to say—he made a statement, which I took down in writing from his lips—after I had done so, I read it over to him, and Mr. Jardine, the Magistrate, put his name to it—this is the examination.—(Reading—" The prisoner says, 'He has charged me wrongfully; I never saw him before last Tuesday week; I then went up and spoke to him, taking him for a friend of mine whom he resembled; I said, "How do you do, sir? you know me?" he said he did not, and ran away. 1 said, "O, nonsense, you do;" and his running away induced me to think that he was the man; and 1 followed him—I became satisfied that he was not the person whom I took him to be, on his passing me twice yesterday; he then came up with a policeman, and gave me in charge. I told him that I had never seen him before, to rob him; he said I had, and gave me in charge.'")

Prisoner's Defence. I was standing outside the Bank, waiting for a friend of mine, when the prosecutor came up and gave me in charge for robbing him: I

declared I did not know him, which I did not at the time, till I got to the station-house; and I should not have known him then had I not seen his porter, which made me think it was the man I had spoken to on the 5th of Nov. He gave me in charge for robbing him, which I declared I was innocent of. He says he met me on Sunday night, the 6th of Oct.; that he was waiting for a cab in Tottenham-court-road; that I came up and addressed him, and asked what he was waiting for; that he told me, and that I said there were no omnibuses, but plenty of cabs; and with that he called one, and asked me to get into the cab. Is it feasible that a gentleman should ask a stranger to get into a cab with him? However, he says he asked me to do so, and that we rode to Piccadilly; and as we were going along Piccadilly, I should use some rough language to him inside the cab, and say I wanted some money from him, that I asked him for 20l., and told the cabman to go to the station-house? He says he told the cabman to stop, got out, gave him 1s., and ran down half-moon-street; that I followed him, and asked him for money, and that he gave me 5l. 10s. in gold, and his watch and chain. Now, is it feasible that any gentleman would give any lad his money like that, or his watch and chain, under such circumstances as that? With that, he says I told him to go one way and me the other; and he says he went in his fright, and never saw anything of me till the 5th of Nov. I was then coming through the City with a friend of mine, and 1 said to him, "There goes a gentleman that resembles a man who owes me something;" he said, "Why don't you go up to him?" which I did, and said, "How do you do?" I could not see him clearly, not his features; he said, "I don't know you." I said, "Yes, you do know me, sir;" with that be ran away as hard as he could, which made me think it was him; he ran into the office, and nearly slammed my fingers in the door. I waited till the porter came to the door, and said, "Can I speak to the gentleman who has just gone in?" he said, "Which gentleman? there is one just gone out" I said, "No, the one who has just gone in;" he said he did not know who it was. I described him as well as I could; the porter went up stairs; whether he spoke to him I do not know, but he came down again, and said he was gone, and if I wanted him I must come to-morrow; as he was talking, I saw the prosecutor come down with a light; I then had a good view of him, and he turned to the door at the left. I said I would come to-morrow, but I did not go near the house since; and the next time be charged me with robbing him. If I was the man, why did he not know me on the 5th of Nov., and give me into custody then as well as a fortnight after? He says I had a white coat on; they have been to my lodging, and I never bad a white coat; and if I rode in a cab with a gentleman for only three or four minutes through the streets, and had a white coat on, would not that make a great deal of difference in my appearance? How would he know me a month after, in a black coat, so well as that? I have my master here, Mr. James, a shoemaker, whom I work for.

WILLIAM JAMES . I am a shoemaker, and live at No. 26, Gough-street, Mount-pleasant. I never saw the prisoner with a white coat—he lodged with me, but has not done so since he came home one night tipsy—I told him if he could not come home in a better way than that he should not come home any more—in the morning he asked me if I could let him have some money, and I gave him 2s.

Prisoner. It is about a month ago that I left him.

COURT. Q. Where was he lodging on the 6th of Oct.? A. Why he was lodging with me about

that time—he was lodging in Gough-street, on the 6th of Oct., with me—that I swear—he was lodging with me about that time—I do not know exactly to a day, because I do not bear those things in mind—the last time I saw him was the first Sunday in Oct.—the last time I saw him when he left my lodgings was on the first Monday in Oct.—he came home very tipsy on the Sunday night, and I told him he should not come home any more, for if he could find money to get drunk with, he could find money to pay me—he did not lodge with me after that—he has not been there since.

Q. What time had you seen him before on that Sunday when he came home drunk? A. He went away soon after dinner, it might have been two o'clock, perhaps, but I cannot say to a minute—it was towards the morning that he came home drunk—I believe it was turned twelve—it might have been two for what I know—I was in bed, and he caused a disturbance coming up—I got out to give him the key to go into the room, and told him if he could not come home sober, not to come home any more, if he could afford to get drunk he could afford to pay me—I cannot say whether he was in my debt—I never kept any bill against him—I always gave him money because he is a relative of mine—I cannot reckon him in debt, because he never owed me any money—he used to do work for me, shoemaking—I believe he had done some that week—he had been at work during the week—there are two or three pawnbrokers near me, one is named Brown, and one Lindell, I think—one lives at the corner of Wilson-street, and the other in North-place—I saw the prisoner when he came home that night, because I believe he struck a light—I gave him the matches to get a light—he had my candle to go to bed with.

Q. What means of living had he when he lodged with you? A. He had no means, I believe, no more than what I gave him and what he did—I cannot say what I had given him during the last month—he had a good many shillings from me I reckon—I cannot say how many—sometimes I gave him 1s., perhaps sometimes 6d., or 3d., or 2d., or what not, according as I was situated myself.

Q. What will you swear you had given towards his support for a month previous to the 6th of Oct.? A. I gave him his victuals, according to what I had he had—I never saw him in any particular gentleman's clothes—I cannot say what means he might have had—I never saw him in any gentleman's clothes—I never considered that he had as much as 5l.

MR. CLARKSON. Q. What relative is he of yours? A. My nephew—I do not know Rous at all, only by seeing him at Bow-street—I never saw him before—the prisoner was at my house on the Monday morning—he had no shoemaking to do for me then, nor myself either—I was not particularly badly off at that time—I might be without work a day or two—I am badly off at any time, when I am at work—my circumstances were the same that Monday as they might have been at any other time.

Q. When had you last, before the Sunday night, given him any money? A. During the week—I cannot say the day—I might have given him 3s. or 4s. during that week—I had not given it to him all at once—I gave him 6d. sometimes, and sometimes 1s.—I did not give it to him without his asking me for it—he asked me to let him have 1s. or 2s., and I gave him according to what I could—I think the last I gave him was on the Friday—I think it was 6d. I gave him then—it was at night—of course he asked me for it, or I should not have given it him—he asked me if I could let

him have 1s. or 6d.—of course I expected he was without money, or I should not have given it him.

Q. Do you know where he could get half-a-crown from to pay for an umbrella? A. I gave him 2s. on the Monday morning, as he came home on the Sunday night, and told him not to come to my place any more—he asked me if I could let him have 1s. or 2s. then, and I said, "Don't you come to my place again; if you can get drunk you can keep yourself without getting money from me"—I have not got any umbrella of his, I have no use for it—I occupy three rooms on the second floor—I have a wife, but no family—I work at home—the prisoner occupied the back room—I worked and all in the room—we lived in it, all together—they are but small rooms—I do not know where he lived after he left me—I told him there and then, not to come any more, and I never thought anything further about it.

COURT. Q. How did you hear of his being taken up charged with this robbery? A. Why, I had heard of it on the Saturday, I think, and two gentlemen came to me on the Sunday.

MR. CLARKSON Q. Was he ever in the Refuge? A. Yes, he has been—I should say it was about five or six months ago—I have never been in such a place, nor in any prison at all—I cannot say how often the prisoner has been there, I have never inquired—I did not come here to give him a character, I came merely to hear the trial, as I understood he was to be tried.

GUILTY . Aged 19.— Transported for Life .

(There was another indictment against the prisoner for a similar offence.)

25th November 1844
Reference Numbert18441125-46
VerdictNot Guilty > unknown

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46. ROBERT ROBINSON THOMPSON was indicted for stealing, on the 8th of Nov., at St. Sepulchre, 1 bag, value 2s.; 12 half-crowns, 40 shillings, and 20 sixpences, the monies of Margaret Lee, in her dwelling-house; and afterwards, about the hour of five in the night, burglariously breaking out of the said dwelling-house.

MR. RYLAND conducted the Prosecution.

MARGARET LEE . I am single, and keep the Half Moon public-house, in Smithfield. On the 7th of Nov. my family consisted of myself and my servant, Alice Boile—I had no other servant. About half-past eleven o'clock that night a man came in and requested a bed—I told him he could have one, and asked if he would like to walk into the parlour, or if he would like a candle, and go to his bed directly—he said he would like a candle, and go to bed directly—I then called Alice Boile out of the bar, and asked her to stop in the tap-room while I went and got a clean towel—I asked her for a candle, to go up stairs to get it for the bed-room—I left the man and Alice below—I came down immediately—I did not find them together then—the man had just stepped out—he came in again directly—Alice took the candle off the bar, and lighted him up stairs to bed, and I saw no more of him—he had his hat over his eyes, an I leant in a leaning position, looking at the clock, therefore I had not a full view of his face—I am not prepared to swear to the prisoner as being the man—I have a very great belief of it, from the leaning position of the head—I have a strong belief that he is the man, from the stooping position of his head and neck—he generally stands in that position—I have seen him at Guildhall,

and his manner of standing is like that of the person—I do not swear positively to him—the girl came down directly—the house was shot about five minutes before twelve by the clock, and about five minutes after twelve by the clock I went up stairs to my own room—at that time I had only two other inmates, who were cousins of mine, man and wife—they lodged on the second floor, the same floor as myself, in the opposite room—the man was to sleep in the third floor front room—I have a side door, as well as a front door, to my premises—that was bolted, and the front door waslocked, bolted, and barred—when I went up to bed I carried up 6l. in silver in a yellow canvas bag, and 5s. 6d. in a small tray—there were eight crown-pieces, twelve half-crowns, forty shillings, and twenty sixpences—I put the bag and tray on a chair by my bedside—it was there when I retired to bed—I did not lock or bolt my chamber door, it was only hasped—I was awoke about a quarter-past five in the morning by the ringing of the side door bell—being market morning, I thought they were ringing the bell for me to get up, but finding it continue ringing, I felt alarmed, threw a shawl over my shoulders, and went down stairs—I saw a policeman at the bottom of the house, and found that he had been ringing the bell—I found the side door open—I immediately ran up stairs into the lodgers' room, and found he was gone—my cousins were in bed—I then went down stairs again, and looked round the bar, but missed nothing from there—I felt ill, and sat down for a few minutes—I afterwards went up stairs for the money for the till, and found the bag containing the 6l. Was gone—the 5s. and the tray was not gone.

Cross-examined by MR. CLARKSON. Q. Did you describe the man who came to the lodging as wearing a crape hatband and a rough coat? A. Yes—his hat was slouched over his eyes, so that I bad no opportunity of attentively looking at him—the police "have not been in the habit of ringing me up, to give me notice that my door has been left open all night—I have before this had a communication from the police, that it was no wonder I was robbed, for my house was open—my door has been found open at night-time twice before, and on one occasion it was reported to the Commissioners, and I was remonstrated with—the door was found open on that occasion—it was in frosty weather—the door bad been swollen, and I suppose the bolts had not gone right into their places—it had not been left open intentionally—after that I bad an iron bar made—I had no one assisting me in the bar on the day in question—on market days my cousin assists me—this was not market day, and I had no one but myself—I have been robbed three times before—once this time twelve months, in a similar manner, by a lodger, who took a room in the same way—on another occasion, five boys got in at the side window, as near as I can guess, about seven months ago—they took pewter and glass—the third occasion was in Aug. last—a man came for a glass of cyder, and said he should like to go into the parlour—he went up stairs, and put a set of fire-irons into a blue bag which he had—I had been ill with a cold on my chest for some considerable time before the night in question—I did not lay awake this night, for I was so very ill with the pain in my chest, that I went to bed very fatigued—I did not tell Brown, the policeman, that I had been awake all night, and that I was not aware I had lost anything—I said the robbery must have been committed at a very early hour, after I had gone to sleep, because I had been awake two hours before the bell rang—it must have been when I was in my first sleep—Brown

asked me, about ten minutes to six o'clock, whether I had lost anything, and I said, "I am in very great hopes not;" but I had not then been from my bar—I did not say I had not—I did not tell him I had been awake longer than two hours—mine is a square room, with two windows in it—Alice Boile had been a month in my service—I do not think she saw me put any money in the tray, and take it up with me that night—I could almost swear she did not, for I had it in my apron—she went up with me, and into my room with me, but I generally carry the money rather secretly, under something—she might know it was my habit to carry up money every night, but I do not know—she is not always at the bar when I clear away—she always goes up with me of a night, but I do not put the money away in her presence—I take it up in her presence—I sence—I very frequently lay it down, and throw my pocket handkerchief over it, till the servant is gone—I do not sleep with a light in my room—the man had gone up about ten minutes before eleven, and I went up about five minutes past twelve—he could know nothing about my money being in my bed-room, without he was planted there—no one had any light in their room.

ALICE BOILE . I was in Mrs. Lee's service on the 7th of Nov. last, About ten minutes past eleven o'clock that night she called me down to her—there was a man with her—the prisoner is the man—I feel sure of it—I was in his company about ten minutes before I went to bed—I then, by my mistress's desire, lighted him up to bed, and left him in his room—I went up with my mistress, and helped her to undress as usual—I did not see that she carried up any bag of money with her, or know of its being in the room—I did not know whether it was her habit to carry up money into her room—I did not know anything about it—I assisted to make the front and side doors fast—they were made fast—next day, by my mistress's desire, I went with Trew, the policeman, to No. 124, High-street, Wapping—I had observed the dress of the man over night—he had on a blue pilot coat, and a crape hat-band round his hat—he wore his hat over his eyes a good deal—I saw his features—I saw enough of him to be sure of him—when we got to the house at Wapping the front door was knocked at—no one came to that door, but a female servant came out at a side door, and after that the prisoner came out—he had no hat on—as I was going towards Wapping I had given Trew an account of the man who had slept at the house over night—when the prisoner came out I looked at him three times before I was sure of him—I then said, "That is the man that slept at our house last night"—I do not know whether the prisoner could hear that—I said it to the policeman—the prisoner was close by—I then said to the prisoner, "You are the man that slept at my mistress's tress's house last night"—he said, "Me sleep at the Half Moon on Monday night?"—no one had mentioned the Half Moon till the prisoner mentioned it—this was on Friday, about half-past twelve o'clock—I am sure he said Monday night, and I said, "No, it was last night"—he did not say anything more—he then went into the house, and the policeman said to him, "Who said anything about the Half Moon?"—he said, "The servant did," meaning me—I had not said so—I had said, "My mistress's house"—he was then taken into custody.

Cross-examined. Q. You did not notice your mistress take up her money that night? A. No, nor did I notice what she did with it—I was not aware that it was her custom to take up her money of a night—I

never noticed it—I am quite sure I was not aware of it—I unfastened my mistress's dress behind that night, that is all—she had taken off her apron before that—I did not see her take it off—I was not looking at the time—I know she had it on when she went up stairs—I went up with her with the candle—I did not see her take off her apron, or put it anywhere—I where—I was about the room and did not notice—I stated to the policeman that the man who took the lodging had very small eyes, a very pale face, and dark whiskers—the prisoner is the man—he has got dark whiskers—he is the same now as when I saw him with the policeman—I had not seen him when I described him in that way.

Q. How was the coat of the man buttoned who came to take the lodging? A. It was buttoned close up to the neck, including part of his face, and his hat was slouched down over his eyes a little, not much—he had dark whiskers, and a crape on his hat—(looking at her deposition,)—this is my mark—I cannot read—what I stated was read over to me before I put my mark to it—(the witness's deposition being read, stated, "I am aware that Mrs. Lee takes up her money every night ")—I did not know whether she took up her money every night—I never noticed it—I did not say so before the Magistrate, to my recollection.

COURT. Q. Had your mistress told you after this occurred what her habit was? A. No, she never told me anything about her money—I used to see her go to the till—I never saw her take up the money but one night—that was soon after I went there—she did not tell me before I went to the Magistrate that she was in the habit of taking up her money when she went to bed—she did not tell me anything about it—she told me that she had taken it up that night.

MR. RYLAND. Q. Had you heard your mistress examined before the Magistrate? A. Yes, I heard what she said, and remember her saying, "The servant must be aware that I did so take up my money."

GEORGE TREW . I am now a City policeman, No. 26. At the time in question, I was No. 455. On Friday, the 8th of Nov., I went with Alice Boile to Wapping, to No. 102 I believe—Child, the beadle of Tower-hill, went with us—on arriving at the house, Child knocked at the door, and some time afterwards the prisoner came out—Child came out of the court, and the prisoner followed him—I saw the girl look at the prisoner—I was on the opposite side of the street at that time—I crossed over immediately, and she said, "That is the man that slept at our house last night"—the prisoner was close by her at the time—I then said, "Will you walk inside, sir, if you please, I want to speak to you"—I was in private clothes—in going up stairs he turned round and said to Boile, "What do you say, I slept at the Half Moon, last night"—I then stated that there had been a robbery at the Half Moon in Smithfield, and he was suspected of committing the robbery—no one had mentioned the Half Moon before the prisoner said, "What, do you say I slept at the Half Moon last night?"—I said to the girl at the time, in the prisoner's hearing, "Have you mentioned the sign of the house?" or "the Half Moon?"—I will not be certain which I said—she said, "No"—I then said to Child, "Have you heard it mentioned, Child?"—he said, "No"—and I said, "Nor I"—when I told him the charge he asked me when it was—I said, "Last night"—he said he could prove, by two gentlemen, tlemen, that he was at home last night—I searched both him and his premises—I

asked the girl if she was sure he was the man, and she said, "Yes"—I then took him to Mrs. Lee, and she afterwards identified him—I took him to the station, and afterwards went back with Mrs. Lee and searched the premises—I found nothing—I did not search the premises when I took him—I did not leave anybody there.

Cross-examined. Q. Look and see whether this is your signature to that deposition? A. Yes—I do not see anything here about his proving by two gentlemen that he was at home that night—(reading)—" he said he could prove that he was at home last night"—he did mention about two gentlemen—I can hardly read this, it is so intermixed—the girl described scribed the man as wearing a crape hatband, and a pea rough coat buttoned up to his face, dark whiskers, thin face, pale complexion, and a peculiar look in his eyes—my deposition was read over to me—the prisoner's statement to me was, that he could prove he was at home that night, by two gentlemen—that was the statement, though I omitted it in the deposition—I was sent by Alderman Johnson to those gentlemen, to bring them up at the first examination—the prisoner gave their names—it was taken down on a piece of paper, and I went with the sergeant to fetch them—I cannot recollect their names—one was living in Raven-row, I think, Mile-end-road, a Mr. Gladden—the prisoner did not say he had slept in the house with him, but that he was with him that night.

Q. Did it not occur to you at the time to search the premises, when you had a description of the man's dress? A. No—I wanted to be more satisfied—I wanted Mrs. Lee to see him—he represented himself to be a respectable man—I searched at the time for the coat, and hat, and crape, and there were no such things about the house—that was before we went to Mrs. Lee—nothing was found that was claimed by Mrs. Lee—I knew nothing of the prisoner before.

Q. Repeat the conversation, what the girl said about the prisoner. A. She said, "That is the man that slept at our house last night"—he turned round shortly afterwards, and said, "What do you say, I slept at the Half Moon last night?"—those were the very words he used—I did not hear him say anything before that—he had some conversation with Child, but I did not hear it—he never said, "What! me sleep at the Half Moon, on Monday night?"—he said, "Last night"—he never used the word "Monday"—I never heard it—the girl said, "Last night"—I heard her repeat the words "Last night;" but I never heard him mention Monday night—I never heard the girl say, "On Monday night, no, last night"—I never heard her mention Monday night—if she had said so, I think I must have heard it—the words I heard her say were, "That is the man that slept at our house last night"—I never heard any contradiction about it.

WILLIAM CHILD . I am beadle of Tower-hill. I accompanied Trew and the servant to this house in High-street, Wapping, on the Friday—I either knocked at the door or rang—the prisoner came—the girl and Trew were at that time standing at the end of the passage, in the street, but not near enough to see the prisoner—I asked the prisoner if Mr. Eyres, his brother, was at home—he said, "No"—I had not known the prisoner before—I knew that he had a brother at that house, and that he lived with him—I had been informed by a publican on Tower-hill where he lived—he said, "What do you want with him?"—I said, "A little private business; if he is not at home I will call again"—I then came out, went over to Trew and the girl, and told them the description of the party, as they

could not see the prisoner—I told them exactly what sort of a person he was—I had heard the girl describe to Trew, as we came along, the sort of person who had slept at the house the night before—I went back again to the prisoner, and asked him to come out of the house, I wanted to speak to him out of doors—he put his hat on, and came with me immediately—the girl was then standing at the corner of the street, and Trew on the opposite side—they could see the prisoner when he came out with his hat on—when I brought him up to the girl I said, "Is this him?"—she said, "Yes, it is"—I turned round to look for Trew, and heard something mentioned about the Half Moon—it was the prisoner I first heard mention the Half Moon—he said, "Do you live at the Half Moon?" or, "Are you servant at the Half Moon?" or something; but there was something passed about it, the Half Moon was mentioned—I was turning round to look for Trew, and did not hear distinctly what was said about it—the prisoner was the first I heard mention the Half Moon—Trew then came over, and the girl said, "That is the man"—we both told her to be very cautious, and be sure before she said he was the man—we cautioned her very much indeed—she did not say anything then; yes, I believe she or Trew said something about whether he had a great coat or pilot coat—he said, no, we were welcome to go and see; and we went and looked all over the house—he showed us all over the house—we looked for a pilot coat, but could not find one—he had no crape on his hat—I looked very much for that in the house, but could not find it, nor any money—that was all I heard—there was a little passed on the stairs—there was something said about the Half Moon in doors, but it had been mentioned out of doors first—I was not close enough to hear what was said about it in doors.

Cross-examined. Q. I take it for granted you know nothing whatever to the prejudice of the prisoner? A. Not the least—I never heard of his being in custody, or charged with any offence—he conducted himself, on this occasion, in a manner which satisfied me—he answered every question that was put to him, showed us over the house, and unlocked hits drawers—I have nothing to do with the beat on which Mr. Lee's house is situated—I am a mile and a half from there.

COURT. Q. How came you to go to the prisoner's house? A. We went down there through suspecting a girl that had lived with Mrs. Lee—the policeman and Boile suggested our going to the house, after we had found out where the girl lived, who used to live with Mrs. Lee—I do not know whether that girl was examined before the Magistrate—I was not there—I went to the prisoner's house at the desire of Trew and Alice Boile.

MR. CLARKSON to GEORGE TREW. Q. Was Martha Higgins, the previous servant girl, called before the Magistrate? A. Yes—I never heard anything to the prisoner's prejudice in my life.

COURT. Q. What led you to that house? A. From information I received, and I asked Child to accompany me—I got my first information from Mrs. Lee, that led me to Powis, a publican, on Tower-hill, and then to Wapping.

JURY. Q. How could you hear the prisoner say he did not sleep at the Half Moon, when you were on the other side of the way? A. I was not on the other side of the way—it is a very narrow street—I was close to the kerb when I heard the words mentioned.

COURT. Q. Had the prisoner spectacles when you first saw him? A. No.

COURT to MARGARET LEE. Q. Had the man who came to you spectacles, or not? A. No.

ALICE BOILE re-examined. The man who came to the house had not spectacles on, nor had the prisoner when he came out of the house with his hat on.

(The prisoner wore spectacles in the dock.)

MR. CLARKSON to GEORGE TREW. Q. You say you were close to the kerb when this statement was made—now look at your deposition, and see whether that does not state you were twelve yards off? A. When the prisoner came out I was—I have been in the Metropolitan force—I left twelve months ago—I resigned to go down to Cambridge—I gave a month's notice, and that the Commissioners got me a certificate for.


NEW COURT.—Monday, November 25th, 1844.

Fifth Jury, before Edward Bullock, Esq.

25th November 1844
Reference Numbert18441125-48
VerdictNot Guilty > no evidence

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Reference Numbert18441125-49
VerdictGuilty > unknown

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49. ANN DOWLING was indicted for stealing 1 stock, value 6d.; 1 pipe, 6d.; 1 ring, 5s.; the goods of Patrick Stephen Corvan: 1 brush, 1s.; 1 locket, 3d.; 2 pieces of thrum, 3d.; 1 piece of candle, 1d.; 1 fork, 6d.; and 1 tobacco-stopper, 2d.; the goods of Patrick Stephen Corvan and another, her masters.

PATRICK STEPHEN CORVAN . I am a partner with my brother—we have a shop in Lawrence-street, St. Giles's—the prisoner came there from time to time as a charwoman—she was in my employ on the 1st of Oct., and left on the 2nd, I think. On the 4th she came to my shop with this ring, which is my property, on her finger—I said, "Dear me, that is my ring, where did you get it?"—she said, "I picked it up by the water-butt"—I said, "Give it me"—she took it off, and gave it me—I missed other property, and went with a policeman to her residence—I found the property produced in a trunk and boxes—she was present at the time we found a brush, a pipe, and a stock—they are the property of myself and my partner—the prisoner said they were given to her by my sister.

DENNIS MAHONEY (police-constable E 63.) I went with Mr. Corvan to the prisoner's lodging—she was there—I found all these things, except the ring, in her boxes.

ROSA CORVAN . I live with my brother John, who is partner with Patrick Stephen Corvan—I never gave these things to the prisoner.

Prisoner's Defence. I found the ring, and left it in the kitchen till Saturday, and then took it home; the other things have never been in that house; the brush belonged to a young man who is gone to sea.

GUILTY . Aged 32.— Confined Two Months .

25th November 1844
Reference Numbert18441125-50
VerdictNot Guilty > unknown

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CHARLES CHILTERN . I am in partnership with Joseph and John Taverner—we are button manufacturers, in Bunhill-row. I have known the prisoner very well within the last eight or twelve months—he was jobbing at an acquaintance of mine—I had button-rings and button-shells at the manufactory at Bunhill-row—I missed some of each of them—I received information, and found a quantity of button-rings and shells on Beckley, one of my boys—I took him up into the warehouse—he pulled out the shells, and I placed them on the table—I marked the shells, and left them with the boy—I said, "Do what you were going to do with them"—in about half an hour afterwards I went to the prisoner's house with a sergeant of police—I asked the prisoner if he had received anything from one or two of my work-boys—he said no, he had not—the sergeant said, "You know better, you know you have received some things, and been giving the boys money for them"—he flatly contradicted that he had seen any boys at all—the sergeant said, "You know you are telling a falsity, you have just given the boy money, and have the articles in your possession"—he searched the place, and found the shells and rings in his pocket, which he had flatly denied—I gave him in charge—I had seen him near my premises before that day, but not on that day—I saw him pass the manufactory a few minutes before he was taken into custody—these are the things—they are mine, and are what I marked and left with the boy.

Cross-examined by MR. PRENDERGAST. Q. You found them on the boy, did you? A. Yes, he placed them on the counter, and I marked them—I took him into the counting-house—I took a portion of the articles up stairs which I detected in his pocket, and then I took him up stairs to see what he had, and he had the rest about him in his pocket—he took them out and placed them on the table or counter—I marked all that I found upon him, but I had missed others before—here are thirteen of them—these are all I found upon him—I left them on the counter—I saw the boy take them and put them into his pocket—I said, "Do what you were going to do with them"—I did not see him take them to the prisoner—I did not mention the prisoner's name—I did not tell him to take them to the prisoner—my partner was in the warehouse at that time, but he is not here—I should think not a minute elapsed between the things being taken from the boy and their being put on the table.

JOSEPH BECKLEY . I was in the prosecutor's service. I remember having some button-shells and rings which he took from me, and told me to give them to Mr. Higgins—I do not know what day it was—it was not ten minutes after he took them from me that he told me to give them to Higgins—Mr. Higgins had asked me to bring them to him, to see what sort of work I did, as I could not earn more than 2s. in nine days—my master told me to give them to Mr. Higgins, they were of no consequence.


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Reference Numbert18441125-51
VerdictGuilty > pleaded guilty

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THOMAS WOOTTON (police-constable E 161.) I received the prisoner and this handkerchief from the prosecutor.

Prisoner's Defence. I saw the handkerchief on the ground; I picked it up; the gentleman seized me, and gave me into custody.


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Reference Numbert18441125-53
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WILLIAM COVENY DADES . I know this Orleans cloth. It is the property of Sydney Aquilla Butterworth, and Jabez Butterworth—I know this cloth was delivered by the carriers, and immediately stolen.

JOHN FREEMANTLE . I am in the service of Mr. Dades. He is agent to Sydney Aquilla Butterworth, and Jabez Butterworth, of Manchester—on the 14th of Nov., at a quarter before two in the afternoon, I saw the prisoner and another man, and the other man lifted this bale of cloth on the prisoner's back from the gate-way, leading to Mr. Dades' warehouse—I followed the prisoner to Watling-street, and took him with this bale on his back—he said a gentleman had asked him to carry it.

Prisoner. Why did he not give the other man in charge?

Witness They parted; one went one way, and the other the other—he was not a gentleman, but such another as the prisoner—I saw them both in the gate-way, and the other lifted it on the prisoner's back.

JOSEPH COMBER KNIGHT (City police-constable 437.) I took the prisoner, and found this bag in his pocket, it is large enough to have covered this bale.

Prisoner's Defence. I was standing at the corner; a young man asked me if I had anything to do; I said, "No;" he took me to the place with him, and put this on my back; he told me to follow him; I turned to follow him, when the witness caught hold of me; I said I was going after that gentleman; he said he should hold me, it did not matter about the other man; the man was not ten yards from us.

