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33, Southampton-street, Strand.







On the Queen's Commission of the Peace,



The City of London,





Held on Monday, June 10th, 1850, and following Days.

Before the Right Hon. THOMAS FARNCOMB , LORD MAYOR of the City of London; Sir John Patteson, Knt., one of the Justices of Her Majesty's Court of Queen's Bench; Sir Robert Monsey Rolfe, Knt., one of the Barons of Her Majesty's Court of Exchequer; Sir Peter Laurie, Knt.; Charles Farebrother, Esq.; Thomas Kelly, Esq.; Sir William Magnay, Bart.; and Michael Gibbs, Esq.; Aldermen of the said City: the Hon. Charles Ewan Law, M.P., Recorder of the said City: John Musgrove, Esq.; William Hunter, Esq.; Thomas Challis, Esq.: Francis Graham Moon, Esq.; Thomas Quested Finnis, Esq.; and Robert Walter Carden, Esq.; Aldermen of the said City: Edward Bullock, Esq., Common Serjeant of the said City; and Russell Gurney, 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.








A star (*) denotes that prisoners have been previously in custody—two stars (**) that they have been more than once custody—An obelisk (†) that they are known to he the associates of bad character.


OLD COURT.—Monday, June 10th, 1850.

PRESENT—The Right Hon. the LORD MAYOR; Sir WILLIAM MAGNAY, Bart., Ald.; Mr. RECORDER; Mr. Ald. MUSGROVE; Mr. Ald. MOON; and Mr. Ald. FINNIIS.

Before Mr. Recorder, and the First Jury.

10th June 1850
Reference Numbert18500610-1037
VerdictGuilty > with recommendation

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1037. JOHN LAWRENCE was indicted for unlawfully stealing a deed, being evidence of the title of Seth Smith to a certain real estate.—Other COUNTS for a conspiracy.

MESSRS. BODKIN and ROBINSON conducted the Prosecution.

JOHN WILLIAM JONES . I am clerk in the house of Messrs. Bartley, Southwood, and Barclay, solicitor of Somerset-street, Portman-square; they have a client named Seth Smith. On Saturday, 20th April, when I arrived at the office, about ten o'clock in the morning, I found a person waiting at the office door—he was quite a stranger to me—he said something to me about meeting a person, in consequence of which I made an appointment—I said I should leave the office at six, and would see the person—when I left the office at six, I saw the prisoner and the young man I had before, standing at the bottom of Somerset-street, Duke-street—the young man introduced me to the prisoner, by saying, "This is Mr. Bartley's clerk"—we walked to Oxford-street, and when we got opposite the Noah's Ark public-house, the prisoner said "Here is a house we can go into"—we went into the parlour, sat down, and had a pint of ale—the prisoner said to me "You do a great deal of business for Mr. Smith"—I said "Yes, we do"—he said, "Well, what I want you to do for me is to get a counterpart lease away from your office; and if you will get it me, I will give you 10l."—I said, "If I can get it, how shall 1 let you know?"—previous to that I said, "Give me the particulars of it," and the prisoner asked the young man for a piece of paper, and the prisoner took the paper and wrote on it—Hardwick, the officer, has that paper—I gave it to him—I have not seen it since.

THOMAS HARDWICK (Police-sergeant, D 7.) I had a piece of paper from Jones—I have not got it—I lost it in this Court last Session—I was giving Mr. Humphreys, the solicitor, a copy of it in the New Court—he took a copy in my presence—were just about to be sworn to the bill, and I except in the hurry, instead of placing it in my pocket—book I must have dropped it—

I have looked for it everywhere, and have not been able to find it—I have a copy of it, which I got this morning from Jones—I read the memorandum which I have lost—it was the same as this—Jones made this from his recollection—I did not part with the paper when I showed it to Mr. Humphreys; I held it in my hand while he took the copy—I did not miss it till the following day—I keep papers of that kind in a writing-desk at home—I have looked there for it.

WILLIAM CORNS HUMPHREYS , asq. I am solicitor for this prosecution. I believe Hardwick showed me a memorandum last Session, but I have no recollection of it—it did not come into my possession, nor do I know anything of it—I believe I did not make any copy of it—I have looked among my papers in consequence of a communication made to, me just now, and I do not find it.

THOMAS HARDWICK (cross-examined by MR. CLARKSON). Q. Have you read the paper which Jones gave you this morning? A. Yes; I read it because I did not know exactly what was on the other—I never put the paper in the writing-desk, but I looked there, as I may have put my pocket-book on the table at home, and it may have got among other papers—I did not produce it before the Grand Jury—I never mentioned to Jones that I had lost it till this morning—I also looked for it in my pocket-book, and in a letter which I generally kept it in, and also round my apartments.

MR. BODKIN. Q. When you showed the memorandum to Mr. Humphreys, do you remember on what sort of paper he took the copy? A. On a sort of brief paper, like that (looking at a paper in Mr. Humphreys hands)—he wrote it with my pencil.

MR. HUMPHREYS re-examined. I have just been looking among my papers, and have found a pencil memorandum on a copy of the depositions in my own handwriting—I cannot exactly say when it was made, but I believe it was last Session—I do not remember having the original memorandum before me when I wrote it—I cannot account For this memorandum in any other way, still I have no recollection of the fact.

THOMAS HARDWICK re-examined. I recollect the substance of the memorandum without reference to the paper which Jones gave me this rooming—I know the date of it, and I know there was Seth Smith and J. Lawrence on it—I asked Jones for the copy.

JOHN HOARD . I am housekeeper of these Courts—it is the duty of the persons who sweep up the Courts to bring to me any papers they find—several papers were brought to me last Session—there was no paper among them referring to Mr. Seth Smith and Mr. Lawrence—I am sure of that.

JOHN WILLIAM JONES re-examined. I took notice of the contents of the memorandum that I saw the prisoner write—I did not make any copy of it before I gave it to Hardwick—I can state from recollection what it was: "March, 1830. Smith to J. Lawrence; of premises in Motcombe-street"—I put the paper in my pocket, and said to the prisoner, "Supposing I can get you this counterpart lease, how shall I let you know?"—he said, "Direct a letter to the same address as on the piece of paper"—he said nothing more—we then left each other—the other man went with him—before the meeting took place that evening I had not communicated to my principal what had taken place with the young man in the morning—I mentioned it to a fellow clerk, that is all—I mentioned it to Mr. Southwood, one of the principals, on the Monday morning—what I did after that was with their approbation—on the Wednesday after the Monday I addressed a letter to the prisoner; this is it—(read)—"Will you meet me at the same place as you did on Saturday, at

the public-house, at half-past six o'clock this evening, punctually"—that was addressed to J. Lawrence, No. 2, Motcombe-street, Belgrave-square—I put it in the post myself, on Wednesday morning—I went to the place appointed on the Wednesday evening, at the time appointed, and found the prisoner outside the door—I said, "I must trouble you to come again to-morrow evening at six o'clock, and then I shall be able to let you have it"—we agreed to meet at six o'clock next evening, Thursday, 25th, at the Noah's Ark—I took the deed with me—this is it (produced)—I believe it was injured at the Royal Exchange fire—it was in the state it is now when I took it, only wrapped in a piece of brown paper—I got it from the office—I found the prisoner in the parlour alone—I said to him "Are you as good as your word?"—he said, "Yes," at the same time pulling a bag out of his pocket—he handed me ten sovereigns, and I gave him the deed—the prisoner opened it, and looked at it, and said "Quite right," or something to that effect—he was satisfied it was the counterpart, seeing his signature I suppose—he said so—he looked all over the deed—after I had received the money, and he had the deed, I asked him his object in obtaining the counterpart lease—he said his object was to alter his own lease, which was for twenty-one years, into seventy-one years—I asked how that was to be done, and he said by taking the top off the "T," and carrying the line up would make an "S," and the "w" into "ev" would make "Seventy"—he also wrote the word "twenty" on a piece of paper, and showed me how it was done, but I do not know what has become of that piece of paper—I did not take it—he said he should destroy the counterpart as soon as he got home—Hardwick, the officer, was waiting in the room in plain clothes—he was there when I went in—the prisoner and I sat in a box by ourselves—he spoke to me in rather a low tone of voice.

Cross-examined by MR. CLARKSON. Q. You were a stranger to the prisoner up to the time when you were visited by the young man? A. I never saw him before—the young man was apparently a working man; I should think about twenty-five years old—I never searched for him, or assisted the police to do so—I described him to the officer and to my employers—such a thing never happened in our office before, to my knowledge—I cannot say whether a good many of Mr. Smith's deeds were burnt at the fire—I was not in the office at the time—I have been there twelve months last May—before that I was in Bridger and Bull's solicitors' office, in London Wall—when I left there I was out of a situation three or four months—I was then living at 1, Birdcage-walk, Hackney-road—there was no clerk in the office or acquaintance of mine known to the prisoner to my knowledge—when I got to the office at ten o'clock the door was closed, and the young man was at the door—he said, "I want to see Mr. Bartley's clerk"—and I told him I was that person—he did not ask for roe, but for Mr. Bartley's clerk, taking the chance of who he might find—I never had such an occurrence happen to me before—I was with the solicitor in London Wall about three years—before that I was four years with Mr. J. Murdock, of Staple Inn—there was no interval between those services—I went from one to the other—I have the same ten sovereigns in my pocket now which the prisoner gave me—I believe he gave me the sovereigns at the same time that I gave him the deed—I observed first, when I met him at six, "Well, are you prepared to perform your word?"—I did not mark the sovereigns, but I have kept them in my possession ever since, in my pocket in a paper, separate from my other money—I believe the prisoner is a respectable tradesman, living in Motcombe-street, Belgrave-square—I made this disclosure to my employers on the

Monday, having seen the prisoner on the Saturday, and then I had authority to take the deed—I got it on the Thursday—it was got up from the safe below—I did not get it up—I did not know where to get it—perhaps Mr. Southwood got it up—Mr. Saxton, the conveyancing clerk, is the clerk I mentioned it to on the Saturday; he is not here—I am common-law clerk—I think Saxton knew where to find the deed—I produced the piece of paper before the Magistrate which the officer says he has lost—I do not know why it was not copied into the depositions—I attended as a witness, and also as attorney for the prosecution—Mr. Long was the Magistrate; I showed it to him—I was there twice—I do not think it was produced on the second occasion—I gave it to the policeman because he asked me for it—I thought it was as well in his custody as mine—I believe it formed a part of our papers—I do not think he asked me for it, it was lying before me and he took it up with the deed—I do not know how be came to have the deed—he took the prisoner into custody with the deed—it was arranged that I should get the prisoner into a public-house where the officer should have been previously stationed, that he might take him into custody—it was not for the express purpose that the officer might hear what passed—I believe Mr. Bartley gave him instructions to take the prisoner into custody—he was in plain clothes—I do not think he was told where he was to place himself—I was in the room when he received his instructions—they were to take the man into custody—no one else gave him any other instructions to my knowledge—I did not give him any—it was arranged between us that he should be in the parlour—I left it to him to say how it should be arranged, and he said, "I will be in the parlour at the time you come in"—he was sitting right in front of the door; I was in the corner perhaps two or three yards off—we were not in sight of each other: there was a high settle dividing us—there is only one door—I sat with my back towards the policeman, the prisoner sat at the side—I have given a copy of the paper to the policeman this morning—he told me it was lost, and said be had better have a copy of it—I do not know why, he did not say—I wrote it on a piece of paper out of his pocket-book—I made a memorandum of the conversation I bad with the defendant the next day after he was committed—he had two examinations, there was an interval of a week between—this is the memorandum (produced)—I made it to assist my memory—I do not think I have carried it with the ten sovereigns ever since—it has sometimes been in my possession, and sometimes I have left it at home—I left it at home the greater portion of the time—I have never been in a witness-box except with reference to this case—Lawrence did not on any of the conversations I had with him tell me that he wanted the counterpart lease to examine it—he never told me he had 100l. lent to him on his own lease—he did not tell me he had not had his own lease for twenty years, or nearly twenty years—when I produced the lease he put on his spectacles and looked at it—he did not say it was impossible for him to read it there; much of it is obliterated—he looked at it, and I suppose looked at his own signature—I can find it—it is to be seen—here is "Jno." for John and "Lawrence"—I never looked at it before—I looked at the name Lawrence and made it out—he did not say it was in such a condition that he could not make it out, and I did not arrange with him that he should take it home for two or three days on his lodging 10l. with me as a security that he would return it—since the prisoner told me how to do it, I have tried to turn twenty into seventy—I have only tried once just to satisfy myself that it could be done, that was in my malter's office—I cannot say what day it was; perhaps it might have been two or three days after this transaction, after the meeting,

after I delivered the deed to him—I thought he was very communicative, and was surprised—I did not express any abhorrence or detestation of what he suggested to me to do—I did not manifest any indignation about it; I was as calm as I am now—I did not feel indignant at having such a proposition made to me, and do not now—I did not see any one else in the office attempt to alter twenty to seventy—I have not preserved the paper on which I did it—I destroyed it as soon as I had done it—I did not show it to anybody—I was alone when I did it—I made it answer.

MR. BODKIN. Q. You say you have kept the ten sovereigns in your possession ever since? A. Yes; I was directed to do so by my employers.

COURT. Q. When did you first know that the counterpart had been damaged by fire? A. On the Monday morning, I think, when I mentioned it to my employers, and they got up the deed—I did not mention that to the prisoner before I delivered it to him—I was not in the office when it was deposited at the Royal Exchange—I first saw this document on the Monday morning that I mentioned it to my employers.

WALTER SOUTHWOOD . I am one of the firm of Bartley, Southwood, and Barclay, of Somerset-street, Port man-square. We are solicitors to Mr. Seth Smith—at the time this happened we had some of his deeds in our possession, but not the deed in question—I remember Jones making a statement to me on 22nd April, on my arrival at the office about ten o'clock, in consequence of which I consulted with my partner Mr. Barclay, and with Mr. Smith, and he assented to our parting with the deed—he brought it to the office for the purpose of ascertaining what the prisoner intended—Jones took it, with our permission—we promised it, for the purpose of handing it over—we wished to know what the prisoner's object was in asking for it—we had at first applied at the station for an officer to be prepared to act—the deed was injured at the Royal Exchange fire.

Cross-examined. Q. Were you in the firm at that time? A. Yes; I knew the deeds were deposited there twenty yean ago, immediately after the granting of the lease—the transaction was through our office with the Royal Exchange.

THOMAS HARDWICK re-examined. On Thursday, 25th April, about a quarter to six o'clock, I went to the Noah's Ark, in Oxford-street, in consequence of an arrangement with Mr. Southwood and Jones—I was dressed in private clothes—I went into the parlour—there were several persons there—the prisoner came in, after I was there, with Jones, who had this deed in his hand, tied up in brown paper—the prisoner had a little basket in his hand—they were in close conversation, and sat down, in a little box partitioned off, by themselves—I saw the prisoner with the deed in his hand, with the cover off, looking at it, and I saw him roll it up and put it by his side—I could not hear what was said, for the other people were talking so loud—I heard a rattling, apparently of gold—they drank a pint of ale, which the prisoner called for, and then left the room together, and parted at the door—the prisoner took this with him, wrapped up in brown paper—I do not know who wrapped it up—I followed the prisoner, overtook him, and asked what he had got—he said he really did not know—I said, "How did you come by it?"—he said, "Well, I do not know the party:" I think those were the words—I told him I must take him to the station, and took him and the parcel—when we got there I opened the parcel, and found it contained this deed—I searched him, and found this letter which hat been produced, and some money on him.

Cross-examined. Q. What was the size of the parlour you, were in? A. About half as large again as this dock—there were five or six other

persons there—I could not hear what the prisoner and Jones said, because of the louder talking of the other persons; they were talking about business; I expect they were publicans—I was at the far-side of the room, about as for from the prisoner and Jones as I am from you—the other persons sat on part of the settle alongside the prisoner and Jones; only the partitions divided them—I do not think they could hear what Jones and the prisoner said, for they were speaking very low indeed—there were two persons there who I know were not publicans; a man named Hewlett was one—I took him there more for company than anything else—I do not know the other person's name, but I know him by sight—I had received instructions from Mr. Southwood on the subject—I was to use my own discretion about overhearing what was said—it was left entirely to me—he did not say anything to me about overhearing anything that passed—it was arranged that I should go and see the prisoner take the deed—he said it would be well for me to go to the house, and be there a little before the time appointed, to see them come in, because I was aware the house was appointed for the meeting—I did not see him take the deed; the settle was between us—I could not have seen unless I was in the same box—I did not like to get too near, for fear the prisoner should know me—I went there for one thing, to overbear the conversation—that was not by Mr. Southwood's instructions; nothing was said about seeing and hearing—Mr. Southwood said he should send the clerk with the deed according to the appointment, and would I be there—I said I would be there before, and I was—he told me to take him into custody—I swear be did not tell me to go and hear what passed, nor did Jones—I did listen, but I could not hear what passed—Hewlett sat by me—he is a master coach-trimmer, and lives in the neighbourhood of St. George's, Hanover-square, a mile or more from Motcombe-street—he did not know my business till it was over—I took him for company, to have somebody to talk to while I was there—we had a pint of ale, which he paid for—that was before Jones and the prisoner had their pint of ale—the waiter was in and out of the room—they had the ale as soon as they sat down—they began to talk as soon as they came in—when the waiter took the ale, they were talking with their heads close to each other, leaning on the table—I rose up from my seat to see that—they put themselves more apart when he put the ale down—the deed was not on the table at that time; it was between the two on the form I suppose, or else on the ground for what I know—it was out of sight—the other man who I knew sat opposite them—he did not stay all the while; he left shortly before the prisoner—there was nothing to prevent him from seeing them—Hewlett sat close by me—he did not go near to them.

ALFRED WEBBER . I am clerk to Mr. Humphreys, the solicitor. On Monday, 6th May, I served a notice on the prisoner, of which this is a copy—(this, being read, was a notice to produce the lease held by the prisoner.)

CHARLES PITT BARTLEY . I am a member of the firm of Hartley, Southwood, and Hartley. I am the subscribing witness to the counterpart of this lease—it was prepared in our office, in 1830—I saw it executed by the prisoner—I have no doubt at the time it was executed a lease was executed by the lessor, and delivered to the prisoner.

Cross-examined by MR. BALLANTINE. Q. Did he pay any premium for the lease? A. 65l. rent, and 1 think a premium of 65l.—it was for twenty-one years—he paid something for fixtures to an outgoing tenant—we are Mr. Seth Smith's solicitors, and have been for many years—the leases vary as to the number of years—leases of this sort have increased in value since 1830—the neighbourhood has increased, and therefore shops have become more valuable—I do not think there is a single shop in that street empty—I have

prepared two or three leases of houses in the same street, of the same size, for which Mr. Smith has received 300l. premium, on the same rent.

EDWARD PARTINOTON . I am a conveyancer. I manage the conveyancing business of the Marquis of Westminster—the present Marquis's name is Richard—he is tenant for life of the ground on which this house stands.

ABRAHAM HOWARD . I am agent to the Marquis of Westminster. He receives ground-rent from the premises 2, Motcombe-street.

(It was admitted that the prisoner's tease expired at Lady-day, 1851.)

MR. CLARKSON, with MR. BALLANTINE, submitted that there was no evidence to sustain the counts charging a stealing, the possession of the deed having been parted with by the owner's consent; that the word "steal" must be taken to include such a taking as would constitute a larceny, and here there was no proof of any such taking by the prisoner, the facts only showed a delivery to him. (See John's case, 7 Car & Payne, 324; Eggington's case, 2 East, 666; and Johnson's case, Car and Marshman, 218.) MR. BODKIN contended that there was no consent by the owner to the prisoner's taking the deed, and it was for the Jury to say whether the act of handing the ten sovereigns to the witness, and taking the deed from him, did not constitute a theft. (See Reg. v. Williams.) The COURT entertained considerable doubt whether this was not carrying the doctrine of larceny a step further than the cited cases had hitherto carried it, but was of opinion theft was evidence for the Jury; and in leaving the case to them, requested their opinion (if their verdict turned upon those Counts), whether the delivery of the deed to the prisoner was really a delivery, or whether the prisoner took it manually from the possession of Jones, and committed a trespass in so doing; because unless he did, it would not, in the judgment of the Court, be sufficient to sustain a conviction, MR. CLARKSON did not deny that there was evidence applicable to the Counts for conspiracy.

(The prisoner received a good character.)

GUILTY of conspiracy. Aged 60.—Recommended to mercy by the Jury and Prosecutor, on account of his previous good character. — Confined Six Months.

NEW COURT.—Monday, June 10th, 1850.


Before Mr. Common Serjeant and the Fifth Jury.

10th June 1850
Reference Numbert18500610-1038
VerdictGuilty > pleaded guilty; Not Guilty > unknown

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SAMUEL COOMBS (City-policeman, 16). On 16th May, about six o'clock in the evening, I saw the two prisoners together in Aldermanbory—they walked up and down for upwards of a quarter of an hour, looking into the warehouses—they went to Mr. Bradbury's together, and there Scott left Strutt, and crossed to the other tide of the street, and stood watching—Strutt stopped a short time, and looked in several times; he then went in, with nothing, and came out with this parcel (producing it)—I followed him—I saw another officer, and spoke to him—he took Scott—I took Strutt, with the parcel.

WILLIAM HAYWOOD FUNNELL (City policeman, 32). I took Scott.

Scott. Q. Did I make any attempt to run away? A. No.

RICHARD BEALE . I am in partnership with Mr. John Bradbury and others. This parcel is our property, and was in our warehouse, No. 6, Aldermanbury—it has our private mark on it.

Scott's Defence. I was not in company with this boy; he was in company with three other boys; I only left Coventry on 15th or 16th March.


OLD COURT.—Tuesday, June 11th, 1850.


MOON; and Mr. Ald. FINNIS.

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Reference Numbert18500610-1039
VerdictsGuilty > pleaded guilty

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MR. BALLANTINE conducted the Prosecution.

CAROLINE PERIERA . I am a native of Ceylon; I was in the service of Sir Edward Barnes, the governor there, for twelve years, as head-nurse to his children. I embarked on board the Wellesley East Indiaman at Madras, as nurse to Dr. Darwood, and lady's-maid to mistress—there were five children and the lady—I have a brother at Ceylon—he comes to Madras to sell jewellery—he entrusted me with some jewellery before I left Madras—there was a diamond brooch, some ruby stones, four pairs of ear-rings, and other articles—they were put into a green box—a plum-coloured China satin dress was put in first; then the jewellery, with a piece of cotton put upon it; and after that came a thick black satin; and then another jewellery after that—the box was fastened up with white lead, so that nobody could open it—the box was tin inside and green outside—I am a Roman Catholic—my brother gave me two or three articles of jewellery as presents for gentlefolks; one was for Lady Barnes, one for her four children that I nurse—Sir Edward Barnes had put the money down, to set my brother up as a jeweller at Ceylon—I was to sell the rest of the jewellery, and with the money to buy English clothes and glass, knives and forks, and fancy things, to send out to Madras, to trade and make money by—I had 100 sovereigns with me to buy things—those sovereigns I got—I had been with Mrs. Napier last year, I got 300 rupees wages to bring four children, I got 200 rupees, 20l., for my passage, beside that; Mrs. Morgan gave a lady for me, Mrs. Weatherspoon, whose children I take, she gave me 10l. to wait on her and four young ladies, Mrs. Antwell gave me 7l. to wait for her, and Dr. Ross's lady gave me 6l. to wait for her, that is the way I make money—I had been in Sir Edward Barnes's service twelve years, at 3l. a month—I have left him some years—after that I went to Sir Wilmot Horton's, at the Government-house at Ceylon, and Lady Barnes gave me one lady, Mrs. Dinwood—I put the sovereigns loose in the case, with my small watch and chain, which Sir Edward Barnes gave me—I kept them in my own separate chest, and four rows of pearl I put there, which cost me 100 rupees, which was a present to my master's daughter, Miss Barnes, seven years of age—I went on board the Wellesley on New-year's Day—I spent New-year's Day on board the ship—I did not notice the prisoners the first day, but after that they spoke to me—I took the sovereigns one day to Mrs. Smith; they were in a little bag—that was

after I had been on board one month and a half—I told Mrs. Smith I had a little money—she said, "Don't put in Dr. Darwood's cabin; beep it in my cabin, or you will lose it"—before 1 went I gave one sovereign to Mrs. Smith's hand—I go again to my cabin, and put up three pairs stockings, twenty-five sovereigns, twenty-five sovereigns, and twenty-five sovereigns, three times, and twenty sovereigns one time, and 3l. 10s.; put them in the bag, and dropped it into the case—it was a wire case, and I gave charge of that box to Mrs. Smith—I also put in my watch and chain, and two sovereigns; and, I forgot to tell, one chess-board, and a silver pen—all that I dropped into the case—I then go to Mr. Francis and ask for nail, and nailed it up in Mrs. Smith's cabin myself, as I was afraid to trust any one—Mrs. Smith was present when I nailed it; Mr. Smith was not—I think this was three days before I came on shore, I cannot recollect exactly, three days, or one, or two days, I am not sure—I gave it in charge to Mrs. Smith, to send to Beechhill-park, as I was going to my lady there—I told that to both prisoners—they had not both seen what I had in the box, hut I confess all the voyage what I was going to take—I confess every bit to that woman, I thought so true of her—I did not want to leave it in Dr. Darwood's cabin, as master and I were not good friends—master had been very cruel to me—I wanted to give it to the steward, but this Lieutenant Smith and Lady Smith told me not to trust the steward, because sailors would smuggle it—they often said this—I began to tell it to Mrs Smith all the particulars, and after that I brought it to their cabin—I gave Mr. Smith the watch to examine, Sir Edward Barnes's last present to me—he said it was a beautiful little watch, lady's watch, and called out the maker's name, somebody Jones—he said that me, black woman, native woman, cannot pass with gold watch and chain on the neck—I dropped it into the empty jewel-case, with my four rows of pearl—I missed the case from the prisoners' cabin on Sunday before we got ashore—I asked Mrs. Smith, "Where case?"—she said, "Up in the hold"—husband and wife both told sent to hold—he was present—I went to the steward to see whether that was true, and I asked whether my box got to the hold—after that the prisoner came again, and told to me, "Caroline, don't fret, your box is all safe"—I went back to the steward, and said, "Never mind, box all safe"—the female prisoner said, "Duty to pay; Caroline, I will not let pay duty; I will pass it by smuggle"—I cannot tell rightly what day I got ashore after the Sunday; I think it must be Monday—before leaving the vessel I again spoke to the prisoner about my box, and Lieutenant Smith's wife said it was all safe (he told me he was a lieutenant); and after that this lady promised me, "We will take you home; lodging we will give you"—I did not speak again about the case before I left the ship—Mrs. Smith told me that somebody was calling for me—I gone to steward's cabin, and steward say, "No"—plenty men there—no one want me—only one cuddy servant there, and I walk away again, and I see no Mrs. Smith, when I got back again both Mr. and Mrs. Smith were gone—after that I gone again to the steward—I received a' letter after that—when I got ashore I did not go to Mrs. Smith—I gone to Mrs. Parry's lodging—I cannot find it at first—I gone to steward on board ship, and he ask one gentleman where Mrs. Parry live, native people take lodging—after that steward wrote, and gave a piece of paper to me.

Q. Did you afterwards go to a place called Halsey-street, Chelsea? A. No; first I went to Lady Barnes's, at Beech-hill, and 1 find no box, I come away again, and came in quick to Mrs. Parry, I did not speak, I afraid to make mischief, I thought it lost box, and better to keep quiet before O got any one to hunt for me to go and look out for box—after that the steward

gave me a direction to Mr. Barnes, my master's brother; and after I gone to Mr. Barnes I see the female prisoner in Chelsea-street, five o'clock, six o'clock, I cannot tell—when I saw her, she said, "What devil make you bring here? who devil give you my direction to come here"—(looking at an ear-ring produced by the officer) this is my property—it is my own ear-ring, what I use, what I put in my own ear—Christmas-night, at a party, one ear-ring broke, and I tied the thread—this is that very ear-ring.

Cross-examined by MR. CLARKSON. Q. Is that one of the ear-rings, or the drop of one of the ear-rings that you put into the tin box before it was soldered down? A. Two ear-rings—this ear-ring I put in my ear the first day I came to Dr. Darwood—this is one of the ear-rings that I put into the box—lam not mistaken in that—in the course of the passage I was very bad friends with Dr. Darwood—plenty water coming, ship going to sink, waves came in, and first day master want I to go hang carpet—I say, "I can't, sir; my life is in danger"—before I and master got angry, I got too much to do for master; five children to take care of, and mistress to dress—the bad weather was the first time master and I had any dispute—master want I to go and throw water out of sky-light, and I say, "I will go over, I will lose my life; what use I to my master then?"—master want to kill me, and to go to skylight where sailor only go; no gentleman go there—afterwards another bad weather, very bad; so much water, all the people thought going to sink, going to break ship, and I got two baby—I obliged to carry one I put to sleep, another I got to wash and dress, another to feed, another keep in my lap while get my dinner; but master want me to wash clothes, to go hang all the dirty wet clothes, and I say, "I can't;" what I suffer, God Almighty know, and nobody else—I take and throw clothes this way, and say, "I won't do, for my life I am more fond"—I had no dispute with master about anything else—master always angry with me after that—to bold tongue he said, to not speak when come in to any one—after that, master be my enemy, hurt my character, master said he would spoil my character, would not let me serve ladies any more—master never complained that he had lost anything—I beg your pardon, sir, I wrong—first day ship come into dock, mistress told steward she miss one tin box from the cabin—master did not say I take anything—I never heard that master complained of having lost anything before.

Q. Did your master or mistress ever complain that they had lost anything besides the box? A. Mistress, what you say, mistress lost, she got very little clothes, never go to cabin to dine, all the morning lie down on bed, only get up at four o'clock, she only three dresses, one black satin and two coloured; what she got to lose?—she got very little shift to wash—I have never been charged with taking anything of theirs—I did not take a thing belonging to Dr. Darwood.

COURT. Q. Did they complain that they had missed anything? A. My dear lord, I tell this one word true, God Almighty knows; Dr. Darwood not got anything to lose—I never hire but for nurse, Dr. Darwood got a dozen shirts which I washed, Mrs. Darwood not enough dress to come to dinner, all the things were two flannel petticoats for little baby, I have 300 rupees not to be laundry-maid, but I hard work like slave for that man night and day—he did not complain to me of having lost anything but the tin box.

MR. CLARKSON. Q. How long has your brother been a jeweller? A. I cannot say; many years—he keeps a shop at Ceylon—he go to Madras, Calcutta, the Molucca, to buy jewel—he does not go about with a pack,

selling things from place to place—he got Peter Rose's house at Ceylon—when gentlemen want a jewel, they come to his place, he do not go to ask gentlemen if they want a jewel; they come and give him an order—I was to have 300 rupees for my services with Dr. Darwood—I had 150 rupees three or five days before I went on board—I did not lose ear-rings at a dance, I broke ear-ring at dance Christmas night—I cannot tell how much of the 150 rupees I spent before I went on board the vessel—I had got plenty of money—I did not spend any of the 150 rupees—I gave 5l. to the Roman Catholic Church for a good passage, and I think I had 7l. or 8l. left of the money, I cannot tell—I did not, in the course of the voyage, apply to Dr. and Mrs. Darwood for any more money—I did not, before I went on board, apply to Dr. or Mrs. Darwood for more money than the 150 rupees—I did not get a penny more from either of them before I went on board—I remember being off St. Helena in coming home—I did not apply to Dr. Darwood on that occasion for any money—my agreement with Dr. Darwood was in writing—I did not read it, Mrs. Darwood read it, for 300 rupees—Dr. Darwood did not deliver me six more rupees on the day before the vessel sailed—oh Lord, what a liar that gentleman is—I did not ask Dr. Darwood for more money at St. Helena, nor say that I wanted to buy some things when the ship touched—I got money in my pocket—Dr. Darwood did not give me two sovereigns off St. Helena—he told me in the bad weather that he would not pay my passage, and I told him I would go to Lord Mayor, and compel him; and when we got in the docks, he paid me 9l., I cannot tell; 11l., I cannot tell—I do not know what Indian money he gave me, or what English money—I gave 15l. 10s. into Mrs. Parry's hand—Dr. Darwood did not pay me 11l. and some odd shillings—he did not give shillings to me; he gave me sovereigns—what I got I gave into Mrs. Parry's hand—I think I received more than eleven sovereigns from Dr. Darwood—he gave me no silver, all sovereigns—Mrs. Darwood gave me a tin box in the course of the voyage—Dr. Darwood landed at Gravesend—he did not, in his return to the ship, complain that he had lost another tin box from his cabin, with his name on it—Mrs. Darwood did—that same tin box—do not bring two tin boxes—do not make wrong, sir; go right road; I a poor woman, only I saving my character—Mrs. Darwood say she lost three China fans, some flannel, and some sewing-silk—she did not tell me she missed a wooden card case of ribbon—where Dr. Darwood get so much ribbon? his daughter take her shoe-ribbon, and wipe it in water to tie her hair—(three fans and other articles were here produced by the officer)—I going to ask one thing, are these Dr. Darwood's fans?—these three fans I did not give to anybody—this kind three fans I did not steal from Dr. Darwood—three years I mistress of these fans—Captain Quainton, of Hindoostanee, made them present to me when he China going—I gave this one to Mrs. Francis—this one I gave to Mrs. Smith, the prisoner, and this I gave to Mrs. Parry to take care of—this wooden card-case was present to me by Mr. Da Costa, at Madras—I gave it to Mrs. Parry to keep—this child's hood belonged to Mrs. Napier—I nursed her child in Japan, and she gave it me—I gave that to Mrs. Smith—this sewing-silk I bought in Wales last year, for binding children's frocks—the water got to it, and it is all salt—I gave it to Mrs. Smith to keep for Mrs. Parry—I have been in England before this—I gave the whole of this sewing-silk to Mrs. Smith—these ribbons and blue veils were a present to me by Mrs. Alton, who came in the Wellesley—I gave that one to the prisoner—Mrs. Alton is now at Brighton—this ribbon was given me by the daughter of the Hon. Col. Grantham; her wedding-bonnet was trimmed with it—I gave it to Mrs. Smith—these other pieces of ribbon

I did not give to anybody—I do not know whose they are—this blue veil I gave to Mrs. Smith, and this brown silk I gave to Mrs. Parry, to keep—I brought two chess-boards from India—this chess-board was made by my brother, who is a great fancy workman at Ceylon; not the jeweller—at Beech-hill-park they have thousands and thousands of his fancy work—my brother made me a present of this—I gave it to Mr. Francia—Dr. Darwood wanted to buy it of me, and I told him, "Before I will sell it to you, I will throw it overboard"—the price of this board is 5l.—this gold chain is my own, I bought that while in Lady Barnes' service—I gave it to Mrs. Smith to take care of my box—when I went to Beech-hill-park, Lady Barnes was not there—she is in Germany—Sir Edward is dead—I confessed to Mrs. Smith all the jewellery and all I had—I told the steward what I had—I did not tell about the jewellery—I did not tell Mrs. Parry that I had lost the 100 sovereigns and the jewellery—I afraid to tell anyone before meet any one that got interest for me—I told master's brother's butler Llewellyn what I lost—that was after I left Mrs. Parry's—I told Mrs. Parry that some box gone to Beech-hill-park—I sent Mrs. Parry to the prisoner's to ask for two fans, a card-case, some silk, and some ribbons—Mrs. Smith did not give me her direction—Mrs. Parry got it from somebody, and I sent her to find them out.

COURT. Q. What was your reason, when you sent Mrs. Parry to demand the fans and other things, that you did not send her to demand the more valuable things and the box? A. Why, I saw these people do tricks for me—first, they told will give me home; second, told do everything for me; will send box—I go to Beech-hill-park, and find no box—I thought I would go myself to get my things—I did not want to hurt Mrs. Parry or anybody—I told her to find place, and come let know to me.

MR. CLARKSON. Q. Did you call at Mr. Barnes' house, 16, St. James's-square, on 24th April? A. Yes, I think, I cannot tell right—I told him I was in great distress; that Dr. Darwood had gone away to Scotland, and did not give me my passage—I told him I could not get my passage paid, not my wages—I said there was a written agreement with Dr. Darwood, at Madras; that he had agreed to give me 20l. to pay my passage back to Madras—he took the agreement from my hand—I do not know what he did with it—he said he would throw it overboard; he told me he had thrown it overboard—I asked Francis for a wooden case—I did not ask for a brandy case—I did not tell him what 1 wanted it for—I did not tell him I wanted a wooden case to put my dirty linen in—I got a wooden case that I put my dirty linen in and the children's—I did not tell Francis that I had bought this chess-board in China, he tell lie there—Mr. Francis told them that at the court—my brother gave it me a present—I did not tell such a thing that China I brought it by—I asked for the wooden case about three weeks before the ship arrived, and three days before arriving he gave me the nails—when I went to the house in Halsey-street, Chelsea, Mr. Luck opened the door for me—Llewellyn went with me—Mr. and Mrs. Smith were not athome at that time—I cannot tell you the day—Mr. and Mrs. Luck showed me some things which they said was Smith's baggage—nothing was opened, only one box with a watch and chain—I did not tell Mrs. Luck what I lost, I only say I lost box, I want this lady and gentleman to come first front to face—I remember calling at the house of Mr. and Mrs. Francis, at 13, Russell-place, Poplar—I do not recollect the date—I was not then dressed in a new silk dress—I was then living at my master's brother's house—I told Mrs. Francis that Lady Barnes was gone to Germany—I did not tell her that I was staying with Lady Barnes, or that Lady Barnes was on a visit to the Duchess of

Cambridge in Piccadilly—I said I was staying at Lady Barnes' brother's, fronting the Duchess of Cambridge's house—I did not tell her that Lady Barnes had given me the money to pay for the cab to come and see him—Mrs. Parry paid 3s. for the cab—I went to my master's brother's house that day—I went to Mrs. Parry's house to go in the cab.

Q. Had you known the two prisoners at all before yon went on board the Wellesley? A. Yes, sir; bow I know I will say—I never spoke to the prisoner—I saw him—the first day I saw the woman was on the deck, and two days after that I saw her husband in the cabin—I do not know what the prisoner was before he came on board—I never heard that he was band-master to a native regiment, and had been discharged as an invalid—I saw the woman one day when I landed lust year, but never spoke to her.

MR. BALLANTINE. Q. When you went to see Mrs. Francis, had you the same dress on you have now? A. Yes—I have another dress, a green one, but no silk dress—I got a silk petticoat, only native dress—(looking at the chess-board) here is a mark that has been put on by somebody—here is a mark in it which I know, where I spilt a cup of tea in bad weather—I am quite sure I have had it three years—I have played with it more than twenty times last year—I lent it to Mrs. Antwell and Miss Clark, two ladies I attended on a voyage, to play.

Q. Then you did not, in point of fact steal it from Dr. Darwood? A. Oh God! I did not steal from Dr. Darwood one piece of thread—I quite innocent of Dr. Darwood's things—I did not steal—I never heard of any charge against me by Dr. Darwood until I had been before the Grand Jury—I did not instruct solicitors to make a claim against Dr. Darwood to pay my passage—I spoke to master's brother's butler—Dr. Darwood did not tell me he would pay my passage back—Dr. Darwood's lady told me, "I will give you one lady, not passage"—I was to have my passage paid back—that is always usual when nurses come over to this country—our baggage will dear, give washing and lodging, 16s. every lady and gentleman, in this England, rule is to give—the passage back would cost me 20l.—Dr. Darwood did not pay me any money for my passage back—he never took any trouble at all about clearing my luggage—I asked Mrs. Darwood if Dr. Darwood would be kind for me that I will not lose my property—he never cleared my luggage for me—this chess-board, fans, and other things are the articles Dr. Darwood has charged me with stealing.

THOMAS FRANCIS . I was steward on board the Wellesley. Dr. Darwood., with his wife and family, were passengers—Caroline Periera was his ayah and only servant—the prisoners were steerage passengers—the female had charge of three children—the husband embarked as a steerage passenger, and the wife embarked as a servant—I cannot tell whose children she had charge of—I had nothing to do with the luggage—I did not see what luggage there was belonging to Caroline Periera on board—I recollect about a fortnight before we arrived at St. Helena—I did not get up a green chest from the hold, nor any chest—I have not to do that, and I did not direct it to be done—I saw a large green chest in the steerage—I did not see it come up from the hold, I merely saw it in the steerage—I did not see it raised from the hold—I saw it placed in Dr. Darwood's cabin, where the luggage was; that was the cabin likewise occupied by Caroline Periera—I have seen the prisoners outside their cabin-door talking with Periera of an evening, as we generally do—she was intimate with them during the voyage—I gave her a small wooden case, to the best of my knowledge, about fourteen days before the ship arrived in England—I gave her some nails, I believe on the Friday,

as the ship got into the dock on the Monday—I last saw the prisoners on the Monday, about twelve o'clock in the forenoon, to the best of my knowledge, when I paid the male prisoner some money—I afterwards saw Periera—the first time I saw her she came to the cabin to inquire if any one had sent for her—she came to me again after that, to ask me if I knew where Mrs. Parry's lodging was—I cannot say in what state she was when she came to inquire if there was anybody for her—she was not crying—she did not come to me at any time crying—I have been a witness against her at the police-court—(looking at his deposition) this is my signature (reading it to himself)—when I stated that the woman was crying, she came in that sort of way that a native does come, but I saw no tears in her eyes, therefore it was not crying—she appeared in distress certainly, but no tears.

Cross-examined by MR. BODKIN. Q. You were examined as a witness in support of this prosecution originally? A. I was—I had at that time the property which has been produced to-day in my possession; I did not say a word about it—I had this chess-board; I got it from Caroline Periera about eight days previous to the ship arriving in the docks, I found it lying on my couch—I asked how it came there, and my wife said Caroline Periera had brought it there to make me a present—I asked what for, and she said, for my kindness to her on the voyage—I asked Periera about it, and she said her brother had given her two to make away with on board the ship to those who were kind to her, and she thought I was deserving of one, if I liked it to accept of it, and I did so—I first mentioned my possession of it at the last session, in the presence of Mr. Ray, the solicitor for the prosecution—I brought it to his office the last day of the session, when the trial was put off till this session—Mr. Ray took my wife and another witness up to his office in a cab; Mr. Llewellyn and Periera: and I produced the chess-board and the fan, and told him how 1 became possessed of them—this fan Periera gave me for my wife—I do not see any other things here that I had in my possession—I had a gold chain—this is not it (looking at the one produced)—the policeman has it—(the officer here produced another chain)—this is it—Caroline Periera made that a present to my wife on the Sunday morning previous to the arrival of the ship in the dock on the Monday—I also had a diamond ring from her—(the officer here produced a ring) this is the ring that was given to me by Periera with her own hands—I cannot swear to its being a diamond—I received it on the same Sunday morning in my wife's cabin—I also had a pair of gentleman's pins (produced)—these are them—I received them from Periera at the same time—there was also a pair of wire ear-drops (produced) these are them; I also received them from her at the same time—that is all—there was a small pearl necklace, I think; this is it (produced)—that was received from her at the same time—my wife received the necklace, chain, and ear-drops, and I received the pins and the ring.

Q. When she gave you these did she give you any account of them? A. I was in my own cabin; she sent for me, and my wife was there, and she said, "I wish to give you these in the presence of your wife, so that your wife should have no suspicion of me; I wish to give them you for your kindness to me during the voyage"—I did not know either of the prisoners before they came on board the Wellesley; I never saw them—when I say I never saw them, I have heard of the female prisoner being in Mr Green's employ previous to his leaving the ship, and being in India—I knew nothing of her husband personally—I do not know whose children they brought over—I believe Smith was band-master to a native regiment—there is a certain day on the voyage, about once a fortnight, when the passengers' luggage is

brought up from the hold; it is called "baggage-day"—it was on a baggage-day previous to getting to St. Helena that I saw the large green cheat in Dr. Darwood's cabin—I did not see it taken back again—that was the first and last time I saw it—it was after that that Periera borrowed the cast of me—she asked me to give her a case, not to borrow it, to put some dirty linen in, and I said the case I could spare her was a very small one, she would not be able to put much in it—I got it, and she said it was just what she wanted—I am quite sure she told me that she wanted it for that purpose, because I put the question to her, "What do you want the case for?" as to the size of the case, and she said, "It is for some dirty clothes;" and when I handed the case up I said I had no bigger, but if that would suit her she was welcome to it, and she said that would do—(looking at a case produced by the officer)—the case has been broken—it was a case of this description—it was the six of this—as to swearing to the case I should be very sorry to do that, but I believe there is a party in Court who can swear to the number—had it been in its original state I could have sworn to it, but it has been destroyed, so that I could not do so—I never, during the voyage, heard anything of any property that Periera had on board until Sunday morning, 7th April, the day before the ship arrived—it was previous to her giving me the chess-board—she came to me on Saturday night, and said she had a box in the hold which she wanted up—I said, "It is too late to have it up now, but I will see what I can do on Sunday morning, when the officer who has charge of the baggage is there;" and on the Sunday morning, when she saw me making towards the officer, she said, "Never mind, I have plenty of money to pay the duty"—that was the first intimation I had of her having any property—she did not say there was any money in the box—she never complained to me of the loss of any property.

COURT. Q. Did you imagine she had valuable property when she could afford to present you with these things? A. Well 1 should fancy so; but I have seen so many of these ayahs that have bad very valuable property and lots of jewels about them, and capable of presenting a person like myself with such things, I was not surprised at her being in the possession of valuable property.

MR. BODKIN. Q. On the occasion when she appeared in distress, but was not in tears, did she complain of losing anything? A. No; I did not see the prisoners leave the vessel; I imagine I must have been on board—I believe their luggage was cleared by an agent, two days after: I was not present—Dr. and Mrs. Darwood complained of a loss on the Monday morning—I never gave or lent Periera more than one box.

MR. BALLANTINE. Q. When did you have the chess-board? A. About eight days before we came into dock—I have not the slightest notion of the value of it—I have traded to India for the last twelve years, but I have never had the opportunity of buying these things—I should say I might buy the same thing for about twenty or thirty rupees out there—that would be about 3l.—2s. is the nominal value of a rupee at the present day—I supposed that the chain that was given me might have been gold, and that the ring was a diamond set in gold—I took that and all these articles from the nurse—I did not know at that time what her wages were for coming here—I believe the wages to a nurse are generally about 300 rupees, or more—I have known the time when they got 1000—previous to my taking these things from her, she told me she was a person of land and property in Ceylon—I should say it was in consequence of that that I took the things—Mrs. Darwood told me on the Monday morning previous to the ship entering the dock that she had lost a

tin box out of her cupboard—neither she nor the Doctor said anything at that time about losing the chess-board, or the gold ring, or the ear-ring—Mrs. Darwood said she had missed a box containing flannel, ribbons, and silk—it was about a fortnight or three weeks previous to arriving at the dock that Periera asked me for the case to put the dirty linen in—we had some very bad weather from the time we left the western islands—the ship was not in danger, but it was so bad that we could not run the ship, and there was a quantity of water shipped.

COURT. Q. Was it so bad as to be very inconvenient for washing or drying? A. Very much so; we could not do it.

CAROLINE PERIERA re-examined. I know this chain, these pins, and this necklace—this necklace is an imitation pearl—it is mine—it was given me by Mrs. Napier—I gave it to Mrs. Francis—this ring is mine—I gave that to Mr. Francis, for Mrs. Francis, to pass some things for me—the pins are my own, my shawl pins—I gave them to Mr. Francis, in his wife's presence—this gold chain is my own, my brother's hand-work—I gave that to Mrs. Francis—this ear-ring is my own—I had it on, with four rows of pearl, on the first day I gone on board ship—Dr. Darwood's daughter broke this—I gave that as present to Mrs. Francis, my things to take charge for—I gave her the things to pass four shawls for me—the steward is very clever to pass the shawls for me, will sell, will make money, will get 100 rupees—I do not know what became of my shawls—the steward sell them, and no give me money—I gave shawls to Mrs. Francis—I have never had them back, nor any account of them.

THOMAS FRANCIS re-examined. No shawls were given to me or my wife—I never saw any shawls—Periera stated to me on the Friday evening that she had a splendid shawl, that Mrs. Smith had charge of at the time—she did not ask me to pass that shawl—she asked my wife if she would pat it on, and I said, no, she should do nothing of the sort; and after that she told my wife never to mind, that the shawl was in a chest down in the hold.

CHARLES BURGE . I was cuddy servant on board the Wellesley. I saw Caroline Periera bring a tin box, with a padlock, from Dr. Darwood's cabin—she took it into Mr. Smith's cabin—I should say it was three, four, or five days before the ship came into dock—it might have been a week or ten days—I saw the prisoners leave the ship between twelve and one o'clock on the day of its arrival—the male prisoner had only a small bundle with him, a change of linen—I saw it overhauled by the officer on deck—I have mentioned before that I saw what it contained—it might have been ten minutes or a quarter of an hour before they went on shore—he did not go down into his cabin after that—I can almost swear he did not, because I was on the lower deck the whole time—the woman had no bundle—I did not notice her dress—I am not aware whether she was searched: it is not a usual thing on board ship—the passengers go or remain as they like—I can undertake to swear they had not left the ship and returned before the time I am speaking of—I will not say whether they returned after—the prisoner had a pinchbeck watch when they left—you may call it a gold watch—I know it was gold, because I bad seen it before during the voyage.

Cross-examined by MR. BODKIN. Q. Was there more than one Custom-house officer on board? A. Three—the officers had an opportunity of seeing both prisoners leave the vessel—they were together—their luggage was sent for afterwards; I saw it removed from the ship—the baggage-officer, who cleared the whole of the baggage of the ship, had charge of it—it was Mr. Marks, or Mr. Lennox—he was employed by the Custom-house

to clear the whole of the passengers' baggage out—I saw Mr. Smith's cabin cleared out, and the whole of the luggage passed over the ship's side—I saw the steward's luggage go; that was overhauled by Mr. Giles, I believe—it was got up from the hold by the baggage people, what is called a gang, employed by the Custom-house to get it up—it is all taken, out, and taken to the Custom-house, and every one goes there to choose their own baggage—to whom it is ultimately delivered is not determined till it has passed through the Custom-house—the owners go there and claim it—it is usual for the passengers to employ an agent to clear it for them—I saw the steward give Periera a case; I had it in my own hand—this (produced) is the same case—it has been reduced about an inch, or I may say two inches from the corner.

MR. BALLANTINE. Q. You recognize it immediately, I perceive? A. Yes—I have not seen it since it was given to the ayah, till now—I did not expect that question to be put to me.

JURY. Q. Is there any private mark that you know it by? A. No; I know it by handling it about so during the voyage.

COURT. Q. Where did you handle it about during the voyage? A. Getting stores out of the gun-room, and so on—it was in the gun-room—it had contained stores—I saw it given to her, I was standing at the gun-room door at the time.

CAROLINE PERIERA re-examined. This is not the case—my case that, I put in the tin box was more clean, and the least bit bigger—my tin box was so large (describing it, larger than the case produced)—one of my chess-boards went in—it will not go in this—both chess-boards were the same size.

WILLIAM HENRY MARSHALL . I am clerk to a Custom-house agent. I went on board the Wellesley at the Dock-head on 8th April—I saw the male prisoner—he took me into his cabin, and pointed out some packages to me—I did not count them—they were all piled up in his cabin—they were all labelled, some with his name; and there was one labelled "Caroline Periera, Mrs. Smith's ayah"—I cannot recollect what sort of package that was, or the size of it—I fancy it was not tin, but a common ordinary package, that would contain clothes of any description—he said it was his luggage and the ayah's—I had nothing to do with the clearance of them;, that is done by the Company—they are afterwards examined by Mr. Lenox, my principal, on behalf of the owners, and we forward them to the address.

Cross-examined by MR. CLARKSON. Q. The boxes are opened and examined by the Customs? A. Yes, and the agents representing the owners in the owners' absence—there is a number put on them by the Dock Company—they are brought out as packages belonging to that party, and sent according to the direction of the owners—the luggage of the ayah would not always go to the same destination as the master's—sometimes the ayah goes to a native lodging-house, and the owners go elsewhere—Smith came two days afterwards and gave us a direction where to send the things.

Q. If you did not notice the number of packages, what means have you of knowing that they were the identical packages that you saw in the cabin previously? A. They are afterwards examined and entered in the examiner's book—they are landed in the name of Smith, then examined and entered in a book—whether one of the packages could be withdrawn in the meantime would depend on who had the key of the cabin—no one is allowed to work on board the ship but the Company's officers—everything is landed in charge of a Dock-officer—there are four or five Custom-house officers on board, and no one is allowed to land anything till it is examined and everything, that

goes out is noticed by the Dock Company and the officers—all the packages landed from the ship are taken to a warehouse—if the owner's name is not on a package, upon describing the contents correctly, it would be given to him—four of Periera's packages got to her house afterwards—I only saw one in the cabin—I do not know whether that one ever got there.

SAMUEL LENOX . I am a Custom-house agent. I cleared Mr. Smith's luggage—I afterwards delivered four packages to Periera from the baggage-warehouse—she took them away herself—I have got them headed in my rough memorandum-book "Smith's servant"—there is a chest of apparel, another chest of apparel, a case, and a bundle of things, all containing wearing apparel—I am quite certain there was no jewellery paid duty out of her baggage—there was nothing paid duty of theirs but a case of pictures of Smith—I did not, among Smith's packages, find one with the name "Caroline Periera, Mrs. Smith's ayah"—she came to the Custom-house, claimed her own goods, and took them away.

Cross-examined by MR. BODKIN. Q. How were those that she took away marked? A. I did not notice, because she came, identified them herself, and attended to the examining herself—she came with Mrs. Parry; who told me that was Mrs. Smith's servant, and came for the baggage—I think Smith's luggage was there then—she took away all she asked for, and did not complain of missing any—she pleaded poverty, and I told her she could take her things away without any charge.

JAMES BATLEY . I live at 39, Cockburn-street. I am ledger-clerk at the baggage-warehouse, East India Docks—I think no jewellery paid duty coming out of the Wellesley on her last voyage—I cannot recollect whether there were any shawls—in all probability shawls would pay some duty—they Would, had they been new shawls.

DAVID LEWELLIN . I am butler in the service of Mr. Barnes, of 16, St. James's-square. I was in the same house when he lived in Piccadilly, but living with him—that was near to the Duke of Cambridge's—it may be about six or eight years ago—I heard that Periera was in England last year, but I did not know her then—I do not know the day she came to my master's house this last time, but I think it was about 30th April—neither I nor my master were at home—I saw her the following day—in consequence of what I heard and what she told me, I Went tor Mrs. Parry's, and obtained from her this letter—it was produced at the police-court, and the male prisoner there said it was his writing—in consequence of the address which I got from Mrs. Parry, I went to Halsey-street, Chelsea, and saw Mr. and Mrs. Luck—I afterwards went a second time with Periera, and while we were there the two prisoners came in; and Periera directly said, "I come for my box, my sovereigns, my watch, and chain"—the prisoners looked at one another for a considerable time, and the male prisoner then said, "I do not know where your box is, I left your box in the cabin"—the female prisoner then took Periera by the arm, and took her into the back kitchen, or wash-house—I heard the female say, "Who is this gentleman you have brought? why did not you come yourself? who gave you out address"—she said she had lost it, but she got it again from Mrs. Parry—she said, "This gentleman comes from Mr. Barnes, the brother to General Barnes; he is to have my box"—the female prisoner then walked back into the kitchen, and seemed very much agitated and confused"; and when she got back, the husband said, "I do not know; I left your box in the kitchen, and I employed your agent, who made me pay very dear;" I think he said, 4l. odd "for clearing his luggage; you may go to him"

—they produced the receipt, which I wanted to have—it was a bill of the luggage—I had it in my hand, and after tome time he said, "I will not give it you, or they may make me pay over again; I will give you the address"—Periera said to the male prisoner, "You put your own address on my box, and you must know where it is;" and I said, "You must know where her box is, as you have got possession of it"—he said he did not know, he did not care where it was—they then gave me a card with Mr. Lenox's address—Periera said the box was to be sent to Lady Barnes, to Beech-hill, first; but Lady Barnes not being there, it was to be sent to Mr. Barnes, St. James's-square—when she charged them with having her watch-chain and sovereigns, they did not deny it—they did not say why it had not been sent to Lady Barnes—the female had a gold watch-guard round her neck, and the male, I believe, had a gold watch-guard also—I could not see his watch—periera caught hold of the female's guard to pull it up, and the female caught bold of it, and put her hand to stop the watch from coming out, as much as to say, "You shan't take it from me."

