Old Bailey Proceedings Online (www.oldbaileyonline.org, version 8.0, 05 October 2022), June 1714, trial of Daniel Southam D--- T-- (t17140630-33).

Daniel Southam, Theft > animal theft, 30th June 1714.

Daniel Southam and D--- T-- , of the Parish of St. Sepulchre , were indicted for stealing a Grey Gelding, value 5l. from John Beaumont , on the 27th of May last. The Prosecutor swore, That he lost his Horse out of his Father's Grounds, on the Day aforesaid; and that going into Smithfield on the 4th of June, he saw him in Possession of Southam, who offer'd to sell him, and T--- to vouch for him. The Prosecutor swore positively the Horse was his, and had several Witnesses who did the same; and the Prisoner Southam had as many Witnesses, and as positive, that it was his; and that he bought it 15 Months ago, and had kept it ever since; and particularly, a Farmer swore, That he had shod the Horse for a Year in Southam's Custody, and that one of the Shoes it now had on was of his making. Mr. Southam had several Persons of Creditt whop appear'd to his Reputation, who swore him to be a very honest Man, and of good Substance, and the Prisoners were both acquitted .