GEORGE DIXON (police-constable E 137.) I produce a certificate of the prisoner's former conviction, which I got from Mr. Clark's office—(read)—the prisoner is the man, and that he had been before convicted of felony.

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Reference Numbert18441125-54
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57. JAMES COOK was indicted for stealing 1 ass, price 2l.; and 1 bridle, 2s. 6d.; the property of George Drinkwater.

GEORGE DRINKWATER . I am a greengrocer, and live at Hayes, in Middlesex. On Old Michaelmas-day I went to Uxbridge—I put up my donkey at the Park-gate beer-shop—I had a bridle on that donkey, and I tied him up to the rails—I sent a little boy for the donkey—it was there, but the bridle was gone—I heard that somebody had fetched it—another donkey which I lost was in a field at Hillingdon, about two miles off—I went there for it, and it was gone—I went to Southall, and gave information—the donkey came home the next morning before I was up—I believe this is part of my bridle—(looking at it)—it is not all here—I can swear this part of it is mine—this bridle was on the donkey, which was not lost—I knew the prisoner perfectly well.

HENRY WILLIAM COLE LINTON . I live at the Old Hats, in the Uxbridge-road. About half-past seven o'clock in the evening, on the 11th of Oct., the prisoner came and asked me whether I wanted to buy a donkey—I went to look at it—he asked 10s. for it—I offered him 6s. for it, and agreed to buy it—I gave him 5s., at the time, and was to give him 1s. more, and to return the bridle—I put the donkey into a field, and the next morning it was gone out of the field—I had marked it by cutting its tail and foretop—I took the bridle to the policeman—I saw the donkey the day before yesterday, and again to-day—I can swear to it by the marks on the tail and foretop—it is the same I bought of the prisoner—the prisoner did not come again for the shilling, or for the bridle.

HENRY ROSEBLADE (police-constable T 99) I was on duty at Southall, about six weeks ago—the prosecutor informed me he had loft a donkey, and the next morning I saw a donkey going towards the prosecutor's house—I tried to catch him, but I could not—he went to the prosecutor's, and I knocked and gave information—the prosecutor said it was his—it was the same donkey that Linton saw—the prosecutor described the prisoner to me—I went after him

WILLIAM HOAD (police-constable T 148.) On the 21st of Nov., about five o'clock in the evening, I saw the prisoner in Sion Park—I asked him if he was out of work—he said, "Yes," and that be came from Hayes—I asked him how long it was since he left—he said a month, and he was wanted on suspicion—I asked him what he meant—he said, "For stealing a donkey"—he said he wanted to be taken for stealing it—I asked him whose donkey, he said, "George Drinkwater's," and I took him.

GUILTY . Aged 19.— Confined Six Months .

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Reference Numbert18441125-58
VerdictGuilty > unknown

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58. EDWARD JONES was indicted for stealing 13 coats, value 14l.; 2 pairs of trowsers, 1l. 5s.; 1 pair of boots, 1l. 15s.; and 3 pairs of leggings, 1l. 2s. 6d.; the goods of George David Trimbey.

WILLIAM BURBIDGE . I am in the employ of Mr. George David Trimbey, He lives in Queen-street, Cheapside—the prisoner was employed there occasionally as porter—on the 13th of Nov. I desired him to take some goods of my master's to Mr. Cordings, about half-past three o'clock in the afternoon—there were thirteen coats, three pairs of leggings, two pairs of trowsers, and one pair of boots—I put an invoice with them—I afterwards received the invoice and the receipt from Mr. Cording—the prisoner told me at Guildhall where the remainder of the goods were, and I found they were where he told me.

Prisoner. Q. Was I sober or drunk when I was called to do this job? A. Sober.

STEPHEN WHITAKER . I live in Long-lane, and am a pawnbroker. I have two waterproof-coats pawned by the prisoner between six and seven o'clock in the evening on the 13th of Nov.—I can swear to his person.

CHARLES CHURCHILL (City police-constable No. 278.) I received information, and stopped the prisoner near Barbican on the morning of the 14th of Nov.—he had these two coats with him—I asked him where he got them—he said from Mr. Trimbey's, in Queen-street, and he was going to Fore-street with them—I asked him why he had offered them for sale—he said it was only a frolic—I found the rest of the goods at the Red Lion, in Field-lane, from information given by the prisoner.

JOHN CHARLES CORDING . I am a glover, and live in the Strand. I received the invoice of the goods from the prisoner—he said he had given the goods to another person to bring, but I never received them.

WILLIAM BURBIDGE re-examined. These are my master's property—I have known the prisoner five or six months—we have been well satisfied with him till this time.

Prisoner's Defence. I was called out of a public-house to do this job, and I was in a state of intoxication; I met a man who said, "You are drunk;" I said, "Will you carry this?" he said he would, and I went with him to the Red Lion, and left them; the officer met the other man and me the next morning; the other man had the two coats; the officer took them from him, not from me; I was going to get the money to redeem the two coats which I had pawned the night before; I never had a blemish on my character before; there was no dishonest intention; it was only drink.

GUILTY . Aged 52.— Confined Three Months .

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Reference Numbert18441125-59
VerdictGuilty > unknown

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59. CHARLES HALEY was indicted for stealing 10 1/4 lbs. weight of ham, value 8s., the goods of Norah Batten and another.

FREDERICK JAMES FRITH . I am in the employ of Norah Batten and Son, in Leadenhall-market—they are cheesemongers—I saw the prisoner with this ham in Lombard-street, and took it from him—he had it under his coat, and was walking away—it is my master's property, but I could not swear to it.

RICHARD BECKETT . I am in the employ of Mr. Straiten, who lives next door to the prosecutor. On Monday, the 18th of Nov., I saw the prisoner take the ham from the prosecutor's shop, and walk off with it—I went after him.

Prisoner's Defence. I am very sorry; I met a friend who gave me a glass or two of liquor, and it overcame me; I did not know what I was doing

GUILTY . Aged 74.— Confined Fourteen Days .

NEW COURT.—Tuesday, November 26th, 1844.

Sixth Jury, before M. Common Sergeant

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Reference Numbert18441125-59a
VerdictGuilty > unknown

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59. JOHN ANDREWS was indicted for stealing 1 breastpin, value 24s., the goods of William Spear, from his person.

ROBERT HODOMAN . I am a glass-cutter. On the 28th of Oct. I was in Fleet-street, and, from some circumstance, I thought it necessary to take the prisoner into custody about half-past three o'clock.

Cross-examined by MR. DOANE. Q. Did you take him before Goff came? A. Yes—I cut glass for Mr. Green, in Gravel-lane—I worked for him twenty years ago, and have been with him now about three months—I was once taken into custody as I was going to work, twenty-one or twenty-two years ago—I was supposed to be in company with a pick-pocket, but I was discharged instantly—that was the first time I ever was in trouble—I never was charged with passing anything in my life, nor ever in Newgate, any other time than the time I told you of, and never was in any other prison in my life.

JURY. Q. What induced you to take the prisoner? A. I saw him take another pin from another gentleman—I took him about ten yards from Bride-lane—the prosecutor lost his pin in the Poultry.

CHARLES BURGESS GOFF (police-constable L 88.) I found the prisoner in custody of the last witness, and I took him—before I spoke the prisoner said, "I have no pin about me, I have lost my own pin"—I took him to the station, and found inside his coat these three pins; and in his out-side pocket, before I got to the station I found this other pin, which is partly broken—I found this silver card-case in his trowsers pocket.

Cross-examined. Q. There was a very great crowd about? A. Yes, there was

JURY. Q. Is the coat the prisoner has on now the one he had on then? A. Yes—two of these pins were in his inside body-coat, and the prosecutor's pin was in his outer coat, which was buttoned up—this part of a pin was in his outside coat-pocket.

WILLIAM SPEAR . I am clerk to Messrs. Addington and Company, of St. Martin's-lane. On the 28th of Oct. I was in the Poultry—I had a breast-pin, and missed it about two o'clock—this is it—it is one of the three found inside the prisoner's coat—I had passed through Fleet-street, but I had the pin then—when I missed it, I immediately gave information to some of the detective force who were there.

GUILTY . Aged 23.— Transported for Ten Years .

(There was another indictment against the prisoner.)

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Reference Numbert18441125-60
VerdictGuilty > unknown

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60. THOMAS HARDEN was indicted for stealing 2 breast-pins and chain, value 40s., the goods of Alfred Del Gado, from his person.

ALFRED DEL GADO . I live in South-street, Finsbury. On the 28th of Oct., between four and five o'clock, I was in Cornhill—I had two breast-pins and a chain in my breast—I felt a touch at my breast, and on turning round, I saw the prisoner passing my pins to another man—I can swear they were my pins—I immediately collared the prisoner, and took away the pins from the other man—the constable came up, and I gave the

prisoner in charge—the other man escaped—I am sure the prisoner gave the pins to the other man.

Cross-examined by MR. DOANE. Q. What time was it? A. Between four and five o'clock—it was quite light—there was a great crowd about—there was no possibility of my making a mistake—I am sure the prisoner was passing the pins to the other man—I got the pins back—I was not agitated—such a thing never happened to me before—I was not looking after the other man, I was looking after the prisoner.

(David Morton, a pipe-maker; and Samuel Parr, of King Edward-street, gave the prisoner a good character.)

GUILTY . Aged 26.— Confined Three Months .

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Reference Numbert18441125-61
VerdictGuilty > unknown

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61. GEORGE STEELE was indicted for stealing 40lbs. weight of lead, value 55., the goods of Joseph Jay, his master.

JOSEPH JAY, the younger. I assist my father, Joseph Jay, who is a painter and glazier, and lives in Whitecross-street—the prisoner has been in his service many years—the officer came to me, and showed me some lead, which I examined, and I believe it to be my father's—I spoke to the prisoner about it—he said, "O forgive me, I will go out of the country"—I asked him where he took it from, he said off the lead pile.

Cross-examined by MR. DOANE. Q. Did you say anything about trying to get your father to forgive him? A. I did, after the prisoner told me this—he had been eleven years with my father.

ADAM SHELFORD (City police-constable, No. 160.) On the 7th of Nov., I met the prisoner with this basket, and this lead in it—I asked him what he had got—he said, "Lead;" and he wished me to take him back to Mr. Jay—I took him to the station, and then I went to Mr. Jay—the prisoner said it was the first time he had robbed his master.

Cross-examined. Q. I believe he said it was not his own? A. Yes—he did.

(Robert Briant, a builder, in Ironmonger-row, gave the prisoner a good character, and engaged to employ him.)

GUILTY . Aged 30.— Confined Three Months .

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Reference Numbert18441125-62
VerdictGuilty > unknown

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62. DANIEL WEEDON was indicted for stealing 1 sack, value 2s. 6d.; and 3 1/2 bushels of wheat, 1l. 2s.; the goods of William Griffiths, his master.

WILLIAM GRIFFITHS . I am a farmer, and live at Ealing-common. The prisoner was in my service, and was employed to thrash in my barn—the policeman showed me this wheat, which I firmly believe is mine-there are a few beans mixed with it—I have compared it with the wheat in my barn—they are of the same description exactly—the prisoner would have access to it by thrashing in my barn—he had the key of the barn, but he ought to bring it home to me every night—if he had any other key of that barn at his house, he had no right to it.

Cross-examined by MR. HORRY. Q. Supposing the beans had not been in the wheat, would you have known it? A. There is no such wheat in the parish but mine—I do not swear to the wheat, nor to the beans.

COURT. Q. What wheat is this? A. It is called red Lammas wheat, and is very fine—the beans correspond with my beans—I believe there is

but one farmer in the parish who sows this wheat besides me, and he lives a long way off.

JOHN CHAMP (police-constable T 137.) I was on duty at Ealing, about five o'clock at night, on Tuesday, the 12th of Nov., and met the prisoner with a few potatoes in his pocket—I was afterwards engaged in helping to search the prisoner's house—I found there three bushels and a half of wheat, and two sacks—I afterwards searched the prisoner, and found on him a bunch of keys, one of which unlocks Mr. Griffiths' barn-door—the wheat I found in the prisoner's house has some beans in it, and there were some beans in the wheat in the prosecutor's barn, where the prisoner had been at work.

EDWARD PICKIN (police-constable T 115.) I took the prisoner—I asked him if he chose to give any account of the wheat found at his house—he said, "No"—I have compared this wheat and beans with that in the barn, and they appear to correspond.

GUILTY . Aged 40.— Confined Nine Months .

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Reference Numbert18441125-63
VerdictNot Guilty > unknown

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63. JONAS LEGRAND was indicted for stealing 1 shilling, and 1 six-pence, the monies of Martha Tye, from her person.

GEORGE TREW (City police-constable, No. 26.) Between three and four o'clock in the afternoon, on the 1st of Nov., I was in plain clothes near the entrance of the Royal Exchange—I saw the prisoner come into the crowd, with a blue cloth cloak on—I saw him rubbing against two females—he then went out of the crowd, took off his cloak, and hong it on his left arm—he went to the prosecutrix, who was in the crowd, pulled up her dress, and put his hand into her pocket—he then drew his hand from her—I seized his hand, and he dropped 1s. 6d. from his hand—I told the prosecutrix.

Cross-examined by MR. BALLANTINE. Q. Did you say to her, "You have been robbed? A. Yes, those are the very words I used—I do not recollect that she answered anything—she did not say anything about her having no 1s. 6d., to my recollection—I did not hear her say she had no 1s. 6d. in her pocket—I never heard her say anything about silver—I have been in the City police about three months—I came from Cambridge—I was in the police there—I left it of my own accord—I had before that been in the Metropolitan police for seven years—I resigned it because I did not like it, and went down to Cambridge—I will swear that—there was an inquiry about me before Mr. Broughton, at Worship-street—that might be a fortnight before I went down to Cambridge—I was charged with an assault on a female—I gave her into custody because she slapped my face—I called her a prostitute—I do not know that she was a prostitute—Mr. Broughton fined me 20s.—I had resigned a fortnight before that, and given a month's notice, which is the rule in the police—there was a complaint made to the Commissioners about me—I did not do an hour's duty after I was fined 20s.—I was suspended till the case came before the Secretary of State—I was not a witness in this Court six or seven months ago—I was down at Cambridge—I left there on New Year's-day—I do not recollect any charge of stealing caps—I have heard since, from one of the police, that the prisoner was charged with stealing caps—one of the police came down to the station about a quarter of an hour after the prisoner was taken, and told me of it—I will swear I did not hear of it before—that officer was at the Exchange, in plain clothes as well as I was—he pointed the prisoner out to me—he said, "There goes one I

know, and he knows me"—I left him directly—he was not present at the time I took the prisoner—I do not know that officer's name—he is a tall man—I found him watching at the front entrance of the Royal Exchange—he said he would not watch the prisoner, because the prisoner knew him—he is always in plain clothes.

MARTHA TYE . I was at the Royal Exchange on the 1st of Nov.—I observed the prisoner near me—I had 4s. in my pocket, and I lost 1s. 6d. of it.

Cross-examined. Q. Was the 4s. loose in your pocket? A. It was—there was half-a-crown and 1s. 6d.—I had noticed the money when I left home—I live at Cranbrook, in Kent, when I am at home—I came from the country, and live now at my sister's, in Woodbridge-street, Clerkenwell—I am single—I had never seen this police-constable before—he had not spoken to me at all that day—I had seen the 1s. 6d. when I left my sister's—I took it out of my purse, in presence of my sister, before I came away—she asked me if I could lend her half-a-sovereign—I did, and there were 4s. left—I said, "I will take this silver loose"—when the policeman touched my arm, and said I was robbed, I put my hand into my pocket, and found only the half-crown, and I saw the 1s. 6d. on the ground—when the policeman touched my arm, and said I was robbed, I said I did not know I was robbed—I had no further conversation with him—he did not ask how much I had about me—he did not ask me to put my hand into my pocket—my sister did—my pocket was on my side—he could not get to it without lifting my dress up—there was no hole in my dress—I wear the same sort of pocket now—I have worn the same pocket since—I have not noticed it more particularly since than at other times—I had a black shawl on, but no cloak—the pocket-hole is at the top of the pocket, of ocourse.


25th November 1844
Reference Numbert18441125-64
VerdictGuilty > unknown; Guilty > unknown
SentenceImprisonment; Imprisonment

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64. ALFRED SMITH and GEORGE GRANT were indicted for stealing 1 handkerchief, value 2s., the goods of Henry Wellington Kay, from his person.

HENRY WELLINGTON KAY . I am a clerk in the Bank of England. On Tuesday evening, the 22nd of Oct., I was on London-bridge—I had a handkerchief in my pocket, and missed it—this is it.

GEORGE SCOTT (City police-constable, No. 560.) On the 22nd of Oct., about half-past six o'clock in the evening, I was on London-bridge—I saw Grant take this handkerchief from the prosecutor's pocket, and put it into his own trowsers—I took it from his trowsers—Smith was by Grant's side at the time—I had been watching them together for half-an-hour, and saw them attempt at least twenty pockets—I found this other handkerchief between Grant's legs.

EDWARD FUNNELL (City police-constable, No. 594.) I saw Grant take the handkerchief, and the prisoners were together.

SMITH— GUILTY . Aged 17.— Confined Three Months .

GRANT*— GUILTY . Aged 21.— Confined Nine Months .

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Reference Numbert18441125-65
VerdictGuilty > pleaded guilty

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65. WILLIAM HENRY WARD was indicted for stealing 4 printed books, value (6d.; 1/4 lb. weight of sugar, 2d.; 3 sovereigns, and 10 shillings; the property of Frederick Waller, his master; to which he pleaded GUILTY . Aged 18.— Confined Three Months .

25th November 1844
Reference Numbert18441125-66
VerdictGuilty > pleaded guilty

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66. JOHN ELKES was indicted for stealing 4 shillings; 1 brush, value 1s. 6d.; and 1 pot of jelly, 6d.; the property of William Henry Fodder, his master; to which he pleaded

GUILTY . Aged 15.— Confined Four Months .

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Reference Numbert18441125-67
VerdictsGuilty > pleaded guilty

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67. ALEXANDER LAY was indicted for stealing 2 spoons, value 10s., the goods of William Richard Tomlinson: also, 2 spoons, value 20s., the goods of William Crush: to which he pleaded

GUILTY . Aged 50.— Confined Six Months .

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Reference Numbert18441125-68
VerdictGuilty > unknown; Guilty > unknown

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68. DAVID BRYANT and GEORGE ANDERSON were indicted for stealing 1 handkerchief, value 2s., the goods of a man unknown, from his person.

JAMES BRANNAN (police-constable N 69.) On the 9th of Nov., about five o'clock in the evening, I was in Cheapside—I saw the two prisoners trying the pockets of above forty gentlemen—I watched them about an hour, and then I saw them following an old gentleman; Bryant put his hand into his pocket, and took this handkerchief out, Anderson was covering him—they then turned away—I followed them, and took Bryant—I found this other handkerchief in his trowsers.

EDWIN BURGESS (police-constable H 198.) I saw the prisoners, and followed them—I saw them try several pockets—I saw Bryant take this handkerchief from an old gentleman's pocket—I went after the gentleman—he refused to come down, or to give his name—I took Anderson, and found on him another handkerchief, and a cardcase.

Anderson's Defence. I picked the card-case up in St. Paul's Church-yard; I met Bryant in Cheapside.

BRYANT*— GUILTY . Aged 14.


Confined Nine Months .

25th November 1844
Reference Numbert18441125-69
VerdictGuilty > unknown; Guilty > unknown; Guilty > unknown

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69. DANIEL M'CARTHY, JEREMIAH MALLOWS , and CATHARINE CARTHY , were indicted for stealing 1 wooden cask, value 1s.; and 115lbs. weight of butter, 4l. 2s.; the goods of Thomas Davidge; and that Mallows had been before convicted of felony.

ROBERT SMITH . I am in the employ of Mr. Thomas Davidge—he lives in the Minories. He had a cask of butter safe at his shop about half-past five o'clock in the evening, on the 1st of Nov.—the butter weighed 115lbs., and was worth 4l. 2s.—the cask is here—there are marks upon it by which I know it is my master's—I missed it about half-past five, about two minutes after I had seen it safe.

HENRY CHAPMAN (City police-constable, No. 648.) I was on duty in High-street, Aldgate, about six o'clock in the evening, on the 1st of Nov., and saw the three prisoners—M'Carthy had the cask of butter on his shoulder—Mallows was walking on his right side, and Carthy on his left—when she saw me pass them, she fell back in the rear of the two men, and I turned back to pursue them—Carthy immediately said, "Oh, he is done"—M'Carthy then dropped the cask of butter, and ran down Petticoat-lane—I pursued him, and Mallows ran off—I took M'Carthy, and Carthy attempted to rescue him—she was very violent, and nearly bit my left cheek off—she threw her arms round my neck, and said, "You shan't have him now"—M'Carthy resisted very much, and others attempted to rescue him.

EDWARD BURGESS (police-constable H 198.) I went about half-past eight o'clock that night to a beer-shop, and found Mallows sitting there—I had not spoken to him, but he ran out when he saw me—I pursued, and took him—I told him I wanted him for the firkin of butter out of the Minories—he said, "I did not take it; you can't lag me for it."

Mallows. Q. Do you know me? A. Yes, I know you to be an associate of thieves—I never saw you thieving.

MICHAEL CONNEY (police-constable H 138.) I went after Carthy, she was not at home—I went to a beer-shop, and found her—I took the bonnet and shawl, which were found where she attempted to rescue M'Carthy from the officer.

Mallows. Q. Do you know me? A. Yes, I have seen you with thieves.

M'Carthy's Defence. I was in a public-house, and ran out and was stopped by the policeman.

Mallows's Defence. When M'Carthy was taken to the station, the officer said to him, "You won't be here alone, I will fetch your companion;" and he went and fetched me. I had not been out that night.

WILLIAM GILL (City police-constable, No. 538.) I produce a certifi-cate of the prisoner Mallows's former conviction, by the name of Jeremiah Mallows, which I got at Mr. Clark's office—(read)—the prisoner is the man—he was then tried in the Old Court.

Mallows. It was in this Court where I am now.

M'CARTHY*— GUILTY . Aged 20.


CARTHY*— GUILTY . Aged 19.

Transported for Seven Years .

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Reference Numbert18441125-70
VerdictGuilty > unknown

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70. WILLIAM CARTER was indicted for stealing 7 1/2 lbs. weight of beef, value 3s., the goods of Samuel Guerrier; and that he had been before convicted of felony.

RICHARD HARBISON . I am in the employ of Mr. Samuel Guerrier, a butcher, of Islington. On the 31st of Oct. he had a piece of beef safe on the front board of his shop, about five o'clock—I missed it, and in about five minutes afterwards the policeman brought it back to the shop—it was my master's.

CHARLES WRIGHT (police-constable N 304.) I stopped the prisoner that night—he had this piece of beef in his handkerchief, under his left arm—I asked him what he had got, he said, "I don't know"—I took it from him, and said, "It is meat, where did you get it?"—he said he brought it from Newgatemarket—I said I did not believe him—I took him and the beef to the prosecutor's.

JOHN BARTROP (police-constable N 69.) I produce a certificate of the prisoner's former conviction, which I got from the Sessions-house, Clerkenwell—(read)—the prisoner is the man.

GUILTY .(†) Aged 20.— Transported for Seven Years .

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Reference Numbert18441125-71
VerdictGuilty > unknown

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71. JAMES STILLWELL was indicted for stealing 1/2 bushel of oysters, value 6s.; 18 quarts of muscles, 10s.; and 1 sack, 1s.; the goods of William Smith.

WILLIAM SMITH . My father's name is William Smith, he lives in Yardley-street; I know the prisoner. On the 10th of Oct. I employed

him to take home some muscles and oysters, in a sack, from Billingsgate—I gave them to him about eight o'clock in the morning—I got home about nine—he had not come, and did not come at all—I saw no more of him till I took him, on the 23rd of Oct, and gave him into custody—he used to go to school near us—I never heard anything against him.

ALEXANDER MACKNEY (police-constable M 265.) I took the prisoner into custody.

GUILTY . Aged 21.— Confined Three Months .

25th November 1844
Reference Numbert18441125-72
VerdictNot Guilty > unknown

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72. JOHN KENT was indicted for stealing 5 wooden fellies, value 7s. 6d.; the goods of Robert Webb and another.

WILLIAM EVE . I am the son of Charles Eve. I was lying in Mr. Webb's ground, between twelve and one o'clock, on the 24th of Oct., and saw the prisoner come in—he looked round, but could not see me—he went out again, to see if anybody was coming—he came in again, went to the end of the bench, and took a felly, and pushed it through the fence—he then fetched another, and put that through—he then walked out, to see if anybody else was coming—he then walked in, took another from a stack, put that through, and then another—he took five in all—I am sure the prisoner is the man.

Cross-examined by MR. WILKINS. Q. Your father is foreman of these premises? A. Yes—I have worked in the brickfields for nearly two years—when I do not work in the fields, I am at home, and do nothing—I was in custody once—I had got two quartern loaves in my brother's name at a shop—I gave some of them to a boy—I have plenty to eat at home—I do not remember about any pillows—I had a coat and sold it, but it was my own—I left it at a baker's shop—I went and fetched it, and a woman down Kingsland sold it—my father had bought it—it was not my best coat—I took the money and spent it—I was before the Magistrate about the bread—my father took me before the superintendent of Police—I have sometimes slept away from home—I have slept under a shed, and in another place in the yard, which is about twenty yards from my father's house—I do not know how many times I have slept in the shed—I am fourteen years old—a boy named Catling slept with me in the shed once—Catling has been in prison—if I had gone home, I had a comfortable bed at my father's house.

CHARLES EVE . I am foreman to Robert and William Webb. I know their yard. On the 24th of October, about twelve o'clock in the day, my son gave me some information, and I went to look after five fellies—I found them shoved in a hole where an old piece of brick wall had been taken out—they were Messrs. Webb's property—I asked the prisoner if he had been in the yard—he said he had never been in the yard, but the coachman had met him coming out.

Cross-examined. Q. Have you had a good deal of trouble with your son? A. I have—I have taken a great deal of pains to make him a good boy, but I have not been able—he is in the habit of telling lies more than I am aware of—I have had him chained up for three weeks together—I let him loose to come here.


25th November 1844
Reference Numbert18441125-73
VerdictGuilty > unknown; Guilty > unknown
SentenceImprisonment; Imprisonment

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73. THOMAS GOODWIN and WILLIAM EDWARDS were. indicted for stealing one handkerchief, value 6d., the goods of Edwin John M'Farlane, from his person.

EDWIN JOHN M'FARLANE . I live in Maidmore-square, Park-road, Peckham. On the 9th of Nov. I was in Queen-street-place, Southwarkbridge—I had a handkerchief with me—I did not miss it till the officer produced it to me and asked me if it was mine—I then found that mine was gone—I live with my mother—I am in a situation at the South Australian Company—I have no salary for the first year—my father is a lieutenant in the Navy.

JOHN JENKINSON (police-constable G 53.) Between eleven and twelve o'clock on the 9th of Nov. I saw the two prisoners in King William-street—they were trying the pockets of the bystanders who were looking at the procession—I watched them for some time—I then lost sight of them—I met them again, and followed them to Southwarkbridge—I there saw Goodwin take this handkerchief from the prosecutor's pocket and put it in his breast—Edwards had got a Taglioni coat on—he put his hands into the pockets of it and spread it out to cover Goodwin.

Goodwin. The officer took the handkerchief from the ground, and took me—I never saw Edwards before—I was taken to the station—I did not know what I was charged with—I know nothing about it.

Witness. I watched them an hour—they had tried from twelve to fourteen pockets.

GOODWIN*— GUILTY . Aged 18.— Confined Nine Months

EDWARDS— GUILTY . Aged 22.— Confined Three Months .

25th November 1844
Reference Numbert18441125-74
VerdictGuilty > pleaded guilty

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74. FRANCIS SAUNDERS was indicted for stealing 1 pair of trowsers, value 1s.; 1 shirt, 6d.; and 2 handkerchiefs, 6d.; the goods of Charles Sawyer; to which he pleaded

GUILTY . Aged 27.— Confined Three Months .

25th November 1844
Reference Numbert18441125-75
VerdictGuilty > unknown
SentenceNo Punishment > sentence respited

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75. FREDERICK BIGGS was indicted for embezzling 1s. 6d., the monies of his master, Thomas James Clunie; to which he pleaded

GUILTY. Aged 17.— Judgment Respited.

25th November 1844
Reference Numbert18441125-76
VerdictGuilty > pleaded guilty

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76. THOMAS GIBSON was indicted for stealing 1 waistcoat, value 11s., the goods of Henry Palmer; to which he pleaded

GUILTY . Aged 16.— Confined Three Months .

25th November 1844
Reference Numbert18441125-77
VerdictGuilty > pleaded guilty

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77. WILLIAM YOUNG was indicted for stealing 1 bunch of turnips, value 2d., the goods of William Hatley, his master, to which he pleaded

GUILTY. Aged 35.—Recommended to mercy by the Prosecutor. — Confned Two Days .

NEW COURT.—Wednesday, November 27th, 1844.

Fifth Jury, before Mr. Common Sergeant

25th November 1844
Reference Numbert18441125-78
VerdictGuilty > unknown; Not Guilty > unknown

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78. JOHN OSBORNE and FREEMAN PARKER were indicted for stealing 1 handkerchief, value 2s., the goods of Henry Taylor Roberts, from his person.

MR. ROBINSON conducted the Prosecution.