ROBERT WITTLETON (policeman, K 152). I executed a search-warrant at the prisoner's lodgings, No. 13, Halsey-street, Chelsea, on 26th April, after they were in custody—I have produced the ear-drop to-day which I found there in a little wooden work-box on the table in the kitchen.

Cross-examined by MR. CLARKSON. Q. Was the box open? A. It was shut, but there was no lock to it.

JOHN ALLEN LUCK . I live at 13, Halsey-street, Chelsea. My wife is related to the prisoners—they came from the vessel to our house, and arrived I believe on Monday, 8th April—they remained there till they were taken into custody—I unpacked their luggage there myself—a carrier brought it, by an order from Mr. Lenox—the officer executed the search-warrant there, and found the ear-ring in the female prisoner's work-box in the kitchen.

Cross-examined by MR. BODKIN. Q. Do you know that they wrote templating going to Cork to some friends they had there? A. They wrote to Cork, and I took in a letter for them myself, shortly before the officer came—I imagine that was why they did not go.

COURT. Q. Are you speaking from the post-mark? A. The post-mark was from Cork, that is all 1 know about it—Llewellyn came to me before he came with Periera—I told him that when they first came they intended going to Cambridge—I believe I did not tell him anything about their going to Cork—I did not see the Utter—I cannot tell whether tills (produced) is it or not.

GEORGE SEARLE (policeman, A 248). The prisoners were given into my custody by Mr. Ray, the solicitor, at, 19, Halsey-street—I told the man that I wanted him for about 100 sovereigns, and a quantity of jawellery—he said, "It is a pretty job"—Llewellyn pointed him out to me—the female was in the adjoining room at the time—I afterwards took her, and she said, "I wish I had thrown the black b—h overboard"—I took this letter from the prisoners.

GEORGE DALE (policeman, B 81). I was left in a cab, in charge of the prisoners after they were in custody—I heard the male prisoner say "She has gone the wrong way to work; had she gone the right way to work. I could have put her in a way to have got her box"—the female said, "The d—black b—h; I wish I had thrown her overboard"—that was not said in Searle's presence; it was when I was with them alone—(The letter said here read at follows:—Directed to "Caroline Periera, ayah, care of Mrs. Parry, No. 1, St George's place, Back-road, St. George's-in-the-East. London, April 23, 1850. Mrs. Smith has to inform Caroline Periera, that the

conduct which she chose to adopt yesterday, inasmuch as sending for some paltry things which was forced on Mrs. Smith by Caroline Periera, is anything but reasonable or agreeable; Caroline Periera must know that she was continually bothering Mrs. Smith to accept presents from her; but as Mrs. Smith knows too well the character of East Indians, she would not accept her rubbish. Caroline Periera's conduct, in making Mrs. Smith a present of an Indian chair during her passage home, and again taking it away from her, shows a great deal of the pariah breed. The Chinese sewing silk in question, with the greater part of the English silk, Mrs. Smith only took it when Caroline Periera said she would throw it overboard. As to the ivory card-case, it happens to be made of wood. The fact is, Mrs. Smith cannot reconcile such mad, baby tricks, as forcing presents upon people and then sending for them again, to the great inconvenience of the parties to whom they were given. In conclusion; as Mrs. Smith is about to leave for Ireland to-morrow, Monday afternoon, she cannot think of upsetting her baggage to oblige Caroline Periera's mad whims. When Caroline Periera can write to Mrs. Smith on a more agreeable subject, her address is 32, William-street, Cork, Ireland.")

Witnesses for the Defence.

JAMES DARWOOD . I am a surgeon in the East India Company's service, find have been so nearly eighteen years altogether, as assistant-surgeon and surgeon. I returned from Madras last April, in the Wellesley, accompanied by Mrs. Darwood and my five children—when I came down to Madras, I found my wife had engaged the prosecutrix, Periera, as nurse to my children during the voyage—to the best of my recollection, the Wellesley sailed on 31st Dec.—the agreement with Periera was in writing, and I have it in my pocket (producing it)—there is a lady here, Mrs. White, who will prove that it is in the writing of Mrs. Ford, the widow of the physician-general of Madras, my wife's father—Mrs. Darwood advanced Periera 150 rupees, which was half the sum agreed for—I took her on board ship myself, with the baggage, to look to the children; and when she came back she was going home—we were to sail next day or the day after, and she said she wanted money; and I said I could not give her money then—it is not usual to carry money in your pocket in India; but I said I could spare her six rupees, which I gave her—when the ship arrived off St. Helena, she made an application to me for money, and I gave her two sovereigns—I understood it was to buy clothes, and I was told she did buy clothes—she went ashore there with me and my wife—I am quite certain I gave her two sovereigns—when the ship arrived in England, I settled with her in the docks—I deducted the six rupees, the 150, and the two sovereigns—she did not make any objection to that—Mrs. White was present at the time—I paid her eleven sovereigns odd—I forget the odd money; it was a shilling or two; it was in silver—I calculated the rupee at 1s. 10d.—Mr. Francis, the steward, told me that was the exchange; and I said to the ayah, in the hurry of coming away, if it was not correct, to come to me, and I would give her the balance; and I gave her our address—I did not know the exchange, not having landed, and I acted by Mr. Francis's calculation—the whole settlement proceeded on the rupee being worth 1s. 10d.—the engagement was for rupees, not English money, and I offered to get rupees for her if she preferred them—I think she said she would rather have gold, but I am not very certain about that—no reference was made at the time to the written agreement—I never said I had got possession of the agreement, and had thrown it into the sea, or overboard, nothing of the sort—she did not make any claim for passage-money back—I

believe it is usual to pay it—there has been a law compelling officers who brought native servants to send them back; I believe that law is not abrogated—there was no difference between us on the subject—she did not express any dissatisfaction on the settlement—the first communication I had was from the lawyers—a great many weeks had then elapsed—I will produce Messrs. Ray's letter—I wrote to them on the subject, mentioning the agreement, with the understanding that she was to find her passage back; and some short time after that, they wrote to me, saying I owed her this money, and was to send it to her, stating there was a written agreement for the same; and it is nothing of the kind—they are the solicitors for this prosecution—this is the letter (produced), dated 31st May, and it was the first intimation I had of any claim of the kind—I had a communication from the prisoners' solicitor on the subject of the charge made against them—it was some time after the correspondence, and my answer, that this letter reached me—I am not aware that the ayah had money or any valuable property with her on the voyage—I believe she told my wife that she had 900l. in Madras—she did not represent that she had any property on board the vessel—I missed a tin box, about half a yard long, and not very deep, fastened with a padlock—it was not painted, except "Mrs. Darwood," I believe, in largish white letters; but the body of the box was not painted—it was dirty tin—it was kept under my couch, in my own cabin—I had two cabins, one for the children and one for myself—I came ashore at Gravesend, on business in London; and the next morning I went down with my sister-in-law to the Docks; and immediately I went on board Mrs. Darwood told me that as soon as she had gone down the evening before she missed the box—I personally first missed it in the Docks—I have no reason to believe it was missing before I went ashore at Gravesend—I missed it before I settled with the prosecutrix; she was still on board—there was in the box six yards of fine flannel, three feather fans, and a quantity of sewing silk, of which I have some in my pocket, damaged by sea-water—all the things in the box had been wetted by sea-water; there was also a card-case, a child's hood, and some ribbons of different kinds—these things are the subject of a prosecution by me against Periera—I should know most of the contents again if I saw them—the first intimation I had of the box, or of the prisoners being in custody, was from a person named Peters, I think, after I got down to Scotland—I had seen the box opened in the wet weather, and saw all the things dried in the cabin—when I landed, I remained in London from the Monday to Saturday—I had been in Scotland some days, perhaps, when 1 heard that the Smiths were in custody—I had missed the chess-board before I received the letter—in consequence of the communication, I looked more particularly among my property, to see what was lost, and, among other things, I missed an ear-ring from one of the drawers used by Mrs. Darwood—it was on board the Wellesley, in a drawer in my cabin, used by Mrs. Darwood—the ear-ring produced is my property, I know it from its appearance, and I have here the fellow to it (producing it)—the one produced to-day is broken at the top; I was not aware of that circumstance—Mrs. Darwood possessed them before I was married to her, and I have been married fifteen years—she has not worn them, for some time, but did when I was first married to her, they were then in fashion—I came up to London four or five days ago, and brought this one with me—it was the only one left of the pair to Scotland—I had not seen the one I lost till I came here—I think the policeman had it when I first saw it—I have brought a piece of a chain with me, the chain corresponding with which I lost on board the Wellesley—Mrs. Darwood is in Scotland—she is recently out of her confinement, and not down-stairs yet.

ROBERT WITTLETON re-examined. I produce the chain; it was brought to Arbour-square office with other things, by some person, I do not know who.

DR. DARWOOD, cross-examined by MR. BALLANTINE. Q. Are you a full surgeon? A. Yes, on full pay—I am at present on sick leave—when I left India I was attached to the 1st Regiment of Native Infantry, stationed at French Rocks, six miles from Seringapatam—I had been at French Rocks three days before I embarked on board this vessel—the prosecutrix was engaged by my wife for 300 rupees—I do not know the proper English money—it was explained in the agreement that she was to find her own passage back—she can read printing, but I do not think she can read writing—she did very little for my wife—my eldest child is eight years old, and the youngest are twins, not two years old—our passage latterly was very had, the waves washed over the vessel—I had one quarrel with the ayah, and told her she had a long tongue, and she was very angry about it—I forget what was the cause of it, but it was not of much consequence—I have no idea at this moment what it was about—I did not charge her with the theft till after I received the attorney's letter demanding her passaga-money back—when I arrived in England I landed first alone, and went to the Tavistock Hotel—we then went to No. 1, Albert-terrace, Bayswater, and remained there from Monday till Saturday—I then went to Scotland—I left my address with Mrs. White, who gave it to the ayah in my presence in the Docks—I saw the ayah again afterwards in the baggage-warehouse—Mr. Parsons is my attorney for the prosecution against the ayah—he was recommended to me by Messrs. Grindley, my agents—they had spoken together about it before I came up—Mr. Parsons is the attorney for the defence of the Smiths—I suppose that was the reason he was recommended to me—I have not employed any other attorney in the matter—I have received a letter from the steward—I saw him afterwards at the police office and here—the ear-ring that I have produced was given me by Mrs. Darwood on leaving Scotland at Lochinger house, which I had taken—she was in her bed at the time, she, had just best confined—I took the box out of a drawer, and gave her all the jewels out of it—it was in a little tin box with no lock to it—I knew that the ear-ring was in the drawer—l did not know whether it was in the box—my wife was going to give me the articles, the silk and so on—I had missed the ear-ring before that, at another house at Haddington—I brought it up in my pocket—I brought it in consequence of the information I had received—I have not sees my wife wear these ear-rings for I dare say a dozen years—I should know it anywhere—I recognised it immediately—I have no doubt about it—I have seen it constantly since in her jewel-box—I have constantly seen her looking at it with her jewels—I saw them once on board as we came from India, and very often to India—I should say a few months scarcely elapsed without my seeing them—my wife had no other ear-rings of the same kind—she was married in India—I believe the ear-rings were purchased in London by Mrs. Purdy, the gunmaker's wife, or the neighbours to them—Mrs. Purdy is in London, but I have not seen her—my sister-in-law, Mrs. White, had a similar pair made in India, and whether these are the English or the Indian I cannot say—I did not take the ear-ring out of the drawer myself because I did not know where the things were—I did not know where this little bit of chain was, or the diamond ring, or the silk, and other things—I have got some small pearls in my pocket, the same as the pearl necklace.

MR. BODKIN. Q. You say that at Haddington you first discovered that the ear-ring was missing? A. Yes—I never saw the prisoners after I left the Wellesley.

COURT. Q. Had you been in correspondence with Mr. Parsons on the subject of making any search for the ear-ring, chain, and other things? A. No—all my letters were written in answer to letters from him—I described every one of the articles before I was aware they were discovered.

MR. BALLANTINE. Q. Was that in writing? A. Yes, both to Mr. Parsons and Messrs. Grindley—I am not at the expense of defending these prisoners—I am at the expense of my own prosecution.

MR. BODKIN. Q. Is that the letter (producing one) in which you descibed the things before you knew they were discovered? A. Yes—I am not aware that anybody saw these articles in Mrs. Darwood's possession on board the Wellesley.

ELLEN JULIA WHITE . My husband is a major in the 8th Madras regiment: he is now in India with his regiment. I am sister to Mrs. Darwood—I am lodging at 8, James-street, Westbourne-terrace—I have resided there seven or eight months—I was Irving there at the time the Wellesley arrived in England—I was present when an address was given to the ayah—I wrote it myself partly, I think altogether myself—Dr. Darwood began to write it—it was my address—I gave it into the ayah's own hands—it was written on board the Wellesley—the object in giving her the address was that she might know where to find Dr. Darwood—he was not sure where he was going; Dr. and he came to my house first—I believe it was written on a card of Dr. Darwood's—the number of rupees she had was also written on the card—I know these two ear-rings to be my sister Mrs. Darwood's property—I have known her to have them about fifteen years—before her marriage I took them out from England—my sister was then in India they are English I manufacture—they were bought in London—I took them out as my own, and my father had another pair made, and gave to me, exactly like them, and my sister had these—I have from time to time since seen them—I have one of my own here—it is not an ear-ring now—it has been altered into a watch hook—I broke the ear-ring, and I afterwards had the top made into watch hook, but the top is exactly the same—I am quite sure these ear-rings are my sister's.

MRS. PARRY. The prosecutrix came to my house on 8th April—she brought a small deal case with her—this produced is it—I brought it from my house—it contained her wet clothes.

Cross-examined by MR. BALLANTINE. Q. Before you produced that box, did Mr. Ray and an officer come to your house to make some inquries? A. Yes, I think that was on Saturday, the 13th—I was not at home then—I saw them on Monday, the 15th—they came to ask me all I knew about this woman—I did not say a word about this box then—I had it in the back kitchen—it was broken in this way by the servant putting it under the washtub, and it was cut up for burning, for the ayah to smoke her hookah with, and it was used for that purpose—I was present at the police-court at the examination against the prisoners—I saw a deal box in Court, but I said nothing about the box I had at home—the ayah remained with me a fortnight and one day.

COURT to DR. DARWOOD. Q. Was the ear-ring you lost broken or entire? A. I believe entire—the one that is tied together is the one I brought with me—that was done to mark it—I had made arrangements to leave Scotland before I received the letter about the wages.

NOT GUILTY . (See page 174.)

NEW COURT.—Tuesday, June 11th, 1850.



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MESSRS. ELLIS and BODKIN conducted the Prosecution.

MARY ANN OLIVER . I am the wife of Michael Oliver. I assist Mr. Phillips, who keeps the Jolly Farmer beer-shop, at Shadwell—the prisoner came there on 9th May, in company with another man, between two and three o'clock in the afternoon—he asked for a pint of beer, and gave me a half-crown—I put it in my pocket—I had no other there—I gave him change—about nine the same evening, the prisoner came again, alone, for a pint of porter, and gave me a second half-crown—I said to him, "You are all in the half-crown way; this is the second I have taken of you to-day"—he made no reply—I gave the half-crown to the little boy to get change, but before he returned I made up change and gave it to the prisoner, and he went—the little boy came back and said the half-crown was bad—I then looked at the first half-crown which was in my pocket, and found that was bad—I wrapped them both up in paper, put them in my dress-pocket, and kept them separate from other money—next day the prisoner came again, between seven and eight o'clock in the evening, in company with the same man who came with him, at first—they asked for a pint of porter, and put down another half-crown—I had previously got a policeman, as I quite expected he would come again—I said, "I charge this man with passing two bad half-crowns yesterday, and I expect he has brought another," but that proved to be good—the prisoner said, "You make a mistake; I never was in your house before"—I am quite certain he is the man.

Cross-examined by MR. PAYNE. Q. Who keeps this beer-shop? A. My brother-in-law, Mr. Phillips—he has another business, as a law-writer, and only attends occasionally to the beer-shop—my husband lives with me—I had no money in the pocket where I put the first half-crown—I did not know the prisoner before—that was the first week the beer-shop was opened—he came first between two and three o'clock, and the second time between eight and nine in the evening—I had had two or three customers in the meantime—I had kept the half-crown in my dress pocket all the time—I had not taken any other half-crown during that time—I was alone in the bar—my brother-in-law was there the second time the prisoner came, and I showed him the half-crown—the prisoner was not in there long either time—I took notice of his features the second time, I was certain he was the same man.

WILLIAM PHILLIPS . I am the son of George Phillips; the last witness is my aunt. On Thursday, 9th May, I got a half-crown from her—I went to

the grocer's for change, and it was found to be bad—I brought it back, and gave it to my aunt—I am sure it was the one she gave me—it was not out of my sight—I saw the man who came the second time—the prisoner is the man.

JOSEPH SMITH (policeman, K 386). I took the prisoner, and received these two half-crowns from Mrs. Oliver—I asked what she had against the prisoner—she said, "I charge him with pasting two half-crowns yesterday, and now he has come with another one"—the prisoner said, "You must be mistaken, I was not in the house yesterday"—I told him I should take him in custody—he said, "They are all three good cases"—these are the two half-crowns, the third one was given back to the person who was in company with the prisoner.

WILLIAM WEBSTER . I am inspector of coin to the Royal Mint. These two half-crowns are bad.

(The prisoner received a good character.)

GUILTY . Aged 30.— Confined Six Months.

10th June 1850
Reference Numbert18500610-1044
VerdictGuilty > unknown

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1044. MARY ANN WILKINSON was indicted for a like offence.

MESSRS. ELLIS and CLERK conducted the Prosecution.

CATHARINE LOMAS . I assist in Mr. Ryan's shop—he is a bonnet-maker, in Goodman's-fields. On Thursday, 9th May, about four o'clock in the afternoon, the prisoner came for a yard of beading'—she gave me a sixpence—I gave her 5d. change—I put the sixpence on the mantel-piece—there was no other sixpence there—when my mistreat came in she asked where I took it, and I told her—she took it and bent it—on Saturday 18th the prisoner came again for a yard of beading and a bonnet-tip, which came to 2d.—she offered me a shilling, which I gave te my master—this is the sixpence.

JANET RYAN . Lomas assists in my shop. On 9th May I saw a six-pence on the mantel-shelf—I took it up, bent it, and gave it to Lomas—she made a mark on it—I put it into my pocket, and on the Saturday, when the prisoner came again, I gave it to my husband.

PHILIP RYAN . I saw a sixpence on 9th May—I looked at it, and returned it to my wife. On the 18th I got a sixpence from my wife—I gave it to Lomas at the police-court, and told her to keep it till the prisoner was committed—on that day I was called into my shop by my wife, and received a shilling from Lomas—the prisoner was in the shop, and Lomas told me that was the person that gave her the sixpence—the prisoner denied having been there previously: Lomas said she had—I told Lomas to get a policeman—the prisoner tried to get into the street; I endeavoured to detain her—she got in the street, and struck me in the face and kicked me—a greengrocer came to my assistance, and we took the prisoner to the station—just as we got there we met a policeman.

WILLIAM NORMOYLE (policeman, H 133). I produce this shilling, which I got from Mr. Ryan.

WILLIAM WEBSTER . This shilling and sixpence are both counterfeit—the sixpence is bent.

GUILTY.* Aged 23.— Confined Twelve Months.

10th June 1850
Reference Numbert18500610-1045
VerdictGuilty > unknown

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1045. JOHN KING was indicted for a like offence.

MESSRS. ELLIS and CLERK conducted the Prosecution.

SARAH ANN FULHAM . My husband is a stationer, in Queen's-row, Pentonville. On 10th May, between eight and nine o'clock in the evening, the prisoner came and bought three penny pencils—he gave me in payment a

half-sovereign—I gave him change and he left—I placed the half-sovereign on a shelf in the back parlour; there was no other money there—my husband came in about half an hour: I gave him the half-sovereign directly—I received it back from him either that evening or the next morning—I took it to a butter shop to show it—my husband had told me it was bad—when I came back I gave it back to my husband—on Thursday, 16th May, about six in the evening, the prisoner came again for a sixpenny bottle of ink, and he offered in payment a crown-piece—I did not recognize him at the first moment, but I came and put the bottle of ink on the counter, and when I looked at him I knew him—I rung the crown-piece on the counter—the prisoner said it was a very good one—I suspected it, and went in the back parlour—being alone I did not know what to do—at the same time my husband came in—he told the prisoner it was a bad one—the prisoner said he hoped not—my husband sent for a policeman, and gave the prisoner into custody.

Prisoner. Q. Did you look at the man that gave the half-sovereign sufficiently to know him again? A. Yes I did—I said to my husband, "This is the same man that brought the half-sovereign"—he said, "Can you swear to him?"—I am very nervous and was confused, and I did not answer—I did not say I did not think you were the man—I did not go to the station, because I could not leave the shop.

FREDERICK FULHAM . On 10th May I received a half-sovereign from my wife—it was bad—I put it in my waistcoat pocket; there was no other there—I gave it back to my wife—I got it back from her—I put it in the same pocket, and kept it separate—on 16th May I got a 5s.-piece from my wife—the prisoner came for a bottle of ink—I went to him and said, "I think this is a bad 5s.-piece"—he said, "I hope not"—I crossed over to a neighbour and showed him the 5s.-piece, and asked him to let his young man go for a policeman—I gave the 5s.-piece to a policeman—it had not been out of my sight—I kept the half-sovereign till I gave it to the policeman—my wife told me in the back parlour that the prisoner passed the half-sovereign—I asked if she could swear to it, and she made no answer.

Prisoner. Q. What did she say when you came back respecting the half-sovereign? A. I do not recollect—I think she said, "I think this is the man that gave me the half-sovereign"—I said, "Can you swear to him?"—she is so nervous that she made no answer—after I came back she said you were the man—when you were charged it was for uttering the 5s.-piece—I do not recollect that I said I could not swear that you were the man that gave the half-sovereign.

JAMES SPENTON CLATTEN (policeman, G 57). I apprehended the prisoner in the shop, and received this crown there—I received the half-sovereign at the station—I found on the prisoner two penny pieces—he said he received the crown-piece from his master, Mr. Wilson, a cabinet-maker—he gave me the address—i went, and there was no such person lived there.

WILLIAM WEBSTER . These are both counterfeit.

Prisoner's Defence. The prosecutrix said she did not think I was the man; I was only charged then with the 5s.-piece—the officer said he could not do anything in it, and then she said I was the man that gave the half-sovereign.

GUILTY . Aged 24.— Confined Six Months.

10th June 1850
Reference Numbert18500610-1046
VerdictGuilty > unknown

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1046. THOMAS GIRLING was indicted for a like offence.

MESSRS. ELLIS and CLERK conducted the Prosecution.

JOHN FENNER . I am a baker, of East-street, Marylebone. On 25th

May the prisoner came between nine and ten o'clock in the evening for a halt-quartern stale loaf, and gave me a shilling—I gave him change, and put the shilling in the till; there was no other there—I took it out directly after he was gone, and tried it with my teeth—I marked it and put it in a little tin box by itself at the back of the till—on 1st June the prisoner came again for a half-quartern stale loaf—I recognised him directly—I gave him the loaf, and he pulled three or four shillings out of his pocket—he gave me one shilling and a farthing—he said, "Here is a farthing"—I tried the shilling with a file, and said it was bad—he said it was not—I said, "It is, and this is not the first time you have been here"—he left his shilling and ran off, and I ran after him—he ran against a woman and dropped the loaf—he escaped—I put that shilling in the tin box with the other, and gave them both to Church, the officer, the same day—Church brought the prisoner to my house, and he called me on one side and muttered something, I believe it was to forgive him, but I did not hear distinctly what be said.

Prisoner. You say I was in your shop between eight and nine o'clock; I had not got my money then. Witness. I can swear you were there whether you had got your money or not—I was not quite sure the first time that the shilling was bad, till I tried it afterwards—I had taken bad money before, and I tried every shilling I took after that.

JOSEPH CHURCH (policeman, D 129). On 1st June I received a description of the prisoner, and I found him coming out of his room—I said, "Girling, I want you to go with me to a baker's shop respecting some bad coin"—he said, "Very well, I have no objection"—I said, "Then you have been there?"—he said, "No, I have only just come out of my room"—I got these two bad shillings from Mr. Fenner—the prisoner said, "Do forgive us?"

WILLIAM WEBSTER . These two shillings are counterfeit, and from the same mould.

Prisoner's Defence. I know nothing about the first one.

GUILTY . Aged 23.— Confined Eight Months.

10th June 1850
Reference Numbert18500610-1047
VerdictGuilty > unknown

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1047. JAMES HART , unlawfully assaulting Henry Montague and Edward Narborough, police-officers, in the discharge of their duty.

MESSERS. RYLAND and LOCKE conducted the Prosecution.

HENRY MONTAGUE (City-policeman, 97). On 3rd June, I was on duty in Water-lane, Blackfriars, about a quarter before five o'clock—I was applied to by the prisoner's sister, and went to a house in Green Dragon-court, St. Andrew's-hill—I saw a great number of persons collected round the house—they were quiet—the door was open, I looked in, but saw no one in the passage—I heard the prisoner in the room—he was not making a noise then—I did not hear any scuffling—I went in by request of the female, and as soon as I got to the room door I saw the prisoner coming towards me—he struck me a violent blow in the face—I had not touched him—the blow knocked me down in the room where be was—I got up, and we had a scuffle, and both went down together—he then struck me several times, and kicked me—I was getting off him, he was under me, and he fastened his teeth into the lower part of my thigh—I lifted him right up off the ground with his teeth hanging to me—I then gave him a knock on the side of the head, to knock him off—just then Narborough came up to my assistance—the prisoner and I were then down, partly on the step and partly in the passage—the prisoner pitched on to Narborough, and kicked and beat him—we secured the prisoner, he said, "Let me go quietly; I will go"—he went quietly till he got opposite where they are making a new sewer—he then made a violent push, to push

us both down the sewer, which is fifteen or sixteen feet deep—some of the bricklayers assisted us past the sewer—the prisoner then went pretty quietly, and we took him to the station—I am still under the surgeon's care—I am disabled from doing duty in consequence of the wound.

Cross-examined by MR. PAYNE. Had you got your staff with you when you went in? A. Yes—I went in alone—I was just inside his room, out of his room, out of the passage, when the prisoner knocked me down—I saw no one in the room but him—I took out my staff after he struck me—I went for the purpose of reasoning with him for knocking his sister about—he was three parts drunk—I struck him with my staff; I cannot say where; I think I hit him on his arm—he got the staff away from me—I did not hit him on the head—he had got his arms up—I think I struck him on the arms three or four times—he had nothing in his hand—that was before Narborough came—I believe Narborough did not draw his staff—I could not swear it—I had my police dress on—I was down on my knees when the prisoner seized my thigh—I do not know whether my trowsers were tight, but he fastened tightly on me—he did not bite any out of the trowsers.

EDWARD NARBOROUGH (City-policeman, 369). On 3rd June I was on duty in Earl-street, Blackfriars. I was beckoned by two gentlemen to go to a house in Green Dragon-court—I saw the prisoner and my brother-officer down together, partly in the passage and partly out—the prisoner was kicking him, beating him with his first, and biting him—I went, got the prisoner up, and then Montague got up—as soon as the prisoner got up he struck me—he kicked my shins several times, and bit at me—we endeavoured to take him to the station—I asked him if he would go quietly—he said, "I will"—when he got about the middle of the sewer, he made a great push, and said, "Go on," and he endeavoured to push us into the sewer; but the men who were at work saw it, and jumped across the sewer, and pushed us back.

Cross-examined. Q. What did you first see? A. My brother officer and the prisoner down on the ground—I believe Montague is the biggest man—I saw his staff on the ground—the prisoner was pretty drunk—he went quietly afterwards.

GUILTY.** Confined Twelve Months.

10th June 1850
Reference Numbert18500610-1048
VerdictNot Guilty > unknown

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1048. GEORGE BALDRY , stealing 100 rhubarb roots, value 5l.; the goods of William Mitchell.

MR. PARNELL conducted the Prosecution.

WILLIAM MITCHELL . I am a market-gardener, and live at Enfield Highway. I occupy myself a good deal in inventing new varieties of rhubarb-roots—I have done so for many years, and my father before me—previous to Feb., 1849, I had been endeavouring to cultivate one particular species—I had 200 of them, and I lost about half of them either the latter end of Feb. or the beginning of March, 1849—I inquired for them in the neighbourhood directly, and offered a reward, but heard nothing of them—last month I went, from information, to the prisoner, who has a small garden at Enfield—I there found the roots that I had lost last year: they had been cut, and planted again, and were growing—I am able to swear that they were mine—I knew them by their peculiarity, by the leaf and stalk—I had some of them dug up—I believe the number I saw growing there would correspond with what I lost—they were raised from seed; I got the seedlings from one of my own—I asked the prisoner where he got them—he said he had raised them from sorts growing in his other garden—I went to his other garden, and found nothing but quite a common root—it is quite impossible that they could have been raised from any of them.

Cross-examined by MR. COCKLE. Q. But the sort is altered by change

and cultivation? A. Yes, it is capable of being changed—there are perhaps many thousand varieties of rhubarb growing—I can say that amongst these there is none of the sort I lost—that I lost in Feb., 1849, would be the same in May, 1850—when I lost them, they were in roots, cut up, without any leaves on them—when I found them, they were growing in the garden with stems a foot long—the prisoner's garden is three or four miles from me—I have seen him before; he is a gardener—I understood afterwards that the other garden belonged to some one that he bad let it to—I will pledge my path that they were the same plants that I lost, only they had been separated afterwards—I have known different roots produced from the same seed.

MR. PARNELL. Q. How long would it take you to collect these 200 plants? A. Perhaps four or five years—they came from one seed at first—from the seed we always get a variety—I never saw two alike yet.

JOSEPH MYATT . I am a market-gardener, and have been a grower of rhubarb more than fifty years, and more than thirty years in the markets—I have been in the habit of raising plants from seed—it is possible to distinguish plants raised from seeds—I can recognise mine in the market—if I lost roots, and saw them afterwards growing, I could distinguish them—if I were to lose rhubarb in the form of roots, I should afterwards know it, by seeing the stem and leaf.

JOHN MITCHELL . I am the prisoner's brother, and am a market-gardener, in South-street, Enfield; I am a grower of rhubarb. I can identify any sort, if I see it growing, by the stem and leaves.

Cross-examined. Q. Is it impossible that any one else could produce such rhubarb as your brother's? A. Yes, unless they had his roots—I never saw two sorts alike through all the seeds.

ROBERT STEVENS (policeman, N 269). On 9th May I went to the prisoner's premises with the prosecutor—I took up some rhubarb plants—I have some of them here—on our way, the prosecutor went into the Rose and Crown, and the prisoner said to me, "Now, Stevens, suppose I were to say who I bought them of, how would that be?"—I said, "You must study yourself, your wife, and family."

Witness for the Defence.

HENRY ROBINSON . I have been six years in the prisoner's service. He is a market-gardener, and deals in rhubarb—I know the rhubarb that the prosecutor examined—about three years ago I helped the prisoner to take up some roots of rhubarb out of his old garden, and took them to the garden which he now holds—I have been to the old garden since, and looked carefully over it—we found two seedlings alike, the prisoner has told me he raises from seed, and I have helped him part it—I helped him to plant the very same roots that Mr. Mitchell took away—the prisoner gave up the old garden soon after Christmas—we took the roots up from there, and planted them in the other garden—his present garden is quite open; it is not far off the public road—I have lived in that neighbourhood all my life.

Cross-examined by MR. PARNELL. Q. Did you take up all the rhubarb? A. No; we took up all he wanted taken up, and planted them again—when we moved we left some of different kinds—we brought away three or four sorts—they were kept distinct—they were planted down by the hedge side—the old garden was at Clay Hill—this is a common kind of rhubard—if any one came for 3d.-worth or 6d.-worth, we sold it them.


OLD COURT.—Wednesday, June 12th, 1850.


Before Mr. Common Serjeant, and the Third Jury.

10th June 1850
Reference Numbert18500610-1049
VerdictGuilty > pleaded guilty

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1049. MARY ANNE WILLIAMS , stealing 1 box, 1 bag, 300 fourpenny pieces, florins, and other moneys; the property of William Henry Alldis, her master, in his dwelling-house: to which she pleaded

GUILTY . Aged 30.— Confined Twelve Months.

10th June 1850
Reference Numbert18500610-1050
VerdictsGuilty > pleaded guilty

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1050. THEODORE RICHARDS , stealing 1 coat and 1 waistcoat, value 15s.; the goods of George Pohl: also, 90 bottles of oil and other articles, value 17s.; the goods of William Henry Ablett and another, his masters: to which he pleaded

GUILTY . Aged 30.— Confined Four Months.

Before Mr. Justice Patteson.

10th June 1850
Reference Numbert18500610-1051
VerdictGuilty > with recommendation

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1051. THOMAS SIMPSON stealing, whilst employed under the Post-office, a letter, containing 1 1/2 sovereign and 1s.; the property of the Post-master-General.

MESSRS. CLARKSON and BODKIN conducted the Prosecution.

WALTER ROBERTSON SCULTHORPE . I am President of the London District department of the General Post-office. On 8th May I caused a letter to be written and addressed to Miss Eliza Barnham, Erbistock, Wrexham, North Wales, and put in it half-a-sovereign and 1s., dated 1826, which I had previously marked in two places—I sealed the letter and gave it to Peak, the officer, in the presence of Mr. Cole, the inspector of letter-carriers—it was stamped about three o'clock in the afternoon—if it was posted at the Islington Post-office between four and five, it would be forwarded in the five o'clock collection, and would reach the Post-office at half-past five—I was there when the bag arrived—it contained no such letter—I then went with Peak to the Islington receiving-house, kept by Mr. Braden—we arrived there a little after six, and found the prisoner behind the counter, and two other young men—I asked who made up the five o'clock collection; who counted the stamped letters—one of the men said, in the prisoner's presence, he had told up the paid letters—I asked the prisoner whether he had assisted with the stamped letters—he said he had not; that Edwin, who was up-stairs, had counted them—Edwin came down and said, in the prisoner's hearing, that the prisoner had faced the stamped letters; that is, turned the directions all one way—I do not recollect whether the prisoner said anything, but I told Peak to take him into a private room and search him—I had mentioned, in the presence of all three, that a letter which I had given to the officer to post had not reached the general office—Peak searched the prisoner in my presence, and took from him 1d. and this shilling (produced)—I find my marks on it—I said, "This is my shilling"—he said, "No, it is mine; I brought it from home yesterday at one o'clock; I took it from the mantel-price with 2d., which I have had ever since; I spent 1d. in tobacco"—he was taken away in custody—the letter and half-sovereign have not been found.

Cross-examined by MR. METCALFE. Q. How many men were there besides Mr. Edwin and the prisoner? A. Two clerks behind the counter—they were both there then—Mr. Edwin was not there when I went in; he

came down-stairs—the mark on the shilling, it a dot on each side of the bottom of the crown—I made it with a sharp instrument which I keep on purpose—I do not think I have made the statement before about the prisoner's saying he had not counted the stamped letters, but that Mr. Edwin had—I always mark coin with the same instrument, but always in different places—I have never marked any in this way before.

MATTHEW PEAK . I am a police-officer attached to the Post-office. On 8th May I received a sealed letter from Mr. Sculthorpe—I took it to Mr. Braden's office at Islington, and put it into the box at half-past four o'clock the same day, and returned to the General Post-office—after the arrival of the Islington five o'clock bag I accompanied Mr. Sculthorpe to Mr. Braden's, and by his order took the prisoner into custody and searched him—I found the shilling produced in his left-hand trowser's pocket, and 1d., which I handed to Mr. Sculthorpe—the prisoner said he had brought it from home the day before; I think he said in the morning.

ALEXANDER EDWIN BRADEN . I am the son of Alexander Braden, who keeps the post-office at Islington; I am eighteen years old, and assist in the post-office, and the prisoner also. On 8th May I took out the largest part of the letters at twelve minutes to five o'clock—the box closes at five—I took out some more at ten minutes to five, and the prisoner took the remainder at five—they are then faced-up, tied in bundles, and sent into the back office—the prisoner wished me to go down and check the paid letters which were being stamped, to count them, and see if they are right—that is done at the end of the counter, and sometimes while they are being faced; it was so then—he said he would face them up while I checked the "paid"—he did so, excepting about twenty which I faced-up—there were 106 altogether, about eighty of which passed through the prisoner's hands—Mr. Stead had stamped them—they were then tied up in bundles and put into the bag—they were completed five or ten minutes past five, and the prisoner then went away, and was gone about half an hour—I did not notice any letter addressed "Miss Barnham, Erbistock, North Wales."

Cross-examined. Q. Did you notice all the letters there? A. Not particularly—Watkins had nothing to do with it—he was close by the stamper—I tied up the whole collection—they were left on the counter, close by me, by Stead—he stamped all the letters, paid and unpaid—I counted the paid ones only—I generally assist in making up the letters—we generally divide the labour—one person generally stamps all—my father was not at home—he does not attend to the post-office so often as I do—he is frequently absent from the shop while the letters are being sorted—mistakes have been made in counting the stamped letters more frequently than the paid, as the paid are counted twice, because we have to keep an account of the money—all letters are stamped with the office stamp—the paid are counted as they are stamped, and the stamped are counted afterwards—there was a mistake a short time before in the unpaid letters, by the amount not being added correctly—I never heard of a letter, when delivered, being found open—I have not done it myself—I have never opened any letters in the office but my own—letters have been sent to be left till called for—we have had ladies call for letters—I have never known such letters opened by other persons, except when two persons have had the same initials, but never by the clerks, to my knowledge, or by myself—a female named Leslie has called for letters—her letters have not been opened—I peeped into one once, but did not break the seal—I never broke a seal—I never cut open a letter with a knife and pasted it down again.

MR. BODKIN. Q. Was the number of letters dispatched inserted in the bill? A. Yes; there were 190, 57 paid, 106 unpaid, and 27 newspapers—I counted the paid, and they corresponded with the bill—Stead counted the others—the prisoner was in the habit of going to his tea after the letters were dispatched—he was a regular porter, and was employed in the post-office duty—he made an affirmation before a Magistrate, and was consequently eligible—he has been employed so for the last twelve months—he took the affirmation-paper away with him, with another young man—they brought it back, signed by a Magistrate, and stated that they had been to the Clerkenwell Court—I saw it, and they told me they had sworn it—it was afterwards returned to the General Post-office.

(The COURT was not aware that there had been any case in which it was held that a person employed by a postmaster was considered in the service of the Post-office. MESSRS. BALLANTINE and METCALFE referred to the cases of the King v. Pearson, and the Queen v. Milner; and MR. CLARKSON, to the King v, Rees. The COURT considered this evidence sufficient, being precisely similar to Milner's case, see Sessions Paper, vol. xxxi., p. 497).

JAMES STEAD . I have assisted in the business of the post-office at Islington five years. I think the prisoner has been in the post-office business about a year. I assisted in making up the bag on this day at five o'clock—I stamped all the letters, paid and unpaid, with our own post-office stamp—I counted them all—they corresponded with the entry in this bill, 163 letters and twenty-seven newspapers—it distinguishes the "Stamped" and "Paid"—there were 106 unpaid and stamped; and the remainder were stamped with our paid stamp, for which the money had been received at the counter,—we put down those with Queen's heads on them as unpaid, because they have stamps—the prisoner assisted in taking letters out the box—I do not know what else he did—I was stamping at the other end of the counter.

Cross-examined. Q. You know nothing of the number except from the paper before you? A. I know it by that; it is my own writing, made at the time.

MR. SCULTHORPE re-examined. I counted the letters when the five o'clock bag arrived—they exactly corresponded with the bill.

JOHN WOOD . I am superior charge-taker at the Islington post-office. On 8th May I made up the five o'clock bag, and put the collection into the bag myself; it was then tied, sealed, and dispatched by the Barnet mail to the chief office.

Cross-examined. Q. Did you tie the bag? A. I held it while Wheeler, a letter-carrier, tied it—I sealed it the instant the knot was tied—two other letter-carriers, named Titman and Hazard, were there—they had nothing to do with the collection—young Mr. Braden was not there.

(The prisoner received a good character).

GUILTY. Aged 27.—Recommended to mercy by the Jury. — Confined Eighteen


10th June 1850
Reference Numbert18500610-1052
VerdictGuilty > pleaded guilty

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1052. BARTHOLOMEW KEATING , unlawfully detaining 211 post-letters, contrary to his duty, he being a letter-carrier in the General Post-office; to which he pleaded

GUILTY . Aged 42.— Confined Twelve Months.

(The prisoner received a good character).

10th June 1850
Reference Numbert18500610-1053
VerdictNot Guilty > unknown; Guilty > unknown

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1053. JOHN LOVE and JOSEPH STEVENS , breaking and entering the dwelling-house of William Henry Ade, and stealing 4 shillings, 100 3d.-pieces, and other coins; his moneys.

MESSRS. PAYNE conducted the Prosecution.

WILLIAM HENRY ADE . I keep the Wheat Sheaf, in Baker-street, in the parish of Enfield. On 16th May I went to bed soon after twelve o'clock at night, leaving the door barred, locked, and perfectly safe—I got up at a quarter before six, and found the bar door inside the house broken open—I missed from the till four shillings, six sixpences, six 4d.-pieces, and about 5s.-worth of copper; and from a little box in a bureau a hundred 3d.-pieces, which I had seen safe before I went to bed—one of the 3d.-pieces was black on both sides, one side not so black as the other, and there was a little mark like a T, but it was not perfect—this is it (produced)—I saw it there over-night—it lay at the top some days, and I noticed it particularly—I found a window open at the back of the house—it was close to the ground—a pane of glass had been broken out of it before—the glass was quite cleared away—I could put my head in, but not my shoulders—a man could put his hand in and open the window from the outside—I am sure the hasp was fastened.

Stevens. Q. How many times did the policeman bring the 8d.-piece before you could swear to it? A. I swore to it directly I saw it, and expressed no doubt about it.

JOHN PULLEN . I am ostler, at the Wheat Sheaf—I know the prisoners. On 16th May Stevens was there all the evening—he left between nine and ten—he had been in the habit of frequenting the house, and must have often passed the window where the pane was out—he asked for Nanny Love (Love goes by that name)—I said I had not seen him, it was very likely he had gone to the Fallow Buck—Stevens went out of the tap-room with another man, and turned that way.

JAMES FREEMAN . I keep the Fallow Buck, at Clay-hill, Enfield. I know Love—he was at my house on 16th May, between nine and ten o'clock—I heard some one call out, "Nanny Love," somebody answered—I saw both prisoners in the same room that evening—they left about two o'clock, both at the same time—I believe my house is about a mile and a half from the Wheat Sheaf—I kept open late that night as it was the first day of my having the house, and I never was in the business before—there were twelve or fourteen people—they all went away together.

Love. Q. Were there not twenty people? A. Not then—I did not exactly see you together, but there was not two minutes between you as you all went out.

ROBERT CORNS . I live in Baker-street—my timber-yard adjoins the garden of the Wheat Sheaf—my house is about fifty yards from the Wheat Sheaf. On this Friday morning, about three o'clock, I had been oat of bed about ten minutes, I heard a noise, as if some one was at my timber—I opened the window, and saw two men going from the back of the Wheat Sheaf, up Mr. Cracknell's garden, which leads from Mr. Ade's garden—it is not a thorough foot-path—the tallest had rather lighter clothes than the other—I could not see him, as it was not light—they resembled the prisoners in height—I had not known the prisoners before—Cracknell's garden is separated from the Wheat Sheaf by a fence, five feet high—I heard them open the gate at the top of Mr. Cracknell's garden, and shut it, to go into Churchbury-road.

GEORGE HORLOCK . I keep the Bell, in Baker-street, Enfield—Love lodged at my house. On Thursday night, 16th May, he did not sleep at home—he did not come home till next evening, between eight and nine o'clock.

Love. Q. Was not it impossible for me to get in after you shut up the house? A. Yes; I shut it up between eleven and twelve—you never stopped out before—you had only lived there five or six nights.

SARAH PAUL . I am wife of William Paul, who keeps the Woodman beer-house, Baker-street, Enfield—I know Stevens—I know Love by sight, not by name. On 17th May, about half-past eight in the evening, Stevens came—I served him with a pint of beer—he gave me a 3d.-piece—I noticed that it was very black—I paid it to Mr. Lines for a pint of oil, half an hour afterwards—this produced is it—I took two 3d.-pieces of Stevens, but the other was not at all like this.

CHARLES HENRY LYNE . I live with my father, a grocer, in Baker-street, Enfield. Mrs. Paul gave me this 3d.-piece for some oil—just as she was going out I chopped it on the edge with a knife, and put it into the till—there was no other 3d.-piece there—it was about half-past nine in the evening—I saw my mother go to the till afterwards.

SUSANNAH MARY LYNE . I am the mother of the last witness. On 17th May, after ten o'clock, I went to the till, and found a very black 3d.-piece—I took it out and put it into my pocket—Sergeant Watkins came in a little time after, and I gave it to him—this is it—I had no other 3d.-piece—they are not very common.

RICHARD WATKINS . I am a police-sergeant of Enfield. On 17th May I went to the Woodman with Sergeant Collins, and saw Stevens there—Collins took Stevens into custody—I then went to Mrs. Lynes', about a quarter-past ten, and got the 3d.-piece from her which I have produced—I went with Collins to the Fox—Love came in, and I took him into custody, searched him, and found on him two shillings, five sixpences, five 3d.-pieces, a knife, and a halfpenny—I asked him where he got the money from—he said, "I shall not tell you, that is my business."

Love. Q. Is that all I told you? A. You said the money was yours.

JOHN COLLINS (police-sergeant, N 24). On Friday morning, 17th May, I examined Mr. Ade's premises, and found the back-parlour window open—the bar-door had been opened with a crow-bar or chisel—I apprehended Stevens, and found on him a 3d.-piece, a sixpence, six halfpence, and three farthings—he said he got them in London—I received this 3d.-piece from Mrs. Paul.

Love's Defence. I had saved up 3d.-pieces at different times, and the other silver I worked for.

Stevens' Defence. I earned the money I had in London.


STEVENS— GUILTY . Aged 22.— Transported for Seven Years.

10th June 1850
Reference Numbert18500610-1054
VerdictGuilty > with recommendation

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1054. WILLIAM TAYLOR was indicted for a rape on Hannah Odell.

GUILTY. Aged 19.—Strongly recommended to mercy by the Jury. — Confined

Two Years.

NEW COURT.—Wednesday, June 12th, 1850.



Before Mr. Recorder, and the Fifth Jury.

10th June 1850
Reference Numbert18500610-1055
VerdictNot Guilty > no evidence

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1055. CAROLINE PERIERA , stealing upon the high seas 1 chessboard, 1 ear-drop, 2 neck chains, 1 pair of ear-drops, 1 ring, 2 shirt-pins, 1 necklace, 1 card-case, 3 fans, and 1 child's hood, value 28l.; the goods of James Darwood: in a vessel in a port of entry and discharge.

(MR. CLARKSON offered no evidence.)


Before Mr. Common Serjeant.

10th June 1850
Reference Numbert18500610-1056
VerdictGuilty > pleaded guilty

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1056. JAMES ALLEN , stealing 1 handkerchief, value 2s.; the goods of Henry Robert Abraham, from his person: to which he pleaded

GUILTY . Aged 19.— Confined Twelve Months.

10th June 1850
Reference Numbert18500610-1057
VerdictGuilty > pleaded guilty

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1057. THOMAS JACKSON , stealing 2 3/8 yards of cloth, value 7s. 6d.; the goods of William Jones: to which he pleaded

GUILTY . Aged 18.— Confined Four Months.

10th June 1850
Reference Numbert18500610-1058
VerdictGuilty > pleaded guilty

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1058. JAMES COLLINS , stealing 1 handkerchief, value 3s.; the goods of John George Smith, from his person, having been before convicted: to which he pleaded

GUILTY . Aged 22.— Transported for Seven Years.

10th June 1850
Reference Numbert18500610-1059
VerdictGuilty > pleaded guilty

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1059. JOHN WILLIAMS , stealing 1 quart and 2 pint pots, value 3s. 6d.; the goods of Edward Thomas Bower: to which he pleaded

GUILTY . Aged 19.— Confined Three Months.

10th June 1850
Reference Numbert18500610-1060
VerdictGuilty > pleaded guilty

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1060. GEORGE THOMPSON , stealing 2 pairs of boots, value 14s.; the goods of James Towers: to which he pleaded

GUILTY . Aged 18.— Confined Three Months.

10th June 1850
Reference Numbert18500610-1061
VerdictGuilty > pleaded guilty

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1061. WILLIAM BRAGGINS , stealing 2 shillings and 4 pence; the moneys of John Baker, his master: to which he pleaded

GUILTY . Aged 18.— Confined Two Months.

10th June 1850
Reference Numbert18500610-1062
VerdictNot Guilty > unknown

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1062. JOSEPH HALL , embezzling 1 sovereign and other moneys; of William Mardon and another.

MR. OVEREND conducted the Prosecution.

WILLIAM TAYLOR PRITCHARD . I am in partnership with Mr. William Mardon—we are solicitors, in Newgate-street. The prisoner has been in our, service more than once—the last occasion was between Nov. and 13th April, when he left—his first duty was settling some accounts which were in arrear, and after that he was employed as out-of-door common-law clerk—he was to go to the public offices to issue writs and serve subpoenas, and do the mechanical duty which was not done in chambers—we had a suit in which it was necessary to serve Mr. Glass with a subpoena—I have the prisoner's, day-book, in his own writing—I settled with him on Saturday his account for the week preceding—here is an entry, "Copy of subpoena served on Mr. Glass, 1l. 1s. 0d."—I settled this account with the prisoner on 22nd Dec—this guinea was included in that account—the balance of it was money due to us—he carried forward 18s., hut on casting up the book I find it was only 17s. due to us—that was carried on to the next week's account.

Cross-examined by MR. CHARNOCK. Q. Who gives him the money, if any is due to him? A. 1 do, if I am at home; if not, Mr. Mardon does—he was in Mr. Mardon's service before I went to him in 1840—I do not know how long he had been there—he was then with us for some time, and left us to get a better situation—in Nov. last he came again—I rather think from hearsay we applied to him—we should not have done that, if we bad not had a good opinion of him—we had not a great deal of confusion in out office; we had some accounts to make up—we had six clerks, one named Walker—he was an articled clerk—he was our common law and managing clerk—he has robbed us, and has absconded—he did not attend to a bankruptcy case, I rather think the prisoner did—I believe the prisoner

subpoenaed Chapman, but I will not swear that Walker did not—there was a client named George Capstick—I do not know whether Walker did not serve him—Walker kept a book—I did not take it from him—he was discharged in April—I never discovered his irregularities till a day or two before he was discharged—I had required him to make up his book—his salary was three guineas a week, but we did not give it him towards the close, as he did not make up his account—he had no money furnished to him—he did no outdoor work—I cannot say that he did not issue a writ, but it would be contrary to his duty—I have never heard my partner come to the prisoner for money and give him the items, or any clerk in the office—I did not require from Walker the list of the irregularities—we found out a great number of irregularities—I do not know where Walker is—I have instructed the police to take him if they can find him—he always wore spectacles—there is in this book some marks of a W. against some items—here is "Bulpitt-court fees, Mr. W."—I don't know what it means—it is the prisoner's writing—it is an account I passed, but that was not there when I passed it, to the best of my belief—this balance of 3s. 5d. is my writing, but the prisoner has put down his salary—he puts down the sums he receives and what he disburses, and at the close of the week he strikes the balance—his salary was 1l. 15s. a week—if he put down his salary, the balances were sometimes in his favour, but his salary was not a payment—if he expended what money I gave him, he would apply to me for more—I discovered the irregularity about this guinea when the affidavits of increase were made—the prisoner had left four days before that—I had not consented that Walker should remain in our place after we discovered his irregularities—we dismissed him directly—the prisoner said he had been the dupe of Walker; I said, "I am very sorry for you if it is so"—he said that, at the time Walker was discharged, on the 1st or 2nd of April—he was in our service a fortnight after Walker was gone—that was after we had discovered another irregularity with respect to the prisoner—he said he was the dupe of Walker, and we kept him on till we found something that he had robbed us of, with which Walker could have nothing to do—a week before Walker left I did not have him and the prisoner in my room and have some conversation about this account—the prisoner did not say, "Walker has had money of me, call him in"—if he had required it I should have had Walker in—the prisoner said that Walker had had money of him, but Walker was then gone—I never saw Walker after that expression of the prisoner.

MR. OVEREND. Q. Walker left you on 1st or 2nd April? A. Yes, and the prisoner left on the 15th—during that interval the prisoner had access to this book—on 17th Jan., here is the name of Walker opposite an entry—that account had been passed by me—if that name had been there then, I should have required to have had it explained, and not have passed it in this state—in my judgment, the word "Walker" is not in the same ink as the other writing—on the Saturday night before the prisoner left, I gave him 10s., and that he has not entered in his book—this book was in his possession till the time he left—I made inquiries for him after the 15th, and was not able to find him—I found out this charge four days after he left—in the course of business, he would be aware that we were going to tax these costs—we could not get a bill of costs without the affidavit of this money—there were some things discovered before this, but they were distinct from this charge.

RICHARD ATTWOOD GLASS . I am clerk to Mr. Edwards, of Sambrook-court. The prisoner served me with a subpoena on 31st Jan.—he paid me one shilling, and no more—that was in the suit of Edwards and Bartholomew—in obedience to that, I went and gave evidence.

Cross-examined. Q. You were clerk to the official assignee? A. Yes; we sometimes have a great many persons come to our office—I had never seen the prisoner before to my knowledge—that made me take more notice of him—I have no doubt about him—I have never said I could not swear positively to him—I said there was a difference in his appearance; when he served the subpoena he was very dirty, and had not shaved—it took rather more than a minute to serve the subpoena—I made a remark, it was rather singular to bring only a shilling; and he said, "It is all right; Mr. Walker will settle it with you"—I knew Walker—he was the man that generally attended to the bankruptcy business—I never received money from him.


10th June 1850
Reference Numbert18500610-1063
VerdictGuilty > with recommendation

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1063. JOSEPH HALL was again indicted for stealing 1 check for 9l. 5s.; the property of William Mardon and another, his masters.

MR. OVEREND conducted the Prosecution.

WILLIAM TAYLOR PRITCHARD . It was Walker's duty to attend the Judges' Chambers and the Court of Bankruptcy—the prisoner bad to pay fees, and to do the mechanical part—on 17th Jan. the prisoner applied to me for a check—he said, "I shall want a check for the payment of some fees"—he gave me this list of fees, amounting to 9l. 5s. (produced)—I gave him this check—I crossed it, and made a memorandum, "Gave check to Hall"—it is quite impossible I could have given it to Walker—those fees were to be paid in the Bankruptcy-office—they were in the habit of taking my crossed checks there—this check has been paid, and written off my account—Walker was dismissed on 1st or 2nd April—the prisoner remained a fortnight afterwards, and during that time he had this book—he left on the 15th, without notice, and sent us a note—I afterwards applied to his house, and he was not to be found—I gave the prisoner this check on a Thursday, and on the Saturday afterwards he passed his account with me—in that account in his book he has made an entry of the check; here it is; and on the other side be has charged the fees, amounting to 9l. 5s., as having paid them—I had given him instructions to enter no money but what he himself paid, and the other clerks had the same instructions—here is the name "Walker" to this—in my judgment, it was not there when I passed the account—I should not have paid it, if I had found it there, without explanation—I should have had it entered by Walker in his own account—some of the fees in this bankruptcy ease have been paid since; I am not sure whether they all have—I discovered that these fees had not been paid, some time after the prisoner had left—in course of business, they ought to have been paid about that period—we were getting our bill of costs taxed.

Cross-examined by MR. CHARNOCK. Q. Do you speak with certainty as to these initials not being there when you passed the account? A. I speak with all the certainty a man can do—I always spoke as positively—Walker remained in our service two or three months after he had been requested to make up his book—I think I requested him to do it in Jan.—he never refused to do it, but he always made excuses; and then I declined to give him any more money till he had done so—the prisoner did not say that Walker wanted the check to pay the fees—he had not omitted to put it down, and said that Walker had had it—it is down in this book, which was brought to me on the Saturday, and all these items were down, and cast up—the prisoner did not say, before the account was. complete, that Walker had had the money, and had not rendered the account—I did not say, in answer to that, "I don't care what you have done with the check; put it down"—my partner attended to this bankruptcy—Walker attended the Judged Chambers, and

drew briefs in smaller concerns—he had no salary during the last two or three months, and I gave him no money—if he was at the Judges' Chambers, and got an order, he was not allowed to draw it—he was to walk back to the office, and the second clerk was to go and get it—Walker attended the taxing of the coats in Adams's case, he was the only man who attended, except some one assisted him; I do not know who paid them, but that was in Nov., before I refused to give him money—there are places in this book where the initials have been scratched out—this second column is for attendances—the instructions are charged, but not the money—this that is scratched out it charged in another bill.

