Old Bailey Proceedings Online (www.oldbaileyonline.org, version 8.0, 03 June 2020), May 1717, trial of Edmund Bury Godfrey Edward Gould (t17170501-36).

Edmund Bury Godfrey, Edward Gould, Theft > theft from a specified place, 1st May 1717.

Edmund Bury Godfrey , and Edward Gould , of London, were indicted for feloniously stealing 134 pair of Worsted stockings, value 20 l. the Property of John Squire and Samuel Wheeler , out of the Dwelling-house of Edward Bury , the 26th of March last. The Prosecutor deposed, That his Stockings were lost while he was abroad, and that Edward Gould was his Servant, and that he inspecting him pressed him very hard to declare the Truth, which after some urgency he did, and also declar'd the same before Sir Thomas Abney . That he and Godfrey having contrived to rob his Master, the latter came the Friday before and enquired when he might come that there would be Goods ready to carry off. That he told him the Tuesday following about 8 a clock, and the Signal was to whistle at the Window; that accordingly he came and whistled and he let him in, where he lay hid till Gould getting his Fellow-Servant to the Alehouse, the Prisoner Godfrey had the opportunity to carry away the Goods. This Examination to this effect was Read in Court: but notwithstanding this he now used the common Newgate Argument, an universal Negative. However, the Jury took him at his first word, and found him guilty of the Indictment; and there being not sufficient Proof against Godfrey, him they acquitted .