JOSEPH THOMPSON (police-constable F 62.) On the 28th of Oct. I was in Fleet-street, in plain clothes. I saw both the prisoners—I knew them well before—they were going up Fleet-street, following two or three persons whom they touched up behind to feel if they had got anything—they then saw the prosecutor coming down Fleet-street, and the prisoners and another who was with them touched one another—I then saw Osborne take the handkerchief out of the prosecutor's pocket, and put it into his own pocket—I said, "Give me that "—he said, "It is mine, but you can have it"—Parker was close to him, but I cannot say that he tried any pockets—I had seen them in company for a quarter of an hour or more, and speaking together.

Osborne. I took it off the ground; he said, "Give me that handkerchief;" I said I had just picked it up.

Witness. No, he did not.

HENRY TAYLOR ROBERTS . I am a solicitor, and live in Broad-court. On the 28th of Oct., about one o'clock, I was in Fleet-street—I went down to the Crown tavern—the officer Thompson came to me and produced this handkerchief, which I believe to be mine—I have no mark on it, but I have six others like it—I have no doubt it is mine, and my handkerchief was gone which I had had in my pocket.

Osborne. The policeman did not see me take the handkerchief, but he saw it in my hand, and asked me for it; my mother sent Parker to me with some biscuits, and the officer did not take him then, nor for three weeks afterwards.

JOSEPH THOMPSON re-examined. I had not got the prosecutor then—he would not attend—I had no case against' Parker.

Parker. There is no evidence in this case against me; the prosecutor does not know me, and the officer did not take me at the time.

Osborne. I should like to know what the policeman knows of me?

JOSEPH THOMPSON . To be an associate of thieves—you absconded once in Kent—two or three others were transported at the time.

JOSEPH WEST (police-constable F 106.) I saw the two prisoners and another following some gentlemen, and then they turned and followed the prosecutor—Parker was close behind Osborne, who was secured.

OSBORNE(†)— GUILTY . Aged 21.— Transported for Ten Years .


(There was another indictment against Osborne for a similar offence on the same day.)

25th November 1844
Reference Numbert18441125-79
VerdictGuilty > with recommendation

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79. THOMAS BELL JONES was indicted for embezzlement.

BENJAMIN FELLOWS . I am a bookseller, and live in Ludgate-street.

I knew the prisoner as being in the service of Mr. Bohn—I paid the prisoner, on the 15th of April, 8l. 10s., and on the 28th of Sept 8l. 8s. for his master, Mr. Bohn.

JOHN RUSSELL SMITH . On the 20th of Sept I paid the prisoner 21l. 19s. 3d. for Mr. Henry George Bohn.

HENRY GEORGE BOHN . The prisoner was my collecting clerk. If he received these sums of 8l. 10s., 8l. 8s., and 21l. 19s. 3d., I have never received them—it was his duty to have paid them on the same day.

Cross-examined by MR. CLARKSON. Q. How long has he been in your service? A. Between two and three years—I think he left me on the 1st of Oct.—I had discharged him before that, but I let him continue with me till he got a place—I said there was dissatisfaction about his accounts, and as his honesty was the only tie that bound us, was separated; I would give him the benefit of the doubt, but to get himself a situation immediately—he succeeded in getting another employment, and I afterwards discovered these deficiencies, and gave him into custody—he was succeeded in my employ by a person named Starling—he came before the prisoner left, as I considered the prisoner as discharged—I know now that the prisoner had communicated to Starling his misfortunes—he begged Mr. Starling not to meddle with these accounts, as they were left to him—it was found afterwards that these had been paid, and then the prisoner delivered to Starling an account of his deficiencies, which Starling gave to me—I do not believe the prisoner has paid Starling any of these monies.

STARLING. The prisoner made a communication to me that he was behind in his accounts, and requested me to allow him to try to settle them without the knowledge of his master, and he paid me 5l. on the Saturday previous to leaving.

(Mr. Rixon, a bookseller, in the Poultry; Thomas Russell, a schoolmaster; and Henry Richardson, a publican, gave the prisoner a good character.)

GUILTY.—Recommended to mercy by the Jury. — Confined Eighteen Months .

MR. BOHN. As far as we at present know I have lost nearly 115l., but as many of the nobility are out of town, we shall not know till the spring, The prisoner has kept company above his rank in life, and has a good voice for singing, which has led him into company and been his ruin.

25th November 1844
Reference Numbert18441125-80
VerdictGuilty > unknown; Guilty > unknown
SentenceTransportation; Imprisonment

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80. ANN OAKES and ELIZABETH RALLS were indicted for stealing 20 yards of calico, value 5s., the goods of Mary Guy; and that they had both been before convicted of felony.

INGRAM FEERN . I am in the employ of Mary Guy, who lives in Farringdon-street. On the 29th of Oct., about five in the evening, Jones gave me information—I ran out and saw Ralls with a piece of calico under her shawl—there was no one with her at that time—I sent Jones for a policeman, and gave Ralls into custody—the calico was Mrs. Guy's—I had seen it safe half-anhour before—this mark, "3d. a yard," was on it at the time.

JOSEPH JONKS . About five o'clock that evening I was going down Farrihgdonstreet—I saw the two prisoners at the prosecutrix's door—Oakes took the calico, and gave it to Ralls, who put it under her arm—I went into the shop, and told of it.

Oakes. Q. Did you not tell the Magistrate that you saw the calico move, but you could not say who took it? A. No, I said I saw you take it from the rail.

EDWARD COTT (City police-constable, No. 285.) I took the prisoners—Ralls had the calico.

Oakes. Jones said he never lost sight of us, and the officer took me at

the end of Farringdon-street, and he took this woman up the street; he passed me and took her, then came hack, and took me; I never spoke to an individual, nor stopped at any window, nor touched anything; Jones said he saw the calico move, and saw me push it under this woman's shawl; I had an opportunity to go away, hut I did not go; what Jones says is as false as God is true.

JOSEPH JONES re-examined, I came past, and almost touched them while they took it—I am sure Oakes took it, and I saw her push it under Ralls'shawl.

Ralls. I was at the corner of Stonecutter-street; I was not where this woman was.

JAMES BRAN NAN (police-sergeant G 20.) I produce a certificate of Oakes's former conviction, which I got from Mr. Clark's office.—(Read—"Convicted on the 20th of Aug., 2nd Viet., sentenced to be imprisoned five days in Newgate.")—Oakes is the person, and since that she has had a round of all the prisons in the metropolis.

GEORGE DOWNS (police-constable F 101.) I produce a certificate of Ralls's former conviction, which I got at Mr. Clark's office.—(Read—"Convicted on the 25th of Nov., 3rd Viet., and transported for seven years.")—she is the person.

(Alexander Scott, a billsticker, gave Elizabeth Rails, who is his sister, a good character.)

OAKES— GUILTY . Aged 53.— Transported for Seven Year .

RALLS— GUILTY . Aged 30.— Confined One Year .

25th November 1844
Reference Numbert18441125-81
VerdictNot Guilty > unknown

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81. THOMAS BLEADON was indicted for stealing 1 box, value 2s. 6d., the goods of Susannah Eaton.

MR. DOANE conducted the Prosecution.

SUSANNAH EATON . I am a widow—I keep the Elephant, in Fenchurch-street. In the beginning of Oct., the prisoner came to me, and represented that he was employed at Mr. Hart's, a winemerchant—I had never Seen him there myself—he said he had been shut out at home, and begged to have a bed at my house, which he had—the next day he expressed himself satisfied, and he continued there for a fortnight—after he had left, I sent Mr. Cook to try to get the money for the prisoner's board and lodging at my house, and the prisoner wae taken into custody—I know this snuff-box—(looking at It)—I have had it some years—the prisoner might have had access to it when he was at ray house—I did not give him authority to take it.

Prisoner. Q. I believe that box was frequently lent to me in the parlour? A. It was in use in the parlour and in the bar—I cannot say whether it was ever brought to you by my mother, and put into your charge—I have never told you you were responsible for it—I have never brought the box to you—it has been left in the parlour with several customers—I do not know that there have been tricks played with it—I do not know that it has been put into people's pockets—I do not remember a carrier having it put into his pocket—I do not remember hearing you say that it would come back again.

MR. DOANE. Q. Before the prisoner left, had you missed this box? A. Yes, I mentioned it to the prisoner, and he said some other gentleman had taken it away.

ROBERT COOK . I am a merchant, and live in Dalbyterrace, Islington, I went, at Mrs. Eaton's request, to the prisoner to get the money, on the 15th or 16th of Nov.—I found him at an Alton aleshop—while I was there I saw him take this box out of his pocket—it was standing on the table, and he had his hand upon it—I went up to him, and asked him to allow me to take a pinch of snuff—he tried to put it into his pocket—I took hold of it, and said, "This is Mrs. Eaton's box "—he said, "Oh no, it is not"—I sent to Mrs. Eaton, and the prisoner was taken.

Prisoner. Q. Did I deny that it was Mrs. Eaton's? A. Yes—I am a merchant—I buy goods and sell them—my place of business is at Mr. Ainger's, in Mark-lane—I do not pay any rent for it—I have a counting-house there—Mr. Ainger is a friend of mine, and I have the use of one of his offices.

Prisoner's Defence. I never denied having the box; it has frequently been put in my possession; I have frequently taken it out and brought it back. On the 28th of Oct., I was about to go in the country, and I went the next morning. I did not return till a day or two before I was taken. I could not pay Mrs. Eaton the small sum I owed her, or I should have gone and paid her, and she would have had her box and money; but before that Mr. Scott came in and said, "This is Mrs. Eaton's box;"I said, "What is that to you;"he gave me into custody, and I was dragged to the station-house. I was never asked for any money; the question was never put to me; if it had I should have said I waited for a remittance. I never kept the box concealed; it was out before other persons; I would not let my friends know, or I would have subpœnaed Mrs. Eaton's mother, to prove that she has brought me the box repeatedly; my intention never was to keep it.


25th November 1844
Reference Numbert18441125-82
VerdictGuilty > unknown

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82. THOMAS BLEADON was again indicted for obtaining, by false pretences, of Susannah Eaton, 1 bottle, value 6d.; 1 1/2 pint of wine, 4s. 6d.; and 1 half-crown; with intent to cheat and defraud her thereof.

MR. DOANE conducted the Prosecution.

SUSANNAH EATON . I am a widow, and keep the Elephant in Fen-church-street. The prisoner came and staid a fortnight with me—his bill at the end of that time amounted to 51. 15s.—when I talked about payment he gave me this bit of paper—I said, "This is not a proper cheque"—he said, "Will that not do?"—I said, "I think not"—he said, "Yes it will, if it were for 1000l."—I believed that as far as the paper went—the prisoner then asked me for a bottle of wine, and I let him have it—I said, "You have written this cheque for more than the amount"—he said, "Well, that will do"—a few minutes after, and before he left the bar, he said, "Just let me have half-a-crown,"and I did—it was on the faith of this paper—I would not have let him had the wine nor the money but believing this paper was good.

Prisoner. Q. Did I not object to the wine being charged to my account? A. No—there was a coloured gentleman there—that wine was not called for to induce him to have a bottle—his bottle was called for before yours—I would not have trusted you with the bottle of wine, or have lent you the half-crown, if you had not written this paper—it was not my intention that you should have any more of me. (Read—"London Union Bank.—Mr.

Hall, Manager—Pay to Mrs. Eaton, or bearer, the sum of 6l. THOMAS BLBADON.")

WILLIAM PULLINGER . I am cashier at the Union Bank—this cheque is not drawn by anybody that has an account at our bank—Mr. Hall is not the manager—I returned this cheque, as we had not the honour of knowing the drawer.

Prisoner's Defence. I have this observation to make; at the time I drew this paper, I did it merely as a joke; that evening I was rather overdone done with liquor, and was not aware actually of what I was doing; I recollect there was a man of colour there, and it was Mrs. Eaton's desire as he had been there so frequently to see a man named Cook, and had not called for anything to drink, that I should call for a bottle of wine, with the understanding that I should not have to pay for it, but it would be all right; I borrowed the half-crown to lend that man, as he had no money; it was not done with the intention of gaining any credit; the credit I had from her was before I had done this; she knew I was going into the country the following morning; I told her so; she had never pressed me for money; and had this not come forward, she would have had her money; I have respectable friends in Leicestershire, but I hope they will never know my situation; I was honourably brought up to the profession of the law; this is the first time I ever committed myself.

WILLIAM PARNELL (City police-constable, No. 653.) I took the prisoner soner into custody—I found on him two flashHoles tot 502. each, a skeleton-key, and 2l. 15s. 9d. in cash.

Prisoner. The notes were given me by a barber one day; and the key I picked up in the street.

GUILTY . Aged 29.— Transported for Seven Years

25th November 1844
Reference Numbert18441125-83
VerdictGuilty > pleaded guilty

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83. HENRY JOHNSON was indicted for stealing 5 pewter pots, value 65.; the goods of James Hilliar; to which he pleaded

GUILTY .— Confined Three Months .

25th November 1844
Reference Numbert18441125-84
VerdictGuilty > unknown

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84. JOHN WILLIAMS was indicted for stealing 1 half-crown, 2 shillings, and 1 sixpence; the monies of Charles Rummay, from his person

CHARLES RUMMAY . I keep a stall in the Hampstead-road—the prisoner soner came to my stall on the 26th of Oct., and asked for a halfpennyworth worth of pickled eels—I served him, and he came for another halfpennyworth—he came close to me, and I told him to stand back—he then came and asked for another, and while I was serving him the third halfpennyworth, I felt his hand coming from my pocket—I lost from that pocket a half-crown, two shillings, and a sixpence—the money was taken from him at the station.

Cross-examined by MR. PAYNE. Q. Was anybody else there? A. Yes—there was a boy standing by the side of me washing the cups—there was nobody but me, and the prisoner, and the boy behind the stall—there were persons in front—I had my money in my pocket twenty minutes before—there had been no other person in the stall before I missed my money—I am sure I felt the prisoner's hand coming out of my pocket.

HENRY BALL . I was in the stall on that occasion—I saw the prisoner take his hand out of the prosecutor's pocket, and put it into his own pocket.

Cross-examined. Q. Where were you standing? A. By my master's side, washing the cups up—I did not see the prisoner put his hand into my master's pocket; but I saw him take it out—he was near to my master, and when he came up he shook his pocket—I stood close to him—there were other people about, but not behind the stall—I have been with my master about two months.

JAMES MASON (police-constable S 168.) I searched the prisoner—I found on him 6s. 6d., a half-crown, and fourpence halfpenny, in his hand clenched.

Cross-examined. Q. Did not the prisoner say he had worked hard for the money? A. Yes.

GUILTY . Aged 20.— Confined Six Months .

25th November 1844
Reference Numbert18441125-85
VerdictGuilty > unknown; Guilty > unknown; Guilty > unknown
SentenceImprisonment; Imprisonment

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85. SARAH DAWERS, HENRY MILLER , and CHARLOTTE EDGE , were indicted for stealing 17 bonnets, value 12l.; the goods of James Peet.

CAROLINE PARSONS . I am the wife of Robert Parsons. I am shopwoman to Mr. James Peet, a strawhat manufacturer, who lives at Hammersmith—about eleven o'clock, on the 26th of Sept., the prisoner Miller called and ordered some bonnets to be sent to No. 2, Peter's Cottages—there was to be a choice for his lady and her child—I forgot to send them, and the next morning, about half-past ten o'clock, the prisoner Dawers called and said a gentleman had ordered some bonnets—I said, Yes, and 1 had forgotten to send them—(she brought me a card in the name of Miller, but she now calls herself Dawers)—she said she would like to select the bonnets that she wished sent, and pointed to one in the window that she would like for herself—I brought it to her, and she ordered me to send that and some others for some young ladies about twenty-six years of age—she selected thirteen, and ordered me to send them and a few others to No. 2, Peter's Cottages—I told her I would send them immediately—she said I need not send them for one hour, she should not return before—I then packed them up and sent them by a boy, and a young person to wait on her—the young person returned, and said the lady was not at home, and she was to call again at seven o'clock—at seven, I sent again, and the servant refused to give them up, and said the ladies could not decide about them till the next morning—I got no bonnets back, nor any money—I sent seventeen bonnets for examination and selection—this is one of the bonnets, the one Dawers pointed out, and said she should like for herself—there was no price put on these bonnets—she did not ask the price—I have never been able to get the other sixteen.

Dawers. When 1 came to your shop, I ordered two or three for inspection; I chose that for myself, which I thought my husband would pay for; I deny selecting thirteen.

Witness. She selected thirteen, and I sent four more.

Cross-examined by MR. CLARKSON. Q. This one that is found is one of the fancy Tuscans, is it not? A. Yes.

MARY ANN WIGGINS . I was present at Mr. Peet's when the prisoner Miller called—I was there the next morning when Dawers came, and asked if a gentleman had called the day before to order some bonnets—she was told, yes, but we had forgotten to send them—she asked to select a few—we

brought her some down, and she chose thirteen, I think it was—we told her we would send them directly—she said not before an hour—I went and took seventeen for them to inspect and choose from—when I got to the house, I saw the servant, which was the prisoner Edge—I asked her if Mrs. Miller was at home—she said, "No "—I asked if I could see the young ladies—she said, no, they were dressing—I said, I would wait, and she asked me into the parlour—I went in and waited some time—I then asked Edge if they would be much longer—she said, yes, they were generally a long time dressing—she then asked me to allow her to take one of them up stairs, and she took one trimmed with purple—she came down and said the young ladies liked it very much, but they could not decide till Mrs. Miller was at home, and if I would come at seven o'clock, she would he in at that time—I left the bonnets, and another person went at seven o'clock for them—I went the next morning, and they were all gone—there wax no one in the house, and I believe it was empty.

EMILY FORD . I live at Mr. Peet's. I went to the house at seven o'clock that evening—I saw the servant Edge—I asked her for the bonnets—she said I could not have them, the ladies were not in—she said if I went in the morning by half-past nine, I could have them—I came away without them.

RICHARD GIBLETT . I am the landlord of No. 2, Peter's Cottages, Hammersmith. I let it to the prisoner Miller for three years from last Midsummer—I went there on the 27th of Sept.—the house was closed—I rang the bell, and nobody answered—I went from there to the reference which I had in Windsorterrace, City-road—I have been in the house since, and nothing was left in it but empty barrels, and a few coals.

Miller. You let me the house, and I wrote a letter to you to decline it, but youinsisted on my taking it, or you should expect the rent for three years.

Witness. No, I did not—I wrote to you that I had no objection to your declining the house, but for the time yoa had entered on it I should expect you to pay me.

GEORGE KEMP (police-constable N 82.) I went after the prisoners—I found Miller and Dawers at No. 4, Harvey-street, Hoxton, which is eight or ten miles from Hammersmith—I went to the door in a fictitious name—I saw Miller there—I told him he was the man I wanted for numerous frauds and felonies he had committed, and I called in a constable, and gave him in charge—I found this bonnet there—Miller said it was all his own property, bought and paid for—I had the bonnet when lie said that—I saw Dawers there, but not Edge.

Miller. You found the bonnet when I was at the station.

Witness. No, this was found when you were at the house.

Dawers. You brought this bonnet to the station; I said, "That is the bonnet I expect my husband has paid for;"it was in a box that you took the key of from me.

Witness. 'No, this we found outside—I found three others in a box that I took the key of from you.

Cross-examined. Q. Have you any reason to know that these persons are not man and wire? A. Dawers would not own him for her husband at the time—Dubois, I believe, has got the certificate of her marriage in the names of Henry Weed and Grace Dawers.

WILLIAM FOY (police-constable N 309.) Dawers was given to me by Kemp—she asked what she was wanted for—I said, "For fraud, at Hammersmith "—she said, "My good God, I was never at Hammersmith but once in my life, and what I have got was bought and paid for."

Dawers. I said I was there only once, and that for a few hours; I only ordered two bonnets; I never was in Hammersmith when they were taken to the house.

Miller. I ordered the goods myself, but never saw them.



Confined Four Days. (See page 114.)

EDGE— GUILTY . Aged 43.— Confined Three Months

25th November 1844
Reference Numbert18441125-86
VerdictNot Guilty > unknown

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86. HENRY MILLER and CHARLOTTE EDGE were again indicted dieted for stealing 46 1/2 yards of carpet, value 6l. 7s.; 15 yards of oilcloth, Il. 10s.; 19 stairrods, 10s.; 38 stairrod eyes, 2s. 6d.; 2 rugs, 1l. 2s.; 1 mat, 6s.; 1 table, 6l.; 6 chairs, 10l.; and 4 pillows, 2l.; the goods of James Barker.—(See page 114.)

JAMES BARKER . I live in King-street, Hammersmith. On the 3rd or 4th of Sept., about the middle of the day, Miller came to me, and said he had taken a place at St. Peter's Cottages for three years, and he wanted some furniture for his best room—he said he had been in business in the silversmith line, and had given it up to his nephew, who would send things for his other rooms—he said he wanted no credit, he paid at the end of every month—he called again when I was not at home—he called again, and I saw him—I showed him the things, and he agreed to have them—they were in an unfinished state—the chairs were not stuffed, and the carpets had to be made up—I said it would take nearly the time he named to get them done—he said, "You must get them done by the 27th, or you will not have your money for another month"—he had fixed on a carpet, and said I could go at any time, as his housekeeper was always there—I took the carpet, and I thought I would ask the housekeeper a few questions—I saw Edge, and asked her if she knew much of Mr. Miller—she said she had known him for eight years—she said he had been a silversmith, and was retiring, and giving up his business to his nephew, and that Mr. Miller and his wife were going to live there, that he had taken the house for three years, and if he had ordered any things I need not be afraid about the money, as he always paid his money at the latter end of every month; he was a very honourable man, and a man of good property; he was sometimes very close in his dealings, but was sure to pay what he had agreed for—through hearing such a good account, I cut off the carpet, and cut it out that day, and took it down to fix it, and got the other things sent down—I did not ask for any money when I took the carpet to fix down—it was a trust for everything till the money was paid—the other things were sent in—I think the last article went in on the 23rd or 24th of Sept., and Edge said Mrs. Miller wished her to order two more pillows, and they were not to be later than the Thursday, and to send in the bill, and they were to be paid for on the Friday; but on the Friday morning, before six o'clock, they were all gone—I trusted Miller on the good account that Edge gave—I could not ask for money in my business before the things were sent home.


25th November 1844
Reference Numbert18441125-87
VerdictNot Guilty > unknown

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87. HENRY MILLER and CHARLOTTE EDGE were again indicted for stealing 3 pairs of boots, value 19s., the goods of William John Mussaud.

WILLIAM JOHN MUSSAUD . I live in Broadway, Hammersmith, and am a boot and shoemaker. On the 19th of Sept. Miller came to my shop, and ordered me to make some slippers for him to look at—on a Saturday, two or three days afterwards, ha called again, with a person be called his nephew, a man who is now called Samuel Edge, but who then gave the name of Taylor—they ordered me to make a pair of boots for each of them, and a pair of slippers for Taylor, to correspond with his uncle's, and they were to be sure to come home on the following Thursday, as they wanted to go into the country particularly—on the following Wednesday or Thursday Miller came to my shop, and ordered me to take some boots for the ladies to try on—I took a bagfull, and when I got to the house I saw Charlotte lotte Edge—she asked me in, and I was shown into a nice room, well furnished—I thought it looked very respectable—she took the boots up stairs—she said the ladies were not up, or were dressing, I forget which—I gave her the bag full of boots, and she came and said they had selected two pairs—she brought a little girl with her into the parlour, and said, "Now fit this little girl with a pair,"which I did—they had selected two pairs of boots up stairs, and one pair for the child—Edge told me to come at six o'clock, and bring some slippers—I do not think I had told the price of the boots, but I trusted for them till six o'clock.


25th November 1844
Reference Numbert18441125-88
VerdictNot Guilty > unknown

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88. HENRY MILLER and CHARLOTTE EDGE were again indicted for stealing 1 pair of slippers, value 7s., the goods of William James Mussaud

WILLIAM JAMES MUSSAUD . The prisoner Miller came to my shop, and ordered a pair of slippers—I took them home on Thursday, the 26th of Sept., about eleven o'clock in the forenoon, for Millet to look at, being the first of an order, to see if they were the sort he liked—when I took them home I saw Charlotte Edge—I gave them to her—she said, "Very well, I will show them to Mr. Miller—I went the next morning, and found they were all gone, slippers and all—I had not sold the slippers in any way—Miller never knew the price, nor never asked the price—I did not sell the slippers—the price was not named.

Miller. I asked him the price; he said they would be 7s. 6d. or 8s.

Witness I will swear it was not asked.

JURY. Q. We wish to know whether the slippers you left were made for the prisoner, or left for his inspection to make others by? A. They were left for his inspection, because his nephew was to have a pair—they were made for him, and left at the place he resided at—I did not doubt for a moment his paying for them, from the appearance of the house.


25th November 1844
Reference Numbert18441125-89
VerdictGuilty > unknown; Guilty > unknown
SentenceTransportation; Imprisonment

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89. JOHN KING and THOMAS WARREN were indicted for stealing 1 coat, value 1l.; the goods of George Robert Gardner.

GEORGE ROBERT GARDNER . I live in Foulkes's-buildings, and am in the employ of a winemerchant. I had a coat—I left it on the banisters on Sunday night, the 10th of Nov., about eleven o'clock, and saw it at the station-house at half-past nine the next morning—it was mine.

Cross-examined by MR. BALLANTINE. Q. Was the door left open? A. I cannot say—the servant attends to that—she is not here—it is the custom to have it open during the hours of business—I cannot say whether it would be open at a quarter before nine in the morning—I am not there so early in general.

WILLIAM CHILDS . I am beadle of Trinity-square. On. Monday, the llth of Nov., I saw the two prisoners, about nine o'clock in the morning, looking in at several houses—I followed them through Barking Church-yard to Tower-street, and when they got to Foulkes's-buildings, I saw King go into the prosecutor's house—I kept my eye on Warren, who was in a passage leading to Foulkes's-buildings—in a minute or two, they both came round the corner of the passage—Warren had this coat under his arm—I went and took King, and Warren threw the coat into the passage of a house in Tower-street—I took it up.

Cross-examined. Q. Whose passage did he throw the coat in? A. A printer's, at the comer of Mark-lane, Tower-street—a policeman, who is not here, saw me pick up the coat—I did not see King come out of the prosecutor's house—I saw him go in, and I saw both the prisoners come out of the passage—I went to Mr. Gardner's about the coat immediately after I had taken the prisoners—Mr. Gardner said he had lost the coat off his banister—I know Mr. Gardner's house—it is my duty to be about there—I had not passed the house before on that morning—when the prisoner went up to the house the door was open—I could not see the pillow—I have been a beadle for eleven years—before that I was a gardener—I have never been charged with any offence—I was never charged about a dog—I was never before the Lord Mayor on any charge—I have been a witness at Lambeth-street frequently—I have been here hundreds of times as a witness, and a prosecutor too—I have been robbed myself—I was here about a sheep being stolen from Lead en hallmarket—I saw the nan I with the sheep—that was the occasion when you gave me a dressing—the Jury acquitted one of the men, but not the man I saw with the sheep.

Warren. Q. Did you take me with the coat in my possession? A. No—I knew you were so lame you would not run—I knew you before—I never knew anything against you.

COURT. Q. How long had you seen them together? A. Ten minutes, or more than that—I saw King go into the house, and Warren throw the coat down.

MR. BALLANTINE. Q. What did you mean by saying you did not know anything against Warren? A. Because I do know something against King.

KING*— GUILTY . Aged 21.— Transported for Seven Years .

WARREN— GUILTY . Aged 22.— Confined Three Months .

25th November 1844
Reference Numbert18441125-90
VerdictGuilty > pleaded guilty; Not Guilty > unknown

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90. WILLIAM LOVELOCK and JOHN BROWN were indicted for stealing 1 handkerchief, value 2s., the goods of George Grimslade, from his person; and that Lovelock had been before convicted of felony; to which

LOVELOCK** pleaded GUILTY . Aged 17.— Transported for Ten Years .

GEORGE GRIMSLADE . I am bookkeeper at the George Inn, in the Borough. 1 was on Londonbridge, coming from the City on the 24th of

Oct.—I had my pocket handkerchief in my hand when I was in Thames-street, and I put it in my coat pocket behind—I stopped at the foot of Londonbridge to look at a cab that had got jammed in—a person touched me, and said my handkerchief was gone—I turned my head, and saw my handkerchief at the man's feet, and he had both the prisoners in custody at the time.

Cross-examined by MR. BALLANTINE. Q. What time was it? A. About three o'clock in the afternoon—there were no persons about—there was a cab, a van, and an omnibus, all fixed together.

ALFRED AYLES (police-constable M 51.) I was on duty that afternoon—I saw Lovelock lift the prosecutor's coat, and take the handkerchief fromhis inside pocket—Brown was standing by, and looking to see if any one was watching, and he stood close to cover Lovelock—I had seen them speaking to one another before.


25th November 1844
Reference Numbert18441125-91
VerdictGuilty > unknown

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91. MARY SMITH was indicted for stealing 1 basin, value 6d.; and 2 dishes, 1s.; the goods of Percival Terry; and that she had been before convicted of felony.

PERCIVAL TERRY . I keep a beershop in Great Chapel-street, Westminster. minster. On the 2nd of Nov., about half-past nine o'clock in the evening, I saw the prisoner come into my house—she went into the back kitchen, and in five minutes she returned with something sticking out under her shawl—I asked her what she had got—she said, "Nothing"—I put my hand on her shawl, and found a basin and two dishes, which were mine—she said she was very sorry, and she hoped I would forgive her.

GEORGE SALMON (police-constable B 142.) I took the prisoner with these things.

ROBERT M'KENZIE (police-constable B 44.) I produce a certificate of the prisoner's conviction, which I got at Mr. Clark's office—(read—"Convicted, on the 8th of April, in 7th Viet, and sentenced to six months' imprisonment")—the prisoner is the person; and she stripped the lodging which she went to after she came out of prison.

GUILTY . Aged 39.— Confined One Year .