MR. OVEREND. Q. What is the first column here? A. The money paid to the clerk; the second is attendance; the third, money paid by the clerk—this entry on 20th Feb. is struck out, because Walker had it in his book.

JOHN POWELL . I am a clerk in the Court of Bankruptcy. It is my duty to receive fees—I receive Messrs. Mardon and Pritchard's crossed checks—I never received this check (looking at it)—the fees in Philpott's and others were not paid on 17th Jan.—Mr. Mardon paid them on 3rd June—the fees in Burton and Bulpitt's case have not been paid in the separate estate—in the joint estate two meetings were paid on 11th March—the other fees have not been paid.

Cross-examined. Q. Who paid what were paid? A. I cannot tell; to the best of my recollection, a youth came—a gentleman in spectacles generally attended the business—I have received money from him—he was the only person I knew who attended the office—I am very rarely out of the office; if I am, the money that is taken is handed to me by Mr. Hodson or his son—I put it down.

CHARLES REEVE . I am a clerk, in the London and Westminster Bank. I paid this check to Messrs. Currie's bank.

(The prisoner received a good character.)

GUILTY. Aged 33.—Recommended to mercy by the Prosecutor and Jury.

Confined Six Months.

(There was another indictment against the prisoner.)

10th June 1850
Reference Numbert18500610-1064
VerdictGuilty > pleaded guilty; Not Guilty > unknown

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1064. JOHN ATKINSON and JOHN PERKINS , stealing 16 balls of cotton, value 1l. 12s.; the goods of Henry Bates and others, masters of Atkinson: to which

ATKINSON pleaded GUILTY . Aged 22.— Confined Six Months.

RICHARD DAVIS . I live in Little Knight Rider-street, and am a carman. I had the keys of a warehouse belonging to Mr. Bates—I have a stable under it—I saw Perkins come from that warehouse, on 8th May, between eight and nine o'clock in the morning, with a bag—I followed, and brought him back—I called to Atkinson, who is Mr. Bates's servant, and asked him who authorised him to send the goods out of the warehouse—he said the foreman did—I told Atkinson to go and fetch the foreman—he went, but never returned—I gave Perkins into custody, and fetched the foreman myself—I asked the foreman, in Perkins's presence, if he knew Perkins, or knew anything of the goods being taken—he said he did not—this is the bag—it contains fourteen balls of cotton.

CHARLES COOMBS (City policeman, 322). I received this bag of cotton—Perkins said that Atkinson gave it to him.

Cross-examined by MR. PAYNE. Q. He said the man who had charge of the stores gave it him? A. Yes.

HENRY BATES . I am partner with William Bates and another; we deal

in cotton. I know these balls of cotton from their appearance only—I do not know Perkins—Atkinson was our warehouseman—I did not authorise him to have these.

HENRY POOLE . I am clerk to the prosecutors. This cotton is their property.


THIRD COURT.—Wednesday, June 12th, 1850.


Before Russell Gurney, Esq., and the First Jury.

10th June 1850
Reference Numbert18500610-1065
VerdictGuilty > pleaded guilty

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1065. RANDALL GILLIVER , stealing 2 coats, 2 pairs of trowsers, and other articles, value 7l.; the goods of Lawrence Hyam and another, his masters: to which he pleaded

GUILTY. Aged 23.—He received a good character, and was strongly recommended

to mercy by the Prosecutor.— Confined One Month.

10th June 1850
Reference Numbert18500610-1066
VerdictGuilty > pleaded guilty

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1066. HENRY M'CARTHY , stealing 1 handkerchief, value 1s.; the goods of Samuel Abbott, from his person: to which he pleaded

GUILTY.** Aged 16.— Transported for Seven Years.

10th June 1850
Reference Numbert18500610-1067
VerdictGuilty > pleaded guilty; Guilty > unknown
SentenceImprisonment; Transportation

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1067. CHARLES MATTHEWS and THOMAS SLANEY , stealing 1 clock, and 8 lead patterns, value 27s.; the goods of Eldred Wood.—Matthews having been before convicted: to which

SLANEY pleaded GUILTY . Aged 23.— Confined Six Months.

ELDRED WOOD . I am an iron-founder; Slaney was in my service about two years ago, and I have seen him about since. On 12th May, about a quarter or half-past five o'clock in the morning, I missed a clock from the foundry wall, which was locked up, and some leaden patterns, which I had seen safe the previous evening, about half-past eight, in a cupboard.

JAMES WARD . I live in Agar town, about 150 yards from Mr. Wood. On 12th May, about a quarter or twenty minutes past five o'clock, I was passing his foundry, saw the door open, and Slaney inside—Matthews was outside, and he asked me to give him a light, as I was smoking a pipe—I gave him one and walked on—he called me back, and asked for another—I gave him another, walked on about a hundred yards, looked back, and saw Matthews watching me—I saw Matthews give Slaney a bag while he was inside—I gave information to the police, I afterwards went to Cambridge-crescent, and found Matthews behind a cottage and Slaney in a water-closet—Matthews was taken.

Matthews. Q. How far were you from me? A. Across the road—you could have gone away if you had chosen—you took the bag from under your left arm, and gave it to Slaney with your right arm.

JAMES SWEETLAND (policeman, S 281). I received information from Ward, and went with him to Cambridge-crescent, when I saw the prisoners, one in a water-closet and the other outside—this bag, containing these lead patterns and clock (produced), was lying in the garden, six or seven yards from them—I asked Matthews whose bag it was, and he said he knew nothing of it—I said, "I do not think it is all right," and immediately Slaney made his escape over the wall—I took Matthews, and apprehended Slaney about halfpast twelve at night—where I found the bag was about 200 yards from the foundry.

Matthews. Q. Could not I have escaped as well as Slaney? A. Not well.

Matthews' Defence. I met Slaney, who said he was going after employment to Camden Town, to his brother's, who was a smith; I knew his brother was a smith, and went to these premises, supposing they were his; I could have escaped if I had pleased, and if I had been guilty, I should not have gone after Ward several times.

EDWARD CHARLES GERNSA (policeman, 272 S.) I produce a certificate of Matthews' conviction—(read—Convicted, Oct. 1849, on his own confession, and confined six weeks)—I was present—he is the person.

MATTHEWS— GUILTY . Aged 24.— Transported for Seven Years.

10th June 1850
Reference Numbert18500610-1068
VerdictNot Guilty > unknown

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1068. JOSEPH MORRIS , stealing 1 shilling and 2 groats; the moneys of Charles Devereux Hustler.

JANE HUSTLER . I am the wife of Charles Devereux Hustler, of 40, Regent-street, a corn-dealer. On the Wednesday before the 11th of May I went into the shop, and found the prisoner in a stooping position behind the counter—we keep the till against the window, and the prisoner was about the middle-of the counter, half-way from the window, coming from the till—I caught hold of him, and before he got to the end of the counter my husband came down.

Prisoner. I went into the shop, knocked twice, and no one came; a penny dropped out of my hand, and rolled between two sacks of flour; I stooped to get if, and the woman came out and held me. Witness. I went out of the shop between one and two o'clock, and this was between two and three; I was up-stairs, and could not hear anything in the shop.

CHARLES DEVEREUX HUSTLER . My wife called out, I went into the shop, and saw the prisoner endeavouring to get from her—he was a little in front of the counter—I caught hold of him, took him behind the counter, and missed 1s. 8d. from the till—I had taken one shilling and two 4d.-pieces since my wife had gone up-stairs—when I went to the till there was only a 4d.-piece—I gave the prisoner in charge, and saw him escape from the police-man—he was afterwards taken.

MARK LOOME (policeman, 11 B.) I received information, in consequence of which I took the prisoner at a lodging-house, 54, Old Pye-street, Westminster—I told him he must go with me for robbing a till and making his escape—he said he had been in the shop, and the man had searched him at the time—I asked what he escaped for—he said the constable let go of him, and he walked away—the man he escaped from, was a very young constable.


10th June 1850
Reference Numbert18500610-1069
VerdictGuilty > unknown

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1069. MARY ANN COLLINS , stealing 2 blankets, 1 shirt, 1 sheet, and other articles, value 7s. 6d.; the goods of Thomas Gruby: having been before convicted.

CAROLINE GRUBY . I am the wife of Thomas Gruby, of Worley-court, Minories. On the Wednesday before 25th May I went to bed, leaving my street-door ajar, for a lodger to come in—when I got up next morning, I went to see if he had come home; he had not, and I found the bed stripped—I missed two blankets, one sheet, an umbrella, and a candlestick—the room was at the top of the house, three-pair of stairs up.

JOHN DODD (policeman, 45 H.) I was on duty, and about five in the morning saw the prisoner in Mansell-street, Whitechapel, about three minutes' walk from Worley-court, coming from it—I asked her what she had got, and where she was going—she said she had the remaining part of her things she had been removing, and was going to New-street, Petticoat-lane—I asked where she brought them from, and she told me from Blue-anchor-yard, Rosemary-lane

—I took her to the station, and made inquiry—these are the things she had (produced.)

CAROLINE GRUBY re-examined. I swear to this umbrella, candlestick, and the sheet, which has a mark on it—these two blankets are the same sort as I lost.

Prisoner's Defence. A man with this bundle went with me to a house, and as he had no money he left it with me till he came next morning.

WILLIAM HOGAN (policeman, 40 H.) I produce a certificate—(read—Mary Collins, Convicted Nov., 1849, and confined three months)—I was present—the prisoner is the person.

GUILTY.* Aged 19.— Confined Six Months.

OLD COURT.—Thursday, June 13th, 1850.

PRESENT.—Mr. Baron ROLFE; Sir PETER LAURIE, Knt, Ald.; Mr. Ald.


Before Mr. Baron Rolfe and the Fourth Jury.

10th June 1850
Reference Numbert18500610-1070
VerdictGuilty > pleaded guilty

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1070. WILLIAM ROLFE , stealing 2 handkerchiefs, 1 cash-box, 11 sovereigns, and other moneys; the property of Frederick Adolphus Biden, in his dwelling-house: to which he pleaded

GUILTY . Aged 39.— Confined Eight Months.

10th June 1850
Reference Numbert18500610-1071
VerdictsGuilty > pleaded guilty

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1071. ELIZA COCHRANE , burglariously breaking and entering the dwelling-house of David Bowker Catling, and stealing 6 lbs. weight of beef, and other articles, value 5s., his property; —also 1 watch, 1 chain and key, 6l. the goods of Edward Read Mesban, her master: to which he pleaded

GUILTY . Aged 19.— Confined Eight Months.

10th June 1850
Reference Numbert18500610-1072
VerdictGuilty > unknown

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1072. GEORGE HACKETT , feloniously wounding John Storey on the head, with intent to resist and prevent his lawful apprehension and detainer:—2nd COUNT, with intent to do him grievous bodily harm; having been before convicted.

MESSRS. RYLAND and LOCKE conducted the Prosecution.

GEORGE TREW (City-policeman, 26). On 4th April I obtained a warrant from Mr. Alderman Gibbs, for the apprehension of the prisoner for an assault on me—he was taken into custody by Storey on 24th, and I was present at the Mansion-house when he was brought there on 25th—there was then a charge of burglary at Mr. I. Hardy's, 125, New Bond-street, made against him, in consequence of which Mr. Alderman Gibbs told us to take him to Marlborough-street Police-court, the district where the burglary was committed—I went with him, and there was a charge of burglary made against him there—he was remanded for a week—I went there again on 2nd May, and he was not there then—he could not be found—I did not see him again till 29th.

ROBERT LESTER (policeman, C 148). I am deputy-gaoler, at Marylebone Police-court—the prisoner was in my custody there on 2nd May—that was the first time I saw him—it was under remand, on a charge of felony committed in Bond-street—I went to the cell for the purpose of taking him before the Magistrate, and lie was gone—I have never discovered how he got away.

Cross-examined by MR. PAYNE. Q. What time did you first see him on 2nd May? A. At a quarter-past ten o'clock—the sergeant of the van brought him to me, and I locked him up in the cell; I am positive of that—

the sergeant assisted me—he is not here—the lock to the cell is a Chubb's patent lock—it was not at all damaged—I went to the cell again, at ten minutes or a quarter-past eleven—the door was then locked and bolted outside, top and bottom, and there were three prisoners remaining inside—they were put in at the same time as the prisoner—there were five altogether, and two had escaped—there are no windows in the cell where prisoners could get out; there are some small apertures in the door—the door shuts of itself, and it is bolted top and bottom afterwards—it double-locks of itself—I never tried to open it from the inside when it was shut—I have not tried since this occurred, nor has anybody in my presence—I have not the remotest idea how the prisoner got out—I am quite sure I did not leave the door open—I could not have left it open, because you cannot bolt it without shutting it—no one watches the outside of the cells—I bolted the door top and bottom when I put the five prisoners in.

JOHN STOREY (City policeman, 414). I took the prisoner into custody on 24th April, on the charge of an assault on George Trew—I took him before Mr. Alderman Gibbs at the Mansion-house, and there was there a charge made against him of a burglary in Bond-street, and in consequence he was sent to Marlborough-street—I took him there with Trew—on 2nd May I was there when he was to have been brought up, and was informed that he and another prisoner had escaped—in consequence of that I was on the look-out for him—on 29th May, a little before eleven o'clock in the day, I was in King William-street, and observed a cart going to cross the bridge towards the Surrey side with a female in it and a man, who I knew to be a companion of the prisoner's—I followed the cart, and it had not got many yards before I saw the prisoner peep his head up out of the body of the cart—I then went towards the cart—there was a stoppage, and the prisoner jumped out of the cart—I pursued him to the west side of the bridge, near the steps which go down to Thames-street, when I closed with him, and he drew this life-preserver from his breast pocket, put his legs between mine, and we both went down together—I cannot exactly say whether he fell upon me—while I was down he struck me with this life-preserver—my hat had fallen off, and he struck me three successive times on the back of my head—I got up and closed with him again—we went down again—he then struck me once more, and then got up and ran away towards King William-street—the blows made the blood run very much indeed, and my clothes were all saturated with it—he went along King William-street, down Arthur-street west, down Miles'-lane into Thames-street, with this life-preserver in his hand, and I crying out "Stop thief!" and when any one attempted to stop him he made a blow at them—he was at last stopped by a man named Cheer, when I was a few yards from him—he made an aim at Cheer with the life-preserver, and I then caught hold of him—he kicked Cheer and me very much—Baldwin came up, secured him, and I let go of him and followed behind—he was taken to Garlic-hill station—he was very violent all the way—I went to Mr. May, close by, who dressed my head, and Mr. Childs saw me the same day—I have not been able to do duty since—I saw Cheer wrench the life-preserver out of his hand, and he gave it to me—my clothes were very much torn and covered with blood.

Cross-examined. Q. What did you first do when the prisoner got out of the cart? A. Ran after him—he had only crossed the road when I caught hold of him—I closed with him as I saw him draw the life-preserver—I took him round the body, so as to keep his arms down—I held him as tight as I could, to prevent his striking my temples—I did not strike him before he

struck me—he did not complain at the time that I was squeezing him, so that he could hardly breathe—there were several people by when I seized him, but no one assisted me—I was in plain clothes—be has known we for years, and I have known him from a boy—he knew I was an officer—I took him on the previous occasion, when he escaped.

THOMAS CHEER . I am a blind-maker, and reside in East-street, Walworth. On Wednesday, 29th May, about half-past ten o'clock in the morning, I was near Miles'-lane, Cannon-street, close by London-bridge, I saw some persons standing at one end of Miles'-lane—I heard them calling, "Stop thief!"—I saw the prisoner running down Miles'-lane, towards me—I made an attempt to stop him, but he held up a life-preserver, and endeavoured to strike me—I stepped aside, and allowed him to pass, and then turned round, as he was turning the corner into Thames-street, closed on him and seized him—we had a scuffle, and both fell—I placed my right knee on his neck or head, to hold him down—he made a scuffle to try to get up—he tried to lift up the life-preserver to strike me, and I stamped it down with my feet, and got it from him—I afterwards gave it to Storey when he came up—another policeman then came up, and he was taken to the station—on the way to the station I was kicked by the prisoner severely in the upper part of my body, and I have not been able to follow my labour since.

JAMS M'CLOUD ROBERTSON . I am a commission-agent, in Lower Thames-street. On the morning of 29th May I saw the prisoner on London-bridge, running from Storey, across from the lower part of the bridge to the west side, where I was—I saw Storey come up with him, and put both his arms round his neck—the prisoner then endeavoured to trip him up, and they both fell together.

Cross-examined. Q. Did you see whether the officer fell against any place that he could have hurt his head? A. I saw him fall, and there was no place decidedly that could have hurt his head.

WILLIAM CASTALL . I am a surgeon. On Wednesday, 29th May, Storey was brought to my house, in Bow-lane—I examined his head—it was covered with blood, and his hair was saturated with blood—on the upper part of the back part of his head I found a ragged, bruised wound, about an inch and a half or two inches long—the skin was completely separated, and it was bleeding very much—it had perhaps been bleeding more than when I saw it—I think such an instrument as this would produce such a wound—I did what was necessary at the time, and have not seen him professionally since.

Cross-examined. Q. Suppose three blows to have been given with a life-preserver, would you not have expected to discover more wounds than you saw? A. A blow with a life-preserver might or might not produce a wound, according to the direction in which it was struck; many circumstances might prevent it—I think if the blows fell in different parts they would produce different wounds—I cleansed it, and removed some small parts of skin, which were so much injured as to prevent the union of the wound.

GEORGE BORLASE CHILDS . I am surgeon to the City police. I visited Storey on the afternoon of 29th May, about four o'clock, at his home—he was in bed—I examined his bead, and found that he had received a contused wound, of more than an inch in extent, at the. upper and back-part of his head—he appeared to have lost a large quantity of blood, judging from his clothes—he complained of dimness of the sight, and noise in the ears, clearly indicating that the brain had sustained a very severe shock of some kind—he has remained under my care to this day, and still complains of those symptoms,

but in a less aggravated form—he is not fit at present to go on duty—I should say it is more than probable that the wound might have been produced by such an instrument as this.

WILLIAM DIXON (policeman, E 81). I produce a certificate, which I got from the Clerk of the Peace's office for Middlesex—(read—George Thomson convicted Feb., 1848, and confined nine months)—I know the prisoner; he is the person named in that certificate—at that time he went by the name of George Thompson.

GUILTY . Aged 23.— Transported for Fifteen Years.

10th June 1850
Reference Numbert18500610-1073
VerdictGuilty > pleaded guilty

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1073. PATRICK BARRY , feloniously killing and slaying Mary Barry; he was also charged, on the Coroner's inquisition, with the like offence: to which be pleaded

GUILTY . Aged 49.— Confined Six Months.

(The prisoner received a good character.)

10th June 1850
Reference Numbert18500610-1074
VerdictsNot Guilty > unknown; Guilty > unknown

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1074. PHILIP MORGAN , stealing 55 yards of carpet, value 5l. 7s.; the goods of Lancelot Rowlandson and another; and JAMES ROACH and ROSA HARTLEY feloniously receiving the same.

MR. CAARTEEN conducted the Prosecution.

LANCELOT ROWLANDSON . I am in partnership with my brother Matthew; we are linen drapers and carpet-warehousemen, at 83, Whitechapel-road. On 3rd June I was in the warehouse, about five in the afternoon, Myers and a policeman came to me, and I went with them to 32, Went worth-street, Whitechapel, to a bedroom on the second-floor—I found the prisoner Hartley there, and a man who is not here—there were two or three persons there—Clark showed me some carpet, which he took out of a bag—I believe it to be ours—there was about fifty or sixty yards, cut up in separate pieces—some was on the floor—it was all one pattern—there was eighty or a hundred yards in the morning, but it would be cut during the day—Hartley said, "We bought the carpet, and paid a good price for it"—she afterwards said, "We will pay for it"—I had claimed it then—I do not, of my own knowledge, know of the loss of any carpet—Leatham, the warehouseman, does; he is not here—I have no doubt of this carpet having formed part of our stock—it was eighty or a hundred yards.

Cross-examined by MR. BALLANTINE. Q. There was a man in the room? A. Yes; I have not ascertained his name to be Hartley, or that he is the husband of the female prisoner—he made his escape—I found them both in the room when I went in—the man appeared to be from thirty to forty years old, or older.

JAMES ATTWOOD (policeman.) From information I received, I and Clark went on 3rd June, about five o'clock, to 32, Wentworth-street—it has a small window, with two or three bonnet shapes in it, apparently for sale—I found the female prisoner, two men, a young man of fifteen or sixteen, and a little girl between four and five, but neither of the male prisoners—Clark said to them, "Have you bought any carpeting?" they both said they had not, and Hartley as well, three or four times over—afterwards one of the men said he had bought an old piece of carpeting, and it was up-stairs—Clark went up with Hartley—I remained below with Myers, who had gone with us; he went up after Clark—I went up and found Hartley, Clark, Myers, and the man—this carpet was shown to me (produced)—Myers said, in Hartley's presence, that that was the carpet that was stolen; that he knew the shop, and could point it out; that it was two doors from the Pavilion Theatre in

Whitechapel; that he saw Morgan take it, and they took it to Roach's lodging—Morgan and Roach were in custody at the time—Hartley and the man said they gave a fair price for it—I sent for Mr. Rowlandson, he came, and claimed it in Hartley's presence—she said over and over again that she would give it up, but she did not say to whom—the man went down-stairs between Clark and me, and got away—I took Hartley and the carpet to the station.

Cross-examined. Q. Do you know the name of the man who got away A. No

JAMES MYERS . I am an oil and colourman, and live at 64, Wentworth-street. On 22nd May I was with Morgan, in the Whitechapel-road, about nine or half-past, and saw him take a roll of carpet from the pavement in front of a shop—I helped him to carry it to 9, White Bear-court, White-chapel, where Roach lived—we took it to his room—he was there—we told him we had taken it from a shop in Whitechapel—he said he knew where he could put it away for us—he cut off three pieces, about twenty yards, which was taken to 32, Wentworth-street, by Roach, Morgan, and me—they went in; I stopped outside a considerable time—Roach came out and called me in—I went in and saw Hartley, a man, and some young people—Hartley took a purse from her pocket and took out 3s., which she gave to the elderly man who we found there—he said that was all the money he had got that night—he gave it to Roach, and said if we would come round in the morning with the remainder of the carpet, he would buy it of us—we all three came away, and next morning we took the remainder, and saw Hartley and the same elderly person, who gave Roach 18s. 6d., and a pot of beer, for the carpet.

Roach. Q. Were you ever convicted? A. Yes; twice for obtaining goods by false pretences—I was never convicted of stealing—I had part of the 18s.

Cross-examined. Q. Do you come out of custody now? A. Yes; I was remanded on this charge.

RICHARD CLARK (policeman.) I went with Sergeant Attwood—I have heard his evidence—I give the same account.


ISRAEL LEVI LINDENTHALL . I am secretary to the synagogue in Great St. Helen's, Bishopsgate-street. I produce the register of marriages there; it is the regular place for Jewish marriages—(this contained the register of a marriage on 6th Aug., 1846, between Isaac Adler and Rosa Levy.)

SIMON BAMBURGIER . I am a leather-seller, and know the female prisoner—I was at the synagogue, and saw her married about four years ago; I do not know in what name—the man's name was Isaac Adler—I knew them living together afterwards—this is my signature to the register.

Cross-examined by MR. CAARTEEN. Q. Had you known Adler before the marriage? A. Yes, a good while—the last time I saw him was three weeks ago, in the street—I have been to 32, Wentworth-street, once or twice, in the last four years—I cannot swear to Adler's signature here; I think it is his—he is between fifty and sixty years of age—the name is pronounced Ardler, and she is called Rosa Artley.

BETSY ADLER . The female prisoner is my mother-in-law—she married my father four years ago—he bought the carpets, and I have not seen him since, I was present—my mother did not speak a word to him—Myers brought the carpet—that is him—there were more people with him, but my father gave the money to him—Roach was one of them.



10th June 1850
Reference Numbert18500610-1075
VerdictGuilty > lesser offence; Guilty > lesser offence
SentenceImprisonment; Transportation

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1075. PHILIP MORGAN and JAMES ROACH were again indicted for burglariously breaking and entering the dwelling-house of Edward Andrew Hogg, with intent to steal; and beating and striking Eliza Chapman, she being therein.

MR. CAARTEEN conducted the Prosecution.

JAMES MYERS . I am a prisoner. I was living at 64, Wentworth-street, on 2nd June—I had known Morgan about five weeks before that—when I became acquainted with him, I lived at 71, Lambeth-street—he was a fellow-lodger—I had been in the habit for three or four days of going to the docks with him—three or four days after I first knew him, I was coming from the docks with him, and he said he was tired of going to the docks, and he should try something else, and he knew where he could lay his hand on from 150l. to 200l.—I said I should like to have such a sum, provided I could get it honestly—he said he knew of a post-office and ladies' shoe-shop in Church-street, Hackney, which could be done, the master of which be knew to be generally absent on Sunday—he did not mention the name—he asked me to be a party, and I consented—this was about 21st or 22nd May—I went up and down Hackney several times looking for a post-office and shoe-shop, and at last found Mr. Hoggs', and communicated to him what Morgan had told me—I went with him to the station in Church-street, Hackney, and he communicated with the police. On 22nd May, the evening the carpet was taken, I saw Morgan at Roach's house in White Bear-court—I knew Roach before, but Morgan had said nothing before that evening of getting Roach into it—he told Roach he knew of a house at Hackney that could be done, and asked Roach to be a party with me, and that a considerable sum of money and plate was expected—he consented—it was then arranged that it was to be done on the following Sunday—we were to meet at Roach's, but it was not done then—I conversed with Morgan almost every day—he said he had only postponed it on account of his clothes being bad, that he should have no difficulty in getting in, but he was afraid the police would be suspicious when he came out of the house—on Sunday afternoon, the 2nd, he came to my lodging about five o'clock, and said he had made up his mind to have Roach, as he could not trust to me, he thought I should not do my part—he said, "Mind, I will speak plainly, if I see you do not do your duty when you get down there, I will stick a knife into you"—he said he would meet me at Roach's at half-past seven—I went—Roach was at home—Morgan came shortly afterwards—Roach gave me this iron bar—I asked him what it was for—(Morgan was not present then)—he said, "To use or break open, you can't tell what you may want it for"—we all left Roach's together about half-past eight to go to Hackney—going down the road, Morgan said, "I will go and knock at the door, you two must gradually work yourselves in while I am standing talking to the servant"—he said the servants were to be bound, and a handkerchief was to be placed over their mouths, while he went up-stairs to secure the cash-box, and if they were not quiet by being bound, they were to be quieted by other means—that was agreed on in Roach's presence—we went to Mr. Hoggs'—Morgan knocked at the door, it was opened, and he went in—Roach and I waited outside—Morgan came outside—I saw the female servant in the passage with a candle in her hand—we went in—Roach made a rush at her, and I heard her scream—several policemen rushed out of the rooms into the passage—Roach was seized, and a blow or two was struck at me, but sergeant Brennan recognised me and interfered—I gave him the crow-bar I had, and went down to the station with them, and next day to the police-court—I was not charged; I was examined as a witness, but not till the Wednesday—I was there, but was not brought up—I was in custody at

the Hackney Union, where I was advised to go for safety—I went there on the Monday night—a policeman took me there, but did not remain with me.

Roach. Q. Did you not state, on the first Sunday, that you had such a bad headach you could not go? A. Yes; I did not say on the second Sunday that it was through my hip being broken—I did not tell you I had a sister in Hackney, and if you went with me I could get 3s. or 4s. of her, and could have a spree; nothing of the kind passed—I did not hear you say you would not go, as you had lent your shoes—I did not say, "Get any pair, so that you come along with me"—the first time I informed Mr. Hogg was on Sunday morning, 12th May.

JAMES COWARD (police-inspector, N.)On Sunday, 12th May, Myers and Mr. Hogg came to the station in Church-street, Hackney—from what they told me, I and other officers went to Mr. Hogg's, but nothing took place—we went on four Sundays—I received farther information, and on Sunday afternoon, 2nd June, about a quarter-past five o'clock, I went to the house, with sergeant Brennan and sergeant Attwood, and posted Clark and another constable at the public-house opposite—I had arranged with Mr. Hogg that he should go out as usual—I placed sergeant Attwood in the coal-cellar, at the end of the passage immediately facing the front-door—I and Brennan went into a darkened room just inside the front-door—there was glass in the door, so that we could see into the passage—a light was placed on the stairs, which lighted the passage—the female servant was in the house—I had arranged with her and Mr. Hogg what was to be the plan of action—about twenty minutes to ten, a single knock came to the front-door—Elizabeth Chapman answered it, and I heard Morgan's voice—I did not see him, but I have heard his voice since—he asked if Mr. Hogg was at home—she said he was not—he asked how long she thought he would be—she said Mr. Hogg did not tell her when he went out or returned home—he asked if he might be allowed to sit down to wait—I heard him come in, and heard them go along the passage, as if down towards the kitchen—they remained about ten minutes, and then came up again—I heard Morgan say he could stop no longer—he said, "I can open the door"—I heard it open, looked out, and saw him go out, and pull it to by the knocker; but before he pulled it to, some persons rushed in—I had seen Elizabeth Chapman in the passage—I heard a fall, as if somebody had been violently knocked down—a female screamed, and said, "Don't hurt me"—I and Brennan rushed into the passage—I found Roach standing with his back towards me, as if having received a blow—I saw another man, and struck at him with a stick—Brennan said, "It is Myers; don't hit him"—I siezed Roach on one side, and Brennan on the other—we took him to the station—Myers accompanied us—Roach was searched in my presence, and these two cords, one with a running noose, found on him, and this knife—I returned to Mr. Hogg's, and found the servant in a fainting state, bleeding from the side of her nose.

ELIZA CHAPMAN . I am servant to Mr. Hogg. On the Sunday evening I was in the kitchen, and heard a single knock—I opened the door, and saw Morgan—he went with me into the kitchen, and remained about ten minutes—he asked me twice when my master would be at home—I said I did not know—he said he had a long journey to take, that he was going, and he could open the door himself—he went up into the passage, and I followed him—he opened the door—I was standing with a light, a little way from the door—when the door was opened, Roach came in—I said, "What are you going to do?"—he caught hold of me round the neck with his left hand, violently, and punched me in the face two or three time with his fist, very hard

blows, on both sides of my face—I fainted away—I afterwards found my face bleeding a little at the side—the officers came into the passage, and I got into the kitchen.

Roach. Q. Where did the blood come from? A. From my face; there was a scratch at the side of my nose—I do not recollect Myers coming in—I do not know whether he struck me.

(The COURT considered that there was no case of burglary, the door being opened by Morgan by permission of the servant. See Reg. v. Johnson and Jones; and Car v. Marshman, 185.)

Morgan's Defence. I was going to ask relief, as I had once before; what business the others had there I know nothing about; I was going to acquaint a policeman of the affair, when I was taken.

Roach's Defence. Myers came and asked me to go and see his sister; I said I did not feel inclined; he said, "Do, for I can get 3s. or 4s. from her, and we can get some beer;" I went with him; the door was opened by a girl, and he pushed me violently against her, with his hand behind my neck, and, to save myself from falling, I was obliged to lay hold of the girl; the police came and took me; Myers has been convicted four times, twice for forgery, and goes about to entrap peaceable persons.

MORGAN— GUILTY of an Assault. Aged 25.— Confined One Year.

ROACH— GUILTY of an Assault. Aged 45.— Transported for Ten Years,

upon the first Indictment.

10th June 1850
Reference Numbert18500610-1076
VerdictGuilty > lesser offence

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1076. ANN BROWN , feloniously cutting and wounding Hannah Isaacs on the wrist, with intent to do her some grievous bodily harm.

MR. BRIARLY conducted the Prosecution.

HANNAH ISAACS . I am the wife of Joseph Henry Isaacs, of 5, Shrewsbury-court, Whitecross-street, a fruiterer. About a fortnight before 21st May I had had some words with the prisoner, and that afternoon, between three and four o'clock, I saw her in Shrewsbury-court, where she lives, near one of the three water-taps—I went into the court to call a boy, who worked for me, to his tea—the prisoner said to me, "Hold your tongue you w—e"—I said I would strike her if she repeated it again, and then I hit her—she had an open knife in her hand, with which she was unpicking something—she struck at me with it, and I received a wound across my fingers; then she cut me on my wrist, and then on the thumb of my right hand—all the wounds bled very much—I went to a doctor and had them dressed—I struck her but once—they healed in about a fortnight.

Prisoner. She struck me three times, and knocked me under the pump; I caught up the knife; she snatched it out of my hand, and it cut her fingers; I told her I was not strong enough to fight her; I ran in-doors, and her brother followed me and thumped me; she took a flower-pot and broke my glass, and swore she would have my life; she swore two days before that she would have my life, or I should have hers. Witness. I am sure she struck me with the knife—I was not struggling to get it away when I struck at her—I did not hit her, only one side of her hair fell down—I have spoken the candid truth.

JOHN HARVEY (policeman, G 14). I took the prisoner—she had the knife in her hand—I told her I took her for stabbing Mrs. Isaacs—she said, "I did it in my own defence, and I will stab any b—r that comes near me."

Prisoner's Defence. I was unpicking the dress, and my hand was only raised in self-defence at the time.

GUILTY of an Assault. Aged 23.—Recommended to mercy by the Jury and

Prosecutrix.— Confined One Month.

NEW COURT.—Thursday, June 13th, 1850.


CHALLIS; and Mr Ald. MOON.

Before Mr. Recorder and the Sixth Jury.

10th June 1850
Reference Numbert18500610-1077
VerdictGuilty > pleaded guilty

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1077. THOMAS DAVIS , stealing 4 shawls and other articles, value 42l.; the goods of Stephen William Lewis and others, his masters to which he pleaded

GUILTY . Aged 26.— Transported for Seven Years.

(The prosecutor stated that the prisoner had robbed him to the extent of 100l.)

10th June 1850
Reference Numbert18500610-1078
VerdictGuilty > pleaded guilty

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1078. ROBERT SHIPTON , stealing 3 5l. bank-notes; the property of Elizabeth Haw Seaward; and 16 5l.-notes; the property of James Seaward, in the dwelling-house of Samuel Seaward to which he pleaded

GUILTY . Aged 33.— Transported for Seven Years.

10th June 1850
Reference Numbert18500610-1079
VerdictGuilty > pleaded guilty

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1079. MARY ANN MORRIS , stealing 7 sovereigns, 1 half-sovereign, 3 half-crowns, 4 pence, and 6 farthings; the moneys of Samuel Read, her master: to which she pleaded GUILTY . Aged 18.— Confined Eighteen Months.

10th June 1850
Reference Numbert18500610-1080
VerdictGuilty > unknown
SentenceImprisonment; Corporal > whipping

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1080. WILLIAM GROVES , stealing 2 reams of printed paper, value 30s.; the goods of George Stiff.

GEORGE STIFF . I am printer and publisher of the London Journal; I live at 334 Strand. I went with the officer to Mariner's house—this paper produced is mine; a person named Robertson has pleaded guilty to stealing it. (See page 148).

HENRY WILLIAM DUBOIS (police-sergeant, N 14). In consequence of information I apprehended the prisoner—I took him to Mariner's shop—she said, "That is the boy that sold the paper"—the prisoner said, "I did sell it, and got 8s. for it; I met four boys who gave it me to sell; I did not know it was stolen"—he said the boys gave him 8d.; 2d. a piece.

ELIZABETH MARINER . My husband keeps a pork-butcher's shop. On 8th May the prisoner came and asked if I would buy some waste-paper—I said yes, if it was clean I would give 1 1/2d. a pound for it, but it must be very clean—he left the shop, and in two or three minutes he brought this paper—I asked him where he got it—he said his father sent him to sell it, and he came from Sea-coal-lane—he did not say that four boys had given him 2d. a piece to sell it—I had bought a very small quantity of paper the day before; the prisoner said his brother brought it—a person named Robertson had tried to sell some paper.

Prisoner. I had been looking for work; I saw four boys opposite the shop; they said, "Will you go in and sell this paper?" I took it in; they weighed it and gave me 8s. for it. Witness. He asked no questions, but was in a great hurry to get away—he said it came to 7s. 6d., and he would have taken that without its being weighed—I saw no boys there: if there had been four boys opposite the shop I must have seen them.

(The prisoner received a good character).

GUILTY . Aged 14.— Confined Fourteen Days and Whipped.

10th June 1850
Reference Numbert18500610-1081
VerdictGuilty > unknown

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1081. FREDERICK CHARLES STREET , stealing 1 pair of shoes, value 2s.; the goods of Joseph Hardy, from the person of William Hardy: having been before convicted.

MR. PAYNE conducted the Prosecution.

WILLIAM HARDY . My father's name is Joseph Hardy, he lives at Enfield,

and is a shoemaker. I am eight years old—my father sent me with a pair of shoes to Mrs. Fox, in Back-lane, in a basket—in Back-lane I saw the prisoner—he took the shoes out of my basket, and pinched my arm—he said, "I shall take you back to Collins (that is the police-sergeant), you stole these"—Preston came up, and the prisoner gave me the shoes back and ran away—I saw him at the station, and knew him again—I had seen him before in Enfield.

Cross-examined by MR. HORRY. Q. Were the shoes taken out of the basket? A. Yes; I have not been charged with stealing at any time—no one has said that I am a great storyteller—the prisoner had not taken me any distance back, only turned me round—that was after he had the shoes in his hand—I was by myself—I did not see anybody near, only the policeman—the prisoner came upon me suddenly—it was all done in a hurry.

JOHN PRESTON (policeman, N 450). On Saturday night, 11th May, about six o'clock, I was on duty, and saw the prisoner struggling with Hardy; he appeared to be taking something away—I saw him leave the boy with something in his hand—as soon as he saw me he returned to the boy, gave him what he had in his hand, and went off—I ran after the boy—I was about 300 yards from the prisoner—I have known him about four years, and am sure he is the man.

Cross-examined. Q. You saw him appear to want to take something from the boy? A. Yes; the boy was hanging to it, and was not willing to give it up—the prisoner left the boy and went away, eight or ten yards, he then caught sight of me and went back, and gave the shoes back.

JOSEPH HARDY . I am a shoemaker, and am the father of William Hardy. I sent him with a pair of shoes that day to take to Mrs. Fox.

Witnesses for the Defence.

JOHN COX . I am a chimney-sweeper; I live in Clerkenwell; I have known the prisoner twelve months. On Saturday afternoon, 11th May, he was in my company in his house in Love-lane, from between four and five o'clock till a quarter or twenty minutes after six—then I and his brother came away and left him at home, mending his child's shoes—he is not a shoe-maker—for the time I speak of he was not out of my company.

Cross-examined by MR. ROBINSON. Q. His brother was with you A. Yes; I work for a master—I have been out of work a fortnight—we went to the prisoner's house to tea—we had tea a few minutes after five—his brother and I had been together in the day—we walked down from London together—his brother went to see his parents, in Baker-street, Enfield—it struck four when we went up the town to his father's—we saw his father, and stayed about ten minutes—we left the prisoner at a quarter or twenty minutes after six—there was no clock in the house, but there is in the church-yard—it was just about twenty minutes after six—we looked at the clock to see what time we should get home—we did not walk home, we took the train.

COURT. Q. Where did you take the train? A. I cannot recollect the name of the town—we paid tenpence each for the train—I am a stranger there—I had been there once before—we started in the morning from Sadlers' Wells, at half-past eleven or twelve o'clock, and walked from there to Enfield—we were about two hours walking—we were a very few minutes with the father—I should think it is two miles from the father's house to the train—we took a walk before we called on his father, round the churchyard and round the place—on the Sunday when we went down, the Church was open—it was not open on 11th May—the father's house is three-quarters of a mile or a mile from the churchyard—we were about a quarter of an hour getting from

there to the father's—we staid there about ten minutes—it is about three-quarters of a mile from there to the prisoner's—we had stopped, and had some beer at Waltham-cross, and we had some beer at the father's—then we went to the prisoner's house to tea—we sat down to tea at two or three minutes after five, I, the prisoner, his brother, and his wife—we stopped there till a quarter or twenty minutes after six—we then set off to walk home—I do not know how far we walked till we got to the railway—we got home about eight, and got out at Shoreditch—we had to go two miles or more from Shoreditch station to get home.

JOHN STREET . I am a sweep; I now live in London. I am a brother of the prisoner—I remember his being taken into custody on 11th May—I saw him in the course of that day, in Love-lane, Enfield—it might be a few minutes after five o'clock when I first saw him—(MR. PAYNE here stated that a person in Court, who gave his name as Flannagan, had been out speaking to the witness.)

THOMAS EMERY (policeman, N 39). I was informed that Flannagan was going to see the witness Street outside—I followed him out—he went to the prisoner's brother, and said to him," The witness there is a stranger, he don't know the name of the railway station, but you know"—he said, "Come on one side," and he called him to the further end of the passage—they were there together, and I called a City-officer to go and hear what they said, and then they would not say any more.

JOHN MARTIN FLANNAGAN (not sworn.) I deny it my lord, before my God.

GEORGE SHELTON COUSIN (City-policeman,335). I saw this man take Street away to say something to him in the further corner of the room—I followed them, but could not distinctly hear what they said—that was after I had been told by the other officer that they were talking together.

COURT to JOHN STREET. Q. What did that man say to you? A. He asked me if my father was gone down by the railway to see to his business—I said, "No, not as I know of."

MR. HORRY. Q. What time did you see your brother on 11th May A. At five o'clock, or a few minutes after, at his own house in Love-row—he went for a few potatoes—he came back and stopped, and I had tea with him—I stopped with him about an hour—it was twenty-five minutes past six when we came through Enfield churchyard—the last time I saw him was from a quarter to twenty minutes past six.

COURT. Q. Did you go to his house with John Cox? A. Yes, Cox was with me at my brother's—we walked from Clerkenwell to Enfield on llth May—I should say it was very near twelve o'clock when we started—I was at my father's house soon after four—I was going through the town when the clock struck four—we were two hours walking down—when we got there we stopped in the town—it might be a quarter-past four when I got to my father's I was talking with friends as I went along—I was two hours in the town before I went to my father's—when I got to my father's it was past four—I was there half an hour—I then walked about—we got to my brother's a few minutes after five, and staid till a quarter or twenty minutes after six—we then walked to Marsh-lane, which is nearly three miles—I think we got there about half-past seven, and got to town a few minutes after eight—we had to walk about three-quarters of an hour from the station—I paid sixpence for my fare from Marsh-lane—my friend paid for himself—in the Court, on Monday morning, the officer Preston said, "Make a job of it if you can."

COURT to JOHN PRESTON. Q. Did you say to any one, "Make a job of it?"A. No; it is not true.

ELIZABETH MAYNARD . I am the wife of Samuel Maynard; I live at Enfield, next door to the prisoner. On 11th May, I was in his house at half-past four o'clock—he was at home mending shoes—his wife said, "I want half-a-peck of potatoes, will you fetch them?"—he said, "No, I will got go, I feel ill; I don't feel fit to go anywhere," but he went the back way and fetched the potatoes—he came back by five, or a few minutes after five—I saw his brother and Street come together—they were there till six, or it might be a few minutes after—I saw them go home.

COURT. Q. Who applied to you to appear here as a witness? A. I was in the prisoner's house at Enfield, and he asked me whether I would mind coming to speak the truth what 1 knew—I do not know the man who is sitting here—I saw him coming through the crowd—I was standing by the prisoner's brother when this man came out and spoke to him—I did not hear what they said; they went further—he took him away—I have known the prisoner fifteen or sixteen years or longer.

MARY KEAP . I live in Enfield; my husband is a labourer. On Saturday, 11th May, I saw the prisoner in the house, at a quarter past five o'clock—his wife was there, and the woman who lives next door—I saw the two young men go from his house a little after six, and saw him in the garden.

COURT to JOHN PRESTON. Q. What time was it you saw the prisoner and the little boy? A. About five minutes after six o'clock—that was about five minutes' walk from the prisoner's house—I apprehended the prisoner about seven that evening—I went to the station before I went to him—I acquainted my sergeant with it—that might take me half an hour on a little more.

Prisoner. The boy went to Mrs. Fox, and would not go home: Mrs. Fox said, "Why won't you go home?" he said, "The policeman has been frightening me," and the policeman said it was some sweep, and this officer went and asked Mr. Hockson if he had seen him. Witness. I did ask him if he had seen him—I have not the smallest doubt the prisoner is the man.

THOMAS EMERY (police-sergeant, N 39). I produce a certificate of the prisoner's conviction at Clerkenwell—(read—Convicted May 1848, Confined three months)—he is the person.

GUILTY .— Confined One Year.

(Flannagan was committed till the rising of the Court.)

10th June 1850
Reference Numbert18500610-1082
VerdictGuilty > unknown; Guilty > unknown; Guilty > unknown
SentenceImprisonment; Imprisonment; Corporal > whipping

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1082. JOHN MALONEY, PATRICK HUNT , and THOMAS BURKE , stealing 21 yards of printed cotton, value 5s.; the goods of Richard Gunton.

MR. PLATT conducted the Prosecution.

JOHN HILL . I live in Cromer-street. On Wednesday, 8th May, I was coming along Lamb's-conduit-street, at ten minutes before five o'clock in the evening—I saw a boy, who was bigger than the prisoners, and dressed in a corduroy jacket, coming out of Mr. Gunton's shop, crawling on his hands and knees—he had a piece of print in his hand—the three prisoners were standing at the corner close by the shop, watching—I had seen them watching it about three minutes before the boy came out—he then joined the prisoners, and they all ran away together, round Little James-street—I went into the shop, and told what I had seen—Mr. Gunton and his brother ran after the boys—I saw the prisoners brought back—I am sure they are the three who were watching the door.

Cross-examined by MR. O'BRIEN. Q. Had you ever seen them before A. I had seen Hunt and Burke come up and down the street frequently—I was looking into the shop, with my face towards the door—I was just going

to stop when I saw the boy come out—I had been walking up the street, and looking towards the shop for two or three minutes—the prisoners were about three steps from the shop—I went after them, but I had just turned the corner when they were taken.

JOHN WILLIAM MARSHALL . I live in Doughty-street. On that afternoon, about five o'clock, I saw Maloney and Burke running towards Doughty-street—there had been four of them together—while Burke was running I saw this piece of printed cotton hanging under his jacket—the other three turned up Henry-street—Burke ran into a stable in the Mews, and I followed him, and found him in the straw—I took him out—he said he had the print chucked to him.

Cross-examined. Q. Did you lose tight of Burke? A. No, only while he got into the straw.

MARY ANN SHALLOND . I am a widow; I live in Robert-street. I saw a young woman take this piece of print out of the stable on that Wednesday afternoon—she gave it me—I gave it to Mr. Gunton.

ISAAC GUNTON . I am in the service of my brother, Richard Gunton, a linendraper, of Lamb's Conduit-street. I followed the prisoners—Burke ran down the Mews—the others turned up Henry-street, and were stopped by Mr. Nunn—they said they would go back with me; it was not them, and they had nothing to fear—this is my brother's print, it is worth 5s.; here it the private mark on it—it was in the shop that evening.

JOHN NUNN . I live in Vernon-street. I was standing at our shop window, and four boys passed between me and a gentleman I was speaking to—I heard a cry, and ran—I saw Burke turn down Doughty-mews—I turned down Henry-street, and took the other two prisoners.

JOHN FIELD (policeman, E 50). Burke was given to me—the other two prisoners were in the shop—I asked them which took it—Burke said, "It was neither of us; I had it thrown to me."

(The prisoners received good characters.)


HUNT— GUILTY . Aged 16.

Confined One Month.

BURKE— GUILTY . Aged 15.— Confined Fourteen Days and Whipped.

10th June 1850
Reference Numbert18500610-1083
VerdictNot Guilty > unknown

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1083. CHARLES THOROGOOD and WILLIAM APPLEBY , stealing 2 heads of brocoli, value 9d.; the goods of George Wilson, the master of Thorogood.

MR. PAYNE conducted the Prosecution.

GEORGE WILSON . I am a market-gardener, at Enfield-highway—my garden is about a mile from my house—Appleby lives in the way between my garden and my house—Thorogood was employed by me to take things from my garden to my house—he was so employed on 29th May—he left my garden with some brocoli about half-past nine o'clock—my son told me something, and I sent for a constable—I went down to Ponder's-end, and close against Appleby's house I saw my son and a policeman—I followed them into Appleby's house, and saw him go to the back premises, get the brocoli, and give it to the policeman—the value of this brocoli it about 9d.—it would fetch more of a retail customer.

Cross-examined by MR. CLARKSON. Q. How much brocoli had you got growing? A. Only two rows, forty-four feet long, of this sort—they were set about two feet apart—this is not run to seed in the least—this small piece is worth 3d. at the wholesale price.

CHARLES WILSON . I am the son of George Wilson. I was going through Ponder's-end, between eight and nine in the morning of 29th May—I

saw my father's cart of brocoli stopping in the middle of the road, opposite Appleby's house; he is a shoemaker—I saw Thorogood on the top of the cart putting two heads of brocoli down to George King, the gardener's son—Thorogood got down, took them away from King, and took them into Appleby's house—Appleby was inside, standing behind the counter some halfpence passed between them—I waited outside the shop till Thorogood came out—I told him I would tell his master—he said, "What for?"—I told him to go on with his cart—I went with the officer to Appleby's house—I did not go in—I saw Appleby bring some brocoli from the kitchen—I cannot say whether it was the same that Thorogood had taken in—it had been trimmed, and was in a different state to what it was when he took it in.

JAMES BRIDGER (policeman, N 327). On 29th May I went to Appleby's house—I asked him for the brocoli that the boy had left there—he said, "Is there anything the matter?"—I said, "Yes, they were stolen brocoli; I want them; where are they?"—he said, "In the back kitchen"—he went, and I followed him—he gave me these two heads, and said, "I gave 2d. for them"—I was afterwards going down the road and met Thorogood—I took him—he said, "I should not have done it if it had not been for Appleby; he asked me for it, and I left him some one day before"—I said to Appleby, "Did he?"—he said, "Yes, that was when he called for his shoe."


10th June 1850
Reference Numbert18500610-1084
VerdictNot Guilty > unknown

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1084. THOMAS RICHARDSON , stealing 1 scale-stand, 1 clock, and other articles, value 12l. 16s. the goods of Asher Barnett.

MR. COOPER conducted the Prosecution.

ASHER BARNETT . I am a baker, of Middlesex-street—I know the prisoner. On 28th Dec. I let him a house and bakehouse at 1l. 15s. a week—there was no agreement in writing—the stand, the chimney-glass, and other things stated, were all in the house and the bakehouse—he was to use them, and if he left the house to leave them as he found them—I never sold him them, nor gave him permission to sell them—he paid me the rent up to 10th May—on 24th May I was awakened out of my bed—I went to the house and found the scale-stand, the chimney-glass, and other things gone—these are the things I missed—my initials are on some of them—this clock cost me 3l. 18s.—this stand, and scales and weights cost about 7l.—I found them at Jacobs'—I paid 4l. to get these back—the prisoner had left the premises entirely—he was not found for nearly a fortnight afterwards.

Cross-examined by MR. O'BRIEN. Q. Was there no writing at all between you and the prisoner? A. Not any—there was no agreement in writing between me and the prisoner and a man named Anderson—I know Anderson; he was in my employ, the same as the prisoner was—there was no price fixed on the fixtures, in case the prisoner should pay me for them—I was not to receive 100l. for the good-will and fixtures—I have not had any conversation with Jacobs about this—the prisoner paid me from 28th Dec. up to 10th May—I do not know whether it amounted to 33l. odd—I had the house on lease for four years—I paid 40l. a year rent, and 14l. taxes—the fixtures were not in the house when I took it—I spent above 160l. for fixtures for it—I believe Anderson and the prisoner went into partnership—they were both together when the house was taken, but I let it to the prisoner, he being the foreman—I swear I never told Jacobs there had been an agreement in writing.

JOHN JACOB JACOBS . I am a general dealer, at Goulston-street. The prisoner came to me in May—he said the City of London and the Bakers' Company had come to him and summoned him to take up his freedom, and

he was very bad in circumstances, and was obliged to sell what he had bought of Mr. Barnett—I went to his house and bought this clock and scales, and a few things of him for 3l. 12s. 6d.—I let Mr. Barnett have them back for 4l.

Cross-examined. Q. Had you any conversation with Barnett with regard to the agreement? A. Yes; he told me he had sold his business to Richardson and the other, to pay 1l. a week rent, and 15s. for the things—he said, "Richardson has got the business now, and he pays me the money up regularly"—he has told a hundred people in the neighbourhood the same story—he told me that Mr. Abraham had drawn up the agreement in writing—he said he had sold the prisoner the good-will and fixtures for 100l.

MR. COOPER to ASHER BARNETT. Q. Did you sell Richardson the goodwill and fixtures for 100l.? A. No never, nor did I make any agreement with him.

Cross-examined. Q. Have you ever taken the 15s. separately? A. No.

HENRY FINNIS (City policeman,633). I took the prisoner on 4th June—he gave me his address—I went there and found this chimney-glass—I had been looking for him since 24th May—I found a rent-book at his lodging.


THIRD COURT.—Thursday, 13th June, 1850.


Ald.; Mr. Ald. FINNIS; and RUSSELL GURNEY, Esq.

Before Russell Gurney, Esq., and the Seventh Jury.

10th June 1850
Reference Numbert18500610-1085
VerdictGuilty > pleaded guilty

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1085. FREDERICK HARVEY , stealing 1 shilling; the moneys of William Archer, his master: to which he pleaded

GUILTY . Aged 16.— Confined Three Months.

10th June 1850
Reference Numbert18500610-1086
VerdictGuilty > pleaded guilty

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1086. HENRY CHAPMAN , stealing 7 saws, value 2l.; the goods of William Rutter, his master: to which he pleaded

GUILTY . Aged 17.— Confined Three Months.

10th June 1850
Reference Numbert18500610-1087
VerdictGuilty > pleaded guilty
SentenceImprisonment; Corporal > whipping

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1087. WALTER FOSSET BUCKINGHAM , stealing 2 sovereigns and other moneys; of John Hatton, his master: to which he pleaded

GUILTY . Aged 18.— Confined Three Months and Whipped.

10th June 1850
Reference Numbert18500610-1088
VerdictGuilty > pleaded guilty
SentenceImprisonment; Corporal > whipping

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1088. WILLIAM AUGUSTUS SPEED , stealing 1 half-sovereign; the moneys of Frederick Holt, his master: to which he pleaded

GUILTY . Aged 14.— Confined Seven Days and Whipped.

10th June 1850
Reference Numbert18500610-1089
VerdictGuilty > pleaded guilty

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1089. WILLIAM WILSON , stealing 50 screws, 1 hammer, 1 screwdriver, and other tools, value 31s.; the goods of Josiah George Jennings, his master; and 1 chisel, value 1s.; the goods of David Miller: to which he pleaded

GUILTY . Aged 29.— Confined Six Months.

10th June 1850
Reference Numbert18500610-1090
VerdictGuilty > pleaded guilty

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1090. ISAAC CHURCHYARD , stealing 2 shillings, 2 pence, and 8 half-pence; the moneys of William Clark, his master: to which he pleaded

GUILTY . Aged 41.— Transported for Seven Years.

10th June 1850
Reference Numbert18500610-1091
VerdictsGuilty > pleaded guilty

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1091. SUSANNAH WELLS , stealing 1 chain, value 10s.; the goods of Thomas Henry Raymond; and 1 watch, 1 neck-chain, 1 shawl, and other articles, value 18l. 17s.; also,2 towels, and 1 toilet-cover, value 2s.; the goods of William Raymond, her master; to both of which she pleaded

GUILTY . Aged 30.— Transported for Seven Years.

10th June 1850
Reference Numbert18500610-1092
VerdictGuilty > pleaded guilty

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1092. WILLIAM DORE , unlawfully obtaining 24 pairs of shoes, and 206 pairs of boots, value 21l. 12s. 6d.; the goods of Samuel Culcutt, by false pretences: to which he pleaded

GUILTY .** Aged 58.— Transported for Seven Years.

10th June 1850
Reference Numbert18500610-1093
VerdictNot Guilty > unknown

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1093. JOSEPH CLARK , stealing 1 pair of shoes, value 6s.; the goods of James Towers.

DANIEL MAY (City-policeman,357). On 14th May, about seven o'clock in the evening, I was in plain clothes in Fleet-street, and saw the prisoner there with a bundle under his arm—I saw him pass a policeman in uniform, and take some boots out of the bundle, and put them inside his jacket—I saw him endeavour to pass another policeman without his seeing him—I then went up to him, and asked him what he had under his arm inside his jacket—he said, "A pair of shoes"—I asked where he got them from—he said, "I bought them of a man in the street"—I took him to the station—the shoes appeared as if they had been taken down from somewhere—no holes were punched in them, and the heel-strings were not cut—he was coming in a direction from Mr. Towers' shop, and about 300 yards from it.

JOHN LAWES . I am shopman to Mr. James Towers, of 77, Drury-lane. On 14th May, about a quarter or twenty minutes past six o'clock, I missed this pair of shoes—I can speak to them by the mark—they were safe hung over the window at six o'clock.

Prisoner's Defence. A man in the street asked me whether I would buy the shoes; I went to a public-house and tried them on.

DANIEL MAY re-examined. I have not ascertained whether they fit, but he had a very good pair on at the time—I did not see him go into any public-house. (The shoes being compared, were too long for the prisoner.)


10th June 1850
Reference Numbert18500610-1094
VerdictGuilty > unknown

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1094. JOHN GLYNN , feloniously receiving 31bs. weight of soap, value 1s.; the goods of Daniel Cooper, knowing it to have been stolen.

EDWIN GRISTY . I am ten years old, and live with my father and mother in Portpool-lane. On the night of 9th May, I went into Mr. Cooper's shop, on Eyre-street-hill, with Reynolds and Green—I bought a halfpenny loaf, and a halfpennyworth of treacle—after we got out, Reynolds beckoned to me, and said, "Will you come with me and sell a bar of soap?"—he showed it me, and said he got it from Mr. Cooper's—I did not see him take it—I went with him down Field-lane to a lodging-house—he went in, and I stopped outside with Green—after a time, Reynolds came out with fivepence, and gave me a penny, and Green a penny, and kept twopence-halfpenny himself—there was a bigger boy there—I did not see how much he gave him.

ROBERT REYNOLDS . I live at 11, Eyre-street-hill with my father. One night last month I went into Mr. Cooper's shop with Gristy and Green—I took a bar of soap from the top of a pile—Gristy did not see me take it—I went over the way, and Gristy, Green, me, and a bigger boy than me who joined us went down Field-lane—I went into a house there that has "Three-pence a night for single men"—I saw the prisoner there, and said, "Please, Sir, will you buy a bar of soap?"—he took it, looked at it, put it into his side pocket, and went out, and when he came back he said he had got sixpence

for it, and asked me for a penny out of it—I agreed to give him that—he gave me fivepence, and I went out, and found Gristy, Green, and the other boy—I gave Gristy and Green a penny each, the other boy a half-penny, and kept the rest—the other boy told me to go to the prisoner's house.

EDWARD GREEN . I am getting on for ten years old. About the middle of last month, I went to Mr. Cooper's shop with Gristy—when we came out, Reynolds was on the other side of the way—he had come out first—he called as over, and showed us a bar of soap—I went with them down Fleet-row, and Reynolds went into a bed-house—he came out with sixpence I think—I think it was silver—he bought a halfpenny hot roll, a halfpennyworth of treacle, and some chestnuts—he gave me a penny, and Gristy a penny.

DANIEL COOPER . I keep an oil-shop in Little Bath-street, Clerkenwell. One night last May the boys came to my shop—a quarter of an hour after they were gone, I missed a bar of yellow soap worth 13 1/2d.—Gristy and Green bought some treacle—I do not know what Reynolds was doing.

WILLIAM FISHER (policeman, G 127). I took the prisoner on 10th May, at a low lodging-house in Field-lane—Reynolds was with me; and when we got into the room, he said, pointing to a coat that hung on the bedstead, that that was the coat the man wore—I went to several men who were in bed, awoke Glynn, and Reynolds pointed him out as the man—Glynn said it was a lie; he never saw the boy before—he dressed himself, and put on the coat Reynolds had pointed out; I found some yellow soap in the pocket of it, not much, but I could scrape it off with my nail, I smelt it, and have no doubt it was soap—he said he was in Old-street at the time—I showed the soap to him, and he said he never had any in his pocket.

Prisoner's Defence. I never saw the boy before; I lent a man my coat, and he lent me his jacket, because I was going to look after employment.

GUILTY . Aged 24.— Transported for Ten Years.

(Fisher stated that the prisoner belonged to a notorious gang of thieves, and had been several times previously convicted.)

10th June 1850
Reference Numbert18500610-1095
VerdictGuilty > unknown; Guilty > unknown
SentenceTransportation; Imprisonment

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1095. STEPHEN COOLEY and WILLIAM KING , stealing 11 gowns, value 30s.; the goods of William Harding: King having been before convicted.

JOHN SEYMOUR . I am salesman to William Harding, a pawnbroker, of York-street, Westminster. On the Thursday fortnight before 18th May I received information, went outside the shop door, and missed a bundle of gowns—they were hung separately on a rope at the side of the house, rather down a court—I went down two or three streets, and saw King with a bundle on his back, a kind of sack made with one of the gowns, by tying it up by the arms—I called out—he turned round, looked at me, threw the gowns down, and ran away—I saw his face—they were William Harding's property, and worth 30s.

JOSEPH WINFIELD . I am a bricklayer, of 5, York-street. At the beginning of May I was near Mr. Harding's shop, and saw the prisoners, whom I had seen before—King took the gowns down from the side entrance—Cooley was then just inside the kerb—I had seen them together before, walking up and down the street—King then went across the road—Cooley followed him to Horseshoe-alley, and I gave information.

King. Q. Can you swear to me? A. Yes; I know you well, by seeing you and watching you three quarters of an hour, walking backwards and forwards.

Cooley. Q. When did you see me again? A. Next morning, at nine o'clock—I did not see you in custody till a fortnight after.

ESTHER WILLIAMS . I live with my father, in Horseshoe-alley. I saw both the prisoners carrying a bundle before them in the alley—they went into a passage at the bottom of the alley, and folded them up—Cooley stood outside to watch—I saw Seymour coming—Cooley then went into the passage, said something to the other one, and they both came out, and ran away—I cannot positively swear King is the person, but it was a taller man than Cooley.

JOHN CUTTING (policeman, B 235). I took the prisoners on 11th May, on another charge—I went to Mr. Harding's the next day, and afterwards on the 18th, I received these three gowns from there.

Cooley. Q. How many did they state were stolen? A. Eleven—the robbery was on 2nd May.

WILLIAM MILLERMAN (policeman, B 95). I produce a certificate—(read—William King, Convicted Aug., 1846, having been before convicted, confined one year)—I was present, King is the party.

KING— GUILTY .* Aged 20.— Transported for Seven Years.

COOLEY— GUILTY .†** Aged 21.— Confined Twelve Months.

10th June 1850
Reference Numbert18500610-1096
VerdictGuilty > unknown

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1096. HENRY MYERS , stealing 1 glove, value 2d.; and 27 sovereigns; the property of Edward Gill, from his person.

MR. PARNELL conducted the Prosecution.

EDWARD GILL . I am lodging at 1, Francis-place, Holloway. On Friday, 7th June, I went to the London Docks, to take a berth in the Sir Robert Peel, which ship I was to emigrate in—after I had been there, I went to the American Stores public-house—I then had twenty-nine sovereigns placed in two fingers of a glove, which had some black thread tied round them, in my side coat-pocket—the prisoner was there—he had some accordions in a bag, and books of instruction—I bought one of them, and another man, also, who was with me, who was going in the same ship—it was near one o'clock—we stayed in the house till three, and the prisoner also—we had a good deal of ale to drink—at three o'clock I asked the prisoner to play another tune, and he refused, saying that his sabbath began then—I do not recollect anything that happened after three o'clock, how I left the house, or what became of my money—I did not get sober till the next morning, but I was conscious I had lost my money and the glove; there is no doubt that it was gone next morning—I went to the station at five o'clock the same afternoon; but I am not conscious of the time myself—this is my glove (produced).

Cross-examined by MR. BALLANTINE. Q. Have you got the accordion? A. No, I lost that as well as the book.

SUSAN WARREN . I live at 15, Goodman'syard. Last Friday, about a quarter before five o'clock, I saw the prisoner coming down Goodman's-yard, cuddling the prosecutor—his arm was round his shoulder—the prisoner wanted the prosecutor to go up Greek-court, and he would not, but went into a public-house at the corner—that is not the American Stores—I do not know where that is—the prisoner went up the court—the prosecutor came out of the house again directly, feeling about in his side pockets, and the prisoner then came down the court again, and the prosecutor ran after him.

Cross-examined. Q. Did he catch him? A. Yes—he did that quite well—he ran quite quickly and steadily after him—he had no difficulty in catching him—I could see the prisoner try to drag him up the court, and he would not go—I was about two yards off.

THOMAS M'INTOSH (City-policeman,581). Last Friday afternoon, about ten minutes before five o'clock, I was called to Goodman's-yard, and found

Myers and the prosecutor standing together—Myers said be gave Gill into custody for breaking his watch-guard, and Gill said he gave the prisoner into custody for stealing 30l.—the prisoner held this bag up, said his name was Lyons, he was an honest man, and would go to the station—(this was a bag of accordions and bore the name of "Lyons, licensed hawker")—Gill appeared to have been drinking—I took the prisoner to the station, searched him directly, and found on him a silver watch, a gold guard, a gold pin, six shillings, and 5 1/5d. in copper—he told the inspector his name was Myers, and that Lyons was his partner, and was in the hospital.

Cross-examined. Q. I suppose Gill knew perfectly well what he was about? A. I should say so—I searched the prisoner—I have, been sixteen months in the force—I have had a little experience in that sort of thing.

JOHN GREATHEAD (policeman, H 31). I was at the station when the prisoner was brought in last Friday—I observed him put his hand up his waistcoat—he then lowered it—I observed a glove in his hand, and saw him drop it on the mat which is just at the top of the steps at the entrance of the station—I said nothing to him about it—I afterwards counted the contents, it was twenty-seven sovereigns—the glove produced is the one.

Cross-examined. Q. Did you see Mackintosh search him? A. Yes, when he got into the dock—I told the inspector that I had picked up the glove—I did not tell Mackintosh, because there might be something else—when he dropped the purse, Gill was behind him, coming up the steps—I have been in the force fifteen months—I was a tailor before then—I have not been in any scrape since I have been a policeman—I have never been a witness before—I saw an old man at the station: he came to fetch me; and as I was coming out, I saw the prisoner coming, up the steps—there were several constables; I did not notice any behind the prisoner—I did not see the old man attempt to pick up the glove; I did not prevent him—I told the inspector the prisoner let it fall—I did not hear the old man say, "It is false"—I did not bear the inspector tell him to hold his noise—I saw the same old man at the police-court, I did not prevent him coming in.

MR. PARNELL. Q. When did you first see the glove? A. I saw it drop from the prisoner's right hand—I saw it in his hand as he lowered it from his waistcoat—I do not know that I ever saw the old man before—he goes about the street selling bird-seed.

JURY. Q. Did you give the glove to the inspector at once? A. I kept it till the prisoner was put into the dock, about a minute I should think.

WILLIAM WHITEBREAD (policeman, H 44). I was at the station on Friday when the prisoner was brought there—after he came in I heard something drop on the mat, which sounded like money—I looked on the mat immediately, and saw this glove lying there—there was only the prisoner and the constable who was bringing him, on the mat at the time—the prosecutor was two steps off.


JOHN JONES . I am a herb-gatherer, and sell birds' victuals about the streets. I was in the employment of Messrs, Ramsden, the brass-founders of the Kingsland-road eighteen years, and left there through illness—before this occurred I knew neither the prisoner or prosecutor—on the Friday afternoon I was with my basket, going up Goodman's-yard, and saw the prosecutor grasp Myers tightly by the collar, and break his guard, which I understood was a gold one—I saw it drop, and the prisoner called out "Police!" and said he would give any man half-a-crown to fetch a policeman—I went to Leman-street station as fast as I could go—I told them what I had seen—they kept me waiting ten minutes, and then both the prisoner and the plaintiff came to the

station—the plaintiff was behind the prisoner—I was standing on the mat—I saw a glove, with what I suppose from the sound was money, drop from some part of Gill's dress—I swear he is the man that dropped it—it dropped on the mat, within two inches of my toes—I was in the act of picking it up, and the policeman prevented me—the prisoner was as far off as you are from me at the time; he was leaning on the railings—I called their attention to it, and was told by the inspector to hold my noise—I went on the Saturday to the police-court, and was not allowed to go in, I was nearly knocked down—I told this story at the station the same day.

Cross-examined by MR. PARNELL. Q. Were you examined that Friday afternoon? A. Yes; at the station—the station and the Court is not the same place—I was in the station when the prisoner was being locked up—he said, "You be in Court to-morrow"—he singled me out, because I went to fetch the policeman—I endeavoured to follow him into Court on the Saturday, but I was pushed back—there were several policeman round who knew what I came for—his attorney was there—I first saw him between four and five o'clock—he was then about half a mile from the London Docks—the mat at the station is about 2ft. 6in. square—there was only the constable, who was leading the prosecutor, as he was very tipsy, on the mat besides him—I was standing on it, leaning my back against the door—the prisoner had gone inside a minute before—he had not been put in the dock then—he did not go over the mat when he went to the dock—the only time he passed over it was when he came in—I cannot tell from what part of Gill's dress the glove fell—the policeman saw it as well as me, and hindered me from picking it up—I believe that was No. 31—I did not call their attention to it, because they saw it as well as I did—I should say at least a dozen saw it drop—the prisoner was three or four yards off.

COURT. Q. When did you first mention to any one what you had seen? A. Last Sunday evening, when the solicitor called on me—I did not hear any one say Myers had let it fall—I did not say anything myself—when the prisoner was about to be locked up, he cried out that the oath the prosecutor had taken was false—I heard him sworn at the station that he had been robbed of twenty-seven sovereigns—there were several other cases before his came on—I was there an hour—I saw the book put into their hands.

JURY. Q. Did you see the book put into the prosecutor's hand, and the other witnesses? A. Yes; and they were sworn upon it.

COURT to WILLIAM HUGH (policeman, 52 N, on duty in Court). Q. Are witnesses sworn at the station? A. Never; there is no book kept for the purpose—there is a charge-sheet signed—I do not belong to the same station.

JOHN GREATHEAD re-examined. The witnesses were not sworn—there was no book put into their hands.

THOMAS SLATER . I am getting on for thirteen years old, and live at 3, Wells-street, Wellclose-square. I was at the station on this Friday afternoon with Mr. Clark's son, and saw the prisoner brought in—he pulled out a watch with the chain broken—he stood near the dock, and while he was there I heard a sound like money fall from the prosecutor—the prisoner was about a yard from the mat, not upon it—I never saw the prisoner before—I saw a policeman pick up the purse—the old gentleman who stood at the door tried to pick it up—it sounded like silver.

Cross-examined. Q. Was the noise like loose silver? A. No; as if it was close together—Mr. Clark's son asked me to go to the station with him—Mr. Clark brought his son to show the inspector whether he was bruised or knocked about—I did not hear the witnesses sworn.

JURY. Q. Is the person here you call the prosecutor? A. That is him (pointing to Gill)—the policeman was about a yard off when the money dropped—the prosecutor was nearest the mat.

JAMES CLARK . I was at the station with my son—I had been correcting him, some one interfered with me, I was charged with assaulting him, and he was brought to see whether there were any bruises—when the prisoner came in he stood on the left side of where I was—I heard a policeman say, "Halloo! you dropped this"—I turned round and saw No. 73, sitting at the right side of the door—I did not see any old man there.

JURY. Q. Was there any oath administered to any one? A. I did not see any.

—. The prisoner worked for me nine years—he always bore a very honest character—I trusted him with all my property—he has been six or eight years out of my employ—I recommended him to Radley's Hotel, to play there.

Cross-examined. Q. Are you a Jew? A. Yes; last Friday the sabbath did not commence at three o'clock, but at half-past seven—that is the time it commences this time of year.

(Several other witnesses deposed to the prisoner's good character.)

GUILTY . Aged 35.— Confined Three Months.

10th June 1850
Reference Numbert18500610-1097
VerdictGuilty > unknown
SentenceNo Punishment > sentence respited

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1097. STEPHEN COMPTON , stealing 1 10l.-note, 2 5l.-notes, 9 sovereigns, 1 half-sovereign, and 1 coat, value 1l.; the property of Williams Sandom, his master; in his dwelling-house: to which he pleaded

GUILTY. Aged 21.— Judgment Respited.

(Rev. Richard Caution deposed to the prisoner's good character.)

10th June 1850
Reference Numbert18500610-1098
VerdictGuilty > unknown; Guilty > unknown; Not Guilty > unknown

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1098. SARAH DEAN, JOHN KNIGHT , and GEORGE JAMES , stealing 1 watch, value 10l.; the goods of William Thomas, from his person. The 2nd COUNT charged Knight and James with receiving.

MR. BRIARLY conducted the Prosecution.

WILLIAM MURRELL (policeman, C 80). On Tuesday morning 21 st May, about a quarter or half-past twelve o'clock, I was at the corner of Panton-street, and Oxendon-street, Haymarket, and saw Dean talking to a gentleman—the two male prisoners were on the other side of the way—Dean then went towards Leicester-square joined by the two males—I and another constable in plain clothes, who is not here, followed them along Leicester-square, to the corner of St. Martin's-lane—the two males then left Dean, and she went on a-head, and accosted a gentleman in Bear-street—the other prisoners were in sight at the time, five or ten yards off—she caught the gentleman by the left arm, walked with him a few yards, left him and went to the corner of Leicester-square by the French Hotel, and she caught hold of another gentleman near Bear-street, at the corner of New Cranbourne-street—she went about three parts of the way with him down Bear-street, and then left him, and went with the two males into St. Martin's-lane, to Ben Caunt's, the pugilist's, public-house—they remained there drinking ten or twelve minutes—we watched them from the opposite side of the way—they all drank out of the same pot—they then went towards St. Martin's Church, and at the corner of Chandos-street there was a row with a drunken woman, they crossed over to it, and when they left there, a constable in uniform came up and they were given into custody—I searched Knight at the station, and found this gold watch (produced) in his waistcoat pocket—I asked him whose it was; he said, his own, and it was given him by his father—the

inspector asked him if he knew the maker's name, or the number—he said yes he did, but he refused to give them.

Cross-examined by MR. PARNELL. Q. What did you take Dean up for? A. For annoying gentlemen—there was a quarter of an hour or twenty minutes between the time I saw her in Bear-street and when I saw her in the crowd—I did not speak to any of the gentlemen—I am not aware that she spoke to any one in the crowd, or in Caunt's—I did not take her when she was speaking to the gentleman, because it is not our orders—the other constable's name is Stringer—I have been doing plain clothes duty in the neighbourhood four months—I believe the public-house is called the Coach and Horses—the shutters were not up—the doors were right open, and the prisoners stood opposite on the right hand—I am not at all mistaken about it.

Cross-examined by MR. ROBINSON. Q. You never saw James before? A. No; there were fifty or a hundred people in the crowd—the prisoners were standing close against the railing, arm in arm, when I took them—they appeared to be sober.

JURY. Q. Are you quite correct in saying they were standing at the right side at Caunt's? A. Yes, just in the door, and the bar is on the left.

WILLIAM THOMAS . I am a chemist's assistant, and live in Bond-street. At the time this happened I lived at 2, Great Castle-street, Oxford-street—on the night of 20th May, about a quarter before eleven o'clock, I was in Picca-dilly—at twenty-five minutes or a quarter to twelve I saw the female prisoner in Bond-street—I accompanied her up Bond-street, to the corner of Oxford-street, where two men came up, and asked where a surgeon lived—I told them I did not know—I went with the prisoner to the eorner of Hanover-square, left her, and then missed my watch—I had it safe just before she accosted me—I was not near Bear-street at any time, Oxendon-street, or Leicester-square—the watch produced by Murrell is the one I lost.

Cross-examined by MR. PARNELL. Q. Was it not a quarter to eleven? A. No; twenty-five minutes or a quarter to twelve—I was examined before the Magistrate—my deposition was read over to me, and I signed it—this is my signature (looking at the deposition)—it says at the beginning of that "a quarter to eleven," but it ought to have been "a quarter to twelve"—I was not aware of it when I signed it—I suppose I attended to it as it was read over—I had been for a walk that night; I started at half-past ten, went down Regent-street and Piccadilly, and up Bond-street, into Piccadilly again—Dean was the first person I spoke to—I had been at a tap, getting two glasses of stout—I did not say anything to the Magistrate about a flower-girl; I had not spoken to one—I spoke to a party at the corner of Hanover-square, asking which way the prisoner had gone—I do not know that she annoyed me very much—she made me cross Bond-street with her, and we went through a court down Shepherd-street, into Hanover-square—I did not resist that—we walked side by side—that was the closest I was to her; I am quite certain of that—my watch was loose in my waistcoat pocket—I am quite sure Dean is the person—next morning I went to the police-court, and was telling a constable I had lost my watch, another came up, took me into a place where the women were sitting, and I pointed her out—there was more than one woman there—I cannot tell whether the others were two old women in widow's caps; they may have been.

Cross-examined by MR. CLARKSON. Q. How long had you had the watch? A. About eighteen months; it was given me by my mother—I do not know the number, or the maker's name—I believe it was bought in Liverpool, and I believe "Liverpool" is marked inside it; and there are the initials of

my mother's maiden name, "M. S.," which I know it by—I had taken it out half a minute before Dean spoke to me—I had been walking with no girls before—I had parted with two friends at the corner of Conduit-street, at about half-past eleven o'clock—it was not necessary for me to go down the court, she pressed me to—I suppose it was to get back again into Oxford-street—I had taken nothing but my tea before I came out—one of my friends knew a young man, a barman, at the corner of Jermyn-street, who had been a draper's assistant, and we went there, and had two half-pint glasses of stout.

MR. PARNELL called

ROBINSON. I am waiter at the Coach and Horses, St. Martin's-lane—we have a customer named Casey—I know Dean by sight—I recollect her coming to our house last Monday night three weeks—I recollect her coming, but am not sure whether it was Whit-Monday—I heard of her being in custody a day or two after—she inquired for Mr. Casey—I know Frederick Turner, by his coming to the house—he was there the night I am speaking of—I never put up the shutters till close to one o'clock, and she came in after that—she came in alone and went out alone—she did not stay two minutes, only while I gave her an answer—the did not have anything to drink—she has not been in the house since, that I know of—I am always there between twelve and one at night.

Cross-examined by MR. BRIARLY. Q. How long after did you hear of her being takes? A. A day or two—I am the only person that attends there at night—I cannot speak precisely to the day—I do not think I have seen her come more than once a week—I cannot be answerable about every person who comes, because I am in the parlour; the bar-maid attends at the bar—I told Dean Mr. Casey was not there; and she never sat down or drank with anybody in my sight—when the bar-maid leaves the bar, my mistress attends to it.

MR. PARNELL. Q. Did you see Dean come in? A. Yes; she did not speak to any one but me—she stayed while I answered her, and then went away again—she has asked for Mr. Casey several times before; I know he is a friend of hers.

FREDERICK TURNER . I am a master painter, at 21, Oxford-street, Chelsea. On the night of Whit-Monday, about one o'clock I was at the Coach and Horses—about five minutes before I left, Deane came in alone—she came and asked the last witness, who was standing with me, for Mr. Casey—he said he had not been there—she said, "Indeed! not been here?" and he said, "No, he has not been here to-night"—I think she remained two or three minutes, and then went away alone—I cannot say whether there was any one in her company while she was there—I did not hear her say anything to any one else—she had nothing to drink.

Cross-examined. Q. What evening was it? A. 20th May, Whit-Monday—it is a respectable public-house—I believe it is not a night-house—my attention was first called to this last Friday.

DEAN received a good character. GUILTY .** Aged 29.

KNIGHT— GUILTY†on 2nd COUNT. Aged 24.—He received an excellent character, and one of the witnesses stated, that on the night in question he had sent him to Caunt's to collect an account.—Both confined Six Months.


10th June 1850
Reference Numbert18500610-1099
VerdictGuilty > unknown

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1099. HENRY NOAKES , stealing 95lbs weight of coals, value 9d.; the goods of Conrad Wohlgemuth, in a barge on the Thames.

JOSEPH SHAIN (Thames-police-inspector). On the morning of 17th May, at three o'clock, I was on duty, and saw the prisoner in a boat taking a quantity of coals out of the barge William, which was lying at the Hope-wharf,

Wapping—he put them into his boat, and was going back to a sailing barge which he belonged to—I took him in custody—he said he had taken them for his fire—there were 951bs. weight.

JOHN BROWN . I am weigher at the Hope Wharf. The coals on board the barge William on 17th May were Conrad Wohlgemuth's.

Prisoner's Defence. A lad on board asked me if I would have two or three coals.

JOSEPH SHAIN re-examined. There was no one on the barge.

GUILTY . Aged 73.— Confined Fourteen Days.

10th June 1850
Reference Numbert18500610-1100
VerdictGuilty > unknown

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1100. JOHN HOOPER , stealing 4 tame pigeons, price 4s.; the property of Henry Thomas Brooks; having been before convicted.

HENRY THOMAS BROOKS . I live at 1, Queen-street, Hackney-road. I keep tame pigeons in a pigeon-house at the back of my house—on 16th May, when I went to bed at ten o'clock, I had nineteen pigeons safe—at three in the morning, I was disturbed by a fluttering of pigeons, looked out of window, and saw two men in the yard close to the pigeon-house, and one went in—I undid my clock-weight, opened the window, alarmed them, and as they came out I threw the clock weight at them, and they went off, letting two or three pigeons fly—I called "Stop thief!" heard the policeman coming, and directly after, heard them going over the fence—the policeman brought back one man to the yard, and we found a bag which I saw opened at the station, and it contained four of my pigeons—one of those which was let fly is still missing—it is a young one, and I expect the cats got it.

Prisoner. Q. Did you see me in the yard? A. I cannot say that you were one of them.

THOMAS ROSS (policeman, H 33). On the morning of 12th May, I was on duty near the prosecutor's, and about three o'clock, heard a cry of "Stop thief!" I ran, and saw the prisoner coming from the back of the prosecutor's, running very fast—when he saw me, he turned and ran in a different direction—I pursued him, and did not lose sight of him till he was stopped by an "N" sergeant—he had no shoes on—we brought him back, and just where I had first seen him I found some shoes which he owned—I did not see him come out of the premises.

ALFRED ALEXANDER HALL (policeman, H 127). I was on duty, heard a cry of "Stop thief!" went to the prosecutor's, and saw the prisoner come over the fence—I pursued him, and Ross came up and caught him—I had not lost sight of him—I found this bag of pigeons in the yard (produced).

Prisoner. Q. Was any one with me when you saw me drop from the fence? A. No.

HENRY BROOKS re-examined. These are my pigeons.

JOHN PAINE (policeman, H 23). I produce a certificate of the prisoner's former conviction—(read—Convicted September, 1848, of stealing fowls, having been before convicted, confined one year)—I was present, he is the person.

GUILTY .** Aged 20.— Transported for Ten Years.

10th June 1850
Reference Numbert18500610-1101
VerdictNot Guilty > unknown

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1101. CAROLINE FRAZIER , stealing 1 handkerchief, value 2s. 6d.; the goods of Richard Gobby, her master.

RICHARD GOBBY . I live at 13, Vine-street, Hatton-garden. The prisoner has been in my service since last Michaelmas—on 19th April, I came home in a cab, and in the morning she said, "You did not bring your handkerchief home"—I said, "That is very strange; I know I did"—she said, "No you did not"—on 26th May, I went to the theatre, and when I came

home she said, "You have lost another handkerchief"—I said, "I have not"—I sent for a policeman and had her boxes searched—she then said she would bring an action against me for defamation of character—he then looked between the palliasse and mattress, and found the two handkerchiefs pinned up in a pocket—she said, "Oh dear! I did not mean to keep them."

Cross-examined by MR. ROBINSON. Q. Are those the words she used? A. Yes, words to that effect—she said, "I done it out of spite," not "you done it"—she was nothing more than servant to me—I have taken liberties with her—I cannot say how often—she never resisted me—she lived with me as my mistress—I have slept with her three times—I do not recollect that it happened the first time by my calling her into my room to take my candle—she did not want calling—I never struck her—she doubled a poker on me because I charged her with stealing a silver spoon—that was about a month before this happened—I do not recollect beating her, and her calling for the police—she has never left me—I swear she did not take her boxes away and leave—I have paid her 3l. 15s. wages at different times, as the wanted it—her wages were 6l. a year—I have never struck her and kissed her afterwards and begged her to forgive me—I just pushed her away from me when she up with the poker—it was a pretty hard push, to save myself from the poker—I pushed her down on the ground—that has only happened once—she did not call out for the police—she went and talked to the police, but never called out—she did not after that leave my house, nor did I refuse to pay her her wages, and urge her to come back, promising to treat her better—I am a furniture-dealer—I come home at night at what time it suits me, sometimes at two or three o'clock, and sometimes five—she constantly remonstrated with me about coming home so late—I come home tipsy very often.

HENRY TYLER (policeman, A 412). I went to the house, and asked the prisoner what she had done with the handkerchiefs—she said he had gone out and got drunk, and lost them, the same as he had the other things—I said I must search her boxes—she said I was welcome to do it—I did so, and could not find anything, and she said she should commence an action against him for defamation of character—I then searched between the mattress and palliasse, and found these two handkerchiefs in a pocket—she said, "Oh, that is them; I put them there out of spite, and did not intend to steal them."


10th June 1850
Reference Numbert18500610-1102
VerdictNot Guilty > no evidence

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1102. CAROLINE FRAZIER was again indicted for stealing 1 handkerchief value 1s. 6d.; the property of Richard Gobby, her master.

(No evidence.)


OLD COURT.—Friday, June 14th, 1850.

PRESENT—Mr. Baron ROLFE; Sir PETER LAURIE, Knt. Ald.; Mr. Ald.


Before Russell Gurney, Esq., and the Third Jury.

10th June 1850
Reference Numbert18500610-1103
VerdictsGuilty > pleaded guilty

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1103. GENICEO MACHIN , feloniously forging and uttering a request for the delivery of two printed books, with intent to defraud William Bovill: —also, embezzling 11l., which he had received on account of Thomas Birch, his master: —also, stealing 2 books, value 1l.; the goods of William Bovill: —also, obtaining 1 sovereign; the goods of Thomas Robert Skidmore, by false pretences: to which he pleaded

GUILTY.* Aged 21.— Transported for Ten Years

10th June 1850
Reference Numbert18500610-1104
VerdictGuilty > pleaded guilty

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1104. TIMOTHY PIKE , feloniously uttering a forged request for the delivery of goods, with intent to defraud Henry Brewer: to which he pleaded

GUILTY . Aged 51.— Confined Six Months.

Before Mr. Baron Rolfe.

10th June 1850
Reference Numbert18500610-1105
VerdictGuilty > pleaded part guilty

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1105. GEORGE THOMAS ROSE , feloniously forging an order for the payment of 5l., with intent to defraud the Governor and Company of the Bank of England:—2nd COUNT, for uttering the same: he pleaded

GUILTY to the 2nd Count. Aged 17.—The prisoner received an excellent character, and was recommended to mercy by the Prosecutors. — Confined One Year.

10th June 1850
Reference Numbert18500610-1106
VerdictGuilty > unknown

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1106. SARAH SMITH , feloniously assaulting George Argent, and throwing over his head a quantity of oil of vitriol, with intent to burn him.

MR. PLATT conducted the Prosecution.

GEORGE ARGENT . I am a wine-porter, of 44, Lambeth-street, Whitechapel—I lived with the prisoner eight or nine years—I separated from her a month before this took place, seven weeks ago. On 21st May, about half-past nine o'clock, I heard a knock at the door—I went, followed by my son, and found the prisoner there—she asked me for a teaboard, and before I had time to answer she said, "Take that," and chucked some burning liquid over me out of a jug in her hand—it went into my eyes—I felt a burning sensation all over my face, and was in great pain—the prisoner went away—I went to a surgeon, and afterwards to the London Hospital, and was there a fortnight—the sight of one eye is entirely gone—my face is well, but discoloured.

Prisoner. He turned me and my child destitute into the street; through him I have not a friend in the world; I intended to burn his coat, not his face, but he was stooping down. Witness. She threw it slap into my face—I was standing as upright as I am now.

WILLIAM CHARLES ARGENT . I am the son of the last witness. I followed him to the door and saw the prisoner—he said something to her—she asked for a teaboard, and before there was time to answer she said, "Take that," and threw some burning liquid, which fell on my face—I saw the movement of her arm; it was towards my father's face, not to his clothes.

Prisoner. If I had known you had been there I should not have thrown it; I did not see you there.

CHARLES BONE . I am an oilman, of Thomas-street, Bethnal-green-road. On 21st May, between eight and nine o'clock in the evening, the prisoner came and asked for two pennyworth of vitriol, and produced a small jug like this(produced)—I gave her about a quarter of a pint in it—I did not measure it—it was three-parts full.

LOUISA NASH . I live at 46, Elizabeth-street, Hackney-road, near Mr. Argent's. On the evening of 21st May I saw the prisoner throw this jug into the road—I picked it up—there was a small quantity of spirit in it—it was like water—it smelt like vitriol, which I believe it to be—I took it to Mr. Argent.

WILLIAM CHURCH (policeman.) I took the prisoner, and told her the charge—I did not ask her to confess—she said she was very sorry to think any part of it had gone on the boy; she would not injure a hair of his head.

Prisoner's Defence. I meant to burn his coat, but did not think of his eyes; I was in a very agitated state of mind, and was going to make away with myself that night.

GUILTY . Aged 41.— Transported for Fifteen Years.

10th June 1850
Reference Numbert18500610-1107
VerdictNot Guilty > unknown

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1107. MARY REYNOLDS , feloniously casting and throwing Ann Reynolds into a certain pond, with intent to murder her.

MR. PAYNE conducted the Prosecution.

MARY THOMPSON . I am the wife of George Thompson, of Nelson-street, Bethnal-green—the prisoner lives in the same house; her husband is a blacksmith—they have four children; the youngest is about eight months old; it is called Ann. On Tuesday afternoon, 21st May, between four and five o'clock, I went out with her and her husband and mine, and a few friends, to Victoria-park—when we were in Birdcage-walk, outside the park, a few words took place between the prisoner and her husband, but I did not hear them—I saw him strike her—about an hour and a half afterwards we were walking by the water in the Park—she had hold of my arm—her child was sucking at her breast—she slipped, and when I turned my head she was in the water—I became very much alarmed, I do not know what happened—about eight minutes after, I saw the prisoner and the baby out of the water—she had been fretting, and when I told her not to fret the made me no answer—I have lived twelve months in the same house with them—they appeared to live very happily indeed—she has got a boy who is deaf and dumb.

Cross-examined by MR. O'BRIEN. Q. Is not the prisoner a very affectionate mother? A. Yes, and very much attached to her dumb child—while she was walking with me she fell down in a fit at the top of the Bethnalgreen-road—I set her on a door-step till she came to—I made her hold my arm, from the weakly state she was in—she was between me and the water.

ALFRED WATSON . I live at 16, Tyson-street, Bethnal-green. On 21st May, about seven o'clock in the evening, I was in Victoria-park, showing my boy the ducks in the ornamental water—I saw the prisoner leap into the water with the baby in her arms—she let go of it in the water—my brother went in and caught hold of the prisoner, and I went and got the child—it had gone under the water, which was about three feet deep—after the prisoner was got out she said, "Oh my child! oh Watson! it is a pity you saved me, for this is the cause of my husband's ill-usage; I have got a deaf and dumb child at home, and I wish he was here"—she appeared to me as if she had been drinking—I sent for the Park-keeper—I knew her as a neighbour—I met her crying before I got to the Park-gates—she seemed in a great deal of trouble.

Cross-examined. Q. Was it by smelling her that you judged she had been drinking? A. No, by the distracted way in which she spoke—I was six, or seven yards from her when this occurred—I did not see Mrs. Thompson—my attention was directed to the object in the water—the prisoner had the baby in her arms at first, and as she got deeper in the water, it slipped from her—it went entirely under water—I waited till it came up—the bank, was sloping—I was about two yards from it, in about two feet of water.

MR. PAYNE. Q. Can you describe how she leaped in? A. She jumped, just as I might jump out of this witness-box.

JAMES WATSON . I am the brother of the last witness, and live in Christopher-street, Bethnal-green. I was about four or five yards from the water's edge, and saw the prisoner leap into the water with the child in her arms—in her struggling she let go of it—I immediately went in after her—I had to go about two yards before I got hold of her—she was under water, and the child also—after my brother had saved the child, with his assistance I got the prisoner out—she said, "Oh, Watson, I wish you had let me be in there, for the ill-usage of my husband is the cause of this"—she appeared to me to be intoxicated.

Cross-examined. Q. Had you noticed the prisoner before you saw her leap from the bank? A. No; she was brought out and laid on the grass—she called out for her child very much—I did not smell her breath—it was from the distracted way in which she was, that I thought she was intoxicated—she jumped in—she took both her feet off the ground at once—I did not exactly see her feet, the first time I saw her was when she was in motion—I am sure she jumped in.

SAMUEL BROWN . I am park-keeper in Victoria-park. On 21st May, the prisoner was given into my charge—she said she wished she had been left in the water—the water is about four feet deep—a great many people were walking about.

Cross-examined. Q. Where did she say that? A. As she came from the water—a policeman had been sent for.

HENRY ALFRED STAMMERS (policeman, K 315). On the morning after this happened, I told the prisoner she must consider herself in my custody for attempting to commit suicide—she said she was very sorry; she did not know what caused her to do it.


10th June 1850
Reference Numbert18500610-1108
VerdictNot Guilty > no evidence

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1108. MARY REYNOLDS was again indicted for unlawfully attempting to destroy herself. ( No evidence was offered.)


10th June 1850
Reference Numbert18500610-1109
VerdictGuilty > unknown

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1109. ELIZABETH ANN CHAMBERS , feloniously forging and uttering the acceptance to a bill of exchange for 300l.; with intent to defraud Rosa Goodman.

MR. BALLANTINE conducted the Prosecution.

SARAH SUTTON . I am single, and live at 87, Piccadilly. I have known the prisoner about twelve months; she was residing at 5, Nottingham-terrace—I saw her there several times—I went there by Miss Goodman's request, and asked her whether she was going to remain there after her twelve months were expired—she said it depended on circumstances, and she wished to boy a house and furniture—I said I thought Miss Goodman would sell her that one—in two or three days I received a message from her, and went to her house on 15th Dec.—she told me to secure a hosiery and glove business for her in Piccadilly, which we had spoken of before—I was to offer the owner, Mr. Welbone, 400l. for it—about the latter end of January, I received this bill(produced) from her—I handed it to Rosa Goodman, about 27th or 28th Jan.—Charles Randolph is the acceptor—the prisoner said he was her cousin, and was a clergyman, residing at Andover, and owed her the money on a mortgage—I was to get the bill cashed—she said I should find no difficulty about it, as his name was good—I got it cashed by Rosa Goodman—I got from her 233l. in cash, 45l. being deducted for rent, 5l. for something else, and something for discount—I gave the money to the prisoner.

Prisoner. I did not say Mr. Randolph owed me the money; I said there were money transactions between us. Witness. You said he owed you 700l. on a mortgage, and he sent you these bills, as it was not convenient to pay the money, and that they would be met by Mr. Randolph when they were due—I have had 170l. of you at different times to take the business—I have in part paid it—I am liable for 100l., but I did not have it on this bill—I was to have been partner with you.

ROSA GOODMAN . I am single, and live at 5, Nottingham-terrace. I rented the prisoner's house, and let it to her for a year—45l. rent was due—I cashed this bill at Sarah Sutton's request—I paid her 233l., deducting 45l. for the rent, and 5l. she owed me.

REV. CHARLES RANDOLPH . I am rector of Kempton, near Andover, and

a magistrate of the county—the prisoner is my second cousin—the acceptance to the bill is not mine—I never saw the bill, or sent it up to the prisoner, or gave any one authority to accept it.

Prisoner. Q. Did you never pay any bills for me, or give me leave to use your name? A. In 1848 I received a letter from you, and lent you 200l. to save you from trouble—I never authorized you to sign my name, or wrote to you saying if you wanted money you might go to the Bank and get it, and pat my name—I never had any mortgage transactions with yon—the 200l. was repaid—that was the only transaction—(The bill was for 300l.., with interest, drawn by Elizabeth Ann Chambers, and accepted by Charles Randolph.)

GUILTY . Aged 45.— Transported for Life.

(There was another indictment against the prisoner.)

10th June 1850
Reference Numbert18500610-1110
VerdictGuilty > unknown

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1110. THOMAS HOWARD , feloniously cutting and wounding Joseph Foulkes on the forehead, with intent to prevent his lawful apprehension and detainer.—2nd COUNT, with intent to do grievous bodily harm: having been before convicted.

MR. W. J. PAYNE conducted the Prosecution.

JOHN ANDREW ANDREWS (policeman, B 210). On 13th May, about a quarter to two o'clock in the morning, I was on duty in Exeter-street, Chelsea, and heard the prisoner in Exeter-buildings swearing very violently, and shouting out—I went and requested him to go in, which he did—he lives there—I then went round my beat; and on coming back in about twenty minutes, I saw him flourishing this hatchet round and round, and knocking the houses with it, threatening any b—y b—r that came in—I went and got the assistance of my brother constable Foulkes, and then advanced towards the prisoner—Foulkes was just behind me—the prisoner came towards me with the hatchet in his hand—I requested him to go in—he said, "Come on, you b—y b—s; I am ready for you," and he struck at me directly, struck my hat, and cut it through, and then it fell on my chest, and cut my great coat completely through—it did not cut my flesh at all—he kept threatening us, and saying, "I will suck your blood, and drain every drop out of you"—I then caught hold of his left wrist, and he fell back on the ground in a sitting position—he got up again with the hatchet in his hand, and struck Foulkes on the forehead—Foulkes then rushed forward, and threw him on his back, took the hatchet from him, and gave it to me—he was then secured, but he was very violent after we took him—he had been drinking, but knew perfectly well what be was about—we took him to the station—he was very violent going along.

Cross-examined by MR. COCKLE. Q. And very drunk? A. No, not very drunk—he had been drinking, but knew what he was about—he was not swinging the hatchet about at the time I was struck—he came forward with it very steady in his hand.

JOSEPH FOULKES (policeman, B 203). On 13th May, a little after two o'clock in the morning, I was called by Andrews to hit assistance in Exeter-buildings—I saw the prisoner there, throwing the axe about, and cutting the wall, and threatening any policeman or any one that came near him—he ran at Andrews, and cut him on the brim of the hat with the axe, and cut his hat completely down, and then cut his coat—Andrews then got hold of him, and forced him against the wall, and he fell down by the side of the wall—he got up again, and I went to secure him, and he struck me on the forehead with the axe, and cut my hat completely through(producing it), and cut my forehead also—I then threw him on his back, and got the axe away from him by using my truncheon—he was very violent—I gave the axe to Andrews—

the prisoner struck me a violent blow on the mouth with his fist, coming out of the buildings—I was so faint from the effect of the blows, that I was obliged to go to Mr. Pearce, the surgeon, who attended to me—the prisoner was in liquor, but was quite capable of knowing what he was doing.

Cross-examined. Q. He was very violent all the way through, both before and after? A. Yes, and very noisy.

GEORGE PEARCE . I am a surgeon, in Regent-street, Westminster. I saw Foulkes on 13th May, about ten o'clock in the morning—my assistant had previously seen him about three, and had dressed his head—I examined the wound—it was an incised wound, about an inch and three-quarters long, going obliquely downwards, and penetrating to the bone—it was a serious wound—it might have been inflicted by this hatchet.

Cross-examined. Q. How long was he under your care? A. Eleven days—he has now resumed his duty.

JAMES CLARK (policeman, T 13). I produce a certificate—(read—Thomas Howard, convicted September, 1847, of cutting and wounding—confined eighteen months)—I was present at that trial—the prisoner is the person—there were four indictments against him on that occasion.

GUILTY . Aged 30.— Transported for Ten Years.

10th June 1850
Reference Numbert18500610-1111
VerdictGuilty > lesser offence

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1111. JOHN FOY , feloniously cutting and wounding Henry Brown on right cheek, with intent to disfigure him, and to do grievous bodily harm.

MR. CARTER conducted the Prosecution.

HENRY BROWN . I am a basket-man, employed at the coal-whippers' office. The prisoner was in the same employment—I have known him twenty-four years—on Tuesday evening, 4th June, I went into the Cock, on Cock-hill, Ratcliff, about nine o'clock, and was talking to a man named Thomas Pluckrose, a person connected with our office—the prisoner was sitting in an opposite box, eating something—he had a knife and fork in his hand—he commenced giving me a tissue of abuse, without any provocation on my part—he came over to my seat—I told him to go and sit down, I wanted no more of his abuse—he made some sort of party remark, that I had called the potboy a Connaught something—I appealed to the potboy, and went over to where the prisoner was sitting, and the potboy denied it in toto—the prisoner then said to him, "You are a b—y liar"—that aggravated me, and I said, "Now you deserve a slap across the face"—he said, "You had better do it"—I said, "Put down your knife and fork, and stand up; put up your hands to defend yourself"—he laid the knife and fork down on the table—I thought he did not feel disposed to resent it, and more out of contempt than anger I gave him a slap with the back of my hand across the face, and told him if he pursued that line of conduct towards me, or offended me any more, it was more than likely that the next time I hit him I should strike him in earnest—I then turned round to go to my own company, thinking it was dropped, and I felt a cut in my cheek, which cut my lip—I did not see where the blow came from—my side was towards the prisoner—I had no idea he was going to strike me, or I would have got out of the way—I went to Mr. Cleland, the surgeon, and be dressed the wound.

Prisoner. Q. Did you not come out of your box, and hit me across the mouth, and here is the place where the blood jumped out of me? A. I did not—he got that mark in fighting with his brother-in-law that same night—I hit him with the back of my right-hand open, on his right cheek.

THOMAS PLUCKROSE . I am a basket-man, or foreman of the coal whippers. I was at the Cock public-house, on 4th June—I saw the prisoner there,

cooking some meat—I had occasion to go outside, and when I came in the prisoner was sitting alongside of Brown—Brown said to him, "Go away, my good man, and eat your food; I don't want to be bothered or pestered with you any more"—the prisoner went away immediately, and sat down at his table to eat his food—he made some sort of rough sarcastical remark, saying to Brown, "It is not with you as it used to be," or something of that sort—Brown said, "If you don't keep your tongue off me, I will come and stop it for you"—the prisoner said, "Which way will you do it?"—he said, "I will come and tell you;" and he walked over to the table where the prisoner was sitting, and said, "Now, what is the reason I cannot have my pint of beer in peace, without your annoyance?"—he said, "You made use of the word 'Connaught b—' to the potboy"—Brown said, "You are a liar"—the potboy was called in, and Brown said, "Did I make use of the word 'Connaught' in derision at all to you?"—"Not a word," said he—Brown then said to the prisoner, "I have a great mind to give you a smack on the nose for your insolence and lies"—the prisoner said, "Why don't you do it?"—Brown said, sharply, "Stand up"—the prisoner stood up; and Brown said, "Put down the knife and fork," in the same harsh manner—he did so—Brown then said, "Put up your hands to defend yourself; you are a d—d cur, and I always thought you were a d—d cur;" and he gave him a smack on the cheek—they looked at each other something under a minute; and Brown said, "Now, if ever you want to annoy me again in company, depend upon it I will bit you in earnest"—he then turned himself to go away; and the prisoner snatched up the knife, and gave him a back-handed stab, and wounded him in the face—I saw the blood come—Brown clapped his handkerchief up to it—I told him to run away directly to Mr. Cleland's, the surgeon;" which he did—Brown did not strike the prisoner so as to draw blood; he hit him with the back of his hand on the ear—the prisoner got up to go away—I said, "You must not go away; you have severely wounded this man"—he said, "I will go"—I let him go, and followed him to the corner of Love-lane—I saw no policeman, and he ran away up Love-lane.

Prisoner. He was coming at me again, and I put up my hand, and the edge of the knife just caught him. Witness. That is not true—after Brown struck him, they stood looking at each other, as you see two fowls.

WILLIAM TAPLIN (policeman, K 234). I produce a knife, which I found on the tap-room table at the Cock—it is a common table-knife.

ALLAN CLELAND . I am a surgeon, at Cock-hill, Ratcliff. On Tuesday night, 4th June, Brown came to me—he had an incised wound in the right cheek, extending from the lip outwards towards the ear—it was about two inches long, and very deep—it nearly cut the cheek through—it would require a great deal of force to inflict such a wound—there were two wounds, one about an inch above the other; but that was very slight, and might have been done at the same time, by a scratch from the back of the knife—the wound is not quite healed yet—he still comes to me occasionally to have it looked to.

Prisoner's Defence. I was two parts drunk; he came and struck me when I was at my grub, and called me a b—snot and a b—cur, and it was not worth his while to hit me, after bitting me; he had known me sixteen or seventeen years, and we never had an angry word before; I have never been in a station-house or in a policeman's hands all the years I have been in England.

(The prisoner received a good character.)

GUILTY of an Assault Aged 45.—Recommended to mercy by the Prosecutor.

Confined Six Weeks.

10th June 1850
Reference Numbert18500610-1112
VerdictNot Guilty > unknown

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1112. CHARLES DUNNECLIFT was indicted for a robbery with violence on William Sharman Wilson, and stealing 3 sovereigns and 1 half-sovereign, his moneys.

MR. PAYNE conducted the Prosecution.

WILLIAM SHARMAN WILSON . On Monday night, 3rd June, I was at Hampton Court—I do not remember the time—I had been drinking—I was too late for any conveyance and walked towards Twickenham, as I thought, but I was never there before—I have no doubt I met some persons between Hampton Court and Twickenham—I did not drink anything on my way that I know of—I had some gold and silver loose in my pocket—I do not know how much—I know I had more than one sovereign and some silver—I do not remember whether I had any half-sovereign, or what silver it was I had—I cannot tell where I went to—I became unconscious—the next place I remember myself at was at a house, at a place which I was told was Teddington—I do not know what time that was, the sun was up—I remember having money with me in that house—I do not know when I left it—the next thing I remember, was a person scuffling or wrestling with me—I do not know where that was—I do not recollect whether I had my money about me at that time—I got up, and ran after the person—I gave the prisoner in charge—I cannot swear that he was the man that was scuffling with me—I do not remember his face—it was about three o'clock in the afternoon that I gave him in charge at Teddington, as I was told.

Cross-examined by MR. MEW. Q. You were unconscious in the morning you say? A. Yes; I did not continue so all day—I was so until I ran after the man, which was about three o'clock—I was not tipsy before eleven or twelve on Monday night, I think I was unconscious till about twelve next day—I left Hampton Court drunk—I recollect having the money in the house at Teddington—I think I had glimpses of consciousness there—I felt the money there, and saw it—I do not recollect seeing the prisoner before I gave him in charge.

JURY. Q. Why did you give the prisoner in charge, if you did not know he was the man you were scuffling with? A. I might have known him at the time, but I do not now.

VALENTINE WELLS . I am a labourer, and live at Teddington. On Tuesday, 4th June, about twenty minutes to one o'clock in the day, I was at the Royal Oak tea-gardens, at Teddington, and saw the prisoner and Wilson come into the gardens arm-in-arm—the prisoner asked Wilson what he would have to drink—he said, "Anything you like"—the prisoner said, "Will you pay for it?"—Wilson put his hand in his pocket, and pulled out some gold and silver—there were two or three sovereigns, and shillings, and sixpences—I did not see any half-sovereigns—the prisoner told me to fetch a pint of ale and a bottle of ginger-beer in it—I did so, and Wilson gave me a shilling to pay for it; the prisoner told him to do so—I am not a servant at the place, but was only standing there—I brought back sixpence change, and gave it to the prisoner, as Wilson was asleep when I came back—the prisoner then asked me to go and look after a bus—I was gone about ten minutes, when I saw the prisoner come out of the gardens with Wilson on his arm—I asked the prisoner if he would want a bus—he said no, the gentleman was going to walk to Richmond—they went on towards Twickenham, that leads towards Teddington Church, and Mr. Strahan's premises—Wilson was very tipsy; he was not able to walk without the prisoner's assistance—the prisoner was tipsy, but was not so bad as the other.

Cross-examined. Q. In what respect was he better than the other? A. a good dual, because he could walk, and Wilson could not, without the prisoner's

leading him—I have known the prisoner as long as I can remember—he is a labouring man—he was in the service of the Queen Dowager—he left about twelve months before her death—I have not seen him doing anything since, only going about on the busses.

CHARLOTTE WATERS . I am the wife of Edward Waters, and live at Twickenham. On Tuesday, 4th June, about half-past one o'clock, I was near Mr. Strachan's shrubbery, at Teddington, and saw the prisoner and Wilson coming out of the shrubbery struggling with one another—I saw the prisoner strike him in the face, and they both fell together, and I saw the prisoner put his hands round about the gentleman's trowsers pockets outside, as if feeling what was inside—I did not see his hand in his pockets—the prisoner then got up, and ran off in the direction of Teddington Church—Wilson got up about two minutes afterwards, ran a little way, and then fell—he got up again, and ran after the prisoner—he left his hat behind him, which I took up, and took home—I afterwards saw him, and gave it to him.

WILLIAM COOK . I am a coachman, and live at Teddington. On Tuesday, 4th June, I was near the Royal Oak, at Teddington, and saw the prisoner and Wilson go in and come out again—they went away towards Teddington Church—Wilsonwas tipsy—the prisoner had been drinking, but was not so bad as Wilson—about half an hour afterwards Watson came back without his hat—he made some complaint of what had happened to him, in consequenee of which I went with two others to find out the prisoner—we found him crossing the fields to Teddington—I called to him and he stopped—I told him he was wanted back at the Oak by the gentleman he went away with—he came back, and Wilson accused him of robbing him—he made some remark, but I cannot recollect the words—he was given into custody—I afterwards drove Wilson to the Old Kent-road—he appeared to be very stupified then, but not so bad as he was in the morning—we got there about eight at night.

Cross-examined. Q. Did you see the prisoner and Wilson go into the public-house together? A. Into the gardens—it was between twelve and one—I was standing outside the Royal Oak—I was not doing anything—I was out of place, and had been for about five months—sometimes I lend a hand at the Oak—when I found the prisoner, he was going across the fields towards the Clarence Arms, at Teddington—he lives near the Clarence Arms—he, most likely, saw me at the Royal Oak—I have known him a long time—he came back with me directly when I asked him—I believe he knows the last witness, he is known well in the neighbourhood, and has lived there some years; I know he was in the Queen Dowager's service, I do not know how long, or when he left.

MR. PAYNE. Q. Do you know what he has been doing since? A. No—Wilson employed me to drive him in the gig—I have not been paid for driving him—I paid the turnpikes—I shall be repaid—he is to pay me—I believe he lives in the Kent-road—he had no money then.

ARCHILAUS DOD (policeman, V 86). On Tuesday, 4th June, about one o'clock, I went to the Oak at Teddington, and found Mr. Wilson and the prisoner there—I searched both of them, and found on the prisoner a half-penny, and on Wilson a sixpenny-piece—he gave the prisoner into my custody—he had not got his hat at that time—I went to Mr. Strachan's shrubbery with the prisoner and Wilson, and Mrs. Waters gave up his hat—I observed that he was scratched from the temple right down to the chin.

Cross-examined. Q. Do you know the distance of Mr. Strachan's shrubbery

from the Oak. A. Hardly a quarter of a mile; 200 yards, or rather better.

WILLIAM SHARMAN WILSON re-examined. I live in the Old Kent-road.


NEW COURT.—Friday, June 14th, 1850.


Before Mr. Recorder and the Fifth Jury.

10th June 1850
Reference Numbert18500610-1113
VerdictGuilty > pleaded guilty

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1113. CHARLES GARRETT was indicted for embezzling 10l.; the moneys of Charles Wynne Davies, his master; having been before convicted: to which he pleaded

GUILTY . Aged 20.— Transported for Seven Years.