Seventh Jury, before Edward Bullock, Esq.

25th November 1844
Reference Numbert18441125-92
VerdictGuilty > unknown

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92. ANN DONOUGH was indicted for stealing 1 pair of boots, value 5s. 6d. to the goods of Richard Wallis Dare, and another; and that she had been before convicted of felony.

HENRY PERKISS . I am shopman to Richard Wallis Dare, and another, in King's-road, Chelsea. On the afternoon of the 31st of Oct., a little after three o'clock, the prisoner came and asked to see some boots—she was fitted with a pair, and then told the price—she said it was too much—she then stooped, and rose up again, and went out—I did not see her take anything, but in a minute I missed a pair of boots—I went out and found the prisoner with the boots under her shawl—I took her back, and the foreman sent for an officer—these are the boots—they are. my master's.

STEPHEN CHAMBERLAIN (police-constable B 76.) I was sent for, and

took the prisoner—she said she had bought the boots, and paid 1s. on them, and she meant to pay the other by instalments—she had been drinking, but she knew perfectly well what she was doing.

PRISONER. I had been drinking, and I went back to my work; my master said I was not fit to work; I was to come the next day; I went out, and I don't know anything more about the boots; I had been in the habit of buying boots at that shop, and never gave but 45. 6d. for them.

HENRY PERKISS re-examined. I have lived three years with my master, and never saw the prisoner before.

JAMES SMITH (police-constable B 90.) I produce a certificate of the prisoner's conviction, which I got from Mr. Clark's office—(read—"Convicted, on the 28th of Nov., in the 6th Viet., and sentenced to three months' imprisonment")—I was at the trial—she is the person.

GUILTY . Aged 40.— Confined Six Months .

25th November 1844
Reference Numbert18441125-93
VerdictGuilty > unknown

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93. WILLIAM WHITE was indicted for stealing 1 coat, value 4s.; 1 umbrella, 10s.; 2 handkerchiefs, 7s.; 1 tablecover, 12s.; 1 waistcoat, 10s.; and 1 shirtfront, 1s.; the goods of Charles Catton, his master.

CHARLES CATTON . I have a stable in Sherrard-place, Kensington. I live in a room over the stable—I keep the room locked, and keep the key with me—the prisoner was my servant for three months up to the 21st of Oct.—he was employed in the stable, and could get to the loft—there was no separation between the loft and the room—I missed a coat, an umbrella, and the other things stated—they were all in different rent parts of the room—I saw them again three or four days afterwards, at Queen-square—they had been all safe previous to the prisoner coming to me, which was three months ago—I cannot say how long before I missed them I had seen them safe—I did not want to make use of them, and I put them in a careful place, as I thought, which was in the drawers, in that room—I should imagine I saw the umbrella safe within a fortnight of my missing it, and that was the principal thing I missed—I found this shirtfront at the prisoner's lodging—I knew it to be mine—I know these other things are mine—they were all in that room.

Prisoner. The room was as often unlocked as locked; it was open from eight at night till eight in the morning.

Witness. It was never unlocked during my absence.

JURY. Q. What description of drawers did you keep these articles in? A. A mahogany chest of drawers—the umbrella was in the top drawer of the three long ones.

THOMAS GAMMON . I live with Mr. Lamb, a pawnbroker at Chelsea. I produce these articles, which were pawned at our shop, but I did not take them all in—I took in this umbrella for 2s. on the 9th of Oct. of the prisoner—I am certain he pawned it—I knew his person—I saw him pawn this handkerchief there, but I did not take it in.

RICHARD BROWN (police-constable B 116.) I took the prisoner—he told me where he lived, and I went there and found this shirtfront—the prisoner was allowed to go, and said he would come on the Wednesday morning if he was wanted—he did not come, and I took him on the Thursday.

Prisoner. I am a widower with five children, and my wages were only 7s. a-week.

CHARLES CATTON re-examined. I did not employ him the whole of his time—two hours in the morning and one in the evening would have done all I have to do—he might have had another situation if he had exerted himself to seek for it.

GUILTY . Aged 44.— Confined Two Months .

25th November 1844
Reference Numbert18441125-94
VerdictGuilty > with recommendation

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94. STEPHEN HICKS was indicted for stealing 3 3/4 lbs. of leather, value 2s. 6d.; and 1/4 of a yard of canvas, 2d.; the goods of William Moore and others, in a vessel in a port of entry and discharge.

WILLIAM MOORE . I live in Barge-yard. I am part owner of the ship Canton, which was in the West India Dock—I have more than one other partner—I had the management of the ship, and put the prisoner on board of it three weeks ago as shipkeeper—there were stores on board, and he had the charge of everything. On the 8th of Nov. I went on board with a policeofficer, and saw him compare this leather with some that was on board the ship—it corresponded exactly with the leather that was on board, which was the joint property of myself and my partners—this piece of canvas is the same sort as some that was on board, but I could not swear to it.

Cross-examined by MR. PAYNE. Q. The canvas is worth 24., is it not? A. About that, and the leather is worth half-a-crown—a woman has been to me representing herself as the prisoner's vile, and 1 have no reason to doubt that she is so—I have not seen any child—there was a large quantity of property on board the ship of all sorts—the prisoner had been two or three years in onr employ—I only know that this piece of leather is ours by its corresponding with the leather which was on board—it had been cut off a large piece—the ship was in charge of the Dock principally—no one was on board but the prisoner.

WILLIAM LONG . I am a constable of the West India Dock. On the night of the 7th of Nov. I stopped the prisoner as he was coming out of the Limehousebasin gate—I asked him what he had got—he said he had got nothing—I took him into the box and searched him—I found this leather round his body under his shirt—I asked him how he came by it—he said he might as well tell the truth at once, he brought it from the ship—I asked him what ship, he said the Canton, and he was shipkeeper of it—I asked him if any one else was on board—he said, "No one, I have the keys and charge of everything"—I found this canvas in the seat of his trowsers—I asked him how he came by that, and he would not answer—I went the next morning on board the ship, and saw the leather that this piece was cut from in the aftercabin.

Crossexamintd. Q. He told you the truth? A. Yes, and teemed very penitent indeed.

GUILTY. Aged 30.—Recommended to mercy by the Jury and Prosecutor. — Confined Fourteen Days .

NEW COURT.—Thursday, November 28th, 1844.

Sixth Jury, before Mr. Common Sergeant.

25th November 1844
Reference Numbert18441125-95
VerdictGuilty > unknown; Guilty > unknown; Not Guilty > unknown; Not Guilty > unknown
SentenceTransportation; Imprisonment

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95. HENRY MILLER, SARAH DAWERS, CHARLOTTE EDGE , and SAMUEL EDGE , were indicted for a conspiracy.

RICHARD GIBLETT . I live at St. Peter's-terrace, Hammersmith—I am landlord of the house, No. 1, Peter's Cottages—I let that house to the prisoner Miller some time in Aug.—he took possession of it about the 10th of Sept.—he remained there till the night of the 26th of Sept. On going out in the morning on the 27th, I found people standing about the house, and they told me the tenants had gone away in the night—I rang the bell, and there was no one there—the police afterwards opened the house—I went in, and found nothing but three empty casks—Miller had taken the house for three years—he had not paid any rent—when he took the house he gave me a reference to Mr. Dell, No. 31, Windsorterrace, City-road—I went there, and, to the best of my belief, the prisoner Charlotte Edge opened the door—I do not swear to her—I asked for Mr. Dell—she inquired my name—I said I was a stranger to Mr. Dell, but I came about a reference, and I wished to see Mr. Dell—she asked me in—I waited some little time, and the prisoner Samuel Edge came into the room—I had asked for Mr. Dell, and Samuel Edge appeared—I addressed him, and said I came to inquire about a Mr. Miller, who had taken a cottage of mine at Hammersmith, and I wished to know if I should be paid my rent—he said Mr. Miller was a very respectable man, he had rented under hit father for some years, and that his father and him were on very intimate terms—I then stated that mine was a small place, and the rent was not very large, it was 25l.—I described the place, and he said he should think it was a house exactly to suit the family—with that reference I was satisfied, and I went to a house occupied by Miller, where he had given me his card, in Ashford-street, Hoxton—the prisoner Dawers opened the door—I asked if Mr. Miller was in—she said he was not, he was gone into the City, and he would be at home about four o'clock—I said, "Will you tell him I am the person from Hammersmith, and the reference is satisfactory? "—I did not see Miller for a day or two, and I wrote him a note—I afterwards gave him possession of the house—I should not have let him had it if I had not had that account from Samuel Edge—the day before Miller quitted the cottage I saw Samuel Edge in the garden with Miller.

Cross-examined by MR. CLARKSON. Q. Was there any agreement made between you and Miller, at any time, that you were to receive any money or money's worth before he had the possession of the house? A. No—there was nothing due to me when he quitted, nor for two days after—he left on the Friday, and the quarterday was on the Sunday—I do not know whether I have mentioned before that I saw Samuel Edge in the garden with Miller—I should think I have mentioned it, if I have not I did not know it was necessary—it is no interest to me—I should never have prosecuted him—I come here from day to day much against my inclination.

ROBERT CARR . I am an ironmonger, and live in King-street, Hammersmith. On the 24th of Sept., about twelve or one o'clock, Miller came to my shop, and asked if I had got any fenders—I told him I had not anything

in the furnishing department—he did not say what he was—he said he had recntly given up business, and left his old furniture behind, and he thought he could buy new for as little as it would cost to remove his old—I said it would be so if he came any distance—he said he had taken No. 1, St. Peter's Cottages, and he should want a few things, that his servant would look in in the evening, and select a few—he gave me his card, which was left at Worship-street—between nine and ten the same evening, Charlotte Edge came—she selected a broom, and three other articles—she said Mr. Miller, her master, had seen me in the morning, and she requested the things to be sent home the first thing in the morning to Mr. Miller's, No. 1, St. Peter's Cottages, and my boy took them home the next morning, Wednesday, the 25th of Sept.—on the same day an old lady, dressed very smartly, who I believe was Dawers, looked in at dusk, just as we were lighting the gas—she said her servant would look in that evening for a few things, that Mr. Miller would be at home on Friday, and the bill was to be made out then—between nine and ten that evening Charlotte Edge came again, and looked out several more articles, and amongst the rest two bottlejacks, which were to be sent for choice—they were not sold, and they were particularly requested to be sent home on the following morning—on the next morning, Thursday, Sept. the 26th, I and my boy took them, between eight and nine o'clock, to No. 1, St. Peter's Cottages—my boy delivered them to a man—I saw the person, but I did not exactly distinguish who it was—on that same evening Charlotte Edge looked in again between nine and ten o'clock—she told me her master quite approved of the candlesticks she had the other night, and would I let her have another pair?—she selected several other things, and desired them to be sent home—she particularly told me to send the bill in on Friday morning, and leave a space for the bottlejack, which they kept, to be put in—I requested her to let me send the things home in the morning, as I could not that night—she said, "No, I will take them myself "—I consented, and she took them home to save me the trouble of sending—on the Friday morning, the 27th, I was sweeping my shopoutside, and Mr. Giblett spoke to me, and I ran off to the policestation—I then went to the house, and the prisoners were all gone.

WILLIAM HENRY DUBOIS (police-sergeant N 14.) On the 17th of Oct. I went to No. 3, Richard-street, Islington, and apprehended Charlotte Edge—I told her I wanted her for defrauding different tradespeople—she said, "Do you?"

GEORGE KEMP (police-constable N 82.) I took Samuel Edge at No. 3, Richard-street—I told him I wanted him for different frauds and felonies, and asked him if his name was not Edge—he said, "You seem to know all about it."

FREDERICK COLE . I live in St. Peter's-place. About six o'clock in the morning, on the 27th of Sept., I saw four or five persons busily engaged gaged in removing goods, and, to the best of my recollection, the two prisoners Edge were there—I rang Mr. Giblett's bell, and then the horse and van all moved away—the name of Edge was on the van.

MILLER— GUILTY . Aged 57.— Transported for Seven Years .

SAMUEL EDGE— GUILTY . Aged 40.— Confined Eighteen Months .


(See pages 106 and 108.)

25th November 1844
Reference Numbert18441125-96
VerdictGuilty > unknown

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96. ANN M'CORMACK was indicted for stealing 1 sovereign, the monies of Leah Aarons.

MESSRS. CLARKSON and DOANE conducted the Prosecution.

LEAH AARONS . I am in the service of Mr. Silva—I went there on the 29th of Sept.—I had lived there before, and left on account of ill healththe prisoner was a fellowservant of mine—she had been in the service about three weeks—I knew she was about to leave, and had received warning from her mistress—the prisoner and another servant, named Flora Myers, and I, all slept in the same room—on Sunday, the 10th of Nov., I went up stairs to my bed-room to dress—while I was dressing, the prisoner came in—I had a box belonging to me in that room, and in that box I had a sovereign, which I had seen safe that afternoon—while I was dressing, I asked the prisoner to go to my box to get my stays—I fancied they were in that box, but they were not—that was between three and four o'clock—when she went to that box she had an opportunity of seeing the sovereign—anybody could have seen it, by going to the box—I generally kept the box locked, but sometimes it was open—it was locked on that Sunday—when the prisoner went down stairs, and I had finished dressing, I locked the box—it was shut before she left, and I merely turned the key, and put it into my pocket—we all slept in that room that night—I did not sleep with the prisoner—the next morning, about ten, the little girl, Julia Silva, asked me for my key, to open her box—I lent it to her, and I went outside with her—I did not lose sight of the key while it was in the child's hand—I then took the key down stairs with me—in about two hours after, the child was missing from the house, there was a great alarm, and I and the rest went to look after her—I saw Mrs. Halton and Mrs. Murrell, and in consequence of what I heard from them, I went and opened my box, and my sovereign was gone—the box opened as usual—that was on the Monday, the 11th of Nov.—the prisoner had been sent, amongst other persons, to look after the child—she returned from looking after her while I was looking in my box and missed my sovereign—I complained to her of the loss of it—she said, "I saw it in the corner of your box yesterday"—I afterwards accompanied Miss Silva to No. 4, Charles-court, St. Martin's-lane—I went into the house with a policeman, between five and six o'clock the same evening—I found the little girl there.

JULIA SILVA . My birthday was on the 30th of Oct.—I am the daughter of Mr. Silva, who is here—I live in King-street, Finsbury, with my father, mother, sister, and the family—I remember the prisoner coming as servant to our house, in Oct.—she had been there a week when she had warning given her—after the warning was given her, she asked me several times if I would go away with her to the Strand—she said she was going to set up a cap shop, and a sweetstuff shop—I at first refused—she was always asking me every day, and I refused—I do not know how long she continued asking me—I remember going away on the Monday—I think it is a fortnight ago—it was the same day that I was found in Charles-court—I remember, the Sunday before that Monday, my mamma had a friend, and she told me to go to bed—I went down into the kitchen, and told Flora, the little girl who waits on me, to light my fire, and she went up to light it—the prisoner and I were then left in the kitchen, and the prisoner said to me, "Miss Julia, now is a very good opportunity;

you can go away now, and leave the door open"—I said, "No, a thief might come in and murder my mamma"—she did not say anything more to me then, and I went to bed—on the Monday morning I went down to take a message from mamma, and the prisoner called me into the back kitchen—she gave me a sovereign, and said I was to go and buy what I wanted, and then to go to the Strand—(one day I had been speaking to Leah about dolls' clothes, and I told her mamma was going to buy me a doll's basket)—the prisoner told me to go and buy my doll's-things, and take a cab and go to the Strand—I did not know my way to the Strand—I knew there was such a place—the prisoner had threatened me if I did not go, and said she would do something—I at last agreed to go, and she gave me the sovereign—I went from the back kitchen, up stairs to dress, and then I went out—I had got the sovereign, and I went first to Mrs. Murrell's, and several other places, and then I got a cab, and went to Bishopsgate-street—I there bought some things, and then went to Sun-street, to look if the prisoner was there—she had told me to do so—I at last drove to the Strand, and afterwards went to Charles-court—I there got a pen and ink, and wrote this letter (looking at it) to the prisoner—I sent Mrs. Hall's little boy to put it in the post—I staid at Charles-court till my sister came and fetched me, between five and six o'clock—I had told the prisoner I would write to her—she did not say anything to me about giving her any of the money—when my sister came to me, I had only 10 1/2 d. left.

MOSES HOLMES SILVA . My private residence is at No. 2, King-street, Finsbury. I carry on business at the East India-chambers; Julia Silva is my daughter; she is ten years and three weeks old. The prisoner came into my service on the 19th of Oct., and on the 1st of Nov. she came into the parlour, said she was very much distressed, and wanted a pair of boots, and I lent her 10s.

FLORA MYERS . I am in the service of Mr. Silva. I remember the little girl going out on the Monday morning, and the same day a letter was brought by the postman for the prisoner—she was out when it came—I took it down into the kitchen, and when the prisoner came in I showed it her, and she took it and put it down her bosom—after she had taken it, I asked her if she could read, knowing she could not—she said, "No"—I proposed to read the letter to her, and I did so—she said she would take it and tell her mistress, and go and fetch the child—she took the letter, and left the envelope on the table—she did not go up to her mistress, but she put on her bonnet and shawl, and went out of the halldoor—I did not see her again till she was in custody.

JOHN MONKS (police-constable F 61.) I received information of the flight of this child—I went to No. 4, Charles-court, to the lodging of Mrs. Hall—I went at the same time that the elder sister and the servant went to fetch the child—when we got there we found the child—she was given to her sister and the servant, and they went home in a cab—I waited at the room for half an hour, and then the prisoner came—she said she was the person who had come after the little girl, but not the person who had sent her away—I had not at that time said anything to her about the little girl being sent away—I then took her into custody, and she repeated the words again—I said, "You come with me, and I will take you where the little girl is"—she then gave me the letter—in going to the station I asked her if she knew anything about the sovereign—she said her fellowservant told her

the little girl had taken the sovereign out of her box—she was taken to the station, and before the Magistrate the next day.

LEAH AARON re-examined. Q. Did you tell the prisoner that the little girl had taken the sovereign out of your box? A. No.

(Letter read.) "Dear Ann,—I write to inform you that I have gone to the Westend, but I hope you will come tonight, as I do not know what I shall do without you; for now I have gone, I can't come back. Come about seven o'clock; now do, Ann, come, for I do not know what I shall do without; I am obliged to take any place till you come. I have no more to say, but believe me to remain your affectionate, JULIA SILVA. Pray come—No. 4, Charles-court, St. Martin's-lane."

GUILTY . Aged 23.— Transported for Seven Years .

25th November 1844
Reference Numbert18441125-97
VerdictGuilty > pleaded guilty

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97. ROBERT WHEATLEY was indicted for stealing 1 shilling, and 1 groat, the monies of Sarah Ann Cofield, from her person.—2nd COUNT, stating it to be the monies of William Follett; to which he pleaded

GUILTY .— Confined One Year .

25th November 1844
Reference Numbert18441125-98
VerdictGuilty > unknown

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98. JAMES HUGHES was indicted for stealing 1 shilling, and 1 groat, the monies of George Aubrey Creed, his master; and that he had been before convicted of felony.

GEORGE AUBREY CRIED . I am a greengrocer, and live in Great Chapel-street, Westminster; the prisoner was my errandboy. Having missed money for the last five or six weeks, I had some money marked on Tuesday night, the 12th of Nov., and it was placed in the till on Wednesday—on going out that morning, about ten o'clock, I received some money, and I then saw the marked money perfectly safe in the till—I returned home a little after eleven—I then missed one shilling and a fourpennypiece out of the till—I fetched an officer, and gave the prisoner into custody—he was searched, but none of my money was found on him—the officer then searched the parlour, but nothing was found there—I proceeded with the officer to search the shop, and under the skirting in the shop, where the prisoner had been cleaning the window, was the shilling secreted, and the fourpennypiece was at the back of the till, on a ledge—I gave the prisoner into custody—he said he had taken the money, but he hoped we would let him go, and forgive him—the shilling was one I had marked.

THOMAS WELLS (police-sergeant C 1.) I went to the prosecutor's—I found this shilling under the skirtingboard—it has the mark which the prosecutor described—when I told the prisoner it was found be begged of his master to forgive him, and on the way to the station he said that he took the money, and begged I would speak to his master for him.

Prisoner. No, I did not; the policeman never searched the place; my master searched it.

RICHARD BOOR (police-sergeant C 15.) I produce a certificate of the prisoner's former conviction, which I got at Mr. Clark's office—(read)—"Convicted on the 21st of August, 7th Vict., and sentenced to be imprisoned fourteen days")—the prisoner is the person.

GUILTY . Aged 15.— Confined Eighteen Months .

25th November 1844
Reference Numbert18441125-99
VerdictGuilty > unknown

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99. CHARLES JAMES was indicted for stealing 1 bedstead, value 14l.; 1 looking-glass, 7l.; 3 tables, 20l.; 2 cheffioneers, 4l.; 16 chairs, 3l.; 1 carpet, 3l.; 1 lamp, 1l.; 2 fingerplates, 5s.; 2 doorplates, 5s.; 1 bed, 5l.; 2 pillows, 1l. 1 fender, 1l.; and 1 set of fireirons, 1l.; the goods of Henry Gyles.

MR. BALLANTINE conducted the Prosecution.

HENRY GYLES . I live in Burtoncrescent. I have some houses at 16, Ladbrookterrace, Nottinghill—one of them was vacant about the 13th of Aug.—it had been let furnished, and some furniture was still remaining in it—amongst other things there was a bedstead, a bed, pillows, and other things, and some doorplates—the doorplates did not form the subject of any agreement between me and the prisoner—on the 16th or 17th of Aug. the prisoner called on me, and said he came to speak about that house—he said he was a private individual, keeping horses, and living in some credit at Four Posts, near Southampton—he gave me a reference to a Mr. Golding—I went to him—I saw the prisoner again 'the day afterwards, I and agreed to take him as a tenant—he came to my house to sign this I agreement, which is stamped—he took the house for three years—I afterwards met him at the house—there was a wagon at the door removing some furniture from the house—he said, "Those cheffioneers fit the recesses very well,"and he seemed to wish them to remain—there was an inventory drawn out by himself in pencil, of the articles which were left there—this is the inventory—it contains a bedstead, a lootable, and a variety of other things—with the exception of the bed and pillows, a price was named for all the things, and he stipulated to pay for them—the bed and pillows were to be left; and when his wife came to London, if she wished to have then, he was to enter into a negotiation with me about them—nothing was said about the doorplates—I put the prisoner in possession of the house on the 21st of Aug., and he was to pay for those things on the 5th of Sept.—I went to Ramsgate, and while there I received a letter, and came to town on the 3rd or 4th of Sept.—I went to the house, and found everything had been taken away but one chair.

Cross-examined by MR. ROBINSON. Q. Was not credit to be given for those things? A. Yes, a fortnight, till the 5th of Sept—there was a proposal of a sum to be paid for certain articles, which I acceded to, provided they were paid for on a certain day—the agreement was, that those other things should be paid for if they were approved of by the prisoner's wife, and on the same day—there was no price named for the bed and pillows—this invoice was made out on the 21st of Aug., at the same time the conversation took place about the bed and pillows.

COURT. Q. Suppose the price for the bed and pillows had been 50l., was he bound by it? A. No, there was no price named for them—if I put a price on them, if his wife approved of them, he was to pay.

JAMES BRAN NAN (police-sergeant G 20.) I received information of this transaction, and have traced a trifling part of the property—I have not found the bed, nor bedding—there is a place called Four Posts near Southampton—no such person as the prisoner was known there—I took him into custody at No. 212, Hoxton Old Town—it is a pie shop, and they sell hot potatoes.

Cross-examined. Q. How do you know it was his house? A. From information—I have seen his wife serve at the counter, and I found him there.

COURT to MR. GYLES. Q. When the day came when these things were

to be paid for, suppose the prisoner's wife had valued this bed at 1l., should you have been obliged to sell it? A. By no means—I should have had the option on that day of selling or not selling; and hit undertaking was, that if I did not like the price he proposed, he was to send it home to my house carriage free.

MR. ROBINSON. Q. He might have used this bed? A. No, it was in a separate room by itself—it was by no means to be used till the negotiation took place—he was to use the other things, but these were placed in a corner of the room, and some things placed over them to keep the dust from them, preparatory to their being removed to my house.

GUILTY . Aged 27.— Transported for Seven Years .

25th November 1844
Reference Numbert18441125-100
VerdictNot Guilty > unknown

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100. CHARLES JAMES was again indicted for stealing 6 shifts, value 1l. 16s.; 1 shirt, 6s.; 5 handkerchiefs, 18s. 6d.; 2 pairs of drawers, 10s.; 6 pairs of stockings, 10s. 6d.; 9 collars, 1l.; 1 nightgown, 6s. 6d.; 1 waistcoat, 4s.; 2 gowns, 1s.; 5d.; 2 pairs of gloves, 7s.; 2 pairs of garters, 1s. 4d.; and 1 petticoat, 5s. 6d.; the goods of William Allason Miller.

WILLIAM ALLASON MILLER . I keep a readymade linen warehouse in High-street, Nottinghill. About nine o'clock in the evening, on the 30th of August, the prisoner came and asked me if I kept shirts—I said I did—I he said he wished linen shirts—I said I did not keep them, but I made them to order—he wished that I should send specimens to Ladbrook. 1 terrace the next morning by ten o'clock—I said I would—I went and took two pieces of linen, and two patterns of shirts—he selected one of the pattern shirts, and desired me to make twelve linen shirts to that patten, saying he would keep that shirt, which was his size, in long cloth—he then asked if I kept ladies' things—I said I did—he wished to se some specimens—I asked him of what kind—he said he did not know what his wife might require, as his horses and carriage occupied so much of his time that the ladies had very little of his attention—he said he came from Southampton, and his horses and carriage would be in town the following week—I took the ladies'things to him, and he selected many things—I did not sell them to him—I took some back—I left goods to the amount of 8l. 2s. 6d., and I was to be paid for them on the Tuesday following.


25th November 1844
Reference Numbert18441125-101
VerdictGuilty > unknown

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101. CHARLES JAMES was again indicted for stealing 3 pocket-books, books, value 10s. 6d.; 60 pencils, 15s.; 7 newspapers, 3s.; 1 pencilcase, 7s.; 5 blottingcases, 6s.; 6 packets of wafers, 3s.; 2 quires of paper, 8d.; and 100 envelopes, 1s. 6d.; the goods of Charles William Durnford.

CHARLES WILLIAM DURNFORD . I live in High-street, Nottinghill. In Aug. last a person came to me representing himself as servant to a gentleman who had just come from Southampton, and taken a large house at Nottinghill—he wanted me to supply him with certain articles, and be took some—he came again and wanted some more—I said, "I don't know your master; I don't choose to trust you with more things, for I have been robbed."On the Saturday following (the 31st of Aug.) I saw the prisoner at No. 16, Ladbrookterrace—I met him as a gentleman—I took a number of pocket-books, and he selected some for a young lady who was going to boardingschool—I wished for payment, and he said, "Oh, you can leave them till Monday and I will select from them "—I left three till

Monday for him to select, and he told me to bring the bill for the other I articles he had had in the week, and on the Monday morning he would select what he wished to keep—I went on the Sunday morning and left sixty pencils for him to select from, for a young lady going to boardingschool. On the Monday morning I was making out some of my bills, and some neighbours came in and said something—I went down and found the house was empty—the pencils and pocket-books were gone—I had not sold them.

Cross-examined by MR. ROBINSON. Q. Did you make out an invoice to this man? A. No, I had made no bill for the prisoner—I do not consider that he bought these things—he was to let me know if he would have them—this is one of the pocket-books—here is my handwriting in it—this is another pocket-book of mine—I am not quite sure that he had not a bill on the Sunday morning—I rather think the pencils were included in the bill sent in on Sunday morning—I cannot tell whether they were or not.

GEORGE HANSON . I am shopman to Mr. Smith, a pawnbroker, in Hoxton—I took in these pocket-books of the prisoner on the 7th of Oct.

JAMES BRANNAN (police-sergeant G 20.) I know the prisoner. I have been to Southampton, and cannot find that he ever lived there—I found him at Hoxton—he lives in a shop where they sell pies and baked potatoes—I said I must have the duplicates—he looked at his wife and said, "You had better give them to him, my dear "—and she gave me a great many duplicates.

ROBERT COLE (police-constable G 193.) I was with Sergeant Brannan—I found nearly 100 invoices at the shop, extending over some years.

Cross-examined. Q. Have you any invoice that is receipted? A. Yes, here is one—I have no invoice of the articles in this indictment.

GUILTY . Aged 24."

JAMES BRANNAN . I have known the prisoner four or five years—he is associated with a gang of swindlers, part of whom were convicted here to-day and yesterday—he has kept that pie shop about ten days or a fortnight—I could have produced thirty cases of a similar nature—he has been down to Gravesend and "victimized"the whole town almost, and even at Romford he has wronged the minister of the parish.

Transported for Seven Years longer .

25th November 1844
Reference Numbert18441125-102
VerdictNot Guilty > unknown

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102. RICHARD SMITHERS was indicted for embezzlement.

WILLIAM LARARD . I live in Aylesbury-street, Clerkenwell—the prisoner was in my service. On the 13th of November I sent him to Mr. Thompson with a pair of boots—he was to receive 8s. for them, and to return and pay it to me that day—he did not return—I did not see him till he was in the policeoffice.

Prisoner. Q. Did I not, on the previous week, receive 10s. 6d. from Mr. Ralph, and keep it by me for three days? A. No, it was paid to me the same evening you received it.

HENRY THOMPSON . The prisoner brought me a pair of boots, and I paid 8s. for them on the 13th of November.

WILLIAM COTTAM (police-sergeant G 10.) I took the prisoner on the morning of the 15th of November—he said he should have made it all right.

Prisoner. I had not spent the money, I laid it on the mantelpiece; when I was dragged away, the officer shoved my father away when I was going to tell him where the money was, and he was going to give it him.

Witness. I went early in the morning to find him—I gave him half-an hour to dress—the money he was going to give was 2d. which I took from him.

JURY to RICHARD SMITHERS. Q. Do you think he meant to defraud you? A. No, I think it was obstinacy.


25th November 1844
Reference Numbert18441125-103
VerdictGuilty > unknown
SentenceNo Punishment > sentence respited

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103. CALEB BASAN was indicted for stealing 1 timepiece, value 2l.; 1 shelf, 5s.; 1 carpetcover, 10s.; 1 counterpane, 5s.; 1 set of windowcurtains, 2l.; 1 teachest, 1l.; 1 bronze figure, 1l.; 1 kettle and cover, 3s.; 1 pail, 3s.; 4 decanters, 1l. 15s.; 12 knives, 15s.; 12 forks, 8s.; and 9 wineglasses, 7s.; the goods of William Taylor.

MR. DOANE conducted the Prosecution.

WILLIAM TAYLOR . I live at No. 17, Park-street, Grosvenor-square—the house No. 16, Park-street, belongs to me. In Oct., 1843, I had that house with its furniture to let—a person named Beaumont waited upon me—he represented himself as a house agent and agent of the prisoner—there was an agreement talked of about the house No. 16—I saw the prisoner on the 23rd of Oct.—before I signed the agreement I required a reference, and the prisoner referred me to Mr. Corbould, the artist—the reference was quite satisfactory, so much so, that I agreed to let the prisoner have the house—this is the agreement—the timepiece, the shelf, and the other articles named in this indictment, are enumerated in it—there were some cut decanters and nine wineglasses, which were furnished by his request before he entered—he came into possession on the 24th—when the rent was due I did not get a farthing—I have had to pay 68l. ayear for the house besides the taxes—this is the timepiece that was in the house, and it is my property—I never gave him authority to sell or to pawn it.

Cross-examined by MR. BALLANTINE. Q. Has he made any proposition with respect to this furniture? A. No, he remained in the house till he was taken into custody on the 6th or 7th of Nov., 1844—I had been a long time trying to lay hold of him—I found he did not pay the rent, and I wanted to get rid of him—I have not got possession of the house—I should like to know who is in possession of it—the prisoner proposed to let it to another person, but I told him I should not have anything to do with such a proposition—I never had any verbal communications with the prisoner—they were mostly in writing with my attorney.

THOMAS BEAUMONT . I live in Harleymews, and am a stablekeeper—I know the prisoner, and, by his direction, I applied to Mr. Taylor about taking a house for him at No. 16, Park-street—I signed the agreement which they entered into, on the 23rd of Oct.

Cross-examined. Q. Do you know the prisoner's family? A. I know their family house was in the neighbourhood of Russell-square—his family was always respectable—I saw the prisoner after he got this house, but I have not seen him since Christmas—he went into this house to practise as a surgeon, and that was his profession previously.

MR. DOANE. Q. Did you know of his being in prison? A. No—I have not heard that he was a bankrupt—I never knew him to go by the name of Lieutenant Boyle—I have sold him horses—the last I sold him was five years ago, when he lived in Park-road, St. John's-wood—I never visited him.

HENRY BEATTIE . I am a pawnbroker, and live in Portman-street—I produce this timepiece, it was pawned with me on the 11th of May, by the prisoner—I asked him what his name was, and he said William Feathers, Northbank, and that it was his own—I lent him 1l. 10s. on it—as near as I can recollect, he said it had cost him 4l. or 5l.

Cross-examined. Q. What is it worth? A. About two guineas or 21. 5s.

MR. BALLANTINE. I will not trouble the Court further; the larceny of the clock is at any rate made out; I will consent to a verdict against the prisoner, and the prosecutor shall have his house within twenty-four I hours.

GUILTY. Aged 33.— Judgment Respited.

25th November 1844
Reference Numbert18441125-104
VerdictNot Guilty > unknown

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104. ALFRED JOHN NUNN was indicted for embezzlement.

WILLIAM LAMBERT . I am a chemist, and live in Jermyn-street, St. James's—the prisoner was my errandboy. On the 9th of Sept. I left in his possession 6s. 10 1/2 d—I went out for about an hour, and during my absence he sold an article for 1s. 1 1/2 d., and entered it in the petty cash-book—when I returned he was gone—he was to have placed the 6s. 10 1/2 d. in the moneybox—he had not done so—the next I heard was, that he was in the House of Correction.


25th November 1844
Reference Numbert18441125-105
VerdictGuilty > unknown

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105. ALFRED JOHN NUNN was again indicted for stealing 1 half-crown, 3 shillings, 2 sixpences, 3 pence, and 3 halfpence, the monies of William Lambert, his master.

WILLIAM LAMBERT . The prisoner was my servant. I left him on the 9th of Sept., with a half-crown and some other money, amounting to 6s. 10 1/2 d—I left home between six and seven o'clock, and he was gone when I returned, and the money too.

GUILTY . Aged 18.— Confined Three Months .

25th November 1844
Reference Numbert18441125-106
VerdictGuilty > pleaded guilty

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106. GEORGE COOK was indicted for stealing, on the 25th of Nov., at St. Marylebone, 1 watch, value 1l. 10s.; and 1 handkerchief, 10s.; the goods of James Holden: 3 ladles, 6l. 11s.; 7 spoons, 5l. 11s.; 4 knives, 1l.; 13 forks, 12l. 19s.; and 1 fishslice, 3l. 3s.; the goods of Thomas Sydenham Clarke, in his dwelling-house; to which he pleaded

GUILTY . Aged 20— Confined One Year .

Fifth Jury, before Edward Bullock, Esq.

25th November 1844
Reference Numbert18441125-107
VerdictGuilty > pleaded guilty

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107. ALFRED SAUNDERS was indicted for stealing 5 cigars, value 7d., the goods of Henry William Brand; and that he had been before convicted of felony; to which he pleaded

GUILTY . Aged 14.— Confined Three Months .

25th November 1844
Reference Numbert18441125-108
VerdictGuilty > pleaded guilty

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108. ROBERT STOCK was indicted for stealing 1 clock, value 2l.; and 1 clockcase, 4l.; the goods of Aaron Salaman, his master; and that he had been before convicted of felony; to which he pleaded

GUILTY . Aged 24.— Transported for Seven Years .

25th November 1844
Reference Numbert18441125-109
VerdictsGuilty > pleaded guilty

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109. CHARLES ARNOLD was separately indicted for stealing 1 watch, value 1l., the goods of Eliza Surry Eason: 1 spoon, 1l., the goods of Caroline Susanna Stott:— 5 spoons, value 1l. 5s.; I eyeglass, 10s.; and 1 brooch, 5s.; the goods of Ellen Paine: and 1 coat, value 8s.; and 1 umbrella, 4s.; the goods of William Turner; to all which he pleaded

GUILTY . Aged 26.— Transported for Seven Years .

25th November 1844
Reference Numbert18441125-110
VerdictGuilty > with recommendation

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110. ANN BROWN was indicted for stealing 1 musicalbox, value 6s.; and 1 spoon, 4s.; the goods of Richard Edward Carden, her master.

RICHARD EDWARD CARDEN . I live in Clarence-row, Kentishtownthe prisoner was in my service—she came on the 28th of Sept. On the morning of the 8th of Nov. I lost a musicalbox from a writingdesk—I saw it safe a day or two previous—the desk was not locked—on the day after I gave the prisoner into custody—I then missed a mustardspoon, which had been in her care in a basket, with other articles.

HENRY ROBERTSON . I am in the service of a pawnbroker in Frederick-place, Hampstead-road. I produce this musicalbox—the prisoner pledged it on the 7th of Nov.—I had not seen her before, but I know her so well as to swear to her.

JAMES JONES . I produce this mustardspoon. The prisoner pawned it at Mr. Trail's, my master's—I am quite sure it was her.

JAMES HILSDEN (police-constable S 41.) I was sent for by the prosecutor, on the 8th of Nov., and the prisoner was given into my charge—her master accused her of stealing this box—she took the duplicate of it out of her pocket, and gave it me—she then gave me four other duplicates out of her own box, one of which relates to this spoon.

MR. CARDEN re-examined. These are my property—the prisoner has been a good servant with the exception of this.

Prisoner's Defence. I pledged the box and the spoon, not with an intent of stealing them, but to redeem them on the Saturday; my reason was, I had not a second change to put on, and as I expected my mistress to be confined, I wanted to appear respectable.

GUILTY. Aged 32.—Recommended to mercy by the Jury.

Confined Two Months .

25th November 1844
Reference Numbert18441125-111
VerdictsGuilty > unknown; Not Guilty > unknown

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111. ELIZA MOODY was indicted for stealing 2 breastpins, value 1l. 2s., the goods of John Gibson; and MARY ANN PRENDERGAST , for feloniously receiving 1 breastpin, part of the same, well knowing it to have been stolen; against the Statute, &c.; and that Moody had been before convicted of felony.

JOHN GIBSON . I live at No. 19, Broad-court, Drury-lane—I sleep in the back room at the top of the house. On the morning of the 29th of Oct. I saw two gold pins of mine on the corner of the drawers in my room, at ten minutes before nine o'clock—I then went to business—I went home in about twenty minutes, and the pins were gone—here is one of them now produced—it is mine, and is one of those that were safe when I went out, and missed when I came back.

THOMAS ALEXANDER AFFLECK . I live at No. 19, Broad-court. On the 92th of Oct., about nine o'clock in the morning, I was leaving my front

room, to go to business—when I got on the landing I looked into the back room where the prosecutor sleeps, and I saw Moody there—she had nothing to do with the house—I asked her what she wanted, and she said, "Mrs. Kelly, a dressmaker"—(there was no Mrs. Kelly lived in the house)—I asked her who sent her there—she said she came from a Jewess in Claremarket—I said I would see to that, for I believed she was there on a wrong purpose—I went with her part of the way, as far as Wildpassage, and then I thought I had better take her to the station—the thought then came across my mind that the prosecutor's two pins might have been left at the corner of the drawers in his room, where he generally leaves them—I went to the shop to him, and he returned home and missed them.

JAMES LEWIS ASHMAN (police-constable F 119.) On the morning of the 30th of Oct. I stood in the front part of the office at Bow-street, where the remanded cases come out of the van, and I saw Moody hand something to Prendergast, who was there waiting, before the prisoners came in the van—Moody beckoned Prendergast, and handed something to her, and the moment she handed something to her I laid hold of her hand, and called Pocock, we moved the other prisoners, and this piece of paper, with this pin in it, was dropped on the floor by Prendergast.

WILLIAM POCOCK (police-constable F 81.) I was in the lobby of the office that morning—I saw Prendergast struggling with Ashman—I went and took Prendergast by the left arm, and removed her—I picked up this paper and pin close by her feet.

Moody's Defence. I went with the prosecutor on the Sundaynight, I think the 27th of Oct.; I was with him at the Feathers, in Great Wild-street; we then went to a house of accommodation; he had not money enough to pay for the room and for me, and he gave me one of these pins and a sixpence; he was to give me 2s. for the pin the next day; I slept with him; I went to Mrs. Levy, a dressmaker, in Claremarket, and she said, "You must go to Broad-court, for Mrs. Kelly;" I went to the house, and they told me to go up stairs; I went and asked the gentleman for Mrs. Kelly, and said I came from a dressmaker; he took hold of me by the shoulder, and said, "You have come on no good purpose;"I said, "Yes, I have;"we came down stairs; there was another man there, and we went on to Wildpassage; he caught my shawl, and said, "What have you got here?"I said, "What do you suppose I have?"and then he said, "Come back, I will not go with you;" we went back to the door of the house; there was an officer going by, and he gave me in custody; I was taken, and searched, and had no pin about me; I was remanded; there was a young girl there, and I sent her for the pin; when the prosecutor came to the office he shook hit head at me, and I thought I would not tell how it was; I saw this prisoner; I gave her the pin, and said, "Ask him if he will give me the 2s. that he promised me?" and then I was carried on, and that is the whole truth.

JOHN GIBSON re-examined. Q. You hear what she says; that you had been with her, and gave her the pin till you could give her 2s.? A. I never saw her till she was at Bow-street.

JURY to JAMES LEWIS ASHMAN. Q. Was Moody searched at the station? A. Yes, and nothing was found on her—that was on the 29th—she was remanded, and in the morning, when she came from the prison, she was seen to pass this pin to the other prisoner.

JOHN MILES . I produce a certificate of the prisoner Moody's former conviction, which I got at Mr. Clark's office—(read—"Convicted on the 12th of Dec., 6th Vict., and sentenced to six months' imprisonment")—I was present—the prisoner is the person.

MOODY— GUILTY . Aged 19.— Transported for Seven Years .


25th November 1844
Reference Numbert18441125-112
VerdictGuilty > unknown

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112. JOHN UPTON was indicted for stealing 1 ass, price 21., the property of James Tegg; and that he had been before convicted of felony.

JAMES TEGG . I live in Turville-street, Shoreditch. I had a donkey at Smithfield on Saturday the 26th of Oct.—he was tied to the rails opposite the Lock and Key public-house, and there was a bag of sand by him—I was in there, and the prisoner came to me and said, "I can sell that bag of sand for you; what shall I give you for it?"—I said, "1s. 4d., and get a pot of beer if you can"—I meant the beer for him and another man who was with him—the prisoner took the sack on his back, and he brought me back a shilling—I would not have it—I demanded my sand or the 1s. 4d., and he would not give it me—I thought if I did not take the shilling I should have nothing, and I took it—after he gave me the shilling he went out, and in about ten minutes I went out, and the donkey was gone—I saw the donkey the next day at the station-house in Bagnigge Wells-road—it was mine.

WILLIAM SHIPPEY . I am a horseslaughterer, and live in Bagnigge Wells-road. On the 26th of Oct., between six and seven in the evening, I was in the Golden Lion public-house—the prisoner came and called me out and asked me to buy a donkey—I went out and saw the donkey, and asked him where he had it from—he said he bought it in Smithfield market for half-a-crown—he asked me 10s. for it, and he wanted it killed there directly—he told me to hold my tongue, as there was a policeman coming—he then went on towards Battlebridge, and in about five minutes I went after him—I heard him offer it to my nephew and to King for 3s. 6d., and told them it was stolen—they locked the donkey up—I then told the prisoner if he would tell me where he lived I would pay for it—he then took me to his father, and he would not own him—I then took the prisoner back to the station—I said, "You bad better come in here,"and gave him into custody.

Prisoner. I and another were in the Lock and Key; the prosecutor came in and forced his conversation to us; he said, "I have got a bag of sand outside, can you sell it?" I said, "I do not know." I went and asked a person, who did not want it. I then went to another place and sold it. I came back and gave him the shilling; we had four or five quarterns of gin, and four or five pots of beer; we were all a little fresh, but as to taking away the donkey to steal it, I did no such thing.

Witness. He was tipsy, but he knew what he was about—he said he would take me up for buying two or three stolen horses.

JOSEPH GBEENGRASS . I produce a certificate of the prisoner's former conviction, which I got at Mr. Clark's office—(read)—"Convicted on the 4th of Feb., 2nd Vict., and sentenced to six months' imprisonment")—the prisoner is the person.

GUILTY . Aged 28.— Transported for Seven Years .

25th November 1844
Reference Numbert18441125-113
VerdictNot Guilty > unknown

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113. EDWARD SORRELL was indicted for stealing 13 yards of Orleans cloth, value 25s.; 1 handkerchief, 5s.; 1 pair of boots, 6s.; and 2 pairs of stockings, 3s.; the goods of William Petherbridge and another, his masters.

WILLIAM PETHERBRIDGE . I am in partnership with William Bardon—we carry on business in Hatton-garden as linendrapers—the prisoner was in our service—on the 7th of Nov. I found a pocket-book of his on my desk, containing duplicates of articles of my property—I have examined the property at the pawnbroker's where it had been pawned—the prisoner was in the shop when I found the pocket-book, but he did not see me take it—amongst the duplicates I took from it was one for Orleans cloth, one for a silk handkerchief, and others relating to Mr. Bardon's property—I gave the prisoner into custody, and gave the duplicates to the officer—on the next day I charged the prisoner with it, in the evening—the policeman was there—I charged the prisoner with robbing me, and he confessed to it, and said it was through poverty that he had done it—a pair of boots and a pair of stockings were found at his lodgings—I saw them at the station, and knew them to be ours—I believe this cloth to be ours—I had such, and particularly this green piece—I cannot swear to them—I know these boots by the mark on them—I can swear to them—I cannot say when they were safe in our shop—we have a great many.

Cross-examined by MR. O'BRIEN. The boots are the only things you can swear to, and you know them by the mark? A. Yes—I cannot say exactly whether they have been sold or not—I know they once formed a portion of our stock—it was on the 7th of Nov. I saw the pocket-book on the counter, and I put it into my pocket—I did not tell the prisoner I had got part of his property in my pocket—I examined the book in my parlour about half-an-hour after I had taken it—I found in it memorandums relating to my own business—I am not aware that I found in it any not relating to my own business, but I cannot swear that—the officer has the pocket-book—it was in the same condition that it is now when I first got it, as far as I am aware, but it has not been in my possession—I told the prisoner on the 8th that I 'ad his pocket-book, and he said he had done it—my partner went with the officer to the prisoner's lodging—my partner is not here—I know no more about these stockings than that the prisoner says they are my property—he said so to my partner before the officer.

JOHN KERSHAW (police-constable G 123.) The prisoner was given into my custody. I went to his lodging and took him with me—on the top of his box I found a pair of boots, which he said a customer had returned, and he had forgotten to take them back—in his box I found two pairs of stockings—the prisoner said to Mr. Bardon, who was there, "They are yours, sir."

Cross-examined. Q. Who gave you the prisoner in charge? A. Mr. Petherbridge—Mr. Bardon has been here, but I do not see him here now—when the stockings were found, the prisoner said to Mr. Bardon, "They were yours."

COURT. Q. Did he say, "They are yours,"or, "They were yours? A. "They are yours."

WILLIAM ROWLAND DANIELS . I am in the service of Mr. Hawes, a pawnbroker. I produce this handkerchief, and this Orleanc sloth—I took

in one of these pieces of cloth on the 7th of Oct., and I gave this ticket to the person who pledged it.


25th November 1844
Reference Numbert18441125-114
VerdictNot Guilty > unknown

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114. EDWARD SORRELL was again indicted for stealing 2 pairs of shoes, value 6d.; 1 pair of stays, 4s.; and 24 yards of linen cloth, 20s., the goods of Charles Birt and another, his masters.

JOHN KERSHAW (police-constable G 128.) The prisoner was put into custody on the 8th of Nov. I went to his lodging in Brook-street, Kennington, to a back room on the first floor—I saw a female there, whom the prisoner told me was his wife—I found a box there, which was unlocked, and in it I found three duplicates, which had reference to some holland at Mr. Hawes, in Old-street—Mr. Bardon and Mr. Ludgate were with me—Mr. Ludgate said in the prisoner's presence, when I found the duplicates, "I think they belong to us."

WILLIAM PETHERBRIDGE . I found two duplicates in the prisoner's pocket-book relating to Mr. Birt's property—I gave them to the officer who produced them to-day.

JOHN KERSHAW . I received these duplicates from Mr. Petherbridge.

CHARLES BIRT . I am in partnership with Mr. Ludgate. We are linen drapers, and live in Carthusian-street—the prisoner was in our employ—he left us at the latter end of July—on one of these pieces of linen there is no mark that I can positively swear to, but on this other piece here are marks by which I am positive it was ours—here is our cost mark, the selling mark, and the house we bought it of—I cannot swear that it was not sold, but I will venture to say that the sale is not in our book—I will most positively swear it was once ours, and was in the prisoner's care—he had the sole charge of these goods—on this pair of stays here is the cost mark, the selling mark, and the house we bought it of—I cannot say whether they were sold, and I am just in the same position with respect to these shoes.

Cross-examined by MR. O'BRIEN. Q. What do you call this? A. Undressed or unbleached holland—that is the name it goes by in the trade—I believe it is composed of linen—the stays were not in the prisoner's department, but he had the full range of the shop—he was with us six or seven weeks—when he came he was in a state of destitution—we provided him with a suit of clothes—there was no salary fixed upon—it was an understood thing that he should come by way of probation, and he should have a certain salary after a time if he suited us—the first Saturday night we gave him six or seven shillings, and his travelling expenses—the second week he had about the same money, and he had his board with us.

WILLIAM ROWLAND DANIELS . I am in the service of Mr. Hawes, a a pawnbroker, in Old-street. I produce this holland—I do not know who pawned it, but I know the prisoner as frequenting the shop—he went by the name of John Smith, and this holland is pawned in that name.

Cross-examined. Q. I believe you have a great many John Smith's pledge at your place? A. Yes.

THOMAS DAWSON . I am in the service of Mr. Brown, a pawnbroker, Broadway, Ludgatehill. I produce this pair of stays—I do not know who pawned them, but I gave this duplicate for them.


25th November 1844
Reference Numbert18441125-115
VerdictsGuilty > pleaded guilty

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115. EMMA SMITH was indicted for stealing 1 spoon, value 2s., the goods of Richard Elmhirst, Esq.; 1 brooch, 10s., the goods of John Arlington, (Clerk;) and 1 pair of stockings, 3d.; the goods of Edward Elmhirst, her master; to which she pleaded

GUILTY . Aged 28.— Confined Two Months .

25th November 1844
Reference Numbert18441125-116
VerdictGuilty > pleaded guilty; Not Guilty > unknown

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116. ROBERT RACKHAM and EDWARD SMITH were indicted for stealing, on the 31st of Oct., 4 herrings, value 3/4 lb. weight of bacon, 4d.; and 1/4 lb. weight of lard, 2d., the goods of Richard Cook, the master of Rackham; to which

RACKHAM pleaded GUILTY . Aged 16.— Confined One Month .

JOHN FIELD . I am in the service of Richard Cook, who has two shops, one in Constitution-row, and the other at Pindar-place—I am servant at the Pindar-place shop, which is a fishmonger's—the other shop is a cheesemonger's—Rackham was my master's errandboy, and was employed ployed at both shops—my master's stable is at the back of the Pindar-place shop. On Wednesday, the 30th of Oct., I hung up in the stable a basket which had nothing in it—the next morning I found the basket hanging there still, and it had six herrings, and some bacon and lard in it—on the Friday morning I showed the articles to my master—the basket was hanging still in the stable—I looked over my stock, and missed several herrings—the bacon and lard were not under my care—about a quarter past ten o'clock at night on the 4th of Nov. I saw Smith standing at the corner of the gateway, and he and Rackham went down to the stable to feed the horse—my master was then on the opposite side of the way, and I was at the corner of the shop—in about twenty minutes I saw the prisoners come out of the stable, and Smith had the basket with him—each of them bid one another good night, and Rackham went into the shop, and Smith went away—I called him back and asked him what he had got in the basket—he said he had got nothing—I took it from him, and found these things—I asked him where he got them—he said he bought them in the street—I brought him back to the shop and my master came in—Rackham owned to his guilt, and Smith said he had received things on two different occasions before from Rackham.

THOMAS LOFTS (police-constable G 157.) I took both the prisoners, and have the basket with the articles in it—Smith said at the station that he had been on two previous occasions and received things from Rackham.

JOHN FIELD re-examined. These are the articles—I had marked them on the Saturday, and they were taken on the Monday.

Smith. I am sorry for what has happened; I did not know they were stolen; I did not mention about receiving any before.


25th November 1844
Reference Numbert18441125-117
VerdictNot Guilty > unknown

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117. JOHN KNOTT was indicted for embezzlement.

THOMAS JOHN BROWNING . I am landlord of the Duke of Bridgewater public-house, in Macclesfield-street, City-road. The prisoner was in my service as potman—it was part of his business to carry out beer, and to receive money from the customers—when he received it, it was his duty to pay it to me or to the barman or barmaid—he might have paid it to either of us—Reuben Bishop and John Harley were customers of mine, and were

indebted to me—the prisoner has not accounted for any money he received from Bishop or from Harley—he absconded after receiving it—there ✗ a book found on him, but it was not his duty to keep any book, or ✗ make any entry—all he had to do was to receive the money and to p✗ it to me, or my barman or barmaid.

Prisoner. Q. When I took out the beer in the morning did I ev✗ book any thing to any customer? A. No, your place was to bring me the money, or to book the account—you had not to keep an account and to settle once a week.

COURT. Q. Are your barman or barmaid here? A. No—he does not deny not having paid me the money—he promised to settle with me is the morning as be went away at night.

Prisoner. I paid the first day for what I took out.


NEW COURT.—Friday, November 29th, 1844.

Fifth Jury, before Mr. Common Sergeant.

25th November 1844
Reference Numbert18441125-118
VerdictGuilty > pleaded guilty

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118. THOMAS ARCHER was indicted for stealing, on the 13th of Nov., 2 trevets, value 16., the goods of George Moore: and 1 pair of trowsers, 5s.; 1 knife, 2d.; 1 comb, 2d.; and 2 keys, 2d.; the goods of Edward Thorogood: to which he pleaded

GUILTY . Aged 21.— Confined Six Months .

25th November 1844
Reference Numbert18441125-119
VerdictGuilty > pleaded guilty

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119. ELLEN TAYLOR was indicted for unlawfully uttering counterfeit coin; to which she pleaded

GUILTY . Aged 30.— Confined Six Months .

25th November 1844
Reference Numbert18441125-120
VerdictGuilty > unknown

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120. EDWARD WILSON was indicted for unlawfully uttering counterfeit coin.

MESSRS. ELLIS and DOANE conducted the Prosecution.

SARAH ROBINSON . I keep the Lady Owen's Arms, in Goswell-road, On the 6th of Nov. the prisoner walked into my parlour, and then into the bar—he wanted a small portion of the very best gin—it came to 1 1/2 d.—he gave me in payment a sovereign—directly I got it into my hand I found that it was a bad one—I said to him, "This is a very bad sovereign, you are aware of it; this is no sovereign at all; how dare you offer it?"—I asked him if he could oblige me with coppers—he said, "Oh, yes, it is not of the slightest consequence"—he put his hand into his pocket, and said he had no halfpence—I then looked for change, and held it in my hand—the potman came to me—I said to him, in the prisoner's hearing, that it was a bad sovereign—the prisoner requested it back, and offered me a good one—he tried to get it from me, but I was too far away from him—he held out his hand, and asked me to give it him—he said he knew where he took it—I would not take the good sovereign which he offered me, but I kept the bad one—after this he offered me 1 1/2 d.—I am sure that he had before told me he had no halfpence—he complained that I was robbing him of 20s., and said he would bring a gentleman, and make me give it back—two days after I gave the bad sovereign to a gentleman—I had kept it on

the shelf, under a little ornament—I never had any bad sovereign but that.

Cross-examined by MR. PAYNE. Q. You did not put any mark on it before you put it under the ornament? A. No—I never was out during those two days—I have my potman, my cook, and a little girl, in my house—I am sure I gave the gentleman the same sovereign I had of the prisoner—I do not believe any person knew where it was—no one had any business to lift the things on that shelf—the prisoner is the person, to the best of my belief—I was not doubtful of him a long time—I did say at last that I thought he was the person, but he was much flurried, and he wore a hat—there were several people there, and the clerk told me to pick out the one who I thought was the person, and I did pick him out—I said there was a change in his countenance, but he was the man—he was paler—I had never seen him before he came to my house—he was there ten minutes, I should say—I was not sent for till he was in custody—my man bundled him out, and sent him away—I would not give him the bad sovereign—he wore a hat when he came to me, but I am sure he is the man—I know the best people may be mistaken—I felt that difficulty, and I thought if I could do without taking my oath I would.

MR. DOANE. Q. Had you any difficulty about knowing the man? A. No—I saw him again with others on the Saturday week following—I am sure he is the man.

MARY DYER . I am cook to Mrs. Robinson. I clean the bar—I never removed any money from the mantelpiece—I never touched it at all.

WILLIAM HUMPHRIES . I am potman to Mrs. Robinson. I remember her calling me to the bar on the 6th of Nov.—I saw the prisoner there—he is the man—my mistress said, "Look what this man has given me for a sovereign"—the prisoner made a snatch at it with his left hand, and I kept him off with my right—I told him to go about his business—he said my mistress was robbing him of 20s.—he said he would bring the person who gave it him in the evening—I told him he had better be off, to save my fetching a policeman—I am sure he is the man.

Cross-examined. Q. He looked quite the same before the Magistrate, did he? A. He had a different neckhandkerchief on.

MARY CLEMENTSON . I am servant to Mr. Wells, who keeps the Sir Hugh Myddelton—I saw the prisoner on the 7th of Nov., about half-past four o'clock in the afternoon—he came for threehalfpenny worth of gin and bitters—I served him—he gave me a good sovereign in payment—when I went to the till he said, "Give me a half-sovereign"—I ran and took a packet of silver—I took 10s. out of the packet of silver, and gave him a half-sovereign, the only one that was in the till—I put the half-sovereign on the counter, and he put it into his pocket, while I gave him the 9s. 10 1/2 d.—he then requested me not to give him a half-sovereign—I said, "I suppose I must have misunderstood you"—he took out the half-sovereign and put it on the counter—(I had given him the silver before he put it down)—I took it up, and it was a bad one—it was not the one I had given him—I am certain the one that I gave him was a good one—I had not weighed it, but I know by the weight of it in my hand—the one the prisoner gave me was quite light—I turned and said to Master Alfred, "Look at this, where did you get this, the half-sovereign you put into the till?"—he said, "I took it of Mr. Brown"—I said, "I see how it is"—I went round the bar and took hold of the prisoner—I said he had given

me a bad half-sovereign—he said he had not—I said I would not let him go—he offered me 10s., and said he would rather give the 10s. than he detained, as he was going on business in the City—I said, "Where is the good half-sovereign I gave you?"—he said he had several in his pocket; but when he got to the station there was no half-sovereign found about him—I kept the half-sovereign the prisoner gave me in my hand, and gave it to the policeman.