10th June 1850
Reference Numbert18500610-1114
VerdictGuilty > pleaded guilty

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1114. HENRY PENNINGTON , stealing 15l. bank-note, the moneys of Charles Hall, his master; to which he pleaded

GUILTY . Aged 18.— Confined Six Months.

10th June 1850
Reference Numbert18500610-1115
VerdictsGuilty > pleaded guilty

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1115. CHARLES MACHIN , stealing 1 printed book, value 1l.; the goods of Frederick Prideaux: also, 2 printed books, 2l., of Edwin James, Esq.; also 1 pencil-case, 1 shirt, and 1 pair of browsers, 18s.; of Thomas Birch, his master: to which he pleaded

GUILTY . Aged 22.— Confined Six Months.

10th June 1850
Reference Numbert18500610-1116
VerdictGuilty > unknown

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1116. THOMAS WHITE , stealing 1 pair of boots, value 5s. 10d.; the goods of John Slater Marshall.

GEORGE FREDERICK LEONARD MULLINS (City-policeman, 293.) On 13th May, I saw the prisoner in Farringdon-street, running with something bulky under his coat—I followed him to the Old Bailey, and asked what he had got—he said, "Nothing"—I took him, and took one of these boots from one of his pockets, and the other from the other—I asked where he got them—he said they were his own, he bought them—I said if he did not tell me where, I would take him to the station—in going there, he said, "You b—r, if you give me a drag for this; I will d. for you when I come out."

CHARLES WILSON . I am shopman to Mr. John Slater Marshall, of Skinner-street, Snow-hill—these boots are his—they were on a rail in his window, tied round with a thick string—the prisoner must have out the string, and he has torn the strap—I had seen them safe not more than half an hour before I saw the officer with them.

Prisoner's Defence. I bought the boots of a Jew.

GUILTY . Aged 19.— Confined Six Months.

10th June 1850
Reference Numbert18500610-1117
VerdictGuilty > with recommendation
SentenceNo Punishment > sentence respited

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1117. LOUISA SMITH , stealing 38 yards of cloth, value 1l. 12s.; the goods of George Emery and another.

MR. O'BRIEN conducted the Prosecution.

THOMAS WILLIAM BROWN . I am shopman to George Emery and another, they carry on business at the corner of Holborn and Farringdon-street—last Saturday night, about twenty minutes before nine o'clock, I heard some one call out that there was a woman stealing things from the door—I rushed out immediately, and went round into Holborn—I saw the prisoner by our fancy window—she had something bulky—I saw something on the pavement, and she had something under her clothes—I went up to her, and said, "What

have you got there?"—she said, "I found them"—she Had these three articles—they had been hanging one yard inside the Farringdon-street door, and the prisoner was fourteen or fifteen yards from that door.

Cross-examined by MR. BALLANTINE. Q. What she said was, "I saw these things on the pavement, and picked them up" was it not? A. I think at near as possible they were the words—they had been hanging about a yard inside the door on a bar—in my opinion the prisoner was not drunk—I did not see much of her—the policeman took her.

(Henry Barton, of Chancery-lane, gave the prisoner a good character.)

GUILTY. Aged 32.— Recommended to mercy by the Prosecutor and Jury.—Judgment Respited.

10th June 1850
Reference Numbert18500610-1118
VerdictNot Guilty > unknown

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1118. EBENEZER MARTIN and GEORGE EVANS unlawfully meeting together to commit b—y.


10th June 1850
Reference Numbert18500610-1119
VerdictsGuilty > unknown; Not Guilty > unknown

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1119. WILLIAM SMITH , stealing 1 watch, value 8l.; the goods of David Ross Clark, in the dwelling-house of Henry Von Deck: and GEORGE REDWOOD feloniously receiving the same.—Smith having been before convicted.

MR. RYLAND conducted the Prosecution.

HENRY VON DECK . I am a watch and chronometer-maker, in Bishop's-row, Paddington. On 27th March I was in my shop—the prisoner Smith came in about half-past seven o'clock, he showed me a silver watch, and asked me what it wanted in the way of repairs—I looked at it, and gave it him back—he put it into his pocket—I said I thought he had made a mistake—he said no, he would send the boy with it—he then said his mamma wanted to buy a French clock—I handed him one, and he looked at it, and put it back—he then went to the flap of the counter, lifted it up, and pointed to one—he said, "Is that one gilt"—I said, "No"—I did not like his intruding into the inner part of the shop—at the same time I connived at it, and determined to watch him—there was a working board on which there was a gold watch—after a little time the prisoner went near to that board—I afterwards missed that gold watch—it belonged to Mr. Clark—while the prisoner was standing near that board he requested me to make out a list of the prices of the clocks to hand to his mamma, which I did—I was rather leaning over my counter to watch him, but I did not observe anything—I made out the list of prices, but he was not in a hurry to go, he stood some time talking about the clocks and watches—he then went away, and said he would bring the watch in the evening, or send it by the boy, or perhaps his mamma would call and look at the clocks—in the mean time I was making out a bill of this very watch on the board which was missed—I had seen this watch safe a very few minutes before he came—he was there altogether about ten minutes—I had an opportunity of seeing his features perfectly—I have not the slightest doubt that he is the man—I saw the watch again at the police-court—this is it—I had repaired it, and had some charge to make upon it.

WILLIAM WILSON . I am assistant to Mr. Gill, a pawnbroker, of Wilmot-street, Brunswick-square. I took in this watch from the prisoner Redwood on the 28th of March—I have know him a long while—he pawned it in his own name.

CHARLES KEMP (policeman, S 81). I apprehended Redwood on 17th May, in the first-floor back-room at 27, Grenville-street, Somers-town—I asked him if his name was Redwood—he said, "No"—I asked him a second time, and he said, "Why do you ask roe that question?"—I told him I was a police-constable, and asked if he knew a young man named Smith—he said,

"Yes," and he was very anxious to know if he was locked up—I told him he was, for stealing a gold watch, and I should take him into custody for pawning the watch, knowing it to be stolen—on the way to the station, he said he had known Smith two or three years, and he was a very respectable man—I found on Redwood thirty-six duplicates of different articles—I have not been able to trace more than one pair of spectacles—he said at the station that he had the watch from Smith to pawn.

Redwood. He asked me if my name was James Redwood, and I said, "No."Witness. No, I said Redwood—I did not give any Christian name at all.

MARY PETERS . I keep the house 27, Grenville-street—Smith lodged with me—be came on 13th April, and remained till 18th May—during the latter part of the time, Redwood used to come nearly every day—he came at ten or eleven o'clock, and staid sometimes for a good while, and sometimes not long—they did not go out together often, but they have been out together.

ELIZABETH PIRLAINE . I have a house in Cromer-street; Smith lodged with me—he came on 10th Jan., and staid till 1st May—he told me that morning that something unpleasant had occurred, and he wan obliged to leave—I had seen Redwood from about a month after Smith lodged—he used to come in a morning.

JOHN BROWN (policeman, S 67). I received information, and looked after Smith—I saw him on the morning of 17th May—I asked him his name—he said, "Smith"—I asked if he was known by any other name—he said, "No"—I asked him if he knew Paddiagton—he said, "No"—I asked him if he knew about any watch being stolen from there—he said, "No"—I said I should take him to the station—he stood for a moment, and said, "I shan't go"—he ran down a street—I followed him, and sprang my rattle—he was stopped and taken—I went to Mr. Von Deck, and he came and identified him.

Redwood's Defence. I have known Smith for some time; I was engaged to go on a morning to clean his boots and brush his clothes; on 28th March, he asked me to go and pawn the watch, which I did for 5l.—I gave him the money and the duplicate.

COURT to MARY PETERS. Q. Did Redwood brush Smith's clothes and clean his boots? A. I never saw him do anything—he sometimes has filled the teakettle—Smith sometimes went out early; I thought he was employed in a livery stable, and that Redwood was some one under him—Smith has come in a horse and chaise, and taken out a person that lived with him as his wife—I had no character with him—he said he was just come from Birmingham—he paid me two shillings—he was with me two weeks, before he gave up his other lodging.

ALFRED MILSOM . I am superintendent of police at New berry. I produce two certificates of Smith's former conviction by the name of John Badham—(read—Convicted at Newbury on 10th Jan., 1849, of stealing a watch, and confined six months; also, at the same Session, of stealing a ring, and confined six months more)—the prisoner is the person.



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Reference Numbert18500610-1120
VerdictNot Guilty > unknown

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1120. WILLIAM SMITH was again indicted for stealing 1 watch, value 5l.; the goods of Francis Gorham.

MR. RYLAND conducted the Prosecution.

WILLIAM SMITH . I am in the employ of Mr. Francis Gorham, a watch-maker in High-street, Kensington. On 18th Feb., the prisoner came to the shop dressed in a very gentlemanly way, and he had moustachios—he pretended

to be a Frenchman—he wished to see something which I did not understand—he asked if I understood French—I took a case from the window, and showed it him—he said, "No, no"—I put the case in the window again, and while I did so, he came round the counter to show me what he wanted—he pointed to a chronometer in the window—I told him the price was thirty-five guineas—he made signs for me to write it down, and I did so—he then said the captain would call—there was a boy in the shop, and he asked for the boy to come with him, and he would show him where he lived in the town—I gave him a card, and he went away—the boy went with him, and returned in seven or eight minutes, and brought a card which the prisoner had given him of Mr. Curtis'—I looked about our shop, and missed a gold watch, worth about five guineas—it had been brought on the Saturday, and I had seen it two or three times on the Monday, the day the prisoner came—I went to Mr. Curtis' after the prisoner—I found he did not live there—the watch had been hanging on the partition of the shop—the prisoner, was within six inches of that place while he was pointing to the window with his right-hand—from the last time I saw the watch safe, no one had been in the shop but myself, the shop-boy, and the prisoner—I saw the prisoner again at the House of Detention, a fortnight or three weeks ago, and knew him at once—he had not moustachios then, but I picked him out from half a dozen others by his features.

WILLIAM KENNEDY . I am shop-boy to Mr. Gorham. I was in the shop on 18th Feb.—I believe the prisoner it the person who came, but he was then dressed very respectably, and had moustachios, to all appearance a gentleman—I remember his going behind the counter and pointing with his right-hand to a chronometer—there was a glass-case, in which there were watches—his left-hand was near the case while he was pointing to the chronometer—he had a card of the shop given him—he spoke broken English—he had a deal of action, and made out his meaning partly by signs—I went with him to Mr. Curtis's—he told me to remain outside—he went in, and came out, and brought me a card of Mr. Curtis's—he said he lived in the sixth room, and his name was Farquhar.

CUTHBERT CURTIS . I keep a draper's shop, in Kensington. The last witness came to my shop with a man about the prisoner's height, about six o'clock in the evening—the man asked for a card of the shop, and knowing the boy, I gave it him—the man had moustachios—the prisoner never occupied a room in my house.


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Reference Numbert18500610-1121
VerdictGuilty > unknown

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1121. WILLIAM SMITH was again indicted for stealing 14 spoons and other property, value 11l.; the goods of William Andrews; in his dwelling-house.

MR. RYLAND conducted the Prosecution.

LYDIA WINNEY . In Feb. last I lived servant to Mr. William Andrews, a surgeon, of Brunswick-place, Barnsbury-road, in the parish of St. Mary, Islington. On Tuesday, 26th Feb., about two o'clock in the afternoon, I heard a knock at the door; I went and opened it; it was the middle door; the outer door is left open—I found the prisoner and another person—the prisoner asked if the doctor was at home—I told him he was not—he said he was not well, and he wanted some medicine; if I would allow him to write an address, the doctor would call on him—he also said that Mrs. Smith was not well, she had been lately confined—I agreed to his writing an address, and he and the other person went into the parlour—I supplied the prisoner with paper and pen and ink to write the address—he said to the youth who was with him, "George, will you write it? you

see how ill I am," and his hand shook; but the prisoner did write a note, and left it on the table—he then asked me if I would oblige him with a glass of water—I took a tumbler from the sideboard, and went into the surgery to draw the water—I drew it, and was coining out, and the prisoner came and met me, and drank the water in the surgery—there was a basket of plate in the wing of the sideboard—I had been about a minute gone for the water when the prisoner came and met me—the lad who came with the prisoner had a blue bag with him, and he bad gone out when I came from the surgery—I then let the prisoner out of the door, and shut the door after him—I then missed a sovereign from the mantelpiece, and in about half an hour I missed the plate—it consisted of fourteen spoons and the other articles stated—the blue bag was large enough for it all to have been put in—I had seen the sovereign a minute or two before the prisoner came, and I saw the plate when I let him and the lad in.

Prisoner. Q. Do you swear that I took the plate out of the house? A. No, your companion did.

COURT. Q. What has become of his companion? A. He is in Tothillfields—I am confident the prisoner is the person who came.

EDWARD MILLAR . I am in the service of Mr. Andrews. On 26th Feb. I went to dinner, and as I was going along Copenhagen-street I met the prisoner about 600 yards from Mr. Andrews'—he had a blue bag with something in it—that was about twenty minutes past two o'clock—I went to the doctor's, and heard about the sovereign, and missed the plate—I ran out, but was not able to find the prisoner—I ruptured a blood-vessel in my right side, from running.

(The prisoner put in a paper stating that he had sincerely repented of his offences, and begging for mercy for the sake of his wife and mother.)

GUILTY . Aged 23.— Transported for Fifteen Years.

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Reference Numbert18500610-1122
VerdictGuilty > unknown

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1122. JOHN JONES , stealing 1 sovereign, the moneys of Charles Stratford, his master.

CHARLES STRATFORD . I am a chimney-sweep and soot-dealer. I engaged the prisoner as a servant on 2nd May, and on 4th May I gave him a sovereign to fetch me some soot, and pay for it—it was to be sold as manure—I saw no more of him till he was taken next day by a policeman.

Prisoner. I had a witness here on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday; I gave the money to a man; I had given him 1l. 15s. the week before, and he got drunk, and lost it. Witness. There was a young man with him, but I gave the prisoner the money on this occasion, and told him not to do as the other man had done—I gave the prisoner a load of clover with a little bill, and he was to bring the soot back—when I found him, he had spent part of the money, and bought the jacket he has on, and some other things—he went and sold the clover, and kept the money—he said that the other man would have been served right if he had been sent to Newgate.

GUILTY . Aged 23.— Confined Three Months.

THIRD COURT.—Friday, June 14th, 1850.



Before Mr. Common Serjeant, and the Seventh Jury.

10th June 1850
Reference Numbert18500610-1123
VerdictGuilty > pleaded guilty

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1123. WILLIAM HAMILTON , stealing 1 coat, 1 handkerchief, and 1 pocket-book, value 10s.; the goods of James Pilon, having been before convicted: to which he pleaded

GUILTY.** Aged 18.— Confined Twelve Months.

10th June 1850
Reference Numbert18500610-1124
VerdictGuilty > pleaded guilty

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1124. THOMAS KENDRICK , stealing 6 3/4 lbs. weight of lead, value 1s. 1 1/2 d. the goods of Thomas Grace and another, his masters: to which he pleaded

GUILTY . Aged 58.— Confined Two Months.

10th June 1850
Reference Numbert18500610-1125
VerdictGuilty > pleaded guilty

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1125. THOMAS JAMES , feloniously receiving one locket, 2 brooches, and 1 cornelian heart, value 25s.; the goods of Sarah Caroline Osborne; and one purse, 6d.; the goods of Jane Osborne, knowing them to have been stolen: to which he pleaded

GUILTY . Aged 23.— Confined Twelve Months.

10th June 1850
Reference Numbert18500610-1126
VerdictsGuilty > pleaded guilty

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1126. MARY WEEMYSS , stealing 1 basket and 2 cloths; the goods of Thomas Gream, her master; also, embezzling 2l. 15s., his monies: to both of which she pleaded

GUILTY . Aged 36.— Confined Four Months.

10th June 1850
Reference Numbert18500610-1127
VerdictGuilty > pleaded guilty

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1127. HENRY JENKINS , stealing 1 wooden and glass-case, and 33 sets of artificial teeth, value 11l.; the goods of Richard Scott; having been before convicted: to which he pleaded

GUILTY . Aged 21.— Transported for Seven Years.

10th June 1850
Reference Numbert18500610-1128
VerdictGuilty > pleaded guilty

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1128. WILLIAM PICKETT , stealing 1 watch, 1 waistcoat, cap, 2 shirts, and other articles, value 7l. 5s.; the goods of George Bisson, in a vessel in a port, &c.: to which he pleaded

GUILTY . Aged 20.— Confined Six Months,

10th June 1850
Reference Numbert18500610-1129
VerdictGuilty > unknown
SentenceNo Punishment > sentence respited

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1129. SOPHIA HANCOCK , stealing 15 yards of cotton cloth, 1 frock, and other articles; the goods of Joseph Williams, her master: to which she pleaded

GUILTY. Aged 1l.— Judgment Respited.

10th June 1850
Reference Numbert18500610-1130
VerdictGuilty > pleaded guilty

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1130. JAMES MASON , stealing 2 pairs of scissors, value 4s.; the goods of William Henry Stanfield; 1 waistcoat, 6 pieces of cloth, and 1 oz. of silk, 3l. 16s.; the goods of John Carpenter, his master: to which he pleaded

GUILTY . Aged 26.— Confined Four Months.

10th June 1850
Reference Numbert18500610-1131
VerdictGuilty > pleaded guilty

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1131. ELIZABETH CHANDLER , stealing 2 sovereigns; the moneys of Benjamin Beedle Collins, her master: to which she pleaded

GUILTY . Aged 21.— Confined Twelve Months.

10th June 1850
Reference Numbert18500610-1132
VerdictsGuilty > pleaded guilty

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1132. THOMAS SCHOFIELD , embezzling 3l. 16s. 9d.; the moneys of Robert William Edwards, his master; also, stealing 3 half-crowns, 2 shillings, and 1 sixpence; the goods of Robert William Edwards, his master: to both of which he pleaded

GUILTY .— Confined Six Months.

10th June 1850
Reference Numbert18500610-1133
VerdictNot Guilty > unknown

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1133. GEORGE SMITH , burglariously breaking and entering the dwelling-house of Robert William Sievier, and stealing 4 candles, value 6d., his property; 3 tablecloths, 1l.; the goods of Robert Fennell; and 1 pair of skates, 1 pair of shoes, 1 snuff-box, and 1 pipe, 22s. 6d.; the goods of Robert Moir Sievier.

SARAH RUMENS . I am in the service of Robert William Sievier, of the

Old Manor-house, Holloway, in the parish of St. Mary, Islington—it is his dwelling-house. On 1st May I went to bed with ray fellow-servant, about a quarter-past eleven o'clock, leaving the fastenings all safe—both the bolts of the washhouse were fastened—that is connected with the house by a door leading into the kitchen, which was only latched—next morning my mistress came down first—I came down at a quarter to seven, and missed three tablecloths belonging to Mr. Robert Fennell, a pair of shoes, a pair of skates, and a snuff-box, belonging to Mr. Robert Moir Sievier, and some candles belonging to Mr. Sievier—I left a candlestick in the cupboard when I went to bed, and in the morning found it in the washhouse—these(produced) are the tablecloths, they are Mr. Fennells.

Prisoner. Q. How do you swear to them? A. By the name on them—the snuff-box had been in the kitchen cupboard about a week.

ROBERT FENNELL . I lodge at Mr. Sievier's; it is his residence—I swear to these tablecloths—they are marked in my father's writing.

THOMAS HUGHES . I am in the service of Mr. Harris, a pawnbroker, of Hackney-road. On 11th May the prisoner brought these two tablecloths and offered them in pledge—Mr. Harris took them of him, but not in pledge—he left the shop; the policeman followed him, brought him back, and then the tablecloths were given to the policeman.

HENRY GILLETT (policeman, N 383). On 11th May I received information from Hughes at Mr. Harris's shop, and about half a minute after, I saw the prisoner come from the side-door—directly he saw me he ran away—I ran after him, caught him, and said, "I want you for that carpet you pledged the other day"—he said, "I will come back with you"—he said nothing about the tablecloths—I took him back, and he was identified as having pledged the carpet, and the tablecloths were given me in the shop.

ANN ELIZA SIEVIES . I am the wife of Mr. Sievier. On 2nd May I was the first person up, and came down at twenty-five minutes to seven o'clock—I went out into the garden, where there is a sort of paling, a door in which I found propped open with the, washhouse 4oor, which had been taken entirely off its hinges.

Prisoner's Defence. A man in the Hackney-road asked me to pledge the carpet, and asked me to come on the Saturday, saying he would give me a job, and I then pledged these things; I did not know they were stolen.


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Reference Numbert18500610-1134
VerdictGuilty > unknown

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1134. GEORGE SMITH was again indicted for breaking and entering the dwelling-house of Peter Clark Blount, and stealing 25 yards of carpet, value 5l.; his property.

SOPHIA DICKER . I am in the service of Peter Clark Blount, of 5, Highbury-place—it is his dwelling-house. On the Wednesday before I went before the Magistrate, I went to bed at eleven o'clock—the cook went just before me—I left the house all fastened—some carpet was lying on a box under the store-room window, to which there were four iron bars; I put it there—there is a communication from that room into the kitchen—a person could draw anything out through the bars from the outside—I came down next morning at a quarter-past six, went into the knife-house in the yard, and there found two of the pieces of carpet—I then went and found the store-room window partly open, and missed four pieces of carpet—I have seen them since—these produced are them—I know them by the binding—they are Mr. Blount's property.

THOMAS HUGHES . The prisoner pledged these carpets with us on

Thursday, 9th May—we lent him 8s.—he came again on the Saturday, and I gave the carpet to the policeman.

HENRY GILLETT (policeman, N 383). On the Saturday I was talking to Mr. Hughes outside the shop—the prisoner saw me run, and I caught him, and told him I wanted him about the carpet—he said he would come—I searched him, and found three prayer-books, a wax candle, a box of lucifers, three knives, and a comb on him—Mr. Blount's house is in the parish of St. Mary, Islington.

Prisoner's Defence. I always carry the match-box to light my pipe with.

GUILTY . Aged 35.— Transported for Ten Years.

(There was another indictment against the prisoner.)

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Reference Numbert18500610-1135
VerdictGuilty > unknown

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1135. GEORGE JOSEPH STIFFELL was indicted for bigamy.

THOMAS STONE . I am superintendent-registrar of St. George's in the East. I produce a copy from the register-book, of a marriage solemnized at the office, on 14th March, 1844, between George Stiffell and Ellen Barratt, who were married in my presence—I have examined it with original entry, it is a correct copy—I cannot identify the parties—Thomas Green was one of the witnesses(read.)

THOMAS GREEN . I am a silk-weaver. I know the prisoner and Ellen Barratt—I was present at the registry-office when they were there, but never saw such a marriage in my life—there was no ring put on—it was quite different to my own marriage—I do not know whether I signed my name, it is so long ago—I saw them before the registrar, and something was done, but there was no ring—I do not know what has become of Barratt—I last saw her this day fortnight, at the police-office—I do not know whether they lived together as man and wife after I saw them at the registrar's-office—I lived a great distance from them.

WILLIAM CHARLES POTTER (policeman, K 212). I took the prisoner, and told him I wanted him for marrying two wives—he said he was married at the registrar's-office to the first, but there was no minister present.

SARAH VONSALTZEN . I am a bootbinder. I know the prisoner, and was present at his wedding with my daughter on 2nd July, 1849, at St. James the Great, Bethnal-green.

ANN VONSALTZEN . I am the last witness's daughter. I was married to the prisoner last July, at St. James the Great—he was a very good husband to me, and I have no fault to find.

Prisoner's Defence. The people at the workhouse gave me 5l. to to marry my first wife. I said at the office it would not do without the ring, and they said I could put that into my pocket.

GUILTY . Aged 31.— Confined Two Months.

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Reference Numbert18500610-1136
VerdictNot Guilty > unknown

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1136. JAMES BARNES , stealing 1 waistcoat, value 20s.; the goods of Harriet Barnes.

HARRIET BARNES . I am a widow. The prisoner is my son, and lived with me—on 8th June I spoke to him about a handkerchief, and in consequence went and looked for it in a drawer which I always keep locked—when I had it open he was standing close by me, and took a waistcoat out, and said he would have it, and I should never see it again—the waistcoat belonged to my husband, when he was alive—it was always locked in this drawer, and I kept the key of it—I told the prisoner he should not have it, and he said it was not mine, he had more right to it than I had—I told him if he took it out of the house I would charge the police with him—he went into the kitchen,

I followed him, and tried to get it from him—I had got hold of the waistcoat, and he put me on the floor, took a knife, and said if I did not let him take it out he would give me two inches of cold steel—he got it from me and ran out—I got a policeman, and he was taken—this is it(produced.)

WILLIAM MILLERMAN (policeman, B 95). I took the prisoner—I told him what for, and he laughed a t me—I found the waistcoat under his jacket.

Prisoner's Defence. My mother gave it me to sell with some old shoes.

COURT to MRS. BARNES. Q. Was it your husband's property? A. Yes—I did not take out letters of Administration—he had nothing for me to do it—there was no executor.


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Reference Numbert18500610-1137
VerdictGuilty > unknown

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1137. CHARLOTTE TUCKER , stealing one veil, value 6s.; the property of Catherine Plunkett, her mistress.

CATHERINE PLUNKETT . I am single, and live in Colson-street, Chelsea. The prisoner was in my service, and left last Tuesday week—while she was with me I missed a great many things, and among others a veil—it was in my rooms I am sure, but I do not know which—I last saw it in my bedroom while she was in the house—on 5th June, three or four days afterwards, I saw her about half-past nine o'clock, walking in Westbourne-street, with my veil on, and she tried to avoid me—I went up to her, and she was trying to hide it—I said, "You have my veil," and she called me a liar—I got her to go home with me—while she was living in the house she heard me speaking of having lost it—I am living upon my dependence.

JAMES LIGHT (policeman, B 128). On 5th June, about eleven o'clock at night, I was called, and the prisoner given into my custody—at the station she said the veil was hers, she bought it at a shop in the Fulham-road, opposite the cab-stand—first of all, she said she bought it a week before, and then the said six months.

Prisoner's Defence. She had to ask the lady of the house if this was her veil, and she said it was.

GUILTY . Aged 20.— Confined One Month.

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Reference Numbert18500610-1138
VerdictGuilty > unknown

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1138. JANE WINDSOR , stealing 1 necklace and snap, and 2 earrings, value 3l.; the goods of Elkin Hammelburgh, her master.

ELKIN HAMMELBURGH (through an interpreter.) I employed the prisoner half a day, as charwoman—I had a necklace and some earrings in a drawer in my room which was not locked—I missed them on the Saturday before 5th June—in consequence of what Margaret Rogers told me, I went in search of the prisoner, and gave her into custody—these articles(produced) are mine, and were in the drawer.

MARGARET ROGERS . I live in Gravel-lane, and know the prisoner—about two months ago she came to me, said she had an aunt who was dead, and she had pawned these beads and earrings to bury her, and would I buy the ticket—I said, "No"—she said they would be well worth my money—I asked her if she would go to the pawnbroker's with me, let me see them, and have my name put down—we went, and the pawnbroker would not let me see them unless I took them out—I went again, got them out by the ticket I had from the prisoner, and took them to the Clothes' Exchange to sell—I afterwards gave the beads to the policeman.

LEONARD WILSON . I am foreman to Mr. Savage, a pawnbroker in Whitechapel-road. I produce a pair of earrings, the ticket of which is dated 25th April—they must have been pledged before that—on that day two women came and looked at them, and I gave one of them a new ticket, bearing that date—this(produced by Hope) is it.

JOHN HOPE (policeman, H 3). The prisoner was given into my custody on 4th June—she said she picked them up on the stairs, and gave me the duplicate produced.

Prisoner. I found the earrings and necklace on the stairs, in a brown paper parcel, and being short of money I pledged them.

GUILTY . Aged 39.— Confined Six Months.

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Reference Numbert18500610-1139
VerdictGuilty > unknown; Not Guilty > unknown

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1139. JOHN BRYAN and CHARLES M'CARTHY , stealing 1 watch, value 2l.; the goods of Hans Anderson Sonnichson, in a vessel on the Thames: Bryan having been before convicted.

HANS ANDERSON SONNICHSON (through an interpreter.) I am mate of the Providentia, lying in the river. On 10th June I was on board taking cargo over, and saw Bryan come from a kind of roof we had on board, with my watch in his hand—I had seen it hanging up in my cabin five minutes before—there was another man with him who I cannot swear to, who went over the side into the Jacob Henry, which was lying alongside—I caught hold of Bryan, and he threw the watch overboard—it fell in the water.

GEORGE LOWRY SHAW . I am a Customs' officer, and was on board the Jacob Henry, heard a noise, came on deck, and saw two men on board the Providentia, which was lying alongside, struggling to escape—Bryant was one of them—I should know the other if I saw him; he is not one of these two—he made his escape across the Jacob Henry into a boat, and I think M'Carthy is one of the two who were in that boat—they rowed away with him immediately.

WILLIAM HUDSON (policeman, K 282). I took Bryant in custody on board the Providentia—I found him tied up—I asked what he was doing there—he said two men brought him in a boat, and hearing a row, they went on board the vessel, and they laid hold of him.

SONEN JANSON (through an interpreter.) I belong to the Providentia. I saw a person go over the Jacob Henry into a boat, and saw M'Carthy in the boat—I swear to him—I had seen him once, two or three days before.

EDWARD EVEREST (Thames-police inspector.) M'Carthy came to the police-station on 11th June—I took him on board the Providentia, and asked the men whether they knew him—they said he was one of the men in the boat.

M'Carthy. They did not understand him. Witness. They did; they spoke in broken English—he said they swore falsely.

RALPH FIELD THOMAS (Thames-policeman, 18). On the afternoon before I was before the Magistrate, I saw the prisoners on Shadwell Dock-bridge—they went towards Limehouse, towards where the Providentia was—I have seen them several times in a boat together, but not on that day—there were two others with them—it was from about half-past four to five o'clock.

Bryan's Defence. Two men asked me to give them a cast down; we went alongside the ship; the tall one went on board; I heard a row, went alter him, and they collared me.

M'Carthy's Defence. I went home at four o'clock, and was at home till seven next morning; two friends told me I was wanted at the police-court; I went, waited till the inspector came, and went on board the ship with him.

EDWARD EVEREST re-examined. I produce a certificate—(read—Patrick Bryant, convicted Jan, 1848, of stealing in a vessel; confined one month)—I was present—Bryan is the man.

BRYAN— GUILTY . Aged 19.— Transported for Seven Years.


10th June 1850
Reference Numbert18500610-1140
VerdictNot Guilty > unknown

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1140. PLEASANCE NEIL , stealing 1 10l. Bank-note, the property of Frances Biddulph, in the dwelling-house of George Hamilton, Marquess of Donegal.

FRANCES BIDDULPH . I am housemaid in the service of the Marquess of Donegal, at 67, Eaton-place. On Wednesday, 15th May, about half-past four o'clock, the prisoner came to drink tea with one of the other servants—I took her into my bedroom—she asked me for some lump-sugar, and I gave her the key of my drawer to get it—there was a 10l.-note in my memorandum-book in that drawer, which I had seen safe just before tea—on the following Friday I missed the note—the drawer had been kept locked, and I kept the key—I have not heard of or seen the note since—I do not know the number.

Cross-examined by MR. CLARKSON. Q. Is she not very young? A. Yes; no one else occupies the house but Lord Donegal—I do not know his lordship's name—if I wrote to him I should write "The Marquess of Donegal."

ELIZABETH FLATMAN . I am nursemaid in the same service. I remember the prisoner being there, and heard her ask Biddulph for some sugar—I afterwards saw her with Biddulph's board-wages book in her hand—she then put it into the drawer, and gave Biddulph the keys—she went away about half an hour after.

MICHAEL DUFFY (policeman, D 279). I met the prisoner in the Harrow-road, and told her I took her on suspicion of stealing a 10l.-note—she said, "You must be mistaken, for I have not seen Frances Biddulph since last Saturday week."

SARAH SMITH . I searched the prisoner, and found on her 2l. 1s. 10d.


10th June 1850
Reference Numbert18500610-1141
VerdictGuilty > unknown

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1141. MARGARET DAVIS , stealing 2 shillings; the moneys of Miceno Espantoso: 2 habit-shirts, 1 pair of scissors, and other articles, value 3s. 3d.; the goods of Antonio Vidal: 2 handkerchiefs, value 2s.; the goods of Antonio Berrayarza: 1 watch-key, value 5s.; the goods of Joseph Francisco Gavarrete: 1 handkerchief, and 1 watch-chain, value 3s.; the goods of Adelaide Pitman: and 2 collars, and other articles, value 3s. 1d.; the goods of Esther Pitman, her mistress.

JAMES BRAMNAN (police-inspector G.) On 1st June, between eight and nine o'clock, I went to 14, Finsbury-square, saw the prisoner there, and told her she was suspected of stealing some marked money—she opened her box with a key she took from her pocket, and I found a chain, a gold watch-key, some handkerchiefs, habit-shirts, and several articles of ladies' wearing apparel—(produced)—she said the handkerchiefs and habit-shirts were old things she had picked up to dust with.

Cross-examined by MR. O'BRIEN. Q. Where was her box? A. In the back kitchen—Mrs. Pitman's two daughters were present, looking over what I found—the prisoner was present all the time—she did not say anything about the chain and key.

JUANA VIDAL . I am the wife of Antonio Vidal, and live at my mother's, 14, Finsbury-square, which is an establishment for foreigners. These habit-shirts, scissors, gloves, and this cuff, are mine—I was present when they were taken from the prisoner's box—she was then in my mother's service, and had been so two months—the scissors I lost the first week she came into the house—the other things I saw safe a few days before, and they were gives the prisoner to wash.

Cross-examined. Q. Is there any mark on the scissors? A. Yes, the maker's name, "Jones"—they are very common—I made this collar—there

were two others, a maid and one man-servant, in the house—the prisoner used to help to wash—I had not inquired about the things—I had been absent a few days, and had not missed them—we received a good character with her.

ADELAIDE PITMAN . I am the daughter of Mrs. Pitman, of 14, Finsbury-square. This handkerchief, collar, and chain, are mine; and this other handkerchief and habit-shirt, my mother's—I was present when they were found in the prisoner's box.

Cross-examined. Q. Is it a lace collar? A. Yes; there is no mark on it—I think it is a gilt chain—we sometimes have a great many foreigners in the house.

ANTONIO BERRAYARZA . I lodge at Mrs. Pitman's. These two handkerchiefs are mine, my name is on them—I saw Brannan take them from the prisoner's trunk.

Cross-examined. Q. Had you missed them?A. No; I had given them out to be washed.

JOSEPH FRANCISCO GAVARRETE . I lodge in the same house. This key is mine—I do not know when I last saw it safe.

Cross-examined. Q. Were you examined before the Magistrate? A. No—I had another key in use—the ring of this one was lost, and I could not put it on my chain—I had used it about a month before, and then put it in my desk.

GUILTY . Aged 26.— Confined Six Months.

10th June 1850
Reference Numbert18500610-1142
VerdictGuilty > unknown; Guilty > unknown
SentenceTransportation; Transportation

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1142. GEORGE PETTIT and THOMAS FINCH , stealing 21 spoons, value 2l.; 18 10l.-notes, 31 sovereigns, and other moneys; the property of Jane Clark, in her dwelling-house: 2nd COUNT, charging Finch with receiving.—Finch having been before convicted.

MR. RIBTON conducted the Prosecution.

JANE CLARK . I am a widow, and keep the Alton ale-house, King-street, Hammersmith. On 6th May I had 254l. in a rosewood work-box, in a chest in my bedroom—there was also some silver spoons, pencil-cases, some trinkets, documents, leases, and insurance papers—I saw them safe at twelve o'clock in the day—about six, or half-past, I went up to put some money away, put the key into the door, and it opened without twisting it—the front of the chest was smashed in, and the work-box and its contents gone—it is my dwelling-house, and is m the parish of Hammersmith.

Cross-examined by MR. BALLANTINE. Q. Had you been out after you saw it safe? A. No—my husband died on 11th Nov., I think, 1844—I have seen a person of the name of William Chaffers; that is all I know about him—he is alive—I refuse to answer whether I was ever married to him—I have no husband but the one that is dead—I saw Chaffers this morning.

COURT. Q. Have you married Chaffers since 1844? A. I am not conscious of what I did for two or three years, but I have not been married to any one since 1844—I laboured under an aberration of mind, and cannot be accountable for what I did—they say I married Chaffers, I do not know whether I did—whatever I did, it was before 1844—I never lived m the same house with him—I married Clark in 1823—I did not know Chaffers before that, I was not in this part of the world—there has been a charge of bigamy against me, but it was dismissed—Chaffers made it.

JOHN DAVIS . I am a carpenter and builder, and live at Mrs. Clark's. I know both the prisoners—Pettit has worked for me—on 6th May, about five o'clock, he was having tea with me at the Alton ale-house—Mr. Henry Clark called him, and he went out—I waited a quarter of an hour for him, and another lodger came for the tea-pot—I went down to see for him, and saw

Finch by the tap-room door—I asked him if he had seen George—he said, "Why, he is just gone round the corner (he will be back in a minute) on a little business of mine; you go back and finish your tea"—I told him I did finished, but I wanted him to come and finish—I went towards the back yard, and met Pettit between the the tap-room and kitchen—I said, "George, what business have you with that apron on?"—he said he was going to the cellar for Harry Clark—I turned round to leave him, and my foot came in contact with a box tied in a handkerchief—I picked it up, and asked him what it was—he said, "I do not know, it does not belong to me"—I put it back again at his feet, left him, and he went and finished his tea.

JAMES AYRES . I am a shoemaker, and live at King-street, Hammersmith. I know the prisoners. On 6th May, about five o'clock, I saw Finch come out of the "Leaping Bar" yard, which is opposite to where I live, and adjoins the Alton ale-house—he had a bundle under his arm—I watched him as far as I could see him.

CHARLES JECKS (police-inspector, T). On 6th May, about half-past ten o'clock, in consequence of information, I found the prisoners together at the "Jolly Gardener's"—I told them they were charged with stealing a box, containing about 300l., from Mrs. Clark—they said they knew nothing about it—I took them to the station—the next morning Samuel Clark, a son of the prosecutrix, came to the station; Finch asked to see him—I brought him out, they conversed together, and in consequence of that information I accompained Finch to Dedman's-lane, where we found the box, some small articles, and loose papers, sunk under a bridge—he then said the money was buried in a meadow some distance off—he showed me the place—he said he knew the exact spot within a little—we came to the place, and could not find it—he did not say he buried it himself—I left two men to look about—I took Finch back, and told Pettit the box was found under the bridge—he said he knew nothing about the box, Finch stole it, and buried it, he could show where the money was buried within a yard or two—he said that in the presence of his brother, who is a policeman—we all there went to the outside of the meadow, and found the notes buried in one place, the spoons in another, and the sovereigns and some other articles at another.

Cross-examined. Q. Was there any reward offered? A. Yes, 10l. by the prosecutrix—I expect to get that if she pleases to give it—I did not dig the gold out myself, Hancock and Raven were with me—Pettit dug out the spoons himself.

JAMES BOWDEN (policeman, F 96). On 7th May, I accompanied Jecks to a ditch in Dedman's-lane—Finch pointed out the place where he said he had buried the box—I saw the top of the box swimming on the water, took it up, and found the bottom of the box at the bottom—I found a 2d.-piece, a silver knife and ring, and a mahogany box in it—about twenty yards further I picked up this purse, memorandum, licence of the house, and these papers (produced)—I was there when Pettit pointed out where the money and spoons were, and saw them dug up—the money was given up to Mrs. Clark, at the Court.

JANE CLARK re-examined. This is my box, and the one that contained the money—these spoons and all this property is mine, and were in the box on 6th May—I have not recovered everything.

HENRY RICHARD CLARK . I am a son of the prosecutrix. I did not give Pettit any authority to go down to the cellar, or to have my apron on.

(Finch put in a written defence, stating that Pettit asked him to carry the box, that about half a mile up Dedman's-lane he took it from him, walked twenty or

thirty yards on, took the contents out, threw the box into a ditch, and tried to sink it; that a quarter of a mile from there he gave him 3s., and told him to met him that night at the Jolly Gardeners; after he left him he saw him kicking close to the edge, but had no suspicion that any robbery had been committed, and he was intoxicated at the time.)

GEORGE WILSON (policeman, R 19). I produce a certificate of Finch's conviction—(read—Convicted on his own confession, July, 1847—confined one year)—I was present—he is the person.

PETTIT— GUILTY . Aged 27.— Transported for Seven Years.

FINCH— GUILTY on 2nd Count. Aged 45.— Transported for Ten Years.

10th June 1850
Reference Numbert18500610-1143
VerdictGuilty > pleaded guilty

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1143. GEORGE GOWER , stealing 3lbs. 4ozs. weight of silk, value 3l.; the goods of Charles Henry Drevon, his master: to which he pleaded

GUILTY. Aged 33.—Recommended to mercy by the Prosecutor, — Confined

Three Months.

NEW COURT.—Saturday, June 15th, 1850.


Before Mr. Common Serjeant and the Sixth Jury.

10th June 1850
Reference Numbert18500610-1144
VerdictGuilty > unknown; Not Guilty > unknown

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1144. SUSANNAH BREESON and JOHANNA WILLIAMS , stealing 3 5l. bank-notes, and 3 sovereigns; the property of George Tait, from his person.

GEORGE TAIT . I am boatswain of the ship Manchester. I received four 5l.-notes and two sovereigns, on board the ship, on Slat May, about one o'clock—I rolled them up, and put them into my watch-fob—I went on shore," and met Williams at the White Hart, between two and three—I went home with her to where Breeson lives, and her family—I saw Breeson and Williams there—I went with them both to a pawnbroker's—Breeson said she had a monkey-jacket there to sell—I took out my four 5l.-notes there—I changed one of them, rolled the rest up, and put them into my fob again—the prisoners were present—we went back to the White Hart—I had a glass of rum and two glasses of wine there—I sat down—the prisoners were one on each side of me—I got stupified—I came to myself at half-past six—the prisoners were gone—I went to see a friend, and found all my money was gone; my fob was turned inside out—I went back to the White Hart, and made inquiries—I then went to Breeson's, and did not find her—I stopped there till half-past twelve at night—neither she nor Williams came—I went to the police, and they told me to go the next morning to the ship, and get the numbers of the notes.

Cross-examined by MR. O'BRIEN. Q. What drink had you had? A. Only one glass of rum—I had met Williams before I bad it—I treated her with one glass; 1 treated no other woman—I did not change a 5l.-note at the White Hart—I had the two sovereigns when I changed the note—when I went to Breeson's I had two cups of tea; I had no nun there; I might have had a glass, of gin; I did not have two or three glasses—I did not send out for any; they treated me—I did not order gin—I gave Breeson half-a-crown—I then went to the pawnbroker's, and purchased this monkey-jacket—I paid 1l. for it—I might have had money enough for that without changing the note, but it is handy to have change—I went next morning to the pawnbroker's, and got the number of the note—I do not know what time,

between four and eight o'clock, I lost my money—I was in no other places—I felt it while I was sitting at the White Hart, to see that it was correct, after coming from the pawnbroker's—I had one glass of rum there, and two glasses of wine—the prisoners had the same—the mistress of the White Hart brought it, and I paid her—I slept an hour, or an hour and a half, at the bar—I sat with my bead back against the wall—every person coming in would go to the bar—when I awoke there was no one outside the bar—the mistress was in the bar—I asked her if my clothes were safe—she said they were—they were inside the bar—I did not take anything when I awoke—my loose money was in my trowsers-pocket, and my other money in my fob.

WILLIAM CHARLES POTTER (policeman, K 212). On 3rd June I went to Breeson's house—I found her dressed on the bed, in the bottom room—Williams came down-stairs—I told Breeson I wanted her for robbing a man of three 5l.-notes and two sovereigns—she said she knew nothing about it—she said she bad got no notes, but the girl had—I took both the prisoners to the station.

MARY DOUGLASS . I am the wife of a policeman. The prisoners were brought to the station—I asked Breeson if she had got anything about her—she said, "No"—I found on her this 5l.-note and 9s. in this little box—she told me not to let anybody see the box—I found nothing on Williams.

EDWARD SMYTHE . I am cashier at Messrs. Barnett, Hoare, and Company's Bank. This 5l.-note is part of a number of notes which I paid for a check of 200l. to a clerk of Messrs. Gibbs and Son, merchants, in Bishopsgate-street, on 31st May—it was payable to the ship Manchester, for wages.

Cross-examined. Q. How do you know it was one of the notes? A. I entered the numbers and dates in the waste-book; it is not here—this is a memorandum of my entry, in my own writing, copied from the waste-book—the number of the note is 2184—I looked at the book before I went to the police-office—I only know it by the entry made in the book.

BERNARD GEORGE BOONE . I am clerk to Gibbs and Son. I got some notes from Messrs. Hoare and Company's on 31st May—I tied them up in a bundle and sent them by a messenger named Angell, who is not here, to take to Mr. Auther.

WILLIAM HENRY AUTHER . I am shipping-clerk to Messrs. Gibbs and Son. On 31st May I received some notes from Angell—I paid them away—I cannot swear as to the numbers of them—I paid some to the prosecutor—to the best of my belief I paid him four 5l.-notes—I am sure I paid him some notes, and two sovereigns, from the circumstance of his wages amounting to exactly 22l.

BREESON— GUILTY .†Aged 41.— Confined Twelve Months.


10th June 1850
Reference Numbert18500610-1145
VerdictGuilty > unknown

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1145. JOHN CLARK , stealing 1 pair of boots, and 1 pair of slippers, value 9s.; the goods of James Towers.

JOHN RAWS . I am shopman to James Towers. The prisoner came on 7th June—he said he was recommended there to buy a pair of boots—he chose a pair of boots and a pair of slippers—he ordered them to be sent to 8, Craven-buildings, Drury-lane, in a quarter of an hour, and he would pay for them—I sent them by Johnson, who was not to leave them without the money—these are them—they are my master's.

SAMUEL JOHNSON . I am errand-boy to Mr. Towers. I had these boots and slippers to take to 8, Craven-buildings—half-way up Craven-buildings I met the prisoner—he said I was late—I said I was, we were busy—he gave

me half-a-sovereign in a paper, and told me to take it to my governor, and he would call for the shilling—I let him have the boots and slippers—when he had turned round I took the half-sovereign out of the paper and bent it double—the gilt came off on my fingers, and it looked white—he was then just gone—I ran after him, and hallooed "Stop thief!"—he ran, and was stopped in the New Inn—I had kept the half-sovereign in my hand—I dropped it in the New Inn—the prisoner stooped—I do not know whether he picked it up or not, but when he got up he put his hand to his mouth.

Prisoner. One officer had got one of my hands, and the other the other; I could not stoop; I gave you the half-sovereign, and I never saw any more of it.

WILLIAM REGAN . I am a porter, at the New Inn. About five o'clock on the evening of 7th June, I saw the prisoner running through the Inn, with six or seven persons after him, calling "Stop thief!"—he had these boots and slippers under his arm—I stopped him—Johnson came up, and I saw a half-sovereign fall from his hand in the scuffle—the prisoner stooped and took; up something, and put his hand to his mouth.

WILLIAM BLADEN (police-sergeant, F 17). I found the prisoner in custody—I took him to the station—I asked him his address—he said, "John Clark, 9, Great Earl-street, Seven Dials"—I went to 8, Craven-buildings—I found no John Clark known there, nor at 9, Great Earl-street.

Prisoner's Defence. A friend asked me to buy him a pair of boots as what fitted me would fit him; the boy told me to give him the half-sovereign; he then ran off, and I was running after him.

GUILTY . Aged 19.— Confined Four Months.

10th June 1850
Reference Numbert18500610-1146
VerdictGuilty > unknown

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1146. JOHN KETTLE , stealing 3 coats, 2 pairs of trowsers, 1 waist-coat, and 1 handkerchief, value 2l. 5s.; the goods of John Philip Waecick; having been before convicted.

JOHN PHILIP WAECICK . I live in Limehouse-causeway, in the same room with the prisoner—I generally kept my box of clothes under the bed, I kept it locked—on 13th May I missed from it the articles stated—I had seen them there a week or ten days before—the box-lid appears to have been raised from the screws—these trowsers, waistcoat, and handkerchief (produced) are mine—they were in my box.

Prisoner. Q. Did not you ask me if I had been lei in for any money? A. Yes

WILLIAM OGILVIE . I am a pawnbroker, of High-street, Poplar. I produce these trowsers, waistcoat, and handkerchief, which the prisoner pledged with me on Saturday, 11th May—I knew him before—he took a brown coat out of pawn at the same time.

THOMAS WATKINS (policeman, K 310). I took the prisoner—I asked him whether he did not sell a ticket for some clothes—he said, "Don't ask me now, ask me to-morrow."

Prisoner's Defence. A person whom I had lent 2s. to, met me; he had a bundle of things, which he asked me to pledge, and said he would pay me and give me the ticket; I pledged them; if I had stolen them I should not have pawned them where I had been known for six years.

JAMES HARMS , (policeman, K 21). I produce a certificate of the prisoner's conviction—(read—Convicted June, 1845, and confined three months)—I was present—he is the person.

GUILTY . Aged 25.— Confined Twelve Months.

10th June 1850
Reference Numbert18500610-1147
VerdictGuilty > unknown

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1147. WILLIAM HACK , breaking and entering the dwelling-house of Theophilus Murcott, and stealing therein 8 guns, and 15 penknives, value 22l. 6s.; his goods.

MR. CAARTEEN conducted the Prosecution.

JONATHAN MURCOTT . My brother Theophilus is a wholesale ironmonger, of Oxford-street, in the parish of St. George's, Bloomsbury. I manage his business for him, and generally sleep on the premises—on 8th May, about nine o'clock at night, 1 went home, opened the warehouse-door with my key, shut the door, and went towards the counting-house—I lighted a candle, and as I passed the end of the counter, saw the prisoner concealed under it—he sprang up—I asked him what he was there for—he said he was let in by a party who told him to carry out that bundle which was on the counter—I found it contained eight guns, my brother's property, which were in the window when I left—I asked him if he bad anything else—he said, "Some pen-knives," and put fifteen-out of his pocket, which had been in the desk in the counting-house, which was shut but not locked—every thing in it had been turned over—in about ten minutes I heard a voice outside say, "Are you ready"—I did not go to the door—I sent for a policeman—I saw a skeletal key on the counter, with a piece broken off it—I tried it in the policeman's presence, and it threw back the bolt, but feeling some obstacle in the lock, I took it off and found this piece of the key in it—the property is worth 22l. 6s.

Cross-examined by MR. O'BRIEN. Q. Is the warehouse separate from the shop? A. Yes; but it is under the same roof as the house—I travel sometimes—I was sleeping there that night—no one else was there—the shop was closed at twenty minutes to eight that night, sooner than usual—the prisoner described the person who had let him in, but I could not fix upon any one to suspect—the place was dark—the prisoner may have had a light, but the light from the fan-light would be sufficient—he remained upwards of an hour before the policeman came—I had been in the warehouse all day—I had been out an hour and a half—I left ten minutes before the shop closed, leaving a man there—the door was open then.

CHARLES DENHAM LANGHAM (policeman, E 168). I was on my beat, and took the prisoner—I produce two out of eight guns which I found on the counter, also this crowbar, skeleton-keys, and some matches—one of the skeleton-keys opens the door—it was broken before Mr. Murcott tried it—I saw him take this piece from the lock—it fits the broken part of the key—the crowbar bad not been used.

Cross-examined. Q. The door was open when you went? A. No; Mr. Murcott was outside—he opened it with his own key.

Prisoner. The prosecutor said he believed his own man let me in.

MR. MURCOTT re-examined. I did not say so, I said, "You have given a description of my own man"—he has been eight years in my brother's service—we are certain he is not the man—his name it Waterman—it is his duty to fasten up—he is still in the employ.)

(Richard Freeman, keeper of the Blenheim Hotel, Bond-street, gave the prisoner a good character.)

GUILTY . Aged 24.— Transported for Seven Years.

10th June 1850
Reference Numbert18500610-1148
VerdictGuilty > with recommendation

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1148. GEORGE STEVEN DAVIS , stealing 12 metal taps, 75 metal castings, and other articles, value 6l. 3s.; the goods of Charles Botten. 2nd COUNT, for receiving.

MR. ROBINSON conducted the Prosecution.

GEORGE CLAPP . I am servant to Mr. Phillips, of Lower Rosoman-street,

Clerkenwell, a brass-founder. By his directions, on 16th March, I went to the prisoner's house; he is a marine-store-dealer in Compton-street—I asked him if he had any old metal—he said, "Yes, I have a little, and I have some castings in the cellar; I suppose they will do as well as the other"—I said I would take them—he looked up a little metal from a barrel behind the counter and weighed it—it was 41lbs.—I bought it at 6d. a pound, and took it to my master—I went again on the 20th, and asked the prisoner if he had any old metal—he said, "No, but I have some more of those castings"—I said, "Very well, I will take them"—he produced them from under the counter in a bag—I bought them at 6d. a pound, the price of old metal—the value of them as castings is 11d. or 1s. a pound—when they were in the scale he said if be had a lathe, as they were all good castings, he would use the best part of them himself—I took them to say master, and went again on the 23rd, and asked if he had any old metal—he said, "Yes, I have a little, and a very little; I have a few more eastings in the cellar"—he brought them up in a bag, and produced some more from behind a barrel—I asked whether he bought them at borne or out—he said it would not do to buy them at home; he should think there was something wrong—I asked when he should have any more—he said the beginning of the week—I bought them, and took them to my matter in the same way—on Wednesday, 1st May, between seven and eight in the evening, I went to the prisoner, and asked him if be had any old metal—he said, "No, I have not; I have been to a man in Gray's-inn-lane for some; but I would not buy them because I did not like to bring them along the street at night," but he would go the first thing in the morning and tee if he could buy them.

Cross-examined by MR. PAYNE. Q. He made no concealment of them? A. No, he told them quite openly—it is an open shop—he knew me by our being shopmates four years ago—he knew I came from Mr. Phillips—it would not be possible to alter the appearance of the castings without turning or filling them—I put them in a bag in the counting-house—they were there till my master turned them out—the first lot were in the bag from Saturday night to Tuesday morning—there were five persons about.

FREDERICK GEORGE UNDERHAY . I am in the service of Mr. Botten, a brass-founder of Clerkenwell. This last lot of castings are hit—I was in communication with Mr. Phillips—these are not things which we are in the habit of selling—they are east ready for finishing, but we do not sell them till they are finished—no one in the house would have authority to sell them without Mr. Botten's or my sanction—I never gave any sanction—the weight of the whole that it produced it 77 lbs.—they are worth about 11d. per lb.—this second lot weighs 20 lbs—I marked several of these in the third lot—I find some which I had marked on 21st, and found on 23rd at Mr. Phillips's—I marked them with a very small punch(produced) and left them in the warehouse—I have made this scratch to show where the punch-mark was—some of them have Mr. Botteen's mark in fully "I.N.C.H."—I swear they are Mr. Botten's.

Cross-examined. Q. Can you recognise them at having been in Mr. Botten's warehouse? A. Yes, here are some which are not marked, but which I know by various peculiarities—they have never been sold.

CHARLES BOTTEN . I am an engineer and brass-founder—I have no doubt that this metal belongs to me—I never gave anybody authority to tell it—I never sell anything till finished.

Cross-examined. Q. Can you tell how it got out your possession? A. No—I have about fifty persons in my employ—Underhay was my foreman,

and is still—I have discharged one warehouseman—the property could not have got out without being stolen.

JOSEPH' PHILLIPS . I am the master of Clapp—he produced the casting to me—immediately I saw the first lot I was certain they were Mr. Botten's by the peculiar mark—I wrote to him, and he came and recognized them—I kept them distinct from the second and third lots—I delivered, them to the Officer.

Cross-examined. Q. You did not examine the Hag till the Tuesday? A. No, it was left in my counting-house, which is always locked except when I go in—I keep the key—no one goes in without me.

JOHN GUNN (policeman, G 8). On 8th May I went to the prisoner's house with Mr. Botten, Underhay, and another gentleman—he was behind the counter—Underhay produced three or four castings, and asked him whether he knew anything of those castings—he said, "Certainly not"—Mr. Botten said, "Don't be in a hurry; have you sold any of those castings? have they gone through your hands?"—he said, no, he never saw any of them at all—I was in plain clothes—I said, "I am an officer; if any one has said they bought those castings of you, they are telling a falsehood?"—he said "Yes, I have been in the line myself, and would not buy such castings; I should know they were stolen"—at the station he said be bought them of a marine-store dealer named Pole, of White-hart-yard, near Drury-lane.