ALFRED WELLS . I am nephew of Mr. Wells, who keeps the Sir Hugh Myddelton—I recollect the prisoner being there on the 7th of Nov.—Clementson, the barmaid, asked me if I had taken a half-sovereign—I said, "Yes"—I had noticed the one I took of Mr. Brown when I put it into the till—it was a good one—the one the prisoner offered looked rather white round the edges—I am able to swear it was not the one I put into the till—no one else had put a half-sovereign in—I was there all the time—I did not get the half-sovereign the prisoner gave.

Cross-examined. Q. How long before had you put the half-sovereign into the till, that you received from Mr. Brown? A. About an hour—I had been in the bar all the time till within about ten minutes—as soon as I left, the prisoner came in—Mr. Brown laid the half-sovereign on the counter—my brother took it in his band, and gave it to me.

EDWARD WELLS . I saw the half-sovereign that Mr. Brown gaveit was a perfectly good one—I am sure of that—I have seen this one which the prisoner gave—I am perfectly certain it is not the same.

SAMUEL TAYLOR (police-constable N 167.) I apprehended the prisoner on the 7th of Nov.—I searched him at the station, which is about ten minutes' walk from Mr. Wells's—I found on him 1l. 9s. 10d. in silver, and 7 1/2 d. in copper, a knife, two keys, and a comb—I produce the sovereign, which I got from Mrs. Robinson, and the half-sovereign I got from Clementson.

MR. JOHN FIELD . I am inspector of coin to the Royal Mint—these are both counterfeit, and the same kind of manufacture—they are cast in white metal, and then gilt by the electrotype—they are less than half the weight of gold coins.

GUILTY . Aged 26.— Confined Eighteen Months .

25th November 1844
Reference Numbert18441125-121
VerdictGuilty > unknown

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121. JOHN SHEA was indicted for unlawfully uttering counterfeit coin.

MR. ELLIS conducted the Prosecution.

WILLIAM SWAINE . I am shopman to Mr. Potter, a tallowchandler in Crawford-street—on the 14th of Nov., about six o'clock, I saw the prisoner at my master's counter—he asked for a penny candle—I put the candle down—he offered me a counterfeit sixpence—I noticed directly that it was counterfeit, and I bent it and gave it to my master—he collared the prisoner and took him to the station, which is about ten minutes' walk—I went with him—as we went along I heard money jingle on the stones—the prisoner was close by the spot—we stopped instantly, and I saw a boy pick up two pieces, which he gave to some person who I thought was a policeman, but found it was Mr. Potter.

Prisoner. Q. Can you swear it was a penny candle I asked for? A. To the best of my knowledge it was—you were not more than two yards from the place where the money fell—there were two sixpences picked up.

THOMAS POTTER . I am Swaine's master—I received a counterfeit sixpence from him—the prisoner was then in my shop—I took hold of him, and asked if he had any more of these pieces about him—he asked what I meant—I said he knew very well; and I asked him again if he had any more pieces about him—I then saw him in the act of swallowing something, and he spoke indistinctly—I said I should take him to the station, as there was no policeman there—I took him—a policeman overtook me in Seymour-place, and I gave the prisoner to him—I was walking along, and saw the throw of the prisoner's arm, and heard money sound on the stones—we stopped immediately, and two counterfeit sixpences were picked up close against my feet, by a boy who placed them in my hands—I took them to the station, and gave them, to the officer; and the one which I took from Swaine I gave to the officer at the station.

Prisoner. Q. When I was in your shop, did I make any attempt to run out? A. No—I swear you swallowed something—I said before the Magistrate that your voice was indistinct, and I noticed you in the act of swallowing something—on going to the station I observed the throw of your arm, and heard something like money fall on the stones—I thought it was your right arm—you were between the policeman and me—one or two others heard it, and we stopped—I do not know whether the policeman said anything to me—he might have said he heard something jink—I saw two pieces picked up close to my feet—I swear I saw your arm as if throwing away something—I think it was your right arm.

WILLIAM JACOCKS (police-constable D 81.) I apprehended the prisoner—Mr. Potter was with him in Seymour-place—we walked ten or fifteen yards—the prisoner threw out his arm and his leg, and I heard money fall—I called out, "He has thrown some money away"—a young man picked up two sixpences, and put them in Mr. Potter's hand—I found no money on the prisoner at the station—I came out with a light—I found no more, but a young man picked up another sixpence, and put it in my hand—this is the sixpence Mr. Potter gave me, which he received from his man—these are the two that were picked up in going along, and this is the one that another person picked up.

Prisoner. Q. Which side was I? A. I had hold of your collar with my left hand—you threw out your left arm—I said you had thrown away something—I will swear I did not say "I think I heard something like the jink of silver on the ground."

THOMAS SEELEY . I picked up two sixpences when the prisoner was in Little Harper-street—I picked them up just where he dropped them—I gave them to Mr. Potter—I afterwards picked up another, and some one else picked up one.

Prisoner. Q. Where was I standing when you picked them up? A. You were walking—I picked up two while you were walking, and after you were in the station the officer came out—I gave him one that I picked up, and one that another person picked up—I swore before the Magistrate that I saw you throw them away—you put out your right arm and right leg.

MR. JOHN FIELD . These five sixpences are all counterfeit, and have all been cast in one mould.

Prisoner's Defence. About six o'clock in the evening I went into the shop, and asked for a halfpenny candle; after he gave it me I put down a sixpence; he took it up, looked at it, and bent it on the counter; he called

his master, who came out directly, caught hold of me, and held me till the young man put his hat on, and they brought me as far as Seymour-place; the policeman came and asked what was the charge; Mr. Potter said I had been into his shop, smashing. They brought me to within twenty yards of the station-house door, and the policeman said, "Stop, I think I heard the jink of money on the stones." He took me in and searched me; and while we were in there they picked up the other four sixpences; the policeman came out, and they gave them to him.

(Margaret Fitzsimmons gave the prisoner a good character.)

GUILTY . Aged 18.— Confined Nine Months .

25th November 1844
Reference Numbert18441125-122
VerdictNot Guilty > unknown

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122. HANNAH STEVENS and ELIZABETH PAYNE were indicted for unlawfully uttering counterfeit coin.


25th November 1844
Reference Numbert18441125-123
VerdictGuilty > unknown; Guilty > unknown
SentenceTransportation; Imprisonment

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123. THOMAS READY and JAMES HENVILLE were indicted for stealing, on the 6th of Nov., 1 jacket, value 12s., the goods of Edmund Moriarty; and that Ready had been before convicted of felony.

EDMUND MORIARTY . I am a labouring man. I had a jacket on the 6th of Nov.—I left it under the centre of the arch of a sewer where I was at work—I saw it safe two minutes before eleven o'clock, and missed it in the course of five minutes after—this is my jacket—I saw the two prisoners there.

Cross-examined by MR. HORRY. Q. Have not one or two of your mates jackets like this? A. I know this is my own jacket—I know it by this pin which is in it, and which I use for my pipe when smoking—it was in the pocket of this jacket when it was taken—I can positively swear this is my jacket—there was a jacket bought for a bricklayer, a mate of mine, at the time I bought this—I can swear to this—I will show you another thing in it—here is a steel pen—I showed this pen and this pin at the station—there was a jacket bought at the time I bought this, but that is different to mine—one jacket will not fit another man—I can swear to this jacket—here are some lucifers in it, to accommodate myself, and to light my pipe.

WILLIAM SMITH . I am servant at No. 16, Crown-street. I was going to Gray's Inn-road on the 6th of Nov.—I met the two prisoners and another person coming towards me—they said, "We will stop here till two o'clock, and if we cannot get anything here, we will go to the Chalk-road"—I returned in about ten minutes, and passed them, and when I had passed I turned, and Henville ran past me with a jacket—I called to some men who were at work in a sewer, and they pursued them—when they got to Argyll-street, Henville gave the jacket to Ready—they were caught in Judd-street—I am sure the prisoners were two of them.

GEORGE SHERIFF . I stopped Ready, and one of the bricklayers' labourers picked up the jacket, which I saw lying on the pathway.

THOMAS DAVIES . I produce a certificate of the prisoner Ready's former conviction, which I got from the Sessions-house, Clerkenwell—(read)—he was convicted of stealing twelve shoes and twelve boots, value 1l. 10s., the goods of Ralph Wilcoxon—the prisoner is the person.

(Samuel Tarry, a smith, living in Fitzroy-court, gave Henville a good I character.)

READY— GUILTY . Aged 17.— Transported for Seven Years .

HENVILLE— GUILTY . Aged 17.— Confined Three Months .

25th November 1844
Reference Numbert18441125-124
VerdictGuilty > unknown

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124. ALFRED HERBERT was indicted for stealing, on the 6th of Nov., 1 pair of boots, value 14s., the goods of Ambrose Joy; and that he had been before convicted of felony.

AMBROSE JOY . I am a bootmaker, and live in Upper-street, Islington. On the 16th of Nov., about nine o'clock in the morning, I met the prisoner coming from my shop with these boots under his arm—he was about two feet from the shop—I caught him, and asked him how he came by them—he said a young lady had served him—these boots are mine—I took the prisoner back into the shop—I have only my daughter who serves in the shop.

Cross-examined by MR. PAYNE. Q. As you were going along the street, you met him? A. Yes—he was in the street—I know these boots by the style of them altogether.

JANE JOY . I am the prosecutor's daughter. I was at home on the morning of the 16th of Nov. from eight till ten o'clock—I did not see the prisoner that day—I did not serve him with any boots, or anything else—I was not in the shop at all.

THOMAS TYLER (police-constable N 275.) I produce a certificate of the prisoner's former conviction, which I got at Mr. Clark's office—(read)—he was convicted for stealing one inkstand, value 3l. 15s., and two glass bottles, 5s.—he had four months in the House of Correction—I was present—he is the man.

(Matthew Walmsley, a jeweller, Felix-place, Cambridgeheath, and Augusta Walmsley, his wife, gave the prisoner a good character.)

GUILTY . Aged 22.— Transported for Seven Years .

25th November 1844
Reference Numbert18441125-125
VerdictGuilty > unknown

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125. SARAH EVANS was indicted for stealing, on the 16th of Nov., 31 cigars, value 5s.; 2 pairs of boots, 31s.; 1 pencilcase, 1s.; 2 pairs of gloves, 1s.; 1 handkerchief, 1s.; 1 brush, 6d.; and 1 towel, 6d.; the goods of Edward Smith, her master.

EDWARD SMITH . I am a tobacconist, and live in Gower-street; the prisoner was my servant. I thought it necessary to have a search, and we found in her box some cigars, two pairs of gloves, and two pairs of boots—I saw them taken out of her box—I examined them—they are mine.

Prisoner's Defence. I lived with Mr. Smith as servant of all work. On the 16th of Nov. I was accused of stealing these things; the dustingbrush I took for the purpose of dusting; the old boots I thought would be of use to some poor person; as they were lying about, and were so much worn, I thought no harm in taking them; the cigars I picked up on the stairs; the towel is my own; this is the first time I ever was in prison.

GUILTY . Aged 43.— Confined Three Months .

25th November 1844
Reference Numbert18441125-126
VerdictGuilty > with recommendation

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126. EDWARD JABEZ RANWELL was indicted for stealing, on the 16th of Oct., 1 shawl, value 2s. 6d., the goods of Richard Thomas Toms and another, his masters.

RICHARD THOMAS TOMS . Q. I am partner with Mr. Gill; we live in Cheapside; the prisoner was in our employ up to the 26th of Oct. I have no doubt that this shawl is ours, but I cannot say we have missed it.

Cross-examined by MR. CLARKSON. Q. I believe you saw the prisoner's father? A. Yes—he came to me on the morning of the 26th, and said his son was detained for pawning a veil—he said his son had been led away,

and I said I would do what I could to serve him—I wished the Magistrate to deal summarily with the case, for the prisoner's friends' sake.

AUGUSTUS EVANS . I am assistant to a pawnbroker. On the 16th of Oct. the prisoner came and offered this shawl to pledge—he said his sister sent him with it, and he lived in Union-street, Spitalfields—I lent him 2s. on it—on the 25th he came again with a veil, and we took him into custody.

(Adam Ranwell, the prisoner's uncle, gave him a good character, and promised to provide for him.)

GUILTY. Aged 17.—Recommended to mercy by the Jury and Prosecutor.

Confined Six Days .

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127. THOMAS ASHWORTH was indicted for embezzlement.

EDWARD AMBLER . I live in Compton-street, Clerkenwell. I employed the prisoner to sell books on my account among my customers—he called on Mr. Young, who ordered half a dozen Prayer-books—I sent them by the prisoner, with some other things for him to look at—I made out the invoice for the half dozen Prayer-books, and Mr. Young selected half a dozen Bibles, which made the amount 10s. 9d.—the prisoner did not come back—I saw no more of him from Thursday till the Monday.

GEORGE YOUNG . I am in partnership with Mr. Ilbery. I had ordered some Prayer-books and Bibles of the prosecutor—on the 31st of Oct. the prisoner came, and I paid him 10s. 9d. for Mr. Ambler—I am sure I paid him that.

Witness for the Defence.

CHARLES BARLOW . I am the prisoner's stepfather—he was brought up with great kindness, and at a proper age was articled to a wholesale house—he has had a good character, but his mind is affected with insanity, which has affected all the family—I believe that at times he does not know what he does—he had only been with his master a week—he came into good property when he was of age—he has been subject to very serious wanderings of mind—he committed this act, and the next day gave himself up at Bow-street, and the day following he attempted to take away his life.


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128. JOHN MILLS was indicted for bigamy.

WILLIAM LORD. I am a soapboiler, and live at No. 1, Prospect-place, Mill Wall. I have known the prisoner fifteen or sixteen years—I remember his coming to London eight years ago—I visited him once or twice—there was a woman there who passed as his wife—I cannot say whether she was so or no—that woman's name, before she passed as his wife, was Elizabeth or Betsy Davis—she then passed as his wife, and they lived at Limehouse—that was somewhere about 1836—this is the woman (pointing to her) who was living with the prisoner.

Cross-examined by MR. CLARKSON. Q. You know this man is in the service of Mr. Bligh, a respectable engineer? A. Yes, he has held the situation eight years—he is a very respectable man—Elizabeth Davis was always a very bad person ever since I knew her—she was a common prostitute in Bristol.

NATHANIEL BEALES . I am parish clerk of St. Clement's, Norwich. I know the prisoner—I saw him married at that church on the 11th of August last to Charlotte Beaney—I have the register.

Cross-examined. Q. Did you know this man before? A. I never saw him till he was married, to the best of my opinion.

ROBERT BACKHOUSE (police-constable K 37.) On the 19th of Oct., Elizabeth Davis, or Elizabeth Mills, as she called herself, came to me, and said she gave the prisoner into custody on a charge of bigamy, saying that he was married to her at Devizes, in Wiltshire—she did not say, in his presence, when she was married—I took him into custody accordingly—the prisoner said he was married to that woman in a public-house, by the parish clerk, when he was a mere boy and drunk—I received from Elizabeth Mills this paper, and went down to Devizes, and proved this to be a true copy of the marriage register—this is the person who gave me this certificate, and called herself Elizabeth Mills.

Cross-examined. Q. Have you had occasion to seek for this woman in the course of this prosecution? A. I have, Sir—I found her in Ford-street, Lime-street, at a person's named Smith, who keeps a chandler's shop—I followed her to a brothel in Vinegar-lane, and found her there last Saturday night.


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129. JERRATT CODEY was indicted for stealing, on the 22nd of Nov., 2 wooden hogsheads, value 7s. 6d., the goods of James Pullen.—2nd COUNT, stating them to be the goods of Emmanuel Nettlefield.

EMMANUEL NETTLEFIELD . I bought a couple of wooden hogsheads of Mr. Pullen, in Londonwall—I had no occasion for them, and I left them with him—I went last Saturday for them, and they were gone—I went to look after them—I found the prisoner on Ludgatehill, and gave him in charge on suspicion.

HENRY BELL COLLISON . I am a thatcher. I live in Albion-place, Londonwall. Last Friday morning I saw the prisoner go into the yard, and take one hogshead, and roll it away; another man, who was with him, took the other—I am sure the prisoner was one of the men—I could not identify the other man.

Prisoner. Q. Did you see me go into the yard? A. Yes.

Prisoner. I went with another young man to look at them; I just put my hand to one to see what sort of a one the other was; I did not take it out.

JAMES PULLEN . I saw the hogsheads safe in my yard on Thursday morning.

Prisoner. Q. Did I not come and ask you if they were to be sold? A. You did, on Thursday; I told you they were sold for 7s.; and you said you wished they had not been sold.

(Thomas Maddox and George Cole gave the prisoner a good character.)

GUILTY . Aged 21.— Confined Three Months .

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130. WILLIAM COLLIS was indicted for stealing, on the 25th of Nov., one 1/2 sovereign, the monies of George William Hartley, his master; to which he pleaded

GUILTY.—Recommended to mercy by the Prosecutor.

Confined One Month .

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Reference Numbert18441125-131
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131. THOMAS JONES, WILLIAM ADAMS , and TIMOTHY CATON , were indicted for stealing, on the 7th of Nov., 6 quarts of beer, value 2s., the goods of George Dennis, the master of Thomas Jones.

MICHAEL COVENEY . I live in Rufford's-buildings, Islington. I am in the service of Mr. George Dennis, a builder and a publican—the pri soner Jones was in his service—on the 7th of Nov. I saw Jones come to my master's cellardoor with a gallon can, and hand it down to Adams, who was at work in the cellar, making a drain—Adams filled it with porter, and handed it up to Jones, and he took it away—Caton was in the cellar with Adams at the time—I went up to clear some bricks away—I went into the cellar in two or three minutes, and Adams had a half-gallon can—there was a bottle there, and the pot-boy was pouring it into the bottle—Caton was in the cellar—Mr. Dennis's brother came down.

Cross-examined by MR. BALLANTINE. Q. Is the pot-boy here? A. No—he was in the cellar—he was not there when the gallon can was handed from Adams to Jones—he came down between the gallon can going and the half-gallon can coming—I saw Jones's face—I was close to him, and I knew him before—I know James Jones—he was at work with him at the time—I do not know whether they are relations—they are not like each other.

JAMES DENNIS . I assist my brother George Dennis—I went into the cellar, and saw Adams with a can in his hand, filling a half-gallon bottle—I hallooed out,"What are you going to do with that bottle with the beer in it?"—he then passed it to the labourer Caton, and tried to blow out the candle—I prevented that, and in that time he had set down the can behind a puncheon—they had no business to take any beer.

Adams. I had had some beer given me; I was rather intoxicated, and knew nothing about it.

JONES— GUILTY . Aged 31.

ADAMS— GUILTY . Aged 34.


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132. JAMES PLATT was indicted for stealing, on the 27th of May, 5 printed books, value 10s., the property of Benjamin Harvey, his master.

BENJAMIN HARVEY . I live in Chancery-lane. The prisoner was in my service as clerk—he left me in Sept.—I have missed certain printed books—from the general appearance of these which are produced I should say they are mine—I had such and missed such—I observed the titlepage is out of the second volume of one of these works, and in the first volume here is a pencil mark "1616"—I recollect there was a pencil mark in mine, but I thought it was "18."

Cross-examined by MR. BALLANTINE. Q. Is it possible he might have taken these home to read? A. Yes, he might—he was a most industrious young man, but lately he has attended a dancing academy, and that has led him to company and bad things.

JAMES LOCKYER . I am a pawnbroker. I produce these books, which were pawned by the prisoner.


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133. JAMES PLATT was again indicted for stealing, on the 2nd of Nov., 1 tablecloth, value 10s., the property of Henry Snowden.

CHARLES HOOPER . I am in the service of Mr. Henry Snowden—he lives in Maiden-lane, Covent-garden—the prisoner came to my master's shop on the 2nd of Nov., about twenty minutes before twelve—he called for roast beef and bread—he had been in ten minutes or a quarter of an hour when my master called me out of the room—in about five minutes I

heard the prisoner go out—I ran down and missed a tablecloth—no one else had been in, or could have taken it.

Prisoner. The stairs from the dining rooms lead into the shop, and they must have seen me if I took it.

Witness. No, they do not.

Jury. Q. Is there a private entrance to the dining-room? A. Yes—I left him in the dining-room alone—I was called up higher—I heard him go out—we have never found the cloth.

Prisoner. The stairs are very steep—I actually slipped down three or four stairs.


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134. JANE SMITH, SARAH CLARK , and ELIZABETH SEABORN , were indicted for stealing, on the 5th of Nov., 1 watch, value 10l.; 1 guard chain, 10l.; and 1 5l. Bank note; the property of Philip Deacon, from his person.

JOHN ARCHER (police-sergeant G 8). On the 5th of Nov., at a quartes tes past six in the morning, I was in Gray's-inn-lane—I observed the prosecutor standing at the bar of the Guy Earl of Warwick public-house—the prisoners Smith and Clark were there—I called the attention of the constable on the beat to it—the prosecutor was very tipsy, and they drank two half pints of gin while I was looking at them—while they were there the prosecutor took his gold watch out and looked at it—I saw it had a gold chain to it, which was round his neck.

Cross-examined by MR. WILDE. Q. There were four other women or girls there, were there not, besides these two prisoners? A. Yes.

WILLIAM ARNETT (police-constable G 39). I received information from Sergeant Archer, and I remained in the lane nearly half an hour—I saw Smith and Clark at the bar with the prosecutor—I then went round my beat, and when I returned they were gone—I remained in the lane about half an hour longer, and then I got information that there was a cry of "Murder" in a house in George-yard—I went there, and in a room I found the three prisoners, and two other women, and the prosecutor, in a scuffle together—the prosecutor said, "I have been robbed of a watch, a chain, and a 5l. note;" here is the watch, and I received it from his hand—he charged Smith and Clark with robbing him, and one who is not here with taking a 5l. note, and running down stairs with it—I bolted the door, and kept them all in—I sent for another officer, and we searched the room—the other officer found part of a chain below the front of the bedstead—I took the prisoners to the station—this is the watch.

Cross-examined by MR. WILDE. Q. There were two other females, and they were all scuffling? A. Yes—I can swear the prosecutor was drunk, and when I went in he had his watch in his hand.

Cross-examined by MR. PAYNE. Q. Had you information from a person named Watson? A. Yes, and she went up to the room with me—the prosecutor accused her of running down stairs with his note—Seaborn was admitted to bail, and has surrendered here to-day.

THOMAS TAYLOR (police-constable G 230.) I was called, and found part of a chain on the floor near the bedstead—it corresponds with the part of the chain left on the watch.

PHILIP DEACON . I live in Burleigh-street, Strand. On the 5th of Nov. I was coming home, and went into some public-house, and got so

much drink that I do not know what was done afterwards—I know this is my own watch, and to the best of my belief I gave it to the policeman—I lost a 5l. note.


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135. HENRY HAMILTON was indicted for bigamy.

JOHN EAMES . I am parish clerk of St. Paul, Covent-garden. I produce the register-book of marriages at that church, by which it appears, that on the 30th of Jan., 1837, a marriage was solemnized between Henry Hamilton and Elizabeth Malcolm—the book was signed by both the parties in my presence, and it is signed by me and Ann Hales—I do not recognise the prisoner.

ANN HALES . I live in James-street, Covent-garden. I was pewopener at Covent-garden church, in 1837. I was present on the 30th of Jan., 1837, when a marriage took place between Henry Hamilton and Elizabeth Malcolm—I signed this register—I remember Elizabeth Malcolm, and have seen her alive lately—she is now here, and is the person who was married on that day, but I do not remember the man.

THOMAS LEONARD . I live in Millbank-street. I have known Elizabeth Malcolm twenty-two years—she is alive, and is here present—she was a widow in 1837—she came to my house at Stoke Newington, about a week before her marriage, and said she was going to be married—she afterwards brought the prisoner, and introduced him as her husband—he took tea there, and said he had been married to this lady a fortnight before, at Covent-garden—they came and lodged in my house, as man and wife, for four or five months.

ANN WILSON . I was a widow—I became acquainted with the prisoner soner about two months before we were married—when I became acquainted with him, he proposed to marry me, and said he had property—he showed me a paper like this stock receipt—(looking at one)—he said he had 80l. in the Bank of England, and he had saved 100l.—I only had 20l.—I was a widow, and had furnished a place for myself—the furniture cost me 14l. altogether—I married the prisoner on the 17th of Sept., 1842, at St. Marylebone-church—we lived in the place where I was for a little time, and then we went to a house which he took in Cornwall-place, Lisson-grove—he lived with me better than two years—he was sometimes passionate and hasty with me, and my son has interfered—my son is thirty-three years old.

ANDREW WYMESS ((police-constable D 43.) I took the prisoner within the jurisdiction of this Court—as we were going along, he said he had not seen his first wife for two years, and they did not live together more than five—that he left her in a foreign country, and she had to be passed home.

Prisoner's Defence. I am sixty-eight years old; I was married, and I made application to know if my wife was living; I could not learn, and I took to Ann Wilson; she had 20l. when I married her, and that we laid out in things to fit up a place. I wrote to Lady Valentia, with whom my wife had been living, to know if she was alive.

COURT to ANN WILSON. Q. Have you ever seen any letter from Lady Valentia to the prisoner? A. No—I have seen him receive money letters, but not from her—I never heard from him that he had written to her about his first wife.

GUILTY . Aged 68.— Confined Nine Months .

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136. HENRY PAGE was indicted for stealing, on the 21st of Nov., 8 ounces and 5dwts. of enamel, value 1l. 6s.; 12 dwts. and 8 grains of silver, 3s. 6d.; and 3 tin boxes, 6d.: the goods of Edward Stokes, his master.

EDWARD STOKES . I am a jeweller, and live in Corporation-row—the prisoner was in my service. On the 20th of Nov. I charged him with robbing me—he said he had not done so—I put my hand into his waistcoat pocket, and found almost 2dwts. of silver cuttings, and I saw him drop some silver, in going to the station, which corresponded with what he had to use—these boxes are such as enamel is kept in.

Prisoner. You are aware I had enamel in my possession, and you have allowed me to go home to fetch some when you have not had it to use.

Witness. I have so.

WILLIAM MALLETT (police-constable G 240.) I took the prisoner into custody, and then I went to his house, and found three boxes—I found on the prisoner two small pieces of enamel, which have been identified by the prosecutor.

Prisoner. I had been in business for myself, and I had several jobs to do; these cuttings were my property, which the prosecutor has sworn to; my wife applied to him for 1l. 9s. which was due to me, and he said he would not pay her a farthing till this was settled; I had a little enamel to carry on my business, and I have subpoenaed Mr. Angel, the gentleman I bought the enamel of, and for whom I have worked, to prove it; a person stated he saw me take this silver, I wish that person would step forward to prove his words.

EDWARD STOKES re-examined. As I did not wish to press the charge I have not brought any one.

JURY. Q. Can you swear to these goods? A. O yes, I can swear to light-coloured enamel, and I know the dark to be mine, but I cannot swear to it—I do not make it, but when my enameller makes a pot, if I like it I take the whole pot—it is possible he might make two pots of the same colour.

GUILTY. Aged 28.—Recommended to mercy by the Prosecutor. — Confined Six Months .

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137. GEORGE MARSHALL was indicted for stealing, on the 19th of June, 2 stuffed birds, value 10s.; and 2 glass cases, 5s.; the goods of Thomas Tripp.

THOMAS TRIPP . I keep the Old Ivy House, in Goswell-street—I had a great collection of stuffed birds in glass cases—I missed two of them in June—these are them.

WILLIAM SMITH . These birds were pawned with me by the prisoner on the 19th of June.

Prisoner. I bought them for 5s.

GUILTY . Aged 40.— Confined Six Months .

(There was another indictment against the prisoner.)

Sixth Jury, before Edward Bullock, Esq.

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138. HENRY MINTO was indicted for stealing, on the 26th of Nov., 36 pairs of drawers, value 4l. 12s., the goods of John Rogers.

JOSEPH STOCKS . I am in the service of Mr. John Rogers, at No. 103, Wood-street, Cheapside—he is a warehouseman. On the night of the 26th of Nov. the prisoner came up stairs to the warehouse—I was at the

farther end of the warehouse, and heard the door open very softly down below—I secreted myself behind some hampers—the prisoner came into the warehouse, and took three dozen pairs of drawers off the counter—he was going down stairs—I said, "Where are you going to take them?"—he said, "It is all right, sir," and dropped them against my leg at the street door—I did not know him before—I pursued him to Gresham-street without out losing sight of him—these are the articles—they are Mr. John Rogers's—they are manufactured at Nottingham.

Cross-examined by MR. PAYNE. Q. He was a stranger to you? A. Yes—he threw the things down at my feet—our warehouse is light—the gas is at the top of the stairs—a person endeavoured to stop me about ten yards from the door, outside—there were other persons running behind me—I ran down Wood-street—our warehouse is nearly opposite Pickford's—I ran towards Cheapside and turned down Lad-lane, which is now called Gresham-street—the prisoner stumbled against the fishmonger's, and was taken—he was about to take the road, but the road was up, and he took the pavement—I was up to him immediately—I was close to him almost all the time—I could have caught hold of him once or twice—there is no corner now to go into Lad-lane, it is a bend.

JURY. Q. Were you on the pavement? A. We crossed from one side to the other, and then into the road again—I kept him in sight till he fell at the fishmonger's shop—he had a lighted cigar in his mouth when he came into the warehouse, and he had it in his hand when I took him—I did not lose sight of him for a moment.