Cross-examined. Q. Who was present when he said that? A. Underhay and Mr. Botten, but I don't know whether they were near enough to hear—Underhay produced three or four metal castings at the counter, and Davis looked at them some time, and said he had not seen them, and would not buy such.

(The prisoner received a good character.)

GUILTY of receiving.—Strongly recommended to mercy by the Jury. — Confined

Twelve Months.

THIRD COURT.—Saturday, June 15th, 1850.



Before Russell Gurney, Esq., and the Second Jury.

10th June 1850
Reference Numbert18500610-1149
VerdictNot Guilty > unknown

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1149. MORTIMER KEALY , unlawfully obtaining, by false pretences, 400 yards of silk, 20,000 yards of linen and cotton cloth, and 10,000 yards of woollen cloth, value 400l.; the goods of William White and others, with intent to cheat and defraud them of the same.

MESSRS. CLARKSON and BALLANTINE conducted the Prosecution.

WILLIAM WHITE, JUN . I am a partner in the firm of White and Co., of Cheapside, warehousemen—there are three partners—on 30th April, I believe, 1849, the prisoner came to our premises, and selected some goods—he had previously opened an account with us, and given us references to houses in Manchester and Bradford, on the strength of which we bad agreed to trust him to the extent of 100l., and had entrusted him with some portion—on 30th April he selected to the amount of 150l. or thereabouts—we should not have allowed that amount of goods to leave our premises on the Manchester recommendation, but he made this statement, which I wrote down immediately he left the counting-house, that he belonged to the firm of Kealy and Co., of Galway; that there were three brothers in the firm; that they began business five years previously with 1,500l., and that at that time they had a stock of

2,500l., all paid for, within 200l.—upon that, I allowed the goods to be removed—they were 400 yards of silk, some yards of long cloth, and some yards of woollen cloth—I made an arrangement with him that he was not to have the usual term of credit (four months) because it was a larger parcel than usual for that term of credit—he was to pay it by instalments, and before the term of credit expired—he agreed to pay by instalments—in Nov., we received a communication from Manchester—we had then received 80l. from him on account of that parcel—we had received money for the parcel which was purchased on the reference previously—I next saw him on the day before he was given in custody, about a fortnight ago, at Messrs. Spence, Baggallay, and Co.'s, silk warehousemen—he came again on 10th May this year—he was talking to my father, and when I went up, my father was saying to him, "How can you expect us to assist you, when you behaved to us in the way you have, in getting you a situation"—I said, "When you were here last, you made a statement that you began business with your two brothers with 500l. a-piece," and I was about to recapitulate the whole statement, but he stopped me, and said, "I know I did"—I asked him if it was true—he said, "No, it is false; but it is no use kicking up a row about it"—I ordered him out—I afterwards saw him at Spence and Baggallay's, and gave him in custody—I can tell the amounts we actually received, by referring to this statement, which I have copied from our books—(looking at it) there are four payments of 20l. each on account of the goods purchased on 30th April, and one payment of 39l. 4s. on account of the first purchase from the Watling-street warehouse, which is a branch of our establishment—it appears from this account that there was 63l.-worth more obtained from Watling-street on 3rd and 4th May, which have not been paid for at all, leaving a balance of 182l. against him.

Cross-examined by MR. PARRY. Q. You took the memorandum at the time, and without that you would not have parted with the goods? A. Certainly not; I have never said I parted with the last goods on the references—the first payment of 20l. was on 30th Jane—there was another payment on 20th Aug.—I was obliged to write to him several times between each—the third was on Sept. 15th—I used to write when I thought there was a chance of getting another payment—I dare say I had written on the 10th—the fourth payment of 20l. was on 10th October—I suppose I had written five letters from the beginning to the end, perhaps only four—that is what I call writing several times—I believe the references at Manchester and Bradford were to respectable firms—we supplied 73l.-worth on the references, and were prepared to trust him 100l.—without those references, I should not have taken the statement he made me; I should not have believed what he said if we had not known him before—on 16th June he sent us a sum of 39l. 4s., besides the 20l. on the 30th—a communication was made us in Nov., and an accountant was sent to Galway as soon as he ascertained the state of the prisoner's affairs, he communicated the result, and we accepted, in common with the other creditors, a compensation of ten shillings in the pound, to be be paid by three instalments of 3s. 4d. in the pound—we have not received one of them—one is due, and of that he has tendered 2s. 10d. in the pound, wishing the creditors to accept that—he sent the amount to Mr. Hunt, of Manchester, who is the accountant, and he sent it to us, and we have received it, but not placed it to his credit in our books—we have not accepted it—we have some of the other creditors' money as well—we hold it in suspense—I do not know how much it is—it is 2s. 10d. on 180l.—we hold it in suspense at our bankers—we draw upon our bankers—I do not know how much we hold of

the other creditors' money, it may be 30l. or 40l. besides our own—our firm is White, Son, and Co., at Cheapside—the firm is my father, myself, and another gentleman, and at Watling-street, my father, myself, and Mr. Dear—the "Company" represents a different person at Cheapside to what it does at Watling-street—in point of fact they are not the same firm—the final instalment is secured to all the creditors, as it invariably is—I cannot say whether the second is or not—I do not know that the prisoner has sent over 160l. odd to meet the first instalment—we have the proportion of 2s. 10d. on all the London debts in our hands, and of course money has been sent over for the Manchester creditors—we should receive altogether 91l.—Mr. Ald. Gibbs did not return this case, but said we might go before the Grand Jury—when the prisoner came on 3rd May, he sent back 32l.-worth which did not nit him, of the goods he had on the references, but not before he got the others away—all he obtained on the references has been balanced up—I was annoyed at the prisoner's conduct this May—I did not say 1 would ruin him in the London market—I said I should certainly stop his credit if I could, if I found he was trying to get it; we lost our money, and I should prevent other people losing theirs—I do not know that he offered to return the goods, if he did, It would be only a figure of speech with him—I swear he did not make me such an offer when I first pressed him for payment in May 1849.

MR. BALLANTINE. Q. Is your's the house in Cheapside that used to trade in the name of White, Green well, and Co.? A. Yes; when the partnership expired, Mr. Green well's name was taken out of the firm—it is now my father, myself, and Mr. Collins—Mr. Dear receives profit from the Watling-street business, but not from the Cheapside—we did not know before we accepted the compensation, that the prisoner bad been bankrupt—before we received the compensation, 1 dare say I knew of the bill to his sister—besides the money received, there are still two instalments to be paid—the goods we parted with were worth 182l.

CHARLES DEAR . I am a partner in the firm of White, Son, and Co., of Watling-street. In March 1849, we supplied the prisoner with goods to the Amount of 73l. 13s. 2d., and on 1st or 3rd May, 57l. 6s. 3d.—by the payment of the 39l. 4s. and 32l. 13s. 6d. returned of the first lot, that account was balanced with the exception of two items of discount and a wrapper.

HENRY MUNTON . I am clerk to Mr. Hunt, of Manchester, accountant Last Nov. I went to Gal way on behalf of the prisoner's creditors—the prisoner went with me, and in the course of conversation he told me he had been bankrupt in 1845, and that his sister had a claim against him, for which fix held a promissory-note for 863l., which he had given her in Jan. 1849—after much pressing, he gave me the note to take a copy of—I took a copy of it, and also of the date and stamp—I have the copy here—I gave him back the note—(MR. KERR here proved the service of a copy of a notice on the prisoner and his attorney, to produce a promissory-note, dated Galway, 16th Jan. 1849, for 863l., payable to Margaret Kealy or order. The COURT was of opinion that the copy could not be admitted)—he told me the note was for 863l., and given in Jan. 1849—I asked him why he had possession of it—he said, "To take care of it," or words to that effect—I noticed the stamp, and he asked me what I was taking down the numbers on the stamp for—I avoided the question, answering that It was merely to show the creditors it was a legal document—he told me he was insolvent, and could not meet his demands—that his brothers were not partners at all, but they claimed for salary, and but stock was a very bad one—he did not say what he thought it was worth, but he told me he thought I had taken it too high—(I had taken it at 1,221l. and

some odd shillings)—he said he bought it from his sister for 863l., who bought it from the assignees under the bankruptcy of 1845 for 500l.—(I have a copy of the assignees' receipt to Margaret Kealy)—I requested to know why he gave her that sum—he said he considered it worth that—I ascertained he had twenty-six creditors, and liabilities amounting to 1,095l. 9s. 6d.—his sister was put down at 863l., but I told him we could not allow that, and I put hef down at 500l.

Cross-examined by MR. PARRY. Q. Was his sister's debt taken into consideration in the balance-sheet? A. Yes, at 500l.—if I lent 500l. from 1845 to 1849, I should want interest for it; but she had been living on the property with him—there were no debts for horses, carriages, wines, or other extravagances; there were no other debts at all—I laid a statement before all the creditors, and, among them, White and Co.—a final arrangement was made that be should pay 10s. in the pound, besides the expenses—each instalment was to be 3s. 4d.—part of one is paid—Messrs. White are secured as to their third instalment—all the creditors have not that security—they did not all aceept tke instalment; all that did, have the security—2s. 10d. has been paid to all that accepted it—we have had a bill from the prisoner for 185l. to meet the first instalment, but he deducted a bill from that; it was about 140l. or 150l.; I cannot tell without referring—(referring) it was 141l., in March, 1850—this is what my employer wrote to Messrs. White—he afterwards sent two 10l. notes to pay our expenses.

MR. BALLANTINE. Q. Had you before that communicated to Messrs. White that he bad been bankrupt? A. I do not know that I bad; I never saw them till this last proceeding.

WILLIAM WHITE, SEN . I am the head of the firm. At the time we agreed to accept the compensation, we did not know the prisoner had been bankrupt in Ireland.

Cross-examined by MR. PARRY. Q. Did this matter const under your personal cognizance? A. Yes; generally speaking, I have cognizance of all that transpires—we received communications from Manchester, and were aware that Mr. Muntou was making inquiries at Galway—my son and Mr. Collins are my partners—Mr. Collins takes an active part.

THOMAS FITZGERALLD . I am a solicitor, of Dublin. I was solicitor to the fiat against Mortimer Kealy, and produce the original commission and proceedings under it; they have always been in my custody—had he obtained his certificate, there would be a special memorandum to that effect—I have looked through them, and there is no such memorandum—From my knowledge of matters there, I am able to say he is uncertificated—I produce the schedule and balance-sheet, signed by the prisoner—the balance-sheet commences Jan., 1843, and professes to give an account from that time to the bankruptcy—he states in list "G," "1st Jan., 1843; I had at this time 1,000l. stock, hut I owed as much"—"1st May, 1845; average profits of business to this period, 700l."—that is gross profits for the whole time—"Total expenses, 1,523l."—that is the substance of the balance-sheet.

Cross-examined by MR. PARRY. Q. At that time was not a bankrupt entirely at the mercy of his creditors? A. He could not obtain his certificate without the sanction of four-fifths of the creditors; and after six months, of two-thirds—if the creditors would not sign, he could not obtain it—it was not according to the judgment of the Commissioner, he had no power to act until he had the consent of the creditors—if there had been a memorandum of the creditors, it would have been my duty to prepare it, for the Commissioner to sign and it would be here.

MR. BALLANTINE. Q. Is there any special memorandum of these proceedings by the Commissioner? A. Yes, one at the commencement, and one when the prisoner passed his final examination—it is dated 12th Sept., 1845—I was then present, and the prisoner also—it was not read out in his presence—it was a memorandum of the Commissioner's, after the proceeding had taken place.—(This teas not read, the COURT not considering it evidence.)


10th June 1850
Reference Numbert18500610-1150
VerdictGuilty > unknown
SentenceNo Punishment > sentence respited

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1150. MORTIMER KEALY was again indicted for unlawfully, by false pretences made to John Baggallay and others, attempting to obtain from the said John Baggallay and others 1,000 yards of silk, and other goods, value 80l.; their goods; with intent to cheat, &c.

MESSRS. CLARKSON and BALLANTINE conducted the Prosecution.

JOHN BAGGALLAY . I am a member of the firm of Spence, Baggallay, and Co., warehousemen, of Wood-street, Cheapside; there are four partners. On Friday, 10th May, the prisoner called on us, and again on the 11th—I saw him on the 11th—(I had heard what he had called about)—I requested him to go with me to a private room—I put a great many questions to him which I cannot repeat now—he told me I might go to Welsh and Margetson's, and I should hear such an account as would lead me to let him have goods—I told him a person of his name had been bankrupt or insolvent—he replied, that was his sister—I asked him to write down the name of the present firm in Galway, and I wrote in pencil from his dictation—it is almost obliterated now (produced)—I wrote "Mortimer, Thomas and Michael;" and "Kealey and Co., Galway" he wrote himself—he told me they had a balance of 2,000l. and upwards in their favour—he stated that once or twice—he had previously looked out goods to the amount of about 80l.—while I was in communication with him, Mr. White, jun. came in, and gave him into custody.

Cross-examined by MR. PARRY. Q. Did he, among others, refer you to White and Co.? A. No, he did not mention their names—he told me he had no account in London, except at Welsh and Margetson's—he offered to pay for the goods, if I would not let him have credit—I do not know whether there was 60l. found on him; there was some money.

MR. BALLANTINE. Q. What part of the conversation was it that he said that about paying? A. After Mr. White came and called me out of the room—that was the first time he had spoken about it—he had applied for goods on credit.

COURT. Q. Did the prisoner see Mr. White? A. He did—he came into the room and called me out—all the rest had taken place before.

HENRY THOMPSON . I am in the service of Welsh and Margeston, ware-houseman, of Cheapside—I know the prisoner by frequently seeing him at our premises—he was in the house frequently and I did not see him—on 7th May I heard him make the statement to Mr. Price, one of the partners, which I copied into this reference book directly he left the place—(reads) "Mr. Kealey states, that at their stock-taking in January, their balance was upwards of 2,000l., having been in business five years, and cleared about 200l. per annum over and above their expenses"—Baggallay and Co. applied to us, and I communicated that to them.

Cross-examined by MR. PARRY. Q. When did Baggallay and Co. apply to you? A. Within a day or so—he had got goods of us before, and paid for them, in one case—he began to deal with us in Oct. 1849—for those he accepted a bill for 16l. or 26l., which was paid two months after it became due; and there is another bill due the 4th of next month for 50l.—when we

first dealt with him, we made inquiries of Dent, Allcroft, and Co., which induced us to send the goods—there is rather more than 100l. owing to us altogether.

MR. BALLANTINE. Q. You have a bill accepted by the prisoner for 50l., and there is 50l.-worth of goods without any security? A. Yes—and the last 50l.-worth were obtained on the 30th April, and sent off within a day or two.

THOMAS FITZGERALD . I was solicitor under the Commission of Bankruptcy in Dublin. I produce the proceedings, of which I have had the charge.

MR. PARRY. Q. Are they enrolled? A. One document is, the certificate of the appointment of assignees, and is entered on record, and has the office mark on it—I am not a deputy of the Court of Bankruptcy, merely a private solicitor—this is an entry of the Court—"Enrolled 11th July, 1845"—there is no other portion enrolled or entered on record.

MR. BALLANTINE. Q. Have you the schedule? A. Yes; that is not enrolled, it never is—I know the prisoner's writing, each page is signed by him—I was present when the oath was administered to him, and he swore to the accuracy of the account—these documents have been in my custody ever since.

MR. PARRY. Q. You say he was sworn to the truth of the schedule? A. Yes; and here is an affidavit of the fact on the schedule—he was under examination at the time, and asked the usual questions.

COURT. Q. Are the entries on the schedule answers to questions? A. He was merely sworn that he had read it over, and that the contents were true—sometimes the schedule is signed in Court, and sometimes before—I do not recollect how this was—(MR. PARRY contended that the statement was not admissable, as it was made under a compulsory process; but the COURT did not see any ground for rejecting the evidence)—he signs it before he swears to it—the correct practice is to sign it before handing it to us, which ought to be ten days before the examination—(The rest of the evidence of this witness was taken as in the last case.)

HENRY MUNTON . I am clerk to Mr. Hunt, an accountant, and was employed for certain creditors to look into the prisoner's affairs—on the journey to Galway he told me had been bankrupt in 1845, was then insolvent, and his sister Margaret held a promissory-note for 863l. against the estate—I ultimately, on the part of the creditors, made an arrangement that he should pay 10s. in the pound—on 10th May, 1850, 370l. odd of that remained unpaid—the Manchester creditors, with the exception of two, came into that arrangement, and they brought actions against him—of the London creditors Mr. M'Gregor and Mr. Spencer did not—I have obtained from the prisoner the amount due to Mr. M'Gregor; it is 40l. 1s. 3d.—these letters (looking at two handed to him) are in the prisoner's writing—his credit were 1,095l., his liabilities 1,595l., and his assets 12,955l.

Cross-examined by MR. PARRY. Q. The two second instalments are undue, and 2s. 10d. of the first has been paid? A. Yes—he paid us 20l., part of our expenses for eight days' journey out—I left the stock of 1,200l. on his premises—I have not been there since.

(The following letters were here read.—"29th Dec., 1849. Messrs. Dent, Allcroft, and Co. Gentlemen,—We having been compelled by the necessity of the times to submit a statement of our affairs to our creditors, at a meeting recently held at Manchester, the creditors sent down an accountant, who has taken stock, from which they have judged we should pay 10s. in the pound, yours being a small account was not included; but a resolution of the creditors renders it indispensable that any sum over 3l. should be included; otherwise

you would have been shut out from the benefit of the settlement of 10s. in the pound, secured by three, six, and nine months, which all the London creditors have agreed to accept. We are, yours, Kealy and Co. We refer you to the London Association; Mr. Cooper, we think, is the person conducting it. Yours has been cancelled on account of the above resolution."—"16th Feb., 1850. Messrs. Dent, Allcroft, and Co. It is impossible from the state of our affairs now that you can get paid. There is an execution in for 863l., at the suit of Margaret Kealy, and a second execution at the suit of a Manchester creditor; and unless all the creditors agree to the compensation, a sale must take place, and we shall not have another opportunity of asking you. Respectfully yours, M. Kealy and Co. The terms are 10s. in the pound, at three, six, and nine months, secured by Margaret Kealy, if all agree. You can have your compensation in one month.")

ALLCROFT. I am one of the firm of Dent, Allcroft, and Co. I did not know the prisoner till he called on us last May—we are creditors of his to the amount of about 18l.—that is all we know about him—we have not come into any arrangement about taking the composition—we have been applied to about him.

Cross-examined by MR. PARRY. Q. Had he bad goods before? A. I think he had, and I believe he has paid us money—it is very possible he paid us 30l. 19s. in Nov., I did not come expecting to be asked—we have trusted him under 100l.

COURT. Q. How long has the 18l. been due? A. About two months, and the debt contracted five or six months.

WILLIAM WHITE, JUN . I made a communication to Mr. Baggallay, and gave the prisoner into custody—he then owed us 180l. for which we had agreed to take compensation.

EDWARD THOMAS SPENCER . I am a waterproof-warehouseman, and am a creditor of the prisoner's for 47l. 5s.—that debt was contracted in Nov.—I have not been paid a farthing—a few days before the prisoner was at the Mansion Honse, he called on me—I did not then know his person, or that he was Mr. Kealy—he stated he called on me understanding I was a creditor of Kealy and Co.; that his principals, David Scott and Co., of Dublin, were likewise creditors to double the amount of my debt, and recently incurred; that they had sent him from Dublin to Galway to investigate the affairs, which he had carefully done; and that they were very much annoyed, and were satisfied 10s. in the pound, which they offered, was all the estate would pay, and he recommended me to take it—I thanked him for his information, and told him I had committed my claims to other hands, and I should say nothing at all about it—he said, "If 10s. was offered, Would you not take it?"—I said, "Let the offer be made, it will be time then to speak"—he then showed great indignation, and behaved very rudely—I remonstrated with him, and told him it was very unbecoming; I would not compromise myself or pledge myself to any promise—he said, "I tell you what it is, if you do not accede to it, rather than you should get it, we will spend 100l. upon it"—I had not any idea he was not Scott and Co.—I had great trouble in getting rid of him—in consequence of what my clerk afterwards told me, I went to the Mansion House, and saw him there.

Cross-examined by MR. PARRY. Q. You were offered the composition? A. Not absolutely—if it was shown me that many of the creditors had agreed to accept it, I would—I made inquiry, and found many had rejected it.

MR. CLARKSON. Q. Was the money ever offered you? A. No.

THOMAS MCGREGOR . I am a woollen warehouseman of Cheapside, and

am a creditor of Kealy and Co. for 40l. odd—I declined to take the composition—on 9th or 10th May the prisoner called on me and said he was requested to call from Mr. Scott, linen-merchant of Dublin, who was security for one of the instalments of Kealy and Co., to know whether I had accepted the composition, and that the funds were in the hands of White and Co., of Cheapside—I did not then know his person—I said I would not take anything less than 20s. in the pound, I would rather increase my loss by as much more to punish him, I considered I had been swindled—he said he thought 10s. in the pound was much better than perhaps not getting anything—he said Mr. Scott was very anxious for the creditors to come in; he was security, and that would enable him to be released from the obligation—I said my solicitor had been endeavouring to serve a copy of a writ on Kealy for some time, and he was keeping out of the way, and if he did not show up shortly, I would endeavour to get him outlawed; and he out a caper on the floor, and said it made no difference to him, he did not even know Kealy, he was merely following out the instructions of his employer—I further stated, that one of my reasons for not accepting the composition was that they had sent me am order for a further quantity of goods a few days before they dishonoured my bill—(I do not know what the order was, I made up my mind not to execute it)—he said, "If they did do so, they were indeed rogues"—he asked me whether I was aware Kealy's sister held a bill for upwards of 800l., and said, "His brothers are not partners, and if you take any proceedings against them they will have the law upon you"—I had said I meant to proceed against them—I had the greatest difficulty to get rid of him, and was obliged to go to the end of the warehouse, open a private door, and go out.

Cross-examined by MR. PARRY. Q. You attached the 50l. that was found on him? A. Upwards of 40l. for my debt, and I believe my solicitor has attached the goods lying in Dublin.

MR. PARRY, with MR. RIBTON, submitted that then was a variation between the charge and the proof, which must be fatal to the indictment; the evidence showed that the pretences were made to Mr. Baggallay alone, and the indictment charged them as made to him "and others" MR. CLARKSON contended that the pretence to the one, was sufficient, and the words "and others" night be rejected am surplusage. MR. BALLANTINE urged, that the words "and others" might be taken to apply to Welsh, Margeston and Co., to whom false pretences were also made, and were, not necessarily to be confined to the persons stated be the objects of the fraud. The COURT entertaining considerable doubt upon the point, thought it best to leave the case to the Jury, and reserve the question if it became necessary.

GUILTY . Aged 36.— Judgment Reserved.

OLD COURT.—Monday, June 11th, 1850.


FINNIS; and Mr. Ald. CARDEN.

Before Mr. Recorder and the First Jury.

10th June 1850
Reference Numbert18500610-1151
VerdictGuilty > unknown

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1151. MICHAEL HAGAN , feloniously cutting and wounding Elizabeth. Egan on the upper lip, with intent to disfigure her.—2nd COUNT, with intent to do grievous bodily harm.

MR. THOMPSON conducted the Prosecution.

ELIZABETH EGAN . I am a widow, and live at 4, Cambridge-court, Marylebone.

The prisoner rented a room of me—last Tuesday night, at ten o'clock, I heard him coming down stairs, and asked, "Is that Mr. Hagan?"—he said it was—I asked him if he would be so kind as to come down stairs, for I wished to speak to him—he asked what I wanted of him—I said I wished to speak to him, had he any rent for me—he directly rushed down stairs, rushed into my loom, took me by the hair of the head, and called me very bad wicked names, and kicked and thumped me, and bit my finger when I put up my hand—my five children screamed so loud that it attracted my neighbours, and they came in and took him from me, and took him up stairs—his own brother-in-law was one of them, and he asked if he was going to kill the woman—the prisoner was up-stairs some time, and when I was undressing he came down again, never said a word, but rushed into the room with a candlestick, and struck me with it in the face—it split my lip right open—I held my head down by the foot of the children's bed—he tuned round and took up a knife, and made a plunge at me with it—I fell under the bed, and the knife did not strike rile—a great quantity of blood came from the wound—I was taken to the hospital by my neighbours.

Cross-examined by MR. PAYNE. Q. Are you any relation of the prisoner? A. No; he has lodged with me about seven months—he has a wife, but no family—they lodged on the first floor—I live in the kitchen—his wife was up-stairs at the time this happened—she was not in my room—I do not know that she was on the stairs—I did not see her—1 had said nothing to the prisoner but ask him for the rent when ke did this—there was no one there at the time but myself and my five children—I have not got the persons here who took the prisoner fiom me—they were not examined before the Magistrate—I had had no quarrel with the prisoner before, but I had with his wife the night before—I asked her for the rent and she abused me—I had not seen her that night, not since the morning—there were no persons in my room when he came and burst open the door, nor in the house, to my knowledge—I did not see anybody else there, for my girl went and bolted the street-door when be went up—I know a man named Gorman, the prisoner's brother-in-law—he took the prisoner away from me, with Mickman and Strachan—the children's screams brought them in—after they took him out of the room they went away, and the street-door was fastened—they were not in the house after that—they were not in the house at the time the prisoner struck me with the candlestick, they came afterwards, and helped to take him away—I have four little boys, the eldest is twelve, and the others ten, seven, and five—when Mickman and Gorman came in the first time, the prisoner was over my girl on the bed beating her, and he had me by the hair of my head—my children did nothing to him, they were in bed.

CATHERINE EGAN . I am the prosecutrix's daughter, and am fourteen years old—I recollect my mother calling to the prisoner last Tuesday night—she said, "Is that Mr. Hagan?"—he said, "Yes"—she said, "Can I speak to you, if you please"—he asked what she wanted—she asked if he had any rent for her—be made use of a bad word, and rushed into the room—I stood between him and the door, and he hit me in the cheat—he seized my mother by the hair of her head, and dragged her all round the room, and kicked her—some neighbours came to her assistance, and took him up-stairs, and I went up and shut the street-door after they went away—in about ten minutes the prisoner came down again with a candlestick in his hand—he said nothing but hit my mother in the face with the bottom of the candlestick—there was no candle in it—there was a light in the room—he dropped the candlestick, took a knife off the table, and made a plunge at my mother, but she fell on

the floor, and the knife went against the bedstead—I saw it afterwards on the floor, and it was all bent, and a piece of the handle was gone—Mickman and Gorman, then came down stairs and took the prisoner away—one of my brothers had gone up and opened the door, and screamed in the Court, and they came down.

Cross-examined. Q. When the prisoner came down the second time, where were Mickman and Gorman? A. They were not in the house—I am sure of that—my mother was undressing herself—she had her shoes and stockings off—the kitchen door was open, because there is no fastening—it was shut to—I am quite sure the prisoner had a candlestick with him—it was a small brass bedroom candlestick with a small socket, and a round bottom—I had never seen it before or since—when he hit my mother she fell under the foot of the bed, not against it—it is a wooden bedstead—her lip was bleeding before she fell—I do not know what became of the candlestick—it must have been taken out of the room afterwards—I searched for it and could not find it—when Mickman and Gorman came in the second time my mother was bleeding on the floor.

EDWARD CAMPION (policeman, E 45). I was attracted to the house by hearing the cries of "Murder!"—I saw Mrs. Egan in the Court, bleeding very fast from the lip—she said the prisoner had cut her—I went up into his room and took him into custody—he said he never touched her—he was sober—I got this knife (produced) from the kitchen—the handle was broken as it is now—I looked for the candlestick but could not find it.

Cross-examined. Q. When did you go to the room? A. After taking the woman to the hospital—about three-quarters of an hour afterwards—I did not go at once, because I did not know at that time that she had been cut with a candlestick—she did not tell me so—I found nobody in the house—I know the prosecutrix by sight—I never saw her at the police court for anything—she was sober, and so was the prisoner.

WILLIAM GOODALL . I am house-surgeon at the Middlesex Hospital. The prosecutrix was brought there last Tuesday night—she had a wound in the upper lip extending from the nose down to the mouth—it was cut through—it was an incised wound, and could not have been done with a very blunt instrument—she also had a wound in the left arm, and a slight wound on one of the fingers—the sharp edge of a candlestick, such as his been described, would be very likely to produce the wound.

MR. PAYNE called

MICHAEL MICKMAN . I live at I, Cambridge-court. On the night in question I was talking to a man named Gabrix, within a door or two of the prosecutrix's house, and heard her jawing and going on with a great noise—I walked down to the front door, and saw the prisoner and his wife looking at the staple that the prosecutrix had pulled out of his door, and his wife had a candle to show him where she had pulled it off—the prosecutrix was then down-stairs jawing at her own kitchen door, and she said, "You b—b—if you put a staple on I will pull it off"—"My good woman," said the prisoner, "I have got nothing to do with you; if you have got anything to say to me, come up and tell me"—"No you b—b—," said she, "come and pay me the rent"—the prisoner's wife said, "He will pay you as soon at he can get it"—"Oh, you b—wh—;" said the prosecutrix, "he could pay me long ago if he liked"—"I am no wh—, thank God!" said the prisoner's wife "I will make you prove your words"—"Oh you b—Madigan, you are a Frenchman's wh—," said she—with that the prisoner let go the door he was looking at, and went down-stairs—his wife said, "Where are you going to,Mike? come back"—he made no answer, and she followed him

down-stairs, and as soon as they entered the place below I heard a screaming and bawling, and down I went—the door was wide open, and they were all bawling together, mother, children, and all, and I saw the prosecutrix and her daughter having hold of the prisoner's wife by the hair of her head—the prisoner was pulling them to get her loose, and the more he pulled the more they pulled his wife, and sometimes he gave them a hit, but for all that they would not let go—with my assistance he at last got her away, and she went outside the door—I then got the prisoner out, and the prosecutrix and her daughter, and two little sons,Johnny and Jemmy, were hitting him—one is about eight years old, and the other about six—when I got the prisoner outside the kitchen door Gorman was there—we got him up-stairs, and then Gorman and I went into the kitchen again to Mrs. Egan, to make peace and quietness—Gorman went in first, and she up with a jug to hit him, thinking it was the prisoner—"Don't hit me, Mrs. Egan," said he, "I only come to make peace," and she drew back her hand—we were talking to her some time—when the prisoner came down stairs again, hearing her call him all the b—b——s she could, and his wife wh—s, and he said, "Mrs. Egan, can you prove my wife a wh—," and in he comes, "You b—b—," says she, "I will let you know," and she pitches into him again, and her daughter too, hitting and striking him—he had no candlestick in his hand, nor any knife—he hit her a blow somewhere on the head with his naked fist, and she fell and tumbled against the bedstead, and whether it was the blow or the fell that cut her I could not make out—as soon as she got up I taw that her lip was cut—he did not take up a knife, and make a blow at her—he then went up-stairs into his own, room—I and Gorman remained these till the policeman came.

Cross-examined by MR. THOMPSON. Q. What time was it that you first went to the house? A. A quarter to ten o'clock—it was Tuesday night, not Monday—I did not say that I saw the prisoner's wife with a candlestick—I said, "A candle"—I do not know whether she had a candlestick or not—I do not know what became of the candle when she went into the kitchen—I never went out of the kitchen till the prisoner came back the second time—Mrs. Egan was not undressed—I did not go up-stairs at all—I know that the kitchen door has a lock and a catch, for I lived four years in that same kitchen myself—the door was not shut when the prisoner came in; it was about three inches open—I did not go with him up to his own room the first time—he went by himself by our advice—Gorman was not in the kitchen the first time; he went in with me the second time to make peace—he was at the kitchen door—he came down, hearing the screaming—it was about tea minutes before the prisoner came down again—he had nothing in his hand—I did not prevent his coming in—I did not know whether he meant to hit the woman or not—I thought the first row would have made peace between them—the policeman did not come for a quarter of an hour after she was cut—the prisoner's wife was not there the second time.

WILLIAM GORMAN . I went with Mickman on the Tuesday to Mrs. Egan's house—I did not go in the first time—when 1 went down-stairs the prisoner and Mickman were in the passage—I said to the prisoner, "Go up-stairs and be quiet"—he said, "I will," and he went up very quietly, and I went into Mrs. Egan's room—she lifted up a jug to hit me; I put up my hand to save myself and said, "Mrs. Egan do not hit me; I only come for peace and quietness"—we kept talking for about twenty minutes, when the prisoner came down-stairs and heard all this bad language going on about his wife—he came inside the door and said, "Mrs. Egan, can you prove my wife to be a w—re ✗o so and so?" and us soon as he said that she and her

daughter laid hold of the hair of his head—they got wrangling and struggling, and the woman fell; and whether it was the blow or the fall that cut her we could not say, but she bled, and we put the prisoner outside the door—he did not use a candlestick, or any weapon,barring his open hand.

Cross-examined. Q. I believe you are the prisoner's brother-in-law? A. I am—I saw no knife there at all—I did not see the prisoner's wile there—I was in the kitchen half an hour before the prisoner came down the second time—Mickman went in first—I did not open the door to him; we both went in together—one of the boys, about seven or eight years old, beat the prisoner over the head with a stick—I saw the prisoner gift the prosecutrix a blow; it was not with any weapon; I am sure of that—I saw no candlestick—I know that the prisoner has got a brass flat candlestick; it is in his room saw—it has not got very sharp edges.

GUILTY on 2nd Count. Confined Eighteen Months.

10th June 1850
Reference Numbert18500610-1152
VerdictGuilty > unknown

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1152. FRANCIS JOHNSON , feloniously forging and uttering an acquittance and receipt for 1l. 18s., with intent to defraud Robert Warner and others.—Other COUNTS, with intent to defraud our Lady the Queen.

MESSRS. CLARKSON and ROBINSON conducted the Prosecution.

HUGH LAWRENCE . I am a clerk in the Post-office. I produce a Post-office order.

CHARLES BUSWELL . I am an ironmonger, and reside at Lutterworth. I deal with Messrs. Warner—on 15th May, 1848, I owed them 2l. 2s. 7d.—I sent them a Post-office order that day for 1l. 13s.—this produced is it—the discount reduced the amount to 1l. 18s.—next day I received this acknowledgment for the order—I never paid 3s. 9d. off that account—I never sent up any old metal to Messrs. Warner.

Cross-examined by MR. BALLANTINE. Q. Is there anybody in your establishment that might have sent up old metal without yout knowing it? A. No, we send our old metal to Birmingham.

ROBERT WARNER . I carry on business with my two brothers, as brass-founders and engineers, in Jewin-crescent. The prisoner has been in our employ some years as junior clerk in the counting-house—he was in the habit of keeping No. 1 Ledger, in which Mr. Buswell's account is entered—it was his duty to receive money, and to hand it over to me or the cashier—(looking at the ledger)—on 16th May 2l. 2s. 7d. was owing from Mr. Buswell—if he paid cash, the discount would reduce it to 1l. 18s.—if a Post-office order was sent up, and received by the prisoner, it would be his duty to hand it over to me or the cashier, and make an entry of it in this book—there is no such entry—this letter is the prisoner's writing, and also the writing on the Post-office order—"Received the above, John Warner and Sons"—that is the name by which the firm has gone for some years—it is not "for John Warner and Sons"—he never had authority to sign my name, or the name of the firm—we invariably send Post-office orders through our bankers—this order has not got the bankers' receipt—there is no entry in the cash-book of any Post-office order about that date—there is an entry on 15th Aug., "3s. 9d. cash received of Charles Buswell, of Lutterworth"—by that entry the prisoner charges himself with 3s. 9d.—that would import that the 3s. 9d. settled the account, and that it had been handed over to me or the cashier—it is our custom to receive old metal from our customers, and make an allowance for it—here is an entry on the credit side of Mr. Buswell's account, in the prisoner's writing, on 25th March, of 25lbs. of metal, 1l. 18s. 10d.—if that was properly entered it would be got from the old metal book, and there is no entry there of any metal received from Mr. Buswell—this entry

of 3s. 9d. is in my writing—I got that out of the rough cash-book—the entry there is in Arm field's, the cashier's writing—that 3s. 9d. and the 1l. 18s. 10d. makes 2l. 2s. 7d., so that those two entries appear to balance that item—it is a false entry altogether—my brothers are here.

Cross-examined. Q. The prisoner, of course, had authority to sign receipts? A. For us, just in the same way as he signed the order—the correct mode is to sign, "For John Warner and Sons," so-and-so—that has always been the practice of clerks in our firm—they are all aware of our practice—we give him power to acquit our debtors if he receives the money.

MR. ROBINSON. Q. Do you know any instance where the prisoner, in my legitimate transaction, has signed your name without also putting his own? A. Never.

WILLIAM WHITE . I am a clerk in the Money-order Office, in the Post-office. When money is paid into a branch office, a letter of advice is sent up to the Post-office—the letter of advice would be kept twelve months, and then destroyed—it would contain the name of the person to whom the order is to be paid—the order itself does not contain any name—I paid this order—the name of "John Warner and Sons" was on it at the time I paid it—I cannot tell who presented it—I know that name was put on it, or else I should not have paid it.

Cross-examined. Q. If it had been signed, "John Warner and Sons, F. Johnson," you would not have paid it? A. Certainly not—this order has not passed through a banker—it was paid at the window.

ROBERT WARNER re-examined. The order must be signed by us before it is sent to our bankers'—the prisoner would have no right to sign his own name for John Warner and Sons, and then pay it through our bankers'—I should object to that, because he had no authority to do it—the receipt to this order is not the writing of, or written by the authority of, any member of our firm—the letter containing the order must have been opened by the prisoner, as he acknowledged the receipt of it—he has received very large sums of money—he could not believe that he had authority to sign my name—I never led him to believe so quite the contrary.

MR. BALLANTINE, in addressing the Jury, contended that this only amounted to an excess of authority on the part of the prisoner, and not to such a false making as constituted a forgery. The RECORDER directed the Jury, that if they were satisfied that he did the act in question without the authority of the firm, and with an intention of defrauding them, they might find him guilty.

GUILTY of forging and uttering. Aged 29.— Transported for Seven Years.

(There were other indictments against the prisoner.)

The prosecutor's loss was stated at about 400l., during a period of two years.

10th June 1850
Reference Numbert18500610-1153
VerdictNot Guilty > unknown

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1153. WILLIAM HOLMES , stealing 1 lamb, value 1l. 5s.; the goods of Abraham Leahair.

MR. PAYNE conducted the Prosecution.

THOMAS LEAHAIR . I am a butcher of Enfield—on 20th May there were thirty-five sheep and lambs in a field belonging to my father—they were all safe at half-past seven—about a quarter-past eleven I received information, went to the field, and found the prisoner in custody of Bellamy and Goddard—he said, "Do forgive me; poverty caused me to do it; I am starving"—there was nobody else to have done it.

THOMAS BELLAMY . I am a blacksmith, of Baker-street, Enfield—on Monday night, 20th May, I heard something, and went to Mr. Leahair's field with Goddard—we got over the gate, and stood under the wall a little time—

we saw the prisoner go by the gate—we went after him—he attempted to run away—we overtook him—I asked him how he came to do such a thing (I had seen a lamb in the ditch as I was running)—he said he did not know, but be hoped I would let him go—I afterwards found the lamb with its legs tied with a string, which Goddard cut.

Prisoner. I was going home when you pursued me, and I ran by where the lamb lay; I saw some other person there; I never said I knew anything of the lamb. Witness. No, he did not—he was fifteen or twenty yards from the lamb when I first saw him—the direction he ran in does not lead to any stile or gate—it was not a near way—it would not lead to his home, without trespassing on person's gardens—I saw no one else there—I was listening two or three minutes.

JAMES GODDARD . I am in Mr. Lahair's employ—in consequence of what I heard I went into the field, and saw the prisoner run and try to make his escape over a garden gate—he appeared to have come out of a corner of the wall—he was from eighteen to twenty-five yards from where the lamb was found—we talked to each other as we ran into the field—I said to the prisoner, "What have you been doing, you rascal?"—he made no answer, out was getting over a gate—I pulled him down by the legs, and Bellamy took him—I cut the string, which untied the legs of the lamb—I can swear that it was my master's, it rejoined the others which were about thirty yards off.

WILLIAM WINSBURY (policeman, N 315). I took the prisoner, and told him the charge—be said he was starving.

Prisoner. Q. Did not I say I knew nothing about the lamb? A. No, you asked me two or three times after the hearing if I thought you would be transported.


10th June 1850
Reference Numbert18500610-1154
VerdictGuilty > unknown

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1154. ROBERT JAMESON burglariously breaking and entering the dwelling-house of Isaiah Relph, and stealing 3 bottles, 3 quarts of brandy, 100 cigars, 3 cheroots, 2 lbs. weight of tobacco, 2 knives, 12 biscuits, 6 shillings, 400 pence, 400 halfpence, and 200 farthings; his property; having been before convicted.

MESSRS. CLARKSON and COCKLE conducted the Prosecution.

ELIZA RELPH . I am the wife of Isaiah Relph, who keeps the George the Fourth public-house, in Edward-street, Regent's-park, in the parish of St. Pancras. On Friday night, 26th April, I went to bed about a quarter to two—I left the house fastened securely—I saw my husband fasten the parlour window looking into the back-yard—I came down in the morning, about twenty minutes to six—the alarm had then been given—my daughter and the servant were down first—I found the house had been broken open—I missed a quantity of copper—I can scarcely tell bow much—it was in the half of a bolster-case—I should say there must have been a peck, and six or seven shillings in silver, which we had left in the bowl for the morning's use, and some copper also which we had left in the bar—the two bowls were removed, and one put in the bar-parlour, and one in the public parlour—I also missed a box of cigars, and 150 screws of tobacco which I had made up on the Friday afternoon—I think I should know them again (looking at some produced by the officer)—these I made on the Friday—I also missed some cakes like these, some knives like these, and three or four bottles of spirits similar to these (produced)—I also missed a small bowl nearly full of farthings, nearly 300, I should say—some table-spoons were taken out of a drawer, but were not taken away—this purse (produced) is mine—we have

been rubbed twice, and whether I lost the purse at the first or second robbery I cannot say—it was made by my little girl, three or four years ago.

Cross-examined by MR. O'BRIEN. Q. When was the first robbery? A. I think three days before Good Friday—I have been in the habit of making these screws of tobacco for some years—I made these on the Friday afternoon, from the Supplement of the Times of April, I think—I make some every week—I did not make these the week before—I know these were made on the Friday afternoon—I did not particularly notice the date of the Supplement that I used that day—it may have been the 25 th—one screw that was left in the jar had the date of 25th on it—I sell these screws to any one that asks for them—I used a good many Supplements to make them—I have no doubt they were all of one month.

ELIZA RELPH, JUN . I am the daughter of the last witness. On the morning of 27th April I came down-stairs about twenty minutes to six—I found the house broken open—the back window was open and the shutters down—I directly went up to my father, and when I came down again I went into the bar-parlour—I found the drawers had been opened and ransacked, and the cupboard also—I missed some spoons from the cupboard, a box of cigars from the bar, and some biscuits from the safe.

JEREMIAH LOCKERBY (policeman, S 180). In consequence of information I received on Saturday morning, 27th April, I went, about ten o'clock to Mr. Relph's house—the prisoner's sister lives nearly opposite Mr. Relph's—I watched that house till seven, or half-past seven, in the evening—I then saw the prisoner come out of his sister's house and go into Mr. Relph's—at asked for something at the bar, which he got in a bottle—I followed him out, called him back, and took him into Mr. Relph's back yard, and asked whether he had been into his sister's house that morning—he said he had not—I asked if he had carried any bundles into his sister's house that morning—he said be bad not—I asked where he lived—he said at 20, Edward-street—(I found be had lived there for a few days, and the back yard of the boost looks into Mr. Relph's back yard; it is very easy to get from one to the other)—I told him 1 was a police-officer, and he was suspected of committing a robbery there on the Friday night—he said, "I did not do it"—I then took him to the station—on the way I said I believed he had bought a coat, waistcoat, and trowsers, at Mr. Thompson's—he said, "I did not buy anything of the kind; I have not been into Mr. Thompson's shop this morning"—I found on him 2s. 1d. in copper, and this empty bag wrapped round his waist inside his coat—I afterwards went to his sister's house, 2, Albany-place—she was not at home—I waited till she came—I found there twenty-seven farthings on the mantelpiece, in a saltcellar, and four screws of tobacco, and these knives I found in a drawer.

Cross-examined. Q. Did you go to 20, Edward-street, where the prisoner said he lodged? A. I did, and searched it—I did not search his sister's room till she came in—her husband was with her—I took her into custody—there are other lodgers in the house.

JAMES MASON (policeman, S 168). I accompanied Lockerby to the prisoner's sister's, and found some powder and shot in the room—these tortoiseshell boxes were in a box, which was locked, and this coat, waistcoat, and trowsers also, and these cakes.

MARGARET MATILDA ADAMS . I am going on for fourteen years of age—I know the prisoner and his sister—I live in the same house with her—I remember on a Saturday morning in April the prisoner coming there—I saw him go up-stairs with a bundle under his arm; it was about six o'clock, the

same day that the officers came—he took the bundle into his sister's room, the second-floor back—a little after that I saw a young man come in, and he went into the same room as the prisoner—his sister was not at home then; she was out nursing—I met her about nine, coming home to clean her place.

Cross-examined. Q. Do you know the other young man yon speak of? A. I should know him, if I were to see him—I had never seen him before—I saw the prisoner's sister on the Friday afternoon—she was going out to her mother's, and she came into our parlour—I was not in her room on the Friday—I went up on Saturday evening, about eleven o'clock, for a dish—I was in the parlour when I saw the prisoner on Saturday morning—the door was open—I went and opened the door for him, and then went out into the yard to fill the kettle, and saw him go up-stairs—Mrs. Allen lives in the first-floor front-room, and a young man in the back, and on the second-floor the prisoner's sister and Mrs. Reynolds—I did not speak to the prisoner, or he to me—he passed me—I did not see him afterwards.

CHARLES THOMPSON . I am assistant to Mr. Thompson, a pawnbroker, at 17, Frederick's-place, Hampstead-road. On Saturday morning, 27th April, I opened the shop about ten minutes past seven o'clock—about ten minutes or a quarter of an hour afterwards the prisoner came and redeemed four pledges, some clothes, two boxes, and a card-case—he paid me 9s. in copper money—he bought a pair of trowsers and a waistcoat, which came to 9s. 6d.—he paid for them in copper money—he then asked me if I would take any copper of him—I said I would take as much as he had got, and he gave me two 5s.-packets—I gave him four half-crowns—these (produced) are the clothes he bought.

Cross-examined. Q. Had yon known him before? A. Yes, for a month or six weeks—no one was with him.

SARAH ALLEN . I am the wife of Thomas Allen, a farrier in the 2nd Lifeguards, and lodge at 2, Albany-place—I know the prisoner and his sister by sight—on Saturday morning, 27th April, about twenty-five minutes past six o'clock, I heard somebody leave the house by creeping quietly down the stairs—I went to the top of the stairs to see who it was, and it was the prisoner—I went into my room, looked out of window, and saw him go down the yard with nothing in his hands, and no person with him—about five minutes to eight he returned with two bundles under his arm—I met him on the stairs, and said "Good morning," and he said "Good morning"—he went up-stairs, turned round, and said, "Have you heard of the row at the George IV.?"—I said, "No, I have not; what is it?"—he said, "They have been robbed again"—I said, "Oh. dear me, have they; what off"—he said, "Between 13l. and 14l. of coppers"—I then went into my own room, and he went up-stairs to his sister's room, and in three or four minutes he came down again and went away, and his back was all over gravel—I cannot say whether his sister was at home or not—I saw her after breakfast—he took the two bundles into his sister's room—he had been in the habit of coming there at all hours.

Cross-examined. Q. Who was living in the house at the time? A. My landlady, Mrs. Adams, and two young men, grooms belonging to the regiment, my lodgers, highly-respectable young men—a most highly-respectable woman lived in the top-room front—when I saw the prisoner go down I was on the landing—I saw no one else go down, and 1 believe no one else was up in the house—no one could pass my door without my hearing them, not even a cat—I am blessed with very good hearing—I did not speak to the prisoner the first time; he was at the bottom of the stairs—I could see his side-face—I then went into my room, and merely cast my eyes out of window, and I saw

it was the prisoner—his back was to me then—I speak to the time positively because the Church clock is right fronting me, and I looked at it.

JEREMIAH LOCKERBY re-examined. The prisoner first told me, when I asked where he had been all day, that he had been at work in the City—I asked who for—he said he did not know—he afterwards told me he had been out shooting with another man.

BENJAMIN SWANSON (policeman, G 172). I produce a certificate—(read—Robert Jameson, Convicted Dec, 1848, of larceny, and confined three month)—I was present—the prisoner is the person.


10th June 1850
Reference Numbert18500610-1155
VerdictGuilty > unknown

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1155. ROBERT JAMESON was again indicted for burglariously breaking and entering the dwelling-house of William Clark, and stealing 1 scarf, value 7s.; the goods of Mary Greenwood: and 2 bottles of brandy, 50 cigars, and other articles, value 18s. 9d.; 30 pence, and 60 half-pence; the property of said William Clark: having been before convicted.

MR. COCKLE conducted the Prosecution.

WILLIAM CLARK . I keep the Jew's Harp, Regent's-park, in the parish of St. Pancras. On the night of 15th April 1 went to bed at twelve o'clock, and left all safe—I got up at half-past five, and found a square of glass taken out of the back parlour, which enabled persons to take the shutter down and get in—the till was empty—it had contained 5s. in copper the night before—I also missed a pair of gloves, a corkscrew with the point broken off, a scarf of my cousin's, a snuff-box, two bottles of brandy, and a stone bottle which I had left empty.

JOSEPH LAWRENCE . I am assistant to Mr. Thompson, pawnbroker, of Frederick-place, Hampstead-road. I produce a scarf and two handkerchiefs, pledged with me, by the prisoner, on 19th April—I had seen him before.

Cross-examined by MR. WOOLLETT. Q. Had he ever pledged there before? A. No; but I had seen him before.

MARY GREENWOOD . I am Mr. Clark's cousin. This is my scarf—I lent it to him on 15th April.

Cross-examined. Q. How do you know it? A. By the pin-marks, and by the peculiar fringe—I have had it five or six years.

JAMES MASON (policeman, A 168). On 27th April I searched the prisoner's sister's house, and found these gloves, corkscrew, snuff-box, and stone bottle.

WILLIAM CLARK re-examined. These are my property.

(The former conviction was produced, as in the last case.)

GUILTY . Aged 18.— Transported for Fifteen Years.

10th June 1850
Reference Numbert18500610-1156
VerdictGuilty > unknown; Guilty > unknown; Not Guilty > unknown

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1156. PATRICK PRENDERGAST, JOHN CAMPBELL , and WLLIAM HEATH , burglariously breaking and entering the dwelling-house of William Pryor, and stealing 13 shirts, 12 shifts, and other articles, value 4l. 9s. 6d.; his goods: and 1 handkerchief, value 2s.; the goods of William Pryor, the younger.

MR. WOOLLETT conducted the Prosecution.

HENRY MANUEL (policeman, H 216). On 24th May, about eleven o'clock at night, I saw the prisoners together in Whiteborse-court, about 100 yards from Mr. Pryor's—I passed Mr. Pryor's a great many times in the night—it was all safe at four, and at twenty minutes to five I found the area, grating broken up—I got into the area, and saw the window up—I got into the kitchen—I knocked at the door, and found a great quantity of linen had been taken away—I went out, and saw the three prisoners at the corner of Leman-row, about 500 yards from the house—it was then about five o'clock—Prendergast

had a clean shirt on; when I saw him before he bad a very dirty one—I caught hold of him, and said, "Where did you get this clean shirt?"—he said, "I have had it a long time"—I said, "I believe you took it from the house that has just been broken into on my beat"—Sergeant Foay came up, and we took the prisoners to the house—I searched Prendergast, and found on him three shirts, and, in the waistband of his trowsers, a silk-handkerchief and a pair of stockings—Sergeant Foay took two handkerchiefs from Campbell—Heath had nothing on him—about six dozen articles were taken from the house—I had seen the prisoners not twenty yards from the house, at four o'clock.

Prendergast. Q. How far did yon take us from the railway arch? A. About thirty yards—you were not close to a coffee-stall—I met you at two o'clock, and said, "What are you lurking about for; why don't you go home to bed?"

Campbell. I had only come out of the Fever Hospital the day before, and was not able to walk; you never saw me at all. Witness. You walked very well to Arbour-square—you were taken on the spot, and never got away.

REBECCA PRYOR . I am the wife of William Pryor, of 52, Chambers-street, and am a washerwoman. On 24th May, about eleven o'clock, I fastened up the house—I was the last person up—about twenty minutes to five I was awoke by a policeman, and found the area grating removed, so that a person could get in at the kitchen window, which was slid back—there was no fastening—I missed about seven dozen of wearing-apparel—I know these articles, found under the arch—I washed these shirts just before I left off work—this handkerchief has my son's initials.

Campbell. The handkerchief I have had five or six months; it belonged to a shipmate of mine, William Flannagan. Witness. It is marked "W. P."—it was scorched, and has been repaired.

CORNELIUS FOAY (policeman). I searched Campbell, and found this handkerchief under the waistband of his trowsen—I asked if there was a mark on it—he said he did not know—I found "W. P." on it—I found three bundles of linen under the arche.

Prendergast's Defence. A shipmate of mine gave me the shirts, and, as I had no home, I put them on.



Transported for Seven Years.


10th June 1850
Reference Numbert18500610-1157
VerdictGuilty > pleaded guilty; Guilty > unknown
SentenceTransportation; Transportation

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1157. GEORGE BROWN and FREDERICK DOWDEN , burglariously breaking and entering the dwelling-house of Henry Bourne, and stealing 1 hat, 1 pair of sugar-tongs, 1 miniature, and other articles, value 8l. 4s.; his goods: 2 handkerchiefs and 1 hat, value 12s.; the goods of Henry Bourne the younger: 1 pair of boots, 1 umbrella, and 1 accordion, value 5l. 4s. 6d.; the goods of Charles Rosser Bourne; both having been before convicted: to which

BROWN pleaded GUILTY . Aged 19.— Transported for Fifteen Years.

MR. BIRNIE conducted the Prosecution.

FREDERICK MARKIN (policeman, S 268). On 28th May, between two and three o'clock in the morning, 1 was on duty behind the houses in Cornwall-crescent, Camden-town, in the parish of St. Pancras—I heard a noise by the door of No. 1, went into the back-garden, and saw four men—Brown was one—they all ran away over the wall—they dropped two umbrellas and an accordion—I fell over them—I took Brown; I had not lost sight of him—I took him to the station, and found on him a tablecloth and some bread and cheese.

Dowden. Q. Was I one of the men? A. To the best of my belief you are—I did not deny it before the Magistrate—your dress and height are the same.

JAMES CARTER (policeman, S 140). I searched at the back-kitchen window and found this iron bar, which had been wrenched off—the house is in St. Pancras parish—the back-door was open, and a piece of candle on the window-sill—I called Mr. Bourne up.

HENRY BOURNE . I belong to the General Post-office, and live at 3, Cornwall-crescent, Camden-town. On 28th May, I was called up a little before three o'clock—I found the dining-room, breakfast-room, and kitchen in a very confused state—a bar was wrenched off the kitchen window, which would enable a person to get in—I left two female servants up when I went to bed—(looking at some knives and forks produced)—I have here a similar knife and fork to these, and have no doubt they are mine—I missed eight pairs—only two knives and one fork have been found—these umbrellas are mine.

THOMAS HAZLEDINE (policeman, D 104). I went to 9, Little Charles-street, York-square, and found Dowden without his coat—I said, "Dowden, I want you on suspicion of a burglary in Cornwall-crescent, Camden-town"—he said, "I know nothing about it"—he reached down two coats—I said, "Are these your coats?"—he said, "Yes"—in one of them I found these two knives and a fork—he then said, "That is not my coat"—I said, "Yet it is, I have frequently seen you wear it"—I took him to the station.

CHARLOTTE QUYE . I am housemaid to Mr. Bourne—I and my fellow-servant fastened the door and back-kitchen window on this night, at nearly half-past eleven o'clock—the iron bars outside the window were all safe—I know this tablecloth by the mark—I swear to these knives, forks, umbrellas, and accordion.