WILLIAM MALYON (City police-constable, No. 456.) I took the prisoner—I have 17s. 6d. belonging to him.

GUILTY . Aged 19.— Confined Six Months .

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139. HENRY SMITH was indicted for stealing, on the 26th of Sept., 2 sheets, value 8s.; 2 pillows, 4s.; 2 pillowcases, 3s.; 1 candlestick, 1s.; and 20lbs. weight of woollen flock, 4s.; the goods of Thomas Harkham.

MARY HARKHAM . I am the wife of Thomas Harkham—we live in Playhouse-yard, St. Luke's—my husband is a sawyer. About the 12th of Sept. the prisoner and a person said to be his wife, came to our place to take a furnished lodging—they continued there till my husband gave them warning to quit, on the 25th of Sept.—they did not go till the next morning, the 26th—I saw them go, and each of them had a bundle in their hand—they went down Playhouse-yard towards Golden-lane—I went to the room in three minutes afterwards, and missed a pair of sheets, two pillow-cases, two pillows, a candlestick, and 28lbs. of flock—they were all my husband's property, and were in the room when it was let to them—I never saw the things again, nor the prisoner, till the policeman brought him in custody.

Cross-examined by MR. PAYNE. Q. You saw them on the day they came? A. Yes—my name is Mary Harkham—Polly Abraham was my maiden name, and that was the name the policeman stated—he knew me before I was married—I have been married four years, and keep a marinestore shop—my husband gave the prisoner notice to quit—I have not seen these articles since the day the prisoner came in—I have three lodgers up stairs beside the prisoner—I do not know where the prisoner was lodging after he left me—I do not know his mother, nor where she lived—I did

not see the prisoner pass my door several times—I do not know that he lived near me.

JAMES BRANNAN (police-sergeant G 20.) I received information, and went after the prisoner—I took him on the 14th of Nov.—I told him it was for robbing his ready-furnished lodgings, when he lived at No. 7, Play-house-yard—I did not know the woman's name, and I made use of the name Polly Abrahams—he said he knew nothing about that name or the things.

Cross-examined. Q. He said, "I never took any of her things, and know nothing about them? A. Yes—I took him at No. 206, Whitecross-street, very close by Playhouse-yard.


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140. GEORGE JUMPSON was indicted for stealing, on the 16th of Nov., 1 watch, value 14l.; and 1 guard-chain, 2l.; the goods of Bernard Trenor; and WILLIAM SMITH for feloniously receiving the same well knowing them to have been stolen, against the Statute, &c.

BERNARD TRENOR . I live in, Wood-street, Cheapside, and am occasionally a traveller on my own account. On Saturday, 16th Nov., about two o'clock in the afternoon, I was at the Parr's Head, Aldersgate-street, with Mr. Callaghan, and Mr. St. Leger—I had some words with Callaghan and went into the tap-room to fight—I had a gold watch—I took it off my neck and gave it to St. Leger to hold for me—after the fight I went home, and did not miss my watch till the next morning—I went to the Parr's Head on Sunday between three and five o'clock—I saw the prisoner Jumpson, who is the pot-boy there—I inquired for St. Leger, and the landlord and Jumpson both said he was over the water—this is my watch (looking at it,) and this chain, to the best of my knowledge is mine—I gave sixteen guineas for the watch, and 3l. 10s. for the chain, and these I gave to St. Leger when I was going to fight—I went to the Parr's Head again on the Sunday evening, and saw St. Leger drinking with some persons.

WILLIAM ST. LEGER . I am a traveller—I lodge at the Parr's Head. I know the prosecutor and Callaghan—I was at the Parr's Head on the Saturday evening, when there was going to be a fight—I remember the prosecutor giving me a watch to take care of—I put it on the mantelpiece, and I let nobody into the room—Jumpson was in the room before they commenced menced fighting, and he was there when I laid the watch on the mantelpiece—he was standing at the door—the door was open—they fought for some time—when the fight was over they did not remain many minutes—there was only the prosecutor, and Callaghan, and me in the room; and then Jumpson came in with some water to wipe up the blood, and wipe the table down—we all went out, and left Jumpson there—on the Sunday, in consequence of something I heard, I asked Jumpson if he saw the watch in the tap-room—he said, "No"—I asked him if he recollected any strangers, or anybody belonging to the house, going into the tap-room at the time the fight was—he said, "No"—the prisoner Smith slept in the same room that I did—I had not seen him on the Saturday evening at the fight, and he was not in the room afterwards, to my knowledge—on the Sunday, when Smith got up, he said to me that he was going to dine over the water—I said I was going there, and he said, "We will walk together"—he

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then said, "Will you lend me a guard?"—I said, "I have no guard; where is the guard you had last week?"—(I had noticed him with a small guard before)—he said, "That belonged to another woman—my mistress took it and burned it on the fire, and I don't like to go over the water without a guard"—in a few minutes I went down, and saw him with a gold guard hanging down under his waistcoat—I made a remark at the time—I said, "You just now asked me for a guard, and you have got one"—he moved on one side, and I saw him take a gold watch out of his waistcoat pocket, and look at the clock—I cannot say whether it was this watch or not.

Cross-examined by MR. HORRY. Q. What time was this fighting? A. To the best of my knowledge, it was between one and two o'clock—I did not ask Jumpson about the watch till the Sunday evening, after the prosecutor had applied to me about it—I have lived in that house nearly six weeks—I cannot say whether it was before or after twelve when Smith took out the watch.

Cross-examined by MR. O'BRIEN. Q. Was it not between one and two o'clock on Saturday afternoon that the fight took place? A. Yes, in the daytime—I was bottle-holder, and watch-holder too, it seems—I do not suppose there was a victor in the fight—it was about an equal match-there were no stakes—I saw a watch with Smith—I cannot say whether it was gold or washed—I had seen Smith with a gold chain before, but it was not so heavy as this—I cannot say the chain which is produced is the one he had.

PATRICK CALLAGHAN . I am a hawker, and lodge at the Brown Bear. I was at the Parr's Head, when I saw the prosecutor's watch put on the mantelpiece in the tap-room—Jumpson came in after the fight was over—there was no one in the tap-room but me and the prosecutor and St. Leger—Jumpson came in after the fight was over.

MARY WOOD . I am servant at the Parr's Head. I recollect that evening seeing the fight in the house—at six o'clock that evening I saw Jumpson in the kitchen with a watch and a guard—I had seen him with a silver watch before, but this was a gold one—he took it out of his pocket, showed it me, and asked me if I had a key to fit it—I asked him if it belonged to himself—he said, "Yes"—on Sunday, about twelve o'clock, he said to me, "If you hear anything said about the watch you saw last night, do not say anything about it, I sold it to Smith for 2l."—on the Tuesday Smith told me he had got the watch, but not to say anything about it, and he would not forget me—to the best of my belief this is the watch that Jumpson had—it was a watch like this, and the chain was like this.

Cross-examined by MR. O'BRIEN. Q. Did not Smith say on the Tuesday, "I have got a watch? A. No, he said "The watch."

MARY HUGHES . I live at No. 4, Moor-gardens, Moorfields. I was at the Parr's Head on the Wednesday, and heard about this fight—I was not talking to Wood about the watch, but she called me to the passage, and while I was talking to her, Smith came to the passage, and said to her, "If you keep your tongue still, and do not say any more than what you have said, I will reward you"—he then called me aside and said, "I have got the watch, and it is all right; could you direct me where I could get a solicitor for George?"—I said, "I do not know any one but Mr.

Humphreys"—I went with him to Mr. Wontner's—I waited outside, and when he came out I asked him what was the reason he was in to long—he said, "I was taking the deposition down"—I said, "About the watch?"—he said, "He told me to keep out of the way, and I will go to France"—I asked him what he did with the watch—he told me it was an old ancient watch, and it was melted down—we went down St. Martin's-le-Grand, and when we were facing the Post-office he pulled out another watch, and said he would go and get a chain, and take it to Guildhall to George, and say that George had it on Saturday evening to wind up, to say that was the watch—it was not this watch which is here.

Cross-examined by MR. O'BRIEN. Q. You were very confidential with Smith that day? A. He spoke to me first—I never saw him before that to my knowledge—I am a bawker—I was examined before the Magistrate—I do not know whether what I said was taken down in writing—I put a mark to something—this is my mark to this deposition—I said on that occasion that Smith said, "I have got the watch," and he said, "George is all right"—after he left Mr. Wontner's he said, "I shall go to France to-morrow"—I did not tell that to the Magistrate—I was before a Magistrate myself on a charge of receiving goods, but I produced my invoice of the goods—I do not know how it was that Smith took me to the solicitor's, but he asked if I would walk with him, as he thought I was a friend of George's—Mrs. Kirby was with me—I heard a gold watch was lost—I am not a judge of gold watches—I do not know but that was a gold one which he showed me—it was not silver—I do not know whether it was metal or gold—I thought it was a gold one till I heard it was metal—I heard Smith say he should go and endeavour to get George off—I understood him to mean the pot-boy—Wood told me his name was George—I cannot tell where Mrs. Kirby and I parted that day—I believe it was about Long-alley—I and Mrs. Kirby waited while Smith went up to Mr. Wontner's—I merely kept him in sight, he telling me he had got the watch—I had known the prosecutor about a week—I was not so deeply interested for him, but for St. Leger—it was not St. Leger's property, but he was in the party—upon my oath I did not offer to become the purchaser of a gold watch—I first heard it was missing on the Monday—I went again on Tuesday, and St. Leger was in the country—I am not married.

ELLEN KIRBY . I am a widow, and live in Margaret-place, Londonfields. I was with Mrs. Hughes on the Wednesday, at the Parr's Head—I saw Smith there—I heard him say that he had got a watch, and he was going to employ a solicitor—I went to Mr. Wontner's, and waited with Hughes while Smith went up stairs—when he came out, I heard Hughes ask him what he had done with the watch—he said, "Melted it down"—I asked him if it was a valuable one—he said it was gold, but a century old—I saw him in St. Martin's-le-Grand, showing a watch to Mary Hughes—he said he was going to get a guard for it.

Cross-examined by MR. O'BRIEN. Q. How long have you known Smith? A. I never saw him before—I had no interest in going with him to the solicitor—I merely walked with Hughes—I was in her company—she asked me to go with her—I think I met her at the Parr's Head about ten o'clock that day—I think it was between two and three when we parted—I did not hear all that Smith and Hughes said, but I asked if the

watch was a valuable one—I saw Smith show a watch—I could not my what sort it was—I do not know whether it was gold or silver—I never saw Trenor but once in my life—I had known St. Leger five or six weeks—I had only seen him with Hughes—I did not hear Hughes ask Smith to give her the watch—I have no recollection of Hughes telling me that—she might have told me that—I had no interest in this—I was merely in Hughes's company—she asked me to go with them—the parties are all mere strangers to me except Hughes—I have known her nine years—I am a dressmaker and milliner—I do not know that Hughes ever was in trouble, but I know she has been here as a witness for people who were in trouble—I never knew her to be charged as a receiver of stolen goods—I have not seen her, sometimes, for months—I did not meet her by appointment on that Wednesday morning—I was going into the City, and met her—she asked me if I would go with her, and I said "Yes"—I had heard about the gold watch before—Smith said he was going for George, and I thought it was on the boy's benefit—I did not know till the Wednesday morning that George had been in custody.

WILLIAM NEWBY . I am assistant to Maria Newby, a pawnbroker, in Drury-lane. On Tuesday evening, the 19th of Nov., I saw the prisoner Smith—I had not known him before, but I know him so well as to swear certainly to him—he pledged this gold watch and chain, which I have produced here to-day in the name of William Smith—I lent him 5l. on the watch, and 30s. on the chain—he had two separate tickets.

Cross-examined by MR. O'BRIEN. Q. What time was this? A. Between four and five o'clock—I received the goods myself, and wrote the tickets—he was the only one in the shop at the time, therefore I had time to devote to him—I took particular notice of him.

FREDERICK RUSSELL (City police-constable, No. 203.) On Tuesday evening, the 19th, I went to the Parr's Head, and saw Jumpson—I asked him if he recollected the parties fighting there on Saturday, and his coming in afterwards, and wiping the blood off the table—he said, "Yes"—I asked him if he recollected a watch being on the mantelpiece—he said he had not seen any watch, and knew nothing about it—I went there again after I came from Guildhall, and Smith came in—he said, "It was all over before I got there; I have been down; it was too late"—the prosecutor and the witnesses were in the Pan's Head—Smith went into the parlour—I called him out, and took him into the back room—I told him I had sufficient evidence to prove that he had the watch—he took out his own watch, and said, "I have shown them this, and it is not theirs"—he said, "had the watch, but I have done away with it"—he said it was pledged in Drury-lane, but he could not tell where, and he had destroyed the tickets.

Cross-examined by MR. HORRY. Q. It was on Tuesday evening you asked Jumpson about the watch? A. Yes—he was taken the same even ing by another officer—when I questioned him about the watch, he said he had not seen it, and knew nothing about it.

Cross-examined by MR. O'BRIEN. Q. You told Smith you had sufficient cient evidence to prove he had the watch before he had made any admission to you? A. Yes—I did not do it to get an admission from him—I told him I did not wish him to answer me anything—I have been in the police about eight years—before I saw Smith I had seen the servant and

the two female witnesses—I saw the witness Hughes at Guildhall—no one had told me anything about the watch but Wood.

JOHN ARMSTRONG (City police-constable, No. 211.) About eleven o'clock that Tuesday night I went to the Parr's Head—I asked Jumpson what watch he was showing in the kitchen on the Saturday night—he said a watch that Mr. Smith had given him to take to his master to get wound up.

(Richard Jones, the brother of the landlord of the Parr's Head; William Foster, and William St. Leger; gave Jumpson a good character. Ann Kingaby; Edward Alnwick, a hair-dresser; and Henry Joseph Smith, a carrier; gave Smith a good character.)


SMITH— GUILTY . Aged 19.

Recommended to mercy by the Jury.—

Confined Twelve Months .

NEW COURT.—Saturday, November 30th, 1844.

Sixth Jury, before Mr. Recorder.

25th November 1844
Reference Numbert18441125-141
VerdictGuilty > with recommendation

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141. ANN RICHMOND was indicted for stealing, on the 19th of Nov., 2 handkerchiefs, value 4s., the goods of George Edbrook, her master.

MARY ANN EDBROOK . I am the wife of George Edbrook—we live in Queen's Gardens, Brompton—I am a laundress—the prisoner worked for me, off and on, for seven or eight years. I missed two handkerchiefs that were entrusted to me to wash—I spoke of the loss of them in the prisoner's presence—she said she knew nothing about, them—I spoke to her again, and she told me, if I would not hurt Mary Hinds, she would tell me who stole them—I took an oath that I would not hurt her—Mary Hinds had left me on the 19th of Nov.—I went and found her, and brought her to my house, and there the prisoner charged her with having taken the things—Hinds denied it—I gave the prisoner in charge of the police—I have seen the handkerchiefs since.

Prisoner. I said I would release them, and bring them back to you; you were in a furious passion, and went across for a policeman; I gave him up the ticket of a handkerchief, and I brought him up to my room, took my keys and opened my box, and took out some tickets of my own, and gave them to him; I sent a person to release one handkerchief, and she had it in her pocket. I said, when I went to dinner, I would bring them down to you. You owed me 3s. 6d.

Witness. No, I did not.

MARIA BARNES . The prisoner lodged in the same room with me—she made application to me about a handkerchief—she wished me to redeem it for her—she gave me the duplicate of it—she did not give me any money—I was 4s. in her debt at that time—I went to Mr. Ravenor, the pawnbroker, with the ticket, and got this handkerchief, which is now here—I gave the pawnbroker the duplicate, and paid him 1s. 6 1/8 2d. out of my own money, because I owed her 4s.—the prisoner did not say that she was apprehensive of any trouble, but I was to redeem it, that she might take it home at twelve o'clock, when she went to her dinner—I redeemed it about eight in the morning, not thinking, from the familiar terms the prosecutrix and she were on, that there was anything wrong.

Prisoner. Q. I told you I meant to take it in at dinnertime? A. You did.

WILLIAM JANNAWAY . I am a pawnbroker, and live in Exeter-street, Knightsbridge. I produce a handkerchief, pawned on the 19th of Nov., for 1s—I cannot say who pawned it—this is the duplicate I gave for it

SAMUEL GUMMER (police-constable B 131.) I live opposite to the prosecutrix—she fetched me and gave the prisoner in charge—the prisoner took this duplicate from her bosom in going to the station, and gave it to me—I saw it was for a handkerchief pawned at Mr. Jannaway's—I received this other handkerchief from Barnes—there was no concealment of the fact that the handkerchiefs were pawned, and were forthcoming.

MARY ANN EDBROOK re-examined. These handkerchiefs were trusted to me to wash—they were taken on the 19th, and they ought to have gone home on the 22nd—I kept talking about them from the 19th, and was in hopes I should find them—I do not owe the prisoner a halfpenny.

(Ann Robinson gave the prisoner a good character.)

GUILTY. Aged 30.—Recommended to mercy by the Jury.— Confined One Month.

25th November 1844
Reference Numbert18441125-142
VerdictGuilty > unknown

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142. MARY LEIGH was indicted for stealing, on the 7th of Nov., 8 sheets, value 4l.; 4 shirts, 12s.; and 1 petticoat, 6d.; the goods of James Robbins, her master.

SARAH ROBBINS . I am the wife of James Robbins—he keeps the Two Angels and Crown, in Upper St. Martin's lane—the prisoner was our Maidofallwork for five or six weeks—on the 8th of Nov., she left the house before the family was up, and left the streetdoor open—she had not given notice of any intention of leaving—I missed four pairs of sheets, four shirts, and a flannel petticoat, which were my husband's property, and were safe when the prisoner came into our service—this is the flannel petticoat—I know it—I made it, and it was used by one of my children—it had been kept in a little box under the children's bed, where the children's things were—the sheets had been kept in a drawer locked up, and the prisoner had the care of the key—they were in a large room, No. 2, not the room where the children's things are—this petticoat has been found, and this is the only thing I can swear to.

BENJAMIN LEMMON . I am in the service of Mr. Burgess, in Long Acre, a pawnbroker—I produce this flannel petticoat, which was pawned by the prisoner on the afternoon of the 7th of Nov., for 6d.—I live about a quarter of a mile from the prosecutor.

WILLIAM BOWYER (police-constable F 139.) I apprehended the prisoner on the 11th of Nov. at the prosecutor's—I asked her, on the way to the station, what she had done with the things—she said the tickets were in the prosecutor's house—we searched the house, but could not find them—she told me she had pledged nothing but her own property.

GUILTY of stealing the petticoat. Aged 35.— Confined Six Weeks .

25th November 1844
Reference Numbert18441125-143
VerdictGuilty > with recommendation

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143. THOMAS INNIS was indicted for stealing, on the 18th of Nov., 28 copper nuts, value 2s. 6d.; 8 copper screws, 1s. 6d.; and 2lbs. weight of copper, 1s.; the goods of Edmund Pontifex and another, his masters.

JOHN WELLS . I am in the service of Edmund Pontifex and William Pontifex—the prisoner was in their employ about six months—these screws, nuts, and sheet copper, are Messrs. Pontifex's—they are worth about 5s.—I have seen such articles about the shop before this loss—here

is my mark on them—I saw the prisoner on the 18th of Nov., but I did not see him leave the factory.

HENRY WEBB (police-constable G 106.) I saw the prisoner on Saffronhill, on the night of the 19th of Nov., a little after eight o'clock—I I noticed his pockets, and took hold of his arm—he ran off, but I overtook him, and took him to the station—I found in his pockets these articles, which are produced—I learned from him that he was in Mr. Pontifex's service.

Prisoner. Since I have been in custody, Mr. Pontifex has discharged one man, because he would not come and take a false oath as to the things in my custody; the man that has come has no more proof about them than the man that has been discharged; he had a great deal more of them in his possession than this man has, and he would not take a false oath; I never was in custody before; my father is a poor man, and has been out of work, or I could have had friends to come for me; I have got a job to go to with my uncle, if I were out of the hands of the police; I worked as hard as any lad from morning till night, and I could not earn more than 6s. aweek; I took it all home, where there are three more children, younger than myself; we have sometimes had nothing but potatoes for dinner.

WILLIAM WELLS re-examined. I worked on these screws, and can recognise them as my own work—they are common screws and nuts—the prisoner worked there about six months, and behaved well—he had a good character till this occurred.

GUILTY. Aged 19.—Recommended to mercy by the Jury. Confined One Month .

25th November 1844
Reference Numbert18441125-144
VerdictNot Guilty > unknown

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144. ALEXANDER WEBB was indicted for stealing, on the 26th of Nov., 1 coat, value 1l. 10s.; and 1 waistcoat, 15s.; the goods of Richard Sexton.

MARY ANN SEXTON . I am the wife of Richard Sexton—he keeps a tailor's shop in Compton-street. On the night of the 26th of Nov., the prisoner came home with my husband, who was in liquor—the prisoner appeared to be sober—he wished to have some clothes—I begged him to come at another time, and have dealings with my husband, as he was then in liquor—he said he had ten sovereigns in his pocket, and he wished to have some clothes that night—he said he had become a neighbour, and had taken the house next door—I asked if it was Mr. Bradbury's—he said it was—he again said he wished to have the clothes that night—I took a satin waistcoat out of the drawer, and put it on the counter—he took the waistcoat up—I then said, "Have you taken possession of the house?"—he said, "No, I live at No. 30, Compton-street, and I have lately come from Bexley, in Kent"—I was then afraid that he was the person who had duped us out of a suit of clothes some months ago, and I laid the waistcoat in the window—our present landlord's son then came in, and knowing that the suit of clothes which we were duped out of was tried on in his house, I ordered him away—I went to the door to order him out, and my husband took the coat off the block—he laid it on the counter, and it was on the prisoner's back, and he was off with the coat and waistcoat in a moment—he had put the waistcoat on over his own waistcoat, and put the coat on, and left his velveteen jacket behind him in the fright.

Cross-examined by MR. DOANE. Q. Was not Morgan there? A. Yes—he is our landlord's son—Browning was the person who saw him run off with the coat and waistcoat, and brought him back.

RICHARD SEXTON . I came home a little the worse for liquor—I took a coat off the block, and put it on the counter—I had no sooner done that than the prisoner had it on his back like lightning, and was off with it—the house next to me belongs to the same landlord as my house does—it is not let to the prisoner—there is another person in possession of it, a much taller man than he is—I recollect the prisoner wanted to try the clothes on, he said he was come to be a neighbour next door, that he had got ten or eleven sovereigns in his pocket, and wished to lay it out with me.

Cross-examined. Q. Had you been drinking with the prisoner that night? A. No, not particularly with him—he was drinking—I had not seen the prisoner often before—I heard last night that he lives at Mr. Morgan's—he had a suit of clothes before of me, through a man that lived at Mr. Morgan's—there were several persons in the public-house—I am not aware that I had ever seen the prisoner in that public-house before.

JOSEPH BROWNING . I brought the prisoner back that night—he had got to the next street, about 200 yards off—he ran fast, and when I stopped him, he said, "I was just turning, I only did it for a spree "—he was quite sober.

Cross-examined. Q. Was he running in the direction of the Builders' Arms? A. The street took him in that direction, but I called, "Police," and turned him to the left.

HENRY HOBARD (police-constable E 60.) I received the prisoner into custody, he had no money on him whatever—he said it was only done out of a lark.

MR. DOANE called

LEWIS MORGAN . I am a barman. I was at the Builders' Arms that night—the prisoner and the prosecutor were there, and we were all drinking together—the prosecutor said to the prisoner, "If you will walk home with me, I have some clothes to suit you"—the prosecutor was drunk.

COURT. Q. Was the prisoner sober? A. He was not—I saw him at three o'clock, he was tipsy then, and I saw him again at nine—he was drinking out of four or five pots.

JOHN MORGAN . I am a tailor—I live next door to the prosecutor—the prisoner lived with me six months—he has always borne the character of an honest man.


25th November 1844
Reference Numbert18441125-145
VerdictsNot Guilty > unknown

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145. JOHN BELTON was indicted for stealing, on the 12th of Nov., 1 coat, value 10s., the goods of George Pearless; and HENRY BELTON , for feloniously receiving the same, well knowing it to have been stolen; against the Statute, &c.

THOMAS YOLLAND . I live in Crown-street, Brunswick-square, and am a hackneycarriage proprietor. The prisoner, Henry Belton, was in my employ as horsekeeper—he left me last Monday week—I had a coat in my care, belonging to Mr. George Pearless—it was worth about 10s.—it was in my stable—I charged Henry Belton with stealing it, and asked him for the coat that his brother took out of the stable—I after that gave John Belton into custody for stealing it—he was wearing the coat—I

charge Henry Belton with receiving it, because I received information that he had been wearing it—John Beltou was not in my employ—Henry might have worn it when he was in my employ.

WILLIAM PRITCHARD . I live in Little North-street, Lissongrove. I was in the prosecutor's stable on the 19th of Nov., which was the day after Henry Belton had left his service—John Belton came there, and asked for his brother's things—he took them, and took the coat with him, which had been hanging behind the door—I do not know whether Henry Belton had been in the habit of wearing that coat, when he was in the prosecutor's tor's employ—I offered no objection to his taking it—I supposed it belonged to his brother—he took some shirts and handkerchiefs, which I believe did belong to his brother.

WILLIAM PIKE . I live in Fleet-lane, and am a hackneycarriage driver—I saw Henry Belton wearing this coat last Wednesday week—that was the first I saw of it—he said he had bought it—I said I was very glad to see him with such a comfortable coat on his back—I am sure this is the coat—I saw it every day for a week, sometimes on Henry and sometimes on John.

HENRY HOBARD (police-constable E 60.) I received the prisoners into custody on this charge—John Belton had this coat on when I took him—when I took Henry, I said, "Where is the coat you sent your brother John for?"—he said, "The coat I have on is the one I sent him for."

THOMAS YOLLAND re-examined. This is the coat I had—I asked Henry Belton about it—he said he knew nothing about it, and had not seen it—I said, "I have information that you have been wearing it"—I told him, before I gave him in charge, that if he would give me the coat he should go; but he would not—this coat could not be replaced for 10s.—it is lined with horsecloth.

JURY. Q. When did you miss it? A. Last Monday—it has been much messed about.

COURT. Q. Might not Pike mistake the coat that Henry Belton has on now for the one you lost? A. He described the coat as lined with horsecloth, which this coat is—the coat Henry Belton has on is not lined with horsecloth—this coat was lent to me to wear—I wore it several times, and it was in the stable—no one had a right to use it but myself.

COURT to WILLIAM PIKE. Q. Are you sure you might not be mistaken as to the coat that Henry Belton wore? A. No, I am not mistaken—I have seen the coat that he has on now, but he had this coat on over his own.


25th November 1844
Reference Numbert18441125-146
VerdictsGuilty > pleaded guilty; Not Guilty > unknown

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146. EDWARD WARREN was indicted for stealing, on the 13th of Nov., 1 hogshead, value 5s., and 12cwt. of sugar, 40l., the goods of the London Dock Company, in and upon a certain dock adjacent to a navigable river; and GEORGE BOWERS and PHILIP ROBERTS for feloniously receiving the same, well knowing them to have been stolen; against the Statute, &c.; to which

WARREN pleaded GUILTY . Aged 38.— Transported for Ten Years .

MESSRS. BALLANTINE and BALDWIN conducted the Prosecution.

JAMES DALE . I am the son of James Dale, a town carman, who lives in the Grove, Guildford-street, Borough. On the 12th of Nov. we had an order tor the delivery of nine hogsheads of sugar to Sewell and Nash—this

is the order—(looking at it)—it is endorsed by Sewell and Nash, and by that they convey an order for the delivery of this to the bearer—on the 12th of Nov. Warren came to me on some other business—I delivered the order to him, for the purpose of delivering one hogshead to Drake, in Kingsland-road—I told him to deliver it according to the order.

JOSEPH GRISSON BUCK . I am a town carman—Warren was occasionally employed by me as carman. On Tuesday, the 12th of Nov., I employed him as a carman—after his job was over I sent him with some papers to Mr. Dale's—he returned, and showed me this order—(looking at it)—he told me something about it—he had a van with him—it was about half-past two o'clock, and I sent him for the hogshead—he returned about a quarter before seven in the evening—his van was then empty.

HENRY PONTING . I am assistant foreman at the delivery warehouse at the London Dock. This order was not brought by Warren to me on the 12th of Nov.—it was brought to the box—I saw Warren at the dock on the 12th of Nov.—he came to fetch a hogshead of sugar—it was not delivered to him on that day, as it was too late—he came again on Wednesday morning, the 13th, and on that occasion a hogshead of sugar was delivered to him—the marks on it were, "W. F. Grapes, V No. 7"—that hogshead had been in the custody of the London Dock—I delivered it to Warren in the capacity of a carman, and he took it away in a van—I have since seen parts of a hogshead in the possession of Mr. Lewis, the inspector, and on those parts were similar marks to those which were on the hogshead I delivered to Warren.

JOHN DRAKE . I am a grocer, and live in Kingsland-road. On the 11th of Nov. 1 purchased a hogshead of sugar lying at the London Dock—I bought it of Sewell and Nash's traveller in my shop—I have not received it—I had the marks of the hogshead on the sample which I bought it by—they were, "W. F. Grapes, V No. 7"—they undertook to sell me a hogshead so marked.

WILLIAM FITZMAURICE PEARCE . I am superintendent of the H division of police. On the night of the 14th of Nov. I went to the house of Thomas Lewis, in South-street, Spitalfieldsmarket—I went in—Mr. Lewis's two sons were there, and the prisoners Bowers and Roberts—there was an empty hogshead there, and three barrels—Mr. Lewis's two sons were at the empty hogshead—one of them had hold of one of the hoops, and appeared to be breaking it—both Bowers and Roberts were in their shirtsleeves, and some sugar was on their hands and clothes—the three barrels were headed up—I likewise saw a small keg there, which was covered over—I removed the covering, and it was full of moist sugar—I gave Bowers and Roberts a caution not to commit themselves, and asked them what they had to say to this—they both said, "We have nothing to say"—Lewis's elder son said, that he was going to bed with his brother, and hearing a noise he came down stairs, and found Bowers and Roberts filling the barrels from the hogshead, and that they had permission from his father to bring it there the day before—to the best of my recollection, he said Bowers and Roberts brought it—the barrels had sugar in them, which appeared to be the same as that in the keg, and the hogshead contained about 6lbs. or 7lbs., which appeared to be the same—I went to Roberts's house, and found some sugar there.

Cross-examined by MR. DOANE. Q. Did you search Bower's house? A. No, I did not—some of the police did, and found some sugar there.

JOSEPH LEWIS . I am inspector of the H division of police—I went to Mr. Lewis's house on Thursday, the 14th of Nov., and saw the prisoners Bowers and Roberts, and the hogshead and three casks—I took the parts of the hogshead that were marked, and have them—on one of the heads are the marks described, "W. F. Grapes, V No. 7"—I heard Mr. Lewis's son say that Roberts and Bowers came together with the hogshead, and delivered it at his father's warehouse the day before.

Cross-examined by MR. DOANE. Q. Did you search Bower's house? A. Yes—his premises were too small to receive the sugar hogshead.

THOMAS LEWIS . I am a potato salesman, and live in South-street, Spitalfields. I have known the prisoner Bowers for some time—he came to me on Wednesday, the 13th of Nov., about two o'clock, or between one and two, and asked if I had any objection for him to leave a cask or a hogshead in my warehouse for a day or two, as it was too large to go into his own warehouse; his doors were too small to receive it—I said, "Very well"—in the course of that day Roberts came round the corner, and asked me if I had seen Mr. Bowers—I said, "Yes"—he said, "Has he said anything about leaving a cask or a hogshead here?"—I said, "Yes, and I said I had no objection"—he said, "Which way shall I get it to your warehouse?"—I told him, and he afterwards drove the hogshead up to my warehouse, and put it in—Bowers was present at the time, but Warren was not—on the following morning I saw Bowers, between ten and eleven o'clock—he asked me if I had any objection to let him empty this sugar into three little casks, as that cask was too large for him to put it into his little warehouse or premises—I said, "Not the least"—I went out in the afternoon; but before I went out, somebody brought three casks, and gave them to my son, and said they were for Mr. Bowers—I saw the casks, and then I went out, and saw no more of the prisoners till they were at the station-house.

Cross-examined by MR. DOANE. Q. How long have you known Bowers? A. About four years, selling goods on commission—he has borne a good character up to this charge—when the sugar came, Roberts was driving, and had the whip in his hand—he came to me in the character of a carman—he was the individual who pitched the sugar, and I had seen him on the Wednesday before the sugar was delivered—from six to ten minutes after the sugar was delivered Roberts went away with the van, and Bowers went with him.

THOMAS LEWIS, JUN . I am the son of Thomas Lewis. I remember the hogshead of sugar being brought by Bowers and Roberts, and some small casks were brought by a strange man—the prisoners came again in the evening—Bowers said, "I am come to take away that sugar," and Roberts brought a saw and hammer—they both worked at it, breaking up the cask, and putting the sugar into the small casks—they could not hold it all, and Bowers asked me if I could lend him a jar—I lent him a keg.

Cross-examined by MR. DOANE. Q. Do you remember the inspector Pearce coming? A. Yes—he asked Bowers if these things belonged to him, and he said, "No."

Cross-examined by MR. CLARKSON. Q. Did any sugar leave your premises before the officers came in and found the two prisoners, with the sugar, and the tub? A. No.

GEORGE HEWSTONE . I am a labourer in the London Docks. I assisted in weighing and sending out this hogshead of sugar—in consequence of

information, I went to Mr. Lewis's house—I knocked at the door, and saw several men breaking up a hogshead—I did not look up to see any of the men's faces—both Mr. Lewis's sons were sawing the hoops asunder.

The order was here put in and read as follows:—"To the Directors of the London Dock Company. Please to deliver to Messrs. Sewell and Nash 9 hogsheads of sugar, from Nos. 1 to 9"—(on the back of the order was, "Deliver to the bearer No. 7. SEWELL and NASH.")

COURT to JOSEPH GRISSON BUCK. Q. Did you send Warren for this? A. Yes, for a puncheon of molasses, and this hogshead of sugar—he brought this order from Mr. Dale, and I told him to go to the Dock and fetch it.

MR. BALLANTINB. Q. Did you give him a cart and horse for the purpose of getting a hogshead of sugar on the 12th of Nov.? A. Yes—he was to get it at the London Dock—he was to deliver it according to the order he received from Mr. Dale.

JAMES DALE re-examined. Warren came to me on the 12th of Nov.—he was to have delivered one of these hogsheads to Mr. Drake—I pinned a direction on the order to deliver it to Mr. Drake, Kingsland-road.

COURT. Q. You gave some directions in writing, which you attached to this order? A. Yes—I got the instruction for that direction from a gentleman, who is here, from Messrs. Sewell and Nash.

WILLIAM THORNHILL . I am a warehouseman, in the employ of Messers. Sewell and Nash. I sent an order, on the 12th of Nov., for the delivery of one of the nine hogsheads of sugar to Mr. Drake.

COURT. Q. In what character do you act? A. As agent to Sewell and Nash—I have the delivery of their goods—this is my writing on this order, "Deliver to the bearer No. 7"—Dale is a carter, and does our cartage—I employed him to deliver this hogshead to Mr. Drake—I wrote a paper and delivered it to Dale, and that paper is missing.

COURT to JAMES DALE. Q. Did you give any verbal direction to Warren, or confine yourself to sticking one paper on another? A. I told him at the same time that I gave him the paper, to get the hogshead and deliver it to Mr. Drake in Kingsland-road.

Cross-examined by MR. CLARKSON. Q. You said you told himto deliver it according to order? A. I did both.


25th November 1844
Reference Numbert18441125-147
VerdictsNot Guilty > unknown

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147. GEORGE BROWN was indicted for stealing, on the 23rd of Nov., two metal bolts, value 2s., the goods of George Frederick Young and others; and SARAH BROWN and THOMAS ARMFIELD for feloniously receiving the same, well knowing them to have been stolen.

MESSRS. CLARKSON and ROBINSON conducted the Prosecution.

THOMAS WATKINS (police-constable K 310.) On Saturday evening, the 23rd of Nov., I was on duty in Limehouse, in plain clothes. I saw Sarah Brown go with a basket in her hand into Armfield's shop—he is a marinestore dealer—I looked into the shop, and saw her take these two copper bolts out of her basket, and hand them over to Armfield—I was looking through the door, which was open—Armfield looked at the bolts, put them into the scale, and put a twopound weight into the other scale—he took them out, put his hand into his pocket, and gave her a small piece of silver coin, and about 2d. or 3d. in copper—I will swear the

silver coin was not a half-crown or a shilling—I cannot say whether it was a sixpence or a fourpence—she took the money up, and I went in and said to Armfield, "Give me those two bolts"—he had them behind him, and I ran round and took them from him—I said to Sarah Brown, "What money has he given you for these holts?"—she said, "Eightpence"—she began to cry, and said, "Do not take me"—she put her hand into her pocket, took out some money, and offered me 5s.—I said, "I shall not take it, come up with me"—I said, "Give me that money he gave you"—she said, "I have thrown the sixpence away, will that do me any good"—I took her to Poplar station—I then went and apprehended George Brown—I then went and took Armfield into custody for stealing two copper bolts—when I took George Brown, I asked him if his name was Brown, and if he was married—he said, "Yes"—I asked him whether he knew anything about any copper bolts—he stood for a moment and said, "Yes I do; I got them out of the West India Dock"—I told him I had taken his wife into custody for offering two copper bolts in a marine store shop—he said he had had no work for three weeks, and when he was at work he worked at the West India Dock, where he got these bolts from.

Cross-examined by MR. BALLANTINE. Q. How long have you been in the force? A. Going on for eight years—I considered it my duty to ask the questions I did—when I was asking Sarah Brown about the money, Armfield was present, and I expect he heard it distinctly—I heard Sarah Brown state at the office that I held out hopes of her not being locked up—that if she would say she had not received the money, the inspector would not lock her up—after she was locked up, and before she came to the Magistrates, she said, "Armfield took the bolts, put them into the scale, and took the bolts from the scale, and held one in each hand"—she did not say, "Armfield paid me nothing for them"—to my knowledge—she said, "He paid me none, but he was to have paid me 8d."—I was close to the shopdoor when I saw the money pass—I had been standing there three minutes—I saw Sarah Brown come in—I was on one side and she on the other—she passed me very near, almost rubbed against me—she went in, and I continued to stand there—the counter is in the middle of the shop, nearly close to the door—there was nobody else there—I saw Hams when I was taking the two prisoners to the Poplar station—I said to him, "Take this man into custody, he is charged with receiving stolen property,"and he took him—I had no conversation with Hams before—when I went in the shop I said to Armfield, "Give me those two bolts which are in your possession"—he then had them in his hands, which he was holding behind him—he saw me coming in—I went behind him and took them from him—I took Armfield in about threequarters of an hour afterwards—I set a policeman to watch the shop, but he is not here.

JAMES HAMS (police-constable K 248.) I was called by Watkins last Saturday night about nine o'clock, and took Armfield into custody—Watkins told me he was charged with receiving, but I do not think he said what—Armfield said, "I don't see how he can charge me with receiving, he saw no money pass"—he said he knew the shop had got a bad name, and he supposed he was suffering for it—he said he questioned the woman how she came by them, and she said her husband was a shipscraper, and had picked them up on the shore—I saw Sarah Brown at the station, and heard her say she had thrown the sixpence away.

Cross-examined. Q. I think you and I have met before? A. Yes, sir, on several occasions—I was a witness in the case of Hoskins some time ago—he was acquitted—to the best of my recollection there was but one charge against him—I have never said, "I was beaten that time, but I will turn the tables upon him this"—I never mentioned such a word.

MR. ROBINSON. Q. How long ago was that trial of Hoskins? A. It must be three or four sessions ago.

JOHN MOORE . I am clerk in the employ of George Frederick Young, Joseph Dawson, and Frederick Young—I recognise these bolts—to the best of my belief they were made by the man who is employed under my masters—they have larger heads than those which are usually sold, and I see by the book that bolts of this kind have been delivered from our house.

COURT. Q. Are you speaking of Messrs. Young's manufactory, or premises? A. Yes; I have not the least doubt that these were made there—I have the book here, but I did not make the entry—I know the fact that a quantity of bolts of this description were sent on board a vessel on the 21st, 22nd, and 26th—the vessel was lying in Curling and Young's dock, which is opposite our premises.

MR. BALLANTINE. Q. How many were there? A. A hundred and thirty-five—I have that from the memorandum—I believe there ✗wer not more—they were not counted when they were weighed—to the best of my belief, there were 135—we had sent others to other places, but not of this description—these were made for a particular ship—we sent some of this description some years ago, I believe in 1838—I will swear that, to the best of my belief, other persons have not sent out any since, from these being of a peculiar kind—I believe they were made in 1838—these were delivered to the officer of the ship—I cannot say who took them.

COURT. Q. Were these manufactured in 1838, or recently? A. They were manufactured in 1838, for the British Queen steamship—they were made to a particular order for that ship—a sufficient number were supplied to fasten the ship, and a certain quantity, I think about forty, remained on our premises till the other day, and then they were supplied to the Tulloch Castle—these have a larger head than others.

MR. ROBINSON. Q. These were sent on the 22nd of Nov.? A. Yes—what were sent on the 21st and 26th were others.

JOHN PEMBERTON . I am shipkeeper on board the Tulloch Castle, lying in Young and Curling's dock—I know George Brown, by his working on board that ship—he worked there last week—his first business was to scrape the vessel inside—I had occasion to draw the bolts from Young, Dawson, and Co.'s—I sorted them out to the shipwrights as they wanted them out of the store—on Thursday we drew some from the yard, and on Friday we drew some more—they seemed all alike—I have missed none.

WILLIAM JONES . I live in Park-street, Limehouse; I am warehouseman to Young, Dawson, and Co. I weighed the bolts for the Tulloch Castle out of the store, and delivered them from Young, Dawson, and Co., and they were sent to Young, Curling, and Co.—they were all these kinds of bolts—the first delivery was on the 22nd—these are part of the bolts that were sent—I know them by the pattern—we have not been in the habit of making such bolts latterly.

WILLIAM AUGUSTUS WILCOX . I am clerk to Messrs. Henry Davidson and others; they are managing owners of the Tulloch Castle.

COURT. Q. Were these bolts delivered for their use? A. I should imagine so—the ship was under repair in Curling and Co.'s dock—I should imagine that these are materials for which they have a right to charge—these are not the cargo, but applied to the repair of the ship.

GEORGE LBADLEY . I am clerk to the Magistrates at the Thames Police-court. court. I recollect the examination of the prisoners before one of the Magistrates—I took down the examinations as the prisoners spoke them, and the Magistrate authenticated it with his signature—(read)—"The prisoner soner George Brown says, "About three weeks ago there was a ship repairing at Curling and Young's; I was employed on board by the mate; after she came out of the dock, the mate asked me to clear out the forecastle, which I did; he told me to clear out the gun-room, and these two copper bolts were there; I found them, put them about me, and carried them on shore; I had a lot of rubbish out of the ship; I took the bolts out in the truck; they have been in my possession three weeks till Saturday night; I then said to my wife she had better sell them, in case anything should be missing from the Tulloch Castle, as I was working on board it; she said she would, and was stopped by the constable; the time she left the house was a quarter to seven o'clock, and the officer came to me at ten minutes to nine."

Sarah Brown says, "On Saturday night I went to sell these bolts at Mr. Armfield's; I gave him these bolts into his hand; he put them into the scale; he had no sooner done that, than the constable entered, and he took the bolts from the scale, and held one in each hand; the constable said, 'Hand them over here; I am a police-constable;' he then said to me, 'Where is the money he has given you?" I said I had none, and he said he would swear he had seen him pay me, and how much was it; he paid me none; but he was to have paid me eightpence for them; I had my hand in my pocket at the time the constable spoke; I showed him what money I had; I had three half-crowns, four shillings, and fourpence threefarthings; farthings; I had not a sixpence about me; he then said, it was all d—d nonsense; he knew better; he then went round the counter, and wanted to know if Mr. Armfield had any more stowed away; he turned up a bag, and said, 'Oh, I see you have no more of them;' he said he was sure I had been carrying on the game a long time; he then said, 'Come down to the Poplar station with me;' I then did as he said; I offered him 5s. not to take me, as I had never been in a station-house before in my life; in going along, he pressed me to know how much Mr. Armfield had given me for them; I told him I had not a sixpence nor eightpence in any way; he told me the inspector would not keep me in the station-house; he told me to say that the man had bought them, and the inspector would let me go; he then said, 'Did he pay you for them?' being in hopes I should not be locked up, I said, 'He did;' and it was fear alone made me say so; but I never received a farthing from him; I told him my husband worked anywhere, and I gave him the direction at the station-house; I took my money out, and he laid it on the table."


EDWARD SHEPHERD . I am shopman to the prisoner Armfield, and have lived with him ever since he took that shop—I was present about

eight o'clock at night, when Sarah Brown came in with two bolts in her hand—she asked my master if he bought them—he said he did not know, where did she get them?—she said, from her husband, who was a shipscraper—my master put them into the scale, weighed them, and had got them in his hand—he asked her again how her husband came by them, when the policeman ran into the shop, and took them from him—my master had not paid for them at all, and had not produced any money—I was about a yard and a half from the scale—I am sure I could have seen if my master had produced any money.

COURT. Q. What is the value of these bolts? A. I really do not know—they weigh two pounds—to a marinestore dealer they are worth about 4d. a pound, that is to sell to break up again—they are not copperthey are not called copper bolts—it is a mixture of brass, zinc, and copper—I believe they are worth 7 1/2 d. or 8d. apiece new.

MR. ROBINSON. Q. How is it you know so accurately the price of them? A. I have been some time in the line, and I know the price of almost all metals—I was in the shop at that time—there was a light in the shop, the same as there usually is—the policeman could not avoid seeing me when he was in the shop—he spoke to me—I was before the Magistrate once—I have been with my master all the time he has been there—I was before a Magistrate once before for falling out with my wife—then resuit was I was imprisoned—I was never charged with any offence—I worked eight years for Mr. Wilson, a stationer and ragmerchant, in King-street, Longacre—I left him because he was a bankrupt—I then went to I work on board the steam-boats as a boiiermaker—I worked on board the Boulogne and the Emerald, and others—I am not a steamboiler maker, but I helped—I have 1l. a week wages from Mr. Arm field—I was in Oxford-street that night—I left home about a quarter before nine—Mr. Armfield was in the shop then—he was not in custody—I am sure I did not leave to go to Oxford-street much earlier—I did not give evidence before the Magistrate on this matter—I did not hear the policeman say about no one being in the shop but Armfield and Sarah Brown—he could not say that, because I spoke to him while he was in the shop—I asked him to take no farther notice of it, but to let the poor woman go, as she was very bad—he said it was more than his place was worth—Mrs. Armfield said, "Let the woman go," and Mr. Armfield said, "Let the woman go"—the officer said, "I don't want to have any conversation with you."


Fifth Jury, before Edward Bullock, Esq.

25th November 1844
Reference Numbert18441125-148
VerdictGuilty > unknown

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148. JANE WALKER was indicted for stealing, on the 23rd of Nov., 3 shifts, value 3s.; 1 petticoat, 6d.; and 1 1/2 yard of ribbon, 6d.; the goods of William Fletcher, her master.

ELIZABETH FLETCHER . I am the wife of William Fletcher—we live in Francis street, Tottenham-court-road—the prisoner nursed me in my illness, and while she was with me I missed three shifts and a flannel petticoat—I missed this ribbon last Saturday, and saw the flannelpetticoat and one shift on her person—I knew them to be mine—I had asked her for them, and she said she did not know where they were—she looked for them for two hours—I had not been out of my bedroom for seven weeks—I then asked her to let me look, and she had them on her.

Prisoner. I said I was cold, and she gave me the petticoat to wear.

Witness. No, I did not—she was with me seven weeks and never complained.

MARY ADAMS , I live at the policestation—I found this shift on the prisoner.

JOHN PARKE (police-sergeant E 5.) I went to where the prisoner said she lived, and found this ribbon.

ELIZABETH FLETCHER re-examined. This shift is mine and this ribbon also.

Prisoner's Defence. I was nursing her, she had the rheumatic fever; I was obliged to be up night and day; I said it was very cold, she said she was sorry she had not got a blanket, but there was an old flannel petticoat I might have to keep me warm; I can take my oath the shift is my own, I had it on my back when I went there; one of the shifts went to Mrs. Haggart's, for her to make her two flannel shifts by, and it never came home; and there was one, if not two, nightshifts that were cut up for poultice rags; as to the ribbon, I do not know how it came into my box; I can take my oath the shift I had on was my own.

GUILTY . Aged 39.— Confined One Month .

25th November 1844
Reference Numbert18441125-149
VerdictGuilty > unknown

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149. JAMES WRIGHT was indicted for stealing, on the 21st of Nov., 1 pair of boots, value 4s., the property of Clement Smith, and that he had been before convicted of felony.

DAVID WARDER . I am assistant to Mr. Clement Smith, a pawnbroker, in Bath-street, City-road. On the 21st of Nov., about four o'clock in the afternoon, I was at my master's shop—I saw the prisoner standing outside—he took a knife from his pocket, and cut a pair of boots off a rail before the window—he put the boots under his coat, and walked away a few steps—I had three people in the shop, and I ran out after him—he saw me, and began to run—he threw the boots over the workhouse wall—I pursued and took him—he begged me to let him go, and said hunger made him do it—I said he must come back—these are the boots—they are my master's.

WILLIAM DAMER (police-constable G 161.) I took the prisoner, and got these boots from the gatekeeper at the workhouse.

Prisoner. I was coming up the street about four o'clock; a great number of women were outside the door; these boots were on the pavement, and I picked them up and went about 100 yards; he came after me and said, "Give me those boots," and I threw them away.

CHARLES FANN WRIGHT (police-constable N 304.) I produce a certificate of the prisoner's former conviction, which I got at Mr. Clark's offfice—(read—"Convicted on the 8th of May, 6th Vict.")—the prisoner is the person.

GUILTY . Aged 24.— Transported for Seven Years .

25th November 1844
Reference Numbert18441125-150
VerdictGuilty > with recommendation

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150. THOMAS FRANCIS was indicted for embezzlement.

WILLIAM STAVELY . I am a veterinary surgeon, and live in Holloway-road. The prisoner was my foreman, and had been employed to receive money on my account, which he was to hand over to me immediately he saw me—a person named Summersell had dealings with me once—the prisoner never paid me any money as received from him, nor accounted to me

for it—I received information, and gave the prisoner into custody—he said he had not received the money, and he did not know Mr. Summersell.

Cross-examined by MR. BALDWIN. Q. Do you remember the 11th of Nov.? A. Yes—I was at home in the morning, and in the afterpart of the day—I was absent in the middle of the day—I am not able to state whether there were a number of people at my place—I do not remember a dog fight taking place—the prisoner remained in my service till the Saturday after this—he afterwards went to a farrier's in Kentishtown—he had been in my service several months.

JAMES SUMMERSELL . I am a butcher, and live in Felix-terrace, Islington. On the 11th of Nov., about noon, I wept to Mr. Stavely's—he was out—I saw the prisoner, whom I had seen on one or two occasions before—I asked him if Mr. Stavely was at home—he said, "No"—I said, "I wanted to pay him a bill"—he said I might pay him, it would be all right—the bill was 1l. 0s. 1 1/2 d.—I gave him a sovereign, and told him to give it to Mr. Stavely, it would be all—I paid it him for his master.

Cross-examined. Q. Were there other people about? A. Three besides me—I went into the premises—there was a dog of mine and one of the witness's, which began to fight in the yard—there was no confusion—they were only two little terriers—I put the sovereign on the anvil where the prisoner was working—he took it, and put it in his waistcoat pocket-there was another person came after I had paid the money.

WILLIAM CLARK . I live in Chapel-place, Holloway-road—I saw Mr. Summersell pay the prisoner something—I do not know what was the amount.

Cross-examined. Q. How many persons were there? A. I was there with a pony to have a shoe fastened—I was there about half an hour—I was there before Mr. Summersell came—there were not above three persons there besides me—I saw something of a dog-fight—there were not more than half-a-dozen persons present then—I saw Mr. Summersell put the money on the anvil, and the prisoner took it up.

(Sarah Ackerman, the wife of an umbrella-maker, gave the prisoner a good character.)

GUILTY. Aged 42.—Recommended to mercy by the Jury and Prosecutor.

Confined Three Months .

25th November 1844
Reference Numbert18441125-151
VerdictsGuilty > pleaded guilty; Not Guilty > unknown

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151. JAMES TAYLOR was indicted for stealing, on the 25th of Oct., 250 yards of canvass, value 14l.; 69 yards of baize, 4l. 15s.; 60 yards of trimming, 4l.; 60 yards of binding, 15s.; 1 copper boiler, 12s.; 360 lamps, 2l. 5s.; 72 drinking-glasses, 2l.; 3 decanters, 10s.; 60 mugs, Il.; 6 metal taps, 125.; 36 knives, 8s.; 36 forks, 7s.; 8 pewter measures, 6s.; 11 dishes, 10s.; 60 plates, 6s.; 3 sets of cruets, 5s.; 3 stands for cruets, 2s. 6d.; 5 saucers, 7d.; 1 cup, 1d.; 3 tea-pots, 1s. 6d.; 3 jugs, 6d.; 3 keys, 9s.; 3 tin boilers, 6s.; 1 baking-tin, 2s.; 6 salt-cellars, 3s.; 3 punch-bowls, 7s.; 8 flags, 8s.; and 1 tea-urn, 9s.; the goods of George William Henry Young: and JOHN RAYNER , for feloniously receiving 14 driuking-glasses, 9 cruets, 1 salt-cellar, 5 saucers, 1 cup, 3 pewter-measures, measures, 2 dishes, 14 plates, 26 jugs, 9 yards of baize, 20 yards of canvass, and 2 flags, part of the said goods, well knowing them to have been stolen; against the Statute, &c.; to which

TAYLOR pleaded GUILTY . Aged 24.— Confined Six Months .

MR. RYLAND conducted the Prosecution.

GEORGE WILLIAM HENRY YOUNG . I am a hawker and pedlar. I live at the Old King Harry, in the Mile-end-road—I generally travel the country with a van and Sheffield cutlery—I sleep in the van when I am traveling On the 9th of Oct. I was at Croydon in the morning, and at Mile-end in the evening—I slept in the Mile-end-road all night—on that day I placed the whole of a drinking-booth in a loft belonging to Mr. Walton, who keeps the Old King Harry—it consisted of the canvass and other things stated—I valued them at about 30l.—on the 30th of Oct. I received information, and came to town—I went to Mr. Walton's, and found my goods were gone—I know the prisoner Taylor—I had given him an odd job now and then, but not regularly—I gave a description of him, I sod after some hours'search I found him near Ratcliff-highway—he took me to Mr. Wren's, in Rosemary-lane—I saw Rayner there on the top of the stairs—he was in his night-gown, just got out of bed—he came down stairs to me—I said to Taylor, "Is this the man you sold the goods to?" he said, Yes, it was—Rayner said it was a bad job, he could not get them back that night, he might the next day, or he could the next day, or some such words—a friend called in some policemen—they searched the house, and some goods were found, some bits of green-baize, some crockery, some glass, a piece of canvass, and a couple of small flags—they were shown to me, and I knew most of them as my own property—it was rather late in the evening—I should say it was after eleven—I saw no pewter measures then—I have seen some since, and a copper boiler, a gravy-dish, and other things—I believe them to be mine—most of them I can swear to—they were some of the articles I had left in the loft.

BENJAMIN BOORN . I am a hawker, and am the prosecutor's brother-in-law, law, I went with him to Rayner's on the 30th of Oct;—I saw the articles found, which the prosecutor has mentioned—when I went in Rayner was in bed—I went up stairs and called him—he opened his room door, and came on the landing in his shirt—he then dressed himself, and came down—Young said, "I am come about my things"—Rayner said, "I can't get them back to-night, nor yet to-morrow,"but Taylor had before that stamped his foot on the ground, and said, "The things are here"—while Rayner was in the shop, a man, dressed as a sailor, came in and said, "What is the matter?"—I said, "Mind your own business"—Rayner nodded his head to the sailor, as much as to say, "Go out"—the sailor went into the back room, got a light, and went up stairs—some policemen were called in—I went up stairs with them to Rayner's bed-room—we found in his bed-room this piece of baize, and the narrow piece of canvass which bad been cut off the baize; and on the top of the drawers in the room we found some glasses and some cruets—I could swear to two of the dram-glasses, and to the piece of baize—I went into the adjoining room, and found some dishes and plates, which I believe to be my brother-in-law's property—they had been through my hands several times—I went up stairs, and saw the sailor in the front room at the top of the house—he had a light, and there were some beds which he tumbled out of a cupboard—I did not know any property found in that room—I came down, and in about half-an-hour I went up again—I saw the sliding-window in the room in which I had seen the sailor, was a little open—I shoved it right back, and got on the leads—I went as far as the next window, turning towards the left, and in the gutter I found a piece of new

canvass and two flags—I had had them in my hand before, and I believe them to be the prosecutor's—I could not swear to them—they are Union-Jack flags, and are used as handkerchiefs—they have nail-holes in them, and I have not the least doubt that they are my brother-in-law's property—this canvass is about the quantity that was left when there was a new thirty-feet tilt made—there is no mark on it—I believe it to be my brother's property.

Cross-examined by MR. BALLANTINE. Q. You desired the sailor to go away, did you? A. No, I just told him to mind his own business—he was not one of the prisoners.

JULIA SHEEN . I am a widow, and live in Blue Anchor-yard, Rosemary-lane. I know the prisoner Rayner—on the 25th of Oct. I went to his shop to pay him a little money—I paid him 2s. off a bed and bedstead, which I had bought—I came away, and went to a grocer's shop and bought some sugar—Taylor then came to me, and wanted me to buy something—I went back to Rayner's shop with Taylor, and Taylor and I, and a sailor in a flannel shirt went up stairs—Rayner did not go up—Taylor asked me a price for some crockery, which I saw upstairs and declined to buy—I went away and sent for my daughter, and she and I went back—I did not see Rayner then—Taylor and a sailor-like man sold my daughter some articles—Rayner keeps a barber's and a broker's shop—he buys old stores, and everything.

PIERCE DRISCOLL (police-sergeant H 24.) On the 30th of Oct. I had information of this, and I apprehended the two prisoners—they were standing by one another in Rayner's shop—I asked them if they knew what they were charged with—they made no reply—I remained in the I house, and an officer took them to the station.

Cross-examined. Q. Rayner was admitted to bail? A. Yes.

ALLAN PIPE (police-constable H 51,) I went with Driscoll to assist in taking the prisoners, and to search Rayner's house—I found the things which have been produced, and in a box under the bed I found these three pewter measures, smashed up as they are now—I was present when the prisoners were examined—after they had been cautioned, Taylor said, in presence of Rayner, that he did not know that he could make it any ✗; that these were the things he sold to Rayner—the things were then present—Rayner said he should decline saying anything, by the advice of his attorney.


25th November 1844
Reference Numbert18441125-152
VerdictNot Guilty > unknown

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