HENRY CHARLES BARKER (police-inspector, S). On 29th May, Dowden was brought to the station at half-past five o'clock—about a quarter to nine, Brown was brought—Dowden called him Jones—I heard a conversation between them—Dowden called out, "What have they got you here for?"—Jones said, "For a crack"—Dowden said, "Have they found anything on you?" "No;" "Well they will find a swag on me; you are all right; I shall be settled and dead lagged."

Dowden's Defence. If I had plundered the house, I should have had plenty of time to sell the things; I found the knife and fork, two days after the robbery.

JAMES CLOWTING (policeman, D 166). I produce a certificate of Dowden's conviction—(read—Convicted Oct. 1849, and confined six months)—he is the man. DOWDEN— GUILTY . Aged 21.— Transported for Fifteen Years.

NEW COURT.—Monday, June 17th, 1850.



Before Mr. Common Sergeant and the Fifth Jury,

10th June 1850
Reference Numbert18500610-1158
VerdictGuilty > unknown; Guilty > unknown

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1158. HENRY NAUNTON and THOMAS VENTHAM , stealing 5lbs. weight of roast turkey, 1 1/2lbs. of tongue, and 21b. of beef, value 5s.; the goods of Judith Ann Atkins; and part of an apron, value 2d.; the goods of Ann Reid: Ventham having been before convicted.

HENRY SUARE (policeman, V 352). On 18th May, at a quarter before

six o'clock in the morning, I was on duty in Thistlegrove-lane, Kensington—I saw the prisoners coming in a direction from the Brompton-road towards the Fulham-road—Naunton was carrying a bundle—I asked what they were carrying—they said they had some bits of meat which had been given them—I asked who gave them to them—they said they were given them up above, pointing towards the house where they bad them from—I looked into the bundle, and saw some turkey and tongue and beef wrapped up in this part of an apron—I asked the prisoners to go to the station, knowing them to be both thieves—I went to take hold of their collars, and they struck at me, bit at me, and resisted very much—I kept hold of Naunton; the other escaped—Naunton said, when he was going to the police-court, that he ought to have been transported seven years ago.

SARAH PAPWORTH . I am in the service of Miss Judith Ann Atkins, of Brompton. On Saturday morning, 18th of May, I went to the larder at a quarter after seven o'clock—I found the woodwork had been cut away, and then was nothing in the larder—there had been part of a turkey, part of a tongue, and a piece of beef the night before—I afterwards saw what I believe were the same articles—I know this part of an apron, it belongs to Ann Reid, who is a servant in the house—it was on a hamper in the cellars.

FREDERICK FINNER (policeman, B 260). I took Ventham—I told him he was charged with being concerned in a robbery—he said, "I thought you looked at me very hard"—he saw Suare, and he said, "I am done now; I ought to have gone seven yean ago"—he then said, "I wish I had; I should have been better off now, perhaps; it is not for myself that I care, but for my father"—he said, "If I get off this time, I will not do so again."

Naunton's Defence. I had some broken victuals, for cleaning a doorway.

Ventham's Defence. I met this prisoner, and was going along; and we walked together; when the policeman saw me he said he wanted me, and I said, "Very well."

THOMAS GLYNN (policeman, N 91). I produce a certificate of Ventham's former conviction—read—(Convicted Nov. 1848, and confined six months)—he is the person.

NAUNTON**— GUILTY . Aged 18.

VENTHAM**— GUILTY . Aged 18.

Confined Twelve Months.

10th June 1850
Reference Numbert18500610-1159
VerdictGuilty > with recommendation; Guilty > with recommendation

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1159. DENNIS DUNN and JAMES SIRCUTT , stealing 2 bushels of oats, beans, and chaff, value 1s. 6d.; the goods of Richard Pratt and another, the masters of Dunn.

MR. PARRY conducted the Prosecution.

WILLIAM COOPER (policeman, G 112). In consequence of information I watched the premises of Messrs. Pratt and Sewell, in Gray's-inn-lane, on 25th May, at half-past two o'clock in the morning, with Fisher—I saw Dunn come out of the premises with the water-cart—he went towards King's-cross—I saw Sircutt lower down Gray's-inn-lane, below Portpool-lane—I saw Dunn overtake Sircutt—I heard them in conversation, and distinctly heard the words, "Not now"—their carts were close together, and they were going at a walking pace—Sircutt then went on in advance, and Dunn turned down Little Gray's-inn-lane, leading to Mount-pleasant—Sircutt went on, and turned down Elm-street, which also leads to Mount-pleasant—Sircutt lives in Paradise-street, but Elm-street would be quite out of his way home—when they got to Mount-pleasant, Dunn stopped his cart, and Sircutt drove on the off side of it—I saw Dunn take from his own cart a sack half-full of something, and throw it into Sircutt's cart, and I heard Dunn say, "All right, I'll

meet you to-night"—I and the other officer went towards the carts, and Sircutt set off at a gallop—he had the reins in his hand—he went up towards Exmouth-street—he had a light spring-cart—we pursued him more than a hundred yards, and called, "Stop thief!" but could not overtake him—I gave information to Messrs. Pratt and Sewell, and by their instructions I took Dunn about half-past seven that morning—I said, "I want you for throwing that half sack of corn this morning into Sircutt's cart"—he said, "So help me God, he did not have any corn of me to-day"—in going to the station I said, "I think there was a bushel of corn in the sack"—he said, "Oh, faith, there was not half a bushel"—I have a sample of the mixture which I got of the horse-keeper at the prosecutor's.

Cross-examined by MR. BALLANTINE. Q. How long was it after yon said, "I want you for that half-sack of corn you threw into Sircutt's cart," that you said, "I think there was a bushel of corn in that sack?"A. That was in going to the station-house—I did not say it as a trap, I merely said it because I was of opinion that was the quantity that was in it—I did not want to get an answer without he gave it me—this giving of the sack occurred at the top of the hill—Sircutt had down-hill to drive—I was ten or twelve yards from him—I could not have got hold of the horse before it started—we did not lay hold of Dunn, we ran after Sircutt—we were not more than six or seven yards from them in Gray's-inn-lane—I do not think they observed us—there were no other persons about—I cannot tell why they did not get rid of the corn then, perhaps Mount-pleasant was a more convenient place.

Dunn. You said to me "Have you lost anything this morning," and I said, "I have lost my nose-bag off my shaft."Witness. No, I deny it—I said then was a bushel in the sack," and you said, "Oh, faith, there was not half a bushel."

MR. PARRY. Q. Did you then know Sircutt's address? A. No; he had a roan horse, about fourteen-hands high—I afterwards saw the same horse it his stable that morning.

WILLIAM FISHER (policeman, G 127). I was with Cooper, watching the prosecutor's premises—I saw Dunn come out with the water-cart—I should say Sircutt was about forty yards off, going in the direction of King's-cross—Dunn drew up by the side of Sircutt, and they went on in company with each other till they came to Little Gray's-inn-lane; Dunn turned down there, and Sircutt went on with his cart and turned down Elm-street—I watched him—he met Dunn's cart, and drew to the off-side of it, and Dunn took a sack of something and passed it to Sircutt—he said, "It is all right, I will see you to-night"—we went towards it, and Sircutt drove on at a fierce rate—the prisoners had been in conversation together in Gray's-inn-lane, and I heard the words "Not now"—I afterwards went to Sircutt's premises, and found him there—I told him he was charged with receiving some corn from one of Pratt and Sewells men, about three o'clock that morning—I said, "Do you recollect being on Mount-pleasant, and galloping off?"—he said, "I did not gallop; I heard you hallooing, and I was not such a d—fool as to stop for you to nab me; I thought it was two d—Lushingtons"—I went into the stable—there were two horses eating from the provender in the bin—there was about a peck of provender in the bin; I have a sample of it—I found in the stable some uncut clover, some yellow oats, and some uncut hay.

Cross-examined. Q. When he said, "I should have been a d—fool to stop for you to nab me, did he not say," I have had tricks played me before? A. Yes; he did—he gallopped up Mount-pleasant from the bottom to the

top—I should say his horse was a good one—the prisoners were together in Gray's-inn-lane—I dare say they saw us, they might have done it if they had samed their heads; I cannot say whether they did: they did on Mount Pleasant—we might have been a dozen yards from them in Gray's-inn-lane.

MR. PARRY. Q. When you saw Sircutt on Mount Pleasant, which way did he go when he started from you? A. He went up a hill first, and then down a hill towards Coldbath-fields.

RICHARD HENRY AMBRIDGE . I am a corn-merchant, and live in St. John-street. I supply Pratt and Sewell with horse-provender—I am not aware that I supplied this mixture—they may deal with some one else—I have supplied them with oats and beans like this sample: never with chaff—these are Egyptian beans, and black and white oats—this sample that came from Sircutt's stable is similar to the sample that came from the prosecutor's—these yellow oats are quite a distinct kind of oats from those in the samples—this clover in the mixture is first-cut clover, and this other is second-cut clover—here is some uncut hay—I should say there is none of that in the mixtures.

Cross-examined. Q. I suppose there is as much first-cut clover in the market as there is second-cut? A. I cannot say, but there is a great deal—there are not many beans in this mixture—Egyptian beans are generally used—they are used in some gentlemen's stables—these oats found at Sircutt's are Danish oats—these others in the mixture are Lincolnshire black and white oats—I cannot tell whether Sireutt has bought anything of us—if he had come we should have sold him these oats if we had had them.

MR. PARRY. Q. Are you sure that these mixtures are exactly similar? A. I should say they were, and came from the same bulk—these yellow oats, second cut clover, and on cut hay, are all perfectly distinct from the mixtures—if they were mingled they would not have formed this mixture.

SAMUEL BIDWELL . I am horsekeeper to Mr. Samuel Pratt and his partner—Dunn was in their service as carman.—our horses' food is Kept ready mixed in the stable—it was Duun's duty to fill his horses' nosebags from the bin—this is the sample I gave from the bin to Cooper—Dunn went out at half-past two o'clock that morning—before that he went to the bin—he had no business to take a sack with him, either full or empty—to the best of my belief these two samples are similar.

Dunn's Defence. I went out at twenty minutes before three o'clock with my water-cart; I had nothing in my cart; I went up Gray's-inn-lane; we were at work at Islington; I turned down Little Grays-inn-Jane; Sircutt drove down with his cart, and went to the off-side of me; he said, "Can we get anything to drink?" I said, "No, not now;" he said, "There is a public-house;" but it was closed.

(Sircutt received a good character.)

DUNN— GUILTY . Aged 30.


Recommended to mercy by the Prosecutor

Confined Qne Month.

10th June 1850
Reference Numbert18500610-1160
VerdictGuilty > pleaded guilty

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1160. JOSEPH BARKER , stealing 3 bushels of beans, oats, and chaff, value 2s.; the goods of Richard Pratt and another: to which be pleaded

GUILTY . Aged 45.— Confined Fourteen Days.

10th June 1850
Reference Numbert18500610-1161
VerdictGuilty > unknown; Guilty > unknown
SentenceImprisonment; Transportation

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1161. GEORGE LAWRENCE and GEORGE BAYES , stealing 8001bs. weight of tags, value 4l. 10s.; and 5 bags, value 3s.; the goods of Uzziel Emanuel and another, the masters of Lawrence: Bayes having been before convicted.

MESSRS CLARKSON and O'BRIEN conducted the Prosecution.

WILLIAM BEWLEY (police-sergeant, D 20). On 13th May I was in James-street,

Marylebone—at ten minutes before five o'clock in the morning, I saw both the prisoners riding on the front of one of Messrs. Emanuel's carts, which was coming in a direction from their warehouse, about a quarter of a mile from it—there were three bags of rags on the cart, which I could see, and the body of the cart would hold about two bags, it was a small cut, they were partly covered with a tarpaulin—it was going in a direction towards Oxford-street, in a straight direction towards Bayes's house—on 24th May, about half-past eight in the evening I went to Bayes's house—I told him I wanted him, for receiving three bags of rags, the property of Messrs. Emanuel, knowing them to be stolen—he said he was packing some rags, and he asked me to allow him five minutes to go down stairs to finish his job—I said, "No," he must consider himself my prisoner, and go the station—he then sat down on a bed in the parlour, and began crying—he said, "Now I am done!"

Cross-examined by MR. COCKLE. Q. Were you in uniform? A. No, in plain clothes—there was a constable with me in plain clothes—I know the prosecutor's premises—I never saw them send out goods so early as that—I have seen them send out at seven or eight o'clock in the morning, not before—I was present when Lawrence was taken into custody, on the 23rd May, about six in the evening.

Cross-examined by MR. PAYNE. Q. Do you know Mr. Emanuel's sons? A. He has two sons, I do not know which you allude to—Bayes's place is in Tom's-court, which leads out of Duke-street, Grosvenor-square—Mr. Emanuel has one son in Henrietta-street, and his son-in-law carries on a business in rags, I think in the next street to Bayes.

RICHARD BARBER (policeman D 288). On 18th May I saw Lawrence come out of Messrs. Emanuel's rag-stores, at a little after half-past four o'clock in the morning—he had a horse and cart with some bags of rags—I thought there were either three or five bags—he drove in the direction of Oxford-street—I saw him come with the horse and cart, which had the tarpaulin in it, which, when he went out, was covered over the bags.

Cross-examined by MR. COCKLE. Q. Were you in uniform that morning? A. I was on duty in uniform—I did not notice any one else about—there were persons going to work.

Cross-examined by MR. PAYNE. Q. When the cart went out there was only Lawrence with it? A. No; and when it came back there was no one but him.

WILLIAM KEECH (policeman, C 102). I know Bayes. On Sunday night, 12th May, my beat was in his neighbourhood—he told me he wanted to be called on Monday morning at three o'clock—I called him—he said he was going to fetch some tailors' cuttings, and he was obliged to go early after them—at a few minutes before five o'clock that morning I was standing at the corner of Duke-street—I saw a cart which Lawrence was driving, there was no one else with it—it was drawn to Duke-street, opposite Tom's-conrt, where Bayes lives—after the cart had stopped there I saw Bayes come across Oxford-street towards his own house—that was the same way I had seen the cart come—Bayes asked me to have something to drink—I was willing to have something if there was a house open—I afterwards saw the cart and some bags containing rags—I will not be positive whether there were five or six in all, but Lawrence had taken two or three off the cart before Bayes got to it, and they laid in the archway—they were then all taken off by Lawrence, and put under the arch, and then Lawrence and Bayes both carried them into Bayes's house—on the Wednesday evening afterwards, at a little after nine, Bayes was standing at his shop door, and he said to me, "I am going to

send my man for a drop of porter, will you stop and have a drop?"—he sent his man for a pint of porter, and I went into the shop, and drank the porter with him and his man—he said he had sold the rags which he purchased on Monday morning, and he said to whom he had sold them, hut I forget who—I think he said he sold them the same day, or the next morning—he said he had cleared 4s. 3d. a cwt. by them—on the Saturday after Bayes was taken on the Friday, I saw the same cart which I had seen on that Monday morning at Mr. Emanuel's, with four or five others—I picked out the cart and the horse and harness—I went there for the purpose of seeing whether I could recognize it.

Cross-examined by MR. PAYNE. Q. Was it not 4s. 6d. a cwt. that he said he had cleared? A. I believe it was 4s. 3d.—I cannot tell whether I always thought it was 4s. 3d., but I can look in my pocket-book, for I made a memorandum afterwards, to see what the man got for his day's work—I think in the whole it was 1l. 18s. 3d.—when he told me he was going to fetch tailor's cuttings I do not know that he told me where he was to fetch them from.

CHARLES MOORE . I am a rag-merchant, and live in Grafton-streer, Soho; I know Bayes. On Tuesday, 14th May, he came to a public-house at the corner of Litchfield-street, about half-past eleven o'clock—he told me he had about 8cwt. of water-flock, if I would purchase it—I asked him the price—he said 9s. per cwt.—I said I would give it him if it was good—he said he had bought it as a guess lot, but he had not paid the party—I went to Tom's-court to look at it—he took me into a shed at the back part of the house and showed me two bags of rags, or water-flock, and the other three bags were covered with another sort of rags—I bought them of him at 9s. a cwt.—he brought them to my house, and I weighed them—they were 6 cwt. 2qrs. 14 lbs.—I paid him 2l. 19s. 7d.—when he brought them to my door I saw my cousin, Henry Moore, who is occasionally employed by the prosecutor's son—when Bayes saw my cousin he said, "Here comes your cousin; don't say you bought them of me, but tell him that you employed me for an hour to draw the truck"—there was nothing else passed—I had the rags cut up and sold them—they were in five bags—I delivered two of them to the constable—I believe these are them—I cannot swear to these being the bags.

ANN SEABORNE . I am the wife of Thomas Seaborne, a rag-merchant, in Grafton-street. On 24th May I saw Bayes at my house—he asked if my son (Charles Moore) was at home—I told him he was not, and asked him what he wanted him for—he said, nothing particular, only if any one should come round concerning the water-flock that he had sold him to say that he did not know him.

Cross-examined by MR. PAYNE. Q. Do you live with Charles Moore? A. He lives with me—what he buys is for my present husband, who is a rag-merchant—this conversation took place at my door—the bags had not then been taken from my place.

UZZIEL EMANUEL . I am a rag-merchant, and have one partner—I have a warehouse in Bentinck-mews, and another in Marylebone-lane—Lawrence was one of my carmen; Bayes was another, but we discharged him on Christmas-eve—Lawrence had no authority to take out rags on the 13th of May, on the 14th, or the 15th—I come to business at half-past nine o'clock—Lawrence comes to work at seven—five bags of rags would ordinarily weigh eight or nine cwt., and would be worth from 4l. 10s. to 5l.—I gave Lawrence into custody on the 23rd—before I gave him into custody I called him into my

son's room, and told him I had had information he had been robbing me for some length of time—he said he had not.

Cross-examined by MR. COCKLE. Q. You are in very extensive business? A. Yes, as rag and metal merchants—I have three sons—one carries on business not on the same side of Oxford-street as Bayes lives, one is in one parish, and one in another—I have three horses—I have not done business with Moore; I have with his father-in-law.

MR. CLARKSON. Q. Had you authorised this man to take goods of yours to Moore? A. No.

JURY. Q. Had Lawrence the keys of the warehouse? A. He had the keys of the gates that lead to the stable, and he had the opportunity of getting to the warehouse.

Cross-examined by MR. PAYNE. Q. Do you know where you got these rags? A. I believe one bag came from Shrewsbury.

WILLIAM BURTON (policeman, D 82). On 23rd May I took Lawrence into custody—he was called in—Mr. Emanuel asked him where he took the bags to on Monday, the 13th of May—he denied it, and said he did not take any out—Mr. Emanuel said, "Here are two policeman who saw you"—he said, "That is to be proved."

Cross-examined by MR. COCKLE. Q. Did not Mr. Emanuel say he would not hurt him if he told the truth, and did he not say he had never robbed him of a shilling's-worth? A. Yes—I received these two bags from Mr. Seaborne, in the presence of Moore.

JOSEPH PARK . I am in the service of Mr. Emanuel—this bag is his—it has the letter Son it in my marking—I marked twenty of them about ten weeks ago; seventeen were sent off to Scotland, and there are two at home now.

PATRICK HISSON . I live in Orchard-place, and am in the service of Mr. Emanuel—this other bag is his property—I marked it on his premises with the letter B.

PATRICK JENNINGS (policemen, D 123). I produce a certificate of Bayes' former conviction at this Court—(read—Convicted Oct. 1842, and transported for seven years)—he is the man.

LAWRENCE— GUILTY . Aged 32.— Confined Twelve Months.

BAYES— GUILTY . Aged 38.— Transported for Ten Years.

(The prosecutor stated that he had been plundered for some time, and had lost about 100l.-Worth of property.)

10th June 1850
Reference Numbert18500610-1162
VerdictNot Guilty > unknown

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1162. RICHARD FLATT , stealing 33 bottles and stoppers, and other articles, value 24s.; the goods of George Staite.—2nd COUNT, for receiving.

GEORGE STAITE . I am a chemist, and live in Margaret-street, Hacknet-fields—I did carry on business in Cambridge-road, and left it early in May—I had a great many bottles and stoppers which Mr. Jones, the landlord, allowed me to leave in the shop in Cambridge-road—I was informed that the shop had been entered, and I missed from it about thirty bottles, more or less—I used to sleep there from Oct. till May—after the middle of May I was in the habit of going about twice a week to those premises—I did not miss anything till I heard they were gone.

Cross-examined by MR. PARRY. Q. You are not positive you lost anything? A. Yes, by the number of bottles that were left, and counting them—I went on the evening of the day I was told the shop had been entered, and missed about thirty—I have seen some very much resembling them; nothing that I can speak positively to—I went away in the morning, and

left the shop in care of various assistants till the middle of May—I did not attend to the shop at all.

JESSE JONES . I am a tobacco dealer; I am landlord of the prosecutor's premises; I live nine houses from them. On the morning of 30th May I was called up by the policeman—I went to the premises, and found they had been opened, and sundry bottles had been emptied, and some taken away—I believe the bottles which have been, found are the same, but I cannot swear it—I had been in the premises on the night before, at a quarter before eleven, and stopped about ten minutes—I went to the prisoner, who is a customer of mine and a neighbour—he keeps a chandler's-shop and beer-shop—the policeman told him there had been a shop broken open in Cambridge-road, and several things missing—he said he had got the bottles, and they were left by two men who had three pots of beer, and had not get the money, and they said they would call the next day.

WILLIAM DAVISON DAY (policeman, K 74). I went with Mr. Jones to the prisoner; he took the key of the shop, unlocked it, and there were some bottles and stoppers there—he said some men left them the night before, and had three pots of beer on them—this pestle and mortar he handed to us.

Cross-examined. Q. He did all this at once? A. Yes, and said three men left them—his wife gave a man in charge for having bought the bottles, and the man was discharged.

HENRY MILSTEAD (police-sergeant, K 12). I went with Day to the prisoner—great part of these bottles were concealed behind some wood—this phial-stand was concealed.


10th June 1850
Reference Numbert18500610-1163
VerdictGuilty > unknown

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1163. ARTHUR MATTHEWS was indicted for bigamy.

MR. COOPER conducted the Prosecution.

THOMAS KELLY (police-sergeant, H 2). I produce a certificate of the marriage of Arthur Matthews and Catherine Murphy, which I got from the register-book of marriages of St. George, Middlesex. (This certified the marriage of Arthur Matthews and Catherine Murphy, by banns, Feb. 5th,1843.)

MARY GOODWIN . I live in Princes-street, Aldgate. I was present at the marriage of the prisoner with Catherine Murphy, on 5th Feb., 1843—I saw her in this Court this morning.

CATHERINE MURPHY . I live in East Smithfield—I have known the prisoner some time—I do not know that I am related to his first wife—I recollect the prisoner marrying Susannah Joyce, in Virginia-street chapel, on 11th May last—I was her bridesmaid.

THOMAS BADDELEY . I am an attorney, and am Registrar of Marriages of Stepney Union, in which St. John's, Wapping, is. I have the register of the marriage of George Matthews and Susannah Joyce—the prisoner is the man—he came afterwards to my house for a copy of the marriages lines, as he called it.

Prisoner's Defence. My wife has been a drunkard; if she has been a wife to me, she has been a woman to a good many more; I caught her in bed with a man; the witness Goodwin can prove that ny wife has been away from me five years; she wants to bring me in guilty of this crime which I know nothing of; for the last fourteen years I have worked in the London Docks; I behaved as properly to my wife as any working-man could do.

(The prisoner received a good character).

GUILTY . Aged 27.— Confined Two Months.

10th June 1850
Reference Numbert18500610-1164
VerdictsGuilty > unknown; Not Guilty > unknown

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1164. ANDREW DANIELS , stealing 1 watch, value 4l.; and 1 key, value 1d.; the goods of Mary Ann Gathercole; having been previously convicted: and MOSES SAMUELS , feloniously receiving the same.

MR. PAYNE conducted the Prosecution.

MARY ANN GATHERCOLE . I live in Eccleston-place, Pimlico. had a silver watch in my bed-room—I saw it safe about twelve o'clock on Sunday, 2nd June, and missed it at half-past nine on Monday morning—on the Friday afterwards, in consequence of something I heard, I went to Samuels' shop—I asked him about the watch—he asked me 16s. for it—I offered him 10s.—he showed me the watch which had been stolen from me on the Sunday before—before he gave it me, I told him I did not wish to prosecute, and I gave him 10s.

Cross-examined by MR. PARRY. Q. You told him you were the owner? A. Yes; but he would not let me have it without giving him 10s.—I believe this is an old watch—I have been at service, but I have been out of a situation for three months.

CHARLES READ (policeman, A 485). In consequence of directions, I went to Samuels' house, 33, Strutton-ground, on the Tuesday after the Sunday—a woman named Murray, who is not here, went with me—she pointed out Samuels, and said, "That is the man to whom the watch was sold"—he denied it, and said, "I have no watch; I have seen no watch"—Daniels was brought to the shop, and he said likewise that was the man, but I did not hear what was said between them—on the Wednesday I went again to Samuels—I said I heard he bad had the watch—he said, "Yes, I had it, and changed it away, but could get it again"—I told him he would have to appear as a witness, and he had better keep it till the following Tuesday—I told him the inspector warned him not to part with it—he wanted to know the inspector's name, which I gave him in writing.

Cross-examined. Q. But you might have searched his premises? A. He was not in custody then; I thought he would be a witness.

MR. PAYNE. Q. Was Daniels given into your custody? A. Yes, the day before, on a charge of stealing this watch—he said, "I stole it, and sold it; I hope I shall be transported for it."

ROBERT BRANFORD (police-sergeant, M 12). I apprehended Samuels—I told him it was for receiving the watch stolen by Daniels—he was asked at the station what he had done with the watch—he said he had parted with it to the prosecutrix, and received 10s. for it—this is the watch.

Daniels. I took the watch to this man; he said if I paid a couple of shillings more, he would return it again; I was in liquor at the time.

ROBERT BRANFORD re-examined. I produce a certificate of Daniels' former conviction at this Court—(read—Convicted Dec. 1845, and transported for seven years)—he is the person.

(Samuels received a good character).

DANIELS— GUILTY . Aged 27.— Transported for Seven Years.


10th June 1850
Reference Numbert18500610-1165
VerdictGuilty > unknown

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1165. WILLIAM HOWLETT , stealing 16 chisels, value 16s.; the goods of William James Gleaves: 9 chisels and a hammer, value 9s.; the goods of Richard George Corbett: and 4 chisels, value 4s.; the goods of Henry Hibberd; having been before convicted.

THOMAS ASHTON . I am a stonemason, and work at Smith and Appleford's, at Grosvenor-basin. On 16th May, the prisoner came to the gate with a basket containing masons' tools—several of our shopmates looked at them, and so did I—the prisoner wanted to dispose of them for 9s.—he said he was

going in the country, and they were no use to him—I gave the prisoner 9s. for them—he took the money, and went away—these are the tools (prodeced).

WILLIAM JAMES GLEAVES . I am a mason; I have one partner. I know part of these tools; they belong to me and my brother—there is the name on most of them—there were more lost than are here.

RICHARD GEORGE CORBETT . Part of these tools belong to me—I took them to the yard on 15th May, and next morning they were gone.

HENRY HIBBERD . I can identify some of these as belonging to me—they were safe on Wednesday, 15th May, all in one shed.

JOHN PORTSMOUTH , (policeman, B 173). I received charge of the prisoner—he said he bought the tools of a man, but he did not know him.

Prisoner's Defence. I was out of employ, and parted with my own tools; I met a mason, who said he could sell me some tools cheap; I bought the tools of him for 5s.; I took some for my own use, and sold the rest for 9s.

JAMES LUCAS (police-sergeant, L 23). I produce a certificate of the prisoner's former conviction at Newington—(read—Convicted Feb., 1846, and confined four months)—the prisoner is the person.

Prisoner. I am not the person. Witness. I am sure he is—I was at the trial, and I took him.

BARTLEY ELLIS . I am turnkey at the House of Correction at Brixton. I know the prisoner—he was there four months.

GUILTY . Aged 22.— Confined Twelve Months.

10th June 1850
Reference Numbert18500610-1166
VerdictGuilty > unknown

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1166. JAMES JONES , stealing 1 half-crown and 2 sixpences; the moneys of Henry Stimpson; from the person of Sarah Stimpson.

SARAH STIMPSON . I am the wife of Henry Stimpson. I arrived at the Shoreditch station, from Chelmsford, on Tuesday, 11th June, about ten o'clock—I called a porter to take my luggage to the omnibus—while there, I was pushed about by two persons; and when I was going to get into the omnibus, I found a man's hand in my pocket—I turned round, and it was the prisoner—I said, "You good-for-nothing fellow, you are robbing me"—he had his hand in my pocket when I spoke to him—I laid hold of his hand, and the porter came up, and laid hold of him—at that time he had got his hand out of my pocket—the officer came up, and took him—I emptied my pocket, and found a half-crown and two sixpences were gone—one half-crown and two shillings were left—I had had it all safe when I left Chelmsford, at ten minutes before nine—no one had sat near me in the train when I came up.

Cross-examined by MR. PAYNE. Q. What train did you come by? A. The third-class train—my mother was with me, and several ladies and gentlemen were there—I did not get out at any station—I felt my money at Chelmsford station, where I paid my fare—I had nothing else in my pocket but my handkerchief, and that I had not taken out all the way—I paid two half-crowns for my fare, which I took out of my right-hand pocket, the same pocket the handkerchief was in—the handkerchief did not come out at the same time—no one sat by the side of me in the train—my mother sat opposite me—when I was turning to get into the omnibus, I found the prisoner's hand in my pocket; I took hold of him—I had a baby in my arms—the prisoner and his companions pushed me about—the omnibus-man did not interfere—I mentioned before the Magistrate about the prisoner's companions—I believe it was taken down—the deposition was read over to me, and I signed it—I named to the Magistrate that there was another man with the prisoner—(the witness's deposition being read, did not state that the prisoner had any companion)—I named it—he is the man that robbed me.

THOMAS CAPES . I am a porter to the Eastern Counties Railway. I was on duty on the night of 11th June—I took Mrs. Stimpson's luggage up to the omnibus—I observed the prisoner and another young man by his side—I thought he was waiting to take a seat—after I had put the luggage on, Mrs. Stimpson went round to get in, and the prisoner followed her round—she said, "This man is robbing me"—I instantly collared him, took him on the platform, and gave him into custody.

Cross-examined. Q. Was he close to her when you collared him? A. Yes—I did not observe whether she had got hold of him—the moment I got to the end of the omnibus I collared him—I took him directly she said so.

PATRICK HAY . I am constable and cab-inspector at the railway-station. I took the prisoner—I asked him his business—he told me he was going to Romford—I found nothing on him but & handkerchief when I searched him.

Cross-examined. Q. Where was it you searched him? A. Inside the premises of the Company—I meant to say he said he was going to Ilford, not to Romford—this was twenty minutes past ten o'clock, and the last train for Ilford is at half-past eight—he was on the wrong side to go down—he was on the side where they come up.

GUILTY .** Confined Twelve Months.

10th June 1850
Reference Numbert18500610-1167
VerdictGuilty > unknown

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1167. WILLIAM TARLING , feloniously uttering a forged request for the delivery of 30 quarters of oats, with intent to defraud Edmond Edward Hinkley.

MR. PARRY conducted the Prosecution.

WILLIAM GEORGE BABY . I am foreman to Mr. Hinkley, a master lighter-man and granary-keeper, at 329, Wapping. On 5th June the prisoner came to the granary and brought this order to me, about a quarter-past two o'clock—I took it—he said he wanted thirty quarters of oats—I let him have fifteen quarters—he said he would come for the remaining fifteen that afternoon or the next morning—he came again next morning.

JOHN COOK . I am a corn-merchant, and live at 91, Whitechapel. I had corn warehoused at Mr. Hinkley's ever since Oct.—I know nothing of this order; it is not my writing—I never saw the prisoner before he was in custody.

EDMOND EDWARD HINKLEY . I am a wharfinger and lighterman, at Wapping. I hold corn of Mr. Cook's—I know nothing of this order.

THOMAS KELLY (police-sergeant, H 2). I apprehended the prisoner on 6th June, in Thames-street—I had the order in my hand—I said, "You are charged with taking this order to Mr. Hinkley's for thirty quarters of corn and receiving fifteen quarters"—he said he was employed by a man to take it—I said, "Where did you take the sacks?"—he said they were brought by a young man—I said, "You said you came from Mr. Cook's"—he said, "I did say so, but I met a young man who told me to take it to Commercial-street, and it was shot into their sacks there."

Prisoner. I told you I did not know it was a forged order.

CHARLES BULLEN (policeman, H 34). I was on duty in Commercial-street, Whitechapel, on 5th June, from two o'clock in the afternoon till nine in the evening—I did not see any sacks of corn emptied into other sacks—if they had been I must have seen it—(order read—"91, Whitechapel. Please give to the bearer thirty quarters of oats for John Cook. W. H. Taylor.")

WILLIAM HAMMOND TAYLOR . I am a corn-merchant. This is not my signature to this order.

Prisoner's Defence. I was standing in Thames-street; a gentleman came

and hired me off the stand, and gave me this order; I went and got fifteen quarters; I met the person in Leman-street who told me to take it to Commercial-street, and there it was pot in their sacks; I went the next morning for the other fifteen, and they would not give them to me; I had 10s. for the job.

GUILTY .*— Transported for Seven Years.

10th June 1850
Reference Numbert18500610-1168
VerdictGuilty > unknown; Not Guilty > unknown

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1168. JOHN JONES and MARY JONES , stealing 25lbs. weight of feathers, value 25s.; the goods of John Moore; John Jones having been before convicted.

MARY MORRISEY . I am servant to Mr. Moore, who keeps the Rainbow coffee-house. On Saturday, 25th May, the prisoners came and took a bed at our house—they said they dealt in silks and shawls, and represented themselves as man and wife—I made them a bed, and they spent the night and went away in the morning, at five minutes past nine o'clock—I called them out of the room—they had made the bed themselves—I went to the bed about a quarter of an hour after they left, and found half the feathers were gone out of the bed—before the prisoners left, the woman said she had made the bed because she thought I might be busy, and they said they should come back at night—she came down-stairs first, leaving the man in the bed-room—they both said they might come back at night—when I missed the feathers, I told my master—the prisoners did not come back to sleep—no one had been in the bedroom after they were gone but myself.

John Jones. We brought a bundle and a basket? Witness. Yes; you and your wife took it up-stairs—your wife asked for a little basket, to go to buy something for dinner—I did not see you go to bed—I knocked at your door—your wife came down with me—you came down in a few minutes and brought the bundle and basket—I believe you had some coffee.

THOMAS MOORE . I keep the Rainbow, close by the Monument. I saw the prisoners come to my house—they had a basket and a large package strapped on the top—they left my house from ten minutes to a quarter of an hour after they came down-stairs—the woman came down first, the man afterwards—after they were gone I saw the bed, and half the feathers were taken from the bed and bolster.

John Jones. Q. Could I take 25lbs. of feathers away? A. I think it very likely you could—it seemed a heavy weight for you to carry—it was about ten minutes after you came down that my servant told me of this—you were not there above three or four minutes—my servant did not tell me of the loss of the feathers till after you were gone.

John Jones's Defence. On the Saturday evening we went and asked for a bad; my wife came down in the morning, and I brought the bundle and basket in my hand, and placed it in the room; after we had had our breakfast my wife settled with the landlord's daughter, and we came away; the landlord stood at the door and bid us good morning; I have dealt in feathers for some years; I buy them and sift them; the best I sell to brokers, the common ones I pawn, and as I get an order for them I get them out.

HENRY GUY (police-sergeant, R 14). I produce a certificate of John Jones's former conviction, at Maidstone, by the name of Michael Connor—(read—Convicted Jan., 1848, and confined three months)—he is the person.

JOHN JONES— GUILTY .— Transported for Seven Years.


(There was another indictment against the prisoners, on which no evidence was offered.)

THIRD COURT.—Monday, June 17th, 1850.


Before Russell Gurney, Esq., and the Third Jury.

10th June 1850
Reference Numbert18500610-1169
VerdictNot Guilty > unknown

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1169. THOMAS WOODS , stealing 3 reams of paper, value 1l. 16s.; the goods of Frank Sandon Thomas, from a wharf on the Thames.

GEORGE LETCH . I am foreman to Frank Sandon Thomas, the manager of Iron-gate Wharf. The property on that wharf is in his care—the prisoner was in the employ of Mr. Neal, a town-carman, who has dealings at the wharf—on the Saturday before, 27th May, between eight and nine o'clock, the prisoner and his cart came for a load of paper—it was given him, and he took it away—he afterwards returned for the remainder—I then heard something, in consequence of which I went to where his wagon was, and saw a bag lying on the shaft, and the prisoner's arms folded over it, partly concealing it—I asked what he had got there—he said if I could not load him he had other orders, and must go to another wharf—I said I must see what he had got—I saw some paper, and knowing we had such paper I went to the pile, and found a bundle of double post missing—his order was for a soft sort of paper, not writing-paper—I know it to be from our wharf by the number on it, which number was missing—there were three reams in the bag.

Prisoner. He sent me up-stairs. Witness. I sent him up to look for his order—he would not then go where this bundle was.

THOMAS SMITH . I am a carman. I was at Iron-gate Wharf, and saw the prisoner come from between the hind and forewheel, with a bag in his hand, and when I got to the end I saw him and another man together—I told the foreman—I saw the prisoner put the bag on the shaft—I do not know where it came from—the other man caused my suspicion, because he is about there doing nothing.

ALFRED BULL (policeman, H 160). I took the prisoner—he said, going to the station, it was a bad job, he found it lying under the wheels, and moved it away to get his van out.

WILLIAM RICHES . I received an order for some paper, and went up-stairs—while there, I saw the prisoner between the wagon wheels with the bag—I thought it was the horses' nose bag.

Prisoner's Defence. When I came down-stairs the bag was lying on the shaft.


10th June 1850
Reference Numbert18500610-1170
VerdictGuilty > with recommendation
SentenceNo Punishment > sentence respited

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1170. FREDERICK PIERCY , unlawfully obtaining 120lbs. weight of glue, value 16l., the goods of Thomas James Lough, and another, by false pretences; to which he pleaded

GUILTY . Aged 22.—Recommended

to mercy by the Prosecutor.— Judgment Respited.

10th June 1850
Reference Numbert18500610-1171
VerdictGuilty > unknown

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1171. WILLIAM PLANT , unlawfully assaulting Elizabeth Harbud, with intent, &c.

GUILTY . Aged 29.— Confined Two Years.

OLD COURT.—Tuesday, June 18th, 1850.


Before Mr. Recorder and the Fourth Jury.

10th June 1850
Reference Numbert18500610-1172
VerdictGuilty > pleaded guilty; Guilty > unknown
SentenceImprisonment; Transportation

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1172. JAMES WILLOCK and JOSEPH LOOSEY , feloniously breaking and entering the warehouse of Vincent Robert Alfred Brooks, and stealing 284lbs. of waste-paper, value 2l. 10s.; his goods: to which

LOOSEY pleaded GUILTY . Aged 16.— Confined Three Months.

MR. PLATT conducted the Prosecution.

VINCENT ROBERT ALFRED BROOKS . I am a stationer and embosser, of 421, Oxford-street. Loosey was in my employ three or four years, up to 21st May—Willock was in the habit of coming to the shop for waste-paper—I have a loft in Sutton-place, where I had waste-paper in bags—on 21st May the two keys of the warehouse were hanging in their usual place—Loosey's time for coming to the shop was seven o'clock—on 21st May I was told something, and went to the warehouse at five or ten minutes past six in the morning, but found no one there; they had gone then—I believe this half-hundred weight of paper to be mine—it must have come from my ware-house—it is the same kind—I contract with the Post-office for it—they are advices from one postmaster to the other—it is worth 12s. or 13s.

Cross-examined by MR. O'BRIEN. Q. Willock has been in the habit of buying such paper of you? A. Yes; the last time was about a fortnight before—I thought his character good, or I should not have dealt with him.

WILLIAM DICKER . I am foreman to Mr. Brooks. On 21st May, a little after six in the morning, I went round the back way to the shop—the loft is behind the shop—I saw Loosey in the loft, putting up waste-paper by the pulley and bag—he had no business there at that time that I am aware of—a cart was under the loft window, and Willock was standing receiving the paper—I saw one bag come down; it fell on the pavement instead of going into the cart—at the moment of Loosey seeing me he seemed confused—I know he saw me; he looked at me—there were six or seven bags in the cart—I said to Loosey, in Willock's hearing, "Is Mr. Brooks there?"—he said, "No"—I said, "Have you seen him?"—he said, "No"—I said, "How did you get the keys?"—he said, "I got them last night"—I then left, believing everything was right—Willock called me back, and said he wanted to speak to me—Loosey was near enough to hear—he was exactly in the same position—I asked Willock if he wanted me—he said, "No, the boy wants you," pointing to Loosey—I asked Loosey what he wanted—he said, "Oh, Mr. Dicker, we are here an hour too early"—I said, "Mr. Brooks will be rather pleased than otherwise at your being here early"—I then went into the shop, and told Mr. Brooks what I had seen, and when I came back both prisoners had gone—there were thirty tons of paper in the loft—a small quantity would not be missed—I have not the least doubt about this being the paper.

Cross-examined. Q. And the kind of paper Mr. Brooks was in the habit of selling? A. Yes; it is about 200 yards from the warehouse to Mr. Brooks's house—you can go the back way.

CHARLES WEBB (policeman, C 18). On 21st May, about eleven o'clock in the morning, I went with Loosey to Willock's house—there is a stable there, and a loft above it; I believe they are Willock's apartments—a voice came from the loft—I said, "Come down"—Willock came and opened the door—I asked him where the paper was that he had brought home that morning—he said he had brought no paper home—I said he was charged with stealing paper from Mr. Brooks—he said he had stolen no paper, and he had brought no paper home—I said he must come to the station—we went up to the loft, and I asked Loosey if he saw any paper which had been taken from Mr. Brooks' loft that morning—he pointed out four bags—I and Willock put them in a truck which was in the mews under the loft, and took them to the station.

Cross-examined. Q. Had you had any conversation with Loosey before you went there? A. None at all; I took him into custody—his master was not there—he and his father and Dicker came to the station.

JOSEPH LOOSEY (the prisoner). I am sixteen years old, and have been three or four years Mr. Brook's errand-boy. Willock was in the habit of buying waste-paper of my master—he used to bring a cart with him—I saw him at times at the waste-paper warehouse—about three weeks before I was taken, I met him accidentally in Oxford-street—he asked if I could do him a favour by letting him have about a cwt. of paper, as he had customers waiting for it—I told him to come to Mr. Brooks' and get it—he said he could not, because of owing Mr. Brooks 5l. 10s. for paper before, and he was afraid he would not let him have it—he said, "Can't you get it?"—I said, "No, I can't"—he said, "Can't you bring the keys of the warehouse when you come out to dinner, or some mealtime?"—I told him no—he said I could if I liked, and it would much oblige him if I would let him have it—that was at a public-house at the corner of Chapel-street, Oxford-street—about a week afterwards I met him accidentally as I was going to dinner, and he began to ask me again if I could not let him have a cwt. or a couple of cwt. of paper cut—I told him no, the same as before—he said I could if I liked, by bringing the keys out—he asked me what sort of keys they were—I described them, and he said, "I think I have got a key at home just like the little one—a day or two afterwards I met him again in Broad-street, very near teatime—he showed me a key, and asked me if it would open the door—I looked at it, and said I thought it would, and it was used afterwards—he said, "Now, you can let me have it, can't you, by leaving the large key unlocked"—he wanted me to let him have it that evening—I said 1 could not—he said, "Will you next looming?"—I said, "No"—he said, "Do;" and he came down to my place 12, King-street, Long-acre, next morning at six o'clock, and wanted me to let him have it then—I said I would not, and he went away, and I went to bed again—in a day or two I saw him again in Broad-street, as I was going home to my meals—he asked me about it again, and I promised to go up to him on Saturday evening—I went, and he gave me the key, and I promised that he could come on the following Tuesday morning—he came—I got the warehouse open with the key he gave me—I was there two or three minutes, when he came with a cart, and I gave him four bags of waste-paper from the warehouse—I let them down the stair by the cart, and removed them, we were then interrupted by Dicker coming.

Cross-examined. Q. Where is the key? A. When I came down, I said, "Here is your key; I have had enough of this"—he said, "You had better keep it"—I said, "No," and chucked it in the road, at the top of Sutton-place—I was never asked about it, it has never been searched for—I did not tell my master all I have told to-day—I recollected the rest in prison—I live with my mother and father—this is the first transaction of the kind I have been engaged in—Willcock had promised to give me something for the paper afterwards, but did not say what—the price of it was 22s. a cwt.—he said he would be as kind to me another time, and he always was very kind when I met him; he used to give me sixpence and a shilling, and beer, when I went out with him, and bread and cheese—no one was in the warehouse but me—I have never had a quarrel with him—he never complained to my father of me, or to my master, to my knowledge—neither of them ever spoke to me about it—I first saw Mr. Brooks on this morning, about half-past eight or a quarter to nine o'clock—I went to the police-station between nice and ten—I know Crawford—I never had a quarrel with Willock in Crawford's presence—he used to be

landlord of the house where I lived—he kept a greengrocer's shop—I left five or six months ago—Willock never threatened to complain to my father of me in Crawford's presence—he never broke a key, and threatened that if I brought any more he would complain of me to my father—I was in the habit of having my matter's keys to go to the warehouse—they were both on a piece of wood—I could not carry them about with me, they always hung behind the counter.

MR. O'BRIEN called

WILLIAM CRAWFORD . I have known Willock seven or eight years—I know Loosey—I saw him at Willock's on 4th May—it was very wet, and he waited till Willock came home, and then offered a key to him—Willock asked him what it was—he said it was a key of the warehouse, and that it was to get some paper with—Willock broke it up, and put it on the fixe, and said he should call on Loosey's father and mother.

Cross-examined by MR. PLATT. Q. Are you a relation of Willock's? A. "No; I am a shoemaker—I went there to dig some potatoes.

WILLOCK— GUILTY . Aged 45.— Transported for Ten Years.

10th June 1850
Reference Numbert18500610-1173
VerdictGuilty > unknown

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1173. JOSEPH LANE , robbery on Christopher Nicholls, and stealing from his person 2 rings, 1 purse, 1 comb, and other articles; his property.

MR. WOOLLETT conducted the Prosecution.

CHRISTOPHER NICHOLLS . I am a gas-fitter, of Globe-terrace, King's-road. On 1st June, about twelve o'clock at night, I was in Church-street, Chelsea, and two men came up behind me—the prisoner is one—they threw me down on a bank, held me by the throat so that I could not halloo, and rifled my pockets of 6s. or 7s., a gold ring, a silver ring, a knife with my name on it, a comb, and a card-case—I then cried out.

Prisoner. Q. How came you to treat me? A. I did not—I went and had some stout, and you had some too—I did not toss with you for any—I was a little bit fresh.

JAMES FREDERICK FENINGAN . I am an attorney's clerk, of 36, Church-street, Chelsea. On 1st June, between twelve and one o'clock, I was in my house, and heard a cry of "Police" three times—I ran down Church-street, and saw the prisoner on the top of Nicholls—I was within ten or twelve yards of him—he saw me, and ran away—I ran after him forty or fifty yards, and caught him—he said, "Never mind, it is all right, it is a friend of mine; it is only a lark!"—I took him to the station, searched him, and found on him a ring, a comb, and a knife with a name on it—he dropped these two rings in paper—Nicholls was sober enough to identify his property.

CHRISTOPHER NICHOLLS re-examined. This is my knife—my name is on it—these other things are mine.

Prisoner's Defence. He came to me, and said some one had been insulting him, and asked me to go down the road with him; we went, and had some stout and brandy-and-water; he got very tipsy, and asked me to see him home; a tipsy man knocked us both down together; I got up, and ran away.

GUILTY .— Confined One Year.

10th June 1850
Reference Numbert18500610-1174
VerdictGuilty > unknown
SentenceImprisonment; Miscellaneous > sureties

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1174. RICHARD BURNELL was indicted for a conspiracy. (See Seventh Session, page 13.)

MESSRS. BALLANTINE and COCKLE conducted the Prosecution.

JOSEPH GILLON . I was for twenty years a clerk in the office of the Clerk of the Peace for Westminster. I left three years ago last January—I now live at 7, Cowley-street, Westminster, and am a law-writer, in the employ of Mr. Henry Thorn—on Sunday, 25th Nov., the prisoner called on me, and

said he wished me to assist him in getting up some prosecutions against some disorderly houses—I declined, finding that his object was to extort money, and he left—I saw him again on 6th Dec., in Coventry-street, Haymarket—he seemed very angry, and said, "As you won't assist us, we will give you a dose, we will indict you"—(Francis Holmes here produced an indictment from the Crown-office)—I went to the Crown-office on 29th Jan., and saw this indictment there—I attended at Westminster on the 29th, and saw the prisoner and Cruise—I saw the prisoner sworn on this bill in the Bail Court, and go in and come out of the Grand Jury-room—I have never kept a house of ill-fame.

Cross-examined by MR. WOOLLETT. Q. Why did you leave Allen and Gilby's? A. Of my own accord, with a testimonial, which I have here—I am at a loss to imagine why the prisoner applied to me—I thought I should be the last person he would apply to, because I was always opposed to this class of men generally—I knew Burnell before, but not intimately—I took a house 15, Melton-crescent, Euston-square, not by giving a false reference—I referred to Twigg—he is a brothel-keeper—I did so, because I had known him for years, and he me—I have always advised him not to pay these men money—I swear I did not refer to a man named Waller—I never represented Twigg as a highly respectable man—I have never in any way been connected with a house of ill-fame—I did not live at 15, Melton-crescent, because it was next door to a brothel—I told Mr. Allen he might take the house of me, I would not live in it—he is a broker—I believe he is a brothel-keeper—I knew that he had been so when I let him the house, but he had left it off, and set up as a furniture-dealer—I never slept one hour in the house.

MR. BALLANTINE. Q. You have known Burnell several years, do you know what he was? A. I think he has been transported once for a similar case.

CHARLES FANCUTT . I live at 15, Maiden-lane, Covent-garden, and deal in coal and coke. I know Cruise and the prisoner—on 2nd June I was in the Blue Posts, Newman-street, with Wall and Taylor—Cruise and Burnell came in together—Burnell showed a book, which he said contained a list of his free-admissions—Cruise said to me, "Will you help us," and explained that it was in taking houses, and selling the keys, and also in indicting brothels—he said, "We have made hatfulls of money, and we want one or two; will you lend us a hand?"—he said, "We have taken out eighteen indictments," and enumerated four or five—he showed me the list—I read it, and saw the name of Joseph Gillon—I said, "I am sure he never kept anything of the kind; I have known him upwards of twenty years"—I told him I would not give an answer—Burnell said, "Decidedly he is hindering us in gaining money, and therefore we have indicted him among the rest.

Cross-examined. Q. Did you go to the Blue Posts by appointment? A. No; I was passing by Berner's-street, and saw Wall, whom I have known some years, doing Cruise's house down—he asked me to go over the way, and have a pint of beer—I said, "No;" and while talking, Cruise came, and I and Wall went to have some beer—Cruise and Burnell came in while we were there—Cruise had asked me to go there—I knew them both before—I wanted to know if it was the same Gillon which I had been partner with; I should not have joined them even if it was not—I left them in disgust, saying I would not give an answer then, and immediately communicated to Gillon what had taken place—Cruise first introduced me to Burnell in Dec.

WILLIAM WALL . I am a bricklayer. I was at the Blue Posts on 2nd Jan.—I know Cruise too well—I saw him there, and Burnell—Burnell said if

I, Fancutt, and Taylor, would join them, we could make hatfulls of money, and had no occasion to work any more—he showed me eighteen names which he had got indictments against, and said they had indicted Gillon, as they wanted him to be on their side, and he would have nothing to do with them.

WILLIAM TAYLOR . I am a bricklayer. On 2nd Jan. I was at the Blue Posts, and saw Cruise and Burnell—they had a book, which they both called their "Free-list"—Cruise said it was a list of persons who had given their money.

Cross-examined. Q. Where do you work? A. I have been out of employ about a week—I last worked at Mr. Porter's, Lincoln's-inn-fields—I was tried here once, and got acquitted—I have been tried at Bow-street, I cannot say how often.

DANIEL WHITE . I keep a house in Shepherd-street. I have known Burnell since Dec., 1848.—on 10th Dec. I received this letter from him (prodeced), and called on him, in consequence, to know what he meant—he said, "You know what I mean; I shall require a glass of wine once a month to put you on my free-list"—he pointed to a book on the table, and said that was his free-list—I said I was not provided, but called a few evenings afterwards, and gave him two sovereigns—I understood that referred to the free-list—I suppose he put me on it—he once had a sovereign of me afterwards—I do not recollect producing or referring to the letter—we have had conversation about it, and he acknowledged sending it, and said he had been applied to by the inhabitants.

Prisoner. It is not my writing.

CHARLES TURREY . I live at 14, Milton-place, Euston-square. In the autumn of 1848 Burnell came to my house—he was a stranger to me—I have paid him 1l. a month since, 10l. altogether—I keep a lodging-house—I do not admit that it is a brothel—I paid the money, because I did not wish to get into any disturbance; but he carried it on so long, that I would not pay it any more.

Cross-examined. Q. Are you not indicted by the parish at this time? A. No, and never was.

CHARLES SMITH (policeman, F 87). I have known Burnell about three years, and have seen him and Cruise together—I saw them about the 15th of last Dec. call at three brothels in Rose-street, Long-acre—Cruise said he was a solicitor.

(The indictment against Gillon was here read; Cruise and Burnell being two of the witnesses.)

GUILTY .— Confined One Year, and to enter into his own recognizance.)

NEW COURT.—Tuesday, June 18th, 1850.



Before Mr. Common Serjeant and the Sixth Jury.

10th June 1850
Reference Numbert18500610-1175
VerdictNot Guilty > unknown

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1175. WILLIAM HOLMES (indicted with Aaron Payne, not in custody,) stealing 1121bs. weight of lead, value 18s.; the goods of William Faith; fixed to a building.

MR. COCKLE conducted the Prosecution.

HENRY SIMKINS . I live in Ratcliff-square. On Thursday night, 9th May, at half-past ten o'clock, the prisoner came, and asked if he might stop

in the watch-box, as he had no home to go to—the waterman came on shore and said he might stop, and he stopped and slept till half-past three in the morning—he then asked me if I knew where he could get a few halfpence—I said I did not—he then asked me to go and look if anybody was coming—I went, and there was no one—I then saw him with a large piece of lead which he shoved into Payne's back-window—I was working with John Wade, a waterman—on the Friday morning, the prisoner told him that he got 9s. 6d. for the lead he had sold.

RICHARD SHOLDERS . I am agent to Mr. William Faith. There is about 11cwt. of lead on his lead-flat—I missed from 6 to 8cwt. on 14th and 15th May.

WILLIAM THOMAS BRIDGES , (Thames-police-inspector). I apprehended the prisoner on 15th May—Simkins pointed out to me the window through which he saw the lead put—I found no lead, but I saw marks of lead on the window, and particles of lead adhering to the window-frame—I went to Mr. Faith's premises, and saw a lead-flat—I cut a piece of lead from it, which corresponds with some lead the officer produced.

CHARLES STIMSON (policeman, K 50). I examined the prosecutor's place on the 18th—I found a portion of the lead cut away—I found a piece of lead in an iron tank, by the side of the warehouse.

WILLIAM CHARLES POTTER (policeman, K 212). I examined the prosecutor's premises, and found a crane, by which a person might easily get to the first-floor window, and from there to the roof of the premises—I found 8 or 9cwt. of lead was gone—there was 3 1/2cwt. found.


10th June 1850
Reference Numbert18500610-1176
VerdictGuilty > unknown; Guilty > unknown

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1176. THOMAS HURLEY and the said WILLIAM HOLMES , stealing 1121bs. weight of lead, value 18s.; the goods of William Faith; and fixed to a dwelling-house.

MR. COCKLE conducted the Prosecution.

RICHARD SHOLDERS . I am agent to Mr. William Faith; he has premises in Broad-street, Ratcliff. On 15th May, I missed about 6cwt. of sheet lead from the top of the building next to the water-side.

HENRY SIMKINS . On Saturday night, 11th May, I saw the two prisoners, about twenty-five minutes past ten o'clock, carrying about 3cwt. of lead—they were coming from under Thornby's Wharf, on the other side of Stone-stairs—they walked up Stone-stairs—I walked after them, and saw them shove the lead in Mr. Payne's back-window—it was the frame of a window, just the sash—the window part is out.

SOLOMAN DUNBAR . I am a waterman, and live in London-street, Rat-cliff. On Sunday night, 12th May, I was standing on Stone-stairs—I saw Hurley, about eighty feet from Mr. Faith's—I asked what he wanted—he said, "I have a bit of stuff here"—he went under the wharf, took a piece of lead on his shoulder, walked up the stairs, and put it into Payne's window—there is a five-foot way between Mr. Faith's and Thornby's Wharf.

JOHN STIMSON (policeman, K 50). I examined Mr. Faith's on the 18th, and found a quantity of lead missing—I found some lead rolled up in an iron tank in a five-foot way between Mr. Faith's and the wharf—I cannot say whether it is a public way—there is a little gate which leads to it from the street.

WILLIAM THOMAS BRIDGES (Thames-police-inspector). I took the prisoners—I told them what they were charged with—they said they knew nothing about it—Dunbar showed me the place where he saw the prisoners come with the lead—it is a five-foot way between the wharf and Mr. Faith's premises—I examined the window at Payne's, and found the frame was

broken, and particles of lead adhering to the frame—I compared the lead which the officer found, with the lead that remained on the premises, and it corresponded.

Cross-examined by MR. WOOLLETT. Q. How do you know that this five-foot way is a right of way? A. I have always heard that it has been so—the gates of it are closed at night.

WILLIAM CHARLES POTTER (policeman, K 212). I took Hurley—I told him he was charged with stealing lead from a wharf adjoining Thornby's coal-wharf—he said he knew nothing about it—on the way to the station, he said, "Well, I have been had once before, if I get out of this, I will try and get an honest living, and sell things in the street"—Mr. Robinson's men have the keys of this five-foot way.

HURLEY— GUILTY .* Aged 18.

HOLMES— GUILTY .* Aged 19.

Confined Twelve Months.

10th June 1850
Reference Numbert18500610-1177
VerdictGuilty > lesser offence

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1177. SARAH SPARKES , feloniously breaking and entering the dwelling-house of James Grimshaw, and stealing 1 coat, and other articles, value 3l. 1s.; and 2 crowns, 1 half-crown, and 2 shillings, his property.

SARAH GRIMSHAW . I am the wife of James Grimshaw, of 33 1/2, Pear-tree-court, in the parish of St. James, Clerkenwell. My husband rents the house—we let the upper part, and live in the lower—the prisoner lived in the next house, and removed from there on the last day of May—on 1st of June, about ten o'clock in the morning, I went up-stairs to my lodgers on the first floor with some needle-work—before I went up I locked my parlour-door—the parlour window which is on the side of the street was fastened—when I went up the prisoner was in the lodger's room—when I had been there about a quarter of an hour, the prisoner said, "Good morning," and went down—she had only an empty basket in her hand—in ten minutes after I was called down by a child—I found the parlour door wide open—the window was as I left it—I went into the room and missed a coat, a waistcoat, a pair of trowsers, three shirts, a pair of gloves, two silk handkerchiefs, and a tea-pot containing 14s. 6d., and some other things—I had seen them safe when I left the room—the prisoner was gone—it was then about twenty-five minutes past ten o'clock, and the prisoner came back about five in the afternoon, and was taken into custody—I have not seen any of the things since—I had two sheets of brown paper, and I missed one of them—this basket is similar to the one the prisoner had in her hand.

Cross-examined by MR. ROBINSON. Q. How do you know there was a sheet of brown paper there? A. There was one in the top box, and one in the bottom one—I had seen them on the Tuesday before the 1st of June, which waa on Saturday.

EDWARD RICKETTS . I live at 9, Pear-tree-court. I know the prisoner—on 1st June I saw her come out of the house No. 33 1/2 about ten o'clock in the morning—she had this basket under her left arm, and a large parcel under her right arm wrapped in a sheet of brown paper.

Cross-examined. Q. Where were you standing? A. At my own door—my parlour window is opposite the prosecutor's—I had nothing to do, and was standing about—the prisoner used to live at No. 34.

ANN POWELL . I live at 12, Pear-tree-court. On the morning of 1st June, I saw the prisoner go to the shutter of the prosecutor—she pulled the shutter a little way open, and looked in—she then went into the house which goes down one step—I knew her as a neighbour.

Cross-examined. Q. Where do you live? A. At No. 12, a little higher

up—I knew where the prisoner had lived—the shutter of her house was shut, and the house locked up—she had given up the key that morning.

JOHN PORTER (policeman, G 101). On the afternoon of 1st June, I took the prisoner—I told her to consider herself in my custody for robbing Mr. Grimshaw of several articles of wearing apparel—she said, "Very well, I will go with you"—Mr. Grimshaw said, "What did you do with that bundle that you came out with"—she said, "That bundle belonged to Mr. Felstead, and it contained a gown, a flannel petticoat, and a flannel shirt"—before we arrived at the station she said she had had no bundle at all.

Cross-examined. Q. Was she told that she had been seen with a bundle? A. Yes. GUILTY of stealing only. Aged 41.— Confined Four Months.

10th June 1850
Reference Numbert18500610-1178
VerdictGuilty > with recommendation

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1178. DANIEL GOLDING , burglariously breaking and entering the dwelling-house of Richard Lynch, and stealing 1oz. weight of tobacco, value 3 1/2d.; his property: having been before convicted.

MR. ROBINSON conducted the Prosecution.

JOHN BAINBRIDGE (policeman, D 105). A few minutes before two o'clock in the morning on 28th May, I was in Holies-street, Marylebone—I passed the Rose and Shamrock public-house—I found the lower half door was ajar—I pushed it open, went in, and found the prisoner—he had got a light and had this paper of tobacco in his hand—I knew him before—I said to him, "Dan, what are you doing there?"—he said, "What is that to you?"—the light was put out, and the paper of tobacco was dropped—I went behind the bar where he was, and secured him—he made great resistance—I called the prosecutor, and the prisoner said to him, "Richard, you don't mean to give me into custody; I came here for half a gallon of beer"—the prisoner had neither coat, nor waistcoat, nor shoes on—I found behind the bar a piece of candle, and part of a lucifer match—I had seen the premises safe about ten minutes before—I had tried them.

Cross-examined by MR. COCKLE. Q. The prosecutor did not appear the next morning before the Magistrate? A. No; he charged the prisoner at the police-station—I went before the Magistrate, and he ordered the case to be remanded after he had heard the evidence, and ordered a summons for the witness—I did not apply for a remand—I had seen the prisoner on that night come out of Mr. Scull's, the Duke of York, where the prosecutor was—the prosecutor came out about ten minutes after the prisoner did—I did not see them in company together—the prisoner had been drinking when I took him, but he knew perfectly well what he was about—he had not, when I saw him come out of the public-house at twelve o'clock—the prosecutor had not been drinking—I did not examine the premises to see how the prisoner got in, for while I was gone with the prisoner to the station, the prosecutor's wife had fastened the premises up.

RICHARD LYNCH . I keep the premises in Harris-street, in the parish of St. Marylebone—I know the prisoner—I was called up about two o'clock that morning by the officer—I had shut up the house that night at a quarter-past twelve—I was the last person up, to my knowledge—when I was called I found the prisoner and the policeman in front of the bar—they seemed to be very angry with one another, and were struggling—there was some tobacco left in the bar that night from filling some pipes—this tobacco produced is the same sort as that I left, and is about the same quantity—here may be an ounce—it is worth 3d. or 4d. an ounce.

Cross-examined. Q. The prisoner has worked for you? A. Not for me

—he may have cleaned pots—I saw the prisoner outside the door at a quarter past twelve o'clock—he was the worse for liquor when he left my house, and he went to another house and got more—he was worse when I saw him again in my house—the top part of my door was locked, and the bottom part has a bolt and a latch, which cannot be opened on the outside—I shut the door in the usual manner—I did not notice it particularly—I did not observe any marks of violence on it, or any straining of the bolt at the bottom—the prisoner had not got this tobacco when I saw him—he was struggling with the police.

MR. ROBINSON. Q. You gave him in charge for this? A. Yes—the door could not be opened from the outside—he might open the window—there is a window near the door which you can open and get to the tap-room—that window was shut when I went to bed; it was forced open, and from that he could come to the bar—the policeman told me to look round the place, and I did, and saw the window was open—I said to my mistress, "Just shut the window, I will give him a night's lodging, and that is all"—I rather wish to extend mercy to this man, as I hope to find mercy when I leave this world—I would not have told this unless I had been obliged.

CHARLES BENNETT (policeman, D 298). I produce a certificate of the prisoner's former conviction at Clerkenwell—(read—Convicted, March, 1848, confined three months)—the prisoner is the person.

GUILTY.** Aged 18.—Recommended to mercy by the Prosecutor.

Confined Twelve Months.

10th June 1850
Reference Numbert18500610-1179
VerdictGuilty > unknown

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1179. GEORGE WITHERS , stealing 1 handkerchief, value 2s. 6d.; the goods of Johan Gutte, from his person; having been before convicted.

WILLIAM GIFFORD (policeman, H 153). On 9th June I saw the prisoner and another in Mulberry-street, Commercial-road—the prisoner had hold of the skirt of the prosecutor's coat, and the other who was with the prisoner had his hands in the skirt pockets of his own coat, and was spreading them out to screen the prisoner—they saw me, and the prisoner drew his hands from the prosecutor and stood still—I went and stopped the prosecutor—I asked him if he had lost anything—I spoke English, but there was a gentleman with the prosecutor who told him what 1 said—he felt his pocket, and said he had lost his handkerchief—I then ran after the prisoner, and asked him what he had about him—he said, "Nothing"—I said I should search him, and he drew this handkerchief from his breast, and said, "This is my own property, so help me God! I bought it, and gave 1s. 3d. for it in Petticoat-lane"—I took it back to the prosecutor, and he identified it.

JOHAN GUTTE (through an interpreter). This handkerchief is mine—I missed it when the policeman spoke to me—I had had it five minutes before.

Prisoner's Defence. I bought it in Petticoat-lane; this man never saw the handkerchief in his life before.

EDWARD WIGLEY (policeman, H 142). I produce a certificate of the prisoner's former conviction at this Court—(read—Convicted, May, 1848, and confined one year)—the prisoner is the person.

GUILTY .*— Transported for Seven Years.

10th June 1850
Reference Numbert18500610-1180
VerdictGuilty > unknown

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1180. GEORGE DUGGIN , burglariously breaking and entering the dwelling-house of Richard Jolly, and stealing therein, 13 yards of woollen cloth, and other articles, value 27l. 8s.; his property.

RICHARD JOLLY . I am a tailor; I live in Queen-street, in the parish of St. Matthew, Bethnal-green. At a quarter before eleven o'clock on the night

of 28th May, I went to bed—I was the last person up—the house was then fast—at a quarter before four next morning I was called by the policeman—the street-door was open and the kitchen window, which I had seen fast at half-past ten at night, was wide open—it had been lifted up with violence from the outside—I missed thirteen yards of woollen cloth, fourteen yards of waistcoating, some doeskin, and twenty-four handkerchiefs—I have seen some cloth since which I believe is a portion of it—I cannot swear to it.

WILLIAM HENRY CAMPBELL (police-sergeant, K 44). About two o'clock in the morning of 29th May, I was in Cambridge-road, on duty—I saw the prisoner on the foot-path—he had this piece of cloth under his coat, buttoned up—I stopped him, and asked what he had got—he said, a piece of cloth he had found in Shoreditch on the foot-path, and he lived in Worship-street—I asked where he was going—he said, to have a walk—I said, it was strange he should come for a walk at that time, and he said he could not get in—he said, a man saw him pick this cloth up, and he asked him if it was his, and there was a female near, and he asked her if it was hers, and she said, "No"—he was coming in a direction from the prosecutor's.

HENRY GOULD (police-sergeant, K 40). The prisoner was brought to the station—I took his shoes off, and went to the back of the prosecutor's house, where I found several footsteps—I made an impression by the side of them with these shoes, and found them to correspond, and I measured them also—these are two odd shoes, one is straight and the other crooked, and the footsteps were one straight and the other crooked.

Prisoner's Defence. I picked it up in Shoreditch.

GUILTY . Aged 19.— Transported for Seven Years.

THIRD COURT.—Tuesday, June 18th, 1850.



Before Russell Gurney, Esq., and the Seventh Jury.

10th June 1850
Reference Numbert18500610-1181
VerdictNot Guilty > unknown

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10th June 1850
Reference Numbert18500610-1182
VerdictNot Guilty > unknown

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10th June 1850
Reference Numbert18500610-1183
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SentenceImprisonment; Imprisonment; Imprisonment

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1183. JAMES CAMPBELL, SYDNEY ROBERT SPARKS, CHARLES STANLEY , and EDWARD WRIGHT, junior, unlawfully obtaining money by means of false pretences, 5l. from James Burgh Long.

MR. PARNELL conducted the Prosecution.

JAMES BOTHAMLEY . I am a servant out of place, and live at 22, Roman-road, Old Ford. I know Campbell, Sparks, and Stanley—shortly after Christmas I saw them at the Swan public-house, Little Guildford-street, Queen-square, with three or four others unknown to me—they were all in the room together, and had some prospectuses, or circulars—Campbell introduced Sparks as his partner, and said, "We are going to commence a stunning concern," and he took two or three circulars from his pocket, and handed them to those near him—Sparks took a large roll from his hat, as if they had just come from the printers, and gave two or three to those on the other side of the table, and asked the company if they thought it would do—one person said he thought the public were too much on their guard to be taken in; and

Campbell said, "I will engage to throw the devil off his guard"—he said he had taken a house, and paid three months' rent in advance—I understood him to allude to 3, Kingsgate-street—he said he should have three offices, one in New Oxford-street, one in Kingsgate-street, and I did not understand where the third was to be—I have been informed, from a person who has known Campbell many years, that he was originally a footman—at the latter end of Feb., I think it was, I called at 3, Kingsgate-street—I saw Campbell; and while I was speaking to him, Sparks came in, went through the inner office, came behind the counter, and said to Campbell, "Good morning," and Campbell said, "Good morning" to him—a man then came in, and inquired whether there was anything to attend to that morning—Campbell told Sparks to attend to him—Sparks opened a book, and said, "No, nothing this morning"—he then went away, and I left—Campbell was then dressed very respectably, and he had not the moustachos and hair on his face that he has now—I called at the beginning of April, saw Stanley, and asked him for Campbell—he said he had not been there for a fortnight—I asked if he could tell me where I could find him—he said, "No"—I said I should go to his lodgings.

Cross-examined by MR. PAYNE. Q. How have you been getting your living? A. I am a watchmaker by trade, and am a gentleman's servant—I have not been a watchmaker since 1842; I was then in business for myself, and kept a shop at Ipswich—I left there because I could not get on—I did not leave in debt—I came to London, and about three weeks or a month after got a situation with Sir Edward Tucker, at Southampton—after two years I left him, as he was going to travel, and then had an engagement to inspect traffic, and was about the country till 1st Aug., 1845—I then became a farmer (which my father was) in the West Riding of Yorkshire—I did not get on, and left there last Aug.—I did not owe anybody anything there—I then went to Ipswich, and in Oct. came to London—when I came up I went to see an old fellow-servant, who said he could get me a situation, and he introduced me to Cussons, who is a friend of Campbell's, to whom he introduced me; and Campbell agreed, for 2l., to give me a false character, by which I was to obtain a situation—I gave him 25s. of it, and went to this public-house for that purpose—I was not examined before any Magistrate, except Mr. Jardine—I was not examined under the name of Brown—I did not go before Mr. Henry, Mr. Combs, or Mr. Hall—when I was sworn, the solicitor said, "Is your name James Brown?"—I said, "No;" my name is James Bothamley, and I am known to the prisoners by the name of Brown"—that conversation about taking the devil off his guard, took place before several persons—I looked at the circulars—the prisoners made no concealment, but spoke openly about it—it was a room any person could come into—there were six or seven people there, all known to Campbell—I have been paid nothing, nor promised anything, for giving my evidence—when I found out where Campbell was, I went and asked him for my 25s., saying I would not trouble him—he would not give it me, and I gave information to Sergeant Thompson—when I saw Campbell and Sparks at Kingsgate-street, Campbell did not appear doing anything—I dined with him once, previous to Christmas, at 3, Gloucester-street, Queen's-square, where he lived.

Cross-examined by MR. HORRY. Q. When the prisoners addressed you it was by the name of Brown? A. Yes—I was never charged under either name with cheating a person of a watch—I did not keep out of the way for fear of being taken—I pledged my watch to pay Campbell this money—a Mrs. Watts wanted it out, and I made a declaration that I had lost the ticket,

and got the watch—there was then no charge against me of getting a superior watch to the one I had pledged—there was a committee sat in St. Martin's-lane to get evidence on this case—I was not one of them, and did not go before them—my attention was called to some advertisements—a person wrote me a letter, telling me where Campbell was—I tore it up.

MR. PAYNE. Q. Have you ever said you would swear anything for 10s. and a good blow out? A. No; but that is a favourite expression of Campbell's—I did not say no one could hurt me for it, and I often got 1l. font, and must fly to it.

Cross-examined by MR. PARRY. Q. How long before Christmas did you go by the name of Brown? A. A very few days—I never went by any other name.

MR. PARNELL. Q. Did Campbell know your right name? A. Yes; he was introduced to me as Mr. Curtis, a reduced gentleman, and he was always after called "the Captain."

COURT. Q. Was any reason given for your being called Brown? A. Campbell said mine was a very long awkward name, and the ladies would not like to call me by it.

GEORGE MORRIS . I am steward of a steam vessel, and live in Cornwall-road, Lambeth; I know all the prisoners. On 1st Feb. I saw an advertisement in the paper—on the 13th I became acquainted with Wright—I had been previously in his father's service, who was then in Whitecross-street—I went to 16, Upper Wellington-street, Strand, where there was up over the door, "E. Wright and Co., auctioneers and emigration-office"—I saw Stanley there, and said I had come from Mrs. Wright to see Mr. Wright—he said he believed he was gone to New Oxford-street; that is where old Wright used to live—I afterwards saw Wright, the son, in New Oxford-street, and he asked me to go with him to Whitecross-street, as his father was in trouble—as we went, we called at 3, Kingsgate-street, and saw Sparks there—as we came back we called again, and saw Stanley, Sparks, and Campbell, and we all went to the public-house next door but one—I asked Wright what we went to Kingsgate-street for, and he said about getting his father out of prison—I have frequently conversed with him about an office—he wanted me to get an office and become his partner, and carry on the same business, to advertise for young men, and get the money to share it between us; he said he would be the responsible person, and sign everything—I did not agree, and he said I seemed to be afraid—I said, "No," I was not afraid particularly, but it was not a game that would suit me; I would become partner in anything where there was a chance of getting an honest living—he said there was an office in Manchester-square we could have, and would I go and put down 2l. for it—I went and looked at it, but put no money down—he said they could not do anything; there was no fear; if one place got too hot, we could move about and get another—I saw Stanley on 19th April, and he engaged me to mind his office, 3, Kingsgate-street, on the Saturday, for which I was to have 5s.—I only got 1s. 6d.—I went next day and minded it—he told me there would be several young men come, and I was to give them some slips of paper which he wrote, and which I believe were to go to some distance, and when they came back in the afternoon I was to tell them he had gone to Southampton—Loten, George, and Nelson, came—I gave them the message in the morning—Stanley came to the office the very same day, between twelve and one o'clock, while the young men were out—I saw Stanley on the Monday, at a coffee-shop in Great Queen-street, where there is "E. Nixon and Co., auctioneers and estate-agents," over the door—Stanley was then going by the name of Nixon—he

looked the same as he does now, but he wore spectacles—I saw Campbell that day at Great Queen-street, and a person named Mack—there was a son of Sparks's there, and Campbell said he must go directly to Clerkenwell, where there was some money to be paid—Loten and George afterwards came, kicked up a disturbance, and Campbell went away—shortly after, I met Campbell in Queen-street—we went to the Victoria coffee-house, and he sent me to Stanley to ask him for some money—Stanley said he could not do anything of the kind; that Campbell had had money enough, he should not give him any more, he had better have all—Campbell asked me if I was going to Kingsgate-street—I said I was not going there to be killed, and reap no benefit—he then said I might have thirds if I liked—the young men were kicking up a disturbance, the same as I was, about losing their money—they asked me to go and take charge of Brownlow-street-office—I said, "No"—Wright frequently said it was a very rosy game.

Cross-examined by MR. PAYNE. Q. What vessel do you belong to? A. The Ramsgate and Margate Star; I have been there this last few weeks, except when engaged on this case—I am fore-cabin waiter—I went into Wright's service when our vessel laid up for the winter—I was his collector and clerk, and was to pay him 20l. as cash security—it was not to be paid as a partner.

Cross-examined by MR. HORRY. Q. Did you not advance 5l. towards the advertising? A. No; I paid 11l. of the 20l., and before I paid the rest he was taken to Whitecross-street—I was four times before Magistrates—I made depositions and signed them on the third examination—I was first examined before Mr. Jard✗ine—Wright has told me the boy was Spark's son.

Cross-examined by MR. PARRY. Q. How often did you look at the house in Marylebone? A. Only once with young Wright—when the young men came in the afternoon, I told them I thought I had been swindled, and them too—I have been under-steward to Mr. Crawford a month—before that I was out of place since last Oct., when the boat laid up—I lived during that time upon the property I had worked hard for—I have been in the steam line fourteen years.

MR. PARNELL. Q. How much have you had back of what you paid? A. None at all.

Stanley. Where did you first see me? A. At 16, Wellington-street in the morning, and at Kingsgate-street in the afternoon—I did not offer to buy your business in Kingsgate-street, and give you 15l. for the fixtures—I believe there is an address in my writing in your books of a party who was going to pay 10l.; you ordered me to write it—I believe your name is Charles Stanley Nixon.

JOHN GREVE . I am a printer, at 4, Crescent, Southwark Bridge-road. I know all the prisoners by sight—I had the letting of a house belonging to my nephew in Exeter-change, and let it to Wright and Stanley, as an agency and address office—they were both after it at different times for about a fortnight, and Stanley then took it in Wright's name; that is, Wright was charged with the rent, but he represented Stanley as his partner—"Address Office," was over the window; on the blind, "House and Estate Agents," or some such expression—they commenced their tenancy on 28th Jan., had it about a month, and I gave them notice to quit—Sparks then took it, and bought the fixtures of them before he knew whether he would be accepted as a tenant, and he came to me with Campbell and paid three weeks arrears of rent—Sparks told me it was to be some foreign office, but not what description—I afterwards applied to Sparks at Kingsgate street for my rent—I saw Stanley

there, and he said Sparks was not in, but he would give him my message—I never saw Sparks there—I went to 16, Upper Wellington-street for rent due from Wright, and saw Stanley there, and he told me Mr. Wright must attend to it, he had nothing to do with it—I said, "You are his partner; I apply to you just the same as him"—he said, "I am no partner, and never was"—"Wright and Co.," was up over the house—after Sparks took the house, "Wager-room and Betting-office" was put up in the window, which was immediately objected to.

Cross-examined by MR. HORRY. Q. And was not "Address-office" erased? A. Yes—Sparks asked me whether there was any objection to a bundle or two of cigars being placed in the window—I said I would inquire—I was subpoenaed before Mr. Jardine by Sergeant Thompson—I did not see any advertisement placards in the streets, or bills in the windows about this case—Sparks was very seldom there—he never looked well.

COURT. Q. Did you know Sparks was known to the former tenants? A. He denied any knowledge of them, and I told him if he was at all connected with them he should not have the place—he denied knowing them, and referred me to Mr. James, of Theobald's-road, as knowing all about him—I should not have let him the place unless the arrears of rent had been paid—I did not see Mr. James, I sent.

JAMES HOARE . I am a shoemaker in Harpur-street, New Kent-road. I know Wright, Stanley, and Sparks—I first saw them on 23rd or 25th Jan., at 16, Upper Wellington-street, where I went in consequence of a letter in answer to an advertisement in the Morning Advertiser—Wright and Stanley were in the office at the time—Stanley appeared to be clerk—I told Wright I came in answer to an advertisement, "Wanted a collector in a shipping and emigration office"—Wright said he had advertised for a young man, but did not know but what a middle-aged man would do as well—I asked what the work would be—he said he would show me in a day or two—the terms on which he engaged me were afterwards reduced to writing—he said 20l. would be required as security for sums of money that would pass through my hands—I had paid 5l.—I entered into this written agreement, which I signed, and saw him sign—(this was an agreement dated 7th Feb., 1850, between Edward Wright and James Hoare, Hoare to be employed as clerk and messenger at 24s. a week, for twelve months certain, one week's notice to be given on leaving, Hoare agreeing to deposit 20l., which was to be returned, the said notice being given)—I then paid 15l., and received this receipt (prodeced)—I began my service on 4th Feb., and had to carry out letters in answer to advertisements, and circulars of a Funeral Society—the hours were from ten to four—sometimes I had scarcely anything to do, sometimes for three or four hours, and sometimes for the whole day—I got my salary the first week, the second week, 10s., and the third, nothing at all—I asked Wright for it, and he said he should not be able to pay me on the Saturday—I said I wanted it, I had my family to keep, and I must leave—he said, "Very well; never mind the week's notice," and I left that day—he did not pay me back a farthing of the 20l., and he said he must do with with me as he had done with others, he must advertise for some one else, and rob them to pay me—I went from time to time to get my money, and then found the office shut up—I have not received any of it—I once saw Sparks there, and Stanley told me their chief office was at Hull.

Cross-examined by MR. HORRY. Q. What was Sparks doing? A. Nothing. Stanley. Q. Did I not tell you that Wright had an office at Hull? A. No. ALBERT SAVAGE. I was in service up to 18th Feb.; my master put an advertisement

in the paper for me, in consequence of which I went on 18th Feb. to 16, Upper Wellington-street, and saw Wright and Stanley there—Wright appeared to be master, and Stanley clerk—over the door there was "Auctioneer, Valuer, Shipping, and Emigration Agent"—I told Wright I came about the situation I advertised for—he said he was very busy, and asked me to call in about an hour—I called at that time, and Stanley and two other men were then there—Wright said he was very busy, and asked me to call at half-past five—I called then, and saw Wright and Stanley and the two others, who then left—Wright then said he had a very good situation, and I was likely to suit, that was only a branch office, the principal office was at Hull—he said, "Understand, you will have to pay a cash deposit of 5l.; can you do that?"—I said, "Oh yes"—I asked him what for, and he said for my responsibility, as I should have money passing through my hands, and for the responsible situation I should have to hold—I called next day, and paid the 5l.—I was told, I think by Wright, to go out till the agreement was ready—I cannot say who wrote it, I think Wright—this is it(produced—this was a similar agreement to the other, for twelve months certain, salary 21s. per week; one week's notice, and a deposit of 5l.)—I went day that was signed, and was there ten days—I applied for my wages at the end of the week, and Wright said he was not prepared to pay me at present—the first day I took a letter to a brush-shop in the Edgware-road, with some initials on it, and another with initials to Stratford-place, Bond-street—when I came back at two o'clock, Wright and Stanley were then there, and Wright sent me to my dinner—I came back in an hour, and there was no one there—I staid till four, and no one came—I went next morning at nine—Stanley was there, and Wright came afterwards, and there were some letters already written for me to deliver—Stanley gave me two to deliver, but there were several with initials on them—I think there was nothing more to do that day—no money passed through my hands—I was engaged in that way all the time I was there—I was sent with funeral prospectuses to Rotherhithe, Goodman's-fields, and Whitechapel—there was no emigration or shipping business—I told Wright I could see no business doing, and I thought it was a regular humbugging concern—he said, "It is no odds to you as long as I pay you"—I said, "I don't see you have business to pay me"—when I had been there three or four days, I gave notice that I was going to leave—after I left, I called at least thirty times to get my money—I saw Wright in Adam-street last April, and said 1 was determined to have some money, and I followed him and a man who is a solicitor, to several public-houses—I was determined not to lose sight of him—we went up Soho, and when he saw I kept close, he said, "Will you advance five shillings, and I will put an advertisement in the paper, as I must d. some one else before I can pay you."

Cross-examined by MR. HORRY. Q. Did you belong to the committee in St. Martin's-lane? A. Yes; Mr. Parrot was chairman—we gave directions for advertisements to be inserted in the newspapers, and had cards and bills put in the windows—we invited evidence to come forward.

JOHN M'DONALD . I live at 36, Hunter-street, Brunswick-square, and am a servant out of place. In Feb. I went to 3, Kingsgate-street, in consequence of an advertisement in the paper, and saw Sparks there—he said he was in want of a young man as clerk and messenger, and told me to call in about a week—I went in about a week, and then saw Campbell—he had no moustachios then—he asked me if I was prepared to take the situation—I said I could begin the next day—he said he should require 10l. for my honesty, which I was to pay as soon as I could, and I then paid 1l. deposit,

and 9l. more a week after—I signed this agreement the same day—he had it ready drawn out—(this agreement was dated 23rd Feb., between James Campbell and John M'Donald, who was to be employed as assistant clerk and messenger, at a salary of 20s. a week, and to deposit 10l., to be returned after one month's notice)—when I first saw Sparks, he said it would require from 10l. to 15l.—he did not say to whom it was to be paid—I commenced my duties on 25th, and remained a fortnight—I had to make an inquiry at Islington the first day I was there, and I was employed all the while I was there in making inquiries, and delivering letters at a great distance off—I was paid 1l. for the first week, and applied at the office at the end of the second, but Campbell was not to be found—during the two weeks I was there I saw Stanley, Sparks, and Campbell there from time to time—on Saturday, the 13th, I received this letter from Stanley at the office—I do not know whether it is Campbell's writing—(prodeced)—I got this memorandum from Campbell about a fortnight after that, at Kingsgate-street—I applied four or five times for my wages and deposit, and could not get any—(letter read—"13th March, 3, Kingsgate-street. On reconsideration, and in consequence of your leaving my employment, I have consulted my solicitor, and have come to the agreement not to settle with you until the expiration of the notice on the agreement; the notice, I am agreeable, to be computed from Monday last. I do not know your uncle; I have no business with him"—memorandum read—"I agree to pay Mr. M'Donald 5l. to-morrow, at five o'clock—30th March")

Cross-examined by MR. PAYNE. Q. Who paid the 9l.? A. My uncle—he was present when the agreement was signed—"J. Crawford," which is scratched out at the bottom of the agreement, is my father's name, which I signed first—he died when I was four years old—my mother married M'Donald, and I have gone by that name—eight months before going to this office I had a situation as footman, and left in consequence of having the small-pox—Campbell did not give me any letters to deliver—I posted some of those I was ordered to deliver—I did not give Campbell any written notice—he did not tell me he was going to move to more convenient premises in Brownlow-street—I do not know that he went there—Sparks and Stanley were both employed in the office as clerks—Sparks was in and out giving orders and writing occasionally.

Stanley. Q. Was it on the Saturday I gave you the letter? A. Yes, Saturday night—it was not Monday—you said Mr. Campbell had been to the office that afternoon, and left the letter, and being short of cash, it would not make any difference for a day or two—you did not give me any letter on the Monday, when my uncle was with me.

CHARLES GEORGE . I am a draper. About the beginning of March, in consequence of an advertisement, 1 went to 3, Kingsgate-street, where there was over the door, "Charles Stanley, house-agent, &c," and saw Sparks and Stanley—Sparks was writing, and I saw him come out of the office with a blue bag in his hand—Stanley told me to go just outside, and call again in ten minutes—after Sparks was gone, I had a conversation with Stanley, and produced a note I had received from him, and which he tore up—it was this: "Sir, if you will call at my office between two and three o'clock, I will see you respecting a situation. CHARLES STANLEY.—N.B. Office-hours ten to four"—he told me he wanted me in his office there, as a clerk and messenger, and I was to pay a deposit of 15l.—I said I was not prepared to pay it, but would give him an answer in a day or two—I left, went into the country, returned on the Monday, and paid him six sovereigns—that was 25th March—on 8th April I paid 2l. more, and he gave me a receipt for 2l. 15s.;

on April 13th I paid 2l. more, making 10l.; bat the receipts amounted to 10l. 15l.—I do not know what the 15s. is for—I commenced my duty on 26th March—I went, at Stanley's direction, to the Thames Tunnel, and made inquiry respecting some premises that were to let by an advertisement out of the paper—he said I was to inquire in my own name, and on no pretence to let them know it was a house-agent inquiring—I afterwards had several letters addressed to me, from the different parties of whom I inquired—I asked Sparks his name, and wrote it down in this book (prodeced),"Sydney Sparks," but Stanley told me Sparks's name was Spinks—I received orders two or three time from Sparks, and once or twice from a little boy, I believe under Stanley, and from Stanley himself—I never saw Campbell or Wright at Kingsgate-street—in consequence of what another prisoner told me (I do not know whether he is now in Court), I went to Brownlow-street two or three times, and once found Stanley and Campbell there, talking, with papers on the table—on two occasions I found Campbell there, and once a man named Long, who I found was another dupe of them, and who I believe is a witness to-day—I was in the service three or four weeks—I received 10s. at the end of the first week—my wages were to be 2l. a week—on the second Saturday there was some offered me by a young man—I said I would not leave without seeing Stanley, and he came forward—on the Monday following I received 15s., and a day or two after 1l. from Stanley—I have applied to him several times, and have not been able to get any more—I have tried to come to terms with him to give me part of the money, and he has appointed to meet me at certain hours, and has never kept the appointments—when I complained of walking about so much, he said he would put me in another house he had in the Strand.

Cross-examined by MR. HORRY. Q. Are you a member of the committee? A. No; there was one, to get together the young men who had been duped, and to get evidence—I do not recollect Sparks being away from the office some time—when I met him, he looked very ill, and was obliged to walk with a stick, and he was given into custody—I was to pay 15l. deposit, and 1l. for the agreement—I paid 10l., and the rest was to be taken out of my wages at 2s. 6d. a week.

HEBER GOING LOTEN . I am a mariner, and live at Artichoke-place, Mile-end-road. In consequence of an answer to an advertisement in the paper, I went to 3, Kingsgate-street, about 20th or 25th March—I saw Stanley, who told me the situation was in his own office, and the salary would be 2l. a week—I said I was unacquainted with business, and was willing to take a smaller salary—he said he could not think of offering me a smaller salary than that—he said I should have to pay 10l., and I left a deposit of 10s., as binding me to the situation—I was to pay the rest on entering the situation on 1st April—I went on 1st April, and paid 9l. 10s. in gold—Stanley stated when I first saw him, that he would have an agreement properly drawn up, his legal man should draw it up—when I paid the money, Sparks, who was acting as the legal man, produced the agreement and read it over at Stanley's wish—I read it over, and fetched a witness on my part—the legal man was gone then—this is the agreement (prodeced)—after that Stanley asked me if I had any particular inclination to go to Greenwich fair—I said certainly, and he gave me two days' holiday to go—on the Wednesday I returned to the office at ten, and found the shutters closed—I returned at half-past ten or eleven, and found Sparks sitting behind the desk—he told me Mr. Stanley had been called by urgent business out of town—before that, I had seen Stanley and Sparks in the street together, and I saw Stanley again about

two o'clock—on my going on the Thursday, Stanley told me, in consequence of a person not having left them who he thought would, I might extend my holiday to the following Monday—I went on the Monday, and was sent to inquire the rent and examine some houses down by the Surrey Zoological Gardens—I was to do it in my own name, on no account to mention Mr. Stanley, or to say I came from an agency office—after that, I was sent with letters directed with initials—in consequence of what a cousin of mine told me, I went to Mr. Campbell's office in Brownlow-street, and saw Campbell there, and a son of Sparks—I had seen Stanley at the door but not inside—I remained in the employment a fortnight—this I O U for 4l. 5s., 18th April, is 4l. for two weeks salary, and 5s. which I charged for omnibuses, that is all I received in the shape of money—Mr. Stanley gave me 2s. when Mr. Henry discharged him—I went to Kingsgate-street office on 20th April—I was sent out with some letters, and when I returned, Morris, who was there, told me Stanley had gone to Southampton—I searched the house to see if I could find him, and the most valuable article I found was an old pewter pot—I went to Mr. Campbell's office, Brownlow-street, the same day, and saw Stanley coming out—it was No. 7, a Loan, Investment, and Emigration Office—I asked him if he intended paying me—he said he was particularly sorry; really it was not in his power that day—I saw him again the same day at Nixon and Co's., 79, Great Queen-street, and when he saw me and one or two other victims, he ran into a back-room—George was with me—we made a disturbance—this (produced—headed "Loan Discount and Guarantee Office") is one of the prospectuses of the Kingsgate-street establishment.

Cross-examined by MR. HORRY. Q. Were not Stanley's words that he would have an agreement drawn up by a legal man? A. Yes; I signed my name, and paid the money when Sparks was not there—I took Stanley before Mr. Hall, and he dismissed the charge—I charged him with obtaining money by false pretences—there was no evidence gone into, except the reading of my agreement—I was one of the St. Martin's-lane Committee—we met to raise funds.

The Defendant WRIGHT here pleaded GUILTY .

JAMES BURGH LONG . I live at Brompton, and am a clerk. On 4th or 5th April, in consequence of an answer to advertisement I inserted on 3rd, I went to the "Loan, Investment, and Emigration Office, 7, Brownlow-street"—I saw Sparks and Campbell—I showed Sparks the letter I had received with reference to the advertisement, and he referred me to Campbell—Sparks asked me whether I was prepared with security—I said I was, with either personal or cash—he said, "Our manager will not take personal security"—I only knew him as Mr. Sydney—Campbell then had no moustachios or imperial—on the first interview, after conversing about the duties of the place, he asked me whether I was prepared to pay some deposit as security—I said yes—he asked what money I had—I said 2l.—he said he wanted 10l. to buy the situation—I said I had not got it about me, I would let him have the two sovereigns, and go to the bank for more—I gave him the two sovereigns, went to the bank, then gave him eight more, and he gave me a receipt—Sparks was in and out of the office—this is the receipt for the 10l. (produced)—the body of it is in Sparks's writing, and the signature is Campbell's—I paid Campbell 40l. more by a check on the Monday, and he gave me this receipt (prodeced)—it is all in his writing—I have lost my agreement, thiss is the counter-part of it (produced by Thompson)—I signed two—I kept one and he one—I had to go out and make inquiries at various places, generally at a great distance off—I remained a fortnight—I got 2l. the first week, and none

after that—Sparks was there at the beginning of the first week, but not at the latter end—he acted as head clerk—I saw Stanley and Wright there on two or three occasions—I went on the second Saturday, 20th April—I found no one there but an old man, who had been there three or four days, and goes by the name of Mack; I have not seen him since—on one occasion I saw Stanley in the private room with Campbell nearly an hour.

Cross-examined by MR. PAYNE. Q. Did you produce your agreement before the Magistrate? A. Yes; I did not afterwards refuse to produce if—I last saw it when I was in the witness-box—I missed it next day—I thought I put it into my pocket-book—there was not anything upon it which I did not like to be seen—I have not lost my pocket-book—I was very indignant when I found the old man at the office—I went into the private room—I did not break the door open—I pushed the door, and Mack's arm gave way—I did say I would break every bone in Campbell when I found him—I did not say I would break the place down—I wrote a notice, and left it on the table—I said if he would give me the 40l. I would take that—he did not say I had disgraced myself by my violent conduct, and I had better leave at once—an appointment was made to meet Campbell at his solicitors that evening—I afterwards went to the office with Loten, my cousin—there was a woman there; we did not insult her—we put placards all about the place; we did not paint out the writing—the placards did not hide the name of the office—we did not take away any papers—I did not take a lot of memorandums, and say I would have them, they belonged as much to me as them—once when I went to the office, I was told Campbell had gone to Brighton—I did not receive any money from persons who came to the office—the only business I did was to date a few letters signed by Campbell, and the only money I received was 2d. for a prospectus.

Cross-examined by MR. HORRY. Q. You paid the 10l. and the 40l. to Campbell? A. Yes, I do not recollect Campbell calling Sparks in from the outer office—both times that I went about the situation, Sparks kept coming in and out—Sparks always gave me the inquiry papers—after the first day, Campbell never spoke to me about my business—I never said that Sparks acted under Campbell's instructions; he appeared to be a clerk; he was absent some days, and some one in the office said he was ill of a liver-complaint; when I was with Loten and George I met him, and said he looked ill—I requested him to go home and go to bed, and I told him when he was well would be time enough for me to bring my charge against him—I am a member of the committee to inquire and get evidence—I am sorry to say we got very few—I do not know their names—none of them are here—I think we got six.

MR. PARNELL. Q. Are there any witnesses to-day that were not witnesses before Mr. Jardine when the prisoners were committed? A. No.

THOMAS SAUNDERS . I am a carpenter, and know all the prisoners. About 24th March I fitted up an office for Wright, at 17, Adam-street, Adelphi—he was to pay me 6s.—I was there on 8th April, and recollect Topp coming to see Wright, who then whispered to me, asked me to leave the office a few moments, said he was going to nail him, and then he would pay me—I left, went again, and asked for my money—he said he had not received it yet, he was going to take him on trial, he would have it in the course of a week—on 22nd April I was introduced to Stanley by young Wright, who said, "This is Mr. Saunders; I think he is a person who can do your business for you"—Stanley said he had an office in Great Queen-street, and he had seen a young man, an auctioneer, from the country, and had received a sovereign from him, and was going to receive 9l. on the following morning—

he gave me a description of him which agrees with Pascall, who was afterwards pointed out to me—Stanley said his office was too hot for him, and I was to go in and mind it on his behalf, take an extract from the Times, and send him with it, and keep the clerks as quiet as I could, and hinder them from touching any of the papers or books there—I went next day—Pascall came, and I took an extract from the Times, and sent him to Bayswater—I saw Stanley the same evening at the Old Bell, in Wellington-street, and told him what I had done—he said it was quite right—Loten and George also came to the office, and I told them it was all a trick, they would never get their money—I remained there till the Friday, when I gave the keys to Mr. Parrott, the landlord—while I was there, Stanley sent me to Brownlow-street—I went and saw a lady, and said I had a message from Mr. Stanley to Mr. Campbell—Campbell was in the back-parlour, and could hear what I said—I said, "Mr. Stanley tells me to tell you that party you have had 50l. from is getting rather troublesome, and you had better keep out of the way"—he said, "Very well, tell him I am very much obliged to him"—I was in Wright's service three weeks altogether—he told me his method of business was of advertising in the Times for young men wanting situations, and making appointments with them half-an-hour after each other—he said the first thing was to get the deposits, or part of them—he said, "When any reference is wanted about respectability, I send to Brownlow-street, and Brownlow-street sends to me"—I saw a man at Wright's office named James, who I know by sight—I heard him say, "I tell you what it is; my office is too hot for me and yours for you; the best way is for me to take your place a little time till it is blown over"—I saw Sparks the day after I gave up the keys, and he said I was a d—d fool to give up the keys, and "I would not have cared a pin if the papers were all right"—Wright told me he was obliged to let Mr. Campbell have a sovereign, because the carpenter was kicking up a row about the blinds at Brownlow-street.

Cross-examined by MR. PAYNE. Q. Were you sent to sea by your family? A. Yes; it was not for stealing from my father; I had a predilection for the sea—I was at sea four years—I was Queen's evidence in a case against some men about town for taking some property from Chaplin and Home's—I got 25l. for that—I never borrowed 3l. or 1l. on any 50l.-note, or promissory-note, or any bill—Mr. Jardine was the only Magistrate before whom I was examined—I do not expect to get anything for coming here—I sold a person a receipt for making French-polish for 3l.—I did not for that promise to get a stolen 50l.-note—I never had a stolen note, or knew anybody with one.

Cross-examined by MR. HORRY. Q. Since you were first examined, how many places have you lived in? A. Two; I went away without paying rent, I was not asked for it—I pay 4s. a week—I get my money by working for it at Mr. Neale's, the pianoforte-makers—I have been in constant employ for three months—I have been twice charged with felony—I was never charged with robbing my father—I was charged first with taking a duplicate from a man's pocket—I was acquitted—the second time I was charged with taking things from a furnished lodging—I was discharged—it was after that that I was Queen's evidence.

MR. PARNELL. Q. When was this about Chaplin and Home's? A. Last Oct.; the directors of the South Western Railway paid me the'money—one of the parties was transported, and the other had six months.

THOMAS TOPP . I am a servant. I made an agreement with Wright on 5th April to go into his service—I paid 3l., and got back 10s.—on 28th

April I went to a public-house next door to the Adelphi theatre, and there saw Sparks, Wright, Stanley, and two or three others—a person named Pennington was one of them—I asked Wright for my money back—they said it was not worth coming after—Pennington gave me a slap on the face, and Stanley was for putting me out of the house—on 14th May, I saw Stanley and James in Wigmore-street—I followed them, and James said to Stanley, "That is one of Wright's victims for 3l."—Stanley said that paltry sum was not worth noticing; if he was taken before a hundred Magistrates he would meet them all, for they were all a set of d—fools, and did not know common law—he said if any of them asked him for money, he would set to and give them a good milling, and pitch into them like a brick, as he had to one the day before—I asked if they could tell me where Wright was, and James said if I would stand something to drink, they would, but they roust be d—d fools to tell where the others were, for nothing.

WILLIAM PARROTT . I live at 7, Princes-street, Drury-lane. I had the letting of 79, Great Queen-street, and let it to Sparks on Thursday, 15th April—I have an agreement dated 18th April, which he signed—the house was opened on the following Monday, in the name of "Nixon and Co."—on Saturday 27th, I received the keys from Saunders—I found in the house a quantity of papers, which I delivered to Serjeant Thompson.

Cross-examined by MR. HORRY. Q. You let the house to Sparks, and he did not come near it for some time? A. I saw him there on the Thursday—he paid me 1l. 12s.—I was sent for on the Monday, because there were a quantity of young men round the place—Sparkes seemed poorly on the Thursday, and I did not see him again for ten days, when he applied for the papers—I did not give them him, and he took out a summons against me to Bow-street, where he was taken into custody.

WILLIAM PASCALL . I was an auctioneer in the country. In consequence of an advertisement, on 20th April I went to 79, Great Queen-street, where there was "Nixon and Co." up—I saw a person of the name of Nixon—the tall prisoner is the man (Stanley)—he was dressed in Californian trowsers, and I have seen him wear spectacles—I was engaged by him as his clerk and messenger, and agreed to pay him a deposit of 10l.—I paid him 1l. that day, and 9l. on the following Tuesday—I executed this agreement (prodeced)—I commenced my duties on Saturday the 20th, remained until the Tuesday, and on Wednesday morning found it was all up—I saw Saunders there, and he sent me to three or four different places, Kensington, Bayswater, and so on—I afterwards saw Stanley at the White Horse, in Theobald's-road, and asked him for my money back—he made an appointment for me to call there on the following Saturday at exactly three o'clock—I went, and did not find him there—I know the other prisoners by seeing them at the office, and in each other's company—I have seen Wright in Stanley's company.

JOSEPH THOMPSON (police-sergeant, F 11). I took Campbell, Sparks, and Stanley into custody—I took Stanley at 15, Blandford-street, Dorset-square, a loan and discount-office—he was then going in the name of Harvey—I there found these circulars relating to the office (prodeced)—there is no name signed to them—they are precisely the same as the Brownlow-street ones, except that Brownlow-street is altered to Blandford-street—I found some books, papers, and about 100 letters—I went to Brownlow-street, and there found a great many letters, papers, and a diary—in the diary on 30th March there is this entry, "Mr. James to call at one o'clock, 10l.; paid Gun on account, out of gull-fund, 1l."—I received a number of papers from Mr. Parrott, of which these are some (prodeced)—there is a letter among them

from a young man claiming a return of money, and some agreements, the same as those produced, except that the person who enters into the agreement is Sparks—I took Sparks in Russell-street, Bow-street, and found the letter produced on him—at Stanley's office, in Queen-street, I found a quantity of papers, and among them a letter from a Mrs. Curtis (prodeced), and this prospectus of the Kingsgate-street office, stating that money orders were to be made payable in favour of Robert Sparks.

Stanley's Defence. I have been taken into custody two or three times; I was discharged the first time at Bow-street, and the second before Mr. Henry, who said there was no charge against me; the parties then got up a meeting at St. Martin's-lane, concocted this charge against us, and brought us before Mr. Jardine; I am prepared at this moment to settle with them.

WRIGHT—GUILTY. Aged 23.— Confined Twelve Months.



Confined Eighteen Months.

SPARKS— GUILTY . Aged 27.— Confined Twelve Months.

(There was another indictment against the prisoners.)

10th June 1850
Reference Numbert18500610-1184
VerdictGuilty > pleaded guilty; Guilty > lesser offence
SentenceImprisonment; Imprisonment

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1184. EDWARD WRIGHT, senior, and JOHN JAMES , unlawfully obtaining 10l., the moneys of William Davies, by false pretences.—2nd COUNT, for a conspiracy. EDWARD WRIGHT pleaded GUILTY* to 2nd Count. Aged 57.— Confined Eighteen Months.

WILLIAM DAVIES . I am a civil engineer, and live at Denton-street, St. Pancras. At the end of Nov., in consequence of an advertisement, I went to 447, Oxford-street, and there saw Wright, who engaged me as his clerk—I was to make a deposit of 10l., for money that had to pass through my hands—I deposited 1l. that day, and 9l. the second—I believe that was 24th Nov.—my salary was to commence from 1st Dec.—the first day I went, I was sent a long way out to look at houses, and when I came back I was told I had nothing to do—the next day I went to another part of the town at a distance—when the week was out, I applied for my salary, and did not get any—Wright's card was "Wright and Co.," and "Wright and Co." was over the door—he told me James, Sparks and Campbell were his partners—after I had paid him the 10l., I was out with him, and we met James in New Oxfords street, and Wright said, "This is Mr. James my partner"—James heard that—Wright gave him two sovereigns, and said, "It is the two out of the 10l. I have received of Davies; that will be your share"—James took it, and they went away together—I have seen James and Wright, and applied to them for my money—I have not been able to get it.

James. Q. When was it you saw me in New Oxford-street? A. I think 24th Nov.; it was before I commenced the business—I do not know whether I told the Magistrate that Wright paid you 2l.—you were not in custody.

JAMES— GUILTY on 2nd Count.— Confined Eighteen Months.

(There was another indictment against James.)


Before Mr. Common Serjeant.

10th June 1850
Reference Numbert18500610-1185
VerdictGuilty > pleaded guilty

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1185. JOHN GODDARD , stealing 1 jacket, value 5s.; the goods of Joseph Robert Gay: to which he pleaded

GUILTY . Aged 26.— Confined Four Months.

10th June 1850
Reference Numbert18500610-1186
VerdictGuilty > pleaded guilty; Guilty > pleaded guilty; Not Guilty > unknown
SentenceImprisonment; Corporal > whipping

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1186. ROBERT SMITH, JOHN FOSTER , and DAVID ALLEN , stealing 7 tame ducklings, price 5s.; the property of Mary Ward: to which

SMITH pleaded GUILTY . Aged 16.

FOSTER pleaded GUILTY . Aged 17.

Confined Six Days, and


(They received good characters.)

JOHN DOHERTY (policeman, N 151). On the 20th May I was on duty in Black Horse-lane, Walthamstow—I met the three prisoners—Smith had a basket containing these seven ducks—I took Smith and Foster, and Allen ran away—Mrs. Ward identified the ducks.

Cross-examined by MR. HORRY. Q. Are you quite sure that Allen was not in advance of the others? A. He was when he came up to me, but they had all been in a line before.

MARY WARD . I am t widow, and live at Walthamstow. On the 20th May I had these ducks safe in my yard, I missed them at night—the officer brought them next morning—they were mine.

JOHN FOSTER (the prisoner.) I went with the other prisoners on Whit-Monday, on the Forest—in coming back we saw these ducks in the pond—Smith proposed to have them—I said, "Very well"—Allen did not say anything, but he walked on—I took the ducks, and Smith helped me—Allen had got about five minutes' walk before us—we caught him again, and walked on.


10th June 1850
Reference Numbert18500610-1187
VerdictNot Guilty > unknown

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1187. ELIZABETH BRADY , stealing 1 half-crown and 1 sixpence; the moneys of William Ingram.

CHARLES STOKES . About seven o'clock in the evening, on 30th May, the prisoner came into my master's shop, Mr. William Ingram, at Barking-side—she asked for 7lbs, of salt—I went into the warehouse for it, and left her in the shop—I came back in about two minutes, and heard the silver in the till rattle, and saw the key of the till swinging—I accused the prisoner of robbing the till—she had her right hand closed, and her left hand down by her side—I took from her right hand a half-crown and a sixpence, and said I would give her in charge—she then said, "I took it"—this is the half-crown; I made a mark on it before my governor gave it to the policeman—there had been two half-crowns in the till before, this and another, a new one—after I took this from her hand there was one in the till.

Cross-examined by MR. HORRY. Q. This was long before you saw the policeman? A. Yes; there was about 30s. in the till—there was this half-crown and another—I went to the till after I had taken this from her hand, and found one half-crown and about 30s.—I did not count it—I cannot tell whether any money was missing—I had known her before; we were not sweethearts—she was married last Christmas—I was not very angry when she got married—she did not lay a half-crown down on the counter, or on the salt—nothing passed between us, and she did not say she would tell my master.

JOSEPH POOLE (policeman, K 374). I was called, and took the prisoner—she asked what I wanted—I told her Mr. Ingram charged her with stealing a half-crown and a sixpence—she said, "I own I took the half-crown; the sixpence belonged to me"—this is the half-crown.



Before Mr. Recorder.

10th June 1850
Reference Numbert18500610-1188
VerdictsGuilty > pleaded guilty

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1188. JOHN HOME , stealing 3lbs, of lamb, and 1 3/4lbs. of mutton, value 2s. 6d.; the goods of Richard Hancock; also 2 pairs of boots, and 1 pair of shoes, value 8s.; the goods of William Marchant: to which he pleaded

GUILTY. Aged 30.—Recommended to mercy by the Prosecutors.

Confined Four Months.

10th June 1850
Reference Numbert18500610-1189
VerdictGuilty > pleaded guilty

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1189. ELIZA WYATT , stealing 1 handkerchief, value 7d.; the goods of Robert Roughton, her master: to which she pleaded

GUILTY . Aged 19.— Confined Three Months.

Before Mr. Common Serjeant.

10th June 1850
Reference Numbert18500610-1190
VerdictGuilty > pleaded guilty

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1190. HENRY PAYNE , stealing 1 carpenter's tool, called a plough, value 5s.; the goods of William Thomas James; and 1 other tool, value 14s.; the property of David Brown: to which he pleaded

GUILTY . Aged 36.— Confined Three Months.

10th June 1850
Reference Numbert18500610-1191
VerdictGuilty > pleaded guilty

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1191. THOMAS RILEY , stealing 5 loaves of bread, and 1/4 peck of flour, value 1s. 10d.; the goods of Benjamin Porter: to which he pleaded

GUILTY . Aged 19.— Confined Two Months.

10th June 1850
Reference Numbert18500610-1192
VerdictGuilty > unknown

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1192. WILLIAM WOOD , stealing 4 pewter pots, value 6s.; the goods of Edward Winn.

ANN NICHOLLS . I am single; I live with Mr. Winn, who keeps the Nile public-house, at Greenwich. On the morning of 8th June, I saw the prisoner in the yard—he took a pewter-pot and went into the closet—I told my master.

EDWARD WINN . Nicholls told me of this, and I went down stairs, and watched the prisoner—I saw him come out of the closet, and he folded his coat over—he went into the tap-room—I sent for a constable, went to the closet from which the prisoner came, and found there these four pots which are mine—they had before been in the yard close to the tap-room door.

HENRY HICKS (policeman, R 102). I took the prisoner—I told him what I took him for—he said he had been guilty of no such thing—the pots are bent.

Prisoner's Defence. I went to the water-closet and saw these pots in the closet.

GUILTY . Aged 18.— Confined Three Months.

Before Mr. Recorder.

10th June 1850
Reference Numbert18500610-1193
VerdictGuilty > unknown

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1193. JAMES GIBSON , was indicted for embezzlement.

CATHERINE CONNELL . I am a widow, and carry on the business of a farmer and milk-dealer at Plumstead. The prisoner was my carter—he came at 14s. a week, and it was changed to 12s., as he did not suit me—I sent him to Mr. Silverlock with a load of breese—I gave him the account, and authorised him to receive the money—he said Mr. Silverlock would send his gardener to pay the amount—he went afterwards with other loads, and brought the same answer.